Richard “Rick” Jerome Daly
Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia
End of Watch: Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tour of Duty: 25 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: July 20, 2011
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: In custody
Deputy Rick Daly was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop near the intersection of East Fayetteville and Walker roads. A fugitive squad in an unmarked car identified a teenage suspect wanted on armed robbery charges and called on Deputy Daly in his marked cruiser to execute the traffic stop around 3:00 pm.
As Deputy Daly approached the passenger side of the vehicle where the suspect was, the suspect exited the vehicle and fired multiple shots that struck him in locations not protected by his body armor. He was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.
The suspect fled the scene and remained at large for several hours before he was captured by a tactical team with the aid of a canine.
Deputy Daly had served in law enforcement for 25 years.
Agency Contact Information
Clayton County Sheriff’s Office
9157 Tara Boulevard
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Phone: (770) 471-1122
An alleged dispute between Turner and his manager led the policeman to use the Taser, striking Turner in the chest. He went into cardiac arrest and died.
Lawyers for Turner’s family convinced the jury that the manufacturer knew but failed to warn its customers the product could cause heart problems if administered near the heart. The company’s animal studies demonstrated the risk, says Charles Everage, a Charlotte attorney who helped represent Turner’s parents, Devoid Turner and Tammy Lou Fontenot.
Taser International’s attorneys were unsuccessful in convincing the jury that Turner had heart problems and contributed to his death through disruptive behavior and drug possession. The company also says independent studies show no risk of cardiac arrest if the device strikes the chest.
“This was a sad and tragic incident, and our hearts go out to Mr. Turner’s family,” Doug Klint, president and general counsel at Taser International, says in a press release. “We can certainly understand how the jury felt deep compassion for Mr. Turner’s family, and how this compassion may have overwhelmed the scientific evidence presented in this case.”
The Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company (NASDAQ:TASR) intends to appeal the verdict.
The lawsuit was heard in U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. District Judge Robert Conrad presided.
Taser International says the verdict amount will be offset by a $625,000 settlement from the city of Charlotte and $40,000 settlement for a worker’s compensation claim. About $6 million of the $9.23 million net award will be covered by the company’s insurance if the verdict withstands the appeals process.
Everage notes the verdict contained no award for punitive damages. “This is 100 percent compensatory damages,” he says.
MIDWAY, GA July 22 2011 – A small town police chief who gained national attention after shutting down a lemonade stand has been moved out of her home after somebody shot at it with a pellet gun.
Police said Midway Police Chief Kelli Morningstar and her family were relocated for safety after the incident.
Morningstar has been the subject of some scrutiny after she and a rookie police officer shut down a lemonade stand run by three girls trying to save up for a trip to a water park.
Police said the girls standing and waving their signs dangerously close to the road. “They were unsupervised so that was the first concern that we had,” said Officer Duvale Page Sr. “With no parents in sight, we chose to let the young ladies know they couldn’t sell the lemonade that way.”
The girls had been operating the stand in the town of less than 2,000 residents for one day when the chief and another officer drove by. According to town ordinances, the girls needed a business license, peddler’s permit and food permit to operate. The permits cost $50 a day or $180 per year.
City officials say they’ve cited and ticketed about a dozen unlicensed vendors for selling door-to-door or on street corners, based on instructions from the mayor and council to enforce the ordinances.
The girls’ mother stands by the fact the chief should not have told her daughters they were not allowed to sell lemonade, but no one should have gone to the extreme of shooting at the chief’s house.
Midway’s mayor says that the Midway Police Department cannot comment on the incident at the police chief’s house.
The girls have since moved their lemonade stand to a different spot at a Farmer’s Market in Richmond Hill.
Indian Trail NC July 22 2011 Two Union County men have been accused in a nationwide theft ring involving hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of diamonds.
Federal authorities said they’ve busted an enterprise that involved at least seven people, including Trey Smith Adams, 27, of Indian Trail, and Victor James Lupis, 25, of Monroe, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court.
Authorities said suspects in the ring approached jewelry stores across the country to scope them out, often posing as couples shopping for a wedding ring. That initial visit allowed them to identify a specific employee to target on the day of the planned heist. They also would sometimes ask the store to order larger, more expensive diamonds, according to authorities. Then the suspects would return and take off with valuable diamonds.
Afterward, the diamonds were sold to a jeweler in Philadelphia and the proceeds were distributed among the participants, according to court documents.
