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    The Sheriff's Office for a Colorado county where a mass shooter killed six people this year is being blasted on Twitter for sharing a picture of Santa Claus applying for a concealed handgun permit. The El Paso Sheriff's Office in El Paso County, Colorado shared the controversial photo on December 3, showing a man with white hair and a long white beard wearing his Christmas best while signing documents. 'Guess who came in to receive his Concealed Handgun Permit today?' they wrote. But while the office appeared to be going for a bit of levity, Twitter users were horrified, calling the tweet 'gross,' 'disgusting,' and particularly insensitve given that El Paso county had a deadly mass shooting of its own this year.   The El Paso Sheriff's Office in El Paso County, Colorado shared a picture of Santa Claus applying for a concealed handgun permit 'Guess who came in to receive his Concealed Handgun Permit today?' they wrote The tweet shows 'Santa' wearing red suspenders over a shirt featuring cutesy animals in Christmas clothes. An employee is entering his application, and Santa has...
    (CNN)Following Tuesday's deadly school shooting in Oxford, Michigan, and subsequent manhunt and arrest of the suspected shooter's parents, authorities said the three are being housed at the same facility and monitored under suicide watch.Staff at the Oakland County Jail facility in Pontiac are checking on the three "multiple times an hour," Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said at a press conference Saturday.Ethan Crumbley, 15, is accused of fatally shooting four classmates and wounding seven others at Oxford High School. His parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, were charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter over Tuesday's shooting and were due to attend an arraignment Friday. Their failure to appear set authorities off to locate the couple, who were found and apprehended Saturday. School district releases details of key events leading up to Michigan shootingThe three are not able to communicate with each other in the jail, Bouchard said, and he did not believe Ethan Crumbley had been informed of his parents being charged and arrested.Read More"He wouldn't have been made aware that we were searching for his parents since he's in...
    THE "fugitive" parents of Oxford High School shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley were apprehended on Friday night after a manhunt as they each face four charges of involuntary manslaughter. Police located the fugitives after their car was reportedly found abandoned in the area of Mount Elliott and Lafayette in Detroit, Michigan. 4Ethan's mother, Jennifer CrumbleyCredit: Oakland County Sheriff's Office 4Ethan's father, James CrumbleyCredit: Oakland County Sheriff's Office Fox2 reported the pair were found in a basement in Detroit after hours of searching. Steve Huber, a spokesperson for the Oakland County Sheriff's Office, had told The Daily Beast earlier Friday that the Crumbleys were "considered fugitives." The Crumbley's lawyer told the Daily Beast in a statement: "The Crumbleys left town on the night of the tragic shooting for their own safety. "They are returning to the area to be arraigned. They are not fleeing from law enforcement despite recent comments in media reports." Crumbley, a sophomore at Oxford High School, will be charged with one count of terrorism causing death and four counts of first-degree murder. He also faces seven counts of assault with intent...
    An interview with the sheriff of Oakland County, Michigan got a bit testy on Friday after Don Lemon repeatedly pressed him on why the fugitive parents of Ethan Crumbley aren’t in custody after they were charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter. Prosecutors charged Crumbley, who is in custody, with four counts of first degree murder in connection with the deadly shooting that occurred at Oxford High School on Tuesday. His parents, James Crumbley and Jennifer Crumbley, were charged after prosecutors say they failed to secure the gun their son allegedly used during the shooting. But authorities said they’ve been unable to locate the parents, who have been declared fugitives. Sheriff Michael Bouchard told Lemon his department received no notice from prosecutor Karen McDonald that she was bringing charges against the parents. Instead, Bouchard says, he found out the they were being charged from the media. During the interview, Lemon pressed the sheriff as to why the Crumbleys aren’t in custody. “I’m being tough on you with these questions because I just don’t understand, whether the the prosecutor said it...
    by Richard A. Webster ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox.Series: Unwatched A Louisiana Law Department That Polices Itself When sheriff’s deputies in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, pulled over Octavio Lopez for an expired inspection tag in 2018, they wrote on his traffic ticket that he is white. Lopez, who is from Nicaragua, is Hispanic and speaks only Spanish, said his wife. In fact, of the 167 tickets issued by deputies to drivers with the last name Lopez over a nearly six-year span, not one of the motorists was labeled as Hispanic, according to records provided by the Jefferson Parish clerk of court. The same was true of the 252 tickets issued to people with the last name of Rodriguez, 234 named Martinez, 223 with the last name Hernandez and 189 with the surname Garcia. This kind of misidentification is widespread — and not without harm. Across America, law enforcement agencies have been accused of targeting Hispanic drivers, failing to collect data on those traffic...
    Virginia police renewed their pleas for the public’s help catching a murder suspect who has eluded capture for five years following the ambush shooting death of Janina Jefferson in a parking lot outside her job. The Wise County Sheriff’s Office is asking for any information on the whereabouts of her ex-husband, Eric Monroe Jones, 51, a fugitive ex-con with multiple felony convictions. Janina Jefferson was a mother of three who worked at the Appalachia Water Plant in Virginia. (Wise County Sheriff's Office) FLORIDA MAN ARRESTED AFTER DNA ON BEER CAN LINKS HIM TO ‘GRUESOME’ 1996 COLD CASE MURDER Despite numerous tips from across the Northern Hemisphere, police and the U.S. Marshall’s Service have failed to track Jones down, the sheriff’s office said in a statement Friday. The couple, from Big Stone Gap, Virginia, went through an ugly divorce in 2016, according to authorities, and on the day it was finalized Jones allegedly showed up at the water plant where the 38-year-old Jefferson worked. Eric Monroe Jones is considered armed and dangerous. (Wise County Sheriff's Office) They got into...
