Tallahassee Police Department

TPD Tweaks Use-Of-Force Procedures

Oct 24, 2013
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Dash-cam video released in September shows TPD officers attempting to arrest Christina West, who’d been questioned for driving under the influence. During that arrest officers seriously injured West, prompting the department to suspend the two officers involved and take a closer look at arresting procedures. After Interim Chief Thomas Coe took over for Chief Dennis Jones – who resigned shortly after the incident came to light -- Coe issued a memo specifying officers should always try to talk problems down before using force.

Tallahassee police have identified a suspect in a series of car burglaries around the city, but they’re short on specifics about the woman or where she’s operating.

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A grand jury is set to decide next month if Tallahassee police used excessive force on a woman during an August DUI arrest. But, lawyers for the woman say the grand jury’s decision has no bearing on a potential civil suit against the city.

Criminal charges could be filed against the police officers who arrested Christina West, the intoxicated suspect who’s seen in dashboard camera video being pushed into a police car and to the ground, causing multiple broken bones. A Leon County grand jury of 20 people will decide whether the arresting officers were too violent with West.

Leon County Launches New Non-Emergency Phone Number

Sep 17, 2013
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In Leon County, there’s a new phone number to call when you need police but it’s not an emergency. The new number comes as Tallahassee Police and Fire and the Leon County Sheriffs Office consolidate their dispatch centers at one location.

For fires, car crashes and crimes in progress, call 911. But in situations without that urgency, the new number is 606-5800. Dispatch center co-director Billy Fair says the 911 system can get clogged with non-emergency calls.

Tallahassee Police Chief Resigns Amid Scandal

Sep 13, 2013
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After more than 35 years of service, Tallahassee Police Chief Dennis Jones is retiring. The announcement comes only days after officials released footage showing TPD officers using what some call excessive force when arresting an intoxicated suspect.

Dave Northway

The Tallahassee Police Department is internally investigating last month’s arrest resulting in a woman’s broken eye socket bone. The department says it’s “very concerned” about her injuries.

The two arresting officers in the video are on paid administrative leave as Tallahassee Police Chief Dennis Jones conducts the investigation.  But on Wednesday, TPD spokesman Dave Northway said there’s no word on whether the officers will be disciplined or the department will change its procedures for handling those it arrests.

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District Two State Attorney Willie Meggs is voicing concerns about how Tallahassee Police officers handled the arrest of an intoxicated woman last month.

Leon County Sheriff's Office

Law enforcement officials have apprehended a wanted felon after he escaped from a Georgia jail on Monday.  

32 year old Demetrius Walden escaped from the Colquitt County Jail on Monday, about 70 miles north east of Leon County. Walden was in custody for violating his probation and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Walden escaped on Monday while on a jail work detail.

Tallahassee Woman Embezzles From Non-Profit

Jan 9, 2013

A Tallahassee woman has been charged with grand theft from a local non profit housing community.

Tallahassee Police said for nearly a year Latangee Hart the former property manager at the Maryland Oaks Mobile Home Park, stole 11 thousand 4 hundred and forty dollars.  Jenny Anderson, a resident of the housing community, called the news devastating.

“For you to steal from people who take everything pretty much what they got to pay, to put a roof over their kids heads, you’re low, you’re low, and you don’t deserve to even be around here,” Anderson said.

DEA Holds Bi-Annual Prescription Drug Take Back

Sep 28, 2012

The Federal Drug Enforcement Agency is holding its bi-annual prescription drug take back day this weekend. The program is aiming to keep spent drugs out of the wrong hands.

In an effort to cut down on the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs, the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency is holding a Prescription Drug Take Back Day. According to the DEA prescription drugs are abused more than heroin, hallucinogens, and cocaine, combined.  

It was a bomb threat that caused Tallahassee Regional Airport to temporarily shut down Sunday evening. Airport operations are now back to normal, but Tallahassee police are still looking for the person responsible.

At around six Sunday evening, the airport was put in lockdown mode, after a male caller claimed there were two bombs on the airport premises.

Update 5:25 pm:

A Florida man who was awarded millions of dollars for being wrongfully jailed is now facing charges of attempted first degree murder. The Tallahassee Police Department arrested Alan Crotzer Monday night.

Crotzer was originally sentenced to 130 years in prison, but after serving 24 and a half years, he left prison a free man in 2006.

Tallahassee pot busts lands 172 illegal plants

May 11, 2012

A thirty-eight year old Tallahassee man is facing multiple narcotics charges.

Adam Fritz is accused of growing marijuana in the basement of his brook wood home.

Tallahassee Police found the illegal drugs when searching his house on Wednesday afternoon. Arrest documents say officers found more 172 plants growing in his basement. Fritz told law enforcement that he was laid off in 2009 and grew marijuana to supplement his income. He has since bonded out of jail.

TPD investigating hit and run at Ocala Road

Apr 9, 2012

The Tallahassee Police Department is investigating a hit and run. Ryan Benk reports the victim was found lying in the roadway early Saturday morning.

Police responded to a call about a man lying in the road at the 800 block of Ocala Road. Emergency personnel attempted to revive fifty-one year old Joe Arnold, but were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at the scene and autopsy results confirm that he was killed when he was struck by a vehicle. Police Department Spokesman David Northway is asking for assistance from the community.

TPD identifies man found dead in "Occupy" camp

Apr 2, 2012

The Tallahassee Police Department has identified the man found dead at the “Occupy Tallahassee” camp as thirty-nine year-old Curtis Miller. Ryan Benk reports the man was found dead late Thursday.

Florida A&M University has placed two professors involved in a 2010 hazing incident on administrative leave.  Lynn Hatter reports according to a Tallahassee Police Department Incident Report, pledges of a fraternity associated with the school’s marching band were slapped on their backs and necks at an event held off-campus at the home of one of the faculty members.

A slew of bills are heading to Governor Rick Scott’s desk. As Sascha Cordner reports, that includes a bill that would compensate the parents of a girl who died in botched undercover drug sting in Tallahassee.

Democratic Representative John Patrick Julien says he thinks the Rachel Hoffman claims bill has a good chance of getting signed by the Governor: