Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Gateway Mall security officer pepper sprayed by burglars

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LINCOLN, Neb. Jan 18 2017 A Lincoln security officer was assaulted but not seriously injured and now police are searching for the suspects.
Police said a security officer patrolling the Gateway Mall early Monday morning saw teo people walk up to a door and thought that they might have worked there even though it was around 2:30 a.m.
That's when he noticed that a suspect had a mask and a crowbar. The second sprayed the security officer with pepper spray and assaulted him as they fled.
Police officers searched the area but did not find anyone.
The victim was not transported to the hospital.

Officer sues Wal-Mart for firing him for carrying gun while working as police officer


TAYLOR, Pa. Jan 18 2017— A Pennsylvania police officer is suing Wal-Mart after he says he was fired for carrying his police-issued gun while in the store.
While in uniform and on-duty, Michael Zuby said he stopped by the Wal-Mart store where he was employed to grab some lunch.
Zuby, who worked as security at the store, was told by his boss he had to take his gun out of the store.
According to a report from The Times-Tribune,  Zuby was told store employees are never allowed to carry a gun while on the property.
Zuby explained he was required by law to carry the gun while on-duty as an officer.
According to the lawsuit, store managers told the police department not to send Zuby to the store if police were called.
The police chief refused the request.
The lawsuit, which was filed in October, has recently garnered new attention.

Wal-Mart responded by saying it offered Zuby a different job at the same pay rate or to move him to another store outside of the town.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Rome Memorial Hospital announces new director of emergency management and security


ROME, N.Y. Jan 17 2017— Rome Memorial Hospital announced it has named Allan Chrysler director of emergency management and security.
Chrysler has served as the hospital’s disaster preparedness coordinator since 2007 and is a graduate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) program.
In his new role, Chrysler will oversee security throughout the hospital, including updating current security policies and procedures.
“Allan’s extensive training and experience in preparing organizations to respond to all types of emergency situations from natural disasters to life-threatening security incidents makes him a natural fit for this position,” David Jabs, VP of support services at Rome Memorial Hospital, said in a news release. “His expertise will be invaluable as we continue to review our existing security plans and update them to meet today’s changing world.”
Chrysler stresses the importance of anticipating potential problems and planning a response in advance.
“We live in an ever-changing world with complex problems and the real possibility of threats from a number of sources,” he said in the release. “The key to a successful security plan is very similar to a successful disaster preparedness plan, in that it takes planning, foresight and the ability to put the right people in the right places to diffuse a situation as quickly as possible.”
He acknowledges that planning for every scenario is impossible “Unfortunately, planning can only take you so far, but through a thorough examination of our facility, we can identify our strengths and opportunities to make us as prepared as we can be,” he added.
Before joining Rome Memorial Hospital in 2007, Chrysler was a member of the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Emergency Medical Services. He has served as an emergency medical technician, paramedic, and emergency services administrator. Chrysler is also an instructor for the New York State Office of Emergency Management.
He is also a certified health emergency professional (or CHEP), a certified emergency disaster professional (or CEDP), and certified hospital emergency coordinator.

Chrysler has a bachelor’s degree in emergency management and public health from Empire State College and an associate degree in emergency medical services from Mohawk Valley Community College, according to his LinkedIn page.

Police officers often misidentify security at night

Kansas City MO Jan 17 2017 For a third time in a week, an on-duty uniformed security officer was at the end of a gun barrel as police responded to a suspicious person complaint.
A Kansas City security officer in uniform and sitting in his personal vehicle was standing fire watch overnight at a business when he suddenly saw police officers with guns drawn approach his vehicle. The security officer not knowing what was happening grabbed his flashlight and began to get out of his car which escalated the officer’s verbal commands not to move and show his hands.
Two days ago an Atlanta area security officer also experienced a similar situation while he was on duty at a construction site, in uniform and sitting in his personal vehicle at around 4 in the morning. Several police officers surrounded his car guns drawn and ordered him out.
After seeing that he was a security officer they explained that there had been a rash of burglaries in the area that had all been committed during the overnight hours and that he appeared suspicious as he sat in the darkness.

