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    Nearly four dozen Alameda County sheriff’s deputies were wrongfully hired over the last six years despite unsatisfactory scores on their psychological exams — a revelation that forced the deputies, about 10% of the force, off active duty, and could put an untold number of criminal cases in legal limbo, the department confirmed Monday. Beginning Friday, the 47 deputies — most of whom worked at the county’s Santa Rita jail — were told to turn in their firearms and move to desk duty after an internal audit revealed that each was hired despite falling short of psychological testing standards established by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. The moves followed the arrest of a sheriff’s deputy earlier this month in the execution-style killings of Benison Tran, 57, and his wife, Maria Tran, 42, in their Dublin home. The deputy, Devin Williams Jr., was hired by the sheriff’s office in September 2021 after failing to pass a probationary period with the Stockton Police Department. Lt. Ray Kelly, a sheriff’s spokesman, declined to say whether Williams was among the 47...
    A man released from jail on a $10,000 bond for violating his probation is facing multiple new charges following an alleged violent assault of a woman in Maryland. Branden Alfred Holland, 23, of Indian Head, was arrested following an investigation into a domestic assault when he pistol-whipped his female victim and threatened her in Charles County, authorities announced on Monday, Sept. 26. It is alleged that Holland attacked a woman, during which he threw her to the ground, dragged her across the asphalt, pistol-whipped her, and pointed the gun at her while threatening to shoot her. She managed to break free and run for help, according to the sheriff's office. Holland then fled the scene. Holland was located by members of the Charles County Sheriff's Office in Bryans Road during a search for the wanted man, and he was ultimately spotted in a truck in the 6900 block of Indian Head Highway, where officers were able to apprehend him without incident. Investigators said that a search of Holland and his vehicle led to the seizure of two “ghost”...
    The girl from Lufkin was accused of plotting to murder her family; however, she did not go through with the pact. At this time, she has been charged with criminal conspiracy by the Parker County Sheriff's Office. Lufkin police are also investigating the situation. Since the suspects are children, their names and the name of the wounded father will not be released to protect the children's identities. Parker County Sheriff Russ Authier said, "Due to the injuries, the age of the juveniles and the sensitive case matter, information released regarding this case will be limited." The Lufkin Police Department made a statement on Facebook regarding the incident. "We would like to take a moment to remind parents that it is so important to know who their children's friends are - whether at school, on social media, and even online gaming platforms," stated the post.
    A Los Angeles County probation officer was beaten to death during a break-in at her Lancaster home Sunday morning, according to law enforcement officials and a union representative. L.A. County sheriff’s deputies found the victim, identified only as a Black woman in her 50s, suffering from blunt force trauma inside a home in the 45500 block of Barrymore Avenue in Lancaster at 12:05 a.m. Sunday, according to a news release issued by the sheriff’s department. Deputies were responding to a home invasion call, the release said. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man found at the home, but did not identify him or provide additional information. The union representing deputy probation officers confirmed in a Facebook post that the victim was a probation officer. She was described as a veteran officer assigned to Barry J. Nidorf juvenile hall in Sylmar, according to a law enforcement official with knowledge of the case. The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the case candidly, said the victim had just come home from...
    A San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy was hospitalized Saturday night after he shot a knife-wielding man who had used his vehicle to hit the deputy, according to the Sheriff’s Department. The shooting occurred at 7:15 p.m. in a parking lot near the intersection of Rochester Avenue and Foothill Boulevard in Rancho Cucamonga. Two San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies were searching a vehicle when another car drove toward them, pinning one deputy, the department said in a statement. “The driver of the car got out and came at the deputy, armed with a knife,” the statement read. The deputy then shot the man, the statement said. The deputy was transported to a local hospital. It is unknown if he suffered other injuries. The man shot by the deputy was also taken to a local hospital. His condition is unknown. Further details about the incident were not immediately available. The Sheriff’s Department said it was continuing to investigate.
    Gualtieri said the driver told a fellow co-worker that he had "just killed a deputy." The driver allegedly handed his construction vest and helmet to a 31-year-old coworker named Elieser Aureilio Gomez-Zelaya, and told him to hide them. The driver ran into the nearby woods. Law enforcement launched a manhunt involving three helicopters, K-9 units, and about 100 officers. Police located the vest and helmet – which helped bloodhounds from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office to track down the driver. After being taken into custody, the driver gave investigators a fake name of Victor Vasquez-Real and said he was a 35-year-old originally from Puerto Rico. However, investigators later revealed the man to be Juan Ariel Molina-Salles – a 32-year-old illegal immigrant living in the United States, according to authorities. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said Molina-Salles entered the country illegally in Oct 2021 in Eagle Pass, Texas – a popular location for migrants to cross into the U.S. from Mexico. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) allegedly denied Molina-Salles entry into the United States, and he...
    A man was arrested early Saturday morning for allegedly attacking his girlfriend — beating her with a belt and attempting to rape and strangle her, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s deputies responded around 1:30 a.m. to a report of a physical altercation at a home on the 400 block of 4th Avenue in an unincorporated area of the county. They found a woman with injuries to her neck, and eventually located the suspect in the area. Both told deputies at the scene that they were in a dating relationship with each other, authorities said. The man, a 35-year-old Redwood City resident, had allegedly used his hands to hit the woman’s head and beat her with a belt. At some point, authorities said, he attempted to rape the woman; he also climbed on top of the victim in an attempt to strangle her. Related Articles Crime and Public Safety | San Jose man arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, weapons violations Crime and Public Safety | California woman stabbed to death over ‘failed...
