Security officer shot to death at Christian entertainment center http://www.privateofficer.com
A Peoria club geared toward community events and music for teens turned into the scene of a deadly shooting overnight.
A 26-year-old Peoria man was killed and two others wounded outside “The Rock” Christian Entertainment Center on southwest Adams Street near O’Brien Field.
The Rock Christian Entertainment Center, a club for people under 21, was in its last hour of business when an incident took place just to the left of the D-J booth.
“There was a female fight, and I called for security to come”, said the club’s DJ.
Gus says the fight was quickly broken up.
But shortly after, a large group of males began to fight on the left side of the room.
That’s when Gus called for more security to come, and said “they did but the crowd was so strong that they got overpowered.”
Gus says security managed to push the brawlers out into the foyer when pandemonium erupted.
A large group poured down the stairs and outside.
A man at a nearby bar saw the commotion and was stunned by what happened next.
“There was a fight going on in the street…There were about 25 people yelling and screaming. This one young guy started backing up, pulled out two guns and just started firing randomly into the crowd” said Partick Lang, and eyewitness.
Lang estimates about 15 shots were fired.
The gunman, he says, was standing 20 feet in front of him backing down the middle of the street as he fired.
“I probably wouldn’t have even noticed him if he wouldn’t have started shooting because my attention was at first down on the crowd”, said Lang.
Gus, the club’s DJ, heard someone was shot and barreled down the stairs fearing the worst.
It was my friend from security, his name is Teddy Jackson.I found him laying here on the ground.
Jackson, who sustained a gunshot to the head was pronounced dead at O-S-F St. Francis Medical Center.
Jackson was a former Manual High School track star…one Gus says will be greatly missed.
“I hope they do catch him as quickly as it was done, because this was a nice place for kids to come to” said the DJ.
Police say the other two shooting victims were taken to the hospital but suffered non-life threatening injuries.
The suspect remains at large tonight.
Police are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 673-9000.
Medical helicopter crashes, 3 dead http://www.privateofficer.com
What looked like a charred farm field was the site of a deadly helicopter crash in Decatur County. It happened between the small towns of Burney and Milford and was reported at around 1:20pm..
The Indiana State Police Helicopter hovered over the cornfield. Emergency workers and the FAA were also on scene.
“Hopefully the pictures we are getting from the state helicopter is going to tell us a lot,” Decatur County Sheriff Daryl Templeton said.
Those pictures will show blackened earth and crops but very little of the helicopter that crashed here.
“This is a tragic day for us here at Air Evac Lifeteam,” said Air Evac Lifeteam President Seth Myers. “These were our family members and we are devastated at this loss. Our focus at this time is on providing support for the family and friends of these crew members.”
The three people on board have been identified as pilot Roger Warren, flight nurse Sandra Pearson and flight paramedic and base manager Wade Weston.
They had attended a community day in Burney. “They had a fireman’s tractor pull celebration down there and they was down there,” Sheriff Templeton said.
The chopper was on display, the crew offered tours but the chopper stayed grounded during the celebration. They only took off to return to home base.
Now investigators want to know if those who attended the community day event witnessed the crash.
“They are anywhere from a half to three fourths of a mile from where it went down,” Sheriff Templeton said.
The FAA was on scene, the National Transportation and Safety Board is also investigating.
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Police investigate murder of 100 yr old woman http://www.privateofficer.com
The Suffolk County police’s search of the North Haven spread where a 100-year-old woman was shot and killed will continue through the night, Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick said Monday.Jessie Burke was fatally shot in the head Sunday while sitting in a recliner in her living room, police said.
Burke’s Payne Avenue home, which police said is owned by her daughter, Jean Burke, sits on 2.9 acres and was assessed this year at $1.2 million, according to Southampton Town records.Jean Burke discovered her mother dead in the chair Sunday afternoon after returning from an hour-long shopping trip, Fitzpatrick said.
Theft suspect dresses in disguise to fool police http://www.privateofficer.com
A Richmond woman accused of robbing the Richmond JCPenney store and allegedly leaving her wallet and identification at the scene of the crime later attempted to retrieve it from police headquarters in disguise, police say.
Kimberly Jo Kirby, 44, of 101 Burdette St., Berea, was arrested July 31 on robbery in the second-degree and other charges relating to a shoplifting incident at the JCPenney store in the Richmond Mall.
Employees of the department store called police after spotting a female shoplifter, Richmond Police Sgt. Willard Reardon said.
“A female shoplifter, later identified as Kirby, was observed by store employees stealing a purse and concealing merchandise inside,” Reardon said.
Kirby allegedly then exited the store without paying for the purse or the other merchandise and was confronted outside by store employees.
“According to the loss and prevention person at JCPenney, Kirby threw the merchandise she had in her hands down outside the store and began swinging at the employee with her keys in-between her fingers,” Officer Brian Eaves of the RPD testified Tuesday, during Kirby’s preliminary hearing in district court. “After that she sped off in a silver Volkswagen.”
