New York City NY Feb 15 2012 A cop killed himself yesterday on his way home after finishing his shift in Queens — becoming the fourth NYPD officer to die by his own hand in less than a month, sources told The Post.
Matthew Schindler, 39, a 14-year veteran and married father of three kids, pulled his car over at about 4:30 p.m. on the eastbound side of the Long Island Expressway near Exit 40 in Jericho and shot himself under the chin, the sources said.
Minutes earlier, Schindler, a highway-safety officer, texted his sergeant to tell him he would not be seeing him anymore.
“He was one of the nicest people we ever met,” said a family friend, Ryan Proce, 38. “He’s just an all-around great guy.”
Fellow cops were called back to the 115th Precinct station house in Jackson Heights last night and told the tragic news.
Flags at the building were lowered to half-staff.
“Oh, God, not another one,” said Bill Genet, head of a volunteer group that counsels troubled cops.
It was the fourth suicide to hit the NYPD in 2012 and the second in eight days.
On Super Bowl Sunday, Brian Saar, a 20-year veteran with twin 5-year-old daughters, shot himself at his Suffolk County home after arguing with his wife at a party, sources said.
On Jan. 19, Terrence Dean, 28, of the 111th Precinct in Queens, killed himself while on duty after getting a phone call from his fiancée, who told him she had called his precinct about his worsening depression.
Dean shot himself in the head with his service weapon while at the scene of a Queens car burglary in front of both his partner and the car’s owner.
On Jan. 15, rookie cop Patrick Werner, 23, shot himself in his parents’ home in suburban Yorktown Heights after getting into an car accident and fleeing.
Sources said he had been on his cell arguing with his girlfriend when he crashed.
Troubled cops can call the outside counseling group POPPA, Police Organization Providing Peer Assistance, headed by Genet.
ONTARIO, Calif. Feb 15 2012 — Police arrested a man Saturday at Ontario International Airport when he allegedly tried to bring a loaded handgun and ammunition aboard a flight in his carry-on bag.
Transportation Security Administration officers stopped Bradley Thomas Bauder, 33, of Redlands about 11 a.m. Saturday at the airport’s Terminal 4 when they found a loaded .40 caliber hand gun with two fully-loaded magazines, according to a TSA news release.
Witnesses told TSA officers they heard Bauder — who was scheduled to fly to Phoenix, Ariz. — say he forgot he left the weapon in his bag, officials said.
Airport police arrested Bauder on suspicion of possession of a loaded gun in a public place, a misdemeanor. He was briefly booked at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga before being cited and released, according to booking records.
KERSHAW COUNTY, SC Feb 15 2012 - An item as innocent as its name — the Happy Meal — led Kershaw County deputies to uncover a multi-state counterfeiting ring.
The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office says 40-year-old Ryan Scott Jordan passed a counterfeit bill to purchase the meal at a Lugoff McDonalds.
Deputies were called to the McDonalds on Sunday and found Jordan subdued by two civilians after another man accused him of using the counterfeit bill.
Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews says that man recognized Jordan because he had been scammed by him before.
Jordan was arrested at the scene for public disorderly conduct and for providing false information to law enforcement. He was held, however, on forgery charges.
On Monday, the sheriff’s department contacted the US Secret Service about the case and the two agencies performed a search on Jordan’s Hasty Road residence.
Upon completion of the search, deputies found $4,930 worth of counterfeit currency and equipment used to manufacture the phony cash.
“Mr. Jordan basically confessed to everything,” said Matthews. “That he had more money at his home. He had equipment there to manufacture the money. It was $100, $20, $10 and $5 bills.”
Matthews says the money looked pretty good and could easily pass by undetected to an unsuspecting clerk.
“I think most people believe the counterfeiters do the big denomination bills,” said Matthews. “So when you get a $5, $10, $20, you may not be paying attention.”
Jordan remains at the Kershaw County Detention Center on forgery charges, and faces additional federal charges by the US Secret Service. He is currently wanted by Georgia authorities for violation of probation for multiple counts of forgery.
Jordan could face a $1 million fine and up to 30 years in prison.
Middletown CT Feb 15 2012 A Haddam man is facing robbery and assault charges after Middletown Police say he stole sandwiches from a supermarket then attacked the security guard who stopped him on the way out.
