Reserve Deputy Sheriff
Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office, Oklahoma
End of Watch: Friday, September 30, 2011
Age: Not available
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: September 30, 2011
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Reserve Deputy Sheriff Tim Lowery and Reserve Deputy Sheriff Mike Roberts were killed when their patrol car was truck by a tractor trailer on State Highway 39 at about 8:00 pm.
The deputies were returning to the sheriff’s office after serving warrants.
Deputy Lowery is survived by his wife and children.
Agency Contact InfoSheriff Michael D. Booth
Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office
325 N Broadway
Shawnee, OK 74801
Phone: (405) 273-1727
Reserve Deputy Sheriff
Mike RobertsPottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office, Oklahoma
End of Watch: Friday, September 30, 2011
Age: Not available
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: September 30, 2011
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Reserve Deputy Sheriff Mike Roberts and Reserve Deputy Sheriff Tim Lowery were killed when their patrol car was struck head-on by a tractor trailer on State Highway 39 at about 8:00 pm.
The deputies were returning to the sheriff’s office after serving warrants.
Deputy Roberts is survived by his wife and children.
Agency Contact InfoSheriff Michael D. Booth
Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office
325 N Broadway
Shawnee, OK 74801
Phone: (405) 273-1727
Chicago IL Oct 2 2011 A police officer died as a result of inhaling fumes from an aerosol-sprayed cleaning substance at a Chicago police station where he worked, according to autopsy results cited late Tuesday by The Chicago Tribune.
Father-of-two Kevin Robinson told colleagues he began coughing and having breathing problems in March after the spray was squirted onto a desk near him by a maintenance worker at the Morgan Park district station.
He was later admitted to a hospital, released then readmitted when the condition worsened, with his lungs all but shutting down, the newspaper said. The 42-year-old was placed in a medically induced coma and died in early April.
Autopsy results released by the Cook County medical examiner’s office said Robinson died of a lung illness from inhaling the noxious fumes and ruled his death an accident.
MIRA MESA CA Oct 2 2011 — Two people have been killed in four separate crashes that occurred shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday along southbound Interstate 15 just south of Mira Mesa Boulevard, according to the CHP.
About eight hours later, traffic along southbound I-15 is backed up to state Route 56 and is seriously impacting motorists heading to the Miramar Air Show.
San Diego police confirmed reports that an off-duty San Diego Police officer was killed in a traffic collision at the scene. The officer was identified as Jason Prokop, 34, a 5-year veteran of the police department.
CHP Sgt. Armando Casas said there were four separate crashes.
The first occurred when one vehicle rear-ended a car that had stalled on the freeway. The second happened when another car sideswiped the car that had stalled. The third involved two other vehicles that collided as they swerved to avoid the other accidents.
The fourth happened when the occupant of the car that initially rear-ended the stalled car got out of his vehicle to help the victim in the first car and was hit by another passing vehicle and killed.
The CHP declared a SigAlert at 3:20 a.m. Traffic was being taken off the southbound freeway lanes at Mira Mesa Boulevard.
HOUSTON TX Oct 2 2011 — A university campus police officer has been accused of ripping off drugs from motorists he stopped in his police car, Local 2 Investigates reported Friday.
Jesse Frank Perry, 30, an officer with the Houston Baptist University on Fondren in southwest Houston, was jailed on felony charges of possession with intent to deliver cocaine.
In court Friday, Houston police said their undercover officers received information from a confidential informant that Perry had been ripping off drugs from people he was pulling over while on patrol.
Two undercover officers got a court order to place an actual kilogram of cocaine in their car as part of a sting, and they parked in a parking lot where Perry was known to be nearby Thursday afternoon.
The officers said Perry pulled in with his police car, wearing a full police uniform, and he took both undercover officers into custody as he began searching their car. The officers said Perry then found the powder cocaine and moved it into his patrol car.
Instead of filing charges and paperwork about confiscating drugs, the undercover officers said Perry told them both to drive away. Perry was arrested as he tried to leave with the drugs.
The university confirmed its officer was arrested, but provided no other specifics or details.
NEW YORK NY Oct 2 2011 (AP) — More than 700 protesters demonstrating against corporate greed, global warming and social inequality, among other grievances, were arrested Saturday after they swarmed the Brooklyn Bridge and shut down a lane of traffic for several hours in a tense confrontation with police.
The group Occupy Wall Street has been camped out in a plaza in Manhattan’s Financial District for nearly two weeks staging various marches, and had orchestrated an impromptu trek to Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon. They walked in thick rows on the sidewalk up to the bridge, where some demonstrators spilled onto the roadway after being told to stay on the pedestrian pathway, police said.
The majority of those arrested were given citations for disorderly conduct and were released, police said.
Some protesters sat on the roadway, chanting “Let us go,” while others chanted and yelled at police from the pedestrian walkaway above. Police used orange netting to stop the group from going farther down the bridge, which is under construction.
