Wednesday, January 28, 2015

LODD: Sergeant Charles Kerry Mitchum

        Sergeant Charles Kerry Mitchum | Loxley Police Department, Alabama

Sergeant Charles Kerry Mitchum

Loxley Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch: Monday, January 26, 2015

Bio & Incident Details
Age: 57
Tour: Not available
Badge # Not available

Cause: Automobile accident
Incident Date: 1/26/2015
Weapon: Not available
Suspect: Not available

Sergeant Kerry Mitchum was killed in a single vehicle crash on Oak Lane, near Highway 59, in Stapleton.

He was en route to the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office firing range at approximately 3:00 pm when his department vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. He was flown the University of South Alabama Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.

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

Police Chief Chip Cason
Loxley Police Department
2139 E Relham Avenue
Loxley, AL 36551
Phone: (251) 964-6000

Thieves smash into San Francisco musuem of gold

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SAN FRANCISCO CA Jan 28 2015 (AP) — Wells Fargo Bank officials vowed to reopen a popular corporate museum in the heart of San Francisco’s financial district after thieves smashed a stolen SUV through its front door and made off with historic gold rush nuggets on display.
The museum is a popular destination for schoolchildren and tourists and includes two restored stagecoaches, a working telegraph and other California Gold Rush era memorabilia.
The thieves struck at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday when they rammed a Chevrolet Suburban through the museum’s revolving door. They then emerged from the SUV, and one of them held a security guard at gunpoint while the others took up to 10 ounces of gold nuggets from a display case.
The three men escaped in a four-door sedan driven by an accomplice. The security guard was unharmed. The iconic stagecoaches weren’t damaged, bank spokesman Ruben Pulido said.
“Rest assured, the museum will reopen, so it can continue to serve the thousands of visitors and Bay Area residents who visit it each year,” Pulido said. Wells Fargo opened its first branch on the site in 1852, Pulido said.
The tactic mirrored three other smash-and-grab thefts involving vehicles in the San Francisco Bay Area since May. Police said they are investigating whether there’s a connection.
Last week thieves backed a U-Haul van through the front of a Patagonia store near San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, loaded it with high-end outdoor clothing and gear and sped off.
On Nov. 26, two men rammed a vehicle into an upscale designer boutique in Union Square and took handbags.
Across San Francisco Bay, thieves in May busted through the glass at an Apple Store in a bustling shopping district in Berkeley to steal electronics, leaving the car behind.
Police did not reveal the value of the stolen merchandise in any of the cases.
As many as 10 ounces of gold with an estimated value of roughly $10,000 was stolen from the Wells Fargo museum. Wells Fargo officials were still trying to determine exactly what was stolen before determining a more precise loss figure.
Dealers of precious metals say they will be on the lookout for nuggets with historical significance that suddenly appear on the market, rare coin dealer Don Kagin said.
Melting the gold could remove possible markings concerning when and where the nuggets were mined, said Fred Holabird, a mining geologist and an owner of a rare and unique collectibles business in Reno, Nevada.
“This is such bad news from my viewpoint,” he said, calling the potential loss of historical indicators a tragedy.
Holabird said the nuggets could be worth two to 10 times the value of gold now selling for about $1,300 an ounce on the open market.
Selling stolen precious metals is difficult but not impossible. Robbers who swiped $1.3 million in gold, quartz and other valuable metals on display at the California State Mining and Mineral Museum in 2012 were able to sell about $12,000 worth of gold to pawn shops and dealers, police said.
Some of the stolen items, including a bag of ground-up quartz, were recovered. Five men were convicted of the heist at the museum in the Sierra Nevada foothills.
People walking to work stopped to snap photos of the SUV wedged in the shattered revolving doors.

1 Person arrested for hooting at Westfield Southcenter Mall

TUKWILA, Wash. Jan 28 2015 - A police official says a gunshot was fired Monday evening inside the Westfield Southcenter Mall in Tukwila and one young man suffered a minor hand injury.
Tukwila police Cmdr. Eric Drever says one participant in a fight involving several young men in their late teens pulled out a gun and "fired what we believe was one shot."
Drever says the teen who was hit was treated at the scene. The spokesman says that teen and three other young men were detained for questioning. Police recovered a handgun from a nearby parking lot.
The shot was fired in a common area about 50 feet inside the mall's north entrance.
Shopper Cal Smith says he immediately knew what the sound was and a frantic scene followed.
"I felt sorry for the kids that were in the area and their parents. It is kind of scary for something like that to happen," says Smith.
Drever says there was no official lockdown but crime scene tape did temporarily "inhibit some stores' ability to do business."
Tukwila is a south Seattle suburb.

