source:oanow.com school officials say they will wait for police to conclude their investigation before taking any disciplinary action for a student accused of threatening and briefly detaining a teacher in a classroom Friday morning.
Corrderialous Jaquez Ingram, 19, of Opelika was arrested at 2:05 p.m. Friday and charged with making terrorist threats and unlawful imprisonment after the classroom incident, said Opelika Police Department Capt. Allan Elkins.
“When Ingram reportedly arrived at the school for graduation practice, he was informed that due to his grades and attendance that he would not be graduating,” Elkins said.
That’s when Ingram allegedly took a pair of scissors from a teacher’s desk and detained the teacher while making threats, Elkins said. Ingram then left the school’s campus, during which time warrants for his arrest were issued. Ingram was taken into custody by police a short time later.
“We had a student that was upset about not graduating and made some poor decisions after being informed of that,” said Opelika City School superintendent Dr. Mark Neighbors.
Neighbors said Ingram did not allow the teacher involved in the incident to leave the room for approximately 20 minutes before other teachers were able to talk him out of harming anyone.
“No one was injured in the incident,” Neighbors said.
The decision on disciplinary action concerning Ingram will have to wait for now, Neighbors said.
“Right now, we’re assisting police with their criminal investigation,” Neighbors said. “Once that is finalized, we’ll proceed according to the school system’s disciplinary policy.
“We certainly understand the emotion involved in this situation, but will not tolerate an incident like this and will deal with this matter in a severe way,” Neighbors said.
Police Chief Jim Franciscus said that the 50-year-old victim, whose name is being withheld until notification of next of kin, entered French Creek Outfitters around 12:30 p.m.
“He rented a Smith & Wesson .357 gun with a four-inch barrel Model 686,” Franciscus said. “He also purchased a box of ammunition. He filled out the necessary information and left his driver’s license.”
Witnesses told police that the victim was in the gun range at the same time other individuals were in the range shooting.
Franciscus said that a short time later, one of the individuals began to bang on the window to get the range officer’s attention.
“The range officer went into the range area and saw the individual laying in a pool of blood,” he said. “He called 911 and ordered all of the other range occupants to exit the area.”
Police arrived on the scene around 12:36 p.m., Franciscus said, and found the victim inside the shooting range in front of Lane 9.
“There was a pool of blood coming from his head,” he said. “The victim was identified by the photo on his driver’s license. We recovered the silver revolver and it was covered in blood.”
Police secured the entire scene and began their investigation by conducting interviews and contacting Chester County Detectives.
Management at French Creek Outfitters would not answer any questions Monday, including whether the store closed for the rest of the day following the incident.
source:DallasNews A teacher’s aide at Naaman Forest High School in Garland has been arrested on a charge of sexual assault of a child, police said.
Dennis Connor, 27, was being held in the Garland jail. His bond was set at $25,000.
Dennis Connor Garland police spokesman Joe Harn said detectives arrested Connor after a female student at Naaman Forest complained that the teacher’s aide had sexually assaulted her. The student originally reported the assault to Naaman Forest administrators last Wendesday, but police and the school district have not released any details about the alleged assault.
Connor was hired by the school district in August, 2009 and passed the standard background check, school district spokesman Reavis Wortham said. Connor did not need any certification to work as an aide.
“We immediately began our own investigation,” Wortham said. The report also was turned over to Garland police, and Connor was placed on administrative leave.
Connor worked in the Life Program, which helps special education students learn basic skills to function independently. But Wortham said the accuser was not in special education classes. Wortham said Connor had previously worked in Commerce ISD and as an intern at Texas Christian University.
Harn and Wortham said detectives are investigating the possibility of other inappropriate relationships with students.
Anyone with information relevant to the investigation can call Garland Crime Stoppers, 972-272-TIPS (8477).
Gurecki-Haskins, who has been teaching for fifteen years, pleaded not guilty to one felony count of disseminating indecent material to a minor, and three misdemeanor counts of official misconduct and endangering the welfare of a child. The teacher is on leave from Canandaigua Academy and among other charges, stands accused of performing oral sex on a student in a classroom during school hours.
