OFFICER DOWN Agent Jared Francom
Ogden Police Department, Utah
End of Watch: Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Age: Not available
Tour: 7 years
Badge # Not available
Incident Date: 1/4/2012
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Agent Jared Francom was shot and killed while serving a drug-related search warrant at an Ogden residence on Jackson Avenue around 8:40 pm. Five other officers were shot and wounded in the exchange of gunfire with the suspect, who was shot and apprehended.
Agent Francom was a member of the Weber Morgan Narcotics Strike Force and had served with the Ogden Police Department for seven years. He is survived by his wife and two young children.
Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Interim Police Chief Wayne Tarwater
Ogden Police Department
2186 Lincoln Avenue
Ogden, UT 84401
Phone: (801) 629-8221
IMMEDIATE WIDE RELEASE
ATLANTA GA JANUARY 4 2012
2011 PRIVATE SECURITY OFFICER DEATHS
In 2011, Private Officer International, a security-police organization worked with numerous state and federal reporting agencies, private companies and media entities to track, record and calculate the injuries and assaults on and the deaths of, private security officers in the U.S.
In 2011, more than 37,000 assaults against contract and proprietary security officers, loss prevention agents and private police were reported.
Those assaults resulted in more than 13,700 injuries.
There were also 114 “confirmed” security officer “on-duty” deaths as a result of a combiniiton of homicide, accidential, industrial and “unclassified” incidents. But actual death totals are believed to be 12%-20% higher and misreported in other worker classifications.
11 Security officers also committed suicide while on-duty.
The breakdown of the deaths were:
10 Car Accidents
6 Industrial Accidents
The average age of the security officer killed in the line of duty was 38.
The states with the most incidents of security officer injuries, assaults and deaths included New York, California, Illinois, Texas, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, Pennsyvania, New Jersey, Tennessee, Louisiana, Virginia, Indiana, and Nevada.
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MANCHESTER, TN Jan 5 2012 - A corrections officer at the Coffee County Jail was arrested after trying to bring drugs into the jail, authorities said Tuesday.
Susan D. Winters, 53, of Manchester, was arrested and charged with bribery of a public servant, two counts of manufacture, sale or delivery of a controlled substance and official misconduct stemming from an investigation involving allegations of introducing contraband into a penal facility.
Winters was employed as a corrections officer with the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department.
Winters was arrested Monday after she was met by an informant and delivered approximately 11 grams of marijuana and about 1 gram of cocaine for delivery into the jail. The meeting happened at a Coffee County restaurant while investigators monitored the transaction.
Winters had a bond of $225,000 set and a preliminary court date on Jan. 9.
FOLEY, Minn.Jan 5 2012 — The state Peace Officers Standards Training Board has blocked a plan by Foley leaders to have the city patrolled by a private security company.
The St. Cloud Times reports the city announced Wednesday that the POST board took the action on the advice of the Minnesota attorney general’s office.
According to the city, the action will delay the beginning of 24-hour patrols by the security company.
In a statement, Mayor Gary Gruba says the city believes the security officers can perform all of the functions as promised.
The Foley City Council voted to approve the security services contract in late November as a cost-saving measure. The six-month contract was expected to begin Jan. 1.
Foley had been contracting with Benton County since disbanding its own police department in 2003.
In a statement, Mayor Gary Gruba says the city believes the security officers can perform all of the functions as promised.
Scottsdale AZ Jan 5 2012 Bill Heywood, for years a popular Valley radio personality, and his wife were found shot to death in a Scottsdale hotel Wednesday afternoon, according to authorities.
Around 1 p.m., hotel staff found a suicide note in one of the rooms at the Homewood Suites near Scottsdale and Mountain View roads and called police. Heywood and his wife, Susan, were found dead inside the room by authorities.
Authorities would not release further details Wednesday night.
Oklahoma City Okla Jan 5 2012 A young Oklahoma mother shot and killed an intruder to protect her 3-month-old baby on New Year’s Eve, less than a week after the baby’s father died of cancer.