Under Armour may offer new uniforms to city police

Baltimore MD Jan 28 2015 Baltimore-based Under Armour has already taken on the world of sports apparel.
Could police gear be next?
On Wednesday, the city's spending panel is set to clear the way for the company to give the Baltimore Police Department new uniforms for officers in one district. The project is described in city documents as a "collaboration" between the police and Under Armour to "potentially improve the quality and durability of police uniforms and relieve some strain on the Police Department budget."
"They approached us well over a year ago," said Capt. J. Eric Kowalczyk, a police spokesman. "It's something we are very excited about."
Baltimore police officials said talks between the government and the company are in the preliminary stages. The department doesn't know what the uniforms might look like or how many the company would supply the force. "This is the process where we begin to have the conversation," Kowalczyk said.
Under Armour did not respond to requests for comment. The company features tactical and military gear on its website, and has won $4.2 million in contracts from the U.S. Department of Defense.
The Police Department spends millions of dollars on uniforms for the 2,800-officer force. Last year alone, the agency spent nearly $1.3 million on uniforms, including a November authorization from the Board of Estimates to pay $590,000 to two Baltimore-based firms, the Howard Uniform Co. and F&F and A. Jacobs & Sons Inc.
The spending panel, which is controlled by the mayor, is expected to endorse an ethics waiver on Wednesday for the Police Department to seek the uniforms as a gift from Under Armour. The city documents say Under Armour will receive no "special access or favored treatment from any City agency or official," as a result of the gift.
Comptroller Joan M. Pratt, who sits on the five-member board, said she wants more information before voting for the deal. She added she's concerned a gift could be a way for the company to gain an advantage over other firms seeking to outfit the Police Department.
"Generally, I would have some concerns if the Under Armour product became the standard for uniforms. No other vendor would have the same advantage," Pratt said. "It might limit others from responding" to a future request for bids.
Kevin Plank, Under Armour's founder, helped build his business by giving samples of his compression T-shirts to football players. Under Armour's goal is to grow from $3 billion in sales to $10 billion eventually, he told The Baltimore Sun last year.
City Councilman Brandon Scott, vice chairman of the public safety committee, said he supports the idea of Under Armour supplying Baltimore police with uniforms, but he wants to make sure the gift complies with ethical standards.
"Once we know it's OK for us to do, I think if a company in Baltimore is expanding into that market and we know people from Baltimore work in that factory, ultimately it will be a great thing for everyone," Scott said.
John DeCarlo, police studies coordinator at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, said he's interested to see what innovations Under Armour might make to police uniforms. He said if the athletic wear giant wants to enter the police uniform market, it will have big competition among some well-established companies, such as Blauer Manufacturing Co.
"Right now, we have more officers wearing a bulletproof vest than ever before and underneath they need clothing to keep them cool and dispel moisture," he said.
Police uniforms are regularly evolving, DeCarlo said, from the 1800s, when officers in America dressed in heavy wool in the style of British bobbies, to the 1950s, when police wore doubled-breasted peacoats in winter months. More recently, some departments have moved from eight-point hats and dress pants to baseball caps and cargo pants with lots of pockets, where they can store chemical masks, handcuffs and other items, he said.
Baltimore's current police uniforms are a blend of cotton and polyester, the department said.
"Who drives the change in uniforms is not usually the police themselves but the manufacturers of the uniforms," DeCarlo said. "They went from wool to leather to Gore-Tex."
There are between 700,000 and 1 million police officers in the U.S., depending on how the role is defined, DeCarlo said.
Under Armour has a history of making charitable contributions in Baltimore.
In October, the company helped pay about $42,000 for the renovation of three Fire Department gyms. The donations, which came as part of a city firehouse renovation project, included strength and cardiovascular training equipment, new floor mats and fresh paint. Under Armour also helped pay for a multipurpose synthetic turf field in Locust Point's Latrobe Park last summer. The value of that work was not disclosed at the time.
Under Armour also has made donations to the city police. The company joined the Baltimore Community Foundation and the Baltimore Police Foundation in 2011 in donating $300,000 for the Southern District to buy equipment, including 30 desktop computers, eight police bicycles, gym upgrades, 20 Tasers and other items.
Ann K. Buchholtz, research director for Rutgers University's Institute for Ethical Leadership, said the city's spending panel should review the proposal carefully to vet any potential conflict of interests.
"The public should know about it; sunshine is the best disinfectant," Buchholtz said. "If they review it and there is no expectation of quid pro quo, I would be OK with it."
While Under Armour may be looking to use the donations as an edge in the market, Buchholtz said, it's not unusual for civic-minded companies to make charitable contributions to the cities where they are based.
"Cities need that kind of support," she said. "We don't want to cut that off, but we always want to take a good look at it."

