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Trooper who responded to Sandy Hook massacre busted for second DUI

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A veteran Connecticut state trooper who responded to the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre has been charged with his second DUI in less than three years, police said.

Trooper Kenneth Dillon, of West Hartford, was busted by cops in Canton for a two-car crash while off-duty near the intersection of Routes 44 and 179 on Feb. 2, the Hartford Courant reported Thursday.

Dillon was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol and carrying a firearm while under the influence. He also received a citation for a traffic light violation, police said.

The off-duty trooper was reportedly among the scores of law enforcement officers who responded to the December 2012 shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, where crazed gunman Adam Lanza slaughtered 20 children and six teachers. The 20-year-old former student took his own life with a gunshot to the head as cops closed in.

Dillon, who was driving his own vehicle at the time, was the only person hurt in the crash, Canton Police Chief Christopher Arciero told the Courant.

He was treated at Hartford Hospital, including for a possible head injury, Arciero said.

Dillon, who was assigned as a detective with the agency’s Special Licensing and Firearms Unit, has been put on administrative suspension following the wreck, a Connecticut state trooper said.

Dillon was previously charged with drunken driving in May 2018 in Keene, New Hampshire, according to the newspaper, citing police.

Just a week later, Dillon was busted in Connecticut on charges of interfering with a cop in Harwinton, where he was allegedly uncooperative with other troopers investigating a complaint about a suspicious vehicle, state police previously said.

The outcomes of those arrests were unclear Thursday, the Courant reported.

Dillon, who is set to appear in court on March 11, has worked for the Connecticut State Police since 1999, WTNH reported.

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Police searching for motorcyclist accused of shooting Texas officer

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Texas authorities are searching for a motorcyclist who allegedly shot a police officer during a traffic stop on Sunday night, a report said.

The suspected shooter was identified by authorities as 43-year-old Royce Wood. He allegedly shot a Rhome police officer in the leg near the intersection of Farm-to-Market roads 407 and 2264 in Wise County, NBC DFW reported.

Wood was driving a motorcycle with a female passenger when they were stopped. One of them matched the description of the suspect wanted in a Saturday night home invasion, authorities said.

After the shooting, Wood fled the scene on foot. The female passenger was taken into custody.

The injured officer was hospitalized in stable condition.

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Spectators injured by out-of-control vehicle at Texas mud racing event

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Spectators injured by out-of-control vehicle at Texas mud racing event

Eight people, including spectators, were injured Sunday at a Texas mud racing event after an out-of-control vehicle plowed through a guard rail, a report said.

Three of the victims were critically injured in the crash at a track in Fabens, KTSM reported, citing authorities. The other five people suffered non-life threatening injuries.

It was not immediately known what caused the driver to exit the track and crash. Three other vehicles were also hit, the report said.

A medevac helicopter was spotted at the event, along with several ambulances.

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Over 5,800 USPS workers attacked by dogs last year

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Over 5,800 USPS workers were attacked by dogs last year, the agency recently announced ahead of a campaign to highlight the issue.

“From nips and bites to vicious attacks, aggressive dog behavior poses a serious threat to postal employees and the general public,” the USPS said in a Thursday press release.

Of all major US cities, Houston last year experienced the most dog attacks on letter carriers — with 73 of them, the service said in its release. Chicago and Los Angeles were second and third on the list, with 59 and 54, respectively.

California, meanwhile, was home to the most dog attacks by state in 2020 with 782.
New York had 295 attacks, which was the fourth most of any state.

As part of the weeklong awareness campaign, which began Saturday, the service is providing guidance to dog owners to help mitigate the problem.

Among the pointers is not letting children in homes with dogs to take mail from the letter carriers, as the animals may view the worker as a threat.

Kansas City letter carrier James Michael Benson was recently attacked after a child answered the door.

“I knocked on a customer’s door to pick up a package and as a young child answered, a dog came bursting out of the door and bit my forearm, knocking me to the ground “ said Benson.

“I was in shock and struggling with the dog, when he lunged and bit me again on my face, under my ear.”

The dog was then restrained by its owner.

“Dogs are instinctive animals that may act to protect their turf and that why it’s important to inform the public about this campaign,” USPS Acting Employee Safety and Health Awareness Manager Jamie Seavello said in a statement.

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