January 15, 2021

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A Florida Department of Corrections inmate hit a corrections officer with a shovel before stealing his truck and crashing it in Lake County Thursday afternoon, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

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OCSO deputies received a call reporting an escape shortly before 1 p.m. and responded to the intersection of North John Young Parkway and State Road 408, a spokesperson said.

An OCSO helicopter spotted the marked Department of Corrections vehicle and tracked it from a distance until it crashed in Lake County, according to OCSO.

The inmate crashed near County Road 470 and County Road 48 in Okahumpka, where he was apprehended by officers with the Leesburg Police Department, agency spokesman Lt. Joe Iozzi said.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. FHP’s Lt. Kim Montes said the inmate ran a red light, hit an SUV and caused a four-car crash near the intersection. Nobody was injured in the crash, she said.

FHP officers arrived at the scene of the crash just before 3 p.m., according to the agency’s live traffic condition report. The crash is listed as blocking traffic in the area.

The corrections officer whose vehicle was stolen suffered minor injuries, but he is expected to make a full recovery, according to OCSO.

The FDC could not immediately be reached for comment.

This is a developing story. Check back here for updates.

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MANCHESTER — After citizens following a stolen vehicle were shot at, police are reminding the public to let police handle criminal activity.

It was about 1 a.m. Monday when a 911 came in from a man and woman who believed they were following a stolen vehicle, which they reported to dispatchers as a black Acura MDX with Connecticut plates 857ZWK.

The callers said they were on Hartford Road and continued to give dispatchers information about the suspect vehicle when police say the driver fired a gun at them.


“The victim’s vehicle was struck by one round, but no injuries to the two parties inside the vehicle were sustained,” Lt. Ryan Shea said. “Investigation determined at least two rounds were fired by the suspect.”

The vehicle and alleged shooter remain at-large. Anyone who sees the vehicle is urged to call 911.



“While there were no injuries as a result of this incident, we want to stress to the public not to put themselves in harm’s way,” Shea said. “With the help of the public, appropriate resources can be directed to apprehending criminals committing these crimes.”


Police urged anyone with information to call 860-645-5500 or 860-645-5510.

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DANBURY — Two males were arrested Sunday after police say they crashed a stolen car on Interstate 84.

State police responded to a one-car accident in the area of Exit 3 around 9:25 p.m. and found an unoccupied vehicle with heavy passenger side damage facing west on the eastbound side of the highway.

Shortly after arriving on scene, a trooper spotted two individuals running on the Exit 3-off ramp, according to authorities.


Danbury and state police made contact with the two individuals and later determined that the vehicle involved in the crash had been stolen earlier that day.

State police’s criminal information summary on the incident lists “Danbury Kia” as the victim.

One of the individuals was 20-year-old Danbury resident Stephen Felax, according to police. The other was a male juvenile.



They were both charged with second-degree larceny and interfering with an officer.

The juvenile was released to a guardian on scene, while Felax was held on a $2,500 surety bond.

Felax was scheduled to be arraigned Monday at state Superior Court in Danbury.

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ORANGE — Police are investigating a carjacking after a man reported his vehicle taken while he was filling up his tires.

Officers responded to Cumberland Farms at 151 Boston Post Road around 10:30 a.m. Saturday for a report of a carjacking.

The victim told police he was filling the tires on the passenger side of his Audi when he saw a gray Mazda pull up next to his vehicle. The passenger in the Mazda got out of the vehicle and started to get into the man’s Audi, the victim told police.

“When the victim confronted the suspect, he observed that he was holding a small black object, possibly a handgun,” police said, adding that the victim told officers the suspect used the object to wave the victim to back away.

The suspect got into the Audi and drove out of the lot onto Boston Post Road, followed by the Mazda.

The victim’s vehicle was described as a white 2013 Audi Q7 with Connecticut plates 315PJO.

The Mazda was described as a four-door sedan with a partial Connecticut registration of AF10. The suspect was described as a Black man, 5-foot-10, about 30 years old and wearing a black jacket and black ski mask.

Anyone with information is asked to call 203-891-2130, reference case number 20-38868.

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Update, Saturday 11:25 a.m.: Police in Bartlesville identified the man shot by officers as 25-year-old Tyler Scott Thomas Rollins. A news release indicates that Rollins is listed in what has been described as stable condition at a Tulsa hospital.  

The story as it appeared in Saturday’s print version is below. 

Bartlesville police officers shot a man Friday evening after he reportedly pulled a gun while fleeing on foot.

The shooting happened about 7 p.m. Friday near the Casey’s General Store at the intersection of Madison and Adams boulevards, according to a news release from the Bartlesville Police Department.

