Fairfax County VA Dec 23 2011 A man was shot just after 2 a.m. Thursday outside the Las Vegas Restaurant & Nightclub, 6151 Richmond Highway, according to Fairfax County police. The establishment is located just south of the Quander Road and Richmond Highway intersection.
The man sought medical help at a Prince George’s, Md., hospital, according to police.
Police received the report of a weapon being brandished in the parking lot and a shot or shots being fired, according to spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell. According to Breaking News Network (BNN), someone called 911 to report a man shot in the leg. When police responded, shell casings were found, BNN reported, but police could not find a victim.
Police received a report of the gunshot victim this morning, Caldwell said.
BNN also reported that police were using a helicopter to find either the victim or the shooter.
The restaurant and nightclub is open until 2 a.m. The shooting reportedly occurred after 2 a.m. in the parking lot. The restaurant turns into a nightclub at night, playing hip-hop and Latin music and is known as “Las Vegas de Alexandria.” The restaurant specializes in Latin American dishes.
The restaurant and nightclub sits between a Five Guys Burgers & Fries and A.B. & W. Credit Union.
Patch called the restaurant Thursday morning at about 9 a.m. but no one answered the phone.
Police are continuing to investigate to determine the exact circumstances of the situation, Caldwell said.
JACKSON TWP. OH Dec 23 2011— When a Macy’s department store loss prevention officer tried to stop a woman from leaving the Westfield Belden Village Mall with stolen merchandise in her purse, the woman swung the purse at the officer.
Instead, she struck a mall security officer in the face, Stark County Jail records said.
Lataija M. Parker, 18, of 1208 Bellflower Ave. SW in Canton, was arrested at 4:48 p.m. Wednesday in the mall food court.
Jail records said she had taken undisclosed items from Macy’s, placed them into a large purse and left without paying for them. She was arrested after attacking the officers.
She was booked into the jail on felony robbery and assault charges.
Palm Beach County School District teacher arrested for intimidation and stalking www.privateofficer.com
Palm Beach County Fla Dec 23 2011 A Palm Beach County School District teacher has been arrested for intimidation and stalking, according to jail records.
Frank Tedesco, 57, is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $20,000. He will face a judge Thursday at 9:30 a.m. should he not bond out before then.
Jail records state he was arrested for sending a threat to kill or injure someone, and for cyberstalking.
Tedesco was hired by the school district in 2008 and was last assigned to Crossroads Academy in Belle Glade. Before then, records show that he worked for the Department of Juvenile Justice in 2006.
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MOBILE, Ala.Dec 23 2011 - Police say the mayor of Mobile, Ala. helped foil the robbery of his own garage, after he caught the would-be burglar in the act and held him at gunpoint until officers arrived.
Jones’ spokeswoman Barbara Drummond says Mayor Sam Jones returned from the grocery store Tuesday evening to find his nativity scene lit up, his truck tampered with and his garage door open.
Drummond says Jones drew his .38-caliber pistol and saw a shirtless man in the garage.
The man walked toward Jones and when the mayor warned him to stop, the burglar went to his knees, stayed there and asked for a shirt, Drummond says.
She says Jones, a Navy veteran, called police, who arrested 47-year-old James Harvey Wilkerson of Moss Point, Miss., without a problem.
Chicago IL Dec 23 2011 The second man wanted in the November slaying of an Aldi security guard has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder, police said today.
Michael E. Smith, 31, of the 5200 block of South Damen Avenue was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of aggravated battery/discharge of a firearm and armed robbery with a firearm, said Police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli.
Smith also was wanted on a parole violation, he said.
Smith is the second man charged in connection with the November robbery of an Aldi grocery store on the 9000 block of South Halsted Street where a security guard was fatally shot.
Smith’s neighbor, Develt Bradford, 52, of the 5300 block of South Damen Avenue, also was charged with first-degree murder, but he hanged himself in a Calumet District cell in mid-November, officials said.
Police said the two suspects walked into the store wearing dark zip-up sweat shirts and one approached a cashier while the other pulled a gun and shot the security guard in the head when he confronted him.
