LOCUST GROVE, Ga.Aug 4 2011 – A Henry County teen, who collapsed after a blistering football practice last Monday, has lost the week-long fight for his life. A South Georgia teen lost a similar battle much sooner.
Forrest Jones collapsed while walking inside after practice at Locust Grove High School. He stood up, and fell again, according to school officials.
Doctors told Jones’ family that the young athlete suffered heat stroke. He had been in critical condition at Children’s HealthCare of Atlanta. As of Tuesday, they said his liver and kidneys were no longer working and his brain showed no signs of activity.
A family member told 11Alive’s Blayne Alexander that Jones died Tuesday night.
Forrest Jones had spent this summer gearing up for his return to the football field this fall. His family says his determination may have cost him his life.
They have a message for other student athletes: “If you feel like you’re tired or thirsty, tell your coach you gotta take a break, you gotta sit down,” his sister Cora Jones said.
“It ain’t worth it to keep pushing yourself. And that’s what Forrest does,” she said. “He’s not a complainer. He pushed himself.”
Cora Jones said her brother didn’t have any medical conditions.
“When you think it can’t happen to your or your family, it really can,” she said Tuesday.
Henry County school officials stress the practice was not mandatory, but rather a voluntary football workout, one of several held throughout the summer.
A South Georgia teen also died Tuesday while attending football camp in Lake City, Florida. D.J. Searcy collapsed after morning practice and never recovered. He was a rising junior at Fitzergerald High School in Fitzgerald, Georgia.
The autopsy showed that Trenton Michael Scott died from a cut to his liver caused by blows to his abdomen and chest.
The autopsy at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center also showed evidence the boy had been strangled, had eight broken ribs, a fractured skull, broken ribs, bite marks and cuts and bruises.
The boy also had a blood alcohol level of 0.12%. A reading 0.08% is the legal limit to drive in North Carolina.
24-year-old William Godfrey Hedden is charged with first-degree murder in the boy’s death. The boy was found dead April 19 in his home in Candler after his mother called 911.
BATESBURG-LEESVILLE, SC Aug 4 2011 - A Batesburg-Leesville mother is charged with embezzling thousands of dollars from a local parent-teacher organization she headed up. Some of that money was supposed to go to a little boy battling leukemia.
For more than a year, school leaders for Batesburg-Leesville Primary School say Tonya Timmerman, the president of the parent-teacher organization, spent thousands of dollars from two school PTO accounts.
Some of that money was supposed to go to Tammy Boldt’s son Ryan, who’s fighting leukemia. “Very shocking,” said Boldt. “Disbelief. Just unbelievable.”
In may, PTO members say they found out the money was disappearing when a fundraising company called the school looking for payment. PTO member Stacey Derrick went to the bank to check the bank records with authorities. “I just kept turning the pages and thinking’ this can’t be happening, this can’t be happening,’” said Derrick.
Derrick says all the money was gone. Investigators say the suspect used some of money to pay for personal expenses.
Derrick says parents scraped together the hard-earned money to pay for school equipment, building upgrades and even medical bills for little Ryan. “This is someone who I trusted and really thought the world of,” said Boldt.
Timmerman is charged with two counts of breach of trust, one with fraudulent intent between $2k and $10K and the other in excess of $10k. and was released on $50,000 bond. She is expected back in court in September.
Atlanta GA Aug 4 2011 An unidentified Good Samaritan is credited with saving a man who passed out from the heat and fell onto tracks at the Dunwoody MARTA station.
Thomas Holihan said he was disoriented and panic-stricken Tuesday as he tried to get off the tracks with a train only minutes away. He said a man jumped down and after two or three tries was able to lift him up.
Holihan said the man stuck around only long enough to make sure he was OK. He said he didn’t get his rescuer’s name, and wasn’t able to pass along the gratitude he wants to extend.
“God, bless you. I owe my life to you,” Holihan said.
Washington DC Aug 4 2011 A 41-year-old homeless man climbed the White House fence Tuesday night and got onto the grounds, but he was quickly taken into custody by the Secret Service, authorities said.
The man, identified as James D. Crudup, climbed the fence on the north side of the White House about 7:45 p.m., authorities said. He was taken to a D.C. police station for processing, a Secret Service spokesman said.
