Security officer killed in crash http://www.privateofficer.com
A Lake of the Woods security officer died at Mary Washington Hospital Tuesday following a single-vehicle wreck early Sunday morning.
VA. police capture escapees causing crime wave http://www.privateofficer.com
Authorities say that they again have arrested two brothers in custody who had earlier escaped from a sheriff’s office in southeast Georgia.
Danville City, Virginia. police arrested 19-year-old Justin Kyle McIlrath and 22-year-old Matthew Robert McIlrath during a burglary Saturday.
The brothers face charges of forgery, larceny and burglary in Virginia. They also face charges of theft by bringing stolen property into the state in North Carolina.
Camden County Lt. William Terrell says the two used bolt cutters to cut through a fence at the Camden County Sheriff’s Office substation at Saint Marys on September 20th.
In Georgia, they are charged with escape, burglary and theft of an automobile in addition to the charges of burglary and criminal interference with government property they faced prior to their escape.
The brothers are incarcerated in Virginia and being held without bond.
Body of Jennifer Hampton found, 2 men in custody http://www.privateofficer.com
The body discovered by a fisherman in Melton Hill Lake on Saturday was that of 21-year-old Jennifer Lee Hampton, Knoxville Police spokesman Darrell DeBusk said Monday.
Police said that Miranda and Melchor are illegal aliens who were working at the Days Inn on Lovell Road where Hampton was last seen alive.
Police in Knoxville are waiting for the results of forensics tests done on evidence in the Hampton case to file related charges against the suspect or suspects.
“I wish we’d had a better outcome, but we just don’t think that’s going to happen,” Daniel said.
Hampton, a former homecoming queen from Waterloo, Ala., disappeared Sept. 19 from a Knoxville motel during a business trip here to train staff for a new restaurant.
Fisherman David Goode told The Knoxville News Sentinel that he found the victim’s nude body floating about 10 feet from the bank of the lake, less than 10 miles from the motel. Police are not releasing the cause of death at this time.
The suspects are being held without bond in the Knox County Jail on unrelated charges of forgery under $1,000 from earlier in September. They’re due in court in that case on October 15.
Both suspects are also being investigated by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.
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L.A. deputy sheriff charged with attempted murder http://www.privateofficer.com
A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was arrested Monday in connection with allegedly using a sharp instrument to inflict serious injuries on an acquaintance of his wife and attacking his wife, police said.
Deputy Robert Avery McClain, 34, a probationary officer assigned to the jail in downtown Los Angeles, was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries he suffered. He was later arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, aggravated assault and domestic violence, Irvine police Lt. Rick Handfield said.
McClain’s wife was not seriously injured, police said.
The victim, whose name was not released, was found on the floor in the leasing office of the complex where he lives, Handfield said.
He was not able to relay the facts of the assault and was taken to a hospital in stable condition, Handfield said.
The deputy’s wife apparently drove herself to a hospital and told staff she had also been assaulted, police said.
She “has less serious injuries,” Handfield said.
She was not stabbed, but Handfield, citing domestic violence privacy laws, declined to say how she was injured.
Depending on the outcome of an investigation, McClain could face termination because of his probationary status, Whitmore said.
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TN. state senator sentenced to 14yrs in prison http://www.privateofficer.com
Ford, 66, of Memphis was sentenced Monday in Nashville after being convicted in July of taking money from government contractors and lobbying for them while he served in the Tennessee Senate.
Jurors found Ford guilty of two charges of wire fraud and four charges of making false statements on official documents.
The maximum penalty was 20 years on the wire fraud charges and five years on the other counts
Ford is already serving a 51/2-year federal sentence on an unrelated bribery conviction. He won’t begin the new sentence until finishing the bribery term, which began April 28
NYC Armored truck guard robbed of money and gun http://www.privateofficer.com
Police say the guard was attacked outside the M&T Bank at 397 1st Avenue just after 9:30 a.m. but at least one suspect.
The female armored car security officer was reportedly attacked while either making a delivery or picking up money at the bank police would not disclose that information.
Police say she was put in a headlock by the suspect, who was armed with a knife. At that point he was able to unholster her weapon and take a bag filled with hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to authorities. Published reports estimate the take at $300,000.
The guard was not seriously injured but according to police was shaken up.
Police describe the suspect as a large man wearing a gray sweatshirt with a hoodie covering his face.
He fled the scene, but was reportedly captured on security cameras at the bank.
Investigators from the robbery squad was working on leads and looking for area security video.
Football player Richard Collier shot 14 times, left paralyzed http://www.privateofficer.com
Mr. Collier’s in good condition,” Kerwin said. “He’s off all life-support measures and is talking with his family and friends.”Kerwin, Collier’s physician and an associate professor of surgery at the University of Florida, said Collier was shot in the right shoulder, back, left groin, left leg and right buttock.
