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Ex-con wanted for 8 murders captured http://www.privateofficer.com
Illinois State Police caught Nicholas T. Sheley, 28, in Granite City, about 10 miles north of St. Louis, said FBI spokeswoman Kelly Brennan. She didn’t elaborate on the arrest.
A spokeswoman with the Granite City police department said Sheley was in custody there, but she declined to give details.
The FBI on Tuesday launched a manhunt for Sheley, who they warned should be considered armed and dangerous. Authorities said they linked Sheley to the killings of eight people in Illinois and Missouri, including a 93-year-old man, a child and a couple whose blood-soaked dogs were found roaming a motel parking lot.
Sheley has only been charged in the death of one of the eight. He faces charges of first-degree murder, aggravated battery and vehicular hijacking in the death of Ronald Randall, whose body was found Monday behind a grocery store in Galesburg, in northwestern Illinois, police said. An autopsy showed the 65-year-old died from blunt force trauma to the head.
Investigators said the other victims all appeared to have died in the same manner and that evidence linked to Sheley was recovered at each scene. The FBI and Illinois State Police declined to elaborate.
Public records show Sheley has multiple convictions for robbery, drugs and weapons charges and has spent three years in prison.
Illinois State Police said he was a person of interest in at least five other killings and may be connected to two in Missouri.
The killings began with the beating death of 93-year-old Russell Reed, a Sterling man whose body was found stuffed in the trunk of a car Thursday. Sheley also is from Sterling, a town of 15,000 about 100 miles west of Chicago.
On Monday, police discovered the bodies of two men, a woman and a child in an apartment in Rock Falls, a town near Sterling. Police said someone asked them to check on the victims, and that they believe one of them was connected to Reed.
Burek said Sheley was an acquaintance of one of those found inside the apartment.
The Galesburg grocery store where Randall’s body was discovered is about 60 miles southwest of Rock Falls.
Also Monday, the bodies of a man and woman were found behind a gas station in the St. Louis suburb of Festus, Missouri, about 250 miles south of Galesburg. Investigators were looking for the couple’s pickup truck.
Police said the man and woman match a vague description of a missing Arkansas couple who had checked into a Comfort Inn in Festus on Friday and were last seen late Sunday. The couple’s dogs were found in the hotel parking lot, unharmed but covered with blood.
Festus is within 50 miles of both St. Louis and Collinsville, Illinois, both cities where police say Sheley had been seen Monday.
On Tuesday morning, police in tactical gear searched a Collinsville apartment building for a person of interest in the Festus killings, but “were unable to locate the guy,” Collinsville police Sgt. Rich Wittenauer said.
Wittenauer could not say whether it was the same person of interest being sought in the Illinois killings.
Sheley’s uncle, Joe Sheley, 47, of Sterling, said that Nicholas Sheley had recently struggled with drugs and that his rap sheet include arrests for home invasion.
“He’s been in trouble many times over the years, but something like this, yeah, it’s out of character,” Joe Sheley said. “He’s got a temper like anybody else. Just doesn’t want to be messed with. Won’t back down. But to go looking for a fight, looking for trouble, no.”
Sheley spent nearly three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for aggravated robbery between 2000 and 2003 and another 17 months on parole, which ended in April 2005, said IDOC spokesman Derek Schnapp.
The uncle didn’t know of any connection between his nephew — a father of four by two wives — and the St. Louis area.
The most recent warrant facing Nicholas Sheley was issued last week for a June 14 home invasion at a 90-year-old woman’s home.
Sterling police said Sheley forced his way into the home, took an undisclosed amount of money and forced the woman to write out some checks. He became “somewhat physical” with the woman but she was not seriously injured, police said
Fleeing shoplifter carjacks mall customer http://www.privateofficer.com
Meridian officials have charged a man with multiple offenses in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred at Bonita Lakes Mall Thursday night.
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Riot erupts at Michigan hospital http://www.privateofficer.com
Assault charges are pending against a Pontiac man while investigators delve into the homicide of a local rapper that spurred a small riot at POH Regional Medical Center.
Pontiac police were forced to get assistance from the Michigan State Police and the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office after more than 100 people started brawling with officers while attempting to see Kevin “Kutta” Harris Jr., who was shot and killed Sunday night on the city’s north side.
Within minutes of Harris being taken to the hospital, a large crowd was trying to get a glimpse of him, Police Sgt. Kevin Braddock said.
Harris was shot once in the head while sitting in his car with his girlfriend near the corner of Stanley Avenue and Emiry Street.
