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Photo of the Week: Train them young

Police One - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 12:26
Author: PoliceOne Members

This week's photo comes from Officer Ali Khan of the Oroville Police Department in California. Pictured is him and his 3-year-old daughter who already wants to be an officer. Thank you for your service!

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Fugitive missing after making deal with PD to surrender if wanted poster got 15K likes

Police One - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 12:12
Author: PoliceOne Members

Associated Press

TORRINGTON, Conn. — Police in a Connecticut city were still searching Friday for a fugitive who failed to honor an agreement and surrender once enough people responded positively to his wanted poster on social media.

Jose Simms has seven arrest warrants and is being sought as a fugitive after failing to appear in court on charges that range from breach of peace to risk of injury to a child.

He is believed to be somewhere in New York.

Torrington police Lt. Brett Johnson posted on the department's Facebook page Wednesday that Simms had contacted him through the social media site and agreed to turn himself in if the post containing his poster received 15,000 likes.

The page has far surpassed that number, but still no sign of Simms or another fugitive, Kristopher Waananen, who has outstanding motor vehicle and failure to appear warrants. He was mentioned in the same post, but without a similar agreement to surrender.

"Regardless of the number of "Likes" this post receives, we will continue to utilize the resources we have available to us to locate both suspects and take them into custody," wrote Police Lt. Bart Barown.

The deal led to some criticism. Maki Haberfeld, an expert in police ethics and procedure at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, said Simms is using social media to manipulate both the news media and police, who she said have no business negotiating a deal with a suspect, never mind one that involves likes on Facebook.

"It turns this into a joke," she said. "People will start looking at these various violations of law as a game."

Simms did not respond Friday to a Facebook message seeking comment. On Wednesday, he had written that he was a "man of my word" and said he had decided to negotiate his surrender because "looking over your shoulder every 5 seconds can cause a lot of stress."

He also responded to the original Torrington Police post, complaining about his mug shot on the site, calling it a "trash pic."

"Jose, it's the only one we had.hopefully we will get a 'good' one soon," the department replied.

Regardless of the number of "Likes" this post receives, we will continue to utilize the resources we have available to...

Posted by City of Torrington Police Department on Wednesday, May 22, 2019


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Fugitive missing after making deal with PD to surrender if his wanted poster got 15K Facebook likes

Police One - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 12:12
Author: PoliceOne Members

Associated Press

TORRINGTON, Conn. — Police in a Connecticut city were still searching Friday for a fugitive who failed to honor an agreement and surrender once enough people responded positively to his wanted poster on social media.

Jose Simms has seven arrest warrants and is being sought as a fugitive after failing to appear in court on charges that range from breach of peace to risk of injury to a child.

He is believed to be somewhere in New York.

Torrington police Lt. Brett Johnson posted on the department's Facebook page Wednesday that Simms had contacted him through the social media site and agreed to turn himself in if the post containing his poster received 15,000 likes.

The page has far surpassed that number, but still no sign of Simms or another fugitive, Kristopher Waananen, who has outstanding motor vehicle and failure to appear warrants. He was mentioned in the same post, but without a similar agreement to surrender.

"Regardless of the number of "Likes" this post receives, we will continue to utilize the resources we have available to us to locate both suspects and take them into custody," wrote Police Lt. Bart Barown.

The deal led to some criticism. Maki Haberfeld, an expert in police ethics and procedure at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, said Simms is using social media to manipulate both the news media and police, who she said have no business negotiating a deal with a suspect, never mind one that involves likes on Facebook.

"It turns this into a joke," she said. "People will start looking at these various violations of law as a game."

Simms did not respond Friday to a Facebook message seeking comment. On Wednesday, he had written that he was a "man of my word" and said he had decided to negotiate his surrender because "looking over your shoulder every 5 seconds can cause a lot of stress."

He also responded to the original Torrington Police post, complaining about his mug shot on the site, calling it a "trash pic."

"Jose, it's the only one we had.hopefully we will get a 'good' one soon," the department replied.

Regardless of the number of "Likes" this post receives, we will continue to utilize the resources we have available to...

Posted by City of Torrington Police Department on Wednesday, May 22, 2019


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Miss. mayor will pay drug dealers, gang members $10K to leave city

Police One - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 11:54
Author: PoliceOne Members

By PoliceOne Staff

CLARKSDALE, Miss. — A mayor is ready to spend thousands of his own money to help move criminals out of his city.

According to Newsweek, Clarksdale Mayor Chuck Espy will give funds starting at around $10,000 to persuade people committing crimes to relocate and start new lives.

The move is a part of a five-point plan to reduce crime that will be reviewed by the Clarksdale Police department.

“We are talking directly to three groups of people. Drug dealers, gang members, and any wannabe criminals in the city of Clarksdale,” Espy said.

Espy told reporters during a press conference that these criminals may be in the wrong environment and they may not have the good opportunities they need in the city.

For those who want to turn their lives around, etiquette classes and job assistance will be put in place. But for those who don’t want to be model citizens, Espy and the city’s police department are giving them the option to get out.

