Sunday, July 23, 2017

8 People Dead-30 Injured at TX Walmart

San Antonio TX July 23 2017 Eight people were found dead and 30 others injured, inside a semitrailer overnight in a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio, Texas, in what officials are describing as a "human trafficking crime."
At a press conference at the scene early Sunday morning, local police and fire officials said the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement has also been called in to help investigate.
In addition to the dead, authorities said 17 people in the truck were taken to area hospitals in serious condition, and another 13 were transported with less severe injuries. Many suffered from heat stroke and dehydration. The group in the truck included adults in their 20s and 30s, and at least two young children.
The driver of the truck, who was not identified, was arrested and could federal and state charges.
Speaking to reporters, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said authorities were notified after midnight by a Walmart employee, who had been approached by someone who had been in the truck, asking for water.
"We're looking at a human trafficking crime here," McManus said.
San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood, who stood alongside McManus at the press conference, said firefighters arrived on the scene at 12:26 a.m., and began pulling the people out of the truck, which had no working air conditioning. In a phone interview with CNN later in the morning, Hood said all of the dead were adult males and that some may have suffered brain damage from the intense heat conditions inside the truck.
Authorities said they are investigating where the truck arrived from, and said they don't yet know how long it had been parked. But surveillance video from the store showed that a number of vehicles entered the parking lot and "picked up lots of folks that were in that trailer that survived the trip," McManus said.
Some of the people who had been in the truck ran into the woods, he said. The area was searched, and another attempt will be made in the morning.

While he called it a "horrific tragedy," the police chief said the discovery "is not an isolated incident. This happens quite frequently ... fortunately there are people who survived, but this happens all the time,” he said.

TX Walmart Loss Prevention Agent Stabbed Repeatedly By Shoplifter

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SAN ANTONIO TX July 23 2017— A store loss prevention agent is fighting for his life after being stabbed numerous times and was seriously injured outside a Walmart store on the Northwest Side.
The stabbing happened at the Walmart located on the 8000 block of Bandera Road around 12:44 p.m. Saturday.
According to police, a homeless person shoplifted and was attempting to leave, when a security agent in plain clothes confronted him outside.
Witnesses say the homeless person then stabbed the security officer several times.
The store security agent was taken by EMS to University Hospital with life-threatening injuries and was taken into surgery.

Police are now searching for the suspect, who is believed to be somewhere in the area.

Security guard shoots-kills man in Salem Oregon

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SALEM, Ore. July 23 2017 – Police are conducting a shooting death involving a private security officer but few details have been released thus far.
Police are reporting that a 25-year-old man was shot and killed by a security guard early Saturday morning in Salem.
The shooting was reported at 3:26 a.m. in the 3100 block of Ryan Drive Southeast.
Officers found Jose Francisco Moreno dead in a parking lot when they arrived.
A private security guard was also on scene.
Police did not release any details about what led to the shooting.
The security guard is employed with Homefront Security and has been interviewed by investigators, according to Salem police.

An investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Salem Police Department tip line at 503-588-8477.

El Cajon bus driver steps in to help officer during violent attack

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EL CAJON, Calif. July 23 2017 — After watching in terror as a man violently attacked a police officer in an El Cajon fast-food restaurant, Iesha Booker checked for a pulse on the bloody, unconscious officer and yelled into the radio on his belt.
“I just grabbed it and kept screaming in there that they have an officer down, they have an officer down,” she told reporters Wednesday. “I hoped they heard me because I didn’t know how to work the walkie-talkie.”
Booker said she kept repeating that the officer was down — eventually pulling the radio off his belt — until she heard a dispatcher say they were sending help.
“I did the best I (could) to try to help him,” she said.
The attack Monday morning inside the KFC restaurant on Fletcher Parkway left the officer, a 28-year veteran, hospitalized with significant head trauma. The department has not identified him.
Booker said the attack lasted at least six minutes and that the suspect kept hitting the officer even after he was unconscious.
Daniel Moses Cook, 42, was arrested nearby.  Police said they used a Taser on him after he squared off and took a fighting stance toward approaching officers.
Cook was supposed to be arraigned in El Cajon Superior Court Wednesday afternoon but he refused to leave his cell, Deputy District Attorney Jeff Lazar said. The hearing was rescheduled for Thursday.
Cook is charged with assault on a police officer, resisting a police officer with force, robbery, possession of methamphetamine and being under the influence of meth. He also faces added allegations of causing bodily injury to the officer.
State prison records show Cook was released from prison in June after he was convicted of resisting and deterring an officer with threats and violence. Cook also was convicted in 2001 for assault with a deadly weapon and making a terrorist threat and in 2014 for inflicting corporal injury on a spouse.
Booker, 34, who has driven a MTS bus for the past three years, had stopped at the KFC for her lunch break. She didn’t know police were searching for a robbery suspect in the area. She talked briefly with the man, who was seated at a corner table, complaining to him about the floors and tables being untidy.
“He was just like, ‘Yeah,’ ” she said. “I didn’t know he was in trouble or anything.”

