CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. Dec 29 2011 AP — New evidence has led to the arrest of an accused co-conspirator in the 1994 killing of an armored car guard during a botched robbery on Long Island.
Newsday reports that federal prosecutors say Scott Mulligan of Florida has been linked to the killing of armored car guard Julius Baumgardt.
A 42-year-old Long Island gym owner was convicted last May of murdering the guard during the 1994 heist in Muttontown.
Gym owner Christian Tarantino was convicted of killing Baumgardt and one of Tarantino’s own alleged associates. Newsday reports that federal authorities say DNA evidence has linked Mulligan to a getaway car used in the robbery.
Mulligan has been brought to New York and arraigned in federal court.
An attorney for Mulligan did not return a call seeking comment Wednesday.
Portland ORE Dec 29 2011 A Swedish armored car company will acquire Oregon Armored Service, Inc. for $5.7 million in a deal announced today.
Loomis plans to retain all of the Portland-based company’s employees and contracts, worth about $6 million, chief executive Lars Blecko said in a written statement.
Both companies handle and transport cash for banks and other institutions. The sale will take effect Saturday.
Oregon Armored Service has a 26-year history in the state, and offices in Portland, Salem, Eugene and Medford. Loomis will fold the company into its U.S. division, which already has locations in Portland and Roseburg.
Oconee County GA Dec 29 2011 An Athens man was charged with felony theft by shoplifting after reportedly taking over $500 worth of merchandise from Walmart on Dec. 24.
Loss prevention officers working at the store told Oconee County deputies they witnessed the man leave the store through the Garden Center around 10:30 a.m. with a cart full of items and load them into a Kia Optima, according to an incident report.
Deputies stopped the vehicle as it was leaving the parking lot and questioned the driver. The man allegedly showed deputies two receipts, neither of which listed items reportedly taken. He then admitted to having found one of the receipts on the ground. Loss prevention officers identified the man as the suspect and he was arrested.
Ronnie Gene Scogin, 42, of Oak Hill Drive in Athens, was charged with felony theft by shoplifting and issued a notification of prohibited entry at any Walmart. He was later released from the Oconee County Jail on a $7,500 bond. An arrest does not mean a conviction.
Among items found in the car were four cases of beer, two Sony Blu-Ray players, two MP3 players, men’s socks and three pairs of headphones, collectively valued at $502. 36.
New Hartford, N.Y. Dec 29 2011— Four Utica women are facing charges in connection to a shoplifting incident at Sangertown Square last week during which a loss prevention officer was struck by a fleeing vehicle, New Hartford police said.
Charged after an investigation were Lakia Dickson, 24, petit larceny and harassment; Shaquayia Jackson, 20, petit larceny; Dijonnaie Spratt, 19, petit larceny; and Erica Austin, 22, the driver of the fleeing vehicle, reckless endangerment, unlicensed operation and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of a personal injury motor vehicle accident.
All four women were released on tickets to appear in New Hartford Town Court at a later date.
New Hartford police were called to the Macy’s store at Sangertown Square shortly before noon on Dec. 23 for an injury stemming from a car accident, police said.
A loss prevention officer from Macy’s had been struck by a vehicle while attempting to stop several woman from shoplifting from the store, police said.
A description of the women and the fleeing vehicle was dispatched to other area police agencies, and the vehicle was later located and stopped on Steuben Street in Utica, police said.
Additional charges are pending further investigation.
Utica police, the New Hartford Fire Department and Edward’s Ambulance assisted police.
Source:Little Falls Times
Henderson NC Dec 29 2011 Authorities have arrested an employee of a local company on December 23, 2011 for embezzlement from her employer.
Members of the Special Operations Division arrested Jessie Heatherly Jacobs, of 4042 Cannady Mill Road, Kittrell after investigating a case involving stolen checks from SERVPRO of Henderson.
Jacobs was charged with (7) seven counts of Uttering a Forged Instrument, (7) seven counts of Forgery of Instrument, and (7) seven counts of Larceny by Employee.
