How 'It's Always Sunny' paid tribute to a fallen New Jersey trooper
If you blink, you just might miss it. "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" paid a subtle tribute to a fallen New Jersey trooper in a recent episode – a move that the New Jersey State Police called "well played" in a Facebook post on Friday. In "A Cricket's Tale," episode nine of the 12th season of the show that aired March 1, there's a photo of Trooper Sean Cullen placed in Paddy's Pub. Cullen, who was born in Dublin, Ireland and came to the U.S. when he was three years old, died after he was struck by a vehicle on I-295 in West Deptford Township last March while responding to a car fire. He was 31. State police were a little more than curious to find how the photo ended up in the show. After a bit of investigative work, they found that "It's Always Sunny" contacted Cullen's family to get their permission. Some family members were cast as extras for the episode, too, according to the New Jersey State Police's Facebook post. "Well, played 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia,'" they said in the post. "Well played."
Friday, 85 new troopers officially joined the Ohio State Highway Patrol
The Patrol’s 161st Academy Class graduated today after 23 weeks of intense training. The keynote address was provided by the Governor of Ohio, John Kasich. Additional remarks were provided by Director John Born, Ohio Department of Public Safety, Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol Superintendent and Captain Arthur J. Combest, Academy Commandant. The Oath of Office was issued by Judge Peter B. Abele, Fourth Appellate District, Ohio Court of Appeals. Courses completed by the 161st class included crash investigation, criminal and traffic law, detection of impaired drivers, firearms, physical fitness, self-defense, and emergency vehicle operations. Tpr. Joshua E. Jones of Tipp City, Ohio, was selected as class speaker and thanked the Academy and cadet family members for being supportive during their training. Each of the graduates will report to their posts on Monday, March 27, 2017. The graduates’ first 60 working days will be a field-training period under the guidance of a veteran officer. The new graduates are assigned to 24 of the Patrol’s 58 posts.
Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper Class 92 Commissioned
It takes a special person to become a Wyoming State Trooper. They have to be willing to give much more then they will ever get back. They have to be committed to serve and protect all people in Wyoming with courtesy, professionalism and integrity. Our newest troopers are up to the challenge. The Trooper Basic Academy has concluded and the members of the academy recently commissioned (March 23rd) where they took their oaths of office and transitioned from their "Recruit" badges to their official badges in front of family and friends. The ceremony marked the 92nd graduated Wyoming Highway Patrol Academy Class. These troopers recently completed an intensive training period of instruction. During the Trooper Basic Academy, they were instructed in a variety of classes including firearms, commercial carrier training, physical training, Radar/LIDAR use, emergency vehicle operation, custody and control, crash investigation and others.
Fellow officers keep badly injured Trooper's promise to son
Before Friday's horrific accident on the Dolphin Expressway, Trooper Carlos Rosario-Flores had planned to watch his son play in an all-star basketball game on Sunday. The 12-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol was instead in a hospital room at Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center hooked up to machines and recovering from multiple surgeries. But Joshua wouldn't be alone on this day when he took the court just a few blocks away from the hospital at the Slam Arena. Joshua was surrounded by the only people who truly understood what a life of service can take from a family. "Today we stood proud with #FHP as we supported Trooper Rosario-Flores' son at his basketball game," Miami police posted on social media. Law enforcement officers filled an entire section of the bleachers — not just five or six officers, but at least 39, and not just from Florida Highway Patrol. Miami officers came as did men and women from other agencies — officers standing shoulder to shoulder to help the badly injured trooper keep a promise to his son. Such a simple gesture, but it sent a clear message that the Miami trooper's family was not alone.
