CLAYTON, N.C. March 1 2013 – Investigators with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety charged 12 people Thursday in a rollover crash that killed a Cleveland High School student in Johnston County.
- Carl Jerome Watson, 21, of Clayton – 16 counts of aid and abet underage persons in purchasing and possessing more than 60 malt beverages.
- Joseph Cole Brewer, 16, of Clayton – 11 counts of aid and abet underage persons in possessing malt beverages, underage possession of a malt beverage, underage purchase of a malt beverage, and possession of one half ounce or less of marijuana. Brewer allegedly paid Watson for a portion of the malt beverages and hosted an underage party at his residence.
- Bryan Davis Gilmore, 17, of Smithfield – Underage possession of a malt beverage and possession of one half ounce or less of marijuana
- Jordan James Sansoucie, 16, of Clayton – Underage possession of a malt beverage and possession of one half ounce or less of marijuana
- Matthew Edward Blehm, 17, of Clayton – Underage possession of a malt beverage, underage purchase of a malt beverage, and possession of one half ounce or less of marijuana
- Cameron Jerome Grantham, 17, of Raleigh – Underage possession of a malt beverage, underage purchase of a malt beverage, and possession of one half ounce or less of marijuana
- Raykwon Shaheed Cooley, 16, of Clayton – Underage possession of a malt beverage
- Nathan Alexander Causby, 17, of Clayton – Underage possession of a malt beverage
- Jermaine Lamont Johnson, 17, of Clayton – Underage possession of a malt beverage
- William Dontre Joyner, 18, of Clayton – Underage possession of a malt beverage and possession of one half ounce or less of marijuana
- Emir Gutierrezfiallos, 18, of Smithfield - Underage possession of a malt beverage, underage purchase of a malt beverage, and driving a motor vehicle without a license
- Austin Drake Knight, 17, of Clayton – Underage possession of a malt beverage
Madison WI Dec 27 2012 A shoplifter who almost hit a Madison police officer with his car was arrested by the officer and a retired police detective at East Towne Mall on Friday, Madison police reported.
Nicholas Coplien, 17, of McFarland, was tentatively charged with retail theft and resisting a police officer, according to a police news release.
A second suspect in the shoplifting, Gary Moody, 17, of McFarland, also was arrested and tentatively charged with retail theft, obstructing, bail jumping and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police said the officer was flagged down by a security guard at Sears around 4:30 p.m. Friday after the guard saw the two take merchandise.
“The suspects were pointed out in the parking lot, and the officer went after them, scaling several snow mounds in pursuit, but momentarily lost sight of them,” said police spokesman Howard Payne in the release.
The officer then saw a car driving directly toward him.
“He raised his hands to get the car to stop but it continued in his direction,” Payne said. “He had no way to get out of the path of the vehicle and was nearly struck before the car came to a halt.”
Coplien, driver of the car, refused to come out, saying he didn’t have to do anything.
“The officer struggled with Coplien to remove him from the vehicle and place him in handcuffs, but it wasn’t until a retired police detective drove up and helped take him into custody” that he was arrested, Payne said.
Moody also refused to follow police commands, such as taking his hands out of his pockets.
About $400 worth of Sears’ jewelry was discovered in the suspects’ possession, along with drug paraphernalia, the release said.
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Jon A. Naumowicz, 36, of Meadowbrook Parkway, Cheektowaga, is charged with two counts of harassment, 2nd, public lewdness and criminal impersonation. Naumowicz allegedly urinated on a female and then got into a physical altercation with the female and a male acquaintance. When security officers intervened in the physical disturbance, Naumowicz displayed a gold badge and identified himself as a Cheektowaga Police Officer. Investigation revealed that Naumowicz had displayed a gold badge that identified Naumowicz is a volunteer firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician.
Elizabeth M. Czerniak, 22, of Fairview Drive, Alden, is charged with harassment, 2nd, trespass and criminal trespass, 3rd, for allegedly being in an area that she was restricted from being. When Czerniak was approached by security officers she allegedly fought with security guards.
