Richard A. Granzow, 42, of 501 South Madison St., No. 11, Evansville, was arrested Sunday for possession of child pornography after investigators from Rock County Sheriff’s Office and Evansville Police Department served a search warrant for his home at 4:32 p.m. Friday.
The arrest stems from a Friday incident in Florida, during which investigators apparently witnessed Granzow using a hidden camera to film children at a nude beach, officials said.
Detectives determined further evidence likely was located at Granzow’s home in Evansville, prompting Rock County investigators to secure a search warrant.
A sweep of Granzow’s home turned up “multiple items of child pornography and child erotica” and “multiple camera systems,” officials said. The finds led to Granzow’s arrest for 62 counts of possession of child pornography.
Granzow was arrested at 9:30 p.m. Sunday, following his return from Florida. He is in custody at the Rock County Jail, pending a court appearance at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Further investigation is pending, Rock County Sheriff’s Office said.
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Arthur Stubbs, 38, of Durham Drive, Columbus, was charged with lewdness after mall security cameras showed him masturbating in his silver Ford pickup truck near J.C. Penney at 2:15 p.m., according to a police report.
Mall security alerted police that Stubbs then drove around the lot and parked near the food court, where he masturbated again, police said.
By the time police arrived, the suspect had left the mall and was traveling south on Delsea Drive, according to the report. Police pulled over his vehicle in the Lowe’s parking lot off North 2nd Street in Millville.
Stubbs told police he wasn’t masturbating, but was fixing the belt on his pants, according to the report.
A Roman Catholic priest who formerly served in Belleville and Breese is accused of shoplifting butter and a sofa cover at a Wal-Mart in Southern Illinois.
Police in the village of West City arrested 41-year-old the Rev. Steven Poole on Friday. He’s charged with two felony theft counts.
Investigators say Poole failed to scan a $3.22 container of butter and a $60 sofa cover at a self-checkout. Poole then allegedly went to the store’s bedding section, picked up a memory foam mattress and switched the pricing bar code. That caused the $145 item to be scanned for $31.
Allegedly, Poole also possessed a stolen laptop computer power pack.
He’s the priest for St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Christopher and St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sesser.
Poole does not have a listed home telephone number, and messages left for him at the churches were not returned.
In 2001, Poole was convicted in St. Louis County Circuit Court of stealing an antique pub sign from a Ladue, Mo., antiques shop. He was sentenced to two years of probation and 100 hours of community service.
In January 2001, Poole filed a false report with the Breese Police Department that he had been beaten and robbed at St. Augustine’s Church. He was sentenced to six months of court supervision.
After the incidents in 2001, Poole was assigned to St. Mary’s Church in Belleville to serve as an assistant to the pastor there. Diocesan leaders said then that Poole had undergone counseling. He remained at the Belleville church for about a year.
On Saturday morning, Security Officer Philip Benson sat at one of the entrances to the event. He’d been there for nearly 12 hours.
For the second year in a row, Benson is putting in long hours at Riverfest, on the lookout or any misconduct.
“Basically what we try to do is ensure the safety of everybody that is here, as far as not letting fights break out and stuff like that,” he said.
Benson says those fights are usually started by people who drink a little too much and get rowdy.
“If you drink, try to limit yourself. Don’t get too drunk to where we have to escort you out of the park,” the security officer said.
Another security concern here is keeping children close to their parents.
“It can happen in a flash. I don’t have children but from what I hear it can happen so quickly,” said Zone Captain Barbara Daugherty. “You’re walking along, they stop and look at something because we have wonderful things to view everywhere and they stop and look at “oh that’s so exciting’ and in a flash they’re gone.”
Daugherty says there are officers ready to help find missing kids; especially if parents stop at an information booth when they first get to the event and ask for a sunny sticker.
“And then if the child does get lost, we ask that they come back and look for a sunny poster that we have here for them,” Daugherty said. “We have a really good system with the Little Rock police department. We always get them right back just as quickly as we can.”
For lost and stolen items, organizers point event-goers to the several information booths set up along the riverfront; the same place to pick up a festival program and tips for enjoying the weekend festivities.
“We all enjoy making sure everyone has a good time,” said Benson.
