VENTURA CA OCT 18 2011
Source: Ventura Police Department
Incident: Ventura Police Officer Dies from Injuries as a Result of Self Inflicted Gunshot Wound
Location: Ventura Police Department, 1425 Dowell Dr., Ventura, CA
Date/Time Occurred: Sunday, October 16, 2011, 3:30 a.m.
Officer(s) Involved/Victim: Ventura Police Officer Ricky Payne, 27 yrs.
It is with profound sadness in announcing that on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at approximately 3:30 a.m. Ventura Police Officer Ricky Payne lost his life as a result of injuries sustained from a self inflicted gunshot wound.
Officer Payne had been an officer with the VPD since 2007 and previously worked as a Cadet with the department from 2005 to 2007. Officer Payne is survived by his father, Ventura Police Department Sergeant Rick Payne, mother Kathy, and sister Jennifer.
Prior to his suicide the department had learned of a possible allegation of misconduct by Officer Payne. As is protocol, the department cannot comment on a confidential personnel matter.
The incident continues to be investigated.
Funeral services will be held on Friday October 21, 2011 at 10:00 a.m., in the gymnasium at Santa Clara High School. Santa Clara High School is located at 2121 Saviers Road, Oxnard, CA 93033
According to an SCSO news release, the incident occurred at 4:26 p.m. Monday at Shooter’s Edge, an indoor shooting range and training center located at 413 Century Court, Piney Flats.
The release states Bristol Tennessee Police Department Officer Chester Emery, 47, suffered multiple injuries from a single round fired from the Ruger MK II .22-caliber semiautomatic handgun that a woman identified as his girlfriend, Kelly Crandell, 46, was shooting.
The round passed through Emery’s wrist and struck him in the chest. He was flown to Johnson City Medical Center for treatment. As of 9:20 p.m., Emery was listed in stable condition.
Emery, who is also an instructor at the shooting range, told an SCSO deputy the shooting was accidental. He said it happened when a piece of hot brass went down the front of Crandell’s shirt as she was shooting down range.
Crandell told investigators she “jerked” when the hot brass went down her shirt, accidentally discharging the pistol.
The news release stated that as of approximately 6:30 p.m. investigators were still on scene, and the incident — termed an “apparent accidental shooting” — was still under investigation.
Somerset County PA Oct 18 2011 A man who works as a security guard was charged with involuntary manslaughter for the death of his 14-year-old son, who jokingly challenged his father to shoot him.
Robert William Duda, 43, of 164 David Lane, Somerset Township, was charged on Monday in the Sept. 15 shooting, according to police.
Bryan Duda, who suffered a single gunshot wound on his right side, died in Somerset Hospital, police said.
Duda was arraigned yesterday before District Judge Arthur Cook on charges of involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, state police said after the teen got home around 3:30 p.m. Sept. 15, Duda and another man went to a sports store to sell guns. The two men returned to the residence, and at some point the other man went to Duda’s truck and retrieved a .380-caliber handgun from the glove box. He took the gun into the home and handed it to Duda, police said.
Duda was sitting at a computer desk with the handgun while his son was on a nearby couch. Duda was cleaning the handgun, which he planned to sell, police said.
Police said the boy was joking with his father and said, “Shoot me, Dad, shoot me.”
Duda pointed the gun in his son’s direction and the weapon discharged, striking the boy below his armpit.
The boy said, “Ouch,” and his father noticed blood coming from his jacket. He picked up his son and drove him to Somerset Hospital, where the boy died.
Last month, a family friend and neighbor, Paul Conroy, said Duda was cleaning his service weapon when it accidentally discharged. Conroy said Duda had taken the clip out of the gun and thought it was unloaded.
Bryan, a freshman at Somerset Area High School, loved the outdoors and animals, especially his dog, Buddy, Conroy said. He was interested in automobiles and welding.
Duda faces a preliminary hearing before Cook.
Louiesa West, 22, was still in the Gilpin County jail Sunday night. Phillip Perri, 25, bonded out of custody.
Both were found inside the Century Casino in Central City on Friday night, while an infant was still in a car, strapped in a car seat.
7NEWS spoke exclusively with the Thornton man who discovered the baby in the back of the car.
“I get in and I start to buckle up and I look over and I see something move in the back seat. I put it in drive and I look again and I see something move again. I said, ‘I’ll put it in park,’ and I get out. So, I close the door and I come over and I look through the passenger side; the back seat of that car and I say, ‘There’s no way there’s a baby in there.’ And the baby’s there. No window down, nothing,” said Sammy Kent. “I run in real quick and I run back out. I just told them right away, ‘Get somebody out there,’ and I come right back out.”
Kent said casino security ran out with him, followed by Central City police 10 minutes later. Casino general manager Mickey Rosenbaum told 7NEWS that casino staff announced the license plate over the intercom to get the attention of those associated with the car.
