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10102-10103 N Capital Of Texas Hwy - Traffic Hazard

N CAPITAL OF TEXAS HWY NB/N MOPAC EXPY SVRD NB | 30.389785 | -97.733830 | Traffic Hazard | Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:16:43 GMT
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3600-4100 S Ih 35 Sb - Crash Urgent

S IH 35 SB TO BEN WHITE RAMP/S IH 35 SB TO SHELBY RAMP | 30.215697 | -97.751982 | Crash Urgent | Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:15:54 GMT
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8128 N IH 35 SVRD SB - Crash Urgent

E WONSLEY DR/E POWELL LN | 30.343582 | -97.697721 | Crash Urgent | Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:07:40 GMT
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7-year Sentence for Killer in Case with Facebook Selfie Evidence

Forensic Magazine - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:59
NewsSaskatoon (Canada) police say a Facebook selfie was instrumental in a murder investigation that ended in a guilty plea and a seven-year prison sentence for the killer.Contributed Author: Charles Hamilton, CBC NewsTopics: Digital Forensics
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NHC Atlantic Tropical Weather Discussion

NWS Weather - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:59

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AXNT20 KNHC 191758
TWDAT

Tropical Weather Discussion
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
1258 PM EST Fri Jan 19 2018

Tropical Weather Discussion for North America, Central America
Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, northern sections of South
America, and Atlantic Ocean to the African coast from the
Equator to 32N. The following information is based on satellite
imagery, weather observations, radar and meteorological analysis.

Based on 1200 UTC surface analysis and satellite imagery through
1745 UTC.

...SPECIAL FEATURES...

The trade wind flow in the southern Caribbean is expected to
increase during the next day or two, and these winds are expected
to reach gale force in about 42 hours near the coast of Colombia.
A gale warning is currently in effect for that area. See latest
NHC High Seas Forecast under AWIPS/WMO headers MIAHSFEP2/FZPN03
KNHC for more details.

...MONSOON TROUGH/ITCZ...

The monsoon trough enters the Atlantic Ocean near 06N10W and
continues to 01N17W. The ITCZ begins near 01N17W and extends
westward to 00N49W. Scattered showers are noted within 200 n mi
north of the ITCZ between 20W and 40W.

...DISCUSSION...

...GULF OF MEXICO...

A weak 1022 mb low pressure system over the northwestern Gulf of
Mexico has an associated trough that extends southward to the
coast of Mexico to near 19N 94W. A combination of the surface low
and an upper-level jet is producing widespread showers and
thunderstorms north of 25N between 93W and 96W. Fresh to strong
northwesterly winds continue to the west of the low, but winds are
generally out of the northeast to east and light across the
remainder of the region due to surface high pressure centered over
the northern Gulf coast. The low is expected to dissipate this
weekend when the system loses its upper-level support, and surface high
pressure is expected to settle to the east of the area for much
of the weekend.

...CARIBBEAN SEA...

The southern end of a frontal boundary over the Atlantic is
stationary across the Caribbean Sea from eastern Cuba to just off
the coast of Nicaragua. Although the boundary is weakening,
scattered showers and thunderstorms still exist within 180 n mi
east of the front. Similar activity lies south of 11N west of 77W
aided by upper-level diffluent flow. Northeasterly winds in the 20
to 25 kt range continue to the west of the front, but these winds
are expected to decrease during the next day or so while the
front weakens. On the other hand, the trade wind flow to the east
of the front is expected to increase to gale force near the coast
of Colombia this weekend as high pressure builds to the north of
the area. See the Special Features section for more details.

...HISPANIOLA...

Partly cloudy skies and scattered showers prevail across the
island as a stalled front lies just to the west of the area.
Since the front is expected to remain stationary, a continuation
of cloudy skies with the potential for scattered showers are
expected through Saturday. Fresh northeasterly winds are forecast
over the Windward Passage for another day as high pressure builds
across the western Atlantic.

...ATLANTIC OCEAN...

