Pittsburgh PA Oct 27 2010 Two women, including an art teacher at Mars Elementary School, were arrested over the weekend on shoplifting charges in Ross.
Tiffany Weatherly, 26, of Beaver Falls, and a woman who police did not name were arrested Saturday afternoon after personnel at Macy’s in Ross Park Mall summoned the officers.
Ross Police Lt. Brian Kohlhepp said the two women are suspected of having stolen $1,100 worth of clothing from at least two outlets at the mall, American Eagle and The Gap. The second woman was not named in a police press release.
Upon arrival of police, Ms. Weatherly identified herself as an art teacher at Mars Elementary School.
School officials did not immediately answer inquiries this morning about Ms. Weatherly’s status there.
The suspects were cited by summons. Their arraignments and preliminary hearings are pending.
HOUSTON TX Oct 27 2010 – A Houston Police officer has been found dead in her home.
Sources have identified that officer as 38-year-old Karen T. Harris.
Harris called into work this morning and said she would not be in because of relationship problems.
Apparently, Harris’ supervisor immediately sent a unit to her home in Cypress where she was found dead.
Police say that there were no signs of foul play or indicators of suicide but they are investigating.
Harris has been with the Houston Police department since 2003.
Kese Smith with the Houston Police Department confirms the death and would only say Officer Harris’ family has been notified.
Representatives of the Houston Police Officers’ Union also confirmed the death.
JOHNSTON COUNTY NC Oct 27 2010 — Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell announced Tuesday he has fired a deputy for sending inappropriate photos of himself to a high school student.
Bizzell said school resource officer Todd Fair admitted to sending the pictures to a student at West Johnston High School, where Fair had been assigned. He was hired back in September of 2000.
The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office released a statement saying Fair’s conduct was “unbecoming of a law enforcement officer.”
The sheriff’s office would not say exactly what was in the photographs.
“I just really hate that this is happening to our school,” West Johnston High School senior Kelli Carroll said.
Carroll says she never personally felt uncomfortable around Fair, but after hearing about what happened, she says she’s glad he’s gone.
“His job was to protect all of us and I mean it is creepy to think that the cop of your school was sending inappropriate pictures to somebody that was probably sitting in math class with you,” Carroll said.
Parents also say they are shocked by the news.
Parent Beverly Warren says she met Fair earlier this year when she dealt with him in an unrelated incident at the school involving her 15-year-old son.
“I’m very upset,” Warren said. “I really thought a lot of him. He was very helpful, very friendly. I mean this just; I mean this was very shocking to me. It hurts me to know that something like that could have taken place.”
In the meantime, the district attorney says she has asked the SBI to investigate.
It is still unclear if Fair will face any criminal charges.
Francisco Rivera also was charged with possessing a firearm while committing a felony and carrying a concealed weapon in the shooting witnessed at 2:20 p.m. by the 17-year-old’s father, Auburn Hills Police Lt. Casimir Miarka said.
Rivera was being held in Children’s Village without bond. He has a preliminary exam Friday in front of Oakland County Circuit Judge Lisa Gorcyca, officials said.
The victim remained hospitalized Monday but was expected to recover from a gunshot wound to the abdomen, Miarka said.
“Our investigation revealed that Rivera and the victim have had an ongoing dispute over a girlfriend,” he said. “The two, by chance, saw each other at the mall and a verbal argument ensued in the parking lot near Burlington Coat Factory.”
The wounded youth’s father held the accused shooter in what police called a bear hug until mall security arrived, Miarka said.
Gardendale AL Oct 27 2010 A Gardendale couple have been indicted and arrested on charges of manslaughter in connection with their young son’s death.
Jeffrey and Rebecca Stockton, 53 and 44, were arrested on Tuesday in connection with the death of their 16-month-old son Justin Stockton, said Mike Walker, Gardendale police chief. They were transported to the Jefferson County Jail and each held on a $30,000 bond.
Justin, who had Down syndrome, died on April 22 as a result of severe malnutrition, according to coroner reports.
Police began investigating immediately after Justin’s death, but arrests were not made until the parents were indicted, Walker said. Investigators had to wait on medical reports and other evidence before taking the case to a Jefferson County grand jury, he said.
