Delaware County OH June 29 2011 A drunken Ohio woman was arrested Saturday after she allegedly sprayed sheriff’s deputies with breast milk, the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office said.
Stephanie Robinette, 30, reportedly a charter school teacher, is accused of getting drunk at a wedding and starting a dispute, hitting her husband a few times and eventually locking herself into her car.
Authorities say that whey they arrived she was screamed profanities and proceeded to remove her right breast from her dress and spray the deputies with her breast milk. Additional deputies arrived and were able to remove her from the car and arrest her.
She was released Monday after being charged with domestic violence, assault, obstructing official business, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, authorities said.
“I have no criminal record; I take these charges very seriously and I absolutely intend to seek help for substance abuse with alcohol because alcoholism does run in my family,” Robinette said, 10TV News reported
Wendy Diane Fox, 30, of Iowa Park, was charged with improper relationship between educator and student, a Felony-2 offense.
According to the arrest affidavit:
Iowa Park police officers went to Fox’s home on Blue Jay Street about 8 a.m. on June 10 in connection with a domestic disturbance.
Fox’s husband, Steven, told officers Fox was having sexual intercourse with a male student while employed by Iowa Park High School. Steven Fox also claimed his wife brought the student to their home.
Fox was interviewed at the Iowa Park Police Department and admitted to having intercourse with the victim four times. She claimed the first time was in May after the victim asked her to come to his house.
She also told police she met the victim in January and they would meet at Gordon Lake on a regular basis between January and May. She said they had become good friends and started “hanging out.”
Police also interviewed the victim who confirmed and provided a written statement confirming the facts given by Fox.
Another person who was familiar with the relationship also was interviewed and provided officers with text messages confirming the relationship.
Fox’s bond was set at $15,000.
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TUSCALOOSA, Alabama June 29 2011– Aaron Douglas died as the result of multiple drugs in his system, according to a Florida medical examiner’s report.
al.com newspapers obtained a copy of the medical examiner’s report this morning through a records request with the Duval County medical examiner’s office in Florida. The autopsy was conducted May 13, and the manner of death was ruled an “accident.” The 21-year-old’s cause of death was ruled a “multiple drug toxicity” of methadone, diazepam and carisoprodol.
The former Alabama and Tennessee offensive lineman was found dead May 12 while vacationing in Florida. His body was discovered on a second-floor balcony at 2570 First Avenue in Fernandina Beach, Florida.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, methadone, though often known for its use as a withdrawal medication for opiad use, was designed as a pain reliever. Diazepam, marketed as Valium, typically helps relieve anxiety. Carisoprodol, known by the brand name Soma, is a muscle relaxant often prescribed to relieve pain and discomfort caused by strains, sprains and other muscle injuries.
Police said Douglas was traveling by taxi to Jacksonville following dinner May 11 when he received a phone call from two local women, who invited him to a party in Fernandina Beach. The autopsy report does not state how Douglas may have gotten the medications or whether they may have been prescribed to him.
Police said Douglas was last seen alive as late as 2 a.m. on May 12, and was discovered later that morning by an unidentified male resident
HOUSTON TX June 29 2011– Charges are pending against a driver who struck and killed a pedestrian on a southeast Houston freeway early Tuesday, then fled the scene with the victim’s body still lodged in the car, according to Houston police.
HPD said a 32-year-old man pulled his Ford Explorer into the emergency lane on the left side of the Gulf Freeway southbound near Fuqua after it broke down around 12:30 a.m.
He was running back and forth across the lanes of the freeway when James John Onak, 49, struck him with his black Mazda 626.
The impact was so hard, the victim went through the windshield and came to rest in the front passenger seat, but that did not stop Onak.
Onak continued traveling with the body for a few miles until a Harris County Precinct 8 deputy constable pulled the car over on Beamer near Kirkvalley.
The deputy said he noticed the Mazda had extensive front-end damage and a deceased person in the seat.
Onak said he was aware he hit something, but was not aware a body was lying beside him, according to police.
Onak was then placed under arrest and a mandatory blood draw was issued.
He is now facing a felony charge of failure to stop and render aid and a misdemeanor charge of tampering with evidence.
All southbound lanes of the freeway were shut down several hours while authorities investigated.
The victim’s identity is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.
Both PE firms beat a rival bid from power tools maker Stanley Black & Decker, Carlyle Group, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, Stanley Security Solutions and Apax Partner for Securitas Direct, which is owned by private-equity firm EQT Partners, Melker Schorling and its largest shareholder Investment AB Latour, which owns 7.5 per cent of the capital and 12.2 per cent of votes.
