BEVERLY, Mass.Feb 26 2012—An off-duty sergeant shot a police officer from a nearby town Friday night, then returned to the scene and killed himself as authorities closed in, the district attorney said.
Authorities responded to a Starbucks in Beverly after a 911 call at about 5:45 p.m. Friday and found Beverly police Officer Jason Lantych shot multiple times, Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said. Lantych is in serious condition and undergoing surgery, he said.
Off-duty Hamilton police Sgt. Ken Nagy shot Lantych and fled, the district attorney’s office said. A warrant was issued for Nagy’s arrest on a charge of assault with intent to murder, and authorities said he was believed to be armed and dangerous.
The 43-year-old Nagy returned to the Starbucks at about 10:30 p.m., and police there began to cordon off the scene. Nagy fatally shot himself in his car as officers approached him, Blodgett said.
Nagy and Lantych knew each other, but the motive for the shooting is unclear, the district attorney’s office said. Beverly and Hamilton are towns about 5 miles apart in northeastern Massachusetts.
Nagy was promoted to sergeant last summer after 19 years of service, according to a July 3 story from the Hamilton-Wenham Chronicle. His wife, Katie, smiled as she pinned a badge on Nagy’s uniform, and their two young sons clapped, the newspaper reported.
When asked his feelings about the promotion, Nagy told the newspaper, “It feels great. I worked hard over the 19 years to get here.”
HASTING, Minn. Feb 26 2012- A 21-year-old man faces drug and shoplifting charges in Dakota County after allegedly trying to walk out of a store with a television in his pants.
The Dakota County Attorney charged Eric Lee King Friday with 5th degree felony posession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor shoplifting.
A criminal complaint says an Eagan police officer was sitting in the parking lot of a business when he observed a man walk out the door and drop a bag of candy.
The officer called out his window to let the man, later identified as Eric King, know he had dropped something but King ignored him and kept walking. The Eagan officer then noticed that the man was walking stiff-legged and clutching at the front of his pants.
When the cop drove up to King and beeped his horn to talk to him, the defendant kept walking and continued to ignore him. When the officer got out to confront him, King squatted down and reached to grab something down the front of his pants. Fearing for his safety, the officer grabbed King and handcuffed him.
At that point the officer searched the defendant and found a 19-inch flat screen television and several other items in his pants. Prosecutors say King also had Xanax tablets in his pockets.
If found guilty, Eric Lee King faces a maxiumum reccomended sentence of 5 years in prison.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Feb 26 2012 (AP) — Officials are puzzled over a mysterious hot tub that was installed – and then removed – from the roof of a building on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor.
But a group of “creative” students are believed to be the culprits, Computer Science and Engineering building spokesman Steven Crang told ( http://bit.ly/x5jEya ) AnnArbor.com on Friday.
Initially reported by the Michigan Daily campus newspaper, the hot tub first was noticed Saturday, had visitors and was gone by Monday night.
“People were kind of flabbergasted,” Crang said. “It was obviously unexpected. It was pretty creative and now it’s gone. It left a buzz in its wake.”
Despite its short stay, students called the hot tub the Bob and Betty Beyster Bubbler after the couple who donated $15 million to the school. The building is named after them.
The philanthropic couple “found it amusing,” Crang said.
“It’s apparently people who are close to the department because they were able to gain access to the building and install the tub,” he said of whoever installed it. “The thing that intrigued everyone was that it was on the fourth-floor balcony. It’s a large hot tub and the doors that lead out to the balcony are not real big, so they had to do some work to get it out there.”
New York NY Feb 26 2012 A hip-hop mogul is facing federal murder-for-hire charges – which could lead to the death penalty – for ordering the murder of an associate of rapper 50 Cent, a prosecutor disclosed Friday.
James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond, already indicted in Brooklyn federal court on drug trafficking charges, faces the death-penalty rap in Manhattan, Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Kaminsky said Friday in Brooklyn Federal Court.
The prosecutor did not reveal details of the murder case, but sources said it was the 2009 rubout of Lowell “Lodi Mack” Fletcher.
Rosemond has long been suspected of putting a contract on Fletcher in retaliation for slapping Rosemond’s then 14-year-old son.