According to Kent, the mom came back to the car first.
“She comes walking out and she says, ‘Is there a problem?’ And I said, ‘Is this your baby in the car?’ And the police officer says, ‘Yeah, is this your baby?’ And she says, ‘Yeah.’ And then he handcuffed her and put her in the car,” said Kent.
He said the West told the officer that she had recently arrived at the casino. According to Kent, the officer felt the hood of the car.
“He told her, ‘This is warm. If you had just got here it would be hot,’” said Kent
He said Perri left the casino after another 10 minutes.
“And when I asked him, ‘Is this your baby?’ he says, ‘Yeah.’ I said, ‘Why would you do that, man?’ He says, ‘Who the blank are you?’ And I stepped towards him and the police officer said, ‘Sam, you need to leave. I left,’” said Kent. “I’m just happy the baby’s fine. That’s all I care about.”
Kent said he got parked at the casino at about 4:30 p.m., and the car with the baby wasn’t yet parked next to him. When he came back about 6:15 p.m., it was there with the radio on and the doors locked.
7NEWS checked the criminal history of both West and Perri.
Nearly one year ago, West pleaded guilty to child abuse, while Perri pleaded guilty to theft.
West will appear in court on Wednesday. Perri’s court appearance will be Oct. 26.
CLARK COUNTY, NV Oct 18 2011- Clark County Firefighters were called out to an early morning fire at a parking structure, near the sportsbook at the Red Rock Casino on Sunday.
The fire broke out at around 2:20 a.m. on the roof of the structure.
Red Rock officials report that two of the casino’s security staff were able to put the fire out just before firefighters arrived.
The two employees were transported to UMC with minor injuries.
Damage has been estimated at $20,000.
Officials report that no guests or employees were forced to evacuate the property during the incident.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Williston, Vermont Oct 18 2011 Authorities say a man just arrested by Vermont State Police, committed suicide at one of their barracks today.
43 year old Michael Weisler, of Waterville, was arrested Saturday on a charge of lewd and lascivious conduct with a young girl. Police say Sunday morning, one of Weisler’s friends called the Williston barracks, saying Weisler was on his way there to commit suicide. Investigators say he arrived about 10 minutes later, around 11:30, screamed to some troopers waiting outside the barracks “I’m the guy you are looking for”, before pulling out a handgun.
“The troopers waited in front of the barracks for him to arrive. He did pull in, but immediately got out of his car, stepped out of his car committed suicide before the troopers could take any action,” said Lt. Brian Miller.
Weisler was due in court Monday to be arraigned on the lewd and lascivious charge.
Memphis TN Oct 18 2011 Four people were arrested after an attack on an off-duty Memphis police officer outside a Beale Street nightclub.
Police reported that shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday, officer Anthony Campbell was leaving Beale Street with friends when he noticed a fight involving at least four people outside Club Crave at 380 Beale.
Witnesses told police that after Campbell briefly stopped to look at the altercation, those involved began yelling profanities at him, at which point a friend of Campbell’s told them: “You’re talking to a police officer.”
The suspects then yelled “Get that police (expletive)” and chased down Campbell as he was walking away from the scene, knocking him to the ground and repeatedly punching and kicking him.
Campbell suffered a swollen eye and a cut on his nose in the incident but refused medical treatment, according to a police affidavit.
He repeatedly told the suspects that he “didn’t want any trouble” before being attacked, witnesses told police.
De Angelo Watkins, 28, Justin Boone, 24, Roderick Jenkins, 24, and Sirita Tolbert, 28, were each charged with assault to cause bodily harm.
Tolbert was also charged with forgery, as officers reported finding a counterfeit $100 bill in her purse.
She posted $3,000 bond and was released from Shelby County Jail later Saturday.
Watkins, Boone and Jenkins each posted $100 bond, and were also released Saturday.
Source:the Commercial Appeal
Eighteen year old, Alejandra Lujan was at club majesty last night on the 8500 block of Las Cruzes. She allegedly became rowdy and a security officer tried to escort her out of that facility, leading her to allegedly assault him.
The security guard did not suffer any injuries. Lujan was arrested for assault. She was taken to Webb County Jail.
The 27-year-old officer was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a yard behind a family member’s house, the Ventura County Star reported Sunday.
He had been with the department for four years. Police did not identify the officer to the Star, or say if he used a police weapon in the shooting.
The Star reported the Ventura County Sheriff’s Deparment will investigate the shooting as a courtesy to the police department and to avoid conflicts of interest.
Thornton’s name was announced during roll call and his fellow officers welcomed him back. Although nervous about him returning to work, his family was also there for support.
The officer was helping a stranded motorist in January when he was struck by a drunk driver. He lost his leg from the knee down and went through intensive rehab to get back in shape to go out in the streets. Ten months later, Thornton said he’s ready to return to work.
