Nevada Department of Corrections, Nevada
End of Watch: Friday, January 20, 2012
Bio & Incident Details
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Cause: Heart attack
Incident Date: 12/23/2011
Suspect: Not available
Correctional Officer Tracy Hardin died as the result of an injury suffered while struggling with an inmate at the High Desert State Prison.
Officer Hardin was speaking to the inmate about disciplinary issues when the inmate assaulted him. During the ensuing struggle Officer Hardin injured his ankle.
On January 20th, 2012, Officer Hardin was leaving the prison following his shift when he suddenly pulled into a pulloff outside of the employee parking lot. Seeing this, other officers immediately went to check on him and discovered he wasn’t breathing. They immediately initiated CPR but were unable to revive him.
It was determined that a blood clot broke free from the injured ankle and caused him to suffer a fatal heart attack.
Officer Hardin had served with the Nevada Department of Corrections for five years.
Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Warden Dwight Neven, High Desert State Prison
Nevada Department of Corrections
5500 Snyder Avenue
PO Box 7011
Carson City, NV 89701
Phone: (775) 887-3285
New Castle County DE Jan 31 2012 Police have arrested Javon Redden, 22, of the 700 block of Millcreek Court in Bear. He was charged with impersonating a police officer and related offenses after he attempted to perform a car stop after threatening the victim.
On Saturday afternoon, January 28, at 3:38 p.m., County Police were called to the community of Maplecrest for a terroristic threatening complaint. When officers arrived, they learned that the 19-year-old victim had been threatened by his girlfriend’s former boyfriend, who was later identified as Javon Redden. The subject then attempted to perform a car stop as he chased after the victim while he was driving northbound on Route 141.
The investigation revealed that during a phone conversation between the victim and suspect, an argument ensued and Redden had threatened to harm the victim. A short time later, as the victim arrived at his girlfriend’s home in the community of Chelsea Estates, Redden had showed up at the residence in a black Dodge Durango. The teen immediately left the area and Redden began pursuing the victim, stayed close behind.
Police learned that the victim began traveling northbound on Route 141 at a high rate of speed in an attempt to get away from the subject. During that time, Redden, who is employed by Bayside Security and whose vehicle was equipped with red and blue LED lights and strobe lights that are similar to those on a police cruiser, activated the equipment and attempted to stop the victim. Redden then chased the car driven by the victim for approximately two miles, with his lights activated, before the victim was able to get away.
Officers were able to locate the suspect after he returned to the community. He was taken into custody without incident. During a search of the vehicle officers located a blue strobe light underneath the front passenger seat and discovered the SUV was also equipped with red and amber strobe lights which were mounted on the rear hatch of the vehicle.
Redden was charged with the following crimes: Criminal Impersonation of a Police Officer, Reckless Endangering in the Second Degree, and Terroristic Threatening. He was arraigned and released on $1,000 secured bond.
SANTA MARIA, Calif.Jan 31 2012 - A Santa Maria police officer was shot and killed by a fellow policeman as he was about to be arrested, authorities said.
According to CBS affiliate KCOY, the officer shot was the subject of an international criminal investigation for allegations of sexual misconduct against a 17-year-old girl.
The officer killed was 29-year-old Albert Covarrubias Jr. Santa Maria police officer Matthew Kline fired the deadly shot Saturday morning.
Police say Kline was attempting to arrest Covarrubias on suspicion of illegal sex with a minor. Covarrubias resisted and fired his gun before Kline fatally shot him once in the chest at a DUI checkpoint where he had been on duty.
“He chose to resist,” Police Chief Danny R. Macagni said. “He drew his weapon. A fight ensued. He fired his weapon. And one of my officers that was there also discharged his weapon, and the officer was fatally wounded.”
Covarrubias was rushed to Marian Medical Center for emergency surgery and later pronounced dead from his injuries.
The Los Angeles Times reports detectives believed Covarrubias knew he was under investigation. Police say witnesses were being intimidated, and that the public would be at risk if the officer was not arrested before he left his shift Saturday.
“The information that we had in hand demanded that we not let him leave that scene, get in a car, drive somewhere. It would put the public at risk if he did,” Macagni said. “We just did not know what was going to happen. And we did not expect him to react the way he did.”
In the days prior to the shooting, the investigation into the officer’s sexual misconduct was unfolding. Information was discovered during the time Covarrubias was on duty and it was very explicit, very specific, and it demanded immediate action, Macagni said.
By 1 a.m. Saturday, detectives had enough information to arrest the officer, who would have been booked on multiple felony counts.
Covarrubias’ father said his son was a “beautiful person” and asked whether he was arrested in the streets in an attempt to ridicule him.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the shooting.
Tacoma WA Jan 31 2012 – Tacoma Police on Monday arrested a Department of Corrections officer near a school after a brief standoff.
Tacoma Police received a call from Skyline Elementary school at 2301 N. Mildred St. around 9:15 a.m. Monday, reporting that a woman was injured in a fight with a man. Police Spokesman Mark Fulghum said the two were dropping off a child at the school. The man left with a young girl still in the car; he later dropped the girl off with relatives.
Police spotted the man as he was headed back toward the school. Officers chased him to a dead end at N. 10th Street and N. Skyline Drive where a standoff ensued. After talking with negotiators, the man gave himself up. A gun was found in his car.
Skyline Elementary was placed in modified lockdown until the suspect was captured.
Department of Corrections spokesman Chad Lewis later confirmed the suspect works at the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton and that his brother called around 6 a.m. to report the suspect was “armed and dangerous” and might return to the prison. The prison was placed into lockdown, but the suspect never showed up.