On Feb. 11 at 4:15 p.m., Matthew W. Rourke, 43, of Weiss Road, Haddam, was at Stop & Shop on East Main Street when a loss prevention called police for a shoplifter fighting with him. The employee told police Rourke took four sandwiches valued at $20.96 and left the store without paying. When confronted, Rourke pushed the man and grabbed his neck to escape.
A store employee who was not working saw the struggle and parked in front of the man’s car to block it and Rourke dropped the sandwiches, the report says. At headquarters he told officers he stole them because he was hungry and didn’t have money; when he left the store a security officer put him in a headlock and punched him in the face, saying, “you’re coming with me.”
Police say his criminal history includes a Dec. 12, 2011, third-degree assault, disorderly conduct and third-degree strangulation; and a Feb. 8 arrest for possession of narcotics and in a school zone and drug paraphernalia.
South Carolina State University ex police chief and current interim chief have arrest records www.privateofficer.com
ORANGEBURG, SC Feb 15 2012 – Last Friday, South Carolina State University President Dr. George Cooper fired eight university officials, including university police chief, Michael Bartley. The same day, Cooper named SCSUPD officer Kenneth “Mac” McCaster as the new interim chief.
A WIS Investigation takes a look at the backgrounds of the SCSUPD’s two highest-ranking law enforcers.
The firings came amid what Cooper calls and “internal investigation.” Cooper said in a statement that he’s investigating “certain policies and practices” of the university and made “several personnel changes” as a result of what he calls his investigation’s “preliminary findings.”
McCaster worked under Bartley as a member of his command staff.
SC Department of Public Safety records show three separate arrests involving McCaster. The first came April 2001 when a Trooper charged McCaster with driving under the influence. A magistrate later found McCaster “not guilty” at a bench trial on April 12, 2001.
An Orangeburg County Trooper arrested McCaster in March 2008, while he was serving as Santee Police Chief, after he saw McCaster sit through “several” stop lights at the Highway 601 and Russell Street intersection near the SC State campus. The Trooper reported finding McCaster asleep behind the wheel, with the car running and an open container of alcohol inside the car. The stop happened around 4 a.m. The Trooper charged McCaster with disorderly conduct, improper parking and open container, but couldn’t charge him with driving under the influence because the patrol said McCaster’s car never moved.
A magistrate found McCaster not guilty of the disorderly conduct charge during a bench trial, and dropped the other two charges, according to the patrol.
Two months later, another Trooper arrested McCaster along Highway 601 in Orangeburg County and charged him with driving under the influence, according to DPS records. That charge was thrown out by a magistrate judge.
McCaster’s law enforcement file shows a career that started at the Richland County Sheriff’s Department in 1986 and includes stints at the Saluda, Eastover, Claflin University, Lake City, Santee and SC State police departments. McCaster also worked as a deputy under former Orangeburg County sheriff Larry Williams.
The file shows that during McCaster’s run with the Saluda Police Department, he was arrested and charged with a crime, but the exact charge is redacted from McCaster’s file with a note dated November 2008 stating, “redacted 4-19-11 pursuant to order to destroy arrest records.” The charge came around November 2001.
McCaster left Saluda and joined the Eastover Police Department in February 2003. Town council terminated him in May 2004. The file shows town council voted against renewing McCaster’s employment contract.
In January 2005, McCaster joined the Lake City Police Department as chief during the time the Federal Bureau of Investigation was conducting a corruption investigation into the town’s leadership and police force. Former town manager George Simmons fired McCaster six months later and turned in a “misconduct report” to the state’s police academy.
In Simmons’ report, he outlined his reasons for firing McCaster because he, “sought to maintain officers who knowingly were not certified…sought to fire other officers,” and that McCaster turned over information to the state’s police academy, “to obtain terminations,” “hide the truth from supervisors,” and he “engaged in conduct detrimental” to the lake city Police Department,” according to the misconduct report.
In a two-page letter to what McCaster described as the “Good Citizens” of Lake City, the former chief laid out his “truth of the matter,” of his firing. McCaster wrote, “The City should not use intimidation and court cases to quiet their political rivals into submission.” The letter outlines 20 separate items McCaster said he objected to take part in under a man he called, “King George.”
