FEDERAL WAY, Wash.Aug 11 2012 - Three Transportation Security Administration agents hailed as heroes for rescuing a man and woman from a crashed car just as it was erupting in flames say they just jumped in and reacted.
James Bostwick, Jody Wellman and Christopher Hastings, all TSA agents at Sea-Tac Airport, were carpooling to work on I-5 in Federal Way when Bostwick saw a BMW heading right for him.
“They hit the guard rail and a concrete barrier that’s next to it, and went airborne and was headed straight at us,” he said.
Instead, the BMW hit a light pole in the center divider then caught fire with two people inside.
“There were people to save and I just jumped in and reacted,” Bostiwck said.
Hastings added: “You know it’s kind of a scary thing when you are running toward some car that’s crunched up and in flames.”
As the fire grew, they pulled the driver out first and then his female passenger.
“It took three or four times to get her a safe distance away while the flames around the car were catching the grass on fire,” Wellman said.
A burned out shell is all that’s left of what happened next.
“That fire went literally from three to four feet tall to completely just exploding and being a ball of fire,” Wellman said.
But before the BMW exploded, everyone was safely away from the car.
“I’ve never been involved in anything this dramatic where I had to rush and go out and help somebody,” Bostwick said.
The three TSA agents then went on to scanning, patting and searching — the job they do every day — knowing they had a hand in saving a pair of lives.
“We did as a team here, we did as a team out there,” Bostwick said.
The 29-year-old woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of internal injuries.
The driver, a 21-year-old soldier from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, was arrested for vehicular assault after treatment at St. Francis Medical Center.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va.Aug 11 2012– Newport News police have arrested a volleyball coach on charges of attempting to take indecent liberties with a 14-year-old girl.
42-year-old Charles E. Cole of Hampton was arrested on Friday and charged with five counts of attempted indecent liberties with a minor and two counts of using a communications system to facilitate certain offenses against children.
Police began investigating Cole on July 24th after receiving a complaint from one of the girl’s parents that a man had been chatting inappropriately and sending inappropriate photographs to her.
Mr. Cole is a NASA contractor who coaches for Hampton Christian Schools and also coached for the Peninsula Juniors Volleyball Club until April.
Cole was arrested without incident by the Newport News Police Department Fugitive Apprehension Unit and the US Marshals Capital Area Regional Task Force at his home in Hampton and is in custody at the Newport News City Jail.
Anyone with information of any additional victims should contact the Special Victims Unit at 928-4200.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call Newport News Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. Crime Line callers may remain totally anonymous, are never required to testify in court and could be eligible for a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.
Buffalo police tell local media that 28-year-old Demone Frazier got into a fight with the parole officer Thursday morning and escaped with a gun and the officer’s vehicle. That touched off a search that ended when SWAT team members heard a shot at a city housing project at about 12:30 p.m.
Investigators say officers found Frazier dead with a gunshot wound they believe was self-inflicted.
State records show Frazier had been on parole since December 2009 after doing prison time for a third-degree rape conviction.
Sheriff’s deputies have apprehended the suspect, 22-year-old Ryan Clark Peterson of Enterprise.
Police located Peterson at 7:15 a.m. in a wooded area less than half a mile from the crime scene and arrested him without incident.
Peterson has not been questioned yet because he is under the influence of alcohol.
Peterson has been charged with three counts of capital murder.
WACO, Texas Aug 11 2012— An AWOL soldier convicted of planning to blow up a restaurant full of Fort Hood troops has been sentenced to life in prison by a federal judge in Texas.
Army Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo received the punishment Friday in Waco.
Abdo told authorities he planned to make bombs as part of a “massive attack” against Fort Hood soldiers last year. He was convicted in May on six federal charges, including attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.
The 22-year-old represented himself at the sentencing.
Abdo was AWOL from Fort Campbell, Ky., when he was arrested with bomb-making materials last summer at a Fort Hood-area motel.
LENOX MA Aug 11 2012 – A Pittsfield man working as a security guard at Canyon Ranch was arrested by Lenox Police on Friday morning on charges of setting a fire and threatening to blow up the high-end resort.
Miles M. Arnspiger, 23, of South Merriam Street, Pittsfield, faces two felony counts after police and fire units responded to a report of a wood shed ablaze on the property just before 2 a.m. on Thursday. The fire was quickly extinguished by Canyon Ranch security assisted by Lenox Fire Department personnel, according to a report by Police Chief Stephen O’Brien.
