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Police: Wave of hoax bomb threats made across US

Police One - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 17:24

Author: Tim Dees

NEW YORK — A wave of bomb threats emailed Thursday to hundreds of schools, businesses and government buildings across the U.S. triggered searches, evacuations and fear — but there were no signs of explosives, and authorities said the scare appeared to be a crude extortion attempt.

Law enforcement agencies across the country dismissed the threats, saying they were meant to cause disruption and compel recipients into sending money and were not considered credible.

Some of the emails had the subject line: "Think Twice." They were sent from a spoofed email address. The sender claimed to have had an associate plant a small bomb in the recipient's building and that the only way to stop him from setting it off was by making an online payment of $20,000 in Bitcoin.

"We are currently monitoring multiple bomb threats that have been sent electronically to various locations throughout the city," the New York City Police Department's counterterrorism unit tweeted. "These threats are also being reported to other locations nationwide & are NOT considered credible at this time."

Other law enforcement agencies also dismissed the threats, which were written in a choppy style reminiscent of the Nigerian prince email scam.

The Palm Beach County, Florida, sheriff's office and the Boise, Idaho, police said they had no reason to believe that threats made to locations in those areas were credible. One of the emails wound up in a spam filter, Boise Police Chief William Bones said.

The FBI said it is assisting law enforcement agencies that are dealing with the threats.

"As always, we encourage the public to remain vigilant and to promptly report suspicious activities which could represent a threat to public safety," the FBI said in a statement.

Across the country, some schools closed early and others were evacuated or placed on lockdown because of the hoax. Authorities said a threat emailed to a school in Troy, Missouri, about 55 miles (88 kilometers) northeast of St. Louis, was sent from Russia.

The bomb threats also prompted evacuations at city hall in Aurora, Illinois, the offices of the News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina, a suburban Atlanta courthouse and businesses in Detroit.

"Organizations nationwide, both public and private, have reported receiving emailed bomb threats today," Michigan State Police spokeswoman Shannon Banner said. "They are not targeted toward any one specific sector."

Penn State University notified students via a text alert about threats to a half-dozen buildings and an airport on its main campus in State College, Pennsylvania. In an update, the school said the threat appeared to be part of a "national hoax."

Officials at Columbine High School in Colorado were dealing Thursday with a bomb threat of a different sort. Students were being kept inside for the rest of the school day after someone called in a bomb threat against the school.

The Jefferson County, Colorado, Sheriff's Office said the caller claimed to have placed explosive devices in the school and to be hiding outside with a gun.

There is nothing to validate the threat was found at Columbine, where 12 students and a teacher were killed by two students in 1999, according to Sheriff's spokesman Mike Taplin.

Two dozen other Colorado schools were also temporarily placed on lockout, meaning their doors were locked but classes continued normally, as the threat was investigated.


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Rome Man arrested on Burglary charges

State - NY Police - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 16:56
State Police in Marcy arrested Matthew S. Gray, age 38, from Rome, NY for Burglary 3rd degree, Grand Larceny 4th degree and Criminal Trespass 3rd degree.

 

 

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Police Nationwide Respond to Wave of Bomb Threats

Police Magazine - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 16:48

A wave of bomb threats were reported against businesses, schools, hospitals and other places across the country on Thursday, including sites in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. The threats are reportedly "not credible."

The FBI in a statement said they were "aware of the recent bomb threats made in cities around the country, and we remain in touch with our law enforcement partners to provide assistance. As always, we encourage the public to remain vigilant and to promptly report suspicious activities which could represent a threat to public safety."

Authorities in New York City were monitoring “multiple bomb threats that have been sent electronically to various locations throughout the city,” the New York Police Department’s counterterrorism bureau said on Twitter.

“These threats are also being reported to other locations nationwide & are NOT considered credible at this time,” the NYPD said.

There are reports that the perpetrators have requested a ransom in Bitcoin to call off the "bombings." Numerous sources say no ransoms have been paid and no bombs have been confirmed, NBC News reports.

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Policing Matters Podcast: Top trends and takeaways from 2018

Police One - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 16:13

Author: Jim Dudley and Doug Wyllie

Download this week's episode on iTunes, SoundCloud or via RSS feed

The end of the year is upon us, and looking back it is clear that 2018 zipped by like lightning. During the year, Jim and Doug covered many topics in the weekly Policing Matters podcast. In this special segment, the pair takes a look back at some of the trends and events that mattered in law enforcement in the past 12 months—from lip sync battles to policing the homeless to immigration enforcement.

