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Pennsylvania Police Chief Arrested for Suspected DUI

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 13:36

The police chief in Littlestown (PA) was arrested for driving under the influence, according to WGAL-TV News.

Swatara Township police say that Charles Kellar was pulled over after officers received a call about an erratic driver, according to police.

Kellar— the former Harrisburg police chief—was transported to the Dauphin County Booking Center, processed and released pending future court proceedings.

 

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Minnesota Department Testing "BolaWrap" Restraint Device

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 13:35

The Chaska (MN) Police Department is the first in the state to test the new "BolaWrap" restraint device, which fires a length of Kevlar cord at a of 640 feet per second which then wraps around a resistive subject, immobilizing them so responding officers can safely approach and make an arrest.

Chaska Police Chief Scott Knight told the Star Tribune, "The moment I saw this device, I knew that we needed to have it. This is one of the biggest advancements I've seen in my 43-year career. I wish I'd had this tool when I was an officer."

The handheld unit uses a blank 9mm charge to propel a thin cord, tipped with two barbed ends resembling fish hooks, around a person's arms or legs—immobilizing individuals up to 25 feet away.

The device was reportedly designed by former police officers with the intent to provide law enforcement another tool to deal with subjects who are either mentally ill, intoxicated, or high on an illegal controlled substance.

About a half-dozen law enforcement agencies around the country are currently using it, and another 40 are testing it.

 

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Delaware Man Arrested for Attempting to Strike Police Officer with his Car

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 13:32

A Wilmington man was arrested for allegedly attempting to hit a police officer with his car, according to WPVT-TV News.

The Harrington (DE) Police Department says that 40-year-old Andy Leary fled from a traffic stop, losing control of his vehicle and colliding with a patrol car.

Investigators found heroin and drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle.

There was no information immediately on whether or not the officer was injured.

 

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New York Officer Pleads Not Guilty to Assault Charge

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 13:31

Officer Michael Sippel of the Rochester (NY) Police Department pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge that he assaulted a Rochester man who had been wrongly identified as a burglary suspect, according to the Democrat & Chronicle.

Rochester resident Christopher Pate was injured during a confrontation with two police officers—Sippel and Spenser McAvoy—in May. A grand jury found enough evidence to criminally charge Sippel, but not enough for charges against McAvoy.

Sippel's attorney—Clark Zimmermann—said after Thursday's arraignment that Pate closely resembled a burglary suspect whom the officers were searching for. He said Pate refused to provide identification, increasing the officer's suspicions, and refused to stop when officers tried to question him.

Sippel has been suspended without pay.

 

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Veteran California Officer Retires after 50+ Years of Service

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 13:30

An officer with the Pomona (CA) Police Department has decided to retire—after more than 50 years on the job.

Ron McDonald passed the 50-year milestone in 2015, but has decided in 2018 that it's finally time to stop working.

According to the Daily Bulletin, McDonald has stayed with the same department for the duration of his career, serving in patrol, major narcotics, detective bureau, helicopter observer, and special operations.

In retirement, he expects to travel a bit and spend more time with his son in Palm Springs and daughter in Sacramento.

 

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Florida Police Imposter Murders 2 Teens, Wounds Another

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 13:28

A man pretending to be a police officer allegedly murdered two Florida teens and wounded another in a wooded area in Lee County, located on the west side of the peninsula.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office said that 46-year-old Elwood Timothy Robinson is accused of shooting and killing 19-year-old William Hughes and 16-year-old Jeremy Stewart. He also reportedly wounded an unidentified female teen with a gunshot to her hand. She is expected to recover.

"These senseless acts of violence will not be tolerated," Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said on Facebook. "Thanks to the quick actions of our detectives, this killer was identified and arrested. I can assure you my team stands ready to aggressively pursue these offenses and rid these killers from our streets. The death of these two young men is a tragic and needless loss."

Robinson was charged Saturday with two counts of second-degree murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and impersonating an officer.

 

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Crowd Records Violent Confrontation, Good Samaritan Comes to Officer's Aid

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 13:28

VIDEO: Crowd Records Violent Confrontation, Good Samaritan Comes to Officer's Aid"

A Dallas man rushed to aid an officer involved in a violent struggle with a resistive subject—while other bystanders stood aside and captured video of the incident on their mobile phones.

Steve Mabry was driving past the unidentified officer and the subject—identified as 30-year-old Tetus Powell—as the man was trying to take the officer's TASER.

