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Chicago Passes 600 Homicides in 2017 - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 10:23
Chicago has surpassed 600 homicides for the second year in a row and for only the third time since 2003.
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Off-duty Mo. officer dies in car accident

Police One - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 10:20

Associated Press

POTOSI, Mo. — An eastern Missouri police officer has died following an off-duty accident.

The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills, Missouri, reports that 28-year-old Adam King of Potosi died in a one-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon on Highway 47 in Washington County.

King was an officer with the Terre Du Lac Police Department.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says King was driving a Jeep Wrangler when he went off the left side of the road, over-corrected, and went off the right side of the road. The Jeep overturned and struck a tree.

King was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Man Arrested for Grand Larceny and Forgery Charges

State - NY Police - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 10:14
The New York State Police in Queensbury arrested Robert G. Dickinson, 52, of Hartford, NY for the charges of Grand Larceny 4th degree and Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd degree. 


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Driver charged with DWI after striking bridge structure and driving off roadway into pond

State - NY Police - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 10:08
State Police arrested Terrie J. Lundy, age 51, from Liverpool, NY for Driving While Intoxicated, and unsafe speed. 
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Charles Manson, whose cult slayings horrified world, dies

Police One - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 10:04

By John Rigers Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Charles Manson, the hippie cult leader who became the hypnotic-eyed face of evil across America after masterminding the gruesome murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles during the summer of 1969, died Sunday night after nearly a half-century in prison. He was 83.

Manson died of natural causes at a California hospital while serving a life sentence, his name synonymous to this day with unspeakable violence and depravity.

Michele Hanisee, president of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys for Los Angeles County, reacted to the death by quoting the late Vincent Bugliosi, the prosecutor who put Manson behind bars. Bugliosi said: "Manson was an evil, sophisticated con man with twisted and warped moral values."

"Today, Manson's victims are the ones who should be remembered and mourned on the occasion of his death," Hanisee said.

A petty criminal who had been in and out of jail since childhood, the charismatic, guru-like Manson surrounded himself in the 1960s with runaways and other lost souls and then sent his disciples to butcher some of L.A.'s rich and famous in what prosecutors said was a bid to trigger a race war — an idea he got from a twisted reading of the Beatles song "Helter Skelter."

The slayings horrified the world and, together with the deadly violence that erupted later in 1969 during a Rolling Stones concert at California's Altamont Speedway, exposed the dangerous, drugged-out underside of the counterculture movement and seemed to mark the death of the era of peace and love.

Despite the overwhelming evidence against him, Manson maintained during his tumultuous trial in 1970 that he was innocent and that society itself was guilty.

"These children that come at you with knives, they are your children. You taught them; I didn't teach them. I just tried to help them stand up," he said in a courtroom soliloquy.

Linda Deutsch, the longtime courts reporter for The Associated Press who covered the Manson case, said he "left a legacy of evil and hate and murder."

"He was able to take young people who were impressionable and convince them he had the answer to everything and he turned them into killers," she said. "It was beyond anything we had ever seen before in this country."

California Corrections Department spokeswoman Vicky Waters said it has yet to be determined what happens to Manson's body. It was also unclear if Manson requested funeral services of any sort.

Prison officials previously said Manson had no known next of kin, and state law says that if no relative or legal representative surfaces within 10 days, then it's up to the department to determine whether the body is cremated or buried.

The Manson Family, as his followers were called, slaughtered five of its victims on Aug. 9, 1969, at Tate's home: the actress, who was 8½ months pregnant, coffee heiress Abigail Folger, celebrity hairdresser Jay Sebring, Polish movie director Voityck Frykowski and Steven Parent, a friend of the estate's caretaker. Tate's husband, "Rosemary's Baby" director Roman Polanski, was out of the country at the time.

The next night, a wealthy grocer and his wife, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, were stabbed to death in their home across town.

The killers scrawled such phrases as "Pigs" and a misspelled "Healter Skelter" in blood at the crime scenes.

Manson was arrested three months later. In the annals of American crime, he became the personification of evil, a short, shaggy-haired, bearded figure with a demonic stare and an "X'' — later turned into a swastika — carved into his forehead.

"Many people I know in Los Angeles believe that the Sixties ended abruptly on August 9, 1969," author Joan Didion wrote in her 1979 book "The White Album."

After a trial that lasted nearly a year, Manson and three followers — Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten — were found guilty of murder and sentenced to death. Another defendant, Charles "Tex" Watson, was convicted later. All were spared execution and given life sentences after the California Supreme Court struck down the death penalty in 1972.

