Detroit Police Department
End of Watch: Monday, May 3, 2010
Age: Not available
Tour of Duty: 12 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Monday, May 3, 2010
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Shot and wounded
Officer Brian Huff was shot and killed at approximately 3:30 am after responding to a reports of gunshots at a vacant home on Schoenherr Street.
Several officers surrounded the home, which was known to be a drug house, in response to the initial 911 call. When Officer Huff, and the other officers who were positioned in the front of the home, made entry into the home they were immediately met with gunfire.
Officer Huff was fatally wounded and four other officers suffered non-life threatening wounds. The suspect was also shot and wounded by the return gunfire.
Officer Huff had served with the Detroit Police Department for 12 years and was assigned to the Eastern District. He is survived by his wife and 10-year-old son.
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The Country Music Hall of Fame is closed today with five feet of water in one low-level mechanical room. That flooding has seeped into the loading area for the subterranean Ford Theater.
None of the exhibit halls are in danger of floodwater, spokeswoman Liz Thiels said.
Officials are still evaluating whether to open on Tuesday, she said.
Flood waters continue to rise at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, causing officials to reconsider the status of upcoming events not only for this week but for several weeks to come, said Alan Bostick, senior director of communications.
At this point, there is no timeline on when concerts can take place again at the center.
Bostick said officials are looking for secondary locations like TPAC, Belmont and The Ryman as venues for upcoming shows, but nothing has been confirmed yet.
Crews continue to work onsite at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center but they are unable to gain access to the basement level because of the flooding, which is several feet high, Bostick said.
At least two Steinway Grand Pianos owned by the Schermerhorn have been exposed to floodwaters and although crews are working to keep the water contained to the basement level, it is unclear if it can be contained.
Gaylord Opryland Hotel under 10 feet of water and rising
Parts of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel are under 10 feet of water, and the water is still rising.
It is too early to assess the monetary damage, but it could be months before the hotel is restored and open for business, said Peter Weien, senior vice president and general manager of the hotel.
“It looks surreal,” Weien said.
The Cascades area, which is one of four areas in the hotel and the closest to the Cumberland River at the hotel’s lowest level of elevation, has sustained the most devastating damage thus far. Weien said water started entering the check-in area around 11 p.m. Sunday night. The Delta atrium also sits under an estimated eight feet of water.
Several of the hotels restaurants were no longer visible under the water, with tables, chairs and crates of wine glasses floating across the diesel-tainted water. Many of the low level shops, including a stationary store, were also submerged. Not even the doorways into shops could be seen.
The hotel’s generators were also completely submerged, introducing diesel fuel into the water and leaving a thick smell in the air.
There is no electricity in the building. Staff is walking through hallways with flashlights as it collect luggage left by hotel patrons, all of whom were evacuated last night.
Almost all of the 2,881 rooms in the hotel are undamaged. At this point the water remains mostly in the common areas.
Police say 49-year-old Roger Sadler of Michigan City died Sunday at Loyola University Medical Center, two days after he was struck in a construction zone on Interstate 94 near Burns Harbor.
Sadler was working in blocked-off lanes when police say a car made an illegal U-turn before hitting him and carrying him about 35 feet.
The car fled, but officers later arrested 21-year-old Ricardo Bustos of East Chicago on charges including leaving the scene of a serious accident while driving drunk. He was being held without bond Monday in the Porter County Jail in Valparaiso pending an initial court appearance
Prosecutors accuse Stewart of having illegal contact with the student multiple times, including in a classroom. Stewart teaches social studies at Chauncey Rose Middle School in Terre Haute.
Source:NJ.com A Manchester man who was brought to Monmouth Medical Center in critical condition on Wednesday night from Community Medical Center in Toms River died this afternoon from injuries he allegedly sustained in a physical altercation with security guards at the Toms River medical facility.
Darnell Myres, 43, was pronounced dead at approximately 1:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon, according to Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy.
Mastronardy said Myres death is being investigated by the Toms River Police Department. No charges have filed yet.