    The Dickson County Sheriff’s Office issued a warning to the public Thursday to be aware of packages containing an unknown white powder sent by mail. In a social media post, the Sheriff’s office said, “Many of you have seen this post being shared on Facebook, and we wanted to confirm that it is legit. If you receive a package like this, do not open and please contact us. The envelope has a white powder inside, which is being tested, but we’d rather be safe than sorry, so call us and do not open!” According the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office, a county-area resident received a small package marked with the Amazon logo that resembled an Amazon gift card package. The package contained a white powdery substance, causing the resident to call the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the package. Dickson County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Sgt. Jennifer Caruthers told The Tennessee Star, “We have only received one call so far, but we wanted to spread awareness if anyone else receives packages like this. We are still waiting for the testing...
    A convicted felon from Lexington Park who fired shots toward a group of people at a cookout earlier this month in Maryland has been apprehended after a weeks-long search, the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office announced. Walter Harrison Nelson, 55, is facing multiple charges after allegedly shooting a man during an altercation at a gathering in Lexington Park, leading to his arrest on Friday, Sept. 23. Specifically, Nelson was charged with: First-degree assault; Second-degree assault; Firearm use during a violent crime; Firearm possession with a felony conviction; Illegal possession of ammunition. Shortly before 12:45 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, deputies from the sheriff’s office responded to the 21000 block of Edgar Way in Lexington Park, where there was a reported shooting. Upon arrival, a spokesperson from the sheriff’s office said that deputies found a 33-year-old man who had been shot in the stomach and had to be airlifted to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. A police K-9 Unit was deployed at the scene on the night of the shooting and a firearm was...
    A FATHER has claimed he kept his three-year-old son locked in a cage to "prevent the toddler from burning down the house." Police found the boy in the cage, which was filled with bugs, soiled bedding, and spoiled milk during a raid in Logan, Ohio, on Sunday. 5Franklin Varney, 38, claimed he kept his son in a cage to keep him from burning down the house. He is pictured leaving court on WednesdayCredit: ABC 6 5The boy, three, was found in a cage filled with bugs in a home in Logan, OhioCredit: Hocking County Sheriff's Office 5The kids' grandmother, Varney's mother, Ella Webb, 61, was arrested at the scene as she has custody of the childrenCredit: Hocking County Sheriff's Office They also found a two-year-old in the home walking around with a meth pipe, according to officials. Franklin Varney, 38, and his girlfriend Megan Smith, 25, were arrested after fleeing from police due to a sexual assault investigation. The kids' grandmother, Varney's mother, Ella Webb, 61, was arrested at the scene as she has custody of the children. All three were charged...
    A judge found Thursday that a Los Angeles County sheriff’s investigator followed proper protocols when he obtained a warrant to search the home and office of county Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and others, clearing him of allegations that he’d sought out a friendly judge to sign off on the searches. “The court concludes that the process to obtain the new warrant did not deviate from established processes for law enforcement to obtain a warrant,” Superior Court Judge William Ryan wrote in a document laying out his findings. He said that Sheriff’s Sgt. Max Fernandez, who wrote the statement of probable cause that was presented to Judge Craig Richman ahead of last week’s raids, attempted to get the warrants signed Sept. 8 by another judge who had handled proceedings related to earlier warrants in the case. That judge, Eleanor Hunter, was on vacation. So Fernandez went to the bailiff’s office and was directed to another open court, which happened to be that of Richman, Ryan found. “Detective Fernandez did not select Judge Richman,” Ryan wrote. “At the time, Detective...
    Threats targeting a county fair and school activities in Maryland are actively being investigated by police, according to officials. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is investigating non-specific and generalized threats of violence regarding the St. Mary’s County Fair and public high school football games and other school activities, the agency announced. The threats were reportedly made online, though the nature of them was not disclosed by investigators. Deputies from the sheriff’s office said that they will be staffed at a command post for the 75th iteration of the fair, which is scheduled to kick off on Thursday, Sept. 22, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 25. “The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office wants to assure the public our agency has numerous uniformed deputies and staff monitoring and working the St. Mary’s County Fair and other public events this weekend,” a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said. “We continue to work with our allied agencies to assess and evaluate online threats and staffing a unified command post for the fair," they continued. “The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and...
    An early morning incident led to two in Maryland nearly getting shot by a shotgun-wielding man in St. Mary’s County, the sheriff's office announced. Lexington Park resident Reginald Tre Brown, 31, was arrested by members of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, Sept. 22 following a shooting incident in the 21900 block of Baja Lane. Deputies responded shortly before 5:15 a.m. on Thursday morning in Lexington Park, where there was a report of shots fired. The victim advised investigators that Brown arrived at the residence in a vehicle with a shotgun, pointing the weapon at the victim and another person, firing a shot at both as they fled on foot, according to the sheriff's office. Brown then got back into his vehicle and fled the area. Deputies were able to locate the unoccupied vehicle used in the incident in the 21900 block of Rosewood Terrace in Lexington Park, according to the sheriff. Brown was located inside the residence and taken into custody without further incident within an hour of the initial report of shots fire. The shotgun was...
