Texas Sheriffs Today
May. 17, 2013

Texas police officer's convicted killer executed
Jeffrey Demond Williams, 37, was executed on May 14 in Huntsville for gunning down a Houston police officer 14 years ago, almost to the day. Officer Tony Blando, 39, was shot to death on May 19, 1999 as he worked an auto theft surveillance assignment.More

Texas Rangers open criminal investigation into West plant explosion
The Dallas Morning News
After local and federal authorities arrested West paramedic Bryce Reed for possessing an undisclosed destructive device, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers announced they are launching a criminal investigation into the April 17 fertilizer plant explosion. More

Texas police arrest 4 in $1.6 million marijuana bust
RTT News
Authorities in Irving arrested four men for possessing approximately 1,700 pounds of marijuana. The Irving Police Special Investigations Section received an anonymous tip that a U-Haul truck containing a large amount of marijuana was parked somewhere within the city's limits. More

San Antonio officers awarded for saving newborn
The San Antonio Express-News
A woman who unexpectedly gave birth to a baby girl when she was in the bathtub on May 12 credited two San Antonio police officers with saving the newborn's life. "Dealing with an infant is a lot different and a lot scarier than dealing with an adult because they are so fragile," San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said. "They did one heck of a job." More

Law enforcement across Texas is saying 'Click It or Ticket'
The Texas Department of Transportation has launched its 12th annual "Click It or Ticket" campaign to ensure the safety of motorists in Houston, as well as across the state. The state of Texas has made seat belt safety a major priority and is one of the most buckled up states in the country.More

War in the streets: Protecting our laws
By Brandon Elliott
Let there be no mistake, what took place in the streets of Boston was not the apprehension of a murder suspect. This was a skirmish between two militarized idealistic radicals and a professional law enforcement agency. Thankfully, in this case Boston PD's squared-away response ended it without further casualties. As law enforcement officers, we need to prepare to fight like cohesive military units in battle while maintaining our purpose as law keepers and right protectors for our country and communities. Our training must be much like that of the military for fighting purposes. But we still need to remember we are not soldiers. We are police officers.More

Identity thieves busted after posting photos of their meal on social media
Everyone is guilty of posting "food porn" on Instagram, but a photo of a steak dinner at Morton’s led the IRS to two suspected identity thieves in Florida. Learn how the photo on the social website led to the arrests of Nathaniel Troy Maye and Tiwanna Tenise Thomason...More

President Obama pays tribute to fallen law enforcement officers at Capitol
The Hill
President Barack Obama offered tribute to law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty at the U.S. Capitol, urging Americans "to live our lives in a way that pays tribute to their memory." He went on to say, "We should not pause and remember to thank first responders and police officers only in the wake of tragedy. We should do it every day."More

US safety board proposes tougher drunk-driving threshold
A decade-old benchmark for determining when a driver is legally drunk should be lowered in an effort to reduce alcohol-related car crashes that claim about 10,000 lives each year, U.S. safety investigators said. The National Transportation Safety Board recommended that all 50 states lower the threshold from 0.08 blood-alcohol content to 0.05. More

War in the streets: Protecting our laws
By Brandon Elliott
Let there be no mistake, what took place in the streets of Boston was not the apprehension of a murder suspect. This was a skirmish between two militarized idealistic radicals and a professional law enforcement agency.More

New bill prohibits Texas law officers from asking about immigration status
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Law enforcement officers would be prohibited from asking victims and witnesses in criminal investigations about their immigration status under legislation approved by the House State Affairs Committee.More

Flying with firearms while off-duty
One of the more common questions Richard Fairburn is asked at training seminars is how much of a hassle it is to bring along a pistol during air travel. More

Cleveland kidnap victim told cop 'you saved us,' jumped in his arms
ABC News
Officer Anthony Espada, the first Cleveland Police officer to arrive at 2207 Seymour Ave., the scene of a dramatic rescue of three kidnapped women imprisoned as sex slaves for a decade, described discovering the women as "very overwhelming" in the first public account of their discovery by police.More

New Jersey police prepare to turn on ShotSpotter technology
Police in Atlantic City, N.J., will be testing the brand new ShotSpotter technology to help them locate and prosecute illegal gun use in the city. Atlantic City residents hope the new technology will be able to save lives in some of the more troubled neighborhoods of the city. Gerald Spence is an Atlantic City resident who believes Atlantic City Police's new ShotSpotter technology will be able to help police get to the scene of a crime faster than they do now. More