“Lock me up,” an officer recalled him saying. “I just beat my wife with a bat. She is hurt real bad.”
That’s the confession Plant City police say Dickey, 44, gave before he was arrested Sunday morning and charged with first-degree murder.
At Dickey’s home on Paddock Drive, authorities found his wife, 44-year-old Beatrice Ann Dickey, in the master bedroom with blunt-force trauma to the head. A bloodied aluminum baseball bat lay beside her.
Beatrice Dickey, the highest-ranking civilian employee of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, was flown to Tampa General Hospital and pronounced dead.
“Bea was an incredibly special person to all of us at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office,” Sheriff Grady Judd said in a statement. “She was not just our colleague, she was our dear friend. Our Sheriff’s Office family is hurting. This is a tremendous loss.”
She had joined the Sheriff’s Office in 1996, rising to her position as executive director of business affairs. She led and managed finances, human resources, training, fleet operations, information technology and business services. On the executive chain, she ranked third, below the sheriff and the chief of staff.
On the Facebook page for the Sheriff’s Office, a note about Beatrice Dickey gathered dozens of comments within hours. Former classmates, co-workers and strangers left prayers and mourned what they called a tragedy and a shock.
It had all started, Plant City police said, after Lawrence and Beatrice Dickey returned home from a Saturday night concert.
Lawrence Dickey woke up a son – both husband and wife each had two children from previous relationships – who had been sleeping on a couch. He hugged the boy and said, “I love you, your mother is an angel and will get you through this.”
The son, who was not named in a police report, heard Lawrence Dickey go into the garage and drop an object, a sound the son said he recognized as an aluminum bat hitting the floor.
Lawrence Dickey walked into the bedroom, and the son heard three thumps.
Then Lawrence Dickey went to the police and turned himself in. He was being held in the Hillsborough County Jail without bail.
Plant City police spokesman Tray Towles said he wasn’t aware of any history of domestic violence between the couple, who records show wed in 2007.
Lawrence Dickey has faced charges in Florida only once before, according to state records: In 1986, he was convicted of reckless driving and resisting an officer during arrest. A third charge of eluding law enforcement was dismissed.
Jail records list his employer as Walmart and his job there as asset protection.
Family members could not be reached or would not comment Sunday.
The father of Beatrice Dickey’s two sons declined to comment, saying only that she was a loving mother.
Beatrice Dickey was also a cancer survivor, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. She volunteered as the executive director of Polk Sheriff’s Charities, which supports public safety causes. She served on several organizations’ boards and was the treasurer of the Lakeland Kiwanis Club, where president Jim Malless remembered, “She always said ‘yes’ to doing anything.”
She was a creative force, Malless said, brainstorming and listening with a calm, “let’s get it done” attitude. He last saw her at a Kiwanis meeting Friday, where she was smiling.
“That never changed with her,” he said.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.
Washington DC Sept 22 2011 An armored car guard exchanged gunfire with at least one person in an apparent robbery attempt in northwest D.C. Wednesday morning.
At least two people tried to rob the vehicle outside a CVS Pharmacy in the 6500 block of Georgia Avenue near Underwood after the armored guard exited the store, police said.
A man shopping inside the CVS told News4 he heard gunshots and glass shattering. The witness told News4 when he walked outside the pharmacy, he saw two types of shell casings on the ground, indicating at least two firearms were involved in the incident.
Francis Watkins, another witness, said she saw the armored car guard running after the two suspects in the CVS parking lot.
A suspect suffered a gunshot wound to the head, police said. The suspect’s accomplice dropped him off at Washington Hospital Center to seek treatment, then ditched the car on the ramp to the emergency room after wiping off fingerprints, sources said.
Police found a gun in the car, News4′s Pat Collins reported.
Police are talking to two other potential suspects and searching two residences connected to suspects.
The getaway driver is not in custody. The wounded suspect is in critical condition.
Washington County or Sept 22 2011 The owner of a security company, Northwest Merchant Patrol, and two employees were accused of stealing from their clients.
