San Antonio TX July 27 2011 A former high school basketball coach who admitted in April to having an improper relationship with a player was sentenced to five years in prison Friday after prosecutors called two other young women who said they also believe he had touched them inappropriately.
Breck Andre Ross, 35, had previously entered a plea agreement in which prosecutors agreed to ask for no more than seven years in prison for the second-degree felony. He sought probation.
Ross resigned from Antonian College Preparatory in August, soon after the student, now 20, came forward to describe what she called a consensual relationship that turned sexual — at his urging — days after she turned 17.
“I had tremendous respect for him. He was my best friend,” she told state District Judge Mary Roman.
“I was devastated when the friendship part stopped” and was replaced with daily groping at school and other sexual activity, she said.
Of the two other students who came forward, one, now 19, said the inappropriateness was more subtle, such as text messages and prolonged hugs. The other, 17, said she was groped under her clothes.
“Every day, he would take me into the coach’s office, talk to me about the game … and then he would touch me,” the younger teen said. “He has fooled so many people into thinking he’s a good man.”
Defense attorney Barbara Hughes responded with nearly a dozen witnesses, many of them ex-students who said Ross was the best coach they ever had.
“Coach Ross is a role model and inspiration to me. He always has been and always will be,” said former player Sarah Covarrubias, who joined others in saying she never saw anything improper. “I know what he did is wrong. But to a lot of people, he’s still an amazing man.”
Losing his career as a coach and educator should be punishment enough, Hughes argued, pointing out that Ross has taken responsibility for his actions and is remorseful.
Prosecutors Nicole Thornbro and Jessica Frazier conceded the coach did have some good qualities. But losing his job isn’t adequate enough punishment, Thornbro argued.
Before announcing her ruling, Roman addressed the overflow courtroom audience,
“I do not appreciate the frenzy I see with this case,” the judge told the overflow courtroom audience, consisting largely of students and parents at the Catholic school, before she pronounced the sentence. Roman reminded the crowd members that they weren’t watching a football game.
In a heated victim impact statement after the ruling, the father of the former student who initially came forward called Ross a “filthy, evil” child predator who meticulously groomed his daughter.
“You even had my girls call me from your office to tell me that they loved me. Yes, you were very good,” the father said. “I believed you and I trusted you.”
While he has to rely on the courts for now, the father said he hoped to someday “mete vengeance” upon him in the afterlife.
The FBI declined to comment on a raid last week at the home of Matthew Phillip Lehr, 43, in which agents carted out boxes and computer related equipment from his home on Snead Drive, just north of Northern Hills Golf Course.
Court records unsealed Monday show the raid was part of an investigation that started when an undercover FBI agent in Buffalo, N.Y., accessed child pornography files made available by someone using the screen name “mattmanzoom.”
A large portion of the files were of young teen boys nude or having sex with each other, and Lehr admitted to agents at the raid that he used “mattmanzoom” to access the child pornography, according to a criminal complaint affidavit.
In a second interview two days later, Lehr told agents that he performed a sex act on a 14-year-old boy as he slept four years ago, and fondled the boy a number of times after that, the affidavit said.
“When confronted on why he touched the minor … Matthew Lehr stated, ‘because the opportunity was there,’” FBI agent Carla Schreiber wrote in the affidavit.
The FBI arrested Lehr late Friday, charging him only with distributing child pornography. The affidavit said he works as a security guard at JW Marriott Resort & Spa. He was held Monday without bond pending a bail hearing Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Pamela Mathy.
Separately, agents arrested Nicholas A. Stradley of Cibolo, who was indicted last week as part of a similar investigation. He is charged with three counts of distributing child porn, two counts of possessing it, and two counts of transferring obscene material to minors.
Stradley, 58, appeared in court Friday and was ordered held without bond pending a bail hearing Wednesday.
Sgt. Larry Dyess of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office says it happened about 10:30 a.m. Monday as the firearm was in the process of being cleared as checked baggage.
Dyess says the bullet struck a counter and a piece of it then hit the employee in the leg. The employee was transported to an area hospital for treatment of what Dyess described as a non-life threatening injury.
Dyess says the passenger, 65-year-old Edward Deubler, of Harvey, was given a misdemeanor summons for negligent injury.
