Missouri Highway Patrol troopers surprise Thayer High School graduate with memorable gesture
A high school graduation in the Ozarks included many special guests. Friends and family of graduates at Thayer High School packed the gym Saturday night for the graduation of the 2018 class of Bobcats. One senior had a few extra friends in the stands. 18 Troopers from Troop G, surprised Hayden Dewayne Graham at the graduation. Hayden's late father, Dewayne Graham Jr., was shot and killed in an ambush 13 years ago outside of his Carter County home. Hayden was just four years old at the time. Sgt. Jeff Kinder says was an honor for him and his fellow troopers. "it meant a lot," said Sgt. Kinder. "You know, back in 2005 when Dewayne was killed, he was four-years-old. He's missed a lot of life's milestones with his dad. Such as Christmases, birthdays. You know a lot of that kind of stuff. Even though his dad wasn't physically able to be here today, we felt like we could stand up and be here for him." Troopers contacted Hayden's mother Tami Dubois a few weeks ago and asked if they could attend the ceremony to surprise Hayden and honor their brother in blue, Dewayne. "Sgt. Reese called me a couple of weeks ago and told me that they would like to come down and show up for Hayden's graduation and I thought that was pretty cool," she explains. "He stood for what we believe in, so we felt like it was our honor to stand up for him and be here for this milestone for his son," says Kinder. On Saturday night, just over 13 years later, Dewayne's son, Hayden Dewayne Graham, walked across the stage with mom, Dewayne's father, and 18 of his brothers in blue watching. "I was just real surprised. I had no idea that they would be there to support me for this," says Hayden Graham. It was a simple gesture that meant the world to him. "I was just proud that they still care and they're still with me and supporting me and here to congratulate me," he says. "I think he would be very proud and he would be thankful that his brothers were here to support Hayden," says Dubois. Everyone knew Graham was right there by son's side. "Dewayne was here," says Kinder. Only a few people knew of the gesture.
North Carolina Highway Patrol seizes nearly 4 million in drugs in traffic stop
A North Carolina woman is facing felony drug charges after State Highway Patrol troopers say they discovered more than 100 pounds of heroin and methamphetamine in her rented truck. A news release from the patrol says a Penske truck driven by Ashley N. Tramonte, 27, of Marion, N.C., was stopped at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday on Interstate 70 in Guernsey County, which is in southeast Ohio. Troopers stopped the truck because it was following another vehicle too closely. The patrol says a drug-sniffing dog was brought in and indicated there were drugs in the truck. About 110 pounds of heroin and methamphetamine, valued at $3.7 million, was found by troopers, the release says.
Virginia State Police welcomes 52 new troopers to their ranks
The 127th generation of Virginia State Troopers were welcomed into the ranks Friday, May 11, with 52 new troopers presented with their diplomas during commencement exercises at the State Police Training Academy in North Chesterfield County. The new troopers have received more than 1,300 hours of classroom and field instruction in more than 100 different subjects, including defensive tactics, crime scene investigation, ethics and leadership, survival Spanish, police professionalism, firearms, judicial procedures, officer survival, cultural diversity and crisis management. The troopers began their 29 weeks of academic, physical and practical training at the Academy Oct. 25, 2017. The graduates are from every corner of the Commonwealth, as well as Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Upon graduation, the new troopers will report to their individual duty assignments across Virginia beginning May 14, for their final phase of training. Each trooper will spend an additional six weeks paired up with a Field Training Officer learning his or her new patrol area.
Dodge Announces Police Pursuit Version of 2018 Durango
Dodge Announces Police Pursuit Version of 2018 Durango
Dodge is expanding its police vehicle line-up, adding a new Pursuit version of its Dodge Durango.
“Unofficial testing results at the Michigan State Police 2018 model year vehicle evaluation event created such a stir among law enforcement agencies that we simply had to find a way to build this vehicle,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT – FCA North America. “The Dodge Durango is already known as the Charger of SUVs, so it is only natural that the new Durango Pursuit complements the Charger Pursuit in police fleets across the country.”