The case: Washington County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an early morning call on Dec. 11, at Oregon Episcopal School, 6300 S.W. Nicol Road in Raleigh Hills. They arrested Stirling Anderson, 27, of Wilsonville, Sheldon McMillan, 22, of Beaverton, and David Smith, 39, of Wilsonville.
Deputies were called to the school after an employee of a different security company observed Anderson and his employee, McMillan, reportedly leaving the campus with stolen property. Searches by sheriff’s detectives at three residences turned up flat-screen televisions, laptops and digital cameras totaling more than $100,000 in value, authorities said. The items came from multiple clients of Northwest Merchant Patrol, authorities said.
Update: On Sept. 1, Anderson pleaded guilty to nine counts of second-degree burglary, six counts of first-degree theft, one count of second-degree theft and two counts of first-degree aggravated theft. McMillan pleaded guilty to four counts of first-degree theft and two counts of second-degree burglary. Smith pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree theft. A fourth defendant, Caitlin Christina Crenshaw, failed to appear last April and a warrant has been issued for her arrest.
Sentence: Anderson was sentenced today to four years, three months in prison with credit for time served and good time/earned time. Anderson was also ordered to have no contact with the victims or co-defendants. He also received the unitary assessments and fines and fees associated with the charges, according to Chris Lewman, deputy district attorney for Washington County.
McMillan was sentenced to two years, two months in prison and ordered to pay $27,504.99 in restitution jointly with Anderson. McMillan will also have one year of post-prison supervision, and is to repay attorney fees and other fines and assessments. The court recommended no contact with victims or co-defendants.
Smith was sentenced to 1 1/2 years of probation and ordered to pay fines and fees, plus have no contact with co-defendants.
Telford Shropshire UK Sept 22 2011 A security firm in the UK is using two parrots as “guard dogs” after they learned to “bark.”
The MP Guarding security company in the UK has some highly unconventional security guards in their employ! Their specially trained, dedicated security detail duo of Elvis and Cilla have been on duty at the MP Guarding security company, in Telford, Shropshire, UK for the past year and work mainly for treats and love.
You see, Elvis and Cilla are green-winged macaws who learned how to bark like a dog from a neighbors Scottish Terrier that would bark often. Hearing their two parrots bark (…with a Scottish brogue?) Elvis and Cilla’s owners, Trevor and Louise Bate, had the idea of using the birds as guard dogs at their security firm and it has paid off!
The good news is that Elvis and Cilla aren’t always barking like dogs and apparently can be quite affectionate and friendly parrots, asking for kisses, greeting the family when they walk in the door with a ‘hello.’ According to the The Sun UK, the macaw pair love treats so much that when give one they use the word ‘FABULOUS.’
“They’re part of the family, so I thought it was fair to include them in the family business,” Louise Bate told the Metro UK.
The security guard who was not licensed as a guard was hired to patrol two vacant buildings on Covington Street.
Police said the security guard was hired by the owners of the Hampshire and Cambridge houses to keep watch over the buildings in preparation of renovations. They said the guard, armed with a shotgun, shot and killed a 40-year-old man about 8:30 a.m.
Twenty-nine-year-old Edward Khalil of Oakland County’s Bloomfield Township was arraigned Tuesday in Detroit’s 36th District court on murder and possession of a firearm during a felony. A judge set Khalil’s bond at $50,000 cash.
He’s charged in Thursday’s killing of 50-year-old Tony Jones.
The victim, who had a second man with him, is suspected of trying to steal copper from the buildings.
The second suspect, the security guard and the owners of the buildings have all been taken in for questioning by police.
Police did not say if either of the burglars were armed.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a federal agency charged with enforcing anti-discrimination laws in employment, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Houston after failing to reach a voluntary settlement with the company.
The lawsuit alleged that qualified blacks and Hispanics were routinely denied positions at Bass Pro Shop stores and that managers of stores in Houston, Louisiana and other locations made derogatory racial comments acknowledging the practice.
Larry Whiteley, a spokesman for Springfield, Mo.-based Bass Pro Shops, said the company had not yet reviewed the lawsuit and could not immediately comment.
