WASHINGTON DC Nov 16 2011 (AP) – A man was arrested Wednesday in connection with an investigation into a shooting near the White House, the U.S. Secret Service said.
The Secret Service discovered Tuesday that two bullets had hit the White House, one of them apparently cracking a window on the residential level while President Barack Obama was traveling.
The discovery of the bullet holes followed reports of gunfire near the White House on Friday night, although the bullets have not been conclusively connected with the Friday shooting. An assault rifle and an abandoned vehicle were found, which led authorities to link Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez to the reported gunfire.
Ortega, 21, was arrested Wednesday by Pennsylvania authorities at a hotel in the southwest part of the state, the Secret Service said. He was in Pennsylvania State Police custody.
Ortega is from Idaho Falls, Idaho, and was believed to be living in the Washington area. He was reported missing Oct. 31 by his family. He has an arrest record in three states but has not been linked to any radical organizations, U.S. Park Police said.
The bullet that hit the window was stopped by ballistic glass. The Secret Service did not disclose the location of the second bullet, saying only that it “was found on the exterior of the White House.”
On Wednesday, officials could be seen taking photographs of a window on the south face of the executive mansion. The window they were inspecting is in front of the so-called Yellow Oval Room, according to the White House website. The room is in the middle of the family’s living quarters on the floor that includes the president’s bedroom and the Lincoln Bedroom.
COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo.Nov 16 2011 – Three Copper Mountain Ski Resort employees have been arrested in the theft of more than $6,400 of US Ski Team gear, authorities said Tuesday.
The three men arrested Friday are accused of stealing US Ski Team jackets, gloves, hats and UnderArmour clothing, said Summit County sheriff’s spokeswoman Tracy LeClair.
US Ski Team officials said the gear was brand new. But when the ski clothing was recovered it was found to be mostly unusable because the thieves had damaged it trying to remove ski team logos, according to LeClair.
Following an investigation by Copper Mountain security officials and sheriff’s deputies, authorities arrested William Walker Lancaster III, 23; Ryan Allen Lundquist, 23 and James Neal Callahan,24, according to LeClair. The three men live in the Foxpine Inn, a slopeside condominium at Copper Mountain.
All three were charged with felony theft, which is punishable by a maximum six years imprisonment and a $500,000 fine. Lancaster and Lundquist were released on a $7,500 bond; Callahan was released on a $2,500 bond.
US Ski Team officials noticed the items were missing about 7 p.m. Thursday, LeClair said.
The next afternoon, a resort security official questioned the trio about the missing gear and subsequently located a majority of the items in Lancaster’s Foxpine apartment, LeClair said. Several additional items were retrieved from a Dumpster.
After further questioning, Lancaster and Lundquist admitted they removed the equipment from the US Ski Team conference room, while Callahan stayed outside the room as a lookout, LeClair said.
“You’ve got to give Copper Mountain security credit,” she said. “They were on top of it right away and …they pretty much were able to wrap up the case right off the bat, which definitely helps.”
On his Myspace page, Callahan wrote: “I currently live in Copper Mountain, Colorado. I am working as a bus driver, so I will be doing that until the end of April. It’s a way cool job. I live 100 yards from the ski lifts, so life is good.”
On his Facebook page, Lundquist said he’s a “Lifty” — or lift operator — at the resort. LeClair said Lancaster also worked at the resort.
The U.S. Ski Team invested millions to open a new training center at Copper Mountain on Nov. 1. It includes a 2-mile downhill training run.
It was a big plum for Copper to tout itself as the training mountain for Olympic gold medalists such as Lindsey Vonn, Julia Mancuso, Bode Miller and Ted Ligety.
Leesburg VA Nov 16 2011 A physics teacher yesterday was charged with being drunk in public at J. Michael Lunsford Middle School.
A member of the Loudoun Sheriff’s School Resource Officer Unit responded the South Riding school around 2:45 p.m. Monday afternoon after school personnel reported a teacher was believed to be under the influence of alcohol.