A Secret Service officer patrols the grounds of the White House after a man jumped the fence along the North Lawn.
The spokesman, Ed Donovan, said Crudup would be charged with unlawful entry and contempt of court. The contempt charge was to be brought in connection with an order requiring the man to stay away from the White House.
Donovan said the man was “tackled immediately” by Secret Service officers, who provide security at the White House.
It was not clear why Crudup climbed the fence, and authorities did not think that he was armed. A backpack that apparently belonged to him was being examined Tuesday night, Donovan said.
CNN televised footage of the incident that showed a man prone on the White House lawn, a few feet from the metal picket fence. The man was in the custody of two uniformed Secret Service officers.
It could not be learned immediately where the president was at the time. The last event on his official schedule was set for 4:30 p.m.
Incidents such as Tuesday’s are not uncommon. In an unusual twist, a 6-year-old girl reached the lawn Sunday night by going not over the fence but through it. After slipping between the black metal pickets, she was escorted out to her parents by the Secret Service, authorities said.
New York City NY Aug 4 2011 There remains a place along once-sordid 42nd St. where the lost are still found. Credit the saviors of Bryant Park: its security patrol.
The veteran guards pace the park behind the New York Public Library with an eye for items left behind by absent-minded guests – laptops, cell phones, shopping bags, purses.
Distraught owners inevitably return, convinced they’re more likely to spot Big Foot wandering the park than relocate their missing property.
“They’re very nervous and anxious,” said guard Preston Votor, a 21-year veteran. “And when they hear we have it, they’re like, ‘Thank God!’”
Take Angela Lewis, who left her phone in the park this summer after taking in a free movie. She returned the next day and met guard Herbert Sewell, who produced her lost device.
“Losing my phone was such an awful ending to a really wonderful day,” Lewis emailed park officials. “I am extremely happy for Officer Sewell for giving me a fairy-tale ending.”
Another park guest recovered a lost wallet – and the $218 in cash inside. A Connecticut woman was reunited with a business portfolio left behind after lunch. A leather handbag with keys, credit cards, cash and IDs was delivered intact to its owner.
Matching folks with their lost items is a matter of pride in the park. Sewell, a 16-year veteran, boasts of a 98% success rate – an improbably high number that’s impossible to verify.
Still, consider this: With the millions of shoulder bags, shopping bags, purses and electronic devices toted through the park, there were only 109 unclaimed items last year – barely two per week.
And just two grand larcenies were reported within its cozy confines in 2010, said Daniel Biederman, executive director of the Bryant Park Corp.
“People say, ‘Oh, my God, you’ll never find it,’” said Biederman. “But we do.”
Experience has taught the eagle-eyed guards about lost-and-found trends.
The season when the most stuff gets left behind: summer. The people most likely to leave something: women. The items most likely left: purses and jackets.
Votor, strolling the east end of the park on a steamy July afternoon, said he watches for people whose attention wanders from their property.
“People who don’t have their bags in the line of sight, who aren’t paying attention where their bags are at,” he says. “People paying attention to each other, with their backs to the bags.”
Sewell keeps watch on people involved in deep conversations: “Nine of out 10 walk away without their bags.”
So has Votor ever left anything behind at the end of a shift? He takes a long pause, lifts an eyebrow, and finally flashes a smile.
“No,” he said. “I haven’t.”
Source:New York Daily News
Louisville, KY Aug 4 2011(CNN) – A police officer in Kentucky got quite a surprise Monday evening when he saw an unauthorized ambulance speed by with lights and sirens activated. The man driving it was arrested.
Police say Steven Lowery owns the ambulance but doesn’t have a license to make emergency runs.
“If I broke the law then I am embarrassed,” says Lowery.
On Monday Lowery was in his personal ambulance when he got an emergency call.
“I got a call around the corner of Preston and Cooper Chapel that there was an animal, dog that had got run over,” says Lowery.
Lowery has no veterinarian training, but recently started his own business transporting injured animals.
“It’s Metro Medical. We do drug testing. We also do emergency critical care, pet transportation,” he says.
After the call, Lowery headed to the scene.
