Minnesota State Patrol graduates 31 new troopers
A Black Hawk helicopter pilot. A former farmer. The daughter of a current State Patrol major. The trio was part of a group of 31 men and women who officially joined the State Patrol family on Tuesday. The cadets, ages 21–49, include 12 military veterans, seven cadets with prior law enforcement experience and eight women. They graduated after spending 17 weeks at the State Patrol Academy at Camp Ripley.
South Carolina Patrol graduates 38 new troopers
The South Carolina Highway Patrol held graduation for 38 troopers from its Highway Patrol Basic Classes 103 and 104. Gov. Henry McMaster thanked the graduates for choosing this career path and for their willingness to serve and protect the state. The graduation of Basic 103 and 104 brings the total number of troopers in South Carolina to 785 (including today’s graduates) and another 47 troopers are currently in training. The class included 29 prior-certified officers and nine troopers who are new to the law enforcement profession.
Missouri Highway Patrol troopers surprise Thayer High School graduate with memorable gesture
A high school graduation in the Ozarks included many special guests. Friends and family of graduates at Thayer High School packed the gym Saturday night for the graduation of the 2018 class of Bobcats. One senior had a few extra friends in the stands. 18 Troopers from Troop G, surprised Hayden Dewayne Graham at the graduation. Hayden's late father, Dewayne Graham Jr., was shot and killed in an ambush 13 years ago outside of his Carter County home. Hayden was just four years old at the time. Sgt. Jeff Kinder says was an honor for him and his fellow troopers. "it meant a lot," said Sgt. Kinder. "You know, back in 2005 when Dewayne was killed, he was four-years-old. He's missed a lot of life's milestones with his dad. Such as Christmases, birthdays. You know a lot of that kind of stuff. Even though his dad wasn't physically able to be here today, we felt like we could stand up and be here for him." Troopers contacted Hayden's mother Tami Dubois a few weeks ago and asked if they could attend the ceremony to surprise Hayden and honor their brother in blue, Dewayne. "Sgt. Reese called me a couple of weeks ago and told me that they would like to come down and show up for Hayden's graduation and I thought that was pretty cool," she explains. "He stood for what we believe in, so we felt like it was our honor to stand up for him and be here for this milestone for his son," says Kinder. On Saturday night, just over 13 years later, Dewayne's son, Hayden Dewayne Graham, walked across the stage with mom, Dewayne's father, and 18 of his brothers in blue watching. "I was just real surprised. I had no idea that they would be there to support me for this," says Hayden Graham. It was a simple gesture that meant the world to him. "I was just proud that they still care and they're still with me and supporting me and here to congratulate me," he says. "I think he would be very proud and he would be thankful that his brothers were here to support Hayden," says Dubois. Everyone knew Graham was right there by son's side. "Dewayne was here," says Kinder. Only a few people knew of the gesture.
North Carolina Highway Patrol seizes nearly 4 million in drugs in traffic stop
A North Carolina woman is facing felony drug charges after State Highway Patrol troopers say they discovered more than 100 pounds of heroin and methamphetamine in her rented truck. A news release from the patrol says a Penske truck driven by Ashley N. Tramonte, 27, of Marion, N.C., was stopped at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday on Interstate 70 in Guernsey County, which is in southeast Ohio. Troopers stopped the truck because it was following another vehicle too closely. The patrol says a drug-sniffing dog was brought in and indicated there were drugs in the truck. About 110 pounds of heroin and methamphetamine, valued at $3.7 million, was found by troopers, the release says.