“We are at the preliminary stage of the investigation,” Mastronardy said.
Details remain sketchy about the encounter between the guards and Myres.
Toms River police confirmed the altercation, but declined to release further information because the investigation is ongoing.
Myres’ uncle, Jeff Parker, 52, of Atlanta spoke on the family’s behalf Friday, saying that the former high school wrestling champion went to Community Medical to get stitches for a cut lip he suffered during a dispute with his girlfriend. When Myres attempted to leave the hospital before the staff officially discharged him, the altercation occurred, witnessed by several people, Parker said.
Myres, a single father of three, was the heavyweight state wrestling champion in 1984for Toms River High School South, and the 189-pound state champion during his senior year at Central Regional High School in Berkeley in 1985.
Peter Trezise Lewisville police said Peter Trezise, a teacher at Lakeland Elementary School, was taken into custody and brought to the Denton County jail late Friday night. An arrest warrant was issued for him late last week, after investigators seized two personal computers from his home.
According to Denton County records, he was released from jail Saturday on a bond of $7,500.
Trezise, 58, resigned his teaching job last week, a spokesperson for the Lewisville school district said. The spokesperson said there had been no complaints against Trezise for inappropriate behavior with students during his 11 years with the district.
The case against him originated in Stillwater, Okla., where police suspected him of an act of indecency with a child. Stillwater authorities, who knew Trezise was living in Lewisville, notified the Lewisville police, who then executed the search warrant at Trezise’s home, seizing his computers.
The five officers were responding to a report of shots fired at 3:30 a.m. at a home on the 20,000 block of Schoenherr Road near 8 Mile Road in Detroit when they were met by gunfire.
The officers who responded to the call Monday positioned themselves at the front and rear entrances of the building, police spokesman John Roach said. He said officers at the front of the house were shot at.
The officer who died had been on the force for 12 years. He leaves behind a wife and 10-year-old son.
The wounded officers were taken to St. John Hospital for treatment.
Police said two officers were treated at a local hospital and released and the two still hospitalized are expected to recover.
Sources told Local 4 the gunman, who was in his 20s, was also shot and taken to the hospital.
He was shot in the lower back.
A .45-caliber handgun, believed to be the gunman’s weapon, and a pound of marijuana was recovered.
Several neighbors describe the block as quiet during the day, but say gunshots are commonly heard at night and in the surrounding area.
Shelia Brown, 47, said she was awakened by two to three gunshots early Monday, followed by eight to nine more. Brown said has been offered drugs by people while walking past the house.
“They ask you if you want to buy weed,” said Brown, adding that she has previously called police, but “they come out but the guys are gone by then.”
Detroit Police Chief Warren Evans said the officer who died was struck multiple times.
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing visited the slain officer’s widow at the hospital.
“It was the worst feeling I’ve had since I’ve been in this position and immediately I wanted to get here to be as supportive as I could be,” Bing said outside the hospital. “But also to let our police officers know that the leadership in this city is behind them.”
Evans said he spoke to the officers and their families, although he said there was little comfort he could provide.
“What can you say? You’re there for them and let them talk,” Evans said. “Every emotion in the world comes out: anger, hurt, frustration — all of them are worried about the guy in the next bed, which was their partner.”
“These guys in there aren’t worried about themselves,” Evans said. “They’re worrying about their brother officers. I’ve been doing this almost 40 years. This is not the first time but I was hoping (before) was the last time that we’d be in this situation.”
The last deadly shooting involving on-duty Detroit police officers happened in February 2004.
Officers Jennifer Fettig and Matthew Bowens were shot and killed during a traffic stop. Eric Lee Marshall was found guilty of those murders and is currently serving a life sentence.
ISLAMABAD May 3 2010 – The Pakistani Taliban promise future attacks on major U.S. cities and appear to claim responsibility for an attempted car bombing in New York in three separate videos that surfaced after the weekend scare, monitoring groups said Monday.
U.S. authorities have played down the potential connection between the Pakistani militant network and the car bomb attempt in New York’s Times Square, saying the group does not have the global infrastructure to carry out such a strike.
