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BISBEE AZ Jan 3 2012 — A bar fight has led to a double shooting near the southern Arizona community of Bisbee.
The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office tells The Arizona Daily Star 29-year-old Adolfo Ruiz Jr. of Tucson, was arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of attempted murder, aggravated assault and disorderly conduct with a weapon. The incident happened early Sunday.
The owner of the bar and his son tried to escort one of the men outside when he pulled out a gun and shot the owner’s son in his torso.
The bar owner then pushed the man outside the front door and a second man standing outside was shot.
The victims were flown to a Tucson hospital and were in stable condition Sunday afternoon.
Walnut Creek CA Jan 3 2012 Two men were arrested in Walnut Creek early Saturday morning on suspicion of beating a man with a metal object in the parking lot of a nightclub.
Contra Costa firefighters were called to a parking lot near VICE Lounge on Arroyo Way around 1:45 a.m. Saturday where an injured man said he was pistol whipped by a group of strangers.
The firefighters flagged down police, who set up a perimeter around the area and later arrested Brian Palma, 20, of Antioch and Johnny Lopez, 21, of Brentwood.
Security staff from VICE helped police identify Palma and Lopez, police said.
A firearm was not found, but police found a bloodied metal object they believe to have been used in the assault.
Both Palma and Lopez were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and battery with serious bodily injury. They are being held in County Jail in Martinez on $50,000 bail.
The victim was transported to a local medical center with serious head injuries, but which were not life-threatening.
Walnut Creek police Lt. Steve Gorski said fights are something police expect after the bars close and patrons are intoxicated, but the level of violence displayed lately is a concern.
“We’re just not where people beat others with objects to the point where there are pretty serious injuries,” he said.
Anyone with more information is encouraged to call Walnut Creek police at 925-943-5844. Callers may remain anonymous.
CORPUS CHRISTI TX Jan 3 2012 — Police arrested two men on charges they stole $15,000 in bronze and steel piping from a fabricator early Sunday.
Officers received a call after 2 a.m. from a junior high school security guard in the 5200 block of Bear Lane, according to a police report. The security guard followed the suspects, who were riding in a gray 2007 Nissan Titan. Officers later saw the truck turn onto Enterprize Parkway from Old Brownsville Road.
Officers pulled the truck over and detained Luis Galvan, 28, and Jose Luis Galvan, 34, but found the truck was empty, according to the report. The security guard later arrived and told officers the pipes had fallen out when the men pulled out of the junior high school parking lot.
Police said their investigation found the men had taken the pipe from a fabricator about two miles away. The fabricator owner identified the pipes and had them returned.
Both men were arrested and charged with felony theft. They were being held Monday at the Nueces County Jail on $5,000 bail each.
Dayton OH Jan 3 2012 The recent roving melee at the Mall of America in suburban Minneapolis involving scores of juveniles is the latest example of pandemonium breaking out in a shopping center.
Days earlier, the release of the newest line of Nike Air Jordan basketball shoes triggered a shopping frenzy in Seattle and other cities across the country as shoppers waited in line for hours hoping to get their hands on the retro version of the popular sneakers.
Police and mall officials in the Dayton area say they face similar challenges and have been working to put strategies in place to prevent a major crowd-related incident from happening.
Miami Twp. Police Maj. John DiPietro, whose jurisdiction includes the Dayton Mall, was among four police officers helping mall security at the Finish Line store as 150 people waited for the new Air Jordans last month.
DiPietro said the event went relatively smoothly, though some line-jumpers were ejected.
“I don’t quite understand why retailers do it this way because it does create a very dangerous environment when you get so many people lined up to purchase a pair of shoes,” DiPietro said.
Finish Line manager Justin Marino said the store does a similar release every year and they strive for a safe, orderly process.
“You have to control the crowd or else the crowd controls you,” he said.
Kristie Miller, marketing director for the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek, said the mall’s security director keeps a close eye on major releases of video games and makes sure there is “a proper amount of staffing.”
GameStop can draw hundreds of people for its midnight releases, she said.
A GameStop manager declined comment.
DiPietro said he was well aware of the situations that erupted at other malls in recent weeks because the department keeps a close eye on what’s happening at retail locations across the country.
“What we try to do is always figure out what trends and what issues might roll over into our area,” he said.
