Two teens are expected to be arraigned this afternoon on charges they shot and killed an 84-year-old church security guard during a Bible study in Detroit, according to prosecutors.
Alandre Boone, 18, and Anthony Williams, 15, both of Detroit, have been charged with second degree murder and felony firearm, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy announced today.
But unless they face the death penalty, the son of church security guard Joseph Lewis Jr. said today he doesn’t feel there will be justice.
Investigators say Lewis Jr. died after he was shot in the chest outside Victory Way Assembly Church of God in Christ at 8:30 p.m. May 9. His son said during a subsequent church service that Lewis had been protecting parishioners at various churches across metro Detroit for more than 50 years.
“From all reports Mr. Lewis faithfully guarded his church, took care of his friends and was kind to all,” Worthy said. Worthy did not release a motive in the case. Williams will be tried as an adult, she said. Both are expected to be arraigned at 1 p.m. today in 36th District Court in Detroit.
The security company that employed Lewis did not have any type of insurance and the son has decided to file a lawsuit against them.
PHOENIX AZ May 23 2012 A security officer for Desert Vista High School was found dead on the track Wednesday morning.
Phoenix Police say it appears the man died of a heart attack.
Pat Quinn, who was in his 50s, was found dead early in the morning by a school employee.
Phoenix Police Officer James Holmes said it appears he died of a heart attack possibly while jogging though he was working at the time.
They do not plan to investigate further.
Plans for memorial services have not been finalized.
HOUSTON TX May 23 2012 – An armed robber stormed a day care in north Harris County Tuesday afternoon while the children were napping, holding employees at gunpoint and demanding a box of cash, investigators said.
It happened just before noon at the Stay and Play Children’s Center in the 800 block of Peakwood at Red Oak.
Day care employees told deputies the man initially walked in asking for info about child care, then returned with a gun drawn, demanding a gray box that contained cash.
The employees said they handed over the box, and the man left on foot. It was not immediately clear how he knew the box was there.
“I was shocked. I was scared, too. So was everybody in the office. But money—we just gave him the box so he could leave, you know, we’ve got children here we have to protect. It wasn’t really a question about was we really going to give him the money or not, so we just gave it to him,” Cherry Bradley, the Assistant Director at Stay and Play, said.
Still, Bradley said, it could have been worse – the suspect never entered the room where the kids were sleeping, and staffers were careful to stay quiet so none of them would wake up.
“I’m kind of glad he only stopped in the front, and he didn’t go trying to get everything he could get. It was scary, but it went good,” Bradley said.
Deputies said no one was physically harmed during the hold-up.
A surveillance camera at the entrance of the facility was not working at the time, so deputies said they have very little information to go on.
Many parents were just finding out about the terrifying ordeal as they picked their kids up Tuesday afternoon.
One of those parents, Jonathan Clursky, said despite what happened, it won’t change his opinion of the day care. He placed the blame squarely on the suspect.
“He was totally out of line. He was totally wrong, and he should have thought about that, putting kids’ lives in danger. And I hope they really catch him,” Clursky, whose 6-year-old daughter was there at the time of the robbery, said.
Anyone with information on the suspect’s identity or whereabouts should call the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
LAS VEGAS NV May 23 2012 – Las Vegas police have arrested a Metro officer for one count of lewdness with a minor under 14.
Police say detectives from Metro’s Juvenile Sexual Abuse Detail arrested 43-year-old Metro Officer Garrett Vandereecken Tuesday afternoon.
Officer Vandereecken voluntarily surrendered to detectives at the Clark County Detention Center where he remains in custody. He has been relieved of duty without pay pending the outcome of both the criminal charges and an internal investigation.
Vandereecken has been employed with Metro for four years. He was assigned to the patrol in the Northwest Area Command.
According to the suit, Memphis-based Guardsmark violated federal law when a co-worker repeatedly harassed a security guard, who worked out of the company’s San Jose location, because of his East Indian national origin and his age (66 at the time). According to the EEOC, Guardsmark not only ignored the employee’s reports of harassment, but retaliated against him with an involuntary transfer.
