BREAKING NEWS –Employee goes On Rampage, Killing 6 At Ky Plastics Plant http://www.privateofficer.com
NBC affiliate WFIE reported that witnesses initially heard a shot come from outside the plant. The gunman then came inside the building and began shooting at random.
‘Total shock’Atlantis Plastics CEO Bud Philbrook described the killings as a “total shock.” Philbrook said the employee had argued with a supervisor around midnight, then shot the supervisor before opening fire in a break room. Police said the shooter ended the rampage by killing himself.
Victims were found scattered around the plant, Piller said “It appears the shooting was random at this time,” he added.
There were 34 employees in the building at the time of the shooting, WFIE reported.The plant employs about 150 people and makes parts for refrigerators and plastic siding for homes.In a news release on the company’s Web site, Atlantis Plastics says it is a leading U.S. manufacturer of three kinds of products: polyethylene stretch films for wrapping pallets of materials, custom films for industrial and packaging uses, and molded plastic pieces used in products such as appliances and recreational vehicles.
Police swarm apartment complexes, arrest M-S 13 gang members http://www.privateofficer.com
Police from several departments, federal agents and agents with the U.S. Attorney General’s office swooped down onto several Charlotte North Carolina apartment complexes in a pre-dawn raid.
Law enforcement officers looking for 26 suspects named in a federal indictment surprised everyone including neighbors as police cars, unmarked vans, SWAT teams and K-9 teams stormed apartments in the city of Charlotte and Mint Hill looking for members of the MS-13 gang wanted on 55 counts including robbery, drugs and four murders.
One of the raids happened in a pretty unassuming, working-class neighborhood off Scaleybark Road. The raid took place at the Southgate Apartment complex and police were able to pick up numerous wanted felons at that location.
Not long after, agents swarmed around the Victoria Lake apartments on the East side and off Margaret Wallace Road in the Mint Hill community. There, officers were able to nail more suspected gang members as they continued their hunt.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney General was in Charlotte to announce the crackdown.
He talked about the raids throughout North Carolina that netted 26 alleged members of the MS-13 gang.
Attorney General Michael Mukasey’s made his way to the Queen City to personally announce the raids and arrests giving everyone inside details and saying that this was not just small potatoes but an investigation that has lasted almost five years and is a result of cooperation between local, state, federal and El Salvadorian law enforcement agencies.
Federal prosecutors said the gang MS-13 is more like a business. According to the unsealed indictment, the alleged gang members paid dues and even taxed people who wanted to deal drugs in MS-13 nightclubs. By day, most worked as construction workers, roofers and restaurant employees. But by night it was all business of a different kind. Plotting murders, selling drugs and building their empire.
Most of the alleged gang members have been arrested before, but had gotten out only to reoffend again. But that will not be the case this time police say.
With the gang members being charged with federal crimes, most face at least twenty years in prison while others will face alife sentence.
The Grand Jury charges tell a story of beat-ins, turf wars and club shootings.
Often, the more violence gang members displayed, the higher they rose up the ranks of MS-13.
MS-13 gang members are accused of four murders between Charlotte and Greensboro, major drug trafficking, armed robberies and other illegal activity
U.S. Attorney Gretchen Shappert said, “We recognize taking out any indivdual group does not solve the problem, but it does send a strong signal that if you engage in criminal activity, you run the risk of federal prosecution and a massive federal sentence.”
We’ve seen signs of MS-13′s presence here in Charlotte in the past. This MS-13 graffitti was found at the Southgate Apartments near Scaleybark last August.
Just to give you some background on this gang, M-S stands for La Mara Salvatrucha.
It is a combination of two violent groups in El Salvador and was formed by El Salvadorian Immigrants in the 1980s.
While MS-13 still has major operations in El Salvador, the U.S. Attorney General’s office says the gang has a big presence in Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico and of course, here in the United States.
Law enforcement say that the gang built a strong presence in Charlotte because of a growing Latino community with plenty of young teenagers and because Charlotte has fast become a distribution point for the drug trade.
Many of the leaders — often called “shot callers” or “voices” — are in prison in El Salvador, the indictment said. But prosecutors claim gang members paid dues at their meetings and often sent cash to those in prison, at times wiring money at the request of a leader.
U.S. Attorney Gretchen Shappert said there were about 8,000 gang members in North Carolina, including about 1,000 in Charlotte.
Security officer arrests man wanted for double homicide http://www.privateofficer.com
The shooting happened around 1:45 a.m. Sunday at Los Diaz on Bessemer Superhighway.
