State troopers help young Hawkeye fan find dad
Iowa State Patrol officers were captured on camera Saturday helping a lost boy at the Hawkeye game. Officers can be seen in the photo sitting next to the six-year-old as they worked to reunite him with his dad. Troopers Cody Reicks and Frank Burns say they were assigned to work the NW corner of Kinnick Stadium when they heard the boy was missing. “We hadn’t been there for maybe a minute and we heard the radio broadcast of a missing boy,” says Reicks. “The description was a young boy, six years old wearing a number six jersey,” Burns told us. It wasn’t long before the two spotted little A.J. in the large crowd all alone. “Frank looked up and pointed him out, said hey I think that’s him and I said yeah, matches the description,” Reicks says. The two troopers quickly made their way to A.J.’s side. “We sat down on the bench next to him, we were talking about the game, talking about Hawkeye football and where he was from and just kind of put him at ease he looked kind of tense at first,” Burns says. Matt Winchester, a Hawkeye fan sitting up behind the boy and the officers snapped a photo. “I literally thought it was just the patrolman just socializing with people and I thought that was cool enough, took the picture because I thought it was pretty neat I wanted other people to see it,” Winchester told us. The boy was soon reunited with his dad. “He gave him a big hug and obviously his dad was pretty relieved to find him,” Burns said. It’s something that could have easily been missed by the thousands at the game, but the hard work of Trooper Burns and Trooper Reicks, reunited a father and a son missing each other. “It’s more cool now that I know what was really going on,” Winchester says. “There were a lot of people looking out for him and I think it was a very good effort by all the law enforcement,” he added. Iowa State Patrol is unsure of who the family is, but the troopers tell us it’s just a nice feeling to reunite a child with their parents. We are told there were also many local police officers who helped get the boy and his dad back together. This whole incident happened just before kickoff, in time for the little boy and his dad to enjoy the Hawkeye game.
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Georgia Trooper gets thank you letter after helping change a tire
From Mr. and Mrs. Michael Landrum, Cleveland, TN.
"I would like to say THANK YOU to Trooper Apodaca, Badge #600. We were traveling through Atlanta today and had a blow out on our camper. Trooper Apodaca pulled in behind us which slowed the traffic around us allowing my husband to safely change the tire. THEN, the trooper got right in there and helped! When he finished, he saw that we safely entered back into the fast paced traffic of the interstate. I was soooo relieved. You better believe we BACK THE BLUE!! God bless our Law Enforcement where ever they are. Thank you Trooper Apodaca, Thank you Georgia State Department of Public Safety."
Massachusetts State Trooper rescues cat
A five-year-old-cat who now goes by the name of Callahan is healing at the hospital after a Massachusetts state trooper found him lying on the side of the road inside Boston's Callahan Tunnel on Tuesday. Callahan is healing at MSPCA-Angell in Jamaica Plain after the trooper rushed him to the adoption center. "I saw the cat injured and lying motionless inside the tunnel next to the road and it was clear he'd been struck by a car and needed help," said trooper James Richardson, who was driving through the tunnel in his cruiser, in a statement. "We all love and root for animals and there was no way I was going to leave him-I'm really glad he's now in safe hands. "I was very relieved when my dispatcher suggested I bring this poor cat to the MSPCA and received quick confirmation that indeed he had been settled in and was getting the medical care he needed in order to recover," he added. That cat had experienced head trauma, a broken pelvis and scrapes. Dr. Cindi Cox, head shelter veterinarian at the MSPCA, examined Callahan when he came in and was surprised that the young cat survived at all. "It always amazes me that cats can survive these kinds of strikes," she said. "Fortunately his pelvic fractures aren't severe enough to require surgery; they'll heal with about six weeks of cage-rest and I expect his balance will improve once his head trauma resolves." Callahan isn't neutered and has no microchip or identification tags. He arrived dirty and scared, but is very friendly, said officials. "This is probably a cat who survived on hand-outs from kind people but who likely lived alone, without a home of his own," said Alyssa Krieger, adoption center manager at the MSPCA-Angell, in an announcement. The entire MSPCA adoption center staff extended its gratitude to trooper Richardson for coming to the stricken cat's aid. "He's a hero to us and certainly to Callahan," said Krieger. Callahan will be neutered and micro-chipped ahead of his adoption, which is expected to take place in about six weeks. Meanwhile, he'll be placed in a foster home to recover.