Lupis was identified as a suspect in a December theft in Portland, Ore., after Portland police received an anonymous tip.
Authorities said Lupis had entered a jewelry store, posing as a customer as he examined two rings. Then he grabbed the rings and fled. In the Portland case, the rings had a retail value of more than $147,000.
Lupis was arrested on charges of aggravated theft in April in connection with the Portland theft. Authorities said he confessed to that crime and five other diamond thefts he’d committed or participated in. He named several suspects in the thefts, including Adams, police said.
Lupis told authorities he and Adams flew to Portland for the December heist, and that Adams had been stationed near the jewelry store as the getaway driver.
Lupis also told authorities the pair was involved in a February theft in Nashville, Tenn. In that case, authorities said, Adams distracted a jewelry store employee by showing interest in a watch while Lupis had another employee show him several diamond rings.
As Adams left, Lupis took the rings and ran. The rings were worth more than $270,000.
Adams faces charges of conspiracy and interstate transportation of stolen property. He was being held in Mecklenburg jail Wednesday. His bond status was not available.
Lupis was in Multnomah County jail in Oregon this week with more than $1 million in bond
SOUTH HACKENSACK NJ July 22 2011 — Police Chief Michael Frew has been suspended with pay after a judge found there is probable cause that he assaulted and harassed a township police officer.
The suspension was approved by the Township Committee after its special counsel, John D’Anton, who attended the probable cause hearing last week, made the recommendation.
“It’s in the interest of the department to not have the department head there until there has been an adjudication on the merits of the claim,’’ D’Anton said Wednesday.
Frew could not be immediately reached.
But his attorney, Robert Galantucci, said there is no basis for the charges. He said politics is playing a role in the Township Committee’s decision, saying he heard that the suspension papers were already drafted prior to the court hearing.
“It’s regrettable that they are doing this to a police chief who is well-regarded, and we are looking forward to a total and complete vindication and his return to work,” Galantucci said.
The three complaints filed against the chief last month allege that he assaulted Police Officer Glen Evans while the policeman was on duty. The complaints allege aggravated assault, harassment and official misconduct.
Deputy Chief Michael Montenegro is handling the day-to-day operations of the department. Montenegro was also in charge of letting officers know about the chief’s suspension, said Mayor Walter Eckel Jr.
The resolution, approved by the Township Committee Thursday night, states Frew will be suspended until charges against him are resolved. The chief must surrender his credentials including his identification and badge, his service weapon, keys to his office and police department, the chief’s vehicle, and any other township property, according to resolution. Frew is also banned from police headquarters unless his presence is required by Montenegro, the resolution states.
Frew’s employment contract says he was earning an annual base salary of $140,404 in 2009, when the contract expired. Linda LoPiccolo, the township clerk, said there is no other contract and that Frew continues to receive the 2009 salary.
D’Anton said Frew was sent a Rice letter notifying him that the Township Committee would discuss his employment, but that he did not attend the meeting.
Judge Roy F. McGeady, presiding judge of the municipal division, downgraded the aggravated assault charge to simple assault, and is allowing it and one of two harassment charges to move forward. He found no probable cause in the official misconduct charge. A trial has been scheduled for Sept. 8, according to the attorneys and court staff.
Copies of the complaints obtained by The Record through an Open Public Records request state that the alleged incident occurred on May 26.
The summonses allege that while Evans was on duty and in uniform, Frew committed aggravated assault and caused bodily injury by charging the officer from “across the room and choking him with on [sic] hand around his neck while holding him pinned against the wall.”
The harassment complaint states the chief subjected the officer to “shoving and offensive touching,” specifically by pinning the officer against the wall by his throat. The same complaint also alleges that Frew called the officer on the telephone and threatened him, saying “there will be a price to pay for your actions.”
Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said in an e-mail Wednesday that his office has no jurisdiction and will not get involved in the matter, because McGeady found no probable cause on the indictable offenses of aggravated assault and official misconduct.
Frew was sworn in as chief in 2005, several months after former Chief Gene Roman retired.
Prior to his appointment, Frew supporters packed committee meetings urging officials to select him as chief and not to base their decision on politics. They opposed the committee’s decision to accept applications and consider interviewing departmental candidates with less rank.
