LITTLE ROCK, Ark. April 3 2012— Arkansas’ surgeon general faces three misdemeanor charges from a weekend disturbance in which he challenged a private security guard and then was combative with officers, Little Rock police said Monday.
A police report says Joseph Thompson, 49, confronted a guard employed by Stephens Inc., who was patrolling in Thompson’s Hillcrest neighborhood late Saturday night.
The guard, Jacob Farque, 26, told officers that Thompson confronted him in an angry manner and that Thompson smelled of alcohol. Farque told police he offered to call a supervisor or police and that Thompson “responded with slurs and obscene language,” the report on the incident states.
Farque called police and left the area to meet officers.
Officers found Thompson at his home and noted in the report that his demeanor was angry and reflected intoxication.
Thompson was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and attempt to influence a public servant.
Matt DeCample, a spokesman for Gov. Mike Beebe, said that if Thompson is convicted of the charges the governor would speak with Thompson. At present, there is nothing to prevent Thompson from doing his job as the state’s top physician, DeCample said.
Thompson was appointed by then-Gov. Mike Huckabee in 2005 as the state’s chief health officer and reappointed by Beebe. The office became that of surgeon general in 2007.
Thompson said he will stay on the job.
“I have received many inquiries from the news media today concerning an incident at my home over the weekend. I did have a heated conversation with an individual who was parked in front of my home and using a laptop computer at 10:30 on Saturday night. Concerned that this individual might be attempting to hack into my wireless Internet connection, or worse, I asked him who he was and what he was doing in front of my house,” Thompson said in an emailed statement.
“At the end of the encounter, I went into my home and stayed there until the police knocked on my door, asked me to step outside and placed me under arrest. Pending resolution of this personal matter, I intend to continue my work towards improving the health of Arkansans as Director of the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement and Surgeon General for Arkansas,” Thompson said in his statement.
Thompson is also a professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and director of the nonprofit Arkansas Center for Health Improvement.
A UAMS spokeswoman, Leslie Taylor, said the university regards Thompson’s arrest as a personal matter. She said Chancellor Dan Rahm and other UAMS officials “have great respect for Dr. Thompson and for what he has accomplished to improve the health of the people of the state of Arkansas.”
During the 10:30 p.m. incident Saturday, Thompson told police that the private security patrol was illegal and that Farque had trespassed by parking in front of his house, though the officer told Thompson the acts were within the law.
Farque told police that during the initial confrontation Thompson kept one hand out of view, leading him to wonder whether Thompson had a weapon. During the talk with police, a second officer pointed his flashlight at Thompson’s waistband, prompting Thompson to move within an inch and a half of the officer’s face and yell at him.
“Thompson advised he was the surgeon general and his neighbors would back him in this matter,” the report states.
The officers told Thompson they just had to get information from him and he could go back into his house. Thompson told police he would not comply, the report states.
“Given his hostile demeanor toward officers and refusal to comply with our lawful orders,” the officers told Thompson he was under arrest. Thompson resisted and had to be forced to the ground to be handcuffed, the report states.
While being taken away in a patrol car, Thompson told officers he was the state “surgeon general and you have made a mistake, because I work for the governor,” according to the report.
The report says that when Thompson was placed in an interview room he repeatedly beat on the door and yelled.
The report didn’t indicate that a weapon was found on Thompson.
Thompson spent the night in the Pulaski County Jail and was released Sunday on $2,000 bail. Jail records didn’t indicate whether he has an attorney.
In his years as surgeon general, Thompson has led the state effort to reduce childhood obesity, campaigned against tobacco use and helped pass a 2006 law restricting indoor smoking. He is also a member of the Arkansas Board of Health.
Thompson’s medical degree is from the University of Arkansas of Medical Sciences and has a master’s of public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Valparaiso IN April 3 2012 A mentally unstable man threatened officers with a sword Sunday night at his Pines Township home, and he punched and kicked officers and tried to grab a gun at Porter hospital in Valparaiso, police said.
Christopher Battishill, 38, was charged with four felonies — disarming of a law enforcement officer, intimidation and two counts of battery to law enforcement officers; plus four misdemeanors — two counts of battery, disorderly conduct and resisting law enforcement.
Police visited Battishill twice last week. Then on Saturday his behavior reportedly grew increasingly erratic, with him saying he was God returned from the dead and his mother was the devil. She described Battishill as bipolar but said he does not take medication for it.
Two officers arrived about 10:45 p.m. Saturday to Battishill’s home in the 600 block of Old Chicago Road to find him making the same proclamations and declaring that his mother needed to die and that everyone would die at 4:20 p.m. Sunday. He also said if officers trespassed into his home, they would have to shoot him or he would kill them, according to the police report.
After watching his behavior for several minutes through the open blinds, police chose to enter the house to take him for a mental health commitment.
As one officer went around to the back of the house, the other, with a police dog by his side, opened the front door and was confronted by Battishill with a “crazy look” on his face and a sword behind his back, the arrest report said. When released, the dog, Joker, lunged and bit Battishill in the hand, making him drop the sword so the officer could tackle him.
