Woman arrested after kids found in U-Haul truck http://www.privateofficer.com
Cooperstown police say that they arrested a Georgia woman after she made a stop at an area gas station. Police said Quiana Deberry was traveling from Georgia to Illinois with five children in the enclosed cargo area of a U-Haul moving truck.
“When I first approached the U-Haul, one of the small children was sleeping in between two couches,” said Coopertown Sgt. Adam Bennett.
Police said when Deberry stopped in Robertson County someone spotted the children unrestrained inside the windowless cargo area and notified police. The back of the truck doesn’t have any air conditioning.
“Common sense would tell you that a child can’t be in the rear of a U-Haul moving van with no way to breathe or anything,” Bennett said.
Police arrived to find the children ranging in age from 5 to 13 years old huddled together in the enclosed rear portion of the truck. Four other children were found unrestrained in the front seat. Deberry was traveling with nine children and her 18-year-old sister.
“Apparently she’s have some relationship issues with one of the fathers of the children,” Bennett said.
Deberry was taken into custody and has been charged with five counts of reckless endangerment. She spent the night in the Robertson County Jail and the town of Coopertown put her children up at a hotel in Springfield. Coopertown is 25 miles north of Nashville and 20 miles south of Clarksville.
Police said the kids lives were in danger and they had to take action.
“You can tell that the things aren’t packed tightly or secured, which put these kids in even greater danger right off the back,” Bennett said.
Police said the woman claimed to be trying to leave a bad relationship. The children could’ve been hurt while riding in the back of the moving truck.
Police talked with the children’s grandmother who plans to travel from Chicago to get the children. Deberry bonded out of jail Thursday morning.
Police kill drug suspect at busy mall http://www.privateofficer.com
Oro Valley AZ Sept 26 2008
A man under investigation for suspected drug activity was shot to death by a police officer Wednesday afternoon at a busy North Side shopping center, authorities said.
The man was shot by an Oro Valley officer assigned to the department’s Community Action Team, which is investigating drug use at area schools, including Canyon del Oro High School, said Lt. Rick Middleton, a Tucson police spokesman
Oro Valley officers in an unmarked vehicle had been following the man’s vehicle when he drove into the shopping center at the northwest corner of North First Avenue and East Wetmore Road, Middleton said.
The center includes Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Payless shoes and numerous other retail stores and restaurants.
The officers intended to stop the man and his passenger when the shooting occurred, shortly before 5 p.m., he said.
Police said the suspect did not shoot at the officer, but they did not know what prompted the officer to fire.
The passenger in the car, also a suspect in the drug investigation, was taken to the hospital with chest pains, Middleton said. The man was not injured during the confrontation, he said.
No police officers were injured, he said.
The suspect’s car crashed in front of a beauty supply store in the shopping center, but authorities said there was no chase.
Tucson police received calls about gunshots heard at the shopping center and went to the scene, where Oro Valley police officers had already arrived, he said.
Tucson police will handle the shooting investigation. Oro Valley will investigate the incident administratively, Middleton said.
The name of the officer was not released. The name of the dead man was not released because his relatives needed to be notified, Middleton said.
Liz Wright, Oro Valley police spokeswoman, referred questions about the incident to Tucson police. She said the officer would be placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.
Some customers were inside stores at the shopping center when they realized a shooting took place outside.
“We were at the Subway inside the Wal-Mart when the people in front of us heard gunshots,” said Jessica Sandau, who was with her fiancee, Curtis Batho, and their 1-year-old daughter, Leilani Batho.
Sandau and her family had arrived at the Wal-Mart about 10 minutes earlier, she said.
“I was glad we weren’t outside because it could’ve been a bullet hitting my daughter,” she said as they were waiting to get to their car, which was parked in the crime scene area.
Shannon Summers came to the shopping center with her son, Tristan Davis, to pick up her niece and nephew after her father heard there was a shooting, she said.
The two children, plus Summers’ sister and brother-in-law, were in a nearby shoe store when the shooting happened, she said.
“It’s not a good feeling,” Summers said as she waited for authorities to allow her relatives to leave the store. “I’m glad they’re OK, but it’s a little too close for comfort.”
The shooting occurred during an ongoing drug investigation by Oro Valley police.
The agency said recently that officers have noticed an increase in teens and young adults in the area using heroin and being addicted to it.
The Police Department’s Community Action Team has been targeting drug sellers and buyers in enforcements, according to stories in the Arizona Daily Star.
Authorities would not say what drugs were involved with Wednesday’s shooting.
