End of Watch: Thursday, November 3, 2011
Tour of Duty: 20 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Duty related illness
Date of Incident: January 18, 2011
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Police Officer Daniel Clark passed away as the result of complications from surgery to correct a duty-related injury.
He had had injured his ankle in January, while on duty. He underwent surgery for the injury in October and was recovering at home when he suffered what is believed to be a pulmonary embolism. He was transported to a local hospital where he passed away.
Officer Clark had served with the San Bernardino Police Department for 20 years. He is survived by his wife and daughter.
Agency Contact InfoChief of Police Robert Handy
San Bernardino Police Department
710 North D Street
San Bernardino, CA 92401
Phone: (909) 383-5311San Bernardino Police Department, California
Newark Police Department, New Jersey
End of Watch: Monday, November 7, 2011
Tour of Duty: 6 years, 6 months
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: November 7, 2011
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: At large
Detective Michael Morgan was shot and killed while attempting to take action during a robbery while he was off duty in Paterson, New Jersey.
He and several friends were visiting a club on Straight Street. While outside, speaking to an employee, a suspect approached and attempted to rob the two at gunpoint. Detective Morgan attempted to take action but was shot once in the side during the struggle.
Responding units from the Paterson Police Department transported Detective Morgan to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his wound.
The suspect fled the scene and remains at large.
Detective Morgan had served with the Newark Police Department for 6-1/2 years.
Agency Contact Info
Police Director Samuel DeMaio
Newark Police Department
31 Green Street
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: (973) 733-6000
PATERSON NJ Nov 7 2011 – An off-duty Newark police detective was shot and killed after leaving a gentlemen’s club early Monday morning in a robbery that turned deadly.
Investigators work the scene of a fatal shooting in Paterson. An off-duty police officer from Newark was gunned down. ene of the shooting of an off duty police officer. A robber shot and killed the policeman after the officer walked out of the Sunrise Gentlemens Lounge on Straight Street about 3 a.m.
The detective was talking to a dancer from the club by his car at Getty Avenue and Straight Street when they were approached by the robber. The robber pulled out a gun and told the detective and the dancer to hand over their money, said Glenn Brown, public safety director for Paterson.
Police believe the gunman and the detective struggled before the robber fired off a shot, striking the 30-year-old detective in his side. The woman was uninjured. The suspect fled on foot.
A Paterson police vehicle responding to the scene took the detective to nearby St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Newark Police Chief Sheilah Coley was at the scene of the shooting this morning. She said the officer was a six-year veteran who worked in the narcotics and gang unit. Newark police officers are gathering in front of the hospital as a show of respect for the family of the slain officer.
“He was one of our best officers. He was of our finest and brightest stars,” Coley said.
Neither Newark nor Paterson police would release the detective’s identity. Police say he was off-duty and at the club with friends.
Police believe the gunman held up a person on Elizabeth Street three blocks south of the fatal shooting moments earlier.
After the shooting, investigators conducted a yard by yard search, blocking off several streets in the neighborhood. A police dog combed the area for evidence. Shortly before 8 a.m., detectives were inside Sunrise Gentlemens Lounge talking to those inside.
The robber was described as a tall black male who was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, jeans and sneakers. Police do not know his age or identity.
Police were called to the club in March 2007 after three men stabbed one man and attacked another in the bathroom. The victims were taken to St. Joseph and released.
San Antonio TX Nov 7 2011 A teenager reportedly shot a security guard at a North Side strip club and then shot himself after San Antonio police found him driving nearby Sunday morning.
Both men were taken to University Hospital following the shooting, which took place around 6 a.m. at XTC Cabaret, in the 2000 block of Sable Lane.
The victim, 23, was waiting to be relieved by his manager and sitting in a friend’s car when an 18-year-old opened fire on the vehicle with a shotgun, striking the man in the arm, police said. A woman driving the car drove to a nearby gas station, at Broadway and Loop 410, where she called police.
Friends said the woman’s ear was grazed by a bullet.