Police say that it appeared Powell was high on PCP, and someone had called 911 reporting he had entered a nearby restaurant with a gun and was acting crazy,' according to CBS News.

Mabry approached the officer and asked how he could help. While Mabry held Powell's arms back, the officer was able to take him into custody.

According to police records, he has been arrested more than 20 times in Dallas County.

 

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Chicago Officer Killed in Hospital Shooting

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 07:25

The Chicago police officer who was critically wounded in Monday's hospital shooting has died. A doctor and a pharmaceutical assistant were also killed.

Police engaged the suspect in the firefight, and the suspect was fatally shot. It has not been determined if he killed himself or was killed by police fire.

Officer Samuel Jimenez, 28, was shot in the lobby of Mercy Hospital by a man who shot a woman in an apparently domestic-related dispute and a pharmaceutical assistant, police officials said at a Monday evening news conference.

Jimenez was assigned to the Wentworth District, where he was working Monday afternoon when he responded to calls of shots fired at Mercy Hospital and officers in need of assistance, the Chicago Tribune reports.

 

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Chicago Officer Wounded in Active Shooter Response, Suspect Shot

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 16:08

Chicago police have responded to what is being described as an active shooting at Mercy Hospital on the city's South Side. An officer was wounded. Multiple victims are reported.

Police said shots were fired both inside and outside the hospital between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Chicago police have not released any further details about the condition of the wounded, including the officer.

Witnesses who spoke to ABC7 Chicago outside the hospital said they heard a flurry of gunshots, as many as 10 to 20, causing them to duck beneath cars and hide.

 

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Washington Chief Says Officers Will Not Enforce New Gun Laws

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 13:46

Chief Loren Culp of the Republic (WA) Police Department said on social media that he won't allow his department to enforce new regulations under newly passed which he said are unconstitutional.

Initiative 1639 raises the age limit for some gun purchases and puts an enhanced background check and waiting period in place for people who want to buy a semi-automatic rifle, among other restrictions.

Chief Culp wrote on Facebook, "I've taken 3 public oaths, one in the US Army and Two as a police officer. All of them included upholding and defending the Constitution of the United States of America. The second amendment says the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

The post continued, "The second amendment says the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. As long as I am Chief of Police, no Republic Police Officer will infringe on citizens right to keep and Bear Arms, PERIOD!"

Further, Culp suggests that the city pass legislation that would make the City of Republic a "2nd Amendment Sanctuary City."

Culp said in a separate Facebook post that he wants local legislation passed that that would "prevent federal and state infringement on the right to keep and bear arms; nullifying all federal and state acts in violation of the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and Article 1 Section 24 of the Washington State Constitution."

Initiative 1639 passed with a statewide approval of nearly 60 percent of the vote. In Ferry County—where the City of Republic is located—73 percent of voters said no to the measure.

 

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Washington Chief Says Officers Will Not Enforce New Gun Laws

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 13:46

Chief Loren Culp of the Republic (WA) Police Department said on social media that he won't allow his department to enforce new regulations under newly passed which he said are unconstitutional.

Initiative 1639 raises the age limit for some gun purchases and puts an enhanced background check and waiting period in place for people who want to buy a semi-automatic rifle, among other restrictions.

Chief Culp wrote on Facebook, "I've taken 3 public oaths, one in the US Army and Two as a police officer. All of them included upholding and defending the Constitution of the United States of America. The second amendment says the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

The post continued, "The second amendment says the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. As long as I am Chief of Police, no Republic Police Officer will infringe on citizens right to keep and Bear Arms, PERIOD!"

Further, Culp suggests that the city pass legislation that would make the City of Republic a "2nd Amendment Sanctuary City."

Culp said in a separate Facebook post that he wants local legislation passed that that would "prevent federal and state infringement on the right to keep and bear arms; nullifying all federal and state acts in violation of the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and Article 1 Section 24 of the Washington State Constitution."

Initiative 1639 passed with a statewide approval of nearly 60 percent of the vote. In Ferry County—where the City of Republic is located—73 percent of voters said no to the measure.

 

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Louisiana Motor Officer Dies of Injuries Sustained During Funeral Escort Duty

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 13:41

The Slidell (LA) Police Department posted to Facebook news that Motor Officer Jason Seals has succumbed to injuries sustained in late September while participating in funeral escort duty.