The fire, spotted by a contractor working overnight at the resort, torched the front and roof of the shed used to store cord wood for the winter, the police report stated.
Responding to the scene, Lenox Police Officer Paul Duval encountered Arnspiger, who had put out the fire and then told the officer that he had seen three youths in the vicinity of the shed just before the blaze. Arnspiger also handed Duval a written note threatening to blow up Canyon Ranch, said O’Brien.
The police chief credited Officer William DeSantis, who interviewed the suspect at the police station Friday morning, for a successful investigation. Based on the interview, Arnspiger was arrested for arraignment expected later Friday at Central Berkshire District Court in Pittsfield.
The suspect, also a volunteer firefighter in a neighboring community, is being charged with setting the fire and with reporting a false bomb threat, said O’Brien.
“We know he wrote the note and we know he started the fire,” the police chief stated.
RICHMOND KY Aug 11 2012 — Out of the 12 court security officers in the Madison County Sheriff’s Department, the vote for 2011 Court Security Officer of the Year was unanimous.
Deputy Gary Long was given the award Wednesday by Major Mike Coyle, chief deputy, and Deputy Nolan Winkler, who is corporal in charge of the sheriff’s court security detail.
Madison County, along with Clark County, falls within the 25th Judicial Circuit, which has seven judges, three in district court, two in family court and two in circuit court.
“These guys secure the courtrooms, the outer perimeter of the courtroom, and they provide security for the attorneys, jurors and judges,” Coyle said.
Court security officers formerly were known as bailiffs, he said.
At one time, only two bailiffs were employed for all courts in Madison County, Winkler said.
“We’ve gone from two to 12,” he said.
“In 2011-2012, the rise in criminal activity has grown to an unbelievable peak as far as our detention center population and court systems are concerned,” Coyle said. “Our judges are seeing so many more cases which puts more of a load on our court security officers.”
Coyle said Long was selected for his abilities and his loyalty on the job.
“He makes Madison County proud, he makes the sheriff’s office proud and his peers are the ones who honored him by selecting him,” he said.
“There’s nothing you can ask of him that he won’t do,” Winkler said.
Long has worked for the Madison County Sheriff’s Department since 2008.
He is a graduate of Madison County Schools and served from 1967 to 1969 with the U.S. Army, fighting in the Vietnam War.
“I’ve been very fortunate in my lifetime,” Long said after being given a plaque for his service and dedication. “I don’t deserve this. There’s so many people involved in all this.”
Long said he finds much satisfaction in his court security job.
“I feel like I’m doing something that’s worthwhile, and I work with good people,” he said. “It’s an honor.”
ATLANTA GA Aug 11 2012 – Atlanta-based Equifax is warning parents that their children’s identities could be especially vulnerable when they go back to school.
It’s the time of year when parents are flooded with forms to fill out for school, sports and other extracurricular activities.
In some cases, you’re asked to provide your child’s social security number and yet have no way of controlling who has access to it.
“The only way to prevent it is by taking very precautionary measures because it is a very vulnerable area,” said Trey Loughran, president of the personal solutions unit at Equifax.
Loughran points to the following statistics:
According to the Federal Trade Commission, the number of reported cases of child identity theft has increased 200% over the last 10 years.
*A study by Carnegie Mellon last year showed one in 10 children have had their social security number compromised.
*Here are some warning signs: your child gets credit card offers in the mail or calls from collection agencies. If your child is turned down for a student loan, that’s another red flag.
“It’s arguably one of the most invisible crimes you can find,” Loughran said. “When a child’s identity is compromised by someone who wants to use it for fraudulent purposes, that might not be uncovered for years and years and years.”
So what can you do now to protect your children?
Loughran said you should avoid carrying your child’s social security card. Instead, lock it up. And think twice before you share the numbers.
“If someone asks for it, ask them why they need it,” he said. “Ask them if there’s not another piece of identification you can give them.”
Loughran said there’s no database listing children’s social security numbers that Equifax or other credit bureaus can use to prevent the problem.
You can run a credit report for your child.
If there’s no match, that usually means no activity, and that’s good news.
Shelbyville IN Aug 11 2012 An Indiana teacher has been booted from the classroom after allegations she lured underage students to her home for “pizza and sex” parties.
School officials announced Wednesday that Bethany Appleton is no longer an employee at Shelbyville Middle School, where the 28-year-old taught special-needs students.
