ANCHORAGE, Alaska AUG 30 2010
A man accused of killing two police officers in a small Alaska village surrendered to authorities Monday.
Alaska State Troopers said John Marvin Jr. turned himself in shortly after 9:30 a.m. in the southeast Alaska village of Hoonah. Marvin, who was taken with no injuries, is charged with two counts of first degree murder.
Marvin, 45, barricaded himself in his home after the shootings of officers Tony Wallace and Matt Tokuoka late Saturday. The officers died sometime after the shootings.
A motive for what troopers called an ambush has not been disclosed.
During the standoff, troopers and other law enforcement agencies maintained their positions through the night into Monday, authorities said. Troopers had urged residents in the shoreline community of about 800 to stay away from the area.
“We are thankful this incident resolved without further loss of life or injury,” Public Safety Commissioner Joe Masters said in a statement. “Now that this incident has resolved, the community of Hoonah can hopefully start the healing process.”
Masters said two chaplains with the troopers were heading to the community, located on an island about 40 miles west of Juneau.
Just before the shootings, Tokuoka left the home of his father-in-law, George Martin. Tokuoka, 39, was off-duty and had spent the evening there before leaving with his wife and two children, Martin said.
Soon after they left, Martin heard two shots. Wallace was knocked down, and Tokuoka told his wife and children to get away and then he was shot as well, said Martin, who believes his son-in-law was trying to help the fallen officer.
Wallace, 32, was on-duty at the time of the shooting. It was unclear why he was in the area. Wallace died during surgery in Juneau and Tokuoka died at a clinic in the Native village, according to Martin.
“The whole town’s in shock,” he said Sunday. “I’ve been getting calls all day. It’s a bad situation.”
Martin said his home is just a block and a half from Marvin’s. He didn’t know why the officers were ambushed but said police have had run-ins with Marvin in the past. He said Marvin lives alone.
Bob Prunella, acting administrator in Hoonah, said the deaths leave the Tlingit community with just two full-time officers – the police chief and a trainee. He said the southeast Alaska town of Wrangell sent some officers to help out as needed.
Wallace was originally from Ohio and one of the few hearing-impaired officers in the nation, according to officials at Rochester Institute of Technology in upstate New York, where he attended the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. He also was a wrestler and was inducted into the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.
He first joined the Hoonah police force in 2006, left after seven months and then rejoined in 2008. He served as the small department’s evidence officer, and was recently designated as a breath-test maintenance technician.
According to the law enforcement networking website http://www.usacops.com, Tokuoka was a former Marine Corps staff sergeant who served in special operations. The Hawaii native had been with the department since spring 2009.
The woman, who is a family member of a Delta employee, arrived at the Delta Technical Operations Center just after 2 p.m. armed with a handgun, according to police. The woman sat in her car at the security gate until she was confronted by an officer, police told Channel 2′s Ryan Young.
“The individual did come onto airport property, into the employee parking lot with a gun. We responded and shots were fired,” said Lt. Tina Daniel with Clayton County police. Police would not identify the woman but did say there had been some family violence prior to the woman’s arrival at the parking lot.
“This had nothing to do with Delta Airlines. Again the airport is safe, there is no reason for anyone to be concerned about their safety. Flights are going as usual,” said Daniel.
Delta Airlines spokeswoman Susan Elliot released a statement. “Delta is cooperating with authorities in their investigation of what appears to be a domestic situation involving a shooting that occurred near the Delta Technical Operations Center security entrance. No Delta employees were injured in this incident. As part of Delta’s Employee Assistance Program, confidential and free counseling is available for all Delta employees,” said Elliot.
Elsa DeGraffenried, a manager at Keys Armored Express, told Key West police that a bag containing $2,915.72 from Office Depot in Key Largo was missing after the two employees, one age 54 and the other age 45, picked it up on Aug. 17.
A police report says DeGraffenried reported that the two men picked up seven bags of cash overall from Office Depot, mile marker 99.6, and were to put the bags in Keys Armored Express’ vault at 1517 Dennis St. in Key West.
