HOUSTON TX April 18 2012— Capital murder charges have been filed against a woman investigators say fatally shot a mother outside a Woodlands-area pediatric center so she could kidnap the victim’s baby. The suspect, 30-year-old Verna McClain, was in custody Wednesday morning.
Montgomery County deputies say McClain—a registered nurse with three kids of her own—got out of an ice-blue, four-door Lexus around 3:40 p.m. Tuesday at the Northwoods Pediatric Center and shot the victim, Kala Golden, about seven times in the parking lot.
Despite her wounds, deputies said Golden tried to get the baby away from McClain. The suspect hit the dying mother with her car as she reached into the Lexus screaming, “My baby!” according to Lt. Dan Norris with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.
An Amber Alert was issued for the baby, 3-day-old Keegan Schuchardt.
Golden was taken to Memorial Hermann in The Woodlands where she died.
Golden’s mother, Linda Golden, told the Associated Press Tuesday that she had been baby-sitting another of Kala’s sons when someone at the scene called her using her daughter’s cellphone.
She rushed to the hospital but was unable to see her daughter because paramedics were trying to save her.
Linda Golden said her daughter died “trying to save her baby.”
Hours after the abduction, investigators spotted McClain’s car at the Fawn Ridge apartment complex, located in the 12400 block of Sawmill Rd. While officers were searching the complex for the missing child, they said McClain showed up and asked to speak to them.
Investigators said McClain admitted to shooting Golden so she could take the baby, and told investigators where Keegan was.
Texas Rangers found the child at a home off FM 1960, where McClain’s parents live, around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday. The baby was with McClain’s sister, deputies said. He was not harmed.
Neighbors were shocked to hear what happened.
“I’m thinking this is crazy. I’m thinking this doesn’t really happen every day in the city. I mean, you hear about a lot of shootings and other types of crimes, but somebody kidnaps a baby, 3 days old, and the mother to be shot? I mean, that’s serious stuff. That’s really scary,” neighbor Frank Johnson said.
“I feel so, so, so terrible for the family and the baby that will never get to know his mother,” neighbor Amanda Johnson said. “I can’t imagine. I have an 8-year-old. I can’t imagine not being able to see him grow up. It’s really sad.”
Investigators said the sister told them that in the days before the abduction, McClain had spoken to her about adopting a baby soon.
Keegan was placed in CPS custody, but was released to unnamed family members late Wednesday morning.
Keegan’s father, Keith Schuchardt, said he did not have his son.
Schuchardt said he hasn’t yet signed Keegan’s birth certificate, complicating the process of getting his child back.
“My son-in-law is trying to get his child, and they got to run background checks on everybody before we can even get our baby back. My daughter’s baby. It was my daughter that was murdered. And it’s just really sad,” said Linda Golden, the victim’s mother.
Keith Schuchardt said he was at work when he got the call about the shooting, and by the time he got to the hospital, his wife was dead. He said he didn’t know why anyone would want to harm her.
“It’s just a random thing, I think. We don’t have any enemies. I don’t know why anyone would do it. Maybe she lost her baby and wanted a baby … or to sell him. I want to get my baby back. I know that,” Schuchardt said.
Though initial reports from the scene of the abduction indicated there was a man in the car with McClain, detectives on Wednesday morning said they believe she acted alone.
Still, the investigation was ongoing, and investigators were planning to examine evidence and conduct additional interviews later in the day.
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. April 18 2012 (AP) — Police in Georgia handcuffed a kindergartner after the girl threw a tantrum and the police chief defended the action.
The girl’s family demanded Tuesday that this central Georgia city change policy so that other children aren’t treated the same way. They say the child was shaken up by being put in a cell at the police station.
Salecia Johnson, 6, was accused of tearing items off the walls and throwing furniture in an outburst Friday at Creekside Elementary School, Macon television station WMAZ-TV (http://on.wmaz.com/HPb7nr ) reported. Police said the girl knocked over a shelf that injured the principal.
The school called police. The police report says when an officer tried to calm the child in the principal’s office, she resisted and was handcuffed. The girl was charged with simple assault and damage to property.
Police Chief Dray Swicord says the department’s policy is to handcuff people in certain situations.
“Our policy states that any detainee transported to our station in a patrol vehicle is to be handcuffed in the back and there is no age discrimination on that rule,” Milledgeville Police Chief Dray Swicord told WMAZ.
The girl’s aunt, Candace Ruff, went with the child’s mother to pick her up from the police station. She Salecia was by herself in a holding cell and complained about the handcuffs.
