Source : thedailyjournal.com — Crime Stoppers of Vineland is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the identification and arrest of the gunman who opened fire outside a party Saturday at Econo Lodge.
Police who responded to the West Landis Avenue crime scene found a 21-year-old Bridgeton man shot in the arm.
A Bridgeton resident rented out an Econo Lodge banquet room to host a Sweet 16 party, according to police.
Admission to the party was by invitation only, police said. But additional uninvited people turned up after police said the party specifics made their way onto social networking sites on the Internet.
Joel Smith, 37, of Bridgeton, said he was one of four security guards working the party. Two were stationed at the entrance to prevent those who were not invited from getting inside, Smith said, adding the other two were inside the party. The guest list was 75 people for the room that has a 140-person capacity.
Smith said he noticed those who were turned away gathering across the street, Smith said.
Concerned about the growing crowd, Smith said the decision was made to end the party at 10:30 p.m., a half-hour earlier than scheduled. But as the party broke up, a group of people began to argue in the parking lot, police said.
Two cars were reportedly damaged when someone threw landscaping rocks. Chandrakant Shah of Econo Lodge said the rocks found in his parking lot were landscaping rocks from an adjacent restaurant.
As a crowd of about 200 people gathered outside, police said multiple gunshots were reportedly fired.
Smith said security guards were attempting to break up the situation when one guard was shot. The man, struck in the arm, was taken to South Jersey Healthcare Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released. Police are not releasing his name at this time.
The motive for the shooting is under investigation, police said.
Kentucky State Police arrested Ashley Nicole Cox on Monday and charged her with first-degree murder and concealing the birth of an infant. Cox was being held at the Oldham County Jail.
Preliminary autopsy results show her baby was alive and healthy when she was born at the Roederer Correctional Complex, police said. The cause of death has not been determined.
According to an arrest citation, Cox is accused of forcing toilet paper into the baby’s mouth until it was unable to breathe.
Cox was visiting inmate Justin Bell, 21, at the medium-security men’s prison Sunday morning when she went to the bathroom near the visiting room, according to state police and Lisa Lamb, spokeswoman for the Kentucky Department of Corrections.
Cox had arrived about 8:45 a.m. with two other people, and after passing through security entered the visiting room about 10 a.m., Lamb said. It was not apparent that Cox was in labor when she went to the single-stall restroom about 10:55 a.m., Lamb said.
“No one heard anything,” she said. “But when the staff noticed that she’d been in there too long, they knocked on the door, got her to open the door and saw the blood.”
She said the staff reported that Cox had been in the restroom for 10 to 12 minutes.
Lamb said she’s not sure what explanation Cox gave, but she did not tell the staff she’d given birth.
“At no time did Cox indicate she was in distress, call out for help, or try and obtain help while at the prison,” Lamb said.
“The restrooms are near the visiting room, a noisy room, and Sunday’s the biggest day” for visitors, she said.
A medical staff member at the prison was notified about Cox’s bleeding and called Oldham County EMS.
EMS director Ron Wilder said his department was responding to a call about a miscarriage, but when the team arrived, Cox seemed to indicate there hadn’t been a miscarriage.
“I can’t tell you what she said, but it led us to believe there was no fetus, just heavy bleeding,” Wilder said.
So EMS did not search for a fetus, which is standard procedure for a miscarriage, Wilder said.
EMS took Cox to Baptist Hospital East at 11:44 a.m.
About 4 p.m., Oldham County Dispatch notified prison employees that Cox had given birth to a full-term baby, “but the child was missing and might be in a trash can, in the restroom, in the visiting room,” Lamb said.
Staff began to search for the baby, and Oldham dispatch alerted Kentucky State Police.
The trash bin in the restroom had been emptied after Cox was taken to the hospital, said state police Trooper Michael Webb, and the employees “didn’t realize what had taken place.”
The child was found in a different trash receptacle at the prison at 4:29 p.m., police said.
After unsuccessful efforts at resuscitation, the baby was pronounced dead by Oldham County Coroner Brett Donner at 4:42 p.m., police said.
Police have not identified the baby’s father.
Webb said he’s not sure of Cox’s relationship with Bell, who he said has been held at the prison for 10 months on burglary and theft charges.
Webb said Cox has a 2-year-old daughter and is going through a divorce.
