North Carolina Department of Public Safety – Division of Adult Correction, North Carolina
End of Watch: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Bio & Incident Details
Tour: Not available
Badge # Not available
Incident Date: 4/9/2012
Weapon: Not available
Suspect: Not available
Correctional Officer William Wright died as the result of injuries sustained two days earlier when he fell from a metal staircase at the Mountain View Correctional Institution.
He was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for a head injury and released the following day. The day after being released he suffered complications from the injury and died at his home.
Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Executive Officer Tim Moose
North Carolina Department of Public Safety – Division of Adult Correction
4201 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699
Phone: (919) 716-3700
Elko County Sheriff’s Office, Nevada
End of Watch: Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Bio & Incident Details
Age: Not available
Tour: 26 years
Badge # Not available
Incident Date: 6/26/1982
Weapon: Handgun; .22 caliber
Suspect: Shot and killed
Deputy Sheriff Denny Lawrence succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained 30 years earlier while investigating a minor traffic accident on US 93 south of Jackpot, Nevada.
Unbeknownst to Deputy Lawrence, the suspect had just been released from the California Department of Corrections. Upon his release, he went to his former cellmate’s home where he murdered two people and stole their car. Several campers in the area were helping the man stay warm as they waited for an officer to respond to the accident.
As Deputy Lawrence began to run the man’s driver license, the man approached him and suddenly shot him once in the forehead with a .22 caliber handgun. He then fired again, but missed, before taking Deputy Lawrence’s service revolver. Two armed citizens then shot and killed the subject as he opened fire on bystanders in an attempt to steal a vehicle to escape.
Deputy Lawrence remained in a coma for several days. He suffered severe brain damage and remained completely disabled in an assisted living home until passing away from medical complications of the wound.
Deputy Lawrence had served in law enforcement for a total of 26 years before he was shot. He is survived by his two sons.
Michael P. Maloney
Greenland Police Department, New Hampshire
End of Watch: Thursday, April 12, 2012 Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 26 years
Badge # Not available
Incident Date: 4/12/2012
Police Chief Michael Maloney was shot and killed while serving a drug-related search warrant with officers from the Attorney General’s Drug Task Force shortly after 6:00 p.m. A subject in the home opened fire with a rifle, killing Chief Maloney and wounding four other officers.
The subject barricaded in the house following the shooting. He and a female were found dead several hours later after a SWAT team forced entry into the home.
Chief Maloney has served in law enforcement for 26 years and served with the Greenland Police Department since 2000. He was eight days away from retirement.
Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Town Administrator Karen Anderson
Greenland Police Department
P.O. Box 100
579 Portsmouth Avenue
Greenland, NH 03840
Phone: (603) 431-4624
Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, California
End of Watch: Thursday, April 12, 2012
Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 16 years
Badge # Not available
Incident Date: 4/12/2012
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect: At large
Deputy Sheriff Robert Paris was shot and killed while he and another deputy were serving an eviction notice at the Whispering Woods apartment complex on Chrysler Drive in Modesto.
The deputies were attempting entry into the residence around 11 a.m. when the subject opened fire, striking and killing Deputy Paris and a civilian. The suspect barricaded himself inside the residence and has not yet been taken into custody.
Deputy Paris had served with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department for 16 years and is survived by his parents, a brother, and two adult children.
Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Sheriff Adam Christianson
Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department
250 E Hackett Road
Modesto, CA 95358
12 Secret Service Agents relieved of duty with allegations of misconduct that involved prostitution www.privateofficer.com
A caller who said he had knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press the misconduct involved prostitutes in Cartagena, site of the Summit of the Americas. A Secret Service spokesman did not dispute that.
“One of the agents did not pay one of the prostitutes, and she complained to the police,” Ronald Kessler, a former Washington Post reporter and author of “In the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes With Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect” told CNN.
The Washington Post, which was the first to report the story, said Kessler alerted them to the situation.
Kessler told the Washington Post that while soliciting prostitutes is legal in Colombia within designated “tolerance zones,” it’s considered inappropriate by the Secret Service. Several of the agents involved are married, Kessler also told the DC paper.
CNN reported Saturday that, according to two government sources, several prostitutes were brought back to Cartagena’s Hotel Caribe by the Secret Service members, who were staying at the hotel that’s now home to President Obama, other White House staffers and members of the press corps.
One of the prostitutes did have a dispute with the agents over payment, CNN confirmed.
