Sunday, December 21, 2014

Line of Duty Death Police Officer Charles Kondek

        Police Officer Charles Kondek | Tarpon Springs Police Department, Florida

Police Officer Charles Kondek

Tarpon Springs Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Sunday, December 21, 2014   
 

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45
Tour: 22 years
Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire
Incident Date: 12/21/2014
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect: Apprehended

Police Officer Charlie Kondek was shot and killed while responding to a noise complaint call at 199 Grand Boulevard.

Residents of an apartment complex had called police because a man who had been knocking on apartment doors at approximately 2:00 am. When Officer Kondek arrived at the scene he was shot by the subject.

The man then fled in a vehicle but was apprehended a short distance away after crashing into a utility pole and parked car.

Officer Kondek had served with the Tarpon Springs Police Department for 17 years and had previously served with the New York City Police Department for five years. He is survived by his wife and five children.

Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Chief of Police Robert Kochen
Tarpon Springs Police Department
444 S Huey Avenue
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
Phone: (727) 938-2849

Line of Duty Death Police Officer Rafael Ramos

Police Officer Rafael Ramos

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Saturday, December 20, 2014
 Bio & Incident Details
Age: Not available
Tour: 2 years
Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire
Incident Date: 12/20/2014
Weapon: Handgun
Suspect: Committed suicide

     
Police Officer Rafael Ramos and Police Officer Wenjian Liu were shot and killed from ambush while sitting in their patrol car at the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Thompkins Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Both officers were participating in an anti-terrorism drill when a subject walked up their patrol car and opened fire with a handgun, striking them both in the head and upper body multiple times. Other officers immediately pursued the the subject into a nearby subway station where the man committed suicide.

The subject was a gang member from Baltimore, Maryland, who had traveled to New York City specifically to ambush police officers. The man had published his intentions on social media prior to the shooting.

Officer Ramos had served with the New York City Police Department for two years.

Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Commissioner William J. Bratton
New York City Police Department
1 Police Plaza
Room 1320
New York, NY 10038
Phone: (646) 610-6700

Line of Duty Death Police Officer Wenjian Liu

        Police Officer Wenjian Liu | New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer Wenjian Liu

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Saturday, December 20, 2014
 Bio & Incident Details
Age: Not available
Tour: 4 years
Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire
Incident Date: 12/20/2014
Weapon: Handgun
Suspect: Committed suicide

     

Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:

Commissioner William J. Bratton
New York City Police Department
1 Police Plaza
Room 1320
New York, NY 10038
Phone: (646) 610-6700

Police brutality protesters rally at Mall of America privateofficer.com

Demonstrators filled the Mall of America rotunda and …



BLOOMINGTON, Minn. Dec 21 2014  (AP) — A mass of demonstrators chanting, "Black lives matter," converged in the Mall of America rotunda Saturday as part of a protest against police brutality that caused part of the mall to shut down on a busy day for holiday shopping.
The group Black Lives Matter Minneapolis had more than 3,000 people confirm on Facebook that they would attend. Official crowd estimates weren't immediately available, but pictures posted to social media by local news organizations showed the rotunda was full. Organizer Mica Grimm estimated about 3,000 people participated.
The rally is part of protests happening nationwide after officers weren't charged in the deaths of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York.
During the rally, protesters shouted "While you're on your shopping spree, black people cannot breathe" — a reference to the chokehold police placed on Eric Garner, who died in New York. As they were dispersing, they walked down the hall with their arms raised, shouting "Hands up, don't shoot!" That saying has been used in Ferguson, Missouri, in protests against the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, and in demonstrations elsewhere.
Bloomington police said 25 people were arrested, mainly for reasons such as trespassing. Commander Mark Stehlik said he was not aware of any injuries or property damage.
Mall representatives had warned protesters in advance that they could be removed, arrested and banned. The mall's management issued a statement Saturday saying it was "extremely disappointed" that protest organizers ignored the policy banning political protests.

Whole Foods security bans woman for mistakenly taking water privateofficer.com

A look inside Whole Foods
Toronto Ca. Dec 21 2014 A woman who mistakenly left Whole Foods without paying for a case of water was detained by the grocery store's security guards and banned from shopping in the store ever again.
Whole Foods pays a security firm whose staff keeps an eye out for shoplifters at its Yorkville location in Toronto. (Whole Foods)
Marni Sky, a frequent shopper at the Yorkville Whole Foods location, put a case of water in her shopping cart last week. She said the water was obscured by her gym bag in the bottom of the cart. After paying for the rest of her groceries — $180 in total — she says she was "arrested" by a security guard while attempting to leave the store.
She offered to pay for the water, which she estimates costs around $5.
But the security guard made her get out of the elevator she was in, detained her for a time and then banned her from ever shopping at that Whole Foods store again.
Sky said she typically shops at Whole Foods on a daily basis. "This was my happy place," she told CBC News in an interview.
But Sky said she was embarrassed and sad about the situation. In an effort to cheer her up, her husband, Dan Shimmerman, wrote a whimsical open letter to Whole Foods executives and posted it on the social news site Reddit.
"Accosting her in a crowded elevator in front of 15 other customers (accomplices perhaps?), he loudly (and proudly) proclaimed, 'Miss, you are under arrest. You stole water from us and I am going to have to take you in,'" wrote Shimmerman. "I kid you not, the lad said 'take you in.'"
The post garnered a lot of attention, with many commenters questioning how a security guard could "arrest" a shoplifter.
"The incident that I described really happened. I tried to spice it up for the sake of humour, entertainment and to make a point," Shimmerman responded to his critics. "But, in a nutshell, my wife was arrested at Whole Foods by a security guy because she didn’t pay for her water."
The grocery store did end up responding to Sky and Shimmerman, offering an apology and $25 gift card to the couple.
"[The Whole Foods representative] confirmed the events, and was genuinely apologetic and embarrassed about the incident. He agreed that it should have been handled differently," said Shimmerman.
Whole Foods said security is contracted out. The store hires a company to scout for shoplifters, sometimes in plain clothes. But the company said security guards do not have the authority to arrest, detain or ban anyone from the store.
CBC NEWS

West Virginia security officers file class action lawsuit against TMK Security privateofficer.com


Kanawha County WV Dec 21 2014 TMK Security guards employed at the Frasure Creek Mine in Oak Hill filed a class-action lawsuit Thursday against the security company in Kanawha County Circuit Court.
 Employee attorney Ben Salango, of Preston & Salango, Charleston, said about 40 employees were fired without receiving final paychecks.