The 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit is powered by the legendary 5.7L HEMI® V-8, coupled with a full-time, active all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. This is the same powertrain combination most commonly deployed in the Dodge Charger Pursuit, the top-selling police sedan in the U.S. market. The Durango Pursuit also offers a two-speed transfer case for true low-range off-road capability and incorporates larger, heavy-duty anti-lock brakes that deliver a 60-0 mile per hour (mph) stopping distance of 134 feet.
Other notable standard features of the 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit include:
- 5.7L V-8 HEMI® with Fuel Saver Technology delivers best-in-class horsepower (360) and torque (390 lb.-ft.)
- Eight-speed automatic transmission delivers quick shifts and improved fuel economy
- Rear-wheel-drive-based drivetrain is the foundation for Durango’s outstanding on-road driving performance. Available all-wheel drive (AWD) further enhances driver confidence by leveraging the SUV’s 50/50 weight distribution
- Segment’s longest wheelbase (119.8 inches) provides added stability and improved handling
- Best-in-class 7,200 lb. towing capability
- 8.1-inches of ground clearance
- ParkView® rear backup camera with ParkSense® alert
- Eight-way power adjusting driver seat controls
- Air conditioning with air filtration
- Under-vehicle mount for spare tire, maximizing interior cargo space and accessibility
- Class-exclusive, K-9 friendly Tri-Zone interior temperature control
- Trailer sway control
- Spot lamp wiring prep package
- 220-amp alternator
- 800 cold cranking amp (CCA) battery
- Heavy-duty oil cooler and water pump
- Power locking fuel filler door
The new 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit V8 AWD is available for order for a limited time. For more information, law enforcement agencies should call (800) 999-3533.
West Virginia State trooper honored with FBI award
The FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association presented the 2018 Outstanding Service in Law Enforcement Award to West Virginia State Trooper Corporal Baron W. Claypool for his service to the community. The ceremony took place at the Bridgeport Conference Center. Cpl. Claypool was praised for his work on the recently re-opened cold case regarding the murder of 7-year-old C.R. Diaz. His work, in collaboration with other state troopers and the Harrison County Sherriff's Department, led to the arrest of 53-year-old William Clyde Jeffries. In addition to his tireless commitment to the force, Cpl. Claypool is dedicated to his community and his faith.
Snapping Turtle that slowed NJ Turnpike traffic rescued by state troopers
New Jersey State Troopers rescued a snapping turtle from the highway near Interchange 15W. "You just never know what’s causing a traffic delay—a broken down car, an accident, debris in the road, or maybe, just maybe, a tortoise," police said in a news release. "A couple of Troops made sure this guy was safely removed from the roadway before allowing traffic back into the lane."
Arkansas Highway Patrol nabs 340 pounds of marijuana
Arkansas Highway Patrol officers stopped a driver with millions of dollars worth of marijuana in their car. AHP officers conducted the inspection at a weigh station on Interstate 40 in Alma. Officers then discovered 340 pounds of marijuana and 2,340 units of cannabis oil--a total value of $2.2 million. The 45-year-old driver from California was taken to jail and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Nebraska State Patrol troopers seize 117 pounds of cocaine, suspected fentanyl during traffic stop
Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol have seized 117 pounds of narcotics during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 near Kearney. The traffic stop occurred at approximately 10:20 a.m. on Thursday, April 26, when a trooper observed an eastbound 2013 Freightliner truck-tractor and semi-trailer driving on the shoulder near mile marker 280, according to a press release from the Nebraska State Patrol. During the stop, the trooper became suspicious of criminal activity. Troopers searched the vehicle and discovered a false compartment located in the empty trailer. Hidden in the compartment were 42 foil-wrapped packages containing 73 pounds of cocaine and 44 pounds of an unknown powder suspected to be fentanyl. The two narcotics carry an estimated street value of $5 million-$10 million. Because of the dangerous nature of the substance, troopers do not perform field testing on suspected fentanyl. Testing at the Nebraska State Patrol Crime Lab is being utilized for confirmation, the NSP said.
