Shoplifter crashes during police chase http://www.privateofficer.com
Champaign police Sgt. Matt Crane said Rebecca Sue Mabry, 37, also known as Hall, of the 1200 block of Sycamore Lane, Rantoul, and Jack Adkins, 35, of Ludlow, were seen leaving the Market Place Mall around 3:45 p.m. with clothing they had allegedly stolen from the Sears store. Loss prevention agents and mall security attempted to stop her.
Crane said mall security officers followed the couple in the truck to Neil Street and Marketview Avenue, where Adkins got out. But Mabry then took off in the truck with Officer Chris Fowler in pursuit.
Crane said Fowler discontinued his close pursuit because Mabry ran a couple of red lights in high traffic areas, but he continued to follow at a distance. Crane said Mabry went east on Bloomington Road and tried to go around a truck to turn south onto Harris Street. She then spun out and hit a utility pole. She jumped out of the truck and ran. Fowler caught her in a backyard in the 1400 block of North Harris Street, Crane said.
Both Mabry and Adkins were arrested for burglary for entering the store intending to steal and aggravated battery for allegedly striking someone in the mall parking lot who was trying to get their license plate. Crane said that person was not hurt.
Mabry was also arrested for aggravated fleeing and eluding a police officer. Crane said she was not injured when the truck hit the pole.
Police said clothes worth $350 were found in the truck.
Birmingham AL. Sept 23 2008
Alabama’s first federal prison for women criminals will be built in Pickens County.
The U.S. Bureau of Prisons confirmed the prison, planned on land 2 miles north of Aliceville on Alabama Highway 14, will be a secure facility for female inmates.
Alabama is home to two federal prisons for men, in Talladega and at Montgomery’s Maxwell Air Force base. Although judges recommend prisoners serve their sentences close to home, the Bureau of Prisons designates where inmates will serve their time. Currently, women convicted of federal crimes in Alabama are sent out of state, with the closest women’s prisons in Tallahassee and Marianna, Fla
Felicia Ponce, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Prisons, said the agency decided to build the Aliceville prison for women to help relieve other overcrowded facilities nationally.
The new 1,400-inmate facility is expected to be an economic boon for Pickens County and the surrounding Black Belt communities, said state Rep. Alan Harper, D-Aliceville.
A $1.8 million contract for the prison was awarded July 31 to Caddell/Yates JV of Montgomery, the federal agency said. The facility is expected to be completed in 2011.
“We are very fortunate,” Harper said. “It is definitely a reality and will happen.”
Harper said he expects groundbreaking to take place this year. The new facility is expected to bring 350 jobs to the area, where many residents commute to Tuscaloosa or Columbus, Miss.
“It will absolutely save the northern end of the Black Belt,” Harper said.
Harper said he expects other support businesses such as hotels and restaurants to open in the area as a result of the prison.
The project gained momentum several years ago when Sen. Richard Shelby, a Republican from nearby Tuscaloosa, won federal funding. Shelby has steered $210 million toward the prison, including $155 million this year.
Statistics from the Sentencing Project, a Washington-based organization that advocates sentencing reform, show the female prison population is growing. Since 1985, the number of women in prison has increased at nearly double the rate of men.
“More women are being sent to prison at the state level, and the trend on the federal level is even more stark,” said Lisa Kung, an attorney with the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, which has fought to improve conditions at Alabama’s Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka.
Kung said having a new federal prison in Alabama could be seen as a positive, but she said the need for more space is a symptom of a much larger problem: sending women to prison for drug crimes instead of a community-based drug treatment. Figures were not available to show how many women from Alabama’s three federal court districts are in federal prisons across the country.
Glennon Threatt, a Birmingham defense lawyer who serves as the liaison between court-appointed attorneys and the federal court in Alabama’s northern district, said it is important for female inmates, especially those who are mothers, to be able to maintain contact with their families, which is hindered when they are housed in prisons far from home. It’s not unusual for female prisoners from Alabama to serve their sentences as far away as Danbury, Conn.
Threatt says contact visits with family and friends help to reduce recidivism.
“This lets them know they have a support network,” Threatt said.
