Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Flight attendant accused of attacking US marshal and own crew #PrivateofficerNews

Charlotte NC Dec 1 2015 An American Airlines flight attendant faces federal charges after she began attacking fellow crew members and U.S. marshals on both legs of an international flight from Charlotte.
Joanne Snow is charged with interference with flight crew members and attendants, and assault on an officer or employee of the United States, according to court documents related to the case.
Snow’s erratic behavior disrupted both legs of American flight 704 from Charlotte to Frankfurt, Germany, on Nov. 23 and 24, according to a federal affidavit.
According to the affidavit by federal Air Marshal Joseph D. Fialka, who was assigned to the round trip, Snow slapped other flight attendants and shoved, punched or kicked at marshals. Fialka says that other flight attendants told him before takeoff from Charlotte that they had tried to have Snow removed from duty but that American did not replace her.
American spokeswoman Katie Cody released this statement midday Monday:
“We are aware of the incident, along with the subsequent criminal complaint, and take this matter very seriously. We are cooperating fully with federal law enforcement in their investigation, and are working directly with our employees. The safety and security of our customers and employees is always the top priority.”
In his affidavit, Fialka said Snow confessed to him several times before takeoff that she was “crazy” or a “train wreck.”
Once the doors closed, another attendant told Fialka that Snow had slapped her in the middle galley of the airport. Some 45 minutes later, Fialka says, Snow shoved him several times.
“She was quite irrational at this time,” the marshal said in his affidavit. “She proceeded to the back of the plane, I learned that, while in the back of the plane, she grabbed the collar of the clothing (of another marshal) ... and spoke nonsensical things.”
Later, Fialka said he tried to calm Snow. In response, she struck him twice with her open palm in his chest, he said. “The force of this action moved me back. I weigh considerably more than Snow.”
The behavior continued and disrupted the rest of the flight, then resumed on the trip back to Charlotte with the same crew in place, the affidavit says.
After landing, the flight crew wanted to find help for their colleague, Fialka wrote, but at customs, Snow’s behavior escalated. She began yelling and screaming and tried to get around passport control. Fialka says he handcuffed her for her own safety, then escorted her to an interview room.
There, he says, she kicked him five or six time before he and another law enforcement officer could restrain her.
Snow’s initial appearance in federal court was canceled.


Florida health care aide arrested for having sex with teen in group home #PrivateOfficerNews

Tykea Lasjara Alexander of Pahokee allegedly flirted with the teen for several weeks and exchanged text messages with him.
Palm Beach FL Dec 1 2015 Tykea Lasjara Alexander of Pahokee allegedly flirted with the teen for several weeks and exchanged text messages with him.
A 26-year-old Florida health care aide was busted for having sex with a 17-year-old boy in a group home where she was working, authorities said.
Tykea Lasjara Alexander of Pahokee allegedly flirted with the teen for several weeks and exchanged text messages, the Palm Beach Post reported.
A witness told cops that he saw Alexander having sex with the boy, according to the paper.
Alexander denied having a sexual relationship with the teen, but she admitted to deleting text messages and photos during a phone conversation with him that was monitored by cops, the newspaper reported.
She was released on $10,000 bail.

Two Joplin women arrested for shoplifting privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

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On November 24th, 2015 at 2:36 p.m. a Detective with the Joplin Police Department was at the Northpark Mall, 101 North Range Line   privateRoad when he observed a vehicle traveling faster than normal, driving through the parking lot.
While observing the vehicle he noticed that it was not displaying any license plates.
The detective stopped the vehicle and made contact with the driver Terra R. Hackett 28 of Joplin and a passenger Danielle S. Mosby 28 of Joplin.
While conducting a consent search of the vehicle, officers discovered numerous items of clothing that still possessed the security tags to which Hackett and Mosby were unable to provide receipts.
After further investigation it was determined the two had stolen $1279.30 worth of merchandise from stores inside the mall.

Both Hackett and Mosby were arrested for Felony Stealing, a Class C Felony and transported to the Joplin City Jail.
Charges for the offenses were forwarded to the Jasper County Prosecutors Office.

10 Years on Training Top 125 for U.S. Security Associates #PrivateOfficerNews

ATLANTA, Georgia Dec 1 2015
U.S. Security Associates announced today that once again, Training magazine has ranked the company among "the global elite" in employer-sponsored training and development programs. On November 18, Training named U.S. Security Associates as a winner in the 2016 Training Top 125 competition. This is the 10th consecutive year the security company has earned a spot on the Training Top 125.
“The 2016 Training Top 125 winners have found the recipe for success,” noted Training magazine Editor-in-Chief Lorri Freifeld. “They utilize innovative methods to deliver training and engage learners; they link training to the achievement of corporate strategic goals; and, most important, they measure the results. We salute these organizations—including 28 newcomers to the list—for their dedication, passion, and commitment to training. Clearly, they understand that Training Matters.”
Training Top 125 winners are selected based on benchmarking statistics ranging from total training budget and percent of payroll to detailed formal programs, number of training hours per program, and annual training hours per employee. Training goals, evaluation, and measurement are all key factors. Ranking on the list is determined according to quantitative and qualitative factors. Considerations include financial investment in employee development, the scope of training programs, and how closely training and development efforts are linked to business goals and objectives.
U.S. Security Associates Training Manager Robert Lowrey leads the development of new training resources for the security company. Under his direction, USA Security Academy has rolled out nearly 50 new courses in 2014 and 2015. “We are continuously expanding our training offerings to keep pace with security industry developments, regulatory requirements, and client-specific security officer training needs," Lowrey comments. “The Training Top 125 competition pushes us to carefully examine our training practices from every angle. 10 years in a row on the Training Top 125 is powerful validation that our approach is on target.”   
Individual rankings for the Top 125 leading training organizations will be unveiled with an official countdown to No. 1 at a black-tie awards gala on February 1, 2016 in Orlando, FL. The event takes place on the first night of the Training 2016 Conference & Expo to be held at the Disney World Coronado Springs Resort.
In-depth profiles of the five top-ranked companies, along with achievements and best practices of all 125 winners, will be featured in the January/February 2016 issue of Training magazine and online at http://www.trainingmag.com.
Training magazine is the leading business publication for learning and development and HR professionals. It has been the ultimate resource for innovative learning and development—in print, in person, and online—over the last 50-plus years. Training magazine and Training magazine Events are produced by Lakewood Media Group.