Officers made contact with a man reportedly wanted on two felony warrants at the convenience store’s gas pumps and observed him in a black Ford Edge reported stolen Thursday. As officers approached, the man fled on foot and during the foot chase pulled a firearm on the two pursuing officers, according to a news release.

Both officers shot the suspect, who was taken to a Bartlesville hospital before being transferred to St. John’s Medical Center in Tulsa. No information was available Friday night on his condition.

Neither the man nor officers who shot him have been identified as of Friday night, and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is handling the investigation, according to a news release.

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a red car: Police calls


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A driver in Phoenix was taken into custody after crashing a stolen vehicle into two patrol cars, then fleeing the scene, officials said.

On Wednesday night, troopers attempted to stop a car that was reported stolen in the area of Interstate 17 and Cactus Road.

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the driver crashed the stolen vehicle into two patrol cars in an attempt to flee the area. One of the cars was damaged.

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The driver fled westbound on Cactus Road and crashed the vehicle into another vehicle in the intersection of 51st Avenue, according to DPS.

At least seven DPS or local law enforcement vehicles surrounded the scene.

DPS took the driver into custody.

No further information was immediately available.

Reach breaking news reporter Katelyn Keenehan at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @KatelynKeenehan.

This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Driver detained on suspicion of crashing stolen vehicle into 3 cars in Phoenix

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PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio

Drug abuse, Snow Road: On Nov. 6, police observed a weaving 2008 Kia Sedona on Snow Road.

It turned out the Cleveland driver was swerving while drinking from an open container of alcohol.

During a search of the Kia, police not only found felony drugs, but it turned out the Sedona was reported stolen.

The driver was arrested for receiving stolen property. He was also cited for drug abuse and open container.

Stolen vehicle, Stumph Road: On Nov. 4, a Stumph Road resident called police after making a startling discovery — her 2014 Hyundai Elantra was missing.

An arriving officer talked to the resident, who had no idea who stole her Elantra. Police are investigating.

Theft by deception, N. Church Drive: On Nov. 6, a N. Church Drive resident called police after discovering he had been scammed out of $1,000 through a Facebook fraud. Police are investigating.

Assault, Oakwood Road: On Nov. 6, police were dispatched to an Oakwood Road residence regarding a man and woman loudly arguing outside.

An arriving officer located the couple. After investigating the incident, a Brunswick woman was arrested for assaulting a police officer.

Fleeing, W. 130th Street: On Nov. 7, police observed a Chevy driving recklessly on W. 130th Street.

When the officer attempted to pull over the vehicle, the driver sped away. The pursuit was terminated in Cleveland. Police are investigating.

Disturbing the peace, W. 130th Street: On Nov. 7, police were dispatched to a W. 130th Street parking lot regarding two men who were fighting.

An arriving officer located the aggressor, a Brook Park man who was arrested for disturbing the peace.

Suspicious vehicle, Pearl Road: On Nov. 8, police observed a 2020 Mazda CX-5 driving suspiciously on Pearl Road.

When the officer attempted to pull over the Mazda, the driver took off leading police in a pursuit, which was terminated for safety reasons. Police are investigating.

Warrant, N. Church Drive: On Nov. 8, a N. Church Drive resident called police about a man acting suspicious in the area.

An arriving officer located the Cleveland man, who was trespassing. Police later learned he had a warrant.

The man was arrested and held for transport. Also, the suspect had marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was cited for drug abuse, possession of drug paraphernalia and trespassing.

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A 29-year-old man with no address drove a stolen van on Monday from Warren County, N.J., into Northampton County, Pa., on Interstate 78 West before ramming a police vehicle with two New Jersey Stare troopers inside, court papers say.

Brandon Marsalis Wesley, behind the wheel of a 2017 GMC Savana with Garden State registration, crossed into Pennsylvania about 2:45 p.m. while being pursued by New Jersey troopers, Pennsylvania State Police said court papers say.

Near the Route 33 interchange in Lower Saucon Township a “pursuit intervention technique” by a Pennsylvania State Police vehicle spun the van, stopping it facing the right side of the highway, police said. A New Jersey State Police vehicle with two troopers inside pulled forward to within 10 feet of the van, police said. The van sped forward, slammed into the driver’s side front quarter panel of the SUV, breaking the police vehicle’s front axle and pushing the vehicle sideways into a guide rail, where it stopped, police said.

Arrest Nov. 23, 2020, on Interstate 78

A man driving a stolen van was spun to a stop Nov. 23, 2020, on Interstate 78 West in Lower Saucon Township but the driver then accelerated into the driver’s side of an occupied New Jersey State Police vehicle, pushing it into a guide rail, court papers say.Tim Wynkoop | lehighvalleylive.com contributor

When Wesley took his foot off the gas, he was arrested, police said.