Founded in 1988 as a division of Securitas Group, Malmo, Sweden-based Securitas Direct makes high-quality security services based on a standardised range of alarm products to homes and small businesses, with markets in nine European markets.
The group, which has close to 1.3 million customers and holding more than 20 per cent of Europe’s monitored alarms market, is active in ten countries, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal and Chile
It reported net income of SEK1.45 billion on revenues of SEK5.5 billion in 2010.
Securitas Direct demerged in 2006 from Securitas AB, the world’s second-biggest security services firm and was a listed independently on the Stockholm Stock Exchange until 2008 when the company was acquired by EQT in a $1.6 billion deal.
EQT, backed by the Wallenberg family, had been hoping to sell Securitas Direct for more than 20 billion SEK ($3.1 billion).
One Henrico woman says Meshack Obinna runs an auto dealership called, Southern Auto Sales and Rentals. The woman says she never received the title stating her car was rebuilt. The Henrico lady says she was skeptical and took the case to police and they realized her 2001 Nissan Altima also had a stolen inspection sticker, belonging to a newer vehicle.
Obinna tells CBS 6, the lady is telling a lie and he gave her the vehicle for free. However, the woman tells us, she paid close to $2700 for the car and has a paper receipt as proof.
Police believe other women were targeted by Obinna. They are urging you to review your automobile title and inspection sticker.
Obinna has been arrested and faces several felony charges. Police are also continuing their investigation and are asking anyone who has bought a vehicle from Obinna to contact police.
Pinal County AZ June 29 2011 Nearly $9 million worth of illegal drugs were seized by Pinal County deputies after a traffic stop, authorities said.
Almost 200 pounds of meth and about 103 pounds of black tar heroin were discovered in an SUV after it was stopped Friday traveling northbound on Arizona 347.
When the vehicle stopped, a male passenger leapt from the car and fled on foot.
The driver, 28-year-old Jessica Velasco, was arrested after deputies spotted several packages of what they believed to be illegal drugs from outside the car.
“Nothing in the vehicle is mine, the vehicle belongs to my husband and he is going to be pissed. I’m not a bad guy, just did a bad thing,” Velasco said, according to the deputies.
She was booked on suspicion of possession of a dangerous drug, possession of a narcotic drug and transportation of a dangerous drug, among other charges.
She is being held on a $500,000 bond.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said an investigation discovered that several people had smuggled the drugs in from Mexico and loaded them into the SUV for delivery throughout the United States.
Authorities are searching for the passenger.
SAN FRANCISCO CA June 29 2011 (AP) — A former stockroom worker for Abercrombie & Fitch Co. sued the clothing retailer in federal court Monday, saying she was illegally fired after refusing to remove her Muslim headscarf while on the job.
Hani Khan said a manager at the company’s Hollister Co. store at the Hillsdale Mall in San Mateo hired her while she was wearing her hijab. The manager said it was OK to wear it as long as it was in company colors, Khan said.
Four months later, the 20-year-old says a district manager and human resources manager asked if she could remove the hijab while working, and she was suspended and then fired for refusing to do so.
It’s the latest employment discrimination charge against the company’s so-called “look policy,” which critics say means images of mostly white, young, athletic-looking people. The New Albany, Ohio-based company has said it does not tolerate discrimination.
Still, Abercrombie has been the target of numerous discrimination lawsuits, including a federal class action brought by black, Hispanic and Asian employees and job applicants that was settled for $40 million in 2004. The company admitted no wrongdoing, though it was forced to implement new programs and policies to increase diversity.
“Growing up in this country where the Bill of Rights guarantees freedom of religion, I felt let down,” Khan, now a college student studying political science, said at a news conference. “This case is about principles, the right to be able to express your religion freely and be able to work in this country.”
Abercrombie defended its record in a comment provided to The Associated Press, saying diversity in its stores “far exceeds the diversity in the population of the United States.”
“We comply with the law regarding reasonable religious accommodation, and we will continue to do so,” said Rocky Robbins, the company’s general counsel. “We are confident that when this matter is tried, a jury will find that we have fully complied with the law.”
The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco comes after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled in September that Khan was fired illegally. Khan’s lawsuit was filed in conjunction with the EEOC’s lawsuit.