Atkins died behind bars in 2009. Krenwinkel, Van Houten and Watson remain in prison.

Another Manson devotee, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, tried to assassinate President Gerald Ford in 1975, but her gun jammed. She served 34 years in prison.

Manson was born in Cincinnati on Nov. 12, 1934, to a teenager, possibly a prostitute, and was in reform school by the time he was 8. After serving a 10-year sentence for check forgery in the 1960s, Manson was said to have pleaded with authorities not to release him because he considered prison home.

"My father is the jailhouse. My father is your system," he would later say in a monologue on the witness stand. "I am only what you made me. I am only a reflection of you."

He was set free in San Francisco during the heyday of the hippie movement in the city's Haight-Ashbury section, and though he was in his mid-30s by then, he began collecting followers — mostly women — who likened him to Jesus Christ. Most were teenagers; many came from good homes but were at odds with their parents.

The "family" eventually established a commune-like base at the Spahn Ranch, a ramshackle former movie location outside Los Angeles, where Manson manipulated his followers with drugs, oversaw orgies and subjected them to bizarre lectures.

He had musical ambitions and befriended rock stars, including Beach Boy Dennis Wilson. He also met Terry Melcher, a music producer who had lived in the same house that Polanski and Tate later rented.

By the summer of 1969, Manson had failed to sell his songs, and the rejection was later seen as a trigger for the violence. He complained that Wilson took a Manson song called "Cease to Exist," revised it into "Never Learn Not to Love" and recorded it with the Beach Boys without giving Manson credit.

Manson was obsessed with Beatles music, particularly "Piggies" and "Helter Skelter," a hard-rocking song that he interpreted as forecasting the end of the world. He told his followers that "Helter Skelter is coming down" and predicted a race war would destroy the planet.

"Everybody attached themselves to us, whether it was our fault or not," the Beatles' George Harrison, who wrote "Piggies," later said of the murders. "It was upsetting to be associated with something so sleazy as Charles Manson."

According to testimony, Manson sent his devotees out on the night of Tate's murder with instructions to "do something witchy." The state's star witness, Linda Kasabian, who was granted immunity, testified that Manson tied up the LaBiancas, then ordered his followers to kill. But Manson insisted: "I have killed no one, and I have ordered no one to be killed."

His trial was nearly scuttled when President Richard Nixon said Manson was "guilty, directly or indirectly." Manson grabbed a newspaper and held up the front-page headline for jurors to read: "Manson Guilty, Nixon Declares." Attorneys demanded a mistrial but were turned down.

From then on, jurors, sequestered at a hotel for 10 months, traveled to and from the courtroom in buses with blacked-out windows so they could not read the headlines on newsstands.

Manson was also later convicted of the slayings of a musician and a stuntman.

Over the decades, Manson and his followers appeared sporadically at parole hearings, where their bids for freedom were repeatedly rejected. The women suggested they had been rehabilitated, but Manson himself stopped attending, saying prison had become his home.

The killings inspired movies and TV shows, and Bugliosi, the prosecutor, wrote a best-selling book about the murders, "Helter Skelter." The macabre rock star Marilyn Manson borrowed part of his stage name from the killer.

"The Manson case, to this day, remains one of the most chilling in crime history," veteran crime reporter Theo Wilson wrote in her 1998 memoir, "Headline Justice: Inside the Courtroom — The Country's Most Controversial Trials." ''Even people who were not yet born when the murders took place know the name Charles Manson, and shudder."

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GA Deputy Seriously Injured in Patrol Vehicle Crash

Police Magazine - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 09:56

A Forsyth County (GA) Sheriff's deputy was seriously injured Friday night when another car crashed into his patrol vehicle.

The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office said that Deputy First Class Ron Reeves was sitting in his patrol car on the shoulder of Ga. State Route 400 when a 2005 Ford Focus ran into the back of his car last night.

Reeves had been working traffic enforcement at the time, FOX 5 reports.


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Border Patrol Agent Killed in Texas, Partner Seriously Injured in Attack

Police Magazine - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 09:56

Authorities are searching southwest Texas for suspects or witnesses after a U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed and his partner seriously injured Sunday while on patrol in the state’s Big Bend area, officials said.

Agent Rogelio Martinez and his partner were “responding to activity” near Interstate 10 in Van Horn, Tex., when both were seriously injured, according to a Customs and Border Protection news release.

Martinez died of his injuries; his partner, who was not identified, remained in the hospital in serious condition, officials said.

Martinez, a 36-year-old from El Paso, had been a border agent since August 2013.

