On the Main Line, it is once again Mommy DUI groundhog day. Yes, another Mommy DUI. Karin Linde of Bala Cynwyd. I believe Walt Hunter said in his interview on CBS3 that she is around 32.
Now I will note from jump that this mommy does not fit the socially upwardly mobile mold of the two other Main Line DUI mommies Meredith Williams-Earle and Grace Tuten. Same area, similar age range, but this one is a repeat DUI offender (see uploaded court docket “Linde prior.”) This was the Olive Garden DUI mommy of 2011 that was in Patch. At that time, Bala Patch reported she blew a 0.38 blood-alcohol content, nearly five times the legal limit.
I took a major amount of guff from some when I wrote about the last Main Line Mommy DUI, but let’s fill you in on this current one before we circle back to my thoughts on this topic.
CBS 3: EXCLUSIVE: Another Main Line Mom Charged With DUI Crash With Child In The Car
December 6, 2013 3:51 PM
(Watch video HERE)
By Walt Hunter
VILLANOVA, Pa. (CBS) – A 32-year-old mother faces drunk driving and child endangerment charges after police say she plowed into the rear of a car Thursday night in Villanova, causing a chain-reaction crash. Officers found her 5-year-old son in the backseat.
Only CBS3 cameras were there as Linde was taken to Montgomery County Prison in lieu of $7,500 bail. …According to an arrest warrant, an officer “asked Linde if she had been drinking and she stated, ‘Well,ya.’ Then, according to the warrant, when asked to submit to a field sobriety test, she responded by “stating she was ‘smashed’ and that she in no way should be operating a motor vehicle.”
One other driver in the crash was treated for injuries. Linde’s 5-year-old son was not hurt, but police say he was not restrained in a booster….
Court records show Linde pleaded guilty to drunk driving and causing a serious injury crash following a 2007 accident.
Linde is the third mother charged with driving drunk and crashing her vehicle with her child in the backseat in the past four months in Lower Merion.
When I commented before on this topic I said that I feared an epidemic of these DUI mommies was brewing.
I will ask some of the same questions I asked before:
What has gone wrong here? How do families not know if someone is having issues? Do that many people really in this day and age routinely drive around comfortably numb? And who exactly let her get behind the wheel of a car? Who lets an intoxicated young mother get behind the wheel of a car with a child in the back seat?
This woman Karin Linde is a repeat offender. With these new charges (see Linde 2013 ) she went to jail. They reported that her husband has the child. Thank goodness, I guess. Except if she is a repeat offender, how is it she is allowed to drive anyone around, let alone drive herself?
I will say it again that to me this is an alarming issue. And with now multiple incidents (different women) to hit the news a couple of months apart , I will state again that I truly see this as an issue.
But if we are honest, by varying degrees this is not a new issue. It’s just not one discussed in public as much as whispered down the lane.
Once again, I want to try to show these women compassion. But if I am brutally honest, with this one I am having a hard time doing so. Why? Because this woman seems to have “oops, done it again” and wow, when do you stop? When does the being a mother gene kick in?
Alcoholism is an awful disease. I have friends who have been “in the program” for years. Including now not so young moms. Some have been successful working their programs, others not so much.
When I wrote my last post in November on this sad topic I didn’t just catch hell from mommy bloggers who did not like me writing about this or mentioning these women by name (even if the media and law enforcement already “outed” them by name and location), I received a lot of off-line feedback from women who had experienced issues with alcohol and/or had been a child of one or more alcoholic parents. They thanked me for talking about it. And shared some heart wrenching stories of their own. I won’t betray those confidences, but I applaud them for being brave and dealing with it.
Some people with alcohol issues never hit the bottom to stop, some do. They have to want it. You have to want to get better.
Tonight, nineteen days before Christmas a young mother from the Main Line sits in jail unable to post bail. Somewhere, someone is undoubtedly trying to help her 5-year-old make sense of all of it. Can you imagine being that child? Accident, noise, mahem, sirens….mom being taken away in the back of a police car.
My heart aches for the children of these people. The littlest and almost silent victims.
