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PORTSMOUTH, England, May 29 2011 — A private security company worker in England has been charged with interfering with police for clamping the wheels on two Royal Protection Squad cars.
To make matters worse, police officers responsible for guarding Queen Elizabeth II on an unscheduled visit to Portsmouth were inside their vehicles when the wheels were clamped, the Southern Daily Echo reports. The queen was in Portsmouth to have lunch on board a yacht owned by Sir Donald Gosling, a parking entrepreneur.
Gareth Andrews is also charged with failing to display his permit on his own dashboard while he was wielding his wheel clamps on Gunwarth Quays. He has a court date next week.
A police spokesman said the officers whose cars were clamped were unable to carry out their assigned responsibilities.
The wheel clamp also known as the boot or Denver boot, prevents an illegally parked car from being moved
MILLCREEK, Del. – May 29, 2011 — Police say a man who was struck by a car moments after stealing items from a Delaware store has died.
Sean Jones, 40, of New Castle, died on Sunday morning at Christiana Hospital, where he had been since the day of the crash.
An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death. Police had previously said his injuries were not considered to be life-threatening.
Jones was struck in the 4400 block of Kirkwood Highway around 9:15 p.m. on May 19th.
Numerous bars of soap, bottles of shampoo and a cane were found at the scene.
Investigators said Jones stole those items from the nearby Deals store just minutes before being hit.
The driver of the SUV that hit Jones suffered only minor injuries. Investigators had said it was Jones, not the SUV driver, who was at fault.
Nancy Eileen Hanson, 54, was arrested May 11, according to a UL statement issued Wednesday night.
Hanson remains in the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on a $150,000 bond and has been charged with one count of felony theft, according to jail records.
In the statement, officials said that the UL Internal Auditor notified the school’s police department May 11 about missing funds from the parking and transit division.
The auditor’s findings were turned over to police, who learned the alleged thefts happened between October 2009 and May 2011.
Hanson was arrested the same day.
Hanson described her work in an online profile on the professional networking and social media website LinkedIn.
She lists herself as the cash manager and field operations supervisor for pay lots and corresponding computer operations.
Among her listed duties were collecting, counting, verifying and depositing field operations money on a daily basis to an auditable system.
In addition, Hanson wrote that she coordinated special events in parking areas, maintenance in permitted and zoned parking areas and maintaining open relations with the campus police department.
School officials said the investigation is ongoing.
BRADENTON Fla May 29 2011- A shoplifter reportedly caused a commotion and assaulted employees at a Wal-Mart in Bradenton on Wednesday morning.
Bradenton Police arrested Myra S. Mays, 22, on charges of aggravated assault, petit theft, battery on a law enforcement officer, assault on an officer, resisting arrest, criminal mischief, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, trespassing, resisting a retail merchant in the recovery of property and three counts of battery.
Employees at the store, 5315 Cortez Road W., claimed Mays attempted to leave with a cart of unpaid for merchandise. When stopped, Mays reportedly attempted to hit an employee with a bar stool she had in the cart.
Police say Mays intentionally knocked over a display of gas grills, causing more than $1,000 in damage. In the parking lot she reportedly overturned shopping carts, pushed carts into parked cars, spit on and punched employees and threw a cell phone at a police officer.
Three officers arrested Mays, who slipped out of handcuffs while in a patrolcar and had to be put in tighter cuffs and leg restraints, an arrest report stated.
Officers say they found marijuana in her purse.
At the Manatee County jail, Mays reportedly said that prior to the ruckus at the Wal-Mart, she ingested an unknown type of pills. Deputies took her to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.May 29 2011 — What looked like a miracle plunge off the Goethals Bridge Saturday night by a suspected shoplifter on the run from the law ended up fatal after all.
The suspect, Darin Hickman, 46, of Holland Avenue in Mariners Harbor, initially survived a drop off the bridge into marshland, but died of internal injuries hours later, according to New Jersey State police.
Hickman had a lengthy criminal record dating back to at least the 1980s, and his third stint in New York state prison — for a 2005 possession of stolen property and a forged instrument conviction — ended in February 2010, according to public records.
His criminal career came to a dramatic end at about 6:30 p.m. when, authorities said, police in Milburn, N.J. tried to stop him for questioning because they suspected he had shoplifted an item from the Short Hills Mall. Just a week prior, one law enforcement source close to the investigation said, he had stolen a pricey Louis Vutton handbag.
Hickman drove off, though, leading police in Milburn to call in a description of his Mitsubishi Diamante as a person of interest, the source said.
State police pursued him on the New Jersey Turnpike, according to N.J. State Police spokesman Sgt. Stephen Jones, but called off the pursuit while he was still on the turnpike, opting to follow him with lights and sirens off.
