LOCKPORT NY May 10 2012 — A 35-year-old Lockport man took his own life in front of several witnesses Tuesday morning outside a Roosevelt Drive home after a police chase despite officers’ efforts to stop him.
Joshua Verity was taken to Eastern Niagara Hospital-Lockport by the Lockport Fire Department Rescue where he was pronounced dead a short time after his self-inflicted injuries.
Lockport Police received a 911 call at 9:38 a.m. from a woman reporting a man was trying to harm himself with a butcher knife. Police found Verity on Lincoln Avenue and a chase ensued on the busy street. Officers Mike Stover and Mike Wasik caught up with him after a foot chase of four to five blocks, on Hoover Parkway.
Verity cut himself with the knife while running. He finally stopped outside the residence and repeatedly stabbed himself in the neck area despite officers’ pleas to stop.
As neighbors looked on, a department hostage negotiator, who was one of the police officers in the pursuit, attempted to open a dialogue, according to Police Chief Larry Eggert. Police tried to get close enough to disarm Verity, but were unable to approach him due to his extremely violent action.
At one point Verity came toward an officer with the knife, but officers were able to persuade him to back off. Police continued to talk with Verity, but he instead slashed his throat with the knife.
Police employed a Taser, but despite the severe wound, Verity continued to fight off police. He was finally restrained and medical care was given to him at the scene. Police radio transmissions indicate they requested Mercy Flight to land nearby but instead he was transported to ENH where he was pronounced dead at 10:15 a.m.
“Our core mission is to save lives. We were trying to get him some help,” said Eggert noting the effect on the officers. “The guy wouldn’t be talked to.”
Verity was involved in a fatal accident on Route 31 in Cambria on April 15. He was a passenger in a car driven by Christine George of Niagara Falls. She was ejected from the car during the rollover accident and died.
In August, 2008, Joshua’s younger brother, Jonathan Verity, died when he fell at the gorge behind Urban Towers after a concert.
COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC May 10 2012 - Fair Bluff Police Chief Marty Lewis was fired from his job Wednesday evening, according to Mayor Randy Britt. Town clerk Tamika Packer was also fired.
According to Britt, the decision came after town officials held a meeting Wednesday, and Thursday, they will go to Raleigh to meet with state officials to make sure they have followed the proper procedures.
Lewis was arrested inside the town’s post office Tuesday afternoon. According to District Attorney Jon David, Lewis made a drug transaction Tuesday while in uniform and on duty. He bonded out of jail late Tuesday evening under a $50,000 bond.
He was charged with:
- conspiring to traffic opium and heroin
- conspiring to traffic cocaine-felony possession of cocaine
- felony delivery of a schedule two control substance
- possession with intent to manufacture sell and deliver schedule two controlled substance
David said authorities started investigating Lewis in October 2011. He said Lewis contacted James Scott, 63, more than a thousand times via phone and text in drug-related conversations over the course of the investigation.
Scott was also arrested Tuesday and was charged with conspiring to traffic opium and heroin.
According to David, Lewis also contacted Packer about drugs more than 5,000 times over the past nine months. The district attorney said Lewis was having relations with Packer, who is being indicted by a grand jury.
Lewis was taken back into custody Wednesday and was given a new bond of $150,000.
The judge requested Lewis’ passport, and asked that he give back any firearms that belong to the town. Lewis is also banned from going to the police department.
Prosecutors with the District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday they believe Lewis staged a gun robbery that took place inside the police department in 2010. Officials say some officers with the Fair Bluff Police Department told the SBI Lewis staged the robbery to help cover-up missing evidence from other drug seizures.
In a report WECT did about the incident in 2010, Lewis said, “This was not done by a regular criminal off the street. Somebody had to have a little knowledge of the building, in my opinion.”
Authorities say Lewis also admitted to having narcotics at the police department
Tuesday night, Randy Britt, the mayor of Fair Bluff talked exclusively with WECT.com about Lewis’ arrest.
Britt said he was unaware of the investigation until Batten called him around 4 p.m. and told him Lewis had been arrested.
Britt said he does not know much about the investigation, but it does make him question certain things that have happened – including, a situation involving former Fair Bluff police officer Gregory Campbell. In March, Campbell took a plea after being charged for breaking into Fair Bluff Discount Drug and stealing pain killers.
