Puerto Rico Police Seize $5.4 Million Drug Shipment

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Authorities were searching Sunday for three suspects who allegedly attempted to smuggle $5.4 million worth of drugs into Puerto Rico from the Dominican Republic.

Police said they arrested Teofilo Tineo Gonzalez, a 36-year-old Dominican man, after seizing about 518 pounds (235 kilograms) of cocaine and heroin and a 22-foot (6.7-meter) boat on the coast west of San Juan, but three other suspects got away.

Police Superintendent Jose Caldero said authorities were hunting for three others they believe were aboard the boat that left the Dominican Republic for the U.S. territory on Wednesday night.

A hotel security guard alerted police around 10 p.m. Saturday about four people unloading packages from the boat in a suspicious manner. Police were interviewing the arrested man before turning him over to federal authorities.

The superintendent said police this year have seized about 14,300 pounds (6,500 kilograms) of drugs, mostly cocaine, more than what was seized in 2013 and 2014 combined.

The U.S. Coast Guard is also having a record year. Last month, it seized $41 million worth of cocaine and marijuana during Caribbean interventions.

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Oregon shooting brings Florida’s “Guns on Campus” debate to forefront

SARASOTA, Fla. — Thursday’s mass shooting in Oregon rekindled concern for campus safety and conversations about Florida’s “guns on campus” debate.

We asked students on the campus of New College of Florida if they would want the right to carry a gun. The ones we spoke to said they feel safe already, and worry that allowing guns on campus would jeopardize safety.

“I do not think it’s a good idea. that would make me feel very unsafe if more people had guns on campus,” said one New College student.

“I wouldn’t be comfortable with students on this campus or any college campus having firearms,” said another. “Because I think there’s a really strong risk of people operating them or just messing around with them while not sober. I think it’s a huge safety risk.”

State Representative Greg Steube (R-Bradenton) argues that it’s a student’s right to have a weapon on campus, and he says that Second Amendment right is crucial in preventing school shootings.

“America’s based on the freedom to be able to defend yourself, to defend others, and the inherent right to self defense; and for some reason, we have stripped that right as you enter a college campus,” said Steube.

Steube says the incident in Oregon only “adds an exclamation point” to his argument, but Curt Lavarello of the School Safety Advocacy Council says the bill would only perpetuate the problem.

“We know one thing,” said Lavarello, “we’re not going to reduce school gun violence by bringing more guns.”

He says it’s instead important to focus our efforts on things like access to mental health treatment, as well as catching any red flags early on. He also says allowing guns on campuses may make it difficult for law enforcement to quickly identify the good guy and bad guy in the situation.

“The dynamics of a school shooting are very difficult already,” said Lavarello. “I can’t imagine being a police officer and having to respond to a school where the report is ‘there’s one bad armed person and 20 good armed people’ and then having to make a split second decision.”

But Steube argues that’s a daily aspect of law enforcement’s job.

“They do it everywhere else,” he said. “In our state malls, shopping plazas, restaurants, so if they’re trained to a handle a situation there, why can’t they handle it on a college campus?”\

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New NYC law will mandate reporting on school metal detectors

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Council is expected to pass a bill requiring the school system to disclose how many students must pass through metal detectors to get to school.

The Council will vote Wednesday on amendments to the 2011 Student Safety Act.

That law requires the police and the city Department of Education to issue reports twice a year with information including how many students are arrested and how many are suspended.

The amended law will require additional information to be reported including how many schools have metal detectors.

Authorities will also have to report how many students are placed in handcuffs or other restraints.

Backers of the amended law rallied at City Hall on Tuesday.

City Council Member Mathieu Eugene says the new data-reporting rules will increase transparency.

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Security Guard Praised for Coming to Aid of Man Trapped Under Bus

A security guard told today how he came to the aid of a teenager who was trapped under a double decker bus following a rush hour crash in Norwich by laying underneath the vehicle with the injured man.

Kiernan Broom, 22, has been praised by emergency services for his quick thinking on Tuesday afternoon after stopping to help the 19-year-old who he saw come off the pavement and under the bus which was packed with students at the time.

