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CLEARED: Rte 146 (Balltown Rd) EB/WB btwn Knolls Rd and Aqueduct Rd is re-opened due to downed wires in the Town of Niskayuna at 6:00am-Schenectady Co

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CLEARED: Rte 146 (Balltown Rd) EB/WB btwn Knolls Rd and Aqueduct Rd is re-opened due to downed wires in the Town of Niskayuna at 6:00am-Schenectady Co
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Man jailed for seven years for firearms offences

Metropolitan Police News (UK) - 2 hours 44 min ago
​A man prohibited from owning firearms has been jailed for seven years
Categories: UK - Law Enforcement

Captain Asks Passengers to Pray During Shaky Air Asia Flight

Media - KXAS NBC5 DFW - 3 hours 6 min ago


Passengers of a Sunday morning Air Asia flight said their captain asked them to pray — twice — as the plane experienced engine trouble and shook like a "washing machine," NBC News reported.Damien Stevens, who...

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Missing girl found, Bexley

Metropolitan Police News (UK) - 3 hours 8 min ago
Megan Whitcher, 15, went missing on Saturday, 24 June. She has now been found.
Categories: UK - Law Enforcement

Sheriff Joe on trial over immigration actions

Police One - 3 hours 15 min ago

By Jacques Billeaud Associated Press

PHOENIX — The immigration rhetoric and crackdowns pushed by President Donald Trump have a familiar ring in Arizona, where former Sheriff Joe Arpaio once used similar tactics to become a national figure.

Now, Arpaio is going on trial on a criminal charge stemming from those immigration enforcement actions.

The eight-day trial that begins Monday in federal court in Phoenix will determine whether the 85-year-old retired lawman is guilty of misdemeanor contempt of court for disobeying a judge's order to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants. The judge later found his officers racially profiling Latinos.

Arpaio's legal troubles played a major role in voters turning him out of office in November after a campaign in which he appeared alongside Trump at several rallies in Arizona.

The former six-term sheriff of metro Phoenix has acknowledged defying the judge's 2011 order in a racial profiling lawsuit by prolonging the patrols for months. But he insists it was not intentional. To win a conviction, prosecutors must prove he violated the order on purpose.

If convicted, Arpaio could face up to six months in jail, though lawyers who have followed his case doubt that a man of his age would be put behind bars.

For nine of his 24 years in office, Arpaio did the sort of local immigration enforcement that Trump has advocated. To build his highly touted deportation force, Trump is reviving a long-standing program that deputizes local officers to enforce federal immigration law.

Unlike other local police leaders who left immigration enforcement to U.S. authorities, Arpaio made hundreds of arrests in traffic patrols that sought out immigrants and business raids in which his officers targeted immigrants who used fraudulent IDs to get jobs.

His immigration powers were eventually stripped away by the courts and federal government, culminating with the 2013 ruling that Arpaio's officers profiled Latinos.

Arpaio's defense centers around what his attorneys said were weaknesses in the court order that failed to acknowledge times when deputies would detain immigrants and later hand them over to federal authorities.

Jack Wilenchik, an Arpaio attorney, said the former sheriff is charged with a crime for cooperating with U.S. immigration officials, which the Trump administration now encourages.

"This is really just a fight about immigration law and what it means," Wilenchik said. "And Arpaio is trying to do what a good cop does, which is to enforce the law."

His critics hope the case will bring a long-awaited comeuppance for the lawman who led crackdowns that divided immigrant families and escaped accountability.

The judge concluded that Arpaio ignored the order because he believed his immigration enforcement efforts would help his 2012 campaign. The TV interviews, news releases and tough talk about America's border woes that Arpaio used over the years to boost his popularity are now being used against him in court.

The sheriff's office issued a news release a week after the judge told it to stop the patrols saying it would continue to enforce immigration laws. Arpaio also gave a March 2012 TV interview in which he said his office was still detaining immigrants who were in the country illegally.

The retired lawman lost a request to prohibit prosecutors from mentioning comments he made about immigration during his last three campaigns.

It's not known whether Arpaio will testify in his defense.


