Police dispatchers say calls about the shooting started coming in about 12:30 a.m. Friday from a mall theater that was showing the Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Police say one person has been arrested, but no other details were available.
The International Business Times website is reporting that 12 people have been killed and 20 injured. The website reports two masked gunmen went on a rampage and that there was an explosion. The site says in its story that one gunman is in custody and another remains on the loose.
MSNBC reports that at least 20 are hurt in the shooting but did not say there are any deaths.
Police spokeswoman Cassidee Carlson says “the scene is still very active and we have little information for release at this time.”
Swedish Medical Center spokeswoman Nicole Williams says two people injured at the theater have arrived at the hospital in critical condition.
She says emergency workers have said there could be several more patients.
Border Patrol Agent
James R. Dominguez
United States Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection – Border Patrol, U.S. Government
End of Watch: Thursday, July 19, 2012 Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 12 years
Badge # U211
Cause: Struck by vehicle
Incident Date: 7/19/2012
Weapon: Not available
Suspect: Not available
Border Patrol Agent James Dominguez was struck and killed by a vehicle while assisting a disabled motorist on US 90 near Cline, Texas.
The disabled vehicle had experienced a flat tire. Agent Dominguez was assisting the driver pickup some of the tire debris when he was struck from behind by a large pickup truck.
Agent Dominguez had served with the United States Border Patrol for 12 years and was assigned to the Del Rio Sector. He is survived by his wife, son, three daughters, father, and brother. His brother serves with the Border Patrol and his father is retired from the Border Patrol.
Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Acting Commissioner David Aguilar
United States Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection – Border Patrol
1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20229
Phone: (202) 344-1770
Cook County Sheriff’s Office – Department of Corrections, Illinois
End of Watch: Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 10 years
Badge # Not available
Cause: Vehicular assault
Incident Date: 7/18/2012
Suspect: At large
Correctional Officer Nikkii Bostic-Jones was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver on California Avenue while walking from the sheriff’s office parking lot to the maximum security wing of the county jail just before 11:00 pm.
As she crossed the street she was struck by a van, causing her to be thrown into the path of an oncoming sheriff’s office patrol car. She was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The driver of the van fled the scene and remains at large.
Officer Bostic-Jones had served with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office – Department of Corrections for 10 years. She is survived by her husband, 6-year-old daughter, and six siblings.
Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Sheriff Thomas Dart
Cook County Sheriff’s Office – Department of Corrections
50 W Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 603-6444
The suit also says employees weren’t compensated at the rates required by the Metro Pay Plan, which governs compensation for civil service workers. Metro government also is named as a defendant in the suit.
“Just like all of Metro’s employees, those workers who run our city’s jails deserve to be paid in accordance with the law,” said David Garrison, a partner at Nashville law firm Barrett Johnston, which is representing the employees.
Metro Law Director Saul Solomon, the government’s top attorney, declined to comment. A spokeswoman for Sheriff Daron Hall, who was first elected to the position in 2002, could not be reached for comment late Wednesday afternoon.
The class-action complaint is an amendment to a federal suit filed more than a year ago by Michael Murphy, a correctional officer at the sheriff’s office from 2005 until April of this year. If U.S. District Judge Kevin Sharp refuses to allow the amendment, attorneys with Barrett Johnston say they plan to refile it as a separate lawsuit.
More plaintiffs sought
The complaint says about 240 sheriff’s employees — just less than 45 percent of the potential class of 574 people contacted by attorneys — agreed to join the suit. Attorneys hope to certify all correctional officers who worked for the sheriff’s office over the past six years as part of the class.
Vonda Noel, who has worked at jails or detention facilities for the sheriff’s office since 2004, is now listed individually as a plaintiff along with Murphy.
The employees allege that they frequently worked overtime without getting paid during “clearing count,” a process by which “the incoming and outgoing Correctional Officer shifts work together to verify that all inmates housed in each jail/detention facility are accounted for.”
