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LAKE CITY, Fla.Oct 31 2011 (AP) — The battle for pizza supremacy has taken a wrong turn in Florida.
Two managers of a Domino’s Pizza restaurant in Lake City, in north-central Florida, have been charged with burning down a rival Papa John’s location. The motive? Police say one of the men admitted that he believed with his competitor out of the way, more pizza lovers would flock to his restaurant.
The Papa John’s was gutted in the Oct. 20 fire.
Both men — Sean Everett Davidson, 23, and Bryan David Sullivan, 22 — were booked on an arson charge and were being held in jail.
The Star-Banner of Ocala reports that police are still looking for an ignition device that the men claimed they made but did not use to start the fire.
When a bouncer asked 21-year-old Dustin McGee to leave Iquana’s, 1426 O St., shortly after 2 a.m., McGee argued with the bouncer, then grabbed him by the throat and “restricted his breathing for several seconds,” Lincoln Police Capt. Jim Davidsaver said.
Police officers arrested McGee on suspicion of felony strangulation and trespassing, because he refused to leave the bar, Davidsaver said.
McGee’s blood-alcohol content, which was measured when he was booked into jail, wasn’t included on a police report.
Douglas Maness, 22, was arrested after locking himself in the restroom at Sertinos. He drew the attention of Frys’ managers by placing the electronics under a large bag of dog food in a shopping cart, Sahuarita Patrol Officer Sam Almodova said.
When the store personnel approached, Maness said, “I’ll pay for this” and a manager said, “OK, we’ll watch.” Maness then put some items back on shelves, walked away quickly and then ran from the store, heading first to Chase Bank, then to Subway and finally into Sertinos, where he locked himself in the restroom, Almodova said. He did not take any items from Frys.
Police asked a manager to open the restroom and questioned Maness, who said he planned to sell the items.
Almodova said under state statute, when someone makes an attempt to commit shoplifting and has intent, he can be charged even without removing any items from a store.
“Guys come to Sahuarita and think it’s an easy mark, but don’t understand that down here they are a big fish in a small pond. They can get lost in the crowd in a bigger city, but here the spotlight is on them,” Almodova said.
Source:green valley news
CHILLICOTHE OH Oct 31 2011 — Chillicothe police, the Ross County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio Highway Patrol spent more than two hours Tuesday morning seeking a man who stole a bicycle from Super Kmart.
More than a dozen officers between the departments, including the patrol’s Special Response Team, three trained dogs and a patrol plane scoured a corn field along Seney Road across from Scioto Farm Supply.
Chillicothe police Chief Roger Moore said the concentrated effort was a result of two things — one, the suspect had fled police and risked the safety of others when he ran a red light as he crossed over North Bridge Street to Seney Road; and two, the patrol had extra people in the area who were able to respond.
Staff Lt. Jeff Carman, of the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Jackson post, said four people were in the area doing a routine quarterly inspection of the Chillicothe post of the patrol.
“The main reason we had so many people there is because it happened around shift change,” Carman said of the response.
The patrol requested the plane to assist in the search because it was a felony fleeing and eluding situation, but also because they’ll, “respond with any resources we have available,” Carman said.
The patrol’s special response team also was nearby as it was planning to train at the police department’s range on Seney Road. The team responded when Chillicothe police issued an alert to other agencies about a pursuit of a person fleeing in a vehicle, Moore said.
“I am grateful for all the assistance that the OSP and RCSO provided,” Moore said. “This is an example of the good working relationships that the city police has with the OSP, RCSO and others in the law enforcement community.”
Public Information Officer Bud Lytle said the theft report came in at 7:33 a.m. and the responding officer attempted to stop the man involved, who was driving a Chevrolet S10 pickup truck in the store parking lot. Instead of stopping, the truck accelerated out of the lot, allegedly ran a red light at North Bridge Street and almost caused a crash before making it onto Seney Road.
“As soon as he ran the red light, it became a felony fleeing and eluding, and not just a misdemeanor theft,” Lytle said.
As the officer began to pursue, the suspect ditched his truck, which had the stolen bicycle in the back, off the side of Seney Road around a curve past Scioto Farm Supply and ran into the field. A search effort was organized, and the road was blocked from North Bridge Street to Marietta Road.
At about 9:30 a.m., officers thought he might have escaped the perimeter when the Ross County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible carjacking at U.S. 23 and U.S. 35. The report turned out to be a domestic incident and not a carjacking, Sheriff George Lavender said.
Just before 10 a.m., officers found the shoplifting suspect — Jeffery L. Remy, 48, of Ray — attempting to flee the area along the railroad tracks that cross over Seney Road near North Bridge Street, Lytle said.
Remy has been charged with theft, failure to comply, criminal trespass and driving under suspension.
Frank T. Galazka of Almond Street, Philadelphia, was charged with three counts of shoplifting after security from the Target on Stafford Park Boulevard said Galazka left the store with a $599 vacuum cleaner without paying for it, police said.
Patrolman John Morrin and Detective Neil McKenna stopped Galazka on Route 72 near Lighthouse Drive and found he had the vacuum cleaner as well as numerous other items from Target and Home Depot, police said. The merchandise, valued at more than $1,700, was returned to Home Depot and Target, police said.
Police said Galazka was also wanted out of Philadelphia for retail theft at Targets in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Galazka’s bail was set at $25,000 and he was sent to the Ocean County Jail in Toms River pending a Superior Court hearing.
Police declined to provide a picture of the suspect.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. Oct 31 2011 — Police say the theft of iPods from a Louisville Walmart was an inside job.
