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One car accident leads to DWAI arrest

State - NY Police - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 15:38
On July 22, 2018 at about 12:18 p.m., New York State Police at Margaretville arrested Robert J. Stutzer, age 38, of Margaretville, NY for the misdemeanor of Driving While Ability Impaired By Drugs, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the 2nd degree and was issued several traffic tickets.   

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Florida man arrested for DWI in Springfield

State - NY Police - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 15:32
On July 25, 2018 at about 4:10 a.m., New York State Police at Richfield Springs arrested Wyatt L. Burton, age 23, of Fort Myers, FL for the misdemeanor of Driving While Intoxicated with a reported B.A.C of .14%. 

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Driver of tractor trailer arrested for DWI

State - NY Police - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 15:31
On July 23, 2018 at about 5:38 p.m., New York State Police at Oneonta arrested Matthew J. Millard, age 37, of Endicott, NY for the misdemeanor of Driving While Intoxicated with a reported B.A.C .22%. 


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California man arrested in Richfield for DWI

State - NY Police - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 15:29
On July 23, 2018 at approximately 5:15 p.m., New York State Police at Richfield Springs arrested Robert L. Wesolowski, age 64, of San Diego, CA for the misdemeanor of Driving While Intoxicated with a reportable B.A.C of .12%.

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Panasonic Announces Updated FZ-N1 Device

Police Magazine - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 15:25

Panasonic, an industry leader in mobile computing solutions that are purpose‐built for the way people work, has announced a major update to its popular and acclaimed Toughbook N1 rugged handheld device. The latest 4.7-inch device has been refined to meet the challenges of today's workplaces, with hardware and features designed to make capturing, sharing, and analyzing data faster and easier than ever.

"When workers turn to Toughbook devices we know that it's because they are tackling challenges where 'good enough' just does not cut it. We work closely with our customers to further enhance our product portfolio to make sure they stay ahead of the technology curve," said Brian Rowley, Vice President of Marketing and Product Management, Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America. "For our customers in the transportation and logistics space, we know that they are under pressure to be more efficient, more accurate and more cost-effective, and a few seconds can define what it means to stay competitive. The FZ-N1 takes a strong device and makes it stronger, empowering our users to capture more data, connect more reliably and work more efficiently."

The connected and powerful FZ-N1 is the mobile office in your pocket to get work done. And with a faster high-powered octa-core CPU and twice the storage capacity of the last generation FZ-N1, this rugged handheld computer is up to any task. An angled barcode scanner of this device means more efficient, faster scanning than ever before to meet the needs of even the most demanding environments.

Offering the Panasonic Toughbook ruggedness and durability, the new device includes enhanced MIL-STD-810G specifications, protecting it from drops of up to seven feet, along with IP66/IP68 ratings.

In addition to its advanced capabilities in warehouse settings and beyond, the FZ-N1 provides connectivity for today's first responders as well. As an early participant in AT&T's FirstNet dealer program, Panasonic is working to ensure that its devices – and in turn its customers – are equipped with the tools they need to access the nationwide public safety communications platform dedicated to America's first responders. Panasonic is working closely with its partners to ready the FZ-N1 device for FirstNet connectivity later this year.

Key Specifications

Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU – 2.2GHz x4 + 1.8GHz x4 Octa Core

32 GB eMMC storage capacity


Android 8.1, Oreo

4.7 inch display with 10 finger capacitive touch screen

MIL-STD-810G Certified with a 7-foot drop spec

IP66 dust and water resistant design, IP68 (5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes) sealing

Angled Barcode Scanner

Wi-Fi, multi-carrier voice and data with nano SIM card (WWAN model)

*Android is a trademark of Google LLC; Oreo is a trademark of Mondelez International, Inc. group.

Pricing and Availability

The Toughbook N1 will be available beginning at a suggested retail price of $1,899.

All Panasonic Toughbook laptops and tablets come standard with the industry's most comprehensive 3-year warranty and 24/7 IT support.

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Ohio officer fired after filing charges against mayor, chiefs

Police One - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 15:13
Author: Lt. Dan Marcou

By Holly Zachariah The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio

NEW HOLLAND, Ohio — A sergeant with the New Holland Police Department in Pickaway County who filed criminal charges last week against his village mayor, his former chief and his interim chief was fired Monday.

Sgt. Charles "Brad" Mick filed the charges Friday and executed a search warrant Saturday night at his department headquarters and the administrative offices at Village Hall.

On Monday night, Mick showed up just before the start of a special meeting of the village council and served Mayor Clair "Butch" Betzko with his court summons for the charges against him. When he left the meeting and served interim Police Chief David Conrad in his office, Mick was fired on the spot.