It is not the first time the company has been charged with discriminating against Muslim women over the wearing of a hijab.
In 2009, Samantha Elauf, who was 17 at the time, filed a federal lawsuit in Tulsa, Okla., alleging the company rejected her for a job because she was wearing a hijab. That case is still ongoing.
The EEOC filed another lawsuit for the same reason, saying the company denied work to a hijab-wearing woman who applied for a stocking position in 2008 at an Abercrombie Kids store at the Great Mall in Milpitas, Calif.
Khan’s attorney said her client is looking to get Abercrombie to change its “look policy” to allow religious headscarves to be worn by employees, and for unspecified damages. The lawsuit alleges violations of federal and state civil rights and employment laws.
“Abercrombie prides itself on requiring what it calls a natural classic American style. But there’s nothing American about discriminating against someone because of their religion,” said Araceli Martinez-Olguin, an attorney with the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center.
“Such a look policy cannot be squared with our shared values. No worker should have to choose between their religion and their job.”
Pleasantville, N.Y., officer Aaron Hess claims the store is responsible for the injuries he suffered during the incident, which culminated in Hess being hit by a car and subsequently shooting its 20-year-old occupant, Danroy Henry Jr.
The suit was filed Friday in White Plains state court against Briarcliff Wines & Liquor. A lawyer for the establishment refuted the claim, telling Hess’ attorney that another store sold the student-athlete alcohol, according to The Journal News.
Henry was shot early on the morning of Oct. 17 while behind the wheel of his car outside Finnegan’s Grill in Mount Pleasant, N.Y., where a brawl had broken out following the Pace homecoming game.
Police claimed Hess and fellow officer Ronald Beckley opened fire after Henry abruptly tried to drive his car out of a fire lane, hitting Hess, a third cop and then a police car outside the restaurant.
An autopsy found Henry had a blood alcohol reading of 0.13, but the sportsman’s family strenuously denied that he was drunk when the shooting occurred.
A Westchester County grand jury ruled in February it would not indict Hess and Beckley for their role in the shooting death of the sportsman.
Henry’s family filed a civil rights lawsuit against Hess in April, seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages. The case is ongoing.
Philadelphia PA June 29 2011 It was a weekend of violence and mayhem – brutal even by Philadelphia standards. From Friday through Sunday, 32 people were wounded, six fatally, in about 20 shootings across the city, police said, and a seventh person died in a stabbing.
Police are also investigating four assaults and robberies committed by “roving packs of young people” leaving a North Philadelphia street festival Saturday night, Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said.
Police had not yet determined if the 32 shooting victims represented the worst three-day span of violence in the department’s recent history. But Ramsey said the onslaught stood out as one of the worst in his 31/2-year Philadelphia tenure.
“I don’t know if we’ve ever had any more over a three-day period,” he said of the shootings during a news conference Monday at Police Headquarters. “This certainly ranks right at the top, if not the top. It shows just how violent it can become on the streets of our city.”
“We are lucky we did not have more homicides,” Ramsey said, referring to two shootings in which 10 people were injured and in which police recovered more than 20 shell casings.
“Each bullet could be a homicide,” Ramsey said.
Police released surveillance footage of one of those shootings Monday, an altercation early Sunday at a Nicetown bar, startling in its randomness.
About 12:45 a.m., a man returned to the Genesis Bar a minute after he was thrown out by a bouncer for smoking. Angry over being tossed, police said, the patron retrieved a handgun from his car.
He opened fire from the doorway, striking six people in six seconds, police said. Among the victims was Carl Sharper, 43, of Germantown, a Water Department employee who happened to be enjoying a few beers with a cousin, according to his family. He was shot once in the head and died at the scene, police said.
The footage shows the shooter, a black man who looks to be in his late 20s or early 30s, arriving alone at the crowded bar about 11:30 p.m. He talked in a Caribbean accent, police said, and had a shaved head and a mustache.
He sat alone at the corner of the bar and drank five or six beers, Homicide Capt. James Clark said. He became unruly and lit a cigarette. A bouncer can be seen grabbing him from behind and pushing him out the door.
The man can be seen jumping up and down in the street and yelling at the bouncer. He returns a minute later and fires through a glass door.
The victims were all patrons, Clark said.
“They were just inside laughing, joking, and just having a good time,” he said. “This shooter had a blatant disregard for human life. He could have killed 11 people.”
A 33-year-old man was shot twice in the back and a 44-year-old woman was shot twice in the stomach. Both were in critical condition Monday.