“In my opinion he got off easy. Many people believe he got off pretty easy. It makes you wonder if, maybe there was something else to it,” said Britt.
Lewis is not a stranger to controversy. In 2010, he hired three officers who were not certified by the State’s Standard Commission.
According to Britt, there have always been rumors surrounding Lewis, and that’s been with the case with many police chiefs the town has hired.
“If you’re going to fire someone you need to have a good reason,” said Britt. “Plus, you have to think about who will you replace them with. Fair Bluff has had a hard time keeping good police officers.”
According to Britt, the town will continue to operate its own police department, but the sheriff’s office will help them until the police department gets stable.
Joe Howell is now the temporary acting chief, and Peggy Moore will serve as town clerk.
Since Moore has another job, town hall will temporarily only be open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
CHEATHAM COUNTY, Tenn. May 10 2012- A middle school football coach has been arrested on charges of sexual battery by an authority figure.
Officials with the Cheatham County Sheriff Department said that Harpeth Middle School Assistant Football Coach Matt Clark was arrested Wednesday.
Police said that Clark was charged in an incident with a student from the school. Details of the incident have not been released.
It was not clear if Clark was still working for the school at the time of his arrest.
Retired Alabama police offcier-school security guard given 30 yrs prison for child porn www.privateofficer.com
Michael Wayne Wooten, 61, of Alabaster, was sentenced this morning in a hearing before U.S. District Judge Inge P. Johnson at the Hugo L. Black U.S. Courthouse in downtown Birmingham.
Johnson called it a horrific crime and that Wooten had been a person people should have been able to trust with their children.
Wooten, who also was a retired police officer and had been a substitute Shelby County school bus driver, pleaded guilty in January to one count of production of child pornography.
Wooten worked as a security officer for the city school system when, between August 2009 and April 2010, he used an office at the Dupuy Elementary School building to take photos of a number of underage girls as young as 5 years old, according to court documents
MANTORVILLE, Minn.May 10 2012 - New information about the suicide of a 13-year-old Rachel Ehmke was released Wednesday morning.
The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office says a derogatory text message originated from Rachel Ehmke’s father’s residence in Mantorville.
The Dodge County Attorney’s Office has determined that no charges will be filed because of insufficient evidence.
Below is the news release by the Dodge County sheriff’s office:
“On April 26th a text message was forwarded to several students’ cell phones that referred to Rachel Ehmke as a Slut and suggested sending it around to get Rachel out of the school.
On the morning of Friday April 27th, four female students reported this text message to Principal Al Hodge at the Kasson Mantorville Middle School.
At 0820am on Friday morning Principal Hodge advised School Resource Officer Jason Peck of the message that was reportedly being forwarded.
At 1210pm on Friday, Officer Peck talked to Rachel about the message. Rachel indicated to him that the message was going around and it didn’t bother her. She further indicated to Officer Peck that she was sure the four students that reported it had nothing to do with it because she was now getting along with them. Officer Peck told her he would investigate the text message further. Officer Peck noted at this time that Rachel indicated she had also received this text message which she had deleted prior to talking with him. He later discovered that the number Rachel told him the text came from did not match the number the other students had received it from.
On Saturday April 28th at approximately 0804PM, the Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from the Mary Ehmke residence in rural Mantorville reporting an attempted suicide. The victim, 13 year old Rachel Ehmke, was taken to St Mary’s Hospital where she later died.
The Sheriff’s Office investigation of the residence that evening found no suicide note or any specific indication from Rachel indicating why she chose to take her own life. Rachel’s family indicated that she was upset about the text message being investigated and she mentioned wanting to change schools. The family said that Rachel had been dealing with on-going bullying in school for several months.
On Sunday April 29th, while Officer Peck was assisting reviewing materials in Rachel’s school locker, there was a hand written note that appeared to indicate she was talking with another student about changing schools or going to an on-line school to avoid the problems she was having at the Kasson-Mantorville Middle school.
On Monday April 30th , it was determined that the text message in question had originated from an IPod application from Pinger, Inc, an application that allows Ipods to send text messages to cell phones via internet wi-fi connections. An administrative subpoena was issued and a few days later the company reported an IP address as the source of this email message. A search of this IP address identified it as an address belonging to the KM-Telecom in Kasson.
On May 2nd, an administrative subpoena was issued to KM-Telecom in Kasson for the location of this IP Address. Law Enforcement received the results that afternoon indicating that the text message originated from Rachel’s father’s residence in Mantorville.
