Woman captured 33 years after escape from prison http://www.privateofficer.com
According to agents of the U.S. Marshal’s service, police acting on tips, found 57-year-old Rebecca Hatcher in the small rural Tennessee community and were able to take her into custody without any problems.
Hatcher escaped from the Scott Correctional Facility in Plymouth. Mich., in 1975, just eight months after she was sentenced to one to 15 years for assault with intent to commit unarmed robbery.
Authorities say Hatcher settled in Camden, Tenn., got married, had a child and opened a beauty salon. But U.S. Marshals, aided by the Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team, tracked her down and arrested her without incident.
Hatcher is in a Tennessee prison and will be brought back to Michigan .
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Three arrested for assaulting security officer http://www.privateofficer.com
Authorities say that they were notified that several men had assaulted a security officer and police were dispatched to investigate.
Several men were arrested after they “jumped” and almost ran over a security guard according to Springdale police.
Patrons of the club spotted the assault and came to the aid of the security officer and pulled the men off the guard.
At that point, the report said that they ran off in a truck but were stopped by police and identified by the security officer.The Benavides brothers face misdemeanor battery and public intox charges while Delatorre faces DWI and aggravated assault charges among others.
Shoplifters arrested after theft from Lowe’s http://www.privateofficer.com
According to the report, the suspects said earlier in the day they shoplifted at the Lowe’s store in Jensen Beach. The three allegedly tried to steal $230.81 in merchandise from the Stuart store and $222.43 in merchandise from the Jensen Beach store, the report states.
Special Deputy Program Coming To Knoxville Churches http://www.privateofficer.com
The church shooting in Knoxville marked the fourth time in 15 months that an American church became a scene of a fatal shooting.
That fact has one local sheriff taking action.
And it means church goers could soon carry more than just a Bible to worship services.
It’s called the Special Deputy Church Protection Program.
And it’s the brainchild of Bradley County Sheriff Tim Gobble.
Gobble says the deputies will have specific law enforcement functions which includes carrying a gun.
But you and your church must meet certain qualifications.
Gobble finds, “If a violent aggressor comes into their assembly and starts shooting someone, these armed individuals can take actions immediately to bring that to a stop.”
The church deputies must meet the same minimum qualifications as a full-time deputy sheriff – complete with a background check and training each year.
But they are not required to attend a police academy.
Churches must appoint a well-known, regular attending member, meet 501 c-3 requirments and have a physical location for at least 12 months with an attendance of at least 50 people.
Church secretary Brenda Howell says, “I think everyone has gotten to the point where they know they need to watch what other people are doing around them and I think no one is exempt from this including the church.”
Howell has been a church secretary for 16 years.
She says her church already has some safety precautions in place, like locked entrance doors.
Personally, she thinks the new program could work in some situations.
Others question the practicality of the program.
Reed Shell/Senior Pastor, Broad Street Methodist Church ask, “We have many people in the building, many entrances to accomidate our various entries of parking. Where will you intercept someone who comes in with the intention to do harm?”
Sheriff Gobble admits the program is not for every church.
For more information or to obtain an application packet, click here. Go to the “Volunteer Programs” section. Or call the BCSO at 423-728-7300.
Men say they were wrongly searched at casino http://www.privateofficer.com
SHELBYVILLE, Ind. Aug. 4 2008 — Two Indianapolis men claimed they were searched and detained for no reason at a Shelbyville casino Sunday after a bartender suspected they tried to pass off a counterfeit bill.
Barry Byrum and Trent Spaulding told 6News’ Jack Rinehart they were at the Indiana Live! casino Sunday when they tried to pay for drinks using a $20 bill.
The men said the bartender told them he thought the bill was counterfeit and refused to accept it. That’s when casino security got involved.
The security’s walking up, didn’t say who they were or anything. They just walked up to me and said, ‘You got to come with me,’” Byrum said. “And I asked him what was going on, what did I do? And he said, ‘We’ll get into that later.’”
During the next 45 minutes, the men said they were held, searched and told they might be arrested.
The men said they thought the search was inappropriate.
“They made us empty our pockets. Then they did a complete pat down, [including] our crotch area,” Byrum said.