U.S. Security Associates (USA) is North America’s security solutions leader, with locally-responsive offices providing premier national security services and global consulting and investigations. The company provides career paths for over 49,000 security professionals serving several thousand clients and a range of industries. Innovative applications of leading-edge, proprietary technology enable USA to rank annually among the world’s best training companies, sustain the highest standards of quality, and underscore world-class customer service with unparalleled accountability. USA’s rise as one of today’s largest security companies is a natural byproduct of these differentiators together with a commitment to investing in employee reward and development, giving back to local communities and relentlessly striving to be a security company that is Safe.Secure.Friendly.® For more information, visit http://www.ussecurityassociates.com.
Via Press Release

Suspected watch thief assaulted two drug store employees in Barrie privateofficer.com

Barrie Canada Dec 1 2015
A 21-year-old Barrie man is facing several charges after police say he assaulted two store employees while trying to steal two watches.
City police were called to Shoppers Drug Mart in the Wellington Street Plaza around 4:40 p.m. regarding a shoplifter who tried to snatch two watches and was out of control after being taken into custody by store security.
When officers arrived, police say they learned an altercation had happened when the suspect was taken into custody and had assaulted a store security guard and another employee.
The man was charged with theft under $5,000 and two counts of assault.

He was held in custody for a bail hearing and is scheduled for a bail hearing Monday.

Hoover police smoke out suspect in metro area cigarette heists privateofficer.com

Hoover AL Dec 1 2015 A young man suspected of stealing thousands of dollars in cigarettes from at least three cities was captured early today in Hoover.
Hoover police responded at 5:19 a.m. today to a burglar alarm at the Shell Station at 2497 John Hawkins Parkway. When they arrived, they found the front glass door had been smashed by a rock and the cash drawer and cartons of cigarettes were missing, said Capt. Gregg Rector.
Other officers searching the area found 21-year-old Joshua Magaul Sanders hiding in the wood line of a nearby business. A bag containing cigarettes and the missing cash drawer were found nearby, Rector said.
Hoover detectives had previously obtained an arrest warrant for Sanders for a break-in that happened Nov. 9 at the same store. He is also suspected in four other similar convenience store burglaries in Hoover since October 9th, Rector said. Other agencies also have active warrants for this individual's arrest but he had remained at-large until this morning.
Homewood police earlier this month announced they were searching for Sanders after he was suspected in several store burglaries in that city. The first Homewood break-in happened about 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 3 at the Edgewood Chevron next to Dawson Memorial Baptist Church, said Sgt. Jeff Harris. More than $1,900 in smokes were taken.
Then, about 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 6, the Jack Rabbit Texaco station in downtown Homewood was burglarized. Harris said they have evidence Sanders was behind that cigarette heist also – this time taking $500 worth.
After the first break-in, police posted pictures on Facebook and learned the identity of Sanders. Homewood police have obtained warrants charging him with two counts of first-degree burglary, one count of second-degree theft of property and one count of third-degree theft of property.
Sanders is a suspect in a spate of other gas station break-ins in other cities, police said. Investigators believe he sells or trades the stolen cigarettes.
Hoover police have charged with second-degree burglary in the Nov. 9 break-in. His bond in that case is set at $30,000. Rector said additional arrests warrants will be obtained on Monday, formally charging Sanders with today's burglary. He is currently being held in the Hoover City Jail and will be transferred to the Jefferson County Jail in Bessemer.
"We've seen convenience stores targeted for their cigarette inventory for years. These thieves generally know no boundaries, and break into stores all over the metro area,'' Rector said. "Tobacco products are easily sold on the streets, to other stores or traded for drugs."

