Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Line of Duty Death Lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz

Lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz
Fox Lake Police Department, Illinois
End of Watch: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Bio & Incident Details
Age: 52
Tour: 32 years
Military veteran
Cause: Gunfire
Lieutenant Charles Gliniewicz was shot and killed while investigating suspicious activity.
At approximately 8:00am, Lieutenant Gliniewicz radioed his dispatcher that he was stopping to investigate three suspicious males that he observed near Route 12 and Sayton Road in Fox Lake. Shortly thereafter, he radioed in a foot pursuit. When backup officers arrived, the found Lieutenant mortally wounded. They also discovered that items were missing from his duty belt, including his firearm.
 The suspects fled and remain at large.
 Lieutenant Gliniewicz had served with the Lake County Police Department for 32 years and is a U.S. Army veteran. He is survived by his wife and four children.

Man attempts to flee court during arrest

ROGERS COUNTY, Okla. Sept 2 2015 — A man in court for aggravated domestic assault and battery attempted to flee the building before he could be taken into custody.
News on 6 reports that officers chased William Birdtail through the building, eventually tackling and tasering him just before he made it out the front doors.
“Officers were yelling at him to stop. He met officers at the front door and they were laying hands on him and tried to resolve the situation but when it escalated, they had to go to a taser,” Major Coy Jenkins with the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office said.

Birdtail now faces additional charges of assaulting officers, escape and arrest.  Previously Birdtail was to be held in jail with $200,000 bond, but now, based on the events of his attempted escape plus the serious nature of his previous charges, he will be held without bond.

Study: College students smoking marijuana more than cigarettes

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Ann Arbor MI Sept 2 2015 More U.S. college students are making a habit of using marijuana, which has supplanted cigarettes as the smoke-able substance of choice among undergraduates who light up regularly, a study released Tuesday found.
Just under 6 percent of the full-time students surveyed by University of Michigan researchers for the annual "Monitoring the Future" study reported using pot either every day or at least 20 times in the previous 30 days.
By contrast, 5 percent of respondents identified themselves as heavy cigarette smokers, a steep decline from the 19 percent who said they smoked daily in 1999.
The findings suggest that teenagers and young adults have absorbed public health warnings about the dangers of cigarettes but increasingly regard marijuana as benign or carrying few risks, lead investigator Lloyd Johnston said.
"It's clear that for the past seven or eight years there has been an increase in marijuana use among the nation's college students," Johnston said. "And this largely parallels an increase we have been seeing among high school seniors."
The University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research has surveyed a nationally representative sample of full-time college students about their drug and alcohol use every year since 1980.
The percentage of daily and near-daily pot users from the 2014 survey was the highest ever recorded and marked the first time that regular weed consumption outpaced habitual cigarette use, the study states.
Twenty-one percent of the college students surveyed said they had used marijuana at least once during the previous month, and 34 percent said they had used it in the past year.
The survey also showed that fewer students are abusing alcohol. Just 5 percent of respondents said they had engaged in extreme binge drinking — defined by the researchers as having had 15 or more drinks in a row at least once in the previous two weeks.
The number of students reporting they had used cocaine in the previous year increased from 2.7 percent in 2013 to 4.4 percent in 2014. Johnston called the increase statistically significant, but said it was too soon to know if the drug was actually making a comeback on college campuses.

Parents sending their children to college this fall can take comfort in another of the survey's findings, Johnston said: Half of the survey respondents said they had not used any illicit drugs in the past year.
NY Daily News

