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DARLINGTON SC Nov 3 2011 — NewsChannel 15 has learned Carole Ann Hope, 36, was arrested Tuesday and faces charges of criminal sexual conduct second degree with a minor and lewd act on a minor, according to officials with the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office.
She is a teacher a New Heights Middle School in the Chesterfield County town of Jefferson.
The school district’s public information officer tells us Hope has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.
Hope was arrested Tuesday night by the State Law Enforcement Division and booked at the Darlington County Detention Center.
Warrants say between March 1 and October 31, Hope had sex with a 14-year-old at her Hartsville home. They say the teenager was a student of Hope’s at New Heights School.
Hope appeared in court Wednesday afternoon in Darlington County. Her bond was set at $10,000.
She is now being transferred to Conway, in Horry County, where she’ll face the same two charges in reference to the same victim.
She may also face a charge in Chesterfield County.
We’ll post more details as we get them.
NEWPORT TN Nov 3 2011 – Longtime suspect and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Lee Stock and his father, Terry A. Stock, are charged in the killing of Newport teen Megan Maxwell, the Cocke County sheriff announced Wednesday.
Jeffrey Lee Stock, 43, is charged with felony murder and rape.
Terry A. Stock, 64, is charged with accessory after the fact of first degree murder. U.S. Marshals arrested him Tuesday in Flat Rock, Indiana.
The men are also charged with theft of property over $1,000 and arson. Maxwell’s burned out 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse was found on E. Highway 25/70 right after her disappearance in April 2009.
Sheriff Armando Fontes said a Cocke County Grand Jury returned the indictments against the two men on October 31.
Authorities say Maxwell was last seen at her father’s house. Jeffrey Stock, who was acquainted with Maxwell’s father, is also accused of being at the house around that time.
Jeffrey Stock was previously convicted of abducting and sexually assaulting two teenage girls in Indiana. He was charged with failing to register as a sex offender when he moved to Tennessee. He’s serving a 72-month sentence for that charge at a federal prison in Tucson, Arizona.
Detective Derrick Woods said he’s been to see Stock twice in Tucson and dealt with him several times while he was still in East Tennessee.
Maxwell, 19, was missing for more than a year. Extensive searches were done all over the area and her family made pleas to the public.
Maxwell’s skull, other body parts and several pieces of clothing were found in the woods of rural Cocke County in November 2010 by a man walking his dogs.
Sheriff Fontes told 6 News during a live interview Wednesday evening that the turning point in the case was when his investigators finally had enough evidence and witness statements to go before a grand jury.
Although investigators had some physical evidence, the sheriff said people coming forward with information helped them move the case forward.
Sheriff Fontes had said in May that his office was close to charging Jeffrey Stock in Maxwell’s slaying. He said Wednesday evening that since that time, they had received more consistent witness information.
Terry Stock was implicated in some of the initial evidence, according to the sheriff, but witnesses helped earn the charges against him.
During his announcement of the charges, Sheriff Fontes addressed the Maxwell family, saying, “I would just like to say that justice is here. We thank you for you patience. We thank you for your confidence during this trying time. And our thoughts and our prayers will continue to be with you in the upcoming years.”
After that, Megan Maxwell’s mother, Lisa, said, “Today, I’m on cloud nine,” and added that she’s happy for the first time in a long time due to the charges in the case.
“She was such a good kid, you know. Everyone in the community and her friends, she liked everybody. This is justice, not for me. This is justice for Megan,” Lisa Maxwell said. “This is for her.”
Lisa Maxwell says she would like for Jeffrey Stock to stay in prison for the rest of his life because if he was ever released from custody, “He would do it again.”
Sheriff Fontes said the investigation of this case continues.
“I’m not sure how they got in,” said Karen Rudolph, a Memphis Police spokesperson. She says security officers called MPD to alert them of the burglary.
“Security was here,” said Rudolph. “I don`t know exactly how they found him, but I think they heard some people inside, that`s when they contacted police,” she added. “That’s when we arrived on the scene as suspects were leaving.”
An officer shot into the suspect’s vehicle as they sped away. They drove through a chain link fence, leaving meat scattered in their tracks.
“After the suspect was shot, he continued to drive and that`s where he stopped,” said Rudolph.
