WILSON NC Dec 8 2010 — Police say they’ve charged a man and a woman with first-degree murder in the death of a 2-year-old.
Wilson Public Information Officer John Slaughter said that on Thursday, November 29 at 9:46 p.m. Angel Lamm Kirby and Matthew John Redance called 911 to report that Angel Kirby’s 2-year-old daughter was unresponsive.
Kirby and Redance flagged down a Wilson Police Officer, who escorted them to the Wilson Medical Center. Alyssia Lynn Kirby was pronounced dead upon arrival.
Slaughter said an autopsy shows the toddler died as a result of injuries not consistent with natural causes. He did not elaborate.
Kirby and Redance were arrested Monday. Both were being held in the Wilson County Jail without bond.
Slaughter said the investigation is still ongoing and if anyone has any information about this case, they are asked to contact Detective McKenzie at (252) 399-2327, Sgt. Gardner at (252) 399-2331 or Crime Stoppers (252) 243-2255.
Funeral services for Alyssia Lynn Kirby were set for Friday.
An obituary said the child is survived by her father Avery Kirby, Jr. of Sharpsburg.
New York City NY Dec 8 2010 Five students at Columbia University in New York and three alleged off-campus suppliers were arrested as part of a ring that sold drugs at fraternity houses and other on-campus residences, police said.
The eight suspects were indicted and arrested today after a five-month investigation called “Operation Ivy League,” authorities said. Undercover officers spent $11,000 in 31 purchases of drugs including cocaine, marijuana, powdered MDMA or ecstasy, and LSD-laced Altoids mints and Sweetarts candy, the New York City Police Department and Bridget G. Brennan, the city’s special narcotics prosecutor, said in a statement.
“The students arrested today supplied dangerous substances to their friends and other students to turn a quick profit, but subjected themselves to risks, of which they were either ignorant or in denial,” Brennan said in the statement.
Most of the sales took place in common areas and bedrooms at the Alpha Epsilon Pi, Pi Kappa Alpha and Psi Upsilon fraternities, according to the statement. Two students allegedly sold drugs from their rooms at the Intercultural House and East Campus Housing.
Columbia prohibits the possession, use, manufacture and distribution of illicit drugs on university premises or during any university activity, and students who violate the school’s policy can face disciplinary measures that can include expulsion, according to the university’s website.
“The alleged behavior of the students involved in this incident goes against not only state and federal law, but also university policy and the principles we have set — and strive together to maintain — for our community,” Columbia told students in a message today, according to an e-mail from school spokesman Robert Hornsby. “Please rest assured we are taking this matter very seriously.”
Columbia, founded in 1754, has about 25,000 students. Graduates include President Barack Obama and Warren Buffett, the chairman and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., who attended Columbia Business School. It is one of eight private schools in the northeastern U.S. that make up the Ivy League.
Alleged suppliers Miron Sarzynski, 23, and his girlfriend, Megan Asper, 22, were arrested on Oct. 27 in the East Village section of Manhattan, the statement said. Sarzynski allegedly sold drugs to undercover officers seven times and made drugs at his apartment on East Sixth Street.
Searches Yield Drugs
Searches of the students’ rooms this morning yielded a bottle of LSD, 50 capsules of MDMA, 15 Adderall pills, more than half a pound of marijuana and about $2,000 in cash, the statement said. A raid of Sarzynski’s apartment turned up two dozen marijuana plants, equipment for growing marijuana, jars of the drug DMT, a bottle of LSD, $1,200 cash and two air pistols.
Sarzynski is also charged with attempting to kidnap a pair of rival cocaine traffickers who he thought stole money from him, and trying to hire an undercover officer to help him, according to the statement.
Sarzynski’s alleged plan was to kidnap the rival traffickers with a stun gun, hold them for ransom and torture them by giving them a heavy dose of LSD, the statement said. He planned to kill them if they didn’t pay, and handed a vial of LSD to the officer before his arrest.
‘Willing to Kill’
“The fact that a supplier to the Columbia students was willing to kill his rivals should demolish any argument that drugs on campus is a victimless crime,” New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said in a statement. “This is no way to work your way through college.”
