Northern Virginia police arrest violent gang forcing high school girls to prostitute www.privateofficer.com
The defendants, most of whom were arrested overnight, were scheduled to appear in federal court Friday afternoon in Alexandria, Va., on charges that include underage sex trafficking.
The alleged ringleader is identified in court documents as Justin Strom, 26, of Lorton, Va., a suburb of Washington. He is described as the Fairfax County, Va., leader of the Underground Gangster Crips. The arrests of the five alleged members of the gang follow six other arrests of members of the gang in the past year and a half, officials said.
The investigation began in September 2011, but an affidavit lists alleged crimes by the reputed gang members dating back to 2006.
Officials from the U.S. attorney’s office, the Virginia attorney general’s office and others said Strom and his associates recruited high school girls to work for them as prostitutes and vowed violence if they tried to leave.
Authorities identified at least 10 high school girls between 16 and 18 years of age who were recruited.
The amounts of money involved were generally small, with prostitutes often receiving $50 for performing sexual acts.
Authorities arrested Michael Jefferies, 21, of Woodbridge on Wednesday night. Police said he handled the money.
They arrested Strom and Henock Ghile, 23, of Springfield early Thursday. Ghile transported the girls, police said.
Donyel Dove, an alleged bodyguard and driver, was arrested on March 24 in Warren County on separate charges, police said.
The fifth man, Christopher Sylvia, 22, of Springfield, Va., was arrested on March 8 as a driver in the sex trafficking conspiracy, police said.
Chicago IL March 30 2012 - Ramon Bedolla works security at Chicago’s Little Village High School, in the heart of one of Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods.
That’s why we wanted to ask him about his Facebook page. It’s packed with references to gang banging, threats against rival gangs, and numerous references slamming cops.
That sort of behavior is not what’s usually expected from a guy getting paid with tax dollars to protect children.
Placko: “Are you a gang member?”
Bedolla: “I don’t have to answer that.”
Placko: “Excuse me?
Bedolla: “I ain’t answering that.”
Placko: “You’re not answering that?”
Placko: “What do you mean here when you wrote ‘ya finballs better look out we gon’ be hittin ya n-words hard,’ What is that?”
Bedolla: “I ain’t answering no questions.”
Placko: “Is it appropriate to be putting this kind of stuff on the internet when you work at Chicago Public Schools?”
Bedolla: The cops, they ain’t doing their jobs anyway.”
Placko: “Not doing their jobs, what do you mean?”
Bedolla: Letting everybody get away with sh**.”
Neighborhood sources said “finballs” is a reference to the Latin Kings gang. Bedolla lists a rival gang, “Two-Six,” as a “like” on his Facebook page. He also talks about wearing black and beige, the “Two-Six” colors.
However, friends of Bedolla said it’s just Facebook, and it doesn’t mean anything.
“That’s Facebook! Everybody puts stupid sh** on Facebook!” Jennifer Salgado, a lifelong friend of Bedolla’s said.
Last week Salgado’s brother Ramon, nicknamed “Munchie,” was killed in a Little Village alley due to an escalating gang war. You can still see the bullet hole in a garage door.
Salgado said her brother and Bedolla were best friends. She defends his Facebook threats as nothing more than pain and frustration.
“He’s a good kid. I’ve known him since we were young,” Salgado said. “Everything’s gang material around here, everything. I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s not a teacher that’s a gang member.”
Bedolla has been arrested twice by Chicago police, including back in 2009 after a gang fight. During that arrest he allegedly told officers he was a “Two-Six” member.
A Chicago Public Schools spokesperson said Bedolla is not actually a security guard, but part of the community watch program. He was hired by a security company that has a contract with CPS. The district said in a statement:
“The behaviors demonstrated here are not to be tolerated and upon becoming aware of this, the contractor has moved to immediately terminate this individual.”
Georgia security guard involved in shooting was unlicensed with expired gun permit www.privateofficer.com
Ervin Jefferson, 18, was with his mother and sister when the family pulled into their driveway off Pleasantwood Drive and noticed two vehicles parked in front.
