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Windsor woman arrested for DWI

State - NY Police - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 16:47
On October 10, 2018 at approximately 11:11 p.m., New York State Police at Binghamton arrested Lynn M. Shearer, age 44 of Windsor, NY for the misdemeanor of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated with a reportable B.A.C of .19%. 

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Arkansas Sheriff Denies That Nike Shirts on Inmates Are Political Statement

Police Magazine - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 16:47

An Arkansas sheriff is under fire from activists and law enforcement critics for dressing inmates in Nike shirts before their mugshots are taken. The critics say Union County Sheriff Ricky Roberts is using the shirts as a political statement against Nike and the company's spokesperson Colin Kaepernick. The sheriff disputes the accusation.

Sheriff Roberts says the shirts were given to people who came into the jail without "proper attire during the booking process."  Roberts says the shirts weren't purchased by his department -- but rather, already on-hand, Fox 16 reports

"We are not, and will not, be influenced by current political and social debates in the media," Roberts said in a statement.  "This shirt is not only in use now, but has also been for several months prior.  We have taken steps to rectify this issue and insure that this will never happen again."

The statement comes after a tweet from activist Shaun King saying the department was putting Nike shirts on its inmates for mug shots in protest of the company's deal with Colin Kaepernick.

Since the accusation became public, the Union County Sheriff's Office has removed inmate photos from its online jail roster.

 

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Cortlandville arrested for DWI, four times legal limit

State - NY Police - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 16:45
On October 10, 2018 at approximately 10:06 a.m., New York State Police at Homer (Interstate) arrested Matthew T. Shimer, age 38 of Cortlandville, NY for the misdemeanor of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated with a reportable B.A.C of .29%. 

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Harpersfield man arrested after domestic

State - NY Police - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 16:42
On October 10, 2018 at about 12:47 a.m., New York State Police at Oneonta arrested Nicholas I. Catello, age 27 of Harpersfield, NY for the misdemeanors of Assault in the third degree and Menacing in the second degree. 

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Cortland man arrested for DWI

State - NY Police - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 16:40
On October 9, 2018 at approximately 9:50 p.m., New York State Police at Ithaca arrested Shannon A. Lateer, age 48 of Cortland, NY for the misdemeanor of Driving While Intoxicated with a reportable B.A.C of .11%.  He was also issued traffic tickets.

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Windsor man arrested for smashing car window

State - NY Police - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 16:38
On October 9, 2018 at approximately 12:42 a.m., New York State Police at Binghamton arrested Kurtis E. Barnes, age 27 of Windsor, NY for the misdemeanor of Criminal Mischief in the fourth degree and the violation of harassment in the second degree.

 

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Port Crane woman arrested for taking car and wallet

State - NY Police - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 16:36
On October 9, 2018 at approximately 11:15 a.m., New York State Police at Binghamton arrested Jennifer L. Warner, age 36 of Port Crane, NY for the felony of Grand Larceny in the fourth degree and the misdemeanors of Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle and Petit Larceny.

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Teen Charged as Adult in Florida K-9′s Death

Police Magazine - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 15:52

A 17-year-old had his case upgraded to adult status Thursday morning in the Sept. 30 shooting death of a Jacksonville, FL, police dog following an armed carjacking and chase, according to the State Attorney’s Office.

Florida K-9 Shot and Killed Pursuing Carjacking Suspect

Jhamel M. Paskel was in juvenile court when the charges were refiled, reports the Florida Times-Union. He is charged with killing a police dog, possession of a firearm by a juvenile delinquent found to have committed a felony, aggravated fleeing, armed robbery and two counts of kidnapping with a firearm following the death of K-9 Fang, the State Attorney’s Office said.

Teen Charged in Florida K-9's Death

 

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Traffic Fatality #55 Suspect Vehicle Video

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 15:44

APD is asking any businesses in the area of East Cesar Chavez and Adam L. Chapa Sr. streets to check their surveillance cameras between 2 and 2:10 a.m. on Oct. 10, 2018, for this suspect vehicle. See video of suspect vehicle here --> https://youtu.be/ezxaRW79PnI

Case:            18-2830122

Date:             October 10, 2018

Time:             2:05 a.m.

Location:       2000 block of East Cesar Chavez

Deceased:     Jonathan Deleon, Hispanic male (D.O.B. 2-23-1989)
 
The preliminary investigation shows that Jonathan Deleon was standing near the rear driver’s side of a parked vehicle in the 2000 block of East Cesar Chavez when a white van or some type of SUV travelling westbound struck him before fleeing. Mr. Deleon was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas where he was pronounced deceased.   
 
APD is investigating this case. Anyone with information regarding this case 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 fifty-fifth fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in fifty-six fatalities this year. At this time in 2017, there were fifty fatal traffic crashes and fifty-two traffic fatalities.
 
These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.

Traffic Fatality #56

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 14:57

Case:            18-2850362

Date:             October 12, 2018

Time:             6:31 a.m.

