Officials say 25-year-old Rynel B. Delacruz was arrested Monday night at Orlando International Airport. He was released Tuesday after posting $250 bail. He faces an aviation personal conduct charge.
TSA spokesman Jonathan Allen confirmed Thursday that Delacruz’s employment with TSA ended on May 18.
According to a police report, a TSA screener at the airport spotted a gun in luggage that Delacruz sent through an x-ray machine. The screener contacted supervisors and Orlando police were called. The officer found a fully-loaded Ruger .380 handgun.
Police said Delacruz told them he had forgotten the gun was in the luggage.
Delacruz did not immediately return a phone call Thursday seeking comment.
ATLANTA GA May 20 2011 — Looking for a hotspot? We’re not talking about clubbing.
We’re talking about wireless surfing. In just 3 hours, we found more than 3000 wireless hotspots. Many of them left unsecured. Meaning you could jump on and surf the web, or worse, snoop and see private unsecured information.
Wireless hotspots are the mother lode for identity thieves because many people do not lock down their networks with secure passwords.
Aaron Titus, of Identity Finder, says even those who purposely leave their wireless networks open, as a convenience to customers, are putting themselves and others at risk.
Some businesses do have their wireless networks secured but aren’t afraid to share the service.
“Can I get the password for your wireless network?” Titus asked, as we walked into a local Dairy Queen. The manager gave it to him. However, the manager was unaware that his computer had not been secured. We were able to see what looked like hundreds of credit card transactions, employee social security numbers and other information that should
not be readily available to the public.
“I see breaches all the time,” he said, “Especially at doctor’s offices, private law officers and so on. Often
times they had a younger family member or friend set up the wireless network and that can be dangerous.”
Titus says it’s worth the money to hire a computer security expert to test your system to make sure what’s private is
private and what’s public is all that the public can see.
Nashville TN May 20 2011 On the morning of
Saturday, April 30, a bank robber entered MidSouth Bank on Old Fort Parkway in
Murfreesboro and shoved a gun in a teller’s face, demanding cash. The robber in
the black zip-up sweatshirt, dark jeans and black Yankees baseball cap fled with
Police are still looking for her.
say the woman, who was accompanied by two male accomplices, is their first
female bank robbery suspect in years.
Slowly but steadily, bank robbery
is becoming an equal opportunity crime in Middle Tennessee and the United
States. Women’s roles in bank robberies also are changing. While in the past
they primarily performed support roles such as getaway driver, today they are
more often brandishing weapons and working alone — a trend that has been called
the Bonnie without Clyde phenomenon.
In 2002, females made up 4.9 percent
of all U.S. bank robbers, according to the FBI. While men continue to commit the
vast majority of bank robberies, women’s share has consistently crept
Women accounted for 7.1 percent of U.S. bank robbers in 2010 — a
44.9 percent increase from 2002. In the FBI’s Middle Tennessee district, 11 out
of 79 bank robberies this year and last have involved women. Only two out of 148
bank robberies in the previous four years involved women.
Murfreesboro suspects remain at large. The same is true for another woman who on
Jan. 25 pulled a solo job at a Bank of America branch in Smyrna.
predominantly a male field,” said Rosemary J. Erickson, a forensic sociologist
and president of Athena Research Corp. in Coral Gables, Fla., “but women are
Reasons for robbing
According to Matthew Dunn, a
supervisory special agent at the FBI’s Nashville field office, women’s No. 1
reason for robbing banks is the same as men’s: They need money to support a drug
habit. After that, motivations differ.
Women are more likely to say they
resorted to bank robbery to support their families, not only in interviews with
investigators, but also to bank employees during the heist, Dunn said.
single mother, for example, might apologize for robbing the bank and explain
that she is desperate to feed her kids.
“They’re explaining why they’re
doing it as they’re robbing the bank,” said Dunn, who said the economic downturn
of recent years probably has contributed to the increase in female bank robbers.
