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Bartow County GA April 14 2011 Wazinah Suleiman has been missing since Friday when she told her children she was driving to a nearby Walmart to rent a movie.
Georgia police are searching for a missing 30-year-old mother who was last seen leaving her children to rent a movie at a nearby Walmart.
The Bartow County sheriff said the disappearance of Wazinah Suleiman, a mother of five, is being handled as a missing-endangered person case.
Sheriff Clark Millsap said Suleiman has been missing since Friday night when she told her children she was going out to rent a movie. Her SUV was found Tuesday morning in neighboring Cherokee County.
Millsap appeared Wednesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and said investigators are looking at cell phone records and surveillance tapes and will interview the children.
Millsap told the network that he found it “hard to believe” that Suleiman disappeared on her own, though he said authorities have no evidence of foul play. He said the woman’s husband, Abed Suleiman, is not a suspect in her disappearance.
“We don’t have any evidence to show that,” he said told the network. “At this time he’s not a suspect, he’s not a person of interest. We’re trying to rule out the fact that she might have stepped away from family life for a while, just took a break.”
The sheriff said Suleiman told her children, ages 6 to 12, that she was driving to a Walmart in Cartersville, but it’s not clear if she ever made it there. Authorities found her 2004 Nissan Armada Tuesday in an empty parking lot about 12 miles from the store, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Police are examining the vehicle, which was found locked, for any possible clues.
Millsap told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Abed Suleiman said he was exchanging text messages with his wife sometime after she left the family’s home.
Abed Suleiman allegedly told police the last text he got from his wife’s phone said, “I’ll just throw my phone out the window,” according to the newspaper. Abed Suleiman said his wife didn’t answer her phone after that final text message was sent, according to police.
Wazineh Suleiman is described as 5-foot-7, weighing about 130 pounds. She has hazel eyes and brown hair.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts is being urged to contact the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office at (770) 382-5050.
BURKE COUNTY, Ga. April 14 2011 — A Burke County middle school counselor was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of sexual misconduct.
Heather Newman Hart, 34, was charged with aggravated child molestation and sexual assault.
Hart was in a relationship with a student for about one year, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Sardis police solicited the help of GBI agents Monday after discovering that Hart, a four-year employee Burke County Schools employee, might be in a sexual relationship with a minor, the GBI said. GBI spokesman John Bankhead Sardis police were checking out a suspicious vehicle when they found Hart and a student in the car.
The school system, along with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, helped police and the GBI in the investigation.
GBI officials said Hart likely faces additional charges.
Trumann Police Department
End of Watch: Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Tour of Duty: 4 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: In custody
Patrolman Jonathan Schmidt was shot and killed at approximately 11:30 pm as he and another officer made a traffic stop.
Patrolman Schmidt and another officers stopped a vehicle occupied by four males for operating without insurance. The officers removed the driver and rear passanger, who were wanted on outstanding warrants. As they were handcuffing the who men, another vechiel occupant opened fire, striking Patrolman Schmidt. Patrolman Schmidt and the other officer were able to return fire and wound the suspect.
Patrolman Schmidt was taken to NEA Baptist Hospital where he died from his wounds.
Patrolman Schmidt had served with the Trumann Police Department for four years. He is survived by his wife and three children.
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A Los Angeles Superior Court jury on Monday agreed that the city should pay $1.12 million to retired officer Howard Chan and $950,000 to David Benioff, who’s still on the force.
Both sued the Police Department in 2009 alleging that their captain at the city’s Westside traffic division required each motorcycle officer to write 18 tickets per shift for speeding, running red lights and other offenses that could each generate several hundred dollars for the city.
Chan claimed that after he complained about being criticized for not writing enough tickets, he was reassigned to patrol a high-crime area. Benioff alleged that after refusing to honor the quota, he was assigned to work a late shift.
During trial, Chan and Benioff testified that they were assigned to specific streets rather than regular traffic patrols to increase their ticket output.
