He didn’t say exactly how much money was missing.
“This loss was identified through a routine administrative process,” Mannion said, announcing the missing money in a written statement on the same day that an outside agency’s report calling for the revamping and tightening-up of a number of department policies and processes was made public.
“The decision to notify the state police to investigate this loss is an example of the department’s position to be credible to the public we serve,” said Mannion, a retired state trooper and former commanding officer of the Connecticut State Police’s Central District Major Crime Squad.
Neither Mannion nor acting Chief Gaetano “Guy” Nappi were available for questions on the missing money.
Mannion’s statement said that he was “unable to release further details as this is now an ongoing investigation.”
COLUMBUS, N.M. March 23 2011
The sheriff for Luna County is requesting that the entire Columbus Police Department step down until the federal investigation involving city leaders in a firearms trafficking ring is over.
Sheriff Raymond Cobos asked the remaining trustees in Columbus to vote on having the police department step down.
City leaders in the southern New Mexico village of Columbus were arrested Thursday in a federal raid investigation that involved smuggling firearms from the United States to Mexico, Luna County sheriff officials confirmed.
“I’m dismayed, I’m disheartened, certainly disillusioned,” said Cobos. “I think violation of the public’s trust is something that I categorize as a pretty heinous crime.”
Mayor Eddie Espinoza, Police Chief Angelo Vega and city Rep. Jose Blas Gutierrez were arrested on allegations of firearm violations, stated the indictment that was released Thursday afternoon by the U.S. attorney’s office in New Mexico. Espinoza was charged with one count of conspiracy, three counts of making false statements in connection with acquisition of firearms and three counts of firearms smuggling. Vega was charged with one count of conspiracy. Gutierrez was charged with one count of conspiracy, seventeen counts of making false statements in connection with acquisition of firearms and 19 counts of firearms smuggling.
In all, 10 people were arrested when law enforcement authorities executed a search warrant at their homes, one place of business and the office of the Columbus Police Department. Ian Garland, 50, of Chaparral, N.M.; Alberto Rivera, 40, of Columbus, N.M.; Miguel Carrillo, 30, of Columbus, N.M.; Ricardo Gutierrez, 25, of Columbus, N.M.; Manuel Ortega, 25, of Palomas, Mexico; Vicente Carreon, 26, of Columbus, N.M.; and Eva Lucie Gutierrez, 21, of Las Cruces were arrested.
U.S. attorney’s office officials said 24-year-old Ignacio Villalobos was not arrested, which means he is a fugitive.
Elizabeth Martinez, spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office, said the defendants purchased about 200 firearms from Chaparral Guns in Chaparral, N.M., which is owned and operated by defendant Ian Garland.
According to the indictment, the defendants purchased guns favored by the Mexican Cartels, including AK-47-type pistols, which are weapons resembling AK-47 rifles but with shorter barrels and without rear stocks, and American Tactical 9 mm pistols.
The defendants obtained firearms from Chaparral Guns by falsely claiming they were the actual purchasers of the firearms, when in fact they were acting as “straw purchaser” who were buying the firearms on behalf of others, the indictment alleges.
Law enforcement officers seized 40 AK-47 type pistols, 1,580 rounds of 7.62 ammunition, and 30 high-capacity magazines from the defendants before they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border. The indictment alleges that 12 firearms previously purchased by the defendants later were found in Mexico and were traced back to these defendants.
Martinez told KFOX14 the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations office in New Mexico and Texas, Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S.attorney’s Las Cruces office were all part of the investigation that led to the arrests.
Cobos told KFOX14 he would have extra patrol throughout the community regardless of whether if the trustees don’t get rid of police officers during the investigation. He encourages the public to call 911 if they see any suspicious activity in the area.
On Thursday afternoon, a KFOX14 crew went to the Columbus Police Department station to get a response on the raid, but the one police officer that was there wouldn’t comment. No one answered when KFOX14 knocked on the mayor’s front door at his home for answers to our questions.
Everyone arrested will make an appearance in a federal courthouse in Las Cruces Friday.
If convicted those charged with conspiracy could face up to five years of imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. Those convicted of making false statements in connection with the acquisition of firearms face up to five-years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. And those convicted of unlawfully concealing and facilitating the transportation of firearms knowing that the firearms were intended for exportation from the United States could face up to 10 years of imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.
A man who escaped Saturday after being taken in for a mental evaluation was killed by an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer, Modesto police said.
Police said the man, who was not identified, was taken at 11 a.m. for a 72-hour evaluation and escaped six hours later.
The man ran into a nearby neighborhood, went into the canal and tried to break into several homes, police said.
Authorities said he took a piece of glass from a window he busted and cut his throat. That’s when police said the off-duty CHP officer confronted him.