The stolen vehicle was a found a mile down the road. Two of the suspects were still inside. One was taken to the med in critical condition with a gunshot wound. The other was arrested. Police say a third suspect ran away.
The police department says it’s investigating why the officer felt threatened enough to open fire.
“I don`t know if there was a gun, or if there wasn`t a gun,” said Rudolph. “All of that is still under investigation.”
Anyone with information that will help catch the suspect still on the loose, call Crime Stoppers: 901.528.CASH
Simon Broussard, who was director of UL’s Parking and Transit office, received notice of his immediate termination Thursday. In the notice, a human resources manager told him to “come in immediately to return your keys and all other university property.”
At 1:38 p.m. Friday, Baton Rouge Police Department officers went to the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Constitution Avenue in response to a possible suicide. Officers found Broussard dead his hotel room’s bed with a gunshot wound in his chest and a suicide note nearby.
Sgt. Bill Abrams, a spokesman for UL’s Police Department, said his department is “investigating a complaint of a theft in the Parking and Transit office.” According to an initial police report, officers began investigating a complaint about an undisclosed amount of “missing funds” on Sept. 2.
Abrams would not say if Broussard is tied to the investigation as either a person of interest or as a suspect. The ongoing investigation does delve into the finances of the office he led, he said.
Christine Payton, a spokeswoman for the university, said the state’s legislative auditor does an annual report examining the finances of the entire university. The auditor is working on this year’s report, she said, and should release the document by year’s end.
University officials offered condolences to his family. Several requests for comment from Kennan Guillory, assistant director of the Parking and Transit Office, as well as from Edward Pratt, the vice president for student affairs who oversees that office, went unanswered Tuesday.
The Parking and Transit Office has had problems of financial abuse and theft during recent years, with two employees being fired and arrested for felony theft charges.
In May, Nancy Eileen Hanson, 54, was fired from her job in the Parking and Transit Office two days after being arrested for allegedly stealing $85,000 from the department.
At that time, Abrams said police did not believe anyone else was involved in the alleged crimes, which occurred between October 2009 and May of this year.
In March 2007, the office’s director, William Joseph Dudley, allegedly stole an undetermined amount of funds from the department, but officials believed it to be “large sums of money.”
Dudley, who led the department from 2003 until 2007, ultimately reached an agreement with the university in February 2008 to pay the school $20,000 without admitting guilt.
After Dudley’s arrest, UL Police Department officials said the investigation extended back to 2003, the year he became head of the Parking and Transit Office.
Payton said UL Chief of Police Joey Sturm will temporarily oversee operations within the Parking and Transit office but is not serving as an interim director.
The university hasn’t yet had conversations about how and when a new director will be hired.
Laurel County KY Nov 3 2011 Police arrested two men in Laurel County early Wednesday after they allegedly cut a catalytic converter from a rental truck, according to Sheriff John Root.
The men were arrested after a security guard at the L&N Federal Credit Union on U.S. 25E, 10 miles south of London, reported a suspicious car at the Budget rental truck lot next door, according to a news release.
Deputy Brett Reeves followed the car to another parking lot and saw a cordless saw and a scissor jack in the back seat during his investigation.
There also was a catalytic converter in the trunk, apparently from one of the trucks, Root said in the news release.
Thieves value the converters because they can be sold at recycling centers.
Three other converters had been cut from Budget trucks at the same lot in the past few days, and the area has been plagued with a rash of such thefts over the past few months, police said.
Police charged Carl A. Eldridge 36, of Flat Lick, and Robert C. Kelly, 23, of London, with theft and second-degree criminal mischief.
Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner said shortly before 10 a.m. the man came up to building security and put a pack of cigarettes in the basket. When a guard looked inside, he saw what appeared to be a green leafy substance he believed was marijuana.
Paul Aksamit, head of building security, tried to arrest the man, and “a fight was on,” Wagner said. The man tried to run out the front door, and both he and Aksamit slid down the building’s front steps in the tussle.
At the same time, one of the other building security officers hit an emergency button that sent 30 or so deputies, who happened to be training in a room near the front of the building, pouring out of the building.
“So there was an inordinent amount of brown shirts at the front door … very quickly,” Wagner said.
Both the man and Aksamit were taken to the hospital, Aksamit for a cut above his eye and an abrasion to his wrist.