A cold front is moving over the western Atlantic waters from
31N 55W southwestward to the southeastern Bahamas near 21N 75W
and then into the southwestern Caribbean. Winds are in the 20 to
25 kt range near the northern end of the boundary, but generally
light to moderate elsewhere. Only a limited amount of cloudiness
and showers lie within 180 n mi east of the front. A weak surface
trough lies from 24N 44W to 18N 47W, but this feature is not
causing any significant weather. An associated upper-level trough
over the central Atlantic is producing some showers from 12N to
20N between 25N and 40W. Elsewhere, the Bermuda-Azores high
dominates the remainder of the central and eastern Atlantic.

For additional information please visit
http://www.hurricanes.gov/marine

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Cangialosi/Ramos
Categories: Weather

Man jailed for attempted rape

Metropolitan Police News (UK) - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:47
​A man has been jailed for nine years for attempting to rape a woman as she walked through Rush Common in Brixton
Categories: UK - Law Enforcement

Woman jailed for perverting the course of justice

Metropolitan Police News (UK) - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:44
A woman who worked for a law firm representing a defendent has been jailed for perverting the course of justice.
Categories: UK - Law Enforcement

Falling Forensic Science Standards 'Making Miscarriages of Justice Inevitable' in UK

Forensic Magazine - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:42
NewsPolice forces are failing to meet the official standards for forensic science, making miscarriages of justice inevitable, the U.K. government’s forensic regulator has said. In her annual report, Gillian Tully highlighted her growing concerns about the failure of some forensic firms used by the police to meet basic quality standards.Contributed Author: Hannah Devlin and Vikram Dodd, The GuardianTopics: Crime Lab
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Video: Drone rescues 2 swimmers in Australia during training session

EMS-1 Products - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:39
Lifeguards were practicing with the new drone when they were alerted that two men were caught in 10-foot swells
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Dozens Displaced After Large Fire in Irving Apartment

Media - KXAS NBC5 DFW - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:31


A large fire tore through an apartment building in Irving, destroying the homes of dozens of people Friday morning.

1300 N Ih 35 Sb - Traffic Hazard

E 15TH TO IH 35 SB RAMP/N IH 35 SB TO 12TH RAMP | 30.272968 | -97.732096 | Traffic Hazard | Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:27:31 GMT
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Study: Many Officers “Blind” To Plain-View Threat

Law Officer - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:21

As a veteran officer approaching a traffic violator, would you notice a gun lying in plain sight on the dashboard of a vehicle you’ve detained for running a stop sign?

Before too quickly thinking “of course,” consider the findings of a new study of the phenomenon known as “inattentional blindness.” That term refers to the common human failure to notice unexpected objects or occurrences clearly within your field of view while your attention is focused on something else.

This cognitive lapse, which is studied in the certification course on Force Science Analysis in the context of officer-involved shootings, has been thoroughly documented in low-stress psychology lab experiments involving computer images and video recordings.

Now one of the leading researchers in this field, Dr. Daniel Simons of the psychology department at the University of Illinois, reports fresh findings that apply directly to LEOs in potentially life-threatening, real-world situations.

His results raise a vital question: What can officers and trainers do to enhance observational skills when police lives may be on the line?

Test Scenario
Over a period of three years, Simons and his study co-author, Dr. Michael Schlosser, ran 100 police recruits and 75 seasoned officers (mostly white males) through a single, realistic, live-action scenario at the Police Training Institute in Urbana-Champaign, IL. (Schlosser is the director of that state academy.)

One at a time, the participants were told to approach an SUV they had just “stopped” for running a stop sign and to interact as they would on the job with the lone occupant, the male driver. They were to “use their discretion to decide” whether to issue a ticket or give a warning, Simons writes.

In some randomly determined cases, the driver, an experienced role-player, was “polite and friendly,” admitting fault, apologizing, and “immediately and appropriately” complying with all requests and instructions. A roughly equal number of other times, the driver was still compliant but displayed an “aggressive” attitude—“verbally hostile, agitated, and overtly upset,” complaining about “unfair treatment” and being stopped “to fulfill a quota.”

In all cases, an Airsoft pistol was conspicuously positioned on the dashboard above the glove box, “fully visible to [each] participant through the driver’s window” throughout the contact.

After experiencing the scenario, the subjects were asked a series of questions, including whether they noticed “anything that might have been a danger to you” and whether they saw “any weapons” during the exercise.

