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Otego man on parole arrested for felony after trying to remove his ankle monitor

State - NY Police - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:04

On January 17, 2018, at about 12:11 p.m., New York State Police at Oneonta arrested Alexander M. Rogers, age 37, of Otego, NY for the felony of Criminal Mischief 3rd degree.

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Delta Wants Proof That Support Animals Are Trained

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


Delta Airlines has outlined some restrictions Friday for passengers traveling with support animals on board after a sharp rise of incidents during flights, CNBC reported. Delta Airlines will require passengers...

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Missing: KRYSTIN BROWN (PA)

Missing Children Alert Cases - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:00
KRYSTIN BROWN, Age Now: 17, Missing: 01/17/2018. Missing From GREENSBURG, PA. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: Pennsylvania State Police (Pennsylvania) 1-724-832-3288.
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Traffic stop on the Taconic State Parkway leads to drug arrest

State - NY Police - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:58

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4710 Cypress Bnd - Traffic Impediment

FENCE ROW/SPRING MEADOW RD | 30.198090 | -97.734854 | Traffic Impediment | Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:57:49 GMT
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The simple things weren’t always

Michael Morse - Rescuing Providence - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:56

Believe it or not, there was a time when I did not know everything!

My Engine Co EMS column at Fire Engineering talks about learning the simple things, thanks for reading…

By Michael Morse

Making it look easy does not come naturally in EMS or the fire service. There are no, “fake it ‘til you make it” opportunities when it comes to managing other people’s emergencies. Either we know what we are doing or we don’t. There are no gray areas. People live or die based on our interventions; the learning curve is incredibly steep. There are no crash-test dummies in our line of work; we need to perform well from day one until the day we retire, and every hour of every day in between.

I spent months in EMT school, then another year honing my skills so that I could recognize irregular heart rhythms and treat them accordingly. My instructors were fantastic and well meaning, but I neglected to learn how to operate a portable oxygen tank–a skill that became rather obvious on my first real EMS call.

 

I fumbled around for a while before figuring out exactly how to turn the valve on, set the desired flow, attach the proper delivery device and place it on the patient. A nasal cannula is a fairly simple device, and rather easy to use after some practice, but quite a puzzle to a brand new firefighter dispatched to the home of an elderly female with shortness of breath who happens to be surrounded by a dozen concerned family members. Inside my head was the knowledge needed to get the job done correctly. I simply lacked the hands-on experience needed to make it look effortless.

The stretcher is another of those mysterious pieces of equipment that our preceptors forget to practice with us. Once we figure out how to lower, raise, and roll it, we quickly forget. It looks easy only after learning how it is done, and even so, the first few times are a bit tricky, especially considering the cargo is a living, breathing (or not) person who called us because we are the trained professionals.

I found the best way to make things look easy is by doing the things that look easy a few dozen times when nobody is watching. Taking it upon ourselves to perfect the mundane tasks that undoubtedly will fall upon the newest member of the crew is always a great idea.

Oxygen

Understand what you are working with. Compressed oxygen cylinders are the most basic and simple form of oxygen therapy, and one of the most reliable. The cylinders consist of a tank filled with compressed oxygen, a valve that is manipulated to deliver a specific amount of oxygen, and a plastic delivery tube. Pure oxygen is a volatile gas, and under pressure it can become dangerous. The tanks are constructed to keep the oxygen from combusting, but additional care should be taken to secure the tanks in an upright position, at relatively low temperatures, and away from any potential falling objects.

Connect and disconnect the pressure regulator: portable oxygen tanks eventually empty. Changing one out on the fly looks easy only after doing it a number of times. There is no time like the present to practice.

Operate the oxygen delivery system: familiarize yourself with the delivery devices including nasal cannulas, non-rebreathers, simple facemasks, pediatric masks, tubing, etc. In a tense situation, getting the delivery system out of its packaging, onto the oxygen tank, and attached to the patient without tangling everything into a ball of spaghetti can be a challenge. Incorrectly assembling or placing the device on the patient, delivering too much or too little oxygen—all these things can have consequences. Repetition makes everything flow, and the best time to practice is when there are no witnesses, or better yet, no people who will suffer if you perform badly.

Stretcher Familiarization

Whenever an opportunity presents itself, take advantage. Get to know your equipment, even if that equipment happens to belong to a different company. During a medical emergency or trauma, the EMS crew will have their hands full and will depend on the firefighters dispatched for assistance to retrieve the stretcher from their rig, transport the patient on it, and get it back into the truck with the patient secured to it. Often you will provide assistance at the emergency department as well, being responsible for off loading. Sometimes the patient is unconscious, sometimes cooperative, but often not. Knowing what the stretcher is capable of helps avoid tipovers.