When the officer entered the KFC, he went to talk to the man, who didn’t respond, Booker said. Then he stood up, crossed his arms over his chest and pushed the officer backward before hitting him.
The officer seemed surprised by the attack, Booker said. The assailant, who she described as large and strong, seemed to be a trained fighter.
She said the officer tried to fight back, but the man kept up his violent assault. The officer never pulled his gun or Taser, she said.
“I seen the officer stop and think, like, what to do,” she said. “I feel like at that moment he could have done what he needed to protect himself.
“But because we were there, he thought and he just went ahead and tried to struggle him back” instead of pulling his weapon, she said.
Booker said the assailant pushed the officer to the ground and started “slamming on his face, really violently.”
Customers and employees were screaming and running for cover, sending tables and chairs flying. “Everybody was screaming ‘Stop! You’re hitting an officer.’ We all were panicking,” she said.
Booker, who has seven children, has been living in hotels and staying with friends since Memorial Day after the house she was renting was sold.
She told her older kids about what happened Monday and they told her she was a “superhero Mom.”

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Little Rock shoplifter shot after escaping custody, carjacking woman

Little Rock AR July 23 2017 Authorities on Thursday identified the man shot by police outside a restaurant in west Little Rock earlier this week and named the officer who will be placed on leave while the shooting is investigated.
Rudy Avila, 22, of Little Rock remained in the hospital a day after the Wednesday shooting, according to a news release. Avila was a suspect in a shoplifting at the Home Depot at 12610 Chenal Parkway when he escaped from officers' custody, police said.
He reportedly fled by foot across the store's parking lot to a nearby Chick-Fil-A's drive-thru, where he carjacked a vehicle from a woman, according to the news release.
Police said Avila ignored officers' instructions to get out of the car and instead drove toward officer Ralph Breshears, who, "in fear for his life," fired his weapon.
The release states that Avila, who was hit multiple times in the arm, then drove over an embankment and into another vehicle. He was taken to a local hospital with injuries that weren't believed to be life-threatening, and charges are pending against him upon his release, authorities said.

Breshears, who has been an officer with the Little Rock department since Feb. 25, 1991, has been placed on administrative leave while the investigation continues, according to the release.

New armed protective service officers boost security at WA Parliament House

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West Perth AU July 23 2017 Security arrangements have been boosted at WA Parliament and surrounding areas with the rollout of new armed protective service officers in response to the "changing security environment" being seen around the world.
The uniformed officers are attached to WA Police and have a very visible presence at the parliamentary precinct in West Perth.
This includes the area encompassing the Premier's office, Dumas House — where most ministers have their offices — and Parliament.
WA Police said the move was made "in response to the changing security environment being observed around the world".
In March a police officer and a pedestrian were among five people killed after a man with a knife brought terror to the heart of Westminster.
The attacker, armed with two large knives, mowed down pedestrians, including school children, with his car on Westminster Bridge, then rushed at the gates in front of the Houses of Parliament, stabbing a policeman before he was shot dead by armed officers.
Many school groups visit WA Parliament throughout the year.
The move is a stark change from previous practice under which there was only a small police presence at WA's Parliament.
The new arrangements will not affect the separate and permanent security that operates from Parliament.
Detective Inspector Steve Post from WA Police security operations division said the change came after a review of existing security at a number of key government buildings, including Parliament.
"We are not about bricks and mortar, we are about protecting the people who work and visit those locations," he said.
"Having armed and uniformed officers in those key areas is a great visual presence and hopefully a deterrence for anyone who might do harm around those areas."
A WA Police spokesman said the officers carried firearms, tasers, pepper spray and batons.
"The Protective Service Officers have undertaken a high level of training specific to their role, which includes the same standard of training delivered to police officers in respect to use of force, for example firearm training," he said.

