Retired pharmacist faces charges that he poured liquid mercury into cafeteria food www.privateofficer.com
Martin Kimber, of Ruby, was ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation after his arraignment Friday.
The investigation that led to the 59-year-old’s arrest began on March 2, when a worker at Albany Medical Center found a small amount of the silvery heavy metal on her food tray.
The Albany Times Union reported (http://bit.ly/Hxa7Cy ) that more mercury was found in the cafeteria’s salad bar, an ice cream cooler and in a tray of chicken wings.
Mercury is poisonous, but the liquid form found at the hospital is usually too thick to be absorbed by the human body, even if ingested.
Kimber is charged with tampering with a consumer product.
“The one thing we do know, we can say that he was a patient at Albany Medical Center at one time,” said Albany police spokesman Steven Smith. “Whether he was disgruntled because of that it’s hard to say. We don’t know.”
Police say a tip from someone seeing Kimber on a hospital surveillance video led them to the arrest Thursday in Ulster.
They say evidence found inside the retired pharmacist’s home also links him to the crime.
Upon news of Kimber’s arrest, Allbany Medical Center released a statement saying “Albany Medical Center will take all necessary measures to ensure the security of every patient, staff member, student, and visitor in the Albany medical community. As this case shows, we will work with authorities to ensure that any individual who attempts to inflict harm on our community will be found and brought to justice.”
SMYRNA, Del. April 2 2012 — A Smyrna man and woman face heroin charges after the woman was first arrested for stealing from Dover Downs casino where she worked.
On March 28, Delaware State Police detectives assigned to the Division of Gaming Enforcement arrested Gina A. Savinell, 37, of Smyrna, in connection with the theft of cheques from the craps tables during her shift as a dealer at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino. Savinell faces three counts of felony theft greater than $1,500 and one count of theft under $1,500, police said.
A search of Savinell’s employee locker resulted in the seizure of an undisclosed amount of heroin and money, police said.
A search warrant was executed on Savinell’s Greens Branch Lane residence where additional heroin, drug paraphernalia, and gaming cheques were located.
Two juvenile children were at the residence and were turned over to family members.
Savinell was also charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, conspiracy second degree, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. She was committed to the Women’s Correctional Institute in lieu of a secured bond to await another court appearance.
Sean D. Savinell Sr., 42, of Smyrna, was at the residence during the search and was taken into custody. He was formally charged with possession with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, conspiracy second degree, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. He was committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in lieu of a secured bond to await another court appearance.
Gaming Enforcement officials, who were advised the possible cheque thefts by the Dover Downs Surveillance Department, credited Dover Downs’ Security and Surveillance for their vigilance and assistance during this investigation.
The Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement, Smyrna Police Department and Delaware State Police assigned to Troop 3 also assisted in this investigation.
According to the sheriff’s office, Bell stole checking account information from a customer in November. The sheriff’s office said she also used the stolen information to pay her cable, electric and water bills from November until mid-February amounting to more than $1,000.
Bell was reportedly questioned earlier in the case and was later detained. The sheriff’s office said Bell confessed that she stole the information and used it three times in Bossier Parish.
Bell is charged with three counts of device fraud, identity theft and theft of business records. Her bond is set at $33,000.
WASHINGTON DC April 2 2012 — Law enforcement tracking of cellphones, once the province mainly of federal agents, has become a powerful and widely used surveillance tool for local police officials, with hundreds of departments, large and small, often using it aggressively with little or no court oversight, documents show.
The practice has become big business for cellphone companies, too, with a handful of carriers marketing a catalog of “surveillance fees” to police departments to determine a suspect’s location, trace phone calls and texts or provide other services. Some departments log dozens of traces a month for both emergencies and routine investigations.
With cellphones ubiquitous, the police call phone tracing a valuable weapon in emergencies like child abductions and suicide calls and investigations in drug cases and murders. One police training manual describes cellphones as “the virtual biographer of our daily activities,” providing a hunting ground for learning contacts and travels.
But civil liberties advocates say the wider use of cell tracking raises legal and constitutional questions, particularly when the police act without judicial orders. While many departments require warrants to use phone tracking in nonemergencies, others claim broad discretion to get the records on their own, according to 5,500 pages of internal records obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union from 205 police departments nationwide.
