Iowa mom recounts state trooper changing her tire

 

Changing Tire

When Regina Majerus found herself stuck on Interstate 80 with a flat tire last week, she didn't know what to do.  She called her insurance company, which asked her to wait for a tow-truck to drive from Carlisle, more than 30 miles away from where she had been driving from her Mingo home to Newton.  Her 19-month-old son became impatient while waiting in the backseat, and she started crying, with cars speeding by her on the side of the road.  "I was frightened, scared, worried," Majerus said.  Then a state trooper stopped and offered to help her change her tire, bringing her a sense of relief.  Majerus, 22, later shared the story on Facebook, garnering attention from hundreds of other Iowans, many of whom commented on the post to share similar experiences.  "I did not expect this," she said of all of the attention the Facebook post has received.  She shared her story online not only to thank the state trooper, but also to show an example of kindness, she said.  "I just wanted to show some positivity," she said in a phone interview.  Iowa State Patrol spokesman Sgt. Nathan Ludwig said state troopers change tires for people across Iowa probably once or twice a day.  "Changing tires is nothing new to the State Patrol," he said.  "We're not looking to get praised for this."  But Ludwig added that support from Majerus and others who shared her story online is appreciated.  Majerus said she's also grateful to Barney's in Newton, which quickly sent a tow truck out to help, free of charge.  The trooper started changing the tire and a tow truck from Barney's showed up to help finish the job.  And she was especially grateful that the state trooper noticed her young son was upset, she said.  "I will always be thankful for that," she said.

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Tennessee State Troopers find 100 pounds of marijuana inside motorhome

 

Tennessee Drug Stop Motorhome

 

The driver of a motorhome was arrested after the Tennessee Highway Patrol says they found 100 pounds of marijuana inside his vehicle.  The traffic stop happened on Interstate 24 East in Marion County as the driver, identified as 40-year-old Lester Beltran, was heading to Miami, Florida.  According to the THP, a trooper conducted the traffic stop and “observed several indicators that indicated possible criminal activity.”  More troopers were called to the scene to assist, and K-9 was deployed inside the motorhome.  When questioned, Beltran allegedly said several empty duffel bags and moving boxes were full of household goods because he was moving.  According to a press release, a trooper asked him to open a box and confirm the contents.  At that time, Beltran reportedly stated, “It’s marijuana.”  Troopers say they then found six cardboard boxes with 83 vacuum-sealed bags of high-grade marijuana totaling 100 pounds.  The vehicle was seized and the suspect was arrested without incident.  An investigation revealed Beltran was traveling from Colorado, where he stated he obtained the marijuana to take back to Miami, Florida.  The motor home was registered to Beltran’s wife’s company out of Montana.  “States like Tennessee, where marijuana is not legal, are beginning to see more of the drug which may have been grown legally in another state and then trafficked in to states like ours,” said Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Tracy Trott.

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Indiana State Troopers lip sync to Grease's "Summer Nights" on last day of state fair

With summer days driftin’ away, Indiana State Troopers decided to mark the last days of the State Fair with their rendition of “Summer Nights” from the hit movie “Grease.”  The video starts with four officers riding in a golf cart — two are facing the camera and two are facing backwards.  But they all eventually face the front as the song progresses.  The only unfortunate part is that the lip sync is only 40 seconds long!  The Indiana State Police know how to play hard while working hard during the 17-day event, suffering a 20 percent decrease in attendance compared to last year, WTHR reports.  The rainfall and heat were of no help, with many vendors packing up early once the weather turned tumultuous.  Despite the downturn, Sunday had the best attendance in the fair’s history with 83,000 people.  Why, you ask?  We may have an idea…golf cart karaoke!

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Connecticut trooper successfully freed a man trappd inside a burning car

 

Connecticut Burning Car Image

With the help of two bystanders, a Connecticut State Police trooper successfully freed a man trapped inside a burning car in Plainville . State police say 58-year-old David Bartlett was traveling east along state Route 72 when he lost control of his Pontiac Grand Prix and struck a metal guard rail before slamming into a bridge.  The impact of the collision caused Bartlett’s car to burst into flames with him still inside.  Working a construction detail nearby, Trooper Thomas Karanda responded immediately.  Karanda smashed the driver’s side window of Bartlett’s vehicle, and he was able to pull him from the fiery wreck with help from a construction worker and a passing motorist.  Bartlett was transported to Hartford Hospital for evaluation of his injuries.

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West Virginia state troopers care for baby following DUI arrest

 

 

West Virginia caring for baby

 

The photos are going viral after West Virginia State Troopers rescued a young child following a DUI arrest.  Police said the child was covered in filth who was found in the backseat during a DUI arrest. T he one-year-old baby was found in a child safety seat covered in vomit when troopers pulled over the car less than a mile from the Princeton detachment.  The driver was arrested, but the child was also brought back to the detachment.  Troopers said the baby had apparently been sick for some time.  They immediately sprang into action to make the child at home until child protective services could arrive.  "As a father myself, I couldn't let it sit in its own urine and feces and vomit," said Senior Trooper D.C. Graham.  "So I went ahead and drew a bath in the sink of the detachment and was able to clean him up a little bit and get him feeling a little bit better."  The baby brought smiles to the troopers' faces.  The driver is facing a charge of DUI with a minor. The child is in the custody of a legal guardian and under the supervision of CPS.

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