NASHVILLE, Tenn.March 13 2012- Police officials confirm that an off-duty Metro Police officer was killed in a crash between a motorcycle and a pick-up truck Tuesday afternoon.
Officials said that the officer, Dustin Maynard, was riding the motorcycle and appears to have run the red light at the intersection of 4th Avenue and Lafayette Street.
The wreck happened around 1:30 p.m.
Maynard was 28-years-old.
Police said two other vehicle were involved in the crash, but the drivers of those cars were not injured.
Houston TX March 13 2012 For 20 days each year, the 345-acre Reliant Park is arguably the safest patch of ground in Houston.
That’s because when the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is under way, more than 300 off-duty police officers are on the payroll to provide security. Scores more are working as volunteers, donating their own time.
“We’re a city operating within the confines of a fence, and we do everything possible to protect the safety of our patrons, volunteers and contractors,” said Mike DeMarco, the executive director of rodeo operations. “It takes an awful lot of police officers, from the rodeo’s standpoint, to make this work.”
DeMarco said the rodeo pays $1.2 million each year for security, drawing from members of the Houston Police Department, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety.
At the same time, scores of other law enforcement officers from the Houston area are also working off-duty jobs, for $29 a hour, with SMG, the private management company that operates Reliant Park for Harris County Sports & Convention Center, officials confirmed. The SMG contractors provide security on the streets adjacent to Reliant Park, in the surrounding parking lots, and in Reliant Stadium where the rodeo and stage events are held.
The officers who work the rodeo for SMG also provide services during other events at Reliant Park during the year, including Houston Texans home games, graduations, the Monster Jam and the boat show. Those SMG contractors have been paid more than $10 million in the last five years, according to records released to the Houston Chronicle.
Morris County NJ March 13 2012 A Morris County sheriff’s officer, suspended from his position in February 2011, has been arrested with his wife on drug charges, Morris County Prosecutor Robert A. Bianchi announced.
Jason Campbell and his wife, Jennifer, were arrested about 8:30 p.m. Friday as the result of a tip received from the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Stopper Program.
The tip led to an undercover investigation that was jointly conducted by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit and Intelligence Crime Task Force with assistance from the Boonton Police Department, Lincoln Park Police Department and the State Police.
Campbell and his wife were taken into custody by members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office on Interstate 287 north after the 2004 silver Dodge Ram pickup that was being operated by Campbell was stopped by the State Police. Jennifer Campbell was the front-seat passenger.
Jason Campbell is charged with possession of oxycodone, conspiracy to possess a controlled dangerous substance, official misconduct and impersonating a police officer.
He was held in Morris County jail in lieu of $200,000 bail.
Jennifer Campbell was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and released on a summons.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200 or the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Stopper Program at 973-COPCALL.
Alabama State Troopers using new helicopter in crime fighting, rescues and public service www.privateofficer.com
Birmingham AL March 13 2012 After Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, Alabama State Troopers flew in helicopters over Mississippi and Louisiana, dropping food, water and insulin to families stranded by the storm.
“People were making signs in their yards with sticks and clothes — We need help,” Chief Pilot Lee Hamilton said. “We kept making those drops over and over again, daylight to dark, for about seven days.”
One thing troopers couldn’t do for those stranded survivors was lift them from the wreckage and fly them to safety. “It would have been nice to have been able to pick these people up, especially the ones who were hurt,” Hamilton said.
Four years later, equipped with a more powerful helicopter and following the methods of the U.S. Coast Guard, troopers were finally able to start performing the kind of air rescues Hamilton wished they could have made during Katrina.
In 2005, troopers had an aviation unit, which searches for fugitives and marijuana fields, and a critical response team, which deploys after natural disasters. After Katrina, troopers were pulled from those units to serve on an air rescue squad that can fly out with people trapped in dangerous situations.
To do that, the state in 2007 purchased a Bell 407 helicopter, which — unlike other trooper helicopters — can lift people at the end of a 100 or 150 foot line capable of carrying 2,200 pounds.
Troopers trained with the Georgia State Patrol Rescue Squad and studied the Naval Hoist Procedure Manual and the U.S. Coast Guard Procedure Manual. By 2009, the new unit was in operation.
Today, the 14 troopers hand-selected for the duty search for Alzheimer’s patients, track fugitives and pluck people from perilous situations. Three mechanics who maintain the helicopter often double as crew members and are selected for their physical fitness.
“When you don’t have the manpower you need, you make do with what you have,” Hamilton said.
In its first three years, the unit has searched for 260 missing people, hunted 212 fugitives, and performed 34 air rescue missions.
“Someone who is sharp mentally and physically fit. That’s who you want,” Hamilton said. “Being able to get on the roof of a car the size of a small tabletop and handing up a 2-year-old to someone who can strap them to a line while in the middle of a river. That’s who we look for.”