There are more than 100 security officers, including Little Rock police who will be on site throughout the weekend. Organizers say they haven’t had any issues with theft but event-goers are advised to leave their purses and other valuable items at home. All you need is a little cash and an ID.
The department recently added a third team to its Gang Unit — a sergeant and six more detectives — to go after the estimated 2,500 gang members in the Nashville area. Sgt. Sandy Luther, who was one of the original detectives when the Gang Unit was created in 2004, will lead the new team.
The hope is that the extra manpower will help broaden investigations and allow them to use their second new weapon: civil court injunctions.
Last year state lawmakers approved a change to the state’s public nuisance laws that were commonly used in the past to target prostitution, gambling and drunkenness. The change adds gang activity to the list of nuisances applicable to these injunctions.
“We’re working on a particular case to get that going,” said Lt. Gordon Howey, head of the Gang Unit. “We think it’ll be a successful tool.”
Howey said the new tool will allow police to ask for a judge to stop gang members from hanging out in certain areas, associating with certain people and patronizing specific businesses. Gang members who violate the injunctions could be tossed in jail.
The restrictions imposed by the court orders make defense attorneys and civil liberties advocates uncomfortable.
“It’s going to be a First Amendment issue,” said Nashville defense attorney Jennifer Thompson, who also sits on the board of directors for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. “The right to form associations and to gather.”
Thompson said she worries what standards police will have to meet to ban suspected gang members from certain areas or activities. She said the identification of gang members also could lead to racial and ethnic profiling.
“Are they just going to stop everybody who’s wearing brown or who looks Hispanic? I think that’s dangerous. It could lead to all kinds of misuse,” she said. “If those people have already been convicted then they have more power over them. People who are not convicted and just suspected? That would be just wrong. It’s clearly a violation just to say, ‘You fit our profile.’ “
Gang injunctions have been used successfully in California, Florida and a host of other states, where similar objections have been raised.
Law enforcement efforts to rid Fairfield, Calif., of the Norteños gang by using injunctions have been challenged this month by the American Civil Liberties Union as being unconstitutional. Injunction laws in most states have survived such challenges.
Howey had hoped to have the new team assembled and filing cases against gang members by May 1, but the May flooding put everything on hold. He said detectives are particularly interested in disrupting gangs such as the Bloods, Crips, Gangster Disciples, Brown Pride and Kurdish Pride.
The hope is that the injunctions will persuade some of those gang members to stay away from areas where they have been known to cause trouble.
“You would hope that they would learn from their mistakes,” Luther said.
Other Tennessee cities will watch to see whether Nashville’s strategy works.
In Memphis the gang population is very spread out making geographic restrictions difficult, said Lt. Mike Shearin, head of the Memphis Police Department’s Organized Crime unit.
“It’s not one of the tools the Memphis Police Department has used,” Shearin said. “But we’d be interested to see if it’s successful in Nashville.”
The victim tells Lexington Police it happened somewhere off Georgetown Street, possibly on Roosevelt Boulevard or Whitney Avenue.
The delivery man, who is around 66 years old, went to the Thornton’s gas station at Georgetown Road and Nandino Boulevard, asking for help around 4:30 a.m.
He went to U.K. Hospital and is expected to recover.
Investigators say he was shot in the neck. The bullet went out his back.
Police are trying to determine if that crime is related to an earlier robbery in Lexington, where a security guard was beaten and robbed.
A security guard at Holland Truck Company, off Mercer Road, told police he was locking up a gate when he was hit over the head and robbed by two men.
The security guard also went to the hospital and was treated and released.
Police say that they are trying to determine if the robberies, which occurred in the same area and time frame are connected.
Police Captain Ann Stephens told ABC11 a man came in just after 11:30 a.m. and shot 59-year-old employee Guadalupe Rosas of Apex.
Shoppers ran for cover as the shots rang out, but no one else was injured by the gunfire.
Witness Justin Ley told ABC11 he was in the checkout line next to Rosas when it happened. He said there was no yelling before the shooting that happened just after Rosas opened a new register. After shooting her, Ley said the shooter then pointed the gun at him and told him to “get the f*** out,” and he ran.
Stephens said the shooter was still in the store when police officers arrived. They challenged him to put down his pistol, but Stephens said he instead put the gun to his own head and killed himself.
