May 3, 2016

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Police use of GPS devices becoming gray area in law

MINEOLA, N.Y. — For months, police trying to solve a Long Island robbery spree had little more to go on than grainy surveillance footage of a man in a hoodie and black ski mask holding up one gas station or convenience store after another. That was until the gunman made off with a stack of Read More…

Police looking at non-lethal alternatives to bullets

FITCHBURG, Mass. — Police in more than 20 North American cities are testing the latest in less-lethal alternatives to bullets — “blunt impact projectiles” that cause suspects excruciating pain but stop short of killing them. Or at least that’s the goal. Police have long had what they considered “non-lethal” weapons at their disposal, including pepper Read More…

Broken cameras hinder Bangkok shrine bombing investigation

BANGKOK — Up to 75 percent of the security cameras were broken along the getaway path taken by the main suspect in last week’s deadly Bangkok bombing, Thailand’s police chief said Monday, revealing a major obstacle to an investigation that has only fuzzy images of the still-unidentified man. Investigators are trying to “put pieces of Read More…

Police have sketch, reward, but little else in Bangkok bombing

BANGKOK — Police in Thailand released a sketch Wednesday of the man they believe carried out this week’s deadly Bangkok bombing, and offered a $28,000 reward for help leading to his arrest. But apart from a rough portrait, authorities have few solid leads — they don’t know the bomber’s motive, where he’s from or if Read More…

Psych firm that screens Baltimore police is under review

BALTIMORE — A psychological firm paid to evaluate troubled Baltimore police, including a lieutenant charged in the killing of Freddie Gray, is under investigation by the city and has been put on probation by the state police for cutting corners in its mental health screenings of officers. The Maryland State Police took action against Psychology Read More…

AP poll: More than 60 percent of U.S. blacks offer anecdotes of race leading to unfair treatment by police

WASHINGTON — A majority of blacks in the United States — more than 3 out of 5 — say they or a family member have personal experience with being treated unfairly by the police, and their race is the reason why. This information, from a survey conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Read More…

Lorain Councilman: FTP message is to express faith not curse police

LORAIN — FTP is slang for (Expletive) the Police, but Lorain Councilman-elect Angel Arroyo Jr., D-6th Ward, insists that’s not what he meant when he posted the acronym on Facebook alongside pictures he took of police cruisers in different cities while traveling around the nation. Arroyo said Wednesday he meant Faith Through Prayer. Copies of Read More…

Daylong vigil for a fallen officer

Elyria police adds anonymous tip system

ELYRIA — Police have implemented a new tip system that allows anyone to anonymously text Elyria police tips over the phone or Internet. The system, called tip411, has two components. People can send a tip online using a form on the city website, or they can text “EPD” plus their tip to 847411. Police don’t Read More…

Avon latest police department to offer Craigslist transaction safe zone

Internet commerce has opened up a virtual marketplace where buyers and sellers literally have the world at their fingertips. But along with the pros of conveniently buying goods online by way of sites such as Craigslist comes the possibility that a buyer might unwittingly put himself in harm’s way. There’s no shortage of news stories Read More…