Investigators says 26 year old Ceslo Armento Cano had been arguing with several men earlier in the evening and that he later started shooting at a man that he had argued with.
Instead of wounding the man that he fired at, police say that Cano hit two bystanders.
Twenty three year old Alberto Perez and thirty one year old Francisco Armenta were both fatally shot in the chest.
The security guard on duty at the club stated that Cano then came outside and pointed his gun at both the security officer and the club’s owner and pulled the trigger.
Both times the gun didn’t fire.
The security officer pulled his weapon and was able to place Cano in custody until Bessemer police arrived.
Cano has now been charged with Capital Murder and is being held in the Jefferson County Jail in Bessemer on no bond.
According to a local news report, the security officer, whose name was not released, is also employed at an area police department but that was not confirmed.
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Nashville security officer sued after he shoots, kills man http://www.privateofficer.com
Police did not charge Jeremy Holmes, but investigators question whether the shooting was justified.
The shooting happened on May 16, but on the day before a Nashville man filed a lawsuit against Holmes. The suit claims the security guard attacked the man for no reason.
Holmes told police in May that he got into an argument with Adam Villegas, who was sitting inside a parked car. Villegas was a patron of Marathon Sports Bar, which closed at 3 a.m.
Holmes allegedly ordered Villegas to leave the parking lot. When Villegas didn’t immediately comply, the pair argued and Holmes walked toward the rear of the car when Villegas reportedly started to move the car. Holmes reportedly ordered him to stop and when Villegas failed to do so, Holmes shot him. He struck Villegas in the neck. Villegas died at the scene.
“Mr. Holmes is telling us in the interview that he felt threatened by the car, that he thought he would be struck by the vehicle,” said Metro police spokesman Don Aaron in May. “Again, police are trying to understand his perception of a threat. “
It turns out that this isn’t the first time Holmes has come under fire as a security guard.
On May 15, Robert Meeks filed a civil lawsuit against Holmes for an incident that happened on July 4, 2007. Meeks said the security guard was on duty near a truck parking lot when he ordered him to move his car. Meeks said without warning Holmes attacked him. Meeks said while handcuffed Holmes threatened and assaulted him.
“This is going to be a very interesting case,” said Jim Todd, a former prosecutor.
The two cases appear similar, but Todd said the July 4 incident may not be included in a criminal case if Holmes is charged.
“Prior bad acts, which are what this would be labeled as, are not admissible to show that somebody is a bad person,” Todd said.
While there are exceptions, Todd said prosecutors would have a hard time linking the two incidents in front of a jury.
“The court is going to look very cautiously on that because they don’t want the jury to convict on a homicide simply because he has a disposition of having a hot temper,” Todd said.
The civil case could still play a big role in the shooting because a grand jury is soon expected to take the case into consideration. When that happens, detectives will be allowed to tell the grand jury about the 2007 incident. The civil case against Holmes is still pending.
The Meeks family is seeking payment for damages from Holmes and his employers, but the suit does not include a dollar amount.
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Shoplifter charged with felony theft at J.C. Penney http://www.privateofficer.com
According to Pasadena Police Department Public Information Officer Vance Mitchell said that officers were dispatched to the J.C. Penney’s at 5120 Fairmont Parkway on June 14 in reference to a shoplifter in custody.
“The officers contacted J.C. Penney’s loss prevention officer who had observed a male subject in the jewelry department,” he said. “The suspect had concealed various pieces of jewelry in his shirt pocket, then walked past all points of service without making any attempt to pay for the items.”
Mitchell said that Paul had exited out the front of the store and was immediately confronted by a loss prevention officer who took him into custody and escorted him back into the office.
“All items taken by the suspect totaled $1,827,” he said. “Items included a 14 karat gold cross valued at $430, cubit zirconium earrings valued at $99, a 10 karat gold butterfly pendant valued at $399, a 14 karat gold bracelet earring set valued at $879, and a Docker’s wallet valued at $25.”
Before transporting the prisoner to the county jail,the officers contacted the Harris County District Attorney’s office to confirm what charges the DA’s office would file on Paul.
“They agreed to accept felony theft charges against the suspect,” said Mitchell. “All items were recovered by loss prevention and returned to J.C. Penney’s.”
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Security arrest man for urniating in nightclub http://www.privateofficer.com
Security officers tried to break up a performance onstage at the Lodge Bar over the week-end but apparently Delmarro Boyd was not finished.
According to a police report, Boyd, became loud and refused to cooperate with security officers and chose the downtown bar’s stage as the place to unzip and relieve himself.Bar security noticed, according to a police report, and went to confront Boyd about what he had just done.. “Security requested that he cease urinating on the establishment stage,” a complaint says.
