Indio CA April 1 2011 A parolee was arrested early today on suspicion of burglarizing a Palm Desert bank.
Ryan Aaron Shelton, 30, of Thermal was taken into custody at 3:45 a.m. Thursday at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, where a casino security guard detained him, according to Deputy Herlinda Valenzuela of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Shelton had been identified as a suspect in the March 15 burglary at First Bank at 39575 Washing Ave., Valenzuela said.
Flyers with the parolee’s photograph were given to local law enforcement and casinos, which led to his capture, she said.
Another suspect, 33-year-old Chad James Green, was arrested March 17 on suspicion of the burglary.
The men allegedly gain entry into the bank after closing and took an undisclosed amount of cash. The burglary was discovered the next morning by employees.
Both were being held without bail at the Indio Jail.
Tulare County CA April 1 2011 A security guard working at a Tuesday-night Tulare Regional Medical Center fundraiser at the International Agri-Center was arrested in connection with the theft of a purse belonging to one of the event’s attendees.
William Quiran, 35, of Porterville was booked into the Tulare County Main Jail on suspicion of felony grand theft and misdemeanor of delaying a peace officer. He was not in custody Wednesday morning.
Police said the purse (a Louis Vuitton valued at $1,000) belongs to Ashley Vander Poel, who works for the hospital and is married to Tulare County Supervisor Pete Vander Poel. The purse also contained a $900 wallet, a $200 gift card, a $200 cellphone, a $500 check and items with personal information.
Tulare police Sgt. Richard House said officers responded to the Agri-Center after receiving reports of a stolen purse, which had been left in one of the facility’s rooms during the event’s dinner.
Officers contacted Quiran, who told police he had noticed a man near the room. Police said the security guard further told officers he saw the man walk north on Laspina Street and then get into a car, which headed south.
House said officers noticed the guard’s demeanor was suspicious, leading them to believe he was involved in the theft.
Officers continued their investigation, interviewing the guard, whose statement became evasive and inconsistent, they said.
Police said the guard started to help search for the bag, only to disappear a few moments later. He was found in an area where he didn’t belong, police said.
Officers located a car belonging to the guard, police said. Initially, the guard told police he had been dropped off.
Officers found keys belonging to the car and obtained permission to search it, House said. Officers found the purse in the car’s trunk. The purse and all the contents were returned.
“There was a full recovery of all the items,” House said.
Police estimated the value of the purse and contents at $2,820. “We don’t know if he had any concept of the value of the purse,” House said.
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Michael Jacob Edmondson, 32, is a social studies teacher at Frisbie Middle School in Rialto. Deputies arrested him about 3 p.m. at the school Wednesday, according to county booking logs.
Rialto Lt. Randy DeAnda said Sheriff’s deputies began an investgation at Edmondson’s Rancho Cucamonga home and Rialto police were not involved in the arrest.
Sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman could not disclose details of the arrest this morning.
Edmondson is now in custody at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. His bail is set at $100,000.
Sheriff’s Department is conducting an investigation. Detectives believe Edmondson may have had contact with multiple victims because of his occupation, Bachman said.
Edmondson was booked on suspicion of violating Penal Code section 311.11 – the possession of images depicting a minor engaging in sex or simulated sexual conduct.
He is also accused of violating Penal Code section 273.a – causing great bodily harm on a child.
Edmondson has not yet been charged by the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office. Both charges carry sentences of up to six years.
Rialto Unified School District officials could not answer specific questions about Edmondson’s arrest.
“The district is cooperating with local authorities in reference to this investigation,” said
Her shocking district spokeswoman Syeda Jafri. “However, it would be premature to make further comments when the investigation is still pending.”
Jeremy Shawn Parke, 39, was charged Wednesday with two counts of child abuse in Cleveland County District Court. Parke’s bond has been set at $100,000.
District spokeswoman Tierney Cook-Tinnin said U.S. marshals arrested Parke during lunchtime Wednesday at Roosevelt Middle School.
“What they did was they walked in and talked with the school resource officer — which is protocol — and told them, ‘We’re looking for this person.’ The resource officer went with them to help them find Mr. Parke,” Cook-Tinnin said.
“These are serious charges, which is why we want to and will cooperate with law enforcement and take immediate action and any action if necessary”
- District spokeswoman Tierney Cook-Tinnin
She said Parke was arrested just outside the school building.
Investigators said the teacher tortured his own two children.
In court documents, officers said Parke “pushed his (daughter) on the floor, dragging her on her chest across the carpet, causing numerous abrasions and a large bruise.”
Detectives said Parke did the same thing to his young son.
“These are serious charges, which is why we want to and will cooperate with law enforcement and take immediate action and any action if necessary,” Cook-Tinnin said.
School officials said they are sending messages home with parents and a substitute will teach Parke’s class in the meantime.