“I am glad I reported my case to the EEOC and glad to put this behind me,” said the former security guard. “I hope my case will help others understand that an employer has an obligation to ensure a workplace free of harassment.”
Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), employers have a legal obligation to stop discrimination based on national origin and age.
Both laws also strictly prohibit retaliation against workers who report discrimination. After an investigation by EEOC Investigator Rosa Salazar and first attempting to reach a voluntary settlement through conciliation efforts, the EEOC filed the suit in U.S. District Court for the District of Northern District of California. Under the consent decree settling the suit, Guardsmark will pay the former guard $25,000 and also agreed to provide anti-discrimination training to all managers who directly supervise employees at Guardsmark’s San Jose office. The company also will post a notice at its San Jose office reaffirming its commitment to non-discrimination in the workplace.
EEOC Regional Attorney William Tamayo said, “When complaints are not met with an immediate response, an employee may believe that a safe workplace is not a priority for management. We commend Guardsmark for working with us to resolve this case following court-ordered mediation.”
EEOC District Director Michael Baldonado noted, “Employers need to be proactive about eliminating harassment as soon as they become aware of it. Regular training in anti-discrimination laws and policies is simply a smart investment in prevention, and supervisors should be held accountable for enforcing them.”
The EEOC enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. Additional information about the EEOC is available on its website at http://www.eeoc.gov.
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. May 23 2012– For 3 minutes, 17-year-old Jonathan Hoffman pleaded for help.
He told a 911 dispatcher that his grandmother had shot him in the chest and he was about to die.
Then, he screamed out, saying he’d been shot again.
As officers arrived Friday at the condo in West Bloomfield, Mich., they heard several more gunshots, Detective Brad Boulet testified Monday in 48th District Court in here.
Hoffman’s grandmother, Sandra Layne, 74, came to the front door with a .40-caliber Glock handgun in her right hand.
“While walking toward the officers, Ms. Layne exclaimed that she had just murdered her grandson,” Boulet said.
She was arraigned Monday on an open murder charge.
The former schoolteacher, mother of five and grandmother of nine looked down in court as the detective described finding Jonathan unresponsive upstairs with eight bullet entrance and exit wounds. The Farmington Central High School senior later died at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich., with two bullets still left in his body, according to the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Boulet also described the 911 call: “The subject stated that his gramma had just shot him in the chest and that he was going to die and he pleaded for help. At approximately the 3-minute mark of the 911 call, the subject screamed and exclaimed he had just been shot again.”
Judge Marc Barron ordered Layne, the victim’s maternal grandmother, held without bond. Her husband and other family members came to the hearing Monday but declined to comment afterward.
As his family prepares to bury the fun-loving, friendly boy who could build a computer from scratch, they are still in shock, said his aunt, Judy Metzger, 52, of Farmington Hills.
“He was murdered in cold blood. He was executed,” she told the Free Press from her home Monday afternoon. “It’s senseless.”
Metzger, sister of Hoffman’s father, said the teen had just been accepted to Eastern Michigan University after convincing his parents to let him stay in Michigan to finish his senior year when they moved to Arizona.
Kenneth Meeks, 45, was charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment in the shooting.
Meeks, a guard at the Rugged Sole store on Utica Avenue in Crown Heights, allegedly got into a fight with another man in the store, 23-year-old Gerald Spears. Spears later returned to the store with a gun and shot at Meeks, who in turn fired his own weapon.
The 34-year-old victim was grazed in the arm and the 12-year-old was shot in the leg, police said. They are listed in stable condition at Kings County Hospital.
Police are still looking for Spears, described as about 5 feet 5 inches and 180 pounds, with short black hair.
The company, SOS Security Inc., must also verify that all guards are making the wages set in the contract, according to the state Department of Administrative Services.
SOS and the employees are also locked in a dispute over unionization, since the group joined Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ last June. SOS has not agreed to bargain with the group collectively, SEIU charges.
