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Virginia responders train on fentanyl based hazmat scenes

Hazmatnation - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 08:22

HMN-In a special training session put on by the DEA, and Virginia State Police, responders took part in an evolution based on fentanyl hazmat response. (WSET) DUBLIN, Va. (WSET) — It takes just a grain or two of fentanyl to kill a person. At a special training session, put on by the Drug Enforcement Agency ...

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Trump's First Year: A Tax Victory But Russia Probe Continues

Media - KXAS NBC5 DFW - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 08:06


President Donald Trump’s first significant legislative achievement did not come until December, when Congress approved a $1.5 trillion tax bill that cut corporate and individual rates.

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NFL Players Now Kneeling At Home

Law Officer - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 07:26

The NFL has been in the news a lot over the last two years but more for their “kneeling” ways than for what they are doing on the field.  That has much to do with the steep decline in television ratings and now we see another trend within the league.

The teams that still had players kneeling for the National Anthem are now all watching the playoffs from home.

BizPac reports that at the end of the regular season, only five franchises still had at least one player regularly sitting or taking a knee during the national anthem: The 49ers, Raiders, Seahawks, Giants, and Dolphins.

Not a single one of those teams made it to the playoffs. Following divisional playoffs over the weekend, the New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, and Philadelphia Eagles are the last four teams left standing.

Recently named the least popular sport, the NFL has much to do to repair the damage that they have done.  As usual, ole’ Bullethead has a few suggestions.

  1. Stop lying.  The NFL says it’s not about the military and the country but you could choose 23 hours and 57 minutes in the day to kneel but you choose to do it during the National Anthem.  Your fans, or should I say former fans are not stupid.
  2. Stop Lying.  The NFL is kneeling for a lie.  It’s that simple.  They claim they are doing it because the police abuse minorities and study after study prove that to be false.  How does it feel to ruin your profession for a lie?
  3. Stop Lying.  The League says that it is the player’s right to kneel and that is a lie.  The players are employed and they have to do what the bosses say.  Do you think College Football or Baseball or the NBA stand just because?  Of course not.  There is leadership within those leagues that have obviously made sure that their profession doesn’t go down like the NFL has.
  4. Apologize and do it now!  The NFL, the Teams or the Players have no right to do what they have done.  Many will never forgive you so get used to lower advertising rates and less fans in the seats but some still love football.  You owe them an apology.
  5. Discipline Michael Bennett.  That’s right.  Bennett lied about what his encounter with the Las Vegas Police Department.  He claimed racism when none existed.  You owe those heroes in Las Vegas that run to reported gunfire your attention on Bennett.
  6. Disband the Cleveland Browns.  Do I need to say anything else?  They are full of kneelers and may never win another game!

 

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FN to Host Black Rifle Coffee Company at SHOT Show

Police Magazine - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 07:15

FN America, LLC has announced it will host Black Rifle Coffee Company in its booth at the 2018 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan. 21–25, 2018. Black Rifle Coffee Company will be serving a limited-edition FN SCAR Mission Adaptable Blend, available only by visiting FN's booth during the show. 225 bags of the select blend will be given away per day to show attendees on a first come, first serve basis, with a limit of one bag per person.

"Black Rifle Coffee Company's veteran and premium product focus combined with its customer reach align perfectly with our values and mission to provide the world's most battle-proven firearms to military, law enforcement and civilian customers. As coffee aficionados and huge fans of the Black Rifle Coffee Company ourselves, we are thrilled to partner with them and offer this unique blend for SHOT Show," remarked Tom Scott, director of marketing for FN America, LLC. "We are excited to share this limited-edition coffee with our customers but the key is to visit to our booth and try it in person because once it's gone, it's gone for good. Only a limited quantity was made."

"Black Rifle Coffee Company is excited to be partnered with FN for SHOT Show," said Daniel Hollaway, vice president of marketing for Black Rifle Coffee Company. "We can't wait to see the new industry innovations and our fans at the show. Come see us at booth #13662."