“He turned the lights on, then the siren on and takes off down Gene Snyder,” says police officer Dale Elliott. He was behind him the whole time, trying to pull the ambulance over. “I couldn’t keep up with it because the traffic on Gene Snyder was crowded. There was a traffic jam.”
“He said he red light and blue lighted me but I never saw him,” says Lowery.
Officer Elliott eventually caught up with Lowery at his home because the call he was on couldn’t be validated. That’s when Elliott arrested Lowery and had his ambulance impounded.
“He embarrassed me and my family in front of my kids,” says Lowery.
“We have an individual that is not EMS but goes and buys an ambulance from a dealership a used dealership in New York and decides to drive an ambulance code three through the city,” Elliott explains. And although it may have been embarrassing, he says the punishment fits the crime.
“And he puts a lot of people in danger on that,” says Elliott.
Lowery says he would like to eventually get back on the road but police say he’ll need to lose the lights and siren.
LAWRENCE MA Aug 4 2011 – Police officers pretending to investigate a 911 call at a Marston Street apartment complex nabbed an alleged New York City fugitive charged with stealing $5.7 million from Columbia University in a “large-scale white-collar” Internet crime.
Jeremy Dieudonne, 46, a Haitian man living under the stolen Puerto Rican identity of Hector Santiago, was arrested at a 112 Marston St. apartment last Friday afternoon, according to police.
Dieudonne, along with two business partners, were indicted in New York on grand larceny and other charges after they allegedly siphoned $5.7 million from Columbia University into accounts under their own names. The trio, which operated a company called IT & Security Solutions LLC, is accused of then withdrawing stolen cash from the accounts, according to court papers.
Last Wednesday, New York City detectives came to Lawrence, where they believed Dieudonne was living at 112 Marston St., Apt. 217, under the name of Hector Santiago. Lawrence officer Michael Simard went with the detectives to look for Dieudonne but he was not home and the New York detectives returned to New York.
On Friday, after enlisting help from Trooper John Strazzullo of the State Police Fugitive Apprehension Unit, Simard and Officer Adam Goujon went back to apartment 217 “on a 911 ruse,” according to a police report.
Dieudonne identified himself at first as Santiago, but admitted moments later that he was Dieudonne. He was immediately arrested on the New York City warrant as a fugitive from justice.
During booking at the Lawrence Police Department, Dieudonne gave police a New York City address.
Police confiscated three cell phones, a wallet containing a Massachusetts driver’s license and Social Security card in the name of Hector Santiago, as well as miscellaneous credit cards, business cards and paperwork in the name of Jeremy Dieudonne. A laptop computer and a Ford Explorer, both of which Dieudonne said belonged to a friend, were also seized, police said.
Dieudonne, along with his business partners George Castro and Walter Stephens, are accused of stealing $5.7 million from a Columbia University payment account between Oct. 4, 2010 and Nov. 24, 2010, according to a search warrant affidavit filed with the Supreme Court of New York on July 11.
Police in New York launched an investigation last November after the public safety director at Columbia University reported that someone had accessed their accounts payable system and changed information related to a payment account for Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, which is affiliated with Columbia University, according to court papers.
Investigators uncovered that $5.7 million was sent to bank accounts linked to Dieudonne, Castro and Stephens, “without knowledge or permission or authority from Columbia University.” The money was then withdrawn by the trio from the new accounts.
A police review of Dieudonne’s bank records “revealed that during the course of the fraud, Dieudonne received more of the stolen funds than any other individual other than Castro himself,” according to the affidavit.
Castro was indicted for grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and money laundering on Nov. 29, 2010.
In June, Dieudonne and Stephens were also indicted for grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and for acting in concert with Castro to steal funds from Columbia University, according to the affidavit.
Dieudonne was arraigned as a fugitive from justice in Lawrence District Court on Monday. He did not fight extradition to New York and was released to the custody of NYPD detectives yesterday.
Joshua Bunce, 24, of Fairbanks, was charged with second-degree felony theft for allegedly stealing a credit card and making $136 in purchases in July 2010 while working as a sever at Boston’s on the Old Steese Highway.
The owner of the credit card told Fairbanks police she received a receipt but did not get her credit card back after eating at Boston’s on July 19, 2010. She later noted two fraudulent charges from Bostons and the Fred Meyer East gas station on her online statement.
