Dayton OH Jan 11 2012 Three local hospitals are the first in Ohio to let patients schedule visits to their emergency rooms.
Miami Valley and Good Samaritan hospitals, as well as Miami Valley Hospital South in Centerville, had 70 patients schedule times to be seen in their emergency rooms in December. The move is meant to let patients suffering from less serious medical problems such as migraine headaches and sprains bypass long waits in sometimes crowded conditions, thereby improving patient satisfaction.
Hospitals hope greater patient satisfaction translates into more business. Allowing patients to make ER appointments online is a way hospitals can distinguish themselves from the competition, said Chris Song, a spokesman for InQuicker, the Nashville, Tenn.-based company that makes the scheduling software used by the hospitals.
Miami Valley Hospital, home to the region’s sole Level I trauma center, has one of the busiest emergency departments in Ohio.
OMAHA, Neb.Jan 11 2012 – Omaha police said a man was taken into custody in connection with several charges, including copper burglary.
Joseph Haggas, 31, was caught by patrolling security guard Josiah Pagel hauling carts of copper pipes into a car from a construction site near 68th and Pine streets.
“That night, I was coming out to check on a fellow officer in the parking garage. I noticed that a hole had been reopened,” Pagel said. “When I saw the thief, it’s like, ‘Hey, we have to get this guy, because it’s going to happen again.’”
Authorities said Haggas is only one of the hundreds of thieves stealing metal each year.
“It’d be akin to stealing money,” said Officer Bill Fell, of the Omaha Police Department. “We’ve had break-ins in the last year with more than a $250 million in loss and damage to structures.”
Fell said there was about 77 pieces of copper in the back of Haggas’ truck.
Police said if people see anyone hanging around an air conditioner, abandoned buildings or construction sites, they should call 911 right away.
HOUMA, LA Jan 11 2012 (AP) – Houma police say two alleged car burglars – one in a wheelchair – were arrested after they returned to their victim’s home to apologize.
The Courier reports that 50-year-old William Poindexter and 48-year-old Ernest Mart, both of Houma, were booked with simple burglary and held in lieu of $50,000 bond. A third man is wanted.
Police say they allegedly were taking a car radio from an SUV about 1 a.m. Monday when the owner saw them. They fled – one pushing another in a wheelchair.
Police say Poindexter allegedly took a bottle of cologne and two cellphone chargers.
They say Poindexter and Mart, who uses a wheelchair, returned later Monday to the woman’s house to apologize. Police say her father chased them, and they were later caught by police.
Corporate Landing Middle School teacher charged with selling and distributing marijuana www.privateofficer.com
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. Jan 11 2012 - A teacher at Corporate Landing Middle School resigned after being charged with selling and distributing marijuana. Her husband is also charged in the case.
According to the Virginia Courts website and police, Allison Tuthill Gaul was arrested at her home on Dec. 21, 2011 for sale or distribution of marijuana and conspiracy to sell or distribute marijuana.
She resigned from the school system on Dec. 22, according to a school spokesperson.
According to Gaul’s arrest warrant, Gaul has $100,000 in credit card debt.
Gaul, a French teacher, started at Corporate Landing Middle School in July 2008. She was hired by the Virginia Beach Public School system in 2003.
According to Virgina beach Public Schools Spokeswoman Nancy Socia, Gaul also worked at Landstown, Princess Anne and Cox High Schools.
Gaul’s husband, Michael John Gaul, is also charged in this case. He has three felony charges against him including conspiracy to manufacture marijuana, manufacture not for personal use marijuana, and possession of the drug in regards to the two prior accounts.
Both Michael and Allison Gaul are due in court on February 3.
BIRMINGHAM AL Jan 11 2012—A federal judge sentenced a Birmingham man to nearly 13 years in prison on Thursday for robbing an armored car driver while brandishing a firearm and being a convicted felon in possession of ammunition, announced United States Attorney Joyce White Vance and FBI Special Agent in Charge Patrick J Maley.
United States District Judge R David Proctor sentenced ARCHIE ATKINS, 27, to 154 months in prison, ordered him to pay $35,927 in restitution, and ordered him to serve five years’ supervised release after the prison term is served. Atkins was convicted of the carjacking and weapons charges after a jury trial on May 18.
