ROSWELL, NM April 3 2011 Authorities say four people are dead after a fiery crash of a test aircraft at Roswell airport.
The Federal Aviation Administration says two pilots and two flight test engineers were aboard the Gulfstream G-6 plane when it went down about 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the plane was practicing takeoffs and landings. He says it had just taken off when it rolled and slammed into the runway.
He says the plane’s gear collapsed and the craft burst into flames.
There were no immediate reports of any other injuries.
Lunsford says the plane was owned by Georgia-based Gulfstream but it’s not immediately known whether the four victims were employed by the company.
A security officer has died after being stabbed to death at an after hours nightclub.
According to reports, the security officer tried to break a fight and was attacked by one of the men.
The name of the security officer has not been released.
Police are still investigating and no other details are available.
EAST ST. LOUIS IL APRIL 3 2011 — An early morning shooting inside of Blackmon’s Plaza left a security guard wounded and a crowd of people fleeing a nightclub seeking safer grounds.
And, while police were trying to determine whether there were injured patrons or what happened as a result of the gunfire that they heard coming from inside Blackmon’s Plaza, 127 Collinsville Ave., two additional fights broke out outside of two other clubs nearby.
At least 40 police officers responded to calls requesting help over the county 911 line and Illinois State Police Emergency Radio Network. Police said they received four other calls reporting shots fired, but that was never established.
Detective Michael Floore said police received information reporting a large fight inside of the club about 4:30 a.m. When the shots were fired inside the club, people started running out onto the streets, police said.
Floore confirmed that an unidentified security guard was shot one time. He was at St. Louis University Hospital getting treatment for the wound, Floore said.
“A rapper was in town and was at the club. A fight broke out inside. There were two security guards inside. At this time it appears that one guard was using his weapon on a patron that he was fighting with. And the gun went off striking the other security guard,” Floore said.
Floore said as police were approaching the door to Blackmon’s Plaza, shots rang out. He said somebody had pushed the victim out of the back door and had already taken him to the hospital. An East St.. Louis patrolman went to St. Louis to meet with the victim, Floore sad.
Police from Fairmont City, Illinois State Police and Caseyville came to East St. Louis’ assistance after they called for mutual aid back-up. East St. Louis had three patrolman on the streets at the time of the melee.
Some of the officers were upset because they said there were between 20,000-25,000 people in the city Friday night and only three police officers working because of layoffs due to budgetary issues. The officers said there is such a shortage that a detective is being required to work each weekend to assist patrols.
“That’s too dangerous of a situation when you have thousands of people in the city and only three policemen to cover,’ an officer could be overheard saying.
“It took us an hour and a half to get everything under control. While we were working on the fight at Blackmon’s Plaza , fights broke out on the outside of Club Flava and The Mansion,” Floore said.
No patrons or police officers who responded were injured.
Mayor Alvin L. Parks said there will be no discussion of closing the clubs early just because of the incident at Blackmon’s.
He said he’s heard different stories about what happened at Blackmon’s. But, the club will temporarily lose its’ liquor license, pending the outcome of an investigation.” Parks said.
“The situation warrants further investigation. We will have a liquor board meeting, probably Wednesday. We have to assess the situation a little more. We will deal with it accordingly
Warrants charge Matthew Johnson, 34, of the 8900 block of General Grant Lane in south St. Louis County with second-degree invasion of privacy.
“Johnson had a hidden camera shaped like a pen, and he would hold it and maneuver it in such a way as to capture revealing glimpses of the girls’ anatomy,” said Capt. Joseph Delia, a Maryland Heights police detective.
The girls were not aware they were being videotaped. The district became aware of the videotaping March 31 when a staff member reported suspicious activity.
School administrators called the Maryland Heights police when they became aware of Johnson’s alleged actions, Mickey Schoonover, director of School-Community Relations with Pattonville School District, said.
“Based on our investigation, there is no evidence the videos were shared electronically or in any other form nor was there inappropriate physical contact,” Pattonville Superintendent of Schools Michael A. Fulton said in a letter to parents.
