PORT ST. LUCIE FLA July 24 2011 — A Port St. Lucie police officer Thursday was arrested on rape and “object sexual penetration” charges after being linked to a sexual assault that happened while he was in the Navy, according to an affidavit released Friday and an official.
Steven Binsse, 27, was arrested at 3:40 p.m. Thursday by police on the felony charges connected to an incident that happened in Virginia, according to an affidavit and Ed Buice, Naval Criminal Investigative Service public affairs officer.
Three others also have been arrested, according to an email from Buice.
Records show the offenses happened on Sept. 6, 2005, about two years before Binsse joined the police department. Binsse’s indictment was dated July 20.
“The incident came to light in 2007 when one of the suspects tried to develop a roll of film containing images of four men sexually assaulting an unconscious female at the Navy Lodge in Norfolk,” an email from Buice states. “All of the men were sailors at the time of the incident; two have since left the Navy.”
Officer Tom Nichols, Port St. Lucie police spokesman, said Friday that Binsse is on administrative leave without pay. Nichols stated Binsse was hired in October 2007. Nichols declined further comment.
The woman identified as the victim wasn’t aware of the assault until NCIS officials interviewed her.
“She was able to identify at least one of the sailors — who was reportedly her boyfriend at the time of the attack — and over the years NCIS has been able to identify the other three suspects,” Buice’s email states.
Buice’s email states Frederick Jovan Ford, Rizwan Danish Khan and Dante Diniz Ruiz have been charged with rape and that Binsse was identified as the fourth person. Information about Ford, Khan and Ruiz was not immediately available Friday.
Binsse was listed as a fugitive from justice and is being held without bond, a St. Lucie County jail official said.
Fairfax County VA July 24 2011 A Centreville man fatally shot Thursday by Fairfax County police was a Defense Department security officer stationed at the vice president’s mansion who had been hospitalized the previous day due to erratic behavior, coworkers and officials said.
Ed Zeigler, a spokesman for the DOD’s Naval District Washington Police Department, said Ricardo Leon, 34, had worked as a civilian employee with Naval Support Activity Washington since 2003. There he had most recently helped to oversee security at the Naval Observatory and vice presidential compound in Northwest.
Officers from the Fairfax County Police Department fatally shot Mr. Leon Thursday after they were called to his townhouse for a report of a disturbance and he approched the officers with a shotgun in hand, police officials said.
Coworkers said Mr. Leon had been acting so erratically on Wednesday at work that he was hospitalized that morning. Around 7:20 p.m. Wednesday, police and paramedics were called to his home in the 6100 block of Kendra Way for a report of a sick person and he was taken to a hospital to be observed again, police said.
Several hours later at 1:30 a.m. Thursday, Mr. Leon’s wife and a neighbor called police to report a disturbance at the townhouse, Fairfax police spokeswoman Mary Ann Jennings said. When six officers arrived on the scene, several windows to the townhouse had been broken out and they saw Mr. Leon inside the open garage with a shotgun.
“He started to approach them, armed,” Ms. Jennings said. “They issued orders for him to drop his weapon and to stop advancing.”
When Mr. Leon did not comply, several officers fired their service weapons, striking and killing him, she said.
As a former Marine and Iraq veteran, colleagues said Mr. Leon knew the potential consequences of approaching police officers in such a way.
“He would have done the same thing. He always stressed officer safety,” said one colleague, who declined to be named because he was not authorized to speak publically about the incident.
Mr. Leon did not fire his weapon at officers, said Ms. Jennings, who had no further information on the interactions between Mr. Leon and the officers. Four officers involved have all been placed on administrative leave since the shooting. The police department will not release the names of the officers unless they are charged criminally, Ms. Jennings said.
Until the day before his death, coworkers said they never observed any ususual behavior from Mr. Leon, who several described as very religious and in top physical condition.
“He lost a lot of friends in Iraq so he was very greatful for life,” one colleague said.
Paul Yashou, 38, of Torrance, California, was indicted Friday on two felony and three misdemeanor theft counts. Federal prosecutors allege he stole four watches and a debit card contained in luggage being screened at Los Angeles International Airport.
Yashou first came under suspicion when one victim saw his IWC GST chrono perpetual calendar moonphase watch, priced at $15,000, for sale on eBay, prosecutors said. Investigators soon learned Yashou had sold the watch to a jewelry store that was offering the watch for sale online.
He isn’t the only TSA official to be charged with stealing from the passengers he was sworn to protect. In 2008, a New Jersey baggage screener pleaded guilty after prosecutors recovered 66 cameras, 31 laptops, 20 cell phones, 17 electronic games, 13 pieces of jewelry, 12 global positioning systems, 11 MP3 players, eight camera lenses, six video cameras, and two DVD players from his home. Pythias Brown admitted to stealing two to three items from passenger luggage per week.
