ALBANY, GA May 28 2010 (WALB) –
An Albany man is arrested for conning a Darton College student into letting him kiss and smell her feet.
19-year old Daryl Melton is charged with simple battery.
He is neither a student nor an employee at Darton College.
Darton College Police say May 25th at the college library Melton told a 19 year old student he was studying to be an orthopedic therapist, and wanted to give her a survey.
In a private study room Melton asked her questions while kissing and smelling her feet.
The student ran, and Melton was arrested on campus.
The guard heard noises coming from the building in the 2600 block of Lexington Street about 4:10 a.m., and police said the men were discovered inside, dismantling electrical equipment.
Both men also reportedly were found with what police described as burglary tools, including pliers and bolt cutters.
One man, 50, who lives in Berkeley, also was carrying two syringes in his socks, and he was on probation for possessing stolen property, police said.
His 53-year-old companion lives in Emeryville and was arrested in the 2600 block of Monarch Street, where police said he was found hiding in a crawl space.
Thieves steal copper wire and other metal to sell as scrap.
Police say 31-year-old Jesse Russel, Jr. was an IMPD officer for three years. He was arrested Thursday, held on two counts of arson, and has resigned immediately.
The first case involved a fire that happened May 14 at Lakeview Terrace Apartments near 21st and Mitthoeffer on the far eastside.
Federal, state and local teams worked the investigation, ruling out accidental causes early in the process. While there were no injuries, the damage was estimated at $30,000.
Investigators are still unclear if there is a connection to two additional fires at the Nottingham Village apartments. Those fires occurred April 23 and May 6.
Police are not releasing a mug shot for investigative purposes.
Little Anthony was saved by the quick thinking of his parents and emergency crews. The one-year-old who was choking on a penny earlier this week slept soundly Thursday night.
Sergeant Herbert Hall, a security officer at Edison State’s Collier campus, helped save him.
“It stopped in the middle of the road and the doors opened and I heard yelling and screaming,” said Hall.
Hall says they were parents in need of help. The mom was desperate to save her child.
“She was reaching into the infant’s mouth with her finger and it was obvious to me that at that point something was caught in the child’s throat,” said Hall.
The mom was able to get the penny out, but Anthony still wasn’t breathing.
That’s when Sergeant Hall says he gave Anthony mouth to mouth.
Though he’s being called a hero, Hall says it’s all just part of the job.
“This is my 16th life-saving award in 42 years doing this for a living,” he said.
That living includes stints at the Collier County Sheriff’s Office and the Massachusetts State Police.
“The mother really saved the child’s life. I was just able to help at the end,” he said.
Anthony’s family didn’t want to go on camera, but they said they’re thankful for the quick response of all the emergency crews.
And as for Hall, he said he’s just happy little Anthony is alive.
“I was very elated that the child started to breathe again. That made my day,” he said.
Sean Lanigan, 43, smiled and tears flowed among his dozens of supporters in the courtroom as the verdicts were read clearing Lanigan of charges of aggravated sexual battery and abduction. The case against him hinged on the testimony of two sixth-grade girls at Centre Ridge Elementary School in Centreville, who said Lanigan had scooped up one of the girls in the middle of the school gym, carried her into an equipment room, laid her down on a mat and massaged her shoulders, groping her in the process.
Lanigan testified Wednesday that he did no such thing. The married father of three said he treated students the way he treated his children, picking them up, twirling them around, laughing and joking. He taught at Centre Ridge for 12 years and coached youth soccer throughout Northern Virginia for 20 years.
Lanigan and five other people testified that there were no mats in the equipment room where the girls said he carried one of them. The main accuser, who acknowledged having a grudge against Lanigan for threatening to discipline her for her bullying behavior on the school bus patrol, alleged that Lanigan briefly touched her breast and buttock during the incident.
Jurors said the prosecution had no case, and after reading their legal instructions, it took the seven women and five men about 10 minutes to come to their unanimous decision.
“It was an easy decision,” said juror Asmaa al-Ghafari. “I just hope Mr. Lanigan can get his life back.”
“There was no evidence,” juror Jacklyn West said. “There was no case.”
Lanigan, who was thrilled by the verdict, said his arrest, suspension without pay and subsequent publicity had destroyed his life. When his attorney, Peter D. Greenspun, discussed the devastation to Lanigan in his closing argument, West broke down in tears and the trial was briefly recessed.
West and other jurors said the 12-year-old accuser “had no idea of the consequences” of accusing Lanigan of molesting her. “This poor man. That’s why I cried.”
Fairfax County school officials could not say whether, or when, Lanigan might be restored to his job as a physical education teacher at Centre Ridge.
“An innocent man was freed,” Lanigan said. “I knew the truth would finally come out.”
He added: “I’m looking forward to getting on the soccer field with my girls’ team, which I’ll do tonight. I’d love to come back to Centre Ridge and teach.” He also coached the varsity boys’ soccer team at Herndon High School.