The internal documents, which were provided to The New York Times, open a window into a cloak-and-dagger practice that police officials are wary about discussing publicly. While cell tracking by local police departments has received some limited public attention in the last few years, the A.C.L.U. documents show that the practice is in much wider use — with far looser safeguards — than officials have previously acknowledged.
The issue has taken on new legal urgency in light of a Supreme Court ruling in January finding that a Global Positioning System tracking device placed on a drug suspect’s car violated his Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches. While the ruling did not directly involve cellphones — many of which also include GPS locators — it raised questions about the standards for cellphone tracking, lawyers say.
The police records show many departments struggling to understand and abide by the legal complexities of cellphone tracking, even as they work to exploit the technology.
In cities in Nevada, North Carolina and other states, police departments have gotten wireless carriers to track cellphone signals back to cell towers as part of nonemergency investigations to identify all the callers using a particular tower, records show.
In California, state prosecutors advised local police departments on ways to get carriers to “clone” a phone and download text messages while it is turned off.
In Ogden, Utah, when the Sheriff’s Department wants information on a cellphone, it leaves it up to the carrier to determine what the sheriff must provide. “Some companies ask that when we have time to do so, we obtain court approval for the tracking request,” the Sheriff’s Department said in a written response to the A.C.L.U.
And in Arizona, even small police departments found cell surveillance so valuable that they acquired their own tracking equipment to avoid the time and expense of having the phone companies carry out the operations for them. The police in the town of Gilbert, for one, spent $244,000 on such equipment.
Cell carriers, staffed with special law enforcement liaison teams, charge police departments from a few hundred dollars for locating a phone to more than $2,200 for a full-scale wiretap of a suspect, records show.
Most of the police departments cited in the records did not return calls seeking comment. But other law enforcement officials said the legal questions were outweighed by real-life benefits.
The police in Grand Rapids, Mich., for instance, used a cell locator in February to find a stabbing victim who was in a basement hiding from his attacker.
“It’s pretty valuable, simply because there are so many people who have cellphones,” said Roxann Ryan, a criminal analyst with Iowa’s state intelligence branch. “We find people,” she said, “and it saves lives.”
Many departments try to keep cell tracking secret, the documents show, because of possible backlash from the public and legal problems. Although there is no evidence that the police have listened to phone calls without warrants, some defense lawyers have challenged other kinds of evidence gained through warrantless cell tracking.
“Do not mention to the public or the media the use of cellphone technology or equipment used to locate the targeted subject,” the Iowa City Police Department warned officers in one training manual. It should also be kept out of police reports, it advised.
In Nevada, a training manual warned officers that using cell tracing to locate someone without a warrant “IS ONLY AUTHORIZED FOR LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCIES!!” The practice, it said, had been “misused” in some standard investigations to collect information the police did not have the authority to collect.
“Some cell carriers have been complying with such requests, but they cannot be expected to continue to do so as it is outside the scope of the law,” the advisory said. “Continued misuse by law enforcement agencies will undoubtedly backfire.”
Another training manual prepared by California prosecutors in 2010 advises police officials on “how to get the good stuff” using cell technology.
The presentation said that since the Supreme Court first ruled on wiretapping law in 1928 in a Prohibition-era case involving a bootlegger, “subtler and more far-reaching means of invading privacy have become available to the government.”
Technological breakthroughs, it continued, have made it possible for the government “to obtain disclosure in court of what is whispered in the closet.”
In interviews, lawyers and law enforcement officials agreed that there was uncertainty over what information the police are entitled to get legally from cell companies, what standards of evidence they must meet and when courts must get involved.
A number of judges have come to conflicting decisions in balancing cellphone users’ constitutional privacy rights with law enforcement’s need for information.
In a 2010 ruling, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in Philadelphia, said a judge could require the authorities to obtain a warrant based on probable cause before demanding cellphone records or location information from a provider. (A similar case from Texas is pending in the Fifth Circuit.)
“It’s terribly confusing, and it’s understandable, when even the federal courts can’t agree,” said Michael Sussman, a Washington lawyer who represents cell carriers. The carriers “push back a lot” when the police urgently seek out cell locations or other information in what are purported to be life-or-death situations, he said. “Not every emergency is really an emergency.”