Inside one car were four females out to settle a score with Jefferson’s 17-year-old sister, Precious, DeKalb County police said.
Jefferson’s mother, Candy Grimes, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution her son went over to investigate. Within seconds, he was felled by a single gunshot to the torso by Curtis Scott, who claimed Jefferson approached him in an aggressive manner.
DeKalb Public Safety Director William Miller said the 18-year-old “possibly threatened to kill” the guard. Scott has not been charged in the shooting, but police are still investigating.
Among other unanswered questions: Why did Scott, accompanied by fellow security guard Gary Jackson, feel compelled to leave The Village at Wesley Chapel Apartments to investigate a car parked several hundred yards away?
Scott and Jackson work for Shepperson Security & Escort, Kennesaw. Shepperson officials did not respond to requests for comment.
Ben Maner, owner of Guardian Protection Services in Atlanta, said, “I tell my people if they’re on the property to stay on the property.
Unless it’s something like a murder or rape, it’s not your place to intervene. That’s not your job.” Maner said it was also unusual for the guards to be armed, considering where they worked.
Usually, he said, if apartment complexes feel the need for armed security, they’ll look to law enforcement personnel, offering them a rent-free residency in exchange for protecting the property. It’s unclear whether The Village at Wesley Chapel wanted armed guards.
A leasing officer referred questions to Jamco Properties, the property manager. Officials with Jamco have not responded to repeated calls seeking comment. Shepperson, which hired Scott and Jackson, has a current state license to operate.
But according to the Secretary of State’s Office, there is no record of Jackson, 26, being certified to work as a guard. The two men have been released from DeKalb jail, where they were being held on charges of impersonating a police officer.
Scott and Jackson illegally detained the young women in the “suspecious vehicle,” police said. Jefferson’s stepfather, Bobby Hubbard Jr., 35, was also arrested. He was charged with reckless conduct and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Police said he fired at the guards after Jefferson was shot.
Jefferson’s mother said her son’s funeral is set for Saturday, and she hopes by then police will charge Scott in his death. “He was just trying to protect his sister,” Grimes said, “and they killed him for it.”
Bensalem PA March 30 2012 On March 23 at 11:40 p.m., state police responded to Parx Casino for a reported forgery. Police said a 21-year-old man from New York City attempted to exchange a counterfeit $20 bill at the cashier cage. Trooper Wilfredo Moreno investigated the incident.
On March 24 at 12:50 a.m., state police responded to Parx Casino for a reported forgery. Police said a 41-year-old woman from Philadelphia attempted to exchange a counterfeit $5 bill at the main cashier cage. Trooper Allen Karch investigated the incident.
On March 24 at noon, state police responded to Parx Casino for a reported forgery. Police said a 46-year-old man from Upper Darby attempted to exchange a counterfeit $10 bill at a cashier cage. Trooper Daniel Reed investigated the incident.
On March 25 at 12:45 a.m., state police responded to Parx Casino for a reported trespass. Police said Parx security asked Christopher Gress, 32, of Delran, NJ, to leave the casino.
He ignored the request and was subsequently arrested for criminal trespass. Trooper Allen Karch investigated the incident.
Lee County Port Authority spokeswoman Victoria Moreland said Wednesday her agency’s police arrested a US Airways passenger but would not provide other details.
US Airways spokesman Bill McGlashen said he didn’t know how early in the flight the passenger became unruly. Reports say a passenger on US Airways flight 1697 from Charlotte to Fort Myers kicked, scratched and spit on crew members.
A reporter from an North Carolina TV station spoke to arriving crew members in the terminal. A US Airways representative confirmed to Channel 9 that the incident did take place and the disturbance did not delay the flight and there was no diversion.
The US Airways representative said 135 passengers and 6 crew (2 pilots, 4 flight attendants) members were on board.
The incident came hours after passengers restrained the agitated pilot of a JetBlue flight from New York to Las Vegas.
A store supervisor told police he saw the two leave without paying for the merchandise. The two reportedly got into a black car driven by an older female. The car sped off down Back Rock Turnpike, the supervisor told police.