The FN SCAR Mission Adaptable Blend is a dark roast coffee of Central American and Colombian premium beans, described by Black Rifle as "no frills, no froth, no foam. Just. Black." Influenced by Black Rifle's Just. Black. Blend that contains twice as much caffeine than other coffees, the FN SCAR blend will give you the power to meet the demands of any mission.

For more information about FN and FN products, visit www.fnamerica.com, or visit the FN Booth (#13662) at the 2018 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan. 23-26, 2018, at The Sands Expo and Convention Center.

To learn more about Black Rifle Coffee Company or purchase one of their blends, visit www.blackriflecoffee.com.

 

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Detective Bureau

State - RI Police - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 07:00
MEDIA CONTACT: Captain Gerald M. McKinney, Assistant Detective Commander (#401-444-1011) On January 19, 2018, at approximately 7:00 AM, members of the Major Crimes Unit arrested Brian M. Huckeba, age 38, of 27 Greenwich Street Apartment 3, Providence, Rhode Island, on a Providence Superior...
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Lincoln Woods Barracks

State - RI Police - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 07:00
No arrests to report. Media Contact: Captain Matthew C. Moynihan District "A" Commander 401-444-1008
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Wickford Barracks

State - RI Police - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 06:45
At 6:40 PM, Troopers arrested Enger Correa, age 18, of 47 Ford Street, Providence, RI, for: 1.) Affidavit and Arrest Warrant on the charge of Escape from Custody originating from the State Police Wickford Barracks; and 2.) Family Court Bench Warrant on the original charge of Possession of a Firearm
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NHC Atlantic Tropical Weather Discussion

NWS Weather - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 06:07

000
AXNT20 KNHC 201207
TWDAT

Tropical Weather Discussion
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
707 AM EST Sat Jan 20 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 0600 UTC surface analysis and satellite imagery through
1145 UTC.

...SPECIAL FEATURES...

The trade wind flow in the south-central Caribbean is expected to
reach gale-force early Sunday morning near the coast of Colombia.
A Gale Warning is currently in effect for this area. See the
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 07N12W and
continues to 03N18W. The ITCZ begins near 03N18W and extends
westward to 0N41W. Scattered moderate rain showers are from 01N to
05N between 10W-16W and within 150 nm either side of the ITCZ.

...DISCUSSION...

...GULF OF MEXICO...

A broad surface ridge prevails across the southeast CONUS and
SW N Atlantic extendning westward across Florida and the Gulf. In
the far western basin, a surface trough along Mexico adjacent
waters continue to weaken. Radar and satellite imagery show
isolated showers in the NW and SE Gulf. Latest scatterometer and
surface observations depict light to moderate return flow across
the Gulf. No major changes expected during this weekend. The next
cold front will come off the coast of Texas Monday morning, extend
from the Florida Big Bend SW to near Tuxpan, Mexico Tuesday
morning and across South Florida to the central Gulf waters late
Wednesday to Thursday.

...CARIBBEAN SEA...

The southern end of a frontal boundary over the Atlantic is
analyzed as a stationary front that extends across the Caribbean
Sea from eastern Cuba, then becomes weak to just off the coast of
Honduras. Scattered showers prevail in the vicinity of the front
between 75W-85W. Similar activity lies south of 13N west of 80W
aided by upper-level diffluent flow. Fresh to strong northeasterly
winds are noted between 70W-82W, while moderate trades prevail
elsewhere. 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.
This scenario will continue through the weekend. Fresh northeasterly
winds will continue over the Windward Passage for another day as
high pressure builds across the western Atlantic.

...ATLANTIC OCEAN...

A cold front is moving over the central Atlantic from 31N50W to
22N67W, then becomes stationary from that point to 21N74W.
Moderate to fresh winds prevail along and west of the stationary
front, while gentle to moderate winds are noted near the cold
front. High pressure is building in the wake of the front across
the west Atlantic. To the east of the front, a surface trough
extends from 24N45W to 18N48W. Elsewhere, the Bermuda-Azores high
dominates the remainder of the central and eastern Atlantic.