Sometimes the simplest things can be problematic. The greatest firefighters often struggle to operate the simplest EMS equipment because it is expected that they understand things that “everybody knows.” The only way to actually know the simplest things is by doing the simplest thing: training!

http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/2018/01/engine-company-ems-the-simple-things.html

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Baltimore Police Leader Fired After Record Year in Homicides

Forensic Magazine - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:47
NewsFollowing a record year in homicides, Baltimore's mayor fired the city's police commissioner, saying a change in leadership was needed to reduce crime more quickly. Deputy Commissioner Darryl DeSousa, a 30-year veteran of the force, will take Commissioner Kevin Davis' place immediately, Mayor Catherine Pugh announced Friday.Contributed Author: David McFadden, Associated PressTopics: Police Procedure
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Forensic Investigation Reveals Headless Highland Body Is That of a Young Woman, Not 18th Century Clan Chief

Forensic Magazine - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:41
NewsModern forensic techniques have solved a centuries-old mystery by revealing that a headless skeleton in a Highland mausoleum is that of a young woman, and not an infamous 18th century clan chief.Contributed Author: Auslan Cramb, The TelegraphTopics: Forensic Anthropology
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Ottogi America, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in Rice Cake Soup

CDC Food Safety - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:36
Ottogi America, Inc. of Gardena, CA is recalling 6.40 ounce “Rice cake soup” food, because it may contain undeclared milk. People who have allergies to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

LANSING FIREFIGHTER UNIJURED AFTER FALL THROUGH FLOOR AT FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:27

The Lansing Fire Department responded and crews were able to contain the fire to one apartment.

But, while inside battling the flames, one of their own took an unlucky step, falling through the second floor.

The fire captain says the firefighter isn’t hurt but they sent him to a local hospital as a precaution.

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N Fm 620 Rd / Steiner Ranch Blvd - COLLISION WITH INJURY

| 30.394772 | -97.866917 | COLLISION WITH INJURY | Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:23:33 GMT
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Green earthquake alert (Magnitude 6.3M, Depth:10km) in Mexico 19/01/2018 16:17 UTC, About 20000 people within 100km.

On 1/19/2018 4:17:44 PM, an earthquake occurred in Mexico potentially affecting About 20000 people within 100km. The earthquake had Magnitude 6.3M, Depth:10km.
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Ex-officer: Fatal Fla. shooting of motorist was 'classic case of self-defense'

Police One - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:17

By Marc Freeman Sun Sentinel

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The former police officer who shot and killed stranded motorist Corey Jones says it was “a classic case of self-defense” and he shouldn’t be prosecuted any longer.

Lawyers for Nouman Raja on Thursday filed a claim under Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” law, arguing the charges from the shooting Oct. 18, 2015, in Palm Beach Gardens should be dismissed because it “was wholly justifiable.”

“Officer Raja faced a man who pointed a gun at him, and did what any citizen is entitled to do: he defended himself,” wrote attorney Richard Lubin.

He asked Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Samantha Schosberg Feuer to hold a hearing where the defense would present evidence to show Raja deserves immunity.

Jones’ family has a pending wrongful death civil lawsuit against Raja, but it’s on hold until the criminal case is over.

Clinton Jones Sr., father of Corey Jones, said Thursday Raja “brought on the confrontation. I don’t understand how it can be self-defense.”

For now, Raja, 40, is facing a trial in April on charges of manslaughter by culpable negligence while armed, and attempted first-degree murder with a firearm. A grand jury found that his “use of force” was unjustified.

Raja remains on house arrest with a GPS ankle monitor — permitted to run some errands and work for a Boynton Beach firm that supplies gear to law enforcement agencies — under a $250,000 bond.

Jones, a 31-year-old Delray Beach housing inspector and a church drummer from west of Lake Worth, was on the way home from a gig with his reggae band when his SUV broke down. He stopped along an Interstate 95 southbound exit ramp at 1:30 a.m.

At the time, Raja was assigned to patrol parking lots in response to a string of late-night vehicle burglaries. Prosecutors say he approached Jones in an unmarked cargo van in plain clothes at about 3:15 a.m. — what they’ve called a “tactically unsound, unsafe and grossly negligent manner.”

Raja’s lawyers claim he identified himself as a cop and Jones jumped out of his SUV and “immediately drew a gun and pointed it at Officer Raja.” Raja ordered Jones to drop the weapon but he did not, wrote Lubin, with attorneys Scott Richardson and Rick King.

Raja, seeing what he thought was a “red laser” from the muzzle of Jones’ licensed .380-caliber handgun, then fired three shots because he feared for his life, the defense claims.

Jones then ran to a grassy area and Raja followed, when “Officer Raja saw a flash and Mr. Jones raise his right arm as if to point the gun again,” Lubin continued.

That prompted Raja to fire three more shots at Jones, according to the defense.

The “stand your ground law,” first enacted in 2005, says someone does not have to retreat and can legally use deadly force if the person reasonably believes doing so is necessary “to prevent imminent death.”

Of the six shots, Jones was hit three times. One of the bullets tore through Jones’ heart and both lungs, fatally wounding him, according to medical examiner findings.