The Boston’s manager told police that 45 minutes after the victim paid for her meal someone with the same employee ID number as her sever made a $110 purchase, including a $50 tip. The second receipt was signed by a friend of Bunce.
Bunce told police he never had possession of the credit. He said his friend must have presented it when he bought his meal and that he never looked at the name on it.
Source:Fairbanks Daily News-Miner -
West Manchester Township PA Aug 4 2011 Police said a man threatened Walmart security guards with a knife after a robbery at the store about noon on Monday.
Zachary Jordan Cassel, 22, was charged with retail threat and two counts of robbery, according to online court documents.
He remains in York County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail.
Cassel allegedly used a knife to cut a webcam from a shelf and then hid the camera in a freezer bag, police said.
As Cassel was attempting to leave the West Manchester Township store, he was stopped by security guards and began pushing them before pulling out the knife, police said.
Cassel was able to leave the store but police officers arrested him nearby a short time later, police said.
Officers discovered Cassel had in his possession a car charger, a multi-tool, two sets of speakers and the webcam, police said.
The items, which have a total value of $275, were stolen from Wal-Mart, police said.
Police Chief Robert White agreed in the April 15 settlement that Burns and Officer Debbie Minniear would not, as long as he is chief, have to work in the same division as Maj. Jimmy Harper, who was accused of repeatedly sending inappropriate text messages to Minniear, his former wife, requesting the two have sex and that she send him nude pictures of herself.
Minniear, who is remarried, told her supervisor about the text messages but feared retribution from the department and Harper, who had been her division commander, so she requested no action be taken, according to the suit, which was filed in June 2008.
But Burns, who worked in the 6th Division with Minniear and Harper, asked Harper to stop sending inappropriate messages to Minniear, according to the suit. Harper responded by punishing Burns for alleged performance deficiencies, the suit says.
The department exonerated Harper of charges of sexual harassment and retaliation after an investigation by its professional-standards unit.
Thomas Clay, an attorney for Burns and Minniear, said the unit recommended both charges against Harper be sustained, but White overruled it.
“It calls into question the chief’s confidence in his own PSU unit,” Clay said in an interview.
White said through Officer Carey Klain, a police spokeswoman, that he initiated the investigation into the allegations and based on a review of that investigation, took “appropriate action.”
The city agreed in the settlement to pay Burns and Minniear $50,000, split between the two.
Messages left through Klain for Burns, Minniear and Harper were not returned.
Oak Grove MN Aug 4 2011 If collaboration is the new municipal catchword, three north metro cities are taking it to the streets.
Ham Lake, Oak Grove and East Bethel city officials, along with Anoka County Sheriff Jim Stuart, are working on a proposal to create a tri-city police district.
Currently, the sheriff’s office contracts with the cities individually to provide public safety services and bills them for a set number of dedicated, daily eight-hour officer shifts. The new proposal would let cities buy a share of a district-wide contract for about 20 deputies, allowing an approach that’s more tailored to where each city sees its needs — and its budget.
Ham Lake’s City Council has voted to pursue the district approach. Oak Grove’s is continuing the discussion, and East Bethel is holding a public informational session during its council meeting tonight.
“We’re looking to reduce costs without throwing public safety under the bus,” said Ham Lake Mayor Mike Van Kirk, whose city currently has a contract with the sheriff for 36 hours of daily coverage. “I thought it was a win-win-win.”
Oak Grove has a contract for 24 hours of daily patrols, and East Bethel for 40. Under the proposal, a set number of deputies would be responsible for patrolling and responding to incidents across the entire district.
The arrangement isn’t Stuart’s first choice.
“We don’t necessarily see it as the best solution,” he said. “However, we’re aware of the challenging economic times we’re all subject to.”
“We feel we would be maintaining minimum standards,” he said. “I get a little wary if there’s going to continually be attempts at cuts, I’m not willing to see public safety take a back seat in these times.”