“Defendants routinely require the members of the (Fair Labor Standards Act) Class to work additional time after the end of their paid shifts without providing them with any corresponding additional compensation, in accordance with Defendants’ common business policies and/or practices,” the complaint reads.
At the same time, the sheriff’s office has routinely paid employees at hourly rates below those mandated by the city’s pay plan, the employees allege.
The sheriff’s office “uses two different sets of hourly rates to pay its Correctional Officers: (1) hourly rates lower than the Metro Pay Plan’s hourly rates for regularly scheduled work, and (2) the Metro Pay Plan’s hourly rates for work recorded performed in addition to regularly scheduled work,” the suit reads. “However, neither the Metro Charter, nor the DCSO’s Compensation Policies, authorize such deviations from the Metro Pay Plan.”
Columbus GA July 20 2012
In an effort to provide students, faculty, staff, and visitors with the safest environment possible, Columbus Technical College now has its own men in blue to serve and protect everyone on the campus. Serving alongside seven security personnel are three sworn/certified police officers and each has full arrest powers. Those privileges didn’t come overnight. Earning the title of “police force” was an arduous process – one that took the better part of a year.
The officers, Chief Sam Prophet, Dep. Chief Henry Edwards, and Capt. Thomas Mitchell, have a combined 55 years’ experience but when it comes to earning the right to wear a policeman’s uniform, they had to go through POST (peace officers standard training council of Georgia) certification and training like any other law enforcement officer.
Prophet, Edwards and Mitchell are all veterans of the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Dept. while Edwards used to work with the Columbus Fire Department before going to the Sheriff’s office.
The mandated training is currently provided by the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Department, but after the first of the year the training will be provided in-house by Lieutenant Felix Davila who is a POST certified law enforcement instructor and the program manager of the Criminal Justice program at Columbus Technical College.
Chief Prophet called the training extensive. “There were blocks of instruction dealing with everything from handling domestic violence situations and elder abuse to firearms and taser training to appropriate use of force. There were also classes in administrative duties, report writing, traffic citations, and even civil liability. They covered the whole gamut of the law enforcement profession.
As part of their induction into the police agency family, the new force even has a completely-outfitted Dodge Charger as a pursuit vehicle and has re-equipped the security pickup truck with graphics and blue lights and siren just like the Charger. This will give them twice the coverage for the campus.
Chief Prophet is now looking to the future and how much having a certified police force will help Columbus Technical College thrive.
“It’s a big plus for the college,” Prophet said. “This means we have full powers like any other police agency in the United States. “It gives us the authority we need to make this campus even safer.”
SOURCE: COLUMBUS TECHNICAL COLLEGE
Huntington Beach CA July 20 2012 A Huntington Beach SWAT team officer underwent surgery after he was accidentally shot by another officer while they were cleaning their firearms, police said Thursday morning.
About 10 p.m. Wednesday, firefighters responded to a report of a gunshot victim at the station, according to Metronet, an emergency dispatch service.
Capt. Russell Reinhart with the Huntington Beach Police Department said the accidental shooting occurred as members of the Huntington Beach SWAT team were cleaning and servicing their firearms at the police station after a day of training.
“One officer’s firearm accidentally discharged,” Reinhart said in a statement Thursday. “The round struck the floor and ricocheted, striking another officer in the leg.”
Reinhart did not release the names of the involved officers.
The injured officer was taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange and was recuperating Thursday after he underwent surgery. His injury is not life-threatening and he is expected to make a full recovery, Reinhart added.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the incident, said Reinhart, adding that there will also be an internal investigation. It is routine for the Sheriff’s Department to investigate officer-involved shootings.
Nashville TN July 20 2012 Latashia McGee is the type of patient a nurse yearns to help, but she also is one who can put an end to a health-care career.
At age 32, McGee suffers from diabetes, congestive heart failure, chronic sleep apnea and high blood pressure. The East Nashville woman came to Baptist Hospital because she was going into respiratory failure. She was too weak to move on her own, but too big for a nurse to lift.