Officers were given a description of the suspect and his vehicle, and it was located on Broadway, Sgt. Donald Leonard said. Police stopped the vehicle, he said, but then the teen sped off and drove onto the access road of Loop 410.
Leonard said two officers still were trying to catch up to the motorist when they saw the vehicle stop in front of San Antonio International Airport.
The shooter, 18, had shot himself in the head with a shotgun, Leonard said. Homicide detectives Sunday afternoon still were trying to determine whether the self-inflicted shooting was accidental or intentional. He was listed in stable condition late Sunday.
Two hours after the shooting, police continued to comb the strip club parking lot for evidence. The victim’s female friend, draped in an SAPD windbreaker, was questioned at the scene and later taken downtown for a statement.
Police had no motive in the shooting. Although the shooter had been inside XTC earlier Sunday morning, he didn’t cause any problems, police said.
Last month, Foley became the first city in Minnesota to decide to hire a private security company to patrol its streets. The city previously contracted with the Benton County sheriff’s office but switched in a cost-cutting move.
The St. Cloud Times reports the city and county spent almost five hours in mediation Friday. They met at the urging of Attorney General Lori Swanson, who raised concerns about the possible legal ramifications of relying on private security.
Foley Mayor Gary Gruba says discussions will continue, though no dates have been set.
Benton County Sheriff Brad Bennett says they had positive discussions but no decisions were made.
Neither man would go into details.
DALLAS TX Nov 7 2011 — On the day when people across the country are moving their money out of big banks, eight protesters outside a bank in Dallas were arrested.
The national movement is called Bank Transfer Day, a response to plans by Bank of America and other large financial institutions to add fees to debit card users.
But it was Occupy Dallas protesters creating the scene on Saturday, where an estimated 150 people joined in, marching from bank-to-bank in downtown Dallas.
Police officers were close behind, watching every move.
“We had the banks that we wanted to go to, and from what happened at the very beginning, Bank of America,” said protester Perry McKnight. “We are going to the banks we already designated, with the people.”
The extra law enforcement presence followed a confrontation between police and protesters in front of the Bank of America building on Saturday afternoon. Officers rushed to the scene to break up the crowd.
Video provided by protesters shows a police officer trying to rip away a flag from one of the protesters. When the man resists, one officer falls and hits his head.
Occupy Dallas told News 8 that protesters were standing on the flower beds in front of the building, chanting, when one got of them was knocked down.
“The security guard pushed someone off the wall onto the concrete,” said protester Meg Hargis. “That started a snowball effect of cops coming in and pepper-spraying people in the crowd and dragging them out into he street and arresting them.”
According to the City of Dallas, when protesters were ordered to get off the planters, one of them became aggressive and assaulted police.
Eight people were arrested. One is expected to be charged with assaulting a public servant and resisting arrest.
The others face other charges, including blocking the sidewalk.
“They were already legally on a place they were legally allowed to be, and they were told to move back and there was nowhere for them to go,” Hargis said.
According to the city, three officers received minor injuries in the scuffle.
Investigators are reviewing video surveillance recordings to determine whether additional charges should be filed.
In Fort Worth on Saturday, about 50 people showed up to protest big banks and to urge people to move their money to credit unions instead.
Police didn’t report any major trouble, although one man did get a ticket for having a dog without a leash.
Credit unions report an influx of 650,000 new customers over the last four weeks, a 13-fold spike from an average month. That equates to more than $4.5 billion in deposits that apparently were removed from big banks.
GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. Nov 7 2011 The president of a Walton County booster club is accused of using club credit to make personal purchases.
Amber Nicole Dowell was arrested Friday on three counts of credit card fraud. She posted bond, set at $5,700 on each count, and was released the next day, according to Gwinnett County jail records.
Dowell heads the West Walton Football & Cheerleading Boosters, which supports recreation football and cheerleading at West Walton Park. On the group’s website, Dowell is listed as Amber Wimby.
Snellville Police Chief Roy Whitehead said that the department was working with Walton County authorities on the case.
