United States Department of the Interior – National Park Service, U.S. Government
End of Watch: Sunday, January 1, 2012
Bio &Incident Details
Tour: Not available
Badge # Not available
Incident Date: 1/1/2012
Suspect: At large
Park Ranger Margaret Anderson was shot and killed while executing a felony stop near the Longmire Ranger Station in Mount Rainier National Park just before 11:00am.
The suspect had been stopped by another officer near the Paradise Ranger Station, but fled before being stopped again by Ranger Anderson. The suspect opened fire, fatally striking Ranger Anderson.
After being shot, Ranger Anderson radioed for help as the suspect fled on foot. Officers attempting to reach Ranger Anderson were held at bay for approximately three hours as the suspect continued to fire on them.
Ranger Anderson is survived by her husband and two young children.
Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Steve Shackelton, Associate Director for Visitor and Resource Protection
United States Department of the Interior – National Park Service
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20240
Phone: (202) 208-6843
Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico
End of Watch: Sunday, January 1, 2012
Tour: 20 years
Badge # 8-18871
Incident Date: 1/1/2012
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect: At large
Sergeant Abimael Castro-Berrocales was shot and killed after stopping a speeding vehicle on PR-100 in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, at approximately 9:30 am.
As he reached the driver’s side of the stopped vehicle he was immediately shot twice in the face and critically wounded. A responding unit observed the suspect flee the scene but stopped to render aid to Sergeant Castro-Berrocales. He was transported to Río Piedras Medical Center where he succumbed to his wounds.
The suspect(s) involved with Sergeant Castro-Berrocales’ murder remain at large.
Sergeant Castro-Berrocales had served with the Puerto Rico Police Department for 20 years. He is survived by his wife and three sons.
Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Superintendent General Emilio Diaz-Colon
Puerto Rico Police Department
PO Box 70166
San Juan, PR 00936
Phone: (787) 792-1234
The incident happened about 9:40 a.m. during a robbery at the Fort Worth Community Credit Union at 6454 Brentwood Stair Road.
The deputy was off-duty and working as a security officer for the bank when the confrontation occurred, said Terry Grisham, Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department spokesman.
The deputy was able to fire his weapon after his throat was slashed, hitting the robbery suspect, who is currently under guard at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Grisham said.
Grisham said another person was with the robbery suspect and escaped the scene and the deputy was able to fire his weapon at the suspect’s car, breaking out windows. It is unknown by authorities if that person was hit.
The Sheriff’s department has not yet released the condition of the deputy or the robbery suspect.
“We are cautiously optimistic about his condition,” Grisham said, referring to the injured deputy.
Fort Worth police and the FBI are investigating the robbery side of the incident and the Sheriff’s office is investigating the injured deputy’s case as an attempted capital murder case, Grisham said
Minneapolis MN Jan 1 2012 Minnesota Vikings cornerback Benny Sapp was cited for misdemeanor assault early Friday after an altercation with security guards at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.
According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Sapp was handcuffed while police officers questioned him and the guards. Sapp wasn’t arrested, but he was ticketed for fifth-degree assault and careless driving for allegedly trying to drive away while a security officer was standing in front of him.
“Mr. Sapp pushed one of the security officers and drove his vehicle toward the exit of the ramp, where there was another confrontation with a security officer standing in front of the vehicle,” Minneapolis police Sgt. William Palmer said.
Police said Sapp was trying to drop off his 11-year-old son to his wife, who was visiting someone at the hospital. The confrontation started after Sapp attempted to use an unauthorized entrance, then tried to leave the boy with a security guard, saying he had to go to work, according to Palmer.
The Vikings signed Sapp as a free agent Nov. 16 to offset depth issues in their secondary. The eight-year NFL veteran also played for Minnesota in 2008 and 2009.
57-year-old Anthony Douglas, a 29 year veteran of the Buffalo Police Department, was off-duty when his car crashed on Main Street near Depew Avenue earlier this month.
Douglas succumbed to his injuries on Christmas.
Instead of mourning, the family wanted to celebrate his life on Friday and held a special ceremony for Douglas.
