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The shooting happened at 280 East 161st Street in the Concourse Village section.
Brian McCray was working the overnight hours at the apartment building. The 35-year-old was gunned down on the job at 3:30 a.m. He moved to the Bronx only six months ago.
Police have made no arrests have no motive. His family is left with anger and tears.
He was a lovely young man,” aunt Blanch Donovan said. “And just to know that this could actually happen overnight. And to wake up this Sunday to hear news like that, it’s really a shocking surprise to me.”
McCray’s relatives drove up from Delaware to identify the body. They say he has a wife and a 4-year-old son in South Carolina. He was unable to find work there, and came to New York. His son has not yet been told of his death.
“Brian was a hard worker,” aunt Kimberly Miller said. “He always tried to do the right thing. He worked a lot, trying to support his son. That’s why he’s here.”
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Police said that a Stafford teenager alledgedly shoplifted at a local mall and when stopped by security, put up a struggle in an effort to get away.
Police said that he has wound up in Fort Bend County Jail on Saturday evening over a bottle of cologne, according to police reports.
The incident began when a security agent at First Colony Mall said he saw Caleb J. Henderson, 17, of Stafford, stealing a bottle of cologne.
According to a Sugar Land Police Department report, the security agent confronted Henderson about it in the mall parking lot, and asked him to return to the store.
“A physical altercation ensued between the loss prevention officer and Henderson,” a Sugar Land Police Department spokesman said.
Sugar Land patrol officers arrived on the scene shortly thereafter and arrested Henderson for robbery, the spokesman said.
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The arrest happened at Club Oxygen near 82nd Street and Allisonville Road at about 1:15 a.m., said Sgt. Paul Thompson.
Off-duty officers working security at the club were directing traffic outside the venue, diverting people away after the lounge reached capacity
When Reid pulled up, officers said he demanded to be let in the club, saying that he knew the owner and that he was a Colts player.
“The officer who was directing traffic out of the parking area advised him that it really didn’t matter who he was, that he needed to leave the parking area as they were trying to get vehicles out and get the number of patrons down to a safe number inside the club,” Thompson said. “Mr. Reid is accused of becoming loud and boisterous.”
Officers said Reid almost hit another vehicle during the exchange.
Ivan Duncan, owner of Club Oxygen, said Reid is a regular and an excellent patron.
“We know him, yes — very nice guy,” Duncan said. “It was a lack of communication. He’s welcome to come here and park, and I think it was just lack of communication.”
Reid was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and transported to the Marion County Jail. He was released later Sunday after posting bond.
The 26-year-old has spent four years in the National Football League and is a free agent with the Colts, according to the team’s Web site. A spokesperson for the Colts said that the team did not have a comment Sunday.
Reid was previously arrested in 2007 in New Jersey on a marijuana possession charge.
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Former New Orleans Police Department officer Willie Jones Jr. was shot to death just before daybreak Sunday, apparently in the moments during or after getting into a car accident on Interstate 10 in eastern New Orleans.
Jones, who had served with the New Orleans police for 18 years, was driving a dark blue, two-door BMW on the eastbound high-rise about 5:15 a.m. when he got into a wreck, NOPD spokesman officer Janssen Valencia said. About the same time, 911 operators received a report that gunshots had been fired in the area.
After the accident on the interstate, Jones, 43, drove down the Downman Road ramp toward Chef Menteur Highway, until he lost control and drove off the road. He then slammed into a fence outside of Banner Chevrolet and hit a white car parked inside the dealership.
A security guard patrolling the dealership heard the crash and checked on the cars, Valencia said. He spotted Jones and called 911.
When New Orleans paramedics arrived, Jones was dead. He had been shot once in the chest, said John Gagliano, the coroner’s chief investigator.
It is unclear when Jones was shot, Valencia said. It may have been while he was driving, or after the wreck on the interstate.
Jones joined the NOPD in 1988 and spent much of his career patrolling the 5th District. Officers said he performed well on the job, but he resigned facing allegations that he had beat his wife one evening.
Jones led an “exceptional” career and won several awards and citations, said Deputy Chief Bruce Adams, who worked with Jones in the 5th District.
