From Mr. and Mrs. Michael Landrum, Cleveland, TN.
"I would like to say THANK YOU to Trooper Apodaca, Badge #600. We were traveling through Atlanta today and had a blow out on our camper. Trooper Apodaca pulled in behind us which slowed the traffic around us allowing my husband to safely change the tire. THEN, the trooper got right in there and helped! When he finished, he saw that we safely entered back into the fast paced traffic of the interstate. I was soooo relieved. You better believe we BACK THE BLUE!! God bless our Law Enforcement where ever they are. Thank you Trooper Apodaca, Thank you Georgia State Department of Public Safety."
A five-year-old-cat who now goes by the name of Callahan is healing at the hospital after a Massachusetts state trooper found him lying on the side of the road inside Boston's Callahan Tunnel on Tuesday. Callahan is healing at MSPCA-Angell in Jamaica Plain after the trooper rushed him to the adoption center. "I saw the cat injured and lying motionless inside the tunnel next to the road and it was clear he'd been struck by a car and needed help," said trooper James Richardson, who was driving through the tunnel in his cruiser, in a statement. "We all love and root for animals and there was no way I was going to leave him-I'm really glad he's now in safe hands. "I was very relieved when my dispatcher suggested I bring this poor cat to the MSPCA and received quick confirmation that indeed he had been settled in and was getting the medical care he needed in order to recover," he added. That cat had experienced head trauma, a broken pelvis and scrapes. Dr. Cindi Cox, head shelter veterinarian at the MSPCA, examined Callahan when he came in and was surprised that the young cat survived at all. "It always amazes me that cats can survive these kinds of strikes," she said. "Fortunately his pelvic fractures aren't severe enough to require surgery; they'll heal with about six weeks of cage-rest and I expect his balance will improve once his head trauma resolves." Callahan isn't neutered and has no microchip or identification tags. He arrived dirty and scared, but is very friendly, said officials. "This is probably a cat who survived on hand-outs from kind people but who likely lived alone, without a home of his own," said Alyssa Krieger, adoption center manager at the MSPCA-Angell, in an announcement. The entire MSPCA adoption center staff extended its gratitude to trooper Richardson for coming to the stricken cat's aid. "He's a hero to us and certainly to Callahan," said Krieger. Callahan will be neutered and micro-chipped ahead of his adoption, which is expected to take place in about six weeks. Meanwhile, he'll be placed in a foster home to recover.
Welcome to Hampstead with its cornfields, two-lane roads and streets lined with American flags. It's a town of roughly 6,300 people that can't hide from the nation's heroin epidemic. "You here stuff around here, Westminster... you know a lot of different people that you wouldn't think how big of an involvement it is,” said Dawn Caltrider. “It's getting pretty big around here." But it's a little less big after an otherwise routine traffic stop on Interstate 95 landed a pair of drug kingpins behind bars after troopers discovered two kilos of cocaine in the trunk of their vehicle. At that point in the investigation, heroin in Hampstead or elsewhere was nowhere on their radar. "I was a Baltimore City police officer,” said Fred Geerken. “We had some of the same problems. How many police can you devote to that versus the other things that are going on, but I think maybe a task force---a special group." Enter the Carroll County Drug Task Force, which had already identified 32-year old Shani McDonald of Windsor Mill as a major heroin dealer in Hampstead, Manchester, Finksburg and Westminster. 49-year old Vernon Kidd, Jr. of Finksburg was the driver. "These two individuals were also suspects in what has been a six-month long investigation including law enforcement, not just in other states, but several departments here in Maryland and what they have found is that these two suspects were involved in the large-scale distribution of illegal drugs to include a lot of heroin, cocaine and other substances," said Elena Russo of the Maryland State Police. Police raided two houses tied to McDonald along with a pair of additional stash houses and turned up $140,000 worth of heroin, a pair of handguns and ten grand in cash, while shutting down a major distributor in Carroll County. "This operation has impacted the number of overdoses that we've seen particularly in Carroll County,” said Russo. “In 2015, there were 43 overdoses. In 2016, we are up to 113. That's a 162% increase, and again, our investigators believe that these two are directly impacting those numbers." At the time of their arrest, police believe the two men had just picked up the cocaine from New York and were bringing it back to distribute in Carroll County. A trooper initiated that stop when he noticed someone in the car wasn't wearing their seatbelt.
It's a busy late summer day on the Saint Lawrence River, and it's all to thank veterans and Fort Drum soldiers. Bob Cooke, North Country Troopers Assisting Troops said, "New Jersey State Police has an event like this. Some of our guys went there and said we would like to put something like that on here in a local sense with Fort Drum." North Country Troopers Assisting Troops hosted its fourth annual fishing event in Clayton Sunday to thank more than 80 active military members and veterans. The troops went out in boats with law enforcement and other sponsors to enjoy a day catching fish like walleye or pike. There were also 28 professional fishing guides from Cape Vincent, Alexandria Bay and Clayton, helping troops and troopers catch as much as they can. "We did better than last year," veteran Ryan Rhoades said. "I think all of us pretty much caught two or three fish a piece, so it's a pretty good turnout today." 10th Mountain Division soldier Isaac Rightnowar said, "We started out with a three and a half pounds mallmouth and we got that one in. These guys really took place in helping out and making sure that fish was in the live well." The fishing trip ended with a boat procession, led by the Coast Guard and a Clayton fireboat. Once they arrived back, they were greeted by civilians and state police officers, thanking them for their service. The troops said it means a lot. "The community coming out to thank us, we appreciate them," SFC Oswaldo Maldonado, 10th Mountain Division said. "We appreciate the New York state troopers. " Showing support with a calm summer day on the seaway.