"Sanders is just the most recent suspect that we've dealt with and he's been on a crime spree for several months now,'' Rector said. "He's responsible for the theft of thousands of dollars of cigarettes, cigars and cash. We really hope that he stays locked up for a while because if he's not, then he'll be smashing front doors of convenience stores and stealing cigarettes."
Carol Robinson

50 arrested including 9 corrections officers in prison painkiller sting privateofficer.com

Jacksonville FL Dec 1 2015 Nine Florida Department of Corrections employees were among 50 people arrested this week in Operation Checkered Flag, all charged with conspiracy to purchase, distribute or introduce a controlled substance into a state prison, according to the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office.
The arrests culminate an 11-month investigation that included the June arrests of 25-year-old correctional officer Dylan Oral Hilliard of Lawtey and Maj. Charles Gregory “Chicken Hawk” Combs in the illegal pain pill distribution crackdown, the Sheriff’s Office said. Tuesday’s arrests also included Bobby Mosley Jr. of Jacksonville, identified as one of the four “large-scale suppliers” of Oxycodone, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones said all of the corrections staff arrested have been fired.
“The Department of Corrections employs more than 23,000 honest and hard-working people across our state,” according to her statement. “To ferret out the small minority of those who choose to engage in criminal activity, I have communicated a zero-tolerance policy for misconduct and instructed our Office of Inspector General to take aggressive and direct action against those who engage in illegal activity.”
Operation Checkered Flag began in January when the Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force received tips that large amounts of prescription pain medication were being supplied in Bradford County. The investigation focused on Hilliard, a six-year veteran corrections officer put under surveillance, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Undercover task force members purchased the Oxycodone from his home as he worked on his race car, the Sheriff’s Office said. Investigators said that large amounts of Oxycodone were being purchased from people with legitimate prescriptions, then sold for profit from his home as well as at his job at Florida State Prison to support Hilliard’s auto racing hobby.
Hilliard was arrested June 11 after an undercover purchase of 43 Oxycodone pills and was charged with trafficking in opium or a derivative, according to his arrest report.
Combs, a 14-year corrections employee, was arrested as a participant in the Oxycodone distribution, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Further investigation revealed that the drug-trafficking operation was being supplied primarily by four suppliers from Duval, Polk and Alachua counties, according to the Sheriff’s Office. These suppliers would wholesale the pills to Hilliard, who distributed them to nine Department of Corrections co-workers and supervisors, most working at Florida State Prison, with one at Union Correctional Institution in Raiford, the Sheriff's Office said.
Two co-workers, William Markham and Evan Williams, are accused of distributing the pills and cellular phones to Florida State Prison, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Brownsville TX shoplifter pulls knife on security privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

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Brownsville TX Dec 1 2015 Officers arrested a 21-year-old man Saturday after he shoplifted at a store in Brownsville and then assaulted the officers who tried to detain him.
At about 5:50 p.m. on Saturday, Brownsville police officers responded to the 3500 block of Alton Gloor Boulevard, where they were told loss prevention officers had a man in custody.
The loss prevention officers detained the man, who has been identified as Israel Suarez, who had walked out of the store without paying for the merchandise he had. When the officers attempted to stop Suarez, the 21-year-old man took out a pocket knife and begun to swing it at them, according to a Facebook post by the Brownsville Police Department.
The loss prevention officers were able to wrestle Suarez to the ground with the help of two deputies who were working security. The officers then took Suarez to the store's loss prevention office, where he started kicking the desks and video recorders.
When Brownsville police officers arrived to take the 21-year-old man into custody, Suarez began resisting arrest and assaulted a police officer.
Officers were able to detain him and charged him with aggravated robbery, three counts of aggravated assault on a public servant, three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a public servant, resisting arrest and criminal mischief.

A judge set his bond at $178,500.

Neiman Marcus shoplifters pull knife, gun on loss prevention agents privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

Oak Brook IL Dec 1 2015 A shoplifting incident turned dangerous Thursday morning when a woman reportedly pointed a large knife at Oakbrook Center security guards.
Oak Brook police were called at 11:07 a.m. to the center’s Neiman Marcus store for reports of a retail theft, according to Oak Brook police.
A woman left the store without paying for a purse and jacket, but when store security guards approached her, she dropped the merchandise and took a large, fixed-blade knife out of her purse.
She ran away to the parking lot, where she got into a gray Nissan, police reported. When store security went up to the car, a male driver pointed a pistol at them and drove eastbound on 22nd Street.
“This is a very isolated incident,” said Oak Brook Police Chief James Kruger in a statement. “Oakbrook Center is an extremely safe place to shop, however we will be stepping up patrols in the area to deter any similar situation from happening again, and eliminating any concerns the community may have.”

Police are following several leads. Anyone with information about the incident should call police at (630) 368-8700 or email crimetips@oak-brook.org.

Golden Nugget Casino employee charged with theft privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

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Lake Charles LA Dec 1 2015 A casino employee at Golden Nugget Casino in Lake Charles was arrested Friday night after police say she was exchanging Golden Nugget casino chips for L’Auberge casino chips.
Troopers assigned to the Louisiana State Police Gaming Enforcement Division said surveillance agents monitored the activities of casino blackjack dealer 52-year-old Cindy Thompson of Lake Charles during her shift.  Agents say they observed Thompson place chips into her apron multiple times.
During an interview, Thompson admitted to taking chips during her shift and showed where she hid the chips worth $1000.00.
She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center on felony theft charges.  Her bond is set at $5,000.

State Police say an investigation is continuing.

Man tries to pick up girlfriend from jail in stolen truck privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

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Tempe AZ Dec 1 2015 Tempe police are investigating and making great memes after they say a man drove to pick up his girlfriend from jail in a stolen truck Monday.
According to police, an officer was driving to Tempe Police Headquarters when a license plate reader on his vehicle alerted him that he had just passed a stolen vehicle. Another officer stopped the truck and took the driver into custody, Tempe Police Lieutenant Michael Pooley told 12 News in an email.
The driver told police he was going to pick up his girlfriend from jail. The driver said he was borrowing the truck from someone else, police said.