Two teens, one a former student at Canyon del Oro High School, the other a senior at the school, had recently died from drug overdoses, but it was not made public which types of drugs were used.
Many of the youths snared in the Oro Valley investigations started using heroin after abusing OxyContin, a prescription pain reliever, Sgt. Mike McBride, who leads the agency’s CAT team, said in a Star story published in July.
Rampant heroin use among young people is something he hadn’t seen in his 19 years of police work, he told the Star.
“When it came to heroin, it was all adults — that’s why we’re shaking our heads,” McBride told the Star in July.
Cleaning person charged with cleaning out mall http://www.privateofficer.com
On Wednesday, police arrested Roberto C. Barbosa, 40, after responding to a burglar alarm at a store named Urban Behavior.
When police arrived to the mall they found the rear door open and Barbosa inside, police said.
Barbosa claimed to be a cleaner, but ran out of the rear door with officer Chin in pursuit.
Police later found his vehicle and inside was two large trash bags filled with clothing from Urban Behavior.
According to police, Barbosa had more than $2,000 worth of stolen clothing.
Detectives also went to his home and recovered over $18,000 worth of clothing and other items that were taken from several stores, including Banana Republic and Abercrombie and Fitch, police said.
Barbosa was charged with breaking and entering, larceny from a building and receiving stolen property.
He is being held and is expected to be arraigned in Quincy District Court Thursday morning.
Man dies from fall after being Tasered http://www.privateofficer.com
A naked, distraught man fell to his death after a police officer shocked him with a Taser stun gun as he stood on a building ledge, authorities said.
The man, Iman Morales, 35, was pronounced dead at a hospital after his nearly 10-foot fall Wednesday. Police said he suffered serious head trauma when he sit the sidewalk.
The death of the man, who witnesses and neighbors said had become distraught and had threatened to kill himself earlier in the day, brought renewed focus to the use of Tasers by the police.
It also raised questions over why Morales was shocked with the stun gun when there was no inflatable bag placed on the sidewalk to catch him if he fell.
“They didn’t try to brace his fall. They did nothing. I’ve seen a lot of things in my time. But what they did was wrong,” said neighbor Kirk Giddens, 39, in Thursday editions of the Daily News.
In a video posted on the Web site of the New York Post, Morales can be seen clambering along a building’s fire escape until he reaches a ledge and begins swinging a large fluorescent light bulb at officers below. One of the officers raises a Taser at Morales, who freezes and topples over headfirst.
Police spokesman Paul J. Browne told The New York Times that Morales’ death was under investigation. He said that it was unclear whether an inflatable bag had been requested or whether it had not yet arrived at the scene.
Officers are allowed to use Tasers if they believe psychologically distressed people are a danger to themselves or to others.
Thousands of city police sergeants began carrying Tasers on their belts this year. The pistol-shaped weapons fire barbs up to 35 feet and deliver 50,000-volt shocks to immobilize people
Suspended officer aids store security with armed shoplifter http://www.privateofficer.com
A Charleston police officer on paid administrative leave related to allegations of “double dipping” helped foil an alleged shoplifter carrying a Glock 9mm pistol at the Kmart on 4th Avenue Saturday.
Two loss prevention officers at the store were trying to stop Rodney Preston Shaffer, 32, from getting away when one of his arms got free and he untucked his shirt, revealing the gun, said Charleston Police Sgt. Duke Jordan.
“When [ officer Peoples] saw the pistol, he did what was natural – he acted out of instinct and got the gun,” Jordan said. “Something bad may have happened had he not gotten the weapon.”
Jordan would not confirm whether Peoples works as a loss prevention officer at Kmart.
Kmart representatives declined to comment on any aspect of this story.
“The call came over as an off-duty police officer fighting, but what it was, was the Kmart loss prevention officers,” Jordan said. “Once police got there [Shaffer] was arrested.”
Shaffer was arrested about 2 p.m., said Sgt. Aaron James, assistant chief of detectives for Charleston police.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court, Shaffer had three narcotics and five other types of pills on him when he was arrested. He had tried to leave the store with seven stolen items, the complaint states
“While being detained, the defendant was found carrying a concealed weapon on his person,” according to the complaint. Peoples is not named in the complaint.
Preston was charged with misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon and shoplifting and possession of a narcotic with intent to distribute, a felony.
He is in jail on a $112,500 full surety bond issued by Magistrate Kim Aaron.
In May, Peoples was indicted by a Kanawha County grand jury on felony charges of obtaining money by a fraudulent scheme and computer fraud.
