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    SAN CARLOS (BCN) – The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office warned residents this week about a recent scam attempt in which a caller impersonated a sheriff’s deputy and asked the victim to send a prepaid debit card. Last Saturday, someone called a resident in San Carlos and used the name of an actual deputy with the Sheriff’s Office. The caller said the victim had two outstanding arrest warrants totaling $2,000 and instructed him to go to a CVS or Walmart store to purchase a Moneypak card voucher for that amount and provide the numbers on the back of the card, sheriff’s officials said. READ MORE: UPDATE: 2 Pedestrians Killed, 1 Hurt In Horrific San Jose CollisionThe victim did not pay for the card and reported the call to the Sheriff’s Office. READ MORE: Search Underway For Aggressive Mountain Lion In Belmont NeighborhoodSheriff’s officials said they and other law enforcement agencies will never call to make a monetary request, and that people should call their local law enforcement agency if someone says they are a law enforcement officer and requests money...
    (CNN)Top Biden administration law enforcement officials -- including the FBI director, the attorney general and the Homeland Security secretary -- sought to reassure more than 1,000 members of the Orthodox Jewish community during a teleconference meeting Tuesday that the federal government recognizes the severity of the recent hostage standoff in Texas and is prepared to promote greater security efforts. "It was an absolute recognition that this was a violent attack targeted at the Jewish community," said Nathan Diament, executive director for public policy at the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, which hosted the call.Attorney General Merrick Garland, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and representatives from the White House made very clear, declarative statements that "they understand this was antisemitic, they understand this targeted Jews, they are viewing this as an act of terror ... no ifs, ands or buts," Diament said.The call follows a warning from the FBI and DHS on Monday that faith-based communities will likely remain targets for violence, which urged state and local partners to evaluate their security postures for mass gatherings and at houses...
    (CNN)The FBI and police from multiple European countries and Canada have taken down 15 computer servers that were used in "major international cyberattacks," law enforcement agencies said this week. Europol, the European Union's law enforcement agency, said that after seizing the servers, investigators have identified "more than 100 businesses" that were at risk of being hacked by cybercriminals, including ransomware groups. The crackdown targeted a popular virtual private networking (VPN) service that police say cybercriminals used to cover their tracks while breaching numerous organizations and trying to extort them. It's the latest effort by North American and European police to bust ransomware groups that have threatened critical infrastructure on both continents. US and European enforcement agencies in the fall arrested two people in Ukraine who allegedly made multimillion-dollar ransom demands following hacks of European and US organizations.The 10-country sting announced Tuesday involved police from Germany to the United Kingdom to Ukraine. A note from investigators on Tuesday greeted visitors to the website of VPNLab.net, the targeted VPN service: "THIS DOMAIN HAS BEEN SEIZED." The note said that law enforcement would...
                
    Authorities say a male suspect wanted for allegedly shooting two sheriff’s deputies in Georgia was arrested Sunday following a five-day search. The Thomas County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of Tyler Keith Henderson in a Facebook post Sunday. “He will now be a resident of the Thomas County Jail and will be held accountable for trying to take the life of three of our Deputies,” the post stated. The incident took place “around midnight on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, in Ochlocknee, GA,” the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) stated. The deputies were reportedly in the process of serving a warrant on Henderson when the alleged incident occurred, WCTV reported. The TCSO said Henderson allegedly secured one of the deputy’s guns and subsequently shot two deputies with the weapon,  the outlet states. One of the deputies was hit under their bulletproof vest and was taken to an emergency room, the TCSO said, according to WCTV. The other deputy was struck in the vest. WTXL reports he shot at a third deputy. Both deputies “are stable and are going to be...
    FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Broward law enforcement was out in full force Monday trying to prevent chaos on the roads during the annual “Wheels Up, Guns Down” event. Late Monday afternoon, a pack of riders on ATVs and dirt bikes could be seen winding in and out of traffic southbound on State Road 7 in Hollywood. READ MORE: CDC Recommends Schools Cancel High-Risk Activities Like Band & FootballEarlier in the day, law enforcement from various agencies set up a command post near Broward College at Stirling Road and University Drive. “We use our aviation unit, technology, undercover so we can see where they are gathering and try to control them and stop them when they are refueling or starting to coordinate their activities,” said Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony. In the early afternoon, a cyclist took off from a West Broward gas station just as police were about to stop him for reckless driving. READ MORE: Betty White Challenge Encourages $5 Donations For Local Animal Shelters In Honor Of Late Comedian’s 100th BirthdayMinutes later he was apprehended in Plantation and handcuffed....
    Vigilantes fueled by hoax rumors of 'antifa arsonists' set up checkpoints in rural areas of the West Coast in summer 2020, encouraged by local law enforcement. The infamous “antifa buses” hoax that hit multiple rural and exurban communities in the summer of 2020 was in many regards a series of comical events, with pickup-driving, banner-waving, gun-toting “Patriots” swarming their towns in futility because they believed an army of black-clad leftists were en route to lay waste to their communities. It all had the feel of a practice run for the civil war that so many of them eagerly anticipate. Its most disturbing aspect, however, was the role and behavior of law enforcement throughout the episode, as well as in subsequent similar hoaxes a few months later involving supposed “antifa arsons” along the West Coast—namely, giving the hoax rumors official imprimatur by spreading them on social media and in police communications with other offices. That behavior was made clear in documents published last year, which revealed the extensive role of local and state police in spreading the panic in northern California. The...