Nurse shot at Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital

Nurse shot by a gunman in a Los Angeles hospital. | starMediaWILLOWBROOK CA Jan 28 2015 A hospital employee was shot and injured Monday in South Los Angeles.
Officials responded around 12:15 p.m. to the Mental Health Urgent Care center at Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital in the 12000 block of South Wilmington Avenue.
A man in his 20s had been brought in for treatment by his family when he became agitated and shot a male nurse, KNX1070’s Claudia Peschiutta reports.
The patient was then detained by hospital security guards, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department authorities said.
The victim, who was transported a trauma center with a gunshot wound to his thigh, was expected to survive, Peschiutta reported.
MLK Jr. Community Hospital was placed on lockdown.

Eagle Rock Mall Security Guard Attacked During Burglary at Macy’s

A burglar got away after striking a mall security guard in the knee as he fled the scene. (Credit: KTLA) Los Angeles CA Jan 28 2015 A mall security guard was injured early Tuesday after interrupting a burglary at a Macy’s department store at Eagle Rock Plaza, police said.
The security guard was patrolling the mall, which is located in the 2700 block of Colorado Boulevard after hours when he encountered the burglar coming out of the store around 12:30 a.m., according to Sgt. Tiffany Ljubetic with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Northeast Division.
The thief struck the security guard’s knee with some type of metal rod before getting away, Ljubetic said.
He was doing OK other than swelling to his knee, she added.
Officers searched the Macy’s as well as the surrounding area for the burglar, who was described by police only as a male wearing dark blue clothing. They were unable to locate the man.
It was not immediately clear if there were multiple people involved in the burglary, Ljubetic said.
No further information has been released.

Mother outraged after school security guard allows child with autism to walk home alone

MIAMI-DADE, Fla. Jan 28 2015 -- The family of a 6-year-old South Florida girl with autism is outraged after a security guard allowed her to walk home alone from school before dismissal, Monday morning.
Zoe Maglio's family said the security guard admitted to the school that he helped the young girl cross the street at Everglades K-8 Center, located at 8375 S.W. 16th St., then let her walk home by herself.
"I was horrified, I was crying," said Maglio's mother, Danielle. "God knows what could've happened to my daughter."
Danielle said Zoe was in the school's cafeteria around 10 a.m. when she said she needed to go home. She then walked to the front office and met with the school's security guard. "The security guard, who has seen me pick up both of my children that attend there, decided to cross the street with her because she had told him, 'My mommy waits for me over there,'" said Danielle.
Maglio safely arrived at home after a 30-minute walk and knocked on the door. "She was there standing in the front door by herself" said Danielle. "No adult. Nobody was with her, and then we asked her how she came in, 'What happened? How did you get here?'"
Danielle said the school normally has a strict policy regarding students leaving the school's premises by having the parents sign out their child before being allowed to go. "It's like they weren't paying attention," she said. "They were not doing their job properly."
The family lives six blocks from the school and were not notified at all about their loved one's whereabouts. "They did not notify me at all," said Danielle. "They said that they were out looking for her."
A statement released by Miami-Dade County Public Schools stated the security guard was subsequently fired: "Miami-Dade County Public Schools has strict guidelines in place to ensure student safety. Today, there was a breach of protocol by a school employee who did not follow those guidelines. The employee has been terminated and will not be rehired."
"It blows my mind to know anything could've happened to her at any given moment," said Danielle.

