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    A Texas man has sued the US Drug Enforcement Agency after an agent and a Nevada Trooper seized his life savings of $87,000 in February, claiming a dog smelled drugs on the money.  Stephen Lara, 39, a Marine, was on his way to visit his daughters in North California on February 19 when he took his entire life savings out of the bank because he 'doesn't trust banks.' A Nevada State Highway Patrol officer pulled him over for driving slowly and confronted Lara about the cash, who denied it was for any criminal purpose.  Although Lara was never charged with a crime, a DEA agent helped the officer seize the cash as part of its 'adoption' policy, which allows them to take property connected to criminal activity without ever levying criminal charges.  The DEA immediately returned the money following the lawsuit and a report from the Washington Post. The Institute for Justice (IJ), which helped Lara file the lawsuits in September, said they would continue to pursue them. 'If this could happen to me, as combat veteran who served overseas...
    INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. (WCCO) — The Minnesota State Patrol says a trooper and a driver were hurt in a crash Tuesday afternoon in Inver Grove Heights. The trooper had pulled off onto the shoulder of Highway 52 just north of Interstate 494, with their emergency lights on, when a driver struck their squad car. READ MORE: Rep. Ilhan Omar Reveals Death Threat Voicemail, Urges House GOP To Address 'Anti-Muslim Hatred' (credit: MnDOT) READ MORE: Twin Cities Entrepreneur Dreaming Big After Small Popcorn Business Gets Boost From Stephen ColbertBoth the trooper and the driver were taken to Regions Hospital with injuries that aren’t life threatening. The state patrol is investigating. MORE NEWS: Man Arrested After Allegedly Robbing Cottage Grove Bank, Fleeing On Foot   More On WCCO.com: COVID Took His Wife And Left Him Hospitalized, Now He’s Urging Others To Get Vaccinated Infant Found Dead, Mother Arrested During St. Cloud Welfare Check, Police Say Wisconsin Truck Driver Killed In Carver County Rollover Crash Gay 90’s Disputes Woman’s Claim That She Was Nearly Kidnapped From Minneapolis Bar
    An investigation is underway after a Freightliner box truck driven by a Dutchess County resident struck a New York State Police car in Westchester County, injuring a state trooper. State Police said the crash happened at about 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30, in the town of Greenburgh. The trooper parked the patrol car on the southbound right shoulder of I-87 and was monitoring traffic between exits 7 and 7A when the southbound Ace Endico food truck struck the driver's side of the cruiser authorities said.  The trooper was taken to Westchester Medical Center to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries, police said. He has since been released.  Authorities said the car was significantly damaged in the crash.  Both the 35-year-old Fishkill man who was driving the box truck and his passenger were not injured, police reported. State Police issued a reminder to drivers "to slow down and move over when emergency and construction vehicles are working on the highway."
    BEAR, Del. (CBS) — A Perryville, Maryland, man is behind bars and charged with the attempted murder of Delaware State Police troopers after he slammed a stolen tow truck into three police vehicles. Police say 30-year-old John Collins is charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder of an officer. State troopers responded to a report around 2:45 a.m. Monday of a person in a tow truck driving through vehicles in the Hertrich Collision Center. READ MORE: Camden County Issues Code Blue Due To How Cold It Will Get Tuesday Night (Credit: Delaware State Police) Authorities say an officer spotted the suspect in the Brandwine Woods development and attempted to make contact at a dead end, but Collins drove the tow truck into the state police vehicle, disabling it. The trooper, police say, was treated for his injuries and was released from a hospital. Collins then left the development, traveling westbound on Pulaski Highway when another trooper pursued him. Police say during the pursuit, Collins intentionally struck another state police vehicle stationed in the median strip, disabling the vehicle...
    A New York State trooper opened fire on the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge after being struck by a car on Sunday.  Around 12.50pm, shots were reported to have been fired at the entrance of the bridge on the Manhattan span, according to police.  Police later confirmed that the trooper had initially been struck by a gray car.  While nobody was injured by the shots, the trooper was taken to Elmhurst Hospital in Queens to treat a leg injury he suffered during the incident. He is stable, police said.  NYPD units confirmed a suspect, who has not been named, was taken into custody in the Bronx, near W 138th St and Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, ABC News reported.  A New York State trooper opened fire on the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge after being struck by a car on Sunday The trooper shot more than once after being struck by a car  Police received reports that the trooper opened fire shortly before 1pm on Sunday  A gray car, likely to be the one pictured, struck the trooper, police said  The NYPD warned...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- A New York State trooper fired a shot as he attempted to stop a vehicle on the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge Sunday.The scene unfolded around 12:45 p.m.At one point the trooper's vehicle was sideswiped.Police said one suspect is in custody, but no other details were provided.Video from the scene showed traffic on the bridge was at a standstill as police investigated.The video showed at least three had been damaged vehicles.MORE NEWS: Fauci says omicron variant will 'inevitably' arrive in USEMBED More News Videos While the new omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus has not yet been detected in the United States, it will "inevitably" arrive, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday. ----------* Get Eyewitness News Delivered * More New York City news* Send us a news tip* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts * Follow us on YouTube Submit a News Tip
    A New York State Trooper who was reassigned to the Canadian border after it was found out that he was having a relationship with deposed Governor Andrew Cuomo's daughter has gotten himself a promotion. Dane Pfeiffer, 35, has been upped to a sergeant with the New York State Police and has been assigned to New York City, beginning on Thanksgiving Day.  Pfeiffer struck up a relationship with Cara Kennedy-Cuomo, 25, in early 2020 when he was part of her father's security detail in Albany and she had moved into the Executive Mansion during the coronavirus pandemic, according to sources.  Due to a sexual harassment scandal, Cuomo is now no longer Pfeiffer's boss.  People familiar with the matter told the New York Post the governor found out the pair were dating soon after and Pfeiffer was removed from his security detail and transferred 160 miles away to a state police station in Plattsburgh, near the Canadian border. State police said the trooper requested a 'voluntary transfer' on May 24, 2020, to join Troop B in northeastern New York, but sources claim he was sent away...
