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Seven officers shot in South Carolina; at least one dead, officials say

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Derek Lowe(FLORENCE, S.C.) — A suspect has been detained after seven police officers were shot in a residential neighborhood in South Carolina, according local authorities.

One officer died in the shooting, the Florence County Coroner confirmed to ABC News.

Three deputies from the Florence County Sheriff’s Office and four officers from the Florence Police Department were shot, authorities said. The officer who died was from the police department.

The shooting occurred in the Vintage Place, a residential neighborhood in Florence, about 80 miles east of Columbia, according to the Florence County Emergency Management.

Some injuries are “serious,” a spokesperson for the city of Florence told ABC News.

Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler described the officer who died as the “bravest officer” he’s ever known.

“Today we lost a good friend of mine — an officer that I’ve known for 30 years,” Heidler said during a news conference Wednesday evening.

The active situation is over, but city officials asked that residents stay away from the area.

At least 100 law enforcement officers responded to the scene, ABC Florence affiliate WPDE-TV reported.

Witnesses told the local station they could hear gunshots from inside their homes.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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Source:: National News

      

Is U.S. Postal Service Too Popular to Privatize?

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Is U.S. Postal Service Too Popular to Privatize? AUSTIN, Texas – President Donald Trump’s announced intention in April to reform the U.S. Postal Service landed with a thud, and now – six months later – a White House-appointed committee report on the topic has been shelved.

The Postal Service enjoys wide popularity, with a 90 percent favorable rating, and the reform package delivered to the president on Aug. …(Read More) …read more

Source:: Texas News Service

      

Governor Abbott Reappoints Holder And Jenkins To Jefferson And Orange County Board Of Pilot Commissioners

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By lauren.mccanse@gov.texas.gov Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Charles E. “Charlie” Holder and William G. “Will” Jenkins, III to the Jefferson and Orange County Board of Pilot Commissioners for terms to expire on August 22, 2020.Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Charles E. “Charlie” Holder and William G. “Will” Jenkins, III to the Jefferson and Orange County Board of Pilot Commissioners for terms to expire on August 22, 2020. The board has exclusive jurisdiction over the pilot services provided in Jefferson or Orange County, including intermediate stops and landing places for vessels on navigable streams wholly or partially located in the board’s jurisdiction.

Charles E. “Charlie” Holder of Vidor is president and CEO of Advantage Testing, Home Instead Senior Care, and Sure Shot Game Calls. He is a member of the Professional Outdoor Press Association and EO – Entrepreneurs Organization. He is chairman of The Betterment for Seniors Foundation Board, board member of Meals on Wheels and the Better Business Bureau of Southeast Texas, and the founder of Be a Santa to a Senior. Holder attended Lamar University and received a Masters in Entrepreneurship from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

William G. “Will” Jenkins, III of Beaumont is director of sales at Giglio Distributing Company. He serves on the Wholesale Beer Distributors of Texas Board of Directors. He is on the board of Coastal Conservation Association – Golden Triangle, United Way of Beaumont, and Beaumont Main Street. He serves on the executive board as vice-president of marketing for Three Rivers Council and is chairman of the board of St. Anne Catholic School in Beaumont. Jenkins received a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from Texas A&M University in College Station.

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Source:: Office of the Governor

      

Governor Abbott Announces Funding To Support Local Law Enforcement And Crack Down On Gang Violence

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By lauren.mccanse@gov.texas.gov Governor Greg Abbott today announced $5,158,000 in grant funding through the Local Border Security Program (LBSP) to better secure the Texas border from gangs and violent criminals. Governor Greg Abbott today announced $5,158,000 in grant funding through the Local Border Security Program (LBSP) to better secure the Texas border from gangs and violent criminals. One hundred awards were released to local communities and law enforcement groups across the region for intelligence sharing, collaboration and efforts to crack down on border-related criminal activity in Texas.

“We must continue doing all we can to stop violent criminals and gangs from coming across our borders and into our communities,” Governor Abbott. “These grants will help ensure our law enforcement along the border have the resources necessary to confront these unique threats, and prevent organized crime from taking root in Texas. I thank all the brave men and women who work tirelessly to secure our border and keep Texans safe, and I will continue working to put an end to lawlessness along our border.”

With this LBSP funding, local officials will continue making progress disrupting gangs and cartel operations in the Texas border region. This funding also helps local law enforcement provide intelligence on criminal and gang activity and tactics in coordination with the Department of Public Safety (DPS). This intelligence is essential for effective and coordinated border security operations among federal, state and local partners. Last year, LBSP grantees reported over 800,000 miles patrolled and 1,200 felony arrests made by grant paid officers supporting the border initiative.

LBSP funding also assists local law enforcement with essential border security related efforts including:

  • Implementation of, and increase in, the effectiveness of operational methods, measures, and techniques for stopping border-related crime.
  • Decreasing the supply of drugs smuggled into and through Texas from Mexico.
  • Disrupting and deterring operations of gang and cartel criminal organizations.
  • Increased effectiveness of air operations.
  • Increased coordination and integration of air-ground team operations.
  • Increased effectiveness of directed action missions based upon intelligence and analysis.

The Governor’s Homeland Security Grants Division (HSGD) administers the grant program supporting overtime and operational costs for law enforcement agencies located within one of the six DPS Joint Operations and Intelligence Center (JOIC) Regions. The Local Border Security Program was established in 2007 with by the 80th Legislature.

See the attached list of LBSP awards released.

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Source:: Office of the Governor

      

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