Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan announced today that Thevio Eliscar, 29, of New Brunswick, Hicham Saadi, 39, of New Brunswick, Emil Hanna, 55, and Emad Naguib, 55, of Old Bridge, were assigned to watch over automated payment machines during their 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. shifts and assist customers as they paid to park at the Ferren and Lower Church Street decks in the city.
Share Kaplan, along with New Brunswick Police Director Peter Mangarella, said between May 13, 2010 and May 15, 2010, the security officers took nearly $3,000 from customers and kept the proceeds which should have been deposited in the automatic payment machines.
Eliscar is charged with official misconduct, theft of more than $500, computer theft for using the parking authority payment machines to steal about $1,200, and tampering with public records. They charge he disabled the security camera before stealing the parking fees.
Saadi, Hanna and Naguib, are charged each with official misconduct, theft, and computer theft.
Kaplan said the investigation began after information developed by the State Commission of Investigation was handed over to local authorities by the commission’s executive director, Alan Rockoff.
Dawn Marshall, who works as a security guard in the Georgetown area, as been charged with fraud, mail fraud, aggravated identity theft and conspiracy. She could face more than 30 years in prison, if convicted.
Marshall, along with a 48-year-old woman who has yet to be charged, are accused of stealing the identities to open fraudulent lines of credit for themselves and others. Investigators say they searched Marshall’s home and found a stack of credit card statements that were sent to her address, but listed various people as the card holder.
A second Highlands School District substitute security guard, who has been a summer custodian, is facing drug charges.
Earl Vaughn Fletcher, 49, of the 400 block of East Seventh Avenue, Tarentum, is accused of selling crack cocaine to an informant last March in Tarentum, police said.
Fletcher has been a part-time security employee for about six months and, earlier this month, was hired as one of about 25 part-time summer custodians to help with the summer cleanup of schools, said district spokeswoman Misty Chybrzynski.
Fletcher started the custodian job “a week or so” after the June 4 last day of regular classes for students. The summer job has a paycheck but no benefits.
“He had a clean record and he passed his urine test” to show there were no drugs in his body at the time of the test, Chybrzynski said Tuesday.
Court records indicate that Fletcher has no criminal record. He at least twice pleaded guilty to summary offenses of driving while his license was suspended. He was fined.
Chybrzynski said that didn’t appear on his background check.
“His file does not indicate any wrongdoing; nothing is on his clearances here,” she said in a follow-up e-mail.
She couldn’t say if the summary driving offenses would have disqualified Fletcher. “However, we generally only consider candidates with clean clearances for hire, even for substitute or temporary hire, such as summer workers,” she wrote.
Chybrzynski said the school district was told Friday by a school security employee that Fletcher had been charged by Tarentum police. He was “immediately removed from the district’s substitute list,” Chybrzynski said.
According to a police affidavit, about three months ago Fletcher agreed in a phone call to sell the informant crack for $80.
Fletcher allegedly told the informant to meet him at the intersection of Henry Street and East Seventh Avenue at about 5:30 p.m. March 12.
The police report said Fletcher was picked up by the informant and driven about a block away where he walked across the train tracks to an Allegheny County Public Housing Authority apartment building.
The informant allegedly parked outside until Fletcher came outside and got into the vehicle and was returned to the intersection.
The Housing Authority manages the Phillip Burtner Apartments at 524-527 east Fifth Avenue. There are 24 apartments in two 3-story buildings.
According to the affidavit, Fletcher sold a rock of crack cocaine to the informant.
He is charged with having an illegal drug, possessing a drug with intent to deliver it and drug delivery.
When Fletcher was arraigned Friday, his bond was set at $15,000 but reduced to $5,000 when a district judge learned he doesn’t have a criminal record.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for today.
Fletcher is the second Highlands School District substitute guard within about six months to face charges.
Dean Banner, 52, who was a substitute security guard, is charged with selling or furnishing alcohol to minors and disorderly conduct late last year.
He was suspended and later fired from the school district job.
Banner, who doesn’t have a criminal record, was released on his own recognizance. A non-jury trial is scheduled for September.
