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Thursday, January 30, 2014

16 Hour Illinois Conceal Carry Class - March 1st & 2nd

16 Hour Conceal Carry Class now open for registration.
 

 1. Click on the website linked for Shadow 300
2. Click on Register For Class by the 16 Hour Course.
3. Scroll to the bottom of the listings and choose this class:
March 1, 2014 - March 2, 2014
Sat, Sun Course 8:00 am- 4:00 pm, Elmhurst Lodge #941
4. Choose either to pay the full price up front or put down a $50.00 deposit. (Remainder is due at beginning of class).
5. Click on Attendee Information and finish the registration process.
6. Show up on March 1st.

~This is for the full 16 Hour Class. If you only need 12 hours, please contact me before registering.

~If you have a firearm, please bring it with you (UNLOADED!!) as long as you have FOID.
~There is absolutely NO live ammunition allowed in the class.
~If you do not have a firearm, no problem. You can still take the class and borrow or rent a firearm for the range qualification.

~There are only 30 seats available for this class. SIGN UP NOW!!

More classes will be scheduled next week.

If you have any questions, please contact me.



http://www.shadow300.com/illinois-concealed-carry-training/

Monday, January 27, 2014

ILLINOIS CONCEAL CARRY TRAINING MARCH 1 & 2, 2014

First class will be held March 1st and 2nd.

**REGISTRATION INFORMATION COMING SOON**

Check the Firearms Training by Duke Facebook page for details.

www.shadow300.com

Saturday, January 25, 2014

ILLINOIS CONCEAL CARRY TRAINING

Duke is proud to announce that beginning in March 2014 he will be offering ILLINOIS CONCEAL CARRY classes to the family members of local police departments.

I am currently providing instruction for Shadow300, LLC. I have been authorized to offer classes at a discounted price for the immediate family members of police officers in the local area.

Stay tuned for further information. This will be moving fast very shortly.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Hi Folks. An Update

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for all the well wishes I have received in the last month. I am doing better.

In mid October I was diagnosed with Diabetes. It was so out of control that I had a bout of Pancreatitis and ended up in the hospital.

My blood/sugar numbers were so high that my vision was severely affected. I was tired, sweaty and losing weight at an alarming rate.

I am doing better but I still have a long way to go. My vision is still pretty bad. The Diabetes caused small cataracts to form on my eyes causing blurred vision plus my actual vision is screwed up. I can use a computer for short times with the magnifier option. I am told this is normal and will clear up with time as my blood sugar comes under control.

I intend on being back in full swing soon. Thanks for your continued support and again THANKS for all the well wishes.

Duke

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Sorry I haven't been around.

I have been dealing with some serious medical issues and they have really held me down.

I will be back up and running as soon as we get these issues under control.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Two wounded city police officers get top honors for bravery

--Not exactly the award you want to compete for but CONGRATULATIONS are definitely in order for these brave warriors--

Story at Chicago Sun-Times

BY FRAN SPIELMAN
City Hall Reporter
Last Modified: Oct 8, 2013 09:02PM

When the phone rang at 10:30 p.m. on July 18, 2011, Jeff Friedlieb was afraid to pick it up for fear that something terrible had happened to his son, who had followed his dad into the Chicago Police Department.

“I was sitting at home and I got a call….He says, `Come to the County [Hospital]. I’ve got a bullet in my head,’ ” the elder Friedlieb recalled.

“Most parents would get that call and they’d be in the alley picking up his brains…You have to thank God when you take a bullet in the back of your head and have the audacity to fire back and shoot the guy.”

On Tuesday, the elder Jeff Friedlieb was in the City Council chambers to watch his son and namesake receive the Carter Harrison Award, this year’s highest honor for police bravery, along with his partner, Officer Ruben Del Valle.

Both plainclothes officers were shot while attempting to arrest a man they had observed allegedly engaging in a drug deal in a West Side alley.

During the struggle, the suspect allegedly pulled out a handgun and fired several shots. Del Valle was hit in the arm and head. Friedlieb was shot in the head. The bullet remains lodged behind his left ear.

Somehow, the wounded Friedlieb managed to return fire, striking the fleeing suspect. Charges were subsequently dropped against one suspect, but another is awaiting trial.

“I went down. Luckily, I was still conscious. I was able to fight back and wound the offender,” said the younger Friedlieb, who still suffers sometimes from severe headaches.