Mick, on a live video feed from the meeting, emerged from the chief's office and told the crowd, "Folks, just to let you know, when you do the right thing around here, you get terminated for it." He said later that he will file for whistle-blower protection.

It's the latest in a string of bizarre developments and controversies to envelop the part-time, volunteer department in the town of about 800 people.

Mick filed a fifth-degree felony charge of forgery in Circleville Municipal Court against Conrad, the interim chief who also is Pickaway County's emergency management director; and a fifth-degree felony charge of complicity to commit forgery against Betzko, a former longtime deputy with the Franklin County sheriff's office.

According to the search warrant signed at 7:32 p.m. Saturday by Municipal Court Judge Gary Dumm, Conrad is suspected of forging the signature on July 16 of former Police Chief William "Jason" Lawless on a form that was submitted to the Ohio attorney general's office. That form was required to note Lawless' change of status in the village from chief to reserve officer. Betzko signed the form as well.

In his search warrant affidavit, Mick wrote: "Jason Lawless was believed to be in the state of Alabama on that date and not present in the state of Ohio." Mick also wrote that the village employee who signed the form as a witness to the signatures told Mick that Lawless' signature was forged.

Lawless resigned this month, saying that he and his family were moving out of state. His announcement came after Conrad had been charged by the Pickaway County sheriff's office with criminal trespassing during a stakeout Lawless and Conrad said they were conducting while on property owned by a woman who had been a vocal critic of Lawless and the department. Those cases remain open.

Conrad couldn't be reached for comment Monday, and Betzko did not return a call from The Dispatch.

Mick wrote in the affidavit that another village employee told him of other documents that Betzko had forged. Mick requested the warrant for Village Hall to look for "records, ledgers and documents," and reported afterwards that he did confiscate some paperwork.

Both Pickaway County sheriff's deputies and Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers were at the scene during the search, but neither actively participated.

In addition to the charges filed against Conrad and Betzko, Mick has filed misdemeanor charges of telecommunications harassment and dereliction of duty against Lawless for what court records say was Lawless' role in helping a local woman harass Derek Myers, a man who runs an online news site about Pickaway and surrounding counties. Those new charges say Lawless had the woman — who faces her own charge of telecommunications harassment — call from Lawless' desk phone at the police department and taunt Myers.

Mick also charged Betzko with a misdemeanor charge of obstructing official business for trying to stop Mick from interviewing the woman involved in that phone call, according to the records.

©2018 The Columbus Dispatch (Columbus, Ohio)

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Did Seattle Police Just Win The Lip Sync Battle?

Law Officer - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 15:09

The Seattle Police Department just released their own lip sync video to Macklemore’s “Downtown.”

I think you will agree with us that this is simply on the next level from anything else we have seen.

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Williamson County Training Center Named After Slain Sheriff’s Deputy

Law Officer - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 13:48

More than a century after his death, a Williamson County sheriff’s deputy killed in the line of duty was honored with a $9.9 million training facility bearing his name.

The Williamson County sheriff”s office on July 19 held a ribbon cutting for the opening of the Deputy A.W. Grimes Law Enforcement Training Center located on Chandler Boulevard north of Hutto. The 25,000-square-foot facility is named after Ahijah W. Grimes, a former Texas ranger and Williamson County sheriff’s deputy.

“We are using today not as a day of mourning, but of honoring his memory,” Sheriff Robert Chody said in a news release. “His sacrifice and service to his community will not be forgotten. We hope more lives will be saved because of the training done in this building.”

The facility, designed by Brinkley Sargent Wiginton Architects, will feature three classrooms for officer training, a defensive tactics room, officer fitness room and audio-visual classrooms. Each room in the training center is named after former Williamson County law enforcement who died while serving the community. It took 14 months to complete.

Grimes’ great grandson Charles Grimes and his wife Angie attended the ceremony in his honor. They were presented with a framed photo of the building and a Sheriff’s Office coin.

In a tweet before the ceremony, Chody showed officers honoring Grimes by placing flowers at his headstone in the Round Rock Cemetery on Sam Bass Road.

Grimes was born in Bastrop on July 5, 1850. He was the second youngest child of Robert Henry and Elizabeth Highsmith Grimes, who were among the first pioneer families of Bastrop County, according to the Williamson County Historical Commission.

Ahijah’s grandfather was Jesse Grimes, signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and namesake for Grimes County. Jesse’s uncle, Albert Calvin Grimes, was killed at the Alamo.

