The clergy of the diocese contacted Fairfield Police Department’s Major Crime Unit and reported possible molestations had been committed by one of their pastors.
The alleged molester is Robert Ruark, 65, from Suisun City, also known as Father Silas. He coordinated the acolyte program for boys eight years old and older.
According to Fairfield Police, Ruark had photographed the alleged victims naked and most of the incidents happened at the church when the pastor was alone with the victims.
The incidents involving the five alleged victims go back to 1994 and they are now between 20 and 24 years old.
According to detectives, the alleged victims had been targeted as young as age 13.
Ruark was taken to the Solano County Jail.
The Fairfield Police Department is still trying to identify victims of Ruark and asks that anyone with information that may help identify victims, or if they themselves are victims of Ruark, please contact the Fairfield Police Department Investigations Bureau at (707) 428-7600, or the 24-hour Tip Line at (707) 428-7345.
On July 1st, private firm G4S Secure Solutions took over security at Hancock Airport. The Syracuse Police Department used to fill that role, but the city says it led to unaffordable overtime costs.
G4S Secure Solutions is hiring some Syracuse Police officers who will work off-duty, part-time security shifts at Hancock Airport.
But the question of whether those off-duty officers can make arrests while working at Hancock has become a point of contention with the Syracuse Police Benevolent Association, or PBA.
The Airport Authority said those off-duty officers can make arrests at the airport.
But Syracuse PBA President Jeff Piedmonte told NewsChannel 9 that off-duty officers can not make arrests and that doing so is a violation of the Criminal Procedure Law.
“We thought once we pointed this out, that it’s a violation of the law, that the city would agree, the airport authority would agree and we would negotiate terms with the airport authority and report directly to them,” said Piedmonte. “But that didn’t happen so now we’re going to have to proceed to court.”
Switching to a private security firm is expected to save the city $1.7-million a year.
Aviation Commissioner Christina Reale says those savings will be passed on to the airlines and eventually the consumer in the form of cheaper plane tickets.
“We wanted to lower costs but at the same time we can never compromise security so we are no different today than we were yesterday in terms of complying with what our security requirements are,” said Reale.
As of Sunday, Reale said 90 Syracuse Police officers have signed up to work for the private security firm during their “off-hours.”
The call to 911 came Friday evening from the home at 1002 Cumberland Drive in Castlewoods, where Lacy’s body was discovered with a gunshot wound.
Sheriff Bryan Bailey says the call came in as a suicide, but that has not been confirmed.
A security guard was shot in the face with a flare gun early Sunday morning in Old Sacramento.
Sacramento Police say the guard saw a man shoot a flare gun at a building near 2nd and K Streets. The guard chased after the man, who turned around a fired a flare at the guard, hitting him in the face.
The guard was taken to the hospital, but not before catching the suspect. The man as later booked for assault with a deadly weapon.
Yavapai AZ July 2 2012 Four victims were killed when their helicopter crashed into the Verde River, about 6 miles south of Camp Verde, on a flight from Sedona to the Scottsdale Airport, authorities say.
The pilot was identified as Raymond P. Perry, 70, of Phoenix, who was listed, along with Donna J. Perry, on Arizona Corporation Commission records as the helicopter’s owner.
Dwight D’Evelyn, a spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department, identified the other victims as Karen Stinn, 68, of Cave Creek, and Mike Dunaway, 63, and his wife, Linda Dunaway, 64, of Glendale.
D’Evelyn said the crash likely occurred sometime on Saturday. A state Department of Public Safety helicopter crew arrived in the area Sunday morning and confirmed there were at least two fatalities.
Yavapai County sheriff’s deputies hiked to the remote scene, and they were able to confirm that all four people aboard the helicopter were killed in the crash. Deputies recovered the victims’ remains from the river and have turned them over to the Yavapai County Medical Examiner’s Office, D’Evelyn said.
Footage from a 12 News helicopter showed the helicopter’s wreckage sitting in the river and deputies wading in the water.
The wreckage was spotted about 8:45 a.m. by a private pilot, according to Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. Search crews with the Civil Air Patrol started looking for the Aerospatiale AS350 on Saturday.
