St. Lucie County Sheriff’s deputy suspended 6 days in non-fatal shooting

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — A deputy who non-fatally shot a man that investigators said appeared to be “experiencing a critical mental health episode” was suspended after it was determined she drew her firearm rather than her Taser, according to records released Monday and an official.

Deputy Cortney Hoyt received a 6-day unpaid suspension and will get remedial training following the Sept. 6 incident in which she saw a 30-year-old man standing on the outside guardrail of the North Causeway Bridge.

A written statement issued Monday by Sheriff Ken Mascara marked the first time it was disclosed that Hoyt mistakenly drew her firearm, rather than her Taser electric shocking device.

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The man was arrested after the incident, which appeared to escalate quickly and involved a struggle and a number of law enforcement officers.

The man made “bizarre statements,” eventually dropped off from the bridge and ran to the other side, according to officials and records.

Hoyt saw a silver object in his hand that she thought was a weapon, and told dispatchers it appeared he put away the weapon, according to an Oct. 11-dated letter from Assistant State Attorney David Dodd released by the sheriff’s office.

Meanwhile, Deputy Jorge Mendez arrived and drew his gun, telling the man to get to the ground but he didn’t do so.

Mendez switched to his Taser, and the man ran away. Mendez used his Taser, which incapacitated the man. For about 30 seconds the man struggled with investigators as they tried to handcuff him. He got back on his feet twice and removed the Taser probes.

He ran and Hoyt drew her gun and fired once, striking the man in the upper leg. The man kept running and

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Dismissal of DUI case against ex-attorney general Kathleen Kane sought

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — The attorney for Pennsylvania’s former top law enforcement officer is arguing that a drunken-driving case against her should be dismissed because prosecutors did not present sufficient evidence.

The (Scranton) Times-Tribune kane-seeks-dismissal-of-dui-case/article_1df635f5-3f42-5ba2-bbde-52e084a6e565.html”reports that defense attorney Jason Mattioli also seeks to bar prosecutors from presenting results of a field sobriety test of former attorney general Kathleen Kane. He further wants to bar video purportedly showing her drinking before her arrest and testimony about her refusal to submit to a blood alcohol test.

Fifty-six-year-old Kane, the first woman and first Democrat to be elected attorney general in the state, is awaiting trial in Lackawanna County Court on charges of driving under the influence and careless driving in connection with a minor accident March 12 in Scranton. Kane has denied that she was intoxicated, maintaining that the crash occurred because she made a wide turn to avoid a snowbank and slid on the ice.

The motions come three months after a magisterial district judge found sufficient evidence to send the case to county court — a ruling Mattioli is appealing — and mirror many of the arguments he raised at the hearing in July.

The arresting officer said he smelled alcohol coming from the car, which the defense said came from another person in the vehicle, but did not detect alcohol coming from her. The defense also cites statements from seven other law enforcement officers, six of whom said they did not smell alcohol or witness signs of intoxication on Kane’s part.

Mattioli said the field sobriety test was an unwarranted “fishing expedition” and established protocols weren’t followed. He also said his client’s refusal to submit to a blood test should also be barred because she was not advised of the legal consequences of such a refusal.

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Attorney argues for the dismissal of a DUI case against former Pennsylvania AG

The attorney for Pennsylvania’s former top law enforcement officer is arguing that a drunken-driving case against her should be dismissed because prosecutors did not present sufficient evidence.

The (Scranton) Times-Tribune reports that defense attorney Jason Mattioli also seeks to bar prosecutors from presenting results of a field sobriety test of former attorney general Kathleen Kane. He further wants to bar video purportedly showing her drinking before her arrest and testimony about her refusal to submit to a blood alcohol test.

Fifty-six-year-old Kane, the first woman and first Democrat to be elected attorney general in the state, is awaiting trial in Lackawanna County Court on charges of driving under the influence and careless driving in connection with a minor accident March 12 in Scranton. Kane has denied that she was intoxicated, maintaining that the crash occurred because she made a wide turn to avoid a snowbank and slid on the ice.

