Master Public Safety Officer
Aiken Department of Public Safety, South Carolina
End of Watch: Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Tour: 12 years
Badge # Not available
Incident Date: 12/20/2011
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Master Public Safety Officer Scotty Richardson was shot and killed after he and another officer stopped a suspicious vehicle on Brandt Court, near Camellia Street, shortly before 9:00 pm.
Officers had been searching for the vehicle in relation to an incident earlier in the evening. After the stop, one of the occupants immediately opened fire, fatally wounding Officer Richardson and striking the other officer in the chest. The second officer’s vest stopped the round. Officer Richardson was transported to Georgia Health Sciences University Hospital where he died early the following morning.
Several suspects were arrested in connection with Officer Richardson’s murder.
Officer Richardson had served with the Aiken Department of Public Safety for 12 years. He is survived by his wife and three young children.
Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Director Pete Frommer
Aiken Department of Public Safety
251 Laurens St NW
PO Box 1177
Aiken, SC 29802
Phone: (803) 642-7620
Lakeland Police Department, Florida
End of Watch: Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Tour: 1 year, 6 months
Badge # 267
Incident Date: 12/18/2011
Suspect: In custody
Officer Arnulfo Crispin was shot and killed while making contact with suspicious individuals near Crystal Grove Drive at approximately 10:15 pm. Officer Crispin exited his cruiser to make contact with three subjects in a closed park and while checking one subject for weapons was shot from behind by another.
A second officer arrived to the scene seven minutes later and found Officer Crispin unresponsive. He was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center where he underwent several hours of surgery. He remained in grave condition for two days before succumbing to his wounds.
Twelve agencies responded to search for the suspect, who turned himself in after a ten-hour manhunt.
Officer Crispin had served with the Lakeland Police Department for 18 months. He is survived by eight siblings.
Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Chief Lisa Womack
Lakeland Police Department
219 N. Massachusetts Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33801
Phone: (863) 834-6900
Memphis TN Dec 21 2011 Thanks to a confidential source with a recording device, a Memphis police officer was indicted Tuesday on drug charges after a 13-month investigation.
Michael Shane Sinnock, 35, was charged with possession and attempted possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Sinnock, a 13-year MPD veteran assigned to the Tillman Station precinct, has been relieved of duty with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.
“We work hard as a department to represent trust, honor and integrity. When an officer makes choices such as these, it gives the entire department a black eye,” Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said in a statement.
Since 2003, more than 40 officers and civilian employees of the Memphis Police Department have been indicted on a variety of charges, including robbery, extortion and drug conspiracy.
According to the indictment, this case began in November 2010, when a source told police that he was involved in illegal activity with Sinnock.
According to the indictment, this is the chain of events that led to Sinnock’s arrest:
The source recorded phone calls and meetings with Sinnock over the next several months, in which past and future illegal actions were discussed.
Then, on Feb. 18, the source went to Sinnock’s home. There, Sinnock agreed to provide protection — on duty and in uniform — while the source transported four to five pounds of marijuana, the indictment states.
Six days later, they met again at a restaurant to talk about transporting five pounds of marijuana. Sinnock even offered to go with the source to get the drug.
Sinnock told the source they should do it that night, since bad weather was coming and police would be less likely to make a traffic stop.
On June 14, they met again at Sinnock’s home, when the officer tried to buy a pound of marijuana.
On Dec. 9, the source met Sinnock in a parking lot at Poplar and Highland while the officer was on duty. The source told Sinnock that he was going to Texas to get 200 pounds of marijuana; Sinnock said he wanted to buy two pounds.
The next day, during a phone call, Sinnock asked if the source would get him “twenty tens,” code for 20 Lortab tablets.
On Dec. 14, the source and Sinnock met in the parking lot of Eastgate Shopping Center in East Memphis.
The source opened the trunk to reveal two large duffel bags, prompting Sinnock to say, “Damn!”
Then the source drove to a Downtown parking garage, with Sinnock following in his patrol car. He did not alert dispatch that he was leaving his assigned precinct. Unbeknownst to Sinnock, the FBI and others were watching the whole time.