On the west coast last week, a police approaching a uniformed security officer who was also sitting in his private vehicle accidentally fired a round which did not strike the security officer.
The officer noticed suspicious actively and could not identify that it was a security officer sitting in a secluded area of a business and went to investigate. His firearm discharged accidentally during the investigation. No one was hurt.

Shoplifter flees police and hides in a barrel

SARTELL MN Jan 17 2017 — Sartell police on Saturday arrested a woman found hiding in a barrel on suspicion that she shoplifted from a Walmart.
Police were called to the Walmart on Stearns County Road 120 at about 11 p.m. Saturday for a shoplifting complaint. Before officers arrived, the woman, later identified as Linaya Mathis, 20, left in a vehicle, according to Sgt. Kelly Mader.
Police were familiar with the vehicle and aware that it frequents Shady Oaks mobile home park at 188 County Road 120, Mader reported. Officers went to the park and found the vehicle. When they were pulling up, Mathis fled on foot and was believed to have entered a trailer, according to Mader.
The owner of the trailer arrived and allowed officers to search his trailer. Mathis was not inside. Officers found Mathis about an hour later hiding inside a 55-gallon plastic drum, Mader reported.
Mathis was not dressed for the cold weather and was taken by ambulance to St. Cloud Hospital for evaluation. The shoplifted items were found near where Mathis was hiding, Mader reported. Mathis had four felony warrants for her arrest in Stearns, Benton, Morrison and McLeod counties.

Mathis was later taken to Stearns County Jail, where she was held pending possible charges.

Shoplifter runs down Plainville police officer

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PLAINVILLE, MA Jan 17 2017 A fleeing shoplifting ran over an officer with his car in Plainville Massachusetts as he tried to escape according to police.
Security at the Target store had reported a shoplifting in progress on Sunday at around 10 a. m. and officers were dispatched to assist the Asset Protection agent.
When officers arrived, the suspect got into his vehicle and hit the officer who was pursuing him.
Officer Todd Holbrook was taken to Rhode Island Hospital with non-life threatening injuries to his lower body and is expected to make a full recovery.

The suspect was identified by police as 38-year-old Robert M. Camara Jr. of Attleboro, was brought into police headquarters late Sunday night, only about 12 hours after the incident began.

New Texas law gives churchs more options for armed security

Austin TX Jan 17 2017 Additional security measures could soon be available for religious organizations. It's in response to growing concern over mass shooting incidents in public spaces, including churches.
Churches are often known as safe havens but nowadays they could be the center of an attack.That's why State Representative Jason Villabla of Dallas filed a bill this session.
"Well if you look around the country, you're seeing that people who seek to harm us are now looking for what's referred to as soft targets. These are places that are not likely to be people who will be armed or security. so think of elementary schools, think of theaters and think of religious organizations."
The bill would allow churches to use volunteers or hire private individuals to be security officers as long as they undergo 40 hours of training.  10 of those hours is firearms training.
Reverend Eric Gates from Central Christian Church in downtown Austin says he supports the bill. "That's an unfortunate reality of the world we live in. It's something that I wish I didn't have to think about in the back of my mind but it's something that I need to be aware of. It's something I want the congregants to be aware of."
Currently in Texas, religious organizations must rely on private security companies to safeguard their congregations. It's been an obstacle for many due to the high cost.
Central Christian Church has been fortunate enough to have security ever since the mass shooting in Charleston, South Carolina.
Reverend Gates says they've had a few incidents that made them nervous in the past which is why he believes being proactive is necessary.

"We would have just random people come in off the street because we are on Guadalupe and they would walk directly up to me during the middle of a service. And the congregants would be standing there, jaws dropped kind of frozen not being able to do anything," Reverend Gates says.

