Chicago IL Nov 12 2011 - A security guard was shot and killed late Thursday trying to stop two armed robbers who held up a South Side Aldi store. The robbers also shot and wounded a customer as she tried to get away.
One of the two male suspects walked up to a register at the store in the 9000 block of South Halsted Street and announced a robbery at 7:27 p.m., according to police News Affairs.
A 54-year-old security guard for the store became involved in a struggle with the second suspect, who pulled out a handgun and shot the guard multiple times in the head and upper torso, police said.
He was identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office as Reginald Lanier, 54, of S. Campbell Ave., and he was dead at the scene of the shooting at 9017 S. Halsted St.
Community activist Andrew Holmes said to his knowledge, the security guard was armed and his weapon is now missing, but that had not been confirmed with police.
A 67-year-old woman was also shot in the leg as she tried to get out of the store, police said. She was taken in serious-to-critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, according to Fire Media Affairs.
Distraught relatives identified the guard as Reginald Lanier, a father of one.
Two female relatives wailed “No …God, No!,” after they arrived at the scene.
Lanier had only worked at the store for three or four months, lost a nephew to gun violence last week and was worried about his safety at the store, said his brother-in-law, Horace Page Jr.
“Of course he was (worried about his safety), you know how it is out here,” said Page, a former Chicago Police officer who became an engineer to get away from street violence.
“They killed him, they killed him at work.”
Lanier had a 20-year-old daughter who is an honor student at Roosevelt University and he lived with his wife in Beverly, Page said.
The robbers got away with an unknown amount of cash and are not in police custody early Friday, police said.
Calumet Area detectives are investigating. Police in Area 2 are also communicating with Area 1 detectives, where another Aldi was robbed under similar circumstances. It was unclear if the two cases were connected.
Montgomery AL Nov 12 2011 While children were dancing inside the Armory Thursday evening, the security guard in charge of looking after their safety was robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot. No one was hurt, but now parents are concerned for their children’s safety since the robbers are still on the loose.
“It’s very scary to think about our young daughters coming out of the building at night,” parent Annette Taylor said.
Taylor’s daughter was inside for dance class when 23-year-old security guard Anthony Casey was robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot around 6:30 Thursday night.
Facility director Marilyn Williams said Casey was robbed by two men with guns.
“The guys came up behind him, held guns to his head and told him to give them the money, the cards, whatever,” she said. “And if he hadn’t given them all of that then they said they would shoot him.”
She said Casey then went inside to call the police and the Armory was put on a lockdown. No one could come in and no one could go out until the police arrived.
“We do have cameras on the building,” Williams said.
And those security cameras were rolling.
“I hope they catch them because they apparently don’t have any concerns about anyone but themself,” Williams said.
“I think my husband will be picking her up from now on,” Taylor said.
Williams said since this incident the Armory will be adding more security measures to ensure their students safety.
This is still an ongoing investigation. If you have any information about the robbery, you can call the police department at 334-625-2831.
Duquesne police Chief Richard Adams said he was told by his officers that the security guard was trying to break up the fight when he fell and possibly hit his head. The security guard was taken to UPMC McKeesport for treatment.
Sarah McCluan, district spokeswoman, confirmed there was an incident involving three students around 2 p.m. She said the district will conduct a thorough investigation.
McCluan said she could not say anything about the extent of the security guard`s injuries, citing privacy reasons
CHARLESTON, W.Va.Nov 12 2011 — Mason County Sheriff David Anthony II was arrested late Thursday night for felony wanton endangerment after police say he shot a pistol over the head of a 13-year-old relative last weekend.
West Virginia State Police troopers arrested Anthony, 42, at 11:15 p.m. last night at a home in Putnam County, according to State Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous.
Baylous did not know the identity of the homeowner, but said the home did not belong to Anthony, who lives in Point Pleasant.
Baylous said troopers served Anthony with a domestic violence petition and then arrested him on one felony count of wanton endangerment stemming from an incident that occurred over the weekend.
Police say that Anthony shot a handgun in a dangerous manner over the head of a 13-year-old male relative on Saturday, Nov. 5.
