Although he was an Air Force reservist, Bergseng was working for TW & Company, an independent security contractor, at the time of the accident, according to the 9th Reconnaissance Unit Office of Public Affairs at Beale.
The accident occurred about 4:45 a.m. Bergseng was pronounced dead by base emergency responders. The coroner’s office was notified at 7:21 a.m., according to Sheriff’s Department records.
A sergeant in the public affairs office did not respond Monday to a report that Bergseng’s car hit a metal security barrier in the road that had accidentally been raised.
By the time deputies arrived, Bergseng’s body had been moved from the Wheatland gate to the main gate on North Beale Road, said the department’s Lt. Shaun Smith.
Beale officials reported Bergseng was traveling about 30 mph at the time of the accident, Smith said.
The base’s own Office of Special Investigations and 9th Security Forces Squadron are investigating the accident.
Bergseng had no passengers in the car and no one else was injured.
The gate was open Monday morning.
“While this reservist was not on military status at the time of the accident, the 940th family is distraught at the sudden loss of one of our own,” said 940th Wing commander Col. Kevin Cavanaugh.
Lt. Col. Stephen Hoffman, 9th Mission Support Group deputy commander, called the accident “a terrible tragedy and a difficult time for them. We ask that everyone respect their privacy during this time.”
The Maryland-based TW & Company, which provides Beale’s gate security, had no immediate comment.
Beale did not release Bergseng’s name, consistent with its policy of not releasing decedents’ names until 24 hours after relatives have been notified.
Monday night, Gwinnett County Police will help catch moms and dads up on how to keep their kids safe online.
The police department will host a free Georgia Bureau of Investigation / Georgia International Crimes Against Children Community CyberSafety presentation. The class will be held in the classroom of the West Precinct at 6160 Crescent Drive in Norcross.
The course will begin at 6:30 p.m. and last about two hours. The class is open to everyone, but pre-registration is required.
For details or to register, contact Officer Jeffrey Richter at 770-417-2376 ext. 5720 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. July 18 2011 Two suspects in a Winston-Salem robbery are dead after police say one of them killed his partner then turned the gun on himself while being chased by officers.
Investigators said 22-year-old Trayvon McDaniel and 22-year-old Stephon Royster were both armed Sunday afternoon when they robbed a convenience store.
About an hour later, police tried to stop a SUV that matched the description of a vehicle used in the robbery. The two men inside started running.
Authorities say as officers approached the men, they heard two gunshots. Investigators say both suspects were shot in the head with the same gun, and an autopsy should confirm which one fired the shots.
Police say the officers didn’t fire on the suspects.
Indianapolis IN July 18 2011 In what may be one of the first cases of its kind in the nation, a former Beech Grove math teacher has been charged with felony stalking for her electronic communications with a former student over a 19-month period.
Authorities said Sara Kifer, 26, even commandeered the Facebook account of Ryan Cloyd, 19. During an 80-minute period in June, she sent him 47 text messages and made 26 calls to his cellphone, Marion County prosecutors say.
The barrage came after Cloyd obtained a court order that prohibited Kifer from contacting him.
Although instances of students “sexting” or harassing teachers are becoming increasingly common, experts say it’s rare for a teacher to harass a student.
“This is the first I have ever heard of, but I’m not surprised in the least,” said Jayne Hitchcock, president of a website, Working to Halt Web Abuse, that documents Internet-stalking crimes. “Cyberstalking was bound to happen sooner or later.”
Marion County Deputy Prosecutor Ryan Mears said it’s the first such case to come to his office.
“Most of what we see are instances in which electronic communication escalated into violence,” he said.
Kifer, who is married, was in her first year of teaching at Beech Grove High School when the alleged harassment began in 2009 and continued off and on through June. She is being held in the Marion County Jail, with bond set at $7,500. Her next court appearance is Aug. 10. Cloyd just finished his first year at Wabash College in Crawfordsville.
Kifer refused a request for an interview in jail. Her lawyer, Ron Frazier, Indianapolis, declined to comment. Cloyd could not be reached.
Uncommon as it is, Kifer’s arrest was the second recent case of a teacher being accused of stalking a student. In June, an eighth-grade math teacher in North Carolina, Megan Mantooth, was arrested on allegations of cyberstalking a 13-year-old boy. Mantooth was accused of sending the student hundreds of sexual text messages.
Kifer began harassing Cloyd in November 2009, during the fall of his senior year, according to court documents. But he didn’t report it until April 2010, when he filled out a police report with Beech Grove police.
Cloyd told police he didn’t report the contact because he wanted to concentrate on getting through his senior year.
Cloyd said Kifer began by sending him a Facebook message saying she was in love with him, according to court records.
No legal action was taken against Kifer, but Beech Grove Schools Superintendent Paul Kaiser recommended that Kifer be fired on the same day Cloyd reported the contact to the school. The Beech Grove School Board terminated her contract in May 2010.
“We interviewed all the parties involved and verified the evidence and took care of it that day,” Kaiser said. The board recommended to the Indiana Department of Education that Kifer’s teaching license be revoked. Kifer’s license is still active, said department spokesman Alex Damron, who said he couldn’t comment on the investigation.