2 police officers shot, 1 person dead at Minn. city hall

NEW HOPE, Minn. Jan 28 2015— Two police officers were struck by gunfire and a suspect was shot and killed at New Hope City Hall Monday night.
Authorities say the shooting happened as a city council meeting was wrapping up in the Minneapolis suburb. They say two new officers had just been sworn in when they left the council chambers around 7:15 p.m. CT. That's when they were confronted by a man with a gun who started firing at them.
Other officers returned fire and killed the suspect, who has not been identified.
Chief Deputy Mike Carlson with the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department says the two officers are in good condition and are expected to survive. Their names have not been released.
Authorities escorted several dozen people from City Hall to the fire station after the shooting. Police say they are not looking for any additional suspects.

Man charged after accidentally shooting himself in Newport News VA

Newport News VA Jan 28 2015 A 21-year-old man was arrested after he accidentally shot himself in Southeast Newport News Monday morning, an official said. 
Devon CouncilThe incident happened in the 1100 block of 37th Street near Friendship Baptist Church and Booker T. Washington Middle School.
Officers and medics arrived to the scene just after 10:30 a.m. and found man on the ground with a gunshot wound to his leg, police spokeswoman Holly McPherson said in an email.
Devon Jordan Council, of the 1200 block of 36th Street, was taken to the hospital and released into the custody of the Newport News Sheriff's Office, McPherson said.  
He is charged with reckless handling of a firearm; shooting in roadway; discharging a firearm within city limits; carrying a concealed weapon, second offense; and receiving stolen property.

Daytona Beach apartment security officer stabbed

Daytona Beach Fla Jan 28 2015 Daytona Beach police are looking for a man who they say stabbed a security guard at an apartment complex.  Investigators on Tuesday released a sketch of the suspect with help from the security guard and a witness.

The suspect is described as being a white man, standing 5 feet, 6 inches to 5 feet, 8 inches tall, and weighing about 150 pounds.  At the time of the attack, he was wearing a dark blue "hoodie" style jacket and dark pants.

The security guard who was attacked called 911, telling an operator, "He surprised me. He ran from the back of the building and tackled me."

Police said it happened at The Barrington Apartments off of Derbyshire Road on January 15.  The guard said he told the man to get off the property. A few hours later, the security guard said the suspect confronted him as he was locking up the pool gate.

The guard told police the man demanded his wallet. When the guard told him his wallet wasn't on him, he said the man threatened to, "Give it to me, or I'm going to stab you!"

According to the security guard, the man jumped on him and they started wrestling, and the suspect ended up pulling out a knife  That's when a woman in a nearby apartment yelled out and the suspect ran away.  The security guard had been stabbed in the lower back and was taken to a hospital where received several stitches.

Police are asking for the public's assistance in identifying the suspect. If you have information, call the Daytona Beach Police at 386-323-3569.

Enfield plans public sessions on school security, armed guards

ENFIELD CT Jan 28 2015 — The town has outlined the schedule for a series of public comment sessions to hear from residents about the armed security guards program and other school security measures.