Within seconds of spotting the incident Mr Broom, who was heading out of the city, drove his car across the busy road and along the grass verge before leaping out of his car – with the keys in and engine still running – while on the phone to the emergency services.

The former Framingham Earl High School pupil said he told a “hysterical” woman who had also seen what had happened that he had called 999 and everything was going to be “all right” before looking up and seeing a bus full of students looking to get off the Konect Express vehicle.

He said: “I put my head through the door and screamed at them to stay on the bus and get back as they were bringing the weight of the bus down.”

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School bus carrying 27 kids plunges into water

TAMPA — As the school bus loaded with 27 elementary school kids overturned and plunged into the water Thursday afternoon, 10-year-old Nicholas Sierra thought of one thing:

His job.

As other kids scrambled crying and screaming from the bus, the Mary E. Bryant Elementary School safety patroller grabbed a kindergartner. Her arms were wrapped tightly around Nicholas’ neck as he climbed out of the bus and took her to safe, dry land.

Then the fifth-grader went back into the half-submerged bus and came out with two more kids, a first- and second-grader.

“It wouldn’t be fair if they died and I lived,” said Nicholas afterward, still wearing his damp, electric-lime fluorescent safety patrol belt.

Thanks to the safety patroller’s heroics and some good fortune, none of the 27 schoolchildren were seriously hurt when their 21-year-old Hillsborough County school bus veered off Nine Eagles Drive, crashed and overturned into a 4-foot deep pond, authorities said.

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The Utah Supreme Court says you don’t have to take a bullet for your company

SALT LAKE CITY — In a split ruling, the Utah Supreme Court sided with a group of Wal-Mart workers who were fired for exercising self-defense when confronting an armed shoplifter.

The case stems from an incident in January 2011, when six workers were fired after they fought with a shoplifter who pulled a gun on them inside the Layton Wal-Mart. The company had claimed the employees violated Wal-Mart’s policy of disengaging, withdrawing and alerting authorities.

During a hearing last year, Utah Supreme Court Justice Christine Durham bluntly asked if an employer should be able to fire somebody “for refusing to take a bullet for the company?”

In an opinion handed down on Friday, the state’s top court ruled that “Utah law reflects a policy favoring the right of self-defense, and that policy is of sufficient magnitude to qualify as a substantial public policy exception to the at-will employment doctrine, but only under the narrow circumstances where an employee cannot withdraw and faces imminent serious bodily injury.”

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McAlester School Board Votes Against Teachers Carrying Guns On Campus

The McAlester School Board voted to keep a policy that prohibits qualified teachers from carrying guns on campus.

The McAlester Public School board looked into the district’s gun policy Monday night after the legislature made changes to state law. The superintendent said guns don’t belong in the classroom, and ultimately, the board agreed.

McAlester Schools has its own campus police department consisting of Chief Chuck Campbell and one part-time officer. They are allowed to carry handguns on campus.

“It’s sad, but nowadays with the dangers in society and the way things have gone, it’s a necessity,” said Chief Campbell said.

But the school board was set to vote on whether qualified school employees, including teachers, could to do the same.

“Of course, safety’s always a concern for our students, and we’re a fairly small school district and if needed, Officer Campbell or Officer Moore are always close,” said McAlester Superintendent Marsha Gore.

“Having a police department as a part of our school system has worked well through the years, and as of right now, we feel that’s the best way to continue.”

In May, Governor Fallin signed a bill allowing certain personnel to carry handguns on school property. The law says school employees must have an armed security guard license or a reserve peace officer certification.

It’s up to each district’s school board to decide if employees can be armed on campus.

Right now there are four McAlester employees who meet the qualifications. None of them is a teacher.

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Citizen’s arrest made on fugitive sex offender in White Center

Friday, Aug. 28, proved to be a very bad day for 24-year-old Demarcus Linwood. Sgt. Stan Seo with the King County Sheriff’s Office tweeted out at 11:24 a.m. that day “citizen arrested Demarcus Linwood in White Center this morning then called KCSO. Saw fugitive on Washington’s Most Wanted”.

