Change of area' might do him good

Hickman, 20, most recently of Greenwich, started a 15-day jail sentence Wednesday for a two-count probation violation. He has another 45 days of discretionary time hanging over his head, but any further offenses could result in an 18-month prison term. [...]

Trio plead guilty to residential burglary

Daniel Reeves, 34, of Peru, Kelsi Potochney, 19, and Nathan McIntyre, 18, both of Princeton were placed on TASC probation for a period of five years and ordered to serve six months in the Bureau County Jail and pay fines, fees and costs of $732. The three individuals were ordered to attend alcohol and drug counseling and periodic drug testing. [...]

Austin Fire Dept contract ups pay for bilingualism, longevity

The new Austin Fire Department Collective Bargaining Agreement that City Council Members are being asked to approve at their June 4 meeting shows new wage increases including a larger bonus for firefighters who are able to speak both English and Spanish. The union okayed the deal last week. [...]

Probability, Manipulation, And Random Drug Testing

Many employers - particularly, those in the transportation industry - use third party vendors to do the random selections for federally mandated drug and alcohol tests. I think it's a great idea, because it prevents employees from claiming that they were selected for "random" testing in a not-very-random process. [...]

Lufthansa mulls spot medical checks on pilots: CEO

Lufthansa's chief said Friday the German airline is considering the possibility of regular spot medical checks for pilots, after one deliberately crashed a jet over the French Alps in March, killing all 150 on board. "Unannounced checks" could be a "possible means" to ascertain whether pilots were regularly taking anti-depressives, which could provide an indication of potential psychological problems, CEO Carsten Spohr told the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. [...]

Random Drug Tests Could Be Coming for East Allen County Schools

FORT WAYNE, IN The new school year could bring some changes for students in East Allen County Schools. If approved, students could be randomly drug tested. [...]

Drug testing for meetings? Not me, buster

The other day I was at a large company's administrative head office. I was there to represent a client at an employment disciplinary hearing. [...]

Embattled FDNY Firefighter Scores Another Jackpot

Twelve-year FDNY firefighter Kevin Simpkins - the public face for a racial-discrimination class action by minority firefighters the city settled for $98 million - has won another jackpot from the de Blasio administration. Under a settlement finalized with the city and filed in Brooklyn federal court on Wednesday, the litigious firefighter will r etire at a 75 percent disability pension. [...]

Edwin Bruno Johns

Lost: Big yellow Lab disappeared from my home on Sunday May 17. North 181 @775 area. "Sammy" Reward. [...]

Federal judge denies bond for alleged Waveland pill mill doctor

A federal judge has denied bond for a Waveland doctor accused of running an illegal pill mill. According to court documents, Dr. Steve Morris' family lives in Thailand, and he had planned a trip to the country this summer. [...]

Our Say: Weighing up the risks of calling the dog squad to your home

THERE are scores of products on the market that can detect the use of illegal drugs, but the temptation for parents to bring in a sniffer dog to search a teenager's room should be tempered against the damage to a relationship that could be caused by such an action. In the workforce it is easy to couch compulsory drug tests in terms of workplace health and safety, and in a relationship between adults, where the obligations are set out in law or employment contracts, an employee can either accept legal drug screening or go and work elsewhere. [...]

Mobile pain doctor nabbed on drug charges in 'Operation Pillution' pleads not guilty

The Mobile pain doctor who federal authorities nabbed as part of a national crack down on prescription drug abuse pleaded not guilty to the charges on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Mobile. Dr. John Patrick Couch agreed to undergo drug tests, surrender his passport and cease all contact with customers, colleagues and potential witnesses in the criminal case as part of the terms of his release. [...]

District supervisor resigns amid drug testing

A transportation area supervisor with the School Board of Highlands County has resigned with prejudice after undergoing a random drug test, according to a school district official. District Human Resources Director Vivianne Waldron said the resignation was based on a random drug test that is done on bus operators and anyone who drives a school bus in accordance with a Department of Transportation requirement. [...]

Indiana residents beware: Smoke legal pot at youra

Hoosiers who try marijuana while visiting states where it's legal may risk breaking the law, or possibly losing their jobs, experts say, if they face a blood or urine draw when they return home. Indiana residents beware: Smoke legal pot at your own risk Hoosiers who try marijuana while visiting states where it's legal may risk breaking the law, or possibly losing their jobs, experts say, if they face a blood or urine draw when they return home. [...]

3 more Capitol workers test positive for drug use

The legislative staff members were found positive of metamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, the Cebu Provincial Government posted on its Facebook account. The third drug test, which picked random employees, was administered by the Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council this morning at the legislative building. [...]