Houston TX June 10 2011 Authorities have arrested three people in connection with a Fort Bend County pharmacy accused of illegally dispensing prescriptions.
Shantae Shepard Akpaffiong, 38, the owner of River Edge Pharmacy, which opened in February in the 500 block of FM 359 near Richmond, is among those charged.
She is accused of dispensing prescriptions to undercover agents and faces four state jail felony charges.
The pharmacy’s manager, Detrel S. Smith, 59, of Sugar Land, has been charged with four counts of possession of a dangerous drug. Its security guard, James Alvin Turner, 37, of Katy, has been charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon and violation of the state Private Security Act.
A Fort Bend County narcotics task force made the arrests after an undercover investigation that found numerous illegally dispensed prescriptions and illicit and dangerous drugs at the pharmacy.
Investigators uncovered a large amount of hand-written prescriptions from several Houston-area doctors, including one who has not practiced since mid-2010.
Agents seized invoices, inventory statements, bank records, computers and a video surveillance system installed in the pharmacy, according to the sheriff’s office. Agents also found several bottles of illegal and dangerous drugs in the trunk of Smith’s vehicle parked behind the pharmacy.
Miami Fla June 10 2011 A Jackson Memorial Hospital surgeon is under the microscope after being accused of stealing medical equipment from the hospital.
Dr. Nir Hus, 38, was arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts of grand theft for allegedly raiding the medical storage room and filling duffel bags with medical equipment, an arrest report stated.
Hus works in the critical care division of the surgical department at JMH. Hospital officials said he has been placed on administrative leave.
It’s unclear if the doctor had an attorney Thursday. He was released on bond.
Surveillance cameras captured Hus’ alleged illegal operations on at least three occasions, a police report said.
In May, a security guard confronted Hus as he walked out of a storage room with two surgical instruments, an arrest report stated. Police did not identify what Hus took during any of the incidents.
Hus told the guard he needed the equipment to perform surgery, but the doctor did not have any operations scheduled, the report stated.
On another occasion, cameras caught Hus entering a storage room with an empty duffel bag. Moments later, he exited with a full bag and medical equipment in his hands, the report said.
Hus again claimed the pilfered goods were for surgery. He later told investigators that he didn’t use all of what he took so he brought some of the equipment home with him, the police report stated.
On Wednesday, Hus returned 34 items that he took, the report said.
Boulder County made the payment to settle Bob McIntosh’s civil rights violation lawsuit. His attorney, David Lane, says his client was arrested without probable cause in violation of the First Amendment.
On October 1, 2010, McIntosh was stopped for speeding by Deputy Timothy Lynch in Superior. McIntosh ended up going to jail that afternoon for swearing at the sheriff’s deputy.
The deputy’s report shows Lynch used radar to catch McIntosh going 41 mph in a 20 mph school zone.
McIntosh wasn’t happy about getting the ticket and he let the deputy know it. Lynch says McIntosh became profane and verbally abusive.
After warning McIntosh, Lynch arrested him and took him to jail.
“Mr. McIntosh later pleaded guilty to the speeding charge in Superior Municipal Court, in exchange the charges of Disobeying a Police Officer were dropped,” says Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle. “He then retained an attorney, claiming his rights were violated when he was physically arrested for expression of free speech toward the officer.”
Attorney David Lane says Boulder County is paying McIntosh $20,000 to settle the case because it recognizes “that the United States Supreme Court has held that the First Amendment protects a significant amount of verbal criticism and challenge directed at police officers.”
“Our County Attorney’s Office reviewed the facts of the case and felt there was some exposure, because courts have ruled that while not all speech is protected, police officers are expected to take a higher level of verbal abuse than would be expected from a member of the general public,” Pelle says.
“The decision was made to settle the case quickly and as inexpensively as possible, as litigation and attorney’s fees could become very expensive.”
“Speech is often provocative and challenging … But it is nevertheless protected against censorship or punishment, unless shown likely to produce a clear and present danger of a serious substantive evil that rises far above public inconvenience, annoyance, or unrest,” Lane says.