    The sheriff of Loudoun County blasted the county superintendent for allowing a student accused of a highly publicized sexual assault at a local high school to transfer schools despite knowing about the assault the day it occurred. Loudoun Sheriff Mike Chapman accused superintendent Scott Ziegler in a letter last month of knowing about the "alleged sexual offense the day it occurred” but nevertheless allowing the student accused of the assault to transfer to another school “despite knowing the serious nature of the offense.” Chapman’s Nov. 10 letter was the latest in a war of words between Ziegler and Chapman. The superintendent, in a Nov. 5 letter , had accused the sheriff’s office of relaying “inaccurate information” about the assault to the Loudoun board of supervisors during their Nov. 3 meeting. The sheriff’s office had told the board that Loudoun public schools had received timely notice about sexual assault charges filed against the student. The sheriff's letter was a response to Ziegler's. LOUDOUN SCHOOL BOARD SETTLES LAWSUIT WITH TEACHER WHO REFUSED TO USE TRANSGENDER STUDENT PRONOUNS ...
    Kristen Bell has been dragged by left-leaning critics after appearing in photos chumming it up with deputies of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. A post shared on the LASD's social media pages on Sunday shows the singer and television actor in two photos: one in which she is seen smiling with an arm around two deputies and another in which she is with a deputy taking a selfie and giving a thumbs up. The post was met with a barrage of comments expressing disappointment in Bell – a staunch supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement and racial equality – and accusing her of going against her convictions by posing with police. One accused her of 'learning nothing' from her acclaimed NBC television show The Good Place, which explores what makes a truly virtuous person and centers on the idea that all people are capable of seeking redemption. The LASD captioned the post: 'Today, we had the absolute pleasure of meeting @KristenBell, who was hands down, the kindest human ever. There truly never is a dull moment at Lancaster!'...
    MONTROSE COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) — Are you missing your emu? If so, the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office would like you to contact them. “Emu at-large: The MCSO has received reports of an emu running at large in the 67000 block of Landfill Road,” officials posted on Facebook Monday morning. If this emu belongs to you, please contact dispatch at 970-249-9110. FILE PHOTO: A emu fondly named ‘Stan’ on March 19, 2014 in Longreach, Australia. (credit: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images) Emu are native to Australia and are the second largest bird in the world., after the ostrich. They can grow over six feet tall and can run at speeds up to 31 miles per hour.
    Florida law enforcement officials are being slammed for making demeaning social media posts mocking crime suspects and members of the public in an effort to build their social media following.  Sheriff's offices have become prolific social media content creators lately, but the posts, critics say, are now digital pillories for suspects who may never be found guilty.  A DailyMail.com investigation found that these desperate attempts to garner hundreds of thousands of followers - and potential voters - have exposed racist, sexist and humiliating content where suspects are made to look guilty even before the first court hearing, and some even display evidence not yet brought to court. Just last week in Palm Beach County, a man charged with aggravated assault and improper display of a firearm in July 2020, sued Sheriff Ric Bradshaw after he posted tweets mocking him and refused to delete them when the charges were dismissed.  The man claimed the posts caused 'mental anguish and hurt feelings' and is seeking punitive damages.  And while many of the posts began as public service announcements, the lure of huge...
    To report this story, The Times filed a public records request for information about bike stops that Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies made from 2017 through the end of July. More than 44,000 stops made in that time period were recorded in the department’s database as bike stops. The department provided data on each stop, including the race of the cyclist, the location of the stop, the reason for the stop and the type of search conducted, if any. Latinos made up 70% of bike riders stopped by sheriff’s deputies during that time, The Times’ analysis found. To put this figure into context, reporters compared it with the 51% share of the Latino population in the sheriff’s patrol area, according to an analysis of U.S. census data. That bike stop rate was also compared with an estimated 53% share of Latinos involved in bike accidents in the department’s jurisdiction from 2014 to 2018, according to an analysis of crash data from the California Highway Patrol and from the Transportation Injury Mapping System at UC Berkeley. To calculate total bike...
    Richard Mack. There's long been overlap between the pro-insurrection militia movement and law enforcement. The Washington Post here uses questions fielded by Bucks County, Pennsylvania, candidate for sheriff Mark Lomax as a jumping-off point to remind readers of the (ahem) bizarre right-wing beliefs that have coalesced under the codeword "constitutional sheriff." I'm not sure it was necessary to give king crackpot Richard Mack so much of a voice—Mack is the far-right anti-government ex-Oath Keeper militia member who largely willed the "constitutional sheriff" scam into being, and has views that roughly equate to: "What if we did the Confederacy again, but this time I'm in charge?" It also doesn't go much into the very batshit extremism of the constitutional sheriff movement. At its heart, yes, the movement centers around a belief that for nebulous reasons, county sheriffs are actually the top tier of all American government, have the ability to nullify federal laws that they personally believe should be nullified, and that the rest of state and federal government is basically a scam encroaching on their turf. It is a conspiracy theory developed and held...