Family and friends shared fond memories of Douglas, who they described as a ‘Jack of all Trades”. Douglas pursued a nursing career before joining the police department. He worked in plumbing and welding, and was also a member of the Buffalo Youth and PBA.
“Your memory is my keepsake, with which I’ll never part, God has you in his keeping, I have you in my heart,” Douglas’ Sister Vernell read from a poem.
The Mayor of Buffalo proclaimed December 30th, 2011 as Officer Anthony Lee Douglas Senior Day in the City of Buffalo.
Douglas is survived by his wife Hazel of 35 years, his two children, 6 grandchildren and his extended family.
Baltimore MD Jan 1 2012
Ronald B. Schwartz went out the way he came in — behind the wheel of a blue 1969 Dodge Dart Swinger.
The 64-year-old retired on Friday as a major with the Baltimore County Police Department, having spent more than four decades working himself up the ranks, from walking a midnight beat on Reisterstown Road to running the training academy.
Schwartz joined the Police Department on April 1, 1970, and drove himself to his precinct in Garrison in the Dodge. He still has the car — fully restored and worth eight times the $3,000 it cost new off the lot — and thought it only fitting that he drive it home on his last day.
“It’s an end of an era,” Schwartz said while proudly showing off his car in front of the police headquarters building in Towson. Until Friday, he was the department’s longest-serving officer. “It’s on to a new adventure,” he said.
The car, much like Schwartz, is functional, no-frills. Sure, the retired cop has stories to tell about chasing gunmen and facing down criminals. But asked to recall his most exciting moment in 41 years of policing, he described closing a string of a dozen burglaries in Parkville.
“What really stands out is what you do for people,” Schwartz said.
His photo appeared just twice in the newspaper — standing amid wooden beams for a new precinct in Parkville, and helping children shop for Christmas toys. His name is mentioned a few times in a police blotter here and there, but otherwise he stayed in the background.
He joined the force only after being impressed watching another officer help somebody at a party he attended. A graduate of Baltimore’s Mergenthaler Vocational Technical School, he had worked in quality control at Bendix and installed automatic pay machines at toll booths.
“I never had a clue about becoming a cop,” he said
Also, like his car, Schwartz stands out in his own way. He’s far from flashy — though he did add an FM radio to the car and confesses to using an iPod — but he was held in high regard by police and the citizens he served.
“He’s steady, predictable,” said Baltimore County Police Chief James W. Johnson, one of six chiefs Schwartz worked for (he also counts six county executives). Johnson has a special relationship with the retiree — Schwartz was his boss in the early 1980s.
Schwartz was a sergeant in the Essex precinct and Johnson was a patrol cop a few years out of the academy. Over the years, the chief watched his former supervisor move up and around the department — from beat cop to running a district, heading up community policing and overseeing the academy. He built police athletic league centers and oversaw construction of station houses.
“He rendered a tremendous amount of service to the citizens,” Johnson said, calling Schwartz an “ethical, by-the-book cop” who “when he told you the right way to do something, you could take that to the bank.”
As Johnson talked, he said he could look out of his office window and see Schwartz’s car, which became a spectacle on a quiet Friday before a holiday. Capt. Douglas Irwin said he heard the engine purring from his office and ran downstairs.
I just came down to admire the car and the person driving it,” said Irwin, who works in internal affairs.
The captain, coffee cup in hand, peered under the hood and engaged Schwartz with a long line of questions, indecipherable to anyone but a car buff. They compared model years and talked about parts, restoration and mileage.
Schwartz, a practical man, said the car was an expensive investment back in 1970 — starting salary for a county cop then was $7,200 a year, and he took out a three-year loan to pay it off. He retires with a salary of $163,400, not including a lucrative retirement payout from a county program set up to retain older officers.
For a long time, the Dodge was his only car. He and his wife, Barbara — he’s been with her 45 years, slightly longer than the Dodge — took it on trips, including a jaunt to Niagara Falls, and his two daughters used it to drive to school.
“It was the family car,” said Schwartz. It now has about 128,000 miles on the odometer and is driven on special occasions and to car shows. His grandson has already spoken for it.