    An escapee who absconded from a court-ordered treatment program in Maryland following an assault arrest is on the loose, the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office is advising. The agency issued an alert on Thursday, Sept. 22 regarding Leonardtown resident Robert Alan Mandley, Jr., 32, after he went AWOL from his program earlier this month after an arrest for first-degree assault. Mandley was arrested in July following a stabbing incident on Point Lookout Road in the La Grande Estates. On Tuesday, July 5, investigators said that sheriff’s deputies responded to La Grande Estates in Leonardtown for a reported stabbing. It is that Mandley began an argument with his victim and threatened violence against himself, her, and others. “Brandishing a knife, Mandley then began slashing toward the victim’s neck, but struck her left bicep,” according to the sheriff’s office. “The knife continued through her arm and struck Mandley’s hand, which was still around the victim’s neck. “Mandley then slashed again, causing a minor laceration to the back of her arm.” The woman was transported by paramedics to an area hospital for treatment, according...
    Robert Luna showed up to his debate with Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva at the Skirball Center 2½ hours early. The challenger showed up so early that the security guard didn’t have the VIP parking list yet. The tech people in the auditorium were still doing audio checks. Luna walked to his green room — a closet compared with Villanueva’s spacious suite two doors down. His footsteps echoed through the emptiness of the Skirball’s courtyard. That’s when I noticed Luna’s shoes. They were brown, with thick white soles, and looked like off-brand Top-Siders. Middle-aged, middle-class Latino men over the last decade have favored these when they want to class up their look but don’t have the money or hipster fashion sense to buy something fancier. “I grew up poor,” the retired Long Beach police chief explained. “If I ever spend more than $100 on something, I immediately feel like I did something wrong.” He looked to his wife, who wore a “Luna for Sheriff” campaign button. “Where did I get them — Marshalls? Macy’s? I can’t even remember,”...
    Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva and retired Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna squared off Wednesday night during a heated, often antagonistic debate, in which they traded barbs over their records in law enforcement and their ability to lead the nation’s largest sheriff’s department. Villanueva painted his opponent as a leader who would be a “puppet” for the county Board of Supervisors, which controls the Sheriff’s Department’s budget, while Luna accused the sheriff of spewing falsehoods about his tenure in Long Beach and blamed him for causing the toxic relationships Villanueva has has with other county leaders. When asked about the controversial raids by sheriff’s deputies last week at the home and office of county Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who is a vocal critic of Villanueva, and others in connection with a corruption probe, Luna said he would have referred such a case to an outside agency. “The sheriff had no business investigating this from the very beginning,” Luna said. “You cannot investigate your political opponents or enemies.” Villanueva fired back: “He’s not going to touch public...
    A 13-year-old Paterson drug dealer was carrying a loaded gun when Passaic County sheriff's officers busted him and a customer from Bergen County on a city street corner, Passaic County Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik said. Adam Sanchez, 27, of East Rutherford, had just pulled up in a Volkwagen when Passaic County Sheriff's Officer Peter Pelle and Ashraf Aburoumi approached them at the corner of Summer Street and Van Houten Avenue, the sheriff said. The juvenile admitted having the weapon, which turned out to be a 9mm Ruger P65DC loaded with eight rounds of ball-point ammo, he said. The gun had been reported stolen out of Coaldale, PA, Berdnik said. Sanchez, meanwhile, was found with multiple folds and vials of heroin and crack, along with syringes, he said. He was charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia and released pending court action, the sheriff said. The minor was sent to the Essex County Juvenile Detention Center in Newark on a delinquency complaint charging him with weapons possession and receiving stolen property.
    The two candidates for Los Angeles County Sheriff will face on Wednesday evening at a debate. Here’s what to know and how to watch.The candidates Alex Villanueva is the incumbent Los Angeles County sheriff. He is running as a “law and order” candidate but faces a number of scandals that have hit his department. Villanueva has come under fire for not doing enough to crack down on gang-like groups of deputies who for decades have been accused of wielding significant control over department stations and glorifying violence. He’s also a focal point in Vanessa Bryant’s lawsuit against L.A. County over photos deputies shared of the helicopter crash that killed her husband, Lakers star Kobe Bryant, her daughter and seven others. And Villanueva was accused by high-ranking Sheriff’s officials of trying to keep quiet an incident where a deputy kneeled on the head of a handcuffed inmate. The Sheriff’s Department’s handling of the case is the subject of a criminal grand jury investigation. Elected in 2018, Villanueva has rebranded himself as a more conservative, law-and-order sheriff and candidate, making...
    Sheila Kuehl and Patti Giggans have been among the most vocal critics of Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva. Kuehl, a Los Angeles County supervisor, has slammed the sheriff over a series of scandals and allegations of misconduct within the agency. Giggans, a member of the Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission, has also clashed with the department. Both have called on him to step down. Meanwhile, the two became the subjects of a highly controversial investigation by the department that has heightened concerns about the sheriff and sparked new allegations that the department was going after its political enemies. The Times reported last year about allegations that a public corruption unit formed under Villanueva was targeting critics. The probe took a dramatic turn on Tuesday when California Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta took control of the investigation from the sheriff, saying the move was in the “public interest.” “Your department should cease its investigative activity and refrain from any actions in furtherance of these investigations, including public statements or court filings related to the investigations,” Bonta instructed. Here is a breakdown of...