According to an arrest report, the thefts took place on Oct. 20 and Oct. 23. Police say that on both occasions, 18-year-old Kendrick K. Johnson walked into the Walmart on Raggard Road, near the Greenbelt Highway, and took an unspecified number of iPods.
Police say an employee of Walmart and gave Johnson the key he needed to access the iPods.
Johnson is charged with theft.
According to the plea agreement, Ms. Calhoun, who worked from her Stockton home for a credit union, admitted that she accessed her employer’s customer account records with the intent to use their identities to obtain credit for herself.
The credit union was not identified in either the original indictment or in the plea agreement.
In January, Chanel Ann Blue, 47, of Hayward, was sentenced to 42 months in prison after pleading guilty to bank fraud, access device fraud, aggravated identity theft, and identity theft. She was the passenger in a car driven by Ms. Calhoun when it was stopped by the Highway Patrol in 2007 in Stockton.
A search of the car turned up a counterfeit drivers license in the name of one of the victims but with Ms. Blue’s photo along with a raft of other apparently stolen identification from a marriage certificate to fraudulent personal checks, court documents show.
Ms. Calhoun is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell Jr. in January. She faces a maximum statutory penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Three men, including one current and one retired ATI-Allegheny Ludlum employee, are accused of the theft, and police say it is not the first time the men have stolen nickel from the company.
State police arrested retired Ludlum steelworker Paul John Eberhardt, 52, of West Franklin, Armstrong County; Ludlum forklift operator Kenneth Scott Hill, 46, of Spring Church, Kiski Township; and Timothy Howard Angely, 44, of Tarentum, a driver for Don Martin Trucking in Saxonburg.
Each of the men was charged on Thursday with theft, receiving stolen property and conspiracy to commit theft of 17,636 pounds — more than 8 1/2 tons — of nickel briquettes that were sold to a scrap yard in Lawrenceville.
Troopers went to the scrap yard on Friday to talk with its owners about the case. They have not been accused of any wrongdoing.
Nickel is a raw material that Allegheny Ludlum uses to make steel alloys.
State police Lt. Tom Dubovi said Trooper Steven Liston traced the steel from the scrap yard to a plant in Texas.
Dubovi said police believe Hill used the forklift to load large bags of nickel into a trash container.
Investigators believe Angely later arrived in a truck to empty the trash container and drive away with the stolen goods. The men then separated the nickel from the scrap either at Eberhardt’s residence in West Franklin or at an old strip mine in Armstrong County, police said.
ATI spokesman Dan Greenfield declined to comment about Eberhardt or Hill.
The 17,600 pounds of nickel were in four white “super sacks” taken from the steel mill along River Road between 6 p.m. Oct. 14 and 8 a.m. Oct. 17, police said.
Each sack weighs slightly more than 4,400 pounds and has a value of almost $9 a pound.
Police said the nickel was sold to the Lawrenceville scrap yard, which sold it to a company in Terrell, Texas.
Scrap yard owners could not be reached for comment.
Eberhardt, Hill and Angely admitted stealing nickel from the mill on previous occasions, Dubovi said.
The trio was arraigned in Night Court and released on $25,000 bond each to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Wednesday.
Denver CO Oct 31 2011 A thief who tore the pinky finger off a Cherry Creek mall shopper while stealing an iPad was sentenced today to 25 years in prison.
Brandon Smith, 22, apologized to the victim, Bill Jordan, who did not appear in court for the sentencing hearing because he fears for his life.
That is because Smith also tried to solicit someone to kill Jordan so that no witness could testify against him for the theft.
“I would like to say I am sorry for what I did for messing up Bill Jordan’s finger and everything,” Smith said during his hearing. “All of this was motivated by drugs. I wish Bill Jordan were here today so he could hear me tell him I am sorry.”
Smith pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery for the iPad theft, netting himself a 25 year sentence.
He also pleaded guilty to assault in the second degree related to the attempt to have Jordan killed garnering another 12 years in prison. A third robbery charge was also part of the plea agreement and got him an additional four years in prison.
Denver District Judge Edward Bronfin ruled the sentences would run concurrently for a total of 25 years behind bars.
On April 15, 2010, Jordan was headed out of the mall when Smith grabbed onto his shopping bag to take the iPad.
The strings from the bag were wrapped around Jordan’s hand and when Smith pulled on him, he tore away the skin on Jordan’s left hand and the pinky finger had to be amputated.
Prosecutors later learned Smith sent a letter from jail asking a friend to take care of Jordan so that he could not testify against him.
Smith’s sister, Elizabeth, addressed the judge to try to plea for leniency for her brother.
“He didn’t mean to hurt anyone,” she said. “He planned to go to college and finish school but he didn’t make it there.”
But the judge called Smith a danger to the community, citing his juvenile record where he tried to return some stolen shirts at the Park Meadows Mall and threatened employees that he would return with a gun.
“What I have seen is Mr. Smith simply trying to game the system and work things to his advantage,” Bronfin said. “Hopefully the Department of Corrections will give him guidance.”
Southington CT Oct 31 2011 A Plainville woman is facing a larceny charge after police said she took a carriage full of items valued at more than $1,300 out of target without paying, according to a police report released Wednesday.
Carrie Cello, of 12 Usher Ave. in Plainville, was taken into custody at her home by Plainville officers and turned over to the Southington Police Department. She was charged with one count of fourth-degree larceny and released after posting a $2,500 bond, police said.
“She was seen on store security cameras pushing a shopping cart full of goods right by the cash registers and out of the store,” said Sgt. Lowell DePalma. “An employee followed her out the door and was able to get the registration of a tan SUV she drove away in.”
According to police reports, Target officials called police after seeing the crime. They said she refused to stop when approached and took off before employees could stop her.
