ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. July 19 2012
Neighbors of a Charlotte youth soccer coach accused of sexually abusing a young boy are coming to his defense.
Neighbors in suspect Ralph Wager’s Southeast Charlotte neighborhood called Wager, 69, friendly and always willing to help.
“I can’t believe. No, I can’t believe,” said Galina Kogan, who said she’s lived next door to Wager in their community off Independence for 12 years. “I never see anything bad about him. No, no, he is good neighbor and good people.”
Rowan County deputies arrested Wager on charges of sex offenses and indecent liberties Tuesday. He’s accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy more than 20 years ago.
Deputies said the abuse started while Wager was coaching soccer at Catawba College. The alleged victim told investigators he was at a sports camp when Wager started to abuse him in 1987 and that abuse lasted two years. Investigators said the alleged victim finally decided to come forward when he Googled the suspect’s name and saw that he was still working with children.
Eyewitness News checked and found that Wager had recently coached for the Steele Creek Soccer Club, working with 9 and 10-year-olds. On Wednesday, the director of the club had no comment about the allegations.
Some of Wager’s neighbors who have children and grandchildren called the news disturbing.
“I don’t like the idea of this situation. I want my grandkids to be free to go outside and play and be comfortable,” said neighbor Lolita Dale.
Wager had his first court appearence Wednesday. Officials told Eyewitness News his bond was set at $500,000, and as of Wednesday night he had not been released from prison.
Jacksonville Fla July 19 2012 A flash mob of 300 teenagers converged upon a Walmart in Jacksonville, Florida after police officers broke up a party they were attending nearby. An individual was shot in the leg at the teen party, prompting police action, according to The Blaze. The Florida flash mob reportedly destroyed Walmart merchandise and threw food from the store’s grocery section and frightened customers with their shouts and destructive behavior.
Members of the teen flash mob stole items and scared customers, according to Channel 4 News crime analyst Ken Jefferson. The Walmart flash mob also allegedly stole an anti-shoplifting security scanner which was valued at $1,500. Channel 4 News also notes police officers did not make any arrests after the flash mob took over the Jacksonville store but the teens involved will most likely face criminal charges.
Police officers broke up a teen party in a North Jacksonville subdivision after one young man was shot in the leg. According to police document excerpts republished by the Florida Times-Union, “hundreds” of teen partiers “fled” when they noticed the lights and sirens heading in the direction of the party. Approximately 90 minutes after the party abruptly ended, a teen flash mob appeared at the Jacksonville Walmart store.
Gunshots may be been fired outside of the store, but no customers or vehicles were hit, according to a Florida Times-Union report on the flash mob incident. At least a few of the teen flash mob members shot cell phone videos while inside the Walmart store and posted them to YouTube.
The videos show teens throwing produce and riding in shopping carts. An unidentified person can be heard on the video encouraging the flash mob to relocate from Walmart to a nearby Wendy’s restaurant.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. July 19 2012 – Louisville Metro Police say a man used aluminum foil to try to smuggle stolen DVDs past the anti-theft scanners at Walmart.
It happened Monday, shortly after 8:00 a.m. Police say 49-year-old Arthur L. Lloyd walked into the Walmart on Shelbyville Road, near N. English Station Road, took several DVDs off the shelves and placed them in a black bag.
Police say he had aluminum foil on hand, which he used to disable the anti-theft scanners at the store when he walked out without paying for the merchandise.
Officers say they found Lloyd at a bus stop near the parking lot. He allegedly had over $550 of DVDs on his person.
When they ran his criminal history, they found he had an arrest warrant for a previous theft at the same store, as well as another case pending for shoplifting, according to an arrest report.
Police say he had already been banned from the store.
Lloyd was arrested and charged with theft and criminal trespassing.
Police charged Pamela Lyn Schulzendorf, 26, of Scott on Tuesday with six counts each of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.
Managers at Loomis Armored Car in Robinson contacted Robinson police in late June after discovering that money was taken from five ATM locations on six occasions, according to a criminal complaint. They believed an employee was responsible for taking the money, police said.
During a June 26 interview with Detective Daniel Dugan, Schulzendorf admitted that she started stealing money in increments of $2,000 to $4,000 shortly after she began working as an armed messenger for Loomis this spring, police said.