Jacobs has been placed in the Vance County Jail under a $70,000 bond and a court date of January 30th 2012.
Tulsa OK Dec 29 2011 A convicted serial shoplifter has been busted again and this time with thousands of dollars in stolen items.
Investigators say it’s all connected to an arson fire that happened Tuesday morning around 3:00 a.m. in the 6800 block of E. 83rd Street.
Last week police busted a trio of suspected shoplifters and found thousands of dollars in stolen stuff in that home.
Shannon Porter, 26, also known to go by Shannon Phillips, Shanterrious Phillips, 28, and Kejuan Barnette, were arrested on December 22nd after police served a search warrant on two separate buildings
Police say these suspected shoplifters are organized costing millions of shoppers and stores every year.
Tulsa Police detectives in the Riverside Division are in their third of four weeks in a temporary Organized Retail Crime Task Force.
During the task force convicted thief Shannon Porter is accused of swiping a $36,000 ring from Sam’s Club and a $100,000 in stolen stuff.
Detectives say Porter is no stranger to retail crime.
“It was our understanding certain retailers saw her boosting almost immediately after getting out of DOC,” says Detective Lori Visser.
So employees alerted police.
“This is a way of life for these particular people,” says Visser.
Police say she and her crew along with three dozen other serial shoplifters are known as “boosters” and are making a thousand dollars a day.
Some are known to steal to support a drug addiction.
Thieves are caught on surveillance cameras pocketing items. Some are seen stealing cart loads of household items such as Tide detergent, cases of Five-hour Energy and electronics.
Police say they’ll sell them on the street, flea markets or online.
“They’ll do whatever they can do get away to keep from going to jail,” says Visser.
Some shoplifters are escalating to violence and when clerks confront them some thieves are pulling knives and guns and punching the clerks.
“I never thought as an average consumer. I never thought about going into a store and seeing someone do that. I think I will keep an eye out and check it out,” says shopper Adam Barzellone.
Police say these shoplifters are bigger than petit larcenies. They are costing Tulsa shoppers $25 million to $35 million in sales tax revenues.
“It makes me angry to tell you the truth,” says shopper Crystal Kames.
The task force has learned a few of their tricks.
“Often times they’ll park in handicap spaces. Where it is a quick getaway,” says Visser.
Police also say to get past security sensor boosters will use bags lined with foil or they’ll line the bags with foil themselves.
Detectives say they often work in pairs where one will distract a clerk while the other loads up on loot.
“We are trying our best to make a living and with people like that you can’t make hardly a living,” says shopper Karen Rhodes.
Detectives are working with the FBI as well. Investigators say the boosters will travel to Texas, Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas to steal items from stores.
If you suspect someone is stealing inside a store, police recommend that you do not confront them but report them to security.
The retailers involved in the task force and contacted for this story did not want to comment.
TPD’s task force is temporary but they hope by to create permanent Organized Retail Crime Unit like the one in the Dallas Police Department.
An alert neighbor captured a picture on a cell phone of the suspect vehicle involved in the arson.
Fire investigators are looking for four to five men wearing hoodies riding in a dark colored or black four-door Cadillac.
They believe it has been seen in the neighborhood where the arson happened near 83rd and Sheridan.
If you have any information call the Arson line at (918) 596-ARSN. Remember you do not have give your name and the Crime Commission pays a reward if the tip leads to a conviction.
Harrisburg PA Dec 29 2011 A Harrisburg man was arrested on charges of stealing from his employer.
Police said Tristan Gilliland-Kunkle, 25, falsely returned items to his Carlisle employer, Advance Auto, and had the money put onto his personal debit card.
The fraudulent returns totaled more than $2000, according to police. They said Gilliland-Kunkle had been making them since he was transferred to the store in November.
Gilliland-Kunkle was taken to Cumberland County Prison.
High-ranking Miami-Dade County police officer suspected of misappropriating nearly $23,000 www.privateofficer.com
MIAMI Fla Dec 29 2011 – A high-ranking Miami-Dade County police officer is suspected of misappropriating nearly $23,000 by using it to bankroll his unofficial department flag football team, court records show.
