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    A female cop has died from a bullet wound to the head following an argument with her boyfriend in Texas, police said.  Harris County Sheriff's Office Deputy Amanda Crowder, 33, of Houston, a mother of two, died in the Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center after a shooting on Monday.  She and her boyfriend reportedly left the Kung Fu Saloon on Washington Avenue around 12.45am on Monday, then got into an argument and Crowder was shot. It is unclear if her service weapon was used, where exactly she was when the shooting occurred and who fired the shot.  Her boyfriend, whose identity has not been released and who is said to be a Houston firefighter, drove to Fire Station 6, also on Washington Avenue, for emergency help after hearing 'hearing a gunshot' and then saw 'the victim had sustained a gunshot wound to the head,' the Houston Police Department, who is investigating the incident, said in a press release.  Scroll down for video  Harris County Police Deputy Amanda Crowder, 33, of Houston, Texas, a mother of two, has died in the hospital...
    THE bodies of two women were found along the same stretch of highway just four days apart. Investigators say the deaths are “suspicious.” The deaths of Amber Dillon. 33. and Alyssa Mae Sawdey, 22, are being investigated by the sheriff’s offices in the counties they were found.  4Amber Dillon, 33, was found on January 7 near Highway 101 in a remote areaCredit: provided by her mother 4Alyssa Mae Sawdey, 22, was found on January 11 near an area of warehousesCredit: provided by a family friend However, it’s not believed the deaths are connected. Dillon’s body was found on January 7 after someone stopped a California Highway Patrol officer to report a body found near Highway 101. The body was found “in a remote area off the highway in a field,” according to Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies. Dillon’s name was released on January 11. Sawdey was found after a driver reported “an unresponsive person lying near the roadway” to 911 on January 11. She was found near Parducci Road and Christy Lane, an area of warehouses. Mendocino County Sheriff’s deputies said...
    An LA sheriff's deputy is suing over claims her boss Alex Villanueva's wife branded her a 'bitch' and a 'c***' for failing to recruit one of her unfit unfit friends.    Deputy Lina Pimental said in a lawsuit filed in LA County Superior Court that her 'career progression has now been effectively terminated because of Vivian Villanueva's personal attacks on her.' Many of the foul mouthed slurs and threats are said to have been made in full earshot of colleagues by Vivian, who also worked as a sheriff's deputy until her retirement.  Pimental's suit describes Vivian Villanueva's expletive-laden tirades against her, beginning in March of 2020, after she claimed in her position as a recruit training officer that Natalie Garcia - a friend of Villanueva - was unqualified for a position with the office.  Garcia worked in the county jail, but failed her physical examination to join the sheriff's department. Pimental - who had been a recruit training officer dating back to August 2019 - made that decision, allegedly sparking Vivian Villanueva's fury.   'In retaliation for Plaintiff dismissing her friend as...
      Sean Rayford/Getty Images A Georgia law enforcement officer who gloated online about Ahmaud Arbery’s death following last week’s sentencing has been given a termination date. Last week, Judge Timothy Walmsley sentenced Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan to life sentences for the February 2020 killing of Arbery. Arbery was out jogging in 2020 when he was shot to death in a Georgia neighborhood after he was accused of being a suspect in a series of burglaries. Walmsley slammed the McMichaels for their lack of remorse when he handed down sentences of life without parole for the two men. “There’s been discussion about remorse,” said Walmsley. “Remorse is something that’s felt and demonstrated, in this case, getting back to the video, again, after Ahmaud Arbery fell, the McMichaels turned their backs.” One law enforcement officer who had been following the case apparently did not feel justice was served, but he did signal an endorsement of the vigilante killing of the 25-year-old. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported when Walmsley handed down the sentences, Houston County, Georgia, Deputy Paul Urhahn reacted to a...
    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...
    A Georgia Sheriff's deputy's could soon be booted off the force for commenting on Facebook that 'criminal Arbery still got the death penalty though' in response to a story about his three killers getting sentenced to life in prison. Houston County Deputy Paul Urhahn has been placed on unpaid leave after reportedly making the comment in a now-deleted Facebook post about the death of the black jogger at the hands of Travis and Gregory McMichael, and William 'Roddie' Bryan in Satilla Shores.  Urhann, who is white, was suspended on Monday after an internal investigation found that he violated company policies, such as conducting himself 'in a manner which does not bring discredit to the department or county' and acting in a 'tendency to destroy public respect for employees and confidence in the department.'   Urhahn will have ten days to appeal the termination decision or he will be fired from January 20 from the department, which is located about 180 miles northwest of where Arbery was murdered. Houston County Sheriff's Office Deputy Paul Urhahn has been placed on unpaid leave pending...
    (CNN)State authorities ​in North Carolina are investigating the killing of​ a man Saturday by an off-duty sheriff's deputy, who told authorities the person had jumped on his vehicle. The man killed was identified by the Fayetteville Police Department as Jason Walker, a 37-year-old Black man.The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office identified the deputy as Jeffrey Hash. CNN has attempted to reach out to Hash but has not received a response. According to a statement Saturday by Fayetteville police, a preliminary investigation showed Walker "ran into traffic and jumped on [the] moving vehicle" that the sheriff's deputy was driving. "The driver of the vehicle shot [Walker] and notified 911," police said.Read More In a press conference on Sunday, Fayetteville Police Chief Gina V. Hawkins said that an analysis of the vehicle's so-called "black box" showed that "that vehicle did not impact anything or anyone," and a windshield wiper had been torn off and used to break the windshield in several places. On Saturday evening, a person who said they were "first on scene" posted video that began in the moments after Walker...
