Leaked video adds to Desert Hot Springs, police rift

Leaked video adds to Desert Hot Springs, police rift
The Desert Sun
The bulk of the footage is of the woman who is inquiring about a car police impounded. She talks with an officer in a room, while Betts waits outside. Toward the end of the video Betts is heard talking with the officer about the department’s policy on

  July 26, 2014  

Winnsboro Murder Suspect Arrested in NY

Winnsboro Murder Suspect Arrested in NYWLTX.comWinnsboro, SC (WLTX) — Winnsboro police tell News19 that a man wanted in a July 4th murder case has been arrested in Rochester, New York. 36-year-old LaTroy Dante Sampson was arrested early Friday morning…

  July 26, 2014  

Crime down in Alabama by 4 percent; down by lower percentage in Tuscaloosa area

Published: Friday, July 25, 2014 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, July 25, 2014 at 11:48 p.m.

The statewide crime rate decreased 4 percent between 2012 and 2013, according to official statistics released Friday.

Crime decreased in Tuscaloosa, but by only 1.5 percent.

Statistics released by the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center on Friday indicate that the crime rate among the cities, towns, the University of Alabama and unincorporated areas of Tuscaloosa dropped. That’s based on the 8,009 crimes reported to law enforcement in 2013, down from 8,151 reported in 2012 and using an estimated population of 198,921 in 2013 and 197,169 in 2012. Brookwood Police did not submit statistics.

The ACJIC collects crime statistics from 350 law enforcement agencies and releases the information each summer. The same numbers are submitted to the FBI for its annual publication of crime statistics.

“This publication provides a ‘snapshot’-based picture of crime in the state designed to assist policymakers and law enforcement officials make more informed decisions in response to crime,” ACJIC Director Maury Mitchell stated in a news release accompanying the report.

More than half the crimes reported in 2013 were property crimes within Tuscaloosa city limits. Thefts, burglaries and motor vehicle thefts accounted for 4,512 of the 8,099 crimes reported countywide. The total number of crimes reported in the city rose by 2 percent, from 4,827 in 2012 to 4,946 in 2013.

The violent crime numbers between years aren’t comparable because the definition of rape was changed. In 2013, the definition was broadened to include any type of non-consensual penetration rather than non-consensual intercourse, which means a higher number of crimes are classified as rape.

The number of total crimes reported in Northport dropped by 12 percent. Unincorporated areas of Tuscaloosa County saw a 5 percent decrease.

“The study of crime trends, enhanced technology and more effective use of our personnel has led to a decrease of more than 5 percent overall crime reported in the Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction,” said Chief Deputy Ron Abernathy, who said that the department uses crime trends to decide how to focus the department’s manpower.

The University of Alabama reported 474 crimes, up from 447 in 2012. There were two rapes, four robberies, 23 burglaries and 441 thefts.

Crime in Coaling rose from 82 to 102 total reports. Reports in Vance increased from 14 to 44. In Lake View, reports dropped from 41 to 22.

ACJIC reports that statewide, property crimes were down 5 percent, burglaries down 11 percent and robberies down 6 percent. Homicides were up 5 percent and crimes involving motor vehicles went up 9 percent.

The report notes that 24 percent of the crimes were cleared by an arrest or other means. That was the highest rate in the last five years.

Reach Stephanie Taylor at stephanie.taylor@tuscaloosanews.com or 205-722-0210.

  July 26, 2014  

Indio police targeting high-risk offenders

Indio police targeting high-risk offenders
The Desert Sun
“It’s specifically about prevention, education and outreach,” Indio Police Chief Richard Twiss said Friday. “We want to change behavior.” He spoke to residents Friday at Shepherd of the Valley Church, 45-501 Deglet Noor St., during a “Lunch with the

  July 26, 2014  

Unified Police: Authorities investigating officer involved shooting

Unified Police: Authorities investigating officer involved shooting
fox13now.com
MILLCREEK, Utah – Police officials stated they were investigating an officer involved shooting in the Millcreek area Friday night. Unified Police Department officials tweeted at about 10:05 p.m.: “UPD investigating an officer involved shooting at 360 E
Unified Police: Officer involved shooting in Millcreek, no injuries reported KUTV 2News

  July 26, 2014  

Gulf County Drug Bust Lands 5 People In Jail

Gulf County Drug Bust Lands 5 People In Jail
WJHG-TV
GULF COUNTY– Five Wewahitcha residents are due in court Saturday for bond hearings on drug charges. Gulf County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 57 year old Mark Moore, 44 year old Rebecca Terry, 50 year old Dennis Emmanuel, 56 year old Joann Wilder, …

  July 25, 2014  

Sheriff Hancock leads Crisp Co. drug bust

Sheriff Hancock leads Crisp Co. drug bust
WALB-TV
It started when a tipster clicked on the crime stoppers tab on the Sheriff’s Office website Thursday night and left a tip about drug activity on North 6th Street. Sheriff Billy Hancock went to check it out himself. After seeing a drug deal, he got in a

  July 25, 2014