The contract between the state and SOS says guards with the least experience should be paid $9.23 an hour, and other guards should make $10.25 and $12.30. Armed guards should be paid $14.35, the contract says.
The order came in a letter that DAS sent last week to SOS, one of seven private companies that provide guards in state buildings in Hartford.
The guards went on a one-day strike May 10th.
Several months ago, the union had asked the state to examine SOS’s compliance with its state contract, and alleged that the company was obligated to provide workers with a pension.
But while the company neither provides a pension nor its previous 20 percent match to employees’ 401(k) contributions, the state concluded that a retirement benefit is only encouraged, not mandated.
DAS said also said the company was free to require employees to pay all or most of their health insurance premiums, but it also said fixing the wage structure was not enough to ensure the New Jersey-based contractor could continue providing services to the state.
That’s because the company is required to maintain “a tranquil working relationship between the Contractor work force, the Contractor Parties and their work force…. The Contractor shall quickly resolve all labor disputes,” the contract reads.
The company declined to comment on the issue Monday.
Tina Costanzo, a DAS manager overseeing contracts, told the company that its response to the agency did “not specifically respond to the issues at hand and the need to resolve any disruptive labor issues in a timely fashion.”
“The DAS report confirms what we already knew: SOS is not living up to its commitment with its employees or with the taxpayers of Connecticut,” said Kurt Westby, the SEIU 32BJ Connecticut director.
The Associated Press reported Monday that the company’s lawyer said in a letter to the state that with just a 2 percent increase in billing rates, there wasn’t room to pay higher wages to more senior guards, and that the company lowered its billing rates in 2008 and 2010 to help with the state’s budget crisis, without cutting guard pay.
FJC Security will get its walking papers Tuesday from enraged Port Authority executives. The decision will cost the company two multi-year contracts worth a total $550 million — $93 million this year alone.
PA officials said they were troubled by a long list of security foul-ups by FJC, capped by last week’s arrest of Peter “Bimbo” Oyewole, who used the identity of a homicide victim to land his sensitive job and passed repeated background checks.
PA Executive Director Pat Foye said, “Recent serious lapses are unacceptable. The entire security function at the PA is under review, including our current private security vendor.”
FJC has done work for the Port Authority since 2003 and employs roughly 1,000 people, which includes the region’s airports, the Hudson River crossings, the World Trade Center and the PATH train line. The firm is going to be kept in place until the PA can hire a replacement, officials said.
The company on Monday vowed to reapply for the lucrative PA work, even as it acknowledged its failures.
“We have a tremendous track record, including many successes that the public never hears about for important security reasons,” FJC spokesman Michael McKeon said. “The incidents cited by the [PA] are indeed unacceptable, which is why FJC has always taken proactive steps to improve operations whenever an issue has arisen.”
Oyewole, 55, was arrested May 14 after the PA’s inspector general received a tip the security boss was posing as Jerry Thomas since 1992, when Thomas — a 41-year-old career criminal — was killed in a YMCA shooting in Queens.
PALM BEACH GARDENS Fla May 23 2012 — On Tuesday, the day after Jackie Novembre graduated from John I. Leonard High School, the 18-year-old watched police officers announce the arrest of two men in the brutal murder of her father.
“I wish he was there to watch me yesterday. But he wasn’t,” sobbed Novembre, tightly gripping a white tissue.
Two brothers were arrested Tuesday in the July 14 death of Jacques Novembre, a father of five and grandfather of 11. The 61-year-old security guard was found beaten last summer behind Promenade Shopping Plaza on Alternate A1A.
The tall, bespectacled Novembre never awoke. He died in Kindred Hospital in Riviera Beach on Sept. 29.
“There is no joy today. Our dad was our life,” said daughter Frantzcesse, balancing her three-year-old son Quentin on her knee.
Joseph Frisbee, 28, and Stephen Frisbee, 33, could get the death penalty if convicted of the first-degree murder charges. The brothers — Stephen from Jacksonville, Joseph from suburban West Palm Beach — tried to steal a brass backflow device from behind the shopping center. The water-control devices can be sold to scrap dealers for cash, police said.
