Houston security officer killed at nightclub http://www.privateofficer.com
Police say that few details are available but that they know that the security officer got into a fight with a man in the bar parking lot on S. Post Oak at W. Ridgecreek around 3:30am.
Some witnesses say he ran off on foot while others say that he got into a car and hit an innocent person crossing the street and kept going. That victim is now in critical condition.
Investigators say that it is a very active investigation and that they have not released the name of the security officer because they are trying to notify the next of kin.
High school teacher arrested in internet predator sting http://www.privateofficer.com
An undercover investigation by agents from Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett’s office, assisted by Mt. Lebanon Police netted numerous arrests including that of a high school teacher.
Mt. Lebanon High School chemistry teacher Nick Salvo, 34, has been arrested by police in connection with a state sting on Internet child predators.
According to the state agents, he is accused of sending an undercover officer, who identified herself in an online teen chat room as a 14-year-old girl, webcam images exposing himself and performing sex acts.
According to the arresting agent, Salvo wrote he was watching porn online.The agent wrote she was 14, but allegedly that did not bother Salvo, who allegedly proceeded to engage in perverse dialogue with the officer/decoy and send her nude webcam images of himself. Computers from his home were seized by police and will be sent to the forensics unit for examination.
In another teen Web site, Salvo allegedly posted a message which asked, “Are there any hot girls here for an older, sexy man,” and expressing a desire to send nude webcam videos to any girl who responded.
Savo was taken into custody and was being held pending a bond release.
Parking violation leads to felony shoplifting arrests http://www.privateofficer.com
Chrystena O. Young, 38, and Reginald K. Colzie Jr., 31, both of the 100 block of South Sixth Street, drew the attention of police when Young parked in a fire zone about 2 p.m. outside Wal-Mart in the township, Pohatcong police Detective Sgt. Scott Robb said. An officer noticed numerous items of merchandise in the car.
“Through an investigation the individuals had no receipts to provide for that merchandise,” Robb said.
An inventory turned up a vacuum cleaner taken from Boscov’s at the Whitehall Mall; a DVD home theater and two prepaid cell phones from the Wal-Mart; clothing from JCPenney in the Lehigh Valley Mall; three pair of scissors from Sally Beauty Supply in the Pohatcong Plaza; and three DVDs from ShopRite in Greenwich Township.
Young posted a court-allowed 10 percent of $25,000 bail, officials said. Colzie remained in custody in lieu of $75,000 bail, according to court records.
Police and the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office seized Young’s car pending disposition of the case in court.
Mall shopper gunned down, 2 arrested http://www.privateofficer.com
The victim’s name has not been released, pending notification of next of kin.
Hayward Police Capt. Darryl McAllister said witnesses called police shortly before 4 p.m. describing a chase across a parking lot at Southland. Witnesses said two men, one apparently armed with a pistol, chased the victim into the Game Stop store, which is in a retail complex just north of the mall.
“Witnesses said at least one of the two men followed the victim into the Game Stop store where he shot the victim as he lay on the floor,” McAllister said. No one else in the store was injured, he said.
Police arrived moments later and found the victim with a gunshot wound to the head. He was later pronounced dead at Highland Hospital, McAllister said.
Officers rushing to the murder scene arrested two men, both 19 years old and from the East Bay, who reportedly had just run from the store and were fleeing through an adjacent parking lot of a nearby bank, he said. McAllister said witnesses identified them as the two chasing the victim. They have been booked on suspicion of murder, he said.
Police have scheduled a briefing for later this morning. McAllister, in a news release, said the victim and a young woman, 17, and another 20-year-old man were in a group involved in a confrontation at the mall, which culminated in the chase and fatal shooting.
A handgun was also recovered at the scene after witnesses told authorities they saw the men dump the handgun in nearby bushes.
Police still have no motive and are continuing to investigate.
Southland Drive off Winton Avenue was blocked off, causing major traffic delays, and area stores near GameStop were locked down while police investigated the scene.
Mall officials said the shooting gives them an opportunity to look at their safety measures and make changes where needed. “It is an unfortunate situation, but safety is our number-one priority for our customers even on quiet days,” said mall spokesman David Kreating.