Canada July 27 2011 While the debate rages over how social media companies such as Facebook should use facial detection and recognition tools, the technology has quietly crept into institutional life across Canada, for functions ranging from gambling control to bank fraud and police investigations. Beginning next year, Canadian “e-passports” will contain a chip that can be used with facial recognition technology; even the Bay has experimented with it as a way to prevent shoplifting.
By the end of this year, cameras linked to facial recognition software will photograph everyone who walks through the front doors of a casino run by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation as part of a program to keep 15,000 self-identified problem gamblers out.
At Ontario casinos, which get 40 million visits a year, such a large surveillance system has the potential to build an extensive database. To prevent abuses, the OLGC worked with Ontario Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian and University of Toronto researchers to design a system that offers “gold standard” privacy protection.
“Privacy is the default condition,” said Ms. Cavoukian.
Nineteen of 27 casinos are already using the technology. Facial recognition software instantly scans photographs taken by a dedicated camera as visitors pass by a security desk, looking for matches with pictures of gamblers who have put themselves on a self-exclusion list. If a match is found, a silent alarm goes off, the matching photos pop up on a computer screen and security guards compare them. If they are satisfied with the match, a guard approaches the visitor and asks for identification before escorting them out of the building.
Photographs of people who are not on the self-exclusion list are instantly discarded. Each photo already in the computer’s database is biometrically encrypted and can only be unscrambled if the person in the picture is physically present.
The Canadian Bankers Association has used facial recognition technology to investigate debit card fraud since 2008. Last summer, it also offered its services to Toronto Police officers tracking down suspects wanted for violence or vandalism during the G20 summit. CBA security chief William Crate said investigators helped identify between 10 and 20 suspects and that a CBA investigator has already testified at the preliminary hearing of one of the protesters.
Mr. Crate said facial recognition technology has become an important tool in investigating organized crime, which is often the work of gangs that travel across cities or around the country.
Investigators with the Bank Crime Prevention and Investigative Office, the CBA’s investigative body, compare video images captured at bank machines or in bank lobbies across Canada. Mr. Crate said the method does not breach customers’ privacy because investigators automatically discard images of ordinary customers. They keep only videos taken while it is obvious a crime is being committed. Software compares the images to help tie various crimes to the same people. Once they have built a case, investigators turn the images over to police, Mr. Crate said.
CBC introduced facial recognition technology in 2008 to counter identity theft and fraud. The software captures driver’s licence photos and analyzes facial features, such as the size and location of cheekbones and the distance between the eyes, that do not change with age. The photos are then matched to existing ones in the database.
In February, ICBC upgraded the system by adding the capability to import images from an external source, such as the police.
Citing a case where a man who had been deported from Canada had returned to obtain a driver’s licence under a different identity, spokesperson Adam Grossman said, “Sometimes our investigation goes outside our realm here in B.C. Potentially down the road, there could be a different agency that could provide us with evidence.”
But shortly after the Stanley Cup riot occurred last month, ICBC offered to lend its facial technology software to help police identify rioters. Vancouver police confirmed on Friday that it has not accepted ICBC’s help.
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SELLWOOD, OR July 27 2011 – A man suspected of robbing the same Key Bank branch three times was arrested Saturday.
Portland officers say a bank security guard took Darrel Wayne Lawrence, 30, into custody after a bank employee recognized Lawrence walking toward the bank, located at 8112 SE 13th Ave. in Sellwood.
Police say Lawrence robbed the bank on July 1, 11 and 19.
Lawrence was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a US Marshals hold. Bank robbery charges are pending.
HOUSTON TX July 27 2011– An armored car was hit by thieves outside a southeast Houston bank Monday morning.
The FBI said a Loomis armored car was parked outside a Bank of America in the 7200 block of South Loop East at Woodridge shortly before 8 a.m. when it was robbed by two gunmen.
Investigators said shots were fired between the robbers and the armored car driver. Bullets hit a window of a customer’s rented pickup truck and shattered it.
No one was injured during the shootout, officials said.
The robbers fled on foot. Police searched the area around 4200 Telephone Road, but did not locate them.
Officials did not release if the robbers escaped with any cash.
The FBI and Houston police are investigating. Officials hope surveillance video will provide clues in the case.
A Houston police officer was injured in a wreck responding to the armored car robbery.
Officials said the crash happened at 8:20 a.m. on Telephone Road and Wayside Drive when a driver hit the officer’s patrol car.
The officer was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital with minor injuries.
The driver was not ticketed.