Man accused of stalking CNN reporter http://www.privateofficer.com
A Maine man showed up outside CNN’s Atlanta headquarters earlier this month, claiming anchorwoman Robin Meade used on-air body language to tell him to travel to Atlanta, according to a police report.
Atlanta police have not arrested Gregory Fitzgerald, 32, of Lewiston, Me., but advised Meade to seek a restraining order against him, the police report said.
Apparently, CNN or Meade followed through. Fitzgerald was served with a restraining order before he returned to Maine, said his stepfather, Paul Stufflebeam of Lewiston.
The cable television network says Fitzgerald has e-mailed Meade and called CNN more than 30 times since November 2007, expressing a “love interest” in her and asking to meet, CNN security official Chico Robinson reported to police on Sept. 17
Meade anchors the Headline News morning show, “Morning Express with Robin Meade.”
Fitzgerald could not be reached for comment, but Stufflebeam said his stepson is mentally disabled and has never been accused of stalking before. He also said Fitzgerald isn’t violent and that Meade should not fear for her safety.
“He’s a good kid,” Stufflebeam said. “He’s never hurt anybody. He doesn’t have an aggressive bone in his body.”
Fitzgerald told Stufflebeam that he was flying to Atlanta to spend time with a woman he met on the Internet and had been chatting with her for a couple years, Stufflebeam said.
Fitzgerald showed up at the CNN Center in downtown Atlanta on Sept. 16, claiming that Meade told him to come by “waving her hands, blinking her eyes and crossing her legs on television,” the report said.
Meade said that, to her knowledge, she has never met Fitzgerald, the report said.
Though Fitzgerald still has feelings for the anchorwoman, he will not be contacting her again, his stepfather said.
“We talked to him about it,” Stufflebeam said. “We’re going to get some help for him.”
When reached Monday, a CNN spokeswoman declined to comment.
Heavily armed man arrested at California mall http://www.privateofficer.com
Bakersfield police responded to assist mall security with a trespasser and found something that they thought could have potentially caused a lot of damage to the area and taken many lives.
After taking the man into custody, officers searched his pick up truck and found weapons and what they thought may have been a bomb.
Officers decided not to take any chances with the device and called in their bomb squad. The bomb squad used a robot to snatch the object. It was later rendered safe, according to Sgt. Greg Terry with the Bakersfield Police Department.
Police said that the cylindrical device did not have explosive material, according to police
“You never know exactly what you’re dealing with,” Terry said. “As a precautionary measure, we evacuated the area.”
At about 3:30 p.m., mall security reported to police that Edward Higgins, 71, of Tehachapi, was at the shopping center. He brandished a weapon at the mall several months ago, Terry said.
Police arrested Higgins and searched his black Ford Ranger. They found a loaded assault rifle, a shotgun and a suspicious device, police said.
Higgins was arrested on suspicion of carrying a loaded firearm in public and possessing an unregistered assault weapon, police said.
Police cordoned off the parking lot south of Mervyn’s. Some customers were unable to get to their vehicles as the bomb squad investigated the vehicle.
Josue Hernandez, 21, of Bakersfield, didn’t mind waiting to get to his truck. The suspicious device was removed about four hours after the incident started.
A boom reverberated from where the device was “rendered safe.”
“I’ll get some money for my truck if it blows up,” Hernandez said.
Jaguar football fans assault security officer http://www.privateofficer.com
The altercation began just an hour and a half after kickoff in the Sky Terrance section of the stadium just above the Bud Zone after a security guard told one man he could not buy any more beer.
Antonio Martinez, James Cotton and Shaun Perkins were arrested and taken to jail
According to the police report, Martinez tried to hit the security guard and missed, and then “the guard pushed the suspect away in self-defense but was then grabbed by Mr. Martinez and taken to the ground.”
The report states that while the security guard was on the ground, Cotton picked up a wooden folding chair and hit the guard in the back of the head.
Perkins kicked the man in the back of the head, a witness told police.
According to police reports, the attackers were all wearing Jaguars jerseys and they were all drunk and slurring their words.
Bill Prescott of the Jacksonville Jaguars spoke with Channel 4 last month about the NFL fan code of conduct, and said this type of behavior will not be tolerated at any game.
“We want to make sure all fans have a good experience at the game,” said Prescott.
He said their goal is to make sure everyone who shows up to see the Jags play will have a positive and safe experience.
Martinez, Cotton and Perkins were all face battery charges and each is being held on $15,000 bond.
The Jaguars front office said it is looking into the incident and, if the men are season ticket holders, they could loose their tickets.
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Robbery suspect makes escape down river on innertube http://www.privateofficer.com
Once the lone robber grabbed a money bag he then ran about 100 yards to a creek that runs into the river, making his getaway on what witnesses said was an inner tube.
Officers searched the water and riverbank, and a Sheriff helicopter was also dispatched to the area, but there was no sign of the man.
