Monday, October 5, 2015

Livingston police officers injured after being attacked by 20 people

LIVINGSTON, Calif. Oct 5 2015  Two Livingston police officers are recovering from minor injuries after a fight involving about 20 people.
Police arrested 56-year-old Gerardo Barajas and 36-year-old Hector Parra.
They're both charged with obstructing and assaulting a peace officer.
A 17-year-old boy and girl were also cited and released.
Authorities say it all started when they were called to a home on Elmwood Court near Briarwood Drive around two this morning for a domestic dispute.
The officers were attacked by several family members and used their batons to protect themselves until sheriff's deputies arrived.

Indiana police charge six persons with Walmart robberies

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FISHERS IN Oct 5 2015— Fishers police arrested six suspects following robberies at several Walmart stores in the area. Police are still searching for one suspect.
According to the Fishers police Department, a group of seven suspects robbed the Beech Grove Walmart as well as the Walmart at S. 7245 U.S. 31 in Indianapolis.
Associates at those Walmart stores reported the robberies and alerted police that at least one of the suspects was armed.
At that point in time, IMPD notified the Fishers Police Department and Fishers police alerted the Walmart store on 96th Street.
A few minutes after the warning, employees at the Walmart on 96th Street called police to tell them the suspects may be in the store.
Police responded and all but two suspects fled the scene. The two suspects that stayed were both females, and one of those females is a juvenile.
Two males fled through back door, and they were apprehended near 116th Street and I-69.
Two females and a male driver fled the scene in a white truck. The male driver bailed from the car near I-465 and Emerson Avenue. The two females stayed in the truck, and they were arrested.
The male driver is still on the loose.    

Security guard attacked overnight in Collier County

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. Oct 5 2015 - A security guard was attacked in Naples overnight.
Only WINK News was there as deputies responded to the 1000 block of Airport Pulling Road around midnight Friday.
Deputies say the guard was making his rounds at a construction site when he was approached by four men dressed in black.
Detectives say at least one of the men attacked the guard with a blade then ran off.
The guard was treated for minor injures at the scene.

If you have any information, contact the Collier County Sheriff’s Office or the Naples Police Department.

Riverside security officer shoots-kills man at apartments

Perris CA Oct 5 2015 Family, friends and neighbors of 33-year-old Isaac Jermaine Kelly gathered Saturday, Oct. 3, in the parking lot of a Perris apartment complex where sheriff's officials say he was shot to death by a security guard.
About 12:05 a.m. that morning, Kelly walked through the parking lot from his apartment to the mailbox when the shooting occurred, according to his uncle, Billy Ray Kelly.
With the circumstances of the shooting unclear, those who attended the vigil were left with many questions.
The woman who had the most was Isaac Kelly's mother, Janice Sly, who flew in from Port Arthur, Texas, once she got the call from brother Billy Ray Kelly with the news.
"I'm going to get to the bottom of this," Sly said. "I want to know why. Why did this have to happen?"
Sly said she has not been contacted by authorities.
Multiple residents of the apartment complex reported hearing six gunshots. Billy Ray Kelly said he came out of the apartment he shared with Isaac after he heard the shots.
That's when he saw his nephew bleeding in the middle of the parking lot. Isaac Kelly's uncle could hear the security guard yelling "stay with me."
Paramedics and Riverside County sheriff's deputies were called to the scene at the Meadowview II Apartments. The man was taken to a local hospital, according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department news release.
Sheriff's officials would not say if the security guard was arrested. Neighbors said they saw the security guard speaking with law enforcement officers. He did not appear to be handcuffed, the neighbors said.
Sheriff’s officials would not comment on the shooting other than to say it remained under investigation, and said more information would be released Monday.
It wasn't clear what security company the guard was employed with.
Efforts to reach Meadowview II employees were unsuccessful Saturday. The apartment complex is owned by Reiner Communites, a company that offers affordable housing throughout Southern California.
The Meadowview II complex is comprised of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and participates in the Section 8 housing program, according to the apartment complex's website.