All of the future public comment sessions will be used for the Town Council and Board of Education to decide whether the armed security guards program, now in its second year, will be renewed for the 2015-16 fiscal year.
Each of the four public comment sessions will be held in one of the town’s four districts.
Mayor Scott R. Kaupin said today that the four meetings will “give ample opportunity” for community members to attend at least one of the four meetings.
“We understand that everyone’s busy,” Kaupin said. “There’s a lot of a competing commitments that people have. We want to hear from as many folks as we can.”
The meetings are scheduled as follows:
• Thursday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m., at Enfield Street School, 1318 Enfield St.
• Monday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m., at Nathan Hale School, 5 Taylor Road.
• Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m., at Prudence Crandall Elementary School, 150 Brainard Road.
• Monday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m., at John F. Kennedy Middle School, 155 Raffia Road.
The meetings will all feature brief presentations regarding the entire school security program.
All of the comments received during the meetings will be documented and provided to the council and school board via a report, as they look to make their decision on the future of the program.
The council and school board have agreed to set May 1 as the deadline for a decision on whether to renew the armed security guards program.
The Enfield Town Council School Security Committee — made up of council and board members, along with town and school staff — recommended that the program be renewed.
Kaupin said the council and school board will make an “honest assessment” of the program, once they get the feedback from the community.
“We want to hear the plusses and minuses of the program,” Kaupin said, of community members. “Have they seen progress? What are the deficiencies that they see, as well?
Kaupin said he hopes that the meetings are well attended.
“It’s much better to hear from folks versus having to interpret how they feel,” Kaupin said.
The armed security guards program in the town’s schools — an initiative that also included increased safety measures — was recommended by the joint Town Council-Board of Education Security Committee, which was formed after the December 2012 slayings of 20 first-graders and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
The town’s $119.9 million budget for 2014-15 includes $794,633 for the second year of the armed security guards program. The 23 armed security guards are part-time employees and have no benefits. They make $26 per hour.
In addition to that appropriation, the council approved $150,000 that was placed in the town’s Capital Improvement Program for school facilities security.
The armed security guards program includes having guards at the St. Martha and St. Bernard schools, and the Enfield Montessori School in town.

West Acres Mall Security Now Equipped With Body Cameras

Security guards at West Acres Mall are now carrying new equipment: body cameras. Officials with the Mall said the main reason is to deter shoppers from causing problems.
Grand Forks ND Jan 28 2015
Security guards at West Acres Mall are now carrying new equipment: body cameras. Officials with the Mall said the main reason is to deter shoppers from causing problems.
President Obama has petitioned Congress to supply money to equip police departments with body cameras across the nation. Here in the Valley, the Grand Forks PD just purchased a number of them.

Now, if you’re causing a disturbance here at the West Acres Mall, say cheese. Security guards now have you being bad on body camera.

“We see a lot of benefits to it. One of the major ones is de-escalation of incidents. People when they realize they are being video and audio taped in the middle of an incident are less likely to escalate,” explained Senior VP of Property Management, Chris Heaton.

Heaton said the Mall is using six body cameras and it’s up to the individual whether they want to wear it over their ear or on the lapel. They view it as an extension of their regular mall security camera network. The standard operating procedure for the cameras? Guards are only to hit the record button if an incident occurs.

"We don't walk around and take video constantly of our rounds or anything like that. We won't use it in case of like a medical or any sort of situation,” said Heaton.

"I have no problem with that. I don't see any issue with that,” said one shopper.
Others are not so sure about being on camera.
"Part of it could be good. But I don't believe they're actually going to just like quick turn on when something bad goes on. And if you don't have them on all the time how are they are going to like show the before?,” asked Billie Jo Berry.

While there are hundreds of video cameras covering every inch of the mall, the security staff hopes this newest addition will help keep shoppers safe and problems to a minimum. Officials with the mall say the cameras have been around for a few weeks and they have yet to use them.
Valley News

Bended Elbow security guard punched, kneed, thrown down stairs

Albury Au Jan 28 2015 A security guard is recovering in hospital after being punched, kneed and thrown down a flight of stairs at The Bended Elbow in Albury on Sunday night.
Mathew Rivett, 27, had been working a shift at the hotel when he asked a man to leave the upstairs One Nightclub about 11pm because he was not wearing shoes.
The man’s brother had approached and punched him, before kneeing him to the head and pushing him down a flight of stairs.
Mr Rivett suffered a collapsed lung that needed to be reinflated by doctors at Albury Hospital.
His left eye was cut and he has a number of cracked ribs and a fractured eye socket.
Police said yesterday a man was assisting them with their inquiries into the assault but no charges had been laid.
Mr Rivett’s parents Chris and David Rivett said they were shocked someone targeted their son, who was just doing his job.
“I’m gutted,” Mrs Rivett said.
Mr Rivett has worked as a bouncer for about 2½ years and was “a very gentle soul”, his mother said.
“He speaks to everyone with respect, more so when he’s working,” she said.
“He doesn’t have a mean bone in his body.
“It’s shocking.
“He wants to take this further, he wants the people who did it charged, he’s not willing to let it go.”
Mr Rivett is likely to spend several more days in hospital.
The music was switched off immediately following Mr Rivett’s assault and all patrons were asked to leave the nightclub as it closed early.

