SAN BERNARDINO CA June 6 2011 — A murder investigation is underway after authorities found a 25-year-old man lying dead in front of his home late Saturday night.
Police responded to a call of shots fired in the 800 block of N. Wilson Street at approximately 10:45pm Saturday after a private security guard spotted the body of 25-year-old Victor Moreno lying in front of his home.
The security company was alerted to a possible prowler in the area and the security guard had been investigating when he made the discovery.
Moreno’s sonand girlfriend were not at the home, which they shared, at the time of the shooting, authorities said.
Detectives did get reports of shots heard from neighbors, but the motive for the shooting remains unknown. Authorities think that the initial call about a possible prowler came from someone who had heard gunshots.
Police are still searching for a motive, and say that Moreno had no gang ties and had a clean police record.
Neighbors and family members described Moreno as a family man with a child and stepson he would often play with in the front yard.
The suspect or suspects remain at large.
Washington DC June 6 2011 The Washington region’s police and fire chiefs take home six-figure salaries, with many earning more than their state governors and the president’s closest advisers.
D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier wins the prize for the region’s highest-paid top cop with her $253,000 annual salary. The next-closest is Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger, who will earn $216,600 this year. Montgomery County Fire Chief Richard Bowers is the region’s highest-paid firefighter, taking home $190,000. That’s just $3,000 more than D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe and $15,000 more than the salary for Fairfax County’s fire chief.
By comparison, the salaries for President Obama’s Chief of Staff William Daley, spokesman Jay Carney and other advisers are capped at about $172,000. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley makes less than all but one top public safety official in the area with his $150,000 annual salary. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell earns a $175,000 salary — the same as Fairfax County Fire Chief Ronald Mastin.
Police chief salaries: D.C.: $253,000
Montgomery County: $216,000
Prince George’s County: $180,000
Fairfax County: $176,000
Arlington County: $175,000
Prince William County: $156,000
City of Alexandria: $148,000
Fire chief salaries:
Montgomery County: $190,000
Fairfax County: $175,000
Prince George’s County: $165,000
Arlington County: $164,000
City of Alexandria: $148,000
*The Prince William County fire department did not provide salary data for its fire chief by deadline.
“There’s no explanation for why we’re paying some [city officials] more than members of the federal Cabinet,” at-large D.C. Councilman Phil Mendelson said at a recent council hearing, expressing his frustration over a lack of justification for some of the city’s high salaries.
Some county officials defended the high salaries as critical to attracting people to do tough jobs.
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett’s office was direct with its support of Bowers’ salary.
“Chief Bowers runs the largest combination service [with Fairfax] in the national capital region,” Leggett spokesman Patrick Lacefield said in an email to The Washington Examiner. “The county is lucky to have him and he’s worth every penny.”
Montgomery County Councilman Roger Berliner was also supportive of Bower.
“We’re well served by him and if his salary is comparable to the salary for the D.C. fire chief, given our population and demand, that’s pretty good,” Berliner said.
But in other cases, the high salaries irk the rank-and-file officers.
Lanier’s salary has grown from $175,000 to $253,000 since she was named police chief by former Mayor Adrian Fenty in January 2007. The steady climb has police union chief Kris Baumann fuming.
“It is indefensible that we have 400 fewer cops on the street and are continuing to lose officers at an alarming rate, while at the same time, the chief has increased her compensation by over 35 percent in the past three years,” Baumann said. “The chief has taken no responsibility for the loss of officers, but has admitted that the decrease had made the city unsafe.”
Earlier this year, Lanier said it would mean “trouble” for the District if the number of sworn officers fell below 3,800. The force currently has about 3,850 sworn members and is losing about 15 a month to attrition.
Mayor Vincent Gray’s administration defended Lanier’s and Ellerbe’s salaries at a recent D.C. Council hearing, saying the chief’s annual income was the product of a “market analysis” that took into account the District’s unique status as being “not quite a state and more than a municipality.”
