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Former New Mexico Sheriff Darren White is cooolsville, Daddi-o!
If anything other than a little Toyota would’ve slammed into the back of Senior Trooper Don White’s squad car on the interstate Thursday afternoon, the 13-year Indiana State Police veteran said he might not have been back in uniform for a while.
Instead, White says he feels fortunate that he only suffered minor injuries in the collision. He was treated for pain to his neck and lower back and released Thursday evening from Ball Memorial Hospital, returning to his shift Friday morning.
“I can tell you 100 percent that if it were a larger vehicle that had hit me, it may very well have been a worse scenario,” White said. “I pretty much dodged a bullet.”
An exclusive investigation by WLKY found on average, one person every other day is stunned by a Taser shot by a Louisville police officer, and in some instances, the Taser has been used for minor offenses like shoplifting or littering.
The department’s use-of-force policy has a somewhat flexible guideline for officers, with seven categories of enforcement options ranging from simply showing up to shooting a gun to kill.
Taser use is right in the middle of that guideline at No. 4, and not everyone agrees it should be.
There have now been more than 200 Taser-related deaths in the U.S., including two in Louisville, but Metro Police Chief Robert White said more lives have been saved, and injuries to both officers and suspects have been prevented, because of Taser use.
Former police Capt. Manny Gonzales has been sworn in to take the place of former Sheriff Darren White.
County commissioners took turns offering up who they thought would best suit the position. In the end Gonzales got most of the votes.
He is now head of the department he spent 20 years working for.
“I’m so excited, this is like my family here and I am just glad I am going to be able to serve them,” said Gonzales.
“I knew it was a difficult pick, there were so many good candidates,” said White.
White resigned to become the Chief Public Safety Officer under the new Berry administration.
In the November 2010 general election, people will vote for the next Sheriff. Gonzales said he will be among the many expected to run for that office.He said he plans to focus on new policing strategies to be proactive in crime prevention.
According to county commissioners as the new Sheriff, Gonzales will receive about $67,000 a year.
When Broadway star Terri White performs her show-stopper “Necessity” every night in “Finian’s Rainbow,” she knows what she’s singing about.
A year ago, she was homeless and sleeping on a bench in Washington Square Park – and, but for a beat cop who cared, she might still be there.
White, who sings out lines like “the landlord says the rent ain’t paid” in front of 1,700 people at the St. James Theatre, couldn’t share her troubles with Liza Minnelli, for whom she has sung backup at Radio City Music Hall.
Some of those bars have closed, like Eighty-Eights and Rose’s Turn. Most of the others just ain’t what they used to be.
“People wanted ‘American Idol,’ ” White, 61, says. “They wanted ’80s pop. My stuff is musical theater, torch songs . . . you tell a story. I don’t do vocal trickery.”
No. No ego fireworks here. Just eruptions from a great soul, in powerful, raspy bursts that tell you this lady knows the blues.
Things got really bad last year. White couldn’t pay the bills. Her partner of 14 years threw her out. She couldn’t get a gig.
“I can’t tell you how many times I auditioned,” White says. “Chicago” rejected her eight times.
“I was depressed, and it zapped my positive energy, and I think they felt that,” White explains. “I thought I was over.”
She was on the street. Guys who’d bummed smokes off her outside the clubs watched out for her. Still, it was dangerous.
She would catnap on a Washington Square Park bench for an hour, then wander the narrow streets of the Village for another.
On one of those walks down Grove St., she bumped into 6th Precinct cop David Taylor.
“I was on patrol at around 4 in the morning. It was early fall, and it was chilly,” Taylor says.
“I was coming up Grove and I saw her coming down Seventh Ave. South. She came over to the car.”
They’d seen each other around the neighborhood for a couple of years.
“I first met Terri in 2006 when I was on foot patrol. She was immediately friendly and called out, ‘Hello, Officer! Thank you for protecting the Village!’
“I’d pop in to the clubs. She has a really booming, powerful voice. She was always smiling and happy.”
That’s how Taylor knew something was very wrong. “That life force which had always been inside her was gone,” he recalls.
White opened up to him in a way she couldn’t to Liza.
“Speaking softly, she told me she was homeless. It caused a little bit of panic in me, because the park had a lot of drug dealers.”
She’d been on the streets three months. Rather than refer her to a shelter and drive on, Taylor, started calling in some chits.
“I started texting immediately. I had just helped this guy move stuff out of a basement apartment. I asked him if Terri could use a room until she got on her feet. He said okay.”
His action set off others, like one magnet clicking to the next.
