Emily Cox, 19, was shot at least once by Officer Sergio Ramos at about 2 a.m. in the nightclub parking lot in the 700 block of Bennett Road.
Cox and two other women were removed from the club for fighting when Cox got into her sport-utility vehicle and tried to run over the women, reports show.
Ramos, who was working off-duty security at the nightclub, saw Cox and tried to intervene.
Instead, Cox aimed her SUV at the officer, forcing him to open fire.
Ramos fired several rounds at Cox’s vehicle, hitting the windshield at least once. Cox struck the officer and then drove away from the scene, but stopped about a half-mile away. That’s where officers found her unconscious, police said.
Cox was hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries.
She will be charged with aggravated battery with a motor vehicle.
Ramos, the officer who fired at Cox, is a member of the Parramore Bike Unit and has been employed by OPD for four years. He has been treated and released from the hospital, police said.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is assisting in the investigation, which is standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting.
At least three OPD officers were working at the club Tuesday night during their “Takeovr Female Free-4-All,” an event offering free drinks for women 21 and over until midnight.
Ramos was assigned to the parking lot.
Cox’s Facebook page suggests she is self-employed and attends Valencia Community College. It’s unclear if she was drinking at the time of the incident.
ABERDEEN, Wash. June 7 2012
A 9-year-old girl and her family say she was stuck by a hypodermic needle as she climbed into bed at an Aberdeen hotel and now has to have her blood checked routinely to make sure she hasn’t contracted a disease.
KIRO 7′s Chris Legeros talked to the family as well as the hotel owner who calls their story suspicious.
An Aberdeen police dispatch log confirms that officers were called to a hotel after the incident was reported Friday night.
Emily Johnson, who loves softball, went to a tournament in Aberdeen last weekend and stayed at the Guest House Inn and Suites. She said she got a painful surprise when she climbed into her bunk bed that night.
“I told my dad that something poked me and it was scary. It felt like kind of a bee stung me,” said Emily.
Emily’s father said his daughter’s heel was bleeding. He pulled back the sheets and mattress cover and was horrified by what he found.
“There were two syringes, one with a needle attached. There was a plastic bag and a bandage with blood on it,” said Emily’s mother, Angie Smith. “(It was) total shock. I couldn’t believe it. It was almost like, is this real?”
Smith called police and took her daughter to a hospital emergency room where she was told that Emily will to have her blood routinely checked for a year to ensure she didn’t contract hepatitis or HIV. Smith said she’s worried and angry at the hotel for not even agreeing to pick up the cost of their stay.
“Somebody’s at fault for not making sure that room was clean and safe for us and our kids,” said Smith.
The hotel’s owner, Jas Dhaliwal, said he is suspicious of the story, claiming his staff offered to dial 911 when the family told them what happened and his guests declined.
Dhaliwal said the family also declined a move to another room, accepting just a change of linens on the kids’ bunk beds.
Dhaliwal said “their story is not true,” “it was their needle” and the family was “just trying to get a free room.”
The family said they wasted no time calling police and taking their child to a hospital. A dispatch log shows the mother reported the incident nine minutes before the hotel called and the family is considering a lawsuit.
“It’s not necessarily about the money. But I don’t want anybody to ever have to deal with this ever again,” said Smith.
So far, Emily shows no sign of disease and stayed in Aberdeen and played softball after getting stuck by the needle.
Her parents said they are still worried and bothered by the fact that she’ll have to have regular blood tests
CHICAGO IL June 7 2012 - The security guard who scuffled with the son of Illinois Senate President John Cullerton outside a Wicker Park bar Sunday night claims the younger Cullerton interfered with the arrest of another man, mentioned his father’s title, and said the guard would be in trouble if Cullerton’s friend wasn’t released.
“He kept repeating that over and over,” Roberto Gonzalez said. “My dad’s a senator.”