After that, the men said they were told that the state police had run the bill’s serial number and that it was in fact legal.
“At that point, the officers apologized to us for the inconvenience [and said] that everything was clear on our record,” Spaulding said. “As we were walking back in the casino, one of the officers pulled me aside and said, ‘You definitely need to file a complaint against the casino because that was uncalled for.’”
An attorney for the casino sent 6News a statement Thursday afternoon stating that no misconduct occurred during the search of Byrum and Spaulding.
“There is no evidence to suggest that the two Indiana Live! Casino security guards involved acted in a manner inconsistent with prescribed security protocols,” attorney Scott Dillion wrote. “Moreover, there is no evidence to suggest that Indiana Gaming Commission agents acted inappropriately.”
The two men said that they will not be going back to Indiana Live!, no matter what happens with their complaint.
“Talk about embarrassment, you know. It was just uncalled for,” Byrum said. “I will never go back there, whatever settlement I get. I will never go back there.”
Worker shoots and kills 2 at Simon-Shuster http://www.privateofficer.com
The victims worked for Simon & Schuster’s distribution center in Bristol, company spokesman Adam Rothberg said. The shooting happened around 3:30 p.m. during a shift change at the warehouse, which employs 125 full-time workers and is about 20 miles north of Philadelphia, Rothberg said.
The gunman was identified as Robert Diamond, 32, of Bristol Borough, Bucks County District Attorney Michelle Henry said. He surrendered at the scene without a fight, authorities said.
Diamond told authorities he drove around for an hour before arriving at the warehouse and shooting Angel Guadalupe, whom he did not know, as the temporary worker was leaving the site, Henry said.
Guadalupe, 46, fell out of his SUV and collapsed on the ground, at which point Diamond stood over him and kept firing, he told police.
He then spotted forklift operator Reginald Woodson, 52, of Willingboro, N.J., running toward the building and started firing, Henry said. Woodson, a 20-year employee and father of four, was shot in the back, she said.
Diamond told authorities he had been harassed by co-workers and was upset after getting a severe reprimand in March for calling a black co-worker “boy,” Henry said at a news conference.
Rothberg said the man who was arrested began working at the plant in 2002 and was fired in April for absenteeism.
Calls to Bristol police were not returned. A security guard who answered the phone at the warehouse declined to comment.
Two men charged with murder in the death of James Granville Stokes were arrested Thursday in New York City after nearly three months of eluding authorities, Roanoke police said.
The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested Joshua Michael Frazier, 19, and Hassin Alamin Hubbert, 25, both of Roanoke, said police spokeswoman Aisha Johnson.
Details about the arrest were unavailable Friday because calls to the U.S. Marshals Service in Roanoke and the New York City Police Department, which helped make the arrest, were not returned. It is also unknown where the men are being held and when they will be extradited to Roanoke.
Stokes, 29, of Roanoke was shot and killed May 10 in the 700 block of Hunt Avenue Northwest in front of Afton Gardens apartments.
In June, Frazier and Hubbert were each indicted by a grand jury on one count of murder and one count of using a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Roanoke Commonwealth’s Attorney Donald Caldwell could not be reached Friday but said in June that the investigation into Stokes’ death was continuing and more people could face charges. Police would only say Friday that the investigation is ongoing.
Stokes’ death has been linked to the assault on Officer Bryan Lawrence, who was seriously injured just hours after the homicide while attempting to make an arrest.
Soon after Stokes was killed, rumors circulated that a man named Kente Gilkes was connected to the shooting.
Gilkes may have been present when Stokes was shot, but authorities do not believe he took part in the killing, Caldwell has said.
However, two men who believed that Gilkes was involved in the killing are accused of assaulting his mother at the Go Mart in the 3500 block of Williamson Road Northwest just hours after the homicide, Caldwell has said.
Lawrence, who was off duty but working nearby as a security guard, heard about the incident at the Go Mart on his police radio. He spotted the two suspects and chased them. As Lawrence was trying to arrest one suspect, the other assaulted him, leaving him unconscious and paralyzed.
William Steele Jr., 18, of Roanoke was indicted in July by a grand jury on one count of aggravated malicious wounding of an officer. That charge carries a maximum possible punishment of life in prison, the same as a first-degree murder charge.