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Striker Bolt Tactical Boot

Officer.com - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 15:30
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Florida Police Officer Killed in ATV Crash While on Patrol

Officer.com - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 15:02
Miami-Dade Police Officer Jermaine Brown died when the All-Terrain Vehicle he was driving while on patrol crashed into a tree Wednesday afternoon.
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French Christmas market suspect killed by police

Police One - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 14:41

By PoliceOne Staff

STRASBOURG, France — The suspect in the French Christmas market shooting has been killed by police, NBC News reports.

Cherif Chekatt, 29, opened fire Tuesday at the market killing three people and injuring a dozen. Chekatt had a criminal record of non-terrorist offenses and is believed to have been radicalized in prison.

The market and several schools closed Wednesday because of the attack.

LIVE: Major police response in France as police kill Strasbourg mass shooter. https://t.co/YcUY6xVEHR

— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 13, 2018

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.


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Armed Student Kills Himself After Opening Fire on Indiana Officers

Officer.com - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 14:35
Law enforcement prevented a possible mass shooting at Dennis Intermediate School in Richmond after receiving a tip that a teen was going to shoot up the school Thursday morning.
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Pulaski Man arrested for Aggravated DWI after nearly striking State Police patrol vehicle

State - NY Police - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 14:04
State Police arrested Scott B. Goodrich, age 47, from Pulaski, NY for Aggravated DWI (.17% BAC) and Move Over Law.

 

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Police respond to nationwide bomb threats

Police One - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 13:55

By PoliceOne Staff

Law enforcement nationwide have been responding to multiple bomb threats targeting to schools, government buildings and media outlets.

The threats were sent through email with specific addresses, AJC reports.

So far, no credible sources have been found, but targeted buildings have been placed on lockdown.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

We are currently monitoring multiple bomb threats that have been sent electronically to various locations throughout the city. These threats are also being reported to other locations nationwide & are NOT considered credible at this time. pic.twitter.com/GowGG4oZ9l

— NYPDCounterterrorism (@NYPDCT) December 13, 2018

BREAKING: Police investigating bomb threat at Fair Lawn Memorial Middle School in Fair Lawn, NJ pic.twitter.com/7Tuphd2lH4

— Kyle Mazza (@KyleMazzaWUNF) December 13, 2018

Bomb threat at the N&O building. Police are here and we have evacuated . pic.twitter.com/aCcresQpEE

— Jonathan M Alexander (@jonmalexander) December 13, 2018

. #SFPD Evacuating Marines Memorial Hotel at 609 Sutter due to bomb threat. pic.twitter.com/vmKqREj7c1

— Ubergropenfuehrer (@Impeacherator) December 13, 2018

.@jeffcosheriffco bomb squad truck just arrived on scene at Foothills Park due to area threat. A reported suspicious person is near #Columbine High School. Schools are on lockout. @CBSDenver pic.twitter.com/9Pq8jblxjz

— Melissa Garcia (@MelissaGarciaTV) December 13, 2018

WNDU Studios has been evacuated due to a bomb threat. I’ll keep you all updated on the status of the search. pic.twitter.com/stkl3xTqu0

— Maddy Wierus (@MaddyReports) December 13, 2018


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State Police announce participation in national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" national crackdown

State - NY Police - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 13:40
The New York State Police will join the national enforcement initiative to crack down on impaired driving this holiday season
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Indiana Police Officer Killed in Vehicle Pursuit

Police Magazine - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 13:37

A police officer in southeastern Indiana was killed in a vehicle pursuit Wednesday night, according to ABC News.

Sergeant Benton Bertram of the Charlestown Police Department was in pursuit of a driver suspected of a traffic violation when he reportedly lost control of his patrol vehicle, leaving the roadway and colliding with a tree.

Other officers in the pursuit immediately stopped and rendered aid but Sergeant Bertram succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

Mayor Rob Hall said in a statement, "We have a small close knit department and it is like losing one of our family. It was comforting to be with the members of our department as well as State and County officers the last few hours consoling one another. I got a greater sense of the meaning of the "Brotherhood" these men and women feel for each other."

Hall continued, "We owe them our respect and gratitude, because everyday they put their safety (tonight a life) on the line to help keep us safe. God Bless those who serve."

Sergeant Bertram's K-9 partner survived the crash and was treated at a local veterinary hospital.

The 35-year-old officer had served nine years with the department. He is survived by his parents.

