CHICO CA Oct 20 2010 — A doorman at Franky’s, 506 Ivy St., had a gun pulled on him outside the restaurant Saturday morning as he and other security personnel attempted to break up a fight in the parking lot.
Police were in the area for bar closings and ran over to the parking lot as the fight was beginning, about 2:15 a.m. They found the suspect, Paradise resident Elisander Camerena Hernandez, 26, allegedly pointing a handgun at the victim.
As officers approached Hernandez, demanding that he drop the firearm, the suspect took a few steps back and put the handgun into his waistband.
He walked a few more steps from the officers, then followed commands to get on the ground.
A loaded handgun and an extra magazine was found on Hernandez.
Witnesses reported that a fight broke out in the parking lot of Franky’s. Security staff from the restaurant and from Riley’s Bar intervened.
As the doorman was attempting to detain one of the combatants, and had him on the ground, Hernandez produced the handgun and aimed it at him.
The doorman, not identified by police, said Hernanadez pointed the firearm directly at his face and believed he was about to shoot.
Officers diverted the gunman’s attention at that point and the victim ran away.
Police at the scene said the situation they encountered on arrival could easily have led to officers using deadly force against the suspect. But with several innocent people standing directly behind the suspect, officers decided to continue vigorous verbal commands, which eventually worked.
Hernandez was booked into the Butte County Jail in Oroville Saturday on suspicion of assault with a firearm. He posted a bond on $60,000 bail hours later and was released.
A court appearance has not yet been scheduled.
Denver CO Oct 20 2010 A Denver police officer has been arrested as a sex assault suspect.
Hector Paez, 31, a patrol officer who worked in District 4, was arrested Monday and is being held at the Douglas County Jail, according to Denver District Attorney’s Office media release.
The suspect, who was in uniform and working at the time of the alleged May 16 incident, came in contact with the victim, a 36-year-old woman, and ran a background check on her finding an outstanding arrest warrant out of Jefferson County, said Lynn Kimbrough, a Denver district attorney’s spokeswoman.
Paez then allegedly took the woman to an isolated area and coerced her into “performing a sexual act to avoid being taken to jail,” the DA’s office said.
An investigation by the Denver Police Department’s Internal Affairs Bureau led to the arrest. Paez will be charged later this week with kidnapping, sexual assault and attempt to influence a public servant, all felonies, prosecutors said.
Paez appeared in Denver County Court this morning at a first advisement hearing. His bond has been set at $100,000.
Paez was hired by the department in 2006.
Maricopa County prosecutors say Gabriel Aguilera pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault. His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 12.
Authorities say Aguilera was charged with murder because his 16-year-old passenger died during the course of a felony offense.
The two were shot by Air Force security officers on Feb. 22 after the stolen car went through a security gate at the Glendale base. The base trains Air Force pilots.
Authorities say Aguilera likely entered the military base by mistake as he tried to flee from law enforcement.
CHATTANOOGA TN Oct 20 2010 – The Walmart in Brainerd was damaged after a security guard crashed into the front of the store while patrolling the parking lot.
Officers on the scene say that a security guard was patrolling the area a little after 7:00 a.m., when the car ran into the building.
Officials do not know what caused the accident and say that no one was injured.
Both the vehicle and the building sustained heavy damage in the accident.
The fourth annual 2010 Global Retail Theft Barometer, released by the Centre for Retail Research and sponsored by an independent grant from Checkpoint Systems on Oct. 19, found that the U.S. experienced even higher drops in shrink at 6.8 percent. The dollar amount of shrink for all of North America as of June 2010 is $42.79 billion. No dollar amount was reported for the U.S. alone. Of the 42 countries surveyed, the U.S. has the 12th highest shrink rate at 1.50 percent.
North American retailers differed from the rest of the world, in that employee theft causes the greatest amount of shrink at 43.7 percent. Shoplifting caused 35 percent of shrink. The report also found that 47.8 percent of U.S. retailers reported increased losses for organized retail crime.
The study attributed this significant decrease in global shrink to increased spending on loss prevention and security measures. This year was the first time in three years that retailers increased spending on loss prevention.
“The correlation between increased security spending and a global 5.6 percent decrease in theft is very significant,” said Professor Joshua Bamfield, executive director of the Centre for Retail Research and the study’s author, in the report. “It highlights the importance of continued advancement and improvement of loss prevention programs, as reducing theft is key to the success and growth of retailers’ businesses.”
