Spring Hill Police Department
End of Watch: Sunday, February 7, 2010
Tour of Duty: 3 years, 6 months
Badge Number: 215
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: Friday, February 5, 2010
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Corporal Jeremy McLaren succumbed to injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Columbia two days earlier.
He was returning to Spring Hill from the Maury County Jail at approximately 6:30 pm when the driver of a pickup truck ran a red light and struck his patrol car.
Corporal McLaren had served with the Spring Hill Police Department for three years. He is survived by his parents and three siblings.
Visitation for Corporal McLaren will take place at the Williamson Memorial Funeral Home, 3009 Columbia Avenue in Franklin on Wednesday, 2/10/2010 from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm and again on Thursday, 2/11/2010, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Corporal McLaren’s funeral service will be held at Brentwood Baptist Church, 7777 Concord Road, on Friday, 2/12/2010 at 11:00 am.
Agency Contact Information
Spring Hill Police Department
199 Town Center Parkway
Spring Hill, TN 37174
Phone: (931) 486-3270 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (931) 486-3270 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Please contact the Spring Hill Police Department for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.
hitting a court security officer after being turned away from
entering the federal building.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Dave Whalin on Monday ordered 29-year-old LaPaze Brown held without bond pending a request for a psychiatric evaluation. Brown is charged with assault on a federal officer and simple assault.
U.S. marshals arrested Brown on Friday. Prosecutors say security officers refused to allow Brown to enter the federal courthouse, prompting him to try a different entrance. At the second entrance, prosecutors say, Brown tried to run through security, then struck a
security officer who stopped him.
Prosecutors say Brown and two security officers wrestled to theground, where Brown was arrested.
David Leslie, 51, a former substitute teacher, also is required to register as a sex offender and is banned from ever having contact with that relative, unless approved by the probation department, according to Maricopa County Superior Court documents. He was sentenced on Jan. 28.
Leslie pleaded guilty on Dec. 21 to attempted molestation of a child, sexual conduct with a minor and attempted sexual conduct with a minor, records show. All three felony charges are considered dangerous crimes against children.
Leslie was arrested Sept. 23 after the girl told a school counselor that he fondled and molested her at least twice between July 15 and Sept. 16, documents show.
The girl said Leslie told her not to tell anyone, but she went to the counselor because she didn’t want it to happen again, records show.
Leslie admitted to touching the girl inappropriately but said he was trying to teach her about sex offenders and sexual abuse, according to documents.
Leslie worked as a substitute teacher for the Avondale Elementary School District, officials said. He was hired April 3 and fired on Oct. 23.
An Angola woman was arrested Friday and accused of a sex crime involving a boy who was a student at the Michigan school where she teaches, according to Indiana State Police.
Dawn Schwartzengraber, 37, faces one count of sexual misconduct with a minor. She was booked into the Steuben County Jail and has posted bond.
Police say Schwartzengraber, a teacher at Camden-Frontier High School, in Camden, Mich., engaged in sexual conduct with a now 17-year-old student at the school. The conduct started when he was 15, police said. The sex acts are alleged to have occurred at Schwartzengraber’s home and on roads in Indiana and Michigan.
At the request of the Council, the heads of each town department submitted recommendations that would reduce the budget by 15 percent, or about $14 million.
The deficit is currently projected at about $15 million, but that number could grow if the state, which is wrestling with its own budget shortfall, reduces Gilbert’s portion of state-shared revenue.
The proposed cuts include the elimination of about 124 employee positions, including 65 within the Police Department and 29 from the Fire Department. Those and other possible cuts were to be discussed at tonight’s Town Council meeting at 7 p.m.
Along with the recommendations, the department heads included a brief analysis of the impact the cuts may have on town services.
If the Police Department is forced to eliminate 17 officers from two traffic units, the department said it would save an estimated $885,000 but have fewer resources for DUI enforcement, speed enforcement and collision investigations.