Jamie D. Doelman, 20, of Fox Trace, Lancaster, is charged with two counts of harassment, 2nd, for allegedly striking two individuals in the face.
Daniel J. Jankowiak, 23, of North Star Road, East Aurora, is charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Jankowiak allegedly interfered and caused a disturbance in the parking lot while deputies were conducting an investigation. When the deputies attempted to place Jankowiak into custody, he attempted to flee from the officers. Jankowiak was caught after a brief foot chase.
Alicia M. Kessel, 22, of Tiverton Court, Derby, is charged with trespass. Kessel allegedly entered the concert venue after having been previously evicted from the concert.
David J. Vattes, 35, was arrested on a violation of probation warrant from Cattaraugus County. Vattes was turned over to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office.
Joseph E. Amadori, 19, of Tillen Road, Boston, is charged with DWI, Driving with BAC of .08 or greater and following too closely after an alleged accident in the parking lot.
The following citations were issued for alleged underage possession and/or consumption of alcohol.
Thomas J. Coleman, 17, of East Avenue, Gasport. Coleman was also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, for allegedly possessing a quantity of marijuana.
Ashley E. Avino, 19, of Woodsfield Drive, Lakeview
Dylan J. Scinta, 17, of Huntingwood Drive, East Amherst
Alexander T. Miller, 18, of Golden Pheasant Drive, Getzville
Evan A. Lang, 18, of Forestbrook Court, Getzville
Rickard K. Woodrow, 18, of Garlow Road, Lewiston
Bridget N. Gromley, 17, of Danbury Lane, Kenmore
Sydney D. Phillips, 20, of Lovers Lane, Batavia
Patricia L. Larkin, 19, of Countryside Lane, Williamsville
Timothy D. Myers, 18, of Oakfield Lane, Williamsville
Stephanie A. Plair, 17, of Westminster Road, West Seneca
Taylor C. Petroff, 17, of Lake Avenue, Orchard Park
Paul W. Kucinski, 17, of Millcreek Drive, East Amherst
Kayla M. Bennion, 17, of Liberty Street, Arcade
Karolyn M. Frangos, 16, of North French Road, Amherst
Benedict C. Ferro, 17, of Emerald Trail, Williamsville
William M. Coyne, 16, of East Avon Road, Avon
Ashley J. Lyskawa, 17, of Pinehurst Court, East Amherst
Rebecca S. Czarniak, 19, of Fairview Drive, Alden
John Zaccarella, 16, of Slusarie Road, North Tonawanda
Daniel J. Harrington, 18, of South Transit Road, Lockport
Dina M. Giancarlo, 18, of Crescent Court, Cheektowaga
Kathryn C. Horvatits, 18, of Katherine Street, Lancaster
Chad M. Mahoney, 19, Sunset Lane, Springville
Andrew J. Baranyi, 19, of Carriagehill Court, Williamsville
Jonathan P. Brannen, 18, of Delemere Road, Williamsville
Ryan J. Winkler, 17, of Deer Ridge, Getzville
Michael A. Nowicki, 18, of Tiburon Lane, East Amherst
Dylan J. Coldiero, 20, of Tucarora Road, Buffalo
JoAnna M. Dunn, 19, of Twilight Lane, Hamburg
BATON ROUGE, LA June 21 2012 – LSU Police have arrested three people in connection with an armed robbery that happened in May on the LSU campus.
Police said a student was robbed by a man in an alley between Pleasant Hall and the School of Music building around 11 p.m.
According to detectives, the suspect got away with the victim’s wallet and cell phone.
LSUPD released a surveillance image of a woman who is wanted for questioning related to the armed robbery. The image of the woman was distributed and led to the identity of Essence Daniels, a.k.a. Essence Hall, 17, of Baton Rouge.
Police say Daniels was present during the robbery and used the victim’s credit card at Baton Rouge retailers after the crime. Daniels was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on June 18 and charged with principal to armed robbery and theft.
