Honolulu Police Department, Hawaii
End of Watch: Monday, July 23, 2012
Bio & Incident Details
Age: Not available
Tour: 8 years
Badge # 2987
Cause: Motorcycle accident
Incident Date: 7/23/2012
Weapon: Not available
Suspect: Not available
Officer Chad Morimoto was killed in a motorcycle accident while participating in a training course at approximately 11:45 am.
He was performing motorcycle escort training at Mililani District Park when he crashed on Lanikuhana Avenue, between Keaoopua Street and Kuahelani Avenue.
Officer Morimoto had served with the Honolulu Police Department for eight years and was assigned to the Traffic Division.
Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Chief Louis Kealoha
Honolulu Police Department
801 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 529-3111
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. July 24 2012 – 58 corrections officers will lose their jobs, and so will all 71 community service officers, it was decided today during a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office lottery.
In addition to the 58 corrections officers, 16 vacant corrections officer positions have been eliminated, making for a total of 74 corrections officer positions to be cut.
The layoffs will affect three classes of corrections officers, and all members of the last class are likely to be let go.
The last day for the community service officers and the corrections officers to be laid off will be August 24.
There are state-mandated positions, so those will likely be filled with overtime posts.
Last year, 48 officers were laid off.
After this round of layoffs, there will be 95 uniformed officers laid off. Those positions won’t be cut until October 1. The lottery for the October round of layoffs is expected to be held in August.
Source: First Coast News
Officers found a large group of people in the park’s northwest parking lot, at 2100 Willowcreek Road, along with one suspect on the ground and a second already in handcuffs, courtesy of the security guard.
The handcuffed man, James Minard, 24, of Gary, told police he came upon a fight as he left the wedding reception. He said the person on the ground, a 42-year-old Hammond man police did not name, was swinging at a large group of people in the parking lot and punched several women. When the unnamed man saw Minard, he reportedly ran at and tackled him.
Even though the unidentified man was fighting even before Minard came outside and also had been causing trouble at the wedding reception all night, as several witnesses told police, Minard was charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct because he continued to act aggressively as the security guard tried to separate the men.
Police did not name the other suspect because was not immediately arrested; he was transported to Portage hospital for a knee injury. Police said they will seek a warrant to arrest him for the same charges Minard faces.
Source:Chicago Sun Times
KINGSLAND, Ga. July 24 2012– Multiple law enforcement agencies cooperated to arrest a 26-year-old they say was the supplier for a cocaine operation in Kingsland.
Kingsland Police Investigators assigned to their Special Operations Division worked with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to conduct an investigation involving complex undercover purchases of illicit drugs.
During the undercover investigation, police learned Reginald Campbell was a direct supplier of cocaine to the Kingsland area and became the focus of the investigation, according to a news release from Kingsland Police Department Public Information Officer Lieutenant Todd Tetterton.
On July 18, law enforcement officers pulled over a vehicle Campbell was driving. During the search of his vehicles, police found approximately 2 grams of crack cocaine and approximately 25 grams of powder cocaine that Campbell had thrown from the vehicle during the traffic stop, Tetterton said.
Police arrested Campbell and charged him with possession of crack with intent to sell and possession of cocaine with intent to sell. Campbell was taken to the Camden County Jail in Woodbine.
“We will continue to combat the increasingly complex and sophisticated methods individuals use to distribute their poison in our community,” said Kingsland Police Chief Darryl Griffis.
Source: First Coast News
Former Prince George’s County police sergeant sentenced to prison in scheme to smuggle alcohol and millions of untaxed cigarettes www.privateofficer.com
Richard J. Delabrer, who worked for the police department for more than two decades, pleaded guilty in the spring to a scheme to smuggle alcohol and millions of untaxed cigarettes from Virginia to Maryland.
Your whole mission was to enforce the law, and you turned your back on that,” U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte said before announcing Delabrer’s sentence at the federal courthouse in Greenbelt. “We need to tell other officers and other public officials, ‘It cannot be done. It cannot be tolerated.’ ”
Delabrer, 47, and others involved in the scheme paid an undercover agent $1.7 million for more than 17 million untaxed cigarettes, which were then resold, according to the plea agreement. In total, the scheme cost the state and federal governments $2.8 million in lost tax revenue, prosecutors said.
Delabrer’s role was primarily protecting the illegal shipments, in some cases following a transport vehicle while carrying his police-issued gun, according to federal prosecutors.
