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Son of Slain Dallas Tranist Officer Found Dead of Apparent Suicide

Police Magazine - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 10:04

The son of Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Officer Brent Thompson was found dead of apparent suicide Monday in Corsicana, TX.

Corsicana police said they found William Thompson, 19, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound early Monday at a park, Fox 4 News reports.

Brent Thompson was one of five officers killed in the deadly July 7, 2016, sniper attack in downtown Dallas.

 

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Ohio Authorities Release Facial Reconstruction of Man Whose Skeletal Remains Were Found Over 35 Years Ago

Forensic Magazine - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 10:01
NewsAuthorities are seeking the public’s help in identifying skeletal remains discovered in a wooded area of Twinsburg, Ohio more than 35 years ago. The Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office and Twinsburg police on Monday unveiled a forensic clay model of the victim’s face, saying they hope the facial reconstruction will finally solve the decades-old mystery.Contributed Author: Rick Armon, Beacon Journal/Ohio.comTopics: Unsolved
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Small W. Va. community rallies around wounded officer

Police One - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 09:55

By Matt Combs The Register-Herald, Beckley, W. Va.

ALDERSON, W. Va. — If there is one thing that can be said about small communities, it is that in times of need and crisis, those small communities gather around one another and offer a helping hand.

A fine example of that community cohesiveness has been on display in the town of Alderson.

On the evening of Oct. 27, Mac Brackenrich, an off-duty Alderson police officer, was shot in the neck while riding an ATV in Summers County and airlifted to a hospital in Charleston where he still remains fighting through his wounds.

On Sunday morning, the Alderson Volunteer Fire Department held a fundraiser breakfast for the wounded officer at their station in Alderson’s Historic District.

Although Brackenrich may be best known as Alderson PD’s K9 officer, he was also a member of the fire department in the small town straddling the Greenbrier.

Mike Vandall, with the fire department, had nothing but praise for the young man.

“Mac is very warm,” Vandall said. “He’s never met a stranger. He’s the kind of guy that will give you the shirt off his back; he’ll do anything for you.”

Those feelings were also shared by Jeremy Bennett, the town’s police chief.

“Super good kid,” Bennett said. “Young. Had such drive, loved helping his community. He was a firefighter, police officer. He was also an EMT or working on becoming an EMT. A father, son, grandson. Just an all-around good kid. That’s all you can really say.”

Bennett was at a loss for words about the whole situation.

“There’s so many emotions,” Bennett said. “I mean why him?”

Although Bennett may be at a loss for words on the situation, he isn’t lost when it comes to the steps that need to be taken.

“Just to support the family, that’s it,” Bennett said. “There’s a long-term need. We all got to come together and do what we can to help him.”

Vandall highlighted some of those costs.

According to Vandall, the emergency flight to the hospital will cost upward of $50,000, with bills from over three weeks in intensive care also pilling up.

“The cost of this is going to be astronomical,” Vandall said. “He’s improving; it’s just slow.”

The support that the community has shown Brackenrich has impressed Vandall.

“To have the support that the community has given Mac is overwhelming,” the firefighter said.

Another person who has been impressed by the support is Tracie Brackenrich, the young officer’s mother.

Staying by the side of her wounded son, Tracie Brackenrich said that she has received prayers and well wishes from as far away as Texas and North Dakota.

The officer’s mother said that countless numbers of people her know her son even in the smallest way have reached out with their thoughts.

“Just overwhelming is about the only word I can come up with,” Tracie Brackenrich said.

The officer’s mother believes that the outpouring of support shown to her son is in part because of the love and respect that the community has for him.

“He knew everybody,” Tracie Brackenrich said. “If he didn’t know everybody, everybody knew him.”

©2017 The Register-Herald (Beckley, W.Va.)


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FBI, Justice Department to Investigate St. Louis-area Police

Forensic Magazine - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 09:53
NewsA federal investigation will look into possible civil rights violations by police in the St. Louis area in the two months since protests broke out after a white former police officer was acquitted in the shooting death of a black suspect.Contributed Author: Jim Salter, Associated PressTopics: Police Procedure
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Houston Police to Allow Officers to Use Pit Maneuvers

Officer.com - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 09:42
The Houston Police Department is implementing a policy change for vehicle pursuits.
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Convictions in Doubt as More Than 10,000 Cases Could Be Affected by Data Manipulation at UK Forensics Lab

Forensic Magazine - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 09:37
NewsMore than 10,000 criminal cases may have been affected by alleged manipulation at a forensics lab that analyzed evidence of drug driving, violent crime, sexual offenses and unexplained deaths, it has been revealed.Contributed Author: Lizzie Dearden, The IndependentTopics: Crime Lab
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Man Suspected of Killing PA Officer Arrested

Police Magazine - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 09:24

The man suspected in the fatal shooting of a New Kensington, PA, police officer is in custody.

According to police, 29-year-old Rahmael Sal Holt was arrested without incident around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday in Hazelwood. Holt is accused of killing 25-year-old Officer Brian Shaw on Friday.