Two years before he was gunned down on a Bronx street, Fletcher pleaded guilty to assaulting the teen, but investigators believed he took the fall for Tony Yayo, a member of Fiddy’s G-Unit, who had slapped the kid. Fletcher was a member of Yayo’s posse.
Fletcher was murdered shortly after he was released from prison for a drug conviction and for assaulting Rosemond’s son.
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan indicted Rodney Johnson and Brian McCleod for the murder. The indictment claims they did the killing in exchange for drugs.
Rosemond, who repped rapper The Game, has been charged with running a coast-to-coast, multi-million dollar cocaine ring.
He has been engaged in plea negotiations with the feds in Brooklyn which could be complicated by the upcoming murder charge.
Louisville KY Feb 26 2012 A husband and wife were arrested Thursday, charged with running a theft ring in which dozens of Honda vehicles were stolen and stripped for parts during the past several months, Louisville Metro Police said.
Sarah and Michael Ayers each face more than 160 felony charges in connection with what police say is the theft of at least 82 Hondas since September. Each was named in one count of engaging in organized crime, 82 counts of theft by unlawful taking, 82 counts of receiving stolen property and other charges.
On Thursday, about 5:15 p.m., detectives in the 6th Division were making a traffic stop when they noticed a Honda that had two small spare tires on it go by in the opposite direction.
Maj. Don Burbrink, commander of that division, said the detectives thought that was suspicious so they began following the car. A check of the license plate showed that the vehicle had been reported stolen, Burbrink said.
When officers attempted to stop the Honda, a woman driving a Chevy Metro behind the Honda tried to interfere and allow the Honda to get away. Police were able to stop the Metro and arrested Sarah Ayers. Her husband, Michael, called her a short while later from a convenience store on Poplar Level Road, and he was also arrested, Burbrink said.
Search warrants were executed overnight on two homes where the Ayerses live, Burbrink said.
In the 1200 block of Pigeon Pass, police found rooms filled with parts that had been stripped from Hondas, including radios, catalytic converters, tires, ignitions and batteries, Burbrink said. They also found four stolen Hondas in the backyard that they believed were waiting to be stripped.
At a home in the 700 block of Hay Court, police found more stolen parts.
Also, Sarah Ayers led officers to four other Hondas that had been left in parking lots around town, awaiting an opportunity to be stripped down.
Burbrink said the couple, who may have had at least five accomplices who have not yet been arrested, would steal Hondas and leave them in crowded parking lots of apartment buildings and shopping centers. Once the vehicles were stripped, they would return the cars to busy lots so they would not be noticed for several days.
Police are continuing to investigate to determine who was working with the couple and how they were disposing of and selling the parts. Burbrink said most of the thefts took place in the city’s 3rd, 6th and 7th divisions, with thefts also in Southern Indiana and Bullitt County.
Police recovered eight vehicles Thursday night and were attempting to reach their owners Friday, Burbrink said
Berkeley CA Feb 26 2012 The head of security at Berkeley High School was arrested Thursday on suspicion of identity theft following a police department investigation, school officials said Friday.
Billy Keys, who graduated from Berkeley High and who has worked as a security officer there for at least 10 years, was placed on administrative leave while the school district conducts its own investigation, said Berkeley High Principal Pasquale Scuderi.
In a note to parents, Scuderi called the arrest “a very difficult development.” He sent the note, he said to “head off speculation and get out in front of any rumors.”
Berkeley school district spokesman Mark Coplan said Keys wrote Berkeley High’s safety and security manual.
“It’s just not in his character,” Coplan said. “Billy graduated from Berkeley High and to my knowledge he has never left.”
Scuderi said the district will cooperate with the police department “to help ensure that a thorough and fair process is conducted in response to this matter. BHS will continue to hold the highest expectations for all its staff and students and place no one above consequences if and when their actions jeopardize the integrity of security and our school.”
Berkeley police did not respond to a request for more information on the case.
MARIETTA GA Feb 26 2012 — A former high school football head coach and Atlanta Falcons chaplain was killed after he was struck by a pickup truck.
Cobb police spokesman Mike Bowman says the 66-year-old Charles H. Collins died after attempted to cross a road on Thursday in suburban Atlanta.
Police say the driver, 25-year-old Nicholas Bryant, is not expected to be charged.