On Aug. 18, one of the suspects was tasked with taking the seven bags, plus 24 others full of cash, to a Wachovia Bank receiving center in Miami. But when he arrived at that center, DeGraffenreid told police, there were only 30 bags delivered, not the 31 expected.
DeGraffenried told police there’s no log book for contents of the vault, so she doesn’t know if the missing cash even made it to the vault from Office Depot.
Collier County Fla Aug 30 2010 A 25-year-old Golden Gate man faces a charge of possessing child pornography.
A Collier County sheriff’s deputy went to the Whitestone Group, 1035 Collier Center Way, North Naples, where a company executive told him he suspected that Shelton Berger, a company security officer, had pornography on his company laptop computer.
The Whitestone executive told the deputy he had looked at the computer and found images and videos of what appeared to be underage children.
The deputy said he found 12 explicit videos containing younger than 12 in in sex acts, including but not limited to sex acts with adults, alone, or with each other.
He then arrested Berger at 6 p.m. Friday. Berger, of the 1800 block of 42nd Terrace Southwest, was charged with obscene material-promoting a photo or movie containing a sex performance by a child.
Washington DC Aug 30 2010 A D.C. Superior Court jury ruled that senior police officials, including Chief Cathy L. Lanier, violated the District’s whistleblower act when they suspended a police officer in 2005 after he informed city officials that the department allegedly brokered an illegal deal to provide security for the Gallery Place entertainment area downtown.
The jury ruled Thursday that officer Sean McLaughlin was wrongly suspended after he alerted the mayor’s office and the D.C. Council that the department had brokered a deal to make officers available to provide security in the area, after the department had rejected requests by McLaughlin and other officers to supply off-duty security in the same neighborhood.
Citing the District’s Whistleblower Protection Act, the jury sided with McLaughlin, saying Lanier wrongly disciplined him. In 2005, the police union and nine officers filed a class-action suit against Lanier and the department, arguing that the officers were wrongfully punished for the disclosure.
Last year, Judge Judith E. Retchin dismissed the claim filed by six of the officers. But the jury found Thursday that the three remaining officers — McLaughlin, Duane Fowler and Martin Freeman — had alerted officials of the department’s wrongdoing, constituting whistleblowing. In March 2005, Freeman was terminated and McLaughlin and Freeman were suspended.
According to the complaint, the officers submitted their off-duty security requests for Gallery Place in October 2004. A month later, while the officers were waiting for supervisors to approve their requests, the department brokered its own security deal with Gallery Place officials, the complaint alleges.
But D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles said no such deal was brokered by the department.
“This was a bogus allegation,” Nickles said, adding that the lawsuit was a “waste of union member funds.”
Department officials said the officers had started working the off-duty security job without department approval when they notified their supervisors, which was the cause of their suspension and termination.
Still, while union attorneys were able to prove that McLaughlin’s suspension was directly linked to whistleblowing, attorneys were not able to prove such a case for Freeman and Fowler. Using the two officers’ personnel files, D.C. attorneys convinced the nine civil jurors that their being disciplined would have occurred without whistleblowing, based on their prior departmental infractions.
Calls to the Fraternal Order of Police were referred to the union’s attorney, Anthony Conti. Calls and an e-mail to Conti requesting comment were not returned.
In its verdict, the jury said McLaughlin should be awarded $6,800 in lost wages and $6,000 in punitive damages. Lanier said the department plans to challenge the jury’s verdict.
“There is no evidence in the record to support this conclusion,” she said in a statement.
Valley Al. Aug 30 2010 Police tell News Leader 9 a man caused quite a scene at Walmart.
Police were called around 11:30 p.m. Thursday to assist paramedics as they tried to calm down a combative patient in front of Walmart off Highway 29 in Valley, AL.
Twenty-five-year-old Terrell Glasco of Lanett reportedly assaulted a paramedic as they were en route to the hospital.
The paramedic told police he was struck several times in the head and arms, then knocked to the floor of the ambulance. After the assault, Glasco ran from the ambulance into Walmart.
Officers tried to confront Glasco as he was coming out of Walmart, but he ran back inside. That’s when officers say the chased Glasco in the store — running down several isles.
