CLINTON TN March 1 2012 - Two suspects in a stolen pickup truck were killed Wednesday afternoon after a chase by Anderson County sheriff’s officers that ended in a shooting.
An officer saw the suspects, a male driver and a female passenger, getting gas in a stolen pickup truck in Lake City shortly after 1:00 p.m.
The truck, which had an Indiana tag, was reported stolen earlier Wednesday. Lake City police got a call at 10:42 a.m. about a gas drive off worth $146 from Pilot on N. Main Street. When an officer arrived the truck had already left, going south on Interstate 75.
Lake City police told the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office about the truck.
The sheriff’s officer who spotted the truck later tried to pull it over, but the driver fled.
The officer chased the suspects along Raccoon Valley Road, and another officer joined the pursuit.
A tire on the truck eventually blew out. The driver lost control and ran out into a field along Blockhouse Valley Road in Clinton.
Sheriff Paul White said during the chase the suspects fired a shotgun at the officers, who weren’t injured. The officers returned fire, hitting both suspects. The woman was killed at the scene. The man died later at a hospital.
The suspects’ weapon was found in the truck.
The officers are on paid leave, which is standard procedure for a shooting they are involved in.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation also responded to the scene.
Newburgh ME March 1 2012 The body found by searchers in Maine today is that of missing Seminole County firefighter Jerry Perdomo, authorities confirmed this afternoon.
“The discovery came shortly after a search effort had begun this morning in the continuing investigation into the disappearance and homicide of Jerry Perdomo,” the Maine Department of Public Safety said.
Officials said a Maine game warden and his dog made the find about a half-mile from Dahlia Farm Road in Newburgh about 9:30 a.m. A team of 35 wardens had been searching for more than an hour.
Authorities said the body had been “concealed” on land believed to be owned by relatives of 24-year-old Daniel Porter, the man suspected in Perdomo’s killing. He faces a murder charge.
The body was taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta for identification and autopsy, officials said. The identification of Perdomo was announced about 4:30 p.m.
Porter will make his first court appearance in Waldo County Superior Court on Thursday afternoon, the department of Public Safety said. He is being held at the Waldo County Jail
According to an arrest affidavit released Wednesday, Porter told police on Tuesday that he owed Perdomo $3,000, and that Perdomo threatened him while they were playing pool at Porter’s house in Jackson, Maine.
Porter told detectives that Perdomo is dead and that Porter’s father knows the location of the body and the gun, but that Daniel Porter would not disclose that location to the police.
Perdomo was reported missing Feb. 16, after he purportedly traveled to Maine to help a friend, according to his wife Tonya Perdomo, a Deltona High School teacher.
But at least one person in Maine told authorities Perdomo was involved in drug activity.
Investigators identified Porter as a person of interest in the case over the weekend. On Tuesday, investigators charged Porter in what they’ve described as a “drug-related” murder of 31-year-old Perdomo, a former Marine and father of two.
During a search of Porter’s father’s home, authorities say, they found spattered blood, bone fragments and new carpeting over areas that tested positive for blood. A blood stain was also found on an antifreeze bottle located under a pool table in Porter’s home.
Analysts confirmed the blood belonged to a male member of the Perdomo family using a blood sample from Perdomo’s father, Gerardo Perdomo Sr., the affidavit said.
Detectives also learned Porter purchased a .357 handgun recently and had borrowed a pickup that was returned to its owner covered in mud.
Meanwhile, Dave Williams, vice president of the Seminole County Professional Firefighters, said they have not heard from authorities confirming the discovery or any new details in Perdomo’s case.
“We are just still in shock with all this stuff,” but will not say anything else, “until we have something conclusive.” Williams said.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Jerry and we offer our condolences to Tonya, his children and his extended family.”
In January, Porter called police in Maine to report that Perdomo threw rocks at his window, recently released law-enforcement records show. Those reports state both Perdomo and Porter threatened to kill each other.
“Both subjects alleged threats by the other,” the report said. “Perdomo stated that he observed Porter with a machine gun and that Porter threatened to shoot him and put him through a wood chipper.”
In turn, Porter said “Perdomo threatened to cut off his hands and kill him.”
Police investigating Perdomo’s disappearance this month spoke with Lisa Gould, who claims Perdomo was her boyfriend, and said he left her Maine home about 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 16 to “meet with someone.
