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Dallas Detectives Battle Metal Thieves

June 6, 2008
"This crime is a commodity, profit-driven crime, with the price of copper so high that people are willing to risk arrest to do the crime," said Dallas police Lt. Richard Dwyer, who commands the four-detective unit that investigates metal thefts.
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S.C. Trooper of the Year: Family’s Sacrifices Paved Officer’s Path

June 6, 2008
• Born in a refugee camp in Austria, where his parents fled from Cold War-era Hungary while Beres was still in his mother’s womb • Immigrating to the United States with only the kindness of a Connecticut church to keep his family warm and fed • Eating a lot of buttered bread and collecting cans to turn in for money to buy food and second-hand clothing “He is a shining example of not only what a trooper should be, but what a man should be,” said Cpl. Paul Brouthers, Beres’ supervisor.

S.F. Chief Admits that She Has Not Qualified with Duty Weapon in Years

June 5, 2008
San Francisco Police Chief Heather Fong has acknowledged that she has gone years without qualifying with her service pistol.

Activist Group Says Calif. Gang Member Should Not Serve Life Sentence for Kidnapping Committed When He Was 14

June 5, 2008
Nunez and co-defendant Jose Diego Perez, 29 – both members of the violent 18th Street gang in Los Angeles – were arrested April 25, 2001, after they kidnapped Delfino Moreno, 34, from in front of his Santa Ana home.

Illinois Police Chief Charged in Prostitution Scam that Netted $400K

June 5, 2008
Scott Fitts, 40, the police chief of Grant Park for 14 years, was arrested outside his home in Manteno and arraigned in federal court in Springfield on 10 counts of wire fraud, making false statements to federal investigators, income-tax evasion and illegal structuring of financial transactions, said U.S. Atty. Rodger Heaton, who oversees the Central District of Illinois.

Man Killed in Standoff with New Orleans SWAT

June 5, 2008
Long before the tear gas canisters blasted through his family's flood-ravaged house, before he taunted police in a 10-hour standoff -- before he died in an exchange of gunfire with officers early Wednesday -- Eric Minshew fought a years-long battle for his own sanity.

Utah Judge Says Man's Ninth DUI Conviction Will Stick

June 5, 2008
A judge denied a Wednesday motion to overturn a man's ninth DUI conviction, instead sentencing him to up to five years in prison. "I feel like I'm being judged on my past, which maybe I am and maybe I deserve," Robert Kent Vandyke told the judge.

N.C. Legislature Considers Bill to Give Sex Offenders More Time

June 5, 2008
A bill before the North Carolina legislature would toughen sex crime penalties, sending some violent offenders who target children to prison for at least 25 years and then monitoring more of them by GPS satellites when they do get out.

Streicher's Buys Arrington Police Distributors

June 2, 2008
Streicher’s Inc. , a leading public safety and police equipment distributor, today announced it has completed the acquisition of Arrington Police Distributors Inc., a well-known and respected law enforcement supply company serving the mid-Atlantic region. Streicher’s will wholly own Arrington.

Unconventional Officer Commands San Francisco's Tenderloin Station

May 31, 2008
SFPD's Capt. Gary Jimenez isn't your typical cop. He can be unconventional, blunt and offbeat. He's come up with some comments that left the higher-ups wincing. He's also got some ideas - like his recent suggestion to start a Tenderloin safe injection center where drug addicts could shoot up under medical supervision - that have residents sputtering in opposition.
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