MOAB, Utah Aug 23 2008 - A twin-engine plane crashed near an airport not far from Arches National Park in southeastern Utah, killing all 10 people on board, an official said Saturday.
The plane was fully engulfed in flames when emergency responders arrived late Friday at the site about two miles from the Canyonlands Field airport, and there were no survivors, Grand County Sheriff James Nyland said.
Nyland said the plane had taken off from the airport, about 18 miles northwest of Moab.
“It skidded along the desert out there,” he said.
Representatives of the National Transportation Safety Board were expected at the scene Saturday, officials said.
Nyland said the victims were the founder of a dermatology clinic, members of his staff and the pilot, all from Cedar City in southwestern Utah.
He identified them as pilot David White; Lansing Ellsworth; David Goddard; Mandy Johnson; Marcie Tillery, 29; Valerie Imlay, 52; Keith Shumway, 29; Dallon Ellsworth, 24; Camie Vigil, 25; and Cecilee Goddard, 25.
Lansing Ellsworth had recently started a monthly skin clinic in Moab, Nyland said. Red Canyon Aesthetics has seven clinics in Utah, two in Nevada and one in Page, Arizona, according to the company’s Web site.
The airplane was owned by Leavitt Group Wings, part of the Cedar City-based Leavitt Group, an insurance brokerage. The dermatology group had a time-share agreement with Leavitt Group for use of the plane, said chief executive officer Dane Leavitt.
The group’s clinics focused on preventing and treating skin cancer in smaller communities that might otherwise go without care, Leavitt said. “I’m sure the tragedy of this circumstance will hit all of those communities,” he said.
He said they left Cedar City on Friday morning to spend the day at their clinic in Moab, and were likely starting their return flight when the plane crashed.
The pilot was an employee of Leavitt Group Wings, Leavitt said.
Moab is about 245 miles southeast of Salt Lake City.
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Shoplifters Kidnap Store Employee http://www.privateofficer.com
Pascagoula police Capt. Shannon J. Broom said that the two woman had hit several stores along with a teenager stealing large amounts of merchandise before they could be caught.
Police have identified those arrested as Gwendolyn Deanne Baky 32, of Saraland and Tiffany Michelle Mclaren-Anderson, 19, of Theodore Alabama.
Broom said today in a news release that each was charged felony shoplifting, kidnapping and directing or causing a felony to be committed by a person under the age of 17.
According to Broom, three woman stole about $1,500 worth of merchandise at the Ocean Springs Wal-Mart and continued the spree at the Pascagoula store.
At the Pascagoula MS. Wal-Mart, store security agents tried to stop the women as they were fleeing from the store, Broom said.
The women aggressively fought store personnel and refused to be apprehended and was again able to escape capture Broom said.
Two of the women got in a van and tried to leave the store’s parking lot, the police captain said. At this point police said a store employee, who was not identified, struggled with them and ended up inside the van and that’s when they drove off with the employee still inside the vehicle police said.
“The women drove off with the employee in the van ,” Broom said. “The employee was hit and kicked repeatedly while in the van and the women refused to stop and allow the employee to get out of the van. The employee was able to escape by jumping out of the van as the driver slowed to make a turn.”
Police from two states and numerous agencies were able to locate the suspects and took them into custody. The suspects remain in custody pending a court hearing.
Kentucky police arrest two for shoplifting spree http://www.privateofficer.com
The city police said that two people face charges for stealing from several Lexington stores after officers caught up with them.
Police investigators say that the shoplifters who made the rounds to many area stores hit at least six stores Tuesday at Hamburg Pavilion.
Police have identified the two people charged with felony theft as 20-year-old Darren Butler and 19-year-old Tara Hill.
Police say a man and a woman are behind bars facing felony theft charges, but employees say the shoplifting problem overall is growing and doesn’t end there. They say there has been a recent spike in shoplifting at the Hamburg Pavilion.
“There was stuff all over the place,” says Beverly Dalton, a shopper. “It’s pretty wild people can be that bold.”
Clothes and accessories were all gathered on top of the suspects’ car, with sales associates coming one by one picking up items taken from their store.
Some are hoping stores will heighten security to keep thieves from coming back.
Hill also faces drug charges but police did not say what type of drugs that she had.
Indianapolis police officer arrested for on duty rape http://www.privateofficer.com
Investigators said it happened on the east side last Friday.
Officer Anthony Smith is facing seven felonies including rape and sexual misconduct. The Marion County prosecutor said Smith is the tenth metro police officer to be charged in the past four months.
Investigators said former police officer Anthony Smith first made contact with the victim at a gas station on 21st and Emerson. Smith told the victim she had pretty teeth. The victim left and drove toward I-70. That’s when police said Smith pulled her over for an outstanding warrant.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Smith told the victim he could lock her up, but wouldn’t if she rode with him on a few runs.
