Thursday, April 30, 2009
Krispy Kreme’s seventh annual “Cops on Doughnut Shops” is set for the first weekend in May in Atlanta.
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. will partner with Georgia police officers to raise money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Georgia. From 6 a.m. on May 1 to 6 p.m. on May 3, officers will collect donations from customers as they eat, sleep and play on the rooftops of 11 Georgia Krispy Kreme stores.
Atlanta's 2008 Cops on Doughnut Shops event raised a record $90,000 for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Georgia. The officers hope to raise $100,000 this year.
Here are the Georgia Krispy Kreme stores participating in Cops on Doughnut Shops 2009:
• Albany --400 N. Slappey Blvd.
• Athens -- 3703 Atlanta Highway
• Atlanta -- 295 Ponce de Leon Avenue
• Buford -- 3387 Buford Drive
• Commerce -- 40103 Highway 441 South
• Duluth -- 1550 Pleasant Hill Road
• Lilburn -- 4129 Highway 78
• Marietta -- 299 Cobb Parkway
• Roswell -- 791 Atlanta Street
• Savannah -- 11506 Abercorn Street
• Savannah -- 2749 Skidaway Road
If you're at the Howard County Circuit Court in Ellicott City and see a tiny, quiet vehicle cruising around, don't be alarmed. It's not a lost golfer.
Rather, it's the first electric car deployed by a sheriff's agency in the state of Maryland, according to Sgt. David Heck, a patrol sergeant with the Howard County Sheriff's Office.
The electric car, which is black and white, egg-shaped and has flashing lights on top, is also known as the E-Car. It was purchased with a Homeland Security grant in 2008.
Sheriff's deputies began using the car to patrol the courthouse buildings in January, Heck said. The car runs entirely on electricity and was part of an attempt by Sheriff James Fitzgerald to go "green," Heck said.
But the primary reason for buying the vehicle was to enhance security around the courthouse, Heck said.
The car is used to transport witnesses, crime victims, prosecutors and judges from their cars in the parking lot to the courthouse door, if they feel threatened or under unwelcome scrutiny, Heck said.
"Individuals sometimes have to walk the gauntlet, sometimes due to unwanted media attention," he said.
The vehicle, which is slightly larger than a golf cart, can carry four people. It cost $18,000, about $10,000 less than a regular patrol car, according to Deputy Mark Verderaime, a spokesman for the sheriff's office.
The electric car has a top speed of 25 miles per hour and runs for eight hours before it needs to be recharged. It is recharged every night at a building near the courthouse, according to Heck.
It is part of a fleet of 25 patrol cars in the Sheriff's Office, Verderaime said.
It sports Sheriff's Office insignia and drives exactly like a normal, automatic car, Heck said. Although it can not be used in snowstorms and other severely inclement weather, it is good for getting into the nooks and crannies of roadways around the courthouse, Heck said.
"With the electric car you can get in and around areas where in a regular patrol car it would be difficult," he said.
The car was recently used to transport prosecutors and a judge in the high-profile gangland slaying trial of Ronald McConnell, Heck said.
Verderaime said the car has lived up to expectations and the Sheriff's Office may be looking to buy more in the future.
"Obviously, we're very pleased how it's worked out so far," he said.
Join Cypress Place Senior Living for a Cinco de Mayo celebration & Fundraiser to benefit the National Police Dog Foundation. This foundation raises funds to support K-9 programs for various law enforcement agencies across America, including the Ventura Police and Sheriff's K-9 units.
Bring your children to sit in a real police car and watch a K-9 demonstration with a police dog and his handler, a Ventura Police Officer. Enjoy a gourmet Mexican buffet, including homemade tamales. Sip on refreshing margaritas and Mexican beer while listening to the live music of a Mariachi band.
Suggested $5 donation for lunch. All proceeds will benefit the Police Dog Foundation. Residents, families, and friends of the community are welcome to attend.
This festive event takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 2nd. Come support a wonderful cause that benefits our local community.
Cypress Place Senior Living is located at 1200/1220 Cypress Point Lane in Ventura. For more information or to RSVP, please call 805-650-8000.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
A veteran deputy sheriff has lost his job after his wife, mother-in-law and a young man took his patrol car without his knowledge and went for a joyride through Lakeland, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.
Deputy Sheriff Charles "Clip" Buckner III, 44, had been employed with the sheriff's office for 21 years. He resigned his position as the sheriff's office investigates the use of his agency-assigned car Sunday morning.
An arrest affidavit says a citizen called 911 Sunday morning to report a marked sheriff's car driving erratically on Highlands Road near CR 540-A with emergency lights and siren activated. Two women were in the front seat, and a young man in the back.
An officer on a traffic stop saw the car approach him, then make a u-turn. He followed it to south Lakeland and the home of Deputy Sheriff Buckner.
Arrested there were Gail Buckner, 38, Sharon Cooper, 54, and Alexander James Quintasket, 19, all of Lakeland.
