Yuba CA April 4 2011 The former manager of a Yuba-Sutter private security firm who was charged last year with molesting an 11-year-old girl and possessing child pornography is facing a new charge of embezzling from the firm.
Daniel Rodriguez Garza Sr., 46, was charged Tuesday with taking $15,818 from DWB Protective Services by having customers pay in cash or by checks payable to him. The head of the company learned of the theft while researching contracts for a police report on an alleged burglary, said Sutter County Assistant District Attorney Jana McClung.
Garza waived a preliminary hearing in November on the molestation charge and was held to answer on the pornography charge, neither of which is related to DWB Protective Services. A trial date has not been set.
Garza is being held without bail in Sutter County Jail.
LONDONDERRY MA April 4 2011 — A TSA employee who worked at Manchester Boston Regional Airport has been arrested on five counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, according to police.
Police arrested Dwayne Valerio, 44, at his 192 Rockingham Road home on Friday, March 18, according to Lt. Robert Michaud. Police released few details on what led to his arrest, citing the alleged victim’s age.
“The victim is a juvenile,” he said.
Valerio is now being held on $50,000 cash or surety bail at the Rockingham County jail in Brentwood, jail officials said.
“The offenses were to have been committed several years ago,” Michaud said. “It was reported at a later time and the pursuant investigation led to the arrest of this gentleman.”
Ann Davis, a TSA spokeswoman, said she could not discuss the individual case beyond a written statement.
“TSA cannot comment on an ongoing police investigation, however, we can assure travelers the charges against the individual are not related in any way to his employment with TSA,” the statement said. “Upon his arrest, TSA took immediate action and the individual is no longer working at the airport.”
The TSA has been the focus of protests and scrutiny in the last year for using new “advanced imaging” machines at some airports during security screenings. Critics have claimed the technology is invasive. Those who opt out are subject to “enhanced” pat-downs.
Two girls between the ages of 14 and 18 got into a fight on the dance floor shortly before 10 p.m., Moraga police Chief Robert Priebe said. The fight, which primarily featured hair-pulling, eventually spilled out into the lobby of the theatre and a private security company hired to oversee the event called police, Priebe said.
Nobody was arrested in the fracas, which ended when the teenagers dispersed after pepper spray was used, Priebe said. The Moraga-Orinda Fire District also was called to the scene to tend to a handful of teenagers who were sickened by pepper spray, Priebe said.
The New Rheem Theatre has been hosting “Teen Night” parties since August. The event is a gathering of kids for dancing and DJing, and is sanctioned by private groups. An event to be hosted by three Lamorinda high schools is scheduled for later this spring and despite what happened Friday, there are no plans to cancel it, Priebe said.
Mu Beta Global Enterprises LLC (MBGE), based out of San Antonio, Texas, has begun supporting international shipping and oil carriers with protection services. With teams of Embark Security Specialists and High-Speed Vessels, MBGE will ensure all personnel and property are protected with the highest level of vigilance.
MBGE operates in areas of high threat to counter pirate organizations who hold cruise hostages ransom for lucrative sums as well as commandeer merchant vessels and cause companies to lose millions in goods. MBGE has found a practical solution every enterprise can use.
Areas of interest range from the Gulf of Mexico to the Indian Ocean. Protection in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and Persian Gulf are some of the most dangerous waters for ocean liners and carriers to travel. MBGE’s teams of former US Marines and US Navy sailors conduct operations according to US and International maritime law. MBGE’s professionalism and skill seeks to ensure client operations are completed on time and intact. In order to facilitate situational awareness in areas of operation, MBGE coordinates with various intelligence agencies as well as host nation port authorities.
MBGE also offers personal protection services and security training services. Individuals seeking to get involved in private security or private military industries can attend courses in MBGE’s formal training schools for certification and job placement.
Client service requests may be executed within 24 hours of contract acceptance. MBGE was created to make it easy for commercial entities to get their goods and patrons from port to port without incident.
Miami Fla April 4 2011 Dannette Willory sometimes spent entire nights studying in the Florida International University law library, working toward graduating this spring with her law degree.
But the 25-year-old will not be claiming her diploma with the rest of the class of ’11 FIU law school.
