New York State Police, New York
End of Watch: Saturday, May 26, 2012 Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 6 years
Badge # Not available
Cause: Automobile accident
Incident Date: 5/25/2012
Weapon: Not available
Suspect: Not available
Trooper Amanda Anna was killed in a single vehicle crash along Route 37 in Hastings, New York.
At approximately 11:25 pm, her Chevrolet Tahoe patrol vehicle went out of control on a curve and overturned several times after striking a guardrail. Trooper Anna was transported to a nearby hospital where she succumbed to her injuries at about 5:25 am the following morning.
Trooper Anna had served with the New York State Police for six years. She is survived by her 4-year-old son, mother, and fiance.
Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Superintendent Joseph D’Amico
New York State Police
Public Information Office
1220 Washington Ave Bldg 22
Albany, NY 12226
Phone: (518) 783-3211
NASHVILLE, TN May 27 2012 – Governor Bill Haslam joined the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security in welcoming 44 State Troopers to the Highway Patrol on Friday morning. Trooper Cadet Class 512 took their oath of office in a graduation ceremony at Tulip Grove Baptist Church in Old Hickory.
Members of Cadet Class 512 have spent the past 18 weeks undergoing extensive law enforcement instruction at the department’s Training Center. The more than 890 hours of classroom training included criminal and constitutional law, patrol procedures, professional ethical conduct, crash investigation and firearms. The new graduates will now advance to a maximum of 12 weeks of field training.
“The Tennessee Highway Patrol Troopers’ Creed says ‘Many are called, but few are chosen’,” Gov. Haslam said. “Thousands applied after the announcement was made of a new trooper cadet class. The 44 cadets who are here with us this morning are those chosen few. You have firmly applied yourselves through 18 weeks of training and are now part of the elite group of law enforcement officers known as the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Congratulations.”
The Trooper Cadet Class began on January 22, 2012 with 54 cadets. The 44 graduating cadets include 19 with previous law enforcement experience and 16 former military members. Two cadets are female.
During their training, the Cadets participated in a blood drive for the American Red Cross and held a car wash, donating all proceeds to Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.). The cadets also ran in last weekend’s Law Enforcement Memorial 5K hosted by the Department of Safety and Homeland Security and several other state agencies. They won the Law Enforcement Challenge competition, besting all of the other law enforcement agencies that participated.
“I am proud of these men and women and the commitment they have already made during their training to serve in the community,” Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons said. “Tennessee State Troopers act as more than just law enforcement officers on our highways. They are servants of the people. I am honored to call the 44 before us today, the newest members of Tennessee’s finest.”
Avondale Police searching for man who shot girlfriend at Westview High School www.privateofficer.com
AVONDALE, Ariz. May 27 2012 - Avondale Police say a man shot his longtime girlfriend in the parking lot of Westview High School and is still at large.
Friday afternoon, 33-year-old Takesha Barnes was attending an 8th grade promotion ceremony held at the school located near 107th Ave and Indian School Road in Avondale.
Suspect Thomas Lamont Moton allegedly pulled up to her car, parked in the northeast parking lot, and shot her in the stomach multiple times just before 2 p.m. Family members and a security guard were with her and saw the shooting.
The victim was flown to the hospital in extremely critical condition, where she later died.
Moton then fled the scene, possibly on a 250cc Kawasaki Ninja Motorcycle, Avondale Police say.
Participants at the ceremony were locked down to ensure their safety. The victim’s daughter was in 8th grade and was a part of the ceremony.
“They pulled one of the girls from the front row,” says student witness Mackenzie Kay. “They all went outside, I guess her mom was shot… it’s really crazy for someone to walk on the campus and shoot someone.”
Police say there is a history of domestic violence between Barnes and Moton and that they have children together.
Officers are actively searching for 38-year-old Moton, last seen wearing a black and red motorcycle jacket. He is considered armed and dangerous.
The Avondale Police is being assisted by the Phoenix Police Department as well as the U.S. Marshals.
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The Alabama Department of Corrections says 33-year-old Jeremy James died Thursday after being stabbed during a fight with another inmate. Officers arrested 37-year-old Nathan Thomas in connection with the incident.
Authorities say Thomas is serving 21 years for assault and manslaughter. He was sentenced in 1993.
Authorities say James was serving a 20-year sentence for a 1995 robbery in Montgomery County.
The killing is under investigation.