Congress and about a dozen states are considering legislative proposals to tighten restrictions on the use of cell tracking.
While cell tracing allows the police to get records and locations of users, the A.C.L.U. documents give no indication that departments have conducted actual wiretapping operations — listening to phone calls — without court warrants required under federal law.
Much of the debate over phone surveillance in recent years has focused on the federal government and counterterrorism operations, particularly a once-secret program authorized by President George W. Bush after the Sept. 11 attacks. It allowed the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on phone calls of terrorism suspects and monitor huge amounts of phone and e-mail traffic without court-approved intelligence warrants.
Clashes over the program’s legality led Congress to broaden the government’s eavesdropping powers in 2008. As part of the law, the Bush administration insisted that phone companies helping in the program be given immunity against lawsuits.
Since then, the wide use of cell surveillance has seeped down to even small, rural police departments in investigations unrelated to national security.
“It’s become run of the mill,” said Catherine Crump, an A.C.L.U. lawyer who coordinated the group’s gathering of police records. “And the advances in technology are rapidly outpacing the state of the law.”
In the video shot early Friday at a store on Beltway 8 near Beechnut, two teenagers are heard joking around in the parking lot. One used his camera phone to record stray shopping carts and signs.
The teens were confronted by a security guard who doesn’t want to be a part of their footage.
In the video, the off-duty law enforcement officer can be heard saying, “You can’t do video, not at me.”
The teen then responded, “No, I’m doing it of the sign, not at you. I promise.”
The situation quickly escalated when the guard pulled out a Taser and asked the teens for photo identification.
One teen can be heard no the video saying, “Are you serious? You’re about to tase me?”
Investigators said the guard detained the teens and called Houston police for assistance.
The Harris County District Attorney’s office declined to press charges against the teens. Police said they were let go with a warning about criminal trespassing.
A Walmart representative said the incident is being investigated and the cellphone video and their own surveillance video will be reviewed.
The company asked the security company it contracts with not to schedule that guard at any of the Walmart stores until the investigation is completed.
The Town Talk reports (http://townta.lk/HFzwaX ) that Orlando Jones, 29, was arrested on Wednesday after he was seen walking around on the pediatric floor of the Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital in downtown Alexandria.
The newspaper reports that Jones, wearing jeans and tank top, told a child’s mother that he was the attending physician and that he had to remove the 2-month-old from the hospital room, Alexandria police reported.
But the mother suspected he wasn’t a doctor and alerted the nurses’ station, the newspaper reported.
Hospital officials said Alexandria police arrived quickly. Jones was arrested on an attempted simple kidnapping charge.
Charla Ducote, Rapides Regional Medical Center vice president, said hospital security officials were reviewing video of surveillance cameras and that the facility was investigating how Jones “entered a patient area.”
The newspaper reports that district court records dating to January 2001 show Jones has faced an array of charges over the years: aggravated battery in 2001, burglary and obtaining prescription medication by fraud in 2003, firearms possession by a felon and simple battery in 2009, stalking and violating protective orders in 2010.
In July 2011, a court-ordered mental health review in the 2010 charges found Jones lacked “the mental capacity to proceed at the present time because he has mental disease or defect” that prevented him from assisting in his defense, court records state.
Jones was committed to the Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System in Jackson for treatment, and was back in court for sentencing in January after he was judged competent enough to aid in his defense. Jones pleaded guilty to the stalking charge and was sentenced to six months in parish jail and given credit for time served.
Fight at Atlantic City’s 40/40 Club injures two police officers, police dog also attacked www.privateofficer.com
ATLANTIC CITY NJ April 2 2012 - Two city police officers were assaulted Sunday during a fight at the 40/40 Club, in the 2100 block of Atlantic Avenue, police said.
Officer Michael Francisco, who was working an off-duty uniformed detail at the club, called for assistance at 4:20 a.m. and reported that a fight was taking place, police said.
Police learned that 40/40 Club security officers were attempting to escort a male, identified as Tony L. Wilson, from the club because he refused a security screening and he then proceeded to assault a security officer.
