Security officers aid police in capture of men wanted for shooting http://www.privateofficer.com
An officer heard gunshots from the parking lot of the Cross Town Tavern at 1910 Haskell Ave. around 1:20 a.m. and investigated, and soon found George Briscoe, 21, suffering from several gunshot wounds. The officer also spotted a car leaving the scene and phoned in a description.
Private security officers on patrol at an area apartment complex spotted the car minutes later three blocks away and alerted police.
Police and security officers took Preston Gardenhire, 31, of Topeka, and Erica Chamberlain, 35, of Lawrence, into custody. The officer said Chamberlain had been driving the car.
Both Gardenhire and Chamberlain are in the Douglas County Jail.
Briscoe was transferred to a hospital in the Kansas City area. His injuries, police said, did not appear to be life-threatening.
Security officer catches thief with his car http://www.privateofficer.com
A car thief made a bad choice when he stole a security officer’s car from a Sunrise mall. About 3:30 p.m. June 8 the security officer was in his security van at Sawgrass Mills, 12801 W. Sunrise Blvd., when he saw his gray 1988 Chevrolet Monte Carlo pass by with a stranger behind the wheel.
He dialed 911 and followed the car in his van until it left the mall and went south on Flamingo Road.
The car was stuck in traffic at the intersection of Flamingo Road and West Sunrise Boulevard when police caught up to it.
The 19-year-old Miami man stepped out of the car and surrendered.
He said he used a screwdriver to punch the driver’s door lock and ”hot wired” the car to get it started.
The security officer produced his registration and filed charges against the thief who was taken to jail.
Police charged the man with grand theft auto but did not release his name or the name of the security officer.
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By: Rick McCann
Ntl. Assoc. Private Officers
http://www.privateofficer.com/ The mortgage meltdown has caused headaches for realtors, banks, neighborhoods and homeowners.
Some areas have hired private security to patrol and keep watch while others say that the idea of hiring security is cost prohibitive and not a choice that is available to them.
Security captures suspect after man’s throat is slashed http://www.privateofficer.com
A Clarksville man was arrested early Saturday morning after being accused of slashing a man’s throat and hitting another man while wielding a knife, according to arrest warrants
Maurice Nigel Dyer-Rice, 26, who gave a 367 Donna Drive address, was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on charges of attempted homicide and aggravated assault. Dyer-Rice is being held without bond on attempted homicide charge, and a $25,000 bond was set for the assault charge.
According to police, Dyer-Rice was detained by a security officer at The Lodge Sports Bar, 3025 Mr. C Drive, around 2 a.m. Saturday after the attack, according to an arrest report signed by Clarksville Police Department Detective Daniel Lane.
Lane wrote that one victim’s throat was cut, and the victim and a witness said Dyer-Rice had cut the man. Another man said Dyer-Rice hit him in the face while holding a knife, Lane wrote.
A bloody knife was found on the ground where Dyer-Rice was detained by the security officer, Lane wrote.
Police have not released the names or conditions of the victims.
Dyer-Rice remained in jail at press time. According to his arrest report, Dyer-Rice is an X-ray technician for the U.S. Army but it was not known if he was a civilian or a member of the military.
Both victims were taken to Gateway Medical Center’s emergency room.
Investigators say that the security officer was swift in his apprehension of Dryer-rice and prevented his escape.
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Man dies during struggle with nightclub security http://www.privateofficer.com
Sandy Police Lt. John Eining said James Masden was asked to leave the club after a dispute resulting in an altercation with his girlfriend at about 12:38 a.m.
Bouncers forced Masden outside the club.
Masden then went into full arrest and emergency personnel were called and transported the man to Alta View Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police are continuing to investigate and say that an autopsy will be performed this week. Officers did not find and illegal drugs on him and at this time are not releasing his name until after the autopsy is done.
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ST. Louis MO. June 23 2008
Growing up in north St. Louis, Demond Taylor knew he didn’t want to be like the neighborhood drug dealers.
He worked as a security officer at St. Louis University for several years before becoming a certified police officer. He worked brief stints in the Berkeley and Jennings departments before going back to campus policing, this time at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley in Ferguson.
He didn’t like the danger of patrolling the streets, relatives said Saturday.
Taylor, 34, was shot several times and killed about 6:30 p.m. Friday in his white 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier as he drove along Page Boulevard at Academy Avenue, St. Louis police said. He had taken the day off for a dental appointment, his family said, and was going to pick up his two sons, Demond, 15, and Dejuan, 6, for the weekend
After Taylor was shot, his car continued to travel across Academy before it came to rest on some grass along Page. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police provided no more information about the case on Saturday, but family members said police told them it appeared to be a case of mistaken identity.
“He had no enemies. None,” a cousin, Lisa Taylor, said Saturday. The family gathered at Demond Taylor’s home on St. Louis Avenue just north of Union Boulevard, where he lived with his father, Carlos, and older brother, Chauncey.