Bibb Correctional Facility is a medium security prison housing about 1,900 inmates.
Stacey Smalls, 41, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, police said.
Investigators believe one twin was strangled and the other was drowned. Authorities are awaiting autopsy results for the official causes of death.
Police also allege Smalls gave her 4-year-old daughter some type of substance to drink in an attempt to poison her. The girl is listed in stable but guarded condition at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.
A police spokesman said Smalls, who worked as a nurse at a nursing home, then tried to kill herself by cutting her wrists. Her husband, Ronald Smalls, discovered the scene when he came home Thursday afternoon from his job as a corrections officer and called 911.
Police have not officially commented on a possible motive for the killings.
“She had something that she felt was justification but there is no justification… it’s a tragedy, two young babies dead and there is no excuse for that,” Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said.
Ron Smalls told WPVI-TV on Friday that he and his wife had been having marital difficulties, but he did not elaborate.
“We’ve had some problems and I’d suggested therapy for both of us,” he said. “She didn’t think it was important.”
Stacey Small changed her Facebook profile picture May 19 to a photograph of a car spray-painted along its side with the words, “Hope she was worth it.” She also listed her relationship status as divorced.
A Facebook friend asked about the car image and Smalls replied that she found the photo online and “I liked her style. Friend Ronald Smalls and check out what I wrote on his page.” The message may have been deleted, as Ronald Smalls’ most recent post appears to be on May 13 when he wrote, “Happy MothersDay!”
Stacey Smalls’ Facebook page also includes photos of her twins and 4-year-old daughter. She remained in police custody Friday and was on suicide watch, authorities said.
Boston MA May 27 2012 Mount Auburn Cemetery is known as a sanctuary for birds, coyotes, and other animals just steps from the bustle of Cambridge and Watertown, but after wild turkeys charged baby strollers and then attacked an employee, the cemetery called in the police.
Now cemetery officials are trying to explain why a large, aggressive turkey was shot and killed by an Environmental Police officer this month, and why another wild turkey was found dead at the cemetery in Cambridge last weekend.
“I just can’t understand this,” said wildlife photographer George McLean, who snapped a photo of the turkey, called Longfellow, before he was shot. “It wasn’t necessary.”
The large tom turkey that was shot had shown aggressive behavior that culminated with an attack that sent a cemetery employee to the hospital on May 14, said Bree Harvey, vice president of external affairs for Mount Auburn Cemetery. The cause of death for the second turkey remains unknown.
On May 14, the employee, who had just had knee surgery, came across the big bird, and tried to back away when it became aggressive. He tripped, fell backward, and the turkey jumped on him and scratched him, said Harvey. The employee hurt his knee in the fall and was taken to the hospital, she said. Police were called and they decided to kill the bird.
The deaths have led to a “firestorm” of e-mails and in some cases accusations that the cemetery was to blame for the demise of both birds, said Harvey. Cemetery officials have drafted a letter to send to the birding community in an effort to address the concerns.
“This is definitely not what we wanted to happen,” Harvey said.
Since the winter, Harvey said visitors to the cemetery have complained of turkeys chasing them, pecking at them, and going after baby strollers. Security guards at the cemetery have repeatedly fielded calls from visitors who felt threatened by the birds and needed assistance getting back to their vehicles, Harvey said.
At first, Harvey said, cemetery officials attributed the behavior to the mating season, but the problems have persisted.
Concerned about the safety of a number of elderly people who come to Mount Auburn Cemetery to visit gravesites, Harvey said the cemetery began consulting with the Massachusetts Audubon Society and the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife about what needed to be done. “We are a wildlife sanctuary, yes, and we don’t want anything drastic to happen to anything that is calling Mount Auburn home,” Harvey said. “However, we also feel a responsibility to protect all of our visitors.”
Harvey, who is 5 feet 8 inches tall, said the aggressive tom turkey’s head came up to her chest and he had come after her before, as well. She said she was able to flee to a vehicle and escape. “It was coming at me and it was going to attack me,” she said.
Wild turkeys have become common throughout the area in recent years, and reports of aggressive behavior are not unusual. “Wild turkeys are usually put down when they present a public safety risk,” said Reginald Zimmerman, a spokesman for the state Executive Office Energy and Environmental Affairs, which oversees the Environmental Police and the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.
The turkey at Mount Auburn was killed because it had attacked the employee and had been “very aggressive” with other people passing by, Zimmerman said. He said the reports of aggressive turkeys going after baby carriages at the cemetery were especially worrying.