Some of the protesters said they were lured onto the roadway by police, or they didn’t hear the calls from authorities to head to the pedestrian walkway. Police said no one was tricked into being arrested, and those in the back of the group who couldn’t hear were allowed to leave.
“Multiple warnings by police were given to protesters to stay on the pedestrian walkway and that if they took roadway they would be arrested,” said Paul Browne, the chief spokesman of the New York Police Department.
Erin Larkins, a Columbia University graduate student at who says she and her boyfriend have significant student loan debt, was among the thousands of protesters on the bridge. She said a friend persuaded her to join the march and she’s glad she did.
“I don’t think we’re asking for much, just to wake up every morning not worrying whether we can pay the rent, or whether our next meal will be rice and beans again,” Larkins wrote in an email to The Associated Press. “No one is expecting immediate change. I think everyone is just hopeful that people will wake up a bit and realize that the more we speak up, the more the people that do have the authority to make changes in this world listen.”
Several videos taken of the event show a confusing, chaotic scene. Some show protesters screaming obscenities at police and taking a hat from one of the officers. Others show police struggling with people who refuse to get up. Nearby, a couple posed for wedding pictures on the bridge.
“We were supposed to go up the pedestrian roadway,” said Robert Cammiso, a 48-year-old student from Brooklyn told the Daily News. “There was a huge funnel, a bottleneck, and we couldn’t fit. People jumped from the walkway onto the roadway. We thought the roadway was open to us.”
Earlier Saturday, thousands who joined two other marches crossed the Brooklyn Bridge without problems. One was from Brooklyn to Manhattan by a group opposed to genetically modified food. Another in the opposite direction marched against poverty organized by United Way.
Elsewhere in the U.S. on Saturday, protesters assembled in Albuquerque, N.M., Boston and Los Angeles to express their solidarity with the movement in New York, though their demands remain unclear. Occupy Wall Street demonstrators have been camped in Zuccotti Park and have clashed with police on earlier occasions. Mostly, the protests have been peaceful, and the movement has shown no signs of losing steam. Celebrities including Michael Moore and Susan Sarandon made recent stops to encourage the group.
During the length of the protest, turnout has varied, but the numbers have reached as high as about a few thousand. A core group of about two hundred people remain camped throughout the week. They sleep on air mattresses, use Mac laptops and play drums. They go to the bathroom at the local McDonald’s. A few times a day, they march down to Wall Street, yelling, “This is what democracy looks like!”
There has been a growing swell of coverage in mainstream media, but there has been loud complaining the cause hasn’t been championed fast enough — or in the way protesters want.
Misinformation has added to the confusion. For instance, a rumor sprang up on Twitter that the New York Police Department wanted to use tear gas on protesters — a crowd-control tactic the department doesn’t use. The claim was eventually retracted, one of several such retractions over the past several days. On Friday, a message said Radiohead would be performing in solidarity for the cause, but the band’s management said it wasn’t playing.
Earlier clashes with police have resulted in about 100 arrests. Most were for disorderly conduct. Many were the subject of homemade videos posted online.
One video surfaced of a group of girls shot with pepper spray by NYPD Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna. The woman claimed they were abused and demanded the officer resign, and the video has been the subject of several news articles and commentary. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said internal affairs would look into whether Bologna acted improperly and has also said the video doesn’t show “tumultuous” behavior by the protesters.
A real estate firm that owns Zuccotti Park, the private plaza off Broadway occupied by the protesters, has expressed concerns about conditions there, saying in a statement that it hopes to work with the city to restore the park “to its intended purpose.” But it’s not clear whether legal action will be taken, and police say there are no plans to try to remove anyone.
Seasoned activists said the ad-hoc protest could prove to be a training ground for future organizers of larger and more cohesive demonstrations, or motivate those on the sidelines to speak out against injustices.
“You may not get much, or any of these things on the first go-around,” said the Rev. Herbert Daughtry, a longtime civil rights activist who has participated in protests for decades. “But it’s the long haul that matters.”
Los Angeles CA Oct 2 2011 L.A. County jail inmates have used corrupt guards to penetrate tight security at lockups, helping fuel a lucrative drug trade behind bars, according to interviews and documents reviewed by The Times.
Three sheriff’s guards have been convicted and a fourth fired in recent years for smuggling or attempting to smuggle narcotics into jail for inmates. Sheriff’s investigators are probing allegations that at least three more deputies took drugs or other contraband into the jails.
The porous nature of the jails was highlighted last week when The Times revealed that FBI agents conducted an undercover sting in which a deputy was accused of taking $1,500 to smuggle a cellphone to an inmate working as a federal informant. Federal authorities are investigating reports of brutality and other misconduct by deputies in the nation’s largest jail system.