Radhakrishnan Sivaramapillai, 46, of Centreville, a physics teacher at the school, was found to be under the influence of alcohol and arrested. Sivaramapillai was initially suspended, but resigned Tuesday afternoon, according to the school system’s Public Information Officer Wayde B. Byard. This was Sivaramapillai’s second year teaching in LCPS.
“This is the administration doing exactly what the administration should have done,” Byard said. “Staff brought a concern to the administration and the administration acted on it properly.”
It is the second time this year that a teacher has been charged with being intoxicated in a Loudoun school. On June 1, Creighton’s Corner Elementary School fourth grade teacher Laura Ann Collins, 43, of Leesburg, was arrested for being drunk in public at school. She was a 20-year veteran of the Loudoun County Public Schools staff. Students were not present at school the day Collins was charged as it was a teacher training day.
In September, Collins pleaded guilty to being drunk in public in early September. She was fined $25 and ordered to pay court costs. Byard cannot disclose details about LCPS personnel, but said Collins no longer works for the school system.
Franklin County grand jury indicts teacher accused of having sex with student www.privateofficer.com
RUSSELLVILLE AL Nov 16 2011 — A Franklin County grand jury has indicted a former Vina High School math teacher, accusing her of having sex with a former student, authorities said today.
Kimberly Dawn Bynum, 29, 100 Regency Plaza, Russellville, is indicted for being a school employee engaged in sex with a student under 19 years old, courthouse officials said.
The law that she is indicted under went into effect in July 2010, officials said.
Bynum was arrested June 16 by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old Vina student.
The investigation into the allegations started after rumors about the relationship surfaced and sheriff’s investigators and the district attorney’s office were notified.
The day before Bynum was arrested, investigators said they talked with the boy and he admitted they had an affair. The boy was a student at the school when the sexual relationship started.
Bynum was released from jail on bail of $10,000.
The charge is a Class B felony with a possible sentence of two to 20 years, if convicted.
Franklin County District Attorney Joey Rushing said Bynum is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 4. He said the case could be put on the February trial docket.
Concord police arrested Christopher White, 36, on Monday. He is charged with one count of statutory sex offense and two counts of unlawful sexual activity by a teacher. Police say he turned himself in.
White, a Harrisburg native, is a former teacher at Concord High School. The offenses allegedly occurred during the 2004-2005 school year, and the victims were 15 and 17 years old at the time.
NewsChannel 36 has learned he now works at the Back Creek Christian Academy in northeast Charlotte where he teaches Latin.
“People in position of authority at the schools, should not have this sort of contact,” Major Allen Overcash.
The investigation began after one of the victims recently went to police.
“She felt it was the right thing to do,” said Overcash.
Police say they’re are not aware of any other victims, but encourage people to come forward with any additional information.
GREENWOOD, S.C.Nov 16 2011 — A security guard who tried to come to the rescue of a man who he says was being attacked by an angry girlfriend ended up being struck by a car and flipped onto the hood of the vehicle, according to a Greenwood police report.
Police were called to a parking lot by a Self Regional Healthcare security guard Friday just after noon. The guard said he saw a woman, later identified as 29-year-old Crystal Deal, assaulting her 31-year-old boyfriend. His name is not being released.
Hospital spokesman Dan Branyon said “Self Regional is part of the community, as such, things happen by happenstance and that’s what happened here. Just a coincidence they ended up in our parking lot and our officers ended up responding to protect the safety of our patients and visitors”.
According to the report, when the guard tried to approach the couple, Deal got into a PT Cruiser and tried to run over her boyfriend. He jumped out of the way, but the PT Cruiser crashed into the side of the boyfriend’s Cadillac, the report said.
The guard told police when Deal backed up her vehicle, he positioned himself in front of her and held up both hands, telling her to stop. He said she accelerated suddenly, striking him in the legs, throwing him onto the hood of the vehicle. The security guard was not injured, police said.
The report said Deal then stopped her car. The guard had her get out of her car and stand with another security guard who had arrived to assist.