North Carolina Highway Patrol Unveils Glow-in-the-Dark 'Ghost Cruiser'
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol has debuted a new "ghost cruiser" on its social media pages. The cruiser features markings that are more discreet and glow at night. Vance County trooper J. A. Thomas was awarded the first ghost vehicle for leading the state in DWI enforcement and arrests, the NCSHP said. "I love it. It's a nice ride," Thomas said. "Just knowing, like, this car is a reward, and if I save one life it's a greater reward." The NCSHP said it plans to deploy one of the ghost cruisers in each of its eight troops. 'A ghost patrol car has the exact same markings of our traditional marked patrol car but they just have a low profile and they glow in the dark at night," said Colonel G.M. McNeill Jr.
Michigan State Police say truck-wall sends message of hope: 'There is help'
The truck drivers and Michigan State Police troopers who created a wall of trucks under a freeway overpass, preventing a person from jumping, are being hailed as heroes. Renee Osaer, safety director for Moon Star, said she was proud that one of the company's drivers was involved. "At Moon Star (Express) we believe in safety and giving people chances," Osaer said. "We were very pleased to be able to assist in the situation because we feel that all of our drivers and everyone out there are people, and that's ultimately the goal — safety and people." At about 1 a.m. Tuesday, a truck wall was assembled under the Coolidge overpass on I-696 to prevent a man from taking his life. There were 13 trucks total, lined up on both the eastbound and westbound sides of the freeway, with the man standing above them. Because of the efforts of the Michigan State Police and the truckers, the man walked safely off the overpass. The situation lasted about two hours. Michigan State Police directed the trucks as they approached the overpass, First Lt. Michael Shaw said. "Basically, what we do, as we're shutting the freeway down, we'll go through and we'll kind of 'volun-told' some truck drivers as they come along and we'll line them up underneath there," Shaw said. "The thought process of that is, if the individual involved decides to jump off of the overpass or loses his grip and falls, he's only falling 5 feet or 6 feet onto the top of these semi-trailers." Shaw said the practice has been used for more than 20 years, but it has never taken up an entire freeway. It has also never apparently been captured on camera and shared widely on social media. Shaw said these situations usually resolve themselves in 10 to 15 minutes. As praise has poured in for the police and the drivers, Shaw said it's important to focus on what sparked their actions. "One of the things that we really wanted to talk about with this particular photo, as we saw it kind of circulating around is, we know our troopers did a great job out there and we're grateful for the truck drivers but also in that photo is a man standing on the overpass, thinking about taking his own life," Shaw said. "For law enforcement, we take that very seriously." Shaw also stressed that people who are considering suicide should know there is help available. "We want to make sure to kind of use this photo as well to tell people that there is help out there," Shaw said. "Be it the suicide hotline, be it 911, the clergy, a family member. Before you take that final step, reach out to people and talk to them about maybe some help you can get."
North Carolina Highway Patrol writes nearly 13,000 traffic violations during campaign
The NC Highway Patrol spent a week conducting “Operation Drive to Live,” a campaign to reduce teen-related crashes during prom season. The operation began Monday, April 16 and focused on education and enforcement. Troopers conducted more than 153 traffic safety presentations and patrolled nearly 560 school zones, monitoring driving behaviors of teens as they traveled to and from school. The NC Highway Patrol says across the nation, motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death of teens each year. “Simply talking to teenagers about the perils of driving recklessly is the first step”, said First Sergeant Michael Baker, SHP spokesperson. “Working together, we can reduce the number of teenage collisions one conversation at a time. Although the campaign has ended, troopers will continue to monitor teenage drivers throughout the year. Here’s a look at some of the totals in our area, which includes 10 counties in Southeastern NC:
- 53 DWI charges
- 5 DWI under 21 charges
- 795 Speeding tickets
- 248 Seat belt tickets
- 2 Felony drug violations
Across the state, a total of 12,801 traffic and criminal violations were found during this campaign.
