Timothy S. Briggs
United States Department of Justice – Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Government
End of Watch: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 Age: 46
Tour of Duty: 14 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Date of Incident: May 31, 2011
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Special Agent Timothy Briggs suffered a fatal heart attack while participating in the FBI’s physical fitness program in London, Kentucky.
He and another agent were jogging near the FBI’s London Resident Agency when he suddenly collapsed. The other agent, a bystander, and EMTs performed CPR on Agent Briggs but were unable to resuscitate him.
Special Agent Briggs had served with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 14 years.
Agency Contact Information
United States Department of Justice – Federal Bureau of Investigation
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
J. Edgar Hoover Building
Washington, DC 20535
Phone: (202) 324-3000
Riverside Police Division, Missouri
End of Watch: Friday, June 3, 2011
Tour of Duty: 6 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Weather/Natural disaster
Date of Incident: May 23, 2011
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Master Patrolman Jeff Taylor succumbed to injuries sustained on May 23, 2011, while assisting with tornado disaster response efforts in Joplin, Missouri.
Patrolman Taylor had just returned to a command post on a department ATV to drop off another first responder when a bolt of lightning struck next to where he was standing. Other public safety officers on the scene immediately began CPR and stabilized him for transport to the hospital.
He was transferred to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, where he remained until succumbing to his injuries on June 3, 2011.
Patrolman Taylor had served with the Riverside Police Division for six years and had previously served with the Webb City Police Department and Platte County Sheriff’s Office.
Agency Contact Information
Riverside Police Division
2990 NW Vivion Road
Riverside, MO 64150
Phone: (816) 741-1191
Sgt. James B. Medwetz, 51, complained of chest pains around 5 a.m. at his post in the Hammond City Jail and subsequently died at St. Margaret Mercy Healthcare Center, colleagues said.
Medwetz, a certified field training officer, joined the Hammond force in 1981 and served in the Patrol Section, Criminal Investigation Division and Support Division, and previously worked as a security officer in Hammond City Court.
He earned numerous awards and commendations during his 29 years of active duty, and was promoted to sergeant in 1993.
Medwetz followed in the footsteps of his father, Robert W. “Bob” Medwetz, a Hammond Police officer for 33 years. The senior Medwetz retired in 1994 and lives in Hammond.
Sgt. Medwetz is survived by a former spouse, son, James, and daughter, Amber.
“Jim will be fondly remembered as a husband, father and officer with an upbeat personality who took life’s ups and downs in stride,” said Lt. Richard Hoyda, police spokesman.
Riverside Police Chief Greg Mills says 31-year-old officer Jefferson “Jeff” Taylor died Friday at a Springfield hospital, where he had been a patient since he was struck by lightning May 23.
Mills says Taylor was the first Riverside officer to die in the line of duty. He was one of a dozen emergency responders from the Kansas City suburb to volunteer to go to Joplin after the storm that killed more than 130 people.
Mills says Taylor had successful skin graft surgery but was being treated for other complications when he died.
Taylor joined the Riverside department in 2005 and was its Officer of the Year in 2008.
Frisco TX June 4 2011 Two men suspected of killing a 30-year-old outside a Frisco Walmart were arrested Friday morning about 300 miles away in Beaumont, Texas.
Daniel James Ramsour, 17, and Raymond Anthony Washington, 20, were charged with first-degree murder in the Wednesday night shooting that left Andre Lang Currier of Frisco fatally wounded inside a black Mercedes.
The two suspects, both of McKinney, are being held in Beaumont in lieu of $500,000 bail. Frisco Police Sgt. Adam Henderson said it was unclear when they would be returned to Frisco.
Police say Ramsour and Washington likely knew Currier and that the three may have been involved in a drug deal around 8 p.m. that night at the newly opened Walmart at Preston Road and Hickory Street.
Shots were fired in the store’s parking lot, and Ramsour and Washington then fled the scene in a car, police said.
Currier was taken to Centennial Medical Center in Frisco, where he was pronounced dead.
Henderson said Currier had a criminal record and that Frisco police knew him.
“This was not a random act of violence,” Henderson said.
Detectives had initially focused on another man who was seen running from the Mercedes into the Walmart. He set off the store’s fire alarm when he escaped through a back exit. However, investigators said Friday, that man turned out to be a friend of Currier’s, who witnessed the shooting.
Police would not release the friend’s identity. They said he is not expected to be charged in the case.
Frisco police alerted Beaumont authorities shortly after midnight Friday that Ramsour and Washington might be in their area. A vehicle registered to one of the suspects was parked at a home in a modest neighborhood just off Highway 287 in Beaumont.