“I was retaining a lot of fluid,” McGee said. “They got about 23 liters of fluid off of me.”
McGee is not an anomaly. She is a typical patient. Nearly two-thirds of the people admitted to Baptist in the past two years weighed between 200 and 299 pounds. About 2,200 patients weighed between 300 and 499 pounds.
A few years ago, a nursing team faced with a heavy patient would have assembled three or four staff members for a group heave. Today, they wheel in a portable lift. Baptist has invested in portable lift devices that can handle up to 600 pounds and has one on order with a 1,000-pound capacity.
“In the course of an eight-hour day, a nurse will typically lift 1.8 tons, which is pretty astronomical,” said Amy Williamson, a workplace safety coordinator for Baptist.
Nurses, nursing aides and orderlies have borne the weight of Tennessee’s obesity epidemic and suffered the consequences. They have gone home with aching backs and, in worst-case scenarios, ended up in hospitals themselves.
The official guideline from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is that nurses should lift no more than 35 pounds at any given time, but few hospitals and nursing homes follow that rule.
Nurses push for help
Baptist’s investment in lift devices is something that the American Nurses Association has sought for years. While other hospitals also have such devices, Baptist has received national recognition from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration for its efforts to prevent workplace injuries.
Back injuries to health-care workers cost billions of dollars annually and are a primary reason for nurses choosing to leave the profession. A 2011 health and safety survey by the American Nurses Association showed that disabling injuries from lifting are a top concern among 62 percent of nurses. Eight in 10 nurses said muscle and joint pain is a frequent occurrence.
“You are boosting patients in bed,” Williamson said. “You are turning them. You are trying to assist them to the restroom. It has really taken a toll on our nurses and our techs.”
One nurse at Baptist wound up having to undergo three surgeries for a neck injury, torn rotator cuff and carpal tunnel issue. So, almost three years ago, Baptist launched a pilot project to prevent these injuries.
The campaign began in the unit where Mary Ann Baylor is the nurse manager. It relied on three key components: equipment, training and awareness.
“We have not had any injuries since our pilot,” Baylor said. “It’s really a team project. We buddy up so that whenever we are using the lift, the chance of injury is nil. You can’t afford to have everybody out sick.”
The buddy approach — matching up a new user with someone skilled at using the lift devices — boosted compliance. Baptist wound up reducing its patient handling injuries by more than 74 percent from 2008 to 2011.
Only six states have adopted laws that require health-care institutions to have patient handling requirements to protect nursing staffs, according to the American Nurses Association. Tennessee is not one of them.
“Manual patient handling is unsafe and directly responsible for musculoskeletal disorders suffered by nurses,” said Jemarion Jones, a spokesman for the national organization. “Patient handling can be performed safely with the use of assistive equipment.”
The portable devices at Baptist can pick up patients weighing up to 400 pounds, while ceiling-mounted lifts can pick up more.
“You can have someone who is complete total care that is 500 to 600 pounds,” Baylor said.
Besides preventing back injuries for hospital staff, the devices lessen the likelihood of patient injuries and give caregivers greater options for moving patients around to prevent bedsores.
To accommodate the increasingly obese patient population, Baptist also has had to invest in braces for toilets, bariatric bedside commodes and chairs designed to bear extra weight.
Baptist is one of 14 acute-care hospitals in the United States to have received an OSHA Voluntary Protection Program star award for employee safety efforts.
Officials said when Michael Lindsay discovered he left 8-month-old Lincoln Lindsay is his car in June, he drove five miles to his house on Glenwood Road because his wife is a doctor.
The coroner ruled Lincoln Lindsay’s death an accident.
Lancaster PA teacher convicted on 18 counts for sexual relationship with students www.privateofficer.com
LANCASTER, Pa. July 20 2012 (AP) – A central Pennsylvania jury needed just two hours to convict a teacher of having sexual relationships with two teens, including one from the school where she worked.