Sharper’s family gathered Monday on the porch of his parents’ home on the 200 block of Queen Lane, the same block where Sharper lived with his fiancée.
The family immigrated to the United States from Guyana when Sharper was 3, said his father, Simon.
Relatives described Carl Sharper as hardworking, respectful, and a loyal friend.
“When I think of his kindness and his beautifulness as a son, it becomes too much,” said Simon Sharper, sitting near his wife, Prudence.
Sharper and Drexie Charles were to be married in August. Charles said she had spoken to him by phone not long before the attack. He told her he was having a few beers and then would come home.
“I still am in shock,” Charles said. “I keep waiting for someone to tell me it was a mistake – to see him coming walking down the street.”
Leon Odom, 45, was going to be the best man at Sharper’s wedding. They had been friends since childhood. There was not a confrontational bone in Sharper’s body, Odom said.
“He was the most loyal friend,” he said.
Police asked for the public’s help in reviewing the footage and identifying the shooter. The security cameras caught clear images of his face.
“We have witnesses,” Clark said. “We just need a name and we should be able to arrest this individual and bring him to justice.”
Police were also searching for five teenagers involved in a Sunday night shooting outside a Strawberry Mansion recreation center. Nyeme Taylor, 30, was killed and three others injured, including a 6-year-old girl who was shot twice in the face. She was in critical condition Monday.
“It was a savage thing to do,” Ramsey said of the shooting.
Also killed in four shootings, spread out over the weekend and the city, were Edwin Smith, 21; Edward Scarborough, 23; Duane Isaacs, 48; and Raymond Butts, 22. A 19-year-old man has been arrested in Smith’s death.
Rodney Seabrook, 58, died after being stabbed in the chest Friday morning in West Philadelphia, police said.
Police are also investigating beatings and robberies committed by teens leaving the Susquehanna Community Festival. About 9:30 p.m. Saturday, about 200 teenagers streamed down Broad Street in packs, said Capt. Sharon Seaborough of Central Detectives.
At Broad and Green Street, a group of male teens swarmed two woman, punching and kicking them. One of the women, Emily Guendelsberger, 27, a writer and editor at the satirical newspaper the Onion, was hospitalized with a leg injury, police said. Police said they believe that shortly before that attack, the teens beat a 20-year-old man at Broad and Fairmount Avenue. No arrests have been made in those attacks.
Around the same time, police said, other teens who had left the festival committed two robberies near Broad and Walnut Street.
Deputy Commissioner Kevin Bethel said the attacks, which were apparently not coordinated, did not fit the profile of a “flash mob.”
Ramsey called on parents to better monitor their children attending concerts and festivals.
“We need parents to step up and really pay attention to where their kids are going and what they’re doing,” he said.
As for the shootings, Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross said the department would continue to target hot-spot neighborhoods.
Ramsey said police would work to prevent retaliatory acts stemming from the weekend’s violence. He called on community members to assist police.
“There are people out there who know exactly who are responsible for these crimes,” Ramsey said. “They need to speak up.”
Ohio town looks to levies for police and fire services to help budget defecits www.privateofficer.com
FAIRBORN OH June 29 2011 — The Fairborn City Council is considering putting two 4.4-mill levies for police and fire services on the November ballot.
City officials say Fairborn would face more than a $1.8 million deficit in 2012 if current levies expire and no new levies are passed this fall.
They said subsequent cuts would hamper safety services and possibly result in job losses, furloughs and/or trying to negotiate pay cuts.
“We are bare bones,” Fairborn City Manager Deborah McDonnell said during Monday night’s special session of the city council. “We don’t have a lot of fat (to cut).”
As a group, the council leaned toward separate police and fire levies, based in part because of residents’ comments about what would be palatable to voters. The council will consider a motion July 25 and again will accept residents’ comments.
A spreadsheet simulator showed how different numbers in police, fire, street light and general fund millage affected the 2012 and later budgets.
The separate, dedicated 4.4-mill levies for police and fire would be needed to avoid deficits. That would amount to an additional $17.24 per month ($135 per year) for the owner of a $100,000 home.
One budget scenario with no new money coming in presumed that the police, fire and general fund each would each be cut an equal amount.
Police Chief Terry Barlow said a $500,000 cut to his department likely would mean trimming four sworn officers from the staff of 40 and one from the staff of five non-sworn officers.
