School security officer injured breaking up fight http://www.privateofficer.com
A Phoenix high school security officer was injured trying to break up a lunchroom fight Thursday according to school officials.
Sex offender gets life sentence http://www.privateofficer.com
BAY MINETTE AL Sept 27 2008 – Awaiting punishment for nine sex crimes, James Patrick Donoghue didn’t ask the court for mercy.
“I frankly do not deserve such,” said Donoghue, 54, of Robertsdale, sitting in the witness stand in a black-and-white-striped jail suit.
Instead, Donoghue read a statement Thursday telling his young victims and his family he was sorry.
This is all my fault and only mine,” he said. “Don’t let it weaken you.”
Earlier this year, Donoghue, at 6 feet 3 inches sporting a gray buzz cut and beard, pleaded guilty to five counts of first-degree sodomy, three counts of second-degree sodomy, and one count of first-degree sex abuse.
Donoghue was arrested in August 2007, charged with crimes that occurred over the previous four years involving two girls under the age of 14 whom Donoghue knew, according to Assistant District Attorney Matt Simpson.
At Simpson’s request, Presiding Circuit Judge James Reid sentenced Donoghue to one life sentence for each of the five counts of first degree-sodomy, and 20 years for each of the remaining charges.
Reid ordered that two of Donoghue’s life sentences be served consecutively, with the remaining sentences being served concurrently. That boils down to about 60 years in prison.
One of Donoghue’s victims and some of Donoghue’s family sat in court, pulling close to their loved ones and wiping tears from faces flushed red with grief.
The victims, now ages 16 and 12, said that he improperly touched or forced them to have oral sex, Simpson said.
Other females who knew Donoghue said he tainted their trust and love with his sexual innuendoes and actions that clouded their lives with anguish and confusion.
On the stand, Donoghue said he doesn’t know why he did what he did. The constant physical and sexual abuse he endured until he was a teenager played a part, but that is “more of a reason not to have done what I did,” Donoghue said.
Before Donoghue took the stand, two witnesses who are related to the victims de scribed how the abuse also affected them.
I feel like my blood is sick because of you,” said the first young woman, who is in her early 20s. “You are a sick person. I looked up to you.”
The second, 21, said: “I am not OK. I can’t scrub my body hard enough to get the filth off me. … No matter what you get, it will never be enough.”
A third witness ? one of the victims ? said, “What happened affected me in a way that nobody else can understand.”
That girl, who was abused from age 10 to 14, said Donoghue’s actions have crippled her ability to trust, strained her friendships with young men and caused her to question simple gestures, such as a touch on a shoulder.
“Everything I see reminds me of you,” she said.
Donoghue’s attorney, Derek Rose, said his client pleaded guilty to lessen the pain for the victims.
“I can’t presume to know what punishment is appropriate in this case,” Rose said. “At some point in time he is going to be judged by somebody not in this courtroom.”
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Shoplifter makes get-away on electric scooter http://www.privateofficer.com
The manager of the store at 40 Jackson St. said that he called police and told them the man headed toward Lawrence on the electric scooter.
Officers arrived shortly afterwards and searched the area but did not locate the shoplifter according to reports.
The store manager described the man as “scruffy looking,” wearing a black jacket and driving the motorized scooter.
The incident occurred around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said. Officers believe the man probably lives in the neighborhood.
Tennessee teacher charged with having sex with student http://www.privateofficer.com
Portland High School math teacher Sandra Binkley turned herself into police Thursday. She was charged with statutory rape by an authority figure for allegedly having sex with a 17-year-old student on campus during school hours.
“He said she was okay, she was real nice,” said Fred Rogan, quoting how his son described the teacher. “He said she was real friendly.”
Al West of the Portland Police Department said Binkley had sexual relations with a student in March.
Investigators found about the case after the teenager told his parents, who reported the incident to school administrators this week.
“The Sumner County School District will not tolerate the type of behavior alleged in this incident for any of its employees,” said Jeremy Johnson, Sumner County Schools spokesman.