Sarah McKinley says that a week earlier a man named Justin Martin dropped by on the day of her husband’s funeral, claiming that he was a neighbor who wanted to say hello. The 18-year-old Oklahoma City area woman did not let him into her home that day.
On New Year’s Eve Martin returned with another man, Dustin Stewart, and this time was armed with a 12-inch hunting knife. The two soon began trying to break into McKinley’s home.
As one of the men was going from door to door outside her home trying to gain entry, McKinley called 911 and grabbed her 12-gauge shotgun.
McKinley told ABC News Oklahoma City affiliate KOCO that she quickly got her 12 gauge, went into her bedroom and got a pistol, put the bottle in the baby’s mouth and called 911.
“I’ve got two guns in my hand — is it okay to shoot him if he comes in this door?” the young mother asked the 911 dispatcher. “I’m here by myself with my infant baby, can I please get a dispatcher out here immediately?”
The 911 dispatcher confirmed with McKinley that the doors to her home were locked as she asked again if it was okay to shoot the intruder if he were to come through her door.
“I can’t tell you that you can do that but you do what you have to do to protect your baby,” the dispatcher told her. McKinley was on the phone with 911 for a total of 21 minutes.
When Martin kicked in the door and came after her with the knife, the teen mom shot and killed the 24-year-old. Police are calling the shooting justified.
“You’re allowed to shoot an unauthorized person that is in your home. The law provides you the remedy, and sanctions the use of deadly force,” Det. Dan Huff of the Blanchard police said.
Stewart soon turned himself in to police.
McKinley said that she was at home alone with her newborn that night because her husband just died of cancer on Christmas Day.
“I wouldn’t have done it, but it was my son,” McKinley told ABC News Oklahoma City affiliate KOCO. “It’s not an easy decision to make, but it was either going to be him or my son. And it wasn’t going to be my son. There’s nothing more dangerous than a woman with a child.”
Former federal airport security screener gets 2 yrs in prison for helping smuggle drugs www.privateofficer.com
BUFFALO, N.Y.Jan 5 2012 —
A former federal airport security screener was sentenced to two years in prison for helping drug suspects evade security and smuggle money through a New York airport.
U.S. District Court Judge Richard Arcara sentenced Minnetta Walker at the high end of federal guidelines, because of the seriousness of the crime and the importance of airport security.
Walker says she would take back her actions if she could.
Walker was a nine-year veteran of the Transportation Safety Administration, was working at Buffalo Niagara International Airport when she was arrested last March. Investigators say she helped alleged drug suspects get large sums of money past security and to alert suspects that undercover officers were in the building.
Walker pleaded guilty in August to conspiracy to defraud the United States.
Tulsa OK Jan 5 2012 Alertness by Webco security employees helped Sand Springs Police arrest two of three suspects in some copper thefts overnight.
It all started when the security at Webco saw activity at a house in the area of the old Rader Center.
They notified Sand Springs Police and when police arrived, they found a pickup truck with several copper items inside it.
Apparently, the individuals connected with the truck had also tried to break into a house.
A Tulsa Police helicopter and canine assisted in looking for the individuals who ran.
Two of the three who ran, a man and a woman, were taken to jail.
Sand Springs Police still are looking for the third individual.
Phoenix AZ Jan 5 2012 A retired colonel with the Arizona National Guard was charged with stealing more than $2 million from a charitable fund for guardsmen in a multi-count indictment released this week.
Prosecutors with Attorney General Tom Horne’s office claim that retired Col. James Eugene Burnes used the stolen money to support a gambling habit.
A Maricopa County grand jury handed up the eight count indictment in October charging Burnes with fraud, theft and forgery during a 4-year period from 2007 through 2011 during which time prosecutors claim Burnes siphoned cash out of several charitable accounts and put it toward gambling debts.
“This is one of the most disturbing alleged abuses of a financial trust as I have ever seen,” Horne said in a statement. “This money was meant to assist needy service men and women and their families, and Mr. Burns is alleged to have instead used it to satisfy his personal gambling debts. My office will pursue this case vigorously to ensure that justice is served.”
Burnes’ attorney was not immediately available for comment.
Burnes pleaded not guilty to the charges in a November hearing, according to court documents.