 Karen Payne and nearly 40 other unnamed employees who worked at the Oak Hill mine owned by Trinity Coal Corp. are hoping to be compensated for time worked under the Wage Payment and Collection Act.

An additional motion was granted Thursday by Judge James C. Stucky to prevent Trinity Coal from making a final payment to TMK Security, owned by Appalachian Enterprise Security Services.

The restraining order indicates Trinity Coal owes  $86,747.77 to TMK Security, which may provide sufficient funding to compensate the plaintiffs for wages due.

The lawsuit names Appalachian Enterprise Security Services, doing business as TMK Security, as well as owners George King and Dwayne M. Toler individually.

The suit asserts the company violated the Wage Payment and Collection Act by terminating employees on Nov. 29 and failing to pay them for wages earned within four businesses day as required by West Virginia Code.

In addition, Payne and other employees claim security guards had $3 deducted from every paycheck for uniforms that were never provided.

The plaintiffs are seeking damages, attorney fees and costs, although Payne has signed a stipulation indicating she is not seeking more than $75,000.
The Register-Herald
 


 

Former Lake County jail guard dies awaiting trial in inmate's death privateofficer.com

Robert Schlesser
Lake County IL Dec 21 2014
One of two former correctional officers indicted on felony charges in connection with the death of a Lake County Jail inmate in 2012 has died while awaiting trial.
McHenry County Coroner Dr. Anne Majewski said Schlesser was pronounced dead at Centegra McHenry Medical Center at 6:15 p.m. after collapsing at home and being taken by emergency personnel to the hospital. Majewski said Schlesser died of natural causes resulting from multiple blood clots in his lungs.
Schlesser and Rodney Holmes were indicted by a Lake County grand jury for official misconduct, a Class 3 felony, in connection with the death of Eugene Gruber, who was seriously injured in the jail on Halloween 2011 and died in March 2012 at a rehabilitation facility.
Gruber, who was 51, was paralyzed after guards used a neck-twisting “take-down” maneuver as they struggled to change his clothes in a shower area Oct. 31, 2011. Gruber also was sprayed with pepper spray that night for allegedly fighting correctional officers trying to process him into the jail.
During Gruber’s incarceration, security videos show, deputies hoisted him by the armpits and carried him, legs dragging, through the jail.
He was in custody on charges of disorderly conduct and criminal trespass to property.
The Grayslake man died four months later at a Chicago rehabilitation hospital where doctors had been trying to wean him off a ventilator.
As a result of Gruber’s death, Sheriff Mark Curran called for an administrative audit of the incident, which resulted in three terminations and disciplinary actions taken against 10 correctional officers. Holmes and Schlesser were among the officers terminated, according to sheriff’s office officials.

Large Victoria security company license suspend for use of unlicensed personnel privateofficeer.com

Victoria Australia Dec 21 2014 The licence of one of Victoria's largest security guard providers has been suspended after it was found to be using unlicensed guards.
Victoria Police investigated private security business ACG Security, based in Parkville, after complaints it breached the Private Security Act.
Eight employees, including senior and event management, also had their licences suspended.
Individual security staff are not affected by the suspension.
Senior Sergeant Brett Kahan said the suspensions sent a strong message to those doing the wrong thing.
He said the investigation focused on the business not meeting workplace obligations, sub-contracting to unlicensed private security businesses to provide guards and the recruitment and use of unlicensed guards.
The suspended business has recently been acquired by another licensed company, which means major events will not be affected.
Jess Walsh, state secretary of United Voice union which looks after the security sector, welcomed the move by police.
"We receive constant complaints from members about cowboy operators who cut corners with public safety and rip off hard-working security guards," she said in a statement.
Ms Walsh said union members created a special Safeguard code to raise standards among security contractors.
"We recommend anyone tendering security work only choose a professional, Safeguard-endorsed contractor," she said.
SBS.com/au

G4S hotel security guard charged with human trafficking of underage prostitutes privateofficer.com