Virginia State Police dedicates helipad to honor trooper-pilot killed in line of duty in 2017
Two Virginia governors joined more than 200 family and friends Wednesday, April 18, to formally dedicate and name the helipad at the Virginia State Police administrative headquarters in Chesterfield County. Governor Ralph Northam and former Governor Terry McAuliffe, along with Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran and the family of Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates unveiled the new sign that designates the helipad in Bates’ memory. “The Trooper-Pilot Berke Bates Helipad will serve as a lasting tribute to Berke’s incredible spirit and legacy as a public safety professional, aviator, father, son, brother, and friend,” said Col. Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police superintendent. “This memorial will be seen by those visiting our administrative headquarters and academy. It is also rightly located just across the way from the very academy doors Berke proudly walked through in January 2004 to begin his career as a Virginia State Police trooper. We hope this simple, but meaningful, tribute brings added and lasting comfort to his family, friends, and colleagues.” Bates, 40, and the State Police Aviation Unit Commander, Lt. H. Jay Cullen III, became the Department’s 64th and 65th Virginia State Police line of duty deaths when their helicopter crashed Aug. 12, 2017, in Albemarle County. The Department dedicated its Chesterfield Aviation Base and Headquarters in Lt. Cullen’s memory in February 2018. Trooper-Pilot Bates was born in Manassas, Va., and graduated from Brentsville District Middle-Senior High School in Nokesville, Va., in 1994. He served as a trooper with the Florida Highway Patrol from 1998 until he joined the Virginia State Police in 2004. He graduated from the Virginia State Police Academy on August 27, 2004, as a member of the 107th Basic Session. His first assignment was in Virginia State Police Richmond Division’s Area 8 Office, which encompasses the City of Richmond and Henrico County. Less than a year later he became a member of the office’s Motors Unit, serving as a motorcycle trooper until 2013. He joined the Governor’s protection detail, known as the State Police Executive Protective Unit, in October 2013 and served with the unit for three years before accepting promotion to Special Agent with the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Richmond Field Office General Investigations Section. In July 2017, he became a Trooper-Pilot with the Virginia State Police Aviation Unit. Bates is survived by his wife, twin 12-year-old son and daughter, parents, and siblings.
California Highway Patrol graduates 82 new officers
On Friday the California Highway Patrol held its cadet graduation at the CHP Academy in West Sacramento. CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley and California State Transportation Agency Secretary Brian Annis were on hand for the morning ceremony, during which 82 new officers were sworn in. Throughout 28 weeks of training, these men and women have been preparing to provide the highest level of safety, service, and security. Following Friday’s graduation ceremony, the new officers will serve in communities throughout the state. CHP spokeswoman Jaime Coffee said that of those new officers four are assigned within Northern Division, the jurisdiction that includes Lake County. Of those four, three will report to the Humboldt Area and one is being assigned to Ukiah Area, which is the office next to the Clear Lake Area office, which is located in Kelseyville.
Nebraska State Patrol confiscates $5 million worth of pot
Nebraska state troopers said Thursday that they had seized more than 1,850 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $5 million. About 6 p.m. Wednesday near Geneva, a trooper stopped a 2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van that was driving on the shoulder of U.S. Highway 81, a Nebraska State Patrol spokesman said. During the traffic stop, a patrol K9 alerted troopers to the possible presence of a controlled substance inside the van. Troopers searched the van. The patrol spokesman said they found 1,853 pounds of marijuana, 8,779 doses of hash oil for vape pens and 46 pounds of loose hash wax. The driver, a 39-year-old man from Arvada, Colorado, was arrested on suspicion of possession of more than 1 pound of marijuana, possession with intent to deliver and having no drug tax stamp.
Utah Highway Patrol stops pickup truck hauling more than 300 pounds of marijuana bound for Minnesota
Utah Highway Patrol troopers on Monday seized more than 300 pounds of marijuana on Interstate 80, the state Department of Public Safety (DPS) said. About 7:30 a.m. Monday, a UHP trooper stopped a pickup truck on I-80 at milepost 158 — several miles south of Coalville — for making an improper lane change, according to a DPS news release. After speaking to the driver, the trooper became suspicious of criminal activity. In his conversation with the driver, the trooper was made aware the pickup truck was a rental from a third party, the news release said. The trooper deployed his K-9, which gave a positive indication of a drug odor coming from the vehicle. The trooper then found 356 pounds of marijuana in the bed of the truck. According to State Bureau of Investigation agents (SBI), who are conducting the investigation, the marijuana originated in Northern California and was headed to Minnesota, the news release said. SBI agents estimate each pound of the drug would have sold for $2,500, for a total of about $890,000 for all 356 pounds. The investigation is still active. No further information is available.