She got it! Producer Alan Marks heard her sing and hired her for the Broadway show.
Now there’s Tony buzz. People magazine. TV. Then White and Barnett fell in love, and two weeks ago they exchanged rings on the St. James stage with White’s never-give-up motto of perseverance: “Just Go!”
Taylor, who has the giant kind of soul that makes New York great, was there, beaming.
How’s that for a happy ending?
By Joanna Molloy
The Cole County Commission has contributed a $1,000 toward the acquisition of a police dog by the Jefferson City Police Department.
Dogs like one in Moberly have become invaluable tools to small police departments. The Cole County Sheriff’s office has had one for just over a year.
“She’s confident in who she is,” said Cole County Sheriff Greg White. “She does her work…she does it well. And I think, just like the police department, we both wanna target narcotics.”
While their ability to subdue an uncooperative suspect gives them profile, most cop shops want dogs for ability to search, both for people and for drugs.
“The only thing the dog will not be trained that most people think of when they think of canines will be bomb detection or explosives, said Doug Shoemaker with the Jefferson City Police Department.
The police department has raised a total of about $20,000 for a police dog. Shoemaker says they still need another $5,000 to $7,000 for a kennel, training expenses, and equipment for the handler and his car. The county money could not have come at a better time.
“We’re pleased,” said Shoemaker. “We’ve had a good working relationship with the county.”
Jefferson City suspended its previous canine officer program in the late 90′s. The department is now moving forward to restore it.
Officers next week will travel to a military dog training facility in Indiana to acquire the dog. The goal is to have it trained and in service by July 20.
To help the Jefferson City Police Department reach its financial goal for the canine program, you can take donations to police headquarters at the corner of McCarty and Monroe Streets.
The San Juan Animal League wanted to give back to the dogs that protect the community.The nonprofit organization initially hoped to provide doggie body armor to protect the four Farmington police K9 dogs who put their lives on the line. But with dog bullet-proof vests costing nearly $2,000 each, the small community organization had to find a more affordable need for the animals of law enforcement.
Instead, the animal league has funded travel cages for each of the four travel units, a significant convenience for K9 officers who travel around the state for mandatory training every other month. Cages are necessary because the dogs aren’t allowed to roam freely when outside of the police unit.
With the Farmington Police Department unable to afford the collapsible cages, officers were required to travel with bulky airplane cages that took up all available space in the police car. The bulky cage meant necessary training equipment was left at home with the hope that other police departments attending the K9 training sessions would provide things such as bite suits used to give the animals practice at subduing potential suspects.
Farmington K9 unit director Jeff White said when working in Clovis or Raton, often only one bite suit would be available to all the dogs at training, preventing the dogs an opportunity to practice handling multiple suspects simultaneously, a common objective for dogs in the field.
Now with room to carry all the necessary equipment to out-of-town training thanks to collapsible cages provided by the San Juan Animal League, the Farmington police dogs won’t be limited by what equipment another police department has available to train.”We were kind of trying to make do with the equipment they had, but now we’re not going to have to do that,” White said.
The San Juan Animal League presented a check to cover the travel cages Saturday at Safety City, the K9s’ home training turf.
The four travel cages, costing approximately $400 total, were an expense that the Police Department budget simply couldn’t reach. Available K9 funds primarily go toward dog food and maintaining training equipment, White said.
“They need these travel cages and it’s just never been in their budget,” said Shanna Baird, a member of the San Juan Animal League Board of Directors. “We wanted to do something for our critters.”
The donation was made in part to honor the organization’s 35th anniversary of providing for the animals of San Juan County.
The organization still hopes to one day purchase the police dogs the bullet-proof vests to better protect the animals in the line of duty, but the $8,000 needed to shield four dogs can’t be guaranteed, Baird said.
“We would still like to be able to do that, but right now we can promise this,” Baird said of the travel cages.
The San Juan Animal league operates the animal shelter in Farmington, in addition to providing low-cost spay and neuter services and aiding pet owners who otherwise couldn’t afford necessary care.
A ceremony was held this morning at Pier Park on Panama City Beach to commemorate today, March 13th, as K-9 Veterans Day.
K-9 units from the Bay County Sheriff’s Office, the Panama City and Panama City Beach Police Departments, and Bay County Search and Rescue were on hand.
Bay County Animal Control Director Jim Crosby said, “It’s about time we did recognize them. They’ve gone for years without recognition. This is a new program. It was started by a man named Joe White in Jacksonville actually last year. This is the first year Governor Charlie Crist has officially recognized K-9 Veterans Day, and these dogs are long overdue.”
