NASHVILLE TN July 11 2012 - A Nashville university is embroiled in a grade-fixing scandal. There are allegations that hundreds of grades were intentionally changed, not by students but by Tennessee State University administrators.
The TSU chapter of the American Association of University Professors claimed “someone in the administration initiated a large number of grade changes (hundreds) in general education math courses (the grades were changed from I to C).
But, TSU President Portia Shields said that’s absolutely false. Shields said what really happened was teachers were just trying to follow new state guidelines that prevent faculty from handing out “incompletes” as frequently as they did before.
The Tennessee Board of Regents said four-year universities can no longer have developmental courses. Before, students could keep retaking courses until they passed. Now, “incompletes” are only handed out for extenuating circumstances, and students either pass the course or they don’t.
Students will soon be getting a letter from the university addressing the allegations of grade changing. The president said the letter will explain what happened.
In the meantime, a town hall meeting will be held at St. James Missionary Baptist Church Tuesday night at 6 p.m. to address the controversy.
SANTA FE, N.M. July 11 2012 - A shoplifting run at a Walmart, turned ugly when one of the thieves pulled out a gun and attacked a store worker.
Three of the suspects were arrested but police say they are looking for one more.
Walmart is always bustling, no matter the time of day, and customers and employees at the Santa Fe store on the 3200 block of Cerrillos got quite a scare Tuesday morning.
“It sounds like these guys were just planning on taking the cigarettes, and when they were confronted, they felt the threat and pulled out a gun,” said Santa Fe Police Sgt. Andrea Dobyns. “you never know who’s going to have a gun.”
Police say four people tried to steal $300 worth of cigarettes just before 4 a.m. They were about to get away with it, but a security guard wanted to check their receipt. That’s when things took a violent turn.
“The suspect had a handgun. He hit the security guard over the head with the handgun and then pointed it at his chest,” Sgt. Dobyns explained.
Dobyns explained in surveillance shows Gabriel Martinez, 21, getting into a scuffle with the security guard. At that point, Martinez drops the loot and another employee rushes in to help the injured guard.
Martinez and his accomplices take off.
Police say there were customers in the store when it happened and it’s lucky no one else was hurt.
“We had several witnesses that came forward, and luckily they were able to identify the suspects because what happened was the suspects ended up running,” Sgt. Dobyns said. “Three of them took off on foot and one in a vehicle.”
Officers chased down the suspects, arresting Gabriel Martinez, along with his friend Thomas Martinez, 19, and another juvenile.
Gabriel Martinez is charged with aggravated assault, battery, robbery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Martinez and the other juvenile are charged as accessories.
Police say the security guard will be alright.
Police are also hoping for some tips to track down the fourth suspect who got away on foot. They say he was last seen wearing a red or black flannel shirt and walking with a female from the scene
Houston TX July 11 2012 Nine U.S. Border Patrol stations, including six in Texas, will be closed within the next six months to move 41 agents closer to the southern and northern borders, CNN is reporting.
• Houston Chronicle: U.S. border worries migrate inland
The stations closing in Texas are in Abilene, San Angelo, Dallas, San Antonio, Lubbock and Amarillo. The others are in Riverside, Calif., Billings, Montana, and Twin Falls, Idaho.
(U.S. Customs and Border Protection) spokesman Bill Brooks said the interior stations that will be shut are in some instances hundreds of miles from a border. He said the decision is in keeping with a strategy to use resources wisely and “increasingly concentrate our resources on the border.”
But the Federation for American Immigration Reform said the interior stations are a needed “second line of defense” to track down and apprehend illegal immigrants who make it past international borders and into heavily traveled corridors in the United States.
There will be a budget savings of $1.3 million a year when the nine posts are closed, according to Brooks.
In Amarillo, law enforcement officers told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal they are concerned because they don’t have the authority to police human trafficking and illegal immigration.
“We’ve got a big corridor that runs through Amarillo,” Potter County Sheriff Brian Thomas said. “If we pull over illegal aliens, we can call over (Border Patrol agents) who can detain them. We won’t have the resources to check them.”