Harvey said cemetery officials aren’t sure what happened to the second turkey, which was found dead on a road in the cemetery last weekend. She said the bird showed no signs of trauma, and was not killed by Environmental Police.
She said 14 turkey eggs have recently hatched at the cemetery, but only four of the chicks remain. Harvey said she suspects the missing baby turkeys have become victims of predators such as coyotes and foxes on the cemetery grounds.
BROOKLYN NY May 27 2012 – A man convicted of manslaughter for shoving a police officer to his death during a domestic violence call last year will spend 32 years to life in prison.
Forty-two-year-old George Villanueva also was convicted of criminal contempt this month. He was acquitted of a more serious murder charge.
Villanueva said at his sentencing Wednesday that he is innocent. He said if he’d known the officer was going to fall, he would have helped him.
Officer Alain Schaberger was responding to a domestic violence call made by Villanueva’s girlfriend. He toppled 9 feet from a Brooklyn stoop in 2011, breaking his neck.
The prison term also includes a charge for violating the order of protection that touched off the incident
Minneapolis MN May 27 2012 Police say that a hotel security guard found a dead body and notified officers.
The man’s body was found in a room at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Minneapolis on Friday afternoon.
Police responded to the hotel at 1300 Nicollet Mall at around 2:15 p.m. after a hotel security guard found the body, said Minneapolis police spokesman Sgt. Steve McCarty.
It is yet to be determined if the man’s death was the result of foul play, McCarty said. The man was the only person found in the room, McCarty said.
The man’s identity hasn’t been released.
Jackson, Miss., public schools agree not to handcuff students to poles or other objects www.privateofficer.com
Jackson MS May 27 2012 Jackson, Miss., public schools will no longer handcuff students to poles or other objects and will train staff at its alternative school on better methods of discipline. Mississippi’s second-largest school district agreed Friday to the settlement with the Southern Poverty Law Center, which had sued over the practice of shackling students to a pole at the district’s Capital City Alternative School.
The suit was filed in June 2011 by Jeanette Murry on behalf of her then-16-year-old son, who has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It said staffers routinely restrained students for hours for offenses as minor as dress code violations, forcing them to eat lunch while chained to a stair railing and to shout for help when they needed to go to the bathroom.
The settlement, approved by U.S. District Judge Tom Lee, says all district employees will stop handcuffing students younger than 13, and can only handcuff older students for crimes. In no case will employees shackle a student to a fixed object such as a railing, a pole, a desk or a chair.
“It’s apparent there were severe problems that we hope now are being addressed and will be alleviated,” Lee told lawyers in court Friday, just before signing the settlement order.
Troubles at the alternative school helped spark the proceedings that have jeopardized the accreditation of the entire 30,000-student district.
Nationwide, a report from the U.S. Department of Education showed tens of thousands of students, 70 percent of them disabled, were strapped down or physically restrained in school in 2009-10. Advocates for disabled students say restraints are often abused, causing injury and sometimes death.
Currently there are no federal standards, although legislation is pending in Congress. The U.S. Department of Education says Mississippi is one of 13 states with no statewide rules governing restraints.
The law center’s Vanessa Carroll said after Friday’s hearing that she hoped the settlement would improve a “profoundly dysfunctional school culture.”
“We hope with this settlement agreement, the district and school will both take a more positive approach to student discipline,” she said.
Carroll said the executive director of Mississippi Families as Allies for Children’s Mental Health will serve as a district-paid monitor as part of the settlement. Joy Hogge will check compliance in quarterly reports for two years. Under the settlement, the district also agreed to record every time handcuffs or other restraints are used.
Jackson schools’ chief lawyer JoAnne Shepherd told Lee that the district has told employees at the alternative school to stop using restraints.
“We’re looking forward to improving that environment,” she said. “We think the agreement will help us.”
The law center agreed to pay its own legal costs. In-house lawyers defended the district. Shepherd said she didn’t have an estimate of what the training and monitoring would cost.
National experts have said seclusion and restraint should be used only in emergencies when there’s a threat of someone getting hurt. But people who aren’t properly trained resort to restraints when students get out of control, they say.
The settlement says the district must tell the principal and vice principal at the school that they will be fired if they use fixed restraints.
The district has 60 days to implement to the settlement.
Carroll said the law center filed an administrative complaint with the state in September 2010, which helped spark the state’s investigation of special education in the district.
