No one was harmed in the 9:40 a.m. stickup in front of the TD Bank at 710 Old York Road.
The manhunt for the three quickly spread to Philadelphia, where police broadcast an alert for the van 20 minutes after the heist.
The FBI said the armored car was making a delivery when a light blue or silver mini van with tinted rear windows pulled up and the rear passenger side door opened to reveal the two masked gunman.
The gunman demanded the money bag and the courier handed it over, officials said. No word on how much loot was taken.
The van, which had Pennsylvania plates, then sped south on Old York Road towards Easton and Highland Roads, an unmasked driver behind the wheel.
Investigators are asking anyone with information to call the FBI at 215-418-4000 or the Abington Township Police Department at 267-536-1100.
The robbers should be considered armed and dangerous, the FBI said
The meeting also gave police a chance to tell hospital officials how they can help detectives solve crimes that occur outside hospital walls.
For instance, many shooting victims arrive at hospitals in cars driven by friends or family members, rather than by ambulance. Many of those friends and relatives are potential witnesses who flee after dropping off the victim, said Superintendent-in-Chief Daniel Linskey, who was at the meeting, which was led by Commissioner Edward F. Davis and held at department headquarters in Roxbury.
“It might be that the witnesses would rather drop off the victims than get involved,’’ Linskey said. Figures assembled by the department showed that of 199 recent shooting victims, 86 arrived at the hospital in private cars, he said.
Police told the dozens of security officials gathered to try to keep the drivers at the hospital until detectives arrive. If they leave, security officials should document as many details as possible such as make and model of the car and the license plate number, Linskey said.
“We’ve asked that they treat the drop-off vehicle as a potential crime scene,’’ he said.
Linskey said hospital officials were invited to sit in at biweekly command staff meetings during which crime patterns and statistics around the city are analyzed. Police also told hospital officials they want to improve radio communications for security officers. To save precious time, hospital security officers should be able to radio Boston police headquarters directly with a call about a crime in progress, rather than have someone call 911, Linskey said, which is how police learned a doctor had been stabbed at a Mass General medical office on Oct. 27.
Astrid Desrosiers, a 49-year-old psychiatrist, was attacked by her patient, Jay Carciero, a 37-year-old father of four who had been struggling for years with a bipolar disorder. She was saved by an off-duty security officer who fatally shot Carciero. Desrosiers remains in the hospital where she was listed in fair condition yesterday.
Boston police told hospital officials they want to conduct drills at their facilities, replicating emergency situations like a shooter loose in the building, Linskey said.
Bonnie Michelman, director of police security and outside services at Mass General, described the meeting as helpful and said she hopes to continue discussing public safety improvements with Boston police.
The hospital’s security fell under scrutiny not only as a result of Desrosiers’ stabbing but also because a female hospital employee was assaulted on Oct. 22 by a Level 3 sex offender in a restroom.
Officials are conducting an internal review of security and are planning to hire a security specialist to examine their current safety policies and procedures.
“We really believe this is a very safe environment,’’ Michelman said, adding that about 23,000 employees and 60,000 people walk through the hospital’s doors every day. “Obviously, though these are very, very rare events here, they’re extraordinarily troubling.’’
It has turned into a nightspot – for hogs.
In recent weeks, feral hogs have battered the grounds along the fence at the western border of Coffee-O’Neal Park. City officials said the hogs had previously stayed in nearby woods, a buffer zone between the $12.5 million facility and residential areas.
Now they’re creeping closer to the park, which has raised concerns that they will mangle sports fields and the retaining pond and its pricey liner.
Well, the hog heap may be in its final days.
The city has obtained a permit from the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries to “eliminate” the problem.
“These creatures are non-native, mean, destructive and a nuisance to farmers and property owners,” said Todd Nix, Florence community services director. “Nature has a balance, and these wild pigs disrupt that balance greatly.”
Nix said the hogs have been drawn to acorns along the property line. He said the swine are taking food away from white-tailed deer and squirrels.
A team headed by Florence police Lt. Eric Nichols has set up cameras to determine when to take out the pigs.
“We’re putting out bait and trying to look for a pattern to figure out when they’re going to show up,” he said.
He has counted as many as 20 hogs digging up the ground throughout the night.
Essentially, the strategy is to lure the hogs with bait and pounce when a large pack shows up. Nichols said they will use rifles to kill as many as possible in hopes of scaring away others.
The officers, he said, are doing this on their own time. The hunters will either take the meat home or donate it to local food banks.