The security guard, Reginald Lanier, 54, had just lost his previous job and took the security position to support his family, his brother said.
A 67-year-old grandmother was also shot in the calf as she was leaving the store.
When Smith appeared in bond court today, he also was charged with a previous robbery at an Aldi store at 47th Street and Ashland Avenue on Oct. 28, during with no one was injured, according to Andy Conklin, a spokesman for the state’s attorney’s office.
Bail was set at $750,000 on the Oct. 28 charges, but bail was denied in connection with the charges in the fatal November robbery, he said.
Smith was next scheduled to appear on Jan. 9 before Criminal Court Judge Peggy Chiampas, he said.
ASHEVILLE NC Dec 23 2011
Asheville police have a man in custody after an attempted kidnapping at the Asheville Mall.
Police say Barney Eugene Wooten tried to abduct a 4-year-old girl who was seated near her father as he worked at a Kiosk at the mall. The father, said the suspect sat down next to his daughter and then forcefully grabbed her arm and pulled her towards him. As the father called to his daughter, the suspect continued to get the child to go with him. When the dad approached the suspect Wooten ran away.
The suspect was eventually located by the father and mall security who detained the suspect until APD arrival. Mall Security made the statement that they had received reports earlier that a male suspect was seen following young children.
Mr. Wooten was transported to the Buncombe County Detention Facility and charged accordingly. He is currently being held on a $100,000 dollar secure bond.
CALGARY, Alberta, December 23, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Members of a Christian group in Calgary were disrupted from Christmas caroling and reading the Bible in the City Hall’s atrium after police and security officials arrested a number of them, charging them with trespassing.
City officials say that the group had been warned when they held a similar event previously that they must apply for a permit to hold an organized event in City Hall’s atrium.
“They failed to apply and the police were notified after last week’s event,” said Owen Key, the city’s manager of corporate security to the Calgary Herald. “They repeated that today, again not submitting an application through the approved process, choosing to hold this service again in the atrium.”
However, Christian Pastor Artur Pawlowski told LSN that he would like to “follow all the rules and do the permits, but in the permit process there is stuff that is simply unconstitutional” adding that he and his group will not “sign a document that is breaking the law.”
Pawlowski pointed to the liability clause in the permit application process that he says requires everyone who gathers at the City Hall to have insurance. He thinks that this amounts to prohibiting the public from exercising their rights.
Describing his arrest, Pawlowski said: “I was approached by corporate security and was told that what we are doing here was illegal, that we were breaking a bylaw. I asked which bylaw? They refused to tell me which bylaw, probably because there is no such bylaw.”
On Tuesday, Pawlowski along with about 30 Christmas merry-makers entered the City Hall about noon during the lunch hour. “We brought Bibles, we brought a guitar and a bongo drum, so that with the rest of citizens, we would remind ourselves that this time of the year has been used for hundreds of years as a time to celebrate the birth of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ,” wrote Pawlowski on his blog.
The group of Christians, known as Street Church Ministries, maintain that their appearance was in response to the invitation of Mayor Naheed Nenshi, who said during the Three Things for Calgary launch on October 21st that “City Hall Atrium is Calgary’s living room.”
“I always call it that, and we need to make it open for people to be able to use in a more thoughtful way,” said the mayor at that time.
Pawlowski recounted that after preaching 15 minutes worth of the Christian message and singing their first hymn, members of the group were seized by about 10 police officers and 4 to 5 security personal and escorted out of the building.
Some members of the group, including Pawlowski, decided to bring the situation immediately to the mayor’s attention.
“We decided that the top man that runs this city should be made aware of this matter and that he should have a word with City Hall’s Corporate Security team. There seems to be a big misunderstanding in this city about what citizens rights truly are. Who best to clear this matter up than the very man that gave the invitation,” wrote Pawlowski on his blog.
As they approached the mayor’s office, security guards allegedly locked the mayor’s office door and told the Christian group that the mayor was not available. After refusing to leave the building as they waited for the mayor to become available, the group of 6 were arrested.