Shawnee casino security guard shooter dies

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SHAWNEE OK Jan 17 2017 — A casino security guard who shot and killed a fellow security officer and then turned the gun on himself has died.
Authorities said Justin Wells, 28, went into the resort at 777 Grand Casino Blvd. just before 7 a.m. Jan. 10 and shot and killed Matt Palmer, 22, before shooting himself. Wells was hospitalized and died Wednesday, according to an online obituary.
Wells had not been arrested, said Terry Weber, spokesman for the FBI, which is handling the case because the casino is on Indian trust land.
Jennifer Bell, spokeswoman for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, which owns and operates the large resort, confirmed that Palmer and Wells were security guards at the casino.
Palmer was hired in August, according to the tribe, and Wells had been employed since 2012.
Palmer, a resident of Macomb, graduated from Asher High School in 2012, where he was an all-state basketball player, according to an online obituary.
Bell said security officers at the casino do not carry guns. She declined to comment on any details of the shooting, including how Wells was able to carry a weapon into the building, which prohibits firearms.

The shooting took place on the second floor in the administrative offices, Bell said.

2 teens shot, 1 killed at Jacksonville Landing

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Jan 17 2017- One teenage boy died and another was injured in a shooting Monday afternoon just outside the Jacksonville Landing downtown, authorities said.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office identified Khamoi Petersen, 16, as the teen who died. The 13-year-old victim, whose name has not been released, suffered non life-threatening injuries, according to police.
The double shooting could possibly be related to another double shooting earlier this month at the nearby Art Walk, in which one of the teenage victims ran to the Landing for help, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Just after 4 p.m., two off-duty officers employed by the Landing responded to gunfire immediately outside the front of the Landing on Water Street, said JSO Assistant Chief Scott Dingee.
That's where the officers said they found two teenagers with gunshot wounds.
Both boys were taken to an area hospital
According to investigators, it appeared that a fight escalated into gunfire, which shattered a glass door at the front of the Landing.
"There appears to be some kind of confrontation of a group of individuals outside the Landing," Dingee said. "The incident, based on some of the individuals that we know were involved, was possibly related to the Art Walk shooting."
Dingee said a handgun was recovered from the scene, and several people were detained for questioning, but no arrests have been made.
As of Monday night, investigators were still collecting surveillance video from surrounding businesses and interviewing at least 30 witnesses.
Sleiman Enterprises, the owner of the Landing, issued the following statement:
 "The incident that occurred on city property outside of the Landing today saddens us. This is an ongoing investigation by Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, therefore we cannot comment any further."
Dingee said they do not believe the shooting was related to the city's annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. parade, which ended at 2 p.m., or the continuing celebration that followed at Hemming Park.
Anyone with information or tips is asked to call JSO at 904-630-0500. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
Witnesses describe 'utter pandemonium' as gunshots rang out
A day that began celebrating the life of a man who preached nonviolence ended with two teenagers shot during a time when there was a lot of foot traffic at the Jacksonville Landing.
Many people were forced to halt their celebrations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day when the gunshots rang out. Witnesses said bullets were flying everywhere and people were ducking for cover.
A witness inside the Landing posted on Facebook that a shooter pulled out a gun and "opened fire on us" with five to 10 rounds. Another witness said he saw two shooters jump into a white car and head toward the Main Street Bridge.
Rudy Hinton said he was near the two teens, who were asking a security officer for help, right before the shots were fired and everyone in the line of sight became a potential target.
"JSO was interviewing two young men. They were telling him that it was about to go down. The boy asked for protection and they said sure, so I stood there and the next thing, 'Pop, pop, pop.' Everybody went running," Hinton said. "They shot at the officer and everybody standing around. They were shooting to kill."
Despite Hinton's version of events, JSO has yet to confirm whether or not the boys were seeking protection from the shooters.
Another witness told News4Jax that he had been coming off the Riverwalk and heard what he thought were fireworks going off.
"I get around the corner, and all these young people are running around and screaming and the guy's laying on the ground bleeding. The cops were over him and he’s not moving," Ronald Wallace said. "They were saying, 'He’s dead,' and screaming that another victim is inside the building.”
Wallace said he was glad he wasn't hit by the gunfire.
"I was right there. It could have been me if a stray bullet would have come my way," Wallace said. "I was flabbergasted. First time I've been close to something like that. It's real messed up."
Daniel Griffin, who works at the Landing, said he and some other chefs had been outside smoking cigarettes when they heard the gunfire.
"Utter pandemonium," he said. "You heard at least maybe 20 shots. It sounded like two, maybe an automatic. Definitely wasn't one person firing. It was bad. Everybody scattered and took off running. We knew pretty much at first what it was."
Krista Chestnut, 13, was dining at Hooters with her 17-year-old brother, Keron Chestnut, and other friends at the time of the shooting. She described the unsettling experience as patrons were told to stay inside.
"It's a shooting. I'm going to be scared. I don't know if they're going to come over here," she said.
The double shooting not only frightened those at the Landing, but also sparked anger among many community members like T. Greedy, who said he was offended by the shooters' reckless behavior and disregard for the national holiday.
"MLK -- this is not what he wanted," Greedy said. "Disrespect to the city and to Martin Luther King. That’s not right. Period. Point blank. By no right should a man have a gun down here. Period. You shouldn’t have a gun down here, at all."