“We’re hoping for more cooperation and to see how far this may go,” Whitehead told Channel 2 Action News.
Chicago IL Nov 7 2011 Three men who prosecutors said left four dead and two injured after entering a Far South Side store earlier this week with their semi-automatic weapons blazing were denied bail today.
Eric O’Neal, 18, of the 600 block of East 133rd Street; Devon Walker, 18, of the 50 block of East 57th Street; and Alfred Spikes, 20, of the 13100 block of South Ellis Avenue each face four counts of first degree murder and one count of aggravated battery with a firearm, according to police.
The trio, who appeared in Central Bond Court Saturday morning, were each denied bail.
The charges come after police reviewed video footage from inside The Connect convenience store on the 500 block of East 130th Street near the Altgeld Gardens housing complex.
At least one employee returned fire after several gunmen burst into the store firing an AK-47 assault rifle and two 9mm handguns at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, prosecutors said.
According to court records, the men entered the store with one of the deceased, Alex Spikes, and started shooting. An employee returned fire and Alex was wounded, prosecutors said. The group later returned to the store to retrieve Alex Spikes’ body and opened fire once more, records stated. They then carried his body to a car and drove him to Roseland Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, prosecutors said; they were then arrested in the parking lot.
O’Neal was injured in the exchange and treated at an area hospital for his wounds.
Prosecutors did not say if Alfred Spikes was related to Alex Spikes, but according to records, they live at the same address. At that address, police discovered weapons used in the shooting and a shirt Alex was seen wearing on video surveillance, prosecutors said.
Sources said the shooting may have stemmed from a dispute over stolen merchandise sold to the store. But prosecutors said today a witness told police they heard the group talking about robbing the store prior to the shootings.
The 30-year-old security guard who police said may have returned fire, Michael Banks, also died in the shooting.
Ihab Arefah, a 46-year-old man who was delivering cell phones when the shooting started, and Salem Weam, a 25-year-old store employee, were also killed.
A 39-year-old female customer who was also wounded remains in critical condition at the hospital, officials said.
Indianapolis IN Nov 7 2011 A car fire in a Circle Centre mall parking garage turned dangerous Saturday, requiring quick action by an Indianapolis metropolitan police officer to evacuate two security guards overcome by thick smoke.
Patrolman Kevin Jensen spotted smoke coming from the second level of the World of Wonders parking garage about 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Calling for the fire department, he went to investigate and found two mall security guards using fire extinguishers to fight the flames.
According to Indianapolis Fire Department spokeswoman Rita Burris, the guards were having difficulty breathing because of smoke inhalation, and Jensen ushered them out of the structure. They were treated at the scene and released. No one else was injured.
Firefighters used an aerial ladder to deliver water to the fire and extinguished the flames after about 15 minutes. They then used fans to vent smoke from the garage and elevator shafts.
Jensen also coordinated the evacuation of shoppers from the garage as firefighters put out the fire, which started in a purple Dodge Stratus. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
Fairfax VA Nov 7 2011 Like something out of the Old Testament, an affliction from on high has rained down on Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Fairfax County: golf balls.
One smashed the rear window of Pastor Bob Barnett’s Honda Odyssey on a Sunday. Another crashed through a church office window, and a third plunked the youth director on the head, knocking him down as he worked with a group of children. In all, 2,637 balls pelted the property during a recent year-long period, the church claims. Members know because they collected each one.
The source is not divine, but the adjacent TopGolf, a state-of-the-art entertainment complex that features a 76-bay, two-level driving range. When a duffer hits a slice just right, balls can zing about 350 yards over protective netting at the back edge of the range, located off of South Van Dorn Street, and fly right onto the grounds of Faith Evangelical as if it were the 18th green.
The church is so teed off that members have invoked an obscure bit of Virginia law to seek relief. They petitioned a Fairfax court for a special grand jury to decide whether TopGolf could be prosecuted as an ongoing public nuisance.
