text message http://wamc.org en Police Add Texting To Crisis Negotiation Arsenal http://wamc.org/post/police-add-texting-crisis-negotiation-arsenal <p>With texting for many now second nature, law enforcement negotiators say they're increasingly being called upon to defuse violent, unpredictable situations through the typed word.</p><p></p><p>Experts say it's happened enough in the last five years to warrant new specialized training.</p><p>Outside Buffalo, New York, in March, a suspect who'd shot at Erie County Sheriff's deputies was carrying on text exchanges with several relatives when negotiators got involved. Eventually, they persuaded him to surrender.</p><p></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 08:03:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 90168 at http://wamc.org Police Add Texting To Crisis Negotiation Arsenal Officials: Super Bowl Sex, Drug Arrests In NYC http://wamc.org/post/officials-super-bowl-sex-drug-arrests-nyc <p></p><p></p><p>Officials say 18 people are being rounded up in New York City on allegations they sold "party packs" of cocaine and sex to high-end clients and texted them to advertise ahead of this week's Super Bowl festivities.</p><p>New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office says the arrests follow an 11-month investigation by state and city authorities. The suspects are being arrested and brought to a Manhattan police precinct for arraignment Thursday morning.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 21:51:34 +0000 Dave Lucas 82929 at http://wamc.org Officials: Super Bowl Sex, Drug Arrests In NYC NY Gov: Don't Text While Driving http://wamc.org/post/ny-gov-dont-text-while-driving <p></p><p>Don't Text and Drive - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was underlining that mandate in an appearance this morning at a Thruway rest area, as Thruway authorities plan to ramp up penalties for distracted driving.</p><p>Despite a beefed-up public awareness campaign and new laws combating distracted driving, New York State Troopers issued 21,500 tickets issued over the summer, compared to 5,000 last year.</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 16:26:46 +0000 Dave Lucas 74202 at http://wamc.org NY Gov: Don't Text While Driving NY Conducts "Texting While Driving" Clampdown http://wamc.org/post/ny-conducts-texting-while-driving-clampdown <p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the start of a new summer crackdown by the New York State Police on distracted driving. The up to $1 million effort will consist of increased enforcement and patrols, particularly through undercover operations using unmarked State Police SUVs to catch distracted drivers. Thu, 04 Jul 2013 03:17:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 68447 at http://wamc.org NY Conducts "Texting While Driving" Clampdown Text Message Scam Hits Massachusetts http://wamc.org/post/text-message-scam-hits-massachusetts <p></p><p>Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. says there's an ongoing scam in which consumers get text messages saying they've won $1,000 Best Buy gift cards.</p><p>But the text is from scammers seeking credit card information.</p><p>The district attorney says text recipients are directed to a website that looks connected to the electronics retailer, but isn't.</p><p>The website asks consumers to provide their credit card info to collect the prize.</p><p>Authorities say the scam is widespread and recently made its way to Worcester County.</p> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Jake Sorgen 52567 at http://wamc.org