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Man accused of cutting unborn baby from wife blames synthetic marijuana

From Mississippi News Now:

A man accused of attacking his pregnant wife and killing their unborn baby appeared in court for a hearing Thursday for the first time since the October incident. On his way into court, Jeffery Reynolds blamed synthetic marijuana for what happened.

The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office said Reynolds attacked his wife, Paula, 28, with a kitchen knife at their Walker, LA home on Oct. 23, 2012.

Investigators said he stabbed her in the abdomen and cut their baby out of her. She survived the attack.

A toxicology test was run on Reynolds, but at last report, the results had not been sent back to authorities.

Reynolds remains behind bars on $500,000 bond. He is charged with first-degree feticide and second-degree attempted murder.

Posted: 1/18/2013 11:46:00 AM

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Court weighs warrantless blood tests in DUI cases

From The Wall Street Journal:

Supreme Court justices showed unease Wednesday about letting police without a search warrant draw a blood sample from an unwilling drunken-driving suspect, but they also expressed sympathy for the urgency faced by officers in such traffic stops.

The justices heard arguments in a hot-button case on constitutional rights from Missouri, where authorities stuck a needle into the arm of handcuffed suspect Tyler McNeely.

The state, backed by the Obama administration, said it shouldn't have to wait for a magistrate's approval because blood-alcohol level diminishes after a person stops drinking. Mr. McNeely's lawyers said his Fourth Amendment protection against "unreasonable searches" was violated. They said 25 states explicitly require warrants for involuntary blood draws, suggesting the safeguard is workable.

Justices looked for middle ground between the two positions, although it wasn't clear if they could find it.

By requiring police to obtain a search warrant, often done through a telephone call to an on-duty magistrate, "you have a second judgment," said Justice Stephen Breyer. "The officer has to talk to somebody, so he's a little more careful. And that's a protection...for others who maybe weren't wobbling."

On the other hand, he continued, many states "want to enforce strict rules against drunk driving," and sometimes "it's not easy to get hold of a magistrate in 15 minutes."

A decision in the case, Missouri v. McNeely, is expected before July.

Posted: 1/10/2013 2:13:00 PM

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Police Say New 'N-Bomb' Drug is a Dangerous Addition to St. Louis Area

From the Town and Country-Manchester Patch:

St. Louis County Police are warning parents and teens about a new sythentic drug called "N-Bomb" that is already responsible for deaths in several states.

The name stems from its chemical composition, 2C-I-NBOMe or 25INBOMe, and police say it is a powerful hallucinogen that is a more potent and deadly derivative of mescaline. It has been reportedly responsible for fatal overdoses in California, North Dakota, Minnesota, Lousiana and Virginia.

St. Louis County Police said the substance has been purchased undercover in the metro area by drug detectives. Chief Tim Fitch said it's important for the public to be aware about the dangerous nature of this relatively new drug.

Effects of the drug are similar to LSD and include hallucinations, impairment of perception to sound and depth, and uncontrollable body movements.

The statement from law enforcement was partly in response to a Chesterfield mother who said she believes her teenage daughter was offered N-Bomb at a New Year's Eve Party in Wildwood and nearly overdosed as a result.

Posted: 1/10/2013 8:53:00 AM

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