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  • NY schools first to have 'red flag' petition power on guns

    By Ryan Tarinelli Associated Press

    ALBANY, N.Y. — Schools across New York began the academic year with a new tool intended to prevent student suicides and violence: the ability to ask a court to remove a troubled person's access to firearms.

    About a third of U.S. states have so-called "red flag" laws, which allow courts to temporarily seize guns from people believed to be a danger to themselves or others, but New York is the first to

  • NC agencies go high-tech against opioid crisis

    By Elizabeth Pattman Times-News, Burlington, N.C.

    BURLINGTON, N.C. — Three Alamance County agencies are taking a new approach to fighting the nationwide opioid crisis with new software that tracks overdoses, naloxone administration, trends and more. Representatives from each of the agencies explained when they started mapping and how the data are helping them protect the community.

    The Sheriff's Office, Burlington police and county Health Department all recently

  • Portland's CAHOOTS program dispatches civilian first responders for homelessness calls

    By Molly Harbarger The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.

    PORTLAND, Ore. — As the sun began to set, Chelsea Swift and Amanda Smith pulled their white van up near a man tucked between some bushes on the side of a busy street. He was grumbling and yelling at passing cars. He grasped a handful of toys and a flashlight as he held a conversation that only he could understand.

    Swift and Smith work for Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets – most commonly called CAHOOTS

  • Machete-wielding Syracuse man leads police on 2-county pursuit

    By Samantha House Syracuse Media Group, N.Y.

    MADISON, N.Y. — A man was wielding two machetes when officers arrived on the Madison County street, troopers said.

    Police had responded to Canal Street in the town of Madison around 6 p.m. Friday after a caller reported a man was yelling and throwing items on the side of the road, the New York State Police said. When troopers and Madison County sheriff’s deputies arrived, Corey D. Streeter was using two machetes to

  • Las Vegas officers honored for heroic acts were just 'doing their job'

    By Ricardo Torres-Cortez Las Vegas Sun

    LAS VEGAS — Portraits of Metro Police officers who were honored Friday night adorned the spacious Strip resort ballroom. Each of the 70 cops photographed represented a tale of heroism, selflessness and sacrifice, some that could have been scripted into a movie.

    There was Officer William Umana, who in a pursuit of a pair of murder suspects on a sunny summer morning shot through his cruiser’s windshield to stop the


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