In the car with them were a sheriff's-issued .40 Glock, a 12-gauge Renmington shotgun and the deputy's personal .390 Walter PPK pistol, the sheriff's office said.
The deputy's wife and mother-in-law were charged with Vehicle Theft, Theft of a Firearm and Impersonating a Law Enforcement Officer. His wife was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. She had a prior arrest in the county under her maiden name, Gail McClain, the sheriff's office said.
Quintasket was charged with Grand Theft, Impersonating a Law Enforcement Office., Grand Theft of a Firearm, Possession of a Firearm or Concealed Weapon by a Convicted Felon and Resisting an Officer without violence (for giving a false name).
The arrest affidavit said when interviewed, Cooper said her daughter wanted to take her for a ride in the patrol car because she has a terminal illness. She said they didn't think of the consequences, even when they saw traffic leaving the roadway to get out of their way.
Quintasket told investigators he knew he probably shouldn't have been in the car, but that Buckner had the keys and he assumed she had permission to drive it. He called the ride "exciting."
He said he gave the officer a false name because he "is currently out of jail on bond for Armed Robbery and he knows if he goes back to jail he will not have a bond," the affidavit said.
All three were booked into the county jail. Quintasket was held without bond.
First K-9 in SPD history to receive Purple Heart
Var, the Spokane Police dog shot and injured by a car theft suspect March 17, will be awarded a Purple Heart at the Spokane City Council meeting Monday night. Var's handler returned fire killing the suspect, 22-year-old Johnnie Longest. Var had been brought out of retirement to fill a void in police dogs when he was shot.
A police committee decided April 8 to award the medal to Var. Var and his handler, Danny Lesser, will accept the award at the meeting around 6 p.m.
This will be the fifth Purple Heart awarded by the Spokane Police Department and the first to a K9.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Ladies, are you having a party? Would you like some cops to attend, but you're too shy to invite them?
Post a party invitation on Facebook and you might be surprised at who shows up.
Some Papillion party planners found that out this weekend when they promoted a "history making house party" but ended up hosting law enforcement officers.
The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office, the Nebraska State Patrol and the Papillion, La Vista and Bellevue Police Departments busted the Papillion party after it was advertised on the popular social networking site, Facebook.
Sarpy County Sheriff’s Lt. Russ Zeeb said several adults had called a statewide underage drinking tip line — 866-687-8221 (stands for MUST-B-21) — to report the party. The first call to authorities came in two weeks before the Saturday event at a home northeast of Highway 370 and 60th Street.
The five agencies investigated — using information found in Facebook postings — and made a plan.
Zeeb said this isn’t the first time the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office has used a social networking site as a resource. He said other local law enforcement agencies also use the sites to catch sexual predators and other criminals.
"It’s a great resource (for law enforcement)," Zeeb said of Facebook and other social networking sites. "Once you post it, it’s on there and just about anybody can access it."
In one example, Zeeb said a man was arrested for drunken driving in Fremont and was put on probation and ordered not to drink alcohol. Photos were posted of the man on Facebook drinking alcohol at his high school reunion. The photos were dated and taken during his probation. That was enough evidence to prove a violation.
"People need to be careful with anything they post," Zeeb said. "When people use it for illegal things, it becomes different."
The Papillion house party planners boasted about having six kegs, a shuttle service they were providing (from the Hy-Vee at Shadow Lake Towne Center) and the "many bottles" of Grey Goose vodka — not to mention a live DJ and a circus tent for beer pong.
The organizers’ stated goal on Facebook was to set a record for the most people to attend a house party in the Omaha area. The online event posting described how the night would go: Start at 9 p.m. Saturday. Run until 5 a.m. Sunday. The planners also assured: "Don’t worry about the cops, because I have a police scanner so I will have the heads-up if they come."
Three hundred people signed up to attend, but the party was history almost before it started.
About 9:30 p.m., an undercover officer entered the home at 11306 S. 58th St. with two underage confidential informants. They joined about 50 people inside the one-story, ranch-style house that, according to Sarpy County records, belongs to Cary W. and Sandra J. Phalen.
Those Phalens were out of town.
But other Phalens, 22-year-old Christopher and 19-year-old Cassie, were there. Later, Christopher had no comment.
Furniture had been moved. Pictures had been taken off the walls — as if to prevent damage, Zeeb said.
The undercover officer saw minors consuming alcohol, and beer was served to the informants, Zeeb said.
Moments later, a dozen officers surrounded the home and, after serving a search warrant, made arrests: six people on suspicion of procuring alcohol for a minor and nine minors on suspicion of alcohol possession.
"The main goal," said the Facebook invitation, "is to have the most people ever attend a house party in Omaha and provide evidence!"
The party indeed provided the evidence.
Authorities loaded the kegs into a sheriff’s office pickup truck and took them to an evidence room.
Police later had to break up another underage party at 140th and Harrison Streets, but they found out about that one the old-fashioned way. A fight broke out and spilled into the street, and someone called police.
As for the first party, the Facebook invitation had gushed about the event’s possibilities.
"This is a great way to kick off summer," the invitation said, "so come make history with us."