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Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Nassau County police officer was aqcuitted of harassing her colleagues who arrested her while she was off-duty after a parking dispute with on-duty officers who accused her of resisting arrest.A Nassau County jury found Dolores Sharpe, 53, not guilty Wednesday of harassment and resisting arrest charges following a two-week-long trial.“I am free of this dark cloud that these men placed over me and my good name,” Officer Sharpe said. “I did nothing wrong and today the jury made that fact clear.”Officers Charles Volpe and Victor Gladitz, who are white, had arrested Sharpe, who is black, for allegedly trying to strike one of the officers “in his face with a neck chain by swinging it at him” and later “refused to comply with multiple lawful orders to place her hands behind her back,” the officers alleged in court documents.The altercation occurred Nov. 29, 2013 the parking lot of a store in Hempstead, where Sharpe was shopping at the time, authorities have said. One of the officers accused Sharpe of blocking his view during an investigation. Heated words were reportedly exchanged by both sides, but Sharpe’s lawyer said the arresting officers crossed a line.“Not only was this incident one which subjected Officer Sharpe to an extreme level of humiliation, but the clear attempt by these two officers was to personally degrade her and deprive her of any sense of dignity,” said Sharpe’s Hempstead-based attorney, Frederick Brewington. “The County of Nassau and its Police Department have been asked to investigate the actions of the two officers and consider charges of perjury against at least one of them.”In addition to the arrest, Sharpe later served a 30-day unpaid suspension. A police spokesman has said that an internal affiars investigation into the case is continuing.Prosecutors said they respected the outcome.“An arrest was made, allegations were reviewed, the evidence was presented and a jury carefully considered the case, as evidenced by their four-day deliberation,” said Paul Leonard, a spokesman for Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas. “Judge Kluewer presided over a fair trial. We respect the jury process and their verdict.” read more
DES MOINES — A dry April and May have set things up for a big boost to the pheasant population this year.DNR wildlife research biologist, Todd Bogenschutz, says everything is falling into place for a good hatch, including a winter with below-normal snowfall to start out. “Hen survival should have been a little better than average — more hens coming into the nesting season is good. And rainfall wise, we are also below normal.” Bogenschutz says. He says rainfall was the lowest it has been since 1994.We are in the time of year when birds are nesting and starting to hatch their young. Bogenschutz is already hearing good reports. “Up toward Clear Lake, a hen with 17 chicks about sparrow size. That’s a heck of a nest because a normal nest is only about ten to 12. We had a couple of reports like that with people finding nests with 17 to 18 eggs in them,” according to Bogenschutz.He says the recent conditions have been good for hatching the eggs and keeping the young pheasants alive. “The warmer it is and the drier it is the better it is for the chicks when they first hatch,” Bogenschutz says. “They can’t regulate the first week of lay to ten days. So if it is warm and dry, then it is much easier for them to survive than if it is cold and wet.”The DNR has already seen an increase in the purchase of fishing and turkey licenses as people are looking to get outdoors after being cooped up by the coronavirus pandemic. Bogenschutz hopes the movement continues into the pheasant season this fall.He says the last couple years have been good bird years with more pheasants than hunters, so there are plenty of opportunities.Bogenschutz says a study found an average of 50% of the pheasant chicks that hatch survive and grow into mature birds. They will know for sure if that is the case when they conduct their annual roadside pheasant counts in August. read more