The suspect’s name was not immediately released.
The condition of the woman injured in the initial fight was not released.
HOUSTON TX Jan 31 2012 - A security guard has been accused of trying to solicit a child online.
Jonathan Alexander Martinez, 25, was arrested at his apartment in the 3400 block of Woodchase in southwest Houston shortly before noon Monday.
Police said a 15-year-old runaway was inside Martinez’s home when he was arrested. Sources said she is from north Texas and has been turned over to Harris County juvenile probation authorities.
The girl’s parents told police they believe she took off with an adult she had met on the Internet.
Court documents show that in one of their online conversations he promised to pick up the girl; in another, he calls her his “wife”. He then explained in detail what sexual acts he would perform on the girl.
Martinez has been charged with online solicitation of a minor and could face charges of having sex with a minor, depending on further investigations.
Records show Martinez has been working as a security guard more about a year and worked for Houston company, Securitas.
Four armed robbers flee into Las Vegas hospital causing lockdown-major search www.privateofficer.com
LAS VEGAS NV Jan 31 2012 – Metro Police arrested four people following a search at Centennial Hills Hospital and Medical Center. The hospital was placed on lockdown after police learned suspects from a pawn store robbery were hiding in the hospital.
Police say the incident started with an armed robbery around 9 a.m. at an Easy Cash Super Pawn store located on Cheyenne Ave. near N. Rainbow Blvd.
Police say they found the suspects’ car in the hospital’s parking lot on N. Durango Dr. and received reports the suspects entered the hospital.
Police say the suspects, three men and one woman, were found hiding on different floors. The hospital was on lockdown for about three hours, meaning no one could enter the hospital. That news upset some visitors.
“There’s families and people sick here and everything is shut down. People’s lives are in danger all because you wanted a couple hundred bucks from a pawn shop. It doesn’t make sense to me,” said hospital visitor Michael Avarmidis, who was hoping to see his father who had just undergone surgery.
Police say surveillance video from the pawn store robbery and the vehicle description given by witnesses helped officers identify and locate the suspects in the hospital.
“We really need to point out the outstanding nature of the citizens who were diligent in giving descriptions of the vehicle,” said Metro Police Officer Marcus Martin.
Cranesville PA Jan 31 2012 A Pennsylvania firefighter died Tuesday, Jan. 24, after suffering an apparent heart attack.
Cranesville Capt. Walter C. Sumner, 49, sustained the heart attack on Jan. 21 within 24 hours of responding with his company on a transfer to another station, according to the USFA.
He died on Jan. 24 of complications associated with the attack.
Friends may call at the Mattera Funeral Home, 188 East State Street, Albion, on Monday, Jan. 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at noon with Pastor Hal Morgan officiating. Burial will follow in Hope Cemetery, Wellsburg.
Memorials in his honor may be made to the family in care of the funeral home, or to the Cranesville Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 302, 9920 N Meadville ST, Cranesville, PA 16410-0302.
NEW ORLEANS LA Jan 31 2012 – Companies are on high alert after a home health nurse was attacked while on the job in Central City this weekend.
Police said they are still looking for the group of men who dragged the nurse out of her car and sexually assaulted her.
The victim said she was attacked near the intersection of Erato and South Gayoso streets.
“We have that cloud over us now of worry,” said Sue May, of Canon Hospice, a home and inpatient hospice service.
May said the entire home health community is now on guard and is taking extra precautions for their safety. Canon Hospice is working with a security company to escort staffers in questionable neighborhoods.
“The rule that I have for my staff is if you go somewhere and don’t feel safe, leave,” May said.
Police said a gunman forced the home health nurse, who was sitting in her car outside a patient’s home on Thalia Street, to a drive around the corner, where the victim was assaulted several times.
A friend who asked to not be identified said the victim is afraid and doesn’t want to talk to anyone.
“She doesn’t want to talk to a counselor,” the friend said. “She’s afraid of being seen and of being heard.”
Dale Standifer, of the Metropolitan Center for Women and Children, said their agency helps victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. He said they’ve handled 150 rape cases in the metro area in 2011 alone.
Standifer said the agency’s keeps track of which area most rapes occur, though many are still left unreported.
He said they help victims understand that the rape is not their fault.
“Rape is not about sex. Rape is about hurting someone in a very specific and humiliating way. Most rapists have someone they can have consensual sex with. They just want to hurt someone in that way or show off to their friends,” Standifer said.
DETROIT MI Jan 31 2012 - Ford Field security guards are accustomed to dealing with crowds at events including concerts and Detroit Lions home games. However, this weekend will give many of them a very unique experience, as a few hundred guards have been selected to work the upcoming Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.
Longtime football fan Chris Hoepfner told WWJ Newsradio 950 he never thought he would have the chance to see the big game. But after Ford Field’s security company announced that they would be taking over 300 guards to the event, Hoepfner learned that he was one of the guards selected.
“A lot of people jumped on the bandwagon to request in and the ones that got selected were the lucky ones,” Hoepfner said. “Not everyone got selected to go.”
Hoepfner said that going to the Super Bowl is the opportunity of a lifetime.
“I actually work with a guy at my other job that payed $600 for a ticket,” Hoepfner said. “And he told me that he is up in the nosebleeds.”
The Super Bowl is this Sunday with kick off at around 6:30 p.m.
ATLANTA GA Jan 31 2012 – One way that Georgia college students are dealing with rising tuitions and fees — as they face the prospect, in the next few years, of Georgia’s HOPE scholarship paying less and less toward tuition — is not just by working whatever part-time jobs they can rustle up, mornings, nights and weekends.