Both men were found inside the house early Friday and arrested without incident, according to Beaumont police.
The shooting is Frisco’s second homicide of the year and only its 10th since 1996.
“We are a very heavy property crime community, with a lot of burglaries and thefts,” Henderson said. “Incidents like this where you have murder or other types of violent crime…. those types of things are very low in the community thankfully.”
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.June 4 2011 — Sitting with a picture of her son in front on her, Yvonne Cooks was in tears as she, her family and their attorney talked about the shooting death of Antonio Cooks by a Jacksonville police officer last week.
“I just want some answers. I just want the truth,” she said. “It’s not going to kill you to tell the truth. Come on out and tell the truth. If you are wrong, you are wrong.”
Antonio Cooks, 32, was shot and killed in a St. Nicholas apartment complex May 24 shortly after he and two other bondsmen called police for help with a suspect they were looking to arrest, police said. The bondsmen were working with officers to apprehend someone in the apartment, police said. Those officers left, and minutes later, police received a call saying masked men were trying to break into the apartment, police said.
Police said another group of officers arrived and saw Cooks in a mask, and one officer opened fire, killing Cooks. Verne Williams, 37, was also shot by the officer.
At a news conference Thursday morning, Cooks’ family said they just want answers from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office about what happened.
ORLANDO Fla June 4 2011 Another TSA security officer is under arrest and accused of theft.
Police say the crimes occurred at the Orlando International Airport and the TSA officer has been accused of stealing computers from travelers’ bags.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Elliot Iglesias was indicted on charges of taking four laptops from checked luggage in March.
A co-worker reportedly saw the thefts and reported Iglesias to a supervisor. Iglesias, 30, was later fired.
The Transportation Security Administration, which employed Iglesias, released the following statement about his indictment:
TSA holds its security officers to the highest professional and ethical standards and has a zero-tolerance policy for theft in the workplace
Aiken, SC June 4 2011Police in Aiken were forced to use their tasers to control a patient at Aiken Regional Medical Centers after they say he assaulted a nurse on Tuesday afternoon.
According to an incident report, when police arrived at the scene, John A. Brown, Jr. was covered in blood and had self-inflicted wounds on his neck and chest. A hospital security guard told the officers his knife was still in the room. After 45 minutes of trying to control the suspect, police advised the man he would be tased. Brown didnt comply and tried to block the probes from his body with a blanket.
After several attempts, police finally subdued the 350 pound man.
A warrant has been issued for his arrest.
According to the report, the hospital security guard recorded the whole thing on his cell phone. Police do not yet have that video for evidence.
The woman, who was 25 at the time, is seeking at least $1 million, according to court records.
The attack occurred in the early hours of May 24, 2008, when the woman went outside the megaclub to make a phone call and left her purse inside with her friends. After trying to get back inside, club staff told her she was being ejected for being too intoxicated and would not let her find her friends to get her purse, which contained her hotel room key, according to the court filings.
She was unable to reach her friends or get into the hotel, and returned to the club parking lot at 2:15 a.m. There, in an area obstructed from security staff because of a large boat and SUV that blocked their view, the woman was attacked by a man who dragged her behind a building on the premises and raped her, records show.
The lawsuit alleges that Seacrets staff were negligent in preventing her from re-entering the club, “failing to exercise reasonable care … [by not] giving her the opportunity to retrieve her belongings or inform her friends in the club that she was being ejected.”
“It was reasonably forseeable that Plaintiff, an alcohol-impaired 25-year-old woman, early on a Saturday morning on Memorial Day weekend, with no money, hotel room key, identification, or access to her friends, was at greatly increased risk of victimization of crime, including assault and rape,” the lawsuit charges.
Reached by phone, the club’s president did not immediately have a comment on the lawsuit.
The woman, who filed the lawsuit as a Jane Doe to protect her identity, said in the lawsuit that she has suffered “both short and long term effects from the trauma, including medical costs, lost wages as a result of the immediate recovery period, and the immense pain and suffering from the psychological impact of the beating and rape.”
According to media reports and court records, police two years later matched DNA from the crime scene to a man who had been arrested in Florida. Lorenzo Ivan Garcia-Moreno, 25, has not been served with the first-degree rape warrant, according to court records.
Bethlehem PA June 4 2011 The death of a man who drove his car off of the seventh floor of the Sands Bethlehem Casino parking deck has been ruled a suicide, according to the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office.
The dead man has been identified as Robert Jamison, 21, of Lower Macungie Township. According to his Facebook page, he was a 2007 graduate of Emmaus Area High School.