McEachern Athletic Director Jim Dorsey says Collins was the head football coach at McEachern in Powder Springs from 1976 to 1982. He also was the chaplain for the Falcons in the late 1980s.
A memorial service for Collins is set for Monday next week at Smyrna First United Methodist Church, according to a report by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Owners rethink security after deaths of six people in two Long Island pharmacy robberies www.privateofficer.com
Long Island NY Feb 26 2012 The deaths of six people in two Long Island pharmacy robberies over the past year have forced many pharmacy owners to rethink security in their stores.
Some pharmacies are making it clear to the public that they do not carry any oxycodone products which have been the target of the robberies.
Other pharmacies, such as Linden Care in Syosset, have installed new security features.
“I have an armed security guard; I have video surveillance; I have buzzers,” said Jordan Fogel, supervisor of Linden Care. “You can’t just walk right in; you have to be buzzed in and buzzed in again.”
Fogel said that when customers walk into the pharmacy, their driver’s licenses and insurance cards are inspected. Linden Care will also install bulletproof glass.
The moves come after six people were shot dead in two separate robbery incidents in Medford and Seaford over the past year.
Officials in both Nassau and Suffolk County held summits in early February to discuss pharmacy safety in the wake of increasing attacks on pharmacies.
Local officials are hoping that by working together they can put an end to the pharmacy related crimes.
Source:Long Island Report
MYRTLE BEACH, SC Feb 26 2012 Myrtle Beach Police are investigating what lead to a shooting outside of a Myrtle Beach nightclub Saturday morning that landed one victim in the hospital.
An incident report obtained by WMBF News states that officers responded to a reported shooting at Tequila Empire on South Kings Highway around 2:21 a.m. Saturday.
After arriving on scene, witnesses reported that two black males exited Tequila Empire and walked in the direction of the back of the building.
Witnesses claim in that report that one of those men then pulled out a gun and began firing shots into a crowd of people. That witness, which police later told WMBF News was a security guard, began firing shots at that suspect before the two male suspects got into a Champagne colored Nissan Altima and drove away from the scene.
Sgt. Swanson with Myrtle Beach Police told WMBF News that one female victim was wounded by a gunshot to the stomach and was transported to Conway Medical Center for treatment. She remains in critical condition at this time.
The two male suspects were described by witnesses as black males in their late teens, both standing approximately 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighing around 130 pounds. Both were wearing white t-shirts and one was wearing a black cap with a red brim.
These suspects were last seen heading southbound on Kings Highway.
The investigation into these suspects and the motive behind this incident is ongoing. Any information about the identity or whereabouts of these suspects should be reported to Myrtle Beach Police or your local authorities as soon as possible.
LaPlace LA Feb 26 2012 The St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man accused of impersonating a police officer during a robbery earlier this week. Sean Schnyder, 44, of LaPlace, was arrested Friday morning on a judicial court-ordered arrest warrant and booked with simple robbery and false impersonation of a police officer.
Deputies responded to the Ole Tyme Saver convenience store in the 1700 block of Carrollwood Drive in LaPlace just before 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
When they arrived, a boy told deputies that he and two other juveniles had ridden their bikes to the store where a man approached them in the parking lot, showed them a police-type badge and said, “This is official police business, ” according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The man then grabbed the boy and pulled him behind a trash bin and the other two juveniles ran inside the store to get help. The boy attempted to run but could not pull away and was pushed against the bin, according to the Sheriff’s Office, while the man went through the boy’s pants pockets.
The man stole money from the boy and then fled behind an adjacent two-story building. Deputies canvassed the area but could not locate the man, according to the Sheriff’s Office. They later identified Schnyder as the suspect and obtained the warrant.
Capt. Dane Clement, Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said the badge Schnyder used was not from any law enforcement agency.
Schnyder was booked into the Sherman Walker Correctional Center in Laplace. Bond has not been set.
Clive Iowa police officer charged with assault with intent to commit sexual abuse www.privateofficer.com
Clive IA Feb 26 2012 A 24-year veteran of the Clive police department has been arrested and charged with assault with intent to commit sexual abuse no injury.
Lt. John Brodersen, 47, was placed on unpaid administrative leave pending the outcome of the case. The offense date listed is Jan. 27, according to online court records. He was charged yesterday, according to the records.