Security officers capture burglary suspect http://www.privateofficer.com
A 49-year-old Newport man was arrested after allegedly breaking into a Wilmington recycling yard and getting into a scuffle with security officers according to a police report.
Wilmington police spokesman Master Sgt. Steven Barnes said about 10:20 a.m. Sunday officers were called to the Diamond State Recycling yard, at 1600 Bowers St.regarding a burglary .
Edward Dupree, of the first block of Copa Lane, was charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree assault, criminal trespassing and possession of a deadly weapon during a felony.
Sleeping guard allows prisoner to escape http://www.privateofficer.com
A private security guard who fell asleep on duty, allowing an inmate to slip out of Shreveport’s LSU Hospital, has been fired, police said this afternoon.
The prisoner, who was held on burglary charges when he escaped, was captured just over seven hours later at his aunt’s house, police said.
Police said the security guard was assigned to monitor two prisoners in a room at the medical center. Sean Sibley — unhandcuffed, wearing a hospital gown and attached to a heart monitor — slipped out of the room about 3:30 a.m. when the guard fell asleep, police said. He took the heart monitor with him, police said.
Sibley, 29, of Greenwood was arrested without resistance late this morning while hiding in the back of a vehicle, police said. Officers had gotten a tip to go to the relative’s house on Dalisa Street in south Shreveport.
Sibley was arrested last Wednesday on suspicion of vehicle burglary. He started complaining of chest pains two days later and was taken to LSU Hospital and admitted, police said.
After his arrest today, Sibley again started complaining of chest pains and was readmitted to the hospital, police said. This time, a patrol officer is guarding him.
The guard, whose name was not released, has been fired by Northwest Louisiana Security, police said.
Police said they are reviewing their contract with the company, which is paid to guard non-violent prisoners at the hospital so that commissioned officers can do regular police duties. Sibley has been charged with simple escape and felony theft of the heart monitor.
Church pastor guilty of $300,000 theft from church http://www.privateofficer.com
He will be sentenced Oct. 30 for identity theft, money laundering and deception. The maximum sentence would be 27 1/2 years in prison. About 20 lesser charges were dropped.
Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor James Gutierrez said Robinson stole the money over the course of a year, in addition to collecting his salary of $200,000 for 18 months.
Gutierrez has 20 binders that track what Robinson did with the money — he went to casinos and fine restaurants and bought fancy rims for his car, jewelry, clothes, manicures and cable television service.
The case tore the church apart, Gutierrez said, ostracizing the stewards who reported the missing money to police and splitting the congregation in half.
Prosecutors will ask that Robinson pay $211,000 in restitution.
Security officer shoots bicycle thief http://www.privateofficer.com
Authorities are investigating a shooting at a local business where a security officer shot a man who was trying to rob the business.
Police say that the guard at an Orange County Shell Gas station shot the man in the leg Sunday who was trying to steal a bicycle, deputies said.
Officers responding to the shooting said that Junior Valle-Bravo was transported to a local hospital and listed in critical condition because of the large amount of blood loss, Sgt. James A. Sykes said.
The sheriff’s department report stated that security officer, Herbert Welch, argued with the man because he was trying to steal a bike from the gas station, off Texas Avenue and Oak Ridge Road, sometime before 11:30 p.m.
Deputies said Welch ordered Valle-Bravo to get off the bike, but Valle-Bravo continued riding toward him.
Welch pulled his weapon and shot the suspect in the leg.
Records show Valle-Bravo has a criminal record but officials did not say for what.
The sheriff’s department is continuing their investigation and there was no word on any charges being filed against the security officer.
Consumer ALERT: RECALL ISSUED -Simplicity Brand Drop Side Cribs http://www.privateofficer.com
Name of Product: Simplicity Brand Drop Side Cribs
Units: About 600,000
AAFES, of Dallas, TexasBabies“R”Us, of Wayne, N.J.Burlington Coat Factory/Baby Depot, of Burlington, N.J.K’s Merchandise (out of business)Meijer Distribution Inc., of Grand Rapids, Mich.Nebraska Furniture Mart, of Omaha, Neb.ShopKo, of Green Bay, Wis.Target, of Minneapolis, Minn.Wal-Mart Stores Inc, of Bentonville, Ark.