Dantonio T. Foster, 25, of Roanoke faces a malicious wounding charge stemming from the Go Mart incident.
Man impersonates police officer to get free gas http://www.privateofficer.com
Police said Michael Wurm, 26, claimed to be a police officer and promised gas station employees he would return to pay later on at least 10 occasions in May and June in the Chicago suburbs of Lincolnshire, Buffalo Grove, Naperville and Deerfield, according to all of the police reports that were made public on Friday.
Police in the Chicago metro area had been on the look out for the suspect and he was arrested July 24 after Illinois State Police stopped him for speeding on Interstate 55.
“He basically said he was down on his luck,” Lincolnshire police Detective John-Erik Anderson said. “His promotions were not bringing in a lot of dough.
The suspect who faces numerous theft and criminal impersonation charges was being held in DuPage County Jail.
Deputy sheriff attempts suicide after his arrest http://www.privateofficer.com
Detective Thomas John Sadler, 47, of Santee, was arrested at his home Thursday and charged with sexual battery by restraint, assault and battery by an officer, and false imprisonment by violence, menace, fraud or deceit, along with two counts of accessing a computer to defraud.
Sadler, who had been assigned to the agency’s Lemon Grove substation and was free on $250,000 bail, tried to commit suicide Friday and was in a hospital today, said sheriff’s Lt. Anthony Ray.
KFMB-TV reported that he tried to asphyxiate himself in a recreational vehicle on Dunbar Lane in the East County near Alpine.
According to a declaration filed in support of an arrest warrant, the prostitute, who is in her 20s, was sitting on a curb in the 3100 block of El Cajon Boulevard in the North Park area of San Diego when Sadler, driving his unmarked work vehicle, pulled up alongside her about 10:30 a.m. Feb. 6.
“As far as we know, he had no official business in that area,” said SDPD Capt. Jim Collins.
Sadler allegedly identified himself as a “sheriff’s officer,” forced the woman into the Ford Taurus and drove her to the 2800 block of Camino del Rio South, where he pulled over on the edge of a restaurant parking lot and forcefully fondled her.
Three witnesses called 911 to report what they took to be a kidnapping in progress, but Sadler fled before police arrived, according to the court filing.
The alleged victim and two witnesses later identified Sadler from a photo lineup, police said.
In addition to being arrested, Sadler was placed on unpaid leave pending the outcome of the case, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
He faces nearly seven years in prison if convicted of all the charges, and was scheduled to be arraigned next week.
Georgia security agents nab shoplifters http://www.privateofficer.com
On July 18, Officer Zachery Anderson arrived at Wal-Mart on 1025 Bullsboro Drive in reference to a shoplifting. When he arrived, he met with Maria Bridges and Roy Haning with Loss Prevention, who were in the back office with a man named Chad Coursey, age 20, of 1025 Bullsboro Drive, Newnan. Coursey was caught putting items in his pants before walking out of the store without paying. Coursey was placed under arrest for shoplifting and taken to the Coweta County Jail.
Security fence blamed for spike in violent crime http://www.privateofficer.com
“Some of the recent shootings are rumored to be a conflict between two local gangs,” said Jim Bostic, chairman of the City of Yonkers Violence & Gang Prevention Coalition.
Bostic was referring to the Schlobohm Houses on Schroeder Street, where the city’s Municipal Housing Authority installed a security fence and guard booths in September as part of a successful effort to force criminals and drug dealers out of the public housing complex.
Some businesses on or near Palisade Avenue say they have noticed more young men on the street this summer selling drugs, consuming alcohol and fighting on Palisade Avenue near its intersection with Elm and New School streets.
A manager of one establishment and an employee at another said the presence of so many hostile young men has hurt their businesses, and they wondered why the city has not cracked down. Yet the manager of another business near the June 9 shooting on Palisade Avenue said he had not noticed an increase in young men, though his business closes by 5 p.m. weekdays.
There were 13 shootings citywide between June 1 and July 29, police said. Three shootings occurred during the same period last year.