Indiana State trooper finds estimated $400,000 in illegal drugs during traffic stop
On Monday afternoon at around 1:46, an Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement trooper stopped a tractor-trailer combination on eastbound Interstate 70 near the 41 mile-marker for a routine compliance inspection. During conversations with the occupants, the trooper developed probable cause for a vehicle search and requested additional ISP CVED troopers. During a search of the cab, troopers found (609) Marijuana edibles, (1497) Marijuana smoking devices, (456) ounces of Marijuana syrup, (7) pounds of Marijuana plant, (400) controlled substance pills, and (20) Fentanyl transdermal patches, inside suitcases within the cab area. The driver was identified as 24-year-old Christian Calmus of Phoenix, AZ. The passenger was identified as 34-year-old Sergo Guyumjian of Flushing, NY. Both men were incarcerated in the Putnam County Jail on felony charges of Dealing Marijuana over (10) pounds and Possession of Narcotic drugs. The tractor-trailer loaded with seafood was enroute from California to New York. The New York street value is estimated at $400,000.
Dramatic video captures motorcycle chase, attack on trooper
On Monday, dramatic dashcam video was released of a police chase in Berrien Township that ended with a Michigan state trooper being attacked last month. The full clip runs just under 50 minutes and shows the remarkable account of what happened the morning of February 20. Two men, 21-year-old Michael Barber and his 19-year-old brother, Travis Wise were arrested for attacking Trooper Garry Guild. Both men face multiple charges, including assault and resisting an officer. The dashcam video starts at 8:40 a.m. In the video, you’ll see Michael Barber speed past. He’s riding a stolen motorcycle on U.S. 31 near Matthew Road. Michigan State Trooper Garry Guild attempts to stop him. Barber slows down and pulls off to the right in what appears to be a surrender; however, he then he speeds up and re-enters the freeway. Guild's sirens and lights flip on and the chase continues. Cut to 8:43 a.m. and Barber still has not stopped. He heads up the exit ramp then breaks left across a median and crashes. You can hear Trooper Garry Guild yell, “he crashed, he crashed." Barber gets up but ignores Guild's commands to get on the ground and a struggle ensues. The trooper tries to gain control of the driver, but soon another vehicle pulls up. Barber's brother, Travis Wise runs toward the scene and puts the officer in a chokehold. Meantime, Barber tries to grab Guild's weapon. Around 8:44 a.m., two Good Samaritans pull over and run to Guild's rescue. Both Barber and Wise were arrested at the scene. They face numerous charges, with Assault Strangulation carrying the most weight at 10 years if found guilty.
El Paso boy united with service dog and former Vermont state trooper who changed his life
An El Paso boy was united with a friend that will change his life forever. It’s a story about a boy finding his best friend, a mother looking for hope, and a man with a dog across the country wanting to change a life. And this story all started with a laugh. Tristan Siller is a five-year-old boy who fell in love with a dog named Max. Max is a former K-9 Unit dog for the Vermont state troopers. “The first time we saw a max video was when Tristan was in the hospital,” said Monica Siller, Tristan’s mother. Siller said her son suffers from a condition. “He was supposed to be admitted into a hospital to start a diet, but he was admitted because he had a twenty-minute seizure,” Siller said. During Tristan’s time in the hospital, his mother said he found comfort from Max the dog. “We were on Facebook and that video showed up, and I showed it to Tristan,” Siller said. “Once I showed him, it was like a complete change. He went from being sad and upset to this super happy laughing baby.” Max’s owner, Nick Arlington is a former Vermont state trooper. He recorded a video of Max chasing water from a hose and posted it on Max’s Facebook page. Siller recorded her son laughing at the video of Max, and then sent it to Arlington. “She told me he has autism with seizures, and I ended up asking her if he had a service dog or not,” Arlington said. Arlington and Max helped Siller raise $10,000 in order for Tristan to get his own service dog to help with his seizures. Siller recently drove to Colorado Springs to get her son’s service Dog, Mooshu. Mooshu is a new friend for Tristan, and their relationship is a start to a new life. “Mooshu is a very good protector,” Siller said. “As soon as he sees Tristan on the floor Mooshu runs to see if he’s okay. Tristan calms down much faster now that Mooshu is around.” But that isn’t the only person who is around. “I never actually met Monica or Tristan in real life,” Arlington said. “I figured that now that I live in Florida, it’s only a 24-hour drive to El Paso.” Arlington came to El Paso to see Tristan and Mooshu together for the first time. “It’s so awesome that he’s here,” Siller said. “We get to actually meet the person who potentially saved my son’s life.” “Just to see the happiness that Mooshu brings to Tristan is incredible,” Arlington said. “That’s what it’s about.” Siller said she couldn’t be more grateful for all the help Arlington provided. As for Arlington, he is retired from the Vermont state police along with his dog Max. They are both living in Florida. “Max is doing well,” Arlington said. “He’s enjoying the retirement life by gaining 20 pounds.”