A graduate of Memorial School in South Hackensack and Hackensack High School, Frew served in the Marine Corps and joined the South Hackensack Police Department in 1983 as a patrol officer. He was promoted to sergeant in 1992 and became detective sergeant in 1995. He was named lieutenant in 1999 and captain in 2000.
WAYNE CO., MS July 22 2011- A former Wayne County Justice Court Judge and longtime law enforcement officer has been arrested on rape charges.
Billy Bonner, 72, was arrested Tuesday afternoon after Wayne General Hospital reported a 16 year old rape victim had been brought to the medical facility.
Sheriff John Farrior says the teenaged girl was cleaning Bonner’s house when the alleged attack occurred.
Bonner is being held on $100,000 bond. Bonner is a former Wayne County Justice Court Judge, a former county constable, and had worked as a corrections officer at the Leaksville prison.
Police arrested Jan-Michael V. Cayer, 34, of Worcester, on Friday at 12:07 a.m. after an investigation.
On Thursday, Detective Timothy Brennan spoke to a security officer at Lonza Biologics, 97 South St., a pharmaceutical company, the detective said in a report filed in Framingham District Court.
The company was investigating the theft of four 55-inch LED televisions worth $1,200 to $1,500 each from its storage building at 233 South St., Brennan said. The company showed Brennan “extensive video” of Cayer, a security guard, going into a supply room and examining the TVs.
Another video showed Cayer stealing a security badge, Brennan wrote.
The video also shows a masked man wheeling the TVs out of the warehouse, onto the loading dock and apparently out a door to a waiting vehicle, Brennan wrote in the report.
Brennan said he believes that Cayer stole the security badge and gave it to an unknown person, who then stole the televisions.
Cayer was arrested and charged with larceny from a building, intimidation of a witness, accessory before the fact to a crime, and driving without a license. He pleaded not guilty at his Framingham District Court arraignment.
Cayer, who was released on $500 bail, is due back in court Aug. 18 for a pretrial conference.
Brooklyn NY July 22 2011 A Long Island man who is a part-owner of five Synergy Fitness Club locations in Nassau County was convicted recently of two murders in 1994 and accused of a third murder in 2003, all in connection with an armored van robbery, according to the United States Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn.
Christian Gerold Tarantino, 42 of Dix Hills, had financial interests in Synergy Fitness Clubs in Farmingdale, Levittown, Franklin Square, Massapequa and Long Beach. He was charged in 2008, 14 years after the armored car robbery. Tarantino was convicted of the two murders in federal court on May 23.
Prosecutors said that in June 1994, Tarantino and an associate, Louis Dorval, shot and killed armored van driver Julius Baumgardt as they robbed him of $100,000 on a street in Syosset.
Federal prosecutors added that while Dorval had fired the fatal shot, Tarantino participated in the crime while wearing a pig mask. Some months later, Dorval was arrested on charges in New Jersey that were unrelated to the armored car robbery and he said he would rather abscond than face incarceration.
Prosecutors said that Tarantino, allegedly worried that Dorval would identify him to authorities in an effort to lighten his own sentence, recruited help to kill Dorval and then put his body in a plastic trunk and dumped it into the Atlantic Ocean. The trunk with Dorval’s body was later recovered by the Coast Guard.
At his trial in Central Islip, prosecutors accused Tarantino of orchestrating a third murder of an associate, also in connection to the armored van robbery. Vincent Gargiulio reportedly had secretly recorded Tarantino’s admission of his involvement in the earlier crimes and had tried to blackmail him with the recording.
The jury failed to reach a verdict on the Gargiulio murder and a retrial has been set for August, along with his sentencing for the other two murders.
Gargiulio was the brother of Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider’s wife, Suzette. Twisted Sister is a Long Island-based heavy metal band that gained popularity during the early to mid 1980s.
Following Tarantino’s conviction in May, Snider released the following statement: “We are grateful to finally have some kind of legal closure to these crimes, but that does not change the fact we have lost a son, a brother, an uncle and most of all a beloved friend.”
Snider continued that his brother-in-law “Vinny” believed that Chris Tarantino was a “bad person” who needed to be stopped and for that he paid the ultimate price.
“Vinny, we all love you and miss you,” he said.
While Snider and his wife Suzette found a measure of solace in the verdict, not everyone is convinced of Christian Tarantino’s guilt.