A senior law enforcement official told Fox News the dispute started when employees at the hotel witnessed apparent inappropriate behavior by at least one of the Secret Service agents.
According to the official, a hotel employee confronted at least one agent to demand he pay extra money for having an overnight “guest” in his room — allegedly a prostitute. The agent balked, which touched off the confrontation that forced diplomatic intervention.
Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan would not confirm that prostitution was involved, saying only that there had been “allegations of misconduct” made against Secret Service personnel in Cartagena for the summit.
The Washington Post reported that Jon Adler, president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, said the accusations related to at least one agent having involvement with prostitutes in Cartagena. The association represents federal law enforcement officers, including the Secret Service.
Adler later told the AP that he had heard that there were allegations of prostitution, but he had no specific knowledge of any wrongdoing.
Donovan said the allegations of misconduct were related to activity before the president’s arrival Friday night and did not impact security plans for Obama’s trip.
A hotel employee, speaking on the condition of anonymity for fear of losing his job, said the agents arrived at the beachfront hotel about a week ago. The employee described the agents as drinking heavily during their stay.
The employee said the agents left the hotel Thursday, a day before Obama and other regional leaders arrived for the weekend summit.
The hotel’s public relations chief had no comment.
Those involved had been sent back to their permanent place of duty and were being replaced by other agency personnel, Donovan said. The matter was turned over to the agency’s Office of Professional Responsibility, which handles the agency’s internal affairs.
“There have been allegations of misconduct made against the Secret Service in Cartagena, Colombia, prior to the president’s trip,” Donovan said in a statement.
“Because of this, those personnel are being relieved of their assignments, returned to their place of duty, and are being replaced by other Secret Service personnel. The Secret Service takes all allegations of misconduct seriously.”
A U.S. official, who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter and requested anonymity, put the number of agents sent home at 12. Secret Service was not releasing the number of personnel involved.
CNN reported Sunday that the number of Secret Service members is “in the ballpark” of 12, according to two government sources, but they’re not all agents. The individuals involved are a mix of agents and Secret Service police, but they’re not part of President Obama’s security detail. Instead, they’re part of the broader security team.
Kessler told CNN that all 12 Secret Service members are accused of involvement in the incident “in one degree or another,” from allegedly interfering in the investigation to participating in other alleged misconduct. Kessler also called the situation “clearly the biggest scandal in Secret Service history.”
Adler told the Washington Post that the entire Secret Service unit was recalled for the purposes of the investigation.
Fox News reported the situation was so serious diplomats were brought in to mediate and the agency was forced to rush in a new group of agents ahead of the president’s arrival.
The incident threatened to overshadow Obama’s economic and trade agenda at the summit and embarrass the U.S. The White House had no comment, but also did not dispute the allegations. Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano have both been briefed on the situation, and a White House briefing is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday, according to CNN.
According to papers filed with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw, Lucas Richard Kinsman, 25, was also charged with criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police said security officers reported Kinsman as an unwanted individual at Robert Packer Hospital, where he had run from security. Kinsman told police he came to the hospital to purchase Oxycontin pills from another individual, police said. Police found a hypodermic needle, a small jar of clear liquid and a wallet belonging to someone else in Kinsman’s jacket, according to police.
Kinsman was arraigned April 9 and remanded to the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail. Kinsman’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 17
COOKEVILLE TN April 14 2012 – A husband and wife were arrested here yesterday for sexual exploitation of a 16-year-old girl they brought here from Nashville, police said.
Lee Alexander Caudill, 24, and his wife, Trendella Rose Caudill, 21, both of 800 E. Spring Street, Cookeville, are charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, according to warrants taken Thursday by Cookeville Police Detective Sgt. Yvette Demming.
The case began late Wednesday night when someone at the 800 E. Spring Street apartment complex where the couple lives called police and complained about a loud party going on in one apartment, says a report by Officer Jimmy Blankenship.
“Second shift had responded there earlier in reference to a loud party involving partially clothed two females in the back of the residence,” the officer’s report says.
“Upon our arrival, I could hear loud shouting coming from the apartment. The resident, Lee Caudill, came to the door. I asked him if everything was all right and he invited us in.”
Sgt. Jeff Johnson and Officer Chris Lynn went upstairs “where the argument was taking place” and Officer Blankenship interviewed Lee Caudill, the report says.
