Security officer critical after being shot http://www.privateofficer.com
Orange County Sheriff’s deputies said the shooting happened around closing time at the night club, which is located at East Colonial and Wilmar.
They said the car pulled front of the club, and a man hanging out the window started shooting into the crowd. The security officer was hit, and transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center where he is listed in critical condition.
The suspects sped off in the car, but were tracked by deputies to a home on Indialantic Avenue. Deputies arrested the driver right away, but had to use a K-9 to track down the suspected shooter before taking him into custody.
The names of the suspects and the shooting victim were not released.
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Shoplifter supplys EBay site with stolen goods http://www.privateofficer.com
A Sioux Rapids woman faces new charges after investigators suspect she stole thousands of dollars Wal-Mart merchandise, then flipped the items for a profit on eBay.
Police first arrested 32-year-old Jackie Lynn Peterson of Sioux Rapids on Wednesday, Jan. 28, for shoplifting about $500 worth of merchandise from the Wal-Mart store in Spencer.
Wal-Mart Asset Protection personnel informed the arresting officer that Peterson was suspected of stealing extensive amounts of merchandise from the stores in Spencer, Spirit Lake and Storm Lake.
A search warrant was executed at Peterson’s residence and more than $1,500 in additional merchandise was recovered, according to a statement released Monday about the incidents.
The Spencer Police investigation revealed that Peterson was selling the stolen merchandise — mostly cosmetics — through her eBay account. Peterson was also shipping cosmetics to an address in India.
Wal-Mart is still preparing the video and documentation, but have identified over $10,000 in stolen merchandise from the three stores combined.
Officers are amending Peterson’s previous fourth-degree theft charge, to second-degree theft, which is a Class D felony. Charges are pending in Spirit Lake and Storm Lake.
Security nabs two using fake ID at port http://www.privateofficer.com
Ernesto L. Cordova, 25, 173 E. 69th Place, Cut Off, and Roosevelt E. Amores, 32, for whom police do not have an address, were charged with illegal entry into critical infrastructure, a federal offense, as well as holding invalid driver licenses.
The two men are also suspected of being in the U.S. illegally.
The incident, reported last week, comes less than a month after workers in the region’s shore-side areas were required to carry Transportation Worker Identification Credentials.
The TWIC is a special uniform ID issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration.
Billed as high-tech and tamper-proof, the TWIC is part of an effort to tighten security and better track the flow of people around the nation’s ports.
Harbor Police Chief Jon Callais said that on Feb. 5, a Southern Guard company employee was examining two workers’ TWICs at a port checkpoint when the cards looked suspicious.
“The guard, through our training, noticed the TWIC card didn’t look quite right,” Callais said. (The employee) “delayed them from entering and called the harbor police to investigate.”
Some misspelled words and other problems with the cards clued officers that they were fake.
“It was a pretty good duplication,” Callais said. “Only with the trained eye would you see there were some differences between that and a regular TWIC.”
The men were detained by the police, who called the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in Cut Off, then turned them over to the federal authorities.
According to police, the men were working for Danos and Curole, an offshore-service company.
A call to the company office Thursday was not returned.
Customs spokeswoman Virginia Dabbs said an investigation is ongoing and would not comment.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Temple Black could not be reached.
Neither agency would comment on the detainees’ immigration status.
“If you’re not legal in our country, the process for gaining a TWIC is almost impossible,” Callais said. “It’s pretty obvious that they were, otherwise they would have gotten a TWIC card legally.”
Callais said it was the first case of TWIC fraud he had heard of in the area.
Transportation Security Administration spokesman Jon Allen said it was the first instance he had heard of in the Southeast, the region he oversees.
Callais said his officers will be on the lookout for other fakes.
“We’re contacting companies, and the guard company and asking them to be extra-vigilant,” Callais said.
Cousins charged in felony theft from Belks http://www.privateofficer.com
Two men are charged with shoplifting for taking $800 to $1,000 worth of merchandise from Belk department store at Walnut Square Mall on Jan. 27, the Dalton police department said.
AZ teacher charged with molestation of student http://www.privateofficer.com
A 35-year-old Carson Junior High School eighth-grade math teacher has been arrested by Mesa police on suspicion of child molestation involving a 14-year-old female student.
Jeffery Schenck was arrested Thursday after he was questioned about his relationship with the girl and admitted to sexually touching her on numerous occasions at the school, according to Mesa police.
Schenck initially told police he knew the girl and that she was a student of his, but later admitted to touching her at the school, police said.
School officials were notified of the situation when an uninvolved student learned about the girl and Schenck passing notes to each other, according to police.
The girl confirmed to school officials that notes were passed between her and Schenck and also that they text-messaged each other. She also said Schenck rubbed her hand and leg during class and eventually began touching her in a sexual manner, police said in a news release.