Deputy Premier Roger Cook said while he sometimes "felt a little bit uncomfortable" about the presence of so many security staff, the Government was accepting the advice of experts in relation to the level of security needed.
The officers are a new category of police auxiliary officers, have a range of police powers when on duty, and are managed by a team of sworn senior police officers.
The move brings security at WA Parliament into line with other Commonwealth, state and territory parliaments.
The 20 new protective services officers were rolled out at the beginning of the month and when the next group graduates, there will be a presence at other key locations.

The positions have been funded out of the existing WA Police budget.

Harrisburg Macy's loss prevention agent steals gun from shoplifter

Harrisburg PA July 23 2017 A Harrisburg Macy's loss prevention officer was arrested Tuesday after police say he took a handgun from a juvenile he had stopped in the store.
According to the Swatara Township Police Department, Brandon Jovon Osswald stopped two juveniles in the store and requested Harrisburg Mall Security's assistance. Police said Osswald removed a handgun from one of the juveniles during the stop, but did not disclose that he had removed the firearm.
Swatara Township police said Harrisburg Mall Security told management about the firearm, after which they were contacted. According to police, the firearm was previously stolen from a neighboring jurisdiction.

Osswald, who was arraigned on Wednesday, was charged with receiving stolen property, obstruction of justice, tampering with physical evidence and obstructing administration of law or governmental function.

Singer Scotty McCreery cited on gun charge at RDU airport

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Raleigh NC July 23 2017 On Thursday, July 13, Garner native and country music star Scotty McCreery was stopped by RDU police after he was found to be in possession of a 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun and ammunition.
The singer says he learned a valuable lesson. And explained to ABC11 why he carries a handgun.
The items were spotted in the singer's backpack by X-ray machines at the airport.
In a report released by RDU Police to ABC11, McCreery stated that he had gone to the shooting range earlier in the day and forgot to remove the loaded weapon and rounds from his backpack before entering the airport.
"I have been a concealed carry permit holder for awhile now after being robbed at gunpoint in 2014, and I take gun safety very seriously," McCreery said Friday in a statement to ABC11. "While in between tour dates last week, I went to go target shooting with a friend a few days before an early flight out of my hometown Raleigh-Durham airport. Unfortunately, I did not realize that I left my pistol in my backpack until the TSA found it during the security X-ray screening and rightly confiscated it.
"I had my concealed carry permit on me so once they had checked everything out, they then released me to catch the next available flight. Great to know our airport security force is on the job. I have learned a lesson that I won't forget," the singer added.
He was cited with a CCW Permit Violation and released.
McCreery came to fame after winning the 10th season of "American Idol" in 2011. He has gone on to a successful career in country music winning numerous awards and performing while attending NC State University.
McCreery was scheduled to perform in Biloxi, Miss. on Friday evening.
McCreery has a court date pending for the citation.

Security guard beat at Gulf Coast Town Center

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ESTERO, Fla. July 23 2017- Deputies responded to Gulf Coast Town Center late Thursday night. Employees of a bar feet away from the incident say they witnessed a group of people hold down a security guard and beat him.
The Lee County Sheriff's Office says the security guard was not beat up but struck while trying to split up a fight. The suspects fled the scene and the mall security guard chose not to prosecute.
For frequent shoppers the incident put them on high alert.
"That's just scary and not right," one patron said. "This is a place where people bring their children and families for fun."
Employees in the plaza say this recent incident isn't the most alarming at the popular shopping center.
"At the Mexican place there was a shooting," an employee said. "That was probably the worst I've heard of most recently."
In the past few months alone, thieves have broken into cars, a man exposed himself outside a bar after trying to fight people in a restroom.
Recently, there was a drug deal that started in the center that ended in a deadly shooting.
Another incident involved a 78 year man robbed a gun point while sitting in his car.
"It's scary for the people that come down here," a shopper said. "This is going to drive people away for sure."
Digging through data, Four In Your Corner found in 2016 there were about 450 calls for service from January to December. While most calls were for area checks, the more alarming calls were for assaults, suspicious activity, shots fired, and a shooting within the last two years.
There are also calls listed for vandalism and a bomb threat in April.
If you compare the numbers to just 150 calls through the first six months of this year on a pace for just 300 call outs this year.
Employees say they have seen more guards patrolling the area recently.
“I’ve been here almost three year and I haven’t had to worry about anything happening to me so I feel like I’m in good hands.”

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Casino hacked through fish tanks

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Atlanta Ga July 22 2017

Most people know about phishing -- but one casino recently learned about the dangers of actual fish tanks.
Hackers attempted to steal data from a North American casino through a fish tank connected to the internet, according to a report from security firm Darktrace.
Despite extra security precautions set up on the fish tank, hackers still managed to compromise the tank to send data to a device in Finland before the threat was discovered and stopped.
"Someone used the fish tank to get into the network, and once they were in the fish tank, they scanned and found other vulnerabilities and moved laterally to other places in the network," Justin Fier, director for cyber intelligence and analysis at Darktrace, explained to CNN Tech.
As internet-connected gadgets and appliances become more common, there are more ways for bad guys to gain access to networks and take advantage of insecure devices. The fish tank, for instance, was connected to the internet to automatically feed the fish and keep their environment comfortable -- but it became a weak link in a the casino's security.
The unnamed casino's rogue fish tank is one of nine unusual threats that Darktrace identified on corporate networks published in a report Thursday.
The report cites examples compiled from Darktrace's threat detection technology. Darktrace makes security technology that sits on a company's network and monitors the activity taking place. That could be anything from data transferred between computers or actions taken by a connected coffee maker.
When the technology notices an anomaly -- like a device that doesn't belong or data being sent somewhere it shouldn't -- it alerts the company's security team.
In another example of an unusual attack, smart drawing pads connected to insecure wifi were used to send data to websites around the world in what's called a "denial of service" attack. A hacker had scanned the internet looking for vulnerable devices, and exploited them to try and flood other websites with too much traffic.
We've seen cybercriminals leverage connected devices for destructive purposes before.
Last year, the Mirai botnet took control of smart home devices, like security cameras, all over the world, effectively turning them into zombie machines directing web traffic to take down popular websites like Netflix and Twitter.
Fier, a former U.S. intelligence contractor, says he anticipates threats coming from more unexpected places. Phishing emails will be one way hackers can get onto systems. But things like insecure fish tanks connected to the internet will be another.

"In the current cyber climate with political and corporate espionage, I think you're going to start to see attackers, whether nationstate or criminal, having to get more creative in their attack vectors," Fier said.

Salisbury hires private security to curb public drinking and loitering

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Salisbury England July 22 2017 Private security guards are patrolling Salisbury city Centre in a bid to tackle street drinking and antisocial behavior.
Two plain-clothes wardens have been operating in and around the Market Place over the past fortnight between 8am and 10pm.
Hired by Salisbury City Council, the pair have been gathering information about antisocial behavior in the city Centre and moving-on those responsible.
Cllr Sven Hocking said: “The project has been very successful and has already seen a very positive decrease in recorded incidents.”
He said the project had identified “street drinking, theft, drug offences and prolific begging” as the main concerns.
“The mission is to get these people the help they need and at the same time do something about the frankly rampant antisocial behavior that’s been going on in the city center,” he said.
“The effects have been dramatic. Every night there were people fighting, shouting, and swearing at each other. We had put a stop to it. It was important to do something. Doing nothing was not an option.”
The council will extend the trial for “at least a month”, putting guards on patrol at “random times on random days,” Cllr Hocking said.
“The police don’t have the resources to put people on the ground when we need them.
“This is not about beating up homeless people, it’s not about beating up street drinkers or people who are having a bit of a tough time.
“It’s about pointing them in the direction of where they can get some help and making that choice their best choice.”
Cllr Hocking said soon the word would go out that Salisbury was “not a place where you can just drink yourself to death in the market place”.
The guards also reported traffic issues including the abuse of delivery times on the Market Place, plus the abuse of loading bays and disabled parking regulations.

Virginia deputies rescue 4 children from hot car after mothers arrested for shoplifting

MECHANICSVILLE, Va. July 22 2017-- Two women are behind bars accused of leaving four young children, including a newborn, inside a car as they allegedly shoplifted from a Mechanicsville Walmart.
During the arrest, deputies say the women never mentioned they had children outside in the car.
The incident happened around 4:30 Thursday morning at the Walmart Supercenter store on Bell Creek Road, off of Mechanicsville Turnpike.
Three Hanover Sheriff's deputies are being credited for rescuing the children, a 1-month-old, 2-year-old, and two 3-year-olds.
Deputies believe the children were in the car for more than one hour. At the time of the incident, the temperature in Mechanicsville was 73 degrees.
Deputies say Kiear Ellis, 24, has been charged with one felony count of grand larceny and three misdemeanor counts of child endangerment. The other woman, whose name has not been released, has been charged with one count of petty larceny and one count of child endangerment.
Witness Crystal Jackson said once she noticed to situation, she asked to help because it was so hot and muggy outside.
Jackson commended Hanover Deputies Norman, Crumpler and Sgt. Spain, who bought the children food, water, and gave the infant a bottle.
She said she also bought some formula and diapers to help the children.
“Y'all knew I wasn't gonna leave these kids,” she wrote on Facebook.