A criminal complaint that State Police filed in the case accuses Anthony of ordering the boy out of the residence at gunpoint and at some point after that, firing the weapon.
Baylous said Friday morning that he wasn’t sure exactly what Anthony was doing with the firearm or what specific caliber handgun he was using.
“But from what they’ve been saying it involved shooting over the victim’s head,” he said.
Mason County Prosecuting Attorney Damon Morgan’s office asked the West Virginia State Police to investigate the incident. State Police Sgt. Mike Lafauci is the lead investigator.
Officers executed a search warrant at Anthony’s Point Pleasant home Thursday night, but Baylous said he wasn’t sure if police recovered any weapons following the search.
He said Anthony did not resist arrest Thursday night.
Anthony was taken to Western Regional Jail following his arrest. He was arraigned Friday morning in Putnam County Magistrate Court, where his bond was set at $20,000.
Though he had been arraigned, Anthony had yet to post bond as of 11 a.m. Friday.
An official with the Western Regional Jail would not comment specifically on where Anthony is being housed in the jail.
However, the official said that police officers are typically housed in protective custody while in the jail system.
With their chief law enforcement officer under arrest, Mason County officials were working Friday morning to figure out what actions they needed to take to address the situation.
Mason County Commissioner Rick Handley said Friday morning that commissioners were working with Morgan — who serves as legal counsel to the commission — to determine what course of action they should take.
Because Anthony is elected by voters, he is not an employee of the County Commission. Its main involvement in the department is to approve or deny the hiring of officers.
Handley said the situation of a publicly elected sheriff being arrested was such an usual circumstance, they weren’t sure yet how they’re supposed to move forward in addressing the situation.
“I never have, in my 15 years as a commissioner, seen anything like this,” Handley said.
Commissioner Bob Baird said Anthony is in his third year as sheriff. He was a deputy sheriff before his election in 2008.
“He’s had some problems along the line,” including a dispute over the use of a governmental credit card, but Baird said that issue was resolved internally and inappropriate charges were repaid.
Baird said Chief Deputy Jeff Fields is likely in charge of the department during Anthony’s absence. The department was closed for Veterans Day, though, so calls there went unanswered.
“We don’t have any authority to do anything. You could go to the Ethics Commission, but any citizen can do that,” he said.
Anthony had back surgery, Baird added, “and we actually haven’t seen much of him lately.”
Handley said that Morgan was still working to gather all the relevant state laws and court decisions that could apply to the situation Friday morning.
He said commissioners wouldn’t say anything more on what could happen until Morgan advises them on how they can proceed under the law.
Source:Charleston Daily Mail
MT. PLEASANT, SC Nov 12 2011 - Police say they are planning to file six more child sex charges on suspected child abuser Louis “Skip” Reville of Mount Pleasant.
Lt. Michael Fowler with the Hanahan Police Department said Thursday that the decision was made after meeting with the solicitor.
ReVille is currently locked up at the Charleston County Jail after being charged with three counts of criminal sexual misconduct with a minor and five counts of committing a lewd act on a minor.
Solicitor Scarlett Wilson says that several law enforcement agencies met with her on Thursday to discuss the ReVille case, specifically where the investigation is heading and what kind of possible charges may be forthcoming.
Lt. Fowler said he does not know when the six new charges will be officially filed.
Officials say that on the same day ReVille was arrested, he attended an abuse-prevention program put on by his school and the organization Darkness to Light.
ReVille’s work history shows that he has held several jobs working with children, including a camp counselor, tennis coach and principal.
An attorney representing more than one of the teenage victims says that the allegations in the case are “the worst form of criminal conduct.” Attorneys Mullins McLeod and Mark Tanenbaum released a statement Wednesday stating that they were representing some of the victims in connection to the ongoing criminal investigation of ReVille.
Investigators say that the former Mount Pleasant principal and coach confessed to charges he sexually molested teen boys, aged 13 to 15.
LAS CRUCES NM Nov 12 2011 - A Las Cruces elementary school teacher has been arrested and jailed for allegedly trafficking cocaine.
Metro Narcotics agents arrested 35-year-old Roberto Varela around 7:30 a.m. Thursday as he arrived at Loma Heights Elementary, where he teaches third grade.
