Deputy Marshal John Perry
United States Department of Justice – United States Marshals Service
End of Watch: Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Tour of Duty: 26 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Incident Location: Missouri
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Shot and killed
Deputy Marshal John Perry was shot and killed in St. Louis, Missouri, while serving a warrant.
At approximately 6:50 am Deputy Marshal Perry along with approximately ten other U.S. Marshals and St. Louis police officers went to the suspect’s home to serve a felony warrant for assault on a law enforcement officer and drug possession.
The officers were able to remove several children from the home before beginning their search for the suspect. As the officers searched the home for the suspect, he opened fire on them, striking one deputy marshal and one St. Louis police officer. In a second exchange of gunfire, a second deputy marshal was shot and the suspect was shot and killed.
Deputy Marshal Perry was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds later in the day.
Deputy Marshal Perry had served with the United States Marshals Service for 10 years and had previously served 16 years as a probation officer for the Madison County Probation and Court Services Department.
Agency Contact Information
United States Department of Justice – United States Marshals Service
2604 Jefferson Davis Highway
Office of the Director
Alexandria, VA 22301
Phone: (304) 623-0486
Please contact the United States Department of Justice – United States Marshals Service for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.
Information on this memorial is preliminary. A final determination on line of duty status may be made at a future date.
ORLANDO Fla 9 2011 Orange County Sheriff’s deputies say a couple beat a 3-year-old child to death because he peed his pants.
Robin Greinke, 26, and Steven Neil, 33, were arrested Thursday night on charges of child abuse, first-degree murder and child neglect.
Investigators said on Feb. 28 the couple punched and struck the boy for more than an hour after he urinated on himself.
“They were upset with him and they tossed him and spanked him and punched him,” said Chris Dillon, a homicide investigator.
After the attack subsided, deputies said Neil and Greinke then ordered pizza and watched a movie.
It wasn’t until around 5 a.m. on March 1 that the couple called 911. Greinke told investigators she made the call because her son was wheezing and she couldn’t sleep.
When paramedics arrived, they performed CPR but were unable to save the child.
Initially doctors thought meningitis was the cause of death. However, after an autopsy, medical examiners attributed the child’s death to physical trauma.
Neil and Greinke both confessed to drinking beer and hitting the child numerous times.
Deputies said Neil has a history of abuse with both women and children.
The child would have turned four years old in May.
On Friday, a judge ordered Neil be held without bond at the Orange County Jail.
Greinke was denied bond during her first appearance in front of a judge Saturday.
Greinke’s court appearance was delayed a day because she was on suicide watch at the jail.
Seattle WA March 9 2011 – Seattle’s homicide rate dipped in 2010 to the level last seen in 1956.
Seattle Police Chief John Diaz released the city’s 2010 crime statistics at a news conference Tuesday morning.
Only 19 homicides took place in 2010, according to Diaz. Detectives were able to solve 15 of those homicides.
Chief Diaz said major crimes also dropped for 2010.
One crime that did rise was aggravated assault. Police said domestic violence calls were responsible for the rise. The department is working on solutions to what it said is a growing problem.
The department credits community policing and partnerships with community members and prosecutors for the drop in crime.
Washington County Sheriff’s deputies say 20-year-old Alexander Salazar-Olivares immediately resigned his position before his arrest Feb. 24. He has been charged with first degree sex abuse and first degree sodomy.
The investigation was launched Feb. 16, after the student reported the alleged crime to someone in a mandatory reporting position at the school, located at 18550 SW Kinnaman Road.
Detectives believe the sexual contact took place in Salazar-Olivares’ office during school hours.
Salazar-Olivares maintains that the relationship was consensual, though the victim in the case says it was not.
Salazar-Olivares was employed by Aloha High to be an instructional aide for special needs children at the school, but detectives say the student involved was not a special needs child.
Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Robert Rookhuyzen at 503-846-2673.
The co-director of the musical, high school music teacher Samantha Brown, 29, of Carlisle, was arrested Feb. 25 and charged with stealing more than $3,000 from the West Perry Musical Booster Club’s bank account.
Boosters became suspicious when she tried to access the account while on a vacation cruise.