She said Perdomo had a handgun, wallet and two cell phones.
Cell phone records obtained by police show the last four calls Perdomo made were to Porter and his wife in Florida.
On Feb. 17, surveillance video at several Bangor, Maine, businesses including a Walmart showed a man that matched Porter’s description emerging from Perdomo’s rental car. At one point, the man on the video threw a plastic bag into the garbage.
When detectives searched the trash, they found the rental car keys, a wallet and two cell phones among the discarded items in the bag.
Porter and his girlfriend, Cheyanne Nowak, left the state shortly after Perdomo went missing and traveled to Connecticut, where Porter’s mother lives.
When detectives found the pair and questioned Porter, he would not provide details about Perdomo. Nowak said both men were involved in drug activity and she left them together Feb. 16 at Porter’s father’s house about 7 p.m. in Jackson, Maine. When she returned, Perdomo and his car were gone.
Porter did tell police in Connecticut, however, that “he came to visit his mother, grandmother and great grandmother because it might be the last time he might see them as a free man,” Det. John Reshotnik of the Orange Police Department said. “He indicated that he expected to be in prison the next time he sees them.”
At one point during the police investigation, authorities told Porter they found a bag with Perdomo’s belongings in the trash. Porter’s eyes welled with tears, the report said.
Porter, who is jailed in Maine, will face a judge Thursday.
Meanwhile, family members are waiting for news. Elizabeth Herring, who said she is Perdomo’s father’s sister-in-law, said that family members she’s in contact with are doing “as well as could be expected.”
“It is very hard,” Herring said, adding that media speculation about the circumstances of Perdomo’s death has been traumatic. “We had a slew of people calling yesterday.”
She said the family is in a holding pattern, waiting for news from the police.
“We want them to do what’s necessary,” Herring said. “We don’t want to hamper anything.”
GAINESVILLE GA March 1 2012 - All three men charged in the armed robbery of an armored car outside the Oakwood Wal Mart last month were detained following a hearing in Gainesville Tuesday.
Gentry Shelnutt, chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s criminal division, said that means 20-year-old Antonio Gore, 19-year-old Terry Rivers and 28-year-old Montez Walker will all remain in custody.
The three are accused of robbing an armored car on Mundy Mill Road on Jan. 11. Authorities said the fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash and led authorities on a high speed chase through Hall and Gwinnett County before their vehicle crashed and they were taken into custody.
Central CA March 1 2012
The dispute between two factions of a Central California tribe has recently expelled dozens of members from its rolls turned violent on Tuesday when one person was stabbed and another suffered a head injury during a clash.
The stabbing victim, a security guard, did not appear to be seriously wounded in the morning fight involving as many as 40 people in the parking lot of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians’ tribal government center, the Fresno Bee reported (http://bit.ly/wFGI3d). Two people were arrested.
The fight was connected to the previous day’s takeover of a tribal office by about 40 supporters of a group claiming it was denied its rightful place on the tribal council following an election in December, according to the Bee.
Members of the tribal council currently in power dispute that.
The tribe owns the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino in the Sierra foothills near Yosemite National Park and has expelled dozens of members since around November, cutting them off from stipends and other benefits.
Critics say the move is aimed at increasing the casino profits of those still in the tribe. Tribal officials also dispute that, saying they are enforcing their enrollment criteria and are now in a position to verify membership.
The debate has played into the division between the two groups claiming control of the tribal council. Supporters of the faction that occupied the tribal office say it would reverse the expulsions.
Madera County Sheriff’s officials said power and water was cut off to the occupied tribal office and the building was hit with pepper spray on Monday night. A smoldering log was also thrown into the building and then thrown back out.
Phoenix AZ March 1 2012 Police arrested a registered sex offender Tuesday who is suspected of molesting two girls, each 4 years old, in a Phoenix library.
Devon Anderson, 31, was arrested on suspicion of approaching two girls, on separate occasions, and inappropriately touching them at the Saguaro Branch Library near East Thomas Road and 44th Street in Phoenix, according to the Phoenix Police Department.
Police received the first report on Feb. 22. One of the two girls told her mother that a man had spoken to her and touched her while she was in the library, police said. The young girl was able to provide a description of the man, and police began searching for him.
A second report came on Saturday, when a second girl was approached by a man in the children’s section of the same library, police said. The father of the girl confronted the man who was kneeling next to the young girl and whispering in her ear.