School leaders said they find it hard to believe a man who was dedicated to teaching children could be possible of harming his own.
Parke has worked with the Oklahoma City Public Schools system since 2006, according to a district spokeswoman. He has worked as a substitute teacher, a physical education teacher at Cleveland Elementary School and — most recently — as a social studies and science teacher at Roosevelt Middle School.
District officials said Parke has been placed on administrative leave.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. April 1 2011 – An Albuquerque police officer said what he found in a Jaguar outside the Balloon Museum “scared the hell out of him.” It was scary enough that the bomb squad, ATF and the FBI responded and blocked off the road to the museum for more than eight hours.
They also put nearby buildings on lockdown. Emergency crews came to the museum after a security guard spotted a suspicious man in a Jaguar in the parking lot.
The guard called police and when an officer looked in the car, he saw nearly a dozen devices that looked like pipe bombs, a suicide vest, car bombs and wires. After hours of examining them, police discovered the devices were not deadly. A man who says his name is Michael Murphy was testing what he calls “anti terrorism devices.”
“We developed a suicide bomb detection, standoff suicide bomb, car bomb protection and buried IED detection. We’re trying to get it to the market and we’re out doing testing,” Murphy said.
Police tell News 13 they could not charge Murphy with anything because he didn’t threaten anyone, and the devices didn’t contain explosives. Murphy says is not making any apologies and would do it again.
Madison WI April 1 2011 An armored car employee was charged with felony theft Wednesday for allegedly taking $20,000 in cash from a company truck and burying it in the yard outside his apartment building.
Burl Harper, 56, of Fitchburg, knew after taking he money on March 14 that it wasn’t right but took it because he was under a lot of stress, he told a town of Madison police detective, according to a criminal complaint.
Loomis Armored called police on March 16 after a worker told a manager the day before that the company was missing about $20,000. Harper confessed to management that he took the money, wrapped it in plastic and buried it outside his High Ridge Trail apartment, the complaint states.
The company found all but $135 of the money where it was buried.
Harper told Detective Robb Hale that taking the money done on the spur of the moment and that he used only about $40 of it to buy gas, gave $60 back to Loomis and had $100 tucked behind a picture frame at home, the complaint states.
Except it wasn’t a Wild West movie but a real-life scene on the streets of Los Angeles – captured on live television as a security guard died in a hail of gunfire in a stand off with police.
Jorge Alberto Jimenez, 31, was killed on Monday after being shot repeatedly following a 90-minute high-speed chase with police.
The video footage shows Jimenez – realising he has nowhere to go – eventually do a U-turn and get out of his white Honda Civic to confront the police.
His three-year-old daughter was in the back seat.
As he does so, he throws his arms up showing that he has a gun in one hand.
Jimenez then walks to the middle of the road but a shot rings out, catching him in the leg.
Falling to the ground, he aims his handgun at police and is killed in a hail of bullets.
Moments later, his girlfriend runs to the car to grab their three-year-old daughter.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lt Dave Coleman confirmed that he was shot several times and told reporters: ‘It appears that it resulted in a suicide by cop.’
It was later confirmed that the security guard was the brother of a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy and that he did not have a permit to carry a gun.
The chase started when police got a phone call from Jimenez’s pregnant girlfriend saying they had been fighting, he had been drinking and took their three-year-old child in the car with him.
She also revealed he had a gun with him and, according to AOL News, said to her: ‘If you tell the cops, tell them I have a surprise waiting for them.’
According to a sheriff’s department statement: ‘Investigators interviewed family members and learned that they spoke with suspect Jimenez via cell phone during the pursuit.
‘They said he threatened to shoot police if they laid down spike strips in an effort to stop him. Family members conveyed that information to Montebello Police Department personnel during the pursuit.
‘Jimenez also spoke directly to a Montebello Police sergeant and conveyed similar threats to her.’
Speaking to ABC News, his sister Nancy Jimenez said he called her and told her he loved her.
She said: ‘He called me and said “sister, I love you, I love you.” Those were his last words to me.’
She also disputes the facts of the case saying he simply wanted to take his daughter to McDonalds and he had a gun because he is a security guard.
According to LA County Sheriff’s investigators, Jimenez fired four rounds at officers at the end of the chase. The Montebello officers returned fire, shooting ten to 30 rounds.
Lt Coleman said: ‘As you can see by the placement of the cars, they stopped, he came out, raised the weapon, and an officer-involved shooting occurred.
Neighbour Mongol Santino witnessed the event and recounted the details for NBC LA.
He said: ‘He stopped and then all the cops got set putting their guns. Then he made a U-turn. The guy was trapped in, he was not going to go anywhere.
Mother: Jimenez’s girlfriend, who is reportedly pregnant with their second child, called police after the couple rowed
‘You had cops on your left, cops on your right. You just kind of figured in your head that this was not going to end well.