    A new report commissioned by the New York State Assembly found “overwhelming evidence” that former Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed state employees. The report, released Monday, was ordered by State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie as part of an impeachment inquiry into the sexual harassment allegations, the purposeful under-counting of nursing home COVID-19 deaths and Cuomo’s instruction that state employees contribute to his book during work hours. Cuomo resigned from office in August rather than face impeachment. He has been accused of sexual harassment by at least eleven women, including multiple assistants in his office and a state trooper on his protective detail. A report released by state Attorney General Letitia James buttressed those claims, and the former governor was charged with a misdemeanor sex crime in October. (RELATED: ‘Gratifying His Sexual Desires’: Andrew Cuomo Charged With Sex Crime For Allegedly Groping Woman) NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 03: New York Attorney General Letitia James presents the findings of an independent investigation into accusations by multiple women that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed them on August...
    DORCHESTER (CBS) – Massachusetts State Police trooper Jordan Cavaco was arrested Wednesday on domestic violence charges after he allegedly choked a woman in May. The incident happened on May 28. State Police said Cavaco allegedly was driving in Dorchester when he pulled off of Interstate 93 near Gallivan Blvd. during a verbal altercation with a woman he was dating. Police said Cavaco “choked the victim and punched her repeatedly.” He then allegedly stopped the woman from getting out of the car and instead drove her back to his apartment. Cavaco, 27, of Brockton, is charged with domestic assault and battery, strangulation, and kidnapping. The victim reported the incident last week to a local police department. Following his arrest Wednesday morning, Cavaco was expected to be arraigned in the Dorchester Division of Boston Municipal Court. Cavaco was relieved of duty last week. Following a Monday duty status hearing, Cavaco was suspended without pay until the criminal and internal investigations are completed. At that point, State Police said further action is possible. “The facts as alleged by the victim are unconscionable,” Col. Christopher...
    BOSTON (CBS) – A driver was taken into custody early Wednesday morning after Massachusetts State Police said he led troopers on a chase from Hopkinton to Dorchester overnight. A witness told State Police a driver was operating “erratically” on the eastbound side of the Massachusetts Turnpike in Hopkinton around 1:15 a.m. A trooper tried to stop the car, but it took off. The trooper went after it, but backed off when the car went into a road construction work zone on the Pike in Southboro. When the car came out of the work zone in Natick, State Police picked up the chase again. Further down the highway, police said they “deployed tire deflation devices at multiple points.” That deflated all four tires on the car and it eventually stopped on Route 93 in Dorchester. “The operator of the vehicle was evaluated on scene by Boston EMS, taken into custody and transported back to the State Police-Charlton Barracks for booking,” State Police spokesman Dave Procopio said in statement. The driver’s name has not been released. No other information is available at...
    Authorities have released the identity of the man struck and killed by a New Jersey State Trooper on Route 1 last week. Donelle Miles, 50, of Plainsboro, was struck on the southbound side of the highway near Raymond Road in South Brunswick around 5:55 a.m. Nov. 11, Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone said. Miles was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Jonathan Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4328.
    CHICAGO (CBS) – An Illinois state trooper is injured after being struck by another vehicle while investigating a crash early Sunday morning, according to authorities. Police said around 1:25 a.m., the trooper was investigating a crash on Interstate 55 southbound near milepost 260 in Will County. While in his squad car, a 2017 black Acura crashed head on into the trooper’s squad car. The trooper was transported to a local area hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the Acura, Liem T. Nguyen, 36, from Joliet, IL, was charged with violation of Scott’s Law and driving under the influence. So far this year, there have been 21 ISP squad cars struck in relation to Scott’s Law and 13 Troopers have sustained injuries from Scott’s Law-related crashes.
    SHERIDAN TOWNSHIP, Michigan (WNEM) — An injured owl is recovering after being hit by a car in Sheridan Township. On Wednesday at 9:35 a.m., State Trooper Brayden Rich was dispatched to Wadsworth Road near Thomas Road for an injured owl. When he arrived, he located the owl, which appeared to have been hit by a vehicle. READ MORE: Portion Of I-94 To Close This Weekend In Detroit For Overpass RemovalTpr. Rich was able to get in contact with Critter Crossing Rehabilitation in Lapeer and was given instructions on how to capture and transport the owl. Using an emergency blanket and a tote bag from his patrol car, the trooper was able to safely capture and transfer the owl for treatment. READ MORE: Michigan, City Of Benton Harbor Announce Program To Help Eligible Residents With Water BillsThe owl, an adult female Great Horned Owl sustained head trauma and subcutaneous emphysema injuries. She will be treated with oxygen and fluid therapy along with medication. Once healed, the owl will be taken to Wildside Rehabilitation in Eaton Rapids to conduct flight training before...