The FBI, U.S. Marshals, Allegheny County Police and the Pittsburgh SWAT team made the arrest, KDKA TV reports.

Holt was transported to New Kensington, where he was led into the magistrate’s office around 9 a.m. The handcuffs used on Holt belonged to Officer Shaw.

Police have been searching for Holt since the shooting happened around 8:15 p.m. Friday after police tried to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle in New Kensington.

According to an affidavit, Officer Shaw attempted a traffic stop of a Jeep driven by Tavon Harper, 27. The Jeep never stopped, the affidavit said. Holt, a passenger, fled the vehicle on foot while Harper drove away, the affidavit said.

It was then that Holt, being pursued by Officer Shaw, fired multiple shots, killing the patrolman, according to the affidavit. Officer Shaw, shot at least once in the chest, was taken to Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights, where he was pronounced dead.

Harper was taken into custody Monday by Westmoreland County detectives. Harper is charged with fleeing or attempting to elude and two drug offenses. He was arraigned and is being held in the Westmoreland County Prison on $500,000 straight bond.

Holt has a lengthy criminal record with previous arrests on drug charges, aggravated and simple assault, and carrying a firearm without a license.

The Post-Gazettte reports that court records show that Holt’s mother, Sherry, his cousin, Marcel Mason, and Mason’s girlfriend, Aysa Benson, have all been arrested and charged with hindering apprehension.

 

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Baltimore police find new evidence in slain detective's case

Police One - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 09:15

By Justin Fenton The Baltimore Sun

BALTIMORE — Armed with new autopsy findings, Baltimore Police investigators returned Monday to the scene where Det. Sean Suiter was fatally shot last week and said they had found “additional, significant” evidence.

“I’m very encouraged by the recovery of this evidence,” Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said Monday, declining to elaborate on what was discovered. “I think it’s going to help us identify the killer.”

Davis said the new findings were the result of an autopsy completed over the weekend, which formally ruled Suiter’s death as a homicide by shooting.

The commissioner appeared upbeat about the progress of the case, despite the investigation’s taking longer than usual for an agency accustomed to quickly identifying killers of its own. Since at least the 1960s, the city police department has never gone so long without identifying a suspect in the killing of a police officer.

Davis also said the discovery of new evidence bolstered his decision to keep the area around the Harlem Park crime scene locked down through last weekend, which had prompted criticism from some residents and the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland. Residents said their IDs were checked as they came and went from their homes.

“I would much rather endure some predictive criticism from the ACLU and others about that decision, than endure a conversation with Detective Suiter’s wife about why we didn’t do everything we possibly could do to recover evidence and identify the person who murdered her husband,” Davis said.

On Monday evening a small group congregated at the corner of West Franklin and Schroeder streets, getting as close as they could to the yard where Suiter was fatally shot. Police caution tape and patrol cars still blocked off some of the streets surrounding the crime scene. For a sixth night in a row, blue and red lights reflected off nearby Harlem Park rowhomes.

The group came to “pour love and light” into the neighborhood, said Baltimore Ceasefire organizer Erricka Bridgeford, and to “turn a murder location into sacred ground.”

Bridgeford, 45, plans to take similar actions at the scene of every murder in Baltimore. Along with other activists, she lit sage to cleanse the area, a process called “smudging.”

“Baltimore deserves light and love in the middle of all this darkness,” she said.

Police have said Suiter, 43, was investigating a still-unsolved homicide from December of last year when he saw a suspicious person in a vacant lot in the 900 block of Bennett Place. Suiter was shot once in the head, rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead the next day.

The reward for tips leading to an arrest and conviction remains at $215,000, which is believed to be an unprecedented amount in Maryland.

At least three shots were fired from Suiter’s own service weapon, which was recovered from the scene, police said. All recovered shell casings were matched to Suiter’s gun, but Davis cautioned that that does not necessarily mean no other gun was fired.

No suspect description has been given to the public since hours after the shooting, when Davis described the suspect as a black man wearing a black and white jacket.

He declined to say what the detective who was with Suiter has told investigators. The partner has not been publicly identified.

The crime scene was secured through the weekend because Suiter’s body was not taken for an autopsy until Saturday afternoon as his organs were donated. Davis said autopsies often provide new theories about the crime, including bullet trajectory and the shooter’s proximity to the victim.

Though investigators scoured the rowhome-sized lot where Suiter was shot, Davis said it was “not unique” to find evidence several days after a crime occurs.

Davis also confirmed that two people had been taken into custody, questioned, and released in the investigation. They were taken into custody after a raid in the 700 block of Dolphin Street, not far from the crime scene. They were not identified.

On Monday about 8:30 a.m., the only signs of the days-long crime scene were a squad car parked near the lot where Suiter was shot and a memorial around the corner on Schroeder Street. Crime scene tape no longer blocked access to the sidewalks.

But around noon, police began putting yellow tape back up and were looking at the dirt lot anew. Davis said it could be closed off for another day.