Auckland NZ July 27 2011 A bank security officer was attacked by a man armed with an AK47-style rifle in suburban Auckland yesterday – the second time he has stared down the barrel of a gun.
The Armourguard officer – who was captured on camera with his arms in the air as the gunman aimed the weapon – was hit in the head with the gun.
“He is a little bit shaky to say the least,” said Detective Senior Sergeant Stan Brown.
Details of the guard’s first holdup ordeal were not available last night.
The guard and a colleague were servicing a National Bank ATM at Glenmall Place in Glen Eden when the hold-up happened about 9.10am.
Two men fled with two cash boxes after they pulled up in a stolen grey Subaru stationwagon.
The man in the passenger’s seat leapt from the car, and aimed the gun at the guard.
The getaway car was stolen from the Grey Lynn area the night before, and was dumped after the robbery at a nearby rugby club.
Police did not know last night how much money was stolen.
They initially believed the robber’s weapon was a sawn-off shotgun, but Detective Sergeant Murray Free of the Waitakere CIB said later said it was similar to an AK47 rifle.
“There are all sorts of replica legitimate-style weapons out there, and that’s the appearance of this weapon.”
The offenders were described as Polynesian males in their 30s and of solid build. They were wearing black hoodies and trackpants.
Police Association president Greg O’Connor said the use of an AK47-style rifle showed criminals were improving their weaponry.
He said criminals were out-arming police officers who were becoming left behind in the “arms race”.
“It means we are more likely to confront an armed criminal now than ever before.”
RALEIGH NC July 27 2011 Police say a Raleigh musician and his wife killed a Kinston mother here, dismembered her body, packed the pieces in coolers and loaded them aboard a rented U-Haul trailer before dumping the remains in a creek 1,250 miles away outside Houston.
Grant Ruffin Hayes, 32, and Amanda Perry Hayes, 39, were arrested early Monday at a house at 1505 Holman St. in Kinston, brought to Raleigh and charged with murdering Laura Jean Ackerson, 27.
Ackerson was Grant Hayes’ ex-girlfriend, and they had been embroiled in a bitter custody fight over their two young children, according to Lenoir County court records.
Relatives of Amanda Hayes in Richmond, Texas, told investigators that she and Grant Hayes had come to visit her sister after Ackerson was killed, said Craig Brady, chief deputy for the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office. While there, relatives said, the pair carried coolers they brought from Raleigh to Oyster Creek.
Investigators from Raleigh and Fort Bend County searched the creek Sunday afternoon and found parts of a torso they think is Ackerson’s caught in the weeds growing in the creek, Brady said.
They then called in divers to look for the rest of the body. On Monday afternoon, divers found a leg and a head, which police expect will speed identification. Otherwise it would have required DNA testing.
Swamp on the way
It was puzzling, Brady said, that someone would kill, dismember the victim and drive more than 1,000 miles, past any number of secluded locations seemingly better suited for hiding a body, then dump it only 100 yards from the home of someone with whom they were so easy to link.
“So they drove through, what, five or six states and over a 40-mile-wide swamp in Louisiana, all so they can bring the body here?” he said. “Fortunately for police, criminals just aren’t very smart.”
Investigators confiscated several coolers and a machete from the home of Hayes’ sister that they think were used in the case, Brady said. The coolers and machete appeared to have been washed, he said, but if they were used in the killing, there was a high likelihood that useful traces of blood would remain.
The body, Brady said, appeared to have been dismembered at least partly with a saw.
No charges are expected against Amanda Hayes’ relatives in Texas, he said.
Car found in Raleigh
According to arrest warrants for the Hayeses, investigators think Ackerson was killed in Wake County on July 13.
Kinston police said Ackerson dropped her two children off at Grant Hayes’ home that day and that a business associate reported her missing two days later when she did not pick up the children. Her Ford Focus was discovered July 20 in Raleigh, parked near 5400 Summit Manor Lane.
Raleigh investigators went to Texas on Sunday after learning that Grant and Amanda Hayes had traveled there after Ackerson disappeared, Brady said. Once in Richmond, a suburb of Houston, they called the Fort Bend Sheriff’s Office on Sunday afternoon to seek assistance and as a matter of protocol.
Sheriff’s deputies accompanied Raleigh officers when they went to the house to question Hayes’ relatives and then joined the Raleigh officers in the search at the creek that turned up the first parts of the body, Brady said. Mainly, though, the Raleigh investigators took the lead.