Allegedly, Lee Caudill told the officer that he, his wife, and her friend (a 16-year-old girl) had been “drinking all night.”
He also told the officer that he and his wife had met the girl online and that they had gone to Nashville the previous day to pick her up.
During the investigation, nude photos of the girl were found on Lee and Trendella Rose Caudill’s cell phones, the report says.
The phones were confiscated and the Caudills were arrested and taken to the Putnam County jail. The girl was taken to the Putnam Juvenile Detention Center and was cited for underage drinking.
The officers also notified the Department of Children’s Services about the incident, and a relative came to the apartment to take custody of the Caudill couple’s young child, the officers said.
The warrants on file in the case allege that both Caudills used their cell phones “to take several sexually explicit photographs of a minor female” that were stored on their phones and that were “transmitted to another adult’s cell phone.”
At the jail, bond for the Caudills was set at $5,000 each. They have a May 21 court date.
Source: Herald Citizen
E! News reveals that 30-year-old Taylor was trying on Diddy’s clothing, eating his food and drinking his liquor during his stay at the mansion.
According to a report from the East Hampton Town Police Department, Taylor took a train from New York City, then a cab to Diddy’s estate on March 31. Taylor then entered the mansion through an unlocked basement door but tripped an alarm. When a police officer and an alarm company representative arrived to deal with the triggered alarm, Taylor successfully convinced them that he had permission from Diddy to stay at the mansion.
Taylor wasn’t removed from the grounds for another 24 hours, when a caretaker for the estate discovered him and finally called the police.
The last time Taylor was caught creeping on Diddy’s Hamptons estate was back in June 2001. Taylor was found lounging near the pool at the mansion and somehow managed to convince security that he was Diddy’s cousin.
Taylor is currently being held at the Suffolk County Jail for trespassing and petit larceny on $2,000 bail.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. April 14 2012– A band teacher at Foothill High School has been arrested on charges of child molestation.
Police say Luke Youngs, 34, is facing charges of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 and continuous sexual abuse of a child.
Court documents show that Youngs’ victim reported he had touched her seven times. She said the contact started when she was 9 years old.
Youngs admitted to touching the victim inappropriately for sexual gratification on more than three times over a three-year period, which ended in February. Youngs was arrested last Friday evening.
He’s being held on $150,000 bail.
The Kern High School District spokesperson said Youngs joined the staff in August 2008 as the band teacher for Foothill High School, and has worked for no other school since then.
Youngs was required to undergo an FBI and Department of Justice background check before he was hired and those checks did not present any indication of previous arrests.
Given the nature of the charges, Youngs is on unpaid leave from Foothill High School.
PORTER, Texas April 14 2012- An investigation led Harris County Precinct 4 Constables to arrest a special needs teacher’s aide on drug charges.
Authorities said they got a tip that Maureen Hicks, 53, was selling drugs from her home in the 22,100 block of Spears Road off of Loop 494 in Porter.
Deputies went to Porter Elementary and spoke to Hicks who agreed to take them to her home.
She admitted to having approximately 1.5 ounces of marijuana inside but refused to give consent for investigators to search her home.
K-9 units were called out and found Hicks had marijuana inside her car. Moments later deputies obtained a search warrant and found multiple bags containing marijuana, two marijuana grinders, a smoking pipe and a .40 caliber handgun.
Hicks was arrested and taken to the Montgomery County jail.
She is charged with possession of marijuana in a drug free zone, not only for having the drugs but also because her home is next door to a church’s daycare center.
CLEARWATER Fla April 14 2012 — An AWOL serviceman barricaded himself in a Clearwater Beach hotel room Friday evening and killed himself as police and U.S. Air Force personnel tried to communicate with him, according to Clearwater police.
Police converged on the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites at 521 S Gulfview Blvd. early Friday evening, amid reports that a man inside was armed and suicidal.
Some hotel guests were evacuated from their rooms and police cordoned off a parking lot on the west end of the hotel while a large crowd of Friday night beachgoers gathered nearby.
Officers were attempting to communicate with the man barricaded in room 262 when at least one shot was fired from inside the room, according to a Clearwater police spokeswoman. Police called for guns and shields and took up tactical positions around the hotel.
When they finally entered the room at 8:19, they found the man had shot himself to death.
Police did not release the man’s identity or any information about where he was from or where he was stationed.
