Staten Island N.Y. Nov. 3 2007
Two Staten Island cops were arrested Friday for stripping a Halloween prankster and leaving the boy stranded in a remote area, police said.
Officers Richard Danese and Thomas Elliassen, both 28, were charged with unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a minor, police said.
They caught 14-year-old Rayshawn Moreno of Graniteville throwing eggs at cars on Wednesday evening in a 120th Precinct neighborhood and decided to teach him a lesson, a police source and the boy’s family said.
The cops drove the Port Richmond High School freshman to a swampy area of the 122nd Precinct, dropped him off wearing only boxer shorts and socks and left, the source said.
The boy hiked to a Burlington Coat Factory store on South Ave. and asked a security guard there to call his parents, who picked him up, his dad said.
“Rayshawn was taken to a secluded, remote area, stripped of his clothes, beaten by the officers and left for dead,” said his father, James Hezel. The cops later told their supervisor that they dropped the kid off to scare him, the source said. They said they returned to find him later but that he was gone, the source said.
Hezel said he believed the officers, who are white, picked on his son because the teen is black.
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ZION — A Waukegan man in police custody collapsed during booking Wednesday and died later at a nearby hospital.
Lake County Coroner Dr. Richard Keller said his office does not know what killed 37-year-old Allen Victorian.
Zion Il. Nov. 3 2007 Police arrested Victorian around 4:15 p.m. Wednesday following a report of shoplifting at Piggly Wiggly, 3341 Sheridan Road.
Victorian was at the police station for only a few minutes when he collapsed and later died at Midwestern Regional Medical Center in Zion, Police Chief Larry Booth said.
Keller’s office conducted an autopsy Thursday morning, but it didn’t yield a cause of death. He was awaiting toxicology tests late Thursday.
Victorian’s family told the News-Sun they were suspicious about his abrupt death. His bother, Derrick Victorian, said Allen was healthy.
“I just want some answers. I want to know what happened to him,” Derrick said.
Keller said there was no sign of trauma on Victorian’s body. “It does not appear he was abused or beaten,” he said.
Booth said officers had Victorian in custody for a short time. He was being held by Piggly Wiggly security personnel until officers arrived and took him to the police station.
Victorian died while in an open booking area, before the booking process could begin, Booth said.
Booth would not comment on the death, which is being investigated by the Lake County Major Crime Taskforce.
In addition to toxicology tests, Keller’s office is also awaiting a report from an outside lab. Such tests are standard when someone dies in police custody, Keller said.
MOUNT VERNON N.Y. Nov. 3 2007 – A 52-year-old security guard from North White Plains who was on life support after being shot in the head and chest by thugs who threw eggs at his car on Halloween died last night with family at his hospital bedside, police said.
“This senseless, heinous crime is now categorized as murder,” Mount Vernon police Commissioner David Chong said today. “The Mount Vernon Police Department will leave no stone unturned in efforts to bring the murderers of Mr. Neville Webb to justice.”
Webb, the father of council candidate Chris Webb, was also a father figure for the residents of the Oakwood Gardens Apartments at 630 E. Lincoln Ave., the complex where he was on duty as a gun-carrying security guard the night he was shot.
Webb, who had been on a respirator and was never well enough after the shooting to speak to detectives about what happened, was declared brain dead about 10:30 p.m. at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx.
During a news conference today, Webb’s son talked about his father’s life.
Webb was a self-educated man who joined the correction department in Kingston, Jamaica, at the age of 26, his son said.
“They may have came to his jail as criminals, but he helped so many of them,” Webb said of his father’s time in Jamaica. “So many people in the ghettos of Kingston respected him, loved him.”
Chris Webb also took the opportunity to address the families of the teens involved in the shooting.
“I want to reach out once again to the families – the families of these people that took someone from my family – we do not hate you,” said Webb, his voice rising with emotion. “We pray for you.”
Police interviewed people at headquarters last night and are interviewing more people today, Chong said.
No one has been charged yet.
“We are gathering up all the evidence to ensure that when we do make an arrest, this case will be rock solid,” the commissioner said.
The family, meanwhile was taking the death hard, said Chong, who took a personal interest in the shooting from the beginning.
“This goes to the core of what every one of us tries to do – to go to work and make a decent living – and then this happens,” he said.
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. Nov. 3 2007 — A high school teacher and a former city commissioner were among nine men busted in a sex sting at the Volusia Mall in Daytona Beach. Security officers at Sears called police after they witnessed several men engaging in lewd behavior inside a men’s restroom.
What is scary is that these are people that we trust to be political leaders, we trust with our children,” said Chief Michael Chitwood of the Daytona Beach Police Department.
Police received a tip from mall security and the information was confirmed when they read several posts on Craigslist.org. Detectives arrested former Daytona Beach city commissioner Michael Shallow and David Behringer, a teacher at Sea Breeze High School, Thursday.
The arrests came after a 10-hour stakeout of the men’s restrooms at the Sears store in the Volusia Mall. A total of nine men are accused of lewd and lascivious behavior and exposure of a sexual organ.
“This is a clandestine sub-culture event where there are certain signs that we wouldn’t pick up on unless you knew what they were,” Chief Chitwood said.
According to undercover officers, the suspects would go into the bathroom as Sears and tap their feet or zip their zippers up and down several times and even look under bathroom stalls, seeking others to join in sexual misconduct. Police learned the men used the restroom as a place to meet from websites like Craigslist.org.
“There was an incident that occurred on October 29th where security saw this guy doing his business. They kicked the door in and threw him out of Sears. That incident made Craigslist,” Chief Chitwood stated.
Police said two of the nine men arrested were registered sex offenders, including one who was previously caught masturbating in the restroom of a daycare center. All of them were booked into the Volusia County jail with bail set at $1,000.