    Georgia law enforcement have finally arrested a man they suspect of shooting at three sheriff's deputies and wounding two five days after a manhunt for his arrest was announced. Thomas County Sheriff's Office confirmed to the Washington Examiner that Tyler Henderson, 25, was arrested on Sunday. Henderson's manhunt had involved over 100 officers from South Georgia and North Florida law enforcement agencies. "He will now be a resident of the Thomas County Jail and will be held accountable for trying to take the life of three of our Deputies," the sheriff's office wrote on social media. WOMAN AND CHILD RESCUED FROM CAR STUCK IN PENNSYLVANIA RIVER Henderson was arrested after he went to the house of a relative who talked him into turning himself in. Police arrested him on the same street he committed his assault and were also able to recover the gun he used, according to the office. Sheriff Carlton Powell wrote on social media that he "would like you each to know how appreciative we are for the out pour of...
    Uncut video shows three of the four adult hostages escaping Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, where they were held hostage for nearly 12 hours. The video, taken by WFAA photographer Josh Stephen, shows the three hostages being pushed out the synagogue door followed by a man holding a gun before going back inside. The FBI has now identified the man as hostage-taker Malik Faisal Akram. Moments after the hostages were released, FBI agents entered the building, ending the standoff between law enforcement and Akram. The FBI confirmed Sunday that Akram, a British citizen, died inside the synagogue. During a press conference on Saturday, investigators said Akram was "singularly focused on one issue" that was "not specifically related to the Jewish community.” UK POLICE ARREST TWO TEENAGERS IN RELATION TO TEXAS SYNAGOGUE HOSTAGE-TAKING Texas Gov. Greg Abbott posted on Twitter that Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett called him Sunday to thank law enforcement for their efforts in concluding the standoff with all hostages safe. Israel Prime Minister Bennett called today to...
    FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – While many people will be enjoying the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, law enforcement in South Florida won’t be having the day off. They will be out in force and patrolling the roads as they expect hundreds of people to take part in “Wheels Up, Guns Down” rides. They have a strong warning for anyone considering hitting the road and driving recklessly. READ MORE: At Least 2 Tornadoes Confirmed in SW Florida“We will outnumber the riders as we always do,” said Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony. The annual event started as a way to honor Dr. King. However, in recent years, it’s become a dangerous display of stunts and racing on South Florida streets. The sheriff said they will not tolerate any ATV or dirt bike riders who ride in a reckless manner, block traffic, ride against it, pop wheelies, or ride on sidewalks. It’s become an annual problem in South Florida. “They do it with knowledge and intent that their activities are unsanctioned and illegal. They do repeatedly with a total disregard for...
    (CNN)Investigators are working to learn more about how an armed man stormed a synagogue Saturday near Fort Worth, Texas, holding four people at gunpoint in a nearly 11-hour standoff that resulted in the suspect's death and the hostages escaping with their lives. Malik Faisal Akram was identified by the FBI as the man responsible for taking others captive during a morning service, and the victims were rescued that evening as an FBI Hostage Rescue Team killed Akram, the agency said.Akram entered Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville as it livestreamed its Sabbath morning service on Facebook and Zoom at around 11 a.m. Saturday, Colleyville Police Chief Michael Miller said. Many people haven't been attending sabbath services in person because of the Covid-19 pandemic, CNN has learned, and the livestream captured some of the standoff before ending. Four people, including Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, were initially taken hostage. One hostage, a man, was released unharmed around 5 p.m., Colleyville police said.FBI identifies hostage-taker at Texas synagogueAkram, a 44-year-old British national, arrived at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport approximately five weeks ago,...
                 Wisconsin legislators are proposing making May “Law Enforcement Appreciation Month.” The resolution was introduced on Friday and is written and co-sponsored by over three dozen lawmakers in both the Wisconsin State Senate and Assembly. Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is in January, but, since 1963, National Police Week has been observed in May, along with Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15, the legislators explained. The proposal reads, “unfortunately law enforcement officers are killed or harmed in the line of duty, with over 25,000 officers having been killed in the line of duty in United States’ history, two officers being killed in Wisconsin in 2021, and almost 300 officers being killed in Wisconsin’s history; and there are approximately 13,600 law enforcement officers serving in Wisconsin and almost 600 law enforcement agencies operating in the state.” They write that making the month of May Law Enforcement Appreciation Month would “offer an opportunity to provide the recognition and support that law enforcement officers deserve for their selfless dedication and hard work protecting the citizens and communities of Wisconsin.” The proposal states...
    LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles-area law enforcement authorities are continuing to monitor local Jewish houses of worship following a 12-hour standoff with a suspect at a synagogue in suburban Dallas who held four people hostage before he was shot and killed.All of the hostages, including a rabbi, were released unharmed, Texas authorities said late Saturday. They did not disclose whether the suspect was killed by law enforcement officers or a self-inflicted gunshot."Grateful the hostages are safe,'' Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore tweeted. "@LAPDHQ has worked to communicate with our local Jewish & Muslim community leaders thru out the day and augmented patrols. We remain in close contact with our Federal Intel partners for any potential connection to LA.''No threats were reported in Southern California.The armed suspect entered Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, outside the Dallas/Fort Worth area, shortly after 10:30 a.m. Saturday while services were being livestreamed on Facebook. The incident sparked concern within the Los Angeles-area Jewish community and prompted the stepped-up response from local law enforcement agencies.