There are at least four people on board during a standard rescue mission — a pilot, a rescue officer who goes down on the line and a flight officer who stays in the back, following hand signals from the officer on the line. The flight officer tells the pilot where to fly based on those hand signals.
A hoist operator guides the line that carries the trooper down.
“It’s an absolute team effort,” Hamilton said. “The communication in that helicopter is very precise, and it’s taken us a couple of years to perfect.”
In January, the unit made two daring rescues.
Trapped in a Jeep
In Fort Payne, a woman and a man spent a snowy night with the woman’s 4-year-old girl and a 2-year-old boy trapped in a Jeep after driving over what was normally a landbridge across the Little River. All four suffered hypothermia.
“When the water is down, a four-wheel drive could easily make it. They tried to cross it when the water was up too high,” Hamilton said.
At sunrise, the woman’s friend swam to shore and walked for two hours to the nearest house to call for help.
The Jeep was 40 feet from shore and the only way to free the three would to be run a line across the fast-moving water and use a pulley system to get them to shore. “It was too dangerous,” Hamilton said.
With mechanic Bill Bevan guiding the line, troopers Micah Little and Mack Ward landed on top of the Jeep.
Ward went into the Jeep and fitted the children with safety harnesses. Ward then handed the kids up one at a time to Little, who clipped them to him and rode with them up to the helicopter.
The mother, Ward and Little rode up together and the family was flown to an ambulance a quarter-mile away. The entire process took 20 minutes.
Hours after the Jan. 23 tornadoes, three people kayaked the Cahaba River near Trussville. One man suffered a broken leg and was trapped a few miles from the nearest ambulance.
“The terrain is rough,” Hamilton said. “They were going to have a big haul getting this guy out.”
With the sun starting to set, the unit, which does not perform night flights for safety reasons, flew a trooper through a swath of trees, with limbs scraping him as he went down.
“It was a monumental rush against daylight and trees,” Hamilton said. It took 15 minutes to get the man to safety.
The work is not all air rescues. Much of the job is finding people with cognitive disorders who wander from home.
Those missions rarely have happy endings. Hamilton said one out of every three people the troopers search for is found alive.
“They wander in places where you wouldn’t look, like the edge of a swamp. They’ll get waist deep, exhausted and die,” said Cpl. Kent Smith.
The troopers want a statewide expansion of Project LifeSaver, a system that allows authorities to track those in danger of wandering away, such as Alzheimer’s patients, with special bracelets that pinpoint his or her location. Project LifeSaver is used by about 300 people in 34 counties.
Spreading the program could save lives, Smith said. With LifeSaver, if someone wanders from home to a large parking lot five miles away, they could be found in 15 minutes, Smith said.
“Within 15 minutes, we’ll be circling the lot, and it’s going to tell me within two cars where that person is,” Smith said.
As more Alabamians are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the need for Project LifeSaver will grow, Hamilton said. More than 93,000 people statewide suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s, according to Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama.
Hamilton said he knows it will be difficult to get money from the state as it cuts spending, but he keeps pushing.
“You can’t put a price tag on this. I know I couldn’t if it was my family.”
Macon GA March 13 2012 Three Macon men are arrested early Sunday morning after threatening club security guards at a downtown Macon nightclub.
21 year old Isiah Lenard Cayton, 22 year old Stuart Bradley Thompson, and 22 year old Kenneth Hardwick were arrested for aggravated assault after an incident at Asylum Nightclub around 3 AM Sunday morning.
According to Macon Police Information Officer Jami Gaudet, the three men were asked to leave the club for allegedly harassing several young females.
Shortly after leaving, the men returned to the front of the club in a black Cadillac pointing pistol at the security guards and threatening them.
A lookout was placed on the vehicle that was stopped later at Houston and Cynthia Avenues.
Thompson and Hardwick have been since release on bond. Cayton is still being held in the Bibb County Jail.
Madera County CA March 13 2012 An Auberry man was arrested Saturday at Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino on suspicion of trespassing on casino grounds, the Madera County Sheriff’s Department said Sunday.
The man, who was reportedly banned from the casino by the tribe’s gaming commission, was placed under citizen’s arrest by casino security after repeatedly refusing to leave the casino, sheriff’s spokeswoman Erica Stuart said. The department later received documentation proving that the man had been barred from the casino, she said.
A deputy then arrested the man and booked him into the Madera County Department of Corrections on suspicion of trespassing, she said. The man was released when he posted $1,000 bail.
Huntsville AL March 13 2012 There’s a small town on Redstone Arsenal where would-be terrorists regularly plant explosives in the post office, church and airline terminal; where a disgruntled ex-husband mad at the government is always busy building a bomb in his room on “Twin Towers Ave.”
It would be the most dangerous, bad-luck burg in all the world if anyone lived here.
This is a group of 14 tiny training villages set up by the FBI Hazardous Devices School. It opened in 1971 in partnership with the Army, and every certified civilian bomb disposal technician in the United States has graduated from here.