    A Florida man was arrested Tuesday after firing nearly a dozen gunshots at a deputy during a traffic stop over the weekend and fleeing in a stolen car, authorities said. Ma'at Lee, 20, of Tampa, was identified as the suspect who fired eight gunshots toward Hillsborough County Deputy Geovanny Rodriguez after he was pulled over on suspicion of driving a stolen vehicle just before 5 a.m. Sunday, the sheriff’s office said in a news release. FLORIDA DEPUTY SHOT AT 8 TIMES DURING TRAFFIC STOP, ‘ARMED AND DANGEROUS’ SUSPECT ON THE RUN Lee’s gunfire struck the deputy’s patrol vehicle multiple times, authorities said. The sheriff’s office shared photos of the patrol vehicle’s bullet-riddled windshield. A Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputy took on gunfire during a traffic stop in Florida on Sunday. (Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office) Rodriguez, 29, was not injured during the incident and was able to return fire as the suspect fled. The suspect’s vehicle, a silver Jeep Grand Cherokee that deputies say was stolen days earlier, was recovered nearby the scene. Deputies hunted Lee for two days before taking...
    APPLEGATE (CBS13) — A DUI suspect has been arrested after she tailgated a deputy along Interstate 80, then led a high-speed chase in the rain. The Placer County Sheriff’s Office says, back on Oct. 24 around midnight, a deputy noticed someone tailgating him near the Heather Glen overpass along westbound I-80. The deputy reported that the car continued tailgating him even as he changed lanes. READ MORE: Police: Suspect In 2 Woodland Gas Station Robberies Arrested Just Before Hitting 3rd OneThis prompted the deputy to get behind the suspect’s vehicle to try and pull them over. However, the deputy says the driver wouldn’t stop. READ MORE: Historic Downtown Davis Building Damaged In FireEventually, after hitting speeds of 90 mph in the rain and allegedly driving without their headlights on, the suspect crashed into the center divider. Deputies say the driver got out and tried to run, but she was eventually found on an embankment nearby. She appeared to have been under the influence of alcohol. MORE NEWS: Remains Of Fairfield Homicide Victim Found In Monterey...
    New York Attorney General Letitia James has fired back at Andrew Cuomo's claim that her report on the sexual harassment allegations against him was a politically motivated ploy to launch her candidacy for governor. Speaking to reporters on Monday in Manhattan days after announcing her own candidacy, James defended her August report that led directly to Cuomo's resignation as governor, according to the New York Post.  'Listen, we completed our investigation. Our investigation included thousands and thousands of pieces of evidence and substantiated and corroborated all of the allegations,' she said. 'The Sheriff of Albany County has engaged in an independent investigation and my work is done. But I believe the women,' added James, an elected Democrat. The fierce war of words comes as the 2022 New York governor's race heats up, with James openly challenging Cuomo's replacement, Democrat Kathy Hochul, and Mayor Bill de Blasio reportedly mulling his own bid for the Executive Mansion.  New York Attorney General Letitia James has fired back at Andrew Cuomo's claim that her report on the sexual harassment allegations against him was politically motivated...
    The Los Angeles County Sheriff warned the county's vaccine mandate has triggered a 'mass exodus' in his department just as violent crime is on the rise.  The mandate was called in by workplaces across the country but has left police forces like LA and New York City struggling and losing their workforce.   September's message from President Biden mandated that all employers with more than 100 workers required them to be vaccinated or have tests for the virus weekly, which affected about 80 million Americans. Roughly 17 million workers at health facilities receiving federal Medicare or Medicaid were also required to be fully vaccinated.    In New York and Los Angeles, the vaccine mandate was called in for employees in each county but many workers are refusing to get jabbed.  Thousands have protested against the mandate and in Los Angeles many firefighters and police officers have filed lawsuits against the city. They have alleged the vaccine mandate violates their rights and disregards the antibodies many have from previous Covid infection.  September's message from President Joe Biden (pictured) mandated that all employers with more...
    ABC News chief legal analyst Dan Abrams told the panel at “Good Morning America” on Friday that the charging of former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo by the Albany County Sheriff’s Office was an “unusual maneuver” that was “effectively going around the district attorney.” Abrams said, “This is a very unusual maneuver that the sheriff did here. The sheriff is effectively going around the district attorney and went directly to the court. I spoke to a number of assistant district attorneys who have worked in this office before. A couple of them didn’t even know that the Sheriff could do this. The fact that the D.A. did not know that this was coming tells you that this is the Sheriff trying to put pressure on the D.A. to actually file charges. But it does create a bit of a mess for them because now the defense, Cuomo’s attorney, has a very good legal argument to make to say that this charge should be dismissed altogether.” He continued, “Even if you believe every detail of the accusation and you think she’s entirely...
    ABC News chief legal analyst Dan Abrams told Good Morning America on Friday that the filing from the Albany County Sheriff’s Office – “effectively going around the district attorney and directly to the court” – in charging former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was a very “unusual maneuver.” “I spoke to a number of assistant district attorneys who have worked in this office before. A couple of them didn’t even know that the Sheriff could do this,” said Abrams — who is also the founder of Mediaite. Cuomo was charged on Thursday with forcible touching of a former aide. The way in which the charges were filed raised eyebrows across the media and legal world. “The fact that the D.A. did not know that this was coming tells you that this is the Sheriff [Craig Apple] trying to put pressure on the D.A. to actually file charges,” Abrams explained, in a case that’s “really hard to win because not only do you have to prove that it was intentional, you have to prove that it was done for the purpose...