However, the Pakistani Taliban is allied with militant networks such as al-Qaida, which could aid in expanding its reach.
Police in New York found the potentially powerful car bomb on Saturday. It had apparently began to detonate but did not explode in a smoking sport utility vehicle. The vehicle contained three propane tanks, fireworks, two filled 5-gallon gasoline containers, and two clocks with batteries, electrical wire and other components, officials said.
The most substantial of the militant videos is nearly 9 minutes long, and features Hakimullah Mehsud, the Pakistani Taliban chief, according to IntelCenter, a U.S.-based group that monitors militant media.
Mehsud does not specifically mention New York, but says he is speaking on April 4 of this year, and promises that, “(God willing), very soon in some days or a month’s time, the Muslim (community) will see the fruits of most successful attacks of our fedayeen in USA.”
“Fedayeen” usually refers to suicide bombers, which the car bomb attempt in New York did not involve.
Mehsud also refutes earlier Pakistani and American claims that he died in a U.S. missile strike in January.
A picture of Mehsud next to a map of the United States showing explosions in three cities coast to coast is featured in another video that surfaced, IntelCenter said. However, the map is not detailed enough to identify which cities.
The clip is 2 minutes, 19 seconds long and was purportedly made on April 19. Audio attributed to Mehsud says that the group’s main targets from now on are U.S. cities, and that “good news will be heard within some days or weeks.”
An additional video was about 1 minute, 11 seconds long and appears to refer to the New York scare, though it does not mention any specific location or that it was a car bomb, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, another militant media monitor.
A voice attributed to a Pakistani Taliban militant acts as if the attack was successful, and calls it revenge for the U.S. missile strike killing of ex-Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud as well as the recent slaying of al-Qaida in Iraq leaders Abu Omar al-Baghdadi and Abu Ayyub al-Masri. The latter two were killed by U.S. and Iraqi troops last month north of Baghdad.
SITE, which is also U.S.-based, first uncovered the video on YouTube. The tape later appeared to have been removed from the website. It was not immediately clear if militants prepared the video in anticipation of a successful attack but then removed it after the car bomb failed to explode.
In a copy of the tape provided by SITE, an unidentified voice speaking in Urdu, the primary language in Pakistan, says the group takes “full responsibility for the RECENT ATTACK IN THE USA.”
The videos list grievances against the United States. One clip says the attack comes in response to American “interference and terrorism in Muslim Countries, especially in Pakistan for (the) Lalmasjid operation,” a reference to the Pakistani army’s 2007 storming of the Red Mosque in Islamabad where militants were holed up.
The claims in the three videos could not be immediately be independently verified, and U.S. officials have played down the group’s potential involvement. New York City’s police commissioner said there’s no evidence of a Taliban link to the failed car bomb, while the White House has declined to comment on the claims.
If they turn out to be genuine, however, it would be the first time the Pakistani Taliban has struck outside of South Asia.
Pakistan considers the network it’s No. 1 internal threat, and the army here has pursued offensives against the group that are believed to have significantly weakened it.
The network also has no known global infrastructure like al-Qaida, though it professes the same hatred of the U.S. and has threatened to attack it. In at least one past instance, the Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for an attack it played no role in — a mass shooting in Binghamton, N.Y. in April 2009
Still, the Pakistani Taliban have proved remarkably resilient and crafty. For instance, since mid-January, Pakistani and U.S. officials had come to increasingly believe that Hakimullah had died in a U.S. missile strike. Only recently did the Pakistani intelligence agencies revise that assessment.
The group also is believed to have played a role in a suicide bombing at a CIA base in eastern Afghanistan that killed seven of the agency’s employees late last year. Hakimullah Mehsud appeared in a video with the would-be suicide attacker, a Jordanian the agency was cultivating as an informant, in which the bomber listed grievances against the U.S.
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Source: AJC.com Cherry learned as a young girl that her body could function similarly to an ATM. She had no idea there would be more of a cost than payout.
