Troopers say a visitor to the park noticed a burning Dodge Caravan at around 6:00 a.m. Emergency crews responded to the scene and found the minivan had left the roadway and crashed. They found the driver dead inside.
State Troopers say the driver was on-duty at the time of the accident.
The victim’s name has not been released.
The crash and fire are under investigation by State Troopers and the state Fire Marshal’s Office.
Kenner LA Nov 17 2010 A shoplifter who drowned in a drainage canal while trying to escape from Kenner police on Saturday had just stolen two pairs of tennis shoes and had run out of the Burlington Coat Factory while his three accomplices drove away, authorities said.
C. Peters Jr. of Gretna dove into the Duncan Canal on Saturday in Kenner while being pursued by police on suspicion of shoplifting, police said Peters drowned in the canal.
Kenner Police Department spokesman Lt. Wayne McInnis said officers don’t know why the four suspects did not leave together.
The shoplifting suspect who died was identified Monday as Rodney C. Peters, 24, of Gretna, and police were searching for the other three men, McInnis said.
Peters had allegedly stolen tennis shoes from Burlington Coat Factory and was trying to escape from police by jumping into the Duncan Canal, according to McInnis. Police don’t believe the other three suspects left the store with any merchandise, he said.
Police believe Peters and the three were working together to shoplift from the store at 3324 Williams Blvd. on Saturday just before noon, McInnis said.
When a security guard spotted them, all four fled. Three escaped in a white vehicle, while Peters ran away.
The security officer called police before noon to report the shoplifting and a police officer spotted a man matching Peters’ description about 20 minutes later, about six blocks away in the 3400 block of Arkansas Avenue at Greenlawn Playground, police said. When he saw the officer, the man took off running, McInnis said.
He climbed the Greenlawn Playground fence and ran along the canal bank. As more officers responded, the man dove into the canal and tried to swim toward The Esplanade mall side of the canal. According to police, when the suspect saw that officers had pulled up and were waiting on the other side of the canal, he swam back to the area where he had entered the canal, McInnis said.
The suspect began to struggle in the water and officers threw him a life jacket and rope, but he refused them and continued to swim away, McInnis said.
Officers saw him go underwater and three Kenner officers jumped into the water to try to rescue him, but they were not able to find him, McInnis said.
Kenner police say the suspect began to struggle in the water and officers threw him a life jacket and rope, but he refused them and continued to swim away. Officers saw him go underwater and three Kenner officers jumped into the water to try to rescue him, but they were not able to find him.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office divers were called and later recovered Peters’ body.
Officers found the stolen shoes in a scorekeeping booth at Greenlawn Playground, McInnis said.
He said police are certain Peters is the man who ran out of the store with two pairs of shoes. Police continued on Monday to review surveillance video from Burlington.
There were two attachments out of Jefferson Parish for Peters’ arrest on charges of theft and entering and remaining in places after being forbidden, McInnis said. Peters had been arrested in August 2010 on charges of theft and possession of tools for crime, and in June 2008 on a shoplifting charge. Both cases were at the Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie and in both, Peters allegedly used a bag lined with duct tape to defeat the store security sensors, McInnis said.
The disposition of the cases was not available on Monday.
Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call the Kenner Police Department at 504.712.2222 or Crimestoppers at 504.822.1111. Detective Jessie Johnson is investigating.
Police say teachers at the Walnut Grove preschool were adjusting the girl’s sneaker Monday when they found the individually wrapped bags of crack.
The teachers told police the girl said her mother had put “candy” inside her sneaker.
But the girl’s mother told police she knew nothing about the drugs. Police arrested 19-year-old Demare Gary, a friend of the mother’s, after he allegedly told police the crack was his.
The mother was not arrested, but police said the investigation is continuing. Gary’s attorney, Lauren Redmond, was in court and couldn’t immediately comment
Louisville KY Nov 17 2010 A Churchill Downs security guard has been arrested and charged with several counts of burglary after being caught on videotape stealing from one of the track dormitories.
Carl Green, 26, faces 12 counts of second-degree burglary after being arrested Monday.
John Asher, a spokesman for Churchill Downs, said several reports of thefts had been made from the dormitory located on the backside of the track. Asher said it was suspected that the thefts were being committed by someone employed there.
After contacting the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, video cameras were set up in the dorm to watch for suspicious activity, Asher said.
Eventually, he said Green was caught on tape taking money.
Green has been fired, Asher said.
He had worked for the track as a security guard for about a year.
Most of the thefts involved cash, Asher said.
Omaha NE Nov 17 2010 A man has been arrested by Omaha police on charges of assault after he allegedly bit a security guard on the nose. After an interview with police in jail, an additional charge of sexual assault on a child was filed for a separate incident.
33-year-old Markest Gray has been booked for charges of 3rd degree assault and 3rd degree sexual assault on a child.
Gray was originally arrested for assault on November 11th after police were called to assist with a disturbance at 13th and Douglas.
When officers arrived, they found a security guard bleeding from the nose, and located Gray five blocks away at 18th and Douglas.
The security guard told police that Gray made some profane comments to a group of females in the area and when he asked Gray to stop, he spit his gum in the officer’s face. The security guard followed Gray across the street and says he was tackled and bit on the nose. When police made contact with Gray, he admitted to the assault and was arrested.
When in jail, police interviewed Gray about his possible involvement in a sexual assault that happened on November 4th.
The teenage victim reported to a high school resource officer that she had been touched inappropriately by the suspect.
HOLLYWOOD, Fla.Nov 17 2010 — Hollywood police are searching for the suspects who tried to rob an armored car at gunpoint.
Police say the suspects approached two Brinks armored truck guards Tuesday morning near a bank and demanded cash.
But security officers pulled their weappons and shots were fired, but it was not immediately known who fired the shots.
No injuries have been reported.
The suspects then fled in a silver Toyota Camry.
ARLINGTON TX Nov 17 2010 — In an effort to save the city money and police officers time, Arlington Police Chief Theron Bowman wants the city to explore whether it is more cost-effective for private security guards to respond to residential burglar alarms.
On Tuesday, Bowman asked the City Council for approval to draft a request for proposals to see whether private companies that monitor burglar alarms would be interested in responding to the city’s 15,000 calls a year.
Though the council agreed to see what the market has to offer, some members said at the afternoon work session that they have serious concerns.
“I only want police officers, period. It’s non-negotiable for me. Security guards are no substitute,” said Councilman Robert Rivera, who represents southeast Arlington.
Outsourcing responses to burglar alarms is among $4.8 million in cost-cutting measures — including job cuts, reduced library hours, and scaled-back parks and recreation services — that the city is considering if sales and property tax revenues don’t improve.
Arlington spends roughly $1.8 million a year responding to burglar alarm calls, 99.7 percent of which are false, Bowman said.
That’s equivalent to the cost of 21 police officers.
Of all the alarm calls in the past year, Arlington police have made only one arrest at a scene, he said.
The city is also considering raising its $50 annual burglar alarm permit fee for property owners who have more than three false alarms in a year.
Arlington receives about $1 million in alarm permit fees and false-alarm fines a year, Bowman said.
The Arlington Police Association opposes the idea of outsourcing burglar alarm response and is calling on its members to contact council members and “tell them no.”
“This is privatizing the Police Department,” association President Randle Meadows said.
“The citizens of Arlington have come to expect and deserve a response from their highly trained Police Department. City management in the past has tried to change this. Every time, the public has said no to someone other than police responding to calls for service.”
The City Council is expected to officially vote on the issue Nov. 16.