In a message to the campus, Ginger Ambler, vice president for Student Affairs, said a student found the body of Whitney L. Mayer at the lake and notified campus police.
Mayer, from Plano, Tex., was a Sharpe Scholar, one of the more prestigious awards given to students for a combination of academics and community engagement.
Ambler said Mayer had “tremendous academic talent” and that faculty describe her as “having a particular passion for biodiversity and for exploring the relationship between the environment and quality of life issues”.
Mayer was undeclared, but most of her coursework exhibited a commitment to the environment. Her father, Jeffrey Mayer, is a 1978 W&M graduate and vice president and CFO of Club Corp.
Ambler said counselors and members of her staff have offeres assistance to those closest to Mayer. The Counseling Center remained open throughout the day Friday for anyone in need of a counselor.
“William and Mary is a very close-knit community and we care about one another,” Ambler wrote. “A tragedy like this surely affects all of us.”
HILLSBORO, Ore.Oct 19 2010 – A rapist went berserk in a Washington County courtroom last week and it was all caught on a surveillance camera.
Felix Espinoza Quiroz started to yell while his accuser was testifying in his trial. Then, he suddenly flipped over the table he was sitting at and it took three deputies to subdue him.
Quiroz’ trial wrapped up last Friday and he was convicted of several sex abuse charges after the court outburst. He has not yet been sentenced.
Manchester OH Oct 19 2010 Security officers operating on a routine search of employee vehicles for possible drugs found more than what they bargained for.
Sheriff Dwayne Wenninger reports that his office was contacted by Anderson Security, a private company hired by the Dayton Power &Light Company in Manchester asking for assistance of a drug dog and officer.
Anderson Security made arrangements with the Brown County Sheriff’s Office for K-9 Units to perform a drug search of the DP&L parking lot. The business is located on U.S. Route 52 in Adams County, however the Adams County Sheriff’s Office did not have a K-9 Unit available to perform the search at that time.
The Brown County Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of two additional K-9 Units from the Maysville, KY and Ripey, OH Police Departments.
On Monday, October 11, 2010 the DP&L parking lot was searched by four K-9 Units on the request of company representatives.
The K-9 Units indicated “hits” on a few of the vehicles. The owners of the vehicles were called out of the plant on an individual basis for questioning.
The K-9 Units found a substantial amount of marijuana inside three vehicles. Deputies from the Adams
County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and evidence was turned over to their agency.
Charges are pending in Adams County against the individuals involved.
Management at the Dayton Power & Light Company indicated that they have a zero tolerance for drug abuse and appreciated the assistance the K-9 Units were able to provide.
As a result of the search, seven employees were discharged immediately from employment by DP&L Management for either having drugs in their vehicles and/or their refusal to submit to a mandatory drug test.
Those employees and others will be charged with criminal offenses as soon as arrest warrants are secured by the sheriff’s department.
Myrtle Beach SC Oct 19 2010 Two North Carolina women were arrested on child endangerment charges after police learned they tried to drive away from Broadway at the Beach with a 2-year-old child in the vehicle, according to a police report.
Myrtle Beach police arrested Miranda Nicole Pittman, 24, and Megan Michelle McQuay, 26, both of Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., after security guards called police about 6 p.m. Saturday to the parking lot near Ripley’s Aquarium, police said.
Pittman was charged with public intoxication and child endangerment while McQuay was charged with driving with unlawful alcohol content and child endangerment, according to the report. Police noted both women were intoxicated.
Friday afternoon, Stephens County deputies picked up Christyn Raincrow, a former band instructor at Empire Public Schools.
She was charged with second-degree rape by instrumentation and forcible sodomy of a 17-year-old female student.
“We were notified by school officials at Empire Schools that they had concerns that a teacher had been involved inappropriately with some of the students,” said Sheriff Wayne McKinney with the Stephens County Sheriff’s Department.
Raincrow, 28, denies having a relationship with a student.
Court records allege while working at the school Raincrow “…asked the victim to come to the band room after a basketball game, locked the door and began kissing the victim” and that “…sexual contact occurred numerous times at the school until the victim graduated…” in 2009.
Records also claim Raincrow “…threatened to kill herself if the victim didn’t tell her family she was in love with her.”
Raincrow resigned at the end of this past school year, leaving lawmen with concerns for several months.
“If in fact we had someone that could possibly be a predator that could go to work in another school district, it concerned us a little bit, and that’s one of the reasons we wanted to expedite the case on through,” McKinney said.
“There might have been some victims that didn’t come forward and there might still be some victims out there.”
NewsChannel 4 was able to get a statement from Empire School Superintendent Vicki Davison.
She said the school always puts the safety of the students first.
The statement also read “We have cooperated fully with law enforcement and appreciate the professional handling of a difficult situation. We fully support the Stephen’s County Sheriff’s Department, the OSBI and the district attorney.”