… “All we can do is see if (someone) is wanted,” he said. “We won’t be able to detain them, so it’s something we’re going to have to look at.”
In 2011, Border Patrol agents in Texas arrested almost 119,000 people and seized 1.5 million pounds in drugs and about $19.9 million, according to the agency’s website, lubbockonline.com reports.
“Wall Street speculators, big bonus CEOs and corporate lobbyists are undermining our country’s way of life,” says Jenie Tivis, a security officer in Cincinnati. “As security officers, we’re hitting the streets in order to protect the 99 percent.”
The security officers believe our economy should serve all Americans–not just those in the top one percent. Paid as little as $8 per hour, America’s 1.1 million security officers protect people and property at facilities owned by many of the largest Wall Street corporations.
Officers are taking action to improve jobs in the nation’s fast-growing security industry. In the Bay Area and Los Angeles, officers are standing up for fair pay and quality, worker-earned healthcare. In Boston, Newark, Philadelphia and Silicon Valley, officers will be speaking out about conditions at U.S. Security Associates–a company whose workers provide $1.2 billion in annual revenue. In Chicago and Indianapolis, officers employed by Securatex will raise awareness about the freedom to form a union, without management interference. In Cincinnati, officers who provide profits for Brantley Security will join spiritual and community leaders outside the Atrium II Building, owned by the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio, to defend the freedom to form a union. In Denver security officers and community supporters will speak out about working conditions at local security contractor Advantage.
Evidence shows that throughout the 50 states and across the globe, more equal societies not only sustain stronger economies, but also perform better on a variety of social indicators. For example, more equal societies foster longer life expectancies, higher educational attainment, more social mobility, and more interpersonal trust while enjoying lower rates of infant mortality, homicide, imprisonment, obesity, and mental illness–including drug and alcohol abuse.
Photos of some of the participating security officers and their reasons for speaking out can be seen at http://www.StandForSecurity.org .
Hoping to improve public safety and bring good jobs to their communities, more than 35,000 security officers across the country have united in SEIU, the largest security officers union in the United States.
The officer said he believed that Scott Scoggins and Stephanie Cannon took $100 in merchandise and left without paying.
He said the knife was pulled on him when he tried to stop them. They got in a 1996 Toyota.
That vehicle was stopped on Dayton Boulevard. Both were charged with theft under $500 and Scoggins was charged with aggravated assault.
The federal wrongful death lawsuit filed Monday claims Tundra Strategies failed to document threats made by Shir Ahmed and didn’t report to U.S. military officials the danger he posed before the March 2011 attack at Forward Operating Base Frontenac.
The shooting was a factor in the screening improvements of Afghan nationals hired to provide security for U.S. and coalition forces.
Among those killed was medic Rudy Acosta, 19, of Santa Clarita, Calif., whose family along with three other survivors, are named plaintiffs in the lawsuit.
A phone message left for Tundra was not immediately returned Tuesday
The lawsuit said Tundra, hired in November 2009 by the U.S. government to screen and monitor private security guards at nine military installations, did not adhere to its basic duties in dealing with Ahmed, who was hired by the company in May 2010.
Ahmed was fired two months later after he was accused of threatening to kill U.S. and coalition troops, according to the lawsuit. Despite a Tundra manager’s concern that Ahmed not be hired again, the Ontario-based firm brought Ahmed back in early 2011.
The lawsuit said the shooting was avoidable and Tundra management did not record Ahmed’s threats or flag that he was a potential danger to re-hire.
U.S. military officials later said Tundra records showed Ahmed wasn’t deemed a threat because the allegations against him were unsubstantiated.
“All we know at this point is (Tundra) didn’t do what it was hired to do,” said plaintiffs’ attorney Michael Doyle. “It was clear enough that this guy shouldn’t be given a weapon around the troops.”