The sheriff says the deputy involved and other personnel have received information about free speech as it applies to peace officers.
“When McIntosh was presented with the ticket he became profane and verbally abusive. At first he tried staring me down then stated with a spiteful look that a warning would have been
“I responded by saying not at ’41 mph in a 20 mph school zone.’ McIntosh said the speed is usually 35 and that I was being a ‘*&%#ing a*%’ and that ‘you know it.’ He then stated he would see me in ‘*&%#ing court.’”
“I replied that if he continued his abusive language I would arrest him. McIntosh then signed the summons, again trying to stare me down. He was given his documents then loudly yelled, ‘sc&*@ you.’ McIntosh was enraged.”
CLINTON TN June 10 2011 – Former Clinton Police Officer Randall Chisum was indicted Thursday for the aggravated statutory rape of a teen girl.
The mother of a 17-year-old girl came to the Clinton Police Department on May 9 saying her daughter had been communicating by phone and/or computer with Chisum.
Chief Rick Scarbrough and Lt. Vaughn Becker met with Chisum later that day, and Chisum resigned from the department.
The police department’s investigation led officials to believe Chisum might have had sexual relations with the teen on May 8.
The alleged victim was interviewed by a police detective and taken to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital later that night.
Police searched Chisum’s vehicle on May 10 and photographed markings on his body. The vehicle was then taken to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation crime lab for analysis.
That’s when the TBI, at the request of District Attorney General David Clark, took over the investigation.
An Anderson County grand jury indicted Chisum, and the TBI served him with the indictment on Thursday.
Detectives are continuing their investigation. Anyone with information about the recent behavior of the deceased, including threats made towards family members or others, is asked to contact the Montgomery County Detective Bureau or the Towamencin Township Police Department.
The Memphis police Felony Assault Unit arrested Marcus Crawford, 24, at Canterra Park apartments, according to a court affidavit. They arrested Terrence D. Boyce, 31, and Mario Green, 30, at the Monterra Park apartments. The three men were working as unarmed security guards in uniform. Both complexes are near Cazassa Road south of Winchester and east of Millbranch.
At another apartment complex identified in court documents at the Veranna Park apartments, police arrested an armed, uniformed security guard, Derrick A. Jointer, 30. Jointer could not provide police with a security guard license or a hangun carry permit, according to a court affidavit.
All of Memphis, the four men were charged with the felony of impersonating a licensed professional. Crawford and Boyce, who also faced warrants for driving on suspended or revoked licenses and other traffic charges, were held in Shelby County Jail on $500 bond each. Jointer was released on $1,000 bond. Green was released without bond, according to court documents.
The security guards were working at the complexes when a police sergeant approached and asked them to provide the security guard license required by the state, according to a court affidavit.
Nsonji White, 38, of the 10000 block of Woodbury Drive in Manassas was charged with five counts of crimes against nature and five counts of indecent liberties by a custodian. He is being held without bond, police said.
Police said White had inappropriate relations in 2004 and 2005 with a girl at the school who was 17 at the time. Police said the victim just came forward with the allegations.
A schools spokesman said White was hired in 2003 and works in the attendance office and as a basketball coach. He has been placed on administrative leave.
Prince William schools have reported a lengthy string of sexual misconduct cases this year. In April and May, four school employees were arrested on accusations of having inappropriate relations with students.
Ken Blackstone, the schools spokesman, said during a regularly scheduled meeting that school officials reiterated to principals the policies regarding conduct of employees in the schools.
“We have high standards and expectations for employee conduct and it’s taken very seriously,” Blackstone said. “Violations of our policy and the law will not be tolerated.”
Stonewall has been one of the Washington area’s most successful girls’ basketball programs in recent years.
When White took over as the team’s head coach before the 2004-05 season, he was the Raiders’ third coach in as many years, and the program had produced only one winning record in the previous 14 seasons.
After a 9-12 record his first year, the Raiders went 131-27 the next six, and reached the Virginia AAA playoffs four times. Stonewall advanced to the state championship last season and lost to Princess Anne.