Varela was unarmed and no children were present to see the arrest, Metro Narcotics Sgt. Bobby Holden said.
Superintendent Stan Rounds issued a statement after the arrest, saying there was no indication that any inappropriate or illegal activity took place on school grounds.
“We are communicating with all the parents at Loma Heights and assuring them that their children are safe,” Rounds said in his statement Thursday. “It is alleged that any illegal activity took place away from school.”
In addition to placing a Loma Heights educational assistant in Varela’s classroom, the superintendent said he has taken immediate and “appropriate” personnel action on Varela, but the specific details were confidential.
The arrest came after a monthlong investigation that started when the city-county Metro Narcotics agency received information that the teacher might be selling cocaine, Holden said.
In October, at his home on the 1600 block of Rio Grande Street in Las Cruces, Varela then allegedly sold $100 worth of cocaine to an undercover Metro agent working the case, Holden said.
“We didn’t know (he was a teacher) until we actually did a little bit of background,” Holden said Thursday. “We didn’t want to wait too long (before the arrest) because of the possibility he holds. He’s a teacher. We don’t want to sit around and wait five or six months working the case because he’s a school teacher – we don’t want that (criminal activity) to have any impact on the kids. We hurried as quick as we could to make sure we got it done quickly.”
Varela has been employed with Las Cruces Public Schools since October 2009, and at Loma Heights since August 2010, according to the district.
Charges against possible co-conspirators outside the school system are possible, Holden said, though he declined to comment further due to the ongoing investigation.
Holden said the case was “unfortunate.”
“Obviously, the public is going to have a concern about it – and rightfully so,” he said.”
Varela was booked Thursday morning into the Do-a Ana County Detention Center on one charge of cocaine trafficking. His bond was set at $10,000.
After the holiday weekend, the school’s principal will place a substitute teacher in Varela’s classroom, according to the school district.
“This is a very unfortunate incident and our school staff is pulling together to help any child who may be confused or needs assistance,” said Principal Rudy Leos in a prepared statement Thursday. “Today, and after the holiday weekend, our school social worker is available for any student who wants to speak with her.”
Additional counselors within the district will be made available at Loma Heights, if necessary.
Source:LAS CRUCES SUN TIMES
URBANA IL Nov 12 2011 — Two part-time security officers who were drinking at an Urbana tavern while in uniform with guns on their belts have been charged with weapons offenses.
Amy J. Foster, 35, of Foosland, and Parlene Pursley, 43, of the 1000 block of Austin Drive, Urbana, were each charged Wednesday with aggravated unlawful use of weapons and unlawful use of weapons, both Class 4 felonies.
Assistant State’s Attorney Sarah Carlson said the women work for Illinois Security Service, an independent security agency, and were supposed to be keeping an eye on apartment complexes in east Urbana Wednesday night.
Instead, they were in Boomerang’s Bar & Grill at 1309 E. Washington St., U.
About 9:30 p.m., Urbana police got a call from someone about them.
Carlson said police found the women standing at a table, intoxicated. They were in their uniforms, which included duty belts, guns and ammunition, Carlson said. The women said they had no business in the bar but had stopped in for a drink, she said.
Assistant State’s Attorney Steve Ziegler, who filed the charges, said the unlawful use of weapon charge alleges they had guns in a business licensed to sell alcohol, which is against the law.
The aggravated unlawful use of weapons charge alleges they carried loaded, uncased weapons. There is an exception under which security guards may have weapons, he explained, but they must be at work or commuting to or from work.
Both women asked for a continuance to hire attorneys, so Judge Richard Klaus told them to be back in court Nov. 22.
Arguing for a low bond for the women, Public Defender Randy Rosenbaum said both women work part-time for the security service. Foster works in the Champaign County treasurer’s office while Pursley drives a bus.
Klaus set bond for each woman at $5,000 and ordered them to have no contact with Boomerang’s.
Steven Lee Williams, 32, of Windsor Heights has a preliminary court hearing on Monday at 3 p.m. at the U.S. Courthouse in Davenport.
He was arrested by the Clinton County sheriff’s department, with assistance from Johnston and Windsor Heights police and others.
