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March 1, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Gov. Christine Todd Whitman fired the head of the New Jersey State Police after he said in a newspaper interview that minority groups were more likely to be involved in drug trafficking. Whitman said State Police Supt. Col. Carl Williams' comments "are inconsistent with our efforts to enhance public confidence in the State Police." In an interview with the Star-Ledger of Newark, Williams said he did not condone racial profiling, but said it is naive to think race is not an issue in drug crimes.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A Metropolitan State Hospital police officer pleaded no contest Friday to engaging in a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl. Mario Uribe Estrada, 41, pleaded no contest in Los Angeles County Superior Court to two counts of lewd acts upon a child and was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to register as a sex offender for life. Estrada was arrested in May by South Gate police. Prosecutors said he had befriended his teenage victim earlier this year but she was not connected to the hospital where he worked.
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NEWS
February 18, 2011 | By Dan Hinkel and Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
Wisconsin Republicans turned to the state police Friday to find and cajole Democratic lawmakers to return to the Capitol as the battle between a cash-strapped government and an angry unionized workforce continued. Thousands of protesters were back to demonstrate at the Capitol in Madison, and some testified at committee hearings in the Assembly, which could consider a bill Friday that would end collective bargaining for public employees and force those workers to pick up a share of rising health insurance and pension costs.
NATIONAL
October 26, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
In an odd series of events leaving authorities searching for answers, a Pennsylvania police officer took another officer hostage, drove him to a nearby town in a police car, and ultimately shot himself in the head. Carbon County Deputy Sheriff David Midas, 33, died after a self-inflicted gunshot wound at 8:20 p.m. Friday, according to state police. Midas went to the Lansford police station Friday night and took ammunition and an unmarked police car and drove it to the home of another off-duty officer and took him hostage, according to the Associated Press.
SPORTS
January 17, 1989 | From Times wire services
The prosecutor in the Heysel soccer riots trial urged today that two Belgian state police officials be convicted for badly organizing security at the 1985 European Champions' Cup match, when 39 people died in the disaster. Prosecutor Pierre Erauw was more lenient with two city officials and two high-level European soccer officials, who were sued by relatives of the victims and fans injured in Europe's worst-ever soccer riot. He said they should not be punished.
NATIONAL
March 31, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The first black mayor to be elected in the mostly white town of Westlake had lost more than $200,000 gambling and was cheating on his wife, state investigators have concluded in deeming his December death a suicide. Gerald Washington, 57, was found dead with a gunshot wound to the chest. His wife and children theorized that he had been murdered.
NEWS
May 8, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wires
The bodies of three state police agents who had been shot execution-style were found near an irrigation canal in the border city of Mexicali, authorities said. The agents apparently were abducted and taken to an area about three miles south of the city, said Enrique Tellaeche, a spokesman for the Baja California attorney general's office. There, each was shot in the head and their bodies were dumped in a canal. The victims were found behind their truck.
NEWS
November 13, 1989 | From Times staff and wire reports
Gov. William A. O'Neill fired the state police commander Sunday after revelations that the police secretly tape-recorded telephone calls between suspects and their attorneys. The governor said Commander Lester J. Forst had to go "because the people have to be assured that their police department is on their side." O'Neill named former Hartford Police Chief Bernard R. Sullivan to replace Forst.
NEWS
May 21, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Virginia state police agency has ended its inquiry into reports that critics of Sen. Charles S. Robb (D-Va.) had been threatened. The agency had said it was looking into charges of intimidation aired in a national TV show that included allegations that Robb had had an affair with a beauty queen and had attended parties at which drugs were used. Robb has denied the charges. The results of the probe were not disclosed.
NEWS
January 14, 1994 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Calling him "street-smart, tough and an able administrator," the Clinton Administration on Thursday nominated New York State Police Supt. Thomas A. Constantine to head the Drug Enforcement Administration. At a ceremony at the agency's headquarters in Virginia, Constantine, 55, said he began his career as a 20-year-old cadet living in a police barracks and worked his way up through the ranks to head the 4,800-member state police force. "I believe that people do not have to be victims of crime.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2013 | By Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times
A patient at Patton State Hospital told investigators he beat another man to death there Saturday because "he didn't like the guy," San Bernardino Police Sgt. Gary Robertson said. George Carver, 40, was arrested after the attack, which occurred at 11:41 a.m. Saturday in a housing unit at the mental health facility, police said. He was being held Sunday on suspicion of murder at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. The 65-year-old victim, who also was serving a criminal commitment, suffered severe head injuries and died six hours later at Loma Linda University Medical Center, police said.