“Quotas are a direct violation of the vehicle code and this case was about these officers being asked to break the law,” Benioff’s attorney, Gregory Smith, told the Los Angeles Times.
During trial, attorneys for the city denied that any ticket quota existed and argued that the department had broad goals for reducing injuries and fatalities on the road.
A spokesman for the city attorney’s office said the department was reviewing the jury’s decision and weighing its options.
Albany NY April 14 2011 Recently, there was a swearing-in ceremony for the first Saint Rose security guards to be appointed as private college public safety officers. President Mark Sullivan administered an Oath of Office to Corporals Jillian Agnew, Isaac Paul, Sergeants Corey Polesel, Peter Rozonewski, Andrew Gravelle, Lieutenant Frederick Whitney, and Director Steven Stella.
The Lieutenant and Director have Police Officer certification so they were exempt from the Campus Public Safety Officers course. However, the two officers who received the ranks of Corporal and the three current Sergeants had to complete the course in order to become certified. The certificate from Zone Five Law Enforcement Academy provides the most up-to-date training in New York State and furthered their education. This course incorporates part of the Basic Course for Police Officers:
Private college campus security officers are appointed pursuant to the Education Law and are required to successfully complete a course of instruction in public and private law enforcement approved by the New York State Municipal Police Training Council (MPTC). Private college campus security officers must also meet the licensing and training requirements for security guards.
According to President Sullivan, the training enables the “first line supervisors to better serve the college with the highest standards of ethics, integrity, community interaction, and professional conduct.” He goes on to say that “the appointed officers are all of good character and have excellent service records with the college.”
Sullivan said that he “was thrilled they accepted the challenge.” Of the students and community he asks that they “respect and work with the officers” and “know that they protect us.” Now that the officers have more official authority, the work they do should be more effective.
Director Steve Stella stated that “the excellent cooperation with the other area colleges and police departments was crucial to the success of the on-going program. In late May, four more officers are slated to attend Session Three at the Zone Five Academy. The skills that the officers receive from this training will improve public safety at the college.”
In the audience were fellow security guards, friends, law enforcement officials and family. Dawn Agnew, mother of Corporal Agnew, was excited to be there for her daughter. Agnew adds that “it feels great” to be sworn-in and recognized. Mary Van Deer was also there to support her brother, Sergeant Rozonewski. Rozonewski said “it’s rewarding” being on the campus and working to keep everyone safe. He is a retired Albany Police Officer who has been at the college for six years now.
The simple ceremony commenced by stating the purpose of the event. Ensuring the public safety of the students, as well as the people in the community, is a very important aspect of the college. The College of Saint Rose partnered with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the University of New York at Albany, Russell Sage College (University Heights Association) and Hudson Valley Community College in one of the first Campus Public Safety Officer (CPSO) Academies in New York State.
The swearing-in took place on Thursday, April 7, 2011.
Source:The Saint Rose Chronicle
The County Council’s Public Safety and Education committees will discuss the School Resource Officer (SRO) program Friday afternoon in Rockville. The discussion follows a March 15 budget recommendation from County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) that the program be eliminated and that the nine police officers stationed at county public schools be reassigned.
Council members have indicated that although the program, wherein the nine officers rotate between the 24 county high schools, is valuable, it cannot be considered untouchable. Members of the Montgomery County Board of Education have said folding the cost of SROs into its budget is not feasible due to money constraints.
However, other SRO programs in the region are maintaining their staffing levels or beefing up for the next fiscal year, and already are larger than Montgomery County’s program.
Supporters of the resource officers say they provide proactive community policing and also help create connections and familiarity between students and law enforcement.
The school officer program was approved in 2002, when police in schools were called Educational Facilities Officers. The number of officers in the program was slashed from 26 to nine last year.
Leggett recommended eliminating the remaining nine as part of a midyear savings program in late 2010. But the County Council voted in December to preserve the nine school officers for the rest of this fiscal year. (Gaithersburg High School has a separate officer paid for by the city.)