Gonzalez, who said he’s worked as a licensed security guard for 10 years and is authorized to carry handcuffs and a baton, said it began when the other man, Ryan Katzman, a tenant of the building where the Innjoy bar is located in the 2000 block of West Division Street, came down to the bar.
Katzman “had been trying to cause trouble the past three days” at the bar, Gonzalez said. About 10:30 p.m. Sunday, the final day of the Do-Division street festival. Katzman was told to leave but wouldn’t go, and refused to let go of a patio chair outside the bar, so Gonzalez handcuffed him.
He then walked Katzman down to some police officers on the block but the officers had another call and told Gonzalez to hold Katzman until they returned. Gonzalez said he was on the curb with Katzman when Garritt M. Cullerton came by and said, “Hey, that’s my buddy, let him go.”
Cullerton then started shoving Gonzalez in the shoulder, Gonzalez claims. He told Cullerton not to touch him, at which time Cullerton said, “I am going to punch you in the face. Punch you in the f—ing face and knock you out.”
“We then started dancing in circles,” Gonzalez said, with Cullerton attempting to punch him and Gonzalez holding a baton behind his back. Gonzalez did not use the baton on Cullerton, who kept saying, “My father’s a senator. You f—ed up. I demand that you let him go.”
When police returned to the bar, they arrested Katzman and Cullerton.
Cullerton, 28, of the 2800 block of West Sunnyside Avenue, was charged with misdemeanor assault, police News Affairs Officer Darryl Baety said. Katzman, also 28, was charged with a misdemeanor count of criminal trespass to land, according to News Affairs Officer Robert Perez.
Both were released on personal recognizance bonds and are scheduled to appear in court on June 25 at Branch 43 at 3150 W. Flournoy St., police said.
It is not first time Cullerton has been in trouble with the law. He pleaded guilty in January 2011 to a misdemeanor DUI charge. He was arrested driving an SUV registered to the state Senate when he was stopped in the 800 block of North Dearborn in the early morning hours of April 18, 2010.
Police said he registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.188, more than twice the legal limit. He was also ticketed for improper lane usage. Cullerton was sentenced to two years probation, fined $1,250, ordered to perform 240 hours of community service and ordered to seek treatment for alcohol abuse.
He was also charged with DUI in 2004 and 2008, but not convicted.
Police arrested 37-year-old Habacu Rodriguez Lopez on Tuesday and charged him with murder and assault with a deadly weapon.
Police say 50-year-old Richard Snyder was shot and killed early Tuesday when he tried to break up a fight in the parking lot of the bar and restaurant.
A woman was also shot but was no seriously injured.
Witnesses told police that several men were arguing as they left the restaurant and Snyder went outside to try to break up the fight.
Investigators say Snyder was shot several times and died at the scene.
It was not clear if Lopez has a lawyer.
According to the report, the guard spoke with the driver, a 36-year-old West Bloomfield Township man, who walked away from the scene.
Police later found him walking on Hills Tech Drive.
The man had a cut on his mouth, which precluded him from taking a preliminary breath test, so he was taken to Botsford Hospital for a blood test.
In addition to possible drunken driving charges, the man was ticketed for leaving the scene of an accident.
He posted bond and was released to his wife.
PHILADELPHIA PA June 7 2012 — As a star linebacker at Woodbridge High School, Praise Martin-Oguike played in New Jersey’s prestigious North-South All-Star game last year and was recruited by Division I Temple University in Philadelphia, where he was just one of a handful of freshmen to see action during the 2011 season.
But a promising career could be forever altered by what authorities say happened in a Temple dorm room two Saturdays ago: Martin-Oguike is accused of raping a 21-year-old woman, then sending her a text that asked: “Are you going to press charges?”
Martin-Oguike was arrested last week by Philadelphia police and charged with rape, sexual assault, indecent assault, aggravated assault, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person, police said.