On a blog called “Support Christian Tarantino,” a woman identified only as “Karen,” makes her feelings known on May 25, only two days after the verdict was handed down.
“If the jury knew Chris the way his family and friends do, there is no way they would believe that he is guilty of what he is being accused of,” she writes. “For more than 20 years I have known Chris and my family and I love him and know that he is a caring, loving person.”
She adds, “Our four children have grown to love him for his true kindness. It is a crime that justice did not prevail the way we had hoped and prayed it would.”
Tarantino’s attorney, Michael Rosen of Manhattan, declined to comment on the case.
David Simpson and Fred Daniels were arrested Tuesday in Dodge Chargers police say they bought with money taken in the July 8 Total Armored Car Service holdup in Sterling Heights.
Documents filed in federal court in Detroit say an informant told police one suspect took a cell phone photo showing cash in a bathtub.
Daniels was arrested in a court parking lot in Pontiac. Simpson was arrested in Highland Park. About $150,000 of the $315,000 was recovered.
The armored van was recovered nearby following the heist outside a Michigan Department of Treasury building on Dequindre Road near 18 Mile Road. Police said the robbery was an inside job. Simpson was a driver for Total Armored Car.
The online federal court record system didn’t show Wednesday if Simpson and Daniels have lawyers.
Phoenix AX July 22 2011 Two 17-year-old boys have been arrested in connection with the slaying of an older man found dead in Sand Lily Park early Wednesday morning.
The two teenagers are the only suspects in the killing of Milton Raffle, 78, a Phoenix grandfather who helped family and neighbors as well as strangers, according to the Phoenix Police Department.
Police provided no other details late Wednesday on the arrests. Because the suspects are juveniles, The Arizona Republic is not printing their identities at this time.
Raffle left his home near Charter Oak Road and Columbine Drive, a place he lived for nearly 40 years, at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday to walk – one of his favorite activities.
A witness found the Korean War veteran in Sand Lily Park near 24th Avenue and Cactus Road after midnight unconscious and unresponsive from severe trauma, according to the Phoenix Police Department.
At about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, Milton, surrounded by his wife, four sons and one of his grandchildren, died from his injuries.
“Dad was the type of person that if someone said, ‘Give me your money,’ he would say, ‘What do you need?’ ” said Beau Raffle, Milton’s youngest son. “There isn’t anyone on earth who would want to hurt him.”
Milton used to run every night for years, Beau said, until his knees couldn’t take it anymore. Then he started walking every night.
Recently, because he looked out for the entire family, he often ran out of time or energy at the end of the day. But he still made time to walk once or twice a week.
Beau said it was how he cleared his head.
When he went on his walks, he would sometimes take money to give to homeless people he met along his route.
Many of them he knew by name.
Tuesday night, before Milton left for his final walk, he gave his wife, Gail, 75, her final shot of blood-thinning medication.
She recently finished chemotherapy for colon cancer, which she was re-diagnosed with about one year ago, and was happy she didn’t have to get any more shots.
The Raffle family – four sons, four grandchildren, Milton and his wife – all lived within five minutes of one other. They were often in and out of Milton’s home, and once every couple weeks they would meet as a family.
They used to have dinner every Friday, but Beau said those “started getting too exciting.”
In the mornings, he would drive the youngest, who is 9, to karate class.
“Dad was the support that kept the family going,” Beau said. “With him gone, it’s going to be a rough few weeks as we adjust to the family without him.”
The question the family has as they pick up the pieces is why. No one can think of why he would be attacked.
“These are the kind of homicides that should shock the community,” said Sgt. Tommy Thompson, a spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department. “It should bother them.”
New York City NY July 22 2011 The heat dome that is gripping much of the nation has 141 million people in more than two dozen states under heat advisories, while the toll in heat-related deaths stands at 22 — and there is no immediate end to the scorching temperatures in sight.
Heat indexes from 105 to 115 degrees are expected from the Midwest to the East Coast on Thursday.
“Excessive Heat Watches and Warnings and Heat Advisories are in effect for a large, contiguous area of the central United States. Above-normal temperatures are expected to last the next couple of weeks over much of the eastern half of the United States,” the National Weather Service said.
Since July 13 the heat dome — a shroud of high pressure that is trapping and compressing hot, humid air from the Gulf of Mexico — has brought 100 degree temperatures to over half of the country.