Policing has changed since Schwartz joined the force, mostly in terms of technology. His first patrol car was much like the Dodge — with only an electric siren mounted to the hood and a single bubble light on top. Now, patrol cars, he said, “might as well be spaceships.”
Schwartz has lived in Parkville since he joined the police force. His happiest moments were patrolling his neighborhood. “I can feel their pain when something happens,” he said. “That’s what the job is, working and protecting my own community.”
After 41 years, the retired major said, “I’m coming home.”
Tacoma WA Jan 1 2012 Police arrested and charged a man Friday in connection with the theft of an Auburn police officer’s uniform, badge and guns.
Andrew Mark Steele, 34, is suspected of stealing the police officer’s gear while the officer was off duty and having dinner with his wife at a Tacoma restaurant Wednesday night.
Steele has been jailed in lieu of $250,000 bail. He pleaded not guilty to felony counts of possessing a stolen firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm and two gross misdemeanor counts of possessing of third-degree possession of stolen property.
According to Tacoma police, Steele allegedly broke the back window out of the officer’s personal car and seized a gym bag containing the officer’s personal firearm, a loaded .40-caliber handgun, and a loaded AR-15 rifle, his badge and on-duty jumpsuit uniform.
According to court records, a witness told police the man later tried to sell him the handgun.
Steele, who has an extensive criminal record, lived nearby of where he allegedly broke into the officer’s car, according to court records.
Tulare CA Jan 1 2012 A man who police said took merchandise from a northeast Tulare big-box store and punched a security guard trying to detain him was arrested Thursday afternoon.
Deandre Knight, 25, was booked into the Tulare County Main Jail on suspicion of petty theft, battery and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Police said officers responded at 3:51 p.m. Thursday to SuperTarget, 2195 East Prosperity Ave., for reports of a man, later identified as Knight, walking out the store without paying for flashlights and men’s clothing.
Store security tried to detain him, police said. The security officer was punched in the face, suffering injuries to his left ear. The injuries didn’t appear to be life-threatening.
The security guard was able to detain the man until police officers arrived, Sgt. Matt Machado said.
While searching him, officers found the man in possession of a small amount of marijuana and a smoking pipe, police said.
LEXINGTON, N.C. Jan 1 2012 (AP) — Do you have change for a million-dollar bill?
Police say a North Carolina man insisted his million-dollar note was real when he was buying $476 worth of items at a Walmart.
Investigators told the Winston-Salem Journal that 53-year-old Michael Fuller tried to buy a vacuum cleaner, a microwave oven and other items. Store employees called police after his insistence that the bill was legit, and Fuller was arrested.
The largest bill in circulation is $100. The government stopped making bills of up to $10,000 in 1969.
Fuller was charged with attempting to obtain property by false pretense and uttering a forged instrument. He is in jail on a $17,500 bond, and it isn’t clear if he has an attorney. He is scheduled to be in court Tuesday.
OXFORD OH Jan 1 2012 — Oxford and Miami University police detained 10 people in thefts and burglaries during a six-day period through a coordinated effort to watch properties left vacant for winter break by Miami University students.
The two police departments shared tactics, conducted joint roll calls at the start of many shifts and used a shared radio channel to more actively prevent break-ins and safeguard property, according to Oxford police.
Through their efforts, from Dec. 23-28 police were able to return thousands of dollars in stolen electronics and other goods to victims, according to police.
“We systematically patrol areas/residences when we know people are out of town,” said interim Oxford police Chief Bob Holzworth in a news release. “But we can’t be in all places at once. Combining forces during a high break-in time allows us to save residents a lot of grief and sends a powerful message to would-be burglars: There is a high probability you will be caught.”
Owners and renters can request police check their properties when they are away.
Police report they made the following arrests during the six days:
• Dec. 23, 12:38 a.m. Officers doing surveillance on the south side of Oxford saw juveniles allegedly steal a concrete lion decoration from 106 Ardmore Drive and carry it to the laundry room of an apartment complex, where police believe they may have intended to use it to break into coin machines. The juveniles were charged with misdemeanor theft and complicity to theft.