Corbin, her hometown, is 165 miles southeast of Louisville.
Roederer, on Morgan Road, houses 982 inmates and serves as a state assessment center for male inmates.
32-year-old Christopher Kindschi was arrested Monday. Todd Cabelka, the school district’s executive director of personnel services, says the district performs thorough background checks on all prospective employees.
Police say Kindschi was the girls soccer coach at the time of the alleged incidents.
Police investigations suggest he had inappropriate sexual contact with one or more students.
Kindschi was the Beloit Memorial High School Soccer Coach from 1999 through spring of 2009 and resigned in June. He taught at the district from 2004 to 2008.
Eugene officers say a trespasser was at the Eugene Faith Center on West 13th Avenue and arrested Monday night.
Two suspicious fires were discovered at the church Monday morning, following a fire on Saturday.
Police helped security officers at the church detain Mathew Wayne Rossi, 31, of Eugene. Police say he was found under a building on the church campus with rolled-up newspapers and several lighters. Police arrested Rossi on charges of first-degree arson, burglary and assault.
Investigators are trying to determine if he is connected with other fires in the area.
Three more suspicious fires broke out in west Eugene Monday night, separated by just a few blocks and a matter of minutes. The new fires follow five others over the last few days, including the ones at the Eugene Faith Center.
Monday evening a semi trailer loaded with cardboard was set on fire at West Broadway and McKinley Street just before 6:00 p.m. About 20 minutes later, a trash bin was found burning at the Wentworth car dealership on West 7th Place. Just before 8 o’clock, a third fire was discovered a recycling bin next to a home at 12th Avenue and Hayes Street.
A 44-year-old Basking Ridge man arrested in the Hunterdon Medical Center parking lot is charged with robbing the PNC Bank near the Route 202/31 circle in Flemington today.
Police believe he went to the Medical Center because hours earlier his girlfriend had apparently intentionally cut herself in the Ramada Inn room in which they were staying in Raritan Township.
The 43-year-old woman was taken by ambulance to the hospital and hotel management told Russell B. Kromjong that he had to leave, since the room wasn’t registered to him, Raritan police reported.
Shortly before 9:45 a.m. Kromjong allegedly handed a note to a teller at the bank, which is next to Pizza Hut on Route 202 southbound, seeking cash. The county Prosecutor’s Office said the man didn’t show a weapon.
Witnesses told police that the robber fled south on Route 202 in a blue van. Raritan Township police connected the van with Kromjong and called security at the hospital to alert them, assuming that he went there to be with his girlfriend, said Raritan police Chief Glenn Tabasko.
Hospital security found Kromjong in his van, county Chief of Detectives Dan Hurley said and he was arrested there without incident. Hurley praised hospital security and Raritan police for making a quick connection and arrest. “By keeping him from getting back on the road it avoided a potentially dangerous situation,” said Hurley.
Kromjong was arrested by Tabasko, Lt. Jeffrey Farneski and Patrolman Aaron Roth. He was taken to the county jail, with bail set at $150,000 cash.
Officer James Bonneau and Blackman Township Officer Darrin McIntosh were shot by 63-year-old Elvin Potts at approximately 12:20 a.m.
One of the officers returned fire, killing Potts, while McIntosh suffered a gunshot wound to his lower body. He was in surgery this morning and is expected to recover.
The two officers responded to an apartment in the Ashton Ridge community after the man’s estranged wife reported that he had been banging on her door around 11 p.m. By the time they arrived, he was gone.
When they approached the man at his Mitchell Street home in Jackson, he began shooting at them, Undersheriff Tom Finco told the newspaper.
“There was a short struggle, he pulled the gun out and he shot,” he said.
The shooting is being investigated by the Jackson County Major Crimes Task Force, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Michigan State Police.
The 26-year-old officer is survived by his parents, an older sister and a younger brother.
Source: Marina City News A security officer at Marina City has filed a lawsuit against owners of commercial property and the condo association at the River North complex.
Tara Collins claims that on May 17 at about 1 p.m., while working in the security office at the base of the east tower, she tripped over a low-hanging chain near the entrance ramp from State Street.
She apparently was trying to stop a bus from entering the complex, which is not allowed. In her lawsuit, filed on February 10, Collins says a low-hanging chain caused her to “trip, slip, and fall…sustaining severe and lasting injuries.”