“She said they were really tight. She said they really hurt her wrists,” Ruff told the Associated Press. “She was so shaken up when we went there to pick her up.”
Officials at Creekside Elementary did not immediately return calls Tuesday.
“We would not like to see this happen to another child, because it’s horrifying. It’s devastating,” Ruff said.
Toledo OH April 18 2012 More Toledoans take the extra step to fight crime. The Burrough’s neighborhood in South Toledo became the latest to hire private security to keep an eye on the area. Dozens at a meeting on Monday night said they’ve had enough with crime issues on their streets, and they decided to do something about it.
Without much hesitation, several residents said yes to move forward. They’ve hired Signal 88 Security. Soon, the company could be on the streets looking for suspicious activity. Sharon Huss, who’s lived in the area for 40 years says the problems only seem to be getting worse.
“We never used to keep our doors locked all the time. Now they’re locked all the time,” she said. “You go out in the yard, you have to lock the door behind you.”
That’s why, 6 patrols, 7 days a week by security officers, sounds like a good deal.
“I think what we’re here to do is to support and back up TPD,” owner of Signal 88 Security, Mario Bernardo said. “We’re just here to make it safe for everyone.”
Signal 88 also provides service for other Toledo neighborhoods. Most recently, the Arlington neighborhood, also in South Toledo, made the same decision. And so far, “it seems like what we’ve been doing there has really been working very well,” Bernardo said. “A lot of the activity is being pushed outside of those neighborhoods.”
Each house will pay $65 a year, but many say it’s worth it to keep their families and their neighborhoods safe.
Signal 88 guards are armed but cannot make arrests. The Burrough’s neighborhood needs 350 homes to participate.
Oklahoma City OK April 18 2012 Two gang members are accused of shooting an off-duty police officer in the arm after he removed them from a southwest Oklahoma City club early Sunday, police said.
The shooting occurred about 2:30 a.m. outside of Club Diversity, 5810 S Western Ave., according to a police incident report released Tuesday.
Police arrested Prince Ordu, 23, and Dmicco Colbert, 23, following the incident.
Phil Gay, 34, a Langston police officer working as a security guard, was shot in the upper left arm after he and other security guards escorted Ordu and Colbert out of the club, according to documents filed Monday in Oklahoma County District Court.
The two were being uncooperative as security led them to a parking lot, court documents state. Ordu and Colbert, identified as gang members, starting firing as the guards turned to walk back to the club, documents state.
Ordu and Colbert were booked Monday into the Oklahoma County jail on four complaints each of shooting with intent to kill, a jail official said.
HANOVER, VA April 18 2012- We already knew about the budget cuts coming for Hanover firefighters, but now we have a better idea how it might affect you.
Firefighters say short staffing is forcing them some days to close stations, which could impact response time.
Station 2 in Beaverdam is closed because there are not enough firefighters to staff it. This is going to be an ongoing problem in many of these rural areas where firefighters will have to come from miles away during an emergency.
Every Tuesday, Judy Johnson comes to Beaverdam to take care of her grandson Henry.
A few weeks ago her heart started to beat irregularly.
“That had happened before but it only lasted about 5 or 10 minutes,” Johnson said. “This time it had been 40 minutes and I got sort of nervous.”
She called 911, but instead of firefighters from nearby Station 2 coming to help, she had to wait for firefighters to drive ten miles from another station in Montpelier.
“It could make a difference,” she said. “I was fine, but for somebody else it could make a huge difference.”
Often rural stations only have two full-time firefighters. If one calls out sick, Hanover Fire will sometimes have to close that station for the day.
Battalion Chief Larry Snyder says volunteer firefighters will sometimes be able to pick up the slack, but this is going to be an ongoing issue.
“You really have to look at the geography of the county,” Snyder said. “(You have to figure out) what people do I have today and what opportunities were somebody calls out sick, we can’t cover something.”
Logically, the farther away on-duty firefighters are, the longer it’s going to take to respond to an emergency.
Johnson says that’s not something she wants to hear.
“I feel comfortable with the station here when I’m keeping a baby,” Johnson said. “It’s sort of sad to know there’s nobody here.”
Hanover firefighters are still trying to figure out how to deal with this latest round of budget cuts. They hope to have a final plan in place in the next two to three weeks.
Hanover fire had its budget cut by six percent. The good news is firefighters say they did receive funding from the county to train more volunteers.
Petaluma CA April 18 2012 A woman’s visit to a divorce attorney Sunday afternoon ended in violence when, police said, her estranged husband shot and fatally wounded her on a downtown side street before killing himself.
The 2 p.m. shooting happened in front of 10 Keller St., a small office building where the woman had been visiting the attorney, said Petaluma police Lt. Tim Lyons.