Tempe Police's tweet about the incident was retweeted over 150 times.

Off duty security officer shoots robbery suspect privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

BELLFLOWER, Calif. Dec 1 2015 A man who was ambushed by would-be robbers while trying to sell hoverboards in Bellflower shot at the suspects, wounding one of them.
The victim had arranged to sell two hoverboards to another man in a strip mall parking lot outside a Stater Brothers grocery store in the 17200 block of Lakewood Boulevard.
When they met around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, a second person pistol-whipped the victim in the back of the head. That victim happened to be an armed, off-duty security guard.
Investigators said he pulled his gun and fired at both would-robbers, hitting one.
Deputies arrested the suspect who was shot, identified as 18-year-old Semaj James. The second suspect got away.

Man arrested after assaulting hospital security guard: police privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

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Ephrata PA Dec 1 2015 A Minersville man is accused of assaulting a hospital security guard, according to an Ephrata police news release.
Christopher Robert Wood, 34, is accused of assaulting the security guard in the afternoon of Nov. 27 at the WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital, according to the release. Police said wood became aggressive with hospital staff in the emergency room, which resulted in hospital security responding to the disturbance.
Wood attacked the security officer, causing a moderate injury to the guard's neck and throat area, police said. The security officer was treated at the hospital following the incident, police said.
Wood was arrested Sunday after undisclosed treatment had been completed, police said. He is charged with felony aggravated assault.

Wood is being held at the Lancaster County Prison on $10,000 bail. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 2 p.m. Dec 11.

Florida church security minister faces child porn charges privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

Brevard County FL Dec 1 2015 One of Brevard County’s largest congregations is credited with quickly moving to have police investigate claims that eventually led to the arrest of a top ministerial security officer on child pornography-related charges.
Andrew Martin Leone, 49, was arrested last Tuesday on 30 counts of possession of material depicting child sexual conduct, promotion of material depicting child sexual conduct and using a computer to seduce, solicit or lure a child, after officials with Calvary Chapel Melbourne contacted police to report a concerns made by a woman who knows Leone.
Leone is being held on a $1,155,000 bond, according to Brevard County Jail Complex records.
 “(The church) was notified by a family member and the church called us the day they found out. Leone was not allowed to return to work. They were quick and swift in their response. The church’s utmost concern was for the safety of their children,” said Detective Jennifer Graves of the Palm Bay Police Department.
Police, who searched Leone's Palm Bay home, discovered 30 images on compact discs in Leone’s possession. The unidentified woman who called the church found several CD's in his back pack and viewed the items, discovering images of a teen girl and boy. Leone told officers he found the images on a phone belonging to one of the victims in the video and downloaded them several years ago.  He told police that he kept the images - including ten individual movies in his backpack for four years.
“He was very cooperative and said he was ignorant to the knowledge that this was illegal,” Graves said. The images were of two local victims who were underage at the time. Neither of the two victims depicted in the photos recovered in the case were connected to the church. Both are also now in their 20s, Palm Bay police report. Police did not reveal how Leone knew the two victims.
Leone, well-trusted by the congregation after years of attendance and work, had belonged to the security team at Calvary Chapel – one of the largest congregations in Brevard with over 10,000 worshipers attending each weekend and several satellite locations across Brevard – and was listed as a ministry assistant who worked closely with church administrators and with the church’s Youth Outreach Unleashed program.
The West Melbourne church, contacted by FLORIDA TODAY, expressed disappointment with and said that it is following the lead of Palm Bay police in assisting with the investigation.
“We are deeply disheartened at the news of the charges and arrest of Andrew Leone,” said Melody Glover, spokeswoman for Calvary Chapel.
“The church took the first steps of initiating an investigation into Andrews conduct after receiving information that prompted us to place Andrew on administrative leave.  We contacted the proper authorities to take over the investigation and are cooperating fully with the Palm Bay Police Department,” said Glover.
Leone was immediately fired once he was arrested, Glover said.

He was booked into the Brevard County Jail Complex. He will have a Jan. 5 arraignment hearing on the charges.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Which police, security at NJ colleges are actually armed? privateofficer.com


Princeton NJ Nov 30 2015 If you’ve got a son or daughter attending college, how confident are you that they’re safe on campus?
Some New Jersey universities have armed police forces, including Rutgers, NJIT, Rowan, Stockton, Saint Peter’s and Monmouth, while others, including Seton Hall, Rider, Drew, Thomas Edison State College, Jersey City University, Fairleigh Dickinson and most community colleges do not.
Princeton University recently announced their campus police will soon have access to guns — in their patrol cars — but they won’t normally be carrying weapons around campus.
 “It’s based actually on the kind of issues the police face, in the general case, enforcing the law on campuses doesn’t require being armed,” says Todd Clear, a criminal justice professor at Rutgers University.
Clear said sworn officers on college campuses go through the same training at certified academies as any other police officer in the Garden State.
“They get trained on the law but they get trained on the most recent ideas about police practices and they get assessed in terms of their physical abilities,” he said.
The professor also says sworn university police usually only have jurisdiction on their campuses, but in cities like Newark, NJIT and Rutgers police will also work in areas off-campus and they can make arrests.
He said in most situations, campus and municipal police work together.
“There’s always close cooperation and there’s often-times quite close involvement operationally,” Clear said.
He also said most schools, in addition to having a regular police force, also have community safety officers.
“They don’t carry guns and they don’t generally make arrests, and they don’t generally engage in any kind of risk related conduct,” Clear said. “Typically they’ll direct traffic, respond to conflicts in the classroom, and they escort people from place to place.”
So what happens if there’s a major emergency?
Clear says every scenario will have a different protocol campus police will follow, but if there’s an active shooter situation, “they will immediately call for backup but they will immediately go to the situation, what police leadership has to do is to be able to quickly understand what the nature of the emergency is.”
He also said campuses are unique policing situations since they’re usually much more contained than cities. In addition, the residents tend to be younger than the range of people in a city.
“This means the quality of the interactions between the residents, the students and the faculty and the police officers is very important to producing a sense of safety but also confidence in the general public environment,” he said. “Active problem solving is especially important for police on campus because usually the people who are involved in some sort of dispute are all members of a community who are going to live together for quite a while.”

