TRUMANN, Ark.April 13 2011 — Arkansas police say a 30-year-old officer was shot and killed during a traffic stop and that they’ve arrested the shooter.
Trumann Police Chief Tony Rusher told Jonesboro television station KAIT that the suspect shot and killed officer Jonathan Schmidt at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday in Poinsett County as Schmidt and another officer were approaching the vehicle. Trumann is about 125 miles northeast of Little Rock.
Rusher did not disclose the suspect’s identity or say why police stopped the vehicle.
The Arkansas State Police is investigating the incident. Officials from the agency and the Trumann Police Department plan to discuss the case at a news conference later Wednesday.
Schmidt joined the police force in 2007.
End of Watch: Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Tour of Duty: 23 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Assault
Date of Incident: Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Weapon Used: Person
Suspect Info: In custody
Charlotte NC April 13 2011 Three teenagers with a history of “bulk larcenies” were arrested after police said they toted trash bags full of stolen items out of a southeast Charlotte Walmart on Tuesday morning.
Medford OR April 13 2011 A man who hid inside J.C. Penney at the Rogue Valley Mall in Medford until it closed, then stole $10,000 worth of jewelry before smashing two glass doors to escape remains on the loose today, police said.
Medford police Lt. Bob Hansen said the same man may have broken into the Yellow Submarine Car Wash on Court Street minutes later, based on surveillance video at both businesses.
Police responded to the J.C. Penney break-in at about 11 p.m. Monday and found the jewelry counter, the lower east-side glass door and the upper west-side glass doors smashed and the jewelry gone. Surveillance shows the man escaped out the west-side door.
“While investigators were there, we got another alarm at the Yellow Submarine Car Wash,” said Hansen. Officers found that a door had been kicked in, but nothing seemed to be stolen.
Surveillance tapes suggest the same man broke into both businesses, police said. He is described as white, about 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall with short dark hair and a muscular build. He was wearing a white T-shirt with “American Rag” on the front, with blue jeans and dark-colored shoes.
Another break-in occurred at 3:20 a.m. early this morning at CK Enterprises, a bike and specialty shop at 602 S. Central Ave., police said. A glass door was found smashed and someone had entered the business and moved around merchandise but did not take anything, police said. Officers are not sure whether the break-in is linked to the previous two.
Medford police ask anyone with information on these crimes or the identity of the suspect to call Detective K. Ivens at 541-774-2266.
Washington DC April 13 2011 A group of bipartisan Senators have been working on some new legislation that would increase training requirements for those who protect federal buildings in and around the capitol.
The Senate Bill which was introduced on April 11 would require more training for all building security personnel in the Federal Protective Service and add 150 people to the agency.
Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee stated that “poor management, serious budget shortfalls, and operational challenges have diminished FPS’ effectiveness and undermined public trust in the agency,” .
Lieberman added that recent Government Accountability Office investigations — showing that bomb parts could get through security and that an infant in a carrier was sent through an X-ray machine — show the need for enhanced training.
The legislation would require:
• Minimum training standards for contract guards.
• 80 hours of training before FPS deploys a newly hired guard and 16 hours annually for working guards.
• A workforce of no fewer than 1,200 full-time employees. That does not include thousands of contractors FPS uses to help guard buildings.
• “Overt and covert” testing of guard competence and building security.
• Addition of 15 canine security teams from 2012 to 2015.
Collins said FPS had fallen short in its vigilance of security.
“Unfortunately, the evidence indicates there are significant security problems at federal buildings where thousands of employees serve thousands more of our citizens every workday,” she said in a statement.
Other sponsors are ranking minority member Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii.
CHICAGO AL April 13 2011 – The company that owns the Applebee’s restaurant chain said on Monday it was immediately retraining its workers nationwide after a server at a suburban Detroit location accidentally served alcohol to a toddler.
The company, California-based DineEquity Inc, said it would also change the way it serves juice to youngsters to eliminate the chance of any mixups that could result in any more toddlers receiving mixed drinks.
