PRIVATE SECURITY ASSOCIATION IN THE WORLD!
Multiple police agencies were headquartered at the Harbor Town Marina off Galts Ferry Road in Acworth as they searched Lake Allatoona on Friday for a Cobb County police officer who fell off a boat Thursday night.
Cherokee County Police Departmen The body of Cobb County police Sgt. Thomas “Brent” Stephens of Paulding County was found Friday afternoon in Lake Allatoona. He was 35.
A dive team found the body of Sgt. Thomas “Brent” Stephens at about 1:30 p.m., officials at the scene said at a 3:30 p.m. press conference. Cobb County police confirmed that Stephens had been employed with the force since 1996.
The body was taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Crime Lab to determine the cause of death, Cherokee Sheriff’s Capt. Joe Perkins said.
Multiple police agencies were searching Lake Allatoona for Stephens, who fell off a boat Thursday night.
Lt. Jay Baker of the Cherokee sheriff’s department said two men were boating from a restaurant near Little River Marina back to Harbor Town Marina when the driver — also a Cobb police officer — noticed his friend was missing. The friend searched the area before calling 911, Baker said.
The search started immediately early Friday morning with State Patrol helicopters flying overhead and boats in the water. At daylight, divers from Forsyth, Hall, Cobb and Cherokee counties arrived at the scene. Searchers also were using sonar and looking along the banks in case Stephens swam ashore.
Department of Natural Resources spokesman Cpl. James Keener said the 911 call came at 10:45 p.m.
“Unfortunately we have several drownings a year at Lake Allatoona,” Perkins said. “The cooperation of all of the agencies involved was fantastic. The gentleman that was here was a police officer, and the law enforcement community really came out to support everybody that was doing the search.”
Stephens’ death is the second drowning at Lake Allatoona in a week. Raul Cruz Martinez, 23, was swimming when friends last week when he suddenly went under the water, officials said. Martinez, of Acworth, was the first drowning of the year at Lake Allatoona, according to the DNR.
Harbor Town Marina is off Galts Ferry Road.
Stephens was a longtime SWAT team member and was promoted to sergeant in December, Officer Joseph Hernandez said.
Stephens is married with two small children, a neighbor, Shelley Pruitt, told the AJC Friday afternoon. Friends and family gathered at the Stephens’ home, in the Canterbury Lane neighborhood, she said.
“Brent was an excellent police officer, and he was not only an asset to the department, but also to the citizens and county that he served,” said George Hatfield, chief of Cobb County police, in a statement. “Brent was a close friend to many officers in this department, and he will be sorely missed.”
Coast Guard Capt. Peter Troedsson said he spoke with all the workers’ families about the decision to suspend the search before announcing it to the media.
“I’m a father and husband, and I have done this a few times before. It’s never easy. Your heart goes out to these people,” Troedsson said.
The Coast Guard says it will resume the search if any ships in the area see anything, but the workers’ chances of survival had seemed slim well before Friday afternoon’s announcement. “The time of reasonable expectation of survivability has passed,” Rear Adm. Mary Landry said.
What caused Tuesday’s massive blast off the Louisiana coast is unknown. As the search was ending, oil company crews were trying to clean up the environmental mess created by the Deepwater Horizon, which finally sank Thursday. The other 115 crew members made it off the platform, though four were critically hurt.
Federal regulators did not need this week’s explosion aboard the state-of-the-art rig to know the offshore drilling industry needed new safety rules: Dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries over the last several years had already convinced them that changes were needed.
The U.S. Minerals and Management Service is developing regulations aimed at preventing human error, which it identified as a factor in many of the more than 1,400 offshore oil drilling accidents between 2001 and 2007.
The Deepwater Horizon was the site of a 2005 fire found to have been caused by human error. An MMS investigation determined that a crane operator on the rig had become distracted while refueling the crane, allowing diesel fuel to overflow. Records show the fire was quickly contained, but caused $60,000 in damage to the crane.
An MMS review published last year found 41 deaths and 302 injuries out of 1,443 accidents from 2001 to 2007, the majority of caused by human error and operational and maintenance problems.
As a result of the findings, the MMS is developing new rules that would require rig operators to develop programs focused on preventing human error, an area that hadn’t received as much attention in the past. The agency, which has yet to implement the new rules, also proposed audits once every three years.
Environmentalists say that while new technology touted by oil industry executives continues to improve, people still have to oversee those devices and human error remains a widespread problem.
“You can’t outlaw human error,” Richard Charter, a senior policy adviser with Defenders of Wildlife, who has been involved in drilling issues for 30 years, said of Tuesday’s explosion. “It’s one of the sidebar issues now emerging for the Horizon incident— these are common incidents and this was just a bigger one.”
Opponents of President Barack Obama’s plan for more offshore drilling, particularly off the East Coast, say the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon should be taken as a warning to slow the fervor to “drill, baby drill.”
“I would hope it would serve as another wake-up call on this issue that there is no such thing as safe oil drilling,” said Sara Wan, a member of the California Coastal Commission, a state regulatory agency. “Once that oil starts leaking in the ocean, that damage is irreversible. You just look at what happened with Exxon-Valdez—they’re still feeling the effects of it. There’s no real way to clean it up.”