He created a Power Point presentation for the Interstate 675 Organized Retail Crime Group that spotlights some of those trends, including spontaneous flash mobs that can create unwelcome disturbances, to a newer phenomenon known as flash robs.
Those are well-coordinated efforts organized via social media where young people arrive at a certain store at a given time and raid it before dispersing quickly.
Those have occurred in Washington and Chicago and may have played a part in the Mall of America incident the day after Christmas when 10 people were arrested.
Witnesses reported some offenders grabbed items from shoppers and kiosks during the melee, the Associated Press reported.
DiPietro believes the Dayton Mall’s “Must Be 16” policy that took effect in 2003 and requires anyone younger than the age of 16 to be accompanied by a parent or guardian after 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday has been successful in addressing the problem of groups of unruly juveniles gathering there.
“The success was tremendous in solving the problem,” DiPietro said.
Margie Bicknell, 73, of New Lebanon, likes the policy.
“It seems that you don’t see gangs around or large groups,” said Bicknell, who was shopping with her 12-year-old granddaughter at the mall last week.
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Clayton, MO Jan 3 2012–Police have charged a 22-year-old man for kidnapping, and armed criminal action after holding a couple in Clayton, Missouri hostage for money Saturday afternoon.
Police say a Clayton resident was working in his yard when he was approached by two armed suspects who demanded money.
After the resident was unable to provide the suspects with any money, the resident was forced to get cash at an ATM at a grocery store.
After arriving, the resident alerted a security guard who then alerted Clayton and Richmond Heights police departments.
No one was injured. The investigation is ongoing.
MOUNT RAINIER, Wash. Jan 3 2012 - A man who was suspected in the killing of Mount Rainier National Park ranger on Sunday morning was found dead on Monday, face down in a river.
Benjamin Colton Barnes, 24, was found not far from where he took off after the shooting.
“The body was found in a river,” Det. Sgt. Ed Troyer of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Dept. said. “He appears to have not been the victim of any type of violence other than the weather.”
Barnes is believed to have fled to the remote park to hide after an earlier shooting at a New Year’s house party near Seattle that wounded four, two critically. Authorities suspect he shot ranger Margaret Anderson later Sunday.
Police cleared out the park of visitors and mounted a manhunt for Barnes, who was believed to have weapons and survivalist training. The body was found face down, Washington State Patrol spokesman Guy Gill said.
Barnes has had a troubled transition to civilian life, with accusations he suffers post-traumatic stress disorder and is suicidal.
He was involved in a custody dispute in July, during which his toddler daughter’s mother sought a temporary restraining order against him, according to court documents. The woman told authorities he was suicidal and possibly suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after deploying to Iraq in 2007-2008, and had once sent her a text message saying “I want to die.”
She alleged that he gets easily irritated, angry and depressed and keeps an arsenal of weapons in his home. She wrote that she feared for the child’s safety. Undated photos provided by police showed a shirtless, tattooed Barnes brandishing two large weapons.
In November 2011, a guardian ad litem recommended parenting and communication classes for both parents and recommending Barnes be allowed to continue supervised visits with the child, two days a week. That visitation schedule was to continue until he completed a domestic violence evaluation and mental health evaluation and complied with all treatment recommendations.
On New Year’s, there was an argument at a house party in Skyway, south of Seattle, and gunfire erupted, police said. Barnes was connected to the shooting, said Sgt. Cindi West, King County Sheriff’s spokeswoman.
Two of the three people who fled the scene were located. West said authorities were trying to find Barnes and had been in contact with his family to ask them to convince him to step forward and “tell his side of the story.”
At Mount Rainier around 10:20 a.m. Sunday, the gunman had sped past a checkpoint to make sure vehicles have tire chains, which are sometimes necessary in snowy conditions, Bacher said.
One ranger began following him while Anderson, a 34-year-old mother of two young children who was married to another Mount Rainier park ranger, eventually blocked the road to stop the driver. Before fleeing, the gunman fired shots at both Anderson and the ranger that trailed him, but only Anderson was hit.
Anderson would have been armed, as she was one of the rangers tasked with law enforcement, parks spokesman Kevin Bacher said. Troyer said she was shot before she had even got out of the vehicle.
Park superintendent Randy King said Anderson had served as a park ranger for about four years. King said Anderson’s husband also was working as a ranger elsewhere in the park at the time of the shooting.
