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Jefferson County deputy hospitalized after on-duty dog attack

Deputy Ric Lindley

A Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy is in the hospital after he was attacked by dogs while on duty. The attack happened Wednesday in the 100 block of 16th Terrace N.E., said Chief Deputy Randy Christian. The deputy, identified by multiple Facebook posts asking for prayers as Deputy Ric Lindley, was sent to a home there to check on the welfare of a teen who had skipped school. The mother told deputies she had dropped her son off at school, but had seen him return home on a security camera. Lindley knocked on the front door, but there was no answer. He went to the back of the home where he encountered two large dogs who attacked him, Christian said Sunday. He suffered bites to his legs and arms. He was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released. The dogs were taken to be tested for rabies.

On Saturday, Lindley was admitted to the hospital again after developing an infection with a fever as high as 103. According to Facebook posts by family, he is expected to remain hospitalized for four to five days and an infectious disease specialist has been called in to evaluate the deputy. Just two years ago, Lindley captured hearts across the U.S. when he was photographed holding a baby girl following a traffic crash on Interstate 20 near Leeds. Within hours, the photo was shared thousands of times on social media, and made its way all the way to Hawaii. The photo reached more than 561,000 people on the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page alone, not counting Twitter.

The former U.S. Army Green Beret said at the time he didn’t understand the fuss. “I’m just a man. I’m not better or worse than anyone else,” he told “I’m just a Dad and a grandfather. That’s about it.”

Flying out of Boise? Here’s how to pack your gun the right way for your trip

Late last week at the Boise Airport, while Transportation Security Administration officials discussed concerns that more people have been trying to carry guns onto planes, a TSA screener found a handgun in a woman s purse. It was the 12th gun caught at the checkpoint this year. Like all but two of the other detected guns, it was loaded. The woman carrying the Smith and Wesson Bodyguard 380 appeared mortified, apologizing while a Boise police officer escorted her to a nearby office. Some of the other passengers heading for midafternoon flights watched, mildly curious, but most didn t seem to realize what had occurred.

It happened in the TSA Precheck lane, reserved for passengers who have gone through a screening process[1] to streamline their trips through security.

It s our trusted-traveler lane, TSA regional spokeswoman Lorie Dankers said. That person is no longer a trusted traveler. Firearms, ammunition, firearm parts and realistic replicas of firearms are always prohibited in carry-on baggage. They may be transported in checked baggage if the traveler declares them to the airline during the ticket counter check-in process, according to TSA regulations. Clips and ammunition can be in the same case but must be removed from the gun. For step-by-step instructions, watch the video above this story. People caught with weapons in their carry-ons face possible criminal charges or civil penalties that could range as high as a $7,500 fine.[2] Most miss their flights, although in the May 18 incident the woman was able to catch her afternoon plane to Las Vegas, Boise police reported.

declassified x-ray image gun in baggage

This image, declassified by the TSA, shows what a handgun concealed in a backpack looks like through an X-ray machine at a security checkpoint. The image is not from one of the incidents at the Boise Airport.

Provided by TSA

The initial investigation indicated that the gun was inadvertently left in the purse. Police say that is generally true of such incidents at the Boise Aiport. Neither police nor the TSA said any of the Boise incidents involved someone with malicious motives. But Andrew Coose, this airport s TSA federal security director, said the danger is real regardless.

Firearms on board a pressurized aircraft present a significant hazard, he said, whether a gun goes off intentionally or accidentally. Fifteen Boise police officers are stationed at the airport, with generally six officers on duty at a time, according to BPD. Police are summoned the moment a gun is detected.

In last week s incident, as in others, the handgun was booked as evidence and the city prosecutor s office will determine whether charges should be filed, a BPD spokesman said. The woman who owned the gun also could face a separate civil penalty from the TSA. Though the delay at the precheck lane Thursday seemed momentary, it can take significantly longer, said Travis Wahl, lead transportation security officer. When an officer detects a weapon, the bag is held in the X-ray tunnel until a police officer takes custody of it.

Other people are waiting, said Wahl, who has detected six or eight guns in carry-ons during his three years at the Boise Airport. Our lane at that point is at a standstill. It possibly aggravates some passengers behind them, whoever s running late. Most people are. The airport is on pace to eclipse the 18 guns confiscated in 2016 the current record. About twice as many guns have been found so far this year as were found in the first six months of 2016 (seven guns) and 2015 (six), Dankers said. As of May 20, 2016, four guns had been found at the Boise checkpoint.

That s the big concern for us, that there s a trend, and the trend is not a good one, Coose said.

Gun numbers

Between Jan. 3 and May 18 of this year, TSA officers at the Boise Airport found 12 firearms in carry-on bags at the security checkpoint. Two guns were found separately on March 12, and two were found the week of May 15 one on Monday morning and the other on Thursday afternoon. Gun-in-baggage incidents at the Boise Airport have increased steadily in the past five years, from 8 in 2012 to 18 last year. It follows a national trend, TSA regional spokeswoman Lorie Dankers said. Nationally, the number of firearms detected by TSA checkpoints also more than doubled, from 1,549 in 2012 to 3,391 in 2016. In western airports with similar passenger loads, TSA statistics for 2016 show Boise right in the middle. This airport saw about 1.77 million passengers last year. Tucson s airport saw 1.8 million passengers and 16 guns, while Spokane reported 1.74 million passengers and 20 guns.

Of the 12 guns found at BOI so far this year, 10 were loaded. Six including the one found May 18 were Smith and Wesson Bodyguard 380 models.


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Oregon Army National Guard Military Police Unit mobilizes for Afghanistan

SALEM, OR – The Oregon Army National Guard’s 1186th Military Police Company is scheduled to be honored in a mobilization ceremony on Thursday, May 25, at 1:00 p.m., at the Salem Auditorium, located at 2320 17th Street Northeast, Salem, Oregon, 97309. Approximately 30 Soldiers will deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel (OFS). The Soldiers will provide Personal Security Detail (PSD), which protects individuals or groups of individuals. The unit is scheduled to complete pre-deployment training at Fort Bliss, Texas, before deploying overseas. Scheduled to attend the ceremony will be Oregon Governor Kate Brown; State Treasurer Tobias Read; Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon; Brig. Gen. William Edwards, Land Component Commander; among other state representatives, community and military leaders.

“As we head into the Memorial Day weekend, this ceremony should serve as a reminder that we continue to mobilize Oregonians for overseas missions,” said Stephen Bomar, director of public affairs for the Oregon Military Department. “We honor and thank these Soldiers for their continued commitment to our state and nation.”

The 1186th MP Company is based in Salem, Oregon. The unit often partners with local law enforcement agencies for training. The unit partnered with district and federal agencies to provide security, crowd management and traffic control during the 58th Presidential Inauguration, January 18-22, in Washington, D.C. In August 2015, the unit spent 12 days conducting live-fire exercises and simulated battle scenarios at the National Training Center (NTC), in the Mojave Desert at Fort Irwin, Calif. The unit has previously deployed overseas twice; to Afghanistan in 2011 and to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2004. They also provided domestic operations support in Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The event is open to the public and media is encouraged to attend.

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