‘He was real pumped up like, “What?” ready for anything. That guy was not going to go down easy.
‘I saw him shoot back when he initially got shot first. He got shot in the leg and then when he leaned forward, that’s when he started shooting.
‘I think the cops went a bit too far though.’
Bullets were found in nearby apartments and cars but no one else was hurt.
An investigation will be carried out both on the case as well as a shooting review.
Speaking about the shooting, Sgt Terence Johnson told AOL News: ‘We would attempt to gain the person’s compliance, and if the circumstances dictate that your life is in danger, you are justified in using deadly force.
‘If someone steps out of the car waving a gun, that is already a deadly force circumstance. They are taught to shoot to stop the threat — to fire at the biggest target, which is the torso. That is the easiest thing to hit under the circumstances.’
A Boys and Girls Club employee is facing charges for allegedly inappropriately touching a young girl.
On Monday Lodi officers were contacted by school officials about a student who may have been molested on school grounds during an after-school program.
The School Resource Officer investigated the charges, and learned that Michael Porter had engaged in inappropriate sexual conversations and touching with a 13-year-old female student. The officer believes this behavior started at the beginning of the school year.
Porter was arrested Wednesday, and he was booked for lewd and lascivious act with a child under the age of 14.
Porter was a Boys and Girls Club employee hired as an after-school program aid. At this time, investigators do not believe there are any other victims. However, if parents or members of the community have concerns or information about Porter, call the Lodi Police Department at 209-333-6727.
NEW PHILADELPHIA OH APRIL 1 2011 — A former New Towne Mall security guard and his brother-in-law will serve 15 days in county jail as part of their sentences for stealing items valued at a total of nearly $1,000 from two mall stores last fall.
Steven E. McCue, 29, of 330 Sixth St. NE, New Philadelphia, was a mall security guard at the time of the incidents between Sept. 4 and Sept. 12, according to court documents.
McCue and his brother-in-law, James M. Ohler, 43, of 218 Gardner St., Uhrichsville, who was not a mall employee, changed their pleas to no contest and were found guilty prior to trials scheduled in February.
Both were indicted by a Tuscarawas County grand jury on two counts of breaking and entering and one count each of theft and petty theft.
County Assistant Prosecutor Bob Urban said McCue was sentenced Tuesday and Ohler was sentenced Monday. Both hearings were conducted by Judge Edward O’Farrell in Tuscarawas County Common Pleas Court in New Philadelphia.
McCue and Ohler each were sentenced to 12 months in prison, with that term reserved for imposition if either violates terms of two years of supervised community-control sanctions.
The men initially were to serve one year of sanctions and 75 hours of community service at a governmental, non-profit or charitable agency or institution in the county. However, Ohler said he is disabled and would not be able to complete the community service. He asked for another option.
O’Farrell granted Ohler’s request, extending the sanctions by one more year to a two-year term. McCue also asked for, and received, the new term.
Both men were ordered to pay court costs. No restitution was ordered because the stolen property was recovered and returned to the stores.
“A lot of the merchandise still had the price tags on,” Urban said of the $997 total in a report by New Philadelphia police investigators. Earlier indications from police stated that the value could be several thousand dollars, but less than $5,000 total.
After mall hours, the pair used a makeshift hook to pull clothing through a locked gate at the Deb store, according to Police Chief Jeff Urban. They forced open the gate to enter Lou’s Motorcycle Apparel, where they stole helmets and accessories, he added. The chief said the merchandise was found during a search of McCue’s home.
London April 1 2011 The woman, a 40-year-old dog handler, was detained after her vehicle was searched by police in a car park off Pudding Mill Lane, Stratford, on Tuesday evening, it has been revealed.
Scotland Yard said the arrest was made by Olympic site support unit (OSSU) officers after a tip-off.
They said they do not believe the incident is related to terrorism and said the site’s safety had not been at risk.
The woman is being questioned at a police station in East London.
Police said another car had been stopped and searched by the OSSU on the M11 on Tuesday and yesterday, but the driver had not been arrested.
Searches were also carried out at residential addresses in Kent and London.
It is understood a very small amount of a substance recovered by police was being forensically examined.
The woman is employed by private security firm G4S.
A spokesman for the Olympic Delivery Authority said: “There are robust measures to ensure the safety and security of the Olympic Park.
“We are working with the police in their investigation. At no point has the safety and security of the Olympic Park been put at risk.”
The arrest came on the day building work was completed at the £486m Olympic Stadium.
A spokesman for G4S said: “Our canine services team is licensed to hold small samples of explosives for training purposes and are required to undertake rigorous training and follow strict operational processes. G4S take breach of operational processes very seriously and are assisting the police with their inquiries in relation to this incident.”