Witnesses said he raised a piece of glass and came toward the officer, who then shot and killed him.
Police were investigating the incident.
FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn.March 23 2011 — A doctor said to have run a pill mill is headed to prison.
A judge sentenced Dr. Samuel Ashby to nine years Monday for illegally dispensing drugs, defrauding TennCare and attempted tax evasion.
According to prosecutors, Ashby ran a cash-only clinic in Fayetteville and prescribed powerful painkillers to patients, even if they didn’t need them.
Ashby was taken into custody and will begin serving his sentence immediately.
Big Bear Lake CA March 23 2011 Sheriff’s deputies in Big Bear Lake, Calif., arrested a co-star of the hit TV show “Pawn Stars” at a bar on Sunday after they said he shoved a deputy and a security guard.
Corey “Big Hoss” Harrison, 27, of Las Vegas was booked into jail at the sheriff’s Big Bear Lake station on suspicion of battery and resisting arrest.
“We did hold him for a couple hours to let him sober up and then we released him,” said San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Arden Wiltshire. “That’s standard procedure for us.”
Deputies issued him a citation.
An bar employee at Murray’s Saloon and Eatery at 672 Cottage Lane flagged down a passing deputy when Harrison and another customer got into an argument shortly before 10 p.m.
Wiltshire did not know the nature of the argument or why Harrison was in Big Bear Lake.
When the deputy stopped and began investigating the dispute, Harrison attacked the deputy and a guard, officials said.
“He pushed a deputy and pushed a security guard at the bar,” Wiltshire said.
Harrison is known on the History Channel’s “Pawn Stars” as “Big Hoss” and has been working for his grandfather’s Las Vegas pawn shop since he was 9, according to the show’s website.
TUCSON AZ March 23 2011 – A $5 million claim has been filed against Pima County by a sheriff’s deputy who was acquitted of rape last September.
The claim alleges Michael Canizales continues to suffer emotionally, financially, personally and professionally because of how sheriff’s officials and prosecutors treated him after a co-worker accused him of raping her in January 2009,
The Arizona Daily Star reports the Tucson Police Department determined there was no probable cause for a criminal charge against Canizales, but the claim says prosecutors pursued charges against Canizales anyway.
Deputy Pima County Attorney Tom Dugal says they are investigating it and will respond accordingly. Dugal declined further comment.
Ratliff’s vehicle and a note were found in a nearby parking lot. Authorities were still investigating but said it appears to be a suicide, police said.
The sheriff’s office set up a sting operation at a house in Wildwood. The home was used to lure would-be sex offenders, investigators said.
During a media briefing on Tuesday, detectives played the dramatic video of the arrests as they happened. Twenty-two arrests were made in just five days. It’s part of a joint effort by three counties and the state to reel in Internet sex predators.
Detectives posed as young teens or their parents to lure would-be sex offenders to the bait house. They were apprehended at the door and taken into custody. Most of them also arrived with condoms and phones or laptops used to find the “fake” victims from ads or the website Craigslist.
The roundup comes just one week after Citrus County officers busted another 22 suspects.
“And how many of these sick people are out there preying on our children that we do not apprehend? If we can do two weeks of operations like this in our area and get 44 people as a result of just two weeks, how many more are doing this to the children of this state and getting away with it?” Sumter County Sheriff Bill Farmer said.
Those arrested included a security guard from Universal Orlando and a couple from Lady Lake, who investigators say showed up together. They all had similar reactions when the front door of the bait house opened to reveal armed deputies.
“Obviously, they’re coming to meet a 14-year-old child and, when they’re greeted at the door with three deputies ordering them to get on the ground that they’re under arrest, it’s terror,” said Lt. Kevin Hofecker of the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.
Among the 22 arrests, there are a total of 50 felony charges. Anyone convicted will be placed on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s sex offender and predator list.
A separate civil lawsuit filed in 2010 and unrelated to Friday’s charges alleges inappropriate contact dating back to 2007.
Cambridge-Greenwich Police Chief George Bell said that Eric McHenry, 37, of Queensbury, was charged Friday in the Cambridge Village Court on three counts of misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child.
The three children involved range in age from 8 to 12 years old. The allegations stem from inappropriate contact McHenry allegedly had with the students in May and June of last year, but Bell said on Monday that an additional witness had alleged that the touching continued until as recently as last Tuesday.
Bell said Friday’s charges stem from allegations that McHenry touched the students on their buttocks and rubbed their thighs. Interviews conducted by police indicate there are at least three additional children with whom McHenry had inappropriate contact. “This guy has been rubbing their shoulders, backs, down as far as their pantline,” said Bell of additional allegations of abuse not included in Friday’s arraignment.