The shooter was not identified pending notification of next of kin. Stephens said it appears he was not a local and he had out of state license plates on his truck.
Stephens said the investigation shows Rosas and the shooter had been in a relationship that ended in 2005. Rosas had worked for Target for about two years.
In the rush to get out of the store, four people were injured. Most had bumps and bruises, but Stephens said one person suffered a fracture.
The Target store and the Lowes next door remained closed Sunday. Workers were seen returning Monday morning.
In a statement, Target said:
“Target is deeply saddened by the loss of one of our team members and the tragic event that took place at our Apex, N.C., store shortly after 11 a.m. Sunday morning. The safety and well-being of our guests and team members is our highest priority. The store was immediately evacuated following the incident and we are cooperating fully with law enforcement in its investigation.”
Target said counselors would be on hand Monday to help employees deal with what happened. Customers who came to the store Monday morning were told it would reopen at 10 a.m.
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Atlanta GA May 30 2010 An off duty Atlanta policeman is recovering at Grady hospital tonight.. from a gun shot wound he got trying to break up a robbery in the city’s went end.
If it hadn’t been for the quick action of bystanders at the scene… things could have been much worse for the officer.
“They said it was about twenty shots that went off over there in front of Popeye’s” said eyewitness to the incident, T.J. James.
Atlanta’s West End was more like the Wild, Wild West this afternoon.
It began when three men met another man at a gas station to by tire rims.
“The people that were there to purchase the rims elected to rob the individual of the rims instead of purchasing them” explained Atlanta police major Keith Meadows.
An Atlanta police officer who’d just finished his shift was driving by in his personal car…saw the robbery…and jumped out to stop it.
“The officer sustained a gunshot would to the arm” major Meadows said. “It’s my understanding his bullet proof vest stopped the one that was to the abdomen.”
The officer wrestled with one of the shooters.
And the people of West End stepped up.
“We saw the guy had the officer on the ground…fighting him…punching him” described Earl Conley. “And once the guy in the truck hit the guy…he actually hit the suspect…enough to knock the gun out of his hand.”
The guy in the truck…Donald Melvin…was driving by.
This Vietnam vet…with a police officer son…was not going to let this officer die.
“The officer was on top…on the back of him trying to arrest him” Donald Melvin said. “And he flipped the officer over on the ground and the officer wound up on the bottom and he wound up on top. And he had the officer’s gun and he was trying to shoot the officer.”
Mr. Melvin hit the suspect with his truck…got out…and jumped him.
Earl Conley and Atul Dey ran to help and subdued the man.
Three suspects are in custody…one of whom was shot in the leg by the officer. He is being treated at Grady.
The officer is in stable condition at Grady and according to Atlanta police doing well.
“He is very lucky” agreed major Meadows. “He is lucky that the vest stopped one of the projectiles. And that some of the citizens were willing to get involved and engaged with the individuals who were physically assaulting the officer.”
Andrea Ilena Sampson, 30, Del City, was found dead inside her cell during a jail check Saturday morning. She apparently hung herself with a blanket, according to a police department press release.
Sampson was arrested after an incident with a security guard at the Huntington Place Apartments, 1400 N. Midwest Blvd., around 3:20 a.m.
Sampson approached the guard and asked for a ride. According to the guard, Sampson was carrying a one gallon can of gasoline, and he agreed to take her to the nearest gas station but she would have to ride in the back.
Sampson told the guard, “I don’t ride in the back seat of stranger’s cars”, and then opened up the front passenger car door.
At that point, Sampson lit some money on fire and threw it on the guard, catching his uniform on fire.
Thinking Sampson was going to pour gasoline on him, the guard drew his weapon and he and Sampson started struggling over the gun. During the struggle, one round was fired into the driver’s door, according to the police press release.
The guard was able to get control of his gun, and Sampson then fled on foot across the street to another apartment complex.
A Midwest City police officer found Sampson at the other apartment complex and was arrested without any problems.
Sampson was booked in the Midwest City jail on a complaint assault with a dangerous weapon.