Shortly after the report from CVS, the driver of the car called to tell police she believe her niece — Turoczi — and her niece’s boyfriend had shoplifted from CVS.
They had asked the aunt for a ride to pick up a prescription; she told police they told her to “hurry up” when they got back in the car with the baby formula, according to the report.
Police went to Turoczi’s residence and identified her and Gaites as the suspects on surveillance video provided by CVS.
They were taken into custody and charged with sixth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit larceny. Turoczi was released on a promise to appear in court on April 10.
Gaites was held on a total $11,090 bond after police discovered he had three outstanding warrants for failures to appear in court, according to the report. He is also due in court on April 10
MANILA, Philippines March 30 2012— Police in the Philippines say two robbers opened fire and threw a grenade inside a mall in downtown Manila, killing a security guard and injuring at least six people.
Chief Superintendent Mario dela Vega says two bank tellers with two security escorts were delivering money to a foreign exchange shop at Robinsons Galleria mall Thursday when the robbers attacked.
The shooting sent customers inside mall restaurants fleeing.
One of the guards died of wounds and three bank personnel and three other people were hurt.
The robbers fled on a motorcycle. It wasn’t immediately clear if they took the money.
Dela Vega says police will review CCTV tapes to check initial accounts that the gunmen pretended to be bank guards to gain entry to the mall.
JOHNSTON COUNTY, N.C. March 30 2012 — Charges have now been filed against a Johnston County high school teacher.
Late Thursday afternoon, James McNamara, a teacher and wrestling coach at Corinth Holders High School, was arrested.
The 25-year-old is charged with one felony county of incdecent liberties with a student.
The alleged victim is a 16-year-old girl at the school.
McNamara was put on leave earlier this month. There has been a huge support group behind him.
Many parents and students claimed the story was made up.
McNamara has been at Corinth Holders High School since Aug. 2010 as a history and civics teacher. He is currently being held in the Johnston County Jail on a $5,000 secured bond.
Philadelphia PA March 30 2012 A 29-year-old man faces a maximum 10 years in prison for attempting to carry homemade fireworks on a plane Thursday morning at Philadelphia International Airport, officials said.
Joseph A. Picklo, of Dallas, Pa., attempted to get a on flight bound for San Francisco carrying two homemade M-80s, a plastic bottle filled with a powdery mixture, a test tube with a powdery substance and a wick, and a cigarette lighter, according to his arrest warrant.
Picklo was carrying the items in a back pack as he tried to get through a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint for Terminals D/E around 6 a.m., the warrant said.
The discovery prompted the checkpoint to be shut down and passengers were moved to the security check-in at Terminal C, said airport spokewoman Victoria Lupica.
The closed checkpoint was reopened at 6:18 a.m., Lupica said.
The Philadelphia Police Bomb Squad neutralized the fireworks. Police said early in the day that Picklo told authorites that forgot he was carrying the fireworks.
Picklo was charged with with attempting to carry on an explosive device on a plane, said a spokeswoman for the United States Attorney’s Office.
Picklo appeared before a federal magistrate and had a federal defender appointed to represent him.
The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
Ashley Cooper will be in court at 1:30 p.m. May 3 for her district court arraignment, where a date for her trial will be set.
Cooper had marijuana in her car when arrested in September, said Muskogee County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Gragg.
Gragg testified Wednesday his K-9 unit “made a hit” on Ashley Cooper’s vehicle Sept. 15 in the Muskogee High School parking lot. Gragg said his K-9 indicated on the car, then traveled through the parking lot before returning to Cooper’s car and indicating on it again. Gragg had two MHS officers go into the school to find the car’s owner.
“I was surprised to see (Cooper),” Gragg said, stating he knew her, not criminally, but from law enforcement. Gragg said Cooper then opened the car for a probable cause search, and Gragg found “a small baggie” of marijuana in the center console.
Before the search, Gragg said, Cooper told him there was a bag of marijuana in the vehicle, but that it wasn’t hers. After taking Cooper’s service weapon from her and placing her in his car, Gragg said Cooper told him the marijuana was hers. “She stated she had more information and could help us if we could help her,” Gragg said.