    On Thursday, January 6th, drugs agents with the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office, Lookout Mtn. Drug Task Force and Summerville Police Department, along with deputies, intercepted a large quantity of crystal methamphetamine that was set to make it to the streets of this area. Drug Agents confiscated about 2.4 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, which has a street value of over $10,000. They arrested 44 year old, Reginal Eric Dowdy of Cedar Bluff, Alabama. Dowdy was also in the possession of a small amount of heroin. He was booked into the Chattooga County Jail and charged with trafficking meth, possession of meth, possession of meth with the intent to distribute, possession of heroin and possession of heroin with the intent to distribute. “This was a great job by those involved, that’s alot of methamphetamine that won’t make it onto the streets in this area” -Sheriff Mark Schrader
    The relative of a trooper who killed herself days after her boyfriend committed suicide leaving their six week old baby son orphaned likened the double tragedy to a 'Romeo and Juliette'-type story and says the couple is now 'together forever.' The family's heartbreaking chain of events began New Year's Eve, when Florida cop Clayton Osteen attempted suicide shortly before midnight. The 24-year-old died two days later in hospital. His girlfriend Victoria Pacheco, 23, took her own life within days. The couple, both deputies at the St. Lucie Sheriff's office, left behind an infant son called Jayce, who was born on November 22.  'My heart is so sad I thought I was hurting before I lost my beautiful granddaughter,'  Pacheco's grandmother, Bernice Bartolini, said on Facebook. 'Tragic Romeo and Juliet story. They are now together forever. 'This loss is so painful ... Victoria and I were very close when I lived in Florida, she was there for me. I wish I could have been there for her. My insides are being torn apart, my heart hurts so bad.'  Bernice Bartolini (left)...
    A Florida sheriff's office is naming a new K-9 after a sergeant who was killed while on duty last year. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office named the K-9 Roy, which is Sergeant Brian Lavigne's middle name. His Daughter, Caitlin LaVigne, is a deputy at the sheriff's office and said that the dog will keep her dad's spirit alive. "My dad was tough as nails, just like the dogs are, so it's nice to know that he's still kind of out here with us," LaVigne said. FLORIDA K-9S HONORED WITH PURPLE HEARTS AFTER BEING SHOT IN LINE OF DUTY Sergeant Brian LaVigne and K-9 Roy (Credit: Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office) A press release from the sheriff's office noted that Sergeant LaVigne was only one shift away from retirement on Jan. 11, 2021, when a suspect intentionally crashed his car into the marked patrol vehicle that Sergeant LaVigne was in. He died because of the injuries sustained in the crash. Sheriff Chad Chronister said that it's an honor that the LeVigne family allowed the office to use his name for...
    The gun-toting Missouri couple who pointed their firearms at Black Lives Matters protesters are suing to get their weapons back after they were pardoned for charges related to the now-infamous incident.  A city official conceded Wednesday that the automatic rifle and pistol wielded by Mark and Patricia McCloskey to intimidate protesters passing by their luxury St. Louis home have yet to be destroyed. The Colt AR-15 rifle, which retails for about $1,000, and the Bryco .380-caliber pistol, which costs about $100 used, were supposed to be destroyed after the couple turned them over to the state. The revelation that the firearms still exist came during a legal hearing to determine whether they should be returned to their original owners, who were pardoned by Governor Mike Parson last August.  Mark McCloskey - who is suing the city, state and sheriffs to have the firearms returned - told DailyMail.com on Thursday that getting the guns back is a matter of principle. 'It's a matter of the Second Amendment; it's a matter of the government not having a right to take private property without...
    A recruit with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department in California was shot to death while traveling on a freeway in Oakland on Tuesday. The Asian-American recruit, who has not been named, was pronounced dead at Highland Hospital. The 28-year-old, who was not in uniform at the time, was driving home from a training class when he was shot in his vehicle around 4:30pm near the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge toll plaza. He was on track to graduate the recruit academy in February, the report said. 'Our Deputies have just loaded the body of our young police academy recruit for a law enforcement procession from Highland Hospital to our Coroner's Bureau,' the sheriff's department tweeted on Wednesday. 'We are heartbroken and disturbed by this senseless act of gun violence.'  Pictured: members of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department and the California Highway Patrol stand in formation outside an Oakland hospital and salute the recruit's casket The recruit's casket, pictured above draped in the American flag, as it was loaded into a coroner's van after the fatal shooting on Tuesday evening Authorities say the recruit...
    An Arizona couple is probably wishing somewhere in their memories they had not left their son home alone for a good portion of last month. Melissa and Bobby Jo Green were arrested after leaving their 11-year-old son alone at home for an extended period of time, officials said. The mother had gone out of state before Thanksgiving, with the boy's father leaving shortly after the holiday, Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels's office wrote on social media. It was not until Dec. 12 when the sheriff's office received a call to check on the home and found the boy, Dannels's office said. Bobby Jo Green, 40, was arrested after leaving his child unattended for a long period of time. (Cochise County Sheriff's Office) The child, who had been home alone for an undetermined amount of time, told authorities there was frozen food available to eat and that he had not attended school during the two weeks after Thanksgiving, the post said. The sheriff's office said it tried to contact the boy's parents but was unsuccessful....