Within days of being hired again, Ahmed opened fire on U.S. troops as they were cleaning their weapons for an upcoming mission. Ahmed, who was wearing body armor, unloaded the first magazine of his Tundra-issued AK-47 before reloading, according to the lawsuit.
Other U.S. troops returned fire and eventually killed Ahmed.
Security companies that hire Afghans are required to vet an applicant by checking their identities, work history, and other personal information, as well as police checks, fingerprinting and other biometric information such as iris scans and photographs.
The contractors also have to report individuals who turn out to be security risks.
U.S. military officials have since beefed up the process by having random checks of private security companies but have warned the added safeguards won’t eliminate the problem.
Doyle said the lawsuit was filed to hold military contractors accountable for their role during wartime.
“If there aren’t any consequences, it’s a continuing danger to the troops and that’s not acceptable,” he said.
CHARLOTTE, NC July 11 2012 - The Transportation Security Administration announced Tuesday the start of TSA Pre-Check operations at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
At CLT, select US Airways frequent flyers and members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler program are now eligible to participate in the initiative. In addition to US Airways, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines are also operational at CLT and eligible TSA Pre-Check passengers traveling on these airlines may access the TSA Pre-Check lane for expedited screening.
TSA Pre-Check – a passenger prescreening initiative – is part of the agency’s ongoing effort to implement risk-based security concepts that enhance security by focusing on travelers the agency knows less about. More than 1.7 million passengers have received expedited screening through TSA Pre-Check security lanes since the initiative began last fall. TSA Pre-Check is now available in 18 airports for select U.S. citizens traveling on Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways and members of CBP Trusted Traveler programs.
“TSA Pre-Check is one of several intelligence-driven, risk-based initiatives we are using to move away from a one-size-fits-all approach,” said Mark Haught, Charlotte Federal Security Director. “Developing and implementing efforts such as this bring us closer to our goal of providing all travelers the most effective security in the most efficient way.”
Eligible passengers include U.S. citizens flying domestically on participating airlines, as well as members of CBP’s Trusted Traveler programs, including Global Entry, SENTRI or NEXUS. CLT has a CBP Enrollment Center on site. Individuals interested in applying should visit http://www.globalentry.gov.
If TSA determines a passenger qualifies for TSA Pre-Check, information is embedded in the barcode of the passengers boarding pass. TSA reads the barcode at the designated checkpoint, and the passenger may be referred to the TSA Pre-Check lane to undergo expedited screening, which could include being able to leave on shoes, light outerwear and belts, and allowing laptops and 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bags to remain inside carry-on baggage.
TSA has expanded TSA Pre-Check benefits to U.S. military active duty members traveling through Ronald Reagan Washington National and Seattle-Tacoma International airports. In addition to TSA Pre-Check, TSA has implemented other risk-based security measures including modified screening procedures for passengers 12 and younger and 75 and older.
TSA will always incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport and no passenger is guaranteed expedited screening. TSA’s multi-layered approach to security consists of more than 20 layers, including behavior detection officers, explosives-detection systems, baggage screening, canine teams, and federal air marshals, among other measures both seen and unseen.
CLAREMORE, Oklahoma July 11 2012- A Sequoyah Public Schools music teacher was arrested Monday afternoon for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old student.
Mark Thomas Buchanan, 34, of Claremore, was booked into a Rogers County jail without bond.
Police said Buchanan’s wife spoke with them Monday and told them her husband had admitted to having sex with a 14-year-old girl. Kelly Buchanan said he had come forward because the student had told him that she was “late,” and feared that she was pregnant.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Buchanan is accused of having sex with the student in a closet attached to the choir room at a Sequoyah public school on four separate occasions, over the last six months.
Buchanan faces 18 charges total, including four counts of rape in the first degree, six counts of lewd molestation, and eight counts of sodomy.
Sequoyah Public Schools said Tuesday that Buchanan has been suspended with pay.
CUMBERLAND COUNTY, NC July 11 2012 – Detectives in Cumberland County have charged a Fort Bragg soldier with sex crimes involving two minors.