• Dec. 24, 12:06 a.m. A trio of Fairfield men were charged with allegedly stealing a television and approximately 100 DVDs from an East Chestnut Street apartment, after a resident phoned police about a loud noise and three men running through the parking lot of the complex. Stephen Ray Osborne was charged with burglary, a second-degree felony, and Daniel Joseph Ortman and Aaron Lamar Williams were charged with complicity to burglary, a second-degree felony.
• Dec. 27, 7:26 p.m., a burglary in progress was reported on South Beech Street. Officers saw four juveniles run from the residence, and detained two female juveniles, who were not charged. After a search, a third male was located in the garage of an Acorn Circle residence. He was charged with two counts of burglary, a second-degree felony. The fourth male was also located and charged with one count of burglary.
• Dec. 28, 2 a.m. Andrew Crank was charged with attempted burglary, a third-degree felony, and criminal mischief, a third-degree misdemeanor, for allegedly entering a residence in the 5000 block of College Corner Pike.
Nassau County NY Jan 1 2012 An Amityville man was arrested for robbery Friday for a 2009 incident in which he scuffled with a supermarket security guard over cases of beer, police said.
David Gilbert, 49, went into the Pathmark at 941 Carmans road on July 6 of that year and loaded several cases of beer into a shopping cart.
But he was confronted by guards when he tried to exit without paying, police said.
As they tried to put handcuffs he swung at one of them, injuring his eye.
Gilbert fled the scene, but after a long investigation, he was arrested in Seaford.
He was charged with robbery in the second degree.
Jacksonville community activist and former treasurer charged with embezzlement www.privateofficer.com
Jacksonville Fla Jan 1 2012 Police have charged a Springfield community activist and former treasurer of two Jacksonville nonprofit associations with stealing money from a popular city nightclub while its night manager.
Police records obtained Thursday by the Times-Union said that Adam Blair Halstead, 34, of West Fifth Street, is charged with employee theft while working at the Metro on Willowbranch Avenue near Riverside.
Halstead is accused of stealing more than $15,000 in drink receipts between July and mid-November, his arrest report said.
“There definitely is not any truth to it,” Halstead told the Times-Union Thursday, declining to comment further. He was freed on $10,000 bond after his Dec. 16 arrest, records show.
Metro co-owner Jerry Rosenberg said he and his brother confronted Halstead about the missing money in November. Rosenberg said he called authorities on Nov. 17 when the money remained missing.
He told investigators that Halstead, who worked for him for about two years, convinced him to install a new cash register system in June. Rosenberg said Halstead was the only person with intricate knowledge of the system’s mechanics.
Rosenberg began noticing that the club’s operations account had unusually low balances since the system’s installation. He said another person who checked register receipts discovered discrepancies that began in June, the arrest report said.
Rosenberg told police the money disappeared after drinks were rung up and then voided or credited back at a later time. The credits included spillages, over-pours, employee shift drinks and manager discounts, the report said.
Though Halstead’s arrest report said that $15,805 was missing, Rosenberg told the Times-Union it was closer to $32,000.
State records show that Halstead held various offices, including president and treasurer, with the nonprofit Springfield Heritage Education Center. Corporate records still list him as the treasurer, but vice president Rita Reagan said he hasn’t held that post for some time.
Reagan said Halstead has lived in Springfield for more than 10 years and helped her organization in various ways, including managing its finances and working on its website. The organization’s primary goal is to archive the old neighborhood’s history.
Reagan called the charge against Halstead tragic and said she doesn’t believe he was capable of theft. She said her organization had no problems with its finances under Halstead.
“If I hadn’t found him completely trustworthy, I wouldn’t have had him handling the money,” she said.
Reagan said that Halstead also served as treasurer of the Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Council. Two Council officials said Thursday night they were unaware of Halstead’s prior work with their organization.
Halstead is also listed as a full partner in the Troutman & Company LLC real estate development firm, according to the company’s website. The company’s inventory has included numerous historic properties in Springfield.
