GREENVILLE, S.C. Oct 5 2010 (AP) – An attorney has been charged with taking more than $45,000 from the account of a special tax district that oversees a Greenville community.
The Greenville News reported that 43-year-old Christopher Blakeslee Roberts was charged Friday with writing checks to himself from the account of the Chanticleer Community Commission in 2009 and 2010.
Roberts’ attorney Andrew MacKenzie says all the money that authorities allege was taken has been paid back.
Roberts had served as chairman of the commission that administers a tax fund to provide security, litter control and maintenance of entrances in the neighborhood.
The state Supreme Court suspended Roberts’ law license last month.
Washington DC Oct 5 2010 An armored car driver shot a young man who tried to run off with a bag of cash, D.C. police said.
The incident happened around 1 p.m. Monday in the Brentwood neighborhood in Northeast Washington.
“The suspect tried to grab the money bag, and the guard ended up shooting the suspect,” Officer Tisha Gant said.
Police said a Dunbar armored truck pulled in front of Shoe City at 1060 Brentwood Ave. for a cash drop-off. The guard went inside and placed the money bag on the counter. The suspect came up, quickly snatched the bag and ran, police said.
The guard gave chase and fired his weapon, police said, apparently striking the suspect in the lower leg.
The suspect collapsed in the parking lot about 50 feet from the store. The young man was bleeding a great deal from his wound, Gant said, but he was conscious and breathing. He was taken to a hospital.
On Wednesday evening, police had not said whether the suspect had a weapon. Police and FBI agents were still investigating.
Armored car robberies are not uncommon in the District.
¥ Three weeks ago, an armored truck guard was shot in the face during an armed robbery outside a Popeyes restaurant in Southeast Washington. The guard was rushed to the hospital by his partner and was in critical condition. He remains alive.
¥ Early last month, a Brinks armored truck guard was charged with robbing the vehicle she was driving. Police said she helped two gunmen in the heist outside a Wendy’s restaurant in Northeast Washington. The robbers made off with $600,000. Under police questioning, the driver told police that an acquaintance threatened to kill her if she did not help with robbery but that she would receive some of the stolen money if she helped.
¥ In June, an armored truck guard was robbed at gunpoint by two males who had been walking in the 1400 block of 14th Street NW.
¥ In May, armed robbers took money from an armored vehicle in a parking lot in the 600 block of Rhode Island Avenue NE, then fled in a vehicle
Source: Washington Examiner
The decomposed body of man was found in the backseat of a minivan parked in the garage of a South Loop building Monday afternoon.
An overwhelming odor caused a security officer to call police and about 1 p.m. Officers found the body in the backseat of an Oldsmobile minivan parked in the garage on the 6th floor of the building at 1255 S. Michigan Ave., according to Chicago Police Central District Capt. Joseph Vaclavik.
The “totally decomposed” body was pronounced dead on the scene at 2:15 pm., according to a spokesman for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
Authorities have not gone into the van yet as of 3:30 p.m. so it was not immediately known if there were signs of trauma to the body which may have been there since Aug. 18, when a security camera captured footage of the van entering the lot.
The van is registered to an East Peoria, Ill. man, who has an outstanding robbery warrant, but it was not known as of 3:45 p.m. who the man is, according to the captain.
An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.
SUFFOLK, Va.Oct 5 2010 – Suffolk police are looking for three suspects accused of robbing the Courtyard Marriott located in the 8000 block of Harbour View Boulevard last week.
Police say two of the suspects were armed when one of them pointed a gun at the clerk. Another suspect held the security guard at gunpoint. The suspects then forced the clerk to open the cash drawer and got away in a vehicle of unknown description.
The first suspect, who police say did not appear to be armed, was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a black face covering, black pants, white gloves, black shoes with white edges and shoelaces.
The second suspect was armed with a handgun and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black face covering, blue/gray faded jeans, black ball cap, black gloves, and a red bandanna hanging out of the right rear jean pocket.
The third suspect also had a handgun and was wearing a black short sleeve shirt with writing/emblem on the front left chest area, black ball cap with writing/emblem on the front and black afro-type hair poking from under it approximately 2 inches, multi-colored bandanna covering his face, blue jeans, white/gray gloves, and dark colored shoes.
Police are interested in speaking with a male subject who entered the hotel about 20 minutes before the incident occurred. That subject is described as a black male with black close-cut short hair, wearing a black jacket with a white t-shirt, blue jeans, and dark shoes, entered the business and inquired about room rates. He also took a cookie from a covered plate using a napkin to lift the cover.
If you can help police identify the suspects or know anything that could help police in this case call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
Lloyd Stace Williams, 38, was flying Sunday morning, when TSA agents found his personal gun and magazine.
Denver Police took Williams into custody and FBI agents interrogated him.
After two hours of questioning, and confiscating the gun, Williams was allowed to rebook his travel plans, according to Department of Homeland Security Spokesman Luis Casanova.
Williams is not facing charges, according to Denver FBI spokesman Dave Joly.
“The FBI investigated this matter and consulted with the United States Attorney’s Office, which declined prosecution,” Joly said in an emailed statement.
Jeff Dorschner, a spokesman with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Denver declined comment.
“He was going out of town on personal time and he was visiting family,” said Gilpin County Sheriff’s Department Spokeswoman Cherokee Blake.
Blake said Williams has served as a deputy for 13 years, and said he may face internal discipline when he returns from his personal time.
Last month, Denver Police arrested 44-year-old James Mueller and his teenage daughter after agents found a gun in his daughter’s purse at DIA.
The Denver District Attorney’s Office charged Mueller with unlawfully providing or permitting a juvenile to possess a handgun and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. His daughter was charged with possession of a handgun by a juvenile.
Kerry Harrison was a volunteer at Clark Middle School in East St. Louis District 189 when the incident happened, Illinois State Police Lt. Jim Morrisey said.
Harrison was booked in the St. Clair County Jail on a charge of distribution of harmful material.
His gun and cell phone were confiscated by police while Harrison was at East St. Louis Senior High School just before a parade Saturday morning.
Harrison was being held in the county jail in lieu of $15,000 bail
The call for police assistance came in at about 2:18 in the morning on Sunday from the 4600 block of San Bernardo Avenue in north Laredo.
The caller reported an altercation between a security guard and an armed suspect at a restaurant. When police arrived they took into custody an off duty federal agent identified as Javier Torres. Torres was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest.
Torres was taken to the Webb County jail.
According to reports, on September 20th at 10 p.m., a Ford F250 pulled up to the front gate of Copper Oaks with two men inside. The passenger was leaning outside the truck with the gate remote trying to get the gate to open.
The security guard attempted to speak to the driver and passenger to get ID, but was ignored, reports said.
When the gate didn’t open, the driver of the F250 drove between the two gates, knocking both off their hinges, reports said.
The security guard told deputies he was standing in the exit lanes when the F250 came through a few minutes later. He said the truck nearly ran him over as it exited without stopping, reports said.
The security guard got a partial license plate on the truck and deputies located a suspect, Frank Dean Messana, reports said.
When the security guard was shown Messana’s picture, he positively identified him as the man who drove through the gates, reports said.
The guard said he remembered the man because he had gone through the gate earlier in the day and had flashed his fire commissioner’s badge to get in, reports said.
Damage to the gates was estimated at $1424.40.
Messena was located and arrested. He has been charged with one count of criminal mischief over $1,000.
Source:NBC News 2