    A male pedestrian was struck and killed by a New Jersey State Police trooper early Thursday morning, authorities in Middlesex County said. The crash occurred around 5:55 a.m. near on Route 1 south near Raymond Road in South Brunswick, Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone said. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene and his identity was being withheld pending notification. The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Jonathan Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4328.
    A suspect remained at large following a chase on Route 46 in Warren County before dawn Wednesday, state police said. A state trooper attempted to stop a black GMC van for a violation in the westbound lanes near milepost 14.2 in Liberty Township just before 12:40 a.m., NJSP Trooper Brandi Slota told Daily Voice. The van driver failed to stop for the trooper’s lights and siren, initiating a brief chase, Slota said. The driver then abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot, police said. The investigation is ongoing, authorities said.
    A Westmoreland County father has been arrested after he allegedly stabbed his son during an argument over chores, according to Pennsylvania state police. Richard Cain, 58, of Apollo, was taken into custody following an argument, that turned into a physical fight with his son at their home in the 2000 block of Second Street in Bell Township around on Sunday around 6 p.m., according to police at a press conference on Sunday. “The victim and (Cain) were yelling at each other, and the victim was hurling food and other objects toward (Cain),” TribeLive reports Trooper Anthony Derry said the witnesses told him. The argument was over household chores and the teenager wanting a ride somewhere, according to police at the press conference. During the argument Cain allegedly picked up a kitchen knife and stabbed his son in the back, according to police. “It was almost like a tackle taking place or the youth had his arms wrapped around his father’s waist, and subsequently the knife was plunged into his back,” said Trooper Steve Limani at the press conference....
    SHARON (CBS) — One young man is dead and another is facing charges after a violent car crash in Sharon Sunday night. Massachusetts State Police said around 8 p.m., a 2020 Nissan Altima went speeding by a work detail on Route 1 in Foxboro. “The Nissan almost struck a worker on the detail who had re-entered his truck mere seconds earlier,” State Police said. READ MORE: Nashua Man Charged With Murdering Grandmother Pleads Not GuiltyA trooper began pursuing the car but then the chase was called off shortly thereafter because they couldn’t stop the car safely. “The Nissan, which never stopped operating excessive speed, then collided with the rear of a Subaru Forrester that was northbound at the intersection of Route 1 and Old Post Road in Sharon.” READ MORE: When Are Rudolph & Frosty On TV? Here's The 2021 CBS Holiday Special ScheduleAfter hitting the Subaru, the Nissan then hit a Dodge Durango. The driver of the Subaru, a 21-year-old Kevin Earley, of Sharon, was killed as a result. The driver of the Dodge suffered non-life-threatening injuries. MORE NEWS: Pfizer...
    UNION, Pa. (CBS/AP) — A Pennsylvania state trooper shot and killed a man in Lebanon County after a struggle inside the man’s moving vehicle caused the trooper to be dragged, authorities said. The shooting occurred around 10:40 p.m. Sunday in Union Township, shortly after troopers responded to a report of a man violating a protection from abuse order. Authorities say while troopers tried to arrest 40-year-old Andrew Dzwonchyk, of Jonestown, he started to drive his vehicle while a trooper was partially inside it. The trooper was briefly dragged and shot Dzwonchyk after unsuccessfully trying to subdue him with a Taser. READ MORE: Sixers Have 'Engaged' In Trade Talks With Boston Celtics Revolving Around Ben Simmons: ReportHe was taken to the hospital but pronounced dead a short time later. READ MORE: School Bus With 29 Children Aboard Crashes Into Creek In Easton, Injuries ReportedNo other injuries were reported during the incident. The name of the trooper who shot Dzwonchyk was not disclosed. MORE NEWS: Preliminary Hearing For Fiston Ngoy, Man Charged In SEPTA Train Rape, Will Be Continued At Later Date©...
    A Lebanon County man was shot and killed by Pennsylvania state police while in the process of being arrested, according to a release by Pennsylvania state police. Andrew J. Dzwonchyk, 40, of Jonestown, was violating a protection from abuse order and was not supposed to be in the place where he was found when police arrived, according to the release. Dzwonchyk was in the driver seat of his car when police got to the 60 block of Ridge Drive in Union Township, based on the release. "A struggle ensued with Dzwonchyk as troopers were attempting to take Dzwonchyk into custody," the release states, "Dzwonchyk drove forward and in reverse while one trooper was partially in the vehicle, causing the trooper to be dragged." Troopers did attempt to use a TASER but were unsuccessful, as stated in the release.  That's when a trooper "discharged his firearm striking Dzwonchyk," the statement from PSP says. Troopers administered first aid and emergency medical services arrived at the scene shortly afterwards, but ultimately a coroner was called and Dzwonchyk was pronounced dead at the scene,...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 70-year-old woman was arrested Saturday night after authorities say she threatened a state trooper and prompted a highway closure. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the incident began when a trooper saw a driver going the wrong way on Concordia Avenue in St. Paul. The driver then entered a closed construction site. The trooper followed, and the driver exited her vehicle and walked towards the trooper’s. She then tried to get back in her vehicle, and when the trooper tried to stop her, she allegedly pointed “what appeared to be a handgun” at the trooper, state patrol said. Authorities later determined she did not have a “real firearm.” She drove away, eventually abandoning her vehicle near St. Anthony Avenue West and Pascal Street. Authorities found her on a nearby bridge over Interstate 94. They closed the interstate “in the interest of public safety.” The Minnesota State Patrol says a 70-year-old woman is in custody after an altercation with a Trooper Saturday night. The woman pointed an object (initially thought to be a handgun) at the Trooper...