The police bomb squad was called to 2 World Financial Center in lower Manhattan at midday when a security guard reported a package that seemed suspicious. Brookfield Properties, which runs the property, ordered an evacuation as a precaution.
Employees in business suits filed calmly back into the building after the New York Police Department declared the situation all clear about 90 minutes later.
Police said there was no threat, and no criminal investigation is taking place.
The bomb squad determined the package was a fake explosive that looked like a 1940s-style pineapple grenade. It was mounted on a plaque that said “Complaint department: Take a number,” with a number attached to the pin.
It was addressed to someone at one of the financial institutions housed there and discovered by someone in the mail room.
The evacuated building houses major financial institutions, including Merrill Lynch, Nomura Securities, Deloitte, Commerzbank and OppenheimerFunds Inc.
A Nomura Securities spokesman said one of the company’s employees was responsible for bringing the fake explosive into the building and that that person was being placed on administrative leave pending an internal review.
Several employees said an announcement came over the building loudspeakers telling them to evacuate as quickly as possible. Octavio Diaz was wearing a neon yellow backpack as he helped lead his co-workers out of the building to a nearby volleyball court, where they waited until the all-clear.
“Stuff like this happens, so you’ve got to take it seriously,” he said. “We’re ready to go.”
The building is near the World Trade Center site, where the Sept. 11 attacks killed nearly 3,000 people. A 1993 bombing there killed six people and injured more than 1,000.
RALEIGH, N.C. — April 14 2012
The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles’ License and Theft Bureau announced the arrest in Virginia of a man suspected of impersonating an NCDMV security employee and charging Hispanic victims thousands of dollars for driver licenses.
The man has been identified as Andres Diaz Gonzalez. He is also known as Rafael Hernandez Nunez, “Armondo” and “Cuba.”
Gonzalez was last seen at the Fuquay-Varina Driver License Office on March 12, where 12 people were victimized.
Inspectors with the NCDMV License and Theft Bureau traced Gonzalez to the Hampton Roads area of Virginia and notified the U.S. Marshal’s Office of his whereabouts.
Officers from the U.S. Marshal’s Joint Task Force along with the Hampton (Va.) Police Department arrested Gonzalez on Monday. He is being held under no bond and is scheduled to appear in court on April 18 in reference to his extradition to North Carolina.
Victims said Gonzalez claimed he could obtain driver licenses for Hispanics who did not otherwise qualify for one. They said he collected $1,500 for each license and required the victims to assemble a group of at least 10 “customers” before escorting them to the driver license office.
Victims said he wore a black shirt or jacket emblazoned with security emblems. While the victims waited for their licenses, Gonzalez would leave by the back door of the office, taking their money with him.
Gonzalez is believed to have committed the same crime at least three other times since June 2011. To date, there are 55 outstanding felony warrants in North Carolina for his arrest.
Charges include obtaining property by false pretense and conspiracy to commit false pretense.
Victims with questions about the arrest may contact the NCDMV License and Theft Bureau case agent at (919) 816-9194, option 2.
Marvin Lee Keeling, 42, of 167 Honaker Drive, Bristol, was given an effective five-year sentence on kidnapping and two counts each of aggravated burglary and assault Tuesday in Sullivan County Criminal Court. Then the judge suspended all but one year in favor of putting him on supervised probation for the remaining four years. He was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine the jury had recommended at trial.
During the hearing, Judge Robert Montgomery outlined several enhancing factors weighing into his decision to order split confinement.
Montgomery said he gave a “great deal of weight” to the fact that Keeling, by his own admission, was a “leader” in the commission of the offenses against the victim.
He noted Keeling’s own testimony that he was “in charge,” that it was he who had made the arrangements with Bad Boyz Bonding Co., and that it was his decision to return to the victim’s home on the second night. During that time, co-defendants and fellow bounty hunters Anthony Story Jr. and Clyde Collins were working under his direction.
During Keeling and Story’s trial, prosecutors argued the $20,000 reward Bad Boyz Bonding owner Harold Head had offered for Benjamin Scott Blevins’ capture motivated the trio to willfully ignore any proof that Ryan Shealy, 31, was not the man they sought.
Prosecutors pointed out that on May 23, 2010, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office deputies told the men to leave Shealy’s residence because they did not have enough evidence that he was Blevins. Then on May 24, 2010, the men returned and ultimately handcuffed Shealy, put him in the back of a Geo Metro, and drove him to the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Department, even though deputies there had failed to reach a consensus that photos of Shealy and Blevins were of the same man, and one officer had warned Keeling that he could be charged if he had the wrong man.