Burnes’ trial date is set for early April, according to Horne’s office.
Prosecutors claim that Burnes, while working as resource manager with the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, diverted cash from the Arizona National Guard Emergency Relief Fund and the Arizona National Guard Emergency Family Fund.
Both funds are designed to provide emergency assistance to National Guard members and their families.
A note posted on a social networking site dedicated to the Emergency Relief Fund said the organization is once again taking applications for assistance after temporarily shutting down after Burnes was indicted.
“Though we had to temporarily cease operations after learning that our previous financial manager had improperly accessed our funds, we want to assure you that we remain steadfast in our intent to continue assisting our military members and families in need,” the message read.
Miami Fla Jan 5 2012 A former South Florida middle schoolteacher surrendered to authorities Tuesday after accepting a plea deal to avoid being labeled as a sex offender, WSVN-7 reports.
Kristen Sullivan, 27, must complete three years in prison, followed by five years of probation. During probation she is not permitted to take a job teaching children.
The prosecution offered another deal Sullivan did not take: She would have been convicted of sexual battery on a minor by a person of authority and avoided prison time, but become a registered sex offender. When the deal was offered, her lawyer told the Sun-Sentinel that prison time was preferable in the long term.
Sullivan was arrested in April 2010 after a 14 year-old Lauderhill middle school student told police that the two started a sexual relationship in 2009 that lasted nearly a year. The relationship was uncovered after the boy’s girlfriend found text messages on his cellphone. The boy’s mother suspected something was going on when she saw her son with gifts, like the cellphone, given to him by Sullivan.
DICKSON, Tenn.Jan 5 2012 – A former Dickson County High School teacher and assistant football coach was arrested Tuesday after being charged with having sex with a 17-year-old female student.
Police have arrested 25-year-old Shane Bishop and charged him with six counts of statutory rape by an authority figure and one count of sexual battery by an authority figure. Police said Bishop engaged in relations with the student over the summer at his Bellevue apartment.
Dickson County Police Sex Crimes Division began investigating Bishop when they were alerted by the Dickson County District Attorney’s Office of Bishop’s relationship with the teenage student.
Bishop resigned from the Dickson County school system in November 2010.
Bishop was indicted by a grand jury on the charges and was arrested at his home in Bellevue Tuesday morning. He was being held in the Davidson County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond.
Allegheny County PA Jan 5 2012 A former Steel Valley teacher will spend the next five years on probation, must register as a sex offender and avoid contact with anyone under the age of 18 after she pleaded guilty Tuesday to sending nude photographs of herself to at least four teenaged boys last spring.
Jennifer Lynn Sowa Smith, 30, was arrested in June after the Steel Valley High School principal reported that Ms. Smith had been sending inappropriate text messages to several students.
She pleaded guilty before Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Donna Jo McDaniel to corruption of minors, solicitation of sex acts, solicitation of child pornography, unlawful contact with a minor and endangering the welfare of children.
Ms. Smith, who expressed remorse for her actions, also has lost her teaching certificate and must avoid employment or volunteer work in any place where children might be.
According to the criminal complaint, Ms. Smith began texting, having conversations on Facebook and sending students pictures on their cell phones in April.
One student, who was 15 at the time, said he sent a message to Ms. Smith on Facebook about a class, and the two then became friends on the social networking site. At one point, she told the boy he looked cute at school, and he responded that she “looked sexy.”
Over a week, the complaint said, the two sent messages back and forth that were sexual. In one exchange, the boy said Ms. Smith told him he “looked sexy” at baseball practice.
During their texting, Ms. Smith sent the boy two pictures, one of her breasts with her face clearly visible and another of her genitalia, the complaint said.
A number of boys reported receiving the same two pictures, as well as another of Ms. Smith wearing a black bra, police said.
Investigators also found records on Facebook of graphic sexual exchanges between Ms. Smith and the boy.
PRESCOTT AZ Jan 5 2011 – A Yavapai County man has been sentenced to 80 years in prison for having sex with a teenage girl multiple times.
The Daily Courier reports Michael Hadley was found guilty last month on six counts involving child sexual conduct. He was sentenced Tuesday afternoon in Prescott.
