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Oneida County man charged with Aggravated DWI

State - NY Police - 0 sec ago
State Police in Remsen arrested 59-year-old, Robert W. Wells from Trenton, NY for Aggravated DWI following a motor vehicle accident that occurred on State Route 365 in the Town of Trenton.
Categories: Law Enforcement

I-77S at MM 43.0

STATE - VA - Traffic Incidents - 19 min 22 sec ago
On I-77 at mile marker 43 in the County of Wythe, motorists can expect delays due to a disabled vehicle. The South right shoulder is closed.
Last updated:
Wed 07/18/2018 1:07 PM EDT

VA-253W at 0.4 mi S of Harrisonburg

STATE - VA - Traffic Incidents - 19 min 22 sec ago
On VA-253 in the County of Rockingham, in the vicinity of Misty Ct; Port Republic Rd; Stone Spring Rd; Rt. 726E/W (Rockingham County), motorists can expect delays due to a vehicle accident. All West lanes are closed.
Last updated:
Wed 07/18/2018 1:18 PM EDT

Rt. 606E (Hanover County) at 6.3 mi SW of King William

STATE - VA - Traffic Incidents - 19 min 22 sec ago
On Rt. 606 in the County of New Kent, near Devils Three Jump Road, motorists can expect delays due to a vehicle accident. All North lanes are closed.
Last updated:
Wed 07/18/2018 1:17 PM EDT

I-95N at MM 134.5

STATE - VA - Traffic Incidents - 19 min 22 sec ago
On I-95 at mile marker 134.5 in the County of Stafford, motorists can expect potential delays due to a disabled vehicle. The north right shoulder is closed.
Last updated:
Wed 07/18/2018 1:25 PM EDT

I-64E at Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel East

STATE - VA - Traffic Incidents - 19 min 22 sec ago
On I-64 in the City of Hampton, at Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel East, motorists can expect potential delays due to a bridge/tunnel stoppage. All east lanes are closed.
Last updated:
Wed 07/18/2018 1:25 PM EDT

Rt. 630E (Henry County) at 9.4 mi SW of Martinsville

STATE - VA - Traffic Incidents - 19 min 22 sec ago
On Rt. 630 East in the County of Henry, in the vicinity of A L Philpott Hwy; Log Manor Rd; US-58E, motorists can expect delays due to a vehicle accident. Lane closures exist.
Last updated:
Wed 07/18/2018 1:24 PM EDT

US-58W at 5.6 mi N of Stuart

STATE - VA - Traffic Incidents - 19 min 22 sec ago
On US-58 West in the County of Patrick, in the vicinity of Cloudbreak Rd; Rt. 610N/S (Patrick County), motorists can expect delays due to a disabled tractor trailer. Lane closures exist.
Last updated:
Wed 07/18/2018 1:08 PM EDT

Road Closure City of Lockport Vermont Avenue between Beattie Avenue and Roosevelt Drive will be closed due to a water main break

State - NY - NYALERT - 23 min 14 sec ago
Road Closure City of Lockport Vermont Avenue between Beattie Avenue and Roosevelt Drive will be closed due to a water main break
Categories: Current Incidents

Special Weather Statement issued July 18 at 1:26PM EDT by NWS

Weather Alerts - 24 min 58 sec ago
...SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR CENTRAL OSCEOLA COUNTY UNTIL 200 PM EDT... At 126 PM EDT, Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm 10 miles north of Lake Kissimmee, moving east at 15 mph. Wind gusts up to 50 mph will be possible with this storm. Locations impacted include... Special Weather Statement 2018-07-18T13:26:00-04:00 2018-07-18T14:00:00-04:00 Actual Alert Met Expected Minor Observed Osceola 28.22,-81.07 27.92,-80.93 27.87,-81.28 28.07,-81.36 28.07,-81.35 28.08,-81.35 28.08,-81.37 28.11,-81.38 28.22,-81.07 FIPS6 012097 UGC FLZ053 VTEC
Categories: Weather

Beach Hazards Statement issued July 18 at 1:26PM EDT until July 19 at 10:00PM EDT by NWS

Weather Alerts - 24 min 58 sec ago
...BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT IN EFFECT THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING... * RED TIDE HAZARDS...Possible respiratory irritation in some coastal areas. For red tide forecast information visit * FLORIDA RED TIDE RESPIRATORY IRRITATION POTENTIAL IMPACTS... Beach Hazards Statement 2018-07-18T13:26:00-04:00 2018-07-19T22:00:00-04:00 Actual Alert Met Expected Moderate Likely Coastal Sarasota FIPS6 012115 UGC FLZ160 VTEC /O.NEW.KTBW.BH.S.0008.180718T1726Z-180720T0200Z/
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UPDATE: City of Lockport Akron St between Davison Road and Royal Lane is now re-opened to all traffic.

