The teen’s name hasn’t been released. He’ll be charged with two counts of first degree murder, according to the DA.
The principal of Volunteer High School said the teen went there.
The teen lived with his grandparents. He returned to their house on Stanley Valley Road at 3:00 a.m. Monday, where a deputy took him into custody.
A Hawkins County deputy found the bodies of Clyde and Linda Fannin at their home on Saturday.
The sheriff’s department got a call after a relative couldn’t contact the family.
The DA said Linda Fannin was stabbed to death, and Clyde Fannin was shot to death with a .22 caliber gun.
Clyde Fannin retired from the Newport News, Virginia Police Department in March 2003 after 31 years of service. That’s when the couple moved to Surgoinsville.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is helping with the case.
The Fannins’ bodies were sent to the Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University for autopsies.
The teen’s father lives in Newport News, Virginia.
San Francisco Sheriff Michael Hennessey believes people who run jails have an obligation to educate inmates about HIV. He says distributing condoms are an effective way of doing so.
Distributing condoms to inmates is one way to prevent the spread of HIV, but that idea remains controversial.
In a downtown San Francisco jail, a guard checks on the cells that line the central corridor. This high-security facility is home to more than 800 inmates.
Inside the gym, there’s a machine that distributes free condoms. It’s the only condom machine inside a jail or prison in California. And it’s one of only two jail condom distribution programs in the state.
San Francisco’s long-time Sheriff Michael Hennessey says his program began in 1989, when AIDS was ravaging the city. Hennessey says he felt he needed to do something.
“So we started by printing up a little brochure, and when people would get out of jail, and pick up their property, we would give them the brochure, and we would scotch tape a condom to the brochure,” Hennessey recalled. “And then after we’d done that for awhile, we thought probably the better thing would be to actually provide the condoms in the jail as a form of AIDS education.”
Hennessey admits he had some reservations about it. He was concerned inmates could hide drugs in the condoms, or that sexual assaults would increase. His staff had some objections, too.
“They are the ones working the jails and they’re very concerned about contraband of any kind,” Hennessey pointed out. “There was certainly some homophobia, even though AIDS is not a gay disease, at the time it was viewed that way, back in the 80s.”
However, after Hennessey talked with the wardens of some jail systems back east that handed out condoms, his fears went away.
In the beginning, inmates in the San Francisco jail could get a condom from a health educator. The machine came later.
Los Angeles became the second county in the state to offer a condom distribution program in its jails in 2001.
So far, no other county in the state has followed suit.
Captain Dan Pena runs the detention support division for the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. He oversees seven jails and nearly 5,200 inmates.
Pena says his department has no interest in handing out condoms.
“Primarily the reason for that, is sexual activity in jails or prisons is illegal; it’s actually a felony,” Pena said. “And because of that, we would not want to send a mixed message to the inmate population that knowing this is a crime, here’s a condom. So that’s our primary position.”
Pena says San Diego County controls HIV in jails through education, and strict supervision of inmates. He says until there’s evidence that handing out condoms in jail reduces the rate of HIV, the county won’t change its approach.
San Francisco Sheriff Michael Hennessey thinks that’s shortsighted. In fact, he thinks most sheriffs throughout California are wrong on this issue.
“They don’t see the spreading of venereal diseases or HIV in their community a matter for law enforcement, whereas I do,” Hennessey said. “And I see it also as people who run jails and prisons have an opportunity to educate people when they’re in their custody.”
Mary Sylla is the policy and advocacy director for the non-profit Center for Health Justice. She admits it’s hard for most corrections officials to embrace condom distribution.
“It’s a lot like syringe exchange, and you know, not very many communities in the nation have syringe exchange,” Sylla said. “It takes a little bit of a shift in terms of thinking about public safety.”
San Francisco County has studied the effects of its program. Officials say sexual activity in jail has not increased. There have been no reports of smuggling with condoms. Inmates report they have engaged in less high-risk behavior.
Based on San Francisco County’s model, the state of California recently ended a one-year pilot program in Solano State prison. Some 2,000 inmates had access to a condom machine.
The state is currently evaluating the program. In the meantime, less than ten jails or prison systems nationwide distribute condoms.