“[The school district] holds its teachers to a high standard of conduct and takes these allegations very seriously,” Shelbyville Central Schools Superintendent David Adams said in a statement, according to Fox 59 in Indianapolis.
Adams said the teacher’s last day was Monday.
Appleton was arrested Wednesday and charged with several counts of sexual misconduct with a minor and child seduction.
Investigators say she had sex with at least one 15-year-old boy, but expect there are several victims.
According to an affidavit, Appleton was “having high school aged boys over to her house for pizza and sex,” where there was also “hugging and kissing.”
She allowed the students to smoke marijuana and they “drank alcoholic beverages together,” the document states.
The Star Press reports the incidents took place between April 2011 and May 2012.
Appleton pleaded not guilty to the felony charges and was released from the Shelby County Jail after posting bond. She is due in court Oct. 3.
Appleton’s arrest is the second time a Shelbyville school employee has been accused of having sex with underage students this summer.
In June, Megan Crafton, 22, an assistant cheerleading coach at Shelbyville High School, was arrested after she allegedly performed a sex act on a 17-year-old basketball player at the school.
Crafton pleaded not guilty to child-seduction charges.
The teenagers are charged with the murders of Shemeeka Barros, 22, Michael Martin, 23, and Damien Colon, 22. The Family Court judge has closed off the hallway outside the courtroom where they will be arraigned, out of security concerns.
Gemelya Barros, Shemeeka’s mother, said she knows the grandmother of one of the boys. The grandmother told her in the court hallway that her grandson wasn’t involved. Barros pointed to her daughter’s photo pinned to her shirt and said, “This is my daughter.”
Barros had asked for calm within her large extended family and community in the wake of the homicides. She commended them for listening to her.
“I thought they were brave. I thought the whole community was brave, to go against what they felt inside,” Barros said Friday morning. “They wanted to rip this city apart — the Barros, the Perrys, the Silvas — but they trusted enough that it would get solved.”
Barros said that Police Chief Hugh Clements called her Thursday and then visited her personally to tell her about the arrests.
Statesville NC Aug 11 2012 A former Lincolnton banker was sentenced this week to seven years and three months in prison on his 2011 guilty pleas for using Facebook to distribute child pornography.
James Paul Byrd, 40, has been in federal custody since pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess child pornography and distribution of child pornography.
Byrd is a former branch manager at First Federal Savings Bank in Lincolnton.
A federal grand jury in November 2010 charged Byrd and five co-defendants from across the country with using Facebook to advertise, distribute and access child pornography, according to a federal indictment.
In August 2010, FBI agents executed a search warrant at Byrd’s home and seized numerous computers and storage media on which hundreds of child pornography images were found.
The images included violent depictions of children being raped and abused.
After serving his sentence, Byrd will be placed on 10 years of supervised release, Tompkins said.
U.S. District Judge Richard Voorhees also ordered Byrd to register as a sex offender after he’s released from prison.
Police said the incident happened about 5 a.m. April 3 as the woman was sitting on a bench with her purse hanging from her arm.
The man allegedly grabbed the purse and fled.
The security guard saw the man run away and was able to identify him.
The alleged assailant, an inmate at the Oahu Community Correctional Center, was arrested at 9:15 a.m. Aug. 2, for investigation of second-degree theft. The purse snatcher was charged Thursday with second-degree theft and his bail was set at $20,000.
Media outlets report that 61-year-old Wanda G. Smith of Buchanan also must pay more than $145,000 in restitution. That’s the amount a forensic accountant hired by Smith and her attorney suggests she took over a three-year period.
Smith pleaded guilty in July to 12 felony embezzlement counts. Botetourt County Circuit Court Judge Michael Irvine sentenced her on Thursday to 24 years in prison with all but three years suspended.
Smith was fired in January after serving as treasurer for nearly 30 years.
She apologized to the town during Thursday’s sentencing hearing. But she said she took less than the amount identified by the forensic accountant.
Oceanside CA Aug 11 2012 Sex crimes detectives arrested an Oceanside High School teacher on Thursday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy who was once her student at a Vista residential school, San Diego police officials said.
The teacher, Kelly McKenzy Watson, 34, met the teenage boy while she was his teacher at New Haven Youth and Family Services from September 2010 to August 2011, according to San Diego police officials, who issued a press release announcing Watson’s arrest.