Categories: Law Enforcement

Mo. county police officers getting a 30 percent pay raise

Police One - 3 hours 15 min ago

By Stephen Deere St. Louis Post-Dispatch

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — St. Louis County police officers’ average pay will jump by roughly 30 percent next year under a new wage scale announced Thursday by County Executive Steve Stenger.

Some officers will receive raises of more than 40 percent, thanks to county voters who approved Proposition P, a sales tax increase in St. Louis County that passed in April.

Hiring more police officers and boosting salaries were the stated goals of the ballot proposal.

The tax increase will generate $80 million a year, Stenger said, with $46 million going to the county and the remainder to be distributed to other police departments in the county.

In addition to the large pay boost for current officers, new officers will start at an 8 percent higher base pay.

“It helps ensure that we will be able to attract and retain the best and the brightest new and experienced officers,” Stenger said.

The raises are expected to cost $14.6 million.

The current wage scale for St. Louis County police patrol officers starts at $48,256 base pay per year and tops out at $70,980, said St. Louis County Police Association President Joe Patterson. But unlike other collective bargaining agreements that give officers raises based on their years of service, the county officers’ current agreement doesn’t compel the county to increase pay until there are additional revenue streams — such as the one provided with the passage of Proposition P.

As a result, the average pay for a St. Louis County patrol officer has remained stagnant at roughly $51,000. Dozens of officers who have worked for the county for 10 years still earn $48,256 in base pay, Patterson said.

Under the wage scale announced Thursday, officers will start at $52,208 and then earn 80 cents more per hour every year thereafter. The new scale tops out at $77,168 for officers who have served the county for 15 years.

The scale will provide some astonishing raises. For example, officers with 10 years of service now making $48,256 in base pay per year will see their base pay jump to $68,848 — a 42 percent increase.

And it will cause average pay to climb to $66,000 per year.

Patterson said it will put county officers in the top 60th percentile in terms of pay for the region.

As an added bonus, the new county police pay matrix also will give officers credit for every five years served. Patterson said all police agencies are struggling to find new recruits, so attracting seasoned officers is going to be the quickest way to get to the department’s goal of hiring 150 officers.

Stenger said the $105 million per year that the police department receives from the county’s general fund will not change.

Stenger said the new wage scale is dependent on the council’s approval.

Council Chairman Sam Page said he has yet to see the numbers but looked forward to the proposal.

Though the raises are much appreciated, Patterson cautioned that years without raises have meant a big increase like this one only brings the department in line with its peers.

“This is the first major pay increase we’ve had in years, so (officers) are not exactly jumping for joy,” Patterson said. “They feel validated that now they are being recognized for their services as they should be, but it’s not like we’re doing backflips. It’s been a long, hard road to get here.

“But for the first time ever, we have a fully funded pay matrix that sets a lighted path for these officers to start planning their careers here. With competitive pay, we’ll be able to recruit and retain the finest officers in the region.”

Union leaders in the city of St. Louis have warned that officers there will leave for better salaries in the county if city leaders do not find ways to boost their salaries as well.

“We’re not trying to snub the city,” said Patterson, who uses a grass-cutting analogy to explain his position. “If I cut my grass, and you wake up and see it and think, ‘Well, now I’ve got to cut my grass,’ I’m not going to apologize for cutting my grass.

“We’re doing the right thing out here, and we’re not going to apologize for leadership. And we’re willing to help anyone who wants to know how we made this possible.”

Patterson said he also has fielded phone calls from officers in other departments in the county who are concerned that their political leaders are not using the Proposition P money to increase their police budgets.

Patterson said his organization is willing to be the watchdog and call out any elected officials who fail to do so.

Christine Byers of the Post-Dispatch contributed to this report.