Security officials at the Sands would not allow a reporter near the scene of the accident and said a news release would be issued later. Casino security also had First Street blocked off behind the casino and the parking deck.
City police and firefighters also responded to the scene. So far there has been no release from police or the casino on the incident.
According to the Breaking News Network alert, the car landed between 50 and 75 feet away from the building. The incident happened at about 9:15 a.m.
Jamison was initially taken to St. Luke’s Hospital in Fountain Hill, according to this report on The Morning Call website.
The regulations, which take effect Wednesday, are to ensure security guards have appropriate investigative and social skills to properly perform their jobs, said Patrick Mears, spokesman for the Solicitor General’s office.
“The training stems from the realization that security service workers must possess the appropriate investigative skills and training to properly and safely perform security work,” Mears said, noting that similar standards exist in other provinces. “It’s also to make sure security personnel have the ability to perform their jobs well”
The training is part of the Security Services and Investigators Act, which came into effect last year. It applies to anyone looking to work in loss prevention, as a security or bodyguard, as part of patrol dog services, or who responds to security alarms.
Volunteer security guards, however, are exempt, as are former police officers and others with similar levels of training. The regulations aren’t retroactive, Mears said, and those currently holding a licence do not require the new training for renewal.
The 40 hours of basic training covers topics such as citizens’ arrests, conflict resolution, proper use of force, evidence collection, legal issues and responsibilities for guards and giving testimony in court.
Under the new guidelines, prospective guards must be fluent enough in English to be able to communicate clearly with emergency responders.
Guards can carry a baton only if trained and licensed to do so, and handcuffs, but are barred from carrying mace, Tasers, firearms or other weapons prohibited under the Criminal Code. Employers must also submit reports whenever a guard uses a weapon or is involved in an incident where the guard or another person are seriously injured or killed within 24 hours.
In the interest of public safety, uniforms have been standardized clearly identify guards as security personnel and avoid their being mistaken for police or peace officers.
SALEM MA June 4 2011 — Two older women raised in a more trusting era were targeted by a 42-year-old Salem woman who stole their handbags from their carts as they shopped, police said.
Tammy Ward was arrested Sunday afternoon after a store security officer at the Salem Walmart spotted her grabbing a purse out of the cart of a 66-year-old shopper from Peabody.
The security officer, Syed Paikar, recognized Ward because he had suspected her of being involved in prior shoplifting incidents at the store, he told police.
He caught up with Ward, then went back to the victim, who hadn’t even realized her purse was missing, police said.
Ward was arrested on a charge of larceny from a person 65 or older.
Then, as Salem police Lt. Conrad Prosniewski was preparing a criminal complaint against Ward yesterday morning at Salem District Court, he mentioned the case to his Danvers counterpart, Sgt. David Joyce. The two share an office in the basement of the courthouse.
Joyce recalled that a couple of days earlier, on Friday, Danvers police had taken a complaint from a 70-year-old woman shopping at the Danvers Walmart, who said her purse had been taken from her cart.
Prosniewski showed Joyce a photo of the woman, who looked similar to a woman who was seen on the Danvers store’s surveillance video.
Danvers Patrolman William Cassidy also compared the images and concluded it was the same person.
Bolstering the case is the fact that the person who stole the purse in Danvers left the store in a blue minivan; Salem police confirmed that Ward owns a blue 2002 Dodge Caravan. Danvers police then lodged their own charge of larceny against Ward, who has pleaded not guilty in both cases.
The Danvers woman lost about $400 when her purse was taken. Police later found the purse along the side of the road near the junction of Route 62 and Interstate 95, prosecutor Janelle Amadon said.
Amadon and Prosniewski asked Judge Robert Brennan to set a total of $3,000 cash bail.
“It appears this is a pattern she’s developing of stealing purses from older women,” Amadon said.
Ward’s lawyer, James Craig, asked the judge to release Ward, a mother of six who lives on Social Security disability income because of bipolar disorder.
Craig said Ward told him she cares for her six children with the help of a boyfriend.
The address Ward gave police and the court, 116 Lafayette St., is the Lafayette Hotel, a rooming house.
Brennan set her bail at a total of $2,000 cash, an amount she is not expected to post immediately.
Ward is due back in court June 27, when she’s also facing charges of violating her probation in an earlier case.
San Francisco CA June 4 2011 A hero Patrol Special cop has been sacked — for failing to wear the proper uniform.
Last year, Patrol Special officer Robert Burns, 66, was nominated for a medal from the Police Department for taking down a gunman during a fatal shootout outside a Fisherman’s Wharf nightclub.
