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Hayley Hasselhoff charged with drunk driving

Massachusetts residents may know Hayley Hasselhoff for her starring role in the ABC family show 'Huge", but they may not know that she is also David Hasselhoff's daughter. The former 'Baywatch" star has provided tabloid writers with several memorable headlines during his tumultuous career, and media reports indicate that his daughter may now be struggling with substance abuse problems of her own. The 24-year-old was taken into custody by deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office during the early morning hours of May 13 after an alleged drunk driving incident.

Police say that they received calls at about 4:00 a.m. about a car that had stopped on an off-ramp of the Ventura Highway in Woodland Hills. When deputies arrived at the scene, they say that they observed Hasselhoff slumped behind the wheel of a white Mercedes sedan. The actress was said to have been passed out with her foot on the brake pedal at the time. Officers say that they took control of the vehicle after rousing Hasselhoff and persuading her to lower her driver's side window.

Coke finds its way into Church. Pastor accused of selling coke, fentanyl and pills

On May 2, a 58-year-old Massachusetts pastor was taken into custody after authorities found drugs, stolen property and cash during a search of his home and church. He reportedly ran a 12-step substance abuse program at his church.

Authorities obtained a search warrant for the man's home, the Mission Church and Victoria's Kitchen Food Trailer. The church and food trailer were located in the 200 block of Quincy Street in Dorchester. During a search of the three locations, the officers alleged that they recovered 34 grams of coke, 11 grams of fentanyl and a variety of prescription pills. The authorities also reportedly recovered property that had been reported as stolen and about $10,400 in cash.

Woman accused of stealing $700,000 sentenced to 2 years

On April 25, it was reported that a Massachusetts woman admitted to stealing more than $700,000 from her employer. The 39-year-old defendant spent the money on a boat, private-school tuition and a lavish lifestyle.

According to the court documents, the woman was an administrative manager for a real estate company. She was responsible for handling and depositing checks as well as requesting checks to pay for business-related expenses. The documents claimed that she used the flaws in the accounting and auditing system to her advantage. Between October 2011 and October 2015, she was accused of requesting checks payable to a fake name. She then endorsed those checks and deposited them in a separate bank account that she had access to.

The hard lesson of an OUI arrest

Many people say that college was the best time of their lives. The freedom, the friends, the social activities and the academics are experiences that often mold your decisions for the rest of your life. The atmosphere of college can make you feel like you know everything. You may have recently discovered that there is still a lot to learn.

For example, perhaps you didn't know the option for refusing a breath test when police pulled you over for operating under the influence. Now that you are facing OUI charges, are you aware of how a conviction can affect your future?

Massive fraud leads to thousands of dismissed drug charges

A major case of fraud and corruption has led to the dismissal of over 21,000 drug convictions in Massachusetts. In 2013, a state chemist admitted that for nine years, she had returned positive results for evidence in drug cases that she never actually tested and had forged the signatures of her co-workers.

District attorneys submitted lists of 21,587 cases that they were unable or unwilling to prosecute based on the errors made by the woman, who worked at the Hinton State Laboratory Institute. During her time at the lab, she routinely produced drug test results for over 500 samples monthly, in comparison to 150 monthly results obtained by the average chemist.

Chris Brown and Lil Wayne may be connected to drug case

Massachusetts music lovers may have heard that Chris Brown and Lil Wayne may be connected to a Miami music producer who was accused of selling drugs. The music producer, who was taken into custody in October 2016, was facing federal drug charges associated with drug trafficking.

Federal agents believed that the music producer, age 26, sold drugs in order to buy expensive and exotic vehicles, expensive clothing and high-end sneakers. Pictures of hese items, in addition to piles of cash, all ended up on the music producer's Instagram. Agents reportedly found evidence in the form of text messages that were recovered from the man's phone that insinuated that Brown had given him $15,000 for drugs,.

Impaired driving includes more than just alcohol

Massachusetts drivers may have seen a viral video of a motorist who was found slumped over behind the wheel of his van in the middle of a busy street. According to police, he had apparently overdosed on heroin and was treated with the overdose antidote Narcan. According to news reports, the police went to the hospital to talk to the man, but he was released before they arrived. A police lieutenant said that this was just one of a rising number of similar incidents.

According to a representative of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the number of traffic incidents involving illicit drugs is increasing. One of the most attention-grabbing was last fall when two parents were photographed passed out from an overdose in the front seats of their van while their young child sat in the rear.

Television star charged with cocaine and marijuana possession

Massachusetts residents may know Adam Pally for his prominent roles in the hit television shows "Happy Endings" and "The Mindy Project". The 35-year-old performer is currently starring in the time-traveling Fox comedy series "Making History", but he started receiving some unwanted publicity after he was taken into custody by New York City police on March 28.

According to an NYPD representative, Pally has been charged with misdemeanor counts of marijuana and cocaine possession. Media reports indicate that the actor was handed a desk appearance ticket and released shortly after being processed. He is expected to appear in court in June to answer the charges. While Pally has remained active on social media, he has yet to address the incident directly on either Twitter or Facebook.

Bus driver accused of driving while high on marijuana

On March 28, a Massachusetts bus driver for a Chelmsford school reportedly admitted that he had smoked marijuana prior to picking up students and driving them on a field trip. The 63-year-old man pleaded not guilty to multiple charges.

According to Chelmsford police, school administrators called the authorities after several students told a teacher that there was a "strange odor" in their bus. The teacher then notified the principal who then investigated the bus with several other administrators. They identified the smell as marijuana. The students were ultimately removed from the bus and the authorities came to the school to investigate.

Artie Lange busted for drug possession

Massachusetts readers may be interested in learning that former Howard Stern Show favorite Artie Lange has been arrested for cocaine and heroin possession, according to media reports. The bust took place at 14th Street and Shipyard Lane, Lange's residence, in Hoboken, New Jersey, on March 12.

According to a spokesperson for the Hoboken Police Department, officers were called to Lange's neighborhood because someone was trying to enter a vehicle parked inside a garage. Once there, officers allegedly observed substances that were suspected to be heroin and cocaine inside the vehicle. Later, Lange reportedly approached officers and verified that the vehicle was his. Officers searched Lange's person and recovered several additional bags of suspected cocaine and heroin.

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