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State - RI Police - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 06:30
Media Contact: Captain Matthew C. Moynihan District "A: Commander State Police Headquarters 401-444-1008 At 9:30AM Troopers arrested Stephen Allan, age 45, of 200 Mayfield Street Cranston, RI for 1.) Kent County Family Court Reciprocal Body Attachment, 2.) Third District Court Bench Warrant...
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Was it a crime? 10 patients at nursing home died after Irma

Police One - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 06:00

By Terry Spencer Associated Press

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — A 10th elderly patient has died after being kept inside a nursing home that turned into a sweatbox when Hurricane Irma knocked out its air conditioning for three days, even though just across the street was a fully functioning and cooled hospital.

Hollywood police said Thursday in a news release that 94-year-old Martha Murray died Wednesday. They said her death was related to the problems at the facility following Irma. The first eight patients from the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills died Sept. 13, three days after Irma struck. The ninth died Tuesday.

From the perspective of Florida Gov. Rick Scott and relatives of those at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, criminal charges are warranted. But under Florida law, a prosecution might be difficult. Two of three ex-state prosecutors contacted by The Associated Press had doubts as to whether Dr. Jack Michel, the home's owner, or any of his employees will be charged.

All agreed that any criminal prosecutions will hinge on whether the nursing home staff made honest mistakes or were "culpably negligent." Florida defines that as "consciously doing an act or following a course of conduct that the defendant must have known, or reasonably should have known, was likely to cause death or great bodily injury."

Hollywood police and the state attorney's office are investigating.

The home has said it used coolers, fans, ice and other methods to keep the patients comfortable — and that might be enough to avoid prosecution.

"There is a difference between negligence, which is what occurs when you are not giving a particular standard of care vs. culpable negligence," said David Weinstein, a former state and federal prosecutor now in private practice. "So if they are doing everything humanly possible given the circumstances and this all still happened it may be negligent and provide the basis for a civil lawsuit, but not enough for criminal charges."

Retired University of Florida law professor Bob Dekle, who prosecuted serial killer Ted Bundy as an assistant state attorney, said he doubted charges would be brought.

"I would rather be a defense attorney on this case than a prosecutor," Dekle said. "There are some cases that are better tried in civil court than criminal and this might be one of them."

Former U.S. Attorney Kendall Coffey disagreed.

"Given the magnitude of the tragedy and the apparent availability of a hospital 50 yards away, prosecutors are not going to accept that this was an unavoidable tragedy," he said.

Gary Matzner, the nursing home's attorney, said in a statement that Michel and the staff are cooperating with the investigation.

"The center and its employees and directors are devastated by this tragedy," he said.

Irma reached Broward County on Sept. 10. The home has said a felled tree took out a transformer that powered the air conditioner, but it maintained power otherwise. It said it reported the loss to Florida Power & Light and was promised repairs in the next two days, but the utility never arrived.

Scott's office said that over those two days, home administrators Jorge Carballo and Natasha Anderson were in contact with the state about the failed air conditioner but never said the situation had become dangerous. The state said they were told to call 911 if needed.

On the afternoon of Sept. 12, the home borrowed portable air coolers from Memorial Regional Hospital, the trauma center across the street. Later that night, home administrators said, a physician's assistant checked the patients and none were overheated and the building temperature never exceeded 80 degrees. Under state law, the temperature was not supposed to exceed 81 degrees.

In the early hours of Sept. 13, the deaths began. Three 911 calls were made before 6 a.m., causing Memorial staff to rush across the street to offer assistance. Doctors and nurses said they found the home's staff working to cool the patients, although they and police have said the facility was very hot.

No temperature reading has been released as police have said that is part of the investigation.

Three people died on the home's second floor and seven succumbed at the hospital, including the two who died Tuesday and Wednesday. The state said four of the deceased had body temperatures between 107 (41.6 Celsius) and 109 (42.7 Celsius) degrees.