But on Wednesday, at the request of the SFPD, the Police Commission voted to revoke Burns’ badge for refusing to follow several commission rules, including wearing the required uniform.
Patrol Specials are citizens authorized in the City Charter to provide private security for businesses and people. Burns provided security for Club Suede, where the shooting occurred, and other businesses in North Beach.
The police said Burns on at least one occasion wore uniform pants and a jacket that “lacked the blue soutache stripe.” He was caught wearing an improper uniform 37 times in 2009 and 2010.
Burns, a Patrol Special cop since 1976, also didn’t show up for mandatory first aid and CPR training classes and failed to provide proof of his insurance, according to the SFPD.
One of the uniform violations was logged 12 days after the nightclub shootout that made Burns a hero.
On Feb. 7, 2010, a 19-year-old man was killed and three others injured after the shooting at Club Suede, which has been closed down by order from a judge.
Burns shot one of two suspects engaged in a gunbattle amid hundreds of screaming club-goers, which police said led to the gunman’s arrest.
In nominating Burns for a medal of valor, police called his quick action that day a “selfless devotion to duty,” saying his actions helped prevent further injury.
During a hearing at a Police Commission meeting Wednesday, Burns did not deny the allegations against him. Instead, Burns said he is not a city employee and thus should not have to abide by the Police Department’s rules and procedures.
“How can I be charged with violating the rules and regulations of a department that I’m not a member of?” he said.
However, a lawyer with the City Attorney’s Office cited a 1994 court ruling that said Patrol Special officers had to follow Police Commission rules.
Meanwhile, Burns is a key witness in the 2010 murder case at Club Suede. Last week, he testified in a preliminary hearing in the case.
Myrtle Beach SC June 4 2011 Police received reports of five armed robberies, a stabbing, a shooting and an incident involving a shotgun being pointed at a security guard during a nearly eight-hour period in the city early Sunday and Monday.
Because so many people were in the area for Memorial Day celebrations and the Atlantic Beach Bikefest, officers responded to numerous criminal complaints and traffic violations, said Myrtle Beach police Capt. David Knipes.
“Policing this event has always come with huge challenges. Unfortunately, criminal activity is often associated with large events, which is why we have deployed additional officers to allow us to respond to this increase in activity,” Knipes said Monday afternoon. “All of the officers working this event have done an outstanding job in very stressful conditions.”
Myrtle Beach police are investigating five armed robbery reports that occurred in a seven hour period in the city, according to Capt. David Knipes.
The incidents and their details are:
At 9:30 p.m. Sunday, a police officer saw an 18-year-old man running from 100 N. Ocean Blvd., and yelling he had been robbed, police said. The man, a 28-year-old man and another man, whose age was not listed on the report, told police they had left their room at the Bar Harbor and were going down stairs when they were confronted by three men with guns.
A couple told Myrtle Beach police they were robbed of cash and cigarettes and assaulted by two men who had guns while walking along Third Avenue South, according to a police report.
A 26-year-old woman and 28-year-old man told police they were walking from a Scotchman convenience store about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday after purchasing cigarettes when the woman said she saw two men walking across the parking lot, police said. The woman said she heard the men run up behind the couple.
One man had a gun and ordered the couple to empty their pockets and they hit the man in the head with the pistol, according to the report. The woman said the gun also went off during the incident. The woman said the men also patted her down to make sure she wasn’t hiding anything after they took her items.
A couple told Myrtle Beach police they were robbed at gunpoint by two men while on the beach, according to a police report.
The couple, ages 30 and 21, told police they were at the beach near 26th Avenue South about 3 a.m. Monday and the two men approached them from the sand dune and pointed a gun at them, police said.
The man told police the robbers ordered them to the ground and they went through their pockets, according the report. The man said the robbers took various items that included necklaces and then ordered them to run toward the water.
Myrtle Beach police arrested a Ridgeway man accused of robbing another man at knifepoint after the victim agreed to give the robbery suspect a ride home from a local bar, according to a police report.
A 51-year-old Myrtle Beach man was charged with threatening a woman with a knife and assaulting her, according to a police report.
The incidents and their details:
At 8:50 p.m. Sunday, a 39-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound. A woman told police he tripped and fell, which caused the gun to go off in her Myrtle Beach home at 716 62nd Ave. N., according to a police report.
The woman, whose age was not listed in the report, told police she had allowed the man to stay with her for a couple of days to help him out. She had told him he could not stay with her any longer, according to the report. The man was gathering his things to leave when he picked up a 22-caliber rifle.
