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10500-11012 N SH 130 SB - Traffic Hazard

BLUE BLUFF TO N SH 130 SB RAMP/N SH 130 SB TO BLUE BLUFF RAM | 30.328096 | -97.584380 | Traffic Hazard | Sat, 21 Oct 2017 13:05:11 GMT
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Law Enforcement’s New, Converged Single-band Radio

Officer.com - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 08:00
By leveraging upon input from public safety professionals, the company launches the XL-185P single-band radio as well as the Underwriters Laboratory Certified intrinsically safe XL-185Pi and XL-200Pi for operations in hazardous environments.Read more...
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EMS agency proposes ambulance chase car

EMS-1 Products - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 08:00
The chase car would be available during a mass casualty event anywhere in the county; it could be provided to make up a BLS crew if all other avenues were exhausted
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Anderson Mill Rd / N Us 183 Hwy Svrd Nb - Traffic Hazard

| 30.448891 | -97.790028 | Traffic Hazard | Sat, 21 Oct 2017 12:58:21 GMT
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7200 N Ih 35 Nb - Traffic Hazard

LA POSADA TO IH 35 NB RAMP/N IH 35 NB TO ANDERSON WB RAMP | 30.333044 | -97.703776 | Traffic Hazard | Sat, 21 Oct 2017 12:34:08 GMT
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Minn. police department approves groomed facial hair

Police One - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 07:30

By Jamey Malcomb Lake County News-Chronicle

SILVER BAY, Minn. — The Silver Bay City Council approved a motion that would allow members of the Silver Bay Police Department to wear well-groomed facial hair while on duty.

Police Chief Doug Frericks was unable to attend the meeting, but approved of the proposal and officers Cole Ernest and Alex McGrath attended to answer any of the council's questions. Councilor Carlene Perfetto said she voted against the measure because she believes the policy went a little too far by allowing officers to wear facial hair on the sides of their faces. She believes it should be limited to mustaches and goatees.

Ernest told the board he believes professionalism has more to do with "demeanor" than physical appearance.

"I'm not looking at you as unprofessional," Perfetto said. "I'm looking at you in the case if you have to give mouth-to-mouth or use the equipment it's going to impede what you are doing to the person who is in trouble."

Ernest told the board providing emergency aid like CPR or mouth-to-mouth resuscitation wasn't an issue because the officers use bag valve masks and rebreathers that prevent contact and exposure to bodily fluids.

Perfetto is mostly concerned the policy doesn't dictate a permissible facial hair length. The policy said facial hair should be "maintained at a length and pattern not to detract" from the officer's ability to perform.

"It doesn't say a quarter of an inch, an eighth of an inch or two inches or anything like that," Perfetto said. "So I think you need to be a little bit more specific."

Perfetto said she believed others in the room who had facial hair, including Councilor Richard DeRosier, wore it at an acceptable length.

DeRosier, a deputy with the Lake County Sheriff's Department, said he didn't have a problem with the way the proposal was worded and was confident Frericks would ensure officers' appearance remained professional and practical.

"I have full faith in the chief and the way he runs his department," DeRosier said. "I think he's certainly capable to say, 'Hey, trim it up a little,' or do something different. I have no problem letting the chief make the decision."

Also at the meeting, the council unanimously voted to enter into a memorandum of understanding with Northshore Mining for a trial program allow the plant to send its high fluoride water to the city. The plant is treating the high fluoride water as much as it is able, but now will mix the water with the lower fluoride city water to create a more acceptable blend for both entities.

City engineer John Groutman said there was a concern about the plan affecting mercury levels in the water and that is the reason for the 90 day trial period. John Thomas of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency approved the plan and required that the water be tested for mercury three times weekly.

“It’s basically a trial period,” utilities department manager Mike Miller said. “If anything doesn’t work out it’s 24 hours to tell them it’s done and they have the same option, they can shut it off at any time.”

Copyright 2017 Lake County News-Chronicle


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12100 N IH 35 SB - Traffic Hazard

SANDPIPER TO IH 35 SB RAMP/N 35 SB TO PARK THIRTY FI RAMP | 30.394759 | -97.671774 | Traffic Hazard | Sat, 21 Oct 2017 12:21:58 GMT
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Wickford Barracks

State - RI Police - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 07:15
**MEDIA CONTACT: Captain Derek W. Borek 1-401-444-1014** At 8:00 AM, Troopers arrested Noah Lacaillade, age 19, of 145 Archambault Street, Apartment #3, West Warwick, RI, for a Kent County Superior Court Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear for Arraignment on the original charge of Breaking and...
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Mildred St / E 2nd St - Crash Service

| 30.256106 | -97.718909 | Crash Service | Sat, 21 Oct 2017 12:08:46 GMT
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Experts: Hard for jurors to convict when cops are on trial

Police One - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 07:00

Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. — The hard-won conviction of a white former Oklahoma police officer who fatally shot his daughter's unarmed black boyfriend shows the difficulty prosecutors have in convincing jurors to put someone who carries a badge and a gun behind bars, legal experts said Thursday.