She is seeking $50,000 from Lasalle Hotel Properties, owner of Hotel Sax and commercial property at Marina City, Marina Towers Condominium Association, System Parking, and the commercial property manager, Transwestern Commercial Services.
Collins claims in her lawsuit that she was not warned about the chain and that it should not have been placed there, as security personnel have to move quickly from one side of the chain to the other.
A status hearing is scheduled for May 26.
Ravenell is the owner and president/CEO of Around The Clock Security Inc., a professionally licensed and insured private security and bodyguard services company.
Ravenell will be responsible for organizing, implementing and accountable for the entire security team for both festivals. He will spearhead a number of Atlanta police officers, Fulton County deputies, Georgia state troopers and Around The Clock Security officers.
A-Town Day is a health care festival, concert and day of awareness that will benefit the Atlanta Diabetes Association. The festival will take place on March 20 at Atlanta’s historic Auburn Avenue.
The Sweet Auburn Spring Festival is the largest street festival in the Southeast, traditionally attracting 50,000. The three-day festival will take place on May 7th – 9th.
Ravenell resides in Locust Grove, Ga., (Henry County) with his wife and two kids.
Source:WSBTV.com — Police are searching for two gunmen who abducted a 71-year-old man from the parking lot of a Home Depot in southwest Atlanta.
It happened at the Home Depot at 1032 Research Center Drive on Saturday morning.
James Smith told Channel 2 Action News reporter Ryan Young that the ordeal all began when the men asked for a shopping cart.
“Guy says, ‘I’ll take that if you’re finished with it,’” said Smith.
Smith said then two black men with handguns forced him into his car in the parking lot of the Home Depot.
The gunmen forced Smith to drive to the Bank of America at Cascade Road and Donnelly Avenue and withdraw $2,000.
Smith told police that the gunmen then ordered him to drive to another Bank of America, where he was forced him to withdraw $2,500 from a teller.
The thieves also stole Smith’s watch and a class ring.
“He blindfolded me, put a gag in my mouth and tied my hands. I said, ‘please don’t hurt me … I got a wife and five kids and 10 grandkids and two great-grand kids. Please don’t hurt me”
They eventually released Smith on Cascade Road.
Smith told police that the gunmen escaped in a blue/gray Dodge Stratus.
There’s justice for Riverside police Sgt. Fred Taylor’s family, 25 years after he was killed in a shootout during an ATM robbery.
Leslie Gene Parker, 50, of Perris, was found guilty Monday of first-degree murder and a special circumstance of killing in the commission of a robbery, making him eligible for the death penalty.
“I’ve waited 25 years for this. I can sleep at night,” said Taylor’s son, Chris Taylor, who turns 48 today. “This is closure. This is something I would think about literally every day.”
He said he would go to the Riverside police station every year to check on the case, which had gone cold until Parker’s arrest in 2007.
Blood from an abandoned Datsun believed to be the getaway car was sent in for DNA testing and, in February 2007, was matched to a DNA sample Parker submitted to a state database following a 2003 stolen property conviction.
Parker’s attorney did not return a call for comment Monday. District attorney’s officials said they would not comment until the same jury recommends whether Parker should face the death penalty.
On the morning of Dec. 16, 1985, Fred Taylor was working as a part-time security guard at the Tyler Mall — now called the Galleria at Tyler — during a strike by Brink’s armored car guards. Taylor, then 54, had retired from the Riverside Police Department in 1972 after 17 years in the force.
Taylor was escorting two bank employees picking up the deposits from the night before when he was confronted by two men. Parker is believed to have fired the fatal shot in a 14-shot gunbattle. The other man, who was armed with a knife, has never been found.
The getaway car was found at Riverside General Hospital with the gunman’s blood in the passenger seat.
Chris Taylor said he didn’t know about the blood evidence until months before Parker’s arrest. He went to the trial every day.
“I knew he killed my father. My father left his mark on that man and two bullets inside him,” Taylor said. “All I can think of is, ‘you killed my father.’ “
Taylor said that he hopes for the death penalty, and that Parker has not shown any remorse for the killings.
Chris Taylor still remembers the night before the killing, when he last spoke to his father.
“I hung up the phone and I forgot to tell my dad I loved him,” Taylor said. “I wondered why I was thinking this way, but the next day he was dead. That’s my biggest regret.”