A press release issued this afternoon by Clive police indicates the alleged incident occurred at a private residence in the Dallas County portion of Clive. According to the press release, Brodersen, while off duty, ”had inappropriate physical contact with a female victim.”
Clive officials on Jan. 31 asked Altoona police to investigate the complaint.
Chief Robert Cox said Brodersen was placed on leave effective today. He directed all questions regarding the charge to the Dallas County Attorney’s Office. County Attorney Wayne Reisetter is unavailable until Monday.
According to Clive police’s web site, Brodersen is the Uniform Patrol Commander and responsible for the operations of patrol services and jail administration. He is also the department’s spokesman.
Brodersen is a 1985 graduate of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy and is a 2007 graduate of the FBI National Academy.
Source: des moines register
OKLAHOMA CITY OK Feb 26 2012 – A Centers for Disease Control employee was arrested Monday after Oklahoma City police say she shoplifted clothing and other items from a department store.
Stephanie Hillard, 43, of Georgia, was spotted by security officers at JC Penney at 1901 NW Expressway.
According to police, Hillard was seen putting a pair of silver earrings in her bag. Police say she was also seen trying on a pair of shoes, then putting them in her bag.
Security officers say they saw her go to a dress display where she chose a maroon dress, pulled out a clothing tag out of her bag, then attached it to the maroon dress.
She then returned the dress for a refund on her debit card for $27, according to officers.
Police say she did not cooperate with store security when they approached her.
However, when police arrived, they say she became much more cooperative.
Hillard was taken to the Spring Lake Station and booked. She faces charges of obtaining money under false pretenses and larceny.
PARKVILLE, Md.Feb 26 2012 — Baltimore County officials say a 59-year-old Parkville man has been charged with impersonating a police officer.
Police said Thursday that Derek John Propalis was arrested last month after a county officer pulled him over for speeding in the Parkville area and discovered he was wearing a Virginia State Police uniform.
Authorities say the man’s Ford Crown Victoria had been set up with emergency lights, a spotlight, a laptop computer, a siren with a public address system and a video monitoring system. Authorities say the laptop and video system did not work.
Police say they found badges, patches and uniforms from various police agencies at Propalis’ home. Authorities say they recovered real and replica weapons, ammunition, gun belts, pepper spray and inert hand grenades.
Propalis is currently on home detention.
Private security guards used at fitness center to cut down on users abusing the booking system www.privateofficer.com
ENGLAND Feb 26 2012 Private security guards have been brought in to check tickets and stop users abusing the booking system for fitness classes at Inverness Leisure Centre.
In the unusual move, staff from Castle Security are carrying out spot-checks following complaints from frustrated customers who are struggling to get into popular classes for activities such as spinning and zumba at peak times.
The guards are costing the publicly-owned facility about £100 per week and it is hoped their presence will drive home the message that the booking system has to be used properly before tough penalties are introduced at the end of next month.
From April people will be fined for failing to turn up for classes they have booked and privileges will be withdrawn for those caught bulk buying.
Centre manager James Martin described the clampdown as a period of “amnesty” to educate customers before it gets tough. Users who fail to turn up for classes are being spoken to and advised to telephone the centre if they cannot make it.
“People have been exploiting every loop-hole there is in the system and threatening the whole ethos, that everybody gets access to classes and a fair crack,” he said. “Security guards have been brought in as a temporary measure to do ad-hoc ticket checks instead of taking qualified staff from another area.
“It is just another pair of hands to check tickets — it is not a heavy-handed approach we are using.”
However, the presence of guards at the centre has caused a frenzy of debate on the Inverness Leisure Facebook site.
Elaine Collard has “never heard anything so ridiculous”, while Nichola Lewis writes: “Kind of takes the ‘leisurely’ feel out of using the facility. Perhaps a more thought out booking system would put an end to the problem.”
Carolyn Thain adds: “Thought I was seeing things when I was leaving a class and there was a security guard standing at the door. Instructors and customers will soon get fed up with all this nonsense.”
Others agree that something has to be done. “I don’t have any chance of getting a ticket for some classes because they are all sold out before I can get there,” writes Ben Haslam. “I can’t get tickets in the morning like people who happen to live and work in Inverness. All I want is a fair chance of getting a ticket.”