When police talked to the boyfriend, he told them that Deal had seen him driving on Maxwell Avenue with another woman in his car. He said he drove to Self Regional, and let the woman out of his car at an intersection. He said Deal continued to follow him as he pulled into the parking lot of Self Regional Healthcare.
The report said at that point, Deal pulled around him and intentionally ran into the front of his car to force him to stop. When they both got of their vehicles, that’s when Deal began assaulting her boyfriend as she chased him around the car, the report said.
Police said there was visible damage on both vehicles, and the boyfriend’s chest was scratched and his shirt was torn.
Deal is charged with first-degree assault and battery and criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. She was booked into the Greenwood County Detention Center.
Deal is out on a $25,000 bond.
The officer was staffing a security post at Aolele street set up for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings when he touched a road lighting fixture on a railing and was shocked, police said.
Dan Meisenzahl, the state Department of Transportation spokesman, said maintenance crews today are investigating the ramp’s railing which contains the lighting fixture.
Paramedics were sent to the scene about 6:30 p.m., a spokesman for the city Department of Emergency Services said.
The officer was treated at Queen’s Sunday night and released. His name and extent of injuries was not released.
Perth AU Nov 16 2011 A security officer has been jailed for four years for stealing more than $148,000 in coins from parking meters.
Russian-born Josef Andelman, a former Israeli soldier, was one of a group of security officers who used their job clearing city parking meters to turn to crime.
Together, they stole $377,000 in coins between July 2007 and October 2008, the County Court heard.
This month, a jury convicted Andelman of 85 charges of theft.
Judge Carolyn Douglas yesterday jailed the father of three for a minimum non-parole period of two years.
She said Andelman had committed a gross breach of trust in stealing the “public’s money”.
The scam came to light only after an audit found a discrepancy.
The judge said Andelman’s employer, National Protective Services, the contractor who collected the coins on behalf of the City of Melbourne, had also been a victim of the thefts.
Andelman stole those coins deposited in meters that failed to lodge in the secure collection box.
Box lids could also be forced open.
The cost of repairs to meters amounted to more than $52,000, the court heard.
Judge Douglas said $144,850 cash had been found in a safe at Andelman’s house, and bank records showed large and regular deposits of coins in his account.
Other defendants, who had pleaded guilty and co-operated with police, were sentenced to suspended jail terms, community-based orders, or a year’s jail.
Judge Douglas said Andelman, who had pleaded not guilty, had shown no remorse.
She ordered he pay compensation of $148,285.25.
COLUMBUS, Ohio Nov 16 2011 (AP) – Police in Ohio say they have arrested seven Occupy protesters for refusing to leave a bank.
Columbus police Sgt. Rich Weiner says the group on Tuesday took their protest and chanting into at least three banks, including a Fifth Third branch and a Huntington branch.
He said they were asked to leave by security, and those who refused were arrested on criminal trespassing charges.
The group is part of national movement that began in September in New York’s Wall Street financial district against what protesters call corporate greed.
A phone message left with 1 of the organizers of the Columbus group was not immediately returned Tuesday.
Virginia Commonwealth University Police officer charged with distribution of porn www.privateofficer.com
RICHMOND, VA Nov 16 2011- The Virginia Commonwealth University Police report that early Tuesday a VCU Police officer was arrested and charged with two counts of distribution of child pornography.
Sgt. James Deford was arrested and taken into custody. VCU leadership immediately suspended the officer, said VCU Police Chief John Venuti.
Richmond Police and the FBI made the arrest. VCU Police are continuing to work with both departments on this investigation.
Ben Garbarek will have a full report on 12 News at 5:00.
BRAINTREE MA Nov 16 2011 — Two women were arrested in separate incidents minutes apart at a South Shore Plaza store, police said.
The incidents took place Wednesday evening at the mall’s Lord & Taylor store.
Brittany L. Barbanti, 28, of Saugus was charged with possession of a stolen credit card and three counts each of forgery, passing a forged document and improper use of a credit card. She also had an outstanding arrest warrant for motor vehicle violations.