“But even though some may be coming in and apologizing, there’s no less risk to
the teller. We’ve got to treat bank robberies all the same.”
said female bank robbers are less likely to be thrill seekers.
more likely to do it for utilitarian reasons,” said Erickson, a researcher who
studies criminals, their characteristics and their motives. “They need the
money. They’re not doing it for the thrill or the excitement of robbing, which
you often see in young males.”
There also are
demographic differences between male and female bank robbers. An almost equal
number of male bank robbers are either black (44.2 percent) or white (43.3
percent), and 7.7 percent are Hispanic. The remainder are another race or their
race is unknown. Among female bank robbers, however, 54 percent are white while
38.6 percent are black, 3.2 percent are Hispanic, and the remainder are another
race or their race is unknown.
Ivory M. Alexander was pregnant, broke and
desperate. She walked inside a U.S. Bank branch on Nolensville Road on Jan. 21,
2009, and handed a note to a female teller, according to an FBI criminal
“This is a robbery,” the note stated. “10,000 in the bag or I
will SHOOT YOU!!”
Alexander displayed what appeared to be a gun in her
waistband, according to the complaint, and the teller gave her $1,044 from her
drawer. Investigators didn’t catch Alexander until almost two years
She later told investigators that she was behind on rent and about
to be evicted from her apartment, records allege. A jury trial is scheduled for
Holli Hogan was similarly motivated, according to court
documents, when she entered a U.S. Bank branch on Gallatin Pike on July
“I have nothing to lose give me $20,000 or I will start shooting,”
the note stated, according to an FBI criminal complaint. “Be quick.”
left with $1,440, but later pleaded guilty to the crime in federal court. In a
letter to U.S. District Court Judge Aleta A. Trauger, Hogan’s cousin Misty Scott
Bert asked for leniency.
“When the bank robbery happened, Holli was
enrolled in an academic program and was trying to get herself re-established,”
Bert wrote. “I can not even imagine what Holli was thinking that day, I just
truly believe that she was feeling helpless and defeated because she had been
unemployed for almost 2 years. I believe that she was in a depressive state and
just spiraled down until she hit bottom.”
Hogan was sentenced to 37
months in prison.
Bank robberies by gender,
Richmond VA May 20 2011 The former director of Grace Covenant Child Development Center in Richmond was sentenced Wednesday to serve 16 months in jail for embezzling more than $98,000 that she used for vacations and shopping trips, a prosecutor said.
Mary Beth Lloyd, 41, also was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $136,396.34, which includes the $98,156 she stole and the various tax penalties, bank interest and surcharges the center was assessed as a result of her
After hearing several witnesses testify about how Lloyd’s crime adversely affected the center, its employees and the families it served, Judge
Richard D. Taylor of Richmond Circuit Court sentenced Lloyd to four years in prison, with two years and eight months suspended.
State sentencing guidelines called for probation and no active prison time, largely because Lloyd had no prior criminal record.
Special prosecutor Matthew C. Ackley argued that the number of victims and the way they were harmed warranted jail time for Lloyd, who carried out the theft in just five months, between Dec. 1, 2009, and May 1, 2010.
The plea agreement Lloyd signed at her January trial says the primary method in which she embezzled funds was to tell parents who were seeking to have children or future children enrolled that they could make tuition and deposit checks payable to her because Grace Covenant had an account in her name as the director. No such account existed, and Lloyd would simply deposit the checks into her personal bank account.
The size of the theft greatly affected the center’s operations, causing employees to lose their health insurance benefits because the center could no longer pay for them, Ackley said.
Additionally, the center was unable to make its payroll several times, “so employees weren’t getting paid on their payday,” Ackley said.
The theft also resulted in the IRS penalizing the center “because they couldn’t make their tax withholding payments,” the prosecutor said. “The center was able to get the IRS to forgive some of the fees and penalties.”
“It was awful,” Ackley said of the impact of Lloyd’s theft. “The center almost got run into the
The center is an arm of Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, situated immediately west of Stuart Circle in the 1600 block of Monument Avenue in Richmond’s Fan District.
So far, Lloyd, who lives in the 11600 block of Drysdale Drive in Chesterfield County, has repaid $96,000 of the $136,396.34 she has been ordered to repay, Ackley said.