Gurecki-Haskins is also accused of using cell phones for “sexting” with students and engaging other forms of “electronic communication” during the incidents. A local police representative encouraged parents to speak to children about racy “electronic communications.”
“Parents need to be very vigilant with e-mail communication, what websites their children are going to, and their phones. I don’t know how far-reaching this incident was. Hopefully no other students were affected, but certainly as a parent I would sit down with my child and have a candid conversation,” says Canandaigua Police Chief Jon Welch.
Police say they were unable to charge Gurecki-Haskins for rape or “serious sex crimes” because the age of consent in New York is 17.
51-year-old Charles Ray Moore of Bowie was charged with sexual child abuse and sexual abuse of a minor by a person in a position of authority.
He was released Monday night from the Howard County Detention Center on $7,500 bond.
The female victim stated she and Moore had engaged in sex acts in a classroom after school on two days in mid-May.
The mother reported the information to police and detectives began their investigation.
Police have not received any other similar reports involving Moore, but encourage any students with information to come forward.
ROTC instructors are employed jointly by the school system and the military.
They are retired military personnel who teach courses and supervise ROTC-related extracurricular activities.
Agents Mark Van Doren and Adelaido Martinez were travelling west along Farm-to-Market Road 755 west of Rachal when their patrol sedan collided with a bull standing in the roadway, Border Patrol officials said in a statement.
After they collided with the animal, they veered off the road and hit a tree.
The agents were patrolling the area at the time.
A Brooks County justice of the peace pronounced Van Doren, 40, of Michigan, dead at the scene.
Martinez, 37, of San Juan, was transported via helicopter to CHRISTUS Spohn Memorial Hospital in Corpus Christi, where he remained in critical condition Monday afternoon. Agents said he suffered several fractures and lacerations.
Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety continue to investigate the accident.
A man has been arrested accused of punching woman for her iPod
A Massachusetts man punched a woman in a mall parking lot, snatched her iPod and hid in the grass before being caught by a security guard, police said.
Thomas Hart, 22, of Woburn, Mass., is charged with felony robbery after assaulting and robbing the woman last month, police said Monday.
Hart struck up a conversation with the woman inside the Pheasant Lane Mall, police Lt. George McCarthy said. The woman told Hart she had a used iPod she wanted to sell, and he expressed interest, McCarthy said.
They went outside, where the man punched the woman and pushed her to the ground while snatching the MP3 player, McCarthy said.
Hart ran on foot and hid in a grassy area in Tyngsborough, Mass., just beyond the mall, McCarthy said. Police from that town arrived to help search for Hart. But a mall security guard spotted Hart and told police, McCarthy said.
Hart, of 605 Main St., Woburn, was arrested by Tyngsborough police that day, and after an investigation, Nashua police issued a warrant Friday for his arrest.
The woman is in good condition, McCarthy said.
“My stomach started turning instantly,” said Ravenstein. “I was like ‘Are you serious?’ I couldn’t believe it. I was trying to save them money and this is what happens to me.”Friday night, Ravenstein saw a suspect with a computer in his shopping cart roll out the front door of the West Kellogg Wal-mart. She was suspicious because the computer had security wire still wrapped around it.
Ravenstein says the man refused to show a receipt.
“I just grabbed a hold of it and wasn’t letting go,” said Ravenstein. “I wasn’t going to let him get away with a $600 computer.”
Wichita Police say the suspect started to punch and kick Ravenstein before jumping into a waiting car and speeding away. Ravenstein has a small bruise on her shoulder but was otherwise uninjured.
At first, Ravenstein says managers at Wal-Mart praised her for stopping the shoplifter.
“They said ‘good job’,” said Ravenstein. “(The store manager) came and talked to me and said ‘Good job. You need to be more careful next time. We appreciate you trying to protect our assets.’ I was like ‘Yeah, I’m not going to do it again.””
But everything changed Saturday when Ravenstein showed up for her shift. She says after her lunch break she was sent to a backroom and told she was fired.
“I don’t think it’s fair,” said Ravenstein. “I just hope they catch the guy.”