Last year, full-time Highlands teacher’s aide Abbie Jane Swogger was sentenced to three to six years in state prison and 36 years of probation for having sex with teenage boys away from the school.
Darrell Johnson, 29, of 14 Mitchell Ave, Medford, was arrested on Friday, June 25 around 12:43 p.m. and charged with armed robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon, and carrying a dangerous weapon. Police also booked him on warrant charges for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and no inspection sticker, according to a police report.
On Friday, Somerville police were dispatched to T.J. Maxx in the Assembly Square Mall on reports of shoplifting. Upon arrival, police found Johnson being held to the ground by a T.J. Maxx sales associate and loss prevention officer, who said Johnson pulled a knife on them and threatened to stab them while they were trying to apprehend him.
According to the officer, Johnson stole several items of clothing, including two swimsuits valued at $13 each, which he stuffed in his shorts.
When police searched Johnson they found a pair of pliers commonly used to remove department store security tags, the report stated. They also found a black-handled knife with a spring-loaded release.
Johnson was transported to the Somerville Police Station for booking.
Police believe that Siegfried Gramatzki, 64, who also goes by the name Frederick Stein, touched and groped three girls, ages 10, 15, and 17, as they swam in the pool the evening of June 6.
Park security officers detained Gramatzki until police arrived.
He was released after posting $50,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned on July 6.
Gramatzki did not know the girls, according to police.
Anyone who knows Gramatzki or who may have witnessed the incidents is asked to call Detective Sgt. Craig Middlekauff at (408) 615-4823
Shannon Young was arrested this morning. Young, an English teacher and volleyball coach, allegedly had consensual sexual intercourse with one of her students at Pleasant Ridge High School. Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson said the crimes happened between the general time period of Aug. 1, 2009, and June 2, 2010.
Easton Superintendent Charles Coblentz said the district conducted its own investigation into the matter. He declined to discuss when the internal investigation started and what initial disciplinary action, be it paid or unpaid, was initially taken against the teacher. However any disciplinary action would have became largely moot in April when Young resigned from her position.
Young started working for the district in August 2009.
MIAMI Fla June 30 2010 — Local law enforcement officers throughout Florida now can access U.S. immigration records to check the fingerprints of immigrants in their custody, officials said Tuesday.
The system is part of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s “Secure Communities” program to improve and modernize the identification and removal of illegal immigrants who have been convicted of crimes in the U.S.
Including Florida, 23 states now participate in the program. The agency plans to make the system available nationwide by 2013.
Before the system was activated in Florida, fingerprints taken at local jails were checked only against FBI criminal records.
Now fingerprints also will be checked against immigration records maintained by the Department of Homeland Security. Immigration authorities will be alerted automatically if there’s a match.
Within about four hours, authorities will begin to determine whether an individual in police custody is subject to deportation. If so, ICE will monitor the case. Illegal immigrants charged with major drug offenses, murder, rape or kidnapping will be flagged as priority cases.
If the person is convicted, ICE will assume custody when the prison sentence is complete.
Since fingerprints are unique, the system helps identify illegal immigrants who give authorities fake names, said Michael Meade, director of ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations in Miami. It also catches people who have been deported previously.
“This initiative ensures that our local law enforcement partners know as much as possible about the people in their custody,” Meade said.
It also lowers the cost and risks of pursuing these illegal immigrants on the streets, he said.
“We’ll identify the worst of the worst while they’re in jail,” Meade said. “The less that my officers have to go to somebody’s house to look for them, the safer they are.”
The system has been activated in 24 Florida counties since last year, and the rest of the state’s 67 counties were added last week.
One example authorities cited Tuesday was the case of a man arrested in Hillsborough County for carrying a concealed weapon, resisting an officer and providing a false name to law enforcement. Despite a long list of aliases, fingerprint records from Homeland Security showed that the man had overstayed a tourist visa and was wanted for attempting to murder a police officer.
The man was convicted in December on the concealed weapon charge and will be deported at the end of his yearlong prison sentence, authorities said.
The expanded fingerprint search was an overdue improvement to communications between local detention officers and ICE, said Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Col. Jim Previtera.