Classroom lessons about bomb suits, robots and methods of dealing with an explosive device are applied to real-life scenarios on these streets, where an “Anarchist Bookstore” sits next to the U.S. Army Recruiting Office, and the movie theater marquee features “The Hurt Locker.”
But today the arsenal also is home to a growing enterprise devoted to shielding citizens and soldiers around the world from the indiscriminate carnage of Improvised Explosive Devices and other blasts.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives moved its National Center for Explosives Training and Research here into a new headquarters that opened in October 2010. And soon, ground will be broken on new laboratories and offices for the FBI’s Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center, now located at Quantico, Va.
“The FBI looks forward to expanding our presence at Redstone Arsenal and joining our partners in helping to eradicate the IED threat both domestically and abroad,” said FBI Special Agent Ann Todd.
Known as TEDAC, the Virginia center was created to help the Department of Defense counter the IED threat in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the FBI. It uses state-of-the-art forensic and intelligence techniques to examine IEDs from those countries and from allies overseas – more than 71,000 since the first was received in October 2003.
The TEDAC team also includes representatives from the DoD, ATF, the intelligence community and international partners. They use the evidence and intelligence gathered from the IEDs to prevent future attacks, disarm or disrupt the devices, identify and prosecute those involved, and more.
The work is secretive, of course.
But TEDAC’s role in an FBI investigation that led to the arrest last year of two Iraqi nationals living in Bowling Green, Ky., made the news. Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi were indicted for allegedly trying to send weapons overseas to assist al-Qaida .
According to published reports, Alwan allegedly told an informant how he had built and placed IEDs in Iraq. TEDAC experts later matched his fingerprints to those on an unexploded IED recovered by U.S. troops there in 2005.
“(TEDAC’s) work is going to be very consistent with the type of training that goes on at the Hazardous Devices School and the type of training that goes on here,” said Carl Vasilko, director of the ATF’s National Center for Explosives Training and Research. “The three I think will mesh very well … and form a comprehensive network of training, research and exploitation” of evidence and intelligence.
Room for growth
Behind the red-brick walls of the ATF’s new explosives center in Huntsville are 83,500 square feet of classrooms, a mock courtroom, laboratories, a full suite of audio-video facilities and offices. There is a full-time staff of 20 ATF agents and instructors, along with some part-time help.
“We do all of our internal explosives training for ATF personnel,” Vasilko said. Those include certified explosives specialists, industry operations investigators, explosives enforcement officers, and others.
In addition, training programs are offered to local, state and international law enforcement professionals. Areas covered include post-blast investigation techniques and processing of an explosives crime scene. Another is “Homemade Explosives Investigation Techniques,” which includes the improvised explosives that have become prevalent in the United States as well as overseas, he said. They also offer advanced training on how to dispose of explosives.
“On many occasions, explosives are recovered by ATF personnel, by state and local bomb technicians, that are hazardous materials,” Vasilko said. “They are explosive materials, but they are not IEDs. So those materials have to safely be destroyed. It could be anything from free-flowing black powder, smokeless powder, deteriorated commercial explosives … Even off-the-shelf commercial explosives can deteriorate.”
Last year, the ATF center’s first full year, saw just over 1,000 students in the regular one- and two-week classes, and another 250 or so that were in special one-day special classes. Vasilko expects those numbers to grow by 40 to 50 percent this year.
He emphasized the value of being located on the arsenal with the FBI’s Hazardous Devices School and other federal resources. The Army’s Ordnance Munitions and Electronics Maintenance School, which among other things trains soldiers in explosive ordnance disposal, moved last year from the arsenal to Fort Lee, Va. But the Army and Department of Defense are still “very much a partner with us here,” Vasilko said.
“The prime example of that partnership is the homemade explosives course. It’s attended by military EOD as well as state and local bomb technicians, other federal agents and ATF personnel. The class is mixed intentionally,” Vasilko said.
As more explosives resources are located on the arsenal, Vasilko expects even more benefits from the interaction.
“Everybody is looking to collaborate and cooperate. What we’re trying to achieve is an all-of-government approach to the counter-IED and explosives problem,” Vasilko said. “That’s everybody’s goal. I think we’re well along and going to be further along when TEDAC relocates here to Redstone Arsenal.”
Warren County OH March 13 2012 A former Sunday school teacher has pleaded guilty to two charges of sexual battery in Warren County Common Pleas Court.
Daniel Earl Webster, 41, of Loveland, who used to teach Sunday school at the Life Adventure Church in Lebanon, pleaded guilty to two of the third degree felonies.
He was orginally indicted on two counts of sexual battery and two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in February.
Webster was arrested on Jan. 27 after an investigation into allegations he performed sex acts on a 16-year-old family friend. The acts started when the boy was 15 and continued on for about a year, according to police reports. Webster was the boy’s Sunday school teacher but Prosecutor David Fornshell said the incidents didn’t happen at the church.