The programme of classes is one of the biggest in Scotland, with more than 100 each week — a number managers want to increase next month.
Tickets can be purchased on the day of the class from 7am. Five tickets for each class are also held back and go on sale one hour before the class starts.
Managers say people are bulk-buying tickets first thing in the morning using their friends’ HighLife membership cards at self-service points, while others are buying tickets for classes back-to-back. Both practices have led to people failing to turn up for classes they have booked and other users struggling to get into classes because of demand.
“The feedback in the main is that people are happy to see us doing something — that we are looking at the issue of people not getting into classes,” said Mr Martin.
The penalties will see people caught bulk-buying prohibited from buying tickets early, while those who miss classes will face the standard charge of £4.60, even if they are HighLife card holders and normally get the classes as part of their membership.
Pierce County WA Feb 26 2012 A Pierce County task force has arrested five people in connection with an auto theft ring and recovered several vehicles worth $200,000, Lakewood police announced today.
Members of the Auto Crime Enforcement Task Force, hosted by Lakewood police, made the bust after arranging an undercover purchase of a stolen newer model car at the Tacoma Mall.
Authorities said the theft ring’s leader was on parole when he was arrested.
The suspects stole newer model vehicles from car dealers along Interstate 5 from Vancouver to Burlington. They then switched the vehicle identification numbers with cars for sale in Canada, police Lt. Chris Lawler said.
Police said they also forged Department of Licensing paperwork so they could sell the stolen vehicles through online sites like Craig’s List.
The task force includes detectives from Lakewood, Puyallyp and Tacoma police departments, as well as Pierce County Sheriff’s Office and Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office
Edward Pascucci told U.S. District Court Judge Clay D. Land on Thursday that he was facing “severe health problems” and homelessness when he decided to rob the Citizens Trust Bank in Columbus, Ga., last August, according to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.
“I didn’t want to be homeless,” Pascucci said, according to the paper. “I should not have manipulated the justice system, but I couldn’t think of any other way to get help.”
The FBI said Pascucci, 54, walked out of the bank with more than $1,000, ABC station WTVM-TV of Columbus, Ga., reported. He had been jobless for more than a year when the crime occurred.
According to WTVM, FBI agents said Pascucci walked into the Citizens Trust Bank with a .357-caliber revolver on Aug. 3 and demanded money. The gun reportedly was not loaded.
Investigators said a security guard stopped Pascucci after he walked out of the bank and held him until a Columbus police officer could arrest him.
Pascucci, who served as a Columbus policeman for 15 years, got his wish — he was sentenced to five years and three months in prison. In keeping with the terms of a plea agreement, he also was ordered to serve three years of supervised release. He was given credit for time served awaiting sentencing.
According to the Ledger-Enquirer, Pascucci served in the Marines, Army and Army Reserve before becoming a police officer in 1989.
The newspaper reported that Pascucci had a troubled employment history with the police department that prompted a psychologist in 2002 to recommend he no longer serve on the force. He transferred to animal control that year, according to the Ledger-Enquirer, but resigned in March 2006 in lieu of an appeal for unprofessional conduct.
Described by the Ledger-Enquirer as being shackled and dressed in a yellow jumpsuit with the word “federal” emblazoned on it, Pascucci apologized to the employees of the Citizens Trust Bank, to his former colleagues at the Columbus Police Department and to the “community at large.”
“I had no funds whatsoever left to live on,” he said. “I did this foolish thing hoping I’d get some kind of care.”
On Aug. 3, he walked into the bank about 11 a.m. and presented a note to the teller that read, “This is a stick up, hand over the money,” according to court documents.
The teller gave him $1,040, prosecutors said, and Pascucci walked out of the bank.
Pascucci, the Ledger-Enquirer reported, told authorities he removed the bullets from his gun before entering the bank. Officials later recovered those bullets during a search of Pascucci’s car.
WEST PALM BEACH Fla Feb 26 2012 — Vanessa and Olga Soto stopped at Wendy’s on Military Trail four years ago to grab a quick bite and instead became victims of a shooting spree that claimed the life of a Palm Beach County firefighter.
This week, the Lake Worth mother and daughter were among seven individuals and couples who sued the fast-food chain for injuries they say they sustained in the rampage. The shooting could have been avoided had adequate security been in place, they claim in lawsuits filed in Palm Beach County Circuit Court.
