North Carolina State Highway Patrol mourns loss of young Honorary Trooper
Troopers statewide are in mourning after Honorary Trooper Howell Brown, III. passed away Friday, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. According to Troopers, Howell was known for his smile and his spirit. Highway Patrol says after being inducted, Howell immediately became a member of the Patrol family, often spending time with troopers on and off duty. He served as an inspiration to many, never allowing his medical condition to deter his positive outlook. Never wavering from opportunity, Howell accompanied Troopers to several events, including the NC State Fair and an entire 18-hole game of golf. "Howell provided an example for each of us to live by", said Col. Glenn McNeill Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol. "Although he is no longer with us, we will never forget the positive influence he provided for so many." A funeral service has been scheduled to take place at Duke Chapel in Durham followed by a private burial. The State Highway Patrol's Honor Guard will provide full honors during the service, along with remarks provided by Col. Glenn McNeill Jr.
Florida Highway Patrol graduates 33 new troopers
Friday, the 136th basic recruit class of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) graduated from the FHP Training Academy. These 33 new troopers join the more than 1,900 troopers who patrol Florida’s roads each day to provide safety and security to residents and visitors. “These new Florida Highway Patrol troopers have made the commitment to serve as heroes in our state, selflessly putting the needs of others above their own,” said DHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. “As troopers, their interactions with the public will have a lasting, positive impact and their dedication to protecting lives will ultimately help achieve our mission of highway safety and security.” Members of the 136th basic recruit class went through 28 weeks of intense physical and classroom training covering topics including firearms, defensive tactics, law, vehicle operations and first aid. While at the FHP Training Academy, recruits also participated in several community service activities, including blood drives and volunteering to help those living with developmental disabilities. “It is an honor to welcome our newest recruit class to the ranks of trooper,” said Colonel Gene Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “We are proud of our history, and we are pleased to have new troopers to carry on FHP’s commitment toward A Safer Florida.” “It has been an honor and a privilege to welcome 33 of Florida’s newest law enforcement officers to the Florida Highway Patrol. FHP has a long tradition of exceptional service to our state and I commend these recruits for selflessly dedicating themselves to public service,” said Senator Rob Bradley.
$1M worth of weed found by West Virginia State Troopers
Troopers from the West Virginia State Police - Charles Town Detachment were alerted to 110 Alla Willa Drive under the suspicion that a wanted fugitive from Carroll County, Md. was residing there. "I went there - nobody answered the door. However, myself and two other troopers with me were able to detect a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the residence," said Trooper C.J. Hill. "When we left the residence, I applied for a search warrant based on that strong odor." Troopers then returned to the residence on Saturday around 4 p.m. with a search warrant, and that's when they discovered an indoor grow of marijuana, which consisted of 907 marijuana plants and 212 mason jars containing marijuana "buds." "We were at the residence about three hours removing the plants, and then there was about 10 to 11 hours of processing at the detachment following that," Trooper Hill added. "The plants were being grown in the basement of the house, and the packaging operation was taking place on the main floor." The grand total value of items seized is approximately $1,039,190.
Washington Trooper pulls suicidal man back from ledge of bridge, saves life
A Washington State Patrol trooper is credited with saving the life of a suicidal man on Aug. 11. The trooper responded to the Snohomish River Bridge, where he saw a man standing on the ledge of the bridge, looking down to the water, police said. Trooper Holodkov went to the man and spoke with him, encouraging him down from the ledge. When Trooper Holodkov got close, the man jumped over the side of the bridge. Police say Holodkov grabbed the man’s shirt and pulled him back. The man was taken to the hospital for a mental evaluation. “The Washington State Patrol's motto is "Service with Humility" and we strive to make a difference every day,” police said. “The actions of Trooper Holodkov on August 11 illustrate the extent in which our Troopers are dedicated to our motto and mission even when faced with a dangerous situation.”