Plainville officers met her at her home after police learned where she lived by researching the registration information for her SUV and found a car full of items. Cello told police she “had paid cash but wasn’t given a receipt.”
The list of items stolen included designer clothes, boots, shoes, DVDs, batteries, reusable Target bags, food, magazines, various toys, an automated pet toy and various styles of gift wrapping paper, according to police reports. The items are valued at $1,349.
This is the second time this year that area police have arrested Cello, 32, in connection with a major shoplifting thefts.
Farmington police arrested her in a similar case, according to court records, and she was granted accelerated rehabilitation. Details of that were not immediately available on Thursday afternoon.
DePalma said that unfortunately, these attempted thefts can be common in the last few months of a year.
“With the holidays coming up, there is a spike in not only shoplifting, but burglaries and robberies, especially in a tough economy,” DePalma said. “We are already providing informational sessions to help residents and officers are adjusting their patrols to respond in a pro-active manner.”
Alamo CA Oct 31 2011 A former employee at the Alamo post office has been convicted by a federal jury of exchanging fake money made in Nigeria for real currency at his cash register.
Emmanuel Odion Esezobor, 51, of Hayward stole $13,800 from the U.S. Postal Service and passed counterfeit bills at the Alamo post office in February and March. A U.S. District Court jury in Oakland convicted him Thursday on one count of theft of public money and seven counts of passing counterfeit money.
Authorities said Esezobor bought money orders with counterfeit currency that he placed in his cash register and cashed the money orders to pay utility bills.
Authorities began investigating Esezobor in October, when a supervisor at the Alamo post office at 160 Alamo Plaza found $100 bills in his cash register that “did not feel like … a genuine bill,” Secret Service Special Agent David Stewart wrote in an affidavit.
Undercover agents with the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General went to the Alamo post office on two occasions in February and bought money orders from Esezobor, Stewart said. After each transaction Esezobor went to his parked car, where investigators believe he switched real money with fake currency, the affidavit said.
At the end of each day, supervisors found fake $100 bills in his register, authorities said.
Janette Dunn, a Santa Barbara resident, allegedly took $1,635 from the theater while working there between July 11 and August 25. She pleaded guilty on October 25 and was sentenced to a short term in County Jail and three years of probation. She must also make full restitution, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Employee theft is a growing problem, according to DA Joyce Dudley. “The District Attorney’s Office will continue to identify these crimes, prosecute them, and obtain restitution for the victims,” Dudley said in a statement.
Source:santa barbara independent
ATHENS, Ohio Oct 31 2011- Police reported that 50 people were arrested Saturday night and Sunday morning during the city’s annual Halloween block party near the Ohio University campus.
According to police, this year’s crowd was light during the early hours of the event but increased in size later in the evening. The crowd size was typical of past years, police said.
All crowds broke up at about 1 a.m. Sunday and police cleared Court Street by 2:30 a.m.
Emergency medical personnel said that they received an increase in calls from last year. By 3 a.m., they said they responded to 46 calls for assistance, with mostly alcohol-related incidents.
Thirteen block party-related patients were taken to O’Bleness Memorial Hospital by 3 a.m., police said.
“The evening was relatively calm in the event area,” said Athens Safety-Service Director Paula Moseley. “The City of Athens is grateful to the collaborative efforts and planning with Ohio University, Athens County Sheriff’s Office and the Clean and Safe Halloween Committee and all of the Athens City and outside supporting agencies.”
Police said that out of the 57 service calls they received, the majority were for disorderly intoxication and drunken person complaints. Seven people were arrested for underage drinking.
New Orleans LA Oct 31 2011 Officer Carey Dykes, a 13-year veteran, took a woman to a motel for sex while on the clock.
Officer Patrick O’Hern was accused of firing his weapon into his personal vehicle, disobeying orders and drinking on duty.
Five current or former New Orleans police officers were convicted in August in the Danziger Bridge case. They are,t: Kenneth Bowen, Robert Faulcon, Robert Gisevius, Arthur Kaufman and Anthony Villavaso.
Capt. Gwen Norwood downgraded reports of sexual assaults, then came under investigation for payroll fraud related to detail work at the University of New Orleans.
Officer Justin Ferris broke NOPD chase rules, resulting in a fatality, then allegedly lied about it.
Fired. Fired. Retired under investigation. Fired. And the list goes on and on.
From officers involved in the Danziger Bridge shootings to a mother-son cop tandem who allegedly beat down a club bouncer in May while off duty, nearly 50 sworn officers in New Orleans have been booted from the force in the past 18 months or have resigned or retired while under investigation or awaiting punishment.
The pace has increased in 2011, the first full year under NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas, who took office in May 2010 with a mandate to scrub a scandal-riddled department that has come under intense national scrutiny, with a federal consent decree looming.
Every 10 days on average so far this year, an NOPD officer or higher-ranking cop either is fired or leaves the force while under investigation, according to records from the department’s Public Integrity Bureau. In the four months before Serpas took office, the rate was less than one a month.
Even his toughest critics, who rap Serpas over disciplinary decisions they consider far too politically inspired, call many of the firings necessary additions-by-subtraction following officers’ arrests or convictions for serious crimes.
New Orleans Police Department Former NOPD officer Henry Hollins was sentenced to 45 years in prison for attempted aggravated rape and kidnapping.
Henry Hollins was sentenced in March to 45 years in prison for attempted aggravated rape and kidnapping of a woman he picked up in 2009.
Officer Rydell Diggs, though a judge found him not guilty, was accused of beating a man and lifting cash from his wallet during a 2007 traffic stop in the Carrollton neighborhood.