Willis says investigators believe others involved in the crime could have picked him up at a nearby boat launch or park.
FLA. teen charged with murder may have killed before http://www.privateofficer.com
Palm Beach FLA. Oct 1 2008
A troubled Florida teenager who allegedly bragged to his friends about nearly decapitating a neighbor appeared in court today as police investigated whether he might have killed before.
Alan Michael Tanguay, whose first arrest came at age 12, has been charged with the murder of 58-year-old Patricia Kaliszeski, a woman known in her neighborhood for taking walks with her beloved birds on her shoulder.
The 5-foot-7-inch, 145-pound 16-year-old was taken into custody before dawn Monday after his friends confided in their parents that Tanguay allegedly recounted the killing in great detail, also gloating that he had stolen $6 from her and bought beer.
“It was bothering them so much they just couldn’t keep it in. They told their parents, and they called us,” Palm Bay Police Detective Ernest Diebel told ABCNews.com.
Police, he said, had released few details about the murder, yet Tanguay’s friends “knew it all,” he said, including that he had been wearing Vans sneakers, which left bloody imprints in the house.
Diebel said police believe Kaliszeski was murdered sometime Thursday evening. She had been stabbed more than 20 times, left for dead in her bedroom with her throat slit.
Her ex-husband, whose girlfriend works at a catering business with Kaliszeski, found his ex-wife’s body just before 6 p.m. Friday, concerned that she hadn’t shown up for work and wasn’t reachable by phone.
“There’s blood all over the place,” he can be heard saying on the 911 tape, calling from a neighbor’s house.
When the 911 operator asked him several questions about the appearance of the body, he urged, “just send somebody please.”
Also disturbing, Diebel said, is that the teen’s friends told police that Tanguay allegedly boasted that he’d killed before and that he has a rule that if he finds someone in the house during a burglary, he has to kill them.
“He claims that was just bragging,” he said.
His MySpace page, which has since been made private, reportedly made violent references about how he liked to cut people with knives, Diebel said.
One sentence, according to the police report, read “I like gory sh**, like people getting their neck slit and tounge [sic] pulled out.”
Now police are checking with local and state police in areas where Tanguay previously lived, including Maryland, to look for any connection to unsolved murders.
“It’s hard to know,” Diebel said. “It’s hard to think that a 16-year-old kid would, first time out, stab someone numerous times … cut their throat.”
That type of savage killing, he said, is typically reserved for more seasoned offenders
According to the police report, Tanguay told his friends that Kaliszeski’s nightgown had been ripped off in the attack. Diebel said police were awaiting lab tests to determine if she had been sexually assaulted.
He allegedly told police that he cut her throat “to keep her from suffering,” according to the report.
Diebel, who said he’d worked with various police departments over his career, said, “I’ve never seen anything like this.”
Tanguay lived with his mom about two blocks from Kaliszeski’s Albright Street home. Diebel said he was arrested in 2003 for burglary and the next year, for battery. School records, he said, show a pattern of disciplinary problems.
A man who answered the phone at Tanguay’s house hung up when called for comment.
By contrast, Kaliszeski was said to be eager to help anyone who needed a hand. A close neighbor, who asked that she not be identified, said she’d come home on a hot day and found that the woman she knew as “Patty” had watered her garden and lawn. In return, the neighbor shared food from her garden.
The neighbor said Kaliszeski was a regular fixture in the neighborhood, walking with her bird on her shoulder while two cats followed behind.
“I sit on my porch every day and laugh,” the neighbor said, remembering how she used to call out and tease Kaliszeski about her entourage.
About six months ago, Kaliszeski’s bird was killed by a raccoon that got into the house
She cried for days for that bird,” the neighbor said, adding that she then buried it in her backyard, adorned the spot with flowers and got a new bird to accompany her on walks.
“Sometimes Patty would do things that no one else would do,” the neighbor said. “She was a free spirit, that’s what I call her.”
Diebel said Kaliszeski lived alone. No one answered the phone at her house Tuesday.
The police report indicated that Tanguay knew Kaliszeski was home and that he entered through an unlocked door.
Diebel said as far as police can tell, Tanguay and Kaliszeski didn’t know each other outside of a few neighborhood pleasantries exchanged when the teen would walk either in front of her house or along a creek out back.
Security officer shoots man who shot four patrons of club http://www.privateofficer.com
Authorities say that a shooting at a local nightclub left four people injured and the man accused of the shooting shot by a security officer.
Police say all four people were shot Sunday at the Uptown Lounge club on Pine Belt Road and are in good condition. The shooter has been arrested, a Richland County Sheriff’s Department news release said.
David D. Johnson, 19, is charged with four counts of assault and battery with intent to kill, the release said. The victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries, deputies say.
A security officer on duty at the club shot Johnson after the shooting when Johnson allegedly pointed a gun at the security officer, the release said.
Johnson is being held at the Richland County jail and no other details of the shooting have been released.