Just before 5 p.m., Andre Levell, a 21-year-old from San Jose, was with 21-year-old transient Andrea Nicole Gill inside CVS at 600 Front St., said Santa Cruz police spokesman Zach Friend.
Levell tried to shoplift several items in his clothes, Friend said. A store security guard confronted him just outside the store’s door.
Levell pushed the guard and Gill punched him several times in the head, according to police. Levell and the guard fell to the ground and Gill kicked the guard with her wooden platform shoes, Friend said.
Police arrived and broke up the fight. Levell was cited and released on suspicion of petty theft.
Gill was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest, providing false information to a police officer and assault with a deadly weapon – her shoes – Friend said.
She is in County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail, according to jail records.
Leeds Alabama teacher charged with sending sexually explicit texts to student www.privateofficer.com
LEEDS, AL Aug 22 2012 - The Leeds Police Department says they have arrested a teacher on a misdemeanor charge of school employee having sexual contact with a student under the age of 19.
According to Chief Byron Jackson, 32-year-old Curtis Lloyd is a teacher with the Leeds School System who sent sexually explicit texts to a student. Jackson says there is no indication of physical contact. Lloyd was arrested on Friday and was released from custody on a $6,000 bond.
The Leeds Elementary School website lists Curtis Lloyd as physical education teacher. According to his bio, he has taught PE at Leeds Elementary for four years. His bio also states that he coaches football at Leeds Middle School and wrestling and baseball at Leeds High School, in addition to assisting the jump rope team.
Lloyd has been placed on administrative leave.
Chief Jackson says the investigation is ongoing.
Orland Park IL Aug 22 2012 A substitute teacher from unincorporated Hinsdale pleaded guilty Monday to criminal sexual abuse of a 17-year-old female and was sentenced to 15 days in a work-release program and 30 months of probation.
Steven Reynolds, 27, of the 600 block of 55th Street, was working as a substitute teacher and basketball coach at Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park when he was arrested on Feb. 6. The DuPage County State’s Attorney charged him with two counts of criminal sexual abuse after he made sexual contact with a 17-year-old female Sandburg student at his home on Jan. 28.
The prosecution dropped one of those counts in exchange for the guilty plea. In addition to the work-release and probation, Reynolds will have to register as a sex offender for the next 10 years, perform 200 hours of public service, and refrain from all communication with the victim going forward.
Judge George Bakalis said Reynolds’ pre-sentencing evaluation, which provides the subject’s history and background to provide context for their offense, was one of the strongest he’d ever seen and said he was confident Reynolds will abide the terms of the sentence.
“You made a bad decision in this case,” Bakalis said to Reynolds, who did not comment confirming his understanding of and agreement to the sentence.
Reynolds declined to comment after Monday’s hearing.
According to the prosecution’s findings, which were presented at Monday’s hearing, the student had worked as a trainer of Reynolds’ basketball team, and the two had exchanged electronic communications for a period of time before the relationship “turned” in 2012.
It was then that Reynolds and the student planned a Jan. 28 get-together at Reynolds’ home during a weekend his wife was out of town, the prosecution’s finding said. Reynolds picked up the student and brought her to his home, where the two watched TV before going into a back bedroom. There, Reynolds fondled the student. Reynolds drove the student home later that night.
According to the state’s attorney’s office, Reynolds’ arrest came after the victim told her friends about the sexual contact. The friends then informed Carl Sandburg school officials, who immediately passed along the information to the Orland Park Police Department.
An investigation by the DuPage County Children’s Center resulted in February’s charges.
Reynolds’ attorneys and the prosecution announced their agreement to the above plea deal in July, but Bakalis decided to wait for the pre-sentencing evaluation to make it official.
Reynolds originally pleaded not guilty in March. After he was arrested, Reynolds was in the state’s custody for five days, which were credited toward his work-release sentence, meaning it will effectively be a 10-day sentence.
NASHUA NH Aug 22 2012 – A series of disturbances erupted at the Junkyard Nightclub on Saturday night, overwhelming security personnel and forcing police to close down the club early for the night, police said.
Sgt. Rich Fauteux said officers were called twice – first at 7:30 p.m. then again around 9 – for several skirmishes that broke out throughout the evening. The first time, police departed after things were brought under control, Fauteux said.
But about 90 minutes later, he said, officers were summoned back when security personnel reported another series of incidents had erupted. This time, given the size of the crowd that Fauteux estimated to be at least 200, a large number of officers were dispatched.
Though police received no reports of weapons or injuries, Fauteux said the decision was made to send a large contingent of officers because of the size of the crowd. “It’s more a case of having enough officers there to be able to control such a large gathering quickly and safely,” he said.