The county simply cannot afford the SROs because of the continuing budget headaches, said County Councilman Philip M. Andrews, who is chairman of the Public Safety Committee and also sits on the Education Committee. Leggett has recommended that police assign more officers to Silver Spring precinct, an idea Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg agreed with.
Each SRO costs about $100,000 annually, and restoring the program to its level before last year’s cut would cost about $3 million annually, a significant sum in tough budget times, Andrews argued. Leggett’s budget proposal fills a $300 million budget deficit the county faced for fiscal 2012.
Another Public Safety Committee member, Councilman Marc Elrich, argued that if the school system truly considered SROs vital, it would find a way to pay for the program.
He also said he was disturbed by conversations with school security personnel, who said they have difficulty getting students to behave, unlike armed police officers. “The message seems to be that unless you’ve got somebody standing there with a gun, you can’t get kids to listen to you. I just find that really troubling,” said Elrich (D-At large) of Takoma Park.
Baltimore County Public Schools deploys 63 SROs in schools, with two typically assigned to high schools and one to middle schools. Fairfax County has 51 SROs this year, and typically has one officer for each middle and high school. Fairfax County Public Schools successfully fought proposed cuts to middle school SROs by county government the past two years, said Fred Ellis, its director of school safety and security. The school system doesn’t contribute to the cost of SROs, with the exception of paying for the SRO supervisor, who works in Ellis’ office.
“It is a clear extension of community policing,” Ellis said.
Prince George’s County has 26 SRO positions, and County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) has proposed shifting them from the Sheriff’s Department to the Police Department next year.
This year, Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold (R) has recommended adding two SROs for middle schools, bringing the total next year to 11 officers in middle schools.
“Every student is entitled to a safe and secure learning environment,” Leopold said.
Montgomery County Public Schools has 181 school security positions, with 112 in high schools and 69 in middle schools. Fairfax County schools use non-law enforcement security assistants, but Anne Arundel does not
Bayonne NJ April 14 2011 Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt was arrested Tuesday in New Jersey after leading police on a car chase, FOXSports.com reported.
Britt was charged with eluding a police officer, lying to an officer hindering apprehension, and obstructing governmental function, police told the website. FOX reported that the eluding charge is a felony while the other two counts are misdemeanors.
Kenny Britt may be facing league discipline once the lockout ends. Britt was arrested in his New Jersey hometown after allegedly trying to elude police. (AP Photo)According to the police report, Britt was caught driving his Porsche at 71 mph in a 50 mph zone at 4:30 p.m. in his hometown of Bayonne, N.J. As an officer attempted to pull Britt over, Britt accelerated and began weaving through traffic. Britt later stopped his car on a local street, where he and a passenger, whom police identified as Jerel Lord, got out of the vehicle.
An officer ordered Britt and Lord to stop for questioning, FOX reported, citing the police report. The two denied they were in the vehicle; Britt later admitted the Porsche was his but denied he was driving. Lord tried to run away during the interview but was apprehended, FOX reported.
Lord was charged with marijuana possession and two other counts. A police spokesman told FOX that Britt was not tested for possible drug use at the scene.
Britt and Lord were released on a summons, FOX reported; they are required to appear in court in Hudson County, N.J. No date was given in FOX’s report.
The incident falls under the NFL’s personal conduct policy even though the league’s players are currently locked out. Commissioner Roger Goodell will enforce the policy once the lockout ends.
This is Britt’s third incident with police since the start of last year, FOX reported. He was arrested in January 2010 for failure to pay for three outstanding traffic warrants. In October, he was questioned in an assault case in Nashville. Britt was later cleared by a grand jury in that case.
Houston TX April 14 2011 Despite accusations in two states of deceptive business practices, the Houston-based tax resolution company TaxMasters continues to spend millions saturating CNN, Fox News and other cable channels with commercials promising to help Americans facing problems with the IRS.
This is a company which is taking advantage of people, and unfortunately when people see it on TV, they do believe in it,” said Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson, who has accused the company of fraud and deception in a civil action.