State - NY - NYALERT - 27 min 6 sec ago
UPDATE: City of Lockport Akron St between Davison Road and Royal Lane is now re-opened to all traffic.
Categories: Current Incidents

Paine Fire (Wildfire)

Inciweb - Incidents - 28 min 29 sec ago
Firefighters overnight made good progress toward securing the southern and western edges of the Paine Fire in Duck Creek Basin, about 15 miles northeast of Ely, Nev. Today, hand crews with aerial support will work to secure and tie in the northern and eastern flanks of the fire.The now-mapped 727-acre fire is burning on Forest Service and public lands north of Timber Creek. It is consuming primary Greater Sage Grouse habitat and burning into the High Schells Wilderness. Primary fuels are grass, brush, pinion-juniper, mountain mahogany and white fir. Firefighters are implementing a full suppression strategy and anticipate holding the fire at the Timber Creek drainage. The Timber Creek Campground is not threatened at this time. The road to the campground is closed. Firefighter and public safety are the top priority. The public is advised to be aware of an increased presence of fire vehicle traffic in the area. The fire was first reported at about 2:15 p.m., Tuesday, July 17. The cause...

Flood Advisory issued July 18 at 12:22PM CDT by NWS

Weather Alerts - 28 min 58 sec ago
The National Weather Service in New Orleans has issued a * Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for... Southwestern St. Bernard Parish in southeastern Louisiana... North central Jefferson Parish in southeastern Louisiana... Northwestern Plaquemines Parish in southeastern Louisiana... * Until 315 PM CDT. Flood Advisory 2018-07-18T12:22:00-05:00 2018-07-18T15:15:00-05:00 Actual Alert Met Expected Minor Likely Jefferson; Plaquemines; St. Bernard 29.71,-90.13 29.8,-90.17 29.82,-90.17 29.89,-90.21 29.9,-90 29.89,-89.99 29.9,-89.98 29.9,-89.94 29.87,-89.91 29.89,-89.92 29.9,-89.92 29.9,-89.83 29.72,-89.66 29.71,-90.13 FIPS6 022051 022075 022087 UGC LAC051 LAC075 LAC087 VTEC /O.NEW.KLIX.FA.Y.0047.180718T1722Z-180718T2015Z/ /00000.N.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/
Categories: Weather

Special Weather Statement issued July 18 at 12:17PM CDT by NWS

Weather Alerts - 33 min 58 sec ago
At 1216 PM CDT, Doppler radar was tracking thunderstorms near Hardy, or near Mammoth Spring, moving east at 15 mph. These storms are producing torrential rainfall, and isolated flash flooding will be possible. Locations impacted include... Mammoth Spring... Hardy... Special Weather Statement 2018-07-18T12:17:00-05:00 2018-07-18T13:00:00-05:00 Actual Alert Met Expected Minor Observed Fulton; Sharp 36.48,-91.39 36.47,-91.36 36.42,-91.35 36.42,-91.31 36.39,-91.31 36.37,-91.28 36.33,-91.28 36.33,-91.26 36.24,-91.26 36.24,-91.33 36.23,-91.33 36.23,-91.35 36.18,-91.35 36.34,-91.53 36.36,-91.62 36.47,-91.69 36.5,-91.65 36.5,-91.41 36.48,-91.39 FIPS6 005049 005135 UGC ARZ006 ARZ007 VTEC
Categories: Weather

NHC Atlantic Tropical Weather Discussion

NWS Weather - 37 min 10 sec ago

AXNT20 KNHC 181713

Tropical Weather Discussion
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
113 PM EDT Wed Jul 18 2018

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 1200 UTC surface analysis and satellite imagery through
1630 UTC.