A vehicle had unexpectedly pulled out in front of Seals, causing him to strike the vehicle, seriously injuring Seals. He was transported to a nearby hospital

Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal said in the Facebook post, "Jason was a model officer who was beloved by his family, his fellow officers, and the citizens of our community. We are broken, but we are focused on providing prayers and support to Jason’s family. He left behind a loving wife, three kids, and many others who loved him dearly. This is going to be a very difficult time for our Slidell Police family."

The post continued, "The outpouring of support we have received from our citizens throughout this tragedy has been amazing. We ask that you continue to pray for Jason’s family and his fellow officers."

 

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Retired Georgia Officer Dies in Narcotics Task Force Helicopter Crash

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 13:40

A retired officer with the Columbus (GA) Police Department has been identified as one of the dead in a helicopter crash into a lake just north of Montgomery, Alabama.

David Hall had been piloting the Bell OH-58 Kiowa helicopter that served the Columbus-based Metro Narcotics Task Force that went down in Lake Mitchell on Friday.

After a two-day search for the helicopter and the passengers, the Chilton County coroner's office said two bodies were recovered Sunday afternoon. The other occupant of the helicopter has not yet been identified.

"We are coming back from Alabama where the bodies have been removed from the helicopter after the crash on Friday. We've touched base with all family members now and this is the end of a long weekend," Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren said Sunday afternoon during a brief news conference at the Columbus Airport.

Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson mourned Hall’s death on Twitter.

"He was beloved and respected by his fellow officers and by all who knew him," Tomlinson said.

Hall, who was 53, joined the Columbus police force in 1990 and served for 28 years. Despite his retirement, Tomlinson said Hall still served the city with his piloting skills.

The crash scene has since been turned over to National Transportation Safety Board investigators.

 

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Virginia Officer Dies of Apparent Medical Emergency While On Duty

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 13:37

It was with a heavy heart Saturday that the Virginia Beach Police Department announced the passing of Master Police Officer Kelvin Bailey, according to WTKR. The department said that Bailey died of an apparent medical emergency early in the morning on Saturday.

Virginia Beach City Councilman and Mayor-elect Bobby Dyer said on Twitter, "The @CityofVaBeach lost one of our finest. Officer Kelvin Bailey died from an apparent heart attack while patrolling our streets. Officer Bailey had over 30 years of service. Please join Trish and I in extending our condolences to Officer Bailey's family, friends and the @VBPD."

Bailey was a veteran of the Virginia Beach Police Department and Sheriff’s Office, with decades of sevice to the city.

 

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FBI Report Indicates 17 Percent Rise in Hate Crimes

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 13:34

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According to a recently released report from the FBI, reported hate crimes in the United States rose 17% over last year, with about 5,000 of the hate crimes reported categorized as crimes against persons, such as intimidation or assault. About 3,000 were considered crimes against property, such as vandalism, robbery, or burglary. Some hate crime incidents are classified as both crimes against persons and crimes against property.

The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program's annual Hate Crime Statistics report released last week indicated that law enforcement agencies reported 7,175 hate crimes to UCR in 2017, compared to 6,121 in 2016.

"Although the numbers increased last year, so did the number of law enforcement agencies reporting hate crime data—with approximately 1,000 additional agencies contributing information," the report said.

"The FBI is working with law enforcement partners across the country to encourage reporting of hate crime statistics," the agency said in a statement. "Next year, FBI personnel will provide training for law enforcement officers on how to identify bias-motivated incidents and report that data to the FBI’s UCR Program."

 

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Michigan Chief Slips on Ice, Shoots Self in Foot

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 13:33

The Detroit Free Press reports that a Chief Roy Johnson of the Carleton (MI) Police Department was responding to a breaking and entering call when he slipped on a patch of ice and accidentally discharged his weapon, causing a minor injury to his foot.

Carleton Village President Larry Buckingham said it was "a minor gunshot wound" and that the chief is going to be okay.

A suspect was apprehended and taken into custody at the scene.

 

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New York Officers Rescue Man from Icy Water in Canal

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 13:31

A driver in New York whose car came to a stop in a frigid canal was pulled out of the icy water by two Islip police officers who happened to be nearby, according to Newsday.

"It was a selfless act to jump into that cold water," Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter said in a statement.