The Texas attorney general has filed a similar lawsuit, alleging the company unlawfully “engaged in false, misleading, and deceptive acts and practices.”
An investigation airing tonight on World News with Diane Sawyer and Nightline will examine whether TaxMasters’ promises are too good to be true.
In a statement, CNN said the network was “aware of pending legal activity” and had been told by TaxMasters that it was working to address the claims with the state authorities. “We continue to monitor any activity for developments or resolution, and will further evaluate our relationship as it becomes necessary,” the network said in the statement.
Fox News acknowledged receiving viewer complaints. “Anytime we have received a complaint about TaxMasters we forward it to them and tell them they have five working days to resolve the complaint,” said Dana Klinghoffer, Director of Media Relations for Fox News. While Klinghoffer did not disclose the number or nature of the complaints, she said they have all been resolved.
The television commercials feature TaxMasters’ red-bearded founder and CEO, Patrick Cox, who claims his company’s staff of former IRS agents and tax professionals “have helped many good people just like you.”
The TaxMasters ad blitz has been a driving force in the company’s soaring corporate revenues. The company, which went public last year, brought in $45.7 million in 2010, a three-fold increase in two years, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The company linked “an increase in advertising expense” to “increased sales volume” in its year-end filing.
The Minnesota attorney general says many of the company’s employees are skilled tele-marketers who have little knowledge of the complicated tax issues faced by people who have fallen behind in filing their returns or making tax payments.
“When you call, you think you’re talking to a tax professional,” said Swanson. “You’re really talking to just a salesperson who’s trying to get you to sign up.
CHARLOTTE, NC April 14 2011 – Police are looking for a man who stole a security guard’s truck at gunpoint while he was patrolling the parking lot of a Walmart store in west Charlotte.
The incident happened around 3 a.m. on Wednesday at the store located in the 3200 block of Wilkenson Boulevard.
Andrew James Saul, 44, is a security officer employed by Security Forces, Inc.
Saul was on patrol in the parking lot when he was approached by a suspect armed with a black handgun, the police report said. The suspect demanded the security truck Saul was driving.
The thief drove away in the stolen truck which is described as a 2010 Toyota Tacoma with VIN No. STENX4CN7AZ747824.
Saul was not injured.
This was the second time in less than two years that a security officer has been carjacked at gunpoint at a local Wal-Mart.
On September 8 2009, a security officer making his rounds in the parking lot of a west Charlotte Wal-Mart was kidnapped and shot before the shooter stole the security officer’s pick-up.
Both security officers were unarmed at the time of the incidents.
Orange County Fla April 14 2011 A teacher at an Orange County school was arrested on Tuesday, accused of writing herself checks from the school’s Parent Teacher Organization funds.
Christina Hinson-Allen, 46, faces a grand theft charge in connection with a pair of checks deputies say she wrote and cashed while acting as the PTO treasurer at Rolling Hills Elementary in 2007.
The suspected theft was first reported to Orange County investigators in January 2009, according to an incident report.
Deputies were called to the school by its principal, who told investigators that an assistant principal had alerted him to a pair of “suspicious checks,” the report states.
Investigators said the school claimed that two checks, for $200 and $1,500, were cashed by Hinson-Allen on Dec. 12 and Dec.19, respectively, in 2007.
The school’s principal reportedly told deputies that Hinson-Allen had the authority to write checks from the fund in her role as treasurer, but was required to get approval and submit receipts.
For the two checks in question, the report states that she ignored those procedures. Deputies said she took the two days off after cashing the second check, the last two days before the school’s winter break.
According to the report, Hinson-Allen told the principal she used the $200 to buy turkeys for the school, but she couldn’t provide a receipt. She could not recall what the $1,500 was for, deputies said.
Kathy Marsh, an Orange County Public Schools spokeswoman, said schools officials learned of the arrest late Tuesday, and it was not clear how Hinson-Allen’s job status would be immediately impacted.