Homeless teen aids others in shoplifting incident http://www.privateofficer.com
A Westminster teenager’s decision to steal clothing at a local store landed her in Anderson city court after she was caught shoplifting at Wal-Mart and was helped by two Seneca teens with a history of convictions for shoplifting.
Oscar Davis, 18, and Reginald Davis, 19, both of 100 B. Yellow Jasmine Dr. in Seneca and Lacey Nicole Marshall, 17, of 371 Cedar Lane in Westminster were apprehended by store security personnel and arrested Monday and charged with shoplifting.
Loss prevention agents at Wal-Mart in Anderson said that they had stopped the group after stuffing items into their backpacks.
Tuesday, Anderson Municipal Court Judge Hugh Welborn ordered the Davis brothers to each serve 30 days in Anderson City Jail after both pleaded guilty to the crime, after Welborn learned that each has a history of convictions for shoplifting.
Marshall, admitting to living on the street and having a need for clothing, was allowed to enroll in pre-trial intervention provided she posts a $1,087.50 property bond and enrolls in a GED program.
Otherwise, you “will become who you hang around with,” Welborn said. “If it’s a thief, you will become a thief. You are responsible for your own actions
All of the stolen merchandise was recoverd in this theft.
Nightclub bouncers charged with attempted murder http://www.privateofficer.com
The incident happened June 14 about 5:30 a.m. outside the Tiki Lounge at 105 Main St., according to Capt. David Smith of the Sanford Police Department.
Loren Dale Rose went to the lounge looking for his girlfriend but never entered the business, Smith said. Rose asked the bouncers to get his girlfriend to come outside, Smith said.
Two of the security bouncers, William Nicholas Mabe and John Mark Evans, recognized Rose from an encounter several months ago, Smith said.
According to witnesses and the police report, Mabe and Evans then chased Rose into an alley, Smith said. Witnesses told police the bouncers were kicking Rose and beating him with a metal chair and metal pipe, Smith said.
One witness said it was brutal and for no reason at all.
Rose was taken to UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill for treatment, Smith said.
“He’s out (of the hospital) now,” Smith said. “According to him, he may lose the use of one eye.”
Mabe, 30, of the 3800 block of Avents Ferry Road in Sanford, and Evans, 31, of the 6100 block of Windy Farm Lane in Holly Springs, are charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, police said.
A third man is expected to be charged, Smith said Monday.
Bail was denied for Mabe, who also is charged with attempted murder, police said.
Evans’ bail was set at $10,000.
Deputy sheriff accidentally shoots, kills police dog http://www.privateofficer.com
A police report says the police dog, Wes, had been released to pursue Antwaun Demarcus Whitmire, 26, but began biting a deputy’s leg Monday morning.
The report says Deputy Chris McAlmont did not realize it was a police dog and fired because he “feared for his safety.” McAlmont was treated and released from Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Lt. Shea Smith says the shooting followed an argument between Whitmire and his girlfriend outside a Greenville convenience store early Monday. Whitmire fired shots after the woman ran in the store and employees locked the man out.
Store clerk Susan Lambert was shot at least once and was treated and released from the hospital.
Hotel manager charged with sexual assault of boy http://www.privateofficer.com
A North Austin hotel manager has been charged in connection with the sexual assault of a 10-year-old boy and will face five additional sexual assault related charges later today, Sgt. Brian Loyd with the Austin Police Department’s child abuse unit said this morning.
According to an arrest affidavit, Douglas Wayne Ward gave the 10-year-old $90 after performing oral sex on the boy in May and June.
Loyd said that Ward will face about five additional charges this afternoon, including indecency with a child and retaliation charges, for an incident involving a 12-year-old boy who lived in the neighborhood and had been visiting a child who stayed at the hotel.
The 10-year-old boy told his mother about Ward when she found the $90 and asked him where he got the money, the affidavit said.
The affidavit says that the boy went to Ward’s office to ask for a key, and Ward then asked the boy to go to his office, where the boy says one of the incidents happened. The boy also told police that Ward took pictures of his genitals.
Ward has been charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child, which is a first-degree felony. He is being held at the Travis County Jail with bail set at $70,000. If convicted, Ward could face up to life in prison
Travis County Sheriff
WARD, DOUGLAS WAYNE
Date of Birth: 10/26/1961Booking Number: 0829566 Booked: 6/23/2008 21:22Facility:
Man arrested for using 6yr old to shoplift http://www.privateofficer.com
Authorities responding to several calls learned that a 38-year-old Kennewick man had his 6 year old girlfriend’s daughter aiding him in a shoplifting incident at a local store Saturday.
