Law Enforcement

Ticonderoga Police request the public's assistance with identifying a person of interest

State - NY Police - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 21:51
The Ticonderoga Police Department and the New York State Police, Troop B, are actively searching for a person of interest in a homicide that occurred in the town of Ticonderoga, NY.
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State Police in Painted Post are looking for this truck which was stolen sometime in the last 24 hours

State - NY Police - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 15:51
State Police are looking for this 1996 Dodge pick up truck stolen from a residence located at 423 Beartown Road in Erwin. 
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7-year-old immigrant girl dies after Border Patrol arrest

Police One - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 14:13

Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — A 7-year-old girl who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border with her father last week died after being taken into the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol, federal immigration authorities confirmed Thursday.

The Washington Post reports the girl died of dehydration and shock more than eight hours after she was arrested by agents near Lordsburg, New Mexico. The girl was from Guatemala and was traveling with a group of 163 people who approached agents to turn themselves in on Dec. 6.

It's unknown what happened to the girl during the eight hours before she started having seizures and was flown to an El Paso hospital.

In a statement, Customs and Border Protection said the girl had not eaten or consumed water in several days.

The agency did not provide The Associated Press with the statement it gave to the Post, despite repeated requests.

Processing 163 immigrants in one night could have posed challenges for the agency, whose detention facilities are meant to be temporary and don't usually fit that many people.

When a Border Patrol agent arrests someone, that person gets processed at a facility but usually spends no more than 72 hours in custody before they are either transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement or, if they're Mexican, quickly deported home.

The girl's death raises questions about whether border agents knew she was ill and whether she was fed anything or given anything to drink during the eight-plus hours she was in custody.

Immigrants, attorneys and activists have long raised issues with the conditions of Border Patrol holding cells. In Tucson, an ongoing lawsuit claims holding cells are filthy, extremely cold and lacking basic necessities such as blankets. A judge overseeing that lawsuit has ordered the agency's Tucson Sector, which patrols much of the Arizona-Mexico border, to provide blankets and mats to sleep on and to continually turn over surveillance footage from inside the cells.

The Border Patrol has seen an increasing trend of large groups of immigrants, many with young children, walking up to agents and turning themselves in. Most are Central American and say they are fleeing violence. They turn themselves in instead of trying to circumvent authorities, many with plans to apply for asylum.

Agents in Arizona see groups of over 100 people on a regular basis, sometimes including infants and toddlers.

Arresting such groups poses logistical problems for agents who have to wait on transport vans that are equipped with baby seats to take them to processing facilities, some which are at least half hour north of the border.

The death of the 7-year-old comes after a toddler died in May just after being released from an ICE family detention facility in Texas, and as the administration of Donald Trump attempts to ban people from asking for asylum if they crossed the border illegally. A federal appeals court has temporarily blocked that ban, but the administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate it Tuesday.

Cynthia Pompa, advocacy manager for the ACLU Border Rights Center, said migrant deaths increased last year even as the number of border crossing dropped.

"This tragedy represents the worst possible outcome when people, including children, are held in inhumane conditions. Lack of accountability, and a culture of cruelty within CBP have exacerbated policies that lead to migrant deaths," Pompa said.


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NC officer dies after being hit while investigating crash

Police One - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 14:10

WGHP-TV, Greensboro

LUMBERTON, N.C. — A Lumberton police officer has died after being struck by a car while investigating a crash on I-95 early Saturday morning.

WTVD reported that Officer Jason Quick was responding to a wreck on I-95 Northbound near Exit 22 just after 6 a.m.

Officer Quick was hit by a car shortly before 7 a.m., according to authorities. Quick was taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center where he died.

REST IN PEACE: North Carolina Police Officer Jason Quick was hit and killed this morning along I-95 in Lumberton while responding to a crash. Officer Quick, you are a hero. Praying for his wife and children @WRAL pic.twitter.com/Yot3lSN7bP

— Mikaya Thurmond (@WRALMikaya) December 15, 2018

The North Carolina Highway Patrol and the Investigator for the Robeson County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the crash scene.

“Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Officer Jason Quick,” the Lumberton Police Department said on Facebook.

©2018 WGHP-TV, Greensboro


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Boy's mother called 911 before Ind. school shooting

Police One - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 14:05

Associated Press

RICHMOND, Ind. — Police say a 14-year-old Indiana boy's mother was the 911 caller who warned authorities before the teenager shot his way into a middle school and exchanged gunfire with officers.

