Freehold Borough NJ June 18 2012 A Monmouth County jury found a Freehold Borough police officer guilty of shoplifting from the Home Depot in Freehold Township on Thursday, according to a press release issued by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
The Honorable Anthony J. Mellaci, Jr. presided over the trial. Upon the jury’s verdict, he ruled that Darnell Esdaile, 46, must immediately forfeit his position as a police officer with the Freehold Borough Police Department.
Esdaile was arrested at the Home Depot on November 11. He was off duty at the time of the incident. He was stopped by Home Depot Loss Prevention officers when he tried to leave the store with just under $500 worth of laminate flooring materials without paying.
According to the press release, testimony from the trial revealed that approximately an hour before his arrest, Esdaile had been in the Freehold Township Home Depot and loaded eight boxes of laminate flooring on a flatbed cart, as well as a steam mop. Esdaile approached the cashier, advised her that he had already paid for the flooring and simply wanted to be charged for the mop. When Esdaile failed to produce a receipt for his alleged purchase, the cashier alerted store security.
Esdaile ultimately set the steam mop aside and proceeded to another register where he paid for the eight boxes of laminate flooring with a credit card. He then left the store and loaded the purchased merchandise into his vehicle.
After loading the flooring into his car, Esdaile proceeded back into the store, with the same flatbed cart and reselected the same type of flooring in the same exact quantity. Additionally, he placed six pieces of quarter-round molding on the flatbed cart, along with the flooring. Esdaile then made his way to a register, where he dealt with another cashier, and showed her a receipt for the earlier purchased flooring. At that time, Esdaile indicated to the cashier that he had already purchased the flooring, but had forgotten to purchase the quarter-round molding. He showed the cashier his receipt for the first batch of laminate flooring, purchased just minutes before, and requested to be rung up only for the molding.
Esdaile then attempted to leave the store with the unpaid flooring when he was stopped by Home Depot security.
In addition to giving up his job, Esdaile could be sentenced up to 18 months in State prison, along with various fines. Esdaile remains free on bail pending his September sentencing.
Esdaile was sworn in as a Freehold Borough Police Officer on March 4, 1996. As a result of his arrest for the theft of the materials, he was suspended from his job, without pay, on November 17, 2010. At that time his salary was $99,402.
Esdaile will be sentenced by Judge Mellaci on September 28, 2012.
The case was investigated by the Freehold Township Police Department and the Professional Responsibility Unit of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
The case was tried by Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutors Gregory J. Schweers, Director of the Professional Responsibility Unit, and Andrew Fried. Esdaile was represented by Mitchell Ansell, Esq., of Ocean, New Jersey.
STUDIO CITY CA June 18 2012 — The body of an adult man was found across the street from a San Fernando Valley high school Friday morning.
A Harvard-Westlake Upper School security guard discovered the body in a construction area in the 3700 block of Coldwater Canyon in Studio City around 8:15 a.m., Los Angeles police said.
The man, in his 30s, was found tied to a tree, Los Angeles police detectives told CBS2′s Greg Mills. They says the death is suspicious, but could be a suicide.
The man’s identity was not released.
It was unclear how he died.
Sydney AU June 18 2012 A 68 year old security guard was fatally assaulted while trying to stop an attempted break-in inside the Broadway shopping centre in inner city Sydney last night.
A 28-year-old Maroubra woman and a 33-year-old Randwick man were taken into custody after being arrested with two young children at a bus stop near the centre shortly after the attack, police said.
The couple allegedly fled the centre after the assault on the 68-year-old guard. They were arrested on George Street, near Central railway station, a short time later.
Emergency services were called to the shopping centre on Bay Street, Broadway, about 8:15pm following reports of an assault.
The officers, from Leichhardt and Redfern Local Area Commands, found the security guard on the ground floor of the centre with serious injuries.
NSW Ambulance paramedics took him to nearby Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, where he died a short time later.
Detective Inspector Paul Pisanos, from the Leichhardt Command, said the guard was attacked after interrupting the couple. ”It’s hard to say at this stage as to what their intentions were but they had certainly gained access to one of the shops after trading hours,” he said.
Crime scene police sealed off the area and were photographing and fingerprinting the Wendy’s ice-cream kiosk, which is situated in the middle of the ground floor.
The couple fled and police had arrested them at the George Street bus stop. Inspector Pisanos said relatives of the pair would be called to look after the children. ”The kids were with them, they’re young. They were young kids,” he said.
Police called for anyone who witnessed the incident, or the events leading up to it, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
A report would be prepared for the coroner, police said.
Smyrna, GA June 18 2012– A 38-year-old woman is in jail accused of starving her daughter to death.
Ebony Berry is charged with felony murder and cruelty to children.
Cobb County Police say they responded to a 911 call at Berry’s home on Concord Road about a young woman unresponsive.
Berry’s teenage daughter was found deceased. Investigators say she was severely malnourished and neglected.
Three younger children are now in DFACS custody.
Prince Edward County VA June 18 2012 Three pedestrians were killed during a Saturday night crash in Prince Edward County.