His accuser said the incident happened Jan. 12, and it was reported to police Jan. 15. Fairfax detectives questioned Lanigan on Jan. 20, and he was arrested Jan. 29.
Since then, he said, “my life’s been an absolute living hell. Everything I loved to do has been taken away.”
But the support of family and friends, including neighbors and relatives cooking meals or donating gift cards, helped him and his family survive, Lanigan said. A Facebook page supporting Lanigan has more than 750 members.
He declined to discuss his legal costs but said they were in the “tens of thousands” of dollars.
After a day of jury selection Monday, jurors heard two days of testimony, then closing arguments Thursday morning.
To convict Lanigan of aggravated sexual battery of someone younger than 13, the jury would have had to find that the alleged groping was “committed with the intent to sexually molest, arouse or gratify any person, where the defendant intentionally touches the complaining witness’s intimate parts or material clothing covering such intimate parts.”
Four jurors said they thought that Lanigan should never have been arrested. “There wasn’t really an investigation,” al-Ghafari said. Greenspun had argued that detectives did not speak to other people in the school about the accuser or the circumstances she alleged.
“The prosecution didn’t have enough evidence,” juror Jasna Wilson said. “I think it was an injustice.”
Jurors said they were gratified by the Lanigan supporters’ emotional response in the courtroom, and some of the jurors spoke to Lanigan and his family afterward.
Some jurors said they thought that Lanigan’s main accuser, who testified that she feared losing her spots on the safety patrol, the in-school video news team and the “PE Pals” gym cleanup crew, perhaps had her own troubles.
“I think she put herself into something she couldn’t find her way out of,” al-Ghafari said.
The balloon hit Lilburn Middle School student Miguel Mesa right in the face. His right eye is bloodshot and black and blue. His left eye is covered with a bandage and Mesa said it is much worse.
He looks like he went 12 rounds with a heavyweight contender. “It hit me right in the eyes,” Mesa said. “I thought I broke my nose, but then I felt my eyes were like burning.”
Mesa, Juan Rivera and Oscar Rodriguez are students at Lilburn Middle School. Wednesday was their last day of school before summer vacation. Mesa said they chose to walk home from school rather than take the bus because they wanted to spend some time together.
The boys were walking on the sidewalk along Highway 29 when Rivera saw a gray minivan driving by with the side sliding door open. Rivera said he saw two teenagers in the front and one in the back. “I just heard Juan say they’re throwing water balloons and I just looked up and (it hit me),” Mesa said. “I just fell down and it started bleeding and everything.”
“At first I thought he was kidding around and then when I saw his eyes bleeding that’s when I knew it was more than water,” Rivera said.
Mesa’s father wishes his son took the bus after getting a call at work from a Lilburn police officer. “I was praying my way to the hospital, actually thinking the worst,” Severo Mesa said.
His son was transported by ambulance to Gwinnett Medical Center. “They (doctors) tell me that the Clorox really wasn’t that much of a problem but the impact was,” the boy said.
His father said his son will have an MRI on Friday to determine if he will ever see out of his left eye again. “What I was thinking is I would give my vision for his,” the older Mesa said. “He’s just beginning (his life) and I already lived half of my life.”
There were several pieces of broken balloons along Highway 29 where Mesa was hit. The boys said the person in the back of the car was throwing balloons at other kids too.
Lilburn police are hoping someone knows the teenagers in the gray mini-van. I hope the police do everything they can to find them because it’s a crime,” Rivera said. “My friend could be blind by now but thanks to God he’s not.”
Severo Mesa said even if it was a prank, the teens need to be punished. “Anything we do has consequences,” he said. “I believe they will have to deal with those consequences sooner or later.”
“Lilburn police are seeking information from the public on the location of the van as well as the identity of the suspects involved in the incident,” said Captain Bruce Hedley.
He said the gray minivan had a black stripe on the lower portion of the vehicle. He asked anyone with information to call Investigator Kim Banks at 770-921-2211.
The accident happened around 7:45 a.m. at the entrance to the gated community portion of the property, said Denise Orlando-Garcia, manager of the executive office and human resources.
She called it a “freak accident” and she was unsure how the collision unfolded. Ridgemark contracts with Presidential Protection Services for its security.
“The two security guards were in it, and the building fell around them,” she said, noting how it “just kind of collapsed” and that the workers were “lucky.”
Crews hours after the accident were at the site tearing down the remains of the building.
The California Highway Patrol responded, while an agency spokesman is gathering information on the incident.
Tennessean A man accused of murder was mistakenly released from the Metro Jail and roamed the streets for at least 11 days before authorities realized he was even gone.
Finis Lewis, 32, remained at large Thursday, the beneficiary of a Davidson County Sheriff’s Office “clerical error” on May 14. Officials scrambled to track him down this week, calling Lewis an extremely dangerous, high-risk inmate. Lewis is accused of murdering Kenneth Crawley in August 2008 in the J.C. Napier Public Housing Development.
Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall acknowledged Thursday that his agency was to blame for the error and said they didn’t know Lewis was gone until Tuesday of this week.
“It’s obviously something internal,” Hall said. “We clearly know it was something that happened inside our agency in the booking/releasing process.”
Sheriff’s Office mistakenly lets accused killer free
His agency also never alerted the public that Lewis was gone. They left that for Metro police to do Wednesday night.
“That’s not our role,” Hall said. “We could release a press release about the circumstances, but we’re not out enforcing that. I think it’s a police call whether they want to roll out that information.”
Crawley’s mother, Lisa Crawley, still lives in J.C. Napier and remembers the night she heard the gunshots that killed her son. Since she heard Lewis was on the loose, she has barricaded her door at night and kept a metal pole in her kitchen in case she needs to defend herself.
“He knows where I live,” she said Thursday. “I put stuff in front of my door, and I have booby-traps. I’ve lost 5 pounds in 10 days.”
Crawley said she heard through friends May 15 about Lewis going free. She said she called the sheriff’s office to ask about him being gone and was shocked to have it confirmed. She said no one from the sheriff’s office called her about it until Tuesday of this week.
“They’re supposed to protect us,” she said. “It’s pitiful.”
Lewis was transferred from prison to the Metro Jail on Oct. 15, 2009, after serving a term for violating his parole, officials said
Once there, he was to await trial on charges in Kenneth Crawley’s murder and an unrelated attempted murder case. But when prosecutors dropped the attempted murder charge, jail officials let him walk free.
Hall said the mistake came when Lewis was first transferred back to jail after the parole violation. He said jailers should have re-booked him on the attempted murder and murder charges. Instead, the move was somehow classified as an inter-agency transfer.
As a result, the murder charge was never listed as “active,” Hall said.
Hall said it’s not clear if the error was made by an employee, a software glitch or a problem with procedures, but his office is investigating.
Sheriff’s Office mistakenly lets accused killer free
Though Crawley said she called the jail on May 15 after hearing Lewis was out, Hall said none of his employees remembered her calling.
Metro police’s gang unit found out about Lewis on Monday, said police spokesman Don Aaron. Wednesday night police put out a news release alerting the public that they were looking for Lewis.
Lewis’ attorney, Paul Walwyn, could not be reached for comment Thursday.
Hall said his agency is helping in the manhunt for Lewis, whom he described as being “up there with the highest” risk inmates.
“He surely and clearly has the capability of harming people, and we need him back where he should be,” Hall said.
Meanwhile, Crawley still deals with the pain of losing her son.
“I keep trying to move forward, to get all this behind me,” she said. “I’m on pause. Still waiting.”
Anyone with information about Lewis’ whereabouts is asked to call police at 615-862-8600 or Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.
PHILADELPHIA PA May 27 2010 (CBS) ―
When the 50-seat United Express commuter plane arrived at Philadelphia Airport just after midnight, everyone got off – except Ginger McGuire. Instead, she was found four hours later by the jet’s cleaning crew.
The sleeping passenger was found on an airplane, alone, nearly four hours after everyone else got off. It’s adding a new twist to airport security concerns, as the incident is raising questions about who’s watching the planes we fly.
When the 50-seat United Express commuter plane arrived at Philadelphia Airport just after midnight, everyone got off – except Ginger McGuire.
“I fell asleep on the plane. Next thing you know, I wake up at four o’clock in the morning, nobody’s on the plane, nothing,” McGuire said.
McGuire had been left alone after the 65-minute flight, sleeping on the empty commuter jet for nearly four hours before she was found by the plane’s cleaning crew.
“I’m completely freaked out at this point,” McGuire said. “I’m like, ‘oh my God, why didn’t somebody wake me up?’”
Passengers who expect the airlines to be vigilant say leaving a person alone, with easy access, on a plane is a clear lapse in security.
“I can’t believe, on a 50-passenger plane, nobody would wake someone up like that,” passenger Trevor Hirz said.
“In a sense it is a security issue, because if you’re not paying attention to that, what else are you not paying attention to?” passenger Benito Martinez said.
A spokesperson for United Express released the following statement: “We are working closely with our partner, Trans States [Airlines], to investigate the cause and remedy the situation with the customer.”
McGuire blames the airline.
“[This is] really easy stuff. All this drama could have been avoided if someone just made the effort to, number one, wake me up, and number two, not to just leave me there,” McGuire said.
A spokesperson for Trans States, the commuter airline, says it’s standard protocol to make sure all passengers are safely off the plane at the end of every flight.
McGuire, who works at a cable TV station in a Detroit suburb, says the crew simply forgot her.
Sun News police say a stepped-up effort to thwart a form of “organized crime” is paying significant dividends.
Just over a year ago, the department began putting extra emphasis on disrupting organized retail theft rings operating at the Oak Park Mall. Since then, dramatic decreases in merchandise losses have been reported by a number of mall retailers.