 Sebastien Noel
Fort Lauderdale FL Dec 21 2014 A hotel security guard is accused of providing rooms for pimping at least two teenage girls in Fort Lauderdale, police said.
Sebastien Joseph Noel, 25, is being held without bond on a charge of human trafficking and forced sexual activity involving a child under 18, jail records show.
Noel was employed by G4S Security, which was contracted to provide security at La Quinta hotels in Broward, according to the arrest report filed in the case.
During a first-appearance court hearing, Broward Judge John "Jay" Hurley questioned two Fort Lauderdale detectives.
"One thing I'm curious about," the judge asked. "Was he using the security guard [job] as his cover to conduct these criminal activities?"
"We believe so," one of the detectives answered.
"This defendant allegedly admitted that he was acting as the pimp for these two young women, correct?" Hurley asked.
"Yes," the detectives said.
The girls were 17 and 18, according to police. Noel knew one was underage because he saw her Florida identification on her cellphone, investigators said.
On Oct. 30, one detective first spotted an advertisement on Backpage.com titled "sexy chocolate 2 girl special 80 – 18." The ad featured several pictures of girls in bras and panties, but their faces were not shown.
Posing as a potential client, he said he made contact with one of the girls by texting the phone number in the ad and asking if both girls were available.
They later arranged to meet in a hotel room at 5070 N. State Road 7 at the cost of $80 for 30 minutes with both girls, police said.
The 17-year-old answered the door in the nude and the 18-year-old was sitting on the bed, according to the arrest report. Pink and black lingerie, similar to what was pictured in the ad, was found on a chair.
Both admitted to participating in prostitution and said they had just given all their money, about $250, to their pimp who had left before police arrived.
They described him as a security guard who worked at several area hotels and drove a silver four-door Honda with tinted windows. The 18-year-old said she was afraid of her pimp because he knew where she lived, investigators said.
Police eventually found Noel inside a Honda in the parking lot of the La Quinta hotel at 3800 W. Commercial Blvd. in Tamarac.
According to investigators, a cellphone taken from one of the girls showed Noel's telephone number on its caller ID and a hotel receipt in the car showed a room that had been paid for in the girls' names.
Additional evidence revealed calls and texts between Noel and the two girls and turned up records showing he had paid for the Backpage.com advertisements, detectives said.
He was arrested Monday and had a bond court hearing on Tuesday afternoon.
Sun-Sentinel

Sophie B. Wright Charter School teacher arrested on pornographic charges privateofficer.com

New Orleans LA Dec 21 2014 A teacher at Sophie B. Wright Charter School has been arrested on charges of sending pornographic images to students' phones. New Orleans police said Damon M. Williams admitted to the crimes.
Williams, 32, was handcuffed outside the school Monday afternoon, witnesses said. Early Tuesday, police booked him with two counts each of indecent behavior with a juvenile and prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and student, according to court documents. School administrators called police after the parent of a student told them of the photo distribution, Principal Sharon L. Clark said.
Clark described Williams as "a very hard-working teacher." But she said he has been suspended in his third year at the school, where he taught keyboarding.
"I really have no comment until I understand more of what happened," Clark said. "The (school's) board is dealing with it, but he is not an active teacher at this time."
Court records show this is not Williams' first arrest on similar allegations.
In October 2008, police booked Williams with obscenity after a 17-year-old male student told police he "received a picture message of a penis" the teacher sent to his cell phone. At that time, Williams was a choir teacher at the now-defunct L.E. Rabouin High School. He was placed on paid leave by that school pending the outcome of the investigation, but court records show prosecutors refused the charge on Nov. 17, 2008.
According to Williams' newest arrest report, school administrators called NOPD special victims section detective Nijel Baddoo after a mother reported the pornographic images sent to her son's phone. While Baddoo happened to be examining the text messages and pictures, Williams sent another message to the student's phone, the detective wrote.
The report said Baddoo found Williams in his classroom, where the teacher "admitted that he sent the images." Baddoo said his investigation determined four male students had received images from the teacher. The ages of the boys were not disclosed, but the Uptown school serves middle and high school students in grades 6 through 12.
The school is temporarily housed in the 1800 block of Monroe Street. Its regular campus at 1426 Napoleon Ave. is being renovated.
Clark said school policy forbids teachers to engage with students in any type of social media. She said the nature of the shared images prompted her immediate call to police.
"Our first priority is the safety of our students," Clark said. "We are the ones who proactively contacted the police, out of concern for the safety of our students."
After Williams' previous arrest was confirmed, a phone message left with Clark was not immediately returned. It is unclear whether the school was aware of the previous case since it was not prosecuted.
Williams' bond was set Tuesday at $150,000. A hearing in his case was scheduled for Jan. 12.

Per Mar Security Services burglarized privateofficer.com

Suspects appear to be getting braver as a security company gets burglarized.

Illinois Dec 21 2014 Shattered glass and missing equipment. This is what workers at Per Mar Security Services found when they got to work Monday morning.
Four trucks were broken into over the weekend.
"Everybody thinks a security company should be secure and we are, but it can happen at any time to anybody," Bob Haedt, General Manager of Per Mar Security Services, said.
Security cameras mounted to the outside of the building may help police catch their suspect. In fact, the video gave officers a head start.
"We have video of the situation and the gentleman that was doing it," Haedt said.
Whether it’s for equipment, cash, or goods, vehicle breaks-ins are common this time of year.
In Cherry Valley, police are spending extra time at the mall.
"We're looking for broken glass or an open door," Officer Jesse Pearse said.
Those stepped up patrols are working. Officers say car break-ins are down at the mall this holiday season.
Whether we're out shopping or just parking our cars in our driveway, cops remind us to take everything out and lock up.
"Burglaries are a crime of opportunity and if we're being smart, keeping things locked, keeping things put away, that doesn't allow that opportunity," Officer Pearse said.
Loves Park Police say another company was also hit over the weekend. Criminals took some tools and stole two trucks from a business near Forest Hills and Harlem Roads.
Officers aren't sure yet if it's the same person that also broke into the trucks at Per Mar Security Services.

Security guard accused of sexually assaulting teen girl privateofficer.com

A security guard is accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl while he was on the job last week.

On Friday, according to court documents, a 16-year-old girl told police that she and her boyfriend were partially undressed and "making out" in a parked car at a parking garage on Lake Houston Parkway when the security guard knocked on the window and told them to get out of the car.

The girl says she quickly dressed and got out of the car. She told officers that the guard, identified as Troy Anthony Whitfield, asked for her identification and told her to accompany him to the office, while her boyfriend was instructed to stay in the car.