Bell said the police investigation, which began approximately two weeks ago, is ongoing and that additional parties would be interviewed this week ahead of McHenry’s next scheduled court appearance on Monday, March 28. Additional charges are expected.
A separate lawsuit was filed last August and identified the school district, McHenry, school Superintendent Matthias Donnelly and school Principal Benjamin Pisani as co-defendants.
That lawsuit alleges a “series of sexual harassment, physical and verbal incidents” of which the school administration had knowledge of and did not act on. It alleges that the plaintiffs became aware of inappropriate contact in May of 2010 between McHenry and the plaintiffs’ two daughters, then enrolled in the second and fifth grades.
Bell said he had been made aware of those allegations made last May, but that the parents of the two students did not want their children to provide testimony to police at that time, “because of what they’d been through with the school,” he said.
The lawsuit alleges a previous incident during the 2007-08 school year, with a separate student then enrolled in the seventh grade. That student’s parents reported McHenry’s alleged behavior to Donnelly and police in the fall of 2007.
According to the lawsuit, Donnelly told police at that time that the district knew McHenry was a “touchy feely” type of teacher at the time he was hired, and that the matter would be handled internally.
That lawsuit seeking $5 million in damages is adjourned for pretrial motions until Nov. 1.
McHenry was placed on paid administrative leave on Friday by the school district. A written statement released on the school’s Website states that the district takes the allegations seriously and that officials would be cooperating with authorities.
KENT, Wash. March 23 2011- A female teacher at Kentlake High School was arrested last Thursday after she was accused of having sexual contact with a 17-year-old male student, the King County Sheriff’s Office said.
The mother of the victim went to school authorities two weeks ago with her suspicions after she found nearly 800 text messages between her son and the teacher on the boy’s cell phone, authorities said.
The teacher,Barbara Jeanne Anderson, who just turned 37, was immediately placed on paid administrative leave, the Kent School District said. She remains on leave, pending results of the investigation.
According to court documents, the son told investigators he had sexual contact with the teacher in a car one night. Those documents also allege that the teacher drove the student to get marijuana on a different night.
The school district sent a letter to parents at the school on Monday telling them a teacher was placed on leave for “allegations of an inappropriate relationship” with a student.
“We want the community to know we’re worthy of their trust, regardless of what one person may or may not have done,” said Chris Loftis, the district’s executive director of communications.
The teacher was booked into the King County Jail for the Class C felony of Investigation of Sexual Misconduct with a Minor. She was released the next day and has not yet been charged.
Parents and students were shocked by the allegations.
“You don’t expect it to happen at a school like this,” said Michala Dymond-Shaw, a student at Kentlake High.
But if the allegations are not true, “It’ll completely destroy this teacher’s life forever,” Dymond-Shaw said.
Lower Swatara Township police Chief Richard Wiley said a witness approaching the vehicle after the 8:30 p.m. rollover crash saw the driver shoot himself after surviving the crash.
After surviving a wreck in which his vehicle left the roadway and flipped over twice, the driver, a cop, shot himself with a pistol and died as a result of the gunshot. James Wilson, 42, a part-time Highspire Police Officer, crashed on South Eisenhower Boulevard near the TurnpikeBridge around 9pm Sunday. Responding officers foud Wilson in the car, a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The incident remains under investigation, and anyone with information is asked to contact Lower Swatara police at 717-939-0463.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. March 23 2011– Sacramento police officers said some alert security guards caught two men red-handed with 400 pounds of copper wire.
“I always do a routine check on this gate right here. …I noticed once this outside subject was receiving the copper cable from the gate,” said security guard Chue Vue.
Security guards called police and held the suspects until police arrived. The men were arrested at the Smud Corporation yard on 59th Street and Folsom Boulevard.
“I approached him and told him to halt, and he ran out to the wall and dropped the copper,” said Vue.
One suspect in the back of the patrol car said there is simple explanation why he was near the corporation yard.
“I got something to say you know. I’m about handling my business, you know what I’m saying. I got some cans in that Dumpster down there, and the dude said he saw me hop this fence,” said the suspect who said his name with Charles.
“He did not see me do nothing. He seen me up against that wall right there and pick that wire up, and I walked over to him and I said hey man I found this wire,” said the man.
Security guards said copper thieves often break into this yard, but it’s the first time they’ve been able to make an arrest.
The two men face a number of felony burglary charges.
Austin TX March 23 2011 An assistant band director at Hendrickson High School is under arrest for carrying on an inappropriate relationship with one of his students, according to Pflugerville ISD police.
Andrew Polk was placed on administrative leave after allegations surfaced about a relationship involving Polk and a 15-year-old female student. According to investigators, the relationship began in a series of text messages that began in June of 2010. Polk was arrested on Thursday. He has since resigned from his position at Hendrickson High School.
