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Baltimore Police Lieutenant Cleared of Administrative Charges in Freddie Gray Case

Officer.com - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:24
Baltimore Police Lt. Brian Rice was found not guilty Friday of all administrative charges related to the arrest and death of Freddie Gray.
Categories: Law Enforcement

NHC Atlantic Tropical Weather Discussion

NWS Weather - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:18

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AXNT20 KNHC 171718
TWDAT

Tropical Weather Discussion
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
1218 PM EST Fri Nov 17 2017

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
1545 UTC.

...ITCZ/MONSOON TROUGH...
The monsoon trough extends from the African coast near 09N13W to
06N24W to 07N30W. The Intertropical Convergence Zone axis extends
from 07N30W to 08N38W to 05N52W. Widely scattered moderate
convection is from 03N-13N between 18W-42W.

...DISCUSSION...

GULF OF MEXICO...
NW flow aloft prevails over the Gulf basin this afternoon on the
western periphery of an upper level trough extending over the SW
North Atlc...southern Florida peninsula...and base over southern
Mexico. Mostly stable conditions are noted at the surface as a
ridge axis extends from an Ohio River valley anchored 1027 mb high
near 40N81W S-SW to the lower Mississippi River valley into the SW
Gulf near 21N95W. Skies are mostly clear with the exception of a
few possible isolated showers within 60 nm either side of a
surface trough analyzed from 18N94W to 23N98W. Otherwise...gentle
to moderate anticyclonic winds are forecast through early Friday
night. The next cold front is expected to emerge off the Texas
and Louisiana coasts by late Saturday into Saturday night. Fresh
to strong N-NE winds will follow in wake of the front as it sweeps
southeastward through Sunday night into early Monday.

CARIBBEAN SEA...
A broad area of lower pressure across the basin continues to be
focused on a 1008 mb low centered SW of Hispaniola near 17N73W. A
surface trough extends SW from the low to near 11N77W and links up
with the monsoon trough axis along 09N/10N supporting scattered
showers and strong tstms from 09N-18N between 68W-79W.
Otherwise...moderate to occasional fresh northerly winds are
noted across the western Caribbean waters generally W of
77W...while trade wind flow E of the surface troughing will
continue to be disrupted outside of convection...with gentle to
moderate southerly winds prevailing this afternoon through the
upcoming weekend. The low is expected to remain nearly stationary
SW of Hispaniola and gradually dissipate by Monday.

...HISPANIOLA...
Widely scattered showers and isolated tstms are expected to
persist across the island the next few days as deep moisture and
cloudiness advects NE over the region due to an upper trough to
the NW over the SW North Atlc and SE Gulf of Mexico. Convection
will likely be more widespread in areal coverage during the
afternoon and evening hours due to maximum heating and
instability.

ATLANTIC OCEAN...
The SW North Atlc is under the influence of an relatively dry
middle to upper level trough with axis extending from 32N75W to
over the Florida Straits to a base over southern Mexico. However a
cold front primarily analyzed N of the discussion area extends
from 32N68W to 30N73W providing possible isolated showers from
26N-32N between the front and 65W. More active weather lies to
the SE as the upper level troughing has continued to support
another cold front entering the discussion area across the central
Atlc. The cold front extends from 32N41W SW to 27N51W becoming
stationary into a 1009 mb low centered near 24N64W. Weak surface
troughing then continues W-SW to the coast of Hispaniola near
20N72W and into the central Caribbean Sea. Scattered showers and
widely scattered tstms are occurring across a large area in the
vicinity of the troughing and stationary front from 20N-29N
between 51W-74W. Other widely scattered showers and isolated tstms
are occurring in association with the cold front from 25N-32N
between 32W-47W. The frontal troughing is expected to persist
across the central Atlc through Saturday night as ridging builds
in off the SE CONUS and into the SW North Atlc. Finally...mostly
tranquil conditions are noted across the eastern Atlc in the
vicinity of a 1018 mb high centered near 28N29W...however a
surface trough extends from a weakening 1014 mb low centered SE of
the Azores to near 27N23W. Possible isolated showers are N of 27N
between 15W-21W...including the Canary Islands.