The nine-page complaint cites incidents at stores in Texas, Louisiana, Indiana and Alabama, but said the hiring discrimination and retaliation permeated multiple stores in various states.
At one store in the Houston area, the general manager allegedly told the human resources manager that “it was getting a little dark in here, you need to hire some white people,” according to the lawsuit. Other managers or supervisors used racial and ethnic epithets to describe blacks and Hispanics, the lawsuit says.
The EEOC also alleged that the company destroyed or did not retain documents related to applications and internal discrimination complaints.
The agency has asked for a permanent injunction against the company to keep it from continuing discriminatory hiring practices and an order that the company “make whole” black and Hispanic applicants and employees with back pay, fair hiring and reinstatement.
GULF SHORES, Alabama Sept 22 2011 — Police arrested four people after locating a meth lab in a tent in the Alabama Gulf State Park, officials said today.
Shawn McMullen was charged with manufacturing a controlled substance and trafficking in methamphetamine. (Baldwin County Corrections photo)
Gulf Shores patrol officers and narcotics investigators found the lab at the park campground at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sgt. Jason Woodruff said. Woodruff said the lab was in a tent pitched on one of the campground sites.
Woodruff said the lab was being used to manufacture methamphetamine at the time officers located the site.
Shawn Eugene McMullen, 37, of Robertsdale; Stephanie Lynn Harbison, 24, of Knoxville, Tenn.; and Joshua Eugene McMullen, 18, of Gulf Shores were each charged with first-degree unlawful manufacture of controlled substance and trafficking in methamphetamine, according to a Gulf Shores police statement.
The three were being held in the Baldwin County Corrections Center with their bail set at $1.02 million, according to jail records.
A 16-year-old girl was also arrested and charged with first-degree unlawful manufacture of controlled substance and trafficking in methamphetamine. The teen was not identified because of her age.
Woodruff said the case is under investigation by Gulf Shores police, but no other arrests are expected.
The proposed fee would be an up-front fee that would be added to the offender’s bond.
Because Aurora did not have booking fees, some people chose to turn themselves in on warrants in Aurora rather than other municipalities that did have booking fees, according to Aurora Police Lt. Keith Cross.
Cross said it takes two officers to book an offender for safety reasons, and a booking usually takes an hour. That averages to a cost of $66 per booking, Cross said.
“Part of the burden should be on the offender,” Cross said.
In 2010, Aurora Police booked 9,600 offenders, but the average has been 11,400 over the last three years.
Cross said that cost is currently being absorbed by the city. Oswego and Downers Grove police departments charge booking fees between $30 and $50. The cap a city can charge is $50.
“We can’t hold them if they can’t pay (the fee portion), but that would be a debt owed to the city,” Cross said. That debt would be collected through the collections process.
Earlier this year, the city instituted a $75 fee associated with failure to appear warrants, Cross said.
The American Civil Liberties Union is representing Karen Piper, then a visiting professor at Carnegie Mellon University. The lawsuit says Piper was a bystander when protests occurred near the university on Sept. 24, 2009.
That’s when officers used the Long Range Acoustic Device. The suit says the device “emits harmful, pain-inducing sounds over long distances.”
Piper says it damaged her hearing. Police have called it an effective crowd-control device.
City police referred a call for comment to the city Law Department, which didn’t immediately return a message.
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On Sunday, D’Iberville police said they found Wright, 43, stabbed to death multiple times in her apartment there. Authorities arrested Ruben Orlando Benitez, 45, who serves as the TSA’s assistant federal security director in Mississippi.
He remained jailed Tuesday in the Harrison County Adult Detention Center, where his bond is $3 million. An initial appearance could take place as early as today.
Wright was married to Lt. Anthony Wright of the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol. But the two had been separated.
Benitez and Wright had worked together at the Jackson airport.
Benitez had been working in Jackson for the past several years, coming here from Chicago, where his wife still lives, TSA workers said. Wright had worked initially as a screener and then as a lead screener before taking the job as a supervisor on the Gulf Coast, they said.
