Police Chief Adam McGill said Daniel J. Burgin, 36, was taken into custody Friday evening.
The arrest stunned the close-knit school and reverberated through the community, where Burgin is well-known.
McGill said Burgin was booked on charges of unlawful sexual intercourse and oral copulation with a minor. He faces approximately 50 counts of each charge, McGill stated.
McGill said the parents of the 17-year-old student went to authorities late Friday afternoon, immediately after learning that the teacher was allegedly involved in a sexual relationship with their daughter.
The subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Burgin at his Newman home shortly before 9 p.m.
McGill said investigators believe the relationship between the teacher and the student, who is a senior at the high school, was ongoing but declined to specify for how long. He also declined comment on whether the alleged encounters occurred on campus.
Superintendent Rick Fauss said he was notified of the situation at about 6:30 p.m. Friday.
He said Burgin was immediately placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
Fauss said Burgin has been a history teacher and coach at Orestimba for 11 years.
Orestimba staff members were briefed on the situation in a somber meeting before school Monday. Principal Jessie Ceja described the staff as shocked at the allegations against their co-worker and friend.
“(Burgin) is a popular teacher,” Ceja remarked. “He is well liked, with many friends. I was speechless when I heard what had happened.”
Fauss said the Orestimba school community was coping “as well as could be expected” in light of the news.
“It is hard to process,” he said of the allegations. “One moment you have a colleague you are working with; the next he is in custody for a pretty egregious crime.”
Fauss said Orestimba staff and parents were advised of the situation by phone on Saturday, and that counselors were made available Monday to any students who needed to talk about the situation.
“We tried to be pro-active in notifying parents before it was in the media, and share as much information as we could,” he commented.
His goal was to keep the environment as normal as possible on Monday while helping students and staff deal with the news, Fauss explained over the weekend. “My biggest concern is for the minor involved, that she be safe and protected,” he said Saturday.
He pledged the district will continue to do everything in its power to ensure that students have a safe environment on campus and to restore community confidence in local schools that was shaken by news of the charges.
If proven to be true, he said, the conduct is a violation of the trust placed in teachers.
“It is very difficult to repair that damage and earn that trust back,” Fauss commented.
There is no indication that the teacher was involved with any other students, McGill said.
McGill said Saturday that Burgin had been released on bail.
Investigation into the case is ongoing.
When the investigation is complete, McGill said, it will be turned over to the district attorney’s office, which will make a decision on formal charges.
Anybody with information about the case is asked to contact Newman police at 862-2902 or call Crime Stoppers at 521-4636.
A security guard was injured and another man is dead after two shootings at the Shark Club at 72nd and Center streets.
Officers responding to the shooting call found the security guard inside with a gunshot to the mouth. He was taken to the Creighton Medical Center in critical condition.
Police said the dispute started when the security guard asked the man to put out his cigarette inside the bar.
Corey Kelley was inside the bar and said, “I heard the pop and somebody got shot. I thought they were fighting at first. Then we looked over and everybody started screaming and running, waitresses screaming hysterically.”
Police shut down the Shark Club and the adjacent Holiday Inn for more than an hour looking for the suspect. Then police found a man matching the suspect description in the parking lot, dead from an apparent gunshot wound.
Police identified him as Stephen Brundieck. They said his gunshot wound appeared to be self-inflicted.
Police identified the guard as Adam Hartso. His family declined to offer any additional information about his condition on Sunday afternoon.
By: Rick McCann/Staff
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www.privateofficer.com – Authorities were called to the Schuylkill Mall after a Shenand-oah teenager sprayed a mall security guard with invisible ink Friday, according to state police at Frackville.
Police said a 15-year-old male, who has not been identified, sprayed a 44-year-old uniformed security officer from Allied Barton Security with invisible ink at 7:45 p.m. at the mall.
Police said a non-traffic citation of disorderly conduct was filed with Magisterial District Judge David A. Plachko and the teen was released to his parents.