Stuart noted that the goal is to provide a level of staffing that allows deputies to get a minimum of 40 percent “proactive” time, when they are free of paperwork and emergency calls, to patrol and get to know neighborhoods and residents. If 40 percent is the minimum, then 50 percent is the goal to get the best service, he said. It’s also a concern, he said, to attach his agency’s name to an arrangement that might be perceived as providing substandard service.
Stuart also offered each city a proposal for a slimmed-down contract.
The big question is whether the proposal would result in reduced service in any or all of the three cities. Ham Lake’s Van Kirk says it won’t. In East Bethel, officials are mulling over how much of a reduction they can accept in exchange for a reduced price.
Council Member Heidi Moegerle noted that police calls are down 23 percent since 2005. Over that period, the contract price has nearly doubled to just over $1 million a year.
“When I see how much the rates have grown and the trends have gone down, that says to me, that money isn’t getting maximum values, and putting it in other places would get a better return,” she said.
She and others noted that if the district plan is adopted and doesn’t work, cities can return to the current arrangement.
There is dissent. East Bethel Council Members Steve Voss and Bill Boyer both were critical of the idea when it first came to the group early last month. Voss said that while he likes the savings, he thinks looking at crime rates and response times is the wrong approach.
“The real issue is what the cities want for the proactive patrolling,” he said, adding that he’s been amazed by how intimately East Bethel’s deputies know the city, from the problem areas to the vacant homes, to the businesses that like to be patrolled.
The issue of losing a force that’s dedicated to the city is key, he said; the proposal holds deputies responsible for patrolling all three cities, which total 119 square miles.
Jim Franklin, executive director of the Minnesota Sheriffs Association, said that though there are examples of successful policing districts, crime patterns don’t adhere to fiscal-year projections, and that cities will have to do some serious — and very public — priority setting.
“There has to be some sort of thought process given to how we respond and what we tell the public we’re not going to do when we cut resources back,” he said.
Officials in the three cities say that happens now, when deputies respond to incidents outside their assigned areas.
Van Kirk added that the three cities’ needs are different from those elsewhere. Among the three, there are no high schools, only one elementary school, no downtowns, no high-density housing. Others noted a rebound from the meth scourge that went through the region in the last decade.
“This literally is rural countryside,” he said. “If it weren’t for Hwy. 65 going through, we wouldn’t even be on the map.”
He said in the future multi-city police patrolling will become routine.
“We’re not innovating in this,” he said. “This is a trend that is happening”.
LAS VEGAS NV Aug 4 2011– An abandoned blue Dodge Caravan with painted windows and Oregon plates may be the vehicle ditched by gunmen who successfully robbed an armored truck Tuesday afternoon.
The armored Loomis vehicle was parked in front of a Nevada State Bank near Buffalo Drive and Sky Pointe Drive. Two or three masked men held the guards at gunpoint and got away with a stash of cash.
“It is a very uncommon situation that we see this,” said Metro Police Lt. Ray Steiber. “It does happen from time to time. However, we are actively working this aggressively and working any leads that we may gain.”
It’s believed the robbers drove away in the Caravan. The vehicle was found in a neighboring business mall.
“What their escape method was from the time they dropped that vehicle off, we don’t know,” Lt. Steiber said.
Investigators towed the Caravan to a crime lab. They’ll tear it apart and look for clues that may help them identify the masked suspects.
“At this present time, the best we know is that they were gray masks that they were wearing,” Lt. Steiber said.
At the time of the robbery, one of the guards assigned to the security truck was making a drop inside Nevada State Bank. The other guard was in the armored vehicle. Police aren’t ruling out any possibilities about how the robbery went down, including whether the hold-up was an inside job.
“Do we believe that it is planned? It is potential that it was a planned robbery,” Steiber said.
Police are not saying how much cash is missing. “At this point, we’re not releasing that. It is part of the open and ongoing investigation,” Steiber said.
Even though the suspects were armed, nobody suffered injuries. Metro is working with the FBI on this case.
ATLANTA GA Aug 4 2011 — An employee who became trapped under a hydraulic lift at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has died, an airport representative said.
The airport representative said the accident happened at about 4 p.m. on Tuesday in the north cargo area.
Channel 2′s Amy Napier Viteri said crews recovered the body of 29-year-old Eric Lee, of Cartersville, shortly after 7 p.m. She spoke to Atlanta Fire-Rescue Deputy Chief Randall Slaughter about the possible cause.