Officer David Ogozalek lost his job in a plea deal for spitting on a fellow officer while being arrested for drunken driving. A few months earlier, he was cleared in a wrongful-death civil lawsuit filed by the family of a man who died as Ogozalek and two other cops tried to restrain him.
At least 28 officers either have left the NOPD in the past two years following arrests or remain on suspended status, according to records compiled by the Times-Picayune.
Force is shrinking
With a freeze on hiring that is only now melting, with a federal grant to bring on 16 new cops, the house-cleaning has taken a toll on the size of the force. It is responsible for about a third of the 12 percent decline in the NOPD’s ranks since Serpas took office.
The active force now stands at 1,353, a decline of 188 officers — or nearly 10 a month — including regular attrition from retirements and resignations, Serpas said. The department has not replaced any of them, forcing what Serpas describes as a “reordering” to manage what he estimates as a shortfall of about 200 cops.
Under the department’s budget for next year, staffing is expected to stay level. Serpas said he expects to be able to hire new cops to replace officers who leave the force.
“It’s taken a little longer than I thought to go through some of this. I didn’t expect we’d have this many people” sent packing, said Serpas, who returned to New Orleans by way of Nashville. “I was gone a long time and didn’t realize, I just didn’t realize how far the department had slipped.”
His ax has cut deep and wide. So far this year, the department has dismissed a captain, two lieutenants and nine officers. Fifteen others — including Assistant Superintendent Marlon Defillo, Police Commander Eddy Selby, two captains, a lieutenant, two sergeants and eight officers — have resigned or retired under investigation or while awaiting discipline.
The list does not include 21 recruits who were dismissed last year, in part under budget pressure but largely because they didn’t cut the academic mustard, according to Serpas.
One of them, Stephen Ducksworth, resigned June 30, 2010, after he was arrested in a domestic violence incident; he allegedly fired a gun illegally, damaged property and tried to harm his girlfriend at his home in eastern New Orleans.
Most of what Deputy Chief Arlinda Westbrook describes as a process of “complete purging” has followed investigations into actions taken by officers while on duty — about three for every off-duty incident that has resulted in a dismissal or departure.
“There are so many cases. It doesn’t feel like it’s slowing down,” said Westbrook, who heads the Public Integrity Bureau.
Pushing for dismissals
The standard for dismissal is far lower than for a criminal prosecution, and Westbrook said she came in last year with a charge to push the envelope.
“If it’s legal,” she said, “we’re doing it.”
Still, some officers who were involved in notorious cases that have cast the department under a dark cloud, including the Danziger Bridge shootings and the fatal beating of Raymond Robair, remain on the active police roster, including five officers who now sit in jail.
That frustrates Westbrook, who also has pushed to dismiss officers who have long been on leave with little sign of returning to the beat.
“I shouldn’t have to go through a process where people are in jail after being (convicted). I should just be able to get rid of ‘em,” she said.
The civil service appeal process can run years, and the jury is still out for all but one of the officers who have filed appeals following their dismissals.
The Civil Service Commission recently upheld the firing of Jason Lewis, who pleaded guilty last year to a count of animal cruelty after his K-9 cop, Primo, died from heat stroke when Lewis left him unattended in a hot police vehicle.
Serpas declined to discuss individual cases.
‘Dissension in the ranks’
Critics argue that Serpas has focused too much on the stick of heavy discipline, and not enough on re-training salvageable cops, new crime initiatives or other steps to revitalize a moribund department from within.
What rankles many in the rank-and-file is not the department’s response to the most egregious cases, but a slew of suspensions, letters of reprimand and lesser disciplinary actions that are filling up personnel files — for instance, complaints over an officer’s demeanor or language during an arrest. Some cops say such verbal jujitsu is a necessary tool on the street.
So far, the department has meted out 170 disciplinary actions against cops this year, including 118 suspensions. That, too, is up from last year. The numbers do not include resignations or retirements while under investigation.
Under the disciplinary system, the penalties are progressive, so minor dings can mean worse penalties later.
“You’re seeing dissension in the ranks. There’s no morale. They don’t want to work. They’re tired of being picked on. And those are the good cops,” said Raymond Burkart III, an attorney for the Fraternal Order of Police who represents several officers before the Civil Service Commission.
“You can’t just do negative reinforcement. They’re treated as bad cops whether or not they are guilty of something. He (Serpas) makes them feel that way.”
“As long as there are rules, you’re going to have people who break those rules,” said Donovan Livaccari, another attorney who represents cops. “I’d rather them do an investigation and say my guy didn’t do anything wrong than have this cloud over them. But at some point it’s nonsense. I think we’re seeing a little bit more of investigations of stuff that’s nonsense.”
When it comes to firings, the degree of slashing at NOPD is “not outlandish” for a Police Department that clearly needs it, said Dennis Jay Kenney, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice who has reviewed some NOPD investigations.
A scathing U.S. Justice Department report on NOPD in March found that “too many officers of every rank either do not understand or choose to ignore the boundaries of constitutional policing.” The report also found a dearth of clear policies and training.
“I’m not surprised the police would have that (sour) feeling. That’s partly because it’s not a very good Police Department, and it hasn’t been for a very long time,” Kenney said. “Their ability to follow procedures that the rest of the profession just bodily accepts, they don’t. It suggests they’re a poorly trained department and weren’t terribly well selected.”
In a handful of cases, officers have inked their resignations as part of plea deals for lesser sentences or dropped charges. Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro has defended the moves against sharp criticism, saying that it was more important to ensure that a bad officer left the force, as opposed to risking a misdemeanor conviction or acquittal that could mean a legal fight.
Felony convictions mean automatic firing.
