End of Watch: Saturday, June 25, 2011
Tour of Duty: 26 years
Badge Number: Not available
Incident DetailsCause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: June 25, 2011
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Not available
Sergeant Darrell Curley was shot and killed when he and another officer responded to a domestic disturbance in Kaibito, Arizona.
The dispute involved a fight between two brothers. Another officer who had responded to the scene was also shot and wounded. Sergeant Curley was transported to a hospital in Page, Arizona, where he succumbed to his wounds.
Sergeant Curley had served with the Navajo Division of Public Safety for 25 years and was assigned to the Tuba City District.
Agency Contact Information
Navajo Division of Public Safety
PO Drawer J
Window Rock, AZ 86515
Phone: (928) 871-6363
Denver CO June 27 2011 The two devices discovered in the Colorado Mills Mall in Lakewood this morning “partially functioned,” the FBI says.
The Jefferson County Bomb Squad was called to the the mall after officers responded to a store alarm at the Borders bookstore inside the mall, according to a news release from the FBI.
The two “small, crude devices” caused minimum damage in a small area inside the book store and no damage to the mall.
The scene around the book store was secured and the mall remained open for business. Law enforcement is expected to release the scene by the end of the day.
No injuries were reported and no additional threats have been sent to the book store or the mall.
The Lakewood Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI are investigating the case.
Seattle WA June 27 2011
A man was arrested Saturday night after police say he tried to steal a jacket from a store and hit a security guard while trying to leave.
Seattle Police Det. Renee Witt says that officers were called to the Goodwill store on S. Lane Street around 8:50 p.m. on a report of an armed robbery. Security guards at the scene told officers that the 33-year-old man was trying to leave the store with a jacket without paying for it when they stopped him.
Witt says the man then pulled out a collapsible metal baton and hit a guard with it numerous times. The baton was eventually taken away, but as the guards were trying to restrain the man, he pulled out a knife and started to threaten the guards with it.
The guards were able to take the knife away, but the man broke loose after he heard the police sirens. Witt said there was a short foot chase before the man was caught, and after a struggle, the man was arrested.
A search revealed that the man had four other knives on him, including one hidden in an ankle sheath.
The man was taken to the King County Jail and booked for robbery.
Santa Barbara CA June 27 2011—-A security guard is now in stable condition after being stabbed breaking up a fight on Friday night at Velvet Jones.
Velvet Jones was hosting rap performer nipsey hussle last night when the fight broke out.
Around 10pm Friday, police were called to Velvet Jones Club on lower State Street where a security guard was stabbed in the back while breaking up a fight between gang members.
When police arrived at the scene additional fights broke out and the club was evacuated. The suspects fled the scene and the investigation is ongoing.
CARROLLTON TX June 27 2011— A Carrollton teacher is accused of having an improper relationship with a student.
Amy Schilling, 33, was arrested in Frisco Friday and charged with the sexual assault of a juvenile.
Carrollton police recieved a report that the R.L. Turner High School teacher had an improper relationship with a male student.
Schilling remained in jail on Saturday and was being held without bond.
According to Broward Sheriff’s Office, three women took thousands of dollars from several stores around Broward County. “These three females are quite a racking crew. They have admitted to being involve in numerous retail theft,” said Mike Jachles.
Police said the trio got away with $500 worth of merchandise from a beauty supply store in Atlantic Avenue, along with shoes from The Rack Room on Federal Highway.
According to BSO, one of the thieves walked into The Rack Room on Friday wearing the same shoes that she had taken off with the previous day. The women then tried to walk out with a bag fill of Nike shoes. “There was a female in the store who the manager recognized from being in the store the previous day and shoplifting shoes,” said Jachles.
Jachles said the manager recognized her and chased her down. “He went outside, tried to chase her down, she fled on foot. He was able to flag down a passing BSO motorcycle deputy,” he said.
A deputy caught up with the suspect and arrested her. Police then arrested the other two women after taking off in a getaway car. “In the getaway car there was numerous merchandise,” said Jachles.
Police continue to investigate.
Winston-Salem, NC June 27 2011– Officers with the Winston Salem Police Department say two men were shot at the Los Troncos Bar on South Main Street, Sunday morning.
Both victims were taken to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center for treatment.
Detectives said David Sandoval died as a result of his injuries. Malcolm Ross, who was a security guard, was shot in the leg. His injuries are not considered to be life threatening.
Police said the shooting stemmed from a fight between Sandoval and another person at the bar. They said Ross tried to break of the altercation, when both men were shot.