Police Detective Larry Jones looked through Lloyd’s bank records, and “it appeared she was spending the money as quickly as she was bringing it in,” Ackley said.
She spent it on “frivolous things,” Ackley said.
“She did take some trips — vacations — and there were many shopping trips,” Ackley said. “It was not to pay her utilities and the mortgage payment.”
CHAPEL HILL NC May 20 2011 — UNC Campus Police have arrested Christopher Deas, 35, on three charges of assault on a female by unwanted touching of feet.
According to police, the alleged foot fondler came into classrooms on the UNC campus, where he would touch women’s feet.
Deas is not affiliated with the university.
Campus police officers are looking for additional victims or witnesses of this activity, at UNC and throughout the
Victims or witnesses should report these incidents either to UNC police investigators at (919) 966-2120 or contact the police agencies at their own schools or municipalities.
Although the news release did not make note of it, UNC student residents of Mill Creek Condominiums had similar
experiences earlier this year, with six reports submitted to the Chapel Hill Police Department by late March. Three women reported that a man entered their bedroom and touched their legs.
In those five earlier break-ins to student bedrooms, students had not locked doors, or they left a spare key easily
accessible for entry. They failed to report the intrusions immediately.
Chapel Hill police described the intruder in those crimes as a 5-foot, 10-inch black male wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt.
Bethlehem PA May 20 2011
Security guards at Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem are seeking to join the Law Enforcement
Employees Benevolent Association, the first unionization effort by any Sands workers since the casino opened in May 2009.
The association filed a petition May 10 for a union representation election with the National Labor
Relations Board’s Philadelphia office on behalf of Sands’ security officers. A pre-election hearing in the case is scheduled for Monday.
Bethlehem officials required Sands Bethlehem to hire union laborers to build the casino and surrounding hotel, mall and events center but none of the casino’s employees are unionized.
Support by at least 30 percent of an employee group is required for a union representation petition submission, said Nancy Cleeland, a spokeswoman with the National Labor Relations Board. There are an estimated 84 security guards at Sands Bethlehem, she said.
The Law Enforcement Employees Benevolent Association on Tuesday issued a brief news release on the
petition, essentially confirming its submission and explaining the association’s background. Association officials declined comment beyond the news release.
“We look forward to representing Sands casino security employees in the near future,” the statement says.
At Monday’s hearing, the two sides can either agree to hold a union election or they can have a hearing officer decide if an election is warranted, Cleeland said. If the two sides come to a voluntary agreement, an election has to be held within 42 days of when the petition was filed, she said. If not, the hearing officer has up to 35 days to
decide whether to order an election, she said.
Sands Bethlehem in a statement said the company will participate in the National Labor Relations
Board process but does not believe its employees need union representation.
“While we have serious questions about whether LEEBA is a properly formed and lawfully run labor organization, the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem will fully cooperate with the NLRB,” the statement says.
We offer our team members excellent wages, benefits and working conditions. It is our strong belief that our team members do not need a third party to speak on their behalf,” the statement concludes.
The casino has about 1,600 employees and total employment at the site is expected top 2,000 once the mall and events center open, casino President Robert DeSalvio said last month.
The issue of unionized labor is particularly significant at Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem because the casino was built atop land from the former Bethlehem Steel Corp., which was a major union company.
United Steelworkers Local 2599 tried to organize Sands employees when the casino first opened but wasn’t successful, union President Jerry Green said. The law enforcement union’s attempt may bring new life to the steelworkers’ efforts, he said.
“I hope they’re successful in their drive and that could open some doors for us,” he said.
Green said he doesn’t expect Sands Bethlehem to willingly allow its workers to unionize.
“That’s the reputation that that group has over there,” Green said. “They’re going to make them go through an election process.”
arrested 46-year-old Michael Wang on 65 counts of possessing child pornography and three counts causing a child to view or listen to sexual activity.
Wang is a teacher at Northland Pines Middle School in Eagle River.
He turned himself in to the Sheriff’s department Wednesday morning after an investigation found evidence of inappropriate activity on his school computer.