“It’s just a huge tragedy — for the family, the park and the park service,” he said.
Adam Norton, a neighbor of Anderson’s in the small town of Eatonville, said the ranger’s family moved in about a year ago. He said they were not around much, but when they were, Norton would see Anderson outside with her girls.
“They just seemed like the perfect family,” he said.
The shooting renewed debate about a federal law that made it legal for people to take loaded weapons into Mount Rainier. The 2010 law made possession of firearms in national parks subject to state gun laws.
Bill Wade, the outgoing chair of the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees, said Congress should be regretting its decision to allow loaded weapons in national parks.
He called Sunday’s fatal shooting a tragedy that could have been prevented. He hopes Congress will reconsider the law that took effect in early 2010, but doubts that will happen in today’s political climate.
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Midland TX Jan 3 2012 Authorities charged an Army soldier with attempting to board an airplane with a military-grade explosive at a Texas airport in an incident officials downplayed as “nothing nefarious.”
Trey Scott Atwater, 30, of Hope Mills, North Carolina, was taken into custody Saturday morning.
Transportation Security Administration agents spotted the item in his carry-on during X-ray screening at a security checkpoint at the Midland International Airport, Midland police and city officials said.
The material was identified as an explosive, though it was determined there was no way to ignite it as there was no detonator or initiator, a law enforcement official told CNN on condition of anonymity. The official was not authorized to release the information to the media.
Atwater was an active-duty soldier, the official said.
The incident forced the evacuation and temporary closure of a portion of an airport terminal, authorities said.
“At no time was there any danger to the people at Midland International Airport or the community of Midland, Texas,” Mark Morgan, an FBI spokesman, said in a statement.
Atwater has been arrested on a federal count of attempting to board an aircraft with an explosive, Morgan said.
Vallejo CA Jan 3 2012 A Vallejo man has been arrested on suspicion of stealing copper from a Mare Island property, police said.
At about 3:30 p.m. Saturday a Mare Island security officer called 911 to report a suspicious vehicle entering a driveway of a property on Nimitz Avenue and Fourth Street, tripping an alarm.
Upon arrival, police saw the man on the roof and surrounded the property. During the search, police found the man, identified as James Ferguson, 48, who fought with an officer before he was detained, police said.
Ferguson allegedly was armed with a knife and a screwdriver, police said.
Officers also allegedly found copper wires near the vehicle that was parked inside the building.
Ferguson sustained minor injuries from the fight, and was arrested and booked into Solano County jail after treatment for his injuries.
Winnipeg Canada Jan 3 2012 Ppolice are searching for a man who they say assaulted a Polo Park security guard with a knife and some sort of chemical substance.
Police officers were called just before 11 a.m. CT Monday to the shopping centre on the 1400 block of Portage Avenue, where two security guards were trying to catch a man who had fled a store with stolen merchandise.
The suspect ran toward a waiting car and “dispensed a chemical towards the security guards as well as produced a knife,” police stated in a release.
Police did not specify what kind of chemical was used, nor did they elaborate on how it was dispensed towards the security guards.
One of the guards was taken to hospital with injuries to his upper body. He is in stable condition, according to police.
Police described the suspect as being about 26 to 30 years old and six feet tall with short dark hair.
The suspect escaped in a blue 2006 Chevrolet Optra that had been previously reported stolen. The car’s licence plate number is GCP 273, according to police.
MOBILE, Alabama Jan 3 2012 – Mobile police say that they plan increased patrols over the next two weeks as a new daytime juvenile curfew begins Tuesday.
The curfew, which applies to youths 17 years old or younger, bars them from public places between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. during the school year.
The city began a nighttime curfew in November. Officials said last week that officers have stopped 49 juveniles in the two months since, issuing either written citations or warnings.
City leaders are quick to emphasize that a curfew isn’t about arresting kids or taking them to jail, but about ensuring school attendance and enforcing parent accountability.
“For those children who choose to skip school for one reason or another, we want to be able to identify them, pick them up, and take them back to school,” said Mobile police Chief Micheal T. Williams.
Mobile police laid out the procedure that officers will be following. During daytime curfew hours, officers can approach a child wearing a school uniform or who appears to be of school age and talk about where they need to be. The officer’s first phone call will be to the child’s parent or school, depending on the situation.