Kifer, a graduate of Indiana University, received her teaching license in May 2007 and had taught in Pike Township Schools before going to Beech Grove.
“The shame of it is she was a very good teacher,” Kaiser said. “She came to us highly recommended.”
Most school districts have policies restricting school-related postings on social network sites. If a student posts something that would cause a “substantial disruption” at school, they can be suspended or expelled, said cyber security expert Dan Claassen, Indianapolis, who advises school districts.
“Off-campus speech is monitored,” said Claassen, founder of My Cyber Guardian Educational Services. “Something obvious like a bomb threat is easy. But there are some gray areas. What if a student is criticizing a teacher’s performance or an action a dean took: Does that infringe on free speech?”
In January, a Warren Central High School student was arrested, police said, after he threatened on his Facebook page to shoot up the school. In that case, several students saw the posting and alerted their parents.
But Damron and Kaiser said there is no state or school district policy that specifically addresses electronic exchanges between teachers and students. Rules regarding inappropriate conduct usually are sufficient.
“We like to think that common sense would prevail,” Kaiser said.
Still, he said, the board was considering a policy that would restrict teachers’ email contact with students to their school email accounts.
There has been at least one local case of a student cyberstalking a teacher.
In 2006, Jeffrey Scott Hamaker was sentenced to 10 years in prison for stalking Carmel High School teacher Cathy Lott. Prosecutors said Hamaker harassed Lott with emails and phone calls, then drove a car into her house.
In Kifer’s case, Cloyd told police that his former teacher stopped contacting him in May 2010, around the time she was fired, but started again last fall when he was in college.
In one message, she told Cloyd she wished she could have a sibling-type relationship with him, “not obsessive and needy one that got out of control,” according to court documents. In February, she wrote to Cloyd that if he and his girlfriend broke up “and you want to have sex with someone . . . I would definitely want to. I know you will never take me up on this.”
In May, Cloyd, his girlfriend and his female roommate got protective orders against Kifer, but she continued to send each of them dozens of messages, authorities said.
In June, authorities said, Kifer hacked into Cloyd’s Facebook page, changed his password and began sending messages to his girlfriend and roommate. She also broke into Cloyd’s girlfriend’s Facebook page, court reports say.
Eventually, Kifer began expressing suicidal thoughts to Cloyd and told her husband that she had a plan to shoot herself at a firing range in Beech Grove, authorities said.
When police arrested her, they found a single bullet in her purse and receipts for the shooting range. Police sent her to a hospital for psychological evaluation before jailing her on July 7.
Flower Mound’s Waterford Drive is lined with well-manicured $300,000 homes. So, when a new neighbor moved in without the usual sale, mortgage-paying homeowners had a few questions.
“What paperwork is it and how is it legally binding if he doesn’t legally own the house?” said Leigh Lowrie, a neighboring resident. “He just squats there.”
Lowrie and her husband said the house down the street was in foreclosure for more than a year and the owner walked away. Then, the mortgage company went out of business.
Apparently, that opened the door for someone to take advantage of the situation. But, Kenneth Robinson said he’s no squatter. He said he moved in on June 17 after months of research about a Texas law called “adverse possession.”
“This is not a normal process, but it is not a process that is not known,” he said. “It’s just not known to everybody.”
He says an online form he printed out and filed at the Denton County courthouse for $16 gave him rights to the house. The paper says the house was abandoned and he’s claiming ownership.
“I added some things here for my own protection,” Robinson said.
The house is virtually empty, with just a few pieces of furniture. There is no running water or electricity.
But, Robinson said just by setting up camp in the living room, Texas law gives him exclusive negotiating rights with the original owner. If the owner wants him out, he would have to pay off his massive mortgage debt and the bank would have to file a complicated lawsuit.
Robinson believes because of the cost, neither is likely. The law says if he stays in the house, after three years he can ask the court for the title.
He told News 8 his goal is to eventually have the title of the home and be named the legal owner of the home.
“Absolutely,” he said. “I want to be owner of record. At this point, because I possess it, I am the owner.”
Robinson posted “no trespassing” signs after neighbors asked police to arrest him for breaking in.
Flower mound officers say they can’t remove him from the property because home ownership is a civil matter, not criminal.
Lowrie and her neighbors continue to look for legal ways to get him out. They are talking to the mortgage company, real estate agents and attorneys. They’re convinced he broke into the house to take possession, but Robinson told News 8 he found a key and he gained access legally.
“If he wants the house, buy the house like everyone else had to,” Lowrie said. “Get the money, buy the house.”
Robinson said he’s not buying anything. As far as he”s concerned, the $330,000 house is already his and he has the paperwork to prove it.
A patrol unit pulled over the tractor trailer for an illegal lane change near the interchange on Interstate 65.
A canine unit, Daisey, is credited for the discovery of the money, that was hidden inside the trailer.
Officers say the driver willingly allowed them to search his truck, but because it’s an open investigation, MPD is keeping most of the details close to the vest.
The police department will be able to keep about 80% of the money, but it has to be used for crime enforcement.
Daisey, the dog who helped find the cash, was also purchased with illegal drug money, seized off the streets of Montgomery.