“It’s like a person living two separate lives,” Northland Pines District Administrator Mike Richie says.
Two separate lives one teaching middle school students and the other browsing child pornography.
“The three big red flags would have been videos, sexual videos, pictures, sexual pictures, and sexual chats,” Richie says. “Different types of chats with many different people.”
Richie says the district was tipped off on May 3rd when their security software found inappropriate activity on math teacher Michael Wang’s computer.
“I feel terrible that this happened. I know as a district we feel terrible and as I told the staff, this is in no way a
reflection of our staff or our employees.”
Wang is currently on unpaid leave. District Administrator Mike Richie says they’ll push for a resignation
from Mr. Wang to ensure that he never walks the halls of Northland Pines Middle School, or any school for that matter, again.
“We don’t tolerate this behavior,” Richie says. “He will not be back in the classrooms of any school. By
law we will have to report this to the department of public instruction.”
Vilas County Sheriff Frank Tomlanovich says investigators took Mr. Wang’s computer from the school, and calls this an extremely serious case.
“You’re dealing with the public trust,” Tomlanovich says. “The trust of the children. This is a person who we all rely upon to nurture our kids, help keep them safe. So when a person in that position fails, it’s
Tomlanovich says it’s too early to say how long this could have went on.
“The district administration is very cooperative. Our biggest concern now is making sure this is limited to computer activity and that no students are involved in it.”
Wang appears in court Thursday morning for a bond hearing.
He is currently being held at the Vilas County Jail.
Richie says concerned parents can contact him with questions, and he doesn’t want people asking teachers for information since it was an administrative investigation.
was arrested Wednesday by Wallingford police on sexual assault charges. The arrest followed an investigation into allegations that he had sex with a minor.
Jeffrey M. Francis, 23, of Durham, was charged with two counts of second-degree sexual assault and two counts of risk of injury to a minor. He appeared Wednesday in Superior Court in Meriden and was released after posting a
The incident did not involve any students from the ISAAC School, according to Lloyd Johnson, executive director of the Gov. Winthrop Boulevard school.
Johnson said Wallingford police notified him Wednesday morning of the arrest. Francis, who was in his first year of teaching, was immediately placed on administrative leave, Johnson said. An email was sent out to parents of the students, he said.
Wallingford police said Francis met a juvenile girl in a social networking chat room in April 2010, and later opened
a Facebook account under a fake name so he could communicate with her. By January, police said, Francis and the juvenile began to meet.
After Wednesday’s arrest, police served a search warrant for Francis’ personal
computers, cell phones and other items.
child was involved in an adult relationship.
“We urge parents to take proactive steps to monitor Internet activity,” Mikulski said. “In this day and
age, parents should be monitoring what accounts their children are active in and who they are emailing and chatting with.
One of the two suspects was also wounded.
The incident began at the intersection of Prospect and Elm streets and ended on Lafayette Street, where one of the suspects crashed his getaway car and was subsequently arrested.
Police were processing the suspect’s station wagon late Friday morning and early afternoon.
Newark police say a retired Florham Park officer, who now works as a security guard delivering money, was ambushed by two gunman as he made a dropoff.
The victim was also armed.
“As he got out of his car, he was approached by two suspects, holding guns,” Newark Detective Hubert Henderson said. “A shootout ensued. The retired cop was hit a couple of times. He’s at the hospital. One suspect fled on foot and is still at large. The other one got into his car and fled the scene and crashed moments later. He was found with several weapons in his possession. He was also wounded, and he had the monies from the robbery in his possession.”
The incident happened around 11 a.m. Henderson said it appears the suspects knew the delivery was to be made and were waiting for the victim to arrive.
Nearby Lafayette Street School was on lockdown since the other suspect remains on the loose.
The retired officer is hospitalized, but is expected to survive.
The New Jersey Cop Shot program run by the New Jersey State PBA is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the shooting.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Department’s 24-hour “Crime Stoppers” anonymous tip line at 877 NWK-TIPS (877 695-8477) or NWK-GUNS (877 695-4867.
