Buddy Ray Herron
Oregon Department of Corrections, Oregon
End of Watch: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 4 years
Badge # Not available
Incident Date: 11/28/2011
Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife
Suspect: Charged with murder
Correctional Officer Buddy Herron was assaulted and fatally stabbed along Highway 11, two miles north of Pendleton, shortly after 11:00 pm.
It is believed that he had stopped to assist at the scene of a single car accident while en route to begin his shift at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution. At some point after stopping he was stabbed by the driver, who then stole Officer Herron’s pickup truck. Despite his wound, Officer Herron was able to call 911. Responding units transferred him to St. Anthony’s Hospital where he succumbed to his wound shortly after midnight.
The suspect was arrested in the vehicle early the next morning following a vehicle pursuit. He has been charged with parole violations and murder. It was determined that the vehicle he had originally crashed was stolen and had been involved in a burglary earlier in the evening.
Officer Herron had served with the Oregon Department of Corrections for four years and also served as a volunteer firefighter. He is survived by his wife and four children.
Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Director Max Williams
Oregon Department of Corrections
2575 Center Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: (503) 945-9090
LINCOLN COUNTY, Tenn.Nov 29 2011 – A man wanted for shooting two law enforcement officers in Alabama and Tennessee was taken into custody early Tuesday morning.
The suspect, Joseph Scott Shriver, 23, was caught just before 4 a.m. when officers spotted his car in a field about two hours after the second shooting. The car had allegedly left the roadway at a high rate of speed. Officers surrounded the car, and Shriver was taken into custody without incident.
“We’re pretty durn good at getting the bad guy,” said Madison County Sheriff Blake Dorning.
Two weapons were recovered, including a handgun and an assault type rifle with multiple rounds.
“This individual was on a mission,” Dorning added.
It all started in Madison County, Alabama around 11:30 p.m. Monday when the Super Stop on Moores Milll Road was robbed.
About 15 minutes later, a Madison County sheriff’s deputy spotted a vehicle that matched the description from the robbery and pulled it over.
Sheriff Dorning said the man got out of his car, and fired several rounds at the deputy from an assault rifle. Deputy Brent Beavers was hit in the face, and taken to the hospital. He underwent surgery and is in critical condition.
The suspect fled north.
Within an hour of the first shooting, officials said 60 to 70 law enforcement officers were spread out over Madison County, Alabama and southern Tennessee in the search for Shriver.
He was spotted about an hour later by a Fayetteville Police officer on Highway 110 and Ardmore Highway. He also pulled over the vehicle, and the man got out and fired several rounds into the patrol car.
Officer Justin Raby was hit in the shoulder by bullet, but he was not badly hurt. He was taken to the hospital, where he was treated and released.
A Lincoln County Deputy showed up on the scene during the shooting, and authorities are investigating whether he was able to return fire.
Fayetteville Police Officers said they recovered more than a dozen shell casings at the scene of the shooting.
When they returned from an In-N-Out Burger, their father, a veteran San Jose police sergeant, was dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Their mother, Lynn, was dead, too, apparently strangled by her husband. Their parents were found by police officers in a master bedroom, sources close to the investigation said, with his hand in hers.
The grisly deaths that police are investigating as a murder-suicide at the couple’s home in Gilroy came suddenly, as their marriage was reportedly ending. But some friends said it came after years of possessive behavior by Shimek toward his wife of 15 years.
“She wanted out,” said Rhonda Harkins, a friend of Lynn Shimek’s. “She told him she wanted a divorce about three weeks ago. He was not happy. She didn’t deserve this. I never thought he would hurt her.”
The apparent murder-suicide left the San Jose Police Department, already demoralized from layoffs and pay cuts, stunned and confused. The Shimeks’ marriage may have been in bad shape, but there were no outward signs the veteran officer was capable of domestic violence, police say. He was a good, upbeat sergeant who lived with his family in a well-kept neighborhood filled with fellow officers.
“What makes this all the more difficult to understand is that he was so even-keeled. No one expected this,” said police Chief Chris Moore. “Yet it happened. My main concern is that we don’t see this happening again. These are very difficult times.”
Beginning early Monday morning, the department brought in counselors to speak with officers about the incident.