“I believe on the way to jail, she stated (the marijuana) was hers and that she had used recently and couldn’t pass a drug test.” Gragg said he believed Cooper had spoken to the Sheriff’s Drug Task Force at the time she was arrested. “I believe they talked to her and some names were turned over to the drug task force,” Gragg said.
Security Officer at Marcy Psychiatric Center accused of sexually abusing child www.privateofficer.com
ROME, N.Y. March 30 2012 - A Safety and Security Officer at the Marcy Psychiatric Center has been accused of sexually abusing a child under the age of 14.
According to the Oneida County Child Advocacy Center, Steven James Minsaas, 33, of Rome, who is a safety and security officer at the Marcy Psychiatric Center, was charged Tuesday with three counts of second-degree sexual abuse and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
Minsaas is alleged to have subjected a child less than 14 years of age to sexual contact during the months of May and June 2011 while in the City of Rome.
Authorities were made aware of the incidents after the victim notified an adult of what had taken place. Minsaas was placed under arrest and taken to Rome City Lock-Up where he was held overnight. Minsaas was subsequently arraigned in Rome City Court where bail was set at $9,000.
Investigators from the New york State Police, Oneida County Sheriff’s Department and New York Mills Police assisted in the investigation.
The victim is being offered counseling services through the Oneida County Child Advocacy Center.
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. March 30 2012 - A Virginia Beach high school teacher accused in the sexual battery of one of his students has been found guilty.
Back in Jan., the student accused Michael Shanklin, Jr. of spanking her.
Police arrested Shanklin, 37, and charged him with abduction and sexual battery of a minor.
Shanklin was tried Thursday on the sexual battery charge, found guilty and sentenced to 12 months in jail.
Police said on Jan. 18 at approximately 4:30 p.m., a student at Landstown High School stayed after school for a tutoring session.
The student failed to complete an assignment and the teacher reportedly felt the student needed to be punished.
Police said Shanklin proceeded to strike the student on her buttocks with a belt numerous times. Macie Pridgen, with the Commonwealth’s Attorney Office, said the student was allegedly struck 20 times. Afterwards, the student left the classroom and reported the incident to the school nurse.
Pridgen said Shanklin noted his appeal during the trial.
Thursday’s trial also included a preliminary hearing on the felony abduction charge, which was certified by a grand jury. Shanklin remains in jail without bond.
Ashwaubenon Public Safety officer charged with felonies after handcuffing wife during domestic dispute www.privateofficer.com
ASHWAUBENON WI March 29 2012 — An Ashwaubenon Public Safety officer faces a felony charge after his wife reported he handcuffed her last year during a dispute over a missing wallet.
Charles Ronald Hart Aschenauer, 16, of Paw Paw Road in Gulf, was arrested Wednesday by a school resource officer at Chatham Central High School.
Investigators said they looked at surveillance video after a teacher became nauseous and Aschenauer was seen putting something in a drink before the teacher drank it.
Aschenauer was charged with felonious distribution of certain prohibited foods. He was released on bond Wednesday.
Officials said the teacher will be okay.
Aschenauer is due in court April 25.
Police say both women pulled knives.
The grocery guard suffered two minor stab wounds and was treated in hospital.
Patrolling officers arrested the two suspects in the area a short time later.
According to police, former Sgt. John Jackson, 40, and his 13-year-old daughter, Alexis, both of the 5900 block of Summers Lane in Falls Church, were found dead at 1:15 a.m. in a vehicle parked in the driveway of a home in the 3800 block of Forest Grove Drive.
“Police responded to a report of a shooting and discovered the two bodies inside an SUV,” said police spokeswoman Tawny Wright. Police said the Annandale home was the residence of family members related to Jackson, but did not elaborate.
“The SUV was towed to our crime scene lab,” Wright said.
Police said they believe the shootings occurred sometime between midnight and 1 a.m.
“We are currently classifying this case as a homicide-suicide,” Wright said.
Officer Shelley Broderick said that Jackson resigned from the Fairfax County Police Department in June 2010 after serving 16 years, but did not give a reason for his resignation. ”That would be a personnel issue and not something we would release,” she said.