Efforts to fight crime in the city have been working, the mayor reported. More personnel have been added to the police department to handle felony cases. Twelve homicides were committed in 2018, but with the new efforts, there has only been one homicide this year to date.


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Traffic Fatality #32

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 11:48

Case:         19-1390962

Date:          May 19, 2019

Time:         1:15 p.m.

Location:   2700 block of S. Congress Avenue

Deceased:  Halbert Glen Hendricks | Black male | 9-24-78

The preliminary investigation shows that a gray, 2013 Dodge Ram was traveling eastbound on Cumberland Rd. approaching Congress Avenue. Cumberland ends at Congress with a T-intersection. The driver of the Ram, Halbert Hendricks, continued eastbound and impacted a cement barrier. Mr. Hendricks was transported to South Austin Hospital and died as a result of his injuries at 2:01 p.m. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

Anyone with information regarding this case should call APD’s Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-6935. You can also submit tips by downloading Austin PD’s free mobile app on iPhone and Android

This is Austin’s 32nd fatal traffic crash of 2019, resulting in 33 fatalities this year. At this time in 2018, there were 22 fatal traffic crashes and 23 traffic fatalities.

These statements are from the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.

 

State Police to crack down on impaired and reckless driving this Memorial Day weekend

State - NY Police - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 11:14
The New York State Police will increase patrols to combat drunk, impaired and reckless driving throughout Memorial Day weekend.
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Man charged in crash that killed Tenn. officer

Police One - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 10:59

Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Tennessee man already convicted three times for driving under the influence now faces a vehicular homicide charge, accused of fatally rear-ending a police officer.

Shelby County prosecutors said Thursday that Marquell Griffin was intoxicated and speeding when he slammed into the car of Lt. Myron Fair, a 25-year veteran of the Memphis Police.

Authorities say Fair was stopped at a traffic light, headed home from work, when his Nissan Altima was hit from behind by Griffin's Dodge Durango just after midnight on March 21 in Memphis.

Police said Griffin walked away but was arrested later. Online court records didn't show a lawyer for him in this case late Thursday.

Today, the men and women of the Memphis Police Department are heartbroken by the loss of a dear friend, coworker, and an...

Posted by Memphis Police Department est.1827 on Thursday, March 21, 2019


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Lindley man faces numerous charges after fleeing traffic stop

State - NY Police - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 10:46
State Troopers arrested 50-year old Glen Glover of Lindley after he fled from a traffic stop.
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Slain NC student gets Purple Heart, Bronze Star

Police One - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 10:39

Associated Press

WAYNESVILLE, N.C. — A University of North Carolina-Charlotte student who was killed when he tackled a gunman who opened fire inside a classroom has been posthumously awarded military honors.

Twenty-one-year-old Army ROTC cadet Riley Howell was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.

The Charlotte Observer reports Waynesville Police Chief William Hollingsed and Haywood County Sheriff Greg Christopher on Wednesday presented Howell's family with the medals. They were provided by Thomas Matteo, president of the Purple Heart Society.

Riley is credited with saving lives during the April 30 attack on the Charlotte campus that also killed 19-year-old student Ellis R. Parlier and wounded four others.

Authorities have charged 22-year-old Trystan Andrew Terrell with murder, attempted murder and other offenses.


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APD seeks assistance in identifying home invasion robbery suspect

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 10:21

Case:         19-1420679

Date:          May 22, 2019

Time:         9:30 a.m.

Location:   700 block W. Longspur Blvd.

The Austin Police Department’s Robbery Unit is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a home invasion robbery suspect from May 22, 2019. The suspect kicked in the door of an apartment where the occupants were asleep in their bedrooms. One of the occupants woke up to a man in her bedroom. He threatened her, demanded valuables and then fled the scene. None of the occupants were injured.

The suspect can be seen in the attached video below.
https://youtu.be/8gUdBEs4jCo

He is described as:

  • Hispanic male
  • 30s
  • 5’9”
  • 260 lbs, stocky build
  • Spoke English and Spanish
  • Wearing a black hoodie possibly a Carhartt beanie
  • Light pants
  • White shoes

Anyone with information is asked to call the APD Robbery Unit at 512-974-5270 or text "Tip 103" + your message to CRIMES or use the new Crime Stoppers App. You may remain anonymous. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, free on iPhone and Android.

Troy woman gets arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana.

State - NY Police - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 10:13
On May 23, 2019, Troopers out of SP Lyons arrested Hazel Williams, 57, of Troy, New York for unlawful possession of marijuana.
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Memorial Day Holiday Hours

Sheriff - Hillsboro County (Tampa, FL) - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 09:58
The Public Affairs Office, as well as other Sheriff’s Office administrative offices will be closed on Monday, May 27.
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New Hampshire Police Mourn Sudden Death of K-9

Officer.com - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 09:56
The Portsmouth Police Department is mourning the sudden loss of one of their own.
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Memorial Day No Refusal Initiative

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 09:50

The Austin Police Department (APD) will conduct a No Refusal Initiative that will coincide with the upcoming Memorial Day weekend holiday. This initiative will be in effect May 23, 2019 through May 27, 2019 and will run 10 p.m. - 5 a.m. each day.
 