    The Loudoun County Public Schools superintendent complained to the local sheriff’s office over its rejection of “extraordinary” security requests for August school board meetings, documents obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation show. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) also disagreed with the fact that residents weren’t allowed to speak at the June 22 school board meeting and said the school board was being dismissive of people it didn’t agree with. LCSO said it did an investigation into an “anti-racist” social media group in which LCPS board members participated and said the school board was “firing people up and calling LCSO to clean it up.” The Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) superintendent complained to the local sheriff’s office over its rejection of “extraordinary” security requests for August school board meetings, documents obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation show. Superintendent Scott Ziegler requested officer personnel, a K-9 sweep and undercover presence from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO), which was rejected, according to documents obtained by the Fight for School PAC through public records requests. The LCSO also...
    Law enforcement officers turned down a request by Loudoun County school district for dozens of police and sheriffs at their meeting this summer, accusing the school board of being provocative and causing their own problems. The Virginia district has been the epicenter of anger this summer at school curricula and policies - in particular, the teaching of critical race theory and rules regarding transgender students. A June 22 meeting in the district descended into violence and chaos, with brawls and police called to make several arrests. Sheriffs from Loudoun County are seen on June 22 arresting a parent after a contentious meeting of the school board The row over transgender policies at Loudoun County schools has divided parents and teachers for months. Pictured, more parents at the June 22 meeting  The superintendent of Loudoun County Public Schools, Scott Ziegler, wrote to Michael Chapman of Loudoun County Sheriff's Office on August 6 to request support for their next meeting, scheduled for August 10. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next EXCLUSIVE: Scandal-hit Loudoun County rocked by another... ...
    Mendoza went on to say that police had seized about 500 rounds of ammunition from the set, among those being dummy rounds, blanks, and what investigators believe are live rounds. "We have recovered what we believe to be possible, additional, live rounds on set," the sheriff told reporters. On Monday, it was reported that some members of the crew had been using the same gun for target practice the morning of the lethal and tragic shooting. The sheriff acknowledged the report and said those claims were being actively investigated. Santa Fe County District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said that criminal charges were possible but that prosecutors had not decided whether to file them yet. "I think there was some complacency on this set, and I think there are some safety issues that need to be addressed by the industry," Mendoza concluded. Here's more about the newest developments in the case: Gun fired by Alec Baldwin on 'Rust' set contained live round www.youtube.com
    A Florida driver who was pulled over for expired license plates startled police officers after they found he had a live grenade tucked away in a rusty toolbox in the back of his pickup trunk.  'Oh shoot, is this for real?' the officer from the Flagler County Sheriff's Office can be heard saying to her partner on the bodycam footage after finding the explosive in what appeared to be an old tea container Monday.  'Oh god, I can't believe. Just back out,' the cop laughs nervously as she swings her leg over the back of the truck. 'Get out of the truck for a second. Get out of the truck, it looks like a possible grenade.'  Louis Branson, 65, was arrested after the officer found the grenade nestled inside the container, and a further search uncovered small amounts of cocaine and marijuana.  'This idiot is lucky he did not blow himself or his truck up,' Sheriff Rick Staly said.  The St. John's County explosives team removed the bomb from the vehicle and diverted traffic from the area before safely detonating...
    Investigators in New Mexico believe Alec Baldwin fired a live round on the set of Rust, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza, Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza announced Wednesday. Police have also recovered “possible additional live rounds” from the scene, Mendoza said. Following the shooting, doctors removed a projectile from Souza’s shoulder, which Mendoza described as “the same live round that was fired from the revolver by Mr. Baldwin.” The gun used in the tragic accident has also been identified, he said. “We believe that we have in our possession the firearm that was fired by Mr. Baldwin,” Mendoza told reporters at a news conference. “This is the firearm we believe discharged the bullet. We also believe that we have the spent shell casing from the bullet that was fired from the gun. The actual lead projectile that was fired has been recovered from the shoulder of Mr. Souza.” Cops found some 500 rounds of ammunition on the Rust set, which Mendoza said was “a mix of blanks, dummy rounds, and...
    GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A suspected drunk driver told the sheriff’s deputies who pulled him over that his pickup truck was actually being driven by a 4-year-old boy. The 39-year-old man was stopped on Saturday in Gillette by deputies responding to a call about a domestic dispute. He had left the home by the time he arrived, but they caught up to him 4 miles away, the Gillette News Record reported. He had his sons, ages 4 and 15, with him. When asked if he had been drinking, he said he had been — but that he had not been driving. The driver, he said, was the 4-year-old on his lap. The man refused field sobriety and breath tests, the sheriff’s report said. The deputies learned that, because of a previous conviction for driving under the influence, he was required to use an interlock ignition device — an automotive breathalyzer that requires a clean sample for the vehicle to start. Deputies arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence, violating probation and driving without the required device on his...