Despite Thursday’s incidents, police maintain the mall is still a safe place.
“Sometimes people bring in greater issues and concerns other than shopping,” McAllister said. “This easily could have happened at any other mall or place.”
Thursday’s shooting was the second to occur at the mall this year. On May 18, Lumont Otis of Oakland was fatally shot in front of Shiekh Shoes after an argument with his attacker inside the store.
The shooting followed an attempted bank robbery at the mall earlier in the day. Police said a good Samaritan foiled the would-be robber and chased him into a nearby residential neighborhood.
The attempted bank robbery took place about 1:30 p.m. at the Washington Mutual, 24333 Southland Drive – next door to GameStop -police Sgt. Steve Brown said.
The would-be bandit leaped over the counter and ran into a vault before a citizen intervened.
Police said they believed the shooting and attempted bank robbery were unrelated.
Armored car guard arrested for thefts http://www.privateofficer.com
A Queens armored car guard stole more than $40,000 from bank deposit bags by using a piece of wire to fish out the cash – one bill at a time, prosecutors said.
Toemirin Wongsonadi, 56, of Jamaica took advantage of his day job hauling bags of money from Queens businesses to the central safe for Dunbar Armored, prosecutors said.
Wongsonadi would poke a handmade wire tool into bags of cash, wrap a $20, $50, or $100 bill around it, and yank the money from the bags before putting them into the company’s main safe, authorities said.
The scheme which authorities say ran from Sept. 22, 2007, through Aug. 10 – until Dunbar officials caught on to the repeated discrepancy between the amount listed on deposit slips from clients, such as Foot Locker, Rent-A-Center and Sprint, and the amount of money inside the safe.
Wongsonadi was arrested on Tuesday and was found with $700 in rolled-up cash in his shirt and pants pockets and another $500 in his wallet, prosecutors said. He allegedly confessed to skimming the bills from his Rent-A-Center route that day.
The alleged scam pales in comparison to the 1997 armed robbery of Dunbar Armored’s Los Angeles depot, which netted a whopping $18.9 million, the nation’s biggest armed robbery in history at the time. The mastermind, Allen Pace III, was a former employee who’s now serving a 25-year stint in prison.
Wongsonadi was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court Wednesday night on charges of grand larceny and possession of burglar’s tools, and could face up to seven years in prison if convicted.
He is being held on $15,000 bail and is due back in court Sept. 3.
2 Arrested for shoplifting, guns and drugs http://www.privateofficer.com
Officers who responded to the complaint from loss prevention agents at Meijer on U.S. 131 at around 7 p.m. Tuesday arrested a 27-year-old woman and 25-year-old man, according the Three Rivers Police Department.
While talking to the two suspects into custody, officers became suspicious of the suspects’ truck and found meth-making components inside it, Detective Mike Mohney said. Police also found stolen driver’s licenses and Social Security cards upon searching the female suspect, he said.
On Wednesday, Three Rivers officers, along with Michigan State Police from White Pigeon searched the couple’s home in the 67000 block of Crooked Creek Road and discovered guns, finished methamphetamine, an active meth lab and marijuana, according to police.
The pair face charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, felony firearm possession and retail fraud. They were being held without bond Wednesday at the St. Joseph County Jail.
Camp counselor charged with sex crimes with children http://www.privateofficer.com
A Hermitage man who was suspended from his job teaching music in 2003 because of a Web site he posted has lost his job at Westminster College following allegations that he secretly filmed sex acts by four boys and was later arrested by police.
Daniel Konnen, 29, was arrested earlier this month at Camp Eagle Hill in Elizaville, N.Y., about 95 miles north of New York City, according to the Associated Press.
State Police Investigator William Popow said Konnen is accused of encouraging campers to masturbate in his room and then secretly recording them.
Konnen was head camp counselor at Camp Eagle Hill in Elizaville, reported the Daily Freeman of Kingston, N.Y.
The camp ran June 29 to Aug. 16 and hosted 250 campers age 6 to 16, the Freeman said. The camp director asked police to investigate Konnen, according to a news report but it didn’t say what led to this. Konnen was then interviewed Aug. 8 and arrested, the Freeman said.