    The DC homicide clearance rate experienced an eight percent decline this year as less than half of murder cases were closed this year which criminologists attribute to the lack of trust with law enforcement amid the country's woke anti-police movement.  The lack of trust in law enforcement has been attributed to the decline in the city's clearance rate as 42 percent homicide cases were reportedly closed in 2021, according to data from DC Witness.   Criminologists have since noted that police reliability is significant staple to solving murder cases as it is necessary to speak with witnesses and conduct thorough investigations.  These specialists also noted that numbers reportedly fluctuate based on these relationships as evidenced by the intense crime rate continuing to spiral throughout the city.    The negative relationship between members of law enforcement and the community has been attributed to events such as the May 2020 murder of George Floyd after Minnesota officer Derek Chauvin sat on his neck for more than nine minutes. Movements around the country called for police departments to be defunded in response to Floyd's death...
    Farrah Abraham was allegedly arrested on Saturday after getting into a physical altercation with a security guard. The 30-year-old Teen Mom OG star was taken into custody for slapping a security guard at the club Grandmaster Records in Los Angeles, law enforcement sources told TMZ. The confrontation reportedly began when someone described as a 'hater' of Farrah assaulted her and her friends at the venue.  Rough night: Farrah Abraham, 30, was arrested for allegedly slapping a security guard following a confrontation in an LA club on Saturday, law enforcement sources told TMZ; seen in October 2021
    Jamie Field, Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department’s new police chief, said she’s ready to bring some consistency to both the department and community. “I still have quite a few years to my career to go, so I bring stability and longevity to this position as chief,” Field said. “I know this community, and I know all the members of the department. They know me as well because I’ve come up through the ranks here from officer to chief.” The Town of Los Gatos named Field as the new police chief Jan. 11, ending a nationwide search for the job after former chief Peter Decena resigned last September. “I’m so excited. I’ve been here for 13 years, and I’ve had the opportunity to really get to know the community and to build the trust in the organization,” Field said. “The transition, although a new role and new responsibilities, I feel fully aware and prepared for what the department needs and what I believe the community needs from the department.” Field’s hiring comes after a turbulent few months following the departure of...
    COLLEYVILLE, Texas (AP) — Law enforcement official: Man who held hostages inside Texas synagogue is dead. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Los Angeles-area law enforcement authorities were monitoring local Jewish houses of worship Saturday after hearing about a hostage situation at a synagogue in Texas. “We’re closely following a hostage situation that is taking place at a synagogue in Colleyville, TX,” the Los Angeles Police Department tweeted Saturday afternoon. “We’re working with our federal partners, increasing patrols around synagogues in LA as a precautionary measure, and conducting community outreach to ensure the safety of Angelenos.” READ MORE: Man Killed Trying To Break Up Fight In KoreatownThe city of Beverly Hills also reported that the Beverly Hills Police Department would increase patrols around Jewish houses of worship, out of an abundance of caution. No threats were reported in Southern California. READ MORE: LA County Confirms More Than 28,000 COVID Deaths; Reports Highest Number of Daily New Deaths Since April 2021At least four people were taken hostage Saturday at the Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, outside the Dallas/Fort Worth area, according to multiple reports. The FBI’s crisis negotiating team was on the scene. MORE NEWS: Murray, Stafford Seek First...
    FBI Director Christopher Wray told a House committee in June that his agency was unable to monitor extremist social media accounts without 'proper predication,' a claim that is contrary to the FBI's published guidelines. The details of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection are gradually emerging into view, thanks to evidence released in the indictments against key players such as Stewart Rhodes and his Oath Keepers. But there are still a number of lingering mysteries still to be resolved—and one of the most pressing is the question: Why was federal law enforcement, particularly the FBI, so utterly unprepared? Jason Paladino at Grid recently examined all of the FBI’s rationales for its failure to adequately prepare for the siege against Congress, and concluded correctly that all of them fail the sniff test. The only reasonable conclusion—particularly as the evidence is assembled for public viewing—is that federal law enforcement’s cozy relationship with these right-wing extremists blinded them to the reality of the nature of the beast they thought they could use as an ally. As Paladino observes, there had been more than adequate...
                 Delegate John McGuire (R-Henrico) has introduced several bills that would repeal Democratic criminal justice reforms. McGuire’s proposals include bills to lower thresholds for felony larceny, make it easier to execute search warrants, and end local governmental authority to establish law enforcement civilian oversight bodies. Chief on the list is HB 59, which requires school principals to report misdemeanors to law enforcement and to the victim’s parents. HB 59 aims at changes from 2020 bills HB 257 and SB 729, from Delegate Mike Mullin (D-Newport News) and Senator Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond.) Their bills changed Virginia law so that principals were only required to report felonies. In January 2020, Mullins said in committee that the bill was meant to keep students from facing overly harsh criminal justice consequences. “If two kids get into a fight over a girl, that you don’t have to call the police unless you think you should, in which case, you always can. There’s never a prevention saying you cannot call law enforcement to be able to intervene,” Mullins said. The bill passed with Republican support....