According to police reports, two men walked up to the car about 10 p.m.
One man stood at the driver’s side, while the other was on the passenger’s side and said: “Give me all your money.”
“They didn’t even give him a chance,” said Braddock, adding that one of them shot Harris in the head immediately after demanding money.
The girlfriend told officers she got out of the car and began to run away.
She reported hearing a second shot while running away to call a friend.
It was the friend who got to the scene a few minutes later and drove Harris to the hospital.
Officers dispatched to the hospital after the shooting were greeted by the mob of people, who had perched themselves on the street and sidewalk outside the emergency room, as well as in the hallway and waiting room inside.
Tempers began to flare when police were asked by medical staff to get people who were not immediate family of Harris to leave the hospital.
That’s when a 32-year-old Pontiac man began to mouth off to a female officer attempting to clear the crowd with the assistance of hospital security, Braddock said.
The man continued to throw insults, use foul language and refused to leave after the officer threatened to arrest him.
“He said ‘(expletive) arrest me then,’” Braddock said.
The officer grabbed the man by the shirt and attempted to make the arrest, but then he turned and struck her on the right side of her head.
Braddock said the officer radioed for assistance, and began spraying the man in the chest with pepper spray.
The man, however, managed to get out of the officer’s grasp and run into the crowd.
“There were so many people they were trying to get control of that he mixed into the crowd,” Braddock said. “As they were able to get most people outside, another officer located the one who assaulted the female officer.”
A second attempt to arrest the man was made, but he managed to flip his body around and hit that officer on the head before breaking free and running off.
A short chase ensued, with the man being shot at with a pepper ball gun “a few times,” before finally being arrested.
Meanwhile, as other people began showing up at the hospital, police made attempts to get control of the situation, but were being pelted with rocks and bricks.
Their rioting forced officers to radio for assistance from the other law enforcement agencies to help disburse the crowd.
Following the riot, police have been attempting to piece together a possible motive for Harris’ slaying.
A number of people left messages on Harris’ MySpace page expressing their sadness regarding his death.
Many of the messages allude to his being from the city’s north side.
One person wrote: “Rest in peace Kutta, (north) side is going to hold it down for you.”
Forensic specialists with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office have been unable to determine where exactly the shooting happened.
Making matters even harder is that police have only been given a brief description of the man who walked up to the driver’s side door of the car.
He is said to be black, with a light brown complexion, 20 years old and had sideburns.
Police dog dies searching for burglary suspects http://www.privateofficer.com
A Tempe Police Department service dog died Monday evening while searching for burglary suspects.
Baloo, a 5-year-old German shepherd, fell approximately 40 feet while searching for burglary suspects in the Farmer Street Lofts Project under construction at 450 South Farmer Avenue near University Drive and Mill Avenue.
At about 6:40 p.m., several patrol officers including Tempe Police Canine Handler Officer John Holdinsky and his partner Baloo responded to a report of suspicious activity. Information given to police indicated that two males were seen running into the fenced construction site and may have been hiding inside the building. It is believed these men may have been trying to steal copper, according to police
After the fall, Baloo was rushed to an emergency animal hospital. He remained in critical condition while every effort was unsuccessfully made to save his life, police said.
Holdinsky has served with the Tempe Police Department for 22 ½ years and his partner Baloo has served since November 2004.
Baloo was a patrol-trained and narcotic-trained police dog
Security officer tied up during casino robbery http://www.privateofficer.com
Three men wearing masks and carrying assault rifles robbed the Relay Station, a truck stop-casino on Louisiana Highway 1 south of Shreveport, before dawn today
According to the sheriff’s office, several armed suspects hit the casino just after 3:00 am Tuesday morning.
Deputies say the suspects took an undisclosed amount of cash from the registers before fleeing from the scene. They also tied up two employees and a security guard.
According to the sheriff’s department, one person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
Investigators are looking over the casino’s security tape for clues to the suspect’s identities and what kind of car they were in. Right now investigators are working with what little they have .
The getaway car was later found alongside Highway 1 about a quarter-mile north of the Relay Station. A ski mask and gloves were found there, deputies said.
That car had been reported stolen in Shreveport.
Woman sues Reed College after raped by security officer http://www.privateofficer.com
A woman who claims she was raped by a Reed College security guard while she was severely drunk is suing the college and the guard for $5.6 million.
Janine Wonnacott and her husband, Alan, say in a lawsuit filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court that Noble Powell took advantage of her in a dorm room. Wonnacott was visiting town for a writer’s conference at the college in July 2006.