He’s charged with promoting the sexual performance of a child, possessing a sexual performance by a child under 16 and endangering the welfare of a child.
Konnen had worked for the camp for several years, the Freeman said.
Konnen was released from custody with a notice to appear for a future court date. The Columbia County District Attorney told the Freeman he is preparing to present the case to a grand jury.
“He is no longer employed at Westminster College,” spokesman Mark A. Meighen said Friday.
Konnen had a nine-month contract that ended in May, and his resignation was effective Friday.
Konnen was a Grove City music teacher and assistant band director when school officials discovered a Web site he had created as a Grove City College student.
The Web site contained pictures of Konnen and friends at a Hickory High School band camp, a list of favorite songs, a scene from “South Park” and off-color jokes. Grove City School Board suspended Konnen in March 2003 for “immorality, incompetence, intemperance and persistent negligence.”
Shoplifter says he was stealing wedding gift for fiancee http://www.privateofficer.com
On the way to jail, he apologized for the way he acted and said he entered the store with the intention of stealing a wedding present for his fiancee, the report stated.
Husband kills wife as children watch http://www.privateofficer.com
“It just was shocking and [we] didn’t know what to do except just love on the girls as much as we could,” said Clayton.
12-year-old Paige and 7-year-old Jordan were in the kitchen with their parents. Soon, they were yelling over the fence for help.
“The older daughter was already on the phone with 911 and she told me ‘Ms. Julie, my daddy just shot my mommy and shot himself’,” said Clayton.
Larry Rimmer, 40, shot and killed his 37-year-old wife, Heather. Larry had a lawn maintenance service. Mrs. Rimmer was a beloved third grade teacher at South McKleen Elementary School.
“We’ve been neighbors for over five years and our girls played with their girls many a days, so it’s been tough,” said Clayton.
“Kids love her. They always have. She even taught my daughter,” said School Superintendant Harold Maready. “She wanted to make sure all of her kids learned, so she would make games, she would decorate her room. The environment in her room was just wonderful.”
The loss will be especially difficult for the school because both of the daugthers, Jordan and Paige, also attend South McKeel.
“It’s going to be devastating Monday. This is the second year that we’ve lost a teacher at the beginning of the year,” said Maready.
Last year, the band teacher died from an overdose. Counselors will be at the school on Monday to help both staff and students cope with the tragic loss. Meanwhile, neighbors say that the two girls are staying with their grandmother.
Teenager arrested for running down security officer http://www.privateofficer.com
Police spokeswoman Elizabeth Daly-Watts said Michael Baker, 17, drove his car toward a security officer in the Hilton hotel parking lot early Saturday morning and tried to hit Mark Dodani who jumped to avoid being hit.
Baker then crashed the car into a wall and left the scene before investigators arrived at the hotel.
Witnesses were able to provide police with information about the vehicle and police were able to track down Baker who was taken into custody and charged with aggravated assault with a vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage.
Baker was in custody pending a bail arraignment.
Bar security captures purse thief http://www.privateofficer.com
A nightclub security person at Broadway Louie’s bar at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, caught a man who took a purse from a different bar in the area.
Joshua Cain, 23, of Medina, OH, walked into Broadway Louie’s holding a purse and walked directly to the bathroom of the bar.
The bouncer detained Cain, called Broadway at the Beach security and the man was arrested. According to a Myrtle Beach police report, Cain admitted that he took the purse from a chair at Senor Frogs.
Police called numbers from a cell phone in the purse and were able to locate its owner, who came to the office and verified that nothing had been taken from the purse.
Burglar practices safe sex http://www.privateofficer.com
Police say that they have charged the man, 37-year-old John R. Herdmann after he repeatedly rammed his sport utility vehicle into the front door of a convenience store early Thursday morning, ran inside and then stole two packs of Trojan condoms.
Herdmann was gone by the time police arrived, but police were able to track him down a short time later hiding in some bushes. Police identified him as the man who broke into the store using surveillance footage.
Herdmann was arrested and charged with commercial burglary and petty theft. He was released on $5,250 bail.