Teacher’s aide arrested, accused of inappropriate conduct with Shaker High student

COLONIE, N.Y. Jan 28 2015— The Colonie Police Department has arrested a 45-year-old teacher’s aide following alleged inappropriate conduct with a developmentally disabled Shaker High School student.
Joseph P. Montimurro was accompanied by his attorney, Andrew Safranko, when he turned himself in to investigators at the police station on Monday.
Montimurro was employed by North Colonie, as a teacher’s aide at Shaker High at the time of the incident, and was supervising the victim during a job site program. He has resigned from his position at Shaker High.
The victim is a 17-year old developmentally disabled female student of Shaker High School.
Joseph P. Montimurro
Joseph P. Montimurro

Police were contacted in early January 2015 by North Colonie School District administrators in regards to possible inappropriate conduct between Montimurro and the victim. A relative of the victim had discovered communication between the two on Facebook and by cell phone messaging and contacted the school district with their concerns.
Following an investigation by Colonie Police investigators, the communication was not determined to be criminal, but two instances of inappropriate physical contact were uncovered that occurred in September of 2014.
“During our interviews with the victim she disclosed that on two occasions he had this inappropriate contact with her at these two businesses,” said Lt. Robert Winn of the Colonie Police Department.
Montimurro is charged with felony endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person. He has also been charged with two counts of misdemeanor forcible touching. He was arraigned and released after posting $15,000 bail.
Police say the incidents occurred at two job site locations in Latham while the defendant was supervising the victim through the school program.
Safranko says his client does admit to having electronic contact with the teen, but denies ever touching her.
The investigation has not located any other victims, but due to the nature of the crime, anyone that has any information or believes they were victimized by the defendant is urged to contact the Colonie Police Department at #783-2744.

Scottsboro High School Teacher arrested for inappropriate relationship with student

Scottsboro AL Jan 28 2015
On January 25, 2015, the Scottsboro Police Department received a call in reference to a missing juvenile.
Responding officers learned that the juvenile ran away from home after being confronted by her parents about a relationship between the juvenile and a teacher/coach from school. The juvenile was located several hours later and returned to her parents.
 The Scottsboro Police Department's Detective Unit followed up with a criminal investigation following an allegation of an inappropriate relationship between the two. The investigation revealed that the relationship did occur involving the student and teacher, Kandace Christopher, for the past three months. Christopher is a teacher and athletic coach with the Scottsboro City Schools.
On January 26, 2015, at 11:55 a.m., Kandace Marie Christopher, 26 of Ft. Payne, AL, was arrested at the Scottsboro Police Dept. and charged with the following: School employee engaging in a sex act or deviant sexual intercourse with a student under the age of 19 (class B felony), and School employee having sexual contact with a student under the age of 19 (class A misdemeanor). A bond of $16,000.00 has been set. Christopher was transferred to the Jackson County Jail.
According to a statement released by the Scottsboro City School System superintendent, Dr. Sandra Spivey: "Yesterday, we received a report of misconduct by a teacher in our school system. We immediately notified DHR, the Scottsboro Police Department and the Alabama State Department of Education. While conducting our internal investigation, the employee submitted a resignation effective immediately. It is the practice of the Scottsboro City School System to cooperate with law enforcement in situations of this kind and we will continue to cooperate with law enforcement in the criminal investigation of this matter."
 Jail records confirm that Christopher posted bond and has been released.

Clover HS teacher charged with sexual battery with student

CLOVER, S.C. Jan 28 2015 -- The Clover School District says a high school math teacher has resigned his position following an arrest for what school officials called "inappropriate off campus behavior toward a student".
Clover High School math teacher, 24-year-old Michael Phillip Landreth, is charged with sex/sexual batter with a student 16 or 17 years of age, no aggravated force or coercion and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The York County Sheriff's Office began investigating after Clover High School Principal, Mark Hopkins, received a report alleging misconduct by Landreth.
Clover school officials say Landreth resigned his position, and a qualified substitute is already in the classroom while the district searches for a full-time replacement.
The York County Sheriff's Office has not yet commented on the nature of the incidents that led to Landreth's charges.
School officials say applicants to the school district muss pass a SLED background check, and are also checked against the Department of Social Services' Child Abuse and Neglect Registry.