Two days later, the pair met at Eastgate again. Pretending it was a car sale, the source gave Sinnock 20 Lortabs at a cost of $50. Shortly afterward, agents swooped in and arrested Sinnock, who had the 20 painkiller pills in his front pocket.
Sinnock was investigated by the Tarnished Badge Task Force, made up of investigators from the FBI, Memphis Police Department and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.
Sinnock was also named in a lawsuit in 2004, charging that he and three other officers beat a 37-year-old man during a traffic stop. That case eventually was dismissed.
Sacramento CA Dec 21 2011 After a hearing ordered by a state appeals court, California’s parole board has approved the release of a man who was 17 when he killed a Hayward security guard during a 1990 robbery.
Joshua Kaplan, now 38, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for fatally shooting Keith Taylor and was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.
The Board of Parole Hearings denied parole in July 2009, citing the callous nature of the crime, Kaplan’s past drug use and questions that board members had about his mental state. The First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco ordered a new parole hearing this August, saying the board had no evidence to support its conclusion that Kaplan was still dangerous.
The board held a rehearing last month and voted Nov. 30 to release Kaplan on parole. He will be freed by the end of April unless Gov. Jerry Brown overrules the board.
The parole commissioner who presided over the hearing said he was so confident in Kaplan’s rehabilitation that he would be willing to have the parolee as a next-door neighbor, Kaplan’s lawyer, Charles Carbone, said Tuesday. He said Kaplan, now at the state prison in Vacaville, plans to rejoin his family in Oakland and has multiple job offers.
Kaplan was one of two men who robbed Kobe Precision, an electronics store, in August 1990 and fatally shot Taylor, a 40-year-old Hayward man working as a guard.
Kaplan, who had no criminal record, told authorities he had taken LSD, methamphetamine and other drugs that day. He said he saw Taylor lying on the floor wounded and followed the other robber’s order to shoot him.
In its Aug. 23 ruling, the appeals court said Kaplan has had no disciplinary problems in prison, has gotten a community college degree and has taken drug and alcohol treatment programs and vocational training.
He has accepted responsibility for the crime, discussed the causes -his youth, drug abuse, family turmoil and falling in with the wrong crowd – and satisfied a prison psychologist that he posed a low risk of future violence, the court said.
The justices said the nature of the crime and Kaplan’s past drug use, which the board had noted in its previous denial of parole, were past events that did not demonstrate a current threat.
Security manager at office-supply distribution center guilty in $600,000 property theft www.privateofficer.com
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama Dec 21 2011 – A Woodstock man who worked as the head security guard at a national office-supply store distribution center in McCalla pleaded guilty today to charges related to his stealing and selling computer software with a retail value of about $600,000, federal authorities announced.
Walter Skrobak, 38, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge R. David Proctor to one count of interstate transportation of stolen goods and one count of making false statements with respect to a federal tax return, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, IRS, Criminal Investigation Division, Special Agent in Charge Rodney E. Clarke, and Atlanta Division U.S. Postal Inspector In Charge Keith Morris.
“Skrobak was placed in a job to protect the goods and operation of a national company doing business in our community. In his ongoing crime, he instead stole from that company and from honest taxpayers,” Vance said in the prepared statement.
“The Internal Revenue Service, our law enforcement partners and the U.S. Attorney’s Office will continue to pursue those who attempt to fraudulently obstruct or impede our nation’s tax system,” Clarke said. “IRS Criminal Investigation is committed to pursuing those individuals who willfully attempt to defeat our income tax system.”
According to his plea agreement filed in federal court today, Skrobak worked at the OfficeMax Powermax facility in McCalla as a contract security guard and was the security company’s head guard at the distribution center from August 2006 to December 2010. Between October 2008 and November 2010, Skrobak stole at least 1,600 units of computer software, such as Microsoft Office Professional and Windows Vista software, and sold them, via PayPal, to a party residing out of state, the plea agreement states. Skrobak received nearly $400,000 from selling the stolen goods, but did not report the money on his federal tax returns, causing a tax loss to the government.
Sentencing likely will be scheduled for March.
