San Diego CA April 12 2012The incident happened near San Diego Police Department headquarters on 14th Street shortly before 10 p.m., police said.
TSA has been cooperating fully with our law enforcement partners during the investigation into this matter,” TSA spokeswoman Ann Davis said. “Upon learning of these charges, TSA took immediate action and the individual is not working at the airport.”
Salgado could not be reached for comment last night. He has been charged but was not arrested. His name surfaced hours after representatives of more than 20 Bay State police departments announced the arrest of 32 men in Operation Corral, a weeklong roundup of child pornography suspects across the state.
DE BORGIA, Mont. April 12 2012– Emergency calls on a dangerous stretch of interstate, west of Missoula, could go unanswered if two volunteer fire districts can’t work out their issues with the Montana Highway Patrol.
The area covers a 42-mile stretch of Interstate 90 from the Idaho stateline past St. Regis.
The West End and St. Regis volunteer fire departments each respond to about one hundred emergency calls a year in that area.
Dash-cam video provided by the Montana Highway Patrol shows an MHP trooper approaching a crash being handled by the West End Volunteer Fire Department.
MHP officials have reviewed the video, and say the trooper was following procedure, but West End Fire Chief Bruce Charles says the trooper drove through the accident scene too fast, and he says it’s happened before.
“I’ve actually had highway patrolmen chew out my flaggers, because they were trying to slow them down.”
Charles says he’s brought up several ongoing concerns with MHP and Mineral County officials and says the concerns still haven’t been addressed.
Charles says he and St. Regis Fire have a list of conditions for MHP troopers that includes obeying directions from traffic flaggers when approaching an accident, and treating department volunteers with courtesy and respect. Charles says if they aren’t met, the two fire departments will stop responding to I-90 emergency calls.
“We’re shutting down Wednesday at midnight. We will simply not go out to the highway to do any crash rescue,” said Charles.
MHP Colonel Michael Tooley says his troopers already follow the conditions outlined by the fire departments.
“The three things that Chief Charles and Chief Dockter said they wanted to see from the highway patrol, we already do those things,” said Tooley.
Tooley says that the conflicts between the troopers and the fire departments shouldn’t stop them from responding to calls.
“As far as them suspending their services, I am disappointed if that actually happens, because it’s really not the motoring public’s fault that we have a personality conflict,” said Tooley.
Chief Charles says if they do suspend service, they’ll still respond to calls from the Mineral County Sheriff’s department.
The two fire chiefs plan to meet with Mineral County Commissioners Wednesday afternoon.
Greece April 12 2012 In a bid to raise cash, Greek police are offering a 30 euro ($39) per hour “cop-for-hire” scheme for private companies or citizens seeking protection at special events. Police said the service was provided only under special circumstances, such as cases of high-security risk, and that revenues would be used to fund police equipment and boost the state budget. It used to be available for free before a debt crisis hit the country. “We will provide these services only in exceptional cases and only if we have the available assets and staff. We’ll first make sure that no citizen is deprived of police protection,” police spokesman Thanassis Kokkalakis said on Tuesday. Hiring a police officer for an hour costs 30 euros, according to the law, which has entered into force. A police vehicle escort, for example for the transfer of art works or other sensitive material, will cost an additional 40 euros per hour and a motorcycle escort 20 euros. For larger-scale operations, police patrol boats can be hired for 200 euros and helicopters for an hourly 1,500-euro fee. Along with other public sector workers, Greece’s 55,000 police officers have suffered wage cuts and layoffs amid austerity measures imposed by international lenders in exchange for financial aid. ($1 = 0.7651 euros)
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Lakota ND April 12 2012 Court must decide if police are allowed to use drones to help make arrests
The tiny town of Lakota, N.D., is quickly becoming a key testing ground for the legality of the use of unmanned drones by law enforcement after one of its residents became the first American citizen to be arrested with the help of a Predator surveillance drone.
The bizarre case started when six cows wandered onto Rodney Brossart’s 3,000 acre farm. Brossart, an alleged anti-government “sovereignist,” believed he should have been able to keep the cows, so he and two family members chased police off his land with high powered rifles.
After a 16-hour standoff, the Grand Forks police department SWAT team, armed with a search warrant, used an agreement they’ve had with Homeland Security for about three years, and called in an unmanned aerial vehicle to pinpoint Brossart’s location on the ranch. The SWAT team stormed in and arrested Brossart on charges of terrorizing a sheriff, theft, criminal mischief, and other charges, according to documents.
Brossart says he “had no clue” they used a drone during the standoff until months after his arrest.
“We’re not laying over here playing dead on it,” says Brossart, who is scheduled to appear in court on April 30. He believes what the SWAT team did was “definitely” illegal.
“We’re dealing with it, we’ve got a couple different motions happening in court fighting [the drone use].”