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Marc Goodman-Nevarrez pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, kidnapping, conspiracy and larceny in the 2007 murder of Susan Schmidt.
Goodman-Nevarrez is described by the district attorney’s office as the ringleader of five Albuquerque men who were caught by Schmidt as they attempted to remove car rims from a car at the dealership.
The men severely beat Schmidt, who was discovered by dealership employees the following morning. She was hospitalized and unconscious for several days before passing away.
Goodman-Nevarrez’s codefendants have all been sentenced. Gary Dibeneddetti received a four-year sentence, Jeremy Dominguez was sentenced to 20 years, Damian Gallegos was sentenced to 18 months and Joshua Santistevan received a 364-day sentence.
Kristyn Nicole Breeds, 29, a special-education teacher and indoor track coach at Northeast High School in Pasadena, has been charged with three counts of fourth-degree sex offense for what police called an “improper relationship” with a male student, according to Lt. James Fredericks, a spokesman for the county police. The charge is a misdemeanor.
Breeds, in an interview with a county police detective, “admitted to the sexual relationship,” according to the charging documents.
Breeds, of the 200 block of Kathleen Ave. in Severna Park, was arrested Thursday, Fredericks said.
The charging documents said she told police that she and the 17-year-old had sex at the park-and-ride lot on Leelyn Drive in Severna Park, at her Severna Park home and at Queenstown Park.
“She advised the sexual relationship started in the spring [of] 2009 and continued until December 2009,” the charging documents state.
At a brief bail review hearing, Annapolis District Judge Thomas J. Pryal ordered Breeds, who was initially held on $500,000 bail, released on her own recognizance.
Assistant State’s Attorney Laura Caspar said, “She has harmed this 17-year-old in a manner he may not be able to recover from.”
A monitor showed Breeds crying and sniffling in the jail as she told Pryal she was not a danger to herself or anyone else and asked to be released on recognizance.
Her parents and family in the courtroom voiced support for her, and a brother called out, “I love you.”
“I’m here to support her in whatever she needs to have happen,” a man who identified himself as her father, Gary Breeds, told Pryal.
The maximum jail sentence for each count is one year.
At a news conference Friday at school headquarters in Annapolis, Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell said Breeds, who has worked at the school since 2006, was suspended from her job Thursday.
“We find this unacceptable,” said Maxwell, adding that he is “absolutely more than outraged.” “We’re not happy at all that this is where we are.”
A parent of a student at the school first informed Northeast’s principal, Kathy Kubic, on the afternoon of Dec. 18 after overhearing comments about an alleged relationship between Breeds and the student. The Baltimore Sun does not name alleged victims of sex crimes.
Kubic alerted her superiors that same day, and on Dec. 22, after offices reopened following several snow-related school closures, the school system contacted the county Child Protective Services agency.
The first day back from holiday vacation on Jan. 4, Breeds was reassigned to a position at the central office. On Jan. 8, the school system, after obtaining “additional information,” again contacted the county police, as well as Child Protective Services.
After police filed charges Thursday, Maxwell suspended Breeds with pay but said he plans to ask the county Board of Education to suspend her without pay.
Maxwell added that the school would provide “whatever support” the boy and his family need.
A letter to parents went home Friday informing them of the situation. Schools spokeswoman Maneka S. Monk said many students at the school Friday took advantage of counseling services provided by the school system.
In a statement, Ned Carey, the school board president, said he was “outraged.”
“I am appalled and outraged that the Northeast community has to go through this,” Carey said. “When parents send their children to school, they look to teachers and other school system employees as role models who will help shape successful futures for their children. When that doesn’t happen, they rightfully feel let down. I feel the same way today.”
This is not the first time a Northeast High teacher has been accused of having sex with a student. In 1993, Ronald W. Price was sentenced to more than 20 years in prison for sexually abusing three students. Price died in 1998
Legal questions were raised in the courtroom of Associate Judge William Balestri Friday afternoon over a September, 2009, traffic stop by Lake Holiday subdivision security guard.
