Stevensville MD Sept 6 2011 A Maryland State Police trooper struck and killed a woman in Stevensville with his patrol car late Friday while responding to a report of a burglary, police said.
The woman, identified as Iraina J. Curtis, of Dover, Del., was struck after stepping into the travel lane on the Route 50 access ramp to westbound Shopping Center Drive, police said.
Curtis was pronounced dead at the scene. She was 29 years old.
According to police, State Trooper 1st Class Travis Nelson, 24, was responding to a report of a burglary in progress on the 100 block of North Lake Drive. A preliminary investigation indicated he did not have his emergency lights or siren activated.
Delaware resident Jerome Wheeler, 20, was with Curtis when she was struck, police said.
He told investigators the two were sitting on the wall along Shopping Center Drive waiting for a ride when Curtis asked to use his cell phone. After it was handed to her, she stood up and moved away from the wall and was struck by the trooper’s car, a police account said.
That account said police did not know how fast the patrol car was going. The trooper had a 24-year-old man doing a ride-along in the patrol car at the time.
Neither the trooper or the passenger were seriously injured.
Police said the preliminary investigation confirms Curtis stepped into the roadway as the trooper drove down the ramp. They said she was wearing a black T-shirt and blue jeans.
Nelson is assigned to road patrol duties at the Centreville barrack and was assisting the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Department. Nelson has been with the Maryland State Police for six years.
Source:McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Columbus GA Sept 6 2011 Two brothers — one a Fort Benning soldier — were bound over to Superior Court Monday for their roles in a downtown disturbance that injured an off-duty Columbus Police captain.
Jaron Turner, a 21-year-old soldier, pleaded not guilty to felony obstruction of a police officer and misdemeanor battery in front of Recorders Court Judge Michael Cielinski, who set bond at $5,000 for the obstruction charge and $1,000 for the battery.
Turner’s brother, Cameron Crowder, 20, was ordered held on $1,000 bond for obstruction of a police officer.
The incident happened about 2 a.m. Saturday morning in front of the Big City club in the 1100 block of Broadway, officer Gene House testified. House was working off duty security downtown with Capt. Jackie Long, who was injured while trying to subdue Turner.
Turner punched 24-year-old Nicholas Tinker, a club bouncer, police said, Long saw Turner hit Tinker, according to police.
Tinker told police Turner’s punch was unprovoked. During court Monday, Turner said that “the altercation started when he (Tinker) put his hands in my face.”
“I was rushed by the other security guards and I did not know an officer was involved,” Turner said in court.
As Long grabbed Turner, Crowder approached. “Both me refused to comply,” House testified.
Turner fell on Long during a scuffle and kept struggling to get up as police held him down, so they put a stun gun to his right arm and stunned him, police previously said.
A stun device was also used on Crowder, House said.
The officers used a technique that called drive stun, where the probes are taken off the Taser gun. This is often used in close quarters and allows officers the discretion to control how long the charge lasts.
House said after court he communicated with Long on Sunday via text message. Long told him he had a badly swollen left knee and hand, House said.
Bastavia NY Sept 6 2011 Country Singer Toby Keith appeared at Darien Lakes yesterday and as usual there were numerous arrests.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies were out in force and report they have arrested 60 persons, 50 for underage drinking.
None of those arrested were from Genesee County.
Raymond Kolas of Pittsburgh was charged with harassment after allegedly striking a security guard.
He was attempting to enter the concert venue with a false access pass. Deputies quickly put the cuffs on him and took him into custody.
17 persons from the Canadian Provence of Ontario were arrested for underage drinking. 10 of whom were 19 or over and of legal drinking age in Canada.
A number of other minor infractions and disturbances including several fights were reported during the concert.
Albuqurque NM Sept 6 2011 A kinky cop in New Mexico who was caught having sex with a woman on the hood of a Honda has been fired, state police said.
Bert Lopez, a decorated 8-year veteran of the state police officer was canned late last week after surveillance photos of his frisky encounter with an unidentified woman at a remote Santa Fe ranch became national news.
Lopez has 30 days to appeal his firing, police said. He has not commented on the matter.
State police didn’t say whether Lopez was on duty at the time.
But in two photos from the incident, the horny lawman is dressed in full uniform, standing between the legs of a woman lying on the hood of the black sedan.
The firing came days after Santa Fe county police officials said they wouldn’t charge Lopez with a crime because the two were not in public view.
It appears the only witness to the rendezvous was a tiny Chihuahua, who can be seen standing behind Lopez in one of the photos.
“It is an embarrassing situation for the department, but we have to remember the rights of the employee afford him due process we must follow so we won’t be commenting further,” state police spokesman Sgt. Tim Johnson told the Santa Fe New Mexican.
The surveillance photos were taken by a motion-triggered security camera at the front gate of the county-owned La Bajada Ranch, south of Santa Fe.
Earlier this month, a county employee found the photos and sent them to the Santa Fe County sheriff, who sent them along to the state police.
State police identified the cop in the photos as Lopez, and he was put on leave for three weeks.