During this time period, there were several students, including the four students who originally reported the text message, that were being blamed for the message and Rachel’s actions. These students had become the targets of bullying and harassment during that week after Rachel’s death both in school and online.
While we weren’t prepared to release any specific details regarding the text message and its origin due to the investigation being ongoing, we felt that it was important that a message get sent out to parents and students that the students who were being singled out for this incident were not responsible for it. This information was provided to the school who then sent out a message to parents and students indicating that the message did not come from any of these students. This release was done with the understanding that after further investigation, a press release would be issued regarding the investigations findings.
Through our investigation, which is still open pending autopsy results, we’ve determined that the text message in question originated from Rachel’s father’s residence, and possibly Rachel herself. Due to there being no suicide note left, we can only speculate as to her motivation for sending this message out. We did receive information that she had been talking to friends about trying to transfer out of KM because of problems she had been having there and had mentioned this to her parents on Friday.
In conclusion, we believe that harassment and bullying were likely factors in Rachel’s death. That being said, it appears that she had problems with a number of different people, of different ages, over the past several months. Unfortunately, there was a rush to judgment by many as to who was responsible for this most recent incident. Many of these students who have been singled out, harassed and bullied since her death were in fact students who Rachel told Officer Peck that she was now friends with again. There is not one incident or action done by any particular student(s) that we believe is responsible for Rachel’s death. Because of this, the County Attorney’s Office had determined that there is insufficient evidence to file charges against anyone regarding this case. However, the students responsible for harassing these students who were singled out will now risk being charged if their conduct continues. There has also been harassment reported this past week against some of the parents of these students. The person(s) responsible for this and any future harassment also risk being investigated and charged accordingly.
Our next step is to meet with the Kasson Police Department and the K-M School District to discuss increased involvement of the School Resource Officer in reviewing bullying and harassment complaints filed within the KM school district and consequences for students who participate in this behavior. We would like to assist in educating the community about harassment and bullying including inappropriate behaviors via social media and texting. We believe that law enforcement can work together with the public to help prevent an incident like this from happening again.
As mentioned before, this case will remain open pending final autopsy results.”
Glen Ellyn IL May 10 2012 A 12-year employee of a west suburban jewelry store has been charged with stealing and then reselling more than $200,000 worth of gold bars from the store over a six-month period, police said.
Daniel Knaack, 50, a manager at Costello Jewelry in Glen Ellyn, stole 15 gold bars, then sold the gold — worth about $211,000, Glen Ellyn police said.
Knaack “was a manager of the store who had access to the gold,” Deputy Chief Bill Holmer said.
The thefts occurred over a six-month period, and toward the end the owner of the store discovered some of the gold was missing,” Holmer said.
The investigation led to Knaack, who was charged in an arrest warrant. He turned himself in to police on April 27, Holmer said.
source-chicago sun times
BAXTER TN May 10 2012 – It wasn’t just his alleged shoplifting that got a Cookeville man arrested in Baxter on Thursday.
It was also how Justin Lyn Key reacted when confronted by a store employee, according to the Baxter Police Department.
Key, 25, of Sunflower Lane, Cookeville, is charged with theft of merchandise, indecent exposure, and public intoxication in the case, say warrants filed by Sgt. Jeremy Laycock.
It happened on May 3 at the Dollar Store at 6376 Nashville Highway, Baxter.
A store employee confronted Key about “items” he had allegedly concealed and had not paid for, one warrant says.
Allegedly, when confronted, Key “started running down the aisle ways throwing the items he had concealed and even dropped his pants and exposed his naked rear section to the Dollar General store employees,” the warrant says.
Also, he had dilated pupils, slurred speech, was unsteady on his feet and “kept attempting to pass out,” the officer alleges.
Sgt. Laycock said he was dispatched to the store that day on a report of a disturbance there. He said the value of the items Key allegedly concealed was $110.
Key was arrested and booked into the Putnam County jail, where his total bond was set at $2,000. He made bond and was released.
Source: Herald Citizen
Hollywood Fla May 10 2012 A Fort Lauderdale man is facing charges after police say he masturbated in front of a young girl inside a Hollywood Kmart.
Jonathan Lee Davis, 40, was arrested last month on a charge of lewd and lascivious behavior, according to a Hollywood Police arrest report released Wednesday.