    (CNN)Vanessa Bryant, the widow of Kobe Bryant, said she learned about the basketball star's death when social media notifications began showing up on her phone -- hours before she got the official confirmation from the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department."I was holding onto my phone, because obviously I was trying to call my husband back, and all these notifications started popping up on my phone, saying 'RIP Kobe. RIP Kobe. RIP Kobe,'" Vanessa Bryant said in a deposition on October 12.Kobe Bryant, NBA superstar and future Hall of Famer, is dead at 41Bryant, 41, and one of his daughters, Gianna, 13, were among nine people killed when a helicopter crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, California, on January 26, 2020.They were on their way to a basketball game at the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks when the crash happened, Lady Mavericks team director Evelyn Morales said at the time.Vanessa Bryant testified as part of her lawsuit against the sheriff's department, fire department and Los Angeles County, alleging that department employees took photos of the helicopter crash site, including photos of...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — He’s a two-time convicted felon now suspected in a crime spree that left two dead and a police K-9 seriously hurt. The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department on Friday identified Allan M. Brown, of Countryside, as the suspect in the “officer-involved shooting” on Thursday. READ MORE: Police Investigating Bank Robbery In Hyde Park (Credit: Cook Co. Sheriff’s Office) According to authorities, Brown, 33, is still hospitalized and his condition is stable at an area hospital. “The Racine Sheriff’s Department will continue as the lead agency in the investigation. Charges for Mr. Brown will be forthcoming once the investigation is completed and submitted to the District Attorney’s office,” according to a news release from the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office. CBS 2’s Asal Rezaei reports from Logan Square where that crime spree started at a bus stop. It ended in Bristol, Wisconsin, just over the border. The 33-year-old suspect is from the western suburbs and has a long criminal history. The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office said the suspect is Allan Brown of Countryside. He is a convicted felon and...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department on Friday identified Allan M. Brown, of Countryside, as the suspect in the “officer-involved shooting” on Thursday. (Credit: Cook Co. Sheriff’s Office) READ MORE: Gov. JB Pritzker Announces Vaccine Or Weekly Testing Mandate For Illinois Daycare WorkersAccording to authorities, Brown, 33, is still hospitalized and his condition is stable at an area hospital. “The Racine Sheriff’s Department will continue as the lead agency in the investigation. Charges for Mr. Brown will be forthcoming once the investigation is completed and submitted to the District Attorney’s office,” according to a news release from the Kenosha County Sheriff. READ MORE: K-9, Riggs, Expected To Recover After Being Shot By Chicago Homicide Suspect During Confrontation With Kenosha County Sheriff's DeputyA Kenosha County Sheriff’s deputy shot Brown at a gas station in the village of Bristol, Wisconsin, on Thursday morning, after spotting a car that was involved in a homicide in Chicago, after he shot a police K-9, authorities said. The car he was driving belonged to the victim of one of two murders on...
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Sheriff: Producer Alec Baldwin fired the prop gun on a movie set that killed photography chief and injured director. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    (CNN)A Southern California sheriff's deputy was charged by prosecutors with assault after security camera footage showed him allegedly kicking a suspect in the head after the man appeared to have surrendered to authorities. The San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office said it has charged Deputy Corie Smith with one felony count of assault Under Color of Authority for his role in June 2021 arrest of Willie Jones in the city of Victorville, California. According to authorities, Jones was riding a motorcycle and failed to stop for a traffic violation and then led deputies on a high-speed chase that ended near a car dealership in the city of Victorville. Jones then ditched his motorcycle, fled on foot, the sheriff's department said. According to video obtained by TMZ, Jones hid under a truck and then surrendered. Smith then approached Jones, who was on his stomach, and appeared to kick him in the head, authorities said. Read More Smith, 28, was taken off duty and placed on administrative leave following after Jones' arrest and evidence in the case was handed over to...
    (CNN)The mystery behind the deaths of a couple, their baby daughter and the family dog, who were found on a hiking trail near Yosemite National Park in August, has come to an end. The cause of death for Jonathan Gerrish, Ellen Chung and their 1-year-old daughter, Miju, was hyperthermia with possible dehydration due to environmental exposure, Mariposa County Sheriff Jeremy Briese said at a news conference Thursday."This is a very tragic incident, tragic situation, and has been very unique from the onset," Briese said. The cause of death for the family dog, Oski, is still undetermined, according to the sheriff, but they also suspect heat-related issues. The hyperthermia deaths are the first Briese has seen in his 20 years in Mariposa County, he said.Read MoreSearch-and-rescue workers found the family August 17 in a remote area of the Sierra National Forest near the south fork of the Merced River, according to the sheriff's office.The Wests historic drought in 3 mapsThe trail has several steep inclines and the couple had hiked approximately 6.1 miles in temperatures ranging from the mid 70s to...
    Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain, DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick, Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg, and Kendall County Sheriff Dwight Baird have all said they will not be sending their own officers to Chicago simply to help with Lightfoot's self-imposed police shortage. "ILEAS typically responds to emergency situations where there is no opportunity for planning," Hain said Tuesday, according to the Daily Herald. "This situation to me is much different." "It's like a preplanned police shortage," Mendrick said. "The lack of logic is the thing that astounds me." "If there is a qualifying emergency situation and emergency assistance is requested, we will deploy personnel to assist, so long as we are able to maintain adequate staffing levels to keep the Lake County community safe," Idleburg told the paper. Not only are the sheriffs refusing to help the city avoid a problem of its own making, some are also questioning the logic of bringing in unvaccinated sheriff's deputies to replace unvaccinated Chicago officers. Mendrick and Hain both pointed out they do not require their deputies to get vaccinated as a...