Twenty minutes after the incident, Wagner said he didn’t yet know the man’s identity because the man wasn’t giving his name. He also didn’t know why he was coming to the building.
“I think as the investigation unfolds we’ll be able to determine what happened and maybe why he reacted the way that he did,” he said.
Phoenix AZ Nov 3 2011 A man who posed as a fake Phoenix-area fertility doctor has been sentenced to 18 years in an Arizona State prison.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Joseph Kreamer sentenced Jeffrey Graybill on Wednesday to life probation once he’s released.
Prosecutors said Graybill posed as a fertility doctor in the Phoenix metropolitan area so he could sexually molest people while pretending to give them physical examinations.
Authorities also accused Graybill of stealing the identity of a Scottsdale doctor.
The original indictment charged Graybill with posting advertisements that at least seven people responded to and were victimized by.
Los Angeles police said in 2009 that Graybill advertised online, offering men up to $4,000 monthly for sperm donations to support stem cell research. He was charged with sexual battery by fraud, identity theft, practicing medicine without certification and other sex charges.
YEADON, Pa.Nov 3 2011 – Two men are behind bars after they took a Pennsylvania teen’s meatball sandwich at gunpoint but didn’t make off with his cell phone.
The Delaware County Daily Times reports four Philadelphia men are being held on $150,000 bail after a 13-year-old boy was robbed over the weekend in nearby Yeadon.
Police say two men approached the boy on Saturday evening and pulled a gun before rifling through his pockets. The men allegedly took his sandwich before fleeing in a car.
The teen called police, who soon located a car matching the description.
The Delaware County Daily Times report says the two men were charged with robbery. Two others who were also in the car face lesser charges.
Police say the recovered a gun and the sandwich.
LOUISVILLE, KY Nov 3 2011 – Louisville Metro Police say that an off-duty constable shot a shoplifter at the Walmart on Raggard Road, off Greenbelt Highway in southwest Louisville.
It appears the shooting happened outside the store in the parking lot.
According to MertoSafe Dispatch, the suspect was taken to a hospital to be treated for a wound that is considerd non-life threatening.
The indictment was returned by a federal grand jury last Thursday and unsealed today after Fletcher was arrested. The arrest and indictment were announced today by Patrick J. Fitzgerald, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division; and Robert D. Grant, Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Fletcher, 34, of South Holland, joined the Dolton Police Department in October 2006. He was released on a $15,000 secured bond after pleading not guilty at his arraignment this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Maria Valdez in Federal Court in Chicago. A status hearing was scheduled for Nov. 28 before U.S. District Judge Elaine Bucklo.
The indictment alleges that on May 17, 2009, while performing his duties as a police officer, Fletcher used an asp baton as a dangerous weapon to strike two unnamed victims, identified only as “Victim M” and “Victim W,” in the head, resulting in each victim suffering bodily injury.
The obstruction count alleges that on Feb. 15, 2010, Fletcher threatened to cause bodily injury to Dolton’s then police chief in retaliation for producing records and documents to the federal grand jury investigating Fletcher’s alleged use of excessive force, as well as for providing information to FBI agents conducting the investigation.
The government is being represented in court by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tinos Diamantatos and DOJ Trial Attorney Sanjay Patel.
The civil rights counts each carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, and the obstruction count carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. If convicted, the court must impose an reasonable sentence under federal sentencing statutes and the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines.
The public is reminded that an indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Bolingbrook, IL Nov 3 2011 — Lijah Graham, 24, 606 Preston Drive, Bolingbrook, was charged with assault and resisting a peace officer at 9:45 p.m. Oct. 21 in the 600 block of Preston Drive, police said.
Officers were called to the scene that night by a security guard at the housing complex who said Graham was intoxicated and acting disorderly, police said.
The security officer requested Graham be put under arrest for trying to strike the guard with a pick, then fleeing on foot after being handcuffed by security.
According to police, Graham was located nearby, and was uncooperative with officers during processing. Graham was charged after continuing to act erratically and threatening officers, police said.
There were no injuries reported, police said.
New Orleans LA Nov 3 2011 Police officials scrambled Tuesday to restore a sense of calm to a citizenry on edge hours after two gunmen opened fire on a crowd of costumed Halloween revelers on Bourbon Street in an act of carelessness that was shocking even in a city inured to street violence. It was one of five separate shootings over the holiday that left two dead and 14 others injured, with most of the mayhem centered in the tourist hub of the French Quarter.
