Firefighters honored for saving state trooper's life
Department of Public Safety Trooper Ronald Slay underwent a physical assessment test on Sept. 8, 2016 at the Killeen DPS office and was driving home when he suddenly felt ill. He stopped at Killeen Fire Station No. 3, and it’s a good thing he did, because he was suffering a major heart attack. Firefighters John MacDonald, Brian Hammes, and Clark Channel checked him out as they waited for paramedics Matthew Harper and Chris Shelley to arrive. On the way to the hospital, Harper and Shelly performed CPR after he went into cardiac arrest. Slay made a full recovery and returned to work in January. "We take a lot of things for granted and it was just a blessing to see the sun the grass the trees,” Slay said. “I made it a habit when I recovered to go back and talk to those guys and send flowers and just let them know how much I appreciated them. "The five firefighters were presented with the Department of Public Safety Director’s Award during a ceremony Friday at the Killeen Central Fire Station. "In our day-to-day routine of taking patients to the hospital, we usually don't get to see what the outcome is or ever cross paths with that patient again,” MacDonald said. “So it was really good to see the outcome and now we have a lifelong friendship with Mr. Slay.”
Governor Bruce Rauner is declaring April 1st as Illinois State Police Day in honor of the landmark occasion
The Illinois State Police is recognizing its 95th Anniversary and celebrating two upcoming cadet classes. Governor Bruce Rauner is declaring April first as Illinois State Police Day in honor of the landmark occasion. He is thanking Troopers for their service and sacrifices. "I personally believe we have the finest state police force anywhere of any state in the nation. Incredibly well trained. Dedicated to their principals of integrity, service and pride." As the agency marks it's birthday, State Police Director Leo Schmitz says he's pleased that over the next two years they will be able to hold two cadet classes and put about 170 new troopers out on the roads" Our agency is looking forward to these classes. Which we will train further troopers to become part of the Illinois State Police legacy to providing exceptional service to the citizens of the state of Illinois." The State Police was created in 1922 and now has more than 25-hundred sworn personnel and civilians.
Ohio Highway Patrol arresting more daytime drunk drivers
In 2015, OHP investigated four fatal drunk driving crashes in Delaware County. The next year, that number spiked to eight. It's a 100 percent increase. Even more shocking, almost all of the crashes happened on a weekday, not on the weekend. OHP said the trend extends to OVI arrests. "Of the 400 OVI arrests we had last year, half of those were during the week," said Lt. Pirrone. OHP has beefed up staffing in Delaware County where OVI arrests were up 15 percent in 2016. Troopers said those arrests are not happening when most people think. Even with limited manpower on the road, troopers in Delaware County said they're arresting about 15 drunk drivers every month between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. "Basically half of all of our OVI arrests last year were during the day," said Lt. Pirrone. Troopers point out if you see a driver swerving on the road at 2 a.m., you're likely to assume they're drunk. "When you're driving down the road the middle of the day and you see that same driver, your assumption is 'oh, they're texting,'" said Lt. Pirrone. Troopers are trying to change that mentality because they need everyone's help keeping impaired drivers off the road. "We can't be everywhere. But people are everywhere at all hours, so if you see something and you call us it's like an extra set of eyes for the highway patrol," said Lt. Pirrone. Trooper's efforts seem to be making a difference. OHP has only investigated one deadly car crash in Delaware County this year, compared to seven fatal crashes by this time last year.
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Highway Patrol busts multiple cars this month
Whatever the Missouri State Highway Patrol is doing, it’s working. Even if that means just working harder. The Highway Patrol busted four vehicles this month that have led to more than 100 pounds of marijuana seized. Sgt. Jake Angle said the troopers haven’t changed much that has led to this unusual amount. He said they’re just out patrolling the area and trying to keep it safe. “These are just our troopers going out working hard every day just conducting complete traffic stops; stopping cars and paying attention to what’s going on around them,” Angle said. “Nothing’s going on. We’re not doing anything special. It’s just guys going out there, working hard, and through the course of those guys out there doing what they do every day, here lately, we just hit several fairly sizable seizures.” The first bust came March 5. It was a Sunday morning around 7 when troopers stopped a Nissan Sentra near the 63-mile marker on Interstate 29 in Andrew County. Eight pounds of marijuana, ecstasy pills and $5,000 in U.S. currency were recovered that day. The driver, Michael L. Nelson, 22, of Nebraska, and passenger Miya A. Jackson, 20, of California, were arrested for possession of a controlled substance and second-degree drug trafficking. A little more than two weeks later, the patrol made three more stops in a five-day span that led to drug busts. On Wednesday, March 22, Troop H found 47 pounds of pot along with two handguns after stopping a Honda Civic with four people inside at the 53-mile marker. Those four individuals — Guillermo Cortez-Guzman, from Fellsmere, Florida, and Wenatchee, Washington, residents Elias Ramirez-Aguilar, Rosario Perez-Rodriguez and Beatriz Luna-Serato — all were charged with possession of a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance and unlawful use of a weapon. The following day, a K-9 with Troop H led them to another bust, this time for 20 pounds of marijuana. A Ford Fusion driven by Joseph Fartantonio of North Hollywood, California, was stopped near the 50-mile marker heading south on I-29. Then, this past Sunday, a traffic chase led to another 26 pounds of marijuana. The patrol stopped a fleeing car after the suspect crashed his Dodge Charger in Holt County. Driver Charles E. Jones of Denver lost control of his vehicle at the 70-mile marker and crashed into a guardrail. Jones was transported to Mosaic Life Care via Holt County ambulance, where he is in serious but stable condition. He faces a charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. That’s 101 total pounds and eight people arrested. “I don’t think Missouri was their final destination,” Angle said. “It’s been kind of crazy here the last three or four weeks, but that’s good.” Angle added they’ve found more than just marijuana. Illegal weapons and fugitives from out of state also have been captured because of the stops.