Obama showed no sign of budging Friday. Spokesman Robert Gibbs said the president still believes increasing domestic oil production can be done safely, securely and without harming the environment.
“I don’t honestly think it opens up a whole new series of questions, because, you know, in all honesty I doubt this is the first accident that has happened and I doubt it will be the last,” Gibbs said.
On March 31, Obama called for new offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean from Delaware to central Florida, plus the northern waters of Alaska. He also wants Congress to lift a drilling ban in the oil-rich eastern Gulf of Mexico, 125 miles from Florida beaches.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Friday that the Obama administration’s drilling plan would assess potential risks and benefits of any offshore site before drilling is pursued. No new lease sales are planned before at least 2012.
An undetermined amount of oil has spilled from the Deepwater Horizon, which is owned by Transocean Ltd. The sheen appeared to cover an area about two miles wide and eight miles long Friday afternoon, said Petty Officer Ashley Butler of the Coast Guard.
BP PLC, which leased the rig and is taking the lead in the cleanup, said it has activated an extensive oil spill response, including using remotely operated vehicles to assess the well and 32 vessels to mop up the spill.
Rear Adm. Landry said no oil appeared to be leaking from a well head at the ocean floor, nor was any leaking at the water’s surface. But she said crews were closely monitoring the rig for any more crude that might spill out.
About half a dozen boats were using booms to trap the thin sheen, which extended about seven miles north of the rig site. There was no sign of wildlife being affected; the Louisiana coast is about 50 miles away.
Strong winds were blowing generally from the south as a cold front approached from Texas. The passage of the front late Friday or Saturday was expected to shift winds to the north, which could push the sheen away from the coast. Crews were trying to contain what spilled and prevent any threat to the coast’s fragile coastal wetlands—nurseries for fish and shrimp and habitat for birds.
The Marine Spill Response Corp., an energy industry cleanup consortium, brought seven skimmer boats to suck oily water from the surface, four planes that can scatter chemicals to disperse oil, and 500,000 feet — 94.6 miles—of containment boom, a floating barrier with a skirt that drapes down under the water and corrals the oil.
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson called for a congressional investigation of safety practices at offshore oil rigs. Nelson, a Florida Democrat who has led opposition to offshore drilling, said he asked the U.S. Interior Department to investigate and provide a comprehensive report on all U.S. drilling accidents over at least the last decade.
“The tragedy off the coast of Louisiana shows we need to be asking a lot more tough questions of big oil,” Nelson said. “I think we need to look back over 10 years or so to see if the record denies the industry’s claims about safety and technology.”
A little after 2 a.m. Saturday, a 42-year-old security guard approached three drunken men in the 300 block of Carlsbad Boulevard and asked them to leave, Lt. Matt Magro said. One of the men jumped on his back, choked him and dragged him to the ground, where the three kicked, choked and punched him, Magro said. Two bystanders intervened, one disabling the attackers with pepper spray, the lieutenant said.
The guard was not hospitalized. Phillip Lare, 21; Justin Stambaugh, 22 and Drew Oldfield, 22, were all arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.
Officials said Deputy JacquelineDunn was charged Friday night with possession of marijuana and possession of cocaine.
Dunn faces indefinite suspension and an internal affairs investigation is in progress, according to officials.
According to the FBI, the bandit began his robbery spree on Jan. 16, 2009 in Mobile, when he took money from a teller at the Whitney National Bank on South Royal Street.
Since then, the bandit has struck banks in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Virginia, Michigan and New York.
In Georgia alone, FBI officials have posted 75 billboards with the bandit’s face and a promise of a $10,000 reward – yet the bandit remains on the loose, said Mobile’s FBI spokeswoman, Special Agent Angela Tobon.
“It’s not common for us to offer a reward for note-type robbers,” Tobon said. “But we’ve done that in this case because he’s traveling across so many states.”
At 2:45 p.m. Friday, the bandit committed his latest robbery at the Hancock Bank at 2110 Demetropolis Road, according to Mobile police.
He walked up to a teller and presented her with a handwritten note asking for money, said police spokesman Officer Christopher Levy. When the woman complied, Levy said, the bandit fled on foot from the bank.
A surveillance camera caught the robbery.
“From what I’ve seen from other banks,” said Birmingham police Sgt. Anthony Williams, who investigated one of the bandit’s robberies last August, “the pictures are decent but they’re just not good enough to recognize him.”
Neither is his modus operandi, according to the FBI, who describes the bandit’s strategy as “calm, with a deliberate attempt to not attract attention to himself. (He) quietly presents a demand note to the victim teller and thereafter departs the bank without disruption to normal banking business.”
“Basically,” Williams said, “he goes in all nice and casual. You’d never know.”
With the exception of Mobile and Atlanta, no city has been targeted more than once. He has hit four Atlanta banks in the past year, most recently a Bank of America on April 2.
An Atlanta FBI spokesman did not return a call for comment Friday evening.