The ribbon cutting was held on the 140th anniversary of the famous shootout involving Grimes and outlaw Sam Bass. Grimes was shot and killed in Round Rock by Bass, leaving behind a wife and three children.


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Las Vegas Police Paying $500K to Settle Taser Death Case

Law Officer - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 13:44

Las Vegas police have agreed to pay $500,000 to the 79-year-old mother of a man whose 2011 death in police custody spurred changes in the department’s policy on the use of Tasers.

Attorney Peter Goldstein represented Anthony Jones’ mother, Rosie Lee Mathews, in a federal excessive force, negligence and civil rights lawsuit.

Goldstein said Wednesday the department no longer allows more than one officer at a time to use a stun gun on the same person.

Jones was 44 when he died after Officer Mark Hatten shocked him 10 times for more than 90 seconds and Officer Timothy English shocked him twice for a combined 10 seconds after a traffic stop and scuffle.

Police determined neither officer violated policy, and a federal judge in Las Vegas found in the department’s favor.

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Taylor Swift Donates Concert Tickets to Police After Officer Death

Law Officer - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 13:39

Pop star Taylor Swift has donated several tickets to the Weymouth Police Department for her upcoming concert at Gillette Stadium.

The generous gift comes during a time of grief as the department continues to mourn the loss of Sgt. Michael Chesna, who was killed in the line of duty on July 15.

Other police departments who assisted with the tragedy were given tickets to the Thursday concert, according to the Quincy Police Department.

Chesna was hit in the head with a large rock then shot multiple times with his own gun after he responded to the scene of an erratic driver and crashed vehicle. He was buried at Blue Hill Cemetery in Braintree.

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State Police Troop "L" Announce the Arrest of an Amityville Couple for Multiple Charges Stemming from a Parole Warrant Investigation

State - NY Police - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 12:46
On July 24, 2018, Investigators from the New York State Police, Brentwood Station, charged Rashied Smith (36) and Kasha Gant (37) of Amityville, NY, following an incident in Amityville, in which Smith and Kasha fled from an arrest team that was seeking to arrest Smith on a NYS Parole Warrant. 
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Video shows OIS of man who pointed pellet gun at officers

Police One - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 12:40

By PoliceOne Staff

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — An Illinois sheriff’s office released body cam footage of officers shooting a college student who pointed a pellet gun at them.

On July 12, officers received a call about a man with a gun near the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana campus, WLS-TV reported. When police arrived, they encountered 23-year-old Sam Applebaum, who appeared to be armed.

Officer can be heard on video telling the student to drop his weapon several times, which he ignores. Police said Applebaum then pointed the weapon at officers, which isn’t seen on the video, prompting officers to shoot and wound the student.

The LEOs then rushed to render first aid on Applebaum as he laid face down with a gunshot wound to his leg. Officers later determined that the weapon Applebaum was carrying was a pellet gun, according to WGN-TV.

Police said Applebaum was the one who initially called police to the scene. He allegedly made a false report about a man with a semi-automatic weapon in a residential area near the campus.

A voice presumed to be Applebaum’s can be heard on video telling officers a possible motive behind the false police report.

"I was just trying to f****** kill myself," the voice said.

Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh praised the officers’ response, including immediately rendering first aid to the wounded man.

"These are the things they're trained to do and these guys all had the presence of mind in a very tense situation to do what we want them to do," Walsh said.

Applebaum was charged with disorderly conduct for placing the false 911 call.

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Ohio SWAT officer critically wounded in standoff released from hospital

Police One - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 12:37

By PoliceOne Staff

AMHERST, Ohio — A SWAT officer in Ohio was finally released from the hospital after being critically wounded during a standoff in May.

The Chronicle Telegram reported that Amherst Officer Gene Ptacek returned home Tuesday after eight weeks of healing and rehabilitation. Ptacek was escorted to his home by the township’s emergency services vehicle following his release.

On May 31, Ptacek, a member of the Lorain County SWAT team, was shot during a standoff at a home. The SWAT team and U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force were attempting to serve a felony arrest warrant on Martin Robinson, who barricaded himself inside the home.

Ptacek was rushed to a hospital after being critically injured. After hours of on-and-off negotiations, Robinson surrendered and was apprehended by police.

Amherst Councilman Brian Dembinski said he was happy to see Ptacek return home after spending weeks at the hospital.

“We are extremely proud of how Amherst was able to rally around this tragedy, from blood drives to fundraisers and everything in between, to support one of our own,” Dembinski said via Facebook. “His service to the community is deeply appreciated and I continue to wish for him to have a speedy recovery.”