Novembre, who was on duty, interrupted them. The brothers beat him with a shovel. They stole his necklace, bracelet and wallet. Novembre’s nose was broken, and he suffered severe facial and skull fractures, police said.
The brothers took the backflow device and left Novembre unconscious behind the plaza.
That same day, Stephen sold the bracelet for $435 at a Lantana pawn shop. He sold several backflow devices the next day to a scrap metal dealer for $300 in Pompano Beach. The store owners called police.
“Various witnesses also called Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County and provided information,” said Gardens Police Chief Stephen Stepp at the press conference at the Gardens police station called to announce the arrests.
Frantzcesse said the arrests were a great relief to her family.
“I’m glad justice is served. But it does not bring my dad’s life back,” she said, trying not to cry.
Albuquerque NM May 23 2012 It was a major league bust for some major league shoplifters at New Mexico’s biggest shopping mall, as Albuquerque police launch a Coronado Crackdown.
A three day operation at Coronado Mall last week put 38 shoplifters in jail, with cops recovering $3,000 worth of merchandise and still tracking down another $20,000 or so on the black market.
Police detectives worked with mall security officers and store “loss prevention” specialists to catch shoplifters last week, working undercover and following them as they hit as many as seven different stores.
Cops said they learned a lot just by watching.
“Some of the teams that we saw as part of these organized shoplifting groups included a mother-daughter, a father-son, and a husband-wife team,” said Police Chief Ray Schultz. “They were working in concert with each other.”
“It’s been different just because we really pulled together,” said B Janecka of Coronado Mall. ” We had all of the retailers, our mall security, and the Albuquerque Police Department to make this happen. I think that’s what really helped. We all came together and we worked as a team.”
The star of the Coronado Crackdown has to be 38-year-old Manuel Leyba. Police said he swiped more than $13,000 worth of merchandise before they popped him.
Police say they will run similar operations in the malls and retail centers during the summer months.
POWELL TN May 23 2012 - Three women were shot and killed Monday afternoon at a Powell apartment complex, according to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. The husband of one of the victims is charged with their murders.
The victims were identified as Christina Moore, 39, her twin sister, Bridgett Stagnolia of Clinton, and Amber Snellings, 24, of Lake City.
The apartments are at 7310 Old Clinton Pike. The sheriff’s office got a call about the bodies being found around 3:00 p.m.
Paul Moore, Jr., 51, was taken into custody at his brother’s house on Hickory Street. According to the warrant, Paul Moore admitted to shooting his wife and claimed not to remember shooting the other two women.
Authorities say the alleged shooter’s brother called 911 to report the incident. His pistol was recovered in a wooded area near his brother’s house.
Neighbors say Paul and Christina Moore moved into the apartment three weeks ago.
“They were very quiet. The man was very friendly. I didn’t talk to her much, but the man was very friendly,” said Amanda Riggs, who lives in an apartment close to the one where the bodies were found.
Paul Moore is being held on a $1.5 million bond. He’s charged with the first degree murders of the three women. The sheriff’s office says he has no prior criminal history in Knox County.
The motive appears to be related to domestic issues, according to investigators.
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Hialeah Fla May 23 2012 Jonathan Davis, 40, a retired chiropractor from south Florida, has been charged with lewd and lascivious behavior following a March 25 incident where he followed three young girls, ages 5 through 8, through a Burlington Coat Factory and trying to record them on his cell phone while touching himself. An alert security guard caught on to Davis and provided surveillance video to Hialeah Police, who in turn provided edited surveillance video and cell phone audio to CBS4 News.
The authorities found nearly 80 incriminating videos on Davis’ cell phone, and Hialeah Police Detective Felix Mendigutia said the cell phone videos show Davis in numerous South Florida stores approaching and videotaping children, reports CBS4 News.
