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Stephentown woman arrested subsequest to a domestic dispute call

State - NY Police - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 22:23
On October 5, 2018, troopers from the Schodack Station arrested 63-year-old Susan A. Freehoffer for Menacing 2nd degree and Criminal Mishchief 4th degree, both Misdemeanors. 
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Schodack man arrested for violating an order of protection

State - NY Police - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 22:04
On October 10, 2018, troopers from SP Schodack arrested 31-year-old Lee J. Latham for Criminal Contempt 2nd degree. 
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Looter Shot Dead While Trying to Steal Police Car in Panama City

Law Officer - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 21:43

A looter trying to steal a police car was shot and killed by a Florida State Fire Marshall in Panama City.

Witness Landon Swett, who said the suspect told him he was looting then “opened the door to the police officer’s SUV with the lights going, got in it and shut the door.”

Swett moved his family away from the scene to keep them safe and looked back to see that an official was sitting in the passenger side of the SUV. Swett said, “Then…I heard the shot.”

The Florida State Highway Patrol indicates the suspect was shot by a Florida State Fire Marshall. The identified suspect died from his injuries.

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Several arrested at sobriety checkpoint

State - NY Police - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 20:27
       

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Hinsdale man arrested for criminal possession of marihuana

State - NY Police - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 17:41

On October 13, 2018, SP Olean Troopers arrested James J. Fye Sr., 52, of Hinsdale, NY for Criminal Possession of Marihuana.

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Bolivar woman arrested for burglary, criminal possession of a controlled substance, DWAI – Drugs, and aggravated unlicensed operation

State - NY Police - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 17:28

On October 13, 2018, SP Amity Troopers arrested Bobbi J. Lutes, 34, of Bolivar, NY for Burglary, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, DWAI – Drugs, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and numerous traffic infractions.

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Elmira pair arrested for felony weapons charges in Cuba

State - NY Police - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 17:07
  

On October 12, 2018, SP Amity Troopers arrested Rashad R. Graham, 23, and Tania M. Shaver, 25, both of Elmira, NY, for Criminal Possession of a Weapon – Loaded Firearm, Criminal Possession of a Weapon – Defaced for Concealment, and Graham was also charged with Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.

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Fatal accident involving pedestrian in Oneonta

State - NY Police - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 11:02
New York State Police at Oneonta responded to a fatal accident Saturday, October 13, 2018 at approximately 8:18 p.m. on State Route 23 in the town of Oneonta.

 

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Hope Valley Barracks

State - RI Police - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 07:30
At 11:11 PM, troopers arrested Manuel B. Caguana, age 24, of 119 Winthrop Street, Brockton, Massachusetts on the charge of 1.) Driving under the Influence-Alcohol/Drugs – 1st Offense - BAC .08 to .10. Arrest was the result of Troopers responding to an E911 call reporting erratic operation and...
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Update: Monroe man arrested for Murder Second Degree

State - NY Police - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 07:22
The New York State Police announce the arrest of Samuel Del Cid Hernandez, age 31, from Monroe, NY. for Murder 2nd Degree.
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Lincoln Woods Barracks

State - RI Police - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 07:15
At 8:26 am, Troopers arrested Juan Otero, age 54, of 80 Curtis Street, Providence, Rhode Island for a Providence Superior Court Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear for Restitution review on the original charge of Entry of Building or Ship with Felonious Intent originating out of the Providence...
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Wickford Barracks

State - RI Police - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 06:45
MEDIA CONTACT: Acting Captain Christopher Schram, District "B" Commander, (401) 444-1202 At 2:33 PM, Troopers arrested Sydney K. Stedman, age 22, of 166 Rodman Street, Peacedale, RI, for 1.) Possession of schedule I-V narcotics (Cocaine). This arrest was the result of a 911 call to the Lincoln...
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Trump administration steps in to kill Chicago police-reform plan

Police One - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 01:00

Associated Press

CHICAGO — The Trump administration informed a federal judge in Chicago on Friday that it's seeking to scuttle a plan negotiated between the nation's third-largest city and the state of Illinois that envisions far-reaching reforms of Chicago's 12,000-officer police force under close federal court supervision.

In a statement announcing the intervention, Attorney General Jeff Sessions blasted the roughly 200-page plan, also known as a consent decree, because of the court oversite. And he offered a full-throated defense of Chicago police, saying they must take the lead in stemming city violence.

"There is a misperception that police are the problem and that their failures, their lack of training, and their abuses create crime," Sessions said. "But the truth is the police are the solution to crime, and criminals are the problem."

An 11-page Justice Department statement of interest — filed with Judge Robert M. Dow Jr., who must grant the proposal final approval — says the reform plan, as it is, would deprive police of flexibility to do their jobs right. And it criticizes criteria in the plan meant to assess police compliance as vague.

It asks Dow "to allow state and local officials — and Chicago's brave front-line police officers — to engage in flexible and localized efforts to advance the goal of safe, effective, and constitutional policing in Chicago."

The filing and Sessions' comments came a week after jurors convicted Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke of second-degree murder for shooting teen Laquan McDonald 16 times in 2014 as he walked away from police with a knife.