Lt. Thomas Cleary said that about five of the shootings in June and July were possibly gang-related. Cleary declined to comment on whether there is a current gang war or rivalry in Yonkers.
Cleary said it would be speculative to comment on whether the security fence at the Schlobohm Houses has contributed to this summer’s street violence.
Police confirmed that the Strip Boyz are a street gang with members who live in the Schlobohm Houses, and their graffiti appears on Palisade Avenue. It is unclear how many members the Strip Boyz have or how many of them live at the Schlobohm Houses.
Joseph Shuldiner, the housing authority’s executive director, said his staff does not keep track of gang members living in its developments. The housing authority intends to build another security fence around the Calcagno Houses on School Street, the reputed hangout of the Trap Stars gang.
“My job is to make public housing as safe as possible. In the case of Schlobohm this means keeping the bad guys who don’t live there out, and by extension making it more difficult for any bad guys who do live there to conduct business,” he wrote in an e-mail. “I expect that while some of the criminal activity may cease altogether, much of it will merely relocate.”
This summer, at least three young men associated with the Schlobohm housing complex on Schroeder Street have been victims of shootings or arrested in shooting investigations, according to police reports.
On June 28, two teens from Schroeder Street were shot at the White Castle parking lot at 257 S. Broadway. On July 7, police arrested Daiquan Henderson, 18, of 727 Schroeder St. in a shooting at 85 Riverdale Ave. that police said may have involved the Strip Boyz.
On Wednesday, the apartment buildings on Riverdale Avenue near City Hall were again the scene of violence when a drive-by shooter police said was gunning for two men accidentally hit a bystander at 79 Riverdale Ave.
In addition to shootings, police reported confrontations Monday on North Broadway between groups of young men that led to two stabbings and the shooting of a bystander. The stabbing victims were uncooperative with police.
Councilwoman Patricia McDow, D-1st District, represents the area around the Schlobohm Houses. She said she has not received calls from constituents about increased crime or a gang rivalry.
“The only thing I’ve heard from my constituents is more presence of homeless people being dumped in the community,” McDow said.
10 YR Old Causes Havoc On NC Roads http://www.privateofficer.com
Officers already on high alert because of the wrecks and the unwillingness of the driver to stop right away soon learned that this was not going to be any type of routine traffic stop. Police said as they approached the vehicle, they could tell that the driver was a bit young but couldn’t imagine that he was just 10 years old!
A police report says officers were following a car from Statesville Ave. near Sunset Rd. The driver pulled into a gas station at Beatties Ford Rd. and Interstate-85, where is was discovered that the driver was underage and obviously operating without a driver’s license.
Reports show the suspect struck three police cars, resulting in minor damage. The driver was taken into custody at the scene and later released to his parents.
The 10 year old will face charges in the incident police said.
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Police charge man with triple murder http://www.privateofficer.com
District man was arrested on murder charges yesterday in the May 31 slayings of three men who were killed in a fusillade of bullets in the city’s Trinidad area during an overnight surge of violence that left seven people dead in nine hours.
Of all the killings that night — from 9 p.m. May 30 to just after dawn the next day — the slayings of Duane Hough, Johnny Jeter and Anthony Mincey drew the most attention. The three were riding in Hough’s sport-utility vehicle about 4 a.m. when they were fired on at Florida Avenue and Holbrook Street NE.
After weeks of investigative work, police said, detectives arrested William McCorkle, 22, yesterday morning and charged him with three counts of first-degree murder. McCorkle, who had been living in the Trinidad area at different addresses, was jailed pending an initial court appearance tomorrow.
“The allegation right now is that it was a simple argument,” said Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier, referring to the motive in the killings.
She declined to elaborate on the dispute, which began at a BP gas station at Florida and Holbrook moments before the shootings, and would not say whether McCorkle was acquainted with the victims before the killings. She also declined to say whether police expect to make more arrests in the case.
“There’s a lot of information that we can’t reveal right now,” Lanier said. “But the bottom line is, it was an argument that led to . . . the taking of the lives of three people.”
At least 35 shots were fired at the three victims, police said at the time.
Hough, 37, a Persian Gulf War veteran and GS-12 information technology specialist at the Government Printing Office, died at the wheel of his GMC Yukon.
