20 years in prison

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -The woman who killed a man on the Causeway Bridge when she had been driving drunk has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Olivia Matte took the stand before sentencing and gave an emotional apology to the family in a tear filled church.

The judge sentenced the 28-year-old Thursday afternoon at a Jefferson Parish court.

Matte needed a blood alcohol level of .216 — almost 3 times the legal limit — after she slammed into James Blackmond’s pickup truck, sending him careening into the guardrail on the bridge.

The railing pierced the glass murdering Blackmond.

Matte was arrested, and it was her third DWI in only nine months.

Just before she was sentenced she took the stand and cried as she apologized to Blackmond’s family.

The passenger killed in Friday’s early morning vehicle crash in Shasta County has been identified.

The wreck was originally supported by law enforcement to have happened in Anderson, but the newest press release states it was in Cottonwood.

California Highway Patrol officials state 27 year old Alexander Kirby lost control of his vehicle on Balls Ferry Road in Cottonwood early Friday morning, hitting a fence and a phone pole. The passenger in the automobile, 22- year old Sean Kenneth Michael Binder of Redding, died after being thrown out of the car. Kirby, the driver, was arrested by the California Highway Patrol for felony DUI with an accident and vehicular manslaughter. According to a public information officer for the Shasta County Superior Court, there’s no court date set yet for Kirby, however, he is expected to appear on Tuesday. He is being held in the Shasta County Jail at $100,000 bond.

We are now learning more about a fatal crash in Anderson we told you about Friday morning.

We now know the title of the victim of the fatal crash. A drunken driving investigation has since been opened.

He would later die from his injuries.

The CHP reported the 27-year old-driver Alexander Kirby was heading north after he lost control on a curve and struck a tree, and a utility pole.

Officials state Kirby was driving at a high rate of speed in a 45-mile per hour zone.

This is the dreadful thing that alcohol can do to people

Police arrested a man early Monday on suspicion that he assaulted his fiance and pointed a gun at officers. No shots had been fired.

Fred A. Ballestero, 28, appeared in court Monday, and a judge set his bond at $35,000 Monday.

In 12:30 a.m. Monday, authorities reacted to the domestic violence call at the 6100 block of North Driscoll Blvd..

Ballestero had arrived home drunk, based on court records, and yelled at his fiance. He dropped down to the ground, and she caught her daughter and walked toward the bedroom. Ballestero grabbed her shoulders and arms as she had been trying to get away.

Ballestero’s fiance accumulated her other child and then locked themselves in the restroom where she called 911. She was crying and told authorities that she had been attacked.

One officer stood from the bedroom window and saw Ballestero visit the bedroom cupboard and catch a handgun. Ballestero made eye contact with the officer and pointed the gun straight at him. The officer arranged Ballestero to drop the gun, and he did, but left the area. Police then pushed the front door open and arrested Ballestero, according to court records.

Ballestero’s mother, Kathy Hildebrand, stated that he has been going through a challenging time, partly because she discovered she has cancer. She stated he has been drinking because of it.

“This is the dreadful thing that alcohol can do to people,” she explained. “This is not the kind of individual he is. I am sure he is devastated by what he has done.”

The estimate, Michael Price, decreased the bond in the county prosecutor’s recommended $50,000 to $35,000 because Ballestero has no prior criminal convictions.

Ballestero is facing fees for second-degree attack, unlawful domestic violence imprisonment and also fourth-degree domestic violence attack, according to a Spokane Police Department news release.