“Cherry,” 22, ran away from home — and into prostitution — at 13, but eventually left that life. Her family did not abandon her, which is an advantage many teen prostitutes don’t have.
Bita Honarvar, firstname.lastname@example.org “Cherry,” 22, revisits Dill Avenue and Metropolitan Parkway in Atlanta, where her last arrest took place when she was 17. That arrest, it turned out, helped change her life. Cherry said she once saw her pimp beat another girl and leave her for dead on the street.
She ran away from her DeKalb County home at 13, looking for excitement and love. She felt unappreciated and lonely at home. Her dad was away for weeks on construction jobs and her mom was too busy or tired to appreciate Cherry’s fondness for the violin. She made it all an excuse to rebel and look on the street for men — “manly men,” as she called them — who valued her.
She met a 20-something man at Five Points and moved in with him. “He seemed very nice,” said Cherry, now 22. “Later, he said, ‘I know a guy who is willing to pay for sex. Would you be interested?’ I said, ‘How much?’ I didn’t really want to do it, but I got gussied up and that’s how I started.”
This was her life for four years, earning up to $1,000 per night. She left the first guy, for whom she peddled sex on Metropolitan Parkway, after he allegedly beat another hooker to death for disloyalty. She found another pimp near Decatur and yet another in Capitol View. She loved some of these men, and thought they loved her. She respected them. She feared others. “We call them daddies,” she said. “I got addicted to the money.”
Federal law enforcement considers Atlanta a hub for child prostitution even after more than a decade of efforts to stamp it out. Advocates contend at least 400 minors prostitute themselves in Georgia, mostly in metro Atlanta, with many turning to this lifestyle at 14 or younger. Pimps circumvent legal tactics by making the girls too loyal or too afraid to testify. Officials debate whether these girls are victims of sexual exploitation or perpetrators.
Some of the girls, now women, agreed to speak to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution if only their first names or nicknames were used in this story to protect their identities.
Targeting child prostitution is an Atlanta police priority, said Sgt. Ernest Britton, head of the child exploitation unit. Social workers have heard this before. In 2001, there was public and political outrage after the AJC reported pimps were using girls as young as 11 to sell sex with minimal legal intervention because the offense was a misdemeanor.
Laws were changed, task forces created and meetings held. Yet enthusiasm for combating this problem has waned. Not much has changed outside of technological advances moving many of the child prostitutes online and off the street.
“The big money is in kids; you can use them over and over again,” said Alesia Adams, Salvation Army territorial coordinator against human and sexual trafficking. “Who is easier to manipulate than a child?”
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard has prosecuted more pimps of children than anyone else in Georgia, indicting 15 since 2003, but acknowledges that overall efforts have fallen short. Only 35 pimps have served time in Georgia prisons for child prostitution since 2001, according to state records. Federal authorities have brought seven cases since 2001.
“It is a big problem,” Howard said in an interview earlier this year. “You can’t have a great city when you have a blight of child prostitution.”
Most girls, such as Cherry, which is a nickname, are lured into the trade, often coming from broken homes and foster care.
Savannah was 16 when she moved to Atlanta from Pittsburgh and started slipping out at night to party with two new friends at an English Avenue neighborhood bar. She met Alice, 15, at their high school. Alice introduced her to Bunny, 22. One night, after indulging in alcohol, marijuana and cocaine, they introduced her to a man, who invited her to join everyone on Metropolitan Parkway, with prostitution implied.
Bunny and Alice brought work clothes: skirts, tight shirts and heels. Savannah, in jeans and sneakers, pretended to stroll, telling the pimp that no customers stopped. She did that a second time.
At a motel, she told Bunny and Alice that the idea of selling her body made her uncomfortable. She soon learned the price of resistance. The pimp entered the room and wanted to know what the problem was. She replied she didn’t feel safe.
“He said, ‘Well maybe I’ll try you and you’ll feel safe,’” said Savannah, 24. “That is when he pushed me on the bed and raped me.”