Lynn Shimek, her friend Tammy Drews and another friend had been at Rhonda Harkins’ home having a few beers at 7 p.m. Sunday. About 8:15 p.m., Drews dropped Lynn Shimek back home at Rodeo Drive with a container of homemade turkey soup.
Within the hour, friends said they started getting texts from Chris Shimek, including one that roughly said: I went too far. I’m sorry. Please don’t let my kids in the house.
One of the friends sent a text to Drews, telling her to get Lynn out the house. Drews said the friend, who she would not name, told her Chris Shimek sent a text that threatened his wife.
Drews said she raced back to the Shimeks’ house and knocked on the door. It was 9:15 p.m. The front door opened a bit, stopped by the chain latch. The family’s dogs, Scarlet and Sheba, were sitting at the bottom of the stairs. The TV was on, but she couldn’t hear anything else inside. She called police.
Gilroy police Capt. Jim Gillio said officers went to the couple’s home at 9:39 p.m. They found the two bodies and signs of a violent struggle, according to sources.
The Shimeks’ two boys, ages 13 and 19, are staying with a paternal aunt, friends said.
Rich Robinson, a well-known political consultant and Chris Shimek’s longtime friend, said Chris, 51, had grown up in the west side of San Jose as the youngest of three kids. He graduated from Prospect High School in 1978.
“This guy was an affable person with an infectious smile,” Robinson said. “I never saw him angry.”
But Robinson said that Shimek was suffering in recent weeks: “He was in a lot of pain based on his domestic situation. His house was going under. There were a lot of pressures.”
Lynn Shimek, 43, told a close circle of friends that she was unhappy and she wanted to leave. Chris Shimek had been completely “obsessed with her and very possessive of her,” Drews said.
He pulled her phone records, checked her text messages, trolled her Facebook page and her friends’ Facebook pages, and, once, even put a GPS tracker under her car, according to several friends.
He never physically harmed her, friends said, and court records show no indication of domestic violence or restraining orders. Gilroy police reported that in 2007 they responded to a call in which the officer allegedly hit his stepson, “in a rage.” No further police action was taken.
Lynn Shimek was a member of the South County Derby Girls, who are having a fundraiser in her memory, and she was an avid player of Bunco, a popular parlor dice game.
Friends also said she had once been a Creative Memories consultant, selling scrapbook materials before she moved onto selling BeautiControl products. She did so well at that, friends said, that she won a car in a company contest. Most recently, she had several gigs painting faces at San Jose Sharks games and also for cruise ships, where she was able to take her family.
“She just wanted to be free and live her life without feeling like she was always being watched,” Drews said. “She was done. But he was not about to let her go.”
Chris Shimek isn’t the first San Jose police officer to be involved with deadly domestic violence. In 1997, Officer Tom Harris killed his wife, Judy, jamming her slashed and bruised body into the trunk of her car. And while he at first tricked everyone by leading a false search for her, three days later, he put a bullet in his head on a mountaintop above Los Gatos, a place he and his wife had visited as young lovers.
It happened in the 17300 block of Beaumont Highway at Sheldon Road around 5 a.m.
Harris County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a shooting call at a business originally thought to be Jim’s Tires, but upon entering, found it was an 8-liner gaming establishment.
Deputies said two robbery suspects entered the game room and opened fire.
The security guard died at the scene.
The manager, who was described as a big guy weighing between 500 and 600 pounds, was shot in the leg. Firefighters had to cut a hole through the garage door in order to get him out of the building.
The suspects are still on the loose.
NEW YORK CITY NY Nov 29 2011 (AP) — An off-duty New York City police officer subdued and handcuffed an intoxicated passenger who attacked a flight attendant Sunday during a scuffle aboard a JetBlue plane.
Officer Anibal Mercado intervened after Antonio Ynoa of Brooklyn punched a flight attendant in the face early Sunday on JetBlue Flight 832 from the Dominican Republic to John F. Kennedy International Airport, the NYPD said.
About a half hour before the plane was scheduled to land at about 12:30 a.m., the flight attendant approached Ynoa and told him to stop drinking duty-free alcohol, police said. Ynoa became angry and punched the attendant in the face, police said.