Francisco tried to assist the security detail and arrest Wilson, but Wilson then sprayed a chemical agent into Francisco’s mouth, police said.
According to police reports, several fights then began to break out and extended to the self-park ramp of the Caesars parking garage. Officer Brent Dooley was then assaulted by two males incluidng Wilson.
Police said Tony L. Wilson grabbed Dooley from behind in what was described as a “bear hold” while a second male, Tyree M. Wilson, struck Dooley in the back of the head with a liquor bottle causing a large open laceration to his head.
K-9 Officer Timek ordered Wilson to comply with orders to surrender so he could be handcuffed, but Wilson allegedly failed to comply and Timek and his K-9 partner, Vader, apprehended him.
During the apprehension, police said, Wilson choked Vader in an attempt to break his control. During the fight, an unidentified male interfered with the officers, but was not apprehended. He is described as a black male, wearing a red/white and blue shirt.
Police said another male, James Ford, 31, of Lakewood, also attempted to prevent Francisco from arresting Wilson. Ford was arrested for obstructing the administration of law and inciting a riot. Bail for Ford was set at $75,000.
Tyree Wilson, 24, and Tony L. Wilson, 31, both of Neptune, were charged with aggravated assault on a Police Officer, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, inciting a riot, resisting arrest, and obstructing the administration of law. Tyree Wilson was additionally charged with injury to a law enforcement Animal. Both were held on $100,000.
A Good Samaritan, whose name is being withheld, assisted the police officers on scene and was also assaulted by the three Wilsons and Ford. Charges of assault are being prepared against the four men on behalf of the male victim. 40/40 security team also assisted the officers on scene. Additional charges against the males are expected from the 40/40 security team, police said.
According to police reports, Dooley was treated for a large laceration to his head, which required six staples to close the wound. He was released from AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City. He will be out of work for an undetermined amount of time. Francisco was treated and released for exposure to the chemical agent. He returned to duty.
MOULTRIE GA April 2 2012 — A former Colquitt County Magistrate Court employee accused of stealing more than $20,000 was arrested on a theft charge this week.
Victoria Denese Roberts turned herself in at the Colquitt County Jail on Wednesday afternoon and has been released on her own recognizance.
Roberts, 36, 1465 Old Doerun Road, was charged with one count of theft by taking.
Roberts is accused of taking about $22,000 from the court office between March 2009 and July 2010, said Steve Turner, special agent in charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Thomasville regional office.
On Aug. 3, 2010, the GBI was asked by the Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office to investigate suspicion of missing money, Magistrate Court Judge J.J. McMillan said at the time.
A court employee was placed on paid administrative leave the same day and was terminated later in the month as it was anticipated that criminal charges would be filed quickly. Instead, the investigation into the amount of money missing took longer.
In February 2011, Turner told The Observer that a financial audit of the Magistrate Court office could take some time.
A criminal accusation was filed in the case by the Colquitt County District Attorney’s office on March 20, according to Colquitt County Superior Court records.
Roberts worked in the court office from 2005 until 2010. Prior to that she worked as a sheriff’s office dispatcher in the jail area for about four years, sheriff’s Lt. Julius Cox said.
Magistrate Court handles legal cases including small claims lawsuits, foreclosures, evictions and garnishments. Magistrate judges also set bails and issue arrest and search warrants for law enforcement agencies in the county.
Source:the Moultrie Observer
William K. Herring, 60, of Michelon Court was taken into custody Monday on five charges, including an allegation that he didn’t pay personal income tax on the ill-gotten gains, according to the state Department of Treasury.
Herring is free on bail. Reached at his home Wednesday, he said he had no comment.
Herring had worked for 13 years at J&C Auto Sales on West Landis Avenue at Mill Road.
John Schaser of Milmay, a co-owner of the dealership with his brother Charles, said he was glad to see the details publicized.
“Thirty-six years I’ve known the guy,” Schaser said. “He was a friend of mine.”
Schaser said the alleged betrayal shocked him. The defendant was his general manager and finance manager, and bought vehicles for the business, he said.
“It’s all about giving someone that much trust, unfortunately,” Schaser said. “It is sad that someone can do something like that to you.”
Authorities said the thefts, totaling $362,794.26, occurred from 2003 through 2009.