The man left. The father reported the incident to library officials and the police after the girl told her father that the man had whispered inappropriate comments to her.
Tuesday, the two girls were interviewed by Scottsdale-based Childhelp, an organization which treats children who have been abused. Authorities discovered that both girls had been inappropriately touched in the same library at different times.
Detectives were able to get descriptions of the suspected molester from both girls, the father of the second girl and library employees. Detectives also used library records to narrow down possible suspects.
After using photo lineups with witnesses, detectives identified Anderson, police said.
Anderson is a registered sex offender and on probation, police said.
Detectives have asked that anyone with any information about the suspect or either of the two incidents to call the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS
Cleveland OH March 1 2012 A South Euclid man, 18, was arrested for robbery after he concealed two clothing items valued at $60 in a backpack and left without paying Feb. 23 at Macy’s.
Security officers approached him outside the store and tried to detain him. But he punched a female security officer in the jaw and ran, still carrying the backpack and the stolen items.
After a brief foot chase, he was arrested, also for obstructing official business and resisting arrest, as he identified himself as a juvenile.
The security officer did not suffer any apparent injuries.
Police say 51-year-old Stanley William Mills turned himself in Tuesday and was arrested at the Bonneville County jail on a charge of felony grand theft.
The warrant for Mills’ arrest stemmed from an investigation into the alleged embezzlement of more than $550,000 from Environmental Management Inc. between 2002 and 2008.
Company officials contacted police last June after discovering the alleged theft.
DANVILLE PA March 1 2012 - A retired Danville police officer and state constable killed himself Saturday, hours after being charged with forcing a 16-year-old girl to have sex with him approximately 25 times for almost a year.
Richard T. Lewis, 68, of 231 W. Mahoning St., Danville, was charged by state police at Milton with sexually assaulting the Danville teen between March 2011 and Jan. 31. Police said approximately 20 of the assaults occurred at a hunting cabin called the Fourth Gap north of Turbotville in Union County, while the other five incidents took place at Lewis’ residence.
Lewis reportedly was on his way to a state police barracks to turn himself in on rape and sexual assault charges Saturday when he pulled over at a rest area along Interstate 80 near the Limestone exit and shot himself in the head, police reported.
He was still alive when found in his pickup truck about 7:30 p.m., but was pronounced dead hours later at Geisinger Medical Center.
Police said Lewis started forcing the girl to have sex after she turned 16, even though she made it clear she didn’t want to.
The victim eventually told her mother about the sexual assaults and the mother confronted Lewis, police said. Lewis reportedly admitted to the girl’s mother that he forced the victim into intercourse.
Lewis served on the Danville police force for 21 years before retiring in June 2000. He later became a state constable and formerly served as a commander of the Danville American Legion
WEST ASHLEY, SC March 1 2012 - Charleston police arrested two men early Wednesday morning after they allegedly punched a CVS Pharmacy employee in the face and stole cigarettes.
Police officers arrested 41-year-old Juan Tyrae Jackson and 47-year-old Lavar Dalao Brown on strong arm robbery charges.
Officers responded to the CVS Pharmacy on Savannah Highway around 1 a.m. The incident began when an employee, who was restocking a shelf, saw a man behind the counter grabbing cartons of Newport cigarettes and other items and placing them into a CVS shopping basket.
The employee approached the man and grabbed the basket. The man then punched the employee in the face and ran out of the store with a carton of cigarettes.
The officer first on scene observed a red Hyundai Accent occupied by two men exit the pharmacy’s parking lot at a high rate of speed. The officer initiated a traffic stop of the car and arrested the two men, later identified as Jackson and Brown, for the robbery.
Both suspects are being held in the Charleston County Detention Center. The investigation is ongoing.
Charlotte school security officer under investigation after shoving student into window www.privateofficer.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. March 1 2012
Marchondray Wall, known as Dray, stayed home from school Tuesday after he had surgery Monday night.
He’s covered in bandages. He has stitches and staples in his left arm, skin is missing from his right hand and there are cuts across his arms and back.
He moved and transferred from Independence High School to Harding University High School only a month ago. Wall, 15, told Channel 9 that a security guard pushed him into a classroom window, shattering the glass and sending him to the emergency room.
“There was glass everywhere. Glass in my hair. All over the place,” Wall said.
