Maine: Lewiston Police officer Nicholas Meserve dies mysteriously at his home Friday… how did he die?

Nicholas Meserve was a patrol officer with Lewiston Police. He worked there since 2009.
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LEWISTON, Maine — Lewiston Police announced Saturday afternoon that one of their officers died at his home Friday night.

Lt. Dave St. Pierre said officer Nick Meserve died, and did not release any details about the circumstances of his death, only saying that there was no criminal aspect or violence. He called it an “unattended death.”

“There was no sign of violence, and the cause of death is not known at this time. The state police will be investigating the cause of his death,” he wrote in a statement.

He said officer Meserve’s body will be sent for an autopsy, which St. Pierre believed would shed light on the details surrounding his death.

“Many of us are mourning at this time, including family, friends, and members of the police department,” said Lt. St. Pierre. “It’s tough on all of us. He was very involved in the community.”

Officer Meserve has been employed with the City of Lewiston Police Department since 2009 and prior to this employment he worked for the Androscoggin County Jail.

Meserve helped with many Special Olympics events.

Lewiston Maine Police Department added a new photo.

 

Lewiston Maine Police Department added a new photo.

 

St. Pierre asked the public to respect the time that people are mourning.

Way to Go, Lewiston Police!!!! Lewiston Police was one of 16 local, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies that took part in Southern Maine Community College’s Criminal Justice Program’s…

 

Lewiston Maine Police Department added a new photo.

 

(L to R) Officer Meserve, Ayden Goding, Lt. St.Pierre, and Officer Philippon.

 

“With the deepest sadness and regret, The Lewiston Police Department announces the untimely death of one of our Officers; Nicholas Meserve. He was found deceased at his home on Friday, February 08. 2019,” St. Pierre wrote on the department’s Facebook page. “We would like to express our sincere condolences to Officer Meserve’s family, friends and colleagues alike during this difficult time.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends and with those who worked closely with him in the department.”

Author: Chris Costa, News Center Maine

(Things that make you go “Hmmm…”)

Chicago officer sentenced for murdering black teen Laquan McDonald

Chicago officer Jason Van Dyke sentenced for murdering black teen Laquan McDonald

Jason Van DykeJason Van Dyke was found guilty of second degree murder in October

Ex-Chicago policeman Jason Van Dyke has been sentenced to six years and nine months in jail for the 2014 killing of black teenager Laquan McDonald.

Video of Van Dyke firing repeatedly at the 17-year-old was released a year later, and led to street protests.

During Friday’s hearing, residents told of alleged past mistreatment at the hands of the officer.

One witness told the court Van Dyke, 40, had put him in a stranglehold after he refused to spit out a cough drop.

Another claimed that he had pushed a gun to his head as he was leaving a petrol station, and screamed racist epithets in his face.

Protesters march in Chicago after the city released dashcam footage showing Laquan McDonald's deathProtesters marched in Chicago after the city released dashcam footage showing Laquan McDonald’s murder.

Van Dyke’s brother-in-law, who is black, also took the stand to say that he had never known the former policeman to be a “racist cop”.

After a trial in October, Van Dyke was found guilty of murder as well as 16 counts of aggravated battery – one charge for each shot he fired at McDonald.

Dashcam video of the incident showed McDonald, who was high on the PCP drug at the time, refusing the officer’s command to drop a knife as he walked down the street.

Friday’s sentence comes one day after three former and current policemen who were accused of helping to cover up the killing were found not guilty by a different Chicago judge.

According to the Chicago Tribune, which called Thursday’s verdict “stunning”, it is the first time in the city’s history that a police officer has faced criminal charges stemming from an on-duty shooting.

Van Dyke's wife and daughters were in court on FridayVan Dyke’s wife and daughters were in court on Friday

Before sentencing, Van Dyke’s family and friends filed letters telling of his service to the community.

His 17-year-old older daughter took the stand earlier on Friday to blame the media for criticising “police officers for doing their jobs”.

She told the court she had written a school essay about the “harsh realities” of police work, and said officer do not care about race, “they care about your safety”.

Maine: Officer Laurie Kelly becomes Presque Isle’s first female police chief!