The special grand jury, which convened in October, concluded that there’s reason to pursue the misdemeanor charge. The maneuver set legal gears turning that could result in a January jury trial and possibly a $25,000 fine for TopGolf.
TopGolf is stunned, legal observers are intrigued and court officials are scrambling to understand how the little-used law works. Meanwhile, the church, which has about 350 members and has been at its current location since 1996, is forging ahead.
“They want one thing: to stop the barrage of golf balls,” said Faith Evangelical’s attorney, Benjamin T. Riddles II. “The church lives in fear of a fatal injury.”
TopGolf chief executive Joe Vrankin said the complex has done everything possible to corral balls, including spending about $350,000 on possible solutions and working closely with the church.
Vrankin ticked off a list: Warning signs have been installed, tees have been lowered and the upper deck of the range is closed when the church has Sunday services or special events. When TopGolf replaced a range on the site in 2005, it raised the height of the netting around the facility to more than 100 feet.
TopGolf even hired what Vrankin called a “ball flight expert” to analyze the trajectory of balls and recommend safety measures. And Vrankin said TopGolf has paid as much as $2,000 for damage caused by balls hit onto church grounds in recent years.
Vrankin said it requires a “Tiger Woods drive” to clear the netting. The problem, he said, is that 10 million balls are hit at TopGolf each year, so some are bound to sail onto church property.
But he said it’s rare for a ball to fly so far. According to Vrankin, “99.9927 percent of balls stay in the property line.”
How does he know?
TopGolf outfits each ball with a microchip that allows the company to track the length of the drive and the number of balls hit. “Not only, without question, is it the safest golf center in the county, the reality is that they just don’t want us there,” Vrankin said of those at the church.
The dispute over errant duffers has gone on for years. Both sides said they have worked with each other and with county officials to come up with fixes, but in the eyes of the church, the problem remains.
Several church members declined to speak on the record, but some agreed to provide background information. One said the catalyst for their anger was when youth director Jarrett Van Tine was hit in April. He suffered sharp pain and ringing in his ears, the church’s complaint to the grand jury said.
The same member said the church did not want to file a civil suit because it could drain the church’s finances. So after attorneys suggested trying a continuing public-nuisance complaint, the church was game. “The complaint is something we didn’t do lightly,” said Pastor Neil Smith.
Under Virginia law, when five or more citizens make a complaint to the circuit court about a continuing public nuisance, the court is required to convene a special grand jury to investigate. Nine members of the church signed on.
Such complaints are rare. “I’ve never seen it in the 16 or so years I’ve been on the bench,” said Dennis J. Smith, chief judge of the Fairfax County Circuit Court.
In its complaint, the church says a “massive, intolerable, dangerous and life threatening quantity of golf balls” has been driven onto its property. The church even held off on building a playground.
The county’s commonwealth’s attorney could decide to prosecute the TopGolf case or decline. The case also could be handed over to a special counsel. Both sides could head to court Jan. 23 if they don’t iron out their differences before then.
HONOLULU HI Nov 7 2011 — A U.S. Department of State special agent is accused of shooting and killing a Kailua man.
Honolulu police said the shooting occurred just before 3 am Saturday at the McDonald’s restaurant on Kuhio Avenue in Waikiki. A police spokesperson said four men were involved in a confrontation in the fast food chain before the fight spilled out onto the street. Police said they arrested 27-year-old Christopher Deedy on suspicion of murder, but as of Saturday afternoon he has not yet been charged.
According to a source close to the investigation, Deedy is a federal special agent, off-duty at the time of the shooting. It has not been confirmed if he is in town for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. However, according to a social networking website, Deedy is a Special Agent in the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, in charge of the safety of foreign dignitaries.
The family of the victim has identified him as 23-year-old Kollin Elderts.
“He’s such a great guy, friendly. I love his laugh that’s one thing I keep thinking of, is his laugh,” said sister-in-law Mollie Bruhn
The family of Kollin Elderts is in disbelief, their carefree son and brother killed.