At the office, the girl says Whitfield asked for personal information and told her she would be charged with a sex crime. Then he reportedly told her that he wouldn't be able to charge her if she "had something on him." Then Whitfield allegedly sexually assaulted the girl, kissed her and warned her that if she told anyone what he did, she would be charged.

A rape kit test was performed on the victim.

Whitfield was arrested for traffic warrants, and police attempted to collect DNA evidence. Whitfield, 49, is charged with sexual assault of a child and is being held in jail.
abc7

Nanuet Apple store shoplifter charged in attack on security officer privateofficer.com

Ryan Sumner
NANUET NY Dec 21 2014 – A Florida man has been charged with multiple criminal offenses which stemmed from allegedly shoplifting from two separate stores and an escape attempt that turned ugly when he attacked mall security.
Ryan Sumner, 21, of Dade City, Florida, stands accused of petty larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and second degree harassment. Sumner was initially spotted by a loss prevention officer when he swiped a golden iPhone 6 on display in the Apple Store in Nanuet and replaced it with another iPhone 6.
After Sumner left the store, loss prevention confronted him in the parking lot and determined that Sumner was also in possession of items stolen from the Nanuet Express Store. However, while they were returning to the Apple Store, Sumner punched the loss prevention officer in the face and fled. No injury to the man was reported and medical treatment was subsequently declined.
Clarkstown Police responded to the incident at around 5:50 p.m. They canvassed the area for Sumner, who managed to make it all the way to an area near the Nanuet P.C. Richards before he was arrested.
Though Sumner has been charged for the iPhone theft and attack on the loss prevention officer, the Nanuet Express Store declined to press charges for the alleged theft of their own merchandise.
Sumner has been arraigned and remanded to Rockland County Jail with an expected follow-up court date set for January 22. His bail has been set at $5,000.
rocklandtimes.com

Teens charged with aggravated battery, retail theft after Louis Mall incident privateofficer.com

Joliet IL Dec 21 2014 Two teenage brothers were foiled in their bid to boost apparel from the Macy’s in the Louis Mall but not before one popped a security guard in the face a few times, police said.
The youths, ages 13 and 17, removed the magnetic anti-theft devices from Nike socks, a Nike jacket and Polo underpants and slipped out of the store just past noon Tuesday, police said, but were then confronted by a security guard.
The older teen turned and punched the guard in the face several times while his little brother took off, police said. The guard and mall security reportedly managed to subdue the 17-year-old and a Joliet police officer sent to investigate a report of a fight arrived to make the arrest.
The law then went looking for the younger teen and an officer spotted him when he ducked down inside a parked car.
The 17-year-old was charged with aggravated battery, retail theft and retail theft while removing a security device. He was taken to River Valley Juvenile Detention Center. His younger brother was charged with retail theft and retail theft while removing a security device. He was turned over to his father.

San Diego shopping mall sued for weak security measures privateofficer.com

 — A lawsuit alleges a San Diego shopping mall was negligent in not providing better security measures that might have prevented the Christmas Eve shooting deaths of three people in its parking lot.
The Los Angeles Times reports Wednesday (http://lat.ms/1wZleRN ) that the suit claims mall security cameras at Westfield Mission Valley mall were not working and security personnel did a poor job of patrolling the lot.
A spokesman for the mall's owner, Westfield Centers, declined comment.
The suit was filed on behalf of the families of the three victims — Ilona Flint, Salvatore Belvedere and Gianni Belvedere.
Last month the suspected gunman, 29-year-old Carlo Mercado, was deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial and sent to a mental hospital.

Read more here: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2014/12/17/3402847_suit-cites-san-diego-mall-security.html?sp=/99/177/348//&rh=1#storylink=cpy

Three Spokane men were arrested at Coeur d'Alene Casino privateofficer.com


Worley ID Dec 21 2014
Three Spokane men were arrested on a number of charges after a Kootenai County deputy spotted a stolen vehicle in the parking lot of the Coeur d'Alene Casino, near Worley.
The deputy had received an alert on the stolen car from Spokane. The vehicle was parked and unoccupied.
The deputy contacted casino security and with the aid of their security cameras was able to obtain video of the four individuals that arrived in the stolen car. The deputy, along with other officers, then found the four men who had arrived in the stolen vehicle.
Three of the four were arrested on a host of charges including possession of the stolen vehicle, possession of stolen credit cards, possession of stolen property, possession of drugs with the intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The fourth man was released after deputies decided he didn't know the vehicle was stolen.

Ritz-Carlton hotel in Clayton failed to prevent sexual assault, suit claims privateofficer.com

