BILOXI, MS Sept 12 2011 - Biloxi Police tell WLOX that officers were called to the Harrison County Juvenile Detention Center; several juveniles took over a section of the jail
Police say there was a nurse who was locked in a separate section of the jail in the process, but she was not harmed or in the same area as the juveniles.
All of the other employees were moved to a safe area.
Police say they were able to get the situation under control and the juveniles are no under police custody. No injuries were reported.
Baton Rouge NM Sept 12 2011 A man accused in the shooting deaths of three women and wounding of a man on Saturday surrendered to police early Sunday.
Courtney Williams, 21, surrendered to Baton Rouge Police about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, police spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said.
Police consider the shootings acts of domestic violence, McKneely said.
Police booked Williams, 3119 Midway St., on three counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder, McKneely said in a news release.
Williams is accused of killing Josephine Lathers, 76, and her granddaughter, Brittany Lee, 18, both of 1056 Progress St., and Clarisa Cobbing 19, 1520 Utah St.
They died at the scene of shooting, the Progress Street home shared by Lathers and Lee. The gunman attacked the victims in the living room and a bedroom of the home at 3:19 p.m., Saturday, McKneely has said.
Eric Dozier, 20, was wounded and taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Lakeisha Sutton, 19, a granddaughter of Lathers and close friend of Cobbing, said Williams is an ex-boyfriend of Cobbing.
She said Williams had been involved in prior domestic incidents with Cobbing, who was staying at Lathers’ home on Progress Street.
Sutton said she had gone with Cobbing last week to file a complaint with police about Williams taking Cobbing’s 2-year-old daughter from a relative’s house.
She said Williams, who is not the child’s father, had been texting and calling Cobbing, demanding that she withdraw the police complaint.
About two weeks ago, Sutton said, Williams was seen spreading gasoline outside the home on Progress Street, but “he was run off before he could set it on fire.”
Clarisa Cobbing’s aunt, Jackie Cobbing, separately confirmed both previous incidents.
McKneely on Sunday said he would not be able to confirm until Monday whether Clarisa Cobbing had previously filed a complaint against Williams for allegedly kidnapping her daughter, or if there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest at the time of the shooting.
McKneely also said no information was immediately available about the alleged arson attempt.
“I know some incidents have occurred that weren’t reported, domestic incidents,” McKneely said.
Excise officers issued tickets to 56 people for illegal possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages, with one person testing .224%BAC on a portable breath test. Last year, excise officers issued 35 tickets during IU’s game against Towson on Sept. 2, 2010.
Additionally, two adults were cited for furnishing alcoholic beverages to a minor and one adult was cited for providing false ID to a minor. Excise officers also cited two people for possession of false ID and one person for littering.
“State Excise officers will continue to ensure sporting events at Indiana University and other campuses are safe and orderly by assertively enforcing the statutes that prohibit underage individuals from consuming alcoholic beverages,” Superintendent Matt Strittmatter said.
“Binge drinking is too common among young people, and it can have serious adverse consequences that can result in permanent injury or death. The increased presence of State Excise officers will continue, so that students, faculty and others visiting college and university campuses across Indiana can do so safely,” he said.
Those issued summonses will appear in Monroe Circuit Court in October.
Indiana State Excise Police officers are the enforcement division of the Indiana Alcohol & Tobacco Commission. Excise officers enforce all state laws, but focus primarily on alcohol and tobacco violations.
The deputy has been identified as 41-year-old Matthew Swain of Fairmount.
State Police troopers and the Grant County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to a two-vehicle crash on County Road 950 East just north of State Road 26 just after midnight Sunday.
A preliminary investigation by Trooper Nate Raney revealed Swain was driving a 1970 Chevrolet Camaro southbound on County Road 950 East north of State Road 26. Swain crossed the center line and struck a Pontiac driven by Aubrie Wickham, 24, of Marion head on.
Swain, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the Chevrolet. He died at the scene from injuries sustained in the crash. Wickham was transported by Samaritan Helicopter to Lutheran Hospital in Ft. Wayne. She sustained broken bones and a head injury. Officers have yet to determine if she was wearing a seat belt.
This crash is still under investigation.
COLUMBIA, MO Sept 12 2011 University of Missouri police arrested a 25-year-old Columbia, Mo., man in the fire reported Saturday at the Ellis Library on the university campus.