The Sheriff's Office continues to investigate.

At Least 5 Dead, 15 Injured In Shooting At Mexico Music Festival

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CANCUN, MEXICO Jan 17 2017 A shooting erupted at an electronic music festival in the Mexican resort of Playa del Carmen early Monday, leaving at least five people dead and sparking a stampede, the mayor said.
Fifteen people were injured, some in the stampede, after at least one shooter opened fire before dawn at the Blue Parrot nightclub during the BPM festival, Mayor Cristina Torres told Turquesa radio.
Three of the dead are foreigners, said Torres, mayor of the municipality of Solidaridad, which includes the popular beach resort.
"For the moment we have indications that one person opened fire," Torres said, adding that authorities were contacting the US, Canadian and Colombian consulates to provide information about their citizens' conditions.
She said the shooting appeared to have taken place inside the club, causing people to flee in panic. Other witnesses said it happened outside the club.
Playa del Carmen is 68 kilometers (42 miles) south of Cancun. The region, popular among American and European tourists, has been largely spared from the drug violence plaguing other parts of Mexico.
An editor for the London-based music magazine Mixmag who was in the backstage area of the Blue Parrot said at least four or five shots were fired at around 2:45 (0745 GMT) or 3 am, indicating that it happened in front of the club.
"People started running because there's an exit in the back. We stopped and hid behind a cement wall, then crawled under a metal table," Valerie Lee, Mixmag's US digital editor, was quoted as saying by the magazine.
"Security guards at first didn't think it was shots and kept claiming it was fireworks, saying everything was OK. Then people kept running and said they saw a gun. We kept hiding until they opened the back gate and we ran outside," Lee said.
Lee wrote on Twitter that the music was still playing five minutes after the shots were heard. The music, she said, was "super loud, likely those inside didn't even hear."
She said friends outside the entrance were just six meters (20 feet) from the shooter.
"Bodies on the ground. Didn't seem like shooters tried to enter the party," Lee wrote.
"Police took over 10 minutes to arrive. Victims likely include tourists/party goers, poss (possibly) a security guard."
Images shared on social media showed people cowering or running down the street.
The BPM Festival issued a statement on Facebook saying the attack was perpetrated by a lone shooter in front of the club.
"The violence began on 12th Street in front of the club and three members of the BPM security team were among those whose lives were lost while trying to protect patrons inside the venue," the statement said.
The festival said organizers have been working with local authorities throughout the event to ensure public safety.

