MERIDEN — The city’s risk manager said Thursday its insurance carrier will not be renewing coverage for the police department effective July 1.
Risk Manager Robert Homiski said among the reasons for the carrier’s decision was excessive claims against the police department.
The city received notice several months ago from its insurance broker that specialty carrier Argo Group would not be renewing the department’s coverage, said City Manager Lawrence Kendzior.
“We’ve had different carriers for this coverage over the years,” Kendzior said. “But this is obviously related to the number of claims.”
GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) — Two children were severely injured in a crash in Anne Arundel County involving a police officer from neighboring Howard County who made an illegal U-turn.
Anne Arundel police say the crash happened Saturday around 4 p.m. in the Glen Burnie area. Police say the children, ages 11 and 4, were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Two adults in the car with the children were also injured, but their injuries are not life-threatening.
When state troopers pulled over James “JT” Terry as part of a traffic roadblock, he worried his two dogs would become overheated. He asked if his two Siberian huskies could be let out of the car.
A trooper obliged and tied the dogs to the bumper of a patrol car. Within a half-hour, the trooper tried to answer another call and drove the car away, dragging Terry’s dog Lois underneath, breaking her pelvis and spine. She was euthanized two days after the Saturday incident. The second dog survived without injury.
The trial of Joseph Weekley, the Detroit police officer charged with firing the shot that killed seven-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones, opened this week in Wayne County Circuit Court. Weekley is charged with both felony involuntary manslaughter and careless discharge of a firearm causing death for shooting Aiyana Jones on May 16, 2010. He was taking part in an early morning raid by a Detroit police SWAT team on an Eastside home.
The trial began Monday following the completion of jury selection and is expected to last several weeks.