 

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Florida Officer Dies in ATV Crash

Police Magazine - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 13:34

An officer with the Miami-Dade Police Department has reportedly died from injuries sustained when his all-terrain vehicle struck a tree near a canal where he was patrolling.

The officer—identified by ODMP as Jermaine Brown—was conducting an enforcement detail as the result of community complaints of illegal activity along the canal.

Brown was transported to a nearby hospital following the crash, where he later died, according to ABC News.

"We stand united with the family and the children of the officer," said a visibly upset Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez.

 

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Colorado Deputy Dead in Vehicle Collision that also Killed a Mother and Child

Police Magazine - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 13:32

Three people—a Las Animas County Sheriff's Deputy, an infant child, and a 23-year-old woman—died in a vehicle collision late Wednesday night.

According to KOAA News, deputies in two patrol cars were responding to a domestic disturbance call when one of the vehicles collided with a car travelling in the opposite direction on the rural highway.

None of the decedents have been identified.

Two other deputies were transported to a nearby hospital with undisclosed injuries.  

 

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Video: Five-Year-Old California Wildfire Survivor Becomes Officer for a Day

Police Magazine - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 13:31

VIDEO: Five-Year-Old California Wildfire Survivor Becomes Officer for a Day"

A five-year-old boy who has suffered immense loss in the past year has been given a day of pure joy by police officers with the Roseville (CA) Police Department.

Little Jack Stieb lost his grandmother to cancer and his aunt to cerebral palsy earlier this year, and then lost his home to wildfires that consumed the town of Paradise.

According to KCRA-TV, the boy aspires to become a police officer, and was saddened by the loss of his SWAT outfit in the fire.

Officers learned about the boy's hardship and decided to deliver to him a miniature patrol car, and show him around the department for a day.

 

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Minnesota Police Called for Noise Complaint Play Video Game in Lieu of Charges

Police Magazine - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 13:30

Two officers with the St. Paul (MN) Police Department were called to an apartment due to a noise complaint and a neighbor's suspicion that the occupants of the dwelling were smoking marijuana.

Officers Isaac Palmer and Kou Yang, responded to the call and found a several people inside eating pizza, drinking beer, and playing the newly released "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" video game, according to KSTP-TV.

The officers handled the noise complaint, and finding no reason to file any charges decided to hang around to play the video game for a few moments.

Jovante Williams posted video and photos of the incident on social media. In Williams' post, he wrote: "So the neighbors called the cops on us and now we fighting them... in Smash Bros."

 

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Teen Gunman Exchanges Gunfire with Police, Kills Self at Indiana School

Police Magazine - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 13:28

A teenage gunman at a middle school in Richmond, Indiana reportedly opened fire on police outside the school before killing himself.

No other students were injured in the incident at Dennis Intermediate School, according to ABC News.

According to reports, an unidentified person reported suspicious activity to police, who responded to find the gunman—who has not yet been identified—at the school.

Indiana State Police Sergeant John Bowling said, "Someone knew something and said something. The school was able to follow procedure to help protect students."

 

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Ohio Police Chief Resigns Over Missteps Following Fatal OIS

Police Magazine - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 13:27

Chief Daniel Paez of the Perrysburg (OH) Police Department has submitted his resignation—effective on January 8, 2019—after a Lucas County Sheriff's Office investigation into Paez's response to a shooting in August.

According to the Toledo Blade, investigators found that Chief Paez pulled officers from the scene when they were needed to relieve township officers who were “traumatized” by the incident and did so without first conferring with township officials.

"I have a very deep appreciation and gratitude for all of the opportunities and challenges that I have been afforded through my employment with the City," Paez wrote in his resignation letter.

Paez has led the Perrysburg Police Department for more than nine years.

 

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Michigan Officer Charged with Criminal Sexual Misconduct

Police Magazine - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 13:26

An officer with the Center Line (MI) Police Department has reportedly been charged with criminal sexual misconduct following a complaint filed with the Hazel Park (MI) Police Department in November.

According to the Detroit News, 35-year-old George Andrew Tackett is accused of sexually assaulting his girlfriend's friend.

"The victim stated she arrived home and the suspect entered her home uninvited," the Hazel Park Police Department said in a statement. "The victim stated the suspect then sexually assaulted her in the home and then left.  The victim immediately contacted friends. She then sought a medical exam. The victim stated she was encouraged to report the incident and filed a report with the Hazel Park police."

Tackett was arraigned Wednesday in 43rd District Court. Bond was set at $250,000. He has been placed on paid administrative leave.

 

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