The man was being held on suspicion of burglary and arson, police said.
Police said informants identified the suspect after the fire was reported, and he surrendered to police Saturday.
Firefighters discovered the fire after an alarm went off at 3:30 a.m. Saturday, according to the Associated Press. Authorities said the building’s sprinkler system suppressed the fire.
School officials told the Associated Press that the State Historical Society of Missouri, which has a facility on the ground floor of the library, also sustained some smoke and water damage.
The three attacks apparently occurred in a nine-day period beginning Aug. 18. Police say it appears that in all three cases the alleged assailant and the accuser knew one another.
Fort Police are investigating. No arrests have been made.
Campus and victim advocates say the incidents appear to be part of a national trend in which reports of sexual assaults increase when universities begin the fall semester. They say for many students it is their first time away from home and some experiment with drugs and alcohol, making them more vulnerable to attack.
Still, the attacks at the Fort Worth campus have raised concern among some students and parents.
NASHVILLE, Tenn.Sept 12 2011 – A Southwest Airlines flight bound for Baltimore was diverted to Nashville on Saturday after a passenger displayed “suspicious behavior” and a suspicious item was found, The Tennessean reported.
Southwest Airlines spokesman Chris Mainz said Flight 1307, which was scheduled to land in Baltimore at 2:40 p.m. E.T., was diverted because the crew “witnessed suspicious behavior specifically with regard to one passenger on board.”
Assistant FBI Special Agent Keith Moses said the passenger “had used the restroom on two occasions, once at pre-takeoff as the flight was delayed on the ground and a second time in flight.”
His behavior prompted a search of the restroom and a “suspicious item” was found, Moses said. He would not comment on the item except to say it was “non-explosive related.”
The flight, which had 115 people on board, was diverted to Nashville International Airport at 1:10 p.m. E.T.
Airport police and agents from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force met the plane at the gate in Nashville. Passengers were ordered to exit the plane and go through security screening while police investigated the plane, Nashville International Airport spokeswoman Emily Richard said.
The suspicious passenger was detained, interviewed by authorities, and cleared for flight. He was not charged with any wrongdoing and his identity was not released.
The flight continued to Baltimore from Nashville at 3:55 p.m. E.T.
WATERVILLE ME Sept 12 2011 — A Rhode Island man was arrested late Friday night at Colby College after he assaulted campus security officers and resisted detention, police said.
The man, James A. Farley, 20, of 787 Wordens Pond Road, Wakefield, R.I., was charged with assault, refusing to submit to arrest, failure to provide correct name and possessing alcohol as a minor, according to Sgt. Alan Main of the Waterville Police Department.
Farley was enrolled as a Colby College student last year, but he is not this year, according to Main.
Police reports say Farley got into a confrontation with campus security Friday night and police were called at 11:19 p.m. to the Cotter Union student center. Security officers reported that the man, Farley, was intoxicated and was physically fighting with them, Main said.
Main said two Waterville officers responded and Farley refused to cooperate and would not identify himself.
“They tried to take him into custody; he pulled away and had to be secured in handcuffs,” Main said.
Campus security officials on duty Saturday afternoon did not have further details on the incident.
Main said no serious injuries were reported. Farley was taken to the Kennebec County Jail in Augusta, where he remained late Saturday afternoon on $750 bail, according to a jail spokesman.
NASHVILLE, TN Sept 12 2011 - Metro police said a security guard and a gunman were shot at a Nashville nightclub early Sunday morning.
The shooting happened at about 1:45 a.m. at The Menages Club on 7th Avenue South.
“There was a disturbance inside the club,” said Capt. Ken Walburn. “One of the patrons was asked to leave. He became upset, and as he was leaving, he produced a handgun and opened fire on the security personnel.”
Walburn said that the gunman shot a security guard before he was shot by another guard at the club.
Both of the wounded were transported to Vanderbilt Hospital in critical condition, according to Walburn.
At the time of the shooting, the club was in the process of closing.
Luis Mendoza, 21, of Napa, was arrested after he admitted to possessing cocaine, American Canyon Police Sgt. Mike Milat said. The other man, Antonio Zepeda, 34, of Cordelia, was arrested on a warrant, he said.