Last year, a TSA agent was fired after pretending to find a baggie of white powder on a flier as she passed through a security check point.
Yashou is scheduled to appear in court on August 3. He has not yet entered a plea.
Bethlehem P july 24 2011 Security officers at Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem voted 51-35 Thursday to unionize.
They will be represented by the Law Enforcement Employees Benevolent Association (LEEBA).
Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem has seven days to file objections to the election. Casino officials previously challenged whether LEEBA was legally allowed to represent the security officers. The National Labor Relations Board disagreed with the objection, but casino President Robert DeSalvio says in a news release today that the casino will file an objection
David A. McClelland, 56, of Coal Center, has been charged with criminal homicide and burglary in the stabbing of Evelyn Stepko at her home in Coal Center. She was 92.
The son, David J. McClelland, 36, a Washington Township police officer, was arrested but not yet charged in the killing, authorities said. Both men lived near Ms. Stepko.
His father had been cutting the victim’s grass for the last year and a half. Over that stretch, Ms. Stepko had reported at least four burglaries. David A. McClelland was linked to the crime scene by a fingerprint on a bloody latex glove found there, according to authorities.
District Attorney Steve Toprani said Ms. Stepko was “a captive in her own home.”
Mr. Toprani believed the men had “unfettered access” to her house and that Ms. Stepko kept significant amounts of cash in the house.
David A. McClelland was arrested at a Sam’s Club in Washington, Pa., about 7:30 this evening. David J. McClelland surrendered to state police at 4:30 this afternoon.
Neighbors, concerned that they hadn’t seen Ms. Stepko, contacted law enforcement officers who found her body on Monday.
Ms. Stepko, a retired crossing guard, lived alone in a house on Pike Run Road and didn’t drive.
Neighbors said that there had been a number of recent break-ins in the area recently, and last week Ms. Stepko called a neighbor to say there were people behind her house. A neighbor chased them away with a shotgun. At some point, too, the woman’s phone lines were cut, police said
Police said the 17-year-old boy called Saturday morning, saying his mother was beating him because he wouldn’t go to church.
When they arrived at the home, officers said the teen was crying and they saw multiple raised bruises and welts on the boy’s upper right arm. He told them he had fled to his bedroom, but that his mother, 48-year-old Lolita Smith, broke down his door and continued to hit him.
Woodstock police say Smith was charged under the Georgia Family Violence Act. A police spokesman say trespassing charges were appropriate because Smith broke down the door to the bedroom where her son had tried to take shelter and protect himself from the assault.
Police investigators said Smith, a speech pathologist with Cherokee County Schools, was disorderly and belligerent toward officers, screaming profanity at them and insisting she could discipline her child any way she wanted.
“She slammed the door in their face; she was screaming at ‘em, yelling at ‘em, cursing at them; her demeanor was obviously violent towards the officers,” Woodstock Police Capt. Dan King told 11Alive News on Thursday.
Investigators said this was the fourth time they had been called to the home on a domestic call.
They say this time Smith went too far.
“There’s nothing in the law that prohibits corporal punishment; however, there is a line that you have to draw,” Capt. King said. “When you cross that line, it becomes illegal.”
Smith was charged with simple battery and criminal trespass. She bonded out of jail on Sunday.
11Alive went to Smith’s home twice on Thursday, but no one answered the door and no one has returned our phone calls.
We asked several Woodstock area residents what they thought of the case.
“I don’t believe in physical abuse, but slight punishment I think, you know, it depends on how far you go,” said German Munoz.
“When they get that large, there’s no way you’re going to be spanking ‘em and disciplining like that,” said Carrolle Walker. “I think she should have done it when he was smaller.”
“I don’t have an answer to that because I felt like that before, too, that maybe if I could do that to my own child, that maybe she might wake up and listen to what I have to say,” said Melynda Barrett, a mother of three teens
Montgomery Al July 24 2011 State and city officials broke ground Friday on what is expected to be a hub of law enforcement training in the state and possibly the region.
The Alabama Law Enforcement Emergency Vehicle Operation Center will be on about 500 acres off U.S. 80 near the Montgomery Police Department’s firing range.
The center will be the first of its kind in the state and one of just a handful in the Southeast.
The facility will boost the city’s economy by bringing in law enforcement officers — and their potential tax dollars — from across the state, Mayor Todd Strange said.
The real economic impact, however, will be in the reduction of traffic accidents, Strange said.
“The safety side is what really drives this,” he said.
For Montgomery public safety agencies, the center will take the place of makeshift training areas such as the parking lots at Cramton Bowl and Garrett Coliseum, Police Chief Kevin Murphy said.
The center also will facilitate a level of training not previously possible without traveling out of state, Murphy said.