    PORTSMOUTH – Through multiple public health and safety collaborations to strengthen and improve efforts to reduce drug overdoses and vehicle fatalities in Scioto County, a two-day impaired driving, narcotics, and fugitive enforcement initiative on September 17 and 18 was completed. With the support of community leaders, the Ohio State Highway Patrol partnered with the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office, Southern Ohio Drug Task Force, Southern Ohio Organized Major Crimes Task Force, Scioto County Adult Probation Department, and the Scioto County Quick Response Team for the initiative. “Narcotics use and other harmful illicit substances continue to harm our community,” said Lieutenant Jeremy Schuldt, Portsmouth Post commander. “The mission during this initiative was to stop these harmful substances and impaired drivers before they reached families in Scioto County.” During the initiative, partnering agencies made 214 traffic stops, resulting in eight drug cases and two illegal weapons seized. Over 170 of these stops were to assist motorists or to issue warnings for violations. Awareness and education to citizens about the dangers of drug abuse and impaired driving was a main focus of the two-day...
    Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of illegal drugs and an alleged dealer were taken off the streets in Maryland as members of the Frederick County Sheriff's Office executed a massive drug bust, officials said. Frederick resident Jeffery Lynn Osborn Bowie, 30, was the target of a wide-ranging drug investigation spanning several agencies that led to the search and seizure of multiple warrants that led to more than $330,000 in drugs and cash being recovered. Officers from multiple agencies executed warrants at homes in the 600 block of West Patrick Street and the 1400 block of Taney Avenue at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20 following a lengthy investigation into a "major cocaine dealer operating in Frederick County." As a result of the executed warrants, investigators seized: Five pounds of cocaine; Twelve pounds of marijuana; Seventy grams of crack/cocaine; Numerous oxycodone pills; $32,880 in cash. Bowie was charged with: Two counts of Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) – Possession with intent to distribute (PWID) a narcotic; Four counts of CDS: PWID on a...
    A 20-year-old man was charged with trespassing after police said he entered a closed Hudson Valley animal shelter to retrieve his dog. In Rockland County, an employee at Hi-Tor Animal Care Center Inc. in  Pomona discovered on Saturday, Sept. 17, that one of the dogs that was lodged at the shelter was missing, according to the Rockland County Sheriff's Office The dog was lodged at the shelter on Friday, Sept. 16, after the animal was found wandering unattended in Ramapo, authorities said. Investigators found that the dog, named Sky, is owned by Pomona resident Bernard Teichman. Teichman lives near the animal shelter, and allegedly unlawfully trespassed into the locked facility while it was closed and took Sky, the Sheriff's Office said.  Teichman was arrested by the Rockland County Sheriff's Office and charged with third-degree criminal trespass, authorities reported.  He was released on an appearance ticket for Town of Ramapo Justice Court on Thursday, Oct. 6, according to the report.
    Police have identified the driver implicated in a fatal hit-and-run crash in Carroll County who could face additional charges. Westminster resident Timothy Lewis Carter, 34, has been arrested and faces charges for allegedly striking and killing a pedestrian near the intersection of Tevanion Road and Otterdale Mill Road on Saturday, Sept. 17, authorities announced. The arrest came following after police received multiple tips from the public, and with the use of “investigative resources from the Maryland State Police and the Taneytown Police Department,” according to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office. Carter was arrested for manslaughter, and more charges are pending as the investigation into the crash continues. He is being held at the Carroll County Detention Center, according to the Taneytown Police Department. The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information has been asked to contact investigators from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction Unit by calling (410) 386-5900 or emailing Cpl. Prushinski at [email protected]
    A Maryland man with a stolen handgun and illegal magazine is facing charges following a traffic stop in St. Mary's County, the sheriff's office announced. Lexington Park resident Rondell James Thompson, 23, was stopped by a deputy from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, Sept. 20 in the 21900 block of Spring Valley Drive following a traffic violation. During the stop, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said that Thompson attempted to drive away and proceeded to ditch his vehicle before fleeing on foot. He was quickly apprehended, officials said, and inside his vehicle deputies seized a loaded handgun with a 50-round drum magazine that had been reported stolen in August 2021. In the trunk of the vehicle, investigators also located a backpack with “a sufficient quantity of suspected marijuana.” Thompson was charged with: Possession of a regulated firearm that was stolen; Assault weapon/magazine use; Loaded handgun on a person; Handgun in a vehicle; Controlled Dangerous Substance: Possession of firearms; Possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. He remains incarcerated at the St....
    A CHILD was found locked in a cage filled with bugs and soiled bedding after the parents fled the scene. The cops raided a home in Logan, Ohio on Sunday to find a three-year-old locked inside a cage, which was made of a pack n play secured with zip ties. 5Police raided a home in Ohio and found two toddlers in gruesome conditionsCredit: Hocking County Sheriff's Office 5A three-year-old was found locked in a cage made of a pack n play and zip tiesCredit: Hocking County Sheriff's Office The cage was filled with bugs, soiled bedding, and a cup of spoiled milk. “The bedclothes were soiled, and we were actually trying to get a sippy cup for him. It had green spoiled milk in it, and there were bugs. I care not to guess what they were inside,” Chief Deputy Caleb Moritz told ABC6. A two-year-old was also found in the home, walking around with a meth pipe. “We saw a little girl running around with a silver object, and we took it out of her hands we found...