Likewise, the recommendation to lay off 14 patrol officers, one from each patrol team, would save about $1.3 million but reduce police presence on Gilbert streets and likely increase response times, according to the Police Department report to Council.
Gilbert already has one of the lowest officer-to-resident ratios in the Valley.
As of October, Gilbert had about 1.03 police officers per 1,000 residents. By comparison, Phoenix’s ratio was 2.31, Mesa’s was 1.80 and Chandler’s was 1.32.
Among possible cuts in the Fire Department is the elimination of an entire company, comprised of 12 employees.
If required, the cut would lead to an increased fire response time and “possible loss of life and property due to more than a 4-minute response time,” according to a town document outlining the budget recommendations.
Other fire department positions that could be axed include two fire investigators, three battalion chiefs and three captains, cutting almost $1 million in expenses.
Community-service reductions could also affect Gilbert libraries and recreation centers.
The proposed cuts would close Gilbert Pool and Mesquite Aquatic Center and reduce library hours at the Southeast Regional and Perry Branch libraries.
In all, the potential layoffs represent more than 13 percent of about 900 town employee positions within the general fund.
The 15-percent department cuts have been previously discussed by the Town Council as a last resort to be used if a better solution cannot be found.
One alternative to the budget cuts would be generating additional revenue through new or increased taxes. The Council last month voted to send a sales-tax increase to the ballot, and some on the Council have voiced support for a local use tax.
The quarter-cent sales-tax increase, which Gilbert voters can decide on in May, could provide an additional $6 million to $7 million in public-safety funding.
The Council also plans to examine a list of town employee suggestions, along with a handful of council member recommendations, in hopes of finding an alternative to layoffs and drastic budget cuts.
Capt. Timothy Joel Bergeron was struck at about 7 a.m. at La. 311 and Krumbhaar Drive. He was transported to Terrebonne General Medical Center, where he died.
Bergeron was escorting a float on his motorcycle with his blue lights flashing and siren activated when he was hit by an oncoming car.
The 49-year-old captain is a 25-year veteran of the department and leaves behind a wife and five children.
On Friday, an officer with a K-9 pulled over 25-year-old Tristan Spain McDaniel, of Conyers, Ga., because a tag light was out on his car.
The officer said he smelled a strong odor of cologne and saw several air fresheners hanging from McDaniel’s rear view mirror.
According to the incident report, McDaniel told the officer he was traveling from Atlanta to see his mother in North Carolina. The officer asked him where his mother lived, and McDaniel said he didn’t know the address, according to the officer.
Backup arrived and the new officer at the scene wrote McDaniel a warning for the equipment violation.
Meanwhile, the original officer had his K-9 do an exterior search of McDaniel’s car. The officer said in the report his dog, Baron, gave him several alerts.
The officer said McDaniel tried to run away when he said he was going to search his car. After a very brief scuffle, McDaniel was put in the back of a patrol car.
The officer went back to the places in the car where Baron alerted him to the presence of drugs. The officer said he found two cookies underneath the front driver’s seat.
The officer stated in the police report that through his training, he knew of cocaine cookies.
A further search of the vehicle turned up 3.5 more pounds of cocaine, according to the report.
McDaniel told the officers he had no idea how the drugs got into his car.
He was arrested by the Travelers Rest Police Department and is currently being held in the Greenville County Detention Center on a $140,000 bond.
McDaniel is charged with trafficking cocaine and possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine within half a mile of a school.
By: Rick McCann/Staff
CMPD officers were busy taking pictures and gather evidence to be processed in the mobile crime lab.
Police said that a heavy set man, seeking services at the Health Department, was found in offices where he was not permitted.
Security officers caught him in the act of going through employee’s purses and handbags and tried to detain the man and that’s when he struggled with them.
The security guards were forced to subdue him and notified police but by the time officers arrived, the man was dead.
Right now the investigation is continuing and the body has been sent for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
Arrest warrants for $1 million each are being issued for Adan Virgen-Ponce, 28, and Concepcion S. Virgen, 20.