Deputy County Attorney Steve Young says Hadley began a multi-year sexual relationship in 2007 with a then-13-year-old girl by suggesting that he was “teaching” her about sex.” Young says the activities escalated from massages to, ultimately, intercourse.
Hadley’s attorney Alex Harris said the case was about “manipulation and revenge.”
In sentencing Hadley, Judge Cele Hancock called the defendant a danger to the community.
Madison WI Jan 5 2012 A suspected shoplifter trying to get away from a security guard ended up having her shirt ripped off as she ran from an East Towne Mall store, but her escape was short-lived, Madison police reported.
Daviette Dykinga, 29, was arrested on tentative charges of disorderly conduct, criminal trespass and retail theft following her arrest Dec. 29 on Lien Road, police said in a news release.
Dykinga was spotted by a 29-year-old male security guard at Boston Store as she tried to steal $150 worth of bakeware and cologne, the release states.
When confronted, Dykinga allegedly punched the guard multiple times as the two ended up in the parking lot.
“The guard grabbed her shirt to keep her from hitting him and also to keep her from getting away, but she ended up with no shirt on,” officer Howard Payne said in the release.
Undaunted, the shirtless suspect fled the scene, but was located by police a few blocks away on Lien Road.
Police found numerous items allegedly stolen by Dykinga, including goods from Banana Republic, Dick’s Sporting Goods and other stores at the mall.
“She said to police, ‘I shouldn’t have done this, why couldn’t I get away,’” Payne said.
Bradley County TN Jan 5 2012 During an initial appearance in Bradley County General Sessions Court Tuesday for a man facing aggravated arson and a first-degree murder charge, two family members of the deceased were arrested after allegedly disrupting the proceeding.
Jimmy Robert Rogers Jr., 22, and Aaron Michael Sadler, 33, were charged by Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Court Security officers after they shouted and attempted to go across a railing at the front of Judge Sheridan Randolph’s courtroom, according to a statement from Bob Gault, media relations coordinator for BCSO.
Russell Brown, 35, was initially charged with aggravated arson after Cleveland Fire Department firefighters answered a fire call at Days Inn on Georgetown Road on the morning of New Year’s Day.
They discovered the man inside the room had been the victim of an alleged homicide.
The victim of the reported stabbing was identified as Harold Lee Montgomery, 39.
Initial reports from police indicated Montgomery had been stabbed in the neck and upper torso. His body was sent to Knoxville for autopsy. The initial stages should be completed today, according to Lt. Mark Gibson of Cleveland Police Department Criminal Investigations Division.
Police searched for Brown on Sunday, noting he was a “person of interest.”
Montgomery’s black-and-white Volkswagen Cabriolet had been driven away from the scene.
As the investigation continued, investigators learned the two men had been childhood friends and had sexual encounters in the past.
Gibson said the two men had attended a New Year’s Eve party at Brown’s apartment earlier, before leaving to get a room at the Days Inn and celebrate Brown’s birthday, which was listed in reports as being on New Year’s Eve.
“They had known each other since childhood and met for a New Year’s Eve party at Brown’s apartment, then left to get liquor and a motel room,” Gibson said.
Detective Stacy Smith charged Brown with aggravated arson and Detective Brian Pritchard filed the murder charge later Sunday as the investigation continued.
Brown was arrested by officer Bill Parks early Monday morning. Brown was taken into custody at a Twinbrook Drive address.
According to Gault, court security officers reacted quickly to the “situation” in the courtroom.
Brown was escorted from the courtroom after his initial appearance.
Rogers and Sadler were charged with disrupting a meeting or procession and were placed under $500 bond and made bond later Tuesday.
They are scheduled to appear in court regarding the charges today.
Source: Cleveland Daily Banner
Henrico County, Va.Jan 5 2012 Allen Hoffman, a former Henrico police officer, pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony charges of posession and production of child pornography.
A judge sentenced Hoffman to 10 years, with 7 years suspended, for the production charge and 20 years, with 10 years suspended, for possession of child pornography.
Hoffman could serve up to 13 years for his crimes.