Students typically have notes from their school if they are excused to go to doctor’s appointments or other tasks, according to Mobile police spokesman Cpl. Christopher Levy.
Levy said that officers will have wide discretion in determining how to enforce the curfew. The hope, he said, is that most children and teens voluntarily comply and stay in school, so little police action will be needed.
Officers will be required to document each time they interact with a child in public to determine his or her status.
If the child is determined to be breaking curfew, the officer has a number of options.
Officers can give the child either a written warning or a citation that will be handle in juvenile court at Strickland Youth Center, Levy said. A citation carries up to a $100 fine.
Officers also have the option of either verbally instructing the child to return to school or home, releasing the child to a parent or other responsible adult, or driving the student back to school
Schools sent Strickland Youth Center 795 complaints of truancy against either students or parents in 2011, according to court officials.
Parents of children caught skipping school or businesses knowingly allowing students to hang around can also be given warnings or citations. Those citations carry up to $100 in fines for the first violation. A second violation within one year carries up to $500 in fines and six months in jail. Municipal judges will also have the option to order community service, probation or parenting classes, according to the ordinance.
Levy noted that officers already have experience intervening with truancy as part of their regular patrols, but the new ordinance gives them more authority.
“Officers have been looking for kids skipping school forever — that’s nothing new, making sure kids are not up to mischief during school hours,” Levy said.
Williams said that officers will make an effort to be brief when stopping teens of driving age who turn out to have a legitimate reason for being out of school.
The new restrictions are also an attempt to curb juvenile crime.
Recently, Williams said, a man was robbed on Michigan Avenue by two 14-year-old boys.
“Those are the types of things we want to eliminate or reduce as much as possible,” he said. “Those kids should have been at home, with their parents, but they were not.”
A mother having trouble keeping her teen daughter at home during curfew hours recently called police, he said. Officers intervened and picked up the teen.
Of the 49 youths stopped during the nighttime curfew hours, only five have been taken to the Curfew Assessment Center at St. Anthony and Broad streets, Levy said. Those were cases in which no responsible adult could be reached.
In such incidents, Levy said, officers are required to contact the Alabama Department of Human Resources and follow instructions from there.
The nighttime curfew bans youth walking the streets between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. on weekdays and midnight to 6 a.m. on weekends.
In the downtown entertainment district, the curfew begins earlier in the evening, at 10 p.m., and ends at 5 a.m.
Circuit Judge Edmond Naman at Strickland Youth Center said that while the nighttime curfew has had little effect on juvenile court, he expects the daytime curfew to reduce truancy. Troubled students can sometimes see suspension as a free ticket to wandering shopping malls or the streets.
“That will make suspension for a child more significant, when they are having to stay home,” Naman said.
Most juvenile crimes — such as burglaries of empty houses or shoplifting — happen during the day, he said.
Many of those juveniles are out of school because they’ve been suspended. During the 2008-09 school year, for example, 2,443 incidents occurred that ended with Mobile County school system students being suspended.
Terrence Mixon, Mobile County schools executive director of student support services, said that schools are developing ways to share paperwork telling the Mobile Police Department about students who are suspended and therefore should not be on school property.
Mixon said the city has done a thorough job getting word out about the new curfew, but the school system may make its own announcements as well.
“We hope it will increase attendance and decrease truancy,” Mixon said.
Daly City CA Jan 3 2012 The day after it became illegal in California to openly carry an unloaded handgun in public, a man showed up at a Daly City mall Monday with an unloaded shotgun strapped to his back – and he wasn’t arrested, police said.
A security guard called police after spotting a man with a shotgun outside Serramonte Shopping Center about 9 a.m., before the mall opened for business, Daly City police Sgt. Michael Barton said.
Responding cops located the man, but then released him after determining the shotgun was legally his and unloaded, Daly City police Sgt. Michael Barton said.
On New Year’s Day, a controversial new state law took effect making it illegal to carry an exposed and unloaded handgun in a public place.
But the law applies only to handguns. Unloaded shotguns and rifles can be openly carried. Gun rights activists have sued the state over the new law.
State Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, defended the law on the Senate floor in September, saying, “This is not the Wild West,” according to news website CalWatchdog.