Brandon Ca Dec 21 2011 An agitated patient hurt a security guard at the Brandon Regional Health Centre during an early-morning incident in the Emergency Department.
Police say they were told of the alleged assault at about 12:45 a.m. The guard has apparently been struck in the upper body by a patient, and did need some medical attention.
The suspect had been transported to the hospital several hours earlier in an agitated state, police say.
A 45-year-old Brandon man is to appear in court on Feb. 27, on a charge of assault causing bodily harm.
Man convicted of murder Oakland security guard heading to prison for 65 years to life www.privateofficer.com
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that 20-year-old Dreshawn Lee was sentenced Tuesday in Alameda County Superior Court.
Prosecutors say the December 2009 killing stemmed from an incident three months earlier, when Lee walked up to a taco truck carrying a sawed-off shotgun. Gary Jackson, the security guard for the taco truck, identified Lee to police.
The charges in that incident were later dropped. But, prosecutors say, Lee retaliated by hatching a plan to ambush Jackson on a street corner. The 28-year-old victim was gunned down, and his girlfriend also was wounded.
In August, a jury found Lee guilty of first-degree murder, assault and weapons charges.
Santa Maria CA Dec 21 2011 A security guard was arrested Monday night in Santa Maria after he allegedly extorted money from two people.
Timothy Neuman, 25, remained in Santa Barbara County Jail on Tuesday morning with bail set at $35,000.
Police were sent to the area of Knudsen Way and Western Avenue around 10:30 p.m. Monday for a report of a vehicle chasing a security guard who was driving in his car.
Officers stopped the pursuers, according to police, who said they said they were chasing the security guard because he had taken money from them.
An investigation revealed that Neuman allegedly threatened to call police and report the victims for committing a minor violation.
He asked the alleged victims what they would give him so he wouldn’t call police, according to the Santa Maria Police Department.
The victims gave Neuman money, police said, and Neuman allowed them to leave the area and said he wouldn’t call police.
The alleged victims are Santa Maria residents whose names’ weren’t released.
Madison WI Dec 21 2011 A trio of women found to have nearly $1,000 worth of stolen merchandise in their possession were arrested on theft charges Monday night at West Towne Mall, according to the Madison Police Department.
Police said that mall security had been on the lookout for one or more of the women because of past retail thefts. The women, identified as Jasmine L. Usher, 23, of Oregon, Miranda M. Watkins, 19, of Madison and Destiny D. Parker, 21, of Freeport, Ill., faces charges of retail theft-party to a crime.
The women denied stealing anything, but officers said they found about $950 worth of stolen merchandise, which had been taken from several West Towne stores.
A manager of one of the stories identified Watkins as being one of the people who stole clothing from Abercrombie & Fitch on Saturday.
Washington DC Dec 221 2011 As shoppers flock to Washington-area malls to finish up their holiday gift buying, criminals are also swarming the centers.
Clerks at the Tysons Corner Center over the past month have tipped police off to a man with $20,000 in stolen merchandise in his car, four people alleged to have been stealing from high-end stores in Tysons for a year-and-a-half, and a couple believed to be responsible for more than $1 million in theft from across the country.
Police reports show thefts from vehicles parked at the Westfield Wheaton mall as well as robberies in Aspen Hill and Sterling plaza parking lots.
Law enforcement agencies and shopping centers say they beef up security throughout late November and December in an effort to thwart the shoplifting, credit card fraud, identity theft and purse snatchings that can plague shoppers and stores.
“You have to be more vigilant during the holiday season,” said Patrick Donoho, president of the Maryland Retailers Association.
Store-security experts say organized retail crime — like the recent Tysons cases — is becoming increasingly common, especially in metropolitan centers like the Washington region, and is concerning because thieves can make off quickly with large amounts of goods.
“These are groups of individuals who come across the eastern seaboard,” said Lt. Tony Matos, who leads a Fairfax County anti-retail theft unit. Such cases are becoming more common at Tysons, he said, because it’s known as an affluent area.
Organized rings target the Interstate 95 corridor because it’s easy to steal goods, then sell or fraudulently return them in another area, said Barbara Staib, spokeswoman for the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention.