He was later released on $15,000 bond. It was unknown whether he has an attorney.
According to the report, Davis approached the 8-year-old girl on March 24 inside the store at the Oakwood Shopping Plaza at 3800 Oakwood Boulevard and used his cell phone to record the encounter.
In the video, Davis engages in conversation with the girl, telling her his private parts are “itchy” as he starts rubbing them, according to the report.
The girl continues talking to Davis, telling him to cover it or go to the bathroom and put water on it, the report says.
According to the report, the video shows the encounter take place between clothing racks in the store while the girl’s guardian shops nearby.
The girl is called away by the guardian but the video shows Davis attempt to relocate her, the report said. When he finds her, Davis again starts talking about his private parts, the report said.
The video ends when the frustrated child tells Davis “Oh, just put it away already, I don’t want to see it,” and hides her face in a Dr. Seuss hat, the report said.
According to the report, police weren’t on to Davis until the next day, March 25, when he was detained by officers in a Burlington Coat Factory in Hialeah in regards to a “suspicious person stalking children in the store.”
In that incident, Davis has been seen by store security and captured on surveillance tape following three young girls through the store, the report said.
Davis was videotaping the girls, between the ages on 5 and 8, on his cellphone, according to the report.
“Davis stated to officers that he knew it looked ‘weird’ when he was videotaping the children inside the store, but he had a ‘problem,’” the report said.
Police confiscated Davis’ cellphone but he was released, according to the report.
Later that day, Davis emailed a Hialeah officer, apologizing for his actions and admitting he “had a ‘problem’ and would ‘take care of it,’” the report said.
When police examined Davis’ phone, it contained over 80 videos of Davis engaging with young female children, all under age 12, in various stores, the report said.
One of the videos showed the Kmart encounter, and police were able to identify and find the victim from it, the report said.
The young girl told police Davis had his hand inside his pants during the encounter and was moving it back and forth, the report said.
Hialeah Police spokesman Det. Carl Zogby said there is an ongoing investigation with multiple law enforcement jurisdictions involved, including the Secret Service and a Federal Task Force which specializes in online crimes.
Waukesha County WI May 10 2012 A 22-year-old Kohl’s Credit Center employee is facing felony charges after she used her position to steal personal identification of a customer in order to apply for her own credit cards and loans.
Jymea L. Holmes was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court Thursday with five counts of identity theft for financial gain. If convicted, she faces up to 30 years in prison and $50,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint:
In October 2011, a Brooklyn, New York woman contacted police after she discovered someone had applied for credit cards and a loan using her name and the attempts were made from a location in Menomonee Falls. Although the woman’s name and other information was used, Holmes’ address was listed to the applications.
Holmes told police she worked in the credit center and had assisted the victim in September 2011, when she decided to write down all of the woman’s personal identification and use it to apply for credit cards.
Holmes will make her initial appearance in court June 18.
State police said a security guard discovered on April 19 that 650 feet of copper wiring had been stolen from the Harlan-Cumberland Coal Co. in the Dione community.
On May 5, Sgt. Silas Whitehead of the Cumberland Police Department arrested Cebert Randy Smith, 31, and Brandy Cantrell, 32, both of Cumberland. They were charged with theft and burglary related to cases Whitehead was investigating.
State police determined that the pair also had taken the copper wiring from the Dione site and “cut it up in order to sell it as scrap,” according to a news release from state police. While some of the wiring has been recovered, it is unusable for mining, the release stated.
On Tuesday, Trooper Kevin Miller served Cantrell and Smith with warrants for theft by unlawful taking over $10,000. They were being held in the Harlan County Detention Center on $10,000 full cash bond.
Livingston County MI May 10 2012 Two New York men were arraigned this afternoon on felony charges alleging they stole more than $23,000 in clothing from Michigan outlet malls.
Kevin Kenny Palma, 23, and Christian Osorio, 19, remained in the Livingston County Jail on a $100,000 bond for retail fraud. They return to District Court on May 9 for an exam conference.
Livingston County sheriff’s officials said the two men and an unidentified female from Miami, Fla., stole high-end clothing from retail stores throughout the country, including Abercrombie and Fitch, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Pacific Sunwear of California, and Victoria Secrets.