Battishill was taken to the hospital to be treated for the dog bites.
While there, he continued to yell at medical staff and hospital security.
The two police officers waited outside the treatment room until a nurse called for help and they heard screaming. Battishill reportedly was kicking and punching — using his injured hand since that was not handcuffed.
A hospital security guard and a police officer were punched in the eye, a guard was struck several times in the shoulder, and a cop was kicked in the hand.
Battishill stopped fighting after Tasers were applied, but he resumed fighting a few minutes later and tried to seize one officer’s gun from its holster.
LaPorte County Sheriff’s police also are investigating Battishill as a suspect in a theft and hit-and-run crash that took place shortly before Porter County police first confronted him Saturday. Battishill is accused of stealing six cartons of cigarettes from the Gallops service station on U.S. 20 at the county line, then running over a moped in the parking lot.
HATTIESBURG, MS April 3 2012 – Police have arrested Scott Tyner, 44, and charged him with aggravated assault after allegedly shooting several people at Cuco’s on Highway 49 in Hattiesburg on Monday.
It’s alleged that Tyner walked into Cuco’s restaurant around 3 p.m. and shot five people. The injured were transported to a local hospital where three are listed in critical condition.
A waitress and a bar patron are among the injured.
The Hattiesburg Police Department, Fire Department and AAA Ambulance service responded to the incident.
An employee chased the shooter out of the restaurant and kept the suspect in view until police apprehended him.
Los Angeles County CA April 3 2012 A man suspected of shooting his mother in the leg, was found dead in his home by police after a five-hour police standoff.
40-year-old Shawn Rangel’s body was found shortly after 8 p.m. by SWAT team members who had entered the home, according to Lt. Duane Allen of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
A homicide investigation is now underway, though the likelihood is that Rangel killed himself, Allen said.
SWAT team members had used gas to fill the house and attempt to render Rangel unconscious. They the entered the home and found his body.
According to Allen, detectives do not know when Rangel died yet, but they never were able to establish communications with him after arriving on the scene. They were proceeding slowly, attempting to communicate with him before entering the house, but never heard him, saw him, or noticed any signs of life from the house.
According to Los Angeles Sheriff’s Sgt. Cynthia Gonzales, Rangel allegedly shot his mother in the leg shortly after 3 p.m. His mother and two other family members reportedly ran out of the house after she was shot, got into her red car and drove away as Rangel continued to fire at her.
The family drove the car a couple of blocks below the house, just south of the Lincoln and Altadena intersection. For hours after the shooting, the car remained there with bullet holes visible.
The mother and the family members got out of her car and sought help, the sheriff’s department said. She was in stable condition as of 8 p.m. according to Gonzales. The other family members remained at the crime scene.
Rangel then went back inside the house and locked himself in.
Sheriff’s deputies do not believe the shooting is related to shootings that took place in Altadena on Friday night.
Houston TX April 3 2012 More sergeants should be hired to supervise highway patrol troopers, who racked up the greatest number of disciplinary complaints in the agency last year, according to an inspector general report.
Boosting the number of sergeants would cost the Texas Department of Public Safety more money, but the hidden costs of not properly supervising patrol officers will be greater, warns agency inspector general Stuart Platt, in a report obtained by the Houston Chronicle.
“Increasing the ratio of sergeants to commissioned troopers would have a fiscal cost, but so does the failure to mentor and manage law enforcement conduct,” Platt wrote.
In 2011, highway patrol troopers were the subject of 68 percent of the 365 complaints brought against DPS personnel, according to the report. Of the 74 complaints that were sustained or led to resignations last year, 40 involved troopers, the report noted. Currently the DPS has 8,294 officers and civilians on the payroll, including 2,884 in highway patrol.
The most common infraction among all DPS employees – civilians and sworn officers – was DWI, followed by untruthfulness, assault, lack of professionalism and sexual misconduct, according to the report.
A longtime Austin civil rights attorney, while giving DPS high marks for professionalism, doubts the numbers tell the full story.
“The reasons I’m not impressed is you really don’t know what’s going on, because … people don’t file complaints because they don’t think they’ll get relief, and they don’t, ” said Jim Harrington, director of the Texas Civil Rights Project in Austin.
Harrington said complaints are often under-reported and not fully investigated. “What I would like to see is how many supervisors are disciplined when the people under their command do something wrong. That’s the most effective form of discipline,” he said.
Last year, 33 DPS employees had to leave the agency for misconduct, either by being fired, resigning or retiring while under investigation. In 2010, 34 DPS employees left due to disciplinary investigations.
Database set up
The DPS Office of Inspector General was created by legislation that took effect in 2009 and 2011, and prior to that disciplinary investigations were handled by each division. The disciplinary records were maintained on index cards in each regional office. It was not until last year that an electronic database was created to maintain agencywide records.
Before the OIG law, internal investigations of DPS employees could only take place with the director’s approval.
“The key change that occurred, through legislation, is the independent Office of Inspector General provides greater assurance to the public and our employees there is a fair and objective evaluation of any issues raised about misconduct,” Platt said in a interview.
State Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, who chairs the senate committee on law enforcement, agreed the statewide police agency should be given more funding to keep pace with population growth.
“They just got to have the resources they need,” Whitmire said. “We’re gaining 1,500 citizens a day who are moving to Texas, and we for the last few (legislative) sessions continue to ask DPS to do more for less. Their mission continues to increase without a correlating increase in resources. It’s nuts.”
‘Daily heavy lifting’
Whitmire said the number of complaints against troopers “sounded low” when contrasted with their frequent contact with the public.
“It would be fair to say the daily heavy lifting is on the shoulder of the troopers,” Whitmire said. “I’m not defending any transgression that may have occurred, but they have hundreds of thousands if not in the millions of contacts with the public every year.”
Washington DC April 3 2012 It was just after midnight, and Isaiah N. Nichols was prowling Rhode Island Avenue in Northeast Washington looking for sex. Twenty dollars, answered a woman who was “trying to make some money.”
“That’s what’s up. I’ll meet you over there,” Mr. Nichols said.
The woman turned out to be an undercover police officer conducting a sting, and Mr. Nichols was arrested. He agreed to enroll in a “john school” class and was ordered to stay away from the Northeast strip.
But Mr. Nichols, too, was a police officer, and is still on the beat for the Metro Transit Police Department (MTPD).
While police in Maryland, Virginia and the District work to keep the region safe, also among the mix is the Metro transit system’s lesser-known 600-member force, which uniquely has law enforcement authority across all three jurisdictions. But records suggest that the agency has conducted little enforcement of the transit system’s everyday rules and that the department also counts among its ranks people who have been arrested for violent and predatory crimes.
Officer Sivi Jones, for example, has a long history of arrests in connection with violent crimes, including felony threatening to injure a person, domestic assault and simple assault, according to court records and colleagues. She was largely able to escape convictions, including a “no papered” judgment, where prosecutors agreed not to pursue charges if the defendant stayed out of trouble.
But it was not out of respect for the justice system she is tasked with upholding: Court records note that the Southeast resident also failed to appear for a court date on assault charges filed against her.
Metro’s officers carry guns and are tasked with enforcing all laws on Metro property, including its 86 rail stations and thousands of bus stops. It also enforces quality-of-life rules of the transit agency, such as a ban on eating and drinking.
“These guys are not the cream of the cop in law enforcement. They are less educated and don’t know how to assess a situation in a logical manner,” said James Bitner, a defense lawyer and former prosecutor who has represented clients who he said have been beaten and wrongly charged by Metro police. “You’re not getting a straight-A student. You’re getting a C and D student.”
In some cases, that has led to corruption.
Officer John V. Haile pleaded guilty to theft from a federally funded agency this month after stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from Metro. The transit police officer was supposed to ensure compliance with the law as another Metro employee recovered revenue from fare machines, but instead, Haile, with the other employee, hid $500 bags of coins in bushes and bought lottery tickets with the money. Metro said it did not know exactly how much money went missing.
Mr. Nichols and Ms. Jones are just two of a number of MTPD officers who court records suggest have been arrested in connection with drug, theft and violent crimes, a comparison by The Washington Times of the MTPD roster and D.C. and Maryland criminal filings found. Metro would not confirm or deny any of the cases. Some, including Ms. Jones, talked openly about their rap sheets on the job, according to colleagues.
In most cases, the officers avoided formal convictions by securing entry into programs by which convictions are averted by performing community service, seeking treatment or avoiding more trouble. In other cases, they took steps to seal their records after the fact.
This sometimes allowed them run-in after run-in with the law without a mark that would mandate their exclusion from the force. When Mr. Nichols was arrested on charges of trespassing for returning to a Greenbelt Safeway from which he had been banned because of a prior incident, for example, prosecutors agreed to spare the expense of a trial and conviction if he performed 24 hours of community service. His participation in john school after the prostitution arrest garnered a similar result.
Arrest histories were most common in the MTPD’s Special Police unit, 150 commissioned officers who guard Metro facilities such as headquarters and bus depots. Mr. Nichols and Ms. Jones are both members of that unit. It was special police officers who, when a teenager who did not work for Metro drove a bus out of the Bladensburg Road station in 2010, allowed him through two identification checkpoints. He later crashed the bus into a tree and fled.
Another officer recently fired his service weapon accidentally inside Metro’s headquarters downtown, officers said.
Still, in some cases, little accountability from management was evident, according to records. Mr. Nichols received a three-day suspension for the prostitution incident, according to MTPD records.
A report by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Office of Inspector General initiated after on-the-job drug use by department employees last year, a copy of which was obtained by The Times, also said that the special police section’s supervisor, Capt. Anthony Metcaffe, did not act on information about officers sleeping on the job.
“He said that he did not recall receiving or did not receive” the complaints, the report said, but an examination by the information technology department “reflected that he received all these emails.”
Some information about the department is impossible to know because the agency has failed to turn over materials under public-records requests. It recently invested in MetroStat, a crime-tracking tool that provides sophisticated analysis. But when a reporter filed a formal request for such analysis, Metro claimed the closest thing in existence was a video of MTPD Chief Michael A. Taborn announcing the tool’s arrival.