“By the time the mall in Philly knows they’ve been victimized, [the criminals are] in Washington,” she said.
Ninety-five percent of retailers said they had been victimized by organized theft rings, according to a nationwide survey by the National Retail Federation. And 64 percent of retailers said the problem is getting worse.
Shoppers, too, can fall prey. Wallets are nabbed from unattended bags. Purses or purchases are snatched in parking lots. Thieves break into cars when they see pricey items through the windows.
“Sometimes people will shop quite a bit and go back and forth with packages,” said Katie Essing, general manager of the Mall in Columbia. To prevent car break-ins, she said, “put them in the trunk, out of view.”
Tysons Corner Center doubles its number of weekend security guards, senior marketing manager Elizabeth Natwick said. The mall also encourages customers and employees to get a security escort to their car if they’re uncomfortable walking to the garage alone, she said.
Many clerks also receive training to help spot suspicious figures, Matos said.
And more police officers are patrolling areas around local malls.
In Prince George’s County, extra officers are dispatched to patrol parking lots, and others walk around shopping centers, said Cpl. Henry Tippett, a police spokesman.
“We like to create a more visual presence during the holidays to deter any of the associated crimes,” he said.
PORTLAND OR Dec 21 2011 – A sweep in Portland has so far netted 31 gang members and associates.
The police bureau said the federal indictments were for drugs, weapons and other charges, and the arrest warrants involved a variety of charges in the multi-agency sweeps.
Police said Tuesday that federal and local officers had fanned out over the last week to arrest 13 people indicted on federal charges and others with outstanding arrest warrants.
The bureau said that in 2011 so far, 366 gang members have been arrested on charges that carry mandatory minimum sentences under Oregon’s Measure 11 law.
In all, 68 gang members were identified to have outstanding warrants for their arrest. City leaders said in the past they did not want to identify specific gangs, in order to avoid giving them the notoriety, but officials made clear on Tuesday they were largely targeting the Rolling 60 Crips.
“We’ve taken a chunk out of this gang and we want them to know we intend to put them out of business,” Chief Mike Reese said.
Police said the recent arrests included some of the most violent gang members in the area.
“Portland is a wonderful place to live, and together we can make it even better,” community partner against gang violence Pastor Mark Strong said.
Among the arrests in the sweep were:
32-year-old Pedro Cruz Gonzales – sex trafficking
31-year-old Olutosin Oni – felon in possession of a firearm, distribution of crack cocaine
21-year-old Jaray Davis – felon in possession of a firearm 34-year-old Izear Nike Sweet – distribution of crack cocaine
24-year-old Emanuel Dante Hall – felon in possession of a firearm (3 Counts)
38-year-old Clarence Eddie Ratcliff – felon in possession of a firearm
30-year-old Christopher Philpot – felon in possession of a firearm
34-year-old Andi Clewis Jackson Jr. – felon in possession of a firearm (3 Counts)
38-year-old Alfred Darnell Warren – felon in possession of a firearm
BRAZOS COUNTY TX Dec 21 2011 – Five family members, including two children, were killed Monday night when their single-engine aircraft crashed in Brazos County, according to authorities.
Authorities said the family was traveling in a small, six-seater Piper plane from Atlanta, Georgia, made a stop in Jackson, Mississippi and was heading to Waco, Texas when it ran into a patch of bad weather around 10 p.m.
DPS officials said the pilot contacted the tower in Fort Worth and was instructed on how to avoid the rough weather, but the plane flew in the opposite direction.
Debris scattered for more than a mile suggests the plane started breaking apart in mid-air before it tumbled to the ground.
“It looks like to me that parts of the plane was coming off as the plane was heading to the southwest here,” said Jimmy Morgan, Texas Department of Public Safety.
The plane went down in a rural field, just northeast of Bryan, College Station. The crash site was right behind the McBride home and pieces of the wreckage are scattered across their backyard.
“It actually just sounded like they were having engine problems to me,” said Debbie McBride.
“She thought something had hit this barn or was maybe ripping the tin off the barn, it was probably that wing when it hit that tree out there,” said Douglas McBride.
But one piece of the wreckage was considerably disturbing: a car seat which held the youngest victim of the crash.