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The motions come three months after a magisterial district judge found sufficient evidence to send the case to county court — a ruling Mattioli is appealing — and mirror many of the arguments he raised at the hearing in July.

Kathleen Kane's attorney argues that the DUI case against her should be dismissed due to a lack of evidence.

Kathleen Kane’s attorney argues that the DUI case against her should be dismissed due to a lack of evidence.

The arresting officer said he smelled alcohol coming from the car, which the defense said came from another person in the vehicle, but did not detect alcohol coming from her. The defense also cites statements from seven other law enforcement officers, six of whom said they did not smell alcohol or witness signs of intoxication on Kane’s part.

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Mattioli said the field sobriety test was an unwarranted “fishing expedition”

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Some area schools dismiss early due to bomb threats

WAVY aware of threats made to schools in Chesapeake, Norfolk & Portsmouth Monday

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Multiple Hampton Roads high schools received bomb threats Monday morning, including several in Chesapeake.

The list includes Deep Creek, Indian River, Oscar Smith and Western Branch high schools in Chesapeake.

Deep Creek ended up canceling classes for the rest of the day Monday morning after getting a second bomb threat in the past week. All afterschool activities were also canceled for the day. The school was searched, but nothing was found.

An anonymous caller contacted Deep Creek with the threat at 8:10 a.m. Monday morning and a statement about the incident was sent to parents at 9:45 a.m.

“Chesapeake Public Schools does not tolerate threats or acts of violence,” the statement reads. “Parents, we are asking for your help in talking with your student about the serious nature of making threats.  Actual threats or jokes about threats will not be tolerated and will result in disciplinary actions and may be punishable by law.”

Deep Creek High also received a bomb threat via an anonymous phone call on Friday morning. The school was evacuated, but classes resumed after the building was cleared by authorities. Manor High in Portsmouth was also dismissed early that day after a bomb threat was called in to their main office.

Granby High School in Norfolk received a threat Monday around 11:35 a.m. Police gave the all-clear there just after 1 p.m. Principal Tommy Smigiel sent two messages to parents. This is the one that went out after the all-clear:

Message from Granby H.S. Principal

In Portsmouth, Churchland High and Manor High School received threats Monday.

Churchland got a call later on Monday that said the school would dismiss at 1 p.m. out of an abundance of caution and

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7 ‘violent criminals’ associated with Freemoney gang in SE Houston arrested, charged: DOJ

HOUSTON – US Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery joined leaders from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies Monday to announce recent arrests targeting violent crime in the Houston area.

Lowery announced the arrests of seven “violent criminals” who are believed to be associated or members of the Freemoney gang, operating in southeast Houston, specifically in the South Park neighborhood.

The following suspects were arrested Friday: Travonte Ardoin, 25, Jcoi Naquon Barley, 23, Maurkael Brown, 27, Terrell Treyvon Davis, 25, Emery Jermaine Goodley, 23, and Jymonte McClendon, 24, all of Houston, and Terry Ardoin, 21 , Richmond.

She said they are suspected of committing a number of violent acts in and around the Houston area community. They will face a number of federal penalties, such as commit interference with commerce by robbery, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and carrying a weapon in relation to a drug trafficking offense. Three of the seven suspects were also charged with possession of machine gun in relation to drug trafficking.

Lowery noted that law enforcement agencies recovered various firearms during the arrests.

“They were planning to use in these robberies, including three with the automatic switches, in what we refer to as Glock switches that make semi automatic firearm a fully automatic firearm,” she said.

According to a release, on Aug. 14, the seven men planned to participate in a robbery at a residence of a known drug dealer who often advertised his marijuana on an open Instagram page. Brown had allegedly confirmed with Barley they had people to help commit the robbery. The charges also allege Terry and Barley discussed recruiting or needing more people who could “hit licks, kill and do everything they needed to do.” Law enforcement was able to intercede and prevent the robbery from occurring.