    A man is behind bars, accused of threatening to murder a Capital Region sheriff. Fulton County resident Jason Blowers, age 51, of Northampton, was arrested Saturday, Sept. 17, following an investigation by New York State Police. Troopers were first contacted Wednesday, Sept. 14, with a complaint that Blowers had made phone threats to murder Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino and others, police said. The threats were made on multiple occasions to various agencies to intimidate and “coerce a unit of government,” according to police. Blowers was taken into custody during a traffic stop in Johnstown. He was arraigned at the Johnstown City Court on one count of making a terroristic threat, a felony. A judge ordered him held at the Fulton County jail on $50,000 bond. 
    A 17-year-old has been charged with two counts of first degree murder after two teenagers vanished in Orange County, North Carolina.  Lyric Woods, 14, and Devin Clark, 18, were found dead on a country trail with gunshot injuries after the pair disappeared in mysterious circumstances. Orange County Sheriff's Department has now charged 17-year-old with their murders, but have yet to identify the teen.   Woods was reported missing by her stepfather on Saturday morning after they found her empty bed at the home in Efland. The backdoor of the property was also found unlocked, and the family of the ninth grader at Cedar Ridge High School immediately contacted police. 'Gentle giant' Clark, a talented football player for Eastern Alamance High School, was reported missing on Sunday after his family last saw him on Friday night. Sheriff Charles Blackwood said: ‘Through the hard work of my investigators, along with the assistance of personnel from many other law enforcement agencies, we have identified a suspect in this case. ‘We will now work with local, state, and federal authorities to apprehend and present the...
    A strange scene played out in Maryland as deputies from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office investigated a potential medical emergency and were accosted by an agitated woman, officials said. Deputies were dispatched to the 6100 block of 6th Street in Chesapeake Beach on Sunday, Sept.18, where there was a reported medical emergency, the agency announced on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Upon arrival, investigators found a man laying on the front porch and Dorthy Elizabeth Pulanco, 28, who has no fixed address, lying facedown in the driveway. As deputies began attending to Pulanco, she became very agitated and disorderly and physically assaulted a deputy on scene, according to a spokesperson from the sheriff's office. Pulanco was asked to vacate the area so the man could also be evaluated, but refused to do so and continued to curse at first responders, the sheriff said. It is unclear what made Pulanco agitated toward first responders. After failing to comply, Pulanco was taken into custody and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center, where she was charged with: Disorderly conduct;...
    A 20-year-old woman was released by a district court commissioner in Maryland after being busted with drugs and a loaded weapon in Charles County, according to officials. Silver Spring resident Nailah Imani Rogers is facing charges following a traffic stop near the intersection of Indian Head Highway and Metropolitan Church Road, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office announced on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Investigators said that shortly before 4:15 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18, a patrol officer initiated a traffic stop in the area after observing a speeding driver - later identified as Rogers - crossing the intersection. During the subsequent stop, police said that the officer detected “a strong odor of burnt marijuana” and further investigation led to the seizure of 57 grams of suspected pot that was packaged in several plastic baggies, and a loaded gun that was found in the driver’s side of the vehicle. Rogers was charged with possession of a loaded handgun in a vehicle and possession of a controlled dangerous substance. No return court date has been announced.
    He later reiterated, "I believe there is some criminal activity involved here, but at present, we are trying to keep an open mind and we are going to investigate to find out and to determine what laws were broken if that does turn out to be the case." Interestingly, Salazar also said that investigators have not been able to locate a single migrant who was offered the Martha's Vineyard trip but turned it down. They have also not spoken with the migrants themselves, he said, but only a single attorney representing some of the migrants. 'Lured under false pretenses' | Bexar County sheriff investigating after migrants flown from San Ant www.youtube.com How did DeSantis respond? DeSantis has already said the migrants signed a release and were fully aware of where they were going. On Monday, the governor's office noted in response to Salazar that 53 migrants were tragically found dead in the back of a tractor trailer this summer. That trailer was found in Bexar County. The statement said: ...
    An illegal immigrant was arrested Monday evening after he allegedly killed a Colorado sheriff's deputy in a hit-and-run. Octavio Gonzalez-Garcia, identified by police as 'in his late 30s,' was arrested in the death of Weld County Sheriff's Office deputy Alexis Hein-Nutz, according to the Sheriff's Office. Officials say they have evidence suggesting Gonzalez-Garcia was living in the country illegally, including a falsified green card and a fake Social Security card in his car.  Hein-Nutz was riding her motorcycle to work Sunday before she was struck by a Ford Van, allegedly driven by Gonzalez-Garcia, who then fled the scene on foot. Colorado State Patrol believe the driver of the van was 'under the influence at the time,' who drove through a stop sign opposite Hein-Nutz into her motorcycle. Her motorcycle, which collided with the front-passenger side of the van, then caught fire. Alexis Hein-Nutz, 24, died in a hit-and-run while she rode her motorcycle on her way to work Hein-Nutz joined the Weld County Sheriff's Office at age 21 in 2018 and served as a detentions deputy. Those who knew her...