"There is no question the victim would have died, had it not been for our trained, quick-thinking park rangers, officers who happened to be patrolling in the community, heard the call come over the radio, and in the right place at the right time. We are incredibly proud of them, and grateful they were not hurt," Carpenter said.

The unidentified driver and the officers—Anthony LaGrasta and John Rivera—were treated for hypothermia at a nearby hospital.

 

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Man Sentenced to Life Without Parole for Attempted Murder of South Carolina Officer

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 13:30

Mike Blake Jr.—found guilty of the attempted murder of Officer Cory Goldstein of the Charleston Police Department—has been sentenced to life without parole.

Blake had acted as his own lawyer—although he did have a public defender at his side in case he wants legal advice—during the proceedings.

On Thursday, Blake took to the stand in his own defense and gave his testimony in court where he claimed he shot Goldstein in self-defense.

Goldstein, who no longer works for the Charleston Police Department, took the stand Tuesday to recount the night of the shooting. He told the jury that during the foot chase, Blake kept looking over his shoulder to see how close Goldstein was to him.

Goldstein said that after Blake had stopped, he ordered Blake not to move, and Blake responded, "You don't move [expletive]," and opened fire.

The judge sentenced Blake to life under the three strikes law as Blake was previously convicted of drug charges, according to WCSC-TV.

 

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Florida Captain Was "Dream Like" During Response to Parkland School Shooting

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 13:28

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As the investigation into the police response to the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School in Parkland continues, more revelations surface that cast some of the responding officers in a negative light.

According to the Miami Herald, a commission investigating the Feb. 14 massacre was told that the Broward Sheriff's Office captain who took charge of the scene during the incident was "ineffective" and had a "dream-like" nature to her speech during the incident.

Jan Jordan, BSO's Parkland district commander, "was not engaged" with finding the shooter, according to an interview BSO Lieutenant Stephen O'Neill gave to investigators.

"[O'Neill] did not think that she was responding to the actual problem at hand," said commission investigator John Suess—a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office sergeant—as he summarized O'Neill's interview during a commission meeting. "Another phrase he used was 'trance-like'."

Others told the commission that Jordan was in "over her head," according to reports.

However, the commission has also determined that at least seven other deputies had arrived on scene before Jordan, and none had entered the building.

 

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Oklahoma Deputy Named HAIX Hero of the Month

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 13:19

Cleveland County, OK, Sheriff's Deputy Kyle Turner has been named HAIX Hero of the Month for October 2018. Deputy Turner was nominated for the honor for his daring rescue of a man trapped in a burning car.

On the night of Oct. 3, 2018, a 2008 Chevy Cobalt 2-Door Sport went off the road in rural Cleveland County, took out two power poles, and dropped the power lines. Turner, who is a patrol deputy and a volunteer firefighter for Cedar County Volunteer Fire when not on duty, received an alert about the crash while he was returning from a hunting trip. First on the scene, Turner saw the car was on fire and power lines were down. “I could hear somebody yelling for help,” he said.

Turner pulled on his firefighter gear due to the extreme heat and jumped over downed power lines to pull the man out of the immediate danger zone. The man suffered injuries to his legs and could not walk. Turner said he wasn’t thinking about the danger at the time.

“All I knew was a man needed help and if I didn’t help him, he might not be here today,” Turner said. “I believe God put me where I was that night on purpose.”

Master Sgt. Brandon Dominic and Deputy Chazdon Anderson arrived on the scene shortly thereafter and helped Turner pull the man the rest of the way to safety. Turner said the rescue was truly a team effort due to the man’s size and the number of downed power lines.

“All the deputies involved risked their lives due to the downed power lines,” Patrol Supervisor Lt. Michael Russell said. “The power lines were arcing long after the accident while we waited for electric crews to arrive. I thank God that they (deputies) were being watched over and kept safe. The intense heat and the man’s size were big challenges that Deputy Turner overcame. Deputy Turner never gave up the fight to save that man's life. I know, without a doubt, the victim was only moments from death when our deputies arrived.”

The man’s family later contacted the Cleveland County SO to thank the deputies and let them know the man was doing well.

As winner of HAIX Hero of the Month for October will receive a pair of boots from HAIX.

Also nominated for HAIX Hero of the Month for October were: Oconto Falls, WI, police officer Keith Fischer and Cook County (IL) Sheriff's Deputy Joe Fiorentino. The winner was determined by the total number of "likes" he received for his story on POLICE Magazine's Facebook page.

 

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