At the Macy’s department store alone, the yearly theft losses dropped from $480,000 to $266,000 after the new retail crime unit effort got under way.
Express clothing store representatives told the department that its typical weekly losses of $1,300 were reduced to $120 after the program was implemented.
The program involves new enforcement strategies and stronger efforts to better educate store management on loss prevention techniques. Similar efforts also have been used beyond the mall, but to a limited extent. Now, Police Chief John Douglass says his department will expand more aggressively to other retail centers.
Douglass says theft prevention is especially crucial to Overland Park because of its major retail centers and the city’s heavy budgetary reliance on sales tax revenues.
“We can’t let that revenue stream be attacked or eliminated,” Douglass said.
The chief added that it has been especially critical to retailers that thefts be minimized during the recession.
“If we didn’t help keep the losses down, some of (the merchants) may well have fallen over the side. That’s how important this was,” Douglass said.
Detective Dennis Reaser said patrol officers and merchants in the past often treated shoplifting cases as individual crimes. Now, police say that they and retailers are working more effectively in linking singular thefts to what could be part of much larger criminal networks.
If police nab someone they suspect to be part of a crime organization, they are more aggressive about questioning the suspect and getting him or her to divulge names of others in the group.
Police say some of their individual arrests led to information that allowed them to undermine higher-level fencing operations. In some instances, the clearing of up to 2,000 to 3,000 theft cases has stemmed from a single arrest.
One Overland Park shoplifting arrest resulted in the apprehension of eight suspects. A search warrant of the suspects’ homes in Blue Springs, Mo., led to the recovery of about $23,000 worth of items stolen from 70 different retailers including 30 at Oak Park, Reaser said. Police also recovered $11,000 worth of gift card receipts in that sweep.
Officers and retailers both are being better trained and informed about identifying tell-tale signs of professional criminal activity. The retailers are encouraged to share information about suspected thieves with other merchants and the police.
In some cases, merchants gave photos of suspected shoplifters to police, who in turn observed and then apprehend the suspects in the act of a theft.
The enforcement effort involves more than shoplifting. In a recent briefing of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee, Detective Brian Pierce explained that one case involved a check scheme in which two women robbed Macy’s and Dillard’s of more than $275,000 by using fraudulent checks.
Police also recently made arrests involving the cashing of fraudulent payroll checks at the Price Chopper grocery store near 75th Street and Metcalf Avenue. Pierce said that on Fridays – the thieves’ preferred day of doing the scam – the store was cashing 10 to 25 payroll checks that turned out to be fakes. The average amount of each check was about $800.
While Reaser said that members of the theft groups should not be confused with characters from “The Godfather,” they nevertheless are well organized criminals.
“It definitely is individuals getting together and recruiting others to steal merchandise and to sell that stolen merchandise,” Reaser said.
He emphasized that shoppers should not be alarmed by such activity. The thieves do not pose a crime hazard to patrons. In fact, the offenders prefer to stay as low-profile as possible.
Small-dollar shoplifting cases usually involve young people caught stealing small items, said Officer Jim Weaver, the department’s public information officer.
In fact, misdemeanor shoplifting cases that went through municipal court last year were dominated by teens.
But the most monetary damage for stores is done in felony thefts often involving the organized groups, police say.
During one six-month period at the mall, Reaser said, police recovered almost $93,000 worth of stolen property.
While the department has had significant success in breaking up some theft rings and greatly reducing losses at the mall, Reaser said law enforcement’s job hardly is over. If police efforts are diverted elsewhere for long, the thieves soon will return, he said.
So, the department has maintained an office at the mall for several years, and when there are signs of reviving criminal activity the officers redouble efforts.
Reaser said the department’s retail unit has not gone unnoticed in the crime world.
“It sends a message, if you are coming to Overland Park we will arrest you and we will go after your entire organized retail crime group,” Reaser said.
When one city gets highly aggressive in fighting retail thefts, the thieves typically move into other communities. But Reaser said the entire area benefits from the arrests and the undermining of a theft ring.
“We work with other communities and jurisdictions,” Reaser said. “As long as we have a tie in Johnson County (to a crime group), we’ll go anywhere else they operate and we’ll try to get them charged in those other places as well.”
Nichole Chapman, 28, abruptly resigned her teaching job on Monday. On Wednesday, she was brought into the Cleveland County Magistrate’s Office by two Shelby Police Department detectives.
As she was led in, she said, “There was no crime…Yes, I am innocent.”
She was charged with two counts of taking indecent liberties with a student and two counts of committing a sexual offense with a student.
After appearing before the magistrate she challenged reporters to go talk to the 19-year-old male student and his mother. She said they “will tell you there was nothing happening.”
Both the student, Vavaughia Snipes, and his mother agreed to speak to reporters.
“I ain’t no victim,” Snipes said.
He said Chapman and he became friends and he said she told him she was having marital problems. He said their relationship eventually became sexual and that their encounters took place at the house where he lives with his mother and family. His mother also told NewsChannel 36 that she approves of the relationship.
