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In Memory of Former Prince George's County (MD) County Executive, Wayne K. Curry By Karen L. Bune

 The death of former Prince George’s County (MD) County Executive, Wayne K. Curry, is devastating news.  At age 63, he became the victim of terminal lung cancer.  A smoker for many years, the impact of those actions caused him to publicly urge others, in the final months of his life, to stop smoking to avoid the fate that befell him. 

Curry was an ambitious, dedicated and committed public servant who always wanted to make a difference.  He was what Prince George’s needed in troubled…


Added by Karen L. Bune on July 4, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments


As an alumnus of American University and a 2011 AU alumni award recipient, as a professional with a long career in the criminal justice system, and as an Adjunct Professor at two universities, I am appalled at the behavior of Montgomery County, Maryland Judge Audrey Creighton.  Her association with a convicted felon, Rickley Senning, who she represented as a public defender coupled with her live-in, intimate relationship with him is outrageous. 

 Allegedly, she is the victim of…


Added by Karen L. Bune on June 21, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Chief Investigator’s Demeanor Lends Appearance Contrary To Criminal Charges, Firing By Karen L. Bune

The arrest of former Chief Investigator, James F. Artis, of the Prince George’s County (MD) State’s Attorney’s Office for second-degree assault and fourth-degree sex offense comes as a surprise to those who formerly worked with him and those who are acquainted with him.  Artis, a former police chief and military veteran, outwardly appeared to be a professional who desired to be respectful and appropriate in carrying out his duties.  He always demonstrated a willingness to be helpful to his…


Added by Karen L. Bune on July 6, 2012 at 12:30am — No Comments

‘A Soaring Star,’ Frank Kratovil Jr. Will Shine As Judge In Queen Anne’s County, MD

A class act, the epitome of professionalism, one who understands and has the productive and proven know-how of bona fide, effective leadership, Frank Kratovil Jr. is, once again, moving on and moving up.  With his recent selection by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley to serve on the judicial bench of Queen Anne’s County, Maryland, there is no doubt that Mr. Kratovil will prove to be a fair, impartial and effective judge.  Truly, Mr. Kratovil is an icon of excellence, and any…


Added by Karen L. Bune on January 5, 2012 at 6:00am — No Comments

Officer’s Death Highlights Lethality Potential of Domestic Violence Cannot Be Underestimated By Karen L. Bune

With the onset of a new year, 2012 already ushers in a vivid reminder of how dangerous domestic violence calls for service can be with the reported death of Officer Shawn Schneider, 32, of the Lake City Minnesota Police Department.  Officer Schneider was a nine year veteran of the police department and also a part-time law officer with the Wabasha County Sheriff’s Office.

Schneider was fighting for his life for two weeks before he died on December 30, 2011.  Shot in the head by Alan…


Added by Karen L. Bune on January 3, 2012 at 4:30am — No Comments

Phillie's Flash Mobs Face The 'Biggest, Baddest Game in Town' By Karen L. Bune

Three cheers and major applause to Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, and Judge Kevin M. Dougherty, Supervising judge of the Philadelphia Family Court Juvenile Division, for having the guts to unhesitatingly take a tough stance and speak out on the critical problem of flash mobs in Philadelphia.  Dubbed the city of “Brotherly Love,” Philadelphia in recent weeks has been out of control with outrageously violent incidents that have evolved from flash…


Added by Karen L. Bune on August 15, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments

Have a Heart And Donate For Hunter Paulin By Karen L. Bune

In addition to the daily challenges he confronts as being a cop, United States Capitol Police Officer J. J. Paulin faces another personal challenge of a monumental nature. His eight-year-old son, Hunter, was born with 16 heart defects and has Shones Complex—a rare syndrome that comprises four severe heart defects that prevent the blood from entering and exiting his heart. The most severe of the defects is the Mitral Valve. His young son takes blood thinners daily that present…


Added by Karen L. Bune on April 25, 2011 at 11:48pm — No Comments


Washington D. C.'s loss was Philadelphia's gain when former Metropolitan Police Chief, Charles Ramsey, became the Police Commissioner in Philadelphia.  His three decades of broad-based experience in law enforcement made him well versed to tackle just about any challenge in any jurisdiction.  His success in reducing crime, as he did in the nation's Capitol, was a trend that he continued in Philadelphia.  He also made notable efforts to weed out some corrupt cops in that jurisdiction, and his…


Added by Karen L. Bune on April 3, 2011 at 2:11am — No Comments

Pulling Out All Stops For Crime Spree That Ushered In 2011 In Prince George’s County, MD By Karen L. Bune

There have been 13 murders in the first 14 days of 2011 in Prince George’s County Maryland.  Public safety officials throughout the county, including the newly elected County Executive Rushern Baker III, are being as proactive as feasibly possible to get a grip on this disturbing crime spree that has residents alarmed and public safety professionals outraged.  In a two day period, there have been more than 100 arrests made which can be attributed to the course of action directed by the…