Jackson said she deputies also allowed her to contact the children’s family so Child Protective Services wouldn’t take them away.

Man accused of shoplifting nearly $7,800 in items from Sam's Club

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FARMINGTON NM July 22 2017 — A warrant has been issued for an Albuquerque man accused of shoplifting nearly $7,800 in merchandise from Sam's Club in Farmington.
Devon Liedtke, 39, is accused of two counts of third-degree felony shoplifting, according to court records.
The Farmington Police Department has been investigating two incidents of shoplifting which took place in March at Sam's Club at 4500 E. Main St., posting photos from security cameras of the alleged suspect on the department's Facebook page.
Liedtke is accused of stealing four Samsung HDTVs and five sets of security systems along with two coolers, solar lights and stereo equipment on March 20 and 25, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
He allegedly stole about $3,790 in merchandise on March 20 and about $4,000 in merchandise on March 25. Both times, Liedtke allegedly presented a receipt to an employee and exited the store with the merchandise.
As part of the investigation, Farmington police believed Liedtke had used his Sam's Club membership during a visit to the store.
The membership card was tied to a business account for Accelerated Impact Management based in Albuquerque with the names Devon Ollis and Jesonna Ollis listed under the membership, according to court documents.
The business address for Accelerated Impact Management listed in the court documents matches an entry for Accelerated Impact Management LLC on the New Mexico Secretary of State's Office website.
The entry on the state secretary of state's website lists Devon Liedtke as the registered agent for the LLC.
During the investigation, an officer told detectives she believed the man who allegedly led police on a vehicle pursuit on April 8 could be Liedtke, according to court documents.
Liedtke is also facing charges of aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, speeding and failure to maintain traffic lanes, according to court records.
Three different officers involved in the vehicle pursuit believed Liedtke was the man in the Sam's Club security footage after reviewing the photos.

One officer showed Liedtke the photos during the April 8 arrest, and he denied being in the photos, according to court documents.

2 arrested at Chicago concert for assaulting security

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Genessee County MI July 22 2017 Several concert-goers who became disorderly and assaulted security personnel have been arrested.
Jacqueline M. Walker, 48, and Mark P. Walker, 49, both of Grand Island, were accused Tuesday of physically assaulting security officers during the Chicago concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, according to the Genesee County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies charged Jacqueline Walker with harassment and resisting arrest after she kicked and struck multiple Live Nation security personnel, the Sheriff's Office said.
She also kicked deputies while being taken into custody, deputies said.

Mark Walker was charged with harassment after he punched a security officer in the face, according to authorities.

Palatine bouncer arrested in assault

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Palestine IL July 22 2017 A member of the security staff at Lamplighter Inn in downtown Palatine has been charged by police with aggravated battery following an incident that occurred with a group of people July 8 that involved well-known singer Haley Reinhart, who was charged with battery that night.
At approximately 2 a.m. that day, Police responded to the establishment at 60 N. Bothwell St. for the report of unwanted subjects.
Upon police arrival, a male patron of the establishment was found with significant injuries to his face and head, police said. Allegations were made that the injuries were sustained after the subject was confronted by security staff of the Lamplighter Inn bar.
Reinhart was arrested and charged with battery after she allegedly struck a Lamplighter Inn employee.
Pursuant to an investigation by Palatine police detectives, it was determined that a 32 year-old Lamplighter’s employee; Adam Sobanski was responsible for inflicting the injuries on the male patron.
Police said the investigation revealed Sobanksi placed the victim in a chokehold until the victim fell to the floor. Once on the floor, Sobanski allegedly struck the victim in the face repeatedly with a closed fist causing extensive injuries to the victim’s face and head, which required medical attention at a local hospital.

Sobanski of the 2200 block of N. Rand Rd., Palatine, was arrested by Palatine police on July 19 and charged with two counts of felony aggravated battery. His bond was set at $45,000 and is expected to appear in a Rolling Meadows courtroom at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 10.