Virginia State Police is still investigating the incident, which occurred around 10:30 p.m. on Route 460 Business, nearly a mile from Route 460 in Pamplin.
State Police said three males were standing in the middle of Route 460 Business when a 1999 Nissan Altima, heading eastbound, struck the men. Authorities said the car was traveling at an “excessive rate of speed” and all three men died at the scene.
The men have been identified as Kevin A. Burrell, 20, of Richmond; Arthur C. Wheeler, 40, of Pamplin, and Wheeler’s nephew, Eric J. Wheeler, 22, of Lynchburg.
The driver of the Nissan, a 20-year-old Pamplin woman who was not identified by State Police, was transported to Southside Hospital in Farmville for observation. A front-seat passenger, a juvenile female, was taken to University of Virginia Hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries, police said.
A juvenile male riding in the backseat was not injured, police said.
State police are still investigating the incident to determine the circumstances that led the three men to be in the middle of the road. Police said alcohol was not a factor and charges are pending the completion of the investigation and consultation with the Prince Edward County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office
SPOKANE WA June 18 2012– An officer shot a suspect early Sunday morning for randomly firing a pellet gun in a Spokane neighborhood.
Neighbors heard gunshots coming from behind a mini-mart on Mission near Napa. They said he was randomly firing around the area, so they called police.
Officers arrived to find the suspect, who they believed had a rifle. One of the officers fired at the suspect and hit him in the leg. He was taken to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
No word on the suspect’s identity.
It wasn’t until after the shooting that police learned it was a pellet gun.
The officer is on administrative leave, which is protocol in these cases. The officer has not been named.
SAVANNAH, GA June 18 2012 - The Novartis Co., maker of Excedrin, Bufferin, Gas X, and No Doz, says it has yet to resume production at their Lincoln, Neb., plant, where the items were made.
Novartis recalled all those products earlier this year because the pills were broken, and some were mixed with painkillers such as Percoset and morphine. But Excedrin and Bufferin were supposed to be back on the shelves by now.
WTOC checked in with some area pharmacies, and as of Thursday, only Gas X is back in area stores. The generic forms of Excedrin and Bufferin still line the shelves.
WTOC contacted Novartis, who said it is restarting the production plant in phases. The company said consumers may not see Excedrin or Bufferin until the end of the year.
Some area pharmacists are frustrated, saying they’re getting very little information from Novartis.
“It would be nice if there was a little more transparency, a little more disclosure,” said pharmacist Craig Cocke. “Because we’re at the front lines, so to speak, assuring the patients that it’s safe, or there’s nothing to worry about. Without that disclosure, were also kept in the dark.”
Novartis said that when they do release the over-the-counter medications, it will be in limited amounts.
Bus driver sues Connecticut hospital for not properly treat ing his painful erection www.privateofficer.com
NEW HAVEN, Conn. June 18 2012 — A bus driver has sued a Connecticut hospital, saying staff at an affiliated facility failed to promptly and properly treat his painful erection and watched a baseball game on television while he waited.
Daren Scott of Brockton, Mass., is seeking $2 million in his federal lawsuit against Yale-New Haven Hospital. The lawsuit says Scott was diagnosed before the incident with recurrent priapism, a persistent painful erection unrelated to sexual stimulation.
Scott was driving customers from Boston to New York on April 17, 2009, when he suffered a persistent and disabling erection. After dropping off the customers, Scott said he checked into an emergency medical facility affiliated with the hospital but was told he had to move his bus because he had parked it in the wrong place.
Scott suffered more pain as a result of moving the bus, and when he explained he was in great pain was told to wait, according to the lawsuit, which was filed in March.
While waiting, Scott said he noticed that the facility’s staff, including physicians on duty, was watching the game on TV. Scott says his pain worsened and he told a nurse.
“Notwithstanding this call for help, the staff, including the physicians, continued to watch the baseball game and ignore plaintiff’s condition,” the lawsuit states.
After an hour, Scott was brought into a treatment room. He said a doctor refused to properly inject his medication, and no effort was made to bring in an urologist.
Scott says he was later taken to the hospital and forced to wait another four hours before receiving treatment. He said an operation was unsuccessful and he remained in great pain for several months.
The hospital last week filed court papers denying the allegations, saying Scott was negligent in failing to seek immediate treatment and “by failing to follow reasonable medical advice regarding his care and treatment.” The hospital also said in its filing that the claims were barred by a statute of limitations.
Telephone messages were left Monday for attorneys for Scott and the hospital.
A hospital spokesman said Monday the hospital will vigorously defend its position in court.
Kotzebue AK June 18 2012 An Alaska State Trooper was shot Sunday morning in Kotzebue and evacuated to Anchorage, where he is stable condition and is expected to recover fully, a trooper spokeswoman said.
A second trooper who responded to the scene — involving reports of a man in a pickup truck brandishing a gun — was also injured, but it’s not clear if that trooper was shot or hurt by shrapnel, trooper spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said.
The standoff between the shooter, troopers and Kotzebue police was on-going as of late afternoon, according to troopers and witnesses. The incident was unfolding on Ted Stevens Way just east of town between what locals call first bridge and second bridge.