“All we know for sure is that the loading dock did in fact collapse. We’re not sure how it collapsed, or why it collapsed,” said Slaughter.
A witness emailed Channel 2 Action News pictures from the scene.
Fire officials said Lee was semi-conscious when they got here and they could see him. Crews tried to go in quickly and get him out, but the dock was too heavy and the access too narrow.
At some point, crews said Lee became unconscious. They ended up using a heavy duty crane to lift the dock off Lee. A medical helicopter was standing by to take Lee to the hospital, but he had already died.
“It’s really difficult on the firefighters to go through a rescue like this and it not end in the way we all hoped it would”, Slaughter said.
The Internal Revenue Service office on East Main Street in Riverhead was evacuated Wednesday morning after a “suspicious package” was left outside the building, Riverhead Town Police said.
A security officer inside the building called police after finding a suitcase under an air conditioner behind the building about 8:30 a.m. The building was evacuated as authorities investigated.
The Suffolk County Police bomb squad responded and an X-ray found that the case contained an electronic device. A robot was used to open it and found clothing and “harmless items” inside, authorities said.
Evergreen Park police said a man who demanded apple juice while restrained in a hospital bed spat on a security guard.
Police said Patrick F. Keane III, 19, of Elmwood Park, Ill., was charged with battery for spitting on a security officer at Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers, 2800 W. 95th St., on July 12.
Police said Keane, who was a patient at the hospital, yelled obscenities at the security officer, demanding apple juice. According to reports, Keane’s wrist and ankles were restrained, but Keane used his teeth to loosen the restraint on his right wrist.
Police said Keane was brought into the hospital from Chicago and was out of control since he came in at 1:30 p.m. Hospital officials but didn’t say what he was being treated for, citing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
Richards’ arrest stemmed from a three month investigation by Homeland Security, ICE. The investigation began in May, Richards was indicted in July and arrested August 1st. On Tuesday he went before the US District Court in Fresno. Agents knew Richards was in daily contact with minors that information sped up his arrest.
In 2008, John Richards began working as a walk-on assistant softball, wrestling and football coach at Fresno High School. He was also a substitute. During those four years, Richards allegedly sent and stored hundreds of pornographic images of minors on his home computer. “It’s unfortunate when we come across somebody who is in a position of trust as Mr. Richards was,” says Prado.
Students say the coach told them he was resigning from Fresno High School to take another coaching job. The Fresno Unified School District says he was asked to leave. The school released this statement, “”When the district became aware of the allegations against Mr. Richards June 29, we took immediate action that resulted in his resignation as a walk-on coach. He was also immediately dismissed from our district as a substitute teacher.”
Richards was released under supervision after his arraignment in court Tuesday afternoon. He’s been ordered to stay under the supervision of his sister who has two minor children of her own. The judge made it clear, saying three times, Richards “cannot be alone with the minors or any other minor.” He’s banned from using the internet and cannot be found within 100 feet of any areas with children. He must also stay in Fresno and obey a curfew.
Richards is facing federal charges. Those include a mandatory five to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and potential lifetime supervision if he is released. He’s expected back in court August 15th.
THIELLS NY Aug 4 2011 — North Rockland schools in the fall will lose all their school resource officers at once as a result of the budget crunch in the towns and the district.
The school district has maintained three school resource officers until recently: one at North Rockland High School, another at Fieldstone Secondary School and a third at James A. Farley Middle School.
The district and the Town of Haverstraw have been sharing the cost for the positions at North Rockland High School and Fieldstone Secondary School.
And the Town of Stony Point has solely funded the officer at James A. Farley Middle School in Stony Point. This year, the school district decided to cut funding for the two school resource officers as it developed the 2011-12 budget.
Haverstraw Supervisor Howard Phillips said this week that without the district’s partial reimbursement, the town couldn’t maintain the positions. The two school resource officers will become part of the patrol unit, he said.
“We are trying to watch every single penny,” Phillips said. “We understand it’s a predicament to the schools, but if we can’t receive reimbursement , then we have to pull the officers.”