Johnston Superintendent Clay Guthmiller said Thursday was the first district officials had heard about the allegations. Williams, who is also Summit’s seventh-grade girls’ track coach, was placed on paid administrative leave immediately, Guthmiller said.
Williams’ arrest stems from incidents from July 2010 until this fall in which he allegedly tried to solicit an undercover officer who was a member of Iowa’s Crime Against Children Task Force masquerading as two teenage girls on the Internet.
The undercover agent was a deputy sheriff with the Clinton County sheriff’s department.
The teacher’s instant messaging with the undercover agent began on Yahoo, according to a criminal affidavit filed in U.S. District Court. In that instance, he corresponded with a girl he thought was 13 in an “Iowa Romance” chat room and later sent her an obscene photo of his genitalia.
In the other instance, he engaged in illicit chats with the officer, who was this time posing as a 15-year-old Clinton teen. In that case, Williams discussed various sex acts he would liked performed, asked if she wanted to text, and sent the undercover agent his phone number.
In both cases, he used the screen name “loveto pleasetheladies2001.”
Williams faces charges of attempted enticement of a minor to engage in illicit sexual activities and two counts of transmission of obscene material to a minor.
The minimum penalty for the first charge is 10 years in prison; the maximum is life in prison. The maximum for the second charge is 10 years.
TUCSON AZ Nov 12 2011 – A former Arizona Army National Guard member has been charged in a bribery and drug trafficking conspiracy.
The 10-count indictment returned Thursday in U.S. District Court accuses 31-year-old Adalberto Valenzuela, of Tucson, with conspiracy, bribery involving programs receiving federal funds and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
Authorities say an arrest warrant was issued for Valenzuela in 2006 and he’s still considered a fugitive.
The charges arise from an undercover FBI investigation that began in December 2001.
Valenzuela was a National Guard corporal when he allegedly conspired to obtain cash bribes from people he believed to be illegal narcotics traffickers, but were actually FBI agents.
Authorities say Valenzuela transported cocaine on two separate occasions and received bribe payments totaling $7,000 for the 40 kilograms of cocaine involved.
Scottsdale AZ Nov 12 2011 A Scottsdale elementary school teacher was arrested Wednesday evening after two students reported to school officials that he groped them, according to police.
Thomas Weaver, 60, a teacher at Arcadia Neighborhood Learning Center in the 4300 block of North 62nd Street, is suspected of sexual abuse and aggravated assault on a minor, according to Phoenix police and school officials.
On Nov. 2, two students, ages 12 and 11, told school administrators that Weaver had inappropriately touched them on several different occasions.
The students told administrators that on one occasion, Weaver approached them in the school’s library and commented on the 12-year-old girl’s necklace. He then ran his hand up the necklace chain and touched her breast for an extended period of time, according to police documents. He also is accused of commenting on the 11-year-old’s necklace and touching her breast for an even longer amount of time. The 11-year-old told officials that this was not the first time Weaver had touched her breast.
Students report that Weaver makes them feel uncomfortable and asks for hugs. Witnesses said that on two different occasions, he stuck his hand in the back pocket of a female student to retrieve her phone, police documents stated.
Weaver declined an interview with police detectives and was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail.
The executive director of communications for the Scottsdale Unified School District, Carla Partridge, stated that the school is cooperating fully with police. Partridge said she would not comment further due to the ongoing nature of the police investigation.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.Nov 12 2011 – A man who was previously banned from entering Walt Disney World theme parks was arrested for returning to park property and peeping at women over a restroom stall. The incident occurred at Epcot.
A Walt Disney World Security investigator said Lloyd Miller, 42, was discovered in a ladies restroom by a park guest. The victim, a Pennsylvania woman who is visiting Orlando with her husband and two young daughters, said she spotted Miller peeking over the top of a stall.
An arrest affidavit states that Miller was, “ducking down below the partition and standing over the toilet to avoid detection.” The woman and one of her daughters went to use a restroom located near the front of the park. She stated, “As we walked in, I saw a head duck down from above the top of the stall.” The woman said she thought it was another woman who was using the facilities, so she and her daughter proceeded into the bathroom.
“I then got nervous, because it was quiet in the bathroom except my daughter and me, and something didn’t feel right,” she continued.