Mincey, 35, and Jeter, 24, scrambled out of the vehicle but were gunned down as they fled and died on the pavement. The two men, both developmentally disabled, had been virtually inseparable friends, relatives said. Mincey was an amateur rapper, and Jeter worked occasional odd jobs. Both got by on Social Security disability checks.
The night of violence began when D.C. police officers shot and killed a domestic-violence suspect in Trinidad who they said was wielding a small knife. Another man was shot in a gunfight outside his Southeast Washington apartment; another was fatally shot during a crap game near Union Station; and a 66-year-old man was found beaten to death in his car in the Edgewood section of Northeast.
Police arrested a suspect in the gunfight homicide shortly after it happened. The shooting at the crap game and the beating death remain open cases, authorities said.
The violence prompted police to set up checkpoints in Trinidad for six days, beginning June 7, to give the neighborhood a cooling off period and to keep out potential nonresident troublemakers.
Police set up Trinidad checkpoints again July 20 to 28 after another overnight spasm of violence in which six people, including a 13-year-old boy who was killed, were shot in the neighborhood.
“I’m not going to talk about connections or associations” between McCorkle and other violence in Trinidad, Lanier said.
“I will tell you . . . we have more people we are going to be taking down, taking off the street, who were responsible for the violence in Trinidad.
“It’s just a matter of time,” she said. “So anybody who’s out there who’s been involved in this violence, I encourage you to come forward before we come get you.”
Shoplifter charged after fight with security http://www.privateofficer.com
Police officers responding to a shoplifting call were told that the suspect was fighting with store security and trying to escape.
Branch was spotted by and officer and taken into custody and was charged with felony retail theft, resisting a peace officer and aggravated assault at 7:48 p.m. Thursday in the 1600 block of Orchard Gateway in North Aurora, the Kane County state’s attorney’s office said.
When police stopped Branch in the parking lot by blocking his vehicle with a squad car, he started the engine and went into reverse, then accelerated rapidly, prosecutors said. He was caught and subdued and taken into custody.
He was taken to the booking center and was being held under an appearance bond.
2 Arrested in off-duty deputy sheriff murder http://www.privateofficer.com
Police say Frederick Gaston III was passing through the area Saturday night on his way to complete his final two weeks of Army National Guard training in Virginia when he stopped at the Microtel Inn.
Shortly after he checked in, investigators say 17-year-old Tommy Dean Barnette Jr. and 16-year-old Rakeam Jamall Fleming approached the 50-year-old and shot him in the chest during an apparent robbery attempt. Gaston died at Gastonia Memorial Hospital a short time later.
Barnette was arrested at his home in Bessemer City early Sunday morning. Fleming was arrested after turning himself in. Barnette has a prior record, including felony charges of eluding arrest.
Investigators say an eye witness to the shooting and surveillance video from outside the motel is what helped them make the arrests.
The teens are expected to appear in court on monday.
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Man kills sons, shoots ex-wife and commits suicide http://www.privateofficer.com
Michael Lee Hill was supposed to be picking up his sons, 7-year-old Michael Anthony Hill and 10-year-old Richard Lawrence Hill, for a visit Saturday afternoon at his parents’ home in Perry, Police Chief George Potter said. Instead, the truck driver put headphones on the boys and shot them execution style in the back of the head, Potter said.
He then found his estranged wife, 30-year-old Bonnie Jean Hill, into the yard. He shot her three times in the back and leg before shooting himself in the head, Potter said.
Potter said Andrew Hill is in critical condition at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon. Bonnie Jean Hill has been released from the hospital.
She told The Telegraph of Macon that her sons “were so smart and so funny and so cute.”
“They has such charisma,” she said Sunday as she sat at an apartment complex a few doors from the scene of the grisly shooting.
Police said Bonnie Jean Hill and her husband were in the middle of a divorce but were unsure how long the couple had been separated. The family had no history of run-ins with police, Potter said.
Bonnie Jean Hill said her husband had threatened the family once before when he was unemployed and going through bankruptcy. But she said she thought that was in the past and that “everything was going to be all right.”
Her sons would have entered fifth- and first-grade at Tucker Elementary this month.