New York City NY Aug 21 2011 A drunken, off-duty cop threatened a teacher at gunpoint Friday, forced her into the backyard of an upper Manhattan building and raped her, cops said.
“Be careful. He has a gun,” the 25-year-old victim told officers who responded to a 911 call from a neighbor.
Police confirmed that the suspect in the attack on the 25-year-old woman was Officer Michael Pena, 27, a 3-year NYPD veteran.
Pena was charged with rape and immediately suspended without pay. A source said that he had an “unremarkable record” on the force, DNAinfo.com reports.
The woman was heading to work when Officer Michael Pena stopped her about 6:15 a.m. on the street in Inwood, police said.
The cop, reeking of booze and wearing a red shirt and casual clothes, asked for directions to the No. 1 train and demanded she show him the way, police said.
When she balked, he put his arm around her, opened his jacket to display his 9-mm. handgun and led her away, sources said.
“You’re coming with me,” he told the woman, said Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne, the NYPD’s top spokesman.
“She knew he had a gun. She saw it on his hip and later in his hand.”
Several blocks later, the assailant forced the woman down a driveway and behind a building on Park Terrace West, where he raped her, police said.
A woman in a nearby building said she heard the attack and called 911 twice in 10 minutes.
“The first time I suspected it was not consensual,” she told the Daily News. “The second time because I saw a gun.”
She said the weapon dropped out of the suspect’s pants and he bent over to pick it up.
When cops showed up, the woman and Pena were clothed and standing up. His 9-mm. handgun was on the ground.
“He raped me,” she told police as she ran up to them.
The officers tackled Pena, 27, who had his NYPD shield and ID card in his pocket.
They comforted the woman, who wore a black dress, offering her a chair as she calmly recounted what happened, a witness said.
She was treated at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia.
A three-year veteran assigned to the 33rd Precinct, Pena was charged with forcible rape and suspended without pay.
He said nothing as he was led, head hung low, from the 34th Precinct stationhouse – clad in a Tyvek suit used to capture forensic evidence, such as hair.
Even in a neighborhood where crime has spiked this year, Inwood residents were stunned.
“It’s just unbelievable,” said Andre Lopes, 52. “It’s like a little piece of paradise here, and then, to wake up to this scene – it’s scary.”
State Sen. Andriano Espaillat, who lives on the block, said the rape is especially troubling because of other recent sex attacks in the area
Source:NY Daily News
An Orlando mother is facing charges, after her son was spotted hanging out of a second story apartment window.
Police were called to 25-year-old Shelley Louis’ apartment Wednesday after a security officer spotted the child hanging over the window ledge.
When deputies arrived, the child told them he was home alone. The child said he was hungry so another officer went and got a “Happy Meal” for the boy.
Investigators went to Louis’ work and arrested her for child neglect.
She told deputies she left the boy home by himself because she knew no one could watch him.
Louis was booked into the Orange County Jail, but has since been released on $1,000 bond.
The boy was taken into the Department of Children and Families custody.
Vernon CT Aug 21 2011 An off-duty Vernon police officer who was with her family in their minivan Thursday pursued a break in a case that just couldn’t wait.
Officer Kate Rooney spotted a Chevy Avalanche that had with a vanity plate that stood out, according to The Hartford Courant.
“That’s the plate, Steve,” she exclaimed to her husband, who also is an officer. “That’s a stolen vehicle. They want this guy bad.”
With her two young boys in the back seat, she made a U-turn and began to follow the suspicious vehicle.
“Mommy, what’s an Avalanche?” the kids asked.
“Be quiet,” she replied. “Mommy’s got to do something.”
Once she got a good look at the driver, she called headquarters and let them know.
The driver, Jeffrey Morgan, was also being sought by police.
The Avalanche drove into a CVS and Rooney parked far enough away to keep her kids safe, and at the same time keep an eye on the vehicle.
When Officer Thomas Van Tasel arrived alone to arrest Morgan, Rooney went into his cruiser, grabbed his rifle and provided cover before other officers arrived.
Other officers soon arrived and the suspect was taken into custody without incident and was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle.
“Why don’t you give me that rifle,” Officer Tim Gunnoud told Rooney. “Why don’t you go take care of your kids.”
Back in the van, one of her sons asked, “Who was that?”
She responded: “He was a bad guy.”
Houston TX Aug 21 2011 City police are investigating the death of a woman whose nude body was found Friday in a Greenspoint area parking lot.
