Trooper Evan Schneider
Montana Highway Patrol
End of Watch: Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Age: Not available
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Trooper Evan Schneider was killed in an automobile accident on Highway 2 near Columbia Falls. His patrol car collided head-on with an oncoming vehicle.
An occupant in the second vehicle was also killed.
Agency Contact Information
Montana Highway Patrol
2550 Prospect Avenue
P.O. Box 201419
Helena, MT 59620
Phone: (406) 444-3780
Please contact the Montana Highway Patrol for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information
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Hudson was formally charged Tuesday with one count of theft of governmental property over $100,000, a Class X felony, one count of theft over $100,000 and one count of official misconduct, according to Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton.
Hudson had been employed at the jail for more than 15 years and had been the supervisor in the jail’s Inmate Trust Department for 10 years, the release said. She was responsible for reconciling money turned in by incoming inmates and setting up commissary accounts for them. She resigned from her position June 24.
Commissary accounts are set up for inmates so they can purchase items such as snack foods, toiletries and clothing during their incarceration.
After the initial discovery of the unreconciled funds, several safeguards were put into place to prevent further discrepancies, according to the release.
The Cook County Sheriff’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office of Finance handled the investigation that led to Hudson’s arrest.
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The package was being shipped from Texas to a home on Eagle Claw Drive in Hilton Head Plantation on June 27 when members of the Beaufort/Jasper Multi-Agency Drug Task Force were alerted, said Cpl. Robin McIntosh, spokeswoman for the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.
That prompted an investigation by the task force; the State Law Enforcement Division; the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Sea Pines Security; and Hilton Head Plantation Security that culminated over the weekend with the four arrests.
Investigators said the package was intended for Jeffrey B. Tyle, 52, of 11 Eagle Claw Drive, and Jonathon B. Walters, 28, of 150 Otter Road in Sea Pines.
Tyle was charged with two counts of trafficking cocaine and one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
Walters was charged with one count of trafficking cocaine, one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
On Friday, officers charged Tyle and obtained a search warrant for the home he rents. They discovered about 3.5 ounces of cocaine, drug paraphernalia and packaging consistent with selling drugs, McIntosh said. They also seized a 1999 Chevrolet Blazer, a 2005 Chevrolet Crossfire and $3,000.
Walters was arrested on the charges at the home.
Later that night, officers executed a second search warrant at Walters’ home in Sea Pines. They found 7 grams of cocaine belonging to Walters and an ounce of marijuana and two marijuana plants belonging to the other residents, Richard and Ashley Latzer, according to McIntosh.
Richard N. Latzer, 36, and Ashley N. Latzer, 34, each were charged with simple possession of marijuana and manufacturing marijuana.
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Police this morning are working to piece together the events the led to a homicide Sunday in the parking lot of a North Las Vegas casino.
North Las Vegas police responded at about 1:45 a.m. Sunday to the Fort Cheyenne casino at 2428 East Cheyenne Blvd. after receiving reports of shots fired.
Authorities said security officers from the casino heard several shots in the parking lot and ran to investigate.
The victim’s name wasn’t being released this morning.
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Washington State Patrol troopers arrived soon after receiving a call from a security officer at the Park and Ride who told them that he’d seen a blue Dodge pickup truck driving back and forth down the rows of the parking lot then he saw the truck stop and a man get out with tools, police said.
When troopers arrived, they stopped a pickup that was trying to leave the area, police said.
Troopers took Scott W. Eslick, 38, and Joey L. Helsey, 35, both from Longview, into custody and the later investigation revealed that Eslick had been trying to remove the catalytic converter from a 2001 Kia Sportage that was parked in the lot when he became spooked by the security guard and tried to leave without the part, police said.
Detectives said they found four catalytic converters in the back of the pickup, which were from previous thefts, along with numerous tools.
Investigators said they are still trying to determine where the parts were stolen from.
In recent months, catalytic converters have become a wanted commodity with thieves due to the valuable metals they contain. Detectives said Eslick told them that he is able to sell converters for between $80 and $250.
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Eslick was booked into the Clark County Jail on charges of possession of burglary tools, attempted theft and malicious mischief.
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The video showed Oliver entering the area of the ATM machine and went to some safe deposit boxes. It was later found that $13,800 in $20 bills was missing.
The charges were bound to the Grand Jury from General Sessions Court on Tuesday morning.
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Early Saturday, two men drove their truck through a crowd in a parking lot. Two people, 22-year-old Juan Martinez and 54-year-old Marilyn Arreola, were killed.
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But police say with hundreds of clubs in town, that’s not always realistic.
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Police are conducting a survey now and will use it to draft new city ordinances to update vague, 20-year-old laws. They hope it will make it easier to revoke a license if a bar is prone to violence.
“It’s going to have to start at home and it’s going to take everybody out in the community to want to make a difference,” Allred said.
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Twenty-five-year-old Mohammed Taheri-Azar pleaded guilty earlier this month to nine counts of attempted murder.
Taheri-Azar, a former UNC student, said he carried out the attack at a popular outdoor gathering spot known as The Pit to avenge Muslim deaths overseas.
One person suffered a head injury and several were cut and bruised from jumping out of the SUV’s path in the March 2006 attack.
But officials say no one was injured seriously enough to require an overnight stay in hospital.
Taheri-Azar is a naturalized citizen from Iran who grew up near Charlotte, N.C..
Victim Karen Harman said in court Tuesday that when she saw the rented SUV coming toward her, she assumed it was headed to The Pit to do work.
“But the driver hit the gas, and I mean, he hit the gas. In the next instant, I was on the ground, clutching my knee in pain,” she said.
Former history professor Michael Allsep, whose wrist and tailbone were broken, said he feared for his life.
“This man not only tried to kill me and my students, he tried to kill the best of our future. He failed only through poor execution,” Allsep wrote in a statement read by his mother.
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