According to the sheriff’s office, Sgt. Eric Michael Captain, 26, took a teenage girl, 13, and a male, 15, to a local motel in February, provided them with alcohol and engaged in sexual activities with them.
Captain was charged with first and second degree kidnapping, taking indecent liberties with a minor, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Captain is being held in lieu of a $61,000 secured bond. He is part of the Army’s Bravo Battery 3rd Battalion 27th Field Artillery Regiment.
INDIANAPOLIS IN July 11 2012 - An Indiana cheerleader came to the rescue when the coach of a minor league football team collapsed on the field.
The coach for the Indianapolis Tornadoes fell ill during Saturday’s game. Luckily, team cheerleader Jessica Anderson, an emergency medical technician and firefighter, was on hand to administer CPR.
The coach was taken to the hospital and diagnosed with high blood sugar and high blood pressure.
Anderson is credited with saving the man’s life.
“It’s nice to get the recognition from the crowd and the players and my teammates,” Anderson said.
COEUR d’ALENE, Idaho July 11 2012(AP) — A North Idaho firefighter has pleaded guilty to a charge of lewd conduct after he was accused of having sex with a girl who was 13 and 14 years old.
The Coeur d’Alene Press reports that 38-year-old Billy E. Miller Jr. of Athol entered his plea Monday before 1st District Court Judge John Luster.
He is to be sentenced Oct. 17 on the charge that carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.
The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department investigation report says Miller admitted having sex and receiving oral sex from the girl at his home in 2009 and 2010. The report says Miller told investigators he used a condom to prevent a pregnancy.
Miller was a lieutenant for Northern Lakes Fire District. He was fired on May 24
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ORANGE BEACH, Alabama July 11 2012— A 56-year-old Gulf Shores woman remained in jail Monday after kidnapping a 6-year-old at knifepoint at the city’s public beach last Friday evening, according to Assistant Police Chief Greg Duck.
Kathie Marie Godsey allegedly held a knife to the child’s throat and ordered him into the public restroom, the chief said. The boy and a 14-year-old friend had been rinsing off their boogey boards at the time and the friend ran and got the victim’s father who held the woman until police arrived.
She told police that she wanted the boy to shoot her, according to Duck.
The out-of-town child was not harmed. He was on vacation with his family.
Godsey is in the Baldwin County Corrections Center charged with first-degree kidnapping, public intoxication and menacing. She is listed as homeless from Gulf Shores, according to jail records.
A mental evaluation will be ordered on the woman, according to police.
New Orleans LA July 11 2012 Regardless of whether voters decide to renew Crescent City Connection tolls in November, the bridge’s police department will become part of the state Department of Public Safety on Jan. 1, State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson said Monday. The bridge’s 22-officer force, which patrols the spans over the Mississippi River and the elevated expressways from New Orleans to Westwego, will don the gray uniforms worn by officers of the state’s public safety department, Edmonson said. He spoke at the Crescent City Connection police headquarters building in Algiers after meeting privately with the bridge police officers he described as “outstanding individuals” who worried about their jobs.
You will just see a different color on uniforms come Jan. 1,” Edmonson said.
Voters in Jefferson, Orleans and Plaquemines parishes will go to the polls Nov. 6 to decide whether to let the tolls expire Dec. 31. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is expected to take responsibility for maintaining the spans.
Although he has previously said either State Police or Department of Public Safety officers would be patrolling the bridge, Edmonson’s comments Monday clarified that public safety officers who are culled from the current force will be responsible for the bridge.
DOTD will get out of the law-enforcement business with the change, Edmonson said.
Local officials said Monday they were aware the bridge police force will cease to exist Jan. 1. State Rep. Jeff Arnold, D-Algiers, said he was aware Edmonson will oversee bridge patrols through the Department of Public Safety and that he will hire “eligible” officers.
If the police force remains the same size, “that would be great news,” Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts said.
“The question remains is, what does the size look like?” Roberts said. “That is what we’re trying to get answers on.”