“Our policies are very clear: If you make a bad choice or decision unintentionally, your chances of surviving are pretty good,” Serpas said. “But if you make a decision that’s purposefully bad, immoral or unethical, your chances of being employed are very slim. If you’re going to be convicted of a felony, there’s no room in the department for you.”
Serpas said he sees progress, which he attributes to the “you lie, you die” policy he implemented last year — which sets termination as the penalty for lying — and a decree that officers who file false or inaccurate reports can be fired.
Only a handful of dismissals have resulted, but Serpas said more cops are beginning to report bad policing early on, rather than risk disciplinary action by staying silent.
According to Serpas, the department also is in “the final stages” of reworking the police training academy and curriculum, under the guidance of Department of Justice experts.
A year ago, the Civil Service Commission approved new guidelines recommended by Serpas for new recruits to have at least two years of college or military experience.
Better training will help, Kenney said. Better recruits might help more.
“If you’re just feeding garbage in at the bottom, you just have younger versions coming in. You have to severely tighten up what you feed in and design performance appraisals that actually hold people accountable,” Kenney said.
“Good cops probably dislike the bad ones more than anybody. It’s difficult at first because you have to publicly purge. Gradually that process works its way through. The bad news is, it’s not a quick process.”
SHELBY COUNTY, Alabama Oct 31 2011 — The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office has identified the three victims found dead Friday in the 300 block of Roubdioux Road.
Anita M. Castillo, 53, Phyllis J. Castillo, 78, and Melvin R. Jones, 58 all lived at the Roubdioux Road residence, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. Phyllis Castillo is identified as the other two vicitms’ mother.
Sheriff Chris Curry said Friday no weapons had been recovered, but today’s news release said a handgun was located near the bodies.
“The investigation into their deaths is continuing,” the news release said. “Investigators will wait for autopsy and toxicology results to determine the cause and manner of death.”
Curry said a deputy reported he had been at the residence several months before on a domestic dispute call.
The Sheriff’s Office is urging anyone with information about this investigation to call 669-4181 or to call the secret witness line at 669-9116. Information also can be provided by going to the Sheriff’s Office website under “report criminal activity” and choosing the “General Information” category.
It was spurred by a recent incident at Bridgeport Village, where a young security guard told two young mothers that they should stop breast feeding in an outdoor children’s play area. Breast-feeding in public is protected by Oregon law; it is legal to breast-feed children in public places.
“I’m not surprised that people aren’t aware of the law because I wasn’t aware until I had my own baby and was breast-feeding,” said Bonnie McNeil. “And it’s not something that people, especially without babies, ever think about.”
She was one of the mothers the security guard told to cover up, or go somewhere else to nurse.
Bridgeport Village management said the recent incident was an isolated one, and they would work harder to educate anyone working at the shopping center about the rights of breast-feeding moms. Bridgeport Village supported the nurse-in, and provided cookies for the group.
“We are community center and we welcome moms,” said Sarah Sumpter with Bridgeport Village. “We are just really pleased with the turnout and that we’ve all come together to be on the same page and make it a positive thing.”
PITTSBURGH PA Oct 30 2011 (AP) — While firefighters in Pittsburgh were at City Hall getting flu shots, the trucks they parked outside were getting parking tickets.
The trucks were parked for about 5 minutes Wednesday in permit-only spaces reserved for City Council members. But council President Darlene Harris denies any involvement.
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl says the tickets never should have been issued. He says firefighters were encouraged to get flu shots to stay healthy.
Firefighters union attorney Josh Bloom says they drove the trucks to City Hall so they could stay on duty.
Fire Chief Darryl Jones tells KDKA-TV he has appealed the tickets. He says he’ll ask a judge for leniency.
WELD COUNTY, Colo.Oct 30 2011 — The Weld County Sheriff’s Office arrested a security guard in Longmont who they say impersonated a cop by trying to pull someone over.
It happened at around 8 p.m. on Thursday. Sheriff’s deputies said the security guard, identified as Tonyo Lopez from Longmont, tried to pull over Zach Riley.
Riley said he was driving his black Chevy pick-up truck out of the Longview Communities Trailer Park in Longmont Thursday night when he noticed something in his rear view mirror.
“I saw red, blue, yellow lights. I thought it was a police car,” Riley said.
Riley said he pulled his truck over and that’s when he realized this wasn’t a normal traffic stop. He says Lopez asked him for proof of insurance and that he noticed Lopez wasn’t a police officer, but a security guard.
“His badge said security guard on it, but he told me he was an officer of the law,” Riley said.
Sheriff’s deputies said Lopez works as a security guard at the Longview Communities Trailer Park in Longmont and that he wears a security guard uniform. He also drives a white SUV that has flashing lights like a police car, but he is not a police officer.
Riley said when he realized Lopez was not a police officer he started to drive his truck forward and that’s when Riley says Lopez became violent.
“He jumped up and put his arm around my neck, pulled down on me and with the other hand he reached over and slammed my truck into park,” said Riley.
Riley said that when Lopez put his truck into park while he was driving it damaged his transmission.
He said he was able to get Lopez off of him and then call 911. Weld County Sheriff’s deputies arrived and arrested Lopez for impersonating a police officer. Deputies said it is illegal for anyone other than police to make a traffic stop. They also charged Lopez with criminal mischief for damaging the transmission to Riley’s truck.
Weld County Sheriff’s deputies said Lopez bonded out of the Weld County Jail at around 3:30 Friday afternoon. He is facing two felony charges with the max sentence for both being five years behind bars.
San Antonio TX Oct 30 2011 A dispute between two motorists that San Antonio police said turned into a road rage incident ended Friday when one of the men shot himself in the head, possibly by accident, officers said.