SILVER SPRING, Md.March 29 2012 - A manager at the Transportation Security Administration has lost his job after being arrested on prostitution-related charges.
According to court documents, the agency had received a complaint of “very similar” activities back in 2009.
Bryant Jermaine Livingston, 39, was arrested while on the job as a supervisor of TSA agents at Dulles International Airport. The Manassas, Virginia resident, said by phone he is innocent of the charges, but declined to discuss the details of the case.
According to charging documents, on February 15th, Livingston used cash to rent a room at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Georgia Ave. in Silver Spring, Md.
The hotel manager recognized Livingston as a previous customer who, on earlier occasions had “groups of males and females frequently entering and exiting Livingston’s room,” according to a court document.
Similar activity was happening on February 15, so the manager called Montgomery County Police to report likely prostitution. Responding officers offered to accompany the manager as she went to evict the people from the room.
At the doorway, Livingston denied prostitution was occurring, and invited the manager and police into the room. Responding officers say they saw, “11 people inside the room [including] three naked females and four males attempting to get dressed.
Multiple people were laying on the two beds and other people were sitting in chairs and standing in the room.” In a hallway interview, Bryant Livingston told the police officers he “runs the airport security at Dulles,” according to the charging document.
A spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration confirmed that Livingston had worked for the agency since Oct. 29, 2002, but he is now “no longer employed by TSA.”
In a subsequent interview, one of the men in the room told Montgomery County police that, “he paid Livingston $100 to enter the hotel room to engage in sexual activities.” Charging documents also say a TSA investigator told police that, “in 2009, a very similar complaint concerning Livingston was on record. The complaint alleged that Livingston was operating a prostitution ring and charging individuals $25. for sexual acts.”
The TSA spokesman had no immediate explanation as to what, if anything, the agency did about the earlier complaint. Bryant Livingston is facing five prostitution-related charges. His attorney, Jason Cleckner, declined to comment on the case.
Livingston has been released on his own recognizance, and faces trial on May 8th. In Maryland, a person convicted of prostitution can face up to a year in jail. TSA Statement: “TSA cooperated fully with law enforcement during their investigation into this matter.
The allegations against this individual are unacceptable and in no way reflect the integrity and professionalism of the more than 50,000 security officers who strive every day to ensure the security of the traveling public.”
Baton Rouge LA March 29 2012 – A Senate committee unanimously approved a bill Tuesday that would require training of bouncers and “security personnel” at bars and lounges. The Senate Judiciary B Committee sent to the Senate floor Senate Bill 234 by Sen. Gary Smith, D-Norco, that would require the bouncers to be trained under the state’s Responsible Vendor Program, which has been in place for more than a decade and requires the training of servers, bartenders and other bar personnel.
Smith said the bill applies to liquor outlets “where alcoholic beverages are the principal commodity sold for consumption on the premises.” Smith said he filed the bill after a handful of headline-grabbing cases in the New Orleans area in which security personnel at bars were involved in violent confrontations with customers.
The bill does not spell out how many hours the security workers have to take or what the subject matter of the courses would be.
Those decisions would be made by the commissioner of the Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, but the course work must include “handling disruptive customers and customer altercations,” Smith said.
The bill defines security personnel as employees who “monitor the entrance and other areas of an establishment for the purposes of identifying underage and intoxicated persons, enforcing establishment rules and regulations” and providing overall security for the outlet and its customers.
“There is nothing in law to train security personnel” at bars now, Smith said. “We are seeing more and more of an increase in security personnel using excessive force” at lounges.
The bouncer or security personnel will not only have to take the regular server training course and be able to recognize when a patron is too drunk to be served, but will also be trained to handle tense situations.
“He will try to diplomatically remove someone,” said Chris Young, a lobbyist for alcoholic beverage outlets. He said the courses should include “how to prevent altercations instead of putting someone in a chokehold and dragging them out of the establishment.”
The cost of the training course cannot exceed $50, according to the bill.
The contract, which is retroactive to last August and expires this Sept. 30, specifies that sheriff’s resources will be utilized on an as-needed basis, with costs capped at $17,000.