Eyewitness News has learned that CMS has put classroom security associate Russell Harrington on paid leave while they investigate the incident at Harding.
Wall said as his English class was ending Monday, students were talking and acting out, and security was called to the room.
Harrington called Wall out of the room, and he admits he resisted him.
“I wanted to know why. I told him no,” he said. “He grabbed my shirt and I stood up.”
Wall said Harrington pulled him out of the classroom into the hallway, where they struggled.
“He grabbed me by the arms and pushed me to the locker. He was still holding on me and I couldn’t let go, and we went into the glass. Well, I went into the glass. He still had his hands on me,” he said.
Wall suffered severe cuts and was immediately taken to the office, where his mother, Natalie Aikens, was called.
“I got a call saying my son fell and cut his arm, and they’re taking him to the emergency room,” Aikens said.
A full day later, she said, CMS isn’t talking about the incident or making an effort to explain what happened.
“Every time I call the school to try and get some answers, they say it’s all under investigation,” she said.
CMS told Channel 9 the same. After confirming that Harrington was on leave, they wouldn’t explain what happened, or comment on surveillance video of the incident.
Harrington is employed as an unarmed campus security associate. Eyewitness News was told he’s been at Harding since the beginning of the school year.
Aikens said this is not her son’s first incident with Harrington. Wall just finished serving a 10-day suspension for allegedly making threats against him last month. Wall said it didn’t happen that way, and believes he’s being singled out and picked on.
CMS has not said if Wall will face any punishment for the incident at Harding Monday.
Louisa VA Mar 1 2012 Special agents with the Virginia State Police arrested a police sergeant with the Louisa Police Department following an investigation into embezzlement of thousands of dollars, according to Sgt. Thomas J. Molnar.
Mark McGhee, 31, of Louisa County, was charged with one felony count of misrepresentation.
The financial misrepresentation involved the Trevilians Volunteer Fire Department Fund, Molnar said.
McGhee joined the town of Louisa’s police department in 2008 and has been a volunteer firefighter and EMT since 1994, according to the police department’s website.
McGhee was transferred to the Central Virginia Regional Jail, where he was given an unsecured bond pending his arraignment in Louisa County on March 8.
The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the investigation, which is ongoing.
Source:the Daily Progress
Three male Indiana high school staff members arrested in sexual contact ith male student www.privateofficer.com
Bainbridge IN March 1 2012 Three male Indiana high school staff members have been arrested after allegations of inappropriate contact with an underage male student.
24-year-old Nicholas A. Vester of Lafayette, 24-year-old Craig E. Rogers of Indianapolis, and 20-year-old Brandon D. Largent of Crawfordsville were all arrested on one count each of Child Seduction, Class D felony.
The month long investigation began on January 18th, 2012 when the Indiana State Police first received reports from North Putnam High School.
Officials investigated further and found multiple alleged occasions between October 2011 and January 2012 where the adult males individually and separately engaged in various acts of a sexual nature with the student.
The acts are said to have allegedly happened on school properties after hours and at other locations away from school property.
The men also sent text messages and photos to the teenage victim.
All three men are being held without bond. They are scheduled to appear before a judge at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday
Los Angeles Unified School District teacher arrested for having sex with student www.privateofficer.com
HAWTHORNE, Calif. March 1 2012 – A Los Angeles Unified School District teacher is out on bail after being arrested on suspicion of having sex with a 17-year-old student, police officials said.
Police arrested Corey Hogan, 32, after the student, a girl, and her mother reported that the girl and Hogan had sex last September.
Hogan is the band director at Washington Prep High School in Hawthorne.
The girl is on the dance team at Dantzler Prep Charter School in Los Angeles.
Police say he met the girl when the her dance team performed at a Washington High football game.
Hogan gave the girl and other students a ride home, the Los Angeles Times reported.
After Hogan dropped off the other students, the girl allegedly agreed to go to his home.
Police say they also found incriminating text messages between Hogan and the girl.
Police arrested Hogan at George Washington Prep on Monday.
He was released on $100,000 bail Tuesday, according to Los Angeles County booking records.
At least six other LAUSD teachers and employees were arrested in recent weeks on suspicion of sex-related crimes.
Officials said they believe the cases were a result of increased awareness following the high-profile arrest of teacher Mark Berndt in January at Miramonte Elementary School.