“It’s devastating. Yeah,” said Debbie McBride. “Especially little ones… and it’s Christmas.”
The victims are identified as David Shane Butler, of Mount Calm, Texas; his brother, Michael D. Butler; Michael’s wife, Kelly Butler; and their two children, Brook, 15, and Braylon, 2, all of Stockbridge, Ga.
They were making the holiday trip from their home near Atlanta.
Ernest Contreras of the Texas Department of Public Safety says they are investigating to determine if weather was the key factor in the crash.
JACKSBORO, Tenn. Dec 21 2011 — A former Campbell Co. Schools teacher was arrested on Monday after a deputy, who is also the School Resource Officer, says he found him and another man in the parking lot of Jacksboro Middle School with drugs.
School staff say they look out for any suspcious activity and their number one concern is keeping thier students safe.
Sheriff’s reports indicate the officer saw two men, Stephen Leslie Pebley and Corey Clay Overton, sitting in a car in the school’s parking lot near the football field. Pebley is a former teacher with the district.
When he approached the car, the deputy said Overton was licking residue from a spoon and Pebley, who was in the driver’s seat, had a tourniquet on his left arm.
After the pair were told to get out of the car, Pebley allegedly told the officer he was going to inject “Roxy.” A search of the car also reportedly turned up two syringes and a spoon with a white residue on it.
Both men were charged with Possession of Schedule II, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Violation of a Drug-Free School Zone.
In 2007, Pebley was arrested for manufacturing meth at his home in Campbell Co. He had taught for 35 years, many of those spent in Freshman English. The man many call “Peeb,” was also a local radio personality as well as sportscaster for the local cable TV station.
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.Dec 21 2011 – Two Fort Campbell soldiers are in jail in Clarksville after police arrested them for statutory rape of two minor girls they met at the mall.
According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, 23-year-old Spc. Timothy Crawford and 20-year-old Pfc. Dominique Lamar Elder were arrested on Monday and jailed on $100,000 bonds each.
WTVF-TV in Nashville reported that police said the pair met two young girls, both under the age of 16, at the mall in Clarksville and later had sex with the girls on Nov. 11. Officials said the girls then told their parents and the parents called the police.
The soldiers served in the 526th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division and returned earlier this year from deployments to Afghanistan, according to the Army.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Dec 21 2011– Several cleaning crew employees are accused of stealing liquor bottles from an airplane at Charlotte Douglas International Airport last week, according to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department report.
A man reported to police that cleaning crew employees stole nearly $1,200 worth of liquor bottles from a U.S. Airways plane last Thursday evening.
No arrests have been made, according to airport police. The U.S. Airways employee who reported the incident would not comment to NewsChannel 36.
NewsChannel 36 has learned the cleaning crew employees were contracted through U.S. Airways.
Newnan GA Dec 21 2011 Police arrested a man during the weekend at a local nightclub for pretending to be a police officer and threatening to arrest customers.
Sidney Trace Payne, 34, was charged with impersonating a police officer and obstruction of a police officer, according to police reports. Payne was arrested Saturday and taken to the Coweta County Jail.
The incident occurred at Jekyll & Hyde’s, 10 The Boulevard, off U.S. 29 North, when officers responded to complaints about an individual harassing customers and claiming to be an off-duty Newnan police officer.
At one point, Payne threatened to take a bar security employee, as well as a female customer, to jail, the report said, adding he continued to say police were on the way.
During questioning, Payne continued to yell at employees, the police and customers. When police tried to handcuff Payne, Payne pushed an officer. The officer and security personnel then wrestled Payne down until he could be put in handcuffs, the report said.
MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. Dec 21 2011– “Sometimes I don’t know what happens to a person’s mind. You don’t know,” said neighbor Ratna Sabnis.
Unsettling news along Starhaven Avenue in Middletown. Police say retired New York State Police Captain Tom Phelan stabbed his wife and then killed himself.
“This neighborhood is very quiet and very nice, so this is something shocking,” said Sabnis.
Saturday night, police swarmed the former cop’s home after fielding a domestic dispute call. Inside officers found the woman stabbed in the neck and discovered Phelan committed suicide.
