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This week's message takes us to Troops C and T.

Troop C

On October 1, 2014, while in an off-duty status, Trooper Kenneth T. Pym Jr., SP Newfield, was at the Cortland County Courthouse when he observed an unknown male sprinting in a nearby parking lot. Taking notice that the man was dressed in street clothes and not running gear, Trooper Pym took time to observe and realize that the man was handcuffed. He immediately gave chase on foot and witnessed two New York State Parole Officers pursuing the suspect at some considerable distance.

Once Trooper Pym identified himself as a New York State Trooper, the subject ceased to resist and was apprehended. He was then immediately turned back over to New York State Parole Officers. The parolee was being taken to the Cortland County Jail when he bolted from the officers.

Trooper Pym's keen observations, quick thinking, and decisive action resulted in thwarting a felon's effort to escape custody.

Troop T

On October 1, 2014, Trooper Kevin A. Hoeverman, SP Tarrytown, and his canine partner "Corbin" were patrolling northbound on I-87 in the town of Greenburgh. At approximately 4:00 p.m., he observed a maroon Toyota signal for a left turn and then abruptly swerve right, exiting onto I-287. Trooper Hoeverman followed the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop for improper signal and a loud muffler. He approached the driver and introduced himself before asking the driver where he was going. The operator of the vehicle informed Trooper Hoeverman that he was coming from the airport and traveling back to Schenectady. When Trooper Hoeverman asked him why he was traveling eastbound instead of northbound to get to Schenectady, the driver stated that he was lost. The front passenger was interviewed and stated that they were traveling from the Bronx and made no mention of being at the airport. At this time, Trooper Hoeverman observed a knife in the right pocket of the passenger. Trooper Hoeverman conducted a safety pat down of the passenger, at which time he removed a spoon from his back pocket. He observed the spoon to have burn marks consistent with heroin use. When Trooper Hoeverman asked the passenger if he had any sharp objects on his person, the passenger replied yes and that he had a hypodermic needle in his sock and a dollar bill containing a small amount of heroin inside of his pocket.

Trooper Hoeverman secured the evidence and returned to interview the driver of the vehicle. While interviewing the driver, Trooper Hoeverman observed a large circular shaped object wrapped in cellophane on the ground adjacent to the front passenger door. Both subjects were secured in the rear of Trooper Hoeverman's vehicle while he examined the object wrapped in cellophane. The object was unwrapped and contained approximately 8.9 ounces of heroin. Also recovered were three hypodermic needles from the vehicle.

Both subjects were arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st and 7th Degrees, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell, and Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument.

Trooper Hoeverman should be commended for his excellent police work and drug interdiction.

To Troopers Hoeverman and Pym, congratulations on jobs well done. To them, and all our Troopers on Patrol, keep up the tradition.

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