Simmons was convicted in 2008 of stealing money from the town and ordered to repay more than $30,000.
Following McCaster’s firing, the FBI arrested Simmons and other town officials, including Lake City police officer Shanita McKnight. A federal jury convicted McKnight on multiple counts of drug trafficking and extortion in Oct. 2008. SLED agents testified that McKnight “tipped off” drug dealers during the investigation. She’s serving a 20 year sentence.
A further look into records revealed SC State University Police Department Commander Anthony Craft has a criminal conviction on one count of “unlawful carrying of a pistol,” a class C charge under the federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms classification system.
In July 2002, Richland County deputies arrested Craft and charged him with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and the weapons charge. Deputies booked Craft. Craft was working at the SC State University Police Department when he was arrested.
Former 5th Circuit Solicitor Barney Giese’s office dropped the CDV high and aggravated charge, but records show that in exchange, Craft pleaded guilty to the weapons charge. A judge sentenced Craft to one year probation.
Three months after the conviction, and while he was serving probation, Craft applied for and got a position with the South Carolina Department of Corrections. Craft did not tell SCDC officials about his conviction, according to documents inside his file. SCDC sent the state’s police academy records that show the reason for his firing was because Craft, “withheld criminal conviction information,” and that he was “dishonest/untruthfulness.”
Craft had to explain to the academy why he did not tell SCDC about his criminal conviction. In a two-page letter, Craft wrote, “I was totally, and honestly unaware that this conviction data was part of my criminal history record,” Craft continued, “I simply comprehended the nolle prossed non-conviction data as having no prior criminal history record.” The only charge Giese’s office dropped, also known as “nolle prosse” was the CDVHAN charge, according to Craft’s file.
Prosecutors listed the classification of Craft’s weapons charge as Class C, which records show would not keep him from carrying a firearm, and would not cost him his law enforcement career.
Craft earned a pardon from the state parole board on March 2, 2010. Before the pardon and while Craft was still carrying the conviction on his criminal record, Craft worked at the SCSUPD, under the late Orangeburg County Sheriff Larry Williams, before he went back to SCSUPD to work as a law enforcement officer.
Craft would not answer questions about his record and certification Monday.
Requests for interviews with interim police Chief Kenneth McCaster, as well as SC State president George Cooper have not been granted as of this report.
Fillmore CA Feb 15 2012 A man who stole deodorant from a Fillmore store was arrested on suspicion of robbery after he fought with a security guard outside the business, authorities said.
Peter Martinez, 38, of Fillmore was arrested Friday night after the incident at Rite Aid Pharmacy, 600 Ventura St., sheriff’s officials said.
Martinez put seven deodorant products from the store into a plastic bag he brought. He paid for other items but walked out without paying for the deodorant, which was worth less than $40, officials said.
When a security officer identified himself and tried to stop Martinez outside the store, he fought with the guard, elevating the arrest from misdemeanor shoplifting to felony robbery, officials said.
A store employee and a customer helped detain Martinez until deputies arrived, officials said. The employees suffered minor injuries.
Martinez was being held Monday on suspicion of robbery in Ventura County jail in lieu of $100,000 bail, jail records showed.
Fowlerville MI Feb 15 2012 A Fowlerville man is dead, having apparently shot himself after shooting at police early this morning.
Police say they received a report of trouble with a subject on East Frank Street at 12:54 a.m.
The officer who responded found a man with a hand gun on the porch; the man pulled the trigger, but the gun did not fire.
As the officer returned to his car and moved it, the man went back in his home and brought out another handgun and a long gun.
The man fired the long gun, and then fired additional shots from inside his home.
Additional officers arrived, from the State Police and the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.
Officers tried to talk with the man, but received no response.
Eventually they through gas into the home and then entered.
Inside they found the man dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The incident is still being investigated.
Employee of the NASCAR Sports Grille charged with exposing himself -touching young girl www.privateofficer.com
Orlando Fla Feb 15 2012 An ex-employee of the NASCAR Sports Grille at Universal Orlando’s CityWalk was arrested on Monday, accused of exposing himself to a girl at the restaurant and touching her inappropriately.
