New Orleans LA Feb 18 2011 Police officers take an oath to serve and protect, and their presence is supposed to be reassuring. Instead, New Orleans police officer Henry Hollins was a predator with a badge.
New Orleans police officer Henry Hollins was convicted of attempted aggravated rape and second-degree kidnapping. He faces between 15 and 90 years in prison.
A jury Tuesday convicted Officer Hollins of the attempted aggravated rape and second-degree kidnapping of a Mississippi woman that he and his partner detained in Central City in 2009. Prosecutors said Officer Hollis unjustly held the woman, and when his partner left his shift early, Officer Hollins took her to a dark warehouse and assaulted her. The woman testified that Officer Hollins raped her, with his gun and taser at arm’s length.
Another woman testified that Officer Hollins arrested her in May 2009 for traffic violations. But instead of taking her directly to jail, as he was supposed to do, he drove her around town in the back of his police cruiser, insinuating that she could barter sex for freedom. At one point, she said, Officer Hollins reached back and slid his hand under the back seat and between her legs.
“He asked me, ‘Do you want to go to jail?’ ” she testified. “Then he asked, ‘What can you do for me?’ ”
Officer Hollins’ conviction ensures he will no longer abuse his uniform or terrorize anyone else. He faces a combined 15 to 90 years in prison, and he deserves a stiff sentence that clearly shows criminals won’t be tolerated on the force.
Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said Tuesday that the department will begin administrative procedures for an “appropriate resolution” of any pending issues concerning Officer Hollins. Clearly, that has to mean his expulsion from the department.
The superintendent also should examine whether Officer Hollins’ partner, Officer Thomas Clark, warrants disciplinary action. Officer Clark was indicted last January on a kidnapping charge for allegedly detaining the Mississippi woman unjustly. That charge will be dropped in exchange for his testimony against Officer Hollins.
But Officer Clark admitted to violating several department regulations on the day Officer Hollis attacked the Mississippi woman. Officer Clark testified that he left work two hours before his shift ended, leaving the woman in his partner’s custody. In addition, the officers never called police dispatchers to notify them they had detained the woman and did not keep a required log of their activities. They also made no notations or report on the incident.
All these procedures are in place to protect both the suspects detained by police and the officers themselves. Officer Hollis would have had less opportunity to attack his victim if Officer Clark has followed those required steps. That’s why he should face consequences as well.
Albuquerque Police Department spokeswoman Trish Hoffman said Thursday an investigation is continuing but the man faces a potential charge for battery.
Hoffman says Food and Drug Administration authorities are also looking into the case and might pursue a federal felony charge for food tampering.
Police responded to the Sunflower Market in northwest Albuquerque on Jan. 26 after a woman called 911 and reported a store employee had given her what she was told was a yogurt sample. The woman told police she believed it was actually a bodily fluid.
Hoffman says the man was arrested on an unrelated warrant.
PORTLAND OR Feb 18 2011 — Safeway officials say they have proof that a local couple stole more than $5 million in merchandise from stores in the Portland Metro area over the past several years.
Police arrested Richard Lavern Remington, 52, and Angela Rose Evans, 32, on Tuesday and the couple was arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court Wednesday.
The probable cause affidavit showed that Safeway began formally tracking the pair last November after suspicions surfaced they had been shoplifting.
Evans told police that the couple stole mostly common items like shampoos, razors, Rogaine, teeth whiteners, conditioners to batteries, DVDs and CDs, according to the affidavit, which also said that Remington stole DVDs on 22 different dates since November.
The court documents said that store surveillance cameras showed Remington involved in 103 thefts between Nov. 19 and Jan. 14, and that Evans was present in more than half of those incidents.
Investigators said the couple would go to several Safeway stores a day and shoplift. They actually used a shopping list for the thefts provided by a a suspect still being sought.
Safeway security officer Trent Drucker estimates that Remington stole $400,000 a year in merchandise over several years, totaling $5 million over the span of thefts.
On Nov. 19, Safeway security officials placed a tracking device on a van driven by the couple. Whenever the van was driven to a Safeway, surveillance videos were carefully scrutinized.