On Friday, Taylor Dill-Reese went to an Applebee’s in Madison Heights, Michigan, where — among other things — she ordered her 15-month-old son Dominick an apple juice.
What the little boy apparently got instead was a margarita. His mom told WDIV-TV that she only realized something was wrong when Dominick “kind of laid his head on the table and dozed off a little bit and woke up and got real happy.”
The little boy reportedly began hailing strangers, too.
Applebee’s released a statement on Monday saying it was relieved that Dominick was “not seriously injured as a result of accidentally receiving the wrong beverage” and apologizing to his family “for the stress and worry this caused them.”
It said it would begin to serve apple juice to children only from single-serve containers at the table and would “retrain all severs on our beverage pouring policy, emphasizing that non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages must be stored in completely separate and identified .
BAY MINETTE, Ala. April 13 2011 – A local corrections officer has been terminated after admitting to sodomizing an inmate under his care. The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office arrested Baldwin County Sheriff’s Corrections Officer Jimmy Craft on sodomy first degree charges.
Investigators said on Tuesday, April 5, the Baldwin Count Sheriff’s Office received information from a third party inmate indicating improper sexual contact had taken place between a corrections officer and another inmate. The sheriff’s office opened a criminal and internal investigation.
An attempt to interview the inmate failed to reveal the identity of the corrections officer. Investigators were able to figure out that Corrections Officer Jimmy Craft could possibly be involved. On Wednesday, April 06, 2011, Officer Craft was placed on administrative leave with pay.
On Thursday, April 7, investigators received a written complaint outlining the sexual contact between the inmate and Officer Craft. Investigators asked to speak with the victim with his attorneys present.
Around 5:30 p.m., Friday, April 8, investigators met with the inmate and his attorneys at the BCSCC. A formal interview was conducted with the inmate at that time. The inmate stated he was taken from his cell by Officer Craft and told to have sex around February 12.
On Monday, April 11, Officer Craft was interviewed by investigators. Craft admitted to sodomizing the inmate victim. Craft was arrested and charged with sodomy first degree. Craft has been transported to the BCSCC and has been terminated from the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office,
CINCINNATI OH April 13 2011 — Police officers who work extra hours at private businesses soon will have to pay the city back almost $5 for every hour.
The “service charge,” as the city is calling it, means that an officer who works off duty at a library or grocery store will pay $4.90 for every hour worked. A police officer earns $31 an hour, a rate set by union contract, with amounts increasing by rank to $47 an hour for captains. The money, starting April 15, will come out of their paychecks via payroll deduction.
The plan sounds “almost like extortion” to James Pasco, president of the national Fraternal Order of Police. In policing 40 years, he has never heard of anything like it.
“It’s basically saying, ‘You can work in my town, but I’ll take five bucks every time you do it,’ ” he said. “It’s become open season on public safety personnel.”
The charge is nothing more than “something the city came up with to (help) balance the budget,” said Kathy Harrell, president of the Fraternal Order of Police. She and the union’s lawyer, Steve Lazarus, have been aware of the idea since council passed the budget in December but they’re waiting until it goes into effect to determine if a grievance can be filed against the city.
“Officers have already asked us to take legal action,” she said.
City officials don’t deny the idea of charging officers who work extra came up as a way to raise money in a year when the city’s budget deficit was $54.7 million. The charge is expected to collect about $750,000 a year.
The money will offset the administrative costs of managing the off-duty work program. The department started managing the program years ago to to ensure some officers don’t work too much and to watch for possible ethical issues, such as when officers work for troubled bars.
Departments elsewhere have faced scandals over off-duty work, including in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., last year when it was discovered officers worked off duty for a Ponzi schemer.
Cities handle the work in different ways. In Dayton, Ohio, officers can’t wear their city-issued uniforms or carry the weapons they use on duty. Some, including Miami Beach, Fla., and Pittsburgh, charge an administrative fee to the businesses who hire the officers.
Officials here considered charging the fee to the businesses and agencies who want to hire the officers but instead in December voted to charge the officers.
So far this year, 26 officers have been gunned down – 44 percent more than the 18 shot and killed at this point in 2010.