A video of the shooting, released about a year later, sparked outage nationwide and led to an Obama administration investigation of Chicago police, which was followed months later by a damning report that found widespread police abuses.

The Department of Justice Friday simultaneously announced the creation of a "Gun Crimes Prosecution Team" at Chicago's U.S. attorney's office focused on gun crimes. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will assign five violent-crime coordinators to work with federal prosecutors.

Responding to the announcements, a spokesman for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Matt McGrath, said the city appreciated the additional resources, "but we don't appreciate efforts ... to impede our public safety reforms or inhibit our efforts to rebuild the bonds of trust between officers and residents."

Illinois Attorney Lisa Madigan — without objection from Emanuel — sued the city last year to ensure any police reforms would be overseen by a judge. That killed a draft plan negotiated with Trump's administration that didn't envision a court role in reforming the department and led to the ultimately successful talks to create the current plan.

The reform plan now on the table foresees far stricter rules on the use of force by officers. One provision requires officers to file paperwork each time they point their weapons, even if they don't fire.

Sessions again echoed President Donald Trump, who told officers at a convention in Orlando on Monday that a three-year-old agreement between Chicago and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois to curb stop-and-frisk procedures by police prevented officers from doing their jobs.

"When police are restrained from using lawfully established policies ... when arrests went down, and when their work and character were disrespected, crime surged," Sessions said. "There must never be another consent decree that continues the folly of the ACLU settlement."

Chicago officials and the ACLU have said those and similar claims by Trump administration officials are exaggerated, get the data on crime in Chicago wrong and misstate the underlying causes of crime.

Karen Sheley, the director of the police practices project at the ACLU of Illinois, said the move Friday by the Trump administration to sink a plan in the works for over a year was "a last-minute political play at the expense of real people in our city."

"The Trump Administration and Sessions' Department of Justice have never attempted to learn about the problems in Chicago or what reform is necessary," Sheley said in a Friday statement.


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City ordered to pay Ore. cop fired for controversial Facebook posts

Police One - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 01:00

By Everton Bailey Jr. The Oregonian

WEST LINN, Ore. — An arbitrator denied the city of West Linn's appeal of his ruling ordering the city to pay lost wages to a police officer fired last year for posts on Facebook.

The city was ordered in July to pay at least $100,000 in back pay to former officer Tom Newberry. The arbitrator, Portland-based attorney Eric Lindauer, concluded that Newberry's firing in February 2017 was justified. But he also ruled that the city should bear some financial burden because Newberry's social media use was common knowledge in the police department. The then-police chief and several other high-ranking officers did nothing to address the behavior until it was reported by the media in July 2016.

The inaction violated the city's own policies, Lindauer determined in his initial ruling.

The city appealed his decision in August. Lindauer upheld his ruling in an Oct. 1 memo and said the payment shouldn't include Newberry's retirement contributions and other benefits.

Newberry, 65, earned an annual salary of $82,480 when he was fired, according to the city. He was ordered to receive back pay from February 2017 to July 2018. At 17 months, that works out to Newberry being owed nearly $116,850 in salary alone.

West Linn City Manager Eileen Stein said Friday the city is still trying to get clarification from the Public Employees Retirement System and hoped to know more next week.

"At this point, we are still trying to understand what the decision means for the city of West Linn," she said.

The city could appeal the latest ruling to the Oregon Employment Relations Board and then up to the Court of Appeals. It was not clear Friday if the city plans to appeal again.

In its August motion for reconsideration, the city of West Linn claimed the arbitrator didn't have the authority to award back wages because the parties hadn't agreed to the possibility of an award if Newberry's firing was found to be justified.

In the October memo, Lindauer said past cases have established that an arbitrator has discretion to impose a wide range of remedies in cases.

"This is particularly true when, as in this case, the city failed to take appropriate disciplinary action when it was clearly aware of (Newberry's) misconduct," Lindauer wrote. He said he could have used that as a basis to order the city to reinstate Newberry, but didn't think it would be appropriate.

Lindauer did side with the city's stance that it shouldn't have to provide retirement contributions and other fringe benefits. The city contended that Newberry wasn't entitled to benefits because he wasn't a West Linn officer at the time.

"Awarding benefits as part of back-pay is a make-whole remedy, and there is no precedent or rationale for making whole an employee like Mr. Newberry who was terminated for just cause," the city's motion for reconsideration said.

The Clackamas County Peace Officers' Association, the police union that filed a grievance over Newberry's firing in March 2017, said Newberry's award should include PERS contributions and other benefits because those funds are typically understood to be part of back pay awards.

Lindauer wrote that while employees who are reinstated would earn benefits accrued on leave, Newberry was fired, and his termination was upheld.

Lindauer also denied a union request to be reimbursed for attorney fees, saying the city had a legitimate basis to file its appeal.

Before making his July ruling, the arbitrator reviewed 131 Facebook posts made by Newberry while on and off duty from February to July 2016. Lindauer found that some posts showed racial bias against African Americans and hostility toward the Black Lives Matter movement, and reinforced public perception that police officers are biased against black people. Some of the posts included references to African Americans and Black Lives Matter supporters as "ghetto rats," "cockroaches," "morons," and other insults.