According to Vance, Atkins, along with Arthur Williams and Darrell Wilkens, robbed an armored car driver at gunpoint on May 3, 2010, after the driver had obtained currency and checks from the Homewood satellite office of the Jefferson County Department of Revenue.
“This concludes a case in which all three of the robbers received lengthy prison sentences for this violent crime,” Vance said.
The FBI and the Homewood Police Department investigated the case. Assistant United States Attorney L James Weil Jr prosecuted the case.
Reported by: FBI
Fredericksburg VA Jan 11 2012 Brock’s Riverside Grill, 503 Sophia St, Oct. 31 9:50 p.m. Police responded to the parking lot for a report of a person who was tampering with a vehicle.
When police arrived, two security employees of Brock’s were detaining an intoxicated male subject; the employees told the officers that they had caught the subject holding a flashlight and rummaging inside a patron’s car.
The subject became combative and attempted to flee when the officers started arrest procedures, and a search subsequent to his arrest revealed a cigarette pack and lighter that had been stolen from the car. Paul Strough, 41, of Spotsylvania was arrested for public intoxication, tampering with a motor vehicle, petit larceny, and obstruction of justice.
Strough was incarcerated at the Rappahannock Regional Jail under a $1000 bond.
BLOOMINGTON IL Jan 11 2012 – Unlawful use of weapons charges are pending against a Bloomington man who allegedly showed a handgun to a bouncer at a downtown bar.
Jose Rodriguez, 22, of the 800 block of Turnberry Court is charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and possession of a firearm without a valid firearm owner’s identification card. Rodriguez put his hand on the butt of a gun he was carrying under his shirt when he was approached by a bar employee during an incident Saturday, according to a prosecutor’s statement.
An unloaded handgun was found a short time later in a vehicle in which the suspect was a passenger, said police.
In a statement to officers, Rodriguez admitted to being drunk and said claimed he was “just kidding” when he unveiled the gun, a prosecutor said.
Rodriguez is due in court for a Jan. 20 arraignment. He was jailed in lieu of posting $25,025.
Greensboro, NC Jan 11 2012– Weeks after finding him shot to death inside his house, police in Greensboro said they are still looking for answers in the death Christopher Mason.
Mason was found shot just after midnight Saturday, December 24, when Officers were dispatched to his Charles Street house on a welfare check. Police said they found the 28 year-old dead from a gun shot wound.
On Christmas Day, Detectives ruled Mason’s death a homicide, citing circumstances surrounding the nature of his death.
Monday, December 26, Officials with Greensboro College confirmed that Mason was a part-time security guard at the school.
Greensboro College Statement on Mason’s death (released Monday, December 26, 2011):
The Greensboro College community is mourning the death of Christopher Mason, a part-time security officer who was found dead early Saturday morning in his Charles Street home.
Greensboro police reported finding Mason dead of a gunshot wound 12:07 a.m. Saturday after being called to check on his welfare. Mason had been due to arrive at work at midnight, said Calvin Gilmore, the college’s director of safety and security.
“There are times when words fail,” said Greensboro College President Lawrence D. Czarda, Ph.D. “Let us keep Chris’s family and friends in our thoughts and prayers.”
Mason had won a drawing for a poinsettia at the college’s faculty/staff holiday brunch Dec. 19. A recent hire, he was still training, Gilmore said. Mason had no local relatives, although he had visited family in Nashville, Tenn., recently, Gilmore said. The college has not yet received information on funeral arrangements.
Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this homicide to contact Crimestoppers at 336-373-1000.
Lake Forest IL Jan 11 2012
TAMARAC, Fla. Jan 11 2012 – A South Florida funeral home employee is accused of stealing cash from the home of a dead person whose body he was transporting.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office says Armando Sardina, a 56-year-old Miami man employed by a body removal service at the Star of David funeral home, was arrested on a charge of grand theft.
Investigators say while Sardina was at the home of 53-year-old Michael Bressler, who died of natural causes, family members noticed $327 was missing from a bank bag in the master bedroom.
