On a busy night, more than 2,000 people head to the area near San Antonio College. Apparently not everyone is a Saint when you park your car along Main Street.
“You have vandalism, break-ins, fights,” said David Amrollah, the owner of Bexar County Protective Services. Club owners hired his private security team to patrol the lot. “Because it was getting out of hand, they had to figure something out.”
But now they are collecting a buck from each driver to help offset security costs. It’s like a cover to cover safety cost.
“We had at least two instances a week when somebody said their car was broken into,” said Amrollah.
The cash also helps pay for the parking spaces. The property is actually leased from the Alamo Community College District.
“We worked on this with A.C.C.D. for about 15 months before getting this deal in place,” he said.
The security team is also proactive in stopping tipsy drivers from getting behind the wheel.
With almost 800 cars on a busy night, that’s 800 dollars to help offset costs. The new fee took effect March 10th.
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Two security officers/ bouncers heard the commotion and chased him to a nearby apartment complex.
Vernon Dean and Brad Stewart were taken into custody by officers without incident. Investigators said it was Dean who robbed the club and shot the bouncer.
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www.privateofficer.com — Police and college administrators Tuesday were searching for a motive in a shooting that claimed the life of a 37-year-old librarian at Northeast Lakeview College.
Eric Reno, the school’s president, said that there appeared to be no problem between the shooter, Alan Godin, 62, and the victim, Devin Zimmerman, 37.
“I wish we had an explanation for why this happened, but we don’t,” Reno said
Police said that Godin walked into the college’s library at 2:15 p.m. Monday and fired four or five times at Zimmerman. Godin, who is also a librarian, then sat down and waited for police to arrest him. The suspect was charged with murder and was being held in the Bexar County Jail on $250,000 bond.
Derek Adair, a student at the community college, which is located in Live Oak, said that he and about 20 people who were in the library at the time ran for the nearest door after they heard the gunshots.
“People screaming, running, a lot of pandemonium,” he said. “People just going every which way, just trying to get out before anyone else was shot.”
Reno said he doesn’t think that increased campus security would have prevented the incident.
“I don’t know how anyone would predict something like this happening,” he said. “This is not something you plan for or can prevent.”
Students were shocked over the violence that happened at a place where most expect to feel safe.
“I think that’s terrible,” a male student said.
Classes were canceled Tuesday but counselors were available to talk with students about the incident.
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Jennifer Richards, 25, and her married boyfriend, Sean Michael Block, 40, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Stein Nowak on Friday. Richards is charged with using interstate facilities to transmit information about a minor. Block is charged with distributing child pornography.
Nowak ordered Block held. Richards’ detention hearing was delayed until Tuesday, the San Antonio Express-News reported Sunday.
According to an affidavit, the investigation began when an informant told the FBI about a text message allegedly sent by Block reading: “Nice piece 5 yrs old belongs to my gf and she wants to sell it.”
Richards and Block crafted a deal that, in addition to the apartment and used car, included child care for Richards’ 10-month-old daughter, whose sexual service the couple intended to sell later, Rex Miller, the FBI’s lead agent on the case, testified.
The couple had also hoped to blackmail the informant, Miller said.
Richards “was of the belief that these sexual interactions would be a positive experience for (her daughter) and that Richards would receive sexual gratification” from watching, according to the affidavit.
Authorities said both children are no longer in Richards’ custody and that neither child was sold for sex.
After reviewing computers the couple used and listening to taped conversations, Miller determined Block and Richards were making further plans to abduct, rape and “carve up” a teenage runaway.
Block allegedly sent an e-mail with a link to a Russian child pornography site, according to the affidavit.
Ronald Guyer, Block’s lawyer, acknowledged the severity of the charges. But Guyer told the judge that there was no evidence that the behavior progressed beyond Block’s fantasy.
“There has been no action on his part,” Guyer told Nowak.
Richard’s attorney did not return a call or e-mail left Sunday.
The couple worked at the Cheesecake Factory at North Star Mall, where he was a bartender and she was a waitress.
Court records show that Block’s now-estranged wife Sarah Block filed for a protective order earlier this week on behalf of the couple’s 14-month-old child. Her lawyer said she filed for divorce Friday.
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Ali Almeaarek reportedly was at the Greyhound Bus Station when a security officer assigned at the station became suspicous of his behavior and decided to question Almeaarek.
Police say that Dwight Peek, the security officer, found a gun in his backpack and notified police for assistance but while police were on the way, Almeaarek struggled with Peek and shot and fatally wounded him.
Police were able to apprehend and arrest Almeaarek who authorities soon found out was on the run from killing his girlfriend in austin a day earlier.
The trial was temporary delayed earlier in the week when a juror disappeared but resumed shortly after a bailiff located the person.
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According to a police report, the armed men broke into the theme park around 3 a.m. and surprised the security officers.
After the men bound the security guards’ hands with zip ties, the men drove the guards to the back of the administration building, the report stated.
Moments later, one of the security officers was ordered to ring a bell to the vault area, the report stated.
But when the vault was inaccessible, one of the men, armed with a sledgehammer, broke the rear door of the administration building.
The security officers were able to open the vault and then locked themselves inside for their own safety.
The men didn’t take any money but they took some belongings from the security officers and fled the scene in a Fiesta Texas security truck.
Police were notified and searched the area for the men but have not yet located them.
Both security officers were shaken but not injured.
Six flags Fiesta Texas has not released any statement regarding the robbery as of this time.