And no parent wants to judge another parent, but my word this is hard to wrap my head around. I guess at the end of the day I don’t get how you put the alcohol first, child last.
Here is hoping something good happens for this latest DUI mommy. But I am sorry, this one seems like more of a train wreck, given past acts.
She could have killed quite a few people including herself and her child.
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The Governor’s contest in 2014 is between the Forgotten Taxpayer who works, saves and invests to raise the standard of living for all and the Democrats, Spend, Tax and Borrow Establishment Insiders of both parties,
who use Government for their own financial benefit, or who use Government power for personal self-aggrandizement, or who think government is not big enough, who use Government to force Taxpayers to fund Government and the Unions and the Crony Businesses whose organizational interests disconnect them from people who want to productively work, save and invest, the private citizen Taxpayer.
The Issues for Pennsylvania 2014:
Expanding Marcellus Shale natural gas production to lower energy costs, and to create productive jobs and raise standard of living for all;
Pension Reform opposed by ALL Democrats, ALL Unions, ALL Union Republicans and Incumbents benefiting from status quo defined benefit plan and health care;
Vouchers for All moves decisions about where parents send their kids to school away from bureaucrats and to parents. All Unions and All Democrats oppose this as do Union Republicans below the radar. The Forgotten Taxpayer needs a champion against forces of Big Government and Big Government spending.
The Daily Numbers: 27 years, how long South African leader Nelson Mandela spent in prison. 95, age of the anti-apartheid icon who died yesterday.1993, Mandela receives the Nobel Peace Prize along with F.W. deKlerk.17 alleged drug dealers in 2 rival gangs busted yesterday in Operation My Block in Collingdale.1 V-22 Osprey that emerged from the fog and landed yesterday at the Boeing plant along the river in Ridley Township yesterday.17-34 years in prison for 1 of 3 teens accused in brutal abduction, rape of woman last Christmas Day.19, age of Newtown Square man convicted in connection with firing shots into the home of his ex-girlfriend’s house.8.1 million dollar gap in financing for Fair Acres, the county retirement home, in the county budget.7.1 million dollar shortfall for 911 services.780 dollars that came into the Merry Christmas Fund yesterday, filling Santa’s boot to the tune of $2,330. Remember we’re still a long way from our goal of “$60,000.68 point dip for the stock market yesterday.7-5 records for both the Eagles and Lions, who clash Sunday at the Linc.79 game unbeaten streak that was snapped last year when the Chester Clippers lost in the state title game to Lower Merion, 63-47.1, as in No. 1 for Archbishop Carroll in Matt Chandik’s first Boys Hoops Super 7 of the season.1, the No. 1 spot for the girls from Cardinal O’Hara in Matt Smith’s first Super 7 of the girls’ hoops season.1,125,000 dollars, how much the Phillies will pay Wil Nieves to be their backup catcher next year.36, how old Nieves is. He should fit right in. Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.I’m getting ready to sit down and make my Saturday Eagles pick. This one strikes me as a tossup. Think Alex Henery, with 3 ticks left on the clock. Yeah, I know, it’s not a good feeling. I Don’t Get It: The online commenters who tried to disparage Christian Massey really have no shame. Today’s Upper: Kudos to all the workers at Boeing who got to see their work in action yesterday when a V-22 Osprey swooped in out of the fog and landed at the Ridley plant. Quote Box: “We’ve lost a giant of a man, someone who cared so much about the freedom of others, he gave up his own freedom.”- Pa. Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland, D-159, of Chester, on the death of Nelson Mandela.
WARNING: this is a RANT against the United States Postal Service. So if you think they are fabulous, turn away now.
I ordered a small something. It was breakable. The seller thought a super padded, bubble wrapped, and cardboard shield of protection would keep it safe. Unfortunately, they didn’t ask me about it or I would have told them differently.
I have seen it happen dozens of times. You’ll be standing there and the post office and inevitably someone ahead of you will ask whoever’s behind the counter “is this wrapped well enough?”
Of course most of those people behind the counter say yes, especially during the holiday season. They don’t want to be slowed down at all.