Colleen M. Orzech was driving near her home in Lake Holiday outside Somonauk on Sept. 6 when she thought she heard a bottle crash against her car. A short time later, she was stopped by a Lake Holiday security guard in a vehicle with “flashing white and amber emergency lights” and held in her car until a La Salle County deputy arrived on the scene 45 minutes later.
She was cited by the deputy that night with five traffic offenses — leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident to police, failure to stop, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and disobeying a stop sign.
In Friday’s hearing to address a motion to quash the arrest, Ozech’s attorney, Kenneth E. Poris — who also resides in Lake Holiday subdivision — presented a case which, in part, contends the private subdivision’s security officers have no proper right to make traffic stops and hold people until authorized police arrive to the scene.
Presenting his case, Poris contended that the security patrols routinely use apparent police authority they do not possess, and the oscillating white and amber lights on the security vehicle were in violation of state law. Poris further said the subdivision’s security staff are not authorized to use radar (which was not used in the Orzech arrest).
On the witness stand, Lake Holiday Security Chief Matthew Clifford was led by Poris through a review of the Lake Holiday Property Owners Association’s regulations, which were signed by Ozech when he first moved to the private subdivision in 1997.
Poris did get Clifford to admit the color of the oscillating lights were technically against Illinois laws, a felony, at the time of the traffic stop. On orders of La Salle County Sheriff’s Office, Clifford said the white lights were changed to match the other amber lights shortly after the 2009 incident.
La Salle County Sheriff Tom Templeton took the stand and was asked by Poris if the county’s enabling ordinance or his office have granted the subdivision’s security personnel actual policing authority.
“I have never given Lake Holiday security authorization to do anything of a police action,” Templeton said.
When asked about the lights and their colors, the sheriff said he wasn’t aware of them until it was brought to his attention after the incident. He said his department did request a color change, which was done almost immediately.
Deputy John Dike and Orzech also testified to their participations in the night of her arrest.
Defending the state’s position, Chief Deputy State’s Attorney Todd L. Martin said Illinois case law would support the security guard’s actions and that Illinois vehicle code regulations can apply to private property
Judge Balestri, realizing the many considerations involved with his ultimately ruling, recessed the proceedings after asking both attorneys to submit written arguments for his review. Both are due within a few weeks with his official decision set for Feb 26.
Poris was involved in a legal action against the Lake Holiday board over a similar incident after he was stopped by a security guard in the subdivision on Oct. 20, 2008. Martin said that case was denied, but Prois swiftly disagreed with that assessment.
Poris told The Times Friday that his case has “nothing to do” with the Orzech matter.
The four young women were on their way back to Mississippi University for Women, which is in Columbus, Miss., the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office reported. The identities of the four women are not being released pending notification of all the families.
The fire swept through a section of the motel Saturday on the hill at Interstate 65 and U.S. 31.
Investigators from the Hoover Fire Department and Alabama State Fire Marshal’s office are investigating the fire.
Authorities said at a press conference this afternoon that they don’t know yet what started the blaze. The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms’ National Response Team has also been called to help with the investigation, Hoover Fire Department spokesman Rusty Lowe said this afternoon.
Nothing about the fire itself triggered the request to the BATF, but rather the request was made out of an abundance of caution, Lowe said.
Officers got the call of a burglary in progress from a security guard at the AJD Construction Site and when police arrived he pointed out the suspected burglar and that’s when suspect began to run through the site and officers pursued him on foot.
Officers caught the suspect at Fourth Street and Washington Boulevard and they arrested him, the report said.
The security guard at the scene told police the man took cable wire from site, placed it outside of the construction area, then went back for more.
The suspect’s car, which was parked across the street, was impounded, the report said.
The name of the arrested suspect was not rleased.
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