Records that Metro separately released to The Times show that in 2010, the transit police confronted a total of 50 riders about consuming food or beverages in the transit system, nine of whom were ticketed and one of whom was arrested. Forty were warned. Officials said protocol calls for warnings before ticketing.
At about 215 million trips per year, that is one contact every 4 million riders.
Eight were confronted for playing loud music, according to data recently produced by Metro in response to an open-records request filed last year.
Officers said that informal warnings for infractions are recorded as the issuance of “calling cards.” Records show 250 of those given to people on foot each year.
The force’s primary activity was making an average of 5,200 stops yearly for fare evasion, 10 percent of whose targets were arrested, 11 percent of whom were warned, and 35 percent of which had an unclear outcome, including some evaders who got away. The rest were ticketed. It also gave 1,800 tickets for alcohol violations.
In terms of serious crimes between 2008 and 2010, the transit police force reported four rapes, three of which remain unsolved. Also reported were two homicides, neither of which resulted in an arrest.
That works out to about 11 tickets and three arrests per officer yearly.
Metro police say one of their major functions is as a deterrent.
The rarity with which officers encounter serious altercations, though, has sometimes led to apparent overreactions. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is pursuing two cases against the transit police involving excessive or unnecessary use of force, one after officers knocked a wheelchair-bound man out of his chair on U Street Northwest and arrested the man’s friend who questioned their actions. Prosecutors dropped charges against the friend, Lawrence Miller, whom the ACLU is now representing in a civil case.
Metro police charged the wheelchair-bound man with assault on an officer, but those charges were also dropped.
The MTPD is set to have its numbers swell as 1,000 more positions are added within the transit agency, some going to the police.
The minimal basic enforcement has not stopped the transit police from engaging in high-profile displays of force and security, in part a result of $3 million per year in counterterrorism funds it receives as a reaction to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
The measures include periodic checkpoints, where police post at an entrance to a Metro station and check random customers’ bags for explosives.
“The ACLU believes it’s costly and ineffective and that we’d prevail in a court challenge,” said senior staff attorney Fritz Mulhuaser.
Civil liberties questions aside, critics say, the checks do not prohibit a would-be terrorist from simply using another entrance to the station
People beaten, ran over by cars, violence at Memphis nightclub has police concerned www.privateofficer.com
“It’s crazy,” said Eliut Morales, who frequents the club.
Memphis Police were called to the parking lot of San Francisco’s early Sunday morning where gunshots were reportedly heard. When police arrived they found a man had been beaten up and four cars that looked like they’d been rammed. They’d find other victims later.
Police say they received a call that two more victims showed up at the emergency room Baptist Hospital in DeSoto County. The victims claimed they had been intentionally run over by a truck, likely a Ford F-250.
Police say the four cars were hit as the two victims tried to get away from the charging truck.
Police say one victim was in such bad shape, that he was airlifted from Baptist Desoto to the MED. The other two victims were treated and released.
The owner of the nightclub says security was present, but Morales believes there needs to be more.
“Usually a lot of gang members show up here, a lot of Hispanic people come, gang members, gangs,” said Morales. “You know, get more security.”
Gloria Morales hopes they catch whoever did this. She says she hates seeing a good time out with friends get ruined by violence.
“It’s scary for people mostly who come,” she said. “They never expect anything serious like that and it would probably be horrible to find out something like that when you’re around because you would panic and you wouldn’t know what to do.”
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Memphis Crime Stoppers at 901.528.CASH.
Memphis TN April 3 2012 A general sessions criminal court judge told prosecutors their courts are no longer holding hearings for detention orders, effectively ending the policy that allowed people to be held in jail without charges for up to 48 hours.
Up until Friday, Shelby County could hold a person behind bars if probable cause was established.
They had up to 48 hours to officially charge the person.
District Attorney General Amy Weirich has maintained there is probable cause for every person booked into jail.
Friday’s letter from the judge however, now means people booked into jail must be charged immediately.
D’Army Bailey, an attorney and retired circuit court judge, said of the hold practice, “This is an unconstitutional process, employed by the city of Memphis and its police department, with an arbitrary period of a 48-hour hold, often for the purpose to build probable cause, and that’s not lawful.”
Bailey said there’s an opportunity for abuse and harassment.
“The 48 hours is a limitation on a reasonable time that you can hold someone. Not an invitation to hold people for 48 hours, which is what the police department and prosecutors have been doing,” he said.
Phillip Kelley, a Memphis resident, said, “If the officers can hold them without any charges for 48 hours, then the person should have 48 hours too, to protect himself, to get his case together. So I don’t think the hold is fair.”
Kelley admits however, that the holding policy might be useful in cases of rape or murder.
He said he would want to have people suspected of such crimes off the streets.
Roosevelt Foxx said he’s been incarcerated before. He wonders about the people being held, then released without any charge.
“Then once they find out that you’re innocent, then what are they going to do then? They’re going to compensate you for that?” he said.