The money, paid by the Miami Dolphins, was actually intended to cover the cost of security at Sun Life Stadium.
Tyrone White, a former major busted down to captain, is now under criminal investigation for grand theft but has not been charged as detectives pore over his finances.
White denies any wrongdoing, saying he believed the money was a legitimate charitable donation to his athletics organization.
In October, the department announced White’s demotion to captain and that he and another officer had been relieved of duty with pay. The police agency declined to discuss reasons for the demotion, but a search warrant recently filed in Miami-Dade circuit court details what prompted the move:
White, then a major over the warrants bureau, for years has run a flag football team and other sports teams comprised of members of the police department. They compete in charity competitions, such as the Police Olympics, staged throughout Florida.
In March, White hosted the second-annual “Miami-Dade Police and Fire Fallen Heroes Flag Football Tournament,” which benefited the families of slain officers.
The Miami-Dade Police Department “is not affiliated nor participates as an organization with said event or team,” according to the warrant, noting that employees take part on their own time and are not paid by the agency for their efforts.
Internal affairs detectives began looking at the organization’s finances when the department’s fiscal administration bureau was seeking payment from the Dolphins and SunLife Stadium for “services rendered” in early 2010. The team contracts with Miami-Dade police for off-duty security service at games and other events.
When the stadium staff reviewed their finances, they realized that in February and March 2010, two checks totaling $22,734.23 had been “mistakenly” made out to “Miami-Dade Police Department Football Coach: Tyrone White.”
A stadium staffer told Miami-Dade detectives that the checks “should have been endorsed to Miami-Dade Police Department Fiscal Administration Bureau.”
A spokesman for the team declined to comment Wednesday.
White, according to defense attorney Michael Band, had earlier solicited a charitable donation from the Dolphins to help defray the costs of uniforms, sports equipment and lodging for the team, which plays to benefit charitable groups.
When he received the checks, White believed the team had fulfilled his request, Band said.
“We believe that Maj. White acted in good faith, and received money he requested of the Dolphins for a legitimate purpose – promoting the police department in the Police Olympics. We believe that at the conclusion of the investigation, charges will not be filed and he should be restored to his lofty position of police major.”
White, records show, deposited the two checks into an account he controlled at the Dade County Financial Credit Union. The account was set up to manage the charity team’s finances.
With assistance from prosecutors, detectives subpoenaed the bank records and obtained surveillance footage of White and another officer, Kiriakos Beruty, conducting “several transactions.”
Beruty – then a narcotics detectives – was also relieved of duty, although his role remains unclear and his name is mentioned only briefly in the search warrant. His defense attorney, Carl Kafka, said his client is eager to cooperate with investigators.
“Beruty was surprised he was included in all this because he’s done nothing wrong,” Kafka said.
After the stadium money was deposited, White – using money from the account – leased a three-bedroom, two-bath townhouse for the team’s stay during the Police Olympics in Port St. Lucie, paying a $250 security deposit to the home’s owner, records show.
After the event, the owner returned the security deposit, minus a $120 cleaning fee, which White put into his personal banking account, the warrant said.
Later, in May of this year, White rented another townhouse in Port St. Lucie. When the $300 security deposit was returned to him, he put the money into the bank account of his mother, records show.
White, an officer since 1983, and Beruty remain on leave of their police duties with pay, according to the department.
“The case continues to be an open and active (internal affairs) investigation,” a Miami-Dade police spokesman said. “Therefore, no information can be released until the case is closed; there is no time-line at this point as to when the case will be completed.”
MIDTOWN NY Dec 29 2011 — A security guard’s Broadway outpost that he uses to get relief from the cold is attracting attention from passers-by desperate for relief of another kind.
Construction site guard Raphel Sicheran says his “Personal PortaShed” at the corner of 54th Street and Broadway looks so much like a Porta-Potty that he’s been forced to put up a bright, yellow sign which reads “No Toilet.”