"We are overcome with grief over this senseless act of violence and we are cooperating fully with local law enforcement and government officials as they continue their investigation," the statement said.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Running over protesters on roadways could soon be legal in North Dakota

North Dakota Jan 16 2017 Protesters may want to think twice about blocking roads in North Dakota.
Republican lawmakers in the state introduced a bill last week in the legislature that would not hold motorists liable for negligently running over someone obstructing a roadway. The bill was introduced in response to a year of protests over a proposed pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.
"A driver of a motor vehicle who negligently causes injury or death to an individual obstructing vehicular traffic on a public road, street, or highway may not be held liable for any damages," the bill reads. "A driver of a motor vehicle who unintentionally causes injury or death to an individual obstructing vehicular traffic on a public road, street, or highway is not guilty of an offense."
Lawmakers told the Bismark Tribune that the bill is needed after protesters blocked traffic during oil pipeline protests.
"It’s shifting the burden of proof from the motor vehicle driver to the pedestrian,” Rep. Keith Kempenich told the paper. (Roads) are not there for the protesters. They’re intentionally putting themselves in danger."

The bill will be heard by the North Dakota's House Transportation Committee on Friday.

Fargo to hire half dozen new police officers to patrol airport

FARGO ND Jan 16 2017 — Fargo police will begin maintaining a regular presence at the Hector International Airport as early as July.
Two armed private security officers currently patrol the airport. But to satisfy the standards of a federal program, the airport authority plans to start paying for Fargo police officers to provide security, said Shawn Dobberstein, executive director of the Municipal Airport Authority.
"It's not going to cost the city of Fargo a penny," Dobberstein said.
Fargo Police Chief David Todd said his department is working on an agreement with the airport authority to post an officer at Hector's security checkpoint. Achieving this for two nine-hour shifts a day, seven days a week will require hiring five or six new officers, the chief said.
Dobberstein said the airport authority now pays $110,000 to $115,000 a year for the two private security officers. Replacing one of those officers with Fargo police will raise annual security costs to about $600,000 — 25 to 30 percent of which will be covered by a federal reimbursement program, he said.
Dobberstein said Fargo police are being brought in now because the number of fliers has reached a point where the federal reimbursement program prefers that a sworn officer is stationed at the airport.
The Fargo police at the airport will work with Transportation Security Administration officials to deal with upset or intoxicated passengers or any other situations that arise, Dobberstein said. "There are really not too many arrests at the airport," he said.

To pay for the Fargo officers, the airport authority will dip into its operations and maintenance budget, which is funded by parking lot fees, car rental fees, landing fees, terminal rent, farmland rent, hangar rent and revenue from businesses at the airport, he said.

Man with rifle killed in police shooting outside Northwest Austin church

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Austin TX Jan 16 2017 A man with a rifle was killed in a police shooting outside Northwest Austin church
The armed man in his 40s was shot and killed by Austin police outside a Northwest Austin church early Saturday.
Before the fatal shooting, police said, the man had fired several times into the air with a rifle and had refused to put down his weapons.
Police have not released the identities of either the man or the officer who fatally shot him.
The incident began as a response to a “panic robbery alarm” at 10401 Anderson Mill Road at 1:08 a.m., said Assistant Police Chief Chris McIlvain at a news briefing a few hours after the shooting.
Officers were called back out to the same location for a second time after reports of two men “physically fighting” in the parking lot there, McIlvain said.
One man involved in the fight was described as being 40 to 45 years old and armed with gun, he said.
The man had fled by the time officers got there but witnesses told police that they took the gun away from the man, McIlvain said.
Police responded a third time to the scene at 1:36 a.m., after reports that the man returned, this time armed with a shotgun and an AR-15 assault rifle, according to witnesses.
One of the officers who had responded to a previous call was still in the area, McIlvain said, and made his way back to the scene. While waiting for backup, the officer saw the man aim the rifle into the air and shoot it five to six times, the assistant chief said.
More officers then arrived and ordered the man to put the gun down. The man moved south, toward nearby Hope Presbyterian Church, where he fired the rifle five to six more times in the air, McIlvain said.
The man set up a position for himself behind a retaining wall in the courtyard of the church, McIlvain said, and police "began a dialogue” with the man to drop his weapons but he refused to comply.
At 2:03 a.m., the armed man began walking through the courtyard. Minutes later, he encountered police and one of the officers shot the man who died at the scene, McIlvain said.
The officer who shot the man has been put on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.