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

$$
Ramos
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Deputies: DUI suspect mistook bank drive-thru for Taco Bell

Police One - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 06:00

Associated Press

SPRING HILL, Fla. — Authorities say a Florida man was charged with driving under the influence after mistaking a bank drive-thru for a Taco Bell.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that 38-year-old Douglas Jon Francisco was arrested Wednesday evening outside the Bank of America branch in Spring Hill.

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office says employees spotted Francisco passed out in the bank’s drive-up lane. After the workers banged on his car for some time, deputies say Francisco finally woke up and tried to order a burrito. When the branch manager told him it wasn’t a Taco Bell, he reportedly drove to the front parking lot.

Deputies say they found Francisco in the driver’s seat with his car running. He was arrested after failing a field sobriety test.

Francisco was freed Thursday on $500 bail. Jail records didn’t list an attorney.


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Baltimore's new police commissioner faces numerous challenges

Police One - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 06:00

By David McFadden Associated Press

BALTIMORE — Deputy Police Commissioner Darryl DeSousa, who has steadily risen through the ranks during a 30-year career with Baltimore's police department, will take the helm of the force in a city struggling with a feverish pace of killings.

After a record year in per-capita homicides, Baltimore's mayor on Friday fired the city's police commissioner after 2½ years on the job and named DeSousa to the top post, saying a change in leadership was needed immediately.

"I am impatient. We need violence reduction. We need the numbers to go down faster," Mayor Catherine Pugh said at a news conference at City Hall after announcing DeSousa's promotion.

Although violent crime rates in Baltimore have been high for decades, 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.

In contrast, New York City had 290 homicides last year, its fewest on record in the modern era for the city of 8.5 million people. Los Angeles, with about 4 million residents, saw 305 homicides last year.

The challenges facing DeSousa are numerous: the pervasive mistrust of many citizens due to a history of corruption and discriminatory police practices; a federal corruption investigation into a group of indicted officers; and the unsolved slaying of a detective that has produced rumors but no arrests.

His promotion also comes as a monitoring team is overseeing court-ordered reforms to Baltimore's police department as part of a federal consent decree reached last January between Baltimore and the U.S. Justice Department due to discriminatory and unconstitutional policing.

DeSousa, a 53-year-old city resident who joined the department in 1988, said he's looking forward to the challenges. He said he'll approach his role as a strategic thinker who knows the ins and outs of the department's operations as well as law enforcement approaches that have had success in other U.S. cities.

"Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a chess player, and I don't like to be outwitted," he told reporters.

The head of Baltimore's police union, Gene Ryan, said the leadership shakeup is already improving morale, and "will bring about the positive changes that will allow us to achieve our mission of violence reduction."

DeSousa on Friday pledged to reduce crime by putting more uniformed officers on the streets and saturating "hot spots," an effort he said is already underway. He said he had a message for the city's violent repeat offenders, a rotating cast of "trigger pullers" that law enforcers say are responsible for an outsized percentage of the city's crime.

"We're coming after them. And I want to let everybody know that it will be done in a constitutional manner," DeSousa said.

The native New Yorker has served in just about every police department role over the years and in 2017 was assigned to lead the patrol bureau, the largest in Baltimore's force. His appointment will be made permanent following "appropriate approvals," Pugh's office said.

He appears to have the backing of the City Council and a number of Baltimore's civic leaders and organizers. Councilman Brandon Scott, who described DeSousa's promotion as a "great decision," said he received numerous phone messages from community leaders praising the move.

"Never before did I get text messages from community leaders saying, 'Thank you, this is the right choice,'" Scott said, describing the three previous times during his career as an elected official that a police commissioner was replaced.

Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, tweeted that she was perplexed by the leadership change. In a statement, she said Commissioner Kevin Davis had shown "unyielding commitment" to police reforms.

Some Baltimore residents were also skeptical that a veteran as entrenched as DeSousa could bring true reform.