Linwood, nicknamed “Charm”, is a level 3 sex offender and between Aug. 25 and Aug. 28 was a fugitive from the law. After pleading guilty to failing to register as a sex offender Linwood was granted release to attend a funeral. He never showed to his next court date after that and apparently went into hiding.

A citizen who watches Washington’s Most Wanted recognized Linwood in White Center and apprehended the sex offender. After restraining him this good Samaritan called the King County Sheriff’s Office and turned Linwood in.

At the time of his arrest Linwood was facing 43 months for the failure to register charge and an additional 43 months for a rape that he plead guilty to. Linwood has been in trouble with the law since he was 14 and his other offenses include attempted robbery, criminal trespass and multiple assault convictions.

According to Washington’s Most Wanted Linwood prefers his victims to be teenagers and attempts to befriend them on the bus, on the street or at a large event (concerts, gatherings, parties, etc.). Once he gained the victim’s trust he would brutally attack and rape them.

There are two victims that are known of and their cases are outlined in the Washington’s Most Wanted profile for Linwood. In 2013 police put out a bulletin on Washington’s Most Wanted asking more victims to come forward so they could build a larger case against Linwood.

While it has not been revealed how exactly the citizen that arrested Linwood went about it Washington State does allow for citizens to lawfully make arrests if the criminal is committing a felony or misdemeanor. Typically the few RCWs that applies to arrests made by citizens are applied to security guards or loss prevention officers.

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Police at two of the state’s largest universities now have body cameras

LOUISVILLE, Ky. —University of Louisville officials hope to have officers wearing body cameras by Oct. 1.The university purchased 50 body cameras for about $42,000, a school spokesman said.

University of Kentucky patrol officers started wearing body cameras in July. Forty-eight cameras were purchased for the University of Kentucky, using roughly $38,400.

“The key thing is that the university police, like most of the law enforcement agencies across the country, see that they are a beneficial tool, not just for the police but as a protectionary tool for the general public as well,” said Sgt. Aaron Graham of the University of Louisville police.

The move is a pattern seen nationwide, following several controversial incidents involving officers. Many students on campus said they want the cameras.

“I think it’s a good idea, not just me being a minority, but also for the police officers. It gives them a chance to show their side of the story as well, because a lot of them are getting in trouble and not everybody knows the whole story,” said Brandy Ray, a Louisville student.

“It will help justify either the police actions of the actions by the civilians, when dealing with these types of situations,” said Tyler Snyder, a Louisville student.

Sophomore Shayan Khan recalled how a body camera video shaped the case involving a former University of Cincinnati officer, who is now charged with murder.

“If that were to happen, it would be easier to prosecute those people and bring them to justice,” Khan said.

Police said the body cameras will not record if the case involves a juvenile or a private situation that is not necessarily criminal in nature, but otherwise the cameras will be turned on.

“Anytime that we have general contact with any official duty, so any call for service, any report run,” Graham said.

Most LMPD officers are equipped with body cameras, except for officers in the sixth, seventh and eighth divisions.

Chief Steve Conrad said he hopes to have them there by the end of the year.

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Burglary suspect reveals plans to police with 911 butt dial

BRANCHBURG, NJ — A New Jersey man has been indicted on burglary charges after police say he inadvertently dialed 911 and let authorities in on his plans.

Police say they heard Scott Robert Esser and an accomplice talk about breaking into homes, emptying drawers and stealing goods.

NJ.com reports Friday that officials described the call as an errant, open-line emergency cellphone call “commonly referred to as a ‘butt dial.’”

The 42-year-old Esser was indicted on burglary, theft and other charges in connection with burglaries in Branchburg and Stafford townships and Berkeley Heights.

He’s jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail. Information on his lawyer wasn’t immediately available.

Esser was arrested July 29 on the Garden State Parkway. Police say they found jewelry, electronics, $11,300 in bonds and a handgun in his car.

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