State Police seize cache of high-power weaspons
State Police seized a cache of loaded weapons, including high-powered pistols and rifles and a sawed-off shotgun, as well as a large quantity of illegal drugs, during a traffic stop on Interstate 95 in West Greenwich last week. The driver, a North Carolina resident, was arrested on numerous weapons and drug charges. Troopers also seized ammunition, smoke grenades, assorted camouflage gear, night vision goggles and a Taser, according to Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety. The driver of the car, identified as Anthony Mondrez Thompson, 39, of Charlotte, N.C., was ordered held without bail following his arraignment Monday at Rhode Island Hospital, where he was being treated for injuries he suffered while attempting to flee from the troopers. Assumpico said the case involves one of the largest seizures of weapons during a traffic stop in recent memory. She credited the troopers who made the arrest, saying they clearly prevented these dangerous high-powered weapons from reaching the streets of Rhode Island and Southeastern New England. “These lethal weapons posed a tremendous threat to everyone living, working or vacationing in Rhode Island,” Assumpico said in a prepared statement. “We are extremely grateful to have these dangerous weapons off the streets, and we will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute these and other weapons cases.” With this seizure, Rhode Island State Police have seized 78 weapons since Jan. 1, most as the result of arrests on unrelated charges. Thompson’s arrest stemmed from a traffic stop on Interstate 95 North in West Greenwich about 7:55 p.m. on Thursday. While handing over his license and car registration Thompson denied to the trooper that he had ever been convicted of a crime, and he further denied that his vehicle contained firearms or illicit drugs. During a check of Thompson’s license, registration and criminal background, the trooper determined that Mondrez had a lengthy criminal record, including multiple convictions for firearm and drug trafficking crimes. The trooper ordered Thompson to exit the vehicle, which he did. However, during further questioning by troopers, Thompson allegedly shoved one of the troopers into the roadway, where the trooper was in danger of being struck by oncoming traffic, and he took off on foot, running across the highway, toward the oncoming traffic in the high-speed lane of Interstate 95. After failing to respond to repeated commands to stop running, one of the troopers deployed a Taser, causing Thompson to fall to the pavement. Thompson was transported by rescue to Kent County Hospital and later transferred to Rhode Island Hospital, where he remains under guard. A subsequent search of Thompson’s vehicle resulted in the seizure of eight high-powered pistols, a revolver, two AR-15 assault rifles, a sawed-off shotgun, numerous high-capacity rifle and pistol magazines, boxes of ammunition, military-issued smoke grenades, holsters, camouflage gear and masks, night vision goggles and a Taser. Troopers also seized about 15 ounces of amphetamines (MDMA with the street names Molly and Ecstasy) with a street value of about $3,400.
State Police stepping up DUI enforcement over holiday weekend
Connecticut State Troopers will be conducting D.U.I. enforcement over the July 4th holiday weekend. Connecticut State Police Troop A wants to ensure a safe July 4th Holiday Weekend for all. Troopers will be concentrating their enforcement on intoxicated motorists, aggressive driving and distracted driving throughout the July 4th Holiday Weekend period. Troop A will have additional troopers on duty for motor vehicle enforcement using unmarked traditional and non-traditional vehicles. This enforcement campaign is part of the Connecticut State Police’s expanded D.U.I enforcement program funded through a grant from the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation D.U.I. Enforcement Program. This enforcement campaign will occur in the following locations and on the listed dates: Roving Enforcement: Greater Danbury and Waterbury area on Interstate 84, Routes 7 and 8 in the Troop A patrol area. Date/Time: June 30, July 1, 2, 3 and 4, 2017 between 7pm to 3am.