At 9:30 a.m., jailors conducted a standard hourly jail check. Sampson requested some aspirin. She was found dead in her cell an hour later in a portion of her cell that is out of view of surveillance cameras. Other female prisoners were in the same jail section but housed in different cells and could not see Sampson, police said.
The Midwest City Police Department has one of the largest municipal jail in the state with a capacity of 70 prisoners.
The jail processes an average of 4,200 prisoners per year and has not had a suicide related death since August of 1998.
James S. Accatino, 24, and James R. Wolfertz, 23, both of Stroudsburg, and Richard L. Braun Jr., 23, of East Stroudsburg, turned themselves in Thursday and are charged with theft and criminal conspiracy. Accatino is charged also with having drugs and paraphernalia after a pipe and small amount of marijuana were found in the vehicle used to conceal the stolen merchandise.
On April 30, Weis loss prevention specialists reviewing night-time in-house surveillance tapes observed three night-shift employees, later identified as Accatino, Wolfertz and Braun, taking cartons of cigarettes from the customer service counter, placing them in plastic bags, leaving them near a back door and then loading them into a vehicle owned by one of the three.
The loss prevention specialists reviewed older tapes and found the trio had been doing this in the past.
On May 7, specialists set up a surveillance team and caught the defendants concealing three garbage bags full of cigarette cartons in a vehicle. The total retail value of the contents in the garbage bags was $5,920.84.
Stroud Area Regional Police were contacted, arrested the trio and took them before East Stroudsburg Magisterial District Judge Michael Muth for arraignments on charges. Braun and Wolfertz were released on $5,000 unsecured bail and Accatino on $6,000 unsecured bail.
All three will appear again before Muth in the future for preliminary hearings.
Nelson Roldam, 42, was observed trying to swipe roughly $130 worth of clothing by an off-duty Randolph Police officer who tried stopping him in the 3:03 p.m. in the store’s parking lot, Morris Plains police said Thursday.
Roldam ran until stopped by the officer, who was then assaulted by the suspect, police said, adding the Randolph officer suffered minor injuries that didn’t require medical attention.
Roldan was then taken into custody by Morris Plains police and lodged in the Morris County jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
On May 19, police investigated a possible shoplifting scheme at the BJ’s Wholesale Club on Route 35, where the bar code on an electronic robot pool cleaner had been altered to drastically reduce the price, police said. The difference in the price was $1,920, according to police.
Township resident Jeffrey L. Hirschmann, 60, was arrested May 21 and charged with shoplifting.
Hirschmann had been altering the UPC code at numerous locations of the chain store — Mays Landing, Jersey City, Voorhees, Vineland, Secaucus, East Rutherford, Edison, Linden, the Manahawkin section of Stafford, Toms River, Hamilton and Old Bridge — and had stolen from the Ocean Township location three times, defrauding the stores of a total of $23,520, police said.
Hirschmann was reselling the robotic cleaners on eBay, according to police.
He was released on a criminal summons pending a court hearing.
Fort Lee resident Ilya Krakinovskiy was charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child, a fourth degree crime, after an investigation lead by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit.
Krakinovskiy, a graduate from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s (FDU) Teaneck campus, was released on his own recognizance pending his first court appearance in Leonia Municipal Court.
In a letter to parents, Superintendent Bernard Josefsberg said, “Having served as the host site for Mr. Krakinovskiy’s pre-service teaching, we are dismayed and saddened by this report.”
The letter also stated that the alleged behavior occurred off campus during non-school hours.
Krakinovskiy, who worked at the high school from January through May, came to the school district upon the recommendation of FDU.
“The first question when you hear of something like this is did we do anything either by permission or omission, that assisted him in his conduct, and the answer is no. He was closely supervised,” explained Josefsberg.
Josefsberg said a background check would have taken place at FDU and that all student candidates are interviewed and their references are checked.
But when Josefsberg was asked if the school district performs their own background checks on student teachers, in addition to any a university might conduct, he said no.
“There’s an assumption that the university would not be making that request had they not scrutinized their candidate at some level, and that they will vouch for his character,” Josefsberg said. “That’s the assumption.”
Although the district performs background checks when they hire full- and part-time teachers, student teachers do not undergo the same review, despite the fact they work within an “arena” that allows them to interact with students.