Asked how the bandit eludes tracking devices typically placed with stolen bills, Tobon said she did not know. “And I don’t know if we can release that,” she said.
Williams said, “I think the next step may be to put him on America’s Most Wanted.”
The Granddad Bandit is described as a white man in his 50s or 60s, 6 feet to 6 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 220 to 250 pounds, with a stocky build, double-chin and balding, with hair only on the sides of his head. The bandit, authorities said, also wear prescription glasses.
“It’s only a matter of time before he will get caught,” Levy said. “He will get caught.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 251-438-3674.
Scott Karaman, 50, who taught gym for nearly two decades at Roosevelt Elementary School, was arrested during an afternoon class on Wednesday. He faces charges including rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child under 13 years old, aggravated indecent assault, indecent exposure and corruption of minors, according to Pennsylvania State Police.
Pennsylvania police said the rapes took place between January 1997 and December of 2004, when one of the victims was between the ages of 4 and 7 and the other was between the ages of 7 and 12.
Karaman’s current residence is listed in Polk Township, Pa., but he also has a previous address listed in Rahway, according to public records. He is being held at Union County jail and will be extradited to Pennsylvania.
The gym teacher has been suspended from his position pending the outcome of this investigation, said Frank Buglione, district superintendent. Buglione sent a letter out to parents Thursday stating that a staff member had been arrested at the school, but it did not identify Karaman.
Buglione said the out-of-state charges were not related to Karaman’s job at the school, and the school board’s attorney had advised that any other information should be released by police. The superintendent said he was “very, very concerned” about the charges.
“We hope that it doesn’t prove to be true,” Buglione said. “We don’t have any evidence of anything going on in the school at all, and if we hear anything, we’ll follow up immediately with the police department.”
He said Karaman, a former student of the Rahway school district, was hired as a gym teacher in 1992. Until a few years ago, Karaman had coached boys’ football, girls’ softball and a co-ed swim team in Rahway. He was a satisfactory employee who was well-liked by students and fellow teachers, Buglione said.
Karaman was arrested at the school at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, shortly before dismissal. He had been teaching a third grade gym class outside when police arrived. The students were escorted inside by another teacher before Karaman was taken into custody, school officials said.
VENTURA, Calif.April 12 2010 AP — Authorities say DNA evidence ties a man to the slaying of a pregnant woman and her husband at their beachfront home in Southern California while their two young children were home.
Ventura County sheriff’s investigators said Monday they used a DNA database to link Joshua Packer to the May 2009 murders after Packer was arrested for investigation of robbery at a Santa Barbara gas station.
Brock and Davina Husted, both 42, were repeatedly stabbed by an intruder wearing a motorcycle helmet who slipped into their Faria Beach home through an open sliding-glass door.
Police considered it a triple homicide because Davina Husted was about five months pregnant.
Packer, a security guard, was being held in county jail on $2.2 million bail. It wasn’t immediately known if he retained an attorney.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A man was arrested in the stabbing of a pregnant woman and her husband at their beachfront house in Southern California while their two young children were home, police said Monday.
Joshua Packer, 20, was taken into custody Sunday and booked for investigation of three counts of murder and two counts of robbery, capping a nearly yearlong investigation into the crime that shocked their upscale waterfront community in Ventura County.
Brock and Davina Husted, both 42, were repeatedly stabbed in May by an intruder wearing a motorcycle helmet who slipped into their Faria Beach home through an open sliding-glass door. Police considered it a triple homicide because Davina Husted was about five months pregnant.
The couple’s two children were home at the time of the attack and were not hurt.
Their 9-year-old son saw a man confront his mother in the kitchen and ran to his 11-year-old sister, who was asleep, authorities said. The children then ran to a neighbor’s home and called 911.
“It’s horrible for the children,” sheriff’s Capt. Ross Bonfiglio said.
DNA evidence played a role in the arrest, but Bonfiglio declined to release details. Investigators previously said they believed the Husteds were targeted before the stabbings, but no motive has been provided
Bonfiglio said Monday he wasn’t certain if police had established a link between the suspect and victims.
A news conference was scheduled later Monday.
“Closure is important” to relatives of the victims, Bonfiglio said. “They want to know at least someone’s been brought to justice.”
Packer, a security guard, was being held in county jail on $2.2 million bail. It wasn’t immediately known if he retained an attorney.
The beachfront community is located along U.S. Highway 101 about 80 miles from Los Angeles.
Packer also has a recent rash of legal problems, according to court documents.
In January, sheriff’s detectives in neighboring Santa Barbara County arrested Packer for investigation of a 2009 armed robbery at a gas station. He is suspected of pulling a gun and ordering a clerk to the ground.
The robber fled with the clerk’s cell phone and wallet, and cash and cigarettes from the store, authorities said. Packer posted $115,000 bail and was released from Santa Barbara County jail in late January.
He was scheduled to appear in court Thursday in Santa Barbara for a preliminary hearing.
In Ventura County, Packer has been charged with misdemeanor battery stemming from an incident in November. A month later, he was charged with misdemeanor hit-and-run. Further details weren’t immediately available.
