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Man Trafficked Teens Across DC Area With Wife, Girlfriend

Media - KXAS NBC5 DFW - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:44

A Virginia man who sex-trafficked a 14-year-old girl and 16-year-old girl for two years was ordered on Friday to serve 30 years in prison and pay the victims the $648,000 they generated.

Photo Credit: Federal court records
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'Pleasant Grove Now’ Boosts Workforce Solutions

Media - KXAS NBC5 DFW - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:27

The grand opening of a new Workforce Solutions office drew a big crowd on South Buckner Boulevard Friday, partly because it was directly on target with a Dallas ‘Pleasant Grove Now’ crusade for jobs.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News

Today is Friday the 20th of January, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:24

Yep, I know it’s late, but better late than never.

Here are the stories to close out this week…

Have a great weekend, be safe out there!


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Study: CTE Can Develop in Someone Without Concussion History

Media - KXAS NBC5 DFW - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:21

Repeated hits to the head, not just concussions, can lead to CTE, according to a study published Thursday.

Mexican cargo plane suffers gear collapse at airport

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:20

By Mark Reagan, Staff writer

Brownsville/South Padre Island Airport Director Bryant Walker said the gear collapsed on a Mexican cargo plane Thursday while mechanics were testing an engine on a ramp.

At the time of what the Federal Aviation Administration is classifying as an incident, two people were on the aircraft and neither sustained injuries, FAA Spokesman Lynn Lunsford said Thursday night.

Lunsford said the plane was never intended to fly Thursday and it was just undergoing maintenance.

A large crack could be seen separating the cockpit from the plane’s body and the propellers were destroyed.

Walker said there were no fuel spills greater than one gallon and no fire, though the Brownsville Fire Department did respond.

The plane is a Convair CV-580F operated by Air Tribe, an International Mexican Air Carrier that is based in Guadalajara and Queretaro, Mexico, according to data from the Aviation Safety Network.

The plane’s first flight was in 1953, according to the Aviation Safety Network.

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16018-16311 Bratton Ln - COLLISION

SCARBROUGH DR/MICHAEL ANGELO WAY | 30.466980 | -97.676610 | COLLISION | Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:19:08 GMT
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‘Watching my family burn’: Woman frantic after copter crash

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:19

RATON, N.M. (AP) — Andra Cobb was frantic when she called for help, telling an emergency operator that a helicopter she was riding in with her father, longtime partner and others had crashed in a remote part of New Mexico and that she was watching her “family burn.”

Police released 911 recordings Friday from the crash near the Colorado-New Mexico line that killed five people, including Zimbabwean opposition leader Roy Bennett, and his wife, Heather. Cobb, 39, was the sole survivor, escaping with broken bones before the helicopter burst into flames.

Her father, Paul Cobb, the co-pilot, and her longtime partner, Charles Burnett III, a Texas-based investor who owned the ranch where the group of friends was headed, also were killed in the crash Wednesday, along with pilot Jamie Coleman Dodd.

“I’m watching my family burn in a fire,” Andra Cobb screamed on the call. “I don’t know what to do. There’s a big fire. I’m covered in gasoline.”

Dodd also was able to call 911 before he died, telling authorities immediately after the crash that there were three victims and three survivors — him, Andra Cobb and Roy Bennett, who was suffering from a head wound as authorities tried to determine their location.

Officials launched a search but said the response was slow because of the rugged terrain and lack of access. Andra Cobb remained on the call for about an hour as she waited for authorities to arrive.

Bennett’s death was met with an outpouring of grief in Zimbabwe. A white man who spoke fluent Shona and drew the wrath of former President Robert Mugabe, Bennett had won a devoted following of black Zimbabweans for passionately advocating political change.

Bennett, treasurer-general of the Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change opposition party, previously survived a traumatic year in jail and death threats over his work.

He and his wife had traveled to New Mexico to spend their holiday with their friend Burnett, friends and family said. The wealthy businessman was described as a fun-loving person who enjoyed entertaining, at times extravagantly.

Burnett’s friends Dodd and Cobb were experienced aviators who would not have taken unnecessary risks in the helicopter, according to the investor’s personal lawyer, Martyn Hill. Hill and Cobb’s wife, Martha, said the co-pilot had survived being shot down while flying a helicopter in the Vietnam War.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Despite frigid temperatures, there was no indication of bad weather that night.

Engulfed in flames, the wreckage of the helicopter registered to an aviation company linked to Burnett was eventually found by authorities, who said it had sparked a grass fire.

Dodd, the pilot, said on his call that he had a broken pelvis and was trying to move away from the blaze.

Andra Cobb said the helicopter had been in the air for just three to five minutes after taking off from the airport in the small community of Raton. In the call, she can be heard weeping and telling Bennett to breathe.

“I’m very, very cold,” she tells the 911 operator.

‘Watching my family burn’: Woman frantic after copter crash


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Cable crew busted trying to sneak fake bomb into airport

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:17

By Laura Italiano

Seven members of a cable TV crew were arrested at Newark Airport on Thursday after trying to film themselves passing a fake explosive device through a security checkpoint and onto a plane, according to reports.