Marsh said policy dictates that Hinson-Allen has 48 hours from the time of her arrest to report it to OCPS, at which point officials will determine whether she can return to work during the criminal justice process.
According to Marsh, Hinson-Allen started with the school district in 1989 and has been at Rolling Hills Elementary for at least the last four years. She is a second grade teacher at the school.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. April 14 2011– A teacher at a Charlotte-Mecklenburg high school was arrested early Wednesday morning on drug charges.
Christopher Jenis, 41, a teacher at West Mecklenburg High School, was charged with possession of marijuana, trafficking marijuana, manufacturing marijuana and maintain a dwelling to sell a controlled substance. He has been a teacher at the high school for the past nine years.
Detectives searched his home on Piccadilly Drive in southeast Charlotte on Wednesday, seizing furniture and electronics, among other things.
In a search warrant, a detective said an informant said Jenis had a full-scale marijuana growing operation going
Tiffany Mosson, a 35-year-old teacher and varsity softball coach at Covington, was arrested and released Tuesday on a $10,000 bond after being charged with child seduction, a Class D felony.
Covington Community School Corporation received an allegation April 5 of an inappropriate relationship between Mosson and a 17-year-old, male student. Mosson was placed on leave pending an investigation. School officials also contacted the Division of Child and Family Services, according to a press release from the corporation.
The next day DCFS contacted the Fountain County Sheriff’s Office, according to a probable cause affidavit. Sgt. Bob Kemp interviewed the victim and Mosson that day. The two exchanged notes after Christmas break. The boy told Kemp he thought Mosson looked upset and was going through a divorce. Mosson told Kemp she had learned late last year her husband had cheated on her.
From there, the two exchanged Facebook messages, text messages and phone calls. At the end of January, the boy began visiting Mosson at her house in Attica. Mosson said in the affidavit that the last visit was April 3. The two reportedly had sex as many as 10 times during the course of the relationship.
Mosson told Kemp she knew she was wrong. She planned to stop seeing the victim and move away because she knew she would get caught.
Mosson submitted a letter of resignation the day police interviewed her. Covington Community School Board accepted the letter Monday.
Fountain County Sheriff William Sanders said the department received the arrest warrant late Monday and notified Mosson who agreed to turn herself in at about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.
According to Indiana Code, Class D felonies carry a standard sentence of six months to three years in prison.
A court date hadn’t been set as of Tuesday afternoon.
DENVER CO April 14 2011 — A man has been arrested on suspicion of raping a woman at Denver International Airport — an attack the woman said happened while two janitors passed by and did nothing.
Noel Alexander Bertrand, 26, of Portland, Ore., appeared in court Wednesday on suspicion of sexual assault. Bail was set at $50,000. He didn’t yet have an attorney.
Investigators haven’t released details. Airport officials confirm there was an alleged assault there Tuesday.
A family member says the woman missed a connecting flight and had to spend the night at the airport.
The family member gave this account: A man started a conversation with the woman in a restaurant. She left, and the man followed and tried to kiss her. When she objected, the man threw her to the floor and assaulted her.
The Associated Press isn’t identifying the family member to protect the woman’s identity.
Airport spokeswoman, Laura Coale, told KMGH that the airport was investigating whether any employees failed to report the attack.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. April 14 2011- A Yale University student nearing graduation was killed inside a school lab when her hair was pulled into a piece of machine-shop equipment, an official said Wednesday.
Michele Dufault, a senior majoring in astronomy, died Tuesday night “in what appears to have been a terrible accident involving a piece of equipment,” school officials said. The school said the accident took place inside a chemistry lab machine shop but didn’t say what the equipment was.
“By all reports, Michele was an exceptional young woman, an outstanding student and young scientist, a dear friend and a vibrant member of this community,” Yale Vice President Linda Lorimer wrote in a message to Yale students and faculty. “We will find ways in the next day to gather to celebrate her life and grieve her loss.”
The university told the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration that Dufault was operating the machinery for a senior project when she was killed, according to Kang Yi, an assistant area director for OSHA in Bridgeport, Conn. New Haven authorities received a 911 call about the accident at around 2:30 a.m., police spokesman Joe Avery said.