    Washington, DC (CNN)Photos and videos showing piles of empty boxes littered alongside rail tracks in Los Angeles County, California have gone viral as shipping companies say they've seen a dramatic spike in railroad theft. Some of the boxes are packages from companies like UPS, Amazon and FedEx. Union Pacific, one of the country's largest railroad companies, says it may avoid operating in Los Angeles County following the spike in thefts, which it blames on lax prosecution of crimes. The containers and trains are locked, but can be broken into.Union Pacific said last month in a letter to the Los Angeles District Attorney that it saw a 160% year-over-year increase in theft in LA county. The company claims that a December 2020 special directive issued District Attorney George Gascón that changed how low-level offenses are prosecuted has contributed to the uptick. Union Pacific said in its letter that in the last three months of the year it made over 100 arrests of "active criminals vandalizing our trains" in partnership with the LA police department and Los Angeles Sherriff department. But Union...
    Colorado lawmakers have asked the Department of Justice's (DOJ) inspector general to investigate local law enforcement’s knowledge of a man accused of killing five people and wounding others in a shooting spree in Denver last month. Reps. Ed PerlmutterEdwin (Ed) George PerlmutterThe Hill's 12:30 Report: 2021 ends with 40-year inflation high On The Trail: Retirements offer window into House Democratic mood The Hill's Morning Report - Biden to make voting rights play in Atlanta MORE (D), Jason CrowJason CrowDemocrats look back on Jan. 6 with emotion Jan. 6 brings Democrats, Cheneys together — with GOP mostly absent The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Marking the Jan. 6 'chaos and carnage' MORE (D), Diana DeGetteDiana Louise DeGetteCO lawmakers ask DOJ to investigate police's knowledge about alleged shooter Hillicon Valley — Biden's misinformation warning Lawmakers call on tech firms to take threat of suicide site seriously, limit its visibility MORE (D) and Joe NeguseJoseph (Joe) NeguseBiden addresses Coloradans after wildfires: 'Incredible courage and resolve' Overnight Energy & Environment — Virginia gears up for fight on Trump-era official Equilibrium/Sustainability —...
              by Eric Lendrum   The year 2021 saw the highest number of police officers killed in the line of duty in modern history, with 458 officers dying over the course of the year. As reported by Fox News, the number is the highest since record-keeping first began, surpassing the previous high of 1930, which saw 312 officers killed on the job. The report was released on Tuesday by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), pointing out that the numbers reflected an increase of 55 percent over the 2020 total of 295 deaths. The comprehensive report includes officers at every level, including municipal, county, state, and federal, as well as military, territorial, campus, and tribal law enforcement. The report claims that COVID-19 was the leading cause of law enforcement deaths, with NLEOMF executive director Troy Anderson remarking that “this number appears to be increasing almost daily.” The second-highest cause of death was firearms-related incidents, with traffic fatalities coming in third. “The magnitude of this type of loss is everlasting in the hearts and minds of those left behind to continue...
    The four Democratic members of Colorado’s congressional delegation sent a letter Thursday to the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Justice seeking an investigation into whether Denver police adequately investigated Lyndon McLeod prior to his December shooting spree. “We request your office conduct an investigation into whether law enforcement agencies were aware of the severity of the threats from the gunman, the actions taken in response to these threats including the closure of investigations, and whether information sharing among agencies was adequate,” said the letter signed by U.S. Reps. Ed Perlmutter, Jason Crow, Diana DeGette and Joe Neguse. “We have serious concerns regarding the sharing of information and the response of law enforcement officials and whether it was adequate, timely and thorough.” Related Articles How often do unsecured guns kill kids? Michigan report has one answer Lawsuit: Michigan school leaders let student accused of deadly shooting to accelerate ‘murderous rampage’ Prosecutors detail disturbing allegations, ask bond to remain high for alleged Michigan school shooter’s parents More details emerge about teen in Michigan...
    LAKEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – As family and friends mourn the loss of their loved ones to a deadly shooting spree that spanned from Denver to Lakewood on Dec. 27, questions about the gunman are mounting. (credit: CBS) “This is really upsetting to a community,” Rep. Ed Perlmutter said. He is one of four Congressional leaders, including Representatives Jason Crow (CO-06), Diana DeGette (CO-01) and Joe Neguse (CO-02), who sent a letter to the U.S Department of Justice requesting an investigation into the handling of prior law enforcement encounters with the presumed gunman, Lyndon McCleod. In part the letter states: “We have serious concerns regarding the sharing of information and the response of law enforcement officials and whether it was adequate, timely and thorough.” RELATED: Police Say Lyndon McLeod Knew 4 Of 5 Victims Killed In Shooting Spree, Was ‘On The Radar’ Mcleod is believed to have targeted most of his victims and published a book depicting himself carrying out a shooting in Denver that included the names of those who were murdered. (credit: CBS) “This individual was known to law...
    LAKEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – Lawmakers are calling for an investigation into previous police encounters with Lyndon McCleod, the presumed gunman in a string of shooting in Denver and Lakewood in on Dec. 27. Five people were killed and two others were injured, including a Lakewood police officer. (credit: CBS) CBS Denver learned law enforcement was aware of McLeod and had investigated him twice in the past two years, but did not find reason to charge him. On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) — along with Reps. Jason Crow (CO-06), Diana DeGette (CO-01) and Joe Neguse (CO-02) — sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice requesting an investigation into the handling of prior law enforcement encounters with McLeod. The letter reads, in part: “In the days following this incident, multiple news outlets reported the gunman, Lyndon McLeod, foreshadowed his plan of violence in a series of books, often in shocking specificity such as using the locations and names of people he planned to target. It was also reported the gunman was on the radar of federal law enforcement...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – CBS4 News has learned that South Florida police officers who have contracted COVID-19 have been returning to work sooner than expected. It follows new guidelines from the CDC in late December that shorten the isolation time for people who have contracted COVID to 5 days if they are asymptomatic and have no fever and wear a mask. READ MORE: Cellphone Video Of Shots Fired At CityPlace Helped Police Make An ArrestSouth Miami Police have been able to return to work sooner. South Miami Police Chief Rene Landa says that officers who test positive normally have to wait 10 days to be retested, but now that period is shortened if they have no symptoms. In an exclusive interview with CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, Landa said, “If you are asymptomatic what we are talking about is where you have tested positive but you don’t have any symptoms you can come back and test within a 5-day period.” He said within a few days of that, officers testing negative are usually allowed to return to work. “Sometime we hold...
    (CNN)Last year saw the highest number of law enforcement officers who were intentionally killed in the line of duty since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, an increase that comes as a rise in gun violence and homicides continues across the country. According to preliminary year-end data provided to CNN by the FBI, 73 officers died in felonious killings in the line of duty in 2021. The year marks the highest total recorded by the agency since 1995, excluding the 9/11 attacks. Americas crime wave tests both partiesGunfire has consistently been the leading cause of felonious officer deaths each year -- and 2021 was no different. The FBI has not released its full end-of-year breakdown but reported that 55 officers were killed by gunfire in 2021 through the end of November, up from 39 in the same time frame in both 2020 and 2019. Homicides rose in 2020, a year marked by a global pandemic and the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer and subsequent unrest. In its 2020 UCR report, the FBI noted that an...
    ANAHEIM (CBSLA) — A massive operation involving more than a dozen law enforcement agencies took aim at taking down violent gangs in Los Angeles and Orange counties. FBI officials announced 10 new arrests of the Brownwood street gang out of Anaheim Wednesday. The arrests come after a year-long investigation into the gang’s alleged firearm sales and drug distribution in Orange County. READ MORE: Blood Shortage Temporarily Closes Trauma Center In Torrance Hospital (credit: FBI) During more than 25 controlled purchase operations between July 2019 and August 2020, a confidential source purchased methamphetamine and nearly two dozen firearms from several members of the gang, according to the FBI. The DEA seized six more firearms, including rifles and pistols, rifle scopes, AR-15 upper receivers, one suppresser, and a pipe bomb. Seven weapons were also seized during Wednesday’s raids. READ MORE: Fire Rips Through Santa Clarita Carport, More Than A Dozen Cars DamagedA total of sixteen people were charged in the case, three of whom were previously in custody, and three others who are fugitives. In a separate case, seven members or...
    A former Cincinnati, Ohio sheriff said Thursday he has left the Democratic Party to join Republicans. "I left office January 4th of 2021. And I pretty much have taken the year off … I also, did a lot of serious thinking. And you have to ask yourself which party better represents and accepts Catholicism, also, which party follows, accepts the rule of law. And which party better accepts a man in uniform," former Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil told "Fox & Friends" host Ainsley Earhardt. ONLY A THIRD OF AMERICANS GIVE BIDEN A THUMBS-UP IN NEW NATIONAL POLL Neil said the Democratic Party ejected him before he made a formal decision to leave the party. Video"The Democratic Party showed me the door. Obviously, they pulled my endorsement in 2020, and in 2016 16, I won the general election by 63%. So, I was there for a while," Neil said, adding he has done some "serious thinking" during retirement  "I truly believe the Republican Party, my values fit in better. Being Catholic, being law enforcement, following, believing in the rule...
    Washington Post writer Philip Bump joined NewsNation host and Mediaite founder Dan Abrams to rebuke Tucker Carlson for pushing the Ray Epps conspiracy theory of Jan. 6. On his NewsNation show Wednesday night, Abrams called the Fox News host out as a “major purveyor” of the unsubstantiated claim that federal agents secretly incited the storming of the U.S. Capitol. Epps, a former Marine living in Arizona, has been a recurring focal point for these claims from Carlson, but there remains no evidence that Epps is a secret fed. Carlson’s theory is based on the fact that Epps was not arrested or charged for his participation in the riot. The conspiracy theory was shot down this week by Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), who serves on the House select committee investigating Jan. 6. “Tucker’s just asking questions as he likes to do,” Abrams said, “so we’ll try to answer them with facts.” After rolling footage of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) questioning Jill Sanborn, the executive assistant director for the FBI’s National Security Branch, about Epps and the bureau’s supposed involvement with Jan. 6,...
    Washington Post writer Philip Bump joined NewsNation host and Mediaite founder Dan Abrams to rebuke Tucker Carlson for pushing the Ray Epps conspiracy theory of Jan. 6. On his NewsNation show Wednesday night, Abrams called the Fox News host out as a “major purveyor” of the unsubstantiated claim that federal agents secretly incited the storming of the U.S. Capitol. Epps, a former Marine living in Arizona, has been a recurring focal point for these claims from Carlson, but there remains no evidence that Epps is a secret fed. Carlson’s theory is based on the fact that Epps was not arrested or charged for his participation in the riot. The conspiracy theory was shot down this week by Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), who serves on the House select committee investigating Jan. 6. “Tucker’s just asking questions as he likes to do,” Abrams said, “so we’ll try to answer them with facts.” After rolling footage of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) questioning Jill Sanborn, the executive assistant director for the FBI’s National Security Branch, about Epps and the bureau’s supposed involvement with Jan. 6,...