Location:       6300 block of N IH 35 northbound

Deceased:     Unidentified Hispanic male
 
The preliminary investigation shows that a 2015 Dodge Ram truck was traveling northbound in the 6300 block of IH 35 when the driver struck a pedestrian who was standing in the inside lane. The driver did not see the pedestrian as it was dark at the time of the crash. The pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver stayed on scene and showed no signs of impairment.    
 
APD is investigating this case. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-6935. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.
 
This is Austin’s fifty-six fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in fifty-seven fatalities this year. At this time in 2017, there were fifty-one fatal traffic crashes and fifty-three traffic fatalities.
 
These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.

New York Officers Use Tourniquet to Save Man's Life After Chainsaw Accident

Police Magazine - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 14:50

Two officers with the New York Police Department acted quickly in aiding a man whose arm was nearly severed completely off in a chainsaw accident in the Bronx.

The man—identified as 49-year-old Richard Tirado—was unconscious in the passenger seat of a friend's pickup truck as the man franticly tried to find a hospital.

The New York Daily News reported that the man got the attention of officers Amauris Rodriguez and Thomas Natoli, who then applied the tourniquet to Tirado's arm.

"We applied a tourniquet to a high part of the shoulder to stop the bleeding completely, and then rendered aid as much as we could until the ambulance got there," Natoli said.

Tirado is now recovering and reportedly in stable condition.

 

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NFL Quarterback Awards Grant for K-9 Unit to Kentucky Police Department

Police Magazine - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 14:40

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Future Hall-of-Fame Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger recently announced that he will be distributing a grant—through his charitable foundation—to the Villa Hills (KY) Police Department's K-9 unit, according to WLWT-TV News.

"With the K-9 Unit, the Villa Hills Police Department can provide the utmost level of law enforcement protection to its citizens and strive to meet its motto of 'Continuing Excellence'," said Villa Hills Police Sergeant Matthew Hall, said in a statement on BigBen7.com.

During the 2018 NFL season, Roethlisberger's foundation will distribute grants to K-9 units of police and fire departments in the cities and surrounding communities of each regular season away game for the Steelers. The Foundation will also distribute several grants to the Pittsburgh area.

Roethlisberger's Foundation has reportedly distributed more than $1.92 million to K-9 units since 2007.

 

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Photo: Florida Sheriff's Deputies Pause in Prayer Before Hurricane Makes Landfall

Police Magazine - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 14:37

The Leon County (FL) Sheriff's Office posted a picture to Facebook showing deputies bowing their heads in prayer as they braced for the imminent landfall of Hurricane Michael on October 9, 2018.

"And so it begins," the post said. "Our Bravo shift pauses for a moment of prayer, before weathering the storm. If you don't mind, say a prayer for all of the men and women working to keep our community safe."

Citizens commented on the post things like, "Lord protect our protectors" and "God go with them."

Hours after the Facebook post went up, Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida.

 

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Oregon Police Fatally Shoot Knife-Wielding Man Holding Woman Hostage

Police Magazine - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 14:35

Portland (OR) police fatally shot a man—reportedly armed with a knife—holding a woman hostage at the Del Rancho Motel in Southeast Portland, according to OregonLive.com.

Officers responded to reports of two people fighting near the motel, Portland Police spokesman Chris Burley said during a news briefing.

Officers learned that one of the subjects was armed with a knife and had attempted to stab another individual. They then learned that the knife-wielding subject was holding a woman hostage in one of the hotel rooms.

SWAT and hostage negotiators were called, but before they could deploy, an officer reportedly shot and killed the suspect.

 

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Chicago Police Board Clears Officer in 2012 Shooting of 15-Year-Old

Police Magazine - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 14:32

The Chicago Police Board voted 5-3 in clearing Officer Brandon Ternand of all wrongdoing in fatally shooting a teen in the back of the head during a foot purtuit nearly six years ago, according to the Chicago Tribune.

According to records, 15-year-old Dakota Bright was not armed when he was shot, but officers recovered a .22-caliber revolver in a front yard near where the chase began.

The decision means that Ternand won’t be fired or face any discipline for the shooting. He will be allowed to return to active duty and be given back pay for the nearly year he was suspended without pay.

 

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Minnesota Officers Resuscitate Newborn, Then Deliver Her Twin Sister

Police Magazine - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 14:29

On Tuesday, police officers with the Wyoming (MN) police department responded to a call of a woman in labor at her home.

"This past Tuesday morning two of our Officers were dispatched to a call of a mother in labor at her home," the department said in a Facebook post.

"As the first Officer approached the home, he discovered the front door locked and no way to enter the house to assist the mother. With a swift kick to the door, the officer forced entry into the house and found the mother had just given birth to a baby girl. The newborn was in the mother's arms and not breathing."

The department said further, "We train as first responders to handle these calls, to deal with a mother in labor or to perform CPR on a person in respiratory distress. Dealing with both at the same time is extremely rare. The officer sprang into action and began CPR on the newborn baby girl Anna, clearing the airway, giving mouth to mouth and compressions until she came to life with that familiar newborn cry."