Man vandalized artwork before shooting self on Ohio State University campus #PrivateOfficerNews

COLUMBUS, Ohio Nov 30 2015— Police continue to investigate after a man suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside a building on the Ohio State University campus.
Columbus police closed a portion of High Street at around 11:30 a.m. Sunday after a former Ohio State employee with a gun was reported inside Weigel Hall. Police said the man vandalized artwork at the Wexner Center for the Arts, located on North High Street, before he suffered a fatal self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Police responded to the scene after initial reports of shots fired in the area.
The Wexner Center security team evacuated two patrons and a small number of building occupants, according to the university’s department of public safety. There were no reports of civilian or police injuries.
A spokesperson from OSU said that the site is secure, and this is not an active shooter situation. Details about the suspect have not been released.
High Street reopened shortly after 2 p.m., but police are still actively investigating in the area. The art center will remain closed until the investigation concludes and the vandalized artwork is repaired.
Acting OSU Police Chief Craig Stone released the following statement:
At 11:20 a.m., OSU Police received reports of shots fired in the gallery of the Wexner Center for the Arts.  OSU Police & Columbus Police officers responded immediately and found an individual with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The individual vandalized artwork prior to taking his own life. He is confirmed to be a former Ohio State employee, last employed in 2009, but additional details regarding his identity cannot be released at this time. No one else was injured and there is not an ongoing threat to the campus community. The Wexner Center will be closed until further notice and the investigation is ongoing. Additional details will be released as they become available.
The Ohio State University Department of Public Safety also issued a statement on Sunday evening:
This information is being shared to provide the university community with additional details on the incident that occurred late this morning at the Wexner Center for the Arts. There is not an ongoing threat to the university community.
The incident was isolated to the Wexner Center for the Arts, and was reported by on-site public safety personnel. OSU Police and the Columbus Division of Police immediately responded and discovered the individual deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The situation was contained upon their arrival.
At 11:20 a.m., OSU Police received reports from on-site Public Safety personnel of shots fired in the gallery of the Wexner Center for the Arts. The Wexner Center security team evacuated two patrons and a small number of building occupants to ensure the situation was contained as police were responding.
The individual vandalized art work prior to taking his own life. He is a former Ohio State employee, last employed in 2009. Additional details regarding his identity will be released when possible. No one else was injured and there is not an ongoing threat to the campus community. The OSU Police investigation is ongoing.
The Wexner Center for the Arts will be closed until further notice while the investigation is ongoing and the vandalism is repaired.
Initial information about this incident was provided through OSU Police and Emergency Management social media accounts and online, as well as through osu.edu, as details were developing.  The Ohio State University Department of Public Safety evaluated the situation, and since the threat was contained, determined that it did not require a Buckeye Alert.

In addition to the ongoing police investigation, the university has been actively responding to provide support and resources as needed throughout the day.

Waynesboro shoplifter faces drugs, theft and illegal ammo possession charges #PrivateOfficerNews

WAYNESBORO VA Nov 30 2015 - Black Friday ended badly for one local resident, after he led police on a chase around part of Rosser Avenue. A Nelson County man is being held without bond after the incident Friday evening.
Around 5 p.m., Waynesboro police were called out to Walmart on Lucy Lane, after reports came in of a male shoplifter that had run from the store, with the loss prevention officer chasing after him. As officers were heading to the scene, they were told the suspect had been throwing rifle shells and what was suspected to be drugs from his pockets as he ran.
The officers met up with the loss prevention officer near the Verizon store at 1801 Rosser Avenue, where they were told the suspect had tossed a baggie, filled with a white crystal substance. The loss prevention officer also told police the man had stolen an estimated $60 in computer accessories from Walmart and gave them a description of the suspect.
Minutes later, as officers were searching the area, an employee at Ruby Tuesday flagged them down, explaining that a suspicious looking man had entered the restaurant and headed straight for the men’s room. Officers then found the suspect, 31-year-old Richard Daniel Acord, sitting on the toilet in the men’s room. Walmart’s loss prevention staff later identified him as the shoplifter.

