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Biographical InfoAge: 43
Trooper Andrew “A.J.” Stocks, 43, dead following a crash Tuesday afternoon. He was transported to Wake Med Hospital and died as a result of his injuries.
The patrol car collided at an angle with a Republic Waste Services garbage truck –the point of impact was on the trooper’s driver side door. The truck’s windshield was smashed and the car was covered with a tarp.
It happened around 1:30 p.m. just after a pop-up rainstorm, on Ten Ten Road near Vance Elementary School.
“A storm had just passed through the area and the roadway was wet,” North Carolina Highway Patrol Captain Everett Clendenin said.
The driver of the garbage truck was hurt, but his injuries are not life-threatening.
Patrol vehicles continued racing to the scene even a half-hour after the wreck, troopers aware one of their own was involved.
Authorities closed Ten Ten Road at Old Stage Road while they cleared the scene.
Authorities say Stocks may have been responding to a call when the crash happened.
The State Highway Patrol Reconstruction team is investigating.
Trooper Stocks joined the North Carolina Highway Patrol in April, 2004. His most recent assignment was Raleigh.
“My thoughts and prayers are extended to Trooper Stocks’ family. The patrol is feeling the loss of one our own, one who lost his life serving the citizens of the state,” Commander Walter J. Wilson said.
Stocks grew up in Wake County where he graduated from Cary High School in 1983. He leaves behind a wife, Liane Stocks, and a child.
He also served in the Marines as well as in the Army Reserves and did tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Off-duty security officer involved in gunbattle with robbery suspect http://www.privateofficer.com
Authorities are investigating a shooting that occurred at a local tire shop between a customer and a robber who exchanged gunfire outside the Kenner tire shop Monday.
No one was injured, but the robber escaped with an undisclosed amount of money from The Wheels and Tire Connection, 1817 Airline Drive, said Lt. Wayne McInnis, Kenner Police Department spokesman.
According to police, the robber entered the business at about 12:15 p.m. and pulled a handgun on the owner and demanded money, McInnis said. He ran out the front door with cash.
The owner ran out the back of the business, where an employee and customer were standing, McInnis said. The owner told the customer, who works as a security officer, that he had just been robbed, and the security officer ran to the front, found the robber getting into a dark red, four-door Mitsubishi and yelled at him to stop.
“He happened to be back there getting a tire fixed,” McInnis said, referring to the off-duty security officer.
The robber shot at the guard, who pulled his own weapon and returned fire, McInnis said. The robber sped off east on Airline Avenue.
Two bullet holes pierced the side of a truck in the business’s parking lot. McInnis said and police don’t know how many shots were fired or whether the robber’s car was hit.
Officer Donald Herrmann is investigating and did not identify the security officer involved. At this time it looks like self defense and no charges will be brought against the guard he said..
Anyone with information may call the Police Department at 504.712.2222 or Crimestoppers Inc. at 504.822.1111.
Woman kidnapped child to prove lax school security http://www.privateofficer.com
The women’s motive was to prove how lax security is at Mackey, North Las Vegas police said.
Police accused two friends, 40-year-old Laurinda Drake and 40-year-old Elaine Clermont, of participating in the student’s kidnapping. Police said Drake picked up the boy near the school, at 2726 Englestad Street in North Las Vegas, and drove him to different locations, including a Wal-Mart store and Clermont’s house.
Police said the boy was picked up at 9:30 a.m. and turned over at noon to officials at the district’s administrative center, 5100 W. Sahara Ave.
Police said the women called media outlets so that reporters would be at the district’s headquarters when the boy was turned over.
“This was to show that someone can easily remove a child from the school without proper safety measures,” police said in a statement.
Police did not say whether Drake or Clermont had any relationship to the kidnapped boy.
Superintendent Walt Rulffes called the incident “bizarre.” Rulffes said he did not think the women had any relationship with the boy in the incident.
“We don’t know all the details, but it certainly is not appropriate to pick up children going to and from school when not authorized by parents,” he said.
Drake, but not Clermont, was being held at the North Las Vegas jail Monday evening, said a woman who answered the phone at the jail. She did not want to be named.
Thieves steal donation jar meant for officer’s children http://www.privateofficer.com
To say twin boys James and Eric are a handful would be an understatement. Lisa and Jerry McMillian said their autistic sons keep them on a stressful state of high alert at all times. But they think they’ve found a stress reliever in a dog named Caleb.
“Eventually we’d like Caleb to be trained so that we can tether the boys to him and he’ll be an anchor so that I can check out in a grocery line without worrying where they are, if they’ve darted out into the street,” said Lisa McMillian.
Jerry McMillian’s police officer salary only goes so far so donation jars have popped up at area stores and people in the Cartersville area have been generous. The McMillian’s are within $8,000 of the money needed to train Caleb to be the boys’ protector, which is nearly halfway to their goal.
Several times in recent weeks, the donation jars have been stolen by grab and run thieves.
Clerk Carol Pitts said she believes it is a sign of the tough times. “People are desperate,” Pitts said. “They’ll do anything for money and stoop low.”
The stolen jars are quickly replaced and donations keep coming in, but the thefts take a little out of the already-stressed family who have been hoping that someday the dog will help keep their boys out of harm’s way.
“It’s very disheartening,” said Jerry McMillian. “Especially for any family, but for a police officer’s family especially because we do this because we love it and we love to help others and we’re trying to do something to help ourselves and somebody sets us back like this.”
Besides some local stores, donations for the family are also being taken through the Cartersville Police Department where Jerry McMillian works.