“I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think I could,” Thornton said.
His Sargent said he won’t get any special treatment. Thornton’s fellow officers made that clear when he walked in to roll call and was told he was sitting in the wrong seat.
Thornton said he prepared mentally and physically for his first day. He spent a week at the training academy, brushing up on shooting, tactics, ticket reports and other skills.
This isn’t the first time he has suffered an injury in the line of duty.
Thornton has recovered from burns suffered during his second deployment in Iraq several years ago. He is the recipient of a Purple Heart.
Thornton will be working in a DWI unit and said he won’t treat drunk drivers any different because of what happened to him. His partner, officer Tommy Johnson, said they’ll pick up where they left off.
“ I’m going to put him to work; we’re going to hit the streets running,” Johnson said. “He’s got his hat on so he’s going to earn his money tonight.”
Passing motorists found Joshua Miller, 21, passed out on a sidewalk at about 2 a.m. near the intersection of Second and Walnut streets, said Lt. Faron Lake of the Bloomington Police Department.
The motorists then flagged down BPD officers, who approached Miller and discovered he was intoxicated, Lake said. Miller told the officers he had been at Kilroy’s Bar and Grill on Kirkwood Avenue.
Because of his level of intoxication, Miller was transported to the emergency room at IU Health Bloomington Hospital. While there, he became combative, Lake said.
He began screaming, yelling and threatening security officers and hospital personal. He then spat on a security officer, Lake said.
Miller was arrested and faces preliminary charges of public intoxication, intimidation, battery and battery by body waste.
Source:Indiana Student News
Claiming age discrimination, James C. McClain filed suit against C-Rock Inc., doing business as Security Staffing, on Oct. 6 in the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division.
McClain was hired by Citadel Security in April 2004 as a security guard for their facility in Athens. In 2007, Citadel Security was acquired by the defendant.
McClain states that he and other older employees were subjected to derogatory comments about their age. He was terminated in Dec. 2010 because he was “too old and could no longer handle the position.”
The defendant is accused of age discrimination, violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
McClain is seeking damages for back pay, interest, front pay, pecuniary losses, emotional pain, suffering, inconvenience, loss of enjoyment of life, humiliation, punitive damages, attorney’s fees and court costs.
The plaintiff is represented by Mark Anthony Acuna and Alan Braun of Davis Law Firm in San Antonio. A jury trial is requested.
U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis is assigned to the case.
Case No. 6:11-cv-00527
Millage Peaks, 23, the son of former Los Angeles Fire Chief Millage Peaks, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of bribing a public official.
TSA employee Dianna Perez, 28, of Inglewood, also was arrested for allegedly accepting the bribe, said Laura Eimiller, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Los Angeles.
Eimiller said Peaks was attempting to carry marijuana on a flight to Boston. The nature of the alleged bribe hasn’t been disclosed.
The arrests occurred after a baggage handler smelled marijuana in a bag and alerted supervisors.
Peaks and Perez are scheduled to appear in court later Monday.
In a statement released Monday, the TSA said the agency was working with law enforcement in the investigation and that “appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.”
The elder Peaks retired as fire chief this year.
Source: LA Now
The $3.5 million dollar lawsuit is filed against Regional Marketing Concepts, Inc. which operates as RMC events.
The lawsuit was filed just a few days shy of the two year anniversary of Morgan Harrington’s disappearance and just before the two year statute of limitations would have run out. “This gives us the option of moving forward to find some answers,” Gil Harrington said. “We filed a lawsuit to preserve our options.”
Morgan Harrington went missing after leaving a Metallica concert at the Arena two years ago today, October 17, 2009. The 20 year old left the Arena at about 8:30pm and was not allowed back in by arena staff, according to Virginia State Police.
Morgan Harrington was last seen on the Copeley Road bridge in Charlottesville about one hour later at 9:30 that night. It was more than two months later in in January, 2010 that a farmer found her skeletal remains in a remote area of the Anchorage Farm in Albemarle County.
Gil Harrington describes the past two years as a fog. “There are so many layers of this onion that we’ve been working on in a parallel fashion,” Gil Harrington said.
“We’re trying to grieve. We’re trying to find a killer. We’re trying to do good work to make a positive legacy for Morgan. We’re trying to protect other women. This is just another layer of this onion. We needed to make a place holder for it,” Harrington said.
“We didn’t feel we had the clarity to let that option dissolve,” Gil Harrington said. “This gives us the option to try and find the answer to some of our questions.”
Some of those questions may have to do with why a young woman would not be allowed back in the arena after dark, how the lighting was around the arena at the time of the concert, and how many people made up the security staff that night. Arena officials have said it’s arena policy that once a ticket holder’s ticket has been scanned by a computer system, that person is not allowed to leave the arena and come back in.