In the bloodiest incident, a shootout between two men broke out near a storied club on Bourbon Street just after midnight, leaving one of the gunmen dead and injuring seven people who were caught in the crossfire.
Just over an hour later, four others were shot on Canal Street at the edge of the Quarter. One of them died at the hospital. There were also nonfatal shootings in Mid-City, Bywater and St. Roch after the sun went down Monday evening.
Before Tuesday, there had been only five shootings this year in the 8th District, which includes the French Quarter, said Remi Braden, a New Orleans police spokeswoman. In all of last year, there were seven.
It was unclear what prompted the shootings, but city officials chalked up much of the mayhem to a street culture in which minor disputes quickly escalate into gunplay.
At a morning news conference, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said New Orleans residents are fighting a “battle for the future of the city.”
“To the criminals, we’re going to catch you,” he said while flanked by city leaders including New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas and Crime Commissioner James Carter. “We will win.”
Police investigate the scene of a quadruple shooting at the corner of Canal Street and University Place early Tuesday. Two men and two women were shot at the corner. One of the men was listed in critical condition at a local hospital, police said.
While vowing to punish the perpetrators, Landrieu and Serpas said changing the city’s “culture of violence” will take years. It’s a theme the two have emphasized often as the city’s murder rate, easily the highest in the country, has ticked upward this year. Landrieu and other local officials called New Orleans’ gun violence part of a larger national pattern in which young black males are shooting one another with little or no cause.
Serpas pointed out that the shooting on Bourbon Street took place within spitting distance of more than 100 uniformed officers on the popular entertainment strip and on Canal Street.
“What we have here is a culture of violence,” Landrieu said, adding that many shootings in the city stem from arguments between people who know each other and lack proper conflict-resolution skills. “We need to get better. We can’t stop this without a change in culture. … It used to end with a fistfight.”
Now, it usually ends with a gunfight, he said.
Serpas cited Tuesday’s shooting on Canal Street as a textbook example. He said it appears that the victim, 19-year-old Joshua Lewis, bumped into Baltiman Malcom, 24, sparking a fight that ended with Lewis dead and three other people injured.
Lewis, a 2011 graduate of John Ehret High School, was remembered fondly by football coach and athletic director Billy North, who said Lewis was a real leader on the team.
“He was a great kid here… Everyone liked him on campus,” said North, who said Lewis had enrolled in junior college. “We were proud of him. Not only as a football player, but more so as a person.”
Police arrested Malcom moments after the shooting and booked him on a count of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted first-degree murder.
Serpas called it “unnatural and unacceptable” for such petty arguments to boil over into violence.
A black eye for tourism
The mayhem came at the culmination of one of the busiest fall weekends for New Orleans hotels, which were chockablock with guests attending the Voodoo Festival or celebrating Halloween.
“Halloween is something we really market as a visitor attraction,” said Kelly Schulz, a spokeswoman for the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The hotels in the city were pretty much sold out. And the French Quarter was full.”
The shootings made national news almost immediately, with CNN and several national websites featuring prominent stories about the mayhem. Mark Romig, CEO of the New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Corporation, said his organization is monitoring industrywide communication about the incidents and countering them with messages about the millions of visitors New Orleans hosts each year without incident.
“We monitor the blogs to see what’s being said and we have a positive message to get out there about what’s being said,” Romig said. “I think by dealing with it as we’re dealing with it, we will win. Our effort is so that it does not become a long-term impact.”
It’s impossible to say how much tourism business New Orleans loses because of concerns about crime, tourism industry executives say say. But crime is often listed as a “dissatisfier” by those considering travel to the city, they added.
And crime can become a full-fledged reason for large groups to abandon travel plans.
In 2007, for instance, two trade associations scheduled to hold mid-sized conventions in the city in late 2009 canceled their bookings, both citing concerns about the city’s crime rate.
And in 2009, just four months after meeting in New Orleans, the American Heart Association canceled a 2012 meeting in New Orleans, saying it needed to make room in its convention rotation for other cities. However, the group did not have a new city selected at the time it scrapped its plans, and tourism industry members have said the group shelved the New Orleans meeting because of concerns about crime.