“If we were required to investigate the criminal history of every student teacher, we would be more reluctant to do that work because we don’t have to,” Josefsberg said. “Why would the university expect us to do the work they should be doing. They’re [student teachers] in our care. That’s why they’re supervised.”
Josefsberg said he was told by officials from FDU that Krakinovskiy, who worked at the campus bookstore, had nothing in his background or behavior that would have predicted this outcome.
“Of course they were saying that because they were in a difficult situation,” Josefsberg explained. “But I believe them.”
Krakinovskiy, who is no longer a student teacher at LHS, is also ordered to have no contact with the student.
When deputies arrived at Seeker’s Nightclub on Irby Street just after 3:00 Friday morning, they found the bouncer wounded in the parking lot. Deputies say he’d been shot by someone at the club.
Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone says when his deputy approached the club-goer, the suspect failed to follow the officer’s orders. “When they arrived they heard multiple gunshots being fired at different locations, and then obviously the bouncer was shot. The deputy confronted this individual who was armed and commanded him to drop his weapon and he did not and the officer did not have no other alternative,” Boone explained.
An autopsy is being performed on the suspect’s body to confirm a cause of death.
The name of the deputy involved in the shooting will be released at a later time.
This is the second time in two weeks that a Florence County sheriff’s deputy has used deadly force.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. May 29 2010(WSVN) — A security guard is speaking out after suffering a beating by bandits.
Surveillance video captured the robbery, which occurred at the Crown Liquor Store, near Northwest Ninth Street and Sunrise Boulevard, Wednesday. According to police, the bandits tormented employees at the liquor store, including Marco Russell, a security guard on-duty at the time of the crime.
The robbers told Russell to get on the ground as they repeatedly kicked and beat him. “I went on the ground. He took my revolver, my .38, from me right away, and then he started at me. I was shaking,” Russell said. “I thought it was, like, a joke or something, until the guy went around the back to the cashier, and she started screaming. I said, ‘Oh, it’s not a joke. It’s really real,’” said Russell.
Surveillance video showed customers as they attempted to flee the store; one of the crooks struck a customer in the face as she tried to escape. Some customers managed to get out of the liquor store as the robbery ensued. Fort Lauderdale Police Detective Kathy Collins said, “You can see how cold and callous these guys are. They don’t seem very organized. They look like a bunch of guys that got their hands on a couple of guns and decided to make some money by robbing and tormenting people.”
The armed thieves demanded a female employee open up a safe in the liquor store; however, she did not have a key to it. The robbers managed to steal money from the store’s cash register and robbed some customers still inside the liquor store. “They left with a couple thousand dollars,” said Collins.
Despite being attacked, Russell is thankful to be alive. “I just thank God more often for the extra days,” he said.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of the thieves, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
A Gary woman who came to bail out her male companion was arrested after she brought a loaded pistol into the Lake County Courts building in the government complex.
Whitney Sharde Brooks, 24, of 5708 Cypress Ave., faces a charge of carrying a handgun without a permit after court security officer Mike Dorsey found the loaded .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol with a 12-round clip in her purse, Lt. Harry Warrens said.
Brooks had shown up at the center on Wednesday to post bail for Darrell Loving, who had been arrested earlier that day.
Loving was charged with disorderly conduct after he was told he couldn’t bring his cell phone into court and refused to pull up his sagging pants. Loving was yelling and refused to quiet down, Warrens said.
Brooks said she forgot the pistol was in her purse and told security officials she had applied for a permit to carry the weapon the day before. Warrens said the gun was confiscated, but Brooks can get it back if she provides proof that she has a permit.
Signs are posted outside the building informing visitors that weapons and chemical sprays are not allowed in the courts building. In addition, cell phones have been banned in the courtrooms for several months.
The administration of Western Middle School reported the incident to the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office back in March.
Warrants were issued for the arrest of 41-year-old, Russell Witcher of Burlington after an intense investigation by Alamance County Sheriff’s Office and the Alamance-Burlington School System and the District Attorney’s office.
Witcher is in the Alamance County Jail under a bond of $75,000. His first court appearance is June 1, 2010.
Police said he’s the drumline instructor for Goodpasture School.
Lawmen said Mann is charged with two counts of statutory rape by an authority figure and one count of sexual battery by an authority figure.