The Columbia students were identified as Chris Coles, 20; Harrison David, 20; Adam Klein, 20; Jose Stephan Perez, 20; and Michael Wymbs, 22. They are to be arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court later today.
A third alleged cocaine supplier, Roberto Lagares, 30, was arrested Dec. 5 at the Kingsborough Houses, a New York City Housing Authority Development in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, according to the police statement.
Psi Upsilon had no “official comment” on today’s events “but will continue to cooperate with the university to ‘get to the bottom of this.’” Paul Warren, president of Pi Kappa Alpha, didn’t respond to an e-mail seeking comment, and Carlos Eduardo Rodriguez Castillo, president of Alpha Epsilon Pi, declined to comment in a telephone interview.
MEMPHIS, Tenn.Dec 8 2010 – He was hired by the U.S. Government as a customs and borders officer. Now, 35-year old Dennis Dixon who works out of the Memphis office is indicted for driving to Florida to illicit sex with a minor.
The Department of Justice says over a year’s span, Dixon drove from Memphis to Jacksonville, Florida. All of this, authorities say started in 2007.
The federal indictment against 35-year old Dixon was handed down in Florida back in November. According to the indictment, Dixon who works as a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer out of Memphis knowingly traveled in interstate commerce to Jacksonville, Florida to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor who had not reached the age of 16.
The indictment lists that person’s initials as L.A. Federal authorities say the activity happened between July 2007 and August of 2008. He was arrested in Memphis.
We’re told several federal agencies assisted in this investigation, including the department of homeland security, the FBI and the office of inspector general.
According to his Facebook page, he once worked for the IRS as well. We stopped by the Department of Justice office Monday afternoon, called the U.S. Attorney’s office, as well as the sheriff’s office down in Jacksonville, Florida, but no one would comment on the case.
Authorities did however mention in the press release that the case is part of Project Safe Childhood. A national initiative implemented in 2006 to protect children from abuse and exploitation.
Dixon is scheduled to appear in court here in Memphis for a removal hearing on December 21st. The hearing will determine if the case should be moved to Florida.
A source tells FOX13 he is currently out on a $10,000 bond and has not returned to work. If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison.
Pittsburgh PA Dec 8 2010 Is it time for airlines to add a “beware of dog” warning to their pre-flight safety instructions?
That idea may be on the minds of 122 US Airways customers this morning after a dog got loose on their flight and bit a passenger and a flight attendant.
Though the injuries were minor, the incident prompted the pilot to divert the Newark-to-Phoenix flight to Pittsburgh for an emergency landing, The Associated Press reports.
“The captain felt in the interest of safety, it was better to land and have them looked at than continue on,” US Airways spokesman Todd Lehmacher tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
The culprit: a 12-pound Manchester terrier named Mandy, who got loose after her owner took her out of the cage, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Apparently, the dog’s “sedatives began wearing off” and it became agitated, the Tribune-Review says, citing Allegheny County police Inspector David Walsh.
A man sitting next to the dog’s owner tried to calm the dog.
That’s when the trouble started, according to the Tribune-Review. The paper writes the dog bit the man, got loose “and then ran up and down the aisle of the plane barking. A flight attendant who grabbed the dog also was bitten.”
The Post-Gazette says the bite victims were treated by airport medical personnel. They then got back on the plane in Pittsburgh and continued on to Phoenix, according to Tribune-Review.
However, separate transportation was arranged for the dog’s owner — identified only as an 89-year-old New Jersey woman en route to Palm Springs, Calif.
US Airways officials note the carrier does allow small dogs to be brought on board — for a $100-each-way fee — if they fit in a carrier small enough to go under the seat in front of the passenger. But US Airways adds that its rules require passengers to keep the pets caged in flight.
HARRISBURG, Pa. Dec 8 2010 – A man stole a 26-inch LCD television from the Colonial Park Mall and then repeatedly punched a store security officer in the face when confronted in the parking lot, according to police.