“If it is love, man, it’s love,” he said. “Nobody can stop this.”
Snipes said he suffers from seizures and has a learning disability.
“I love her and she loved me so it ain’t going to stop me from seeing her,” he said.
Shelby Police Chief Jeff Ledford said any physical relationship between a teacher and a student, no matter what the age, is a crime.
Ledford said he was only mildly surprised that the suspect in this case was a woman.
“It’s just not something you hear every day and if you do read about it, it’s someplace else,” said the chief.
Travis Bryant McFerrin, of Red Bird Lane, faces four felony counts in the case, according to Gaston County police Capt. J.D. Ramey.
Ramey said the alleged crimes took place over a three-month period from July to September in 2007, and then again last August in McFerrin’s home. It means McFerrin was 16 and 18 at the time of the alleged attacks.
Police said McFerrin had dropped out of college recently and was not working.
McFerrin is charged with two counts of statutory rape and two counts of indecent liberties with a minor.
He is being held in Gaston County Jail under $500,000 bond, police say.
HOUSTON TX May 27 2010 — A controversial shooting Monday night in southeast Houston ended with a 20-year-old father dead. The apartment complex security guard said he shot the man because feared for his life. But now he’s been charged with murder.
Terry Beacon, 22, has been charged with murder in the death of Everette Crockett, 20.
A neighbor at the Cullen Park Apartments reportedly says Crockett bumped her car and cracked her taillight. She asked the security guard to intervene.
Officials with the security company say during the confrontation Crockett was belligerent and appeared to threaten to run over Beacon. They say Beacon fired because he was in fear for his life.
Neighbors and Crockett’s mother claim there were no threats to Beacon, and the shooting was unwarranted.
According to witness reports in court documents, Beacon was scene running towards Crockett’s vehicle with his gun drawn before firing into the car, striking Crockett in the upper left torso.
Beacon has been with the Top Gun security company since 2009. Bail has been set at $50,000.
By: Rick McCann/Staff
PRIVATE OFFICER NEWS
http://www.privateofficer.com/ – In a time when many colleges and universities are arming their security personnel and transitioning from a security department to a police force, one North Carolina college is downsizing police personnel.
Meredith College says that because of the low crime rate that their school has experienced that have decided to reduce its force of armed police officers.
The school laid off four of its seven officers after the college saw only one violent crime between 2006 and 2008.
Meredith school officials say that they already have a security force on campus which they will rely on mostly for campus protection.
However, security officers are not capable of making arrests or carrying guns.
A Meredith College spokesperson says the college is a very safe campus and the safety of staff and students is their highest priority and they do not feel the reduced police presence will impact the safety of their campus.
Kevin Pegues will spend the next 75 months in jail.
Pegues is now paralyzed from the waist down from injuries sustained in the confrontation. He says he didn’t want to hurt the officers or the dog, but the jury didn’t buy his arguments, and neither did the judge in handing down a six-year sentence.
Pegues tried to convince the judge he was the victim.
“They take an issue for a four-legged animal and call him a creature, then what am I?” Pegues said. “That’s the question, what was I that day when they pulled the trigger and shot me in the back?”
The incident began as an argument over a $2 toy between a customer and store employees. Investigators said trouble began when a Pegues got into a scuffle with employees at the Tukwila Trading Company over the toy. When officers arrived at the store at 3725 South 144th Street, the man ran off, jumping over several fences to get away.
Police finally caught up with Pegues at a nearby housing complex. Witnesses say officers then opened fire.
“They Tased him and he went down,” witness Rocky Ruvo said shortly after the incident. “And then they let the dog go on him. And then somebody said – I didn’t see a knife – but somebody said he had pulled a knife and slashed at the dog. And while he was down, that’s when the officer pulled his gun and shot the subject twice.”
Police said when Pegues refused to give up despite a Tasing and repeated orders to drop the knife, an officer shot him in the leg.
“Other officers were very close by and tried other means to try to subdue the man,” said Tukwila police spokesman Mike Murphy. “They were unsuccessful and eventually had to shoot him to stop the threat to themselves and others.”
The police dog, a German shepherd named Gino, was stabbed in the neck during the scuffle and seriously injured, officials said. He underwent four hours of surgery to repair a 4-inch puncture wound in his neck, but has since recovered.
But while most of the focus was on Gino’s’ injury, prosecutors said the long sentence was for how Pegues threatened the officers’ lives.
“He showed a knife and said, ‘Let’s do this,’ ” said prosecutor Steven Kim. “And he egged on the police and asked for a fight and he was heard saying ‘You’re going to have to kill me, or I’m going to kill you.’ “
Pegues’ 6-plus year sentence was actually on the lower end of the sentencing range. The judge said she took into account that the officers were not injured and that Gino had since recovered fully.
The substitute, 66-year-old Carl Peak, has been booked into the Pima County Jail on six misdemeanor counts.