Three State Troopers injured in pursuit
Three Kentucky State Troopers were injured in a pursuit in Harlan County on Friday, including one who was pinned between a guardrail and the pursuit pickup truck, according to KSP. Troopers and bystanders worked together to free Trooper Kenny Abner from being trapped by the pursuit vehicle. KSP Sergeant Jay Perkins was injured trying to free Trooper Abner, according to State Police. Trooper Abner was taken by ambulance to Harlan ARH by ambulance. Sergeant Perkins and Trooper Andy Soltess, who was hit by the pursuit vehicle, were taken to Harlan ARH by car, according to investigators. All three Troopers sustained non-life threatening injuries, according to State Police. Investigators say it all began around 2:48 p.m. when State Police received a call from Harlan ARH Psychiatric Center stating that a woman had walked off from their facility wearing a brown shirt and blue jeans. While Troopers were looking for the woman, another call came in at 2:53 p.m. from Cumberland Valley Engineering, reporting a white Chevrolet pickup truck had been stolen from behind their business by a woman matching the description of the woman Troopers were looking for. Trooper Jared Boggs, Trooper Kenny Abner and Trooper Andy Soltess spotted the pickup on US 421 and tried to pull it over, according to KSP. Investigators say the woman driving the pickup refused to stop and led Troopers on a low-speed pursuit for approximately 8-miles, according to State Police. The pursuit ended on Black Bottom Road in the Loyall community of Harlan County, according to investigators. As Troopers were trying to negotiate with the pickup truck’s driver, 30-year old Rhonda Johnson, of Loyall, hit the driver’s side of Trooper Boggs’ vehicle, according to investigators. The pickup then dropped off the road, pinning Trooper Abner between the guardrail and the truck. Trooper Soltess was also hit by the pickup, according to State Police. Once Johnson was taken into custody, she was returned to Harlan ARH, according to KSP. She is charged with three counts of attempted murder (Police Officer), theft of a motor vehicle, two counts of criminal mischief 1st degree, fleeing and evading police 1st degree (motor vehicle), and operating on a suspended license, according to investigators. She was eventually lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center, according to State Police.
Florida Highway Patrol trooper critically injured in Miami-Dade crash
A Florida Highway Patrol Trooper was critically injured on Friday while performing speed enforcement duties in Miami-Dade county. Trooper Carlos Rosario, 40, was watching for speeders along with two other troopers at 9:30 a.m. when the driver of a 2014 Chevrolet HHR SUV lost control of his vehicle for unknown reasons and struck Rosario and two parked patrol cars. Rosario was outside of his vehicle at the time of the accident. Trooper Rosario received severe injuries and was flown by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue to Jackson Ryder Trauma Center. He is in critical condition. The driver and passenger of the SUV received minor injuries and were cleared at the scene by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. An investigation into the crash is pending.
Georgia state trooper finds 3 abandoned puppies and then adopts them
A Georgia State Patrol trooper took three canine vagrants into custody — and then he and a few of his colleagues adopted the abandoned puppies as their own. The Georgia Department of Public Safety posted on its Facebook page Tuesday that trooper Jordan Ennis found three puppies while patrolling a southwest Atlanta subdivision on Monday. He was driving in the abandoned subdivision known as a dumping site for stolen cars when he spotted the puppies in a briar patch. The agency says Ennis and his police dog, Tek, brought the puppies into headquarters. They were promptly adopted by Ennis and three members of the headquarters staff. The agency says Ennis suspected no one was coming for the puppies, prompting the adoption. The puppies are a mix of unknown breeds.