The District Attorney’s office will appeal the opinion that overturned the murder conviction and take it to the Tennessee Supreme Court.
Police have charged John Allen Talerico, 49, of Cumberland with three counts of armed robbery, robbery, and theft for three bank robberies committed in Maryland. Additional charges are pending.
Investigators say that Talerico committed his first robbery on December 23, 2010 at a First Commonwealth Bank branch in Osterburg, Pennsylvania. He then allegedly robbed two different banks in Cumberland on three occasions in 2011. Most recently, police say that Talerico robbed a BB&T bank branch in Fort Ashby, West Virginia on March 16 of this year.
An investigation into the Fort Ashby robbery revealed that the suspect had used a vehicle with a dealer tag mounted on the trunk. After a local car dealer said that the suspect had taken an identical vehicle for a test drive the day of the robbery, police were able to crack the case.
A search warrant was executed on Talerico’s house Friday. Police found articles of clothing that were identical to those worn in previous robberies, as well as a large undisclosed sum of money that had been hidden in the house.
SAN JOSE CA April 3 2012 – A San Jose police officer shot at an armed suspect inside a bar, authorities said Monday.
The incident began when a fight broke out inside Richard’s Bar on Alum Rock Avenue, prompting security personnel to activate a silent robbery alarm about 8:40 p.m. Sunday.
Officers arrived and were speaking with security when a suspect in the fight, Gabriel Lorenzo, 38, of San Jose came into the bar while armed with a gun, said San Jose police Officer Jose Garcia. Lorenzo opened fire inside the bar, injuring a patron, before leaving through a back door with a gun, Garcia said.
Police ordered Lorenzo to drop the gun, but he refused, prompting one officer to fire at the suspect, Garcia said. Lorenzo wasn’t hit and was arrested without incident, police said. He was booked at Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of several counts of assault with a deadly weapon.
The injured victim was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Garcia said.
The officer who fired his weapon, who has nearly 11 years on the force, was not identified. He and an officer who witnessed the shooting were placed on routine paid administrative leave pending an investigation.
The incident happened eight days after San Jose police Officer Ian Cooley shot at Cesare Lazzarino, 27, of San Jose after the suspect drew a handgun on Snowberry Court after a disturbance involving a family, police said. Lazzarino was not struck by gunfire, authorities said.
On Wednesday, the Knox Police Department investigated a complaint made by a parent of a Knox High School student regarding improper internet contact between a student and a teacher.
27-year-old Robert “Ryan” Corbin of Knox has been arrested and held on preliminary charges of child seduction. Corbin is the Knox High School varsity boys and girls swim coach and the physical education teacher.
Officials say it is still an open investigation and no further information will be released until the investigation is completed.
Evansville Ind police arrest former Harrison High School teacher on sex charges www.privateofficer.com
Evansville IN April 3 2012 Evansville police say they have arrested a former Harrison High School teacher. 24-year-old Jordan Lee McGuire was arrested on March 30 at a hotel in South Carolina.
McGuire is charged with criminal sexual deviate conduct and furnishing alcohol to a minor.
Police say the investigation began after the alleged 18-year-old victim was interviewed by Holly’s House. The victim is a former Harrison High School student but had not been a student of McGuire’s.
During the investigation it was revealed that in January, McGuire is alleged to have purchased alcohol for several underage individuals. Police say the group then played a drinking game.
Investigators said that according to witnesses the victim passed out from drinking too much. That’s when the alleged sexual misconduct happened. Police said that the witnesses stepped in and stopped McGuire’s actions.
The victim was informed about what had happened the next day. Police say that the victim did not tell anyone about what happened until March.
Officials say that the victim’s mother found out about what had happened and went to the Harrison High School administration. The EVSC Chief of Staff was also made aware of the allegation.
Investigators say McGuire was contacted by EVSC officials and was allowed to resign from his teaching position.
Authorities say that neither Harrison High School or the EVSC administration contacted police about the alleged criminal acts involving McGuire.
Police say they were notified to the allegations after the victim’s father contacted them because he was unhappy with the way the school responded.
Police say they have also received information that McGuire sent inappropriate text messages to current students as far back as October 2011.
Evansville Police are asking anyone with information about inappropriate behavior or interactions with students by McGuire to contact them.
Reading PA April 3 2012 What started as an altercation inside The Silo nightclub ended with a security supervisor and at least two other people shot in the parking lot of the Bern Township business early Sunday, police said.
One of the victims was in critical condition in Reading Hospital late Sunday, officials said.
The search continued for the shooter, who authorities said opened fire just before 2 a.m.
“We have several leads, but nothing solid at this point,” Bern Township Police Sgt. Michael A. Hoffert said.
Silo security supervisor Bobby Newton was treated in Reading Hospital for a gunshot wound to the buttocks, police said.
The other men remained in the hospital Sunday night:
Bryheem Alston, address unavailable, who was shot in the chest, was in critical condition, authorities said.
Julian Acosta, Reading, who was shot in the abdomen or back, was in serious condition, officials said.
The victims’ ages were not immediately available.