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©2017 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch


Categories: Law Enforcement

Missing teenage boy found, Greenwich

Metropolitan Police News (UK) - 3 hours 22 min ago
Agbolade Amusa, 13, has been found after going missing on Wednesday, 21 June.
Categories: UK - Law Enforcement

SP Amity - Man arrested for Felony Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated

State - NY Police - 3 hours 36 min ago
On June 24, 2017, Troopers arrested Stephen J. Gerringer, 24 of Olean, NY, for Felony Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated.
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SP Amity - Man arrested for Felony Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated

State - NY Police - 3 hours 36 min ago
On June 24, 2017, Troopers arrested Stephen J. Gerringer, 24 of Olean, NY, for Felony Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated.
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Manning Takes Part in 1st Pride March Since Prison Release

Media - KXAS NBC5 DFW - 3 hours 51 min ago


Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. Army Intelligence analyst, on Sunday took part in her first Pride March since being released from prison last month, NBC News reported.Manning rode in cars for the American...

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SP Amity - Traffic Stop leads to DWI arrest

State - NY Police - 3 hours 55 min ago
On June 25, 2016, Troopers arrested Christopher S. Hollister, 36 of Greenwood, NY, for Driving While Intoxicated.
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SPC Day 2 Fire Weather Outlook

Weather - Fire Weather - 4 hours 12 min ago
SPC Day 2 Fire Weather Outlook
Day 2 Fire Weather Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0258 AM CDT Mon Jun 26 2017 Valid 271200Z - 281200Z ...CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER AREA FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW RH ACROSS PORTIONS OF CENTRAL/NORTH-CENTRAL AZ... ...Synopsis... Shortwave trough over the northern Rockies at the beginning of the period -- 12Z Tuesday -- will progress eastward through the northern Plains, reaching the upper MS Valley early Wednesday morning. Farther east, a pair of phased shortwave troughs will move through the upper trough initially over the eastern CONUS. Progression of these shortwave troughs will act to deamplify the parent upper trough. As a result, a largely zonal pattern is anticipated across the CONUS by 12Z Wednesday. At the surface, high pressure will shift eastward into OH and TN valleys while a low moves eastward across the Dakotas. Cold front attendant to this low will move across the northern and central High Plains. ...Southwest...Great Basin...Central Rockies... Another day of above-average temperatures and afternoon RH values in the single digits is anticipated across much of the western CONUS, including portions of the Southwest, Great Basin, and central Rockies. Some breezy winds are also anticipated, primarily a result of the enhanced mid-level flow coupled with deep boundary-layer mixing. Best combination of windy and dry conditions with dry fuels is expected across portions of the central/north-central AZ. Critical fire weather conditions are expected here with elevated to locally critical conditions anticipated across the remainder of the region. ...Southwest WY... Thunderstorms are expected across much of the northern Rockies during the afternoon. However, high storm coverage, modest storm motions, and high PWs suggest mainly wetting rains with much of this activity. The only exception appears to be across southwest WY where a deep mixed boundary layer will support high cloud bases and ample sub-cloud precipitation evaporation. Mean storm motion is this area is also expected to be around 35-40 kt. These meteorological conditions support increased fire danger due to isolated dry thunderstorms. ..Mosier.. 06/26/2017 ...Please see www.spc.noaa.gov/fire for graphic product... Read more
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SPC Day 1 Fire Weather Outlook

