Two brothers who made their alleged drug dealing a little too public in the northwest suburbs are behind bars thanks to the alertness of neighbors and the nose of a police dog.

Police were notified by concerned residents of “possible hand-to-hand drug transactions, as well as large amounts of vehicle traffic” to a from a home in the 400 block of Gregg Lane in Buffalo Grove, according to Buffalo Grove police.

Officers investigated and a search warrant was executed early Tuesday, police said. The search led to the arrest of 18-year-old Dustin Gutierrez and 22-year-old Martin Gutierrez, both of whom reside in the home.

The search yielded about 2.2 pounds of of cannabis and cannabis wax, about 1 gram of cocaine, multiple prescription pills, and various drug paraphernalia, police said. The department’s K-9, Hogyn, was “instrumental in locating the drugs,” a statement from police said.

Dustin Gutierrez was charged with manufacturing and delivering cannabis in excess of 500 grams, possession of cannabis, and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said. His older brother was charged with manufacturing and delivering cannabis between 100-500 grams, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of cannabis, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Colorado Springs Police Department K-9s are taking a break from law enforcement duties to help the city’s youth explore the world of law enforcement with their first-ever calendar fundraiser.

All 16 of the department’s K-9s will be featured in the full-color calendar, which costs $15.

Proceeds go toward the Police Department’s Explorer Program. The program allows Colorado Springs youth ages 14½ to 21 to learn about careers in law enforcement. Cadets work directly with officers and participate in various acts of service throughout the community.

After a magnitude 7.1 earthquake shook Mexico City on September 19th, the K-9 Unit of the Mexican Secretariat of the Navy (SEMAR, per its Spanish acronym) deployed its canine teams for search-and-rescue operations to find people who were trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings. The deployment of the teams was within the framework of Plan MX, which, for the first time in the country, is being used for coordinating and uniting the capacities of all government emergency agencies.

“When an earthquake hits, canine search and rescue teams are an important tool at a global level,” Commander Israel Monterde Cervantes, chief of SEMAR’s K-9 Unit, told Diálogo. “Their efficiency saves us time getting to people who are still alive.”

The dogs stood out for their skill looking through the remains of different collapsed buildings. One of the dogs, an eight-year-old labrador called Frida, has located over 50 people nationally and internationally, including 12 who were alive.

Frida, Ecko, and Evil fulfill their mission

“These dogs are heroes,” Verónica Rivas, a freelance accountant who was in the south of Mexico City during the quake, told Diálogo. “They represent hope and light for many families during a natural disaster like this brutal earthquake.”

In addition to working in Guatemala after the landslides that occurred there in 2015, and after the 2016 earthquake in Ecuador, Frida and her human guides were sent a few hours after the earthquake to look for anyone still alive under the wreckage of the Enrique Rébsamen School in the south of Mexico City, where 11 children were rescued. SEMAR reported that the bodies of 19 children and seven adults were also recovered.

The famous veteran dog reported to work on time with her personal protection equipment: a mask to protect her eyes from dust and irritants, synthetic boots to keep her paws from getting injured, and a military harness to protect part of her back and torso when she has to go up and down in difficult areas with the help of her handler. Frida is known around the world now, with her image being featured in the international media. In certain countries outside Latin America, she is even known as “Marina” [Navy in Spanish] because of the label on her harness.

“Frida always used her nose at the school, where it was hoped there would be indications of people who were possibly trapped,” Petty Officer Second Class Israel Arauz Salinas, a dog handler and trainer for SEMAR’s K-9 Unit, said to Diálogo. The officer has been Frida’s handler for the past three years.

“Of the naval institution’s search-and-rescue teams, Frida is the dog with the most experience,” Cmdr. Monterde said. “Her intelligence and olfactory ability allows us to detect a person up to 10 meters below the rubble. She has something special in her way of being and in her temperament, and she has a sixth sense for the work she does.”

Ecko and Evil, two one-and-a-half-year-old Belgian malinois joined rescue efforts at the school. Later, they were deployed to other wreckage sties in the city to help support search missions. They covered at least 38 buildings that went down in the Mexican capital.

