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www.privateofficer.com A Baton Rouge police officer is under arrest today on charges that he falsified timesheets for off-duty security work at an area bank. Investigators say that the problem is, those hours were never worked, and the officer falsified his timesheets.
Police say 27-year-old Jerald Holmes resigned from the department Tuesday and was booked into the parish prison on theft and malfeasance charges.
A department spokesman says Holmes was paid for hours he didn’t work as a security guard for Hancock Bank.
Police said that they were notified about the falsified documents and began an investigation into the officer’s off-duty security officers.
Police did not say how much money Holmes was over paid or if there had been any other problems with his work performance as a city officer.
Holmes joined the Police Department in June 2006.
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Stand off at Swaggart Ministries ends in arrest http://www.privateofficer.com
Deputies arrested a machete-wielding man Tuesday after a more than two-hour standoff in a parking lot at Jimmy Swaggart Ministries on Bluebonnet Boulevard.
Garland Jerome Morris, 35, waved a machete out of the driver’s side window of a red Ford Ranger and told deputies approaching the truck to get back, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.
Deputies tried to talk with Morris several times between 6:30 a.m. and 9 a.m., but he wouldn’t respond, Hicks said.
Instead, he locked himself inside the truck and blasted the radio, tuned to a Swaggart radio broadcast.
“He wasn’t receptive to anyone,” Hicks said.
She said Morris’ mother was called to the scene but even she was not able to talk with her son.
The Sheriff Office’s Special Weapons and Tactical Team arrived at 8:30 a.m. and broke the driver’s side window of the truck after releasing a “flash bang” grenade near the truck, Hicks said.
Deputies used a stun gun on Morris, who wouldn’t let go of the machete as he was being pulled out of the truck, she said. No one was injured.
Morris, 5611 Point Clair Road, Carville, was booked into Parish Prison on two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of disturbing the peace and remaining after being forbidden.
He arrived at the campus of Swaggart Ministries near the Mall of Louisiana on Monday afternoon with a stack of Bibles asking to speak to an employee there, Hicks said.
Morris was asked to leave because “he was acting strange,” she said.
Morris left, but returned about 2:30 a.m.
A security guard approached Morris, sitting in his truck, which was loaded down with luggage and had tinted windows, Hicks said.
Morris did not respond to the guard, who called the Sheriff’s Office at 6:30 a.m. when children attending Family Christian Academy started to arrive for school, she said.
The Rev. Jimmy Swaggart said he was conducting a radio show from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and didn’t know about the incident until after it occurred.
He said he does not know Morris or his mother, with whom he spoke Tuesday.
“She was concerned as any mother would be,” Swaggart said. “In a situation like this, you can imagine the consternation she is having.”
Swaggart said he would be happy to help Morris and would be praying for him and his mother.
Morris’ sister and brother refused comment Tuesday.
A phone message left for Morris’ mother was not returned.
Hicks said deputies do not know why Morris went to Swaggart’s campus but are still investigating the incident.
According to records with the East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court, Morris is due in court May 15 on a charge of damage to intellectual property.
Baton Rouge police arrested Morris on Jan. 20, 2007, for allegedly possessing 218 pirated DVDs, 80 pirated pornographic movies and equipment necessary to pirate such materials, court records say.
Morris does not have a criminal background in Iberville Parish, according to court records that date back to 2000.
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Baton Rouge, LA. Nov.1 2007 An armed man exchanged fire with a shopping center security guard Tuesday after a robbery at a store near the Southdowns neighborhood.
The man, with two lookouts, had just held up the Gameware store at 3151 College Drive, near Perkins Road, about 8:35 p.m., Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said.
While leaving the store, the robber spotted a private security guard and fired one shot at him but missed, police said. The guard returned fire, hitting the robber multiple times.
The robber, whose name was not reported, was taken to the hospital by EMS with life-threatening injuries, McKneely said.
His two accomplices fled in a green, older-model Pontiac, and police were still looking for them late Tuesday.
The Gameware store and most of the other shops and restaurants in the center were open when the robbery occurred.
The security guard, who also was not named Tuesday, was hired by business owners at the College Creek Shopping Center after an armed robbery of the Quiznos store in the same area in late August, said Quiznos employee Genie Johnson.
Johnson said she was standing outside the store Tuesday when she saw a man come around the corner and put on a ski mask.
She said she alerted the guard, who was inside the Quiznos, and he confronted the robber, who fired first.
Police were investigating whether this robbery was related to a recent string of similar robberies of fast-food restaurants, police Lt. Roger Tully said.
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