    (CNN)Two people remain missing in Boulder County, Colorado, as authorities work to survey the damage left by a vicious wildfire, the cause of which is under investigation.Sheriff Joe Pelle said at a briefing that searchers are actively working two scenes looking for the people who are unaccounted for as of Monday afternoon."It is very, very difficult work, given the debris, the heat," he said, adding crews were limited to using small tools.On Sunday, the sheriff said his teams were looking for a woman from the town of Superior and a man from Marshall.The Marshall Fire tore through Boulder County on Thursday, leveling subdivisions and charring more than 6,000 acres. The fire has destroyed nearly 1,000 homes, authorities estimate.Read MorePelle said that Boulder County investigators are being assisted by the US Forest Service in looking for evidence into how the blaze began and authorities are talking to "dozens of people.""We haven't eliminated or honed in on any one specific thing," he said.Gov. Jared Polis told reporters the investigation will take time."What's most important is getting it right, so whether it takes...
    A Texas fugitive killed himself in Florida months after he recorded a video apologizing to his children for killing their mother.  Trent Vahn Paschal, 48, shot himself as Marion County, Florida, Sheriff's deputies approached his van parked at the Holiday Travel Parkin Ocala.  Paschal had been on the run for months, after police brought charges against him in connection to the death of his  30-year-old wife Savannah Paschal. In October 21, 2020, Paschal recorded a chilling 5-minute rant in which he apologized to his children and accused his wife of cheating.  In the video, he can be seen hiding behind shower curtains and waiting for Savannah to come inside their house in La Marque, Texas, before the alleged fatal shooting.    'I'm so sorry that I did this. I want you to know that you mean everything to me,' Paschal said in the video about his daughter Mackenzie, seven,  and stepson, William, 12.  'I didn't do this, your mom chose this. She had been cheating on me for a long time...I didn't do nothing wrong to her,' he added. After reportedly...
    (CNN)One of the three missing people from the Marshall Fire in Colorado has been accounted for, Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said in a news conference Sunday. The Marshall Fire tore through Boulder County on Thursday, leveling subdivisions and charring more than 6,000 acres. The missing person who was found was from Superior, about 24 miles northwest of Denver. "We are still missing a woman from the town of Superior and a man from out by Marshall. The search for those folks is still underway," Pelle said Sunday. Three people are missing and feared dead after vicious wildfire wipes out entire subdivisions in a Colorado countyThere have still been no reported deaths as a result of this fire, officials have said.The origin of the blaze is still under investigation, but a search warrant was executed at a private property, Pelle said. Read MorePelle said they are aware of a viral video of a shed that was on fire in the area where the wildfire originated."We don't know that that shed or anything around it was the actual start of the...
    A three-year-old girl in North Carolina has died four days after accidentally shooting herself in the head on Christmas with a gun left in a family visitor’s pick-up truck. Aylee Gordon was riding her new bike Saturday outside the family’s rural Edneyville home when she picked up a 9-millimeter pistol left in a visitor’s pick-up truck and accidentally shot herself in the head, according to NBC News. She was flown to Mission Hospital in Ashville, where she underwent emergency surgery. But she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead on Tuesday night.  Henderson County Sheriff’s Office say they are weighing possible criminal charges. Aylee Gordon, 3, of Edneyville, North Carolina, died four days after accidentally shooting herself in the head on Christmas She found a 9-millimeter pistol left unattended in a family visitor's pick-up truck and accidentally shot herself in the head, according to NBC News RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Boy, 5, is shot dead by his six-year-old brother while they... Man, 25, is indicted for first-degree murder after 'shooting... Share this...
    (CNN)A critically endangered tiger was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy Wednesday after a man was attacked by the animal at a zoo in Naples, Florida, officials said. The man, who is in his 20s, was seriously injured when he entered an unauthorized area of the tiger enclosure at the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens and began either petting or feeding the tiger, the Collier County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post.The attack happened after the zoo had closed for the day. The man was part of a third-party cleaning service contracted by the zoo to clean restrooms and the gift shop, not the animal enclosure, the sheriff's office noted.The tiger grabbed the man's arm and pulled it into the enclosure after he crossed "an initial fence barrier and put his arm through the fencing of the tiger enclosure," the sheriff's office statement said.The first deputy to respond to the scene kicked the enclosure and attempted to get the tiger to release the man's arm, but the deputy "was forced to shoot the tiger," the sheriff's office said....
    Attention all car thieves. The stuff you stole from people's vehicles in 2021 must be claimed on your income taxes.\nIf you need an itemized list of property call us at 716.858.2903 & a Deputy or Detective will be happy to meet you with the list. It would be our pleasure.pic.twitter.com/GXr5HdFcup — Erie County Sheriff (@Erie County Sheriff) 1640715992
    An onslaught of snow in the Lake Tahoe area this month has shattered a record that held up for more than half a century, California researchers say.  As of 8 a.m. local time Wednesday, a total of 210 inches of snow has fallen on the region in December, breaking the previous record of 179 inches in set in 1970, according to the UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab.  "We are now at 258% of our average snowpack through this date and we have received 70% of our average annual snowfall," it added in a tweet.  A vehicle clears snow along Interstate-80 in the Lake Tahoe region this week. (Placer County Sheriff's Office) Data from the snow lab, which is located at Donner Pass in the Sierra Nevada, also suggests that this December will end as the third snowiest month-ever for the region.  Its top two snowiest on record are 238 inches in January 2017 and 221 inches in February 2019.  CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP  Footage posted on Facebook by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office showed crews clearing away a wall of...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Two teenagers and one man are in custody following a string of armed robberies Tuesday morning in the Twin Cities. The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office says the first robbery happened around 9:30 a.m. on the 700 block of Osceola Avenue in St. Paul. The victim reported that their black BMW SUV was blocked by three suspects, one of which was armed with a handgun. The victim said that they had to pull their child from the vehicle as the carjackers sped off. The deputies searched for the SUV and found that it was allegedly involved in a recent robbery in Minneapolis. When deputies found the vehicle near the Minneapolis-St. Paul border, a 17-year-old boy got out of the backseat and ran. Deputies chased the teenager and arrested him near Huntington Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus. The sheriff’s office says the teen’s criminal history includes weapons charges and aggravated robbery. While the foot chase happened, another armed robbery occurred nearby. The sheriff’s office says the suspect descriptions matched those of...