The teams worked in 30-minute shifts with one-hour rest breaks to recover their strength before going back into the collapsed structure to save lives. They carried out their work under difficult conditions: crowds of people, excessive noise, and rain.

“They cannot work for hours continuously. They are not athletic, high-performance dogs. They need time to recover, so they are rotated out during the missions,” Cmdr. Monterde explained. “But they were an important piece because they alerted us to the presence of people in the wreckage,” Petty Officer 2nd Class Arauz added.

These efforts were supported by at least 80 K-9 teams from federal and civilian bodies, which took part in the work to save lives. The Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that 32 K-9 units from partner nations such as the United States, Canada, Spain, Israel, Japan, Colombia, and Chile gave Mexico their unconditional support.

“The credit for the dogs’ performance goes to their handler, who has to understand the canine’s temperament and how they can work better,” Cmdr. Monterde said. “The guides know their companions very well. The two of them develop a unique connection, a natural connection.” The selected guides are given a high degree of training for working with dogs, their nutrition, maintenance, first aid, dog training, and collapsed structures.

Lifesaving unit

SEMAR’s K-9 Unit was created in the mid-1980s. It specialized in search-and-rescue teams after the major 8.1 magnitude earthquake in 1985, which left thousands dead, injured, and missing.

“We have advanced quite a bit since the ’85 quake. We have had many advances in the area of protecting civilians,” Cmdr. Monterde stressed. “We are one of the best in this area in Latin America.”

To confront the challenges imposed by nature and the enemy, SEMAR has over 270 canine teams nationally, spread throughout the canine sections. The majority of the teams are specialists in detecting narcotics, currency, protection, aquatic rescue, and identifying explosives. Six teams comprise SEMAR’s search-and-rescue team, four of which search for people and two locate human remains. “That might not seem like a lot, but it is a positive number,” Cmdr. Monterde said.

Frida, Ecko, and Evil were trained when they were three months old. The 14-month-long training was held in three stages: first, socialization with people; second, finding an object (toy or ball); and finally, identifying and recognizing scents that are similar to those of a person trapped in a collapsed structure. At the completion of these stages, the dogs were evaluated through physical and performance tests before they could begin their work.

Learning from partner nations

Working with other international rescue teams in emergencies allowed Mexican Navy members to learn other techniques for searching for and finding people. They have also had the opportunity to learn and use sophisticated equipment for detecting people.

“This set of experiences encourages us to do our work better,” Cmdr. Monterde said. “This joint effort was the result of the exchange of experiences and knowledge, both with the rescue teams and the canine teams. All of the exchanges we were able to do with the other countries is one of the lessons learned that we have to take into account,” he concluded.

DARIEN — A 22-year-old Bridgeport woman was arrest on narcotics charges when a Darien K-9 sniffed out ecstasy pills and marijuana in her car, police said.

On Oct. 4 around 8:25 a.m., Nataly Garcia, of Central Avenue, was stopped on West Avenue for not having a front license plate. When speaking with the Bridgeport woman, a Darien officer smelled marijuana coming from the car. Darien K-9 Kenny was brought to the scene to sniff out the potential presence of narcotics. The police dog indicated drugs were in the car and a search of the vehicle revealed a plastic container of blue and green pills, plus a bag of what appeared to be marijuana. Garcia told the officers the pills were ecstasy. Several smoking devices were also found in the car.

A routine check of Garcia and her car revealed the vehicle was not insured and her license was suspended. She was charged with possession of narcotics, drug paraphernalia and more than a half ounce of marijuana, as well as failure to insure a motor vehicle, driving with a suspended license and not having a front license plate. Garcia was unable to make a $500 bond and appeared in court Oct. 5.

The drugs in the car tested positive for ecstasy and marijuana.

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Sacramento Police released video of an officer-involved shooting where a K-9 officer was stabbed.

On Sept. 11, a man in a truck rammed a security gate at the William J. Kinney Police Facility at 3550 Marysville Boulevard. Officers sent a K-9 Reno after the suspect to apprehend him. Reno was able to wrestle with the suspect, but the suspect fought back, leaving him with lacerations.