A fourth jury convicted 57-year-old ex-Tulsa officer Shannon Kepler late Wednesday of first-degree manslaughter in the 2014 off-duty fatal shooting of 19-year-old Jeremey Lake, who had just started dating Kepler's then-18-year-old daughter, Lisa.

The lesser charge carries a minimum sentence of four years in prison but sets no maximum term, leaving it up to the judge to decide. The jury recommended that Kepler get 15 years behind bars when he's sentenced Nov. 20.

Jurors in the first three trials deadlocked 11-1, 10-2 and 6-6, leading the judge to declare mistrials. Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said Thursday that it illustrates the immense challenge prosecutors have in winning the conviction of a police officer.

"In the first trial, we learned from that and realized it's a very difficult case," he said. "The question with these jurors is ... can you put a police officer in prison?

"We recognize immediately that for the most part, people have a great respect for law enforcement officers, but there are cases when good people make poor decisions," he said.

The first jury convicted Kepler of recklessly using his firearm, but it and the second jury couldn't agree on the first-degree murder charge and didn't have the option of the lesser charge of manslaughter. The third jury did have the manslaughter option but found itself evenly deadlocked.

There also was a racial undercurrent to the trials. Kepler killed Lake days before the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, fanned the debate over the treatment of minorities by law enforcement.

A single black juror was seated for each of Kepler's four trials, and civil rights activists accused Kepler's lawyers of purposely trying to exclude potential black candidates, which they denied.

The combination of race and the police, coupled with the case being set in a part of the country where many revere law enforcement officers, likely made jury deliberations all the more difficult, said Johnny Nhan, associate professor of criminal justice at Texas Christian University.

"In this case, you have a high level of respect for the police in a place like Tulsa, there is a daughter (Kepler) is trying to protect. It's hard to separate jury emotion and personal feelings.

"The legal system advertises itself as a science, but it's more like an art," he said Thursday.

Kepler's lawyers said the 24-year police veteran was trying to protect his daughter because she had run away from home and was living in a crime-ridden neighborhood.

Attorney Richard O'Carroll, who didn't return several messages seeking comment on the verdict, said Lisa had been in and out of a homeless shelter before the shooting after her father forbade her from bringing men into the family's house.

Kepler, who retired from the force after he was charged, told investigators that Lake was armed and that he had shot him in self-defense, but police didn't find a weapon on Lake or at the scene, and several neighbors testified they didn't see a gun, either.

At his trial this week, Kepler testified that Lake made a move toward his waistband, leading him to believe he was going for a gun.

"He's bringing it, I'm bringing it," Kepler said. "It was either him or me. I'm not going to stand there and get shot."

Prosecutors said Kepler first watched his daughter and Lake from his SUV before approaching them on the street. Lake's aunt disputed Kepler's self-defense account and has said her nephew was reaching out to shake Kepler's hand to introduce himself when Kepler fired.

Even though Kepler was convicted on a lesser charge, Heather Winters, the mother of Lake's young son, told The Associated Press Thursday that the verdict will help her and the boy move on.

"I am beyond happy," Winters said. "I cried tears of joy when I found out."


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Police: Newborn's dad sells heroin in maternity ward

Police One - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 07:00

By Paul Peirce Tribune-Review

GREENSBURG, Pa. — A traffic stop on North Main Street in Greensburg Thursday led city police to the maternity ward at Excela Health Westmoreland hospital where they arrested a Latrobe man for selling heroin with his newborn in the room.

Cody R. Hulse, 25, was arraigned Friday morning on charges of possession of heroin, possession and delivery of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of children.

Hulse's child was born just hours before his arrest Thursday. When officers confronted him in his girlfriend's room, he admitted selling heroin there to people who visited, according to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Detective Sgt. John Swank.

“This affidavit says you had needles in there, you were selling drugs in there ... all with a newborn baby in the room. This is very disturbing,” District Judge James Albert told the handcuffed and shackled Hulse.

“I have an issue myself with drugs ... heroin. I really didn't want to bring it in,” Hulse said.

Hulse asked Albert to consider that he is a new father and has a full-time job at a local lumber company as the judge contemplated the amount of bond.

When Albert said he was setting bond at $100,000 straight cash, Hulse lowered his head and muttered, “This is ridiculous.”

Swank said he made a traffic stop on North Main Street at 6:51 p.m. and the suspects “had drug paraphernalia in plain view on the front seat.” The officer found several stamp bags of heroin labeled “Final Call” in a cigarette case in the center console.

The suspects, who have not yet been charged, told Swank they had just purchased the heroin in the hospital maternity center from a man named Cody.

Swank and other officers went to the hospital, phoning nurses ahead of time to take the newborn girl from the room before they arrived. Swank said in court documents that he and the other officers went into the room and placed Hulse under arrest.

“Hulse admitted he had heroin in his pocket and had delivered heroin to several persons who had visited the room,” Swank wrote in the affidavit of probable cause.

Swank said he seized 34 stamp bags of heroin marked “Final Call” out of a plastic zip bag Hulse was carrying, four empty stamp bags from his wallet and hypodermic needles.

