Kansas City will operate two checkpoints and one wolf pack during that time period, the department says. Jurisdictions across the state will be doing extra enforcement between May 5 and 9 as well.
Friday, April 30, 2010
In Bluffton, S.C., a man was arrested for trying to sell a 3-foot-long alligator that he kept in his bathtub, police say. The asking price was $30.
An Idaho woman claims that her cat tried to kill her. A couple of points ...
1. The cat is named after a character in the "Twilight" books. But I'm not judging.
2. The woman has given the cat to a shelter, which is the pet equivalent of being given a one-way plane ticket back to Russia.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Patrick Pogan was only four days out of the police academy when he reportedly knocked a Critical Mass rider off his bike in Times Square. Pogan said that Christopher Long was heading right at him, but someone recorded the incident and posted the video to YouTube. Pogan has now been convicted of lying, but was cleared of assault and harassment. He's already resigned from the department. Long got a $65,000 settlement from the city; he'd sought $1.5 million.
A Washington man was found guilty of drowning his 3-year-old stepdaughter so he could allegedly claim the insurance money, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports. Joel Zellmer was convicted in an incident from 2003, when little Ashley McLellen drowned in their pool. Prosecutors claimed that Zellmer had a history of dating single moms and persuading them to get insurance policies for their kids -- who then suffered a series of injuries.
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One of the Kent State shooting victims argues that Guardsmen were ordered to fire upon students during the infamous 1970 incident, and he says an audio recording made that day will back him up. Experts are getting to analyze a tape that one student made, to see if Alan Canfora's claim is true. Four students were killed that day. Eight Guardsmen were indicted, but a federal judge eventually dismissed the charges, saying the prosecution's case was too weak. (Need a quick history lesson? Wikipedia has a Kent State entry here.)
KMBC reports that Sugar Creek has put a name to the body recently found in the Missouri River: Christopher A. Jones of KCK. Authorities haven't released how Jones died.
I have no idea why they would hold a saturation patrol on Cinco de Mayo.
Betty Lou Lynn -- who played Thelma Lou, Barney Fife's girlfriend on "The Andy Griffith Show" -- lost her wallet to a thief while shopping in Mount Airy, N.C., the real-life inspiration for Mayberry. The AP says Lynn had moved to the town to avoid crime. Police have a suspect in custody. I'm just glad they were able to nip this in the bud.
A quick update to yesterday: Kelsey Gloston, the 19-year-old who was hauled into court wearing flip-flops and shackles for missing jury duty, has apologized to the judge, who's going to let the matter drop. Her dad says he's not going to sue the judge, either.
The RAND Corporation has a new report about illegal immigration and whether it's a good idea to have local police doing enforcement. A copy of the study costs about $7, though there's a decent summary here. The big problem is there are so many illegal immigrants and not enough "bandwidth" in the federal justice system. ICE estimates it would cost $5 billion and 15 years to catch up. (So, when you see a protest sign saying "They Can't Deport Us All," that's a fairly accurate assessment.)
RAND doesn't dismiss the idea of having local police do immigration enforcement. But there's a danger for local jurisdictions, beyond the civil-rights concerns.
A 2007 partnership between Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and the sheriff's department in Maricopa County, Arizona, resulted in deputies identifying 16,000 illegal immigrants among 106,000 jail inmates over three months.
However, the effort racked up a debt of $1.3 million in only three months, the percentage of crimes the department solved dropped and the time it took for officers to respond to calls for service grew.
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A few weeks ago, we had a story about a Colorado deputy who reportedly Tasered 34 teens at a school's career fair, at their request. The deputy ended up resigning, and now he's facing several charges of misdemeanor child abuse. (Some families didn't press charges.) If he did this, he obviously showed poor judgment. But aren't the kids willing participants, too?
In New York, police told one couple that their son had died in a car wreck -- only he was still alive. The teen's brother found him sleeping at their house. The parents spent about 90 minutes thinking they had lost a son. The dead man was actually a fraternity brother of the teen, and for some reason, he had a copy of the teen's license with him when he died.
This isn't the first time something similar has happened. In 2006, everyone thought Whitney Cerak had died in a crash with other students, but she was actually alive. Her injuries were so severe, officials confused her with a girl who had died, Laura VanRyn.
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The Missouri Highway Patrol says that it arrested three people for DUI during a saturation patrol April 17 in Jackson County. They report making 26 arrests or citations overall, plus 33 warnings.
Jasmine Lynn -- a KC native attending Spelman College in Atlanta -- was killed last year when someone fired a bullet into a crowd. Earlier this year, a man named Devonni Benton was convicted of killing Lynn, who graduated from Lincoln Prep. Benton's lawyer, though, is now arguing that another person, who was just arrested by police, was the real shooter, Fox 4 reports. It's been distressing for Lynn's mother, though she firmly believes the right man is doing time. Atlanta police held a press conference yesterday to knock down the new allegations, the Journal-Constitution writes.
Charles Henderson, 29, has died from injuries he received in a double shooting Tuesday afternoon near 26th and Bellefontaine. The other victim was expected to live. KCPD arrested a suspect, though I don't think charges have been filed yet.
An Ohio inmate needed emergency treatment after a bottle of hot sauce got stuck in his behind, the Columbus Dispatch reports. The man had originally told authorities that he was assaulted, but later admitted that he had done it himself. (Maybe the lid was stuck?) I would like to congratulate the American taxpayers on their generosity: We're all paying for his medical care.
-- an 18-year-old suspected of getting high and running over an elderly woman, who died. The quote is according to New York police, as reported by the Post. The teen's lawyer says it doesn't paint the full picture, that she was actually very upset.
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