The alleged assault occurred shortly after 4 p.m. May 26, when Martin-Oguike and the woman, whom he knew, were in his dorm room, Philadelphia Police Lt. Ray Evers said. The next day, the woman, who is also a student at Temple, went with friends to police to report she was attacked, Evers said.
Three days later, Martin-Oguike surrendered to the Philadelphia Police Department’s Special Victims Unit. He was later released on bail.
Temple spokesman Ray Betzner said Martin-Oguike, a 6-foot-1, 220-pound linebacker and business student, was suspended from the football team and the school until the criminal charges are adjudicated.
“He is not allowed on campus,” Betzner said.
Martin-Oguike’s lawyer, James A. Funt, based in Philadelphia and Camden County, told The Star-Ledger the football player is a “good kid from a great family” and has been unfairly charged
Martin-Oguike is the son of Nigerian parents. His father, Rev. Canon Martin Oguike, is vicar of a church in Woodbridge, survived a genocidal civil war and went on to earn a doctorate. His mother, Ngozi Martin-Oguike, is a teacher and poet. Her son’s paintings were used in her published book of spiritual poetry, “Lyrics of the Gong.”
“His only mistake was rejecting this woman’s demands for a permanent relationship,” Funt said. “Her allegations against him are baseless, she knows it and we will prove it in court.”
Temple was “premature” in suspending Martin-Oguike, the lawyer said.
The Philadelphia Daily News, which obtained the arrest affidavit, reported that after Martin-Oguike and the woman went to his room to watch television, he forced her into a lying position, grabbed her around her neck, stripped her shorts off and raped her while she kicked her legs, cried and told him to stop.
The newspaper, citing the affidavit, noted that Martin-Oguike stopped and the woman grabbed her clothes and fled to the dorm bathroom, where she discovered vaginal bleeding and called a close friend in Michigan to tell her she was raped.
In his interview with The Star-Ledger, Funt didn’t dispute Martin-Oguike sent the text asking the woman if she was going to press charges, but said the text has to be viewed in the context of all the messages that were sent.
“To take one text message and presume guilt is irresponsible,” he said.
Judge John Truitt sentenced Martavion Sanders on Tuesday for the 2008 shooting at Chivo’s Bar.
A jury in April found Sanders guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Tyrone Thompson. Security guard Ronald Fair was seriously injured in the shooting but survived.
Sanders also was convicted of aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated discharge of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon.
Authorities say Sanders became upset after being removed from the bar, returned with a weapon and shot both men.
SHELBY, NC June 7 2012 - Police in Shelby say they arrested a woman over the weekend after she squeezed a man’s testicles out of his scrotum.
Joyce Maxine Gregory, 35, is charged with malicious castration and assault inflicting serious bodily injury, according to Shelby Police Chief Jeff Ledford.
Police say Gregory got into an argument with an older man Saturday morning. When he went outside to call 911 she followed him and grabbed his scrotum.
The man ran to a nearby rescue squad building for help.
Police were sent to the residence on Bowman Street to arrest Gregory. When she was placed in the patrol car, she pulled down her pants and urinated in the backseat.
Gregory’s bond was set at $20,000.
According to Corrections Department spokesman Clark Newsom, negotiations failed and force was used to blow off the door locks and go into the prison and rescue the corrections officer at around 5 a.m. Wednesday.
Officers found the guard wearing an inmate outfit and handcuffs. The inmates had taken the guard’s keys and were moving throughout the prison.
Newsom says the situation started when a nurse, escorted by the corrections officer, was passing out medication around 9:00 p.m. Tuesday night. Newsom says a group of inmates got their hands on the officer when a door that was supposed to be locked, wasn’t.
The nurse escaped, but the officer was held hostage by the inmates. Prison officials say there were 116 inmates in the wing when it happened.
We’re told Newsom says they haven’t determined a motive and they’re not sure if any one inmate was in charge of it.
The guard is expected to be okay.
