Security agents nab T-shirt bandit http://www.privateofficer.com
Officers called to the store have charged Clarence Smith III felony theft in the incident.
The 29-year-old Tarrytown man was arrested Monday night after he was accused of stuffing 44 Nike T-shirts worth $1,000 into a shopping bag and swooshing out of Macy’s at the Galleria without paying for them
Smith, of 8 Franklin Court, was grabbed by security agents and mall security officers and taken into custody until police arrived.
Further investigation by the Detective Division revealed that Smith allegedly stole merchandise last month from the Victoria’s Secret store in The Westchester mall – twice.
Cops said a review of store security tapes showed Smith stealing 140 pairs of panties valued at a total of $1,050 on Aug. 8. He returned to the store on Aug. 26, and is caught on tape stealing $1,125 worth of women’s clothing items, police said.
Smith is charged with three felony counts of fourth-degree grand larceny and is being held pending a bond hearing.
Student robbed at gunpoint waiting for bus http://www.privateofficer.com
The 14-year-old was waiting for a bus to Mallard Creek High School just after 6 a.m. on Tom Hunter Road in north Charlotte.
The teen said a man walked up to him and asked him if he knew what time it was, and a second man walked up from behind and shoved a gun into his waist.
The thieves took the teen’s MP3 players and his wallet, which only contained a few dollars.
The 14-year-old wasn’t hurt and he ran for help.
The men got away.
Eyewitness News spoke with the teen’s father, who can’t believe robbers would prey on someone that young.
“These little cowards stole from a 14-year-old. What would you expect to get from a 14-year-old?” asked Charles Walters, the victim’s father.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials said they have moved the student’s bus stop to a new location and authorities will increase patrols around CMS bus stops throughout the county.
Police arrest shoplifter for attempt murder of police officer http://www.privateofficer.com
Little Rock Police arrested a local woman in Friday’s hit and run involving an off-duty officer at Park Plaza Mall.
As the officer pursued Stewart on foot the shoplifting suspect ran over and injured officer Jones with her vehicle and then fled the area according to the report.
Three hotel employees charged with felony theft http://www.privateofficer.com
Jackson Hole WY Sept 10 2008
Three women released from jail on shoplifting charges Aug. 27 were arrested again last week and have been charged with new felonies.
Emma Rozhyk, Juliia Oliinyk and Iana Oliinyk, all 19 years old, were charged with felony concealing of stolen property after authorities found more than $3,000 of allegedly stolen cosmetics, jewelry bags, boxes and clothes in the dorm room they shared at Jackson Lake Lodge, where they worked, according to court records.
Security personnel at the lodge went into the women’s room to make sure it was secure after several other employees had been seen trying to get in. When they went into the room, they noticed several items that still had security devices and price tags on them.
They told police about what they found.
The women were in jail serving a 14-day sentence for shoplifting when security guards went into their dorm room.
Ninth District Judge Timothy C. Day agreed Monday to let the public defender’s office represent the women even though they had more than $4,000 in cash with them when they were arrested.
“My understanding was that they didn’t want to spend that money on a lawyer,” Day said. “They said they wanted to use it to get home.”
The women are scheduled to fly to the Ukraine at the end of the week, said Greg Blenkinsop, the Teton County public defender. He added that each of the women would have a different public defender representing her.
The three, two of whom are twins, were working at Jackson Lake Lodge through the summer on student visas, according to the forms they filled out to qualify for a public defender. Their visas expired Aug. 31, according to the forms.
Day said he will ask the lawyers who represent the women to keep scrupulous records of the time they spend on the case because he will ask the women to repay the public defender fees.
“My belief is there’s some ability to pay between these defendants,” Day said.
Day conducted a status review Monday in English and said he would not call the language line for a translation, as the women demonstrated in previous court appearances that they spoke English and could understand the proceedings. But he said he would clarify anything the women had questions about.
Day scheduled a preliminary hearing for 10:45 a.m. on Thursday. Blenkinsop said he hoped the case could be resolved that day so the women can get to Salt Lake City to catch their international flights Friday.
Florida DCF supervisor guilty of theft http://www.privateofficer.com
Forty-two-year-old Violet Jones will receive at least 10 years in prison, but could get up to 115 years when she is sentenced Nov. 20.
Jones, who worked 22 years for DCF, was charged with eight felonies ranging from theft to official misconduct
She and two other women allegedly bilked the system using a debit-type card for public assistance recipients that Jones authorized for extra cash benefits.