Clayton MO Dec 21 2014 A woman has sued the Ritz-Carlton in Clayton, alleging the hotel failed to prevent an alleged sexual assault there in January 2012.
The woman, 45, of Kirkwood, claims that on Jan. 22, 2012, a Pasadena Hills man assaulted her and forced her to perform sex acts in a room at the hotel at 100 Carondelet Plaza. She is also suing her alleged attacker, a 43-year-old Pasadena Hills man.
The woman is identified as a plaintiff in the lawsuit but the Post-Dispatch does not identify alleged victims of sex crimes. The accused man is also identified in the suit, but the newspaper is withholding his name because he has not been charged.
Cpl. Korey Golcynski, a Clayton police spokesman, said there is an open, active criminal investigation into the alleged attack. He said he didn’t know if the accused has been arrested in the case.
“We’re just not releasing anything at this time,” he said. “I don’t know any of the specifics.”
Al Watkins, a lawyer with the firm representing the woman in the suit, said the she was in the hotel’s Cigar Club with the man when she began to feel nauseated from cigar smoke. He said a bartender who overheard the woman saying she felt sick then arranged a room for the woman and man, neither of whom was a hotel guest at the time. Watkins said the woman did not know the man she claims assaulted her, and that the bartender should not have helped the man take advantage of the woman by helping him get a key to a hotel room. Watkins said the bartender should have alerted security to the woman’s condition.
The concept of facilitating a hook-up at a high end bar for the benefit of a man who is preying on an impaired woman ... is abhorrent,” Watkins said.
The woman says the hotel was negligent by failing to provide “appropriate security devices” or ensure that security devices were working to ensure the safety of hotel guests. The suit claims the hotel failed to train its employees to prevent or recognize the harm to the woman or ensure the rooms would not be used to commit crimes.
Reached Wednesday, the accused man denied knowledge of the case and declined further comment.
Maritz, Wolff & Co., based in Clayton, owned the Ritz at the time of the alleged assault. The hotel was sold at the end of 2012 to investor Bruce Karsh Clayton St. Louis Property LLC for $56 million. Jeff Barone, a partner with Maritz, Wolff & Co., said he had no knowledge of the allegations in the lawsuit and did not want to comment.
“We run a first-class operation,” Barone said. “The Ritz-Carlton runs a first-class operation and does a good job with security.”
The suit claims the woman had medical expenses stemming from the alleged attack. She is asking for at least $25,000 in damages. The lawsuit was originally filed in January, withdrawn over the summer and refiled in November, adding the hotel as a defendant.
The Ritz-Carlton settled a lawsuit in August with parents of a 9-year-old girl who claimed that a room key mix-up in 2011 led to her being fondled by a 45-year-old business man. Terms of the suit were confidential, but the girl’s parents were seeking at least $5 million. The man, Dan Hughes of Conshohocken, Pa., was acquitted of sex charges by a jury in April. He was in town for a conference and had been out drinking with co-workers.
St Louis Post

South Africa shopping centers increase security for organized criminals privateofficer.com

South Africa Dec 21 2014 A recent spate of shopping centre heists in South Africa ahead of the festive season has prompted fears that organised criminals are turning their attention to these soft targets.
The South African Police Service (SAPS) have confirmed that there was an attempted robbery on Wednesday at the Pick n Pay in Maponya Mall in Soweto.

Seven robbers entered the back of the store but were soon engaged by mall security and fled the scene before they could get away with any items.
No injuries were reported and Police are now on the hunt for armed men.
With cellphone shops, electronics stores and jewellery stores being targeted, the latest mall robbery in Khayelitsha Mall brings the total up to 20 armed robberies in the last 2 months in Cape Town alone.

While in Gauteng, scores of violent robberies at malls were recorded in the last 3 months.
Khayelitsha Community Trust CEO Mkhululi Gaula confirmed that Khayelitsha Mall in Western Cape had also been the target of criminals.

He said they had taken some measures to ensure the safety of businesses and customers in the area.

"Prior to the improvement of security at the mall, it was open and there were many getaway exits for criminals," he said.

"We used to have armed robberies at the mall once a week.

"We then appointed a security company to install gates to address the openness and getaway exits by criminals."

Canal Walk Mall's CEO, Gavin Wood, said their management had recently met police and community safety MEC Dan Plato in a bid to ensure safe shopping in the area.

He said a full risk assessment of the shopping centre had been conducted.

"We have increased our security personnel and have also deployed more undercover guards," he added.

Wood said they were introducing further technology which enhanced their existing CCTV and other security infrastructure.

The mall will be conducting random security searches at various entrances.

In addition, Wood said, perimeter fencing and improved access control would be installed before the festive season.

Police spokesman Andre Traut said a suspect had recently been arrested in connection with a robbery which took place at Canal Walk Mall.

The police were investigating whether a syndicate was responsible for the spate of robberies at malls and small complexes, he said.

Toledo police use pepper spray against mall crowd disturbance privateofficer.com

Toledo OH Dec 21 2014 Toledo police early today used pepper spray on a crowd that had gathered outside the for a chance to buy a Nike Air Jordan shoe later this week.
Several witnesses told The Blade they saw police spray into the crowd. No injuries were reported after the incident at 5:30 a.m.
Jeremiah Fletcher, 19, who was waiting in line, said police fired pepper spray about three to four times. People fell down after the incident, he said, but he did not see anyone seriously hurt as a result.
Toledo police Sgt. Anthony Gillen said police had been at the mall since 3:35 a.m. He said several police officers were pushed by the crowd. He said they had to control the crowd.
Just after 7:30 a.m. today, a crowd of about 300 that had lined up outside the mall's Finish Line store started to disperse. Those in the crowd said tickets were out at the store for the right to buy the Air Jordan Retro "Legend Blue" shoe.
The shoe goes on sale Saturday.
Toledo police were called to the mall, by mall security, for the crowd and additional officers were called as the crowd grew, according to an incident report. Mall representatives put “barriers” in place to control the crowd, but police said the crowd of about 200 broke through a police perimeter and “over ran officers,” the report states. The report also states that officers were “knocked to the ground and enveloped by the crowd” prompting the use of pepper spray and pepper balls.
Pepper spray is a liquid chemical agent that is generally deployed from a small cannister. Pepper balls are small spheres fired from a “gun,” and allow the chemical agent to travel over a greater distance. Once a pepper ball strikes a person or an object -- the equivalent of being hit with a paint ball -- the pepper spray inside is released.
Officers received scratches and bruises, but no serious injuries to officers or anyone in the crowd were reported. No arrests were made.
Similar ticket distributions have created issues with crowds elsewhere. In Houston, police were called several days ago to handle large crowds.
In one instance there, police used a Taser on a teenage girl, according to reports.
The shoe sells for $200.
ToledoBlade.com