Schulzendorf told the detective that she is a single parent and needed the money to move out of her parents’ home because she was not getting along with her father, police said. She said she spent about $3,400 for a security deposit on an apartment and on mattresses for herself and her son. She said some of the money paid for “everyday expenses.” When the detective asked Schulzendorf to account for the other $12,885, she responded that it was “just gone,” according to the complaint.
Schulzendorf initially told Dugan that she still had $1,000 in cash at her parents home, but later said $5,000 was left. Officers escorted Schulzendorf to her parents’ home, where the money was recovered from a lock box under her bed. The cash was returned to Loomis.
Schulzendorf is free on a nonmonetary bond after her arraignment on Tuesday morning before District Judge Randy C. Martini. She has a preliminary hearing on Tuesday before McKees Rocks District Judge Carla M. Swearingen.
On Wednesday, Lucas, 42, who faces charges of aggravated burglary and felony theft in which he has two prior shoplifting convictions, will sit in the witness chair to testify on the third day of his jury trial in Shawnee County District Court.
In the ongoing trial, Lucas is charged with theft of a DVD player and a wireless router from Walmart, 1301 S.W. 37th.
David McDonald, Lucas’ attorney, already has told jurors his client would testify.
If convicted, Lucas, who was tagged by a prosecutor in earlier cases as a “super shoplifter who hasn’t stopped,” could face an additional sentence ranging from 10 years and two months to 11 years and four months.
Since 2008, Topeka police have investigated 20 thefts in which Lucas is the suspect, Detective Kristi Powell, testified, adding she has worked on 17 or 18 of the cases.
Is Powell the police department’s “resident expert” on Lucas? McDonald asked the detective.
“I would say I’m familiar with him,” Powell said.
The first 19 cases have been resolved by pleas in court, most by placing Lucas on probation, Powell said. In some cases, Lucas took a reduced sentence and in others, he made a plea to one shoplifting and others were dismissed, the detective testified.
Beefed-up statutes have kicked in on the last two cases, and Lucas already is serving two sentences totaling 11 years and six months.
On March 7, Lucas’ shoplifting combined with aggravated burglaries boosted him to a high sentencing box, and he was sentenced to 10 years and two months in prison for aggravated burglary.
On April 25, a district judge added 16 months for two more theft convictions.
If convicted in this case, the judge could order Lucas to serve that sentence either consecutively or concurrently to the March 7 and April 25 sentences. Consecutive terms would mean prison time totaling more than 21 years.
Powell gave details about the 20 thefts from June 14, 2008, to Dec. 31, 2011, that Lucas has been charged with. They include:
■ Of the 20 cases, 13 were at Walmart stores in Topeka, including 10 at the 1301 S.W. 37th St. location.
■ Meat valued at $472 from the Dillons food store, 800 N.W. 25th.
■ Meat valued at $349 taken 17 days later from Walmart, 1501 S.W. Wanamaker Road.
■ Clothing and purses totaling $2,400 in three thefts from T.J. Maxx, 2170 S.W. Wanamaker Road.
■ Tools valued at $900 from Home Depot, 5900 S.W. Huntoon.
■ Eight purses valued at $1,600 from Dillard’s, 1791 S.W. Wanamaker Road.
On at least one occasion, Lucas talked to Powell about his problems with drugs and alcohol, she testified.
Lucas blames his history of thefts on an addiction for 23 years to crack cocaine, which fuels his stealing to get cash to buy the drug, he has said a number of times in court.
Brad Harrison-Barr, who worked in the asset protection unit at Walmart, 1501 S.W. Wanamaker, for seven years, testified Tuesday he issued the notice permanently banning Lucas from Walmart stores on March 31, 2009. Harrison-Barr identified the written ban notice.
Besides thefts, Lucas’ criminal history also includes interference with a city officer, misdemeanor battery, drunken driving, driving on a suspended license and felony obstruction of an officer.
Source: THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL
COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA July 19 2012 - Police are investigating a shooting in Colonial Heights at a shooting range.
Officers responded to the Smoking Gun — a shooting range located at 127 Boulevard — for a report of a person shot at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
One person was transported to the hospital. Several media reports say that the person was shot in the head and did not survive.
Police say that they are investigating the circumstances and not releasing any further details at this time.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico July 19 2012 (AP) — Authorities in Puerto Rico are investigating a policeman accused of firing at an 85-year-old handicapped woman who failed to stop after she backed into a car while leaving the grocery store.