When totaled, there were more than 400 clothing items, including polo shirts and women’s bras. Some of the items were stolen from the Tanger Outlet Center at Kensington Valley in Howell Township while some of the items are believed to be from malls in Birch Run and Green Oak Township.
Police also found in the luggage devices to remove the anti-theft tags on new clothing.
Investigators believe the trio has hit Tanger malls throughout the country.
Sheriff’s officials said the trio flew to Michigan Friday specifically to steal.
One store manager who happened to walk outside at the same time as the suspects was able to get a license plate number from the suspect vehicle, which sheriff’s officials were able to trace to the Alamo rental car company at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
Officers learned the female suspect was supposed to return the rental vehicle at around 11 a.m. Sunday, and police were waiting.
Sheriff Bob Bezotte police believe the two New York men dropped the woman off so she could check in the five pieces of luggage. When the men returned the car to Alamo, they were taken into custody, but the woman was no where to be found.
“We believe one of the men tipped her off,” Bezotte said.
Bezotte said the luggage was flown to LaGuardia Airport in New York, but with the assistance of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and Metro Detroit Airport Authority the luggage was returned and has been seized by Livingston County Sheriff’s Department.
Pleasanton CA May 10 2012 A mother and her 13-year-old daughter were found shot to death in their home Monday night, shocking the quiet suburban neighborhood where they had just moved from the Midwest on Christmas Eve.
Police responded to a 911 call reporting a shooting about 6 p.m. and found Amy Freeman Burton, 37, dead from a gunshot wound at the home in the 3500 block of Stacey Court, near Interstate 580, said Lt. Jeff Bretzing.
Her daughter, Ainsley Freeman, was also wounded by gunfire and was taken to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, Bretzing said. She was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
After receiving the 911 call from Christopher Burton, Amy Freeman Burton’s husband and Ainsley’s stepfather, officers recovered two handguns in the home, including one found near the victims.
Investigators have not said how many shots were fired or if one of the guns was used in the shooting.
Christopher Burton told police he got the guns, which are not registered, from his brother in Arizona, Bretzing said.
There were no signs of forced entry and no previous incidents reported at the home, police said. Police said they have not been able to determine whether any injuries were self-inflicted.
“We’re still treating it as a homicide” until autopsies, expected to be done Wednesday, and other tests are done, said Bretzing
Christopher Burton is a person of interest in the case, but only because he is the only surviving member of the household,
Bretzing said. “He’s not a suspect,” he said. “He’s cooperating in the investigation and has given a full statement.”
In February, police said they joined the FBI in investigating a report from the Burtons that Ainsley had been communicating over the Internet with a suspicious male. The investigation revealed the suspect was a 16-year-old boy from Kentucky, and no crime had been committed, Bretzing said.
Christopher Burton had described Ainsley’s mother as becoming “paranoid” about the teens’ communication, police said, adding there is no connection between the incident and the shooting deaths. However, Bretzing said police are following up with the boy.
Investigators don’t know the whereabouts of Ainsley’s biological father, police said.
Linda Walp, Amy Freeman Burton’s mother, said she would be shocked if the slaying was a murder-suicide because the victims had a very good relationship.
“Each one would have taken a bullet for the other,” Walp said when reached by phone Tuesday at her Missouri home.
She described Ainsley as “a straight-A student and a sweet, nice little girl.”
Amy Freeman Burton grew up in Chesterfield, Mo. — about 20 miles west of St. Louis — and graduated from the University of Kansas, Walp said.
The Burtons and Ainsley previously lived in O’Fallon, Mo.
Christopher Burton, 28, took a tech job in the Bay Area last year, and his wife and Ainsley moved in December to join him, Walp said.
Before the move, Amy Freeman Burton worked as a compliance officer for a number of companies in the St. Louis area. In January, she began work as an administrative manager for UBS Financial Services in Walnut Creek, but she resigned in mid-March, UBS spokeswoman Karina Byrne said.
Bretzing said Freeman Burton began a new job a week ago but wouldn’t say where.
Walp said she found out about the slayings while watching TV news at home.
“Who would want to murder my daughter?” she said. “She’s only been in the state for six months. What’s the deal here?”
Walp said her daughter and granddaughter grew up in suburban communities like Pleasanton.
Stacey Court is a quiet cul-de-sac of middle-class homes with tidy yards. On Tuesday, there was no police presence outside the home. The only sign anything had happened were the media news vans parked on the street and a simple bouquet of lilies left on the porch.