    (CNN)The vehicle used in a hit-and-run crash in Florida on Monday that killed two children and injured four others has been located, but the driver remains at large, the Broward County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday in a news release.The fatal crash occurred Monday shortly before 3 p.m. in Wilton Manors, a city just north of Fort Lauderdale in South Florida.According to a preliminary investigation, a man driving a 2009 Honda Accord failed to allow a bus in front of him to merge back into a lane. The driver passed the bus, almost hitting the front driver's side, and then veered right off the road and onto the sidewalk, striking multiple children, according to authorities.The driver then sped up and fled the area, the sheriff's office said.Two children, Andrea Fleming, 6, and Kylie Jones, 5, were pronounced dead at the scene, the sheriff's office said. Four children were hospitalized: Draya Fleming, 9; Johnathan Carter, 10; Laziyah Stokes, 9; and Audre Fleming, 2. Read More2 children killed and 4 others injured in hit-and-run, Florida authorities sayStephen Gollan, battalion chief at Fort Lauderdale...
    (CBS DETROIT) – As we head into the New Year, law enforcement and community leaders are urging families to practice safe celebrations. Monday Wayne County Sheriff Raphael Washington joined Reverend Nicholas Hood to remind residents of the dangers of firing guns at holiday parties. READ MORE: Snow, Cold Weather Will Make For Difficult Post-Christmas Travel Across The MidwestFor the 24th year, Hood and community leaders have been pushing for residents to ‘Ring in the New Year With A Bell and Not A Bang’. The campaign started after Detroit Grandmother Sandra Latham was shot and killed by a stray bullet while sitting in her dining room.  “When bullets are fired into the air, those bullets must come down,” Sheriff Washington said. READ MORE: Detroit Police Searching For Person Of Interest After Woman, 13-Year-Old Found Dead On Christmas“And often times they come down landing on rooftops, structures of homes going through windows, and often times they end up injuring someone sitting in their home, just waiting on the New Year to approach. “ Free gun locks are available at the Wayne County Sheriff’s...
    After Matthew Jaurequi lost his footing on an icy trail and began to slide, his friend tried to grab him. Both hikers coasted about 150 feet down from Icehouse Saddle near Mount Baldy on Tuesday, losing their cellphones during the precipitous descent, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. Coming to rest near a tree, they had no way to call for help — until they spotted a phone lying in the snow, said Doug Brimmer, a deputy pilot with the Sheriff’s Department. It had 1% battery — enough to dial 911. The phone, it turned out, had been there since last week, after another hiker lost it in a similar tumble. Jaurequi, 38, was the fourth hiker rescued from the area in a week, Brimmer said. View this post on Instagram A post shared by SB Sheriff’s Aviation (@sbcsdaviation) Typically, rescues are more common in the Mount Baldy summit area. But recent snowfall on Icehouse Canyon, southeast of Baldy’s mighty peak, has created a slippery trap. “The trail turns into a little ice chute,”...
    The Los Angeles County Sheriff has slammed San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin for 'flying in the face of common sense' and undoing the work of police with 'woke laws,' as the state grapples with staggering crime rates.    Alex Villanueva, who was elected LA County Sheriff in 2018, took aim at Boudin after the liberal prosecutor called recent efforts to crack down on rampant smash-and-grab crimes a 'knee-jerk reaction.'  'There's nothing ''knee-jerk'' about it. It's just common sense,' Villanueva told FOX News host Shannon Bream on Tuesday.  'But when you fly in the face of common sense...I have a 92 percent increase in homicides in two years. I have a 16 percent increase in grand-theft auto. I have a 'zero bail' schedule, which means every person I catch with a stolen car gets a ticket, walks out of jail…in fact, they're out of jail before [deputies are] even done writing the report,' Villanueva added.  The sheriff added that Boudin and other George Soros-backed woke prosecutors like LA County DA George Gascon turned against police as part of their political agenda, but don't...
