K-9 drug-sniffing dog overdoses during pre-Holy Ship! boarding inspection

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K-9 drug-sniffing dog overdoses during pre-Holy Ship! boarding inspectionK9 Jake

Brevard County Sheriff’s officers administered Narcan to K-9 dog Jake after the drug-sniffing dog displayed signs of an overdose, following the dog’s inspection of luggage during Holy Ship! 12.0’s pre-boarding bag checkpoint. “[Jake] started having some problems with balance and had some type of seizure incident of some sort, [and] was showing effects of having inhaled some substance,” sheriff’s office spokesperson, Tod Goodyear said. Officials promptly took Jake to the vet after giving Jake the anti-overdose medication.

Authorities suspect that Jake ingested a type of ecstasy and later traced the drugs that prompted Jake’s overdose to 33-year-old Holy Ship! 12.0 would-be attendee Leslie Bennett. Police arrested Bennett for felony possession of a controlled substance without prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia and equipment. Bennett is but one of a group of 16 arrested while trying to board Holy Ship! The Brevard County Sheriff’s office released arrest information immediately following the first installment of Holy Ship!’s two-part 2019 iteration. Jake, meanwhile, is now in a stable condition, and expected to make a full recovery.

Photo credit: Newsweek

H/T: Newsweek

Police body cam footage shows that Skrillex was with Ty Dolla $ign at time of rapper’s drug arrest [Watch]

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Police body cam footage shows that Skrillex was with Ty Dolla $ign at time of rapper’s drug arrest [Watch]Skrille Feelcycle

Skrillex made a cameo not on a Ty Dolla $ign track, but during the rapper’s recent arrest in Atlanta on September 5 — the same evening that Dolla was to jointly headline for G-Eazy‘s North American Endless Summer Tour at the Cellairis Amphitheatre. Newly released video footage from the arresting officer’s body cam shows Skrillex follow the rapper out of the car as Ty Dolla $ign exits his Mercedes van to speak with the officers present at the scene.

The footage captures Dolla’s admission that he smoked weed earlier in the day, in response to one officer’s comment that he smelled marijuana. The video also follows the officer’s pat down of both Skrillex and Ty Dolla $ign, but only one of the two artists would emerge unscathed. Police immediately arrested the rapper for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and possession of cocaine after finding the drugs in Dolla’s bag. Ty Dolla $ign was released on bond on September 6, and is scheduled to appear in court on September 20.

H/T: TMZ

Tom Swoon sentenced to prison in Poland after fatal DUI conviction

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In summer 2017, Dorian Tomasiak, known professionally as Polish DJ and big room house producer Tom Swoon, left his home and got in his car to take a drive that ended with another person dead. Now, his trial has come to a close with a final guilty plea submitted and a sentence administered.

After a short trial, Tomasiak submitted to the charges against him, acknowledging that he was under the influence of alcohol during the drive, so much so that he didn’t remember the incident at all until he was already in handcuffs and being told that he had killed someone. The fatal crash happened when Tomasiak was driving over 111 mph — and he’s been in jail since. After the trial concluded, he submitted to his punishment being a lifetime ban on driving, four years and eight months in prison, and 70,000 Polish zlotys – or $18,812.32 USD.

Translated from Polish, Tomasiak expressed his acceptance of the gravity of his actions in the court: “…punishment is inadequate to blame…The awareness that taking the second person of life is the greatest punishment that could have happened to me. I am not even able to ask for it, but I apologize to you wholeheartedly.”

H/T: O*NET

Fyre festival founder burns again with fresh ticket fraud charges

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The case of William McFarland is quite the embodiment of the old adage around “leading a horse to water.” Despite going down in flames over the notorious blunder that was Fyre Festival — which collected thousands of dollars from each upper-middle class ticket holder and then thrust them into FEMA-esque conditions — it seems he still is unable to drink the proverbial water and learn from his mistakes.