Winston-Salem Police Department said this is their 8th Homicide for 2011 as compared to 5 at this time in 2010.
Anyone with information about th shooting or the fight is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 727-2800 or 728-3904 (Spanish line).
STOCKTON; Calif.June 27 2011 — Stockton police responded early Saturday morning to the 600 block of East Oak Street for a shooting where they said a security guard was involved in a confrontation with an as of yet unidentified suspect.
Police said that the suspect fired a weapon, striking the security guard.
Police didn’t release further details but said the guard is expected to recover from his injuries.
No word on whether or not the suspect was apprehended.
PADUCAH, KY June 27 2011 – A report of an employee theft leads to four drug arrests in McCracken County.
Detectives began an investigation last week when they receiving information that employee thefts were occurring at a local Paducah business located at 3921 Benton Road in McCracken County.
Detectives say their investigation revealed 29-year-old Jeffrey Brooks of Nathan Drive had stolen numerous doses of various pain medications from his employer.
Officers searched Brooks’ residence and seized 355 doses of Lortab and 50 doses of Morphine.
Further investigation revealed that the Lortabs and Morphine were stolen from the business on two separate occasions and detectives say Brooks had been selling the medications illegally.
An undercover detective with the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department contacted some of Brook’s alleged potential buyers via cell phone and arranged to meet them.
The undercover officers say they agreed to meet 23-year-old Brittany May at a Paducah business located on Irvin Cobb Drive in Paducah to sell her several doses of Lortab.
Detectives say they observed May with the money and arrested her. Officers say May later told them that she was purchasing the Lortab to resell it and had been doing so for the past several months.
Detectives then received a phone call from another individual who wanted to buy several doses of Lortab. Detectives agreed to meet the man on the parking lot of a business located at 7050 Benton Road to sell him the prescription drug.
Officers say two men arrived a short time later and one of the men got out of his vehicle and got into the vehicle with an undercover detective in an attempt to purchase Lortab. After the man, later identified as 24-year-old Andrew Huebschmann, got into the vehicle, detectives took him into custody.
As Huebschmann was being arrested, police say the other man in the car, identified as 26-year-old Aaron Henson of Texas, drove away in their vehicle.
Police say at first Henson defied detectives’ orders to stop, but did pull over and was taken into custody before entering the roadway.
Investigators say they learned Henson had given Huebschmann money to purchase the Lortabs for him. When Henson entered the vehicle with the detective, he had the amount of money agreed upon to purchase the Lortabs on him. A small amount of money was seized as evidence from both individuals.
All four suspects are being held in the McCracken County Jail on the following charges:
Jeffrey Brooks: Theft of Controlled Substance Over $300.00 2nd or Subsequent Offense (two charges) (Both Class “C” felonies punishable by 5 – 10 years) and Trafficking Controlled Substance 2nd Degree 1st Offense (A class “D” felony punishable by 1 – 5 years)
Brittany May: Trafficking Controlled Substance 2nd Degree 1st Offense (A Class “D” felony, punishable by 1 – 5 years)
Andrew Huebschmann: Trafficking Controlled Substance 2nd Degree 1st Offense
Aaron Henson: Possession of Controlled Substance 2nd Degree.
DeWitt NY June 27 2011 – Shoplifting is a crime that costs both stores and customers. For every dollar spent, as much as seven cents goes to cover items that were stolen. A new plan of attack is trying to turn back the tide of shoplifting.
Although better video surveillance and loss prevention teams have helped stores arrest shoplifters, even repeat offenders aren’t penalized that much. The Greater DeWitt Retail Theft Coalition wants to change that.
Made up of 50 store managers, security officers and police from across Central New York, the coalition facilitates the sharing of information and pictures. They say they’ve already identified organized theft groups, including a trio that targeted JC Penny and Sears stores.
“She would go in and bag everything. She would come in and take the bag. They both with get into the car with him,” said DeWitt Police Officer Brenton White. “We were able to dig deeper into it, and it ended up being able to search a vehicle, loaded with merchandise from the Sears store nearby.”
In addition to dozens of arrests, they’re also building stronger cases against habitual shoplifters. For example, police say Thomas Padgett would steal a certain dollar amount of tools because he knew it would only add up to a misdemeanor charge. He was recognized by a Home Depot employee.
“Through the website, and her being able to recognize a repeat offender, we were able to charge him with all the others, under a grand larceny amount. We rolled it all into one to get one big grand larceny scheme,” White said.