Women working in male dominated fields is becoming more common, but seeing it happen can still inspire young girls to reach their full potential.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — So far, 2019 is looking like the year of the woman.

Janet Mills becomes Maine’s first female governor. Sarah Thomas became the first female to officiate an NFL playoff game. And Laurie Kelly becomes Presque Isle’s first police chief.

Friends, family and other chiefs have been calling Chief Kelly to congratulate her on this accomplishment, but being the first female chief was never her focus.

“I knew I would be if I got it, but that wasn’t necessarily a goal of mine. I’ve just been doing it and thought that one day I’d get this far,” Kelly said.

Sgt. Joey Seeley has worked alongside Chief Kelly for about 25 years. He says they trained together, patrolled together and supervised together.

Sgt. Seeley believes Chief Kelly is the right person for the job.

“I always knew she could do the job and there’s no question there whatsoever and she will do a good job moving this police department where it needs to go,” Seeley said.

Kelly has been on the Presque Isle police force for close to 33 years. She says she’s always felt welcomed and accepted, even as the first female patrol officer.

“I think when I first came here, understandably some of them had thought ‘oh am I going to be able to back them up or am I going to be able to do it physically,’” Chief Kelly said. “Then it was like ‘oh she’s ours’ or they were very protective.”

Those she now manages have no doubt she’s the right person for the jobs.

“I always knew she could do the job and there’s no question there whatsoever and she will do a good job moving this police department where it needs to go,” Sgt. Seeley said.

Women working in male dominated fields is becoming more common, but seeing it happen can still inspire young girls to reach their full potential.

“I think it just shows that woman can get into any field they want and excel at it and still reach the goals that they want,” Chief Kelly said.

Regardless of her gender, “I have always been basically one of the guys,” she said with a laugh.

Kelly joins the small club of five other female police chiefs in Wells, Ogunquit, Freeport, Wilton and Westbrook.

Author: Jackie Mundry, Newscenter Maine

Report: US 2018 CO2 emissions saw biggest spike in years (is that what you want?)

A new report has found that US carbon dioxide emissions rose by 3.4% in 2018 after three years of decline.

The spike is the largest in eight years, according to Rhodium Group, an independent economic research firm.

The data shows the US is unlikely to meet its pledge to reduce emissions by 2025 under the Paris climate agreement.

Under President Donald Trump, the US is set to leave the Paris accord in 2020 while his administration has ended many existing environmental protections.

While the Rhodium report notes these figures – pulled from US Energy Information Administration data and other sources – are estimates, The Global Carbon Project, another research group, also reported a similar increase in US emissions for 2018.

The US is the world’s second largest emitter of greenhouse gases.

Exhaust rises from the stacks of the Harrison Power Station in Haywood, West VirginiaExhaust rises from the stacks of the Harrison Power Station in Haywood, West Virginia

And last year’s spike comes despite a decline in coal-fired power plants; a record number were retired last year, according to the report.

The researchers note that 2019 will probably not repeat such an increase, but the findings underscore the country’s challenges in reducing greenhouse gas output.

In the 2015 climate accord, then President Barack Obama committed to reducing US emissions to at least 26% under 2005 levels by 2025.

Now, that means the US will need to drop “energy-related carbon missions by 2.6% on average over the next seven years” – and possibly even faster – to meet that goal.

“That’s more than twice the pace the US achieved between 2005 and 2017 and significantly faster than any seven-year average in US history,” the report states.

“It is certainly feasible, but will likely require a fairly significant change in policy in the very near future and/or extremely favourable market and technological conditions. ”

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What’s behind the rise?

Analysis by Matt McGrath, Environment correspondent, BBC News

There are a number of factors behind the rise in US emissions in 2018, some natural, mostly economic.

Prolonged cold spells in a number of regions drove up demand for energy in the winter, while a hot summer in many parts led to more air conditioning, again pushing up electricity use.

However economic activity is the key reason for the overall rise in CO2 emissions. Industries are moving more goods by trucks powered by diesel, while consumers are travelling more by air.

In the US this led to a 3% increase in diesel and jet fuel use last year, a similar rate of growth to that seen in the EU in the same period.

All this presents something of a problem for the Trump administration which has been happy to point to declining US emissions as a reason to roll back many of the environmental protection regulations put in place by his predecessor.