Newsom said officers are not usually armed with guns, but some do carry gas canisters or batons. The spokesman also said it’s not uncommon for units two have two officers on duty at night because it’s usually a very quiet time in the prison.
Through the night there was some communication going on between inmates and law enforcement as an inmate with an illegal cell phone called Lee County dispatch.
Other law enforcement agencies were called to the scene to aid in securing the perimeter of the prison. Newsom says the area around the prison was safe the whole time.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says 32-year-old Jason Colvin was arrested and booked Tuesday.
The TBI says Halls was indicted by a Lauderdale County grand jury on charges of official misconduct, theft of more than $500 and less than $1,000, accessory after the fact and facilitation of a felony.
Allegations against Colvin include obtaining a handgun from a convicted felon and attempting to sell a stolen handgun at a pawn shop in Halls.
A clerk at the Lauderdale County general sessions court said the court was closed and she did not know if Colvin had a lawyer.
Colvin is on unpaid leave from the department.
HOPE HULL, AL June 7 2012 - The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is confirming details that have had a community holding its breath for the last three days. The 9-year-old twins from Montgomery and their 73-year-old Lowndes County caretaker, missing since Sunday, have been found murdered.
On Tuesday the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department requested the ABI’s assistance after the bodies of one adult and two children were found on a dirt road off Alabama Hwy. 21 near Hayneville. Those bodies were confirmed to be the DeJerinett twins and their caretaker.
Agents have developed a person of interest. Authorities are looking for 22-year-old Deandra Marquis Lee.
Lee has a criminal record and is out on bond from Dallas County for being in possession of a firearm with an altered serial number, obstruction of justice, resisting arrest and violation of a license to carry a pistol.
Lee is considered armed and dangerous. He is described as a black male approximately 5’6″ tall weighing 175 pounds. His last known address was on Thomas Avenue in Montgomery.
If located, contact your local law enforcement agency or ABI Special Agent Matt Bowman at (334) 242-1142. If you wish to remain anonymous, call the crime tip line at 1-800-392-8011.
A motive is unknown at this time.
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Shawn Bryan’s 1-year-old daughter was in the Springfield, Mass., apartment during Monday afternoon’s explosion of violence but she was not hurt.
The murder-suicide unfolded after Bryan’s ex, Charlene Mitchell, 29, went to court Monday and took out an order of protection against him.
“He is a demon,” she wrote in her application, saying he was physically abusive before they broke up last July, according to the Springfield Republican.
She said he was supposed to pick up a TV from her family over the weekend but didn’t show and instead barraged her with text messages, including one that said; “I’m going to make you wish you were not born.”
The judge ordered him to stay away from her, but at 1 p.m. Mitchell called 911 to say Bryan was on the way to the house and she feared for her life, police said.
Springfield Police Officer Kevin Ambrose arrived at the scene to find Mitchell, 29, and Bryan outside. After a conversation, all three made their way up to the third-floor apartment.
Suddenly, Bryan, 34, pushed Mitchell inside and shut the door. Using his registered 9mm semiautomatic, he fired at Ambrose through the door, then opened it and fired at the cop again, police said.
Bryan then turned the gun on Mitchell and shot her in the head, critically wounded her. He ran out to his car, where he fatally shot himself in the chest.
When backup arrived, the officers found Ambrose on the floor in the hallway and began pumping his chest, but the 36-year veteran died at Baystate Medical Center.
Mitchell was fighting for her life after surgery at the same hospital. Her 1-year-old daughter with Bryan was in the custody of child welfare authorities.
Bryan had been a correction officer since August 2009. He last worked at Rikers on Saturday and was scheduled to return to his post on Tuesday.
Mitchell described him as mentally unstable and domineering.
“He had always told me that he is crazy and that his head is not good,” she wrote in her application for the order of protection.
He was licensed to carry his weapon in New York but was supposed to surrender it to Massachusetts authorities after the order of protection was issued.
