Routine Traffic Stop by Connecticut State Police Leads to Heroin Bust

CSP Heroin

State police conducting routine motor vehicle enforcement Friday night on I-84 arrested three men on heroin possession charges after finding more than 170 bags of the drug in their vehicle.  The incident started at about 9:15 p.m. when troopers noticed a car with equipment violations as it traveled on I-84 near Tolland.  They followed the car off the highway and stopped it on Rte. 74 in Willington.  As troopers were talking to the occupants, they admitted they had drugs in the vehicle.  Police found a total of 170 bags of heroin in the car.  The driver, David McKnight, 53, of the Danielson section of Killingly, was charged with possession of heroin with intent to sell and a brake light violation.  He was held overnight on a $75,000 cash bond and will be arraigned in Superior Court in Rockville on Monday.  Anthony Falzone, 24, of Norwich, was charged with possession of heroin, as was Ryan LaFountain, 27, of Danielson.  Both of them were released after posting $10,000 bonds.  They are scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Rockville on Jan. 24.

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California Highway Patrol's Mounted Patrol Unit

CHP Mounted Patrol

The California Highway Patrol’s Mounted Patrol Unit marched with pride along the 2017 Pasadena Tournament of Roses parade route – one of 25 equestrian teams that were selected out of hundreds of applicants to take part in the Rose Parade.  On Wednesday, December 28, the six CHP riders and their horses made the journey from Sacramento to Pasadena, by truck and trailer, to get settled before marching along the route down Colorado Blvd. and be part of the more than 100-year-old Rose Parade tradition.  Authorities, saying they have learned valuable lessons from the March terrorist attack in Brussels, ramped up security for the 128th annual Rose Parade with barricades, security checkpoints and other measures.  Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez told reporters Wednesday that some of those measures included water-filled barriers designed to stop would-be terrorists from crashing cars into crowded areas. https://goo.gl/bMGdi4.

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Michigan State Police adds 13 motor carrier officers

Michigan CV Officers

Michigan will soon benefit from the services of 13 additional Michigan State Police (MSP) motor carrier officers with the graduation of the 21st Motor Carrier Officer Recruit School.  Governor Rick Snyder served as the keynote speaker at Friday’s graduation ceremony held at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East Lansing.  “Public safety and the protection of our highway infrastructure is a very important job,” said Snyder.  “These highly trained officers play a crucial role in Michigan’s economy.  Their dedication and commitment to serving our great state and its residents is appreciated.”  Motor carrier officers are armed uniformed members of the MSP who specialize in commercial vehicle enforcement.  They enforce traffic safety laws on commercial vehicles, protect the infrastructure through aggressive size and weight enforcement, conduct commercial vehicle and driver inspections and contribute to homeland security efforts by enforcing hazardous material regulations.  “We welcome the addition of these new motor carrier officers to the MSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP.  “Michigan’s residents are depending on them to deter and detect criminal activity with commercial vehicle activities, protect our state’s highways and infrastructure, and promote safety and security at our international border crossings.”

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January is Move Over Awareness Month in Florida

Move Over Florida

DHSMV is starting 2017 off with a call to Move Over, Florida! January is Move Over Awareness Month and we are committed to educating Florida motorists on the importance of the Move Over Law to protect all law enforcement and service responders, especially our#FHP troopers! The total number of crashes due to failure to #MoveOverFL increased 36 percent from 2015 to 2016.  This is simply unacceptable – failure to move over puts lives in great danger.  Motorists must move over or slow down to 20 mph below the speed limit when first responders and service providers are stopped on the roadside.

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New Jersey State Police receive painting of fallen trooper

NJSP Fallen trooper painting

It's easy to be cynical these days.  It's easy to only see the bad.  But there is good.  It's all around us. Sometimes we just need a reminder.  We recently received this amazing oil portrait of fallen hero, Trooper Frankie Williams.  The only message was scrawled on piece of FedEx paper attached to the package.  It simply read: "This oil portrait is a gift for the family of Trooper Frankie J. Williams' family. Painted with love and respect."  The artist left no signature and no request.  For those who've lost it, may this restore your faith in humanity!  Beautiful portrait!

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