It’s also by tapping into an unconventional form of student financial aid: food stamps.
The “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program” is providing college students who qualify with $200 a month toward their groceries, making them part of the 20 percent of Georgia’s population currently receiving the benefit.
But it is an open secret on the campuses that increasing numbers of students are going straight to the state and applying, which is perfectly legal. And the colleges and universities are not involved at all.
“A few of my friends are on it, I haven’t applied for it yet,” said Robert Taylor, a sophomore at Georgia State University in Downtown Atlanta. “But I was going to [apply], just because they said it’s a big help.”
“With the budget cuts, students are definitely going to have to think of different ways to get money and finances for things such as groceries,” said Danielle Ford, a GSU Junior. “So food stamps will definitely be a big help, absolutely. Without food stamps, they wouldn’t be able to eat.”
Taylor is a full-time student with a part-time job.
“As a full-time student, my bill usually comes up to about almost $5,000 a semester. That’s tuition alone,” he said.
On top of that are his books and fees and his rent for an off-campus apartment, which is $600 a month.
One of the reasons he moved out of a campus dorm, Taylor said, is that GSU was requiring him to pay, in addition to board, about $1,700 a semester for the university’s meal plan.
Now, living off-campus and buying his own groceries, he understands why students are tapping into the SNAP program.
“I mean, I think it helps,” said Taylor, “because these are students that I know that [like me] are working, like, jobs! And they’re really tight on money. These are people who actually really, really need it, and they tell me it’s a big help.”
Last year, Michigan cut 30,000 students from its food stamp rolls by tightening up the requirements for approval, in order to save $75 million a year.
Some states, like Michigan, tightly restrict food stamps that college students who qualify are allowed to receive, while other states promote the program and encourage college students to apply.
11Alive News expects to find out the latest figures on Tuesday indicating how much money Georgia is paying students for food stamps, which is in addition to their state and federal financial aid.
Wishard Memorial Hospital employee inappropriately touched unconscious female patient www.privateofficer.com
Indianapolis IN Jan 31 2012 The Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrested a former Wishard Memorial Hospital employee charged with inappropriately touching an unconscious female patient and videotaping the incident with his cell phone.
Folajuwoni Ajayi, 47, has been charged with trafficking with an inmate, voyeurism and battery.
According to court documents, officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department were dispatched to the hospital on Friday, Jan. 20 to investigate footage found on a cell phone discovered in the Sheriff’s Detention Unit at Wishard Hospital.
A corrections guard told the officers he found the phone on the floor and began searching through it to find the owner. During the search, the guard told police he discovered a video that showed a man touching an unconscious patient’s private areas.
According to court documents, the videotaped incident occurred in late August. The probable cause stated Ajayi was the care technician assigned to the female patient.
“What’s really troubling is this woman was basically unconscious,” said Marion County Deputy Prosecutor Richard Plath. “She had no idea that this had happened until, in fact, the investigators told her.”
Police said Ajayi admitted the cell phone was his during police questioning. However, he said he was having issues with his phone and that it recorded video without his knowledge. Ajayi also denied knowing the patient in the video.
During a forensic examination of the phone, more than 40,000 photographs and 17 video recordings were found. According to court documents, several of the videos depicted sexual acts with unknown females.
“To be able to say where those came from is going to be very difficult. In other words, they could have been downloaded from the internet,” Plath said. “We’re only focused on the two videos.”
Upon further review of the videos, police located another one shot the same day as the alleged incident in August. In the video, police noted Ajayi’s hospital identification card was visible.
Cell phone use is prohibited in the Sheriff’s Detention Unit at Wishard Hospital.
Wishard Hospital representatives turned down interview requests regarding Ajayi, but released the following statement:
“On Friday, January 20, 2012, Wishard employees were alerted to possible inappropriate conduct by a former staff member and immediately contacted local authorities. During the past week, Wishard has worked closely with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office as they conducted the investigation that led to the charges filed today. Wishard is committed to providing safe, high quality care and has in place, and will continue to maintain, strong management practices to identify and immediately report any suspected wrongdoing.”
NASSAU, Bahamas Jan 31 2012 (AP) – Authorities in the Bahamas say a 26-year-old U.S. tourist has died aboard a Carnival cruise ship that left from Charleston. The cruise was delayed pending the investigation, but returned to Charleston on Monday.
Bahamas police said in a statement Saturday that a man from South Carolina apparently jumped from one floor to another aboard the Carnival Fantasy ship that had docked in Nassau late Friday. He was declared dead at the scene.
Carnival issued a statement saying the guest apparently fell. They said the ship’s visit to Freeport on Saturday was canceled as the investigation continues.
Officials did not release the man’s name or home town.
The ship departed Charleston on Wednesday for a five-day Bahamas cruise. It returned to Charleston Monday.
Belleville NJ Jan 31 2012 Loss prevention agents say that Ray Marshall, 49, of Newark, entered the Pathmark store and attempted to flee with a substantial amount of baby formula.
Marshall was arrested after a security officer at the Pathmark located at 115 Belmont Ave. told police the suspect attempted to leave the store with $99.80 worth of baby formula and that he did not pay for the merchandise.
Marshall was held on $500 bail and transported to county jail.
GALESBURG IL Jan 31 2012 — Travis William Young, 22, South Seminary Street, was arrested around 3 p.m. Saturday for retail theft over $300 and resisting a police officer after he returned to the scene of a burglary he committed two days earlier, according to the police report.
Security cameras at Menards, 2791 Veterans Drive, captured Young around 7 p.m. Thursday enter the store, conceal a security camera for sale in a toolbox and purchase the toolbox. Police were contacted after Young was seen again in the store Saturday afternoon.
