COLUMBUS, Ohio April 27 2012 - Police said on Thursday that they identified the man who struck a security guard with a vehicle at Riverside Methodist Hospital in October.
According to police, Bryce Allen Jr., of Jacksonville, Ark., used his car to strike security guard Sgt. Chad Rosser near the Emergency Room entrance, at about 11 p.m. on Oct. 13.
Rosser was called to respond when Allen, 46, argued with a valet parker, 10TV’s Maureen Kocot reported.
Allen, 46, allegedly used his 2000 black Cadillac to push Rosser into a stop sign before fleeing the scene. Rosser suffered minor injuries because of the incident.
Investigators said that they tracked Allen down when they traveled to Jacksonville, Ark. He was charged with felonious assault and tampering with evidence.
Allen was being held in the Pulaski County Jail, in Arkansas, on a homicide charge unrelated to the Riverside Methodist Hospital incident.
According to police, Allen drove around a barricade and ran over two firefighters and a police officer who were responding to a crash involving his mother in Arkansas.
Jacksonville Fire Capt. Donald Jones was killed. Allen is facing a second-degree murder charge in Jones’ death.
Bryce Allen, Allen’s father, said that he was stunned.
“I know he was trying to get to his mother, but as far as that other part of the catastrophe, I can’t believe it,” Bryce Allen said.
pine bluff commercial.com- A man accused of killing a security guard at a lumber plant has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder.
Bruce Wade Pennington, 62, entered the plea Monday in the May 12 shooting death of Dorman Ray Cooper, 26.
Cooper was shot while working the guard shack at the Columbia Forest Products plant in Trumann. Pennington turned himself in the same day.
Authorities said Pennington and Cooper knew each other, and had a personal dispute unrelated to the plant. Police said at the time of the shooting that Pennington drove his pickup truck next to the guard shack, left the vehicle running, and fired two shots at Cooper.
Pennington then drove to the Trumann Police Department and turned himself in.
Cooper was shot once in the head and once in the chest at close range with a 9mm Smith & Wesson, police said.
Pennington had been charged with capital murder. The first-degree murder charge was part of a plea negotiation between Deputy Prosecutor Martin Lilly of Jonesboro and Pennington’s attorney, Paul Ford of Jonesboro.
During the court appearance, Lilly said Cooper’s family agreed with the decision to lower the charge in exchange for the guilty plea.
Pennington appeared in court, wearing a black-and-white prison jumpsuit and glasses and with his hair in a ponytail. He turned down an offer by Circuit Judge Randy Philhours to address the court.
Cooper’s sisters, Lisa Spencer and Bobbie Pharis, testified. Spencer, who stood just feet away from Pennington, said the murder has hurt the family and friends.
“The effects of what you’ve done are far reaching _ from a friend of Ray’s in Texas whose first meeting with Ray was at his funeral,” Spencer said, “to his aging mother who will never forgive herself for something all mothers must do, letting their kids assume responsibility for themselves.
“To his 2-year-old nephew, who can’t understand why Uncle Ray can’t play keep-away with him any more, to an 8-year-old niece who wondered why the man couldn’t just kill himself instead of her Uncle Ray,” Spencer said.
Philhours said Pennington must serve at least 70 percent of the sentence, or 24 1/2 years and he will be eligible for parole in 2034.
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Police nab two for thefts at Wal-Mart http://www.privateofficer.com
Loss prevention agents said that Corry Henry and LaVelle Moore had been spotted entering several Wal-Marts and grabbing merchandise and running out of the store.
Police said they went from Wal-Mart to Wal-Mart in Fort Smith on Thursday night, stealing electronics and clothing that they carried out of the store in duffle bags.
A patrol officer said he recognized the men outside Central Mall Friday and made the arrest.
Police are still looking for two women who were seen on security tape participating in the thefts.