Wading River High School security officer killed in accident

Suffolk County NY Oct 5 2015 A Sound Beach man and beloved security officer at Shoreham-Wading River High School was killed in a car accident Saturday morning, authorities said.
According to a news release from Suffolk County police, 49-year-old Richard Cambria was driving his 2011 Dodge pickup truck south on Islip Drive when the truck went off the road and hit a telephone pole and a retaining wall about 11:50 a.m.
Sound Beach Fire Department volunteers took Mr. Cambria to John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital, police said.
Shoreham-Wading River superintendent Steven Cohen confirmed that Mr. Cambria had worked at the school, and was also as a driver’s ed teacher. He added the “terrible event” would hit many in the community hard.
Within hours of the police news release, tributes sprung up online to the beloved security guard.
“It’s so sad that he’s gone,” SWR grad Michael McCartney Wind wrote on the SWRWeekly Facebook page. “He was a great security guard. You’ll truly be missed, Rich.”
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Guests suffer pepper spray exposure in hotel incident

VIENNA, Wis. -Oct 5 2015
Multiple patients were treated at a town of Vienna hotel for after a guest sprayed pepper spray in his room, which leaked into other parts of the building, officials said.
The Dane County Sheriff's Office said visitors at the Comfort Inn and Suites at 5025 County Road V reported at 9:42 p.m. that there was a strange odor and their throats were burning. Crews evacuated the building, officials said.
The sheriff's department said 45-year-old Christopher L. Ardell, of Vergennes, Vermont, had used pepper spray in his rented room. The deployment of the pepper spray caused secondary contamination through the ventilation system of other guests.
Affected guests were treated at the hotel for minor exposure and allowed to return to the building after it was ventilated by DeForest fire personnel, according to the report.
Ardell was arrested on suspicion of one count of disorderly conduct and one count of criminal damage to property. He was taken to the Dane County Jail.
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GA state trooper fired after killing two teens in crash

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CARROLL COUNTY, Ga. Oct 5 2015-- The trooper involved in a crash that killed two teens and injured two others in Carroll County has been fired, Georgia State Patrol officials confirmed on Friday.
Officials said Trooper First Class A.J. Scott was driving over 90 mph while not on an emergency call just before he struck a vehicle carrying Kylie Lindsay, 17, Isabella Chinchilla, 16, and two other teens.
The speed limit at the area was 55 mph. Investigators found that he was traveling about 65 miles per hour when he struck the other vehicle killing Lindsay and Chinchilla.
"Based upon information gathered during the investigation, an adverse action has been proposed against TFC Scott terminating his employment with the Georgia Department of Public Safety effective Oct. 7, 2015," Capt. Mark S. Perry said in a statement.
The findings will be referred to the Coweta Judicial Circuit for further review after the investigation is complete.

Houston hospital faces review after patient shot by security guards

HOUSTON TX Oct 5 2015 (AP) — A Houston hospital where off-duty police officers who were working security shot a combative patient must prove that the complex is safe in order to keep its Medicaid and Medicare funding, federal officials say.
Federal inspectors who reviewed operations at St. Joseph Medical Center after the Aug. 27 shooting found deficiencies that put patients in "immediate jeopardy," including failure to ensure training and failure to ensure patients' rights were protected, the Houston Chronicle ( ) reported.
Alan Christopher Penn, 26, was unarmed when he was shot in the chest during a struggle with the two security guards. Both off-duty officers were injured when they were attacked with a wall fixture and a tray table, court documents indicate.
Penn, who had been hospitalized after a car wreck in the hospital parking lot, has a history of manic depressive disorder, anxiety and drug use, records show. He faces two counts of aggravated assault of a police officer and is in McAllen with family recovering.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which administers the government funding programs, gave St. Joseph until Oct. 8 to correct some security and training issues, the newspaper reported.
The hospital's policies and procedures have since been strengthened to ensure patient safety with additional training, St. Joseph officials said Thursday in a statement. Official also said the plan has been approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services and CMS.
"Without standard precautions and security measures, no urban hospital like St. Joseph Medical Center can provide the environment required to care for patients, including those who become violent due to alcohol/drug abuse or medical/behavioral issues that can impair judgment," the hospital said. "Following our internal review, our senior management team and governing board members took swift actions to ensure this kind of incident does not occur in our hospital again."

St. Joseph plans to limit armed police officers to the emergency department lobby, hospital entrances and the perimeter. The officers would be called in to handle other security issues only after all other interventions have been exhausted.