Dr. Randy Katz, the hospital's emergency director, said last week it was impossible to say whether any of the dead would have survived if they had gotten to the hospital hours earlier.

The number of deaths and injuries could be a determining factor in whether to bring charges. Weinstein said prosecutors could argue that after the first patients became seriously ill, administrators should have known an evacuation was necessary. Dekle agreed the number could be key.

"The more dead victims there are in a homicide case, the less likely a jury is to find reasonable doubt," Dekle said.

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Jeff Sessions warns gang members: 'We will hunt you down'

Police One - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 06:00

By Alanna Durkin Richer Associated Press

BOSTON — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned gang members on Thursday that they will be hunted down and brought to justice so they can no longer terrorize communities.

Sessions told law enforcement officials in Boston that they cannot allow violent street gangs such as MS-13 to turn cities into war zones.

"We are coming for you," Sessions said during a speech at the federal courthouse. "We will hunt you down, we will find you and we will bring you to justice."

MS-13, or La Mara Salvatrucha, is believed to have been founded in Los Angeles in the 1980s by immigrants fleeing El Salvador's bloody civil war and has grown into one of the largest street gangs in the country, with more than 10,000 members, federal officials say.

The gang, whose motto is "kill, rape, control," is known for its use of gruesome tactics, including hacking and stabbing its victims with machetes. It has been tied to a wave of recent violence on Long Island, just east of New York City, and has been linked to brutal killings in other states.

Sessions applauded Massachusetts federal prosecutors' dedication to dismantling the gang, pointing to a massive roundup of its members in the state last year.

More than 50 members of the gang in and around Boston were indicted in January 2016 on federal racketeering charges, including murder, conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder.

Sessions, a Republican, said gangs are exploiting a program for unaccompanied minors found crossing the southern border by sending members over as "wolves in sheep clothing" and recruiting in communities.

Gregory Chen, director of government relations for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, called that assertion "truly baseless." The program aids children fleeing violence in their home countries, he said.

"He's trying to inflame public opinion against this highly vulnerable population," Chen said.

A few dozen protesters carrying signs with phrases such as #NotWelcome gathered outside the courthouse before Sessions' speech to condemn his views on immigration and law enforcement.

Sessions' visit to Boston included a briefing from local officials on MS-13 and a discussion with local police chiefs.

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Trailer Thief Caught On Camera

Sheriff - Hillsboro County (Tampa, FL) - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 05:40
Deputies looking for a black Chevrolet Suburban with black rims and off-road tires.
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Suspects Rammed Stolen Van Into Business

Sheriff - Hillsboro County (Tampa, FL) - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 05:26
The van become wedged inside the building on top of the ATM.
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Chicago Police Beef Up Training Requirements - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 04:35
The ambitious plan laid out by the Police Department on Thursday calls for the training to expand to 40 hours a year for every officer beginning in 2021, up from 16 hours next year.
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Las Vegas Metro Police Further Limit Neck Holds - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 04:30
In an updated use of force policy the lateral vascular neck restraint is no longer categorized as a "low-level option" and is now classified as an "intermediate or deadly use of force."
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Florida Deputy-Involved Shooting Ends Crime Spree - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 04:25
A crime spree by two juveniles and an adult from South Florida came to a halt when an Osceola County deputy shot toward a car which officials said was barreling toward the deputy.
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Suspect Charged in Fatal Shooting of Off-Duty Missouri Police Officer - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 04:20
Sean D. Steward pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and assault in the Aug. 20 fatal shooting of off-duty Lee's Summit Police Officer Thomas Alvin Orr III.
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FBI Warns Public About Social Media Threats - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 04:15
The FBI, which has seen an increase in online threats across the country, has released a 30-second public service announcement in hopes it will deter others.
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Missing Endangered Adult