“We’re coming up on the Christmas season. You’re out there shopping at the mall. Your kid wants to run into the bathroom and you’ve got a bunch of sick perverts that are in there doing their thing,” Chief Chitwood said.
Sea Breeze High School teacher David Behringer resigned Friday after his arrest and the school district accepted his resignation.
Eyewitness News found that the Sears bathroom is not the only store named online for sexual activity. Eyewitness News also found a Macy’s and a JC Penney’s bathroom mentioned. The list goes beyond parks and a few department stores, though. Skydive DeLand, the bathroom at a New Smyrna Beach convenience store and the parking lot at a Home Depot in Port Orange are named as places for men to hook up.
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HAYWARD Ca. Nov. 3 2007 — Shoppers at Southland Mall witnessed a rowdy skirmish Thursday in an ongoing national battle between the Service Employees International Union and General Growth Properties.
Shortly before noon, about 20 to 25 chanting janitorial workers and union organizers tried to gain access to the mall’s business offices near the food court. A scuffle broke out between the demonstrators and five security guards who were blocking access to the offices.
“It just got out of hand,” said Blanca Perez, 72, a former janitor at the food court. “The security guards were pushing people out, manhandling women, pepper-spraying people. It was like a heat-of-the-moment thing.”
Hayward police officers arrived on the scene shortly after the scuffle.
“The demonstrators left peaceably,” Lt. Reid Lindblom said. “No arrests were made. There were no reports of physical injuries other than irritation to the eyes from the pepper spray. Everyone left under their own power, as we understood it.”
The union organized the demonstration against General Growth Properties, which owns Southland Mall. SEIU has been attempting to unionize janitors nationwide at malls owned by General Growth Properties, the second-largest owner, developer and manager of shopping centers in the country.
Kevin O’Donnell, a spokesman for the union, said the demonstrators at the mall were there to voice grievances regarding alleged civil rights abuses committed by General Growth Properties against employees.
In the course of forming their union, they’ve been met with interrogation, intimidation, discrimination, censorship. You’ve had mall janitors who have been prohibited from talking to union organizers.”
O’Donnell said that as a result of the scuffle with the security guards, janitors Maricela Flores and Sonia Sharwood and union organizer Raul Cardenas were taken to Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Hayward to be treated for impaired vision, pain in the limbs and difficulty breathing.
General Growth Properties spokesman David Keating said that the demonstration at the mall was over the top.
“They basically stormed the shopping center, chanting and yelling and frightening a lot of parents and children. They tried to storm the management’s office. This is all part of a national smear campaign against General Growth. Frankly, what they did at Southland was unacceptable.”
Keating said janitors at malls owned by General Growth Properties work for third-party contractors. He said his company hires contractors that compensate janitors fairly, provide health insurance and provide workers with a complaint resolution process.
Perez said she started working at the Southland Mall food court 10 years ago as a janitor for the Millard Co. The 51-year San Leandro resident said she worked four days a week “to keep her mind busy” after her husband died. She said she started out at $7.50 an hour and was making $11 an hour without benefits when she was terminated on Oct. 19.
She said she participated in the demonstration on Thursday because she did not accept the reason her supervisor gave her for her termination, which was an unspecified discrepancy on her timecard.
Perez was not injured in the scuffle. “I don’t know what to think. Something like this has never happened to me before. People need someone to fight for them when they’re up against big corporations like this. I would like to see people protected and happy with their jobs.”
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ORLANDO, Fla. Nov. 3 2007 — A 14-year-old boy is accused of random sex attacks on five women. A tip from inside the Orlando Police Department revealed the accusations against the boy before he was even charged.
Several of the women were attacked in the parking lot of a Publix store on State Road 436 in the Conway area. One woman said the boy even tried to rape her.
Detectives say the Boone High School freshman is in custody and they are in the process of charging him with attempted rape. The 14-year-old reportedly looked for women who were walking to their car and, while they were unloading their groceries, he attacked them.
Orlando detectives say 14-year-old Malik Gaither attacked five different women in the Publix parking lot on Semoran Boulevard. He preyed on women who were shopping in the grocery store. According to police reports, the teenager used a fake BB gun to scare his victims.
Meredith Sena works at a Publix and told Eyewitness News one of her co-workers was attacked in the parking lot.
“He was in our parking lot and I guess she was getting out of work and I guess he touched her,” Sena said.
But detectives said it didn’t stop there. In one case, while a woman was unloading her groceries, detectives said Gaither walked up behind her and grabbed her rear. He then pulled out a fake BB gun and tried to carjack her. The woman screamed for help and Gaither took off.
While running away, police said, Gaither spotted a second victim near the Regency Garden Apartments in Conway. Deputies said he grabbed the woman, stuck the BB gun in her face and told her he was going to rape her. The woman fought with the teenager and was able to get away.
The Boone High School teenager was arrested for battery charges. Now other shoppers are worried the teenager will get released and target women again. Publix employees told Eyewitness News extra security has been added in the parking lots.
Riverside Ca. Nov. 3, 2007
Riverside Police are looking for witnesses to a shooting across the street from the El Castillo nightclub early Sunday morning.
The victim, a 27-year-old Hemet man, was shot in the abdomen; friends drove him to a hospital, where he was treated and released.
Investigators believe the suspect, Juan Ramos, 26, of Riverside, and the victim had argued, and that Ramos allegedly got a gun from his vehicle and shot him.
An armed security guard at the Chicago Avenue club witnessed the shooting; he and the suspect exchanged shots. The guard was not hit, but Ramos was wounded in the leg.
Ramos was treated at Riverside County Regional Medical Center and charged with attempted homicide.
Anyone who saw the shooting is asked to call Detective Rick Wheeler at (951) 353-7134.