Lexington man arrested for breaking hospital security officer's finger

Lexington KY July 22 2017 A Lexington man was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly broke the finger of a St. Joseph Hospital security officer who tried to prevent him from lighting a cigarette, according to court records.
Christopher L. Clater, 43, was in the hospital’s emergency room as a patient when he reportedly tried to light the cigarette, according to court records. When Clater was told he couldn’t smoke inside, he became disorderly and tried to leave his room, his arrest citation states.
Clater is accused of punching a security officer in the face when he was blocked from leaving, according to court records. While Clater and the security officer were wrestling on the ground, Clater grabbed the officer’s left little finger and bent it sideways away from his hand, breaking the finger, according to the arrest citation.
Clater is being held in the Fayette County jail on a charge of second-degree assault.

Security officer bitten on groin during campground assault

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Battle Creek MI July 22 2017  Three Battle Creek women — ages 32, 34, and 36 — were arrested on charges of assault and battery after Battle Creek police were called to a fight at the Hideaway Hills campground at 21901 Collier Road in Bedford Township at 1:53 p.m. Tuesday.
Police said a woman, 52, went to a nearby campsite to ask the three women to be quiet and stop using profanity because children were present.
The three women, who had been drinking, began to argue and then pushed the older woman.
That woman's boyfriend and daughter then went to her defense and also began to argue with the three women. The daughter was punched in the face and one of the women attempted to bite her.
Two women also attempted to assault the older woman's boyfriend and then all went to the ground.
A security officer and camp official arrived and the security guard was assaulted by the three women.
He had a cut on his face and was bitten in the groin.
One of the suspects had a cut above her right eyebrow she sustained while biting the security guard.
An 11-year-old girl also attempted to stop the fight and was kicked in the stomach.
Others sustained scratches and bruises.
All three women were arrested on assault charges and could face additional charges.
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Berkeley police officer died of suicide

Berkeley CA July 22 2017 A veteran Berkeley police officer died over the weekend and the death appears to have been a suicide, according to an internal department memo shared with Berkeleyside.
Officer Alan Roberds, badge #53, worked for the city of Berkeley for more than 15 years.
“He was a great guy to work with, a family man and solid street cop,” said one former Berkeley police officer who worked with Roberds. Several officers have asked Berkeleyside in recent days to share the news of his death with the community.
A memo from Berkeley Police Chief Andrew Greenwood about Roberds’ death was shared with the department Saturday afternoon following individual telephone calls to each officer. Greenwood also sent his email to the city manager, who later shared it with city staff and officials.
Greenwood wrote Saturday that “Alan’s body was discovered in his vehicle this morning in a parking lot in El Sobrante. The Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office notified BPD, and BPD personnel responded to the scene. Preliminary information strongly indicates Alan took his own life. CoCo County Detectives are investigating this incident, and there is no further information to share at this time.”
The Contra Costa County sheriff’s office has not responded to multiple requests for information.
Officers who spoke to Berkeleyside could not recall another BPD death under similar circumstances.
The Berkeley Police Department brought in a mental health counselor, and also offered peer support services to staff from BPD and the California Highway Patrol over the weekend.
Monday, the department scheduled two “Critical Incident Stress Debriefs” to help provide support to “those at BPD who worked closely with Alan.”
The department also authorized the wearing of black mourning bands “as a way to honor Alan for his many years of service at BPD, and a way to honor and support his family — especially his wife and their two children — and friends.”
In her email to city staff, City Manager Dee Williams-Ridley described Saturday as “A very sad day indeed for all.”
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Greenwood wrote in his message: “Just as loss and grief are an inextricable part of our lives, so too are the daily acts of kindness and support we can extend to one-another, on good days and bad. Be vigilant for your own well-being, and for the well-being of those around you.”

Roberds’ funeral is scheduled for Tuesday.
Greenwood has not been available for additional comment this week about the death. But he choked back tears Monday night while making remarks, during a community forum, about the importance of physical and psychological wellbeing, and emotional resiliency, for officers.

“Our officers can take on trauma from the work they do,” Greenwood said. “Giving the officers the resources to be able to recover and keep operating through that is a priority.”

