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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