Prosecutors have accused Raja of not telling the truth to investigators about identifying himself as an officer, or what followed. They are leaning on the recording of a phone call between Jones and a roadside assistance operator that captured sounds of the shooting.

Investigators said the recording proves Raja fired the second round of shots even after he had to have realized that Jones had tossed his weapon in the grass near the rear of his SUV.

At least one of the shots was fired as Jones ran, because a bullet struck the back of Jones’ upper right arm, according to a prosecutors’ report.

Raja’s legal team on Thursday contends more recent testimony from the lead investigators proves “the state has no idea how this shooting occurred.”

©2018 Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)


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A Trip to the Super Bowl Is on the Line Sunday

Media - KXAS NBC5 DFW - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:17


Sunday we will know who will play in the Super Bowl. NBC 5’s Sports Director Newy Scruggs gives us his prediction on who will play in Super Bowl LII.

Have a good weekend?

EMScapades Cartoon - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:13
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7500 N Ih 35 Nb - Crash Urgent

N IH 35 NB TO ANDERSON WB RAMP/N IH 35 NB TO RUTHERFORD RAMP | 30.336129 | -97.701854 | Crash Urgent | Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:09:46 GMT
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2018 Pawnee Prescribed Fire (Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb - Incidents - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:06
The U.S. Forest Service is planning to burn approximately 705 acres on the west side of the Pawnee National Grassland in early spring. Burning could begin as soon as February and continue through March until the burn is complete if conditions allow. Burning is anticipated to take one day. Smoke will likely be visible from Highway 14 and nearby communities. The area planned for burning is located in the Hawk and Murphy Grazing Allotments, approximately 2 miles west of Briggsdale, Colo., on the north side of Highway 14. Burning on the grasslands improves wildlife habitat, particularly for the Mountain Plover, reduces the risk of wildfire, and helps reintroduce low-intensity fire into the ecosystem. Ignition of the burn will only take place if soil moisture, weather, smoke dispersal and staffing are favorable. A minimum of 20 firefighters are expected to work on the burn, including up to six engines. Crews will continue to monitor the burn area until the fire is completely out.

Baltimore police commissioner fired after record year in homicides

Police One - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:01

By David McFadden Associated Press

BALTIMORE — Following a record year in homicides, Baltimore's mayor fired the city's police commissioner, saying a change in leadership was needed to reduce crime more quickly.

Deputy Commissioner Darryl DeSousa, a 30-year veteran of the force, will take Commissioner Kevin Davis' place immediately, Mayor Catherine Pugh announced Friday.

"My decision is because I'm inpatient," Pugh said at a news conference. "My decision is based on the fact that we need to get these numbers down. ... I'm looking for new and creative, innovative ways to change what we're seeing here every day."

Violent crime rates in Baltimore have been notoriously high for decades and the city has recently been dealing with increasing homicides. Baltimore ended 2017 with 343 killings, bringing the annual homicide rate to its highest ever — roughly 56 killings per 100,000 people. Baltimore, which has shrunk over decades, currently has about 615,000 inhabitants.

DeSousa, a 53-year-old city resident who joined the department in 1988, pledged to fight violent crime by putting more officers on the streets, an effort he said is already underway. Additional uniformed officers began rolling out at 9 a.m. as part of a new initiative, he said at the news conference.

DeSousa said he had a message for the violent repeat offenders, the "trigger pullers" who "plague the city."

"We're coming after them," he said.

DeSousa has served in a variety of roles over the years and in 2017 was assigned to lead the patrol bureau, the largest in the department. His appointment will be made permanent following "appropriate approvals," Pugh's office said in a news release.

City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young said in a statement that he stands behind the mayor's decision and believes DeSousa's appointment "will be greeted warmly throughout the police department and the City of Baltimore."

Davis was sworn in as commissioner in October 2015 after serving on an interim basis for several months. He replaced Anthony Batts, who was fired after homicides spiked following the death of Freddie Gray, a black man whose fatal spinal cord injury in police custody triggered massive protests that year and the city's worst riots in decades.

Prior to 2015, Baltimore's killings had generally been on the decline.

In a statement, Pugh — who took office as mayor in December 2016 and has pledged to reduce crime, boost police recruits, and improve long-neglected neighborhoods — thanked Davis for his leadership.

"I am grateful to Commissioner Davis for all that he has done to implement the initiatives underway to address violent crime at it root causes," she said.


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1600-BLK S PACE BEND RD - COLLISION

CLIFF VIEW DR/CURIOSITY CAVE RD | 30.397843 | -98.066285 | COLLISION | Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:00:43 GMT
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'Tourniquet Killer' Executed in Texas for 1992 Strangling

Forensic Magazine - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:00
NewsTexas carried out the nation's first execution of 2018 Thursday evening, giving lethal injection to a man who became known as Houston's "Tourniquet Killer" because of his signature murder technique on four female victims.Contributed Author: Michael Graczyk, Associated PressTopics: Death Penalty
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