Reno NV Nov 30 2011 A 54-year-old Reno gambler was arrested after he accidentally left behind a laptop in a downtown casino that was filled with images of child pornography.
Jeff R. Stewart on Monday was being held in the Washoe County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail on nine counts of possession of child pornography.
Reno police said they are continuing to investigate and more charges could be forthcoming.
A guest at the Eldorado Hotel and Casino on Saturday afternoon had alerted security that someone had left a laptop — hanging in a shoulder case — on the back of a chair in front of a slot machine, according to a police report.
While security looked at computer files on the laptop to determine the identity of the owner, they saw images of children, around 10 years old, engaged in sexual behavior, the report said.
Soon after Reno police arrived, Stewart reported to casino security he had accidentally left behind his laptop. He said he had been gambling, and then left it in a case hanging on the back of a chair. Stewart described it to authorities, and then showed officers pictures of himself that were on the laptop, the report said.
After officers confronted him with the images of child pornography, authorities said he told them they were his, and he knew it was illegal.
Raeford Police Chief Duncan Edward Jaggers resigned suddenly Monday and it may be connected to a lawsuit that has been filed against him for excessive force. Mayor John McNeill would not say why the chief resigned.
Jaggers said his resignation was not prompted by a federal lawsuit accusing him and other officers with using excessive force while he was a law officer in the Harnett County town of Coats.
The girlfriend of one of Jaggers’ predecessors as police chief was shot to death last summer. The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating whether her death in the Raeford home she shared with Kevin Locklear was a suicide or homicide.
Locklear had been fired as Raeford’s chief in 2007 after charges he assaulted his estranged wife.
JOHNS ISLAND, SC Nov 30 2011 - Authorities say a North Charleston Police officer suspected of punching a man in the face at a bar on Johns Island turned himself over to authorities Monday.
The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office charged 30-year-old Brandon Allen with third-degree assault. The North Charleston Police Department says that Allen has been placed on unpaid leave.
On Saturday at 1:55 a.m., Charleston County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Southside 17 bar at 3632 Savannah Hwy in reference to a disturbance and assault.
Upon arrival, deputies met with the 36-year-old victim who said that he was at the bar when someone came up to him and punched him in the face causing a cut to the victim’s nose.
According to investigators, the suspect had left the location and was later identified as Allen.
A warrant was then obtained on Allen for assault. On Monday, Allen turned himself in to Charleston County authorities and was arrested on the warrant.
Stillwater Okla Nov 30 2011 A naked man was arrested at a Stillwater bar early Sunday morning.
According to Stillwater Police, they received a report that a naked man was being detained by Freight House bouncers at the bar on the 300 block of South Water Street.
When they arrived at the Freight House officers found the naked man, and handcuffed him. An officer helped the man change into a pair of boxer shorts before they walked out to the squad.
A bouncer told officers he saw the man walk up the stairs completely nude, carrying his clothes in front of him. A bartender told officers that the man had said he lost his wallet earlier that night.
A preliminary breath test and breath sample showed a reading of .21. The man was arrested, and was later released to a responsible party.
Cottage Grove MN Nov 30 2011 Local police busted three women and two girls for stealing nearly 90 pairs of jeans.
Police say Caswana Miles, Antenese Baker, Lasonya Miles and the two girls were caught stuffing jeans into shopping bags at the Cottage Grove Kohl’s store Nov. 17.
Police stopped the women after they left the store. Officers say the women told them they were stealing the clothes for family members. In total, the jeans cost more than $4,700.
Washington County prosecutors filed one count of aiding and abetting-theft against each of the three women.
Jeffrey S. Sauerbry, 39, was charged in 2009 with the first-degree murder of William Kellett, who was found dead in a shed connected to a used car dealership in the 600 block East U.S. 24 on July 4, 1998. He reportedly had been shot and stabbed several times.
Sauerbry was a person of interest in the December 2004 disappearance of Summer Shipp, who was doing door-to-door surveys. Sauerbry lived in the area where Shipp was last seen. Her body was found in the Little Blue River.