He worked with a local businessman, Amir Miljkovic of
Bowie, who has admitted to selling the cigarettes to Chun Chen, a carryout store owner from Bowie, and Chong Chin Kim, a Prince George’s police officer who is awaiting sentencing.
Assistant U.S. Attorney David Copperthite said the case “degrades what we expect from the people we put in positions of trust.”
“The people who are entrusted to protect the public cannot be out committing the crimes,” Copperthite said.
Prosecutors said Delabrer, a father of four from a family of police officers, had been in a position to retire at any time from the department with an $80,000-a-year pension.
In court Monday, Delabrer acknowledged that he “took a short cut that will always alter my life . . . I have no one to blame but myself.”
Midway through his statement, he became emotional and deferred to his attorney, James Papirmeister.
Papirmeister said Delabrer did not initially know “there was anything illegal” about the operation. The government supplied the untaxed cigarettes and liquor through an undercover agent, he said, and “could have stopped after the first time.”
Messitte was not persuaded. “I’m missing your point. What difference does it make?” he asked.
Messitte sentenced Delabrer to 46 months for one count of conspiracy to commit extortion and 46 months for a federal firearms violation, to be served simultaneously. Delabrer must pay $184,000 in restitution and forfeit a Greenbelt property.
Delabrer and eight others were arrested in 2010 just days after former Prince George’s county executive Jack B. Johnson and his wife, Leslie, were taken from their home in handcuffs as part of the investigation. The former county executive is serving a seven-year prison term; his wife, a former County Council member, is serving a one-year sentence.
Federal officials have said that the contraband and political corruption probes are related, and Messitte alluded to the sweeping investigations during the nearly two-hour-long sentencing hearing.
“There has been an unfortunate cesspool of corruption in Prince George’s County,” he said. “What is the perception of the public?”
Delabrer also provided security part-time for the owners of Tick Tock Liquors and coordinated the sale of untaxed liquor from the undercover agent to the owners, according to the plea agreement.
Federal prosecutors have said that FBI wiretaps picked up conversations between the liquor store owner, Amrik S. Melhi, and public officials about bribes he paid.
Overall, 15 of 16 defendants have been convicted in the related corruption investigations, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney’s office.
Family of Va. man struck-killed by city truck accepts settlement of settle $500.000 www.privateofficer.com
Circuit Judge H. Thomas Padrick Jr. initially rejected the settlement during a hearing Monday after Michael Knockett’s three biological children had said they agreed to accept $900,000. But the family reconvened about 15 minutes after changing their minds, and accepted the $500,000 instead of taking the wrongful-death lawsuit to a jury.
A trash truck ran over Knockett as he slept on a chair on the beach in June 2010.
The city will pay $475,000 and the contractor will cover the remaining $25,000, according to The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/OjuVzZ).
City attorney Christopher Boynton denies that the city and its contractor offered to pay the higher sum.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. July 24 2012 – The Bakersfield Police Department is asking for the community’s assistance in locating two men wanted on robbery, attempted murder and conspiracy charges.
At about 11:25 p.m. Sunday, officers of the Bakersfield Police Department were sent to the FoodsCo Supermarket at 1801 White Lane, regarding a victim of a shooting.
Officers said they found a 25-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound The was taken to a local hospital. His injuries are non-life threatening and he is currently listed in stable condition.
The investigation revealed the man is the store’s uniformed security guard who was on duty at the time of the incident.
The man said he saw two men enter the supermarket and flee with two 36-packs of beer without paying.
The man followed the two men outside toward their waiting vehicle.
A third person got out of the vehicle and fired several shots at the security guard striking him once. The vehicle and people then left.
The suspects are described as three Hispanic males in their 20s in a dark-colored possible 90s Honda Civic Hatchback or similar vehicle.
The men are considered armed and dangerous.
The investigation is continuing and all attempts are being made to locate the suspects. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Bakersfield Police Department at 327- 7111.
Houston TX July 24 2012 Houston police on Monday released surveillance photos of a car used in a deadly shooting Saturday outside a southeast Houston game room.
A security guard, 40-year-old Pedro Emilio De Pena, was killed in the shooting outside the Evergreen Game Room in the 1500 block of Evergreen Drive.
Police are still searching for the two armed men involved in the shooting.
At about 11:30 p.m., the attackers entered the game room and dragged the security guard out into the parking lot, police said.
One of the attackers shot the guard then re-entered the game room to look around – holding a black semi-automatic pistol, according to HPD.