Police didn’t arrest Powell after he denied the rape and Wonnacott told police that “she may have given consent,” according to the suit. The suit, however, states that Wonnacott wasn’t able to and didn’t agree to the sex.
Kevin Myers, a Reed spokesman, declined to comment. Powell no longer works for the college, and could not be reached for comment.
Wonnacott, who was slurring her speech so much she couldn’t be understood, fell and hurt herself on a path behind the student union at 8:50 p.m. on July 10, 2006.
At 11:45 p.m., two women who were sharing the dorm saw Powell sitting next to Wonnacott, who was in bed. Powell had one of his hands underneath the covers, the suit states.
Sometime after midnight, another woman discovered Powell having sexual intercourse with Wonnacott, the suit claims.
Among other claims, the suit alleges Reed was negligent in failing to supervise and properly train Powell. Wonnacott sought medical and mental-health help, and she has been hospitalized at least twice because of the incident, the suit claims.
Security agents nab men suspected of multiple thefts http://www.privateofficer.com
Police say that they have busted a shoplifter in Orem, and officers believe that he’s responsible for more than just one shoplifting incident.
Police say that they think he’s the one that’s been running out of a number of stores with thousands of dollars in clothing.
A security officer noticed a guy running out of the Mervyn’s store at the University Mall with a bag stuffed with Levi’s jeans.
When the security agent approached the man in the parking lot, the suspect, Jesus Arturo Flores-Grandandos of West Valley, dropped the bag and ran across the parking lot. He then went through a gate and into a small orchard, where he was tackled by the security officer and taken into custody and brought back to the store.
“His method was simply to stash in the bag and head for the door,” said Orem police Lt. Doug Edwards.
Edwards says officers also found bags full Levi’s and children’s clothing in the suspect’s car worth more than $2,000. Some of the stolen items were from stores in Sandy, and police think he might have hit stores in Ogden as well.
Flores-Grandandos is now in jail for felony shoplifting and has an immigration hold on him for being an undocumented immigrant.
Former police dispatcher charged with weapons of mass destruction http://www.privateofficer.com
A former Johnston County Sheriff’s dispatcher was arrested on charges of possessing weapons of mass destruction today.
Smithfield police say Ricky Creech, who has worked off and on for the Johnston County sheriff as a dispatcher and special deputy since 1978, possessed a light anti-tank weapon and a short-barreled shotgun.
Creech came to the Smithfield police’s attention following the arrests of Anthony Clark Jr., Rakhiem Prather and Afries Mahan, who are charged with possessing weapons of mass destruction and breaking and entering.
Lieutenant R. K. Powell said those arrests came after Smithfield police conducted a “controlled purchase” of anti-tank rockets June 22.
The men later told police they’d stolen the anti-tank weapons from Randy Creech’s home, Powell said, which resulted in the charge of breaking and entering.
Powell said Smithfield police cooperated with explosives specialists from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to recover a short barreled shotgun and two Kinepak “high explosives” from Creech’s home.
Creech has been charged with two counts of possessing weapons of mass destruction and was freed on $20,000 secured bond, Powell said.
According to spokeswoman Tammy Amaon, Creech began his career with the Johnston County sheriff’s office on July 4, 1978 as a dispatcher. He left in 1987 to work as a dispatcher for the state highway patrol for a year and returned to the sheriff’s office in 1989.
Creech then became a dispatcher for the Smithfield police department in 1993, and he returned to the sheriff’s office in March 2003. He finally left for what Amaon called “disability reasons” in April 2005. Creech remained a special deputy with the sheriff’s office from 1978 to 2005.
Joseph Lenczwyk, resident agent in charge at the Fayetteville ATF office, said additional federal charges against Creech were being considered.
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Security officer assaulted at music festival http://www.privateofficer.com
The men, ages 19 and 31, got into a fight about 10 p.m. Saturday on the Country USA grounds at Ford Festival Park.
According to authorities, the music event which runs for several days was packed but seemed to be running smoothly with a few exceptions such as this fight.
Armored car robbery suspects sentenced to prison http://www.privateofficer.com
Four suspects connected to the attempted robbery of an armored car last year were sentenced to 45 months in prison.
Kyle Wesley Singleton, 20, North Branch, will spend three years of supervised release on one count of conspiracy to commit robbery and one count of aiding and abetting robbery affecting interstate commerce.