Shepherd, rejected a connection between the lawsuit and accreditation proceedings, saying they are “totally different.”
State officials recently agreed to give Jackson until November to fix special education problems. If the district doesn’t satisfy the state, it’s supposed to lose state accreditation.
The suit also reinforces criticism of alternative schools statewide. A 2009 report by the American Civil Liberties Union found that such schools “overemphasized punishment at the expense of remediation.” That report urged that alternative schools focus instead on “intensive services delivered by a well-qualified staff in a highly structured but positive environment,” so that students could return to and succeed at regular schools.
Glendora CA May 27 2012 Police on Friday evening arrested a San Bernardino County probation correctional officer on suspicion of false imprisonment and impersonating a police officer in connection with a May 11 incident in Glendora.
Douglass Leon Weaver, 43, was arrested about 6 p.m. Friday at the San Bernardino County Juvenile Detention & Assessment Center, 900 E. Gilbert Street, San Bernardino, where Weaver worked.
Weaver is being held at the Glendora City Jail on charges of false imprisonment and impersonating a police officer. His bail is set at $50,000.
According to Glendora Police, Weaver was on duty at the time and was unaware that police were searching for him.
The Probation Department participated in the investigation with the Glendora detectives, leading to Weaver’s arrest. The Probation Department’s Criminal Intelligence Unit identified the suspect from the Glendora Police Department’s composite drawing. They also confirmed that Weaver drove a cream-colored Ford Edge SUV with paper plates.
On May 11, Weaver allegedly pulled over an intoxicated male victim on the Sunflower off-ramp of the Westbound Interstate 210 freeway at 11 p.m. Claiming to be an officer and flashing a badge, Weaver allegedly offered to drive the victim to his sister’s home.
Five days later, at 2 p.m. on May 16, Weaver allegedly returned to the sister’s address in the same vehicle and made unwanted physical contact with her.
Weaver was off duty at the time of the alleged incidents.
Thanks to numerous leads from the public, Glendora Police said they were able to identify Weaver as a suspect.
“It was only through the many tips that were provided by the public and the diligence and long hours put in by Glendora police detectives that led to this arrest,” said Glendora Police Chief Rob Castro in a press statement. “It proves the value of the partnership that has been developed with the community.”
In a statement, Chief Probation Officer Michelle Scray stated, “We will not tolerate off duty conduct that brings discredit upon the San Bernardino County Probation Department and the professional men and women who work here.”
DALLAS TX May 27 2012 — The Garland convenience store cashier who was set on fire while being robbed a week ago has died of her injuries.
Nancy Harris, 76, passed away Friday evening at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, where she had remained in critical condition since she was attacked last Sunday morning.
Harris, a grandmother of two, had been an active member of the South Garland community for years.
Matthew Johnson, the man arrested and charged with the crime, is in the Dallas County Jail and charged with criminal attempted capital murder. His bond is currently set at $1,000,000
According to a Garland police news release, detectives will be working with the Dallas District Attorney’s office in pursuing a charge of capital murder in the case.
The South Garland High School Student Council was scheduled to hold a car wash fundraiser at the Fina Whip-In where Harris was attacked, at the corner of Broadway and Colonel, on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In the lawsuit filed in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, Chief Deputy Michael Gauger accuses John Dougan of engaging in a “shocking anonymous campaign of character assassination.” The website, according to the lawsuit, has featured photos of him superimposed on that of a uniformed Nazi officer, has suggested he is engaged in homosexual, racist and criminal activity and claims he is part of a “culture of corruption.”
Gauger is seeking more than $15,000 in damages and is pursuing punitive damages, said the suit filed by attorney Jack Scarola.
Dougan scoffed at the lawsuit. “I think it’s hilarious,” said Dougan, who left the department in 2009. “The First Amendment people are going to have a field day with it.”
Gauger, he said, is fair game for criticism because he’s a public figure. However, even public figures can collect damages if they can prove statements were published with actual malice or reckless disregard for the truth.
Dougan also claims he didn’t publish the photos or comments about Gauger. Those who use his website do. Originally known as pbsotalk.com, the web site recently has been renamed exposedgov.com.
SC police captain pocketed more than $10,000 in cash seized from traffic stops www.privateofficer.com
Town officials were notified Tuesday that Capt. Gregory Alexander had been charged with one count of misconduct in office and two counts of breach of trust with fraudulent intent after an investigation by the S.C. Law Enforcement Division into the finances of the town’s police force, Yemassee Police Chief Jack Hagy said.