Former police officer charged with “petnapping” http://www.privateofficer.com
A Putnam County Sheriff’s Office K-9 officer and school resource officer who resigned from his job last week was arrested Monday after an 11 year old boy reportedly saw him steal a dog.
John Lee May, 39, of San Mateo, was arrested on a charge of grand theft in connection with the theft of a tea cup Chihuahua, believed to be the smallest dogs in the world.
According to sheriff’s Major Keith Riddick, May went into the Acme Pet shop on U.S. 17 in San Mateo on Saturday wearing a heavy jacket. The pet shop owner later told deputies that a customer noticed a man acting suspiciously and the customer’s 11 year old son saw the man put the tiny dog into a jacket pocket.
May was arrested on a warrant Monday and shortly afterward posted the $1,004 bond in the case. Riddick said May had worked for the sheriff’s office three times over the past eight year and that the dog theft case was apparently unrelated to his release from the agency.
The agency terminated May a week ago after completing what Riddick said was “an internal investigation into a complaint of possible domestic violence involving his ex-girlfriend.” May had been a K-9 officer in the School Resource Unit and was working as a middle school resource deputy when he was let go.
Background checks by security companies inaccurate http://www.privateofficer.com
The Alabama Community College System blames the AEA, the union for public education employees, for the errors.
The Sept. 1 issue of the Alabama School Journal, the bi-weekly newspaper of the AEA, reported that a criminal background check on Gadsden State Community College part-time librarian Linda Sosebee produced a false criminal history, and that “many other” Gadsden State employees received “negative findings” from the Integrity Group. The firm contracts with the two-year college system to do background checks on 10,000 employees.
Sosebee declined comment, and Gadsden State spokeswoman Kay Smith Foster would not comment on how the erroneous results were straightened out, citing employee confidentiality. But, according to the AEA newspaper, Sosebee’s false criminal record report was sent to acting Gadsden State President Valerie Richardson. Sosebee assured her that it was incorrect and went to the Etowah County Sheriff’s Department for help, the paper said.
Etowah County Sheriff’s Department chief investigator Michael Jones said the department is not allowed to use the federal criminal information system to provide information to citizens, but that Sosebee’s case was treated as a potential identity theft.
“She hadn’t done those things” listed in the background check, Jones said.
AEA spokeswoman Mary Bruce Ogles said the AEA warned the postsecondary education department that the system set up to conduct background checks of two-year college employees is flawed and Sosebee’s case proves it.
“This is a problem,” Ogles said.
Alabama Community College System associate general counsel Lynne Thrower, while not commenting about specific employees, said false criminal histories are not being found on employees who supply correct names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers.
Thrower said some employees are following the AEA’s advice to not provide a Social Security number, which can result in criminal records for someone with the same name and date of birth being returned.
“They have created their own problems,” Thrower said.
“The Integrity Group reported the criminal record findings based upon the information supplied by the employees,” said a statement from system Chancellor Bradley Byrne’s office. “Any confusion is not the result of a false report but from the refusal to allow proper identification.”
Thrower said she reviews all problem background checks and her work has produced instances of identity theft.
“We’ve been able to alert people someone else is using their Social Security number,” Thrower said.
Many two-year college employees are members of the AEA, which has been battling Byrne and Gov. Bob
Riley, president of the state school board, over background checks and double dipping.
The AEA sued over the background checks and a federal
judge ruled that employees cannot be forced to divulge their Social Security number.
Ogles said the AEA cautions employees not to give out Social Security numbers to the Integrity Group. “What it can’t prove is it can’t protect the data,” she said.
The Integrity Group is operated by three retired Alabama State Troopers. Company principal Tom Taylor could not be reached for comment by telephone or e-mail.
Thrower defended the Integrity Group.
“These people are not strangers we just picked up off the street,” she said. The group won a bid that went through the legislative contract review process, she said.
Two-year college employees are required to go through background checks because there are some students
younger than 19 on community college campuses, such as high school students who take college courses.
Many community college employees work part-time, but also work full-time K-12 school jobs, which requires a different type of background check of fingerprints run through the FBI system.
Ogles said two-year college employees have no problem using the same system that K-12 employees now go through.
The two-year college system cannot utilize the Alabama Bureau of Investigation to conduct FBI fingerprint checks, however, because federal law does not allow it, said Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Martha Earnhardt.