Meanwhile, back at JCPenney, employees going through their recovered merchandise noticed that Kirby had left her wallet inside the stolen handbag with her identification inside. These items were turned over to the police department.
A short time later, Kirby then called the store looking for her lost wallet and information. The store told her that she could find her belongings at the police department.
“Ms. Kirby called and wanted to know if anyone had found her wallet that she said had been stolen that day,” Eaves said. “And for some reason she asked if anyone was in trouble for shoplifting.”
“I told her I didn’t know anything about the shoplifting, but she could come pick up her wallet,” Eaves said, adding that after the call from Kirby, he contacted JCPenney employees to come to the station for possible identification of Kirby in the shoplifting case.
When Kirby came to the police department to retrieve her property, Eaves said she attempted to alter her appearance.
“When the shoplifting report was made her description was that she was wearing a white shirt and either blue jean shorts or capris,” Eaves said. “Kirby, when she showed up to the police station, had on glasses and a neck brace.”
Eaves then said he brought the store employee into the room were Kirby was being questioned.
“Her (Kirby) eyes widened and she said, ‘That’s the lady that tried to rob me!’” Eaves said.
Kirby later admitted to the theft, but said she did not take a swing at anyone.
Kirby was arrested and charged with robbery in the second-degree and two counts of possession of a controlled substance third-degree. The drug charges resulted from three loose schedule IV drugs that were found on her person at the time of arrest.
During her preliminary hearing, Kirby produced valid prescriptions for the loose medications that were found on her person.
Judge Brandy Oliver Brown found probable cause to pass Kirby’s case on to a grand jury.
Security guard causes panic at courthouse http://www.privateofficer.com
The guard, who officials did not name, works for the private Kelly Security firm and was assigned to work at the courthouse from midnight to 8 a.m.
According to Albert DiGiacomo, chief of the Chester County Detectives, the guard had some sort of confrontation with the security guard who precedes him on the 4 p.m. to midnight shift. That guard left and the midnight guard stayed but not for long.
Sometime around 2 a.m., an alarm sounded at the courthouse. About that same time, investigators said the guard broke a glass window at his station in the main lobby of the courthouse – although it was unclear whether the breakage was purposeful or not.
He subsequently left the building without informing his supervisors.
When county employees arrived for work around 7 a.m., they noticed that the window was broken and the guard was gone. Employees notified the Chester County Sheriff’s Office and deputies responded and locked down the area as they checked for the guard. County detectives said an investigation then ensued when the guard wasn’t found at the courthouse..
DiGiacomo said the decision was made to close the building around 8 a.m. until it could be determined what had become of the guard and whether any foul play was involved. The building opened shortly after 9 a.m., about 30 minutes after its normal opening time.
DiGiacomo sad the guard was later located and found to be uninjured, except for some minor scratches.
He said it had not yet been determined what, if any, action to take against the guard
Security officer aids police in burglary arrests http://www.privateofficer.com
Two city men and a 16-year-old male were hiding beneath a conveyor belt on the catwalk above the 163 Hancock St. building’s floor when police took them into custody at gunpoint about 3:30 p.m., an affidavit alleges.
A security guard called police to the former meat packing building, which is closed and unoccupied, after he noticed a door had been tampered with and saw one man inside tearing down walls, police allege in an affidavit.
Most of the walls and ceiling were ripped down by time police arrived, the security guard said. Police found a large barrel filled with telephone wire and copper, the affidavit said.
Ricky Brodeur, 34, and Kevin Caswell, 17, both of Manchester, were arraigned in Manchester District Court yesterday on one count each of felony burglary and possession of burglary tools, a misdemeanor. No pleas could be entered on the felony. A preliminary hearing will be Sept. 15.
Both Brodeur, of 537 Lake Ave., and Caswell, of 217 Spruce St., pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor. Trial is set for Dec. 9.
Brodeur has “made a career of burglary” and has several prior convictions for burglary and grand theft in Florida dating back to 1992, said police prosecutor officer Stephen Reardon. The court ordered Brodeur held on $10,000 bail. Caswell will be held without bail pending a bail revocation hearing Tuesday.
The 16-year-old juvenile will be petitioned to appear in juvenile court at a later date.
Good samaritan injured trying to stop theft http://www.privateofficer.com
“I never thought in my life I’d go through anything like this,” said Ritz.
Ritz is in a wheelchair and can’t put weight on his leg or play with his grandson. He’s still emotional about what happened to him August 1.
“This is what’s going to be hard, my wife and daughter have to take care of me. It’s just your life has totally changed,” said Ritz.