Ravenstein is a single mother to a four-year-old boy. She says she doesn’t get child support. She hopes she’ll be eligible for unemployment benefits and plans to apply on Monday
West Des Moines police have an expensive mystery to solve.
On Sunday afternoon, at least three people went on a theft spree at Valley West Mall. Police said they targeted Joseph’s Jewelers and took some of the best watches from inside the store while it was open.
“Someone distracted one of the employees and then two of their people were right there and cut the caulking on the case, and reached in and grabbed the three Rolex watches,” said Lt. Jeff Miller, of the West Des Moines Police Department.
Police said one watch was worth more than $10,000, another was worth $16,000 and the missing Rolex ladies watch was worth a $35,000. In all, the thieves grabbed more than $60,000 in merchandise.
Police said they are trying to review the Joseph’s surveillance video, but they’re also looking at other stores inside the mall to see if they can help crack the case.
“There were some people that were suspicious in the area and we’re trying to track those down by looking at video throughout the mall, but right now, nothing concrete,” said Miller.
Owner John Joseph told KCCI that his staff thinks one of the three men may have been in the store a day earlier to plan the theft. Miller said the thieves were likely professionals.
Allen Rubin Newsom Jr., 47, was charged with aggravated assault on medical staff.
Police said a security guard at Bay Medical Center confronted Newsom after he spotted him attempting to burglarize a vehicle in the hospital parking lot.
Newsom ran, but the guard pursued and caught up with him, police said. At that point, Newsom reportedly pulled a knife and attempted to open it, but was tackled to the ground first.
Residents at an apartment complex in southeast Houston say a security guard shot and killed one of the people who lives there.
It happened at the Cullen Park Apartments on Wenda near Coffee. Witnesses tell Eyewitness News that a man was returning home around 11pm Monday.
We’re told he had gone to the store to get something for his mother. When he returned to the complex, he apparently tapped a woman’s car with his car.
She complained and that’s when a security guard tried to stop the man from driving through. But the man bypassed the guard and kept driving, which is when witnesses say at least one security guard opened fire.
“The man was coming back to his house. They shot his vehicle six times,” said resident Ranaisha Jones. “They shot through the window and shot the man in his back and he died.”
The victim, who hasn’t been identified yet, is in his early 20s. Homicide detectives are interviewing witnesses right now, trying to determine what exactly happened
Top Gun Security, who runs security at the apartment, refused to comment on the shooting.
STAFFORD VA May 25 2010 — An 18-year-old Stafford man was arrested Monday after assaulting a school resource officer in a back parking lot at North Stafford High School.
Reginald Latson, of Ripley Road in Stafford, was charged with malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer, assault and battery of a law enforcement officer and knowingly disarming a police officer in performance of his official duties.
The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office was on high alert because of a call about a suspicious man sitting in a grassy area near Porter Library, across the street from Park Ridge Elementary School. That call came in to the sheriff’s office at 8:37 a.m. from an adult at Park Ridge.
Police “saturated the area” but did not find the man near the elementary school or the library, said Bill Kennedy, public information officer for the sheriff’s office.
Twenty minutes into the search, a sheriff’s deputy who was serving as the school resource officer noticed a man leaving a wooded area behind the high school, Kennedy said.
The resource officer, Deputy Thomas Calverley, spoke to the man.
“The deputy stopped him and asked for identification and he just became irate for no reason at all and assaulted our deputy and fled into the woods,” Kennedy said of Latson.
Police tightened a perimeter around the area and sent a K-9 unit — Corp. Rob Pomeroy and his K-9 Vader — which found Latson about 45 minutes after the attack on the deputy.
He was arrested without incident, Kennedy said.
Police did not immediately find a gun but the investigation continues, Kennedy said.
During the struggle with Latson, the school resource officer was able to administer pepper foam, but Latson gained control and sprayed Calverley in return. Calverley was taken to an area hospital where he is being treated for a head laceration, cuts, abrasions and a broken ankle.
He planned to undergo surgery for his broken ankle Monday, police said.
