Burglar captured after fleeing security officer http://www.privateofficer.com
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Myrtle Beach police were called to the scene of a burglary in progress after a private security officer confronted a man leaving an apartment with a television.
Police say that the security officer was patrolling at Ocean Forest Villa at 6501 North Ocean Blvd., at midnight Sunday, when he saw a man leaving an apartment with a large flat screen television and when confronted the man ran back inside the unit.
According to the report the security officer notified police and officers surrounded the residence and when they made entry found the man hiding in a crawl space.
Jerod Kernen, 24, of 702 67th Ave. North, Myrtle Beach, was charged with first-degree burglary and possession of burglary tools and transpoted to the county detention center and is being held on bond.
Police say that nothing was taken thanks to the security officer and the suspect was captured without further incident.
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California may release thousands of prisoners http://www.privateofficer.com
As many as 57,000 could be let go if the current population were cut by the maximum percentage considered by a three-judge panel. Judges said the move could be done without threatening public safety — and might improve a public safety hazard.
The state immediately said it would appeal the final ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Trend-setting California, the Golden State, has an immense prison system responsible for nearly 170,000 inmates, and their care has become a major political and budget issue as officials weigh multibillion costs of improved facilities against death and illness behind bars.
State officials say new doctors, nurses and prison rules have improved care and cut the dangers of living behind bars.
Meanwhile California is staggering through budget crisis as its real estate market has collapsed and unemployment has spiked.
High school coach charged with sexual battery on student http://www.privateofficer.com
orlandosentinel.com – The girls’ basketball coach at Belleview High School in Marion County was arrested today and charged with sexual battery of a 15-year-old female student and basketball player, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said.Omar Curry, 30, who resides in Clermont and formerly served as a substitute teacher at Lyman High School in Seminole County, was taken into custody at the school.According to a brief statement from Marion County sheriff’s detectives, Curry called the female student out of class Thursday to speak with her in the locker room where, the victim reported, she was sexually battered.The girl reported the incident today, sheriff’s spokeswoman Jenifer Fisher said.
Curry, who was being booked into the Marion County Jail, was not available for comment. He was hired in August 2007 as a social-studies teacher and girls’ basketball coach, said Kevin Christian, spokesman for the Marion County Schools.Christian said Curry listed teaching and coaching experience at Lyman and schools in Maryland and Virginia. He was immediately suspended with pay, pending a separate school investigation.Christian said Curry, as a teacher with less than two-years tenure, will likely be released from his post because of the district’s impending budget cuts. Christian said the district must shave its budget by $33 million and most teachers with tenure of two years or less are likely to be axed.Curry drew a salary of $35,870 a year and earned an additional coaching stipend of $5,000.
Security guard shot after stabbing boss http://www.privateofficer.com
A man Monday allegedly stabbed his boss and a co-worker at a security company in Northridge before being shot and critically injured by his supervisor, police said.
The suspect was hospitalized in critical condition and the two other men were treated for injuries that were not expected to be life-threatening.
An investigation was underway.
Security officer spots major oil spill in river http://www.privateofficer.com
The EPA said it’ll take two or three more days to clean up the 65,000-gallon oil spill along the Des Plaines River in suburban Chicago.
More than 6,000 gallons of waste oil ran into the river before being spotted by the guard and has moved about three miles. Most spilled on the ground at the Rockdale Caterpillar plant investigators said.
The spill occurred early Sunday after a pump failed and two holding pits overflowed.
Caterpillar spokeswoman Kate Kenny says it’s unclear how long the pits overflowed before a security guard reported the accident.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it’s trying to determine if waterfowl or aquatic life were hurt. But EPA spokesman Mick Hans (HAHNS) says an initial review shows no major damage.
The river reopened to barge traffic Monday afternoon.
Security officer dodges bullet http://www.privateofficer.com
The security guard is okay, but the tenant, 22-year old Matthew Ouimette of 810 Beacon Circle, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and not having a license to carry the .45 caliber handgun used in the shooting.
According to Lieutenant Collins, police recovered the handgun as well as one shell casing.
Teacher arrested with 2 guns at school http://www.privateofficer.com
An Eastside High School math teacher was arrested at school Friday morning for reportedly having two loaded guns, one in his pocket and another in his car.
Mark Stockdale, 43, was arrested and charged with two counts of possession of a firearm on school property. Officials said the arrest was made out of sight of any students.
Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputy Peter King was sent to the high school to pick up Stockdale and take him to the Gainesville Police Department, reportedly for questioning about a weekend incident. Details about the incident were not immediately available.
King said he was following his agency’s protocol when he handcuffed Stockdale’s hand in front and asked if Stockdale had any weapons on him. Stockdale reportedly told King about a small pocket knife. While patting Stockdale down before putting him in the patrol car for the ride to the police department, King said he found a loaded Derringer in Stockdale’s pocket.
Stockdale’s car was subsequently searched in the teacher’s parking lot where deputies said they found a loaded .44 caliber revolver.
“After Mr. Stockdale was arrested, he exercised his right not to make any statements,” said sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Steve Maynard.