    Rows of photographs lined a conference room and outdoor patio at the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday, depicting people from all walks of life who shared one thing in common: they all died of fentanyl overdoses. Surviving family members of some of those men and women gathered for a news conference aimed at increasing public awareness of the fentanyl epidemic that is killing thousands of people at an alarming rate and to promote laws allowing drug dealers, especially fentanyl dealers, to be charged with murder. Parents sit with portraits of their late children whom are victims of fentanyl poisoning as they attend a press conference to promote tougher penalties against fentanyl dealers at the Riverside County District’s Attorney’s Office in Riverside on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer speaks during a press conference to promote tougher penalties against fentanyl dealers at the Riverside County District’s Attorney’s Office in Riverside on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) ...
    ORANGE, Calif. (CNS) -- Federal authorities Wednesday announced the recent arrests of several gang members suspected of drug and gun crimes in Orange and Los Angeles counties.The investigation was begun by Anaheim police in July 2019 in a crackdown on a local gang there known as the Brownwood street gang, according to FBI officials.A confidential informant worked undercover buying drugs and guns from several of the defendants in the case, the FBI said.From July 2019 through August 2020 the undercover buys produced about 759 grams of methamphetamine and 23 guns, the FBI said.The Drug Enforcement Administration seized six additional guns, rifle scopes, AR-15 upper receivers, and a pipe bomb. In some cases, buyers went from Texas to California to trade guns for drugs, the FBI said.FBI agents seized seven weapons in searches on Wednesday.In another investigation, authorities charged seven members of the Pico Nuevo 13 street gang, a Pico Rivera-based gang, with two defendants arrested Wednesday and two still at-large.The crackdown on the gang with a reach through the San Fernando Valley authorities seized 22 weapons as multiple suspects were...
    Last year marked the deadliest for line-of-duty police and law enforcement officers since 1930, with 458 officers dying in 2021. The startling preliminary statistic, released Tuesday by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), surpassed the 1930 record of 312 fatalities and reflects a 55% jump in line-of-duty deaths compared to the 295 officer deaths in 2020. The figure accounts for all line-of-duty deaths through Dec. 31, 2021 and represents law enforcement officers at the federal, state, county and municipal levels, as well as those in the tribal, campus, military and territorial sectors. POLICE, LAW ENFORCEMENT LINE OF DUTY DEATHS IN 2021 JUMPED 55% FROM YEAR BEFORE Officers line the path four deep as the body of a slain Champaign, Ill., police officer Christopher Oberheim is taken into the coroner's office, Wednesday, May 19, 2021, in Urbana, Ill. (Robin Scholz/The News-Gazette via AP) Covid-19 was the leading cause of 2021 deaths, "and this number appears to be increasing almost daily," said Troy Anderson, NLEOMF’s executive director of Officer Safety and Wellness, in a video statement about the report....
    A man shot and killed by local police in Somerset County came at officers with a large knife, New Jersey's top law enforcement official said Wednesday. Joshua Mathis 19, confronted Hillsborough police who responded to a report of a man with a gun at an apartment on Corporal Langon Way shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday, Acting New Jersey Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck said. Mathis "was holding a large knife" and "advanced toward the officers with the knife" in the apartment, Bruck said. An officer fired his service weapon, stopping Mathis, he said. Police and EMS workers rendered first aid before Mathis was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:51 p.m., Bruck said No one else was injured, he said. Both state law and his own guidelines require the attorney general to investigate any and all deaths that occur “during an encounter with a law enforcement officer acting in the officer’s official capacity or while the decedent is in custody." The guidelines guarantee that the investigation is done “in a full, impartial and transparent manner." Once the investigation is complete,...
    MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace questioned why the FBI is not doing more to stop the spread of Jan. 6 conspiracy theories on Wednesday. Wallace referred to the story of Ray Epps, a man who was seen on video attempting to inspire others to enter the Capitol last January. The Jan. 6 House select committee investigating the riot has said Epps was not a federal law enforcement officer — despite a bevy of right-wing allegations to the contrary. On Deadline: White House, the host aired a clip from Tucker Carlson Tonight from Tuesday in which the host referred to the case of Epps, and questioned why the Jan. 6 committee will not issue a specific statement to clarify that Epps was in no way, shape or form involved in the Capitol riot as an agent or informant for the government. The implication was that Epps might have been somehow involved in planning or coordinating the riot with the help of, or at the direction of, federal agents. The Carlson segment was followed an hour later by an appearance on Hannity, wherein Sen....
    MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — A man accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl was apprehended in Mexico on Wednesday, 21 years after he fled following his arrest in Minnesota, according to law enforcement. Curtis Lee Brovold, 67, was accused of having sex with the girl from Moorhead, Minnesota, whom he met online in 2000. Brovold was arrested later that year and charged with criminal sexual conduct, but he failed to show up for a court hearing and was placed on the most wanted page of the FBI’s Crimes Against Children unit. Detectives from the Moorhead Police Department along with investigators from the FBI’s resident agency in neighboring Fargo, North Dakota, determined that Brovold was living in Cancun. Brovold was arrested without incident outside his home on Wednesday afternoon. “The FBI has two things on its side when working fugitive cases: persistence and a very long memory. Both helped lead us to Curtis Brovold,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael Paul said. Brovold will be flown back to the United States and is expected to be transferred to the custody...