Newberry once commented that he considered it a "badge of honor" to be called a racist by someone "in the hood." Lindauer wrote. On the day before being placed on leave in July 2016, Newberry posted a story about a potential Black Lives Matter protest and wrote, "So day of target practice?"

Newberry, who is white, admitted that he posted the content and denied to investigators that he is racist. The postings violated the police department's social media policy, which banned speech or expression that damaged the agency's reputation, Lindauer wrote in July. The police department's rules required Newberry to remove the comments from his Facebook page.

But the arbitrator found that Newberry's immediate supervisor, Sgt. Dave Kempas, expressed approval of some of Newberry's posts and didn't tell him to delete them. Then-Chief Terry Timeus, Capt. Neil Hennelly and Sgt. Mike Francis "liked" or replied to some of the posts.

Timeus, Hennelly and Kempas have all since retired from the West Linn Police Department. Francis now works as an officer with the Portland Police Bureau.

Newberry was hired by West Linn police in November 2008. He was there for eight years before he was fired after a seven-month internal investigation that reviewed the same Facebook posts as the arbitrator that upheld his firing.


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Ohio police help motorcyclist with disabilities get moving

Police One - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 01:00

By Nancy Molnar The Times-Reporter

NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio — A Dover man is expressing his thanks to four New Philadelphia police officers who helped him get moving after his motorcycle got stuck on Tuesday.

Brad Shepherd, 59, was especially appreciative of the help because he has been a tetraplegic since a 2011 diving accident left him with only the use of his hands, arms and shoulders. As he describes it, nothing from his chest down works.

When the cycle got stuck around 2 p.m., he had no one to call for help.

"I was really in a jam," Shepherd said. "During the day, everybody is at work."

When the mishap occurred, Shepherd was riding in his modified motorcycle. The vehicle has an unusual appearance on the road because Shepherd rides in the sidecar, which is equipped with a steering wheel and hand controls. There's no one sitting on the motorcycle seat.

Shepherd finds the modified motorcycle more maneuverable than his van.

He said he tries to do things that he did before his accident, as much as he can.

"I try to do the best that I can with the limitations that I have," Shepherd said.

He was on his way to show his rental property on Beaver Avenue NE when he hit a road hazard.

"There was a pothole and the chain hit the pothole," Shepherd said. "It knocked the chain off the sprocket."

Shepherd, whose wheelchair sits inside the sidecar, left the disabled vehicle on to meet the prospective tenants.

Police Capt. Paul Rossi found the abandoned motorcycle on Ray Avenue NE, and after some checking, found Shepherd.

"He said you've got to get it off the road there," Shepherd said. "By the time we got back down there, there were four or five cop cars down there already."

Among the responding officers was Capt. Rocky Dusenberry, who was able to get the chain back onto the sprocket on the rear wheel.

"It took some work to get it back on," Shepherd said.

Rossi, Dusenberry and patrolmen Jeff DeMattio and James Miller pushed the vehicle until the chain wrapped around the sprocket.

"I was really impressed by the way they handled things," Shepherd said. "In the news these days, it's just unfortunate that police get such a bad rap. It's a job I wouldn't want."

He said his experience with the police reminded him of a billboard from the 1960s, which said that if you have a problem with the police, the next time you're in trouble, yell for a hippie.

An updated version of the billboard, posted n Muncie, Ind. in 2016, said, "Hate cops? The next time you need help call a crackhead."


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Man arrested for DWI

State - NY Police - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 22:39
On October 13, 2018 at approximately 4:41am, Troopers out of SP Machias arrested Mark C. Houghton 40 of Franklinville NY for DWI.
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Man Claims ‘Ghost’ Planted Meth At His Home

Law Officer - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 18:28

A Louisiana man who claimed that a ghost planted drugs on him after he was hit in the head with an ax — despite having no visible wounds — is under arrest.

Michael Auttonberry, 59, reported to sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday that there had been a stabbing at his home in West Monroe, according to arrest records from the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office.

When deputies arrived, Auttonberry shouted at them, and at people “who were obviously not there,” the arrest records said. Officials noticed that the man had not been stabbed in the head with an ax as he’d claimed.

Auttonberry told deputies that intruders were in his home — police determined that this wasn’t the case.  He allegedly told authorities that the suspected crystal meth deputies claim to have found on his nightstand was planted by a “ghost or intruders” who happened to be climbing out a nearby window — which police also determined to be false.

Auttonberry was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and giving a false police report.

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Two Men Charged With Raping 9-Month-Old Baby

Law Officer - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 18:14

Two Tennessee men accused of raping a 9-month-old girl and filming the attack were indicted Tuesday on multiple charges.

Isiah Dequan Hayes, 19, and Daireus Jumare Ice, 22, are both charged with aggravated rape of a child and aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor, FOX13 Memphis reported.

The alleged attack was reported to police in October 2016 after the girl’s mother reported finding a cellphone video allegedly showing Hayes performing a sexual act on the baby.

She was able to identify Hayes through Facebook and turned the information over to police, authorities said.

Prosecutors said Ice filmed the video.

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