The two men then fled in the white vehicle, described on Monday as a 2004 to 2009 Pontiac Grand Prix.
Investigators described the shooter as about 5 feet 8 inches tall, between 25-30, 160 pounds and with a medium brown skin tone. He wore long dark shorts, a T-shirt, tennis shoes and a ball cap. The second attacker wore the same, but his T-shirt and ball cap were dark-colored.
Anyone with information about this incident should call HPD Homicide at (713) 308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at (713) 322-TIPS.
Westchester IL July 24 2012 A 31-year-old off-duty Illinois State Police officer was charged Sunday with murdering a woman in Westchester.
Brian Himber, of Chicago was charged with the first degree murder of Tracy Mays, 29.
Himber, who is accused of shooting Mays multiple times, was in critical condition with gunshot wounds from an attempted suicide, police said.
Neighbors said the shooting happened during a graduation party hosted by the homeowners. The people shot were guests, they said.
Several neighbors — who would not give their names — said they heard gunshots at about 12:15 or 12:30 a.m. on the quiet street of brick homes. One woman thought it was fireworks going off, her husband said, adding that he saw shell casings and blood on the driveway.
By Sunday afternoon, the driveway smelled of bleach; a yellow striped party tent remained in the backyard. Allowed back into their tidy blonde brick house Sunday afternoon, the homeowners declined to comment. So did friends picking up party detritus from the front yard and street.
Source:Chicago Sun Times
Bronx NY July 24 2012 A 4-year-old boy was killed by a stray bullet in a Bronx playground last night as two thugs, angry over a dispute following a basketball game, began firing at each other, law-enforcement sources said.
“The mom said, ‘Oh no! Oh no! Not my kid!’ ” after learning the victim was little Lloyd Morgan, a witness said.
Two men were also wounded in the shootout — which occurred around 9:40 p.m. at the playground, where about 100 people had gathered for the basketball game and a barbecue.
The men, 21 and 28 years old, were in stable condition.
The shooting took place at the Forest Houses on East 165th Street in Morrisania. The basketball game was part of a tournament for a teenage girl who was stabbed last year, residents said.
Lloyd was shot while playing near the basketball court. He was rushed to Lincoln Hospital, where he died.
“People were screaming and the paramedics ran to him,” said witness Angelo Rodriguez, 53. “They came with the stretcher and ran him to the ambulance.”
State Assemblyman Eric Stevenson, who rushed to the scene, said the tragedy forced him to rethink his criticism of the NYPD’s policy of stop-and-frisk.
“There is a 4-year-old dead. Now we should really consider not stopping stop-and-frisk,” Stevenson said.
“I’m going to have to start supporting stop-and-frisk.
“We need to give the police leverage to use stop-and-frisk. They should be allowed to do it,” he said
The bloodshed began when an argument erupted at the end of the game, which featured a team with the name The Ghetto Angels, authorities said.
“The basketball game started on the wrong foot,” said Stevenson. “It’s a bad name of a team for starters.
“The basketball game ended, people dispersed and shots rang out,” added Stevenson, who represents the area.
A woman, who asked not to be identified, said she “heard shooting and people screaming. They were screaming and running.
“It sounded like a machine gun or something. I would guess 15 or 17 shots.”
Rodriguez said shell casings were found in a dimly lit area behind the playground.
“They shot across [the playground] towards the basketball court,” he said.
The 28-year-old victim was struck in the stomach and the 21-year-old was wounded in the arm.
It wasn’t immediately clear if those men were innocent victims or targets.
Sources said a 9mm and a .45-caliber gun were used in the shootout.
Shots rang out about 2:30 a.m. at 36 Lounge, 3727 Springlake Drive, after a vehicle almost struck a security guard, Master Sgt. Tyara Nash said.
The security guard opened fire on the vehicle. Its occupants returned fire, striking a bystander, Nash said.
The victim called police and was taken to Integris Baptist Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening, Nash said.
Police received several calls about rapid gunfire. The shooter or shooters in the vehicle fled.
No arrests have been made in connection with the incident, Nash said.
LANCASTER, Texas July 24 2012 – A police officer returning home after his shift has died after colliding with a suspected drunk driver in Johnson County south of Fort Worth.
KDFW Channel 5 reports (http://bit.ly/Mg1NZN) that Lancaster Police Officer Dustin Dodson died late Saturday at a Fort Worth hospital. The accident happened shortly before 7 a.m. Saturday as 25-year-old Dodson was headed home.
