Trooper Jonathan McDonald
Texas Department of Public Safety – Texas Highway Patrol
End of Watch: Monday, November 15, 2010
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: Monday, November 15, 2010
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Trooper Jonathan McDonald was killed in an automobile accident on U.S. 84 while responding to another accident near Post, Texas. He was involved in a single vehicle crash during the response.
Trooper McDonald is survived by his wife and 7-month-old child.
Agency Contact Information
Texas Department of Public Safety – Texas Highway Patrol
5805 North Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX 78752
Phone: (512) 424-2000
Please contact the Texas Department of Public Safety – Texas Highway Patrol for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.
INDIANAPOLIS IN Nov 18 2010 – Airport police say a passenger admitted to punching a transportation security officer in the chest.
The incident occurred at a security checkpoint in the Indianapolis International Airport just before 3 p.m. Tuesday.
According to the police report, 51-year-old John Christina was going through the advanced imaging technology machine when he asked the TSO a question about the screening process.
The officer doesn’t normally work in the Indianapolis airport so he told Christina he was not familiar with the process and couldn’t answer his question.
At that point, Christina punched the officer in the chest.
When the officer asked why he did that?
Christina stated, “I was only kidding with you.”
Airport police say there were several witnesses to what happened and Christina admitted to them he punched the officer.
Christina was arrested and processed at the Marion County Jail. He faces a charge of battery.
Miami Fla Nov 18 2010Miami-Dade police detectives have started arresting Miami International Airport curbside baggage handlers for allegedly taking illegal cash payments from travelers with extra bags or luggage that exceeded weight limits.
More than 20 handlers — workers with Eulen America, which employs skycaps to check in bags for American Airlines — are expected to face charges Wednesday.
One man arrested Tuesday night, Luis Zapata, 24, was charged with third-degree grand theft. According to an arrest report, a passenger headed to Ecuador paid him $300 cash to ship five extra bags without paying the normal fees that were owed to American Airlines.
The investigation is being handled by Miami-Dade police, the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office and security officials with American Airlines.
Ken Franks, whose company, ES Safety & Security , is contracted by the district to provide security for the schools, was arrested Tuesday after a brief internal investigation. Franks owns the company.
District superintendent Jon Felske confirmed to 24 Hour News 8 the district received information about Franks on Monday, launched an internal investigation, then called the police on Tuesday.
Franks was then arrested and awaits arraignment, likely on Thursday.
A previous allegation against Franks was internally investigated, Felske said. Franks, the student and others denied there was a relationship at that time.
But a new tip from a different student came to light on Monday, and that’s when the school once again looked at the allegation.
ES Security guards remain on the job at the schools, as none of them are implicated in this allegation. Franks, though, has been suspended, and the contract will be reviewed after the case is resolved.
Julian St. Clair King, 26, is charged with two counts of attempting to obtain controlled substances by fraud and forgery.
According to the arrest warrants, King was sent on call related to a deceased person on October 10 and then used the dead person’s identification to attempt to buy prescription drugs.
A Raleigh Police Department spokesperson says King attempted to obtain a substance from a pharmacy at 3911 Capital Boulevard on the night of November 11 and in the early morning hours of November 12. A pharmacist became suspicious and notified police.
The warrants state Raleigh Police Department Internal Affairs investigators identified King from surveillance video from a Walgreen’s drug store.
King is assigned to the Field Operations Division’s Northeast District. His employment with the department began on December 17, 2007.
He resides in Durham County and turned himself in there Tuesday.
King was transported to Raleigh by RPD personnel and was subsequently taken to the Wake County Jail.
The spokesman said the investigation of the case continues.
According to Troy Police, 32-year-old Chad Davey is charged with endangering the welfare of a child and trying to send indecent materials to a minor.
Davey is a teacher in the Troy School District and a coach with the Delmar Track and Field Club.
Prosecutors say he sent inappropriate e-mails to a 14-year-old girl on his track team.
He waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
The judge extended an order of protection for Davey’s alleged victim.
The case now goes to a grand jury.
NEWPORT, R.I.Nov 18 2010 – State police have charged the former head of security at the Newport Grand casino with larceny for allegedly cashing in discarded tickets.