Thrower said any two-year college employee who is also a K-12 employee and who has had a K-12 criminal background check conducted in the last three years can authorize the K-12 employer to release the background check to the postsecondary employer.
Neither Ogles nor Thrower could say how many postsecondary checks so far have produced false information, but Thrower guessed between
1 percent and 10 percent.
Since 10,000 two-year system employees are subject to background checks, up to 1,000 false reports could come back, requiring further digging that’s more expensive than the initial $45 cost, Thrower said.
Bus driver charged with rape of students http://www.privateofficer.com
School officials said Melissa Arnold has been with the Warren County school system for years and never had any problems until recent accusations.
Arnold, a school bus driver for the last 10 years, was arrested on Monday after a grand jury indicted her on three counts of statutory rape and three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor
According to the court documents, Arnold had sex with a 17-year-old boy in December and a 15-year-old boy between January and May of this year.
The charges allege she provided the boys with alcohol and aided the youngest boy in unruly behavior, including not going to school.
The Warren County district attorney said she is barred ethically from saying too much about the ongoing case, but said the investigation began about a month and a half ago with a phone call into her office regarding a bus driver at the high school.
School officials said Arnold’s suspension came before this school year started, and she will remain suspended without pay until her case works its way through the court system.
The local sheriff said Arnold posted $40,000 bond and is out of jail. She will be arraigned in court next month.
Security officer shoots, kills man http://www.privateofficer.com
A security officer on duty at a local store shot and killed a person behind an Encinitas business Tuesday night.
The Sheriff’s Department got a call at 6:44 p.m. that a security guard had shot someone at 140 Encinitas Boulevard near Coast Highway 101.
When deputies arrived on the scene, they found the wounded person and the security officer behind a Smart and Final discount warehouse.
According to local media reports, the girlfriend of the man shot witnessed the shooting and said the victim and the security guard were arguing. The victim apparently said he was “tired of you cops following me everywhere.”
“The guy drew a gun on him,” according to the brother of the girlfriend. “And from what I understand that he said, ‘Well, just shoot me, shoot me’ or something and the guy just shot him.”
The victim was declared dead at the scene.
One of the business owners in the strip mall says the victim and his friends were transients that hung around the strip mall.
Police are still investigating at it’s not known if the man shot, who police have not yet released his name or any information was armed.
Authorities have also witheld the name of the security officer involved and did not state if charges would be brought against him.
Private security officers raid tribal office http://www.privateofficer.com
The recall group says that by a vote of 74-0 in a weekend general election, the chair and vice chair were voted out of their positions. The group claims according to their constitution that vote is all that was needed to remove an elected official. Vice Chair Mary Rivera says there is more to it than that. She says the group must circulate a petition, and hold a hearing, among other things. Both the chair and vice chair refused to appear on camera.
On Tuesday, members of the Apache tribe’s recall group sat and waited for other members of the tribe, the Anadarko Police Department, the Caddo County Sheriff’s Department, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Recall group member Austin Klinekole says they ousted the two leaders on Saturday.
Tuesday morning, a private armed security force firm from Oklahoma City arrived. “They had cuffed our security guards, here at the tribe, and held them at gunpoint,” said Security Manager Lyndrith Satepeahtaw. Jonathan Scott, one of the security guards, was inside the building when it happened. “They ‘bum-rushed’ us through the door, and we turned around and ran out the door,” he said. “We were hiding, and they just threw us down out the van, and they just held us at gunpoint and handcuffed us.” Scott and another security guards have the marks to prove the violence.
Rivera says that the reason they took over the building by force was that they hadn’t been legally recalled, and the recall group had shut down the office. She says that if the building is closed, the tribe isn’t doing its job – serving tribal members – which gives the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) the authorization to take tribal programs away. She says the reason they broke windows is because the other side had chained the doors shut.
Currently, no agreement has been reached, and local law enforcement does not have the authorization to act on tribal land – they have no jurisdiction because of internal tribal politics. Only federal authorities can intervene. Some members of the tribe are attempting to file charges of breaking and entering, but the Caddo County District Attorney’s Office says charges have yet to be filed.
The tribal members who voted for recalling the chair and vice chair intend to continue with steps to remove them.
Police Chief Arrested For Cold Case Murder http://www.privateofficer.com
Jacksonville NC Sept 10 2008
A long-time local police chief was charged with murder Monday in the 1972 shooting death of a Camp Lejeune Marine.