National Guard, State Police and PennDOT escort infant in need of heart surgery
A 23-month-old boy in need of emergency heart surgery was driven 88 miles by ambulance through Tuesday’s snowstorm to Geisinger Medical Center. Plow trucks, state police vehicles and the Pennsylvania National Guard led the way in an emergency escort across Interstate 80. There’s no word yet on the boy’s condition. “At approximately 9:30 a.m. today Lehigh Valley Health Network Pocono made a request to the PennDOT Monroe County Maintenance office for a plow truck escort for an ambulance to transport a 23-month-old child from their facility in Stroudsburg to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville for an emergency heart surgery,” said Sean Brown, press officer, PennDOT District 5. The convoy left LVHN Pocono at approximately 10:15 a.m., according to Brown. Two plow trucks led the ambulance, joined by a state police sport utility vehicle and two National Guard Humvees. Cpl. Adam Reed, communications director for the Pennsylvania State Police, said the convoy reached Geisinger’s Danville campus about 2:40 p.m. Roads were snowy and slick as Tuesday's storm dumped snow nearing 20 inches in parts of Eastern and Central Pennsylvania. Officials didn’t say how fast the vehicles were able to travel or if any stops had to be made along the way. “They got there safely and as conditions permitted, which was the most important thing,” Reed said. “We don't have any updates right now on this story, as patient privacy is a priority,” said Joseph Stender, Geisinger communications officer. Gov. Tom Wolf spoke about the escort during a live address about the snowstorm Tuesday afternoon. “The child went to the hospital in East Stroudsburg. It was determined he needed a transplant and had to go back to Danville to Geisinger to get it,” Wolf said. “PennDOT led the way with a plow train. State police went with the group to make sure they were safe. The National Guard followed to make sure if anything happened they could help. Local emergency responders and medical practitioners made sure the baby was safe while they made the trip,” Wolf said. “We’ve done what we can at the commonwealth and we wish the best of luck to doctors at Geisinger for their life-saving work,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richard during the press conference.
The Missouri State Senate unanimously approved Lt. Col. Sandy Karsten as Missouri State Highway Patrol superintendent
The Missouri Senate last week unanimously approved Lt. Col. Sandy Karsten as Missouri State Highway Patrol superintendent, making her the first woman to hold the position since the patrol’s inception 81 years ago. Karsten, who was nominated by Gov. Eric Greitens, was sitting in the gallery as the vote took place, surrounded by her “brothers and sisters” from the patrol. She received praise from both sides of the aisle “She is in this position because everything she has worked for and her ability, and nothing to do with the fact that she is a man or a woman,” said Sen. Gina Walsh, the Democratic minority leader. “She is the most qualified individual for this position, and I’m honored she will be leading our Highway Patrol shortly.” In an interview with the Globe after the vote, Karsten, eyes welled with unshed tears, said she was overwhelmed with pride and honor. Karsten started as a state trooper and worked up to the second-ranking position. Ever since Col. Bret Johnson retired Feb. 1, Karsten has been the acting superintendent. “I bring a different approach to the office,” Karsten said. “I bring the perspective of being a mother, wife and sister.With the state’s budget crisis, Karsten said she will take a deeper look at the patrol’s more than 1,000 officers to make sure they are positioned in the right spot to produce the most effective results. “It’s time to go to work,” Karsten said. Maj. Kemp Shoun was one of the “brothers” in attendance and joked he had known Karsten “since she was a mere child.” They were in the same academy class in 1985, and he worked for her as a captain in human resources. “If you worked around her, you saw this coming years ago,” Shoun said, adding that Karsten’s “talent has always been evident.” Shoun described Karsten as a “high interaction person” who leads by example and wants the goals and standards she sets to be followed. “It would have been easy for her to ask someone else to figure out the hard parts,” Shoun said. “But she would always be part of the problem-solving. She would get down into the weeds with you and learn what’s involved.” Shoun said Karsten’s ascendance was “history-making“. There is no more glass ceiling here,” he said.