    KINGSTON N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A veteran New York State trooper charged with murder in the death of an 11-year-old Brooklyn girl will remain in jail. An Ulster County judge on Thursday rejected a proposal for cash bail and home confinement, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported. READ MORE: New York State Trooper Christopher Baldner Charged With Murder In Christmas 2020 Crash In Ulster County That Killed 11-Year-OldSuspended Trooper Christopher Baldner looked stunned after Judge Bryan Rounds sent him back to jail. Baldner faces murder and other charges in the death of Monica Goods, who was in a car with her father, Tristin Goods, on Dec. 22, 2020. Baldner stopped him for driving more than 100 mph on I-87. There was a dispute, Baldner used pepper spray, and Tristin Goods took off. Prosecutors say Baldner gave chase before ramming the other car twice, causing it to flip. Monica Goods was ejected and killed. “Rather than being accidental, the defendant’s actions on Dec. 22 were deliberate, willful, and depraved,” Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Gashi said. Baldner’s defense team offered a bail package of $100,000...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- A judge on Thursday denied bail for a New York state trooper who is charged with murder after a pursuit ended with the death of an 11-year-old girl from Brooklyn.Monica Goods' father was driving his wife and two daughters to visit relatives before Christmas last year when Trooper Christopher Baldner stopped him for speeding in the town of Ulster.Prosecutors say Tristan Goods fled the scene after Baldner sprayed pepper spray into the vehicle during the stop, leading to a chase.Baldner pursued the SUV and rammed his police vehicle into the other vehicle twice, the prosecutors said.ALSO READ | Banks tell customers they're responsible if they pay Zelle scammersEMBED More News Videos Bank of America tells customers Zelle is a separate company -- even though B of A and other banks own Zelle and add it to their menu of services. After the second strike, the SUV flipped over several times and came to rest upside down, with Monica ejected from the vehicle.Attorney General Letitia James has jurisdiction over deaths caused by police officers."Police officers are entrusted...
    Pennsylvania State Police are seeking the public’s help identifying a suspect in a Designer Shoe Warehouse (DSW) shoplifting.  Last Friday, Oct. 29, the suspect was seen entering the DWS store on Airport Center Drive in Hanover Township (Lehigh County) and placing six pairs of Timberland boots in a plastic bag, according to Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Nathan Branosky. He left the store without paying, according to state police. The boots are worth approximately $540, Branosky said. Investigators described the suspect as a man standing between 5'6" and 5'8" tall and dressed in dark clothing. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Trooper Tyler Herrera at (610) 861 - 2026 and reference incident number PA21-1443926.
    A man was shot dead by a Pennsylvania State Trooper, according to police. Glenn William Custer, 59, died at the scene of the shooting on Sunday, Pennsylvania state police said in a statement released on Monday morning. Police were called to a domestic dispute at a home on Gilberg Lane in West Hanover Township, Dauphin County just after 5 p.m., according to the release. When troopers arrived, Custer was acting erratically while holding a knife, as stated in the release. Custer refused multiple demands to drop the knife, police say. Instead, he ran towards occupied homes in the area then returned to the home where police first responded to the domestic dispute, according to the release. As he approached the original home, he refused to listen to police and one trooper shot Custer— killing him, the release states. Traffic was diverted from the area for many hours but the scene was announced to no long be active with no threat to the public on Monday around 9:30 a.m., by State Trooper Meghan Ammerman. The investigation is still ongoing, police say.
    DORCHESTER (CBS) – A Massachusetts State Trooper who just graduated from the training academy is now facing criminal charges in a deadly motorcycle crash in Boston early Friday morning. State Police said 25-year-old probationary trooper Kristopher Carr of Monson is charged with motor vehicle homicide while OUI and negligent operation of a motor vehicle in the crash. He will be arraigned Friday in Dorchester District Court. Investigators said Carr was off-duty, driving a woman in a Ford Explorer on Route 93 south just before 1:30 a.m. when he lost control, hit the median barrier and stopped perpendicular to traffic near the Freeport Street exit. He and the woman got out of the SUV after the crash. Moments later, a motorcycle slammed into the Explorer. That driver, 51-year-old Christopher Zike of Winthrop, was rushed to Boston Medical Center where he died. Carr was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital with what police said were “possible minor injuries.” His 24-year-old passenger had a minor injury. Carr was released from the hospital and was booked at the South Boston barracks. State Police spokesman Dave...