Taylor graduated from Sumner High School and in 2004 earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from St. Louis University. He worked as a campus police officer there before graduating from the Jefferson College Law Enforcement Academy last spring.
He joined the force at Florissant Valley in September. Campus police Chief Robert Stewart said Taylor was outgoing and got along well with students and professors.
“I couldn’t ask for a better personality for the job,” he said.
Taylor’s job review from two weeks ago noted he was always punctual, had an excellent attendance record and “acts with integrity and professionalism.”
His eldest son, Demond, said his friends always liked to hang out at his dad’s house. His dad acted like a big kid himself, but would still take time to talk out problems with him, Demond said.
“He was always telling me to do the right thing, leading me the right way,” the son said. “He was my best friend.”
Taylor was the family comedian, his relatives said. He even appeared on an amateur comedy show on Black Entertainment Television.
He loved singer Janet Jackson and kept pictures of her on his cell phone, in his wallet and pasted on his bedroom walls. His family said that while he was a patrol officer, he once got a call to go to the home of a woman named Janet Jackson, but the older lady at the door was a far cry from the singer he adored. “He was disappointed,” said Lisa Taylor, laughing.
He wanted to go back to school eventually to teach middle and high school students.
“He would much rather help you and tell you what to do than lock you up,” she said.
Visitation for Taylor will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at A.L. Beal Mortuary, 4746 West Florissant Avenue. A funeral service will be held there Friday morning, followed by burial at St. Peter’s Cemetery, 2101 Lucas & Hunt Road
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Shoplifters busted in $1Million Victoria Secrets thefts http://www.privateofficer.com
MIDDLETOWN PA. June 23 2008 An accused serial thief was sized up by an employee of Victoria’s Secret the moment she walked into the popular lingerie store earlier this week, according to court records.
Danielle Crystal Vann was quickly recognized “as being involved in prior thefts and fraudulent return incidents” at the store in the Granite Run Mall, the affidavit of probable cause for her arrest states.
Vann, 28, of Philadelphia, was with a black male when she entered the store to make a large return, shortly before 5 p.m. Monday. Vann proceeded to return $203 worth of merchandise for cash, and then bought the same items back with a store gift card — before she and three men authorities suspect could be involved in a string of thefts in three states costing the company as much as $1 million were busted.
The three men — identified as Yvon Duvergil, 22, address unknown; Paul Mathurin, 23, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Andre Samuel, 25, address unknown — were arrested following a traffic stop not far from the mall. When the stop was made, Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Gerard B. McShea observed an instrument used for affixing price tags on clothing and several Victoria’s Secret bags with merchandise in the vehicle.
McShea made the stop after a dispatch was sent out for a gray Dodge Magnum with Rhode Island registration DQ317, a vehicle identified in a retail theft that had occurred about a week prior at Victoria’s Secret.
According to the affidavit, a black male took 50 bras from the Granite Run store on June 8. He fled the store to the parking lot, where he entered a Dodge Magnum with registration DQ317. At the time, the state registration was unknown.
Still, the investigating trooper was told at the time that the vehicle was involved in multiple thefts at multiple Victoria’s Secret stores.
When the call went out Monday, the Magnum was reportedly parked in front of the mall, with a female passenger inside the store, returning items.
The Magnum was traveling south on Route 1 when McShea made the stop, and apprehended the three males. Mathurin, who was driving, provided a New York state learner’s permit for identification. Neither of the passengers, identified as Deon Lubin and Stanley Fombun, had photo identification. Fingerprints later revealed their true identification as Duvergil and Samuel, respectively.
In an interview at state police headquarters Monday night, Vann said Samuel, Duvergil and Mathurin picked her up earlier, in the Magnum. Samuel, who she knows as “Dre,” drove her to the Victoria’s Secret at Suburban Square and had her buy a blue duffel bag and magazine, which she paid
for with a gift card he provided.
Then, they went to the Victoria’s Secret at Granite Run to return items, which Samuel provided, along with the blue duffel bag that was just purchased. All of the items were listed on a receipt that Samuel provided, she told investigators. In return, she received about $200 cash and $150 in store credit.
She was then supposed to return the money and store credit to Samuel and Duvergil. She admitted to doing this on several occasions with Samuel and Duvergil, and being paid in cash for her role.
She told investigators that she had heard Samuel say he had stolen items. She also admitted being aware that some of the items she was returning were stolen.
When Vann was nabbed in the mall on Monday, she had $203 cash, four Victoria’s Secret receipts, two Victoria’s Secret gift cards, a “Pink” series blue duffel bag; a Victoria’s Secret magazine and two bottles of Victoria’s Secret Dream Angels perfume.