His attorney. Charlie M. Rittgers. said his client faces a maximum 10-year prison sentence, five years for each count.
Rittgers said Webster wanted to atone for his actions.
“Daniel wanted to take responsibility for his actions,” he said. “And he didn’t want to put the victim or his family through a trial. That was the reason why the plea happened so quickly.”
Pastor Joe Stookey at the church said Webster hadn’t been teaching at the church for at least seven months before the news of the arrest came out. He said everyone was understandably shocked.
“That’s good news,” he said about the guilty plea. “I’m pleased to know that and it just makes it easier on everybody.”
Webster has been in the jail since his arrest. Judge Robert Peeler is scheduled to sentence Webster on April 17.
DALLAS, Ga. March 13 2012
A senior prank in Paulding County has turned into a criminal investigation.
Police arrested nearly two dozen people in connection to vandalism across East Paulding High School in Dallas.
Crews spent hours cleaning up campus before school began on Monday.
The word “senior” was spray painted on the brick entrance of the neighborhood across the street from the school. The same tag, along with “2012” was also left on windows, walls, cars, the road and at least 100 different places.
Deputies said they received a report of vandalism in progress early Sunday morning, and when they arrived, the group scattered.
The Paulding County superintendent said the school knows at least 27 people, mostly students, were involved. So far, 19 have been arrested and charged with criminal interference with government property.
The school principal said the students involved will be punished on the school level, as well.
More arrests are expected this week.
MARLBORO TWP.OH March 13 2012 — Police say a Lexington Township man threatened a security officer guarding an oil and gas drilling site, then later assaulted the Marlboro Township policeman who was called to investigate.
David Walker, 54, of 13540 McCallum Ave. NE was scheduled to be arraigned Monday afternoon in Alliance Municipal Court on charges of felony assault and felony resisting arrest. He is being held in the Stark County jail.
Police Chief Ron Devies said Marlboro received a call just before 9:30 p.m. Sunday that a man was trying to drive his pickup truck onto the hydraulic drilling site on Edison Street in the township. The security guard at the site stopped and questioned the man.
“He said ‘I’m here to video tape,’ ” said Devies. “Then he made a veiled threat,” telling the guard he was going to return the next day “and deal with all of you.”
Officer Donald Worthy responded. He tracked Walker to his home on McCallum, where he was attacked by Walker in an abandoned building on the property, Devies said.
“Walker struck (Worthy) in the face twice and stuck his fingers inside his mouth,” cutting the officer’s mouth, according to Devies.
Worthy called for backup and used pepper spray to subdue Walker. Devies and a Stark County sheriff’s deputy came to assist.
Walker was arrested. He would not tell police why he wanted to take video at the drilling site.
Devies said Walker twice more struggled with officers — once at the Marlboro station and again with deputies at the jail, where he was sent after a psychiatric and medical evaluation at Mercy Medical Center.
Worthy was released from Alliance Community Hospital after treatment for face, mouth and knee injuries. He’ll spend about a week recuperating before returning to duty, Devies said.
STANWOOD, Wash. March 13 2012– The 7-year-old daughter of a Marysville police officer died Sunday after being shot by her young sibling on Saturday.
Police say at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday, two children were left alone in a van parked just off Highway 532 in Stanwood.
There was a gun in the car. One of the children picked up the gun and accidentally shot the other.
Snohomish County Sheriff’s Department says the van and gun is registered to a member of the Marysville Police Dept. The young girl is the daughter of the officer.
The sheriff’s office says their parents were nearby when it happened.
It’s not known how long the children were in the car.
PASCO WA March 13 2012 A Pasco man is behind bars on $20,000 bail on allegations he hit a store security officer who was trying to stop him from taking two quarts of oil.
John Fredrick Hunt, 45, pleaded innocent in Franklin County Superior Court to third-degree assault.
Court documents show that at 3:15 p.m. Feb. 25, Hunt walked into Rite Aid on Fourth Avenue and grabbed the two quarts. He had caught the attention of store security because he was in “an extreme hurry,” and when he came out of the aisles he no longer had the items in his hands, documents said.
Hunt left through the store’s front door, and was followed outside by store security and the manager.
He stopped for the security officer and spread his arms out like wings, and that is when the officer saw the two quarts in Hunt’s coverall chest pockets, court documents said.
Hunt handed the containers over to security, and once his own hands were free, he tried to hit the officer on the head with his open palm, documents said.
The store manager reportedly saw the attack coming and grabbed onto Hunt to slow him down. At the same time, the security officer was trying to dodge the strike, so he ended up with just “a glancing blow,” court documents said.
Hunt fell to his hand but didn’t completely go down. He then took off running, and at the same time was removing the top layer of his clothes to change his appearance, documents said.
However, store employees followed Hunt and gave his new clothing description to police, who were able to track down Hunt within the block.
Hunt’s trial is scheduled to start April 25.