“This is a guy whose brazen,” said Det. Mendigutia, reports CBS4 News. “He’s fearless. He’s not afraid to get caught.”
Mendigutia told CBS4 News that Davis got just inches away from some children who were with their parents.
“In some cases I could actually see that a parent was holding a child by the hand,” Mendigutia said, reports CBS4 News. “In some cases the parent was 5 feet from their child.”
Authorities said that Davis appeared to be on the prowl, crouching down in store aisles and hiding behind merchandise, all to take videos of girls as young as 5-years-old while touching himself, reports CBS4 News. The police say he seemed desperate to get the attention of the young girls, and that he used catcalls and laughter to entice them and win their trust.
Mendigutia told CBS4 News, “You can see in the children’s eyes when they would first look up at him and then they would look down in the area in the lower part of his body.”
A cell phone video from the day before the Burlington Coat Factory incident shows Davis engaging in conversation with an 8-year-old girl he approached at a Hollywood, Florida, KMart, according to a police report obtained by NBC 6 Miami.
In the March 24 video, which takes place between clothing racks in the KMart while the girl’s guardian shops nearby, Davis tells the young girl that his private parts are “itchy” and starts rubbing them, according to the report.
The report says that the girl continued to talk to Davis, and told him to cover it or go to the bathroom and put water on it.
According to the report, the guardian calls the girl away, but Davis attempts to relocate her. After he finds the girl, he starts to talk to her about his private parts again.
The report says that the video ends with the frustrated girl telling Davis, ”Oh, just put it away already, I don’t want to see it,” and hiding her face in a Dr. Seuss hat.
The police were able to identify the girl in the video, and she told police that Davis had his hand inside his pants during the encounter and was moving it back and forth, according to the report.
Davis is shown in the videos trying to get attention from young girls by making “pssst” sounds, saying “ouch,” or asking for help finding the toy section, reports the New York Daily News.
The New York Daily News reports that in one recording, Davis tells a girl, “You can’t see what I’m hiding.”
In another, he says, “You can’t have a butt that nice when you’re eight,” reports The New York Daily News.
According to authorities, this is not the first time Davis has encountered legal trouble over perverted behavior.
CBS reports that in 2007, Davis was charged with exposing himself to several people, including a 15-year-old girl, at a park in North Carolina.
According to police, Davis emailed a Hialeah officer and apologized for his actions and admitted he “had a ‘problem’ and would ‘take care of it.’” the report said.
The investigation is ongoing and, according to NBC Miami, multiple law enforcement jurisdictions are involved, including the Secret Service and a Federal Task Force which specializes in online crimes.
Davis has been released from jail on $15,000 bond, the New York Daily News reports.
Ocala Fla May 23 2012 Four people were charged Wednesday with grand theft after being accused of stealing tires and other items worth thousands of dollars from at least two Wal-Mart stores.
Around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, an employee at Wal-Mart at 9570 SW State Road 200 saw two men loading tires onto a Budget rental van and asked for their proof of purchase. The men got into the truck and drove away.
Sheriff’s deputies Jobanney Valdez and Paul Hahn were called to the location and were given a description of the vehicle, which was broadcast to other officers.
Deputy Jessica Cohen stopped a vehicle matching the description on SR 200, just west of Southwest 48th Avenue. Inside were Andrew J. Weinreich and Ameh A. Ruiz, and 27 car and truck tires. The tires were valued at $2,653.18.
Officials found that the van had been rented by Weinreich’s mother-in-law, Julia L. Drinkwater.
The other deputies and the Wal-Mart worker went to the scene. Weinreich and Ruiz were identified as the men seen loading tires into the van. The tires were identified as belonging to Wal-Mart.
While talking to the men, deputies learned that Drinkwater and her daughter Chantelle, who is married to Weinreich, were traveling in a separate vehicle and were attempting to reach the men by telephone. They met the women at a bail bondsman’s office off W. State Road 40.
According to reports, Chantelle Weinreich told deputies they had more stolen property at a residence in the 5300 block of Northeast 14th Avenue. At the home, deputies found 14 truck and car tires, valued at $1,662.04.