Reports are now surfacing of a second arrest for McFarland, for once again frauding customers over glamorized events. He also leads a dubious company NYC VIP Access, which sources and upset consumers advise is a firm offering “exclusive” tickets to events like Met Gala, Burning Man, Coachella, and more, and then not delivering after taking their payments. He allegedly collected upwards of $100,000 from over 15 buyers.

NYC VIP Access had been running its operations right before the Fyre fail, in March of 2017, according to current coverage on the debacle. After a failed cover-up attempt to place the blame on another company employee, McFarland is now facing up to 40 years in prison: he’s been charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering.

 

H/T: ABC

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Tom Swoon announces end of career in formal statement preceding manslaughter trial

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Tom Swoon broke the silence that followed his December 2017 arrest in a new statement that offers fans an update on Swoon’s career, and the current state of his legal proceedings. Swoon was detained by police on December 5, 2017 after driving under the influence of alcohol, causing a fatal accident that led to the death of one person. “I have pleaded guilty and got immediately arrested,” Swoon writes in the post, published to his Facebook page. Swoon now awaits trial.

“I am writing this letter because I want to apologize from the bottom of my heart, first and foremost to the family that has lost their loved one” Swoon continues, “I am also sorry that I’ve let all of you down.” Swoon goes on to acknowledge the “very harsh verdict” that he will soon face, and credits his expected prison sentence as a central influencing factor in his decision to “end the Tom Swoon project.”
“It’s time for me to focus on things way more important than a musical career,” Swoon concludes the announcement, “I am sorry that it all ended so quick…and in such a tragic way.”

Bomb Threat at Concert Leads to Cancellation and One arrest

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This past Saturday, a concert held during South by Southwest was canceled due to an unsuspected bomb threat that occurred. Austin police arrested a suspicious man, named Trevor Weldon, that was charged with emailing a bomb threat. The suspicious convict is expected to serve 10 years in prison due to this serious charge. Originally, The

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Three men charged for coordinating an illegal rave causing ~$35,000 in damage

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Three men have been charged for orchestrating an illegal rave at an industrial warehouse in Kent, UK that led to approximately £30,000 (~$35,000 USD) worth of damage. Up to 500 people are reported to have attended the unauthorized event, hosted on August 6.

Upon arriving at the scene of the rave, officials arrested 12 people on charges of drug possession, criminal damage, and theft. Authorities have noted that while unlicensed events of these kind do not frequently occur in Kent, they tend to draw large crowds when they are initiated, often attracting hordes of people to industrial units in particular.

“Many who travel into the area, do so from outside the county by using trains,” Superintendent Amanda Tillotson remarked, “These gatherings can cause a number of issues, including damage to property, noise to local residents and antisocial behavior. The nature of the venues can also pose real safety issues for those attending.” Kent Police noted its ability to send attendees of the August 6 party home by 7 AM, the slight delay in doing so the product of no overnight trains out of Kent.

The unlicensed August event notably took place without the consent of the owner of the brand new warehouse unit, and has since led the three organizers of the event to be brought up on charges of conspiracy to cause a public nuisance. The men are expected to appear before Maidstone Magistrates’ Court on November 17.

H/T: Mixmag | Source: Gravesend Reporter

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Live Nation VP of Finance and Strategic Initiatives Arrested for Using a Pen to Film Up Women?s Skirts

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Not only was this Live Nation VP, Andrew Macrae, filming up unsuspecting subway riders skirts but also secretly filming his female neighbor and house guest!

Two men arrested at Bonaroo with $30,000 worth of drugs

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Bonnaroo became the subject of national attention on Friday, June 9, when a man claiming to be carrying out “God’s work” was apprehended by authorities for selling fake drugs to people. Two days later, a major arrest related to suspects with intent to sell legitimate illicit substances has taken place after campers tipped off police about two men who seemed intent on making a weekend profit.

