Bass Pro security reels in shoplifters http://www.privateofficer.com
Bass Pro Shops’ hooked two people who allegedly tried to reel in merchandise valued at $63.79.
Assault complaint filed against Birmingham school resource officer http://www.privateofficer.com
Authorities in Birmingham are investigating a mother’s claims that her son was unlawfully hit in the face by a police officer, while at school.
Angeline Cockrell is a parent of a 15-year old Wenonah High School student and recently she made some claims that her child was struck by a baton on school property by a Birmingham “School Resource Officer” for something he didn’t do.
Cockrell says, “I feel like my child was wrongfully done. I don’t feel like no child should be done like that.”
Her son is now facing disciplinary punishment for the incident. So Cockrell has joined forces with the Citizens For Better Schools to ask for justice.
Ronald Jackson says, “The incident was over a simple cell phone that the student did not possess. The police officer who struck the student in the eye had no right to.”
Both Cockrell and Jackson claim the episode would not have occurred if Wenonah High School was more organized during the first few days of school, they say the incident occurred while student were waiting on their schedules to be prepared.
The officer is, a Birmingham police officer is now being investigated by his department and the Board of Education.. Neither department had any comment on any pending litigation.
Cockrell says, “I have to do this for my child another students so this kind of thing doesn’t happen again.”
Security officer confronts, shoots robbery suspect http://www.privateofficer.com
LAPD did not release the name of the security officer involved but said that he was not injured during the incident.
Security assaulted, drug arrests at Allman concert http://www.privateofficer.com
Ontario County Sheriff’s deputies arrested five people on charges of disorderly conduct and marijuana possession during the Allman Brothers concert festivities Friday night at Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center.
Ryan Arthur Clarke, 31, of Canandaigua, charged with disorderly conduct and harassment for using profanity and punching a security officer.
David Henry Mason, 19, of Rochester, charged with possession of marijuana.
Christopher Michael Wisniewski, 22, of Hamburg, Erie County, charged with possession of marijuana.
Abraham Frances Isaac, 26, of Columbia, South Carolina, charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Texas schools track truants with GPS http://www.privateofficer.com
Court authorities here will be able to track students with a history of skipping school under a new program requiring them to wear ankle bracelets using satellite technology.
Investigation of murder of 5 men continues in Alabama http://www.privateofficer.com
Authorities in North Shelby County still don’t know who is responsible for one of the bloodiest crimes in Shelby County history.
Sheriff deputies found five Hispanic men dead on August 20 at the Cahaba Lakes apartments, off U.S. 280 behind Home Depot.
Deputies responded to the apartment after a friend had called saying that they had not heard from one of the men and was very worried. Deputies decided to enter the unit when no one answered the door and that’s when they found the men dead on the living room floor.
The men’s throats were slashed, and they were bound with tape or some other adhesive, Sheriff Chris Curry said.
Three of the victims have been identified: Ezequiel Rebollar-Perrban, 23; Jaime Echeverria, 30; and Armando Lopez, 20 to 30 years old.
Investigators know who the other two men are but won’t release names until the coroner’s office confirms identities and contacts relatives.
In the meantime, officers for dozens of local, state and federal agencies continue to work the case.
“We have been working very hard to follow every lead, every piece of evidence,” said Curry. “I’d like to be able to give you a car description, a tag number and maybe even a height, weight and hair color … but we have absolutely no suspect information.”
“Something of this magnitude is horrific,” Curry said. “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 worked from the scene the first 48 hours.
So far, we have no suspects, no motives, no reasons for these slayings Curry said.
Investigators still must piece together key facts, like when the men died and how they are connected. Investigators aren’t sure if the murders happened in the apartment or at another location. Forensics still has yet to determine that.
“We have to look at that really hard,” said Curry. “That’s one of the major questions we’re dealing with.”
The sheriff’s office is waiting for more conclusive autopsies from the Alabama Department of Forensic Science. Those reports should say what day the men died and whether they had any drugs or alcohol in their systems.
Deputies found no weapon at the scene, and none of the men had any form of identification an investigator said. A search of the complex and other areas has not turned up any weapon yet either.
At least three of the victims were identified when their fingerprints turned up in a database. Curry wouldn’t say if any of the victims had a criminal record.
Investigators continue to follow leads in the case. Agents searched a home in the 2000 block of Valleydale Road on Thursday.
They towed away three vehicles, including a truck believed to have belonged to one of the victims.
A spokeswoman for Cahaba Lakes said apartment mangers are encouraged by “the progress being made be the law enforcement agencies.”
The sheriff’s office is reaching out to the public, hoping to get information to crack the case.
“This is an anomaly in Shelby County,” said Curry. “Does the general public need to panic? No. Do they need to be concerned? Yes.”
The management of the Cahaba Lakes apartments said that although this is a horrific situation, it is isolated and does not reflect on the security of the complex.