Authorities believe Wright and Benitez had a relationship, said Clay Jones, a spokesman for the D’Iberville Police Department.
Jones said authorities received a call early Sunday morning from a family member because Wright “hadn’t been answering her phone.”
The family member knew Wright lived in the Landmark Apartments but didn’t recall the exact number, he said. “She had just moved down about a month ago from Jackson so none of the neighbors knew her.”
The security guard at the apartment went with a police officer to her apartment, Jones said. After opening the door, they found her lying on the floor, he said.
She had been dead for some time, and there was no way to revive her, he said.
Authorities believe an altercation or struggle took place prior to her death, Jones said. “From the physical evidence on the scene, you could tell.”
After speaking to witnesses and co-workers, authorities developed a lead that resulted to the arrest of Benitez, he said.
News of the arrest of one of TSA’s top officials in Mississippi came the same day the Violence Policy Center issued a report that found 93 percent of women are killed by someone they know, “most often a spouse or intimate acquaintance.”
Many were killed “during the course of an argument,” the study says. Most often, perpetrators used guns.
“Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Stacey Wright’s family, friends and TSA colleagues during this sad and tragic time,” said spokeswoman Sari Koshetz.
“Grief counseling has been made available to TSA employees at Gulfport-Biloxi and also at Jackson-Evers International Airport where officer Wright previously worked,” she said. “We are cooperating fully with the law enforcement investigation into her death.”
Jones wouldn’t comment on whether a possible murder weapon or any fingerprints were found.
“We did collect evidence on the scene,” he said.
An autopsy is being done to help determine time of death, Jones said. “We don’t know the time at this point. We do know she had been dead for two or three days.”
BILOXI MS Sept 22 2011 — John Patrick Byrne faces up to five years in prison if found guilty of shoplifting a 12-pack of beer.
Police said Byrne, arrested Monday, has two prior shoplifting convictions, which make his latest charge a felony. Under state law, shoplifting an item worth less than $500 is a felony when a defendant has two prior convictions within seven years.
Police said the beer was taken Sept. 4 from a business in the 2300 block of Pass Road and a security officer recognized Byrne, which led to his arrest.
Byrne, 53, no address given, was held at the Harrison County jail on a $25,000 bond.
East Village NY Sept 22 2011 IHOP is so convinced its new East Village location is going to be an after-hours hipster hot spot that it has hired a bouncer.
An off-duty cop will stand guard outside the East 14th franchise each night from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. in order to keep the bar crowd at bay, manager Michael Carlos said, explaining, “When people have a few drinks, they can get rowdy.”
With the arrival of the pancake shop yesterday as an antidote for the after-midnight munchies, some longtime residents fear the trendy neighborhood will turn Rooty Tooty Fresh ’N Fruity.
“IHOP is bland and belongs in Times Square — it doesn’t make sense in the East Village,” said Niall Gibbons, a bar manager.
“The neighborhood has lots of character, but the character fades when something like this comes along.”
RAEFORD NC Sept 22 2011 — Hoke County High School beefed up security Tuesday following an on-campus brawl that involved nearly three dozen students Monday.
“He got his nose broke,” parent Cora Lokclear said. “There’s children got their nose broke and everything else yesterday.”
Locklear says her 16-year-old son is one of ten students charged. Authorities say about 30 students began fighting early Monday morning.
It took a small army of Hoke County Sheriff’s deputies to restore order.
“He said they were out there fighting like cats and dogs,” Locklear explained. “He said it all started in the cafeteria. You know what I told him. I told him mind your own. Do your own thing.”
Normally there are two or three Hoke County Sheriff deputies on campus. Tuesday there was an added presence to help keep the peace.
“We brought a lot of officers there during the breaks yesterday,” Hoke County Chief Deputy Gary Hammonds said. “When they changed from class to class, we had officers there. Then we had officers there again this morning.”
Although the fight was in the cafeteria, ABC11 was told the fight started Friday night at a football game.