Dispatchers got a call after 9 a.m. about a vehicle that had struck the guard rail on Ted Stevens Way. A citizen said the driver had brandished a weapon, Ipsen said. At 9:15 a.m., Kotzebue police asked troopers for help with the situation.
Troopers began to approach toward the suspect, who was in a white pickup truck, said Joe Evans, Kotzebue city attorney, who witnessed much of the action. The troopers were walking slowly alongside a law enforcement vehicle with open doors, which they used as shields, Evans said.
Almost immediately, someone started shooting at the troopers, Ipsen said. The troopers and Kotzebue police fired back, she said, but she wasn’t sure if the suspect was struck. Witnesses said they could see bullet holes in the truck windshield.
One trooper went down and was helped to safety by another officer. He was medically evacuated to a hospital in Anchorage. The other trooper didn’t realize he was hurt until someone else noticed he was bleeding, Evans said. Ipsen said a round or shrapnel grazed his head and that he was treated and released at a clinic in Kotzebue.
As of 4:30 p.m., the suspect remained barricaded inside the vehicle, Ipsen said.
Because both troopers fired back, their names will not be released for three days, which is standard for officer-involved shootings.
The Kotzebue airport was closed to non-emergency traffic. The runway is near Ted Stevens Way. Authorities also barricaded the road.
A tactical team from Southcentral Alaska made up mainly of troopers flew in from Anchorage to get control of the suspect, Ipsen said. A witness, Jim Magdanz said the team got to the scene about 3 p.m. Around 4:45 p.m., a dump truck and a front-end loader that appeared to have officers on board began moving toward the suspect’s vehicle, Magdanz said.
The situation is still developing, Ipsen said. Troopers ask Kotzebue residents to stay away from the area and stay indoors if possible.
A Gaston County man is facing charges after police say he took indecent liberties with two boys.
Police arrested Robert Hager, 72, Saturday for engaging in a sexual act with a 15-year-old boy dating back to 1997.
Officers also said Hager took advantage of a 14-year-old boy on May 12 and June 9 of this year.
Our news partner the Gaston Gazette reported that Hager is being held in the Gaston county jail under a secured bond of $25,000 for each charge.
Hager faces three counts of indecent liberties with a child and statutory rape sexual offense
CHARLOTTE, NC June 18 2012- A security guard suffered a broken hand after a scuffle with a shoplifter.
The Belk at Northlake Mall has plenty of surveillance cameras to watch over its wares. One afternoon, the loss prevention people spotted a man who looked familiar– possibly someone who had raised their suspicions in the past.
They zoomed their surveillance cameras in on his every move, as he pretended to shop for clothing.
At one point, he asks a clerk where to find the expensive Polo shirts. After the clerk shows him, he takes a plastic bag and fills it up. Every color, every size, this Polo pilferer wasn’t particular.
After loading his sack, he heads for the door. He’s seen walking outside where a van is waiting in the fire lane.
Suddenly, a security guard comes chasing after him. The guard grabs the man as he gets in. They lock arms and struggle. The driver steps on the gas and the security guard loses his grip, falls and his hand is run over and broken.
No one got a good look at the driver, but CMPD Detective Marty Cuthbertson has a description of the thief. “We have a black male, brown skinned complexion, had on glasses, white t-shirt, jeans, just a black male, that’s all we know, but if you look at the video, someone may recognize him.”
If you can add any valuable information, call Crimestoppers at (704) 334-1600 in Charlotte and you could be eligible for a reward.
SCOTTSDALE, AZ June 18 2012- Authorities say a group of people have been arrested for the theft of over $100,000 worth of items from high end shopping malls in the Valley and in Tucson.
Surveillance video caught some of the crimes on tape. One shows three suspects grabbing $40,000 in merchandise from a Louis Vuitton store in Tucson in May.
In all, six people have been arrested in a series of robberies dating back to late April.
According to a Scottsdale police report, detectives were conducting surveillance of a Cadillac as it parked just outside the entrance of Dillards department store at Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Two black males went into the store and within less than 30 seconds fled the store carrying 29 Michael Kors purses totaling over $8,000.
Officials said the suspects drove to an apartment complex in Glendale where they were seen taking purses out of the vehicle and into an apartment.
At around 1:30 p.m., Lamont Hennix Jr., 23, left the apartment and drove away in the Cadillac. Phoenix police conducted a traffic stop and Hennix was arrested without incident.
The other suspects, Virgil Nave, 30, and Tanya Nave, 27, were arrested at the apartment.
The three are also suspected in a May 21 robbery at the La Encantada Mall in Tucson in which more than $40,000 worth of merchandise was stolen.
A Tucson police detective recognized the suspects and vehicle from an earlier encounter with them on an unrelated matter.
Through further investigation it was learned the suspects lived in the Phoenix area. That’s when surveillance efforts were begun.
All three were booked into Scottsdale City Jail on felony theft and burglary charges.
Also arrested were Reneisia McCuin, Quinzale Nero and Alberton Cortina for their involvement in the robberies and trafficking stolen properties.