Prosecutors have said that the Kellett murder case is not related to the Shipp murder case, which is still open and unsolved.
A private investigator in the Shipp disappearance told The Examiner in 2009 that his investigation showed that Sauerbry lived in the neighborhood in which Shipp disappeared. Some witnesses even recalled Shipp going up to the door of Sauerbry’s home. There was never enough evidence, however, to charge Sauerbry with the crime.
Former Virginia State Police captain pleads guilty to aggravated sexual battery www.privateofficer.com
LAWRENCEVILLE, Va. Nov 30 2011 Former Virginia State Police captain Edward L. Hope Jr., facing sexual-abuse charges involving a juvenile girl eight years ago, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and was given a suspended sentence in Brunswick County Circuit Court this morning.
Hope, 55, pleaded guilty to a single count of aggravated sexual battery. Circuit Court Judge Alan Sharrett sentenced him to 20 years in prison, with all of it suspended. He will have to register with the state’s sexual offender registry. Several of the victim’s family members wept when Hope admitted his guilt.
Hope declined an opportunity to comment during the sentencing and never looked at the victim, a Chesterfield County girl now 15 years old, sitting in the second row of the courtroom. He left through a back door of the courthouse.
Hope had been charged with two counts of aggravated sexual battery, two counts of rape and one count of forcible sodomy, and faced multiple life terms.
A trial in May was postponed when the victim said she could not remember the incidents.
Hope went on trial in 2010 in Chesterfield County on multiple charges of rape, sexual penetration and forcible sodomy. A mistrial was declared because of juror misconduct, and Chesterfield authorities said then that they do not intend to re-try the case because of the difficulty doing so would place on the girl.
Hope was simultaneously indicted in Brunswick because of alleged acts that took place there in a hunting cabin between November and December 2003.
Source:Richmond Times Daily
RICHMOND, VA Nov 30 2011 – The Richmond Police Department has cleared two homicides from the past weekend with the arrest of an individual. The suspect was identified and arrested yesterday afternoon without incident. The suspect in both homicides is a 16-year-old male. He is charged with two counts of murder, two counts of robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
“Our Major Crimes detectives worked through the weekend to resolve both homicides, investigating leads and processing evidence,” Major Steve Drew said. “With cooperation and assistance from citizens in the community, we quickly developed a suspect and we were able to make this arrest. We would like to thank the citizens for their ongoing support of Richmond Police and our efforts.”
The first homicide occurred around 8:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25. Officers responding to a report of a person shot at the BP at 1 Westover Hills Blvd. found Blaine Tyler, 48, with a gunshot wound. Tyler died at the scene.
In the second homicide, Richmond Police received several calls for random gunfire in the 1700 block of Edwards Avenue around 2:51 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26. Officers investigating the calls found Pierre Walter Cosby, 32, shot to death inside a car.
The investigation in both homicides remains ongoing. Anyone who has additional information that can contribute to the prosecution of these cases is asked to call Detective Arcellious Demery at 646-5999, Detective John Bandy at 646-3878 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.
Coral Gables High student gets 40 yrs prison term for fatally stabbing classmate www.privateofficer.com
Miami Fla Nov 30 2011 For fatally stabbing a classmate at Coral Gables High, Andy Rodriguez must serve a 40-year term in prison, plus 10 years of probation, a judge ruled Tuesday.
“This is an enormous and senseless tragedy. Two families are forever torn apart and changed,” Miami-Dade Circuit Dava Tunis said.
A jury in August convicted Rodriguez, 19, of second-degree murder with a weapon for the September 2009 slaying of Juan Carlos Rivera, 17.
The two got into a brawl after bumping into each other in the hallway. Rodriguez, armed with a knife, stabbed Rivera five times, with one a fatal blow to the heart.
Rodriguez, prosecutors said, was upset that his girlfriend had befriended Rivera, a new arrival to the high school. His defense attorney claimed that Rodriguez was acting in self-defense after Rivera hit him.