Singleton and the other three defendants were indicted earlier this month. The other three defendants pleaded guilty to their respective charges.
Nichole Yvonne Nelson, 34, Hopkins, was sentenced to 20 months in prison and three years of supervised release on one count of aiding and abetting robbery affecting interstate commerce.
Orlando Aaron Allen, 20, Eagan, was sentenced to 28 months in prison and three years of supervised release on one count of aiding and abetting robbery affecting interstate commerce.
Thomas William Eiden, 20, Rosemount, was sentenced to five years of probation on one count of aiding and abetting robbery affecting interstate commerce.
According to an affidavit, Allen, Singleton and Eiden were arrested near TCF National Bank in Robbinsdale after they were observed covering the front and rear license plates of their vehicle with duct tape in May of 2007.
Eiden stated that he, Allen, Singleton and Nelson had been plotting for approximately one week to “take down the Garda armored car” that Nelson was driving, according to the affidavit.
Woman charged with stabbing, cutting baby out of womb http://www.privateofficer.com
KENNEWICK WA July 2 2008 Investigators are playing it close to the vest, sharing very little about the attack that left a young woman dead in Columbia Park, another behind bars and a baby in critical condition in a Spokane hospital.
Shoplifting/Retail Security News Round-Up http://www.privateofficer.com
Jeri Sue Dillingham, age 37 of California, placed a 42 inch Vizio plasma television in her shopping cart, passed all points of sale and exited Wal-mart without paying for the television. Ms. Dillingham was stopped and detained by Wal-mart security and turned over to Senior Deputy First Class Clay Safford. Ms. Dillingham was arrested and charged with theft.
Denaudre Artareihk Knight, age 30 of Landover, entered the Shopper’s Food Warehouse in California, placed over $200.00 of food items in a shopping cart, and left the business without paying for the items. Knight loaded the items into a green Ford Contour belonging to Christopher Royal Gayle, age 19 of Great Mills, and drove off. The assistant manager provided deputies with a description and tag number of the suspect vehicle. Deputies responded to Mr. Gayle’s residence and located the suspect vehicle, Mr. Gayle, and Mr. Knight at a residence. Knight and Royal were arrested for the theft. Deputy Patrick Bowen was the investigating deputy.
Kohl’s; Officers John Bonney and Stewart Mellyn arrested Lindsay Curley, 28, of 18 Brewster Rd., West Bridgewater, on a charge of shoplifting by asportation.
These days it doesn`t take much to rack up a huge bill, even at Wal-Mart. But $2,500 for three people is a lot.Minot police were called out to the Minot SuperCenter the night of June 17th, after employees had one shoplifter in custody.
Several shoplifters were arrested as well. Shameka Carswell, 22, was arrested for traffic offenses stemming from attempting to flee a shoplifting arrest. These offenses included reckless driving, no insurance, improper tag and no license.. Tiffany Daniels, 23, was arrested for shoplifting at a local business. She and Carswell were arrested driving a Lexus away from a local business. Kim Joyner, 30, of Vidalia was also arrested for shoplifting
Denny Avenue, Wal-Mart, Angela Byrd, 35, Grand Bay Farms, Grand Bay, Ala., was arrested for shoplifting
Denny Avenue, Goody’s, Carolyn Young, 68, Gregory Street, Moss Point, was arrested for shoplifting, 3rd offense
Denny Avenue, Wal-Mart, Alison Lawrence, Beardslee Street, Moss Point, was arrested for shoplifting, public drunk and open container.
McClinnon Smith Jr., 44, 7932 S. Elizabeth, Chicago, was arrested June 6 and charged with battery, and retail theft from Dominick’s, 1293 E. Higgins Road. Police said Smith grabbed a security agent by the throat as the agent tried to stop him. His court date is July 30.
Kelly A. Kaepplinger, 18, 1529 N. Patton, Arlington Heights, was arrested June 8 and charged with retail theft from Macy’s at Woodfield Mall. Her court date is June 24.
A Rome woman was released from jail Saturday on $1,250 bail after her arrest on shoplifting charges.
According to Floyd County Jail records:
Patricia Davis, 56, of 1008 Magnolia Ave., was arrested by Rome police Friday evening and charged with shoplifting $26.23 worth of food from the IGA Food Mart on Shorter Ave.
Less than two hours later, police also arrested Lakisha Michelle Cron, 21, of 512 Charlton St., at the IGA.
Cron was charged with shoplifting $7.78 worth of “personal items” from the store. She was released Saturday on $1,250 bail.