Police said Young also was found to have stolen an iPod docking station and a package of batteries, to a total value stolen of $368. He also was charged with resisting an officer after he refused to comply with the officer Saturday afternoon in the store.
NATIONAL CITY SC Jan 31 2012 — An employee at Jared jewelry store in National City was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of embezzling high-end gemstone rings and bracelets, then pawning them to pay his bills, police said.
Company loss-prevention officers confronted employees at the Westfield Plaza Bonita store about recently discovered thefts dating back to October, National City police Detective Tom Di Zinno said.
He said the security officers were investigating the disappearance of a customer’s engagement ring set valued at $6,200. When they questioned employee Raphael Quintero, 45, of San Diego, who repaired and cleaned jewelry, he allegedly admitted he had stolen the rings and pawned them in Mexico. Quintero also admitted taking dozens more rings, bracelets and other items valued at more than $10,000 and pawning them, mainly in San Diego and in National City, Di Zinno said.
“He got behind in his bills and didn’t know what to do,” Di Zinno said.
Di Zinno said Quintero would steal a piece of jewelry, take it to a pawnshop, get a cash loan and pay a bill, then steal another item and use the cash to redeem the first item and pay another bill, then steal a third item.
“It was like a cash-flow Ponzi scheme,” Di Zinno said.
Di Zinno said he has tracked down 40 pieces of stolen jewelry at pawn shops, but doesn’t yet know how much is already sold and gone.
“The store is still trying to determine all its loss,” he said.
Wauwatosa WI Jan 31 2011 Thanks to a quick-witted civilian staffer at the Wauwatosa police station, two of three suspected thieves were rapidly tracked down and arrested at home after they threatened violence against a Mayfair Mall store security guard and then fled.
According to police reports:
At 1:35 p.m. Tuesday at a home in Milwaukee, a 16-year-old Milwaukee boy was arrested for theft and an 18-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for theft and being party to a crime after they and another male suspect were involved in a “grab and run” at Macy’s at Mayfair Mall.
Earlier, the 16-year-old and the unknown suspect were being watched by store security when the 16-year-old grabbed an armload of jeans and they both ran.
A store security officer tackled the unknown suspect in the parking lot and was trying to handcuff him when a store manager shouted to him to “Let it go!”
He looked up to see a red Volvo coming at him with the rear passenger door open and the 16-year-old suspect in back, waving a steering wheel “club” at him. The guard retreated and the youth he had been holding, minus his hat, coat, shirt and cell phone, ran and leaped into the car.
The car had no rear license plate, and store personnel got only the first three numbers of the front plate.
But hearing the dispatch, a civilian police clerk remembered a car of the same description having been involved in another incident and knew the full license number.
An officer was sent to the address in Milwaukee where the car was registered and spotted three young males walking toward the front of the house from the alley. She called out to them, “Do you live here?” and one answered “Yes!” just before all three scuttled into the house.
The officer called for assistance and drove to the alley, where she spotted the red Volvo and saw the stolen jeans inside.
The two suspects still in the house when back-up units arrived were arrested without incident. Police believe that the third suspect left before officers could surround the home.
The 16-year-old had also been arrested on Jan. 9 for theft at Boston Store.
Los Angeles CA Jan 31 2012 A diabetic woman caused a security scare at Los Angeles International Airport after TSA agents mistook her insulin pump for a weapon.
The woman, who was not identified, was going through a security checkpoint on Friday morning when a body scanner detected the device on her waist.
Sources told the Los Angeles Times that the agents saw what looked to them like a gun, but she had walked off before she could be searched.
TSA agents called in LAX police and the LAPD to investigate a possible threat.
The woman was reportedly detained and questioned after authorities determined the device was not a threat.
The incident caused delays of about an hour for passengers boarding flights.
TSA spokeswoman Lorie Dankers told LA Weekly: ‘The security checkpoint at Terminal 4 at LAX was closed at 7:43am this morning, and that was because an individual left the security area before the screening process was completed.
‘The passenger was subsequently located in the terminal and cleared without incident. The checkpoint reopened at 8:20 a.m.’
Insulin pumps are designed to provide a diabetes patient with injections of insulin to treat the disease.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Jan 31 2012 – Witnesses say a man stood in line to rob a cashier at a Kohl’s in Colorado Springs.
Police say a man went into the Kohl’s on Sunday night at 6 p.m., selected a shirt and stood in line.
When it was his turn to pay, the man laid the shirt down on the counter, pulled out a gun and demanded cash, police said.
The man took the money and ran off.
Witnesses said he was a black man in his 30s, about 5 foot 8 inches tall with light-colored blotches of skin on his face. He was wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt with two yellow stripes down the sleeve.
ELIZABETHTOWN, KY Jan 31 2012 - Charges have been upgrade against a woman after a toddler she was caring for died.
28-year-old Ashley Champan is now charged with murder in the death of 2-year-old Layla Johnson.
Police say Chapman struck and shook the little girl leaving her unconscious, bruised and bleeding.
“The mother of the child and the babysitter, Ms. Chapman, had a conversation throughout the day, based on that conversation the mother felt the need the child needed to be picked up immediately,” said Kentucky State Police MTPR Norman Chaffins.
Chaffins say Layla’s grandmother immediately picked up Layla and took her to Hardin Memorial Hospital because Layla was unresponsive. From there, she was taken to Kosair Children’s hospital in Louisville, where she died on Sunday.