State Police say Phelan was with the force for 21 years and retired as a captain with Troop K. Neighbors describe Phelan as a reserved man, who was sick for some time and often seen in a wheelchair. One neighbor adding he was worried about the wife’s wellbeing.
“I was afraid because he had guns and rifles and all kinds of things,” said neighbor Paul, who did not want to give his last name.
Police tells YNN the couple have two kids, but they were not home at the time. Police are not saying how many times the woman was stabbed during the incident.
Ben, a neighbor, said, “Certain things in people’s heads, god only knows. It’s just the way people are. You keep contact, but it’s in the own person. It’s the only thing. They reach out, they reach out.”
An autopsy is being done on Phelan’s body and the findings are expected in the next couple days. Police says the investigation is ongoing.
The wife, meanwhile, has been treated and released from the hospital to the relief of residents.
“(She is) very pleasant, very gracious woman. Lovely mom,” said Paul.
Washington DC Dec 21 2011 In 2008 a recording of an alarming, botched emergency call surfaced in Memphis, Tenn. A resident there dialed 911 saying someone was trying to break into her home. The dispatcher’s response? Snores.
“Our lives were in danger,” the woman, who did not give her full name because she worked with law enforcement, told WMC-TV Memphis’ Action News 5. “Our lives were at stake, and our lifeline was severed.”
Startling though that tape may have been, falling asleep on the job may not be uncommon among law enforcement, according to new research. And nearly a third of police officers may suffer from excessive sleepiness, the study suggests, which has serious implications for broader job performance and safety.
In the study, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital screened nearly 5,000 police officers from the U.S. and Canada, in either online or on-site screening. Some 40 percent of those officers tested positive for at least one sleep disorder — the majority of which had gone previously undiagnosed.
Obstructive sleep apnea, which causes the throat to collapse during sleep and results in frequent breathing pauses, was the most common disorder — affecting more than 30 percent of the officers. In addition, more than 6 percent of the participants were found to have moderate to severe insomnia, while more than 5 percent had shift work disorder. (The Cleveland Clinic defines the latter as an issue that affects individuals whose hours “go against” their natural Circadian rhythms, leading to insomnia and excessive sleepiness.)
“The notion that sleep deprivation and sleep disorders have consequences for physical health is something that has only been recognized in the past 10, 12, maybe 15 years,” said Dr. Charles Czeisler, director of the division of sleep medicine at Harvard Medical School and one of the study’s authors.
“Prior to that, we thought ‘maybe if we don’t get enough sleep, we’ll have difficulty paying attention the next day,’” he continued. “We weren’t thinking in terms of the serious, possible hazards.”
And those potential hazards are numerous, as the new study lays out.
Approximately half of the police officers reported having fallen asleep at the wheel at least once, while a quarter said they fall asleep while driving once or twice a month. (The study’s authors cite data from 2009 to 2010 that indicates more than a third of in-the-line-of-duty deaths came from car crashes.) Officers who screened positive for a sleep disorder were more likely to have made serious administrative errors, committed safety violations or reported instances of uncontrolled anger toward suspects or citizens, the study suggests. Those officers also had higher rates of depression; those with sleep apnea had greater risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Bryan Vila, a professor of criminal justice and criminology at Washington State University, Spokane, hailed the new study as “very important” — saying it represents the first major effort to quantify the risk of sleep disorders in police officers at a national level. A longtime researcher in the area, he said sleep is only now beginning to get the attention it warrants from police organizations and police officers. He warned the issue isn’t getting the right coverage from the media, which he said tends to focus on overtime pay and not the health implications of frequent long hours.
“The hard thing about this is although we know what to do about [sleep] in the transportation industry and manufacturing, policing is a very different job,” Vila said. “There’s such a broad range in cognitive and physical challenges during the course of a shift, and what works in one city doesn’t necessarily work in another one.”
Other experts say that awareness of sleep issues, as well as efforts to curb them, are still limited.