After the initial lockdown, Park Ridge Elementary School, North Stafford High School and other area schools remained on partial lockdown during the investigation, said Stafford County Public Schools spokeswoman Valerie Cottongim.
Park Ridge school buses were diverted to an alternative site. High School annex buses to North Stafford were also diverted, Cottongim said.
Latson is being held at the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.
Last week on May 18, Brooke Point High School and Stafford Elementary School were placed on lockdown for about an hour when the sheriff’s office received a report of “two suspicious young people” in the school who were not students, according to Bill Kennedy, public information officer for the sheriff’s office.
The students, who were wearing backpacks, attempted to talk to students in a classroom at Brooke Point when they were confronted by a teacher.
They then left the school, police said.
Lockdowns are a common response to emergencies in schools. During a lockdown, students, teachers and faculty are confined to their rooms or the school in general based on their plan, due to a perceived threat.
Joanna Tobacco, 25, of Houston was charged with Class A misdemeanor theft May 17 and booked into the Fort Bend County Jail. Police were called to the store around 5:30 p.m. after security officers said they observed a female trying on a pair of pricey shoes and then exiting the store without paying.
On May 17, police added a charge of lying to an officers to an original charge of Class B theft, after a shoplifting suspect at Burlington Coat Factory gave them the wrong name and date of birth.
Brandy Johnson, 17, of Houston was arrested and taken to the Fort Bend County Jail after security officers told police they observed a female placing several items of sportswear in a red bag and leaving the store without paying for them. The items were valued at about $70, said Asst. Police Chief Tim Tyler.
On May 21, police chased another shoplifting suspect who ran from Wal-Mart with some computer games. Keith Phillips, 18, of Katy, was charged with Class B theft and evading arrest and was booked into the Harris County Jail.
Another man, Kevin Renteria, 17, of Houston, was charged with possession of a prohibited knife.
Wal-Mart officials originally called police about a suspicious vehicle in the Wal-Mart parking lot. While officers were interviewing Renteria and another man, security officers alerted police to a third man shoplifting computer games. Police caught up with the man behind the nearby Toys R Us store.
A Class C theft charge was filed against Tiffany Zamiro, 19, of Katy, after police were called May 19 to Burlington Coat Factory. Store security officers said they saw a female put clothing items in her purse and then leave the store without paying for them.
While on routine patrol at the mall May 21, officers also arrested two men they said were smoking a pipe together. Marijuana was found during a pat-down search, Tyler said.
Joseph Wilson III, 19, and Miguel Thibodeaux, 19, both of Katy, were charged with Class B misdemeanor marijuana possession.
Police also arrested two men for public intoxication May 23 around 5:50 a.m. after they found a vehicle stuck on the railroad tracks in the 5500 block of First Street.
Michael Vega, 28, of Richmond, and Nam Phu, 25, of Katy, were taken to the city jail and their SUV was moved to safety.
BORDENTOWN TOWNSHIP NJ May 25 2010 — Police are seeking a man they say robbed a Petro Truck Stop security guard at gunpoint May 20.
Police said the man entered the guard shack of the station on Rising Sun Road at about 10:20 p.m. and pointed a black automatic handgun at the guard, forced him to open the register and took about $200 from it. The man then fled the area on foot and the guard dialed 911, police said.
Police said they searched the area with the assistance of the Police Department’s bloodhound, Justice, but were unable to locate the thief, who was described as a black man in his mid-to-late 20s, between 5 feet 9 inches and 5 feet 11 inches tall, with an athletic build. Police said he was wearing a windbreaker jacket, blue jeans and a blue hat with a red brim.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 609-298-4300 extension 2129.
PORT ST. LUCIE FLA May 25 2010
source KTLA — Police are investigating the apparent suicide of an 11-year-old girl whose diary indicates she was being bullied at school.
Police say Celina Okwuone hanged herself in her closet Thursday night.
The 5th grader was found by her parents just before midnight.
Police say she used a belt to wrap around her neck and she had wrapped the belt around the metal shelving. Her father tried to lift her up and her mother tore the shelving from the wall.
