Thursday, October 30, 2014

Four brothers bond over law enforcement careers privateofficer.com

























Binghamton NY Oct 30 2014 For as far back as they can remember, the Hamilton brothers envisioned a career in law enforcement.
Part of it was the example set by their father, George Hamilton, a veteran New York State Trooper. The rest is a simple desire for community service.
On Tuesday, David and Kevin Hamilton, the youngest of the four siblings, will graduate from police academy training and join the ranks of the Binghamton Police Department. They'll follow their older twin brothers Mark, a Syracuse police officer, and Steven, a Pennsylvania state trooper.
The academy training was conducted through the Broome County Sheriff's Office. Tuesday's graduation ceremony includes 34 recruits from 10 agencies, and will take place at 3 p.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton in downtown Binghamton.
All four Hamilton brothers grew up in the Binghamton area. For the family, this is a proud moment — one that was many years in the making.
"It's totally their mindset," said mother, Linda Hamilton, of Chenango Bridge. "I definitely tried to instill in them a respect for others and teach that rules and laws are in place for a reason."
The brothers did not have much time to spend with their father, George Hamilton, a 25-year state trooper and longtime K-9 officer who served in Kirkwood and Whitney Point. He died at age 54 after a battle with cancer.
The elder Hamilton was a well-respected "old-school trooper" who was easy to get along with, said State Police Capt. Eric Janis, a trooper of 33 years.
"He was also always patient with the younger troopers who were just learning the job like me," Janis recalled.
David Hamilton, 21, of Binghamton, recently finished seven months of police academy training — with his father's example in the back of his mind.
"This community has been good to me, so I might as well try to keep my hometown the best it can be," he said.
During the academy David Hamilton attended with his 23-year-old brother, Kevin, of Binghamton, he learned an array of law enforcement skills ranging from firearms training to defensive tactics.
For new officers, the unpredictability of daily patrol can bring as much an excitement as it can lessons in raw reality.
In 27-year-old Mark Hamilton's first week on patrol as a Syracuse police officer in 2011, he was among the responders to a homicide scene.
Talking with family and loved ones is a good way for officers to cope with tragic situations they encounter during the course of the job, the Syracuse area resident said.
"There's a big difference of going from the classroom to the streets," he said. "After you've seen someone get hurt, you kind of realize you can easily get hurt as well."
When you're putting handcuffs on someone to make an arrest, there's often a struggle, said Kevin Hamilton, who has spent recent weeks shadowing a fellow Binghamton police officer on patrol.
His mindset of treating other people with respect — an attitude shared by his brothers — might be difficult at times, but it pays dividends, he said.
"It all comes down to how a police officer treats people," he said. "If you show respect ... you can get a thank you."
After two years as a Pennsylvania state trooper, Steven Hamilton has also learned as much. The 27-year-old man lives in Pennsylvania.
He's stationed with about 20 other troopers in Media, just outside of Philadelphia. The area has heavily traveled highways, so handling vehicle crashes ranks high on his weekly duty calls. Burglaries and retail thefts are also a frequent problem.
Outside of work, the Hamilton brothers enjoy outdoor hobbies such as fishing and hiking. But the law enforcement stories are what they always enjoy sharing with each other.
"I like being able to share stories of similar things we'd encounter and now we can relate on everything," Steven Hamilton said. "We're already pretty close, but now we get to talk about it even more."
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Line of Duty Death Deputy Sheriff John Timothy Williamson


Deputy Sheriff John Timothy Williamson | Butler County Sheriff's Office, Alabama Butler County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

Deputy Sheriff

John Timothy Williamson

Butler County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

End of Watch: Saturday, October 25, 2014

Bio & Incident Details
Age: 48
Tour: 20 years
Badge # Not available
Military veteran

Cause: Heart attack
Incident Date: 10/20/2014
Weapon: Person
Suspect: Not available
                    
          

Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Sheriff Kenny Harden
Butler County Sheriff's Office
700 Court Square
Greenville, AL 36037
Phone: (334) 382-6521

Line of Duty Death Deputy Sheriff Jesse Valdez, III

Deputy Sheriff Jesse Valdez, III | Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Deputy Sheriff Jesse Valdez, III

Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch: Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Bio & Incident Details
Age: 32
Tour: 11 years
Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicular assault
Incident Date: 10/28/2014
Weapon: Automobile; Narcotics involved
Suspect: Arrested

    
Deputy Sheriff Jesse Valdez was killed when his patrol car was struck head-on by a SUV at the intersection of East Wallinsville Road and Honeysuckle Street.

He was en route to conduct a welfare check when the SUV crossed the center line and struck his patrol car head-on. The patrol car was pushed into a ditch and Deputy Valdez was trapped inside. Rescue crews extricated him from the wreckage and transported him to Memorial Hermann Trauma Center where he succumbed to his injuries at approximately 1:00 am.

It is believed the driver of the vehicle was under the influence of narcotics at the time of the crash. She was charged with possession of methamphetamine. She had been paroled from prison only three weeks earlier while serving a two year sentence for a previous conviction of the same charge.

Deputy Valdez had served with the Harris County Sheriff's Office for 11 years. He is survived by his 10-year-old son and mother.

Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Sheriff Adrian Garcia
Harris County Sheriff's Office
1200 Baker Street
Attn: Family Assistance Unit
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (713) 755-8461

Trump University Fraud Class Action Gets Certified privateofficer.com

Trump University Fraud Class Action Gets Certified


Los Angeles, CA Oct 30 2014 A consumer fraud class action lawsuit alleging violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) filed against Donald Trump has been certified by U.S. District Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel. The lawsuit alleges that through false claims Trump made regarding Trump University LLC, he would gain tens of millions of dollars from attendees who believed they would learn Trump’s real estate secrets.

The judge decided that California businessman Art Cohen, the lead plaintiff in the racketeering class action, had provided sufficient evidence that the marketing of the allegedly fraudulent live events, including mailers with prominent pictures and quotes from Trump, as well as a coat of arms and educational language, resulted in thousands of people to pay to attend.

In the lawsuit, Cohen accuses Trump of failing to teach the students his investment secrets, failing to contribute in any meaningful way to the curriculum for the live events or choose the seminar instructors and mentors. Moreover, the New York State Education Department warned the defendant that using the name “University” was illegal without a license, while multiple attorneys general launched investigations into the deceptive practices, according to the complaint.