“At first I thought it was just that he got shot I didn’t know that he had passed because my husband’s quieter about it but you can see that it’s hurting him,” said Bruhn.
Elderts grew up on Oahu’s windward side, as a Kailua boy he played football for Kalaheo High School. One of nine brothers, his sister-in-law said Eldert’s role was the fun, loving uncle.
“A very good uncle, my son and my step-son they both loved him. I’m happy my son got to meet him and be a part of his life,” said Bruhn.
Family said Elderts and a friend stopped at McDonalds on Kuhio Avenue early this morning for a bite to eat. A fight broke out between Elderts and the suspect.A witness said he heard at least two gun shots, Elderts died at the hospital.
“That’s my boy I love him. He isn’t just a friend, that’s my brother,” said victim’s friend Sean Medeiros.
“He is in a better place but the hearts of people here are not going to mend right now and the guy that did this deserves punishment, God will take care of him,” said Eldert’s friend Jeremy Perry.
Elderts is the cousin of local professional football player Samson Satele with the Oakland Raiders. The local U.S. State Department office told KITV4 by phone their office in Washington D.C., is handling media questions. However, there was no response from Washington as of 5 p.m. Hawaii time.
HOOKSETT, N.H.Nov 7 2011 — A student at Southern New Hampshire University was found dead in her dorm room early Saturday morning.
Hooksett police responded to the room in Washington Hall at about 10:53 a.m. for a report of an unresponsive woman.
The woman, identified as Jamie Lee Cruz, 18, of Rutland, Mass., was pronounced dead.
State and local police agencies were called to the college to conduct an investigation. Authorities said they have no reason to believe any student is in danger.
An autopsy is being performed to determine Cruz’s exact cause of death. A toxicology report is also expected to be completed.
University Officials said extra counselors from residence life, campus ministry and public safety personnel were assisting with the grieving process.
“Our heart goes out to the deceased student’s family and friends,” said SNHU President Paul LeBlanc. “We have made sure that the family is afforded any and all services, and that additional campus ministry, student affairs, counseling and advising is available to support our campus community.”
SALEM, N.H.Nov 7 2011 — State authorities are planning an autopsy on the remains of a body found in a Maine storage unit last week that may be those of a woman missing since 1983.
State police said the body could be that of Kitty Wardwell, who disappeared in 1983. According to police, Wardwell’s former boyfriend, Frank Julian, said he dropped her at the El Rancho motel in Salem, N.H., after getting into a fight. But local police say there’s no definitive evidence yet showing she was in fact left in New Hampshire.
She was 29 at the time.
The storage locker had been rented since 1992 by Julian. Julian died earlier this month at age 80, and the remains were found by his family cleaning out the locker.
Moore Self Storage owner Gary Boilard said that Julian always paid three months in advance.
“He (Julian) would come in and pay personally himself, and the last time he came in was Sept. 6,” Boilard said.
Maine State Police said that Julian was 52 years old when his on-again, off-again girlfriend, Wardwell, vanished. Investigators said he was a person of interest, but they never could link him to Wardwell’s disappearance.
“We have interviewed him two or three times over the years, but there was never enough probable cause to do any actual searches,” Steve McCausland, of the Maine State Police, said.
Salem Police Department Deputy Chief Shawn Patten said it’s not clear to them if Wardwell was ever actually in Salem, but he will pull old records and give them to Maine police to help them.
“It’s going to be a lengthy process to try and locate those records. (Files) weren’t computerized back then — it’s (a lot of) paperwork. But we will look for the stuff and provide them to the appropriate Maine authorities,” Patten said.
Investigators in Maine said the Wardwell case always remained open, and now they believe they’re about to close it.
Wardwell’s family donated DNA samples to be compared with the remains, and state police said they hope DNA testing confirms that the body is Wardwell.
The medical examiner said he will try to identify the body and even search for a cause of death — after all these years.
PORTLAND OR Nov 7 2011 – Columbia County investigators were able to break up an identity theft ring after one of the suspects was shot during a home invasion last month.