Hoffman was arrested in August of 2011, at his home in Bedford County, but the allegations that led to his arrest were made in May. He was also suspended from service as a Henrico County police officer at that time.
Prosecutors say Hoffman posed as a photographer on Craigslist, offering to help underage girls with their modeling portfolios.
Two of the photos obtained from Hoffman’s digital camera showed two girls, under the age of 18, posing in sexually explicit positions. According to proscutors, the pictures were taken in a Henrico County hotel.
Hoffman’s lawyer, Jeffrey Oppleman, tells CBS 6 that his client is remoresful.
” He wanted to accept this plea agreement so he would spare everyone from coming to court. This was well-known by, I think the Attorney General’s office as well because he [Hoffman] cooperated from day one,” said Oppleman.
Oppleman says, at this time, it’s unkown if Hoffman will serve out his thirteen year sentence in state, or in another facility because his status as a former police officer puts him in danger.
Once Hoffman’s sentence is complete, he will have to register as a sex offender.
BROWNSVILLE, Texas Jan 5 2012 — The morning bell had rung and students were settling into their first period classes Wednesday when a voice broke in over the public address system: Cummings Middle School was on lockdown.
As teachers initiated the school’s emergency procedures, locking their classroom doors, turning off the lights, drawing the shades, and calming their confused and worried charges, some students took comfort by climbing under their desks. One boy said he heard police officers charge down the hallway and shout “put down the gun.” Then shots, three of them, most students said.
The officers shot and killed an eighth-grade student who pointed a handgun at them, Brownsville police detective J.J. Trevino told The Associated Press. The 15-year-old, whose name police and district officials didn’t immediately release, was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead.
Investigators were trying to determine why the boy had the gun at school and whether he fired any shots, Trevino said.
“It’s still under investigation, as far as how he came about to bringing the weapon or if he encountered anybody or anything else,” he said. Police scheduled a news conference for later Wednesday to discuss the case.
News of the incident spread quickly through this border city on Texas’ southern tip, and frantic parents rushed to the downtown school to find their children.
Jade Rodriguez, an 11-year-old sixth-grader, said the experience was frightening.
“I was nervous. I was under the desk,” she said. Administrators said the school would be closed on Thursday but that students could attend classes at a nearby elementary school if they wished. Jade said she too afraid and would stay home.
With police and district officials saying little about the shooting in its immediate aftermath, those details that did trickle out came mainly from students at the 750-pupil school.
Robert Valle, 13, said he heard police running and yelling “put the gun down” before the gunfire erupted.
Gina Rangel, 14, was in her first period class in the gym when the school went on lockdown. She said friends who were closer to the shooting said the boy was near the cafeteria and had said he was going to kill everyone.
“I am worried (about the school’s safety) because if this happened once, kids imitate,” said her mother Irma Rangel.
District officials said administrators were quick to call police after the student brandished the handgun at around 8 a.m., shortly after first period classes began. Drue Brown, a district spokeswoman, issued a statement in which she said the officers shot the student after he “engaged” them.
Parents and family members who got to the school quickest were able to retrieve their frightened children, but some who arrived later found the street outside the school lined with squad cars and blocked off. About two hours after the shooting, dozens of frustrated parents and relatives flooded out of the park pavilion without their children after school officials announced that all remaining children had been bused to a high school and could be picked up there.
Julie Tomalenas waited for an hour to pick up her 13-year-old sister before being told of the relocation.
“It was very stressful not knowing if she was OK, where she was, when we could see her again,” Tomalenas said.
The lockdown was lifted about two hours after the shooting, but the students and employees were relocated while officers investigated at the school, Brown said.
Trevino said investigators hadn’t determined whether the student fired any shots, and he said officers had no information on why the student might have had the gun on him.
“It’s still under investigation, as far as how he came about to bringing the weapon or if he encountered anybody or anything else,” Trevino said.
HOUSTON TX Jan 5 2102 - An early-morning confrontation between a police officer and a couple inside a southeast Houston nightclub ended with gunshots fired and two arrests.