The figures also show that the President’s efforts to boost demand for coal have not succeeded yet, with electricity generated from this fossil fuel continuing to decline.

Despite this, there is little to cheer in the US data for those concerned with climate change on a global scale.

Many had hoped that carbon cutting actions at state or city level could in some way keep the US on track to meet its commitments made under the Paris climate agreement.

The latest emissions data indicate that this is unlikely to happen.

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US President Donald Trump holds up a "Trump Digs Coal" sign as he arrives to speak during a Make America Great Again Rally at Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington, West Virginia, August 3, 2017Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES

What has changed in the US?

The last time the US saw such an increase in emissions was in 2010, as the country recovered from its longest recession in decades.

Part of last year’s spike is also the result of economic growth, but new policies have exacerbated the effects of increased industry production.

Mr Trump has rolled back a number of his predecessor’s environmental regulations since taking office, appointing climate change sceptics and industry leaders to head US environmental agencies.

As a part of undoing what he called a “war on coal”, in 2017, Mr Trump rescinded the Clean Power Plan, which required states to slash carbon emissions to meet US commitments under the Paris accord.

In December, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pressed ahead with plans to lift restrictions for carbon emissions from new coal plants and asked for public comment on redefining the phrase “causes or contributes significantly to” air pollution.

Under Mr Trump’s administration, the federal government has also opened up once-protected lands for oil and gas drilling across the US and has proposed ending regulations on fuel standards for cars and trucks after 2021.

“The big takeaway for me is that we haven’t yet successfully decoupled US emissions growth from economic growth,” Rhodium climate and energy analyst Trevor Houser told the New York Times.

The US jump also marks a worldwide trend: 2018 saw an all-time high for global CO2 emissions and was the fourth warmest year on record.

Travelers arrive for TSA inspection as they make their way through Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, New JerseyTransportation remains the top contributor to US CO2 emissions

What contributed the most?

Transportation remains the nation’s number one source of CO2 emissions for the third year in a row.

But the largest emissions growth came from two sectors “often ignored in clean energy and climate policymaking: buildings and industry”.

The report estimates emissions from residential and commercial buildings increased by 10% last year, reaching “their highest level since 2004”.

And without significant changes, industrial emissions will become bigger contributors to US CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions.

“We expect it to overtake power as the second leading source of emissions in California by 2020 and to become the leading source of emissions in Texas by 2022.”

But then, y’all wanted a king, right?  Well, you got it.  Explain your choice to your grandchildren when every day is cloudy with smog.

New York: “Crime + Punishment” Exposes Racial Quotas in the NYPD & Retaliation Against Heroic Officers Who Speak Out

JANUARY 08, 2019
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A group of New York Police Department officers are challenging what they call a racially charged policy of quotas for arrests and summonses. Known as the ”NYPD 12,” they risked their reputations and livelihoods to confront their superiors, fight illegal quotas and demand a more just police force. We look at a film following their story called “Crime + Punishment.” It has just been shortlisted for an Academy Award for Best Documentary. We speak with Stephen Maing, the film’s director and producer, and Lieutenant Edwin Raymond, the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit filed by the NYPD 12.

[There are good people out there, good police officers even, who STILL try and do the right thing.  Salute.]

“.. impeach the motherfucker!” – Rashida Tlaib: Congresswoman’s Trump profanity sparks furor!

US House Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) participates in a ceremonial swearing-in from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) at the start of the 116th Congress at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 3, 2019Nancy Pelosi swears-in new representative Rashida Tlaib

US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi Speaker has shrugged off a new lawmaker’s use of a profane epithet to assail President Donald Trump.

Democrat Rashida Tlaib courted controversy when she used explicit language while calling for the president’s impeachment.

Ms Pelosi on Thursday said while she would not use such language, it was no worse than things Mr Trump has said.

The controversy comes amid renewed talk of impeachment among lawmakers.

The Republican president called her comments “highly disrespectful” to the US in a news conference on Friday.

“I thought her comments were disgraceful. This is a person I don’t know, I assume she’s new,” he told reporters.

“I think she dishonoured herself and dishonoured her family using language like that in front of her son and whoever else was there.”