“A lot of people knock on it. They want to use the toilet. But it’s not a toilet. It’s a construction booth,” explained Sicheran, 57, who lives in the Bronx and spends his days overseeing Harry Gross’ 67-story mega Marriott hotel, which is quickly rising at 1717 Broadway.
But, even with the sign, he says he still gets constant visitors.
One of the reasons for the uncanny resemblance is that Callahead, the company that manufactures the shed, is most famous for its portable toilets.
It rents out a wide range of bathrooms for special events and other temporary uses. But it also makes storage sheds and guard sheds, including Sicheran’s tiny “Guard Shed 16″ — which measures just 48 by 46 inches and comes complete with a 100 volt light and two windows.
Granite Broadway Development, Marriott International’s partner on the project, referred questions about the sheds to CNY Builders, which is managing construction at the hotel. CNY and Callahead did not return calls for comment.
But despite the lack of luxury, Sicheran said that, while the space is tight, he has enough room to comfortably rest his feet, with a small black folding chair, a knee-high desk stacked with newspapers and hooks to hang his bags.
And despite the confusion, the model appears to be a popular one. The same “Guard Shed 16” is also being used just up the block, at 237 W. 54th St., where a Moinian-backed company is building a new 34-story hotel.
Diallo Woury, 32, a security guard at that site, said that even though the shed design is used by companies city-wide, he understands the comparison.
“It looks exactly the same,” he said of the Porta-Potty-like design, but added that, unlike his counterpart on the corner, he’s never had anyone actually mistake his workspace for a toilet.
New Jersey’s Sal Mangiapane, 53, pointed out Sicheran’s shed with a chuckle to his sons during a family walk through Midtown late last week.
“It really looks like a Porta-John,” Mangiapane said with a grin.
And while Sicheran said he’d like to help those seeking relief, he said the best he can do is direct them to the Starbucks across the street.
“We can’t do nothing about it,” he said. “If they think it’s a toilet, that’s up to them.”
Federal Judge denies bail for Former San Juan police chief charged with child porn www.privateofficer.com
San Juan PR Dec 29 2011 Federal Judge Silvia Carreño on Thursday denied bail to the former chief of the San Juan Municipal Police, Hilton Cordero, who stands accused of 22 counts of production of child pornography.
Carreño justified her decision due to the flight risk and the danger that, in her judgment, the former police chief poses to society.
A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent testified at the hearing that law enforcement authorities found on Cordero’s computer explicit photos of minors in sexual situations.
Cordero, according to the agent, also exchanged messages with sexual content with a minor living near him in the San Juan suburb of Carolina.
The former police chief pleaded not guilty to the 22 charges during the hearing and he must now wait until Feb. 6, 2012, which is when the judge set his next court appearance, to learn the date his trial will begin.
The Cordero case caused great commotion on Puerto Rico by coinciding, at the beginning of last spring, with domestic violence incidents involving two other high-ranking cops: Richard Nazario and Juan Sergio Rubin.
The former members of the police top brass charged with maintaining public order and safety have appeared in the print media accused of sexual violence and abuse.
Erie PA Dec 29 2011 An Erie man was jailed today after police accused him of punching a postal carrier in the face on the city’s east side.
Police said the incident happened just before 1 p.m. outside the Country Fair at East 12th and Parade streets.
Police apprehended the suspect — a 21-year-old man — a short time later in the 1000 block of German Street.
Police charged the suspect, of the 300 block of East 14th Street, with simple assault, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.
Police said the mail carrier had just walked out of the store when the suspect walked up to him, punched him in the face and ran off.
Erie PA Dec 29 2011 Erie police swarmed to an east Erie gas station late Monday morning after a parking-lot fistfight ended in gunfire.
Other officers were summoned to the station a little more than 12 hours later, after police said five armed gunmen overpowered a security guard and helped themselves to cash and tobacco products.
Police spent Tuesday searching for suspects in the latest batch of violent crime to occur in the 900 block of East 26th Street.
