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More than three dozen officers from multiple agencies in Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla counties converged on Burbank’s high school Wednesday.
The specially trained members of the Tri-City and Walla Walla regional SWAT teams worked together to find and capture three armed suspects inside Columbia High School.
The simulated school shooting incident marked the end of a three-day joint training exercise — the first time both SWAT teams have trained together — and the beginning of a new working relationship between the two groups.
Escondido police Officer Ryan Banks already had seen shots fired at another officer last Friday night but the magnitude of what was happening didn’t fully register until the windshield of his own patrol car shattered.
Banks was fired upon by a man who went on a wild shooting spree using a car and guns belonging to a San Diego police detective, Escondido Lt. Bob Benton said.
The guns, a Beretta shotgun and a Sig Sauer 9 mm duty weapon, and ammunition had been locked in the trunk of a 2005 Honda Accord that was reported stolen March 17 while it was parked at a Chula Vista coffee shop, officials said.
According to the Chula Vista Police Department’s crime report of the incident, the San Diego detective had parked his car at the Starbucks on East Palomar Street about 8:40 a.m. As he was leaving he realized he had left his keys in the bathroom, and when he went to retrieve them they were gone. So was his car.
The Dothan Police Department is making some changes, more officers are taking to the streets to increase safety throughout the community. In addition, there are some upper-level management positions that are being moved around to keep officers from getting comfortable. More Dothan police officers are getting out of their cars and onto the streets in an effort to increase safety. Dothan Police Chief John Powell said, “We try to do foot patrol all over town when we can because it helps with the interaction between the officers and residents.” The increase in officers on the streets comes as a direct result of public response. “During the holidays we received a lot of positive comments about the foot patrols from the public and we’ve seen a drop in criminal activity,” Chief Powell said. Foot patrol officers work downtown and in shopping centers around the city. And residents may not notice the newest changes in the department, but they are happening to keep officers working efficiently. Chief Powell said, “We routinely move our supervisors around to help them stay on top of the department and it sharpens their skills.” Captain Greg Benton is now over administration, Captain Steve Parrish is over investigations and Captain Larry Draughn will watch over the patrol division. All moves to keep allow officers to continue learning while on the force. You may have noticed an increase in parking tickets given in the downtown Dothan area, which too is a direct result of foot patrol officers. The crackdown on extended parking downtown is a direct response to business owners concerns for parking in the downtown area. Link/video
Way to go, Baley!
Baley Shell of Benton not only wanted to earn a merit badge with her local Girl Scout troop, she also wanted to help two animals and the Benton Police Department.
She saw that goal accomplished last Thursday when the 7-year-old raised $500 to purchase new equipment for two K-9 officers, Lucky and Rudy, to help keep them safe and cool while on the job.
Officers Brian Bigelow and Jeff Parsons, along with their best friends and partners, helped Baley place cooling vests and reflective vests on Lucky and Rudy that she raised with cash donations and picking up aluminum cans.
The cooling vests will help alleviate some of the heat-related fatigue, Parsons said.
After giving the dogs their new equipment, Baley’s father, Bobby Shell, said he couldn’t be more proud. He is a code enforcement officer with the Benton police.
Dad explained how her daughter’s project evolved.
“[Baley] met some older Girl Scouts earlier this year and heard about some of their past projects,” Shell said.
“She asked me what she could do to help us at the department and we found out the dogs needed some cooling vests. She loves dogs and love police officers, so she immediately began raising cash donations and picking up aluminum cans for recycling.”Baley also gave the K-9 officers flashing lights with extra lenses, cooling inserts and reward toys.
Lucky, who has only been on the force since January, also received a first-aid kit. Rudy has been on the force for nearly eight years.
Baley began the project in April and her dad said that even her younger brother, Dale, 5, got involved.
“They really got into the recycling and I am tired of seeing the cans,” Bobby Shell said with a laugh.
“When she found out that she raised enough money for the equipment, she had a huge smile on her face. She has been like a beam of light walking around. I am very proud of her.”
Bobby Shell said that his daughter was confident from the beginning of the project, and will receive a recycling and money management patch from her troop. He said she has even set a new, larger goal.
“She wants to now raise money and recycle more cans to purchase a K-9 officer for a local law enforcement agency in need,” her father said. “She thinks she can do just about anything now and I think it is great. She really wants to help and those dogs are a great tool to help fight crime.”
Baley even has her teachers at Howard Perrin Elementary School in Benton taking part in the new goal. A box has been set up in the teachers’ lounge for aluminum can donations. Baley is a second-grader.
A bank account at Malvern National Bank also has been set up to accept donations under the name Baley Shell or the Police K-9 program. Donations also may be made at the police department.