Guadalupe Garcia, 32, was taken into custody at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the store, located at the 300 block of Morrison Road, and was charged with robbery and resisting arrest, police records show.
On Thursday morning, a municipal judge reduced the robbery charge to felony theft and set bail at $20,000.
According to police reports, Garcia is accused of removing a DVD player, which was valued at $119, from its box and stuffing it inside his pants while hiding the cables and accessories in his pant pockets.
The police report states that when a security guard tied to stop Garcia near the exit of the store, he pushed the guard into a window while trying to flee. The guard was able to grab Garcia by the leg and struggled with him until a store customer assisted the guard in pinning down the suspect and handcuffing him.
Lubbock Oct 19 2010 United Supermarkets officials are investigating a security guard’s use of force after a confrontation between the guard and a 15-year-old high school student Thursday afternoon in front of a Central Lubbock store.
It wasn’t the first time the guard and teen have had problems, according to United officials, who also said the teen’s parole officer came to the store after the incident.
The confrontation resulted in the security guard, a 20-year veteran of the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office, using his entire body to hold the male Monterey High student on a sidewalk for about eight minutes as shoppers passed by.
One shopper told the security guard to stop during the incident that happened just before 2 p.m. in front of the Market Street at 50th Street and Indiana Avenue, according to an Avalanche-Journal photographer who was at the store covering an unrelated story.
Thursday’s confrontation started when the 15-year-old, smoking a cigarette, walked into the grocery store’s northeast entrance, said Todd Reynolds, director of loss prevention for the Lubbock-based United Supermarkets chain.
The teen had just passed through the second set of motion-activated doors when the security guard approached and escorted him out of the building, citing smoking as a violation of the store’s policy.
“Outside the building (the teen) became verbally abusive to the people around him,” Reynolds said.
The teen was yelling profane words and “causing a scene,” United spokesman Eddie Owens said, citing police, witnesses and the guard.
Reynolds said the security guard then left the store and attempted to bring the teen back into the building to issue him a trespassing notice.
That’s when the situation became physical, Owens and Reynolds said.
Both said the security guard and teen participated in a physical altercation, but would not say if they believed the security guard was acting unprofessionally or was at fault.
Security camera footage of the altercation, because it was shot from a distance, did not provide an adequate perspective to determine everything that happened during the incident, they said.
An A-J photo shows the guard using his forearm to press the teen’s head to the sidewalk.
Several other Market Street employees soon were supervising the altercation, with the store’s director calling police.
The guard and teen were back in the building by the time police arrived. Also arriving at the scene were the teen’s mother and parole officer, Owens said.
Both Owens and Reynolds on Thursday said they were not sure if the teen had been arrested and would not release his name due to his age.
Owens said the guard received several scrapes and, though not aware of any injuries the teen may have suffered, said neither person was hospitalized.
The guard, who has worked for the store for 1 years, was armed with a handgun because he’s a certified peace officer, Reynolds said.
Thursday’s confrontation wasn’t the first unfriendly encounter between the guard and the teen, Owens said.
The teen within the past several weeks has had more than one face-to-face confrontation with the guard, at one point ripping a $1 bill apart in front of the guard’s face, Owens said.
Past incidents and the teen’s alleged verbal abuse of the guard alone wouldn’t have warranted the guard’s use of force against the teen, he said.
Owens said store officials planned to continue investigating the altercation.
“We’re certainly looking into the incident, and we haven’t made a decision one way or the other,” he said.
The Lubbock police desk on Thursday would not release information about the incident.
About 8:45 p.m. Sunday, a Disneyland security guard found an injured man lying on the ground near the southwest corner of the Mickey & Friends parking structure near Walnut Street and Magic Way, said Anaheim police Sgt. Rick Martinez.
The six-story Mickey and Friends parking structure, shown here, serves the Disneyland Resort. An injured man, who later died, was found near the parking structure Sunday night.
The man, believed to be in his 40s or 50s, did not have identification on him, but he had a suicide note, Martinez said.
The Orange County coroner is trying to identify the man. Friends and family of the man have not been located, he said.
There was no evidence of foul play, Martinez said.
Atlanta GA Oct 19 2010 The armored car robbery at DeKalb Medical Center last week was an inside job, the FBI said Monday.
The FBI said a Loomis employee, Oklevibus Thornton, 28, of Atlanta, was one of the armed men who robbed a Loomis armored car about 11 a.m. Wednesday in the hospital’s loading dock area. The men fled in a U-Haul truck.
DeKalb County police stopped Thornton in a U-Haul truck a short time later, at a nearby gas station on North Decatur Road. But an accomplice, believed to be driving a “switch” vehicle, escaped and remains at large, the FBI said.
Loomis has authorized a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of “additional individuals” responsible for the robbery, which netted an undisclosed amount of money.
Thornton was scheduled to make a federal court appearance Monday in Atlanta.
Anyone with information on the case is urged to call the FBI at 404-679-9000