Added by Karen L. Bune on January 16, 2011 at 4:30am — No Comments

Tucson Is Now A Part Of Us All by Karen L. Bune

The nation mourns the vicious deaths of an aide to a Congress woman, a federal judge, a 9-year-old girl, and three senior citizens who were suddenly gunned down as the alleged shooter, Jared Loughner, aimed his first round of devastating shots at Congresswoman Gabriella Giffords (D) in Tucson, Arizona.  Giffords, who was shot in the head at close range, has been fighting for her life following emergency surgery at a trauma center, and the nation anxiously awaits any breaking news of the…


Added by Karen L. Bune on January 14, 2011 at 12:32am — No Comments

AU Professor's Homicide Impacts Many With Shock And Grief

The death of American University professor, Sue Ann Marcum, is a devastating tragedy. Though I was not personally acquainted with her, I feel the impact of her death as a double alumnus of American University-- where I received both my undergraduate and graduate degrees—and as a former lecturer and, oftentimes, guest speaker at the institution.…


Added by Karen L. Bune on November 15, 2010 at 2:32am — No Comments

DC MPD Officer Paul Dittamo--Rest In Peace By Karen L. Bune

The Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department and colleagues in the surrounding region are grieving the loss of Officer Paul Dittamo, 32, who died in the early morning hours of October 30, 2010 after his cruiser crashed into a utility pole responding to a call at approximately 1:30 a.m. Officer Dittamo was pronounced dead at 2:06 a.m. His partner, who was riding with him, sustained injuries but…


Added by Karen L. Bune on October 31, 2010 at 1:00am — No Comments

Arizona Cop Will Go Over Edge For Special Olympics By Karen L. Bune

Shawn Hancock is a cop’s cop. Retired after 20 years with the Albuquerque Police Department, he has been serving with the Chandler Police Department since January 2007 in Chandler, Arizona—a suburb outside Phoenix. He serves as President of the Chandler Law Enforcement Association and, through this association, maintains good relationships with police officers. The association is active…


Added by Karen L. Bune on October 24, 2010 at 3:45pm — No Comments

Nation's 2011 TOP COPS Nominations Solicited For Exemplary Service By Karen L. Bune

On a daily basis, throughout the nation, law enforcement officers are consistently and diligently conducting their assigned duties as well as performing extraordinary and heroic acts. Though they will generally minimize the importance of their actions with a retort that they were just doing their jobs, the fact remains that they go above and beyond what is expected of them and their…


Added by Karen L. Bune on October 10, 2010 at 2:55am — No Comments

Brutal Murders Of Two Tampa Police Officers Reverberate Throughout Nation By Karen L. Bune

The Tampa Police Department and the City of Tampa is mourning the cold-blooded murders of two young police officers both 31 years of age—Officer David Curtis and Officer Jeff Kocab—who were viciously shot in the head following a traffic stop. Officer Curtis was kept on life support long enough to be able to have his organs donated. Both officers leave behind wives and children who will be forever deeply impacted by their sudden and shocking deaths. Officer Curtis, employed with the department… Continue

Added by Karen L. Bune on July 3, 2010 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

Mass. State Police Sgt. Weddleton Was A 'Trooper's Trooper' By Karen L. Bune

A devoted father of four sons, a husband to his wife, Judith, a 28-year veteran of the Massachusetts State Police, and well known as a “Trooper’s Trooper,” the profoundly tragic death of Massachusetts State Trooper Sgt. Doug Weddleton, who was killed in the early morning hours of June 18, 2010 while working a detail, is a profound loss. Sadly, his death follows-- one week to the day—the vicious…


Added by Karen L. Bune on June 19, 2010 at 2:00am — 1 Comment

Mourning The Loss of Maryland State Trooper Wesley Brown

The brutal, cold-blooded ambush killing of 24-year-old, Maryland State Trooper, Wesley Brown has left those of us who work in the law enforcement and criminal justice arena cloaked with shock, sadness, and profound grief. The larger community also feels the pain.…


Added by Karen L. Bune on June 12, 2010 at 2:00am — No Comments

Let's Reach Out to Baltimore Det. Jermaine Cook in Aftermath of Serious Attack With Injury By Karen L. Bune

It is not an unreasonable expectation for police officers to assume they may find themselves in danger or harm’s way while working in uniform, armed, and on duty. However, for Detective Jermaine Cook of the Baltimore Maryland Police Department, the situation he recently encountered on his way home from work after his shift differed from the norm. While his vehicle was halted at a stop sign, Detective…


Added by Karen L. Bune on May 10, 2010 at 3:00am — 2 Comments

Chief Cathy L. Lanier and Her Counterparts Need Autonomy in Policing By Karen L. Bune

Being a police chief is by no means an easy job. It is a position replete with highly important and multitudinous responsibilities. The chief is ultimately held accountable for the actions and results of the troops. Though most chiefs prefer to determine their own destiny and have the latitude to lead as they choose, their autonomy is oftentimes restricted by the political interests that abound in…


Added by Karen L. Bune on May 6, 2010 at 1:30am — No Comments

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