Police arrested Johnson about 4 p.m. March 31. Johnson, who has been with the district six years, resigned the same day, Schoonover said.
On Friday, Johnson was in St. Louis County Jail in Clayton on $50,000 bond.
The school resource officer was notified by school staff that the teacher may have been under the influence of alcohol. He investigated and determined that she was intoxicated in public and then arrested her.
School officials tell Newschannel 3 that Kellam is currently on administrative leave.
She has been teaching for Virginia Beach public schools since September of 1993.
Amid announcements of several other arrests earlier this week, Gwinnett County police listed 28-year-old Edward Thornton of Atlanta as wanted but still at large. He was picked up Friday, making him the fifth arrest in the investigation spearheaded by Gwinnett detectives, spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said.
Thornton’s Gwinnett arrest warrants charge him with two counts apiece of armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime, stemming from the following two incidents in the Mall of Georgia area:
• On Nov. 11, Thornton and others reportedly robbed a Dunbar Armored courier outside the Bank of America at 1500 Buford Highway in Buford, making out with approximately $62,000.
• On Dec. 7, Thornton and at least one other suspect robbed another courier inside the Mall of Georgia, during which shots were fired. The suspects made out with about $162,000, warrants said.
Stacey Lamont Dooley and Ashley Henderson, two of the original arrests made in the case being worked by Gwinnett, DeKalb and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials, were charged with murder and aggravated assault by DeKalb County officials Thursday.
Those charges stem from the March 25 shooting death of Lawrenceville resident and armored car courier Garry Castillo outside a Kroger store in Atlanta.
Dooley, Henderson and Quinton Lamar Booker also face armed robbery and conspiracy charges in Gwinnett, and are awaiting April 11 court appearances in Gwinnett County Jail.
Marietta police have also arrested 32-year-old Veronica Bullard of Lithia Springs. Bullard, employed by Dunbar Armored until her arrest, has been charged with armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and is also expected to face charges in Gwinnett.
HOUSTON TX April 3 2011 — A man accused of fatally stabbing another man has been charged with murder, but police are still looking for the suspect.
The attack happened in the 5300 block of West Alabama at about 6:15am on March 21.
According to Houston police, Jim Andrew Lee, 58, was working as a security guard for an office building and parking garage when he got into an altercation with Antone Richie, 53.
Richie, who is believed to be homeless, was apparently digging through a dumpster at the office building. Police say at some point during the altercation Richie pulled a knife and stabbed Lee several times.
Lee was taken from his home to Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital on March 22. Doctors pronounced him dead on March 26.
Richie is charged with murder. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
It was 3:45 a.m. Friday when police were advised of an known vehicle in the 8900 block of Mariposa. A security guard made the call and just the day before, Thursday, Potter County deputies took a burglary report at that same location.
When patrol deputies arrives, the suspected vehicle was seen leaving the area. According to the Potter County Sheriff’s Office, the vehicle then began eluding police and a chase ensured.
During the chase, two suspects bailed out of the vehicle, police said. A third suspect fled in the vehicle.
Police said the vehicle was found a short time later but the driver had left on foot. Several items were found inside the truck and were identified by a representative of the property as items stolen from the previous day.
Carly Kaye Black (Mitchell,) 32 and Shaun Allan Dillon, 32, both of Amarillo were arrested on the charges of criminal trespassing. Black was also charged with possession of a controlled substance. She was out on bond for possession of a controlled substance and fraudulent possession or use of identifying information.
Friday afternoon, Potter County deputies located Christopher Allen Winter, 26, thanks to an anonymous tip. He was found at a local Walmart. During his arrest, police say he resisted and assaulted two of the deputies. He was booked on Assault of a Public Servant and several outstanding warrants.
The incident remains under investigation.
On Friday night police charged Kareem Jamall Henderson, 28, of Stanton, New York with the robbery. Henderson was already in the jail. He was arrested earlier this week for robbing a Papa John’s delivery driver at gunpoint.
Police say that incident happened in the 400 block of Vance Avenue Wednesday night. The driver was making a delivery and was not able to find the address given by Henderson.