Gregor said the FAA and and National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the crash.
According to a news release, police responding to a call at the Embassy Suites found hotel security trying to subdue Marcus Jordan, who was having an argument with two women in the hotel driveway at 2:11 a.m. CDT.
The release said Jordan was “very animated, intoxicated and uncooperative,” and it took multiple officers to control and handcuff him.
Jordan was booked at the Douglas County Department of Corrections for resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and obstructing. He had been released by Sunday night.
Jordan, a rising senior, averaged 13.7 points a game for UCF last season.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. July 2 2012 – Scottsdale police have a suspect in custody after a carjacking that led to a multi-vehicle collision.
John Brigham, 45, was involved in a collision at Hayden Road and Via de Ventura in Scottsdale Friday afternoon, according to Scottsdale police spokesman Sgt. Mark Clark. After the crash, Brigham was reportedly yelling and chanting as he removed all his clothes and then jumped on the roof of another vehicle.
Clark said Brigham then pulled the female driver out of a Toyota Prius and fled in the vehicle.
As he fled the scene in the Prius, Brigham was involved in another collision involving four more vehicles at the intersection of Shea Boulevard and 90th Street. Police said Brigham may have been traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes.
Clark said Brigham tried to carjack two more cars before he was apprehended and taken into custody by Scottsdale police.
“The violence and the damage that was caused indicates that it was pretty high speeds involved,” Clark said.
One of the people at the first accident scene was transported to a hospital in serious condition. A pregnant woman at the second scene was taken to a hospital and is also listed in serious condition.
Tacoma WA July 2 2012 Police want to track down a thief who stole $15,000 worth of iPads from a Target store this month.
The suspect was seen on surveillance video June 3 just before officers said he hid behind some large boxes and waited for employees to leave.
At midnight when the store was empty, the suspect smashed the iPad display cases in the electronics department. He loaded the stolen Apple goods into bags and suitcases that were also swiped off of store shelves, police said.
When the suspect left the store, he smashed a glass door and dropped one of the pieces of luggage, leaving it behind.
The suspect is described as a black male, about 20-years old, light complexion, with a slender build. He wore a black and white checkered hooded coat, light colored pants, black shoes, white gloves and a baseball cap with a red bill.
The Target store is located at 23rd Street South and Union Avenue. The suspect was last seen on foot heading west toward Union Avenue.
Crimestoppers of Tacoma/Pierce County is offerring a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.
Morgan pleaded guilty to five counts of first-degree theft, and one count of first-degree official misconduct for his thefts of UO property worth more than $10,000, dating back to 2009. Morgan used his building access as a university custodian to steal gaming systems, a video camera and equipment, iPads, other electronics, and cash. Morgan was arrested at his Springfield home in April after an investigation of more than two years by the UO Department of Public Safety, with assistance from the Eugene Police Department. Most of the stolen property was recovered from Morgan’s house, and is being returned to the university departments from which it was taken. Morgan was also sentenced to 24 months of probation for four of the theft counts, but that will be served concurrently with his prison and post-prison supervision sentences.
Following sentencing, Morgan was remanded to custody before being transferred to the state Corrections department for his prison term
Source:UO Press Release
LOS ANGELES CA July 2 2012 – Los Angeles police are aiming to beat suspects to the scene of a crime by using computers to predict where trouble might occur.
The Los Angeles Police Department is the largest agency to embrace an experiment known as “predictive policing,” which crunches data to determine where to send officers to thwart would-be thieves and burglars. Time Magazine called it one of the best inventions of 2011.
Early successes could serve as a model for other cash-strapped law enforcement agencies, but some legal observers are concerned it could lead to unlawful stops and searches that violate Fourth Amendment protections.
In the San Fernando Valley, where the program was launched late last year, officers are seeing double-digit drops in burglaries and other property crimes. The program has turned enough in-house skeptics into believers that there are plans to roll it out citywide by next summer.
“We have prevented hundreds and hundreds of people coming home and seeing their homes robbed,” said police Capt. Sean Malinowski.
Crime mapping has long been a tool used to determine where the bad guys lurk. The idea has evolved from colored pins placed on a map to identifying “hot spots” via a computer database based on past crimes and possible patterns.
