Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Four Officers Accused of Stealing from Toys for Tots

Four D.C. police officers are suspected of stealing toys donated to the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program, police said Wednesday.

No arrests have been made in the incident, which is still under an internal investigation, according to Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Traci Hughes. The four officers were operating out of the Sixth District Station in Southeast. They have been taken off the street and put on “non-contact status.”

A Toys for Tots spokesman could not be reached Wednesday.

The charity, which has existed since 1947 and operates nationwide, collects toys and distributes them to needy families who cannot afford to buy Christmas gifts for their children. It operates drop-off points throughout the district.

The Metropolitan Police Department has come under fire from community leaders in the crime-ridden sixth district for closing a substation on Pennsylvania Avenue, even as violent crimes are on the rise in the district. The 6th District, which encompasses the area east of the Anacostia River between Good Hope Road and Eastern Avenue, is one of the city’s most dangerous.

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Officer Patricia Tidd Charged with Drunk Driving

Montville, Conn.

A New London police officer was charged Tuesday with drunken driving in connection with her Sept. 7 off-duty motorcycle accident.

Patricia Tidd, 38, of Bloomingdale Road in Quaker Hill was arrested at 1 p.m. Tuesday by state police in Montville where she turned herself in. She is charged with failure to drive in proper lane, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and reckless driving.

Police said Tidd was injured in the motorcycle crash on Interstate 395.

Free on a $2,500 bond, Tidd is scheduled to appear Jan. 6 in Norwich Superior Court on Jan. 6.