58-year-old David Rezac is a teacher in the Greenfield Union School District. He was arrested at his home Wednesday morning and booked into the Kern County Jail.
Rezac’s bond has been set at $40,000. He’s been with the Greenfield Union School District since 2005 and has taught first, second and fourth grades. He was most recently a fourth grade teacher at Planz Elementary School in south Bakersfield.
Rezac is charged with downloading child porn on his home computer.
“When Mr. Rezac was hired by the district, he had no history of criminal activity that would have prevented him from being hired to teacher,” said Greenfield Superintendent Chris Crawford.
At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, the district announced it was contacted by the FBI in August and Rezac was placed on paid administrative leave. He is now on unpaid leave.
“To date there have not been any reports or accusations made to the district that Mr. Rezac had any improper contact with any Greenfield students,” said Crawford.
According to police records, Rezac downloaded child porn on his computer, then uploaded the pictures to a sexually explicit chat line.
After the website, Yahoo, became aware of the pictures, they contacted the FBI. The FBI obtained search warrants and went into Rezac’s home where they found child porn on his computer.
“He has creeped a lot of people out for a long time, and the fact that he did use the little boy’s restroom rather than the adult’s restroom was an issue for a lot of us,” said former teacher Anne Giddings.
Anne Giddings was President of the Greenfield Union School District for more than a decade. She’s also a retired teacher and worked with Rezac for five years.
“We did have after school tutoring and Mr. Rezac would have been involved with that, and some of my little girls were uncomfortable with his demeanor,” added Giddings.
Police records show Rezac confessed he uploaded the images because he has a sexual preference for young girls.
He faces two felony charges and is scheduled to enter a plea on Friday.
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ST. LOUIS MO June 10 2011 A nightclub bouncer fired on an off-duty St. Louis patrolman after mistaking him for a criminal during a fatal shootout Easter morning, according to information from police and liquor commission records.
The newly released material provides a fresh account of the confusing episode early in the morning on April 24 in which Officer Daryl Hall, 34, was slain as he fatally shot Asif Blake, 30, in a confrontation over shots Blake reportedly fired.
It happened in the parking lot of the Label at the Ballpark, 758 South Fourth Street, which has since closed.
Schron Jackson, a police department spokeswoman, said ballistics tests were inconclusive but that “police believe that there is a possibility that it (the gunshot that killed Hall), in fact, did come from the bouncer’s gun.”
Investigators are expected to present evidence to prosecutors for consideration of charges but have not done so yet.
A police report identifies Will Spencer, 30, as a “suspect/offender” armed with a handgun at the scene. Police questioned and released him pending the results of the investigation.
Spencer, who could not be reached for comment, is a sergeant assigned to the 375th Civil Engineer Squadron at Scott Air Force Base and was off-duty and working an extra job as the club’s bouncer.
Officials said the bouncer was providing security without authorization from the Board of Police Commissioners, which state law requires. The department said bouncers licensed to work in St. Louis are not permitted to carry weapons.
It’s unclear whether Spencer has a concealed-carry permit. Off-duty members of the military have no special privileges under Missouri’s gun laws.
Hall, a regular customer of the Label who was off-duty in plain clothes and with his girlfriend that morning, rushed outside when he heard shots and encountered Blake firing a handgun, police said. They said he identified himself as an officer, ordered Blake to drop his gun and began firing when Blake refused.
In an April 25 email to St. Louis Liquor Commissioner Bob Kraiberg, club owners Craig Morris and Chris Little said the bouncer shot at Hall, according to notes retained in the commission’s files.
Morris and Little did not return messages left by a reporter.
Their email said three customers were upset about having to leave the club as it was closing about 2:30 a.m. As bouncers escorted customers to their cars, two of the patrons began a “tussle” and a third “comes out of nowhere” and “starts firing 7-10 shots. At this time everybody is scattering all over outside,” the document says.
The club’s bouncer, “a trained military soldier,” also fired his gun twice, according to the email. “He was behind a vehicle and was unaware that the person shooting was an officer.” It added, “He thought (Hall) was one of the suspects firing on someone.”
A police report lists Spencer as being an acquaintance of Hall.