Moody Air Force base security officer faces life in prison for Internet sex crime www.privateofficer.com
St. Augustine Fla. March 13 2012 A security officer at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., faces up to life in prison for trying to arrange a tryst with an investigator whom he thought was a 12-year-old child, the Department of Justice said in a news release.
A federal jury convicted Brandon Meredith Hardy, 21, on March 8 of using the Internet in an attempt to entice a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Over a five-day period in late April 2011, Hardy exchanged explicit messages online with an undercover officer from the Florida Attorney General’s child predator cybercrime unit, the news release said.
“Hardy attempted to entice and persuade the ‘child’ to engage in sexual activity” and arranged a meeting at a St. Augustine, Fla., home on April 28, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Hardy drove to the home from Moody Air Force Base and was arrested when he rang the doorbell, the news release said. A search of Hardy’s vehicle turned up a bottle of personal lubricant and laptop computer with an image depicting child pornography.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office described Hardy as an airman who worked as a security officer at Moody Air Force Base. His exact rank was unavailable.
His sentencing has not yet been set.
Source:Air Force Times
Chicago IL March 13 2012 Following her arrest at the Daley Center court complex and reports of highly erratic behavior on the bench, Cook County Judge Cynthia Brim has been removed from the bench indefinitely, court officials announced Monday.
As first reported by the Sun-Times, Brim was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery Friday after throwing a set of keys and shoving a Cook County Sheriff’s deputy at a security checkpoint in the Daley Center. She was briefly locked up in a holding cell in the courthouse basement and then released on her own recognizance later in the evening, according to the sheriff’s office.
On Monday the court’s Executive Committee – a panel of judges presiding over everything from the civil to the criminal divisions of the court system — approved her removal “until further order of (the) court,” according to a press release issued by Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans.
In coming to their decision the judges determined her arrest and charging “reflects adversely upon her fitness to serve” and that allegations of inappropriate conduct tend to indicate there may be the threat of injury to the public, the judicial branch of government or the orderly administration of justice,” Evans stated in the press release.
Finally, the judges’ panel found: “There is reasonable cause to believe that a medical examination may reveal that Judge Brim presently is unable to perform her judicial duties which could result in serious injury to the public or impede the orderly administration of justice.”
Her unrestricted access to court facilities has been revoked.
It’s unclear whether she’ll continue collecting her $175,000-a-year paycheck.
About 4:45 p.m. Friday, Brim approached sheriff’s deputies at a security checkpoint at the Daley Center and asked if they had found a set of keys she lost, sheriff’s spokesman Frank Bilecki said. The deputies, who did not know who she was, showed her three sets of keys that had turned up and she claimed one of the sets, he said.
She left but returned about 15 minutes later, this time tossing a set of keys toward at least one deputy and shoving one in the chest for unknown reasons, Bilecki said. “At that point she was taken into custody,” he said, adding that she was handcuffed and led away to a sheriff’s lockup in the basement of the downtown court building. She was charged with misdemeanor battery and was later released, he said.
On Thursday, sources said, Brim was acting erratically on the bench as she presided over traffic cases in the county’s suburban Markham courthouse. She was hearing traffic cases on tickets written by South Holland, that town’s police chief confirmed.
“An incident did happen,” said South Holland Police Chief Warren Millsaps, whose officers were in Brim’s packed courtroom Thursday morning. He declined to provide details, referring questions to the presiding judge of the Sixth District, Marjorie Laws. Laws referred calls to Evans, who did not respond to a request for comment.
One source told the Sun-Times that Brim made comments during the call that were “racial in nature,” accusing south suburban towns of ticketing only black and Hispanic drivers. She accused south suburban police officers of conspiring to get her fired, the source said.
Another source said she recited her parents’ names, the address of her church and her license plate number and walked around the courtroom, complaining she had been run out of her last assignment.
Brim could not be reached for comment Monday.
Brim graduated from Loyola University Law School in Chicago in 1983, according to the Illinois Attorney Regulation and Disciplinary Commission. Nor does she have any public history with the state’s Judicial Inquiry Board, which regulates and investigates judicial conduct. A spokeswoman would not comment on whether the board was investigating Brim, citing confidentiality.
Before becoming a judge in 1994, she worked as an assistant Attorney General in Chicago, according to Sullivan’s Judicial Profiles. In 1996, she was assigned to the county courthouse in Markham, the moved to Bridgeview in 1998. In June 2010, she returned to Markham.
Brim was reelected in 2000 and 2006, though she was not recommended by a majority of area bar associations both times.
The Chicago Council of Lawyers said in 2006 she showed up late to court too often and demonstrated a “lack of a good grasp of the law.”
Brim told the Sun-Times then she had handled 220,000 cases, and “only eight cases have been appealed out of all of those. I never was reversed in any of them.”