The district stopped funding the officer at Farley at the end of the 2006-07 school year because other middle schools in the district did not have them, and the Town of Stony Point has been coming up with money to continue the program, getting help from grants in some years.
But as the town struggled through the 2011 budget process, Stony Point Supervisor William Sherwood pledged to reduce the size of its Police Department.
Stony Point police Chief Brian Moore said Tuesday that the school resource officer program at the middle school had been discontinued.
North Rockland schools officers are not the only ones affected by the economy.
Orangetown is planning to consolidate two school resource officer positions — one at Tappan Zee High School and the other at Pearl River High School — into one. One detective will be assigned to the job, and would also spend time in police investigations when needed, said Orangetown’s Finance Director Charles Richardson, who discussed the matter with Capt. Robert Zimmerman and Lt. Donald Butterworth of the Orangetown police.
The issue is we have fewer officers than we used to,” Richardson said, adding that the school officer positions at these schools have been funded by the town, while the cost for the officer at the Rockland County BOCES Gateway Academy has been mostly reimbursed by the Board of Cooperative Educational Services.
Cost arrangements for school resource officers vary.
The Town of Clarkstown is in charge of school resource officers at Clarkstown North, Clarkstown South, Nanuet and Nyack high schools as well as Felix Festa Middle School, and the school districts have been paying about one-third of the officers’ salaries, said Sgt. Harry Baumann of the Clarkstown police.
“We have a good relationship with school boards and districts, and there has been no talk of them pulling the reimbursements that they give to the town,” he said.
The Town of Ramapo funds school resource officers at Suffern and Ramapo high schools, and the Village of Spring Valley pays for the position at Spring Valley High School.
Lt. Jack Bosworth of the Spring Valley police said the cost has been considered a long-term investment because School Resource Officer Francis Brooke, who is also in charge of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program at Eldorado and Elmwood elementary schools, has been playing an important role not only in school security but in Spring Valley’s policing.
“There’s a lot of kids that he’s making a connection with all the time,” Brooke said. “We can use him as a resource to help solve problems that we have here in Spring Valley.”
Troutdale ORE Aug 4 2011 Mike Kellogg, a beloved Troutdale police officer, died last week after a six-year battle with leukemia. He was 44.
Kellogg ingratiated himself with the community while working as a D.A.R.E. instructor and resource officer at Walt Morey Middle School and Reynolds High School. To thousands of students, he was known simply as “Officer Mike.”
Several years ago, his cancer was in remission, but last July a routine checkup revealed the aggressive form of leukemia was back. Doctors told Kellogg this spring he had about six months to live, but he said he wasn’t frightened by the prognosis.
“I was never afraid of being shot when I was a cop,” he said in June. “I’m not afraid to die, but the anticipation is tough.”
Boring, OreFriends and colleagues had pitched in to run errands and shuttle Kellogg to medical appointments when his condition worsened. A few months ago, he joined the other Troutdale police officers for a group photo that will hang in the department’s new headquarters.
“Mike will not be here to see the building,” Police Chief Scott Anderson said. “I want that photo hung in the lobby to make sure that people don’t forget Mike.”
Kellogg spent his entire life in the Gresham area, and he knew he wanted to become a cop after taking police ride-alongs in high school. He spent four years in the Marines before accepting law enforcement jobs in Gresham and Fairview and with the Multnomah County sheriff’s reserve program. He finally signed on in Troutdale in 2000.
Asked about his legacy, Kellogg said “I feel I was a good cop, a good husband and a good dad. I want to be remembered as a man who fought as long as he could.”
He is survived by his wife, Holly, and three sons from a previous marriage, Nicholas, Austin and Kristopher. His family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
The family has established a website, http://www.mikeandhollykelloggfund.com, to accept donations to help cover Kellogg’s medical expenses.
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Guam Aug 4 2011 A baggage handler has been arrested by airport police on suspicion of stealing more than $1,000 worth of items from outgoing luggage, according to Superior Court of Guam documents.
John Paul Sampson II, 19, has been charged with third-degree felony theft of property and released without cash bail.
According to court documents, Sampson allegedly took items, including cameras and wallets, out of luggage carts that were destined for outbound international Delta Air Lines flights.
Sampson’s arrest was the result of a Guam Airport Police investigation, court documents state.
