LCSO, FHP conduct operation to crack down on pedestrian injures, fatalities


Reflective vests, wristbands and educational flyers were a few of the items troopers were handing out to pedestrians on Thursday.  The effort, conducted by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Highway Patrol, was to decrease the amount of pedestrian injuries and deaths on roadways.  The operation, took place along Palm Beach Boulevard.  “If you’re riding your bike you’re out here to do so for exercise or for leisure or what have you and you shouldn’t be exposed to injury or death at that point,” Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Gregory Bueno said.  Over 270 pedestrian and bicycle crashes in Lee County last year involved injuries, and 19 of those crashes were fatal, troopers said.  Most of the collisions took place near U.S. 41., Bayshore Road, Palm Beach Boulevard, Lee Boulevard and Estero Boulevard.  Troopers provided the following safety tips for pedestrians:

  • Use designated walking areas whenever possible walk on sidewalks and in crosswalks whenever possible.
  • Pay attention to walk signals and keep a safe distance when standing on street corners.
  • Be sure to be seen be careful of blind spots when walking near or around a vehicle.
  • Assume the driver does not see you.
  • Proceed with caution when crossing intersections and streets.
  • Stand out wear bright or reflective clothing, especially when walking in the dark. Carry a flashlight, too, for added protection.



New Hampshire officers rescue cub too weak to keep up with mother bear

NHSP bear rescue

According to state police, someone reported that a mother bear and four cubs were on the road near Bretton Woods Ski resort.  Trooper Thomas Owens responded with Carroll police to make sure the cubs were safe.  Officials said three of the cubs were strong and could run with the mother, but one was very small and weak.  State police, along with New Hampshire Fish and Game officers, decided to remove the small cub to bring it to a rehabilitation center in Lyme.  Carroll police said the mother bear had another one of her cubs picked up by officers on Wednesday.  Officials said the cubs will be released into the wild when they grow strong enough.  State police reminded the public to keep bears wild by avoiding feeding them human food (even if they are adorable).  Anyone who runs into a wildlife issue is asked to contact local police or New Hampshire Fish and Game.



Indiana State Police Post at Lowell holds annual memorial service

Indiana State Police Memorial

The Indiana State Police Post at Lowell held their annual memorial service Thursday to honor those members of the department who gave their lives in the line of duty.  Troopers were brought to attention and prepared for roll call by Lowell District Assistant Commander First Sergeant Terrance Weems.  Opening prayer was given by Indiana State Police Chaplain Coffey.  Members of the Indiana State Police Honor Guard then displayed the national and state flags as Captain Dave Kirkham, Area 1 Commander and Lieutenant Terry Gose, Commander of the Lowell District read each fallen member's name, along with a description of the circumstances surrounding their death.  After reading the names of the fallen officers, "Amazing Grace" was played on bagpipes by Lake County Pipes and Drums.  The ceremony was concluded with the playing of "Taps" by Indiana State Police Sergeant Brian Schnick.  The closing benediction was given by ISP Chaplain Warren.  Other attendees included ISP Assistant Superintendent Colonel Mark French and other members of the ISP Primary Staff, retires and family and friends of ISP personnel.  The meal was provided by Larry Fegaras of Galveston's Restaurant (Michigan City) and the Indiana State Police Alliance.  A total of 46 members of the Indiana State Police, both men and women, have died in the line of duty since the department's inception in 1933.  Since the early days of the Indiana State Police, memorial services have been held each May at all Indiana State Police districts to perpetuate the memory of those who have died in the line of duty.  The service serves as a means of paying tribute to those who died in the line of duty, that their sacrifice was not made in vain, and as a reminder to those of us left behind that we should strive to maintain the level of professional service to the public that our departed comrades so unselfishly gave their lives for.  The first ever memorial service was held on Memorial Day 1943 at the former Ligonier Post in northern Indiana.





New York State Police welcome newest troopers Wednesday

NYSP 205th graduation

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo congratulated the 192 new members of the State Police at the 205th session graduation ceremony from the Basic School of the New York State Police Academy.   "These new Troopers have dedicated themselves to protecting the people of New York State," Governor Cuomo said.  "I commend these men and women for their hard work over the last 26 weeks and wish them luck as they start their careers and continue the fine tradition of the New York State Police.  Our state is safer with these members joining the ranks and enforcing our laws."  "Six months ago these outstanding men and women answered the call to serve, and after the rigors of training they are ready to join one of the finest law enforcement agencies in the world," said Lieutenant Governor Hochul, who attended the graduation ceremony.   "This class chose the motto ‘100 Years We Thrive, We are the 205’ in recognition of the 100 years that the NY State Police have been serving the citizens of this state. I’m honored to take part in today’s commencement, and wish all the graduates the very best as they enter this noble profession."  Superintendent George P. Beach II said, "Today marks another significant moment in the proud 100 year history of the New York State Police.  The graduation ceremony is one of our finest traditions and introduces a new generation of highly trained men and women, who will serve the citizens of the State of New York with honor and integrity.  I am proud to welcome these graduates to our ranks."




State Police make traffic stop, find $1.5 million worth of drugs

Kentucky State Police heroin bust

State police seized 33 pounds of heroin and two men from Utah were arrested after a traffic stop in Western Kentucky on Monday night.  State police said they stopped a tractor-trailer for a commercial vehicle inspection on Interstate 24 in Lyon County at 7:22 p.m., and one of the two men in the truck had a small amount of heroin on him.  When troopers searched the rest of the vehicle, they found the 33 pounds of heroin, which has an estimated street value of $1.5 million.