That’s when, police say, the driver called him back and officers say Henderson told him to stay where he was and that Henderson would come to him.
Minutes later Henderson approached the driver and pulled out a handgun, police say. He told the driver to lay on the ground, then stole two pizzas, $45.00 cash, and the driver’s cell phone. He then ran away.
The bank robbery happened in Tuesday, February 1, just after 4. Police say Henderson walked into the bank, waited for a few minutes, then ran and jumped the counter, demanding money from tellers at gun point.
A customer alerted a security guard who was outside the bank.
When the robber came out of the bank the security guard fired twice, missing the robber, but sending one bullet across the busy four lane street and into the bank directly across from Bank of America. No one was hurt.
Here is the full press release given to WBTV:
On Friday April 1, 2011 Salisbury Police Criminal Investigators made an arrest on the Armed Robbery of Bank of America at 500 W. Innes St. The robbery took place February 1, 2011.
During the robbery the suspect jumped the counter and displayed a weapon to the clerks. He took the money and ran from the bank. The security guard on duty fired two rounds missing him. The suspect was able to elude capture at that time.
Police investigators T.B Shulenburger and PJ Smith working off of a Crime Stoppers tip were able to develop the name of the suspect and through their investigation secured warrants on Kareem Jamall Henderson, age 28, of 3311 Alaska St. New York, NY. He was charged with Robbery with a Firearm and placed back in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $250,000.00 bond.
His first appearance was set for 040411.
Kareem Henderson was already in the RC Detention Center for the previous charge of Robbery with a Dangerous weapon of a PAPA John’s Pizza delivery guy on 03312011 in which he received a $100,000.00 bond.
Salisbury Police Chief Rory Collins praised the community for providing assistance with this case. Immediately after the robbery occurred the department received multiple tips all of which were followed up on by detectives. It was not until the latest tip that we received enough evidence to bring the charge at this time.
This is a perfect example of the benefits of a strong partnership with the community.
Joseph Cordova, 34; Chad Norton, 34; and Matthew Charniga, 39, were charged with burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, comprehensive theft and conspiracy to commit comprehensive theft. They were booked into the Clark County Detention Center.
The three men, all Las Vegas residents, worked as technicians in McCarran’s IT Division. According to the arrest report, the men allegedly bought equipment – universal remotes, an air compressor motor, an audio mix deck and a wireless camera – using airport purchase orders.
Police were alerted to the thefts in October after an airport official became concerned about the purchase of a $172 air compressor motor, according to the arrest report. Investigators determined the motor didn’t match the air compressor models McCarran used, and began looking over years of purchase orders.
Over the course of the investigation, officials learned that other equipment purchased between March 8 and May 19 of last year didn’t match the systems being used at McCarran and Henderson Executive Airport.
Authorities said Cordova told police he programmed a universal remote for the TV at his home and Charniga told police he installed a video surveillance system at his home with equipment bought through McCarran.
McCarran spokeswoman Elaine Sanchez called the thefts “incidents of misconduct” in a prepared statement.
“To date, two employees have been terminated and airport management will continue its administrative course until these matters are resolved,” she said in a statement.
MEMPHIS TN April 3 2011 — There are accusations against the Transportation Security Administration is engaging in gender discrimination.
The issue began with a memo directed toward all TSA officers.
It included a schedule change based on gender.
TSA considers it a necessity; the union considers it discrimination.
“It’s just un-American,” said Valyria Lewis. “As a woman, I was outraged.”
The union president is also a TSA officer in Memphis.
She traveled to Nashville this week over concerns about a memo posted behind glass at Nashville International.
“It was desperation. It was anger. It was a feeling of helplessness and hopelessness because they felt that they had no other outlet,” said Lewis.
Currently, women working as lead transportation security officers can either work baggage or the checkpoint.
For many, certification in both means job security and a better paycheck.
But in the memo, the man in charge made a move to stop female lead officers from working baggage.
Starting soon, they can only take shifts at the checkpoint.
“As a woman, it’s frustrating for me, to tell me that I can’t. To simply just tell me that I can’t because I’m a woman; that’s frustrating to me, and that’s why I make the stand,” Lewis said.