State Police said Friday that the mother warned of "imminent danger" before Thursday morning's shooting at Dennis Intermediate School in Richmond.

Her tip meant the school was on lockdown when the boy shot out glass in a locked door, entered the school and exchanged shots inside with pursuing police officers before apparently killing himself.

Police also announced that preliminary autopsy results show the teen died from a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Richmond Police Chief Jim Branum tells the Palladium-Item the boy was carrying a pistol and a rifle when he entered the school about 60 miles (96 kilometers) east of Indianapolis. No one else was injured in the shooting.


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*MEDIA ADVISORY* Ballston Spa Police and State Police to hold press conference on double murder-suicide

State - NY Police - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 09:27
Ballston Spa Police Department and the  New york State Police will hold a press conference on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. in regards to the double murder-suicide that took place in Ballston Spa.
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Scituate Barracks

State - RI Police - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 09:00
Media Contact: Captain Derek W. Borek, District A Commander, 401-444-1014 No arrests to report.
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Lumberton Police Department (NC)

Law Enforcement LODD - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 08:44
Police Officer Jason Quick was struck and killed by a vehicle while investigating another crash on I-95, near exit 22, at 6:50 am. Rescue personnel and another officer who were already...

Fatal crash shuts down road in Columbus

State - NY Police - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 08:26
County Road 25 in the town of Columbus was shut down for several hours this morning as troopers investigated a fatal car crash. 
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Lincoln Woods Barracks

State - RI Police - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 07:15
At 4:25 PM, Troopers arrested Darren Troy, age 58, of 45 Italy Street, Providence, RI for a Providence Superior Court Full Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear for Cost Review on the original charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance Schedule I-V 2nd Offense originating out of the Pawtucket...
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Detective Bureau

State - RI Police - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 07:15
MEDIA CONTACT: Major Dennis B. Fleming, Detective Commander (#401-764-5605) Captain Gerald M. McKinney, Assistant Detective Commander (#401-764-5153) On Friday, December 14, 2018 members of the Gaming Enforcement Unit arrested Raymond Cicerone, age 64, of 107A Earl Street, West Warwick, Rhode
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Hope Valley Barracks

State - RI Police - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 07:00
No arrests to report. MEDIA CONTACT: Acting Captain Christopher Schram, District-B Commander, 401-444-1202
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Wickford Barracks

State - RI Police - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 07:00
MEDIA CONTACT: Acting Captain Christopher Schram, District-B Commander, 401-444-1202 At 12:40 PM, Troopers arrested Lucas Lecuivre, age 35, of 1634 Main Street, Apt 1R, West Warwick, Rhode Island, for Domestic-Simple Assault/Battery. The arrest was a result of an investigation by Troopers, who...
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NY top court finds police disciplinary records can remain secret

Police One - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 16:14

By Robert Gavin Times Union, Albany, N.Y.

ALBANY, N.Y. — The state's top court has reaffirmed the scope of a law that keeps disciplinary decisions of police officers confidential and shields the records from public scrutiny.

In a 5-2 decision that upheld a lower court's conclusion, the Court of Appeals rejected arguments by the New York City Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), which tried to use the state's Freedom of Information Law to obtain disciplinary decisions of New York City police officers.

In August 2011, the NYCLU filed a Freedom of Information Law request to obtain the documents dating back to Jan. 1, 2001. The records related to NYPD disciplinary proceedings that arose from complaints to the city's Civilian Complaint Review Board, an independent agency that investigates complaints against police officers. If the Review Board substantiates a complaint, it refers the matter to the NYPD, which can try to discipline the officer with "charges and specifications."

In a decision authored by Associate Judge Michael Garcia, the Court of Appeals sided with the NYPD, finding its decisions to be "quintessential 'personnel records'" which cannot be disclosed under Civil Rights Law 50-a. The law, the decision noted, was designed to protect officers from being harassed or embarrassed by lawyers in cross-examination during litigation.

"These records are replete with factual details regarding misconduct allegations, hearing judges' impressions and findings, and any punishment imposed on officers — material ripe for degrading, embarrassing, harassing or impeaching the integrity of an officer," Garcia wrote. "The documents are, accordingly, protected from disclosure under Civil Rights Law 50-a."

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore and Associate Judges Eugene Fahey, Paul Feinman and Leslie Stein all concurred, although Stein wrote an opinion showing some differences of opinion. Associate Judges Jenny Rivera and Rowan Wilson disagreed, each authoring opinions.

Rivera stated the ruling was "an interpretation of our statutes that cloaks government activity in secrecy and undermines our state's public policy of open government."