Authorities obtained a search warrant and proceeded to conduct a thorough search of the suspects’ car, uncovering over a pound of magic mushrooms packed into 138 different bags as well as several bags of marijuana. These bulk items, combined with 11 molly caps and 11 ecstasy pills, totaled to around $30,000 street value. An assortment of drug paraphernalia was also found among the two men’s effects.

Both suspects have been charged with two counts of manufacturing, possession, delivery, and selling for all the substances found in their domain. Overall, the weekend has seen a relatively low arrest rate of just over a dozen total people apprehended.

H/T: THUMP

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Ghost Ship organizers arrested on suspicion of 36 counts of manslaughter [Breaking]

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Today, June 5, Ghost Ship master tenant Derick Almena and warehouse tenant Max Harris were arrested on suspicion of 36 counts of manslaughter, according to a report from East Bay Times. The arrests come in the aftermath of the fire in December 2016, which killed three dozen people during a party for the 100% Silk imprint at Ghost Ship’s warehouse and arts space in Oakland, CA.

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Derick Almena was arrested today in Lake County, CA.

According to EBT, Almena’s role in the collective involved “helping decide who lived and worked there while collecting rent that was passed on to [property owner] Chor Ng.” Harris, who EBT reports also goes by the name Max Ohr, was described as Ghost Ship’s creative director in a tweet this morning breaking news of the arrests from SF Chronicle reporter Evan Sernoffsky.

The charges reportedly do not mention  Chor Ng, according to sources for EBT, nor do they address her son Kai and daughter Eva, who the outlet reports managed the warehouse for their mother. In March, a series of emails between the arrested parties and Kai Ng were made public.

In the correspondences, which took place in February of 2015, Almena wrote that the electric wiring of the building “ancient and violated lines of distribution” and “in dire need of a total and immediate upgrade.” Following Kai’s response that the ‘lack of electrical infrastructure was made very clear before [the tenants’] lease began,” Harris noted the danger of “overexertion” on the building’s electrical supply.

The Ghost Ship creative director also said the following  comment to The Mercury News upon their publication of the emails’ subject matter: “Kai Ng totally sidestepped my expression of needing stability. I said it was terminal and was getting worse, and he just asked for more money.”

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Photo of the Ghost Ship fire via Allen Weddington/CNN.

The emails show that Almena and Harris had demonstrable knowledge of the safety hazards which eventually lead to last December’s disaster. The organizers’ decision to continue hosting events in the space for over a year without adequately addressing the dangerous electrical issues makes a strong case for the charges levied against them.

Inspector Christina Harbison, in her declaration in support of probable cause filed against Harris, further claims that Almena altered the warehouse in numerous ways which violate the Oakland Municipal code and California Fire Safety code. Among these violations was “the construction of an unsafe staircase from the first floor to the second floor, connected by “a ramp or ‘gang plank’,” and described by witnesses as “dangerous and narrow, only allowing a group of people to travel up or down the stairs in a single file.”

Harbison’s filing also notes that on the night of the fire, Harris “blocked off an area of the second floor that included a second stairwell, which effectively reduced the upstairs guests to a single point of escape.”

“Because of the fire,” Harbison continues, “the power in the building went out and the guests that could escape were forced down the narrow makeshift stairs in complete darkness.”

Harbison summarizes her argument of probable cause for manslaughter against the defendants in her filing’s conclusion:

“Almena’s and Harris’ actions were reckless, creating a high risk of death. A reasonable person would have known that acting in that way would create such risk. Their actions were so different from the way an ordinarily careful person would act in the same situation that their actions amounted to a disregard for human life. Their reckless actions were the proximate cause of the death of the 36 individuals trapped inside the warehouse when the fire started.”

View Harbison’s full statement below:

Dancing Astronaut will update this story as it continues to develop.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of the article printed today’s date as January 5, rather than the correct publication date of June 5.

Via: East Bay Times, FACT, Bay Area News Group.

Featured image via Jim Wilson/New York Times/Redux.