Toledo OH Jan 1 2012 A Detroit man is to be arraigned Saturday in Toledo Municipal Court on one count of robbery after police say he stole a $28,000 diamond ring from a Westfield Franklin Park mall jewelry store Thursday evening.
Devon Edwards, 28, was to face a judge Friday but was reported to be ill, according to court records.
Police say that a man went into Diamonds Forever just after 6 p.m. Thursday and asked to see a gold 2.02-carat canary-yellow diamond ring.
Per store policy, the man gave the store owner, Shahid Latif, an identification card, but it had the name “Darnell Sutton” and the photo did not look like the man asking to see the ring, the police report states.
The man grabbed the ring and ran, but he was chased by three witnesses who caught up with him in the mall’s parking lot, police said.
An off-duty officer, Robert D’Agostino, saw the commotion and placed Mr. Edwards in custody. The ring was recovered.
MIDLAND, Texas Jan 1 2012 (AP) — A man was detained Saturday after trying to go through a security checkpoint at a Texas airport with explosives in military-grade wrapping, federal and local officials said.
The man was stopped at a security checkpoint at the Midland International Airport about 9 a.m. and taken into custody by the FBI, they said.
FBI spokesman Mike Martinez declined to say whether the man was in military uniform or how many explosives were found in the bag. He said he did not know where the man was being held, saying he was at either the airport or at the FBI office in Midland.
City of Midland spokeswoman Tasa Watts said she had no information on the suspect but the explosives were wrapped in military-grade wrapping. She said the specific grade won’t be known until the explosives are tested.
The Transportation Security Administration issued a statement saying one of its officers spotted a suspicious item in a carry-on bag during X-ray screening. It said the checkpoint was closed for about an hour while officers investigated and removed the item.
Watts said the man was entering a terminal when he was stopped, and a sweep was done to clear that terminal before normal operations resumed.
An American Airlines spokesman said the man had a reservation on Flight 3283 from Midland to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The departure time for the American Eagle plane was 9:45 a.m.
RALEIGH, N.C. Jan 1 2012– Fire heavily damaged a Wake County EMS station in North Raleigh on Thursday afternoon, destroying an ambulance, according to Wake EMS officials.
A two-person ambulance crew had just returned from a call shortly before 1 p.m. and was preparing lunch when they heard what sounded like fire in the ambulance bay at the station on Six Forks Road near Millbrook Road, EMS District Chief Jeffrey Hammerstein said.
The crew opened the door to the bay to see flames rising to the ceiling, before scrambling outside to safety, Hammerstein said.
“The ambulance itself was fully involved, heavy, heavy damage,” he said. “There’s no way it will be used again.”
Raleigh Fire Marshal Rusty Styons said the fire appears to have started in the engine compartment, but it’s not yet clear why.
The fire damaged the two-vehicle ambulance bay; the other ambulance assigned to the station was on the road at the time, Hammerstein said.
The building won’t be usable for some time, but that should have little or no impact on service, Hammerstein said. EMS ambulances are frequently on the move anyway, with calls automatically going to the closest crew.
“It’s not like there’s a segment of North Raleigh that will go uncovered or less covered by any means,” he said.
Source:News & Observer
Raleigh stolen phone report leads to 7 arrests for phony gift cards, stolen credit cards www.privateofficer.com
RALEIGH NC Jan 1 2012 – When police went to a North Raleigh apartment to investigate a stolen cellphone, they discovered hundreds of phony gift cards and a machine that could reproduce phony credit-card numbers.
The seven suspects arrested Wednesday as a result of the discovery remained in the Wake County jail Friday, with bail for each set at $1 million, authorities reported.
Three New York men – Ibrahim Diablo, 25, Manado L. Bah, 20, of Bronx County, and Maidu Diablo, 22, of Syracuse – are charged with one felony count each of financial card forgery and criminal possession of a financial transaction card forgery device, according to arrest warrants filed Thursday at the Wake County District Attorney’s Office.
Four North Carolina residents – Keshena Danielle-Roberts Joyner, 23, and Jakema Harris, 18, both of New Bern; and Jasmin N. McCartney, 22, and Seiko Gained Barrie, 25, both of Raleigh – face the same charges.