According to Hoffert, police received reports of another victim either stabbed or shot. But a fourth victim had not been found, he said.
He said there was a confrontation in the upper level of the club that carried outside to the parking lot. Investigators had no details about what happened inside.
Berks County District Attorney John T. Adams urged witnesses to come forward with information to aid in the investigation.
“We think there were a couple hundred people there,” he said. “We’re certain people who were at the club have information on the actors involved in this shooting and we need their help to solve this crime.”
Adams asked anyone with information to call Bern Township police at 610-926-2535 or county detectives at 610-478-7171.
LANCASTER, Calif. April 3 2012– An investigation is underway after a deadly shooting outside a strip club in Lancaster.
It happened around 11 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of Snooky’s Gentlemen’s Club on Sierra Highway.
Two men were asked to leave the location by licensed and armed security guards, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.
A short time later, one of the men returned with a shotgun.
The man pointed the shotgun at a security guard who, fearing for his safety, fired multiple rounds at the suspect, hitting him in the torso.
The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been released.
Investigators recovered the suspect’s shotgun at the scene.
The security guard was detained by responding deputies.
He was interviewed by sheriff’s homicide detectives and is cooperating fully with the investigation, according to authorities.
No arrests have been made.
DAYTON OH April 3 2012 — A bartender was shot in the back early Sunday morning at a downtown Dayton nightclub that police say has become a nuisance.
Around 3 a.m., police responded to the Hammerjax club, 111 E. Fourth St., and learned that a club bartender had been shot, according to Dayton Police Sgt. Damon Castor.
Officers would not confirm the identity of the bartender. He was transported to Miami Valley Hospital and was listed in serious condition Sunday.
Investigators think that shortly before closing time the bartender walked outside, and as he was walking back in the main entrance he was shot by an unknown man, Dayton Police Maj. Larry Faulkner said.
Officers are working with a “vague description,” said Faulkner, who oversees the Central Patrol Operations Division.
The Dayton Daily News could not reach Hammerjax’s management Sunday, but Faulkner said the relationship between the club’s management and police is strained.
Faulkner said he has submitted paperwork to revoke the club’s liquor license. He said the action is part of an ongoing effort that began about a year ago to shut the club down as a nuisance.
“They’re not managing the club like we would like people to manage it,” he said. “In the past they’ve agreed to do certain things as far as managing their club better. … As we increased our pressure upon them to do those things, they disengaged from us and they no longer really cooperate with us.”
Dayton police records show that four police reports have been filed this year involving Hammerjax. There were 18 in 2011 and 11 in 2010.
The multilevel night club is open select days during the week.
US Supreme Court rules people arrested for minor offenses subject to strip searches www.privateofficer.com
WASHINGTON DC April 3 2012 —The Supreme Court has ruled that jailers may subject people arrested for minor offenses to invasive strip searches, siding with security needs over privacy rights.
By a 5-4 vote today, the court ruled against a New Jersey man who complained that strip searches in two county jails violated his civil rights.
Justice Anthony Kennedy said in his majority opinion for the court’s conservative justices that when people are going to be put into the general jail population, “courts must defer to the judgment of correctional officials unless the record contains substantial evidence showing their policies are an unnecessary or unjustified response to problems of jail security.”
In a dissenting opinion joined by the court’s liberals, Justice Stephen Breyer said strip searches improperly “subject those arrested for minor offenses to serious invasions of their personal privacy.”
Albert Florence was forced to undress and submit to strip searches following his arrest on a warrant for an unpaid fine, though the fine actually had been paid. Even if the warrant had been valid, failure to pay a fine is not a crime in New Jersey.
But Kennedy focused on the fact that Florence was held with other inmates in the general population. In concurring opinions, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito said the decision left open the possibility of an exception to the rule and might not apply to someone held apart from other inmates.
The first strip search of Florence took place in the Burlington County Jail in southern New Jersey. Six days later, Florence had not received a hearing and remained in custody. Transferred to another county jail in Newark, he was strip-searched again.
The next day, a judge dismissed all charges. Florence’s lawsuit soon followed.
He may still pursue other claims, including that he never should have been arrested.
Florence’s problems arose in March 2005, as he was heading to dinner at his mother-in-law’s house with his pregnant wife and 4-year-old child. His wife, April, was driving when a state trooper stopped the family SUV on a New Jersey highway.
Florence identified himself as the vehicle’s owner and the trooper, checking records, found an outstanding warrant for an unpaid fine. Florence, who is African-American, had been stopped several times before, and he carried a letter to the effect that the fine, for fleeing a traffic stop several years earlier, had been paid.
His protest was in vain, however, and the trooper handcuffed him and hauled him off to jail. At the time, the State Police were operating under a court order, spawned by allegations of past racial discrimination, that provided federal monitors to assess state police stops of minority drivers. But the propriety of the stop is not at issue, and Florence is not alleging racial discrimination.
In 1979, the Supreme Court upheld a blanket policy of conducting body cavity searches of prisoners who had had contact with visitors on the basis that the interaction with outsiders created the possibility that some prisoners got hold of something they shouldn’t have.