Eight children were removed from the couple’s Gardendale home in June after the death was officially ruled a homicide. The Alabama Department of Human Resources does not comment about cases, but the Gardendale Police said that the children remain in DHR custody.
The Stockton family owns Stockton Upholstery and Window Coverings in Cahaba Heights. According to the company’s website, the business has been in the Birmingham area since 1984.
The Stockton family does not seek medical treatment from doctors, according to court documents and coroner reports. The Jefferson County Coroner’s office has reviewed three previous stillborn deaths in the Stockton home and the death of their 4-year-old nephew, who died in 1989 of congenital heart disease.
A former member of the family, Pamela Stockton, has alleged in court documents that the Stockton family lives on a compound in a “cult-like environment” with other siblings of Jeffery Stockton. She lived with the family while she was married to Reginald Stockton, Jeffery Stockton’s brother.
Reginald Stockton has denied his ex-wife’s allegations in court filings.
Police and court records had no listing of an attorney representing Rebecca and Jeffrey Stockton at this time.
Ruben Delgadillo was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison for felony injury to a child during a hearing before 3rd District Judge Thomas Ryan. Ryan agreed to a defense request to retain jurisdiction so Delgadillo could be considered for probation after serving a year in prison
The Idaho Statesman reports Delgadillo sobbed throughout his statement in court Thursday, saying he was sorry for what he did. The 27-year-old said the sex with the teen was consensual, which the judge noted was not legally possible with a 15-year-old.
Delgadillo was a Caldwell police officer from early 2005 to late 2008.
Hillside, Ill. October 27 2010 – Chicago Police officer Donnie Lewis has been relieved of his police powers and ordered held on $40,000 bond after being accused of knocking a female security guard’s tooth out during a fight.
Lewis, 57, is charged with one count each of aggravated battery in a public way and aggravated battery to a private security officer for the incident which occurred Monday in west suburban Hillside, authorities said.
On Tuesday, Lewis was ordered held on $40,000 bond and a preliminary hearing was set for Oct. 29, Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokesman Andy Conklin said.
Lewis was also ordered to have no contact with the victim and to give up his weapon and FOID card.
Lewis, who was off duty at the time, is accused of striking the female security guard in during a dispute over a parking space, causing her to lose a tooth, court records said.
The 15-year veteran of the department has been relieved of police powers and “placed in an administrative assignment” pending the outcome of an internal investigation, a release from the Chicago Police Dept. said.
The investigation by the Independent Police Review Authority was initiated immediately after the arrest, the release said.
Hillside police were not available for comment Tuesday afternoon.
As earlier reported, on June 25, Gray-Burriss, founder and treasurer of the National Association of Special Police and Security Officers (NASPSO), was indicted in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on four counts of mail fraud in an amount of more than $100,000. He was arrested four days later. Back in 2006 the Department of Labor had obtained a temporary restraining order removing NASPSO and Gray-Burriss as fiduciary agents of the union pension and health plans. “We never misused any of the membership money,” he said in a phone interview.
While Caleb Gray-Burriss, 59, a District of Columbia resident, has been virtually synonymous with the leadership of NASPSO, which represents some 800 private security guards for federal buildings in the Washington, D.C. area, some question his motives. Many want to know about their money and their benefit plans.
Starting in June 2004 and January 2006, respectively, he assumed control over the union pension and health plans. He apparently didn’t waste to much time enriching himself. An investigation by the Labor Department revealed that starting in September 2004 he made numerous withdrawals totaling nearly $96,000 from the union pension and health plans. In August 2006, the DOL obtained a court order removing Gray-Burriss and NASPSO from their positions with the plans; barred them from future decision-making authority; and indefinitely froze plan accounts.
It was a long delay, but nearly four years later a federal grand jury has acted, indicting Gray-Burriss on slightly revised evidence.
From approximately June 2004 through August 2006, Gray-Burriss allegedly wrote numerous checks to himself or to other third parties drawn from the union pension account.
He spent at least $102,000 of pension assets for the benefit of himself, the union and third parties.
Dissenting union members who for years have operated a website revealing their leader’s corruption (www.eyeoncaleb.org) no doubt feel a certain vindication.
But the story hardly ends here and justice has not completely prevailed but when it soes, we’ll be sure to let you know.