When officers caught up with him, he allegedly refused to comply at which point an officer stunned him with a taser – not once, but twice.
Once officers were able to restrain Glasco, he was transported to the hospital for observation.
After Glasco was examined and released into the custody of police, he reportedly became combative again and started to fight officers who were trying to restrain him.
During this fight, a Valley officer says Glasco struck him in the face.
Following the incident, Glasco was transported to the Chambers County Detention Facility. He was charged with two counts of assault, resisting arrest, public intoxication and disorderly conduct.
Buffalo NY Aug 30 2010 Some concert goers are probably wishing they had backed down when confronted by authorities Saturday night, following a concert by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at Darien Lake.
Genesee County sheriff’s deputies made more than 30 arrests — including several that involved physical confrontations with either Darien Lake security or sheriff’s deputies.
One of the arrests involved a Brockport man who allegedly punched a deputy in the face.
Adam J. Phillips, 28, was charged with second-degree assault. He’s also accused of injuring the deputy’s hand.
Phillips tried to enter the seating section of the concert several times during the show without the appropriate ticket, deputies said.
When deputies went to arrest him, he fled and upon being apprehended he punched the deputy in the face. He faces additional charges of trespass and resisting arrest and was taken to county jail on $5,000 bail.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have a hit song, “I Won’t Back Down,” that they frequently play during concert stops.
Other fans who appeared to have taken the anthem too far Saturday:
* Sarah J. Cooper, 19, and Matthew J. Pasternak, 20, both of Amherst, also were accused of struggling and fighting with arresting officers.
Deputies said Cooper allegedly kicked a corrections officer and a security guard while she was being processed prior to her arraignment in Darien Court. She was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, resisting arrest and second-degree harassment.
After allegedly fighting with deputies, Pasternak also was accused of kicking an emergency medical technician who tried to treat him for minor abrasions.
* A father and son from Lockport were accused of fighting with Darien Lake security as they walked from the concert to the campgrounds. Charged with disorderly conduct were James R. Ross Sr., 49, and James R. Ross, 25. Both men were arraigned and taken to jail on $200 bail.
* Myles D. Macleod, 22, of Akron, was charged with disorderly conduct after he allegedly threatened a sheriff’s deputy in the concert venue area.
* Tyler N. Taylor, 25, of Welland, Ont., and Jonathan Raymond, 21, address unknown, were charged with trespass after allegedly refusing to leave the parking lot despite being instructed to do so by authorities multiple times.
In addition, deputies charged a Buffalo teenager and a Dunkirk man with possessing psilocybin, commonly known as mushrooms, with the intent to sell them.
Joseph W. Kulig Jr., 17, of Buffalo, and Brett A. Tofil, 27, of Dunkirk, were taken to county jail on $5,000 bail and charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Tofil also received a weapons charge when deputies found a set of brass knuckles on him.
Also, a Lancaster woman, Sara N. Rogers, 24, of Country Place, was charged with unlawfully dealing with a child after allegedly providing alcohol to minors. Twenty others concert goers under 21 years old — the legal drinking age, who were charged with possession of alcohol.
Portland police said they arrested Mary Volm, 56, at about 10:15 p.m. in Washington Park.
The Portland Water Bureau security guard called 911 and said the woman was agitated and picking fights with witnesses, police said.
Officers said they arrested Volm at the scene on suspicion of reckless driving and DUII.
Volm is running against Dan Saltzman for a place on the City Council. She’s expected in court Monday.
Omaha NE Aug 30 2010 Police in Omaha, Nebraska, said Saturday they were investigating a shooting outside the same mall where a gunman killed eight people nearly three years ago.
An off-duty police officer working security at Westroads Mall was chasing two shoplifting suspects when they hit him with their car, Omaha Police Officer Michael Pecha said. The off-duty officer then fired on the vehicle, striking one of the shoplifting suspects.
The off-duty officer and the suspect were transported to Creighton University Medical Center. The officer was in serious condition and the suspect was in critical condition Saturday night, Pecha said.