Randy Taylor, 26, faces charges of lewd or lascivious conduct, lewd or lascivious exhibition and lewd act upon a child in connection with the Nov. 22 incident at CityWalk, records state.
A girl, whose age was not included in court documents but who was younger than 16, based on the charges, reported Taylor touched her inappropriately while she was playing pool.
The girl said she was bent over to take a shot, when Taylor walked behind her and grabbed her buttocks. She said he then walked into an employee-only area, but held the door open.
According to court documents, the girl told police Taylor then exposed himself while standing in the open doorway. The girl said she grabbed a friend and went to find her parents.
Taylor was detained by Universal security, records state. Security officers said Taylor had admitted to “bumping into a small child” on his way to the bathroom, but denied groping her.
He also explained, according to court records, that “he entered the swinging door and while fixing his shirt, his penis may have been exposed to anyone that was in the area.”
A warrant was issued for Taylor’s arrest in December. He was arrested Monday, and remained jailed in Orange County on $7,300 bail Tuesday, records state.
A Universal Orlando spokesman said that Taylor was “quickly terminated” after the incident.
Middletown, Conn. Feb 15 2012 - A former Middletown teacher was arrested on a sole count of sexual assault.
39-year-old Christine Powell was charged with one count of second degree sexual assault when she was arrested on Feb. 10.
A joint statement from the Board of Education and the City of Middletown read “Powell had been employed as a teacher with the Middletown Public Schools, but resigned in late 2011.”
She was held in lieu of a court-set bond of $150,000.
No other information is known about the circumstance of her arrest as the court has sealed her arrest warrant.
Man arrested for threatening firefighters also in disturbance at New Mexico State University www.privateofficer.com
LAS CRUCES NM Feb 15 2012 — The man arrested for causing a disturbance Monday at New Mexico State University is also suspected of threatening Las Cruces firefighters with a handgun earlier in the day.
Las Cruces Police have charged Jason Salais, 25, of 2115 Gladys Drive, with three fourth-degree felony counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
At around noon on Monday, three Las Cruces firefighters were leaving Station 4 on Missouri Avenue when they noticed a white Toyota Camry with Texas plates pass their fire truck at a high rate of speed. The Toyota’s driver, later identified as Salais, allegedly made obscene hand gestures toward the firefighters and then pulled in front of the truck.
As the firefighters headed west on Missouri Avenue, Salais abruptly braked in front of Engine 4 and continued that behavior until he turned onto Gladys Drive.
The firefighters, believing the driver was possibly intoxicated and wanting to report his whereabouts to police, turned their truck around and drove down Gladys looking for the Toyota. They located it parked at 2115 Gladys but, as they drove by, Salais pulled out a black handgun from his waistband and pointed it at the passing firefighters.
Salais then got back into the Toyota and aggressively followed the fire engine, attempting to pull alongside the truck, for several blocks. The firefighters radioed their situation to central dispatch and Las Cruces.
Police began looking for the Toyota.
A few hours later Salais was detained by State Police on NMSU’s campus for causing a public affray and was transported to a local hospital. At the hospital, the Las Cruces firefighters from Station 4 positively identified Salais as the driver of the Toyota Camry. Police subsequently located the Camry in a parking lot on campus. Las Cruces Police detectives conducted a search warrant on the Toyota which revealed a black, realistic-looking, Umarex BB gun in the center console.
Salais is at the Doña Ana County Detention Center with a cash-only bond set at $15,000.
Source:Las Cruces Sun
Miami Fla Feb 15 2012 When a woman inadvertently left a valuable Rolex watch inside a plastic bin after going through a security checkpoint at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, it didn’t take long for someone to notice.
In fact, it was the passenger behind her in the line. According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, after the man collected his own belongings from the bins on the conveyor belt, he put on his shoes, grabbed his laptop computer and then grabbed Gloria de Regalado’s watch.
The incident that happened in Terminal 3 on January 18, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Surveillance video captured by the Transportation Security Administration shows the incident as it unfolds.
The man who took the watch with an estimated value of $6,500 is seen walking away from the security checkpoint to a metal bench where he puts the laptop and the watch into a backpack.
