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Malaysia is preparing to receive the bodies and ashes of 20 of its citizens killed when Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine in July.More >>
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The founder of a Montgomery boot camp billed as a military style training program for at risk students is under arrested and charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a child.More >>
He uses tough love and a military style approach to keep kids in Montgomery out of trouble but now, the founder of a local discipline academy has found himself in trouble with the law. Glenn Veasy is facing sexual abuse allegations involving one of the teens in his boot camp. More >>
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Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System Director James Talton and Chief of Staff Dr. Cliff Robinson have been placed on administrative leave, VA Southeast Network Director Charles Sepich announcedMore >>
Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System Director James Talton and Chief of Staff Dr. Cliff Robinson have been placed on administrative leave, VA Southeast Network Director Charles Sepich announced Thursday.More >>
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It's been a quieter night in Ferguson, Missouri. Some demonstrators returned to the streets Wednesday evening to protest the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white officer, but in diminished numbers.More >>
Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly...More >>
PALMER, MA (WSHM) -
You're driving down a remote section of road, alone, late at night, when out of nowhere an unmarked cruiser is signaling for you to pull over.
"They're rare but it certainly puts fear into people because you're alone and you're vulnerable," said Palmer police Chief Robert Frydryk.
Police impersonators are a frightening reality. Just last weekend, a Wareham woman was driving at night when a man claiming to be a police officer pulled her over. When she became suspicious and began to roll up her window, he hit her in the face with a flashlight.
She was fortunate to get away.
CBS 3 caught up with Chief Frydryk on what you can do to keep yourself safe.
"You're a woman traveling and night and you're a little suspicious about the car that was behind you, you weren't comfortable pulling over, I don't think it's unreasonable for you to take some precautions," he said.
Frydryk advises putting your flashers and interior lights on, slowing down and stopping in a well lit and populated area.
"Most police officers would find that those actions are reasonable and that's really what we're talking about," he said.
If you are being pulled over by an unmarked cruiser, most have identifiable setups.
"Most police departments just overload their vehicles with lights," Frydryk said.
Even an unmarked has plenty of flashing lights, bumper gear in front and a blue police license plate.
If you do feel suspicious, Massachusetts is the first state to get uniform ID cards for every single police officer.
And badges are all unique, so look for ID numbers, the name of the town and the state seal.
You can always call 911 to ask a dispatcher whether the officer pulling you over actually works for the police department.
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Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:35 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:35:47 GMT
Lyndi Trischler has a passion for police work. She became a Florence Police officer in February 2012. Last year, she welcomed her first daughter and a few months later became pregnant with her firstMore >>
Lyndi Trischler has a passion for police work. That's why she became a Florence Police officer in 2012. Now, she says, she is forced to choose between her job and her family.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 6:59 AM EDT2014-08-19 10:59:02 GMT
An Alabama mother came face-to-face with a man hiding in her daughter's bedroom. It turns out that social media brought the two together. Police say a Huntsville mother found a 19-year-old man hidingMore >>
An Alabama mother came face-to-face with a man hiding in her daughter's bedroom. It turns out that social media brought the two together. The case is shedding light on some of the dangers of social media. Police are urging parents to do more when it comes to monitoring their children's accounts.