Texas teacher who had sex almost daily with 13-year-old student gets 10 years in prison

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Houston TX Jan 16 2017 A former Texas middle-school teacher who was impregnated by a 13-year-old student has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Alexandria Vera, 25, was facing up to 30 years behind bars after pleading guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a child in November. She admitted to police that a relationship that started with Instagram messages between her and the boy blossomed into a romance — one that the boy’s family approved of.
A judge in the 209th District Court in Houston said during Vera’s sentencing hearing on Friday that he does not believe the former English teacher is a danger to children or a classic pedophile, the Houston Chronicle reported. But Judge Michael McSpadden said he wants to send a message to the community by giving Vera some prison time.

“We want our educators to teach our students,” McSpadden said, according to the Houston Chronicle.” We want them to keep their hands off students.”

Willowbrook Mall security help nab man shooting heroin

WAYNE, NJ Jan 16 2017 Township Police arrested two men at Willowbrook Mall after finding them in a bathroom stall injecting themselves with heroin, police said.
Det. Capt. Lawrence Martin said officers responded to the mall around 2 p.m. on Wednesday after being called by security about a man who had been banned from the property.
Security personnel said that Jesse R. Simunovich, 23, of North Caldwell, was reportedly seen there after he had been trespassed from the property.
Martin said Officer Gregory Halligan observed Simunovich and another man, Michael A. Liska, 24, of Hopatcong, go into a bathroom in Lord & Taylor where police say they injecting themselves with narcotics.
Liska ran from the bathroom with Officer Anne Shivas chasing him. Lisha was apprehended with help of mall security, Martin said.
Martin reported that police found 17 glassine bags of suspected heroin, a hypodermic needle loaded with a "brown liquid suspected to be heroin," three small black cylinders containing crack cocaine, a bag of suspected marijuana, and three capped hypodermic needles.
Liska was arrested and charged with resisting arrest, possession of heroin, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of hypodermic needles.

Simunovich was arrested without incident, Martin added.. He was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and defiant trespass.

Woman pulls gun on Cottonwood Mall security

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Albuquerque NM Jan 16 2017
Police conducted an extensive search around Cottonwood Mall after a woman threatened mall security with a firearm when a male was apprehended for shoplifting.
According to police, the man caught shoplifting pepper sprayed an employee before he was tackled to the ground by mall security and witnesses.
At that time, a female suspect ran forward, demanding people to let go of the male, all while waving a gun. The woman said, "Let him go, I have a gun."
After more security officers arrived the woman fled and the male shoplifter was taken into custody.
Mall employees were directed to move to other areas of their stores and to secure in place and stay calm and quiet.
Shoppers who were stuck inside and had to b escorted out as police searched for the woman.
No injuries have been reported.

There was no word as to whether or not the woman was apprehended.

Fla. stepfather catches teacher having sex with 15 yr old student

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North Port Florida Jan 16 2017 A 38 year old dance teacher has been arrested after she was allegedly caught sexually abusing her 15-year-old student.
Lauren Anne DeBenedetta, owner of the now-shuttered Haven Dance in Florida, has been charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious battery on a minor
The alleged abuse was uncovered by the girl’s stepfather when he went home to check on the girl who was home from school, NBC2 reports.
DeBenedetta was allegedly hiding next to the girl’s bed, naked, when the dad walked in.
WINK News reports DeBenedetta called the girl on the day she was home sick to ask if she could come over.
The married teacher reportedly brought soup before they went into the girl’s bedroom.
The victim said in an affidavit the two kissed and performed other sexual acts.
Several other incidents allegedly took place at the dance school and DeBenedetta’s home.

