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Security training facility faces opposition http://www.privateofficer.com
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Last year, Riverside County officials gave a private security firm the go-ahead to build a 194-acre training facility near Temecula.
Some people are afraid of what might take place on this tract of land and they don’t’ want bullets flying over their heads, bombs exploding or people from unknown places coming into their town and training for who knows what.
Anne Weston is a retired school teacher from Menifee who leads the opposition said that she and others are worried about the site’s proximity to homes and a high school. They aim to derail the project by blocking Procintu’s public use permit.
But, Procinctu’s CEO says the center will be no danger to residents and that his company should not be compared to companies such as Blackwater.
SPOTLIGHT——–SECURITY MANAGER—-KEN WHEELER http://www.privateofficer.com
But watching over six community hospitals, as well as outpatient centers, offices and medical clinics with the security staff, doesn’t keep him from a long list of volunteer commitments with CrimeStoppers, Association for Excellence in Education, Tupelo Schools and the Jim Ingram Leadership Institute.Wheeler says he’s just one of a legion of volunteers who make Tupelo function.
“In the Tupelo area, it seems like everybody you meet serves on some board,” said Wheeler, who said he’s been inspired by the Tupelo story and leaders like the late Felix Black. “The spirit of community service is already prevalent here.”
He’s recently joined the board of the Boys & Girls Club and is helping organize an alumni chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, which covers Holly Springs, Oxford and Tupelo.So much more”He does more than work at the hospital,” said Tupelo Police Chief Harold Chaffin. “We need more like him.”Wheeler was a founding charter member of CrimeStoppers of Northeast Mississippi and helped organize the Police Athletic League. “These programs you start as a leap of faith,” Chaffin said. “If you don’t have people like Ken, these community-based organizations don’t happen.” The Memphis native has been in Tupelo since 1983, when he joined the NMMC staff. He’s served as the director of security services at the hospital since 1989.
Through the years, the hospital has encouraged and supported its employees’ volunteer efforts. Wheeler said his strengths don’t lie in drumming up a lot of money. “My strength is strategy,” Wheeler said. “I’m not the kind of person who can go out and raise a lot of funds.”
But he enjoys working with others to go from brainstorming to a completed project, which he did with CrimeStoppers and has continued to do so as a volunteer for 15 years.”I just can’t let it go,” Wheeler said. “It’s a great opportunity to have an impact on the personal security of the community.”Several of Wheeler’s commitments revolve around children. Wheeler and his wife, Cheryl, have two children, Tiffany, a senior at the University of Mississippi, and Brandon, a Tupelo High School ninth-grader. “You want to leave a legacy,” Wheeler said.
“What greater way to leave it than through kids.” Working with other AEE members to support Tupelo High Schools’ senior projects has been really rewarding. The organization provides mentors and resources for the seniors and hosts a culmination day where the students present their projects. “They’ll never forget their senior project,” said Wheeler, who was amazed by the detail and dedication the students put into their work. “
As adults, we can put that work in a proper venue.”
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Mother arrested after leaving kids in freezing car http://www.privateofficer.com
http://www.privateofficer.com/ A mother is facing with child endangerment charges on Tuesday night.
Police say 27-year-old Viviano Lourdes of Chicago left her two children in an unheated car for 30 minutes while she shopped at a north suburban mall.
Someone saw the 3-year old boy and 8-year old girl in the car outside the Lincolnwood Town Center on Monday night and notified security officers.
Mall security investigated and called Lincolnwood police.
Officers were able to locate the mother and placed her under arrest. It was 16 degrees outside with a wind chill of 8 degrees.
Police said that the children did not need medical attention.
Sex offenders posing as security arrested http://www.privateofficer.com
Neighbors at this apartment complex on Alamos, near Shaw called police to complain about two suspicious men posing as security in an unmarked jeep. One was wearing a C.S.I. hat and badge and another was wearing a correctional officer’s hat.
Investigators also discovered children’s toys and items of a sexual nature inside the car leading them to further question the men’s intentions.
“Anytime somebody poses either as a police officer or security officer, it raises the danger and suspicion on what they were doing, what kind of criminal activity they are doing in this particular area,” said Mike Doyle with the Fresno Police Department.
Officers arrested the two men for being under the influence of a controlled substance. The suspects may face more charges after police complete their investigation.
Security guard arrested for drug trafficking http://www.privateofficer.com
Ronnie Lee Gipson, 38, was wearing his security uniform about 11:55 p.m. Tuesday when he sold nine pills of the prescription painkiller oxycodone to an undercover officer for $120, Tampa police said.
Gipson was charged with felony armed trafficking minutes after the meeting at North Jasmine and East 108th avenues, records show. He was being held without bail at the Orient Road Jail today.
Officers seized three pistols from Gipson, as well as 46.7 grams of oxycodone, 23.8 grams of Xanax and $5,267 in cash, a report states.
Linda Carlo, a spokeswoman for the Parks and Recreation Department, said Gipson has been suspended without pay pending a pre-disciplinary hearing. He has worked for the city since 2003.
Police charge four after shoplifting spree http://www.privateofficer.com
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http://www.privateofficer.com/ – Sheriff’s deputies say two women and two teenage girls face theft charges after they were seen removing hundreds of dollars worth of clothing from two department stores.