Sheriff - Hillsboro County (Tampa, FL) - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 04:11
She has not been seen since August 8.
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No Charges for Ohio Officer in Fatal Shooting - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 04:10
A Lucas County grand jury did not indict the Toledo police officer who fatally shot a West Toledo man earlier this month.
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FBI Investigating Allegations of Price-Fixing of Off-Duty Jobs by Seattle Police Officers - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 04:05
The FBI is investigating allegations that Seattle police officers may have engaged in intimidation and price- fixing while working off-duty jobs directing traffic at parking garages and construction sites.
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FBI Investigating Alegations of Price-Fixing of Off-Duty Jobs by Seattle Police Officers - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 04:05
The FBI is investigating allegations that Seattle police officers may have engaged in intimidation and price- fixing while working off-duty jobs directing traffic at parking garages and construction sites.
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Northville man arrested for DWI

State - NY Police - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 03:57
Troopers from SP Mayfield arrested a 56 year old man from Northville, N.Y. for Driving While Intoxicated.
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Schenectady man arrested for Felony DWI

State - NY Police - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 03:47
Troopers from SP Mayfield arrested a 57 year old man from Schenectady, N.Y. for Felony Driving While Intoxicated.
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Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive Arrested near Los Angeles

State - TX - DPS - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 00:00
AUSTIN - Christopher Ricardo Gonzalez, 18, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive, is now in custody after being captured early Tuesday near Los Angeles, California

New Jersey State Police Honor A Young Hero

Law Officer - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 17:57

The New Jersey State Police went out of their way to honor a hero child battling cancer.  This is what they had to say on Facebook:

Little Boy, Giant Heart

Earlier this week, Sergeant Storm Colleton, Trooper Brian Conover, and an Officer from the Little Silver Police Department traveled to Elmer, N.J. to pay a visit to Benjamin Graham.

Benjamin is 3-year-old warrior who is battling an aggressive form of neuroblastoma, which is a type of cancer common in children. So, the troops and LSPD stopped by to meet THEIR hero, Benjamin. And so, besides getting to try on our covers and sit in the troop and patrol cars, Benjamin was given patches, shirts, and other cool souvenirs!

Benjamin and his family remain in our thoughts and prayers, so feel free to keep them in yours.


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Las Vegas Police Limit Use Of LVNR

Law Officer - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 16:54

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Las Vegas police officers can no longer routinely use neck restraints to render combative people unconscious, but can still use the department-approved technique in a life-or-death struggle.

A change announced Thursday in the department’s use-of-force policy  places the “lateral vascular neck restraint” in the category of “intermediate or deadly force.”  It was previously considered low force.

To use the restraint, an officer must be able to demonstrate that the subject had the intent to harm officers or others, officials said.

The move comes four months after the death of a 40-year-old man who was chased by an officer out of a Las Vegas Strip casino and subdued with a stun gun and a chokehold that department officials say was not approved.

The officer, Kenneth Lopera, 31, was charged with manslaughter in the death of Tashii S. Brown, whom the Clark County Coroner’s Office said died of asphyxiation.

Steve Grammas of the Las Vegas Police Protective Association has said Lopera did nothing criminal and was using a department-approved method to restrain Brown.

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Man Charged with Murder in Shooting of Off-Duty MO Officer

Police Magazine - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 16:51

Jackson County (MO) prosecutors have charged a 22-year-old man with second-degree murder in the Aug. 20 shooting death of Lee’s Summit police officer Thomas Alvin Orr III.

Sean D. Steward of Kansas City also faces armed criminal action charges in the Orr’s death.

Orr, 30, was off duty when he was fatally shot at a day party at Californos restaurant in Westport. Police said Orr, who also was a middle school resource officer, was not the intended target. He was an innocent bystander.

According to court records, a witness told investigators that they saw Steward fire a handgun and run down a flight of stairs and out of the bottom lower entrance of the restaurant.

The shooting happened after one man struck another man in the face, causing him to fall to the floor. Steward allegedly fired into the crowd, reports.


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