The center was made possible by a partnership between the city of Montgomery and the Alabama Peace Officers Standards & Training Commission.
The city’s contribution to Phase 1 of the project is a $1 million bond issue, while APOST is covering the rest of the approximately $3.2 million cost Strange said.
APOST’s share comes entirely from fines collected from traffic violators, said Chief Alan Benefield, executive secretary of APOST.
Phase 1 will consist of a training area known as a skills pad along with a classroom and a vehicle maintenance facility. The first phase is expected to be completed within eight to 12 months.
Future phases will incorporate other features, including an urban grid of simulated streets with intersections and traffic lights, a skid pad, a control tower, a loop for simulating high-speed chases and dormitories.
City officials have made several visits to a training center in Louisiana that is comparable to the one envisioned for Montgomery and is currently one of the closest facilities available for advanced training, Murphy said.
The training will change fundamentally the way officers approach driving a vehicle, he said.
“They will do (exercises) over and over again to the point that it will be instinctive to them,” Murphy said.
Police responded at 4 p.m. Thursday to a report of a man taking pictures up the skirts of unsuspecting women at the store, Lt. Craig Carter said. He did not immediately release the name of the store.
Security guards at the store noticed the man following women as they shopped and snapping the photographs while they were distracted, Carter said.
Three women in their 30s were photographed, and all three signed citizen’s arrests, Carter said.
Police arrested the man, who was later identified as Juan Ramirez Chavez of Escondido, on suspicion of disorderly conduct, giving false information to the police, and using false documents.
Chavez was being held at San Diego Central Jail on Friday evening, according to jail records. He was being held on suspicion of burglary and was not eligible for release on bail.
U.S. Immigrations and Customs enforcement was listed as the arresting agency.
Carter said Chavez appeared to be an illegal immigrant who was wanted for a previous burglary charge.
Police were investigating another incident, which happened earlier this month, of someone photographing under women’s clothes, Carter said.
He said no arrests had been made in that case, but police did not believe it was related to the incident Thursday.
At least 14 incidents of people taking covert photographs under another person’s clothing have been reported countywide in the last year, Carter said.
The jury, however, held that Iralee E. French Jr., 24, of Kansas City, was not responsible for the death of security guard Dwight W. Mayhugh, who suffered a shotgun wound during a robbery on Feb. 24, 2006.
Defense lawyer Steve Moss described the shotgun wound as “superficial” and urged jurors in closing arguments to consider the testimony of an expert witness who said that Mayhugh died of respiratory distress resulting from his hospital treatment.
Prosecutors countered that medical examiners had found that Mayhugh died of complications of a gunshot wound, and they urged jurors to find French guilty of using a firearm in a crime of violence resulting in death.
Jurors also found French not guilty of two counts of carjacking and two other gun counts related to carjacking.
Despite the not guilty verdicts, French is likely to receive a substantial prison sentence.
A co-defendant, Thirplus Moose, 24, pleaded guilty earlier this month to helping French rob the banks and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence resulting in death.
Both men were charged with conspiring in a robbery on Feb. 9, 2006, and the subsequent robbery attempt on Feb. 24 in which Mayhugh was wounded.
The robberies at the UMB Bank at 7901 Wornall Road went unsolved until 2008, when a taxi driver recalled dropping off two men near the bank minutes before the crime.
Bethlehem PA July 24 2011 An Allentown man who was tossed out of Roosevelt’s 21 in Bethlehem on Thursday night came back and pointed a loaded gun at the bouncer, police said.
Anthony Otero, 22, of the 200 block of Nelson Street, was tossed out by Gregory Tillman after assaulting a woman in the bar, according to police.
Otero came back to the bar in the first block of East Elizabeth Avenue about 1 o’clock this morning and when Tillman moved to toss Otero out again, Otero pulled out a gun, police said.
Tillman told police that Otero pointed the gun at him and threatened to shoot, police said. A police officer arrived, Otero ran, and the officer chased him down side streets and through backyards before stopping him in the 400 block of Main Street.
The gun, a Smith and Wesson .38-caliber semi-automatic handgun, was recovered in a yard where Otero ditched it during the chase, police said.
According to court papers Otero is a convicted felon and is not allowed to possess a firearm.
He was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, illegal possession of a handgun, escape, terroristic threats, harassment and reckless endangerment. He was arraigned before District Judge Robert Hawke and sent to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.
Mormon Lake AZ July 24 2011 Three people are dead and one critically injured after a shooting late Friday at a motorcycle rally in Mormon Lake in northern Arizona, according to the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office.
The shooting occurred around 11:20 p.m. Friday on campgrounds near the lake, where victims were believed to have been participating in an annual motorcycle rally called “Too Broke For Sturgis,” said Coconino County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Gerry Blair. Two adult men and one adult woman were killed, and another adult woman was critically injured, he said.