Reed Vandehey said thieves broke into his home in September and got away with thousands of dollars of electronics and jewelry, but that wasn’t the worst of it.
“They took my wife’s Social Security number,” he said. “They got into my credit cards, gas cards, they got my passport.”
Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson said it was another burglary to add to a growing list.
“They were targeting relatively affluent homes,” he said. “People with bank accounts, with good credit, so they could establish false credit in their names.”
Investigators had no leads until last month, when a man broke into a federal police officer’s home and was shot in the shoulder.
Clement ran away, only to be found later by deputies at a Troutdale motel. Dickerson said that was when the connection was made. The man who was shot, Robert Clement (pictured below, right), was also suspected of burglarizing the Vandehey home.
The sheriff’s office was able to arrest two more people–Jody Lee Ann Hill (left) and Dennis Engle (center) and link them to similar crimes of stolen items and stolen identities.
Dickerson said he believes the suspects likely committed other crimes. Anyone who might know them or know their associates was asked to call the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
He reportedly went inside a Cameron County game room before 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
Inside the suspect reportedly threatened a security guard with a gun and took off with an unknown amount of money.
The Cameron County Sheriff’s Department said the suspect raced into a nearby field.
He reportedly shot at the security guard when the security guard tried chasing him.
Authorities said the security guard was not hurt.
Cameron County sheriff’s deputies, Harlingen Police, Primera Police and U.S. Border Patrol were all called out to search for the suspect.
He was not found.
The game room is called 777.
It’s located west of Bass Boulevard and south of Expressway 83.
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DENVER CO NOV 7 2011 A woman accused of stealing $1 million from the Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison.
Beth Ann Roybal, 53, pleaded guilty in August to felony theft.
The Denver District Attorney’s Office said Friday in a news release that a restitution hearing is scheduled for Nov. 21 and that Roybal will be able to request a reconsideration of her sentence at a hearing scheduled for January.
The District Attorney’s Office initially charged Roybal with 19 counts of theft and one count of forgery. Most of those charges were later dismissed.
Roybal was a senior portfolio manager at PERA, working as a property manager for PERA-owned property until she retired in February 2010. She was accused of stealing the money from 1993 through 2009 by skimming rent checks and submitting fake invoices for the properties she managed.
Denver Deputy District Attorney Kandace Gerdes argued for the maximum sentence of 12 years
Springfield PA Nov 7 2011 Macy’s security reported Oct. 24 at 3:07 p.m. that a female left the store with a bag of stolen merchandise and the bag was lined with tin foil to avoid detection.
Sgt. Michael Vaughan stopped Rachale Noble, 22, of the 4900 block of Walton Ave. in Philadelphia in the parking lot.
She was identified by store security, taken into custody and transported to the Springfield Police Station.
She was charged with Retail Theft, for allegedly taking $790 worth of merchandise from the store, Receiving Stolen Property and Theft of Property Mislaid.
The investigation showed that she also had an active warrant from Philadelphia.
The incident is under investigation by Detective Bridget McCarthy.
Springfield PA Nov 7 2011 Best Buy’s security reported Oct. 27 at 6:02 p.m. that they had a male in custody for Retail Theft at the store. Patrolman Nicholas Paytas responded and took Branden Wright, 23, of the 1300 block of Clifford Road in Wilmington, Del. into custody and transported him to the Springfield Police Station. He was charged with Retail Theft for allegedly taking $559.98 worth of merchandise from the store. Detective Daniel McNeely is handling the investigation.
Best Buy’s security reported that a male was in the store attempting to pay for over $3,000 worth of merchandise using a stolen credit card on Oct. 24 at 6:20 p.m. Patrolman Jeffrey Shull arrived and took Khalil Carter, 35, of the 1200 block of Hortter St. in Philadelphia, into custody as he was exiting the store. He was charged with Forgery, Access Device Fraud, Theft By Unlawful Taking, Theft By Deception, Receiving Stolen Property, Identity Theft, and other related charges. The incident is under investigation by Detective Daniel McNeely