Sandra “Sandy” E. Rogers
Aiken Department of Public Safety, South Carolina
End of Watch: Saturday, January 28, 2012
Bio &; Incident Details
Tour: 27 years
Badge # Not available
Incident Date: 1/28/2012
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Master Corporal Sandy Rogers was shot and killed while responding to a call for suspicious activity at Eustis Park just after 7:30 am. When Master Corporal Rogers arrived on scene, a struggle ensued and she was shot.
Master Corporal Rogers was transported to Aiken Regional Medical Centers where she succumbed to her wounds.
The subject was linked to another shooting in Richmond County earlier in the day. He was apprehended in Batesville-Leesville a few hours later.
Master Corporal Rogers was a 27 year veteran of the Aiken Department of Public Safety and a lifelong resident of Aiken County.
Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Director of Public Safety Charles Barranco
Aiken Department of Public Safety
251 Laurens Street NW
PO Box 1177
Aiken, SC 29802
Phone: (803) 642-7620
Fort Lauderdale elderly man commits homicide before mortally wounding himself www.privateofficer.com
FORT LAUDERDALE Fla Jan 28 2012 — As Fort Lauderdale police responded Wednesday to a 911 call of shots fired, they witnessed a man mortally wound himself through the glass-enclosed lobby of the Runaway Bay Condominiums.
The 10:25 a.m. shootings happened at 1625 SE 10th Ave., Fort Lauderdale Det. Travis Mandell said.
The suicide victim was identified as Eugene “Gene” Schlanger, 73, a ninth-floor resident, Mandell said. Schlanger was pronounced dead after being taken to Broward General Medical Center.
Officers also discovered the body of a 36-year-old man whom Schlanger had killed in the L-shaped lobby, Mandell said.
Homicide and crime scene investigators have been trying to sort out the connection between the men and establish a motive.
From 2006 until Sept. 30, 2011, Schlanger worked for the city of Fort Lauderdale as an economic development manager in its real estate division, city spokesman Chaz Adams said. Schlanger oversaw properties owned by the city and was laid off as part of a municipal reorganization, Adams said.
Schlanger was a real estate broker whose license was up for renewal on March 31, 2013, but its status was “inactive,” according to state records.
What little is known about the murder victim was not revealed by police late Wednesday, but speculation was simmering among the building’s neighbors.
Debra Yorkin was just returning from the supermarket with her 16-month-old daughter and was about to use the side service entrance to unload her groceries.
“Normally I park underneath in the garage and if I did, unfortunately, I would have been in the midst of all the drama that had taken place,” Yorkin said.
She told police she lived there and wanted to go in but an officer said, “You don’t want to go in that building right now.”
The murder victim was slumped in a chair in the lobby, police said.
There was a bullet hole near the base of a plate-glass window on the north side of the lobby.
“Pretty insane,” Yorkin said.
Shortly after the shooting, a screaming woman was seen running from the lobby, down a hallway and through the pool area, Yorkin said.
“I don’t remember exactly what she said but there was a woman screaming by the pool, which was fenced in, so you couldn’t exactly see [her] face,” she said.
But Yorkin recognized the woman.
“I’ve seen her in the building, but not with this other guy,” she said. “I’ve never seen [the murder victim] before.”
She also recognized Schlanger.
“I just know him from the hallway,” she said. “He’s just an elderly man I knew from the building [but] I didn’t know anything personal about him.”
Karen Koach, who lives on the sixth floor, also knew of Schlanger; many residents have been there a long time.
“It’s a small building,” she said. “We all see each other, we know each other, we know the families of people who live here and it’s a very friendly building, so we’re very saddened by it.”
Koach and her husband were stuck inside their condo for about two hours immediately after the shooting.
“It’s very traumatic,” she said.
BETHLEHEM, Pa. Jan 28 2012Police found an unconscious woman in a Sands hotel room, the victim of an apparent beating.