And then there is the issue of postage is getting so darn expensive, that people are looking at ways of getting things to recipients less expensively.
One also can’t forget the fact that sometimes the post office just doesn’t deliver things. That happened last October when I mailed my sister her birthday present two and a half weeks ahead of time Priority Mail. You know that overpriced service that is supposed to take two or three days?
She lives in New York City. You would think that a city so fabulous would also a fabulous services like mail delivery. The phrase “Hell no” applies here.
I made the United States Postal Service reimburse me for postage on that package. It took a couple weeks to get them to do it, but I had paid for service I had not received. The idea was to get the birthday present to my sister ahead of time, not after her birthday had passed. It took the post office 2 1/2 weeks to deliver something I paid for Priority Mail delivery on.
My sister’s stories of United States Postal Service in New York City are legendary. My favorite stories are always her recounting how she is treated when she actually has to go stand in line for something in the post office. Apparently Mother Russia has nothing on all of those postal workers in New York City.
For years I had the same post man. He was awesome. When I moved out to Chester County, it was like getting indoctrinated into a new society. Once again, I have an awesome post man, but there are these rules I’m just not used to.
For example, because of liability now they don’t get out of their post office delivery vehicles unless they are delivering a package that doesn’t fit in your mailbox.
So, say that you are having something delivered when the mail arrives, or a work person is at your house and parked on the road. If their work vehicle is blocking your mailbox, you don’t get your mail that day. Or if you are having company, and they foolishly want to park in front of your house, the same thing applies.
How did I discover that? When we had just moved into the house and had some work truck parked outside doing something, the post man left us a note in our mailbox telling us about that? But if we did not have a nice mailman, we never would’ve known.
So yesterday this package was delivered. Usually, when the mailman is delivering something, he rings the bell. This time he didn’t and I just happened to hear the truck pulling away from the house.
I went downstairs to retrieve the mail left on my front porch. I see this small package with red stamps all over saying “DAMAGED IN HANDLING IN THE POSTAL SERVICE”. There was nothing affixed to the package however, telling me what to do about this.
I picked up the package and all I heard were the sounds of broken glass. I am so glad that the person who sold me this tiny Currier and Ives print shipped it Priority Mail aren’t you?
Not only is the glass shattered in dozens of pieces and shards and nearly cut me opening it, but the glass was the vintage kind that was painted on the back to look like matting.
The glass shards sliced the brittle paper of the old print. So the whole thing is useless. And it is a waste, and that pisses me off.
Now granted, the seller should have rethought her packaging. There are plenty of helpful bits of information out there on how to ship artwork. But this was so small a piece, I know she thought she would be fine.
The person who shipped this to me will be reimbursing me for my entire purchase. But the United States Postal Service seems less than interested in this. They have definite culpability here.
I tried contacting them by phone twice yesterday, and couldn’t get through. I tweeted a picture of the package at them on Twitter, they didn’t flinch. I sent an email to “customer service” but never received even an auto reply.
The United States Postal Service likes to tell us “We deliver for you” and “With Priority Mail, we’re here to help.” But they seem to do neither.
When I ship a package I don’t usually use the United States Postal Service any longer. I use UPS or FedEx. They aren’t perfect either, but they do seem to have a slightly higher degree of accountability.
I’m getting ready to put my Christmas cards into the mail, just a few, I’m not doing a full load this year. Yet still I wonder how many will actually reach the intended recipients.
This is the busiest season of the year for the United States Postal Service outside of tax time, and among my friends I am already hearing tales of things that are just delivered in pieces.
It would be nice if the people at the counters of the physical post offices actually took a minute to tell people that certain packages probably weren’t packed securely and should go in a box, or have more padding. But I know that won’t happen.
It would also be nice if the people behind the counters and post offices were little more pleasant during the holidays. But, if the West Chester main post office is any indication, that’s not happening, either.
Sign me irritated.
After being held prisoner for 27 years, literally under lock and key in a damp, cramped cell, Nelson Mandela walked out into the sunshine of freedom.