Police say Chapman had been watching Layla since late last year. Police say there were no signs of abuse prior to this recent case and Layla was the only child in her care at the time of the alleged beating.
Chapman told police that she had previously worked at a licensed day care facility in Hardin County.
Chapman will be arraigned on her murder charge Tuesday.
Holiday, FL Jan 31 2012– A security guard was arrested Friday after he was caught impersonating an officer.
According to police, on Jan. 14, Richard Sleeper pulled over a car in the 4600 block of Floramar Terrace in New Port Richey for having an obscured tag and identified himself as a police officer. After saying he was going to cite the driver for having the obscured tag, he got back into his car and pulled away in front of the car.
The driver and passenger told police Sleeper then began “brake checking” them a couple blocks from the traffic stop causing an accident.
The Florida Highway Patrol officer who responded to the accident found a security jacket, black revolver were found in Sleeper’s car. The victims said those items were not shown to them when he pulled them over.
Deputies say after Sleeper was under arrest he admitted to confronting the driver for having an obscured tag.
Sleeper was charged with Impersonating an Officer and was released the next day on $5,000 bond.
Hanover County VA Jan 31 2012 Law enforcement authorities and the state medical examiner’s office have concluded that all three victims found Saturday at their home near Mechanicsville suffered carbon monoxide inhalation and lacerations to the neck area.
Authorities ruled the deaths a murder-suicide.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Whitley said this afternoon that his department would not release a specific cause of death but that each of the victims, twin 3-year-old daughters, and their father, Robert D. King, died either from the lacerations, the inhalation of the deadly gas or a combination of both.
“We’re not going to get into the specifics beyond that because of the nature of what happened” and out of respect for the family, Whitley said.
According to a search warrant filed today, the mother of the twins, Kristina Hooper, King’s estranged wife, entered the house and found the three together before calling authorities.
The search warrant describes how Hooper lifted up one of her daughters, finding her cold to the touch, and then placed her back down before calling 911. It was not clear how Hooper was able to negotiate the carbon monoxide fumes, which police vented from the home by breaking windows.
Whitley said there is no indication that an intruder was involved in the killings and that there is no effort under way to locate a suspect.
From earlier reports
A man and his 3-year-old twin daughters were found dead in their Mechanicsvile home Saturday by the man’s estranged wife, according to court documents.
A search warrant affidavit and divorce petition records on file in Hanover County Circuit Court this morning indicated Kristina Hooper found the bodies of her two daughters and her husband in a front bedroom that had been linked to the exhaust pipe of a van parked outside the Mechanicsville house.
The court records said Hooper called 911 at 3:36 p.m., and when Hanover County deputies arrived at the house in the 7900 block of Wynbrook Lane, just off Mechanicsville Turnpike, they found Hooper in the driveway “crying on her knees and stating, ‘My babies are dead. They’re in the house.’ “
Deputies also found a van backed up near the residence with flexible duct tubing attached from the exhaust pipe “which continued into the bedroom” where the three were found, the court papers indicated. When authorities tried to enter the house, “they were initially overcome by fumes and began ventilating the residence.”
Among the items investigators recovered at the house, according to the court documents, were blood-stained sections of duct tape tubing, a wallet and two notes of unspecified content.
Declared dead at the scene were Robert D. King, 40, and Caroline R. King and Madison R. King. Hanover County authorities have declined to discuss how the three died.
The three bodies were taken to the medical examiner’s officer in Richmond, where autopsies were scheduled for today.
Court records indicated Hooper married King in March 2008 and their twin daughters were born Aug. 15 of that year.
The couple’s divorce petition indicates Hooper left King on Sept. 28, 2011, and has been living in the 5000 block of Pole Green Road.
The divorce file indicates Hooper deserted the family in September, claiming he had been verbally abusive to her and he refused to leave, so she did.
Source:Richmond Times Daily
Indianapolis IN Jan 31 2012 From pickpockets and prostitutes to dirty bombs and exploding manhole covers, authorities are bracing for whatever threat the first Super Bowl in downtown Indianapolis might bring.
Some — nuclear terrorism, for instance — are likely to remain just hypothetical. But others, like thieves and wayward manhole covers, are all too real.
Indianapolis has ample experience hosting large sporting events — the Indianapolis 500 attracts more than 200,000 fans each year, and the NCAA’s men’s Final Four basketball tournament has been held here six times since 1980— the city’s first Super Bowl poses some unique challenges.
Unlike the Final Four, which is compressed into a weekend, the Super Bowl offers crowd, travel and other logistical challenges over 10 days leading up to the Feb. 5 game. And unlike the 500, where events are largely concentrated at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway about seven miles from Lucas Oil Stadium, the NFL’s showcase event will consume 44 blocks — about a mile square — in the heart of the city, closing off streets and forcing an anticipated 150,000 or more NFL fans to jockey with downtown workers for space much of the week.
“This is clearly bigger in terms of the amount of people who will be downtown over an extended period of time,” city Public Safety Director Frank Straub said.
Under a security risk rating system used by the federal government, the Super Bowl ranks just below national security events involving the president and the Secret Service, said Indianapolis Chief of Homeland Security Gary Coons. The ratings are based on factors including international attention, media coverage, the number of people the event attracts and visits by celebrities and foreign dignitaries, he said. The Indianapolis 500 ranks two levels below the Super Bowl.
The city has invested millions of dollars and worked with local, state and federal agencies to try to keep all those people safe. Up to 1,000 city police officers will be in the stadium and on the street, carrying smartphones and other electronic hand-held devices that will enable them to feed photos and video to a new state-of-the-art operations center on the city’s east side or to cruisers driven by officers providing backup, Straub said. Hundreds of officers from other agencies, including the state police and the FBI, will be scanning the crowd for signs of pickpocketing, prostitution or other trouble.