Raleigh police remained tight-lipped about the details of the investigation Monday, but Brady gave them a gushing review.
“They were aggressive in pursuing this and did an outstanding job of developing information from the leads they got, and I think the case they’re developing will lead to a successful conclusion to the case,” he said. “I think there is going to be a good resolution to this case based on the quality of the forensic information from the items that were seized.”
Musician, preacher’s kid
Grant Hayes, goes by the name Grant Haze. According to his Facebook site, he was originally from Tennessee and graduated from Kinston High School in 1997.
He’s the son of a minister and has been recording music since he was 18, Hayes said in an August 2010 interview posted on YouTube. He said that he changed his name to Haze and used that name when marrying Amanda and when naming his children.
Authorities, however, continue to use Hayes.
Hayes described himself as an acoustic soul singer. He has a small following on Myspace; his songs and interviews on YouTube typically had between 100 and 200 hits as of Monday morning.
On Wednesday, a week after Ackerson disappeared and the day her car was found, Hayes was scheduled to perform at the Mellow Mushroom pizza restaurant in Raleigh, according to the restaurant’s website.
He and his wife were being held Monday night at Wake County jail without benefit of bail.
Looking for more
Divers are expected to return to Oyster Creek this morning looking for more remains. On Monday, divers from the Richmond Fire Department were joined by a dive team from the Houston Police Department, said Bob Haenel, a spokesman for the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office.
It was slow, hot work Monday. With temperatures around 100, the water in the creek was searingly hot and dark brown with silt, Haenel said. The divers, clad in heat-trapping wetsuits, couldn’t see underwater and had to rely on their hands and sonar devices.
Brady said they would continue looking until they felt reasonably sure there was little likelihood of finding more remains.
Henrico VA July 27 2011 A state trooper chasing James City County jewelry store robbery suspects with officers from other agencies was injured today when shots were fired through his windshield, a spokesman said this afternoon.
One person is in custody and the search is continuing for a second suspect in the area of Technology Boulevard and U.S. 60 in eastern Henrico, near the U.S. Postal Service mail processing facility.
The trooper suffered glass shard injuries to his right arm after the gunfire shattered his windshield while he was driving near Technology Boulevard and Elko Road, said Sgt. Thomas Molnar, a state police spokesman.
Helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft and a large number of police vehicles have converged on the area as the search continued for a second suspect who fled his vehicle there.
The suspect who stayed in the black SUV crashed it behind a Food Lion near the intersection of Williamsburg and Charles City roads and was apprehended there. A James City County spokesman said he believed that suspect was shot and injured in a confrontation with police.
At the intersection of Poplar Spring and Portugee roads this evening, police cars were parked every 50 to 100 yards with officers carrying rifles and other weapons. Police searched cars going through a railroad crossing on Poplar Spring south of Portugee, looked along the railroad tracks and combed wooded areas.
According to James City Police Maj. Steve Rubino, two men armed with handguns entered the Goodman & Sons Jewelers on Monticello Avenue about 10:55 a.m.
The gunmen forced four employees and an air conditioner repairman to the back of the store where they bound their feet and hands with plastic zip ties and forced them to lay on the floor.
Unknown to the robbers as they stole watches, jewelry and an employee’s cell phone was that one of the employees had triggered a silent alarm. When officers arrived out front, the two men fled out the back of the store.
No injuries were reported at the jewelry store, a spokesman for the business said. “Thank God that all the folks that were here are OK.”
A witness reported seeing the robbers depart in a black SUV. Authorities broadcast a lookout to neighboring jurisdictions including Charles City County, where a deputy sheriff in an unmarked car reported he was following a black SUV with tinted windows and Pennsylvania tags.
He asked for assistance so the vehicle could be stopped to determine if it was involved in the robbery.
A Henrico police car joined the deputy but when they attempted to stop the SUV the occupants opened fired, said Rubino. The exact location of that exchange was not immediately confirmed.
In Henrico, police asked customers at businesses including shops in the East Point Plaza shopping center on Williamsburg Road to stay inside as a precaution while they searched the area, said Jim Fryrear, manager of the Food Lion there.
“Everything is extremely calm,” said Fryrear, who added there were only three customers and about seven employees in the store when police asked them to stay inside approximately 1 p.m.