When asked about her call for impeachment, Mr Trump responded: “You can’t impeach somebody that’s doing a great job that’s the way I view it.”

Earlier on Friday, he tweeted that his political enemies only want to remove him from office because he is “the most successful”.

What did Ms Tlaib say? Michigan’s Ms Tlaib made the remark to supporters at a reception hours after she was sworn in on Thursday as one of the first two Muslim women members of Congress.

“People love you and you win,” she said. “And when your son looks at you and says, ‘Momma, look you won. Bullies don’t win.’ And I said, ‘Baby, they don’t.'”

She added that they would impeach Mr Trump, using a profane term to describe him.

Ms Tlaib had also co-authored an opinion piece calling for impeachment that was published in the Detroit Free Press earlier on Thursday.

On Friday, she was unapologetic about the furor over her remark.

The new congresswoman took her oath of office using a family Koran while wearing a traditional garment stitched by her Palestinian-born mother.

Palestinian dress worn in new US Congress

What did Pelosi say?

Speaking at an MSNBC town hall on Friday, Ms Pelosi said while she may have a “generational reaction” to the language, she is “not in the censorship business”.

“I don’t like that language, I wouldn’t use that language, but I wouldn’t establish any language standards for my colleagues.

“But I don’t think it’s anything worse than what the president has said.”

On impeachment, Ms Pelosi has been cautious, saying Democrats must “wait and see” what happens with special counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiry into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 US election.

Mr Trump told reporters on Friday Ms Pelosi assured him in budget negotiations that House Democrats were not looking to impeach him.

What did other Democrats say?

A number of Democratic congressmen rebuked the new lawmaker.

Civil rights icon John Lewis said Ms Tlaib’s comments were “inappropriate” and “distracting”. The Georgia congressman also said talk of impeachment was “a little premature”.

Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri said: “What she said yesterday was wrong. Wrong is wrong.”

Jerry Nadler of New York told CNN: “I don’t really like that kind of language, but more to the point it is too early to talk about [impeachment] intelligently.”

But Ms Tlaib is not the only hardline Democrat to call for Mr Trump’s removal from office.

Brad Sherman of California and Al Green of Texas on Thursday reintroduced articles of impeachment against the president.

Mr Sherman responded to claims that impeachment talks were distracting from the shutdown battle by saying: “Does it compete for attention? Yes. So do the Lakers’ games,” the Associated Press reported.

As for Ms Tlaib’s controversial language, much like Ms Pelosi, California congresswoman Maxine Waters said Mr Trump was responsible for starting all the incivility.

“He’s opened up a new way of talking, a new way of addressing these issues in ways that we never heard before,” Ms Waters said, according to The Hill.

“That gives others the permission to speak passionately about it in the same manner that he has done.”

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Pennsylvania cop ends armed standoff with White Christmas rendition :- )

Image shows a close up of the 'Police' patch on the back of a police officer's jacket.The police negotiator sang four verses of the festive classic White Christmas 

A successful police negotiator needs some key qualities. Calmness under pressure, a reassuring presence, and a knack for listening to name just a few.

But it turns out that a decent singing voice can also come in handy.

One Swat team negotiator in the US state of Pennsylvania brought an armed standoff to a close with his version of the festive classic White Christmas.

But it is not clear whether the man surrendered due to the perfection or the sheer awfulness of the rendition.

The nine-hour standoff began late on Christmas Day when a man in Chester County began behaving erratically and barricaded himself into his home.

A worried family member called the police when the man allegedly armed himself with a rifle.

But when officers arrived he reportedly opened fire, damaging a number of police vehicles.

“Over a long and cold night, they kept negotiating with the man,” District Attorney Thomas Hogan wrote in a Facebook post.

He said that he arrived on the scene with (Reindeer-shaped) Christmas biscuits to boost the morale of the officers before one negotiator made a sudden breakthrough.

After prolonged talks, the man reportedly demanded that a police officer sing him White Christmas.

A negotiator then sang four verses of the hit, thought to be the biggest-selling single of all time, before the man surrendered at 06:00 local time and was taken into custody.

“You can’t make this stuff up,” Mr Hogan wrote. “This being Swat, they ate the cookies, made fun of each other, and went home to their families, quietly satisfied with a job well done.”

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