What he did next is what has stuck with me all these years.He put out his hand.Not to strike out at those who held him captive. Not to exhort his people to violence. But instead to work together.Mandela knew something the rest of us continue to struggle with.We need to work together. We need to seek common ground. We need to embrace - and occasionally shed a tear - with out enemy. We need to love our brother, regardless of the color of their skin.The power that emanated from tiny prison cell reached the highest levels South Africa. Mandela reached out to work with the South African leader F. W. de Klerk, leader of the white government and the apartheid system that had placed the country's majority black citizens under the yoke of a racist apartheid system.Together they ended apartheid.For their efforts, they were awarded both the Liberty Medal here in Philadelphia, and the Nobel Peace Prize. A few months later, blacks vote for the first time in South Africa. Mandela's African National Congress wins; he is elected president.He does not seek retribution against his captors. Instead he leads, he governs.It's a lesson this country has yet to learn.Witness what is happening in Washington, where governing now takes a back seat to scoring political points, and in particular making sure President Obama enjoys not one scintilla of success.People are always quick to note "how far we've come" in this country when it comes to race relations. I have my doubts.Witness the scorn heaped on the president.Try reading the comments attached to almost any story on our website, DelcoTimes.com.See how quick readers were to jump on the tragic, heart-achingly sad story of a young man shot to death for nothing more than his expensive headphones, their words dripping with all the venom on Mississippi in the '60s.Some went so far as to go online and find a criminal record for someone who shared the victim's name. They didn't check to see if it was the same person. They simply used it to hurl more invective and further their rant.I will mourn Nelson Mandela. And so much of what he stood for. I will admire more than anything else his ability to put aside the way he was treated in an effort to move forward.And I will continue to wonder just how far we have come.
It's almost hard to imagine what authorities allege was going down on Lincoln Avenue in Collingdale. Most towns struggle with drug issues. Not many have to fend off the kind of turf war that was the scourge of Collingdale.
District Attorney Jack Whelan, in detailing 'Operation My Block'
and the arrest of 17 alleged drug dealers in the early morning hours on Thursday, described what amounted to a drug feud between two rival gangs, with a neighborhood caught in the middle.One man in the neighborhood described an incident earlier in the week where stray bullets hit his house."These neighborhoods will certainly be much safer and residents that had to put up with the nonsense and had to tolerate the drug dealing, some of the violence that was occurring will sleep better at night knowing that these individuals are behind bars and will remain behind bars for the foreseeable future.," Whelan said at a press conference.Amen to that.
Football is supposed to incite passions, just ask any Eagles fan worth his or her salt. But that passion has to have limits, and certainly two incidents this week indicate some people recognizing where that line is.First we had a preliminary hearing
for a youth football coach from Claymont. Lawrence Simpson is charged with attacking a rival coach from the Chichester Crusaders. Lamar Shaw suffered serious injuries in the attack, which occurred in full view of the kids involved in these two programs.If that wasn't bad enough, you had the always heated rivalry between Interboro and Ridley. Their Thanksgiving clash is a revered tradition for both schools and their alums.But it turned ugly this year after the game, a 12-0 victory for Interboro. That's when police allege an inebriated Interboro fan attacked a player from Ridley.This wasn't a fight between two fans. It was one fan taking on a member of the Ridley team. David Gillen now faces serious assault charges
.Let's be clear. Neither one of these incidents is representative of most fans and coaches. But it is further proof of how quickly our shared passion for sports can spiral out of control.It's a game. One meant to be played by kids.And too often ruined by adults.
I make no secret of my love of Christmas and vintage ornaments. Today I completed my six mini-trees and have them scattered about the house. I thought I would share two of the trees with you.
Why have a plebeian elf on a shelf when you can decorate mini-trees?
Please note the largest mini-tree is like 2 feet tall. They all feature ornaments I had either previously collected, found at the Smithfield Barn and other places this year, and a few from my father.
Surprisingly it took hours to get these little trees decked out appropriately…but I had so much fun!