Sands security officers responded to a probable domestic call in the Sands hotel in Bethlehem on Monday. The officers heard a woman in distress in the room; when a man answered the door, he said everything was fine and slammed the door, police said.
Police said a person in the room next door heard yelling and a man threatening to kill a woman.
Bethlehem police officers arrived and broke into the room. They found an unconscious woman in the shower with water running on her. She appeared to be injured, police said.
A man in the room, Nicholas Mullins, 27, of Lock Haven, Pa., told police the woman assaulted him.
The woman was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital and admitted for treatment.
Officers were able to interview the victim in the hospital on Tuesday and she said her boyfriend, Mullins, repeatedly assaulted her and forcibly put a pillow over her face to silence her, police said.
She suffered traumatic injuries to her head and brain, as well as her body, police said.
Mullins was arrested in Pottsville on Wednesday and charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and terroristic threats.
Mullin was committed to the Northampton County Prison on $150,000 bail.
ALLENTOWN, Pa. Jan 28 2012
An Allentown woman who runs a day care center in her home is facing charges of selling drugs out of her home.
Police say Michele Berger and her boyfriend, Kareen Carr, were selling cocaine at their home in the 400 block of Bradford Street.
Berger runs an after-school day care there.
Officers uncovered drugs, packaging materials, and a handgun during their search.
They say no day care clients were in the house at the time.
Both suspects are being held in the Lehigh County Prison.
Manhattan NY Jan 28 2012 A bouncer was found guilty Thursday of a 2009 stabbing death outside a bar in Washington Heights, Manhattan.
A jury found 23-year-old Jonathan Gonzales-Alvarez guilty of second-degree murder and gang assault.
The court found he got into a fight with Arsene Epouta after being asked to leave La Casa Del Mofongo in Washington Heights in October 2009.
The conflict then spilled onto the street.
Also facing separate manslaughter charges in the case is 30-year-old Luis Almanzar.
Gonzales-Alvarez will be sentenced next month.
Prince George MD Jan 28 2012 A former Prince George County corrections officer has been indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday for his role in the death of pretrial detainee Ronnie White more than three years ago, according to NBC Washington.
The indictment charges the officer, 48-year-old Anthony McIntosh, with a federal civil rights violation after he turned his back on White while he was in medical distress in his cell on June 29, 2008, failing to summon medical attention or notifying other corrections officers.
White, 19, was found dead in his cell in the maximum-security section of Prince George’s Corrections Center. He suffered two broken bones in his neck and died of asphyxiation caused by strangulation. The medical examiner initially called it a homicide, but no indictments were made.
White had been arrested and charged with first-degree murder for allegedly running down and killing a Prince George’s County police officer in a stolen truck two days prior.
McIntosh was arrested by the FBI today in New York City. He also faces charges of destruction, alteration or falsification of records in a federal investigation and falsifying a witness statement.
The civil rights offense carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.
TUNKHANNOCK PA Jan 28 2012 - A constable has been charged in Wyoming County with simple assault and harassment in connection with a traffic stop he made in August.
George G. Horwatt, 57, of Skyview Drive, Dallas, allegedly used a pepper spray/Mace-like substance on James Goodrich, 41, of Monroe Twp., and a 12-year-old boy he pulled over on Aug. 28.
According to a criminal complaint, Mr. Horwatt told Dallas Twp. police Officer John Mendygral that Mr. Goodrich’s Pontiac Grand Am “pulled out from Fernbrook to Route 309 causing me to stop immediately” to avoid hitting him.
Mr. Horwatt said the car was “swerving throughout the roadway,” so he called Luzerne County 911 and then Wyoming County 911 after he crossed the county line.
After he pulled Mr. Goodrich over, Mr. Horwatt said he felt the Monroe Twp. man was threatening him and warned him several times before spraying him.