A search of the vehicle revealed 40 Victoria’s Secret bras valued at $50 each, 15 of which had security tags attached. Also, an opened box of CVS latex gloves; a Garvey tag applicator; three pairs of scissors; two flathead screwdrivers; seven Victoria’s Secret receipts; a soda cup with five damaged security tags; and various Victoria’s Secret packaging.
A Victoria’s Secret loss prevention officer identified the merchandise as stolen and identified recovered receipts on Vann as fraudulent. Additionally, he had a record of Vann making several returns at different stores in the area, as well as a record of Samuel making returns under the Fombun name.
The loss prevention officer told investigators that thefts had been occurring at stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Massachusetts with losses totaling between $600,000 and $1 million.
Vann, Duvergil, Mathurin and Samuel were all remanded to the county prison following a preliminary arraignment Monday on theft, conspiracy and related offenses. Duvergil was also charged with possessing a small amount of marijuana.
Bail was set at $200,000 each.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled July 1 before Magisterial District Judge Walter A. Strohl
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Marcel Hopkins, 41, of the Bronx, was indicted on two third-degree counts of theft by receiving stolen property, a third-degree count of shoplifting and a fourth-degree count of unlawful possession of a weapon, authorities said.
Nightclub, security guard being sued http://www.privateofficer.com
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. June 23 2008 Slim’s Nightclub in San Francisco is facing a major civil lawsuit, stemming from an attack that left a patron with severe injuries and a Slim’s security guard convicted of assault charges.
It’s the latest in a string of complaints against the popular entertainment venue.
A couple was at a concert at Slim’s when two men suddenly found themselves being pushed and shoved back from the stage by the staff. Last month, a security guard with a prior record of violence was convicted of assault. Now, the nightclub and the guard are being sued by the victims.
One of the victims claims he was called gay epithets, hit with a flashlight, and suffered severe injuries. He claims he almost lost an eye in the incident.
The suit seeks millions of dollars in damages.
There has been no response from Slim’s to the pending civil lawsuit
Father leads police to childrens bodies http://www.privateofficer.com
Investigators suspecting foul play had question the children”s father who had repeatedly denied involvement and would not fully cooperate with authorities.
But police say that on Friday,the father of the two missing children led investigators to the children’s charred remains.
Police found the remains of 7-year-old Randy Sylvester Junior and his 3-year-old sister Denim packed in a wooden chest and a suitcase and left in a wooded area in southeastern Houston. The bodies were found about 5 miles from the children’s home in suburban Pasadena.
A Pasadena police spokesman says the children’s father, Randy Sylvester Senior, led searchers to the remains late Friday after a week of misleading statements about where the kids were located.
Sylvester who was jailed on an assault charge stemming from an alleged attack on the children’s mother was still in custody and charges of murder will now be filed against him. Investigators would not discuss the details of the deaths but say that there had been a domestic disturbance and the rest will come out later.
The discovery of the bodies ended a week of turbulent emotions for police, searchers and the children’s family and friends.
School officer fired, arrested for “inappropriate touching” http://www.privateofficer.com
Eric Allen Barber, 40, a school resource officer at Dent Middle School accused of “inappropriately hugging” students earlier this year was fired and arrested Friday, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said.
Barber was charged with misconduct in office after school officials reported he hugged two 14-year-old girls on Feb. 5 and a third girl in April.
Barber received department-mandated counseling after the February incident, Lott said, and was taught about appropriate and inappropriate contact with children.
The deputy then hugged two students, Lott said, “after being trained and instructed not to touch any students.”
Appropriate contact with students could include a handshake, high-five or fist-bump, Lott said but physical body contact such as hugging or kissing is strictly off limits.
School officicals stated that the two girls complained about the hugging and they in turn reported the incidents to the sheriff’s department.
All district employees go through sexual-harassment training, which defines inappropriate touching, but teachers can hug students under certain circumstances according to a school official.
“If done in a certain way, where students don’t feel uncomfortable, hugs are a part of what we do in showing that we care about each other,” she said. “And a lot of kids need that reinforcement. They need to know that we care about them.
“It’s not unusual for an elementary-school teacher to hug a student.”
But, the district policy — as dictated by the sheriff’s department — forbids school resource officers from hugging students.
“We work very closely with our school resource officers and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. “Our main goal is to keep our students safe and secure.
“To do that, we have to make sure we’re moving in the same direction and that everyone is following the rules and regulations.”
School resource officers should verbally tell students they did a good job, said Georgia Jackson, whose grandson attends Dent Middle School. But, she said, there should be no touching.
“There’s too much stuff going on today,” she said. “Some people just can’t be trusted. I can’t say I was glad he was charged, but it was the right thing to do to protect students.”
Barber has been a Richland County sheriff’s deputy since July 2006, when he was assigned to work at Dent as the school resource officer.
If convicted of the misconduct-in-office charge, Barber faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine at the discretion of the court.