Striking Results
“Overall,” Simons writes, “only 52.6% of participants noticed the gun even though it was fully visible.”

• Of the recruits, who had received four to eight hours of hands on training in vehicle-stop tactics, only 42% saw the gun.

• While “experienced officers were substantially more likely to notice” the weapon (66.7%), “1/3 of them missed the gun as well…and proceeded to cite the driver” without taking any protective action.

• Among the veteran officers, who averaged about 12 years in law enforcement, “neither patrol experience nor age was meaningfully associated with noticing.”

• “A slightly larger proportion of both trainees and experienced officers noticed the gun” when the driver was calm and compliant than when he was aggressive, but the difference was “not statistically significant.”

• When participants did notice the gun, “they always called attention to it and took appropriate measures (ranging from discussing it with the driver to drawing their own weapon and instructing the driver to exit the vehicle.)” Among experienced officers, many of those who noticed the gun did so “early in the interaction, often before asking for the driver’s license and registration.”

In summary, Simons writes, this study, believed to be the first of its kind, “provides clear evidence that experts performing a naturalistic task in their domain of expertise can miss a potentially dangerous unexpected object that would have direct consequences for them and the way they perform their task.

“Moreover, this failure of awareness occurred for a group of participants (police officers) trained to look for and assess threats.”

The fact that the driver’s demeanor had little impact on whether the gun was noticed tends to dispute “the idea that people will be more likely to notice threatening unexpected objects in contexts that are more stressful or potentially more dangerous,” Simons points out.

Common Occurrence
Most participants who missed the gun expressed surprise or chagrin at their failure. But Simons explains that “people often fail to notice unexpected objects and events when they are focusing attention on something else.”

Typically, this “inattentional blindness” is confirmed in laboratory experiments in which the unnoticed objects are unimportant to the person being tested and unrelated to that person’s primary task

But in this case, the subjects involved have training that emphasizes “vigilance for possible dangers and threats” in their environment, and the presence of a gun on a real vehicle stop “would have direct and immediate consequences for the officer(s). It is [highly] relevant to their

Logically, “the potential threat should override inattentional blindness.” Indeed, the subjects “expected that they would automatically notice something salient and relevant.” But as the data shows, that proved to be far from a universal

“Given that the participants came from a wide range of jurisdictions,…we would expect the pattern of results to hold for trainees and experienced officers from most jurisdictions in the USA,” Simons concludes.

Training Implications
Simons offers two suggestions for trainers:

1) Actively dispel the misconception that all relevant and important objects and behaviors in view at a given scene will automatically be observed, and

2) Highlight how the nature of an interaction, whether cordial or hostile, “does not strongly predict whether or not an officer will notice an unexpected threat.”

Dr. Bill Lewinski, executive director of the Force Science Institute, which was not involved in Simons’ research, adds these comments:

“Dr. Simons is without question the master researcher in the field of inattentional blindness. His confirmation of this phenomenon in law enforcement is very significant for investigators and for countering police critics who claim that officers are simply lying when they insist they did not see some important elements of a controversial incident.”

As to how to avoid or minimize the risk of inattentional blindness during citizen contacts, Lewinski offers these suggestions:

• When possible, carefully scan the area you’re approaching before you engage in dialog or action in the encounter. “Once you’re tied up in dialog, it’s very difficult to simultaneously be aware of items or furtive movement in the surrounding environment,” he explains. (This is consistent with Simons’ finding that veteran officers who spotted the gun on the dashboard usually did so early in their approach.)

• Train your professional skills to the point that they tend to be automatic, not requiring conscious concentration. “If you have to think about how to perform the routine elements of what you’re doing, you have fewer cognitive resources to apply to awareness and assessment,” Lewinski says. (Simons alludes to this in his study, speculating that the relatively inexperienced and poor-scoring recruits may have been so focused on the mechanics of conducting a proper traffic stoop that their observational skills were unduly compromised.)

Lewinski points out that the Force Science Institute is currently researching how instructors can more quickly and effectively build automaticity in officers to enhance their safety on the street in the time typically allotted to training.