Police did not release the names of the two people involved or confirm their marital status, but friends of the family identified them as Kevin Conover, 41, and Kim Conover, 43.
Kevin Conover died at 5 p.m. at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. Police identified him as the shooter and said his wound appears to have been self-inflicted.
Kim Conover was hospitalized in critical condition and died at 9 p.m. Sunday, a hospital spokeswoman said.
She was a second-grade teacher at Meadow Elementary School and mother of four children, including a twin boy and girl younger than than 2 years old that she had with her husband, and two teenage girls.
Kevin Conover graduated from Petaluma High School in 1988, a year after Kim Conover.
Friends of the couple who were at the shooting scene Sunday said the pair had been experiencing marital troubles. Some said they were in the process of getting a divorce.
The two had apparently arrived separately to the office on Keller Street. Kevin Conover’s car was parked in a lot nearby while Kim Conover’s car was parked in front of the office.
When police arrived, they found the two lying in the street and dragged them to safety, believing that a third person may have been involved.
Police at the scene later identified that third person as Jeff Zimmerman, the divorce attorney who met with Kim Conover, and who police said witnessed the shooting. Zimmerman was led away for questioning in handcuffs, a procedure police described as routine in such cases.
No other person was believed to be involved, Lyons said.
A revolver used in the shooting was found on the sidewalk outside the law office. Blood stains from the victims marked the sidewalk and road. The number of shots fired was unknown.
Police and sheriff’s deputies cordoned off a half block area of Keller Street, where the women’s clothing cut off by paramedics was left in the street.
Lyons reported that the couple’s children — he did not say who or how many — were in the area at the time of the shooting, but were unhurt and taken in by authorities.
Brian Bakalar, a longtime friend of Kevin Conover’s who arrived at the scene hours after the shooting, said Kim Conover had moved out of the couple’s house and was living with her parents in Petaluma.
At a dinner Friday night, Bakalar said Kevin Conover was upset with the situation. But there was no sign his friend was contemplating anything like Sunday’s shooting, Bakalar said.
Other bystanders said the violence had shattered a quiet day downtown.
“It was this beautiful spring day,” said Sonoma County Supervisor David Rabbitt, who was at a supermarket less than a block away at the time of the shooting and watched the police response unfold. “It makes you pause.”
Lyons, the police lieutentant, called the violent incident “rare.” He said the last homicide in Petaluma was two years ago.
SALEM OR April 18 2012 - A Sprague High School teacher was arrested on sex abuse charges Monday.
Michael Montgomery, 49, was arrested on five counts of second-degree sex abuse, according to Salem Police Lieutenant Steve Birr.
A U.S. Fish and Wildlife officer found Montgomery and a 17-year-old student in a car parked at the Baskett Slough recreation area on Friday, Birr said.
Police initially did not have any information regarding criminal activity. But the girl on Saturday confirmed a relationship with Montgomery had been sexual, investigators said.
Montgomery was hired in 1986 at McNary High School and has been at his current school since 1989. He teaches English, Spanish, French and Social Studies.
Police said at one point, the victim was a student in one of Montgomery’s classes, but it was unclear whether that was still the case.
The district put him on paid administrative leave.
Chicago IL April 18 2012 A Nevada man got himself arrested Saturday night after acknowledging to Greyhound security officers that he did indeed have weapons and ammunition in his luggage, authorities said.
About 7:30 p.m. Saturday, as part of a routine security inquiry to all passengers getting on the Greyhound bus at the South Loop station, Daniel Fenstemacher was asked if he had any weapons with him, police said.
Fenstemacher, 52, of the 600 block of Record Street in Reno, replied that he did, police said, and he was detained while weapons and ammunition were recovered from his luggage, which was already on the bus.
The bus line’s security officers alerted police to a .17-caliber revolver and a .380-caliber revolver in his bag, prosecutors said. He also had a knife, prosecutors said.
Fenstemacher was then arrested and charged with felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, police said.
Cook County Criminal Court Judge Edward Harmening ordered Fenstemacher held in lieu of $50,000 bail Sunday and ordered him to be placed on electronic monitoring if he is released.
Fenstemacher said during the brief court hearing that he could find a place to stay in the Chicago area while his case is pending.
Dallas TX April 18 2012 A Dallas firefighter accused of trying to rob a bank last week has been fired.
Jesus Ventura, 37, remains in federal custody after officials said he robbed a Dallas bank and tried to rob a convenience store. Ventura has told a federal judge that he suffers from bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety.
