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Police: Gun-wielding Ohio pastor helped rob Sunday school teacher

Police One - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 14:06

Associated Press

TOLEDO, Ohio — Police say a gun-wielding Ohio pastor and two family members have robbed a Sunday school teacher at their church.

The Blade newspaper reports St. Paul's AME pastor Anthony Morris, along with his wife, Zelda Morris, and 19-year-old daughter Kamali Morris have been charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.

Police say 39-year-old Nickema Turner, of Maumee, was in her class teaching over the weekend when the teen grabbed her by the hair. They say Zelda Morris punched Turner in her face and the pastor then threw Turner to the ground. Police say Zelda Morris dumped out Turner's purse and took items including a stun gun and cellphone. The pastor allegedly held a gun on Turner.

No attorneys are listed in court records.

Turner was treated at the scene.

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Google testing technology to better locate 911 callers

Police One - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 14:00

By PoliceOne Staff

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google is working to improve the nationwide 911 system by testing new technology that will better pinpoint the location of callers.

Digital Trends reported that the tech giant gave several 911 centers in Texas, Tennessee and Florida access to their data to locate callers in a two-month trial.

According to the data collected, 80 percent of callers detected with Google’s technology were located within an average radius of 121 feet, compared to an average of 522 feet provided by wireless carriers.

The system locates a caller’s location using Wi-Fi, GPS and cell tower data. The current 911 system locates callers with only cell tower location and assisted GPS.

Google has already launched the system in several other countries, and said plans are in the works to incorporate the technology into more 911 centers around the United States.

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Pa. schools train for emergencies with 'Stop the Bleed' program

Police One - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 13:53

By Chuck Biedka The Valley News-Dispatch

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Long before Wednesday's mass school shooting in Florida, more and more Alle-Kiski Valley police and teachers were signing up for Stop the Bleed.

The national program prepares people to handle life-threatening bleeding before paramedics arrive.

"You are much more likely to encounter the need to control bleeding than someone who has cardiac arrest and needs CPR," said David Bertoty, a Stop the Bleed teacher and coordinator.

Untreated arterial bleeding can kill within 3 minutes.

"This is just as effective for someone who falls through a glass window and is bleeding as well as mass casualties like you see at a school shooting," said Bertoty, who is also clinical director of emergency and trauma services at UPMC Presbyterian hospital.

The roughly 90-minute class shows how and when to use tourniquets, when and how to pack wounds, and other ways to stop dangerous bleeding.

In addition to teaching people to handle severe bleeding, "our goal is to get a kit into every school building," he said. Many police officers and troopers are trained or have the training scheduled. Bertoty hopes other people get the training, too.

Anyone can sign up for the class and interested people can become trainers, too.

Bertoty said at least 20 lives were saved by bystanders in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon terrorist attack simply by helping to slow or stop bleeding from wounds.

Western Pa. schools

So far, the anti-bleeding kits are in about 345 school buildings where teachers and staffs have completed training in about 70 school districts in Western Pennsylvania, Bertoty said.

The Jeannette, Hempfield Area and North Allegheny school staffs are among those trained.

About 90 teachers received the training and tourniquet kits are in the district's buildings, said Jeannette substitute Superintendent Matt Jones.

At North Allegheny, the district's nurses are training hundreds of teachers.

"Anyone can learn the lifesaving steps of Stop the Bleed," said Bridgett Bilenski, certified school nurse at North Allegheny's Franklin Elementary and Marshall Middle schools.

Stop the Bleed is "an excellent way to educate the general public on how to help as a bystander in critical life-threatening situations, so that more lives can be potentially saved," she said.

The Hempfield Area staff participated in January, according to Superintendent Tammy Wolicki. A Forbes Hospital surgeon gave a group presentation and then participants formed small groups for hands-on practice, where they learned how to apply a tourniquet and pack a wound. Wolicki said in an email that the staff's feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

She said they feel prepared to respond to an emergency at school, home, a mall, and other locations.

UPMC and Copeland Regional Trauma Council staff are preparing teachers and police in the area from Altoona west to the Ohio line, said Bertoty, of North Huntington.

On Monday, Bertoty is scheduled to take the program to about 80 Leechburg High school teachers and staff.

Allegheny Health Network staff presented the class for Apollo-Ridge School District employees last October. About 100 teachers and staff received the training.

"There is a bleeding kit in every building," said John Skiba, the district's director of school safety and student services. "And principals also bought extra kits."