    Two high school students were found shot dead two miles from one of their homes. Lyric Woods, 14, and Devin Clark, 18, who were good friends, were reported missing this weekend. They were found dead on Sunday in western Orange County around 3pm near the intersection of Buckthorn and Yarbrough roads.   Orange County Sheriff's Office were called by the two men who found them and officers have launched a homicide investigation.  Lyric and Devin's family say a third person was in the car with them hours before they disappeared.  Speaking to ABC11, David White, who lives nearby, said:  'I heard close to 10 shots going off like an automatic gun and paused for a little bit, and five more shots went off. 'I thought, 'who's shooting this late at night?'' Lyric Woods, 14, pictured, and Devin Clark, 18, who were good friends, were reported missing this weekend. They were found dead on Sunday in western Orange County near the intersection of Buckthorn and Yarbrough roads Lyric and Devin's family say a third person was in the car with them hours...
    Loudoun County police dealt with a handful of fake, but serious reports of crime on Monday, Sept. 19, officials reported. During the school day, an individual allegedly called 911 to report an active shooter incident at Loudoun Valley and Loudoun County high schools, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office. The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and the Leesburg Police Department both investigated the calls to determine the reports were fake, authorities said. Police said this crime is called "swatting", which is the false reporting of an active incident to get law enforcement to respond in a big way. Anyone with information on the swatting incidents should contact police at 703-777-1021.
    SAN LORENZO — An unidentified man was shot dead at a busy San Lorenzo intersection on Sunday after which a vehicle fled the scene, prompting investigators to probe the fatal incident as a possible “road rage” incident. The shooting occurred at the corner of Hesperian Boulevard and Lewelling Boulevard in San Lorenzo, according to a post by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene at 4:27 p.m. regarding reports of a shooting at that interaction, the Alameda County law enforcement agency stated. “On arrival, deputies located a deceased adult male in the intersection suffering from gunshot wounds,” the Sheriff’s Department reported. “He was later pronounced dead by responding paramedics.” A suspect vehicle fled the scene towards nearby Interstate 880, investigators said. On ramps to both 880 and State Route 238 are close to the intersection where the fatal shooting occurred. The intersection of Hesperian and Lewelling was closed in both directions Sunday while the probe proceeded into the fatal shooting. “The preliminary investigation has led us to believe this is a possible road rage type incident,”...
    A case worker was attacked by a detainee at Suffolk County Jail, a spokesperson with the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department confirmed to Daily Voice.  The attack happened during a "routine session" on Thursday, Sept, 15, the spokesperson said. Officers quickly jumped in to help the worker, who was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The Sheriff's Department will be pressing criminal charges against the detainee, the spokesperson added. No other information was released. 
    Transcripts don’t lie. But Alex Villanueva thinks they do. The embattled Los Angeles County sheriff has wasted a big chunk of his first term denying things that audio, video and print reporters have quoted him as saying. He has claimed those comments were misconstrued, taken out of context, misheard or — as he insists most of the time — big, fat lies. Even after reporters post his unredacted, unedited words, Villanueva doesn’t budge from his woe-is-me pity party. He makes Donald Trump seem as truthful as George Washington next to a cherry tree. Consider a pretrial deposition for the lawsuit that Vanessa Bryant filed against L.A. County after sheriff’s deputies showed off grisly photos of the helicopter crash that killed her husband, Kobe Bryant; their daughter Gianna; and seven others. California What you need to know about the trial over the Kobe Bryant crash photos Vanessa Bryant sued Los Angeles County and the Sheriff’s Department after photos of the helicopter crash that killed Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and their daughter Gianna were shared. Villanueva was asked under...
    A dispatcher from the Fremont County Sheriff's Office had a brilliant idea. The Fremont County Sheriff's Office was scheduled to conduct an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) exercise, and the dispatcher suggested searching for the dog during the training. "Today the FCSO UAS team took part in a training mission with a humanitarian twist," the Fremont County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post. "Farrah the Golden Retriever was lost several months ago when the car she was in was involved in an accident." "Today, the FCSO drone was deployed in the area where she was last seen," the sheriff's office stated. "Within minutes, Deputies spotted her using the drone's infrared camera." Taylor said of her tearful reunion, “She stuck her head through the barbed wire fence, and then the next minute she’s laying in my lap and I was like, ‘I got her!’” "I just started crying," Salazar said. Salazar helped lure Farrah with chicken. Being out in the harsh conditions of the Colorado wilderness caused Farrah to lose half her weight. The beloved golden retriever also had...
    Doing his part to fight recidivism, Bergen County Sheriff Anthony Cureton staged an unprecedented graduation ceremony – complete with caps and gowns – for inmates who earned a high school diploma while behind bars. Their families hooked in via Zoom to watch the first-of-its-kind commencement, made possible through a partnership between Cureton’s office and Bergen Community College’s Continuing Education Department. The sheriff has committed himself and his department to providing access to quality education for students of varying educational and socio-economic backgrounds as a way of hopefully keeping them from ever returning to crime. While recognizing that they must resolve their particular circumstances, the students also realize that they must “prepare themselves for future growth and serve as role models for their children,” the sheriff said following the ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 15. “It is my hope and passion that Incarcerated individuals re-enter society with transferrable skills to have more productive and successful lives,” he added. Offering “life-changing education to incarcerated students” has made BCC President Eric M. Friedman proud. “Being part of making a positive impact in these students'...