Braintree Deputy Police Chief Russell Jenkins said Barbanti allegedly used a Framingham man’s credit card three times to purchase more than $1,200 worth of clothing.
Jenkins said the card owner could not be contacted initially, but later confirmed that the card was stolen.
Barbanti and a companion who was not charged headed out of the store to the parking lot, police said. Barbanti returned, and quickly left a second time, Jenkins said. Police officer Matthew Crowley detained Barbanti and confronted her about the credit card, Jenkins said. The card and the merchandise were later recovered.
In the other incident, Lydia A. Donnelly, 22, of Duxbury was charged with larceny over $250.
As police officer Matthew Heslam and store security watched Barbanti and her companion on surveillance cameras, they saw Donnelly place merchandise in her pocketbook and enter a fitting room, police said. After the woman left the fitting room, store security checked inside and discovered security sensors had been removed, Jenkins said.
Donnelly was detained by security and taken to the loss prevention office, where she was placed under arrest, Jenkins said,
Almost $300 in merchandise was recovered, he said.
Police in Lower Providence Township said they issued a warrant for Ricardo Soraya Noris, 48, of the 3800 block of Germantown Pike, Collegeville, after they learned he was wanted for a parole violation.
When officers received a tip that Noris was staying at the Blue Eagle Motel on Ridge Pike in Collegeville, they knocked on his door and were met with “several gunshots” from inside the room.
“The gunshots narrowly missed striking the officers,” said Lower Providence Police Chief Francis L. Carroll.
The chief said officers did not return fire. Instead, they established a perimeter around the motel and called for the Central Montgomery County Special Weapons and Tactics team.
The team tried to contact Noris, but got no response. It did, however, glimpse him lying motionless on the floor.
When team members entered the room, they found Noris with a single gunshot wound, Carroll said. A handgun was recovered from the room.
Noris was pronounced dead at the scene by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. An autopsy was scheduled.
During the incident, several residents in the immediate area of the motel were evacuated or advised to stay inside. There was no one else staying at the motel, police said.
Ridge Pike was closed between Level and Eagleville Roads.
Noris, also known as Ricardo Norris, Ricardo Noris Sr., and Rico Noris, had a criminal past, Montgomery County court records show.
He was arrested March 19, 2009, under the name Ricardo Soraya Noris and charged with burglary, fixing and selling offensive weapons, criminal trespass, possessing an instrument of crime, and stalking.
On Jan. 5, 2010, Noris pleaded guilty to one count of burglary and was sentenced by Common Pleas Court Judge Steven T. O’Neill to between 18 months and five years in prison. He was on parole for that offense when he failed to return this month to his halfway house.
On Jan. 14, 2002, Norris was arrested for insurance fraud related to a 2001 auto accident and was sentenced to two years of prison with work-release, plus two years of probation.
He was also arrested Aug. 18, 1996, and in 1997, pleaded guilty to DUI and paid a $993 fine, court records show.
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC Nov 16 2011 - A third grade teacher from Wrightsboro Elementary School was killed Monday night in a traffic accident near Laney High School.
New Hanover County Schools Spokesperson Valita Quattlebaum said, Linda Aiello died in the accident. Aiello taught third, fourth and fifth grade during her 22 years at Wrightsboro. She was affectionately known as Mrs. A.
“She always made the class feel like we were family to her,” said student Brandon Woods. He says Mrs. A was one of his favorite teachers and he had planned to buy her a bouquet of flowers because “she’s such a great teacher.”
Co-workers also spoke fondly of the veteran teacher. Former Wrightsboro teacher Jody Morrows said Aiello was very encouraging and was always willing to give a helping hand.
“She was loving. She loved her student above everything else – except for God and her own family,” explained Morrows. “She cherished her own grandchildren. She had such joy in her life and she’d share that joy willingly with others.”
The 62-year-old teacher was originally from Newport News, VA and leaves behind a daughter and two grandchildren.
There are counselors at the school Tuesday for teachers and students.
