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K-Mart security agents nab shoplifting couple http://www.privateofficer.com
Police arrested a shoplifting couple after security agents at an area K-Mart spotted them trying to flee the store with unpaid for merchandise.
Officers said the Easton woman and Whitman man were arrested Wednesday after they tried to get away with 44 Blue-ray DVDs worth more than $1,200 from Kmart.
Both Amanda E. Turner, 22, and Jeremy R. Craven, 28, were charged with larceny of property worth more than $250. Craven also had two outstanding arrest warrants for shoplifting and traffic offenses.
Police said Kmart security agents saw Turner walking out of the Braintree Marketplace store with the DVDs hidden in a trash barrel that she was pushing around in a carriage.
Once outside, security agents confronted Turner and recovered the DVDs, police said.
Turner, then fled from security and jumped into a black Volkswagen Jetta that Craven was driving, police said, and drove down Grossman Drive and onto Union Street.
Officer Thomas Molloy and Sgt. Timothy Cohoon saw the suspects’ car and stopped them. Police said Craven initially gave a phony name but officers soon identified them.
Kmart security also identified the pair, police said.
The pair was booked into the jail pending a bail release.
Police find explosives during shoplifting arrest http://www.privateofficer.com
A shoplifting arrest turned into a bomb scare at an Indianapolis gas station when police found explosives materials similar to those used in the Columbine High School massacre.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers found CO2 cartridges, about a pound of gunpowder and a gas can rigged with gunpowder Monday after stopping two men on suspicion of shoplifting a local Target, Lt. Jeff Duhamell told FOXNews.com.
“What concerns me is the CO2 canisters, if in fact they were going to make cricket-type explosives, which is just a miniature pipe-bomb-type deal,” Duhamell said.
Those empty canisters can be filled with gunpowder to make the “cricket” explosives used by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold in the 1999 Columbine attack that left 13 dead.
Gregory Killion, 22, and Daniel Filskov, 18, were arrested on charges of possession of destructive devices and theft when police pulled them over at a Shell Station after receiving a shoplifting call from a Target store.
As they removed Nintendo games and a Wii from the backseat of the suspects’ Pontiac, the officers noticed “a plastic bottle shoved under the handle of a gas can that contained a black powdery-like substance,” according to the police report.
Thinking they had found narcotics, the officers opened the bottle and discovered incense and a paper towel as well as gunpowder, the report said.
“At this time, we believed we had a homemade pipe bomb and we exited the vehicle and took both of the suspects to a safe location,” police wrote in the report.
Bomb crews were called in to handle the explosives.
Killion was arrested last month on a domestic violence charge, Duhamell said. Filskov does not have a criminal history.
Killion was also charged with resisting arrest and battery with injury toward an officer after allegedly telling police he would “beat himself up and blame us for it,” according to the report. Killion allegedly struck his head against the side of the police car and kicked out a door, injuring an officer.
An investigation is under way as to how the pair planned to use the explosives. Filskov told police he was “trying to make a firework with the gunpowder,” officers wrote.
“I don’t think these kids are in school or anything of that nature,” Duhamell said. “Ever since 9/11, we’re more attuned to check things of this nature out and be thorough.”
Mount Vernon police officer commits suicide at work http://www.privateofficer.com
On Monday, Vize, who was late for work – the first infraction he had ever committed in his brief, bright career – parked his Honda Civic on the top of the municipal lot across the street from police headquarters in Roosevelt Square and apparently shot himself once.
“You hear people say you would never see it coming, but with this kid, you would never see it coming,” said Adinaro, who was with the grieving family. Adinaro is close to Vize’s father, who was the best man at his wedding.
“This kid was like a son to me,” said Adinaro. “There are a lot of broken hearts here.”
Vize is from a large family of police officers that include his father, Lt. John Vize of New Castle; a sister, Jennifer, who is an officer with the county police; an uncle, Alfred, who is a Mamaroneck police officer; and another uncle, Edmund, an officer with the Irvington police department.