Schenck, a first-year teacher, initially worked as a substitute in the district from January 2008 to May 2008 before he was hired by the district in August, according to Kathy Bareiss, spokeswoman for the Mesa Unified School District.
Bareiss told the Tribune on Friday that Schenck passed a fingerprinting and criminal background check to obtain his job with the school.
“This is something that evolved over a matter of a couple hours after school Thursday and we acted upon it immediately,” Bareiss said. “We’re very concerned about the allegations and we always want to make sure our students are protected.
“It’s very important that when students hear about something that’s inappropriate on campus that they do report it so we can take action on it.”
Schenck was being held in a Maricopa County jail on Friday.
Shoplifters arrested for aggravated assault http://www.privateofficer.com
A Winnsboro woman was arrested by West Monroe police Sunday night after she allegedly tried to run over two Wal-Mart employees in the store’s parking lot.
Philly officer killed in gunbattle http://www.privateofficer.com
Another Philadelphia police officer has been gunned down in the line of duty, this time in an apparent shoot-out last night in front of the Olney Transportation Center.
Police late last night said Officer John Pawlowski, 25, whose wife, Kim, is expecting their first child, was wounded after he and his partner responded to a report of a “fight on the highway” on Broad Street near Olney Avenue.
The fight turned out to be a confrontation between a cabbie and a man Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey described as a thug during a briefing outside the hospital that began with: “It’s my sad duty to inform you of the death of John Pawlowski.”
Police said the gunman approached the cabbie and demanded money about 8 p.m. The cabbie warned he would call police and the man responded: “If you call the cops, I’m shooting you and the cops.”
The cabbie went ahead and called police, and pointed out the gunman to Pawlowski and his partner after they arrived, police said. As the officers approached the gunman, he lifted a .357 Magnum handgun, firing through his clothing, and striking the officer in the chest.
The partner and another officer responding as backup returned fire, hitting the man and quickly apprehending the injured suspect.
Immediately after the gunfire, officers flooded the area to render aid.
The fatally wounded officer was taken in a police vehicle to the nearby Albert Einstein Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead shortly before 9.
The dead officer’s partner was also at Einstein, with a graze wound.
The wounded suspect was also taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center, where he was rushed into surgery in critical condition. His name was not released.
At the emergency room entrance and inside Einstein last night, scores of uniformed and nonuniformed officers milled about, some weeping and hugging each other as word spread of the officer’s death.
“I don’t know what happened. I just know we have one man dead,” said John McNesby, president of Lodge 5 of the Fraternal Order of Police.
Others gathered included Larry McDonald, father of Sgt. Patrick McDonald, who was fatally shot in September.
Larry McDonald was at a fund-raiser last night for another fallen officer, Sgt. Timothy Simpson, when he learned that yet another officer was down. Simpson died Nov. 17, 2008, of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Ramsey said the suspect’s name would not be released until confirmed through fingerprints. He described the gunman as a “thug.”
But a police source said the suspect, who had been wearing a bulletproof vest, has a history that includes robbery and weapons offenses.
The slain officer, who was assigned to the 35th Police District, was the first officer to be killed in the line of duty this year. He is the fourth city officer to be fatally shot by a criminal since Oct. 31, 2007, when Officer Charles Cassidy, also of the 35th, was fatally wounded breaking up a robbery.
In June, police officials commended Pawlowski, a five-year veteran, for his valor and restraint after he wrestled to the floor of a crowded SEPTA bus a man with a loaded semiautomatic firearm at Broad Street and 66th Avenue.
Pawlowski got the weapon away from the man, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, and spared the passengers from harm. That suspect, Sorrell Groves, then 27, was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, and related offences.
Ramsey said Pawlowski is also survived by three brothers, a sister, and his parents.
One of his brothers works in the police radio room and was on duty last night when the “officer down” call came in. His father just retired from the force.
Mayor Nutter: “It’s a very sad night in this city. This unfortunate series of events has occurred too many times in the last two years. We are very angry about this, and we are in pain. How many times will this happen before we see action to get weapons off the street? This city will not rest until we take the appropriate actions to protect our citizens.”
Two hours after the shooting, traffic was blocked off on Broad from one block north of Olney to one block south.
At least a half-dozen little yellow flags marked bullet casings on Broad across from the SEPTA terminal, and three of them and a handgun were on the median.
Standing at Broad and Chew Avenue, just a block from the scene of the shooting, Michael Ballard, 49, an unemployed construction worker from Germantown, shook his head and said: “It’s like a war zone. It’s time to get out of the city.”
Ballard had been at his mother’s house in Olney and was waiting to go home on the No. 18 bus, which was rerouted because of the police investigation.