Her arrest led to the arrest of two others involved in the armed robbery. Tyler Daniel Walker, 18, of Baker, LA, was also booked into Parish Prison and charged with principal to armed robbery. Police believe he was the driver of the car used in the robbery.
Police say the man they believe to be the gunman, Vyron Jarell Courtney, 18, of Baton Rouge, was already in jail on unrelated charges from an incident in Baker, LA. Courtney is charged with armed robbery.
The case is still being investigated.
Madison WI Jan 26 2012 Two shoplifting suspects who allegedly fled a department store after one punched a security guard were chased out of the west side mall and arrested by police several blocks away.
Deshana Graham-Golden, 17, Madison, was arrested for battery and retail theft and a 15-year-old male from Madison was cited for retail theft, according to a Madison police news release.
The two allegedly took merchandise from Sears at West Towne Mall at about 1:30 p.m. Monday.
“The loss prevention officer (store security) at Sears, a 31-year-old woman from Madison, was punched in the face as she tried to stop two shoplifters Monday afternoon,” said police spokesman Joel DeSpain.
The two suspects fled the store allegedly with stolen clothing, with the victim and a second store employee chasing after them.
“After the victim was punched, the two suspects took off across the West Towne Mall parking lot while still being pursued,” DeSpain said.
Police found the two suspects near South Gammon Road and Seybold Road and made arrests.
“Some of the stolen merchandise was recovered,” DeSpain said.
BOLINGBROOK IL Jan 6 2012 — Two Chicago teens were arrested after allegedly bringing tag removers and bags to take clothes out of a store without paying for them.
Lt. Mike Rompa said Jermaine A. Kimbrough, 17, and Kenyetta L. Washington, 17, were stopped by security around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday at Macy’s, 45 E. Boughton Road.
The teens allegedly took more than $900 worth of shirts, hats, jeans and coats into a changing room.
“A few moments later, they came out with large, bulging shopping bags that they were not carrying when they entered,” Rompa said.
Security personnel allegedly found electronic security tags, which require a special tool to unlock, had been removed and left in the changing room.
Kimbrough and Washington were stopped in the parking lot and police were called.
Kimbrough, of 6815 S. Harper Ave. in Chicago, and Washington, of 5760 S. Wabash Ave. in Chicago, were booked into the county jail on charges of shoplifting and burglary.
Chicago IL Oct 11 2011 The “concert” was on.
With that code word, four teens in the south suburbs — including the son of a police officer — carried out a murder plot Sept. 10 they had been planning for two months, prosecutors said today.
Three high school friends — Christopher Wyma, 17, Mohammad Salahat, 17, and Ehab Qasem, 19 — drove to the Palos Park home of John Granat, 17 late that night. Together they went to the parents’ bedroom and used baseball bats to beat John Granat, 44, and Maria Granat, 42, authorities said.
Granat then went downstairs looking for money, but Qasem soon joined him and said his parents were still alive, prosecutors said. Granat got a knife from the kitchen and went back upstairs, they said.
Qasem stabbed Maria Granat two to four times, then gave the knife to Granat, who stabbed her “numerous” times, prosecutors said. An autopsy showed she was stabbed 20 times.
Granat was charged with his parents’ murders shortly after the brutal attacks, but the three others were not charged until this week after investigators questioned them again and got videotaped confessions detailing the alleged plot.
“(Granat) did not like his parents at all. . .And they also wanted to get some money,” Cook County Sheriff’s Tom Dart said after Wyma, Salahat and Qasem were denied bail. “Over the course of months they planned to kill John Granats parents and take money” Granat knew was hidden in the house.
As John and Maria Granat lay in the bloodied bedroom, the teens ransacked the house, discovering about $35,000, which they divided among themselves, authorities said. Investigators have recovered $21,000 so far.
Wyma, Salahat and Qasem are all charged with murder. Wyma is the son of a Palos Hills police officer.