Later that evening, Bridgeford walked along the police tape on Franklin Street, burning sage. About a dozen others knelt on the nearby sidewalk, arms outstretched toward the vacant lot where Suiter was shot.

As he fell to his knees, Darnyle Wharton prayed for peace. He prayed for his city, for this neighborhood, for Suiter’s family and for everyone who knew him.

“I know it’s really hard for them right now,” said Wharton, 48. “He left that morning and they expected him to come home. And he didn’t. And he won’t again.”

Suiter’s daughter set up an online fundraiser — the authenticity of which was verified by both GoFundMe and the Police Department — on Sunday to collect donations to the family. It had raised more than $30,000 by Monday afternoon.

Police said funeral arrangements were not final but were expected to be announced next week.

Police asked anyone with information to call 911, the homicide unit at 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

©2017 The Baltimore Sun


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Detective Bureau

State - RI Police - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 09:15
MEDIA CONTACT: Major Dennis B. Fleming, Detective Commander (#401-444-1005) On November 20, 2017, members of the ICAC Task Force arrested Emmanuel R. Pena Mejia, age 20, of 79 Byfield Street, Providence, Rhode Island, for Possession of Child Pornography. Mr. Pena Mejia was arraigned in Sixth...
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Man accused of shooting rookie Pa. officer arrested

Police One - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 08:32

Associated Press

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. — The man accused of fatally shooting a rookie police officer in western Pennsylvania was taken into custody Tuesday, the state police said.

Details of the arrest of 29-year-old Rahmael Sal Holt were not immediately released. A news conference was planned for later Tuesday.

Holt is accused of killing New Kensington Officer Brian Shaw during a traffic stop Friday night.

Shaw tried to pull over a Jeep Cherokee driven by Tavon Jamere Harper at 8 p.m. Friday, according to a complaint filed by Westmoreland County Detective Ray Dupilka.

"The Jeep never stopped," Dupilka wrote in the complaint.

District Attorney John Peck said Shaw was attempting to pull the SUV over for a traffic violation that he characterized as "something minor."

On Sunday, police arrested Harper, who they allege fled the traffic stop after Holt bolted from the SUV.

They tracked down Harper and found him Saturday with $2,500 cash and bags of suspected heroin, according to a criminal complaint.

On Sunday, detectives filed drug and fleeing charges against Harper. He does not face charges in connection with Shaw's death.

Authorities said the 25-year-old rookie officer was shot in the chest while chasing Holt on foot.

A viewing resumes Tuesday and Shaw's funeral is set for Wednesday.

Officers from different towns and municipalities were pitching in on the manhunt so the town's police department could grieve Shaw's death and attend services, New Kensington Mayor Tom Guzzo said.

"The outpouring of support from the officers from all over western Pennsylvania has been extraordinary," he said. "We could not be doing this without them."


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CNET- Man arrested for Methamphetamine estimated at $16,000

State - NY Police - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 08:00
On November 20, 2017, the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET – Western) in a joint investigation with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force arrested Ryan R. Lopez Jr, 24 of Dunkirk NY for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree (A-II Felony).
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Happy Holidays & Safe Shopping

Sheriff - Hillsboro County (Tampa, FL) - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 07:57
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputies offer safety tips for the holiday season.
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Cold Case Tuesday: New York State Police in Warsaw continue to investigate the 1979 missing person case of a Wyoming County man.

State - NY Police - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 07:56
New York State Police in Warsaw continue to investigate the 1979 missing person case of James Dean Knox.  On December 21, 1979, Knox was reported missing by his grandmother.
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Suspected Pennsylvania Cop-Killer Arrested After Manhunt

Officer.com - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 07:41
Rahmael Holt, the man accused of shooting and killing New Kensington Police Officer Brian Shaw was arrested Tuesday morning by authorities following a massive manhunt.
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SP Cortlandt - Lloyd woman arrested for False account of Domestic Violence

State - NY Police - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 07:34
Cortlandt, New York – On November 15, 2017, the New York State Police from the Cortlandt barracks arrested Megan Hansut, age 25, of Lloyd, NY, for a False Written Statement, a Class A Misdemeanor.
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Ford Unveils First Plug-In Hybrid Police Vehicle

Officer.com - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 07:30
Ford will build the nation’s first plug-in hybrid police vehicle in the summer of 2018.
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Union Says Slain U.S. Border Patrol Agent Was Ambushed

Officer.com - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 07:25
The Border Patrol agent killed Sunday in west Texas was ambushed by migrants who beat him in the head with rocks, union officials said Monday.
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Chicago Police Officer Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Shooting at Car

Officer.com - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 07:15
A veteran Chicago police officer was sentenced to five years in prison Monday for firing 16 times into a moving vehicle filled with teens, wounding two.
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Wickford Barracks

State - RI Police - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 07:15
On November 20, 2017 at 11:52 AM, Troopers arrested James McCue, age 26, of 65 Sunset Avenue Warwick, Rhode Island for 1) Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicating Liquor and/or Drugs – 1st Offense – BAC Unknown and 2) Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test. This arrest was the result of a motor...
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