The arrest followed a multi-agency investigation that started in September 2009 when the Schasers took their findings and suspicions to Vineland police. The many angles of the alleged criminal activity brought in investigators from city, county and state government.
“My wife (Debbie) found it,” John Schaser said. “She found there was money missing. There was wrongdoing in the receipts.”
Debbie Schaser said Herring was fired in August 2009.
“I received some paperwork that didn’t make sense,” she said. “I started talking to customers.”
The Treasury Department lists the criminal counts against Herring as theft by deception, theft by failure to make required disposition, falsifying or tampering with documents, failure to pay taxes due and filing a fraudulent tax return.
Besides Vineland police and the Treasury Department, the case was investigated by the state Division of Taxation, Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office and the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.
Treasury spokesman Bill Quinn said Herring did not report $229,305.26 of income derived from the alleged criminal activity. The total personal income tax due on that amount is $14,524.18 with a penalty of $1,452.42 and interest of $6,453.60, he said.
Vineland police took Herring to Cumberland County Jail on Monday. He was freed that night on $7,500 bail, according to Warden Robert Balicki.
According to the county Superior Court criminal case management office, Herring’s case is listed as pending grand jury action.
Lexington KY April 2 2012 Thousands of raucous fans swarmed streets near the University of Kentucky campus Saturday night, setting couches ablaze and overturning cars after the Wildcats beat rival Louisville in a Final Four matchup that had riveted the state.
Many streets had been blocked off around Kentucky’s campus to make way for the crowds, but sirens blared and police began shutting down more streets as the blazes broke out.
Susan Straub, a spokeswoman for Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, said police made fewer than 10 arrests and that a few injuries have been reported.
“Things have not gotten out of control,” she said in a telephone interview. By about 10 p.m. CDT — nearly three hours after the game had ended — crowds were dispersing, Straub added.
Twitter feeds reported police in riot gear moved in to disperse crowds as some people on the streets were overturning, vandalizing vehicles, and smashing glass bottles.
Disappointed Louisville fans at a pizzeria near the edge of campus were quiet after the loss, but swiftly moved outside and began chanting “C-A-R-D-S” while waving school banners and flags with about 100 others.
A few hours before Saturday’s tipoff, Kentucky and Louisville fans were getting ready in bars, homes and even wedding receptions.
“We had no way of knowing that the big game would be the same day as the wedding,” Louisville fan said Sean Glenn as he stood on the steps of a church near the University of Louisville campus minutes after his cousin was wed.
Glenn, a Louisville fan, said there would be a television at the reception, and he fully expected to catch the game “here and there.” While the bride wore white and the bridesmaids lavender, Glenn chose his attire to show his Cardinal pride: a red shirt and a red tie.
Seventy miles away, in the University of Kentucky’s home of Lexington, roads around the perimeter of campus were closed hours before the game.
“We got here at 11 (a.m.),” Kentucky alumnus and fan Alex Fossom said from his table at the Shamrock Bar & Grille in Lexington. Fossom and his fellow Kentucky fans were playing cards to pass the time before the early evening tipoff.
Courtside celebrities: Actress Ashley Judd, a longtime Kentucky fan, was sitting in the front row behind the Wildcats’ bench on Saturday.
“It’s just wonderful for the state,” she said. “This is like the good ol’ days. This is about history, it’s about family. It’s very special.”
Rapper Jay-Z, another Kentucky fan, sat near Judd.
Jayhawking: Travis Releford stepped into the spotlight when the Kansas stars faded, his performance as much as any other the reason the Jayhawks are playing for a national championship.
The junior guard from Kansas City, Mo., had 15 points and six rebounds Saturday night, helping out on both ends of the floor to boost the Jayhawks to a 64-62 victory over Ohio State.
The win wouldn’t have been possible without Releford, who helped shut down Ohio State’s perimeter offense down the stretch and made good on four straight foul shots. The first two with less than 3 minutes left made it 56-55, and the second pair made it 62-59 with 1:13 remaining.
“I just went to the line, relaxed, took a deep breath, just did what I’ve been doing all year,” he said. “I felt very confident before I even let the ball go.”
Nice seats: Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo had no idea why he was sitting in the front row of a section of Louisville fans, especially since the Cardinals ended his season last weekend.