Heather Puffinburger, 32, of Laconia was arrested June 9 on a warrant for shoplifting. She was released on $2,000 personal recognizance
Missouri City TX
A local woman went into a local Wal-Mart in Missouri City for more than the daily specials.
Store employees watched as the woman, identified later as Brittany Nichole Jones of Stafford, put a top, shorts, lip stick and air freshener in her purse before leaving the store.
Employees followed the woman outside and escorted her back into the store after putting a call into the police.
Missouri City police arrived to find the stolen items in Jones’ purse and issued a Class C citation for shoplifting.
Jones, a 20-year-old, black female, was released and required to appear in court for shoplifting.
Missouri City TX
For the second time in two weeks the Wal-Mart on Highway 6 in Missouri City has been the target of a shoplifter.
On June 24, store loss prevention specialists observed a man putting several Blue Ray CDs in his shorts.
The man, later identified as Tyrrell Tommy Smith, 20, walked past the cash registers and out of the store.
Store loss prevention officers escorted him back into the store and called police.
Missouri City police charged Smith with theft of $104 worth of merchandise, a Misdemeanor B offense.
He was transferred to the Fort Bend County Jail.
Cortlandt Town Center NY: Humberto M. Perez, 30, of Peekskill was charged June 17 with petty larceny, a misdemeanor, after he stole merchandise from Kohl’s department store, state police said. He was ordered to appear July 11 in Town Court.
MEDFORD PA A woman was charged Monday with trying to steal $321 worth of merchandise from a supermarket, police said.
Employees at an Acme on Route 70 stopped Alisha M. Tucker, 32, of Rancocas Road in Mount Holly at 11 a.m. as she was placing cosmetics, dental whitening strips and a flat iron into a backpack, police said.
Tucker was charged with shoplifting. She was lodged in Burlington County Minimum Security Facility in Pemberton Township on $2,051 bail.
At 5:17 p.m., police arrested 26-year-old Jeffrey Maddaleni, of 12 High St. in Malden, on a charge of shoplifting by concealing merchandise at Stop & Shop on Charles Street.
In Lancaster County, police are working to track down three men who took hundreds of dollars in merchandise from area Kmarts.Store security caught the suspects on camera at the Kmart at the Fruitville Pike store in Manheim Township. Security stopped one of the guys who tried to take $320 worth of clothing. The man ran out and got into a red Mercury Cougar.If you recognize these men you are asked to call Manheim Township Police.
DEDHAM MA. Police are looking for a white man in his mid to late 20s whom they suspect stole $740 worth of cosmetics from CVS at 270 Bussey St. on Wednesday evening.
On Thursday, the store alerted police of the alleged shoplifter, who wore a grey T-shirt, faded blue jean shorts and a black Red Sox baseball cap and was shown on surveillance tapes placing makeup products in a bag, police said
11:49 a.m. Laura Grube, 41, of 44 Temi Road, Raynham, was arrested on a charge of shoplifting and Anthony Davis, 37, of 20 Willis St., New Bedford, was arrested on charges of shoplifting and larceny under $250 at the Sears in the Silver City Galleria.
Woman with warrant caught shoplifting
According to police, they were dispatched to Target on Arsenal Street on June 16 at 7:18 p.m. with reports of a woman who was found trying to leave with $37.97 worth of clothing from the store. When police arrived, they discovered that the suspect, Linda Winburn, 42, of 8 Woodrow Wilson Court in Cambridge, had a warrant out for her arrest from Lynn District Court. Windburn was also arrested and charged with shoplifting by concealing merchandise.
On June 20 at 1:28 p.m., an employee of Hannoush Jewelry inside the Arsenal Mall told police that an unknown man came into the store, asked to look at some diamond rings under the display case, and ran out of the store with an expensive diamond ring. It is unknown how much the ring is worth. The man has been described as a white man, 5 feet 10 inches, clean shaven, with “black spiked hair.”
Jose Montalvo, 41, of Vineland was arrested for obstruction and robbery after being caught shoplifting at two locations — CVS on West Landis Avenue at 4:49 p.m. Friday, and Rite Aid on East Landis Avenue at 7:46 p.m. Friday. Montalvo was held on $100,000 bail at the county jail.
Police arrested Candido Arce, 32, of East Almond Street for shoplifting more than $110 worth of deodorant from Rite Aid on West Landis Avenue at 3:35 p.m. Thursday. Arce was held on $1,000 bail at the county jail on an unrelated Vineland warrant.
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