Mercado, a patrol cop in the Bronx, told reporters that he felt compelled to intervene.
“Everybody was very alarmed,” Mercado said. “I could see the fear in the passengers’ faces.”
Mercado told Ynoa that he was a police officer, then wrestled him to the ground and restrained him with a pair of plastic handcuffs stored on the aircraft, police said.
“He struck me a few times in the face as I was trying to restrain him,” said Mercado, who is an 18-year veteran of the police force. “He was still yelling profanities. I was just telling him to calm down.”
A JetBlue spokesman said the plane landed safely. When the flight landed, Ynoa was escorted off the plane by the FBI. The FBI says Ynoa, 22, will be arraigned Monday in federal court in Brooklyn on charges of assault and interference with a flight crew.
KING-TV reports that the man hand-delivered an envelope Monday addressed to “Sears manager.” Inside were a note and a $100 bill.
The note said the man stole $20 to $30 from a cash register decades ago and wanted to pay back $100.
Manager Gary Lorentson says he thinks the man’s conscience “has been bothering him for the past 60 years.”
Store security cameras recorded the man, but Sears officials said they don’t know who he is and they won’t release the video.
The store plans to put the money toward helping needy families in the holiday season.
Police and fire rescue personnel were called to the home Monday afternoon and were told an 8-year-old boy had been assaulted by his mother and thrown out a window, said an Atlanta Police spokesman, Maj. Keith Meadows.
Meadows said witnesses told officers the mother was alone inside the home with her young daughter. He said officers entered the house and found the mother sitting in a chair, stabbing the child.
Two officers drew their service weapons and ordered the woman to drop a knife, firing at her when she did not comply, Meadows said. He said between 10 and 16 shots were fired.
Police spokesman Carlos Campos said the stabbing victim was dead at the scene, while the 8-year-old boy was hospitalized in stable condition with apparently minor injuries. Police said they did not know if the daughter had been struck by a bullet, and did not know a motive for the attacks on the children.
Campos said the officers involved in the shooting will be placed on a routine administrative leave during the investigation.
Neighbor Lela Smith told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the family had lived in the home about a year and a half. She said the child who died was nearly 5 years old.
The mother’s name was not immediately released.
RALEIGH NC Nov 29 2011 — Three associates of Governor Beverly Perdue were indicted Monday on felony charges related to her election campaign.
Trawick Hamilton “Buzzy” Stubbs and Juleigh Lee Sitton face obstruction of justice and filing false reports charges. Peter Anthony Reichard faces a single count of filing a false report.
The announcement follows an investigation by the Wake County district attorney’s office that has lasted more than a year.
Reichard was Perdue’s campaign finance director. Sitton was director of the Governor’s Western Office until she resigned in August. Stubbs is a New Bern attorney.
The indictments allege that the trio knowingly caused the Bev Perdue Committee to file finance reports that were false in that they did not list all the contributions, loans, and expenditures that they should have.
In August 2010, the North Carolina Board of Elections fined the Perdue campaign $30,000 for “flight irregularities.” The elections board said Perdue made dozens of flights aboard campaign donors’ planes during the 2004 and 2008 elections that weren’t disclosed in campaign-finance reports until 2009.
Stubbs is accused of contributing or paying expenses totaling more than $28,000 through his law firm by paying for flights for the benefit of the Bev Perdue Committee until Nov. 1, 2008, his indictment said. Stubbs prepared documents in October 2008 that purported the flights had been contributed to the state Democratic Party when they actually had gone for the committee, documents said.
In a statement Monday, Stubbs said he was “saddened” by news of the indictments and that he has cooperated fully with investigators. He said it was never his intent to violate any law and he intends to plead not guilty.
“I never asked for any favors nor have I received any personal benefit from my support and help advancing Beverly Perdue’s campaign for Governor,” he said.
The indictments accuse Sitton and Reichard of hiding that Sitton was being paid an additional $32,000 – $2,000 a month for 16 months – to work full-time for Perdue’s campaign through outside money that was funneled through a merchant banking firm operated by Reichard called Tryon Capital Partners. Reichard solicited and accepted money from Morganton business owner Charles M. Fulenwider, according to the indictment. Fulenwider has not been charged.