In what police are calling a murder-suicide, Willory died in the arms of rescue workers from a single gunshot wound Friday.
The rescue workers were called to an apartment complex at 870 NW 210th St. in Miami Gardens where Willory lived with her mother, according to records.
In front of the complex, they found Willory bleeding in the driver’s seat of a Nissan, said Miami Gardens Police spokesman Ralph Suarez.
On the ground next to the passenger seat was the body of a 30-year-old man, dead from a single gunshot wound, and a firearm was found at the scene.
Police did not identify the man.
“I am almost sure this is a homicide-suicide but I can’t confirm it yet,” Suarez said. “Right now we are investigating to make sure we don’t have any other individual involved that we should be talking to.”
Police are not aware of any relationship between Willory and the man.
Willory had recently finished an internship with the State Attorney’s Office in Broward County and shared her aspirations to become a prosecutor in a recent class presentation.
“She loved what she did and she wanted to work as a prosecutor to prevent just the kind of violence that happened to her,” said R. Alexander Acosta, dean of the College of Law at FIU.
She was also a member of FIU’s Law Review, a student-run organization that compiles articles on legal topics and publishes them in a journal.
FIU College of Law Student Bar Association President Joe Goldberg said she was one of few “hand-picked” students who served on the review.
But beyond her school achievements and her diligence, friends remembered Willory for her ability to smile in the toughest moments and her wish to help others.
“You always saw her smiling, even when law school could be tough at times,” Goldberg said. “If you had a question, you could always ask Dannette and she would always try to find the answer for you.”
OBERLIN OH April 4 2011 — A senior citizen has been charged with kidnapping a 13-year-old girl at gunpoint and raping her in his home.
John Howard, 68, was arrested Tuesday after the mother of the girl called police to report the alleged crimes.
The teen told police that she was riding a bike near her home on March 27 when a man approached her and showed her a gun tucked in the waistband his pants.
The girl said that the man said, “Come with me or I will shoot you.”
The teen said she went to the man’s home because she was scared.
According to a search warrant, the girl identified Howard’s home as the house where the alleged rape took place. A police officer also said that the teen positively identified Howard out of a photo lineup.
The teen said she got away from Howard because she told him that her family would be looking for her at dinner time.
She told police that Howard said that if she did not return the next day, he was going to shoot her and kill her family because he knew where they lived.
Howard was arraigned in Oberlin Municipal Court on March 30 and ordered released from the Lorain County Jail on the same day after posting a portion of a court-ordered, $50,000 bond.
Channel 3 reporter Paul Thomas spoke to Howard at his home. But Howard refused to answer any questions about the alleged crimes or if he knew the teen who made the accusations.
Police seized five guns from Howard’s home, along with underwear, hair fibers and fingerprints.
An alleged thief sprayed a Boston Store employee with pepper spray before fleeing the scene Saturday with stolen merchandise, Madison Police said.
The suspect was spotted taking off security tags from men’s clothing and putting the merchandise into a black handbag at the West Towne Mall location, according to the police incident report.
The victim, a Boston Store loss prevention officer, ran after the suspect into the mall’s parking lot, Madison Police Department spokesperson Joel DeSpain said.
The suspect then sprayed the victim in the face with a stream of pepper spray, DeSpain said. The victim was later treated for exposure to pepper spray.
According to DeSpain, the suspect then sped off in her car.
Police said the suspect’s car is described as being an off-white or cream colored Chrysler 300M with significant front-end damage.
At the time of the incident the suspect had her hair worn in a ponytail, was wearing a white sweater and carrying a black handbag, police said.
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Alexandria LA April 4 2011 A security officer at the Alexandria Mall was hit Wednesday by a car occupied by a man he tried to stop for allegedly shoplifting, according to an Alexandria Police news release.
Police responded to a report of shoplifting at Dillard’s. When they arrived, Latish Pickens, 35, of Pineville, already was in custody. But Seamon Holden, 30, also of Pineville, left in his car and backed into one of the security officers while fleeing, according to the release.
Holden later was taken into custody.
Holden was charged with shoplifting, possession of a controlled dangerous substance I and aggravated battery. Pickens was charged with shoplifting and possession of a controlled dangerous substance I.