Representatives of Tyndall Air Force base were also to be on hand but were called away on a mission earlier in the day.
“Ringo” and his human partner, Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputy Rick Coley, have been fighting crime together for almost 10 years.
But for Coley, “Ringo” is much more than an assistant.
“When you get these dogs you develop a bond. These dogs go to work with us every day, they ride in the car with us just like you would a human partner. You get very attached,” Coley said.
So when he switched from the Clinton Police Department to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, he wanted to bring “Ringo” with him.
“We’ve been together a long time. He’s part of my family,” Coley said.
That meant finding $3,000 to pay for him.
One day while Coley and “Ringo” were patrolling Anderson County High School, a few students came to the rescue.
“These kids over the years have come to know me and him. Some of the kids came and said, ‘Hey, want to help’,” Coley said.
They came up with a creative idea.
If students could raise $1500, the K-9 unit would do a demonstration, ending with their principal in a bite suit.
“The kids know the officers, the kids know the dogs. The Sheriff’s Office and the Clinton City Police Department have been excellent resources for us. We do everything we can on this end to keep that relationship going,” said Anderson County High School’s Principal Greg Deal.
Now the Sheriff’s Office is one K-9 stronger.
“The dog saves us a lot of man errors and money,” said Anderson County Sheriff Paul White.
And Coley still gets a little choked up when he thinks of what the students did.
“These kids are keeping me together with my partner,” he said.
The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office now has 3 officers on it’s K-9 unit.
Grab the Imodium, folks.
If you’re being honest with the police, it sounds as if you’ve got digestive problems.
Whether you’ve got “explosive diarrhea” or just really have to go — both actual excuses given to police officers — bathroom emergencies are among the most common excuses Lincoln police hear when stopping leadfoots.
But apparently, not everyone is asked why he or she is speeding. One man sent the police chief an e-mail, upset the officer didn’t ask for an excuse.
“I find it unfair that an officer gives a person a ticket for speeding without asking the reason why they were going above the speed limit, or even having a conversation about it,” he wrote.
Chief Tom Casady blogged about the note, saying he thought his officers could come up with an interesting list of excuses they’ve heard.
We asked them to do just that, and here’s a list of their best:
1. It’s the shoes
“I once stopped a guy for going 11-16 (mph) over, and he told me he had just purchased some new steel toe boots for work, and he was speeding because he didn’t realize his boots were weighing down his gas pedal.” – Officer Joshua White, Southeast Team
2. Preempt the strike
“I know there are the standard excuses, but I once had a girl tell me she was speeding becahse she had terrible diarrhea and she was rushing home before it struck again. After looking at her face I believed her and let her go.” – Officer Jon Rennerfeldt, Center Team
3. I always do this
“One driver didn’t even try, saying ‘I always drive this speed down the street.’” – Sgt. Craig Price, Northeast Team
4. Road raged
“It was road rage, and I was trying to get away from the other vehicle.” – Sgt. Craig Price, Northeast Team
5. Doc said I could
“I stopped someone for speeding. He immediately stated he was in a hurry to get to the ‘doctor.’ I went back to my cruiser to scratch out an Official (ticket) and came back, and he told me there was someone on the telephone that wanted to speak to me. He had the phone on speaker and had his ‘doctor’ on the phone, telling me he had an appointment and he was late. He still received the Official.” – Officer Brytten Kraft, Northwest Team
6. Tell it like it is
“A general contractor was stopped in the morning for driving mroe than 20 mph over the speed limit in a construction zone, then again that afternoon by the same officer on the other side of town for going more than 20 mph over the speed limit again. So what did he say? ‘I know I shouldn’t be speeding, but I’m really in a hurry.’” – Officer Conan Schafer, Center Team
7. For a good cause
“Stopped Christmas Eve going 20 mph over the speed limit, one driver said: ‘We’re delivering food to needy people.’” – Officer Conan Schafer, Center Team
8. She’s having my baby
“I haven’t heard it a lot, but I had a very young guy tell me that his girlfriend was having a baby. (There was no one in the car with him.)” – Officer Erin Spilker, Family Crimes investigator
9. Shopping emergency
“My favorite was a few days prior to Christmas. A woman told me she was speeding because she was in a hurry to get all of her Christmas shopping done before Christmas. I had a little gift of my own for her!” – Officer Robert Brenner, Northwest Team
10. In the same ‘vein’
“Another driver said: ‘I need to give blood at the blood bank.’” – Officer Bryon Pachunka, Northwest Team