Montgomery noted his agreement that it appeared the money had motivated Keeling to ignore any evidence that the “person that he was kidnapping was not the person he was looking for.”
“I don’t find this is a mistake. I find that he just basically was ignoring any evidence to the contrary. That’s why I find it was intentional or knowing,” Montgomery said.
He also found that the “risk to human life was high” as a result of Keeling’s actions. He explained he found this enhancing factor because the law grants residents the right to use deadly force against an intruder, and the “risk” could also apply to the defendants’ lives.
Montgomery further opined that Keeling allowed Shealy to be “treated with exceptional cruelty,” crediting the victim’s testimony that the bounty hunters had entered his home uninvited on two occasions, then hauled him away in handcuffs. While en route to the Hawkins County jail the car was stopped and the lights shut off “maybe twice,” and the victim was forced to sit in darkness with three strangers, he noted.
“The victim didn’t know what was going to happen to him, didn’t know where he was going to end up. He was on the side of the road with the lights out in the car, not knowing what’s going to happen to him,” said Montgomery.
“I find that was just extremely cruel,” he said.
Montgomery told Keeling, “In my opinion you have not demonstrated to me that full probation is the answer, and frankly I’m very close to ordering you to serve the full sentence. But I’m not going to do that because of your age and the fact you’ve generally lived an OK life.”
Conditions of Keeling’s probation include that he maintain full-time employment, perform 200 hours of community service, and have no contact with his co-defendants or the victim. He is also prohibited from being in the victim’s neighborhood.
Montgomery also prohibited Keeling from working for any bonding business in any capacity, including bookkeeping or accepting payments.
Keeling will be on bond supervision pending an appeal. A May 24 hearing date for a motion for new trial is scheduled.
Story, 41, of 226 Basham Hill Road, Bristol, was granted supervised probation in February in lieu of a four-year prison sentence and ordered to pay a $2,500 fine on convictions of kidnapping, facilitation of aggravated burglary with intent to commit a felony, and facilitation of aggravated burglary with intent to commit aggravated assault.
Collins, 23, of 511 Queen St., Bristol, Tenn., was denied probation and sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to kidnapping, destruction of and tampering with government records, and two counts each of burglary and assault in December 2011.
Montgomery found Collins’ history of violent behavior — including three prior domestic assaults on the same victim — coupled with the fact he was on probation when the kidnapping happened and had admitted smoking marijuana while on bond, made him an inappropriate candidate for probation or alternative sentencing.
ARCADIA, FL – April 14 2012
Kodiak AK April 14 2012
U.S. Coast Guard officials say two Coast Guard members are dead in shootings at a communications station on Kodiak Island.
He said he watched officers remove the body of a man wearing a white T-shirt and jeans and also saw four officers carry out the body of the deputy who was killed.
Another man who asked not to be identified said he watched the deputy and the second man start to drill through a lock on the door of the home when gunfire came through the door and struck the two men.
Levi Middleton and Jennifer Diaz, who live across the street from where the shooting happened, said they also hear multiple gunshots in rapid succession. They said it sounded as if the shots were fired from a semi-automatic weapon.
Middleton and Diaz said officers first told them to stay inside, and they later were told to evacuate.
UPDATE – 12:35 p.m. Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Anthony Bejeran said the department was not releasing whether the deputy killed was a man or a woman. He said subsequent reports on the case would be made from department headquarters, not from the scene.
UPDATE – 12:20 p.m. A sheriff’s deputy and an accompanying civilian were shot and killed Thursday morning as they tried serving an eviction notice at a residence on the city’s northwest side, Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson said.
SWAT teams from Stanislaus County and neighboring Merced and San Joaquin counties along with officers from Modesto police, the California Highway Patrol and other agencies surrounded a house where the suspect was believed to have holed up.
Officers broke the homes windows with bean bag shots and then fired tear gas into the home. As of 12:25 p.m., the suspect had not emerged.
Christianson said authorities knew nothing about the suspect, although he may have had military training. The Bee was told the suspect was a Hispanic male born in 1967, about 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing 185 pounds.
Christianson said he did not believe the team serving the civil papers at the house returned fire.
“I am overwhelmingly frustrated that we don’t have the resources to protect the community,” Christianson said in closing an impromptu news conference at noon.