Ethel Bolton, 75, posted by the store’s entrance inside the shopping center Wednesday holding a sign that read “Abercrombie: Pedophiles sexualizing little girls thru clothing.”
U.S. retailer Abercrombie & Fitch has come under fire for offering a push-up bikini top to young girls.
Its “Ashley” bikini — described as “padded” and a “push-up” — was posted on the Abercrombie Kids website earlier this week.
The company declined to comment Saturday, but noted it has since updated the description of its bikini online.
The product is now being offered as a padded, “striped triangle.” Bottoms are sold separately.
This is not the first time the company, known for its sexy style of marketing campaigns, has come under fire with consumers.
In 2002, the retailer pulled controversial T-shirts after complaints they were racially insensitive. One shirt showed Chinese laundry workers with conical hats and the phrase, “Wong Brothers Laundry Service: Two Wongs Can Make It White.”
In 2003, the company — under pressure from some consumer groups — said it would stop issuing racy catalogues and halt the publication of its holiday book, which featured nude young adult models in sexually suggestive poses.
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. April 4 2011 – Charlotte County Sheriff’s detectives arrested a jewelry store employee for stealing $20,748 in jewelry and pawning the stolen items.
Detectives arrested Karen Marie Fisher, 27, of Port Charlotte, on 13 felony charges in connection with stealing jewelry from her employer, The Watch Doctor, 3782 Tamiami Tr., Port Charlotte.
The investigation started Feb. 22 when the store owner reported several pieces of jewelry missing and suspected Fisher at that time but did not have proof. Detectives checked the pawn database and found Fisher had made several transactions since Dec. 1, 2010 at two Port Charlotte pawn shops. The jewelry at the pawn shops was identified by the owner of The Watch Doctor.
On Mar. 10, the owner reviewed store video and it showed Fisher cleaning the top of a showcase, reach in, take an item and putting it in her purse. On Mar. 15, detectives located more stolen jewelry at a North Port pawn shop. Items included diamond rings, gold rings, pendants, and bracelets.
Fisher was located and arrested Tuesday and transferred to the Charlotte County Jail. She is charged with five counts of Theft by and Employee, four counts of Dealing in Stolen Property, and four counts of Giving False Verification to a Pawnbroker.
She remains in jail on $42,500 bond.
Rhayda Barnes-Thomas, who worked in the Charles County school system, was charged with theft from a government program and making false statements. She appeared in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Md., and was released on her own recognizance. Her attorney declined comment.
Prosecutors said Barnes-Thomas used Title I funding, federal aid awarded to school districts with large numbers of children from low-income families, to buy more than 200 electronics items, including Nintendo Wii consoles and games, televisions, iPads and iPods.
The alleged theft of more than $100,000 was uncovered during an audit last fall.
Barnes-Thomas, 40, of Accokeek, Md., had been the school district’s Title I coordinator since 2006.
“We’re shocked that any school employee, regardless of their position, would allegedly misuse funds designated for children — and in this case, funds designated for our most economically disadvantaged students,” said school system spokeswoman Katie O’Malley Simpson.
She said Barnes-Thomas was placed on administrative leave in December and no longer works at the school.
The investigation began when school system employees noticed that four Apple laptops bought with Title I funding were missing, according to the complaint. Two of the laptops were taken by two school district employees and later returned.
The other two laptops were found outside a school district building last December along with a newspaper article about the investigation into the missing computers, the complaint said.
Barnes-Thomas initially lied about the alleged theft by denying to an investigator that she possessed items bought with Title I funding.
The theft charge carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years, and making false statements is punishable by up to 5 years.
Kahului HI April 4 2011 32-year-old Kahului man remained in custody last night for allegedly stealing five knives from Kahului Macy’s and then pushing a security guard who tried to stop him.
Teodoro Ilar, who was charged with theft and harassment, was taken to Maui Community Correctional Center today with a $1,100 bail.
Police said Ilar put the knives, worth $347, in a backpack and left the store about 11:30 a.m. Monday. A security guard stopped him in the parking lot, but Ilar pushed him and fled, police said.
Officers arrested him nearby.