The officer, who was on his bicycle, shot at the woman’s car nine times and hit it five times, Victor Carbonell, director of a special investigations unit that probes police shootings, said Tuesday.
One bullet went through the windshield on the driver’s side and another through the driver’s side window, he said. But no bullets struck the woman.
“It’s a miracle she’s alive,” Carbonell said, adding that it is unclear whether Catalina Reyes Rivera knew she had hit someone when she put the car in reverse. He said the woman inside the car that Reyes hit flagged down the officers who gave chase and forced Reyes out of the car at gunpoint and ordered her to kneel.
Reyes’s daughter, Rosa Elsie Rosado, told reporters that her mother has two prosthetic knees.
“It was horrific. I never imagined that something like this could happen, much less to my mother,” she said. “He didn’t notice that she was an elderly person … He kept shooting like she was an animal.”
Carbonell said the officer accused in Monday’s shooting, Emanuel Diaz Ortiz, had been with Guaynabo City Police for one year. He said the other officer involved in the case, Eliu Garcia Mercado, did not fire his weapon.
Attorneys for both men could not immediately be located.
Reyes was taken to the hospital and treated for minor cuts from the broken glass, said Sylvia Rivera, spokeswoman for Guaynabo, a wealthy San Juan suburb where the shooting occurred.
She said the officers have been disarmed and placed on administrative leave.
The shooting comes as Puerto Rico’s police department faces increased scrutiny following a scathing federal report accusing it of corruption, illegal killings and civil rights violations.
The department also faces a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union accusing it of using excessive force and violating civil rights.
The alleged would-be robbers, who were not immediately identified but all had Colorado identification and a history of drug arrests, were overheard by a security guard discussing plans to rob a jewelry store at 7th Street and Broadway, in the heart of the Jewelry District, LAPD Capt. Horace Frank said.
The guard called police with a description of two suspicious vehicles. Officers responded to the area about 1:30 p.m. After further investigation, they arrested five people — four men and a woman — on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery.
Police also recovered a gun in each of the cars. Two other suspects fled and have not been located.
“These arrests highlight the importance of effective partnership between law enforcement and members of the community as it pertains to crime prevention” Frank said.
Poilice said that the suspect, a 20-year-old Makiki man, confronted the security guard, 44, as she was doing her rounds shortly after 2 a.m.
When the security guard tried to take out her radio to call dispatch about the confrontation, the man grabbed the radio, injuring her wrist, police said. He then threw the radio onto the street and fled the scene.
The suspect was located a short time later on Richards Street and arrested. He is being held pending a robbery count.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. July 19 2012— An Iraq war veteran suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend and her pregnant sister in Michigan fatally shot himself in a remote West Virginia cabin after seeing investigators closing in, authorities said Wednesday.
Deputy marshals and Tyler County sheriff’s deputies were approaching the cabin near Sistersville Tuesday evening when they saw Thomas Fritz run inside holding a rifle, said Alex Neville, a deputy marshal in Clarksburg. Seconds later, they heard a gunshot.
Not knowing whether the 38-year-old Fritz had shot himself or fired on them, special units from Wetzel County and the State Police who were better equipped to deal with the potential standoff were sent in to help, Neville said.
“It would not have been prudent for the deputy marshals or local law enforcement to engage him in that cabin, with several hundred yards of open field around the cabin,” Neville said. “To approach it would not have been a good tactical approach on our part.”
Several hours after the shot rang out, officers fired tear gas into the cabin and stormed in. They found Fritz dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a rear bedroom, as well as two assault rifles, a shotgun and a gas mask, Neville said.
Authorities warned after the Friday killings that they considered Fritz armed and dangerous. Fritz served in the Ohio National Guard beginning in 1997 and later the Army Reserve. He then spent nearly a year in Iraq with the guard’s military police unit from the spring of 2003 through early 2004.
Fritz had once worked for the man who owns the cabin, which is in a remote area near the Ohio border about 80 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, Pa., and he had been there several times, Neville said.
“He was familiar with the area. He returned there obviously to hide,” he said.
Authorities contacted the cabin’s owner, who was not there at the time and whose name they didn’t release, to get its layout.
Authorities said Fritz’s ex-girlfriend, Amy Merrill, broke up with him about three weeks ago. On the night of the killings, he went to her Blissfield, Mich., home, where he had lived with her since last winter, to speak with her. The two had a child together, who is a toddler, and Merrill’s two sons from a former marriage also lived there.