Police said the charges deal with a 14-year-old girl he met through his work at the school.
The girl’s parents went to police after meeting with officials at the school.
Nashville TN May 29 2010 Metro Police officer Deon Cartmell was arrested Friday after he was indicted in the death of his wife.
Cartmell, 23, had said that his wife, Shari, 24, shot herself while the two were sitting on the living room couch on March 16 in their home on Saunders Avenue in Madison.
An investigation by Metro detectives Charles Robinson and Norris Tarkington found that Cartmell’s account of his wife’s death did not match the evidence, according to a police news release.
The gun used in the shooting was owned by Deon Cartmell and was not his service weapon.
Cartmell had been a police officer in the East Precinct for less than a year at the time of his wife’s death. He graduated from the police academy in July 2009 and was decommissioned on March 17.
He has been placed on administrative assignment and was in jail Friday night.
According to a news release, a resident filed a report with the Licking County Sheriff’s Office and said her purse had been stolen from the trunk of her car at Dawes Arboretum.
The cards were subsequently used at Heath stores, including Indian Mound Mall and Toys ‘R’ Us, the news release said.
Deputies identified Rueben Russell, 22, as a suspect with the help of a store clerk and arrested him.
An anonymous tip and a surveillance video for the Heath Wal-Mart led to the arrest of Sarah Bellis, 18, and another tip led to the arrest of David Welch, 26, the sheriff’s office said.
Welch, last known address 138 Bickel Church Road, Baltimore, has been charged with theft of credit cards and theft from a motor vehicle, the sheriff’s office said.
Billis, last known address 12300 Ohio Ave., Millersport, has been charged with receiving stolen property and misuse of credit cards, the sheriff’s office said.
Russell, last known address 114 N. Buena Vista St., Newark, has been charged with obstructing official business, the sheriff’s office said.
Delmicio Tolliver was arrested on charges of voyeurism, possession of criminal tools and drug abuse.
Police said Tolliver was spotted by a store security employee putting the phone under the woman’s skirt. The woman had no idea that she was being recorded.
Police say that when they arrived Tolliver tried to dispose of a marijuana cigarette. They said he admitted to recording the woman but deleted the file. Police said they will try and restore the recording for their case.
Tolliver spent 12 years in prison for killing a man in 1995 and was released from parole on that sentence in February 2009, according to Ohio prison records.
Hamilton County Municipal Judge Bernie Bouchard set bond at $30,000 for Tolliver. He ordered that if Tolliver is able to post that bail, he must stay away from the biggs store on Delhi Pike.
PORTSMOUTH NH May 28 2010 – Three days after his 77th birthday, a Massachusetts man was Tasered by a Portsmouth police officer and arrested for theft and resisting arrest yesterday.
Police said an officer responded to the BJ’s Wholesale store on Woodbury Avenue for a report of a suspected shoplifter around 11:30 a.m. When the officer got there, he encountered the suspect, Richard Maynard of Reading, Mass., in the store bathroom trying to open an item with a folding pocket knife, police said. The officer said he ordered Maynard to drop the knife and, when he didn’t, used a stun gun.
Police said Maynard was treated at Portsmouth Hospital before being arrested. He was released on $1,000 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to be arraigned on June 22
Johnson County deputies arrested Lane A. Hanon, 34, of Coralville for second-degree theft Wednesday.
Hanaon, Deputies said, would memorize transaction numbers from old receipts and then credit himself to a pre-paid Visa card.
Officers said Hanon made the false transactions from December 27, 2009 to May 20, 2010, about 23 times, and collected $1,442 from the fake returns.
Hanon admitted to the theft, according to the complaint.
According to a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office police report, on Friday, Jeanae Paige, 22, of Jacksonville was working as a cashier when she was approached by a black male who handed her a Walmart money card.
Police said Paige put $818 on the card, but video surveillance showed the man did not hand over any cash in exchange for the credit. Then she requested cash from her supervisor and gave the man $818 cash for a total of $1,636 in cash and credit.
According to the report, Paige told police she did not remember the transaction and could not explain why she did not receive money from the man but put money onto his card. She also had no explanation for why she gave the man cash.