Las Vegas NV.April 19 2010 A community center security guard is dead and Las Vegas police are seeking three assailants.
Police say the security officer was shot and killed late Sunday at the Pearson Community Center near Comstock Drive and Carey Avenue in North Las Vegas.
Las Vegas police Lt. Lewis Roberts says the guard was shot several times and police are looking for as many as three assailants.
The name of the security officer has not been released.
Federal Protective Service Director Gary Schenkel said last week a decision will be made after DHS completes later this year a bottom-up review of FPS, which is charged with securing 9,000 federal buildings.
This comes after undercover investigators repeatedly snuck fake bombs, guns and knives into high-security federal office buildings under the noses of contract security guards posted at the buildings’ entrances.
“We have not ruled out the possibility of expanding our federal workforce or federalizing or partially federalizing our contract workforce,” Schenkel said at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing last week.
FPS contract guards failed to detect two-thirds of the guns, knives and bombs brought into federal agencies during covert tests conducted last year by the agency, the Government Accountability Office revealed in a report issued April 14.
In addition, many FPS contractor guards stationed at federal buildings continue to lack proper training and certification requirements, a problem cited last year in a previous GAO report. As recently as a couple weeks ago, FPS was unable to determine whether 6,000 of the 15,000 contract guards now stationed at federal facilities are certified to be working there, said Mark Goldstein, who has headed the FPS investigations as GAO’s director of physical infrastructure issues.
The companies that employ the guards could be fined or have their contracts terminated for failing to properly train and certify guards. Yet FPS rarely exercises this authority; in fact, the agency extended contracts for seven companies surveyed by GAO, even though none of them was in compliance with training and certification requirements, GAO said in the new report.
The newest GAO report follows on a series of investigations GAO conducted in the past year revealing alarming security lapses and other shortcomings by the contract guards. In July, for instance, GAO reported that its undercover investigators were able to smuggle bomb-making components into 10 high-security federal buildings.
Embarrassing security lapses
Since that July report, FPS has conducted 53 covert tests in the same regions GAO visited. The guards identified guns, knives and fake bombs in 18 tests, but failed to identify the items in 35 tests, GAO said in the new report.
GAO accompanied FPS on tests at two large facilities, each employing more than 450 federal employees. Such buildings should have the second-highest security level.
At the first facility, FPS agents failed to detect a fake gun and knife placed in a bag on an X-ray machine, and the undercover official was able to retrieve his bag and proceed to the check-in desk without incident. In another test at the same facility, a knife was hidden on an undercover FPS officer. During this test, the magnetometer detected the knife, as did the hand wand, but the guard failed to locate the knife and the FPS officer was able to gain access to the facility with the knife.
At another location, a guard failed to detect a fake bomb placed inside a bag as it moved through the X-ray machine, and the inspector was able to enter the facility with the bag. In a second test, a guard identified a gun that went through the X-ray machine. But as the inspector was being detained, a second undercover inspector walked through the security checkpoint with two knives without being screened.
In response to the security lapses, FPS has taken over the responsibility for training contract guards, which was previously left to the companies, Schenkel said. In January, the agency began weapons-detection training for FPS guards stationed in the Washington region.
FPS is charged with protecting employees and visitors at roughly 9,000 federal buildings nationwide, yet the agency largely relies on contract security guards to get the job done. There are 15,000 contract guards stationed at federal buildings, compared with just 1,225 FPS officers, investigators and administrative staff.
Federalization is ‘no panacea’
Former Homeland Security Inspector General Clark Kent Ervin said building security should be manned by a federal security force. Private firms are primarily motivated by a desire to make a profit, which means there’s no incentive to provide training or hire additional guards as needed, he said.
“We’ve had this present regime of contractors with federal oversight for a number of years now,” Ervin said. “For whatever reason, the federal government is incapable of getting the private sector to perform optimally.”
Still, “federalization in and of itself is no panacea,” Ervin said, pointing to security shortfalls that have continued to plague the Transportation Security Administration after airport screening functions were federalized following the 9/11 attacks.