The lawsuit further alleges that Trump uniformly misled Cohen and the class that they would learn his real estate secrets through him and his handpicked professors at the elite Trump University, which is now named the Trump Entrepreneur Institute. Cohen alleges he attended a free seminar after receiving a “special invitation” in the mail, then paid almost $1,500 to attend a three-day real estate retreat, where he paid almost $35,000 more for additional training.

In his certification, Judge Curiel wrote, “Although [Trump] may yet show that plaintiff and the putative class members knew or should have known that defendant had devised a scheme to falsely market Trump University via mail or wire prior to October 2009, the court is satisfied that determination of defendant’s statute of limitations defense in this case will not defeat the predominance of common issues in this case.”

Judge Curiel also ruled that Cohen's claims were typical of those among other proposed class members because plaintiff's description of his experience with Trump University matched the allegations alleged on behalf of the putative class in his complaint.

Cohen and the proposed class are represented by Jason A. Forge and Rachel L. Jensen of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP; and Amber L. Eck, Helen I. Zeldes and Aaron M. Olsen of Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck LLP.

The case is Art Cohen et al. v. Donald J. Trump, case number 3:13-cv-02519, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

State University of New York student damaged security vehicle, threatened officer privateofficer.com

New York State University Police (NY - USA)QUEENSBURY NY Oct 30 2014  -- An 18-year-old SUNY-Adirondack student was arrested on multiple criminal charges early Wednesday after he allegedly drove his vehicle into a college public safety vehicle with an officer in it after being kicked out of school, police said.
Noah J. Sorensen, of Saratoga Springs, was sent to Warren County Jail after the 12:45 a.m. incident at the Bay Road college, officials said.
He was accused of twice deliberately driving a vehicle into a college public safety sport utility vehicle, damaging the college vehicle with a female security officer inside, authorities said.
That confrontation happened after the officer spotted Sorensen on campus and confronted him, and he had raised his fists and made threatening gestures and comments to her, officials said
Sorsensen had been kicked out of school and banned from campus on Tuesday after a disciplinary hearing that focused on earlier problems when he lived in the college dormitory, according to police.
Sorensen was arrested by Warren County sheriff’s officers at the intersection of Quaker and Glenwood roads after he fled campus.
He was charged with misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, criminal trespass, menacing, obstructing governmental administration and criminal possession of a weapon, according to Queensbury Town Court records.
The weapon charge stems from the discovery of an illegal dagger in his vehicle’s glove compartment, officials said. He also was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a non-criminal violation.
Sorensen was arraigned and sent to Warren County Jail for lack of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bail bond.
An order of protection was issued barring him from the school and from having contact with the officer.
A call to the college’s communication’s office was not returned Wednesday afternoon.
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30,000 security officers in Singapore will get a pay raise privateofficer.com

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Singapore Oct 30 2014
About 30,000 security officers in Singapore will get a pay raise after security agencies in the country comply with the newly mandated Progressive Wage Model (PWM).
This was announced on Wednesday after the Ministry of Manpower agreed to recommendations made by the Security Tripartite Cluster (STC) to raise standards and professionalism across the security industry.
Security officers deployed under both current and existing contracts starting 1 September 2016 will see a raise in their monthly basic wage from the current $800 to between $1,100 and $1,700, depending on their skills improvement, said the report by STC. 
In order to become better skilled and ensure that their wages match their skills and productivity, STC called for security officers to meet specific training requirements that tap on the Security Workforce Skills Qualifications Framework.
Security agencies will have to adopt the PWM as part of their licensing conditions and the government has given a lead time of two years for the industry to comply with the PWM training and wages requirement.
“Security agencies that do not comply with the stipulated requirements may not have their licence renewed.” said the Ministry of Manpower.

Oklahoma State Capitol security officer leaves gun in bathroom privateofficer.com

Reload Thread | Last PostOKLAHOMA CITY OK Oct 30 2014  —The issue of security at the State Capitol is once again being raised after a gun was found in a women's restroom Tuesday morning
On Friday, the Ten Commandments monument was smashed about 10 feet away from the government building.
We questioned those in charge of security about the breeches and they report both incidents are being closely looked at.
Capt. George Brown, a spokesperson for the Oklahoma Highway, said “Our mission here is public safety and we take that very seriously.”
The OHP is in charge of security at the Capitol. They have troopers on patrol 24 hours a day. They also hire additional security officers to screen people entering the building.
“One the armed security guard took a break, and during that time, went to the bathroom,” said Brown.
That guard, reportedly let down her guard and accidentally left her service weapon in a first floor restroom. The bathroom is accessible to anyone. The weapon was found a few minutes later.
“A woman who works for the capitol reported it to our head of security,” Brown said.
According to Brown, the guard has worked for OHP for about two years and was allowed to return to work.
“There will be a review of the incident and then we will handle it appropriately with any discipline that may apply,” he said.
On Friday, Michael Reed was taken into custody after another incident at the Capitol. Federal investigators say he confessed to driving onto the grounds, ramming the Ten Commandments monument and urinating on it.
Those in charge of security met Tuesday to review both incidents.
“We will take a look at everything that has happened, the circumstances and any proposed changes will be announced later if indeed that does happen,” said Brown.
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Two Charged in $5.8 Million Reloadable Debit Card Extortion Scam privateofficer.com