He won a departmental citation in 2001 as part of the 5th District’s Community Oriented Policing Services unit, a defunct federal program that stationed uniformed officers in public housing complexes.
Two years later, Jones earned a Medal of Commendation, an award that recognizes officers “who show exceptional enforcement action, such as preventing a major crime or apprehending a dangerous criminal following the commission of a felony,” according to the NOPD
Assistant Superintendent Marlon Defillo said, “By all accounts, he was a professional committed to his community and the department.”
Valencia said Jones’ career ended shortly after the Police Department’s Public Integrity Bureau investigated him in connection with a domestic dispute reported on July 5, 2006, when he was assigned to the 2nd District. According to a news release published after the incident, police investigators booked Jones into the Orleans Parish jail with one count of simple battery.
The news release said investigators went to Jones’ eastern New Orleans home and found his wife had a number of bruises. The department immediately suspended him without pay. Valencia said Jones resigned shortly after.
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Jamal Butler, 29, turned himself in to authorities on Monday.
Sources say Butler had an inappropriate relationship with at least two students at Southern, but police have not released any details.Both students are over the age of 16
Butler’s bond was set at $2,500.
Butler left his post on January 29. School officials declined to comment on whether he was terminated or resigned.
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natchezdemorcrat.com — Another arrest has been made in connection with acts of embezzlement and shoplifting at the Natchez Walmart, and police officials say they expect more to come.
Over the past few weeks, the Natchez Police Department has been working in conjunction with Walmart in making arrests on five cashiers and one door greeter for allegedly shoplifting or embezzling $7,935.94 worth of merchandise.
Now, Angie Council, 21, 101 Highway 33, Fayette, has been arrested on charges of embezzlement for allegedly taking $1,243.48 in goods.
Sgt. Craig Godbold said Council was identified as a suspect through Walmart’s internal investigation, and an affidavit was signed for her arrest on Jan. 27.
“We had been trying to get her to turn herself in,” Godbold said. “(Tuesday) we gave her a choice of either turning herself in or we’d come get her.”
She turned herself in on Tuesday.
Godbold said Walmart is still identifying other employees involved in the scam in which employees are only charged a minimal amount of money for a large amount of items.
Clothes, electronics, food and more have been taken from Walmart at discounted prices in the total amount of $9,179.42.
The employees have allegedly been ringing each other up, but only charging each other for a few items among many.
The items were scanned across the device that would deactivate the barcode, thus preventing the items from setting off the store alarm. But most items were not scanned by the device that charges the items.
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Rome GA. Rome man was arrested Sunday after allegedly taking items from a store on Hicks Drive.
According to Floyd County Jail records:
Ronnie Lon Sparks, 29, of 27 Roseway Circle, was arrested by Rome police around 5 p.m. at the Kmart on Hicks Drive. He was charged with shoplifting after loss prevention officials at the store say he tried to leave with more than $60 worth of CDs, DVDs and batteries.
He also has a probation violation and remains in jail with no bail.
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Boyd County man and woman were arrested on felony theft and drug charges following a shoplifting incident Wednesday at JC Penney.Teresa T. Blevins and Jeremy W. Baldridge, both of Westwood, allegedly tried to steal merchandise valued at $315 from the store, according to records.Blevins also allegedly had opium and Xanax on her and was charged with first- and third-degree drug possession.
Wal-Mart security officers helped police nab men accused of shoplifting Tuesday.
Police arrested Demopolis residents Jeremy Wallace, 22, and Joseph Matthews, 43, and charged them with theft of property second-degree.
“Officers responded to Wal-Mart about 5 p.m. with a reported theft of clothes and hair products,” Sgt. Doug Stewart said. “The amount of property taken totaled nearly $600.”
Wal-Mart Security told police the suspects were driving a maroon 1990s model Lincoln Town Car.
Two officers spotted a car matching the description and pulled them over, Stewart said. They also spotted merchandise in the car.
The search produced the property reported stolen from Wal-Mart.
Officers placed Wallace and Matthews in the Dallas County Jail under $2,500 bonds each.