“It was pretty much will and training, dedication to the job….You don’t really think about the injury. You think more about catching the offender. Your adrenalin takes over...[Afterwards], you look at life differently. It is a second chance.”

The partners credited their military training with carrying them through on that fateful day.

“I realized my partner was shot. I was shot. The first thing on my mind was, `Okay, we’re still moving. We’re still able to get up on our feet and chase this guy.’ That will [to live] is just survival. Your body just takes over. You get that feeling of, `I’ve got to make it out of here. I’ve got to make it home,’ ” Del Valle said.

Nearly a half-dozen of the police officers honored during Tuesday’s ceremony had been shot by criminals they were trying to apprehend.

The elder Friedlieb, who was shot at, but never hit during 42 years on the streets of Chicago, couldn’t help but take notice.

“They’re getting bolder….It’s a lot harder for the officers today,” the father said.

The Lambert Tree Award, this year’s highest honor for fire bravery, went to Lieutenant/EMT John Majka and firefighter/paramedic Anthony Licato.

Together, they rescued a bedridden, 94-year-old woman from the second floor of a burning house on the Far South Side.

Despite intense heat and blinding smoke, Majka didn’t wait for water lines to be hooked up before beginning the search. He charged up the stairs, found the woman and was attempting to carry her out unconscious just as Licato arrived with a hose line to help him.

“I saw her ankle hanging off the bed right near the floor and just crawled up to her face. I could see she was burned. But she did take a breath, so that led me to believe she had a chance to survive. So, I kicked it into higher gear and got her out of there,” Majka recalled.

Pressed on what went through his mind on that day, Majka said, “You do have to choke down that uncertainty and that fear and push forward. It’s only human to do that. But that’s what we do.”

For Licato, being called a hero wasn’t easy. He said he would “much rather be at the firehouse.”

The best part of Tuesday’s ceremony was bringing his sons, ages 2 and 4, to the fire academy.

“They’re very excited to be here…They love the Fire Department. This was a big day for them,” he said, to the squeals of his delighted children.

Second man found guilty of murdering Chicago police officer

--Two down, one to go.
  Put these pieces of garbage where they belong.--

Story at Chicago Tribune

By Ellen Jean Hirst
Tribune reporter
11:33 AM CDT, October 9, 2013

Kevin Walker, who prosecutors said went by the nickname of "Killer Kev," has been found guilty of the slaying of Chicago Police Officer Alejandro "Alex" Valadez.

Prosecutors said Walker was driving a car on June 1, 2009, when two passengers opened fire at Valadez, a 27-year-old expectant father who was responding to an earlier call of shots fired in the West Englewood neighborhood. The jury deliberated about 10 hours before handing down the guilty verdict this morning.

A second man, Shawn Gaston, was found guilty in the officer’s death in 2011 and sentenced to 125 years in prison.

The trial for a third defendant, Christopher Harris, is currently underway. Closing arguments in that case are scheduled today at the Leighton Criminal Court Building.

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, who prosecuted the case, said Walker and two others were angry about the earlier shooting and went back at the scene to get even.

“They got shot at, went back for weapons and then went back for revenge,” Alvarez said in court.

Valadez was wearing jeans, a bulletproof vest and a duty belt and was standing near where the shooting took place in the 6000 block of South Hermitage Avenue.

Alvarez said the three were part of a “killing team.” She noted that sports teams that win championships often get commemorative rings and asked that the jury give Walker his by finding him guilty on both counts.

“Give him his ring of responsibility,” Alvarez said. “Give Kevin Walker his championship ring.”

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

In Memoriam: Special Agent Joseph M. Peters

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Special Agent Joseph M. Peters
United States Army Criminal Investigation Division, U.S. Government
End of Watch: Sunday, October 6, 2013


Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24
Tour: 6 years
Badge # Not available
Military veteran
Cause: Bomb
Location: Overseas
Incident Date: 10/6/2013
Weapon: Explosives; Improvised device
Suspect: Not available

Special Agent Joseph Peters was killed by an improvised explosive device while accompanying soldiers during combat operations in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

Three soldiers were also killed in the explosion.

Special Agent Peters had served in the U.S. Army for six years and was assigned to the 286th Military Police Detachment (CID), 5th Military Police Battalion (CID), Vicenza, Italy. He is survived by his wife and 20-month-old son.

Special Agent Peters was posthumously awarded the Combat Action Badge, Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart.

Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:

Major General David E. Quantock
United States Army Criminal Investigation Division
27130 Telegraph Road
Russell Knox Building
Quantico, VA 22314
Phone: (571) 305-4009

Thursday, October 3, 2013

I am a police officer

By: Jeremy Martinez
Featured at Law Enforcement Today

I am a police officer

I went to college, got a degree
I applied at local, state, and federal agencies
I endured testing, drug, psych, polygraph, and comprehension
I went through backgrounds, family / friends, co-workers, neighbors – interviewed
I trained, before, during, after, the academy -
I sacrificed time, sleep, and hobby -

I am a police officer

I learned, lasted, endured, changed -
I worked midnights, patrolled the streets while you slept
I stopped the guy that was lurking outside your walls
I came fast when you called for help
I stopped that man who was looking to do you harm

I am a police officer

I’ve broken ties of family, friends who choose a different path
I’ve been looked down upon, up to, and cast aside
I’ve answered questions, given advice, and even cried

I am a police officer

I’ve seen the things they won’t even put in the news
I’ve held your babies after a crash
I’ve comforted you, calmed you, and told you to wait
I’ve seen you at your worst, your best, and in between

I am a police officer

I’ve asked you questions that touched your soul
I’ve started the process to help make you whole
I’ve talked to your sons, your daughters about unthinkable things
I’ve gone after the one who invades your dreams
I’ve held your hand when no one else would
I’ve seen and done more than anyone should

I am a police officer

I know about things that would keep you up at night
I go to sleep and rise again for the fight
I risk my body, my mind, and my soul
I take the lumps that at times only I know

I am a police officer

I am criticized for being too cold
I am told not to be warm or let emotions get hold
I am demonized in the news
I am blamed for financial woes
I am taken for granted by you
I have friends who have taken a life
I’ve known friends who have given theirs for you

I am a police officer

I strap on a gun, a bullet proof vest, Taser, pepper spray, baton
I load a shot gun, slug gun, and rifle
I look for trouble before it finds you
I step between you and those who would do you harm
I give you orders, advice, and strength
I come when you call, nothing to big, or to small
I am professional, in word and in deed
I am aggressive to those who do wrong
I am comforting to those in need
I am all things to you

I am a police officer

I am injured
I am stressed
I am fulfilled
I am trying to do the right thing
I am here, I am there, I am where you don’t want to be

I am a police officer

I have been bitten, and pushed
I have been struck by fist, feet, bottles, bats, and cars
I have been spit upon, thrown up on, and more
I continue to come back for more

I am a police officer

I am brave, I am strong
I am soft, I am caring
I look to help, to change what I can
I am human too, look me in the eye
I live, love, work, play, and die
I have kids in school, go to church, and pray
I am involved with the community in which I play

I am a police officer

Next time you drive down the street
Don’t look in your mirror in fear
Think of me, pray for me and give me your ear

I am a police officer, I am here

River Forest and its police union agree to new contract

--My 6000th post since opening Duke's Blotter in March of 2009.
What better way to celebrate than sending congratulations to our fellow brethren in River Forest for a successful contract negotiation.--

Story at Pioneer Press

By: Phil Rockrohr | prockrohr@pioneerlocal.com

River Forest and its police union have reached a three-year contract overhauling step-based pay increases and eliminating a subsidy of retiree health insurance.

In exchange, the 25-member union received annual pay raises of 2.75 percent and a one-time payout for health insurance after retirement for officers with five to 14 years of experience.

The sweeping changes were done without the presence of attorneys during the nine-month-long negotiations.

“I’m assuming it’s the first time in village history that’s been done,” said Detective Justin Labriola, president of Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 46. “We never had them in the room until the last session, and that was just to finalize language more than anything.”

Both sides described the process, which took more than 10 rounds of negotiations, as friendly. The FOP approved the contract without a single “no” vote, Labriola said.

“Each side came in with issues important to them,” Village Administrator Eric Palm said. “Instead of throwing the kitchen sink, we said, ‘Here are three or four things we’d like to work out.’ We agreed that if we couldn’t figure it out, we’d go back to the traditional style.

“But we were able to get things worked out and reach a good contract for everybody.”

The biggest issue for River Forest was eliminating the 30-year-old practice of paying one-third of the premium for health insurance for retired officers, Palm said.

“That is a cost that escalates over time,” he said. “We wanted to end it for everybody, but we wanted to grandfather the existing retirees. We did not want to take the rug out from under anybody’s feet.”

If officers have 15 years of more of service, the village will continue to subsidize their health care after retirement, Palm said.