Dalton police officer charged with child molestation privateofficer.com

Daniel Tolbert
DALTON, Ga. Dec 21 2014
A has been suspended from the force after having been arrested on child molestation charges.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested Daniel Tolbert Thursday evening.
Dalton police placed him on administrative leave when the department learned of the investigation on Dec. 9. At the time of his suspension, Tolbert was still in the department’s field training program.
  “I am very disappointed to hear about this allegation, and upset about the discredit this will surely bring on our department, and officers,” said Dalton Police Chief Jason Parker. “We would never condone or support the kind of behavior that would warrant this charge….the men and women of this department hold ourselves to a very high standard of behavior, and we know the community we serve expects our behavior to be beyond reproach.”
At the time of his suspension, Tolbert was still in the department’s field training program.
Tolbert joined the police department on Sept. 16.
wsbtv

 

Indianapolis police officer arrested for stealing guns privateofficer.com

 impd
INDIANAPOLIS IN Dec 21 2014 — An Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer was arrested on Thursday, sources confirmed to our sister station, WISH-TV in Indianapolis.
Sources say Officer Christopher Dickerson was arrested for stealing guns during an investigation at an abandoned home in Indianapolis.
The incident happened in November. Officials say Dickerson failed to “follow department rules relative to the proper handling of evidence.”
He was arrested on a warrant charging him with theft, obstruction of justice and official misconduct, all felonies.
According to court documents, three handguns and ammunition Dickerson was supposed to take to the IMPD property room never made it. Dickerson told police he threw the guns in a river.
Officials say Dickerson is on administrative leave with a probable recommendation of termination pending the outcome of the investigation by Chief Hite.
Dickerson has been with IMPD for five years. He was listed in the Marion County Jail as of Thursday night.
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Former East Tennessee Technology Park security officer charged with theft of U.S. Government property privateofficer.com

KNOXVILLE TN Dec 21 2014 – A former security officer who worked at the East Tennessee Technology Park in Oak Ridge has been indicted on three charges of theft of U.S. Government property and money laundering.
Sarah Parker, 52, was employed as a Security Protective Officer with Wackenhut Services Inc. at the ETTP facility. She is accused of converting $214,022.59 for her own personal use in the form of checks she came into possession of as a result of her employment.
The indictment also alleges she illegally spent the funds, including buying a vehicle for $39,608.97.
Parker appeared in court Thursday and pleaded not guilty. She was then released pending trial, which is set for Feb. 17, 2015.
If convicted, Parker faces a term of 10 years in prison for each county. She may also be required to forfeit any property traceable to the alleged crimes.
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Florida man fakes heart attack at Walmart while friends shoplift privateofficer.com

Thief Fakes Heart Attack While Stealing 'Barbie' From Walmart | Black ...LAKE WALES, Fla. Dec 21 2014– Deputies said man faked having a heart attack in a in Central Florida Walmart so that his friend could sneak out with stolen gifts.

Surveillance video captured the pair in action as they walked into the store, loaded  the cart with toys, including a Barbie Glam vacation house.
“We have seen diversions before, so it’s not original but it was pretty interesting. He didn’t even like go down hard,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said.
But then the two waled towards the door separately. That’s when one of the men got down on the floor and started clutching his chest.

A shopper assumed he was having heart attack and searched for help.

Meantime, the other suspect walked out of the door with the loaded cart.

The two met up in the parking lot and took off but deputies were able to catch up with them.

“We have now welcomed them to the county jail for a very Merry Christmas,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said.

Tarus Scott, 30, and Genard Dupree, 27, both of Lake Wales, were arrested on charges of grand theft.

Deputies said the men have an extensive criminal history.

In fact, one was recently released from prison after serving 10 years for armed robbery.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

SECURITY OFFICER PARALYZED AFER BEING SHOT privateofficer.com




VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. Dec 20 2014

A Virginia security officer has been left paralyzed and remains hospitalized after being shot at a Virginia Beach club.
A Virginia Beach police spokesperson stated the detectives are searching for the armed and dangerous man who fired the shots at the Aqua Lounge on Virginia Beach Boulevard in November.
The club was just closing around 2 a.m. when shots rang out the security officer said.
“I heard gun shots,” he added.  “I see sparks and flashes pop off the ground from bullets that were ricocheting off the ground.”He said he believes the bullets were being shot from someone who had just gotten kicked out of the club.  At the time he was outside on the sidewalk.  He had nowhere to hide.
“I tried to turn and run for cover,” he said.  “I didn’t feel the bullet when it went through my arm, but I felt it when it hit my side.”
“By the time that I got there they had already had him up in an ambulance,” said the man’s mother.  “They had him in surgery for maybe six or seven hours and that’s when they told me it was the spinal cord.”
He said he has no feeling in his lower half and cannot walk. He uses a wheelchair to get from place to place.
“I may deal with for the rest of my life,” he told a local Virginia Beach reporter.
Virginia Beach police say they’ve looked at surveillance video from the club, but there are no images of the suspect.
“He is still kind of mad and frustrated,” said the mother about her son.  “He is only 22.  He has a wife, a baby and one on the way.”
“It’s hell,” the security officer added.  “I’m not even going to lie.”
And what hurts even more is that the person who left him paralyzed is still out there and somebody knows something, the mother added.
Police are looking for a new silver Dodge Charger with Maryland tags.


 

Chicago security officer shot at cell phone store privateofficer.com

A 20-year-old store security guard was shot in the leg outside a cell phone store in the Washington Heights neighborhood Friday evening.

Police collected evidence and spoke to employees Friday night at the ABC Choice cell phone store near 95th and Halsted on Friday night. Witnesses say two men wearing masks approached the store carrying guns, apparently intent on robbing the place, but they opened fire before going inside. Tracey Booker was in the office next door and heard four shots.

"And I instantly hopped up under my desk, and I grabbed the phone, grabbed it from under the desk, and I dialed 911," Booker said.