Police said a preliminary investigation shows the man, believed to be in his mid-30s, shot at the other man’s vehicle before he shot himself.
Witnesses told authorities the man was seen arguing with a 24-year-old man just before 3 p.m. at a Citgo gas station in the 11800 block of Starcrest Drive on the North Side.
The two drove to the corner of Jones Maltsberger Drive and Burning Trail, but police did not describe their progress there as a chase. At the intersection, witnesses said they saw the younger man get out of his Dodge Ram pickup and start waving his hands to warn drivers behind him to back away, said Police Chief William McManus.
Police said the man in the other vehicle, a Nissan pickup, had stopped in front of the Dodge.
He fired a shot at the Dodge’s windshield while sitting in his Nissan and then turned the gun on himself and fired again, police said.
“It appears to be self-inflicted or accidentally self-inflicted,” McManus said.
Police did not release the names of the drivers. McManus said that based on what police knew, no charges were contemplated, but investigators were still questioning the younger man Friday evening.
Chicago IL Oct 30 2011 Choking back tears, Wilda Garcia told a crowded Cook County courtroom Friday that the hardest thing for her since the fatal shooting of her brother, Chicago police Officer Alejandro “Alex” Valadez, was knowing that his son and namesake, born after the murder, will never get to know him.
“My brother would have been such a wonderful father, and I can just picture him goofing around with his little boy,” Garcia testified during the sentencing hearing for Shawn Gaston, convicted last month of the murder.
Minutes later, the reputed gang member sat expressionless as Judge Jorge Alonso imposed the maximum sentence possible — 125 years in prison.
Valadez, 27, who had been a cop for less than four years, worked nights in the high-crime Englewood and West Englewood neighborhoods on the South Side. He and a partner had responded to a report of shots fired in the 6000 block of South Hermitage Avenue just after midnight on June 1, 2009.
Ironically, prosecutors said, the target of that shooting had been Gaston and other alleged Gangster Disciples. Out for revenge, Gaston, who’d fled the scene, returned in his mother’s car a few minutes later and fired several shots, killing Valadez, prosecutors said.
A jury convicted Gaston last month of Valadez’s murder and the attempted murder of a witness who was talking to the officer when the shots rang out. Two other defendants, Kevin Walker and Christopher Harris, are awaiting trial in connection with the slaying.
Gaston’s lawyer, John Paul Carroll, was animated and often times shouted during the hour he argued for a new trial, complaining how the large number of officers in support of Valadez during the weeklong trial created an atmosphere that he said was unfair to Gaston.
“Police officers can come in here,” Carroll, himself a former Chicago police detective, told the judge. “But they took (away) the fairness of the trial.”
Carroll also compared the case to the classic novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” in which a black man was falsely accused of raping a white woman in the South.
But the judge dismissed that analogy to Gaston, who is African-American.
“Apparently I saw a different trial than Mr. Carroll. I read a different book than Mr. Carroll,” Alonso said. “(There was) nothing improper in the way the trial proceeded.”
In brief remarks, Gaston apologized to his own family for the “pain I’ve put them though” but continued to maintain his innocence.
“I’m not going to stop until my innocence is proven,” he said.
State Police Spokesman David Sneed says Timothy Johnson was wanted on a warrant for attempted murder. He reportedly was involved in a domestic dispute at his home in Kentucky around eight Friday morning where his wife was shot in the leg.
Police were looking for Johnson’s pickup after receiving a tip that Johnson may be in the Mt. Vernon area. The truck was initially spotted near mile post 90 south of Mt. Vernon. The trooper followed the vehicle until more police units were in place. The vehicle was eventually stopped at 12:45 Friday afternoon by officers from several police agencies.
As police were exiting their vehicles, they heard what was believed to be a gunshot coming from inside Johnson’s pickup. Officers then found Johnson had shot himself. They broke out a window to render first aide. Johnson was taken to Franklin County Hospital in Benton, where he later died.
RICHFIELD TOWNSHIP, OH Oct 30 2011 – A beloved teacher and volunteer firefighter is dead after she stopped to help at the scene of a car accident.
That accident happened around 7:30 this morning at the intersection of US 20 and Fulton-Lucas Road in
Richfield Township. Police say a semi rear-ended a van making a turn onto Fulton-Lucas Road.
That’s when Charlotte Adair, 45, teacher, a firefighter, and a mother, stopped to help.
She was directing traffic when she was hit and killed by a Ford Escape driven by Richard Bigras.
No charges have yet been filed.
Adair remembered as someone who was always willing to help.
“Known as Charlie to friends, Mrs. Adair to her sixth grade students, Charlotte Adair had worked here at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Assumption for seven years. Tonight this entire community is mourning,” said Linda Justen, Holy Trinity Catholic School Principal.
Grief counselors were on hand today at Holy Trinity Catholic School.
“She really cared, she cared deeply for her children,” said Linda Justen, Holy Trinity Catholic School Principal.
Adair’s current and former students are distraught.
“My daughter had her last year and she’s devastated,” said Christina Krempec, a Holy Trinity Parent and Adair’s Friend
After learning that Adair had been killed in a car accident, Chief Ronald Tate of the Richfield Township Fire Department, said he was going through an, “extreme amount of shock, disbelief.”
The Richfield Township Fire Department, where Adair volunteered for nearly six years, responded to the scene.
“[She was a] very spunky kind of person that just lit up the room,” said Chief Ronald Tate of the Richfield Township Fire Department
Krempec said the way Adair died showed the kind of person she was.