Barlow said his department has been reduced from around 67 people to what could be 48 in less than two years. Compounding the staffing issue is that since the Fairborn jail closed, officers must take suspects to Xenia, which takes at least an hour to drive plus processing time.
Barlow also noted the Internet predator initiative has been dropped, as have bicycle patrol and one of two Fairborn spots from the county’s drug task force. He also said while staff has decreased, police calls have increased from 14,143 in 1985 to 35,194 in 2010.
Fairborn Fire Chief Mike Riley said that if his department were cut much more than $500,000, he likely would need to lay off two people, permanently close Station 2 and run Station 3 only as staffing permitted.
The department has 48 firefighters, but would need 52 to keep all four stations fully operational.
A 9.9-mill levy that the city said was to be used for mostly police and fire services was soundly defeated in November 2010.
Source:Dayton Daily News
The Kansas City Star reports 35-year-old Fabiola Cruz was arrested Monday on charges of one count of theft by embezzlement of more than $100,000 and four counts of a computer crime.
Cruz was making her first appearance in Johnson County District
Court on Tuesday afternoon.
The charges stem from an internal audit that discovered discrepancies relating to the collection of court fines in numerous municipal court files. The Merriam Police Department conducted a
criminal investigation as a result of the audit.
Neither the Johnson County Jail nor district court clerk had records indicating she had hired an attorney.
According to an affidavit Wasilla Police Department Investigator Ruth Josten filed in the case against Lyn Roger Christian, the girl first spoke about what happened in March, regarding incidents she said happened in 2009 or earlier.
Josten writes that Christian owned Mat-Su Security at the time and Kenai Security. A state database of business licenses shows Christian as the holder of the license for Kenai Security, which provides security guards and patrol services. The license is still active, according to the state. There is no listing in the database for Mat-Su Security.
Christian lived in Soldotna but came to Wasilla regularly, which is where he first came into contact with the two girls, Josten wrote.
The girl told Josten that Christian molested her more than a dozen times, asking him to touch her and performing sex acts on her as well as watching her perform sex acts on her own.
The other girl who Christian is alleged to have molested was staying the night with the first girl at the time. They were laying on a bed watching a movie and Christian came to lay with them.
Christian asked her to touch him and she did before she knew what she was doing. Then she ran to the bathroom and locked the door.
“She stayed there until she cooled down and ‘got all the weird feeling out of me… washed my hands,” Josten wrote. When she went back to the bedroom, Christian was gone. “She never talked to him again and never told anyone about this because she was scared. She never spent the night at (her friend’s) house again.”
As for Christian, Josten recorded a conversation on June 1 in which he denied ever forcing anything on the girls.
“She ‘called the shots.’ He admitted there was ‘minor touching’ and ‘minor oral sex,’” Josten wrote. “Christian repeated that he never forced her but instead let her ‘run her own game.’”
He accused the girl of calling him upstairs and said she ‘made the initial contact.’”
During a second recorded conversation on June 8, Christian denied everything, calling the girl a “major manipulator” and saying “kids lie and fabricate and they stick together.”
Christian was charged with five counts of first-degree and four counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, and three counts of indecent exposure. The first-degree sexual abuse charges are unclassified felonies, the most serious class of criminal charges in Alaska, with a sentencing range of up to 99 years in prison.
Court records show he had an indecent exposure and evidence tampering case filed in the Kenai judicial district in 2006 that was pled down to a misdemeanor.
Early Monday afternoon, demonstrators rallied outside the Hall of Justice in support of Emily Good, the city woman who was arrested while videotaping police officers during a traffic stop on May 12th in front of her 19th Ward home.
Good’s attorney, Stephanie Stare, had asked for the charges to be dismissed. In court Monday, the District Attorney’s office says based on a review of the evidence, there was no legal basis to go forward. The charge was withdrawn and the judge dismissed the case.
Several of Good’s supporters who filled the small courtroom quietly cheered as the case was dismissed. They hugged her outside the courtroom and Good said “I think there are weaknesses in the brotherhood of the police, and they are not above the law.”
Good was asked if she would do it over again. “Yes, I would do it again. And I would encourage other people to do the same thing. Carry a camera. Stand your ground. Go to the scene of flashing lights and observe what’s going on. Keep a safe distance.”
News 10 NBC’s Ray Levato asked “Do you think there is racial profiling going on?” Good answered, “Everyday. Everyday. Absolutely.”