One neighbor, who did not want to be named, said police said there was no reason to believe other residents are in danger.
“Of course it’s safe here; it’s Pleasanton,” the neighbor said.
At Thomas S. Hart Middle School, where Ainsley attended classes, word spread quickly Tuesday about the deaths.
Erin van der Zee, a language arts teacher, said Ainsley was a standout student, despite the fact that she had just started there in January.
Van der Zee noted she had high grades and within two weeks had been asked to be a teaching assistant. She said the teen had found a good group of friends.
School officials canceled STAR testing Tuesday and will reschedule it later.
Stacy Webb, a language arts and social sciences teacher, said it would be hard for students to concentrate on the tests.
“It’s a really hard day for anyone,” Webb said. “It’s hard to imagine someone losing someone so young.”
School district spokeswoman Nicole Steward said 12 counselors were on hand Tuesday and saw about 100 students. Extra counselors will be on call Wednesday.
Exeter CA May 10 2012
An Exeter Police Department volunteer chaplain was arrested on suspicion of sexual abuse, the sheriff’s office said.
Alton Dorrough, 62, was booked into the Tulare County Main Jail on suspicion of several counts of sexual battery. His bail was set at $ 1 million.
The sheriff’s department said deputies responded to Exeter police, where they learned about the allegation. Dorrough was arrested following an investigation.
The female victim’s name was withheld because of allegations being made.
Pocono Mountain Regional Police determined the guard acted lawfully when he shot the 8-year-old male German shepherd in self-defense just before 11 a.m.
A resident of the development had contacted security to report that a loose dog had come onto his property and tried attacking his dog.
Indian Mountain Lakes security responded to an Upper Notch Road residence and located two loose dogs. As a security guard attempted to contact the dog’s owner, one of the dogs charged at the guard at the end of the driveway. The dog was reportedly aggressive and attacked the guard, police said.
The guard attempted to break free from the dog, but the dog charged at him a second time. That’s when the guard fired a round from his handgun, fatally wounding the dog.
Danielle Scott, 22, is accused of providing false information regarding a homicide investigation. The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case.
“I have lost confidence in her ability to serve on the Milwaukee Police Department and I have terminated her employment,” Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said.
According to the Department, Scott served as a police aide before becoming a police officer in October and graduating from the police academy in March.
The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case against her.
Police sources told TODAY’S TMJ4 that officer is dating a man arrested for gunning down another man in a violent car jacking.
Russell Setum was shot to death and his mother was also shot. Sources say officer Scott was found at the suspect’s home. No charges have been filed yet.
The two have a child together.
Meanwhile, police say Chief Flynn discharged sergeant Christopher Gull last week. According to police, “Gull displayed sexually explicit photos and made inappropriate comments to co-workers and subordinates while on duty.”
Gull had 16 years of service with MPD and was a sergeant assigned to the Technical Communications Division.
Chief Flynn is expected to answer questions about the recent discharges of personnel Wednesday afternoon.
DETROIT MI May 10 2012- Detroit Police are investigating a fatal shooting at a church parking lot at Tireman and Larchmont on the city’s east side.
The church is the Victory Way Assembly church. Police say the victim was the security guard for the church.
Police say he was in the parking lot when he was approached by two African American men. Officers say some sort of struggle ensued and one of the men fired a shot, hitting the security guard.
Robbery is believed to be the motive, but police say there is no evidence that the church was robbed.
The unidentified victim, an 84 year old man, was taken to the hospital were he was pronounced dead.
Police have no suspects in the shooting.
At about 1 p.m. on Thursday, a Trabuco Hills High campus supervisor noticed a security guard from the plaza smoking with students.
“The school resource officer went over to get a closer look and discovered the security guard sharing some marijuana with a 17-year-old student,” Kirsch said in an email.
The student admitted to supplying the marijuana and was cited, Kirsch said. The security guard, Christian A. Tyler, 24, admitted to supplying the pipe. Tyler also admitted to sharing marijuana with students from the school about 10 other times, she said.
Tyler was arrested and booked on charges of child endangerment and contributing to a delinquency of a minor. California Penal Code section 273 makes it illegal to willfully cause or permit a child’s health or person to be injured or to willfully cause or permit a child to be placed in a situation where the child’s health or person is endangered.