Robert Freeman, executive director of the state's Committee on Open Government, said the ruling demonstrated a clear need to change the law. He said that, generally speaking, when a record indicates that a government employee engaged in misconduct or violated rules, that record is available to the public under FOIL.

"That would be so with respect to the great majority of public employees — whether they be clerical or administrative, teachers, even judges. But it's not so in the case of police and correction officers," Freeman told the Times Union. "It's ironic that those classes of public employees who have the most power and authority over peoples' lives are the least accountable, and reconsideration of section 50-a of the Civil Rights Law should be a priority in the upcoming legislative session."

In a statement, the Legal Aid Society said the decision "cements a dangerous precedent in a democracy that relies on access of information in order to hold public officials accountable." It said the ruling "will amplify harm to people abused by police, leave Black and Latinx communities vulnerable with even less recourse to hold police accountable, will support impunity by officers who will abuse the reliability of their anonymity, and will cause continued disruption in the justice system."

Several media outlets — The Hearst Corp., which operates the Times Union; Advance Publications; the Associated Press; Daily News; Dow Jones & Company; Gannett Co.; News 12 Networks, Newsday and NYP Holdings — filed a joint brief supporting the NYCLU's appeal. The New York City Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, the union that represents NYPD officers, filed one supporting the department.

Patrick Lynch, the president of the PBA, said in a statement he was grateful the Court of Appeals "reaffirmed the core principles behind the law protecting the confidential personnel records of public safety professionals."

Lynch said the court recognized the "tremendous potential for abusive exploitation of these records and the harassment — or worse — of police officers, firefighters and correction officers."

After the NYPD's initial rejection of the NYCLU's document request, the NYPD responded to the group's administrative appeal by releasing 700 pages of "disposition of charges" forms that contained redactions to conceal the names of the officers and nature of the complaints about them. The NYPD denied disclosure of "final opinions" of the cases.

After the NYCLU sued, a state Supreme Court justice ordered the NYPD to produce five decisions at random, but allowed the department to conceal identities of the officers and told the department to notify the officers. The department complied but argued the request, even with the redactions, violated Civil Rights Law 50-a.

The Appellate Division in Manhattan reversed the justice's ruling and found the court could not order the NYPD to disclose redacted versions of the disciplinary decisions. The Court of Appeals heard arguments on the case last month.

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©2018 the Times Union (Albany, N.Y.)


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Trooper wounded in 2014 ambush shooting has leg amputated

Police One - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 15:41

By Associated Press

NEW YORK - A Pennsylvania state police trooper who was shot in a 2014 ambush has had his right leg amputated below the knee.

Trooper Alex Douglass underwent the surgery this week at a New York City hospital.

His friend Earl Granville said Friday that Douglass had been having some medical complications with his leg and decided to have it amputated to improve his quality of life.

"As an athlete, it will be better for him in the long run," Granville said. "This will give him an opportunity to do what he loves again."

Granville is a veteran who lost his leg in 2008 when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. An acquaintance connected the two when Douglass expressed interest in doing a marathon, knowing Granville had completed several since being wounded. The two, both of Scranton, completed the New York City Marathon handcycle event in 2015, he said.

Douglass has run marathons in the past, and Granville said he knows his friend would love to do so again and should be able to with a prosthetic.

Douglass is in great spirits, he said.

"His attitude has been phenomenal. It's something we could all admire," Granville said.

Douglass was wounded when Eric Frein opened fire at the Blooming Grove state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania in September 2014. Cpl. Bryon Dickson II, a married father of two, was killed.

Frein then led authorities on a 48-day manhunt through the rugged Pocono Mountains before U.S. marshals caught him at an abandoned airplane hangar. He was convicted in 2017 and is on death row for the slayings.

He's seeking a new trial.

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This story has been corrected to show Douglass did the New York City Marathon handcycle event in 2015, not last month.


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Fatal Accident on Northern State Parkway

State - NY Police - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 15:35
The New York State Police in Brentwood are investigating a single-vehicle fatal motor vehicle collision which occurred Thursday night on the Northern State Parkway in the Town of Huntington. 
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Sandy Hook School Receives Threat on Shooting Anniversary

Officer.com - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 13:56
Students at Sandy Hook Elementary School were sent home Friday after police say the school received a threat.
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Wounded Louisiana Sheriff's Deputy Returns Home

Officer.com - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 13:43
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Deputy Christopher "Charlie" Haislup, who was shot Sunday night is now recovering from his wounds at home.
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