“His entire family has been devoted to public service,” said Mount Vernon police Commissioner David Chong. “It is a complete shock to us. No one saw it coming. He was a kid with unlimited potential.”
Sgt. Kevin Mandel, president of the Mount Vernon Police Association, said police on the 207-member force are hurting.
“They are heartbroken,” said Mandel. “It is a combination of factors. A fellow officer had died, and a few months ago it was Christopher (Detective Christopher Ridley). It is just devastating.”
Chong declined to say if a suicide note was left.
Mount Vernon Mayor Clinton Young said the impact of Vize’s death, coupled with that of Ridley earlier this year, has been devastating to the city and the force.
“We are all feeling saddened, having lost two young police officers this year,” said Young.
Vize, who was a member of Emerald Society of Westchester, a well-known police band, lived with his parents in Lake Mohegan. He was assigned to the Patrol Division since he was appointed in January 2007.
He was supposed to be at work Monday but was late, leading police to call his home, where he was sleeping. His father woke him, and Vize left for work. Members of the department began looking for him when he didn’t arrive.
Chief James Dumser, who knew Vize’s father when he worked as a Mount Vernon police officer years ago, found Vize’s body in his car at 2:30 p.m. on the third level of the garage.
Dumser, who also has sons who are police officers, had to break the news to his friend and former fellow officer.
“It was very tough,” said Dumser. “I knew the kid. He was a big, handsome, fun-loving kid.”
Some officers lit candles where Vize died yesterday.
Grief counselors from the county department of Emergency Services were brought into the department, as were clergy members, to help officers cope with the loss.
Vize worked Sunday and no one detected anything different about him, authorities said.
“He was laughing and joking the day before,” Chong said.
Vize, graduated from Lakeland High School where he played baseball and basketball. He went to SUNY in Cortland but left a year early to join the Mount Vernon police department.
News of Vize’s death rocked Lakeland High School, where he distinguished himself as scholar-athlete.
His former baseball coach, Dennis Robinson, Lakeland’s athletic director, said Vize was awarded his team’s Foxhole Award for four straight years, meaning his teammates counted him as the one person they’d want to be in a foxhole with.
Robinson took the news hard and found himself questioning it over and over Monday night.
“You’re numb,” he said. “When you first hear it, I kept on questioning: ‘Is he injured? Are we sure?’ I just kept on questioning that. I didn’t want to know. I didn’t want to hear that he’d passed away. I just kept wishing that it was another situation or whatever.”
Vize took Robinson’s son, also named Danny, under his wing when Vize was a senior and Danny Robinson was a freshman.
He said while Vize wasn’t a world-class athlete, he was a world-class individual.
“I had faculty members, heads in their hands, just bawling,” Robinson said. “He was part of the family. He was definitely part of the family.”
Police cars and other vehicles lined the quiet residential street off Cortlandt’s busy Route 6 commercial district, where Vize’s family lives.
Police charge 71yr old man with hit and run death of DOT worker http://www.privateofficer.com
TxDOT says the victim, David R. Hall, Jr., was working with crews to clean up a lost load of pipe on Interstate 10 East at Interstate 45 when the accident happened late Saturday night.
On The Job…Kansas Security Officer Enjoys Duties http://www.privateofficer.com
Wichita KS. Sept 4 2008
Peter Kolb, a security officer for the city of Wichita, whose imposing frame and quick smile are familiar to visitors at City Hall or the downtown library, has no trouble remembering his first visit to America.
He arrived on Sept. 10, 2001.
As he relaxed in a Kansas City hotel barely more than a dozen hours later, he watched on television as a plane crashed into one of the World Trade Center towers in New York.
“At first I thought they were just shooting some kind of an action movie, and that was a preview of it,” said Kolb, 48, who was born in Toronto but grew up in the northern Germany city of Wickede.
“When the second plane crashed into the towers it struck me in that second, ‘That is no accident anymore. That is no movie. That is harsh reality.’ “
He wanted to do something to help while he was visiting a friend in Wichita, yet all he could do was donate blood.