KaeLyn Rich, a spokeswoman for the Rochester office of the New York Civil Liberties Union afterwards called city police actions “a disgusting disregard for an individual’s First Amendment rights to videotape in public spaces. I hope we can repair the relationship between the community and the police by holding police accountable, and making sure police officers are getting the training they need to respect people’s constitutional rights.”
Supporter Rev. Willie Harvey of the Peace Baptist Church said “the police did the wrong thing.”
City activist Howard Eagle, a spokesman for a Rochester Anti-racism Movement said “This case really is about racial profiling. That’s the reason why Emily Good grabbed her camera in the first place and began to record the activity of the police. She suspected that a young black man was being racially profiled.”
A joint statement issued by Mayor Tom Richards, City Council President Lovely Warren and Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard says they support the decision of the District Attorney’s Office to dismiss the charges against Good. Click here to watch the video of Chief Sheppard’s statement.
The statement says whatever the specific circumstances that led to Good’s arrest, they see no purpose in pursuing the criminal charges.
The statement continues, “We believe that the incident that led to Ms. Good’s arrest and the subsequent ticketing for parking violations of vehicles belonging to members of an organization associated with Ms. Good raise issues with respect to the conduct of Rochester Police Officers that require an internal review. A review into both matters has been initiated.”
“Police officers must be able to cope with a high degree of stress while performing oftentimes dangerous duties, relying on their training and experience to guide their behavior. As routine as a traffic stop may appear, it has proven over time to be a potentially dangerous activity for police. Nonetheless, police must conduct themselves with appropriate respect for the rights of those involved or who are observing their actions.”
“There is a mandated legal process that governs our internal response when police officer behavior is called into question. We must respect this process and that may be frustrating to those who may have already made up their mind about the outcome. We have confidence that the review will be fair and impartial and invite Ms. Good and anyone else with firsthand information to participate. We will withhold our judgment until the review is completed.”
“Whatever the outcome of the internal review, we want to make clear that it is not the policy or practice of the Rochester Police Department to prevent citizens from observing its activities – including photographing or videotaping – as long as it does not interfere with the safe conduct of those activities. It is also not the policy or practice of the Department to selectively enforce laws in response to the activities of a group or individual. This has always been the case and it is being reinforced within the Department, so that it will be abundantly clear to everyone.
Alaska State Troopers said Monday Raymond Webber was booked into Fairbanks Correctional Center on charges of theft and evidence tampering.
Air Force Security officers contacted troopers June 16 about the wire theft. The metal is estimated to be worth $7,000 to $10,000.
Troopers reported the arrest Monday morning.
Tulsa OK June 29 2011 Police are investigating a shooting at the Bristol Park Apartments located at E 45th St. S and S Garnett Rd.
Officers say it happened just after 8:30 p.m.
Police tell KTUL.com it started with a domestic dispute.
Before officers could arrive on the scene, they say the apartment’s security guard got into an altercation with the male involved in the domestic dispute.
Officers say the security guard shot the male in the leg, then the male took off on foot, ending up at Brown Mackie College.
The man’s injuries are not life-threatening.
The security guard was taken to the police station for questioning.
ROSWELL, Ga. June 29 2011– A Roswell grandmother is in the Fulton County Jail after, police said, she beat and sexually assaulted a grandchild.
Lorraine Grant, 41, faces child cruelty and other charges.
Investigators said the 3-year-old girl had been visiting Grant from California and suffered cracked ribs, bruises, and burns to her body during the stay.
Lt. James McGee told Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik the girl’s mother flew to Atlanta last weekend to pick up the girl after Grant, who is her mother-in-law, stopped returning calls.
McGee said she noticed the burns and bruises and contacted East Point police, because she had been staying in a hotel near the airport. Medical workers took the girl to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, where X-rays revealed broken ribs, said McGee.
McGee said Roswell officers raided Grant’s Treeridge Parkway apartment Sunday looking for evidence but couldn’t find Grant. He said she turned herself in to police late Monday afternoon.
Petchenik spoke to neighbors, who said they heard Grant cursing at the girl and two other boys living in the home. McGee said DFACS took the two boys into custody and were investigating whether they’d also been abused
Knoxville TN June 29 2011 Police on Friday released video of what they say was a “suicide by cop” in which officers fired 40 rounds, striking the suspect with 13 of them.
The video from in-cruiser cameras shows that when a Knoxville police negotiator called 34-year-old Guy Ronald McDowell on his cellphone for a second time, McDowell abruptly stopped his car on Interstate 275, got out, pointed and racked what turned out to be a pellet gun at the officers.
