Highway Patrol officer jumps into moving car to save toddler from impaired driver

NYSP jumps into moving car

Suffolk County Police today arrested a woman for driving while ability impaired by drugs with her baby in the vehicle after she refused to pull over on the Long Island Expressway in Manorville tonight.  Maria Lagatta was driving approximately 20 miles per hour eastbound on the Long Island Expressway one mile west of exit 70 when Highway Patrol Officer Joseph Goss attempted to initiate a traffic stop.  Lagatta refused to pull over. Officer Goss pulled alongside the vehicle and saw a baby in the rear passenger seat.  Officer Goss was able to slow down incoming traffic so they would not get rear-ended. Lagatta then slowed down to approximately 5 miles per hour.  Officer Goss sped past Lagatta, and parked his vehicle on the right shoulder.  He then jumped into Lagatta’s car, through the passenger side window and was able to bring the vehicle to a stop.  Lagatta and her 22-month-old daughter were not injured.  The daughter was released to a family member.  Child Protective Services were notified.  Lagatta, 37, of Farmingville, was charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated with a Child Passenger 15 Years Old or Younger (Leandra’s Law) and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  Lagatta will be held at the Fourth Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on December 30.  The vehicle was impounded for a safety check.  Seventh Squad detectives are investigating.

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Oregon State Trooper out of ICU following Christmas shooting

Oregon injured trooper

The family of a wounded Oregon State Police trooper says he has been moved out of the intensive care unit and into a hospital room just days after being shot several times on Christmas night.  The brother of Trooper Nic Cederberg writes on an online fundraising page that the officer will undergo surgery Friday to fix a broken arm.  The brother, Jeff Cederberg, says the procedure is his brother's last major surgery for the time being and he is "amazing the doctors and nurses with how his recovery is going."  Authorities say the trooper was shot Sunday night by homicide suspect James Tylka following a car chase.  Tylka was then killed by police.  Officers pursued Tylka after finding his estranged wife dead outside his suburban Portland home.

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State Police Lieutenant who responded to September 11 WTC attacks dies from cancer

NJSP Trooper passes from brain cancer

A New Jersey State Police lieutenant who was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in 2015 attributed to his response to the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center died Thursday from cancer, the State Police announced.  Lt. Bill Fearon, of Cedar Grove, served 22 years with the State Police, most recently as a tactical instructor, according to his LinkedIn profile.  Fearon was diagnosed with a brain tumor on May 3, 2015 and underwent surgery three days later.  While undergoing treatment, he returned to work on a limited basis in July 2015, according to a story by NorthJersey.com.  The Cedar Grove community rallied around the trooper during his illness and raised funds to cover medical expenses as he underwent chemotherapy treatment.  A GoFundMe account started in May 2015 raised nearly $60,000 and a local fire department hosted a chili cook-off.  The State Police, in a Facebook tribute to Fearon posted late Thursday, cited his enduring positive attitude during the ongoing treatment.  He handed out "No Fear" wristbands throughout his battle with cancer, the State Police said.  "Every day I put my feet on the ground and I look forward to winning," Fearon said, according to the State Police post.  "This is the mindset that I have, it's about living without fear."  Fearon is survived by his wife Janice, and their three children, Ryan, Elyse and Jessie.

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Pennsylvania Trooper Killed in Line of Duty

Trooper Weaver PSP

Trooper Landon Weaver was shot and killed when he and another trooper responded to a domestic disturbance at a rural home on Bakers Hollow Road in Juniata Township, Huntingdon County, at approximately 6:30 pm.  He had responded to the home to investigate a protective order violation when he was shot.  The subject who shot him had been released on bail on a felony charge earlier in the month.  The subject was located the following morning is and is now deceased.  Trooper Weaver had served with the Pennsylvania State Police for only one year and was assigned to Troop G.  He is survived by his wife.

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Connecticut State Police find 10,000 Oxycodone pills during traffic stop

 CSP oxycodone bust

Troopers found 10,000 oxycodone pills after stopping a truck on I-95 southbound Wednesday afternoon, state police.  A trooper patrolling through the service center on I-95 southbound in Milford about 3 p.m. spotted a man outside a Ford F150 talking on a phone, state police said.  They noted that he appeared agitated.  The trooper also spotted numerous equipment violations on the truck, state police said.  Another man came to the truck and they both left, pulling onto I-95, state police said.  The trooper stopped the vehicle on the Exit 40 ramp.  A police dog was called to the scene and alerted to drugs in the vehicle, state police said.  Inside the truck, state police said the troopers found the pills, valued at about $200,000 on the street.  State police took the passenger in the vehicle, 30-year-old John Carlos Torres of West Haven, to Troop G.  Given the amount of drugs found, state police contacted the Drug Enforcement Administration, who after contacting the U.S. Attorney's office, decided to take over the case.  State police turned Torres over to DEA custody.  This was the second recent sizable opioids seizure in recent weeks in the region.   On Dec. 21, police in Derby stopped a tractor trailer truck on Route 34. Inside they reported finding 55 pounds of suspected fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid. The drugs, they estimated, were worth $1.5 million.   This case was also turned over to the DEA with the U.S. Attorney's office handling prosecution of the driver: 47-year-old Erick Escalante from Arizona.Line