Maryland State Police arrest pair of drug kingpins
Welcome to Hampstead with its cornfields, two-lane roads and streets lined with American flags. It's a town of roughly 6,300 people that can't hide from the nation's heroin epidemic. "You here stuff around here, Westminster... you know a lot of different people that you wouldn't think how big of an involvement it is,” said Dawn Caltrider. “It's getting pretty big around here." But it's a little less big after an otherwise routine traffic stop on Interstate 95 landed a pair of drug kingpins behind bars after troopers discovered two kilos of cocaine in the trunk of their vehicle. At that point in the investigation, heroin in Hampstead or elsewhere was nowhere on their radar. "I was a Baltimore City police officer,” said Fred Geerken. “We had some of the same problems. How many police can you devote to that versus the other things that are going on, but I think maybe a task force---a special group." Enter the Carroll County Drug Task Force, which had already identified 32-year old Shani McDonald of Windsor Mill as a major heroin dealer in Hampstead, Manchester, Finksburg and Westminster. 49-year old Vernon Kidd, Jr. of Finksburg was the driver. "These two individuals were also suspects in what has been a six-month long investigation including law enforcement, not just in other states, but several departments here in Maryland and what they have found is that these two suspects were involved in the large-scale distribution of illegal drugs to include a lot of heroin, cocaine and other substances," said Elena Russo of the Maryland State Police. Police raided two houses tied to McDonald along with a pair of additional stash houses and turned up $140,000 worth of heroin, a pair of handguns and ten grand in cash, while shutting down a major distributor in Carroll County. "This operation has impacted the number of overdoses that we've seen particularly in Carroll County,” said Russo. “In 2015, there were 43 overdoses. In 2016, we are up to 113. That's a 162% increase, and again, our investigators believe that these two are directly impacting those numbers." At the time of their arrest, police believe the two men had just picked up the cocaine from New York and were bringing it back to distribute in Carroll County. A trooper initiated that stop when he noticed someone in the car wasn't wearing their seatbelt.
Troops and Troopers enjoy fishing trip together in Clayton
It's a busy late summer day on the Saint Lawrence River, and it's all to thank veterans and Fort Drum soldiers. Bob Cooke, North Country Troopers Assisting Troops said, "New Jersey State Police has an event like this. Some of our guys went there and said we would like to put something like that on here in a local sense with Fort Drum." North Country Troopers Assisting Troops hosted its fourth annual fishing event in Clayton Sunday to thank more than 80 active military members and veterans. The troops went out in boats with law enforcement and other sponsors to enjoy a day catching fish like walleye or pike. There were also 28 professional fishing guides from Cape Vincent, Alexandria Bay and Clayton, helping troops and troopers catch as much as they can. "We did better than last year," veteran Ryan Rhoades said. "I think all of us pretty much caught two or three fish a piece, so it's a pretty good turnout today." 10th Mountain Division soldier Isaac Rightnowar said, "We started out with a three and a half pounds mallmouth and we got that one in. These guys really took place in helping out and making sure that fish was in the live well." The fishing trip ended with a boat procession, led by the Coast Guard and a Clayton fireboat. Once they arrived back, they were greeted by civilians and state police officers, thanking them for their service. The troops said it means a lot. "The community coming out to thank us, we appreciate them," SFC Oswaldo Maldonado, 10th Mountain Division said. "We appreciate the New York state troopers. " Showing support with a calm summer day on the seaway.
In Memory of Trooper Kenneth Velez
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Trooper Kenneth Velez was struck and killed by a vehicle while conducting a traffic stop on I-90, near the Warren Road exit, in Cuyahoga County. Trooper Velez had served with the Ohio State Highway Patrol for 27 years. He is survived by his wife and three children. End of watch: September 15, 2016
Nine new four-legged troopers graduate
Nine new four-legged troopers with a nose for explosives have been welcomed to the Washington State Patrol. According to the State Patrol’s blog, Moss, Ralph, Maxo, Buster, Evie, Frankie, Mitchell, Vilma and Rex graduated from the 20th Explosive Detection Canine Handler Course on Sept. 2. Chief John Batiste himself presented them with their official Washington State Patrol K9 badges. Also honored were Master Trainer Steve Gardner and Trooper Matt Chatterton, who is Evie’s handler, who were presented with 20-year service pins. Kate Park was given a certificate of appreciation for her dedication to the Homeland Security Division.
Massachusetts State Trooper gives Great Dane a lift after owner's crash
A woman is praising a Massachusetts State Police trooper who she says went above and beyond to take care of her and her dog following a crash. She said the accident would have been routine if she didn’t have her large Great Dane dog in the back seat. Trooper Sullivan of the Newbury barracks, as State Police put it, “assisted in a Great (Dane) way.” The woman said Cowboy would have “lost his mind” if he had to stay in her car while it was towed. Great Danes are by nature sensitive dogs. So Trooper Sullivan let the dog climb into his cruiser. The trooper dropped the woman and her Great Dane off where she needed to meet her husband to get a ride. “Thank you!!! A million times over!!” the woman wrote to police.