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

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HUFFMAN

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Search Warrant Results in Multiple Arrests for Narcotics Possession in the City of Cortland

State - NY Police - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:17

On November 17, 2017, the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team, SORT, Troop "C" Uniform Force, and Cortland County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 76 ½ Central Ave., Apt 2 in the City of Cortland, Cortland County following an investigation into the sale of crack cocaine. As a result of the search warrant Kern Daniels age 36, Malcolm Innocent age 24, and Mark McClammy age 29 were arrested and transported to SP Homer for processing.

Categories: Law Enforcement

Michigan Sheriff's K-9 Killed in Crash

Officer.com - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:15
Newly hired Antrim County Sheriff's K-9 Ori was killed in a vehicle crash just a few weeks after his duties began.
Categories: Law Enforcement

Hidden Lake Dr / Kelly Ln - COLLISN/ LVNG SCN

| 30.459929 | -97.568346 | COLLISN/ LVNG SCN | Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:12:11 GMT
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Governor Abbott Statement On Record-Low Texas Unemployment

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:10
Governor Greg Abbott today released a statement after it was announced that Texas has achieved a record-low unemployment rate of 3.9 percent for October 2017.

Governor Greg Abbott today released a statement after it was announced that Texas has achieved a record-low unemployment rate of 3.9 percent for October 2017. This rate marks the lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment recorded in four decades.

“Texas has recently experienced some of its most serious economic challenges, but despite these obstacles, our economy is booming,” said Governor Abbott. “This resiliency is a testament to the diversity of our economy and the strength of our workforce. As governor, I will continue to promote policies that allow businesses to thrive and keep Texas the best state in the nation to do business.”

For more information, visit the Texas Workforce Commission at www.twc.state.tx.us.

Categories: State - TX (Texas)

Welcome to McAmberlamps

EMScapades Cartoon - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:08
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425 S Pleasant Valley Rd - Crash Service

N PLEASANT VALLEY RD/S PLEASANT VALLEY TO STATION | 30.246692 | -97.714576 | Crash Service | Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:04:31 GMT
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Top-ranked Baltimore officer cleared in Freddie Gray case

Police One - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:00

By David McFadden Associated Press

BALTIMORE — A police disciplinary board cleared the highest-ranking Baltimore officer involved in the 2015 arrest of a young black man who died from a spinal cord injury he sustained in a police van.

The three-member board ruled Friday that Lt. Brian Rice was not guilty on all administrative charges, meaning he can keep his job.

He appeared visibly relieved and hugged his attorneys after the findings were read aloud. Rice's lawyer, Michael Davey, later said the lieutenant is extremely happy.

Gray's death was "a terrible tragedy, and honestly that's all it was," Davey said. That tragedy is "not lost on anybody, especially Lt. Rice due to the fact he was there."

Rice, who also was acquitted of criminal charges, plans to take a week off to spend time with his family before returning to work, Davey said.

The 10 administrative charges Rice faced focused on how he handled himself as shift commander on the day of Gray's arrest and transport. The charges ranged from failing to ensure Gray's safety by not strapping him with a seat belt, to incompetence, to failure to monitor communications.

Gray was arrested April 12, 2015, after running from an officer on bike patrol outside a public housing project. A neighbor's video showed him handcuffed behind his back and hoisted into a police van. Officers later shackled his feet as well and put him face-down on the floor of the metal compartment. The van made a total of six stops during the roughly 45-minute journey to the nearby station. Gray was found unresponsive with a broken neck on arrival, and died a week later.

The treatment of the 25-year-old by police set off Baltimore's worst riots in decades and led to a federal investigation into allegations of police abuse. Baltimore and the Justice Department entered into a reform agreement after a scathing report by the federal agency outlined widespread misconduct and abuse within the city's police department.

Neil Duke, the lead attorney for the police department, argued that Rice must face disciplinary actions because he was the officer in charge. He didn't follow protocol in his leadership role, he argued, including failing to put Gray in a seatbelt and neglecting to act after he was told by a subordinate that the detained man appeared "lethargic" at the fifth stop.