    Putnam County Sheriff Robert Langley, Jr. is looking to “clear the air” after a recording of a telephone call he had with Carmel Town Supervisor Ken Schmitt was released to the public. In September, the recording between the two elected officials was leaked by a Putnam County Watchdog Group regarding Schmitt possibly joining the “Langley Administration” at the end of the year. The audio - taken some time in August - also included Schmitt backing Langley and expressing support for him in the upcoming November election against challenger Kevin McConville after previously backing the latter. “Late last night, an audio recording of a conversation between Putnam County Sheriff Bob Langley and Carmel Town Supervisor Ken Schmitt was released, raising serious concerns about the unethical conduct of Sheriff Langley and endangering the credibility, trust, and transparency of the Sheriff's Department,” McConville said in a statement. McConville later went on to compare Langley’s alleged misconduct to the Watergate scandal and called for the District Attorney to launch an investigation into the Sheriff’s actions. “The 18-plus minute recording, which was political in nature,...
    Lauren Wambles, also known as Aubrey Gold, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday for her role in a murder last year A former porn star was sentenced to 10 years in prison for her role in a murder - and she plans to testify against her boyfriend, who shot the man. Lauren Wambles, 24, pled no contest to one count of 'accessory after the fact to second degree murder with a firearm' for the July 2020 killing of 51-year-old Raul Ambriz Guillen, according to the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida. Wambles, who performed as Aubrey Gold in 31 movies between 2015 and 2018, was sentenced on Monday.  Authorities believe that Wambles' boyfriend, William Shane Parker, is the one who shot Guillen. He's awaiting trial on a charge of second degree murder with a firearm. No motive for the killing has been given, although investigators say they believe it was linked to a drugs dispute.  Guillen, the victim, was last seen at the Graceville, Florida home of Jeremie Odell Peters with couple Wambles and Parker.  Prosecutors believed Parker shot Guillen...
    A Palo Alto woman who went missing while hiking was found safe after spending two nights in freezing and snowy conditions, the Fresno County sheriff’s office said. Jolly Bose, 49, had been reported missing after she became separated from companions on Sunday afternoon on a ridge near Kaiser Pass, above Huntington Lake in the southern Sierra Nevada. The two-day search ended Tuesday afternoon when a helicopter crew sighted her near Ershim Lake, which is around 9,000 feet elevation. The lake is about 4½ miles south of where she was last seen. She was reunited with her family and required no medical attention, the sheriff’s office said. During the time she was missing, overnight temperatures were in the teens and 5 inches of snow fell in the area, the agency said.  
    A 4'8 black woman who lost her eye in a car accident was filmed being flung to the ground by a white sheriff's deputy with such force that her braids broke off.    Shantel Arnold, 34, was attacked by the deputy from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office on September 20 after she was previously ambushed by three neighborhood boys, locals say.  Arnold, standing at a height of 4'8 and weighing 100 pounds, was seen as an easy target for the boys due to her small, skinny frame and her missing eye from a prior car accident, it is claimed. The deputy then went after Arnold, who had used a stick to fend the boys off as her stepfather Lionel Gray, 71, shooed them off, according to eyewitnesses. He is said to have begun attacking Arnold after she refused to talk to him about what had happened, because she just wanted to get home.   A 14 second video showed the deputy, who hasn't been named, hurling Arnold to the ground, prompting outrage among family members and racial justice groups who say she...
    Mark Dannels, sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona, warned that the war on drugs is back and will continue to get worse until the U.S.-Mexico border is secure. Dannels told "America's Newsroom" co-host Bill Hemmer that law enforcement and Border Patrol have been set up for failure.  SEN. BLACKBURN TOURS BORDER, SAYS CRISIS ‘CANNOT CONTINUE’ AS SHE CALLS ON BIDEN TO STEP UP SHERIFF MARK DANNELS: They've set us up for failure here on the southwest border completely. And let me give you some numbers that kind of highlight what's going on. This fiscal year we've had 10,000 pounds of fentanyl, 180,000 pounds of meth, 86,000 pounds of cocaine, 5,000 pounds of heroin, and 311,000 pounds of marijuana come through the southwest border this fiscal year.  The war on drugs is back, and until America steps up on this and secures this border it's only going to get worse.  WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW BELOW: Video This article was written by Fox News staff.