“We are shocked and saddened by today’s events. Each of us takes an oath of office to preserve and protect the lives of others,” Corrections Commissioner Dora Schriro said in a statement.
“This is an unspeakable tragedy. We express our heartfelt condolences to the family of Springfield Police Officer Kevin Ambrose, his fellow officers in the Springfield Police Department and the City of Springfield.”
Ambrose, 56, was married with two grown children and one grandchild. His brother is a police sergeant.
“Officer Kevin Ambrose was a great police officer. He will be sadly missed by his fellow officers,” said Springfield Sgt. John Delaney. “I have known him since I became a police officer.
“When speaking to him recently about retirement he said, ‘Why leave? I love my job,’” Delaney said. “He is someone that I always looked up to.”
Oak Lawn IL June 7 2012 He wore a dreadlocks wig, covered his face, and plotted his escape. But the one thing a bank robber in suburban Chicago didn’t account for, according to police, was getting stuck in an air duct.
Charles Estell, 38, was charged with one count of bank robbery in federal court Sunday.
Investigators said Estell held them on an 11-hour stand-off at the Bank of America branch at a strip mall in Oak Lawn, with a restaurant and other stores nearby.
According to a criminal complaint released by the F.B.I. Chicago office, Estell staked out the bank and somehow learned there was an opening in the building’s roof that led to the bank vault.
Two female bank employees were in the vault at around 2:15 p.m. Saturday, getting ready to close for the day, when a man suddenly walked into the vault.
The robber was wearing a ski cap, had a bandana covering his face, and a dreadlocks wig. He was holding a gun in his hand, and according to the complaint, told the employees, “This is a robbery, get down on the floor, keep your heads down. I don’t want to kill or hurt you, I just want the money.”
The robber then tied the employees’ hands with black zip-ties, and duct-taped their mouths and feet, telling the employees, “I have someone outside, I don’t want to shoot you, give me 10 minutes.”
After he shoved about $100,000 into a backpack and a duffle bag, the FBI says surveillance video captured the robber pacing back and forth inside the bank branch.
Witnesses in nearby businesses spotted the robber through the bank’s windows, and told ABC station WLS-TV in Chicago that the robber appeared to be talking on a cell phone.
“He was crawling on his hands and knees like a dog. He had a cell phone in one hand and a pistol in the other hand,” witness Conrad Rusin said.
Bank security guards saw the robbery on closed circuit surveillance cameras as it was happening inside the vault and called police, who arrived almost immediately.
Oak Lawn police say the robber tried to walk out the front door, but ran back in to the bank, when he noticed police were already on the scene.
The robber then decided to make his exit through the building’s air duct system, which is linked to neighboring businesses and office buildings in the strip mall.
More than 60 SWAT members and other officers arrived on the scene and spent nearly 11 hours searching for and trying to communicate with the bank robber, whom they suspected still had to be somewhere inside the strip mall.
Just before 1 a.m. Sunday, a broken window and a trail of blood led authorities to an air duct in a neighboring office building. Police found Estell stuck inside the duct, unable to free himself.
“He was wedged in there. He did not communicate. We had to physically cut him out of the vent to get him out,” Oak Lawn Police Division Chief Michael Kaufman told ABC News.
Investigators are still trying to figure out how he learned about the vault’s location.
“There’s no doubt he had some knowledge,” Kaufman said. “He definitely had a plan, but apparently his plan failed. ”
Police recovered the cash and the loaded handgun used in the robbery, stashed near the roof of the building, he said.
“He tried to hide the money and gun, hoping, it seemed, to locate it a later time, if he had escaped,” Kaufman said.
According to Illinois Department of Corrections records, Estell was out on parole after serving time on vehicular hijacking charges.
Oak Lawn Police said the two female bank employees were shaken up, but not injured.
Bethlehem Township NJ June 7 2012 The body of a Bethlehem police officer who apparently committed suicide was found in a wooded area of western New Jersey on Sunday, according to report in The Express Times.
