April 2, 2015: ThursdayCalls for service: 60Motor Vehicle Stops: 16Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 18Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 6 fire and 6 EMS callsMotor vehicle accident, 800 block 6th St., at 7:20pm April 4, 2015: Saturday Calls for service: 118Motor Vehicle Stops: 484Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 29Alarms: 9The Police Department assisted with 3 fire and 3 EMS callsTheft, 800 block Plaza Pl., at 10:25amObstruction, 900 block Haven, one in custody, at 11:12amMotor vehicle accident, 1200 block Asbury Ave., at 12:22pmTheft, 600 block Haven, at 7:44pm March 31, 2015: TuesdayCalls for service: 58Motor Vehicle Stops: 13Motor Vehicle Accidents: 2Property Checks: 17Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 4 fire and 1 EMS callsMotor vehicle accident, 3300 block West Ave., at 8:40amFraud, 600 block Battersea Rd., at 10:27amMotor vehicle accident, 3600 block Central Ave., at 12:21pmWarrant, 2600 block Asbury Ave., one in custody, at 12:59pm OCEAN CITY POLICE SUMMARIZED WEEK’S ACTIVITIESMarch 29 – April 4, 2015Calls for Service: 551Daily Average: 79 April 1, 2015: WednesdayCalls for service: 71Motor Vehicle Stops: 17Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 24Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 4 fire and 3 EMS callsVerbal, 600 block Wesley Ave., at 11:07am March 29, 2015: Sunday Calls for service: 83Motor Vehicle Stops: 36Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 17Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 5 Fire and 3 EMS callsWarrant, 200 block 9th St., one in custody, at 12:21amWarrant, 400 block Ocean Ave., one in custody, at 4:37amTheft, 400 block Haven Ave., at 9:54pm PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:Just a reminder that it is a violation of a City Ordinance to have dogs on the boardwalk anytime during the year.City Ordinance 87-17sec.4-32 prohibits any Boat/Trailer over 22 feet in overall length from being parked on a city street. Any boat/trailer less than 22 feet in overall length can only remain on a city street for three consecutive days. Officers will be issuing summons and towing boats/trailers for any observed violations. Ocean City Police Department March 30, 2015: Monday Calls for service: 53Motor Vehicle Stops: 21Motor Vehicle Accidents: 2Property Checks: 13Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 3 Fire and 1 EMS callsBurglary, 1200 block Simpson Ave., at 8:41amMotor vehicle accident, Pembroke La., at 1:15pmMotor vehicle accident, 9th St. & Ocean Ave., at 2:53pmWarrant, 500 block Wesley Ave., one in custody, at 4:36pmTheft, 600 block 7th St., at 7:05pmTheft, 800 block St. Charles Pl., at 8:01pm April 3, 2015: FridayCalls for service: 105Motor Vehicle Stops: 43Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 27Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 1 fire and 3 EMS callsWarrant, 4000 block Central Ave., one in custody, at 9:49pmHarassment, 1600 block Simpson Ave., at 12:30pmTheft, 800 block West Ave., at 1:38pm
Board of Governors gets legislative update April 15, 2004 Senior Editor Regular News Board of Governors gets legislative update Gary Blankenship Senior Editor A proposed constitutional amendment giving the legislature the power to write all court procedural rules will be heard by at least one more Florida House committee, despite an agreement that Florida Bar leaders thought had stopped the bill.In addition, Legislation Committee Chair and Bar President-elect designate Alan Bookman told the Board of Governors earlier this month that it now appears as though the legislature will pass a law banning some lawyer advertising. He also updated the board on getting continued funding for the Civil Legal Assistance Act, on funding for the courts, and on other legislative matters.The board adopted three legislative positions to deal with those various issues.On the procedural rules, Bookman noted that Bar President Miles McGrane believed he had offered a constructive alternatives to the proposed constitutional amendment by Rep. Gus Barrerio, R-Miami. McGrane thought that Barrerio liked the alternative, which in place of the amendment would have the Bar give early notice to legislators of any rule amendments and also place some legislators directly on the various rule committees.However, Bar legislative consultants were told that Barreiro would still like the proposed amendment to be heard at the House Judiciary Committee. Bookman said the Bar is ready to testify against the amendment and in favor of the alternative at that committee hearing.He said the bill was tentatively set to go before the committee during the week of April 12-16, after this News went to press.On advertising, Bookman noted that HB 1357, which bans some types of attorney advertising, passed the House of Representatives and was sent to the Senate. At first it appeared the upper chamber would not act on the issue, but he said the Bar has been told a companion bill may be filed there and Bar legislative consultants believe it will pass. (See story, page 1.)On court funding, Bookman said the Bar faces a double-barreled challenge.The first is with the legislative appropriations. The court system asked for an additional $170 million to meet the requirements of 1998’s Revision 7 constitutional amendment. The House has appropriated $137 million and the Senate, $113 million, Bookman said, while a TaxWatch study commissioned by the Bar put the need at $140 million.Board member Sharon Langer told the board that neither the Senate nor especially the House budget has enough to replace the money local legal aid agencies are losing from filing fee surcharges.Bar President Miles McGrane said the second challenge is aside from the state budget: The Bar needs to work with local voluntary bars to persuade county commissions that the court system will need their continued financial participation. He noted Revision 7 still envisioned the counties would provide significant court funding.“Whatever happens [with the state budget], we still have a lot more to go,” McGrane said. “You’ve got to convince the counties this was not expected to be a windfall for them, that they could not wash their hands of the court system.”Other legislative items presented include:• Bookman reported that the House budget has $500,000 for the Civil Legal Assistance Act, while the Senate budget has no money. The Florida Bar Foundation, which administers the program, has asked for $5.5 million, up from the $1.5 million it received last year and $2 million the year before. He also said Sen. Rod Smith, D-Gainesville, is looking at filing a bill putting a 0.1 percent surcharge on large court verdicts, with the money earmarked for the act.• A bill increasing criminal penalties for the unlicensed practice of law has passed the Senate unanimously, while a similar bill is progressing in the House. (See story, page 16.)• Legislation creating a “Kids Deserve Justice” speciality license tag, with proceeds going for children’s legal programs administered by The Bar Foundation, has advanced in both houses, and is proving popular with lawmakers, Bookman said.• A bill creating a Sixth District Court of Appeal has cleared the House. (See story, page 1.)The three legislative positions taken by the Bar are:• Support legislation on lawyer advertising that is as restrictive as possible without violating the U.S. Constitution.• Support continued funding for local legal aid agencies at the same level that had been raised by filing fee surcharges in past years.• Support continued funding for local law libraries as had been raised for filing fee surcharges and other sources in past years.