The shooting occurred just before 7 p.m. (8 p.m. ET), Pecha said.
In December 2007, a 19-year-old gunman killed eight people and himself at the same mall.
Shaley McKeever, a hostess at the P.F. Chang’s China Bistro there, said she panicked when she heard that the mall was under lockdown Saturday night.
“We had a few people calling in saying they couldn’t come in through the parking lot because police had blocked all the entrances,” she said.
Aventura Fla Aug 30 2010 The line leading to the AMC 24 Theaters at the Aventura Mall stretched from the box office to the nearby mall entrance Saturday, as a noisy crowd of teens had gathered to buy tickets to two movies opening that night.
A fight soon broke out between two youths near the box office, spiraling into a mass brawl that spread to the theater, across the mall and to the parking lots.
“There was a fight at `Lottery Ticket,’ and they evacuated an entire aisle of the theater,” said Luis Chiu, 17, a twelfth-grader at North Miami Senior High. “Then the fight continued outside, so the cops took over. It wasn’t pretty.”
The melee erupted at about 10 p.m. and ended with the arrest of 12 minors, all between the ages of 14 and 17, according to Aventura police. At least three suspects were arrested for battery on a police officer and resisting arrest with violence.
Most of the minors were released to their parents. Those charged with felonies were taken to a Juvenile Assessment Center.
No one was seriously hurt in the fight or the rush to the exits, though some officers received minor injuries while trying to make arrests, said Aventura police spokesman Chris Goranitis.
Officers used Taser guns on several suspects. While witnesses reported hearing what they thought were gun shots in the parking lot, Aventura police determined there was none fired during the incident.
While police have not said what caused the fight, WPLG Channel 10 interviewed witnesses who said that it may have been sparked by two rival high school groups.
The scene was chaotic: As the fighting spread, several hundred people, many of them screaming, fled the theater at once, running from the concession stand area and knocking over the rope barriers by the exits.
Police directed the crowd outside the theater to exit the building, but initially did not let anyone leave the area by the parking lot outside the mall. Aventura police received assistance from the police departments of North Miami Beach, Golden Beach, Sunny Isles Beach and Miami-Dade County.
Niouseline St. Jean, 17, of Miami, was part of the crowd that was kept outside the mall, near the Cheesecake Factory, for about 30 minutes.
“All these middle and high school kids were fighting,” she wrote at the time in a text message. “Everything is on lockdown.”
This is not the first time crowd control has been an issue at the AMC in the Aventura Mall.
In January 2005, an off-duty Aventura officer was trying to remove a group of kids he said were causing trouble in the theater. The officer said he was jumped by other teens, and by the time it was over, the police had used Taser stun guns against four youths. Nine juveniles and two adults were arrested.
Goranitis said the police and mall management will meet with the theater to come up with a plan to prevent incidents like Saturday’s from happening again.
There is already a robust police and security presence at the mall.
The Aventura police maintains a nine-officer unit on the property, which is mostly funded by the company that runs the mall, Turnberry Associates.
“Aventura Mall has a comprehensive security program in place, which includes off-duty Aventura Police Department officers and a sophisticated CCTV system,” Aventura Mall general manager Oscar Pacheco said in a statement. “We will continue working with the police and AMC Theaters regarding the incident.”
On Sunday, the Aventura Mall was crowded, as usual. Some people indicated they were worried about security near the theater.
“Security is an issue there and it’s going to drive people away,” said Amy Scharf, 37, of Aventura.
Seth Kaplan, 42, also of Aventura, agreed.
“I usually avoid the mall at nights,” he said. “I do think that these fighting issues are going to cause other people to stop going to the movies, but I was already concerned before this. The movies are dangerous in the evening.”
Other frequent mall shoppers were not as concerned.
“I’m still going to go to Aventura Mall,” said Lauren Ovadia, 17, of Davie. “There is going to be fights everywhere. Things happen.”
Mauicio Diocis, 20, of Aventura, said that while he was concerned about the incident, he still thinks the mall is best option in the area.
“When I heard about the fights it was really surprising, because Aventura is such a nice place,” he said.