By the time de Regalado, who winters in South Florida, noticed her watch was missing, some 30 minutes had elapsed.
Officials had no way of knowing which flight the man who took the watch may have boarded. A recently departed flight went to Dallas was checked but the suspect wasn’t found, authorities said.
Detectives believe the man who took the watch could be from South Florida.
Investigators as anyone who recognizes the man or has information about his whereabouts to contact BSO airport detectives at 954-359-1201 or Broward Crime Stoppers anonymously at 954-493-8477 or http://www.browardcrimestopprs.org. A reward of up to $1,000 may be available for information leading to an arrest.
NASHVILLE TN Feb 15 2012 - The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security has upheld a recommendation to terminate Tennessee Highway Patrolman Charles Morgan after his actions in a Knox County chase death.
The department did an internal investigation into Morgan’s actions after the crash on November 26, 2011.
The family of Gordon Kyle Anito, 20, who died after the chase and a fiery crash into a tree are suing the THP.
Morgan was served with a minimum due process letter for termination on January 30 and attended a discussion in Nashville on February 9.
Investigators said following the chase, Trooper Morgan failed to stop and give aid when Anito’s car crashed on Andersonville Pike.
At 3:32 a.m. on November 26, Trooper Morgan was in pursuit of Anito in a 2005 Subaru Impreza when his in-car video showed he came up on the crashed car, slowed down and did not stop.
Morgan drove past the car, terminated his pursuit and then pulled over.
Investigators and department officials found no fault with the pursuit itself, saying it complied with department policy.
It was Trooper Morgan’s actions afterward that led to his dismissal.
“Trooper Charles Van Morgan’s conduct in the early morning hours of November 26, 2011 was a poor representation of the honorable men and women who serve on the Tennessee Highway Patrol,” said Department of Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons in a press release.
“The colonel of the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the deputy commissioner both went to the scene and drove the same route in similar conditions. Trooper Morgan’s actions after the pursuit resulted in recommending his termination,” Gibbons added.
“We have a responsibility to serve the state of Tennessee with professionalism, honesty, and integrity, and we will not tolerate the actions of those who fail to do so,” he concluded.
The ruling to uphold Morgan’s termination is based upon violations of Department of Human Resources and Department of Safety and Homeland Security rules and policies, including conduct unbecoming, neglect of duty and unsatisfactory job performance.
Trooper Morgan’s termination is effective at the close of business on February 20. He’s entitled to appeal the department’s decision.
North Ranch Elementary School teacher collected child pornography for more than 10 years www.privateofficer.com
Phoenix AZ Feb 15 2012 The North Ranch Elementary School teacher arrested this week on suspicion of sexually exploiting children told Phoenix police that he had been collecting child pornography online for at least 10 years and that he was attracted to young boys, court records show.
Thomas Warner, 54, of Phoenix was arrested about 11 a.m. Monday after detectives found “numerous items of child pornography” on a computer inside his home in the 14000 block of North Coral Gables Drive, north of Thunderbird Road, police said. Several external thumb drives also were found containing hundreds of images of the same nature.
Warner taught fourth grade at North Ranch Elementary, 16406 N. 61st Place, a northeast Phoenix K-6 school in the Paradise Valley Unified School District.
There is no indication that our students were harmed,” district spokeswoman Marty Macurak said in an e-mail Tuesday.
On Sunday, Phoenix police were notified by a computer repair company that a laptop computer had images and videos depicting the sexual exploitation of minors. Police found several hundred images of boys ages 8 to 12 engaged in sex acts, records show. Police said Warner admitted he had been collecting these images for more than a decade and that he was sexually attracted to boys in that age range.
Warner “admitted that he uses his position as a teacher to compensate for the guilt he feels about viewing the images,” the probable cause statement reads.
Warner had been at North Ranch for six years and had a Department of Public Safety teacher clearance card.
Macurak said the district placed Warner on administrative leave on Monday, “immediately after being notified of his arrest. He was not on school property when he was arrested.” She also said that Principal Sarah Hartley “informed parents of the arrest by telephone” late Monday afternoon “to allow the police time to release information following Warner’s booking.”
But on Tuesday morning, some preschool parents still had not heard about the incident. Sheba Bano’s son attends preschool at North Ranch and was unaware that a fourth-grade teacher had been arrested.