For the next 30 or so years, appeals courts applying the high court ruling held uniformly that strip searches without suspicion violated the Constitution.
But since 2008 — and in the first appellate rulings on the issue since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks — appeals courts in Atlanta, Philadelphia and San Francisco decided that authorities’ need to maintain security justified a wide-ranging search policy, no matter the reason for someone’s detention.
The high court upheld the ruling from the Philadelphia court, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The case is Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of County of Burlington, 10-945.
Holmes County MS April 3 2012 A Jackson Police Department officer accidentally shot her husband Saturday evening in their Lexington home, the Holmes County sheriff said.
Holmes County Sheriff Willie March said Ricky Walker was shot in the lower leg by his wife, Felicia Walker, sometime after 5 p.m.
“He’s saying it was an accident; she’s saying it was an accident,” March said.
The couple were inside their home at the time of the shooting, March said.
The sheriff said his deputies will try to complete a report but said neither of the Walkers said much about the incident.
“They just said it was an accidental shooting; they didn’t make any kind of statement,” Marsh said.
The sheriff said he doesn’t believe any charges will be filed.
JPD spokeswoman Colendula Green said Sunday afternoon she still was waiting for the shooting to be confirmed.
Ricky Walker was transported to the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where he was in good condition on Sunday.
In early March, a federal grand jury returned a nine-count indictment against Richard Olive, the foundation’s former president and executive director. He is accused of mail and wire fraud along with money laundering.
The Williamson County district attorney’s office and the Tennessee attorney general first brought state charges against Olive in 2010. Those charges have been dismissed as the federal government pursues its case against Olive, Williamson County District Attorney Kim Helper said Friday.
Helper said the federal charges are based on the same set of allegations and circumstances that led to the state charges two years ago. The federal government has broader reach and jurisdiction, Helper said.
Olive, who was arrested March 9, is out on a $20,000 bond. He has pleaded not guilty.
James Nesland, a Colorado-based attorney representing Olive, declined to comment Friday.
The federal charges stem from a scheme that started in 2006, according to the indictment. Olive offered investment contracts labeled as the foundation’s “installment plan agreement,” records allege.
Customers could buy the plan with cash or by transferring existing annuities or other assets. Although not referred to as charitable gift annuities, the foundation’s installment plans were marketed to provide the same type of benefits, according to the indictment.
As part of a charitable gift annuity, a charity receives cash or other assets from a donor in exchange for paying out a fixed rate of return. The donor can also receive a federal tax deduction.
But Olive lied about the foundation’s status as a tax-exempt nonprofit organization, according to the indictment. The foundation had a pending application for nonprofit status, but the application was denied in February 2008.
In addition, Olive failed to inform customers that the company was subject to cease-and-desist orders in several states, according to the indictment. Tennessee authorities seized the foundation’s assets and put the company into receivership.
Through the scheme, the foundation obtained $20 million, a portion of which Olive intended use for his personal gain, according to the indictment. In one of the two counts of money laundering, it says, $641,051 was withdrawn from the foundation’s bank account to purchase a condo on Dean Martin Drive in Las Vegas.
According to the indictment, Olive knew that the foundation could not pay the fixed payments to customers. The foundation paid above-average commissions to brokers and diverted a portion of the funds for his personal benefit, the indictment says.
The indictment does not specify how many people got caught up in the alleged scheme. But in announcing the state charges in 2010, authorities said people in more than a dozen states had money stolen.
Officials in the U.S. attorney’s office in Nashville could not be reached for comment Friday.
“Steve was a great officer and is going to be missed,” said David Crews, president of the Birmingham Fraternal Order of Police. “It’s a tragedy any time you lose an officer, but it’s really sad when you’re out enjoying your motorcycle, considering all the (dangerous) situations you are in as an officer.”
Few details on the accident were available late this evening. Alabama State Troopers say Head, 54, of Odenville, was traveling in Vandiver on Alabama 25 on his 2000 Harley-Davidson motorcycle when the accident occurred about 5:30 p.m.
Fellow officer Metz Davis remembers Head as “a true friend … a very compassionate person.”
Davis, a member of the department’s tactical unit, and Head worked together in the East Precinct before they both transferred out last year.
Davis said Head’s hobbies included motorcycles, horses and the harmonica.
“He’d go around and played harmonica in various bands with other police officers,” Davis said.
Head had been with the department since 1997, Davis said.
OAKLAND CA April 3 2012 – A quiet Christian college in Oakland became the site of one of the deadliest campus attacks in California history Monday when a disgruntled former student opened fire on his classmates, police say, killing seven people and injuring three.
SWAT teams descended on Oikos University to search for the gunman as students ran out of the building and emergency workers carried bodies from the building and covered them with tarps.
About an hour after the 10:30 a.m. attack, the suspect calmly walked into a grocery store 5 miles away in Alameda, went to the customer service counter and told employees, “I just shot some people.”
Authorities identified the suspect as 43-year-old One Goh of Oakland, a former nursing student at the school. A police source, who did not wish be identified because of the investigation, told The Chronicle that Goh was embroiled in a dispute with campus officials that may have resulted in him getting kicked out of at least one class.
