Madison Wi Sept 24 2010 A 55-year-old Columbus man working as a security guard outside an apartment building on Dayton Street allegedly was beaten and spit upon by a young man early Sunday morning.
The attack happened at about 1:40 a.m. Sunday in the 1000 block of West Dayton Street outside the Dayton House apartments, Madison police said.
According to the police report, the security guard was hired to watch over mopeds parked on the property, since there had been vandalism problems in the past.
“The guard saw two young men twisting mirrors on mopeds while they also were trying to knock them over,” said police spokesman Joel DeSpain.
The suspect responded to the security guard by allegedly tackling him, then hitting him repeatedly in the head.
“The suspect reportedly said ‘How do you like this, you old —-,’” DeSpain said.
The suspect eventually let the security guard get up, allegedly spit on him, and left the scene.
The security guard was taken to a local hospital to get stitches and to care for two knocked-out front teeth.
The suspect was described as a white male, 19 to 21 years old, 6 feet to 6 feet 1 inches tall, 145 to 165 pounds, with short blond or brown hair worn in a buzz cut, wearing blue jeans and a blue and black checkered shirt.
Brooklyn NY Sept 24 2010 She’s been homeless, bankrupt, a robbery victim and assaulted on the job –but radiant Rikers Island guard Garina Fearon now has 54 million glorious reasons to start living la dolce vita.
The 34-year-old single mom from East New York, Brooklyn, who has endured a lifetime of hardship and poverty, told The Post she’s the mystery winner of last Friday’s Mega Millions drawing.
“I wanted a better life. I was struggling as a single parent,” a beaming Fearon said yesterday. “I’ve really come back from nothing.”
She never imagined such joy was possible when she was down to her last $25 six years ago and forced to file for bankruptcy.
Hard times struck again two years later, when burglars robbed her apart ment while she was at work guarding danger ous inmates.
Fearon, who spent part of her youth in a homeless shelter with no stable family, went on to endure sickening abuse from the monsters in her care.
“She’s had feces thrown in her face and on her uniform in the years that she’s been there,” said a fellow jail guard. “She’s a tough young lady.”
How she won is as re markable as her change of fortune.
Fearon said she bought the wrong ticket at a Sutter Ave nue bodega, where she went to play Powerball, not Mega Millions.
“I only play every six months or so,” said Fearon, who has a 16-year-old son and a 14-year-old daughter.
She held on to the ticket all weekend, and didn’t think about it until Monday, when she asked a co-worker for a newspaper. She scribbled the winning numbers on the back of an inmate pass as her shift ended.
As she waited for the bus, she made the amazing discovery.
“I was about to fold up the lottery ticket,” Fearon said. “Then I saw the numbers, and I started running from one part of the parking lot to the other screaming.”
She still hasn’t come down from her high.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do,” she said. “It’s something unexpected.”
The first thing on her “to-do” list was to talk to supervisors at the Correction Department. She said she feels too loyal to the job to let it go, even with all that money coming her way.
“I’m going to go to my job to get some days off,” Fearon said. “I don’t want to resign.”
Fearon said it was her correction career that rescued her from her financial ruin.
Her top priority is taking care of her ailing mom.
“I’m from Jamaica,” Fearon said. “I have a sick mother. She has diabetes, and I’m going to buy my mom a house in Jamaica.”
Fearon said she will take the lump-sum option, which will pay her about $30 million before taxes. Beyond that, she’s not sure what she’ll do next.
“I don’t know anything about all this kind of money,” she said.
TEMECULA CA Sept 24 2010 – A man allegedly caught carrying methamphetamine today outside the Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula was also briefly suspected of possessing a bomb until authorities verified it was only fireworks.
Edwin Jay Clausen, 30, was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of a controlled substance and possessing illegal fireworks, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
He was released from the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta on $5,000 bail.
Casino security personnel spotted Clausen and another man around 3 a.m. in a vehicle parked in the casino’s north parking structure at 45000 Pechanga Parkway, said sheriff’s Lt. Robert Moquin.
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The search also turned up “an object that presented the image of a possible destructive device,” said Moquin.