The shooting and the robbery occurred at the Country Fair store at 957 E. 26th St. It sits two doors east of a Kwik Fill station, at 921 E. 26th St., that was robbed six times over four months before parent company United Refining Co., of Warren, shut it down in late November.
A spokesman for United Refining, which also owns the Country Fair store, said Tuesday that the company is working with Erie police in their investigations.
The Country Fair robbery happened at about 12:05 a.m. Tuesday, when two men armed with handguns confronted the store’s security guard, who had stepped outside to smoke a cigarette and was talking on a cell phone, Erie Police Chief Steve Franklin said. The men forced the security guard back into the store and onto the ground, Franklin said.
Three other men, two of whom appeared to be carrying guns, then ran into the store and joined the other robbers in rounding up the three store employees, Franklin said. The robbers forced the employees to open the store’s cash registers, and they took an undisclosed sum of cash, along with cigarettes and other tobacco products, he said.
The robbers then fled the store and were last seen heading south on East Avenue, Franklin said.
The robbers wore white masks and either black-and-white or light-colored gloves. Three were wearing black-hooded sweatshirts, and the other two were wearing gray ones, Franklin said. Two were holding black semi-automatic handguns, and two were believed to be carrying revolvers, he said.
“There’s a lot of activity in the neighborhood. We’re looking at how (the robbery) might be linked to people involved in the Kwik Fill robberies, or if there’s something new in the neighborhood,” Franklin said.
The Kwik Fill was robbed in late August, four times in October and once in late November, when a security guard there was overpowered and had his gun taken. Police have charged three people in the August robbery, but the other five robberies remain under investigation.
The shooting at the Country Fair was reported at about 11:50 a.m. on Monday. Police said two men had squared off to fight in the parking area to the west of the store, and a punch was thrown, before someone fired a gun. A 22-year-old man who was involved in the fight, whom police have not named, was shot in the arm and the buttocks, police said.
The victim, the shooter and a man with the shooter ran off in different directions, witnesses told police.
The victim arrived at Saint Vincent Health Center as officers reached the gas station. He was later transferred to UPMC Hamot, where he was in stable condition late Monday, police said.
The man’s injuries don’t appear to be life-threatening, Franklin said Tuesday.
Police said the sport utility vehicle in which the victim was taken to the hospital was located in the 300 block of East 37th Street. Detectives searched the vehicle and questioned two people.
One of the people interviewed was a relative of the victim who had taken the victim to the hospital. Police did not get much information from the relative, Franklin said.
Detectives are also interviewing other witnesses, and are reviewing surveillance video from the Country Fair, he said.
Orange County CA Dec 29 2011
A multi-agency crackdown on intoxicated drivers has so far resulted in nearly 500 arrests during a 10-day period.
From Dec. 16 to Dec. 25, authorities reported 476 DUI arrests in O.C. cities. There were no fatal DUI traffic collisions during that period.
The statistics were provided by the anti-DUI campaign, known as “Avoid” – involving the California Highway Patrol, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and police departments – which lasts through Jan. 2.
From Dec.17-25 last year, 408 people were arrested for driving under the influence, according to the “Avoid” database.
Throughout the winter holiday anti-DUI campaign, authorities have conducted multiple checkpoints and roving patrols.
To alleviate the dangers of drunken driving, a couple of agencies are offering free services for the end of the year celebrations.
The Orange County Transportation Authority is offering free bus rides between 6 p.m. Dec. 31 and 2:30 a.m. Jan. 1. ACCESS service is not part of this promotion.
The Automobile Club is offering its free Tipsy Tow service from 6 p.m. Dec. 30 to 6 a.m. Jan. 1, to help remove drinking drivers from the road. The service is available in the 13 Southern California counties served by the Auto Club.
To use the service, motorists can call 800-400-4AAA for a free tow home of up to seven miles. For rides farther than seven miles, drivers can expect to pay the rate charged by the tow truck contractor.