“One lady was handcuffed so tightly that she had tears in her eyes. She was saying to them, ‘why are you doing this so hard? There is no need for this. Please loosen them up a little bit.’ But they did not listen to her,” said Pawlowski, adding that there was “no need for such roughness.”
In the end, six members of the group were arrested and the rest were given trespassing notices. One young man who was arrested was allegedly taken into a police car, driven to the outskirts of the city, and left to find his own way home.
Pawlowski said that the police did not take him and his arrested companions to the waiting paddy wagon, but made them walk handcuffed through the LRT station to the police station.
Pawlowski, who lived under Communist rule as a child in Poland said that the actions of the police and security personal reminded him of threat tactics used by the nazis and communists to intimidate and embarrass people.
“Can you imagine being handcuffed like a criminal, taken to the LRT station with hundreds of people watching you?” he said.
The church members were each fined $287 with a note explaining that each “failed to leave land when directed.” Each was released with a summons to appear in court.
“At the end of the day,” wrote Pawlowski on his blog “if we do not push against this sick agenda of political correctness and this open silencing of people’s beliefs and convictions, as in the past generations, we will face ungodly rulers that will simply create a dictatorship out of our once free land.”
Washington D.C. Dec 23 2011 Superior Court Judge Harold L. Cushenberry Jr. found eight-year veteran Dioni Fernandez guilty after a four-day trial, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier.
Fernandez, 35, was one of three officers arrested on similar charges on March 8. The other two pleaded guilty to attempting to receive stolen property. Silvestre Bonilla is awaiting sentencing, while Guillermo Ortiz was placed on probation.
In Fernandez’s case, authorities said, he picked up a cooperating witness while on duty on Feb. 23. The witness then sold an iPad to one of Fernandez’s relatives for $150. In telephone calls later that day, the witness and Fernandez discussed plans to sell more stolen iPads.
On March 1, authorities said, Fernandez called a restaurant employee and told the person to give the witness $300 for two iPads. The witness sold one, then called Fernandez to say his associates needed more time to steal the second one.
FBI agents and police officers searched Fernandez’s apartment on March, finding an iPad that Fernandez had purchased from the witness, according to authorities.
Sentencing in Fernandez’s case was scheduled for Jan. 27.
NASHVILLE, Tenn.Dec 23 2011 – A Metro Nashville Police Sergeant has been fired for allegedly stealing an iPod from a pawnshop in Robertson County.
Sergeant Don Long was fired after a disciplinary hearing in regard to the incident that occurred on October 21st.
Police said that employees at the pawnshop reported the shoplifting matter to the Metro Police on October 27th and an administrative investigation was begun that day.
Long, 36, was a 14-year veteran of the police department. He was promoted to sergeant in October 2010 and was assigned to the East Precinct’s midnight shift at the time of his decommissioning.
Dixon Correctional Institute security officers arrested for inappropriate relations with inmates www.privateofficer.com
CLINTON LA Dec 23 2011 — East Feliciana Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested two Dixon Correctional Institute security officers Wednesday after investigating complaints the two had inappropriate relations with inmates, said Pam Laborde, a spokeswoman for the Louisiana Department of Corrections.
Deputies booked Bernadette Ellis, 48, 6410 E. Myrtle Ave., Baker, on two counts of malfeasance in office by sexual contact with an inmate, sheriff’s Detective Don McKey said.
Deputies also booked Therez Wicker, 33, 11110 Wilson St., Clinton, on one count of malfeasance in office by sexual contact with an inmate, McKey said
Collaborative effort between the West Virginia State Police and Chesapeake Energy Security leaves man behind bars www.privateofficer.com
CHARLESTON, W.Va. Dec 23 2011– An embedded tracking device let a gas company security officer guide state troopers to some equipment stolen from a Campbells Creek gas well site.
As the troopers talked with the security officer by phone, he guided them to a Little General store parking lot in Malden.
The vehicle that the tracking system indicated was holding the stolen equipment was pulling into the lot.
Case solved: Arrest made and equipment recovered.
Sgt. L.G. O’Bryan said troopers were able to find the stolen battery pack and solar panel that powered the gas well because of the tracking device installed in the gear.