According to a media release, Ventura was fired on April 16 as a result of an internal investigation. The release said that the city would not be commending any further due to the ongoing criminal investigations.
Dallas Fire-Rescue put Ventura on Ventura on administrative leave last in March after he allegedly shot a gun inside a fire station and had to be disarmed.
After eluding New Hope Police Officer Tim Garrett on a four-wheel, all-terrain vehicle (ATV) following complaints by residents, James Casey Dove stopped to chat briefly with another New Hope resident who was cutting boards, according to New Hope Police Chief Richard Foster. Dove told the resident he was being chased by the cops and had some drugs on his ATV, Foster said.
Fortunately for the New Hope police and unfortunately for Dove, the man cutting boards was Steven Dick, a captain in the New Hope Police force who was off duty. Dick told Garrett about the exchange and helped arrest Dove, who was also wanted on several warrants and felonies, Foster said.
Dove was wanted for escape from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department on Jan. 1, other felonies in Marshall County and warrants in Arab. He was also charged by New Hope police for eluding police, possession of marijuana and a host of traffic citations, Foster said.
And, the initial reason for police investigating Dove? Police had gotten complaints he was joyriding recklessly up and down the street near Oak Grove Road and Scott Brand Road in the New Hope area.
“I’m proud of the work our officers did,” Foster said.
Lansing police public information officer Robert Merritt said police were dispatched to Meijer, 6200 S. Pennsylvania Blvd., about 1 p.m. Security at the store had been watching a man in the parking lot kneeling to the ground, apparently loading a handgun.
The man concealed the weapon on his person and entered the store. Meijer security followed him at a safe distance.
Police arrived and confronted the man. Merritt said officers found a semi-automatic handgun on his person. The man did not have a permit for the weapon.
The man was arrested without incident. Merritt said he didn’t threaten anyone with the gun.
“We’re not sure at this point what his intent was,” he said.
The man is charged with carrying a concealed weapon. He is expected to be arraigned Monday in Lansing District Court.
SCOTTSDALE AZ April 18 2012 - Three Phoenix men face shoplifting charges in connection with thefts at a Scottsdale Walmart.
Officers arrested Skylar Wilenchik, Christopher Hughes, and Joseph Robinson Sunday afternoon.
They say security recognized Hughes and Wilenchik return to the store after they stole an electric razor and a baseball bat.
Police pulled them over before they could leave the parking lot.
Robinson was taken into custody nearby.
Hoover AL April 18 2012 An eighth grade boy has been charged with first degree rape for the sexual assault of a female student at Berry Middle School.
Hoover Police say the female victim was also an 8th grade student. She reported being sexually assaulted in an upstairs boy’s restroom.
The assault allegedly happened after the bell rang on Friday, April 13, around 3:30 p.m. when students were on their way to line up for the buses.
“After the victim left school, police were contacted and immediately began investigating. Hoover officials took the suspect into custody at approximately 8 p.m. Friday night,” Captain Jim Coker said.
The suspect, whose identity has not been released, was charged with first degree rape and is in custody of the Shelby County Juvenile Detention Center.
“We believe this is an isolated incident and the suspect in this case will not be returning to class,” Coker said.
A hearing for the suspect is set for May 2 to determine whether he will stay in the juvenile detention facility in Columbiana or be freed on bond.
Captain Coker says any student with concerns about the incident is encouraged to speak with a School Resource Officer.
“The Hoover Police Department and the Hoover City Schools are committed to providing a safe learning environment for all its students. Criminal activity in our schools will not be tolerated and all reports will be investigated thoroughly and aggressively, and prosecuted to the fullest extent,” Coker said.
Berry Middle School principal Kathleen Wheaton issued a letter to parents in response to the police investigation.
“On Friday afternoon, April 13, after school, some Berry students were involved in an incident in one of our restrooms which has resulted in police intervention. The incident was not reported to any Berry faculty/staff. Poilce were notified of the incident after students went hom in the afternoon. Since Friday afternoon, the situation has been handled by Hoover Police,” Wheaton said in the letter.
Wheaton’s letter also stated that other students and staff members were never at risk because of the situation.
“I want to assure you that the faculty and staff at Berry Middle School will continue to work to maintain safety and security for every student on our campus,” Wheaton said.
Five people arrested in money laundering scheme that allegedly funneled millions of dollars in Colombian and Mexican drug money www.privateofficer.com
Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the two owners of Industry-based Woody Toys, Jia Hui Zhou and Dan Xin Li, and three company employees were arrested on charges of evading federal reporting requirements for financial transactions.
Two toy dealers from Mexico were arrested earlier on similar charges.