And they don’t want any help from the public.
Nichols advised interested hunters to stay away so as not to mess up the work they are doing.
Using night as their cover, hogs have converged on the fence sometime between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m.
The feral hog population continues to grow throughout the Southeast thanks to rapid reproduction rates. State wildlife officials say the animals threaten food sources for native animals and destroy habitats, among other nuisances. Females begin breeding at 6 months old and continue to do so every six months, producing as many as 14 piglets in a litter.
Nichols said this type of stakeout is new to him.
“This is my first experience with something like this,” he said. “I’ve hunted off and on all my life, but this is something else entirely.”
Edward A. Hubbard, 33, is also charged with allowing the girl to view pornographic materials and giving the girl alcohol.
According to investigators, Hubbard had sexual contact with the girl in Sumter County from October 2008 through June.
Hubbard is charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor, disseminating obscene materials and contributing to delinquency of a minor.
Sumter District Two spokeswoman Mary Sheridan said Hubbard resigned Wednesday and is no longer a district employee.
Hubbard had been with District Two since 1999 and taught physical education and drivers education
COLUMBUS, Ga. Nov 6 2009 — A Newnan man has been arrested on suspicion of robbing banks in the Columbus area.
A partial license plate number led authorities to 56-year-old John Ernest Johnston.
The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports Thursday that he faces charges of armed robbery and possessing a firearm during the commission of a crime in Tuesday’s robbery of a BB&T bank.
Columbus police Sgt. Harvey Hatcher the partial number was used to track Johnston to his house and he was arrested Tuesday night.
Hatcher said police believe he’s also responsible for a Sept. 8 robbery of a CB&T bank in Phenix City.
He said the FBI is taking over the investigation and will handle both cases.
Public defender Charles Lykins entered a not guilty plea on Johnston’s behalf. The suspect is jailed without bond.
The Herald-Gazette newspaper in Barnesville reports that Griffin officer Chad Moxon, who lives in Lamar County, says the dog, called Jimi, was taken from the kennel at his home on Monday along with his other dog while he was at the Griffin firing range.
Moxon says the dog’s body was found at the side of the road near Yatesville on Wednesday. He says his other dog was found alive but had been badly beaten.
The Lamar County sheriff’s office is investigating.
Four inmates who came to the rescue of a Florida jail guard when he was attacked by another inmate may be getting some help of their own.
Deputy Larry McKinnon said Thursday the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office will write letters to the inmates’ attorneys that can be used on their behalf in court.
The inmates helped save 64-year-old detention deputy Kenneth Moon on Monday afternoon when inmate Douglas Emanuel Burden charged him, put him in choke hold and began strangling him.
Four inmates saw the commotion and came to Moon’s aid, including one who reached for the deputy’s radio and called for help. The incident was caught on a security video.
The men are in jail for charges including home invasion and attempted murder .
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New York State Police
End of Watch: Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tour of Duty: 4 years
Badge Number: 4705
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Trooper David Lane was killed in an automobile accident while on patrol the town of Catskill. He was traveling north on State Route 32 when he attempted to pass another northbound vehicle. The vehicles made contact and Trooper Lane’s vehicle drove off the roadway and struck a telephone pole, causing him to suffer fatal injuries.
Trooper Lane had served with the New York State Police for four years and was assigned to the Catskill Station. He had previously served with the United States Army in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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A veteran Jacksonville officer died Wednesday afternoon in his unmarked police car on the Hart Bridge.
Police said they were notified about 1:15 p.m. of a person slumped over the wheel of a car against the barrier wall of the bridge near the exit to Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway.
After responding officers broke the window to get in, Officer Robert “Bobby” Ford, 44, was transported to Shands-Jacksonville Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
In announcing that Ford had died, Sheriff John Rutherford called him a “great guy, easy-going, full of life.”
Ford was on duty Wednesday, presumably heading to the Police Memorial Building. Rutherford said the car was found in neutral and no other cars were involved.
While an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death, Rutherford said it was likely a heart attack.
Ford, who was 44, spent most of his career with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office working in the narcotics and vice unit.
“A 24-year veteran and a guy who loved the job like he did, it’s a big loss,” Sheriff John Rutherford said.
The last Jacksonville officer to die on duty was also killed in a traffic accident. Officer Christopher Kane was killed Sept. 4, 2008, when his patrol car struck the back of a tractor-trailer in a construction zone on state Road 9A.
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