Half of L.A. County deputies’ ‘waistband shootings’ involve unarmed peopleIndefinite solitary confinement persists in California prisons The full scope of the smuggling problem is hard to quantify. The Sheriff’s Department has seen a significant increase in drug seizures across county lockups over the last few years, but it’s impossible to know how much of that involves guards.
In a sign of how serious officials consider the smuggling problem to be, the Sheriff’s Department recently recorded a former deputy, now in state prison, as he explained what led him to help inmates sneak in heroin, meth and marijuana.
In the video, Peter Felix tearfully recounts from behind bars how his fall from grace started with taking a burrito to an inmate. The video is meant to serve as a cautionary tale, and sheriff’s officials plan to show it to all of the department’s more than 9,000 deputies.
Sheriff Lee Baca said employees caught up in smuggling schemes are usually facing financial hardship. The deputy at the center of the FBI sting had six children from two prior marriages, commitments that consumed about 70% of his salary, Baca said.
“There are people who will falter,” he said.
James E. Blatt, an attorney who represented a sheriff’s custody assistant caught trying to smuggle five grams of heroin and two syringes into jail, said his client was a 19-year-old who lacked the training necessary to deal with wily criminals.
Keon Khatibi, he said, started doing harmless favors for an inmate leader in his assigned jail dorm at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic. The inmate eventually persuaded Khatibi to deliver drugs in exchange for about $1,000, Blatt said.
“They suck them in, and they’re very smart about who is young and vulnerable,” Blatt said. “This is their world and their system, and they know how to manipulate.”
Khatibi was sentenced last year to 180 days in jail.
Sheriff’s Lt. Greg Thompson said training in how to deal with inmates must strike a balance: Deputies can’t be so constantly paranoid that inmates are trying to manipulate them that they shut off the communication needed to get crucial jailhouse intelligence.
“There’s a fine line there,” said Thompson who works in the custody investigative services unit.
The problem is not confined to guards.
Two nursing assistants smuggled food and clothes to an inmate, according to county disciplinary reports. A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced Angelica Mora, a former employee for a private food vendor in the jails, to 21/2 years in prison for attempting to smuggle heroin into the North County Correctional Facility.
Among the cases still under investigation is that of Deputy Jose Giron, who is accused by inmates of smuggling heroin to a childhood friend behind bars.
According to a district attorney’s memo, Giron’s friend provided sheriff’s investigators with the following account of what happened: He and Giron had met in middle school but had parted ways. More than a decade later, Giron recognized the inmate inside the Pitchess Detention Center.
The inmate eventually asked if Giron would be willing to smuggle a particular pair of Air Jordans into the lockup for him and offered the deputy $1,200.
Giron was initially reluctant but eventually agreed. The inmate gave the deputy his sister’s telephone number, and Giron told him a buddy would call to arrange the transfer.
Phone records obtained by investigators showed that the deputy’s brother-in-law called the inmate’s sister, according to the district attorney’s memo. The sister told sheriff’s officials she gave heroin, cash and the shoes to a man who described himself as the brother of the deputy.
Days later, according to the June memo from the district attorney’s office, Giron delivered three balloons of heroin — worth $30,000 in jail — concealed in a new set of jail clothing.
Giron’s brother-in-law denied receiving drugs from the inmate’s sister but also “stated he was not a ‘snitch,’ ” the district attorney’s memo says. The deputy adamantly denied providing the inmate with narcotics and told investigators he did not know why a childhood friend would accuse him of a crime.
One of the inmates, Nunez wrote, was a convicted murderer who had provided “a large amount of useful information to detectives on a number of deputies” but had “failed to inform investigators of other deputies who were actively bringing in narcotics for him.”
In declining to file charge against Giron, Nunez wrote that investigators never recovered physical evidence — drugs, shoes or cash — and described the deputy’s accusers as criminals whom jurors would conclude were not credible.
Giron’s attorney, Richard A. Shinee, described the deputy as well-respected and accused the inmates of making false accusations. “It’s all smoke and mirrors created by a couple of con artists who were in jail and trying to buy off more time,” he said.
Authorities have successfully used Giron’s childhood friend to identify a corrupt deputy in the past and said he is involved in ongoing investigations. Law enforcement officials asked The Times not to name him because of concerns for his safety.
Giron has been placed on leave by the Sheriff’s Department. A department source said Giron’s case would be referred to the U.S. attorney’s office next week for possible federal prosecution.
Source:los angeles times
FAIRFIELD TWP.NJ Oct 2 2011 - It was a busy weekend for thieves, some successful, in the township.
Deputy Chief of Police Anthony Manna reported Monday that between Sept. 23 and Sept. 25, officers responded to two shoplifting calls and two alleged burglaries in Fairfield. He also warned of an increase in copper piping thefts.
The shoplifting incidents both occurred at Target on Route 46.