“I don’t think many of the parents know,” she said. “Maybe because my son is in pre-K and on the other side of the school, I wasn’t notified.”
She was concerned about how the arrest will affect the school and the children. “The reputation of our school is at stake,” Bano said. “Today’s children are very intelligent and they observe. Who knows what they saw?”
Macurak said preschool parents were not informed because it is considered a separate program.
On Tuesday, North Ranch had a “care team” of counselors and psychologists available for parents, students and staff.
“Our parents’ community has responded with support for the school, principal and staff,” Macurak said. “They feel the same way we do, which is concern for the children’s safety, saddened and betrayed.”
Warner was booked into the Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail on 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, according to police.
Court records said Warner must post a $100,000 bond to be released on house arrest, where he will be electronically monitored. He will not be allowed access to computers and cannot have contact with anyone younger than 18.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 23.
Putnam City Oklahoma High School teacher arrested for having sex with student www.privateofficer.com
WARR ACRES OK Feb 15 2012 — A Spanish teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a Putnam City High School student has been arrested on rape complaints, authorities said Tuesday.
Lisa Kays, 46, of Yukon, was arrested Monday on three complaints of rape and two complaints of forcible oral sodomy. Officials allege Kays had a relationship with a 17-year-old male student.
Kays has been a teacher at the school since 2002, officials said, and served as the school sponsor of the SALSA Club, a Spanish-Latin club.
She was booked into the Oklahoma County jail Monday and released later that day after posting bail. Putnam City Schools Police Chief Mark Stout said he expects charges to be filed this week.
LAS CRUCES NM Feb 15 2012 — Las Cruces Police have arrested a teenager who allegedly took a private security guard’s handgun during a melee outside an area McDonald’s restaurant Monday.
Manuel Felix, 17, is charged with larceny of a firearm and tampering with evidence. Felix is being held without bond at the Doña Ana County Detention Center.
Shortly after 4 p.m. Monday, Las Cruces Police were called to the McDonald’s restaurant on south El Paseo Road where a private security guard was involved in a skirmish with a group of young men and had his handgun stolen.
Detectives learned that the security guard was patrolling the business when he noticed a juvenile smoking a cigarette just outside the restaurant. The guard confronted the young man and ordered him to extinguish the cigarette or leave the premises.
The young man — described as African-American, 5-feet-6-inches tall with a stocky build — instead closed distance on the guard in a threatening manner. The guard pushed the young man away but the juvenile allegedly punched him in the face. Two other juveniles then jumped in, punching and kicking the guard until he fell to the ground.
At some point during the scuffle, the guard’s Smith and Wesson .357 Magnum became dislodged from its holster and slid across the concrete toward a Redbox kiosk. Felix, who had been inside the McDonald’s when the fight started, allegedly picked up up the handgun and ran across the street with it.
Felix told detectives that he threw the handgun in a dumpster before walking to a scheduled court hearing at the Families and Youth Inc. building on Solano Drive. Felix said that after his hearing he went back to the dumpster, retrieved the handgun and buried it in his backyard at 721 N. Sixth St.
Detectives recovered the handgun from the backyard of Felix’s home. Anyone who can identify the young men involved in the skirmish with the guard is asked to call police.
Thieves target $23,000 worth of cell phones from Circle Centre Mall in Indianapolis www.privateofficer.com
INDIANAPOLIS IN Feb 15 2012- Police are investigating the theft of $23,000 worth of cell phones from a kiosk at Circle Centre Mall in downtown Indianapolis.
According to a police report, a manager for the Verizon Wireless kiosk arrived for work Monday morning to discover someone forced their way into his kiosk.
The report notes 56 phones were taken but it appeared the thieves left all of the lower end phones.
Mall security officers found a black bag containing cell phone cards and cords on the first floor of the mall.
Investigators are working with mall security officers to review the surveillance video.
MONTGOMERY, AL Feb 15 2012 - Montgomery police have arrested two men for a shooting and are continuing their investigating of the shooting at Eastdale Mall at this hour. Details are limited, but this is what WSFA 12 News can confirm.