Lower Paxton Township police have charged 28-year-old Shermon Anthony with robbery in the Monday night incident.
Police said the television had been used as a display at the Boscov’s store and was worth about $600.
Anthony was sent to Dauphin County Prison in lieu of $10,000 bail and on a parole detainer.
BUFORD, Ga Dec 8 2010 (AP) – Police are seeking a man they say robbed an armored car employee at gunpoint inside the Mall of Georgia.
Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter says the robbery happened around 11:15 a.m. Tuesday as the employee was beginning to fill an ATM.
A guard saw the robbery happening and fired at the suspect, who fled. Police don’t believe the suspect was hit. No other shots were fired and no one was injured.
The FBI is investigating with help from Gwinnett police.
“I was shocked,” Marcus Wren, a friend of Taylor’s, told CBS affiliate WWL. “I didn’t believe it at first.”
According to the station, investigators say Taylor was found “bloodied” and unresponsive in her bedroom.
Police say that there was no sign of forced entry to the home, no sign of robbery and no evidence that she had been sexually assaulted.
Taylor was a sophomore at Riverside Academy in Reserve, La.
The school issued a statement about the loss and asking for privacy for the students and Taylor’s relatives.
Neighbor Addie Tezeno told WWL that Taylor’s mother is now staying with other family members.
Archie and Vincent Cabello were arrested this morning in Portland, Oregon and are scheduled to appear in federal court this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Marian Cabello was served with a summons to appear in court at the same time.
The indictment alleges that Archie and Vincent Cabello staged robberies of bank money from armored car companies, which were designed to make it look like other persons had stolen the money, when in fact the Cabellos took it:
(1) On August 5, 1995, Archie Cabello staged the robbery of approximately $157,839 from the armored car he was driving for Dunbar Federal Armored Express, Inc., in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
(2) On July 13, 1998, Vincent N. Cabello staged a robbery of approximately $730,000 from the vault at American Security Corporation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he was working as a shipping and receiving clerk.
(3) On December 6, 2005, Archie Cabello staged a robbery of approximately $3 million from the armored car he was driving for Oregon Armored Services (OAS), in Portland, Oregon.
Thereafter, Archie, Marian, and Vincent Cabello allegedly possessed the stolen bank funds. The indictment further alleges that the Cabellos concealed the cash from these thefts by purchasing money orders which were used to pay most of their living expenses. They also obtained numerous credit cards using false names, false income figures, false employers, and other false financial information. They then used those credit cards to pay their living expenses, and paid the resulting credit card bills with money orders purchased for cash. The indictment alleges that more than $240,000 in expenditures can be traced to Archie and Marian Cabello over the years 2006 through 2009, during which time they reported total income on their tax returns of only $33,000.
“Bank thefts have real victims—the ordinary citizens and bank customers who have to pay more for bank services. This case shows that with patience and determination, law enforcement can unravel even the most carefully planned and concealed crime. It is impossible to spend the proceeds of crime without leaving a paper trail, and here the agents followed that trail to the Cabellos,” said U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton.
“In this economy, most Americans work very hard to earn a legal and respectable income,” said Arthur Balizan, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. “This case is a slap in the face to those people who honor the trust and responsibility their employers place in them.”
The conspiracy charge is punishable by five years in prison, and a $250,000 fine. The bank larceny and possession of stolen bank money charges have maximum penalties of 10 years in prison, and fines of up to $250,000. Each false credit application charge carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine. The false tax return charge has a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Each of the money laundering charges has a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.
An indictment is an accusation of a crime and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigations, and the Portland Police Bureau. It is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Claire M. Fay.
Source: FBI Press Release
A public affairs spokesman for nearby Patrick Air Force Base said the unidentified man was being held in custody after repeatedly giving security guards different names.
“A boat washed up on the north end of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and security units responded,” 1st Lt. Karl Wiest told CNN. “He gave multiple names when asked for identification, time and time again.” Wiest said the Air Force office of special investigations will look into the incident.
No security alerts have been issued and the incident appeared to be unrelated to a commercial space launch scheduled for Wednesday.