Edmonson indicated that all current bridge police officers would transfer to the Department of Public Safety. He likened the transfer in police power to that of the Department of Public Safety’s Weights and Measures Unit, a law enforcement force that used to fall under the Department of Transportation and Development. Its officers wear the same gray uniforms the bridge police force will wear after Jan. 1, he said.
Edmonson said the bridge officers will work hand in hand with local law enforcement agencies, from the New Orleans Police Department to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, to ensure the roadways below the elevated expressways will be patrolled.
“The public can care less the color of the uniform or the shape of the badge,” Edmonson said. “They just want to know we’re working together.”
Separately, Edmonson said he does not envision basing more troopers in the Crescent City to free NOPD officers from patrolling Interstate 10 through the city, something New Orleans police reportedly favor. With 992 troopers under his command, he has no available personnel to assign to New Orleans.
“We don’t have the manpower,” he said.
The video from her patrol-car camera captured the scene as the car raced away.
“Man, he’s doing over 80,” she said. And then, moments later, “Wow, he’s doing over 90.”
Inside the fleeing car were three fellow officers from the Clermont police force on their way back from a trip to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, according to the report obtained Monday.
Fowler continued to pursue the car, turning on her emergency lights when it pulled into the Clermont Landing shopping-center parking lot, the report said.
The driver jumped out of his vehicle, and Fowler drew her weapon. Then she realized it was Officer Marc Thompson — who was laughing.
As a result of that off-duty prank, two police officers were fired from the Clermont squad. Sgt. Mark Edwards and Thompson were terminated Thursday by police Chief Steve Graham for department violations. A third officer, Dennis Hall, was suspended for one day without pay.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office investigated the incident at Graham’s request and determined: “[A]ll officers involved in this incident felt that the prank was not malicious in nature but was intended to be a joke.”
The report continued: “Officer Fowler felt however that the driver, Officer Thompson, she was pursuing was driving at unsafe speeds which had the potential to cause a serious accident especially near S.R. 50 where there is road construction and a dangerous intersection.”
Thompson, behind the wheel of his personal vehicle, laughed hysterically when he was finally pulled over by Fowler, and said “he was just having fun,” according to the report. Hall and Edwards were passengers in the car.
Edwards was in the front passenger seat, hunched over with a gray hoodie obscuring his face, the report said. He remembered that Thompson was driving on U.S. 27 and saw Fowler’s patrol car, the report said.
Thompson was swerving and was aware that Fowler had turned on her emergency lights, but Edwards told investigators he wasn’t paying attention and was “messing with his phone,” the report said.
Hall was in the back seat and remembered Thompson saying that he would get Fowler to pull him over, and Hall suggested “it would be funny if he [Thompson] got out and ran.”
A police-union official said Monday that the officers would not comment because an appeal to the city manager is pending.
Edwards had been with the department for more than nine years and Thompson more than two years.
Thompson was not ticketed for speeding or any other traffic violations. That decision was made by Fowler, who has the discretion on whether to issue a citation, said Clermont police Capt. Jon Johnson.
The allegation comes as part of a lawsuit filed by Joseph Finley in March 2011.
The body of his wife, Laura, was found in a stairwell at the famed downtown hotel on Oct. 23, 2010.
The lawsuit claims that a homeless man or “uninvited third party” walked through an unsecured first-floor door and killed Finley’s wife while he was sleeping in the couple’s sixth-floor room.
Hotel security failed to warn guests about security issues related to remodeling work being done on the first and second floors, court documents said.
The hotel was booked, many there to participate in an audition of “America’s Got Talent.”
Hotel security found Laura Finley’s body at the bottom of the first-floor staircase. The body of the 48-year-old woman was found with no top and wearing pants that were inside out. Her diamond rings were missing, court papers said.
Even though the coroner’s office determined she had suffered multiple blunt force injuries and cuts to her head, Biltmore hotel security told police there was no sign of foul play, according to court documents.
The court documents say that hotel security were aware that homeless people and others had committed “assaults with deadly weapons, thefts, and other disturbances,” but “failed to take any security measures” to keep guests safe, the complaint alleges.