As the officers were performing CPR on the newborn, the mother shouted out the second baby about to arrive.

"With the first newborn baby breathing on her own, the officers switched gears and delivered the second newborn baby girl Ashley," the department said.

 

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Former Florida Officer Sentenced to 6 Years for Shakedowns at Traffic Stops

Police Magazine - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 14:27

Jose Acosta—a former rookie police officer with the Miami Police Department— pleaded guilty to 10 counts of burglary, 10 counts of false imprisonment, eight counts of grand theft and two counts of petit theft and was sentenced to six years in prison. That term could be reduced to three years with good behavior.

Miami police said Acosta stole thousands of dollars in money and items from motorists during a one-year stretch from the time he was hired until he was fired in 2017, according to the Miami Herald.

Acosta reportedly stopped vehicles, searched the drivers and their cars for cash, and then let the subjects go without issuing a citation.

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said, "Jose Acosta was a corrupt opportunist who used his police uniform as a weapon to steal from people he knew would never contact law enforcement," the Herald reported.

 

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Video: Oregon Man Tries to Grab Officer's Gun in Courtroom Confrontation

Police Magazine - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 14:23

VIDEO: Oregon Man Tries to Grab Officer's Gun in Courtroom Confrontation"

An Oregon man—identified as 27-year-old Patrick Lemmon—abruptly got up from his seat and attempted to grab the gun of an officer sitting just feet to his left. The incident was captured on video made public on YouTube by The Oregonian.

Lemmon was seated in a Lincoln County (OR) courtroom without any sort of restraints, because a judge had denied deputies' request.

Lemmon was on trial on allegations that he pointed a realistic-looking fake gun at two guests at a beachfront condo in Newport, threatened to kill them and then robbed them of cash and valuables, according to a probable cause affidavit, according to OregonLive.com.

 

 

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UPDATE: ACL Music Festival Theft Safety Tips

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 14:18

Since the first weekend of ACL 2018, the Austin Police Department (APD) has received sixty-two reports of thefts at the festival. A majority of these were handled as “thefts from person” cases, commonly referred to as pick pocketing. In almost all of the cases, the item stolen was a cell phone.
 
Phones are being quickly powered down or placed into airplane mode to prevent any tracking (such as Find my iPhone or Google). We strongly encourage folks to record their device serial numbers and keep it somewhere else in case they need to reference it.
 
The Austin Police Department encourages festivalgoers to do the following: 

  • Pay attention to your surroundings, especially in crowds
  • Keep your phone and ID/credit cards/cash in separate places on your person
  • Phones sticking out of back pockets or backpacks are not secure
  • Keep property in a defensible location (front pocket, stylish fanny pack) or leave it at home (yeah, right!)
  • Record serial number information for your device and keep it separate
  • Notify on-site security/APD immediately for assistance
  • Utilize APD’s online reporting site, http://austintexas.gov/department/ireportaustincom  or 311 (non-emergency to report a theft
  • If you see something, say something

No arrests have been made in these thefts. Anyone with information about these cases are asked to call Region IV Detectives at 512-974-8100. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.

Baltimore County proposes 24-hour mobile crisis team to respond to mental health emergencies

Police One - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 14:18

By Pamela Wood The Baltimore Sun

BALTIMORE — Baltimore County plans to expand its mobile crisis teams to provide support in mental health emergencies around the clock.

The mobile crisis teams, which are staffed by police officers and mental health professionals from the Affiliated Sante Group, currently operate only from 9:30 a.m. until 1 a.m.

County Executive Don Mohler is proposing to spend $561,000 to extend the crisis teams to cover the overnight hours.

Mohler, a Democrat, said in a statement that the teams provide “a vital service in their most vulnerable moments.”

“Mental health crises don’t start in the morning and end at night. We have to take care of those in need,” Mohler said.

Last year, the county’s mobile crisis teams handled 2,343 calls.

Expanding the mental health crisis teams was a key recommendation of an independent review of how police and first responders handle mental health calls earlier this year.

Former County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, a Democrat who died in May, had ordered the review following a series of incidents involving subjects with mental illness, including the police shooting death of Korryn Gaines in her Randallstown apartment in 2016.

Police and Gaines, who was armed with a shotgun and had a history of mental illness, engaged in a day-long standoff at her apartment that ended with police fatally shooting her. Gaines’ family sued the county and won a $38 million judgement. The county filed post-trial motions to overturn the judgement and also appealed the ruling.

The review, conducted by the Council of State Governments, found that Baltimore County’s crisis response system had a good foundation but suffered from a lack of coordination, lack of oversight and insufficient staffing.

The report was issued in late April, about two weeks before Kamenetz died of sudden cardiac arrest. At the time, he said that mental illness was a growing issue of concern for the county.

“It’s important that Baltimore County continue to be a leader in providing solutions before we have a terrible problem,” Kamenetz said at the time.

The additional spending on the mobile crisis teams will need approval by the Baltimore County Council, and Chairman Julian Jones already has signaled his support.

©2018 The Baltimore Sun


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