Bressler’s brother-in-law confronted Sardina, who gave a BSO deputy permission to search his vehicle. Investigators say the deputy found the money between the seats of Sardina’s van, and Sardina apologized for the theft.
Baton Rouge LA Jan 11 2012 Sheriff’s deputies arrested the wrong person in the Saturday shooting and injuring of two innocent bystanders near the Mall of Louisiana, a spokeswoman for the office said.
Meco Damon Green, 17, 12400 Jefferson Highway, was released from East Baton Rouge Parish Prison Tuesday less than 48 hours after being booked on four counts of attempted first-degree murder, Casey Rayborn Hicks said.
Deputies arrested Green late Sunday after witnesses identified him in a photo lineup as the person who fired a handgun into a crowd Saturday near the mall, Hicks said.
Following the arrest, deputies received a Crime Stoppers tip that implicated Johnny Williams, 17, 11246 Cypress Glen Ave., as the shooter, Hicks said.
Deputies continued to investigate the incident and gathered enough evidence to release Green and arrest Williams, who admitted to firing the weapon, she said.
Williams had a verbal altercation with another man outside the mall, Hicks said. As a result, he fired several shots at the man and struck two teenage bystanders, she said.
The bystanders, whose names and ages were not released, were taken to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
Williams was booked into Parish Prison on four counts of attempted first-degree murder.
Denver CO Jan 11 2012 Two men and a woman used pepper spray to get away from store security at a Target in Sheridan this afternoon, authorities said.
The three, all white and in their 20s, got away in a maroon Kia four-door with handicapped Florida license plates with the number Z7AKZ, Sheridan Police Chief Mark Campbell said.
A man and woman were seen inside the store shoplifting electronics, Campbell said. When a security officer approached them near the exit, a third person came in from outside the store and sprayed the officer.
Six people were affected by the pepper spray including one who was transported to a hospital as a precaution, according to the Denver Fire Department.
Denver Fire provides service to the city of Sheridan under a contract.
Denver Fire and a private hazardous material company hired by Target ventilated the store at 3650 Riverpoint Parkway, which has since reopened, Campbell said.
A similar incident happened Sunday in Denver at the Walmart Supercenter at 7700 West Quincy Ave., when two men attempted to mace a security guard. The vehicle in that case is not as specific, but similar.
Witnesses described it only as a red vehicle, said Raquel Lopez, a spokeswoman for Denver police.
She said it’s too soon to tell if the two cases are related.
Sacramento sheriff’s deputies use their Tasers on man refusing to be screened at airport www.privateofficer.com
Sacramento CA Jan 11 2012 County sheriff’s deputies used their Tasers on a man who refused to go back through security screening at Sacramento International Airport this afternoon to retrieve something he had allegedly forgotten on his plane, according to authorities.
The man, who has not yet been identified, was taken to a local hospital for a “precautionary evaluation,” said sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Jason Ramos.
Ramos said the incident began about 1:30 p.m., after the man deboarded a plane and walked outside the airport’s secure area into the baggage claim area, then turned around and tried to get back into the secure area. He told the TSA agent who greets arriving passengers that he left something behind on his plane, Ramos said.
The TSA agent would not allow the man back into the secure area, and directed him to get a pass at the ticketing counter. The man returned to the security checkpoint with the pass, but reportedly refused to submit his bag for screening, Ramos said.
The man began arguing with TSA officials, and nearby deputies intervened, Ramos said. The argument turned into a physical altercation, and deputies used Tasers several times on the man before he stopped fighting, Ramos said.
Ramos said he did not know the contents of the man’s bag, or what he had forgotten on the plane.
As a result of the confrontation, the wait line for security backed up, but only for a few minutes, Ramos said. No flights were affected.
Hoboken NJ Jan 11 2012 On Sunday around 4:30 p.m., Hoboken police arrested two hearing-impaired New Jersey men after the Giants game, police said.
Jason Engle, 31, from Washington and Robert Shauger, 31, from East Hanover were arrested and charged with aggravated assault after they allegedly assaulted two security guards at 1 Republik on Washington Street, according to the police report.