One concern has been a series of explosions in Indianapolis Power & Light’s underground network of utility cables. A dozen underground explosions have occurred since 2005, sending manhole covers flying.
Eight explosions have occurred since 2010. The latest, on Nov. 19, turned a manhole cover into a projectile that heavily damaged a parked car and raised concerns about the safety of Super Bowl visitors walking on streets and soaring above the Super Bowl village on four zip lines installed for the festivities.
Since December, IPL has spent about $180,000 to install 150 new locking manhole covers, primarily in the Super Bowl village and other areas expected to see high pre-game traffic.
IPL officials say the new Swiveloc manhole covers can be locked for security reasons during the Super Bowl. In case of an explosion, the covers lift a couple of inches off the ground — enough to vent gas out without feeding in oxygen to make an explosion bigger — before falling back into place.
An Atlanta consultant hired by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission last summer to audit IPL’s underground network of cables for a cause of the explosions says the new covers are merely a Band-Aid.
“We’ve argued it’s better to prevent,” said Dan O’Neill of O’Neill Management Consulting, which filed its report in December.
O’Neill’s team couldn’t pinpoint an exact cause for the explosions but said a flawed inspection process contributed, noting that IPL workers missed warning signs such as road salt corroding an old cable or leaks in nearby steam pipes. In a report filed Jan. 19 with Indiana utility regulators, the power company said it had overhauled its inspection process.
IPL will dispatch extra crews to the area around the stadium in case of power-related problems, such as a recent breaker fire that left 10,000 customers in homes south of downtown without power. Spokeswoman Crystal Livers-Powers said the company doesn’t anticipate any power issues.
Straub, the public safety director, said he’s confident the city is prepared and notes that Indianapolis hosts major events “pretty regularly.”
Special teams from the Department of Energy will sweep Lucas Oil Stadium and the surrounding area for nuclear terror threats, and a new $18 million high-tech communications center that opened in time for the lead-up to the game will tie it all together.
“We’re using more technology, and state of the art technology, than has been used in any Super Bowl before this one,” Straub said.
William D. “Bill” Talbert
Montgomery County Police Department, Maryland
End of Watch: Friday, January 27, 2012
Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 13 years
Badge # Not available
Cause: Duty related illness
Incident Date: Not available
Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved
Suspect: Not available
Police Officer Bill Talbert died as the result of contracting Hepatitis C.
Officer Talbert contracted the disease following a blood transfusion in 1980 after being injured by a drunk driver. He was standing between his patrol car and another vehicle when a drunk driver struck one of the vehicles, causing Officer Talbert to be pinned between them. He was transported to a local hospital where he underwent a blood transfusion. It was discovered later that the blood he received was infected with Hepatitis C.
He was forced to medically retire in 1984 and his health continued to deteriorate until he passed away on January 27, 2012.
Officer Talbert was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Montgomery County Police Department for 13 years when he was forced to retire. He is survived by his wife, daughter, three sons, ten grandchildren, and sister.
Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Chief of Police Thomas Manger
Montgomery County Police Department
2350 Research Boulevard
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: (301) 279-8000
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Jan 30 2012 (AP) — A homeless man who was stuck in thick mud near the Rio Grande river in Albuquerque for three days was rescued Saturday after some high school students on a field trip heard him yelling for help, authorities said.
However, the man’s newfound freedom wasn’t going to last. Police said he was wanted on a felony warrant, and they planned to arrest him after he was treated at a local hospital.
A group of La Cueva High School students and their biology teacher heard the man yelling Saturday morning from a marshy wetlands area in the Oxbow Open Space Preserve, the Albuquerque Fire Department and police officials said.
The students were in the area – about two miles north of Interstate 40 in Albuquerque – doing a school project. They called authorities and told them that the man said he’d been stuck in the river for three days and could not move, according to a police report.
Fire crews and preserve officers responded and found a “male subject stuck on a reed island about a hundred yards from the west bank of the river,” the report said.
Crews deployed an air boat and used a pulley system to lift the man from the mud and water, and up a hill.
Police later identified the man as Clayton Senn, a transient who’d been living near the river.
Authorities said they discovered a warrant for Senn’s arrest on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a felony. Senn was taken to an Albuquerque hospital for treatment and was to be booked on the warrant upon his release, police said.
Details on Senn’s condition were not immediately available.
HAMBURG, NY Jan 30 2012- Town of Hamburg Police have charged 28-year-old Jacob Lester of Angola with the robbery of the McKinley branch of Northwest Savings Bank on January 9th. The suspect entered the bank that day wearing an “Incredible Hulk” ski mask and ordered the teller at gunpoint to put cash into a carpenter’s bag, then fled on foot.
Lester was arrested on Thursday at the McKinley Mall for shoplifting. The arresting officer, Joseph O’Brien, observed that Lester resembled the composite had been created from a witness account that saw the suspect outside the bank before he put the mask on. He also noticed that Lester was wearing the same necklace as the robbery suspect. Lester was transported to the Hamburg Police station for processing on the shoplifting charge. In the meantime, detectives obtained a search warrant for his residence where they recovered the black gun, the coat and the canvas tool bag that was used in the robbery.
Lester is charged with robbery in the first degree, a B felony, as well as grand larceny and menacing. He was arraigned on Friday in Hamburg Town Court and remanded to the Erie County Holding Center on $50,000 bail. He is scheduled to return for a felony hearing on January 31st.