According to sheriff’s documents, deputies from the Hemet and Lake Elsinore stations will be called upon for special enforcement actions, confiscating marijuana grows in the forests, handling road closures and other details during wildfires and coordinating security during events that attract large crowds, such as concerts and demonstrations.
Patrols will also be conducted in various forest locations “to make residents and visitors aware that law enforcement officers are in the vicinity,” according to the agreement, which is a continuation of previous agreements.
Under the terms, the sheriff’s department will bill the forest service for all expenses incurred.
About one-third of the San Bernardino National Forest, and an even smaller portion of the Cleveland National Forest, extend into Riverside County.
West of Murrieta is the Tenaja Campground, which is part of the Cleveland National Forest.
Officially known as Local 1303-453 of Council 4 AFSCME, AFL-CIO, the union is comprised of the four security guards stationed at the city’s two high schools, Jonathan Law High School and Joseph A. Foran High School.
The Board of Education Monday night formally approved the first-ever labor agreement for the new union, which organized some months ago.
The agreement spans three years and is retroactive to July 1, the start of the current fiscal year.
Prior to the contract, the guards were paid $16.12 to $17.69 per hour. This will increase by 2.15 percent for the current year, 2.85 percent for 2012-13 fiscal year, and 2.95 percent for 2013-14.
They’ll be paying an increasing share of their health insurance, however — 8 percent of their coverage now, 9 percent beginning in July and 10 percent in the third year of the contract, according to Chief Operations Officer James Richetelli Jr.
He said that the total increase in term of the contract’s cost to the city will amount to $34,231 over the life on the contract.
The guards work an eight-hour day. The pact was approved unanimously by the school board.
ATLANTA GA March 29 2012 Atlanta police are trying to piece together what led up to the fatal shooting of a young girl in southwest Atlanta.
England UK March 28 2012 After all the furore over the proposed radical extension of the role of the private sector in policing, what should we make of G4S and Serco advertising to recruit probation officers? The role of private security companies in the prisons has been well-established for nearly 20 years but the core work of probation services has been sacrosanct. Indeed, the 2007 Offender Management Act, which was designed to open up probation services to potential voluntary and private sector providers, specifically reserved the provision of advice and assistance to the courts for the public sector. So it is something of a surprise to see that G4S is looking to recruit probation officers to work with “public sector clients”. The security company says the typical work undertaken by its probation officers will involve providing pre-sentence court and bail information reports, assessing offenders’ risk and threat to the public, and overseeing unpaid work programmes for offenders. The justice minister, Crispin Blunt, sent a shiver through the world of probation earlier this month when he told the Probation Chiefs’ Association that he was considering repealing section 15 of the 2007 act, which reserves the production of 175,000 probation reports for the courts to the probation services. Blunt was warned by John Fassenfelt, the chairman of the Magistrates’ Association, that the courts would not be impressed by such a development. Fassenfelt says he worries that a privately employed probation officer might be tempted to give advice that favoured their company’s local tagging and curfew programme. He says such a loss of confidence because of a feared conflict of interest could result in more courts playing it safe and jailing more offenders. When the consultation paper on the future of the probation service was published on Tuesday that specific option was not included, but the paper does envisage large swaths of probation work being put out to tender. The new options include the management of low- and medium-risk offenders in the community and many innovative “payment by results” pilot partnership schemes waiting for the green light. The only other area reserved for the public sector probation service appears to be the management of high-risk offenders. The scale of the reforms facing the probation service is reflected in the radical proposal to allow probation trusts to significantly reduce the 35 probation areas should they feel it is necessary to organise competition contracts on a regional, rather than a local, basis. Even this has been the subject of a behind-the-scenes struggle between the justice secretary, Kenneth Clarke, and Theresa May, with the home secretary bidding to give the new police and crime commissioners (PCCs) a decisive role in commissioning probation services. But earlier this month May called a truce and signalled that while the 40-odd PCCs may work closely with prisons, probation and other local services they would not have direct power over them. You may well ask when ministers and not just private security companies are going to be put on a payment by results basis. Source:Guardian UK