IRVINGTON NJ Oct 2 2010 — Sharonda Wilson, the Irvington High School teacher charged with killing her live-in boyfriend on Thursday, told police that stabbed him once in the heart with a kitchen knife following a dispute after he accused her of being unfaithful, according to investigators.
Wilson, 31, faces murder charges in the death of Erik Stubblefield, 38, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said.
“She said he was upset with her,” after he confronted her with his suspicions that she was cheating on him, said Irvington police Lt. Tracy Bowers.
Although Wilson told Stubblefield that his suspicions were baseless, “the confrontation got physical and her charged her,” Bowers said Wilson told investigators. “She then used a knife to defend herself.”
Police, responding to a 911 call from Wilson at 2:23 p.m. Thursday, found Stubblefield in the Headley Terrace apartment he had shared with Wilson for about a year, prosecutor’s office spokeswoman Katherine Carter said.
Medical personnel tried to revive him, but Stubblefield was pronounced dead at the scene just before 3 p.m.
Wilson was also charged with weapons offenses. She was being held at the Essex County Correctional Facility today in lieu of $250,000 bail. Her attorney could not be reached.
Wilson has taught video and audio production at Irvington High School since 2007. The school board president, Paul Inman, said the district went into crisis mode on Friday morning, making sure that counselors were on hand for students who wanted or needed them.
“It’s still a tragedy. It’s two families destroyed. Everyone is praying for her and for the other family,” said Inman, who went to the Clinton Avenue campus on Friday morning.
Authorities said they had little information about Stubblefield. Bowers said Stubblefield was also thought to be a Middletown, Del., resident.
On Thursday evening, people who gathered outside the white, two-story two-family residence where the couple lived said they never heard shouting or fighting coming from the house.
“If they were arguing, they were real discreet,” said Kevin Thelusma, 20, who lives across the street.
Jeffrey Smith, 21, who took Wilson’s audio and video class his senior year, said the revelation was shocking.
“She was nice,” said Smith, who lives down the street from Wilson on Headley Terrace. “She was cool.”
Levon Pierre, 26, said he didn’t have Wilson as a teacher when he attended the high school, but said that she made it a point to say hello in the hallway and ask students how they were doing, both academically and personally.
“She’s a good person,” he said. “She cares about people.”
One suspect was caught, but at least two others believed to be armed were on the loose after they crashed their getaway car and fled on foot.
Several schools in the area were put on lockdown. The neighborhood was sealed off and teams of officers with dogs conducted searches. A sheriff’s helicopter also flew above the area of the bank.
“They are armed and very, very dangerous,” said FBI Special Agent Michael Leverock of the suspects still at large after the robbery around noon at the Bank of America in Miramar.
Authorities haven’t released the name of the slain armored truck guard who worked for Brinks. The guard was heading toward the armored truck when he was approached by two men, Leverock said.
Leverock said that the guard was robbed and shot and killed on scene. A second guard was not injured, he said.
Brinks is offering a $75,000 reward to anyone who comes forward with information leading to the arrest of the remaining suspects. The reward offer is only good for 10 days.
Authorities wouldn’t say how much money was stolen.
PLYMOUTH MA OCT 2 2010 — Security guards at the Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Plymouth are prepared to go out on strike at midnight tonight if they are unable to reach an agreement with the company on a new contract.
The two sides are at odds over staffing levels and a proposal to increase health insurance costs, said Jonathan Brain, president of United Government Security Officers of America Local 25.
Management has brought in supervisors from out-of-state plants owned by Pilgrim owner Entergy Corp. to staff the plant after the guards’ contract expires at midnight.
“We’re calling it our contingency plan,” Pilgrim spokesman David Tarantino said. “We’re still hopeful we can come to an agreement.”
The Braintree-based Utility Workers Union of America Local 369, a union that represents 325 workers at the power plant, called on Gov. Deval Patrick and Attorney General Martha Coakley to step in and ensure the plant’s safety.
“If Entergy believes it can bring in any old group of workers, give them a crash course in nuclear security in an age of terrorism, and then think Pilgrim will be magically secure, then this company is deluded,” said David Leonardi, president of Local 369.
About 140 members of Local 25 are covered by the contract that’s expiring, Leonardi said. For security reasons, the exact number of guards who work at any given time at the plant isn’t disclosed, he said.
Brain said the replacement workers will only amount to half of the plant’s normal security force.
“They’ve brought in underqualified replacements that don’t live up to Pilgrim standards,” Brain said. “They don’t have site-specific knowledge on how to really keep the plant safe.”
Tarantino said the replacements have completed their training and obtained licenses to carry firearms in Massachusetts.
Guards have complained about declining working conditions including an increase in mandated overtime. Officers who return from service in the armed forces are required to work additional overtime to compensate for their absence, Brain said.
The two sides met Thursday afternoon and prepared to meet again today if no agreement was reached.
The Lockheed Martin Corporation filed suit against the security guard’s employer, U.S. Security Associates Inc., on Sept. 22 in the El Dorado Division of the Western District of Arkansas.
The collision occurred on Sept. 22, 2006, while the HIMARS vehicle was being driven on Lockheed Martin’s test track. The vehicle was traveling at approximately 35 miles per hour.
Avery, an employee of U.S. Security Associates, received notice of an intrusion alarm at a building near the test track. According to court records, as she approached the intersection of the test track, she failed to stop at the stop sign that was equipped with a flashing red light.
The driver of the HIMARS vehicle attempted to avoid the security officer and swerved, but the HIMARS vehicle was impacted, causing it to roll over.
The lawsuit alleges the defendant is negligent for failing to exercise “reasonably prudent and ordinary care in driving its security vehicles.” The complaint argues the defendant was negligent for failing to heed traffic signals, crossing the test track at a high rate of speed without stopping to look for oncoming vehicles, failure to yield, and failing to adequately, properly or safely supervise its employees.
Lockheed also alleges that U.S. Security Associates breached its express and implied warranty that it would carry out its security duties in a safe and law abiding manner.
In addition, Lockheed argues that the defendant did not perform its contractual obligations, as the contract required that U.S. Security Associates comply with all applicable laws, including traffic laws.
The plaintiff is represented by Floyd M. Thomas Jr. of the El Dorado, Ark., law firm of Compton, Prewett, Thomas and Hickey, LLP.
Jury trial is requested.
U.S. District Judge Harry F. Barnes will preside over the litigation.
Case No 08cv001071
Gary K. Taylor, 71, accompanied by his attorney, Neal Fox, turned himself in to police Thursday afternoon. He was later booked into the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent for investigation of a single count of voyeurism, a Class C felony, according to Auburn police Sgt. David Colglazier.
Taylor made his first court appearance Friday afternoon in Kent and was released on his own recognizance. He has not yet been formally charged. His next court appearance is Monday. His formal arraignment is two weeks away.
Colglazier said the woman contacted college security Tuesday after she saw the camera while she was changing clothes. Investigators told KOMO News that they could see Taylor on the video tape, putting the camera on a changing room shelf.
“The instructor (allegedly) asked the woman to try on a few different outfits for a photo shoot because the college newspaper was going to do an interview with her and needed photos to accompany the story,” Colglazier said.
GRCC spokesman John Ramsey said administrators were told of the arrest.
“The college is aware of a potentially serious situation involving one of its faculty,” Ramsey said, reading from a prepared statement. “We have been and will continue to cooperate with local authorities. We respect the privacy of all parties and will keep the campus updated when appropriate. We place a high value on student safety.”
Taylor, who has been working at the college since 1967 and is the second head drama instructor the school has ever had, has no known criminal history.