Maria Haberfeld, chair of John Jay College’s department of law and police science, said that the large number of police departments in the U.S. makes generalization difficult, but acknowledged that most do not consider such sleep issues. The unpredictability of police work makes any major scheduling changes aimed at improving sleep particularly difficult, she said.
But the authors of the new study did identify one promising avenue in sleep disorder prevention: keeping officers in shape.
Massachusetts State Police had significantly lower risk for obstructive sleep apnea than municipal or nationwide police officers, they found, which may stem from a physical fitness program implemented at that department many years ago. (Obesity is a major risk factor for the disorder.)
Czeisler said that the next step is not only to continue screening for sleep problems, but to develop programs that help curb them.
“The disorders that we identified are eminently treatable,” he said. “That’s the good news.”
BANGOR, Maine Dec 21 2011 — A local teenager, who was arrested two months ago for smashing the windshield of a police cruiser, was unruly at Eastern Maine Medical Center on Monday morning and arrested again, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Tuesday.
Alyssa Savage, 18, of Bangor reportedly kicked a hospital security guard in the leg and “she also did some damage to the room” she was in, the sergeant said.
She was asked to step outside and the responding officer reports he wanted to give her a summons to court and send her on her way, but the teenager refused.
“She said basically that she wanted to go to jail,” Edwards said. After the officer said he was going to give her a ticket, “she said she’d smash the cruiser window out” if she wasn’t taken to the county jail.
Savage was arrested for criminal mischief, assault and failure to submit and taken to Penobscot County Jail.
She was arrested in October after she was seen by Bangor police Officer Joe Baillargeon smashing the windshield of a police cruiser parked at the station, Edwards said at the time.
Savage was sentenced the same week she was arrested to 15 days in jail for the criminal mischief, according to October court listings printed in the Bangor Daily News.
She remained in jail on Tuesday evening, a jail official said.
Source:bangor daily news
Poughkeepsie NY Dec 21 2011 Justin Richardson was walking through the hallways of Poughkeepsie High School on his way to his fourth-period class Thursday when he saw what he thought was a fight.
As the 18-year-old senior approached, the scene came into clearer focus.
“I saw Ms. Ricketts hitting Ms. Glozier in the back,” he said. “I saw she had a screwdriver in her hand.”
Richardson said Cynthia Glozier was crying for help.
“She was yelling, ‘Help me, help me, get her off of me,’ ” he said. “The way she was screaming ‘help me,’ it was horrifying.”
Ronette Ricketts, a 40-year-old English teacher, taught Richardson in 10th grade. Before the scene was over, witnesses and police said, Ricketts stabbed 54-year-old colleague Glozier at least 16 times in the head, face and back with a screwdriver.
Ricketts was later charged with first-degree attempted assault and second-degree assault, both felonies, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor. She was being held in the Dutchess County jail, but after posting $100,000 bond, she was released Friday.
Ricketts’ attorney, Gary Greenwald, said, “There’s no issue regarding what occurred, but there’s a substantial issue about my client’s mental state” when it happened.
Glozier was listed in good condition Monday at Saint Francis Hospital in the Town of Poughkeepsie, where she is being treated for stab wounds to her head, neck, back and chest, police said.
Richardson had just come from his earth science class when he saw the two women in the hallway.
For Richardson, a linebacker for the Poughkeepsie Pioneers high school football team and about 6 feet tall and about 210 pounds, it was enough for him to stand in the way to slow down Ricketts.
“I put my hands in between them and separated them,” he said. “I put my arm against her (Ricketts) and gave her a decent shove and pushed her into the corner.”
Another teacher, David Laffin, was already there, trying to pull Glozier away from Ricketts.
Glozier, Richardson said, “seemed really, really, really scared — scared for her life. She was bleeding from the side of her head and from her neck.”
He recalled the look in Ricketts’s eyes as she jabbed at Glozier with the screwdriver.
“I looked into her eyes, and I saw rage,” Richardson said. “It wasn’t Ms. Ricketts, whoever she was.”
Richardson said he went for Ricketts’ hand.
“I tried to knock the screwdriver away from her,” he said. “It flew out of her hand.”
A school security guard arrived moments after Richardson and helped subdue Ricketts, he said.