The District Attorney’s Office declined to charge Tyler with child endangerment. Tyler pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to court records. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail and three years probation. Tyler was released just before midnight on Monday, according to Sheriff’s Department records.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. May 10 2012– Passing motorists took money from an overturned armored vehicle immediately after it rolled over Tuesday morning along Interstate 77, police said.
A Loomis armored vehicle with two guards rolled at 9:10 a.m. in the northbound lane about one mile north of the Haines Branch exit of I-77.
Bills, rolls of coins and loose quarters scattered around the vehicle in both northbound and southbound lanes.
One of the earliest emergency responders on the scene radioed in that some passersby were trying to grab some of the money.
The number of those allegedly involved and how much money was taken is still under investigation, said State Police Trooper D.E. Gregory.
Gregory said details are being sorted, but the vehicle possibly hydroplaned after striking standing water. The driver and passenger received minor scrapes when the vehicle rolled and came to a rest on its top in the center median. Those who allegedly took money fled when emergency help arrived, Gregory said.
Paramedics took both guards to CAMC General Hospital, but Gregory expected them to be released Tuesday evening.
By 10 a.m., police were still removing bags of cash from the vehicle so that it could be towed. State Division of Highways employees used hand-held gas-powered brushes to sweep the coins off the freeway surface and into piles for collection by Loomis employees who arrived at the scene in a second armored vehicle.
Traffic was backed up by the accident, but began moving around the crash scene before noon.
Anyone who took money could face criminal charges after the investigation is finished, Gregory said.
PROVO UT May 10 2012 — Police will have more eyes and ears on the Provo River Trail by next week thanks to a small army of yellow-shirted volunteers who will patrol the trail on bike.
The Provo Police Department introduced its mobile bike team Tuesday afternoon at Paul Ream Park. The volunteer team is the brainchild Lee Houghton, a Provo father who has lived near the Provo River Trail since 1991.
Houghton said he was upset by violent crimes committed on the trail and is sympathetic to the families of victims whose children come to Provo to attend BYU.
“The idea a family is hurting when they sent their kid to school” sparked his plan for the bike riders, he said.
In February, a woman running on the trail was raped at knifepoint; and in 2010, a woman who was near the trail was raped and brutally beaten.
“We’ve got a great police department,” Houghton said, “but there are only so many people, and the budget is only so big.”
Currently, there are 15 volunteers, with 30 more in training or set to begin training soon. Houghton said he hopes to have the volunteers riding out on the trail by next week.
“It seems that anytime something bad is said about Provo, it has to do with the Provo River Trail,” he said.
Provo Mayor John Curtis said he’s often asked by residents what they can do to help their city. He praised Houghton for recognizing a need and coming up with a solution.
“He really did what we need residents to do,” Curtis said. “He saw a need … and he came up with his own road map.”
Provo resident Stephanie Killpack and her mother, Kathy Hindmarsh, live by the trail and are among the first wave of volunteers.
“People are going to be aware that more people are watching,” Killpack said. “I’m hoping that we can reduce crime on the trail.”
Killpack and her mother have previously been involved in a mobile watch program that allowed residents to patrol their neighborhood by car. The program, which began in 1998, currently has about 50 volunteers.
Mobile bike team volunteers underwent background checks before participating in mobile watch training, as well as training with the Provo bike patrol. The volunteers will be unarmed and will be advised to not engage or pursue people involved in suspicious activity.
Provo Police Chief Rick Gregory said he believes the Provo River Trail is safe, but having the volunteers monitoring it will be “important.”
“If nothing else, we’ll create a feeling of safety on the trail,” Gregory said.
Arlington VA May 10 2012 A Centreville man was arrested Wednesday after allegedly causing a scene at a local Ritz-Carlton hotel.
Andrew Dziuk, 29, was charged with brandishing a firearm, reckless handling of a firearm, and being drunk in public, Arlington County Police Spokesperson Dustin Sternbeck said.
Dziuk entered the Ritz Carlton on South Hayes Street with two firearms visible on his waist early Wednesday morning, police say. He asked the front desk about a room. After he became upset about the room rate, he asked if they were still serving alcohol, police say. Hotel staff asked him to leave.
Dziuk then left the hotel lobby and was outside the hotel when a hotel security guard approached him. At that point, the man waved the guns toward the security guard, police say. Police were called and they placed the man under arrest.