Her parents later found her diary where she had written that she was being bullied by classmates at St. Anastasia Catholic School in Fort Pierce.
“She had a diary,” officer Tom Nichols.
“There are entries in her diary where it indicated she was being bullied at school.”
Police on Monday didn’t elaborate in detail on the contents of the diary.
“In the diary she expressed some typical kid stuff, i.e., who she likes, who she doesn’t like,” Nichols said.
Nichols said at this time there does not appear to be a crime.
“We’re investigating an 11-year-old who hung herself,” Nichols said. “We have to make sure it is what it appears to be, a suicide.”
Nichols didn’t know when the girl began writing in her diary.
press of atlantic city Anguished family members of a missing Hudson County man last seen at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort pleaded Monday for his return, hours after Atlantic City police said he was added to the FBI’s National Crime Information Center database as a missing person.
Martin Caballerro, 47, of North Bergen Township, was last seen about to park his car at 10:30 p.m. Friday, just after he dropped off his wife at the hotel entrance. He was expected to park his 2009 white Lincoln MKS and join his family at the casino for his daughter Jessica’s 22nd birthday celebration.
During a news conference Monday at the Taj Mahal, family members said they believe he was carjacked or taken against his will, and they begged for his safety.
“Find my husband, please. Please give him back. Don’t hurt him,” Libia Caballerro said through tears. “If they need money, ask for money, but don’t take his life. Please don’t hurt my husband and my family, please.”
The family described Martin Caballerro as an honest, hardworking family man with a good sense of humor. He has worked as a supermarket manager for more than 20 years and served in the National Guard. Through tears, Jessica Caballerro described her father as “always making jokes and making everyone laugh.”
Caballerro’s stepdaughter Nancy Cruz said the family arrived at the Taj Mahal in two cars and that she, Jessica and her friends saw Caballerro just after he dropped off Libia at the hotel entrance.
“We saw him pass by, and he rolled down his window and he told my sister, ‘Go pick up your mother from where she was,’” Cruz said. “At that point, he was by himself, so it looked like he was going to go into the self-park garage.”
Caballerro often parked his car away from others to protect it, Cruz said. “My mom was telling me that a lot of times, when they come (to the Taj Mahal), they park in a secluded area away from other cars because he didn’t want his baby to get scratched. He loves his car, and she would always tell him it’s kind of dangerous to park it so far away. He would reply, ‘Nothing is going to happen to me. Nothing is going to happen.’”
Cruz said the family verified with the casino that Caballerro swiped his casino rewards card to park, but that was the last he was seen on the property. He was supposed to check in and bring Libia Caballerro’s suitcase, but he never did. The family called his phone, but it kept going to voicemail. They checked the casino, went to his usual gambling spots and had him paged. Cruz said the casino said his card had not been activated in the hotel.
Family members said his ATM card was used to withdraw $300 at a Bank of America machine in the Cardiff section of Egg Harbor Township about 1 a.m. Saturday.
Capt. David Harkins, of the Gloucester Township Police Department in Camden County, said officers found Caballero’s Lincoln badly burned about 1:30 a.m. Saturday. There was no body inside, and the fire was ruled arson by the Camden County Fire Marshal’s Office, Harkins said.
About 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Cruz said, her brother in North Bergen received a phone call from the police about the burned-out car. Harkins said his department contacted someone Saturday morning to find the owner of the car, but “at the time, we didn’t know the person had been listed as missing,” he said.
“At that point, we went to the Atlantic City police station and told them what was going on,” Cruz said. “We filed a claim, they gave us a case number and they reported him as a missing person.”
On Monday, officers searched the area where the car was found using police dogs through a joint investigation among the Gloucester Township and Atlantic City police departments, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office and the New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Unit, Harkins said. Atlantic City police are taking the lead in the investigation, he said.
Atlantic City police Sgt. Angelo Maimone said his department is working cooperatively with the other agencies. “It is moving along as all investigations move along,” he said.
Taj Mahal security said the hotel is working with Atlantic City and Gloucester Township police and cannot comment on the ongoing investigation. Tremaine Johnson, senior investigator with the hotel’s security department, said there are cameras throughout the casino.