Investigators say the seven defrauded various banks and credit-card companies by encoding stolen credit-card numbers onto gift cards and doing multiple unauthorized credit-card transactions.
Police spokeswoman Laura Hourigan said that when officers arrived at 4920-F Wallingford Drive just after 10:30 a.m. Wednesday to investigate a report of a stolen phone, officer J.L. Rimier smelled marijuana coming from inside the residence.
Inside, police discovered about 200 gift cards to retail outlets, American Express and VISA, Hourigan said.
Police have not yet determined how long the operation has been going on or how much money and merchandise the suspects have obtained with the phony cards.
“It could be a pretty big case,” Hourigan said.
DAYTON, Ohio Jan 1 2012
Police in Dayton said a city employee was arrested, accused of theft in office.
The suspect said he stole the money to pay his elderly mother’s bills. The man has been held in the Montgomery County Jail, but was released as his case goes through the court system.
Elbert Garrison, 41, was arrested on Thursday at the city of Dayton’s Lohrey Center. He was a city employee for 10 years and is accused of stealing $135.
Garrison spent 24 hours in jail on charges of theft in office and tampering with evidence. Police said the recreation coordinator pocketed money from the Lohrey Center.
He told officers, source say, that he needed the money to pay his sick elderly mother’s bills.
Officers said a customer paid the money for a membership to the recreation center. Garrison allegedly took a credit card receipt for the transaction, too.
If found guilty, the $135 theft could get Garrison six months in jail and up to several years in prison. However, Garrison would have to be indicted first.
The case will next go to the grand jury, where he could be indicted or the case could be dropped.
Hermiston Or. Jan 1 2012 Police have arrested two Umatilla men — including one wanted on a warrant for attempted murder in Colorado — after allegedly stealing around $10 of merchandise and beer at Fiesta Foods, located in the 1800 block of N. 1st Street, yesterday afternoon.
20-year-old Steven Grimaldo and 25-year-old Elijio Mendoza were charged with robbery and theft.
Grimaldo initially gave a false name to hide his true identity as he is the subject of several warrants for his arrest out of Greeley, Colorado including attempted murder and assaulting a police officer.
Police say both men used physical force against a store employee to avoid apprehension.
Both Grimaldo and Mendoza have been arrested and cited multiple times and are well known by the Hermiston Police Department.
Cedar Falls IA Jan 1 2012 A former University of Northern Iowa employee is charged with stealing more than $16,000 from the school’s ticketing system.
John David Gogola, 44, of Cedar Falls was arrested Wednesday and charged with felony theft. He is accused of using money from university ticket sales to pay down the balance on his personal credit cards.
According to a new report from Iowa Auditor of State David Vaudt, Gogola was hired by the university in 2006 as a student employee. In August 2009 he was promoted to assistant director of the school’s UNItix ticketing system, where he helped process ticket sales for intercollegiate athletic events held in the UNI-Dome and McLeod Center, as well as performances at Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center and the Strayer-Wood Theatre.
According to state auditors, Gogola used a complicated scheme to divert $18,891 from the system. Auditors say Gogola routed $16,412 of that money to banks where it was applied to Gogola’s debit and credit card accounts.
The auditors’ report details a number of methods by which Gogola was allegedly able to shuffle money between 112 customers’ accounts and his own personal accounts, avoiding detection until after he resigned in August 2010.
In one instance, Gogola was working in the ticketing office during a women’s basketball game. He allegedly rang up a fictional sale of $95 for 15 tickets, then charged the expense to an actual customer’s account. Three minutes later, he voided the sale, but allegedly “refunded” the $95 by applying the credit to one of his own personal credit cards.
The alleged scheme began to unravel after a customer complained in October 2010 that she had not received season tickets she had purchased for the men’s basketball program. The school found that the customer’s $996 had been applied to another customer’s account, and asked state auditors to investigate.