While he was here, however, he “got addicted” to the wide-open spaces of the nation’s heartland, he said.
“We don’t have that anymore in Europe,” Kolb said. “It’s just different… as I was here, I thought, ‘This is a nice place. This is a nice country.’ “
He decided to make it his new home — and he has made an impression on people he now works with.
Gordon Bassham, assistant to Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams, called Kolb “the personification of hard work and living a personal dream.”
Kolb worked for more than 16 years in Germany’s version of the Department of Corrections. Even as a sergeant, however, he struggled to make ends meet.
Gasoline has climbed to more than $8 a gallon, he said, and sales taxes dwarfed what he saw in the United States.
The relationship with his friend from Kansas blossomed into love and eventually marriage, and in October 2003 he decided to make America his new home.
On July 18, he became a U.S. citizen at a ceremony held at Century II.
“I wanted to do it for my wife,” Kolb said. “I disagreed with a number of German standards and German ideas.
“The German government is actually trying to keep anyone and everyone under control over there, even though to outsiders it doesn’t look like it.”
One of the great things about America, he said, is that it strives to hold true to the values set forth in its constitution. Germany also has a constitution, he said, “but it’s just a piece of paper.”
Kolb said he wanted to continue to work in law enforcement in his new country, even though as an immigrant his options were limited. Six months after he moved to Kansas, he landed a job as a bailiff in Wichita’s municipal court.
“I enjoyed that kind of work immensely,” he said. “That was as close to law enforcement as I could get.”
His devotion to duty was noticed.
“Peter is a really hard-working, industrious, energetic kind of guy,” said Chuck Quinn, security supervisor for the Wichita Police Department.
When City Hall security jobs opened up in 2006, Kolb applied and was accepted. He has continued to earn praise for how he does his job. Quinn used words such as “reliable,” “dependable” and “conscientious.”
Kolb hopes some day to patrol Wichita’s streets as a commissioned officer, but he will have to wait for an opening in the police academy.
He sees law enforcement as an important way to help people.
“To me, this is not just a job,” he said. “It’s a calling.”
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State representative aids police in arrest http://www.privateofficer.com
Local police say that State Rep. Alan C. Jones was loading groceries into his car last Wednesday outside Blair’s Market in Powell when he noticed a young man who came sprinting out of the store.
According to police, the 67-year-old Jones got in his car and drove around looking for the man.
Jones saw the suspect duck into the back door at the Skyline Cafe.
Police cited the suspect on charges of shoplifting and tobacco possession and released him to a parent.
Shoplifting arrests turns into drug investigation http://www.privateofficer.com
Sheriff loses his job over arrest for sex with inmates http://www.privateofficer.com
Over a year ago, allegations that the sheriff was having sexual contact with some of the prisoners in his jail resulted in the sheriff being indicted on 13 counts of official misconduct, two charges of sexual contact with a prisoner and three counts of sexual battery.
Now, the sheriff will loose his job and have a criminal record. Sheriff Kenneth Bean will resign from office, receive two years probation and can not run for public office for six years. Bean also pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor assault charges.
He was accused of inappropriate contact with five women, including prisoners at the county jail.
The plea bargain ends a costly court battle to oust the sheriff.
Deputy Chief Charles Collier becomes the interim sheriff for Jackson County until the County Commission selects someone.
Earlier in 2008, the attorney general tried to remove Bean from office, but that effort failed
As for the victims in this matter, their names was not released and it is not known yet if any civil litigation will result from the sheriff’s bad behavior.
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Harrah’s casino fined $20,000 for underage gambler http://www.privateofficer.com
Fooling security about your age at area casinos is not always an easy thing to do. But one fourteen year old teen tried to do just that and got away with it for quite some time as he gambled her way through a local Pennsylvania casino.
TN. State Trooper fired for running background checks http://www.privateofficer.com
Lt. Ronnie Shirley was fired for gross misconduct and violating the public’s trust, Highway Patrol Col. Mike Walker said. Shirley conducted 182 background checks, and of 139 people interviewed by investigators, only seven had asked Shirley to do the check, officials said.