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund fatality statistics
Many of the fallen have been ambushed by violent career criminals with easy access to high-powered weapons.
“The officers are responding to what are called routine calls or a crime call and are being shot and killed before they even get to the location,” said John Timoney, the former Miami police chief.
St. Petersburg, Fla., had not lost an officer in a shooting for 30 years – until Jan. 24 when police cornered a fugitive in the attic of his home. Chief Chuck Harmon said when officers tried to handcuff the suspect, he began shooting.
“He hid a gun in the attic. He pulled the gun out and shot the officer, basically at point blank range in the head,” Harmon said.
With officer Jeff Yaslowitz dying in the attic, police attempted a rescue. The gunman opened up with a fury of fire.
Sgt. Tom Baitinger, wearing a bulletproof vest, was killed by a shot from above.
Over seven hours, nearly 300 shots were exchanged. Police fired 100 canisters of tear gas and used a bulldozer to knock a hole in the house to get to the shooter. With two officers and the gunman dead, the mayor ordered the house torn down.
A state attorney’s investigation found police in St. Petersburg did nothing wrong that day. They followed good police procedures. But they were caught in a trap set by a desperate fugitive.
Incredibly, just one month later, St. Pete police suffered another loss. When officer Dave Crawford tried to question a 16-year-old about a possible car theft, Crawford was killed by four shots to the chest.
“As a chief, like I said, you wonder is this somehow your fault,” Harmon said.
Now, Harmon is left with unanswerable questions – and worry.
“None of us know when the next one is coming,” Harmon said. “And none of us know why it is spiking like this.”
More powerful guns, hardened criminals, desperate economic times – all may play some role. Crime analysts see no common thread to explain the deadly assault on police.
But, with officer deaths climbing at an alarming rate, no call is routine.
Baltimore MD April 13 2011 Police say a man who stole a handgun from a bank security guard at Cross Street in Federal Hill was shot by police several blocks south after pulling the weapon on officers, a city police spokesman said.
Anthony Guglielmi, the police department’s chief spokesman, said preliminarily that it did not appear that the man attempted to rob the bank. He took the guard’s gun and tried to carjack a woman, but was unsuccessful. Guglielmi said the man fled south, discarding clothing, but was chased by citizens who were calling police and relaying his location. He was eventually located in the 1800 block of Light St., west of Riverside Park in South Baltimore.
“We received tremendous help from the community,” Guglielmi told reporters at the scene. “We have them to thank for his capture. He was shedding clothing, trying to change his appearance, and people kept telling us, ‘He went this way, he’s wearing that.’””
There, Guglielmi said the man pulled the handgun and was shot by officers multiple times. He was taken to an area hospital, where he was reported to be conscious and breathing.
Taking a jog through Federal Hill, Lisa Morabito was in front of the bank when she saw the suspect bolt out the front door. The silver handgun glimmered in the sun. She said a male security officer exited next, saying, “He took her gun!” Morabito said she saw the suspect dart into the Cross Street Market.
“It took me a couple seconds to process it,” said Morabito, a Sykesville resident who was on a break from her job at a nearby animal shelter.
Justin Winn, 27, a subcontractor with BGE, was working in an alley between off Barney St. and was taking a break when he saw a man come out of a convenience store on the southeast corner of Barney and Light.
“I saw the guy come out of the market. He turned around and pulled out what looked like a gun. Two police officers came up and unloaded on him,” Winn said.
Winn said the suspect stumbled 10 feet then fell onto into a gutter behind a parked car.
He said, “I usually work up in Towson. This is my first day in the city – I pop my head up and I see some guy get shot.”
The shooting occurred near an elementary school that was letting out. Margaret Fleming was there picking up her 4 year old grandson and said school officials held the children inside for a brief period of time “just to keep everyone inside for a moment to keep everyone safe,” she said.
Betty Jenkins said she has lived on Barney Street for 15 years. She was inside with her poodle, Buddy, when she heard five to six gunshots.
“I saw a lady out here with a stroller with her children, and she was backing up. I asked her what was going on and she said, the police just shot somebody.”