Foley Alabama police charge group in multiple shoplifting incidents

FOLEY, AL Sept 2 2015
Foley Police said that shoplifting arrests over the weekend have led to more charges from other recent theft cases.  They believe one suspect was involved in three separate thefts from Walmart stores totaling more than $5,000.  They’re asking for your help identifying some of his accomplices.
Foley Police said that four suspects went on a shopping spree Saturday, August 29, 2015 starting at the Walmart in Gulf Shores.  Then, shortly after 1 p.m., investigators said they loaded up two carts full of goods at the Foley Walmart and headed out the door.
Store security had already notified police and when the suspects were confronted in the parking lot, two of the suspects took off on foot.  Police gave chase on foot and took the suspects down in the parking lot at a fast food restaurant just a few hundred yards away.
Police arrested 34 year-old Johnnie Lee and 31 year-old Gary Jones there and 20 year-old Laquita Williams along with a juvenile back at the car at Walmart.  Police said more than $2,500 worth of stolen merchandise was taken from the store and was recovered.  About $800 worth of goods was recovered from the Gulf Shores store.  As the investigation continued, police found reason to tie Lee to another shoplifting case on August 8, 2015 where more than $2,000 in merchandise was taken.
“We again went to the scene because LP (Loss Prevention) had called up to get the shoplifters.  Once we get on scene, one runs.  Johnnie Lee stays there.  The LP tries to detain him.  He then reaches in his pocket and pulls out a knife,” Kelly O’Donnell with Foley Police said.
For allegedly pulling the knife on a Loss Prevention officer, Lee also faces a robbery third charge.  Investigators want help identifying two accomplices.  In surveillance video you can see Lee walking with a man in a white tank top.  Still photos of the suspects give a pretty clear image of them both.
If you have any information about the whereabouts of these suspects, you’re asked to call Foley Police.  Investigators said they have reason to believe that the suspects are in the Pensacola, FL area. 


Pa. police officer suspected of staging theft kills self

CARROLL, Pa.  Sept 2 2015- Authorities say a Pennsylvania police officer killed himself after a standoff that began when officers came to arrest him.
Monday's standoff began in Carroll, about 25 miles south of Pittsburgh, when police arrived at Susquehanna Police Sgt. Ronald Reinhart Jr.'s home to arrest him.
CBS Harrisburg affiliate WHP reports police say Reinhart was suspected of stealing jewelry from a home in Upper Allen Township on July 25 and then hiding the jewelry at a home in Lower Paxton Township in an attempt to frame another person for the crime.
According to the station, Reinhart kept police at bay for hours during the standoff. The York County Coroner says the police sergeant ultimately shot himself, ending the tense situation.
Reinhart joined the police force in 1998.
CBS News

Woman threatens to bomb Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

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Avondale OH Sept 2 2015
A 30-year-old woman with a history of mental illness is accused of sending a threat through Facebook to bomb Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
"...I don't care if I have to sacrifice a bunch of kids I will bomb you and your m----- f----- kids," reads an Aug. 27 Facebook message from Michelle Cole to the hospital, according to court records.
Cole, who lives in Silverton, was arrested early Tuesday on one count of making false alarms.
She was booked into the Hamilton County jail at 4:45 a.m. and is scheduled to face a judge Wednesday.
Cole has a history of mental issues, court records show.
She pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to a 2005 menacing charge. She made several threats to attack and kill an employee who was trying to help her come to a nurse's station at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, records show.

The court acquitted her by an insanity ruling as she underwent treatment at Summit Behavioral Center, records state.

Tampa bank robber wanted to throw graduation party for daughter

TAMPA FL Sept 1 2015  — A woman explained in court records this week why she robbed three Brandon banks within 30 minutes in May, netting more than $6,000.
She wanted to throw her daughter a graduation party.
That, and the rent was late.
Cindy Sanchez Carabeo, 50, of Valrico pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to one count of interfering with interstate commerce by robbery, punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Her motives were briefly described in a signed plea agreement, filed Wednesday.
In all three robberies, tellers were threatened with notes.
"Should you not follow these instructions you will meet your maker," one note said. "Should you not do as I say I will not hesitate to SHOOT."
Another note threatened a teller with death but included the words, "Happy Mother's Day."
Carabeo, who had no prior criminal record in Florida, was arrested the afternoon of the robberies.
Deputies tracked her, still on the move, to an apartment complex, noting that her car was emitting red smoke from a ruptured dye pack, the court paper states.

The arrest first drew attention because the robberies were so close together: at 3:19 p.m., 3:35 p.m. and 3:40 p.m. May 11, the Monday after Mother's Day.