Over the past decade, many large police departments, including Los Angeles and New York City, have used CompStat, a system that tracks crime figures and enables police to send extra officers to trouble spots.
The new program used by LAPD and police in the Northern California city of Santa Cruz is more timely and precise, proponents said. Built on the same model for predicting aftershocks following an earthquake, the software promises to show officers what might be coming based on simple, constantly calibrated data – location, time and type of crime.
The software generates prediction boxes – as small as 500 square feet – on a patrol map. When officers have spare time, they are told to “go in the box.”
The goal is not to boost the number of arrests, a common police benchmark to reflect crime reduction. Officers want to either intercept a crime in progress or deter would-be criminals.
“I want to disrupt an activity before an arrest is made,” Malinowski said. “You can’t arrest your way out of some of these problems.”
Jeff Brantingham, an anthropology professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, said the data also is derived from criminal behaviors – repeat victimization and the notion that criminals tend not to stray too far from areas they know best.
“If you are victimized today the risk that you’ll be a victim again goes way up,” said Brantingham, who co-founded a software company tapped by LAPD for its program.
So far, the program has been implemented in five LAPD divisions that cover 130 square miles and roughly 1.3 million people. In the valley’s Foothill Division, where more than half of the crimes committed are property-related, about 170 patrol officers are spending a total of about 70 hours a week working in the boxes.
In one instance, a police captain questioned sending officers into a box that was on the edge of his coverage area. Officers went out and didn’t find anything, but returned several nights later and found a guy breaking a window.
The division leads the department in crime reduction, Malinowski said. Crimes were down in the area 13 percent following the rollout compared to a slight uptick across the rest of the city where the program wasn’t being used.
“If you had told us a few years ago you could get an algorithm to perform as the same as a crime analyst, we would think you were crazy,” Malinowski said. “Even the most skeptical people are now coming up to me and saying, `I think this is working.’”
Other police departments across the nation are using similar approaches. Tech titan IBM has teamed up with police in Memphis and Charleston, S.C., to provide analysis; Minneapolis police are breaking down crime statistics and factoring in geographic locations to determine future crimes.
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson, an assistant law professor at the University of the District of Columbia, has written about predictive policing and how it may impact Fourth Amendment protections from unlawful searches and seizures.
Ferguson said the trend is “a seductive idea” for law enforcement agencies that carry a lot of power. He believes the LAPD has done a good job with the data but he’s concerned that other departments could abuse the process with racial profiling or stereotyping a neighborhood or an area.
“There are real pressures to expand this nationally and see it succeed,” Ferguson said. “I think it’s an important innovation. But like any innovation, it’s not foolproof, and looking closely at the data is important to ensure it doesn’t harm the civil liberties of the people living in those areas.”
Ferguson said he envisions a legal challenge at some point. He used an example of an officer patrolling a predicted area of burglary and who sees a man carrying a bag and detains the man because he looks suspicious.
“Alone, a man carrying a bag is not reasonable suspicion,” Ferguson explained. “But in court, the officer will say, `The computer told me to go there.’ For the lawyer or the court, what are you going to do with this information? You can’t cross-examine a computer.”
Brantingham’s company has been contacted by about 200 police departments across the globe interested in the software. He wouldn’t disclose the costs of the program because it varies on a city’s population and size. LAPD isn’t incurring any costs because it has shared data and other information with Brantingham’s company for research purposes.
Brantingham and others believe predictive policing is the wave of the future and won’t result in the elimination of jobs.
“It’s not a replacement for police officer’s knowledge and skills and not designed to take the officer out of the equation,” he said. “It’s about putting them in the right time and place for crime prevention.”
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. July 2 2012
Deputies say an Italian doctor has been arrested for kicking his son in the face at Epcot Saturday afternoon.
41-year-old Dario Napolitano allegedly kicked his 3-year-old son in the face as he sat in a stroller inside Epcot.
Disney security alerted authorities immediately after the alleged incident, according to the arrest report. Several park guests and employees told deputies they witnessed Napolitano kick the child during an argument with his family.
A interpreter with Disney had to be called to the scene because of a language barrier between police and the Italian family.