Mr. Goodrich, who said wind and rain caused by Hurricane Irene caused adverse driving conditions, was treated at the scene for irritation to his eyes. His son was taken to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital by ambulance, according to the criminal complaint.
Mr. Horwatt faces two counts each of simple assault, official oppression with an arrest search, disorderly conduct and related charges.
Magisterial District Judge Carl Smith set bail Wednesday for Mr. Horwatt at $5,000, unsecured, and said he would schedule a full preliminary hearing in the near future
Australia Jan 28 2012 Security is a major issue for retail stores and restaurants — especially for those that are open late — so it should be no surprise that McDonald’s is trying to help fight thievery at its location.
What is surprising is how it’s doing it.
McDonald’s restaurants in Australia are testing out an invisible DNA spray to help catch thieves, according to the Daily Telegraph.
It’s called the SelectaDNA “forensic marking” spray developed in the UK. It has been tested before at some McDonald’s stores in Europe.
But how does it work? The Daily Telegraph reports:
“Once there has been a security breach, the hi-tech spray unit will douse fleeing robbers with an invisible, synthetic DNA solution … The solution is invisible to the naked eye and unique to each location. It stays on clothing for up to six months and on skin for up to two weeks.”
Then, police can use a UVA light to link offenders. Pretty smart. It’s about prevention — scaring off would-be thieves before they even consider robbing a McDonald’s.
But it’s not all about McDonald’s, which is just the highest-profile adopter of the technology. Preventative measures like this, above and beyond the usual security cameras and alarm systems, are bound to keep popping up in the future. It’s something worth keeping an eye on for small businesses that stay open late.
Scranton PA Jan 28 2012 Eleven former security guards at Lackawanna College now serve the institution as private police officers, a designation that gives the individual officers and the agency new powers in keeping the campus safe.
The 11 officers were sworn in as private police officers by Magisterial District Judge Alyce Hailstone Farrell on Friday and now have the power to arrest individuals on and in areas adjacent to the Lackawanna College campus.
Previously, the college’s 15 guards – four of whom work part time and were not sworn in as private police officers – were only Act 120-certified and could only make arrests on the college’s property, said Gary Shoener, director of public safety for the college.
But what may be the biggest asset the certification affords the agency is it will now have access to law enforcement databases commonly used by municipal police officers to identify suspects, Mr. Shoener said.
“The push for us is it will give us access to databases,” Mr. Shoener said.
While officers may not need to identify the college’s students, should they come upon an unknown visitor they can simply provide the person’s information to the Lackawanna County Communications Center to have it checked through databases to see if they are wanted, Mr. Shoener said.
Mr. Shoener said he is in talks with officials at the county communications center and the state police to coordinate their use of the databases.
Additionally, Mr. Shoener said he has spoken with Lackawanna County District Attorney Andy Jarbola and Scranton Police Chief Dan Duffy about arranging memorandums of understanding to govern how his officers interact with city police.
While students at the college have recently had high-profile brushes with the law – including the armed robbery of a Hill Section home occupied by students at the University of Scranton in November – Mr. Shoener and Lackawanna College spokesman Chris Kucharski said the certification was only the next step in the public safety department’s strategic plan.
“It’s because we’re getting bigger,” Mr. Kucharski said. “There was no single incident that made us think we have to get our public safety private. … It’s part of our strategic plan. There was no timing of it. It just happened when it happened
Dayton OH Jan 28 2012 A 59-year-old woman is expected to be charged with two misdemeanors after she was accused of reaching for an airport police officer’s Taser at Dayton International Airport on Tuesday afternoon.
According to Terrence Slaybaugh, director of aviation at Dayton International Airport, the woman and her son had arrived at about 5 p.m. for departing flights scheduled for Wednesday morning. The woman was reportedly using an airport-property wheelchair as a luggage cart as she was making her way to check-in. A skycap asked for the wheelchair to assist another passenger, Slaybaugh said.