A Customs and Border Protection spokesman declined to offer any further details about what happened. But a National Border Patrol Council labor union official said Martinez may have been killed in a rock attack.

Del Cueto said he was told that Martinez and his partner apparently did not sustain bullet or stab wounds — so he suspects the pair may have been attacked with rocks, which are commonly thrown at agents working in that area, the Washington Post reports.


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DNA Barcode Scanners Aim to Prevent Wildlife Smuggling

Forensic Magazine - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 09:43
NewsInternational customs officials have a major challenge in preventing illegal sale of poachers’ spoils. Tests can take days, in which time the ill-gotten contraband could be brought through a point of entry. Now, a new tool unveiled at a major international conference in South Africa proposes to reduce that testing time down to just a few hours through “DNA barcoding” that will reduce trafficking, they report.Staff Author: Seth AugensteinTopics: DNA
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Antrim County Sheriff's Office (MI)

Law Enforcement LODD - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 09:36
K9 Ori was struck and killed by a vehicle while working on off-leash obedience training in Kalkaska County. K9 Ori had only served with the Antrim County Sheriff's Office for two...

Driver in Pa. rookie officer's death arrested, manhunt continues

Police One - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 09:26

Associated Press

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. — Police say they arrested the driver of an SUV that fled a traffic stop, leaving behind a passenger who fatally shot a rookie police officer in suburban Pittsburgh.

Pennsylvania State Police are searching for 29-year-old Rahmael Sal Holt. He's accused of killing New Kensington Officer Brian Shaw during a traffic stop Friday night.

Police on Sunday arrested Tavon Jamere Harper, who they say fled the traffic stop after Holt bolted from the SUV.

He faces drug and fleeing charges. No attorney is listed.

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

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

Officers from different towns are pitching in on the manhunt so the town's police department can grieve Shaw's death.

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Police seek person of interest in Pa. cop's killing as manhunt continues

Police One - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 09:26

Associated Press

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. — The manhunt for a suspect and a person of interest in the fatal shooting of a rookie police officer in Pennsylvania is into its fourth day.

Pennsylvania state police have issued an arrest warrant for 29-year-old Rahmael Sal Holt. He's accused of killing New Kensington Officer Brian Shaw during a traffic stop Friday night. Holt faces charges of murder and murder of a police officer.

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

Authorities are also trying to find Lisa Harrington as a person of interest. It's not clear how she's connected to the case.

Shaw had served as a part-time officer in three other towns before joining the New Kensington force full time in June.

New Kensington is about 18 miles (29 kilometers) northeast of Pittsburgh.

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State Police encourage pistol permit holders to recertify their permit ahead of approaching deadline

State - NY Police - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 09:17

The State Police is reminding pistol permit holders of the upcoming deadline to complete recertification of their permit.

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Nevada Wants to Use Untried Execution Drugs That Pose Risks

Forensic Magazine - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 09:06
NewsFor Nevada's first execution in more than a decade, state officials are turning to a never-before-tried combination of drugs, including a powerful painkiller that is fueling much of the nation's opioid epidemic and a paralyzing drug that could mask any signs of trouble.Contributed Author: Ken Ritter and Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Associated PressTopics: Death Penalty
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Schodack Troopers arrest New Lebanon man for Felony DWI

State - NY Police - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 09:01
On November 18, 2017, a trooper from the Schodack Station arrested 26-year-old Cody W. Travis for Felony DWI.
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Driver in Death of Pennsylvania Police Officer Arrested - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 09:00
Police on Sunday arrested a man who they believe fled an attempted traffic stop Friday, leaving behind a man who shot and killed New Kensington Police Officer Brian Shaw.
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SP Lockport- Request public assistance with two runaway youths

State - NY Police - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 08:49
On November 18, 2017, Troopers responded to Wyndham Lawn Home for Children, Lockport, NY for two runaway girls.  Both have not been located and the State Police request public assistance.
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Police to clear scene of detective's killing in Baltimore

Police One - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 08:49

By Colin Campbell and Talia Richman The Baltimore Sun

BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Police Department plans on Monday to clear the crime scene in Harlem Park where a still-unidentified gunman killed Detective Sean Suiter last week, police said.

Officers have locked the neighborhood down for six days, testing the patience of some residents.

As the reward for information on Suiter’s killer has climbed, police have maintained a perimeter in the neighborhood in hopes of gathering tips and preserving evidence. They have made no arrests.

Police say Suiter, 43, was investigating a triple homicide in the 900 block of Bennett Place on Wednesday afternoon when he saw someone acting suspiciously in a vacant lot and approached. The married father of five was shot once in the head. He was pronounced dead Thursday.