The 3-year-old was treated on scene for a cut below his eye, an abrasion above his eyebrow, and swelling of the entire area, according to the arrest report.
During questioning, Napolitano admitted to hitting his son because he was misbehaving. Napolitano told investigators he is a doctor in Italy.
Napolitano was arrested and charged with child abuse. He has since bonded out of the Orange County jail.
Portland OR July 2 2012 A 35-year-old man injured Portland Police officers during a scuffle where he was Tazed in downtown Sunday morning.
Timothy Wayne Bolton has been charged with assaulting a public safety officer, resisting arrest, interferring with a police officer, second-degree disorderly conduct and second-degree trespassing. He’s being held at the Multnomah County Jail.
At about 2:45 a.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel at Southwest 3rd Avenue and Ash Street, police were called about a man who was threatening passersby and trying to fight with hotel security, according to a Portland Police release.
Bolton — who is 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, according to online court records from his booking — allegedly started to fight with officers who arrived to the scene. Two officers suffered minor injuries, despite Tazing Bolton during the scuffle
ALBUQUERQUE NM July 2 2012 - Two trashy would-be robbers make the highlight real of dumb Albuquerque criminals in action.
The crime involves a Dunkin Donuts, two trash bags and couple of serious and now-wanted amateurs.
The owner of the donut shop on Central Avenue SE across from the University of New Mexico said two women came in about 4:30 a.m. on June 6, ordered some donuts and then asked a favor.
“They borrowed the counter person’s phone to call a cab,” store owner Greg Beliveau told KRQE News 13. “They hung around a little more.”
The owner says the two then left but came back a few minutes later. This time, though, they are in disguise, sort of, after donning trash bags and weren’t interested in more donuts.
“They said give me all the money, and the counter person said, ‘Oh, really?’” Beliveau said.
When the counter person went to chase them out of the store, they ran out the door, got into the cab and drove away.
The pair not been seen since although the Albuquerque Police Department Armed Robbery Unit is trying to bag them for attempted armed robbery.
“This is tops on the list of strange things,” Beliveau said. “We’re calling them the White Trash Bandits. Not very smart. Not very smart at all.”
The two robbers didn’t get far in the cab they called. The cabbie kicked them out down the street because they didn’t have any money.
COOKEVILLE TN July 2 2012 – The dry weather conditions almost created a disaster for Nashville State Community College on Neal Street. On Thursday afternoon, NSCC security guard Allen Jimerson III was on patrol when he spotted a grass fire behind the building.
After alerting school officials and calling the fire department, Jimerson and a couple of other employees battled the blaze until firefighters arrived.
“My IT guy, Brian Norrod, and another security guard, Shaun Scantland, took fire extinguishers and fought to keep it away from the building until the fire truck arrived,” said NSCC director Becky Hull. “It was perfect timing. The fire extinguishers were empty as the fire truck arrived.”
Cookeville firefighters responded in just a few minutes and had the fire contained in no time. Aside from some charred grass, there was no damage to NSCC. But it could have been a lot worse.
“It was near the dock area in the back,” Hull explained. “It was so fortunate that Allen Jimerson was patrolling and had he not walked out and been patrolling, we would have had a much worse situation than what we had. It was in the back of the building and no one would have caught it until it was a huge blaze.”
According to CFD, no cause could be determined other than the extremely dry conditions.
“They said it could have been one of two things. They said it was so hot the mulch combusted or that it could have been someone threw out a cigarette carelessly. But we are a no tobacco campus so I tend to think it was the mulch,” Hull said.
Whether it was combustible mulch or a cigarette which started the fire, Hull says they will take precautions in hopes of avoiding any more blazes on campus. She just hopes the dry conditions don’t create more problems in the community.
“It’s a concern in the community in general because I don’t think people realize it is as desperate as it is with the drought,” said Hull. “The fire department really wet down the area and when they left there was no mud. It completely sucked down the water. That should tell you how dry it is.”
As of Saturday morning, the last measurable rainfall was .22 of an inch on June 22. Before that, 1.46 inches was measured at the wastewater plant on June 17, but other areas reported little or no rain on that day.