She allegedly refused and the skycap then asked an airport police officer to assist in getting the chair back. She refused the officer and a physical confrontation ensued. The officer was pushed and the woman reached for his Taser, Slaybaugh said. When that happened, the officer handcuffed the woman and she ended up on the ground in the front lobby of the airport.
Her son, U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Devin Rivas-Martin, said he wants to see the surveillance video. Rivas-Martin, who is returning to Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, said he didn’t see what happened because he was returning a rental car after dropping off his mother in front of the airport. When he returned to the lobby, she was on the ground being held down by an officer.
His mother arrived in Dayton from Salinas, Kan., on Jan. 12 to help during his recovery following eye surgery at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
They arrived at the airport and had planned to stay there overnight because they had departing flights on Wednesday. Now, they are staying in Dayton and plan to see an attorney, he said.
He said his mother is not violent and he believes there was no reason to use force on a 59-year-old woman.
Slaybaugh said Rivas-Martin was apologetic when talking with the arresting officer about what happened.
His mother, who suffered a facial burn, an injured lip and a scraped knee when she fell, was fine after treatment at an area hospital, Rivas-Martin said.
Source:Dayton Daily News
Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier shoots up wrong house searching for wife’s lover www.privateofficer.com
OLYMPIA WA Jan 28 2012 – A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier returns home from war and discovers his wife is having an affair. Prosecutors say he then went on a jealous rampage and opened fire on a house. But he made one big mistake. It was the wrong house.
Thurston County prosecutors say the 25-year-old soldier was drunk and mad New Year’s night.
He’d found the name of the guy his wife was cheating with and Googled him. He got an address and headed there, gun loaded.
“I kinda ducked a little bit and I looked out the front window,” said neighbor William Koutrouba. “I kinda heard a crack, crack, crack.”
Koutrouba knows the difference between firecrackers and gunfire. The Army vet woke up early News Year’s morning to gunshots hitting his next door neighbor’s house.
Gun shots riddled the house eight or nine times, and there’s a baby there.
Thurston County prosecutors say it was a 25-year-old JBLM Special Forces soldier who just returned home from Iraq a few weeks ago.
And he wasn’t aiming for the house with the baby. Prosecutors say he was trying for the house behind it–the one where his wife’s lover lives.
The soldier is being held on $100,000 bail, and his wife, also in courtroom, told us she knew nothing about this until her husband was arrested.
“Get your surveillance straight, get the right house you little gang banger,” said Koutrouba.
Koutrouba was surprised to hear the suspect is in the military. He knows what it feels like to come home and things are different, but this is not the way to deal with it.
“Shame on you young man. I know lots of military men that would be saying the same thing,” said Koutrouba.
Police tracked down the soldier a few blocks away. He’d crashed his car and was arrested for DUI.
EUGENE, Ore., Jan 28 2012– A 39-year-old Eugene man, who is a member of the National Guard Reserves, was arrested Thursday on felony charges of impersonating an officer. Police say Daniel Scott Alloway could face other charges.
An investigation has been underway by Eugene Police and the Department of Homeland Security Federal Protective Services.
They say Alloway had affixed a badge and patches to a jacket similar to ones worn by officers. He had a utility belt with a Taser, handgun, pepper spray and handcuffs. He has a valid concealed handgun license and access to firearms. He works as a security guard.
Alloway’s Ford Expedition allegedly had a blue and red emergency light bar mounted inside the windshield. There were reports of him activating his emergency lights and presenting himself in an authentic-looking uniform.
Police say the man had portrayed himself as Officer Dan Baker at public events. Apparently he did presentations on what it is like to be a police officer with the Hosea Youth Project as frequently as twice a week for a year
Police are asking anyone who had contact with him to please come forward. The investigation began after a citizen off-handedly asked about “Officer Dan Baker.”