“We are so relieved for the family,” said Nick Brustin, the attorney who represented Emil Mann’s family in the trial. “I hope this gives them some sense of peace and closure.”
Mann’s three sons and other tribal members broke into tears and hugged each other after the verdict was read. They declined to comment afterward.
Brustin told the jury during the trial that state park Police Officer Chad Walder, who has since retired, used unnecessary force when he drew his gun and shot the unarmed Mann near Stag Hill on April 1, 2006.
Mann and other tribe members had gathered for a barbecue in the woods that day. Walder was one of three officers who were on patrol and came face to face with some tribal members who were riding ATVs, which is illegal in state parks.
Testimony during the trial showed that Walder’s colleague, Lt. Kelly Gottheiner, was attacked by another tribal member while she tried to arrest him for illegal ATV riding and disregarding her orders to stop.
Walder said he was rushing to Gottheiner’s aid when an enraged Mann came out of the woods, screaming and cursing at him.
Walder said he told Mann to stop, but Mann kept coming and engaged him in a scuffle. He said he shot Mann because he lunged at him and tried to grab his gun while other tribal members were circling him in an attempt to ambush him.
Brustin said Walder made up that story to justify an unjustified shooting.
Mann, who was shot twice, died in the hospital nine days later. The shooting provoked such tension between law enforcement and the Ramapough members that top state officials, including then-Gov. Jon Corzine, got involved.
After a nearly year-long investigation, a Bergen County grand jury indicted Walder on reckless manslaughter charges. He was acquitted after a criminal trial two years ago in Superior Court in Hackensack.
Jurors in the civil trial, however, deliberated for less than two hours on Monday before they returned with a verdict, awarding $2,172,274 in compensatory damages to Mann’s family.
The panel will return Tuesday to deliberate whether punitive damages should be awarded.
Walder is the only defendant in the case, but the state’s Tort Claims Act would allow Mann’s family to collect the judgment from the state, which was Walder’s employer at the time.
Walder’s attorney, William Finizio, declined to comment.
Glenn Allen Climer Jr., 35, of Murfreesboro, faces charges of child abuse, resisting arrest and assault on an officer.
Middle Tennessee Medical Center security officers called police just before 2 p.m., requesting assistance with Climer, who was found with his infant son in the backseat of a sport-utility vehicle. Police asked Climer to take the child into the emergency room so doctors could look at a bruise under the baby’s left eye.
Climer, listed at 6 feet and 200 pounds, began to assault the child, police reported, and a scuffle led to his arrest.
“It did not quite reach the point where the baby was seriously injured from the act, however it was very close and the child did sustain injury,” said police spokesman Kyle Evans.
Source: the Tennessean
According to the report, Mary Pagan, 48, stashed jewelry and cosmetics in her own handbag after taking off the tags and placing them in the pockets of jeans on the store racks.
She paid for three children’s outfits and then walked past all points of sales with the stolen items, department spokesperson Sgt. Sue Lussier said.
She was detained by loss prevention and arrested by the responding officer, according to the report. Pagan was released on a promise to appear in court on Dec. 6.
Panther Creek Consolidated Independent School District employee charged in $200,000 theft www.privateofficer.com
VALERA, Texas Nov 30 2011 – A former Panther Creek Consolidated Independent School District employee has been arrested for theft.
According to the Coleman County Sheriff’s Office, Lori Sparks allegedly stole more than $200,000 from the school district.
Sparks was the business manager at the district. District administrators said Sparks worked for Panther Creek for five years.
In a statement, Superintendent Dwin Nanny said:
“Panther Creek ISD has learned that a former district employee may have engaged in financial criminal wrong-doing. That employee is no longer with the district, and the matter was turned over to law enforcement. The district has learned that this former employee was recently indicted by a grand jury. Because this is an ongoing criminal matter, the district will allow the judicial process to take its course and will not further comment on the matter. While Panther Creek ISD is fully cooperating with law enforcement, we will continue to keep as our priority providing the best possible educational programs and services to our students. As always, we thank the community for its support.”