The crew was working for the cable network CNBC, according to

The fake explosive device was in a carry-on bag and never made it past security, Transportation Security Administration spokesman Michael McCarthy said.

“They failed, were caught and were arrested on multiple charges,” he said, without elaborating on the charges.

The crew members could also be assessed civil penalties in the tens of thousands of dollars, he said.

A law enforcement source told that the fake explosive consisted of a piece of PVC pipe with wires sticking out of it.

Another source told the website that the crew was employed by Endemol Shine Group, a Dutch production company that contracts with CNBC. Endemol also produces “MasterChef” and “The Biggest Loser.”

“We are looking into the details of what happened as a matter of priority and are in contact with relevant authorities on the ground,” a spokesperson for Endemol Shine North America told

“We sincerely apologize for any disruption caused.”

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:16

58 Years ago today: On 19 January 1960 a SAS Caravelle crashed while approaching Ankara Airport, Turkey; all 42 on board were killed.

Date: Tuesday 19 January 1960 Time: 18:47 Type: Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle I Operator: Scandinavian Airlines System – SAS Registration: OY-KRB C/n / msn: 14 First flight: 1959 Engines:Rolls-Royce Avon 522 Crew: Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7 Passengers: Fatalities: 35 / Occupants: 35 Total: Fatalities: 42 / Occupants: 42 Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: ca 10 km SW of Ankara-Esenboga Airport (ESB) (   Turkey) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Istanbul-Yesilköy Airport (IST/LTBA), Turkey Destination airport: Ankara-Esenboga Airport (ESB/LTAC), Turkey Flightnumber: 871

SAS Flight SK871 to Ankara (ESB) was uneventful until the approach. The flight was taken over by Ankara Control at reporting point Göynük, at 18:26 UTC. The aircraft arrived over Ankara range station at 18:41 at FL135 descending to FL120 in accordance with the clearance given. It changed over to the tower frequency and received further let-down and approach instructions. The crew acknowledged receipt of the instructions and the flight reported Ankara range station inbound at 18:45 at an altitude of 6500 feet descending.
At 18:47 the aircraft struck the ground at an elevation of 3500 feet (1067 m), between Ankara range and the Airport. Apparently, after reporting it continued on a heading of 031 degrees, descending to the impact point.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The accident occurred because of an unintentional descent below the authorized minimum flight altitude during final approach to Esenboga Airport. The reason for this descent could not be ascertained due to lack of conclusive evidence.”

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8100 N Ih 35 Svrd Sb - Crash Service

E WONSLEY DR/E POWELL LN | 30.343180 | -97.697981 | Crash Service | Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:11:28 GMT
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1100 W Anderson Ln - Crash Urgent

WATSON ST/ANDERSON SQ | 30.349207 | -97.716267 | Crash Urgent | Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:06:09 GMT
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908 Devices Launches Drug Hunter Mission Mode to Combat Fentanyl and High Priority Drugs

Police Magazine - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:01

908 Devices, known for its analytical devices for chemical and biomolecule analysis, has announced a new software update for MX908, which includes the introduction of a new mission mode – Drug Hunter. This mode unlocks additional resolving power from the device's existing hardware to dramatically upgrade selectivity, which provides first responders with optimal detection and identification capabilities for a subset of the MX908's target list, including a broad range of fentanyls, opioids, and amphetamines.

In addition to the Drug Hunter mode, the software update includes two new additional modes—Chemical Warfare Hunter and the Explosive Hunter—which provide enhanced performance for those missions.

As synthetic opioids—primarily fentanyl and its analogues—continue to pose a growing threat, first responders are increasingly turning to chemical detection devices to combat the problem. Harnessing the power of 908 Devices' patented and award winning high-pressure mass spectrometry (HPMS) technology, this product update enables MX908 to selectively detect and identify low-concentration street drugs in the real world.

"In the past 10 years, we've seen a stark pivot in how fentanyl is being used. What was originally developed to help cancer patients combat pain is now being mixed into drugs such as heroin and cocaine, often unbeknownst to the buyer, for a cheaper sale," said Dr. Christina Baxter, CEO of Emergency Response Tips, LLC and former Program Manager for the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) subgroup at the Technical Support Working Group (TSWG). "As this problem has grown into an epidemic, new and innovative technologies will be instrumental in protecting first responders and communities from these threats and fighting this battle head on."

Leveraging MX908, first responders can now detect fentanyl at trace-level. Recent independent lab testing demonstrates that MX908 can accurately detect substances with purity levels that are as low as 1% concentration, whereas other devices can only be leveraged on substances with a 5% to 10% concentration. This capability allows responders to detect a variety of fentanyl analogs, ranging from traditional fentanyl to carfentanyl, which is 10,000 times more powerful than morphine.

"When we first deployed MX908 last June, our goal was to continue to evolve its threat list to address the chemical dangers currently fueling community epidemics, public safety concerns, and military response," said John Kenneweg, Vice President, 908 Devices. "Six months after launch, we are proud to introduce this update to address the fentanyl epidemic. The Drug Hunter mode transforms MX908 into a more sensitive and selective device, allowing us to help combat the threats that plague our communities."