A door into the hotel that led to the street was propped open by a piece of brick tied to a shoestring and “transients followed guests into their hotel rooms,” the complaint alleges.
“Open alcohol bottles, empty food containers, filthy clothing, cigarette butts, wrappers, bottles of urine and dirty blankets” could be seen along the floors that were being remodeled, the complaint alleges.
The couple were staying at the hotel that weekend because Joseph Finley, a 30-year musician, was auditioning for the popular TV show. He didn’t report his wife missing — which was several hours after her body was found — until after his audition, police said.
Finley was questioned in the case but was released. At the time, police said the death appeared to be accidental.
The LAPD said Monday the case is an open death investigation but they would not release any information, saying it was sealed.
Finley’s attorney, Sean E. Macias, declined to comment. Biltmore attorneys did not return a call.
An Los Angeles Superior Court judge ordered a hearing on oral arguments about the evidence for July 19.
North Charleston SC July 11 2012 Police Sgt. Eddie Bullard shot himself and then made up a story for investigators that he was wounded by his own gun during a struggle with a shadowy suspect, Police Chief Jon Zumalt said Friday.
In a hastily called late afternoon City Hall press conference, Zumalt said that Bullard’s account of being shot with his gun while defending himself outside a Rivers Avenue business upset the police and the community.
“It gets everybody on edge,” he said. “I’m sorry to the community.”
Zumalt, who was part of a massive police response to the reported shooting, said he was immediately uneasy about the facts of the case.
“There just wasn’t anything that corroborated what (Bullard) was saying,” Zumalt said. “Finally today I became worried that it didn’t happen as the officer reported it.”
The 46-year-old officer admitted Friday that he lied about the incident, Zumalt said.
He said Bullard was suspended without pay pending further investigation. The chief said he was concerned about Bullard’s mental health.
“He’s very troubled,” Zumalt said.
Department spokesman Spencer Pryor did not elaborate, citing privacy regulations.
The department had no prior indications that Bullard had psychological problems that would prompt him to shoot himself and lie to investigators about what happened, Zumalt said.
Zumalt said he is concerned about getting Bullard psychological help.
Bullard did not respond to a message left on his cellphone Friday night.
City Councilman Bob King appeared at the press conference. Afterward, King said he was proud of the police department for sorting out the truth of the situation so quickly.
“We are very disappointed in the circumstances. I think it was certainly good police work,” King said. “The police department moved on that thing as soon as things didn’t add up. They pursued it until they got a confession out of him today.”
The State Law Enforcement Division is also investigating.
“He’s been a good police officer,” King said. “That’s the tragic part about it.”
The sergeant told officers two rounds were fired during a struggle early Wednesday and a bullet slammed into his protective vest. He crumpled to the ground, but the round stopped short of penetrating his abdomen.
The 15-year veteran said Thursday the bullet’s impact was very painful but doesn’t appear to have caused any lasting damage beyond some nasty bruising and possibly a torn muscle.
About 4:30 a.m. on the Fourth of July, Bullard radioed a report that he had been shot outside the Carpet Wholesalers store. He told officers he had been jumped from behind after he had stopped to talk with a suspicious man he saw standing outside the store, which was closed.
He reported that the man who jumped him tried to get his gun and during the struggle, the gun fired twice.
In his report, Bullard was only able to describe his assailant as a black male wearing black clothes.
Such incidents, while not common, have happened before.
A veteran Baltimore homicide investigator was accused by prosecutors last month of shooting himself in a parking garage in that city last year, then fabricating a story about being attacked by an unknown man. Police investigators raised concerns early on that the bullet that struck the detective had come from his own gun, The Baltimore Sun reported.
Closer to home, a Summerville police officer drew scrutiny in May 2003 after he made a frantic call for help during a midnight stop on rural Sheep Island Road. Police found Officer Peter Wright lying on the ground and clutching his belly, with a fresh hole in his protective vest.