A security guard spotted the woman about 4:45 p.m. wrapped in blankets in the 650 block of North Sam Houston Parkway, police said.
The woman has not been identified. The cause of death remains under investigation, officials said.
No further information was immediately available.
Anyone with information is asked to contact HPD homicide detectives at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).
Bucks County PA Aug 21 2011 A Central Bucks School District elementary school teacher is charged with stealing from other teachers and money from her students intended for a current events magazine.
Carolyn E.Trymbiski, 33, of Doylestown Township, was arrested after a lengthy investigation, said Doylestown Borough Police Lt. Patrick Pennecale on Friday.
According to court records, Trymbiski, a fifth-grade teacher at Groveland Elementary School in Plumstead, stole $5,000 and a driver’s license from a fellow teacher, after taking a deposit slip from the teacher’s check book in December.
Police said Trymbiski drove into the drive-thru at the Wachovia Bank in Doylestown on Dec. 3 and presented a withdrawal slip for $5,000, saying she needed large bills because she was paying for Lasik eye surgery.
When the teller said there wasn’t enough in the account, Trymbiski told her there was enough in a money market account and got the $5,000.
The teller told police Trymbiski looked similar to the woman who held the account.
During the course of the investigation, police said they learned that Trymbiski had both borrowed and stolen money from other teachers, going into their purses while they were out of their classrooms. The school’s principal told authorities that Trymbiski had discussed with other teachers having financial problems.
Trymbiski, a married mother, is also accused of stealing from a Time for Kids account, where her students each gave her $5 for a subscription to the children’s magazine.
Using an elaborate scheme to hide the $146 deception, Trymbiski eventually paid the magazine bill, according to court documents.
Trymbiski’s attorney, William Goldman Jr., could not be reached for comment.
He told police that his client had been hospitalized in March for mental health treatment, court records indicate. Authorities said Trymbiski admitted to the thefts after her July 15 arrest and said she and her husband plan to repay the victims.
Phone calls Friday to Central Bucks School District Superintendent Robert Laws were not returned.
Trymbiski waived her preliminary hearing in district court Aug. 8 and is scheduled for arraignment in Bucks County court Friday, said police.
A Groveland parent on Friday said Trymbski’s name is on a list of fifth-grade teachers returning to school this year distributed to parents about a week ago.
Trymbiski faces charges of theft, receiving stolen property and identity theft.
HONEY GROVE, TX Aug 21 2011- Chief Mark Johnson with the Honey Grove Police Department says Jordan Lane, a former Honey Grove teacher, was arrested Wednesday on charges of having an improper relationship with a 14-year-old student.
Johnson said, “it is hard. I mean, you feel like you’ve been betrayed and we send our kids to school to be educated and this is pretty hard.”
27-year-old Jordan Lane was a teacher with the Honey Grove Independent School District until she resigned on June 20th. Wednesday, Lane was arrested on charges of having an improper relationship with a 14-year-old student, a second-degree felony.
“I got a tip of a relationship going on between a teacher and a student. And during that time I started talking to the people which was a bunch of high school students. As I started talking to them I learned that this thing was coming to light that there was more to it than just a rumor,” Johnson said.
Lane was arrested at 2:45 p.m. and Precinct 3 Judge Emery Banker says he bonded her out the same afternoon. A surprise to Honey Grove Police Chief Mark Johnson. “From what I gather that’s not an every day occurrence. We don’t really see that a lot.”
Superintendent of Honey Grove ISD Jeff Clark respectfully declined our request for an on-camera interview, but he did issue this statement: “…The information currently available to Honey Grove ISD is that the alleged conduct did not occur at school…”
Johnson said, “the improper conduct happened after hours, after school hours. What I gathered through the investigation, the relationship started during the school year but it didn’t really get deep into a relationship until the end of the year.”
Honey Grove Police, along with another agency, conducted a forensic interview at the young man’s home. They also spoke with local witnesses to build what they consider a strong case against Lane. The investigation that began August 2nd, 2010 is nearing a close.
“We are going to re-evaluate what I’m doing and there may possibly be different charges filed other than what I have filed,” said Johnson.
Chief Johnson is working closely with Fannin County District Attorney Richard Glaser to determine if Lane will be charged with one count of having an improper relationship or several counts of aggravated sexual assault.
He plans to file the case Monday morning.