James City VA Jan 28 2012 – Special Agents with the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Richmond and Chesapeake Field Offices, arrested Vincent D. Rera early this morning, Jan. 26, 2012, without incident in the 6400 block of Richmond Road in Williamsburg.
The arrest comes after special agents received a complaint from the Department of Judicial Services of the Supreme Court of Virginia. The complaint alleged that Rera stalked and made threats of death or bodily injury to judges and a magistrate in New Kent County between December 2011 and January 2012.
After consultation with the New Kent Commonwealth’s Attorney Office, Rera was arrested on two felony counts of making threats of death or bodily injury to a person and one misdemeanor count of stalking. Rera was held without bond pending his arraignment in the New Kent County General District Court on Feb. 1, 2012.
The investigation is on-going with the assistance of the New Kent County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
NASHVILLE, Tenn Jan 28 2012 (AP) — A Coffee County woman has been arrested on charges she embezzled approximately $240,000 from a company where she worked as a bookkeeper.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Thursday that 60-year-old Carolyn Bell Jones was indicted after Vickers Concrete Reinforcing reported suspicious transactions.
Agents said she stole the money between 2004 and 2011, paying her personal expenses out of company funds, then altering the records to cover up the theft.
Jail spokesmen were unavailable Thursday evening to say whether Jones had an attorney who could comment on her behalf.
Former Ripley High School teacher gets house arrest for sexual battery on minor www.privateofficer.com
NEW ALBANY, Miss. Jan 28 2012 (AP) – A former Ripley High School teacher has pleaded guilty in Union County to one count of sexual battery on a minor, in connection with an improper relationship with a former student.
Circuit Judge Robert Elliott sentenced Melissa Mathis Wednesday to 15 years, with the first year to be served on house arrest and the balance of the sentence suspended.
Following her release from house arrest, she will be placed on five years post-release supervision. District Attorney Ben Creekmore tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/wtK7Nn ) Mathis must register as a sex offender.
Mathis had been free on bond after being charged with two counts of sexual battery earlier this month. The second charge was dismissed in connection with her guilty plea. She resigned her job before she was arrested.
POPLARVILLE, MS Jan 28 2012 – A Slidell man shot and tased by Poplarville police officers won a legal victory Thursday. Kirmon Warren settled a civil rights lawsuit against the police department and the city of Poplarville for an undisclosed amount.
Warren filed the suit alleging improper action by officers who stopped him at a roadblock in March 2009.
“I was unjustly tasered and I was unjustly shot,” Warren told WLOX News just moments before the case was scheduled to go to trial in Pearl River County Circuit Court.
Though Warren was ready for his day in court, severe weather Thursday morning forced the judge to postpone the case. After that happened, the two sides reach a settlement.
“I would have liked for my case to have been heard,” Warren said. “I would have loved for it to be heard, but at the end of the day, I want justice.”
The case began when Warren was stopped at a road block on Highway 53 on March 5, 2009. He wasn’t suspected of a crime, but said when police tried to get him out of his car, he was still buckled and the car was still in drive.
Warren said the officers believed he had a gun and was resisting arrest. He was tased and then shot. Almost three years later, most of Warren’s physical injuries are gone, but the emotional pain remains.
“It’s been hard. Don’t nobody know unless you’ve been shot and almost lost your life. I deal with emotional stress, mental stress daily. It’s not a day that I wake up I don’t think about what happen to me. Every time I look in the mirror, I’m reminded of what happen to me.”
Warren’s mother, Mary McNeil, said the case was never about money.
“It’s about justice. He can’t sleep, he’s terrified… Nobody should have to live like that.”
McNeil too, said she was ready for the case to end.
“I just want this to be over and doesn’t happen to no one else’s child. It’s my child this time, but you know what? It could be somebody else’s child the next time,” an emotional McNeil said.
WLOX News called Poplarville Police Chief Charlie Fazende for a comment Thursday, but he did not return our calls.