Every coach who has won a national championship was given seats in the first row behind the media at the Superdome, Izzo said. It was a new gesture by the NCAA this season.
Joining Izzo were North Carolina Coach Roy Williams, Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim, former Kentucky Coach Tubby Smith and former Louisville Coach Denny Crum.
University of Pittsburgh removes bathroom stall doors in response to bomb threats www.privateofficer.com
In response to the recent rash of bomb threats on the University of Pittsburgh’s campus, school officials have decided to remove the doors on all men’s bathroom stalls inside the Cathedral of Learning.
In addition to the stall doors being removed, there is also a security guard stationed outside of the bathrooms.
“I think it’s kind of taking away their privacy,” University of Pittsburgh junior Jordan Britt said. “I don’t know, I wouldn’t really like it.”
“I think it’s extremely inappropriate,” junior Dan Cesnalis said. “I think they should work more on their security measures instead of taking away privacy.”
Some students told Channel 11’s Vince Sims that they think metal detectors would be a better option.
Pitt is still offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the threats.
WSTM-TV reports (http://bit.ly/HqbvJt ) that Jill Harvey is due in court Wednesday on the misdemeanor petit larceny charge.
Police say she was ticketed after the owner of the Syracuse salon said she was caught putting several bottles of hair care products and a bracelet in a bag.
Harvey is director of the Department of Agriculture’s Office of Rural Development, based in Syracuse and responsible for $100 million in programs. She’s a former regional director for Sen. Charles Schumer.
A USDA spokesman says Harvey is on paid leave pending review of the facts. Her lawyer says Friday there was a misunderstanding that should have been resolved at the salon.
IMPD Officer Anthony Schneider says Larry Myers, 44, was arrested Thursday on two counts of sexual contact with a minor.
Myers taught world history and world geography at Heritage Christian School, located in the 6400 block of East 75th Street, according to a cached page from the school’s web site. Myers resigned his position prior to his arrest according to Heritage Superintendent Jeff Wilcox.
According to a police report, the incident or incidents occurred between November 1 and December 1, 2011, though police weren’t notified until Thursday, the day of Myers’s arrest. Schneider did not know how many encounters between Myers and the girl took place, nor did he know whether they occurred at the school.
Wilcox told 93 WIBC he would not comment other than via a written statement emailed to parents on Friday. “On Thursday morning former teacher Mr. Myers submitted his resignation to Heritage Christian School reporting only that he had engaged in immoral and illegal actions,” the statement read. “The school’s administration immediately turned the matter over to local law enforcement authorities, who have conducted their investigation and have filed charges of inappropriate contact with a minor.”
“This is a sad and unfortunate situation,” Wilcox said in the statement. “Our concern is for the minor involved, the families impacted and the protection of their privacy. We are asking for your understanding to honor this request for their privacy and for your prayers for them.”
“We have every confidence in our local law enforcement agencies to handle this matter thoroughly and properly,” the statement read. “As this is an on-going investigation, Heritage is refraining from further communication at this time.”
Myers is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, April 4.
Medford MA April 2 2012 A jewelry store was robbed Sunday morning at Meadow Glen Mall by a masked man who made off with a stash of gold necklaces, according to Medford Police.
A male wearing a black hoodie and a mask with a skeleton’s face entered Marcou Jewelers about 11:09 a.m. and smashed a jewelry case with a “small sledgehammer like tool,” a police press release said.
“After smashing the front of the display case, the suspect reached in and grabbed a large quantity of gold chains,” the press release said.
The store’s manager chased the masked mall until he exited the mall, fleeing on foot to the area of Linden Street, the press release said.
Police and the K-9 unit actively searched the area for the suspect as of Sunday afternoon, but he remained at-large Sunday evening, the press release said.
The suspect was described as “approximately 5’11”, wearing a black hooded sweat shirt, a black mask with a white skeletal type impression, and black pants,” the press release said.
No video or photo surveillance was made available to the press.
San Antonio TX April 2 2012
Two security officers on patrol at the Cypress Cove apartments around 3 a.m. responded to a robbery attempt and were able to capture a man trying to carjack a resident.