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.
Jamar Thomas, 21, was found guilty of first-degree murder in the June 9, 2007, attack on Bower Security Co. guard Wallace Brown near Rosa Parks Road and El Dorado Boulevard.
Thomas, who prosecutors said was from the north side of Palm Springs, was also convicted of robbery and participating in a criminal street gang.
The jury found true special circumstance allegations of committing a murder for the benefit of a gang and murder in the commission of a robbery.
The penalty phase will begin Monday, when the six-woman, six-man jury will hear evidence to determine whether Thomas should be sentenced to death or life in prison without parole.
Also charged in Brown’s death and awaiting trial are alleged Northside Gateway Posse Crip gang members Darius Lee, 21, Jerrett Lewis, 20, and Akil Williams, 19.
“This is just one step in a process to get justice for Wallace Brown,” district attorney’s spokesman Michael Jeandron said after the verdict was announced.
Defense attorney John Hemmer declined comment.
On June 27, Rubin Lopez, an off-duty sheriff’s deputy wearing a Cubs jersey, was attending a Cubs-White Sox game at U.S. Cellular field when a spectator incorrectly pointed him out to security guards as having acted disorderly, according to the lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court.
When security guards — who were employed by At Your Service LLC, the company named as a partner with the White Sox — responded, Lopez tried to say he was an off-duty deputy and that he could help identify the real trouble-maker, the lawsuit says.
The guards rebuffed him though, and one of the guards, who was named specifically in the lawsuit, shoved and grabbed him before he and another guard dragged Lopez down across rows of seats, the complaint says. The guards’ actions left bruises on Lopez, the lawsuit adds.
The named guard told Lopez he was an off-duty Chicago police officer and that “he would do everything in his power to ruin Mr. Lopez’ career,” the complaint alleges. That guard went on to accuse Lopez of battery with the intent to cause bodily harm and told investigating officers that Lopez had pushed him over a row of chairs.
Lopez was charged criminally, and the Cook County Sheriff’s Department opened an internal investigation into the matter, according to the complaint. Lopez was not allowed to carry his service weapon during the investigation.
Lopez, however, obtained a videotape of the incident and presented it to the state’s attorney’s office, which after reviewing it dropped the charges against him.
Lopez is seeking compensatory and punitive damages against the named guard, Chicago White Sox LTD., At Your Service LLC, SDI Security Inc., The Chisox Corporation and other unnamed security guards.
Scott Reifert, a spokesman for the White Sox, said officials have not yet received notification of the lawsuit but said it’s the team’s policy not to comment on active litigation.
The Chicago Tribune is not naming the guard specified in the lawsuit because his name is common, without further identification details, and he was not available to be reached for comment. The Tribune Co. recently sold the Chicago Cubs but retains a small financial interest in the team.
Prosecutor Aaron Negangard says 52 year old Dennis Lewis, the city’s former assistant police chief, has been accused by another state agency of soliciting sex from an undercover officer posing as teen girl online.
Lewis is behind bars at the Switzerland County Jail, held without bond. Right now, he faces one count of child solicitation, which is a felony. Lewis allegedly tried to solicit sex from an undercover officer, who was posing as a 13 year old girl on a website chat room.
The incident allegedly happened on December 23rd of last year in his home. Lewis is accused of sending the undercover officer a video of his penis.
Police searched his Dillsboro home and took his computer.
Prosecutor Negangard says Lewis may face four additional charges once details of the new allegations are sorted out.
Most of the 130 security guards voted themselves into a union last year. But so far they have not been recognized by their employer, Allied Barton, which contracts with the Museum. When the Museum’s new director, Timothy Rub, took office last year, he refused to endorse either side.
But in a letter to City Councilman Bill Greenlee, Rub urged Allied Barton to listen to the security guards’ requests.
Union spokesman Fabricio Rodriguez says Rub’s support means a lot.
Rodriguez: “The letter from Director Rub was an enormous development. We’re glad Rub has joined the majority at the museum, councilman Greenlee, and the National Labor Relations Board in calling on Allied Barton to recognize union and improving museum security.”
The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that Allied Barton must negotiate with the union. The company has appealed.
The guards are fighting for higher pay and better working conditions. They also say they need more emergency training to help safeguard the museum’s visitors and masterpieces.
An emlpoyee at the Algiers Technology Academy was arrested Monday after police said he had a sexual encounter with two students at a Westbank hotel.
Investigators said that on March 28, Leonard Welch Jr., 30, and an unknown man picked up two female students in the Ninth Ward and took them to the hotel where the students were given alcohol, drugs and then performed sex acts. The students were 16 years old and 17 years old and lived in the Ninth Ward.
Welch was booked on charges of carnal knowledge of a juvenile.
Police said they are working to identify the second person who was with Welch.
A spokesperson for the school said Welch was fired.
They knew him simply as Ross.
He was Ross the grandfather, father and husband. Or Ross, the quick-witted security guard whom store owners and employees at the Clayton Valley Shopping Center came to rely on for comic relief during their workdays.