For more information on the OCTA New Year’s Eve service and to check bus routes and schedules, visit octa.net or call 714-636-7433.
PORTLAND OR Dec 29 2011 – A post-Christmas shoplifting bust led to three arrests and more than a dozen theft cases involving nearly a half-million dollars in stolen goods from around the Portland metro area.
The day after Christmas, Washington County deputies said two men ran out of an emergency exit of the Beaverton Home Depot on NW Science Park Drive with a shopping cart full of merchandise.
It was loaded onto a waiting utility trailer hitched to a truck, which was later traced to an address in Cedar Hills.
There, police arrested 34-year-old William George Hazelwood, 45-year-old Michael Sean O’Sullivan and 35-year-old Charles Daniel Smith.
Police said in addition to the Home Depot items, they found two ski boats, three enclosed utility trailers, a 24-foot RV, computers and equipment from local businesses and restaurants, more tools, appliances and equipment from construction sites.
Deputies said the suspects also mentioned storage lockers full of items.
So far 15 cases of thefts in Clackamas County, Tigard, Tualatin and Sherwood led police to return around $484,441 in goods.
WASHINGTON DC Dec 29 2011 (CNN) — In-the-line-of-duty deaths of law enforcement officers jumped 13% in 2011 compared to last year, according to preliminary figures released Wednesday by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
A total of 173 federal, state and local officers have been killed in the United States, and the year is not quite over yet.
Gunfire accounted for the largest number of deaths, claiming 68 officers. That represents a 15% increase from 2010.
“This is a devastating and unacceptable trend,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a written statement.
“Each of these deaths is a tragic reminder of the threats that law enforcement officers face each day — and the fact that too many guns have fallen into the hands of those who are not legally permitted to possess them.”
The National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund notes that for the first time in 14 years, more police and other law enforcement agents died in shootings than in traffic accidents. This year, 64 officers were killed either in car or motorcycle crashes, or by being struck by vehicles while on the job.
“Drastic budget cuts affecting law enforcement agencies across the country have put our officers at grave risk,” said Craig Floyd, the chairman of the memorial fund. Floyd and others have expressed concerns that in these tight economic times, there have been reductions in training and equipment for police.
Spurred by approximately 50 officer deaths early this year, Holder met with a number of police chiefs as well as federal law enforcement leaders in March to discuss what could be done and announced a Law Enforcement Safety Initiative. The program provides information and training.
Holder said in his Wednesday statement that a Justice Department program to help local police obtain bullet- and stab-resistant vests has saved 16 officers since January.
Florida has had the largest number of officer deaths this year — a total of 14. That was followed by Texas with 13, New York with 11, and 10 fatalities in both California and Georgia.
In additions to gunshots and traffic accidents, law-enforcement deaths this year were caused by a variety of things including stabbings, falls and job-related illnesses.
The report provides some historical perspective — the deadliest year for gunfire deaths of police in the United States was 1973, when 156 officers were shot and killed.
Gun deaths declined in recent decades, hitting a low of 40 officers lost in 2008.
“However, firearms-related fatalities have increased 70% from 2008 to 2011,” according to the report.
Phoenix AZ Dec 29 2011 A Tempe man was arrested at the Arizona Grand Resort Monday after a woman says he attacked her in the restroom.
Michael Robert Martinez, 30, was taken into custody on suspicion of attempted sexual assault and kidnapping according to Officer James Holmes of the Phoenix Police Department.
A reservations employee for the resort had left the office to use the restroom around 3 p.m. Monday. At that time the employee, a 30-year-old female, noticed a man standing near the men’s restroom and thought he was a guest at the resort, Holmes said in a statement.
Once the woman had left the stall area the man was now inside the ladies room. The man grabbed the woman and pulled her to the floor and began removing her stockings and underwear, Holmes said. The victim fought and screamed, while on her stomach, and made her way toward the door.
She was able to free herself and exit the restroom. She ran back to the office where several employees called resort security and 911, Holmes said.
Witnesses told police the suspect, identified as Martinez, did not flee the area but “paced back and forth in front of the office.” Resort security held the man until police arrived.