    RIVERHEAD, New York (WABC) -- Suffolk County police say they've had it with a suspect behind a series of cases of mischief and mayhem.In fact, there's a good chance you already know the culprit. It's the Elf on the Shelf!Police say residents complained of the elf destroying kitchen countertops, making messes in bathrooms and swinging from dining room chandeliers.He's also being accused of distracting the sheriff from his duties and nearly 440 counts of silly mischief in the third degree.Cops say it was a tricky arrest because everyone knows you can't touch the elf, so deputies asked him to put the handcuffs on himself.ALSO READ | Shortage of Santa impersonators due to COVID worries comes as demand is at all time highEMBED More News Videos As Christmas approaches, demand for Santa is at an all time high, but there's a shortage of St. Nick impersonators this season. Lauren Glassberg has more. "He then was transported to the jail in the glove compartment so he couldn't slip out the window," Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon said.Authorities say the elf is now...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Wishes really do come true – and this holiday, one 10-year-old with special needs had his granted in grand style. A motorcade outside the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office led by Devin Wade and his mom Daniella was made possible by the Make-a-Wish Foundation. READ MORE: 2 Dead In Modesto Shooting, Police Say“I couldn’t have asked for anything more,” Daniella said. Devin battles a genetic disorder. “It’s been a challenge for sure. But he’s had such an awesome attitude. He is such a happy kid,” she said. His love for law enforcement led to a special request: A cop uniform and a cop bike. “When a wish like this comes along, it’s neat to see our community supporters come together,” said Brent Edwards with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. READ MORE: Several Units Damaged In Fire At Carmichael Apartment BuildingNapa Auto Parts provided the scooter and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office consulted with them on the design. “It’s always a joy when we can become part of something special. The elves were working behind the scenes to make this dream...
    The Macomb County Sheriff's office in Clemens, Michigan is in the business of keeping track of who is naught and nice year-round — but in December, they get some extra help from their very own Elf on the Shelf.  The toy, which they've named Snitch, has been a staple of the department for several years now, and they document his 'shenanigans' on their official Facebook page. This year, Snitch has been pictured making a mess while dusting for fingerprints, taking a breathalyzer, and getting a stern talking-to from detectives after using yellow 'police line' tape to cordon off a door. He's spent time in the local jail, too, where he served lunch, shopped in commissary, and messed up the clean laundry in the laundry room. Snitch has earned plenty of fans on Facebook — and even some of the prisoners seem to enjoy elf and posed for pictures with the him.  Day 1: The Sheriff's office celebrated Snitch's return on December 1, writing: 'As always, his first stop was a visit to the Sheriff. He police lined the Sheriff's office, pulling his first...
    On Tuesday, the county’s civil grand jury formally accused Sheriff Laurie Smith of seven counts of willful misconduct, alleging she abused her authority to issue concealed-gun permits to extract political favors, and stalled an outside investigation into her office’s handling of a high-profile 2018 jail inmate injury. A civil grand jury accusation of willful and corrupt misconduct is rarely invoked in California. Here’s what their decision means, and what comes next. What is the civil grand jury, and what did they decide this week? In Santa Clara County, the civil grand jury is a civilian watchdog body appointed by the Superior Court. It typically investigates government efficiency and equity matters, and makes recommendations. But it also has legal authority to investigate public officials for misconduct and corruption, and it can set in motion a trial to remove an elected official. The civil grand jury’s accusation this week means Smith must appear in court on Jan. 12. If she pleads not guilty to the accusation – which her attorney has said will happen – then a judge will begin setting trial...
    A man recently sentenced to 17 years in prison for kidnapping a businessman was accidentally released from a county jail in Alabama on Friday and is on the run, officials say. Jefferson County Sheriff's Office requests the public to keep an eye out for 35-year-old Matthew Amos Burke, who pleaded guilty to kidnapping , bank fraud, and conspiracy to commit bank fraud charges in April. The exact error that led to his accidental release is under investigation, but authorities believe there was a mistake with his transfer documents after state charges against him had been dismissed. The office did not notice the error until Monday. CRIME FEAR GRIPS US, 68% SAY IT’S GETTING WORSE "According to records, Burke had charges with the state, which were dismissed after a court appearance on Friday," the sheriff's office said in a press release . "At the time [of] transfer from the neighboring agency, there was no documentation left to notify jail personnel that Burke had been sentenced by another court and was not to be released." According to the...
    Press Release - 12.11.21\nFor Immediate Release:\nThe Collin County Sheriff\u2019s Office confirms that Sophie Long has been located in a foreign country and is in protective custody. Arrangements are being made for her safe return to her family in the United States.pic.twitter.com/sdR0milSaj — Collin Co. Sheriff (@Collin Co. Sheriff) 1639237384 What else? Sophie's father told the Daily Mail during an August interview that he was willing to go to jail to "protect" his daughter. In July, Long refused to return Sophie to her maternal aunt following a visit, saying that he feared for her safety after the child claimed to have been sexually abused by her mother's fiancee. "I'd absolutely go to jail to protect Sophie," he told the outlet at the time. "I'd do anything for her. She's a 10-year-old child. She shouldn't be dealing with this stuff. These high-conflict custody cases — this wasn't about getting into a custody case. This was about getting justice for my daughter. ... This is about a little girl who made an outcry and has a diagnosis and has...
    THE body of a missing five-year-old was found with signs of sexual abuse on Monday as a man was arrested on suspicion of murder. Police made the tragic discovery hours after a missing person investigation led them to a neighboring state. 2The body of five-year-old Kamarie Holland (pictured) was found on Monday night 2Jeremy Tremaine Williams (pictured) is accused of murder in her death, according to policeCredit: Russell County Sheriff's Office The five-year-old's mother reported her missing at 6.15am on Monday, December 13, when she woke up and couldn't find her daughter. The front door of their Columbus, Georgia, home was open, an alarming detail that led to a missing person alert for the young girl. The investigation by Columbus police led them to Alabama, where they arrested 37-year-old Jeremy Tremaine Williams, local Fox affiliate WAGA reported. "It's a sad time, to have to speak about a 5-year-old, who we're having to work a case on. A child who absolutely did nothing wrong," Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor said. TRAGIC DISCOVERY Investigators tracked Williams to a motel in Phenix City,...