Frank A. Rossnagle, 51, had been an officer in the Bethlehem Police Department for more than 15 years, starting in 1997. Prior to that, he had worked as a police officer in New Jersey in Washington Township, which is not far from where his body was found in Mansfield Township.
An entry on the Bethlehem Police Department’s blog paid tribute to the deceased officer today. It said that Rossnagle has been the property/evidence officer for the department for the past four years. He had also worked in the department’s Criminal Investigations Division for more than eight years.
Rossnagle received 10 letters of commendation for exemplary performance while working for the Bethlehem Police Department.
“He was honored for his poise and control during stressful situations, his team efforts and his sense of duty,” the blog post read. “Frank’s contributions to our community have been many and meaningful.”
Rossnagle also served as the department’s historian, “doing many hours of research on his own to uncover many of the details of our department’s past,” according to the tribute blog.
“It is clear that Frank’s passing has left a great void in our police department family and we are all mourning the loss.”
In a comment posted under the blog, Don Hoffman, who identified himself as an officer who was sworn in on the same day as Rossnagle, said he was well loved for a “‘gruff’ exterior that covered for one of the most tender and caring hearts you could find in a human being.”
Schiffer said the department is currently in the process of organizing a memorial for Rossnagle.
Rossnagle is survived by his wife, Audrey, and step-daughter, Amie O’Rourke.
Officer Fausto Lopez, the cop who led a Florida Highway Patrol trooper on an attention-grabbing chase through Broward County in October, has been suspended for one month in the first wave of punishment, according to reports.
The incident generated headlines and prompted a closer look at officers speeding by the Sun Sentinel newspaper, who in February published an investigation that used SunPass toll records to find that Miami officers drove up to 55 mph above the speed limit while off-duty and outside of city limits.
“What the Sun Sentinel has done is a service to all police agencies because if they did not know they had a speeding problem, now they do,” Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa said. “I, like most chiefs around, if you ask them everybody’s going to tell you, ‘We didn’t know it was this bad.’”
Internal affairs investigators developed a matrix for discipline based on the number of violations. Ten officers identified as occasional speeders have already been notified of their punishment, which ranges from warnings to temporary loss of their take-home cars.
Orosa said one or more habitual speeders will be fired, and he is installing GPS technology into 40 patrol cars to keep tabs on officers.
Police brass say they hope the crackdown sends a message that police are not above the law.
GULF SHORES, Alabama June 7 2012– A Foley woman who claimed she was robbed while making a night deposit at Hancock Bank on Sunday was arrested late Tuesday after Gulf Shores police and Vice, a police service dog, discovered the theft was staged by the woman and her husband, who actually took the cash, according to Sgt. Jason Woodruff.
Dana Molder Berg, 40, was charged with first-degree theft of property and falsely reporting an incident, police said Wednesday.
Andrew George Berg, 35, of Foley was arrested and charged with first-degree theft of property. He is a convicted felon from Colorado and the couple recently moved to the area, according to police.
The night deposit was being made for Mrs. Berg’s employer, Old Time Pottery on Ala. 59 in Foley, about 8 p.m. Sunday, according to Woodruff.
“We were already suspicious,” of her story, Woodruff said. She was very specific in the path the would-be robber took as he ran off and K9 dog Vice went on the exact path and found nothing, according to Woodruff. Police obtained the bank video on Monday and it showed her husband running in the opposite direction, he said.
The video confirmed that Vice was correct all along, police said. Vice’s handler is Officer Jeremy Perry.
The decision followed six days of testimony on Municipal Court Judge Maureen Coffey’s lawsuit, which accused the Sea Pines’ property owners association, Community Services Associates, and its security chief, George Breed, of harassing and defaming her and her family while authorities investigated a series of break-ins in 2004 and 2008, in which her adopted brother was a suspect.