D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown said the salary for the chiefs has always been higher than other areas.
“The real question is, what are we getting in return,” Brown said. “That’s what residents want to know.”
According to police reports, the trouble started when a police sergeant put out a disorderly conduct call at the corner of 2nd Avenue North and Broadway.
Police said Bethel pepper sprayed a woman without provocation.
According to the reports, Bethel tried to leave as officers were gathering information.
Sgt. Robert Haught said that Bethel sprayed him in the face as he tried to stop her.
Bethel was arrested and charged with resisting arrest, assault and assault of a police officer.
She was jailed on $10,000 bond.
As of 3 a.m. on Sunday, she had not been released.
COOKEVILLE TN June 6 2011 — The cops can quell many kinds of disturbances — but they can’t do anything about the cicadas.
That doesn’t mean they won’t check it out.
Putnam Sheriff’s Deputy Cpl. Joe Davis said he was dispatched to the Free Hill Road area on Wednesday after a resident called to complain about “some type of loud machinery noise” in the area.
When the deputy arrived, the complainant told him he had already driven the whole road “and could not find anything making the noise.”
“I advised him that it was the cicadas in the woods behind his house making the noise,” the deputy’s report says.
The complainant’s wife told the deputy the noise “started about a week ago,” the deputy said.
“I advised them that there was about a week and a half before it will stop,” the report says.
Read more: Herald Citizen – Cops called on cicadas
Brooklyn NY June 6 2011 Customers ducked and scattered as bullets flew at a Brooklyn McDonald’s restaurant on Saturday when an off-duty city Correction Department officer shot an apparently disturbed man who attacked him with a pipe.
Police said the shooting occurred shortly after 12:40 p.m., when the deranged man attacked a 67-year-old customer in the fast-food joint in East Flatbush.
When the elderly customer tried to call 911 on his cell phone, the 36-year-old attacker grabbed it and hit him with it, cops said.
Correction officer Michael Turnbull, 35, then intervened, but when the attacker grabbed a pipe and swung at him, he drew his weapon and fired once, hitting the man in the left leg, police said.
The shot sent the restaurant’s workers and 15 to 20 customers ducking for cover and fleeing, witnesses said.
“People were running all over the place,” said Mark Levy, owner of Carpet Discount Center Inc. next door.
When the attacker continued to advance and swing the pipe, Turnbull fired again, hitting him again in the left leg, police said.
“He was acting weird and had a strung-out look in his eyes,” said a customer who saw the attacker when he entered. Authorities said Turnbull, 35, has worked three years on the job and is assigned to the Anna M. Kross Center on Rikers Island.The attacker was treated at Kings County Hospital and was in serious condition.
Jack Jordan II, 47, of New Hampshire was denied boarding a Southwest Airlines flight, the arrest report said, because of his intoxicated state. After employees rebooked Jordan for a flight the next day, airport police asked him to leave the terminal but Jordan chose to shout profanities and refused to leave police said.
Officers told him he would be arrested if he did not leave according to the report, but Jordan turned his back to an officer and said, “Go ahead, arrest me.”
He was charged with trespassing and disorderly intoxication. Jordan was released Sunday morning from Hillsborough County jail on $750 bail.
HOUSTON TX June 6 2011 – Police say one man is dead and another is being questioned following a shooting that stemmed from an apparent argument.
Around 3:30 a.m. Saturday, officers were called to the Love’s Truck Stop located in the 3900 block of North McCarty at the North Loop East in response to the shooting.
Witnesses tell police that two men were seen meeting in the parking lot. One man attempted to leave, but returned, driving his pick-up truck to the front of the store.
Police say an argument ensued and one of the men shot the other in the head, killing him.
Officials at the scene say a security guard and witnesses kept the shooter at the location until police arrived.
Homicide investigators have the shooter in custody and are questioning him. He has not been charged.