Private company to take over security screening at Sarasota-Bradenton Airport

Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport History & Photos - Sarasota ...SARASOTA FL Jan 28 2015 -- Come Sunday, a private company will screen passengers and baggage at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.
Trinity Technology Group Inc. of Manassas, Va., will start Feb. 1 and will fully assume screening duties April 1, taking over the duties of Transportation Security Administration agents, said Jean Barnes, assistant federal security director at SRQ. Barnes will continue to oversee the company's compliance and contract performance.
TSA announced in November it awarded Trinity a contract valued up to $21.1 million if it exercises all options of the 60-month contract, which began Dec. 1.
The private contractors performing security screening services are part of a Screening Partnership Program developed as a pilot program in 2001 under the Aviation Transportation Security Act that allowed private contractors to perform TSA screening operations at five airports.
Customers shouldn't notice a difference in customer service or security procedures, said Fredrick "Rick" Piccolo, president and chief executive officer for SRQ.
"The only thing you'll notice different is the uniform," Piccolo said. The security personnel still has to work
under TSA security guidelines and procedures.
The reason for endorsing the move to a privatized company was better flexibility in scheduling hours for workers, Piccolo said. The airport had no problem with TSA's customer service and role at the airport.
"It was a philosophical issue, not a service issue," Piccolo added.
The union for the TSA workers, American Federation of Government Employees Local 556, opposes the move because it removes skilled workers, employees lose federal benefits and are typically paid less and asked to do more in the privatized roles.
"We know it's a small airport, but our concern is some of the screeners working there will see an added stress level because they keep adding on more things to do," said Donald Thomas, president of Local 556.
Thomas believes security will be affected because, in his view, new employees could not care as much about their screening jobs because of the lower pay and stress levels.
Trinity has about 50 local employees who have applied for positions at SRQ airport, officials said. Not all of them will be the existing TSA agents. About 60 TSA full-time equivalent employees work at SRQ and about 20 to 30 are reapplying for their jobs, Thompson said.
"Trinity is delighted to be here at SRQ," said Bill Scott, program manager at Trinity.
Twenty airports in the United States participate in the privatized security program, including Key West International and Orlando Sanford International Airport, both of which Trinity services.

Allegany County corrections officer stole inmate's credit cards

Allegany County NY Jan 28 2015 A corrections officer was arrested Sunday after State Police say he tried to use a credit card he stole from an inmate at the Allegany County Jail.
Troopers were called to TSC Tractor Supply in Wellsville around 12:30 p.m. after store personnel say 28-year-old Benjamin Grover of Scio attempted to use a stolen credit card. Employees kept the card and Grover left the store.
Police investigated and determined Grover, a corrections officer at the Allegany County Jail, had taken to credit cards from an inmate.
Grover is charged with two counts of fourth degree grand larceny. He is being held in the jail where he usually works on $5,000 bail.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Off-duty officers working security catch suspect moments after fatal shooting

NEW ORLEANS, LA Jan 27 2015           
Demond Boutte, 33 (Source: OPP)New Orleans police made a quick arrest Monday in the fatal shooting of a man in New Orleans East.
Demond Boutte, 33, was taken into custody moments after police believe he shot 29-year-old Calvin Everett in a parking lot in the 5700 block of Crowder Boulevard.
The incident occurred just after midnight.
Sergeant Michael Stalbert and Officer Kevin Doucette were working an off-duty security detail when they heard gunfire. The officers arrived at the scene and found the victim lying in the parking lot. He had been shot multiple times and died at the hospital.
Witnesses told officers that Boutte was running through the parking lot toward Lake Forest Boulevard. Officer Doucette chased Boutte on foot and was able to catch him after a brief struggle.
Police said Boutte was found with a loaded pistol. He was booked with second-degree murder.
Homicide Detective Theo Kent is in charge of the investigation.
Citizens with information that can help solve this crime are asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP. You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for the information leading to the arrest and indictment of the responsible person(s). You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to Crimestoppers at