The suspects hid the clothes in handbags and carried them to a vehicle parked outside, according to Marion County Sheriff’s Office reports.
On Tuesday, security with Bealls at 9598 S.W. 114th St. told deputies they saw four women – later identified as Amy Renee Hope, 46, Karlyn R. Zanders, 20, and two teens, ages 17 and 16 – enter with handbags and walk around the store.
The witnesses said the four entered separate dressing rooms, and, when they left, their bags were full. The four then went to a white, four-door Lincoln.
At the Wal-Mart at 9570 S.W. State Road 200, deputies said the four ran into the store, grabbed clothing and ran out. Store officials estimate the total loss at $802.92.
Deputies caught the women in the parking lot of Big Lots at 8602 S.W. SR 200.
Hope and Zanders were taken to the Marion County Jail, while the teens were taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center.
The four were also issued trespass warnings.
Police use Taser on shoplifter http://www.privateofficer.com
A Kelso officer used a Taser to help capture a fleeing shoplifting suspect in the food court of the Three Rivers Mall on Tuesday morning, police reported.
Chicago cops arrested for shaking down tow truck operators http://www.privateofficer.com
The FBI arrested another Chicago police officer Wednesday in a towing scam investigation that has already brought charges against three other cops.
When the investigation caught up to him, Akins resigned from the department in November 2007, FBI officials said.
Gulfport MS. mayor charged in Katrina insurance fraud http://www.privateofficer.com
Gulfport Mayor Brent Warr is the highest-ranking public official so far to be charged with fraud related to the storm that slammed the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005.
He and his wife, Laura, pleaded not guilty in federal court to charges in a 16-count indictment that was issued Jan. 22 but not made public until Wednesday.
Brent Warr declined comment when contacted Wednesday on his cell phone. He said in a statement the charges have nothing to do with his role as mayor and he will continue to run the coastal city of about 73,000 people 80 miles east of New Orleans.
The mayor and his wife are accused of seeking a homeowners assistance grant for a storm-damaged beachfront home they owned but did not live in. The government is seeking forfeiture of $222,798. Warr, 45, and his wife, 43, also are accused of making false claims to their insurance company.
“This inquiry has been going on for more than a year now, and we hope and pray for a much faster resolution,” Warr said in his statement. “We have entered a plea of not guilty. Out of respect for the justice system and the government, I will not speak further about the claim made against us.”
U.S. Attorney Dunn Lampton declined comment.
Warr’s attorney, Joe Sam Owen, said the charges all center on whether the stately white house with tall columns was the couple’s primary residence when the Katrina hit.
Brent Warr bought the house in 2004 and was almost finished with renovations and close to moving in when the storm blew ashore, Owen said. He was already staying there some nights.
“He was just around the corner from the entire family moving in,” Owen said.
Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering, whose office was involved in the investigation, said the Warrs face up to 210 years in prison and $4 million in fines if convicted on all counts.
The charges include conspiracy to defraud the federal government, making false statements to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and insurance fraud. A trial is set for April 6.
Pickering said his office — part of the Katrina Fraud Task Force along with other state and federal agencies — had filed Katrina-related charges against some two dozen people in the past year and had 100 other cases under investigation. He did not provide details about the other investigations.
Warr, a first-term Republican mayor and wealthy businessman, was sworn in just weeks before the storm ravaged the area and had been praised for his leadership. He was mentioned in 2007 as a possible candidate for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by retiring Republican Trent Lott, but said at the time he had too much work to do helping Gulfport recover from Katrina.
Mississippi Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Biloxi, said he prays Warr will be cleared of the charges.
“He wouldn’t do anything intentionally to hurt the Gulf Coast,” said Palazzo, who has known the Warr family for decades.
Jackie Smith, a Gulfport City Council member, said word of Warr’s indictment was shocking.
“We’ve got to continue right on and that is what we’ll do,” Smith said. “And I’m sure the mayor will keep on and moving our city forward … Certainly our prayers are with the mayor and his family.”
Gulfport is home to the State Port of Gulfport, which was heavily damaged by the killer storm. The area is best known for its manmade beaches and glitzy casinos.
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A 24-year-old Ocala man who burglarized a store was arrested Wednesday after a foot chase and charged with commercial burglary and resisting without violence, according to an Ocala Police Department report.
A security officer told officials he was on duty at the Albertsons shopping plaza on State Road 40 when he saw a man walk by the supermarket and disappear near Buddies Home Furnishings. The security person said he heard a popping noise and saw a man “duck-walking” through the business. He called police.
One officer saw the burglar walking away from Buddies with items including a Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 3 in his hands.
The suspect ran, dropping some of the merchandise. As an officer was gaining on the suspect, officials say he turned around with something in his hand. The officer could not see what was in the man’s hands, so he hit the suspect with a Taser.
Officials say the man took off and hid in nearby bushes, then refused to show his hands and was tased by another officer. The man, later identified as Novel Williams, was then arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail.
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A purse-snatching outside a casino Tuesday afternoon landed a Bentonia man in jail thanks to a security officer and a friend of the victim.