VISALIA, Calif. Jan 30 2012 - A Visalia teen is in jail- accused of shooting two people inside the Visalia Mall, Friday, in what police are calling an isolated incident between rival gangs.
Shoppers returned to the mall Saturday, along with several police officers and beefed-up security.
Two men were shot.
Police say the bullets may have been meant for 20-year-old Miguel Alcala, but that 21-year-old Steven Haynes was an innocent bystander.
Both are expected to be okay.
Shoppers returned to the mall Saturday but say the vibe inside isn’t the same.
“The tension in the mall right now. All the police, the canine. It kind of makes you nervous, it’s uneasy. You kind of want to do your thing and get out of there,” said Monica Joosten, a Visalia mother.
Joosten says as her kids were nervous than she was about shopping here.
“My kids were very reluctant to come, I guess yeah it still is scary. Especially if you have kids,” said Joosten.
Other shoppers were thinking along the same lines.
“Honestly, I was like I’ll never go back to the Visalia mall again, I’d rather do my shopping somewhere else,” said Marlene Pantoja, a Visalia resident.
Mall officials and police stress that Friday’s shooting wasn’t random.
They arrested 18-year-old Anthony Hansen of Visalia, a known gang member.
They say two rival gangs happened to cross paths inside the mall, sparking the gunfire.
Visalia police say they are still looking for several other people connected to this shooting.
Hanover County VA Jan 30 2012 A 40-year-old man and his 3-year-old twin daughters were found dead in their Mechanicsville home by Hanover County deputies Saturday after the department responded to a call about suspicious deaths at the residence.
At 3:36 p.m., the sheriff’s office received an emergency call about the home off Mechanicsville Turnpike near Lee-Davis High School. When officers arrived, they found the man and the girls dead, said Sgt. Chris Whitley, a spokesman for the department.
Whitley did not reveal the cause of death and did not immediately release the names of the victims. He said the county medical examiner was investigating and that the names were being withheld pending notification of family.
The deaths were being investigated as suspicious, but Whitley said there was no danger to the public and that no suspect was being sought.
It wasn’t immediately clear if the childrens’ mother lived in the home in the 7900 block of Wynbrook Lane, Whitley said.
“Investigators are collecting and evaluating evidence in an effort to determine the sequence of events that led up to this tragic incident,” Whitley said in a statement. “Preliminary investigation indicates that there are no suspects at large in this case. Upon making proper notification to the next-of-kin, the deceased’s names will be released.
“This is truly a tragic incident and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased,” he said.
Sheriff’s personnel were working at the scene for more than seven hours after the initial call. About 10 p.m., two unmarked black vans pulled into the gravel driveway of the brick, ranch-style house. Stretchers were taken out at 10:11 p.m. and 10:19 p.m. The vans pulled away at 10:23 p.m. After the vans left, deputies stayed behind to secure the home.
A forensics team appeared to be working just inside the front door of the home after 9 p.m., with a steady flash from a camera visible through the glass on the door. At least two of the home’s windows were broken.
The deaths come in a county that has seen two young people slain in little more than a month. All of the deaths, though unrelated, have been in the same vicinity.
In December, Lee-Davis student Jyreffe Clark died in what is being termed an accidental shooting. Last week, Atlee student Brett Wells was shot to death in an alleged drug deal that officers said turned into a robbery.
“They’re all unrelated, but it’s been a tough month,” said Whitley.
Source:Richmond Times Dispatch
Boydton, Va. Jan 30 2012 — When things got tough, the people of this Southside hamlet made a hard decision. They welcomed into their midst the Mecklenburg Correctional Center, a sallow-trimmed building filled with murderers and rapists that promised to pump jobs and revenue back into the ailing economy.
For three decades, that decision buoyed Boydton, a blue-collar community so proud of its scrappiness that U.S. News and World Report once called it: “A Small Town That Refuses to Die.”
But as the town prepared for its 200th anniversary in February, it was blindsided by news the state planned to shutter the prison, which houses about 730 inmates.
Boydton ultimately will lose 20 percent of its annual budget — revenue that comes from providing sewer services to the prison — and the area is poised to lose 300 jobs. Officials fear they will have to lay off most of the town’s workers, including its only police officer; triple some water rates; and cut back on trash pickups. More than $1.5 million in grants are in jeopardy. If the town does not get help from the state, it could go bankrupt and be dissolved.
Boydton’s bicentennial could turn into its wake.
“They call Boydton a little Mayberry – and that’s what it is,” said Alan Panther, who has lived in the town of about 480 all his life and works at the prison. “We were really trying to make a comeback. All that work is going to go down the drain.”
The story of Boydton is playing out in small towns across Virginia and around the nation. Many depressed rural communities welcomed prisons in recent decades as sources of jobs and revenue — The Post dubbed it “salvation through incarceration.”
But budget woes and moves to jail fewer nonviolent offenders are leading states to mothball dozens of correctional facilities — an unexpected blow for communities already suffering from the recession. In 2o10, the overall U.S. prison population declined for the first time in four decades to 1.6 million and at least 13 states closed prisons. Virginia alone has closed 10, in addition to Mecklenburg, since 2009.
Many in towns that saw factories go overseas and farms wither never imagined a prison could disappear too. The jobs were supposed to be recession proof. After all, it was government work and there was always more bad guys to lock up. They built their lives and communities around that belief.
Now they are watching their last economic lifelines go away and wondering: How will we survive?
‘You could hear a pin drop’
Two weeks before Christmas, word spread among the tightknit group of prison workers that there would be an emergency meeting. About 100 correctional officers and other employees filed into the prisoners’ visiting room the night of Dec. 12 with no idea what was to come.