The security guard was unharmed, and was being debriefed by detectives at police headquarters. Guglielmi said police recovered the stolen handgun.
Baltimore MD April 13 2011 A Baltimore man was sentenced on Monday to life in prison with all but 35 years suspended for his role in an armed robbery at a Waverly carryout last April in which a 72-year-old man was shot to death.
The victim, Charles Bowman, was a veteran of the Vietnam War and was blind in one eye. He had stopped by the carryout to get dinner on his way to job as an overnight security guard at the Afro-American newspaper. His shooting and another one a week later just up the street prompted a community walk and heightened police patrols.
Troy Taylor, 19, of the 2700 block of Fenwick Ave. pleaded guilty in Baltimore City Circuit Court to first-degree murder, the use of a handgun in the commission of a crime, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and other charges in the holdup that took place about midnight at the Yau Bros. carryout at 29th Street and Greenmount Avenue.
His co-defendant, Michael Hunter, 20, of the 300 block of E. Belvedere Ave. is scheduled to stand trial in June.
HOUSTON TX April 13 2011—An off-duty deputy constable was found shot to death in northeast Houston early Tuesday, according to police sources.
Sources say the officer’s body was found in an unmarked car in the 8900 block of Ramin around 3:30 a.m. It appears the car had driven off the road and crashed into a pole.
HOUSTON – Police arrested two people after a Harris County Precinct 4 deputy constable was found fatally shot in an off-duty incident Tuesday morning.
Deputy Ronnie Earl Brewer’s body was found in an unmarked car in the 8900 block of Ramin in northeast Houston around 3:30 a.m.
Investigators said Brewer, 47, was shot in the back of the shoulder, apparently while driving.
The deputy’s maroon vehicle left the road and crashed into a pole after he was shot.
Police arrested a capital murder suspect at about 6:30 p.m. at Highway 59 and Laura Koppe. The suspect did not resist arrest. Police said they picked up two witnesses, a man and woman, and one was held on outstanding city warrants.
Police also arrested Judy Hambrick, 41, who is accused of reaching into Brewer’s vehicle and taking his gun after he died. She was charged with theft of a firearm, police said. They are investigating whether she was involved in the killing of the deputy.
Houston police were working the case, interviewing apartment residents where everything may have started. HPD investigators said they’re treating the case as a homicide, but they did not release any additional details. Investigators said robbery is possibly the motive.
“We want to know why. We want to ask a million questions, but we know it’s our turn to sit back,” said Chief Deputy Jim Sumner.
Brewer had been in law enforcement for 10 years, according to Precinct 4.
Brewer began his career with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in 1998, moving on to Precinct 4 in 2003.
“He went into law enforcement like his father and he made it, he went thru Desert Storm,” said his mother Mary Brewer. “I lost my baby that’s all I can say, my baby’s gone.”
He also served with distinction as a member of the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Department Honor Guard.
“He will always be remembered for his diligent work ethic, calm demeanor and great smile,” Precinct 4 said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon. “It is our sincere wish that any and all parties guilty of this offense are quickly taken into custody and face justice.”
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TIJUANA Mexico April 13 2011 — Municipal police in Tijuana on Monday announced the arrest of a second man in the ambush-murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas Jr. near Campo in July 2009.
Marcos Manuel Rodriguez Perez, 26, was captured Monday in the La Mesa section of the city, said Adrian Hernandez Perez, general director of the Tijuana Municipal Police. Reading from a statement, Hernandez identified Rodriguez as the agent’s killer but did not elaborate.
The arrest was announced at a news conference at a Tijuana police substation. The news media was then taken to Rodriguez’s jail cell, where he was brought out to be photographed and briefly questioned by reporters. When asked about his profession, he said he was a welder.
Rodriguez, a Tijuana native, is one of three men authorities believe were involved in the death of Rosas. A third is still being sought.