Zyeisha Mitchell is also wanted as a repeat offender. She’s a suspect in a fraudulent return ring and there’s also a warrant out for her arrest on the charge of second degree forgery.
White says shoplifting not only drives up costs, it can also be a gateway for more serious criminal behavior. “These groups of individuals, tend to sell for drugs. Other individuals sell it to a fence in order to get cash back,” he said.
Stopping thefts will keep costs down for everybody.
Prince George County MD June 27 2011 Police in Prince George’s County have arrested eight people in connection with a counterfeiting scheme that used a local retailer to exchange fake bills for real ones.
The suspects were arrested June 15 at the Walmart on Annapolis Road in Landover Hills, said Lt. Brad Pyle, commander of the county police department’s organized retail crime unit.
A local printer of counterfeit money sold $100 in fake bills to a group of contractors working at the store for $30 in real money. The fake bills were then used to buy pre-paid Visa cards at the register of a cashier who was also in on the scheme. The cashier would then dispense the counterfeit bills as change over the course of her shift, while the pre-paid Visa cards would be used to withdraw cash from ATMs, Pyle said.
But the system was not perfect, and not all the fake bills were given out.
Security officials at the store noticed that counterfeit bills appeared in the cashier’s drawer on several occasions, and identified the contractors from security camera footage, Pyle said.
Store officials contacted police, and the suspects were arrested June 15.
“Walmart security did a great job,” Pyle said. “I can’t commend them enough.”
While it’s fairly common to find individual counterfeit bills that have made it into circulation, disrupting this sort of operation is rare, Pyle said. “We had the whole organization laid out for us right there,” he said.
Suspects Thomas Dossy, 31, of Bladensburg; Terran Wells, 22, of Riverdale; Carlvestri Clark, 30, of Capitol Heights; Aaron Gould, 27, of Bladensburg; Cassandra Spencer, 39, of Seat Pleasant; Gregg Beals, 22, of Chicago; and Sherita Nesbit, 26, of Bladensburg have been charged with issuing false documents, possessing or issuing forged currency and theft of between $1,000 and $10,000.
Ervin Corum, 23, of Capitol Heights, has been charged with issuing a false document and possessing or issuing forged currency, according to district court records.
Police believe Clark was responsible for printing the bills, and that the total amount of counterfeit money produced was between $5,000 and $7,000 dollars.
Attorney information was not listed for any of the suspects.
Heaven Hamilton was rushed to the hospital that day with no pulse, a bloody nose and a possible skull fracture. She died the next day.
Both sex offenders were under the supervision of the Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole, an agency in which officers have faced years of crushing caseloads, a revolving door of employees and an increasing inability to properly supervise some of the state’s most dangerous criminals, records show. Even the agency’s leadership acknowledges that inadequate resources may have compromised their ability to oversee some of the state’s most dangerous sex offenders.
Adding to their woes is a new program this year that will allow roughly 2,000 prison inmates to be released early over the next 12 months.
“Unlike some agencies that cause a great inconvenience to people if they’re not doing their job adequately, this is a public safety issue,” said state Sen. Tim Barnes, D-Adams. “That’s one of the paramount responsibilities of government, to keep people safe. And I’m not so sure we’re doing it based on what I’m hearing.”
At least two offenders under supervision have been charged with murder in Davidson County in the past year.
Probation officers have warned of inadequate staffing and inexperienced supervision of sex offenders since at least 2008.
The agency has rarely met its own supervision standards and has regularly failed to meet its goals to reduce staff turnover and the rate at which offenders break the rules.
In spite of a larger pool of officers, the agency’s hiring has not kept pace with the increase in offenders it supervises.
Performance audits since 2001 have criticized the agency for poor supervision of offenders due in part to high turnover and caseloads — caseloads that are higher in 2011 than a decade ago.
Attorneys for both sex offenders could not be reached for comment.
The agency said that it is doing its best to keep Tennesseans safe.
“I think we do a good job of it here,” said Gary Tullock, who is director of field services and supervises all the state’s probation and parole officers. “If a case goes bad, there probably was no level of adequate supervision. There’s some offenders that (are) just going to re-offend.”
But Tullock acknowledged the current caseload means the ability to supervise offenders is less than it was in 2000. That year, a consultant told the agency that “chronic under-staffing” made proper supervision nearly impossible. Officers averaged about 95 to 100 offenders to supervise.