The alleged theft occurred between June 2010 and February 2011 and involved more than 40 transactions in which funds were withdrawn, according to the state police report on the incident.
Brown was arraigned before District Judge Elizabeth Frownfelter and faces a preliminary hearing at 9:30 a.m. on March 9.
She has been charged with felonious theft. She was released on her own recognizance.
Brown has been employed by the district since September 2005. Superintendent Rhonda Brunner said Brown was a long-term substitute at the elementary school before she was hired to teach music at the high school.
Brown was placed on a 10-day paid leave on Feb. 15, pending the result of the state police investigation, Brunner said.
“While we want to be as transparent as possible to the taxpayer, we don’t want to compromise the ongoing investigation,” Brunner said.
Brown’s final disposition awaits the results of an ongoing internal investigation by the building principal, business manager and superintendent, the superintendent said.
The district is monitoring other student activity accounts under Brown’s control.
Her arrest will not have an effect on the high school production of “The Music Man.”
“The other co-director and another employee stepped in and they’re doing a wonderful job,” Brunner said.
The musical will be staged at 7 p.m. on March 3-4, and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on March 5 at West Perry High School.
The affidavit of probable cause, filed by the investigating officer, state police trooper Steven Strawser, describes his meeting on Feb. 7 with school officials, and Julie Smith, treasurer of the West Perry Musical Booster Club.
“Smith reported she was recently contacted by First National Bank of Mifflintown. The bank reported that Samantha Brown recently inquired about having her MAC card in relation to the West Perry Musical Booster Club Bank Account authorized to be used out of the country,” Strawser wrote in the affidavit.
“This request was denied but it raised concerns … Brown was currently on vacation on a cruise,” Strawser said in the affidavit.
During a meeting on Feb. 15 at Brown’s home in Carlisle, Strawser alleges that she “acknowledged taking monies from the account for personal use. Brown said she had fallen on tough financial times after her husband was out of work for an extended period of time. She began accessing monies from the West Perry Booster Club account to help ends meet and things got out of control.”
The affidavit of probable cause lists the total amount of money believed missing at $3,360.04.
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla.March 9 2011 — A school employee, who used to watch kids in an after-school program, is facing child abuse charges for allegedly taping a 5-year-old child to a chair. The school district was already considering firing 21-year-old Russell Rochon for other problems when he resigned.
When Rochon didn’t show up last Friday, kids started talking and that’s when the school first heard about a young student taped to a chair. Accused of binding a student to a chair with packing tape, Rochon had his own hands cuffed as he was led to jail.
Just last week, Rochon resigned from his after-school daycare position writing he was leaving South Lake Elementary School (see map) because of “his actions;” that was before anyone had reported the alleged abuse.
Police say students then came forward claiming Rochon taped a crying 5-year-old to a chair last fall as a form of discipline. Police say he turned the child and chair upside down, threatening to leave the student that way.
“This is certainly not just a 5-year-old victim telling us this story. Several students witnessed the incident, what happened,” explained Lt. Todd Hutchinson, Titusville Police Department.
Parents were given a letter by the school with few details about the arrest.
“I think it’s disgusting, I really do, the way our children are being treated in the schools, I really do,” parent Judy Peters said.
At Rochon’s home in Mims, his grandmother came to his defense.
“This is ridiculous,” she told WFTV. “This whole thing is a ridiculous misunderstanding.”
Rochon just started working at the school in September. He was responsible for looking after as many as 25 students at a time and, within a few months, he had already been disciplined for spitting tobacco on campus, using foul language, and even offering to buy a student an energy drink.
Police said there was another incident, where students said Rochon held a child inside a garbage can. He has not been charged yet in connection with that incident.
Rochon is being held on no bond in the Brevard County jail.
Maricopa County AZ March 9 2011 Police arrested a woman last Thursday after she allegedly admitted to trying to kill her pregnant friend and take the unborn baby as her own, police said.
On Feb. 16, Maricopa firefighters initially responded to a fire reported at West Canyon Creek Drive in the Pinal County municipality, where the suspect, Kassandra Toruga, had set fire to the victim’s bedroom closet, police said. No information was available on Toruga’s age or home address.