“ ‘I’m going to cut right to the chase. Because of cutbacks we are closing the facility,’ ” Panther recalled a state corrections official announcing. “It was a shock. You could hear a pin drop in the room.”
The prison sits on a bluff, a short drive and a world away from Boydton’s picturesque downtown with its quaint storefronts and whitewashed, 1830s courthouse.
Opened in 1976, the prison is a collection of institutional brown buildings surrounded by razor wire. At one time, it housed death row and it was dubbed a “monument to failure.”
For Boydton, it was anything but that. The prison is now the fifth-largest employer in Mecklenburg and it pays Boydton $240,000 a year for sewage services. Guards eat lunch at the local watering hole, the Copper Kettle, and visitors stop by the Dollar General.
The prison’s importance to the town was cemented in the last decade as Mecklenburg saw the twin pillars of its economy crumble: manufacturing and tobacco. A Burlington Industries textile mill and Russell Stover Candy plant closed, leaving more than 3,500 out of work, and health concerns about cigarettes drove a long slide in tobacco farming.
Marilyn Boyd has found herself at the center of Mecklenburg’s declining fortunes. She worked at Burlington Industries for 15 years and was laid off when its mill closed in 2002. She had planned to retire there.
Boyd sought work at the prison because it seemed a safe harbor in a county that has one of Virginia’s highest unemployment rates — 8.8 percent. She had hoped to retire there, too.
But after 35 years of operation, Gov. Robert F. McDonnell announced the prison would close in May. Officials said Pennsylvania triggered the closure by deciding to remove about 1,000 prisoners housed under contract in Virginia.
Virginia prisoners will move to Chatham’s Green Rock prison, a newer facility where officials said they could be held more cheaply. But the future for workers is less certain.
McDonnell pledged to provide “as much assistance as possible” to employees. Officials said they will be able to place about half at prisons within commuting distance. The transfers will begin in February. Eligible workers can also take early retirement, while laid-off workers will get a severance package.
Boyd is banking on a transfer, but the prison’s imminent closure has left her with a sickly sense of familiarity. At 48, with Burlington gone and the prison going, she has few options.
“This is our second go-round with a closing, and Mecklenburg is our last big employer,” she said.
Refusing to die
Johnathan Kirkland is Boydton’s police chief — and its police force. Boydton is small enough, and safe enough, for a department of one. The biggest crime he has seen in his nine months on the job: a break-in at an old oil factory.
As he cruises around town, the 26-year-old knows every face and he chats with residents. He is the third generation of Kirklands to serve and protect in Mecklenburg. His father was a police officer in neighboring Chase City and his grandfather was a county sheriff’s deputy.
Kirkland took the job because he thought government work would be safe in these bad economic times. Now, he is looking at possibly being laid off.
Boydton is quiet, but what is a small town without its police chief? The idea strikes Kirkland as a bit troubling because his job goes well beyond writing tickets — he chaperones kids on Halloween, checks homes when people are away and more.
“You kind of wonder if some of the citizens realize there is no police officer around, what might happen,” Kirkland said.
Following Kirkland out the door could be the maintenance workers, assistant clerk, wastewater treatment plant workers and others — in all two-thirds of the town’s 10 employees could be let go.
Mayor Gerald Wrenn and Treasurer Shirley Bowen spend their time looking for a lifeline. They vow the town will not lose its charter. It is a matter of pride: They do not want the town to go away on their watch.
But each day, there’s a little less cash in the town’s coffers. As it prepares to close, the prison is producing less sewage and less revenue for Boydton. They said the town will have to fill a $60,000 to $120,000 hole in its $1.2 million budget this year. By next year, that deficit will double.
The town has asked the state for help filling those holes, which could give it some breathing room to deal with its budget woes.
Wrenn is confident that if the town can get past the current crisis it is poised to reinvent itself. Microsoft opened a cloud-computing data center in a local business park, the first stage of a three-part development.
A new marina project on nearby Buggs Island Lake and a planned horse park could lure visitors. But for now, the bad economy has slowed these latter projects. “These were the engines that would fuel our turnaround,” Wrenn said. “The town has to become a destination.”
With the same hope for recovery, Boydton residents continue to plan for its anniversary. They will ring every bell in town on Feb. 3 and honor its oldest residents. Boydton is determined not to be wiped off the map.
“What are we going to be celebrating, shutting the town down?” said Bowen, on a recent afternoon at Town Hall. She pointed to the U.S. News and World Report article, which is displayed prominently and has become the town’s rallying cry. “No, we’re refusing to die.”
GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. Jan 30 2012
A Gwinnett County man accused of stealing several flat-screen TVs by simply walking out of a store could be connected to other cases, police said.
“Sometimes it appears that he may be acting alone,” Lawrenceville Police Captain Greg Vaughn told Channel 2’s Manuel Bojorquez. “Other times, it looks like there may be somebody out there waiting in a vehicle to where they can load the TVs up and make a quick getaway,” he said.
Surveillance video from Jan. 15 at the Walmart on Collins Hill Road in Lawrenceville shows two men in the electronics department looking at televisions. Later, they’re seen loading several into shopping carts and walking out. On that night, police said, the men walked out with five flat screens.
Lawrenceville Police arrested Koso Lenga this week, but are still looking for others.
Investigators believe the men are responsible for at least three cases in Lawrenceville. They are comparing notes with other Gwinnett County cities and other metro counties that had similar crimes.
Police are also looking into how the men have been able to walk out of the store unnoticed One theory is that someone distracted security guards at the door, investigators told Bojorquez.