Hickman got to the Goethals, then rammed into a Port Authority police vehicle on the New Jersey side of the bridge, before the span crosses the waters of the Arthur Kill, Jones said. His car caught fire, authorities said, so he ran out, then jumped off the bridge, landing in a marsh.
“The initial reports that we had were that it looked like he was in fairly decent shape,” Jones said.
Except Hickman apparently suffered internal injuries, Jones said, and he died several hours later.
He was pronounced dead at 1:26 a.m. at University Hospital in Newark, authorities said.
SCARBOROUGH ME May 29 2011 — Police arrested a shoplifter who tried to commandeer a vehicle as he was fleeing from a sporting goods store in Scarborough tonight.
Travis Mullen, 32, of Sanford, was taken into custody on charges of felony theft, refusing to submit to arrest, two counts of attempted kidnapping, and criminal threatening.
Sgt. Mary E. Pearson said officers were called to Cabela’s around 5 p.m. to investigate the report of a shoplifter.
When police arrived, Mullen ran through the parking lot onto the Maine Turnpike near Exit 42. He attempted to jump into a moving truck and fell to the ground. He ran to another vehicle, opened the door and got onto the passenger seat. The driver, a woman, fled the vehicle.
Mullen left that vehicle and ran into woods. A few seconds later, he attempted to enter an RC Moore trailer truck, but was confronted by an employee, causing him to flee again.
Scarborough police, South Portland police and Maine State Police found Mullen hiding in the back of a truck at RC Moore where he was taken into custody.
He was taken to Maine Medical Center for treatment of injuries he sustained when he fell from truck that was moving.
Source:Portland Press Herald
Derek Hildreth, 48, of East Greenwich Township faces charges of aggravated sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child and attempted aggravated sexual assault.
He is being held at Cumberland County Jail on $500,000 bail.
Hildreth taught eighth-grade social studies at Myron L. Powell Elementary School in Lawrence Township.
Prosecutors tell The Press of Atlantic City that Hildreth assaulted students between 1999 and 2001.
Prosecutors are investigating whether there are other accusations of abuse.
Hildreth was arrested Thursday afternoon at the school. He has been suspended with pay.
It was unclear if Hildreth had an attorney.
Yorkville IL May 29 2011 The Yorkville Police Department’s second highest ranking officer was arrested Friday evening and charged with stealing prescription drugs from the department’s unwanted medication program.
Deputy Chief Dave Delaney was charged with felonies possession of a controlled substance and theft of government property, according to Kendall County State’s Attorney Eric Weis.
Weis said Delaney is accused of taking prescription drugs from the program for his personal use.
Yorkville Police Chief Rich Hart said Delaney has been put on administrative leave as of Friday. While on leave, Delaney is not allowed to identify himself as a Yorkville police officer or act as a Yorkville police officer.
Delaney is scheduled to be in bond call Saturday morning.
Delaney has been with Yorkville police since April 1999, Hart said. He was promoted to deputy chief in July 2010, after being promoted from sergeant to lieutenant in February 2010, Hart said. He had worked at the Plano Police Department prior to joining Yorkville, Hart said.
Yorkville police also cancelled the medication disposal program on Friday. The program is common to many local departments. It allows police to collect unwanted or unused medication and dispose of them in a safe manner. The goal is to keep the medications from entering the water supply.
For people who still need to dispose of medication, Yorkville police recommend placing water into solid medications or kitty litter, sawdust or flour into liquid medications to keep them from being accidentally ingested by a child or pet.
In 1999, Delaney was named the Optimist Club of Oswegoland’s Officer of the Year. He was selected because he averaged more citations than most other officers, solved a ring of car burglaries, had a dozen DUI arrests, made drug busts and helped the department get grant money to put video cameras in squad cars.
“I just try to stay out on the streets as much as possible,” Delaney said at the time.
He told the Beacon-News he chose police work not only because it’s exciting – “you never know what’s going to happen” – but also because it affords him the chance to see that he’s helping people.
RIVERSIDE CA MAY 29 2011 — A man who allegedly stole a case of beer and some diapers from a grocery store used the beer to fend off an employee on Wednesday, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputies arrested Miguel Vieyra, 42, about 2:15 a.m., a couple of hours after he allegedly swiped the items from a Food 4 Less in the 24400 block of Alessandro Boulevard, sheriff’s Sgt. Tim Martin said.
Vieyra, of Moreno Valley, tried to leave the store without paying for a 12-pack of beer and a package of diapers about 12:45 a.m., according to Martin.
“As the security guard attempted to detain the suspect, he swung the 12-pack of beer at the security guard’s head,” Martin said.
The security guard informed deputies of Vieyra’s getaway vehicle, including the license plate, and they arrested the suspect at his residence.