Weather - Fire Weather - 4 hours 24 min ago
SPC Day 1 Fire Weather Outlook
Day 1 Fire Weather Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0245 AM CDT Mon Jun 26 2017 Valid 261200Z - 271200Z ...CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER AREA FOR SCATTERED DRY THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS EAST-CENTRAL WA AND SOUTHWEST ID... ...CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER AREA FOR STRONG WINDS AND LOW RH ACROSS NORTHEAST NV... ...CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER AREA FOR STRONG WINDS AND LOW RH ACROSS SOUTHERN/EASTERN NV...SOUTHWEST UT...AND NORTHEAST AZ... ...Synopsis... Shortwave trough currently off the northern CA coast will continue progressing east-northeastward, reaching central OR by the early afternoon and southern ID by the evening. Continued eastward progress of this shortwave trough will take it through much of the northern Rockies by 12Z Tuesday. Overall progression of this system will result in the breakdown of the upper ridge which has remained in place across much of the Intermountain West for the past week. Additionally, the passage of the this shortwave trough will result in both wind-driven and lightning-caused fire weather threats today from the Pacific Northwest south into AZ today. Farther east, upper troughing covering much of the central/eastern CONUS at the beginning of the period will shift eastward as several shortwave troughs track quickly through its base. ...Great Basin...AZ... Strengthening mid-level flow coupled with deep boundary-layer mixing and a tightening surface pressure gradient will support gusty winds from southern OR across much of the Great Basin and into central AZ. The strongest winds (i.e. sustained 20-25 mph) are anticipated across northeast NV, where the mid-level flow is the strongest, and across southern/eastern NV and adjacent southwest UT and northwest AZ where the surface pressure gradient is the tightest. Above-average temperatures are anticipated areawide with minimum RH values ranging from the mid-teen to upper single-digits. As a result, critical fire weather conditions are expected in those areas where the winds are strongest. ...Pacific Northwest...Northern Rockies... Mid-level moisture associated with the approaching shortwave trough will advect into the Pacific Northwest/northern Rockies atop a very dry antecedent airmass. Forecast soundings across much of the region reveal deeply mixed inverted-v profiles by the early afternoon. During the afternoon, PW values will likely range from around 1" across central OR to closer to 0.60" across south-central ID. This gradient in moisture combined with a deeply mixed boundary layer and at least moderately fast storm motions (around 30 kt) will result in an environment supportive of dry thunderstorm. The highest coverage of dry storms is expected across east-central OR and southwest ID. A more hybrid storm mode is anticipated across the remainder of Oregon and into WA. Less storm coverage is anticipated across the remainder of ID, with most of this storms expected to be on the drier side. ...Mountains and Western/desert Foothills of Southern CA... Strong onshore flow is expected across much of the interior portions of southern CA today. Best overlap of the windy and dry conditions with receptive fuels will be across the higher elevations and western/desert foothills during the afternoon and evening. Elevated to locally critical fire weather conditions are anticipated across these areas. ..Central/Eastern MT... A strong surface pressure gradient will exist over the region between the lower pressures to west (associated with the aforementioned shortwave trough) and remnant high pressure across the northern Plains/upper MS valley. This gradient will support breezy southeast surface winds (i.e. 15-20 mph) from the early afternoon through the evening. Above-average temperatures (i.e. highs in the 90s) amidst a dry airmass will support afternoon RH values from 15 to 20 percent. Guidance still suggests some dissociation between the strongest winds (over north-central MT) and the lowest RH (over southeast MT). Resulting conditions support an elevated fire weather threat but the dissociation between the strongest winds and lowest RH values currently precludes a critical delineation. ..Mosier.. 06/26/2017 ...Please see www.spc.noaa.gov/fire for graphic product... Read more
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NHC Atlantic Tropical Weather Discussion

NWS Weather - 6 hours 11 min ago

000
AXNT20 KNHC 260603
TWDAT

Tropical Weather Discussion
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
202 AM EDT Mon Jun 26 2017

Tropical Weather Discussion for North America, Central America
Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, northern sections of South
America, and Atlantic Ocean to the African coast from the
Equator to 32N. The following information is based on satellite
imagery, weather observations, radar and meteorological analysis.

Based on 0000 UTC surface analysis and satellite imagery through
0545 UTC.

...TROPICAL WAVES...

A tropical wave is in the E Atlc with axis extending from 10N26W
to 02N27W, moving W at 10-15 kt within the last 24 hours. The
wave is in a region of favorable wind shear, is in a moderate
moist environment with some patches of dry air according to CIRA
LPW and is under an area of diffluent flow aloft, which is
supporting scattered showers from 02N-10N E of 32W.

A tropical wave is in the central Atlc with axis extending from
14N40W to 01N45W, moving W at 5-10 kt within the last 24 hours.
The wave is in a region of favorable to neutral wind shear.
However, the CIRA LPW imagery show some dry air in the wave
environment, which coincide with Meteosat enhanced imagery of
Saharan dry air and dust. This is supporting lack of deep
convection at the moment.

A tropical wave is in the E Caribbean with axis extending from
18N65W to inland Venezuela near 08N66W, moving W at 20 kt within
the last 24 hours. The wave is in a region of unfavorable wind
shear N of 15N and is in a moderate moist environment with some
patches of dry air according to CIRA LPW. Upper level divergence
support in the SE basin support scattered showers S of 15N between
the Windward Islands and 68W. Isolated showers are elsewhere in
the NE Caribbean.