Police have identified a man who matches the man with the gift card on the surveillance video.
She is is charged with employee theft between $300 and 4,999.
Deputies say Grace Anne Stewart, of the Town of Batavia, stole the money between Nov. 1 and Monday from the Home Depot at 4181 Veterans Memorial Drive.
The store loss prevention personnel investigated the thefts but did not release how the thefts took place.
She must appear in Batavia Town Court on June 14 to answer the charge.
Showing a visitor around the school police headquarters next to the Adult School in San Bernardino, Police Chief Gary Underwood shows pride in the force of sworn officers he commands, as well as a support staff to back them up.
“We have 55 campuses patrolled by campus security officers, patterned after our sworn officers,” Underwood says. “They are highly trained and educated, all on bicycles. Many use this as a step toward becoming a sworn officer.”
Underwood says there are two campus security officers at each middle school in the district, and six at each high school. Elementary schools are not staffed by security officers.
Campus security officers are uniformed and wear the familiar Sam Brown Belt equipped with handcuffs and pepper spray.
The sworn officers go through the same training as other police and sheriff’s officers, constantly updating their education, agility and firearms practice, and are empowered to make arrests anywhere in California, but generally limit themselves at and around school sites to keep students safe both at school and on trips to and from school.
“We have 26 sworn officers, most with college degrees,” Underwood says. “Our lieutenant graduated from FBI training in Quantico, Va.”
Just as any police department, applicants undergo a vigorous background check and only about two out of 10 make it into the training regimen.
The police headquarters includes an evidence locker and booking room, interview rooms with hidden cameras to record interviews, a law library, and a dispatch center with three dispatchers to coordinate police dispatches.
Monitors show where officers are and dispatchers keep tabs on their location and status.
“We make about 4,200 to 4,600 arrests a year,” Underwood says.
In the main office, a sergeant reviews reports and has a computer that can track the records of arrestees and coordinate with other law enforcement agencies. One officer is assigned to gang activity.
A briefing room is where officers gather for morning briefing and are sent out on their way to keep 55,000 students safe.
Underwood is proud of his department and likes to show off its personnel and equipment.
An investigation is now underway after a Long Beach sunbather is run over by a police SUV. The victim remains in critical condition Thursday with a broken spine, and now the accident has many thinking twice about allowing heavy vehicles on the beach.
You can see his sandal still sitting in the sand, along with part of a crumpled chaise lounge. The 43-year-old victim was on his cell phone, listening to the radio when police said a Long Beach SUV accelerated suddenly in response to a swimmer in distress.
“It necessitated a very sharp right-hand turn and that would be on the passenger’s side, where you do have sort of a blind spot, and the unfortunate individual was in a low chaise lounge and unfortunately got run over,” said Long Beach City Manager Charles Theofan.
Theofan said the accident occurred when steamy weather drove hundreds to the beach, which doesn’t officially open until Saturday. With no lifeguards yet on duty, extra officers were called in in various vehicles.
“Maybe they can do something about that, but they have to be out here and we’ve seen them rescue people and help people,” said Long Beach resident Steve Fein.
Fein and his family watched the drama unfold and wondered about beach rules and heavy police vehicles.
“I’m on the beach a lot and I always see these big trucks and I always wonder, ‘Wow they are like three inches from me,’” said Gayle Fein.
Long Beach does have lighter patrol vehicles and rules keep them in an emergency lane near the water’s edge. During the summer season, they may now make changes.
In Miami Beach, policy changed when a police SUV there killed a sunbathing tourist. Now, those Florida officers must patrol on bicycles and all terrain vehicles, limit speeds to 15 miles an hour, and use overhead flashing lights on the beach.
New York State Park Police have SUVs, but at Jones Beach they try to use restricted lane and snow fences as boundaries.
“We keep clear so that if there is an emergency on the shoreline they will be able to respond,” said New York State Parks Spokesman George Gorman.
The sunbathing victim, identified as Marshall Starkman, remains in intensive care with a broken back. His family in Oceanside declined comment and they may be hiring a lawyer.
The officer who hit him didn’t even know it until he heard the shouts.
In light of the accident, several communities around New York have pledge to re-examine their policies regarding police vehicles patrolling beaches.