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Travis County Constable’s Office – Precinct 2, Texas
End of Watch: Saturday, September 10, 2011
Tour of Duty: 15 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Duty related illness
Date of Incident: September 10, 2011
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Corporal Kevin Aigner passed away while assisting residents in an area devastated by wildfire. He was working his post on Wharton Cove when he began to have trouble breathing. He was flown to Seton Medical Center where he later died.
Corporal Aigner had served with the Travis County Precinct 2 Constable’s Office for 12 years and had served in law enforcement for a total of 15 years.
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Constable Adan Ballesteros
Travis County Constable’s Office – Precinct 2
10409 Burnet Road #150
Austin, TX 78758
Phone: (512) 854-9697
PALMETTO Fla Sept 11 2011 – What started as a subdued party descended into chaos and death Friday night when at least two gunmen opened fire on a Palmetto nightclub so crowded that its patrons spilled out onto the sidewalk.
Witnesses say the men trained their fire on 25-year-old Trayon Goff as he stood near Club Elite’s front doors. But bullets struck others outside or pierced the doors and walls to ricochet through the cramped bar.
Inside, people had nowhere to go. Some dove to the ground or hid behind the bar or each other as bullets whizzed past, said Chip ‘Blu Chip’ Hunt, a promoter who works with the club management.
“You just hit the ground and hope that it doesn’t hit you,” he said. “You only get a split second to think. You’re in survival mode.”
Sarasota resident Latoya Wright, 34, said people began running and screaming as shooting began.
“I hadn’t been there any more than 15 or 20 minutes, and then shots rang out,” Wright said. “When the screaming was done, everybody was all laid out and two of them were dead.”
The shooting seemed like it went on forever, Hunt said. When it abruptly stopped, he heard screams and saw people on the floor.
The shooting claimed two lives in all, while leaving 22 others wounded.
The fatalities were Goff, who witnesses said was shot repeatedly, and Gwenette Matthews, 38, of Bradenton. Several more victims remain hospitalized, one in critical condition.
Matthews was listed as a certified nurse assistant. Goff, of Palmetto, had three children. His sister Nikita said he had recently fallen into the “street life.”
Palmetto Police detectives did not release the names of others who were shot. It was unclear how many of the injured were struck by bullets, or how many might have been hurt in the chaos.
Hunt, who promoted the club’s Friday night “Grown & Sexy” event, said Matthews was in the club with her sister and was killed by a bullet that came through the front door.
Hunt said the torrent of gunfire seemed to be directed at Goff, who was sitting outside against the front wall of the building.
“He had so many wounds it was crazy,” Hunt said. “He got 75 percent of the shots. That’s the one they was after.”
Palmetto Police and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office continued to look for the shooters late Saturday night. Police believe at least one was on foot, while another may have been firing from a car that they used to get away.
Investigators said they found bullets from a rifle and a hand-gun, suggesting at least two shooters.
Police spent much of the day Saturday at Club Elite, where beer bottles were cracked from being dropped to the floor, a dozen chairs were flipped over and a mirror at the entrance was shattered by bullets.
Crime scene tape cordoned off the club and its parking lot as forensics teams processed the scene.
Orange spray paint marked dozens of spots where officers found blood and shell casings. More than 100 evidence markers were placed in and outside the club.
Lt. Scott Tyler, Palmetto Police spokesman, said detectives have video from inside the club and are checking surveillance cameras from an adjacent Walgreens, nearby apartments and other businesses.
Police are investigating whether the shooting spree came in retaliation for other recent crimes.
Witnesses and some of the injured told officers the shooting was in response to the murder of 26-year-old James Collins, a Bradenton man killed in his home by intruders Thursday.
“It’s one of the things investigators are looking at to see if it’s connected,” said Palmetto Police Lt. Scott Tyler. “It’s one of several possibilities.”
One of the club’s managers, who identified himself only as Jay, stood across the street Saturday morning with an expression of disbelief. He said he was not at the club during the shootings and would not comment further at the advice of his lawyer.
Club Elite’s location has been a nighttime hotspot for about 30 years, according the building’s current owner, Trina Rozier.
It has also been the site of past violence, including a fatal shooting last December.
But the chief complaints about the club have come from neighbors concerned about noise and litter, Palmetto Police records show.
The concrete-block club has a reputation for getting so full on weekend nights that people mill around on the sidewalk and adjacent parking lots.
Two local business owners said the lot behind their business is perpetually littered with beer bottles and reeks of urine from clubgoers. They have called police multiple times about the mess.
A man who lives in the neighborhood said he was stopping by around the time of the shooting. “It was so much chaos,” he said. “I didn’t hear the gunshots, but that might just be because I was focused on the screaming.”
A longtime patron of Club Elite said that it was known as a hangout for those in their 40s, and was surprised at violence because it seemed more typical of a younger crowd.
The patron, who did not want his name used, said most of the non-smoking club’s patrons have known each other for decades, and called it “old school.”