“I just think about her smile and how much the kids loved her because she was so happy,” said Krempec. “You can tell from how this happened that she gave her life for other people.
Neighboring fire departments have volunteered to cover. As Adair’s colleagues deal with her loss and a school community counts on its faith to get through.
Miami Fla Oct 30 2011 A Miami police officer was arrested at gunpoint and charged with reckless driving after going 120 mph on Florida’s Turnpike in Broward County earlier this month while on his way to his second job, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
A highway patrol trooper, with her gun drawn, arrested Fausto Lopez, 35, who ignored repeated warnings to stop, according to authorities.
Neither Lopez nor representatives of the Miami Police Department could be reached for comment.
A spokesman for the FHP in Broward, Sgt. Mark Wysocky identified Lopez as a Miami police officer.
The incident, first reported by Univision 23, started at 6:28 a.m. Oct. 11 on the southbound turnpike at Commercial Boulevard, when a trooper, identified as D.J. Watts, saw a Miami patrol car switching lanes in a dangerous manner, according to the report.
Watts turned on her lights and siren but couldn’t reach Lopez, who was driving more than 120 mph, the report said.
At about 6:33 a.m., Watts caught up to Lopez. When she pulled in back of Lopez’s car, she once again activated her lights and siren, but Lopez ignored the warnings, according to the report, and kept going.
Finally, at 6:35 a.m., seven minutes after the start of the high-speech chase, Lopez stopped his car near Hollywood. An FHP video given to Univision shows how Watts approaches Lopez’s car with her gun drawn.
“She drew her gun for her own safety based on the actions of the driver,” Wysocky said.
Watts ordered Lopez to step out of the vehicle, handcuffed and detained him. As he was getting out of his vehicle, Lopez explained to Watts that he was driving so quickly because he was late to his off-duty job, which started at 7 a.m.
Lopez was released, but was criminally charged with reckless driving, which is considered a second-degree misdemeanor.
Authorities on Friday arrested two Virginia Beach men on charges of selling 20 machine guns and 15 improvised explosive devices to an undercover agent.
A spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it was surprising to find such a high volume of high-caliber weaponry in this area.
Leonard Clarence Davis, 42, and Christopher Aaron Phillips, 50, made initial appearances Friday afternoon in U.S. District Court. Magistrate Judge Tommy E. Miller ordered them jailed pending bond hearings on Wednesday.
According to a court filing, the men are accused of manufacturing machine guns and IEDs at Phillips’ business, Combat Weapons Coatings on Pleasure House Road, and selling them from Davis’ home in the 3800 block of Sunstream Pkwy. Both locations are in Virginia Beach.
Davis and Phillips are charged with conspiracy to possess and transfer unregistered machine guns. More charges are expected.
They said little in court, other than to answer the judge’s questions with “Yes, sir,” and “No, sir.”
According to the ATF, an undercover agent purchased 20 machine guns and 15 IEDs from the two men in two transactions over the past month after weeks of planning and negotiations.
The agent paid more than $20,000 for the weapons, telling the sellers that he planned to resell the weapons to drug dealers, according to a court affidavit filed by an ATF agent.
ATF spokesman Mike Campbell said the agency was fortunate to dismantle the enterprise early.
“We don’t normally see this amount of weapons,” Campbell said.
“Then again, too, luckily we got some information and were able to get the undercover agent in there early and were able to stop them.”
The machine guns were manufactured at Phillips’ business by converting rifles from semi-automatic to fully automatic, the affidavit says. The IEDs were described in the court papers as pipes filled with gunpowder, designed to create shrapnel upon detonation.
The transactions occurred on Sept. 27 and Oct. 12 at Davis’ home, the affidavit says. Authorities said they recorded numerous phone calls before and during the transactions involving both men.
According to the affidavit, Davis at one point appeared concerned about not knowing the undercover agent well enough, but then proceeded to show him that extensive damage and death could be caused by filling the IEDs with BBs and other projectiles.
He even showed him how to design an IED that could be dropped into a gas tank to blow up a vehicle, the papers say.
During the second transaction, the undercover agent also received three machine-gun silencers and two pairs of night-vision goggles, the affidavit says. In all, the agent paid more than $33,000.
During one transaction, Davis told the undercover agent that members of his family were part of a California motorcycle gang and that he needed to make sure none of the weapons would fall into the hands of rival gang members, the affidavit says. Davis was wearing body armor during the transaction, the records say.
It was not revealed where the machine guns originated from. The affidavit says that surveillance of Phillips’ shop showed that he received numerous shipments of large crates.
The prosecutor in the case, Assistant U.S. Attorney Sherrie Capotosto, declined to comment.
According to the website for Combat Weapons Coatings, the company offers painting and detailing services for customers’ weapons. The business does not have a firearms dealer license, ATF said.
Authorities said they also found marijuana and other firearms at Davis’ home. They said he is a convicted felon and is prohibited from having guns.
Lawsuit filed against Cape Fear Valley Medical Center and security for patient’s death www.privateofficer.com
The hospital never reported the April 17 death of Andre Walker to Fayetteville police, who say they found out about it only after the state Medical Examiner’s Office contacted them Sept. 6.
Now police are investigating Walker’s death as a negligent homicide, and Walker’s mother has filed a lawsuit, alleging that the hospital and the security guards acted negligently.
The lawsuit, filed by Valerie Walker of Fayetteville, said the health system, AlliedBarton Security Services, five security guards and four emergency room staff members are culpable in the death of her 27-year-old son.
The lawsuit says that as her son lay dying, emergency room staff did not attempt to resuscitate him quickly enough.
Cape Fear Valley officials declined to comment Friday on Walker’s death or the lawsuit. A representative of AlliedBarton responded to phone calls Friday but did not provide a comment.