New York mom killed baby girl, lived with body for months


BATAVIA, N.Y. Sept 2 2015 (AP) – A woman who prosecutors say lived with her dead baby girl's body for three months was charged Saturday with murder.
Christina Colantonio, 28, was charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of her daughter, Genesee County District Attorney Lawrence Friedman said.
Police launched an investigation Thursday when an acquaintance visiting Colantiono at her apartment in Batavia, about 45 miles from Buffalo, found the baby's lifeless body and called 911, Batavia Police Det. Sgt. Todd Crossett said at a news conference Saturday evening.
Investigators believe Colantonio killed the girl "shortly after birth," about three months ago, Crossett said. Authorities would not say how the baby died, but Friedman said investigators "have enough evidence to come to a conclusion it was intentionally caused." A medical examiner will determine the infant's official cause of death. Friedman said the investigation was still ongoing.
Police said Colantonio, who has two other children, lived alone in the apartment. She was arraigned Saturday at Batavia City Court and ordered held without bail.
Colantonio remained jailed Saturday evening and could not be reached for comment. It was unclear whether she had an attorney who could comment on her behalf.
Crossett said the officers who discovered the baby girl's body were being offered counseling.

"It's not something you see on a regular basis," he said. "They are the most vulnerable part of the population."

Man arrested for punching Austin police horse

Austin TX Sept 2 2015 Austin police arrested a man accused of punching a patrol horse during a fight in the downtown area.
Police said 23-year-old Pierre Anthony Mendez was charged with misdemeanor interfering with a police service animal.
Mendez was arrested early Sunday and bond set at $7,500. Online jail records Tuesday indicate Mendez was no longer in custody.
An affidavit states that Austin mounted patrol officers were trying to break up a fistfight outside a club when Mendez allegedly punched a horse in the right hindquarter. The animal lurched forward, but was not hurt. An officer witnessed the incident.

Online records do not list attorney information on behalf of Mendez.

14 officers, detainees hurt in melee at Baltimore jail

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Baltimore MD Sept 2 2015 Eight correctional officers and six detainees were injured late Sunday night after a melee at a facility that recently absorbed the detainees from the closed Baltimore City Detention Center, corrections officials said Monday.
Detainees refused to "lock in" to their dormitories at the Baltimore Pre-Trial Complex after an argument between an officer and a detainee, and detainees then attacked officers and fellow detainees before barricading themselves in the dorms, officials said.
Officers from surrounding facilities had to be brought in, and the detainees eventually "ended their blockade to allow the injured to be treated," officials said in a statement.
Two affected dorms remained on lockdown Monday. The incident drew attention after dozens of officers clad in tactical gear were seen entering the jail complex Monday afternoon. Corrections officials confirmed that those officers, along with Stephen T. Moyer, the state secretary for public safety & correctional services, were there to relocate those believed responsible for the disturbance to other secure facilities.
Gov. Larry Hogan recently closed the troubled and decrepit Baltimore City Men's Detention Center, part of a corrections complex just east of downtown Baltimore. The Pre-Trial Complex, formerly known as the Metropolitan Transition Center, was among the facilities that absorbed the inmates from the detention center.
Inmates previously held two to a cell in the detention center are now held in larger dorm-style rooms that hold considerably more people.
Three of the detainees were sent to area hospitals and treated and released, while the officers also were treated and released. The status of the other three detainees was not clear.
Gerard Shields, a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, said one inmate has been charged in connection with the incident.
"The Department has moved aggressively to relocate to other secure facilities those believed to be responsible for the disturbance," Shields said in a statement.
Baltimore Sun