Both victims testified during Smith’s trial in Lancaster County court. Prosecutors say both men, now 19 and 20, had similar accounts of the relationships and shared specific details about Smith and her apartment that couldn’t be fabricated.
One victim met Smith through the school, the other a dance class.
Smith’s attorney declined comment after the verdict.
Sentencing will take place in about three months.
Natick Police took two of them into custody.
Officers arrested Loyda Martinez, 38, of 101 Taralli Terrace in Framingham and charged her with larceny over $250 and conspiracy.
Officers also arrested Marangeliz Martinez, 18, of 101 Taralli Terrace in Framingham and charged her with conspiracy and larceny over $250.
Natick Police posted on its Facebook page: “Along with being identified by store personnel for Wednesday’s event she (Loyda Martinez) has been identified for previous larcenies from the same store. Videos of those larcenies were featured on this site last week. Thank you to those involved especially Natick Mall Public Safety for the assist in closing out three cases.”
Cook County IL July 20 2012 The hit and run death of a popular Cook County correctional officer devastated not only her family, but also her colleagues and, it’s said, even some inmates.
Nikkii Bostic-Jones, 37, was struck around 10:50 p.m. Wednesday while crossing the street outside the Cook County Jail on her way to work, officials said.
She was hit by a full-sized navy blue van, possibly a Chevrolet with white and blue stripes heading north, officials said. Bostic-Jones flew into the southbound lane and was hit and pinned under a sheriff’s car, county sheriff officials said.
The van sped off.
“They need to turn themselves in,” said the woman’s sister, Andrell Bostic, 28, as tears welled in her eyes. “They took a great person’s life. . . . She’s all we had. It’s just not real.”
The correctional officer died at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Friends, family and co-workers lined up outside the hospital as the woman’s body, wrapped in white blanket, was wheeled to an ambulance. She was taken to the county medical examiner’s office.
“She was a great person — a very loving person,” said her husband, James Jones, who had been married to his wife for seven years but knew her for 25 years.
Bostic-Jones’ fellow officers at the jail were devastated at the sudden loss a woman whose presence — her smile, kindness — loomed large, they said.
“Her co-workers are truly, truly heartbroken,” sheriff’s spokesman Frank Bilecki said, noting that counselors were brought in to help grieving staffers. “She started every shift with her co-workers with a smile and hugs,” Bilecki said.
He said even some of the detainees in the maximum security division where she worked — keeping watch over suspects in murders, big-time drug deals and other more serious criminal cases — were taking it hard. Her duties ranged from keeping an eye on the suspects during the hour their allowed for recreation outside their cell to escorting them to transport vans, when necessary, to appear before a judge in suburban court.
“She treated them fairly, and they treated her with dignity and respect,” Bilecki said adding “and to be able to command respect like that — that’s a special skill she had.”
He said the deputy driving the sheriff’s vehicle that Bostic-Jones was ultimately pinned under — after the hit-and-run van sped off — also is heavy-hearted. The officer was taken to St. Anthony Hospital for observation after the crash.
“I feel horrible for the family, but I also feel bad for the officer — he’s struggling heavily with this right now, too,” Bilecki said.
The sheriff’s office, which oversees the jail, has also offered grief counseling to the family.
A vigil is scheduled for 7 a.m. Friday outside the jail — the time when Bostic-Jones would be ending her shift.
Bostic-Jones had been working an overnight shift, Bilecki said, because she had a young daughter and wanted to have her days open for her.
Her husband said she wanted to make sure she continued working to keep her family together, especially since her mother died from cancer three years ago.
“She was all about family time,” he said, adding that she loved being with her 6-year-old daughter.
Bostic-Jones also loved sports.
“She was swimming every day,” he said. “She loved biking, motorcycles and sports.”
She was even looking forward to watching the Summer Olympics at their home in Plainfield.
Police said they are searching for a van with the Illinois license plate of H941017 or a similar combination.