Reichard attorney Hart Miles said his client is prepared to go to trial but would like to have the case resolve without a long trial. “I urge everyone to withhold judgment until the case is concluded and the facts are known,” Miles said.
ABC11 contacted the Governor’s office for comment on the indictments. In a written statement, the Governor said:
“At the District Attorney’s request & I will not comment on the specific charges or any aspect of the investigation. I will, however, reiterate what I made clear at the beginning of the investigation, and what the investigation has confirmed: as a citizen, a candidate for public office, and an elected official, I have strived to follow the rules and laws. I am proud of my record, and I remain sharply focused on strengthening our schools, creating jobs and moving North Carolina forward.”
Monday’s indictments are not the only charges to come from Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby’s investigation. In February, a Wake County grand jury indicted Robert Caldwell of Morganton on a felony obstruction charge. Prosecutors allege he paid for a Perdue campaign flight and then solicited a check from another man to make it look like a legitimate contribution.
Perdue’s critics were quick to pounce on Monday’s news. In a statement, North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes said the indictments were a reminder of similar campaign finance problems for Perdue’s predecessor Democratic Governor Mike Easley.
“The people of North Carolina deserve better. No more corruption, no more scandals, just leadership. Next November, the people of North Carolina will send that message when they vote to replace Governor Perdue and her associates,” said Hayes.
HELENA AL Nov 29 2011 – The Helena Police Department is investigating the death of a 21-year-old Helena woman found hanging in the back parking lot of Helena United Methodist Church early Nov. 27.
Police discovered the body of Helena resident Brittney Bryan on the morning of Nov. 26 after a church member discovered the body and called police, said Helena police Deputy Chief Tim Carter.
“We are still investigating it, but it appears to be a suicide that happened in the wee hours of the morning,” Carter said, noting Bryan likely died at between 2-3 a.m. Nov. 27. “She picked an odd place to do it.”
MILLBURN NJ Nov 29 2011 — Some deals are too good to be true — even on Black Friday.
A Macy’s employee at the Mall at Short Hills allegedly rung up 31 items for a customer on Friday, charging him only $9.95 for merchandise that actually cost $1,835.98, Millburn police said today.
Millburn police arrested Macy’s employee Aaliyah Diggs and Waheed Wilkens, both of Newark, shortly after 10 a.m. Friday after the department store’s security personnel reported seeing Diggs, 23, under-ring the various clothing items for Wilkens, 21, according to Lt. Peter Eakley, Millburn police spokesman.
Diggs and Wilkens both face various shoplifting charges and were released pending their court hearings, according to Eakley.
Airport police were called Nov. 23 to the checkpoint after a TSA agent spotted the semiautomatics when the agent screened the bag. A search of the bag quickly found the sidearms, which were in a mesh pocket on the top of the carry-on, according to the police report.
The man identified himself as a Butler County coin dealer. He told airport police he had put the weapons in the carry-on because he did not want to put them in his safe. He then forgot about them. When asked further questions, the man declined to answer without talking with his attorney.
Airport police then called the FBI, which eventually questioned the man, deciding not to hold him on federal charges. He was arrested in connection with state concealed carry violation and taken to the Montgomery County Jail.
One of the weapons held 17 rounds, the other 13 rounds. Airport police confiscated his concealed carry permit, forwarding it to the Butler County Sheriff for revocation, according to the police report.
WILMINGTON, NC Nov 29 2011 - An elementary school teacher in Pender County faces drug charges, according to Wilmington Police.
Lori Kirkpatrick, 43, was arrested Saturday and charged with trafficking in opium or heroin. She was given a secured bond of $300,000. Police say there was another man in the vehicle who was arrested on the same charges.
Kirkpatrick is listed as a 2nd grade teacher on the South Topsail Elementary School website.
Pender County School spokeswoman Joyce Keith was not able to comment on Kirkpatrick’s employment status when we reached out to her.
All she could say was that the matter was under investigation, and that her class had a substitute teacher Monday. When asked if Kirkpatrick would be teaching Tuesday, Keith said she did not know.