Danny Lee Buckley, 35, of Dawn Place in Charleston’s South Hills area, was arrested Monday afternoon in Malden after troopers found the stolen deep cell battery in his pickup.
John Casey, a security officer with Chesapeake Energy, called State Police Monday afternoon to report the equipment stolen from a well site in the Spring Fork area of Campbells Creek.
O’Bryan said Monday’s incident was the second time that site has been vandalized.
Chesapeake Energy officials say they have taken extra security measures to curb a growing theft problem.
“Chesapeake Energy is utilizing all available resources to assist law enforcement in making arrests of those individuals stealing oilfield assets such as batteries, solar panels, gas pipe, compressors, meters, and tubing,” J. Anthony Sweeney, senior security officer for the energy company, said in a statement Wednesday.
Casey told the trooper he had been tracking the stolen goods using the device installed in the battery. He said the device was in Georges Creek near Malden, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha Magistrate Court.
As he spoke to Casey by phone, O’Bryan and another trooper responded first to the Georges Creek area but then were directed to the Little General store on Midland Drive in Malden.
Casey told the troopers the battery had been tracked to a vehicle pulling into the store parking lot.
The troopers found the vehicle, a GMC pickup, and pulled in behind it.
O’Bryan ordered the driver, identified as Buckley, and his passenger, Christopher Brogan, out of the cab. The trooper told Buckley he was tracking a stolen battery and had been led to his vehicle.
Buckley initially said he had no battery except for one he used for work. He then showed O’Bryan the battery, which was marked as a Solar Master deep cell battery made especially for Chesapeake Energy.
“This has been a collaborative, successful effort between the West Virginia State Police and Chesapeake Energy Security, and we’re pulling our resources and expertise together to recover these stolen assets,” Sweeney said.
Buckley was charged with grand larceny and released on bond Monday evening. Brogan was not charged.
A preliminary hearing was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Anyone with information on an oilfield theft or related crime can call “energy Crime Stoppers” at 888-645-TIPS (8477). Callers can remain anonymous and could receive cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of those responsible for oilfield crimes.
Six men in Charlotte accused of stealing $1.5 million from a Mooresville car dealer www.privateofficer.com
Roderick Hardin, Tim Donahue, Leo McIntyre, Otis Sutton, and brothers Abdul and Osman White are charged with robbing a business that engages in interstate commerce, a federal crime.
According to court documents, Osman White came up with the plan to rob the owner of the car dealership/junkyard, who was believed to have a million dollars in a safe in his house.
White shared his plan with McIntyre and Hardin, while the men were housed in pod 3700 in Mecklenburg’s uptown jail in May.
The target of the plot owns a junkyard and also sells used vehicles and parts, and he buys and receives vehicles from auctions across the Southeast. The business also ships car parts throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, according to an affidavit sworn Tuesday by Rodney Blacknall, an agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives.
The owner, who wasn’t named in court documents, lived in a home located on the same property. He told investigators that he’d been storing money from his business in a safe in his home for years.
On July 21, the target and his children were inside the home in Mooresville. A car pulled into the driveway, and two men – later identified as Hardin and Sutton – asked about buying one of the cars for sale at the edge of the property.
As the men were talking to the victim, court documents say, two of the other suspects pulled out a shotgun, demanding money from the victim and ordering the family into the home.
Once the family was inside the home, one of the suspects demanded that the victim give him money from a safe inside the home, according to the documents. The suspect told the victim that he would shoot the children if he did not get the money.
The victim led the man with the gun to a safe in the home, authorities said, while another suspect used rope to tie up the children and another adult in the house.
But court papers say the plan began to unravel a few days after the robbery, when a confidential informant contacted law enforcement.
Money in storage unit
The confidential informant said one of the suspects had told him about the robbery and how they had “gotten so much money that he had to rent a storage unit” off Monroe Road to store it all.
Law enforcement agents confirmed that Hardin had rented the site using his passport as identification, according to the court documents.
Agents arrested Hardin when he arrived at the storage unit, seizing $5,000 from him and more than $550,000 from inside the unit.