Last night around 9:40 p.m. an SUV being driven by Michael Gillespie, 21, of Wilmington was driving on HWY 117 three miles outside of Wilmington when his car crossed the center lane and collided with Aiello.
Both cars came to rest in the middle of the road. A third car, driven by James Mintz, collided with the two vehicles. Aiello died as result of her injuries, although it is not clear at this time if she died as a result of the first or second accident.
Mintz was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening issues. Gillespie complained of minor injuries and was not taken to the hospital.
At this time there is no evidence of drugs, alcohol, or speed with any of the three drivers, according to First Sgt. Pope with the Highway Patrol. He did stress that these are just preliminary determinations and that things could change.
The Highway Patrol is in contact with the New Hanover County District Attorney’s office to determine if any charges will be filed.
Family members said they are planning to have Aiello’s funeral service on Saturday so that faculty and staff members can attend.
Oaks, a K-9 officer who has been with the Richmond Police since 1997, volunteered to assist a Godwin High School event.
It’s alleged by the mother that he took her 15 year-old daughter and son to a restaurant during a break in the event on November 8, according to a statement issued by Henrico Police Lieutenant Eric Owens.
While at the restaurant he asked the girl if she had nude pictures of herself.
He later convinced the girl to show him pictures of her in various stages of undress. Oaks has been charged with indecent liberties of a person less than 18 years of age while in a custodial or supervisory relationship, a class 6 felony.
“It is a sad day when an officer is accused of wrong-doing,” said Richmond Police Chief Bryan T. Norwood. “But, we want the residents of Richmond to know the department has hundreds of officers who continue to serve, putting their safety at risk every day to protect the city.”
Richmond Police have placed Officer Oaks on leave without pay until his legal issues are resolved, per departmental policy.
Authorities say 71-year-old Manuel Tomaneng died at the hospital Sunday shortly after the noontime crash at Fifth and Mission streets.
Witnesses told the San Francisco Chronicle that the man was wearing a security guard uniform and appeared to be heading to work at the time.
According to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, he crossed in front of a 14-L bus as it pulled out of the bus zone, and its tires rolled over his legs. Police and firefighters used wooden planks to free his right leg, which was pinned under one of the tires.
Officials say the bus driver has been placed on non-driving status pending the investigation.
The pedestrian killed by a Muni bus Sunday was remembered by friends and family as a man who remained kindhearted and gregarious even as he struggled to make ends meet in his final years.
Manuel Tomaneng, 71, had worked as a security guard at San Francisco International Airport for several years, friends said. He was wearing his security guard uniform and appeared to be on his way to work when he stepped in front of a westbound 14L-Mission bus at 12:19 p.m. Sunday and was hit.
Two sets of tires rolled over Tomaneng’s legs, and his right leg was pinned underneath a tire until police and firefighters raised the bus using wooden planks and freed him. He was then taken to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
The bus driver has been placed on non-driving status, according to standard procedure. San Francisco police are investigating the accident.
Tomaneng was born in the Philippines and emigrated from Manila to the United States as a young man, said his friend Kekoa, who worked with him as a security guard and uses only one name. Tomaneng hoped to make a better life for himself and to send money back to his family, Kekoa said. He often talked of his dream to study engineering.
But Tomaneng had trouble affording school, Kekoa said, and didn’t pursue it. When they met in 2009 Tomaneng was working at SFO but could not afford a place to live, so he slept behind the airport.
In later years, Tomaneng grew thin, and concerned co-workers would bring food to share with him in the break room.
“I remember him to be a hardworking, spiritual, hopeful man – kind of a dreamer,” his niece, Nerissa Mendoza, said in an e-mail. “And he had the goofy sense of humor that seems to reside in the Tomanengs.”
Just before 7 p.m., a truck described as a black or dark gray Chevrolet Silverado, which according to witnesses was covered in mud, entered the Holly Point Apartments complex.
Witnesses also told police the suspect was driving recklessly as he entered the complex, located at 2410 Holly Point Boulevard, off Providence Road. When the female security guard exited her guard shed to stop the driver from entering, the truck hit her and continued into the complex.