Haven Dance was shut down after the alleged abuse was exposed.

Toe sucking suspect arrested at Ohio mall

TOLEDO OH Jan 16 2017 "She remained frozen in complete shock and silence, her mind racing."
That's how Melissa Portala describes her daughter's reaction after she says a man she did not know put her foot in his mouth.
Toledo Police say it happened December 21, 2016, at a store inside the Franklin Park Mall.
Portala's 18-year-old daughter was at work when she says a shopper asked her to take off her shoe so he could take a closer look at it.
"At that point, he dropped to his knees, grabbed her foot and began to suck on her toes and put as much of her foot in his mouth as he could," explains Portala.
The police report goes on to describe what happened next:
“After the suspect finished slurping on the victim's toes, he stood up, kissed her on her cheek and told her “I'll be back later,” as the victim stood there in a frightened daze.”
Officers later arrested Joseph Leondre Jones, 29, of Toledo.
Jones is facing a misdemeanor charge of Sexual Imposition and he's out on bail.
That does not sit well with Portala.
She decided to take matters into her own hands and, this week, started handing out homemade flyers to store managers at the mall.
Portala was stopped by mall security.
"Well," Portala says, "I facetiously said to the mall security guard, 'Well, you're going to have to arrest me to stop me.'"
And they did.
Portala herself is now facing a charge of Criminal Trespassing.
The Franklin Park Mall released this statement to 13abc:
"Franklin Park Mall is aware of the incident and continues to support and cooperate with the authorities."
Meantime, Toledo Police are now looking into a similar incident last weekend at the nearby Kroger on Monroe Street.
A man there allegedly asked a woman to take off her shoes, then inappropriately touched her.
Portala says she wants to warn women in the area.
"This happened to my daughter, and I'm not going to sit back and do nothing while it happens to someone else's daughter," continues Portala, who runs the performance charity "Art From The Heart," which raises funds to help victims of sexual assault.

She's now preparing for her organization's first charity fundraiser and her next court appearance. Both will be in the coming weeks.
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Philly entrepreneur leads award-winning security firm

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Philadelphia PA Jan 16 2017 As the president of Sovereign Security, Richard Cottom believes in taking a personalized approach to managing his company.
His Center City-based firm specializes in providing security guards for business, educational and government institutions and conducting background check and drug screening services.
Cottom enjoys making impromptu site visits and interacting with his employees as they provide security services for clients.
He aspires to make his company different from other security firms by offering higher wages and benefits.
“We try to make our company a company that you want to work for,” said Cottom, who is a native of Abington. “I try to run the company as a family-type business. I try to go out to my accounts, talk to officers to let them know that I’m not just a name at the bottom of a check. I’m a real person and I do care about what going on in their lives and their families.”
Cottom garnered years of experience in the security industry having worked for SpectaGuard Security, served as director of safety and security at the Community College of Philadelphia and as vice president of public safety at Drexel University.
Cottom established the company in 2004, after his position at Drexel was eliminated due to budget cuts. Ironically, he had drafted a business plan for a security firm while still employed at Drexel. When his position was eliminated, he was propelled to put his business plan into action.
He opened a office in October 2004 and went through the challenging process of securing contracts as a new business.
“It was difficult,” Cottom recalled. “As a new company, you may have all the experience in the world, but if you don’t have the working experience that companies want it makes it harder.”
“I knew that this is what I was supposed to be doing so God has opened doors for me. When we first opened our doors, there was no business. Within 30 days, we had two contracts. That to me was the sign that I was headed in the right direction.”
Sovereign Security has grown throughout the years to employ 260 people and its client portfolio includes large entities such as Philadelphia Gas Works, Philadelphia Housing Authority, Philadelphia Job Corps Center and the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
The firm ranked number 11 on the 2013 Inner City 100 list of fastest-growing businesses in U.S. cities, compiled by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. The company also won the Minority Enterprise Development award.
Cottom credits the company’s growth to forming strategic partnerships with larger security firms who need certified minority business enterprises to meet contract requirements.
He has been named to the SmartCEO 100 community of CEOs who operate the 100 best-run companies in the region.
Cottom often pushes the tenets of entrepreneurship by talking about business ownership at his church and when he does mentoring.
“One of the things I do, is I try to encourage entrepreneurship and that’s not something we do in the Black community,” he said.
Cottom is a board member of the Montgomery County Community College Foundation, where he participates in their Minority Male mentoring initiative.
“I tell those guys, ‘look, you could go out and make money in corporate America, but if you really want the satisfaction go follow your dream and open a business,’” Cottom said.
“I just think that it is important that we have to teach young people in this generation to own your own business.”
Cottom also serves on the African American Chamber of Commerce of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware board of directors.
AACC Chairman Steven Scott Bradley said Cottom has been a dependable and engaged board member.