The three have given “detailed, videotaped confessions to their roles in the crimes,” the sheriff’s office said. “They also provided investigators with directions to where the murder weapons could be found, along with the clothing they wore and some of the money they collected the night of the murders.”
On Set. 10, Cook County sheriff’s dispatchers received a 911 call from younger John Granat, who said he was on a cell phone outside his home. He told a dispatcher he awoke to find the home ransacked, then went upstairs to wake his parents for church and found them dead, covered in blood, authorities said.
John Granat initally told police he fell asleep in the basement around 12:30 a.m. and was in the home the entire night. But investgators learned that Palos Heights police had stopped Granat for a minor traffic offense at 5:17 a.m. at 122nd Street and Harlem Avenue.
Granat changed his story and told investigators he was with Wyma, Salahat and Qasem, police said, but the three denied being with him.
On Sunday, Cook County Sheriff’s investigators began questioning Wyma, Salahat and Qasem about their whereabouts the night of the murders.
Salahat told detectives he drove Wyma and Qasem to the Granat home and the teen let them inside around 2 a.m. Wyma and Qasem told investigators they, along with Granat, went upstairs and found Granat’s parents to be asleep in bed.
Wyma and Qasem began beating the parents to death with baseball bats, while John Granat began stabbing his mother to death, police said. Autopsies showed the attacks continued even after the victims were dead.
Granat later gave the three teens thousands of dollars in cash that was in his family home, authorities said. The three left the home and disposed of their weapons and clothing in forest preserves and other locations.
As of the end of the day Thursday, the last day to submit an application, 16,837 applicants had turned over forms entering a lottery Friday that will determine who will move on for consideration by Ford. The number of applicants that will advance via the lottery wasn’t disclosed.
Ford will need 1,800 additional workers when the plant reopens in November for a total work force of 2,900 on two shifts assembling a new Escape Sport Utility Vehicle.
Yet many of those posts could go to returning Ford workers laid off in Louisville or at the automaker’s plants and parts facilities elsewhere in North America.
The automaker began taking applications July 7 and those candidates face plenty of competition from family members and acquaintances of current Ford employees. Each of the 5,000 active UAW Ford workers in Louisville recently received red referral slips to pass on to a potential applicant, Ford spokeswoman Marcey Evans said.
That means up to 22,000 applicants will be subject to the lottery from which Ford will consider qualifications, conduct a math tests and other screenings, process background checks and hold interviews to make hires.
Evans declined Thursday to specify exactly how many job applicants will be chosen from the lottery.
“Employee referrals are subject to the same testing and lottery system as the other applicants,” she added.
The lottery of public applicants begins Friday at 7 a.m. at the Louisville Assembly Plant on Fern Valley Road, said Connie Schnell, regional manager of the state employment office.
“All these people came at the last minute,” Schnell said of 4,337 applications that flooded in on Thursday at the 600 Cedar Street office.
The number of job seekers is not surprising, said Schnell and others who specialize in helping people find work.
“That tells you something,” said James Atkinson, a former lineworker at Louisville Assembly who is a career counselor at the University of Louisville.
Many Ford applicants are likely seeking to upgrade from lower wage jobs. “There are still a lot of people who are underemployed or unemployed,” he said.
The new Ford jobs pay about half the wages of veteran UAW Ford workers. Health benefits begin for new workers after eight months on the job.
Steven M. Stone, the UAW building chairman at the Fern Valley Road plant said the number of applicants was easily anticipated, even at the lower, second tier beginning wage.
“I expected at least 10,000 to sign up. Those are good jobs even though they are `two tier’,” Stone said Friday.
Through upcoming contract talks this fall between Ford and the UAW, the lower starting wages could be improved, he added.
UAW workers made many concessions to help Ford recover in recent years, including giving up overtime after eight straight hours, annual cost of living allowances, break time and more. Perhaps the biggest concession is the hiring of the second tier of lower paid workers to comprise no more than 20 percent of Ford’s U.S. workforce.
