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Man pleads guilty in Ohio officer's slaying, gets life

PoliceOne - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 06:55

Associated Press

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — A man who killed a police officer in Ohio has pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and other charges and has been sentenced to life in prison plus 35 years without the possibility of parole.

Herschel Jones III pleaded guilty and was sentenced Wednesday in Knox County in the 2016 shooting death of Danville Officer Thomas Cottrell. Danville is about 60 miles northeast of Columbus.

Jones' attorneys didn't immediately return calls seeking comment Wednesday.

The 34-year-old officer's body was found behind the village's municipal building on Jan. 17, 2016, after Jones' ex-girlfriend warned police he was "looking to kill a cop." The officer had been shot in the head.

Jones faced a potential death penalty if convicted at trial. Death penalty specifications were dropped as part of the plea agreement.

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W.Va. officer killed during pursuit identified

PoliceOne - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 06:43

Associated Press

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — An officer killed in an accident during a pursuit of a suspected drunken driver had been with the Bluefield police force for nine years, officials said Wednesday.

Bluefield police administrative assistant Kevin Fleming said Lt. Aaron L. Crook was killed early Tuesday.

Fleming says funeral arrangements for Crook, who also was a former U.S. Marine, are pending.

Three other officers were treated for injuries at a hospital and released. State police are investigating the accident and details haven't been released.

The suspect, Morgan Smith Walker, 27, of Princeton, was arrested on charges including DUI causing death with reckless disregard, Mercer County Prosecutor George Sitler told WVNS-TV.

According to a criminal complaint, officers saw Walker driving well above the posted speed limit, cross the center line and nearly hit a police cruiser before the pursuit started.

Walker was being held in the Southern Regional Jail on $50,000 bond. Jail records didn't indicate whether he has an attorney.

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Police: You can smoke marijuana in Mass., but don't carry it in NH

PoliceOne - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 02:00

By Breanna Edelstein The Eagle-Tribune

HAMPSTEAD, N.H. — Police are reminding Granite Staters that although marijuana has been legalized in Massachusetts, it is still prohibited across the New Hampshire border.

The announcement came Monday, after a traffic stop in Hampstead led to the arrest of a driver who said he didn't know he was breaking the law by having marijuana in the cup holder of his vehicle, police said.

Sgt. Robert Kelley was conducting a traffic enforcement grant patrol funded by the New Hampshire Highway Safety Agency at the intersection of Route 121-A and Route 111 when he noticed the driver of a green Oldsmobile Cutlass talking on a cellphone.

The driver, later identified as Selket Taylor, 27, of Danville, pulled over 400 feet down the road, police said, and could be heard yelling as the officer approached the car.

Taylor became increasingly agitated while searching for his license and registration and "began rambling about things that had nothing to do with why he was stopped," according to police.

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When Kelley noted the bag of marijuana, Taylor assured the officer that he "only smokes it in Massachusetts," where it is legal.

Police said Taylor was "enraged" as he was arrested, and continued to "smash his head in the back of the patrol car."

The discovery of excessive trash and clothing in the impounded vehicle led police to believe that Taylor was living there. Police also discovered a larger bag of marijuana and a clear plastic bag containing white pills, possibly intended for prescription use.

While being processed at the Hampstead Police Department, officials said Taylor continued to "badger and swear at the officer" and "made the process extremely difficult."

He was released on $1,500 personal recognizance bail and will appear in Plaistow District Court on Aug. 25. He faces charges for using his cellphone while driving, transporting drugs and two counts of drug possession, one at the felony level.


©2017 The Eagle-Tribune (North Andover, Mass.)

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