In 2000, she received negative reviews from 10 of the 11 bar associations. She had relatively little experience as a lawyer before elected to the bench in 1994. The consensus: Brim lacks sufficient legal knowledge and skills to be a good judge.
Panama City Beach Fla March 13 2012 - With the second official week of spring break beginning it’s not just law enforcement that has been busy. Security officers at most of the beach bars and clubs have been working hard to make it safe for the visiting college students and everyone else.
Since spring break has begun their have been around 200 arrest made. Most of those alcohol related, but before those spring breakers end up behind bars it’s security officers from their favorite club or bar who try to defuse the situation first.
Thousands of college students flock to the worlds most beautiful beaches during spring break to get sun, meet new people, and party, but sometimes things get out of control and it’s these guys who have to step in.
“Our main goal is to make sure that other people that come in here have a safe fun environment to be in. That’s our goal,” Dan Plyler, Spinnaker security.
Spinnaker’s currently has 70 security officers on staff and they say spring break is their busiest season.
“We have a very extensive training with the core people and they understand what we’re doing and how we’re doing it and other guys that aren’t so verse we just put them into key positions and ask them to call one of us over if we have somebody that’s being unruly,” Plyler.
Plyler says although his security team is trained to handle most situations, they have a great working relationship with local law enforcement and it’s the police who handle those who break the law.
“We don’t throw anybody out, we ask people to walk out, we walk with them then we ask them for their identification and we walk out front and tell them why they can’t be able to stay here,” Plyler.
Plyler says this years spring break has been a good season so far. There haven’t been any incidents his team and local law enforcement haven’t been able to handle.
PORTLAND, Ore.March 13 2012 – Peter Goodwin fought for years to give terminally ill patients the right to die on their own terms. When he couldn’t fight anymore, that’s exactly what he did.
The Portland physician died Sunday in his home after using lethal chemicals obtained under an Oregon law he championed. He was 83.
Goodwin was surrounded by his family, said a spokesman for Compassion & Choices, an organization he helped launch. The group advocates laws that help terminal patients die, and supports patients and families facing the end of life.
Goodwin was diagnosed in 2006 with a rare brain disorder, corticobasal ganglionic degeneration, that progressively robbed him of his movement. Years earlier, campaigning for an Oregon assisted suicide law, he talked publicly about what he would do if he received a terminal diagnosis.
“I don’t want to go out with a whimper. I want to say goodbye to my kids and my wife with dignity. And I would end it,” he said in a profile published last month in The Oregonian (http://bit.ly/Axamvh ).
In an interview with the newspaper shortly before his death, he reflected on his life.
“We just haven’t come to terms with the fact that we’re going to die, all of us, and to make concessions to that is really giving up hope,” he said.
Rather, in his view, when at death’s door, “the situation needs thought, it doesn’t need hope. It needs planning, it doesn’t need hope. Hope is too ephemeral at that time.”
Oregon was the first state to allow terminally ill patients to take their own lives with the help of lethal medications supplied by a doctor. Voters approved the Death With Dignity Act in 1994 and 1997. In 2010, 65 people used it to precipitate their death, the largest number since the law was enacted.
Washington and Montana have adopted similar legislation.
Goodwin campaigned for years to enact the law, and he has called it his greatest legacy. He said it spurred medicine to focus attention on the needs of the dying, with more palliative care and hospice.
“I was honored to call Peter Goodwin a compatriot and a friend,” said Barbara Coombs Lee, president of Compassion & Choices. “Our hearts are broken at his loss. The state of Oregon, medicine, and the world have lost a great leader. Most of all, our sympathies are with his family whom he dearly loved.”
Goodwin, born and educated in South Africa, was a family physician at Oregon Health and Science University since 1985.
Life is unfair, Goodwin told The Oregonian. But he offered a prescription.
“Be fulfilled,” he said. “In other words, be happy with yourself. Recognize achievements and be proud of them then go on to further achievements. Know what you want to do and do it. Be happy. Know good friends. Be in love.”
SUNRISE, Fla.March 13 2012 - Police are searching for a man who they believe posed as a Brinks security guard who went into an Aeropostale store and stole $162,000.
Broward Crime Stoppers said the fake guard went into the store at Sawgrass Mills Mall at 9:46 a.m. Nov. 26 and stole the store’s proceeds.
Police said the man suspected of the crime is John Mortimer, 24. His last known address was in Lauderhill, and police said he is known to frequent Montego Bay, Jamaica.
A no-bond warrant has been issued for Mortimer’s arrest.
A reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for the crime.
Anyone with information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477).
ST. PETERSBURG Fla March 13 2012 — An arrest has been in a fatal hit-and-run crash that occurred six months ago.
St. Petersburg police on Monday charged Lenoris Lenell Leaks Jr., 26, with vehicular homicide and other crimes.
The victim, Edward Guzenski, 88, died in January as a result of his injuries.
The crash happened Sept. 5 — Guzenski’s birthday — as he was heading home from his job as a security guard at Bayway Isles on the Pinellas Bayway.