“He’s been a great addition to the board for the past three years,” Bradley said. “He is one of our staunch supporters financially and as far as leadership. He’s one of our top board members. He’s always trying to help elevate the chamber’s position in the city.”

Montebello Unified teacher arrested for having sex with student

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Whittier CA Jan 16 2017 A high school teacher with the Montebello Unified School District was arrested Friday on suspicion of having a sexual relationship at his home with a 17-year-old female student who attended Vail High School where he worked, authorities said.
Brian Lee Ward, 46, of Whittier, was arrested on suspicion of statutory rape and is in custody on $100,000 bail, according to the Whittier Police Department.
Montebello school officials notified law enforcement in December after learning about Ward’s activity with the student who no longer attends Vail High School.
Montebello police investigators determined the alleged crime occurred at Ward’s home in the 7200 block of Comstock Avenue in Whittier. The investigation was then turned over to the Whittier Police Department.
Ward had developed a sexual relationship with the student over a period of several months last year, police said. Though she was not his student, she did attend Vail, where Ward is a teacher.

The Montebello school district superintendent’s office could not immediately be reached for comment.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Raging Gunfight Leaves 3 Shot

Philadelphia PA Jan 15 2017
Three people were shot and wounded following an argument between two large groups outside a North Philadelphia bar early Saturday, police said.
The shooting happened at about 2:30 a.m. outside the Ridge Capitol Bar on the 2800 block of Ridge Avenue.
Police said that during the argument, a 26-year-old woman was shot in the back as she was running down Ridge Avenue.
As private security guards were rendering aid to the woman, police said, the alleged shooter or shooters were reportedly seen entering a dark-colored vehicle, possibly a BMW, making a U-turn, then driving by the bar's private security guards and rolling down their windows.
At that time, police said the armed security guards fired at the vehicle, which was last seen heading north on Sedgley Avenue.
Police Capt. Mark Overwise told reporters that the security guards "saw a person firing and they returned fire. Three security guards in all returned fire. There were a total of 19 shots fired by security guards."
The woman who was shot was taken by private vehicle to Temple University Hospital, where she was in critical condition.
Meanwhile, police said, a 24-year-old man who was shot several times was taken by medics to Temple, where he was in critical condition. This man had been observed throwing a gun on the ground near a parked vehicle outside the bar; officers later found a gun in that location, police said.
A 32-year-old man who was also shot was taken by private vehicle and later located at Temple. He told officers he suffered a graze wound to his head while on the 2800 block of Ridge Avenue, police said.
It was not immediately clear if any of the three people wounded were shot by bullets fired by the security guards.

No arrests have been made in the case. Police said the Central Detective Division is actively investigating the shooting.