Weather maps show the slow heat-mass moving incrementally eastward. Now that it has scorched the Southwest and Midwest — it is now moving towards major cities in the eastern corridor, including Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington, D.C.
Chicago reached almost 100 degrees on Wednesday, making it the hottest temperature in the Windy City in six years, with a Heat Index of 112 in parts of the city. One of the highest Heat Index readings from Wednesday was in Indiana, where it felt like 120 degrees.
Across the Midwest people are being treated in hospitals for illnesses related to the heat. In Wichita, Kansas, hospitals have seen 25 illnesses related to heat, while Des Moines, Iowa, has seen 16. According to hospital officials, a person can die within half an hour once they get heat exhaustion.
Officials warned people to watch for signs of heat exhaustion. In these conditions, the body, even at rest, can lose a quart of fluid an hour.
“You stop sweating I believe around 103-104, and so you start, at that point the body is really starting to shut down,” Dr. Jordan Moskoff from John Stroger Hospital in Chicago said.
With little rain this season, crops are struggling in the Midwest.
“In the Quad cities, the heat and humidity has really been stressing the crops, especially the corn. Farmers are very concerned it’s going to cut into their yields,” ABC News’ Terry Swails said.
In Indiana, farmers in the central part of the state were trying to cope with the scorching sun.
“It’s hard on the plants that are fairly young,” said Carol Waterman of Waterman Farms, which grows produce in Indianapolis. “If this continues, the plants that are setting blossoms will abort those blossoms because when they are under stress, the first thing they give up is that fruit.”
Air travel just became more difficult too, as those hoping to travel with their pets may be shut out.
“It’s so hot here at Chicago O’Hare they’ve banned pets from flying in cargo holds of planes, it’s dangerous and potentially deadly — only animals small enough to fit under the seat like Max here are allowed to fly,” Barbara Pinto said.
Ways to Beat the HeatThe National Weather Service has safety tips for adults looking to keep cool.
Slow down. Try to reduce or cancel any strenuous activities, or reschedule them for the coolest part of the day.
Wear light-weight, light-colored clothing to reflect sunlight and heat.
Eat lighter foods. Meat and other proteins increase metabolic heat production and could cause even more water loss.
Drink plenty of water, but avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks.
Spend more time in air-conditioned places. If you don’t have an air-conditioner in your home, go to a library, store or other location for part of the day to stay cool.
Avoid getting too much sun. Sunburn can reduce your body’s ability to release heat.
LANCASTER COUNTY PA July 22 2011— After security caught him stealing car parts, a New York man trying to get away in his car struck one security officer and came close to hitting another at the Manheim Auto Auction this morning.
Randy Weiss, 40, of Atlantic Beach, New York, was eventually stopped by State Police on the PA Turnpike in Chester County.
He faces numerous charges, including two counts of Aggravated Assault; Simple Assault; Recklessly Endangering Another Person (2 counts); Theft by Unlawful Taking; Theft from Motor Vehicle; and Accident Involving Death or Personal Injury.
Weiss was arraigned this morning and placed in Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Police were able to recover the items taken from the Auction, which are described as ‘high end’ auto parts.
The value of these items unknown at this time.
The security guard was transported to the Lancaster General Hospital where he was released and treated for minor injuries as a result of being struck with the car.
Shirley Proviano, 55, of Wilkinsburg, worked for Cranberry-based Delphi Investigations, LLC, from August 2009 through March 2010, according to the complaint by attorney Samuel J. Cordes.
She was assigned to the school, where white supervisors with Delphi were “cracking jokes all the time about black people,” it said.
Five white students who were caught smoking at the school were not punished, while a black student caught smoking was given a $300 fine and a 10-day suspension, it said.
When Ms. Proviano, who is white, complained, she was ignored, and then was transferred to a Butler-area facility that she viewed as too distant, it said. Her pleas to keep working at the high school were rejected, and she was told to take unemployment, which the complaint characterized as a de facto termination.
The complaint accuses Delphi of retaliation and violations of state human relations laws. The school district is not a defendant.
“We definitely deny those allegations,” said Delphi General Manager Kirk Vaughan.
BRIDGETON NJ July 22 2011 — A Cumberland County grand jury has indicted a Vineland school official for allegedly billing his district for student tutoring sessions that never occurred.
The grand jury Wednesday returned 33 charges against John L. Sammons, who was suspended in April 2009, shortly after his arrest.