The woman said the man asked if she wanted to sell the gun and she told him to put the gun down, according to the report. The woman told police the man turned with the gun in his hand, tripped and fell, which caused it to go off.
Additional details about the incident were not listed in the report.
At 9:30 p.m. Sunday, a police officer saw an 18-year-old man running, yelling that he had been robbed.
The 18-year-old, a 28-year-old man and another man whose age was not listed on the report told police they left their room at the Bar Harbor and were going downstairs when they were confronted by three men with guns.
One man ran away from the robbers, but the other two told police they were robbed of their belongings. The men told police the suspects went into a nearby room and police found two men matching their description inside.
Officers found marijuana and a stolen gun inside the room and arrested the two men, Knipes said. Charges are pending.
At 11:30 p.m. Sunday, police were called to Fourth Avenue South and Ocean Boulevard when someone pointed a gun at another person, Knipes said. The victims did not want police involved.
Officers were told by Family Kingdom security that a woman reported being raped by several men, Knipes said. The guard told the woman they had to call police, but she left and a short time later he saw her with a man in a sport utility vehicle.
The guard said the woman got out of the SUV and yelled at him about her property being stolen and the man got out and pointed a shotgun at the guard, who ran.
The couple returned to the SUV and left.
At 1 a.m. Monday, a 41-year-old man reported being stabbed in the abdomen. He told police he wasn’t sure where the attack occurred. The man and his wife flagged down an officer from their fifth-floor hotel balcony at 1307 S. Ocean Blvd., to report the incident.
The man told police he and his wife were each on their motorcycles stopped at a traffic signal when a large group of people surrounded them and tried to grab the necklaces from his neck. The man said he felt a pinch to his side and the couple rode back to their hotel.
The man said that on the way up to their room, he noticed he had been stabbed, according to the report. The man was taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center for treatment.
The man’s wife told police she was behind him on her motorcycle when the incident occurred. The woman said she tried to care for him when they got to the room and she cleared a coffee table to make him lie down, but he got on the bed.
The woman said she tried to call 911 from the hotel, but was put on hold so she hung up.
Police noticed broken glass on the hotel room floor and the woman said she broke a liquor bottle when she cleared the coffee table. The woman said she cleaned up the mess before police arrived.
The woman also had a cut to her foot and she said that occurred when she cleared the coffee table and the bottle was broken. Police also noted a broken shampoo bottle in the bathroom and shampoo on the mirror and ceiling.
At 2:45 a.m. Monday a 24-year-old man told police he was robbed in the area of 12th Avenue South and Yaupon Drive. The man told officers he was walking with a friend when two men, armed with a handgun, took the man’s necklace, ring and cash.
The man said the robbers had their faces covered and officers could not find the man’s friend in the area, according to the report.
At 3 a.m. Monday, a couple told Myrtle Beach police they were robbed at gunpoint by two men while on the beach.
The couple, ages 30 and 21, told officers they were at the beach near 26th Avenue South when two men approached them from a sand dune and pointed a gun at them, police said.
The man told police the robbers ordered them to the ground and went through their pockets. The man said the robbers took various items including necklaces, then ordered the couple to run toward the water.
The robbers ran along the beach until the man lost sight of them. The man and woman returned to their hotel room and called police.
When police ran the man’s name through their computer system they learned he was the victim of a similar style robbery early March 13 in the 100 block of North Ocean Boulevard, according to the report. The man reported the same items reported stolen early Monday.
Officers forwarded the case to detectives for investigation.
At 4:30 Monday, police were called to the parking lot of the Greyhound Bus Station at Seventh Avenue North, where a driver for Beachside Cab told police he was hit in the head and robbed while sleeping in the driver’s seat of his van, Knipes said. The driver told police the robber demanded money and hit him several times in the head before he threatened him with a gun.
The driver gave the man $320 and another man with the robber demanded the driver’s cell phone before he hit the man. Both men ran from the area
The police department ended up apologizing to Rick Sheridan, the cement gator’s owner, WDAF-TV, Kansas City, reported. Sheridan said he heard gunfire as he worked in his garage last weekend and went out to investigate, discovering several police officers with their guns drawn.
“The officer fired two rounds, and killed my concrete, ornamental alligator,” Sheridan said.
The police department said a man called to report his children had seen an alligator. The department checked with state conservation officials and were told they should kill the animal if they could find it.
Sheridan said Wednesday he has found the alligator to be more effective than “No Trespassing” signs at keeping strangers from wandering onto his property. He said vandals simply rip the signs down.