Barber has no criminal record in South Carolina, according to the State Law Enforcement Division. He was in the Richland County jail late Friday night. Bond had not been set.
Lott said anyone should report incidents of deputy misconduct so they can be investigated and appropriate action can be taken.
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THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
Columbus OH June 23 2008
One man was killed and two others wounded early today in a chaotic gun battle outside a North Side bar.
Knife wielding man cuts security officer http://www.privateofficer.com
A local security guard was injured when assaulted with a knife Saturday night, according to the Mount Airy Police Department.
Gwyn received “several marks on his arm” from the knife, Lt. Richard Lowe of the Mount Airy Police Department said Sunday. The TNT Carports employee declined to be transported to the hospital by the Surry County EMS.Lowe added Sunday night that no arrest had been made in the case that is classified as an assault with a deadly weapon.
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Nicholas “Nick” Heine, a seven-year veteran of the Pueblo Police Department and a decorated and well-liked officer, collapsed about 2 a.m. while running between bar disturbances in the Historic Union Avenue District.
Heine died shortly later at Parkview Medical Center. He was 30.
“No one saw this coming. It’s a shock,” Chief Jim Billings said Saturday morning at police headquarters, where the American flag stood at half-mast in honor of Heine. Dressed in his black police uniform, his badge shrouded in a symbolic black ribbon, Billings said Heine was in good health, was active on the force and described him as “a real go-getter.”
“I’ve known Nick since he was a little guy,” the chief said. “My wife did day care for him, so for me it’s kind of like a son relationship.” Heine’s mother and co-worker, Detective Pat Heine, a 19-year veteran of the police department, said her son died of a heart problem that no one knew he had.
“Nick was in very good health,” she said. “The coroner said there was a congenital heart defect and it put his heart into a fatal, irregular rhythm. This could’ve happened 10 years ago or 25 years from now. It was just one of those things that happened.
“I commend the officers who were with him, that held on to him and didn’t let him hit the ground. Everyone, the rescue units, people at the hospital, they did everything known to man to save him.”
Pueblo County Coroner James Kramer said Heine’s heart problem was “uncommon, but not infrequent.” Kramer said Heine died of natural causes, not a heart attack.
Heine leaves behind a wife of seven years, Melissa, and daughters, Nichole, 7, and Rebecca, 4.
“Nick was a good father, a terrific husband,” said Pat Heine. “He loved his girls, loved playing with his girls. He was building them a fort in the backyard which isn’t quite completed.”
Heine collapsed in the 300 block of Victoria Street, where he and other officers had been dispatched to break up a disturbance, according to police.
Officers already had been in the area working other bar disturbances, so when they were called to a fight at nearby Bongirno’s, Heine and crew took off on foot.
Deputy Chief John Ercul was on patrol Friday night and witnessed officers trying to save Heine.
“There were some guys really hurting last night,” Ercul said, adding that more officers were called in to help work the streets after the incident. “We’re going to miss him, not only as a friend but as an associate, a fellow officer — and a darn good one, too.”
Billings said counselors, victim advocates and chaplains were called out Saturday to console officers and will continue to be available.
Heine is the first Pueblo officer to die in the line of duty since 1973, when Cpl. Thomas Hanson was shot by a burglar.
“It’s a different dynamic when someone causes the death of an officer,” Billings said. “You have a focal point to direct your anger. In this case, there’s no one to be angry at. It’s one of those tragic things that happened. I was hoping to make it through my career without losing an officer on duty. I’ve been on the force for 33 years. It didn’t happen.”
Except for a short stint in investigations while recovering from a knee injury, the majority of Nick Heine’s career was spent working the graveyard shift. He enjoyed his time in investigations, though, handling cases in the property crimes unit.
“He did a superb job in investigations,” said Ercul, who oversees all of the department’s investigation units. “We were all pleased and we were considering him to be one of the next in line for a detective job.”
Said Billings: “Nick was good at catching crooks. He has a folder full of commendations for catching robbers, burglars. He was just always in the mix of things.”
After graduating from Central High School in 1995, Heine attended the University of Northern Colorado where he majored in music. He played the tuba, trombone, trumpet and drums. But music just didn’t strike the note in terms of a career, his mother said.
“He liked music,” Pat Heine said. “He did 2 years of college and he said, ‘Mom, I think I want to do something different.’ I said, ‘Great, but you have to find a job.’ I never discouraged him or encouraged him (to be a cop).
“If he decided to be a restaurant manager, I would’ve supported him in that. But he was a good cop, a very, very good cop.”
When he wasn’t wearing a badge, instructing rookies in defense tactics or spending time with family, Heine also coached a youth team with the Runyon Football League. He never played football in high school, but “he wanted to be active with kids,” his mother said.
Funeral arrangements are pending. The police department has declared a period of mourning that will end at midnight the day of Heine’s funeral.
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