Officers say they responded to the school May 24th and interviewed six female students that were in Peak’s class.
Interviews with the students confirmed Peak touched each of them in the buttocks.
Officers arrested Peak after interviewing him at the Tucson Police Main Station downtown.
Hector Cesar Lopez Olivarria, 41, went into the Marshalls store on Marron Road just after 2:45 p.m. with a pair of wire cutters and cut security sensors off several items, Carlsbad police Lt. Paul Mendes said.
He hid the merchandise on himself and left the store, then picked up a rock and pushed the guard who confronted him outside, Mendes said.
Olivarria then ran away. Police, aided by a police dog and a helicopter, searched the area for about an hour with no result.
About two hours later, a mechanic at the Sears Auto Center at Plaza Camino Real told police he saw a man coming out of a creek area with his clothes wet and covered in leaves.
He got into a vehicle near Haymar Drive and South Vista Way. Officers pulled him over once he started to drive away, Mendes said.
Olivarria was taken into custody, and his wife, 32-year-old Alejandria Cervantes, was cited for driving without a license and insurance and was turned over to immigration authorities, Mendes said.
Olivarria was booked into the Vista jail on charges including robbery, burglary and assault with a deadly weapon, and was placed on an immigration hold.
Casino security apprehended the suspect, whose name hasn’t been released, across the street from the casino.
The Seminole Tribal Police of Tampa is handling the case, said Gary Bitner, a spokesman for the agency.
The incident happened around 7:30 p.m. inside the casino, located at 5223 N. Orient Road.
The woman who is in her late 50s was at a slot machine holding a redeemable ticket when the incident happened, Bitner said.
The value of the ticket wasn’t known, he said.
The woman wasn’t seriously injured. Bitner said he didn’t expect her to be transported to a local hospital.
Teacher Alice Hawley received a letter from the district signed by Superintendent, Grady Flemming saying her contract for the 2010-2011 school year was not being renewed.
Hawley says it’s been a whirl-wind over the past two days since the district decided to reinstate her contract for the 2010-2011 school year on Wednesday.
She is thrilled they asked her to come back, but says the real challenge isn’t over.
“The real victory will come when we can go in and freely pray. As we want to as the children want to, that’s when real victory comes,” said Hawley.
This same scenario happened once before to Hawley over 15 years ago. After several years, the district once again asked her to come back.
Even still, Hawley says she believes in the power of prayer and will continue to pray as long as her students are comfortable.
“And I’ll never deny a child prayer if they ask for prayer,” said Hawley.
One of Hawley’s students Billy Wright says these prayers were always voluntary, and that she told every student at the beginning of the year to tell her if they didn’t want to participate in prayer.
“She said you can leave a letter an anonymous email, or just tell her raise your hand in class,” Wright said.
Students from Franklin High lead an outpour of comments wearing T-shirts and writing insignia saying “I broke a rule, I prayed in school.”
“We should be able to do that instead of firing people for praying,” student Kristie Wallace said.
Former student Amerika Shaw says she doesn’t see why the district made a big deal over Hawley’s classroom prayers.
“She prayed for us, our education, and if we had any problems, and just asked God to watch over us, that’s about it,” said Shaw.
According to state law: “It shall be lawful for any teacher or school administrator to permit the voluntary participation by students or others in prayer.”
Many Franklin High students say school leaders often initiate prayer on a daily basis.
“And sometimes our principle comes and he’ll bow his head and he’ll pray with us,” said 9th grader Triston Wilkinson.
Superintendent Flemming was not available for comment to WLBT.
Investigators say Trooper J.D. Goodnight slowed to 95 before he hit a car driven by 55-year-old Sandra Allmond.
Allmond and 11-year-old Taylor Strange were killed.
According to the Highway Patrol, Goodnight was traveling southbound on the Interstate 85 Business Loop just before noon Sunday in Jamestown when he clocked a vehicle traveling northbound at 80 mph in a 55 mph zone. He activated his blue lights and turned around headed north. He slammed into Allmond as she was turning left at a green light at the River Road intersection.
Goodnight was not using his siren. The accident report released Thursday says Allmond “failed to yield.”
The 32-year-old woman, who lives in Clackamas, Ore., allegedly was intoxicated when confronted by police Tuesday afternoon.
She was still wondering why she was arrested as a Clark County sheriff’s deputy drove her to the jail in Vancouver, said Sgt. Jerry Lester with the La Center Police Department.
The woman was no longer in custody Wednesday evening, a jail employee said.
When found in the car, the boy had soiled his clothing and had a cup of sour milk to sustain him. A security officer on patrol heard him crying in the woman’s Lincoln Navigator SUV in a casino parking lot about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Lester said.
Lester said the security officer notified his supervisor, who told police.
Employees of the Chips Palace Casino, 318 Old Pacific Highway, used overhead speakers to ask the person who had the Lincoln to come forward. After being paged twice, the woman cashed in her chips, went outside and found officers waiting for her, Lester said.