The source said Goh used a .45-caliber handgun in the attack, spraying a classroom with gunfire and firing additional shots as he ran out.
Student Dechen Yangdon, 27, said she was inside a classroom with eight students and instinctively locked the door and turned out the lights when she heard shots fired at the front of the building.
“I heard our receptionist screaming, ‘Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ, he’s got a gun!’ ” Yangdon said. “After that, she just kept calling for, ‘Help, help help!’… But we were locked inside. We couldn’t help her.”
Yangdon said the shooter tried kicking in the locked door, but resorted to firing four shots before moving on. No one in her classroom was injured, she said.
She said her classmates huddled under desks for 1o minutes before officers arrived and shouted for them to open the door – but they refused.
“We weren’t sure if it was really the police or the guy who just shot people,” Yangdon said.
Paul Singh, 20, of Santa Clara said his sister was among the injured victims who survived the attack.
Singh said his sister, Dawinder Kour, 19, was attending her nursing class when the gunman burst through the door.
“He grabbed a lady that was filing and brought her in and said, ‘Everybody get against the board,’ ” Singh said outside Highland Hospital, where his sister was treated for a gunshot wound to the forearm.
What happened next inside the classroom was not clear, Singh said.
“My sister called me, running, saying ‘I’ve been shot,’ ” he said.
Singh said his sister recognized the shooter as a former student whom she had last seen three months ago after he dropped out of the program.
As the shots rang out, students ran from the vocational college and police scoured the building for the shooter. SWAT units smashed glass windows with sledgehammers to reach students and faculty, who huddled behind locked doors.
In one tense moment, a student was held at gunpoint by police until he was cleared, authorities said.
Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan said Goh fled the scene in one of the victim’s cars, a Honda Accord. Police caught up with him more than 5 miles away in an Alameda shopping mall an hour and a half after the shooting.
Lisa Resler, 41, was shopping with her 4-year-old daughter when she saw a security guard and Alameda police detain Goh outside the Safeway. She said she thought at first they were arresting a shoplifter.
The man appeared “very sedated” and “looked so out of it,” Resler said. She described him as an Asian male who was wearing a beanie and khaki pants.
“I don’t know why he came here to Alameda,” she said. “I think maybe he wanted to blend in here. My biggest fear is him committing a bigger crime here.”
She said she was shocked to learn that he was suspected in the mass shooting in Oakland.
“I’m really shaken up. My heart’s racing, this is very shocking to me,” she said. “This is scary.”
Throughout the morning, the injured were rushed to Highland Hospital. Outside the school building, located in an industrial stretch of East Oakland, four of the bodies were covered in tarps until the Alameda County coroner removed them shortly after 2 p.m.
The mass shooting sparked a chaotic day that left teachers, students, city leaders and members of the victim’s families stunned by the sudden act of extreme violence at a school known for its tranquillity.
“This is the kind of incident that hurts the whole community,” Mayor Jean Quan said.
Teacher Lucas Garcia, 33, said he was conducting an English class with 20 students when he heard shots ring out from the other side of building. “I looked outside the door, and someone said, ‘Somebody has a gun,’ ” Garcia said. “So I evacuated the classroom.”
Angie Johnson, 52, of San Leandro said she was running errands in the industrial complex when she saw a young woman leaving the building with a bloodied right arm and crying, “I’ve been shot, I’ve been shot.”
Johnson said that while she waited for medical attention, the woman told her the shooter was a man in her nursing class who shot one person at point-blank range in the chest before he started spraying the room with bullets.
“She said he looked crazy all the time,” Johnson said the victim told her. “But they never knew how far he would go.”
Johnson said the victim “had a hole in her right arm the size of a silver dollar, with blood coming down.”
According to its website, Oikos is an independent Korean school that offers undergraduate courses in ministry and nursing, among other degrees.
Joseph Jung, an Oakland attorney involved in many local Korean organizations, said he was deeply concerned about the incident, both because he knows several students and faculty at the college and because the gunman appears to be Korean.
“As a fellow Korean American, I feel ashamed,” he said. “It’s such a heinous thing. I don’t know why he would have done this.”
The school does not show up on the U.S. Department of Education’s list of accredited schools.
But the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education has approved the school to teach seven degree-granting programs: bachelor’s degrees in biblical studies and music; masters in divinity, music and Asian medicine; a doctorate in ministry; and an associates degree in nursing.
Its website says the school trains men and women “for Christian leadership, both lay and clerical.” It’s not clear how many students attend the school, or the size of its faculty.
The attack was the state’s deadliest campus shooting since 1976, when 37-year-old Edward Charles Allaway opened fire at California State University, Fullerton, killing seven people and wounding two.
Kaine Ping, 21, of Oakland, said authorities informed him that his sister Katleen Ping, 24, was among the dead at Oikos.
He said his sister, a devout Christian who studied nursing and was an administrative assistant at the school, was survived by her 4-year-old son.
“I believed she’s a saved person,” Ping said. “And that means she’s in heaven.”