The indictment against Peoples alleges he defrauded the Town Center mall of at least $1,000 between Jan. 19, 2000, and Aug. 24, 2004, and that he used the mall’s computer system as a part of his alleged scheme.
The charges against Peoples are the same as those made against former Charleston police detective James L. “Chip” Nowling, who was sentenced to three years of probation and 300 hours of community service last year
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Subway employee a wanted robbery suspect http://www.privateofficer.com
Police officers chased the wanted man down neighborhood streets and through a house before finding him hiding under a car late Tuesday afternoon.
It all started when Stroud Area Regional Police were called to the Subway sandwich shop on North Ninth Street around 5 p.m. to investigate a report of an employee stealing cash, said SARP Sgt. Rick Greene.
While police were talking to the suspect, they ran a background check on the employee in question and found that he was wanted on an active arrest warrant for armed robbery in New Jersey.
When SARP Officer Steven Nordmark tried to take him into custody, he ran with police in quick pursuit.
According to Sgt. Greene, Officer Nordmark and Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy Steinberg chased the suspect.
At one point the suspect ran into an occupied house on Scott Street and out the back door.
He was soon found hiding under a silver Hyundai Santa Fe on Stone Street, between Scott and Thomas streets.
SARP have not released the suspect’s name and did not say when the armed robbery occurred
Security guard caused no risk at Y-12 nuclear plant http://www.privateofficer.com
Phone records obtained by the News Sentinel indicate the personal calls could have exceeded 1,000 minutes during one month in late 2007, but Wackenhut Services Inc. spokeswoman Courtney Henry would not confirm the number or length of personal calls in question.
Wackenhut would not release details of its investigation, confirm the identity of the Y-12 security police officer or discuss the disciplinary actions taken.
Henry said the matter was “thoroughly investigated” and that the company later changed its policies and procedures “to better define acceptable use of government telephones for personal use.”
She said the investigation determined that the guard’s personal phone calls while on duty did not jeopardize security at the Oak Ridge warhead plant.
“Due to the duty position the security police officer was in at the time of the incidents, and the multiple layers of security in place to protect the site, at no time was there a degradation of security,” Henry said.
Steven Wyatt of the National Nuclear Security Administration said the federal agency was satisfied with the Wackenhut investigation.
“The investigation was handled directly by WSI. NNSA was informed of the issue and findings. It is inappropriate for us to comment on any discipline as that is a matter between WSI and the employee involved,” Wyatt said.
Henry said the security police officer remains employed at Wackenhut.
Asked for more details about the security’s contractor’s previous and current phone policies, she said, “WSI feels we have provided sufficient information on this issue and we don’t want to further discuss the phone policy, other than to say that we reviewed it and revised it following the incident in question.”
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Gas lines long, fuses short causing public safety concerns http://www.privateofficer.com
With long lines and short fuses, several fights broke out in the metro area and in one case a man pulled a handgun when someone cut in front of him while waiting in line for gas.
“We are going to start a riot,” yelled a customer who identified herself as Catirra.
Police had to step in at a Wal-Mart gas station on Sardis Road North because a fight almost broke out when Catirra allegedly cut in line.
“It made me angry,” said customer Gloria Houston. “I’ve been sitting here for five hours.”
Wednesday night people started lining up at gas stations after fear spread because of the ongoing fuel shortage in the Southeast.
What ya’ll want us to do, walk?” questioned Catirra. “Where are we supposed to go?”
Police forced Catirra to leave at the request of gas station management. People clapped and cheered.
Private security officers and police from across the area have been brought in to keep the peace as many gas stations are dry and those who do have gas are flooded with angry customers waiting in line for hours.
Wednesday night at the same southeast Charlotte Wal-Mart gas station, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer broke his wrist when he tried to tackle a belligerent customer.
“People are impatient, not wanting to cooperate, wanting to do their own thing, wanting to be first, wanting to argue,” said Larry Barger of Delta Company Police, a private security firm.
Some Exxon gas stations around Charlotte hired private security to control traffic and keep customers safe.
“It’s a mad house,” said Barger. “We’ve got reports that people are pulling guns on people. We got a report of a guy beating another car with a baseball bat this morning.”
Area police do not know how many arrests of unruly drivers have been made but officers say it’s been numerous.
51 Vanderbilt University students arrested http://www.privateofficer.com
Polk County Sheriff Bill Davis told WTC-TV in Chattanooga that the overseer of High Country Campground called early Sunday and said that the students were being rowdy and setting off fireworks.
The sheriff’s department found four kegs of beer at the cabin. Some of the fraternity members were sleeping in their cars
One of the outfitter’s buses was used to take the students to jail, where they were booked on charges of disorderly conduct and underage drinking.
