Tinley Park Police raised nearly $6,000 for Special Olympics during its Cop on Top fundraising event at two Tinley Park Dunkin’ Donuts Friday.
“We certainly surpassed my expectations,” said event organizer Sgt. Bill Devine.
From about 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., police officers climbed on the roofs of the Dunkin’ Donuts locations at 7935 W. 171st St. and 9510 179th St. to participate in the annual fundraiser for Special Olympics Illinois. Playing off of the familiar cops and donuts joke, Devine said about 120 locations participated in the event throughout the state this year.
“All in all it was very successful,” he said.
Dixie is going back on duty.
Dixie, a Snohomish police dog who specializes in drug detection, was let go in January because of budget cuts. So was Kizar, a police tracking dog.
When the dogs were laid off, a grass-roots group in Snohomish decided to raise money to get them back.
Their efforts led to the Snohomish Police Foundation, a nonprofit that supports police programs.
Dogs and the Capitol Square usually don’t mix: They’re not allowed at the Dane County Farmers’ Market and are discouraged from attending other large events like Taste of Madison and Art Fair on the Square.
But dogs had their big day on Sunday with Dogs on the Square, an event that drew about 450 registered dogs and raised more than $5,000 for Capital K9s, a nonprofit organization that supports the Madison Police Department’s K9 unit through education and fundraising.
A battle of K9 officers Saturday included a demonstration in which one dog attacked Channel 3′s Eric Mansfield.
The competition included 14 K9 officers from around the Greater Akron area competing in three areas — attacking a suspect, agility, and an obstacle course.
The winners at the Lock Three event received trophies in front of about 500 people.
They can be stashed inside a bar of soap or a pair of shower shoes in state prisons.
Like weapons and drugs, cellphones hidden by inmates are being found more and more inside correctional facilities around the country, and the penal institutions in Florida are no exception, state corrections officials say.
With cellphones getting smaller and thinner, it’s easier for visitors and even corrections officers to smuggle them in to inmates and for prisoners to hide them just about anywhere, said Florida Department of Corrections spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger.
When the police arrived, she was barricaded inside her apartment with her former girlfriend, threatening suicide, a gun in her hand.
“Let your hostage go!” one of the officers shouted.
It was the beginning of a seven-hour standoff that brought out the SWAT team and the Fire Department, cost the City of Los Angeles tens of thousands of dollars and could well have ended in lost lives.
As Cassidy Alexander stood on the stage, chatting with a national icon — her work being displayed in a giant slide show — she finally was receiving what she had avoided: recognition.
It was a surreal and almost embarrassing moment for the Aurora artist, but deeply gratifying. She was on stage at the Hilton Hotel with Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley to receive an award named after his father. It was a public thank you for the eight portraits she painted of Chicago officers killed in the line of duty.