It’s not clear when the photos were taken, but Santa Fe Sheriff Robert Garcia said he believes the encounter was in late July or early August.
Police officials didn’t release any details about the woman or her relationship with Lopez, but they said the sexual encounter wasn’t a favor-swapping deal related to his position as a cop.
Lopez was named Officer of the Year in his district in 2009 and was given a special award in July for going above and beyond the call of duty, the New Mexican reported.
He also busted a well-known ex-con in May who later escaped jail while officers were filling out paperwork.
The suspect allegedly kidnapped and raped a woman before he was recaptured, police said.
St. Cloud MN Sept 6 2011 A 24-year old man was arrested on criminal sexual conduct charges early Sunday after security personnel at a nearby business caught the act on surveillance cameras.
Police arrested Timothy Streling in the 100 block of 4th Avenue South after security officers interrupted the assault.
The 26-year old Fort Ripley woman was not injured. Streling claimed the sexual encounter was consensual but the surveillance footage clearly showed otherwise.
Streling is being held in the Stearns County Jail on one count of 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama Sept 6 2011 –The future of criminal trials and some civil litigation in Jefferson County rides on a budget decision the cash-strapped County Commission will make this month: whether it will retain workers at courthouse security stations, officials said.
If those workers lose their jobs and the security stations are shut down, the buildings housing those courts will be closed to the public, said Circuit Judge Scott Vowell, the county’s presiding judge.
Most criminal and juvenile cases as well as some civil proceedings would grind to a halt.
“We cannot hold court without security in those buildings,” Vowell said. “If anyone could walk in off the street and not be screened for firearms and other weapons, it would be too dangerous to hold court.”
The courthouse shutdowns almost happened in June, when county budget cuts threatened to leave all but one court building without security at the entrance.
Court officials said then that they would shut down most courtrooms unless security was provided. Stopgap funding came from the elected court clerk, Anne-Marie Adams, and the County Commission to keep them open through Sept. 30.
For the budget year that starts Oct. 1, the county is trying to amputate $100 million from its current spending plan, largely because of the loss of the county’s occupational tax. After budget hearings last week, the commission was about $41 million short of that target.
Workers at the security stations are paid by the county’s General Services Department.
Jeff Smith, the department director, said his proposed budget included the security positions, but he was unable to meet the target commissioners set for spending cuts.
“If the staffing levels remain the same, we’ll have security at the courthouses,” he said. “But we have no information on what will be funded and what will not be funded.”
Commissioner Joe Knight, whose duties include overseeing the courts, said the funding crisis has left the county “between a rock and a hard place.” It does not have the cash to function without eliminating services, he said.
“Right now it’s up in the air what the final numbers will be,” Knight said. “We’ve worked hard to pare this budget down. But we need to sit down with the Legislature, say we really do need help and show them why.”
More than 107,000 civil, criminal, domestic relations and juvenile cases were filed in Jefferson County in the 2010 budget year, making its courts the busiest in the state, records show.
The county’s overall caseload has increased more than 9 percent in the last five years, according to annual reports by the state Unified Judicial System.
State and county budget cuts, however, have led to scores of layoffs in the Jefferson County court system. More funding losses could wreck the ability of one of the most fundamental functions of government to operate, Vowell said.
“There is a limit to what you can do away with,” the judge said. “When that limit affects public safety, you’ve got to turn somewhere else. But I have confidence the commissioners realize the importance of this and won’t let us down.”
Other budget decisions before the commission will have a strong effect on court operations:
State budget cuts in May eliminated funding for all bailiffs, who provide courtroom security. Jefferson County court officials used $500,000 budgeted in October 2010 to keep 10 bailiffs on the job through Sept. 30.
The courts have requested more than $800,000 from the county to retain the bailiffs through the upcoming budget year.
The Treatment Alternatives for Safer Communities program helps the courts supervise criminal defendants and provides crucial support to specialty programs like Drug Court.
Until Thursday, it also helped reduce the county jail population by allowing pretrial release for some defendants unable to make bail. But TASC no longer can afford to supervise them, said Foster Cook, TASC’s director.
Three years ago, TASC got $2.5 million from the county. A budget cut to $1 million last year led to 30 layoffs, Cook said. The county canceled its contract with TASC in June, leading the program to end supervision of batterers in Domestic Violence Court.
“We have not been given any expectation of county funding next year,” Cook said.
Funding cuts in the upcoming state budget led to layoffs that took effect last week eliminating 30 percent of the staff in court clerks’ offices statewide.
Clerks now must close their offices to the public for 10 hours weekly so employees can catch up processing documents.
District Attorney Brandon Falls’ office is down five prosecutors and 20 support staff in the last several years. After the state budget cuts in May, Family Court had to scramble to find alternative funding to retain two trial referees who handle roughly 17,000 cases annually between them.
The court administrator’s office lost half of its staff about the time that the state canceled half of the weeks set aside for jury trials.