“The city is changing. I don’t even understand it. People are shooting cops like it’s nothing,” Ballard said.
The shooting scene is about a half-mile south on Broad where Cassidy was fatally shot Oct. 31, 2007, while interrupting a robbery at a doughnut shop.
The two other officers killed last year in addition to McDonald and Simpson were Officer Isabel Nazario, 40, who died Sept. 5 after her patrol car was struck by a stolen SUV in the Mantua section, and Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski, 39, who was killed May 3 by one of three bank robbers after a Saturday-morning stickup at a bank office in Port Richmond.
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Dallas armored car guard held up http://www.privateofficer.com
Dallas police were searching for two armed men who robbed an armored car guard Friday as he was trying to refill the ATM at the Bank of America in the 3300 block of West Camp Wisdom Road.
Witnesses said they heard shots fired as the thieves approached the Loomis Armored guard just after 11 a.m.
“I saw the two guys with guns and went into shock when I heard the shots,” Ashley Coachman said. “I feared for my life.”
Coachman and a fellow sales clerk inside the Wig Palace watched as the thieves sped off in a white Pontiac Grand Am or Grand Prix.
“I thought, today is not my day. I’m lucky it wasn’t me,” Coachman said.
Dallas police said one thief put a gun to the back of the guard’s head after firing a warning shot and then another man came from behind and took the guard’s gun and money bag.
Minutes later, witnesses could be seen helping the guard gather up some of the cash that was blowing across the parking lot.
Fla woman charged with murder and dismembering police officer http://www.privateofficer.com
A Malabar woman was arrested yesterday on charges of killing a missing retired police officer, then dismembering his body.
Osceola County deputies found body parts and a head belonging to Paul Cadigan along two rural roads between St. Cloud and Palm Bay.
An investigation led deputies to 55-year-old Dianne Parker’s home in Malabar, where they found enough evidence to arrest her late yesterday, but they still don’t know the motive.
“Ms. Parker was a self-employed masseuse, so we do not know at this point if Mr. Cadigan was a customer, or exactly what the nature of their relationship was,” said Lt. Vic DeSantis, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. “At this point, we’re kind of at a loss as to why it happened.”
Parker is being held on no bond at Brevard County Detention Center.
Father,son find each other on the job http://www.privateofficer.com
AP -Chris Walker would have searched the world over to find his biological dad. But it turns out his father was sitting right across from him.
An astounding father-son reunion, chronicled in a report by Ann Curry on TODAY Thursday, came together as the result of an unexpected confession from a mother and a bit of detective work from an inquisitive cop in Petersburg, Va.
The strange tale began to unfold when Walker, 37, a sergeant with the Petersburg Police Department, received shocking news from his mother that the man listed on his birth certificate was not his real father. She told him his biological father was a man named Clayton Hamilton, and that Walker was the result of a brief love affair she had had with Hamilton when they were teenagers in Richmond, Va.
Walker searched the name on the Internet, but didn’t find any prospective matches. Then he thought of 53-year-old Petersburg police detective Clay Hamilton, a retired Richmond officer who had recently joined the suburban police force in Petersburg, 20 miles away.
Although the two men are spitting images of each other, Walker thought he had hit a dead end when chatting with Hamilton, who informed Walker that his name was short for Claiborne, not Clayton.
Still, Hamilton’s age matched with what Walker’s mother had told him, and Hamilton told Walker he once dated a woman who went by the name of Billie Joe Walker.
Walker called his mother, but she was insistent that her son hadn’t found his real father, because the names didn’t match. Then Walker asked his mother if she knew a woman named Billie Joe.
“There was a pause on the phone, and she said, ‘That’s your dad,’ ” Walker told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. It turned out his mother’s teen nickname was Billie Joe, based on a hit song of the time, “Ode to Billie Joe.”
One DNA test later, Walker had found his father.
Catching up on 37 yearsHamilton filled his newfound son in on the details of his birth. He had briefly dated Walker’s mother, who was separated from her husband at the time. She became pregnant with a baby Hamilton suspected was his, but then she reconciled with her husband and moved 20 miles away. Attempts to locate her were unsuccessful.
The co-workers who found themselves father and son are now taking a crash course in each other’s lives, 37 years in the making. They are bonding with their respective families: Hamilton has a wife, a 12-year-old son, a 35-year-old daughter and a granddaughter, while Walker and his wife have a 5-year-old son.
“I feel like we’ve got a lot of time that we’ve missed,” Walker told the Times-Dispatch. “Of course you can’t ever make up for lost time. We’re going to do what we can to make it up.
“There’s no hard feeling from me, because I know he did everything he could to locate me. He’s my dad, and I love him. God works in mysterious ways.”
And Walker can now laugh when he looks at his fellow cop and father. “What do I see? Myself in 15 years!”