The incident happened about 11 a.m. in the Whispering Woods development, formerly known as Prescott Estates, a development of two-story fourplex apartments.
Traffic in northwest Modesto was severely disrupted as emergency vehicles rolled into the neighborhood. Dozens of spectators lined up along the perimeter police set up.
Believing the suspect might be armed with explosives, officers evacuated a wide area around the home where the suspect holed up. Officers went house to house, asking people to leave.
Christianson did not disclose the identities of the two people killed.
UPDATE – 12:07 p.m. A sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed and another person was killed Thursday morning as deputies tried serving an eviction notice at a residence on the city’s northwest side, Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson said.
Christianson said authorities knew nothing about the suspect, although he may have had military training.
UPDATE – 11:55 a.m. Suspect vehicle has been found near scene. Authorities are cautiously examining it.
UPDATE – 11:53 a.m. The Merced County sheriff’s SWAT team is on its way to Modesto to assist.
UPDATE – 11:50 a.m. Suspect described as Hispanic man born in 1967, 6 foot 2 inches tall and weighing about 185 pounds.
Authorities from several agencies are converging on surrounded apartment. Bean bags were fired into the residence to break windows, and tear gas was then shot inside.
UPDATE – 11:25 a.m. At least one deputy was reportedly shot and a second deputy was on scene when it happened. No word on the condition of either deputy.
UPDATE – 11:21 a.m. Officers are going door to door, asking people to leave their homes in the neighborhood.
UPDATE – 11:17 a.m. Concerned that the suspect may have explosives, authorities have broadened the area they are evacuating around the apartment where the suspect is believed to be holed up.
Authorities have surrounded an apartment building in north Modesto where two Stanislaus County sheriff’s deputies have been reportedly injured in a shooting this morning while serving an eviction notice.
Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Anthony Bejaran said he did not have all the details, but confirmed a call for an officer in distress had been sent out on police radios. The call asks for all nearby police agencies to respond.
The reported incident occurred about 11 a.m. in the 2100 block of Chrysler Avenue, just west of Prescott Road and south of West Rumble Road. Police believe at least one suspect is still in one of the apartments, so they have called for an armored SWAT truck to respond to the scene.
Fresno CA April 14 2012 A California high school teacher is under investigation after her arrest on charges that she allegedly had sex with a student.
Megan Denman, 29, a social sciences teacher at Fresno’s Hoover High School, was arrested Monday on one count of sex with a minor and two counts of oral copulation with a person under 18, according to the Fresno Police Department and the Fresno United School District.
The investigation is ongoing, and no evidence has emerged that other students were involved or that any illegal activity took place on school property.
Denman was released from Fresno County Jail Tuesday evening, according to ABC News affiliate KFSN.
“As we all know, there have been incidents throughout the state of teachers taking advantage of the student-teacher relationship,” said Fresno Unified Superintendant Michael Hanson said in a news release. “Unfortunately, we have learned of an alleged inappropriate relationship between a teacher and student in our own district. Words cannot describe my deep disappointment in this alleged breach of teacher-student relationship. ”
Denman has been placed on paid administrative leave.
Voorhees NJ April 14 2012 As the doctor drove away from his large, well-manicured home in South Jersey Wednesday morning, his fancy cars, the bronze statue of smiling children on his lawn, and any hope of a normal life all faded from his rearview mirror.
Giocondo “Joe” Navek, 39, drove a little less than 20 miles from his home in Williamstown to a former colleague’s house, a fellow doctor on whom he had pinned his miseries. He planned to kill him, authorities say.
Navek, whose girlfriend had left him recently, waited outside Dr. Payman Houshmandpour’s home at The Club at Main Street, an upscale development in Voorhees, not far from where both men once worked together at Virtua Hospital.
When Houshmandpour, 32, left his home about 7:30 a.m. and got into his silver Audi in the parking lot, authorities say Navek pulled a gun and ended a bright future when he fired several shots into the driver-side window. Houshmandpour died at the scene.
“He’s a great guy, a great father, a very smart man,” Dr. Simon Boulattouf, who had worked with both men at Virtua, said of Houshmandpour. “I was actually seeing patients when I found out.”
The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office said that Navek fled in a silver Nissan and was spotted by Voorhees police on nearby Centennial Boulevard. Officers pulled Navek’s vehicle over, approached the car, and ordered him to show his hands.