At one point, an officer says he saw the suspect reach for his waistband, so he opened fire, hitting the suspect once in the leg and missing three more times. In the ensuing chaos, investigators saw blood and assumed Reno had been shot.

Reno is expected to make a full recovery.

The suspect, 42-year-old Fernando Sanchez, was able to flee after he was shot and made it to a nearby residence where officers say he assaulted the homeowner with a metal pipe and later tried to leave in the homeowner’s car.

Sanchez was booked into jail on Sept. 15 on suspicion of charges including robbery, attempted carjacking, assault with a deadly weapon.

To watch the video, click here.

HANFORD — Police and beer are not two things that usually come together harmoniously, but that’s exactly what the Hanford Police K9 Foundation wants to happen Saturday during the first ever Octoberfest Craft Beer Festival.

Sgt. James Lutz said the event will be Hanford’s first craft beer festival and will raise money for the Hanford Police K9 Foundation, which is a nonprofit foundation formed in 2015 to address the need to raise money to buy police dogs for Hanford PD.

Police K9s are quite expensive, Lutz said, averaging about $20,000 for both the dog and training; not to mention the K9 vehicle, which he said costs about $40,000 to outfit with the proper equipment.

 Through the foundation, Lutz said the department has been able to purchase one K9, an 18-month-old Belgian Malinois by the name of Bodo (though Lutz said the name could change when he gets to the department).

Bodo just completed his first of eight weeks of training in Banning. He will be a dual purpose dog, trained in both apprehension and narcotics detection, Lutz said.

Lutz said Hanford hasn’t had a dog since Dodger, an English springer spaniel narcotics detection dog that was given to the department by the U.S. Department of Justice. Hanford PD lost Dodger when his handler moved to a different agency.

Officer Josh Chavez was selected to be the K9’s handler, and is currently training with Bodo in Banning.

Chavez said he trains with Bodo for eight hours every day, and that the training has gone well so far. He said the training varies from day to day and includes things like narcotics detection, building searches, apprehension and obedience.

Chavez said he hopes the department will be able to purchase more K9s because he believes they are a benefit to every officer and can potentially save lives.

“To be selected for this position is a step in my career that I’m excited about,” Chavez said. “It’s just a matter of training hard. I’m going to get out what I put into it, so I’ll put in 110 percent and I’m hoping to get that back.”

Lutz said the entire Hanford Police Department is eager for Bodo and Chavez to finish training and get to work. He said the department has had narcotics detection dogs before, but Bodo will be the first apprehension dog for the department.

“To start [a K9 program] from ground zero is pretty difficult,” Lutz said. “We’ve had a lot of help from Kings County [Sheriff’s Office] and Lemoore PD helping us with forming our K9 foundation and the unit.”

Lutz said K9s are a great asset for police departments, not only with narcotics detection and apprehension, but also as a community tool for demonstrations at schools and community events.

Lutz said Octoberfest is actually raising money to help the department purchase a second canine. He said they are close, so the fundraiser will hopefully get them to the point of being able to bring two dogs to Hanford.

“Our goal is to one day have enough to buy four dogs — one per shift,” Lutz said.

Lutz said the foundation tried to think outside the box and come up with a fundraiser that is fun and different. He said four food vendors will be at the event and local musician JJ Brown is set to perform that night as well.

“It’s going to be a good time,” Lutz said. “It’s only $35 and it’s unlimited sample tastings until the beer runs out or it’s over at 6 [p.m.]”

A total of 16 local microbreweries will be offering samples of their craft brews and Lutz said each participant will receive a free commemorative five-ounce tasting glass with the Hanford K9 logo.

Lutz said the foundation purchased 800 glasses, so he hopes at least 500 to 800 people show up. All of the proceeds will go into to Hanford Police K9 Foundation.

GREEN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKRC) – He was described as fearless, dedicated, and committed to safety. All characteristics of a good police officer.

“Dino” the K9 officer was a six-year veteran of the Green Township department when he died.