"This is all about accepting personal responsibility. Leaders lead, others make excuses," Duke said during his closing arguments.

But Davey, Rice's lawyer, argued that the prosecution failed to provide any evidence that could possibly justify discipline leading to the lieutenant losing his job.

"The evidence of this case, presented to you by the department, didn't even come close," Davey said.

Davey argued that the police transport vans were "inherently dangerous" at the time. He also said Gray was "combative and violent" up to the van's fifth stop. He noted that responding officers testified that Gray's lack of cooperation attracted onlookers in the high-crime neighborhood, threatening the officers' safety.

The same panel recently found the van's driver, Officer Caesar Goodson, not guilty of 21 charges.

Baltimore's mayor has said she will renew efforts to persuade the legislature to add two civilians to police trial boards. Police union opposition has kept civilians off such panels in Baltimore, even as civilians join police in handling complaints in other cities.

One other officer, Sgt. Alicia White, still faces a trial board and possible termination. She is due to go to trial on Dec. 5.


Categories: Law Enforcement

Two Children Killed in Crash With Los Angeles Sheriff's Cruiser

Officer.com - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:00
Two children were killed Thursday evening after they were struck by a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department vehicle that was involved in a crash while responding to a radio call of shots fired
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SPC Day 2 Fire Weather Outlook

Weather - Fire Weather - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:57
SPC Day 2 Fire Weather Outlook
Day 2 Fire Weather Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 1056 AM CST Fri Nov 17 2017 Valid 181200Z - 191200Z ...Mountains and Foothills of Southern CA... A few hours of elevated fire weather conditions are anticipated across the region early Saturday morning, primarily across the mountains of Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles counties. Offshore gradient will decrease diurnally before increasing again Saturday night/Sunday morning. Winds are expected to be slightly weaker Saturday night/Sunday morning than Saturday morning but poor overnight recovery will likely still result in elevated fire weather conditions over the mountains and foothills of Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles counties. ..Mosier.. 11/17/2017 .PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 0147 AM CST Fri Nov 17 2017/ ...Synopsis... Northerly surface winds will be ongoing across southern California at the start of the forecast period. These winds will act to help dry out fine fuels across the area. By mid-to-late morning, the Santa Ana winds are anticipated to weaken, ending this low-end elevated fire-weather threat. Overnight Saturday into Sunday, northerly surface winds are expected to develop once again. These winds will usher in a cooler/drier airmass. By afternoon, minimum relative humidity will fall to the 5-15 percent range; however, surface winds will be decreasing by this time. Because the strongest surface winds and lowest relative-humidity values will be out of phase, critical fire-weather conditions do not appear likely. Thus, elevated fire-weather highlights will be introduced. ...Please see www.spc.noaa.gov/fire for graphic product... Read more
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SPC Day 2 Fire Weather Outlook

Weather - Fire Weather - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:57
SPC Day 2 Fire Weather Outlook
Day 2 Fire Weather Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 1056 AM CST Fri Nov 17 2017 Valid 181200Z - 191200Z ...Mountains and Foothills of Southern CA... A few hours of elevated fire weather conditions are anticipated across the region early Saturday morning, primarily across the mountains of Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles counties. Offshore gradient will decrease diurnally before increasing again Saturday night/Sunday morning. Winds are expected to be slightly weaker Saturday night/Sunday morning than Saturday morning but poor overnight recovery will likely still result in elevated fire weather conditions over the mountains and foothills of Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles counties. ..Mosier.. 11/17/2017 .PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 0147 AM CST Fri Nov 17 2017/ ...Synopsis... Northerly surface winds will be ongoing across southern California at the start of the forecast period. These winds will act to help dry out fine fuels across the area. By mid-to-late morning, the Santa Ana winds are anticipated to weaken, ending this low-end elevated fire-weather threat. Overnight Saturday into Sunday, northerly surface winds are expected to develop once again. These winds will usher in a cooler/drier airmass. By afternoon, minimum relative humidity will fall to the 5-15 percent range; however, surface winds will be decreasing by this time. Because the strongest surface winds and lowest relative-humidity values will be out of phase, critical fire-weather conditions do not appear likely. Thus, elevated fire-weather highlights will be introduced. ...Please see www.spc.noaa.gov/fire for graphic product... Read more
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Man from Sidney arrested for DWI and other charges

State - NY Police - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:54

On November 16, 2017, at about 10:27 p.m., New York State Police at Sidney arrested Nathan T. McDonald, age 22, of Sidney, NY for the misdemeanor of Driving While Intoxicated with a B.A.C. result of .10%, the violation of Unlawful Possession of Marihuana, and other traffic violations. 