“This officer used his authority, his position to satisfy his own selfish desires rather than protect someone who needed protection,” said Chief Michael Spears of the Indianapolis Metro Police Department.
Investigators said Smith eventually took the victim to his “spot” in an east side industrial park where he allegedly raped her.
“I’m sickened by his conduct. Literally sickened,” said Chief Spears.
Police said they didn’t find the used condom at Smith’s spot, but they did find unused condoms in his trunk. Police are also trying to figure out if Smith has brought other victims to his spot in the past.
“We will continue to look at other traffic stops he’s made in the past,” said Chief Spears.
Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi said, “The alleged conduct is egregious and Officer Smith is not above the law.”
The prosecutor said Smith admitted to having sex with the victim in his police car, but claims it was consensual. The chief dismissed him from the force on Monday.
In wake of the recent arrests with in the metro police department, the prosecutor’s office has set up the Justice Integrity Hotline at (317) 327-5437. The prosecutor said it’ll allow people to report misconduct without going to the police.
Assailant sentenced to prison for security officer assault http://www.privateofficer.com
Nogbou was convicted after a four-day trial in January of punching a security officer in the eye on his way into the courthouse.
He had set off the walk-through metal detector alarm and the officer was using a hand-held metal detector that also went off just before the defendant punched him, according to a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York’s Office.
Nogbou was arrested and charged with felony assault on an officer.
Forgery suspect hits security officer with car http://www.privateofficer.com
Police say that Oakland resident Monisha Sparks could face charges of assault with a deadly weapon and a host of other charges, including forgery, when she is arraigned today at the Fremont Hall of Justice in connection with a Wednesday evening case at Lucky on Mowry Avenue.
Police said Sparks was at the grocery store about 5 p.m. when she tried to pass a forged travelers check, one supposedly drawn on the same account being investigated with a similar incident in recent weeks, said Fremont police Detective Bill Veteran.
When the cashier went to notify store security security agents, who ironically were in the middle of investigating the earlier forgery case — the woman ran out of the store and got into a red 2008 Toyota Corolla, Veteran said.
Security guards followed her. As they tried to coax the woman from her vehicle through her open driver’s door, Sparks put the car into reverse and the door hit the security guard, Veteran said, recounting what’s written in the police report.
The security officer was knocked to the ground and later was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries.
The woman then continued to ram a parked car nearby as she tried to flee before police arrived.
The store manager tried to grab the keys from the ignition, but gave up when the driver tried to bite him on the hand, Veteran said.
Another person eventually removed the keys before officers arrived and arrested the woman.
Police said another woman fled the scene before officers arrived. She is not being sought for any crimes, they said.
Gunshots lead to police officers arrest for drugs http://www.privateofficer.com
Christine Suskevich fired a .32-caliber automatic gun inside the Key West residence where she and Cape Coral police Officer Curt Suskevich were staying, according to an arrest report by Key West police.
Denver to use warehouse as jail during DNC http://www.privateofficer.com
There won’t be razor wire, but anyone arrested during the Democratic National Convention will be held in locked chain-link cells in an old warehouse.
The Denver County Sheriff’s Office unveiled the facility Wednesday, saying it was designed to mimic the functions of a real jail.
The good news: There will be air conditioning.
The bad news: 20 people to an 18-by-18-foot holding cell.
“When people come into our custody, we have an obligation to protect the people that do come in from each other, to protect the community from escape, so that’s why the security is important,” Undersheriff Bill Lovingier said. “This has to run just like a bricks- and-mortar jail might.”
The Temporary Arrestee Processing Center will open Sunday and remain operational until Aug. 31.
Initially, officials had planned to top the cells with razor wire. But that was changed to chain-link in response to community concerns, Lovingier said during a media tour of the facility northeast of downtown in the Clayton neighborhood.
Sheriff’s Capt. Frank Gale said officials don’t believe there will be widespread arrests during the DNC, but “we have to plan in case we would need it.”
“No one’s going to be here more than a few hours,” he said.
Activists have decried the facility, calling it “Gitmo on the Platte,” a reference to the American detention camp for suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Similar comparisons were made in 2004 when New York City opened a temporary processing center during the Republican National Convention. That facility at Pier 57, off the Hudson River, housed about 1,800 arrestees.
At the Democratic National Convention in Boston that year, six arrests were made at convention-related events, according to The Washington Post.
Denver’s facility will be able to process 60 people an hour. It can hold 400.
But it will house more than just those arrested during the convention. Anyone arrested on the east side of the city during the DNC will be processed at the facility, Lovingier said.
“The purpose of that is so everybody that is arrested in Denver that week is treated the same,” he said.
The exception is those arrested for felonies and domestic violence. They will continue to be booked at the city jail downtown.
At the temporary processing center, those arrested will be photographed, fingerprinted and provided medical care and telephones. There also are stations where people can post bond.
“Our goal is to get them through here quickly and to the courthouse, where they will have access to lawyers,” Lovingier said.