Police spokesman Gavin MacRoberts said the department would not release surveillance video from the hospital because it is considered evidence while the investigation continues.
The lawsuit was filed Sept. 29 in Cumberland County Superior Court. According to the suit:
Andre Walker, who suffered from schizophrenia, had been taken to the emergency room by an ambulance a little after 5 p.m. on April 17.
Walker had been acting strange that day, possibly because he had stopped taking his medications. Valerie Walker called 911, and an ambulance arrived to pick him up.
Ambulance workers said Walker had not experienced any hallucinations on the ride over, and he voluntarily agreed to go to the hospital.
Notes by rescue workers indicate that he “seemed quiet and paranoid” during the ride.
When he arrived at the hospital, medical records noted that he was “agitated, nervous and paranoid.”
One of the doctors on staff ordered medication for Walker and decided to commit him to the first mental hospital with space.
But as time went on and no hospital with a room was found, Walker became increasingly agitated and aggressive with the staff.
Walker tried to leave and was restrained by security guards.
The medical staff left the area after realizing that the security guards might need to use force.
One of the guards put Walker in a choke hold and pulled him to the floor.
Three other guards grabbed parts of Walker’s body and got on top of him.
A surveillance video from the hospital showed that Walker became nonresponsive after a few minutes of struggle.
After that, two security guards appeared to check Walker’s vital signs. Medical records indicated the security guards told the attending nurse that he was no longer resisting.
For about 90 seconds after the struggle began, security guards hovered over Walker, and hospital staff and security guards continued to enter and exit the room.
At 9:17:51 p.m., the security guards placed Walker on a stretcher. Nurses and guards undressed him and secured leather restraints to his arms and legs.
At 9:21 p.m., medical staff checked Walker’s vital signs. A nurse brought a “resuscitation bag” to the room at 9:23:15 p.m., and handed it to a security guard. (A resuscitation bag is a hand-held device used to provide ventilation to someone who is not breathing, or not breathing adequately.)
The security guard attempted to resuscitate Walker using the bag, but was unsuccessful.
Walker was then taken to another room, where a futile attempt was made to resuscitate him at 9:23:31 p.m.
A nurse noted in medical records that the resuscitation bag was being used or placed on Walker as he was taken into the room, but that he was without a pulse when he arrived there.
But the surveillance video showed he “was not bagged” on his way to the resuscitation room.
Friday afternoon, James E. Rogers, a Durham lawyer representing Valerie Walker, said he was in discussions with health system officials. He declined further comment.
WASHINGTON IN Oct 30 2011 — A grand jury Friday indicted Daviess County Sheriff Chief Deputy Ronald “Ron” Wayne Morgan, 47, of Washington, on charges of bribery and assisting a criminal, both Class C felonies.
Morgan was arrested by Indiana State Police at approximately 4:30 p.m. Friday after turning himself in at the Daviess County Security Center. He was later released after posting 10 percent of a $7,500 bond.
ISP Detective Brad Chandler initiated a criminal investigation Sept. 13, following an allegation of official misconduct by Morgan. The allegation surfaced during an earlier drug investigation by the sheriff’s department when, on Sept. 6, deputies served a search warrant for the home of a 29-year-old Washington woman suspected of manufacturing methamphetamine.
According to an ISP news release, during the investigation they received information indicating the female had been able to avoid arrest in the past because she’d been tipped off by Morgan, who allegedly asked her to perform sexual favors with him in return for his ability to protect her from arrest. Further investigation revealed Morgan allegedly shared privileged information with her on several occasions between August 2005 and July 2009 in exchange for sexual favors. The woman’s name is not being released because she’s considered a witness in the ongoing investigation.
Vanderburgh County Special Prosecutor Stan Levco presented the case to the grand jury.
ISP currently is releasing no further information about the case, and Sheriff Jerry Harbstreit had little comment.
“We left it up to the grand jury,” Harbstreit said. “We’ll go from there, I guess.”
Morgan was placed on paid administrative leave Sept. 7 and relieved of all command and police powers pending completion of the investigation. Harbstreit, who was not a part of the investigation or grand jury proceedings, said he has a call in to sheriff’s attorney Howard Williams of South Bend to determine how the department must proceed at this point. He said he and Williams will review the situation and determine what needs to be done.
A person answering the phone at Morgan’s residence refused comment Friday evening.
A Class C felony carries a sentence of two to eight years.
NEW ROCHELLE NY Oct 30 2011 — A bar bouncer detained a man who had robbed two gold bracelets worth $2,000 from a man in the bathroom of Don Coqui bar and restaurant, police said.
Robert Soto Santiago, 31, of 60 Horton Ave., New Rochelle, told the 22-year-old Bronx victim at 1:06 a.m. today that he had a knife in his jacket and would use it if he did not hand over the jewelry, police said. He did not show a knife.
After taking the bracelets he tried to leave the 115 Cedar St. bar, but the victim notified a bouncer, who stopped Santiago and turned him over to New Rochelle police, police said.
Santiago was charged with third-degree robbery, a felony.
End of Watch: Saturday, October 29, 2011
Tour of Duty: 4 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: October 28, 2011
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: In custody
During the meeting, the suspect pulled out a weapon and fired at officer Jones. He then fled in the officer’s vehicle. Officer Jones was able to make a radio call and responding officers pursued the suspect until he crashed on west Glendale Avenue. The suspect attempted to flee, but exchanged gunfire with the officers and was critically wounded.
Officer Jones was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix where he died from his injuries.
Officer Jones had served with the Glendale Police Department for four years. He is survived by his wife and two children.
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