Nanny later told KTXS on camera that they were notified by auditors of some possible criminal financial wrong-doing, so they turned the issue over to authorities.
This news has left many Panther Creek parents shocked. One lady, who did not want to be identified, said “it is a shame that it happened in such a small district.”
Jennifer Short has taught at the high school for four years.
“It’s a real unfortunate incident. I hate that it’s happened in the district. It really makes me sad for the tax payers and especially the students,” Short told KTXS.
She said it is hard hearing the news since she is not only a teacher, but also a parent and a tax payer.
“It just really makes me sad that it happened,” Short said.
The superintendent also told KTXS they are still recovering from losing $90,000 in state funding and now the loss of $200,000 will hurt the district even more.
“We’ve really been hit hard with all the cuts in the legislature already and to think about this happening it’s been hard,” Short explained.
Sparks was arrested on school grounds on November 18th. She is currently out of jail on a $15,000 bond.
Robert Wayne Wise, 22, of Moundsville was arrested earlier this month and charged with six counts of embezzlement and one count of fraudulent schemes. According to the criminal complaint, the Moundsville Police Department was notified in September of the thefts by a Walmart asset protection manager.
That manager told police that Wise and two others allegedly stole a number of items from the store with Wise using his position as an employee to aid the theft. The criminal complaint states the two males, identified as Jerry Lucas and Robert Harmon, would gather items from throughout the store and take them to Wise’s register. Wise would then “under-ring” the items.
“That means he wouldn’t actually scan them but would put them in a bag,” the complaint states, adding Wise also removed any security devices from items.
Wise was taken to the Moundsville Police Department for questioning. Lucas was also interviewed and produced two items stolen from the store. Investigators also reviewed surveillance footage from Walmart, which allegedly shows Lucas and Harmon putting items in a cart before checking out at Wise’s register.
Wise and Lucas both allegedly confirmed their involvement in the incident, while Harmon was not questioned by police.
The complaint states the total value of merchandise taken in these incidents is $1,646.32. Wise was arraigned by Marshall County Magistrate William Anderson and posted $2,500 bond. A preliminary hearing date is set for Friday. Harmon and Lucas may also face grand larceny charges for their involvement in the case.
The Boone County Sheriff’s Office says deputies arrested Christy Lynn Sampson Monday.
Sampson is 39 and from Wharton. She has been charged with delivery of a controlled substance.
They say Sampson delivered hydrocodone to Boone County Elementary School teacher Kimberly Gibson.
Earlier Monday, deputies say Gibson was arrested after being caught with the drugs at the school.
Boone County School officials have not commented as of Monday night.
Sampson and Gibson are being held in the Southwestern Regional Jail.
ROLLING HILLS ESTATES, Calif. Nov 30 2011 — A dance teacher at Peninsula High School has been arrested for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a female student.
36-year-old Anthony Angellano, of Wilmington, was arrested on Monday.
He faces five counts of oral copulation with a minor and one count of digital penetration with a minor.
The alleged sexual relationship happened in 2006 and 2007, when the girl was 16 and 17 years old, and Angellano was 31.
Police say the girl was a student at Peninsula High at the time, but the alleged sexual encounters occurred at Angellano’s Wilmington home.
The case is being handled by the Los Angeles Police Department, because Wilmington falls within its jurisdiction.
Angellano is also suspected of having sex with another female student 11 years ago, but charges were not filed in that case, because the statute of limitations has expired.
The Palos Verdes Unified School District was notified about the investigation back in October, and it immediately removed Angellano form his job.
He is currently on paid administrative leave, but his pay will be suspended once he is arraigned, according to district president Bill Franchini.
Angellano has worked for the school district for more than a decade as a contract employee.
According to the Peninsula High School website, Angellano helped establish a class called “Co-ed Choreo” in 1997, which teaches hip-hop, funk and jazz dancing.
He was hired as an “intern teacher” this year, while concurrently enrolled in a program at Cal State University, Dominguez Hills to work on his teaching credential.