Polk is being charged with having an improper relationship between an educator and a student, a second degree felony.
ARKADELPHIA, Ark.March 23 2011 — Authorities say a former police officer shot and killed himself on a houseboat near Arkadelphia after he kidnapped his ex-wife and her new husband.
Clark County Sheriff Jason Watson said Monday that 50-year-old Andrew Scott Pettit took the couple at gunpoint on Friday to an island on DeGray Lake where Pettit had married the woman. Watson says the couple was released uninjured.
The sheriff says Pettit shot himself and was dead by the time authorities reached the houseboat. Watson says he was once a police officer in White Hall and had also worked as a firefighter.
“We were travelling at a high rate of speed for a few blocks,” Officer Caesar recalls, “where he saw one male hanging out of the window and he fired at me. Fragments of the ricochet from the bullet were flying up the window and the emblem was hit on my car, and I thought I was hit. When I realized I wasn’t shot I proceeded with the chase,” Caesar said today.
Other officers joined the pursuit even as the bandits were smashing into parked cars. The chase came to an end in Southwest Philadelphia when the suspects crashed, but Reid pulled his gun and officers fired.
Officer Adrian Hospedale was hit in the face by a ricochet and knocked out. He has recovered physically and is now back on the job.
Williams and Reid now face 25-50 years in prison when they are sentenced.
Auburn CA March 23 2011 Two Sacramento men were arrested in Auburn on suspicion of burglary and identity theft, after a Target store security guard recognized them as individuals suspected of previously using a stolen credit card at the business.
The men, identified as Stacy Alan King, 22, and Michael Raymond Adame, 28, are suspected of vehicle burglaries in Sacramento and Placer counties.
They entered the Target store on Bell Road in Auburn at 6 p.m. Saturday, and the security guard recognized them as suspects in an incident that had occurred the previous week, according to a Placer County Sheriff’s Department news release. Store security officers monitored the men and called the Sheriff’s Department. Deputies detained the men as they left the store.
Sheriff’s officials said King and Adame were found in possession 20 California driver’s licenses. Investigators contacted 20 separate victims who reported their purses and other items had been stolen when their cars were burglarized in Placer and Sacramento counties.
Investigators suspect the men had been targeting vehicles at gyms and night clubs for several months, then using the victims’ credit cards to purchase electronic items and gift cards.
Both men were booked into Placer County Jail.
Atlanta GA March 23 2011 A lawsuit was filed by two US commercial airline pilots regarding the new screening procedures as they stated that due to this privacy rights were violated and they were too encompassing.
There were concerns that militants can easily hide bombs under clothes and can be a threat to the entire plane and following this air travelers were required by the US Transportation Security Administration to go through full-body scanners or physical patdowns and air crew was also suppose to go through this.
Excessive radiation threat was what pilots and flight crews complained they were facing with the new procedures as they are suppose to go for frequent flights and when they already control the planes the unnecessary security is not needed.
The procedures were however revised by the Transportation Security Administration on November 13 but a lawsuit regarding the procedures was filed by two pilots under the US Constitution’s Fourth Amendment, which limits unreasonable searches and seizures.
One of the pilots who filed the lawsuit is Ann Poe and she states that she would always set off the metal detector because she has an artificial hip and following this will always be subjected to an enhanced patdown.
COLUMBUS, Ga. Marxh 23 2011The Columbus Police Chief takes action against one of his officers following an argument between a mall security officer and an off-duty police officer.
The officer now banned from Peachtree Mall for a year. 24-year-old Jonathan Jackson has been arrested and charged with criminal trespass.
According to Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren, Jackson has been employed with the Columbus Police Department for two years.
According to police reports, Jackson was at the Sunglass Hut in the mall last Monday.
Reports say that when a mall security officer came to talk to an employee at the store, Jackson told the officer to “Not stand behind him like that.”
The mall officer told Jackson to calm down, that’s when reports say Jackson identified himself as a Columbus Police Officer and said he had weapons on him.
When Jackson refused to leave, security called 9-1-1.
“He was told to leave several times. Mall security pressed charges for criminal tress pass and our officers arrested and took him to Recorders Court and he was bound over to State Court for trial,” says Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren.
Boren says these types of incidents are rare and when they do happen, they do not treat the officers any differently.
“Individual gets out there and breaks any law, they will be dealt with like any other citizen would be,” says Boren.
Mall security would not go on camera nor would the employee who was working at Sunglass Hut at the time…but she did say she was frightened and later had anxiety attacks from the incident.
Chief Boren says he has asked the Office of Professional Standards to step in.
Boren says it usually results in an arrest or in this case, an additional arrest.