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Deputy Heard Baby's Cries Amid Fire, Started Climbing

William Puzynski saves 1-year-old girl from 3rd-floor balcony in Orlando

(Newser) - A local sheriff's deputy was in the right place at the right time when an apartment building in Orlando, Fla., went up in flames over the weekend. Per WKMG , William Puzynski of the Orange County Sheriff's Office was on patrol around 4am Saturday when a call was radioed...

Sheriff's Deputy Stole From Dead People

Steve Hortz pleads guilty to burglary, grand theft in Yorba Linda, Calif.

(Newser) - Update: A former sheriff's deputy in California has pleaded guilty to stealing from the homes of dead people. Steve Hortz, a 12-year veteran of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, found the body of a man who died of natural causes at a Yorba Linda home in July 2020...

'Elaborate Conspiracy' Leads to Arrest of Sheriff's Deputy

Niko Irizarry, 25, accused of arranging to plant drugs in real estate broker's car in Florida

(Newser) - A young Florida law enforcement officer is out of a job, and facing charges, after an alleged scheme involving sex, drugs, and a promised trip to Europe was busted wide open. Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said at a Friday presser that 25-year-old Niko Irizarry, a now-former deputy with his...

Two Deputies' Suicides Leave Infant an Orphan

Florida deaths raise concerns about well-being of first responders

(Newser) - It's hard to fathom: Two young deputies in Florida committed suicide within days of each other, leaving their month-old infant an orphan, reports CBS News . Clayton Osteen, 24, and Victoria Pacheco, 23, worked for the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office. Osteen attempted suicide on New Year's Eve,...

Deputies Working at Houston Bar Caught in Fatal Ambush

1 Harris County constable's deputy is dead, 2 others are injured after early morning shooting

(Newser) - Three constable deputies were shot in an ambush early Saturday morning while working an extra shift at a Houston bar, leaving one deputy dead and two others wounded, authorities in Texas said. Authorities took one person into custody but were still searching for a man believed to be the shooter,...

Prosecutors: Deputy Staged His Ambush
Deputy Charged
With Faking Ambush

Deputy Charged With Faking Ambush

Sukhdeep Gill had reported that bullet hit his body camera, saving him

(Newser) - On a Sunday night in January 2020, California prosecutors say, a sheriff's deputy patrolling a rural road alone hit the emergency broadcast button on his radio and said: "Shots fired! "Shots fired!" Officers from four agencies responded. Santa Clara County officials have now decided there was...

Black Deputy's Family Told Cemetery Won't Bury 'Coloreds'

Louisiana's Oaklin Springs Cemetery updates contract amid uproar

(Newser) - As he was dying of cancer, a Louisiana sheriff's deputy told his family the specific cemetery he wanted to be buried in. Allen Parish Sheriff's Deputy Darrell Semien was comforted to know that Oaklin Springs Cemetery in Oberlin was close to home, meaning the possibility of frequent visitors....

Deputy Who Had One More Shift Before Retirement Killed

Fleeing suspect struck Cpl. Brian LaVigne's cruiser in Florida, per sheriff's office

(Newser) - A Florida sheriff's deputy had one full shift to complete before retirement when he was killed on duty Monday. Cpl. Brian LaVigne had been called to assist fellow Hillsborough County deputies in apprehending a fleeing suspect when that suspect rammed LaVigne's cruiser, Sheriff Chad Chronister said . Deputies were...

Deputy Fired Over 'Disturbing' Parler Posts

Aaron Hoffman: Posts seeking violent overthrow of elected officials, killing John Roberts weren't mine

(Newser) - A Virginia sheriff's deputy in Prince William County has been fired over "disturbing" remarks he appears to have made on a conservative social-media site, though he insists he wasn't the one who posted them. Per FOX 5 , Aaron Hoffman is calling the situation a "giant nightmare"...

'Heart-Wrenching' Video Shows LA Deputy Aiding Hurt Partner

Sheriff calls it a 'double miracle' that 2 deputies, both shot in head, are now in stable condition

(Newser) - In what the Los Angeles County sheriff is calling a "double miracle," two rookie Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies who were ambushed and shot in the head in Compton on Saturday night are now in stable condition after surgery at a Lynwood hospital. A newly surfaced surveillance...