“I always said he should have been a comedian,” his wife Letris Ross said laughingly Friday. “He was not afraid of making a (fool) of himself.”
So when word began spreading about his death April 1, there was disbelief that someone like him could die in a flurry of gunfire.
Ross, 48, was shot to death in front of his apartment on Clayton Road, about a mile from the shopping center. His 24-year-old stepdaughter’s boyfriend, Claude Lee Mitchell, 25, is suspected in the slaying, police said. Mitchell was arrested outside of Stockton on Friday afternoon after a two-hour search.
Mitchell has a 19-month-old son with Ross’ stepdaughter, who is pregnant with their second child. They lived with Ross and his wife.
Letris Ross said her husband had been pushing Mitchell to get a job and pay his fair share of the rent. He wanted Mitchell to become a provider the way that Ross did when he raised her four children as his own, she said.
The argument continued the afternoon of April 1, when Ross followed Mitchell down an outside stairwell. Unexpectedly, Mitchell pulled out a handgun and fired a shot into Ross’ abdomen, Letris Ross said. She then heard Mitchell cursing loudly as he fired several more shots.
“He unloaded the clip on him,” Letris Ross said, adding that neither she nor her husband knew Mitchell owned a gun. “It was senseless and cruel.”
Mitchell fled, and his car was found abandoned that night in Pittsburg.
The Los Angeles-born Ross worked as security guard his entire adult life, his wife said. He enjoyed the camaraderie and protecting people, but never had ambitions for a police job.
“He said this is what he was put on Earth to do,” she said.
At the shopping center, where he worked for four years, Ross routinely checked in on businesses, store employees said. And while he was there, he’d try to lighten the mood with a wisecrack or gush about his affinity for the Oakland Raiders.
“He’d joke around and talk with us for a while,” said Linda Pineda, a teller at Travis Credit Union in the shopping center. “And he was always talking about the Raiders.”
Anyone with information about the slaying can contact Concord police at 925-671-3333, the department’s anonymous tip line at 925-603-5836, or Bay Area Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
The preliminary hearing for Ramon Somoza, 29, is scheduled for June 25 in 4th District Court.
Police say Somoza shot and killed former employee Jesus Landin, 46, Dec. 28 in the basement of the Apollo Dance Hall in American Fork and then dumped the body near West Wendover, Nev., where it was found 10 days later.
He is charged with murder, a first-degree felony; obstruction of justice, a second-degree felony; and abuse or desecration of a dead human body, a third-degree felony.
Somoza operated the dance hall, and Landin worked there as a security guard. Landin came to the Apollo the day he was killed to demand $400 that he said Somoza owed him, according to defense attorney Steven Burton.
He says his client “has never been a violent person” and acted in self-defense.
“The only explanation we can see is that he was scared of this man he had just fired,” Burton said.
Asked why Somoza tried to conceal the killing, Burton said, “He knows he made some really bad decisions after the fact, and he recognizes that, but that doesn’t change the truth of what happened that day.”
Prosecutors, however, have said Somoza was blocking the only exit from the basement when he shot Landin.
Overall, Installation Management Command will be announcing 3,076 openings for guards that will be needed at every garrison, except those aligned under Base Realignment and Closure or those transitioning to joint bases where another service is the lead agency.
The conversion is being made because of congressional mandates and the expected loss of a waiver established after Sept. 11, 2001 that allowed the Department of Defense to contract security guard services at military installations in the states, said Craig Shreiner, branch chief of physical security for IMCOM.
And while the employment category of these guards will change, the service they provide seven days a week, 24 hours a day will not.
“Throughout this process, we will ensure a well-coordinated transition that continues our support to the mission, Soldiers and families, and Army communities,” Shreiner said.
In fact, the conversion will be completed in two group phases. The first phase consists of 28 garrisons and must be completed by Sept. 30. The second phase will consist of the remaining 18 garrisons and will be completed by July 26, 2011.
Group 1 involves garrisons from IMCOM’s Northeast, West, Pacific and Southeast regions. Group 2 involves Southeast and West regions. Visit the IMCOM home page – http://www.imcom .army.mil/hq/ – for a listing of garrisons within each region.
Once the job announcements are made, all qualified applicants – including contractors currently holding such positions – are encouraged to compete for the openings.
“Additionally, veterans’ hiring preferences are in place,” Shreiner said, “and previous experience with military security work is something we value.”
Job announcements have been made at several installations and will continue to be published throughout the conversion.
City police just identified the victim as Charles Bowman, a Vietnam veteran who has lived for many years in a rowhouse on East 33rd and Hillen streets. Relatives told me has worked for the Afro for about five years and often stopped by Yau Bros carryout in the 2900 block of Greenmount Ave. as he walked to the newspaper on North Charles Street.
Police said Bowman was in the shop when two armed men wearing bandanas walked in tried to hold up the carryout. Some sort of struggle ensued and Bowman was shot once in the chest. He died a few hours later at a hospital. Police said the gunmen escaped with $13 taken from another patron.