The area was immediately cordoned off, and the sheriff’s Hazardous Device Team was summoned to investigate, according to the lieutenant.
He said the all-clear was given three hours later when the suspicious package was determined to be “a bundle of fireworks.”
It is illegal to possess or light pyrotechnic devices in Riverside County, with the exception of a few locations where so-called “safe and sane” fireworks are permitted.
The man with Clausen, not identified, was not arrested.
SACRAMENTO CA Sepot 24 2010
Authorities said mall security helped take down an organized, efficient shoplifting ring at Arden Fair Mall, and have been relying on new tactics to catch other suspects.
A group of female suspects arrived to the mall in a stolen car, according to Arden Fair Mall security director Steve Reed, and quickly began making their way through stores with tag-cutters in their purse.
“It was an actual organized retail crime group,” Reed said.
Mall security in the parking lot spotted the stolen car and used surveillance footage to track the suspects inside the store, quickly rounding up and arresting the women, authorities said.
A stash of stolen clothes was found stuffed inside the trunk of the stolen car, amounting to “thousands of dollars worth of items,” Reed said.
Surveillance video helped nab another shoplifter on Tuesday, authorities said.
Harold Carter, 43, was allegedly spotted walking into the mall’s Disney store and walking out a few moments later with stolen goods.
Mall security tracked him using cameras and plainclothes security personnel as he stole from three stores in three minutes, authorities said.
Carter attempted to evade security throughout the mall when authorities moved in, Reed said.
“He went through different corridors, trying to evade them, hiding behind doors, and eventually he was apprehended outside,” Reed said.
Carter was arrested for felony burglary and violating parole.
Seattle Wa Sept 24 2010 The 37-year-old woman was walking home from her bus stop when the thief surprised her from behind and grabbed her purse off shoulder, then ran off.
Lynnwood Today reader Daniel S. saw the whole thing go down.
“I heard a female screeching repeatedly. Thinking it was just people messing around, which happens frequently there, I didn’t bother looking immediately. When I did look I saw a woman jumping and pointing down the street in the direction of Meadowdale Apartments. Then a security car bolted from the parking lot in that direction,” he told us.
The security guard caught up with the suspect and tackled him to the ground in the 4800 block of 168th Street SW. He detained him until police arrived.
“Two minutes later there were at least eight police cars by the Meadowdale Apartments,” Daniel said.
The woman wasn’t injured during the robbery. The suspect was booked into the Lynnwood Jail for second degree robbery.
Berkley CA Sept 24 2010 A police officer is out of a job and has now been arrested amid allegations that he sexually molested a 15-year-old girl.
News 4 first told you about the accusations against Dan Peterson Wednesday, but on Thursday he was released from jail until prosecutors review the case. Peterson’s former chief tells News 4′s Maggie Crane why he fired him.
Berkeley police say one of their own crossed the line.
“We’re held to a higher standard as law enforcement or even public safety,” Berkeley Police Chief Col. Frank McCall Jr. says.
Chief McCall fired rookie officer Phillip Daniel Peterson. A Ferguson mother says Peterson sexually abused her 15-year-old daughter.
“I can’t go into specifics, but I will say that there was enough documentation and enough information uncovered that warranted the decision that we made,” McCall says.
But what was uncovered internally cannot be used against him criminally.
The victim’s mother claims 27-year-old Peterson sent several inappropriate text messages and emails to her daughter. She says the two met at Risen Lord Community Church in St. Charles. While Peterson was involved with the youth group, a pastor there tells News 4 via email that Peterson was never employed by the church.
The alleged sexual abuse reportedly happened while Peterson was off duty. Tonight Peterson has been booked for statutory sodomy.
Ferguson police have been handling the criminal investigation for more than a week. A detective tells News 4 that he’ll present his case to the prosecutor for warrants on Friday, but the Berkeley chief says his decision couldn’t wait.
“Especially based on the allegations, that’s something you don’t sit on,” McCall says.
We tried to find Peterson at home.
“We’re looking for Dan or if anyone would like to comment on his behalf to get the other side of the story,” Reporter Maggie Crane asks the woman who answered the door.
“We don’t have any comment, and he’s not here,” she replied.
We left a card for Peterson and his attorney.