The security officer was working patrolling a section of the business district when he was attacked, beaten and knifed in a vacant parking lot.
The officer had been taken to a local hospital where he had been listed in critical condition.
Police are not releasing any suspect information at this time.
Chattanooga TN May 20 2011 A man was charged with indecent exposure Wednesday after he reportedly showed his “glistening white buttocks” to another man in a bathroom stall at Northgate Mall, according to a Chattanooga Police Department arrest report.
Michael Vincent Devita, 20, began the conversation by asking if the man — who already was in a bathroom stall — was gay, according to the report. After the man said no, Devita asked if the man would perform oral sex on him, the report said.
When the man glanced to the bottom of the stall door, he saw Devita’s “glistening white buttocks protruding into his
occupied stall,” the report states.
The man then left the bathroom and located mall security, according to the report.
When questioned by police, Devita said he “went too far,” according to the report.
He has since been released from jail, according to records.
Two well-respected, former police detectives have filed a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court alleging rampant corruption at the Newport Beach Police
Department and City Hall.
Craig Frizzell and Steve Shulman allege that police bosses repeatedly rigged promotion
tests, gave improper consulting deals to favored retired cops, granted secret access to sensitive police databases to unauthorized individuals outside the department, took free hotel rooms, gave special favors to businessmen who provided free meals and retaliated against honest officers who complained.
City officials have not yet formally replied to the May 5 lawsuit, but previously responded by dismissing the pre-lawsuit allegations by Frizzell and Shulman as meritless.
Despite the attempt to appear calm, police and city officials must be fretting, and not just because both Frizzell and Shulman were outstanding officers for more than 25 years.
The two former cops hired John A. Girardi to represent them. You may remember Girardi as the Los Angeles-based powerhouse attorney who won an impressive $1.2 million judgment against Newport Beach police bosses for discriminating against another highly touted veteran cop: Neil Harvey. Underestimate Girardi, who is highly skilled,
at your peril.
A 2009 Orange County jury determined Harvey’s career had been sabotaged because police management absurdly speculated that the decorated, heterosexual cop might be gay because he was a perfectionist in his duties and
once lived in artsy Laguna Beach.
In their 21-page lawsuit, Frizzell and Shulman say department corruption was “intolerable” and that instead of cleaning up the mess, officials harassed and belittled them for protesting. They also claim that Rob Morton, another accomplished veteran officer, was punished for confronting wrongdoing.
Shulman’s detective work was featured on national television after his key role in solving the murder of Tom and Jackie Hawks, who were tied alive to an anchor and thrown off their own yacht in 2004.
Atlanta GA May 20 2011 Four City of
Atlanta employees, including a janitor at police headquarters, were arrested Thursday and charged with stealing municipal property.
The quartet pilfered “anything basically metal that could be recycled,” said Atlanta Police Sgt.
Tommie Collins, acting commander of the Central Investigations Section. Among the items stolen — filing cabinets worth $600. The loss to the city was valued in the thousands of dollars, Collins said.
The thefts took place over a period of at least one-and-a-half years from City Hall East, on Ponce de Leon
Avenue, and other city properties. Some occurred on the clock, Collins said, using city-owned vehicles.
APD janitor Thomas Simmons, 45, Randall Swinger, 45, and Willie Montford, 54, had been employed by the city for at least 15 years. They were arrested, along with 29-year-old Eddie Chambliss, while working at either City Hall or police headquarters.
“They teamed up to gain access and shared the profits in this endeavor,” Collins said.
Police began investigating the thefts last month after a tip from a “valid source,” said Collins, adding more arrests are
Tulsa Okla May 20 2011 A Tulsa teenager who was arrested last week on an allegation that he ignited an
explosive outside a mall was charged Thursday with manufacturing an explosive device.
Jonathan Tyler Mullins, 19, had other fireworks components at his residence, according to a search warrant affidavit filed Tuesday in Tulsa County District Court.
Detective Jeff Felton said in the affidavit that Tulsa Promenade mall security guards heard what sounded like a car backfiring in a mall parking garage about 8:30 p.m. May 10. A guard saw white smoke as a blue car speed away but observed no damage in the area at the time, Felton said.