This morning, homicide detectives returned to the shop to hand out fliers offering a $2,000 reward through Metro Crime Stoppers for any information leading to an arrest. Anyone with tips is urged to call 1-866-7LOCKUP .
“Here we have a 72-year-old man who was an innocent victim,” said Sgt. William Simmons of the homicide unit. “He was gunned down on his way to work while getting something to eat.”
The carryout has been a problem for residents of Better Waverly for years. On March 17 2009, three patrons were shot inside the shop; one died outside, the other died inside, and a third managed to run away with bullet wounds.
Police said one of the dead men were targeted and police arrested a suspect a month later. The shop is located just south of East 33rd Street, a busy business corridor near a popular farmer’s market.
At left, Baltimore homicide detectives gather at the scene to plot out where they plan to hand out fliers seeking help solving the killing.
And police say the 30-year-old Westminster police officer wasn’t the only one involved in the attack. His alleged getaway driver was Corrections Officer Jeff Thomas Jelinek, who police say aided the attack by standing by as Orban raped the woman, and then by driving Orban away from the crime scene. Orban, say police, accidentally left his gun behind after the assault.
When the two men arrived back at the mall parking lot, Orban called his wife and told her he had lost his gun, police said. She called Ontario police to report the missing weapon, and officers went to find him.
The rape victim reported the attack to Fontana police, outside of Anaheim. Investigators found the gun and told Ontario officers, who arrested Orban and Jelinek after they gave inconsistent statements, said police.
Orban was booked for investigation of kidnapping, false imprisonment, rape and carjacking. Jelinek was booked for investigation of carjacking and as an accessory to the crime. Bail for each was set at $1 million.
Officials said it did not appear either man identified himself as a police officer.
Ontario police are trying to determine if there are other victims.
A security guard was injured Monday morning when a gunman opened fire in the parking lot of a Haygood nightclub, police said Tuesday.
The shooting was the second in the past week near Hartz Cafe, at 1049 Independence Blvd. Both incidents occurred between 2:15 and 2:30 a.m., and both involved a gunman shooting from a vehicle.
The first occurred March 30, when three men were heading away from Hartz Cafe in a Ford Explorer, police said.
Another vehicle pulled up next to the SUV, and one of its passengers fired shots, hitting the Explorer’s front passenger in the face, police said.
In the second shooting Monday, the security guard suffered a gunshot wound to his foot, and two cars were damaged, said Officer Margie Hobbs, a police spokeswoman.
The security guard and the Explorer’s passenger are expected to survive, police said.
Local police and state troopers are looking for the vehicles that transported the shooter in both cases. They’re still investigating a possible motive for the shootings.
Police have responded to 18 calls at Hartz Cafe so far this year, said Officer Adam Bernstein, a spokesman for the Police Department.
The city’s Establishment Review Task Force is looking into the nightclub, he said.
A spokesman for the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control said Tuesday there have been no complaints or citations against Hartz Cafe recently.
The club’s owner did not return a phone call requesting comment.
Guard shoots at car thief The shooting occurred about 2 p.m. in the 2000 block of Main Street when the woman saw the robber driving away in her blue 2002 Dodge pickup and told him to stop.
When the man continued driving, the guard fired several times as the robber fled east on Commerce Street. It’s unclear whether he was hit.
Police are searching for the suspect and vehicle.
Spartanburg County deputies told the Herald-Journal of Spartanburg that 21-year-old William Dustin Crisp and two 16-year-old men were arrested late Monday on second-degree arson charges.
The men are members of the Cowpens Fire Department. Fire Chief Jamie Caggiano called investigators after putting out a suspicious fire in an abandoned mobile home on March 20.
Caggiano says his firefighters told him they made a stupid, childish decision.
It wasn’t immediately clear if Crisp had an attorney.
The guard shouted “You don’t have to do this!” to Cameron Dabaghi — the son of two doctors from Austin, Texas — but he ignored the pleas and plunged to his death at about 6:30 p.m., police sources said.
The death of the junior, who majored in East Asian Studies at the Ivy League school, stunned pals because he seemed happy.
Cops found a note in his dorm room that said he was “sorry” and that he intended to either jump from the Empire State Building or the George Washington Bridge, sources said.
Dabaghi’s younger sister, Andrene, also is a Yale student.
“It’s so sad. I always thought he was somebody who would change the world,” said Jack Newman, Dabaghi’s former tennis coach in Austin.
They met with the victim who told them a gunman in a white Dodge Charger had just sped away. Investigators said other witnesses also saw the vehicle and three men in the car.
Deputies had the descriptions and while patrolling in the area of John Young Parkway and North Orange Blossom Trail they spotted a white Charger. The car was at the drive-thru window of a fast food restaurant. Witnesses at the restaurant said deputies waited for the driver to pull away from the window before moving in. Kametric Peterson works at the restaurant and said he saw deputies handcuff all three men in the car.
Peterson said deputies were yelling all while they had their guns trained on the car. Investigators then spent much of the night trying to figure out which of the men pulled the trigger. One of them was later arrested but detectives haven’t released the name of the gunman or the victim. Deputies said he is a security guard who was walking to catch the bus. He was rushed to The Orlando Regional Medical Center where his condition is unknown. Investigators haven’t said why he was targeted only that the shooting doesn’t appear to be related to drugs.