Hall’s mother, Vernell Peeples, 63, of Detroit, said in an interview Wednesday that police had briefed her.
“I just don’t understand why the bouncer would go out there and start shooting like that,” Peeples said. “He should have found out who Daryl was first and what was going on before he started shooting.”
The club had formerly hired an off-duty police officer for security as well as bouncers, the owners’ email told Kraiberg, but the officer quit when business slowed a couple of months earlier.
Blake, of Hazelwood, who served in Iraq with the Missouri Army National Guard, was shot multiple times and died at the scene. Autopsy and toxicology results for him were incomplete Wednesday.
Hall died of a bullet wound to his neck and was also shot in the arm, authorities said. Toxicology results showed the officer had a blood-alcohol content of 0.047 percent, well under the legal limit to drive a vehicle.
Karen Petitt, a spokeswoman for Scott Air Force Base, said Spencer joined the Air Force in November 2001 and was authorized to work a second job as a bouncer. She said he has not been disciplined since the incident and continues his regular duties.
Petitt said Scott has no gun ownership records for Spencer because he does not live at the base. She said he would not have had a government-issued weapon. She also said the Air Force asked Spencer not to speak to reporters about the case while police are investigating.
The Label closed last month, its owners said, because its changing clientele represented a departure from its goal of being a laid-back, upscale urban lounge and art gallery before and after Cardinals games.
Little’s wife, Leteri Little, is trying to open a new bar and lounge on Washington Avenue, but she faces resistance from downtown loft-dwellers worried about it becoming another late-night club.
Hall was a five-year veteran of the police department assigned to the housing authority unit. He was a 2002 graduate of Lincoln University in Jefferson City and was a social worker in Chicago before becoming a police officer.
PIERMONT NY June 10 2011 — The father of a 17-year-old Orangeburg boy has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that his son was sodomized and sexually assaulted as part of a hazing ritual last summer at the Piermont Firehouse.
The lawsuit filed in federal court in White Plains alleges that in August the then 16-year-old volunteer was held in a chair against his will by Piermont Fire Engineer Michael Bettman of Sparkill and two other young volunteers, Dan Goswick Jr. and Sam Kropp.
The federal suit alleges the victim was subjected to a form of hazing in which he and other firefighters were held against their will and forced to place their hand upon and fondle the genitals of other firefighters.
The Journal News is withholding the name of the plaintiff as the victim of an alleged sex crime.
The alleged hazing on Aug. 14 made the victim “physically and psychologically ill, requiring him to seek and secure medical/psychological intervention.”
The attorney for the victim’s family, Richard Gilbert, did not respond to a request for comment.
The village of Piermont is also named in the suit.
Piermont Mayor Chris Sanders was not immediately available for comment.
Bettman’s attorney, William Reddy, could not be reached for comment. Goswick’s lawyer, Donald Feerick, did not immediately return a call. It was unclear who was representing Kropp.
The three firefighters were charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, and second-degree harassment, a violation, in September. Goswick and Kropp were charged as minors. The case is pending.
TALLAHASSEE Fla June 10, 2011
Canadian armored car and ATM maintenance company Garda World Security Corp. officially announced Wednesday that it will put its U.S. headquarters in Boca Raton, bringing 100 white collar jobs to Palm Beach County.
The deal was finalized in February and announced as final by the Palm Beach County Commission in a March 1 commission agenda, and local media have reported that the city, county and state had been working on the deal since last year. But Gov. Rick Scott, visiting Canada on a trade mission, held a news conference Wednesday to promote the planned move as part of his administration’s effort to lure jobs to the state.
“This announcement speaks volumes about the strides we are taking to create the best business environment in the U.S.,” Scott said in remarks planned for the Montreal news conference and released by his office. “Many companies here in Canada have expressed their desire to do business with Florida because of our excellent business climate and commitment to cut taxes and grow jobs – proof that we are capturing the attention of the business community worldwide.”