Jose Miguel Yong-Hinojosa was taken into custody Saturday night at Los Angeles International Airport, and Luis Ernesto Flores Rivera was arrested earlier this month in Texas, the agency said in a statement.
Zhou and the two toy dealers are also charged with conspiring to launder money in a scheme that officials said channeled at least $6 million to the California toy company between 2005 and 2011.
Bond was denied for Yong-Hinojosa and set at $150,000 for the two company owners. Bond amounts ranged from $20,000 to $100,000 for the other three men.
The judge set a trial date of June 12 for all six.
Flores Rivera remains in Texas awaiting transfer to California.
The case is the second involving a Los Angeles-area toy company accused of laundering drug profits and comes as countries such as Mexico tighten banking regulations, said Claude Arnold, special agent in charge for ICE homeland security investigations in Los Angeles.
“They can’t walk up with duffel bags of money and continue with their business,” Arnold said. “They have to find creative ways to convert that money into pesos and launder it so it doesn’t look like illegal proceeds.”
A message was left for Zhou’s attorney, David Elden. Flores Rivera had no attorney listed as of Monday afternoon, ICE officials said.
The Mexican toy dealers bought U.S. dollars made off drug sales from currency brokers in a “black market peso exchange,” officials said. That exchange enabled drug traffickers to get rid of drug dollars and gave the toy dealers a more favorable exchange rate so they could then purchase toys in the United States, authorities said.
The dealers would then send the money to Woody Toys via courier or bank deposits. Authorities said Woody Toys failed to file required paperwork when the company received deposits of more than $10,000 and also intentionally structured bank deposits in smaller increments to avoid having to do so.
If convicted of evading federal reporting requirements, the defendants could face up to five years in prison. The money laundering charge can carry a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.
The investigation started in November 2010 following a money laundering probe at Los Angeles-area toy wholesaler Angel Toy. That company’s two top executives were sentenced earlier this year to more than three years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to structure currency transactions.
The probe into Woody Toys — which features teddy bears and blond-haired dolls on its website — was carried out by ICE officials, Internal Revenue Service investigators and a Southern California task force headed by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
No one at the company’s offices in Industry would comment for this story.
Birmingham, AL April 18 2012 – Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office sent the following information regarding the arrest of Ketry Laron Clark, a teacher at Minor High School.
A teacher was placed on administrative leave April 3, 2012 pending the outcome of a sex crimes investigation.
The investigation began on April 2, 2012 when a female student and her parents came to Minor High School to complain about inappropriate remarks made by the teacher to the victim.
So far there have been two female students to come forward and report inappropriate remarks.
The second victim reported that, on several occasions the teacher, 29 year old Ketry Laron Clark, had asked her to engage in sexual activity with him at the school.
The teacher had even selected a location at the school that would be private to keep anyone from finding out.
The victim told investigators that remarks and requests were made during the first semester of the current school year when she was 15 years old.
She had been too embarrassed to report them to anyone including her mother. When she found out that another victim had reported similar problems, she decided to come forward.
Both victims say that the teacher never touched them and no sexual activity occurred.
Detectives reviewed the case with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office and warrants were issued for enticing a child for immoral purposes with $15,000 bond and school employee having sexual contact with a student with a $6,000 bond.
Clark turned himself in to the Jefferson County Jail shortly before 3:00 p.m. yesterday afternoon.
STAMFORD CT April 18 2012– A city man was charged with stabbing a bouncer at a bar on the city’s West Side late Sunday night, police said Monday.
Ismael Esteban Lazaro, 24, of 50 Alden St., was charged with first-degree assault, possession of a dangerous weapon and resisting arrest. He is being held in lieu of $75,000 and was arraigned at state Superior Court in Stamford Monday.
Police Lt. Diedrich Hohn said Lazaro got into an argument with a 38-year-old bouncer at Hugo’s Tacos at 161 Stillwater Ave., as he was being escorted out of the bar for drunken and unruly conduct.
Lazaro ran back into the bar and stabbed the bouncer in the abdomen, Hohn said.
Lazaro took off in the direction of Stamford Hospital as another bouncer ran after him. The second bouncer called police and told them which way Lazaro was going, Hohn said. Patrol officers soon found Lazaro and the 4-inch spring-loaded knife used in the assault and took him into custody, Hohn said.
The injured man is in stable condition and expected to fully recover after being taken to Stamford Hospital, where exploratory surgery was performed, Hohn said.
Atlanta owner of personal care homes accused of stealing money from mentally disabled residents www.privateofficer.com
Gwinnett County GA April 18 2012 A operator of several personal care homes is now in jail, accused stealing money from her mentally disabled residents.