The victim, an unidentified adult male, was shot multiple times, according to police on the scene. The victim was rushed to Baptist South Medical Center for surgery. He is listed in critical but stable condition.
The shooting occurred at 3:20pm in the Sears parking lot closest to the Belk department store. The suspects were seen fleeing in the direction of the Max Credit Union.
Mall security followed two suspects, according to police. Alabama State Troopers also put a helicopter in the air to assist in the search.
Montgomery police pursued two suspects who were said to have bailed out of a vehicle near Eastdale Loop. The suspects then ran into a neighborhood behind the mall off of Dunbarton Road. Officers took the unidentified individuals into custody a short time later.
The mall is said to be safe and is operating under normal business hours at this time. Mall General Manager David Schloss issued the following statement:
“We understand that in the parking lot at the far end of the mall property two men had a dispute and one was allegedly shot. No shoppers or employees of the mall were involved in any way. The police have made an arrest.”
Authorities say this was not a random act of violence. The victim was targeted and there were no other individuals harmed in the incident. There’s no other information available at the moment.
Police say that it was because of the mall security officers efforts to tail the men that police were able to make a quick arrest.
WSFA 12 News has a crew at Eastdale Mall, and they’re working to gather additional details. Keep checking back.
Soriano said that at 4:05 a.m., the female victim was sitting in her parked vehicle in Somerset Medical Center’s parking deck when Kaeser entered her vehicle by smashing the rear passenger window with his fist. According to the prosecutor, once inside the victim’s vehicle, he ordered her to drive out of the deck. When she refused, Soriano said, the defendant threatened to kill her.
As the victim began to drive toward the parking deck exit, she flagged down a hospital security guard, Soriano said. Seeing that the victim alerted the guard, Kaiser pushed the victim’s right leg down on the gas pedal in an attempt to get her to continue driving. The security guard intervened and notified the Somerville Police Department, the prosecutor said.
Somerville police responded and arrested Kaeser without incident. Kaeser was charged with carjacking, first degree, and was sent to the Somerset County Jail. Bail was set by Judge Margaret Goodzeit at $100,000, cash only.
Cabot ARK Feb 15 2012 A Cabot Junior High School Science teacher was arrested today after an ongoing investigation that she had inappropriate contact with a student.
According to Cabot police; Stacey Stracener was arrested on 11 counts of First Degree Sexual Assault and 2 counts of Second Degree Sexual Assault after a report was filed last week that Stracener had allegedly made contact with a male student at the school. Cabot police began an investigation after the complaint was filed with the school of Stracener’s activity.
Stracener was arrested and taken to the Lonoke County Detention Center where she will appear in court tomorrow on the charges.
The Cabot School District released the following statement:
The Cabot School District suspended a Cabot Junior High North teacher last week as police and district officials began investigations into an allegation of improper conduct between the teacher and a student that were brought to the attention of district administration on Tuesday evening. We have been advised by the Cabot Police Department that formal charges have been filed, and the teacher reported to the police department on Monday afternoon.
Any allegations involving improper conduct in our school system are taken seriously and investigated immediately, and appropriate corrective action is taken if prove to be accurate. The district is legally required to follow a specific process in regard to student and personnel privacy policies and due process requirements as set forth in statute.
CAPON BRIDGE, W.Va.Feb 15 2012 – A Frederick County, Va., volunteer firefighter was killed when the fire truck he was riding on crashed on U.S. Route 50 in Hampshire County early Monday during a structure fire operation.
Gore Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department member Zachary Whitacre, 21, was pronounced dead at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center following the 4:08 a.m. crash, according to West Virginia Senior Trooper E.V. Vaubel of the Romney detachment.
Police said Zachary Whitacre was riding on the rear of a 1986 Ford fire tanker being driven by his father, Donald Whitacre. The vehicle was traveling from the scene of the fire on Timber Ridge Road to the Capon Bridge Volunteer Fire Company to refill the tanker with water.
Donald Whitacre reportedly lost control of the fire truck on the icy road, causing the vehicle to slide and strike an embankment.
Police said Zachary Whitacre was ejected and died as a result of his injuries after being taken to the hospital by the Gore Rescue Company.
Capon Bridge, Augusta, North River, Gore and Gainesville volunteer fire and rescue companies provided assistance.