“All the major urban cities and especially the destinations that our clientele (chooses between) are dealing with the same thing,” said Bob Johnson, general manager of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. “The problem that New Orleans has is that we remain under the microscope a little bit more than some other destinations.”
A larger problem
Asked what effect a shooting on Bourbon Street could have on the city’s image, Landrieu said he was more concerned that such shootings are commonplace around the city. “This is not just an image problem. … This is a much bigger issue than that,” he said.
Carter said the city is working to find ways to catch young people during their formative years to teach them conflict-resolution skills. He pointed to reforms within the New Orleans Recreation Department, an “aggressive re-entry program” for ex-offenders and the implementation of the Ceasefire program, all aimed at stopping retaliatory killings.
In the meantime, Serpas said, the police department is doing everything it can to respond to crime.
“Our police department is not sitting on its hands,” he said.
Police identified the man who was shot to death on Bourbon Street as 25-year-old Albert Glover. Serpas said investigators believe Glover was exchanging fire with a second man and that the two knew one another.
Glover, who has a number of drug-related arrests, pleaded guilty in September 2009 to filing false public records and received probation. He was awaiting trial on an unrelated charge of heroin distribution.
Records show he was out on bail, but then jailed again earlier this month after failing to make a court appearance. He was released on Oct. 14.
At an All Saints Day Mass Tuesday night at St. Anna’s Episcopal Church, which some refer to as the “murder board church,” the Rev. William H. Terry read the names of all the people who have been killed in New Orleans since last year’s All Saints Day. A tally is kept on the walls outside the church. Tuesday morning’s victims, Albert Glover and Joshua Lewis, were among the names called out as a bell tolled.
If the public wants to quell the violence, it should “start with little kids,” Terry said.
He referenced a 4-year-old boy in the neighborhood who has only one emotion: anger. He shared a story about a 5-year-old boy who says “I hate the police.”
We “need to start taking individual responsibility against violence,” he continued. “And the first step is to bring our children up well.”
In addition to the two incidents in the Quarter early Tuesday, three other men were injured in two separate shootings a short time later, police said. None of the injuries was believed to be life-threatening.
Late Tuesday morning, police arrested Harrell Washington, 22, in connection with one of the shootings.
Anyone with information about these shootings can call Crimestoppers at 504.822.1111 or 877.903.7867.
Rochester NY Nov 3 2011 A Yates County man was arrested after a gun was turned into court security.
Jason Borsching, 27, was charged with criminal contempt and criminal possession of a weapon.
Sheriff’s deputies said a revolver was turned in at the Yates County Building Complex.
Deputies said investigation revealed that Borsching did not have a pistol permit and had been court ordered to surrender all his firearms earlier this year.
Borsching was remanded to the Yates County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.
According to the report, Israel Quijano, 23, of Wheeling, allegedly pushed a security guard in the face with an open hand when the guard attempted to separate Quijano and another man who were arguing.
Quijano refused to speak with police, and only related that the Rivers Casino staff and the police were racist because Quijano is Mexican, and police detained him.
Police reported Quijano was highly intoxicated and was being uncooperative. He was given a court date of Nov. 9 at Skokie courthouse.
West Nyack NY Nov 3 2011 A man has jumped to his death in an apparent suicide inside the Palisades Center mall in West Nyack, according to Clarkstown Police.
The body of a 23-year-old Spring Valley resident was discovered shortly before 6 a.m., according to Sgt. Harry Baumann. However, Baumann said a review of mall security video shows the man apparently jumped just after 4 a.m.
The man climbed over a railing and jumped down an opening, landing on the first floor of the mall in the vicinity of the Best Buy store. Baumann said the incident took place on the west side of the mall, where the Target department store is located.
Baumann said it does not appear that anyone else was involved in the man’s death, and that no one else was injured.
Baumann said it was still uncertain why the man was at the mall at 4 a.m. Although stores and restaurants were closed, Baumann noted that entrances are open overnight and there are workers there for a variety of reasons.
Police said it does not appear the Spring Valley man worked at the mall or had any special connection to the mall. A car believed to have been used by him was found in a mall parking lot.
Baumann said investigators do not believe the man had been diagnosed with or had been treated for any mental illness.
This is the second public suicide in Clarkstown this week. On Monday, a 39-year-old Congers man shot himself to death in a Nanuet hotel room. He had been undergoing treatment for depression.