In May, caseloads reached 111 offenders per officer, despite the agency having about 200 more employees than a decade ago and steady increases in its budget.
“It is a recipe for disaster,” said Tennessee Sen. Jack Johnson, R-Franklin, who sat on the Corrections Oversight Committee. “And, if you’ve got 100 cases for one caseworker, they cannot realistically do a good job. We have no one to blame but ourselves.”
On April 19, 2011, two probation officers visited the home of Floyd Leroy Craig, 77. Probation officers often partner up for home visits. The sex offender, convicted of attempted aggravated sexual battery, wasn’t supposed to be near children. Officers saw toys outside the home, according to court records. They also stopped a young woman walking out of the home with a 1-year-old boy and a diaper bag. She told them that the home was providing day care.
Craig has had a troubled supervision since he was sentenced in 2007. According to probation documents, he didn’t attend sex offender treatment, failed to get a polygraph and violated his supervision terms by working near a day care center as an assistant gardener at Vanderbilt University. This was in addition to multiple prior criminal charges, including the murder of his wife in the 1970s, records show.
But Craig may have avoided repercussions because of a revolving door of probation officers — 13 in three years. Six supervised him for less than a month. Those numbers trouble Tullock.
“That would be difficult to keep up with him,” he said. “That would be.”
A footnote in the report indicates that questions about sex offender supervision extend beyond the Craig case:
“BOPP Sex Offender Unit has had inadequate officer staffing since (December) 2008 and Craig’s case has been passed on to new hires who don’t seem to stay with the agency long enough to completely address compliance issues in the files.”
Tullock was at a loss to explain that note, written by a Davidson County parole officer. When asked whether it was true, he replied, “I don’t know. I don’t know we have anything to measure that against. I don’t know what the staffing was at that instant. I don’t know what the author’s mindset was.”
Craig was arrested on multiple charges of violating the terms of his supervision. He was found guilty June 13 of one of those charges.
No way to visit him
Probation officers thought Robert Simmons was still homeless. Since 2006, that appeared to be the case, records show, leaving them no way to visit him.
Instead, he had moved in with two women and four children, in spite of a 2003 conviction for attempted aggravated sexual battery. On May 17, he was left to baby-sit 6-month-old Heaven.
According to police records, the child’s mother returned to find her daughter not breathing. Emergency officials rushed her to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, where she died. Simmons has been charged with murder.
According to probation notes, Simmons was similarly troubled while under supervision. The report says he reported only “sporadically” to probation officers and never entered sex offender treatment. In addition, officers had no way to visit him because he maintained that he was homeless.
Heaven’s death prompted the agency to begin a top-to-bottom review of their Davidson County sex offender unit.
“We’re going to look at everything to make sure that the assessments have been done properly, look at how the cases are being supervised, from top to bottom,” Tullock said. “And, as a part of that, look and see if that unit is properly staffed.”
Own standards unmet
The agency has struggled for more than a decade to meet its own standards for staffing and supervision, admitting in audits and interviews that officers have not been able to be as thorough as they would have liked. A 2001 audit complained that too many cases, not enough training and too much turnover led to supervision problems. A 2006 audit echoed those findings.
Tullock acknowledged that the agency rarely meets its own standards for adequate supervision. Officers are required every month to perform a certain number of home visits, records checks, employment verifications and other activities for each offender, based on his or her risk level. The agency expects officers to complete at least 90 percent of those checks, but that rarely occurs.
“We’ve had some months where literally every work unit across the state has been able to meet the 90 percent standard,” Tullock said.
“If you wanted to meet 90 percent standards for everyone, then you had to lower your standards, which we’ve refused to do.”
In addition, the agency has consistently lagged behind its own standards for lowering officer turnover. The latest numbers put the turnover rate at about 10.5 percent. By 2009, the agency had hoped to have that down to 8 percent.
Tullock said that parole oversight is a difficult, high-stress, high-intensity job and that such turnover rates are expected.
This year, the Tennessee Department of Correction plans to release as many as 2,000 prison inmates up to two months early. The release is part of a budget-reduction plan that allows inmates to take special life and work skills classes to shave 60 days off their sentences.
Tullock said that such a release would put caseloads up to 114 or 115 per officer, making oversight that much harder.
“It’s like trying to put 10 pounds of mud in a 5-pound sack. We have done what we reasonably can do with the resources that we have to try to improve on what we do,” he said. “We’ve got to quit doing something else. And I don’t know what that ‘else’ is.”