Former Fort Piece police sergeant wins $500,000 sexual harassment lawsuit

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FORT PIERCE FL  Sept 2 2015 A federal employment discrimination lawsuit will cost one local city police department more than $500,000.
A federal jury sides with a former female police sergeant who claimed she was harassed at the police department.
In close to two weeks of testimony at the federal courthouse in Fort Pierce, Former Sergeant Kristin Anderson testified under oath she resigned from the police force after years of sexual harassment and gender-based discrimination.
No cameras are allowed inside a federal courtroom.
Female officers testified in court, working at the Fort Pierce Police Department they “have to work harder to earn respect than their male peers,” and if they complain, “are treated less favorably and get a target on their back.”
This verdict from a predominantly female jury is not just about emotional damages and lost wages but legal fees as well.
Federal court demands expensive lawyers on both sides of this case, and the loser is expected to pay the legal bills.
Fort Pierce leaders, from the mayor to the Chief say, “no comment,” when asked about the $510,000 verdict against the Fort Pierce Police Department.
The damages for emotional stress and lost wages will be paid for by their insurance company. 
Anderson received $285,000 for loss of wages and another $225,000 for emotional damages.
Anderson testified  her Lieutenant accused her of having an adulterous relationship with a married detective. 
Her affidavit says she was routinely called a “badge bunny,” a woman who sleeps indiscriminately with male police officers. 
Anderson described in testimony a police department where once she complained, she was targeted.
Anderson testified her supervisor told her "I fought tooth and nail not to get you on my shift. I still don't want you here. No one does."
When the stress from the harassment began to weigh her down mentally, she was told by her supervisor to “take medication--to control your emotions."
Anderson testified, her supervisor told other officers to “stay away” from her and “don’t back her up.”

The lawsuit notes in one shoplifting case, the now 31 year-old 5-foot tall, 100 lb. officer "requested back-up, and none of the male officers close to the call responded and none of the male supervisors on the shift intervened. The shoplifters picked up Anderson..threw her against the wall, injuring her ribs.”
Anderson says the harassment at work included multiple mentions and inquiries into her sex life. 
Her testimony states they often would talk about it “at work. Discussing my alleged but non-existant sexual relationship.”
After several years, Anderson claims she began to suffer mental health issues.  Anderson was demoted, then reinstated, then demoted again during her tenure at the Fort Pierce Police Department.
One fellow officer, Daniel Gilroy, testified the former Chief William Baldwin, “Chief Baldwin and Captain Kirk have a history of using their offices and their internal-affairs function to hound and terminate persons whom Chief Baldwin perceives as opposing him, or simply making their working conditions so intolerable that they quit.”
“I observed that either before or after a roll call, Ms. Anderson walked by Capt. Kirk and a group of officers,” Officer James Babcock testified, “Capt. Kirk pointed at Ms. Anderson's buttocks and grinned. Ms. Anderson is a small-framed, attractive female who did not act like a traditional female as she is assertive, which some male officers did not appreciate. For example, during my tenure at the Fort Pierce Police Department, I overheard other male officers such as Officer Kantorski say that Ms. Anderson was a "b**** to work for."
Another fellow officer testified, “During my tenure at the Fort Pierce Police Department, other officers, asked me about Kristin Anderson's personal life.
An "intervention" was conducted in 2009 regarding my alleged inappropriate behavior with Ms. Anderson as married man,” testified Officer Joseph Alves, “This intervention was inappropriate. I was not having an affair with Ms. Anderson; and I have been asked multiple times by other officers if I was sleeping or having sex with Ms. Anderson.”
A predominantly female federal court jury sided with Anderson, agreeing sexual harassment did occur against Anderson. Friday, the jury gave its verdict in the case.
The culture described in the lawsuit may already be changing under the new police chief, Chief Diane Hobley-Burney -- a woman and a minority-- who previously told CBS 12 she is focused on reorganizing the department from top to bottom.

There’s no word on if the city's lawyers plan to appeal the ruling.

Security guard killed during robbery at Pick n Pay

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Johannesburg S.A. Sept 2 2015 - A Pick n Pay security guard was shot and killed after trying to stop a robbery at the Kroonstad branch on Monday, police said.
Police spokesperson Captain Stephen Thakeng said the supermarket was closing at about 18:00 when four people pretending to be customers entered the premises. They attacked staff and pointed guns at them.
The security guard tried to intervene and was shot in the head by one of the robbers.
Netcare911 paramedics who arrived at the supermarket found the guard lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to his head.

Spokesperson Chris Botha said they worked at stabilizing him and took him to hospital for further emergency treatment, but he died shortly after arrival.