Auditors identified 284 improper transactions that ultimately resulted in money being diverted to Gogola’s debit and credit cards. The improper transactions also resulted in $1,268 in losses sustained by 12 customers. The auditors said there may have been other improper transactions, but due to the way Gogola documented his work, a more complete accounting is not possible.
“While the auditor’s report identifies accounts that were affected, that doesn’t necessarily mean all those accounts actually lost money,” said Steve Carignan, UNI assistant vice president for administration and financial services. “In the end, almost all the funds taken were from the main UNItix account, but a small number of individuals and groups did lose money. We are contacting all the people and groups affected and checks are being mailed today to repay the stolen funds. UNI will pursue restitution from Mr. Gogola.”
Carignan said the school is “committed to continuously improving processes and systems.” He said most of the auditors’ recommendations on improving internal financial controls have already been implemented.
Among the auditors’ recommendations: independent monitoring of unusual transactions — such as credit reversals, transfers and negative cash payments — that are authorized by UNItix management.
SANTA FE NM Jan 1 2012 - A corrections officer fresh from the academy may be looking for a new career after store surveillance and its video cameras led to his arrest for shoplifting.
Newly certified corrections officer Michael Armijo is accused of stealing a watching while shopping with his girlfriend at the Sears store in southwest Santa Fe on Thursday.
Store security personnel thought he looked suspicious from the moment he walked in.
“Security was on him, cameras were on him, and in this particular case they sort of followed him using the cameras throughout the store,” Lt. Louis Carlos of the Santa Fe police department said.
At first the cameras recorded him checking out the watches. After selecting one, he walks away.
Cameras follow him through the store until he shoves the empty watch box onto a shelf.
A few aisles over he can be seen adjusting something on his wrist.
Then he and his girlfriend walked out of the store.
“Unfortunately he made a career-ending decision for himself yesterday.” Carlos said.
He was arrested in the parking lot and booked into jail over a watch priced at $29.99.
Armijo bonded out of jail that evening coming up with $50 cash to get out.
Armijo had just finished the academy to become a corrections officer. He is now on paid leave and likely to lose his job.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Armijo had been on the job as a corrections officer trainee for three days before his arrest.
Decatur IL Jan 1 2012 Police have made an arrest in the shooting of a nightclub security guard.
Police arrested 18 year old Keantra Milan on attempted murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm charges.
Milan is accused of shooting the security guard multiple times outside the Klowd 9 club on East Wood street in the early morning hours of December 17th.
Milan is in the Macon County Jail on half a million dollars bond.
PHOENIX AZ Jan 1 2012 — Phoenix police say a police officer and another man have been arrested after an off-duty incident at a strip club early Saturday.
Officer Scott Gomez was booked into jail on four counts of aggravated assault following an altercation with four security guards.
Police allege Gomez aimed his gun at the club security guards while off-duty.
Based upon witness accounts and interviews with the alleged victims, detectives arrested Gomez and 36-year-old Francisco Vallarta (vy-AHR’-tuh) for aggravated assault.
In addition, police suspected Vallarta had impersonated a police officer.
The 36-year-old Gomez is assigned to the Estrella (es-TRAY’-uh) Mountain Precinct and will be placed on administrative leave, pending the conclusion of the internal investigation.
Atlanta GA Jan 1 2012 Police say that a security officer shot and killed an armed teenager Friday night in southwest Atlanta.
Officers identified the teen as Kenard Arnold, 17, of Atlanta, who died at the scene after being shot in the back, officials said.
The shooting happened shortly after 9:30 p.m. at the De Lane Court Condominiums at 1867 Myrtle Drive, Atlanta police spokeswoman Ms. Kim Jones said.
Investigators said Mr. Arnold was firing a gun in the direction of another man when a security officer from the area drove up at the location.
The security officer fired his weapon, hitting Mr. Arnold once in the back, Ms. Jones said.
The teen ran for a short distance before collapsing and dying at the parking lot, Ms. Jones said.
It was unclear Saturday if the security guard said anything to the teen before firing his gun. It was also unclear why the teen was shooting at the man who police have not yet been able to identify.
Police are still investigating this shooting and has not said if there will be any charges filed.