Commissioner Jon Barber was charged in connection with an April incident at a convenience store on West Jake Alexander Boulevard in Salisbury. He is accused of stealing a bottle of wine.
Some people in Salisbury had strong opinions about the news.
“I would not vote for him again,” Linda Thompson said. “I really feel he should step down. We need someone there who could be there, have a level head and be at the meetings without having to worry about something like this happening.”
Channel 9 checked court records and found Barber was arrested in May and charged with DWI. In June 2008, he pleaded guilty to DWI.
“It don’t look good for him, you know what I mean,” area resident Larry Ellis said. “A man of his standing. I mean look, who’s running our county around here?”
This week, Barber showed up for his first commission meeting in more than a month. Channel 9 checked the minutes of the May 16 meeting and discovered he sent a letter to the chairman, saying he had been admitted to a private residential medical treatment center and would be unable to attend meetings.
It is that effort that has some people willing to give Barber more time before deciding his fate.
“As long as he’s trying to do that, I don’t have any problem with it because he’s not trying to hide anything,” Phil Morgan said. “I think everybody deserves a second chance.”
Wayne NJ June 27 2011
A man was charged with receiving stolen property after he was found in possession of nearly $1,000 worth of merchandise from Kohl’s department store June 17, police said.
The Wayne Police Department was notified at 8:39 p.m. by the store on Route 23 North of a shoplifting that occurred, police said.
The department broadcasted an alert describing the suspect’s vehicle fleeing on Ratzer Road, police said.
Officer Al Sanagorski spotted the vehicle, a blue 1993 Ford van and stopped it at Ratzer Road and Church Lane, police said.
The driver, Christopher Apolito, 33, of Woodland Park was recognized by Kohl’s security as the person who committed a shoplifting at the store in the last few weeks, police said.
Officers observed the reported stolen property in the van: two Dyson fans, and three pairs of Nike sneakers, worth a total value of $958, police said.
Apolito was transported to Wayne Police Headquarters for booking, police said.
A passenger in the van, Anthony LaMontanaro, 44, of Paterson, was arrested on an outstanding Bloomfield warrant related to a State Police motor vehicle summons.
New Britain CT June 27 2011 A teenager is facing larceny charges after police said he used his debit card to refund deposits to himself as part of an ongoing scam earlier this year while working at the Bob’s Furniture Store along Queen Street in Southington.
Binly Siriphongsavath, of 34 Dean Drive in New Britain, turned himself into police on June 18 after learning there was a warrant for his arrest. He was booked on charges of fourth-degree larceny and released after posting a $1,500 bond.
Police said officers received a call from the loss prevention office at Bob’s Discount Furniture, 835 Queen St., in May reporting that a routine audit revealed several unauthorized refunds were made between March 24 and mid May.
A further investigation revealed that Siriphongsavath, 19, had used a debit card while employed by the company to transfer the unauthorized refunds over the course of several months, a police report said.
During that time, police said Siriphongsavath was able to take $1,238 from the company.
Staff with Bob’s confirmed that Siriphongsavath is no longer employed by the company but declined further comment.
Siriphongsavath is scheduled to appear for arraignment in Bristol Superior Court on June 27.
Athens OH June 27 2011 A Coolville man is suing the Wal-Mart corporation, alleging that store security personnel at the Athens Supercenter store on East State Street falsely accused him of trying to steal a computer hard drive, then got rough with him, during an incident in January.
By the Athens NEWS’ press time Wednesday, Wal-Mart’s corporate headquarters in Arkansas had not yet responded to a request for comment on the suit.
David Covert, 32, was charged with theft after he allegedly tried to shoplift from the store on Jan. 3. He ended up pleading in February to a reduced charge of unauthorized use of property, a fourth-degree misdemeanor, and paying a $100 fine plus restitution for the cost of the hard drive.
Covert, however, claims he never tried to steal anything from the Athens Walmart. In his lawsuit, filed Friday in Athens County Common Pleas Court, he alleges that he was “falsely accused of shoplifting and escorted by (the store’s) security personnel to a private room where he was falsely imprisoned, and excessive force was used against him causing bodily injury.”
Documents relating to Covert’s case filed in Athens County Municipal Court indicate only that he was accused of concealing $69 worth of merchandise in a purse, and then trying to leave the store with no intention of paying for it.
Covert said Wednesday that the merchandise in question was a computer external hard drive, priced at $34.50. He said he was in a cashier’s line with his fiance, getting ready to pay for the hard drive and other items, when store security personnel took him into custody.