UPDATE Deputies said they made an arrest overnight in a drive-by shooting that left a security guard with multiple gunshot wounds on an Orange County roadway.
Jeff Williamson of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said John Esteban Serna, 30, faces charges of attempted first-degree murder with a firearm. Orange County Jail records show Serna is considered a violent offender.
Deputies said Serna fired several rounds at the victim Monday night from a white Dodge Charger.
Sheriff’s deputies stopped Serna and his two passengers at the drive-thru window of a Wendy’s restaurant not far from the scene of the shooting, records show.
Williamson said he is not sure if the passengers were released without charges.
The victim, whose name was not released, is at Orlando Regional Medical Center. Williamson said he is in “stable, but guarded condition.”
Reports show the victim had been walking in the area of Lee Road and Edgewater Drive around 9 p.m. He was waiting to take a bus to his security job in downtown Orlando when the Dodge Charger pulled up alongside him.
Witnesses said Serna allegedly fired multiple shots at the victim before taking off.
When deputies arrived, they found the victim on the ground. Rescue crews took him to ORMC.
After some time, deputies spotted a vehicle at a Wendy’s drive-thru window off Orange Blossom TraIL and John Young Parkway that matched the description given by witnesses.
Deputies stopped the car and detained Serna and the other occupants before arrest him.
Officials will release more details of the shooting and arrest later today. //
The death toll has risen by four since the fiery crash was first reported, but KSP Trooper Charles Swiney said two children survived the crash.
Dispatcher Kathy Tyree said the collision occurred at 5:16 a.m. CDT in Hart County near mile marker 63, which is near Munfordville, Kentucky.
Emergency Management Director Kerry McDaniel said the tractor-trailer was going south on I-65 when it crossed the median, striking the van head-on. The van was carrying men, women and children. A pastor at a southern Kentucky church said many of the victims were from a Kentucky-based Mennonite family.
After crashing into the van, the semi hit a rock wall and burst into flames. McDaniel said the truck driver was killed.
Kentucky State Police, Hart County Sheriff’s Office, Kentucky Safe Patrol, Hart County Emergency Management Services, Munfordville Fire Department and the Hart County Coroners Office were all on the scene.
Northbound lanes of I-65 have been shut down, and a detour has been established.
According to a KSP press release, traffic is being diverted off of I-65 at exit 58 onto KY218. Traffic will then be diverted onto US31 east and then head north. Traffic will remain on KY61 until the intersection with I-65 at exit 91.
KSP said the interstate will be close for at least eight hours. The Tennessee Department of Transportation has been advising motorists to seek an alternate route north of Kentucky and plan for delays until the crash has been cleared.
I-65 southbound lanes have been affected by rubbernecking.
By the time he was captured hours later, another person was dead – a Dixie County sheriff’s captain.
Carrying two loaded shotguns, Kalisz told his brother in Clearwater by phone that he would kill as many deputies as possible, Hernando sheriff’s officials said.
Dixie County deputies in two unmarked vehicles followed him on U.S. 19 out of Old Town and tried to pull him over, said Capt. Evan Sullivan of the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.
Kalisz pulled into a BP station at the intersection of U.S. 19 and County Road 351 in Cross City, Sullivan said, and came out shooting, hitting Dixie County sheriff’s Capt. Chad Reed in the face.
Reed, 33, died Thursday night at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, according to Sullivan, who said he had been asked by Dixie County Sheriff Dewey H. Hatcher Sr. to handle media requests.
After Reed was shot, fellow deputies shot Kalisz. He also was taken to Shands. His condition was not available late Thursday night.
“The good news is that he’s been apprehended. The bad news is that we have an officer who has been shot,” said Hernando County sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Donna Black. “We were very afraid that was going to happen.”
Reed, who formerly worked as the county’s emergency management director, was married with two young children, said Kathy McKinney of the Dixie County Advocate newspaper. McKinney’s brother-in-law is a major with the Dixie Sheriff’s Office.
“It’s so sad,” she said.
Sullivan said Reed recently graduated from the FBI National Academy.
“Capt. Reed was a fine man, a great law enforcement officer and a hometown boy in Dixie County,” Sullivan said.
Kalisz, 55, is alleged to have killed two women and seriously wounded two other women – a pregnant teenager and a home health care nurse – in a rural neighborhood north of Brooksville.
Hernando Sheriff Richard Nugent had few details on what led to the shootings other than that it was an apparent domestic dispute.
The dead women were identified as Kathryn Donovan, 61, of 15303 Wilhelm Road and Deborah Buckley Tillotson, 59, of 12282 Old Chatman Road, Brooksville.
Records show that Donovan was Kalisz’s sister.
The injured women are Amy Wilson, 33, of 9539 Upland Drive, Hudson, and Manessa Donovan, 18, also of 15303 Wilhelm Road. She is the daughter of Kathryn Donovan.