Gwinnett County Police told Channel 2 Action News they also discovered residents were living in unsanitary conditions at the homes.
Police told Channel 2′s Kerry Kavanaugh they were investigating Sema Vijayi’s bank records for the past five months and believe she stole at least $10,000 from roughly 30 residents.
Investigators obtained search warrants for all seven of Vijayi’s personal care home locations spanning across Lawrenceville and also her own home in Snellville.
Police said they found disabled residents were paying to live in her basement.
Kavanaugh spoke to one woman, who said her sister one was of them, yet she had no idea why the state removed her from the home and sent her somewhere else.
“My sister was actually in her care and we had to find out about it on the news,” Lynne Cruz said.
Cruz told Kavanaugh she had no idea her sister’s caretaker was arrested last Wednesday until her family saw Vijayi’s mug shot on Channel 2 Action News on Sunday.
Cruz said Vijayi had total control of all the money her sister received through Social Security.
Police said as the home operator, Vijayi was entitled to some of the money to cover the cost of care, but Vijayi was keeping all of it.
When police searched the homes last week they said their case against Vijayi got even bigger.
“We were able to find homes where the cleanliness wasn’t where it should be. There was one report where water was shut off in the home for five days,” Detective James Flanagan with the Gwinnett County Police Department said.
Harold Holcombe, who is representing Vijay, says she is “completely innocent.”
He says the $10,000 she was accused of siphoning from her business account was used for her business vehicle, her corporate American Express card and other business expenses.
Holcombe also said the five facilities that police have identified as unlicensed personal care homes are actually independent living homes, which operate under different standards.
“They pretty much destroyed her reputation and her life with this,” Holcombe said.
Flanagan said the state was to remove and relocate the residents. But Kavanaugh found many residents still at a location on Bob Hannah Circle.
Workers there denied any residents were in the home.
Kavanaugh said she could see residents through the windows of the home. One even came outside to speak to her.
Lynne Cruz said she eventually tracked her sister down at the home on Bob Hannah Circle as well. She believes her sister went without her medication or a shower for days.
Kavanaugh is waiting on a response from the Department of Human Services to find out about the care the residents are currently receiving.
Vijayi is expected to appear in court on Thursday. She is currently charged with theft and elder abuse. Police anticipate the list of charges will grow.
Los Angeles CA April 18 2012 The family of 19-year-old Abdul Arian, who was shot and killed by Los Angeles Police last week, filed a claim on Monday seeking $120 million—or $1 million for each bullet they say LAPD officers fired at the young man, reports the Los Angeles Daily News.
The claim, filed by parents Ahmad and Deena Arian against the city of Los Angeles, said their son was “brutally and unlawfully shot to death” by eight officers who fired approximately 120 rounds of ammunition at the unarmed teen.
Arian was fatally shot April 11, after leading officers on a high-speed pursuit and swerving into the middle of the Hollywood (101) Freeway in Woodland Hills. After exiting his vehicle, Arian made menacing gestures toward officers, who fired at Arian.
“It is unfortunate that our society has come to the place where a lawful command from an officer goes ignored,” said Tyler Izen, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL), in a statement.
“When a person decides to engage officers in a pursuit, refuses police orders to end the threat they are posing to the safety of officers and the public, tells the police that they have a gun, exits a vehicle and takes an aggressive shooting stance, extends their arms out and points an unknown object at the officers, they are subjecting themselves to the consequences of their actions, which may include being shot.”
The family claims Arian was pleading with 911 dispatchers for officers not to shoot him. The LAPD has said 911 tapes reveal that Arian told a 911 dispatcher that he was not afraid of cops and would “pull my gun out on them.”
3 day-old boy was kidnapped after a woman fatally shot his mother outside pediatric center www.privateofficer.com
HOUSTON TX April 18 2012 – An Amber Alert was issued Tuesday for a 3-day-old boy who was kidnapped after a woman fatally shot his mother outside a pediatric center in The Woodlands, Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies said.
It happened at about 3:40 p.m. at the Northwoods Pediatric Center located in the 25000 block of Borough Park Drive.
Deputies said the woman got out of an ice-blue, four-door Lexus and shot 28-year-old Kala Marie Golden multiple times. She then fled toward Interstate 45 from Rayford Road. The suspect’s vehicle has license plate number HSL-325. Witnesses reported that a man was also involved.
Golden was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Woodlands where she died.
Witnesses say the thin black suspect was wearing a gray sweatshirt and blue jeans. The baby, Keegan Golden, was wearing a one-piece green and white outfit with “Handsome” on the front. The outfit snaps between the legs.