Anyone with information should call the sheriff’s office at 669-4181 or through a secret witness line at 669-9116. Info can also be reported online at http://www.shelbyso.com.
Tips may be left in either English or Spanish and will remain anonymous.
A separate, Spanish-only line will be answered 24/7. That number is 1 (877) 298-3220.
A $30,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the murders.
Former Cub Scout Accused Of Child Molestation http://www.privateofficer.com
Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said five more children have come forward claiming they were abused by 44-year-old Harry Brett Taylor.
Porter said the number of alleged victims is now at 15 and they believe that there are still others who are expected to come forward as the investigation continues.
This is still an active investigation and we are still interveiwing others an officer said.
One of the alleged incidents took place during a sleepover with Taylor’s children at a residence in the 1700 block of Bergen Ct in Lawrenceville.
The two children knew each other through Cub Scouts where the suspect was their Cub Scout leader.
Authorities said the victim stated that sometime during the night, Taylor touched his genital area. The victim also stated that the suspect had photographed him while he was drying off and undressing after exiting their swimming pool.
During the investigation, authorities said they learned that the Taylor had been molesting another family member for over an extended period of time.
Authorities said Taylor has been on Gwinnett County’s library board since January 2006.
Taylor was arrested in July. He remains in the Gwinnett County jail without bond.
High end grocery shoplifters sell stolen items http://www.privateofficer.com
One of two men captured in surveillance photos repeatedly shoplifting high-end groceries from two Acme Markets in Bucks and Montgomery Counties was in jail Friday, police said.
Filice said they have not received any information or tips about the identity of a second man. Sometimes, a woman with long, blond hair accompanied them, but Filice said she has not been identified either.
Armed man and hostage killed during standoff http://www.privateofficer.com
A police standoff involving an armed man and a hostage, who was a teacher at the Beauvoir School in the District and apparently his estranged girlfriend, ended with the two of them fatally shot in her Montgomery Village home this weekend, Montgomery County police said yesterday.
Officials described a tense and confused scene with multiple shots fired and said it was unclear whether the fatal shots were fired from the assailant’s handgun or by one or both of the two police officers who went to the home in the 9400 block of Vineyard Haven Drive.
“We are still awaiting results of the medical examiner autopsy to see exactly what happened,” said Lt. Paul Starks, a police spokesman. At least one officer opened fire, he said. “The man was armed with a gun and holding a woman against her will. As the officers were attempting to calm the man, shots were fired.”
Police did not say how long the confrontation lasted.
The assailant was identified as Michael K. Wilson of Hagerstown, a private security guard employed by Washington National Cathedral in Northwest Washington. The woman, who had recently purchased the house on Vineyard Haven, was identified as Catherine Brown, a first-grade teacher at the Beauvoir School, an elementary school on the cathedral grounds. Brown was to have begun her second year at the school tomorrow.
Beauvoir was one of the facilities Wilson patrolled, according to cathedral officials, along with St. Albans School for Boys and the National Cathedral School for Girls.
“He’s been a highly regarded employee of our police department for about four years,” said Kathleen Cullen, spokeswoman for the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation. “This is a shock for everybody.”
Cullen said she was unaware of any personal relationship between Wilson and Brown.
According to neighbors, Brown and Wilson had been dating when she moved into the house this summer. They said she had begun to fear the man she described to friends as a former police officer.
“She said, ‘If you see his vehicle, call the police,’ ” said Sandy Kramer, who took occasional walks with Brown and recently attended the Montgomery County fair with her. She added that about a month ago, when Brown was away on a beach vacation, she saw Wilson drive by Brown’s home but that he was gone when police arrived
We’re all going to miss her,” Kramer said. “She was the nicest lady.”
Montgomery officials could not say yesterday whether Brown had ever complained to police about Wilson or sought restraining orders.
Police said that they received a report of a woman at Brown’s address screaming about 10:30 p.m. Saturday and that an armed man was trying to force a woman into the home. According to neighbors, Wilson had also hit Brown in the front yard. Two officers from the 6th Police District responded and found the two in the garage, with Wilson threatening Brown with a handgun.
“We heard three pops,” said Therese-Marie Harkey, who lives four houses away. “My husband said they were gunshots, but I thought it was fireworks until we began hearing shouts of ‘Police!’ “
Investigators seemed to be paying particular interest to where the shots came from, Harkey said. “They seemed to be out there for a long time doing triangulation measurements,” she said.
Starks identified the responding officers as Sandra Moss, a nine-year veteran of the force, and Kenneth Moreau, who was hired in 2005. Both have been placed on routine administrative leave during the investigation.
In a statement, Beauvoir’s head of school, Paula Carreiro, said that prayers are with both the Brown and Wilson families. “This is a horribly sad and traumatic event for all of us in the Beauvoir community,” she wrote.
“Cathy had taught at Beauvoir for a year and in her brief time at Beauvoir, she became a wonderful and important person in the life of our School,” the statement said. “Her warmth and deep caring for children will be sorely missed.