A tropical wave is in the W Caribbean with axis extending from
19N80W to the coast of Panama near 10N80W, moving west at 20
knots within the last 24 hours. The wave is in a region of
neutral to unfavorable wind shear and is in a moderate moist
environment with patches of dry air mainly N of 14N. Scattered
heavy showers and isolated tstms are in the SW Caribbean, but
mainly associated with the EPAC monsoon trough.

...MONSOON TROUGH/ITCZ...

The Monsoon Trough extends from the Africa coast near 19N16W to
08N22W. The Intertropical Convergence Zone axis begins near
07N31W and continues to 08N42W...it then resumes W of a tropical
wave near 07N44W to 03N51W. For convection information see the
tropical waves section. Otherwise, scattered heavy showers are
from 04N to 03S between 35W and 40W and within 120 nm N of the
ITCZ W of 45W.

...DISCUSSION...

GULF OF MEXICO...

A broad middle to upper level trough over the eastern USA extends
S to a base over the northern Gulf of Mexico, thus supporting a
cold front extending across the SE CONUS to the Florida Panhandle
near 29N85W to 29N87W where it transitions to a stationary that
continues westward towards the coast of Texas near 29N94W. This
frontal boundary is supporting isolated showers and tstms along
the northern coastal waters of the Gulf. A middle level low over
the SW Gulf reflects as a surface trough along 26N92W to 18N93W,
which along with upper level diffluence continue to support heavy
showers and tstms over the W Gulf S of 27N, including the Bay of
Campeche where convection is stronger and with possible gusty
winds. Light and variable winds prevail elsewhere.

CARIBBEAN SEA...

The main features in the basin are two tropical waves already
discussed in the waves section above. Aside from the convective
activity associated with them, latest scatterometer data continue
to show fresh to strong winds in the vicinity of the waves S of
17N, increasing to near gale winds S of 14N. Otherwise, scattered
heavy showers and tstms are in the lee of Cuba between 78W and
83W. Isolated showers are elsewhere between the Windward Passage
and the Leeward Islands. The westernmost wave will move over EPAC
waters within 24 hours while the easternmost wave races towards
the central basin. A new tropical wave will enter the SE Caribbean
waters Monday night.

...HISPANIOLA...

Upper level southerly winds continue to advect moisture to
Hispaniola, thus supporting cloudiness with possible isolated
showers. Showers and tstms are expected to develop across the
Island Monday as a tropical wave moves to central Caribbean
waters.

ATLANTIC OCEAN...

Two tropical waves are crossing the tropical Atlantic waters.
Please refer to the tropical waves section for more details.
Otherwise, the remainder of the Atlc is under the influence of a
surface ridge anchored by a 1023 mb high centered S of the Azores
near 34N29W.

For additional information please visit
http://www.hurricanes.gov/marine

$$
Ramos
Categories: Weather

State Police search for two missing teens in Lake Ontario

State - NY Police - 6 hours 17 min ago
A search is continuing on Lake Ontario Sunday night for two teenagers, ages 14 and 18, missing from Robert Wehle State Park in Jefferson County. 
Categories: Law Enforcement

Citizen Input on New Fair Park Plans

Media - KXAS NBC5 DFW - 6 hours 32 min ago


The public gets a new chance Monday to sound off on the latest plans for the future of Dallas Fair Park after a year of controversy.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News

Wylie Police Locate Hero Swimmer Who Saved Boy from Drowning

Media - KXAS NBC5 DFW - 6 hours 34 min ago


Wylie Police say they have found the man who is credited with saving a boy from drowning last week.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News

9210-9845 Fm 1625 Rd - TRFC HAZD/ DEBRIS

SASSMAN RD/WENDE RD - TRFC HAZD/ DEBRIS - Mon, 26 Jun 2017 05:37:47 GMT
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Research Blvd Svrd Nb / N Lamar Blvd Svrd Sb - Traffic Impediment

- Traffic Impediment - Mon, 26 Jun 2017 05:36:15 GMT
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