Ritz was in a Citgo store at the corner of Campbellton and Boatrock Roads. Around the same time he was paying, the clerk noticed a man in a white t-shirt slipping a beer into his backpack. The clerk locked the door to wait for police, but before they arrived another customer came and the shoplifter slipped out. Ritz was already outside.
“Once I got to my car there was all this yelling and screaming outside the front door and cries for help. And I’m going, ‘Oh my gosh,’” said Ritz.
Surveillance video caught Ritz, in a blue shirt, running in front of the suspected shoplifter. The video isn’t constant but it does show Ritz is dropped to the ground. Witnesses got the tag from the blue Ford Focus police called the getaway car.
Ritz said the suspect stomped and kicked him when he was on the ground. Ritz’s leg was crushed in the incident and he had to undergo surgery.
“It was just harrowing. It was tremendously sad and it made me very angry,” said Ritz.
Ritz’s wife, Carol, followed up with police, who had the incorrect tag number in their report. She said detectives told her they didn’t have equipment to enhance the video. The Ritzs said they are frustrated a month has gone by with no action.
“They treat us like they have more important things to do,” said Carol Ritz.
Fulton County police said they are investigating the case and they plan to send the video to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to try to enhance the suspect’s face. They said they will also forward the correct tag information to the GBI to see if they can track down the getaway car.
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Shoplifter pulls knife on store security has prior record http://www.privateofficer.com
Naples man who was arrested in April for bringing his 2-year-old daughter along on an alleged shoplifting spree in Collier County was arrested Tuesday in Lee County after he was accused of pulling a pocket knife on a Bonita Springs loss prevention officer who was trying to stop him from shoplifting.
Kelvin Shane Townsend, 31, of 2983 Terrace Ave., Naples, was arrested on felony charges of grand theft and aggravated assault with the attempt to commit a felony, and misdemeanor counts of resisting store personnel and resisting law enforcement without violence following the incident at the Bonita Springs Home Depot.
The arrest report says a loss prevention officer at the store attempted to stop Townsend, who had allegedly taken bolt cutters and a drill. At first, Townsend was cooperative, but soon a fight broke out and Townsend pulled a pocket knife out and opened the blade.
The loss prevention officer backed off and allowed him to escape, but pushed a cart into him, which caused Townsend to stumble and drop the knife.
The report says Townsend concealed himself under thick brush and was “begging not to be bit by the dog” when deputies arrived with K-9s. He was then arrested. The estimated value of the merchandise was $430.
“When confronted with how he was going to pay for the merchandise with only $12 in his possession, he stated he was not going to buy anything. He just likes to carry things and pretend like he’s shopping,” the report says.
School security to use Segways to patrol campuses http://www.privateofficer.com
Val Verde Unified School District security officers soon will be patrolling the district’s three high school campuses aboard Segway Personal Transporters.
Security officers will be trained to ride the vehicles.
“They will be deployed at each of our high schools, instantly increasing our visibility and our ability to respond more quickly to campus emergencies,” said Brian Fountain, the district’s security director.
Shoplifter charged after drugs found in groin area http://www.privateofficer.com
Authorities said deputies at the Anderson County Detention Center discovered a concealed plastic bag with almost two dozen controlled pills in her groin area.
Melissa Phillips of Pearl Harbor Way in Anderson was arrested about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the 207 S.C. 28 Bypass grocery store, according to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies first charged Phillips with shoplifting and after her arrest added possession of a controlled substance, according to the incident report.
The prescription pills were found when detention officers and medical staff became suspicious of Phillips’ behavior at the jail and conducted a strip search, finding 20 to 25 Xanax pills in a Ziploc baggy, Deputy Kevin Pearson said in the report.
Prior to the search, Phillips was observed putting her hands in her underwear and “moving in an awkward manner,” Pearson said in the report.
Girl hit by armored truck dies http://www.privateofficer.com
The girl has been identified as Olivia Hayes.
Police said the incident happened the morning of August 27 at Hugh Howell Road and Mountain West Trail in Stone Mountain.
Authorities said that Hayes, a student from Tucker Middle School, had just exited the school bus when an armored truck skidded through the intersection and hit the bus and the girl.
Officers said charges are pending against the armored truck driver.
He has been identified as Brian Gaines from Snellville.
Police say that the charges now willl probably be escalated and hope to make an arrest in this matter next week.
Man nabbed stealing TV charged with assault http://www.privateofficer.com
Authorities say that officers responded to assist store security agents and arrested Steven Lozada, 35, who was charged with grand theft, assault and resisting an officer, according to the arrest report. The arrest took place shortly before 6 p.m. at the store, located in the 4000 block of Southeast Federal Highway.
Authorities say Lozada was one of two men who placed a 32-inch television worth $628 in a shopping cart and tried to walk out of the store without paying. The store security agent had been watching the men and when the agent grabbed Lozada, he started swinging and tried to get away, while the other man fled, the report states
Lozada has been booked into the county jail and is being held pending a bail release.
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