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N Ih 35 Svrd Sb / Airport To Ih 35 Svrd Sb Ramp - Traffic Hazard

| 30.300531 | -97.716413 | Traffic Hazard | Fri, 19 Jan 2018 23:55:50 GMT
Categories: Current Incidents

NHC Atlantic Tropical Weather Discussion

NWS Weather - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:50

AXNT20 KNHC 192350

Tropical Weather Discussion
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
650 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 1800 UTC surface analysis and satellite imagery through
2345 UTC.


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 36 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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.

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Fort Worth Pays Homeless People to Pick Up Trash

Media - KXAS NBC5 DFW - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:48

The city of Fort Worth is paying homeless people to pick up trash as part of a unique program to clean up the city — and turn lives around.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News

Envisage Named "Company of the Year" at FUSE Awards

Police Magazine - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:48

Envisage Technologies received the FUSE Business Innovation "Company of the Year" award at the Tech the Halls ceremony held in December. Ari Vidali and Michelle Cole, CEO and COO of Envisage Technologies, respectively, accepted the award on behalf of the company. The FUSE Awards, presented annually, highlight the accomplishments of Bloomington, Indiana's growing technology and innovation community. FUSE Award finalists are determined through a public nomination process; winners are then chosen through a combination of nomination counts and a committee.

As part of the ceremony, FUSE made the following statement about Envisage and the reasons the company received the honor: "Since 2001, Envisage Technologies has been building solutions that make our nation's first responders, and the communities they serve, safer. The company serves over 1.1 million first responders, and on the global stage were recently named one of the world's top ten vendors of first responder software products."

Envisage, founded in 2001, provides solutions that automate the complex training operations for first responders, law enforcement, and the military with a core mission to improve the readiness of our nation's public safety professionals to ensure they come home alive. The company's Acadis Readiness Suite training and compliance software platform is the training management system of record for agencies within the U. S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and many state law enforcement and public safety organizations.

Initially founded in 2004 by the Small Business Development Center, the FUSE Business Innovation Awards were rebooted in 2017 by the Dimension Mill. Slated to open in late 2018, the Dimension Mill will be a state-of-the-art co-working and business incubator space in downtown Bloomington designed to launch and accelerate companies, create high-paying jobs, and foster an inclusive, innovative entrepreneurial community. Other winners include Jane Martin ("Mentor of the Year"), Doug Dayhoff (Bill and Gayle Cook "Entrepreneur of the Year") and the Bloomington-based billing automation company, Cheddar ("Rising Star of the Year").

For more information about Envisage Technologies, visit


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4110 Guadalupe St - Crash Urgent

W 41ST ST/W 42ND ST | 30.306756 | -97.735570 | Crash Urgent | Fri, 19 Jan 2018 23:43:23 GMT
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Blue Line Innovations Launches 360-Degree In-Car Camera

Police Magazine - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:40

Blue Line Innovations, LLC is now offering the Sentinel360, which the company calls the world's first 360-degree in-car camera for law enforcement. Its patented design opens the door to greater transparency with its ability to securely capture, upload, and store a complete 360-degree view of an event, according to the company.

Based on the number and placement of the Sentinel360 cameras, officers can capture footage regardless of where it happens including the violator vehicle, officer's driver compartment, out both side and rear windows, and prisoner activity in the rear of the car.

Mounted simply to the windshield and/or back window, the Sentinel360 is a lightweight, durable camera capable of up to 4k light resolution, 360-degree panoramic or point-of-view (POV) video recording at 30 mbps.

"The Sentinel360 system combined with Fortify provides an unmatched level of transparency and secure evidential value that connects in-vehicle and body worn camera video with the cloud, resulting in a new level of awareness for law enforcement," said Mark Hutchinson, founder and CEO of Blue Line Innovations.

Video is stored on internal memory in the Sentinel360 and via Fortify, Blue Line's evidence management platform built on what Blue Line calls the fastest cloud service in the western hemisphere. Made to be always available and CJIS and FedRamp compliant, Fortify360 is an end-to-end solution designed to equip law enforcement to make more efficient reporting decisions, saving officers time with a simple interface and automatic uploads.

For more information on Blue Line Innovations, visit


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Mass. PD receives grant to maintain public safety

Police One - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:38

Somerville Journal

SOMERVILLE, Mass. — Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Public Safety Secretary Daniel Bennett announced Friday, Jan. 19 that 14 police and fire departments have received $3,015,000 in state grants to assist municipalities in maintaining public safety and emergency response core services. These funds may be used to restore, retain or hire police and fire personnel or for overtime if needed to provide adequate shift coverage to maintain appropriate staffing levels.

The Somerville Police and Fire Departments will receive $38,000 and $60,000, respectively.

The Massachusetts Municipal Public Safety Staffing Grant (MUNI) program assists eligible municipalities to maintain public safety and emergency response services by helping them address police and/or fire department staffing necessities. Nine municipalities submitted applications on behalf of their police departments and five municipalities also requested funding for their fire departments.

Full Story: Somerville police and fire to receive thousands in state grants

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