As the woman and her daughter were leaving the restroom, she looked back and saw Miller looking at her. The woman then turned to her daughter and yelled for her to run away. The woman stated that Miller left the bathroom seconds later and approached her saying, “It was an accident.” When the woman’s husband approached Miller, witnesses said, “he ran away in full stride heading towards the exit.”
Walt Disney Security intercepted and stopped Miller at the park’s exit. Security determined that Miller had been previously trespassed from all of the Walt Disney World properties.
Miller, a Florida resident, told deputies that he was a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a degree in Criminal Justice. Miller was arrested and booked into the Orange County Jail. He faces charges of loitering and prowling, trespass on property after warning, and voyeurism.
Colorado Springs CO Nov 12 2011 A man was arrested Friday afternoon after a brief standoff with police while he contemplated suicide.
Randall Pearl Jr., 31, was taken into custody on suspicion of first-degree assault after police suspect he threatened officers while in the parking lot of the Citadel Mall, near Galley and Chelton roads, said Colorado Springs police Sgt. Randy Thomas.
Pearl called 911 at 1:21 p.m. threatening to shoot himself with a handgun in the mall’s north parking lot, Thomas said.
As four officers surrounded his vehicle, officers heard a gun fire from inside the car, Thomas said. After the shot, officers talked Pearl out of the vehicle and arrested him.
Investigators are trying to determine whether Pearl was aiming the gun at officers or at himself, Thomas said.
Pearl was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure. No officers were injured in the incident.
The mall was locked down while police responded to the incident. The lockdown, however, has since been lifted.
Former National City Christian Church employee sentenced to prison for embezzlement www.privateofficer.com
Jason Todd Reynolds, 40, of Bowie, was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler to pay $851,298 in restitution to his former employer, the National City Christian Church, as well as $185,435 in taxes.
In August, Reynolds was convicted by a jury in the District’s federal court of 12 charges including aggravated identity theft, tax evasion, wire fraud and bank fraud. Hired in 2001, Reynolds had control over the church’s bank accounts, credit cards and checks, prosecutors said.
He used church funds to pay his mortgage and personal credit card bills. Among his purchase were three cars, including a Lexus and a Range Rover, a $12,000 diamond ring and a projection-screen home theater with leather seating.
The theft forced the church to reduce staffing and to cut back on pay and benefits for employees, according to a letter from Senior Minister Stephen Gentle to the judge.
Gentle added that the church also had to reduce its public ministry and delay needed repairs.
Prescott AZ Nov 12 2011 City police booked Luke Joseph Isaacs, 28, of Chino Valley into the Yavapai County Jail on Friday on charges of trespassing in the first degree, resisting arrest, threatening/intimidating and disorderly conduct after he threatened to fight an officer and hospital security guards.
At 11 p.m., an officer at the Yavapai Regional Medical Center’s west campus heard a man yelling obscenities at hospital staff, according to the police report.
A nurse told the officer that the man, later identified as Isaacs, had been brought in earlier by LifeLine Ambulance for intoxication and being disorderly downtown, but had been medically cleared, said Lt. Andy Reinhardt, spokesman for the Prescott Police Department.
The nurse asked the officer to help security escort Isaacs off hospital grounds as he was concerned for hospital staff’s safety because of how aggressive Isaacs was acting toward them, Reinhardt said.
As the officer and security staff escorted Isaacs out of the hospital, he cursed at them and threatened to fight the officer and the two security guards, according to the police report. Isaacs walked back to the ambulance bay, cursing, and the officer told him he would be arrested if he did not leave the hospital grounds immediately.
As the officer walked toward Isaacs, Isaacs again threatened to fight the officer, clenched his fists, flexed his arms, and then ran across Willow Creek Road, police said.
Soon afterward, Isaacs ran up to the ambulance bay doors, slamming them with his fists. When the officer and security guards came after him, Isaacs ran toward the front doors of the hospital.
The officer ran after Isaacs and told him that he was under arrest, grabbing his arm, Reinhardt said.
Isaacs clenched his fist and jerked his arm as if he was getting ready to punch the officer. The officer and security guards took him to the ground where he continued to resist arrest, according to the police report.