According to a report, on Friday, Sept. 23 at approximately 1:56 p.m., Target security alerted police that they had detained an alleged shoplifter in the store.
The suspect, Diana Martinez-Piell, 34, of Hawthorne, allegedly loaded a shopping cart with baby items, clothing, cosmetics and toys valued together at $650 and then pushed the cart past the registers without paying and out the exit doors. Security officials proceeded to detain her.
Manna said Martinez-Piell was arrested by the responding officer Frank Tracey and charged with one count of shoplifting.
The suspect was released on her own recognizance pending a Sept. 29 court date in Essex County.
The second incidence took place Sunday, Sept. 25 at approximately 8:19 a.m., when Target security again contacted Fairfield police saying that an individual who had just entered the store appeared to be the same individual who was a suspect in an attempted shoplifting incident in March of this year.
Police were told that the individual, later identified as Jermaine Sparks, 38, of Paterson, was allegedly acting suspiciously in the store Sunday.
When Sparks exited Target, officers conducted a field interview with him, learning that Sparks allegedly was in the store that day with the intent of shoplifting.
The suspect was taken into custody, and upon further inquiry at police headquarters by Detectives Charles Zampino and Christopher Niemiec, Sparks was charged with one count of shoplifting allegedly occurring on March 26 and two counts of criminal attempt for the Sept. 25 incident as well as a previous attempt at Target on March 27.
Manna said that Sparks was released on his own recognizance.
Tomah WI Oct 2 2011 A Black River Falls man has won a five-year court battle against Walmart for firing him because of a criminal conviction.
A state Department of Workforce Development judge awarded Nathan Knight $163,784 in back pay and ordered Walmart to re-hire him as a forklift driver at its Tomah distribution center, according to a decision reached this week.
Walmart fired him in 2005 after learning he’d been convicted 10 years earlier for third-degree sexual assault, first-degree recklessly endangering safety and false imprisonment in Jackson County Circuit Court after he assaulted his then-girlfriend and threatened to shoot himself.
He was 20 years old when convicted and didn’t start working at Walmart until five years later.
“We’re very pleased with the fact that after five years justice has prevailed,” said Knight’s attorney, Jim Birnbaum of La Crosse. “Employers ought to treat employees fairly and justly.”
The retail giant argued Knight’s criminal convictions “substantially related” to his job, according to the state Department of Workforce Development.
Walmart lost its case when its attorneys failed to prove how the convictions were related.
“Nathan Knight does not present a risk or danger to anyone based on the circumstances of what happened,” Birnbaum said.
While at work, Knight was around other co-workers and supervisors and monitored by security cameras, leaving no “substantial opportunity for Knight to engage in the type of behavior at work for which he was convicted,” the department ruled.
The company must also pay $223,058 in attorney fees.
Walmart has 21 days to appeal. Its attorneys did not return Tribune phone calls Wednesday.
Knight plans to return to Walmart as soon as possible, Birnbaum said.
“That’s always been his goal,” Birnbaum said. “He wants to work.”
On Sept. 21, at 4:46 p.m., police were called to the Home Depot and met with store’s security officer who reported that a male in a wheelchair, Colon, sat on a Makita power drill valued at $79 and attempted to leave the store without paying for it.
As officers arrested Colon, they found that he was also in possession of a hypodermic syringe. He was taken to police headquarters, where he was charged with shoplifting and possession of a hypodermic needle. Colon was later released on a complaint summons.
Later that same day, at 8:05 p.m., an officer on patrol observed Colon and another male on First Street.
As he stepped out to speak with them, Colon allegedly attempted to hide a hypodermic needle in his coat pocket. According to reports, the officer advised Colon that he was under arrest and requested backup.
As other officers arrived on the scene to assist with the arrest, Colon began to leave the scene in his wheelchair, ignoring multiple orders to stop. He then proceeded to remove his clothing and throw himself onto the ground.
That is when his father, Roberto Colon Sr., 50, also of Dover, arrived, had a brief conversation with his son in Spanish and attempted to take his son’s belongings.
Police say Colon Sr. was warned several times not to touch his son’s belonging and to stay back, but he ignored the officers, grabbed his son’s clothes, and ran away.
Police detained Colon Sr. and discovered four bags of heroin and a bag of marijuana hidden in the clothing.
Colon was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a hypodermic needle, and obstructing the administration of the law.
His father was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, hindering apprehension of another, and obstructing the administration of the law.
Both were later released on complaint summonses.
TALLAHASSEE Fla Oct 2 2011 — A state judge ruled Friday that the Legislature violated the law and Florida’s Constitution by using budget language to order prisons to be privatized in 18 South Florida counties, and demanded that the project be stopped immediately.
“Actions taken to date are declared illegal without authority in violation of law,” Leon County Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford wrote in a strongly-worded, six-page decision that faulted lawmakers for a lack of transparency.