Sammons, now 63, was assistant principal at Cunningham Alternative School.
His daughter Tracy, a teacher in Fairfield, also was arrested in 2009. Her case is pending.
County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae announced the grand jury handed up an indictment with multiple counts of official misconduct, theft by deception, tampering with government records, falsifying government records, forgery and conspiracy to commit official misconduct.
The most serious charge is official misconduct. A second-degree crime, it calls for a state prison term of five to 10 years upon conviction, and bars parole until at least five years are served.
Sammons, who is free pending trial, is a resident of Reeves Road in Fairfield. His attorney, John B. Elbert, could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Authorities said Sammons’ bills were examined after an audit identified him as the eighth-highest paid employee in Vineland Public Schools, at $129,025. His base salary is $111,000.
Police said Sammons billed the district for about $10,000 over one three-month period. But the $25-per-hour home tutoring he claimed to be providing never happened, authorities said.
Sammons is a former Millville police officer.
The charges against him are not Sammons’ first brush with the criminal justice system, according to court records.
The seven-year police veteran was arrested in November 1992 in connection with the theft of computer equipment from Bacon School in Millville a few months earlier. A keyboard, two disk drives and two printers were found at his house, authorities said.
Eight days later, he was indicted on charges of official misconduct, burglary, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. Had he been convicted of those crimes, he faced 19 to 35 years behind bars.
However, Sammons was admitted as a first-time offender to the state’s Pre-Trial Intervention program in April 1993. The case was dismissed in April 1994 after he successfully completed the program.
He is ineligible to participate in the program again.
Sammons started in the Vineland district as a substitute teacher. At one point, according to the school district’s website, he coordinated the Second Chance Program that promotes “sound character” and encourages students to be “responsible citizens.”
An assistant principal has been transferred to fill his spot at Cunningham School.
Source:the daily journal
SANTA CRUZ CA July 22 2011
A man and woman were arrested Tuesday after they stole several items from a supermarket on Mission Street and hit two security guards in the face, police reported.
About 5:30 p.m., police were called to the Safeway on Mission Street for two people detained on suspicion of shoplifting, Santa Cruz police spokesman Zach Friend said.
Two loss prevention employees said they saw Ashanti Craft, 41, and Sandra Wujcik, 37, put several items in a backpack and purse and leave the store, Friend said. When Craft and Wujcik were confronted by employees outside the store, Craft hit both of them in the face.
Craft and Wujcik were detained and police arrived. Craft was arrested on suspicion of robbery, conspiracy and a probation violation, Friend said. Wujcik was arrested on suspicion of burglary, conspiracy and a probation violation, Friend said. Both suspects listed a homeless shelter as their address.
A preliminary police report did not list the stolen items.
Man steals bicycle outside of courthouse moments after appearing before judge www.privateofficer.com
A mail carrier allegedly saw Hector Pineda, 45, destroying wrought-iron fencing in an attempt to remove the locked bike, and the postal worker alerted a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s security officer, said El Monte court Sgt. Ron Williams.
Security Officer Robert Sokolik responded and detained the suspected bike thief as he was walking the bike down the parking structure ramp leading to street level, Williams said.
Initially, Pineda reportedly tried to convince deputies he owned the bike and had forgotten the key to his padlock.
But a Covina resident appeared a short time later and identified his bike, saying it was his only means of transportation, Williams said.
Because the victim was an unemployed welder, he asked if he could bid on the repair job that will be needed to fix the wrought-iron fence. No word on the answer.
Pineda was booked at the El Monte Police Station on suspicion of felony vandalism and petty theft.
GREENEVILLE TN July 22 2011 – A Greene County man is accused of hiring shoplifters to steal merchandise from stores and then selling the items on eBay.
Ralph Raymond Phillips, 43, was arrested Tuesday by Greene County Sheriff’s Department detectives. He is charged with theft of over $10,000 by possession.
Phillips is suspected of hiring people to shoplift makeup, tools, over-the-counter medications, and other items. He then sold the stolen items on the auction and shopping website eBay.
The items were allegedly stolen from Walmart, Loew’s, Family Dollar, Dollar General and Walgreen’s in the Greeneville area.
About $30,500 in items were recovered from the basement of Phillips’ home, which detectives said were stolen from Walmart.
Authorities say Phillips paid his shoplifters in cash, which they used to buy prescription drugs