Caballero is described as 5-feet, 10-inches tall, weighing 180 pounds with blue eyes, short brown hair, and light skin. He was last seen wearing a black button-down shirt, black jeans and dark shoes.
Caballero’s nephew, Jose Renteria, summed up the family’s feelings: “He’s a good man, and we have that feeling he’s still there. He’s still out there. That’s what we’re here for.”
Vincent L. Townes, 41, is charged with carnal knowledge of an inmate, aiding the escape of a prisoner, and unauthorized delivery of articles to a jail. Kathleen Carey, spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office, would not provide specific details but said the charge of aiding an escape is not related to any prisoner who remains at large.
According to court records filed at General District Court, Townes took the inmate to his home while she was on work release and had sexual relations with her.
The relationship occurred between Feb. 1 and May 1, according to court documents. “She was out on work release and en route to her home when the events occurred and still under the custody of Newport News Sheriff’s Office,” the criminal complaint in Newport News General District Court says.
There was no further explanation of what items Townes is charged with bringing to the jail.
Townes, who was hired by the Newport News Sheriff’s Office in 2004, has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the case. He is being held without bond at the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office.
Scott Smallwood, 27, of Upper Marlboro was arrested May 21. Prince George’s schools spokesman Darrell Pressley said that Smallwood had been employed as a driver since 2005 and that he has been placed on leave. Pressley said he did not know which schools were on Smallwood’s routes. Federal authorities said his routes included elementary schools.
According to court documents, the investigation started March 15 when a man found a memory card on the counter of a 7-Eleven on Coventry Way in Clinton.
Within an hour, the customer called Prince George’s police and told them that the card contained videos of a man sexually assaulting a young boy.
Investigators eventually identified the boy and Smallwood from the videos, according to court records. On May 21, the boy told Prince George’s social service workers that Smallwood was his “night” bus driver and someone who “took him to church,” the records say. It was not immediately clear whether Smallwood knew the boy from a school route.
The boy told officials that he had “sleepovers” with Smallwood and that Smallwood offered him candy, the documents say.
Smallwood acknowledged to federal agents that he had “several inappropriate contacts” with the boy, the documents say. He also told agents that he took the memory card out of his cellphone to destroy it but then lost it.
But federal prosecutors in Maryland have remained mum about exactly what was contained in the classified papers that Shamai K. Leibowitz, 39, gave the unnamed blogger in April 2009, while he worked on contract for the FBI. According to court records, the documents concerned “communication intelligence activities.”
During a Monday hearing in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Dunne said Leibowitz “betrayed the FBI when he worked there,” but offered no details.
U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams Jr. said the response of federal authorities convinced him Leibowitz committed a “very, very serious offense.” But the judge said even he does not know what information Leibowitz, a Hebrew scholar, disclosed.
“I don’t know what was divulged, other than some documents, and I don’t know how it’s compromised things,” Williams said in court.
Leibowitz, who worked as a lawyer in Israel and has dual U.S. and Israeli citizenship, said in court papers that he worked for the U.S. State Department in 2006, teaching Hebrew and Israeli law and culture to American diplomats. He said he then was hired as a contractor by the U.S. Department of Defense at its Defense Language Institute.
According to court papers, Leibowitz worked on contract for the FBI from January through August 2009.
In court Monday, Leibowitz said he made a mistake. But he said that, at the time he revealed the classified information, he believed the documents showed a “violation of the law.” He said he should have pursued other options within the government to report his concerns.
“I should not have done what I did, and I regret it terribly,” he said.
In a letter to Williams, Leibowitz wrote that he spent his legal career helping “minorities, undocumented workers, refugees, and disadvantaged people.” He said he settled in Maryland with his wife and twin children in 2004 and attended the Washington College of Law.
In 2008, Leibowitz became a lawyer in New York. He said his license has been suspended.
Leibowitz pleaded guilty in December to one count of disclosure of classified information. As part of the arrangement, he agreed to file no requests for documents concerning the investigation and to “never disclose,” except to those who are authorized by the government, any classified or sensitive information he learned while working for the FBI.