In the weeks following, Safeway officials created a spreadsheet of locations and thefts, which they presented to Portland police. The couple was arrested outside a Safeway store in Portland’s Woodstock neighborhood.
Both suspects remained in jail after their arraignment. Their next court appearance was scheduled for Feb. 25.
Remington had an outstanding felony parole violation. He was accused of organized retail theft and multiple first-degree theft charges.
Evans was also accused of organized retail theft and multiple counts of first-degree theft.
Watertown NY Feb 18 2011 Mall Security personnel notified state police Monday afternoon about suspicious activity in Salmon Run Mall, prompting the arrest of a man who allegedly had heroin.
Nicholas A. Deegan, 20, of 624 S. Hycliff Drive, Apt. B, also had $1,243 in his pockets and substances that are being analyzed as the investigation continues, police said.
He was arrested in the vicinity of Burlington Coat Factory shortly after 4 p.m. on third- and seventh-degree counts of possessing a controlled substance and second-degree obstructing governmental administration. With bail set at $10,000 by town of Watertown Justice James P. McClusky, he was being held Tuesday in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building to await grand jury action.
In addition to heroin, he is charged with possessing two broken tablets of Suboxone, a prescription drug for treatment of opiate addiction that was not contained in a prescription bottle.
An investigator with the state police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team declined to elaborate about the “suspicious activity” that apparently was witnessed by a mall security officer. When a trooper approached and ordered Mr. Deegan to keep his hands out of his pockets, the suspect failed to comply, the investigator said. The trooper addressed Mr. Deegan by name, but the suspect repeatedly denied that was his name, police said.
Mr. Deegan was arrested by state police in August on a second-degree burglary charge in connection with a summer home intrusion on Lehigh Island in the town of Alexandria. He subsequently pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor, second-degree criminal trespass, and was sentenced in January in Jefferson County Court to three years’ probation and the 50 days he had spent in jail awaiting the disposition.
Source:Watertown Daily News
THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Feb. 18, 2011 — /PRNewswire/ — Mounted officers from area police departments will join Troopers from the Alpha & Omega (A&O) Mounted Security Patrol for specialized training for horseback patrols. The A&O Certification Academy will be held at the Willis Ag Arena in Willis, Texas, near Houston, February 16 to 19. A&O instructors often work with police departments across the country to provide the specialized training
Participants in the academy include Troopers assigned to The Woodlands Township patrols and officers from the City of Keller Police Department and from the City of West Monroe, LA, Police Department. They will be trained in a variety of crowd management and situation monitoring techniques. Graduates and their horses will demonstrate skills at a graduation ceremony on Saturday, February 19, which is open to the public and includes a helicopter drill with the horses.
The academy is designed to put the Trooper and mount through the most extensive, challenging situations. Riders learn to control their horses surrounded by sensory extremes like fireworks, sirens, helicopter noise, smoke and flares. A helicopter drill will demand that horse and rider withstand several simulated chopper situations common at large events: fly-overs, hovering, circling and high speed dive bombing. The “final exam” requires that horse and rider successfully navigate an obstacle course of bridges, sprinklers, cans, and other barriers.
As the only private mounted horse patrol company in the nation, Alpha & Omega stages the academy to certify riders in professional security measures. Company founder and Chief Executive Officer Frank Keller has custom-designed the curriculum to equip Troopers to perform various security tasks that protect public safety and property.
“Law enforcement groups have recognized the value of specialized mounted training like that offered by the A&O instructors,” Keller explained. “During our 21-year history, we have developed a program that covers all the skills needed for a mounted officer and a trained horse.”
A&O mounted patrols are on the front line of security at many places where the public gathers and always work closely with local police departments. Mounted officers are especially effective as a deterrent to criminal activity. They are sitting almost ten feet in the air with a wide range of vision often making them the most visible presence in a comprehensive security system. This academy is designed to prepare riders and horses for maximum effectiveness in both routine patrols and dangerous situations.
Alpha & Omega Mounted Security Patrol, family owned and operated since 1990, is the nation’s largest and oldest private mounted patrol. Highly trained, uniformed Troopers provide public safety services at mixed use developments, amphitheaters, music festivals and other mass gatherings at locations across the United States.