A security guard noticed a fight in the back of the bar, police said, and Engle and Shauger were asked to leave the bar. Later on, the guard saw Shauger walk back inside, according to the report. When the guards tried to stop the men, Shauger allegedly jumped on top of one of the guards and dug his thumb’s in the guard’s eye sockets, police said. Engle allegedly struck another guard in the face, according to the police report.
Police, however, was unable to communicate to Engle and Shauger that they were under arrest, and a person with knowledge of sign language had to be brought in.
The two who were arrested said—through a translator—that they were only trying to break up a fight, police said.
BRAINTREE MA Jan 11 2012 — Two New Yorkers were arrested on larceny charges after police say they took nearly $1,000 in sweatpants from a South Shore Plaza store.
Deborath C. Miranda, 35, of East Elmhurst and Jose Reyes, 35, of Queens were charged with larceny over $250.
Braintree Deputy Police Chief Russell Jenkins said officers were called to the mall’s Hollister store Friday evening.
“When officers arrived outside the store, they observed a large gathering by a nearby store and loss prevention and Plaza security officers attempting to detain Reyes, who was uncooperative and resisting their efforts to bring him back to their store,” Jenkins said.
The officers took Reyes back to the store, he said, where they recovered 28 pairs of sweatpants, valued at almost $1,000, from his shopping bag, Jenkins said.
Store security told the officers that Reyes’ female companion, later identified as Miranda, was still in the store.
“The couple was observed entering the store with a shopping bag, going straight to the rear of the store, and stuffing the bag with sweatpants,” Jenkins said. “The bag was later found to be lined with duct tape to defeat the security sensor alarm.”
Miranda was escorted to the store security office, where she and Reyes were arrested, Jenkins said.
Also Friday, a Braintree woman was arrested after police say she stole numerous articles of clothing from the mall’s Lord & Taylor store.
Tammy A. Gladney, 36, was charged with larceny over $250.
Jenkins said Gladney selected merchandise and took it to one of the store’s fitting rooms.
“After she exited the room without any merchandise, loss prevention was unable to locate all the merchandise she brought in,” Jenkins said. “A discarded security sensor was found in the room.
“Store security detained Gladney when she left the store, and she was brought back to the store security office, where $369 in merchandise was recovered,” Jenkins said.
LOGAN, Ohio Jan 11 2012 (AP) – School officials say one of four people killed in an apparent murder-suicide in Ohio was a loved and respected high school Spanish teacher.
Authorities in southeast Ohio’s Hocking County say they believe a man caring for his terminally ill wife killed himself after shooting to death her two sisters and his son.
A spokesman for the Westerville schools in suburban Columbus says the son was 38-year-old Leroy Gilkey, a teacher at Westerville North High School since 1999.
A sheriff’s dispatcher said Tuesday he had no information on the names of the victims and the gunman.
A cousin says the man was upset because the other family members were keeping him from spending time alone with his wife, who was not shot.
Fredericksburg VA Jan 11 2012 A Fredericksburg doctor was charged with impersonating a police officer yesterday.
Dr. Gerald Bellotti, an anesthesiologist who lives on Beverly Drive, turned himself in to officers yesterday after becoming aware that a warrant was out for his arrest.
The charges stem from a case of road rage which took place on October 7. Police say that at around 9 p.m., a 41-year-old Fredericksburg woman was leaving Central Park on Cowan Blvd. when Bellotti abruptly pulled out of a parking lot and into her path. The woman had to stop short to avoid rear-ending Bellotti’s car.
According to city police spokesperson Natatia Bledsoe, a “road rage argument” ensued at speed for a distance. The drivers were flashing headlights at each other and honking horns as they proceeded down Cowan Blvd. At some point, police aren’t sure where exactly, the two drivers pulled over and got out of their cars. Bellotti allegedly approached the woman and told her that he was an off duty police officer and that he was going back to his car to get his gun and arrest her.
At that point, the woman got back into her car and drove towards police headquarters on Cowan Blvd. with Bellotti following for a distance before continuing on.
The woman had taken Bellotti’s license plate number, through which he was identified, and a warrant was issued for Bellotti’s arrest on the Oct. 17. Yesterday, Oct. 18, Bellotti turned himself in. He was arrested, charged and released on his own recognizance.