U.S. Attorney’s Office
PRESS RELEASE

NEWARK, NJ Oct 30 2014 —Two Philadelphia men were arrested this morning for allegedly conspiring to extort victims to load prepaid debit cards with funds that were stolen as part of the scheme, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Special agents of the FBI and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrested Alpeshkumar Patel, 30, and Vijaykumar Patel, 39, of Philadelphia at Vijaykumar Patel’s home on a complaint charging them with conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The pair, who are not related, are expected to appear this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Falk in Newark federal court.
According to the complaint unsealed today:
From September 2013 through March 2014, Alpeshkumar Patel and Vijaykumar Patel were part of a conspiracy to steal money using reloadable debit cards. First, the conspirators would purchase reloadable Green Dot Cards, and register them in names other than their own. The conspirators—some of whom were located in India—contacted victims by phone and used threats or deceit to induce them to put money on MoneyPak cards, which are used along with assigned PIN codes to add funds to Green Dot Cards. The conspirators then used the reloadable cards to purchase money orders that were deposited into bank accounts. All of the steps were taken quickly so law enforcement and victims could not identify the conspirators or prevent or reverse the fraudulent transfers.
As one example, a retail store located in New Jersey received a telephone call from an unknown caller on Sept. 10, 2013. The caller said there was a bomb in the store and the store manager had five minutes to comply with the caller’s demands or the bomb would detonate. The caller then demanded the manager load 10 $500 MoneyPak cards and provide the caller with the associated PIN codes. The manager had provided the code for one card before law enforcement arrived at the store, instructed the manager to hang up the phone, and evacuated the building.
The $500 associated with that code was transferred to an existing prepaid reloadable Green Dot Card. Surveillance video showed Alpeshkumar Patel in the Philadelphia CVS where the Green Dot Card was bought. That card was then used by Vijaykumar Patel, who was caught on video purchasing two money orders in a Philadelphia Wal Mart. The money orders, in turn, were used to deposit funds into a bank account.
Phone numbers and IP addresses associated with the Sept. 10, 2013, call and other calls tied to the conspiracy were tied to approximately 2,500 Green Dot Cards that were funded in excess of $5.8 million.
The charge of conspiracy to wire fraud carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of the greater of $250,000, or twice the gross profits to the defendants or twice the gross loss suffered to the victims of the offense.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents, detectives and investigators assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Force, under the direction of FBI Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford in Newark, under the direction of FBI Special Agent in Charge Edward J. Hanko in Philadelphia, and special agents of HSI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Andrew McLees in Newark, with the ongoing investigation. Special agents of HSI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge John Kelleghan in Philadelphia, assisted with the arrest.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Kogan of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Economic Crimes Unit in Newark.
The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations and the defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Group of high-ranking police officers sue Minneapolis police chief privateofficer.com

 
 
Minneapolis MN Oct 30 2014 A group of high-ranking Minneapolis police officers is suing Chief JaneƩ Harteau, claiming she pushed for their retirement after demotions and later reassigned them to inferior positions.
Shortly after Harteau became chief in late 2012, she made clear her intent to enforce the previously negotiated elimination of the captain rank, which at the time constituted the department’s oldest employee group. According to the lawsuit, filed last week in Hennepin County District Court, she had been speaking publicly about her desire for older employees to retire.
In place of the captain positions, she created five “commander” slots that gave her the ability to appoint whomever she wanted. Traditionally, captain jobs had gone through open selection and were subject to civil service regulation.
None of the former captains was selected for a commander position, and all were slated for demotion to lieutenant if they didn’t retire.
The plaintiffs are Constance Leaf, Lawrence Doyle, Michael Martin, Sally Weddel and Isaac DeLugo, whose ages range from 48 to 60. All but Doyle have since retired, and Martin took a job as assistant director of the University of Minnesota’s Emergency Management Department.
The lawsuit claims that the five left their respective departments in better shape, received positive feedback about their performances and earned national reputations for the quality of their work. Harteau assigned them to positions that didn’t recognize their skills and training, it said.
“Their [the plaintiffs’] years of experience and contributions to the Police Department were simply swept aside as a byproduct of the antipathy to older employees,” the suit said.
The suit also alleges that the five captains, who had nearly 130 years total with the Police Department, were misguided by Minneapolis Police Officers Federation officials about future job protection.
Elimination of the captain rank had been approved by the union membership as part of a contract negotiation with former Chief Tim Dolan, said federation President Lt. John Delmonico. The former captains were to stay at their current pay until they left or retired, he said.
Police Department spokesman John Elder said Monday that the department cannot discuss pending litigation.
Bryce Miller, an attorney representing the captains, said the group has diversity and distinct work experience. Many captains have become chiefs at suburban departments, he said.
“Being a captain was an incredible steppingstone, and the whole thing got stripped away because somebody believes they were too old,” Miller said. “That’s what motivated them to say this isn’t right.”
During a department command staff meeting, Harteau demanded that the oldest employees raise their hands, the suit says. Leaf and DeLugo were forced to do so and felt humiliated, the suit alleges. Harteau also held private meetings with four of the captains, telling them to consider retiring or asking when they were going to retire.
Leaf, 53, supervised the forensic division and the crime lab, which has been recognized as a nationwide model. She was demoted to lieutenant working a night shift, an assignment generally reserved for newly promoted lieutenants.
Doyle, 51, was the first black officer promoted to captain in the department. (DeLugo was the second minority member to reach captain.) Doyle oversaw the recruitment and hiring of candidates, and improved the department’s diversity numbers. He’s now in charge of a precinct property crimes unit.
Martin, 48, served as inspector of the city’s North Side precinct and was the investigative commander after the Interstate 35W bridge collapse. He was moved to head of the sex crimes unit. Harteau banned him from speaking and training engagements, even though he is considered a national gang expert, the suit said.
Weddel, 60, led the special operations division. She said Harteau promised her a promotion to deputy chief, then reneged. Weddel said she didn’t want to retire, but felt embarrassed that she was considered “old” at 60 and was not in the chief’s future plans.
DeLugo, 58, supervised the juvenile unit. The loss of the captain rank made it difficult for him to find comparable employment, he said. He said he was forced to resign in order to retire as a captain.
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Mt. Carmel High School teacher arrested for aggravated criminal sexual abuse privateofficer.com

MT. CARMELIL Oct 30 2014 —A teacher from Mt. Carmel High School was arrested Friday on a charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse after an alleged incident with a student.
Kirby Cheesman, 28, a special educa- tion teacher at MCHS, is free after posting $10,000 bond Fri- day, according to the police report.
Cheesman is charged with a Class 2 felony, accused of fondling a 16-year-old male student sometime between Jan. 1 and Sept. 1. Her first court appearance is Nov. 10 in Wabash Circuit Court.
 District 348 Supertintendent Tim Buss issued this statement:
“We were shocked to learn that one of our Mt. Carmel High School special education teachers, Kirby Cheesman, was being investigated for inappropriate behavior with a student and that she now has been arrested and charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse following an investigation by Illinois State Police and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
“DCFS began an investigation about a month ago based on a tip the agency received on its hotline. When we were informed by DCFS that they were launching an investigation, we immediately put the teacher on administrative leave pending results of the investigation and she has had no contact with any of our students since that time. Further disciplinary actions are pending and will be taken according to our school district policy.
“The safety and welfare of our students is the top priority in our school district. All school district employees must pass a thorough background check. We are cooperating fully with the investigation. Because it involves an ongoing criminal investigation, we cannot comment further on this case at this time.”
No further details were available at press time.

Brawl at Castleton Square Mall raises questions privateofficer.com

INDIANAPOLIS IN Oct 30 2014            
The fight happened in the parking lot of the AMC Theater in the front section of Castleton Square Mall Saturday night around 11:30.