“That’s pretty much the Applebee’s of the neighborhood,” he said. “People go by there after work to get a drink. They all have jobs. It’s just one of those unfortunate things — I’m really kind of pissed off it happened there. It was always a place to go see friends without any trouble. You got people talking trash in any establishment, but generally it’s a safe place to go.”
Ricardo Burnett, a local minister, said he has grabbed a few drinks at Club Elite in the past and never suspected trouble.
“Now this just makes me think none of us are really safe,” he said.
The club had a NFL Game Night party scheduled to begin at noon Sunday with buckets of beer for $9 and free all-you-can-eat fish.
A DJ was to start spinning at 3 p.m. until everyone left, according to a flier that was missed by seven bullet holes on the door.
Rozier said the club remains closed, and she was not certain when it would reopen.
“You try to do everything within reason to make sure people have security. You want to ensure they feel safe,” Rozier said. “Our hearts and our prayers are with everyone.”
Manatee County School Board member Barbara Harvey, a Palmetto resident, said she did not know Trayon Goff but has known members of his family, who she said were from Rubonia.
Harvey said she heard several people talking about the shootings Saturday. “Everybody is just as amazed as I am,” Harvey said.
Washington DC Sept 11 2011 (CNN) — A search conducted at Washington Dulles International Airport after a bomb-sniffing dog sent up an alert found nothing wrong, a federal law enforcement official said Saturday evening.
Several gates inside a terminal were evacuated after the canine alerted to cargo being loaded onto an aircraft, a Transportation Security Administration spokesman said.
The gates were evacuated out of an abundance of caution, TSA’s Greg Soule said.
An ordnance team from Virginia State Police was sent to the scene.
The partial evacuation began about 4:30 p.m. ET, and the all-clear was given after 8 p.m. Only two flights were affected by the incident and arriving flights were being sent to alternate gates, airport spokesman Rob Yingling said.
PRESCOTT, Ariz. Sept 11 2011 - Police in Arizona say two Walmart employees burglarized the store where they worked to pay for a car and a sex change operation.
Prescott police spokesman Lt. Andy Reinhardt told The Daily Courier that detectives determined that a key was used to enter a locked cash office where $45,000 was taken last week.
Police arrested 23-year-old Spencer Danger Cullen and 19-year-old Adriano Valdes Altiveros III on Friday.
Reinhardt says Altiveros reportedly told detectives he stole cash to buy a car. He says Cullen told police she stole the money to go forward with a sex change operation.
Cullen and Altiveros remain in custody. The Yavapai County public defender’s office would not say Wednesday whether the pair had been appointed attorneys.
Prescott is about 80 miles north of Phoenix.
Atlantic City NJ Sept 11 2011 Security guards at Atlantic City’s 11 casinos can now detain suspected underage gamblers or drinkers on their own without waiting for police to show up.
The presence of underage customers has been a continuing problem in the nation’s second-largest gambling resort.
The state Casino Control Commission approved a measure on Wednesday granting casino security officers expanded power to detain people suspected of being too young.
The legal age for casino gambling and drinking in New Jersey is 21. State statistics show hundreds of underage patrons are either arrested or detained inside Atlantic City casinos each year, and thousands more turned away at the door.
Last year, 403 underage gamblers were caught inside Atlantic City casinos.
Several gambling halls have been hit with hefty fines for allowing underage patrons to gamble or drink.
One of the most infamous cases in New Jersey involved a 17-year-old girl, Debra Kim Cohen, the daughter of an Atlantic City police detective. In 1987, she was treated as a high-roller, gambling away thousands of dollars at the blackjack tables and getting VIP treatment in return, including free limo rides, drinks, hotel rooms and expensive meals.
Five casinos paid $18,000 in fines related to her gambling, and made donations of $162,000 to compulsive gambling programs. She paid a $750 fine.
Last year, several high-profile underage gambling or drinking cases were decided in Atlantic City.
In November 2008, the commission fined Bally’s Atlantic City $157,500 for allowing an underage woman to gamble numerous times. In February, the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa was fined $105,000 for allowing underage gambling.
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.Sept 11 2011 (AP) – Officials at Fort Bragg say an investigation is under way into the disappearance of nearly 14,000 rounds of ammunition at the Army base.
Staff Sgt. Joshua Ford, a spokesman for the 82nd Airborne Division, says the ammunition went missing from the 1st Brigade Combat Team at Fort Bragg.
The Fayetteville Observer reports that Ford believed the ammunition was taken overnight on Tuesday. The 1st Brigade team was placed on lockdown for a few hours Wednesday night while officials conducted a search.
The missing ammunition can be used in an M-4 or M-16 assault rifle.
Ford says the 82nd Airborne Division and military police are taking the matter seriously and that “any amount of ammunition that goes missing” has “got to be accounted for.”
Sierra NV Sept 11 2011 A Jobs Corps student has pleaded guilty to causing the death of a 63-year-old security guard who died of a heart attack following a physical confrontation.