    DORCHESTER (CBS) – A Massachusetts State Trooper who just graduated from the training academy has been charged in connection with a deadly motorcycle crash in Boston early Friday morning, sources told WBZ-TV’s I-Team. The trooper, who has not been identified, was off-duty at the time of the crash. He just graduated last week and is still on probation with the State Police. He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Dorchester District Court. There has been no comment yet from State Police. No other information is available at this point on the investigation.
    A dashcam video captured a Florida Highway Patrol trooper saving a toddler from choking on the side of an entrance ramp on Interstate 95 near Miami. The agency released the dashcam footage from the October 16 incident in a Twitter post that called the trooper a hero. 'Trooper Mathieu recently responded to an emergency involving a 1 year old toddler who was unresponsive on I-95. Trooper Mathieu’s first aid training immediately kicked in as he jumped into action, performing a series of back blows until the toddler regained consciousness! #Hero,' the FHP tweeted. Miami police have released dashcam footage of an officer saving a choking child Reginald Mathieu, a highway patrol officer in Florida, ran to the where the group were gathered and saved the life of a baby girl The Florida Highway Patrol described Trooper Mathieu's action as 'heroic' Trooper Reginald Mathieu was heading to a crash scene and had been giving another driver a speeding ticket when the little girl’s parents flagged him down after the youngster choked on a pancake and began turning blue. They and two...
    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (CBS) – New Hampshire State Police Staff Sgt. Jesse Sherrill was killed early Thursday morning when a tractor-trailer slammed into his cruiser in Portsmouth. It happened around 12:30 a.m. near Exit 5 on the northbound side of Interstate 95. Staff Sgt. Jesse Sherrill. (Image Credit: New Hampshire State Police) Sherrill was working a construction detail while crews installed a rumble strip on the road when his cruiser was hit. The veteran trooper was taken to Portsmouth Regional Hospital but did not survive. The tractor-trailer involved has a logo from the Lay’s potato chip company. Police said the driver was taken to the hospital but later released. A New Hampshire State Police trooper was hit by a tractor-trailer in Portsmouth. (Courtesy Photo) Sherrill started with Hooksett Police in 2001 and was hired by New Hampshire State Police in 2002. “Staff Sgt. Sherrill was known as a trooper’s trooper, a consummate dedicated professional and a true family man,” State Police Col. Nathan Noyes said at a press conference. Gov. Chris Sununu ordered all flags on all public buildings to fly...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A state trooper is facing multiple charges, including murder, after a crash last year killed a young girl just days before Christmas. Authorities say 11-year-old Monica Goods was in the car with her older sister and parents on Dec. 22, heading to visit loved ones for the holiday, when, just before midnight, Trooper Christopher Baldner pulled the family’s car over for speeding near mile marker 92 of the Thruway in Ulster County. READ MORE: Laid Off Workers At Doral Arrowwood Resort Awarded $2.5 Million Payout For Club's Violation Of WARN ActOfficials told CBS2’s Cory James that during the stop, Trooper Baldner sprayed pepper spray into the car and that is when Goods’ father drove away. A police chase then took place and Baldner allegedly rammed his patrol car into the back of the family’s car twice, causing it to flip over several times and killing Goods, who was thrown from the vehicle. Her mother said this is just the beginning of the family’s fight. READ MORE: BOO! Cardiologist Says Getting A Good Scare Can Come With...
    A New York state trooper has been charged in the death of an 11-year-old Brooklyn girl after he allegedly used his police cruiser to intentionally ram into her family's SUV. Christopher Baldner was indicted on charges of second-degree murder, manslaughter and reckless endangerment in Ulster County Court Wednesday for the December 2020 crash that killed Monica Goods, 11. According to the indictment, the Goods family was traveling in a Dodge Journey, driven by father Tristan Goods, on the New York State Thruway - near mile marker 92 - on December 22 when Baldner pulled the vehicle over for speeding. Tristan claims an argument broke out, Baldner lost his temper, and released pepper spray into the vehicle. The husband and father of two, who said he feared for his life, sped off, prompting a pursuit that ended when Baldner rammed his cruiser into the rear of the family's SUV twice. The second strike caused the car to hit a guard rail, flip over several times and eject Monica from her seat - killing her - before coming to a rest upside down. ...
    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York state trooper was charged with murder Wednesday in the death of an 11-year-old girl by ramming his patrol vehicle into her family’s vehicle in December, the state’s attorney general announced. Trooper Christopher Baldner was indicted on charges of murder, manslaughter and reckless endangerment in the death of Monica Goods, whose family was traveling on the New York State Thruway on Dec. 22, 2020, when Baldner stopped them for speeding. According to prosecutors from the office of Attorney General Letitia James, who has jurisdiction over deaths caused by police officers, Monica’s father, Tristan Goods, was driving north on Interstate 87 in Ulster County when Baldner stopped his SUV for speeding. Baldner sprayed pepper spray into the vehicle during the stop, and Goods drove off, prosecutors said. Baldner pursued the SUV and rammed his police vehicle into the other vehicle twice, the prosecutors said. After the second strike, the SUV flipped over several times and came to rest upside down, prosecutors said. Monica was ejected from the vehicle and died. “Police officers are...