    (CNN)Voters in New Orleans elected the first female sheriff of Orleans Parish on Saturday, upsetting a four-term incumbent.Susan Hutson defeated Sheriff Marlin Gusman in Saturday's runoff election. Returns from the Louisiana Secretary of State show Hutson won with 53% of the vote. Gusman had been sheriff since 2004, according to the sheriff's website.Hutson has also become the first Black woman to be elected sheriff in the state of Louisiana, according to CNN affiliate WGNO.What its like to be a Black police officer, navigating two turbulent worlds In the initial election, held in November, Gusman had a 13-point lead over Hutson, with 48% compared to her 35%. The race went to a runoff because no one earned at least 51% of the vote. "History has been made," Hutson said in a statement on Facebook. "I am so proud and humbled to call myself your next Sheriff. A huge thank you to all of our campaign staff, our community organizers, the religious community, nonprofits, neighbors and friends."Read More"Let's get to work," she added.Hutson was the independent police monitor for the New Orleans...
    With the election still seven months away, the race for Los Angeles County sheriff is already getting ugly — and a little weird. Sheriff Alex Villanueva is facing a crowded field of challengers, but his campaign has zeroed in lately on one in particular: LAX Airport Police Chief Cecil Rhambo. Last week, Villanueva’s campaign attacked Rhambo for switching his party registration from Republican to Democrat in a text to some L.A. County Democratic Party members. And on Wednesday, another text message sent by Villanueva’s campaign manager, Javier Gonzalez, to a larger number of Democratic Party members suggested that Rhambo, who retired from the Sheriff’s Department in 2014, had been a member of a deputy “gang” while at the department. The text included a photo of Rhambo from the 1980s that has been circulating among Villanueva supporters and others since Rhambo announced he was running to unseat the sheriff. In it, he is posing with other deputies and making a hand gesture that Gonzalez said was a gang sign. “Our opponent Cecil Rhambo likes to talk a big game about...
    LA's woke DA George Gascón has been forced to apologize to the city's cops after likening one to a pig during a fraught press conference. Gascon was referring to L.A. Sheriff Alex Villanuevas during a Wednesday question and answer session, when he responded to criticism made by the cop with: 'My dad used to say that when you wrestle with a pig, you both get muddy and the pig likes it,' Gascón said at a 90-minute Wednesday press conference before quickly adding, 'and that’s not pig in terms of using the term as law enforcement.' But his clarification was met with some skepticism, amid anger over the DA's woke policies which critics say have made cops' jobs much harder.   Since Gascón took office a year ago, Villanuevas been critical of his approach to crime, calling his time in office 'God awful.' But, as he attributed the perception of rising crime in the city to 'fear mongering and misinformation.  But crime is on the upswing, according to police statistics. Homicides are up by 46 percent, car thefts are up 53 percent...
    The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has been ordered to reinstate a deputy who was fired for throwing evidence into the trash, among other infractions, according to a confidential arbitration agreement obtained by The Times. Deputy Randolph Torres was terminated in 2019 after he admitted to discarding a gram of white powder, a methamphetamine pipe, a replica gun and several hypodermic syringes that he had not booked into evidence. He also failed to book a cellphone taken from a suspect in a firearms case and was accused of booking evidence late in 26 other cases. Torres told sheriff’s investigators at the time that he “panicked and threw the items away because he did not want to get in trouble administratively,” according to the document. His actions occurred amid a sweeping internal audit of evidence booking practices in the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. “He threw away the items because he did not know how he was going to explain holding on to the methamphetamine,” the document says. California O.C. deputies’ lapses prompt massive review of evidence handling ...
    Disgraced former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's legal team has called for an investigation into Sheriff Craig Apple Sr - Albany County's cigar-loving top cop who in October charged the Democrat with a sex crime without consulting the district attorney.  Apple, 54, a Democrat with a progressive record, has come under sharp scrutiny by both Cuomo's camp, which has accused him of colluding with state Attorney General Letitia James to bolster her gubernatorial ambitions, and also by Albany County District Attorney David Soares, who has alleged that the popular sheriff had engaged in 'troubling' investigative methods and concealed potentially 'exculpatory' evidence.  Apple, dismissively dubbed the 'cowboy sheriff' by Cuomo and his cohorts, has denied any wrongdoing, even after the ex-governor and his aides have dredged up a 10-year-old recording of the sheriff saying, 'I know how to manipulate the law and I’ve gotten pretty good at it.'  Apple also bristled at what he described as an 'unfair' claim that he had 'boxed in' Soares by filing the complaint against Cuomo without the prosecutor's input in an apparent bid to force...
    The Sheriff's Office for a Colorado county where a mass shooter killed six people this year is being blasted on Twitter for sharing a picture of Santa Claus applying for a concealed handgun permit. The El Paso Sheriff's Office in El Paso County, Colorado shared the controversial photo on December 3, showing a man with white hair and a long white beard wearing his Christmas best while signing documents. 'Guess who came in to receive his Concealed Handgun Permit today?' they wrote. But while the office appeared to be going for a bit of levity, Twitter users were horrified, calling the tweet 'gross,' 'disgusting,' and particularly insensitve given that El Paso county had a deadly mass shooting of its own this year.   The El Paso Sheriff's Office in El Paso County, Colorado shared a picture of Santa Claus applying for a concealed handgun permit 'Guess who came in to receive his Concealed Handgun Permit today?' they wrote The tweet shows 'Santa' wearing red suspenders over a shirt featuring cutesy animals in Christmas clothes. An employee is entering his application, and Santa has...