Rather, what’s really needed are employees who are better paid and trained, provided with better technology with which to detect potential threats, overseen rigorously by supervisors and managers and held accountable for poor performance, Ervin said.
“Federalization, if done right, would not be cheap, quick or easy,” Ervin said. “But, with adequate resources, planning and deliberation, and due oversight, it would likely result in making federal workers safer at the time when we know that terrorists are working overtime to exploit security gaps.”
FPS spends about $800 million a year on contract security guards, spread across 111 contracts from 55 different companies, Schenkel said. The agency’s analysis shows it would cost 30 percent more to federalize the same number of employees who are now working under contract, he said.
A separate analysis is being done to determine the proper number of employees needed to guard federal facilities and oversee their efforts. Schenkel said the studies should be completed later this year, in time to inform the administration’s 2012 budget request.
Regardless of “who signs the paychecks,” Schenkel said guards must have a clear understanding of the mission, must have necessary training and must be properly supervised.
As part of a governmentwide review of contracted positions that should be held by federal employees, Homeland Security has identified 3,200 contract jobs to turn over to federal employees. But none of those jobs includes FPS contract guards; in fact, White House guidance issued March 31 specifically excludes building security from the list of jobs that must be done by federal workers.
The issue of whether federal employees and visitors to federal buildings are adequately protected has taken on new urgency in recent months, in light of a spate of high-profile incidents threatening federal workers.
In January, a man who had recently been denied Social Security benefits opened fire in the lobby of the Las Vegas federal courthouse, killing a court security officer and injuring a deputy U.S. marshal. The next month, a man flew his small plane into an IRS building in Austin, Texas, in an act of anti-government terrorism, killing himself and an IRS manager.
In March, a gunman shot and wounded two federal policemen stationed outside the Pentagon’s Metro entrance.
“Increased threats on federal employees and recent attacks on federal buildings demonstrate that the safety of employees in federal facilities can no longer be taken for granted,” House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson said.
Detective Robert Levinson, public information officer for the Dartmouth Police Department, said Officer Keith DaCosta and Inspector William Garcia suffered minor injuries during an altercation with the suspects as they were attempting to escape.
Nathaniel Rodrigues, 33, of 663 Kempton St., New Bedford, and Juan Gomez, 31, of 187 S. Main St., Acushnet, are charged with heroin trafficking, conspiracy to violate the drug laws and assault and battery on a police officer.
They will be arraigned Tuesday in New Bedford District Court.
Levinson said the officers, who were assigned to a security detail at the mall, were tipped-off to an alleged narcotics violation about 2 p.m. inside one of the mall stores.
The suspects were detained and as they were being led to the mall’s security office, Levinson said they assaulted the officers and attempted to flee.
Levinson said police seized about 15 grams of heroin from Rodrigues and a substantial amount of cash from both men.
These are places where violent criminals show up on a daily basis for what can become heated confrontations. Yet the ex-cons are admitted without even the screening that’s routine for schools, airports and courthouses.
This is why convicted murderer Robert Morales could waltz into the Parole Division on Schermerhorn St. with a loaded handgun and shoot officer Samuel Salters in the shoulder.
According to a note recovered by cops, the grudge-carrying Morales aimed to kill Salters, then die in a hail of bullets. Had his gun not jammed, he might have gotten both wishes.
After an incident in Queens last year in which a parole officer was held at knifepoint before her attacker was shot to death, the Parole Division agreed to install metal detectors at two locations.
But that pilot project hasn’t gotten off the ground because of petty squabbling between management and labor over who should have to staff the devices.
That’s ridiculous. Lives are at stake.
Friday, Gov. Paterson belatedly promised to beef up security at parole offices – as he must, before anyone else takes a bullet
Sheriff’s department officials said Madison County Corrections Officer Jason Lee Earls shot and killed his wife and then was shot by deputies.
Sheriff’s investigator Chad Brooks said deputies were called to a Hazel Green home at about 1:40 a.m. Sunday and found Earls threatening his wife with a handgun. Brooks said Earls then dragged his wife outside and held the gun to her head. Brooks said Earls then shot his wife deputies then fired shots, killing Earls.
The name of Earls’ wife was not immediately released.