SW Caribbean Sea gale warning: A gale goes into effect at July 19/0000
UTC along the coast of Colombia from 11N to 13N between 73W and
76W, with seas of 9 to 13 ft. The gale ends at 19/1200 UTC. Please
read the High Seas Forecast, under the AWIPS/WMO headers
HSFAT2/FZNT02 KNHC, for more details.


A tropical wave is crossing the Cabo Verde Islands, with an axis
extending from 20N24W to 04N25W, moving westward at 10 to 15 kt.
A well defined 700 mb trough just west of the coast of western
Africa is noted in the model guidance. A major outbreak of
Saharan Air Layer (SAL) dust envelops the wave environment north
of 10N as seen in GOES-16 images. As such, satellite imagery
shows scattered moderate convection confined south of the SAL from
07N to 10N between 20W and 29W.

A central Atlantic tropical wave has an axis that extends from
23N56W to 05N59W, moving westward at 15 to 20 kt. The wave is
depicted on GOES-16 visible and RGB imagery as an inverted-V
shape envelope of broken to overcast stratocumulus clouds covering
the area. The wave is being intruded upon by Saharan dust
limiting significant convection to scattered showers and isolated
thunderstorms within 240 nm of either side of the wave.

A tropical wave axis is over the western Caribbean that extends
from 21N86W to S of Panama at 05N86W, moving westward at 15 to 20
kt. Saharan dust is following in behind this wave axis as
observed in GOES-16 satellite imagery. Scattered moderate to
isolated strong convection is S of 12N W of 81W.


The monsoon trough axis extends from W Africa near 18N16W to
10N25W to 06N37W, where the ITCZ begins and continues to 05N51W.
Aside from convection associated with the tropical waves discussed
in the tropical waves section, scattered moderate convection is
from 07N to 13N E of 20W, and from 06N to 11N between 29W and 35W.



The western periphery of Atlantic high pressure ridging extends
E to W over the central gulf waters. Light to moderate
anticyclonic flow prevails over the region, outside of
thunderstorms. A surface trough extends from 30N85W to 28N89W.
Current NWS mosaic radar and satellite imagery show scattered
thunderstorms over the northern gulf primarily north of 28N E of
91W associated with this surface trough. This activity is also
being enhanced by a mid- to upper- level trough over and to the NE
of the area. The troughing and associated thunderstorm activity
is expected to remain over this area for at least the next day or
so. Weak high pressure is forecast to prevail across the central
gulf waters through Thu night. Thereafter, a frontal trough will
cross the NE gulf, forcing the ridge axis farther south over the
SE Gulf. Increasing winds are expected over the NE gulf with this
frontal trough in the area. Another surface trough will move
westward off the Yucatan Peninsula the next few evenings,
enhancing nocturnal winds over the eastern half of the SW Gulf.


Please read the Special Features section for details about the
pulsing gale force winds in the far SW Caribbean near the coast
of Colombia. A tropical wave crossing the western Caribbean is
discussed in the section above. Elsewhere, low-cloud streamers
with brief isolated showers will continue over the far eastern
Caribbean through Thu. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will
develop over the interior sections of Hispaniola this afternoon
and Thu afternoon. Mostly fresh E winds will continue over the
central Caribbean Sea, and strong NE-E winds will be over the SW
and S central sections of the Caribbean, through Thu.


A mid- to upper-level trough over the SE United States is helping
to enhance shower and thunderstorm activity NW of a line from
31N72W to 25N80W. These thunderstorms will remain active through
Thu as a portion of the trough moves off the eastern seaboard.
High pressure will build in the wake of this trough late this week.
A 1032 mb high well north of the area, centered near 40N40W is
dominating much of the central and eastern Atlantic discussion
waters. A large area of Saharan Air Layer (SAL) dust is currently
over the central Atlantic from 10N to 25N and between 51W and
66W, and over the eastern Atlantic S of 25N E of 51W. The dust
will continue to translate westward for the rest of the week.

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Discussion of death penalty for cop killers reemerges after Mass. LEO's killing

Police One - 39 min 39 sec ago

By Scott J. Croteau, Springfield, Mass.