Alexander is accused of misusing more than $10,000 in cash seized by the department between Feb. 12, 2009, and Jan. 15, 2011, according to the indictment.
The traffic stops occurred in July 2010, when he allegedly took $10,000, and in February 2009, when he is accused of taking $748, the indictment said.
Hagy, who said the captain is suspended pending the outcome of the case, stood by Alexander.
“We have full faith and confidence in Capt. Alexander, and we believe this matter will be resolved,” Hagy said.
Alexander is the department’s second-in-command, according to its website.
The investigation that led to the charges began in October 2010 when Mayor J.L. Goodwin asked Hampton County Sheriff T.C. Smalls to investigate “financial irregularities” within the department, Goodwin has said.
Soon after, Smalls turned the investigation over to SLED, according to town officials.
Goodwin said Thursday the charges against Alexander did not rattle his confidence in Hagy or the police department and hoped the case would be resolved in Alexander’s favor.
“I feel good about the department,” Goodwin said.
Based on the amount he is accused of stealing, Alexander faces two to 10 years in prison if convicted, according to state law.
Attempts Thursday to reach a SLED spokeswoman were unsuccessful.
GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. May 27 2012
Gwinnett County police said they have arrested a man they say used bogus checks and bogus businesses to swindle a major bank out of $90,000.
Now police think the suspect may be tied to a national fraud ring.
Police told Channel 2′s Kerry Kavanaugh that Steven Lee, 53, hit seven Bank of America locations across Gwinnett County in one month.
But police are now investigating if he was conducting similar fraud across the country.
Police told Kavanaugh that Lee deposited bogus checks into bogus business accounts and cashed in.
“Within a day or two, [Lee would] withdraw funds out of the account before the actual check would clear,” Detective Larry Fazenbaker with the Gwinnett County Police Department said.
Police call it “kiting.”
Fazenbaker said Bank of America’s fraud unit called police after noticing significant losses.
“He would deposit a check from another financial institution, payable to whatever company he created, into his business account that he created at Bank of America,” he said
Fazenbaker showed Kavanaugh a list of transactions from September 2011 from seven Gwinnett bank branches that totaled $92,000.
Fazenbaker said Lee took “anywhere from $500 at an ATM machine all the way to several thousand.”
Police said surveillance video showed Lee opening another bogus account in Suwanee in March, where he used a stolen Social Security number from someone in Utah.
Gwinnett police said they took warrants out for Lee in April, plus he has an outstanding theft warrant in Nevada.
The detective’s investigation has uncovered two aliases Lee used in Tennessee and Washington state.
Fazenbaker said he is working with the Secret Service to look for fraudulent transactions in those states.
“I know right now they are looking into Asian fraud investigation,” he said.
Police said don’t know if Lee is connected, but information in his case was passed on to federal authorities.
Officers said while a major bank is the alleged victim here, when any bank is continually losing money to theft, consumers could see higher fees.
FRESNO CA MAY 27 2012 Police in Fresno CA arrested a man after they found him with a modified Super Soaker.
At first glance, it looked like a water gun but a closer look revealed it had been mofified to shoot bullets.
Many things can be modified to be guns……another reminder to be alert, look twice and stay safe!
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama May 27 2012– -Birmingham police today charged a security guard with murder in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred outside a Huffman motel late Friday.
Pierre Myles, 24, of Bessemer, was charged in the death of David Winston, 27, of Birmingham. Myles also faces an assault charge, with police saying he shot a woman in the leg, according to a release from Sgt. Johnny Williams, spokesman for the Birmingham Police Department.
The shooting took place around 11:30 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of the Inn Town Suites in the 1100 block of Huffman Road, according to a police press release. Myles is in the Jefferson County Jail on bonds totaling $90,000.
Birmingham police officers fom the East Precinct responded to the Inn Town Suites to investigate a report of two people shot. Upon arrival, they found Winston in the parking lot suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and a 24-year-0ld woman suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg.
Birmingham Fire and Rescue responders pronounced Winston dead on the scene. The woman is expected to fully recover from her injury. Myles was taken into custody and placed in the Birmingham Jail this morning before being taken to the county jail.
Williams said police learned that Myles, who is a security guard at the motel, and Winston had an argument prior to the shooting. No other details were available.