Fulford said the Legislature trampled on existing privatization law by ordering the Department of Corrections to seek proposals from private vendors to run 29 prisons and work camps. She also found that the project violated state law because the agency failed to do a business-case study of the pros and cons of privatization before seeking proposals from vendors.
Fulford emphasized that privatizing state prisons is allowed by law, but that the Legislature went about it the wrong way.
“Under existing substantive law, a specific legislative appropriation must be made for a proposed privatization contract,” the judge wrote. “If it is the will of the Legislature to itself initiate privatization of Florida prisons, as opposed to DOC, the Legislature must do so by general law, rather than ‘using the hidden recesses of the General Appropriations Act.’ ”
The “hidden recesses” quotation is from a 1971 Florida Supreme Court case, Dickinson v. Stone, in which then-Comptroller Bud Dickinson successfully challenged legislative language because it dealt with more than one subject. The court said that shifting data-processing responsibilities among state agencies should have been enacted by law, not through budget language.
The state is considering whether to appeal Fulford’s decision to the First District Court of Appeal.
“We are reviewing the order and determining our options,” prison spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said.
The decision was a victory for the Florida Police Benevolent Association, the union for correctional officers, which filed the suit in hopes of saving the jobs of several thousand correctional officers.
“We believe justice has been served for the 4,000 men and women who faced the prospect of privatization,” PBA executive director Matt Puckett said. “It validates what the PBA has been saying all along — the Legislature is not above the law.”
The nation’s third-largest prison system, still adjusting to the August dismissal of Corrections Secretary Edwin Buss, was required by the Legislature to choose a vendor to run South Florida prisons by Dec. 1, to give the Legislative Budget Commission time to act on the decision.
But Friday’s ruling threw all of that into disarray. The Department of Corrections suspended the opening of vendors’ proposals, scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday. And all references to the project vanished from the agency’s website.
Three private prison operators were considering offering to run the largest outsourcing of corrections ever undertaken at one time: Corrections Corp. of America, based in Nashville; the GEO Group, in Boca Raton; and MTC, of Centerville, Utah.
The vendors had posed more than 400 questions to corrections officials in recent weeks, seeking to comprehend the complexity of what the Legislature had directed.
Fulford’s ruling noted that the Legislature’s action violated Article III, sections 6 and 12 of the state Constitution. The provisions require that any law and any budget line item must be limited to one subject.
The language at issue in the case is known as proviso, in which the Legislature specifies how an agency must spend tax dollars. The privatization language was largely the work of Sen. JD Alexander, a Lake Wales Republican who directed the budget-writing of the Senate.
Alexander did not respond to a request for comment Friday.
Celebrating the decision was Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, chairman of the Senate budget subcommittee in charge of prison spending.
“This is a perfect example of why we should not be making major policy changes in proviso language that did not go through substantive committees, debated and taken testimony and pro and con,” Fasano said.
The proposal was never discussed at length in any legislative hearings and first surfaced in its final form in the final budget document in the closing days of the 2011 legislative session.
Some legislators said the privatization venture wasn’t proposed as a law because it wouldn’t have passed on a floor vote.
By law, proviso language in the final budget cannot be altered or amended and is subject to a yes-or-no vote by all lawmakers. Gov. Rick Scott could have vetoed the language, but he chose to let it become law when he signed the budget in May.
Fulford, 46, was chief assistant state attorney for North Florida’s Second Judicial Circuit since 1998 when Gov. Charlie Crist appointed her to the bench in 2009. She’s a graduate of Stetson Law School in St. Petersburg and a registered Republican, according to public records.
LAKE WALES Fla Oct 2 2011 – Shoppers and store owners may soon see police more often at Eagle Ridge Mall.
The Lake Wales City Commission has approved an interim contract with Eagle Ridge Drive Holdings LLC — part of Madison Marquette Retail Services — to assign two Lake Wales police officers as a regular patrol at the mall.
When Police Chief Chris Velasquez finishes putting together a final contract with Gary Bonacci, the mall’s general manager, the mall will have two officers on site and the city will have two extra officers — with the mall covering the cost.
“We’re really excited about it,” Velasquez said.
Shoppers were excited, too.
Lake Wales resident Sonya Jenkins already tries to help law enforcement through her Neighborhood Watch. She said having police officers at the mall more often would cut down on violence and purse snatching.
Allen Stahla of Lake Wales said he’d seen it done in Colorado.
“It saved the malls in rougher areas of Denver,” he said.
Young mothers Stephanie Davis and Tricia Sealy of Winter Haven shop at the mall regularly and would welcome police patrols.
Sealy said she and Davis saw a shoplifter Tuesday at the mall.
Years ago, when Davis worked at a kiosk there, she said someone tried to shoplift a watch.
Even now, they don’t shop alone, especially with their infants, or at night.
“If I come at night, I’m with someone, not by myself,” Davis said.