WEYMOUTH, Mass. — In the wake of Weymouth Police Sgt. Michael Chesna's killing, the subject of whether the death penalty should be back on the books in Massachusetts has once again emerged with Gov. Charlie Baker stating he believes the death penalty should apply to cop-killers.

Auburn Police Chief Andrew Sluckis Jr. is one of the police chiefs in Massachusetts who supports the death penalty for anyone who killed an officer.

"This is ridiculous," Sluckis said. "You're talking three officers that all have been killed and shot to death in the line of duty within 26 months."

Sluckis had an officer killed in the line of duty in 2016. Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino was fatally shot by Jorge Zambrano during a traffic stop on May 22, 2016.

He has joined Yarmouth Police Chief Frank Frederickson and Woburn Police Chief Robert Ferullo, who also believe the death penalty should apply to cop-killers.

Yarmouth Police Sgt. Sean Gannon was killed serving a warrant on Cape Cod this year. Woburn Police Officer Jack Maguire was fatally shot by a robbery suspect in 2010.

The death penalty ended in Massachusetts in 1984, although there have been efforts to put it back on the books since then. Proposed legislation has failed. People convicted of federal crimes in Massachusetts can be sentenced to death, as was the case with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston Marathon bombings.

A bill bringing back the death penalty in Massachusetts also failed after the kidnapping and abduction of 10-year-old Jeffrey Curley thrust the issue back into the forefront.

Baker said this week he continues to hold the position that the death penalty should apply to anyone who kills a police officer.

Earlier this year, Baker signed a bill that included a new mandatory minimum sentence for assault and battery on a police officer causing serious bodily injury.

Getting support from legislators is difficult, said Mark Leahy, the retired Northborough Police Chief who is now the executive director of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association.

Having a bill filed to bring back the death penalty is among laundry list of items the association is considering, he said.

A sampling of whether lawmakers would support such a bill showed "it wasn't going to happen," Leahy said.

"Who knows, maybe after this the discussion will continue? There was no appetite for it though," he said. "We don't want to do it for window dressing. We're either going to do it because we think it has a good chance of succeeding or not. We realized the current environment showed it was not."

Chesna was fatally shot Sunday after responding to a call for an erratic driver in Weymouth. Emanuel Lopes is accused of shooting Chesna with the officer's firearm.

Sluckis said he continues to believe judges should not have lifetime appointments. Judges should be reviewed every five years, he said.

The men involved in the killings of Tarentino and Gannon both were career criminals. A judge referenced Zambrano's violent history toward police three months before the killing of Tarentino. The judge could have revoked Zambrano's bail, but did not.

The man accused of killing Gannon had more than 100 offenses on his criminal record. Gannon's mother released a statement after Chesna's killing.

"Our hearts are broken once again for what can never be justified - the senseless violence that continues to occur because legislators and the court system fail to adequately support Law Enforcement and the innocent public by allowing dangerous criminals to remain in society," said Denise Gannon.

Records show Lopes was placed on $500 cash bail in an October drug case in Weymouth. He was out on pretrial probation conditions when authorities say he killed Chesna and Adams.

Sluckis wants more information about the case before determining if another judge should be "removed from the bench."

Once news of Chesna's shooting broke, Sluckis said he messaged Trish Tarentino and spoke with Frederickson.

Sluckis also wants a piece of legislation, currently still with State Rep. Theodore C. Speliotis' committee, to be passed. It would allow officers and public safety personnel involved in traumatic events to seek support services without having to notify their supervisors.

The bill wouldn't cost taxpayers any money, Sluckis said.

©2018, Springfield, Mass.

Categories: Law Enforcement

North Texas Companies Benefiting From Growth in Texas Economy

Media - KXAS NBC5 DFW - 42 min 39 sec ago

The Texas economy is in a big growth spurt and North Texas companies are benefiting. The Dallas Morning News' Aidan Quigley discusses how the region's top 150 companies performed, how the energy sector...

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News

Colorado Sheriff Defends Deputies' Decision to Apprehend Mentally Ill Man - 50 min 44 sec ago
On Tuesday, Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock talked about the New Year’s Eve shooting that left Deputy Zackari Parrish dead and four others shot after two reports were released.
Categories: Law Enforcement


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