BLUFFTON, SC Oct 4 2010 – A security guard was arrested in connection with a copper theft at a construction site where he patrolled.
Police were called on Sept. 3 and Sept. 9 to a construction site at 12 Pettigrew Plantation Rd. in Palmetto Bluff Plantation on a report that copper tubing had been stolen. In the first incident, more than $800 worth of copper was stolen and more than $2,000 worth of copper was taken the second time.
Police said Jerrod Chisolm, 29, of Bluffton, who worked a security guard with Norred & Associates at Palmetto Bluff Plantation, stole the copper.
Chisolm was charged with petit larceny with the first incident and grand larceny for the second incident. The copper tubing was sold at a metal scrap yard in Savannah and was not recovered, according to police.
Chisolm was taken to the Beaufort County Detention Center where he awaits a bond hearing.
New York City NY Oct 4 2010 A drunk off-duty corrections officer openly carrying a handgun was shot in the arm by police early this morning after he refused to drop his weapon, police said.
Plainclothes cops fired at Rikers Island guard Victor Hernandez, 35, at about 4 a.m. this morning after he ignored orders to relinquish the weapon and aimed it in their direction when they stopped him on 3rd Avenue, off 161st Street, police and witnesses said.
“He turned, pointed and they reacted,” a source said.
Hernandez, who aimed his loaded 9mm Glock at the badge-wearing officers, was struck in the left arm, sources said.
Hernandez was taken to Lincoln Hospital, where he was in stable condition, sources said.
Witnesses saw the corrections officer drunkenly leaving Club Legends on 161Street earlier, police said.
Investigators are looking into whether Hernandez was bounced from the bar after having a run-in with a patron’s girlfriend.
Officers caught up with him a short distance from the bar and subsequently unloaded a barrage of bullets.
“I heard many bullets, a lot of shots, which woke me up,” said resident Reyna Victoria, 36.
“I thought it was like firecrackers it was so many,” the scared resident added.
The Rikers guard, who was believed to be drunk, menacingly meandered along 161st Street with his gun in hand, prompting two frightened citizens to call 911, sources said.
Uniformed officers responded to the venue shortly after, sources said, and were told that the perpetrator fled on St. Anne’s Avenue.
At the same time, another concerned onlooker flagged down an unmarked car to report the inebriated heat-packing pedestrian, sources said.
Unmarked cars from the Bronx Boro Crime and 40th Precinct Anti-Crime units, stopped Hernandez in front of 3214 3rd Ave., sources said.
Four of the plainclothes officers – which include three police officers and a sergeant – shot at Hernandez. It is unclear how many bullets officers discharged.
It was also unclear if Hernandez would face any job-related repercussions.
“When we know more about the outcome of the police investigation and charges are filed, we’ll consider disciplinary action if it’s necessary.” said Correction spokesman Stephen Morello.
Morello said Hernandez was “authorized and qualified” to carry the weapon. Hernandez is assigned to the Otis Bantum Correction Center on Rikers Island.
PARKER, Fla. Oct 4 2010– A Panhandle area police officer has been charged with shooting his former girlfriend and dragging her body into the woods.
Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen said 43-year-old Parker Police Officer Mark Alan Bomia was arrested Saturday night and charged with murdering Anna Beach. According to an arrest report, Bomia said he went to the victim’s house to talk to her, and she attacked him. The News Herald reported that, according to an arrest affidavit, Bomia admitted shooting Beach and removing her clothes and other evidence from the scene.
Autopsy results are pending. Additional details are expected to be released at a press conference Monday.
It’s unclear if Bomia had legal counsel.
Nathaniel Moss, 31, was caught shortly after Friday’s heist after the suspects crashed their getaway car into a trash bin and ran away.
FBI Special Agent John Gillies said the suspects made several mistakes that “gave an opportunity for law enforcement to react quickly.” He would not elaborate on those mistakes or other details of the investigation.
Alejandro Nodarse Arencibia, a 48-year-old Brinks security guard, was shot and killed when two men approached him as he carried cash from the bank to an armored truck. More than two dozen agents combed the area following the shooting, sealing off a neighborhood and putting several schools on lockdown.
Authorities want to speak with 37-year-old Terrance Brown and a third unidentified man seen on surveillance video outside the bank trying to get into a waiting car, Gillies said. Another unidentified man is also believed to have been involved.
Agents said they have recovered two vehicles used in the robbery, as well as all the money taken. However, investigators won’t say how much money had been stolen.
“It’s just a senseless crime,” Gillies said. “The suspects are considered armed and very, very dangerous.”
Brinks is offering a $75,000 reward to anyone who comes forward with information leading to the arrest of the remaining suspects. The FBI announced an additional $25,000 reward Sunday.
Moss was charged with conspiracy, robbery and two firearms counts. FBI officials had no information on whether Moss had retained an attorney.
.The suit, filed two weeks ago in Fulton County Superior Court, contends that city officials colluded with Allied Barton Security Services LLC of Conshohocken, Pa., to shut out competition — even after the new company was told it won the bid.
City records show that Allied Barton has held the security contract since December 1995. Officials at the company could not be reached for comment.
John Kennedy, a spokesman for the city’s Aviation Department, said the city is aware of the claim but will not comment on ongoing litigation.