The next morning another security guard found a small device, “about the size of a ‘Red Bull’ can,” that had already detonated, Felton said.
Police reviewed the mall’s surveillance video and saw two people get out of a car, walk to a store in the mall, fill out an application to win a car and head back to the vehicle.
As the car pulled away, the driver leaned out the door, appeared to light a fuse and placed it on the ground. The car then sped away as the device exploded, according to Felton.
Officers were able to tie Mullins to the incident through a purchase made at the store
and the free car application, Felton said.
Mullins remained in the Tulsa Jail on Thursday night.
A ceremony held by the U.S. Marshals Service evoked the Las Vegas rampage of Jan. 4, 2010, when Johnny Lee Wicks entered the courthouse shortly after it opened at 8 a.m., pulled a shotgun from his jacket and began firing.
Court security officer Stanley Cooper was killed. Deputy U.S. Marshal Richard “Joe” Gardner was shot but recovered from wounds to the torso, arm, hand and head. Wicks was chased down and killed by officers.
At the agency’s annual recognition ceremony for agents from around the country, leaders of the federal protective
agency said quick thinking by the Las Vegas court officers on duty prevented further disaster.
Receiving awards were Sherri Shipp, Jack Ecklund, Arthur Gennaro, Michael Gerrity, Lenny Kaufman, Robert Riscen and William Sherman. All but Riscen were present at the ceremony held near the Marshals Service headquarters in Arlington, Va.
“They rendered aid to their fellow officers, escorted civilians out of harm’s way, kept the shooter from completely
entering the courthouse and pursued the fleeing shooter on foot,” said Eben Morales, agency assistant director.
Shipp said the court officers don’t view themselves as heroes.
“It was part of the job, and we do the job, and we would do it again,” she said. But every once in a while, she added,
something will come up that will bring back a memory of Cooper.
Dozens of award recipients and an audience of more than 500 people marked a moment of silence for Cooper and for Deputy Marshal Derek Hotsinpiller and intelligence investigator John Perry who were killed in other parts of the country earlier this year.
Gardner, who left his desk on the second floor of the Las Vegas courthouse after hearing shots and who was among those who engaged Wicks in a gunbattle, was recognized with a valor award. It was accepted by his fiancee, Elayna Youchah, who said Gardner was out of the country.
Christopher Hoye, U.S. marshal for Nevada, complimented the court officers, who generally are retired police officers and security guards who staff security checkpoints and keep watch on courtrooms.
Hoye said the shooting continues to hover over the courthouse and is reflected in tightened security that has changed the jobs of the security screeners.
“They are some of the nicest guys you would ever want to meet. They want to meet and greet and shake hands and hug people and kiss babies,” Hoye said. “They also have to stand a lot closer watch now. They have to be more
tactical. We have taken away some of the comforts of the job. No more soft chairs.”
But Hoye said no court officers have departed since the shooting.
“As a matter of fact my waiting list has grown,” he said. “There are a lot more retired police officers who would like to come over and work for us.”
Source:Las Vegas Review
GA May 20 2011 Remember the Granddad Bandit, who robbed banks in Georgia and 12 other states? Looks like there’s a Grandma Bandit on the loose now.
DeKalb County Police Woman wanted for armed robbery of Walgreen’s in DeKalb County.
DeKalb County police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a grandmotherly bandit who held up a North Druid Hills Road drugstore earlier this week.
The robbery happened Monday at the Walgreens store in the 2300 block of North Druid Hills Road. The suspect walked up to a clerk at the checkout counter, pulled out a handgun and demanded cash.
DeKalb police spokeswoman Mekka Parish described the suspect as a white female between the ages of 60 and 70, 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighing about 130 pounds.
“According to witnesses, her swollen red cheeks were a distinctive facial feature,” Parish said. The woman was wearing a baseball cap with a white and red “G” in the center, sunglasses, a brown jacket and stone-washed jeans.
Parish asked that anyone recognizing the woman call investigators at 770-724-7890.