    A New York State Police trooper is facing a murder charge for killing an 11-year-old girl during a high-speed pursuit in the Hudson Valley, the state Attorney General announced. Christopher Baldner has been indicted on charges that include murder for using his police vehicle to ram a car occupied by four members of a Brooklyn family in Ulster County, resulting in the death of an 11-year-old girl. Specifically, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that Baldner was charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, and reckless endangerment. The move comes after Gov. Kathy Hochul issued an executive order directing the AG to investigate the fatal incident. It is alleged that at approximately 11:40 p.m. on Dec. 22, 2020, Tristan Goods was driving north on the New York State Thruway in Ulster County with his wife and two daughters to visit family for Christmas. While on patrol, James said that it is alleged that Baldner stopped the Goods family for speeding, and during the stop, he deployed pepper spray inside the car, prompting Goods to speed away in fear. According to the...
    BROOKLYN (WABC) -- A state trooper has been charged after a pursuit on the New York State Thruway that led to the death of an 11-year-old girl from Brooklyn.Trooper Christopher Baldner was indicted Wednesday on charges of murder, manslaughter and reckless endangerment for his role in a Dec. 22, 2020, crash that killed Monica Goods, of Brooklyn.Goods' father was driving his wife and two daughters to visit relatives before Christmas when the trooper stopped him for speeding in the town of Ulster, about 95 miles north of New York City.State police have said the father fled shortly after the traffic stop, resulting in a chase. Baldner allegedly struck the Goods' SUV from behind before it hit a guardrail and flipped.Monica Goods was ejected from the SUV and pronounced dead at the scene."Police officers are entrusted to protect and serve, but Trooper Baldner allegedly violated that trust when he used his car as a deadly weapon and killed a young girl," said Attorney General Letitia James. "While nothing will bring Monica back, we must hold law enforcement to the highest standards,...
    An Adams County man assaulted a Pennsylvania state trooper in Gettysburg on Friday, according to a release by police. Bryan Cherry, 40, of East Berlin, was arrested after he allegedly assaulted a trooper following a foot chase. State police in Gettysburg were dispatched to a report of disorderly conduct in the 60 block of Bragg Drive on Friday around 8 a.m., police said. “Troopers attempted to deescalate the situation, at which time the defendant attempted to flee the scene on foot. Troopers initiated a foot pursuit at which time the defendant picked up a lawn chair and struck the trooper with it,” as stated on the release. Trooper Jared Dounouk, 32, of Gettysburg has been identified as the man struck with the lawn chair. Trooper Dounouk's condition was not released. Cherry was charged with the following, according to his court docket: M2 Resist Arrest/Other Law Enforce M2 Simple Assault M3 Disorder Conduct Hazardous/Physical Offense S Harassment - Subject Other to Physical Contact S Public Drunkenness And Similar Misconduct He was held in the Adams...
    MONROE, La. (AP) — Growing up in the piney backwoods of northern Louisiana, where yards were dotted with crosses and the occasional Confederate flag, Jacob Brown was raised on hunting, fishing and dreams of becoming a state trooper. But within weeks of arriving at the Louisiana State Police training academy in Baton Rouge, instructors pegged Brown as trouble. One wrote that he was an arrogant, chronic rule breaker with “toxic” character traits that should disqualify him from ever joining the state’s elite law enforcement agency. Fortunately for Brown, the state police was known as a place where who you knew often trumped what you did, and where most introductory chats eventually got around to a simple question: Who’s your daddy? Jacob Brown is the son of Bob Brown, then part of the state police’s top brass who would rise to second in command despite being reprimanded years earlier for calling Black colleagues the n-word and hanging a Confederate flag in his office. And the son would not only become a “legacy hire” but prove his instructors prophetic by becoming...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota State Patrol has 34 new troopers. On Friday, the agency swore in its newest group of cadets. After months of rigorous training, the cadets became Minnesota State troopers. While all the new troopers were wearing the same uniform during a ceremony, they have very different back stories. Trooper Logan Knip will be assigned to Maple Grove. “I would say it’s a melting pot and a melting pool of everything you could think of,” she said of her class. A Minnesota National Guard alum, Knip is one of five women to take the oath. “I think it’s a great example that females can be leaders, not just within different professions, but within law enforcement,” she said. LeeTou Yang is leading a charge, too. He’s the eighth Hmong trooper ever in the state. He calls it an honor to represent his community. “But not just the Hmong community…I’m proud to represent Minnesota overall,” he said. This standout class also includes two pilots, 12 veterans, a world-record-holding barefoot skier, and, to top it off,...
    A Pennsylvania state police trooper died on Thursday morning, according to State Police Commissioner Colonel Robert Evanchick. Trooper Dung X. Martinez, 57, had recently been hospitalized for exposure to COVID-19, according to the PA State Troopers Association. His official cause of death has not been released. Trooper Martinez was most recently assigned to the Patrol Section of Troop T, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania state police said in a statement. During the course of his career, Martinez worked on Troop K in Media, Delaware County; Troop J in Lancaster County; and Troop M in Trevose, Bucks County, according to PSP. He enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police in April 2000 and graduated as a member of the 107th cadet class, state police said. “Our department expresses deep sorrow for the sudden loss of a colleague and friend,” said Colonel Evanchick. “We wish Trooper Martinez’s family and friends comfort and peace during this difficult time and ask Pennsylvanians to keep them in their thoughts.” He was a recipient of the Blooming Grove Service Award for participating in...