If they have five to 14 years of service, the village agreed to one-time payments of $11,000 to $30,800 per officer, depending on their years of service, according to the contract. Those with less than five years of service will no longer receive the benefit.

Under the restructuring of the salary schedule, officers will receive the same minimum and maximum pay, but the years of experience required to access the increases was expanded from six to nine steps.

Officers hired before May 1 will continue to receive raises based on the six-step schedule, while those hired after May 1 will get pay hikes based on the nine-step schedule.

“Obviously, we would like to go ahead and keep everything the same, but as time changes things, that is part of the negotiations,” Labriola said. You have to change. You just have to make sure it benefits the lodge. You have to evaluate what outweighs what at this point in time.”

Injunction aims to weaken Addison gang presence

--It would be even nicer if we could the money out of these pieces of trash.--

Story at Chicago Tribune

By Clifford Ward, Special to the Tribune
8:08 PM CDT, October 2, 2013

DuPage County officials said Wednesday they have won a court victory that will make life more difficult for suspected members of an Addison street gang.

After a one-day civil trial, Judge Terence Sheen issued a permanent injunction this week prohibiting members of the Latin Counts gang from consorting with each other, State's Attorney Robert Berlin said.

"Today is a good day for the people of Illinois and the residents of Addison," Berlin said. "This injunction is a powerful tool that will help us put an end to gang activity in the area and make our streets safer for our children."

According to county officials, the injunction bans eight specific suspected gang members and other unidentified members from openly associating. Violators can face contempt citations.

The action also bars the gang members from making gang signs, possessing weapons, participating in any assaults, or possessing or delivering any controlled substances.

The injunction seeks $80,000 from the gang, reimbursement for expenses incurred by Addison to police the gangs.

The injunction marked the fourth successful lawsuit DuPage prosecutors have filed in the past 10 years against a street gang. Kane County prosecutors also have employed the tactic, filing three lawsuits in recent years against gangs in Elgin and Aurora.

Law enforcement officials have called the lawsuits another avenue that police can use to crack down on gang activity, in addition to traditional law enforcement efforts, by impeding the ability of gang members to operate freely.

Kane brought its third gang lawsuit in June, with police serving summonses to 25 members of an Elgin gang. Once served, the suspected gang members can challenge the suit in court.

The suits are filed under a 1993 state law, which says gang members can be held civilly responsible for monetary damages caused by their illegal actions.

In Memoriam: Deputy Sheriff Billy "Bubba" Kennedy

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Deputy Sheriff Billy "Bubba" Kennedy
Upton County Sheriff's Department, Texas
End of Watch: Wednesday, October 2, 2013


Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38
Tour: 14 years
Badge # Not available
Cause: Gunfire
Incident Date: 10/2/2013
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect: Shot and wounded

Deputy Sheriff Billy Kennedy was shot and killed after responding to a call at a convenience store on South Burleson Avenue, in McCamey, at approximately 11:15 pm.

After he arrived at the scene he encountered a male subject. During the encounter the two exchanged gunfire. Despite being mortally wounded, Deputy Kennedy was able to return fire and wounded the suspect.

Deputy Kennedy had served in law enforcement for 14 years. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:

Sheriff Dan Brown
Upton County Sheriff's Department
PO Box 27
Rankin, TX 79778
Phone: (432) 693-2422

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Court: Is anonymous tip enough for traffic stop?

--An anonymous call on it's own is not reason enough to stop a person on the street so I am not sure how it will fly here.
I think it will be a very interesting debate.--

Story at PoliceOne.com

The Supreme Court will decide if a tip is enough to pull a vehicle over without an officer's corroboration of dangerous driving

October 01, 2013
By Mark Sherman
Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said Tuesday it will weigh whether a motorist's anonymous tip about reckless driving is enough for police to pull over a car, without an officer's corroboration of dangerous driving.

The issue has divided state and federal courts.

The justices said they will take up an appeal by two men who pleaded guilty to transporting marijuana after California Highway Patrol officers pulled over their silver Ford 150 pickup based on a report of reckless driving.

The officers did not observe erratic driving, but acted after dispatchers received a 911 call saying the vehicle had run the caller off the road and identifying it by its model, color and license plate. Officer searched the truck after smelling marijuana, found four large bags of it and arrested driver Lorenzo Prado Navarette and passenger Jose Prado Navarette. It is unclear whether the men are related.