State Police Trooper says son's advice helped save his life
After suffering serious injuries while saving another person's life, State Trooper Chris Prenaveau had a lot of people to thank — the staff at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, where he was treated, the state troopers and his wife, Candaliza. But it was a skill taught to him by his 11-year-old son Charlie that might have saved his life. "(He's) into parkour," Prenaveau said, explaining that Parkour is a training discipline using movement that developed from military obstacle course training. "He's the one who taught me how to jump up over a vehicle. Unfortunately, I didn't make it over the vehicle." On Saturday, Prenaveau pushed a man out of the way of an oncoming car before being struck himself in Madbury. Despite the injury, on Monday he was in good spirits and continuing to recover. Looking back on Saturday's incident, Prenaveau said he saw no other option but to save the man's life. "We were either both going to get hit or one of us get hit," he said. "So there really wasn't much of a choice." Prenaveau had responded to a single-vehicle crash on French Cross Road. The driver, Keith Correll, 21, of Barrington was discussing the crash with Prenaveau when another vehicle, driven by Anne Golding, 36, of Barrington, lost control on the icy road and slid toward the trooper and Correll. Prenaveau pushed Correll out of the way before jumping in the air as Golding's vehicle struck him. He landed on the hood of the car before being thrown into the roadway, police said on Saturday. The trooper also thanked his daughters, Lauren, 5, and Catiana, 13, who are both avid gymnasts. "They're the ones who taught me to swing like a monkey, I guess," Prenaveau said, "and that's pretty much what happened that day." Given the nature of the accident, the trooper's injuries are fairly minor. He suffered some cuts to his face and said his back is sore, but there were no broken bones or major injuries". Just a little banged up," Prenaveau said. "Just a little sore in the back, a little sore in the facial area. Still picking some glass out of my face, but other than that, pretty good for what happened that day. I think everybody was lucky that day." The 10-year veteran of the state police said he has not had contact with Correll, but the man's mother did visit Prenaveau in the hospital. "That was not necessary," he said. "That's why we're here." This is the second time in just a few months that Prenaveau has been recognized for helping to save a life. In November, he performed CPR on a man who collapsed and stopped breathing in the Epping Walmart. Prenaveau was off-duty at the time. When asked about developing a reputation as a "Superman," the trooper shook the compliment off as an exaggeration. "I wouldn't say that," he said. "Just being in the right place at the right time and having the right training through the state police, and with the division supporting me as much as they do and giving me the tools to do my job the way I was taught to do it." Commander Christopher Vetter commended Prenaveau for his actions". Now you know what we know," Vetter said, "which is that Chris is an exceptional trooper." Gov. Chris Sununu took to Twitter to thank Prenaveau for his service."Chris' bravery & sacrifice today truly embody the spirit of selflessness & public service found in the (New Hampshire troopers)," Sununu tweeted on Saturday. Prenaveau did not offer a timetable for when he would return to work, saying that he would be back on patrol as soon as he fully recovered. When asked if he would have done anything differently, only one thing came to mind". I think I would have jumped higher," Prevaneau said with a laugh.
49 new Virginia State Troopers graduate
The 125th generation of Virginia State Troopers graduated on Friday. The 49 new troopers received their diplomas after more than 1,600 hours of classroom and field training. They studied more than 100 subjects, including defensive tactics, ethics and leadership, and judicial procedures. These new troopers will report to their assignments across the Commonwealth on Monday for their final phase of training. The troopers are from across Virginia, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.
California Highway Patrol begins taking delivery of Dodge Charger Pursuits
Several months back you might remember hearing that the California Highway Patrol was looking to replace 580 of their aging vehicles with Dodge Charger Pursuits. Well, the time has finally come and the Charger Pursuits are hitting the streets. Equipped with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 making 292 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, the Charger Pursuit has plenty of power for everyday police. It is unclear whether or not CHP opted for the AWD version of the Charger Pursuit for the more snow-covered regions of California, but the V-6 version of the Charger Pursuit does come with the option of either RWD or AWD. The 2017 Charger Pursuit is the first year where departments can utilize a 12.1 Uconnect mobile command center with a wireless keyboard. This allows departments to relocate their computer to the rear of the vehicle and make more room for the officer. It will be interesting to see how officers like the change in vehicles since CHP had recently switched over the Ford Intercepter Utility. Coming to a highway near you! The new California Highway Patrol Dodge Charger.