Of the 43 people who have not been contacted, seven of the people are dead and the others can not be located
Shirley is entitled to a hearing to contest the firing. His attorney, Worrick G. Robinson, said Shirley was “very disappointed and was somewhat in shock” when he found out about the firing.
Shirley, who was suspended last month, has been cooperating with investigators, and that “there was no malicious intent and no criminal intent involved” in the checks, Robinson said.
State officials refused to release the names Shirley checked, but no politicians or elected officials were among them, said Safety Commissioner Dave Mitchell. He declined to give any possible motives for the checks.
Channel 4 News learned on Wednesday that entertainer Gretchen Wilson was among the 182 people that Shirley performed a background search on.
Shirley used an internal Web portal that doesn’t include criminal background records, and much of the information he looked at is available to the general public — though often for a fee. He ran the checks between October 2006 and July, when his access was cut off.
Prosecutors are reviewing the investigation and Nashville District Attorney’s office spokeswoman Susan Niland said they do not have a deadline for deciding whether to pursue criminal charges.
Shirley first got attention in 2004 when he helped get a speeding ticket dismissed for former Deputy Gov. Dave Cooley, who had been Gov. Phil Bredesen’s top aide. Shirley and Cooley both received reprimands for the ticket-fixing.
Shirley’s firing is the latest in a series of scandals involving the department in recent years.
The department’s top three officials resigned in December 2005 following reports of troopers with criminal backgrounds, allegations of ticket-fixing and a culture of cronyism and political arm-twisting.
Many of the problems were revealed in a series of investigative stories by The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville. The paper also has reported that staff writer Brad Schrade was among those who had their backgrounds checked by Shirley.
In another scandal, a state trooper resigned last year after a porn actress claimed he let drug charges slide in exchange for oral sex in an encounter captured on video.
“We have people who make mistakes. It’s not the total group,” Walker said Wednesday. “If there are more out there we will find them and deal with them accordingly, I assure you.”
Security guard indicted in TV thefts http://www.privateofficer.com
Henderson County Sheriff’s Detective Bob Wathen said an investigation into the theft of the 32-inch televisions led authorities to an inside job and more specifically, a park guard. The televisions — which officials said are valued at $7,200 — were stolen sometime between Thursday, July 3, and Monday, July 7.
Delmonte Jones, 44, address unavailable, was indicted on a charge of theft over $300.
Wathen said that Jones is currently being held at the Vanderburgh County jail on unrelated charges.
Jones will either be served with warrants at the Indiana facility or a hold will be placed on him so that after his release from Vanderburgh County, he will be extradited to Henderson, authorities said.
Wathen said the process through which Jones was able to steal nine televisions from Ellis Park is still under investigation, as is whether Jones had an accomplice. More arrests could be made in this case.
Infant dies in hot van http://www.privateofficer.com
Jackson County sheriff’s deputies are still investigating Wendy Osborne’s account. The 29-year-old Nicholson woman told Jackson County Sheriff deputies that she came home from a doctor’s appointment about 2:30 p.m., unloaded her two adopted girls but forgot about the baby in the car seat
Osborne, a foster parent for five years, said she took a nap, waking around 5 p.m. Maj. David Cochran of the sheriff’s department said at that point she remembered the baby in the minivan.
State Child Advocate Tom Rawlings identified the girl as Jessica Marie Scovil. The infant, who had lived with Osborne for five months, was pronounced dead by emergency personnel called to the scene, Cochran said.
Osborne told deputies she had been sick for several days and was prescribed medication for strep throat, which may have contributed to her drowsiness. A toxicology report has been ordered, and charges could be filed.
Two other foster children who had been living with Osborne were removed from the home, Cochran said.
The state Division of Family and Children Services, which oversees the foster care system, is also investigating the death, said spokeswoman Dena Smith. She said there had been no indications of problems with Osborne as foster mother.
Rawlings said if Osborne’s version is correct, he would tend to oppose criminal charges.
“I usually look at these kinds of situations as there but for the grace of God go I,” he said
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