Authorities said in the news release that a tip on July 30 led to an investigation in which sex crimes detectives “determined Watson had engaged in an inappropriate dating relationship with the juvenile several months ago.”
Watson, who was arrested shortly before 11 a.m., remained jailed at Las Colinas Detention Center in Santee on Thursday evening in lieu of $45,000 bail, according to online jail records.
Jail records indicate she was arrested on suspicion of unlawful sex with a minor and oral copulation with a minor. She is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday, according to jail records.
According to her LinkedIn profile, Watson was a “Social Emotional Special Education Teacher” at Oceanside High School, and formerly worked at New Haven. Before then, she worked at other school districts in the Bakersfield area.
During her time at New Haven, she worked with “emotionally disturbed” teen boys, according to the LinkedIn profile.
The boy, Kyrell Kyyon McNeill, climbed into a family member’s truck on July 25, found the loaded weapon and shot himself in the head. Jasmine Darnell Matthews, 27, Kyrell’s stepfather, has been charged with cruelty and injuries to children for leaving the loaded gun “in another family member’s unsecured vehicle,” according to a police statement.
Matthews, who authorities say works as a security guard, lives at the house where the death occurred, in the 14800 block of Empire Street.
“It is a tragic accident.. . . I don’t think he could foresee exactly how this would happen,”said Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Ebert. “But he could see that a young child could gain access to a weapon and harm himself. It was a negligent act and that’s the basis of the charge.”
The boy apparently climbed into the bed of the family member’s truck and slid through the cabin window, Ebert said. That’s where he found the loaded handgun on the back seat.
Ebert explained that the charge does not “require or infer intent” and comes with a maximum penalty of five years in prison.
The boy’s mother was watching him from the home’s front window, Ebert said.
Matthews has been released on a $20,000 unsecured bond and a court date is not yet available.
Cleburne TX Aug 11 2012 Police arrested a former Cleburne school district substitute teacher Wednesday on a charge of improper relationship between educator and student.
Justice of the Peace Ronny McBroom of Precinct 1 magistrated Jason Paul Allen, 24, of Grandview on Thursday morning and set his bond at $25,000.
A former student of the Cleburne school district told police that she willingly engaged in sexual intercourse with Allen two years ago when she was 16, according to police reports. Allen was a substitute teacher with the district at that time but was not employed by the district at the time of his arrest, police said.
The Texas Legislature strengthened existing law in 2003 to forbid any relationship between an educator and student in a private or public primary or secondary school.
Those suspected of committing the crime face a second-degree felony charge.
A school district official confirmed on Thursday afternoon that Allen worked as a substitute from 2010-11 but has not been used since and was no longer on the district’s substitute list at the time of his arrest.
Substitute teachers are considered employees of the district and receive training on policies concerning employee standards of conduct, said Lisa Magers, a school district spokeswoman, including a standard prohibiting district employees from forming “romantic or other inappropriate social relationships” with students.
Any sexual relationship between students and district employees is always prohibited, even if consensual, Magers said.
Magers said CISD is cooperating with the law enforcement investigation, Magers said.
“As it is an ongoing police investigation, a personnel issue and, in the district’s desire to protect the victim, CISD cannot comment on the allegations or charges,” Magers said.
McBroom also imposed special conditions of bond that include prohibiting Allen from having any contact with the alleged victim.
Source:Cleyburne Times Review
BUCKHANNON WV Aug 11 2012 - The Upshur County Sheriff’s Department arrested a Buckhannon man Thursday on sexual assault charges.
Thomas Lamb, 49, of Buckhannon is charged with sexual assault in the third degree. The criminal complaint said a 15-year-old girl states Lamb had sexual intercourse with her.
Lamb is a teacher at Buckhannon Upshur Intermediate School, according to a news release from the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department.
Lamb was arraigned before Upshur County Magistrate Michael Coffman, and bail was set at $100,000.
He remains in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.
If convicted he will face up to five years in prison.
Around 12:30 a.m., TSA officials alerted a Rockford police officer who was at the airport about the gun. The gun was found during a routine bag scan as the man was trying to enter a secure passenger area of the airport.
Police arrested Joseph Frisella, 39, of Rockford, on a charge of aggravated unlawful use of weapons. Frisella is being held in the Winnebago County Jail.
Fontana CA Aug 11 2012 Two Fontana Unified School District employees have sued a former district police officer for alleged sexual assault while at work, and they have also sued the district for allegedly failing to prevent harassment at the work site.