Last week, Chief Justice Charles Malone restored the jury-trial weeks. That will leave the reduced court administrator’s staff with a full slate of weeks when it must issue jury summons, organize jury pools and send them to courtrooms.
Jefferson County courts officials have become experts on operating in survival mode, said Circuit Judge Tommy Nail.
“If we can just keep the doors open,” he said, “we’ll be all right.”
Jackson Parish LA Sept 6 2011 A Jackson Parish volunteer firefighter died Saturday afternoon while responding to a call for medical assistance, reports KNOE.com.
The responder was identified as 22 year-old Christopher Peterson from Jonesboro.
Peterson was driving a 1998 Dodge utility truck from the Ward Four Fire Protection District and was traveling south on Siloam Church Road when he failed to negotiate a curve, the news station reports. The truck ran off the road and struck an embankment and several trees.
According to State Police, Peterson was transported to an area hospital but died a short time later.
The police report indicated that the highway was wet at the time of the crash and the truck was traveling too fast for the road conditions.
Milwaukee WI Sept 6 2011 There are several financial and economic challenges that retail businesses face. There are always unexpected obstacles and almost never a time when hardship and afflictions are non-existent.
One of the expected, but less predictable, hindrances for the Union-located UW-Milwaukee Bookstore is the threat of theft.
“Theft is universal in retail… it occurs in every business,” Union Bookstore Director Erik Hemming said. Hemming has seen a fair share of shoplifting in his four-year tenure and says there was no specific time when it began. It’s an “inherited” problem that has long been in existence.
Books and magazines aren’t the only targets of bookstore shoplifters. Small, readily accessible items on the shelves catch the eyes of potential thieves, due to the ability to easily conceal them. Small in size, however, doesn’t mean small revenue loss. Although he wouldn’t state an exact figure, Hemming says that revenue loss is at an average percentage for a retail business. He still strives to keep it at a minimum.
There are a number of security measures enacted in the bookstore to help curb theft and, potentially, even lower the revenue loss percentage. The UWM Bookstore, for example, counts on the forensic function of security cameras mounted inconspicuously on the ceiling.
“It’s not about surveillance at any given moment,” Hemming said. “It’s about who did what, and where.”
The security cameras have helped catch thieves in the act and bring them to justice, Hemming noted. For him and the rest of the bookstore’s staff, constant camera surveillance has helped enormously.
Another simple method enacted to put a crimp in criminal activity is the no-backpack policy.
Students are not allowed to bring backpacks into the bookstore, but if they happen to have them anyway, they are welcome to leave them at the door or rent a locker for 25 cents. Although some students may balk at leaving their backpacks near the exit, graduate student Joey Tidmore said he did not mind the precaution.
“I think it is a great idea,” Tidmore said. “It is so easy just to slip something in there. I mean, it is a big store.”
Hemming said he is also confident in the store’s police presence, swaying the dishonest intentions of potential thieves.
“The police have been really helpful in the past year and a half,” Hemming said. “We’ve put a lot of time and energy into preventing theft.”
Although police assistance and cameras work well at the bookstore, Hemming and his staff still practice simple ways to stop shoplifters. Employees are always on the lookout for shifty and conspicuous behavior, like pacing, nervousness and shiftiness.
“We regularly catch people engaging in theft,” Hemming said. “I’ve been in other retail environments that aren’t so straight forward, but here, it is.”
If caught, a thief would face arrest and trial. A steeper sentencing would depend on past criminal history.
“If we can avoid theft,” Hemming said, “we will avoid theft.”
JACKSON, MS Sept 6 2011 – Twenty-four hour convenience stores in Jackson may soon be required to hire security guards. An ordinance to be considered by the City Council require businesses to have security present during the hours of midnight to 5 a.m. at the owners expense.
On July 26th, armed robbers shot and killed a security guard at a Shell gas station on Fortification Street. Councilman Kenneth Stokes said family members of the deceased security guard James McKinney were requesting bullet proof vests also be a requirement.
“To make sure the citizens are safe and that the convenience store owners are safe we have agreed upon using security guards. Now again we’re talking about professional security guards. We’re not talking about crack heads posing as security guards with guns. We want to make sure everyone is safe when they go to the convenience store,” said Councilman Kenneth Stokes.
The Jackson City Council will vote on adopting the security personnel ordinance Tuesday.
Los Angeles CA Sept 6 2011 A Los Angeles Police detective was killed in a motorcycle wreck involving a big-rig truck late Friday while off duty.
LAPD Detective Jesus Ravega, 48, succumbed to injuries sustained after losing control of his motorcycle on a freeway interchange in downtown Los Angeles at 11 p.m. Friday. The officer went down on the northbound Hollywood (101) Freeway near its junction with the Harbor (110) Freeway.
Detective Ravega, a 24-year officer assigned to Foothill Station, was struck by a big rig after he lost control of his motorcycle.
“Jesus was a dedicated police officer and will be greatly missed,” said Paul M. Weber, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League. “Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. Jesus was known for his kindness and his helpful nature and right now our focus needs to be on taking care of the family and friends he left behind.”
Source:City News Service