Stockdale was taken to the Alachua County Jail to await a Tuesday morning appearance before a judge, at which point bond would be set.
Man arrested after using teens to sell porn http://www.privateofficer.com
http://www.privateofficer.com – Police said that they got a tip that a man had recruited some young kids to sell pornographic DVDs from the back of his pickup truck.
Police said that the two 12- and 13-year-olds were his cousins and that they had sold more than 1,100 DVDs.
Phillip Chester is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and distributing obscene material to a minor.
Lantana police said the Georgia man arranged for the boys to sell the DVDs for $5 each, keeping $2 for themselves.
Police say that further charges could be brought against Chester.
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Willimantic teacher charged with sex with teen http://www.privateofficer.com
When the officers caught up with Friedman later on, he said he just happened to be driving through the girl’s neighborhood and saw her.
16 illegals sue rancher for violating their rights http://www.privateofficer.com
washingtontimes.com– An Arizona man who has waged a 10-year campaign to stop a flood of illegal immigrants from crossing his property is being sued by 16 Mexican nationals who accuse him of conspiring to violate their civil rights when he stopped them at gunpoint on his ranch on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Roger Barnett, 64, began rounding up illegal immigrants in 1998 and turning them over to the U.S. Border Patrol, he said, after they destroyed his property, killed his calves and broke into his home.
His Cross Rail Ranch near Douglas, Ariz., is known by federal and county law enforcement authorities as “the avenue of choice” for immigrants seeking to enter the United States illegally.
Trial continues Monday in the federal lawsuit, which seeks $32 million in actual and punitive damages for civil rights violations, the infliction of emotional distress and other crimes. Also named are Mr. Barnett’s wife, Barbara, his brother, Donald, and Larry Dever, sheriff in Cochise County, Ariz., where the Barnetts live. The civil trial is expected to continue until Friday.
The lawsuit is based on a March 7, 2004, incident in a dry wash on the 22,000-acre ranch, when he approached a group of illegal immigrants while carrying a gun and accompanied by a large dog.
Attorneys for the immigrants – five women and 11 men who were trying to cross illegally into the United States – have accused Mr. Barnett of holding the group captive at gunpoint, threatening to turn his dog loose on them and saying he would shoot anyone who tried to escape.
The immigrants are represented at trial by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), which also charged that Sheriff Dever did nothing to prevent Mr. Barnett from holding their clients at “gunpoint, yelling obscenities at them and kicking one of the women.”
In the lawsuit, MALDEF said Mr. Barnett approached the group as the immigrants moved through his property, and that he was carrying a pistol and threatening them in English and Spanish. At one point, it said, Mr. Barnett’s dog barked at several of the women and he yelled at them in Spanish, “My dog is hungry and he’s hungry for buttocks.”
The lawsuit said he then called his wife and two Border Patrol agents arrived at the site. It also said Mr. Barnett acknowledged that he had turned over 12,000 illegal immigrants to the Border Patrol since 1998.
In March, U.S. District Judge John Roll rejected a motion by Mr. Barnett to have the charges dropped, ruling there was sufficient evidence to allow the matter to be presented to a jury. Mr. Barnett’s attorney, David Hardy, had argued that illegal immigrants did not have the same rights as U.S. citizens.
Mr. Barnett told The Washington Times in a 2002 interview that he began rounding up illegal immigrants after they started to vandalize his property, northeast of Douglas along Arizona Highway 80. He said the immigrants tore up water pumps, killed calves, destroyed fences and gates, stole trucks and broke into his home.
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Security officer assaulted with broken bottle http://www.privateofficer.com
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http://www.privateofficer.com/ Police say that a 21-year-old security guard at the Tabor Center was assaulted by an unknown suspect on the 1200 block of 17th Street, after he confronted the man.
According to police reports, they say the two were in an argument at about 1:35 a.m. Jan. 31 when the suspect threw a beer bottle at the man’s face, causing him to bleed.
Police responding to the area did not locate the suspect but the security officer was found to be bleeding and was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph Hospital.
Police do not know what the confrontation was about but are investigating the assault as a felony.
Dillard’s security agent ran over by shoplifter http://www.privateofficer.com
startelegram.com — An off-duty police officer was injured Monday night in the Hulen Mall parking lot when he was dragged by a car driven by a shoplifting suspect he was trying to detain, according to a news release from police.
The officer, who was not identified, fired two or three shots at the driver before she drove away.
According to the news release, the officer, working as a security guard at Dillard’s department store, was summoned for help with a theft suspect about 7:30 p.m. The officer saw the suspect running from the store and followed her. She jumped into a car, described as a dark-colored late ’80s Camaro or Firebird. The officer tried to pull her out, but she put the car in gear and drove forward, dragging the officer with her.
The officer did not know whether any of his shots hit the woman, and as of 11 p.m., police had no reports of a woman arriving at a local emergency room for treatment of wounds, the release stated.
The officer was reported to be in good condition with abrasions and bruises.
Anyone with information about the woman is asked to call the Fort Worth police major case unit at 817-392-4430 or the non emergency police number at 817-335-4222 .