Anyone with information related to the case is encouraged to call the Birmingham Police Homicide Unit at 254-1764 or CrimeStoppers at 254-7777.
The Hartford Courant reports that the legal aftermath of Howard’s death has been unfolding in two civil proceedings.
The state’s claims commissioner is considering the request by Howard’s parents to file a lawsuit against UConn. The Courant reports that their lawyer said that UConn police failed to act effectively once events unraveled.
According to the Hartford Courant, Howard’s parents also have a lawsuit pending against Jo-Ryu Security/Body Guard Service LLC of Hartford, the security firm that was hired for the school dance on the night of Oct. 17, 2009. The suit was filed last year.
Jasper Howard died after he was stabbed in the chest during an altercation outside the UConn Student Union on Oct. 18, after a dance ended when a fire alarm was pulled and the building was evacuated.
In March 2011, John W. Lomax III was sentenced to 18 years in prison for the stabbing death of Howard.
Hilo HI May 27 2012 An alleged shoplifting at a chain store on Makaala Street has led to charges of kidnapping.
The Hawaii County Police Department tells the story in this media release:
A Kona man has been charged with kidnapping and other offenses stemming from an incident that was discovered during a shoplifting investigation.
Shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday (May 22), South Hilo patrol officers responded to a call at a chain store on Makaʻala Street, where police learned that a 29-year old Kona man and a 21-year-old Kona woman had been detained by store security for shoplifting. The man identified himself by using another person’s name. Police discovered this when a 23-year-old Volcano man came forward at the store and informed officers that he was actually the person whose name the shoplifting suspect was using.
The Volcano man informed police that while he had been home, the suspect and a female companion had entered his house and demanded drugs. The victim was reportedly threatened by the male suspect, who brandished a bladed weapon and then forced the victim into a vehicle, held him against his will and drove him to the store on Makaʻala Street. When the male and female suspects exited the vehicle, the victim, who was not injured, left and eventually contacted police.
Both suspects were arrested on suspicion of shoplifting, terroristic threatening and kidnapping. The woman was held at the Hilo police cellblock and the man was held in police custody at Hilo Medical Center for treatment of an undisclosed condition while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.
At 3:45 p.m. Thursday (May 24), detectives charged 21-year-old Angelea Maldonado of Kailua-Kona with shoplifting. She was released pending further investigation of the other offenses and after posting $250 bail on the shoplifting offense.
On the same day, detectives charged Dane Frank Kendrick with shoplifting, first-degree terroristic threatening, kidnapping, and third-degree promoting a dangerous drug.
His bail was set at $71,000. He was originally scheduled to make his initial court appearance Friday afternoon (May 25) but cannot make that appearance because he remains in police custody at Hilo Medical Center.
Source:big island news
Gwinnett County police arrest new officer for furnishing obscene material to minors www.privateofficer.com
Gwinnett County GA May 27 2012 Police arrested one of their own Friday.
In a release, GCPD announced the arrest of David D. Lowe. The 26 year old Lowe graduated from the police academy earlier this month.
Lowe is charged with electronically furnishing obscene material to minors. Investigators are looking into additional charges.
GCPD’s Special Victims Unit received a tip from the Georgia Bureau of Investigations about explicit video on the website MyYearbook.com, a site designed for use by minors. The site allows users to create a profile and only interact with people in their age range. For example, if a 14 year old creates a profile, they will only be able to interact with users between the age of 13 and 16.
The tip from GBI showed that an unknown person had created an account on the website and was sharing adult videos with minors.
GCPD’s SVU was lead to Lowe’s home based on this information. Police obtained a search warrant for their fellow officer and conducted a search on his home and computers Friday.
Lowe was arrested and will be taken to the Gwinnett County Detention Center.
After his arrest, GCPD says Lowe was presented with a “notification of intent to terminate.” Lowe opted to resign instead.
San Marcos TX May 27 2012 Teacher Arrested for Sexual Assault
The San Marcos teacher who resigned amid allegations he had a relationship with a 12-year-old girl is sitting in the Bexar County Jail.
39-year-old Steven Deleon was a P.E. teacher at Travis Elementary until he resigned this week. Sheriff’s deputies say he sexually assaulted the girl at least three times including once at his home in Martindale.
San Marcos school leaders found out about the abuse on Monday and notified authorities.
San Marcos Teacher Arrested for Sexual Assault