Despite the efforts of several mall security guards, it took two dozen IMPD officers to get the situation under control. A 16-year-old and 17-year-old were arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

“They're hard to handle,” said Rev. Charles Harrison of the Ten Point Coalition as he watched video of the fight posted on YouTube. He said the brawl should serve as a warning.

“If there was a fight this Saturday, I think one of the things the mall has to be a little concerned about is will these kids try to come back next week and bring more people and maybe bring weapons.”

That's what happened in March 2013. Five teens were arrested and two guns confiscated during a fight that started at Castleton Square and spilled into the parking lot of a McDonalds across the street. Months before that, a 17-year-old fired a gun into the air outside Circle Center Mall downtown.

“I don't know what you can do other than having a larger police presence, mall security or having faith-based groups come and basically babysit the kids,” said Harrison.

He agrees a big part of the equation is parents. He attributes the lower amount of violence surrounding the Circle City Classic and Summer Celebration events to police and other groups having direct contact with parents.

“I think it's part of the messaging that may have to happen is that this is unacceptable. And parents, you got to be more responsible.”

Harrison said it also might be beneficial to have “safe havens” — places where teens can meet, especially on Saturday nights with supervision and security.
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Dallas police launching Web page detailing officer involved shootings privateofficer.com


















Dallas TX Oct 30 2014 Dallas police officials said Monday that they will launch a Web page next month detailing information on 12 years of shootings by police officers.
The announcement comes in the wake of a spate of such shootings this year by Dallas officers, and mounting complaints from community leaders about them.
Chief David Brown, who has recently palled around with Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins when discussing Watkins’ plan to open parallel investigations into shootings by police, told members of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee that his goal is to increase transparency.
“We just believe that the public’s trust is at stake,” Brown said.
The department has come under scrutiny during the past few years because of shootings by police. A 2012 shooting nearly sparked a riot in Dixon Circle. In April, a Dallas County grand jury indicted a Dallas officer in an on-duty shooting for the first time in more than 40 years. An indictment of another Dallas officer for a separate shooting followed the next week.
Protest groups
Protest groups have popped up in Dallas — including one led by the mother of a man killed by a Dallas officer and another that mirrors both the open carry movement and the Black Panther Party.
Maj. Jeff Cotner, who oversees the police unit that investigates shootings, said the department would post a lot of details about the shootings on its website. He said that includes bar and line charts, details of the incidents, ethnic breakdowns, whether weapons were involved, case dispositions and details of the deadly force policy and investigative process. The data would date back to 2003.
He also said the chief would include messages about what commanders are doing to reduce shootings. This year, the department has increased the frequency of use-of-force training for officers and bought a new stun gun inventory.
Brown said he didn’t know whether the Web page would quell the loudest groups.
“But we can’t quit trying to show critics that there is more to the policing profession than shooting people,” he said. He added that he hopes the website will “give citizens more of a context than just a number.”
This year’s incidents
This year, the department has had 19 such shooting incidents — some of which have ended without anyone actually shot — so far this year. The total had ballooned during the summer months. Typically, Dallas police have averaged 16.5 shootings each year since 2003.
The Philadelphia Police Department has a similar website. Its page also shows where the shootings happen in relation to the amount of other gun crimes in that area, which some officers like. But not Brown.
“It felt like they were making excuses,” he said. “It’s the wrong way to look at it.”
Instead, Brown said, he would prefer to plot out where officers had been assaulted by suspects to add context. He said he wants to eventually include information on attacks on officers, which have steadily begun increasing in the last few years after trending down.
Dallas Police Association President Ron Pinkston said he believes the department will “taint” the information unless officials immediately post the officer assault details whenever they go live with the other information. He said he wants the criminal history of the suspects included, too.
Officials have made several changes recently to address police shootings, such as increased use-of-force training for officers and the purchase of new Tasers.
Brown’s stance
Brown also backed the district attorney’s plan to fund his own unit to investigate police shootings independent of the county’s police departments.
But Brown told City Council members Monday that he plans to ask Watkins to allow Dallas police investigators back inside grand jury hearings. Prosecutors began excluding the investigators from the secret proceedings in the last year.
Currently, the department’s Special Investigations Unit conducts its shooting investigation and then hands it to the DA’s office for review and for presentation to a grand jury. Previously, the lead police investigator had been allowed inside to answer any questions about the inquiries.
Pinkston, the association president, said the DA’s office was playing a “political game” by kicking out cops and was pleased that the chief took up the cause.
Council member Dwaine Caraway agreed with Brown. Caraway said he has served on grand juries and liked being able to ask officers questions about their reports.
Watkins’ spokeswoman Debbie Denmon said she was in a hearing over a lawsuit Monday and was unable to comment.
Dallas News

Maryland Capitol Police rejuvenate bike patrols privateofficer.com

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Annapolis MD Oct 30 2014 Bike patrols are back at the Annapolis Capital Complex, thanks to a partnership between Maryland Capitol Police (MCP) and Maryland National Capital Park Police (MNCPP).  Four MCP security and police officers recently completed specialized training from MNCPP and are now bike patrol certified. The bikes enable officers to cover more ground than by foot, increase their visibility in the community, and are environmentally friendly. Maryland Capitol Police is part of the Maryland Department of General Services (DGS) and has detachments in Annapolis and Baltimore.
“We truly appreciate the training provided by our fellow law enforcement officers at the Maryland National Capital Park Police,” said MCP Police Chief Michael Wilson. “The bike patrols make it easier for MCP to patrol certain areas of the Annapolis Complex and help support public safety during rallies and demonstrations. The bikes also enable our officers to build relationships with members of the community by fostering a sense of accessibility.”
Lt. Rebecca Labs, Commander of the MCP Annapolis Detachment, initiated the effort to bring back the bike patrol unit after a four year hiatus as a cost-effective law enforcement and public safety tool. With a fleet of five trail bikes, the bike patrol will operate on a practical basis during the day and evening shifts. The unit includes: Sgt. Dennis Donaldson and Officer Daniel Deakins, as well as security officers Cornelius Waters, Russell Donaldson and Hugo Guevara. Sgt. Donaldson was already certified and is now qualified as a bike patrol instructor.
The two-day training included both classroom and field instruction. The officers learned the rules of the road, proper nutrition and bike maintenance, as well as operations and procedures. They also practiced maneuvering through obstacles, jumping curbs and were required to complete 30 miles on bike.
Additional bike training will be offered again in November and will include participation from MCP’s Baltimore Detachment.
“Bike patrols are consistent with DGS’ efforts to advance Governor O’Malley’s sustainability initiatives,” said DGS Secretary Alvin C. Collins. “They are a low-cost, fuel efficient way to step up our law enforcement efforts while reducing our carbon footprint and environmental impact.  At the same time, we’re keeping our officers fit and physically active.”
Bikes are just the latest form of green transportation utilized by MCP. Officers also ride three-wheeled personal transportation vehicles called T3s and in Annapolis, they drive a solar-powered transport unit.
The Annapolis Detachment provides police and security services to 19 buildings, including the Maryland State House, and 16 parking facilities within the Annapolis Capital Complex. The Baltimore Detachment provides law enforcement and security to 11 buildings and 10 parking facilities in the downtown area.
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Security guard accused of groping at Oregon Museum gets plea deal privateofficer.com