The fire was reported to the Hampshire County 911 center at 3:18 a.m. Additional details about the fire were not available.
NASHVILLE, TN Feb 15 2012 - Metro Police detectives have arrested a man suspected of killing an elderly woman in her Hermitage home in 1979.
Freddie Lee Johnson, 60, of Seymour Avenue, was indicted on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Ethel Hethcote.
Hethcote, 72, was found dead by her daughter inside her home in the 900 block of Radford Drive on Jan. 29, 1979.
Police at the time suspected robbery was a likely motive, and a recent investigation by Metro’s cold case unit led authorities to naming Johnson as the suspect.
Johnson is a registered sex offender after a 1979 rape conviction in Mississippi, and police said he has been charged more than 50 times in Nashville on crimes including robbery, theft, burglary, criminal trespassing, unlawful weapon possession and motor vehicle burglary.
Johnson is jailed on $500,000 bond. His arraignment is set for Feb. 22.
Farmersville LA Feb 15 2012 A 29 –year-old Farmerville High School teacher was arrested and detained for a court hearing Monday on charges he allegedly had sexual relations with a male high school student.
Subpoenaed phone records indicate that the suspect, Xavier Frazier, is possibly involved with other former or current male high school students, Farmerville Police Chief Bim Culbertson said in a news release.
Police say Ruston resident Xavier Frazier was arrested on Feb. 9 after the department received a complaint from the alleged victim’s parent.
The alleged relationship occurred during the past year and involved several incidents at Farmerville High School.
Frazier was suspended by the Union Parish School Board on Feb 8.
On Feb. 9 Frazier was arrested by the Farmerville Police Department on the charge of simple battery involving the same student, and ordered held until Monday pending a bond hearing.
Frazier was charged with simple battery, sexual battery, molestation of a juvenile, prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and a student and prostitution by persons under 17 years of age.
He was booked at the Union Parish Detention Center with a total bond of $105,450.00.
The investigation is ongoing and further charges are possible in Farmerville and in Ruston, the news release states.
CHARLOTTE, NC Feb 15 2012 - The neighbors of a man arrested after police say he exposed himself to women in Charlotte while riding a bicycle say they never saw any warning signs.
Police charged 36-year-old Michael Wayne Adams Monday with exposing himself to women in the Dilworth community.
His neighbor Prince Pegeses told WBTV he had no idea what Adams was up to.
“He was telling me how he was trying to keep himself out of trouble and trying to do the right thing for the right reason but I think all of that was pretty much undercover,” he said.
Police say Adams exposed himself to a woman on January 25, 2012, across the street from Dilworth Elementary School as he was riding his bicycle in the area.
Additionally, Adams has been charged with public masturbation and indecent exposure in a February 5, 2012, case in which he exposed himself to a woman walking her dog as he rode his bicycle in the 400 block of East Park Avenue.
The 33-year-old female victim told police she was walking her dog when the suspect “exposed his private area as he rode by her on his bicycle.”
Mary Collins, another neighbor said, “wow, that’s a hard pill to swallow.”
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Adams was arrested around 2:00 p.m. on Monday without incident at his home in the 400 block of Linwood Avenue in Northwest Charlotte.
He has been charged with two counts of indecent exposure and one count of public masturbation.
Pegeses also said he is glad that Adams is off the street.
‘That was in the Dilworth area but it could have been in any area,” he said.
Investigators are also working to determine if Adams was responsible for several other similar incidents in Charlotte-Mecklenburg recently.
According to police, there was another incident on February 1 at 2000 South Boulevard around 3:30 p.m.
In that case, a 57-year-old woman said that a man was exposing himself while in a public area.
Police are investigating if Adams is connected to a second incident on February 5, just a few blocks from Johnson and Wales University.
The incident happened less than 2 hours after the incident that Adams was charged with, along the 500-block of South Cedar Street at 2:03 pm, police say.
A 30-year-old woman told police that the suspect exposed himself riding a bicycle at the time of the indecent exposure.
Adams has a history of charges with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police. He has charges of breaking and entering, misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon, intoxicated and disruptive, resisting arrest, assault and larceny.
Anyone with additional information concerning these cases is asked to call Charlotte-Mecklenburg Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.