After barely escaping with a 65-61 win at home against Illinois Saturday, No. 24 Indiana travels to West Lafayette, Ind., this weekend for what should be a bitterly contested game against in-state rival Purdue. Purdue (16-9, 5-6) hopes to get rid of the bad taste in its mouth after letting a win at Ohio State slip out of grasp in the closing moments and losing 63-56 Saturday.In preparing for their matchup against the Boilermakers, the Hoosiers (17-6, 7-3) will aim to make sure that the momentum in the early going is on their side. Head coach Kelvin Sampson asserted that the Hoosiers’ main focus will be on controlling David Teague and Carl Landry, who have been a potent one-two punch for Purdue all season. Landry recently became the newest member of the 1,000-point club, after a 13-point outing against Ohio State.Sampson knows that points will be hard to come by in Mackey Arena, where Purdue is 13-1 in the year. In a victory over Michigan State last week, Purdue held the Spartans to just 38 points, 26 of which came before the half. Sampson was quick to praise Purdue’s defensive efforts, which have yielded 7.68 steals per game, and knows what his players will be in for.”Defensively, Purdue plays as tough and as hard-nosed as anybody in our league,” Sampson said.Ohio State trying not to look aheadAlthough many in Columbus have marked their calendars and are counting the days until No. 2 Ohio State’s showdown with No. 3 Wisconsin Feb. 25, head coach Thad Matta is making sure his players do not overlook their next three games, which happen to be against the two of the three worst teams in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes will hit the road to face Penn State on Wednesday and Minnesota this weekend, before returning home for round two against Penn State and the game with Wisconsin that should decide first place in the conference.Leading the way for the Buckeyes (22-3, 10-1) are freshmen Greg Oden and Mike Conley Jr., the latter of whom, along with Wisconsin’s Alando Tucker, was named Big Ten Player of the Week. Conley averaged 18.5 points and five assists, and made 75 percent of his 3-pointers the past week to earn the award.”He has such a command for the game,” Matta said of Conley. “He uses his speed and his quickness, and just has a great feel for what’s going on. Since the first time I saw him, I thought he had a chance to be a great player.”Battle for the Great Lake StateIn years past, a duel between Michigan (17-8, 5-5) and Michigan State (17-8, 4-6) might generate more anticipation than this year’s contest is receiving, but for all those involved, state bragging rights are more than enough to elicit each team’s best.Michigan head coach Tommy Amaker is well aware of the hostile environment that can be expected from Michigan State’s Breslin Center when he and his squad travel there Tuesday.”Certainly we recognize how tough it’s always been in East Lansing,” Amaker said. “But nonetheless, I’m sure that our kids will be excited and enthusiastic for this challenge.”Michigan had lost its four previous games before knocking off Minnesota 82-80 last week and success the rest of the way will rest largely on the shoulders of seniors Dion Harris and Brent Petway. Petway, who Amaker referred to as the heart and soul of the Wolverines, chipped in 18 points in the victory over Minnesota, and Harris added 27.The Spartans boast the top-ranked defense in the conference (56.8 ppg), but also are ranked near the bottom of the league in offense (66.1 ppg). Iowa welcomes NU challengeIowa expects to rebound from a 74-62 loss at Wisconsin when they welcome Northwestern to Iowa City Wednesday. Big Ten scoring leader Adam Haluska (20.8 ppg) managed 16 points against the Badgers, but the Hawkeyes were unable to overpower the No. 4 team in the country.”I thought we played some good basketball,” said Iowa head coach Steve Alford. “We just had some lapses, and when you have lapses playing a team of that quality, it’s hard to get that road win.”Freshman forward Kevin Coble anchors the Wildcats in the paint but is also smooth from beyond the arc, shooting 40 percent from 3-point range. Coble leads the team in scoring at 12.8 per game.Two Illini players involved in car accidentIllini freshman center Brian Carlwell and sophomore Jamar Smith were injured in a car crash Monday night, according to The Associated Press.Smith was driving in heavy snow when his car crossed the centerline, slamming into a tree. The cause of the accident is still unknown.Carlwell was in serious condition with a severe concussion while Smith also suffered a concussion, but was released.It is still unclear when either player will be available to the team.”The main concern here is the health of those guys and not playing status or any of that has been determined,” sports information director said in a statement.