The woman took the infant’s carrier, but did not take the base of the carrier.
MEMPHIS, TN-April 18 2012 – Memphis police are looking for two suspects who were caught on camera stealing armfuls of expensive clothes from a Memphis mall.
Monday morning at the Dillard’s inside the Oak Court Mall, police say two men stole approximately $7,000 in Polo apparel.
“If you go in the store, a collared shirt is going to be like 60 bucks,” said Marcus Johnson, a Memphian and fan of the Polo brand. “But on the streets, it’s going to be like half price. So on the streets it’s going to be like 30 bucks.”
Dillard’s security cameras captured the thieves as they casually walked in the front door and grabbed the Polo merchandise.
Shoplifting is a big problem at the Oak Court Mall. There are more than a dozen recent Memphis police incident reports on thefts at the mall.
Johnson said he buys his Polo clothes legally from department stores. However, he also said the street sales of Polo merchandise are common, even though most people won’t admit it.
Culver City CA April 18 2012 Classic rockers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on Tuesday thanked California police for the recovery of five stolen guitars.
“I am extremely grateful to the Culver City Police Department for a job well done and touched by the outpouring of good wishes and concern from our fans and friends,” Petty said on the band’s Facebook page.
A 51-year-old private security guard was arrested Monday night in Los Angeles and booked for grand theft, according to Culver City police Lt. Ron Iizuka.
The instruments were stolen late last week from a soundstage where the Heartbreakers were rehearsing for their upcoming U.S. tour.
A $7,500 reward was offered for the return of the guitars, which included a vintage 1967 Rickenbacker, a 1967 Epiphone and a 1965 Gibson.
“Sometimes people make mistakes, but we’d like these back,” Petty said on his Twitter account Friday. “No questions asked.”
According to police, one of the guitars was sold at a Hollywood pawn shop. Officers were able to identify the person who pawned it, according to Iizuka. Daryl Washington, a Los Angeles resident, was taken into custody and the other four guitars were recovered, he said.
Detectives will present the case to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office for filing consideration, Iizuka said in a statement.
Both as a solo artist and leader of the Heartbreakers, Petty is one of America’s top recording artists, selling more than 57 million albums, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
Among his hits are “Refugee,” “American Girl,” “Free Fallin’ ” and “The Waiting.”
The band’s tour is set to start Wednesday in Colorado.
Orange County CA April 18 2012 Security officials at John Wayne Airport arrested a man after they found a loaded handgun in his carry-on bag, the second time he has been accused of such an attempt, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
Minhchau Pham, 43, of Hillsborough, California, was arrested Monday about 7:15 p.m. while on his way to board Southwest flight 458 to Las Vegas, Transportation Safety Administration spokesman Nico Melendez said.
“The passenger put his carry-on bag on the X-ray belt and security officers saw a loaded .38 caliber Smith & Wesson with five rounds of ammunition,” Melendez said.
Melendez said passengers are allowed to transport handguns but must follow the rules.
“As long as they are in checked baggage, unloaded and declared to the airline,” Melendez said.
Investigators determined that Pham had been arrested on suspicion of trying to bring a similar weapon onto a plane at the San Jose airport in 2005, said Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jim Amormino.
“The reason he had it, we don’t know,” Amormino said. “But it is the second time, so we’re taking a closer look at it.”
Amormino said travelers should be careful about what they put in their luggage.
“We want people to be very mindful of what they take to the airport, especially a loaded weapon, but anything that could be used as a weapon,” Amormino said.
Pham, who listed his occupation as real estate, was in the process of posting $20,000 bail this afternoon, according to sheriff’s officials.
Newark NJ April 18 2012 The woman pulled from her burning home by Mayor Cory Booker says she would be dead if he hadn’t come to her rescue, but that she was in such a fog at the time she doesn’t remember him lifting her out of bed or carrying her to safety.
Zina Hodge, who was released from the hospital Tuesday, told Fox TV station My9 before her discharge that she was gasping for air and delusional when Booker pulled her from her smoky second-floor bedroom late last Thursday.
Hodge said she was asleep when the fire broke out, apparently in the kitchen next to her bedroom, but remembered little about the ordeal or the mayor’s actions.
“I didn’t even see him. I don’t even remember him picking me up. But I heard him _ calling me,” she told the station.
But, Hodge said, she knows she owes her life to him.
“I’m blessed, man. You know what I mean,” she said. “If Cory wouldn’t have come in there and rescued me I would have died in there.”