Martinez was booked into Maricopa County jail for kidnapping and sexual assault.
Source:east valley tribube
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. Dec 29 2011 – Police have released more information about Tuesday’s shooting at Park Plaza Mall.
Officer Christopher Johannes was working off duty at Park Plaza Mall and was called to assist mall security.
The security officers were approached by a woman who says that three men attempted to get her 17-year-old daughter into their car, parked in the mall garage.
Officers approached the car. And according to the police report, the driver noticed the officers and began to back up at a high rate of speed towards security officers and other subjects in the lot.
Officer Johannes yelled for the driver to stop. The driver did not. The officer “fired several shots at the passenger side of the vehicle, striking the driver and front seat passenger.”
The driver, identified as Joseph Williams, lost control and struck the elevator shaft of the building.
According to the report, Williams exited the vehicle and fled southbound on foot through the lot. He was apprehended after a brief pursuit.
Two other subjects, identified as Keithen Pettus and Johnnie Campbell, fled the car and were taken into custody by mall security.
Officials with the Park Plaza Mall issued the following statement:
“The safety of our shoppers and tenants is always our top priority. We are working hand in hand with the Little Rock Police Department in their investigation and will continue to do so.”
Sgt. Cassandra Davis of the Little Rock Police Department said the case is not considered an attempted abduction.
“No one actually did any physical attempt to take her into the car. What they did was they had some kind of communication to her and from that she perceived, or there was an indication of, if you wanted to get inside the car,” Sgt. Davis said.
According to the report, officers found a white powder substance and a large sum of cash on the driver, Joseph Williams.
Williams remains at a Little Rock hospital. In the report, his condition is listed in “critical but stable condition.”
The other suspect injured in the shooting, Keithen Pettus has been released from the hospital.
No charges have been filed in this case.
PRICHARD, Alabama Dec 29 2011– A Mobile man acquitted of murder 7 years ago now faces new charges in a shooting that occurred early Wednesday at a Prichard strip club, officials said.
Aaron Lytaun Dunning, 30, faces 2 counts of 2nd-degree assault and discharging a weapon into an occupied building. The shooting occurred about 3:10 a.m. Wednesday at the Toy Box Gentlemen’s Club on Wilson Avenue, Police Chief Jimmie Gardner said.
Dunning was acquitted by a Mobile County Circuit Court jury during the December 2004 murder trial in the shooting death of 25-year-old Reginald Mickles. Mickles was shot to death in June 2003 as he sat in a car at Hanes Street and Thomas Avenue in Mobile.
The jury found Dunning guilty of obstructing justice, a separate charge.
Today, Prichard police arrested Dunning for allegedly shooting the club’s manager and security guard after he and another man were thrown out of the nightspot, Gardner said.
The gunman and another man — identified by police as Willie James Harris Jr. — fled in a red Cadillac, but were caught a short time later on Interstate 65, Gardner said.
Harris, 30, of Mobile, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, attempting to elude and having a switched tag, jail records showed.
Dunning was booked into Metro Jail shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday and released about 9:30 a.m. with the total bail for all 3 charges set at $9,000, records showed.
Harris remained jailed this evening on bail totaling $1,800, records indicated.
Gardner said that the club manager asked Dunning and Harris to leave “because of their rude behavior in the club.” He said he did not know what the men had done.
After the men were thrown out of the club, Gardner said, Dunning allegedly told the manager, “‘I got something for you’ and came back and shot both the security guard and the manager in the lower left leg.”
Both victims were taken to the University of South Alabama Medical Center with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, he said.
Atlantic City is mixing girls and gambling -allowing casinos to open strip clubs www.privateofficer.com
Atlantic City NJ Dec 29 2011 - Las Vegas is known as an adult playground. You can bet it all at posh hotels or splurge at high-end gentlemen’s clubs, but not under the same roof.
Now, Atlantic City is mixing girls and gambling in an unprecedented way, giving the Taj Mahal the go-ahead to open a Scores strip club inside the casino.