Phyllis McFall with Lancaster Police communications confirmed Dodson’s death to The Associated Press Sunday.
Venus Police officer James Robinson told The Associated Press that 22-year-old Ricardo Espinoza of Alvarado was arrested Saturday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and an accident causing serious injury, which would likely be upgraded following Dodson’s death. Robinson says a witness led police to Espinoza. He was being held Sunday pending formal charges.
Atlanta GA July 24 2012 A Georgia law intended to curtail the common practice of texting messages while driving a car is now two years old.
While well-intentioned, some police jurisdictions are finding that enforcing the law is problematic.
“Because the law was written in a manner making it nearly impossible to prove, it has not been enforced as the public likely expects. We hope that knowing that the law is out there will discourage people from doing it, but knowing that it is nearly unenforceable will encourage it more,” said Lt. Jason Harper of the Johns Creek Police Department.
The law makes it illegal to “operate a motor vehicle on any public road or highway of this state while using a wireless telecommunications device to write, send, or read any text based communication, including but not limited to, a text message, instant message, email or Internet data.”
That essentially means leaving that Smart phone untouched in a pocket, purse or on the car seat until the vehicle is parked. Even checking email or replying to a text when stopped at a traffic light is forbidden.
“I did know there was a law in place,” said Roswell resident Brian Neal. “I don’t text and drive outright. I do use hands-free and speech-to-text features my phone has to send texts while I am driving on occasion though.”
Since the law went into effect, Johns Creek has had a total of five citations for violation of the law.
“Our legal standard for making this charge is fairly low. However, proving it beyond a reasonable doubt is nearly impossible,” said Harper, who oversees the JCPD’s Traffic Unit. “The law specifically exempts navigation devices, and it does not include using the phone’s address book, dialing the phone, calculator, etcetera. We have no way to prove whether they were texting or dialing the phone when we see them.”
From January 2010 to present, Alpharetta police have issued 60 citations for the offense of wireless communication while driving.
“Catching violators of the particular offense is very hard. Basically there are a couple of ways to do it,” said Alpharetta Public Information Officer George Gordon.
“The first is verbal confession by the driver. The police officer will conduct a traffic stop based upon their articulable suspicion of observing the driver use their handheld device to text with while operating a motor vehicle.
“Secondly, in serious cases such as a traffic crash with injuries, crash investigators could subpoena the cell phone records of the drivers involved if they believe texting could be a contributable factor to the crash.”
Roswell cops have written only five citations for the two year period, according to Lt. James McGee.
Milton Communications Manager Jason Wright said only one citation has been written “and it was ultimately dismissed.” It was written Feb. 18, 2011 on Freemanville Road to a 17-year-old in an accident. “Enforcement of the texting while driving law is difficult. Essentially, it’s almost impossible to prove outside of an accident,” Wright said.
And accidents can result. Alpharetta Public Safety Director Gary George said texting while driving is “extremely dangerous. Statistics show that someone who texts while driving greatly increases their chances of being involved in a serious incident such as a traffic crash or fatality event.”
Tampa Fla July 24 2012 Tampa has hosted four Super Bowls, but the protestors expected to cram into the city for the Republican National Convention will be a different sort of crowd, and the police are trying to be ready.
In 2008, thousands of protesters arrived in St. Paul, Minn., for the RNC. Some smashed cars, punctured tires and threw bottles in a confrontation with pepper-spray wielding police. Hundreds were arrested over a few days, including dozens of journalists.
“Minneapolis surprised everyone,” said Rod Reder, a retired Hillsborough County sheriff’s captain who worked three Super Bowls in Tampa and the Free Trade Area of the Americas protests in Miami in 2003.
Congress has given Tampa — and Charlotte, the location of the Democratic National Convention — $50 million each in taxpayer money to try to ensure everyone is safe for the political gatherings that crown each party’s presidential candidate every four years.
Tampa police have spent about $13.6 million so far on big-ticket security items, including 200 bicycles, 13 electric all-terrain vehicles and one armored truck for the Aug. 27-31 Republican gathering.
However, authorities are not revealing much more about the purchases and other expenditures.
The Associated Press sent Tampa Police a public records request asking for copies of the purchase orders and bids of everything the department is buying for the convention. The Secret Service contends that the information is exempt from public scrutiny due to homeland security concerns and officials say the request is under review.
For more than a year, a phalanx of federal, state and local agencies have met to discuss convention security plans. Protest zones and parade routes have been created for those — perhaps in the tens of thousands — wishing to express their opinions.