YARMOUTH, Maine Nov 29 2011 —Retailers expect return fraud to increase in total this year, but don’t expect it to rise during the holiday season due to tighter return policies, according to a new survey by the National Retail Federation.
The retail industry is expected to lose $3.48 billion to return fraud this holiday season, down 6.7 percent from the $3.73 billion retailers lost to the crime last holiday season, according to the survey results, which are based on the responses of loss prevention professionals at 103 major retailers.
Joe LaRocca, senior advisor for asset protection at NRF, told Security Director News that the expected drop in return fraud during the holiday season is due to retailers tightening their return policies, such as requiring a customer’s identification when they don’t have a receipt during the return process. Only 12.6 percent of survey respondents said they would tighten their policies this holiday season, though that is more than the 10.9 percent of retailers who said they would tighten policies during the 2010 holiday season. “Retailers have been putting checks and balances in place to prevent people from taking advantage of stores’ return policies,” LaRocca said in a statement.
LaRocca said retailers are also experimenting with upgrading their return procedures with new technology, such as e-receipts and attaching bar codes to tags upon checkout. He expects that trend to increase as retailers upgrade POS systems to ones that integrate returns management.
While the holiday season is not expected to bring an increase in retail fraud, the annual numbers point to a total increase. In 2011, return fraud is expected to cost retailers an estimated $14.37 billion, a 5.2 percent increase from the $13.66 billion loss in 2010, the survey revealed. The fact that overall return fraud increased in 2011, but is expected to decrease during the upcoming holiday season, surprised Joe LaRocca. It’s an “inconsistency” that is uncommon, he said.
Overall, LaRocca said 2011 has not been a heartening year for retailers. “We’ve seen a rise in organized retail crime, shrinkage is on the rise, and now return fraud is on the rise for the full year.”
Source:Security Director News
WAYNESBORO, Ga. Nov 29 2011 — Authorities say two people were killed when a car careened out of control during a drag race on an east Georgia road.
Burke County Deputy Coroner Susan Salemi tells The Augusta Chronicle (http://bit.ly/rMCWCG) that the two people were watching a drag race on Seven Oaks Road when a car lost control and struck them.
Authorities identified the spectators as 27-year-old Kevin Johnson of Sardis; and 15-year-old Keshon Burdette of Waynesboro.
Georgia State Patrol officials say a Waynesboro man was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital. State Patrol officials say he was driving a Chevrolet Nova, which authorities say struck Johnson and Burdette.
Authorities were searching for a second driver they believe was involved.
The Albuquerque Retail Assets Protection Association was formed in 2006 as a vehicle for the Albuquerque Police Department and local retail stores to share information about retail crime. The group brings together law enforcement officers with local loss prevention professionals at monthly meetings where information about recent cases of shoplifting or organized retail crime is shared. “This isn’t sitting around having coffee and donuts and shaking hands. This is bringing real case information to share with this group of professionals on both sides,” said Joe LaRocca, VP of loss prevention for the National Retail Federation, who has attended ARAPA meetings. “They solve cases in that room.”
The APD recently was a finalist for a community-policing award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police for the ARAPA model. By “engag[ing] our business community through proactive enforcement and sharing of information we can be, as law enforcement, more proactive in identifying criminal patterns,” said Karen Fischer, the strategic support division manager at the Albuquerque Police Department and one of the organizers of ARAPA.
But ARAPA’s success wasn’t always so sure. The very first meeting happened in 2006. About five or six stores participated. Some police officers were begrudgingly there, as well, sitting in the back of the room with their arms crossed thinking this was just another new idea that probably wouldn’t work, Fischer said. But then a loss prevention employee from a local Walgreens stood up and posted some images of a man swiping merchandise from a shelf, “and an officer stood up and said, ‘I investigated the same guy for auto burglary last week,’” Fischer told Security Director News. “And the arms became uncrossed and our partnership started.”
The monthly meetings went on for a year or so, but Fischer saw a need for more real-time sharing of information. So, with the help of a web developer and some funding, she created a web portal to a secure database that allows loss prevention professionals to post information, including images, about recent cases of retail crime. All participants in the collaboration will receive the posts and a discussion thread is created to allow anyone to share relevant information as officers investigate. “So now we’ve moved from the traditional scenario of law enforcement of a victim calling a police officer and only two people having the information, to having a mechanism where everybody who’s engaged in the partnership will simultaneously get the posting,” Fischer said. “We level the communication platform.”