Both men were booked into the Napa County jail, Milat said; Mendoza on suspicion of drug possession and Zepeda on the warrant, he said.
Huntersville NC Sept 12 2011 Police said a woman crashed her car after a police chase in Cornelius.
Police said they responded to a call at a Huntersville Kohls Saturday morning.
They said less than a half a mile away, in Cornelius, an officer saw the car matching the description as it pulled into a Home Depot.
Police said Antoinette Norris went inside, came back out and when an officer tried to stop her, she got in her car and tried to back him over.
Police said the officer was dragged briefly and Norris took off. The officer was not seriously hurt.
Officers said the chase ended at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Beratties Ford Road.
They said Norris slammed into two cars stopped at a red light before police arrested her.
Norris faces about a dozen charges, including assault on a police officer, speeding to elude a crime, and careless and wreckless driving.
Eyewitness News found out Norris has two previous larceny charges on her record. She also has several traffic violations including two charges of driving with a revoked license.
CORPUS CHRISTI TX Sept 12 2011 – Police say a woman caught stealing at La Palmera Mall, started hurting herself when she got caught.
Police say Natasha Morgan shoplifted from Dillards this afternoon. When she was confronted, officers say she grabbed a mirror from a cosmetics counter, broke it, and started slashing her arms with it. Police say she told them, two people waiting outside for her forced her to steal at gunpoint. Officers searched the car and found no weapon.
Morgan faces several charges including theft.
Saturday Eyewitness News found a federal indictment which said from 2004 to 2010 John Knox Bridges defrauded people out of more than $2.3 million.
The indictment said the 50-year-old convinced people to give him money for a fake oil pipeline company and retirement investments.
The indictment said, “In truth and fact, Bridges deposited the monies from these individuals into his personal Merrill Lynch account and used the money for international travel and personal living expenses.”
According to the indictment, The North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer is listed as a victim in Bridges’ alleged Ponzi scheme.
The indictment said he stole $600,000 from the museum in 2009 to cover up another scam. Eyewitness News tried reaching out to the museum for comment, but no one was available Saturday.
Police arrested Bridges on Thursday and he posted bond after pleading not guilty to charges of fraud and money laundering.
Eyewitness News went to his house in Salisbury Saturday to see if he wanted to talk, but no one was home.
A nearby neighbor said that news about the indictment has been spreading through the community.
“It was disturbing. This is a close knit neighborhood and we like to think of ourselves as a community, so it’s always shocking when you hear something like that,” said Tammie Casper.
Bridges asked for a jury trial and is expected to appear in court Oct. 3.
TACOMA, Washington Sept 12 2011 — Tacoma police say a man suspected of dumping a body in a trash can asked his neighbors for permission before placing the corpse in the receptacle.
Police spokesman officer Mark Fulghum says after the 20-year-old suspect talked to his neighbors, they went to the trash can in the 500 block of East 36th Street and saw the victim’s body. Fulghum says the couple left the area, spotted two gang unit officers nearby and told them about the body and their neighbor’s request to use the trash can to dispose of it. As the officers were investigating, the suspect walked out of a nearby residence and was taken into custody.
A woman who asked KIRO 7 not to use her name or show her face out of fear of repercussions said her next-door neighbor came to her home and asked her to help him dispose of a body.
“(He asked) if we would help him, that he just killed somebody and there was a dead body in his house, and if we would help him dispose of the body in the trash can in the alley,” she said. “He was really calm and laughing about it, so we thought it was a joke at first.”
The woman said her friend found the body in her trash can a short time later, when she said the suspect opened the lid as she was waiting to put some garbage inside.
“He lifted the lid and that’s when she saw the body in there,” the woman said of her friend. “(He said) ‘What do you think of this?’ I think it’s absolutely bizarre.”
Fulghum says the suspect admitted putting the dead man in the trash can, but has given three or four different versions about what happened.
“He’s given a few different variations of what took place,” Fulghum said. “So right now, we’ve got to sort out those and match the evidence and get the true story.”
The Pierce County medical examiner is performing an autopsy Thursday to determine the cause of death. Fulghum says the victim’s identification has not been confirmed yet.
The suspect has been booked into the Pierce County Jail on suspicion of murder. He’s expected to make his first court appearance Friday afternoon.