Pimps often use rape as a weapon, telling girls they’re now damaged and nobody wants them, said Nikki Marr, a former DeKalb County juvenile judge.
At the urging of juvenile court judges and social workers, Howard in 2001 adopted a creative strategy for prosecuting these particular pimps, using charges of child sexual molestation.
Next, the state Legislature made pimping minors a felony punishable by 20 years, federal authorities created a task force to target child pimps and human traffickers as organized criminals, and Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin introduced an initiative to tackle the problem.
Advocates were encouraged that solutions had been found to combat a problem ignored for decades. It was only a momentary reprieve. Marr, who chaired a DeKalb County task force on child prostitution, has watched that enthusiasm dim over the past decade: Thirty people representing law enforcement, schools, state social workers and nonprofit groups attended the first task force meeting; only three showed up for a recent gathering.
“Back then we were young and enthusiastic and were going to whip this problem, beat it into shape and run it out of town,” Marr said. “But when people come to the table, they want action. They are not patient and they want someone to come up with a solution.”
The punitive penalties and political spotlight barely slowed the child trade.
Girls such as Cherry often didn’t see themselves as victims and portrayed themselves as 18 when talking to clients, cops or the courts, and ended up in county jails under false names and ages. Pimps put fewer girls on the streets and chose to market them more on Internet sites such as Craigslist.
Camari Burroughs, currently serving 20 years for pimping a girl who was 16 and nicknamed “Baby,” ran his escort service over the Internet from his home in Lithia Springs. Two of his prostitutes met Baby when they were in Fulton County jail together and encouraged her to leave her pimp for Burroughs’ operation, according to court records.
“They are extremely difficult cases to put together,” Britton, the Atlanta police sergeant, said. “A lot of our victims aren’t your standard victim. They don’t trust law enforcement and they don’t trust any form of authority. The pimps will try to make them look older and give them stories. The clients aren’t necessarily looking for someone who is underage; they are looking for someone who is young.”
Britton’s unit has identified about 40 pimps and receives roughly two reports per week on different minors suspected of prostitution.
Making monitoring difficult, pimps move girls from neighborhood to neighborhood and state to state. Girls are taken to big sporting events such as the NBA All-Star Game and work out of hotel rooms or they’re advertised on the Internet as a new commodity in town who won’t be staying long.
Patrina, at 16, met a pimp at Underground Atlanta who took her and a group of women to Miami, and she made a few thousand dollars stripping at parties the man hosted in motels. Soon she was part of a group of prostitutes living and working in a house near Lovejoy High School, court records showed.
Last week, federal authorities prosecuted four men in Atlanta for their involvement in sex trafficking that involved Mexican women and girls brought to the city, handing out sentences ranging from two to 16 years in prison.
Atlanta has strip clubs that allow full nudity and massage parlors and spas that are fronts for prostitution, and seem to operate with impunity. Craigs-list adult service postings display hundreds of call-girl listings on any given day — a number dwarfing that in most cities.
A city unable or unwilling to deal with prostitution inevitably draws more teens into it, the Salvation Army’s Adams said.
Many girls view pimps as boyfriends or protectors and refuse to cooperate against them. “In my career, I’ve only had five girls who have been willing to turn them in,” said Linda Watson, a probation officer.
Pimps view these girls as their personal property. Tiffany was 14 and a runaway when she met Kenton Travaris Ballard, 30. Ballard charmed her initially, but later severely beat her after taking Tiffany to live with his sister in west Atlanta. Tiffany was sold on the street from August 2005 to September 2006, and told by Ballard she could leave him if she made $1,000 per night, Amanda McClure, Ballard’s sister, told investigators. When that didn’t happen, Tiffany tried to escape and Ballard found her hiding in an apartment, pistol-whipped her and put her back into service.
Cherry said she watched her first pimp beat a girl so badly she wasn’t moving when they left her on the street within sight of the Salvation Army on Metropolitan Parkway. The pimp told her that he killed the girl because she had run off and worked as an independent.