“This does not infringe on the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, the right to bear arms,” de Leon said. “How discomforting can it be if you walk into a restaurant … and all of a sudden you see someone walking around with a handgun and you can’t discern whether they are a law enforcement agent or undercover, perhaps maybe they are not.”
Philadelphia PA Jan. 3 2012–Joseph Testa had just switched off Dick Clark when he heard the shouting. It was 11 minutes into the new year. He went to his front steps.
Testa intended to be a peacemaker. Instead, the South Philadelphian’s life turned into a headline — the first killing of 2012 in Philadelphia, and the start of a bloody New Year’s morning.
Testa’s neighbor and his neighbor’s brother-in-law Santo Mancuso, 52, were brawling with Testa’s nephew James, 43, — bad blood that began a decade ago over parking spaces and that boiled into mutual contempt.
Mancuso, who had served time for murder, pulled a knife. Testa, 77, a retired hospital security guard — and a well-liked man, his neighbors said — stepped between the men.
But he quickly stumbled back inside and collapsed to the floor.
“Ro, he stabbed me three times. Hurry up and get a towel,” he told his sister Rose Knowles, 80, whom he lived with.
Testa died at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania at 49 minutes past midnight, one of six people killed in the city between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, police said. Others were wounded in a night of violence that had veteran detectives shaking their heads.
Saturday’s three killings brought the 2011 homicide toll to 320, the most in three years.
The holiday killing began around 4 p.m. Saturday, when Kevin Moore, 26, was shot six to nine times in Hunting Park while sitting in the front seat of his silver Jaguar. Police had made no arrests as of Sunday night.
Just before midnight, police spotted a green Hyundai idling with its lights on in the 5600 block of North Second Street in the Olney section. Arlette Aguero, 31, of the 4700 block of Tampa Street, and Alejandro Garro, 34, of the 7300 block of Dungan Road, were found shot to death in the front seat.
At 1:30 a.m., Gerard Market, 48, was found fatally shot on the 4100 block of Orchard Street, where he lived.
Around 3 a.m., a 23-year-old man whose identity had not been released Sunday night was found shot in a shoulder at Eighth and Callowhill Streets. The bullet traveled downward, and he died within the hour.
And police ping-ponged across the city throughout the night, responding to nonfatal shootings.
On the 5200 block of Sansom Street, a man opened fire on a New Year’s Eve house party, angry over the $5 cover charge. He wounded three people in their arms and legs.
In Testa’s killing, Mancuso, of the 1000 block of Ritner Street, was arrested Sunday morning on Jessup Street and charged with murder.
Mancuso has a criminal record for weapons offenses, assault, and burglary. In 1993, he was sentenced to six to 12 years in prison for third-degree murder in the death of Patrice Bowens, 28, of Asbury Park, N.J. Bowens was working as a prostitute in 1990 when Mancuso shot her once in the head, police said.
She was found dead in a South Philadelphia alley.
It was unclear from court records Sunday how long Mancuso served for that killing.
Mancuso often hung around with his brother-in-law Michael Guagenti, who lives two doors down from Testa. Neighbors said they had clashed with Guagenti since he moved there. He angered the block by trying to reserve spaces for his four cars, they said. Guagenti and Mancuso were often combative, neighbors said.
On Sunday morning, Testa’s sister Rosemary sat weeping on her couch, surrounded by family, her brother’s blood caked on the wooden floor.
Testa had been married once and had three children, his sister said. For years, he worked as a technician for Sealtest Ice Cream, and then as a shoe salesman. He retired as a security guard about seven years ago, she said.
He spent recent years caring for his house-bound sister. “He did everything for me,” she said. “He cooked and cleaned and gave me my medicines. He was up and down those stairs on his bad legs every night to check on me. . . . What a man he was.”
He had decorated the house with a small Christmas tree and white wreath. He was going to tape the Mummers Parade so they could watch it together.
Now, his sister, cried in the arms of a relative, “We don’t have him anymore.”
In the afternoons while his sister rested, Testa would visit friends at a barbershop at Sartain and Oregon.
He would buy his lottery tickets, always playing 110, his birthday numbers — he would have turned 78 on Jan. 10 — and then talking sports and joking about losing weight while he ate a big lunch.
Testa’s shocked friends sat outside the shop on Sunday. He was a good and decent man, they said. And they worried about Rose.
Santo Procopio, owner of the shop, said, “I don’t know what she’ll do without him.”