The officer was in uniform when he worked an approved extra job as a security officer at El Portal Disco on Lawndale Street near Smallwood Lane. Police say a woman started to poke the officer in the chest and the man she was with began to fight with the officer and throw punches toward him.
The couple ran to a vehicle and were seen taking something from inside. The officer said saw the man pull out a gun and the couple re-enter the vehicle.
As the couple traveled away from the parking lot, police say the man pointed the gun toward the officer, which caused the officer to pull out his service weapon and fire several gunshots toward the vehicle.
Neither the man nor the woman inside the vehicle were wounded, but another officer stopped the couple nearby.
Both the man and the woman were taken into custody.
PROVO, Utah Jan 5 2012 – A Provo woman who was caught on suspicion of shoplifting told police she was a character from the the popular 1980s sitcom ‘The Cosby Show.’
Provo police Sgt. Matthew Siufanua told ABC 4 News that Leah Efay Davis was stopped by University Mall security officers inside a J.C. Penney store with more than $600 worth of stolen merchandise.
The stolen goods included 4 purses and 4 pairs of pajamas, according to police.
Siufanua said when police officers interviewed Davis, she told them her name was Rudy Huxtable, Cliff Huxtable’s (Bill Cosby) youngest daughter played by Keisha Knight Pulliam during the ‘Cosby’ run from 1984-1992. Siufanua said Davis claimed she starred on the show with Cosby, and that she also claimed that she owned the mall.
Siufanua said that Davis was already familiar to law enforcement officers, having been arrested previously on similar charges. Davis had been forbidden from entering the mall due her previous history, which is why she faces a trespassing charge, along with a shoplifting accusation.
Source:ABC 4 News
Upper Merion Township PA Jan 5 2012 Police say shoppers are being allowed back into a portion of a suburban Philadelphia mall that was evacuated briefly following the discovery of an inoperable grenade in a potted plant.
Officials say The Court at King of Prussia was cleared out at about 2 p.m. Wednesday when a mall security guard noticed a suspicious device in a planter.
Upper Merion Township Police Chief Ron Fonock says the device appeared to be a hollowed-out grenade, similar to those used in training exercises
Kathy Smith, the mall’s director of marketing, says the approximately 30 stores that were affected reopened shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Police and the Montgomery County bomb squad were dispatched to investigate the device at the mall, which is about 15 miles northwest of Philadelphia.
(Press Release) Clovis NM Jan 5 2012 About 8:45 p.m. Monday night, loss prevention employees in Kohl’s Department Store at Sierra Vista Mall observed three people stealing merchandise, primarily clothing, from the store. The employees alerted Clovis Police when they saw the trio getting into a black Chevy Suburban in the mall parking lot near Santa Ana.
After a short pursuit to an apartment complex at Villa and Alamos, officers boxed in the Suburban. Three suspects managed to get away. Officers arrested one man, who ran through apartment complexes and jumped fences, at Shaw and Peach. The other two suspects were arrested several hours later as they hid in a friend’s apartment on Alamos near Villa.
As it turns out, the driver who claimed to be a carjacking victim actually filed a false crime report. Clovis Police detectives determined 43-year-old Patrick Foster, Sr. of Fresno was instead involved in the burglary as the getaway driver. Officers arrested him for commercial burglary (felony), conspiracy to commit a crime (felony), filing a false crime report (felony), and evading a peace officer (misdemeanor). A check of Fresno County Jail inmate records shows that he is no longer in custody.
Also arrested were:
• 28-year-old Jeffery Wilson, a transient, for commercial burglary, conspiracy to commit a crime, obstructing a peace officer, possession of more than one ounce of marijuana, and a bench warrant for domestic violence. Bail is set at $57,000.
• 30-year-old Henry Canty, a transient, for commercial burglary, conspiracy to commit a crime, obstruction of a peace officer, and a bench warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail is set at $40,000.
• 25-year-old Heather Howard, a transient, for commercial burglary, conspiracy to commit a crime, and obstructing a peace officer. Bail is set at $25,000.
Clovis Police arrested Wilson as he was trying to run away from the Suburban. Canty and Howard were arrested inside a friend’s apartment near Villa and Alamos.