Coffey proved “by clear and convincing evidence” that Breed and CSA made statements about Coffey that were false or that they should have known were false, according to the verdict.
She was awarded $2 million in damages to her reputation, $4 million in punitive damages and $6,050 in compensation for counseling and medical expenses resulting from the defendants’ actions.
Coffey, Breed, CSA officials and their attorneys declined comment after the verdict was read in the Beaufort County Courthouse by Circuit Court Judge Carmen Mullen.
CSA has agreed to cover Breed’s legal expenses and the judgment against him, according to testimony during the trial. A 2011 CSA financial report introduced at trial indicated the association has $6.7 million in an “unallocated reserve fund.”
Attempts Wednesday to reach CSA president Bob Mang were unsuccessful.
CSA board member and former president John McLauchlin said he could not comment on the verdict “because I imagine we’ll be appealing that.”
McLauchlin said the reserve fund is set aside for “infrastructure replacement and renovations” and would not be available to pay Coffey damages, should they stand on appeal. He would not comment on how CSA might pay.
Neither Mullen nor attorneys for either side objected to the verdict after it was read. Breed and CSA have 10 days to file a challenge to the verdict and the damages.
In a deposition read in court last week, Breed stood by his contention that Coffey “hindered and interfered” with a Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office investigation of Otis Coffey, the judge’s adopted brother. Breed’s suspicions led him to file a judicial complaint against Coffey that was later dismissed.
In his letter to the S.C. Commission on Judicial Conduct, Breed alleged Coffey cannot be neutral in cases involving Sea Pines, and she showed a pattern of “prejudicial” conduct.
Judges should expect to be criticized, CSA attorney Andrew Halio told the jury Tuesday.
Halio argued Coffey’s actions gave the appearance that she was “trying to throw her weight around as a judge.”
As such, Breed and CSA were within their First Amendment rights to complain of her conduct as a public official, Halio said.
S.C. Appeals Court rules also prohibit judges from filing civil lawsuits against those who lodge complaints against them.
Maureen Coffey’s attorney, Robert Mathison, however, said she had a right to sue because Breed and CSA tarnished her reputation by sharing the judicial complaint with town officials and others in Sea Pines. Judicial complaints are confidential until formal charges of misconduct are filed.
Before trial, Breed and CSA argued for a favorable judgment by the court, saying there was no evidence Breed’s statements were false or made with malicious intent. But Mullen ruled there were sufficient questions about the facts of the case for it to go to trial.
Mathison said Breed’s statements were false, based on testimony from sheriff’s officials that Coffey never interfered with their investigation into the Sea Pines break-ins. He also cited a failure by Breed and CSA to provide “a shred of evidence” that Coffey acted with bias while hearing cases, and he noted that the state Commission on Judicial Conduct determined there was insufficient evidence to file charges against Coffey or further investigate Breed’s claim
Police said the security guard was patrolling the Hamilton General’s parking lot at about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday when she saw a man driving slowly through the lot on an E-bike.
She saw the man pull out a tool and smash the window of one of the cars in the lot, police said.
The 39-year-old woman tried to arrest the suspect, but he ran off. The guard caught up with him again and was trying to gain control when the man hit her in the face, police said.
Other hospital staff later came to help her and the suspect was held until police arrived. The security guard suffered minor injuries.
Michael Aviks of Hamilton has been charged with mischief under $5,000, assault and possession of a burglary tool.
Source: The Hamilton Spectator
MARSHALL COUNTY, AL June 7 2012- A Marshall County pastor now facing child sex abuse charges in Texas spent nearly a decade in the Texas state prison system before he was hired to pastor a church in Albertville.
41-year-old Mark Allen Green is jailed on a half million dollar bond in Texas and faces sexual abuse and aggravated sexual abuse of a child charges in Ellis and Navarro counties involving two victims under the age of 18.