Navek didn’t respond, the prosecutor’s office said, and shot himself in the head. He died later at Virtua Hospital.
Houshmandpour and Navek were residents in the Virtua Family Medicine Residency Program. A Virtua spokeswoman said Houshmandpour still worked at several locations on medical/surgical rotations. Navek has not worked at Virtua for nearly 18 months.
Dr. Shoreh Sameni, a woman listed in property records as a resident of Navek’s home, is also listed as a participant in Virtua’s Family Medicine Residency Program. Authorities could not confirm whether Sameni was Navek’s former girlfriend. A woman named Farogh Mozaffari told the Associated Press that her daughter had broken up with Navek recently.
Mozaffari also said Navek blamed Houshmandpour for losing his job. She declined to comment when reached by the Daily News yesterday and other family members could not reached.
Boulattouf said that Navek was his intern at Virtua and that he had “issues at work that eventually led to his [dismissal].” Boulattouf said that one issue was with Houshmandpour, but he declined to elaborate.
“It was so many factors,” he said.
Neighbors near Navek’s home on Mulberry Lane said his girlfriend moved out several weeks ago with the couple’s young son, but they hadn’t noticed any trouble at the house prior to that.
“He just kind of kept to himself. He cut his lawn, stuff like that,” said neighbor Terrell Jones.
Jones said Navek liked nice cars and owned a Range Rover and a Mercedes. Navek once regularly posted about his custom Mercedes in online discussion forums.
“I just knew he was a doctor and a good person,” said neighbor Gladys Carr. “He used to help me shovel my snow.”
It was unclear where Navek had been working since leaving Virtua, although Jones said he saw him leave the house daily. One acquaintance declined to comment when reached by the Daily News, and family members in Philadelphia could not be reached.
The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office said it was still investigating Navek’s actions and whereabouts before the shooting. At about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, investigators entered his home and went in and out for the next hour.
Houshmandpour leaves behind a wife and a young son.
Medical City Dallas officials on Wednesday said the family has asked that no additional information be released on 29-year-old Ana Porto of Garland.
Garland police said 32-year-old David Espinosa of Garland died Tuesday night.
Witnesses told police about a disturbance in a coffee shop parking lot in which a man shot a woman and forced her into his pickup, then drove away.
Police began to notify hospitals. Minutes later a pickup pulled up to the emergency room of Medical City Dallas, and the seriously injured woman sought help.
A Dallas police officer found Espinosa in his truck and with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Espinosa died in the hospital.
Officers responding to the scene spotted the pickup as they were pulling into the mall entrance, caught up with it going southbound on U.S. 75 and began pursuit, said Cpl. Mike Huch of the Allen criminal investigations unit. The vehicle initially slowed down as if to pull over but quickly accelerated in speed, leading police on a chase down U.S. 75 through Allen, Plano, Richardson and Dallas at speeds exceeding 100 mph.
Upon searching the truck officers found a black plastic bag with 179 perfume bottles that were later tracked back to the outlet mall. An additional $11,000 in perfume products were also found and later tracked to an Ulta perfume store in McKinney, which was burglarized earlier that morning, Huch said.
Sunday afternoon, police say Johnson filed a report with the Dallas Police Department reporting his truck stolen. DPD referred him to Allen PD, who told Johnson to come to APD headquarters Monday with his truck title to retrieve the vehicle. While at the station, Johnson was questioned and police say he ultimately confessed to the crime.
“There were bits of his story about where he parked his truck and where he last saw it that kept changing,” Huch said.
Huch said video surveillance at both the Allen and McKinney stores shows masked suspects in the process of burglarizing the stores. Johnson had two traffic warrants out at the time of his arrest, Huch said.
“We knew once we got him at minimum we were going to arrest him on the traffic warrants,” Huch said.
The other suspect in the crime has been identified but has not been apprehended, Huch said. McKinney PD is likely to issue warrants for Johnson for the Ulta burglary as well, he said.
Aldrin Jayson “A.J.” Nicolas, 26, used a “spy pen” that contained a camera in the bathroom until the girls found it, said deputy April Skalland.
Nicolas taught with the San Jose-based Vivace Youth Chorus and Salinas High School. He has been suspended from the chorus and placed on administrative leave at the school, deputies said.