Milwaukee WI Jan 5 2012 A 28-year-old airline employee was charged with theft after trying to pilfer mini-bottles of booze and potato chips from a parked plane at Milwaulkee’s General Mitchell International Airport, according to authorities and the Oak Creek, Wisc. Patch.
Jesse Joseph Repetti, who works for PrimeFlight, an airport service company, was charged on December 30 with theft of movable property, a misdemeanor, after allegedly trying to steal bottles of booze from a parked AirTran jet. Sheriff’s deputies say they found Repetti eating a bag of AirTran-branded potato chips and in possession of a haul from the beverage cart.
Court papers say the alleged beverage cart bandit had “two bottles of wine, three bottles of Jack Daniel’s, three bottles of Bacardi, one can of Bud Light, two bags of chips and two bags of pretzels that were all stolen from the plane,” reports Patch.
He was also carrying loose Oxycodone pills, though Repetti told officers he has a prescription for the painkillers.
A pre-trial conference is scheduled for January 11.
SLIDELL, La. Jan 5 2012 — A Bogalusa man is in jail after being arrested while attempting to take copper from an AT&T storage site.
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrested Patrick Reed Stewart Dec. 28, saying they caught him inside an AT&T storage yard they were staking out.
Since his arrest, investigators have tied Stewart to 17 burglaries or thefts at AT&T sites throughout the parish. A department spokesman said Tuesday that Stewart is expected to be booked with several more reported AT&T copper thefts as the investigation continues.
Stewart was employed by AT&T about four years ago; details of his employment were not immediately available.
Stewart’s bond has been set at $100,000.
Hinsdale ILL Jan 5 2012 Reginald V. Meadows, of 16W749 56th Pl. in Clarendon Hills, was arrested Dec. 29 after allegedly stealing 12 gift cards worth $50 each from employee mailboxes when Meadows was a visitor at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital between 12:34 p.m. Dec. 21 and 7 a.m. Dec. 25, according to the Hinsdale Police Department.
Meadows is also alleged to have stolen a $200 Android cell phone from the same room.
Hinsdale Police Deputy Chief Mark Wodka said a worker at the hospital distributed more than 50 of the gift cards to fellow employees via mailboxes located in a staff room and became suspicious something was amiss when several employees reported not receiving the cards. The thefts were reported on Dec. 27.
“Investigators made contact with [Meadows] and he became a suspect because he was seen in and near the area where the employee mailboxes were,” Wodka said.
Wodka said the staff room where the mailboxes are located is near one of the hospital’s visiting rooms. Meadows, 20, was visiting a patient receiving care at the hospital and was seen in and around the staff room several times during his visits.
“It was legal for him to be in there,” Wodka said of the staff room. “But his being around there was seen as unusual.”
Meadows, 20, was charged with theft and released to appear in court.
Leon County Fla Jan 5 2012 An auxillary FHP trooper – and security guard – is behind bars today.
He was arrested for drunk driving.
If you take a look at the January 4th Leon County jail booking report, Larry Peddie’s photo isn’t on it.
That’s because under state law, law enforcement officers are exempt from having their pictures released.
61-year-old Peddie was arrested Tuesday at an I-10 rest stop near the Leon-Gadsden County line.
He was working as a security guard at the time.
A visitor at the rest stop was the first to notice Peddie stumbling.
Peddie was arrested and later given a breathlizer. Arrest reports say it registered .24. That’s three times the legal limit.
“You know when I saw him the first time, I ain’t pay it no attention,” said Tyrone Sweet, a rest area attendant, where Peddie was arrested.
“I figured maybe he just act like that. You know, but come to find out, he was drinking.”
Arrest reports say Peddie admitted to drinking earlier in the day.
During his arrest, an officer confiscated his security shirt and a gun.
Peddie also worked as a volunteer with the Florida Highway Patrol.
He has been removed from that job.
Cedar Falls IA Jan 5 2012 Police arrested two men early on New Years Day after an alleged bar fight.
Police said Christopher James Aldama, 28, of Toledo, was observed exiting Jokers Comedy Night Club, 401 Main St., yelling and forcing Fabian Andrew Tavizon, 22, of Tama, away from the building.