Globally, retailers spent $26.8 billion on loss prevention measures, with U.S. retailers increasing loss prevention efforts 12.5 percent over 2009. In North America, where shrink fell the most compared with the 2009 results, loss-prevention spending now represents 0.45 percent of retail sales – the highest percentage of any region worldwide.
The use of internal staff and contract employees represents slightly more than one-half of all loss prevention and security spending, according to the report. However, spending on security equipment—EAS systems, anti-theft solutions, tags, alarms—increased by 29 percent compared with last year’s total, making it the fastest-growing segment of LP spending in this year’s survey.
Retailers are taking other important steps that appears to be contributing to their efforts to reduce shrink, according to the study. For instance, 91 percent of respondents said they have increased their use of employee training to spot and deter theft, while 75 percent said even more training is planned for the next 12 months.
An important result of the additional steps taken and investments made by retailers is that, on average, about 75 percent of the 50-most-stolen product lines now are protected by some type of loss prevention device, such as EAS tags, cable and loop alarms, or some other form of product alarm.
Also, this year’s study found a shift in the category of retailers experiencing the highest levels of shrink. Retailers in the hardware/DIY (do-it-yourself) market reported the highest shrink rates at 1.81 percent, supplanting last year’s highest-shrink segment, apparel, which was second this year at 1.72 percent, followed by pharmacy and cosmetics at 1.70 percent.
Authorities say Lakhbir Chahal of Fremont was taken to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center after he was hit around 7:22 p.m. Monday.
His nephew Inderpreet Chahal told the San Jose Mercury News that his uncle was unconscious and suffering from internal bleeding.
The nephew says Chahal is a husband and father of three who had just started a new job as a security guard.
San Jose police identified the officer as 49-year-old Bach Tran, a 17-year department veteran.
Police says Tran was on regular patrol duties when the crash occurred.
The cause of the crash is under investigation by the department’s traffic unit.
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. OCT 20 2010 – An alleged shoplifter lost control of his car while trying to elude police and ran into a tire store at Rivergate Mall, hitting a customer.
It happened around 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Sears at Rivergate Mall. Police said a man was trying to get away from mall security in a Ford sedan, when he lost control of the car and ran into the Goodyear tire store.
The customer inside the store was hit. He hurt his back and was cut by some glass from the window. He was taken to the hospital with injuries.
Police said the suspect tried to run away after the crash but was held by employees until police arrived. Goodlettsville police arrested the man, and he is expected to face numerous charges.
Phoenix AZ Oct 20 2010 police on Tuesday identified the police sergeant who was shot and killed near the state Capitol as 12-year veteran Sgt. Sean Drenth.
Phoenix police had become concerned about the whereabouts of Drenth, 34, when he didn’t respond to radio calls late Monday. Officers searched for Drenth beginning about 10 p.m. Monday.
Less than an hour after the search began, Capitol Police found what they thought was an abandoned police cruiser in an alley behind a parking lot near 17th Avenue and Jefferson Street. Drenth’s body was nearby.
At a news conference Tuesday morning, Phoenix Police Chief Jack Harris said investigators were still on the scene.
“Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with his family, and we will be doing everything humanly possible to find out what happened,” Harris said.
Phoenix police have not ruled out any possibilities, Sgt. Trent Crump said at the news conference.
“We do have more questions than answers,” Crump said. “Our investigators are still out there determining things.”
Crump said Phoenix police had conducted several witness interviews but didn’t have any suspects.
“We are working off extremely, extremely limited information,” Crump said.
Drenth is survived by his wife of 13 years and his mother. Drenth received the Medal of Valor in 2003 for rescuing trapped residents from a burning apartment building.
Drenth was patrolling in his assigned area for the South Mountain Precinct on Monday night. He had recently transferred from Squaw Peak Precinct. Harris also said Drenth was the last sergeant promoted before budgets constraints last year.
Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon canceled an event Tuesday morning and released this statement, “My heart and my prayers are with our fallen police sergeant, his family and our Police Department.
“Rest assured, the City of Phoenix will commit every resource necessary and do everything in our power to find the killer or killers, capture them and bring them to justice.”
The area around the scene was closed to traffic for several hours, but later reopened for traffic. The only current restriction is Jackson Street from 19th Avenue to 17th Avenue and Buchanan Street from 19th Avenue to 17th Avenue.
JACKSON, Miss.Oct 20 2010 — A spokeswoman for the Jackson Police Department said Friday’s fatal shooting in a Walmart parking lot was drug-related.