Idaho State Troopers and citizens honored for saving man's life
On April 4, 68-year-old Rick Records' heart stopped beating. Now, he is alive and recovering thanks to the efforts of two Idaho State Police troopers. "It's exciting to be a part of something of this magnitude. Of something this special," said Senior Trooper LaLande. Loved ones surprised troopers Jason Lalande and Kirill Fomin at Idaho State Police headquarters in Jerome as they were honored by the department. Lalande was given the ISP Life Saving Award while Fomin was given a letter of commendation. "I was surprised that my family was here. They were actually telling us that we were going to be doing something completely different," Fomin said. Back in April, the two were involved in saving the life of Washington state resident Rick Records. "It feels good. I'm glad that he's going to be OK," Fomin said. The 68-year-old was at producers livestock in Jerome when his heart stopped. Lalonde and Fomin responded. "It could have been tragedy," Lalonde said. But both gave credit to two Producers employees for starting CPR before they could get to the scene. "Starting resuscitation efforts immediately, they basically gave this gentleman back to his family," Lalonde said. For their efforts, Levi Robertson of Meridian and Todd Rice of Jerome received citizen awards from the department. "I played my role the same as everybody else did, but I think the two of them should be held in the highest esteem because they gave everybody else something to work with," Lalonde said. But neither man said they felt like a hero. "You can put the hero stamp on it, or whatever you want to do, but it's probably bigger than we can all really imagine it to be," Robertson said. They said they feel like the troopers, happy to have been there to help. "You just kind of do what needs done and then you think about it later and we're just grateful he made it," Rice said. The Records family weren't able to be there Monday, they're back in Washington while Rick recovers, but they sent a letter thanking the men who helped save their husband, father and grandfather.
Highway Patrol graduates 27 new troopers
The Missouri Highway Patrol's 27 newest troopers were reminded Friday their new lives will be much different from their old ones. "In the past 26 weeks, recruits, you have undergone grueling training, endured exhausting hours and endured vast amounts of information," Attorney General Josh Hawley noted. "You have endured, and now you have the honor of being part of this prestigious company. "But today represents an end to something more, recruits — it represents an end to your life as a private citizen." As servants of the public, Hawley added, "the men and women of our state will depend on you, look to you, trust you to uphold one of the most precious inheritances we have as Americans — the rule of law." Superintendent Sandra Karsten, who joined the patrol in 1985 as part of the 57th Recruit Class, told the graduates of the 104th class: "Today, you're making a promise not only to represent yourself, but every trooper in the entire Missouri State Highway Patrol. "You are representing the people of the state of Missouri. "In and out of uniform, know that you've worked hard to wear it and that you hold the public trust and that you're held to a higher standard." The attorney general explained the difference: "A career is pursued for the good of the person who performs it. A vocation is work that benefits the good of all (and) is a calling, a summons to serve — to use one's talents and skills and effort to make better the lives of those with whom you live, and to make better the place that you call home." In his nearly seven-minute keynote address, Hawley referred several times to the importance of the rule of law as the basis of American society — and reminded the new troopers they will play an important role in keeping the rule of law working. "Your calling is to ensure that fear and terror do not rule the day, but that peace and security, afforded by our laws, is available to people indiscriminately. Your calling is to protect the weak, the vulnerable, the oppressed among us." But, while upholding the law, Hawley reminded the new troopers life won't always be easy. "(Your calling) includes those who use the liberties granted by your protection, to treat you with scorn, to treat you with contempt — even hatred sometimes," the attorney general said. "It's no secret that we live in a moment in our nation's history when the rule of law and those who uphold it have become targets, subject to intense scrutiny, subject to intense back lash, even derision. And I'm afraid to say, you will most likely not be exempt from this trend." Cadet Commander Evan Macomber, of Lebanon, reminded his classmates "we are defined by the public's perception" of previous Highway Patrol troopers they've met, and the bar has been set high for the new class as they head into their new jobs. Brant Masek, of Fulton, was the only Mid-Missourian in the class. He's being assigned to work in Franklin County, which is part of Troop C. None of the 27 new troopers were assigned to Jefferson City-based Troop F. Karsten reminded the graduates to rely on all the points of their training, including: "Never stop learning, never stop training (and) never stop planning for the what-if situations you may encounter." She urged the new troopers to remember the basics, such as watching the hands of the people they deal with in traffic stops and other situations, "never assume anything, never turn your back on traffic — and always be ladies and gentlemen who enforce the law." And, she said: "Remember what makes a trooper is not the Glock or the Taser on your gun belt. It's not the uniform or the campaign hat — but a cause worthy of sacrifice. Our mission of service and protection gives each of us something worth sacrificing for."