Andrew John Weist, 20, pleaded guilty Wednesday to the May involuntary manslaughter of Sierra Nevada Job Corps security guard Daniel Hundson.
An October 20 sentencing was scheduled before Washoe District Judge Steven Elliott.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Bruce Hahn said Hundson’s widow requested that Weist be sentenced to a diversion program and complete a drug and alcohol program. He is facing a prison term of up to four years or probation, and a $5,000 fine.
Reno police said a drunken confrontation sparked the fight between Weist and Hundson at the Job Corps facility in Stead. After Weist was detained Hundson collapsed and died at the hospital.
Weist had been a student at job corps less than six months when the incident occurred. Hundson, who had a previous career in law enforcement in Nevada and Alaska, had worked there for more than three years. He was known to staff as caring and going out of his way to help students and instructors.
Carlos Cordero, 38, faces a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child in Shenandoah, Texas.
Police said the crime took place 18 years ago.
The Ranchland Hills principal sent a letter to parents, notifying them of Cordero’s arrest.
The letter also states he’s on administrative leave and will have no further contact with children, until the charges are resolved.
Peabody Mass Sept 11 2011 Police reported the arrest of Andy Jonathas, 20, of 122 Francis St., Everett following a robbery at the Macy’s Men’s and Furniture Store.
Jonathas was charged with unarmed robbery and larceny over $250.
Police received a report of a shoplifter at the store who reportedly threatened security, saying he had a sharp object.
The suspect who was wearing a gray sweatshirt and blue jeans fled from security into the mall.
Detectives and patrol officers checked the area and reported the suspect may have entered Barnes & Noble.
Jonathas was spotted and apprehended by police.
He was being held on bond.
DUBLIN, Ohio Sept 11 2011 — A Dublin mother is indicted on felony charges after she’s accused of raping a 10-month-old male.
The Franklin County grand jury indicted Ashley Jessup, 24, on four felony counts: two counts of rape, one count of endangering children and one count of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor.
The indictment accuses Jessup in the Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011, sexual abuse of a baby at her Camden Circle home.
Jessup allegedly performed sexual acts on the baby while videotaping the abuse and then sent the video to her boyfriend in another state.
Columbus police arrested Jessup Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011. The indictment did not indicate what led CPD to investigate Jessup.
If Jessup is convicted, she faces up to life in prison, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said.
Jessup will be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12 in Franklin County common pleas court.
Police have not released the name of the student, who they believe to be 15 years old, because he is a minor.
The search was prompted after the student refused to hand over a cell phone to a teacher and grew agitated, San Leandro police Lt. Greg Lemmon said.
Campus security was called in about 10:45 a.m. and took the student to the office.
Once inside, security officers noticed a possible knife clip in the student’s pants pocket, Lemmon said. They searched him and found the gun and what appeared to be marijuana, Lemmon said.
The school resource officer, Louie Brandt, arrested the teen, who was taken to the police station. He was at the Alameda County Juvenile Hall in San Leandro late Friday.
San Leandro High School, located at 2200 Bancroft Ave., does not have metal detectors installed.
Lemmon said guns on campus there is “extremely rare.”
New Castle DE Sept 11 2011 Three Delawareans were arrested Thursday after police say they attempted to steel copper wire and fittings from the Home Depot in New Castle.
New Castle city police say Lawrence J. Maichle, 20, of the unit block of Coquina Court in Townsend, Michael A. Lysinger, 23, of Smith Way in Milton, and Crystal L. Lysinger, 25, of 900 block of Blackbird Landing Road, were spotted by store security trying to load up their pockets, pants and bags with about $500 worth of supplies.
The three were charged with shoplifting and third-degree conspiracy.
Maichle and Michael Lysinger were both released pending a court hearing, while Crystal Lysinger was turned over to Delaware State Police for an outstanding warrant.
According to arrest affidavits, a store cashier identified as Kayla J. Cady, 36, 407 Cooper Street, West Monroe, was captured on store security cameras allowing her sister, Angela M. Aday, 32, 421 Hickory Street, West Monroe, and her sister’s boyfriend to leave the store with a large soft drink, a pack of cigarettes and three cases of beer without paying.
Camera footage depicted Cady acting like she was completing a transaction for the items, but never accepted any form of payment for the goods.
Upon contact with Cady, she admitted to intentionally allowing her sister to exit the store with the items in question without paying.
Cady and Aday were booked at Ouachita Correctional Center for theft of goods/shoplifting.
Somerville MA Sept 11 2011 Loss Prevention personnel at the K-MART store on Middlesex Avenue got more than they bargained for when they detained an alleged shoplifter last Sunday, according to reports.
Aniello Tiberi, 75, of Medford, was reportedly spotted putting a CD in his pocket and was stopped as he tried to leave the store.
While awaiting the arrival of police, Tiberi allegedly pulled a pocketknife on store employees and reportedly bit one of them.
He was eventually disarmed and charged with shoplifting by asportation and assault with a dangerous weapon.