NATIONAL
August 15, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The Massachusetts state trooper who was suspended after he angrily released photos of the Boston bombing manhunt has been put on patrol, state police said Thursday. Massachusetts State Police Sgt. Sean Murphy is still under internal investigation for releasing police photographs of the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev after Rolling Stone magazine published a front-page photo that some people said glamorized the suspected bomber. Murphy was transferred to the state trooper barracks in Athol, Mass., last week, after briefly taking a desk assignment while awaiting a transfer, officials said.
SPORTS
June 26, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was charged with murder Wednesday in the death of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old acquaintance whose bullet-riddled body was found less than a mile from the football player's home in North Attleborough, Mass. Hernandez also faces five gun-related charges. He entered a plea of not guilty to all the charges. Arrested at his home Wednesday morning and subsequently released by the Patriots, Hernandez was arraigned in an Attleborough courtroom Wednesday afternoon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A state hospital police officers has been arrested by South Gate police on suspicion of molesting a 14-year-old girl, police said. Mario Estrada, 41, was taken into custody Tuesday after an investigation by the South Gate police found he had an "inappropriate relationship and illegal physical contact" with the girl, Police Capt. Darren Arakawa said. Arakawa said Estrada began molesting the girl earlier this year. Estrada is a police officer for the California Department of State Hospitals assigned to the Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein, Kate Mather and Richard Marosi
A phone tip, perhaps prompted by a $25,000 reward, led investigators to the man suspected in the kidnapping and assault of a 10-year-old Northridge girl, authorities said. Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said authorities received the information late Tuesday night about Tobias Dustin Summers, roughly three weeks after surveillance footage captured Summers crossing into Tecate, Mexico. Authorities then focused their search south of the border, he said, where the FBI offered a "highly publicized" $25,000 reward.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein, Richard Marosi and Kate Mather
The man suspected of kidnapping and assaulting a 10-year-old Northridge girl was captured Wednesday morning at a rehabilitation center south of Tijuana, authorities told The Times. Baja California state police arrested Tobias Dustin Summers, 32, at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center at Las Misiones, a small community about 200 miles south of the border, according to Alfredo Arenas, commander of the Baja California state police fugitive squad. Arenas said Summers gave up without incident and police confirmed his identity through the Superman logo tattoo on his chest.
NEWS
March 29, 2002 | From Associated Press
Beginning Monday, as part of a study on racial profiling, Pennsylvania state troopers will report the race and ethnicity of motorists they pull over. Across the country, 37 state agencies are collecting similar data, said Trooper Linette Quinn, a spokeswoman for the state police. Troopers will have to fill out a form after any contact with a motorist, whether or not they issue a citation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein, Richard Marosi and Kate Mather
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said he was "extremely thankful" to the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service and Mexican authorities for their assistance in capturing the man suspected of kidnapping and assaulting a 10-year-old Northridge girl. "Obviously we're extremely pleased," Beck said Wednesday, but cautioned "there's a long way left to go in this case. " Baja California state police arrested Tobias Dustin Summers, 32, Wednesday morning at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center at Las Misiones, a small community about 200 miles south of the border, according to Alfredo Arenas, commander of the Baja California state police fugitive squad.
NATIONAL
April 18, 2013 | By Matt Pearce, Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Andrew Tangel and Laura Nelson
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- A Massachussetts Institute of Technology police officer was reported shot on or near campus Thursday evening, according to local media and scanner reports. MIT police could not immediately be reached for comment. An official with the Cambridge Police Department told the Los Angeles Times that Cambridge Police, MIT police and state police were all en route to a "very active" scene. The shots were reported near the campus' Ray and Maria Stata Center, also known as Building 32 , at 10:48 p.m. Eastern time.
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