Covert said the hard drive was in his fiance’s purse, sticking out and visible, when he was stopped for allegedly trying to steal it. He claimed that while shopping he had taken the item out of its packaging earlier to inspect it for possible damage, and that the packaging material was lying in his shopping cart when the store detective apprehended him.
He said he really doesn’t understand why he was accused of shoplifting.
“Quite honestly, I don’t know,” he said. “I was pretty angry at the time.”
The excessive force claim in Covert’s lawsuit stems from his allegation that while he was in store custody, a store loss-prevention officer shoved him twice, injuring his shoulder. This happened, Covert said, after he stood up and angrily demanded the return of his ID card.
Covert said he agreed to take a plea bargain in the case on the advice of an attorney from the Ohio Public Defender’s office, but that he was not guilty of any crime. The offense to which he pled guilty, he said, is “basically like a speeding ticket.”
Officially, the defendant in Covert’s lawsuit is Wal-Mart Stores East, LP, a branch of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., based in Bentonville, Ark.
His suit does not name a specific damage amount he’s seeking, but asks for recovery from Wal-Mart “sufficient to compensate him for his damages,” as well as attorney’s fees.
The suit was filed by Scott H. Kaminski, an attorney from Charleston, W.Va.
Dolton IL June 27 2011 Six people were injured in a shooting at a south suburban nightlub early this morning.
The shooting happened about 1 a.m. at Mr. Ricky’s 141 Club, 14141 Chicago Rd. in Dolton. Police confirmed the shooting took place in the nightclub but provided no other details. Among those injured was a security guard at the club, witnesses said.
Six people were shot inside the club as customers broke glass to escape, officials said. Witnesses said at least two people were seen firing weapons.
Injuries and Wounds People from the nightclub took cover behind parked cars to shield themselves from the gunfire, witnesses said.
“Somebody broke a window out with a chair and that was basically everyone in the back’s escape route because the front door was crowded,” Jamar Johnson, a patron, said.
In 2009, two people who had been at Mr. Ricky’s earlier in the evening were shot and killed near the nightclub in separate slayings, one in February and one in November.
The club owner has told the Tribune in the past that there are close to fifty security cameras both inside and outside the club.
Thirty squad cars and five ambulances responded to the scene along with Illinois State Police.
No one is in custody in the shootings.
BOSTON MA June 27 2011 – Massachusetts State police arrested an Illinois man Saturday, after they say he made threats to security personnel at Logan International Airport.
State police were called to the scene and took 22-year-old Joseph Haynes of Chicago, IL, into custody.
Haynes was arrested at a security checkpoint, after he allegedly threatened TSA agents, claiming he had guns and bombs in his checked luggage.
Officials checked all of Haynes’ luggage and carry-on items and say no firearms or explosives were found.
Haynes is charged with making a false bomb threat and disorderly conduct.
Redding CA June 27 2011 Ten employees at three Redding bars were cited Friday night in a sting operation for allegedly violating security-guard license requirements.
Five bouncers at Johnny’s Cathouse on California Street, four guards at the Hen House on Hartnell Avenue and one guard at Bombay’s on California Street were cited for not complying with Department of Consumer Affairs security guard license requirements, said John Carr, a spokesman for the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
The names of the employees weren’t available this afternoon.
It’s unclear what penalties the employees might face, should they be convicted.
A message left this afternoon at the Department of Consumer Affairs wasn’t returned.
Carr said undercover ABC officers participated in the sting with the Redding Police Department, Employment Development Department and the Department of Consumer Affairs.
Security guards and bar bouncers in California are required to take at least 40 hours of training that includes courses on safety, making citizen’s arrests, criminal, civil and employer liabilities and diffusing tense situations, according to the Consumer Affairs’s Bureau of Security and Investigative Service’s website.
In order to get a license, a guard also has to go through a federal background check.
Carr said that though the Department of Consumer Affairs issued its citations, his office may also choose to discipline the bars for not having proper security staffs.
“That is under review at this time since ABC has not had a chance to review the information coming from the Friday night compliance check operation,” Carr said.
A manager at Bombay’s, who declined to give his name, said a man checking ID’s at the door was cited. The manager said he didn’t know the employee had to have a bouncer’s license.
“He’s not breaking up fights; he’s looking at IDs,” the manager said.
Messages left for the other bars’ owners or managers Sunday afternoon weren’t immediately returned.