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CHP Officer's act of kindness helps man who lost wallet
You've heard about acts of kindness among strangers, but here's one that breaks the mold. The center divide of Interstate 80 is an unforgiving no-man's land populated by the broken down or the desperate. Last Saturday night, John Badial of Vacaville fit the latter category. "All my money for the week, all the money we had was in the center divide," Badial said. He's an auto mechanic and father of two who made the common mistake of leaving his wallet on the roof of the family car. "I went right over the bump and I happened to glance in my rear-view mirror and saw everything fall out of my wallet and hit the ground," Badial said. California Highway Patrol Ofc. James Morrell doesn't often receive calls about people crawling around highway medians in the dark on their hands and knees. "I thought he was broken down or ran out of gas, something like that," he said. As Morrell soon learned those $200 meant everything to a man with a family living paycheck top paycheck. "Everything is accounted for. Every nickel gets spent, pretty much, so it was a huge loss for us," Badial said. But there is more to this story because Morrell is second generation CHP and there was something about Badial's plight that touched him. As he escorted him to a gas station, he noticed a cash machine nearby. While Badial filled up his tank with gas, Morrell withdrew $60, walked over and gave it to him. "Because that is how I was raised, my parents taught me to help everyone in any way that I'm able to do. And that's again the reason why I got this job. I wanted to help everybody," Morrell said. "I was pretty thankful and got choked up about it because he doesn't know me from Adam, you know," Badial said. They know each other, now. Two strangers linked by bad luck and goodwill and an act of kindness on a busy highway.
Maryland State Police troopers participate in 2016 Safety Fair to benefit the Maryland Food Bank.
Hundreds of Marylanders joined state troopers and their community partners at the JFK Highway Barrack's 2016 Safety Fair to benefit the Maryland Food Bank. Almost 600 lbs. of food were collected while youngsters had a chance to see K-9 demonstrations, sit in Maryland State Police vehicles, and play a host of interactive games while enjoying the free Nathan's hot dogs.
Meet the newest member of the Georgia State Patrol
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Connecticut State Police on lookout for birds "jaywalking" on highways
It’s been quite a week for the Connecticut State Police. A homicide investigation, manhunts, DUI checkpoints, motor vehicle accidents. But there is one story that put feather in troopers’ hats on social media: A post on their Facebook page about a hawk walking on I-91 in Cromwell earlier this week. The post on the Connecticut State Police’s Facebook page got over 1,000 shares and more than 320 comments. Along with publishing photos of the hawk on the side of the highway, the pun-laden post took flight, triggering a flock of comments. It read: “Troopers, Connecticut Department of Transportation service patrol and Connecticut State Environmental Conservation Police flocked to the area of I-91 north near exit 21 to provide some assistance to a hawk strolling along the shoulder. Luckily things didn’t take a turn for the worse and we were able to take the hawk under our wing and protect it from the cars flying by. No fowl play is suspected in this case - DEEP will be providing further assistance.” The hawk, which did survive, was taken by Cromwell Animal Control to recover. Days later, state police used the hawk story to get out a highway safety message. Using a photo of the hawk walking down the highway, Trooper Tyler Weerden, who is the state police’s social media specialist, created a graphic titled “Hawk’s Corner. Winging Good Information Your Way.” It answered the question: “recently saw a hawk on the highway and couldn’t help but wonder if any laws were broken?” After saying no laws were broken “just a few ruffled feathers,” it listed want is not allowed on the highway, like pedestrians, Segways, golf carts and “shenanigans.” The post, again, received a number comments and likes including one from Eva MariaPuo: “I have to say you guys are managing this page very well. You find creative and funny ways to get message across. Kudos to your social media rep!” Many other people are also noticing. In the last year, state police have greatly expanded their presence on social media with 19,962 followers on Twitter and 44,674 likes onFacebook. And, the bird stories keep on coming. On Saturday morning, Weerden posted on the state police Facebook page another bird walking on the side of the interstate highway. “Not sure what's going on this week but now we have owls hanging out on the highway, 84 E X31 in Southington. Animal control is en route. Hawk...owl...what's next?”
High School raises money for Virginia State Police
A group of baseball moms from James River High School, along with Virginia State Police, held the first ever First Responder Festival. It was inspired by the death of Trooper Chad Dermyer, who was killed at the Greyhound bus station in Richmond last March. Today, former high school baseball players volunteered to play at the festival to honor our local first responders. “It means so much not just for State Police but first responders everywhere to know that our communities are so supportive that they would come out and make this kind of effort event to show their support and appreciation for what we do,” said Wayne Huggins, executive director of Virginia State Police Association. Money raised goes to the Virginia State Police Emergency Relief Fund.