The complete statement from Jeff Clark, Superintendent of Honey Grove ISD reads as follows:
“The Honey Grove Independent School District was notified by law enforcement officials Wednesday, August 17, 2011 of the arrest of a former HGISD employee on charges of suspected improper conduct with a minor. The information currently available to Honey Grove ISD is that the alleged conduct did not occur at school. School officials are cooperating fully with law enforcement, and taking every measure to assure the safety of all students.”
Monroe NC Aug 21 2011 Three people face drug charges after Monroe police busted a meth lab found in a storage facility.
Monroe police said they received information on Friday that a local storage facility might contain a meth lab.
During their investigation, authorities discovered the lab and then worked to remove the hazardous materials.
The lab was found at the American Store and Lock on Skyway Drive in Monroe, according to reports.
The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation assisted, along with paramedics, Monroe firefighters and the Union County Sheriff’s Office.
David Thomas Jahn, Christopher Shane Helms and Darian Starr Levin were each charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of materials used to manufacture methamphetamine.
Levin faces an additional charge of possession of marijuana, police said.
Jahn, 46, also faces a charge of animal cruelty. He was being held in Union County jail Saturday under a $50,000 bond.
Jahn was convicted of manufacturing drugs more than 20 years ago, according to the N.C. Department of Correction.
Helms, 35, was being held in Union County jail Saturday on a $15,000 bond. Records show he was convicted of driving while impaired in 2008.
The man was going through security at Salt Lake City International Airport on Monday when a Transportation Security Administration officer noticed he walked through a full-body scanner carrying his wallet, according to the probable cause affidavit filed Friday in 3rd District Court.
The officer checked the wallet and found a packet containing a “white powdery substance,” according to the affidavit, which said the substance was two grams of cocaine.
The man was charged with possession or use of a controlled substance, a third-degree felony.
The incident occurred Thursday morning at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport on Josh Birmingham Parkway.
An airport X-ray machine spotted the gun in a carry-on bag at Checkpoint B.
According to the police report, the weapon was a semi-automatic handgun.
The gun was seized by airport police.
David Falardeau, 57, was issued a citation for carrying a concealed weapon.
The last time we saw Campus Security Associates they were walking out of a meeting with heads held down after being told about 32 layoffs.
Going into this school year the news is brighter as 16 of those spots were saved.
“We feel that we have a good presence. We have good solid training with our CSA and we feel we can keep students safe,” said Scott McMully, head of security for the district.
Because of the cuts, nine middle schools won’t have full time security. They are J.M Alexander, Community House, Jay M Robinson, Mint Hill, Northeast, Northridge, Piedmont, Randolph and Sedgefield.
Lauren Ponder’s son is a seventh Grader at Randolph.
“It does concern me because the way children are going these days and the way things are happening, they need that enforcement,” said Ponder.
Brianna Adams, who is a student at Southwest Middle, agrees.
“We just like to go wild and do things, so I just hope when there is fewer, I just hope they can manage us children.”
McMully said the district can.
Still the overall security staffing numbers are down significantly. Prior to the economic crash the district employed 188 people, but going into this year it will be 109.
“We are taking absolutely every measure that we can with the resources that we have,” said McMully.
He also said that they will monitor the nine schools and if they need to assign someone full time to handle security, they have the flexibility to do it.
RESOLUTE BAY, Nunavut CANADA Aug 21 2011 (AP) — A chartered Boeing 737 plane crashed Saturday afternoon as it was approaching an airport in Canada’s Arctic region, killing 12 people, police said.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the plane went down near the tiny hamlet of Resolute Bay in the Arctic territory of Nunavut. The First Air charter flight, number 6560, was traveling from Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories to Resolute Bay, and was scheduled to continue on to Grise Fiord on Ellesmere Island.
RCMP Constable Angelique Dignard said 12 people died in the crash and three people were injured. The plane was carrying 15 people, including four crew members. Two adults and a child were flown to a hospital in the territorial capital of Iqaluit for treatment, police said. One of the adults was in critical condition.
Residents of the hamlet and soldiers from nearby military exercises rushed to the scene in a desperate effort to try and pull survivors from the flaming wreckage.
Doreen McDonald passed near the charred wreckage of the plane as she was returning to town from a camping trip.
“It’s in three different pieces. The wings are still attached. The front and back are separated,” she said. “And they were picking up pieces of bodies.”
The crash has sent a wave of sorrow through the community of about 230 people.