LOUISVILLE, KY Jan 28 2012 – The Jefferson County constable who shot a woman accused of shoplifting has been indicted by a grand jury. The indictment against David Whitlock was returned Thursday on charges of assault and wanton endangerment.
Whitlock is accused of shooting Tammy Ortiz on Nov. 2 outside a Walmart store in Pleasure Ridge Park. Whitlock said he was off duty and shopping in the store himself when an employee asked him to help stop a suspected shoplifter.
Brian Butler, Whitlock’s attorney, said, “Anytime you are charged with a criminal offense and you just get notified, you’ve been charged with two felonies, it’s a difficult thing to deal with,” said Butler. “He’s dealing with it anyway he can, but I mean it’s hard on him. It’s hard on his family.”
According to Whitlock, he fired after confronting Ortiz and she ran over his foot with her vehicle.
Whitlock will be arraigned on Feb. 6.
Atlanta GA Jan 28 2012 Two teenagers were arrested early this morning for breaking into CNN’s Atlanta newsroom. The incident happened around 3:30 a.m. on the fifth floor of CNN Center.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports 17-year-old Francis Mutemwa, and 18-year-old Aldayne Fearon climbed over a ledge from the Omni Hotel to gain access to the CNN newsroom. “At the time of their arrest, they were checking their Facebook pages” on CNN computers, said Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones.
In a statement, a spokesperson from Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. acknowledges the “security incident,” adding, “It is being handled by the Atlanta Police Department.”
The teens are charged with criminal trespass. The CNN Center opened in 1976 as the Omni Center and houses the Omni Hotel and the attached corporate headquarters for TBS, parent of CNN and its networks. News employees from CNN/U.S., CNNI, HLN and CNN.com work out of the building. The large atrium food court and gathering space was once home to CNN’s daytime program “Talkback Live.”
Fort Bend man charged with impersonating a police officer in security incident www.privateofficer.com
Fort Bend TX Jan 28 2012 The County Sheriff’s Office deputies have arrested a Kendleton man on a charge of impersonating a police officer. Charles Cole, 36, was arrested on a warrant at his home in Kendleton Friday morning.
On Sunday, Jan. 22, Cole was in attendance at a rodeo arena in the 6500 block of FM 521 in the Arcola area when a fight broke out.
A security guard hired to be at the rodeo was attempting to break up the fight when Cole, dressed in what appeared to be a police officer’s uniform, began to wrestle with the security guard.
The guard told deputies Cole had announced himself as a police officer and his uniform had POLICE embossed on front and back as well as law enforcement patches on his sleeves.
The guard said Cole grabbed his wrist and held the guard’s arm behind his back. The guard also said Cole attempted to grab the security guard’s gun out of its holster, but failed.
Impersonating a police officer is a third degree felony, which carries a sentence of not less than two years not to exceed 10 years along with the possibility of a fine up to $10,000.
Cole is in the Fort Bend County Jail and has not been before a judge. A bond has not been set.
Fourteen suspects arrested in massive marijuana and cocaine smuggling operation www.privateofficer.com
According to the Attorney General’s office, law enforcement seized nearly 3,000 pounds of marijuana, and roughly 20 kilograms of cocaine in seven separate incidents between December 10, 2010 and September 29, 2011. These drugs have an estimated street value of $2.6 to $2.1 million.
The organization used tractor-trailer dump trucks with scrap metal as cover, as well as backpackers and vehicles with hidden compartments, according to a news release from the Attorney General’s office. The ring would smuggle the drugs into the U.S. multiple times each week, storing them at various stash houses in Nogales, Rio Rico, Tucson and Phoenix. They would also smuggle large amounts of U.S. currency back into Mexico.
On January 26, law enforcement agencies conducted simultaneous search and arrest warrants on suspected members of the drug trafficking ring and their stash houses.
