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Intoxication manslaughter trial starts in Kaufman County


John Allen English

From DMN Staff Writer Wendy Hundley reporting in Kaufman:

Testimony began Tuesday in the Kaufman County trial of John Allen English, who is charged with intoxication manslaughter and aggravated assault.

English, 31, is accused of causing a Dec. 9, 2012, car crash on FM987 outside of Kaufman. The crash killed the passenger in his vehicle, Whittney Crawford, 21, and injured two other people in another car.

English also sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported by air ambulance to Parkland Memorial Hospital. He tested positive for marijuana and high levels of methamphetamine, Parkland laboratory employees testified.


Suspect Arrested In Fatal Shooting at 2nd and Yesler


A 19-year-old man wanted in connection with last week’s fatal shooting at 2nd and Yesler is in jail, thanks to Federal Way police.

Seattle Police Department homicide detectives have been searching for the 19-year-old murder suspect since last Thursday when, detectives say, he opened fire on a man on the street, fatally wounding him, and then fled the scene.

Police in Federal Way located the man Tuesday morning, arrested him and booked him into the King County Jail for Investigation of Homicide.

SPD homicide detectives are still investigating the case. We’ll update with more details as they become available.

Brian Simpson murder: Testimony continues Tuesday afternoon

Brian Simpson murder: Testimony continues Tuesday afternoon
11:15 a.m.: The state brings into court the shirt Brian Simpson was wearing the night of his murder Nov. 17, 2011. Prosecutors are showing the court where Simpson was when he was shot. Simpson’s family remains in the courtroom as Newman describes the …

Essex Police moving to Maple Street


Essex Police moving to Maple Street
ESSEX – Tuesday is moving day for the Essex Police Department. Much of the department will move during the day into its new police headquarters at 145 Maple St. diagonally across from the Albert D. Lawton School. The plan is for walk-in services to

Insist on Safety During Police Training


Dale Stockton |

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Below 100 Initiative

» Wear Your Vest
» Watch Your Speed
» WIN – What’s Important Now?
» Remember: Complacency Kills!

Over the course of the last three years, I’ve had the privilege of presenting Below 100 training to thousands of officers across the country. During these presentations, we often ask how many in the audience have been told by a field training officer (FTO) that officers shouldn’t wear their seatbelt while on duty. Usually, more than two-thirds of the hands in the audience go up. The reasons vary, but they always revolve around a feeling that seatbelts could be tactically unsound or may prevent an officer from escaping a dangerous situation.

A core tenet of the Below 100 initiative is to wear your seatbelt. So many officers have died in crashes where a seatbelt could have saved their lives and that needs to change—now. Based on an in-depth analysis by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, multiple surveys and a regular polling of Below 100 trainees, I can tell you with certainty that at least half of officers in this country regularly go without a seat belt while on duty, even though they regularly wear them off duty.

During Below 100 presentations, we usually ask for an example of an officer who died as a direct result of being confined by or entangled by a seatbelt. We have yet to find a single situation where this can be demonstrated. Conversely, we have hundreds of tragic examples where officers could have been saved if they had only been using this basic piece of safety equipment.

Step Up
FTOs have incredible power and influence over new officers. Anyone entering the law enforcement profession feels pressure to succeed and demonstrate proficiency. They know that their FTO can make or break their career and there’s probably no other time in an officer’s training where they are so impressionable. We all have vivid memories of our time in field training. 

Today’s officers have grown up accustomed to seatbelts as part of their daily lives and their level of seatbelt compliance going into the academy, like the public, is 95%. Despite this initial high-compliance rate, the level of wear drops significantly as those same officers get a year or so of experience. 

Think about what this means. Cops come into the job conditioned to do the right thing and wear their seatbelt. After they get out on their own, roughly half of them lose this good habit. A major reason for this, in my opinion, is that well-meaning FTOs are doing a deadly disservice to their trainees and shirking a fundamental responsibility—to instill basic officer safety skills.

The primary obligation of an FTO is to ensure that a trainee is capable of doing the job and making it home at night. Why, then, do so many FTOs advocate a course of behavior that’s virtually guaranteed to increase the chance of injury or death? Although most officers will go through their entire career without firing their duty weapon, very few go 20 or 30 years without a serious crash. Why would we knowingly lessen their chance of survival?

Regardless of any exception provided in your state’s vehicle code, the laws of physics apply to everyone equally. How will you feel when you attend the funeral of a trainee who died in a crash that could have been survived if only they had worn their seatbelt? If you’re one of those who find the seatbelt sometimes gets in your way, then train until it’s no longer a problem and teach your trainees to do the same. Any officer who can master a safety-retention holster shouldn’t have any problem handling a seatbelt.

Bottom line
If you’re an FTO, you have an absolute obligation to instill basic skills and a safety mindset in every trainee. Encouraging them to go without a seatbelt is negligent and irresponsible. Do the right thing: Ensure your trainees wear their seatbelts and make sure you model this life-saving practice. If you can’t do this, then step aside so others can. We’ve lost too many officers already and it’s time to embrace common sense, not urban legend.

Below 100 Initiative

It’s been more than 70 years since the annual number of line-of-duty police deaths was fewer than 100. Law Officer’s Below 100 initiative will change that by concentrating on areas that can most effectively save officers’ lives. An awareness campaign, combined with a training program, Below 100 will provide a commonsense solution to driving down a number that has remained too high for too long. It begins with five simple tenets:

1. Wear Your Seatbelt | 2. Wear Your Vest | 3. Watch Your Speed
4. WIN-What’s Important Now? | 5. Remember: Complacency Kills!

2 Arrested In Connection With Mercer Co. Murder, Robbery

2 Arrested In Connection With Mercer Co. Murder, Robbery
CBS Local
PINE TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – State Police in Mercer County have arrested two men in connection with the robbery and murder of a Grove City man. According to police, 23-year-old Ryan Bowers and 39-year-old Patrick McCamey were arrested Monday night …