The store security guard was taken to Christ Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police are reviewing store surveillance video. 

Boy trades stolen guns for marijuanna privateofficer.com

El Dorado County CA Dec 20 2014  Sheriff's investigators say a 14-year-old boy traded his grandmother's guns for marijuana and they don't know who has the firearms now.
The boy, who is from Missouri but staying with his grandmother in Wilton (Sacramento County), took a sledgehammer to her safe, took her two guns inside, and drove off with her car Monday night, according to sheriff's Deputy Chris Stelz.
Tuesday morning, the grandmother reported to authorities that she spotted her grandson in her stolen car near Union Mine High School in El Dorado where he is a student. She saw him while driving a school bus for an El Dorado school district.
Union Mine and Charles Brown Education Center were placed on lockdown as a precaution. Responding deputies located the boy on the 6000 block of Pollock Avenue in El Dorado.
"I don't think he knew we were there," Stelz said. "He stepped out of the vehicle to have a cigarette and he was taken into custody without incident."
Stelz said the boy told them he swapped the guns for pot.
The boy is now facing allegations of auto theft, grand theft and possession of stolen property. The sheriff's office said he was not on school grounds at any time Tuesday.
The stolen guns were described as two 9 millimeter handguns.

Glendale Union High School District employee charged with child prostitution privateofficer.com

PHOENIX AZ Dec 20 2014 - A Glendale Union High School District worker has been placed on leave after he was arrested in a police sting operation.

The district says that on December 8th, 2014 Wesley Welter was arrested by authorities on suspicion of child prostitution.

Principal of Greenway High sent a letter to parents explaining the arrest and emphasized it was unrelated to the school or any students.

District officials say Welter had undergone a background check and when hired there were no previous allegations or convictions.

Welter remains on unpaid leave pending the outcome of the investigation and a vote concerning his employment by the governing board later this week
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Salem VA police officer pleads guilty to bribery privateofficer.com

ROANOKE, Va. - Dec 20 2014 
A Salem police officer pleaded guilty to a federal bribery count Tuesday and could spend more than two years in prison.
Kevin Moore admitted he traded sexual favors for fake legal deals or reduced criminal charges. In court Tuesday, prosecutors said Moore took advantage of three cooperating female witnesses. The women were involved in cases Moore was investigating as a member of the Drug Enforcement Administration regional task force. The incidents began in 2009 and continued until September of this year.
As part of Moore's plea agreement, sentencing guidelines recommend a prison term of 24 to 30 months. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for February 2. In the meantime, Moore is free on bond.
“Kevin Moore took a solemn oath to protect and serve the public, but then abused the authority of his badge by sexually exploiting a federal witness,” Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division said in a statement. “When Moore crossed the line from enforcing the law to breaking it, his actions cast an unfortunate shadow over the selfless and courageous work of his fellow officers. Working with our law enforcement partners, the Department of Justice will expose and prosecute all such abuses of authority, in order to restore and maintain the public’s trust.”
Between June and September of 2014, Moore told a female defendant that he was in a position to help with her federal methamphetamine trafficking case. In text messages between Moore and the defendant sent in August 2014, Moore told her that he could recommend a favorable sentence in exchange for sexual favors.
The Department of Justice's Public Integrity Section in Washington DC investigated Moore after the told authorities what happened to her.
It started over text messages in April, when she texted Moore saying, "40 years and two 1 million dollar fines over my head."
Moore responded: "Well don't worry about that I will do all I can to help you out with that."
A few months later, Moore got bolder, texting: "I'm going to take care of you as long as you take care of me."
The woman replied: "I appreciate it and I will do whatever you need me to do so don't worry bout that."
Moore then said: "That's what I'm talking about girl. Lol."
Back and forth the texts went until August, when they discussed a location and Moore texted "I'm licking my chops now lol."
The next day, Aug. 21, 2014, she gave him oral sex in a gas station parking lot.
Moore also admitted to similar conduct with two other female witnesses in federal drug cases dating back to 2009. In both cases, he told witnesses that he convinced federal prosecutors not to charge them with federal offenses. He then solicited sexual favors in exchange for his help.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office is evaluating Moore’s cases that he worked on as a task force officer for the DEA. Timothy Heaphy, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, says his office is considering whether or not Moore’s guilty plea requires disclosure to defendants and counsel in cases that Moore was involved in as an investigator. Heaphy was recused from the Moore case.
“This United States Attorney’s Office will make those disclosures and ensure that we fulfill our important obligation to provide potentially exculpatory information to all criminal defendants,” Heaphy said in a statement. “We will handle this matter in accord with the high professional and ethical standards expected of federal prosecutors.”
Moore was suspended without pay by the Salem Police Department after being arrested October 10th. The department says Moore’s employment status will be handled expeditiously “and in a manner that will show that such behavior will not be tolerated,” Salem Police Chief Tim Guthrie said.
“We appreciate the work of the U.S. Justice Department and the F.B.I. in bringing this matter to light. The men and women of our department are a dedicated group of individuals and should not be judged by the actions of one person,” Guthrie said.
Here is the news release from the Department of Justice:
A police officer employed by the City of Salem, Virginia, and assigned to a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) task force pleaded guilty today for soliciting and receiving sexual favors from a cooperating defendant in exchange for agreeing to recommend a favorable sentence to a federal prosecutor on the defendant’s behalf.
Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Special Agent in Charge Adam S. Lee of the FBI’s Richmond Division and Special Agent in Charge Michael Tompkins of the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General’s Washington Field Office made the announcement.
“Kevin Moore took a solemn oath to protect and serve the public, but then abused the authority of his badge by sexually exploiting a federal witness,” said Assistant Attorney General Caldwell. “When Moore crossed the line from enforcing the law to breaking it, his actions cast an unfortunate shadow over the selfless and courageous work of his fellow officers. Working with our law enforcement partners, the Department of Justice will expose and prosecute all such abuses of authority, in order to restore and maintain the public’s trust.”
“Cases involving corruption of law enforcement officials are among the FBI’s highest priority criminal investigations. The public should expect integrity from those sworn to uphold the law. Mr. Moore’s breach of his sworn duty in this case is particularly pernicious as he exploited his victims in the most personal way. The Richmond Division of the FBI continues to have confidence in the City of Salem Police Department. We value our partnership with the Department and the proud men and women who serve their community with distinction everyday,” said Special Agent in Charge Lee.
“The OIG will aggressively investigate with its law enforcement partners allegations of misconduct among Department employees, contractors, and deputized task force officers to help ensure the Department of Justice performs its critical work with integrity,” said Special Agent in Charge Tompkins.