All total, officers recovered methamphetamine and five .270 rifle shells that Acord allegedly had tossed during the foot chase. The Lovingston resident now faces one felony charge of possession of methamphetamine, one felony charge of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon and one misdemeanor count of shoplifting. This marks the second time Acord has been charged with shoplifting. He is currently being held without bond at the Middle River Regional Jail.
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Project shows Virginia's Freedom of Information Act widely disregarded #PrivateOfficerNews

Richmond VA Nov 30 2015 State law might say some government records must be disclosed, but that’s not the way many Virginia officials see things.
A statewide test by 13 newspapers, to see what happens when Virginians seek information the law says officials must disclose, shows the state’s four-decade-old Freedom of Information Act is widely disregarded.
More than half of the more than three dozen police or sheriff’s departments included in the test refused to provide any information about felony incidents, even though the act says those are “records required to be released.”
About one-quarter of local government and school board offices refused to release information about the salaries and allowances of city managers, county administrators and high school principals. In Radford, school officials took five days and charged $12 to look up and provide the salary of the city’s one high school principal.
“This is what we’ve been hearing anecdotally, an uneven and inadequate response, not just here and there. … It’s a systematic problem,” said Del. James M. LeMunyon, R-Fairfax, chairman of the state Freedom of Information Advisory Council.
Virginia’s law gives officials plenty of loopholes — 170 excuses to decline to release a record or not allow people to listen to their discussions.
But it also says that some records must be released, and that those excuses for withholding access are not mandatory except in the case of protecting confidential informants in criminal matters.
“The law is clear that this information has to be released,” said Andrew Bodoh, a Richmond attorney who specializes in FOIA law.
“The issue, then, is either ignorance or apathy,” he said. “The law already requires employees, officials and officers of public bodies to be familiar with FOIA, but we can see that has limited effect.”
For nearly half a century, Virginia law has said officials should let the public see — and copy — public records, and should allow people to observe elected officials as they debate and decide the laws we must follow, the taxes we must pay, how our children will be taught and what our neighborhoods will be like.
FOIA “is one of the primary tools we have to ensure government is open and accountable to the people it serves,” said Bill Farrar, director of public policy and communications for the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia.
The ACLU has some bad experiences of its own with FOIA in Virginia. Trying to study law-enforcement agencies’ policies on body cameras, it sent formal requests for copies to more than 360 agencies and offices.
Only 59 replied, and some of those said they had no policies, and therefore no records to provide.
The problem is, under Virginia’s law, officials must say they have no records if that is the case, said Farrar, who has worked for two decades in Virginia as a newspaper reporter, government public information officer and professor of mass communications.
In fact, there are only five legal responses:
To provide the records.
To say the official chose to withhold the record because it was covered by one of the act’s 170 exemptions.
To say some of the record will be withheld, again by choosing to apply one of the exemptions, but to release the rest.
To say there is no record or that it cannot be found (if the official knows another official has the record, he or she must disclose that).
To request more time to look.
“If the ACLU only got 59 replies, you have to wonder what happens if an ordinary citizen asks,” Farrar said.
In reviewing the results of the newspapers’ statewide FOIA test, Farrar said he was particularly concerned by reporters’ descriptions of the officials’ responses — particularly what he called the hostility and lack of knowledge of the requirements of the law.
“So many asking, ‘Why do you want this?’ … When you ask that, people tend to think they aren’t entitled to ask,” he said. “All too often, that is a shutdown.”
In testing compliance with FOIA, the newspapers this year sent staff members who did not cover the locality or the department, to make sure requesters weren’t getting special treatment.
But requesters often were asked who they were with — and even when they weren’t, some officials apparently did quick online searches to check.
That’s how a Roanoke Times reporter learned what Roanoke County principals are paid, after being told that salary information could be released only to employees.
In Richmond, when a Richmond Times-Dispatch reporter asked for a copy of the chief administrative officer’s contract in order to see that official’s pay and allowances, a clerk in the personnel office checked with a superior, then said, “We don’t give that out.”
When a News & Advance reporter went to Lynchburg police headquarters to see the incident reports of felonies committed overnight, she was asked why she wanted it, and when she said she did not have to say why, the officer said the reports were not public.
The reporter, who perhaps unlike most Virginians knew that Virginia Code Section 2.2-3706 (A) 1 says that the record is required to be released, told the officer that the information was public.
“Well to some extent they are,” the officer replied. He told her to file a written request, which is not required by the law.
The reporter eventually was told it would cost $10 to generate a call sheet.
FOIA says public bodies may impose reasonable charges not to exceed the actual cost of searching for, copying and supplying the requested records. It is against the law to pad such charges to cover any other government costs.
“Regarding costs, FOIA is woefully inadequate in how it addresses estimates and cost assessments,” attorney Bodoh said.
The newspapers’ survey found many officials insist on a written request for records, even though the law does not require one.
Roanoke city police, after turning down an oral request, refused to accept a written request for felony incident information and said the reports were not public records.
In Suffolk, an officer said the request had to be reviewed by a lieutenant and, if the requester did not have what the police considered a valid reason for seeing the information, the requester might not get it.
Ginger Stanley, executive director of the Virginia Press Association, said she was disappointed that 18 out of 36 law-enforcement agencies refused to produce incident report information. She said she was surprised and concerned by the refusal of about one-third of school systems visited to release information about principals’ salaries.
“These audit numbers suggest that much education still remains to be done to protect the citizens’ right to know what their government is doing on their behalf,” Stanley said.
FOIA actually says there is no legal justification to deny access to contracts between a public body and its officers or employees, except for some settlements of employment disputes.
The keystone of Virginia’s ethics law for officials, meanwhile, is disclosure of their business interests, gifts and donations to their political campaigns. While the General Assembly this year cracked down on the gifts politicians may receive, Virginia has some of the loosest laws in the nation about conflicts of interest and campaign finance.
But, when asked to see the basic financial disclosure reports filed by the Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors chairman and county administrator, the county clerk’s staff said the request would have to be considered in case the cost was excessive.
The staff said they do not take written requests.
The state Freedom of Information Advisory Council is conducting a three-year review of FOIA, with the goal of recommending revisions for the 2017 General Assembly session.
It has been concentrating on the many exemptions in the law that give public officials the discretion — but not the obligation — to withhold some records or to meet behind closed doors for some purposes.
So far, its working groups have recommended retaining virtually all the exemptions they’ve considered.
The council is lobbied heavily by government agencies and local government associations, and its working groups tend to say cases of flouting the law are exceptions best addressed by education.
That view is not shared by advocates for open government.
“There is a compliance problem in Virginia’s localities, schools and state agencies,” said Megan Rhyne, executive director of the Virginia Coalition for Open Government.