Prosecutor Steve Lowe said his office is filing second-degree murder charges against the men. Initial reports were that the men were cousins but prosecutors now say Virgen-Ponce is the uncle of Virgen.
Pasco police have not yet located them.
Froilan Godines, 41, of Kennewick, was stabbed multiple times after finishing up work at El Patron Night Club, 1107 W. Lewis St. He’d reportedly left the bar after 2 a.m. and was headed to his car in a nearby parking lot when he was attacked.
Officers found Godinez lying in the alley. He was taken to Lourdes Medical Center and died a short time later, police said.
Godines was born in Mexico, and lived in the Tri-Cities for 13 years. He was a maintenance mechanic.
A witness told the Herald that Adan Virgen had been in the club earlier that night but left about 1:15 a.m.
She claimed that Virgen got into a confrontation with the security guard when Godinez was checking to make sure Virgen wasn’t carrying any alcohol out of the club.
The witness said Virgen agreed to leave, but not before he “pointed a finger at Froilan and said, ‘But I’ll be back.’”
The men are believed to have fled the scene in a white 1996 Dodge Stratus with Washington license plate 202-SXL.
Adan Virgen-Ponce is described as about 5-foot-8, 200 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
Concepcion Virgen is about 5-foot-9, 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Pasco Police Department’s investigation division at 545-3484.
By: Rick McCann/Staff
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Police arrived to find Tankersley in a restroom wearing a red Kmart hat and shirt carrying pliers and other tools.
Police said Tankersley told them he was “just helping out at the store” before admitting he would use the tools to remove anti-theft devices from merchandise.
Tankersley said that he was trying to get some money to purchase illegal drugs and that he meant no harm.
Nickolaos Maggas, 58, is charged with Grand Theft and Obstruction of Justice for the incident that happened early Sunday morning.
Just after midnight, deputies were called to the casino over a dispute in the poker room.
Maggas was arguing over the money with 63-year-old Barrington Watson.
Casino security had the cash, $2,406 in all, when the deputy arrived.
Maggas told the deputy he saw the money on the floor and asked the woman next to him if it was hers. She said no, and then Maggas allegedly told her it was his.
Watson told the deputy he’d dropped $3,610, but didn’t realize it. When he did, he confronted Maggas.
When told Watson’s story, the deputy went back to Maggas to tell him that lying to a law enforcement officer was a crime. He said that was fine and stuck with his story.
So the deputy checked the security video, which authorities say shows the money falling from Watson’s direction and bouncing under the chair of the woman next to Maggas.
Deputies say the video shows Maggas picking up the money and putting it in his pocket.
It’s not clear where the other $1,204 of Watson’s cash went.
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Police spokeswoman Jennifer Newell says Andrew Fitzgerald and Steven Pledger were ticketed for petty larceny Saturday night and released.
Newell said Monday the citation was written by a security officer in Dillard’s. She says according to the ticket, the security officer reported seeing Fitzgerald and Pledger about 8:50 p.m. concealing shirts inside a blue, plastic bag.
Pledger, a 6-4 freshman guard, played 24 minutes and scored nine points in Oklahoma’s 80-71 upset victory over No. 9 Texas on Saturday. Fitzgerald started the game, played 19 minutes and scored three points.
Team spokesman Mike Houck says the situation will be handled internally.
The dead man was not carrying a passport or personal belongings, airport police said.
The man was of dark complexion and dressed in blue jeans and a red and dark blue long-sleeved shirt, police told CNN.
Police said he possibly froze to death and suffered a shortage of oxygen at high altitude, but did not provide a definite cause of death pending an autopsy.
A mechanic found the body in the landing gear bay, which was impossible to enter from the cabin, the airport said.
The Boeing 777, Delta Flight 59, which departed New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport at 12:53 p.m. ET Saturday arrived at Narita at 4:46 p.m. local time Sunday, the airport said.
“Delta is fully co-operating with the Japanese authorities, and there is (an) on-going investigation which is being led by the Japanese authorities. The airline has not issued an official statement at this time,” a Delta representative told CNN.