Handcuffing Little Kids May Not Be 'Reasonable,' Says DOJ

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WASHINGTON DC Oct 5 2015  -- The Justice Department on Friday got involved with a federal lawsuit against a Kentucky school resource officer who was seen keeping a third-grader with ADHD in handcuffs in a video that went viral this summer.
The video of the crying child surfaced as part of a lawsuit the American Civil Liberties Union and the Children's Law Center filed in August on behalf of two children. The suit alleges that the Kenton County Sheriff's Office violated the constitutional rights of the children who were handcuffed, as well as their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
In a statement of interest on Friday, Justice Department lawyers said the court needs to decide whether "handcuffing two elementary school children with disabilities, behind their backs and around their biceps, for failure to follow instructions" was "objectively reasonable."
While the statement does not take a position on the merits of the particular case, it notes that the "significant size discrepancy" between the officer, "a fully grown man," and a "52-pound third-grade boy" and "56-pound fourth-grade girl" weighed against an "objective reasonableness" finding.
The Justice Department also urged the court to consider whether the officer's decision to handcuff little kids was "punitive, rather than necessary to ensure safety." It pointed out that the officer had told the child "to behave the way you’re supposed to or you suffer the consequences," a statement that indicated the handcuffing was punitive.
The department also said that an "improperly implemented [school resource officer] program can unnecessarily exacerbate the school-to-prison pipeline and cause significant harm to students."
School resource officers, DOJ lawyers wrote, "must respect the constitutional and statutory rights of the citizens they serve. This is particularly critical in the school context, where the impact of a police interaction on a child can last a lifetime."

DOJ encouraged the court to "consider whether an objectively reasonable SRO would have handcuffed elementary school students in school under the circumstances presented here, after the children exhibited misbehavior arising out of their disabilities. Further, the Court must apply the ADA and evaluate whether Defendant Sumner should have reasonably modified his policing procedure instead of handcuffing the children, and whether the Sheriff’s Office’s handcuffing policies and methods of administration discriminate against children with disabilities."
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1 arrested, another sought in Florida Brinks truck robbery

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Orange County Florida Oct 5 2015 Orange County deputies arrested a man they said tried to rob an armored truck in a busy shopping plaza Friday afternoon.
The robbery of a Brinks truck in a Publix plaza sparked a heavy law enforcement presence and a search for two suspects near Chickasaw Trail and Curry Ford.
Investigators said Charles Chukes, 26, grabbed a bag of money from the Brinks guard as the guard was filling an ATM at a Wells Fargo bank at about 3 p.m. He's expected to face a judge Saturday.
“A suspect came up from behind and approached the Brinks driver and attempted to take his money bag,” said Lourdes Clayton, of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
The Brinks driver fired at the robber, who then fled in a white Dodge Magnum.
The robber was not struck by the gunfire, but the sound of bullets flying sent bystanders ducking.
“I ducked down and looked out here, because I didn’t know where they were shooting at, what direction it was in,” said witness Tom Johnson.
Johnson said he saw money flying everywhere.
“A money bag hit the ground. They (witnesses) were just gathering it up and handing it back,” Johnson said.
Deputies located the getaway car in a nearby neighborhood and later arrested Chukes. Dozens of Orange County Sheriff’s Office patrol cars surrounded the area, including where the car was found.
Deputies said they are looking for a second person, who may have been driving the car.

Deputies had guns drawn as they searched cars parked in surrounding neighborhoods. No one was injured when the Brinks driver opened fire. Chukes was arrested on a grand theft charge.

Charleston arrest ‘wasn’t lawful’ for man charged with trespassing with dog

CHARLESTON, W.Va. Oct 5 2015 — Charleston Mayor Danny Jones told reporters Friday he apologized to a man who was arrested Thursday night for walking his dog along the Kanawha Boulevard where the Rod, Run and Doo Wop Car show is taking place all weekend.
“I apologized to him and I apologize now for what happened to him last night,” said Jones at a news conference held at Charleston City Hall.
Bradford Sims, 44, of Charleston, was charged with trespassing, but Jones said the charge would be dropped.
“Technically, the arrest wasn’t, in my view, lawful,” Jones said.
According to the criminal complaint, Sims was walking his dog near Haddad Riverfront Park when two Charleston police officers approached him and asked him to leave. Sims refused and told officers, several times, his dog was using the bathroom. The officers explained that the car show organizers have certain rules against animals being near the antique cars.
The complaint said Sims told police “if letting his dog use the restroom gets him arrested, then so be it.”
According to West Virginia Motor Car Festival, no animals, unless they are service dogs, or persons are allowed on the Boulevard after 10 p.m. during this weekend’s event.
“The police officer thought he could remove him (Sims) and he can’t because it’s Haddad Park, at least not without an ordinance or a state law or something that says he’s trespassing. It’s hard to trespass in a public place,” said Jones.
For this reason, Jones said City Council may need to look at a possible ordinance that outlines rights to not allow animals on the street while an event is taking place.
“I can understand, as an antique car owner, why you wouldn’t want dogs on your car. I don’t want my own dogs on my own car,” he said.
Sims did cooperate with police following his arrest, Jones said. “He wasn’t happy about spending the night in jail. He was glad to be a free person and he didn’t seem angry.”