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Neighbors Rush to Help During Massive Fire at Pa. Senior Living Center

JEMS - News - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:54

Dozens of neighbors rushed to the scene of a massive late-night fire that injured at least 20 people at a Pennsylvania senior living community, wrapping the elderly in blankets and carrying them to ambulances in makeshift gurneys.

Larry Kingsland, 62, said Friday he and scores of people who live around the Barclay Friends Senior Living Community ferried elderly residents to medics as firefighters rescued them from the blaze.

"Everyone saw how devastating the fire was and we all had the same reaction: that people needed help," he said of the Thursday night inferno in West Chester, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) west of Philadelphia. "The whole neighborhood was helping."

Firefighters were still dousing smoldering hot spots on what remains of the building late Friday morning. The fire was declared under control just before 1:30 a.m. An investigation into what caused the blaze is underway, a town fire chief said.

The fire quickly spread to multiple buildings, engulfing sections within minutes; flames could be seen shooting from the roofs and windows of the structures.

Many of the residents were pushed in wheelchairs or rolled on beds to safety, said Dina Ciccarone, another neighbor who helped move people away from the fire and into safety. In some cases, she said, people used blankets as makeshift gurneys to assist in the rescue effort.

"Most of them could not walk," the 37-year-old Ciccarone said. "Some were lying on the ground, we were just bundling them up."

News helicopter coverage showed dozens of residents on the lawn or along the street, wrapped in blankets as overnight temperatures dipped into the low 40s. Elderly residents were loaded onto school busses early Friday and taken to nearby hospitals, witnesses said.

Chester County emergency officials said at least 20 people were taken to area hospitals for treatment. The extent of their injuries was not immediately known.

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Neighbors Rush to Help During Massive Fire at Pa. Senior Living Center

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:54

Dozens of neighbors rushed to the scene of a massive late-night fire that injured at least 20 people at a Pennsylvania senior living community, wrapping the elderly in blankets and carrying them to ambulances in makeshift gurneys.

Larry Kingsland, 62, said Friday he and scores of people who live around the Barclay Friends Senior Living Community ferried elderly residents to medics as firefighters rescued them from the blaze.

"Everyone saw how devastating the fire was and we all had the same reaction: that people needed help," he said of the Thursday night inferno in West Chester, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) west of Philadelphia. "The whole neighborhood was helping."

Firefighters were still dousing smoldering hot spots on what remains of the building late Friday morning. The fire was declared under control just before 1:30 a.m. An investigation into what caused the blaze is underway, a town fire chief said.

The fire quickly spread to multiple buildings, engulfing sections within minutes; flames could be seen shooting from the roofs and windows of the structures.

Many of the residents were pushed in wheelchairs or rolled on beds to safety, said Dina Ciccarone, another neighbor who helped move people away from the fire and into safety. In some cases, she said, people used blankets as makeshift gurneys to assist in the rescue effort.

"Most of them could not walk," the 37-year-old Ciccarone said. "Some were lying on the ground, we were just bundling them up."

News helicopter coverage showed dozens of residents on the lawn or along the street, wrapped in blankets as overnight temperatures dipped into the low 40s. Elderly residents were loaded onto school busses early Friday and taken to nearby hospitals, witnesses said.

Chester County emergency officials said at least 20 people were taken to area hospitals for treatment. The extent of their injuries was not immediately known.