    A Pennsylvania state police trooper died on Thursday morning, according to State Police Commissioner Colonel Robert Evanchick. Trooper Dung X. Martinez, 57, had recently been hospitalized for exposure to COVID-19, according to the PA State Troopers Association. His official cause of death has not been released. Trooper Martinez was most recently assigned to the Patrol Section of Troop T, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania state police said in a statement. During the course of his career, Martinez worked on Troop K in Media, Delaware County; Troop J in Lancaster County; and Troop M in Trevose, Bucks County, according to PSP. He enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police in April 2000 and graduated as a member of the 107th cadet class, state police said. “Our department expresses deep sorrow for the sudden loss of a colleague and friend,” said Colonel Evanchick. “We wish Trooper Martinez’s family and friends comfort and peace during this difficult time and ask Pennsylvanians to keep them in their thoughts.” He was a recipient of the Blooming Grove Service Award for participating in...
    A Central Pennsylvania woman is accused of assaulting a State Police trooper, as first reported by WGAL News 8. Alyssa Marie Rhoades, 24, of Newville, assaulted the trooper on Alexander Spring Road in South Middleton Township, then taken to Cumberland County Prison, the outlet said. It is unclear how badly the trooper was hurt or the circumstances in which they were assaulted. Authorities did not immediately return Daily Voice's request for info Thursday. Rhoades was arrested in 2016 on drug offenses. This is a developing story follow Daily Voice for updates.
    Hundreds of Washington State Patrol (WSP) employees retired early or were let go Monday due to Washington State’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The state’s governor, Jay Inslee, gave state employees, teachers, and health care workers a deadline of Oct. 18 to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. According to NBC News affiliate KGW, a total of 127 WSP employees were let go Monday out of more than 2,200 WSP personnel across the state due to the mandate. While many of these employees were let go peacefully, some decided to speak out in protest during their last shift before the mandate deadline claiming that they were wrongfully forced to step down from their positions. Among them was Washington State Patrol trooper Robert LaMay, who made headlines for his inappropriate language directed at the governor during his last dispatch call on Friday. “This is my final sign-off. After 22 years of serving the citizens of the state of Washington, I’m being asked to leave because I am dirty,” LaMay said, referring to his unvaccinated status. “Numerous fatalities, injuries, I’ve worked sick, I’ve played sick....
    Pennsylvania State Police are seeking the public’s help tracking down a driver that sped off after crashing into a school district van in Northampton County Tuesday morning. The driver hit a Bangor Area School District van in the driver’s side door while negotiating a curve near 870 Orchard Rd. in Upper Mount Bethel Township just before 8:50 a.m., Trooper Nathan Branosky said in a release. The driver then fled south on Orchard Road without stopping, Branosky said. The suspect vehicle is described as a blue or gray Honda CRV. Anyone with information is asked to contact PSP Trooper Richard Matlock at (610) 759 – 6106 and reference Incident Number PA21-1401757.
    AUBURNDALE, Fla. (AP) — A motorcycle rider died on a state highway where he was struck by a state trooper and then run over by a tractor trailer, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The trooper was helping a construction crew working on a lane closure for repairs Monday night near Auburndale in central Florida, an agency news release said. The 52-year-old man was headed west along State Road 400 when the trooper pulled onto the road and collided with his Harley Davidson motorcycle, sending the rider’s body into the path of the truck, the report said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Neither the 30-year-old trooper nor the truck driver were injured. The names of those involved were not released. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    A Washington State trooper, who was forced to step down after refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine, explained why he told Democrat Governor Jay Inslee to "kiss my a--" after serving the public for 22 years.  Robert LaMay joined "Fox & Friends First" on Monday to discuss his decision to resign, the vaccine mandate, and his concern over the future of the state.  "When we started off this program, there was several hundred that were willing to get fired," LaMay stated. "Well, then they started looking at their finances." WASHINGTON TROOPER SIGNS OUT FOR LAST TIME, TELLS INSLEE HE CAN ‘KISS MY A--’ "They looked at what they can do and they decided to take the vaccination." Despite this, LaMay highlighted widespread disagreement with the mandate, saying those officers likely won't be wearing the badge for long.  "The people who have taken the vaccination in the state of Washington," LaMay explained, "They really did it long enough to finish off their careers the few months or to find another job." VideoAccording to LaMay, he filed a religious exemption for...
    A Washington State Patrol officer who refused to comply with the state’s vaccine mandate signed out for the last time on Friday and issued a strongly worded message to Gov. Jay Inslee, according to a report. Robert LaMay, the officer, filmed his final sendoff in a video obtained by Jason Rantz, a host on KTTH 770/94.5FM in Seattle. He thanked his fellow officers but said he was asked to leave "because I am dirty." CLICK FOR THE LATEST ON THE CORONAVIRUS He said that he worked sick and buried a lot of friends over the past 22 years of service. He acknowledged that it was the effort of the entire team that got him home safe every night to be with his family. SEATTLE, WA - MARCH 16: Washington state Governor Jay Inslee provides details on a temporary statewide shutdown of restaurants, bars, and entertainment and recreational facilities to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, on March 16, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. Pool/Getty Images) "I wish I could say more, but this is it so state 10-34,...