At the request of security personnel, police closed the club down for the night, Fauteux said. Most patrons cooperated, he said, but three people who didn’t were arrested on a combination of disorderly conduct and criminal trespass charges. Their identities weren’t immediately available.
The club, in the Gold’s Gym Plaza at 522 Amherst St., is the latest incarnation of several nightclubs at the location. Most recently it was called Sky Lounge, and before that, Scorz and Sharpshooters.
According to the Junkyard’s website, it hosted a CD release party for the band Our Last Night’s new CD, “Age of Ignorance.” Billed an “all ages” event, it was scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. It’s not clear whether the incidents broke out during that party or whether they occurred later in the evening.
Police have responded to the Junkyard before, Fauteux said, but mostly for routine calls that are typical of any bar or nightclub. He doesn’t recall any incidents before Saturday that required large-scale police involvement.
Topeka KS Aug 22 2012 An assistant principal in Topeka is on administrative leave while the school district investigates his arrest in connection with solicitating a prostitute.
WIBW reports Topeka Public Schools spokesman Ron Harbaugh confirmed that Highland Park High School’s Jeff Moss is on leave with pay pending the outcome of an investigation.
Moss was arrested over the weekend. Shawnee County jail records show he was booked Friday afternoon in connection with patronizing a prostitute. Moss was released on bond Friday evening.
Harbaugh said school district officials weren’t aware of Moss’ arrest until media contacted him over the weekend.
“School district officials continue to gather information this morning (Monday) about the arrest and are working with the Topeka Police Department on this matter,” said Harbaugh.
JEFFERSONTOWN, KY Aug 22 2012 – A southern Indiana woman is accused of stealing from a Jeffersontown hotel.
On October 19, 2011, Jeffersontown Police said Alisha Jones, 23, of Henryville, IN, and two other people used a multi-purpose vending machine key to steal the cash out of machines on several floors of the Windgate Wyndham Hotel on Alliant Court.
The other two people who helped Jones were arrested by Jeffersontown Police for doing the same thing at other places. Jones was identified from security camera footage.
In total, the theft netted around $500.
Jones, 23, was picked up by Louisville Metro Police on August 17 in the 1700 block of Berry Boulevard. She was book on a burglary charge.
The woman was hired by Kohl’s in 2003 and was transferred to the Loss Prevention Department two years later. In the summer of 2006, her manager gave her a performance evaluation, which noted a lack of efficient communication and the need for improvement with regard to her attitude and temper. The following year, another evaluation listed similar needs for change, including showing no respect for others. Shortly thereafter, the employee filed an EEOC charge, alleging that her manager was subjecting her to discrimination and retaliation – racially tactless remarks and refusing to promote her when she expressed disapproval of his behavior. The EEOC later dismissed the charge.
In September 2007, the woman emailed several managers – including her supervisor and the store manager – and complained of the assistant manager not responding promptly when store lights were shut off before closing. The assistant manager sent an email of her own, claiming that the woman was hostile towards her, harassed her and made derogatory comments about overweight people. A couple of months later, two more employees complained – one claiming that the woman made further negative remarks concerning overweight people, the other that the woman had called him at home and called him a racist, and both noting her spiteful attitude.
The HR manager directed the woman’s supervisor to meet with the woman. The employee admitted to an unfriendly association with one co-worker and jokes of overweight people, but denied the other allegations. She was not reprimanded at that time. Two more months followed – and two new complaints, each claiming intimidating phone calls. Another worker reported that the woman had threatened to “knock [the assistant manager] to the ground.” The manager met with the employee again, but again did not reprimand her. After the meeting, the woman called the HR manager, who claimed that she was aggressive and talked over her. Based on the history of complaints and her evaluations, the HR manager decided to terminate her employment.
The resultant suit alleged a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act – retaliation for the EEOC charge. The district court dismissed her claims, not believing that she could show a connection between the EEOC filing and Kohl’s decision to fire her.
On appeal, the woman claimed that the HR manager only knew of the complaints because her manager – the source of the EEOC charge – had told her. But employees submitted complaints either directly to the HR manager or to someone other than the plaintiff’s supervisor. Likewise, not only was there no proof that her manager had any involvement in her termination, but the HR manager had Kohl’s Regional Vice President first review and approve the woman’s firing. The plaintiff’s attempt to designate her replacement as a similarly-situated employee treated more favorably failed – that employee would have had to work under the same HR manager, but she had been transferred to another position and didn’t even know the other worker. The district court’s ruling was accordingly affirmed.