PORTLAND OR Oct 30 2014  -- A security guard admitted in court Tuesday that he harassed a woman at OMSI last July.
Jerry Johnson, 44, was initially charged with harassment and sexual abuse in the third degree. Tuesday in court, the sex abuse charges were dropped.
Police said Johnson groped and kissed a woman who was volunteering at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry on July 12. The woman said a man dressed like a guard with a safety vest asked her where the restroom was, and then grabbed her and kissed her. She broke free from his grip and said he left in a van with the word SECURITY taped to it.
Police later identified Johnson as the suspect. He was working as an independent contractor for a security company at the time, but was never employed by OMSI.
As part of his plea deal, Johnson was sentenced to 24 months of probation and 80 hours of community service. He will also have to undergo a sex offender evaluation.
The judge prohibited him from any future contact with the victim and he must stay at least 500 feet away from OMSI.
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Eight protestors arrested at Georgia Capitol privateofficer.com

Police name 8 arrested during state Capitol protest


Atlanta GA Oct 30 2014
Eight protesters taking part in a rally and sit-in at the state Capitol on Monday were arrested after refusing to leave Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office.
Moral Monday Georgia, described on its website as “a multiracial, multi-issue coalition of citizens working for positive change for the public good,” held an afternoon rally and sit-in at the Capitol, with about 50 people gathering at the event’s start. Ten participants then moved into Kemp’s office to deliver a letter alleging that more than 40,000 Georgians do not know the status of their voter registrations due to problems in the state office.
Taking part in Moral Monday’s campaign were members of the New Georgia Project, described on its site as “a non-partisan effort to register and civically engage the rising electorate in our state.” Those 40,000 Georgians alleged to be missing from voter rolls represents nearly half the estimated 86,000 residents who this spring registered to vote through the New Georgia Project, according to Nse Ufot, one of the group’s staffers.
“The New Georgia Project began registering voters in the spring. To date, as the signs say, there are 40,000 of those voters [where] we have no idea what their status is,” Ufot said. “They don’t appear on the Secretary of State’s pending list — the list that says you need to carry your application, something is wrong — and they don’t appear on the voter rolls. If there’s a problem with their application, people need to know.”
The national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights has filed a suit against Kemp’s office and three Georgia counties — Clayton, Fulton and Muscogee — alleging tens of thousands of “missing” voter registration applications. Kemp has repeatedly said no eligible voter has been left off the state’s voting rolls, and he has called the suit “frivolous.” The counties, too, have maintained that they have processed all eligible applications submitted to them.
Though the legal proceedings continue, participants in Monday’s rally sought to put pressure on Kemp’s office on a different front.
“Today, [Moral Monday Georgia] delivered a demand letter and said they’re willing to sit in Brian Kemp’s office until the issue’s dealt with,” said Tim Franzen, a spokesman for Moral Monday Georgia. “Instead of dealing with the issue, they’ve just been arrested.”
After rally participants spoke in Kemp’s office for about 40 minutes, Capitol police informed them that anyone remaining in the office after 5 p.m. would be arrested.
After the clock struck five, eight participants — four men and four women — were arrested.
“Capitol Police made eight arrests due to protesters refusing to leave the [Secretary of State’s office] and the Capitol after the building was closed for business,” Georgia State Patrol spokeswoman Tracey Watson said. All were arrested without incident and taken to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office.
Those arrested were:
  • Joel Solow, 27, Atlanta
  • Daniel Hanley, 33, Sandy Springs
  • Gregory Ames, 66, Marietta
  • Kevin Moran, 66, Tucker
  • Katherine Acker, 62, Atlanta
  • Lorraine Fontana, 67, Atlanta
  • Morgan Swann, 62, Locust Grove
  • Peggy Marx, 58, Lawrenceville

The eight were charged with Disrupting General Assembly Sessions or Other Meetings of Members under Georgia Code 16-11-34.1, a spokesperson for the Georgia State Patrol said. First-time offenders of the code could be found guilty of a misdemeanor.
“We wish [these arrests] didn’t have to happen, but the reality is that voter suppression is alive and well, and being several weeks into the election and having folks not entered on the rolls is totally unacceptable,” Franzen said. “It’s really a crisis of democracy that we’re trying to put a spotlight on.”
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Chariho High School teacher arrested on several sex charges privateofficer.com

RICHMOND, R.I. OCT 30 2014 — A teacher at Chariho High School was arraigned on several sex charges Tuesday, accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student. Similar charges were also filed against a second teacher who recently resigned.
According to police, officers arrested Paul LaFrance, 53, at his West Greenwich home at 6:30 Tuesday morning on one count of indecent solicitation of a child and two counts of third-degree sexual assault. He did not enter a plea at his arraignment in Washington County District Court and released on $10,000 personal recognizance.
Police said a second man, John Wedlock, 52, of Wakefield, turned himself in to police later that day, and was arraigned on a felony charge of indecent solicitation of a child. He was released on $50,000 personal recognizance.
According to the school’s website, LaFrance is a business teacher. School Superintendent Barry Ricci told Eyewitness News Wedlock was a science teacher before he abruptly resigned in September.
Police told Eyewitness News they started to investigate after a student’s mother told administrators and the school resource officer she believed her daughter – who was between the ages of 14 to 16 – was having an inappropriate relationship with Wedlock.
As part of the investigation, members of the Rhode Island State Police Internet Crimes Against Children task force conducted a forensic audit on electronic devices, which police say revealed LaFrance as a second suspect, as well as sexually explicit content and communications which police said “constituted both men knowingly soliciting, urging or requesting a person they knew to be under the age of 18 to engage in sexual acts.”
Police said the alleged crimes did not happen on school property and there was no evidence any other students were involved.
Ricci said LaFrance is currently suspended with pay, though he said he took steps today to change that status. He said he plans to pursue the district’s non-fraternization policy “with vigor” and seek the teacher’s termination.
“My initial reaction is one of anger. I think we have this awesome responsibility as educators and this trust between educator and student has been broken,” Ricci said. “I’ve worked closely with these individuals. Never in a million years would I have suspected them.”
Ricci said faculty has been informed and he’s given his staff permission to address questions posed by students.
“I really encouraged them to think tonight what tomorrow will bring because our students will know tomorrow and our students will come with many questions,” Ricci said. “We’re not going to pretend it didn’t happen.”
WPRI