Under the interim contract, the mall will pay to train two officers, Velasquez said.
The Lake Wales Police Department will hire those officers, assign them to a beat in the city, and then assign two experienced officers to the mall.
Those officers, under Velasquez’s command, will work with existing mall security and provide extra protection, similar to school resource officers.
The Police Department will bill the mall for work hours, equipment and administrative fees, Velasquez said.
“I don’t want it to cost the taxpayers any money,” Velasquez said. “It’s the only fair way to do a contract like this.”
Lake Wales has 41 of the 44 officers authorized in the city budget. Velasquez hopes to hire one soon and another two in January.
The two officers he will hire through this contract will make a total of 46.
He will have to work out a schedule for patrols with the mall, but Velasquez said this should free up other officers from patrolling the mall so they can focus on other areas of the city.
Velasquez said Bonacci approached Velasquez with the idea. The two men will put together a final contract for the City Commission to review in early December.
Bonacci said this agreement will be in addition to current mall security through Secure America, because police can do some things that security companies can not.
He declined to comment on details of his arrangement with the city — at least until after the final contract is made public at a City Commission meeting in the next few weeks.
He said he’s learned after 20 years of mall management that a police presence can be helpful. He had an arrangement for a sheriff’s office substation in a mall he managed in South Florida, which worked well, he said.
“We’re trying to be good neighbors with the city,” Bonacci said, “by working with them in tough economic times.”
The interim contract approved at the Sept. 20 City Commission meeting will last through Dec. 31, 2011.
Under this agreement, the mall will pay a “supplemental law enforcement fee” of $14,500 per month to the city on the ninth day of each month.
Velasquez said he has already sent a letter of intent to Bonacci, estimating the final contract cost at $13,600 per month for two officers.
The capital outlay costs is $4,800 per month, which includes $50,000 to buy two extra patrol cars and $7,600 for the in-car camera systems.
The letter, included in the Sept. 20 commission agenda, also states that the city automatically increases such contracts by 2.5 percent every Oct. 1 — the beginning of each fiscal year — and that the city will let Eagle Ridge Drive Holdings know if there is any increase pay rates or pension contributions for the officers.
Bonacci also said Tuesday that Eagle Ridge Mall will start a youth escort policy this Saturday.
Modelled after a policy at Lakeshore Mall in Sebring, Bonacci said the basic rule will be that anyone younger than 18 may not be at the mall after 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays without a parent or guardian who is 21 or older.
He is still finalizing details of the policy, Bonacci said, but said he’s seen such policies improve security.
Chicago IL Oct 2 2011 A man paralyzed after a fall into the Chicago River at his 30th birthday party has been awarded a $2 million settlement because security guards failed to evict two rowdy partygoers who attacked the man at a Ukrainian Village club.
The law firm of Corboy & Demetrio secured the settlement in Cook County Circuit Court on behalf of Jon O’Connor, who was seriously injured while attending his birthday party at Slow Down, Life’s Too Short at Division and Elston in 2001, a release from the law firm said.
Late in the party, two attendees “became rowdy in dancing Chippendale-like, wrestling and tearing off each other’s shirts,” the release said. The manager told a bouncer/security man to eject the two, who had previously been warned that bad behavior would see them kicked out.
When told they had to leave, the partygoers said they would pack up and go, so the security man left them to leave on their own. But they didn’t go, instead attacking O’Connor, the suit claimed,
They tried to push him under an outdoor shower for a soaking, then wrestled him to the floor and tore off his shirt. The two claimed they were prepping him to celebrate his birthday by jumping into the river.
O’Connor followed the two down a flight of stairs and jumped the railing as one of them had done. But O’Connor didn’t go far enough out from the river concrete and fell into two feet of water from about 12 feet high.
He suffered a fractured neck, requiring surgery. He is now a quadriplegic with limited use of his right hand only, the release said.
A retired Secret Service agent testified that O’Connor’s injury was caused when the security guard failed to remain with the rowdy patrons until they were escorted out. He said it was a failed security case and not a water accident case, the release said.
Source:Chicago Sun Times
New York City NY Oct 2 2011 In any language, the NYPD wants permission to search your home.
Three years after the NYPD starting using English and Spanish “consent to search” forms, it has added forms in five other languages: Creole, Russian, Chinese, Korean and Italian.
Police will rely on their own officers to question potential suspects.
There are forty-seven languages represented by the NYPD. And the police use Language Line, a service that police can call at any hour if they need a translator.
The consent forms eliminate the need for a warrant and are meant to provide police with a layer of legal protection. Police sources said the paperwork, which the FBI and other law enforcement agencies have used for years, allows cops to counter claims, often raised at trial, that a suspect never gave police consent to search their home.
The New York Civil Liberties Union said the forms are rife for abuse if not used properly.