The lawsuit filed by Yasine Moudarrir and his wife accuses Suite and the Epicentre of being negligent.
In an interview taped last month, Yasine’s wife told WBTV her husband’s injuries are devastating.
“I hope that whoever did this to him is not going to be out enjoying their lives. I hope they’re going to get what they deserved,” said Jenna Shirley.
This lawsuit claims that on December 20th Yasine and his friends went to Suite at the Epicenter.
Police say security guards tried to clear the floor when a fire alarm went off and that’s when a fight broke out. Yasine’s friends found him unconscious on the 3rd floor.
In the lawsuit, Yasine and his wife allege that the club “failed to properly interview, perform background checks, hire, train and supervise individuals.”
The couple also claims bouncers at the club, “intentionally threatened bodily harm by use of physical force”.
Yasine was seriously hurt in the incident and since then has remained in the hospital. For weeks, doctors weren’t sure if he would survive.
“The fact that the people responsible for it can’t own up to it is disheartening,” said Shirley.
WBTV reporter Sarah Batista stopped by Suite, but no one was there. In a previous statement, the owners said they are working with authorities and maintain the incident did not happen on their property.
Yasine’s attorney told WBTV his hospital bills are more than $400,000.
A second person has come forward claiming he was also attacked by bouncers at Suite. He plans to file a lawsuit.
The case is expected to go to a jury.
New York City NY Feb 18 2011 In the hours that police lost track of stabbing spree suspect Maksim Gelman, he crossed paths with a New Yorker whose quick thinking likely led to the accused killer’s dramatic capture in Times Square.
Security guard Kennie Morel talked to Gelman for about 30 minutes last Saturday morning before the Army Reservist could discreetly exit the train to make the 911 call that would lead to the killer’s arrest.
Morel, whose story emerged only Wednesday, told NBC New York that he boarded the train at 207th street, wearing his military uniform. Near 168th Street, the accused killer approached him and asked him about his military service.
After a few minutes of talking, Morel said Gelman pointed to a woman sitting on the subway reading the the New York Daily News.
“The guy goes up to the woman and points to the front cover and says the picture is him,” Morel said. “He put the mug shot side-by-side with his face and says ‘I’m a fly dude’ and ‘can you believe what they’re writing about me?’”
Gelman, who is accused of killing four people and wounding four others, then pointed to a photo of one victim, Yelena Bulchenko, and said, “That’s my girlfriend.”
At 125th Street, where the train is above ground, Morel tried to pull out his phone to call police, but noticed Gelman watching him. Gelman asked him what he was doing and where he was from in New York. After a few minutes of silence, Gelman continued to stand next to Morel.
“He seemed calm, but he did look kind of crazy. I knew this guy killed three people, I tried to keep calm so he wouldn’t act up,” said Morel. “I feared for my life, and the lady’s life, and the other passengers on the train.”
Morel finally got the opportunity to leave the train at 96th Street. He called police and described Gelman, including where he was on the train.
“I never thought about not calling the cops, even though I feared for my life,” Morel said. “The truth is that I want to become a cop. I looked at it as an opportunity to do what I want to do. I’m trying to get my certificate at the police academy.”
Morel grew up in upstate New York before living for a few years in the Dominican Republic. He now attends classes at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in addition to working as a security guard.
New York City NY Feb 18 2011 Two TSA officers were busted Wednesday for stealing $40,000 from a bag at Kennedy Airport they thought belonged to a drug dealer, a law enforcement source said.
Under questioning, the pair also admitted swiping up to $160,000 from other unsuspecting passengers.
Rogue agents Davon Webb, 30, and Persad Coumar, 36, were busted after a sharp-eyed colleague blew the whistle.
They were charged with grand larceny, possession of stolen property, conspiracy and official misconduct. Each was held in lieu of $15,000 bail after their arraignment Wednesday night.
“TSA has a zero tolerance policy for theft in the workplace,” the Transportation Security Administration said.
“The disgraceful actions of a few should not reflect negatively on the … 50,000 TSA officers across the country who work each day to keep the traveling public safe.”