Vieyra is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail and was booked on suspicion of strong-armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and violation of probation.
New York City NY May 29 2011 A 4-year-old boy left alone by his mother was killed when a family dog savagely mauled him as his two terrified brothers watched helplessly, cops and witnesses said.
Neighbors rushed to the Pacific St. home in Brownsville about 9:15 p.m. Friday after hearing the mother’s desperate cries for help when the dog latched onto the boy’s throat, witnesses said.
“Help! He ate my baby! He ate my baby!” the mother wailed, according to one witness. Police said the mom insisted that she only left the boys alone for five minutes, and returned to find the dog tearing at her son.
“The baby was bit in the head and neck,” said neighbor Anthony Brown, 35. “The baby wasn’t moving.”
Jayelin Graham was rushed to Brookdale University Hospital, where he died. Police said his two brothers, ages 2 and 5, were inside the room with Jayelin when the powerful Cane Corso attacked.
The Italian-bred dogs are large, muscular animals once used to hunt wild boars. A neighbor said the killer dog had recently eaten the family’s pet rabbit.
A chaotic scene unfolded when cops arrived at the apartment as neighbors crowded near the building, witnesses said. A group of people tried to storm the home, but police held them back.
Six people were later arrested and expected to be hit with obstruction charges, sources said.
Police were questioning the mother, who has three other young children who live in the apartment. Sources said she faces criminal charges.
Neighbors said the seedy first-floor home of the family was like a small zoo with the Cane Corso, a pit bull, a German shepherd, a parrot and a snake.
It took 10 firefighters to remove the vicious dogs from the apartment, one neighbor said.
“People were scared of those dogs,” said Kenny Rishar, 50, the super of the building. “The dogs belong to the husband, who is seldom here. This was a tragedy waiting to happen.”
Brown said the entire street was afraid of the dog that killed little Jayelin.
“It was a violent dog,” he said. “Dangerous. A big dog. The whole block is scared of that dog.”
Angelica Barriere, president of the PTA at Public School 178 across the street, said she ran over when she heard the screams.
“I think the mother should be locked up, should be arrested,” said Barriere, 32. “She had issues. The little boy was not well-dressed and was not clean, but he was a good kid.”
A neighbor, Rose, who recalled Jayelin being a “real sweet little kid,” said the dogs were kept in a cage.
“When you cage an animal and let it out, what do you think it will do? An animal goes wild,” Rose said.
ATLANTA GA May 29 2011 — A 30-year-old woman was killed and another woman seriously injured when they plunged from a hotel window during a party at a midtown Atlanta hotel.
Witnesses told Atlanta police that the victims were attending a birthday party at the W Hotel Midtown early Saturday morning. Police said the women were “play fighting,” crashed through a 10th-floor window and fell.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office examiner identified the dead woman as 30-year-old Lashawna Threatt.
Police say a second woman was taken to Grady Hospital in critical condition. Authorities have not released her name.
Hotel manager Michael O’Donohue said the incident was tragic and expressed sympathy for the victims. He would not answer questions about how the accident happened.
Bloomington IN May 29 2011Officers at the Indiana University Police Department were shocked to find one of their own dead this morning in the parking lot of Memorial Stadium in Bloomington.
Officer James Lerg, 30, was on duty but failed to respond to radio calls this morning. When other officers went to check on him around 5:30 a.m., he was found dead near his squad car, with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“This is a very sad day for our department,” said IU Police Chief Keith Cash. “Our hearts and prayers are with the Lerg family. We will all miss him very much.”
There is no immediate indication of homicide but the case will remain under investigation. At the request of Chief Cash, the Bloomington Police Department is taking over the investigation.
Madison WI May 29 2011 A 23-year-old man was arrested in connection with a sexual assault Thursday night at East Towne Mall, police said.
Brian L. Alums grabbed the breasts of a 32-year-old shopper after following her around the Boston Store, Madison police said in a news release.
Two store employees helped the woman while security detained Alums, police said. He was arrested for fourth-degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct.
OKLAHOMA CITY OK May 29, 2011–A Texas man was in custody Saturday in Oklahoma City in connection with the robbery of a credit union and the attempted robbery of a bank.
No one was hurt in either incident Friday.
The FBI says officers Darryl Rogers, 22, of Austin into custody shortly after the 1 p.m. heist at the Oklahoma Federal Credit Union.
Earlier, agents said, a man walked into the Kirkpatrick Bank about at around 12:45 p.m. and demanded money from the teller.
A security guard confronted the robber, who fled empty handed.
The robber didn’t indicate he had a weapon.
About 15 minutes later, agents allege the same man robbed the credit union and left in a white pickup truck with Texas license plates.
Witnesses saw the truck and called 911.
Rogers hasn’t been formally charged.