Campus police officer asked woman for underwear, to smell feet privateofficer.com

Cy-Fair Independent School District police officer Patrick Quinn was arrested and charged with 2 counts of official oppression. The charges were filed after the peace officer allegedly asked for sexual favors in exchange for not taking the victim to jail. Quinn is currently out on bond.Houston TX Oct 30 2014 A Cy-Fair ISD police officer has been arrested and charged with official suppression on accusations he asked for sexual favors from a woman he pulled over in August.
A woman reported to authorities that she was pulled over by Officer Patrick Quinn at about 3 a.m. on Aug. 11, 2014 on her way home from a friend's apartment, the Harris County District Attorney's Office said.
Quinn allegedly had made the stop over an expired insurance, but told the woman he smelled marijuana when he arrived at the car. The woman consented to a search, at which point Quinn allegedly found a marijuana grinder. The woman denied owning the grinder. 
Quinn then asked the complainant what she would do if he was in his position. She told him she would let him go. Instead, the officer told the woman he had a foot fetish and would let her go if she let him smell her feet, the DA's office said.
As the woman began to take off her socks, Quinn told her that if he smelled her feet he would probably lick them, and that if she wanted another option he would let her go if she gave him her underwear, according to the complaint.
After she took off her underwear and tried to hand it to Quinn, the officer allegedly told her nevermind and let her go.
After the woman filed a complaint, authorities say they were able to pull the officer's fingerprints from the woman's insurance card.
Quinn was charged on Oct. 25.
The Harris County District Attorney's Civil Rights Division is asking anyone else who may have been a victim of the officer to contact 713-755-5800.

Chandler Arizona police officer killed in traffic collision privateofficer.com

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Gilbert AZ Oct 30 2014 Officer Bryant Holmes, 34, a five-year veteran of the Chandler (Ariz.) Police Department, was killed in a traffic collision while en route to work early this afternoon at the intersection of Recker Rd. and Baseline Rd. in Gilbert.

Officer Holmes is survived by his wife and four children.

The Gilbert (Ariz.) Police Department is investigating the crash.

Calhoun woman charged with felony theft from Hobby Lobby privateofficer.com


Monroe LA Oct 30 2014
A Calhoun woman has been accused of shoplifting nearly $1,300 worth of items from a West Monroe crafts store.
Whitney Christine Compton, 24, of 1319 Louisiana 837 faces one count of felony shoplifting.
According to an arrest affidavit, West Monroe police were sent to the Hobby Lobby on Blanchard Street at 6:08 p.m. Saturday. The manager told police he saw the suspect take several items and conceal them in her purse and backpack.
Compton reportedly paid for some items, but not the ones that were concealed.
The merchandise included jewelry, wearable art and sewing equipment and was worth $1,261.05.
Compton was booked at Ouachita Correctional Center.
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Buffalo Bills fan says security guard at Ralph stole iPhone privateofficer.com

BUFFALO, N.Y. Oct 30 2014 -- A Buffalo Bills fan lost his iPhone at Ralph Wilson Stadium. He tracked it down to a person who should have helped him get it back.
Tom Peters says a stadium security guard swiped the phone from his father's pocket, while being checked at the gate before the Bills/Patriots game on October 12.
"They're supposed to be protecting you from other people, you wouldn't expect they are the ones taking stuff from you," Peters said.
Peters started tracking the phone when his father, Don, noticed it was missing.
"I thought it was kind of suspicious weird because he was wanding my legs," Peters' father said. "Once my son started tracking it around the stadium, it went dead."
Hours later, Tom started tracking it again. This time, he found it in Rochester. He called the police.
"I knew this phone was stolen and they were going to try and resell it," Peters said.
With the same technology Peters was using, Rochester Police were able to track down the phone and the man who had it. They say it was Sherman Coley.
According to court documents obtained by 7 Eyewitness News, Coley told police he works security for the Buffalo Bills and was working the game on October 12. He said he knew the phone was stolen, but told police he didn't steal it. Instead, he says he was just trying to get rid of it.
"After hearing that he was Bills security, I think it's too much of a coincidence to say he bought it from somebody else, who just happened to be at the Bills game," Peters said.
Police say Coley tried to sell the phone, just as Peters suspected. In fact, they found him trying to sell it to a man on the street for $200.
"If this was a security guard that ended up with the phone in Rochester, I think it's a pretty good chance that he swiped the phone out of his pocket," Peters said. "There's dishonest people in every profession. So it really isn't surprising that there's dishonest people working at Bills security."
Coley was arrested and charged with criminal possession of stolen property.
We reached out to a spokesman for the Buffalo Bills, who said "no one was aware of this," but they'll look into it.
It's unclear if Coley is still working at the Ralph, or with the security company they contract with.
WKBW

Dallas hockey team honors security officer diagnosed with advanced cancer privateofficer.com

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Dallas TX Oct 30 2014
The Stars celebrated Hockey Fights Cancer Night Tuesday with several fund-raising initiatives and also honored Don Widdicombe, who has served as the team’s locker room security officer since 1997. Widdicombe was diagnosed with advanced stage prostate cancer in October 2013 and underwent a surgical procedure earlier this year. He is currently recovering and continues at his job. He dropped the ceremonial first puck Tuesday.
Former Stars player Steve Ott and current Stars captain Jamie Benn represented the two teams in the ceremonial faceoff, which gave even more meaning to Widdicombe.
The Stars taped their sticks with purple tape for warm-ups and those sticks will be available for auction on the team website at www.dallasstars.com

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pomona California SWAT officer dies after being shot serving search warrant privateofficer.com

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Pomona CA Oct 29 2014 A Pomona police SWAT officer who was shot while serving a search warrant in San Gabriel Tuesday has died, officials confirmed early Wednesday morning.

The officer was identified as 45-year-old Shaun Diamond, Pomona Police Chief Paul J. Capraro said at a news conference Tuesday. He had been in the hospital Tuesday evening in "extremely critical condition" with family members by his side.
                    