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JHS one of several ND, SD schools targeted with hoax shooting reports – Jamestown Sun

JAMESTOWN – All schools in the Jamestown Public School District went into lockdown Thursday, Oct. 13, after the Stutsman County Communications Center received a report about an active shooter in Jamestown High School.

Scott Edinger, Jamestown chief of police, said Jamestown Police Department officers responded to Jamestown High School after the Stutsman County Communications Center received a call at about 10:40 am about an active shooter in a specific area of ​​JHS. He said officers were on the scene in less than 3 minutes and entered the building.

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Parents stand near a perimeter set by law enforcement around Jamestown High School on Thursday, Oct. 13. A text message sent by the Jamestown Public School District says law enforcement was notified about a potential threat at about 10:40 am Thursday.

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No evidence of a shooter or injuries was discovered, he said.

As a precaution, all schools of the Jamestown Public School District were placed on lockdown as officers conducted two sweeps of the high school building, he said.

“In consultation with the school district, the lockdown was lifted, and Jamestown High School students were systematically dismissed from class,” he said.

All other schools in the school district continued with their normal schedule. Staff and counselors were made available to all students.

About 30 officers from the Jamestown Police Department, Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office, North Dakota Highway Patrol, North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, North Dakota Probation and Parole, US Fish and Wildlife Service as well as several firefighters and medics from the Jamestown Fire Department and Jamestown Area Ambulance responded to the scene.

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A local law enforcement official talks to a concerned parent about the active-shooter incident at Jamestown High School on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022.

John M. Steiner / The Jamestown Sun

Edinger

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Houston-area crime wave being fueled by policies of Democratic county leader, says GOP challenger

EXCLUSIVE – A heated race is underway in the Houston area pitting Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo against Republican challenger Alexandra del Moral Mealer, who told Fox News Digital the Democratic incumbent’s policies have contributed to a crime wave in the city.

The West Point graduate and Harvard JD/MBA touted her plan to combat crime, support law enforcement and criticized her opponent’s record on coronavirus restrictions and alleged corruption within her office.

“Houston has always been that great American city. We just need to go back to the fundamentals of good governance,” Mealer said.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo addresses the news media, the day after a deadly crush of fans during a performance by rapper Travis Scott at the Astroworld Festival, in Houston.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo addresses the news media, the day after a deadly crush of fans during a performance by rapper Travis Scott at the Astroworld Festival, in Houston.
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Mealer said the “egregious COVID response” and the rise in crime initially inspired her to run for county judge.

“My toddler was masked and this wasn’t my choice as a parent.”

Mealer blamed Hidalgo for her role in bail reforms, which she argued are contributing to the rise in crime by letting repeat offenders return to the streets.

“What we’ve done to the criminal justice system, we have instituted the most radical version of bail reform, where in Harris County for misdemeanors, the majority of people don’t even see a judge. Lina’s the person that took away that discretion .”

Mealer described what is behind the crime wave as a twofold issue that is “legal and financial.”

“Over 80 percent of law enforcement funding requests have been denied,” said Mealer.

“Now the county has seen a 65 percent rise in homicides,” she added, describing how this has taken a toll on law enforcement in the county.

Harris County judge candidate, Alexandra del Moral Mealer

Harris

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Manhunt culminates in arrest of suspect who allegedly shot deputy, property manager during eviction | Crime/Police

A multi-neighborhood manhunt that closed streets, locked down schools and had drones and helicopters circling the air Wednesday ended with the apprehension of a suspect police say shot a deputy constable and a property manager after they served him with eviction papers at a West Lake Forest apartment buildings.

Warren Smith, 53, a constable who formerly served in the New Orleans Police Department, was shot in the back of his left shoulder, and the 36-year-old property manager, who was not identified, was shot in the chest. Both men were at the hospital in stable condition, NOPD Chief Shaun Ferguson said at a press briefing outside University Medical Center at around 11:30 am Wednesday.