    (CNN)Following Tuesday's deadly school shooting in Oxford, Michigan, and subsequent manhunt and arrest of the suspected shooter's parents, authorities said the three are being housed at the same facility and monitored under suicide watch.Staff at the Oakland County Jail facility in Pontiac are checking on the three "multiple times an hour," Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said at a press conference Saturday.Ethan Crumbley, 15, is accused of fatally shooting four classmates and wounding seven others at Oxford High School. His parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, were charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter over Tuesday's shooting and were due to attend an arraignment Friday. Their failure to appear set authorities off to locate the couple, who were found and apprehended Saturday. School district releases details of key events leading up to Michigan shootingThe three are not able to communicate with each other in the jail, Bouchard said, and he did not believe Ethan Crumbley had been informed of his parents being charged and arrested.Read More"He wouldn't have been made aware that we were searching for his parents since he's in...
    THE "fugitive" parents of Oxford High School shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley were apprehended on Friday night after a manhunt as they each face four charges of involuntary manslaughter. Police located the fugitives after their car was reportedly found abandoned in the area of Mount Elliott and Lafayette in Detroit, Michigan. 4Ethan's mother, Jennifer CrumbleyCredit: Oakland County Sheriff's Office 4Ethan's father, James CrumbleyCredit: Oakland County Sheriff's Office Fox2 reported the pair were found in a basement in Detroit after hours of searching. Steve Huber, a spokesperson for the Oakland County Sheriff's Office, had told The Daily Beast earlier Friday that the Crumbleys were "considered fugitives." The Crumbley's lawyer told the Daily Beast in a statement: "The Crumbleys left town on the night of the tragic shooting for their own safety. "They are returning to the area to be arraigned. They are not fleeing from law enforcement despite recent comments in media reports." Crumbley, a sophomore at Oxford High School, will be charged with one count of terrorism causing death and four counts of first-degree murder. He also faces seven counts of assault with intent...
    An interview with the sheriff of Oakland County, Michigan got a bit testy on Friday after Don Lemon repeatedly pressed him on why the fugitive parents of Ethan Crumbley aren’t in custody after they were charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter. Prosecutors charged Crumbley, who is in custody, with four counts of first degree murder in connection with the deadly shooting that occurred at Oxford High School on Tuesday. His parents, James Crumbley and Jennifer Crumbley, were charged after prosecutors say they failed to secure the gun their son allegedly used during the shooting. But authorities said they’ve been unable to locate the parents, who have been declared fugitives. Sheriff Michael Bouchard told Lemon his department received no notice from prosecutor Karen McDonald that she was bringing charges against the parents. Instead, Bouchard says, he found out the they were being charged from the media. During the interview, Lemon pressed the sheriff as to why the Crumbleys aren’t in custody. “I’m being tough on you with these questions because I just don’t understand, whether the the prosecutor said it...
    by Richard A. Webster ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox.Series: Unwatched A Louisiana Law Department That Polices Itself When sheriff’s deputies in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, pulled over Octavio Lopez for an expired inspection tag in 2018, they wrote on his traffic ticket that he is white. Lopez, who is from Nicaragua, is Hispanic and speaks only Spanish, said his wife. In fact, of the 167 tickets issued by deputies to drivers with the last name Lopez over a nearly six-year span, not one of the motorists was labeled as Hispanic, according to records provided by the Jefferson Parish clerk of court. The same was true of the 252 tickets issued to people with the last name of Rodriguez, 234 named Martinez, 223 with the last name Hernandez and 189 with the surname Garcia. This kind of misidentification is widespread — and not without harm. Across America, law enforcement agencies have been accused of targeting Hispanic drivers, failing to collect data on those traffic...
    Virginia police renewed their pleas for the public’s help catching a murder suspect who has eluded capture for five years following the ambush shooting death of Janina Jefferson in a parking lot outside her job. The Wise County Sheriff’s Office is asking for any information on the whereabouts of her ex-husband, Eric Monroe Jones, 51, a fugitive ex-con with multiple felony convictions. Janina Jefferson was a mother of three who worked at the Appalachia Water Plant in Virginia. (Wise County Sheriff's Office) FLORIDA MAN ARRESTED AFTER DNA ON BEER CAN LINKS HIM TO ‘GRUESOME’ 1996 COLD CASE MURDER Despite numerous tips from across the Northern Hemisphere, police and the U.S. Marshall’s Service have failed to track Jones down, the sheriff’s office said in a statement Friday. The couple, from Big Stone Gap, Virginia, went through an ugly divorce in 2016, according to authorities, and on the day it was finalized Jones allegedly showed up at the water plant where the 38-year-old Jefferson worked. Eric Monroe Jones is considered armed and dangerous. (Wise County Sheriff's Office) They got into...
    The sheriff of Loudoun County blasted the county superintendent for allowing a student accused of a highly publicized sexual assault at a local high school to transfer schools despite knowing about the assault the day it occurred. Loudoun Sheriff Mike Chapman accused superintendent Scott Ziegler in a letter last month of knowing about the "alleged sexual offense the day it occurred” but nevertheless allowing the student accused of the assault to transfer to another school “despite knowing the serious nature of the offense.” Chapman’s Nov. 10 letter was the latest in a war of words between Ziegler and Chapman. The superintendent, in a Nov. 5 letter , had accused the sheriff’s office of relaying “inaccurate information” about the assault to the Loudoun board of supervisors during their Nov. 3 meeting. The sheriff’s office had told the board that Loudoun public schools had received timely notice about sexual assault charges filed against the student. The sheriff's letter was a response to Ziegler's. LOUDOUN SCHOOL BOARD SETTLES LAWSUIT WITH TEACHER WHO REFUSED TO USE TRANSGENDER STUDENT PRONOUNS ...