“Sometimes the problem is in people not being properly familiar with the law,” she said. “Other times, the problem is a view of FOIA as a nuisance or an afterthought, something that gets in the way of the real work of government.”
Richmond Times Dispatch

Suspected burglar dies in chimney after homeowners start fire #PrivateOfficerNews

Fresno CA Nov 30 2015 A suspected burglar who became stuck in a chimney in Central California died Saturday afternoon after the unsuspecting homeowner lit a fire, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said.
The incident occurred at around 3 p.m. and firefighters who responded to the Huron home found a man stuck in the chimney but apparently still breathing, the sheriff's office said.
But the man, who was not immediately identified, was dead when firefighters broke into the chimney, the sheriff's office said.
The sheriff's office said when the homeowner lit the fire, he heard a man yell from inside the chimney and the house began filling with smoke. The homeowner put out the fire and firefighters were called.
The sheriff's office said its investigation indicates that the man tried to enter the home through the chimney overnight and got stuck, and the homeowner, who was away and returned Saturday, didn't know anyone was inside until lighting the fire.
"I've been a deputy for almost 17 years now, and I've never seen anything like this," Fresno County sheriff's Deputy Jake Jensen told NBC affiliate KSEE.

The Fresno County coroner will determine the man's cause of death.
NBC News

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies rescue newborn found buried near river #PrivateOfficerNews

(Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department via AP). This Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 photo, provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department shows an unidentified deputy holding an infant girl where she was found abandoned under asphalt and rubble.
COMPTON, Calif.  Nov 30 2015 Los Angeles County sheriff's officials asked for the public's help Saturday in gaining information about a newborn baby deputies rescued after finding her buried beside a popular Compton bike path.
The girl was believed to be only 24 to 36 hours old when she was found Friday afternoon near a creek that flows into the Los Angeles River, said Sgt. Marvin Jaramilla of the Sheriff's Department's special victim unit. He said she was listed in stable condition on Saturday.
"There's indication that the child was born at a medical facility or a hospital," he said.
Jaramilla said two deputies found the girl around 4 p.m. after people on the bike path heard her cries and called authorities.
"As they searched, deputies heard a baby's muffled cry and located a newborn baby girl buried alive under pieces of asphalt and rubble inside a crevice located along the bike path," the sheriff's sergeant said in a statement.
He added she was wrapped in a blanket and cold to the touch when deputies found her. They summoned Compton Fire Department paramedics who took her to the hospital.
Meanwhile, the Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help in identifying her.
"Some parents of newborns can find themselves in difficult circumstances. Sadly, babies are sometimes harmed or abandoned by parents who feel that they're not ready or able to raise a child," Jaramilla said.
He added that anyone in such a situation should simply surrender their newborn to authorities, who will care for the child.
"A parent stuck in this difficult situation can safely surrender their baby at any hospital or fire station in Los Angeles County, no questions asked," he said.
Associated Press

Worcester Regional Airport Safety officers' duties: parking to lifesaving #PrivateOfficerNews

WORCESTER MA Nov 30 2015 - Depending on the time of day, a firefighter at Worcester Regional Airport may enforce parking rules, check security badges or keep runways clear of wildlife.
The varied tasks listed in a job description for "Airport Safety and Security Officer," include more than two dozen duties, ranging from the mundane cleaning of facilities to the potentially lifesaving duty of extinguishing aircraft fires and rescue.
And that's the problem, critics say.
"You can't do both jobs. That is crazy," argues A. Michael Mullane, a retired Boston firefighter and 3rd District vice president of the International Association of Fire Fighters.
One of the problems professional firefighters have with the hybrid jobs Massport employs for Worcester Airport is a disparity in training.
Firefighters at Logan Airport initially train for 90 days, full-time. At Worcester, the security officers receive a 40-hour course in firefighting.
"They are not training in an airport setting," said Mr. Mullane about the 40-hour course.
Massport spokesman Matthew Brelis said the Worcester officers do train in an airport setting but declined to say where. Mr. Mullane said the Worcester personnel are trained at a facility in South Carolina. He maintained it is not an airport setting.
Mr. Brelis said the Worcester security officers must have already obtained firefighting 1 and 2 certification and they receive additional certification in ARFF (Airport Rescue and Firefighting).
The training at Worcester exceeds FAA Part 139 requirements, Mr. Brelis said. It is classroom and hands-on, he said.
The airport staff and Worcester Fire Department conducted an emergency drill exercise in October, at which the media was invited to observe. The Telegram & Gazette requested post-drill evaluations, but Mr. Brelis said, "The after-action report for the drill is not yet complete."
Mr. Brelis said training is ongoing and a portion of any given workday could contain training and then another six weeks or so at the airport itself.
"Personnel can and do cycle through the live burns more than once a year," he said.
But Mr. Mullane points out, the Worcester personnel do not train with jet fuel. They are trained with a "controlled propane burn," far different, he notes than jet fuel fires they would encounter in a crash and rescue.
Given the diversified duties, and minimum training, Mr. Mullane said, "It is not fair to them, to be honest. They will be put in a situation sooner or later that they will be overwhelmed."
He added that Massport will point to cost as the reason for not employing professional firefighters at Worcester. The proposal that was under consideration would increase public safety service costs from $1.6 million to $4.5 million annually.