    Florida police say a retired Quincy police lieutenant tried to entice an undercover officer he believed was a 14-year-old into having sex for $80.  Jeffrey Burrell, 68, is charged with soliciting a child for unlawful sexual conduct using a computer and unlawful use of a two-way communications device, the Nassau County Sheriff's Office said. Burrell retired from the Quincy Police Department in 2016 after 31 years on the force. He has since moved to Florida, the Patriot Ledger reported.  Burrell was one of 11 men arrested in the Sheriff's Office Operation Keystroke.  Burrell got involved after he answered an ad online, an arrest warrant said, and struck up a conversation with an undercover agent who told him they were a 14-year-old girl. Despite this, the former officer continued to message her for several days, the heavily redacted warrant continues.  During his conversation with the agent posting as a teen, Burrell said he was in Brunswick, Ga., and would pay $80 if they could meet up and have sex in his car, the warrant said. He also asked if she was...
    A jilted employee is facing a host of charges after causing a massive scene by firing a gun into his former employer’s office building in Maryland, the St. Mary's County Sheriff announced. Lexington Park resident Sidney Joseph Spry, 27, was arrested on Wednesday, Sept. 14 following an investigation into a shooting in the 4600 block of Expedition Drive, officials said. Shortly before 11 a.m. on Wednesday morning, deputies from the sheriff’s office responded to the Lexington Park business park when there were reports of shots fired into a building. Upon arrival, deputies said that they located multiple shell casings and there was damage to the building and windows caused by a gun, according to a spokesperson from the sheriff’s office. Witnesses at the scene told investigators that a white man - later identified as Spry - fired several shots into an occupied office building from a vehicle and fled the area, forcing nearby businesses and schools to enter their lockdown protocols. The suspect vehicle was tracked down within minutes at an unoccupied apartment building in Lexington Park,...
    Police activity has been confirmed near a busy St. Mary’s County business park. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is advising residents to avoid the area of Expedition Drive in Lexington Park as they conduct a reckless endangerment investigation. An alert was issued by the agency at approximately 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14.  Hours later, at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, the sheriff's office announced that a person of interest has been detained and the incident does not appear to be a random act of violence. No details of the investigation or incident that led to it have been released by the sheriff’s office. This is a developing story. Check back to Daily Voice for updates on the incident.
    Police activity has been confirmed near a busy St. Mary’s County business park. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is advising residents to avoid the area of Expedition Drive in Lexington Park as they conduct a reckless endangerment investigation. An alert was issued by the agency at approximately 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14.  Hours later, at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, the sheriff's office announced that a person of interest has been detained and the incident does not appear to be a random act of violence. No details of the investigation or incident that led to it have been released by the sheriff’s office. This is a developing story. Check back to Daily Voice for updates on the incident.
    REDWOOD CITY — Three San Mateo County criminal attorneys are suing the county sheriff’s office, alleging that deputies have been surveilling written communications between attorneys and jail inmates without proper warning or notice, according to a US district court complaint. The complaint — filed in the US District Court of Northern California by attorneys Curtis Briggs, Robert Canny and Matthew Murrillo —  alleges that the San Mateo County Sheriff’s office violated the First and Sixth amendment rights of inmates when it updated its inmate communications system, allowing deputies to comb through privileged communications between attorneys and inmates of the county’s two jails. The complaint says the sheriff’s office gave no notice or warning that it had the ability to look through private communications between attorneys and inmates, making it nearly impossible to have private mail between inmates and their attorneys. Ara Jabagchourian, who is representing the three attorneys in court, said the sheriff’s office also could have implemented a feature to block the review of confidential attorney-client messages but did not do so. The San Mateo County Sheriff’s office could...
    Up for reelection in a close race, L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva appears to be getting desperate. How else to explain what looks more like a clownish and vindictive political stunt than a corruption probe? On Wednesday morning, deputies knocked on the door of one of Villanueva’s chief critics, County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. They served a search warrant, as reported by The Times’ Alene Tchekmedyian. Kuehl, in a photo by The Times’ Genaro Molina, is shown in bare feet, being escorted out of her home by a deputy with a hand on Kuehl’s arm. The deputy is trailed by another deputy, and both are wearing bulletproof vests. You’d think Kuehl, 81, was some kind of desperado. California L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl’s home searched by sheriff’s investigators L.A. County sheriff’s investigators arrived at County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl’s home early Wednesday with a search warrant. The search was related to a sheriff’s probe of a nonprofit called Peace Over Violence, which is run by Patti Giggans, a friend of Kuehl’s. Giggans is a member of the Sheriff Civilian Oversight...