Coumar X-rayed luggage destined for an American Airlines flight to Argentina on Jan. 30. Then he phoned Webb, who was assigned to the baggage belt area. Webb confirmed there was cash inside, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.
Brown said Coumar found $170,000 wrapped in tape. He took $40,000 and met Webb in a bathroom, where the employees hid the loot in their clothing, Brown said.
A TSA agent tipped off a supervisor, triggering an investigation by Port Authority cops.
Cops found $16,000 at Webb’s Bronx home.
They also found $23,980 at Coumar’s Jackson Heights home. He had spent $20 on food, authorities said.
A law enforcement source said the details of the investigation will be forwarded to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The passenger who checked the bag arrived safely in Argentina and never told authorities he was missing any cash.
One source said most of the bags – aside from the $40,000 theft – were chosen randomly.
Another source said the duo targeted drug dealers because they didn’t think criminals would report the thefts.
Webb, who joined the TSA in 2004, and Coumar, who started in 2002, are expected to be fired, officials said.
Matthews NC Feb 18 2011 Police have arrested five people they say were involved in a scheme to swap large amounts of cash and marijuana at a Burger King in Matthews.
In all, authorities say, they recovered more than 4,000 pounds of marijuana and $250,000 in cash. Investigators say the scheme included a former police officer from Mexico, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court on Wednesday.
Ubaldo Sandoval, Ana Bertha Sandoval, Jaime Fregoso Arellano, Ciro Noe Guerrero-Rosales and Hector Tegeda Galvan have been charged with conspiracy and possessing to distribute at least 1,000 kilograms of marijuana.
The Sandovals were also charged with conspiracy to launder money related to drug trafficking. Police say Ana Sandoval wired large amounts of money to Mexico and other places via a Bank of America branch on W.T. Harris Boulevard.
They were arrested after investigators say they tried to swap about $250,000 for 700 pounds of marijuana at a Burger King in Mint Hill on Tuesday
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission has sued Monroe-based PMC Strategy in federal court in Charlotte. The agency says the firm persuaded investors to put up nearly $670,000 under false pretenses.
The lawsuit says PMC only invested some of the money in foreign currency as planned. The suit accuses the firm of misappropriating about $128,000.
The lawsuit also says PMC claimed it was making profits while it was experiencing six-figure losses.
The firm’s principals are Michael Hudspeth of Statesville and Timothy Bailey of Monroe, where Bailey is a pastor.
Calls to phone listings for both men were not immediately returned Thursday.
Syracuse, NY Feb 18 2011 A Broome County woman has been charged for having a sexual relationship with a student when she was employed at Onondaga Cortland Madison BOCES.
Former teacher’s assistant Christen L. Hayes, 30, of the Town of Chenango was charged on January 27th with three counts of 3rd Degree Rape, 3 counts of 3rd Degree Criminal Sexual Act, three counts of 3rd degree Sexual Abuse, three counts of 1st degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and one count of 1st degree Unlawfully Dealing with a Child.
The arrest was made after Onondaga County Sheriff’s Detectives investigated allegations that Hayes was involved in inappropriate activity with a student.
The investigation started in October of 2010.
Detectives say Hayes started a relationship in 2009 with a student under the age of 17.
They say the alleged incidents happened during the months of June 2009 and February 2010.
Hayes was arraigned in the Town of Dewitt Court and sent to the Onondaga County Jail on $10,000 bail.
She posted bail and was released.
Rape in the 3rd degree is a class E felony, criminal sexual act in the 3rd degree is a class E felony, sexual abuse in the 3rd
degree is a class B misdemeanor, unlawfully dealing with a child in the 1st degree and endangering the welfare of a child are class A misdemeanors.
Stafford NY Feb 18 2011 A 26-year-old Stafford man apparently had a bad day at the Department of Social Services office and when a security guard told him it was time to leave, he didn’t immediately comply.
“The situation became verbal and then it became physical,” said Trooper Mark Catanzaro.
The initial 9-1-1 call for assistance came into the Emergency Dispatch Center at 11:14 a.m.