NYC teacher arrested for inappropriately touching a 14-year-old female student www.privateofficer.com
New York City NY Mar 1 2012 A teacher at a Hell’s Kitchen high school was arrested Tuesday on charges of inappropriately touching a 14-year-old female student, police said.
Darryl Lynch, 55, of Bridgeport, Conn., is the sixth city school employee nabbed this year in sex abuse of students.
He is accused of twice groping the girl over her clothing in his office at the High School of Graphic Communication Arts, where he’s been an ROTC teacher since 1997, sources said.
In another incident this month, Lynch touched the girl’s buttocks, a police source said. The girl told a guidance counselor, who told the principal, who in turn alerted cops, police sources said.
The teen and the teacher exchanged text and Facebook messages, sources said.
Lynch, who earns $100,049, was reassigned out of the school, a Department of Education spokeswoman said. He was charged with sex abuse and forcible touching, police said.
With the recent wave of arrests, city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott ordered a review of all past investigations dating back to 2000.
He has promised to remove from the classroom anyone found to have had an inappropriate relationship with a student as soon as allegations come to light.
Rochester, N.Y.March 1 2012- Rochester Police arrested a man accused of robbing a bank Wednesday morning. The suspect’s name is Jesse James Jr.
Police were called to Chase Bank on Portland Avenue just before 10:00 a.m. for the report of a holdup alarm.
A bank employee told officers the suspect came into the bank and passed a note demanding money. The teller handed over the cash and the suspect took off.
A bank security guard gave officers a description of the suspect and which way he was headed. Police say within minutes, they spotted the suspect on Council Street and took James into custody.
He’s charged with third-degree robbery.
Cottonwood CA March 1 2012 A California firefighter was struck and killed on a hail-slicken highway Wednesday morning.
Capt. Mark Ratledge, 35, of Cottonwood Fire Protection District, died about 7:30 a.m. at Mercy Medical Hospital.
A vehicle that veered out of control struck the Ratledge, a police officer and a motorist involved in an earlier collision, according to The Anderson Valley Post.
All three were taken to Mercy Medical Hospital. The Cottonwood Fire Protection District firefighter died about 7:30 a.m. of the injuries. The names have not been released.
The crash occurred on I-5 between 5:30 and 6 a.m. after a hail storm left the road covered, the paper reported.
The vehicle that struck the three people careened between the CHP cruiser and the fire truck as the driver lost control after trying to avoid a collision, police told reporters.
The investigation is continuing.
CHARLESTON, West Virginia March 1 2012- The former security chief at a coal mine where 29 miners died in 2010 was sentenced on Wednesday to three years in prison for lying to federal agents and obstructing an investigation into the worst accident in the U.S. mining industry in four decades.
Hughie Elbert Stover of Clear Fork, West Virginia, had faced a maximum possible sentence of 25 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Irene Berger in Beckley, West Virginia.
He was convicted last October of giving false statements to FBI and Mine Safety and Health Administration investigators and with obstructing the federal investigation into the cause of the Upper Big Branch disaster.
An explosion at the mine, owned by the now-defunct Massey Energy, killed 29 miners in April 2010.
“Today’s sentence sends a clear message that when a person obstructs an investigation – especially an investigation as critical as UBB – there will be consequences,” U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said in a statement.
Prosecutors said Stover had lied when he told FBI and mine safety investigators that security guards had not routinely warned mine personnel when inspectors were on their way to the mine.
But investigators discovered that Stover himself warned mine personnel when mine safety inspectors were on their way. Stover also instructed another person to destroy thousands of Massey Energy documents related to the UBB mine, prosecutors said.
“I was hoping that his sentence would have had a little more time, but at least he will be taken away from his family,” said Shereen Atkins, of Racine, West Virgnia, whose son Jason Atkins died in the UBB explosion.
“Of course, 36 months for him does not compare to my life sentence I received on April 5th when me and my husband lost our son,” she said.
Last week, a former superintendent of the mine was charged with felony conspiracy, accused of tipping off employees to safety inspections and concealing dangerous violations.
The former superintendent, Gary May, is the highest-ranking Massey official to face criminal charges, which were laid out against him and “others known and unknown” in a criminal information filing, typically used when someone is expected to enter into a plea agreement with prosecutors.
Massey has since been bought by Alpha Natural Resources.