Montgomery County MD May 23 2012 A 27-year-old Landover man was charged with assault Friday in the punching of a security guard, according to Montgomery County Police.
The guard, 72, was trying to break up a fight between the man and a woman, 26, of Silver Spring, when he was hit in the head outside of Giant in White Oak, said Rebecca Innocenti, spokesperson for the department.
The couple, who share a child, met at the grocery store and began to argue inside of the store, witnesses told police. Witnesses said the argument was over visitation of the child. The man and the woman continued the argument in the store’s parking lot.
“The security guard attempted to de-esculate,” Innocenti said. “In doing so, he was struck in the head by the male.”
Multiple witnesses called police, who arrived at the scene around 1:46 p.m. on May 18. The man was charged with second-degree assault, disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order
ALBANY, GA -May 23 2012
Albany State University law enforcement officers are charged with protecting the campus and surrounding areas and the people who live, work, and visit it. Four ASU officers were honored for outstanding job performance during a ceremony held May 15 at the campus police department. Supervisors used criteria based on attendance, ability to perform assigned duties and courteous professional service to select awardees.
“These officers have demonstrated their dedication to Albany State University, through their work with and assistance to the students, faculty and staff of the ASU community,” said ASU Police Department Lieutenant Daniel Diamond.
The honorees are: Security Corporal George Albert, Communications Officer Michelle Baker, Police Officer Yvette Miller and Police Officer Rosa Brown.
Captain Wayne Huntley presided over the ceremony.
London KY May 23 2012–A former state trooper accused of using his gun while soliciting a woman for sex during a drug crime has been convicted.
A jury in federal court in London convicted Fred Pennington Friday, but documents confirming the verdict were not available on the court Web site until Monday.
Pennington, 35, will face at least five years in prison on the gun charge.
He also pleaded guilty to two drug charges in the case. He faces up to 10 years in prison on each, charge according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey.
The incident that led to Pennington’s conviction happened last September.
A Corbin woman said that when Pennington came to her home with a social worker as part of an investigation, the trooper found pain pills that she abused.
Pennington said he would ignore the evidence of a drug crime if she would have sex with him, 28-year-old Regina West testified last week.
Pennington wanted to return to her home early the next morning, while her husband was at work.
At her sister’s urging, West told state police about the solicitation. State police installed hidden video equipment at her house and two officers hid in a back room to wait for Pennington.
When Pennington came back and repeated his request that West perform oral sex on him, officers emerged and disarmed him.
Pennington, who had been a trooper 10 years, resigned.
He was charged in federal court this year with possessing and distributing drugs. The charges related to pills he took from West, but planned to give back as part of his sexual solicitation.
Police found the pills in Pennington’s cruiser after catching him at West’s house.
Pennington also was charged with using his 40-caliber Glock pistol in furtherance of a drug crime. That charged was based on an argument that Pennington’s gun helped him intimidate West into going along with his request for sex.
Pennington pleaded guilty on the drug charges but fought the gun charge, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence.
Pennington is to be sentenced September 6.
“This case illustrates that the Kentucky State Police continues to react quickly regarding allegations of misconduct involving an employee,” Rodney Brewer, Kentucky State Police commissioner, said in a statement issued through Harvey’s office.
“Although this is a rare occurrence, it underscores the public oath we have taken to protect the citizens of the Commonwealth from all criminals,” Brewer said.
Police said Brendan Smith of 127 Fourth St. tried to leave the 28 Harrison St. store without paying for the razors at 4:14 p.m. yesterday, New Rochelle Detective Captain Joseph Schaller said.
Two guards attempted to stop Smith, and he fought with them, Captain Schaller said. One guard injured his left knee and the other his right hand.
New Rochelle police Sgt. Myron Joseph was in the area and spotted the commotion. Joseph helped catch the fleeing suspected shoplifter.
Smith is charged with second-degree and third-degree robbery, both felonies.