She said she’d left the boy in the car, Lester said.
“She said she’d checked on the kid every couple of hours and he was sleeping,” Lester said.
Security videos indicated she’d arrived in the parking space about 4 a.m. Tuesday, Lester said.
Although police hadn’t seen the woman driving the Lincoln, they measured her alcohol level at 0.14, considerably more than the state’s DUI threshold of 0.08, Lester said.
Police called for officials with Child Protective Services, who took custody of the toddler.
Alerted by casino employees, officers found the boy sitting in his car seat in the SUV, which was locked, with no window open, Lester said. He didn’t appear harmed by his long wait in the warm car, but he was wet and his cup of milk had soured.
“The deputy changed him and got him into fresh undergarments,” Lester said.
Casino employees brought the boy a peanut-butter sandwich and some watermelon.
It was a cloudy afternoon and police measured the outside temperature at about 63 degrees.
“Inside my car, with the door open, it was 85 degrees. And it definitely felt warm inside (the woman’s SUV),”
Police Officer Travis P. Murphy
Phoenix Police Department
End of Watch: Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tour of Duty: 4 years, 6 months
Badge Number: 8474
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Apprehended
Officer Travis Murphy was shot and killed when he confronted a suspect who had fled the scene of a shots fired call earlier in the night.
Officers in a neighboring precinct responded to a report of shots fired. When they arrived, the perpetrator had fled, but they transmitted a description of the suspects vehicle over their Department radio. Several minutes later dispatchers received reports that a man was seen attempting to hide a vehicle under a tarp at a vacant home. Officer Murphy, along with several officers, responded to the scene and started searching for the man on foot.
Officer Murphy encountered the suspect and was shot. Other officers immediately placed him in a patrol car and took him to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds a short time later.
The suspect was taken into custody after being found hiding in a nearby shed.
Officer Murphy had served with the Phoenix Police Department for four and a half years. He is survived by his wife, 2-year-old daughter, and 2-week-old Son.
Agency Contact Information
Phoenix Police Department
620 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Phone: (602) 262-7626
Please contact the Phoenix Police Department for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.
Border Patrol Agent Mark Van Doren
United States Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection – Border Patrol
End of Watch: Sunday, May 23, 2010
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: Sunday, May 23, 2010
Incident Location: Texas
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Border Patrol Agent Mark Van Doren was killed when his patrol car collided with a steer and a tree on Farm-to-Market Road 755, in Brooks County, Texas.
He and another agent were on patrol when the crash occurred. His partner was critically injured in the crash.
Agency Contact Information
United States Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection – Border Patrol
1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20229
Phone: (202) 344-3532
Please contact the United States Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection – Border Patrol for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.
Thomas Brian Smoak was arrested Tuesday and charged with having a weapon on school grounds and making a terrorist threat.
Athens Police Capt. Floyd Johnson says dispatchers were told the school had received a call informing them a father of one of the students was on his way with a shotgun. Officers arrived and learned that a student had been involved in an incident and that his father was upset over the way it was handled.
Johnson says Smoak’s vehicle entered and exited the campus and was stopped by officers, who discovered the weapon and ammunition.
VINELAND NJ May 26 2010 – A suspected shoplifter was arrested Monday after allegedly returning to the scene of the crime to steal more tools, police said.
Luis Lozado, 34, of the first block of Elmwood Avenue, was charged with shoplifting and issued a summons for possession of hypodermic needles.
Lozado was reportedly seen on surveillance footage at Sears taking a Craftsman ratchet and socket set from the shelves and leaving the store, according to a police report. The tools were valued at $99.99, the report said.
Store security called police, who identified the suspect on the video footage. Officers, however, could not find Lozado.
The man returned to the store later in the day and allegedly took two more wrench sets, valued at $49.99 each, police said.
Store security officer Alfredo Berrios, who witnessed both thefts, detained Lozado and waited for police, the report said.
Lozado was also found to have two hypodermic needles — one capped, one uncapped — on him at the time of his arrest, police said.
He was taken to Cumberland County Jail on $1,000 bail.
Police said Tuesday that 18-year-old Timothy Dalton Hargrove was speeding when his motorcycle crossed the center line on a Tuscaloosa street Monday evening and struck a car driven by 47-year-old Karin Barbara Fischer, a German language professor who lived in Tuscaloosa.
The university’s German department website says Fischer specialized in 18th and 20th century literature, language and culture, German-Jewish studies, enlightenment studies, cultural studies and minority literature.
Police say a child in Fischer’s car received minor injuries.
Scott Hahn, of Venice, Florida, has been charged with second degree murder after his wife Kimberley’s body was found propped up against his car outside a hotel.
According to court records, witnesses told police they saw legs protruding from beneath a blanket as Mr Hahn wheeled a trolley across the lobby of the Holiday House Hotel in Florida on May 14.
He had allegedly smothered her to death in the hotel.
When one guest asked what was under the blanket, a flustered Hahn replied ‘garbage.’