Police say the driver then turned around and left the complex without stopping. Witnesses said the suspect appeared intoxicated.
The extent of the guard’s injuries, if any, is not known.
If you have any information about this crime call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
Heather A. Mims, 32, of 14625 County Route 156, was charged Thursday night by state police with endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of petit larceny.
Troopers charged her in two alleged shoplifting incidents at Walmart Supercenter, Route 11, town of LeRay, on July 23 and Thursday night, in which the combined theft value was $71. She was accompanied Thursday by a child, police alleged.
Wauwatosa WI Nov 16 2011 A Macy’s employee arrested on suspicion of stealing clothes from the store is facing drug charges as well after police found morphine and Oxycodone pills in her purse after the alleged theft.
Danessa Toliver, 24, was charged Monday in Milwaukee County Circuit Court with one count of theft and one count of possession of prescription drugs without a valid prescription. If convicted, she faces up to 15 months in prison and $10,500 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint:
On Oct. 24, security personnel at Macy’s watched Toliver remove security tags from clothing items, stuff them in a bag and then make fraudulent purchases from the store before attempting to leave. She was arrested, and when searching her purse police found 17 morphine pills and three Oxycodone pills.
Toliver told police she would use receipts from past transactions to make returns, then transfer the balance of the returns onto gift cards, which she would then use to purchase items from the store for herself.
She told police she had the pills in her purse because she suffers from migraine headaches and her boyfriend’s sister gave her the pills in order to help.
Toliver will make her initial appearance in court Thursday
Orlando Fla Nov 16 2011 A stripper took her two children on a shoplifting expedition as she allegedly stole lingerie to wear for her job.
Ashley Fleischmann was picked out by security cameras as she walked round a clothing store in Orlando, Florida.
The 24-year-old was accompanied by her two young children and was arrested as she tried to leave the store without paying for the stolen items.
Fleischmann told police she had taken the lingerie to wear at her job as a dancer at the Crystal Cabaret Gentleman’s Club in Orlando.
According to the arrest warrant the stripper had hoped her children would keep her from getting arrested.
It said that Fleischmann ‘planned to use her children in the commission of the … crime’ and that she had hoped the presence of her children would keep her from getting arrested.
She was found with less than $100 of goods.
The two crying children were handed over to the Florida Department of Children and Families.
According to her arrest report, Fleischmann told investigators she had only been given custody of the children a week earlier.
She told officers she ‘couldn’t believe this was happening again’ as they were taken away.
Fleischmann was charged with petty theft and cruelty towards a child.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Nov 16 2011 — Knoxville police officers got a call about 2 suspected shoplifters in custody at Wal-Mart on Chapman Highway. When they got there, cops say one pulled out a weapon.
Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch told Local 8 News the Loss Prevention office at Wal-Mart called Knoxville Police because they had two men in custody. Two KPD officers responded.
The cops were arresting the suspects when one of them pulled out a gun. One of the officers shot the suspect, killing him.
The shooting happened in the Loss Prevention office inside Wal-Mart, so none of the customers saw the shooting, but a couple of witnesses say they heard it inside the store.
Neither the suspects nor the officers have been identified. The other suspect is in police custody.
Both officers were taken to UT Medical Center for evaluation. They will be put on administrative leave until the investigation is over.
R. Shane Wilson
Doraville Police Department, Georgia
End of Watch: Monday, November 14, 2011
Tour: 4 years
Badge # 1143
Cause: Vehicular assault
Incident Date: 11/14/2011
Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved
Detective Shane Wilson was killed when his vehicle was struck head-on by a drunk driver on I-20 in DeKalb County.
He was off duty, but on call as part of his department’s SWAT team, when he was contacted by dispatchers and directed to respond to a home invasion call in Doraville. The collision occurred as he drove to the crime scene. He succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the crash.
Detective Wilson had served with the Doraville Police Department for four years. He is survived by his wife, 8-year-old-son, and parents.
Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Chief John King
Doraville Police Department
3750 Park Avenue
Doraville, GA 30340