Police say Fritz shot Merrill, 33, her 24-year-old sister, Lisa Gritzmaker, who was eight months’ pregnant, and their mother, Robin Lynn McCowan, who were all at the home. The sisters died and McCowan is recovering from surgery at a hospital.
The sisters grew up in the Blissfield area and were well known. Merrill took her two oldest boys to youth baseball games and Boy Scouts meetings. She and her sister were extremely close, friends said.
Before moving in with Merrill, Fritz was living in Sylvania, Ohio, a Toledo suburb where he grew up, which is about 12 miles from Blissfield.
In 2004, the year he returned from Iraq, Fritz received an associate of applied science degree in criminal justice from Owens Community College, near Toledo.
In 2006, Fritz was convicted of sexual battery, deemed a sex offender and sentenced to a year in prison in Ohio. Paul Dobson, a Wood County, Ohio, prosecutor, said a woman accused Fritz of having sex with her at a party while she was passed out.
ATLANTA GA July 19 2012 - Atlanta’s police chief says he has nothing to hide in the way his department is handling two cash accounts totaling millions of dollars.
FOX 5 was first to report the findings of an independent audit that says there’s not enough oversight over these two accounts.
City Auditor Leslie Ward found two accounts controlled by the Atlanta Police Department. The larger one is a prisoner and evidence account that totals $2.9 million. The second account is unclaimed cash. According to the finance ledger at Atlanta City Hall, that account is supposed to amount to $9,492. However, the auditor found $1.3 million in the account at Wells Fargo Bank.
The city auditor said that the way the accounts are being handled raises the possibility for mismanagement or even theft.
William Perry of the watchdog organization Common Cause Georgia is urging transparency.
“It just sends shockwaves, quite frankly, that a government agency, be it police or whatever, would hide funds from another city agency,” said Perry.
Atlanta Police Chief George Turner said there is a legitimate reason why his department – and not city chief financial officer Jim Beard’s finance department– has control of the funds.
He said that cash from people arrested does not go into the general fund. He said it takes a process before unclaimed money is transferred into the general fund.
Turner explained the discrepancy between the amount of unclaimed money listed and the amount in the actual account by saying that there is a lengthy time for court cases involving the money to be resolved.
Ward said that she believes the city’s finance department should be in control of all funds.Turner said he would discuss the matter with Ward.
Irvine TX July 19 2012 A hawk injured four people while trying to keep people away from her babies in an Irving parking lot.
The Boy Scouts of America’s headquarters closed a portion of its parking lot for weeks while the mother hawk raised her babies.
At first, people thought she was just a crazy bird, said Tandy Gilliam, the Boy Scouts’ associate director of properties. When the attacks continued, the organization contacted Texas Rescue, which helped the group understand the situation.
“The bird was doing what it was doing — that was its natural instinct to keep predators away, which she thought anybody bigger than a squirrel, I assume, is a predator,” Gilliam said.
A security officer whose head was scratched from the bird’s claws was one of the people attacked.
“He didn’t complain that it hurt or anything; it just kind of hit him and just startled him more than anything,” Gilliam said.
Gilliam said the Boy Scouts abided by the hawk’s wishes. The group blocked off almost 40 parking spaces for more than three weeks to accommodate the mother and her nest. The security guard even began wearing a hard hat while patrolling the parking lot, and visitors received special care.
“I doubled up my security, and they came out with umbrellas and escorted,” Gilliam said.
The parking lot reopened last week after the mother left. Three of the baby hawks are still around.
Denise Acosta, a Boy Scout parent, has been snapping pictures of them.
“I just love nature, and I love that they’re among us,” she said.
Fred Sanderson, Irving animal services manager, said his department receives about a dozen calls every year about nesting birds. He predicted that a hawk would likely make another nest at Boy Scouts headquarters next year.
Police tell media outlets that 5-month-old Jeremy Rivera’s father apparently forgot to drop him off at a child-care center on Friday morning.
The father went to his job and didn’t know the infant was still in the vehicle until Friday afternoon, when he left work and went to the child care center to pick up his son.
The father’s name hasn’t been released.
A cause of death hasn’t been determined. The infant’s body was taken to the medical examiner’s office in Norfolk for an autopsy.
Worley ID July 19 2012 A man shot in what police believe was a drug-related incident on Spokane’s South Hill in April was arrested today at the Coeur d’Alene Casino for a brutal assault in Adams County.