Importer/Distributor: Simplicity Inc., of Reading, Pa. (this company is no longer in business)
Hazard: Due to sizing problems with the crib’s hardware, the drop side can come off the tracks.
When the drop side detaches or partially detaches, it creates a hazardous gap, which can lead to infant entrapment and suffocation.
Incidents/Injuries: SFCA and CPSC are aware of nine incidents in which the drop side detached on cribs that are part of this recall. There have been no injuries.
This recall of Simplicity drop side cribs involves models that used a different style of hardware from those cribs recalled in September 2007. The recalled model numbers include: 8620, 8745, 8748, 8755, 8756, 8778, 8810, and 8994. The recalled drop side cribs have a date code, which can be found on a label on the headboard under the mattress support, which ends in 05DH, 05GB, 06DH, 06GB, 07DH or 07GB (examples: 1806 DH or 0507 GB). The recalled model names include: Aspen and Crib N Changer Combo, Gabrielle, Camille, Providence and Shenandoah. Only the brand name “Simplicity” can be seen on the label on the headboard.
Sold by: Department stores, children’s stores and mass merchandisers nationwide from January 2005 through August 2008 for between $150 and $300.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs and find an alternative, safe sleeping environment for their baby. Consumers should return the recalled crib to the place of purchase for a refund or store credit. SFCA Inc., of Reading, Pa. is working with retailers to carry out this recall program.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact:
AAFES – (800) 866-3605 – http://www.AAFES.com
Babies “R” Us – (800) 869-7787 – http://www.babiesrus.com
Burlington Coat Factory/Baby Depot – http://www.babydepot.com
Meijer Distribution Inc. – (866) 280-8419 – http://www.meijer.com
Nebraska Furniture Mart – 800-359-1200 – http://www.nfm.com
Shopko – (800) 791-7333 – http://www.shopko.com
Target – (800) 440-0680 – http://www.target.com
Wal-Mart – (800) 925-6278 – http://www.walmart.com
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Police officer guilty of stealing breakfast sandwiches http://www.privateofficer.com
Sgt. Christopher Stahl pleaded guilty Monday to theft for walking out of a Quick Chek store in Rockaway Borough with eight breakfast sandwiches worth nearly $30.
Under his sentence in state Superior Court, the 39-year-old Stahl will have to pay $100, and he loses his job.
Prosecutor Robert Bianchi said the plea “represents the fact that no one is above the law.”
Defense attorney Edward Bilinkas said Stahl “made a mistake and has taken responsibility.
Robbery suspect captured at casino http://www.privateofficer.com
Kenny L. Rogers, 52, of Smirna, Ga., is wanted for a bank robbery that took place in Akron on Sept. 18, as well as another aggravated robbery. Hancock County Sheriff Mike White said it is believed that Rogers is also involved in a string of robberies but that it was not known for sure.
White said that his office received a call from the FBI at about 2 p.m. that Rogers would be at the casino. The sheriff’s office responded, and Rogers’ car was found in the parking lot by West Virginia State Police. The casino’s lottery personnel assisted in locating individuals who matched Rogers’ description, and the sheriff’s office, state police, and casino security broke into two groups to find them.
White said his group located Rogers gambling at a slot machine and arrested him without incident. Rogers was then taken to the federal courthouse in Wheeling, where he was arraigned.
No further information was available at press time.
Bail enforcement agents arrested for posing as FBI men http://www.privateofficer.com
DeKalb police arrested three apparent bounty hunters Sunday allegedly posing as FBI agents. Deputies received two reports from Kilpatrick Saturday of three white men dressed in black and one carrying a handgun entered homes posing as Federal Bureau of Investigation or Fugitive Recovery Unit agents.
Indiana security officer shot dead http://www.privateofficer.com
A private security officer was shot and killed while escorting a group of patrons outside a south side night spot early Sunday morning, police said.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Detective Lt. Zeke Hinojosa at (219) 852-2971.
OFFICER DOWN Patrick McDonald http://www.privateofficer.com
Biographical Info Age: 30