Officers responded, shooting 40 times, and hitting McDowell a total of 13 times, said KPD Police Chief David Rausch.
On Friday, KPD released three videos and additional details of the April 14 shooting deemed a case of “suicide by cop” in the middle of I-275 South near the Woodland Drive interchange.
Rausch said the department released the videos after a number of media requests. He said before releasing the footage the department did contact McDowell’s family.
“We try to keep in line with what we’re required to do and when (the media) requests the video and we are able to release it, then we release it,” he said. “There is nothing to keep us from releasing it.”
Rausch said the incident began after McDowell called the Knox County E-911 Center and reported there had been a shootout in Halls. He called again a few minutes later, describing his vehicle and saying he wanted to surrender.
Officers located McDowell’s vehicle on Central Avenue Pike and began to follow him. At one point in one of the videos, McDowell is shown stopping his vehicle and getting out of the car with a gun in his hand. Officer Charles Lyons, who was following him, immediately put distance between his car and McDowell’s and informed dispatch that the suspect had a weapon.
Lyons, along with other officers, continued to follow McDowell until he stopped in the middle of I-275, almost causing one of the police cars to rear-end him.
“Officers gave clear instruction to Mr. McDowell to exit the vehicle with his hands up. Mr. McDowell chose to exit with the firearm, pointed it at officers and then made a racking motion with the weapon as he leveled it at the officers,” Rausch said.
McDowell’s weapon later was determined to be a pellet gun made to look like a chrome-plated 9 mm Beretta semi-automatic pistol. The District Attorney General’s Office cleared all the involved officers of any wrongdoing, and all have been returned to full duty.
“Officers responded to this lethal action to protect their lives. Officers ceased firing when they realized the threat had been controlled. Even after the shooting, Mr. McDowell became combative with medical responders who were attempting to provide him with medical care,” Rausch said.
“From the initial traffic stop to the unfortunate confrontation, the officers displayed the highest level of professionalism in the manner in which they responded to this tragic situation,” the chief said.
Rausch said they will utilize the videos as training tools.
“In my opinion, we handled this situation as well as we could. It was very clear from the start that we were dealing with someone who was distraught, and he had a weapon, and he’s very dangerous,” he said. “Until it was all over, we didn’t know the weapon wasn’t a functional firearm, and we would not have known that.”
Shawn Alexander, Richard Kreke, and Luis Larrain say in lawsuits and in human rights complaints that employees of Fusion Security targeted them because they appeared to be poor.
“When private security single out people, there has to be repercussions. There has to be consequences,” said the trio’s lawyer, Douglas King, of Pivot Legal Society.
Alexander claimed that he and Kreke were leaving the BC Liquor Store on October 28, 2010, when they were stopped by security guards, dragged into a stairwell, and beaten viciously.
Pictures taken of the scene show blood all over the floor of the stairwell, and Alexander with blood seeping through heavy bandages on his head. He was taken to hospital and given nine stitches.
The lawsuit also claims that witnesses heard the beating and banged on the door to get security guards to open it, but the doors stayed closed.
The pair, who are admitted alcoholics, visit the liquor store three to five times a week, according to the claim.
Alexander said Tuesday that he was taken completely by surprise.
“I thought perhaps someone fit my description (and they were going after that person),” he said. “There was no reason for that to happen.”
Luis Larrain said he was the victim of a similar beating about two months later in a similar lawsuit and human rights complaint.
Larrain had already been warned not to sell Hope in Shadows calendars on mall property, he said Tuesday, so he was selling them at Waterfront Station on Christmas Eve, 2010.
He said he needed to go to the bathroom and that’s when guards grabbed him.
“They pushed me into the alley…they jumped on my back, they broke my shoulder,” he said Tuesday. His left arm was fractured and his knee and back were bruised, and he contracted an infection in his left eye after his face was pushed to the floor, Larrain alleges in the statement of claim.
“It’s not fair. They’re not allowed to do that. They’re not police officers,” he said.
Const. Lindsey Houghton of the Vancouver Police said officers attended the October 28 incident, but decided there wasn’t enough evidence to lay criminal charges.
Houghton said there was no record at the VPD of the December 24 incident.
Private security firms are licensed by the province. Provincial records show no previous violations by Fusion Security.
Alexander says he won’t go back to the Harbour Centre.
“Even when I go by it on the bus, you know, it’s very traumatizing,” he said.