“Wendy’s has taken no meaningful steps to protect its customers from violence on-site from (its founding) in 1969 through to March 3, 2008,” attorney Gary Roberts wrote in the lawsuits.
Despite a spate of killing at fast-food restaurants nationwide, the industry refuses to hire security guards, Roberts said. While it would cost little, the industry doesn’t want to incur the expense or to suggest to customers that the eateries aren’t safe, he said.
“At some point the industry needs to be held accountable,” he said. “Why not here?”
In a statement, Wendy’s said no amount of security would have stopped Alburn “Eddie” Blake from opening fire during the lunchtime rush at the restaurant on Military Trail near Cherry Road.
“The tragedy occurred in broad daylight while the restaurant was busy,” said Denny Lynch, a spokesman for the Ohio-based chain. “It appeared the shootings were a random act of violence.”
The seven lawsuits, filed within two weeks of the four-year deadline for when they had to be filed, will be combined with a lawsuit Roberts filed in 2010 on behalf of the family of the late Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue Lt. Rafael “Ray” Vazquez.
Vazquez was standing close to Blake when the 60-year-old landscaper pulled out a 9 mm Glock 17 and began shooting. After spraying the restaurant, Blake killed himself. Patrons said he was acting strangely in the minutes before the shooting, but no motive was ever found.
At the time, officials said four were wounded, including Vanessa Soto, who was shot in the arm. Roberts said all of his clients suffered emotional trauma. They are still haunted by the shooting, he said.
Others who filed suit are:
* Louis and Antonia Rader, part-time Jupiter residents, each suffered wounds in their arms and legs.
* Carl Michalek, of Oklahoma, was shot in the arm. In town for flight training, Michalek can no longer work as a pilot because of the injuries he sustained, Roberts said. The lawsuit was also filed on behalf of his wife.
* John Brewer, Joshua Maynard and Jeremiah Maynard were here from Polk County doing electrical work. At the time they said they escaped unharmed. The lawsuits were filed on behalf of their wives as well.
Source: the palm beach post
Memphis, Tn Feb 26 2012 – A Memphis City School teacher is off the job after he was arrested on a bizarre charge.
47-year-old Boi Jones was booked earlier this week for bigamy.
Police say he’s married to two different women and one of his wives actually turned him into police.
Jones is a teacher at Booker T. Washington High School and has been with the district since 1997. Jones is currently suspended without pay.
ORANGE COUNTY TX Feb 26 2012 - Deputies arrested a former Little-Cypress Maurceville High School teacher on charges of Improper Relationship Between an Educator and Student and Sexual Assault of a Child.
Bryan Lee Hyde, 32, resigned from his job as an English teacher at LC-M on January 27, one day after the accusations surfaced, according to a spokeswoman for the district.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, it received a call from LC-M administrators on Thursday, January 26 that a student had ‘made an outcry’ about an improper relationship with an educator.
Deputies responded and received information from school district officials. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division was contacted and conducted the investigation. The case was investigated and presented to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office for review.
The grand jury indicted Hyde on Wednesday on two counts of Improper Relationship Between an Educator and Student as well as two counts of Sexual Assault of a Child.
On Thursday, Orange County deputies arrested Hyde. If convicted of the 2nd Degree Felony he faces a punishment ranging from two years probation up to twenty years in prison and a $10,000 fine on each count.
Bond has been set at a total of $30,000.
As of Friday afternoon he was in the Orange County Correctional Facility.
Putnam County OK Feb 26 2012 FBI agents arrested a substitute teacher Friday at a Putnam City School District middle school on complaints related to a 2010 bank robbery.
Quincy Benton, 40, of Oklahoma City, was arrested about 10 a.m. at Mayfield Middle School, 1600 N Purdue, on a bank robbery complaint, FBI Special Agent Clayton Simmonds said.
Simmonds said Benton was involved in the Dec. 14, 2010, robbery of a Bank of the West branch at 5401 NW 23, in Oklahoma City. Two bank employees were tied up and left in the bank’s vault.
Steve Lindley, a spokesman for the Putnam City School District, said Benton began substitute teaching at the school this school year and had worked 74 days. He was subjected to the district’s regular background checks.