    As the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to claim lives across the country, certain professions have it to blame for high fatality rates. Police officers and law enforcement saw their deadliest year amid the pandemic. According to a report by the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, the leading cause of law enforcement deaths in the country was COVID-19. This makes COVID-19 the leading cause of death for law enforcement officers in the United States for the second year in a row. Released Tuesday, the Law Enforcement Officers Fatalities Report found that more than 300 officers died from COVID-19 in 2021, a 55% increase from the year before. In at least seven states—California, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas—more than seven officers died as a result of COVID-19. According to The New York Times, 2020 was the deadliest year in more than 90 years for law enforcement officials. “It has been reported to NLEOMF that these officers have died due to direct exposure to the virus during the commission of their official duties,” the report said. Additionally, the report noted that...
    Tuesday on FNC’s “Hannity,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) called on the Biden administration to be more transparent about its law enforcement efforts, particularly as it pertains to the January 6, 2021 U.S. Capitol riot and the role Ray Epps may have played in the lead-up to it. Partial transcript as follows: CRUZ: Well, there should have been, and if they were doing their jobs, that was what they would have said. But unfortunately, under Joe Biden, we have seen an incredibly partisan Department of Justice. And both the Department of Justice and the FBI have an arrogance that they are not accountable to anyone, that they can — they can stonewall. And so, it should be very easy for the FBI to say no, no federal agents participated in violent crimes. No, no federal agents actively incited, encouraged others to commit violent crimes. If they were doing their jobs, those would be very easy questions to answer. They refuse to answer those, and there’s an element of arrogance. But we got to watch this in light of the last five...
                 Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin completed his cabinet nominee picks on Monday with the announcement of Fauquier County Sheriff Robert Mosier to be Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, and recent Magellan of Virginia President John Littel to be Secretary of Health and Human Resources. “The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating impacts on Virginians across the Commonwealth, and John will play a pivotal role in overseeing our efforts in protecting Virginians’ lives and livelihoods. Starting on Day One, John’s experience will be an asset as we fix our broken mental and behavioral health system, ensure Virginians have access to affordable, free-market healthcare options, and reform our healthcare safety net to save taxpayer dollars and improve healthcare outcomes,” Youngkin said in the announcement. Littel’s selection comes as Virginia’s medical resources are being strained by COVID-19 patients. On Monday, Governor Ralph Northam announced a 30-day executive order aimed at improving hospital capacity and staffing. Virginia is also facing other health-related problems that are exacerbated by the pandemic. The opioid crisis was a serious problem in Virginia before COVID-19, but it has...
                 Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced the launch of a program “MN HEALS 2.0” on Tuesday morning following several letters asking him to address the crime surge. “The crime rates experienced in our communities in 2021 have raised important questions and concerns about approaches to prevention, law enforcement and prosecutions,” Freeman said. MN HEALS stands for Minnesota Hope, Education And Law, Safety. This action follows several public letters written by concerned city leadership and law enforcement, regarding what they referred to as a failure to prosecute crimes. Freeman asked for the cooperation of Hennepin County mayors, county commissioners, and law enforcement as well as local business and faith leaders in what he calls a “public-private partnership.” Freeman said, “Across Hennepin County, we have 37 municipalities as well as Minnesota’s largest urban area – Minneapolis. That means that shared commitments, coordinated approaches and effective partnerships are essential. It is also important that we take stock of what is working, what needs to be re-evaluated, what we can learn from our own past successes and failures and to make sure...
    A record number of law enforcement officers died in the line of duty in 2021, the most ever recorded, according to new data.In 2021, 458 law enforcement officers died - up 55% compared to 2020, according to data released by the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund (NLEOMF).In 2020, 295 federal, state, local and tribal officers died in the line of duty.The closest number recorded was in 1930, when there was 312.RELATED | Suspect shot by police after firing at officers in BrooklynEMBED More News Videos Josh Einiger has more on the police shooting at a Dollar Store in Brooklyn. The vast majority of deaths, 301, were due to COVID-19 according to the agency."Law enforcement officers nationwide continue to be exposed to the COVID-19 in the course of their daily assignments; therefore, the number of line-of-duty deaths is sadly ever-increasing," the report said.There was both an increase in officers killed by firearms (62 vs. 45 in 2020) and 58 died from traffic related incidents, an increase of 38% from 2020.ALSO READ | How you can help families affected by Bronx fireEMBED...
    The number of police and law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty jumped 55% from 2021 to 2020 – with the majority succumbing to COVID-19-related illness, statistics released Tuesday show.  There were 458 law enforcement deaths last year as of Dec. 31, 2021, the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) announced. The startling figure – up from 295 in 2020 – represents law enforcement officers at the federal, state, county and municipal levels, as well as those in the tribal, campus, military and territorial sectors. "Only 10 states and the District of Columbia did not lose an officer this year," the group found.   CONVICTED MURDERERS, SEX TRAFFICKERS RECEIVED COVID STIMULUS CHECKS WHILE IN PRISON, COURT DOCS SHOW Police officers investigate a crime scene near the border between the Morgan Park and West Pullman neighborhoods on July 7, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. Two ATF agents and one Chicago Police officer were shot as they worked undercover. (Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/Getty Images)  ((Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/Getty Images)) Marcia Ferranto, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund CEO,...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — In his last State of the State speech of his first term, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis outlined his agenda for the legislative session. DeSantis is running for re-election this year and maybe considering a possible 2024 presidential run. READ MORE: Health Insurance Companies Picking Up The Costs Of At-Home COVID-19 Tests Beginning SaturdayHere is what the governor said at the state Capitol: “Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, members of the Legislature and fellow citizens: Together we have made Florida the freest state in these United States. While so many around the country have consigned the people’s rights to the graveyard, Florida has stood as freedom’s vanguard. In Florida, we have protected the right of our citizens to earn a living, provided our businesses with the ability to prosper, fought back against unconstitutional federal mandates and ensured our kids have the opportunity to thrive. Florida has become the escape hatch for those chafing under authoritarian, arbitrary and seemingly never-ending mandates and restrictions. Even today, across the nation we see students denied an education due to reckless, politically-motivated...