Angellano has also taught dance at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center and the San Pedro Ballet Company.
Police suspect there may be additional victims, and are asking anyone with information to come forward.
Angellano is being held on $350,000 bail.
Topeaka KS Nov 30 2011 A stocky white man with a shaved head, who wore glasses and a Carhartt jacket, breached store security early Saturday to steal at least $200,000 from Walmart, 1301 S.W. 37th, Topeka police said Monday.
As of Monday, no one has been arrested in the aggravated burglary of the store and theft of between $200,000 and $500,000.
“It’s an ongoing investigation,” Capt. Jerry Stanley said on Monday. Stanley is assistant division commander of the criminal investigation division.
Detectives “have leads they’re following up on at this time,” he said.
The theft occurred during a six-minute time frame starting at 3:21 a.m. Saturday just hours after the Black Friday sales.
The thief entered the manager’s office, where the day’s receipts “were accessible and walked off with those receipts,” Stanley said.
Stanley said store security video tape captured the thief walking into the office and walking out. As of Monday, police hadn’t released photographs taken by the security tape. The theft hasn’t been traced to an employee, he said.
No employee or customer was threatened or confronted by the thief, Stanley said. Besides the theft, the crime also is an aggravated burglary because other people were inside the store.
Kansas law defines an aggravated burglary as entering an occupied structure with the intent to commit a felony. Aggravated burglary is a felony.
Store security procedures were breached in order for the thief to get behind certain doors to gain access to the cash, Stanley said. Stanley declined to elaborate about specific store security measures.
Stanley said it is “very” rare for a loss that big from a Topeka business, doubting that it had ever happened before.
“We’re concerned when anything of this nature happens,” Dianna Gee, spokeswoman at the Wal-Mart Stores Inc. home office in Bentonville, Ark., said Monday night.
The company is working closely with Topeka police and has supplied the surveillance tape to officers, Gee said. The company will consider offering a reward to aid in the apprehension of the thief, she said.
In Topeka, a man in the management area of the store on S.W. 37th declined to comment about Saturday’s incident.
The suspect, Russell C. Alves, 45, of Providence, was eventually apprehended by police in the parking lot in the Saturday night incident and was ordered held in jail on $7,500 cash bail after arraignment Monday in Attleboro District Court.
The 25-year-old bystander, who ran after the suspect with a store clerk, was not injured in the 8:30 p.m. incident, police said.
Police recovered more than $1,000 in clothing from the Victoria’s Secret and American Eagle stores and arrested an alleged accomplice, Florence E. Pompey, 26, of Providence. Pompey is accused of helping steal from clothing stores and driving the getaway car, police said.
The pair allegedly used “booster bags,” shopping bags designed to foil security systems, to steal the clothing until a store clerk at Victoria’s Secret discovered them and chased Alves out of the mall, police said. A bystander saw the chase and heard the clerk yell for the man to stop and decided to help. Alves stopped to confront the man outside the mall, authorities said.
“As he was fleeing the mall, he was chased by a private citizen,” Assistant District Attorney Mark Donovan said during a bail hearing. “He actually sprayed this person with chemical Mace and took a swing at him.”
After the alleged spraying, the alleged shoplifter ran and threw a bag filled with stolen merchandise into a car allegedly driven by Pompey and continued running, police said.
Alves, who authorities say has served jail time in Rhode Island for being a habitual shoplifter, was apprehended by Patrolman Gary Maitland. Pompey was stopped and arrested after an investigation by Maitland, Patrolman Josh McMahon and Sgt. Bart Folan.
Alves pleaded innocent to a dozen charges, including larceny, using Mace in the commission of a crime, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon: Mace, unlawful possession of Mace, larceny and receiving stolen property.
He is also wanted on a warrant from Hingham District Court on an unrelated probation matter and is facing a pending larceny case in Taunton District Court, Donovan said. Pompey, who is free on $1,000 cash bail, pleaded innocent to five charges, including larceny, receiving stolen property and conspiracy.