Temperatures are suppose to remain in the 90s with little chance of rain this week.
Source: Herald Citizen
GILLETT PA July 2 2012 — Charges were filed Friday against a Pennsylvania state constable from Bradford County.
Francis Salatino III, of Gillett, faces charges including rape, false imprisonment, and prostitution. These charges stem from when he was serving as an elected constable.
Salatino was first arrested in May on charges of offering a woman money for sexual contact in August, 2011 while the woman was in his custody and being transported to jail.
Salantino was arraigned and posted a bail of $15,000. He is due in court on July 11th.
New York City NY June 2 2012 Negotiations broke down early Sunday between Consolidated Edison and its unionized workers, prompting the lock out of about 8,000 employees, utility officials said.
“We remain far apart,” said Michael Clendenin, a Con Edison spokesman.
Talks broke down about 1 a.m., officials said. Discussions centered around wages, pension and other benefits.
Clendenin said the system would be run by about 5,000 managers. Customers shouldn’t expect any adverse effects, officials said. About half of the managers have experience on the ground — making repairs and running the power grid.
The contract between the power company and Local 1-2 of the Utility Workers of America expired at midnight Saturday.
Union spokesman John Melia said the talks had continued “morning, noon and night” for 10 days. Union officials said a possible strike was still on the table.
The labor strife comes in the midst of a brutal stretch of 90-degree days, when the power grid is at its most vulnerable.
The utility serves about 3.2 million customers in Westchester County and New York City.
Con Edison officials said they had asked the union for a two-week extension to negotiate before talks broke down.
Miramar Fla July 2 2012 A Florida Police captain was arrested Friday on charges he made a 15-year-old girl strip naked in the back seat of a car for a “sex check” to prove she wasn’t having sex, reports said.
Capt. Juan De los Rios was charged with two felony counts of lewd and lascivious conduct involving a child for making the girl strip naked, show her private parts and allow him to inspect her body for bruising after finding her talking with a 19-year-old boy in the backseat of a car on Jan. 18, according to a Broward State Attorney’s Office report obtained by the Sun-Sentinel.
De los Rios, 46, faces up to 15 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine, authorities said.
The girl and her friend were in the back of a car parked in the back of an industrial park after school when De los Rios approached them, looking through the window, according to an affidavit obtained by the Miami Herald.
“Were you having sex? What were you doing here?” The girl told police De los Rios said to her after making the two roll their window down, the affidavit said.
“No, no, no, officer no,” the affidavit said the girl told De los Rios.
De los Rios, an 18-year police veteran, then allegedly told the girl he needed to check. When asked for clarification, the officer told her he needed to “see inside” and forced her to strip naked so he could perform the exam. The girl complied out of fear, the affidavit said.
NEW YORK MY July 2 2012 (AP) – Highway signs throughout New York warn that when it comes to catching speeders, the long arm of the law extends even into the sky. “State Police aircraft used in speed enforcement,” they say.
Actually, lead-footed drivers hitting the interstates for the Independence Day holiday can keep their eyes on the road. The New York State Police, who once routinely used planes to clock motorists, haven’t written a single ticket in that manner since at least 2005.
“It hasn’t been entirely eliminated,” Sgt. Kern Swoboda, a state police spokesman, said of the signs. “We still have the airplanes.”
But in these budget-conscious times, he said, launching aircraft to catch speeders just isn’t fiscally prudent.
New York is one of several states to scale back the use of aircraft for traffic enforcement in recent years because of budget cuts or concerns about cost-effectiveness.
Typically, aerial enforcement programs involve a plane, a pilot, a spotter to time vehicles as they travel between lines painted on the road and several cruisers to pull people over and issue tickets.
“That ain’t cheap,” Swoboda said. He added that updated laser technology now allows a trooper on the ground to get speed readings over long distances and in heavy traffic – two situations where aircraft used to be superior.
“So what better way to do it than have three guys at a U-turn?” Swoboda said. “We found that it was far more efficient, and a lot less expensive.”
A full accounting of which law enforcement agencies have curtailed the use of aircraft for speed enforcement was unavailable, but the list includes some states that had previously made robust use of the tactic.