Swank said Hulse's girlfriend, the mother of his child, maintained that she did not know he was selling drugs from the room.

Albert ordered that Hulse be held in the county prison and added a provision that he have no contact with the baby.

Hulse declined comment as he was led out of Albert's office.

Copyright 2017 Tribune-Review


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5400-5420 W Parmer Ln - Crash Urgent

LEGENDARY DR/DELCOUR DR | 30.434320 | -97.731766 | Crash Urgent | Sat, 21 Oct 2017 11:46:03 GMT
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NHC Atlantic Tropical Weather Discussion

NWS Weather - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 05:38

000
AXNT20 KNHC 211038
TWDAT

Tropical Weather Discussion
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
805 AM EDT Sat Oct 21 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 0600 UTC surface analysis and satellite imagery through
1030 UTC.

...TROPICAL WAVES...

A tropical wave is in the central Atlantic with axis extending
from 19N45W to 09N47W, moving W at 15 kt. The wave is embedded
in abundant moisture as seen on SSMI Imagery. There are distinct
surface and 700 mb troughs. Isolated convection is within 240 nm
of the wave axis.

A tropical wave is in the central Caribbean along 78W, moving W
at 10 kt. The wave is embedded in abundant moisture as seen on
SSMI Imagery. There is a well defined surface trough, and a
broad 700 mb trough. Scattered moderate to strong convection is
from 14N-20N between 75W-83W.

A tropical wave is in the Gulf of Honduras along 86W, moving W
at 10 kt. The wave is embedded in abundant moisture as seen on
SSMI Imagery. There are distinct surface and 700 mb troughs.
Scattered moderate convection is from 16N-19N between 86W-89W.

...ITCZ/MONSOON TROUGH...

The monsoon trough extends from the African coast near 09N13W to
08N20W. The Intertropical Convergence Zone axis extends from
08N20W to 07N45W. Scattered moderate convection is from 06N-09N
between 32W-39W.

...DISCUSSION...

GULF OF MEXICO...

High pressure over the eastern U.S. extends a surface ridge into
the NE Gulf of Mexico. Diffluence E of an upper level trough
over Texas is enhancing scattered showers across the central
Gulf between 86W-93W. An upper level ridge is over the E Gulf
with axis along 82W. Strong subsidence is over north and central
Florida. Expect moderate to occasional fresh E-SE winds over the
Gulf today as the surface ridge remains in place.

CARIBBEAN SEA...

In addition to the two tropical waves mentioned above, the
eastern extent of the E Pacific monsoon trough is over Costa
Rica and Panama producing isolated convection. A large upper
level high is centered over the NW Caribbean near 19N81W with
abundant moisture. Strong subsidence is over the E Caribbean E
of 72W, including Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands. Expect fair
weather to persist in Puerto Rico and Leeward Islands today.

...HISPANIOLA...

With a tropical wave west of the area, fair weather is expected
over Hispaniola today. Fresh to strong trades are expected this
weekend as high pressure builds in N of the region. Scattered
showers are possible in the afternoon and evening hours.

ATLANTIC OCEAN...

A weakening cold front extends over the west-central Atlantic
from 32N55W to 27N65W, then stationary to 26N75W. Scattered
showers are within 200 nm NW of the front. Strong high pressure
is centered over the Azores, and high pressure extends into the
Atlc to around 68W off the the U.S. coast west of the front. An
upper level low centered in the central Atlc near 22N42W is
producing scattered showers within 600 nm E of the center due to
upper level diffluence.

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

$$
Mundell
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North Bend Dr / N Lamar Blvd - Crash Urgent

| 30.384496 | -97.684997 | Crash Urgent | Sat, 21 Oct 2017 10:36:18 GMT
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3326-3498 E Sh 71 Svrd Eb - Traffic Impediment

MOMENTUM WAY/VELOCITY XING | 30.199393 | -97.633826 | Traffic Impediment | Sat, 21 Oct 2017 10:23:25 GMT
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1900 Red River St - Crash Urgent

E MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BLVD/ROBERT DEDMAN DR | 30.278976 | -97.732193 | Crash Urgent | Sat, 21 Oct 2017 10:14:17 GMT
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Houston St / Burnet Rd - Crash Urgent

| 30.328916 | -97.739788 | Crash Urgent | Sat, 21 Oct 2017 10:10:19 GMT
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14000-14334 PEARCE LN - COLLISION

KELLAM RD/TIMBER HILLS DR | 30.163682 | -97.611055 | COLLISION | Sat, 21 Oct 2017 09:42:42 GMT
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4227 Guadalupe St - Crash Urgent

W 42ND ST/W 43RD ST | 30.308532 | -97.734427 | Crash Urgent | Sat, 21 Oct 2017 09:27:17 GMT
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Police seek missing injured woman

Metropolitan Police News (UK) - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 04:25
Police in Enfield are keen to trace a woman who left hospital before receiving full treatment for a knife wound.
Categories: UK - Law Enforcement

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