A check of state court records does not show any previous arrests involving Benton.
“The FBI was very quick and very discreet,” Lindley said. “The principal felt like only a handful of students would have seen anything. There were a lot of rumors and innuendo going around.”
Lindley said the school’s principal put an automated phone call out to parents Friday afternoon to let them know about the situation.
Five people pass through unattended checkpoint at Sacramento International Airport www.privateofficer.com
Sacramento CA Feb 26 2012 A passenger security checkpoint in Terminal B at Sacramento International Airport was closed for less than an hour this morning when five people passed through the checkpoint while it was unstaffed.
According to a federal Transportation Security Administration official, who wished to remain anonymous, a miscommunication resulted in a walk-through metal detector being left unattended for less than a minute. An immediate review of video film confirmed that five individuals went through the machine without setting off its alarm, “so they did, in fact, complete the screening process before entering” the concourse leading to the boarding areas, the official said. The film allowed TSA officers to identify the five persons and conduct a successful search for them.
TSA management in Sacramento is “looking into how this happened,” and two of the agency’s officers “have been removed from screening duties until the review is complete and they … undergo remedial training,” the official said.
TSA spokeswoman Ann Davis said the five individuals – four ticketed passengers and an airport vendor – were rounded up and rescreened as a precaution.
The checkpoint was closed from approximately 9 a.m. to 9:56 a.m., Davis said.
In addition to TSA officers, Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies and airport operations officers responded to a security alert and assisted in the search for the five persons, according to airport spokeswoman Laurie Slothower.
WILKES-BARRE PA Feb 26 2012 - A former employee of MotorWorld Auto Group in Plains Twp. was charged Wednesday with embezzling $130,866.
Denise Zbierski, 35, Cleveland Street, Plains Twp., was arraigned Wednesday morning before Magisterial District Judge Martin Kane in Wilkes-Barre on charges of theft by deception and tampering with records or identification.
Company controller William Durkin discovered an employee embezzling from the company during the 2011 audit, according to the police criminal complaint. He said he discovered Ms. Zbierski, the payroll administrator, was the fifth-highest-paid employee for 2011. Believing it was a clerical error, Mr. Durkin brought it to her attention Jan. 18. She broke down in the office, admitted to the theft and said she took the money because of a gambling addiction and credit card debt, according to police.
Police said Ms. Zbierski added an unauthorized $3,954 to her checks in 2010. In 2011, she added: $500 in January, $2,100 in February, $1,228 in March, $5,980 in April, $5,460 in May, $4,160 in June, $11,908 in July, $15,340 in August, $18,200 in September, $20,280 in October, $19,500 in November and $23,504 in December.
Mr. Durkin said Ms. Zbierski had been altering the weekly pay register to avoid detection and, in one payroll register where she altered her salary, her income was listed as $31,809 when the actual amount was closer to $155,051.69, according to the affidavit. As a result, Mr. Durkin told police, nothing appeared out of the ordinary.
Ms. Zbierski, who has no prior criminal record, was fired in January after the alleged theft was discovered, said Wilkes-Barre Detective David Sobocinski. MotorWorld President Gerry O’Donnell declined to comment.
Ms. Zbierski was released Wednesday on her own recognizance. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 29 at 9 a.m. in Luzerne County Court.
Fresno CA Feb 26 2012 A security guard was stabbed at the Manchester Mall in central Fresno just before 6:30 p.m. today, Fresno Police said.
The guard was attempting to apprehend a shoplifter when he was stabbed in the shoulder, Lt. Phil Cooley said.
The security officer is listed in stable condition right now.
The suspect ran out of the mall and was seen running with a juvenile, Cooley said.
No further details were immediately available.
Bergen County NJ Feb 26 2012 Two Bergen County Police officers snagged a violent homeless gang member moments after he beat a security guard at a Hackensack shelter, authorities told CLIFFVIEW PILOT this morning.
Kimani Porter, 20, had been unruly most of the night and was finally asked to leave, officials at the The Bergen County Housing, Health, and Human Services Center said.
Police sources say Porter has ties to the Bloods street gang. Records show a string of violent crimes that include assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and robbery. He’s been on probation since May.