The van possibly has damage to the headlights, front end and right side, according to an alert issued by police.
Anyone with information about the incident can contact the Chicago Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Unit at (312) 745-4521.
Source:Chicago Sun Times
Milton police responded to the store manager’s call on July 9 about the three employees being detained for shoplifting.
The loss prevention officer was allegedly spotted shoplifting a laptop, an iPad, two cellphones, video games and other products worth approximately $3,500.
Another employee was spotted on video taking a laptop and two webcams worth just under $1,000. A third employee took in an even bigger haul, allegedly shoplifting items that included an iPad, a laptop, a flat panel TV, two cellphones, a PlayStation Portable game, all worth more than $5,300.
Milton police reported that two of the suspects provided signed, written statements about their involvement in shoplifting. The loss prevention officer allegedly was paid off by the other suspect to avoid getting in trouble. He would give the second suspect stolen items to be sold for cash.
All three suspects were charged with felony shoplifting on July 10, and were released from Fulton County Jail on July 11 on $5,000 bond:
•Derrick L. Gibson, 39, of Alpharetta
•Neil Chopra, 31, of Roswell
•Randell Eugene Manns, 48, of Johns Creek
PORTLAND, Ore. July 20 2012 (AP) — An Oregon man who stripped nude at Portland’s airport security to protest what he saw as invasive measures was found not guilty of indecent exposure.
Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge David Rees ruled Wednesday that John Brennan’s act was one of protest and therefore, protected speech.
Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Joel Petersen argued that Brennan’s strip-down was an act of indecent exposure.
“I was aware of the irony of removing my clothes to protect my privacy,” Brennan said from the witness stand on Wednesday.
On April 17, Brennan arrived at the airport intending to take a business trip to San Jose, Calif. He works with groups in Silicon Valley and flies out of Portland International Airport about once a month.
When he reached the gate, he declined to go through the airport’s body scanners, instead choosing the alternative metal detector and body pat-down. After the pat-down, Transportation Security Administration officer Steven Van Gordon detected nitrates on the gloves he used to check Brennan.
“For me, time slowed down,” Brennan said. “I thought about nitrates and I thought about the Oklahoma City bombing.”
Brennan said before his trial that after months of angst every time he went through security, the nitrate detection was the final straw for him, a wordless accusation that he was a terrorist.
So he took off all his clothes.
A TSA agent stacked plastic crates high onto several carts and positioned them around Brennan. Port of Portland police arrested Brennan and took him to the Multnomah County Jail.
Brennan, 50, demanded a jury trial in early May, but was turned down.
Brennan insists he didn’t come to the airport intending to protest. He had called the Port of Portland — which operates the airport — a year earlier to ask whether Oregon’s rules involving nudity applied at the airport. Brennan said he was told that they did. Brennan said in court that he asked because he had considered nudity as an act of protest, but hadn’t found cause to strip down.
The law says that naked people are only breaking the law if they’re having sex in public or got undressed “with the intent of arousing the sexual desire” of another person.
But if Brennan truly was acting in protest, Petersen asked, then couldn’t anyone be arrested while naked make the same claim?
“Any person naked for any purpose will be able to say it was protected speech,” Petersen said.
Portland would be an interesting test case for such a question. After all, this is the city with the World Naked Bike Ride, before which police simply send out a light admonition to “all riders at least wear a helmet and shoes.”
As Brennan left the stand Wednesday, he said that his protest was also intended to give the TSA an idea of the effect its policies had on travelers, especially the body-scanners that produce images of passengers without clothes on.
“I wanted to show them it’s a two-way street,” he said. “I don’t like a naked picture of me being available.”
Winston Salem NC July 20 2012 A security guard has been arrested on a charge that he stole several items from a Lowe’s Foods store where he was working, authorities said Thursday.
The incident happened shortly before midnight Thursday when Winston-Salem police went to the Lowe’s Foods store in the 2800 block of Reynolda Road after receiving a report that several items had been stolen in the store, police said.
