25 new troopers to graduate from Missouri State Highway Patrol Academy

25 new troopers to graduate from Missouri State Highway Patrol Academy DEC 2023 PIC

December 15, 2023

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces that 25 troopers will graduate from the Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy on Friday, December 22, 2023. The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. in the Academy gymnasium, 1510 East Elm Street, Jefferson City, MO. The graduation ceremony will be live streamed on the Patrol’s Facebook page. The 118th Recruit Class reported to the Academy on July 3, 2023. The new troopers will report to duty in their assigned troops on January 8, 2024.

The Honorable Mike Kehoe, lieutenant governor of Missouri, will provide the keynote address. Mr. John Whetsel, retired Sheriff of Oklahoma County, OK and retired Chief of Police of Choctaw, OK and Colonel Eric T. Olson will address the class during the graduation. The Honorable Robin Ransom, Supreme Court of Missouri, will administer the Oath of Office to the new troopers. The Troop F Color Guard will present the colors, and the 135th Army Band, Missouri Army National Guard, will perform the national anthem. Pastor Delbert Hampton, Unity Baptist Church, Fulton, MO, will provide the invocation and benediction.


Four class awards will be presented during the graduation ceremony. The recruits accumulate points toward graduation in the categories of physical fitness, firearms, and academics throughout their 25 weeks at the Academy. The person with the highest number of points in each category will earn the respective award.

The names (hometowns) and first assignments of members of the 118th Recruit Class are listed below:

Troop A
Trooper Klayton R. Kennedy, Plattsburg, MO, Platte County
Trooper Corey W. Klotz, Nevada, MO, Bates County
Trooper Connor W. Norris, Kearney, MO, Clay County

Troop B
Trooper Kristopher B. Geren, Fowler, IL, Marion/Ralls Counties
Trooper Tristen C. Miller, Shelby, MO, Linn/Chariton Counties

Troop C
Trooper Dalon J. Brown, Hazelwood, MO, North St. Louis County
Trooper Jackson S. Collier, Farmington, MO, Ste. Genevieve/Perry Counties
Trooper Brian J. Fessenden, Palmyra, MO, South St. Louis County
Trooper Justin D. Hedrick, St. Charles, MO, South St. Louis County
Trooper Dallas R. McKenzie, Quincy, IL, St. Charles County
Trooper Roan Oosthuizen, Grapevine, TX, St. Charles County
Trooper Edgar J. Raya, St. Louis, MO, South St. Louis County
Trooper Ethan G. Talleur, St. Clair, MO, Franklin County
Trooper Mason K. Wilson, Seneca, MO, St. Charles County

Troop E
Trooper Brady T. Hart, Puxico, MO, Butler/Ripley Counties
Trooper Gunner L.R. Meloy, Marble Hill, MO, Butler/Ripley Counties

Troop F
Trooper Ryan C. Byers, Joplin, MO, Morgan/Moniteau Counties
Trooper Hunter W. Hampton, Fulton, MO, Cole County
Trooper Jonathan E. Pinker, Overland Park, KS, Camden/Miller Counties
Trooper Bailey D. Whetsel, Jones, OK, Cole County

Troop G
Trooper Chad K. Johnson, Seymour, MO, Texas/Wright Counties

Troop H
Trooper Robert K. Mott, Mt. Pulaski, IL, Holt/Atchison Counties

Troop I
Trooper Aaron M. Cunningham, Rolla, MO, Crawford County
Trooper Kolby J. Estes, Warsaw, MO, Phelps/Maries Counties
Trooper Dustin R. Willhite, Hartville, MO, Laclede County

Kentucky State police rescue students stranded in the snow while camping

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Jan. 16, 2024

Four college students were rescued from Red River Gorge on Monday after getting caught in the middle of a winter storm while camping.

According to Powell County Search & Rescue, the four Asbury College students "underestimated" the weather conditions impacting the region. They ultimately decided it wasn't safe to climb back down and called for help around 9:30 a.m.

The group was stranded atop Courthouse Rock after waking up Monday morning covered in snow. 

Rescue crews immediately began the difficult trek to the students' location. 

Officials said it was "one of the most dangerous rescues ever attempted at the Gorge."

Officials said the journey to Courthouse Rock is dangerous even in good conditions, but with inches of snow, icy rock faces and below-zero wind chill -- it quickly became apparent the safest way to evacuate the students would be with the help of a Kentucky State Police helicopter.

The Kentucky State Police’s Aircraft Branch coordinated the helicopter rescue, and all four students were successfully rescued from Courthouse Rock Monday afternoon.

The students were cold but seemed to be in good spirits, according to Powell County Search and Rescue. They were flown to the Middlefork Fire Department where EMS were waiting to evaluate any medical needs.Line

Ohio state troopers catch loose pig at McDonald’s drive-thru

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Dec. 31, 2023

A pig recently went hog-wild at a McDonald’s drive-thru in Ohio last week, prompting state troopers to capture the wayward animal.

Ohio State Highway Patrol shared video of the adorable incident on Thursday.

The confrontation happened in Enon, outside of Springfield.

The footage shows a trooper and the pig’s owner leading the defiant animal away from the fast-food restaurant.

“Darn it,” the pig’s owner is heard saying in the video. The oinking pig trotted to the side of the road before being transported back to his owner.

“There was a bit of oinking around in Springfield this week after a pig got loose and went hog wild,” Ohio State Highway Patrol said in the Facebook post. “Fortunately, Springfield Post troopers were able to assist the owner and get the insu-boar-dinate pig into custody.”

“In the end, the trooper & pig seemed to a-boar each other,” the post added.

Ohio State Highway Patrol also shared a photo of a trooper petting the pig’s muddy face.Line












EOW - June 7th, 1997

A Trooper everyone loved at this agency - a great cop, great father, and a great friend. He loved being a Trooper. Loved helping people. Most importantly, he loved his family - his beautiful wife Denise and kids Alison, Alana, and Colin. His friends called him Timmy. He always showed everyone he came in contact with kindness and compassion. While his primary responsibility was traffic safety, when on patrol he was always there to help back up other cops in his district if they needed help - Including the night Chisago County Deputies were called to a shooting in June of 1997. As usual, Tim was there to help and quick to volunteer to go in and help the victims and apprehend the shooter. His actions, along with the others who responded, saved lives that night. Unfortunately, this was a call he would not survive. Tim's death left a family devastated, a department stunned, and an entire state in mourning. He set the bar high, and his kindness will be forever remembered in the hearts and minds of all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

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