Taken into custody and facing a possible harassment, 2nd, charge is Steven Joseph, who listed an address in Mancuso Heights, off Seven Springs Road, Stafford.
The security guard was checked by Mercy EMS as a precaution, but was not injured, though his jacket was torn.
Joseph did not appear injured either.
Catanzaro said Joseph was at DSS seeking services, but “it wasn’t going well.” He became agitated and the security guard suggested he leave and come back another day.
During the confrontation, the guard wrestled Joseph to the ground and held him there until law enforcement arrived.
Catanzaro was first on scene. A city police officer and Sheriff’s deputy arrived on scene seconds later.
FRANKLIN COUNTY, IN Feb 18 2011 – The 4-year-old son of a Franklin County, Indiana Sheriff’s Deputy has died after he was accidentally shot in the stomach by a gun he and his twin brother found in the basement of their home.
Aiden Mehlbauer died Wednesday evening at about 6:30 p.m. at Children’s Hospital after being shot in the stomach earlier in the afternoon.
The Batesville Police Department received a 911 call just after 4 p.m. that a shooting had occurred at 20140 Stacy Road.
Aiden’s mother told police that Aiden his twin brother, Mason, were in the basement while the mother helped their 6-year-old sister with her homework.
In the basement of the home there is an “office” area currently under construction in which the boys’ father, Greg Mehlbauer, a Franklin County Sheriff’s deputy, has stored his uniforms and other law enforcement equipment.
In that area, the twins located a loaded 40-caliber Glock semi automatic handgun. The boys were handling the gun when it discharged.
Greg Mehlbauer was not home at the time of the shooting.
The Hamilton County Coroner’s Office conducted an autopsy, and advised it could be 8 to 12 weeks before the full report is available.
Rochester NY Feb 19 2011 A University of Rochester Security officer on patrol entered the Delta Upsilon Fraternity House at 4:49 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 16, to discover the entire first floor area of the house engulfed in a haze of smoke. A fire alarm was pulled and the Rochester Fire Department responded to the scene. They determined the source of the smoke to be smoldering grease in the grease trap of the basement kitchen.
According to UR Security Investigator Daniel Lafferty, the area was ventilated and the system was reset after the all clear was given by the fire department. The house manager was instructed to have the grease trap cleaned out.
News of an arrest of the police commander and a private investigator came as a shock to their friends and colleagues, according to NBC Bay Area’s Jodi Hernandez.
According to the state Department of Justice Cmdr. Norman Wielsch was arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of distributing marijuana, methamphetamine and steroids. Wielsch has been with the state justice department’s Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement for the past 12 years and supervised the local drug task force. Investigators told Hernandez that Wielsch is excused of taking drugs from his evidence locker.
The second suspect, 49-year-old Concord resident Christopher Butler, was also arrested and booked into county jail on similar charges. Butler is a well known private investigator. He has been featured on NBC Bay Area News, the Today Show and the Dr. Phil show as a crime expert.
The Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement began an undercover investigation of Wielsch last month after hearing allegations of possible misconduct, Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement spokeswoman Michelle Gregory said.
The investigation is ongoing, but so far there is no indication that any other law enforcement personnel were involved in Wielsch and Butler’s alleged activities, according to the Department of Justice.
Both men are in the jail in Martinez with very high bail amounts.
Source:Bay City News
FLORENCE, AL Feb 18 2011 – Two construction workers are accused of stealing almost 50 pounds of pot from the evidence vault.
Florence Police are currently undergoing some reconstruction on their dispatch center. In January, part of the project included installing an exhaust fan in vault.
The construction workers were allowed in the vault, accompanied by a police officer. During the installation, they were able to sneak out with a total of 48 pounds of marijuana over a three day period.
“It started with a small amount. They were able to get out with that small amount, got a little braver,” said Chief Rick Singleton.
An audit of the vault alerted police to the missing evidence, which lead to the arrest of Scott Raymond Burgert and Bradley Thomas Jones. Both are charged with theft of property first and trafficking marijuana.
As of Wednesday, they have only found four of the missing 48 pounds of pot.
Florence Police are conducting an internal investigation to find out how this happened.