"If you are a passenger, if your mother, your kid are on the plane, it means a lot to you. I think they are stepping over dollars to pick up dimes for the amount of people and the cost of this thing to protect the flying public in Worcester. What is the difference between the flying public in Worcester or the flying public in Boston?"

South Melbourne security guard shot in drive-by shooting #PrivateOfficerNews

Kittens strip club in Cecil Street, South Melbourne.

South Melbourne AU Nov 30 2015 A security guard has been shot in a drive-by shooting at a South Melbourne strip club.
Two masked men drove past Kittens on Cecil Street and unloaded at least two rounds of gunfire about 2.10am.
A security guard, who was standing outside the club at the time, was shot in an arm.
He's in hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The front window and foyer of Kitten were also hit by shotgun pellets.
The gunmen's stolen car, a Holden Calais, was later found burnt out on the corner of Boundary and Munro streets.
Anyone with information about the shooting incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

It's the latest in a long list of recent shootings in Melbourne.

Prince William County VA. police answer 12,000 burglar alarms in 2014-58 were valid #PrivateOfficerNews

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Prince William County VA Nov 30 2015 It’s a mistake that could cost you hundreds of dollars if you aren’t careful or prepared.
Prince William County police say they respond to more alarm calls than traffic crashes, domestic incidents or suspicious people. In 2014, police responded to more than 12,000 alarm calls, but only 58 were valid calls.
This holiday season, they are asking that residents and businesses in the county take some simple steps to prevent false alarm calls.
Motion detectors are a common cause of false alarms. Police say you should always ensure that hanging or moving decorations will not activate motion detectors, especially when heating systems turn on. You should also be familiar with where your motion detectors are and what area they cover.
Also, make sure that decorations don’t interfere with window or door contacts for your alarm system and that nothing outside can potentially come loose and activate your alarm system’s glass-break detectors.
Prince William County police also want homeowners and businesses to remember that there will be many people either home from college or seasonal workers who may not know how to use the alarm system. They ask anyone with a key to a home or business knows how to use the system and knows how to cancel a law enforcement response. They also recommend retraining college students who may have forgotten how to use the alarm system while they were away at school.
False alarms consume a lot of police resources and jurisdictions across the D.C.-metro area have enacted measures to deter false alarms.
In most area counties, homeowners and businesses are required to register their alarm system with the county government. Generally, fees range from $10 to $30.
Depending on the jurisdiction, the first couple of false alarms in a year come without penalty, but after that, fees can rise up into the thousands.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Line of Duty Death Police Officer Lloyd Reed

Police Officer Lloyd Reed | St. Clair Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer Lloyd Reed

St. Clair Township Police Department, Pennsylvania
End of Watch: Saturday, November 28, 2015
Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 25 years
Cause: Gunfire
Offender: Shot and wounded

Police Officer Lloyd Reed was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call at a home at 131 Ligonier Street, in New Florence.
He was fatally shot by the subject as he arrived at the location. Despite being wounded, Officer Reed was able to return fire and wounded the subject. The man fled the scene but was arrested by members of the Pennsylvania State Police approximately six hours later suffering a gunshot wound in the shoulder.
Officer Reed was transported to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Officer Reed had served with the St. Clair Township Police Department for five years and had served in law enforcement for a total of 25 years.

Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
St. Clair Township Police Department
550 Seward Street
Seward, PA 15954

Suspect arrested in connection with shooting death of Pennsylvania police officer #PrivateOfficerNews

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New Florence PA Nov 29 2015 Pennsylvania state police captured a man early Sunday who they believe is connected to the shooting death of a veteran police officer.
Trooper Stephen Limani told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review a tip led authorities outside a power plant in New Florence where they found Ray Shetler Jr., 31.
Shelter was taken into custody without incident. Police believe Shetler shot and killed St. Clair Township Officer Lloyd Reed Saturday night after Reed responded to a report of a domestic situation at a New Florence home.
Reed was shot and taken to Conemaugh Hospital in Johnstown where he was pronounced dead.
Shetler was being treated for a gunshot wound to the right shoulder, according to the Tribune-Review.
Reed is a 20-year veteran of the force. The newspaper reports Reed has worked for the St. Clair Police Department for about five years.

Limani said a female who was involved in the domestic dispute sustained minor injuries.