The 15 suspected members, 14 of which have been arrested, were indicted on charges including: Illegally Conducting an Enterprise, Conspiracy, Transportation of Marijuana for Sale; Transportation of Cocaine for Sale; Money Laundering; Use of a Wire Communication or Electronic Communication in a Drug Related Transaction or to Facilitate the Violation of any Felony Provision; and Weapons Misconduct, Attorney General Tom Horne’s office states.
Agencies that worked on this investigation included: Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations Strike Force are the U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Marshal’s Service, Nogales Police Department, Tucson Police Department, Department of Public Safety, and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Nanette Morrow.
News 4 Tucson’s Lupita Murillo is working on this story now – tune in this evening for her full report.
The names and aliases of those indicted on charges related to this investigation are:
-Jose Arnoldo Morgan-Huerta
-Jose Antonio Morgan
-Diana (Audelo-Sotelo, Maria)
-Gustavo (Martinez-Flores, Gustavo)
Chicago IL Jan 2012 Three women were charged with trespassing after they sneaked into Wrigley Field early this morning and refused to leave, police said.
A stadium security guard saw Allison Rexin, Rachael Michelozzi, and Michelle Burleson enter the stadium through an area under construction and then sit on the field, according to a police report.
The guard asked them to leave but they refused, so the guard called Town Hall District police. Officers arrested the women at about 12:15 a.m., the report said.
Rexin, 27, and Michelozzi, 28, live in the 700 block of West Brompton Avenue, police said, while Burleson, 31, lives in Redford Township in Michigan. They were each charged with one count of criminal trespass, police said.
It was not known why they went onto the field.
CORPUS CHRISTI TX Jan 28 2012 Police say that an HEB security guard shot himself in the parking lot and spent Friday morning recovering after the accidental shooting.
Officers on scene said that the guard shot himself in the leg while on the job.
The guard, in his early 20s, was on a break after 1 a.m. at the HEB Plus on Saratoga and Staples. Investigators said that is when he accidentally discharged his weapon while at his car.
Police did not release the guard’s name but said that he has non-life threatening injuries.
No charges is expected to be filed.
HOUSTON TX Jan 28 2012 – A Houston Fire Department captain has been charged with possession of child pornography, and investigators say his wife is the one who turned him in.
Saul Fiszer, who was hired by HFD in 1994 and served as a captain at Fire Station 21 in southeast Houston, was arrested on Tuesday. HFD said Fiszer resigned on Friday.
“The Houston Fire Department is surprised and saddened, just like the rest of the community. We’re surprised that one of our members would be involved in such allegations, and we’re saddened for any victims, including his family, that may have suffered from whatever actions he may have performed,” Chief Terry Garrison said.
According to court documents, Fiszer’s wife called HPD on January 10, 2012, after finding suspicious activity on her husband’s cell phone.
The wife told police that she was looking at the family’s cell-phone records when she noticed a strange number that Mr. Fiszer was calling and receiving calls from.
Mrs. Fiszer began texting the number, pretending to be her husband, and learned that the number belonged to a 14-year-old girl in Capser, Wyoming.
Mrs. Fiszer said the girl referred to Saul Fiszer as “daddy.”
Mrs. Fiszer told police she called and confronted the girl, and then notified the girl’s parents, who contacted the Casper Police Department.
Casper police then seized the girl’s phone and computer as evidence in their own investigation, according to court documents.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Fiszer said she confronted her husband about the teen, and Saul Fiszer admitted that he’d been chatting online and trading pictures with the girl.
Court documents state that Saul Fiszer then became “very upset” and started “talking about suicide.”
Police said Mrs. Fiszer handed over her husband’s laptop and thumb drive to HPD that day, as well as copies of the family’s cell-phone records.
On the morning of January 11, 2012, police interviewed Mrs. Fiszer over the phone. She reportedly told them that late on January 10, her husband admitted to having child pornography on his laptop and said he’d been having an online relationship with the 14-year-old Wyoming girl.