The ordinance could be taken up during the next City Council meeting set for Monday evening.

TVA Shawnee Power Plant guard arrested in credit union burglary

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PADUCAH, KY Oct 5 2015 A Metropolis man working as a security guard at a local power facility was arrested Friday after a multi-agency burglary investigation at a TVA credit union.
At around 12:28 am on September 22, McCracken County Sheriff's Deputies responded to an alarm activation at the TVA Employees Federal Credit Union, located at 7755 Metropolis Lake Road.
When deputies arrived, TVA employees alerted deputies to a suspicious car parked about 100 yards southeast of the building.
Police said the car belonged to 36-year-old Jesse Williams, of Metropolis, who was employed as a private security guard for the TVA Shawnee Power Plant.
Deputies said that during their investigation, they discovered a metal cash box and tire tool lying in the front passenger side floorboard of Williams’ car. Deputies also reportedly noticed one set of shoe prints leading from Williams’ vehicle to the area of the credit union.  TVA employees also reported seeing a set of shoe prints on the wooden ramp leading to the front door of the credit union, which had dried by the time deputies arrived.
About an hour after deputies arrived on-scene, Williams, who identified himself as an off-duty TVA guard, called 911 and said he was in the woods east of the credit union.
According to Williams, he was on his way to the plant and observed three individuals on the side of the road, across from the credit union. Williams told police that as soon as the individuals saw him, they began running toward the woods.
According to Williams, he drove toward the woods in an effort to chase the individuals, at which time, they dropped several items and ran into the woods. Williams told police he got out of his car, picked up the items—which included the cash box—and threw them into his car.
According to Williams, after he threw the items into the car, he chased after the individuals into the woods and became lost. Deputies said Williams, who was not scheduled to work at the plant the night of the alarm activation, could not explain why he waited an hour to contact them.
Deputies said they couldn’t find any sign of forced entry to the building. Employees of TVA told police the cash box may have originated from inside the plant and TVA Police agreed to continue the investigation internally.

Later that afternoon, detectives learned that the cash box had been stolen from inside the building, and that the credit union employee didn’t notice the cash box missing at first. Detectives said they eventually found evidence that Williams was responsible for the burglary. Williams was arrested with the assistance of the Metropolis Police Department.  He was booked into the Massac County Jail on burglary and theft charges.
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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Suspect arrested for Time Warner Center ISIS threat

Suspect arrested for Time Warner Center ISIS threat

New York NY Oct 4 2015 Police arrested a man suspected of leaving a threatening package inside a bathroom at the Time Warner Center on Wednesday.
Jonathan Lamptey, 34, of 760 E 214 St. Bronx, was arrested Friday and charged with making terrorist threats and aggravated harassment.
The package, a large envelope, contained a DVD and a note reading, “I have been sent from a man from IS,” an apparent reference to Islamic State.
“This is not a bomb. Take it to police or CNN. I have a book for Barack Obama,” the bizarre note read. “I have a five-year-old U.S. citizen in custody. Deliver this ASAP and the child will have his freedom.”

The DVD contained video of a man talking about the president.

Philadelphia police charge 14 year old with 15 armed robberies

PHILADELPHIA PA Oct 4 2015  Police have arrested and charged a 14-year-old teen in connection with 15 armed robberies in the past 30 days.
The crime spree occurred on streets at various hours near Drexel University campus.
Police said many of the robberies were violent, including the most recent incident that occurred on Wednesday, Sept. 30, around 6:45 a.m. in the 400 block of North Preston Street.
Police said the suspect approached a woman and produced a black handgun. Despite telling her "don't scream," police said the woman yelled as the suspect reached for her purse.
The suspect then pushed the women to the ground, took her purse and attempted to flee on a bicycle on the 4000 block of Spring Garden Street.
The woman pursued the suspect, attempting to knock him off the bicycle and take her purse back. The suspect got off, pushed her to the ground, again, punched her in the face twice and fled in the same direction.
The victim said the suspect took a small-style purse, light brown in color, with a shoulder strap. In it was wallet identification, credit cards, a Samsung Galaxy S5 cell phone and other items.
Police said the suspect, a student at Overbrook High School, sometimes had 2 accomplices accompany him during the crimes.
Surveillance video was released Friday of the suspect using a credit card he had just strong-armed from a victim at 40th and Preston streets, and tips came in quickly.
He was taken into custody overnight.
Through its social network, the university had notified the student body about the crime spree.
They are relieved to know the suspect has been apprehended, but stunned to learn of his young age.
In total, the suspect has been charged in the following robberies that occurred on the noted dates and locations:

- Sept. 30: 400 block of North Preston Street
- Sept. 29: 3900 block of Baring Street
- Sept. 27: 400 block of North 41st Street
- Sept. 21: Preston Street and Powelton Avenue
- Sept. 21: 4400 block of Sansom Street
- Sept. 18: 32nd Street and Haverford Avenue
- Sept. 18: 3100 block of Hamilton Street
- Sept. 18: 500 block of North 34th Street
- Sept. 18: 600 block of North 34th Street
- Sept. 17: 600 block of North 32nd Street
- Sept. 10: 4000 block of Baring Street
- Sept. 5: 4000 block of Spring Garden Street
- Sept. 5: 34th Street and Mantua Avenue
- Sept. 5: 3500 block of Hamilton Street

- Aug. 30: 400 block of North 35th Street

Two married Arizona high school teachers arrested for sex with teen


Peoria, Ariz Oct 4 2015 Two married high school teachers were arrested Friday on charges stemming from a sexual relationship that police say the husband had with a student.
Brian Woolsey, a 45-year-old math teacher, and wife Jennifer Woolsey, a 38-year-old language-arts instructor at Sunrise Mountain High School in Peoria, Ariz., were arrested on Friday. Brian Woolsey faces charges of sexual misconduct with a minor, while his wife faces charges of failing to report the abuse, Peoria police said.
Police said the relationship with a then-15-year-old student started in January 2010 and continued for three years.
Former students who knew the teachers said they're shocked, and the school district said it had no warning of any illicit relationship involving the Woolseys.
"We had no information regarding any alleged incidents prior to this morning. Upon notice that they were in police custody, we immediately put them on administrative leave and are conducting an investigation," said Danielle Airey, a spokeswoman for the Peoria Unified School District, in a prepared statement.
The accuser, who is now an adult, came forward Thursday, according to police. Police arrested the Woolseys the next day.
Students who went to Sunrise Mountain described the school as well-rounded, well-spirited, quiet and full of pride. They said this was easily the biggest news to ever happen.
Abiel Valencia, 19, who is a freshman at Grand Canyon University, said he had classes with Brian Woolsey three out of four years and grew close to him. Woolsey helped with extracurricular activities, including student broadcasting, volunteering at elementary schools and freelance projects for the school.
Valencia said he was shocked by the allegations that Woolsey had an inappropriate relationship with a sudent.
"I don't know what to feel at this point," he said. "He was a good teacher. I had him a lot for classes, and I spent a lot of my high school time around him, his wife and his kids. He never seemed out of the ordinary. He was a family man -- a man that really cared about what he was doing," Valencia said.

One person shot at Dallas Southwest Center Mall

Dallas TX Oct 4 2015 Police responded to a shooting on Saturday at one of their local malls.
According to police, one person was shot outside the Southwest Center Mall located at 3662 West Camp Wisdom Road and was transported to the Methodist Central Hospital.
After being shot outside the mall, the victim ran inside to get help and police and an ambulance were dispatched.
The Southwest Center Mall was not put under lockdown.
Police conducted a search of the area for the shooter but no suspects were in custody as of early afternoon.
The condition of the shooting victim is not known.

Woman arrested in armed robbery of Goodletsville TN dollar store

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. Oct 4 2015 Officers have made an arrest in an armed robbery that happened at a Dollar General in Goodlettsville on Sept. 26.
Police arrested 53-year-old Phyllis Harris and charged her with aggravated robbery.
According the Goodlettsville Police, Harris entered the store around 11a.m. that day and selected about $200 dollars’ worth of merchandise.
She then approached the cashier, pulled out a gun and demanded the night deposit.
The cashier reportedly told her the deposit has already been made and no cash was available.
Harris then fled the store.
Once outside, she reportedly threw the stolen merchandise at the doors to the store.
Police were able to identify Harris by tracking the license plate of her getaway car, which was registered to Harris’ boyfriend.
Harris was booked into the Metro jail and charged with aggravated robbery. Her bond was set at $70,000.