Police said Jokers employees informed them Aldama and Tavizon had been fighting with staff members inside the bar. Aldama allegedly punched a staff member in the face, causing a contusion to the head.
Tavizon allegedly had been punching a wall inside the bar, which police said caused $200 to $500 damage. When asked to leave by employees, Tavizon allegedly grabbed a Jokers security guard, put the employee in a headlock and punched him in the face, causing a bloody lip.
Both were arrested at 1:36 a.m. on Jan. 1. Aldama was charged with disorderly conduct. Tavizon was charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct and fourth degree criminal mischief.
Cape Girardeau MO Jan 5 2012 A homeless man was arrested after he allegedly punched a security guard at Southeast Hospital Dec. 29.
Cory Gabelman, 24, was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant just before 10 p.m. Monday, Cape Girardeau police spokesman Darin Hickey said. Gabelman was intoxicated and being treated for an unrelated injury when he became upset and struck the guard in the side of the head, Hickey said.
The security guard was uninjured, Hickey said.
Gabelman is charged with third-degree assault, and pleaded not guilty to the charge Tuesday. He remains in Cape Girardeau County Jail with a $2,500 cash only bond.
He will be in court Monday.
RIVERDALE, GA Jan 5 2012 – A baby girl was almost taken from a Clayton County hospital Thursday morning.
It happened just before 9:30 a.m. at the Women’s Life Center at Southern Regional Hospital in Riverdale.
Naquelle Ballard, 19, was taken to the Clayton County Jail.
Ballard did not answer questions as she was loaded into a police patrol car.
According to Ballard’s Twitter page, she is pregnant.
Ballard recently tweeted, “I’m putting childish things away, cus I got a child on the way.”
Amanda Bartlett, a spokeswoman for the hospital, said a woman attempted to take a baby, but alarms went off. Bartlett said she couldn’t describe how the system worked for security reasons.
Hospital staff members were able to get a hold of the baby, who was uninjured and never left the hospital.
“We as an organization are very pleased that not only did the security system work but our employees stepped in everything went according to plan,” Bartlett said. “The baby’s fine, and she’s with mom.”
Meanwhile, the woman did manage to leave, but Clayton County Police caught her in Lake City about an hour later. Police are questioning the woman.
In the past six months, the hospital made about $180,000 worth of security upgrades.
James City VA Jan 5 2012 A Virginia-based Navy corpsman was arrested Dec. 31 and charged with manufacturing and possessing an explosive device after police and fire marshals said they found bomb-making materials in his home.
Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (EXW) Joseph Robert Yengel, 37, of Warwick, N.Y., is being held without bond at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail.
According to James City District Fire Chief Robert Ryalls, James City County Police and the Fire Marshal’s Office responded to a domestic assault complaint at Yengel’s home, located in a subdivision roughly four miles northwest of Williamsburg and 14 miles northwest of the weapons station. Police found a “possible” military hand grenade and the fire marshal requested assistance from an explosive ordnance disposal team out of Yorktown.
Members of EOD Mobile Unit 2, Detachment Yorktown, and fire marshal personnel found bomb-making material and one partially completed improvised explosive device. Ryalls said the material consisted of smokeless gunpowder, military heat tablets and multiple pieces of iron pipe approximately 6 inches long and one-half inch in diameter, along with end caps. The partially completed IED consisted of a length of pipe of that size, along with connected wiring and a timing device but lacking explosive filler and a power source. The latter two elements would have completed the IED, Ryalls said.
Yorktown spokesman Mark Piggott said that according to an EOD officer, the “heat tablets” were essentially hand warmers.
Two adjoining homes were evacuated as a precaution, Ryalls said. All hazardous materials were removed by EOD personnel, he said.
Yengel was charged with manufacturing and possession of an explosive device, a felony, and with domestic assault, officials said.
Yengel enlisted April 24, 2001, and his decorations include three awards of the Good Conduct Medal, according to Navy Personnel Command. He is assigned to the branch health clinic at NWS Yorktown, according to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth spokeswoman Deborah Kallgren.