David Schwartz is director of UNLV’s Center for Gaming Research. He says Atlantic City is trying to reinvent itself. He doesn’t expect to see too many Las Vegas casinos advertising strip clubs on property.
“I don’t think it’s inevitable, just because I think the gaming license is worth so much,” he said. “I don’t see that they’d want to risk jeopardizing it by having the strip clubs come in. I think it really could be a pretty combustible mix there.”
Scores Atlantic City still needs its liquor license. The New Jersey topless dancing rules would be stricter than strip club rules in place here. For example, lap dances would not be allowed.
Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak believes a gentlemen’s club in a gambling hall would likely be a tough battle – even in a city known for its “What happens here, stays here” image.
“Some casinos have bowling alleys and movie theatres and kids’ play lands. Other casinos don’t have that sort of thing,” he said. “I don’t think it would be appropriate in a family-type atmosphere. You wouldn’t want a strip club right next door or a gentlemen’s club. But, some of the properties that are more adult-oriented, I don’t know, that would be a call they’d have to make.”
Las Vegas also depends on business meetings more than Atlantic City.
“I think maybe a lot of women might not be so eager to let their husbands go to conventions if they know there’s a strip club right in the hotel,” Schwartz said.
If a casino wanted to bring a topless club to Las Vegas, it would need the approval of the Nevada Gaming Commission and the Nevada Gaming Control Board.
So far, no Nevada casinos are proposing the idea.
Lower Merian PA Dec 29 2011 A would-be thief was Tasered at the Lord & Taylor on City Avenue in Bala Cynwyd on Dec. 22, police said.
Two Michael Kors watches were taken from the department store that day, and Demetrius Jerome Kosh, 49, of the 5000 block of Morton Street in Philadelphia was arrested, police said. A Lower Merion police officer happened to be in the store investigating another incident when alerted to a man trying to cut the security cords from at least one watch. Working with store security, the officer detained Kosh, who “developed some kind of medical condition,” prompting a call to have him taken to Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood.
According to police, a Taser gun was used on Kosh only when he gave authorities “a hard time” while being put into the ambulance.
The medical condition Kosh was said to be suffering from (before being Tasered) was not clarified.
Chicago IL Dec 29 2011 A West Side man was charged with killing a nightclub bouncer and a partygoer celebrating his 30th birthday outside a bar on the Near West Side early Christmas Day.
Taiwan Smith, 26, of the 3200 block of West Arthington, was charged with two counts of murder, aggravated battery and unlawful use of a weapon in connection with the shooting outside the Victor Hotel nightclub in the 300 block of North Sangamon, police said.
Bouncer Robert Warren, 34, and factory worker Jose Duckins, 30, were both killed in the gunfire, officials said. A third man was wounded.
The suspect had been thrown out of the club earlier that night, but returned and “just started shooting,” according to police and Warren’s niece, April Bullock.
Her uncle, of the 7300 block of North Damen, “was just doing his job and he was killed for no reason,” Bullock said. “He had kids — we’re all in shock.”
Duckins, of the 3600 block of West Franklin, had gone to the club with four or five friends to celebrate his birthday, his distraught little sister Voshunda Duckins said Sunday. He was shot at close range in the chest, relatives said. Both he and Warren — who was also shot in the chest — were declared dead at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County.
A 21-year-old friend of Duckins survived the shooting with a bullet wound to his arm. He was treated and released at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago police spokesman John Mirabelli said.
Duckins had bought his 4-year-old son Jose Jr. a remote control car, clothes and Transformers toys for Christmas, his sister said as relatives mourned Sunday at the family home.
“He was a loving family man,” she said. “He was expecting another child and he didn’t deserve this.”
Smith has been convicted on several drug and weapons-related convictions dating back to 2003, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections. He was paroled in June after serving nearly three years of a six-year sentence for his most recent conviction, for narcotics possession.
Smith is scheduled to appear in bond court later Tuesday.
Source:Chicago Sun Times