NYC MTA security guard arrested in armed attack

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New York NY July 22 2017 An MTA security guard was arrested after he swung a machete and threatened a man with a gun as he fought with him on an Upper West Side street, authorities say.
It's unclear what sparked the early morning mêlée at the intersection of Broadway and West 94th Street shortly before 7 a.m., but the confrontation spilled onto the sidewalk, where the MTA security guard — identified by the NYPD as Luis Roman — battled with the other man, who was defending himself with a trash can, police said.
A witness captured the fight with his cellphone as the two men clashed with fists and plastic bottles.
Police said the NYPD officers who located and arrested Roman recovered a gun and the machete. An NBC intern at the scene said the man was taken into custody near the 94th Street entrance of the downtown subway platform. The suspect had been sitting on a bench when nearly a half-dozen cops showed up and questioned him about where he had just been. The suspect told them he had just been meeting with a client. Officers put him in handcuffs.
Roman faces charges of assault, criminal mischief, criminal possession of a weapon and menacing. It's unclear if he has an attorney who can comment on the charges against him.
The witness who shot the video said he captured the last couple minutes of the fight and that the two men had been arguing for some time before things got physical.
Roman, who police said is the man seen in a white shirt in the video, tried to drive away during the argument, when the other man, seen in a red hat, threw a trash can at his car, according to the witness. That’s when Roman allegedly pulled out the machete, according to the witness.
The video starts with the two men taunting each other. The man in white is gripping the machete and the man in red is dragging the trash can. A woman who was in the car with the man in white is seen standing between the two men while on her cellphone.
The man in white suddenly charges at the other man with the machete, but then backs off. The woman gets into the car and closes the passenger-side door, but the man in red reopens the door. That’s when the man in white dashes around the back of the car and swings the machete at him. The machete goes airborne and lands in the street.
After that, the video shows the man in red lifting the trash can over his head and tossing it at the other man, who pushes it aside and runs for the driver’s seat. The man in red stops him from closing the door and the two men begin punching each other in the middle of Broadway. They eventually start throwing plastic bottles and cups at one another.
From there, the fight begins to fizzle out. When the video ends, the man in red is standing on the sidewalk on his cellphone and the man in white is getting into his car and beginning to drive away.
In the video, the man in white appears to have blood on his shirt as he leaves the scene. Police said the man in red hurt his hand, but that no serious injuries were reported.

The MTA had no comment on the incident. 

Queens high school student charged in sexual attack at school

Queens NY July 22 2017 A student at a Queens high school was arrested for sexually assaulting a classmate in the building’s basement, law enforcement sources told The Post on Wednesday.
The suspect, identified by sources as Oliver Shatelaine, 18, allegedly took the 16-year-old girl to the basement of the Humanities and Arts Magnet High School in Cambria Heights on Tuesday morning and started to perform oral sex on her, sources said.
Shatelaine then allegedly tried to rape the victim, according to sources.
The victim notified school safety officers about the horrifying incident and Shatelaine turned himself in to detectives later that day at the 105th Precinct station house.

Shatelaine, a Queens resident, was charged with rape, sexual misconduct and endangering the welfare of a minor, sources said.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Security Officer Killed During Pot Shop Robbery

LOS ANGELES CA July 21 2017  A security officer was killed and three other men were wounded in a shooting during an attempted armed robbery at a popular marijuana dispensary in South Los Angeles Wednesday night.
The shooting occurred at 9:50 p.m. at a pot shop in a nondescript building on South Broadway, just south of Imperial Highway, near the 10 Freeway.
Los Angeles police arrived to find a male security officer dead on scene.
A second man was rushed to a hospital, where he underwent surgery for gunshot wounds to the chest, police said.
Two other suffered non-life-threatening gunshot injuries. No names were released.
Police are not reporting if the security officer was armed or what company he was employed with.
According to police, three or four male suspects were attempting to rob the dispensary when the shooting occurred.
According to police, a security officer was also shot and killed at the same pot shop about one year ago. The details of that shooting were not immediately confirmed.

They remain at large. Investigators were on scene for several hours well into Thursday morning collecting evidence.

Security officer finds 84-year-old woman strangled to death

METAIRIE LA July 21 2017  -- Police found an 84-year-old woman strangled to death inside a senior living home.
According to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, officers were called out to the 4900 block of York Street Tuesday night to investigate what appeared to be a death by natural causes.
However, an autopsy revealed that 84-year-old Pauline Ballon died from strangulation.
Police say a security guard discovered Ballon facedown in her bed around 7:55 p.m. on July 18.
"We are deeply saddened by the death of our resident Pauline Ballon and we pray for the repose of her soul and for the consolation of her family and friends," said Christopher Homes,
A Senior Living Ministry of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. "At this time we are cooperating fully with authorities and will continue to do so throughout their investigation. At this time we have no further comment and refer all inquiries to the Jefferson Parish Sheriffs Office."
No motive or suspects have been named at this time.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call JPSO's Investigation's Bureau at 504-364-5300.