The new system does not change current police procedures, nor does it cost more money, said Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey.
More than 1,800 immigrants convicted of crimes have been deported from Florida so far. Most were convicted of serious drug charges, assault, battery, murder, rape and kidnapping, authorities said.
Since ICE began sharing fingerprint information with local law enforcement officers in October 2008, the U.S. has deported more than 8,500 immigrants convicted of crimes such as murder, rape and kidnapping. More than 22,200 additional immigrants convicted of crimes such as burglary and serious property crimes also have been deported.
A former Antrim County teacher pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a student.
55-year old Michael Peterson of Ellsworth and a teacher at Ellsworth Community School, was arrested in February and charged with for three counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the First Degree.
The Ellsworth Community School Superintendent says she received a call from a student’s parent alleging that Peterson engaged in a sex act with her 15-year old daughter. The parent claimed Peterson and the student were involved with the sex act in a classroom and at the student’s home.
On Friday, Peterson pleaded guilty to two counts of First Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct. He faces life in prison when he is sentenced on August 30.
Peterson was a math teacher at Ellsworth Community School for 29 years.
A US Airways pilot, accused of inappropriately photographing a teenage girl, turned himself in to Philadelphia police this morning.
Joseph Pereira, 55, of Wexford, Pa., was questioned by police after, according to a witness, he used a cellphone about 7:15 p.m. Thursday to take pictures up the skirt of a 15-year-old girl in a terminal at Philadelphia International Airport.
Police obtained a warrant to check the cellphone, then obtained a warrant for Pereira’s arrest, police said.
US Airways suspended the pilot on Friday as the investigation got underway.
On Sunday, Periera resigned as girls softball coach at North Allegheny High School in Wexford, about 15 miles north of Pittsburgh, according to school district spokeswoman Joy Ed.
There were “no allegations here at all” during his more than 12 years sharing coaching duties, she said.
Pereira will face one charge of invasion of privacy, a misdemeanor, and another of harrassment, a summary offense, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Pereira surrendered this morning while accompanied by his attorney, according to police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore.
The amount of the settlement was not disclosed during proceedings on the wrongful death suit in Suffolk Superior Court. Most of the money is to be put in an irrevocable trust for the man’s two young daughters.
Daniel J. Ryan, 35, died Oct. 29, nearly three weeks after he was restrained by security staff at Cape Cod Hospital when he allegedly became unruly while visiting his wife, Jamie Ryan, a patient there.
Ryan lost consciousness and “sustained grievous personal injuries,” including brain damage and disfigurement as a result of the restraint, according to the family’s civil complaint.
The complaint does not indicate what constituted the disfigurement.
By: Brett Davis/Staff
PRIVATE OFFICER NEWS
Shreveport police have justarrested two teen girls accused of kidnapping and beating an elderly juvenile services security worker.
Officers picked up a 16-year-old girl walking in the 600 block of West 72nd Street about 9:30 p.m. They arrested the second girl, 15, about 9:45 p.m. at a home in the 1500 block of West 58th Street.
The woman, 70, was taking the teens back to Ware Youth Center near Coushatta after a dentist appointment in Mansfield when the teens attacked and overpowered her. They took control of the car and drove to Shreveport.
Her name has not yest been released.
The teens left the woman and the car in Airport Park in Shreveport.
The woman was able to call for help and was taken to LSU Hospital in Shreveport for treatment of serious injuries.
Police also recovered the car involved in the incident. It was in the park. It contained two pair of khaki pants, a purple shirt, a set of handcuffs and miscellaneous personal items.
Shreveport police worked with the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Mansfield Police Department and the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force to find the teens, Goodin said.
JDnews.com reported Brian Keith Reardon of Rainwater Court was arrested in an investigation that began in May.
Investigators say Reardon was an assistant coach at Ashley High School in Wilmington where the teen played soccer. Reardon is now charged in both Onslow and New Hanover Counties.
Onlow deputies have charged him with two counts each of sexual offense with a student, indecent liberties with a student, crime against nature, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
He was released on bond.