Categories: EMS

SPC Day 1 Fire Weather Outlook

Weather - Fire Weather - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:53
SPC Day 1 Fire Weather Outlook
Day 1 Fire Weather Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 1052 AM CST Fri Nov 17 2017 Valid 171700Z - 181200Z ...CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER AREA FOR EAST-CENTRAL NEW MEXICO INTO THE CENTRAL TEXAS PANHANDLE... ...Southern High Plains... Widespread elevated fire weather conditions are still anticipated for a few hours this afternoon as increasing mid-level flow coupled with deep boundary layer mixing and a strengthening surface pressure gradient combine to support sustained winds from 20 to 30 mph. High temperatures across the region will range from the mid 70s to upper 80s (15 to 25 degree above-average), supporting afternoon RH values in from the low teens to mid 20s. Highest confidence in critical conditions remains from east-central NM northeastward into the central TX Panhandle. Near-critical conditions are anticipated farther south/southwest into southern NM with slightly weaker winds (sustained around 15 to 20 mph) precluding critical meteorological conditions. As mentioned in the previous discussion, fuels do not appear particularly receptive but given the strength of the winds and the anomalously warm temperatures, a widespread elevated to locally critical fire weather threat still exists. ..Mountains and Foothills of Southern CA... Current onshore gradient is expected shift offshore tonight as a front moves through the Great Basin and high surface pressure follows in its wake. Guidance indicates that the LAX-DAG and LAX-TPH gradients will be around -6 mb and -10 mb, respectively, by 12Z Saturday. Gradients of this strength will likely support wind gusts from 35-40 mph. RH values are expected to remain above critical thresholds across most of the region but some locally elevated fire weather conditions are still anticipated for a few hours early Saturday morning. ..Mosier.. 11/17/2017 .PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 0147 AM CST Fri Nov 17 2017/ ...Synopsis... Strong mid-level flow will develop across the southern Plains on Friday as a mid-level trough quickly moves east into the central United States. This strong mid-level flow will result in downslope warming/drying across the southern Plains. Here, widespread temperatures in the mid-70s to mid-80s will combine with poor low-level moisture to result in minimum afternoon relative-humidity values falling into the teens in some locations. These warm/dry conditions will combine with surface-wind speeds gusting into the 20-30 mph range to support elevated-to-critical fire-weather conditions. The most likely area for critical conditions will be from east-central New Mexico into the central Texas Panhandle, where surface winds around 30 mph sustained in the presence of mid-teen relative humidity. One potential mitigating factor is that ERCs are generally near or below the 50th percentile across the region, which may preclude a more widespread, larger-scale fire-weather threat. Late in the period (Saturday morning), north/north-east winds will develop across coastal areas of southern California. These weak Santa Ana winds may gust near 40-45 mph in wind favored areas. These strong winds will help dry out finer fuels. However, even with the drying, relative humidity looks to remain high enough to preclude elevated highlights. ...Please see www.spc.noaa.gov/fire for graphic product... Read more
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500-517 W Cesar Chavez St - Crash Service

SAN ANTONIO ST/NUECES ST | 30.264671 | -97.749168 | Crash Service | Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:51:39 GMT
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'Words Matter': How You Can Support Adoptive Families

Media - KXAS NBC5 DFW - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:39


Do you have any real children? When did you rescue her? Can you tell me about your adoptive daughter? Many adoptive families hear questions like these all the time. While the people who ask them often mean well,...

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Thomas Rhett to Perform at Cowboys Thanksgiving Game

Media - KXAS NBC5 DFW - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:34


Country star Thomas Rhett will be the halftime performer on Thanksgiving Day as the Dallas Cowboys host the Los Angeles Chargers.

Manhunt continues for shooter of Baltimore detective

Police One - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:34

Associated Press

BALTIMORE — The manhunt for the killer of a Baltimore homicide detective has entered its third day.

Baltimore police detective Niki Fennoy said Friday that federal agents assisting the department are at the crime scene.

They include agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The FBI and other agencies are also involved.

Sean Suiter was shot late Wednesday afternoon and died Thursday.

Police say the shooter was a man Suiter approached in a vacant lot in a particularly troubled area of West Baltimore. Suiter and a partner were investigating a 2016 homicide. Police said Suiter approached the man because he was "acting suspiciously."

The Baltimore Sun reports that rewards totaling nearly $190,000 have been offered for information.

The 43-year-old Suiter was an 18-year veteran of the force.


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