Three reports, including a preliminary report by the mine safety administration and a report released by the United Mine Workers of America, blame Massey for the disaster by allowing unsafe conditions in the mine.
RICHMOND, VA March 1 2012 – Chesterfield Police say they caught a man who hopped a county school bus with the intent to sell drugs to students.
Police say 18-year-old Vance Russell, who isn’t a student in Chesterfield, rode the bus to Meadowbrook High.
They say he was trying to sell pot to students.
Russell faces several charges.
Two employees of the Aqueduct racino charged with stealing casino player cards www.privateofficer.com
Queens NY March 1 2012 Two employees of the Aqueduct racino were charged last week with stealing casino player cards with $100 worth of credit and selling them to casino patrons, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.
“Employee theft is a major concern for the gambling industry and my office,” Brown said in a statement. “In this case, the defendants took a gamble and lost — big time. They now face felony criminal records and the real possibility of incarceration.”
Resorts World Casino New York City employees Moises Jones, 29, of 6645 Broadway in the Bronx, and Rolanda Roberts, 33, of 1280 Greene Ave. in Brooklyn, were arraigned last week before Queens Criminal Court Judge Lenora Gerald on charges of grand larceny, forgery, criminal possession of a forged instrument, falsifying business records and criminal possession of stolen property, Brown said.
Jones was ordered held on $5,000 bail and Roberts was released on her own recognizance, Brown said.
Both of them face up to seven years in prison if convicted of the charges and were next scheduled to appear in court March 9.
The employees allegedly made up 71 fraudulent comp cards using Jones’ specifically designated employee access code, Brown said.
Each card had a fictitious name on it and represented $100 in casino credit, the DA said.
Also arraigned in the case were casino players Sonny Vlado, 40, of 3524 Ave. S in Brooklyn, and Richard Ulado, 45, of 5710 Flatlands Ave., both in Brooklyn, Brown said.
The men were charged in a criminal complaint with criminal possession of a forged instrument, petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property, the DA said.
Vlado and Ulado also face up to seven years in prison if convicted and their next court date was scheduled for March 12.
Jones allegedly told authorities he had been making the fraudulent cards for about a month and that he made about 50 to 200 fictitious accounts and about $2,000 in profit and that Roberts was the one who handed the cards to casino clients, the DA said.
Authorities recovered 24 forged cards from Roberts when she was arrested, Brown said.
Roberts told authorities Jones would create the fake accounts and she received about 100 to 125 cards from Jones, which she would pass off to a select group of people “for which she would receive something at the end of the night,” the DA said.
Vlado and Ulado were allegedly seen using seven different fake Resorts World cards between 11 p.m. Feb. 18 and 4:30 a.m. Feb. 19, Brown said.
The DA said the cards the men used did not have their names on them and they were not authorized to use the cards
Fairfield CT March 1 2012 Three New York men face larceny charges in connection to the theft of nearly $2,000 worth of electrical wire from Home Depot, police said. The same men may have been involved in a similar theft at the Home Depot in Norwalk. Both incidents occurred on Tuesday.
Carlos Gonzalez, 55, Miguel Garcia, 20, and Travis Allen, 50, were charged with fourth-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit fourth-degree larceny, and organized retail theft, department spokesperson Sgt. Sue Lussier said. Garcia was further charged with interfering with a police officer.
According to police and Home Depot security, the men allegedly placed coils of wire in shopping carts, hid the carts, and then purchased smaller items at the register. They used the receipts for the less expensive items to wheel out the carts full of wire without paying for the wire, Lussier said.
The stolen wire totaled $1,898, according to the report. The men fled the store before security could detain them.
Police tracked down Gonzalez in the The Edge fitness club parking lot and noticed more coils of wire in the car, which police believe were from the Norwalk Home Depot. Norwalk police had reported a similar incident about an hour before the men were seen at the Fairfield Home Depot, police said.
The other two men were detained; all three were transported to headquarters to be processed. They were each released on a $5,000 bond and are due in court on March 8.
SAN ANTONIO TX March 1 2012 – Private security bodyguards (PSBs) are a silent majority guarding Mexican nationals seeking asylum in San Antonio and other parts of South Texas.
The nationals come to the US legally, hoping to escape drug cartel threats. But once they get here they realize they’re still not safe from the ruthless cartels.