    A North Carolina caller was the latest to report a potential sighting of fugitive Brian Laundrie in Rocky Mount, N.C. early Wednesday evening.  "White male subject wearing a light grey t-shirt… walking toward 301… advised that he looked like Brian Laundrie," the dispatcher said over the scanner around 5:45 p.m. ET.  Police officers investigated the sighting and found that it was a false alarm.  "There was a citizen passerby that spotted an individual that matched the description of Brian Laundrie," Cpl. Ricky Jackson told Fox News. "Officers went to the area, located the individual that they were referring to, and we can positively identify that individual was not Brian Laundrie." Brian Laundrie, seen here in body camera footage on Aug. 12, disappeared from his North Port home on Sept. 13, according to his family's attorney.  (Moab City Police Department) It's the latest in a series of reported sightings of Laundrie in North Carolina and other states.  GABBY PETITO AUTOPSY: CORONER RULES STRANGULATION CAUSE OF DEATH Dennis Davis, a hiker who claims he is "100%" positive he saw Brian Laundrie...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The Cook County sheriff is pushing to get these so-called ghost guns off the streets. County and state leaders want to ban ghost guns. Those are homemade firearms that do not have serial numbers and cannot be traced. READ MORE: Officer Carlos Yanez Jr. Released From Rehab Facility More Than 2 Months After Being Shot In Line Of DutyThe kits to make them don’t require background checks which lets anyone buy them. On Thursday, the Cook County sheriff and Illinois state Sen. Jacqueline Collins introduced a new bill making it illegal to own or sell these types of weapons. They’re looking to get the bill passed quickly. READ MORE: Man Charged In CTA Attack In The LoopSheriff Tom Dart showed off one of the ghost guns saying the number of them on the streets keeps going up. “But the notion that somehow we need to have guns like this that have no markings on them; no serial numbers, no bill that needs to be traced is absurd. And the last thing we need in our community right...
    An intruder who was fatally shot Sunday in a recently sold home was the son of the former owner, the Calaveras County sheriff’s office says. The man — Lennin Elizalde, 28 — had been discovered the previous morning in the Valley Springs house when the new residents were moving in, said the agency’s account. He refused to leave until they called 911 — and then he threatened them and said he would return. A sheriff’s deputy called by the owners found Elizalde in the area before noon Saturday and arrested him on suspicion of illegal entry into a dwelling, vandalism and possession of methamphetamine, all misdemeanors. While he was being taken to jail, Elizalde told the deputy that the home belonged to his family and that he intended to return there. Because of that threat, the deputy requested a bail increase. The judge denied the request, and Elizalde was released from jail at 6:20 p.m. Saturday. Around 12:25 a.m. Sunday, a 911 call was made by a person in the Valley Springs home. Deputies arrived to find two men in...
    A three-year-old who went missing in Texas on Wednesday was found alive Saturday five miles from his home, according to the Grimes County Sheriff’s Office. Christopher Ramirez’s mother and grandmother were unloading their vehicle outside their home Wednesday when he disappeared, and a neighbor reportedly saw him chasing a dog down the street, according to Fox News. ????BREAKING NEWS????AMAZING UPDATE ???? 3-YEAR-OLD MISSING FOR FOUR DAYS FOUND ALIVE ???????? The Grimes County Sheriff’s Office says… Posted by Melissa Vega on Saturday, October 9, 2021 The sheriff’s office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Houston field office, Texas Equusearch, along with volunteers and additional groups had been looking for Ramirez for four days before an individual living nearby spotted him in the dense woods. “We found little Christopher about five something miles from here,” Grimes County Sheriff Don Sowell explained, adding he was in good health and on his way to the hospital with his mother. In a Facebook post on Saturday, Sowell expressed his thanks to those who helped in the search and the person who located the child:...
    (CNN)The Brevard County Sheriff's Office in Florida is looking to reunite $2 million worth of marijuana with its rightful owner, according to a snarky post on the department's Facebook page."If you happened to have lost or misplaced approximately 770 pounds of high grade marijuana and would like to have your property returned, please contact our Narcotics Agents and we will be more than happy to reunite you with your lost property!!" read the statement written by Sheriff Wayne Ivey.The drugs were found in a mini-storage facility in Viera, on Florida's eastern coast. The post went on to say everyone loses or misplaces important items all the time, and the Sheriff's Office "always strives to do the right thing." The post urged the "rightful owner" to go to the department's Criminal Investigative Services building."Once we properly identify you as the rightful owner we will gladly return your property and also make sure that both you and your property are kept in a secure area so that no one can try to rip you off!!" Ivey's post read. Read MoreThe post ended...
    AN Arizona police officer is in critical condition after being injured in the department's station in Avondale Saturday. The Maricopa police department are on the hunt for the suspect. 3The Maricopa police department are on the hunt for the suspectCredit: abc15 3It's unclear how exactly the unnamed officer was injuredCredit: abc15 Witnesses said they saw someone lying on the ground injured at around 11am local time, as reported by ABC15. The department confirmed the officer was at the hospital in critical condition. According to AZcentral, the deputy was found injured near the MCSO's District II substation near Van Buren Street and Dysart Road. "Today, right before 11am we found a deputy that was injured," said spokesperson Sgt. Monica Bretado. "He was transported to the hospital, and right now he's in critical condition." It's unclear how exactly the unnamed officer was injured. Most read in The US SunMOST WANTED Laundrie's parents agree to help search as sleuths think he's in their gardenNEW FACTS Nancy Grace predicts what Gabby autopsy will reveal once it is finally releasedDARK AGES Lebanon plunges into darkness...
    A Lancaster teenager has filed legal claims against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and her school district alleging she was slammed to the ground by a deputy at school after refusing to give him her phone. MiKayla Robinson, a 16-year-old Black student at Lancaster High School, was waiting to speak to the vice principal on Aug. 30, when a deputy assigned to patrol the school approached and demanded to see her phone, according to the legal claims, which are a precursor to a lawsuit. When Robinson refused, the deputy tried to grab the phone and she started to walk away, the documents said. The deputy then followed her, grabbed her arms and forcibly took her to the ground, according to the documents. A bystander recorded the incident in a 43-second video that shows the deputy knocking Robinson to the ground and pinning her face down. The deputy is seen straddling her for more than 30 seconds while she yelled for him to get off and not to touch her phone. The video clip ends as a...