“My son called and told me what had happened and I was very upset,” Rogan said.
Rogan isn’t the only parent concerned about the situation.
“You send your child to school and they’re there all day,” said Melissa McBride, another parent. “You have to trust that school is going to take care of them. So, yeah, you worry about it. You do.”
Police said this is an isolated incident no other victims have come forward.
Binkley was suspended without pay until the incident is resolved. The school district is considering providing counseling for some of the students at the high school.
Hanging tag could prevent car break-ins http://www.privateofficer.com
A bright yellow card may be the solution to keeping thieves out of cars.
The Oviedo Police Department’s “Stop Thief” cards, hung from cars’ rearview mirrors, signal to criminals that there are no valuables inside and that the doors are locked — a “don’t waste your time” conveyance.
The program began June 1 and more than 1,200 cards have been distributed, police spokesman Lieutenant George Ilemsky said.
The card is also a visual cue for the car owners, Chief Jeff Chudnow said. “When you look at it it’s a reminder to you,” he said, “but it’s also kind of like having an alarm sticker outside of your home.”
Theft of money and valuables from cars is one of the biggest issues nationwide, as well as in the city.
In July, there were 14 cars burglarized, according to Oviedo Police crime statistics. In Seminole County, there were 1,862 such incidents in 2007, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
“Some people have tendencies not to lock their cars and there are people walking around looking for unlocked cars,” he said.
This is especially a problem in gym parking lots, where people leave purses and laptops inside their cars. Chudnow said if you are going to store valuables in your trunk, put them in there beforehand so people don’t see you do it.
Pick up the vinyl “Stop Thief” cards at the C.O.P.S. and Volunteer Center in the Oviedo Marketplace mall or at the Oviedo Police Department at 300 Alexandria Blvd., next to City Hall.
School resource officer injured by students http://www.privateofficer.com
At least seven students assaulted a school resource officer at Southern Nash High School early Wednesday, authorities said.
According to the sheriff’s office, the unidentified Nash County deputy works at the high school and was attacked by the students while they were in the bus parking area before classes Wednesday, authorities said.
The deputy said that the scuffle broke out when one of the students refused the his order to go to the principal’s office, authorities said.
At that point the deputy engaged in some verbal directions to the students and several others joined in and began pushing and shoving the deputy.
Four students were arrested on a variety of charges, including inciting a riot, assault inflicting serious bodily injury on a government official, disorderly conduct and simple assault..
The deputy was treated at Nash General Hospital and later released, authorities said. He was severely injured and is expected to miss about six weeks of work
Those arrested were being held in the Nash County Jail but authorities did not release their names.
Police use Taser to subdue shoplifter http://www.privateofficer.com
EDMOND OKLA. Sept 26 2008 — Police arrested two Mustang residents who allegedly stole merchandise from an Edmond sports retailer, Tasering one suspect attempting to flee from the scene.
Man charged with theft of expensive cell phone equipment http://www.privateofficer.com
When you look at the items recovered, it may look like simple computer equipment. But they are anything but simple or inexpensive.
“The recovery is somewhere in the neighborhood of $1.8 million worth of property,” said Snellville Police Department Chief Roy Whitehead.
Whitehead showed Channel 2 80 computer cards stolen from local cell phone towers. The cards are what allows calls to go through. Snellville police believe Dwayne Horton, 43, broke into the towers and removed the cards from the system.
“By removing them from the system, actually, the system would go down and would notify technicians and they would come to the scene and discover the cards were missing,” said Whitehead.
Police said Horton knew what he was doing because he used to work in the cell phone industry. Investigators found the cards at his homes in Decatur and Dacula and in his Mercedes.
“We did some surveillance on him yesterday and were able to make a traffic stop,” said Whitehead. “During the traffic stop, a number of the cards were visible from the backseat of the vehicle.”
The cards are valued at $23,000 a piece. Whitehead said they soon discovered the thefts were going on throughout the metro Atlanta area — a total loss of $6 million worth of cards.