Police officer impersonator arrested on Capitol Grounds

WASHINGTON DC Sept 2 2015 -- A 54-year-old man was arrested Tuesday for impersonating a federal police officer on Capitol Grounds, Capitol police said.
Police arrested Darryl Sharp, 54, who has been arrested three times this year on Capitol Grounds. Sharp was previously arrested for unlawful entry at the Hart Senate Office Building and then was later arrested for simple assault on an officer.
Sharp was found yelling at the staff, demanding paperwork and claiming to be a federal police officer inside the Rayburn House Office Building, police said. All attempts to confirm Sharp's claim of employment turned out negative.
Currently there is no stay-away order against Sharp, Capitol police said. Police say, Sharp was on the grounds earlier Tuesday morning as well.

Two People Sexually Assaulted in D.C.Metro Transit Stations

Washington DC Sept 2 2015 Two people exiting Metro stations were sexually assaulted in Northeast D.C. in separate attacks by a man with a knife who escaped on a dark-colored bike, police say.
The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating whether the same man committed both attacks.
About 10:45 p.m. July 28, a victim was attacked in the unit block of Riggs Road NE. The second victim was attacked in the 1500 block of Michigan Avenue just after midnight Friday.
Prior to the assaults, the victims had left the Brookland-CUA and Fort Totten Metro stations. In one case, the attacker robbed the victim.
Police described the suspect as a man 6-foot to 6-foot-2 with a dark complexion and facial hair.
People are advised to be cautious when walking alone in the area.

Anyone with information on the crimes is asked to call police at 202-727-9099 or send a text message to 50411. A reward of as much as $10,000 is offered.

Ottawa courthouse to officially implement new security measures

Ottawa Canada Sept 2 2015 New security measures at the Ottawa courthouse will come into effect on Monday, more than two months after the Ontario legislature approved the changes.
Bill 35, the controversial Security for Courts, Electricity Generating Facilities and Nuclear Facilities Act, was proclaimed into law on June 24 at the provincial level and will grant power to police officers as well as additional infrastructure.
Q. What do you mean by “grant power to police officers?” How will this affect me?
A. People entering the courthouse will now be subject to being searched at an officer’s discretion, without the need for a warrant, and can be fined or imprisoned if they refuse to co-operate and attempt to enter the court area anyway. Officers can now also request identification at the entrance of the courthouse and refuse access if identification is not provided.
If convicted after refusing a search and trying to enter the court area, a person can be fined up to $2,000 or jailed for up to 60 days.
Q. What tangible changes will this bring to the infrastructure?
A. There are three major changes that will be seen. First, the courthouse will be cutting down to just one entrance: on Elgin Street. The other two entrances will be turned into emergency exits.
Second, X-ray machines and metal detectors will be installed at the entrance of the building, similar to at an airport.
Third, members of the public will be screened, which includes checking handbags, briefcases, backpacks and anything that is carried into the building.
Q. What are the limitations to what I can and can’t bring into the courthouse?
A. Aside from the obvious — alcohol and firearms — the Ottawa police have put up a partial list online of items that are not allowed, under the headers of “Knives and objects with sharp edges or points,” “Flammable items,” “Firearms and ammunition” and “Other.”
These lists incorporate some common-sense items, including scissors, utility knives, razor blades, box cutters, tasers, syringes and chains. But the lists also include a few things that might be considered head-scratchers to some, including tweezers, nail clippers and lighters. Anyone found in possession of a prohibited item will have the option of either leaving and returning without the item, or having it confiscated at the entrance. Confiscated items will not be returned.
Q. Why are these new measures seen as controversial?
A. Concerns have been raised for a multitude of reasons, including longer wait times, more restrictive access to the courthouse for the public and unnecessary additional safety, especially at the Ottawa courthouse, which has not seen a major security incident in its almost 29-year history.

But most importantly, critics of the Bill address its vague wording and potential for abuse.
“The difficulty of leaving it to police is that you will face a situation where they will exercise an abundance of caution and go further than necessary,” Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa president Trevor Brown told the Citizen in December 2014.

For their part, Ottawa police insist searches will be done minimally, on a case-by-case basis and only where there is reason to do so.
Ottawa Citizen