According to a TSA spokesman, “It is necessary to ensure that an appropriate number of both male and female officers are available to carry out screening responsibilities at the security checkpoint.”
The bottom line, TSA said, is it’s an operational need.
Lewis said she doesn’t buy it.
“We’ve fought EEO cases for women across the country and won those cases because the TSA can’t use operational need to justify an alleged discrimination,” said Lewis.
The union said the new policy discourages female workers from trying to climb the ladder — just part of the reason it plans to encourage workers to formally complain.
“We’re willing to fight it all the way to the end,” said Lewis. “We’re seeing this constantly at different airports.”
In the Washington Post on Thursday, a TSA spokesman acknowledged a gender gap in the TSA ranks and said the agency is trying to recruit more officers, including women, to work at airports in Nashville and across the nation.
Police charged Sabrina Milo, 34, who teaches art at Fort Hamilton High School, with making a terroristic threat, a felony. Milo was taken from Brooklyn’s Fort Hamilton High School in handcuffs on Friday.
More than one colleague of the teacher came forward Friday and told administrators that that Milo made threats to bring a concealed shotgun to the school and that she said something about “Columbine,” a source told Fox 5.
Police were investigating whether the comments were empty talk, or something else.
In May 2010, Milo had been reassigned for a disciplinary action but was reinstated to the school in September, the source said.
Students at the school told the New York Daily News that Milo hit a student’s hand with a ruler.
Milo, who has been at the school since 2001, has been reassigned away from the school pending an outcome of the investigation, the Department of Education said.
New York NY April 3 2011 A security guard says she suffered a broken ankle after being arrested for not helping cops subdue a suspect – even though she told police she couldn’t leave her post.
The NYPD and Civilian Complaint Review Board are investigating the allegations by Anyeris Reyes, 22, a guard at an Audubon Ave. apartment complex in Washington Heights.
Reyes said that on March 19 around 8 p.m., two plainclothes narcotics cops struggled to subdue a suspect right outside of the building she was guarding. After additional cops helped get the man under control, officers berated Reyes for not lending a hand.
Reyes said a cop scolded her, “You stupid b—h, why didn’t you help me?”
Reyes, who says she’s not allowed to leave her post, told the cop: “I’m not a police officer, just a security guard. … I’m not even allowed to step out of the building.”
Five minutes later, Reyes said a sergeant walked in and told her, “Yo, b—h, get up. You’re coming with us,” before cuffing her hands behind her back and placing her under arrest.
The 5-foot-7, 255-pound Reyes said that when she told a cop she was “too short and too heavy” to get up into the police van, an officer told her: “B—h, why should we help you if you didn’t help one of our guys?”
Then Reyes said the cop told her to lean on his shoulder and step into the van, only to move out of the way so she fell to the ground.
“He just let me fall. He was just laughing at me. I got up, and they threw me in the wagon,” she said.
Her ankle swelling, Reyes said she was forced to watch cops strip-search male prisoners at the 33rd Precinct, where her supervisor told cops that she was not allowed to step out of the building.
“We don’t wear bulletproof vests, we don’t have weapons. We’re not cops,” said Reyes, who was issued a desk appearance ticket and charged with “refusing to aid a peace or a police officer,” a class B misdemeanor.
Her court date is April 20.
Meanwhile, Reyes said she was in pain. EMTs called to the stationhouse took her to nearby New York-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia, where X-rays showed she had a fractured ankle.
“The doctor said I’m going to have long-term pain standing and walking,” said Reyes. The Civilian Complaint Review Board confirmed Reyes filed a complaint March 24.
A police spokesman would not comment, except to say the chief of department’s office also has launched an investigation.
Source:New York Daily News
“$150 is not worth a life,” hotel owner Ramesh Bhagat told Channel 2 Action News.
Police said the masked gunman, Kadeesh Comer, 21, was not happy with the amount of cash he swiped from the Quality Inn Suites on Old National Highway early Friday morning. Comer jumped over the counter and demanded money from the night clerk. The clerk handed over $150, said the hotel’s manager, but the robber wanted more.