Kennewick police were called to ShopKo around 6:15 p.m. and arriving officers were approached by a panicked woman who said she had gone next door to Ranch & Home while her boyfriend and daughter went to ShopKo, said Mike Blatman, Kennewick police’s crime prevention specialist.
She said it had been a while and she couldn’t find the two inside the store.
Officers learned her boyfriend, Gus Michael Perez, was already in ciustody and was being held by the store’s security, Blatman said. The woman’s daughter was with him.
Perez reportedly was seen picking out a pink shirt that he put on the girl, Blatman said. He then tore the tags off the shirt as the girl picked out a pink hat and put it on, he said.
Perez also tore the tags off the hat. They walked to the cash registers where he paid for some cough drops, but didn’t pay for the shirt or hat, Blatman said.
As he left the store with the unpaid merchandise, he was stopped by store security.
Perez was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of third-degree theft and failing to supervise a child. The girl was turned over to her mother.
Texas Six Flags security ambushed www.privateofficer.com
According to a police report, the armed men broke into the theme park around 3 a.m. and surprised the security officers.
After the men bound the security guards’ hands with zip ties, the men drove the guards to the back of the administration building, the report stated.
Moments later, one of the security officers was ordered to ring a bell to the vault area, the report stated.
But when the vault was inaccessible, one of the men, armed with a sledgehammer, broke the rear door of the administration building.
The security officers were able to open the vault and then locked themselves inside for their own safety.
The men didn’t take any money but they took some belongings from the security officers and fled the scene in a Fiesta Texas security truck.
Police were notified and searched the area for the men but have not yet located them.
Both security officers were shaken but not injured.
Six flags Fiesta Texas has not released any statement regarding the robbery as of this time.
7 Month old baby burns to death in barbecue pit; father arrested http://www.privateofficer.com
The 37-year-old suspect was to be booked into King County Jail. His name has not yet been released.
The accident happened Saturday night in the 2600 block of SW 333rd Place in Federal Way.
The family had dug the fire pit in the backyard and would sit by the fire to barbecue and relax.
The baby’s father told police that he fell asleep with the infant on a bench just a few feet from the fire. When he woke up a while later, the baby was gone. Somehow the child had fallen into the pit, which has no barriers around it.
“What a devastating way to die. I wouldn’t wish that on anybody,” said a neighbor who declined to be identified.
She said the child was a beautiful boy
From all accounts he was a loving dad, just had to have been a blatant accident,” she said.
Late Tuesday afternoon, the boy’s father led investigators into his home and then out to the backyard.
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office is expected to release the cause of death later today or tomorrow.
Shirley Squires is a family friend. She was letting the father stay at her place because he just can’t bear being back at his house.
“Just a good, hardworking father, made a bad mistake, a tragic one,” she said.
The baby’s mother is said to be so grief-stricken she’s barely speaking to anyone.
Man arrested for assaulting security with beer bottle http://www.privateofficer.com
The sheriff’s department said that they responded to a disturbance and when deputies arrived found that two people had been assaulted.
Deputies say that the two, who were working as private security officers for the club were identified as Christopher Franco, 28, and Larry Morales, 16.
Neither required medical attention, according to a deputy’s report.
Emilio Oliveros-Mercado, 21, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and was booked at the Tulare County Main Jail.
Man arrested for assaulting security at wedding reception http://www.privateofficer.com
A 38-year-old Gilroy man was arrested during a wedding reception at the Veterans’ Memorial Building on Saturday after, police say, he punched a security officer in the face.
According to a police report the suspect was arguing with his wife, and when the on -duty security officer attempted to intervene, the man punched him.
The security officer then took the man down and into custody and held the man until police arrived.
The man was placed under arrest and transported to the jail and charged with assault.
Neither the man’s name or the name of the security officer was released by the police department.
Loss prevention agents nab police for shoplifting http://www.privateofficer.com
Officers are use to seeing all kinds of people in custody for theft of proprty but police say that they were a bit surprised when they got a call at the local Walmart and found that the accused shoplifter was a fellow officer.
Police say that they arrested a Sanger Police Department officer Sunday night on charges of changing price tags on items at a Denton Wal-Mart.
Kish was stopped as she tried to pay less for the merchandise and she was arrested at 7:40 p.m. at the store in the 1500 block of S. Loop 288, Denton police spokesman Jim Bryan said
She was charged with fraudulent destruction/removal of writing and released on $500 bond from the Denton City Jail early Monday.
There was no word on her duty status with the Sanger Police Department after her arrest.