Shortly before midnight, police said, an officer tried to pull over a 2002 Ford Mustang that had been traveling erratically on 35th Street N.
After the officer turned on a siren and flashing lights, the Ford’s driver turned off the headlights and accelerated, police said. Police said the officer did not pursue The car ran a stop sign at 22nd Avenue N and collided with Guzenski’s 1998 Toyota Camry.
The impact caused the Toyota to hit the porch of a home. Guzenski, a former office equipment repairman who retired here 25 years ago from New Jersey, was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in critical condition.
The Ford’s driver fled on foot.
Guzenski’s family later said he had insisted on working on his 88th birthday. He died Jan. 18. By that time, police had identified Leaks as the driver of the Ford. He was arrested Monday. Police said he was living as a transient.
Besides vehicular homicide, Leaks was charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving death; aggravated fleeing and eluding causing a death; and driving with a suspended license causing a death.
He was being held at the Pinellas County Jail Monday night without bail.
MISHAWAKA IN March 13 2012 — Officials said it’s not common for someone to break into the mall during overnight hours and have free rein of the place.
But that appears to be the case early Saturday morning, when police said someone likely entered University Park Mall through a construction area and burglarized or attempted to burglarize at least three or four businesses.
The thefts were reported to police later Saturday morning when employees were opening stores for the day.
“I can’t recall an incident like this,” Mishawaka Assistant Chief Steve Ravotto said of the break-in. “This is very rare. The mall is so well secured. Hopefully they’ll be some more answers.”
The mall’s director of marketing, Irene McKiernan, agreed, adding she cannot remember anyone successfully breaking in overnight in 14 years she’s been employed there.
It is believed the entrance point was a construction area outside the Buckle store.
It appears the burglar got into two stores — Buckle and Foot Locker — and stole or attempted to steal from two kiosks, T-Mobile and Naked Gadgets.
A construction worker told police he was sitting in the mall parking lot about 6:45 a.m. Saturday preparing to work as part of a construction team rebuilding Buckle when a white Pontiac Grand Am approach the outside back door of Buckle. When the construction worker moved closer to the car, the driver left.
A man then came from behind a Dumpster to talk to the construction worker, who asked if he needed to get into Buckle.
After the man left, the construction worker noticed the hasp and padlock were pried off. When he went inside to check on the construction site, he found two TVs left inside the store.
It was later reported that two plasma TVs were taken from Naked Gadgets as well as cash that was pried open from a cash drawer.
The cash drawer and TVs were identified as belonging to Naked Gadgets and taken into evidence.
It is unclear if the man driving the Grand Am or the man who came from behind the Dumpster were in the process of bringing the items outside when the construction worker arrived that morning.
Another report was taken at T-Mobile, where an employee reported finding all of the cabinet doors broken off and one of the cash registers pried open. No loss was reported.
A security gate leading into Food Locker also had been pried open. A store employee there told police he did not know if anything was missing.
Ravotto said it is unclear why no alarms went off and if that possibly had something to do with a power outage to portions of the mall from 12:30 to 3:30 a.m. Saturday. Police are looking into whether the power outage played any role in the burglary.
McKiernan said the power likely went out before the break-in.
Tim Erickson, electric division manager for Mishawaka Utilities, said the outage affected stores on the Indiana 23 side of the mall, where the burglary occurred. However, the area officials said they believe was affected would have likely been all but unattainable for a burglar to cut — as the high-voltage wires run under the parking lot or in a vault that was 10 feet down in “ice water,” he said.
CONCORD CA March 13 2012 – A man wielding a BB gun robbed two teens at Sunvalley Mall early Saturday evening but didn’t get far.
A 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl were getting out of their car in the parking lot near JC Penney just before 7:39 p.m. when a man approached them and demanded their money and valuables, said Sgt. Matt Morrissey of Concord Police Department.
The girl ran into the department store to get help, and her companion handed over some money and his cell phone, Morrissey said.
The robber then fled, but a mall employee who had heard his description spotted the suspect on the opposite side of the parking lot, gave chase and tackled the man, he said.
Mall security guards and police were right behind, Morrissey said.
Police recovered the stolen cash and cell phone along with the BB gun. They arrested 22-year-old Christian Monterrosa on suspicion of two counts of robbery and transported him to County Jail in Martinez.
Federal grand jury indicts three former Alabama Corrections Officers in death of inmate www.privateofficer.com
Clayton AL March 13 2012 Three former Alabama Corrections Officers are now charged with federal civil rights violations for their alleged role in the beating death of an inmate. A federal grand jury returned a 17-count indictment against the men Monday.
The suspects are identified as Michael Smith, 37, Matthew Davidson, 43, and Joseph Sanders, 31 – all former corrections officers at the Ventress Correctional Facility in Clayton.
Agents of the FBI and the Alabama Bureau of Investigation arrested all three defendants Monday morning.