    DUPAGE COUNTY, Ill. (WLS) -- After a deadly year in schools across the country, the federal government, local law enforcement and educators are working together to curb violence in schools.A little more than a month ago, there was terror at a school in Michigan when a 15-year-old opened fire, killing four students and injuring seven others. Prosecutors say the warning signs were everywhere: the boy was obsessed with guns and Nazi propaganda, among other things. School officials were aware of it and tried to intervene, but were unable to stop the rampage.Peter Langman has written three books about how to prevent school shootings, and he's sharing his knowledge with educators and law enforcement in DuPage County."In so many cases, there have been warning signs that people saw and did not take seriously, did not report to school staff," Langman said.According to a study last year, there was a tremendous increase in the number of times where students brought guns to school. Educators say it likely has to do with alienation and fear caused by the pandemic. Many are alarmed."They're reaching...
    Everyone surely remembers Donald Trump's appeals to "law and order" going all the way back to his infamous full-page ad condemning the (innocent) Central Park Five titled "Bring Back the Death Penalty, Bring Back Our Police." When he ran for office he sought out law enforcement at all levels as a discrete constituency, promising to let them take the gloves off and encouraging them to not "be so nice" to suspects. During the George Floyd protests during the summer of 2020, he told federal law enforcement and military leaders he wanted them to "crack skulls" and "beat the shit out of" the protesters. At one point he said, "just shoot them." Luckily, they didn't do that. It took a devoted Trump-loving vigilante named Kyle Rittenhouse to execute that order. Until the January 6th insurrection, Trump was the nation's most vociferous defender of police. But on that day he was strangely reserved, tepidly tweeting that the rioters should be respectful but pretty much remaining hands-off for hours as his rabid followers stormed the U.S. Capitol and assaulted hundreds of police who...
    A man was shot and killed in a confrontation with local police in Somerset County over the weekend, state authorities said Monday. Acting New Jersey Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck confirmed the shooting, which he said occurred shortly before 6:30 p.m. Sunday inside an apartment on Corporal Langon Way in Hillsborough. No one else was injured, he said. Township police were responding to a 911 call at the residence when the confrontation occurred, the attorney general said. "Officers and emergency medical personnel rendered first aid to the man, and he was pronounced deceased at the scene at 6:51 p.m.," he said. The man's identity was temporarily being withheld while notifications were made and a preliminary investigation was conducted. Both state law and his own guidelines require the attorney general to investigate any and all deaths that occur “during an encounter with a law enforcement officer acting in the officer’s official capacity or while the decedent is in custody." The guidelines guarantee that the investigation is done “in a full, impartial and transparent manner." Once the investigation is complete, the results...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – In one of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ priorities for this year’s legislative session, two Republican lawmakers have filed a proposal that seeks to ratchet up immigration enforcement in the state. Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, and Rep. John Snyder, R-Stuart, filed identical bills (SB 1808 and HB 1355) on Friday, nearly a month after DeSantis announced similar proposals during a news conference in Jacksonville. READ MORE: Florida's 2022 Legislative Session Largely Driven By DeSantis AgendaDeSantis and Attorney General Ashley Moody have criticized Biden administration border policies for months, and the bills came as lawmakers prepare to start the annual legislative session Tuesday — and as DeSantis, Moody and dozens of lawmakers prepare for elections this fall. The proposal would expand a 2019 law that bans so-called “sanctuary cities” in Florida and would crack down on transportation companies that bring undocumented immigrants into the state. The proposal would bar the state and local governments from contracting with such companies “if the carrier is willfully providing any service in furtherance of transporting an unauthorized alien into the State of Florida...
    A man shot and killed in a confrontation with police in South Jersey was identified as a lifelong Millville resident who served in the Iraq War. Officers responding to a 911 call encountered Daniel Ackley, 33, outside his family's Burns Road home in Millville shortly after 9:30 p.m. last Tuesday, according to a report from the state Attorney General's Office. An officer fired his service weapon, fatally wounding Ackley, Acting State Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck said. Officers and a responding EMS crew tried to resuscitate Ackley, who was pronounced dead at Cooper University Hospital in Camden shortly before 11 p.m. A graveside service was scheduled this Wednesday morning at Head of the River Cemetery in Woodbine.  Bruck issued a brief initial release last week and was expected to add more details soon. Both state law and his own guidelines require the attorney general to investigate any and all deaths that occur “during an encounter with a law enforcement officer acting in the officer’s official capacity or while the decedent is in custody." The guidelines guarantee that the investigation is...