Fryrear praised how police handled the situation and said they would help anyone who needed to leave the store before an all-clear was issued.
AURORA, Colo. July 27 2011– Aurora police said Monday that a plainclothes officer shot and killed an extortion suspect during a struggle as the suspect grabbed a knife.
The family of the dead man, Juan Contreras, 59, has questioned why an officer had to shoot in a Saturday night confrontation in a Family Dollar store parking lot at 12100 East Colfax Ave.
At a Monday news briefing, Aurora police spokesman Detective Bob Friel said the incident began when an elderly woman said she lost her car keys in a King Soopers parking lot and a got a note demanding $50 to get them back.
“This lady lost her keys, got a note on the car saying pay 50 bucks, you can have your keys back,” an officer radioed Saturday night, according to police scanner traffic.
At some point, the supervisors of the patrol unit decided to set up an extortion sting.
To pose as the elderly woman’s representative, a patrol officer removed his uniform shirt — which had his badge pinned on it — and wore a T-shirt and uniform pants as he approached Contreras’ Jeep in the dollar store parking lot.
Police said Contreras played hardball with the undercover officer.
“As the conversation continued, the suspect said that the rate just went up to $100, and he was going to require $100 for that same set of keys,” Friel said.
Friel said that is when the officer knew he had probable cause to make an arrest and stepped toward the Jeep and grabbed the suspect’s arm. He said a struggle began, with the man repeatedly punching the officer in the face.
Friel said a witness told police the officer repeatedly called out, “Aurora police officer, police officer,” to identify himself.
The officer saw the man reach into a center console and pull out a folded knife that was about 9 inches long, Friel said. The officer said the man was trying to open the knife with one hand.
“The officer …felt like this individual was attempting to open the blade of this knife, and (the officer) obviously felt that there was a serious threat to his life and his safety,” Friel said.
“At a certain point, the officer made the decision to release the suspect,” Friel said. “He took a step back from the door and fired three shots into the suspect, which killed him.” Contreras was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
7NEWS reporter Dayle Cedars asked if the officer was able to step back from the suspect in the Jeep, “why did he need to then use deadly force? Why couldn’t he just step back, pull his gun and try to defuse the situation without actually firing?
“All I can speak to is what actually happened. We could ‘what if’ this case for forever,” Friel replied.
“I know that the officer was in tight quarters with a vehicle directly behind him,” Friel added.
Cedars asked if it is department policy for an officer working in plain clothes to not have a badge on him?
Friel said the department would review actions the officers took during the operation and compare that to what policy requires in undercover investigations.
“This was an unusual operation for us,” Friel said. “Certainly, it’s rare that an officer would take off his uniform to conduct an operation.”
During a Sunday interview with 7NEWS, Contreras’ wife, Margarita Guizar, wept as she demanded answers about why her husband, a father of three, was killed.
Guizar said her husband told her he was going to the dollar store and asked her to come with him, but Guizar declined.
“I want to know what happened with him? Why (did) he have three shots?” Guizar asked.
On Monday, an upset family member said Contreras was wary of the plainclothes officer “because he didn’t know he was an undercover cop. Anybody can go up to anybody and say, ‘Oh, I’m an undercover cop.’”
Friel said the lead detective in the fatal shooting and a victims’ advocate met with Contreras’ family before the new briefing to discuss the investigation.
“The Police Department will conduct a formal review of this operation, and the decision-making that was made by supervisors that were involved with the operation,” Friel said.
As is standard procedure in a police shooting, police investigators will present their investigation to the District Attorney’s Office, Friel said. “They will conduct a final review and determine whether or not the officer’s actions were appropriate.”
The officer, who’s been on the department four years, has been placed on administrative leave during the investigation.
Philadelphia PA July 27 2011 What started off with police chasing two all-terrain vehicles and a motorcycle through a North Philadelphia housing project ended with a man shooting a .45-caliber pistol at a police helicopter, federal prosecutors say.
The nighttime gunfire allegedly came from Jonathan Butler, 28, of Harrisburg, who police said was driving the off-road vehicle through the Norman Blumberg Apartments when officers gave chase in cars.
The helicopter was called in to help track Butler, and when its 30 million candlepower searchlight came on, out came the gun, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin R. Brenner said Monday. At least 10 shots were fired, he said. The helicopter was not hit.