Arthur Frank Cardenas, 33, has been wanted since July 11 on a $500,000 warrant for charges of first-degree robbery and first-degree assault.
A casino security officer saw him today about 5 a.m. and requested assistance from tribal police as surveillance employees watched Cardenas walk back to his room through the cameras.
U.S. Marshals arrived to help arrest Cardenas, who has been described as a gang leader. He was taken into custody about 9 a.m.Police found drugs and weapons in his room and arrested four other people. Their names have not been released.
“This arrest is the result of great work by one of our very own tribal police officers and a collaborative effort with the U.S. Marshals to bring Cardenas in. I’m very proud of our guys and appreciative to the U.S. Marshals for their cooperation,” Coeur d’Alene Tribe Police Chief Cody SiJohn said in a prepared statement.
Cardena’s friend Alicia Maria Favro was indicted just two weeks ago on a felon in possession of a firearm charge in U.S. District Court in Spokane.
Favro, 42, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of possessing a chrome Walther semi-automatic .380 caliber handgun that was found in her purse when she tried to go through security at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in April. She’s in custody at the Spokane County Jail.
Cardenas’ gunshot wound was not life threatening. A medic who treated him was severely burned by a chemical substance while treating Cardenas. Police didn’t find toxic substances in Cardenas’ car, but they did find large amounts of cash and methamphetamine.
Favro told police she went to Northern Quest Casino with Cardenas after he won $3,000 gambling in Moses Lake, according to court documents.
BLAINE TN July 19 2012 - A Grainger County doctor was held at knifepoint Tuesday by a man in a doctor’s office.
Grainger County sheriff’s deputies and Blaine police ended the hostage situation when they busted down the door and subdued the suspect.
Grainger County sheriff’s deputies say Vern Evart Long, 34, of Morristown, entered the Blaine Medical Center at 11:00 a.m. and barricaded himself with Dr. John Neece, 55, in an exam room.
They say Long threatened to kill the doctor and cut his own throat.
The doctor received superficial injuries. Long was taken to Tennova Medical Center and then to UT Medical Center for treatment.
Long is likely to face a long list of charges, including especially aggravated assault, kidnapping and vandalism.
Blaine Police Chief Jamie Winstead said Long has a history of violence.
Officials have not said what started the incident.
Sheriff Scott Layel says authorities are seeking to enter Long into a mental health facility
Chrystina Delrosario, 25, of El Cajon, was booked into Las Colinas Detention Facility on suspicion of performing a lewd act with a child, unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and intent to commit a sexual offense with a minor, police Capt. Dan Willis said.
The arrest was made at Reflections Central School on Hercules Street. The school is an educational program for young offenders run by the San Diego County Office of Education in affiliation with the San Diego County Probation Department.
Most of the students are on probation, Willis said.
Delrosario has been an aide at the school since March 2010, said Music Watson, a county Office of Education spokeswoman. Delrosario has been placed on unpaid administrative leave pending completion of the investigation, Watson said.
She said school officials contacted police Monday morning after receiving information about the allegation.
Willis said a patrol officer and detectives immediately went to the school and interviewed the aide, the victim and others.
Delrosario was arrested at the school about 1 p.m. She is accused of having intercourse once with the boy in a campus classroom about 2½ weeks ago, Willis said.
Watson said the school serves grades seven through 12 and has three classrooms.
The safety and security of students is the school’s top priority, Watson said.
The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to call La Mesa police at (619) 667-1400, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at (888) 580-8477.
GREELEY CO July 19 2012 - A Greeley High School teacher was arrested Tuesday for allegedly sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy who she had a child with.
Rhonda Eisenberg, 44, was booked into the Weld County Jail under two felony complaints of patterns of sexual assault. Greeley police received an online tip regarding the alleged relationship.
Police say the teen is from Mexico and was attending Eisenberg’s classes at North Ridge High School. The Weld County teacher was also the victim’s legal guardian at the time of the alleged assaults.
Investigators say Eisenberg admitted to having sex with the teen 20 to 30 times between 2010 and 2011.
Authorities say Eisenberg and the teen had a baby together, who was born February of last year.
The Greeley Tribune is reporting that Eisenberg is on paid administrative leave from Greeley-Evans School District 6.
Vastie Coleman, 27, is charged with injury to a child with serious bodily injury.