This initiative is an effort to enforce DWI laws, keep the public safe by encouraging drivers to make responsible decisions, and to apply for blood search warrants on suspects who refuse to provide a breath or blood specimen as required by law.
 
APD is continuously focused on preventing lives from being lost on the streets, highways and waterways of Austin. The department is dedicated to making roadways and waterways of Austin safe for residents and visitors through education and enforcement. 
 
There is no excuse to drink and drive! Plan a safe ride home.

Homicide #32 Update

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 09:49

Case:          16-3140324
 
Date:           Wednesday, November 9, 2016
 
Time:          7:26 a.m.
 
Location:    1400 block of Meander Drive
 
Deceased:   Tyler Benjamin Athey | White male | 08/12/1992
 
Arrested:     Vinton June Fontenot | Black male | 35 years of age
 
On Wednesday, May 22, 2019, Austin Police Department homicide detectives obtained a warrant for Vinton Fontenot for the 2016 murder of Tyler Athey. The two-and-a-half-year homicide investigation required following up on numerous tips from citizens and substantial forensic analysis.
 
The case began with the brutal murder of Tyler Athey on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. Nearby residences called in to report a body in the 1500 block of Meander Drive. Homicide detectives and crime scene technicians methodically worked the scene despite rain complication evidence-collection efforts.
 
Detectives believe more than one person was involved in this murder and are continuing to investigate.
 
Fontenot is currently in the Galveston County jail on an unrelated charge, but is expected to be transferred to the Travis County Jail at a later date.
 
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text "Tip 103" + your message to CRIMES or use the new Crime Stoppers App or email APD Homicide at homicide.apd@austintexas.gov. You may remain anonymous.You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, free on iPhone and Android.

Memorial Day Weekend Personal Watercraft Ban on Lake Austin

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 09:48

The Austin Police Department Parks and Lake Patrol Unit will prohibit the use and operation of personal watercraft, wet bikes, motorized surfboards and similar devices on Lake Austin beginning at sunset on Friday, May 24, 2019 and ending on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at sunrise. Non-motorized devices such as kayaks, canoes and paddleboards can still be used.
 
The annual ban of personal watercraft is necessary to ensure the safety of the large number of people that make use of the lake and parks over the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend. This ban only applies to Lake Austin. 
 
Police will be patrolling Lake Austin this weekend and urge people using waterways to follow the Texas Water Safety Act and City of Austin boating laws and ordinances. Police urge all boaters to practice safe boating and to call 9-1-1 for all reckless operation of boats or emergencies.
 
The Austin Parks and Recreation Department and the Austin Police Department want the public to enjoy the parks and lakes but urge people to make this a safe holiday. For more information, contact the APD Lake Patrol Unit at 512-329-8841.
 
City Ordinance:  8-5-81 WATERCRAFT AND OTHER MOTORIZED CRAFT ON LAKE AUSTIN.

     (A)     A person may not use or possess a jet ski, wet bike, motorized surfboard, or similar device on Lake Austin:
          (1)     from sunset on the Friday before Memorial Day until sunrise on the Tuesday after Memorial Day;
          (2)     from sunset on the Friday before Labor Day until sunrise on the Tuesday after Labor Day; or
          (3)     from sunset on July 3 until sunrise on July 5.
     (B)     A person operating a motorboat on Lake Austin shall stay on the right side of the lake, except when assisting a downed water skier.
     (C)     A person may not operate a watercraft on Lake Austin at a speed that is greater than reasonable and prudent under the existing circumstances.
 
Source:  1992 Code Section 14-2-1; Ord. 031009-11; Ord. 031211-11.

Man Convicted of Killing Off-Duty Chicago Police Officer in 2010

Officer.com - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 09:47
A jury on Thursday found Anton Carter guilty of the murder of Chicago Police Officer Michael Bailey, who was shot and killed while off-duty in a botched carjacking in July 2010.
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Detective Bureau

State - RI Police - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 09:45
MEDIA CONTACT: Major Timothy G. Sanzi, Detective Commander (#401-764-5606) On May 23, 2019, members of the Gaming Enforcement Unit arrested Phat Hong Doan, age 57, of 33 Sanderson Avenue, East Weymouth, Massachusetts, for Larceny under $1,500. Mr. Doan was processed at the Tiverton Police...
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Family of Incapacitated Woman Who Was Raped Blames Arizona

Forensic Magazine - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 09:39
NewsThe parents of an incapacitated woman who was raped and later gave birth at a Phoenix long-term care center alleges in a $45 million legal claim that the facility and state broke their promise to have only female caregivers tend to their daughter.Contributed Author: Terry Tang and Jacques Billeaud, Associated PressTopics: Sexual Assault Investigations
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Georgia Police K-9 Dies Chasing Suspect

Officer.com - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 09:37
Gwinnett County Police K-9 Eli racked a suspect in Grayson for about 30 minutes on Thursday when he began to show signs of distress believed to be related to the heat.
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