Simons’ study, titled “Inattentional blindness for a gun during a simulated police vehicle stop,” appears in the publication Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications.

Dr. Simons can be reached at: dsimons@illinois.edu. He is co-author of an excellent book, The Invisible Gorilla: How Our Intuitions Deceive Us, which includes discussions of inattentional blindness relevant to law enforcement.

Law Officer is a proud partner with the Force Science Institute.  This article originally appeared in Newsletter 348.

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12300 N IH 35 SB - Traffic Hazard

N 35 SB TO PARK THIRTY FI RAMP/W PARMER TO IH 35 SB RAMP | 30.397782 | -97.672844 | Traffic Hazard | Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:21:05 GMT
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1200 S Lamar Blvd - Crash Urgent

W GIBSON ST/LAMAR SQUARE DR | 30.254926 | -97.762157 | Crash Urgent | Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:20:31 GMT
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Police: Man punches self in face to avoid sobriety test

Police One - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:11

Associated Press

BELFAST, Maine — Police in Maine have accused a man of punching himself in the face three times to avoid a sobriety test.

Police in the town of Belfast say they found 27-year-old Brian Fogg in his car, stuck in a ditch last week.

WGME-TV reports police said when they tried to test for his blood-alcohol level, Fogg punched himself in the face, causing himself to bleed. Police tended to his injuries instead of giving him the test, but later charged him with operating under the influence, falsifying physical evidence and criminal mischief.

Fogg's been released on bail. He has an unpublished number and it wasn't immediately known if he had a lawyer.


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Bighorn Sheep Prescribed Burn (Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:11
Fire managers on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District of the Roosevelt National Forest are monitoring conditions in the Poudre Canyon to conduct prescribed fire operations at the Bighorn Sheep Prescribed burn this winter/early spring. Bighorn Sheep Prescribed Burn: Located on the north side of the Poudre Canyon near the Roaring Creek Trailhead, approximately eight miles west of Rustic.Project is 636 acres, with 85% of these acres on National Forest System lands with the other 15% on Colorado Parks and Wildlife lands.It is anticipated a minimum of 15 firefighters will staff this burn.This winter, burning would take place when south facing slopes within the project area has minimal to no snow and north facing slopes have snow cover to contain the burn. Appropriate conditions must be met before ignition of prescribed burns can take place. Fire managers are carefully monitoring these conditions, including a favorable weather forecast (temperature, wind, precipitation, etc.), fuel moisture,...

Pingree Hill Prescribed Burn (Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:08
Pingree Hill Prescribed Burn: Located north of Highway 14, east of Rustic. Over 500 acres of this 2,027 acre burn took place between 2014 and 2016.95 acres were burned in Fall 2017.If burning were to occur this winter, it would likely be when south facing slopes have little to no snow cover. Appropriate conditions must be met before ignition of prescribed burns can take place. Fire managers are carefully monitoring these conditions, including a favorable weather forecast (temperature, wind, precipitation, etc.), fuel moisture, smoke dispersal and staffing. Weather is monitored throughout the burn and burning will be halted if conditions fall outside of the required conditions. In ideal conditions, as many as 500 acres could be burned in one day. The goal of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuels and improve wildlife habitat. Work has already taken place within this project area to help ensure the burn stays within its identified perimeter. The burn will be staffed appropriately with...

Red Feather Prescribed Burn (Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:06
Fire managers on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District of the Roosevelt National Forest are monitoring conditions to conduct prescribed fire operations at the Red Feather Prescribed Burn. Red Feather Prescribed Burn: Located north of Red Feather Lakes; east of the Crystal Lakes Subdivision.Last spring 1,513 acres of the total 4,348-acre project was successfully burned.The two burn units targeted are 707 acres and 2,027 acres. If burning were to occur this winter, it would likely be when south facing slopes have little to no snow cover. Appropriate conditions must be met before ignition of prescribed burns can take place. Fire managers are carefully monitoring these conditions, including a favorable weather forecast (temperature, wind, precipitation, etc.), fuel moisture, smoke dispersal and staffing. Weather is monitored throughout the burn and burning will be halted if conditions fall outside of the required conditions. In ideal conditions, as many as 500 acres could be burned in one...

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