The success of the group and its web portal has been replicated in cities such as Los Angeles, San Diego and Chicago. There are about 12 public-private partnerships across the country in the pipeline, said LaRocca.
Fischer has been approached by a number of cities seeking information about creating a similar crime-fighting web portal. She tells them all that the web portal won’t work without the partnership. “The foundation of what we’re doing has got to be based on a public-private partnership in communities and … building that trust between law enforcement who will be investigating the crimes and the asset protection personnel,” Fischer said. Once that foundation is in place, the stakeholders will feel comfortable sharing sensitive information through the web portal.
Another result of the success of ARAPA is a new organized crime unit the Albuquerque Police Department announced in August. The new unit will be dedicated to working with the private sector to investigate cases of organized retail crime and theft, and has already racked up a string of arrests and busted organized retail crime rings operating in the Albuquerque area, said LaRocca. It’s very unique for a city the size of Albuquerque to have a dedicated retail crime unit, LaRocca said, “especially at a time when law enforcement [officials] are making decision about where to spend budget dollars.”
Albuquerque’s police chief, Ray Shultz, is on the “cutting edge” in terms of fighting retail crime, LaRocca said. “He recognizes it’s a gateway to so many crimes that take place,” LaRocca said.
Fischer agreed. She said 80 to 95 percent of all crime that happens in a community will be property crime, and that law enforcement officials often don’t take seriously all the small shoplifting cases, but they are all interrelated.
However, the original impetus of ARAPA was not to fight retail crime. It was to build community-based, public-private partnerships with the business community, Fischer said. So the Albuquerque Police Department has taken the ARAPA model and created similar public-private partnerships with the local hospitality, construction and banking sectors. Each is its own partnership, but it allows the police department to track crime across these areas and better map out criminal patterns. “We know criminals are opportunists. They won’t stop at just retail stores. They will also go into hotels or steal products to manufacture meth or be involved with counterfeiting activities,” Fischer said. “What I’m seeking to document is that retail crime, crime in hotels, crime of copper theft—things that tend to fly under the radar—is real crime.”
Officers arrested Geraldine Cepeda, 24 and Christopher Santiago, 27, of the Bronx Saturday at 5:30 p.m. the West Nyack mall after Target security officers reported a woman using $100 bill to buy merchandise at the store, Sgt. Harry Baumann said today.
The woman had left the department store but a Clarkstown police officer stopped a car along the ring road based on the woman’s description provided by security, Baumann said.
Santiago was driving the car and Cepeda was identified by Target security as the woman buying items with the $100 bills, Baumann said. Both Santiago and Cepeda had more than $500 that appeared to be legitimate money — likely change from using the $100 bills. Baumann said.
Police also found merchandise and receipts from TJ Maxx in Harriman and Spring Valley, as well as a Target store in Monroe, Baumann said.
Police charged Cepeda with four felony counts of first-degree possession of a forged instrument, one felony county of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and a misdemeanor petty larceny charge.
Police charged Santiago with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.
Clarkstown Justice Scott Ugell set bail for Santiago at $3,500 and for Cepeda at $5,000. They were being held in the county jail pending a Justice Court hearing set for Tuesday.
Baumann said cases of counterfeit bills being used occur throughout the year, but especially during holiday shopping seasons.
Police arrested a Brooklyn man in October on similar charges involving counterfeit $100 bills.
“Because of the holidays, the volume of people shopping increases and stores may not look at the money as carefully,” Baumann said.
Dothan AL Nov 29 2011 An internal investigation of an assistant manager at Kmart led to the arrest of Darlene Leonard, 50, of Ozark. According to a statement released by the Dothan Police Department, Kmart security at 2158 Reeves Street notified police of a possible theft.
According to police, Leonard had been using .75 cent price tags to purchase items of much higher value.
Leonard was also observed taking a Kmart bag containing clothing from the store without paying.
The thefts are believed to have occurred between Nov. 19 and Nov. 25