Wilson and Manessa Donovan were flown by helicopter to Tampa General Hospital, where they were listed in stable condition late Thursday.
Sheriff’s officials said Wilson and Tillotson were employees of Kathryn Donovan in a home-based fabrics business.
Amy Wilson’s husband, Billy Green, 32, of Hudson, said his wife had just started working at the fabrics business two weeks ago.
Green said his wife told him she was standing outside the home Thursday afternoon when she heard gunshots. Then Kalisz emerged from the home and shot her. She fell to the ground, wounded in the abdomen and the shoulder.
“She was just working there. She didn’t did have anything to do with him,” Green said.
Green said he and Wilson have a 9-year-old son.
Deputies swarmed the area looking for Kalisz, who fled in a 1993 white Ford Aerostar van with Colorado tags. Despite sheriff’s helicopters and ground units that had closed off neighborhood streets, Kalisz slipped away.
“He made a statement he was going to take out a deputy, and he obviously carried through with that,” Nugent said as he stood a half-block from the small ranch home where the original shootings occurred. “It’s a terrible day.”
Christina Tucci, who lives a few doors down, was returning home on her Harley motorcycle when a white van – presumably driven by Kalisz – sped toward her from the opposite direction.
“He was weaving all over and nearly ran me off the road,” she said. “He was totally out of control.”
Authorities tracked Kalisz through his cell phone as he traveled north on U.S. 19. They urged school district officials to put nearby Central High, West Hernando Middle and Pine Grove Elementary schools on lockdown.
Stunned neighbors watched as paramedics loaded the two wounded women into waiting ambulances. Investigators interviewed witnesses, who reported hearing the shots and screams.
Deputies, who at that point still weren’t sure whether the gunman was still in the area, urged onlookers who weren’t witnesses to go home and lock their doors.
Theresa McAllister, whose parents live nearby, shook her head as she walked away from the scene.
“Unbelievable,” she said. “I never thought I’d see that in this neighborhood.”
Residents described the area of modest homes on spacious lots as peaceful and quiet.
But Kathleen Miller, who lives next door to the home where the shootings occurred, said she grew concerned about a month ago when a woman ran from the house and started banging on her front door.
“She said she needed to call 911 because her boyfriend was scaring her,” Miller said.
Miller said she thought the home was a rental property and other than the encounter with the frightened woman, she had not met the people who’d moved in several months ago.
According to court records, Kalisz was found guilty in 2009 of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He is serving a sentence of five years on probation.
Kalisz was in the news earlier this week when he tried to swap out propane tanks at a mobile home at 138 Travel Park Drive and caused an explosion when he relit the stove’s pilot light.
A police report said Kalisz and Erin Nagel, who was in the home, got out without injury. The fire was determined to be an accident.
By: Brett Davis/Staff
PRIVATE OFFICER NEWS
www.privateofficer.com Authorities say that an off-duty Philadelphia police officer apparently shot himself while driving his pick-up truck last night and crashed on Kelly Drive, police sources said.
Police responded to an accident and discovered that the driver, officer Joseph Dillman, 53, was involved. Police say that he was pronounced dead at Hahnemann University Hospital.
Details about the incident were sketchy for much of the evening.
Dillman, a 20-year veteran, was married with a son and two daughters.
He most recently worked in the elite Highway Patrol Unit.
Police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore said that officers responded to a single-car accident on Kelly Drive and Brewery Hill Road about 9 p.m.
The cops found Dillman inside a 2006 Chevrolet Colorado, with a gunshot wound.
A gun was found inside the truck, Vanore said.
Police are waiting for a medical examiner to make a ruling on Dillman’s death, and have not confirmed it to be a suicide just yet.
Scores of officers, including members of Highway Patrol, flocked to Hahnemann last night to mourn their comrade and pay respects to his family.
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Pennsylvania State Police
End of Watch: Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Tour of Duty: 16 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: At large
Trooper Paul Richey was shot and killed when he and another trooper responded to a domestic disturbance call in Cranberry Township, Venango County, at 11:45 am.
Both troopers arrived at the scene and exited their vehicles when Trooper Richey was struck by a shot fired from inside the residence. Additional units arrived and removed Trooper Richey from the scene.
The suspect fled the scene and remains at large.
Trooper Richey had served with the Pennsylvania State Police for 16 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.
Agency Contact Information
Pennsylvania State Police
1800 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Phone: (717) 783-5556
Please contact the Pennsylvania State Police for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.
Arlington Police Department
End of Watch: Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Age: Not available
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
Date of Incident: Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Officer Craig Story was killed in a motorcycle accident when his department motorcycle collided with a school bus at the intersection of South Cooper Street and West Inwood Drive. Officer Story had activated his lights and siren as he entered the intersection, but struck the side of the bus.
His motorcycle burst into flames upon impact. Witnesses to the crash smothered the flames on Officer Story’s clothing and pulled him to a safe area, however, he passed away at the scene.
Agency Contact Information
Arlington Police Department
620 W Division Street
Arlington, TX 76011
Phone: (817) 459-5600
Please contact the Arlington Police Department for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.