Alabama man free after serving 21 years for murder he didn't commit

Montgomery AL Oct 4 2015 
 An Alabama man who served nearly 20 years for a homicide he didn't commit was released from prison with the help of an advocacy group that is urging investigators to pay more heed to credible claims of innocence.
Beniah Alton Dandridge was released from the Kilby Correctional Facility on Thursday after a review of evidence determined he was not involved in the 1994 death of Riley Manning, according to court records.
Dandridge was convicted of intentional murder in 1996 after the Alabama Bureau of Investigation said fingerprints from the scene matched his. He was sentenced to life in prison. The fingerprints were the only physical evidence investigators used to tie Dandridge to Manning's death, according to a statement from the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit organization that took Dandridge's case.
David Sudduth, who was also convicted of murder in the case, remains in prison.
Sudduth gave a sworn statement saying Dandridge wasn't present when Manning was killed, according to the nonprofit, which also said a jailhouse informant who testified against Dandridge later submitted an affidavit saying he gave false testimony to get a reduced sentence.
State and federal appeals judges noted the fingerprint evidence when they upheld the trial judge's decision to deny Dandridge relief, EJI officials said. They said he was denied parole twice.
In 2014, the nonprofit filed a challenge to Dandridge's conviction, and independent forensic examiners testified that the prints weren't those of Dandridge, but of Manning's son, who found his father's body.
Dandridge is the fourth Alabama inmate convicted of murder to be released from prison after the re-examination of evidence and trials that led to a conviction.
Anthony Ray Hinton was released April 3 after nearly 30 years on death row for a pair of killings in Jefferson County. New tests on the defendant's gun couldn't prove that it fired the shots that killed two fast-food workers in 1985.
On April 16, William Ziegler, 39, agreed to plead guilty to aiding and abetting in a Mobile County slaying and was given 15 years credit for time served. He had initially been convicted of murder and was sentenced to death.
On Sept. 8, Montez Spradley was released from prison after serving nearly 10 years in the death of a 58-year-old woman during a 2004 robbery in Birmingham. The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals said errors occurred in his trial, including improper testimony and the improper admission of security video from gas stations. Spradley had also been sentenced to death.

EJI Director Bryan Stevenson said in an email that the cases confirm there are innocent people in Alabama prisons and there is an urgent need for state action.
"More state investigators and prosecutors need to be responsive to credible claims of innocence when they receive information about possible wrongful convictions," he said. "We had to engage forensic experts in Mississippi to test the evidence that freed Mr. Dandridge because local officials were initially non-responsive."

5 fired at Miami juvenile detention center where fight led to teen's death

MIAMI FL Oct 4 2015
Five staff members at a Miami juvenile detention center where a brawl that led to an inmate's death last month have been fired.
The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice won't confirm whether Elord Revolte's death was the result of rumored staff-encouraged fights among inmates, but spokeswoman Heather DiGiacomo confirmed Thursday that five detention officers have been fired for failing to conduct youth checks and falsifying documents.
DiGiacomo said three of the fired employees were supervisors.
Revolte, 17, was staying at the Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Center after an armed robbery arrest in Miami Beach. Police said an Aug. 30 fight involving as many as 20 inmates led to Revolte being seriously injured. He died the next day at a hospital.
Miami-Dade County chief assistant public defender Marie Osborne said 15 youths have separately confirmed to lawyers that contraband food was used by staff as rewards for beat-downs.
"If a security guard doesn't like you, they'll be like, 'Oh, do me a favor. If you beat this kid, I'll give you a Honey Bun,' and they do it," Angel Tamayo, a young man who lived in a foster home with several former inmates, including Revolte, said.
Tamayo said the biggest prize "was a pint of Chinese rice."
It's still not known whether the brawl during which Revolte was beaten was a bribery beating. Nor has the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice released details of the falsified documents and lack of care by the five guards and supervisors now fired.
Revolte's last guardian, a foster parent, said she reported the allegations about the bribery beatings to the Department of Children and Families.
"I told the case manager, more than one case manager," she said. "One kid told me he got beat up because someone offered another boy a Honey Bun to beat him up," she said, specifying a guard.
Miami-Dade County public defender Carlos Martinez is still waiting for surveillance tapes, staffing and medical logs that will explain how Revolte was treated after the beating, both at the jail and at Holtz Children's Hospital, where he died one night later.
"He died because he didn't get prompt medical care, but there was a fight involved 24 hours before," Martinez said.
Martinez confirmed Revolte's case brought to light the term and practice of "Honeybunning."
"As we started looking into it, we're hearing it more and more in the community," he said.

Digiacomo said the Florida Inspectors General has begun an investigation.
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