Louisville Assembly Plant will be among the first in Ford’s system to employ a workforce where employees doing the same work get vastly different pay.
“I am glad that the men and women in the plant have done the right things so we’ve been able to expand,” Stone added.
New, lower Ford wages of more than $15 hourly represent double minimum wage “and could help a lot of people,” applicant Kimberly Carter, a 45-year-old cosmetologist, said as she applied for one of the jobs with her daughter Lubbrea Carter, 21.
Unemployed Somali immigrant Anab Rashid, 27, said she heard news of the Ford hiring on the radio in her Shively apartment on Dixie Highway.
“I just want a job,” said Rashid, adding she emigrated to the U.S. in 2000.
State officials had forecast that up to 18,000 people would apply for a chance to labor inside a Ford factory, a post viewed by many as a step on a secure career ladder.
“I hope I get lucky,” said Brad Bell, 32, adding he worked part time shuttling packages at United Parcel Service for a decade and is now jobless and living in his childhood home in Shively.
Chicago IL April 29 2011 Three women were caught stealing from Carson Pirie Scott at The Plaza, 2500 W. 95th St., and one injured two security officers by biting them, police said.
At about 4:30 p.m. on April 18, police received a call that three women were fighting in the store parking lot. According to police reports, a store clerk saw Chicago residents Sandra L. Ramsey, 17, Kametta Coakley, 19, and Lakeshia N. Ramsey, 25, walking in the store, selecting items and concealing them in the bags they were carrying.
According to reports, a clerk called security, then the women left through the west doors to the parking lot. Police said that after security officers identified themselves, the three women took off running but were caught and taken into custody.
While Ramsey was being taken into custody, she bit a security officer, breaking his skin, which necessitated a call for an ambulance, police said. The security officer eventually had to get stitches, according to the report. Police said that when they arrived, the three women were already in custody.
The three women were charged with retail theft for taking a combined $522.98 worth of assorted clothing, jewelry and makeup, police said. Ramsey also was charged with aggravated battery for biting the security guard, and was charged with battery for biting another officer on the hand, but not breaking the skin of that officer.
Lilburn GA Jan 30 2011 Three DeKalb County teens got an unusual field trip Friday when they skipped school to accompany the mother of one of them on a bank heist.
Gwinnett County Jail Tawander Simmons, 35, of Stone Mountain allegedly robbed a Wells Fargo Bank with three teens Friday morning, police say.
Benny Brice, 17, the son of Tawander Simmons, David Rawlins, 17, is one of four suspects arrested, Glenn Broom, 18, also was arrested.
Police in Lilburn said Tawander Simmons, 35, of Stone Mountain, pointed a handgun at a teller at the Wells Fargo Bank in the 5500 block of Lawrenceville Highway Friday morning. She was accompanied by two of the teens, while a third waited outside in the getaway car, said Deputy Chief of Police Bruce Hedley.
Hedley said early in the day that Simmons checked her son Benny Brice, 17, and the two other boys, out of Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain just before the robbery. Hedley said that account was based on what the arrested youths had told officers, but he said the school police later told him that only one of the teens had attended school Friday and then walked out but that the others had skipped.
School officials gave an account that differed slightly. A spokesman for the DeKalb County School System told the AJC that there was no record of any of the three teens attending school Friday morning.
“Nobody has a record of them showing up to class,” said the schools spokesman, Walter Woods. He said there also was no record of Simmons checking them out.
The robbery occurred at around 9 a.m.
A witness called police with the description of a fleeing vehicle, and minutes later Lilburn officers spotted the red Toyota Corolla and gave chase.
Two police cars followed that Corolla at speeds up to 90 m.p.h. as it fled down Highway 78 onto southbound I-285. The car exited at East Ponce de Leon Avenue near Clarkston and attempted a right turn at the end of the exit ramp without slowing down, Hedley said. The car went into the embankment across the road and crashed into railroad tracks.