Security guard at a Lehigh Valley hospital faces porn charges

Lehigh Valley Hospital - 17th Street, 1627 W. Chew St., Allentown, PA. (Sarah Cassi |

Allentown PA July 21 2017 A security guard at a Lehigh Valley hospital is facing child porn charges after allegedly showing a video to a co-worker at work.
Fathallah Smaki, of the 100 block of Crest Drive in Whitehall Township, was charged with possession of child pornography, disseminating images depicting child sex acts, and sharing obscene material.
He is free after posting $30,000 bail.
The incident occurred on Christmas Eve at Lehigh Valley Health network's hospital at 17th and Chew streets, and was reported to police on Dec. 29, city police said.
Charges were filed Monday against Smaki and he was arraigned on Tuesday in the case.
Brian Downs, a spokesperson for Lehigh Valley Health Network, said Smaki's last day was Jan. 18.
The co-worker said Smaki showed him a video on his cellphone in the security office, and the video was of a boy being sexually assaulted by a woman.
Police reviewed video surveillance of that day and said it showed Smaki using his cellphone and then giving it to the co-worker.
A LVHN investigator told police that Smaki was "constantly" using his phone at work.
Investigators met with Smaki in Jan. 12, and asked to check his phone for child pornography.
Smaki told investigators his phone was in his car, then excused himself from the conference room and locked himself in a bathroom for five minutes, police said. Smaki then said the phone was in his jacket, and gave it to investigators, police said.

A search of the phone revealed a 3-minute video of child pornography depicting a boy and girl, both estimated to be 5 years old, police said.

Cell phone store security guard and company sued for assault

PHILADELPHIA PA July 21 2017 – A cell phone store customer believes a security guard with a violent criminal past assaulted him during his removal from the South Philadelphia store nearly two years ago.
Darnell Jones of Philadelphia filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on July 6 versus Allstate Security Inc. (now known as Security Resources of PA Inc. and doing business as “Honor Guard Security”).
“On or about Aug. 8, 2015, plaintiff [Darnell] Jones was a lawful invitee shopping at Verizon Wireless Retailer, Cellular Sales, when an employee, a security guard, physically assaulted plaintiff [Darnell] Jones in his attempt to remove plaintiff from the store, closing and/or hitting plaintiff with the exit doors, causing plaintiff to sustain injury when he fell back onto the ground,” the suit states.
According to the lawsuit, the security company failed to properly pre-screen the unnamed security guard for employment, since he allegedly had a violent criminal past. The suit adds the defendant did not exercise due care in identifying the employee’s history of criminal behavior before hiring him and not terminating him immediately when they supposedly learned of it.
“As a sole and direct result of the original incident, plaintiff [Darnell] Jones suffered severe and diverse injuries including, but not limited to, a closed-head injury, acute traumatic sprain and/or strain of cervical spine and lumbar spine, right forearm sprain and/or strain, right wrist sprain and/or strain and right thumb sprain and/or strain,” the suit says.
For a single count of negligence, the plaintiff is seeking damages, jointly and severally, not in excess of the arbitration limits, plus interest, costs and attorney’s fees in this matter.
The plaintiff is represented by Casey O. Srogoncik of Clearfield & Kofsky, in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 170700245

Security Officer recounts rape endured while out on patrols

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COLUMBUS OH July 21 2017 As a security guard and mom, a north side woman said she enjoyed helping people and felt safe working patrols at the Ashley Village Apartments on Sunshine Place.
"I got to say hi to children that were outside," the security guard said under the condition that she would not be identified. "Some people would say, 'You come out. You seem concerned of us.'"
Then in May during midnight patrols, police said a teenager targeted the security guard by hitting her in the back of the head, knocking her unconscious, raping her and stealing her gun.
"He could have taken the gun and killed me," said the security guard. "There's a lot that went though my mind."
Police say DNA left in the case matched the DNA of Nehemiah Hunter, 18. Hunter has a prior record in juvenile court and past cases cited him as using drugs and having anger issues. Now his alleged victim said she's struggling with her bills as she struggles to go back to work.
"I don't want them to pity me or see me less of a person," said the security guard.

However, Hunter maintains he does not know the victim or any officer. He also denies any involvement in the case. He faced a judge Tuesday on rape charges and the case is expected to go before a grand jury within the next two weeks.