They appealed after pleading guilty and are arguing that the traffic stop violated their constitutional rights, based on an earlier high court ruling that anonymous tips by themselves ordinarily are not sufficient for police to detain or search someone.

The question for the justices is whether anonymous tips about reckless or drunken driving should be treated differently.

Four years ago, the court declined to hear an appeal from Virginia officials over the same issue after the state Supreme Court sided with a defendant who was arrested after police received an anonymous tip that he was driving while intoxicated.

Chief Justice John Roberts disagreed with his colleagues and wrote to say that the court should have agreed to hear the case.

"The stakes are high," Roberts said, explaining that the Virginia decision grants "drunk drivers `one free swerve' before they can legally be pulled over by police. It will be difficult for an officer to explain to the family of a motorist killed by that swerve that the police had a tip that the driver of the other car was drunk, but that they were powerless to pull him over, even for a quick check."

The case, 12-9490, probably will be argued in January.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Lyons Police Officer Facing Federal Robbery Charge

--Makes me just shake my head.
Case # 13-CR-00770
I have made the complaint available -->>HERE<<--

FBI Press Release


FBI Chicago September 30, 2013    
Special Agent Joan Hyde (312) 829-1199

CHICAGO—An officer with the Lyons Police Department (LPD) whose duties included investigating the sale of contraband and counterfeit cigarettes has been charged with robbing and extorting targets of his investigations. The charge was announced today by Robert J. Shields, Jr., Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Gary S. Shapiro, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.

Jimmy J. Rodgers, 43, was charged in a one-count criminal complaint filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Chicago with Hobbs Act robbery, a felony offense. The complaint was unsealed following Rodgers’s court appearance Friday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Geraldine Soat Brown. Rodgers was released pending his next court appearance, which has not yet been scheduled.

According to the complaint, Rodgers, who was also assigned to a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) task force, recruited a cooperating source to assist in setting up transactions in which the source would sell contraband cigarettes to potential targets. The complaint states that Rodgers agreed to pay the source a fee for each transaction the source conducted. The complaint describes two such transactions between the source and targets, for which the source was provided a Village of Lyons check to pay for his services. The complaint alleges the source engaged in subsequent transactions and was paid in cash from money paid to the source during the transactions. The transactions between the source and Rodgers were reported by the source to the FBI last June.

At the direction of the FBI, the source recorded conversations and meetings with Rodgers in connection with another contraband cigarette transaction with a potential target. The complaint alleges that on July 30, the source received $11,280 from the target in exchange for 300 cartons of cigarettes and was told by Rodgers to keep $3,280 of that amount. The source was also given 30 cartons of cigarettes to pass to another source, who helped arrange the transaction with the target. In a recorded meeting a few days later, Rodgers allegedly acknowledged that he was not supposed to pay the source from the proceeds of the transactions and instructed the source to say that all payments to the source were by way of a check from the police department. An FBI agent subsequently reviewed the report of the July 30 transaction filed by Rodgers and noted that the report did not mention the seizure of cash from the target. LPD had no record of Rodgers turning in $8,000 from the transaction.

Mr. Shields expressed his gratitude for the substantial assistance provided by both the Lyons Police Department and the FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations during the course of this investigation.

If convicted of the charge filed against him, Rodgers faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.

The public is reminded that a complaint is not evidence of guilt and that defendants in a criminal case are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Lawmaker: Pension plan 'very likely' for veto session

--I am going to go out on a limb here and say that nothing is going to happen. There is absolutely no desire on the part of Springfield to properly fix the broken pension systems.--

Story at Chicago Tribune

By Rick Pearson
Tribune reporter
6:54 AM CDT, September 30, 2013

A key member of a legislative panel charged with finding a way to fill Illinois' worst-in-the-nation unfunded pension liability said Sunday that she believes it is "very likely" a plan to change state retirement benefits could be agreed upon to present to lawmakers next month.

State Rep. Elaine Nekritz of Northbrook, the House Democratic point person on pensions, said the legislative conference committee examining solutions to Illinois' $100 billion public employee pension debt has continued its work unaffected by Gov. Pat Quinn's move to take away legislative salaries until a proposal reaches his desk.

Still, Nekritz said that regardless of any plan ultimately forwarded to the full General Assembly, she expects it will be challenged in court as unconstitutional.

"We're close enough where I think that there's a definite possibility we could take action in veto session," Nekritz said of the scheduled Oct. 22 return of the General Assembly.