The security officers were able to subdue and handcuff the suspect later identified as Eric Delomba and notified police.
Delomba was unsupervised during a bathroom break and about an hour later managed to slip out of the handcuffs, jumped a fence, and ran away but was later captured by Bexar County Sheriff’s deputies at the Fiesta Inn Suites on Northwest Loop 410 where he was found with his girlfriend, Stephanie Villareal, 24.
Deputies say that Delomba already had three felony warrants – two for family violence and one for possession of body armor and his girlfriend Villareal was arrested on drug possession charges.
Antu said Delomba still faces possible charges of robbery related to the carjacking and possibly a charge of escape.
Ernesto Santos, 31, got into an argument with the bouncer outside the Don Coqui, a trendy Latino nightclub on 31st St. near 28th Road in Astoria shortly before 1:30 a.m.
He flashed a pistol and threatened the man, said police.
Cops responded to a 911 call and found Santos on the sidewalk outside the club, said police.
He was arrested and charged with menacing, criminal possession of a weapon and resisting arrest, said police.
DELAND, Fla.April 2 2012 – DeLand police were investigating a shooting inside a popular downtown restaurant Sunday.
Mainstreet Grill, which is near the intersections of New York Avenue and Georgia Avenue, was closed Sunday after investigators said a man was shot and killed inside the restaurant.
Authorities were called to the incident about 11:15 p.m. Saturday, and they said the shooting may have been the result of a robbery.
The victim’s name was not released, and detectives said they believe he was the only one inside at the time.
Customers said the shooting is disturbing and shocking.
“It’s terrible, man. That’s horrible in a nice town like this,” resident Wayne Zuehlke said.
Regular customer Janet Prether drove through the empty parking lot and found a sign explaining that they were closed because of an unfortunate tragedy.
“I hope they find him. I hope the police will do a good job in trying to find out who it was,” Prether said.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the DeLand Police Department.
HARRISVILLE, Utah April 2 2012 - Police say a man was arrested after he he was caught stealing a block of cheese and a pair of women’s panties from a Harrisville Walmart on Tuesday.
Harrisville Police say 61-year-old Harry Butler was arrested for robbery of the Walmart at 534 Harrisville Road after a tussle with a store security guard.
According to police, a Walmart asset protection employee observed Butler with a block of cheese and the women’s panties stuffed in his left jacket pocket.
When the employee confronted Butler, Police say he pushed her out of the way and bolted into the parking lot, where the employee was eventually able to catch up and hold him until police arrived.
Police say Butler threw the panties and cheese as he ran in the parking lot.
Police say Butler might have been charged with shoplifting if he hadn’t used force to push past the employee. Instead, police say he will face robbery charges.
Butler was booked into the Weber County Jail on $10,000 bond.
Police say Butler’s wife, 62-year-old Lucy Ann Butler, who was also in the store at the time of the incident, was also arrested after officers found more than $3,800 in a sock stuffed inside her bra.
Police searched and arrested her due to an outstanding warrant stemming from a drug possession with intent to distribute investigation.
Police said the Butlers had purchased several items from the store.
OKLAHOMA CITY OK April 2 2012 – An Oklahoma City shoplifter sentenced to life in prison will get another chance.
The U.S. Supreme Court has vacated the penalty for Cecilia Rodriguez, who was convicted in 2009 of stealing from a local department store.
But the justices on the Supreme Court decided the punishment doesn’t fit the crime.
“I’m still in a kind of shock. We’ve been trying to raise some money to get help,” said Geneva Gabriel, Rodriguez’s mother.
Rodriguez’s family learned she would spend life behind bars after she pleaded guilty to grand larceny, so it was a big relief to them Thursday after the sentence was vacated.
The Supreme Court ordered the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals to reconsider the sentence in light of another case in which a man did not receive adequate legal representation during the plea-bargaining process.
Rodriguez pleaded guilty to stealing two purses from a Dillard’s department store three years ago. Authorities said each purse was worth more than $250.
At the time, the Oklahoma County district judge called Rodriguez a “one-person crime wave.”
During the 2009 trial, the judge learned Rodriguez was convicted nearly 30 times for theft-related crimes.
Rodriguez’s attorney said her client is hopeful she will receive a lesser sentence