The company is moving the headquarters from Pasadena, Calif. The agreement finalized with Palm Beach County earlier this year requires the company to create the 100 jobs by June 30, 2014 with an average wage of $65,769, not counting benefits. A local economic development estimate said the move will generate $44 million in economic activity in the Boca Raton area over five years.
Palm Beach County on Jan. 11 voted to give the company $210,000 as a local contribution to what was reported as a $1 million total package. Local media in January also reported that the city of Boca Raton had already kicked in $210,000, and that the state was planning on contributing $580,000.
Boca Raton beat out Broadview, Ill., and Wilmington, Del., for the headquarters, according to the company’s application. Scott noted that California, Illinois and Delaware all have higher corporate income tax rates than Florida, so the move would save the company money.
“Our new U.S. headquarters in Boca Raton will provide us with the ability to continue our expansion; from the start of our U.S. operation in 2005 to becoming one of the leading cash logistics and armored transportation providers in the U.S. and part of a corporation that today has global sales of $1.2 billion,” said Garda President and CEO Stephan Cretier in a prepared statement. “We have been extremely impressed with the vibrant business climate that the state of Florida is working to create. We appreciate the cooperation and economic incentives extended to us by the state, Palm Beach County and the City of Boca Raton and look forward to contributing to this growing economy.”
Garda has 45,000 employees around the world.
East Hampton CT June 10 2011 East Hampton Middle School teacher Richard Hendricks was arrested this week on federal charges of possession, receipt and distribution of child pornography.
Hendricks, who lives in Ashford and is a graduate of E.O. Smith High School, was arrested Wednesday and arraigned in federal district court in Hartford on Thursday.
According to documents filed with the court and statements made in court, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations identified Hendricks as allegedly using his credit card in May to purchase access to the live online viewing of minors in the Philippines performing sex acts.
On Monday, with Hendricks’ consent, Homeland Security special agents seized two laptop computers, one desktop computer and two external hard drives from Hendricks’ residence. Preliminary analysis of the seized computers and components have revealed images and videos of suspected child pornography.
Homeland Security agents and East Hampton police were at the middle school on Tuesday. East Hampton police have referred inquiries about the arrest to Homeland Security. Agency officials contacted Thursday would only confirm Hendricks was arraigned and provided a press release.
School officials notified parents of all East Hampton students Thursday afternoon about his arrest in an automated call from School Superintendent Judith Golden.
Reached later in the day Thursday, Golden said school officials are cooperating with law enforcement in the investigation.
“It’s an ongoing investigation and we are cooperating fully,” Golden said. “Mr. Hendricks was put on leave at the beginning of the week when this investigation came to our attention.”
Hendricks, who has worked at the middle school for six years, is the computer education teacher and yearbook advisor.
Golden said if parents have concerns, or information about Hendricks, they should call Homeland Security Special Agent James Richardson at 860-240-3346, Ext. 4112.
Hendricks appeared Thursday before United States Magistrate Judge Thomas P. Smith in Hartford. Hendricks waived his right to a detention hearing and is currently in federal custody.
If convicted of the charge of possession of child pornography, Hendricks faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000. If convicted of the charge of receipt and distribution of child pornography, he faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of up to $250,000.
Hillsborough County VA June 10 2011 A Riverview man has been charged with voyeurism after deputies found a camera in the unisex bathroom at one of the two Starbucks coffeehouses in the Westfield Brandon shopping mall, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies responded May 31 to a complaint filed by the manager of the Starbucks, who reportedly said that at around 1:3o p.m. she had removed a device from under a sink in the restroom.
The Starbucks is in the south end of the mall, adjacent to Dick’s Sporting Goods.
Representatives from both mall security and the south-end Starbucks declined to comment.
Detectives reportedly reviewed the images from the camera device that positively identified a suspect, Eric Arthur Efaw, 44, of 7305 Forest Mere Drive in Riverview.
According to detectives, Efaw had the camera on when he walked to his car and opened his trunk, showing his license plate.
Efaw was arrested at his Riverview home June 8. Detectives said Efaw admitted placing the camera in the restroom and stated he had previously done so approximately six to seven times over the past two months. He stated he would place the camera in the restroom and then retrieve it later.
