Sharing EPD Chief Billy Bolin: My heart goes out to the Ard family as they're endearing a situation none of us would want to be in. He was obviously fighting his own demons and it's an extremely sad situation. Before you start running down and demonizing Mr. Ard, think about his family members who are struggling with this. How many of us have had friends or family members do something we're not proud of? Think about this before you have keyboard overload. My heart also goes out to Officer Dutschke. I've talked with him several times over the past two days and I've seen the toll this is taking on him. I've seen what he is going through and I know him to be one of the nicest people you'll ever meet. I would ask all of you to think before you start letting your keyboard bravado get the best of you. It makes my blood boil to see these agenda driven, arm chair quarterbacks criticize and put down someone who was forced to act in a highly stressful situation. There doesn't always have to be someone to blame. Those of you who think wearing a police uniform makes you an evil being, are obviously not paying attention to the reality happening around you. As we speak, officers are volunteering at the FOP Club as they prepare to go to Texas and assist with the flooding. Other officers and deputies are busy preparing for a large fundraiser next weekend which will help take forty eight deserving kids to WDW. Pre-planning has started for a toy drive that will deliver toys to all of our local hospitals. These are not trigger happy thugs looking to put notches in their belts. They're dads, moms, sons and daughters who care deeply about their community. Officer Dutschke, don't let the keyboard warriors get to you. You're a fine human being and I would be honored to have you back me up any day.
On Washington Avenue, an employee of a local fast food business just crawled out of the drive-thru window to fight a driver. #ewatch
Overheard on scanner...Officer to dispatch: "They are okay. They're just playing a game call Pokemon Go."
Overheard on scanner...Officer to dispatch: "They are okay. They're just playing a game called Pokemon Go."
Update: Burglary suspect told EPD he's Jesus and it's okay for him to enter the church. They're not buying that story. Still investigating.