Police seek fleeing shoplifter http://www.privateofficer.com
A woman who only wanted to be identified as Cathy for this story said she took a trip to the toy store with her kids.
What Cathy and her husband didn’t realize is that when they parked their car in front of the store, according to police, there was a shoplifting incident taking place inside
Cathy suddenly said she saw three women running out of the store.
“The ladies got closer. We saw they were coming right to the car closest to us and boxes were dropped as they were running, and it became clear what was happening. There was a man from the toy store running after them,” said Cathy.
That’s when Cathy said events got out of her control and put her 7-year-old child in danger.
“The women jumped into the car. One of them jumped in as it started to move and pulled out of the parking space so quickly. As they were turning the corner, my oldest child was standing here, and they came within 2 to 3 feet of hitting her with their vehicle,” said Cathy.
Police said the alleged shoplifter, Tiffany Redmon, was driving the car that nearly hit Cathy’s 7-year old daughter.
Franklin police said Redmon was trying to leave the store’s parking lot as fast she could. Police said it was her second shoplifting attempt in two weeks.
“Why were they in the parking lot when they could have hit and struck my daughter if this happened two weeks ago,” said Cathy.
Cathy said she was also angered because the accused shoplifters were laughing during the incident.
Redmon was last seen driving a white 2003 Chevrolet Impala. The public is urged to call police if they can help in the investigation.
Shoplifter sues Macy’s over excessive force http://www.privateofficer.com
A woman stopped for shoplifting at a local department store is blaming the security guard for being too forceful during her apprehension.
Man guilty of theft from church members http://www.privateofficer.com
Tyrone Cauzea McCall pleaded guilty Monday to taking the money from the Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church and its members.
McCall asked for the money, promising an 18 percent return on the investment, but no money ever came back to the church.
The church’s pastor told the court he forgave McCall and was happy justice was being served.
Because of a plea deal with prosecutors, McCall will go to prison for 5 to 7 1/2 years.
Ed Lawings lost $25,000 to McCall, but said he too is forgiving.
“I’ve forgiven him and I don’t think about it any more,” Lawings said. “And I don’t have anything against him. It’s between him and God now.”
Shoplifter pulls gun on store agents http://www.privateofficer.com
Reno police are looking for a man who pulled a gun on security agents at a Sears store after they tried to stop him for shoplifting.
Investigators say the man, described as being in his late teens or early 20s, struggled with security personnel before pulling out a handgun and fleeing from Meadowood Mall.
The suspect also lost his shirt and shoes in the scuffle, and police say the stolen items were left behind.
Police say a 16-year-old girl who was with him was arrested by security agents without incident Sunday night on charges of robbery and possession of a controlled substance.
Investigators now are seeking the male who will also be charged with robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.
Armored truck guard kills robbery suspect http://www.privateofficer.com
A black man was shot in the 43500 block of Gadsen Avenue in Lancaster about 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 9.
Two men — both black — approached a Brinks armored truck guard and pepper-sprayed her in the face, said Lt. Erik Ruble of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Lancaster station.
Ruble said the guard was about to pick up money from a business and was carrying an empty money bag, which she dropped when she was sprayed. He said the two men fled on foot after one of them grabbed the money bag. Ruble said the guard was able to fire two shots just as the men were running, but did not know whether she struck anyone.
After the robbery, witnesses told deputies that one of the men got into an awaiting vehicle with two women. A citizen wrote down the vehicle’s license plate and gave the information to authorities. The vehicle was found at a house a mile away from the robbery, Ruble said. The man and two women were taken into custody.
Meanwhile, the man who had grabbed the money bag was driven to Providence Holy Cross Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 8 p.m. Ruble said the driver of the car was taken into custody.
The Homicide Report was unable to reach a representative from Brinks Inc. for comment.
Anyone with further information about the incident is asked to call detectives with the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.
2 Arrested for deputy sheriff murder http://www.privateofficer.com
Jacoby Jermaine Fields, 18, of Walterboro, and Travis Javon Harris, 19, of Smoaks, were charged with murder and first-degree burglary in the death of Colleton County Sheriff’s Deputy Dennis Compton.
“We do believe we have the two individuals responsible,” State Law Enforcement Division Chief Reggie Lloyd told reporters
Compton, 39, was shot after responding to a burglary alarm early on the morning of Aug. 6 at a home near the rural community of Smoaks. Arrest warrants said he was shot in the stomach with a shotgun. The arrests were based on self-incriminating statements and other evidence, according to arrest warrants.
Lloyd would not say who authorities think was the triggerman or where the suspects got the gun. He said no additional arrests are expected. The two are expected in court for a bond hearing Tuesday, and were likely to have attorneys appointed for them.
Solicitor Isaac McDuffie Stone said there has been no decision on whether to seek the death penalty.
The fallen deputy’s widow, Tabatha Compton, fought back tears as she thanked the officers.
“I’m very grateful for everybody’s efforts and prayers. They have definitely been felt by myself and our family,” she said. “These men and women are exhausted and they have spent endless hours away from their families and their loved ones to help bring justice to my family.”
Fields was arrested in 2006 for disorderly conduct and simple assault and sentenced to a day in jail. Earlier this year, he was fined and given two years probation on an unlawful weapons charge, arrest records show. Harris has no prior criminal record.
Casino disturbance leads to arrests http://www.privateofficer.com
Police were notified for assistance and upon arrival officers charged the men with criminal trespass, breach of peace and interfering with an officer.
Because neither man was able to post a $500 bond, the men were held at Corrigan Correctional Facility in Montville pending their arraignment today in Norwich Superior Court.