Nightly protests tasking DC police force privateofficer.com

Ferguson protests in DC on Tuesday evening. Daniel Borgertpoepping ...

Washington DC Dec 20 2014 D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said Tuesday the near-daily protests against police use of force held in the District over the last several weeks have required 200 to 400 extra officers per day.
To provide the staffing needed to monitor the protests and redirect traffic when protesters shut down city streets, Chief Lanier has deployed additional officers rather than pulling them from beat patrol in other neighborhoods. But the extra efforts are costing the department.
“It’s very, very expensive and it’s getting to be a big strain on my police department and it’s getting to be a big strain on our ability to contain and police the neighborhoods,” Chief Lanier said Tuesday in an interview on NewsChannel 8’s “NewsTalk” program.
Chief Lanier didn’t give an estimate of the cost to D.C. taxpayers for police management of the protests.
The last long-term protests in the city, the Occupy demonstrations in 2011 and 2012, racked up a bill of about $1.6 million for taxpayers within the first three months. The District asked the federal government to reimburse the city for the costs associated with the encampments erected at McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza — sites controlled by the National Park Service.
An Al Sharpton-led march on Saturday drew thousands of protesters who were demanding police accountability in the wake of the recent decisions not to bring charges against police officers in New York and Ferguson, Missouri, after the deaths of two black men at the hands of police. But smaller protests drawing a couple dozen to a couple hundred protesters have popped up frequently around the U Street and Chinatown corridors of the city in the weeks since the decisions.
In the interview Tuesday, Chief Lanier said police have allowed protesters to block traffic for short periods of time but said she can’t let the protests go unchecked.
“You back traffic up in Washington, D.C., and somebody needs an ambulance. Somebody’s going to die,” Chief Lanier said. “You can’t back traffic up indefinitely.”
She also warned that police have seen a difference in behavior between the protesters and those who remain behind after demonstrations have ended, with the lingering individuals at times “terrorizing people.”
The chief also appeared to be making a plea to protesters to scale back on the demonstrations.
“All of these protests that are blocking traffic, it’s pulling police officers out of the neighborhoods that need the police the most,” she said. “So how do I prevent homicides and shootings and violent crimes and robberies and burglaries right before the holidays if all my cops are directing traffic around 30 guys that want to be out there at 11 o’clock at night laying in the middle of Chinatown?”
Washington Times

Akal Security Inc wins Kansas City International Airport contract privateofficer.com

Kansas City KS Dec 20 2014 A new private security firm, Akal Security Inc., is taking over security screening operations at Kansas City International Airport in 2015.
In March, the EspaƱola, N.M., private security firm will officially take over Transportation Security Administration security screening operations at KCI (Code: MCI). The company will replace Cleveland-based private security company FirstLine Transportation Security Inc., which has handled private security screening operations at the airport since the fall of 2002.
Akal President Daya Khalsa said the company began a 90-day transitional period on Dec. 1 and will assume full security screening responsibilities on March 1. The screening contract is Akal's first with the TSA, Khalsa said, but it has provided private security services at other U.S. airports in the past.
As part of that contract, Akal will need to hire 300 to 400 people to staff the airport's security checkpoints, Khalsa said. The company is encouraging current FirstLine TSA screeners to apply for employment at Akal, he said. The company also is holding a job fair Wednesday afternoon at the Residence Inn, 10300 N. Ambassador Drive in Kansas City.
"We are working with the incumbent workforce to offer all of them an employment offer to continue working under the new contract," Khalsa said.
In November, the TSA granted Akal a notice to proceed on a five-year, $108 million private security screening contract at the airport. KCI is one of a handful of airports that uses private security services under federal oversight, rather than government employees, for screening. FirstLine originally won the contract under a TSA pilot program in late 2002. FirstLine's most recent five-year contract expired in September 2010, and it has operated on multiple short-term contracts since then.
Khalsa said the company is setting up an operation in Kansas City and developing its plans for securing the airport. The company also is acquiring office space at the headquarters building of WireCo World Group, 12200 N. Ambassador Drive.
Akal, established in 1980, has been working on federal security contracts since 1986. Although this is the first contract of its kind, Khalsa said the company has extensive experience working as a private security contractor for the federal government. He said the company provides private security operations for the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of State. In the past, it has provided private security for overseas military bases through subsidiary Coastal International Security Inc.
Akal had to navigate numerous legal challenges brought forth by FirstLine to win the KCI contract. The TSA originally awarded a five-year, $150 million contract to Akal in April 2011. According to documents from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, FirstLine successfully challenged that award and forced the TSA to completely rebid the contract in 2012.
In 2012, FirstLine filed a pre-award contest with the TSA that was unsuccessful. The TSA ultimately awarded the KCI contract to Akal again in February, which FirstLine challenged once again. According to court documents, the Court of Federal Claims denied that protest in November. That decision cleared the way for Akal to take over private security screening services in 2015.