The California Highway Patrol still has 15 planes used to catch speeders, but spokeswoman Fran Clader said that as the department’s annual air operations budget has dropped from about $12 million to $8 million, aircraft became more focused on supporting searches and pursuits.
“We still enforce speed with the fixed-wing aircraft but in a much-reduced capacity,” she said.
The Virginia State Police launched an aggressive aerial speed enforcement program in 2000 but largely abandoned regular patrols after 2007. Last year, it flew only one such mission, which resulted in tickets being given to 20 drivers, the department said. It flew four missions the year before, none in 2009 and only one in 2008.
“Due to economic conditions and mandated budget cuts … we’ve had to look at cost savings,” said department spokeswoman Corinne Geller.
She said it cost about $150 per hour to operate the planes – a figure that includes fuel and maintenance but not manpower. In the past, she said, the speed enforcement flights were paid for with federal grants. But with less federal money coming in lately, resources have been focused on keeping troopers on the road.
The Washington State Patrol’s aviation section, which had been participating in roughly 13,500 traffic stops per year, had to scale back after suffering a $1.4 million budget cut over a two-year period that began in 2009, according to unit commander Lt. Jim Nobach. It lost three pilots, who had to return to road duties. Flight hours were slashed by 39 percent. As a result, aircraft are now stopping 5,000 fewer drivers per year.
Planes are still getting a big workout spotting speeders in Ohio and Florida.
Last year, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said it issued more than 16,000 speeding tickets based on aircraft observations, down only a little from a five-year high of 18,000 written in 2009. Over the Memorial Day weekend, the start of the busy summer travel season, the agency had 10 aircraft in the air doing traffic enforcement, according to Lt. Randy Boggs, the unit’s commander.
Florida’s Highway Patrol has eight aircraft and eight pilots, who issue approximately 30,000 citations per year, said the patrol’s chief pilot, Capt. Matthew Walker. He said he hadn’t suffered budget cuts.
When done right, air patrols have distinct advantages, Boggs and Walker insisted. From the air, it’s easier to see the ultra-aggressive drivers who change lanes erratically, follow too close, and pose the greatest hazard on the road. Officers on the ground don’t have to race around for miles to spot violations.
“It’s very efficient,” Boggs said.
Ohio tries to keep the cost of flights down by flying smaller planes and having the pilot clock drivers, rather than use a second spotter. Boggs pegged the fuel and maintenance cost of flying at $111 per hour.
The Pennsylvania State Police have continued to use aircraft to catch speeders too, issuing 560 citations last year, but now the program faces new limitations.
This year, in a cost-cutting move, the department stopped using two of the three airports where its six fixed-wing aircraft had been based. The force is also operating with just three airplane pilots, down from as many as 10 in previous years, said Sgt. Joseph Joynes, supervisor of the aviation patrol’s fixed-wing unit. That means the state now has twice as many planes as people capable of flying them.
Additionally, fewer spots in Pennsylvania have the necessary road markings used for enforcement, as the old lines have been covered over by new pavement and never replaced, said Joynes.
It isn’t clear yet whether the changes will lead to fewer citations. Joynes said aircraft are still flying traffic enforcement missions two to three times a week.
“If you are just looking at cost, obviously, the trooper on the ground with a radar gun is way cheaper,” he said. But he added that he thought the program was still worthwhile, given the ability of aircraft to spot reckless drivers in areas where traditional speed traps aren’t feasible.
Other states have come to the opposite conclusion.
Alabama lawmakers instituted aerial speed enforcement in 1990, and the Alabama Highway Patrol still touts the program on its website. But aviation unit Cpl. Kent Smith said the tactic hasn’t actually been used for years.
“It’s just not cost-effective,” he said.
In many places where speed enforcement by aircraft has tapered off, law enforcement air wings have remained busy conducting surveillance, tracking crime suspects, searching for missing people, and spotting marijuana farms from the air.
Police officials in Virginia, California and New York were unable to provide an estimate of how much money had been saved by the shift away from aerial speed enforcement.
In the meantime, workers have been gradually removing the aircraft speed enforcement warning signs along the New York State Thruway. About 11 still remained in June, a Thruway spokesman said.