The claim echoes an eight-year legal battle in which an advertising company charged that the city had blocked it from competing for an airport contract, even though it was offering a better deal than the longtime contractor. The company won a $17.5 million judgment in July.
The defendants in that case — the city, Clear Channel Airports and its minority contractor — have appealed the verdict and are asking for a new trial.
In the new lawsuit, a Denver-based security firm, HSS Inc., says it was told by airport officials in June that it had the best bid and that it should start hiring locals and moving key staffers to Atlanta.
“They were ready to go,” said John Parker, HSS’ Atlanta attorney. “They aren’t some mom-and-pop shop. They had the winning bid and were told so. The only negotiations left were the details.”
But two months later, contrary to the city’s own rules, the promised contract was dissolved, Parker said.
“It was right out of the blue,” he said. “There was no reason given until we forced one out of them.”
The lawsuit contends that at first HSS was told it couldn’t get the contract because it didn’t have a Georgia business license. But it did have one, Parker said.
Next, Parker said, HSS was told that it didn’t get the contract because it didn’t have a certificate from the Georgia Board of Private Detective and Security Agencies.
But the city’s rules didn’t require a company to have such a document until after it gets hired, Parker said.
“And in any case, we just got our certificate today [Thursday],” Parker said. “Since that was the only concrete reason they had, we’ll offer the city a graceful exit and we’ll drop the suit if they accept our winning bid.”
The city hadn’t filed a response yet to the lawsuit.
Lubbock TX Oct 4 2010 Three red roses in a pool of blood on the red brick streets of Buddy Holly Avenue Sunday afternoon marked the spot where a Lubbock man was gunned down earlier that day.
Zachary Matta, 22, was fatally shot and several others were injured in an overnight shooting in front of a Depot District bar.
Police arrested two men — one on murder charges — following the shooting that also left five others injured early Sunday morning in front of the Daiquiri Lounge in the 2200 block Buddy Holly Avenue.
An officer on patrol observed a man, 19-year-old Renee Valencia, firing a gun at Matta about 2:30 a.m.
Sunday in front of the bar, according to Lubbock police Sgt. Thomas Mora.Matta was taken to University Medical Center and was pronounced dead Sunday morning.
The officer, who began to pursue the fleeing Valencia on foot, fired her weapon at Valencia.He escaped by driving away in a vehicle with another man, according to police.Officers responding to the scene within minutes found the vehicle westbound on 19th Street and arrested Valencia and the other man after a short pursuit that ended near the intersection of 32nd Street and Avenue N.Valencia was charged with murder.
The man police are calling his accomplice, 22-year-old Luis Valencia, was charged with evading arrest and other unrelated Lubbock Police Department warrants. Both men on Sunday night were in the Lubbock County Jail.
Four others were injured during the shooting:
■ O.C. Clark, 28, was shot in the leg and taken to University Medical Center.
■ Raymond Moldonado, 33, was shot in the leg and taken to University Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
■ Rebecca Flores, 22, was injured by unknown means and taken to UMC with non-life-threatening injuries.
■ Patrick Rodriguez, 25, was shot in the leg and taken to Covenant Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
Valencia also sustained a gunshot wound to his leg. Police Sunday still were trying to determine if it was caused by the officer’s weapon.
Matta’s sister, 17-year-old Artesea Robinson, said friends of her brother who were at the bar Saturday night said the shooting may have started as a confrontation prompted by a car burglary.She said her brother was in the bar when a friend told him two men were breaking into his pickup truck, breaking its window glass and stealing the vehicle’s radio.
Robinson said she was told her brother confronted the men in the street near his truck parked along Buddy Holly Drive.
He was walking back to the bar’s entrance when the shooter, whose car had been parked near Matta’s, drove up to Matta in his car.
The shooter opened fire, Robinson said, killing her brother and shooting at several others, including a security guard at the bar. The security guard, she said, also fired shots during the incident.
Shattered vehicle glass remained Sunday in the street in front of the bar.Avalanche-Journal calls to a number listed for the Daiquiri Lounge displayed a wrong-number message.
The bar appeared vacant Sunday afternoon and nobody answered a knock at the door.On the bar’s front door, a sign posted by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission stated the Daiquiri Lounge’s license was temporarily suspended for seven days beginning Sunday, citing “subsequent acts of violence are likely to result from the shooting, stabbing, or murder.”Robinson on Sunday afternoon said she was in disbelief about her brother’s death.“He was too good of a man to just go like that,” she said. “He was a real friendly guy.
If someone was picked on he was the one to help.”His death came just two days after his 22nd birthday.
She said the 2007 graduate of Monterey High was celebrating his birthday at the bar the night of the shooting.Robinson, who said she was not at the bar during the shooting, said she didn’t recognize either of the Valencias’ names or mugshot photos.
Avalanche-Journal phone messages at contact numbers listed for both men’s families were not returned Sunday.
Jail records list the same woman as Luis’ and Renee’s mother.Luis was convicted in 2008 on a 2007 charge of burglary of a habitation, according to Lubbock County court records.
Renee has three pending charges in Lubbock County — two charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and one charge of tampering with evidence.Police homicide investigators Sunday afternoon continued to investigate the murder and shootings.