In April 2010, Christian Daniel Castro Alvarez, 17, of Mexico, pleaded guilty for his role in the murder and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
On July 23, 2009, Rosas, 30, was on patrol near Campo about 9 p.m. He reported to other agents that he was tracking a group of illegal immigrants near the fence along the international border. Three men lured him by leaving footprints, making noise and shaking bushes. He called for backup from other agents before his radio went dead.
When Rosas investigated, he was ambushed, disarmed and shot to death. Nearby agents heard gunshots. When they arrived, they found Rosas’ abandoned car still running and his body about 10 yards from the border fence.
An autopsy report showed Rosas had been shot nine times, with several rounds to the head.
U.S. District Court records show Castro told authorities he and his co-conspirators planned to cross into the United States from Mexico that night and rob a Border Patrol agent. In a letter to the judge at the sentencing, Castro said he “never wanted things to be this way.”
Rosas was the father of two young children and was known as the unofficial “mayor of El Centro” because he knew so many people. About 5,000 people came out to honor him at his funeral.
Castro surrendered at the border in August 2009. He agreed to be charged as an adult and pleaded guilty on Nov. 20, 2009, to the murder of a federal officer during a robbery, as well as aiding and abetting.
Court records show that after Rosas was lured into the trap, Castro held him at gunpoint while the others went to his vehicle. Castro said that at one point Rosas grabbed the gun and the two struggled.
Tijuana authorities said Monday that Rodriguez, also known as “El Virus,” was stopped in a car. A warrant had been issued for his arrest by the federal attorney general’s office in Mexico. The agency worked with Tijuana police and the FBI, said Hernandez, the police official.
Darrell Foxworth, the FBI spokesman in San Diego, said the investigation into Rosas’ death is ongoing and involves U.S. and international law enforcement agencies. He said it would be inappropriate at this time to comment further on the case.
Source:San Diego News
Nashville TN April 13 2011
The Tennessee Highway Patrol’s leadership says it wants to rename the agency the Tennessee State Patrol because its role has evolved beyond traffic enforcement since it was established in 1929.
But Safety Department public records requested by The Associated Press show that in the 2009-2010 budget year, just $8.4 million, or 9 percent of the THP’s total budget, was dedicated to areas unrelated to patrolling state highways, such as the governor’s protective detail, Capitol security and criminal investigations.
Safety Department spokeswoman Jennifer Donnals said those figures don’t give a full picture of the agency’s non-traffic enforcement activities, because the balance of the THP’s spending includes areas like administers and dispatchers who have multiple responsibilities. The department wouldn’t be able to give a more specific breakdown without conducting a detailed study, she said.
The name change is supported by the THP leadership, but is not officially endorsed by Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration. The bill passed the Senate unanimously last month, but hit a speed bump on the House floor on Thursday.
Several House members said they were concerned the name change would be a precursor to creating a state police, while others questioned whether it is realistic that the rebranding wouldn’t cost any additional money.
Freshman Rep. Don Miller, R-Morristown and one of the bill’s main sponsors, said the costs could be absorbed within the department’s existing budget, and that there’s no aim at changing the overall mission of the THP.
“I know there have been concerns that there may be a slippery slope here,” he said. “One lesson I’ve learned since I’ve been here in the House is that if there’s anything about a slippery slope and changing things, it’s an uphill slippery slope.”
Rep. Scotty Campbell on the House floor voiced his opposition to the measure.
“There’s better ways to spend this money,” said Campbell, R-Mountain City. “Why not use the money to put an additional Tennessean to work, an additional trooper on the road, a four-wheel drive unit on the road?”
Rep. Barrett Rich, R-Somerville and a former state trooper, said the name change would reflect that the THP “does many things besides work wrecks and write tickets.”
After Thursday’s floor debate, the bill was sent back for further consideration in the House Finance Subcommittee.
According to the Safety Department, out of the THP’s $91 million budget in 2009-2010, designated spending on non-traffic enforcement areas included:
Executive Protection $1.9 million
Special operations: $1.6 million.
Security at Capitol: $1.5 million.
Criminal Investigative Division: $1.5 million.
Office of Professional Responsibility: $820,700.
Governor’s Marijuana Task Force: $518,500.