Butler’s attorney, David S. Bahuriak, said no one actually saw his client point his weapon at the helicopter, which was carrying two officers and slowly circling the housing project at about 500 feet.
“No one shot the helicopter” and no one saw Butler fire at it, he told the jury and U.S. District Court Judge Petrese B. Tucker in his opening statement.
While the incident occurred on July 25, 2008, Butler was not indicted until 2010 and has since been held without bail. Prosecutors said in court documents that he is involved with a drug gang and that a search of his house in Harrisburg turned up three weapons and 150 small glass vials.
The .45-caliber pistol that fired the shots was licensed to Butler, who has no felony convictions. A bald, heavy-set man with a long beard, he is married and has five children. About a half-dozen of his relatives were in the courtroom.
Philadelphia Police Officer John Stevenson testified he saw a man fitting that description firing a weapon in a courtyard crowded with people, but he could not determine what the target was.
In court documents, federal prosecutors said that city police seized the gun from Butler the night of the shooting and that the barrel was so hot an officer burned his hand when he grabbed it.
The Philadelphia Housing Authority project has about 500 units in low-rise and high-rise buildings.
Police Lt. Tito Rodriguez said David Allen Sands, 48, was taken into custody after police were called to the store for a shoplifting complaint.
One of the suspects police encountered was Sands, Rodriguez said. It was not clear whether Sands was involved in the shoplifting attempt, or was in a vehicle waiting for the people accused of shoplifting.
Police checked Sands for warrants and learned that a felony bank robbery warrant for his arrest had been issued by the FBI.
Where the warrant was issued, Sands’ home state and the details of the alleged robbery were not available Saturday evening.
Green Township July 27 2011 Police are looking for the man who robbed the Green Township Home Depot with a painting tool.
Officers say a man, dressed in painting apparel, held-up the Glenway Avenue store with a paint scraper, just after 7 o’clock Sunday evening. He got away with $500 worth of merchandise. Police say the man also implied to have a knife, when confronted by the store’s security guard. No one was hurt.
After viewing surveillance footage, officers say the crook is a medium-build black man in his 40′s. He stood about 6-feet tall and wore a white shirt, painter pants, knee pads around ankles and unlaced work boots. He was last seen driving eastbound on Parkcrest Lane toward Schwartze in a gray Pontiac Aztek, with a crack in the rear window
Darien NY July 27 2011 Approximately 70 Brad Paisley fans were arrested or cited during the singer’s July 23 concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in Western New York. Charges included possession of controlled substances, fighting with security guards, resisting arrest, underage drinking and driving while intoxicated, Genesee County sheriff’s deputies reported.
Fifty-six people were cited for underage drinking, deputies said. They were issued appearance tickets for August 22 in Darien Town Court. The names of the underage offenders were not printed to protect their identities.
Paisley took to his Twitter page to address the situation.
“Quite a performance in [Darien Lake] Saturday. We also played music.”
The Darien Lake performance was part of Paisley’s ongoing H2O II: Wetter & Wilder World Tour, which runs throughout the summer and through September, during which Paisley will perform in Ireland, Norway, Sweden and the U.K.
The assault took place sometime between 1 and 4 p.m. behind the Borders bookstore, according to Sgt. Claudio Grandjean.
The woman said she was getting into her blue minivan on the west side of Border’s, on Sleret between 12th and 13th streets, when the men grabbed her and pulled her to a secluded area.
She said she had been shopping alone at the retail complex and had just come from Borders before walking to the van.
The only description of the attackers was that they were adult men.
Anyone with information was asked to call the Gresham Police Tip Line at (503) 618-2719.
Hamilton Ontario Canada July 27 2011 A Hamilton man is facing voyeurism charges for using a video camera to peep up women’s skirts at a Burlington mall, police say.
Police allege the 34-year-old attached a small video camera to his shoe in order to covertly record images of female shoppers at Mapleview Mall last Friday evening.
A witness alerted mall security staff, who detained the man until police arrived. Police later seized a video camera and other electronic equipment from the suspect.
Alex Wright is charged with one count of voyeurism. He’s scheduled to appear in a Milton court Aug. 24.
Burbank CA July 27 2011 A woman was arrested at Bob Hope Airport on Tuesday after a routine security check turned up a loaded handgun in her carry-on bag, authorities said.
The woman, who was described as in her 40s, was passing through security about 9 a.m. on her way to board a Southwest Airlines flight, Transportation Security Administration spokesman Nico Melendez told the Burbank Leader.