By his own admission, Porter — who used to live with his mother and three younger brothers in Englewood — was expelled from high school and later fired from a construction job, according to a published report.
Security Officer Michael Shaffer was escorting him out of the South River Street shelter Friday night when Porter began hitting him in the face and head, knocking him down, Bergen County Police Chief Brian Higgins told CLIFFVIEW PILOT.
Porter then began kicking Shaffer, who hit his head against a wall, the chief said.
Bergen County Police Sgt. Vincent Mayo and Officer Chris Sullivan, hearing the emergency call, rushed to the scene, spotted Porter and grabbed him near the corner of Kansas and Hudson streets, Higgins said.
Porter, who last lived in Englewood, was taken to Bergen Regional Medical Center under the watch of county Sheriff Michael Saudino’s staff, “who offered to take custody of him for us,” Higgins said.
A judge ordered Porter held on $25,000 bail, charged with aggravated assault. Meanwhile, authorities were checking out his resident status.
Shaffer was treated at Hackensack University Medical Center for injuries to his head, face and ribs before being discharged.
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Feb 26 2012
WFTV obtained video of a man who was beaten on the infield of Daytona International Speedway!
The victim, Roy Adams, said he blacked out because he was hit so hard.
“I kind of like, blacked out at that point. You can see how I lay there before I actually try to get up,” Adams said.
The video shows several bouncers on top of and kicking Adams, who had just left a private party.
Adams told WFTV he was nearly unconscious after the largest bouncer kicked him in the face twice while he was on the ground.
Adams just filed a lawsuit against Daytona International Speedway, a promotion company, and Andepa Security, the company that employed the bouncers.
His attorney said the force was more than excessive.
“They basically jump him, and attack, threw him outside, and they exacted their will on him,” attorney LaDray Gilbert said.
“To take a guy outside, throw him on the ground and kick him in the face, that’s malicious. The part where they kick him is not reasonable at all, there’s no explanation for that.”
Adams said it started with a verbal altercation, then the security guards surrounded him when he left a party at the speedway’s 500 Club.
The incident happened in 2010, but Adams said his mouth is still damaged, and he also needs knee surgery.
So far, no charges have been filed by the Daytona Beach Police Department.
Adam’s attorney said he hopes they can settle outside of court.
The speedway refused to comment on the pending litigation.
SEATTLE WA Feb 26 2012 - A Seattle police officer was assaulted Friday night as she attempted to arrest a mentally ill trespasser who was spotted wandering through the private gated community of Broadmoor.
The incident began at about 10:25 p.m. Friday when police were dispatched to Broadmoor for a report of a trespasser who refused to stop for uniformed security guards, said Detective Mark Jamieson of the Seattle police.
Officers arrived and were searching for the suspect when one of the officers spotted the suspect and the security guard who was following him, Jamieson said.
The officer attempted to stop the trespasser, but he refused to comply. Instead, the suspect took a swing at the officer, but she was able to block his punch and wrestle him to the ground.
The suspect then grabbed onto the officer’s gun inside her holster. It required the efforts of both the officer and the security guard to forcefully remove the suspect’s hands from the officer’s pistol.
Additional officers arrived soon afterward, and the suspect was taken into custody.
It was later determined that the suspect, a 26-year-old man, is suffering from mental illness and was not taking his medication, Jamieson said.
The officer sustained only minor injuries during the struggle.
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. Feb 26 2012
A security guard was shot in the back early Saturday after a gunman fired shots from a car outside the Oasis Club. Orange County sheriff’s deputies said the shooting happened around 1:45am. The night club is located at East Colonial and Wilmar.A sheriff’s spokesman said a car pulled in front of the club and a man hanging out the window fired a shot at the guard. The victim, identified as 21-year-old Frederick Morgan, was hit in the back.
Morgan was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he was listed in critical but stable condition.
The suspects sped off in the car, but were tracked by deputies to a home on Indialantic Avenue. Deputies arrested the driver right away, but the suspected shooter jumped out of the car and took off on foot.
A search of the neighborhood did not turn up the man, who deputies said was 20-year-old Kareem Lewis. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.
Lewis and Morgan had a prior conflict, which may have led to the shooting that investigators think was retaliatory.
The driver of the car was identified as 20-year-old Desiral Rodler. He is charged with being an accessory to the shooting.