Police getting trained, too

Large numbers of police are getting the training, too.

Stop the Bleed was taught to about 900 Pittsburgh police officers last year, said Lt. Matt Lackner.

In addition, about 4,000 state troopers statewide are either in classes now or registered for them, said Capt. Steve Ignatz, who commands the troop based in Butler.

The Greensburg-based state police troop was the first in the state to schedule the training, said Capt. Tom Dubovi.

"We have one more session and we will have the entire troop completed," Dubovi said.

Bertoty said dozens of smaller police departments have also learned Stop the Bleed including officers in Apollo, Leechburg, Gilpin, Cranberry and the South Hills.

Lower Burrell police officers are scheduled to get the training March 22.

"We planned this quite some time ago — long before the latest school shooting," Chief Tim Weitzel said.

Copyright 2018 The Valley News-Dispatch

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Teen arrested for the felony of making a terroristic threat in Triangle

State - NY Police - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:26
On February 15, 2018, at about 11:00 p.m., New York State Police at Whitney Point arrested a 16-year-old male, from Glen Aubrey, NY, for the felony of Making a Terroristic Threat in the town of Triangle. 
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State Police arrest thirty for Driving While Impaired

State - NY Police - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:15
State Police Troop F arrested 30 motorists for DWI over the President's Day Weekend
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Traffic Fatality #8

Austin (TX) Police - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:01

Case:            18-0371243

Date:             Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Time:             Approximately 7:07 p.m.

Location:      7300 block E. Riverside Dr.

Deceased:     Mark Antonio Rodriguez, Hispanic male (D.O.B. 11-17-79)

The preliminary investigation shows that a yellow, 2013 Chrysler 300 was traveling eastbound in the 7300 block of E. Riverside Dr. in the center lane. A pedestrian was crossing mid-block walking southbound across E. Riverside Dr. when he was struck by the Chrysler 300.

The pedestrian who has been identified as, Mark Antonio Rodriguez was transported to South Austin Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

This case is still being investigated. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-5576. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android. This is Austin’s eighth fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in nine fatalities this year. At this time in 2017, there were seven fatal traffic crashes and seven traffic fatalities.

These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.

Texas trooper wounded, suspect dead after gunfire exchange

Police One - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 11:49

Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO — Authorities say a man who shot and wounded a Texas state trooper before a trooper shot him has died.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. Deon Cockrell says 33-year-old Ernest Manuel Montelongo, of San Antonio, died Monday at a hospital. He says the trooper who was wounded Sunday should recover.

Authorities say a trooper stopped Montelongo's car in Guadalupe County for a traffic violation, and he gave a false name and sped away.

A DPS helicopter located him in neighboring Bexar County. Two other troopers helped block the car. Cockrell says Montelongo shot one of them before one of the troopers shot Montelongo.

Cockrell says he doesn't know which trooper shot Montelongo.

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NJ school district adds armed police officers

Police One - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 11:45

Associated Press

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. — A New Jersey school district is adding armed police officers to its security plan.

The East Brunswick school board decided the officers will supplement its existing staff of 71 security guards, who are all retired police officers.

The action comes after a shooting left 17 students and faculty dead at a school in Florida and also follows the arrest of an East Brunswick high school student who is accused of posting an online threat.

A parent and a student alerted school officials about the threat and the student was charged with making a terroristic threat.

Democratic New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday will hold a news conference about school security preparedness.

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Painted Post man gets arrested for unlawful possession.

State - NY Police - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 11:43
On February 19, 2018, Troopers out of SP Waterloo arrested Richard N. Farrell, 34, of Painted Post, New York for unlawful possession of marijuana and inadequate exhaust.
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In wake of Parkland shooting, police chiefs push for gun control

Police One - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 11:39

By Charles Rabin And Jay Weaver Miami Herald

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. — For Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, the anguish of Florida’s worst school shooting remains raw. Families are still burying some of the 17 students and faculty members killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, victims of a deeply troubled ex-student with an assault rifle.

For Miami Beach Police Chief Dan Oates, the scars are six years old but still deep. He headed the police department in Aurora, Colorado, when a mentally ill killer armed with a similar high-power rifle killed a dozen and injured 70 others in a movie theater.

These two South Florida police chiefs share the up-close and personal horrors of overseeing mass shooting investigations that have reinforced their beliefs about gun control:

First, they want military-style weapons like AR-15 rifles, the weapon used in both events, out of the hands of civilians. Second, they argue that lenient state and national gun laws and mental health privacy laws are hampering the mission of police to keep the public safe from gun violence, prohibiting officers from confiscating weapons — often even from people who have produced a trail of warnings like Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz.