Lt. Patrick Fejeran, of the airport police, said yesterday that Sampson was able to access these bags because he works as a ground handler for Delta Global Services, also known as DGS.
Fejeran said he couldn’t comment further on the alleged thefts because the investigation is continuing and more arrests were likely.
Court documents state that at least two people allegedly witnessed Sampson take items out of passengers’ bags. One of those witnesses was Aaron John Lizama, another DGS employee.
“Lizama estimates Sampson took over a thousands dollars worth of passenger items and belongings, … Lizama admitted to serving as ‘watcher’ on numerous occasions with Sampson between the months of October 2010 and December 2010,” court documents state.
Lizama hasn’t been charged with any crime in the Superior Court of Guam.
Rolenda Lujan Faasuamalie, an airport spokeswoman, confirmed the arrest in a statement but declined to provide any additional information.
Carlina Charfauros, a spokeswoman for the Office of the Attorney General, said yesterday that Sampson was released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond. That means that Sampson didn’t have to pay any money up front, but he could owe the courthouse if he fails to follow release conditions.
Police wrote a Richmond man a summons after he brought a loaded handgun into Norfolk International Airport.
A U.S. Transportation Security Administration employee saw the handgun in a carry-on bag while working at an X-ray machine on Monday, the TSA said.
Airport police charged Joseph Timothy Bass, 51, with unlawfully carrying a gun into an airport terminal, a misdemeanor, the airport’s executive director said.
Deltona, FL August 4, 2011 The City of Oak Hill may soon be following in the footsteps of other Volusia County municipalities and agencies that contract with the Volusia County Sheriff for law enforcement services. Currently the cities of Deltona and DeBary, the Town of Pierson, Daytona Beach International Airport and Volusia County Schools have service contracts with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
The City Commission of Oak Hill voted, 3-2, on Monday, to immediately disband its’ Police Department which consisted of six paid Police Officers and operated under a public safety budget of $496,258.00 for the current fiscal year.
Oak Hill has an entire city budget of $1,134,442.00 for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2011.
The salary of the now former Chief of Police of the city of less than 2,000 residents was $40,706.00.
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office began immediate patrols within the city and responded to any citizen calls, but now the city must look to a permanent fix to the policing situation.
Commissioner Kathy Bittle stated that now that the Police Department has been cleaned out, she would have no problem re-instating the agency, if intense background checks were done before hiring personnel.
The other alternative would be to contract with the Volusia County Sheriff to provide law enforcement services full time on a contract basis.
One estimate given for Oak Hill to have Volusia Sheriffs’ service was an annual cost of $463,000.00 to include four deputies.
One deputy would be on patrol during each shift for 24-hour coverage.
According to Wendell Bradford, a Candidate for Volusia County Sheriff in 2012, the cost of service contracts varies widely among Volusia County municipalities and agencies that contract with the Sheriff.
During an interview on Daytona Beach radio station, WPUL 1590 Am, Bradford briefly addressed the Oak Hill situation and questioned the different amounts of money being charged municipalities, and feels they are being “over-charged and the money should go back to the taxpayers.” “Why is Deltona paying $8,729,714.00, or $124,000.00 each, for 72 deputies and DeBary the same for 23, while the Daytona Beach Airport pays $599,391.00 for eight deputies, $75,000.00 each.” “Volusia County Schools pays $1,153,275.00 for 14 deputies and has another $35,000.00 contract to do background checks on volunteers.”
During the interview, Bradford also questioned the transparency of the Volusia Sheriff’s budget submitted to the Volusia County Council for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, and the ability of the City of Oak Hill to pay what the Sheriffs’ Office may demand for protection.
COLUMBUS, Ga. Aug 4 2011Lt. Ronnie Hastings with the Columbus Police Department says 53-year old Edward Pascucci entered the Citizens Trust Bank on Macon Road armed with a.357 caliber magnum.
Police say he handed a teller a note demanding money. Hastings says as Pascucci was leaving the bank with the money, he was apprehended by a bank security guard.
No one was hurt during the robbery. The suspect faces multiple charges including armed robbery.
Police say Pascucci worked for the Columbus Police Department for about 15 years, leaving about five years ago.