Theft of property is a Class C felony under the Code of Alabama. If convicted, Wallace and Matthews could face one year and a day to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $15,000.
At 7:20 p.m., Valdosta police arrested Sheila Souza, 60, for shoplifting at a store in the 300 block of Norman Drive, according to reports.
At 6:03 p.m., Valdosta police arrested Tejuan G. Sercey, 28, in the 1400 block of North Lee Street for shoplifting, probation violation and warrant arrest, according to reports.
SALISBURY, Md.- Police say a man arrested for shoplifting from the Salisbury Wal-Mart on Monday afternoon ended up being arrested only hours later for burglarizing a home.
Salisbury police say that at around 4 p.m., officers responded to the Wal-Mart for a reported shoplifting. According to police, the suspect, identified as 30-year-old Richard Ray Culp III of Mardela Springs, tried to take merchandise from the store without paying for it. Police say the property was recovered from Culp and returned to the store. He was arrested and charged with theft under $100 before being released from custody.
According to police, later that evening at approximately 11:17 p.m., officers responded to a reported burglary at a home on the 200 block of Monticello Avenue. Police say that upon arrival the officers found that Culp had entered the home without permission. According to police, Culp initially gave the officers a false name. Police then arrested Culp again, this time for fourth-degree burglary and obstructing and hindering an investigation. He was then locked up in the Wicomico County Detention Center.
Kenny Dewayne Cooper age 27 of Crossville, TN was recognized from prior arrests when Cookeville Police responded to a Shoplifter complaint from Food Lion on E. Spring Street. Cooper told Officers that he never left the store with the items even though he had put the items inside his bluejean jacket and the Officer commented in the report that he could not be charged with shoplifting because he never left the store. However, the store manager gave the Officer a hypodermic needle that Mr. Cooper had dropped while store security detained him, it had residue of dilaudid in it. The arresting Officer also found that Mr. Cooper had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court on other charges. Cooper was arrested and transported to Jail.
TORRINGTON CT— A 16-year-old was arrested and charged with two counts of sixth-degree larceny, interfering with an officer and a criminal attempt to commit after Kmart security apprehended the individual exiting the building with stolen merchandise on Jan. 25 at 9:30 p.m. The teen was held on a $500 non-surety bond.
Rockaway NY Charged with shoplifting by store security workers at 12:13 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22, Erica M. Deltoro, 24, and Marisa A. Ryan, 20, both of Newton, were processed on the complaints by police. Deltoro was held on bail of $7,500 and Ryan was released on her own recognizance, police said.•Police were called to Walmart on Enterprise Drive at 1:34 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 14, to process Kevin T. Wolke, 19, of Long Valley on a shoplifting complaint alleging he tried to take items worth $48.96 from the store, police said.•Police arrested Oscar Mejia, 38, of Dover, on a shoplifting complaint signed by Sears store security workers alleging he tried to take items worth $45, police said
Salisbury MD At approximately 1:34 pm, Officers of the Salisbury Police Department received a call to respond to the Food Lion Store on Nanticoke Road for the report of a shoplifter. Upon arrival the officers were advised by store personnel that the below listed suspect had been observed taking meat from the store without making payment. The suspect was located a short distance away, and the store’s property was recovered.
Myrtle Beach SC Little River man was charged with trying to steal a T-shirt from Kmart after he struggled with a loss prevention employee who tried to stop him, according to a police report.Antonio Jamar Dewitt, 17, of 1112 Sandridge Road was charged with shoplifting less than $1,000 after police were called at 2:25 p.m. Tuesday to the store at 1403 North Kings Highway, police said.A store employee told police he saw Dewitt take two shirts into the dressing room area and then put one shirt down the front of his pants and leave the other shirt there, according to the report. When the employee stopped Dewitt as he tried to leave the store without paying for the shirt, the men struggled because Dewitt tried to run, according to the report. The employee retrieved the shirt, valued at $12.99, during the struggle and Dewitt was escorted to the loss prevention office.
RACINE WI Jonathon J. Nitz, 18, 2516 Olive St., Racine, is facing a charge of theft by employee for allegedly taking items on Wednesday and Friday at ShopKo, 4801 Washington Ave.Police reports indicate that Nitz allegedly confessed to store security personnel. A list of the items he is alleged to have taken was not available Saturday.