Several members of the local Jewish community wrote Williams to support Leibowitz, who they said is an active member of his synagogue.
The case against Leibowitz comes as the government has charged a former U.S. intelligence official with leaking secrets to the media. Thomas A. Drake, 53, a former official with the National Security Agency, is accused of sharing classified information with a newspaper reporter.
Investigators say the fight happened early Saturday morning near the front entrance of the Tachi Palace in Lemoore. They arrested Carl Conley, Corry Harper, Aaron Sparks and Luis Villalobos.
Three security guards who tried to break up that fight were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
Police are not sure what sparked the violence and the investigation is continuing.
Police believe the father of five, who was shot while waiting at a red light, knew his attackers.
The shooting happened around 3 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of Panola Road and Covington Highway, DeKalb County police officials said. Police said Anthony Scott Carter, 41, had just left his Avondale High School reunion. He died from the injury.
Family members described the father of five as a hard worker and a family man who didn’t deserve to die.
“It’s hard right now because I don’t even understand how someone could do him like that,” said Jessica Weaver, Carter’s sister.
Police said the victim’s vehicle was stopped at a red light when another vehicle pulled up and fired one shot, striking the victim in the upper torso area.
Investigators said the victim managed to drive to a nearby Shell gas station.
He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where he later died.
Thomas also spoke with the victim’s boss at South DeKalb Towing where he was said to be the best driver they had.
“He’s a problem solver, never creates a problem, he’s a great guy, just hard to see and hear that this has happened,” said Walter Jackson.
One suspect was identified as Menshack Nyepah. He made his first court appearance Sunday night. The other suspect’s name has not been released.
Gulf Shores AL. May 25 2010
al.com Mobile County Commissioner Stephen Nodine has been indicted on a murder charge by a Baldwin County grand jury in the shooting death of his longtime mistress Angel Downs.
Nodine, 46, is accused in the May 9 slaying of Downs, who was found in her Gulf Shores driveway with a gunshot wound to her head.
Nodine appeared at the Baldwin County Corrections Center around 7:15 p.m., accompanied by one of his attorneys. Nodine was handcuffed in the parking lot and didn’t comment. A second attorney met the pair at the jail in Bay Minette.
Nodine’s bail was set at $500,000. Nodine’s attorney, John Williams, said his client maintains his innocence. “He was not there,” Williams said.
Nodine’s attorney Dennis Knizley said the commissioner has not decided whether to resign from office.”Certainly, this will have an impact on that decision,” Knizley said.
View full sizeThis mugshot of Mobile County Commissioner Stephen Nodine was taken after his arrest on a murder charge on May 24, 2010 in Bay Minette, Ala.Ken Raines, an attorney representing Downs’ family, said the family was thankful for the hard work by the Baldwin County district attorney, the sheriff’s department and the Gulf Shores police department.
“The family said all along that they did not believe she intentionally took her life,” Raines said.
“It is an emotional day,” Raines said. “I venture to say every day since the day of Angel’s death has been an emotional day for them.”
Earlier this month, Nodine was impeached by a Mobile County grand jury on allegations that he abused Downs, misused county property and funds, and fraudulently purchased more than 2,400 Lortab painkillers.
He was also indicted on criminal charges of possession of a controlled substance and second-degree possession of marijuana.
The grand jury recommended he be removed from office.
Nodine has represented the District 2 seat covering parts of west Mobile and northwest Mobile County since 2004.
Commissioner Mike Dean and Mobile County Commission president Merceria Ludgood declined comment on the indictment Monday night.
On Monday evening, Chief Assistant District Attorney Nicki Patterson said the prosecution plans to amend the impeachment to point out that Nodine has been arrested on a murder charge, but they won’t address whether he committed the act.
“We’re going to do our best to not step on the murder prosecution,” Patterson said. “However, we believe it is important that someone who is charged with murder not be representing Mobile County. So we anticipate amending our bill of impeachment to include the fact that one who is charged with murder and another felony of procuring drugs by false pretenses cannot represent the citizens of Mobile County in the way that they’re entitled to be represented.”