Former Cape Carteret and Belhaven Police Chief George Hayden, 57, of Portside Lane in Belhaven, was charged late Monday night by the Onslow County Sheriff’s Department with murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Marine Sgt. William Miller.
Federal and local investigators have always suspected a love triangle between Miller, Babbitt and Hayden led to Miller’s slaying, according to information from the U.S. Navy received though the Freedom of Information Act.
Miller returned from a deployment to Okinawa in August 1972 and found Hayden had moved into his mobile home. He kicked Hayden out, but his wife went with Hayden. About a month later, Miller was found shot in the head and back on Western Boulevard, about an hour after he was scheduled to meet with his wife, according to investigative reports of the time.
“Much credit for new life being breathed into this case goes to the Jacksonville Daily News reporter, Lindell Kay,” Brown said in a news release Tuesday. “It was two separate cold case articles Mr. Kay did in the Jacksonville Daily News that inspired a key witness to come to the
Hayden’s arrest is the result of an intense probe by Sheriff’s detectives in the last month and a years-long cold case investigation by NCIS and N.C. State Bureau of Investigation agents, Sutherland said.
The Sheriff’s Department, NCIS and the District Attorney’s Office have announced a joint press conference for 1 p.m. Wednesday. For now, investigators are being tightlipped about what information the new witness provided.
Hayden is being held in the Onslow County Jail without bond.
“A big part of my life, from age 18 to 39, was in the U.S. Marine Corps,” Hayden told The Daily News in February 1999, when he was hired as the police chief of Cape Carteret. “I was always taught to do the job to the best of my ability and that’s what I intend to do here.”
At the time of Miller’s death, Hayden was a sergeant in Headquarters and Supply Company, 2nd Motor Transport Battalion, 2nd Marine Division.
Hayden retired from the Marine Corps in 1989 after 20 years of service. He worked as a reserve officer for the Cape Carteret Police Department beginning in 1985 and joined the Carteret County Sheriff’s Department shortly after retiring. He returned to Cape Carteret in 1994, all according to Daily News archived reports.
Hayden joined the Belhaven Police Department in May 2001. He was fired as police chief in March of this year after an accusation he had been insubordinate to the town’s manager, according to WITN-TV.
The Sheriff’s Department, the SBI, the Marine Corps and NCIS investigated Hayden for more than a year before Miller’s homicide case turned cold. Investigators at the time could not find enough substantial evidence to arrest Hayden, according to the JAG letter.
Miller’s sister, Sharron Aguilar, told The Daily News last month that Hayden accompanied Babbitt to Miller’s funeral at Arlington National Cemetery.
“Vickie would not speak with us at the funeral,” Aguilar said. “George was with her, holding her up as she was falling all over the place, and we had no idea who he was, thinking it was one of Billy’s friends.”
Hayden and Babbitt were married in Jan. 1973 – four months after Miller’s shooting – according to the Onslow County Register of Deeds. They were later divorced.
Babbitt raised her and Miller’s daughter, now Wendy Miller-McGee. Miller-McGee, who now lives in Colorado, told The Daily News in August that she stopped speaking to her mother several years ago, after she learned how her father died.
Aguilar said NCIS Special Agent Wayne Brown kept in contact with her about her brother’s case. Wayne Brown received national recognition in 2004 for his work on a different cold case – a 17-year-old homicide in Craven County.
Wayne Brown often worked the Miller case on his own time and the information he gathered over the years became a crucial part of the Sheriff’s Department investigation, Sheriff’s detectives said.
Police arrest woman for murder at Bally’s Casino http://www.privateofficer.com
It happened early last Friday and according to Metro Las Vegas Police, security officers. had spotted several woman involved in a confrontation inside the casino.
According to the police report, the three women became involved in a fight and one woman was escorted out of the hotel by security personnel..
According to police said that’s when one of the woman who had been involved in the fight minutes earl now identified as Latrovia Reed fatally stabbed Taleasha Jamerson in the neck.
Reed is charged with murder with a deadly weapon.
She is in custody and will make her first court appearance on Wednesday.
Security officer captures armed robbery suspects http://www.privateofficer.com
A private security officer in the right place and at the right time foiled an armed robbery attempt Tuesday night when he happened upon the holdup and held a suspect at gunpoint until police arrived.
OFFICER DOWN…Sgt. Dario Aponte http://www.privateofficer.com
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