Police arrested Lee Anthony Corentin, 19, and Alan Palmer, 21, on Sunday. Both men are charged with capital murder in connection with the shooting death of 20-year-old Bruce Davis Jr.
Officer Colendula Green said the men met in the parking lot off Highway 18 in Jackson to buy and sell drugs.
Witnesses said after the shooting that they saw Davis running away from a red car toward a security officer.
Public records show both Corentin and Palmer each have a long rap sheet. Palmer has several charges dating back to last year, including three counts of armed robbery, records show.
Corentin has been arrested on charges of domestic violence and disorderly conduct, records show.
Walmart officials declined to comment on the case because they said it’s an ongoing investigation.
Public records show during the month of September, Jackson police responded to 26 calls at Walmart on Highway 18, ranging from shoplifting to fights breaking out.
Orangeburg County SC Oct 20 2010 was rocked by violence over the weekend, leaving two men dead in two fatal shootings, a man dead of multiple stab wounds and a woman dead following a possible hit-and-run.
The two fatal shootings occurred in the eastern portion of the county – one near Bowman and the other near Holly Hill, leaving some citing an escalation of violence in the area.
George Bellamy of Branchville works in Bowman every day. He says crime on the outskirts of Bowman is “worse” than anywhere else.
“Every weekend just about you’ve got someone getting killed over here or someone getting shot,” Bellamy said Monday.
According to Orangeburg County Coroner Samuetta Marshall, Deshon Potts, 31, of Columbia, a security guard at the Allen Murray Club, was fatally shot at the club early Sunday morning. The club is about five miles outside the Bowman town limits.
Gery Patel, manager of the Exxon Quick Pantry located on the main street in Bowman, says he hasn’t noticed an increase in violent crimes inside the town.
Teresa Bowman of Bowman, however, said she believes there is more “gang banging” going on now in and around Bowman.
But Chip Ott, who works in Bowman daily, says the little town isn’t any different than anywhere else because violent crimes are occurring at higher rates across the nation.
A few miles away on the edge of Holly Hill, James Robinson, 33, of Holly Hill, was gunned down Saturday night at 148 Big Oaks Drive. Another man, Cody Goodman, 29, also of Holly Hill, was shot in the lower arm in the incident.
The shooting is still under investigation.
While authorities remain tight-lipped about both shootings, Holly Hill Police Chief Robert Wunderlich says crimes, in general, are on the rise in Holly Hill and in most places.
However, Wunderlich said while the town is experiencing more “larcenies of items from yards, such as lawn mowers, four-wheelers and things with wheels,” violent crimes are not trending upward in the town.
Wunderlich said residents who notice anything out of the ordinary taking place should contact law enforcement immediately.
GALLATIN, Tenn. Oct 20 2010– A wallet found in a pair of pants helped lead to the arrest of two people suspected in a string of thefts in Gallatin.
Dustin Marshall and Lindsey Scholl are charged with burglary and theft.
Gallatin police said Marshall stole a pair of jeans from Walmart last week. However, he left his old jeans in the dressing room with his wallet and driver’s license, according to authorities.
Police arrested Marshall and Scholl at their home. Police said they found evidence at the home linking the pair to at least six recent car break-ins and a burglary.
MONTGOMERY, Alabama Oct 20 2010 — A Birmingham woman is to serve 3 years in prison as part of a sentence brought after she pleaded guilty to stealing from the Alabama Public Television when she was employed at the APTV Foundation, the Alabama Attorney General’s Office announced.
Lagina Darice Brown Fulling, also known as Gina D. Brown, was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison, with the sentence split for her to serve 3 years in prison followed by 5 years of supervised probation. Fulling also was ordered to pay restitution of $7,500.
Fulling was indicted Sept. 19, 2008, by a Jefferson County grand jury and she pleaded guilty Sept. 13 in Jefferson County Circuit Court, according to Attorney General Troy King’s office.
Brown admitted to first-degree theft of a check for $7,500, written from AARP to Alabama Public Television. As an employee of the Alabama Public Television Foundation, Fulling’s duties included soliciting donations.
Fulling is accused of depositing the check into her personal checking account.
King commended Assistant Attorney General Ben Baxley of the Public Corruption and White Collar Crime Division, Special Agent Gene Sisson of the Investigations Division, the U.S. Marshal’s Gulf Coast Regional Task Force, Sgt. Michael Herren and the Mountain Brook Police Department, and former APT employee John Brady and Alabama Public Television for their assistance in the case.