Cleveland Heights Police Department
End of Watch: Saturday, March 13, 2010
Tour of Duty: 7 years
Badge Number: 345
Cause of Death: Duty related illness
Date of Incident: Saturday, March 13, 2010
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Officer Thomas Patton died after collapsing while chasing a suspect. He and several other officers where involved in a foot pursuit when he suddenly collapsed.
He was transported to Huron Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Officer Patton had served with the agency for seven years. He is survived by his daughter.
Agency Contact Information
Cleveland Heights Police Department
40 Severance Circle
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
Phone: (216) 291-4974
A Hutchinson man is under arrest after he was found with two loaded handguns in a Reno County Courtroom Friday morning.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested Roberto Rincon, 29, for criminal use of a firearm.
The Reno County Sheriff said Rincon was appearing in front of Judge Tim Chambers in a paternity hearing.
Judge Chambers called deputies after he noticed Rincon was becoming agitated during the hearing.
Deputies took Rincon into custody and found him carrying two loaded handguns. Rincon is also being held for contempt of court.
Security at the Reno County Courthouse has been under scrutiny since last November, when an attorney showed a dummy grenade inside a courtroom.
PRIVATE OFFICER NEWS
An organized gang of thieves has been hitting upscale retailers in the Gresham Oregon area and getting away with thousands of dollars of merchandise at a time.
Now police and loss prevention agents have busted the ring they say was made up of 11 young men who are students at Centennial High School.
Loss prevention personnel said that the young team of thieves would enter a store and grab armloads of designer jeans from Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue stores.
According to police, they didn’t keep the stolen goods for themselves, but actually sold them for a profit.
Investigators say the men dubbed themselves, “The Mini Boys.”
All 11 of the accused were arraigned on charges of first-degree theft and organized retail theft, a felony.
Conviction on retail theft can carry a maximum 10-year prison term.
Five of the gang have been charged as adults while six others face juvenile courts charges.
All have pleaded not guilty.
We’re told it happened at the Target store on Ford Road in Canton.
“One of our team members found someone in the store, near the front of the store, on Monday morning when we opened. It appears that he had been there overnight,” said Bethany Zucco with Target.
The man apparently entered the store Sunday night, hid in a bathroom and later tried to get out, but the door was locked.
“It’s a little bizarre,” said Target shopper Craig Priskorn. “Hard to imagine… that could happen without security or somebody finding out about it.”
Canton Police were called to the store and found the man sitting at a desk with an empty bottle of Listerine that man said he had drank.
“You’d have to drink an awful lot of Listerine in order to be drunk on that, I would think,” said Target shopper Jennifer Villar. “Never done it myself.”
Actually, Listerine is nearly 27-percent alcohol. Not recommended to swallow, but sufficient to induce intoxication.
The man was charged with larceny and disorderly conduct.
A 17-year-old Miami Gardens teenager is dead after he was shot over a dice game Saturday night at Miami Carol City Park. Police say an argument started around the game and one person began shooting.
Donte Frasier died on the scene. His relatives arrived to find his body covered by a tarp on the table where he was killed.
The incident erupted while security guard Robert Rubio was patrolling the area. “Some guy just went on a shooting spree and I heard five shots,” said Rubio. “I saw the guy shooting and running and somebody screamed out, ‘oh, somebody is bleeding! Somebody is dead; somebody is dead.’”
While Rubio said the shooting was frightening for him, the guard said he was not surprised by it. Rubio said violence at Miami’s Carol City Park is becoming all too common.
“It’s pretty sad. A young kid,” he said. “I mean, his life cut short. It’s sad; they’re building a brand new school for them and he’ll never see it. Pretty sad.”