Police said Hahn was later spotted in the car park with his dead wife’s alongside the car.
Lt. Ron Solanes from the Venice Police Department said: ‘I believe out of the four witnesses two indicated they were fairly sure it was a body, judging from I guess the feet sticking out of the blanket.’
He was arrested after a security guard called police.
Court records revealed that the 37-year-old social worker had checked into the Holiday House Hotel in Venice, Florida, while visiting her father Richard who lived in nearby Punta Gorda.
She had separated from her husband and since filed a restraining order against him for domestic violence.
The documents said the couple’s year-long marriage had been punctuated by bouts of domestic violence.
Hahn allegedly threatened to kill his wife earlier this month, telling her ‘It’s your time to die’ and ‘I’m going to chop you into little pieces.’
Police records showed that he has been arrested 29 times for alcohol related crimes.
Hahn is being held without bail.
Forestry officials said Larry Lucius Williamson, Jr., 36, of Swansea, is charged with two counts of arson for starting fires on May 14 and 15 in the area of the Mack Edisto Road Extension. A bond hearing was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.
Investigators say the fires burned about 10 acres, including some on a pine plantation. Tire tracks and boot prints found at the scene matched Williamson’s, and forestry officials said Williamson eventually confessed to the fires and dozens of others dating back several years.
Williamson also confessed to leaving clues behind in order to throw off any potential suspicion from himself. On one occasion, authorities said he nailed to a tree a W-2 tax form belonging to an acquaintance. On another occasion, he left a note in his own handwriting which said, “I will be back soon.”
Williamson has been a volunteer firefighter in Lexington County for about 10 years, and officials said the county fire service cooperated with the Forestry Commission’s investigation.
Las Vegas Metro Police Officer Jose Montoya tells you United States Justice Associates could save your career. Just admit you’re guilty, waive rights to an attorney and pay $500 immediately, and all your problems go away.
Robert Draskovich is the attorney representing USJA and its owner. He says using the private counseling service kept Metro from dealing with petty crimes and that the program and video just streamlined a normally slow process.
“It was easier, not only for the casinos personnel, it was easier on Metro. It was easier on all those involved in the justice system,” he said.
“Basically saying, ‘Hey, we’ve got you now and we’ll call the police unless you give us money.’ There is a word for that: it is called extortion,” said Allen Lichtenstein with the American Civil Liberties Union.
Lichtenstein was disgusted with the video and USJA’s tactics. His opinion echoes that of Metro’s investigation: twice over the last seven months, police raided USJA looking for evidence of extortion and the “very threatening” nature of the program.
“The casinos do not have the right to pretend that they are the police,” said Lichtenstein.
He says the legal threats are exaggerated and the theatrics and official tone are misleading. The county, the courts or Metro have not given any true approval and Lichtenstein says it scares people into complying.
One account they didn’t snag was MGM Mirage. Corporate security chief Tom Lozich questioned the legality, and the intent, of the program. For every $500 fee, the casinos got $100 in return. Lozich says that’s incentive to haul people in.
“When you look at it from an integrity standpoint, that kind of brings that into kind of a questionable area,” he said.
Station Casinos security chief Bill Young did like the program. He says security officers can decide guilt or innocence best in most cases.
“It reduces the need for a prosecutor being involved — a public defender,” he said.
But Young not only runs security for Station, he’s the former sheriff of Clark County and says he used USJA at the urging of Chief Judge Doug Smith. In a letter supporting the counseling program, Smith said he has “never used one that is better” and that he “wholeheartedly, without reservation” recommends using it.
Smith declined to comment, but USJA was in court Tuesday trying to find out more about the raids.
Despite the investigation and court activity, Young stands his ground. He thinks the program does not look like extortion and their tactics shouldn’t be criticized.
“I don’t know who’s pushing this. I don’t know if it’s the ACLU, but it’s a crock of s*** as far as I’m concerned. Excuse my language,” he said.
Casinos in charge of the law. No oversight, no accountability but finally some scrutiny making its way into the backrooms.
Shortly after Sheriff Doug Gillespie came on board, the officer in the video was taken out and replaced by an actor. Metro never approved this program or signed off.
Bill Young and Stations ended their contract after learning USJA was not actually forwarding cases to prosecution if the person failed to follow through on counseling.
The owner of USJA, Steven Brox, has not been charged on this case. Because of the Metro raids, the program has temporarily been shut down.
The suspect, Grethel A. McDonald, 18, of the 700 block of Henderson Avenue in West Brighton, tried to sneak the sweatshirt into a plastic bag just after 5 p.m. Saturday, then leave the mall without paying. It’s not clear which store she was in.
When a security guard tried to detain her, she punched him in the face several times, chipping his tooth and cutting his lip, and scratched his neck, court papers allege.
Ms. McDonald was charged with petit larceny, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, third-degree assault and attempted assault, and second-degree harassment, according to William J. Smith, a spokesman for District Attorney Daniel Donovan