“She was a renegade and she made that fateful mistake of coming back,” Cherry said during an interview at her parents’ house in Riverdale. “I remember him beating her like she was a football, kicking her repeatedly in the face. Did I try and help her? No. I wanted to spare myself a beating.”
Child advocates encourage legislators and police to view children in prostitution as victims who need therapy rather than as criminals who should be arrested and locked up.
Kaffie McCullough, who heads A Future Not a Past, a nonprofit group that comes to the aid of young prostitutes, educates police departments about the state’s 2007 human- trafficking law. A prostitution conviction in Georgia, which is a misdemeanor offense, is punishable by a year of incarceration and/or a $1,000 fine; a child prostitute typically receives probation.
Two years ago Atlanta Police formed a unit to focus on the sexual exploitation of children, which treats the girls as victims, and last year the governor’s office formed an Office for Sexually Exploited Children to coordinate state efforts to combat child prostitution. So far more than 63 girls have been referred to it from the state, said Dale Alton, who heads up this effort.
Angela’s House was created in 1999 to provide a safe house and counseling for girls 11-17 who have been sexually exploited. The court refers them to the program to help them deal with psychological issues and wean them from the lifestyle, but it has limited beds and generally serves 18 clients annually. More than 125 girls have gone through the program, according to Angela’s House.
Legislative support remains lukewarm. State Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, introduced a bill in the Legislature to treat prostitutes under 16 as victims rather than criminals and send them to therapy, with the hope they would be more cooperative in the prosecution of their pimps. The bill failed to get out of the Senate.
“They are not always soft and cuddly victims and a lot of the public holds the view that they are out there by choice,” McCullough said.
Scars from child prostitution are hard to overcome. Girls suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome from rape or beatings. Others adopt the lifestyle.
“Most of the young ladies I have got into a therapeutic group home has taken a court order and, when they get there, they run; they run back to the lifestyle,” Watson said. “They are one of the most difficult groups of children to work with and the success rate is not going to be very high unless you have a long-term program for change.”
To better identify the problem, the Juvenile Justice Fund in Fulton County two years ago commissioned a study on child prostitutes. Alex Trouteaud, who heads this effort, put researchers in observation posts in major hotels and had them patrol known prostitution corridors, scan online ads and call 500 escort services per month. They came up with an estimated 350 to 400 girls under 18 who work as prostitutes in the state.
Available numbers still don’t readily expose the child-prostitution problem. Of 858 people arrested last year by the Atlanta Police vice unit on prostitution charges, only five were minors. Trouteaud’s study suffers from the typical difficulties that hamper underworld research: the danger of gathering the data, the difficulty of observation and the dishonesty of the subjects. Yet everyone has acknowledged this is a situation that needs redress.
“There just isn’t a real good methodology out there, but [Trouteaud’s] numbers sort of bear out that it is a significant problem in the state,” said Kirsten Widner, a lawyer with the Barton Child Law and Policy Clinic at Emory University. “They are only counting girls, and they are only counting main venues of exploitation, so I think that 400 is a dramatic undercount.”
Cherry’s life changed for the better when she was arrested at 17 for propositioning an undercover police officer. After her previous arrests, court officials offered help, and even sent her to California to enter “Children of the Night,” an intensive counseling program that claims a 60 percent success rate at getting teens out of prostitution. Cherry fell into the 40 percent.
Yet she was tired of the life, and in a lot of ways she was lucky and not typical. She had parents who loved her and didn’t give up on her. Her mother asked Fulton County jail to keep her in isolation so she couldn’t call her pimp to bail her out. Cherry, whose teen years had become a blur, decided working at a fast-food restaurant would be a welcome change.
“Kids survive if you don’t give up on them and she really had a strong support system,” said Watson, formerly Cherry’s probation officer.
Most street girls don’t have that family support. Cherry told of a girl, 12, who invited Cherry to work for her pimp years ago. The girl lived in Grady Homes with her mother, who suffered from depression.
“I saw her recently at Five Points,” Cherry said. “She had just turned 20. She is homeless, sleeping in the park.”