Both were ordered to stay away from Emerald Square mall and are due back in Attleboro District Court for a pretrial hearing Dec. 16
The accused thief, Trevor Drew, 21, of 314 Dubuque St., didn’t submit quietly. As the crowd moved in and encircled him, Drew grabbed a wooden stake and allegedly swung it, hitting Robert Barberian, 35, of New Boston, in the head with it.
Barberian’s glasses were scratched in the incident and he suffered bruises to his eye, according to police.
The incident began just before 7 p.m. when a woman shopping at Sears screamed out, “My purse. My purse.” She had put it down on the floor while looking through clothing racks, felt a bump and looked up to see Drew running off with her purse, police said.
Barberian, who was shopping in the store, took off after the fleeing purse-snatcher after hearing the woman’s screams as did Sears’ employees and Mall of New Hampshire security.
The group chased the purse-snatcher into the parking lot where initially a Sears employee caught up to him. He grabbed onto the purse but Drew snatched it back and hit him in the head with it, police said.
The two tussled over the bag and the employee, who was not injured, managed to take the purse back and later return it to its owner, police said.
Barberian was the next to come in contact with Drew who police said was running around in circles in the lot as the crowd began closing in on him from all directions. Cornered, Drew grabbed a wooden stake and hit Barberian in the head with it, Tessier said.
A mall security officer blocked the stake when Drew swung it at him as well, she said, resulting in only a glancing blow to his head.
A second Sears employee then moved in and grabbed the stake from Drew while the security officer tackled him to the ground, detaining him with the help of other security officers despite Drew’s continued attempts to escape.
Drew is charged with robbery, two counts of simple assault and criminal mischief.
A 63-year-old Boca Raton man was arrested the day before Thanksgiving as he tried to make off with a bounty of stolen steak, lobster, champagne and shrimp from a Publix supermarket, Boca Raton police said.
Allen Lay tried to sneak out of the store at 1001 S. Federal Highway with the basket of groceries worth $424, a Boca Raton police arrest report said.
A store employee saw Lay as he strolled out of the store around 3 p.m. during the busy shopping day, police said. When officers arrived, he said he thought his girlfriend had paid for the items.
Surveillance video showed that Lay was alone in the store, police said.
He was arrested on a charge of grand theft and was booked at the Palm Beach County Jail. He was released two days later on a $5,000 bond.
At least five other people have been arrested in recent months for shoplifting at the same supermarket. The store’s security guard watches for those who slip past the cashiers without paying.
On Sept. 3, Gary Jacobson wheeled a shopping cart packed with 42 beers, a carton of eggs and frozen peas, the arrest report said. The store security guard saw him leave with the $62 in groceries and called police.
Jacobson, 57, of Boynton Beach, was arrested on a charge of petty theft.
Days later, on Sept. 15, the same guard saw a man help himself to a Natural Ice beer and a roast beef sandwich without paying. Larry Slaterline, 53, told police he was hungry and didn’t have money for the $6.38 meal.
The officer searched Slaterline and found “more than enough” money on him to cover the cost, according to police. He was charged with retail theft and failing to appear in court in an unrelated case.
Two other men were arrested that month in similar cases, city records show.
Officials in the central Minnesota city said the change will save $53,000 a year and was necessary to cope with state cutbacks in funding to local governments. The city of 2,600 saw its local government aid payments cut by more than $150,000 this year.
“Cities are going to look at all kinds of alternative things now,” Mayor Gary Gruba said Tuesday. “I think they have to. I mean the state has cut back on (Local Government Aid), and smaller towns, as well as larger cities, are feeling the effect.”
Under the agreement reached Monday, city streets will be patrolled by employees of General Security Services Corporation starting Jan. 1. The Benton County Sheriff’s Office will continue to respond to 911 calls and other requests for law enforcement assistance.
Earlier this year, the city council voted unanimously to hire a private security firm, but city officials agreed to suspend that plan after Swanson urged the council to reconsider.
The Benton County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately return a call seeking comment Tuesday evening.