The highway was briefly closed westbound. All lanes were reopened by 4:50 p.m.

Wesley was arraigned Monday night before District Judge Nicholas Englesson on charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, simple assault and harassment, court papers say. Wesley was housed in Northampton County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Van stopped on Interstate 78 West

A van was stopped by Pennsylvania State Police the afternoon of Nov. 23, 2020, on Interstate 78 West just past the Route 33 entrance. Driver Brandon Marsalis Wesley, 29, was arrested after he rammed a New Jersey State Police vehicle at that location, authorities say.Tim Wynkoop | lehighvalleylive.com contributor

Wesley’s preliminary hearing on the Pennsylvania charges is tentatively scheduled 9 a.m. Dec. 2 in District Judge Alan Roger Mege’s court in the township.

It is not clear what charges Wesley may face in New Jersey.

Court papers do not list an attorney for Wesley.

Tony Rhodin can be reached at [email protected].

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A 29-year-old man with no address drove a stolen van on Monday from Warren County into Northampton County on Interstate 78 West before ramming a police vehicle with two New Jersey Stare troopers inside, court papers say.

Brandon Marsalis Wesley, behind the wheel of a 2017 GMC Savana with Garden State registration, crossed into Pennsylvania about 2:45 p.m. being pursued by New Jersey troopers, Pennsylvania State Police said court papers say.

Near the Route 33 interchange in Lower Saucon Township a “pursuit intervention technique” by a Pennsylvania State Police vehicle spun the van, stopping it facing the right side of the highway, police said. A New Jersey State Police vehicle with two troopers inside pulled forward to within 10 feet of the van, police said. The van sped forward, slammed into the driver’s side front quarter panel of the SUV, breaking the police vehicle’s front axle and pushing the vehicle sideways into a guide rail, where it stopped, police said.

Arrest Nov. 23, 2020, on Interstate 78

A man driving a stolen van was spun to a stop Nov. 23, 2020, on Interstate 78 West in Lower Saucon Township but the driver then accelerated into the driver’s side of an occupied New Jersey State Police vehicle, pushing it into a guide rail, court papers say.Tim Wynkoop | lehighvalleylive.com contributor

When Wesley took his foot off the gas, he was arrested, police said.

The highway was briefly closed westbound and then its limited opening led to a traffic backup. All lanes were reopened by 4:50 p.m. and within several minutes the traffic backup was resolved.

Wesley was arraigned Monday night before District Judge Nicholas Englesson on charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, simple assault and harassment, court papers say. Wesley was housed in Northampton County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Van stopped on Interstate 78 West

A van was stopped by Pennsylvania State Police the afternoon of Nov. 23, 2020, on Interstate 78 West just past the Route 33 entrance. Driver Brandon Marsalis Wesley, 29, was arrested after he rammed a New Jersey State Police vehicle at that location, authorities say.Tim Wynkoop | lehighvalleylive.com contributor

Wesley’s preliminary hearing on the Pennsylvania charges is tentatively scheduled 9 a.m. Dec. 2 in District Judge Alan Roger Mege’s court in the township.

It is not clear what charges Wesley may face in New Jersey.

Court papers do not list an attorney for Wesley.

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HOLLAND, MI — A report of stolen vehicles in Kent County ended up reaching Holland in neighboring Ottawa County early Sunday morning.

The investigation involving police from multiple agencies from two counties resulted in two suspects being apprehended by officers and the recovery of a stolen vehicle and two handguns.

At 12:10 a.m. on Nov. 22, Holland police officers responded to report of several stolen vehicles leaving the Kent County area heading into the Holland area. Officers from the Grand Rapids Police Department and deputies from the Kent County Sheriff’s Office passed along information to Holland police officers.

Holland police officers saw several vehicles driving recklessly traveling on Washington Avenue from U.S. 31, according to a news release issued by Holland police. Officers attempted to get into position to stop the vehicles, police said in the release.

One of the vehicles, police describe as stolen, then pulled off the road and two subjects fled on foot, police said. Both subjects were in possession of handguns and one threw a handgun prior to being caught, according to police. The other subject was still in possession of a handgun when taken into custody, police said.

One suspect was handed over to the Grand Rapids Police Department. The other suspect was taken to Ottawa County Jail for expected charges of carrying a concealed weapon, receiving and concealing stolen property and resisting and obstructing an officer, police said in the news release.

The incident remains under investigation by the Holland detectives.

Those with information related to the investigation may contact the Holland Department of Public Safety Detective Bureau at 616-355-1150 or [email protected] Those who wish to leave an anonymous tip may contact Silent Observer at 1-877-887-4536, text OCMTIP and your message to 274637 or go to www.mosotips.com.

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