“Based on the law, if someone [who has weapons] says I want to grow up and be a serial killer, there’s nothing you can do about it,” Israel told the Miami Herald on Monday. “We can’t arrest for something a person is thinking about.”

They’re not alone among top state law enforcement officers calling for lawmakers to tighten gun control and reverse decades of bidding by the powerful National Rifle Association. The Florida Police Chiefs Association has called for an emergency meeting Monday night that Florida Gov. Rick Scott is expected to attend. Exactly what suggestions might emerge, is not yet clear.

Kevin Lystad, the Miami Shores police chief who is president of the FPCA, said the plan is to offer gun legislation to state lawmakers in the coming weeks. Lystad said he’s focused on assault weapons and background checks.

“Congress messed up when they didn’t renew the assault weapons ban [in 2004]. I think that was problematic,” Lystad said. “We need to deal with assault weapons, background checks. It’s about finding common ground.”

One immediate change that Oates and Israel want to see: Ban the legal sale of the AR-15s used in both massacres.

“In only one condition should you have an assault rifle, if you’ve joined the Marines and you’re going to fight,” Israel said.

The chiefs have joined a growing chorus of gun control advocates statewide that is suddenly being led by the young survivors of Stoneman Douglas shootings. A number of the students are busing up to Tallahassee and expect to meet with state legislators on Wednesday.

One thing clearly on the agenda will be how to restrict weapons access to people like Cruz and Colorado shooter James Eagan Holmes, who issued threats while also undergoing mental health care. It’s an issue where protecting mental health privacy will likely clash with increasining public safety.

Aurora killer Holmes, for instance, “was in psychiatric treatment for months before the shooting,’’ said Oates. “There were indicators in his digital profile for months before the shooting. Like all the rest of the cases, it was out there.”

According to Oates, a psychiatrist who had been treating Holmes told a university police department that her patient had been fantasizing about killing lots of people. The police chose not to Baker Act Holmes and did not pass along the information.

Law enforcement sources say Cruz had purchased at least five guns other than the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle he used to mow down the students. A call to an FBI hotline in January that warned Cruz was planning a school shooting, was never forwarded to the Miami field office. And the Broward Sheriff’s Office received dozens of calls about Cruz’s erratic behavior.

It’s far from the first time that issues of gun control and mental health have become national talking points.

Despite similar massacres in Aurora, at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and at a concert on the Las Vegas strip only last year, Congress has largely rejected calls for gun control — even those from first responders they so often praise after massacres.

Many police chiefs, particularly in big cities, have long pressed for tougher gun laws to protect the public and their own officers to largely no avail.

Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez said he has first-hand knowledge of the difficulty of monitoring an unstable person who poses a serious potential threat.

He said he has been contacted repeatedly by someone he says exhibits signs of mental illness. Police went to his home, Perez said, and found a cache of weapons, including a hunting rifle. There’s little police can do, Perez said, because the person has not committed a crime.

“This guy has hunting rifles,” said the director. “There has to be reform on both sides — on mental illness and on firearms.”

Carlos Baixauli, a retired agent who worked at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Miami, said reform of any kind is a “major problem because of the conflicts between privacy laws and gun rights.”

Baixauli, who spent his 30-year career in South Florida, said at the very least there should be universal background checks on all gun sales, including private sales, which are unregulated. He also praised several states that have passed firearms-restraining laws that — patterned after the Baker Act — would allow a family member or friend who knows that a person is exhibiting “red flags” to go and apply for such an order.

Baixauli said that politicians in Washington, under the sway of the NRA, also have blocked efforts for a national gun registry. Under current federal regulations, a gun store owner keeps the record of a criminal and mental background check on a buyer.

An ATF agent or investigator only sees the form if a trace of a specific weapon is requested or during a gun shop inspection. The agency doesn’t keep any copies of the background check. In fact, whether the gun buyer clears the background check or not, the federal Brady law requires the history of that search be purged as a record.

“I don't see why they [law enforcement] shouldn't be allowed to keep the background checks on persons prohibited from buying guns,” Baixauli said.

The difficulties of reform have been well chronicled. The NRA, one of the most powerful lobbies in the country, has successfully fought to restrict waiting periods for gun purchases and to avoid limits on the number of bullets in magazines used with assault rifles. It has successfully opposed a national gun registry and universal background checks.