“After I broke it up, the security guard took over,” he said. “I just walked away.”
Several days after the incident, Richardson said he felt conflicted about what happened.
“I don’t how to feel,” he said. “I’m angry, I guess.”
Angry with the school, he said, and “very disappointed” in Ricketts.
“The simple fact that our teachers and our administration preach to us, the senior class, about being role models and having a positive attitude,” he said.
“It’s really disturbing. They’re supposed to be our role models,” he continued. “But I was the one who had to step in and be a role model.”
He described Ricketts as having been a friend.
After having a falling-out with Ricketts in 10th grade, Richardson said, he stopped speaking to her for about a year.
“We started talking again in 12th grade,” he said. “We became friends. We bonded. I’m very disappointed in her.”
Richardson expressed further disappointment with the 20 or so people, including two or three adult school staffers, he said, who stood around and watched the attack without trying to stop it.
“There were a lot of people there,” he said. “They just stood around and watched the whole time.”
Richardson said he wanted to know why Ricketts did what she did.
“She was obviously angry about something,” he said.
Act of courage
Days after the incident, Ken Barger, a seven-year football coach and special-education teacher, said he was extremely proud of Richardson.
“It was a stress situation,” Barger said. “He knew what had to be done, and he reacted. He put himself in harm’s way to save somebody else. It was an amazing act of courage.”
Barger, who met with Richardson a few hours after the stabbing, described him as “calm, cool and collected,” adding that Richardson still had a lot of adrenaline in his system at the time. “It was just sinking in.”
Barger said he recognized some of the skills Richardson had been taught on the team in the actions he took in the hallway of the school that day.
“It’s a validation of all the life skills we teach,” he said. “We try to prepare them for situations that arise that are unexpected. They could be stressful and overwhelming experiences. But you have to prepare them for all possibilities.”
Barger said Richardson was being called a hero.
“The definition of a hero is an ordinary person who when the time arises steps in and makes a difference,” Barger said. “That’s what he did.”
San Bernardino County man accused of murdering girlfriend surrenders to mall security officers www.privateofficer.com
San Bernardino CA Dec 21 2011 A San Bernardino County man accused in the beating death of his pregnant girlfriend was arrested after a post appeared on his Facebook page implying that her death was an accident.
Willie Davis Hines Jr., 23, was booked into the San Bernardino Central Detention Center on two counts of murder in connection with the death Tatjana Cruz, 24, and her unborn child, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday.
Hines was arrested after he flagged down a security guard at a mall in San Diego late Monday and told him he was wanted for questioning in a murder, the department said in a statement.
He was being held Tuesday without bail.
Hines allegedly beat Cruz after a dispute, authorities said. She was taken to a hospital, where doctors discovered that the unborn child she was carrying was dead, possibly because of the beating, authorities said. Cruz died at the hospital.
Afterward, a post appeared on Hines’ Facebook page acknowledging that he and Cruz had had a dispute sparked by his revelation that they were no longer in a “monogamous relationship.”
The post apologized for Cruz’s death and the death of the fetus.
“I know there is no way to believing [sic] anything I have to say but just know I am not armed nor am I dangerous,” the post said. “I fled the scene, because I don’t think there is any way to prove that this is not just a act of pure hate.”
Authorities said they were investigating whether Hines or someone else wrote the post.
Washington DC Dec 21 2011 Five people have been indicted in a string of armored car robberies that took place around the Washington region from May 2008 to April 2011.
Prosecutors said the group robbed Dunbar vehicles carrying large amounts of cash at gunpoint, netting a total of $765,000 in six heists.
Indicted in federal court in Baltimore were 26-year-old Erick Wilson, of Columbia; his mother, 48-year-old Regina McCullom, of Laurel; 28-year-old David Howard, of Hyattsville and Baltimore; Howard’s girlfriend, 29-year-old Gloria Martino, of Hyattsville; and 25-year-old Matthew Mace, of Olney.
A staged robbery happened in Northwest D.C. in May 2008 while Wilson was working for Dunbar, prosecutors said. Five other robberies — four in Silver Spring and one in Ellicott City — took place between April 2009 and April 2011, court documents say.