CAMBY IN Camby Menards in Heartland Crossing had an attempted shoplifting incident over the weekend, according to general manager Jeff Sund. He said there was an attempted theft of power tools at the store, but the robbery was foiled. According to a police report from Jan. 25 by officer Victor Osuna of the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department, Joseph L. Evans, 43, Indianapolis, and Randy L. Cook, 44, Indianapolis, tried to steal a nailgun from the store. The report said they had done this a few days before. As witnesses in the store were chasing the shoplifters, they requested the help of off-duty deputy David Kinsley. Evans left in a vehicle and Cook left the store on foot. As Kinsley tried to stop Evans as he drove off, he was dragged 5 to 10 feet by the vehicle. Cook was transported by ambulance to Marion County. Evans was later arrested by the Indianapolis Metro Police after leaving the scene of a personal injury crash in Marion County. He called to turn himself in, according to the report. Officers attempted to interview Evans at Wishard Hospital. Although he spoke about the incident, he asked for his attorney. Cook has been charged with three counts of theft, and two counts of resisting and three counts of theft were filed against Evans. Police were able to view Menards’ video of the incident. “This past weekend, we had an attempted theft of power tools at our Camby Menards store, and because we have the best in-store surveillance cameras available, we were able to successfully catch the potential shoplifters in action,” Sund said in an e-mail statement. “We want all of our loyal Camby guests to know that we work hard to keep our prices the lowest in town, and preventing theft is just another example of our efforts. We would like to thank the police for their quick response in helping with this matter.”
On Jan. 27 officers arrested Johnathan Dan Stevens, 29, of Marion for shoplifting.
On Jan. 27 officers arrested a Juvenile offender, 16, for shoplifting.
Wal-Mart at 2420 Supercenter Drive contacted the Concord police department after having detained an individual shoplifting. Wal-Mart Loss Prevention observed the individual concealing two watches from the store and exiting without paying. The offender was detained until police arrived. The merchandise was recovered and valued at $24. Robert Darnell Black was charged with Larceny by Shoplifting.A call was made to the Concord police from 8241 Concord Mills Boulevard, in front of the Mills Shopping Mall, where an assault on female was reported. Douglass Paschall was charged with Assault on Female by Male over 18 years of age.
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Saturday police arrested and charged Joshua Ryan Starner, 20, with aggravated child abuse after his son, 23-month-old Keegan Andrew Metz, ended up in the hospital with head injuries.
Metz died Sunday at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital as a result of those injuries.
Police said the boy’s mother left Keegan alone with Starner when she went to the store Saturday. When she got home the child was in bed unresponsive. The mom called 911, and the 23-month-old was taken by EMS to Gateway Hospital. Keegan was then flown by helicopter to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
When the young boy arrived at Vanderbilt Saturday, hospital officials said the child had severe forehead trauma and was in critical condition.
Starner was being held on one million dollars bond, and Clarksville Police Department said that homicide charges were forthcoming.
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In once case, the shoplifter slashed at a No Frills supermarket security guard, injuring him.
Police identified their suspect as Michael Kruse, 45, who is white with brown hair and blue eyes
According to police, Kruse walked into No Frills at 36th and Q streets on Dec. 26, grabbed three bags of frozen shrimp and tried to run from the store.
A security officer confronted him. A struggled ensued.
“During that struggle, our suspect pulled out a knife and threatened the security officer with it. He then slashed toward him and did slightly injure the officer,” said police spokesman Jake Bettin.
Detectives have a pile of shoplifting cases in which they’d like to question Kruse, including one case where a man brandished a knife when a security officer at Target tried to stop him.
Bettin said Kruse is altering his looks to stay unrecognizable. Surveillance shows him with a little hair, goatee and glasses, but his mug shot shows him bald.
Police said Kruse is armed and dangerous and could be anywhere in town.
They urged anyone with information to contact them at 444-STOP, online at CrimeStoppers.net or text OPD at CRIMES, or 274637.