Some residents have said they were being required to show identification to get past the police tape to enter their homes.

“Please know this crime scene preservation has been necessary,” Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said on Twitter on Sunday. “We will finish our exhaustive examination of the scene in the morning.”

The Police Department thanked neighborhood residents for their patience and understanding during the prolonged investigation.

“We appreciate the support and sensitivity from our community during this difficult time,” the department said in a statement. “Our efforts to identify and arrest the perpetrator rely on the thoroughness of our investigation and our capacity to recover forensic, physical and other evidence.”

Daniel Anderson, 46, said he’s sick of the flashing police lights that shine into his bedroom window and keep him up at night, and tired of having to show an ID and a police pass to get onto his street.

"When you go out your door, you have to be escorted off your block by police," Anderson said. "I just let them do what they got to do."

On Wednesday — the night Suiter was shot — Anderson was supposed to have reported to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport for his night shift as a service agent. But he couldn't get out of his neighborhood, he said, and lost out on what he estimates to be about $100.

His 12-year-old son was late to school one day after he was questioned by SWAT agents, he said. His wife keeps getting held up on her way to catch the bus.

"It's unfair,” he said. “When regular people get killed, they don't do all of this. When a civilian gets killed, they wrap up real real quick."

The cars on nearby streets have fliers advertising a $215,000 reward tucked under their windshield wipers. Caution tape juts out from a church.

Haley Crosby’s backyard is partially blocked by the tape.

"It's been crazy," the 29-year-old woman said.

Dozens have protested the extended police presence on social media with the hashtag “#FreeWestBaltimore.” Some have called it “martial law.”

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland called Suiter’s killing “tragic,” but requested an explanation for the days-long cordoning off of the neighborhood. The organization said it had received reports that people have faced pat-down searches, and nonresidents have been barred from entering the area.

“While the search for a killer is, of course, a high priority for the police, the limits on lawful police behavior do not disappear even when engaged in that pursuit,” ACLU of Maryland senior staff attorney David Rocah said in a statement. “And at least one federal appellate court has said that a similar police cordon and checkpoint system was unconstitutional.”

"The residents of Baltimore, and, in particular, the residents of the affected community, deserve a clear explanation from the City as to why this unprecedented action has been taken, what rules are being enforced, and why it is lawful,” Rocah said. “The need to secure a crime scene from contamination to preserve evidence does not, on its face, explain the wide area to which access has been restricted for days after the incident."

The police commissioner said Friday that restricting the area has allowed police to follow up on tips and search in the immediate area while keeping the crime scene from being contaminated.

“Once we release a crime scene, we can’t get it back,” Davis said. “I do understand the temporary inconvenience for residents. I personally interacted with residents in Harlem Park myself, and to a person, each and every one of them understands why we’re out there and why we’re doing what we need to do. They don’t want the killer roaming around their community either.”

City Solicitor Andre Davis, a former senior judge on the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, said Sunday he understands the inconvenience to neighbors, but sees no legal problems with the Police Department’s shutdown of the neighborhood, given the circumstances.

“I don’t think it’s terribly abnormal or unusual,” Davis said.

He said he hoped police have been respectful and done no damage in their search for clues or a suspect. If they did, he said, residents may file for a claim from the city.

Davis said the whole city wants the detective’s killer caught.

“There’s no more compelling need to control a crime scene than under circumstances such as these,” he said. “It’s a sad day, but we’ve just got to keep working.”

The Rev. Barbara Abraham, pastor of Solid Rock Apostolic Faith Church on Schroeder Street, said she tried to make services Sunday feel normal.

She didn't address the multiple police cars parked outside, or the caution tape tied to one side of the church building.

She emailed congregants Saturday night to let them know they might have to take alternative routes to church on Sunday morning.

No matter what was happening outside, Abraham said, it felt important to come together in prayer.

“We don't want to stay away from God's house,” Abraham said. “This is a good place for people to be right now, to help lift each other up.”

She said she's been praying since Wednesday that the person who shot Suiter will be caught.

Suiter’s daughter set up an online GoFundMe fundraiser — the authenticity of which was verified by both GoFundMe and the Police Department — on Sunday to collect donations to the family. It raised more than $11,000 by Sunday evening.

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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Mayfield man arrested on numerous domestic related charges

State - NY Police - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 08:09

November 20th, 2017 - SP Mayfield

Mayfield man arrested on numerous domestic related charges


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Deputies Want To Identify Shoplifting Suspect

Sheriff - Hillsboro County (Tampa, FL) - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 08:00
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
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