Another parent, whose son was arrested, says the confrontation then spilled over from the game to a McDonald’s in Raeford. She thinks what happened on-campus Monday is part of a growing battle between Native and African American students.
School leaders aren’t sure about that claim.
“We did hear some racial concerns, but again like we said, we have not had a full investigation to address that,” said Patricia Hollingsworth, school spokesperson.
The school suspended 27 students Monday. Ten of those students were arrested, including three 14-year-olds, and they are facing charges.
School leaders are working to insure parents that their children are safe at Hoke High.
“We want the parents to know, of course, that we do have their children’s utmost safety as the priority for us, and we’ll do what is necessary to keep our children safe,” Hollingsworth added.
Manhattan NY Sept 22 2011 An upper Manhattan couple is on the run after abducting their eight children from a Queens foster care facility, cops said Tuesday.
Shanel Nadal, 28, went to visit her kids – seven boys between 4 and 11 years old, all named Nephra Payne, and an 11-month-old girl named Nefertiti – at the Forestdale agency on 112th St. in Forest Hills about 4 p.m. on Monday, police said.
During the visit, Nadal sneaked the youngsters out of the facility and disappeared, cops said.
Corey King, 31, whose sister Linda Mitchell has fostered five of the boys for the past three years, said he and his sister were devastated.
“These kids were taken away from their parents for domestic abuse,” King said. “We are worried for their safety. We are afraid they might get hurt.”
King said the children have lived with him and his sister in their St. Albans home for about three years.
“They came to us with emotional scars, but they are good kids,” he said. “They just need a good home. They are used to us now.”
Investigators believe the children’s father, Nephra Payne, 34, was also involved in the abduction. Police said they suspect the family is traveling in a black 1996 Chevrolet Suburban with New York license plate number EXZ5896.
They could also be in a black 2003 Ford sedan or a 1993 black Infiniti.
A spokesman for the Administration for Children’s Services said the agency is cooperating with the NYPD but declined to further comment.
Police ask anyone with information on the family’s whereabouts to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at (800) 577-TIPS.
Miami Fla Sept 22 2011 City officials have determined that for the past two years Kent Security Services has paid its workers less than the living-wage required by city law for work performed for the city government.
But the city didn’t answer questions on Tuesday from The Miami Herald about how many employees it believes were short-changed, how much they are owed, and what action it will take against the security company.
Kent, meanwhile, denies violating the law.
The alleged violations follow from complaints filed in April by a dozen Kent security guards with the help of a branch of the Service Employees International Union. The union doesn’t represent Kent guards, but has expressed an interest in organizing them.
“There is no valid excuse for underpaying hard-working men and women who keep Miamians safe and secure,” said Eric Brakken, director of the Florida chapter of 32BJ, a branch of SEIU that represents security guards.
Miami has a living-wage ordinance, which sets the lowest wage contractors can pay employees for work performed for the city. The exact amount depends on whether the employer provides health insurance, and is adjusted each year for inflation. Companies who want to work for the city must agree to pay the wage as part of their contract.
According to the city, from April 1, 2009, to March 31, 2011, the living wage for employees with health benefits was $11.66 per hour. A city review determined that more than 100 Kent employees received a wage less than that, some getting paid as little as $11.14 per hour.
But Kent says not all of these employees performed work for the city. According to Kent, fewer than two dozen of its 1,200 employees perform work for the city. The living-wage ordinance only applies to Kent employees who perform work for the city government.
Kent said it has followed the minimums set by the city, and made adjustments when the city informed the company of increases. But the company said it can only make adjustments when the city alerts it to an increase because the company has no way of knowing of possible increases.
“Kent paid employees as directed by the City of Miami,” the company said in an e-mailed statement. “Kent Security has always made every effort to meet or exceed both the letter of its contract with the City of Miami and the spirit of the Living Wage Ordinance.”
On Friday, Kenneth Robertson, city of Miami procurement director, sent an email to Frank Henry, Kent’s lawyer, stating that according to the contract it is Kent’s responsibility to stay informed on any increases of the minimum living wage, notify the city of any possible increases and adjust the hourly wage rates.