Harbour Centre Mall refused to comment on the case on Tuesday.
Fusion refused to comment on the specific incidents, but admitted over the phone that the company has incident reports for both encounters. In a statement e-mailed to CTV News, Fusion Security Vice-President Harry Stausgaard reiterated that police didn’t lay charges in either incident.
Atlanta GA June 29 2011
Six undocumented immigrant high school students—Dulce Guerrero, Jessica Vasquez, Rolando Zenteno, Nataly Ibarra, Felipe Baeza and Leeidy Solis, some as young as 16 years old—have been arrested by police while protesting the Georgia’s anti-immigrant law at the state capitol today.
A federal judge has issued a temporary block against two of the harshest provisions of Georgia’s new sweeping anti-immigrant law, HB 87, just days before the law is set to go into effect.
Most of the law still stands, and is set to go into effect later this week, on July 1. Today, a handful of Georgia undocumented immigrant youth are headed to Atlanta to protest the law and this afternoon plan to risk arrest by announcing their status in the state capitol.
U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Thrash issued an injunction against the provisions of HB 87 which were designed to mimic Arizona’s anti-immigrant SB 1070, including a provision which would have empowered police to investigate the immigration statuses of people they had “reasonable suspicion” to believe were undocumented. Judge Thrash also enjoined, pending the outcome of a court challenge to the law, the portion of HB 87 which made it a state crime to harbor or transport an undocumented immigrant.
Yet the undocumented immigrant youth who are headed to the state capitol aren’t letting up.
“Our biggest fear is that people think that some form of injunction against HB 87 means we can breathe a sigh of relief,” said Mohammad Abdollahi, an undocumented immigrant activist and cofounder of the immigrant youth clearinghouse DreamActivist.org said from Georgia.
“The things that HB 87 would have allowed are already happening in Georgia, with or without the law,” Abdollahi said, citing local enforcement policies that crack down on people who drive without a license and Secure Communities, an immigration enforcement program that allows the federal government to have access to the rolls of anyone who’s booked in a participating county’s local jails, even if charges are never filed or people are eventually acquitted.
On July 1, the state will go ahead with adopting the provisions of HB 87 which restrict immigrants’ access to public benefits and mandate the adoption of E-Verify, the controversial federal employment verification database. Thrash threw out arguments that challenged HB 87’s mandatory E-Verify provision. E-Verify supposedly cracks down on bosses that hire undocumented workers by requiring bosses to check the Social Security Numbers of workers against a flawed database.
Still, Georgia lawmakers consider E-Verify a crucial win. “We know the No. 1 incentive that exists for illegal aliens to come to Georgia is access to private sector jobs,” Republican state Rep. Matt Ramsey told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
It’s this climate of fear and anti-immigrant legislation that Georgia’s immigrant youth are protesting today.
“It’s crazy because you can’t even work,” said Jessica Vasquez, an 18-year-old high schooler who’s undocumented. “What are we supposed to live off of if you can’t even work?”
Vasquez will be one of several undocumented immigrant youth who plan to take part in civil disobedience this afternoon to protest HB 87, as well as a new ban Georgia adopted that forbids undocumented immigrant students from enrolling in any of the state’s top five public universities.
“I can’t live my life in fear. I’m tired of waiting.”
Vasquez said that even though HB 87 and other state immigration laws are tied up in the courts, they’ve successfully frightened the immigrant community, and that she’s noticed its impact on her own family.
“Every night I text my mom when she is at work and ask her, ‘Where are you? Are you okay? Are you coming home?’ and when she doesn’t answer I get mad at her because anything could happen to her,” Vasquez said. “When she comes in the door, I’m always waiting for her, just to know that nothing happened to her. That’s how hard it is.”
“The ruling is a partial victory for immigrant communities,” said Teodoro Maus, a plaintiff in the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of HB 87 who represents the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights. “Before HB 87 became law there was such aggression and misinformation about the Latino community. What HB 87 was trying to do was institutionalize it, and then harden to criminalize every action that Latino and other immigrants would need to live.”
Monday’s injunction is the fourth such ruling to be issued against a state immigration law. Similar injunctions have been granted against Arizona’s SB 1070, the Utah Compact, Indiana’s HB 590. The Department of Justice sued Arizona, arguing that immigration enforcement is strictly the territory of the federal government, but has yet to take action against the many other states who’ve passed restrictive anti-immigrant policy since.