"He's been there for 30 years and that's the guy who's going to change things up?" said resident Gerald Spann, who was washing the windows of a convenience store where gunmen and officers exchanged a barrage of gunfire earlier this week.

Davis, previously chief of police in Maryland's Anne Arundel County, replaced Anthony Batts in the job in October 2015. Batts was fired amid a spike in homicides after Freddie Gray died of a fatal spinal cord injury received while in police custody. The black man's death triggered massive protests and the city's worst riots in decades.

Pugh, who took office in December 2016, said she was grateful to Davis "for all that he has done to implement the initiatives underway to address violent crime at its root causes."


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Man who hit NYPD cop was reenacting scene from 'The Fast and the Furious'

Police One - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 06:00

By Andy Mai and John Annese New York Daily News

NEW YORK — The alleged drug dealer was trying to act out a scene from “The Fast and the Furious,” when he was caught on camera trying to mow down an NYPD officer in Times Square, his lawyer said early Friday.

Arfhy Santos, 20, was behind the wheel of his buddy’s Mercedes-Benz when he dragged NYPD Officer Ian Wallace as the cop tried to stop him Saturday.

“It’s easy to get caught up in the sensationalism of the video that had gone viral at this point,” Santos’ lawyer, Paul Presti said. “My client’s behavior that day was stupid, to reenact a scene out of ‘The Fast and the Furious.’”

Wallace, who stepped in front of the car to stop it, didn't approach the vehicle in "the typical way," and Santos thought the officer was going for his holster and got scared, Presti said.

Santos is charged with assault and was held on $100,000 bail at his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court. He has open drug dealing charges from an October arrest in the Bronx. Car owner William Lopez, 24, was also in the vehicle and was held on $5,000 bond or $2,500 cash bail.

Lopez faces reckless endangerment and reckless driving charges for an earlier incident in Manhattan where he‘s accused of driving on a sidewalk for two blocks to escape police.

"The police got it wrong because it was not Mr. Lopez that was driving," Lopez's lawyer, Luis Diaz said.

Lopez has a pending case in the Bronx for a similar incident.

©2018 New York Daily News


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Lawsuit over officer seizing phone, deleting photo settled

Police One - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 06:00

Associated Press

LAFAYETTE, La. — A settlement has resolved a federal lawsuit that accused a Louisiana police officer of violating a woman's constitutional rights by grabbing her cellphone and deleting a photo she took of her son in the officer's vehicle.

The Lafayette City-Parish Consolidated Government agreed to pay $12,000 to cover the woman's attorneys' fees. It also agreed to train its officers on the public's First Amendment right to photograph police performing their duties.

A judge formally dismissed the suit Friday at the lawyers' request.

Attorneys from the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana filed the suit last March on behalf of Chelline Carter. Lafayette police Officer Shannon Brasseaux arrested Carter's son on a drug charge in a parking lot outside a CVS store on the afternoon of Jan. 24, 2017.

The suit claimed the officer took Carter's cellphone without a warrant or her consent and deleted at least one photo before returning the phone to her. The officer also told Carter she was breaking the law by photographing her restrained son in the back of the police vehicle and threatened to arrest her for taking pictures of "evidence," the suit said.

"At no time did Mrs. Carter interfere with Officer Brasseaux's arrest of her son or any of his actions following the arrest," the suit said.

Jane Johnson, the ACLU of Louisiana's interim executive director, said the training Lafayette police officers are getting "is a credit to (Carter's) courage and resolve."

"People have a constitutional right to take photographs of things in public spaces, and that includes the police and other government officials," Johnson said in a statement.


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How Obama Spent His 1st Year Out of Office

Media - KXAS NBC5 DFW - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 05:56


Leaving office was a change Barack Obama could believe in.In the year after he handed the most powerful job in the world to Donald Trump, Obama's foray into post-presidential life has included globe-trotting...

Photo Credit: Yana Paskova/Getty Images, File

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