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Selfless Cop Gives Elderly Woman Personal GPS to Get Home Safely

Officer Virginia Villing;  Photo: via foxnews.com

Officer Virginia Villing; Photo: via foxnews.com

A Cincinnati police officer is being hailed for her selfless act of kindness to a lost elderly woman over the holiday season.

Cincinnati Police Officer Virginia Villing was conducting a vehicle stop prior to Christmas when 71-year old Shirley McKeown stopped to ask her for help. 

McKeown was traveling from Indiana to Florida for the holidays and had become lost. 

Officer Villing decided that McKeown needed a little more assistance than the paper maps she was using could provide so she gave McKeown her own personal GPS device along with instructions on how to use it to get to Florida.

A grateful McKeown did in fact make it to Florida for the holidays and was able to spend Christmas with her family.

Upon arrival, McKewon sent Officer Villing a thank you note along with the $150 GPS device. 

Officer Villing did not expect the device to be returned but was simply happy that McKeown was able to make it home safely.

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Dayton, OH Officer Helps Save Life of Fellow Officer After Car Crash

Officer Byron Branch;  Photo: via daytondailynews.com

Officer Byron Branch; Photo: via daytondailynews.com

A Dayton, OH police officer is alive today thanks in part to the swift actions of his fellow officer.

Officer Byron Branch, a rookie with the department, was struck by a vehicle late Friday evening after another vehicle lost control on Interstate-75 and struck his patrol car.

A fellow officer rushed to his aid, applying a tourniquet to Officer Branch's leg and preventing a significant loss of blood before medical personnel arrived on scene.

Social media identified the hero officer as Bryan Camden, a fellow Dayton police officer.

After being hailed as a hero, Officer Camden replied, "It wasn’t just me, it was a team effort, and I would do it again and again to make sure my friends and fellow officers are safe."

Camden added, "Please let me know if there’s any more I can for you guys during this difficult time, and thank you for supporting me as much as you’re supporting him."

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Daughters of Fallen Officer Escorted to Homecoming Dance by Local Police

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Photo: via abcnews.com

Police officers in Ohio helped escort three young women to their homecoming dance after the girls lost her police officer father in the line of duty earlier this year. 

Danville Police Officer Thomas Cottrell was shot and killed in an ambush shooting on January 17, 2016.

Officer Cottrell's daughters Courtney, Brooklyn and Alycia and their dates were each escorted to their homecoming dance by officers.

The girls' mother, Anna Montgomery, said of the officers' gesture, "They kept just saying 'It's our honor, it's our honor,'"

She added, "The brothers in blue definitely came through for the girls."

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This KFC Owner's Support For Law Enforcement is Turning Heads and Inspiring Others

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Photo: via wkyt.com

One Kentucky Fried Chicken franchisee in the Ohio tri-state area has received a tremendous response on social media after it was revealed that he was offering to feed all uniformed police officers for free at all of his restaurants.  

Owner Doug Knipp, who has several KFC restaurants in Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia said of the gesture toward law enforcement, "You guys are putting your life on the line for us. Any time you're on duty, it's just our way of saying thank you."

Knipp is hoping that others are inspired by what he is doing at his restaurants. "It's what's going on in our country today that we all need everybody's help and we want to step up," he said

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Ohio Boy, 7, Found Trying to Sell Teddy Bear to Buy Food

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Photo: via wlwt.com

Police officers in Franklin, Ohio helped a young boy and his siblings get fed after officers discovered the boy trying to sell his teddy bear to buy food on Sunday.

The officers were called to the boy's attention by passersby who saw the boy, alone, in front of a store attempting to sell his teddy bear to buy food.

After officers spoke to the boy they learned that he had not eaten for several days.

Officer Steve Dunham took the boy to a local Subway to get lunch and then officers investigated the boy's story.

A welfare check on the boy's home revealed a house full of garbage, cat urine, and filth. 

The officers also found four other children at the home. The parents, identified as Tammy and Michael Bethel, were arrested on charges of child endangerment and the children removed from the home and placed in the custody of relatives.

Police Chief Russ Whitman praised the officers' treatment of the children, saying the police "treated them like their own kids, and that's exactly what law enforcement does in situations like this. How would we want someone to treat our kids? Hopefully, these officers’ actions change these kids’ lives and maybe change the lives of the parents to become better parents.”

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Ohio Authorities Find "Hit List" Targeting Local Police

Police in Ohio were alarmed at the discovery of an apparent "hit list" at a Port Clinton park that targeted local police.

The list was found at the park on Sunday and included the names of several local departments - Genoa, Clay Township and Lake Township - although no specific officers were names.

The list also included an apparent laundry list of items needed to carry out an attack, including smoke cans, ammunition, and dynamite.

Given the recent spate of attacks against law enforcement personnel throughout the nation, police in Ohio are taking the threat seriously.

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Good Samaritan Helps Police Nab Suspect Accused of Raping 3-Year Old Child

Charles Sadler;  Photo: Columbus Division of Police

Charles Sadler; Photo: Columbus Division of Police

A Good Samaritan in Columbus, OH is being credited with helping police nab a suspect who had allegedly just raped a 3-year old child. 

The citizen was driving in her car when she allegedly saw 34-year old Charles Sadler raping the 3-year old child in an abandoned garage on Friday afternoon.

She immediately called police and followed Sadler until police could arrive and take him into custody.

The child was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Sadler was allegedly baby-sitting the child at the time of the incident.

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Ohio Man in Custody After FBI Raid Links Him to Bizarre Plot Against Local Police

Timothy Ward;  Photo: Stark Co. Jail

Timothy Ward; Photo: Stark Co. Jail

An Ohio man is in custody after an FBI raid found evidence that implicated him in a strange plot to attack against local law enforcement.

The home of TImothy Ward, 51, as well as the home of his father were raided by FBI personnel on June 15 following an investigation into Ward's alleged plot to arm mannequins and use explosives to attack a local police station. 

During the raid, FBI personnel apparently found bomb-making materials; however, no completed bombs were located.

The bizarre plot isn't so hard to fathom, however, given Mr. Ward's criminal history. 

Ward was arrested in 2009 after handcuffing his then-wife and forcing her to watch religious programming while declaring his need to fight demons.

Ward was ultimately found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Officers picked Ward up on a traffic stop on Tuesday and he is currently being held in lieu of bond.

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Arrest Made in Thursday Shooting of Ohio Deputy

Deputy Katie Barnes;  Photo: Warren Co. Sheriff's Dept.

Deputy Katie Barnes; Photo: Warren Co. Sheriff's Dept.

An arrest has been made in the Thursday night shooting of a Warren County, OH deputy. 

19-year-old Mohammed Abdou Laghaoui was arrested on Friday morning following a police manhunt.

Deputy Katie Barnes had responded to a call of a domestic disturbance in Deerfield Township when she came under fire.

Laghaoui allegedly fired an assault rifle at Deputy Barnes, striking her in the abdomen. The suspect also allegedly shot and wounded his father.

Deputy Barnes, 35, was a collegiate athlete prior to joining the force. She has been with the Warren County Sheriff's Office for over 7 years.

Warren County Sheriff Larry Sims said he expects Deputy Barnes to survive her injuries. "We expect her to recover from this. She’s just a very strong individual," Sims said.

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On-Duty Ohio Police Officer Dies in Motorcycle Training Accident

Photo: hilliardohio.gov

Photo: hilliardohio.gov

A police officer in Hilliard, Ohio has died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle training accident on SR 161.

The officer, who has not been named, was on-duty at the time of the accident.

The accident occurred at approximately 2 pm local time.

More details to come.

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