“It’s always good when the police provide information in multiple languages,” said the group’s associate legal director, Christopher Dunn. “But we remain concerned that these forms will be used to bypass warrants and paper over coercive searches where there is no real consent.”
A gun case against Frank Hazzard was tossed out of court on Monday after a Brooklyn cop testified the suspect’s mother answered the door of her East New York apartment and signed the consent form. Police found an illegal gun hidden under a mattress.
Lola Hazzard, who has since died, suffered dementia and was confined to a bed at the time of the search in February 2010. A witness testified that cops threatened the 75-year-old woman, who signed the form without reading it.
The move is part of plans to radically change and overhaul departments in the wake of making £126 million in savings over the next four years.
But Chief Constable Chris Sims has denied that the process was about outsourcing work in a way that other forces, such as Cleveland Police, had done. The North East force is to outsource its 999 call room in a bid to save £50m over 10 years.
“One of the challenges for us and the authority is about how we carry on improving policing during a time when there’s virtually flat budgeting once the cuts have been made,” said Mr Sims.
“Part of our thinking is you do that being radical and being prepared to transform.
“By inviting the private sector in, we would capitalise on their expertise and move more quickly.”
The force will cut 173 police officer and 217 staff positions, some through compulsory redundancy, in a drive to save a total of £25m over the next year.
Forensics, firearms and child abuse units will have their budgets reduced, while eight police dogs, their handlers and 65 traffic officers are also expected to be included in cuts.
But Mr Sims said inviting private firms in was not about saving money, but about ensuring the force moves forward in the coming years.
“If we are to move forward and improve policing and the services we provide, especially during a period of nil growth, we must seek large scale and fundamental transformational change, especially into how we carry out so-called middle and back office functions,” said Mr Sims. “This will require us making innovative and radical alterations to the way in which we carry out business and include changes to our technological infrastructure, our operational processes and our culture.
“Entering into a partnership with a skilled and experienced external organisation may benefit in a number of ways including allowing us to reduce costs and gain advantages from the scale, technology and capital they could bring.”
Mr Sims said if a full procurement process goes ahead, it is likely to take between 12 and 18 months, when a decision will be made about whether to enter into any formal agreement with an external partner.
Amanda May, 19, of S. Walnut Ave., may also face other charges in connection with the incident, which happened at 4:20 p.m. September 28, according to a report by Cookeville Police Officer Justin Long.
The officer said he was sent to the Cookeville Regional Medical Center ER “in reference to a female screaming and causing a problem with staff and security.”
When he arrived at the ER entrance, the officer found a security guard there with Amanda May, who was “still yelling, crying and being combative with security,” the report says.
The security officer, a woman, told the officer that the incident started when she had heard “a couple of loud screams coming from a patient’s room in the ER and went to see what the matter was.”
“She told me that when she opened the door to the room, Ms. May started running down the hallways of the emergency room yelling and screaming. She said she tried to stop Ms. May and Ms. May hit her and kicked her.”
Security officers were finally able to get the screaming woman out to the parking lot area and someone called police.
Hospital workers told Officer Long that the woman’s “screaming and rant” had caused another patient in the ER to suffer a panic attack.
Amanda May was arrested for disorderly conduct and was taken to the Putnam County jail. On the way there, she allegedly head-butted the screen in the police car. She was released from jail later that day.
Officer Long alleges that medical tests showed May had meth and other drugs in her system.
CANTON OH Oct 2 2011 — A couple interrupted during a sex act in a downtown bar wound up behind bars on felony charges when the woman ordered the man to shoot the security guard, police said.
Sara Sheaters, 31, of 2807 Elmbreeze St. NW in Perry Township, and Matthew Farmer, 25, of 2947 Gilbert Ave. NE in Canton, were arrested at 1:40 a.m. Friday at the Crew Night Club, 304 Cherry Ave. NE, according to police and Stark County Jail records.
They were engaged in sexual activity in the bar when bar employees tried to remove them from the business, said Capt. David Kurzinsky, who heads the police department’s Patrol Division. Sheaters had been performing oral sex on Farmer, he said.
Sheaters and Farmer began fighting with the bar staff, who called police to the scene.
Jail records said Sheaters insisted that Farmer shoot a security officer and Farmer pointed a loaded handgun at the officer’s head.
The couple was arrested.
Sheaters was booked into the jail on charges of felony inciting violence and disorderly conduct. Farmer was jailed on charges of illegal possession of a firearm in a liquor premises, having weapons while under disability, aggravated menacing, receiving stolen property, driving under suspension and carrying a concealed weapon.
51-year-old George Jeffery Hills was arrested on charges of aggravated robbery in connection with a case dating back to March 8th.
Police say he and another man went into K-Mart and allegedly stole over 160 dollars in merchandise.
One person was arrested at the scene, but the second suspect got into his vehicle, and allegedly tried to run down the security guard and got away.
He was on the run until now.