“He asked for more money, but we said ‘We don’t have more money,’ because we do all business by credit card,” Bhagat said.
The gunman took the clerk into a back room and told the clerk to wake up the hotel manager to get more money, the owner said.
The commotion got the attention of the security guard, who did not want to reveal his name. He tried to step in and was shot at by Comer, who then jumped out of a hotel window and ran.
The guard took off after the robber. Both men were shooting back and forth when the security guard eventually shot and killed Comer.
“It was going back and forth. Either it was going to be me or him,” the guard said.
The guard said the robber fired four or five bullets that pierced hotel walls and windows.
“What if my kids were here, that’s all I was thinking about,” he said.
Kane, a decorated K-9 officer for the Clark County Sherrif’s Office, was assisting in the capture of 31-year-old Keegan Graves of La Center when Graves stabbed the dog repeatedly, according to police.
According to police, Keegan and a woman were in a stolen car which had been used to try and ram a patrol vehcile. When that was unsuccessful, Keegan allegedly fled the car and Kane gave chase.
Keegan has been booked into Clark County Jail on charges of harming a police dog, auto theft and attempting to elude a police officer.
Kane, who was scheduled to retire next year, has been a police dog for the past six years.
In a statement, a spokesman for the sherrif’s office said: “K-9′s hold a special place in the hearts of both police officers and the community members they serve.
K-9′s are often a crowd favorite at community events and schools.
The bond between the K-9 handler and their dog is very strong.”
Also charged in the incident was 22-year-old Natasa Cresap of Yacolt. She was picked up ona Department of Corrections warrant.
GULF SHORES, Alabama April 3 2011 — The death of a Robertsdale man who fell from the upper floors of a Gulf Shores condominium early this morning is being investigated as a possible suicide, Baldwin County Coroner Stan Vinson said.
Authorities are investigating the death of a man who fell from the upper floors of a Gulf Shores beach area condominium tower.
James Campbell, 45, was pronounced dead at the scene after falling to the driveway of the San Carlos Condominiums on East Beach Boulevard, Vinson said. He said Campbell was not staying at the building.
“Right now, we’re suspecting that he jumped,” Vinson said. “We’re not ruling it a suicide yet, not seeing anything that indicates that it’s anything other than that. He did not leave a note. But there’s no evidence, at this point, that he got into any kind of altercation.”
The incident was reported at 12:15 a.m.
Vinson said officials do not know from which floor Campbell fell. The building is 19 stories tall, according to previously published reports.
Campbell’s body was taken the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences laboratory in Mobile where an autopsy will be conducted.
The incident is under investigation by the Gulf Shores Police Department.
Hancock County Coroner Norma Stiglet identified the child as Blake Richardson. She said an autopsy will be performed today to determine the cause of death.
Authorities say at least three people were injured after two boats collided Saturday about 5:30 p.m. on the Jourdan River in the Devil’s Elbow area in Diamondhead.
In 2009, a Waveland girl was killed in a boating accident on the Jourdan River. Officials said Madison Karno, 10, was being pulled behind a boat in an inner-tube when the boat hit something. Karno died from the head injuries she received. She was a student at Coast Episcopal in Long Beach.
Bohorquez worked at the hospital as a part-time security guard for the past 2 1/2 years, hospital officials said.
“Several hundred employees attended her funeral (on Wednesday),” said hospital spokesman Mark Rabson. “People here have been crying for days. She was really appreciated.”
Bohorquez was found in her Summit Avenue apartment, fully dressed and with a crucifix laying across her chest.
Authorities have charged her boyfriend, the father of her two young children, Julio Roman-Matos, 29, in the murder.
The staff of the Medical Center is collecting money for Bohorquez’s family up until April 15, Rabson said.
Those wishing to contribute can send a check to: The LibertyHealth Foundation, Family of Marilu Bohorquez, 150 Warren St., 2nd floor, Jersey City, NJ, 07302.
For more information, contact Regina Andriolo, the foundation’s executive director, at (201) 377-6057.