OSHA was reviewing jurisdiction in the case and evaluating whether it would conduct an inspection, said Ted Fitzgerald, an agency spokesman in Boston.
In a Facebook profile picture, Dufault is shown with long brown hair that fell below her shoulders.
Dufault was from Scituate, Mass., and was graduating in a month, said her grandfather Robert Dufault. She studied constantly and loved sports, he said.
“She was a living saint,” the grandfather said. “She was a good, smart girl.”
An uncle called her brilliant.
“She’s a wonderful, wonderful kid and that should be celebrated. There’s nothing but good things to say about her,” said Frederick Dufault, of Holliston, Mass.
At the Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, Mass., where Dufault graduated in 2007, Head of School Robert Henderson Jr. said those who knew her were drawn to her personal strength, modesty, good humor and perseverance.
“Michele was an extraordinary young woman, one of the most precocious students who her teachers ever encountered,” Henderson said. “She was simply brilliant. Her mind, her sense of curiosity, her perceptiveness, her sensitivity, and her enjoyment of what she did were extraordinary. She was a true intellectual. She was also distinctly humble, seemingly unaffected by her prodigious talent and academic attainments.”
On its website, Yale’s chemistry department says it maintains a state-of-the-art machine shop in which students, faculty and staff can build or modify research instruments. Access is limited to those who have completed a shop course, according to the website.
Yale was offering counseling to students. The lab was closed Wednesday and classes were canceled in the building that houses the lab.
Yale police are leading the investigation, New Haven police spokesman Avery said.
Quadia Sims was arrested after Mount Olive Police Officer Michael Zarro responded to the T.J.Maxx on International Drive South shortly before 2 p.m. Friday for report of a theft, said Officer Marianne Wurtemberg, a spokesperson for the Mount Olive Police Department.
Upon arrival, a store investigator told police Sims was being detained for theft and destruction of store property that had been caught on store security cameras since early March, police said.
According to the store investigator, Sims was caught throwing boxes of merchandise into a trash compactor and removing items from the store, police said. He allegedly destroyed about $9,000 worth of merchandise and had stolen about $90 worth of items.
Sims was charged with theft of movable property and criminal mischief and was sent to Morris County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. April 14 2011 – A couple was caught having sex at a children’s library on Tuesday.
ImaginOn is a library and a children’s theatre. Hundreds of children visit the venue every day.
Police say a 20-year-old man and 18-year-old woman were caught having sex in the teen lounge around 3 p.m. Tuesday. The lounge is not walled off and there isn’t anything to keep kids from walking into the area. Fortunately, there were not any children in that area when the incident happened.
“That’s disgusting,” says parent Camisha Lewis. “That’s really nasty. I wouldn’t want my child to see that.”
Officials with ImaginOn responded to questions about the incident with a brief email response.
“First, no children or members of the public witnessed the incident – the only witnesses were a Mecklenburg County Security officer and a Library staff member. The incident was discovered by the security officer as part of a regular patrol, and was handled quickly, appropriately and professionally in accordance with security procedures.
Due to the security officers’ patrolling patterns, the incident was discovered within one minute of it occurring. The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department was there within five minutes of the incident’s discovery. At that time, the individuals were issued a citation by CMPD, were immediately banned from all Charlotte Mecklenburg Library facilities by the security officer, and were removed from the facility.
Everything was handled according to procedure, contributing to our overall goal of providing facilities that are safe and accessible.”
Both the man and woman involved were given citations for indecent exposure.
“I don’t think they should spend time in jail, but they should get a stern talking to,” says parent Nadia Labell.
She brings her children to ImaginOn often and is very upset with the two suspects and their lack of judgment.
“Somebody should let them know, you can’t be doing that,” Labell says.
Since the two suspects were only given citations they will just have to pay fines and will not face any time in jail. They have both been banned from all Mecklenburg County libraries.
By: Rick McCann