“We determined a good number of these were sold in the Boston area and actually routed over to Chicago as well,” said Whitehead.
Whitehead said they anticipate charges against Horton from Snellville, Gwinnett and DeKalb police. Horton is being held in the Gwinnett County Jail with no bond.
Security officer assaulted with 2-way radio http://www.privateofficer.com
A Crown Heights woman grabbed a female security guard’s walkie-talkie and assaulted her with it, police said yesterday.
Cherrell White, 33, for unknown reasons allegedly flew into a rage, grabbed the radio and smashed the 37-year-old security officer in the head at White’s Carroll Street apartment building at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
The police were notified and responded and found the suspect and took her into custody.
The security officer was treated for minor injuries at Kings County Hospital.
Police said that they have arrested White, who was charged with assault and menacing.
North Carolina landlord accused of fondling tenant’s children http://www.privateofficer.com
A man who did not identify himself answered the door at Lahoud’s home Friday afternoon, saying no one was home and that he was there taking care of the family’s dogs.A tenant of Lahoud, who wished to remain anonymous and does not have children, expressed shock Friday of the allegations, calling Lahoud “a real nice guy.”
Bra bandits continue to srike Victoria Secret store http://www.privateofficer.com
For the third time this month and at least the fifth time since February, brazen bra bandits have swiped more than $1,500 worth of women’s undergarments from the Victoria’s Secret store in the Coastland Center mall, 1770 U.S. 41 N.
On Wednesday, thieves made off with 36 bras — sizes 38C, D and DD — worth $1,644.
Thieves stole more than $7,500 worth of bras from the store this month alone, and nearly $15,000 worth since February.
“We have shoplifting from other stores, but not usually this high dollar amount this frequently,” Naples police spokesman Michael Herman said. “They’re getting hit hard. I don’t know why.”
Police say they are investigating the thefts, but have few leads and no suspects.
Victoria’s Secret security cameras have not caught the thefts on video, so authorities are looking at other mall cameras for footage from common areas, Herman said.
“It’s a mall. There’s no way of knowing if they are in any way, shape or form related,” Herman said of the thefts.
Wednesday’s theft occurred just before noon, according to a police incident report.
Store Manager Kelly Marie Antunes told police she was waiting on a customer in the front of the store and had a good view of the bra section, reports said. However, there were three drawers carrying sizes 38C, D and DD, which were out of her view.
When Antunes finished helping the customer she noticed that the three drawers, which hold 12 bras each, were empty.
Thieves also got away with clothing from the Abercrombie & Fitch store next door to Victoria’s Secret on Wednesday, police reported.
A manager at Victoria’s Secret said he was instructed by the corporate office not to talk to the media about the thefts.
“In order to protect ourselves and our customers, we’re actively working with local law enforcement authorities to deter, and when possible, prosecute the thefts,” said Robin Olshavsky, a spokeswoman for Victoria’s Secret’s parent company, Limited Brands.
On Sept. 9, thieves stole 58 bras valued at $2,736 from the store. A week later, someone stole 88 more bras worth $4,086.
Victoria’s Secret employees reported 45 bras valued at $1,935 stolen in May, and 65 bras worth $2,925 stolen in February.
Herman said Naples police regularly work with mall employees and store managers to prevent thefts.
Anderson Police Captain Fired http://www.privateofficer.com
According to the Anderson Independent-Mail newspaper, they reported Friday that Brown confirmed that Johnson was terminated Thursday afternoon.
Brown said there was misconduct and violation of the department’s polices and procedures. However, the chief would not elaborate on the violations or anything surrounding this matter.
The newspaper reported that Johnson agreed to undergo harassment training after questions were raised this summer about his conduct with a female police recruit. Brown said the termination was not related to that matter and that it was a departmental issue and did not disclose anything further.
Johnson said Thursday evening he had been fired and plans to file an official grievance with the city. He would not talk about the case either.