The shooting occurred just after 4 a.m. in the 100 block of San Marino Avenue, where several agencies were serving a warrant as part of a multiple-location motorcycle gang investigation, according to Pomona police. The officer was shot as he was "making entry" to the residence, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Diamond was shot in the back of the neck or head, above his vest, and had been taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena in critical condition, police said. His family was by his side.
"The best indication right now is that he was possibly hit in the back of the head, although he was wearing a Kevlar helmet," said Eddie Hernandez of the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau.
He was described by colleagues as a "top-notch guy" who has served eight years with the Pomona Police Department.
"He's just a wonderful human being," Pomona Police Lt Mike Keltner.  
The shooting suspect was identified as David Martinez, 36, of San Gabriel, officials said. Martinez was the target of the warrant. The alleged shooter was unhurt and taken into custody.
Other occupants were inside the home when the shooting happened, and Martinez's father may have been struck by gunfire from Martinez's shotgun above his left elbow, Hernandez said. Pomona officers did not shoot back because the father was in the line of fire.
Martinez was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder on a peace officer and was being held in lieu of $4 million bail.
Martinez was previously arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and domestic violence.
The SWAT operation and investigation involved "outlaw motorcycle gangs," Keltner said. 
NBC Los Angeles

Line of Duty Death Patrolman Robert Blajszczak


Patrolman Robert Blajszczak | Summerville Police Department, South Carolina Summerville Police Department, South Carolina

Patrolman Robert Blajszczak

Summerville Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch: Sunday, October 26, 2014
 Bio & Incident Details
Age: 40
Tour: 17 years
Badge # Not available

Cause: Heart attack
Incident Date: 10/20/2014
Weapon: Not available
Suspect: Not available

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Patrolman Robert Blajszczak died six days after suffering a heart attack while conducting a traffic stop on the 600 block of Main Street.

During the stop he began to suffer a medical emergency. A passing officer saw Patrolman Blajszczak in distress and immediately radioed for assistance. He was transported to a local hospital where he remained until passing away.

Patrolman Blajszczak had served with the Summerville Police Department for seven years and was assigned to the Traffic Division. He had previously served with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office, Moncks Corner Police Department, and Edisto Beach Police Department.


Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Chief of Police Bruce Owens
Summerville Police Department
300 West 2nd North Street
Summerville, SC 29483
Phone: (843) 871-2463

Line of Duty Death Deputy Sheriff Eugene Kostiuchenko

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Deputy Sheriff  Eugene Kostiuchenko

Ventura County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch: Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Bio & Incident Details
Age: 41
Tour: 11 years
Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicular assault
Incident Date: 10/28/2014
Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved
Suspect: Arrested
                    
Deputy Sheriff Eugene Kostiuchenko was struck and killed by a drunk driver on the Ventura Freeway, near Lewis Road, while conducting a traffic stop.

He was returning to his vehicle at the completion of the stop when the drunk driver struck him and then fled the scene. Two other deputies witnessed the collision.

The drunk driver fled the scene but crashed his vehicle a short distance away. One of the deputies who witnessed the collision took the man into custody at the scene of the second crash. He was arrested and charged with felony DUI and felony hit and run, with additional charges pending.

Deputy Kostiuchenko had served with the Ventura County Sheriff's Office for 11 years. He is survived by his wife and stepchild.
     
Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:

Sheriff Geoff Dean
Ventura County Sheriff's Office
800 S. Victoria Avenue
Ventura, CA 93009
Phone: (805) 654-2380

1 arrested, 1 sought in Nash Co. NC courthouse double shooting privateofficer.com

A law enforcement official escorts a suspect in a double shooting outside the Nash County courthouse into the detention center.NASHVILLE, N.C. Oct 29 2014  - A person believed to be the shooter was arrested Tuesday afternoon after two people were shot on a terrifying morning in front of the Nash County Courthouse.
Nash General Hospital said two men who were shot were flown to Vidant Health in Greenville. Family members identified the victims as Donte'a Evans and Lamar Ricks
Authorities arrested Ontarious Montre Lewis, 23, of Rocky Mount, in connection with the shooting.
A second suspect, Demond Levar Morris, 36, of Rocky Mount, has not been apprehended, authorities said.
"This was not a random act," said Nashville Police Chief Thomas Bashore.
Judy Winstead, who witnessed what happened, said a man "came up on to the porch there and then he started firing as he came up on to the porch."
Winstead said she heard "at least five" shots and that the man was firing into the building.
"It was just like a 'pow, pow, pow' really loud and we said, 'Is that a gun?'" she said. She said she and another person ran to lock the door.
"We were inside and I mean, it was very loud," she said. "Even when we came out I mean we could even smell the gunpowder."
Sheriff Jenkins said one man was shot in the hand and the leg and another man was shot in the back in an incident that lasted only about a minute and a half.
He said he did not know the condition of the two men who were shot.
Asked why the shooting occurred, Jenkins said, "No clue. I think it's senseless."
Authorities had no motive for the shooting.
According to court records, a man named Donte'a Evans was scheduled to appear in court Monday afternoon on weapons charges, including possession of a firearm by a felon and carrying a concealed weapon. It was not immediately clear if that case was continued until Tuesday morning, or if the man appearing in court was the same Donte'a Evans who was shot outside the courthouse.
Winstead said she and her friend were talking recently about "how quiet downtown Nashville is" and that they don't usually even lock their doors.
"I said, 'Well you can't say that now. We've had a lot of excitement today,' " she said.
The stunning event had roads blocked across downtown Nashville as police looked for a suspect.
Put on lockdown Tuesday were Nashville Elementary, Nash Central Middle and W.L. Green Administrative Facility, although those lockdowns were lifted by 2 p.m.
A massive police presence in the area continued throughout Tuesday, prompting Bashore to say, "Right now, in the United States, the safest place you could be is Nashville, North Carolina."

New Orleans masseur charged with sexually assaulting Ritz-Carlton spa customer privateofficer.com

NEW ORLEANS LA Oct 29 2014 (AP) - A New Orleans masseur is accused of sexual battery on a woman during a session at the Ritz-Carlton spa, where massages cost $145 to $275.
  
Thirty-year-old Charles J. Russo's bond was set Monday at $75,000.
  
He remains in the Orleans Parish jail. It was not clear whether he had an attorney.
    Russo was arrested Sunday, five months after a warrant was issued for his arrest.
  
Police warrants allege that a customer accused Russo of masturbating during a session on June 1, 2013. The woman told police she told hotel staff and security, but they did not help her call police.
  