Arrestees who post bond will be taken to the city jail for release.
The holding cells will contain 20 chairs each, with water and food available. There will be 23 portable toilets inside and two more outside.
Signs throughout the facility warn inmates not to touch or climb on the chain-link fencing. Other signs say that electric stun devices are used.
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Indecent exposure charges lodged against man for third time http://www.privateofficer.com
A Jackson man has been charged with indecent exposure for the third time and may face up to a year in jail
About 6 p.m. Tuesday, a man approached two women visiting relatives at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, according to a press release from the Jackson Police Department. The women were sitting at a picnic table in the smoking area.
The man exposed his genitals to the women several times and left the area after one of the women told him to put some clothes on, the release said. The man was confronted by hospital security before he left in a car.
Around 10:45 p.m. Wednesday, police arrested Aaron Dewayne Mays on Highland Avenue on a charge of drunken driving.
During an investigation between Jackson police and hospital security, Mays was identified as the man who had exposed himself to the women, the release said.
Mays also was charged with his fifth offense of driving under the influence; his fourth offense of driving on a revoked license, no proof of insurance and violation of the registration law.
He was arraigned Thursday on the driving offenses, with a bond of $10,000. His court date for the driving offenses is Aug. 26 at 9:30 a.m.
Mays will be arraigned at 8 a.m. today on the indecent exposure charge in Jackson City Court.
A third offense of indecent exposure is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of 11 months and 29 days in jail and/or a $1,500 fine.
Mays was convicted of indecent exposure in Jackson in February 1991 and November 1999, the press release said.
Retired police officer arrested for bank robbery http://www.privateofficer.com
Vincent Cantu, 44, of Whittier was arrested Friday following a robbery at Banco Popular in La Habra
FBI officials said they are investigating Cantu further because the “Polite Bandit” also robbed other branches of the same bank, including the Banco Popular in La Mirada in May and August 2006, and the Banco Popular in Hacienda Heights in November 2006.
“There’s some similarities in the M.O. and the fact that he was robbing a Banco Popular,” said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.
Witnesses came up with the name “Polite Bandit” because they said the robber apologized to bank tellers, thanked them and said he was only trying to feed his children.
La Habra police spokeswoman Cindy Knapp said Friday’s robbery suspect “was polite and he did have a gun.”
Cantu, an eight-year veteran of the Pasadena Police Department, retired in 1996, department spokeswoman Janet Pope Givens said.
He was taken into custody Friday after police spotted him driving away from the bank, Knapp said. It’s not clear whether cash was recovered from Cantu’s car, Knapp said. No one was injured during the robbery and arrest.
Cantu was arrested on suspicion of robbery and released from an Orange County jail Saturday after posting bond, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said.
Five men murdered in Shelby County Alabama http://www.privateofficer.com
Police discovered the bodies around 6 p.m. at Cahaba Lakes Apartments, behind Home Depot off U.S. 280.
Shelby County Sheriff Chris Curry said that the five were found in the living room area and that their throats had been slashed.
Three of the victims have been identified as Ezequiel Rebollar-Perrban, 23; Jaime Echeverria, 30; and Armando Lopez, 20-30.
Sheriff Chris Curry made an appeal to the Hispanic community for help with this investigation.
“If anyone knows anything about this horrible crime, please contact the Sheriff’s Office through one of the methods below,” Curry said. “Arrangements can be made to have Spanish speaking investigators talk with you.”
Autopsy reports show four of the five men died from lacerations to the throat. A preliminary report on the fifth man, as well as toxicology reports on all five victims, are still pending.
The sheriff’s office received a call around 5 p.m. from someone who had been trying to reach a friend at Cahaba Lakes.
When deputies arrived, no one answered the door. Officers also had trouble getting into the locked apartment after a key provided by the complex didn’t work.
After officers did get in, they found the men dead on the living room floor.
“Something of this magnitude is horrific,” said Curry. “Any agency that has to deal with this many deaths … it’s difficult.”
Numerous agencies, including the sheriff’s office, Alabama State Troopers, U.S. Marshals and the FBI are on the scene. Hoover and Pelham police departments are there too and are helping answer other sheriff’s office calls Wednesday night.
Until the investigation is complete, access to Buckhorn Cove will be restricted, Curry said. Only residents are being allowed into the apartments.
“We don’t want to leave a stone unturned,” Curry said.
Sheriff’s investigators and other law enforcement agents are continuing to follow every lead and collect evidence in this case. A search warrant was executed at a residence in the 2000 block of Valleydale Road yesterday and several vehicles were seized.
Gov. Bob Riley is now offering a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to the capture and conviction of the people who killed five men at an Inverness apartment Wednesday.
Anyone with information about this crime can contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office directly at 669-4181, through the Secret Witness line at 669-9116 or report information online at http://www.shelbyso.com by clicking the “Report Criminal Activity” link
A separate , Spanish tip line, 1 (877) 298-3220, has also been set up.