Once they arrived at the residence, police found the suspect in possession of two large butcher knives and a pair of scissors, as well as diapers and clothes for the unborn child that she allegedly planned to use after performing a Caesarean section, police said.
The suspect admitted to the arson investigator that she had planned to kill her friend and take the baby, police said. No explanation was given for the fire.
Toruga, who police say has a documented history of schizophrenia, had her first appearance in court Friday before a judge and is currently in custody awaiting further review of her case, said Kostas Kalaitzidis, Pinal County Attorney’s Office spokesman. She faces charges of attempted murder, arson and burglary.
Police said that the victim has since given birth and is fearful the suspect will attempt to return and kidnap the child.
FOSTER, OK March 9 2011 (CNN) – Investigators believe a volunteer firefighter killed his two twin children, then set his home on fire and killed himself.
According to Sheriff Larry Rhodes his deputies went to the home because of a suicide threat call received on Saturday.
“It’s hard on communities like this,” Rhodes said. “Not only to mention, many of the first responders here today knew the residents and when they arrived at the scene, it’s tough on them not to do their job as they always do, but it’s emotional on them just to try and deal with it.”
When deputies arrived, they found the home on fire, which sparked a large brush fire. After two hours the fire was out, three bodies were found, a man and two five-year-old twins.
The firefighters name has not been released, but his colleagues said he was a volunteer firefighter for about eight years.
Holton KS March 9 2011 — A former Holton High School teacher is facing sexual assault charges involving a juvenile. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says 37-year-old Tad Hernandez was arrested Thursday afternoon and booked into the Jackson County Jail.
He was later released from custody on a $30,000 bond. Hernandez faces charges of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and criminal sodomy.
The Kansas Attorney General’s office will handle the case.
Hernandez was a business teacher at Holton High School. He resigned from USD 336 in December, after he was placed on temporary suspension. Community members tell us Hernandez was also a Youth Leader at a Holton church.
Mentor OH March 9 2011 A Mentor man is accused of knocking over a security officer at the Super Kmart after he was caught shoplifting.
Johnathan Sulhan, 20, was trying to steal CDs from the story Friday afternoon, Mentor Police Lt. Tom Powers said. He cut the plastic covers from them with a box cutter and hid them in his coat.
A security officer stopped Sulhan as he left the store; but, instead of cooperating, Sulman knocked her over, Powers said.
The guard grabbed onto Sulhan’s leg, and he dragged her along the floor until more people came over to stop him.
Sulhan was charged with robbery and possession of a criminal tool. Specifically, the criminal tool is the box cutter.
Mentor Municipal Court Judge John Trebets arraigned Sulhan today. He set his bond at $10,000, which was posted. Sulhan’s next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday.
If convicted of both charges, Sulhan could face between two and nine years in prison.
GOSHEN NY March 9 2011 — Orange County’s probation department has no dedicated security detail.
At the start of 2011, the county cut the sheriff’s deputy position. The deputy used to inspect bags and use a metal detector to screen members of the public as they entered the department.
“As it stands right now, there’s nobody there, and it’s a dangerous situation,” said Thomas Mignone, president of CSEA Local 7900/7902, the union that represents probation staff.
The union filed a grievance, but got no response from the county through the step procedure, Mignone said.
The union has filed a demand for arbitration, and filled out a workplace violence complaint with the state Labor Department’s Public Employee Safety and Health Bureau.
The union is awaiting responses on both of those measures.
Orysia Dmytrenko, spokeswoman for County Executive Ed Diana, said Diana “has reached a decision to hire a private security company to secure the outside of the probation department.”
The company — the name of which the county would not release, because they are still working out contract details — will be in place within two weeks, Dmytrenko said.
A deputy normally assigned to cover the Department of Motor Vehicles area is also patrolling through the probation office, Dmytrenko said, and that will continue once the security guard is in place.
She said Sheriff Carl Dubois made the decision to pull the full-time deputy slot from probation as part of a reallocation of resources, and that Diana, after speaking to the probation director and staff, decided to add “another layer” of security by hiring the guard company.
Dmytrenko said the county had already been weighing the idea of hiring private security for probation.
Dmytrenko said the county is confident that the security guard, supplemented by the deputy patrol, will meet probation’s needs and ensure the public’s safety.