SAVANNAH, Ga. Nov 12 2011Former Chatham County Police Chief, Thomas C. Sprague passed away last night with members of his family by his side.
Thomas C. Sprague was born on November 22, 1939, in Troy, New York. In 1956, he entered the United States Marine Corps and served until 1959, when he was honorably discharged. He began his first law enforcement assignment with the United States Border Patrol in 1962. From the Border Patrol, he moved to the United States Customs Service and then to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration in 1973. During his tour of duty as a Special Agent, he served in states throughout the south. As a Resident-Agent-in-Charge, he was assigned in Washington, D.C., as a Staff Coordinator and Inspector. His final assignment with the DEA was as Assistant Country Attaché’/Chief of Operations in Bogota, Colombia, where he ended his 29½ years of service as a federal employee in 1991.
After 2½ years of retirement, he came back to public service in 1994, when he was instrumental in forming and was the first commander of the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team (CNT) which was composed of fifty (50) personnel on tours of duty from all of Chatham County’s police departments, Sheriff’s Department, and the District Attorney’s Office. During his two (2) year tenure as Commander at CNT, he wrote the book on narcotics enforcement in Chatham County. Under his leadership, the CNT recorded a better than 90% conviction rate on narcotics cases made in Chatham County.
In 1996, he was appointed as Chief of Police of the Chatham County Police Department, which was composed of a compliment of more than 250 employees. As Chief of Police, he served as the catalyst for many innovative changes over the next 7½ years. His most innovative idea was to spearhead a comprehensive study of merging the Chatham County Police Department with the City of Savannah Police Department. By merging these Departments, he believed it would eradicate jurisdictional boundaries and form a single crime-fighting agency capable of meeting present and future public safety demands.
There will be a memorial service at Fox and Weeks – Hodgson Chapel on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 2:00 PM with a graveside service at Bonaventure Cemetery to follow.
Between Oct. 26 and Nov. 9, someone stole $2,355 in tires and wheels off of newly purchased Ford Crown Victoria patrol cars. The vehicles were slated to be marked and put into service with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
Seven wheels and tires were stolen from the cars while they were parked at the Lincoln County Transportation fenced in property at 1323 Gaston St. in Lincolnton.
The thief or thieves jacked up the vehicles, placed them on cement blocks and removed the wheels and tires. The criminals likely got into the lot through areas damaged by fallen trees, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call the Lincolnton Police at 704-736-8900, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
Sheriff’s deputy road patrols will be eliminated in the town’s $6.8 million budget for 2012.
Several years ago, in response to numerous speeding complaints, the Town Board contracted with Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office to provide road patrols eight hours per day, seven days per week.
The service was included in the tentative budget Supervisor Art Johnson prepared earlier this fall. However, three board members — Rob Pulsifer, Bob Rice, Chuck Gerber — voted to eliminate the $100,000 contract in subsequent budget workshops.
Wilton shared the deputy with the Town of Halfmoon. The change takes effect Jan. 1.
“There may be a patrol in the area,” Johnson said. “The other way we knew there was a patrol in the area. Personally I think public safety is important. I don’t like to see it compromised because of funding issues. I get a lot of complaints from people who call town hall.”
Outgoing Deputy Supervisor Raymond F. O’Conor also favored keeping the patrols.
But Pulsifer said, “We have state police that patrol our town. We’re not a high-crime town. Why are we spending $100,000 for extra police coverage?”
Sheriff James Bowen could not be reached for comment.
The Wilton state police barracks is on Ballard Road. Three of the station’s 19 patrol officers are dedicated to the Northway, with 16 others covering the surrounding area — divided into three different shifts, station commander Sgt. John Bellavigna said.
Other changes from the tentative budget to the budget the board was expected to adopt Thursday include a $10,000 reduction to Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park, eliminating a $5,000 allocation to Wilton Food Pantry and deciding not to fill a vacant laborer’s position in the highway department.
Johnson said the town usually gives the wildlife preserve $90,000 per year, but that it hadn’t spent all the money the past couple years. So the board decided to allocate $80,000 instead.
This was the first year the town planned to allocate money for the newly-created food pantry whose president, Jared Dinsmore, is awaiting the outcome of his race against Steve Streicher for a town councilman’s position.