Ritz-Carlton general manager Jim Oliver says the hotel does not comment on pending litigation.

Santa Fe County deputy charged in shooting death of fellow deputy privateofficer.com

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. Oct 29 2014 (AP) — A northern New Mexico sheriff's deputy was charged with an open count of murder Tuesday after he allegedly fired several rounds from his handgun as his colleague tried to flee an alcohol-fueled argument at a hotel, police said.
Deputy Tai Chan, a warrant officer with Santa Fe County, was being held without bond at the Dona Ana County Detention Center.
The shooting happened just after midnight at Hotel Encanto in the southern New Mexico city of Las Cruces, where the two Santa Fe County deputies had stopped to spend the night after transporting a prisoner to Safford, Arizona.
Investigators say Chan, 27, and Deputy Jeremy Martin, 29, went to three restaurants Monday night, including Dublin's Street Pub where they drank and got into a heated argument. The fight escalated once they were back at the hotel.
Witnesses heard arguing and then several gunshots rang out.
As Martin tried to flee into an elevator, he was shot in the back and arms, authorities said.
Police arrived at the hotel and found Martin staggering off the elevator with multiple wounds, Las Cruces police spokesman Dan Trujillo said.
Martin was taken to a Las Cruces hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Chan was found in a stairwell near the hotel's roof. He was taken into custody without incident and a Glock semi-automatic handgun, believed to be his duty weapon, was found nearby.
Chan's attorney, John Day, said the shooting was still under investigation and details were limited.
"It's a tragic situation for everybody involved," the Santa Fe lawyer said.
Investigators with the Las Cruces Police Department were at Hotel Encanto's parking lot Tuesday collecting evidence that appeared to be from a deputy's vehicle. Hotel security staff prevented reporters from approaching the scene and ordered media off the property.
Inside, areas of the hotel were cordoned off with crime scene tape while investigators worked.
Santa Fe County Sheriff Robert Garcia said his department was mourning.
"I have grief counselors or crisis counselors here now meeting with a lot of my personnel, but it's a grieving law enforcement agency," Garcia said.
He said Martin had been a deputy for 2 1/2 years, and Chan was on the force for three years.
Martin, a patrol officer, was married and had three children, all under the age of 10, the sheriff's office said.
At an emotional news conference, Garcia called both deputies "hardworking, committed individuals."
"I'm lost," Garcia said. "I'm at a loss for words."
Martin's widow Sarah told the Albuquerque Journal in a brief telephone interview that the sheriff came to her home early Tuesday to deliver news of the death.
"He was a self-sacrificing kind of a person and put everyone else first," she said of her husband. "He was very well-balanced as far as family and career. He had a big heart and gave everyone the benefit of the doubt."

Daphne High School chemistry teacher arrested for sex with student privateofficer.com

Isaac Evans.jpgDaphne AL OCT 29 2014 A chemistry teacher at Daphne High School faces charges of harassment and having sex with a student, according to school and sheriff's office officials.
Isaac Willis Evans, 22, turned himself in on Monday morning, and he faces two counts of a school employee having sex with a student, four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and harassment.
"At this time I believe the charges are stemming from the alleged contact with one student and the investigation is continuing to see if there will be any more," Baldwin County Sheriff Huey "Hoss" Mack told AL.com.
Baldwin County Public Schools spokesman Terry Wilhite told AL.com Evans was hired at Daphne High School on June 19 and was placed on administrative leave on Oct. 6.
"When we became aware of the allegations we immediately placed him on leave," Wilhite said.
Baldwin County Sheriff's Office jail records show Evans was booked into jail around 9:40 a.m. Monday and was released a couple of hours later on $1,000 bail.
When asked how the school became aware of the allegations, Wilhite said to contact the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office. He added that the school system is not doing an investigation aside from the sheriff's investigation.
AL.com

Butte man charged with assaulting nightclub bouncer privateofficer.com

Butte MT OCT 29 2014  A 23-year-old Butte man is accused of trying to fight several revelers on the dance floor at Irish Times, 2 E. Galena St., and punching a bouncer in the face.
Police were called to a disturbance at the bar and arrested Boston Ranney late Saturday night on misdemeanor charges of assault and disorderly conduct.
 Police said that they also charged Ranney with drug possession after officers say they found a small amount of marijuana on him. 

Elkhart apartment security guard charged with police impersonation privateofficer.com



Elkhart IN OCT 29 2014 A second man has been arrested in connection with a police impersonation incident at an Elkhart County apartment complex over the summer.

Devin Lamarr Wilson, 24, was booked at the Elkhart County Jail on two counts of impersonation of a public servant, a level 6 felony, and one count of theft, a class A misdemeanor, on Saturday, Oct. 25, according to jail records.

Police say that on July 11, Wilson impersonated a police officer along with Rory W. Kerwood, who was arrested on similar charges in September, while allegedly investigating a Facebook photo which showed three juvenile residents of the Ashton Pines apartment complex holding what appeared to be a gun, according to court documents filed in Elkhart Superior Court 5.

Kerwood worked as a security guard at the complex, but was wearing what looked to residents like a police uniform during his “investigation.”

According to the documents, witnesses told police that Wilson wore a dark uniform similar to a SWAT officer’s uniform and accompanied Kerwood, along with two other similarly-dressed men, to three apartments in the complex to look for a BB gun shown in the photo.

At the third apartment, the men were told the juvenile they were looking for was not home and Kerwood and Wilson returned later that day and spoke to the juvenile while he was home alone, according to court documents.

On that second visit, Wilson and Kerwood accompanied the juvenile to his room to retrieve the gun. Wilson put on gloves before picking up the gun and putting it in the trunk of Kerwood’s car, the juvenile told police.

Detectives interviewed Wilson on July 30 and he told them he occasionally works as a security guard at nightclubs and is a bounty hunter in Michigan. He was not an employee of the firm hired to run security at the apartment complex.

Wilson said he accompanied Kerwood to three apartments in the complex, but Kerwood did all the talking and Wilson was just there for backup. He admitted to taking the gun and said he and Kerwood probably had no right to search the home.

Charges were filed against Wilson on Sept. 23 and a warrant was issued for his arrest, according to court records.

Kerwood was arrested on Sept. 9 on four counts of impersonation of a public servant and one count of theft. He is scheduled to appear in Elkhart Superior Court 5 for a change of plea hearing on Dec. 8.

As of Monday, Oct. 27, no charges had been filed against the other two men who accompanied Kerwood and Wilson to the three Ashton Pines apartments.
ElkhartTruth.com