Vincent D. Soboleski, 59, of 665 Metacom Ave., Bristol was arraigned Tuesday in Newport District Court on a charge of fraudulent conversion. The charge is a misdemeanor.
Soboleski was released pending a future court appearance, said Capt. James Demers of the state police.
Demers said Wednesday that players sometimes discard tickets that are worth from a few cents to a few dollars. He said casino employees are instructed to deposit such tickets in a box. The tickets are eventually transferred to the casino’s finance office, he said.
Demers said Soboleski had access to the box, and cashed some of the tickets himself.
“It wasn’t much, just a few dollars,” Demers said. “But he did something he shouldn’t have.”
Demers said that Soboleski resigned his position last week upon learning that police were investigating the case.
HOUSTON TX Nov 18 2010 — An armed robbery suspect was shot in the chin by a Houston police officer early Wednesday, then holed himself up during a SWAT standoff, officials said.
According to the Houston Police Department, the robbery happened about 1:30 a.m. at a game room at 10808 W. Bellfort near Wilcrest. Four armed men entered the business and tried rob everyone inside, officials said.
An armed security guard was able to stop the robbery and detain one of the men. The other three suspects left the scene in a pickup truck and were pursued by HPD.
Two of them were arrested after the pursuit, but the third ran away, armed with a gun.
A foot chase ensued and an HPD lieutenant caught up with the man. The lieutenant demanded that the suspect drop his weapon, but he would not.
According to investigators, the suspect raised his weapon at the lieutenant who then fired his duty weapon out of fear for his own safety.
The suspect was hit in the chin and fled again on foot into a warehouse parking lot. He barricaded himself inside a commercial building at 14400 Minetta near Fairmont and officers called in the HPD SWAT team.
It took several hours of negotiations, but the suspect was finally brought out of the building and taken into custody around 5:30 a.m. He was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
The identities of all four suspects involved in the robbery are being withheld, pending an ongoing investigation by the HPD Homicide and Robbery Divisions. They remained in custody Wednesday afternoon, but it was unknown what charges were filed against them.
As is customary in HPD officer-involved shootings in the city limits, this case is being investigated by HPD Homicide, HPD Internal Affairs, and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
Newark Delaware Nov 18 2010 State Police are currently investigating a report of a shot being fired after a shoplifting had occurred at the Christiana Mall east of Newark.
Preliminary information is that two male suspects had been inside of the Macy’s Department Store and had been observed shoplifting.
The suspects were followed from the store by a Macy’s security agent, into the mall, and then outside of the mall into the parking lot.
At this point a Christiana Mall security guard confronted one of the suspects in the parking lot and the suspect fired a single shot at him from a handgun, missing the guard.
Police arrested two men nearby and recovered a gun but have not released their names yet.
No injuries were reported.
In September, a pizza flyer delivery man tried to rape a guest and now another man has attacked a hotel security guard.
The pizza fliers are not allowed at the hotels in the first place. With thousands of rooms, the beachfront hotels are big potential business for restaurants, so police say pizza places pay people to get the ads in there. It’s a crime and police say it’s not the only one they’re committing.
Christopher Doss roamed the halls of the Wyndham Hotel last week, police said, slipping pizza ads under doors on the 17th floor. When employees noticed Doss, who’s been arrested before for burglary and assault, he made a run for it.
A security officer found Doss in the parking garage and told him to stop, but instead of stopping, Doss ran right at him, let out a yell and knocked him over.
After an August incident where a pizza flier worker was accused of using a ladder to climb into a hotel room and try to sexually assault a guest, Captain Steve Beres said Daytona Beach started trying to toughen its laws.
“They’re using the pizza flyer as a method to get into the hotel room, a method to get onto the property,” Beres said.
At the suggestion of Orange County, littering is being added to city code against the fliers, and last week, police started going after the restaurants.
“By inspecting the businesses, making sure they have occupational licenses, making sure the businesses are clean, making sure they’re running legitimate businesses,” Beres said.
Seven out of 10 pizza places along the beach had expired licenses, Beres found. The health department is coming in next to add more pressure.
WFTV tried to find the owner of one restaurant tied to the fliers to ask if they’re ignoring the law and still hand them out, but couldn’t get an answer.
Police said they almost have to catch flier drops as they happen because there is never any legitimate business paper trail to connect the guys in the hotels to the actual restaurants.