PALM SPRINGS CA April 11 2012— A Salem, Ore. man was headed up north Tuesday when he was arrested at Palm Springs International Airport after Transportation Security Administration officers found a loaded gun in his briefcase, police said. Andrew Sandowski, 71, told officials he thought he had left the gun in the trunk of his car, TSA spokesman Nico Melendez wrote in an email.
Sandowski carried a .380-caliber Beretta handgun and 12 rounds of ammunition, Melendez wrote.
Palm Springs police Sgt. Mike Kovaleff said Sandowski is the registered owner, but he did not know if the gun was purchased in Oregon or in California.
If Sandowski bought it in Oregon, he could have legally carried it on his previous flight to the desert as long as he declared it ahead of time, the sergeant said.
But “he may have driven down here,” Kovaleff said.
The sergeant didn’t know why Sandowski was in the Coachella Valley, but said it appeared he was only flying north for a few days before returning to the desert.
Melendez posted a photo of the gun to Twitter and wrote that the man had a ticket for Alaska Airlines Flight 591 to Portland, which was scheduled to depart at 12:20 p.m.
The Alaska Airlines website said the flight took off at 12:25 p.m. and landed early in Portland.; the Palm Springs airport website listed a 12:40 p.m. takeoff time.
“The issue was addressed immediately, and there was no impact whatsoever on all the flight activity that was scheduled,” said Tom Nolan, executive director of the Palm Springs airport.
Police arrested the man on suspicion of having a firearm in an airport sterile area.
Handguns taken on commercial aircraft have to be declared to the airline, unloaded and stored in a locked carrying case placed in checked luggage, Melendez wrote.
Sandowski is being held at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, where he is being held in lieu of $5,000 bail, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
He is scheduled to appear in Riverside County Superior Court Thursday.
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Sean M. Horn, who was arrested in January, entered an agreement that reduced his charge to a misdemeanor offense.
Sheriff J.E. “Chip” Harding told The Daily Progress that he sent a letter decommissioning Horn from service the day after his arrest. Snook confirmed that Horn is no longer employed with the county.
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“It was definitely intentional,” Szymanski said of the March 15 fire that caused only $1,000 worth of damage.
The trooper returned to his patrol car and called for a backup to respond. During this time, Bylsma drove off from the stop and continued eastbound on Rt. 50 at a high rate of speed with the trooper in pursuit.
The two troopers on the scene behind the vehicle gave repeated orders for the driver to exit his vehicle.
Boston police,paramedics hospitalized after ingesting chemicals at suicide incident www.privateofficer.com
Boston Deputy Fire Chief Steve Dunbar said at the hazmat scene that the woman ingested the chemical on the first floor of 676 Mass. Ave. at about 9 p.m. and was later pronounced dead at Boston Medical Center.
He said four police officers and the ambulance team of two EMS workers were being quarantined at BMC to determine whether they were affected by the substance.
Dunbar said a relative of the woman, whose name and age he did not know, reported that the victim told her she ingested a chemical and asked that her cats be taken care of.
The deputy fire chief said the victim appeared to be young, but he could not be more specific.
He said the woman is believed to have ingested sodium azide, a chemical used to make airbags. “But it can metabolize into some kind of cyanide,” Dunbar said, adding that the woman died about an hour or two after ingesting the substance.
He said at about 12:20 a.m. Tuesday that crews were preparing to reenter the apartment building to see if it presented a safety risk, a process expected to take a few hours.
Dunbar also said the officers and EMS workers who were quarantined did not appear to be showing signs of being adversely affected by the chemical.
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HANCOCK COUNTY, MS April 11 2012
Air Force Director of Security Forces Brig. Gen. James McMillian said, “This has been a long time coming for our career field to be recognized and accepted as professional federal training programs. The 343rd is one of only 24 federal agencies nationwide to join the prestigious ranks of FLETA which includes the FBI Agent Training Program, U.S. Secret Service Special Agent Training, and the U.S. Marshals Deputy Training Program to name a few.”
FLETA is an independent accreditation process that gives law enforcement training agencies the opportunity to demonstrate their adherence to an established set of professional standards. The goal of accreditation is to improve training quality and support organizational and operational success. To accomplish this goal, trainers in the same discipline, working through a professional accrediting body, assist each other in evaluating and improving their professionalism.
The overall accreditation provides assurance to community citizens that local law enforcement agencies have voluntarily submitted to a process of self-regulation, and have successfully achieved compliance standards.
To achieve accreditation, the 343rd TRS had to submit to an independent review of its training programs to ensure compliance with FLETA’s standards and procedures in the areas of program administration, training staff, training development and training delivery.
The officer and apprentice courses were assessed in December 2011 as two FLETA teams took a detailed look at the courses. After successfully completing the process with no deficiencies or suggested areas for improvement, squadron officials presented attributes of the courses to the FLETA board, which met in Hilton Head March 21.
Lt. Col. Chris Echols, 343rd TRS commander, led a team of three in the presentation to the board. Echols emphasized the security forces mission to “Protect, Defend and Fight to enable Air Force, Joint and Coalition Missions.”
He also described the magnitude of responsibility the 343rd TRS has in producing more than 5,000 graduates annually between the two accreditation candidate courses. The FLETA board voted unanimously to welcome the Security Forces Basic Officer and Apprentice Courses into the FLETA community.
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Summit County Oh April 11 2012 The assistant drama coach at Green Middle School has been arrested after he was caught in a car with a half-undressed student.
Summit County Sheriff’s Inspector Bill Holland says a deputy patrolling around a business on Massillon Road spotted the car at about 1:30 am on Saturday. Something didn’t seem right, so he drove up and spotted two people inside, including a girl who was partially undressed.
27-year-old Jason Mazan of Jackson Township was arrested and charged with importuning, a 5th degree felony. Holland says further charges are pending as they continue to investigate. Mazan is a 2003 graduate of Green High School, where he is also a student teacher.
PRESS RELEASE FROM SUMMIT COUNTY
Drama Instructor Arrested
On April 7th at approximately 1:30 a.m., a Summit County Sheriff’s Patrol Deputy noticed a vehicle parked behind a business on Massillon Road. Upon further investigation, he found a 27 year old male and a 14 year old female partially clothed. The male, identified as Jason Mazan of Canton, is a Drama instructor at Green Middle School.
Mazan was arrested for Importuning, a 5th degree felony. He was booked into the Summit County Jail. Further charges are pending the outcome of the investigation
GREENBURGH, N.Y.April 11 2012 – After being fired from the H-Mart in Hartsdale, one man punched a security guard in the face on his way out of the supermarket, Greenburgh Police said. Police said Juan Silva, 24, was being escorted out the Central Park Avenue store by security after he was given the pink slip.
That’s when he became irate, police said, pushing a security guard and punching him in the face. Police responded and arrested Silva. He was charged April 9 with third-degree assault, a misdemeanor.
Also arrested: Petit Larceny: Police said officers charged Beryl Halliman of the Bronx with petit larceny, a misdemeanor, after she was allegedly caught shoplifting $86.94 worth of merchandise from a Central Park Avenue T.J. Maxx at 11:40 a.m. April 2.