    A corrections officer is facing charges of sexual misconduct after engaging in sexual relationships with inmates she oversaw at a California jail. Melanie Alicia Martin, 34, was arrested Saturday following an investigation into her conduct at Modoc County Jail. Fellow staff had reported Martin over her behavior, triggering the Modoc County Sheriff's Office to enlist a third party to investigate, according to a Monday press release. As a result, she was fired from her position as a corrections officer. "The Modoc County Sheriff's Office is taking this alleged allegation of sexual misconduct very seriously," Sheriff Tex Dowdy said. BROKEN BONES AND PTSD: GUARDS PAY PRICE INSIDE LA'S SHATTERED JAIL SYSTEM "Penal code 289.6 is the California statute that prohibits certain people from engaging in sexual activity with an inmate. Those people include correctional officers," the press release reads. "An inmate cannot consent to sex if confined in a detention facility." "An employee or officer of a public entity health facility, or an employee, officer or agent of a private person or entity that...
    Enrollment is open for the 27th class of the Bergen County Citizen’s Police Academy, a 10-week course designed to give residents a working knowledge of law enforcement policies and tactics, Sheriff Anthony Cureton said. Bergen County residents 18 and older are eligible to participate, the sheriff said Wednesday, Sept. 14. “One of the most important components of law enforcement is fostering strong relationships with the community,” Cureton said. “Our Citizen’s Police Academy gives residents first-hand knowledge of the important work police do to enhance public safety and protect Bergen County residents.” The academy is offered in a classroom-style format with demonstrations of equipment and tactics used by law enforcement, the sheriff said. Participants learn about the tools that officers use in a broad range of areas, including motor vehicle stops, medical operations, disaster preparedness, homicide investigations, K-9 patrol and detection, and crime scene analysis. The class will also receive tours of the Bergen County Jail and the county's "CSI" – Cureton’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), the sheriff said. The next citizen’s police academy class is slated to begin...
    Law enforcement authorities in the region have issued a new warning about an increased number of phone scammers trying to trick people out of their hard-earned money. The latest scam involves criminals posing as law enforcement officers claiming that victims need to pay money in order to avoid criminal charges, the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office said. In one recent case, the scammers identified themselves as “Dutchess County Sergeant Cook.” That warning comes just days after the Putnam County Sheriff's Office issued a similar advisory. Earlier report - Don't Fall For It: Scammers In Area Pretending To Be 'Sergeant Jason Cooke,' Authorities Say In other cases, police said perpetrators have successfully played to victims’ emotions by claiming that a relative is in jail or has been seriously injured and needs money right away. The sheriff’s office reminded the public that legitimate law enforcement would never attempt to satisfy a warrant or make promises to avoid prosecution by soliciting money. “It is very important to not send any money to anyone that you don’t know until you’ve confirmed the situation...
    The Mosquito Fire grew by 8,000 acres overnight during a fight to protect the Sierra Nevada communities of Todd Valley and Foresthill. It was at 58,544 acres Wednesday morning (91½ square miles), said the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Containment dropped overnight from 25% to 20%. A spot fire that ignited Tuesday on the north bank of the American River’s middle fork made an uphill run and was stopped just short of Foresthill Road in the area of the community’s high school. Because of what CalFire operations chief Landon Haack called a “pretty significant firefight” in that area, Placer County’s evacuation zone was expanded to cover the area of Yankee Jims and Shirttail Canyon. El Dorado County also expanded its evacuation zone Tuesday, to the east of Stumpy Meadows Reservoir. The evacuation area now covers about 500 square miles in both counties. No evacuation orders have been lifted, and sheriff’s officials said no residents from the cleared areas are being escorted in or allowed to go back on their own. Ninety people in Placer County have refused...
    The Mosquito Fire grew by 8,000 acres overnight during a fight to protect the Sierra Nevada communities of Todd Valley and Foresthill. It was at 58,544 acres Wednesday morning (91½ square miles), said the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Containment dropped overnight from 25% to 20%. A spot fire that ignited Tuesday on the north bank of the American River’s middle fork made an uphill run and was stopped just short of Foresthill Road in the area of the community’s high school. Because of what CalFire operations chief Landon Haack called a “pretty significant firefight” in that area, Placer County’s evacuation zone was expanded to cover the area of Yankee Jims and Shirttail Canyon. El Dorado County also expanded its evacuation zone Tuesday, to the east of Stumpy Meadows Reservoir. The evacuation area now covers about 500 square miles in both counties. No evacuation orders have been lifted, and sheriff’s officials said no residents from the cleared areas are being escorted in or allowed to go back on their own. Ninety people in Placer County have refused...
    Los Angeles County sheriff’s investigators descended on the house of county County Supervisor Shelia Kuehl on Wednesday morning to conduct a search. “Sheriff’s Department. We have a warrant. We demand entry,” a deputy shouted from outside the front door of the supervisor’s Santa Monica property a few minutes after 7 a.m. Kuehl appeared minutes later and was handed some paperwork. She said she was alone in the house, and several deputies went inside. Kuehl was escorted away from the house. Inside, sheriff’s investigators could be seen opening and closing doors. One deputy appeared to be taking photos or videos. The reason for the search was not immediately clear. But the Sheriff’s Department has been investigating Peace Over Violence, a nonprofit that is run by a member of the Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission. The commission member is a close associate of Kuehl’s, and both have clashed fiercely with Sheriff Alex Villanueva and called for his resignation. The investigation stems from allegations by a county employee that the nonprofit was improperly awarded a series of contracts pushed by Kuehl’s office. Members of...