"We have a few, what I would call, details to work out, but as in any negotiation, when you get to the end, the things that were not so significant in the beginning become big," she said in a WGN-AM 720 interview. "So, I'm not saying that the whole thing can't fall apart, and we'll be back to square one, but it's also very likely we could come to an agreement and be done in a couple of weeks."

Nekritz had been reluctant to predict the progress of the 10-member legislative panel's work. But she noted that the group has agreed on a framework that includes reducing 3 percent annual compounded cost-of-living adjustments in pensions to half of the consumer price index while reducing employee contributions.

While not giving specifics on outstanding issues before the panel, Nekritz said there are still ongoing discussions about whether there should be a minimum and maximum on annual pension increases based on inflation.

She acknowledged that the move for a 1 percentage point reduction in employee contributions to their pensions was aimed at meeting a state constitutional prohibition against diminishing or impairing public employee pension benefits.

Still, she said, "I don't think there's any way we can avoid being sued by the public employees — whether it be actives (current employees) or retirees."

Nekritz said Quinn's decision to veto legislators' salaries until a pension plan was sent to his desk "was a distraction and really did not serve to push or hinder the work of the conference committee."

On Thursday, a Cook County judge ruled Quinn violated the state constitution's prohibition against changing legislators' salaries during their elected term. The governor is appealing the ruling.

She said she had not spoken to anyone from Quinn's office since July on the progress of pension negotiations.

"I know it's been excruciatingly slow," she said of the work of the panel, which held its first meeting in mid-July. "I think every member of the pension (conference) committee would say that it's been excruciatingly slow, but that's just been the difficulty of this negotiation."

Nekritz acknowledged that public employees have paid their pension contributions while politicians for decades have not adequately paid the state's employer share.

But she said, "To me the most immoral thing that could happen is to say to someone, a 75- or 80-year-old retiree, 'I'm sorry, the system's broke. I can send you no check.' I would rather make the increases in their benefit going forward smaller and know that the system is secure so they know they're going to get a check in the future."

Trial begins today for 2 in cop's slaying

--Truly hope this is a short trial with the guilty outcome for the CPD and the officer's family.
We really need to bring back the death penalty in Illinois.--

Story at Chicago Tribune

Staff report
7:20 AM CDT, September 30, 2013

Two men charged in the West Englewood slaying of a Chicago police officer in 2009 are scheduled to go on trial today.

Kevin Walker and Christopher Harris are accused of killing Officer Alejandro "Alex" Valadez as he responded to a report of shots fired in the 6000 block of South Hermitage Avenue, according to the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.

A third defendent in the case, Shawn Gaston, is serving a 125-year prison sentence.

State's Attorney Anita Alvarez will serve as lead prosecutor during the trial, which is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

In Memoriam: Deputy Sheriff Dustin Hamilton

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Deputy Sheriff Dustin Hamilton
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana
End of Watch: Friday, September 27, 2013


Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24
Tour: 2 years
Badge # Not available
Cause: Automobile accident
Incident Date: 9/27/2013
Weapon: Not available
Suspect: Not available

Deputy Sheriff Dustin Hamilton was killed in a vehicle collision on Joor Road, between Mickens Road and Lovette Road, at approximately 7:10 pm.

He had just completed an overtime detail when his patrol car collided with another vehicle traveling in the opposite direction.

Deputy Hamilton had served with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office for two years.

Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:

Sheriff Sid Gautreaux III
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office
8900 Jimmy Wedell Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70807
Phone: (225) 389-5055

In Memoriam: Detective Frank J. Lema, Sr

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Detective Frank J. Lema, Sr.
United States Department of Defense - Naval Station Newport Police Department, U.S. Government
End of Watch: Thursday, September 26, 2013

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 70
Tour: 21 years
Badge # D10
Cause: Struck by vehicle
Location: Rhode Island
Incident Date: 9/26/2013
Weapon: Not available
Suspect: Not available

Detective Frank Lema was struck and killed by a government truck on-board the base at approximately 1:30 pm.

He was transported to a local hospital before being transferred to Rhode Island Hospital. He succumbed to his injuries approximately nine hours after being struck.

Detective Lema had served with the Naval Station Newport Police Department for 21 years after retiring as a captain with the Middletown Police Department. He is survived by his five children.

Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:


United States Department of Defense - Naval Station Newport Police Department
690 Peary Street
Building 1373, Simonpietri Dr
Newport, RI 02841
Phone: (401) 841-3241