“People are still in shock,” said McDonald, adding her phone had been ringing nonstop as the community tried to come to grips with the tragedy.
First Air said in a news release that the plane last reported communication at 12:40 p.m. local time when it was about five miles (eight kilometers) from Resolute Bay airport.
The crash site is less than 1.2 miles (1.9 kilometers) west of the Resolute Bay community and is in rough terrain accessible by all-terrain vehicles, Dignard said.
Witnesses said the plane crashed into a small hill near the airport runway. Residents rushed to the site on their ATVs to see if they could help.
“You could see parts of the plane everywhere … tail, nose, everything,” said Saroomie Manik, a former mayor of the community who went to the site.
Aziz Kheraj, the owner of the South Camp Inn, in Resolute Bay, told The Associated Press by telephone that his two granddaughters were on the plane, but only one of them survived the crash. She was airlifted to a hospital in Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut. Manik said the hotel’s cook was also on the flight, but Kheraj could not confirm this.
He said his hotel is about a mile (1.6 kilometers) from the crash site, but he did not witness the accident. He did not want to discuss details of what he saw at the crash site.
On its website, First Air says it serves the cargo and travel needs of remote northern communities in Canada’s Arctic, connecting 30 northern communities with some of Canada’s bigger cities.
Resolute Bay is an Arctic waterway in Nunavut. The population is mostly aboriginal natives known as Inuit people.
Hundreds of military personnel were already in the region to take part in the Canadian military’s annual northern training exercise, Operation Nanook.
Maj. Gerald Favre at the northern search and rescue center at Canadian Forces Base Trenton said its aircraft were already in the area for the training exercise and assisted in the rescue operation. He said the plane that crashed was not part of the exercise.
Chris Krepski, spokesman for the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, said investigators were already in Resolute Bay for next week’s military exercise and arrived on the scene soon after the crash.
Krepski said it was too soon to say what caused the crash.
“At this point it’s gathering as much information as we can from the accident scene, from interviewing witnesses, speaking to air traffic control, getting weather records, maintenance records from the company, that kind of thing,” he said.
An airport worker, who wouldn’t give his name, said there was a low cloud ceiling at the time of the crash. It lifted about 10 minutes later.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is scheduled to travel to Resolute Bay on Monday for his annual trip to the Arctic, while Governor General David Johnston and his wife Sharon, who are currently touring the Arctic, were in Resolute Bay for events previously planned for this weekend.
Christelle Legault, a spokesman for the governor general, said no one from Johnston’s official delegation was on the plane that crashed. Johnston is the representative of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II as Canada’s head of state.
“Sharon and I are deeply saddened by the catastrophe that occurred in Resolute Bay, where an airplane crashed earlier this afternoon. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by this tragic event,” Johnston said in a statement. “I was able to witness first hand the professionalism and dedication of our Canadian Forces and civilian organizations as they responded quickly and effectively to this catastrophe.”
Harper said in a statement that he was deeply saddened by the news and thanked the military for their rescue efforts.
Despite its remote location far above the treeline, Resolute is known as the nexus of the North, a frequent staging community for scientific, military and commercial expeditions. It’s also the base for the Canadian Polar Continental Shelf project, a federal institution that handles logistics for Arctic researchers. Resolute is also the planned location of the army’s new winter warfare school.
The terrain around the community is low and rocky. A large hill fronted by a dramatic cliff face looms behind the town.
GULFPORT, MS Aug 21 2011 – Gulfport Police arrested a man who they say used a hidden camera secretly film people in restrooms.
Darrell Anthony Smith, 39, of Gulfport is charged with ten felony counts of photographing or filming a person with an expectation of privacy. Police said the cameras were installed in Smith’s residence, and three men’s restrooms at area businesses.
Many of the victims have been identified, but police are continuing their investigation.
Smith is being held at the Harrison County Adult Detention Center in lieu of $250,000 bond.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Gulfport Police Department at (228) 868-5920. You can contact Crimestoppers at http://www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com or by telephone at 1-877-787-5898. You can also text CSTIP plus your message to 274637(CRIMES).
ASHEVILLE, NC Aug 21 2011 Asheville Police are investigating an accident that led to a pedestrian being injured Friday night.
According to Lt. Wallace Welch of Asheville Police, the accident happened at 8:59 p.m. in front of the Asheville Mall. Welch said that early indications suggest that a 22 year old male was being chased by loss prevention personnel from the mall when the man ran into traffic and was struck by a passing vehicle.
The Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit continues to investigate the accident, Welch said.
Burbank CA Aug 21 2011 A Burbank man repeatedly warned about feeding pigeons near Bob Hope Airport could face charges for violating a court order against it.
Charles Douglas, 59, was arrested at his job in the 3000 block of North Hollywood Way, near Tulare Avenue, about 10 a.m. Friday on suspicion of violating a court order, according to Burbank police Officer Joshua Kendrick.
“Douglas had continued to disperse bird seed in an alley and in parking areas near the Bob Hope Airport despite repeated warnings and citation,” Kendrick said.
Police said Douglas, a business owner, had been cited and warned since September.
Birds that get sucked into jet engines can cause catastrophic damage to the turbines.
“It is very important to address situations like this, as there has been a significant increase in incidents of these air strikes in the last few months,” Victor Gill of the airport said.
Southwest Airlines reported several bird strikes at Bob Hope Airport recently, and one recent departing flight that struck birds abruptly landed at Ontario Airport, Kendrick said.
Douglas was booked for public nuisance, violation of a court order and feeding of pigeons so as to create a public nuisance.
On Jan. 15, 2009, it was a bird strike that disabled both engines of an Airbus A320 and caused U.S. Airways pilot Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger to successfully ditch the airliner on the Hudson River in New York City, with no serious injuries to the 155 people aboard.
Washington DC Aug 21 2011 They set out to sell ice-cold lemonade, but now three Washington, D.C. protesters might need some legal aid.
Capitol police arrested three people Saturday afternoon for selling lemonade on the West Lawn of the Capitol Building. They were participating in “Lemonade Freedom Day” — a national demonstration against a spate of recent lemonade stand shutdowns by police and health inspectors.
According to the D.C. group’s Facebook event page, three lemonistas — Meg Mclain, K.n. Dill and Will Duffield — were taken into custody by Capitol Police. It is not known what the protesters were charged with. The Capitol Police did not return calls for information.
However, the protesters were selling lemonade on the Capitol lawn, rather than the sidewalk. The selling of any item on Capitol grounds is prohibited. A video of the protest can be seen here.
Forbes counted at least nine recent examples of children’s lemonade stands being shut down for not having permits. (RELATED: Jefferson Memorial closed by police over free speech ‘dance party’)
Georgia police, for example, shut down a lemonade stand run by three girls who were saving money to go to a water park. Police told the girls they needed a business license, a peddler’s permit and a food permit to operate the stand, which each cost $50 per day or $180 per year.
And Coralville, Iowa police shut down a 4-year-old’s lemonade stand after it had been up and running for just a half-hour.
Robert Fernandes, the creator of Lemonade Freedom Day, said he was alarmed by the trend.
“Most people remember growing up and having lemonade stands,” Fernandes said. “It’s a small issue, but there’s bigger parts to it. It’s important to kids because it teaches them how to come up with an idea and see it through. These kids are learning how to run a small business. I think by telling them they can’t do that, you’re shutting down their dreams.”
Fernandes created the website and Facebook page for the event about five weeks ago. As of today, nearly 5,000 people were registered to participate via Facebook, and there were at least 35 different groups participating in the protest across the country.
The D.C. protesters are no strangers to trouble. The event was organized by Eddie Free, the same man who organized a dance party at the Jefferson Memorial earlier this summer that was shut down by police.
And one of the arrested protesters, Meg McLain, caused a stir last year when Transportation Security Administration officials detained her and refused to let her fly after she questioned the agency’s new body scanners.
Free freely admitted he and the rest of his group have a bit of a penchant for rabble-rousing.
“We do,” he said. “And we’re going to keep it up.”
NASHVILLE, TN Aug 21 2011 – A security guard at Skyline Hospital’s Madison campus was shot in the hand during a scuffle with a patient early Saturday.
According to Metro Police Capt. Sebastian Gourdin, the patient became agitated while workers were trying to give him a shot to calm him down.
Gourdin told Channel 4 News that the workers called security after the 70 year-old patient grabbed the syringe.
Gourdin said the patient grabbed the security guard’s gun as the officer tried to take the syringe away from him.
The guard was shot in his right hand during a struggle over the firearm, Gourdin said.
He was taken to Vanderbilt Hospital for treatment.
According to Gourdin, the patient that grabbed the gun is under hospice care.