Police officers came from miles around, about three dozen of the cops were canine officers, along with their dogs, paying respects to the Green Township K9 named Dino and to Dino’s handler Corporal Tony Leidenbur.

Dino collapsed and died while doing his job, tracking bad guys wanted for burglary and kidnapping.

“Dino lost his life on September 25th while attempting to apprehend three suspect who had just committed a violent crime. I don’t think he would have lived it any other way,” said Green Township Police Chief Jim Vetter.

It was a solemn ceremony. The 7-year old dog was Green Township’s only canine, but another one is coming.

Bruce and Nancy Haverkamp are paying for it. The Haverkamp’s son Matt was a Deer Park canine officer who was killed in an off-duty traffic accident in 2005.

Since then, the Haverkamp’s have purchased more than 50 police dogs for area departments. Green Township was the latest.

“Well it’s heartbreaking. Dino and Tony were an awesome team, and what better way to honor Dino but to fund another dog for Green Township. We’re purchasing another dog. Tony brought him yesterday. A Belgian Malinois [Just like Dino],” said Nancy.

When you attend a ceremony like this you come away with the feeling that Dino was treated just like police officer. Well, he was.

“Dino played the role of a police officer in the community. His mission was what our mission is, to keep the community safe,” said

So the community said goodbye with a gun salute and like for any other police officer, there was taps. Only this time, you could hear police dogs as well.

The new Green Township K9, who has not been named yet, will undergo 13 weeks of training.

The last area police dog to die in the line of duty was a Cincinnati K9 named Bandit, who was shot and killed by a suspect in 1987.

Bluffton Police Department has received $14,250 to date in pledges towards its goal of $17,000 to add a K-9 unit to the department, according to Tyler Hochstetler, sergeant.

“We are extremely grateful for the overwhelming support the community has had for this project and are continuing to receive pledges on a daily basis,” he told The Icon.

He added that the department continues to seek and accept pledges and is extremely close to its goal after less than two months of the pledge effort.

CLICK HERE for the Icon’s initial story on the K9 unit.

A Maryville man who was wanted on a drug charge tried to run from police during a would-be traffic stop Tuesday, but he didn’t get very far.

Dustin James Hampton, 35, Jackson Avenue, Maryville, was arrested at a home on Williams Mill Road, charged with delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance, evading arrest, driving on a suspended license, and two counts of reckless endangerment. He was later released from Blount County jail on a total $13,250 bond pending a 9 a.m. Oct. 11 hearing.

According to BCSO, Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force investigators tried to make a traffic stop on Hampton’s car when they spotted the vehicle on Russell Road Tuesday. Hampton was wanted for delivery of morphine.

But Hampton fled in his vehicle, forcing officers to catch up with him a short time thereafter, when they found his car parked at a home on Russell Road. A police K-9 unit was called in, but the dog didn’t have far to go. Hampton’s scent led directly to the front door of the home where his car was parked.

Hampton came out of the home willingly and was taken into custody without further incident.

Hampton’s reckless endangerment charges stemmed from his girlfriend being in his vehicle at the time of the incident and because he nearly struck an investigator’s vehicle when he initially fled from officers.

DARTMOUTH — Dartmouth Police Department personnel responded to Target regarding a shoplifter actively fleeing the store with about $500 in merchandise Saturday afternoon, police said.

While responding to the call about 3 p.m., Officer Darren Emond observed the 2004 Nissan Quest van that the suspect fled in, turn onto Wolcott Avenue from State Road, according to Det. Kyle Costa, spokesman for the Dartmouth Police Department.

After locating the van on Pinehurst Street, Emond saw the male suspect flee from the van and into the woods, Costa said in a news release.

With help from Dartmouth Police K-9 Officer Jared White and his K-9 partner Reaper, the suspect was found and arrested, Costa said.

Dartmouth Police charged the male suspect, identified as Jimmy Guzman Hernandez, 34, of Bullard Street, New Bedford, with larceny over $250 and the unlawful deactivation or removal of a theft detection device, Costa said.

— Aimee Chiavaroli