Investigators say she beat little Kyron Barnes with a cord Sunday night at their home in the Villas of Pine Lake Apartments off Sam Houston Parkway.
Kyron was unresponsive when emergency crews arrived. They tried to revive him, but it was too late. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Kyron had evidence of old injuries, according to CPS.
Neighbors said Coleman’s boyfriend also lived at the apartment.
Two other children, ages 6 and 8, were removed from the home and turned over to CPS. They are staying with a foster family. An emergency custody hearing will be held Tuesday to determine if they can be placed in the care of relatives.
Coleman is being held in the Harris County Jail without bond.
She is scheduled to be in court Tuesday.
”The kid didn’t deserve to be killed you wouldn’t think that would happen they seemed like nice people,” said Avian Ngene, a neighbor.
Robin Dawson, another neighbor, agreed and said she was shocked to hear the news.
“I figured there’d be a sign or two—there was nothing, it was always quiet. I never heard them kids getting a whooping,” she said. “I got a couple kids myself. They be out there talking to them and I sent my kids out there. They be all eating popsicles together. They popped fire crackers on the Fourth of July.”
HOUSTON TX July 19 2012—A 16-year-old girl was charged in connection with her mother’s brutal stabbing death at their north Harris County home. The teen’s 22-year-old friend was also arrested and has confessed to the crime, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
The girl and her mother, 48-year-old Mary Ann Murphy, were at home in the 8300 block of Poplar Ridge Lane when the attack happened early Monday. The girl said two men broke into their home around 1 a.m. and attacked her mom, but her friend, Zein Imran Ahmed, told a different story.
Ahmed told investigators the teen let him in the home and he went into her mom’s bedroom. He climbed on top of Murphy, and when she woke up startled, he plunged the knife into her several times.
The teen left the house and went to the neighbor’s home as her mother screamed.
She said her mom was screaming loud, and I did think I heard a scream but I didn’t know for sure,” said Marcus Cox, the neighbor. “I just thought it was some kids down the street.”
The mother, who sources say worked for the DPS for 30 years, died at the scene.
Ahmed was arrested and given a $100,000 bond. After his confession, investigators determined the teen also played a role in her mother’s death.
The daughter was placed in the custody of the Harris County Juvenile Probation Office.
Investigators have not said why the mother was killed.
PEARL RIVER COUNTY, MS July 19 2012 - A Mississippi fire chief said that he was just trying to to do his job and protect the public when he was arrested by a deputy sheriff.
Chief Michael White was arrested after an argument with a Pearl River County sheriff’s deputy. Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison told WLOX News the argument stemmed from a traffic accident just outside the city limits.
Sheriff Allison said the victim in the accident wanted to have the car loaded onto a friend’s trailer, instead of paying for a tow truck. The deputy agreed to that, but the fire chief didn’t and said it was “his accident scene.” The fire chief said that there was fuel on the ground and that a trained tow truck operator should be called to upright the vehicle but that the deputy refused to do it.
The fire chief then reportedly stood by the vehicle, refusing access to the people trying to hook up the vehicle. That’s when the deputy arrested the fire chief for disorderly conduct.
“We wouldn’t report to fire scene and tell them how to put out a fire,” Sheriff Allison told WLOX News. “We appreciate their help. The fire department helps a lot on accidents; getting victims out cars and such. We always appreciate their help, but we can’t be arguing and fighting on the side of the road.”
A correction officer who allegedly planned to bring drugs into a prison was arrested Tuesday when he was seen dealing drugs in a commuter lot, police said.
Arcolain Fountain, 46, of Mill Street in East Haven was charged with criminal attempt to convey unauthorized items into a correctional facility, criminal attempt to possess narcotics and criminal attempt to possess a hallucinogenic, the state police stated in a press release.
He was scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Meriden on Wednesday. Information about his court appearance was not available.
State police said they and the security division of the Department of Correction had been investigating Fountain since March, when they learned that a correction officer intended to bring drugs into the Cheshire Correctional Institution.
The investigation brought them to the commuter parking lot at Exit 28 off I-84 in Southington on Tuesday, where they saw Fountain involved in a “hand-to-hand narcotics transaction,” the press release says. Members of the state police tactical team made the arrest.
Police seized drugs and a 2001 Suzuki motorcycle at the scene and confiscated handguns from Fountain’s house, the state police said.
He remains an employee of the DOC, spokesman Brian Garnett said Wednesday, but his future employment status has not been determined.
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