The officers then encountered Andre Lamont Roseboro, 31, an armed security guard, when they arrived at the store, police said. Roseboro ran from the officers, but they caught him, arrested him and disarmed him.
Roseboro, who lives at 4951 Hunt Club Road, Apt. 10, in Winston-Salem, was charged with felony larceny by an employee and resisting a government official, police said.
Roseboro was working for HDM of Greensboro, a private security company that Lowe’s Foods had hired to provide security at the store, police said. Roseboro was on duty when the incident occurred.
Source:Winston Salem Journal
In fact, the women were 24 and 19, Capt. Edwin L. Kosinski Jr. said. And once their correct ages were determined, the two sisters were arrested and charged with interfering with a police officer by attempting to mislead the officer about their ages.
Kosinski said police were called to a national discount chain store on the Berlin Road at 4:27 p.m. Sunday.
When Officer David Ellison arrived on the scene, he was met by store personnel who had detained the two women.
At first, Kosinski said, the two sisters insisted they were juveniles. But Ellison was able to determine the truth, and once he did, he placed the two women under arrest.
They were identified as Maricela Aguilar, 24, and Rocio Aguilar, 19, both of 70 Oak St., New Britain. The women were each charged with sixth-degree larceny and interfering with a police officer.
Rocio was subsequently released on $500 bond for a July 31 appearance in Middlesex Superior Court. However, Maricela was wanted on a ware ant by New Britain Police.
She was ordered held overnight in lieu of $2,700 bond and was presented in court on Monday morning.
Eunice LA July 20 2012 Over the past week, police arrested a trio of Eunice Walmart employees allegedly involved in stealing merchandise from the store.
According to Eunice Police, Walmart Asset Protection officials filed a complaint in reference to employee thefts at Walmart, presenting audio and video surveillance evidence implicating three employees; Heather Thomas, 20, Ashley McGuire, 20, and Cortney Guillory, 21.
According to police, video evidence from May 29 showed McGuire working the register as Thomas checked out with over $70 worth of merchandise, but McGuire only rang up $13.10 worth.
Later on the same date, police said Thomas was working the register when Guillory checked out with over $70 worth of merchandise, but Thomas allegedly only rang her up for $1.30.
Police said that on June 24, Thomas was again working the register when McGuire checked out with over $100 worth of merchandise, but Thomas allegedly only charged her $8.
Police said that during the investigation, all three were questioned by detectives and allegedly confessed their part in the scam during questioning.
Warrants were issued for all three, and Thomas and McGuire turned themselves in last Friday. Guillory turned herself in Tuesday.
Thomas was charged with two counts of theft, and McGuire and Guillory were charged with one count each of theft.
All three bonded out after booking.
Huntsville AL July 20 2012 Former Huntsville Police officers P.J. Lee and Brett Russell went before the Huntsville City Council Thursday evening in an attempt to get their jobs back.
Lee and Russell are both accused of violating departmental rules and regulations in separate instances late last year.
Attorney for Chief of Police Lewis Morris said Lee admitted to punching a man he was attempting to take into custody in October 2011. She also accused Lee of using unnecessary force in a separate incident the following December when he allegedly pulled a woman out of her car during a traffic stop.
Attempts to show the video during the hearing were denied by the council.
Lee’s defense says he was acting within his training and according to what he saw as appropriate action in the midst of the arrest.
The council will announce whether they will give Lee his job back in a meeting on July 26th.
Brett Russell’s attorney never even got the chance to finish making his case, as council members discussed whether to allow video of the December incident Russell was terminated for.
Like the video of Lee’s incident, the tape of Russell’s wasn’t submitted to the council members prior to the hearings, and no new information or evidence was allowed to be presented during the appeals.
After a lengthy back and forth between council members and the attorneys the council decided to continue the hearing on another date. The video was marked “Exhibit #1″ and it seemed a clerical error led to the omission of the evidence.
A new date has not been set at this time.