While the NRA is the most powerful lobbying voice against gun-control, strong regional and cultural resistance also has defeated past efforts to tighten national gun laws. In more rural regions, residents have made it clear that backing gun control would be political suicide for lawmakers.

Colorado state senators John Morse and Angela Giron, for instance, were recalled from office after the Aurora shooting when they voted for new laws that would have imposed universal background checks on gun purchases and limited magazines to 15 rounds.

Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County have enacted more restrictive weapons purchase laws than the rest of the state. To buy a weapon in South Florida’s largest counties — as Cruz did in Broward last February — there is a five-day waiting period for a background check. In the rest of the state there is a three-day wait for a handgun and no wait for a rifle.

To purchase an AR-15 like Cruz did at Sunrise Tactical Supply in Coral Springs, all he needed to do was fill out a firearms transactions record form issued by the Department of Justice. Cruz gave his name, address, date of birth, sex and height and included a copy of his driver’s license. Cruz checked off “no” in the section that asked if he’d been adjudicated or institutionalized for mental illness.

Oates, the Miami Beach police chief, called it a “given” that at the very least a person should not be able to buy an assault weapon until 21. Federal law allows such a purchase at 18. The Miami Beach chief said he’d like to see lawmakers pass a bill that would put the burden of proof on the suspect after he or she is Baker Acted.

Israel struck a similar tone, saying police would be more likely to employ the Baker Act if they knew it would keep guns out of the hands of unstable people for more than 72 hours. He believes they should not be able to retrieve their weapons until a doctor clears them as mentally healthy.

State social workers were called to Cruz’s home in 2016 when he became despondent after breaking up with a girlfriend and made a Snapchat video of himself cutting his arms. They chose not to hospitalize him. It was one of a number of episodes of erratic behavior.

“When we release someone from a mental health facility, they’re not healed,” Israel said. “You have to be an immediate threat [to others or yourself] or by law your weapon has to be returned. Absolutely, we’re handcuffed and our hands are tied.”

©2018 Miami Herald

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Rome man charged with DWI following crash in Whitestown

State - NY Police - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 11:38
State Police in Marcy arrested Jerry R. Morris Jr., age 31, from Rome, NY for DWI, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 2nd degree, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and speeding.
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Williamson man gets arrested for DWI.

State - NY Police - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 11:38
On February 18, 2018, Troopers out of SP Williamson arrested Nicholas A. Grace, 24, of Williamson, New York for driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a BAC greater than .08%, drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway, failure to keep right and moving from lane unsafely.
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Ontario man gets arrested for criminal possession.

State - NY Police - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 11:32
On February 18, 2018, Troopers out of SP Wolcott arrested Shaun A. Cobbs, 18, of Ontario, New York for criminal possession of marijuana.
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Body Camera Video Shows Louisville Officer Put Tourniquet Training to the Test - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 11:15
Recently released body camera footage shows Louisville Metro Police Officer Thomas Franklin apply a tourniquet to a crash victim just two weeks after receiving training.
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Familial Searching DNA Tests Challenged in New York by Legal Aid Society

Forensic Magazine - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 11:14
NewsA growing number of states have used familial searching of DNA databases to assist criminal investigations. One of the latest was New York, whose Commissions on Forensic Science adopted regulations allowing the use of “FS” late last year. Now a civil rights group and a prominent law firm have jointly filed a lawsuit challenging the use of FS in New York, according to an announcement made Friday. Staff Author: Seth AugensteinTopics: DNA
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Few States Let Courts Take Guns from People Deemed a Threat

Forensic Magazine - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 10:50
NewsThe warnings around Nikolas Cruz seemed to flash like neon signs: expelled from school, fighting with classmates, a fascination with weapons and hurting animals, disturbing images and comments posted to social media, previous mental health treatment. In Florida, that wasn't enough for relatives, authorities or his schools to request a judicial order barring him from possessing guns.Contributed Author: Ryan J. Foley and Don Thompson, Associated PressTopics: Firearms
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Cleveland Police Failed to Send Hundreds of Recent Rape Kits for Testing, in Violation of State Law

Forensic Magazine - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 10:47
NewsCleveland police failed over three years to send hundreds of rape kits collected from sexual assault victims to a lab for testing, in violation of state law. An Ohio law that took effect in 2015 requires rape kits to be sent to a lab within 30 days.Contributed Author: Rachel Dissell, The Plain DealerTopics: Sexual Assault Investigations
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