“They’re vigilant about getting their drugs into the United States,” said Philip Klein, a private security officer and CEO of Klein Investigations and Consultation. “You either cooperate with them or you die.”
It’s a harsh reality our neighbors to the south deal with on a daily basis.
“This is a war between a faction of Mexico and the United States, and anybody that tells you it’s not is not telling you the truth,” Klein said.
It’s a war Philip Klein knows too well. Klein is one of about 100 personal protection officers licensed in Texas. In 1992 he formed his own agency.
“Unfortunately there is a need for us,” he said.
Klein said he’s seen a high demand from Mexican nationals seeking asylum, some living in San Antonio.
“One is a college student at a local college in San Antonio-Austin area,” he said. “Another one is a small business owner who just fled the country of Mexico and is trying to re-establish themselves, and a third is a medium sized business owner that his truckers have been approached by the cartels — ‘Either you cooperate with us or we come kill you.’”
Most of his clients are successful business owners who have already had a close call with the drug cartels, he said.
“Their family had either a kidnapping situation or they have been held by the cartels in some type of manner where they have had to pay the cartels off to operate,” Klein said.
Klein calls his bodyguards the “silent majority” that is composed of military or ex-government agents. It’s the reason why his new clients are paying top dollar for protection.
‘We’re gonna consider today’s operation level a level one job,” said Klein as was getting ready to show KENS 5 scenarios his men may be faced with.
Reporter Mayra Moreno geared up to get a small taste of their tactical training.
“I’m gonna say gun, gun, gun and you are going to draw your weapon,” Klein said.
Klein’s men are sworn to protect their clients even if it means taking a bullet.
“This is your bad guy,” Klein said, pointing to a target at an outdoor shooting range. “Your lead agent has your protectee behind you and you’re trying to get away from the area.”
And though they’re trained to fire, using their weapon is a last resort.
“They (cartels) will use any means they possibly can to further their cause or to make a statement to our government or their own government in Mexico,” Klein said. “We want to get our protectee out of (a dangerous situation) that’s why they hire us.”
The Mexican government officially declared war on the drug cartels in 2006 but it’s a battle they’ve been fighting for decades.
Virginia Beach CA March 1 2012 A former Virginia Beach police officer was found guilty of two counts of petty larceny.
Albert Mills was accused of taking things from his fellow officers in late 2007.
When police noticed items missing, they set up a camera and caught Mills taking binoculars and some tools.
He was sentenced to 120 days in prison, but is appealing the decision to the circuit court.
DENVER CO March 1 2012 – A Colorado undertaker is accused of stealing dental gold from corpses and cremated remains at funeral homes where he worked and then pawning the ill-gotten bits of precious metal for nearly $4,300, authorities said on Wednesday.
Adrian David Kline, 43, who worked as a contract embalmer at several Denver-area mortuaries, is charged with providing false information to pawnbrokers, according to a 10-count indictment returned last week in Boulder County District Court and released on Wednesday.
He is accused of lying to several pawnbrokers about where he obtained the gold and with providing a phony address in violation of Colorado law. Eight of the charges are felonies.
The investigation began when a pawnbroker in Longmont, Colorado, contacted police to report that a man who said he worked at a funeral home was trying to hock gold crowns he brought into the shop.
Longmont police Commander Jeff Satur said on Wednesday investigators tracked Kline’s activities and recovered “several bags” of dental gold that he sold to area pawns shops.
One of those shop owners, Ted Willis, told Reuters he bought gold from Kline on a couple of occasions but stopped because it took too much work to extract the gold from the dental crowns.
He said Kline told him the crowns belonged to a relative who was a dentist.
“People have done that before, so it was not that unusual,” Willis said.
One of the mortuary operators told police that Kline, as an embalmer, was not authorized to have access to the area where metals were removed from corpses or cremated remains, Satur said.
When detectives searched Kline’s home, they found a box filled with tools and gold crowns under his kitchen sink.
“In that box was … two pairs of pliers, a sanding block, tweezers, sandpaper, vise grips, gloves, and 10 pieces of possible gold,” the indictment said.
Kline confessed to investigators that he took the gold, according to the indictment, but said he thought the gold and other metals were going to be thrown out by the funeral homes.
He lied about his address and how he obtained the gold because he was “embarrassed by his actions” and wanted to protect the mortuaries where he worked, the indictment said.
Kline turned himself into police, and his bond was set at $2,500, court records showed.