A Vandy spokesperson told the station the university and Sigma Chi International are investigating the incident.
Ohio shoplifting gangs hit with racketeering charges http://www.privateofficer.com
Police also arrested a fourth suspect who they believe belongs to a theft ring that stole video games from at least two Wal-mart stores.
Dodson, Brandon McBeath, 20, Tanya Dodson, 43, all of Dayton and Yarius O’neal, of Hammond Ind. were indicted for racketeering, conspiracy, and theft by a Greene County grand jury Sept. 19.
Information from this arrest and several other similar thefts in the area led police to another group who is also suspected in similar thefts from a Wal-mart in Montgomery County that led to the racketeering charges, which are second degree felonies, according to police.
McBeath also faces a robbery charge because he had an altercation with a store security agent at the store. All four are in the Greene County Jail in lieu of bond.
Police said that those arrested were caught on video surveillance abd that they will continue working with local loss prevention personnel to fight an increase in retail thefts.
Mall shopper sues security and mall over dress issue http://www.privateofficer.com
A Kentucky woman, who made national news after her clothing got her kicked out of a mall, has filed a lawsuit.
The suit is against the Richmond Mall and Eagle Security for assault, false imprisonment, and outrageous conduct by mall security.
Kymberly Clem says she was asked to leave the mall back in August by a security guard who told her the dress she was wearing was too short.
Her attorney, Wes Brown, says they have been waiting for six weeks to hear from the Richmond Mall.
Clem says she bought the dress at the mall.
Store security agents unknowingly capture bank robbery suspect http://www.privateofficer.com
Loss prevention agents at the store took Noah Goldman into custody for shoplifting at the Jantzen Beach Home Depot and was processing him when they called police to transport the man to jail.
It turned out that Goldman was also wanted for a bank robbery at the Bank of American on SE Chkalov Drive in Vancouver earlier this month.
After the initial robbery, Vancouver Police Detectives had tentatively identified the suspect and had a vehicle description.
The vehicle described as the suspect vehicle in the Vancouver robbery was found by Porrtland officers in the parking lot of the Home Depot when Goldman was arrested.
Bank manager kidnapped, forced to rob bank http://www.privateofficer.com
Investigators are still looking into a kidnapping of an area bank manager and robbery of a bank. Many questions remain unanswered police said early Friday morning.
What they do not know is how the men got to Booth’s house in the first place.
“There’s a lot of unanswered questions at this point,” said Thomas Hejl, Calvert County assistant sheriff. “It’s a very, very, very strange occurrence as to how it appears.”
Booth’s neighbors have told investigators they saw nothing unusual Wednesday morning, and police canvassing the area found no abandoned vehicles. The neighbor who lives across the street from Booth said he saw her come out and load some things into her sport-utility vehicle before going back inside for her children. He turned his attention away before she came back out.
I see her coming down the steps to go to the truck,” said Richard Womer, 40, said. “There was no cars or nothing.”
Police are still searching for the men involved in the incident. Investigators said Booth has been “totally cooperative” and has said she did not know her abductors.
“She’s answered every question we’ve asked of her,” said Detective Sgt. Michael Moore of the Calvert Investigative Team, a collaboration between the state police and the county sheriff’s office.
After interviewing Booth until late Wednesday, investigators turned their attention to her 5-year-old daughter. Moore said investigators would use an FBI agent specializing in child interviews to talk to the girl. Lt. Rick Burris, commander of the St. Mary’s County Bureau of Criminal Investigations, said investigators talked to the girl Wednesday night. He declined to provide details.
According to police, two men — one armed with a rifle or shotgun and both wearing camouflage shirts and ski masks — approached Booth at her home before 7 a.m. They forced Booth, 27, and her two children — an 18-month-old son and her daughter — into her blue Chevrolet Tahoe, and one of them drove to the PNC Bank in St. Mary’s where Booth is a manager.
At some point, they pulled alongside a black Nissan Sentra with at least one person inside, and that car followed the Tahoe briefly, Moore said.
Holding the 18-month-old hostage in the car, the men forced Booth to go into the bank with her daughter and remove an undisclosed amount of money, police said. She left the daughter with a bank employee, who called 911, and she returned to the Tahoe, police said.
The men eventually dropped off Booth and her son at an elementary school and abandoned the Tahoe at a CVS drugstore in Lexington Park, authorities said.
PNC Bank is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call St. Mary’s detectives at 240-434-2754 or 301-475-3333 or Calvert detectives at 410-535-2800