The grand jury’s indictment alleges that the officers participated in the beating of an inmate that resulted in the inmate’s death. It also accuses the men of conspiracy to cover up the act.
Defendants Davidson and Sanders are charged with assaulting the victim, which resulted in bodily injury to the victim. Smith is also charged with assaulting the victim, which resulted in bodily injury to, and the death of, the victim.
The charges are related to the August 4, 2010 beating and death of Rocrast Mack, an inmate at the Clayton facility.
Smith was a lieutenant with supervisory authority over other officers on his shift. Davidson and Sanders were corrections officers on the same shift with Smith, according to a release from U.S. Attorney George Beck, Jr’s office.
A fourth person, Scottie Glenn, whom investigators say was another corrections officer at Ventress, pleaded guilty on Nov.18, 2011, in U.S. District Court in Montgomery. Glenn pleaded to one count of violating Mack’s civil rights and to one count of conspiring with other corrections officers to cover up the incident
Authorities say Glenn admitted on the stand that he escorted Mack in handcuffs to an office at the prison, knowing that the inmate would be beaten in retaliation for a prior incident. Glenn also admitted that he and other officers, at the direction of another officer, identified in court documents as Officer A, lied in written reports and lied to investigators to cover up the incident.
If convicted, Smith faces a maximum potential penalty of life in prison or the death penalty. Davidson faces a maximum sentence of 105 years in prison. Sanders faces a maximum sentence of 75 years in prison.
Jackson MS March 13 2012 When Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis took office in January, he found that only three of more than 20 court bailiffs and security officers were certified law officers.
That is, they lacked a certificate showing they had met minimum standards for such things as weapon training, how to use pepper spray and the proper use of handcuffs, Lewis said.
“You tell me you feel safer with that,” Lewis said.
So Lewis said he wanted to upgrade security for judges.
“I want to make sure they have trained personnel,” Lewis said recently in an interview.
Lewis said state statute says within two years of being hired by a law enforcement agency, an officer should have attended or completed a law enforcement training academy program.
But Lewis said some bailiffs have been on the job 15 years without attending a training academy.
“It’s a liability issue. Because at the end of the day they’re on my payroll and I’m responsible for them,” Lewis said.
But some bailiffs, who didn’t want to be identified, said all bailiffs have been certified through firearms training provided by the Sheriff’s Department and have received courtroom training.
The certification issue surfaced after bailiffs complained about having their pay cut.
Subsequently, senior Hinds County Circuit Judge Tomie Green filed an order Feb. 17 blocking Lewis’ efforts to make changes in court personnel. She was joined by three other judges.
Lewis, in the earlier interview, had said the bailiffs were not singled out, but that the realignment of positions and salaries was part of an overall departmental restructuring.
“We had to equalize some salaries, and we had to equalize some positions,” Lewis has said. “We had to reorganize the whole structure of the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department, and in doing that it took salary adjustments. This was across the board.”
Green said she had discussed the issue with Lewis and expressed concern with any changes to the status of bailiffs because of the bond and trust judges have with their courtroom bailiffs.
Green said a 1996 court order prevented any changes in the status of bailiffs without the consent of the Circuit Court. The order says bailiffs are officers of the court and do not function as part of any law enforcement agency.
But some bailiffs are concerned because some work uniformed security jobs and carry weapons. If they don’t function as part of the sheriff’s department, then they wouldn’t have arrest powers.
The order says the sheriff establishes a discipline for bailiffs to be approved by the circuit judges. Allotments for bailiff pay are made within the budget for the sheriff’s office.
Green said the four circuit judges select two bailiffs each from the staff of the sheriff’s office to work full-time for the judges. Transitions from the sheriff’s staff to the judiciary staff have always been coveted by law enforcement and are not a demotion, Green said.
“During my 13 years on the bench, I cannot cite a situation where bailiffs lost rank or pay because of the transfers to the judiciary,” Green said. “From time to time as opportunities have presented themselves, bailiffs have transitioned back to the sheriff’s department to become certified officers, or they have become members of federal and state task forces, or they go serve as administrators in area law enforcement at the county, state or federal level. This type of transitioning is common throughout Mississippi and the nation.”
Green said because of the quasi-judicial nature of bailiff responsibilities, law enforcement generally concedes the direction of duties, responsibilities and training to the courts.
Green mentioned that the state Administrative Office of Courts provides some training for court bailiffs.
Last October, the Administrative Office of Courts helped arrange a bailiff training program that was conducted by state Supreme Court Marshal Stephen Markert, court spokeswoman Beverly Kraft said.
Markert retired June 30, 2010, as chief deputy U.S. marshal for the 45-county Southern District of Mississippi.
Kraft said she recalls a large number of Hinds County officers were present as well as bailiffs from all over the state.
Lewis spokesman Joseph Daughtry said last week the department will make no further comment on the matter because it is a legal issue.