“We’ve extensively studied St. Paul,” said Tampa City Attorney Jim Shimberg. “We’ve had meetings with folks in St. Paul, to find out what went well and what went wrong.”
Ordinances were enacted banning water guns, hatchets and chains — but not firearms because that would violate a state law barring local gun regulations. And the city of Tampa will bring in more than 3,000 officers from 59 law enforcement agencies from around the state, along with Florida National Guard troops, to patrol the streets.
Reder’s security company is offering bodyguard services to VIPs and politicians. He said he’s not concerned about protesters, many of whom are from labor union groups or organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union. His worry is anarchists who believe government should be abolished.
“This is not a Super Bowl crowd,” he said. “Big difference. Tampa’s never seen anything like this.”
Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor said that also is her concern. Anarchists caused property damage and mayhem in St. Paul, she said.
“We believe the vast majority of individuals that come for the RNC will do so peacefully,” she said “We’re not naive enough to think there won’t be a small contingent bent on disruption, though.”
The official line from RNC organizers and local police: everything will be OK.
“We feel very confident with the local officers as well as the Secret Service that we will have a successful convention,” said RNC spokesman James Davis.
Tampa police have already bought seven Segways, 1,765 handheld radios, 163 vehicle-mounted radios, helmets, face shields and body armor. The radios have so far been the biggest purchase, at $6 million.
“It’s a huge team undertaking,” said George Ogilvie, the spokesman for the Secret Service, the lead agency for convention security.
AP has filed a similar request for expenditures in Charlotte, where police say some of money will used to upgrade and buy new equipment to help protect the city during the Democrats’ three-day convention, which begins Sept. 4 at Time Warner Arena. President Barack Obama’s acceptance speech has been moved to the 74,000 seat outdoor Bank of America Stadium.
Charlotte has refused to release details about what it’s buying with the federal money, including bid documents and purchase invoices. So far, the city has released three pages showing how some of the money has been spent. About $1.7 million was used to upgrade space in its command center, and more than $131,000 was allocated to help expand and equip the department’s motorcycle unit.
Scrutinizing past conventions also should help so officials can see how protesters and crowds behaved.
The most famous disruption was probably in 1968 for the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Scenes of police clashing with protesters on the streets played on TV screens in living rooms across America. Four years later, anti-war demonstrators disrupted the RNC in Miami Beach — the last time a political convention was held in Florida.
Conventions were mostly peaceful until St. Paul. After that event, officials wrote an 82-page report.
“In many respects, Saint Paul city and police officials were successful … During the four days of the convention, no one was seriously injured and there was limited property damage,” wrote a commission tasked with summarizing the event. “But not everything went as planned and not all expectations were met.”
The report cites several glitches in St. Paul, which at the time was the smallest city to host a convention, including a security fence erected by the Secret Service that made it difficult for convention participants, law enforcement and others to easily move around the downtown area. It said law enforcement was “taken by surprise” when several hundred anarchists arrived in the city.
Reder said that both Tampa Police and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office — which is the other large law enforcement agency in the region — have longtime veterans overseeing the tactical plans.
Water also can be an obstacle, Reder said. The convention will be held at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, a building that is backed by a river, which winds through downtown — which means it will be more difficult for officers to push protesters out of the area if needed.
“If a crowd gets out of control, it becomes a danger,” he said.
Shimberg said that organizers of parades or marches must sign up with the city to use the route, and are slotted in 90-minute increments. But as of July 6, only three groups have signed up. Shimberg said he’s surprised more groups haven’t come forward, and doesn’t know what the low numbers signify. There’s no deadline to sign up for the parade route, but he said there are 28 open slots during the four-day convention.
“We’re a little baffled,” he said. “I’m not sure if it means that people don’t want to go where we want them to go, or if they’re just not coming.”
Santa Cruz NM July 24 2012 Police responded to a report of an attack at a private residence on Mountain View Avenue on Sunday morning, at approximately 11:44 a.m.
When they arrived at the residence, they learned that the victim, a 32-year-old woman who was in town to run the Wharf, had been taking a nap on the couch when she awoke to the man ransacking the house.
The woman, who was home alone, confronted the intruder, and at this point he attempted to strangle and sexually assault her, according to Santa Cruz Police.
The woman had no weapons and fought viciously for her life, according to Steve Clark, Deputy Chief of the SCPD. She was successful in fighting off the suspect twice during the attack, which Clark said was very violent.