Ptacek is a 17-year veteran of the Amherst PD and has served the countywide SWAT team for several years.

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Vacuum Ultraviolet Detector - The VGA-101 - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 12:31
The VGA-101 is the latest innovation in vacuum ultraviolet detection featuring an expanded wavelength spectrum and a higher allowable maximum operating temperature. An expanded wavelength spectrum of 120 – 430 nm provides unique selectivity for complex...
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Another Arrest in Massachusetts State Police Overtime Fraud Investigation - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 12:23
A fifth member of the Massachusetts State Police was arrested in connection with a federal corruption probe this morning for embezzling more than $14,000 in no-work overtime shifts he tried to cover up.
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Nebraska Trooper Returns to Duty Months After Deadly Crash - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 12:16
Nebraska State Patrol Trooper Christopher Goodrich returned to work Tuesday after undergoing months of rehab after his patrol car was struck by an SUV on a highway in Omaha on March 13.
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Police-related Fatalities Double Official Estimates, Cornell Study Says

Forensic Magazine - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 10:33
NewsThree men are killed every day in police use-of-force situations — a rate twice the current official estimates, according to a new study by Cornell University academics. The death toll accounts for 8 percent of all American homicides, write the authors, in the latest American Journal of Public Health. Staff Author: Seth AugensteinTopics: Police Procedure
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LA Chief Says Police, Not Gunman, Fired Fatal Shot at Market

Forensic Magazine - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 10:14
NewsA supermarket worker was killed by a bullet fired by Los Angeles police — not the gunman they were trying to stop — the city's police chief acknowledged Tuesday, defending the decision to use deadly force as an attempt to stop what officers feared could become a mass shooting.Contributed Author: Michael Balsamo, Associated PressTopics: Firearms
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What to expect from the NIJ's revised body armor standard

Police One - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 10:13

Author: Ron LaPedis

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) currently is revising its standards for the testing and certification of ballistic protection gear. NIJ Standard 0101.07 – which will replace NIJ Standard 0101.06 – is expected to be rolled out by the end of 2018. What do these changes mean to law enforcement?

More standard standards

The NIJ is working with other government agencies to ensure that they are all following the same playbook. This means that NIJ, the U.S. Army, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and others have been cooperating to harmonize laboratory test procedures and practices in ASTM Subcommittee E54.04, which addresses personal protective equipment (PPE).

One of the best changes in the new version is that the threat levels have been renamed from unintelligible Roman numerals like II and IIIA to HG1 and HG2, and from III and IV to RF1 and RF3. A new intermediate RF2 was added. The lowest soft armor threat level called IIA – which includes 9mm at 1225 ft/s and .40 S&W – was dropped from the new standard. Bonus points for figuring out what HG and RF stand for – much easier, right?

Another important change is that the test round velocities for conditioned armor (simulating that it has been worn) are now the same as those for new armor. For example, Level IIIA specifies that the .44 Magnum round is shot at 1340 ft/s for conditioned armor and at 1430 ft/s for new armor. In the new standard, the velocity for both conditioned and new armor is the same at 1430 ft/s. 9mm goes from 1245 conditioned1305 new to 1305 ft/s for both. More like real life, and also raising the bar for body armor manufacturers.

More or less to read

Unlike the current and previous versions of the NIJ standard, which are comprehensive standalone documents, revision 7 will be made shorter by incorporating a substantial amount of information either by reference or by moving it to annexes.

Of little interest to police, but of great interest to the testing labs, is a discussion of test barrels. In revision 7, the discussion has been removed and a reference to external documents published by the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI) takes its place.

Because of the threat level changes, the missing section discussing the ballistic threat levels identified by U.S. law enforcement with associated ammunition is a must-read before issuing your next contract.

Some changes make the document harder to read, but more detailed at the same time. For example, revision 6 has multiple tables that each list a stated requirement for all of the threat levels, such as fair hits. Revision 7 embeds the requirements in separate paragraphs, making rated level comparisons somewhat harder.

Testing armor for female cops

A major and positive change in revision 7 over revision 6 is that it finally recognizes that men and women have different armor fitting, and therefore testing, needs. In revision 6, section 7.8.1 has a single paragraph that mentions testing a woman’s armor. In revision 7, an entire annex is devoted to it, including specific test shot placement above, below, and in between the armor’s bust cups.

Next steps

Most of the changes seem to affect only the manufacturers and testing labs – but how the manufacturers respond to the changes can mean the difference between a life saved or a family in mourning. It is up to you as a cop or chief to understand the new threat levels, how they apply to your situation and what specifications belong in your next contract.

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