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Members of law enforcement respond after a deputy constable and a property manager were shot Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022, while serving an eviction notice at an apartment complex in the 7800 block of West Coronet Court in the West Lake Forest area of ​​New Orleans, authorities said. (Photo by Chris Granger, NOLA.com and The Times-Picayune)



An eviction gone wrong

The ordeal began shortly before 10 am, when Smith, another deputy and the property manager were serving an eviction warrant issued Sept. 6 in the 7800 block of South Coronet Court. The tenant owed $2,180 and had not paid the $218 monthly rent since Sept. 2021, according to documents from First City Court.

Deputy constables are law enforcement officers with full arrest powers who enforce City Court mandates, including evictions, courthouse security and property seizures. Though they carry guns, Boissiere said his deputies are trained to call NOPD if there are signs of trouble and “not to use a weapon unless absolutely necessary.”

Because the process was initially uneventful, Smith’s fellow deputy had moved ahead to the next address shortly before Smith

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District Attorney Ravitch questions Attorney General’s decision not to investigate Pelaez-Chavez shooting by Sonoma County deputy

Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch has written to the California Attorney General asking why his office declined to investigate a Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office deputy’s shooting of David Pelaez-Chavez in late July.

Ravitch wrote the letter on Sept. 7, and neither Attorney General Rob Bonta nor anyone from his agency has responded, she told The Press Democrat on Thursday.

Ravitch’s letter adds her voice to those questioning the attorney general’s response under a new state law that gave his office more power to investigate police shootings.

The shooting of Pelaez-Chavez by Deputy Michael Dietrick is being investigated by Santa Rosa Police. They will forward their findings to Ravitch’s office to see if criminal charges should be filed.

The attorney general in August declined to investigate the shooting, even though the law now requires the agency to investigate anytime law enforcement kills a person who is not armed with a deadly weapon.

But the attorney general’s investigator on the incident, named in Ravitch’s letter as Jamin Teague, found that Pelaez-Chavez was armed.

Pelaez Chavez was holding gardening tools, and, according to the Sheriff’s Office, reaching for a rock when Dietrick shot three times and killed him from a distance of 10 to 15 feet.

Ravitch’ letter sought documentation of the decision and further information about how the state agency determined Pelaez-Chavez was armed with a weapon that “might be considered deadly.”

“It would seem that any object in the physical possession of a decedent might qualify as a deadly weapon given the analysis in this matter,” Ravitch wrote, “regardless of whether being used to assault the officer.”

In a brief statement, a spokesperson for the attorney general’s office said the agency was “still reviewing” Ravitch’s letter.

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Rape suspect nabbed after hiding in Nordstrom Rack for hours

Authorities on Wednesday captured a rape suspect who had hidden inside a Nordstrom Rack shop in Pleasant Hill for hours.

Officers arrested the suspect, Joseph Ramons, 26, behind the store on Wednesday around noon, though they initially presumed he had escaped from the building after clambering through a crawl space and changing clothes.

At around 11:45 am, police said Ramos lowered himself from the ceiling and ran through the back door. He was tackled by Nordstrom Rack loss prevention agents and arrested by Pleasant Hill Police after hiding for nearly 18 hours.

Ramos appeared to be wearing a sweater from the store on top of tactical gear on his chest. Police searched Ramos, removed the tactical gear, and confiscated unknown items in a plastic bag.

Ramos will be turned over to the Pittsburg Police Department which holds the arrest warrant. Pittsburg PD did not immediately respond to requests for comment, nor did Nordstrom’s corporate office.

There had been an hours-long standoff at the clothing store as police searched for Ramos from Tuesday night into the next day.

Earlier, a police captain told KTVU that Ramos, wanted for alleged rape in another city, possibly left the area late Tuesday night, but SWAT teams continued to search for him in the inner spaces of Nordstrom Rack, as some witnesses reported seeing him flee through an opening.

By 7:30 am Wednesday, police left the scene with no suspect in

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