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The Daily Numbers: 12-0, score by which Interboro beat Ridley on Thanksgiving. An Interboro fan now faces charges in connection with an attack on a Ridley player after the game. 1 million dollar seized from suspected drug dealers based in Upper Darby.8 kilos of heroin also taken in the raid.50 deaths from drug overdoses expected by the end of the year.25 dollars per pill for power painkillers bought on the street.5 dollars for a hit of heroin. Authorities say people are getting hooked on the painkillers, then turning to heroin for a cheaper high.2.8 percent tax hike include in the county budget, which faces a public hearing tonight at the county courthouse in Media.20 bucks, how much more it will cost the average home owner in the county.1 percent dip in slots revenue from Pa.’s 12 operating casinos in November compared to last year.10 percent decline in slots play at Harrah’s in Chester.24 point decline for the stock market yesterday.895 dollars that poured in to the Merry Christmas Fund. Let’s keep it going. We are a long way off our goal of $60,000.6-3 win for the Flyers, a rare victory over the Red Wings on their home ice in Hockeytown.100,000 dollar fine slapped on Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin for interfering with a touchdown return during the Ravens win over Pittsburgh.77-69 win for Temple over Saint Joe’s.8 straight wins for the Villanova Wildcats, who held off Penn last night, 77-54.300 wins for Chester native Bo Ryan after his Wisconsin team topped Virginia in a defensive standoff, 48-38.5 total number of wins for Texans and Jags, who face off tonight in Thursday night NFL action.Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.One week after dealing with Larry Fitzgerald, the Eagles are right back at it this week, plotting for a way to defuse ‘Megatron,’ Detroit Lions superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson. I Don’t Get It: Drunken brawls after a high school football game. I don’t get it. Today’s Upper: Kudos to the Marple Newtown community for stepping up and raising the money for the funeral expenses of alum Christian Massey, who was gunned down in Philadelphia for his expensive headphones. Quote Box: “I was aware of the problem, but I didn’t appreciate the magnitude of it until I talked with those on the front lines.”- Sen. Pat Toomey, at seminar on prescription drug abuse held in Ridley yesterday.
Finally there is some good news surrounding the heart-achingly sad story of Christian Massey. He's the former Marple Newtown athlete who was gunned down on a Philly street by a thief who wanted his expensive Beats By Dr. Dre headphones.
Massey's family could not afford the funeral expenses for the "gentle giant" who graduated from Marple Newtown last June.That's when the Marple Newtown school community stepped in to help the family, and honor the alum who was beloved to many in the district.Several donors are going to pay for Massey's funeral. You can read the details here.
It won't ease the pain from a senseless death, it doesn't change the anger that wells up within when you think of taking a life because of a pair of headphones.But it does mean that a good, decent kid will get a decent burial.Kudos to the Marple Newtown community.
As I was driving in this morning - trying to spot me early morning friends (you probably call them deer) through some pea-soup like fog, I heard a report warning of the dire consequences of so many students today leaving college with massive debt.
Tell me about it.I think I will be paying for my two kids' education until they put me in the ground. And it reminded me once again of the best value in Delaware County, and a very special program they are utilizing to give high school kids a head start on college - at a fraction of the cost.It's the focus of today's editorial.
Kudos again to Delaware County Community College and their High School Dual Enrollment Pilot Program.
Somehow I don't think this is what the NFL or the NFL Network had in mind.
For their showcase Thursday night matchup, the league that lives on TV gives this thrilling matchup: the 2-10 Houston Texans vs. the 3-9 Jacksonville Jaguars.Guess they are not flexing games on Thursday night.Hey, I'm not complaining. We're seeing a steady diet of 1 p.m. Sunday games for the Eagles, and I could not be happier.When the Eagles go prime time, for most fans it means confirmation that their team has 'arrived' and is considered worthy of the national spotlight.But for newspaper people, those games create incredible headaches.So why do I get the feeling that if the Eagles win on Sunday, and continue to bear down on a playoff spot, they will be seeing some of those games flexed at least to the 4 o'clock national slot, or maybe even the Sunday night game.And if that final game of the year, on the Sunday after Christmas, against the Cowboys in Dallas? If that is a winner-take-all tussle for the NFC East crown, I think you can count on that one going prime time.The NFL isn't dumb, despite what they are offering fans tonight.