Detectives are looking into the possibility of a murder-suicide, Blair said. When deputies arrived on scene, they found three of the victims in front of a camp trailer, while a deceased male was located away from the group with a single gunshot wound and a handgun on the ground close to his hand, he said.
The second dead man had multiple gun shot wounds, Blair said. The two females were both seated in camp chairs in front of the trailer: One was pronounced dead at the scene and the other, who had been shot six times, was flown to Flagstaff Medical Center in critical condition, he said.
Two other females in the area also were taken to Flagstaff Medical Center for possible shock, Blair said.
“It was very chaotic,” said Ken Daniels, 48, who was about 200 feet away from the campsite when the shootings occurred. Daniels said he heard about five to seven rounds go off in the evening amidst live music, hundreds of tents, and what he described as a generally convivial atmosphere.
“Initially, I thought someone was just shooting into the air, being stupid,” he said. About five to 15 minutes later, after seeing flashing lights and realizing people had been shot, Daniels rushed to scene and found a man lying on the ground without pulse or breath.
Daniels, who works as a registered nurse at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, deemed the man couldn’t be saved and moved on to the other three victims. He began administering CPR to one woman who was barely breathing and had no pulse. She later was pronounced dead at the scene, he said.
By then, security guards at the event were barricading the area while several people were trying to break in, some appearing to be “emotionally breaking down,” according to Daniels.
“They really couldn’t help it,” he said.
Daniels said the property owners decided to close the event, and people were streaming out of the campgrounds early Saturday morning.
It was the first time Daniels had attended “Too Broke For Sturgis” but he said he had been to several other motorcycle rallies in the past.”
This is an extremely rare situation,” Daniels said. “It was probably something personal and it could have happened anywhere.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Rio Rancho NM July 24 2011 A former V. Sue Cleveland High School teacher in Rio Rancho has been arrested for having sex with a minor.
Belinda Ray is charged with three counts of rape and three counts of selling or giving alcohol to a minor. Detectives say the victim is now an adult, but was a juvenile when the alleged incident happened.
Rio Rancho Public Schools officials say Ray resigned at theend of this past school year, but didn’t say if it had any connection to the alleged incident.
Ray worked at Cleveland High from 2009 until this year. Before that, she spent 10 years at Rio Rancho High.
A search warrant was executed at his Landover home the next month, and authorities seized a hard drive that contained more than 100 images involving sadomasochism and bonding, according to prosecutors.
Court records say Savage admitted to investigators that he had been downloading child pornography for about three years and shared the images online.
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA July 24 2011– An up-and-coming junior lightweight boxer, who fought all but one of his bouts in Tampa, was shot and killed at a Virginia Beach oceanfront resort.
Cordaro Simpkins was pronounced dead just after 1:00am this morning at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital. He was 21.
According to a preliminary report by local police, Simpkins and his friends got into an altercation with several males ending with the boxer being shot. The unknown suspects fled the area on foot and the case remains under investigation by the department’s Homicide Squad.
Simpkins had a career 5-1 mark but had not fought since he lost by a TKO last October 20 in North Carolina. It was his first bout outside of Tampa. He began his career July 25, 2009 for One Punch Productions and strung together five straight wins before running into undefeated Evgeny Gradovich at the Blake Hotel in Charlotte.
He was a really good kid,” said One Punch Productions president Terry Trekas. “[Simpkins was] not involved with all the street nonsense we see so much of these days. I can’t even imagine what his family is going through right now.”
Simpkins is survived by his father Daniel Lamb, his mother Wanda Revels, Stepmother Deberrah Hart, Stepfather Reynard Revels, Brothers Daniel Lamb Jr., Christopher Lamb, David Lamb, and countless aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
SAN DIEGO CA July 24 2011— British actor Rhys Ifans, who portrays the villain Lizard in the upcoming Hollywood movie “The Amazing Spider-Man,” was arrested and cited for battery at the pop culture gathering Comic-Con Friday evening.
“He was abusive, belligerent and aggressive, and shoved a female security guard,” San Diego police spokeswoman Lt. Andra Brown said in a statement Saturday.
Brown told Reuters a member of Ifans’ “entourage” did not have proper identification to enter Comic-Con, a gathering of science-fiction fans and comic book lovers. for a promotional event to tout the upcoming “Spider-Man” movie.
Ifans used his hand to push his way past security, Brown said. He cursed the staff, hurled insults at the United States and loudly complained: “I don’t live here,” she said.
The police spokeswoman added that Ifans’ breath “smelled like alcohol” but he was not cited for public drunkenness.
The guard who was pushed, however, made a citizen’s arrest, leading San Diego police to issue Ifans a citation for misdemeanor battery. He was released, and the San Diego City Attorney will decide whether to take further action.