Nicolas was with a group from the youth chorus on Saturday and Sunday at the Pajaro Dunes Vacation Rentals near Watsonville. The alleged victims were ages 13 to 17, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
After the pen was found, investigators determined that it belonged to Nicolas. Nicolas was arrested about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday on suspicion of producing child porn.
He is being held in Santa Cruz County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
Investigators said they do not believe that Nicolas victimized any students at Salinas High.
Anchorage AK April 14 2012 An Anchorage Superior Court judge on Friday sentenced disgraced police officer and convicted serial rapist Anthony Rollins to serve 87 years in prison.
Judge Philip Volland handed down the sentence around 6:20 p.m. at the end of an all-day hearing. Known for being outwardly thoughtful in his decisions, Volland said the trial left an impression on him. He called Rollins “a rapist in blue with a badge.”
“I was shocked. I remain shocked,” Volland said. Quoting one of the victims, he later added, “When someone in a position like his preys on women, it erodes our faith in the entire legal system.”
Rollins, 44, was accused in 2009 of forcing six women to perform sex acts or sexually touching them while he was on duty in 2008 and 2009.
Last year, a jury convicted him of sexually assaulting five of the six victims. He was also found guilty of official misconduct and illegal use of a computer. Rollins’ sentencing was rescheduled several times, due in large part to Judge Volland’s own medical issues, Volland said.
The sentencing stretched through Friday afternoon. At one point, a psychiatrist, Dr. Aron Wolf, testified on Rollins’ behalf and said the former officer was a sex addict who gave in to his compulsions.
Statements from the victims were also read in court. Their words included mentions of lasting psychological damage and a distrust of police.
“We have to, as a society, be able to trust the police,” one wrote. “We shouldn’t have to be protected from them.”
“I have such a huge uneasiness that I fear for my life even though this person is in jail,” wrote another.
One of the victims wore dark sunglasses in court. Another leaned on her sister’s shoulder. A third cried when her name was mentioned. As a policy, the Daily News does not identify victims of sexual assault.
A father of one of the victims — the first woman to level sexual assault allegations against the then-veteran officer — also spoke to the court.
“These were calculated patterns of actions he carried out with multiple women. Anthony Rollins finally picked the wrong girl,” the man said. “He’s a serial rapist, plain and simple … The police department dropped the ball on numerous occasions and could’ve prevented this from happening to my daughter.”
He was referring to internal police reports, included in lawsuits against the city, the police department and Rollins, that showed the department investigated Rollins for having sex on the job but did not fire him.
After the hearing, the victim’s father said he was happy with the lengthy sentence Rollins received.
“He’s going to die in prison, which is dandy,” he said.
Earlier, Police Chief Mark Mew also addressed the court and Rollins.
“You damaged the essential relationship of trust between our department and the public,” Mew said to Rollins.
“I fear the damage here will never go away,” Mew said. “Let’s remember Rollins exercised free will and was in full control of his actions.”
“Some people will try to shift as much blame as possible from Rollins to the police department, because that’s where the money is,” Mew said.
“No one can tolerate a liar. And that is the worst part of this mess, for us, as we strive every day to do a great job for our community, our neighbors and each other, Mew said. “Anthony Rollins, you may be going away. But the rest of us are stuck in the wreckage you have left in your wake.”
Mew’s comment about shifting blame was self-serving, the victim’s father said later. It was also an act of intimidation directed toward the women, said an attorney for most of the victims, Christine Schleuss.
The police department could’ve prevented the rapes, and the lawsuits are seeking answers and solutions, Schleuss said.
“That’s not a shift of blame. That’s where the blame belongs,” she said.
Rollins read a statement to the judge and asked for the minimum sentence. In it, he briefly apologized to his victims and to his wife, who is also a police officer.
“I’ve sinned against God and my wife, both of whom I’ve asked for forgiveness,” Rollins said. Most of Rollins’ statement was about his accomplishments as a police officer.
At one point, Rollins mentioned a past award he’d received from a sexual assault prevention organization, Standing Together Against Rape.
“My care and compassion for victims of sexual assault has not changed as a result of the trial,” he said.
Later, Judge Volland said he shook his head in disbelief when he heard that part of the statement.
“What I heard did not advance his prospects of rehabilitation, in my mind,” Volland said. “This is not about infidelity or poor judgment. This is about sexual assault using his authority as a police officer.”
Even with the possibility of parole, Rollins will be well into his 90s before he’s released from prison, Volland said. That is, if Rollins lives that long, the judge noted.