Pulsifer, Rice and Gerber voted to deny food pantry funding, too, against the wishes of Johnson and O’Conor.
Total spending is up roughly 1 percent from the budget the board adopted last year. No fund balance was needed to balance the budget because of higher-than-expected sales tax revenue.
The 2012 budget features no local town tax for the 30th straight year.
Non-elected employees and full-time elected employees — the highway superintendent, town clerk and town justices — will get 2 percent raises.
No staff additions or major capital projects are called for. Minor improvements to Gavin Park, the town’s recreation complex, will be paid for with park reserves, Johnson said.
Shattered glass and bullet holes were the aftermath of a brazen robbery of an armored car as it was delivering a bag of cash to David’s Check Cashing Center in Melrose Thursday.
Officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation say two men approached the armored car’s driver at the corner of 155th Street and 3rd Avenue as he was entering the store before 8:00 a.m.
Investigators say the suspects demanded the money, but when the guard tried to fight them off, the suspects pepper-sprayed him and fled with the cash.
That’s when agents say the security guard fired several shots at the robbers. Police say one bullet flew through the front door of an MTA bus full of passengers and narrowly missed the driver.
Other bullets went through storefronts, but no one was hurt.
Luis Ruiz drives an armored car and said he’s never had a problem making his cash deliveries on this street.
“We always come here delivering money, every Tuesday and Thursday, and today was a bad day,” said Ruiz.
But it was Sandra Canales’ lucky day because she went to David’s to cash her check later than usual and missed the bullets.
“I’m glad I wasn’t here, ‘cause I would have been ducking,” said Canales.
Investigators said they found a silver handgun near the scene. The FBI said the suspects never fired a shot, but they consider them armed and dangerous.
One suspect, who looks to be in his 40s, was last seen wearing an MTA vest. The other suspect is about 50 years old and six feet tall.
The FBI said this is the only armored car robbery they’ve had in New York State this year.
Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit http://www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.
“Our officers have decided to go on strike today, they have walked off the trolley,” said Steve Maritas, Organizing Director for Security, Police, and Fire Professionals of America. “These guys live week by week, how can you afford making $8:50 an hour and support your family?”
MTS security guards walked off the job Thursday morning, ahead of tonight’s game against the Oakland Raiders. A security officer told NBC San Diego that they plan to strike indefinitely.
“We are out here looking for respect. We are out here working for sick days. We are working for holidays, better health benefits, we pay for our uniforms, this is wrong,” said Maritas.
Dozens of members of the International Union of Security Police and Fire Professionals picketed Thursday outside MTS headquarters.
2011-2012 Season in Images More Multimedia The guards have filed an unfair labor practice claim with the National Labor Relations Board.
The MTS said it will be fully staffed for the game.
“The full contingent of security guys will be out there today, if you’re going to the Chargers game, school, work, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered,” said Rob Schupp of the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System.
Schupp says Heritage Security will supply replacement officers.
“Heritage security is a big company, has over a thousand employees, this is a very small segment of their employee base, so they have lots of resources to draw upon,” said Schupp. “We’ve got about 70 guys, replacement people ready to go into work, so there will be no loss of coverage from our security personnel today.”
But Maritas says they’re not equipped to do the job.
“Our officers are armed, they’re trained. They don’t know the people on the trolley system. These guys work this day in and day out. You can take anybody and put a uniform on them but you’re not getting the proper service,” said Maritas.
Schupp advises people who are traveling to leave early as there will be lots of crowds coinciding with traffic. Schupp recommends getting on the trolley by 2. p.m.
Kick-off is at 5:20 p.m.
Source: NBC San Diego
Police say the officer was cleaning his gun when it went off. He was treated and released from the University of Virginia Medical Center. No one else was injured.
Police are reviewing the incident and say this is a reason they need their own firing range.
Sergeant Darrell Byers of the Albemarle County Police Department said, “I think it will be very beneficial for us in the outcome over the long run because it will allow us to have more frequent use of the range, more frequent use handling our firearms.”
Police say the officer involved has tenure with the department. The office of professional standards will conduct the review to make sure the gun was properly working and to see if the accident could have been prevented.