2 Deputies Shot Point-Blank Expected to Survive
'Deputies Down': Big Reward
Offered in LA Shooting
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'Deputies Down': Big Reward Offered in LA Shooting

2 Los Angeles County officers are expected to survive; reporter arrested during protests

(Newser) - The search continues for the gunman who shot two Los Angeles County deputies at close range over the weekend, and authorities hope a new incentive will help. The county sheriff's department has announced a $100,000 reward, reports NBC News . Surveillance video shows that the gunman walked up to...

He Escaped From Custody. Then, a Chase and Gunfire

Ex-deputy Aaron Russell charged with 2nd-degree murder of unarmed man in San Diego

(Newser) - A California sheriff's deputy has been charged with murder after shooting an unarmed man who'd escaped from a park ranger's car. Aaron Russell, 23, was arrested Monday and booked into San Diego County Jail on charges of second-degree murder, which could result in 15 years to life...

She Wants Her Boss' Job, Has Her Badge Pulled

She Wants Her Boss' Job, Had Her Badge Pulled

(Newser) - A deputy of South Carolina's largest sheriff's office has been stripped of her badge, uniform, and guns after expressing a desire to run for her boss' job. Al Cannon, 73, has been sheriff of Charleston County since 1988 and intends to remain in the job after the November...

Deputy Settles Beef Between K9, Cow With Stun Gun

South Carolina sheriff's deputy had to step in

(Newser) - A sheriff's deputy responding to a burglary call in South Carolina was forced to settle a beef between his K9 and a spooked cow by using a stun gun, the AP reports. Georgetown County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the Pleasant Hill community on Wednesday when a K9...

Deputy Accused of Using Obits to Plan Her Burglaries

Janelle Gericke was allegedly trying to break into Wisconsin homes even while pregnant

(Newser) - A former Wisconsin sheriff's deputy has been arrested after her own colleagues became suspicious she was involved in something not on the up-and-up. The Washington Post reports that Janelle Gericke, 29, was hit with a felony burglary charge Tuesday, accused of breaking into—or trying to—seven homes in...

Sheriff: 'Anti-Police Culture' at Starbucks Has to Stop

Two deputies were apparently ignored by staff in Riverside County, Calif.

(Newser) - Yet again, law enforcement is complaining about service they get at Starbucks—this time in California. "Two of our deputies were refused service at Starbucks," tweeted Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco, per CNN . "The anti police culture repeatedly displayed by Starbucks employees must end." Bianco said...

'Egregious' Act by Deputy Made Public Defender Cry

White deputy shown in footage wrestling black teen quadruple amputee to ground, cursing at him

(Newser) - An arrest of two teens at an Arizona group home in September has now blown up into something much bigger after KOLD News 13 saw what it calls an "explosive video" of the incident that led to their arrest. The news outlet reports that the eight minutes of footage...

School Deputy Caught on Video Grabbing Girl by Headscarf

Florida officer was quickly fired

(Newser) - Video captured a Florida school resource deputy intervening in a fight between two teenagers in Orlando—grabbing one girl by the headscarf and pulling her head back as he did so. The deputy, who was fired after the Thursday incident, was assisting a sheriff's deputy who had responded to...

Cop Charged After 2nd Shooting With Similar Details

Sheriff's deputy Lauren Michael charged with assault after scooter incident in Kansas City

(Newser) - A 29-year-old sheriff's deputy in Jackson County, Mo., has been charged with felony assault and criminal action, and an investigation has been launched regarding a 2017 incident for which she'd received a medal of valor. "Laws that protect law enforcement's actions are a high hurdle for...

FBI Investigates Gangs in LA—of Deputies

'Los Angeles Times' reports on tattooed groups within the sheriff's department

(Newser) - The FBI is investigating gang-like groups in Los Angeles—and in a twist, the alleged members are sheriff's deputies. The probe focuses on tattooed groups within the LA County Sheriff's Department with names such as the Spartans, the Regulators, the Reapers, and the Banditos, reports the Los Angeles ...

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