Administrative Technician Amanda Vandervoort and Lead Campus Security Officer Gina Chavers allege that Officer John Garcia, a former coordinator of the Fontana Leadership Intervention Program (FLIP), sexually assaulted them while at work and in the field.
However, no criminal charges have been filed against Garcia, an award-winning officer who previously worked as a Fontana Police Department officer before joining the School Police.
Garcia could not be immediately reached for comment. The FUSD has not yet responded to the allegations.
Chavers’ attorney, Brian Hannemann, claimed Garcia also sexually harassed a young female Fontana Police Department cadet prior to working with the district and had sexual relationships with at least two FLIP mothers in addition to sexually harassing at least two known victims, the lawsuit says.
In the lawsuit, Vandervoort alleges the first incident occurred on or about Nov. 25, 2010, when she was working as a dispatcher for School Police services. Around 11 p.m. when Garcia’s shift ended, he allegedly sexually assaulted her.
According to the lawsuit, the second incident occurred in February of 2011 while she was working.
Due to these incidents, Vandervoort went out of work in November of 2011 on stress leave and sought and received psychological treatment, the lawsuit says.
Vandervoort returned to work in mid-January of 2012 and discussed the issue with current School Police Chief William Megenney, who allegedly said the internal investigation on Garcia was coming to an end shortly, the lawsuit says.
Meanwhile, Chavers alleges that during work hours, Garcia repeatedly made sexual advancements on her and constantly bragged about his sexual conquests of two mothers of FLIP students.
Chavers also claimed that the first time she was sexually attacked was on Oct. 9, 2010 while at work, the lawsuit says. At that time, Chavers allegedly fought Garcia, preventing a sexual assault. According to the lawsuit, Chavers fought Garcia twice more. When she told supervisors about the incidents, she was told to file a complaint.
Both women were interviewed during the district’s internal investigation and both found out that in October of 2011, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office had rejected filing criminal charges against Garcia.
However, the district’s internal investigation was reopened due to more complaints against Garcia, the lawsuit says.
According to Hannemann, Garcia was terminated and is currently engaged in arbitration proceedings with the district by claiming he was wrongfully fired.
According to the FUSD website, Garcia was hired in June of 2008 and came to the district with seven years of experience with the Riverside Police Department and the Sheriff’s Special Office in Orange County.
Garcia was assigned to Fontana A.B. Miller High School and was recognized for arresting several individuals on charges of weapons and drug possession and sales in close proximity to a school or city park. Due to “his commitment to duty,” Garcia received the Excellence in Policing Award on May 21, 2009.
Both women are seeking punitive damages against Garcia. Chavers is seeking $3 million in compensatory fees and $1 million in attorney fees.
Source:fontana herald news
Hillsboro OR Aug 11 2012 A man found dead near the Hillsboro Airport Wednesday died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said Friday.
Police identified the man as 36-year-old Joshua Colvin, of Wisconsin.
Sgt. Eric Bunday, a Hillsboro police spokesman, said Colvin was reported missing in Minnesota. Colvin’s family had no contact with him for a few weeks, he said.
Police didn’t find that Colvin had any ties to Oregon or any reason why he was in Hillsboro.
“We have no information as to why he wound up in Oregon,” Bunday said.
Two teenagers walking to the library along a wooded trail, between Northeast Cornell and Airport roads, discovered his body about 4 p.m. Wednesday.
The teens called 9-1-1, and police began investigating.
Officers found the man’s body face-up and decomposing, about 20 yards off the dirt trail and 200 yards south of Airport Road. They located a handgun between his legs and a red guncase nearby.
An autopsy was completed Thursday. Investigators determined the death was a suicide; his cause of death was listed as a gunshot would to the head.
“We’ve ruled out any kind of foul play,” Bunday said.
Memphis TN Aug 11 2012 Police say they’ve arrested the man who gunned down a security guard and left him for dead in a parking lot last month.
Montrel Davis has been charged with first degree murder for the shooting death of Richard Holmes on July 20.
Holmes and a fellow security guard were clearing the parking lot at 3237 Winchester Rd. around 3 a.m. when the shooting happened. The parking lot is shared between a nightclub and several other businesses.
The second guard told police that Davis began arguing with Holmes and then opened fire, according to court records.
A witness also told police she was leaving the nightclub and watched as Davis shot Holmes and then sped away in a gold car.