NASHVILLE TN MAY 8 2011
Trooper Andy Wall was killed in a motorcycle accident on the Sam Ridley Parkway, in Smyrna, while escorting members of the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds to an air show.
Another vehicle struck the motorcycles that Trooper Wall and another trooper were riding. Trooper Wall was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The other trooper was treated and released.
Trooper Wall had served with the Tennessee Highway Patrol for seven years. He is survived by his parents, sister, and girlfriend.
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Atlanta GA May 9 2011 A woman’s body was found inside a house being demolished on Daniel Street; and police said the woman could have been alive when the demolition began.
One of the workers clearing debris during the demolition found the woman’s body wrapped in a blanket inside the attic Saturday afternoon, officials said.
They immediately stopped the demolition and called 911, Atlanta police spokeswoman Ms. Kim Jones said.
Atlanta Fire, the police department’s homicide unit and the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office responded to the scene.
“She could have been alive when the demolition began, but we will not know until the Medical Examiner rules on the cause,” Ms. Jones said. “The Medical Examiner’s office will determine the cause of death.”
The Medical Examiner’s office said late Saturday night they have not yet identified the woman or determined the cause of her death.
Witnesses told Channel 2 Action News they believe the woman was alive when a backhoe started tearing at the house on Daniel Street.
They said they heard her cry for help as the backhoe was moving debris to a truck. A little later, they heard her moan.
It’s unclear if anyone who heard the woman crying attempted to speak to someone with the demolition crew.
Capt. J.L. Bundridge with the Atlanta Fire Department said the reports they received confirmed that contractors checked the building before the demolition began, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Neighbors told WSB-TV homeless people often slept inside the house, and they suspect that was why she was inside.
LAUDERDALE LAKES Fla May 9 2011 More cuts in police and staff salaries as well as increased fees for residents and businesses may be in store for Lauderdale Lakes, which faces a $5 million deficit.
City commissioners will vote Tuesday on whether to remove two police sergeants and a code enforcement officer, increase some planning and zoning fees and cut staff pay by up to 10 percent. The plan also calls for reducing the city’s pension contribution by 3 percent.
“It’s going to be a slow process and painful in some ways, but it’s something that we have to act on,” said Vice Mayor Levoyd Williams. “This is not something that we’re experiencing alone. It’s something universal. Everyone is struggling.”
The Broward Sheriff’s Office recently sent a letter to the Governor’s Office stating the city was 3 1/2 months behind in payments and owed about $5.8 million. Under state law, being more than three months behind can trigger state intervention.
The City Commission meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall, 4300 NW 36th St.
The city blames a sharp drop in property values, state tax reform and errors in revenue projections for the budget shortfall.
Officials have already cut 36 positions and increased EMS transport fees. Plus, they are trying to sell surplus property.
Under the new proposal, staff earning more than $70,000 would take a 10 percent salary cut; others would take a cut of 3 percent to 7 percent, depending on salary level.
The city projects it would save about $195,000 by eliminating the three law enforcement positions, and save about $124,000 with the pay cuts and pension changes.
Whitehall township PA May 9 2011 A woman suspected of shoplifting allegedly bit a Lehigh Valley Mall security guard as she ran away Friday afternoon.
Whitehall Township police charged Christina Arabel Castro, 25, of Allentown with simple assault, retail theft and harassment. She was arraigned Friday night before District Judge Rod R. Beck and was held under $30,000 bail.
Mall security called police about 12:30 p.m. Friday for assistance in pursuing Castro through the mall parking lot. Employees from the Deb Shop inside the mall reported Castro left the store without paying for a kiwi pink leopard dress worth $22.99, court records say.
Security officer Jerry Beavers tried to stop Castro by grabbing her right arm as she crossed Ring Road. Castro turned and bit Beavers’ right forearm causing substantial bruising, court records say.
Source:The Morning Call
Des Moines IA May 9 2011 A Des Moines man was arrested Friday night after allegedly firing a gun at a tavern where he had been arguing with his wife.
Police said Tommy Gines Jr., 29, of Des Moines had been thrown out of the Courtside Bar & Grill, 1014 E. 14th St., after arguing with his wife.
Witnesses said Gines returned to the bar with a gun and tried to get in. After security guards and bystanders refused to let him enter, he fired the gun in the air and at the bar at about 10:15 p.m., police said. No one was hit.
Gines then drove away in a 1998 Lincoln Continental. Police found the vehicle near East 13th and Buchanan streets. Witnesses told police Gines fled on foot between houses north of East High School.
At about 11:30 p.m., Gines surrendered himself at a Shop ‘N Save store on East 14th Street, police said.
Witnesses identified Gines by the matching lime green shorts and shirt that witnesses said he had been wearing. He was charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Source:Des Moines Register