Repeated calls to Brossart’s attorney were not returned. Douglas Manbeck, who is representing the state of North Dakota in the case, says the drone was used after warrants were already issued.
“The alleged crimes were already committed long before a drone was even thought of being used,” he says. “It was only used to help assure there weren’t weapons and to make [the arrest] safer for both the Brossarts and law enforcement.”
“I know it’s a touchy subject for anyone to feel that drones are in the air watching them, but I don’t think there was any misuse in this case,” he added.
While there’s no precedent for the use of unmanned drones by law enforcement, John Villasenor, an expert on information gathering and drone use with the Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution, says he’d be “floored” if the court throws the case out. Using a drone is no different than using a helicopter, he says.
“It may have been the first time a drone was used to make an arrest, but it’s certainly not going to be the last,” Villasenor says. “I would be very surprised if someone were able to successfully launch a legal challenge [in Brossart's case].”
Villasenor points to two Supreme Court cases–California v. Ciraolo in 1986 and Florida v. Riley in 1989– that allow law enforcement to use “public navigable airspace, in a physically nonintrusive manner” to gather evidence to make an arrest.
By summertime, there may be many more cases like Brossart’s–on May 14, the government must begin issuing permits for drone use by law enforcement.
Currently, about 300 law enforcement agencies and research institutions–including the Grand Forks SWAT team–have “temporary licenses” from the FAA to use drones. Currently, drones are most commonly used by Homeland Security along America’s borders.
Bill Macki, head of the Grand Forks SWAT team, says Brossart’s case was the first and only time they’ve used a drone to help make an arrest–they tried one other time (to search for an armed, suicidal individual), but gusty weather conditions made navigation impossible.
With a population of less than 70,000, it doesn’t make sense for the Grand Forks police department to own a helicopter, but the ability to call in a drone when necessary can provide a similar purpose.
“The terrain we were working with was very large and agricultural–several hundred acres of very flat farmland made it difficult to set up a perimeter to ensure people didn’t make it off the property,” he says. “I think drones are definitely a useful tool, their effectiveness in rural operations is exceptional, they keep tactical operations as safe as possible.”
Macki is confident his team is trained to legally use drones.
“We’ve had a relationship with Predator operations for three years, we’ve provided training for them and received training on the basic capabilities of the predator,” he says. “We’ve established a relationship with [Homeland Security]. Through that relationship, we’ve learned drones’ capabilities and when we can or cannot use a drone.”
The case was re-opened in 2009 and worked by members of the Phoenix Police Department’s Cold Case Homicide Squad after they received a grant to solve cold cases with DNA. Rivera was identified as a suspect after they processed the forensic evidence, police said. Rivera was interviewed by detectives and booked into a California jail on suspicion of homicide and armed robbery, police said. He will be extradited back to Arizona. In a news conference held by the Phoenix Police Department on Tuesday afternoon, Raies’ family remembered him as a well-liked and compassionate man. They expressed their gratitude to police for reopening the case, and they said they always had faith that their father’s killer would face justice.
WOKV obtained a police report detailing a fight at Pure Nightclub on Phillips Highway.
While outside the club, Knighton and “Spoon” repeatedly made threats to shoot people after having been brought outside. The officer says it took several minutes to control both men and get them off the property.
The police report does not say specifically how Knighton sustained the eye injury. The officer says Knighton appeared to have been drinking. He had a cut to his eye and the back of his head.
The report says the argument could have been about Knighton and “Spoon” disrespecting a woman. No one was arrested and the report does not name anyone other than Knighton and “Spoon”. The Jaguars released this statement after the police report was released:
“We are aware of the incident report regarding Terrance Knighton. We hold all of our players to a high standard of behavior, as does the National Football League. We’re concerned about this matter, and it is being handled internally. We’ll have no further comment at this time.” We have reached out to Terrance Knighton and “Spoon”, who we believe to be Tommie Weatherspoon, via Twitter. We also reached out to the manager at the Pure Nightclub.
Police say the shooter is still on the loose. If you have any information, you are encouraged to call police. Walmart says they are planning a charity car wash for Marquez and his family Saturday, April 14. The family has set up a memorial fund at Desert Schools Federal Credit Union. You can donate to account #: 6000136395.
Police searching for men who smashed their way into Apple store in Indianapolis www.privateofficer.com
Investigators said forensic science helped detectives pinpoint Charlie Jones, 41, as a suspect in the smash-and-grab at the popular computer electronics store.
Police said in the early morning hours of Oct. 23, mall security guards watched from a remote location as two masked individuals used a sledgehammer to break the glass storefront at the Apple Store. In about a minute, they stole Macbooks, iPads and iPhones valued at $50,000.
Margiotta was arrested this week for the computer crime. He was arrested for making the threatening comments the same day he was laid off.
While working at the hospital, Margiotta told police he compiled a list of user names and passwords for all administrators, according to court records. He also said he used those accounts to access the hospital computer system.