Looking at his criminal background, his life of crime appears to have begun before the age of 20. Over the years, he’s faced numerous charges in at least six counties in Texas.
State prison officials said Green first entered the state system in 1996 on theft and burglary of a vehicle charges.
He was released in 1998 but was put back into the system in January 2001, and that’s where he stayed until late 2007.
Earlier this year, Green was hired to pastor the Cowboy Church of Marshall County in Albertville.
One church official said he wasn’t there but for a couple of months, that bad news followed him and he was terminated.
Albertville Police confirm Texas investigators came in recent weeks to talk to Green.
Texas officials say those talks led to his arrest last week when he turned himself in to authorities for his latest charges.
Members of the Board of Elders have not responded as to whether they did a background check on Green before hiring him.
Here is a list of charges against Green:
•Feb 1990-Traffic Offense
•June 1992-Theft Less Than $750
•July 1992-Revocation of Probation on Theft By Check Charge
•July 1992-Theft Under $200
•Dec 1992-Failure To Appear in Court and Speeding
•February 1993-Failure To Provide Identification
•Sept 1995-Revocation of Probation on Vehicular Burglary Charge
•Dec 1995-Failure To Appear in Court
•Jan 1996-Issuance of Bad Check
•Oct. 1998-Bond Forfeiture on Theft By Check Charge
•April 2010-Theft By Check
•July 2010-Assault (Domestic Violence)
•2003-Theft By Check
•2003-Theft of Less Than $500
•2003-4 Charges of Issuing and Passing Bad Checks Tarrant County:
•May 2000-Theft By Check
•May 2000-Theft of Livestock Under $20,000 Parker County:
•Oct 1999-4 Charges of Theft Less Than $500
•Nov 1999-Theft Less Than $500
•April 2000-5 Charges Theft Less Than $200
•April 2000-2 Charges Theft Less Than $20,000
AURORA CO June 7 2012
Aurora police Chief Dan Oates today defended the department’s decision to stop almost 20 cars and detain 40 people Saturday during a search for a pistol-wielding bank robber.
Oates said the operation, which included handcuffing all the men and some women, was unusual, but necessary.
“We had a virtual certainty that the bank robber was in one of those cars,” Oates said.
Officers did find the suspect in one of the cars, and he will likely face bank robbery charges in federal court, Oates said. Investigators also found a beekeeper mask they say the man wore during the robbery as well as two pistols connected to the crime, he said.
The United States Attorney’s Office in Denver identified the man this evening as Christian Paetsch, 45. He was charged today with armed bank robbery and using a gun during a crime of violence, prosecutors said.
Oates said Paetsch was from Centennial and had one misdemeanor arrest on his record.
The incident started around 3:50 p.m. Saturday when police say the robber barged into a Wells Fargo Bank at East Hampden Avenue and South Chambers Road and pointed a gun several people in the bank.
The robber, who was wearing a mask that covered virtually all of their face, then fled the area.
Oates said officers determined that the robber had to be in one of 19 vehicles headed east on East Iliff Avenue near South Buckley Road at about 4:20 p.m. The intersection is about two miles northeast of the bank.
Oates declined to say exactly how officers knew the suspect was going to pass through the intersection, but stressed that investigators were certain he would.
Officers didn’t have details about the suspect’s appearance, including gender and race, so they stopped every car, Oates said.
The operation lasted more than two hours and Oates said officers searched just the one car where they found the mask, guns and suspect.
Oates said “investigative detentions” like the one Saturday are very rare, but allowable under the law.
None of the 40 people detained have lodged complaints, Oates said, but the department has heard complaints form other people who weren’t involved in the stops.
Oates apologized for the inconvenience the operation imposed on people, but said it was needed to catch a dangerous bank robber.
“No question we inconvenienced citizens, and I feel badly about that,” Oates said.
The operation will be reviewed, Oates said, but he stands by the lieutenant who ordered it.
“I can’t find fault with the decisions that were made,” he said.