A TSA officer who was working the X-ray machine discovered the gun, Melendez said.
Officers opened the bag and founded a Smith and Wesson .357 Magnum with five rounds in it, he said. The woman, who was not immediately identified, was arrested on suspicion of possessing a concealed weapon and transported to the Glendale City Jail, which is temporarily servicing Burbank arrests.
Airline passengers regularly travel with firearms for a variety of reasons, including hunting trips and sport shooting, Melendez said, but they must follow proper protocol by packing it in checked baggage.
“It needs to be unloaded, it needs to be in a proper case, and it needs to be declared to the airline,” Melendez said.
Melendez said it is not uncommon to find a weapon during security checks.
“It happens at least two times every day in our nation’s airports,” Melendez said. “More often than not, the passenger says they forgot it was there.”
The dead man was identified as Scott M. Heilman Jr., a Marine who was attending pilot training in Pensocola, according to Sgt. Jody Kelley of the Marine Police.
Heilman was a 2006 graduate of Toms River High School North and was selected by the Asbury Park Press for the 2006 Boys All Shore team. He was also captain of his swim team, according to his friend George Wittman, 24.
“He was one of my best friends since third grade,” Wittman said Monday night. “We went through Toms River high school together. Then he went to the Marine Academy on Long Island.”
“He was just a great guy to be around,” Wittman said. “He was true to his friends.”
He said Heilman lived in the Silverton section of Toms River.
Heilman had pulled up to an area just north of the Perdido Pass bridge about 5:30 p.m. Sunday when he moved to the bow to help anchor a 34-foot Sea Ray, Kelley said in a telephone interview from Alabama on Monday night.
He said Heilman either jumped or fell from the boat. Heilman was last seen on the bow and was believed to have gone overboard between the bow and the stern, Kelley said.
Coast Guard and Marine Police helicopters helped located Heilman’s body at 11:40 p.m., Kelley said.
The area where the boat was located is near the Gulf of Mexico and there were five people with Heilman when the incident happened, Kelley said.
He said Heilman had met some of the people at a local bar the night before. The names of the other people were not available from Kelley on Monday night.
“They hit it off and decided to go on a boat ride,’’ Kelley said. “He also was with a Marine Corp buddy and they were here for pilot training in Penscola.’’
Kelley said the group had anchored to go swimming near the beach. About 15 minutes after some of the people had gone in the water, Kelley said they realized they could not find Heilman.
“He was not where he was supposed to be and so 15 minutes later, they called 911,’’ Kelley said. “No one saw him go into the water.’’
Toms River Police Chief Michael G. Mastronardy said that the Toms River Police Department notified Heilman’s family of the death at about 1 a.m. Monday.
Kelley said Heilman started walking toward the back of the boat when he disappeared. He had just asked a female passenger if she wanted to go swimming.
Investigators do not believe foul play was involved, Kelley said. Although Heilman had been drinking, friends told police that he did not appear intoxicated, Kelley said.
Heilman’s body was sent to the Baldwin County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy, but results are not expected until the end of the week, Kelley said.
HOUSTON TX July 27 2011 — A Houston church will increase security after a fake uniformed courier stole cash and check offerings just minutes before the real pickup person arrived.
A message Tuesday on the St. Theresa Catholic Church website says congregation members, who donated by check the weekend of July 17, should contact their financial institutions to stop payment.
KPRC-TV reports the fake courier wore the uniform of the company used by the church and knew the protocol for picking up the deposits.
The cash and checks were stolen July 19. Houston police say church officials realized they’d been robbed when the real courier showed up 15 minutes after the fake one had left.
The message from Father Phil Lloyd says a letter about the robbery has also been sent to donors.
MILWAUKEE WI July 27 2011– Milwaukee police are investigating an attempted armed robbery at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino early this morning.
Officers were called to the casino after 3 a.m. Monday after an attempted armed robbery inside the casino.
Police said a man entered the casino and took a money box, but disposed of it before leaving the building.
Police spokeswoman Anne Schwartz said the person left the scene in a black Ford Explorer.
Schwartz said a security guard from the casino confronted the man outside as he was driving away, and the person fired “a couple of shots towards the guard.”
No one was struck or injured in the incident. Schwartz said no one is in custody at this time, but they are seeking a person of interest.