Wright told officers he was shot with his own pistol during a struggle with a suspicious man.
SLED agents spent three months investigating the incident without finding a suspect or evidence that would disprove Wright’s account. But an internal investigation by Summerville police concluded that Wright likely staged the whole incident and lied to department officials probing the episode. Wright quietly resigned from the department in November 2003, a month after the internal report was completed.
MILWAUKEE WI July 11 2012- The Milwaukee Police Department could take over patrolling the airport from the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department, but should they?
Despite no reported security problems, it could happen, reports Newsradio 620 WTMJ’s John Mercure.
Mitchell International Airport is a mini city. For decades the mini city has been patrolled by the sheriff’s department.
Yet now a group of city and county leaders are considering turning over airport security to MPD.
“Are we looking at that and other potential models of different ways of doing the services we deliver — always,” said Abele to Wisconsin’s Afternoon News with John Mercure. “We’re trying to get you, the taxpayer, the best value and the best outcome we can.”
Abele said he wouldn’t change any function unless he was certain outcomes were consistent and the county saved money.
Airport security isn’t paid for by the county, it’s covered by TSA — a federal government agency, so critics wonder why the county executive’s office would get involved in this process.
According to Abele, “Any place I can have something to do with improving an outcome and saving money, regardless of which tax dollars paid for it — I’m going to do it.”
Abele’s idea isn’t sitting well with Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke. He says if it happens, there will be hidden costs and inefficiencies.
“In an era of concerns about airport security…to make a change like this, you better present a good reason — and I haven’t one,” said Clarke to Wisconsin’s Afternoon News.
“It’s a huge undertaking to make a change like this,” said Clarke. “Our people know all the procedures…the learning curve is steep.”
Clarke believes this isn’t about “sharing efficiencies”, as Abele’s spokesman told the Journal Sentinel, but this is about “creating a very chaotic situation when it is unnecessary to do so.”
The talks are in the very early stages.
Source: Newsradio 620 WTMJ
Arizona July 11 2012 Federal authorities in Arizona announced they’re seeking four suspects involved in the fatal shooting of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, and the FBI offered $1 million for their capture on Tuesday.
Federal officials indicted five men in the December 2010 killing of Brian Terry, including one who is already in custody. A sixth suspect was charged with conspiracy relating to robbery, but not the killing. The indictment was unsealed in Tucson.
“Agent Terry died in the line of duty while protecting his country,” United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy said. “But he was more than a federal agent—he was a son, a brother, a co-worker, and a friend to many.”
The defendants, who are all Mexican nationals, allegedly entered the country to robbing drug traffickers of their contraband, when Terry and his t eam encountered them. Agent Terry was killed in a firefight that began with the agents firing bean-bag rounds, while the defenedants allegedly returned fire with AK-47 semi-automatic rifles. Two of the rifles were tracked back to the “Fast and Furious” operation.
The defendants have also been charged with assaulting three other Border Patrol agents during the Dec. 14, 2010, gunfight.
The indictment charges Manuel Osorio-Arellanes, Jesus Rosario Favela-Astorga, Ivan Soto-Barraza, Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes, and Lionel Portillo-Meza with crimes including first-degree murder, second-degree murder, conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, attempted interference with commerce by robbery, use and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence, assault on a federal officer, and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.
Rito Osorio-Arellanes, the sixth defendant, is charged with conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery.
Manuel Osorio-Arellanes has been in custody since his arrest the night of the shooting. Rito Osorio-Arellanes has been in custody since December 12, 2010, when he was arrested by Border Patrol agents on immigration charges.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says Samuel and Diana Franklin of Butler were charged Tuesday with multiple counts of child cruelty and false imprisonment.
They were taken to a county jail, while the girl has been placed in temporary state custody.
Investigators say the sheriff’s office and child welfare workers went to the family’s home in May to investigate reports that the girl was being locked in a chicken coop, a storage building and an outhouse for days at a time.
The girl was removed from the home the same day.
An attorney for the couple has denied the allegations