The investigation continues.
Kiel Marchand, 25, of 106 Carnation St., Apt. 3, in Pawtucket, was freed on bail after his arrest Tuesday afternoon, but failed to appear for his arraignment Wednesday in Attleboro District Court.
A warrant was issued for his arrest.
Marchand is accused of stealing from Macy’s three bottles of cologne by designers Gucci and Versace valued at almost $200, then running from store security.
Police said they spotted the suspect coming out of the woods off Allen Avenue. He allegedly tossed the stolen merchandise, and ran when he saw police. A passerby told police he saw the suspect run into Dick’s Sporting Goods on the opposite side of Route 1, police said. Marchand allegedly resisted arrest inside the store before police were able to handcuff him. He was taken to Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro complaining of an ankle injury.
Patrolman Ryan Mooney suffered a cut on his hand and ripped his pant leg jumping over a fence during the chase, police said.
Marchand faces charges of shoplifting, resisting arrest, vandalizing property, being disorderly and disturbing the peace, police said.
DECATUR, Ga. June 10 2011– A woman told police that she was sexually assaulted in the waiting room of DeKalb Medical Center’s North Decatur campus, authorities said.
Police later arrested Vincent Edward Price on charges of sexual battery shortly after 4 a.m.
The victim said she fell asleep in the waiting room while waiting for a friend who was being treated at the hospital and was woken up when she felt Price touching her private area, police said.
According to a police report, the woman screamed and a sheriff’s deputy who was at the hospital ran to help her.
Hospital officials said the woman declined medical treatment for the attack.
The hospital said it is reviewing its security practices to ensure the safety of its patients, visitors and employees.
A check of Price’s criminal record shows he had a lengthy criminal past.
Price was being held at the DeKalb County Jail.
FAIRBURN, Ga.June 10 2011 — A metro Atlanta baby sitter has been arrested and charged with murder after police said the 11-month-old boy she was baby-sitting died from internal injuries.
Maria Owens, 42, was arrested by Fairburn police.
Lt. Vernal Sutherland told Channel 2′s Amy Napier Viteri that Owens initially called 911 to get help for the baby.
But when doctors saw how serious his injuries were, they called police.
“We’re not trying to speculate on that right now. The only thing we’re saying is that this person has been arrested for the death of this child,” Sutherland said.
Neighbor Garrett Starkey said Owens, who has children of her own, baby-sat other kids inside her home on Broadleaf Trail.
“Makes you wonder what happens over there. And like I said, I’ve seen young kids over there, babies. Makes me really wonder what’s going on,” said Starkey.
No one answered the door at Owens’ home Wednesday evening. Her attorney, Mawuli Mel Davis, told Napier Viteri that the baby had been coughing and Owens was patting him on the back before calling 911. He said she did not do anything to cause harm to the child.
“We don’t have any explanation. Maria Owens is not the cause of those injuries,” Davis said.
Owens was taken to the Fulton County Jail.
YONKERS NY June 10 2011 — A 49-year-old Yonkers security guard has lost his left eye after he was beaten by two men and two women whom he had asked to leave a sprawling southwest apartment complex on Riverdale Avenue on Sunday morning, Yonkers police said Tuesday.
The security officer has been at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla since the beating, said Lt. Patrick McCormack of the Yonkers police.
He is suffering from a broken orbital and cheek- bone and other injuries.
48-year-old Jonathan Rivers was brutally assaulted by a number of people said police.
The incident happened at 3:12 a.m. Sunday in the courtyard of 85 Riverdale Ave.
The security guard was trying to make 15 people who did not belong there leave when he was attacked by the four, who ranged in ages from 18 to 27 years old, police said.
One of the attackers beat the security officer in the face with a rock, McCormack said.
The guard works for a Brooklyn security firm that is contracted to patrol 85 Riverdale Ave.
Police are searching for the suspects and they are trying to enhance security video from the building that may show some or all of the attack.
If you have information that might help investigators call the Yonkers Police Detective Division at 914-377-7724.
The victim’s company, Force One Security, is offering a $1,000 reward for any information that leads to his arrest.