Later in the morning on January 11, Mrs. Fiszer called police again, saying that Saul Fiszer was at her home and talking about killing himself. An HPD officer stayed on the phone with Saul Fiszer, distracting him until an HPD Crisis Intervention Response Team could get there.
According to court documents, Saul Fiszer told the officer over the phone that he was suicidal because he was caught having a relationship with a teenager, and that was part of “his sex addiction that no one else knew about and that he had yet to discuss with his counselor.”
Saul Fiszer told police that the night before, he’d tried to kill himself by running a hose from his exhaust pipe into his car, but the attempt was unsuccessful because the car ran out of gas.
The HFD captain told police that he’s been in therapy for sex addiction for a few months, and that he looks at porn online – sometimes featuring children. He also said he frequents chat rooms and is involved in role-playing, fantasies and all sexual acts. He said he sometimes trades sexual pictures with other people he meets on the Internet.
Police secured a search warrant for Saul Fiszer’s computer and thumb drives, and on January 20, 2012, a forensic analysis of the devices turned up at least two child-porn images and one child-porn video.
HFD on Friday said they were notified that Fiszer was the subject of an ongoing HPD investigation on January 11, and that he was put on paid administrative leave. But around 11 a.m. on Friday, officials said Fiszer signed resignation papers and was no longer employed by the Houston Fire Department.
Fiszer was just two years away from retirement.
“We, as a department, take these allegations very seriously. As a result of these allegations, I have opened up an Internal Affairs investigation that will run concurrently with HPD’s ongoing criminal investigation,” said Garrison.
Fiszer was being held Friday in the Harris County Jail on $60,000 bond.
ST. LOUIS MO Jan 28 2012 — A St. Louis security guard was arrested Thursday after police say he threatened to kill a driver on a highway exit ramp.
John Davis was on his way home from his club security job on North Kingshighway when he told me that a driver cut him off. Police say that made him so mad that he not only threatened to shoot another driver over it but that he also had the guns and ammo to do it.
Police say they pulled four loaded handguns from the off-duty security guard’s car minutes after he allegedly threatened to shoot a woman in a fit of road rage. It started on Interstate 64 and escalated on an off ramp in Caseyville.
“He rolled down his window and shined a spotlight in my eyes — an insanely bright spotlight — so I couldn’t even see his face,” the victim said. “And he started screaming about that he had four guns in his car and that he was going to kill me.”
The victim asked me not to use her name or show her face for fear of retaliation, but she told me that she then sped off, with the guard on her tail. She then called 911.
“At this point I’m so frightened I can’t hardly move,” she said.
By then, she says the guard had followed her into Belleville. She said she was too scared to go home, so she stayed on the phone with police as she drove around until they could get to her. As Belleville police pulled up, they said they watched the guard get out of his car and confront the woman. They intervened and stopped the threat. Belleville Police then called Caseyville Police to take over the investigation since the incident began in that city’s jurisdiction.
Caseyville police confiscated the guard’s loaded weapons and have kept them secured since the January 14 incident.
“Obviously it was a big concern for this could have gone a lot further and could have been a lot worse,” Caseyville Police Chief J.D. Roth said.
Thursday afternoon, police arrested John Davis, a security guard at Club Elite in St. Louis. Davis is charged with three felony counts of unlawful use of a weapon for illegally carrying guns in his glovebox and one count of aggravated assault for the alleged road rage. A provision in Illinois law allows a licensed security guard, like Davis, to carry a weapon used for work on his person.
I asked Davis about the case against him as he was handcuffed and being led by police into a police car.
“The lady almost ran me off the road,” Davis said. “I was getting off from work.”
“Did you threaten her with a gun? Threaten to shoot her?” I asked him.
“No, no I did not,” Davis said.
That will be decided in court.
The police investigation also revealed that Davis had been arrested for second-degree assault and three seperate felony gun crimes in St. Louis during the 90s, but he was never convicted of the crimes.