Eventually, the victim broke free, running to a neighbor’s home to call the police.
Officers matched the description of the attacker to a man who lived in the neighborhood: Richard Andrew Glanzman, Sr., 55.
Officers searched the suspect’s home, and found live ammunition was spilled on the floor of a bedroom, and the suspect barricading himself in the room.
After securing the perimeter, officers began attempted to contact Mr. Glanzman, verbally and even telephoning the house. Glanzman failed to respond. Meanwhile, approximately 20 nearby homes were evacuated.
The SCPD’s Emergency Services Unit (ESU) was called to organize a hostage negotiation team, and simultaneously obtained an arrest warrant for the suspect.
The arrest warrant charged him with Attempted Sexual Assault, Attemped Homicide, Burglary, and False Imprisonment with a bail amount of $1,000,000.
After the arrest warrant was obtained, the ESU made entered the home around 6:30 p.m., finding Glanzman deceased in an upstairs bedroom. He sustained a fatal self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The suspect shot himself with a semi-automatic weapon, according to Deputy Chief Steve Clark.
Detectives are continuing to investigate the scene of the attack as well as the scene of the suicide. At this time it is not yet known if the suspect stole anything from the house where he attacked the victim. It is also unknown what time the suspect may have shot himself.
“Nobody heard a gun shot. But depending how it was done, it’s entirely possible that it could have been muffled,” said Deputy Chief Clark.
The victim was treated for her injuries at Dominican Hospital and is in recovery.
“I can’t say enough about her bravery,” said Deputy Chief Clark. “She fought for her life, and won. It was a very violent attack.”
SCPD is also looking into the entire history of the suspect.
“We only had contact with him once, and it was for a non-criminal issue,” said Deputy Chief Clark.
A Santa Cruz Sentinel report says that the victim was staying with her friends in the house they rent from Glanzman’s father.
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. July 24 2012
A South King firefighter lost his battle with cancer Saturday evening, and his death was ruled as a line of duty death, according to the South King Fire and Rescue.
John Moncrief died from a cancer known to be caused from long-term exposure to toxic products of combustion.
Moncrief’s family was at his home and at his side when he died.
In 2011, Moncrief retired from South King Fire and Rescue after 22 years. He retired to spend time with his family.
A few months after retiring, Moncrief was diagnosed with cancer.
The Internal Revenue Service is giving the owner of $840,000 in cash found during an Alamance County drug investigation one more month to claim their money.
The Times-News of Burlington reports (http://bit.ly/M2VQ72 ) the money was found in a storage unit in Graham in April.
The IRS has published notices in the newspaper saying anyone making a claim for the cash has until Aug. 21 or it will be forfeited to the federal government.
Investigators were eventually led to the storage unit after a traffic stop in 2010 found nearly $1.6 million in boxes in a trailer. The driver of the trailer said he was taking drug money back to Mexico.
Authorities also found ammunition in the storage unit that rented for $95 a month.
HATTIESBURG, MS July 24 2012 - Hattiesburg Police are investigating the death of woman who apparently shot herself in broad daylight in the middle of downtown during the evening rush hour Friday. City officials say a woman got out of a taxi and shot herself in the head with a handgun on Main Street, in between Pine and Front Street.
The Forrest County Coroner’s Office said she died at the hospital shortly thereafter.
Police officials say they got the call at about 5:40 p.m.
One entire block of Main Street was closed while the scene was investigated.
Sources tell us the victim may have been a woman in her early 20s from Jones County who was reported missing by relatives late Thursday night. Those same sources say she may have left a suicide note at her home.
They also say her name was added to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) computer system Friday morning.
Pacifica resident Raymond Nygard, 31, who was employed by a security firm hired by the video game company, faces up to 12 years in state prison for the felony charges, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. Nygard is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 17.
The victim worked weekends for a cleaning service also contracted by Electronic Arts. According to prosecutors, Nygard sexually assaulted the women in the office building three times in January and February 2011, once raping her and twice forcing her to perform oral sex on him. When she resisted, he threatened to report her to immigration officials or have her fired. The victim, who was a legal immigrant, reported the assaults to her supervisor.
Nygard has been out of custody on $750,000 bail. He originally pleaded not guilty to the charges in April 2011; his case was scheduled to go to trial Monday, but he switched his plea at the last moment.
His defense attorney, Charles J. Smith, did not respond to a request for comment Monday afternoon
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