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. Oct 2 2011– A man wanted in three states is dead after police shot him in an ATM lane outside a West Virginia bank.
Martinsburg Police Chief Kevin Miller tells media outlets that two officers shot 42-year-old Michael K. Silver Monday evening after he carjacked a woman and her 4-year-old daughter and drove them to the bank. Silver, who had no fixed address, later died at a local hospital.
Miller says the officers blocked the vehicle in the ATM lane with their cruisers. The woman tried to escape and one officer went to help her. Silver pulled a gun and the officers shot him.
Silver was wanted in Martinsburg for breaking and entering and in Spotsylvania County, Va. for robbery. He also was a suspect in a bank robbery in Chambersburg, Pa.
Austin TX Oct 2 2011 After two paramedics found 72-year-old Virginia Samuelson in her car suffering from injuries she received when, police say, her son assaulted her, they put her on a stretcher and began loading her into an ambulance.
That’s when they and two officers heard the screeching of tires and saw a pickup flying toward them.
They tried to push the stretcher out of the way, but couldn’t do it in time, according to an arrest affidavit.
The affidavit said the truck was driven by Virginia Samuelson’s son, 45-year-old Shaun David Samuelson , who deliberately crashed into her stretcher and dragged her along a street Thursday night in South Austin, narrowly missing the paramedics and police but killing her.
Samuelson was charged with first-degree murder and remained in custody Friday at the Travis County Jail. His bail has been set at $500,000.
Warren Hassinger , a spokesman for Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services, said the paramedics and officers at the scene were horrified by the outcome.
“They made a valiant attempt to save her life by pulling her out of the way, but couldn’t,” Hassinger said.
The affidavit said that about 7 p.m. Thursday, officers arrived at the parking lot of an Exxon gas station at 1222 S. Lamar Blvd., near Lamar Square Drive. Virginia Samuelson had called 911 saying she had been badly beaten by her son, the affidavit said. The officers began investigating the scene as paramedics helped the woman onto a stretcher, it said.
They then heard the screeching tires and saw a truck coming toward them at a fast speed from around a corner, the affidavit said.
Hassinger said the car jumped the curb and made a “beeline” for Virginia Samuelson on the stretcher. He said one of the paramedics pushed his partner out of the way and screamed at the police officers to run. They tried to get the woman to safety but were unable to do so in time, he said.
The truck collided with the stretcher and dragged it underneath about 75 yards down Lamar Square Drive, the affidavit said. Virginia Samuelson was pronounced dead at the scene; no one else was injured.
Traffic was heavy on Lamar that evening, Hassinger said. The wreck was witnessed by many people driving and in restaurants nearby.
Officers took Shaun Samuelson into custody without incident, the affidavit said.
When interviewed by a homicide detective, Samuelson said he was going to jail for the rest of his life. When the detective asked him why that was, according to the affidavit, he said it was because he killed his mom.
A search of public records indicates Shaun Samuelson has several convictions for assault.
Hassinger said the incident was an extremely unusual one that shocked several veteran officers and paramedics at the scene.
He said that although it’s not unusual for assailants to return to the scene of the crime, what happened Thursday night was rare.
“As unfortunate as it is, it could have been much worse,” Hassinger said.
“If they hadn’t seen him coming, we could have had two dead cops and two dead medics, too,” he said.
The suit, filed by attorneys with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleges that, in February 2008, Trinity Protection Services’ Sacramento office discharged four men and three women because of their scores on an arms re-qualification shoot.
“While the men were told to wait six months before taking the re-qualification test again, the women were called approximately a month later and invited to come in and re-qualify,” according to an EEOC release. The action violated federal law prohibiting age and gender discrimination, the release said.
Kaleem Jamie Stephens, 30, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit robbery under the Hobbs Act. Stephens was charged along with Nicholas Dushon Price, 31, Victor Tyrone Bruno, 31, Jermaine McNeal, 28, and Ervin Clark, 23, for their roles in a conspiracy to rob an armored car. Price, Bruno, McNeal and Clark pleaded guilty to various charges in advance of Stephens trial. They are all pending sentencing.
According to the attorney’s office, the jury heard testimony that Stephens and all of his co-conspirators were arrested on Sept. 10, 2010, as a result of an undercover operation conducted by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
The arrests followed an investigation due to a tip given to DPS.
The convicted hoped to get approximately $250,000 in the robbery using a “Bin Laden style gun” to hold down the driver of the armored truck while other co-conspirators
robbed collected the cash in the vehicle.
Judge Miller set sentencing for Stephens for Jan. 6, 2011. Convictions for conspiracy to commit robbery under the Hobbs Act and conspiracy to carrying a weapon during the commission of a violent offense both carry a maximum 20-year-term of imprisonment and a $250,000 fine, while the conviction for carrying a weapon during the commission of a violent offense carries a five year consecutive sentence.