    Patrick T. Fallon/AFP, Getty Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Thursday that he will not enforce the vaccine mandate passed yesterday by the city council, because “the issue has become so politicized.” The city council on Wednesday approved a measure requiring anyone older than 12 entering any indoor public venues, besides grocery stores and pharmacies, to be vaccinated starting Nov. 4. The order extends to places such as restaurants, salons, gyms, and sports arenas. Those with religious or medical exemptions are required to show a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours. Villanueva, however, has decided not to enforce the city’s mandate. “The issue has become so politicized,” Villanueva said. “There are entire groups of employees that are willing to be fired and laid off rather than get vaccinated, so I don’t want to be in a position to lose 5, 10 percent of my workforce overnight on a vaccine mandate.” LA Sheriff Villanueva says that he will not enforce a vaccine mandate, saying employees are willing to get fired over it. "I dont want to be in a position...
    FREDERICK, Md. (WJZ) — Officials announced that they have found the body of 79-year-old Anthony “Tony” Joseph Walker in a Jefferson creek bed. “This is an especially sad time for the Walker family, the Jefferson community, and all Frederick County residents,” said Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins. “Our deepest condolences go out to Tony’s family, friends, and neighbors and please know that the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office will be here to support you however we can.” Deputies were first notified of his disappearance on Oct. 6 around 9:20 a.m. They found home camera footage of Walker leaving the residence at 1:40 a.m. Wednesday. The investigation is still ongoing. Walker’s body will be taken to the medical examiner’s office for a full autopsy.
    Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco was a paying member in 2014 of the Oath Keepers, a far-right, anti-government group whose ranks participated in the Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6, prompting some local leaders to call for his resignation. Bianco acknowledged his former membership — but did not denounce the group — after the information came to light through a data leak. “Like many other law enforcement officers and veterans who were members, I learned the group did not offer me anything and so I did not continue membership,” Bianco said in a statement Wednesday. Bianco, elected sheriff in 2018, said that he has not been a member of the group since 2014. The whistleblower group Distributed Denial of Secrets in late September made available roughly 5 gigabytes of emails, chat logs, members and donor lists and other files from the servers of the Oath Keepers. J.J. MacNab, a fellow with George Washington University’s Program on Extremism, posted Monday on Twitter that the leak revealed Bianco was once a dues-paying member. MacNab said Wednesday she specifically...
    As Texas gears up for potentially the largest surge of illegal immigrants to date, Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West described the dire situation on "Fox & Friends First" Wednesday.  "Our people, they’re exhausted, they’re tired, but they’re still plugging away," West said, adding he's never seen the situation as bad as it is currently. HOUSE HOMELAND REPUBLICANS DEMAND TRANSPARENCY FROM BIDEN OVER 'OUT OF CONTROL' BORDER CRISIS A new wave of roughly 60,000 Haitian migrants is reportedly making its way to the southern border, as West argued the border crisis will only likely spread wider. "Well, we're preparing for the worst. We're expecting the worst. But, you know, it's just the failure of the federal government was disappointing and people down here are getting tired of it." "We believe that they're going to expand throughout the whole southwest border and try to come across that way," West said. VideoWest also noted how residents of his community have been negatively impacted by the migrant surge.  "They're not happy with it at all," West said. "I’ve got ranchers that have constantly...
    The Oath Keepers, a far-right militia group, were among the extremists whose members violently attacked the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6 — and they have been actively recruiting law enforcement officers and military veterans. One of the law enforcement officers in Southern California who was a member of the Oath Keepers in the past, according to the Orange County Register, is Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco. In an article published the Register on October 5, reporters Joe Nelson and Scott Schwebke explain that Bianco "was a dues-paying member of the Oath Keepers in 2014, an affiliation he acknowledges and makes no apologies for despite the group's reputation as a militia of anti-government extremists." Bianco, according to the reporters, has "defended the group as a pro-Constitution, pro-freedom organization mislabeled by the FBI and mainstream media." Nelson and Schwebke report, "Bianco's one-time membership — along with the memberships of roughly 40,000 others, including current and former law enforcement and military personnel nationwide — was exposed after hackers breached the Oath Keepers' website and mined its data. The information was made available...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Dax the dog fetched a couple of suspected car thieves early Saturday morning in Lake County. According to Lake County Sheriff’s police, a sheriff’s sergeant spotted a red Tesla speeding in the area of Route 60 and Route 21 in Vernon Hills around 12:30 a.m. The car, which was determined to be stolen, was found disabled a short time later near Route 41 and Route 176. READ MORE: CBS Chicago Special Report: Why I Carjack; Teens Tell AllLake Bluff Officers then established a perimeter and Sheriff’s Canine Dax and other sheriff’s deputies responded. Dax: Hero dog. (Lake County Sheriff) READ MORE: Person Dies In Northbrook FireSheriff’s Canine Dax located a 17-year-old male, who ran away from Dax, directly to a waiting Lake Bluff Police Officer, who took him into custody. A short time later, a second 17-year-old was located by Dax hiding  in the wooded area. He too was taken into custody. Both juveniles live in Grayslake. MORE NEWS: Man In Critical Condition After Humboldt Park Rollover CrashBoth were turned over to Vernon Hills Police,...