Hodge, 47, was admitted in serious condition to the burn intensive-care unit at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston. Her injuries included burns to the back and smoke inhalation. The hospital would not provide any details Tuesday about any continuing treatment she might need.
The mayor suffered smoke inhalation and burned his right hand when, against the wishes of his security detail, he rushed up the stairway of his neighbor’s burning house to rescue Hodge.
Once they were outside her house, which is next door to Booker’s home, the mayor’s main concern was getting her into an ambulance, Hodge said.
Booker was also taken to a hospital for treatment but released the same night.
His office confirmed that the mayor had visited Hodge in the hospital but declined further comment.
Members of Booker’s security detail got several other members of Hodge’s family out of the house before the mayor arrived home. They tried to hold Booker back, fearing for his safety, but he insisted he go inside because he believed the trapped woman’s life was in danger.
A day after the rescue, the 42-year-old mayor, a 6-foot-3 former college football player, said he didn’t feel bravery, “I felt terror.” He said he experienced a “proverbial come-to-Jesus moment.”
He also downplayed his actions, saying he did what any good neighbor would do.
But thousands took to Twitter to hail him as a hero, Gov. Chris Christie lauded him for his “brave move,” and Newark’s fire director described Booker as one of the most heroic men he’d ever met.
Alexandria VA April 18 2012 A police officer and a former officer from California have been charged with trying to distribute hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of marijuana in Virginia.
Alexandria police said 34-year-old Frederick Sayles, 38-year-old Gabriel Sepeda and 34-year-old David Flowers were arrested when they showed up to a drug transaction with 27 pounds of marijuana in their car. The drugs had a street value of about $635,000, authorities said.
Sayles is a police officer with the Selma Police Department in Selma, Calif., a small town near Fresno in central California. Sepeda is a former officer with that agency, and all three men are from the Fresno area.
Police said Tuesday they believe the three were planning to distribute the drugs in Virginia. The men were arrested Thursday in the Tysons Corner area after they showed up with the car full of drugs, authorities said.
“It was part of the buy bust,” said Jody Donaldson, an Alexandria police spokesman. The men were arrested by Drug Enforcement Administration agents, who were part of a task force investigating the narcotics operation with Alexandria police.
The men were in Northern Virginia as “part of the negotiations” to distribute the drugs, Donaldson said.
The three are charged with conspiracy to import marijuana and conspiracy to distribute marijuana. Additional charges might be pending, police said.
Selma Police Chief Myron Dyck said Sayles had been a patrol officer for about six years. He said Sepeda left the force about two-and-a-half years ago, but he didn’t know how long the officer had worked for the agency.
Dyck said his department was conducting an administrative investigation but declined to be more specific or say whether either officer had faced disciplinary issues in the past.
“Anytime something like this happens, you do some sort of investigation,” he said.
Alexis Stackhouse, an attorney for Sepeda, said her client’s case “should be given a chance to run its course through the system” and Sepeda “should be considered innocent until proven guilty.”
Stackhouse said she didn’t know when or for how long he worked for Selma police.
Michael Goode, the attorney listed in court records as representing Flowers, said he had not yet been notified that he was appointed to the case. David Kiyonaga, the attorney listed for Sayles, did not return a call for comment.
All three men are being held without bond at the Alexandria Adult Detention Center. Preliminary hearings for them are scheduled for May 21.
Bethlehem PA April 18 2012 A New Jersey man was arrested Monday after he told police he was trying to enter cars in the parking garage at Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem in order to find more money to gamble with, records say.
Bradley S. Feldman, 23, of Basking Ridge, N.J., is charged with a misdemeanor count of criminal attempt to commit theft from a motor vehicle and possessing the instrument of a crime.
Feldman was arraigned Monday night before District Judge Daniel Corpora in Easton and is free after posting 10 percent of $2,000 bail.
According to court records:
Bethlehem police responded to Sands at 2:15 p.m. Monday for a report of a suspect in custody. An officer spoke with Sandra Brotzman, the manager of casino security.
Brotzman said an unnamed witness reported to security seeing a man trying to open the doors of two different cars on the third level of the casino’s parking deck. The witness reported the man was wearing a glove.
Casino security located the suspect, later identified as Feldman, on the fifth level of the parking deck. Brotzman asked Feldman what he had been doing by the cars, and Feldman admitted he was trying to enter the cars to take money from inside. Feldman related he has a gambling problem and wanted the money to gamble more.
Feldman provided Brotzman with a written statement admitting his intent to take money from the cars.
Feldman has a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 23 before District Judge Patricia Romig-Passaro in Bethlehem.
As a condition of his bail, Feldman is forbidden from returning to Sands.