Every six months, Kent also is supposed to file a list of all employees and certify whether or not the company is paying them the minimum living wage. Kent has not done so, according to Robertson.
The living-wage ordinance states that the next step would be for the city to have Kent repay “wage restitution at its expense for each affected employee.” The city also has the option of fining the company $500 per employee for each week Kent did not comply with the ordinance. And the city could stop paying Kent for their services or terminate their contract altogether. As of mid-August , the city had paid Kent $358,858.24 during 2011.
Kent said it plans to communicate with the city and prepare records that show all employees who work under the city’s contract were paid the rates specified by the city.
One such employee is Edgar Dixon, 61, of Coconut Grove, who has been working with Kent since the company signed a contract with the city in 2007.
According to the city, Dixon has been paid $11.14 per hour for most of the work he did for the city through the Kent contract. At some points his hourly wage dipped to $7.25 per hour.
He said he and his coworkers are glad the city has determined Kent has not met the minimum living wage requirement.
“We are wondering what kind of pressure the city is going to put on Kent,” said Dixon, who works 40 hours a week at the Dinner Key Auditorium and Marina. “Are you going to force Kent to pay us the money we have been waiting for so long?”
Dixon added that Kent employees who work for the city government did not know that they were getting less than the minimum living wage until representatives from the SEIU told them.
“We had been working this whole time, and we never really knew about it,” Dixon said. “I just wish that the city really can do more. I know Kent likes to play games.”
Saratoga County NY Sept 22 2011 A veteran skydiver killed himself by shedding his parachute mid-air and freefalling 8,000 to his death.
Horrified bystanders watched as Robert Raecke, 60, hurtled to the ground on Sunday afternoon, after unbuckling his parachute above a New York field.
He had left a suicide note, police said, although the reason for him wanting to kill himself remains unclear.
His body was found in a New York field in the Saratoga County town of Northumberland, 35 miles north of Albany.
Mr Raecke, who was known as Señor, had skydived more than 9,000 times before and was an instructor at Saratoga Skydiving Adventures in Northumberland.
Saratoga County Sheriff’s Investigator Rick Capasso said an investigation by the sheriff’s department concluded the death was a suicide.
Mr Raecke’s body was found a ‘significant distance’ away from his parachute, witnesses said.
Bob Rawlins, from Saratoga Skydiving Adventures, said Mr Raecke was an seasoned skydiver with up to 40 years experience.
‘He was an experienced jumper with more than 9,000 jumps,’ he said.
A police spokesman said Mr Raecke ‘intentionally unhooked his parachute” after leaving the suicide note.
An autopsy found he died of blunt-force trauma.
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Roughly 4,200 law-enforcement officers from throughout Florida will be on duty and the state also will have 1,700 National Guard on hand the week of Aug. 27.
Charlotte, N.C., is adding a similar number of police for the Democratic National Convention the week of Sept. 3.
Jim Madden is the assistant commissioner for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
He told state legislators Tuesday that the state wants to avoid the clashes that occurred at the 2008 GOP convention in Minneapolis. Madden stressed that the state is not worried about peaceful protests, but he told legislators that there is a fear that radical groups and anarchists will target the event.
The bullet struck an embankment on the south side of the freeway and no one was hurt in the incident.
By Monday afternoon, Glendora Police traveled to Arcadia, one of the stops of the armored vehicle, and arrested Richard Chairez, 25, of Santa Ana on suspicion of recklessly discharging a firearm. He was held in Glendora Jail on $35,000 bail, said Glendora Police Lt. Brian Summers.
Summers said the suspect was a passenger guard and not driving the armored vehicle owned by Dunbar Armored.
The suspect was angry over domestic issues and upset with working conditions, Summers said. When the guard got out of the vehicle for a delivery at the next stop, the driver called his supervisor to report the incident.
The supervisor called Arcadia Police and the department contacted Glendora Police. Glendora Police responded to the next stop of the armored car and took Chairez into custody, Summers said.