    A viral video shows a Washington state trooper saying “Jay Inslee can kiss my ass,” during his resignation as the Democrat governor’s coronavirus vaccine mandate for state workers approaches its October 18 deadline. The video, which surfaced on the evening of October 16, surfaced just days before state employees will be prohibited from working unless they have shown they are fully vaccinated. “This is the last time you’ll hear me in a patrol car and Jay Inslee can kiss my ass.” Washington State Trooper in Yakima, Wash. signs off after 22 years — fired by @GovInslee for being unvaccinated. pic.twitter.com/RGLDs5BZxg — Jason Rantz on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) October 17, 2021 “This is my final sign-off,” the trooper says over his radio in the video: After 22 years of serving the citizens of the state of Washington I am being asked to leave because I am dirty. Numerous fatalities, injuries, I’ve worked sick. I’ve played sick. We’ve buried lots of friends over these years. I’d like to thank you guys. I’d like to thank the citizens of Yakima County, as well as my fellow officers within the valley. Without you guys...
    "Wish I could say more but this is it," the trooper said. "So State 1034 this is the last time you'll hear me in a state patrol car." The Washington state trooper signed off by blasting the governor, "And Jay Inslee can kiss my a**." A radio operator responded to the final message by thanking the veteran trooper for his years of service. "You've taken on many roles in your time with the patrol," a woman is heard saying on the radio. "In your first year, you delivered a baby while on patrol." The radio operator listed the trooper's numerous accomplishments while he was on the police force. "You've been a great role model and a mentor for all the young troopers serving in the area by sharing your knowledge and experience throughout the years," she said. "Thank you for your service." The video was shared on Twitter by Seattle conservative radio host and journalist Jason Rantz, who noted that the former officer will appear on his radio show on Monday. “This is the last time you’ll...
    A veteran Washington State trooper who was forced out of the job by the state's vaccine mandate has released a video of his final sign off, and ended it by saying 'Governor Jay Inslee can kiss my a**.' The trooper - who did not say his name - told how he had served in the department for more than 22 years in Yakima County. But Saturday night was his last shift, with Governor Inslee's mandate ordering most state employees to be vaccinated coming into force on October 18.  'This is my final sign-off after 22 years serving the citizens of the state of Washington, I've been asked to leave because I am dirty,' the officer began.  'Numerous fatalities, injuries, I've worked sick, I've played sick, buried lots of friends over these years. 'I'd like to thank you guys, as well as the citizens of Yakima County as well as my fellow officers within the valley. Without you guys I wouldn't have been very successful.' Washington State Trooper quit his job two days before a vaccine mandate is introduced across the state “This is the last time...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- An Illinois state trooper was hit by a driver charged with driving under the influence on Interstate 90 early Saturday morning, police said.Authorities said an Illinois State Police acting master sergeant was in a squad car behind an abandoned, stolen vehicle when it was rear-ended by a gray Honda that did not yield and veered off the road onto the left shoulder of the interstate. The impact pushed the squad car into the stolen vehicle's rear. Police investigated the crash at around 1:41 a.m. near milepost 69.The trooper was not injured, police said. The driver, 26-year-old Martin A. Estanez Landa of Elgin, and his passenger were transported to a hospital in the area with non-life-threatening injuries.The driver was charged with aggravated driving under the influence, reckless driving, failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident, not having a valid driver's license and improperly using lanes, police said. He was also charged with violating Scott's Law, otherwise known as the "Move Over" law. When approaching an emergency vehicle, or any vehicle with their emergency or hazard lights activated,...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — An Illinois State Police trooper was struck by a drunk driver while investigating an abandoned stolen vehicle early Saturday morning. Authorities said around 1:41 a.m., a gray Honda traveling East on Interstate 90 veered off the road and slammed into the back of the trooper’s car. READ MORE: Charges Filed For Woman Who Stole, Crashed Ambulance On Near North SideA 26-year-old Elgin man was charged with driving under the influence; reckless driving, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, no valid driver’s license, and improper lane usage. READ MORE: Deliberations For Former DePaul Student Accused Of Assisting ISIS Resume MondaySo far this year, there have been 20 ISP squad cars struck in relation to DUI’s. MORE NEWS: Ed's Driveway: Jeep Grand WagoneerThe officer was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
    (CNN)A Louisiana state trooper who accused colleagues involved in the death of Ronald Greene of murder and an alleged internal coverup says he was notified he will be fired.Carl Cavalier gave an interview in June to CNN affiliate WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge. During this interview, he describes what he believes was an internal coverup to protect the troopers involved in Greene's death. Louisiana State Police release videos from 2019 in-custody death of Ronald Greene On May 10, 2019, Greene died in the wake of a police chase with Louisiana State Police (LSP) near Monroe, Louisiana. Greene's family said they were told by LSP that Greene died in a car crash, but body camera and dash camera video released to the public two years later tell a different story of what happened. The videos show Greene was tased, kicked and punched by LSP officers before he died in their custody.Read MoreTwo troopers involved in the incident were reprimanded for their actions that night, including for not following procedures for body-worn cameras. A third was to be terminated for violations regarding body-worn...