    Kristen Bell has been dragged by left-leaning critics after appearing in photos chumming it up with deputies of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. A post shared on the LASD's social media pages on Sunday shows the singer and television actor in two photos: one in which she is seen smiling with an arm around two deputies and another in which she is with a deputy taking a selfie and giving a thumbs up. The post was met with a barrage of comments expressing disappointment in Bell – a staunch supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement and racial equality – and accusing her of going against her convictions by posing with police. One accused her of 'learning nothing' from her acclaimed NBC television show The Good Place, which explores what makes a truly virtuous person and centers on the idea that all people are capable of seeking redemption. The LASD captioned the post: 'Today, we had the absolute pleasure of meeting @KristenBell, who was hands down, the kindest human ever. There truly never is a dull moment at Lancaster!'...
    MONTROSE COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) — Are you missing your emu? If so, the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office would like you to contact them. “Emu at-large: The MCSO has received reports of an emu running at large in the 67000 block of Landfill Road,” officials posted on Facebook Monday morning. If this emu belongs to you, please contact dispatch at 970-249-9110. FILE PHOTO: A emu fondly named ‘Stan’ on March 19, 2014 in Longreach, Australia. (credit: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images) Emu are native to Australia and are the second largest bird in the world., after the ostrich. They can grow over six feet tall and can run at speeds up to 31 miles per hour.
    Florida law enforcement officials are being slammed for making demeaning social media posts mocking crime suspects and members of the public in an effort to build their social media following.  Sheriff's offices have become prolific social media content creators lately, but the posts, critics say, are now digital pillories for suspects who may never be found guilty.  A DailyMail.com investigation found that these desperate attempts to garner hundreds of thousands of followers - and potential voters - have exposed racist, sexist and humiliating content where suspects are made to look guilty even before the first court hearing, and some even display evidence not yet brought to court. Just last week in Palm Beach County, a man charged with aggravated assault and improper display of a firearm in July 2020, sued Sheriff Ric Bradshaw after he posted tweets mocking him and refused to delete them when the charges were dismissed.  The man claimed the posts caused 'mental anguish and hurt feelings' and is seeking punitive damages.  And while many of the posts began as public service announcements, the lure of huge...
    To report this story, The Times filed a public records request for information about bike stops that Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies made from 2017 through the end of July. More than 44,000 stops made in that time period were recorded in the department’s database as bike stops. The department provided data on each stop, including the race of the cyclist, the location of the stop, the reason for the stop and the type of search conducted, if any. Latinos made up 70% of bike riders stopped by sheriff’s deputies during that time, The Times’ analysis found. To put this figure into context, reporters compared it with the 51% share of the Latino population in the sheriff’s patrol area, according to an analysis of U.S. census data. That bike stop rate was also compared with an estimated 53% share of Latinos involved in bike accidents in the department’s jurisdiction from 2014 to 2018, according to an analysis of crash data from the California Highway Patrol and from the Transportation Injury Mapping System at UC Berkeley. To calculate total bike...
    Richard Mack. There's long been overlap between the pro-insurrection militia movement and law enforcement. The Washington Post here uses questions fielded by Bucks County, Pennsylvania, candidate for sheriff Mark Lomax as a jumping-off point to remind readers of the (ahem) bizarre right-wing beliefs that have coalesced under the codeword "constitutional sheriff." I'm not sure it was necessary to give king crackpot Richard Mack so much of a voice—Mack is the far-right anti-government ex-Oath Keeper militia member who largely willed the "constitutional sheriff" scam into being, and has views that roughly equate to: "What if we did the Confederacy again, but this time I'm in charge?" It also doesn't go much into the very batshit extremism of the constitutional sheriff movement. At its heart, yes, the movement centers around a belief that for nebulous reasons, county sheriffs are actually the top tier of all American government, have the ability to nullify federal laws that they personally believe should be nullified, and that the rest of state and federal government is basically a scam encroaching on their turf. It is a conspiracy theory developed and held...
    A Florida man was arrested Tuesday after firing nearly a dozen gunshots at a deputy during a traffic stop over the weekend and fleeing in a stolen car, authorities said. Ma'at Lee, 20, of Tampa, was identified as the suspect who fired eight gunshots toward Hillsborough County Deputy Geovanny Rodriguez after he was pulled over on suspicion of driving a stolen vehicle just before 5 a.m. Sunday, the sheriff’s office said in a news release. FLORIDA DEPUTY SHOT AT 8 TIMES DURING TRAFFIC STOP, ‘ARMED AND DANGEROUS’ SUSPECT ON THE RUN Lee’s gunfire struck the deputy’s patrol vehicle multiple times, authorities said. The sheriff’s office shared photos of the patrol vehicle’s bullet-riddled windshield. A Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputy took on gunfire during a traffic stop in Florida on Sunday. (Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office) Rodriguez, 29, was not injured during the incident and was able to return fire as the suspect fled. The suspect’s vehicle, a silver Jeep Grand Cherokee that deputies say was stolen days earlier, was recovered nearby the scene. Deputies hunted Lee for two days before taking...