Security guard, 2 others charged in $30,000 robbery

South Lake Tahoe CA Jan 27 2015 Three men were arrested over the weekend in South Lake Tahoe after they allegedly beat up a man and stole $30,000 as he was buying a car from a Craigslist ad in Roseville, Calif., authorities said in a news release Monday.
On Saturday, Roseville police officers responded to a call of a robbery, authorities said in the news release.
The man told officers that three men had assaulted him and stolen his money as he was buying a car he saw on a Craigslist ad.
During the investigation, Roseville officers learned that the three suspects were seen in the South Lake Tahoe area.
The next day, South Lake Tahoe police launched a follow-up investigation and identified the three men believed to be involved in the robbery.
Jeremy Wood, who worked as a security guard at Lakeside Inn and Casino, was arrested without incident, South Lake Tahoe police said.
Police later found the car identified in the robbery driving toward the casino on Lake Tahoe Boulevard. Officers then stopped the car and arrested Dylan Sapsford.
A third suspect, Eric Anderson, was also arrested and accused of robbery after officers obtained a search warrant on his home. He also faces charges for cultivating marijuana, police said.
Officers said they also recovered a large amount of cash during the search.

Armed citizen intervenes to stop Arby's restaurant robbery

VERNAL, Utah Jan 27 2015
Police say a bystander with a gun intervened to stop an armed robbery at an Arby's restaurant in Vernal over the weekend.
Assistant Vernal Police Chief Keith Campbell says a woman armed with a knife entered the restaurant a little before noon Sunday and demanded money.
Police say a man at the restaurant went to his vehicle, came back with his gun and confronted the woman.
Officers who arrived took both the man and the woman into custody, but say they quickly realized the man was not a suspect.
A 37-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of aggravated robbery and possession of a controlled substance.
Police issued a statement thanking the man for taking quick action, but noting that police assume anyone holding a gun is involved until proven otherwise.

Delta gate agent charged with bypassing TSA

ATLANTA GA Jan 27 2015
As Atlanta’s airport works to ramp up security in the wake of two major security issues in the past five weeks, Channel 2 Action News has learned the feds have arrested a Delta gate agent in yet another case involving airport security.

Channel 2 investigative reporter Mark Winne was the only reporter in court Monday where that gate agent faced a judge.

Airport spokesman Reese Mcranie confirmed to Winne that James Crawford's security badge has now been deactivated.

Crawford gave Winne a “no comment” as he entered court. But this federal criminal complaint says plenty.

An assistant U.S. attorney indicates the government is seeking to hold Crawford without bond because he's believed to be a flight risk.

“The government charged James Crawford with bypassing TSA security and boarding a flight,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Dammers.

This isn’t the first turbulence Delta has encountered when it comes to security in recent weeks.

Just before Christmas, Channel 2 Action News broke the news of the Delta gun smuggling case with allegations involving a ramp agent, baggage handler and guns and ammo in a carry-on bag.

Then this month, allegations involving a Federal Aviation Administration inspector also helped train the focus on using credentials to bypass security— with no indication that was Delta's fault.

In this new case, a sworn statement by an FBI agent says Crawford is assigned to work as a gate agent with the designated secure area restricted by Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Homeland Security, the Transportation Security Administration and FAA.

It says day after Christmas, Delta Airlines ethics and compliance office received a tip regarding Crawford.

It suggests that according to the tipster, Crawford routinely used his secure identification display area badge and bypassed TSA while flying.
The statement says Delta corporate security notified the FBI regarding Crawford's "suspicious travel."

The document alleges Saturday that Crawford bypassed TSA to enter the secure area of the airport and boarded Delta Flight #84J

“Even employees of airlines have to pass TSA security if they are passengers themselves on an airline,” Dammers said.

NOPD manpower shortage may cause security concern during Mardi Gras

NEW ORLEANS LA Jan 27 2015 (AP) — Throughout the quieter parts of the French Quarter, residents and businesses have posted signs that read "Caution: Walk in Large Groups. We (heart) N.O.P.D. We Just Need More."

It's an unsettling message about violent crime in the Big Easy for the 1 million revelers about to descend for Carnival season, which this year ends on Feb. 17, Fat Tuesday.

The signs are an embarrassment for a city that likes to say how safe it makes Mardi Gras year in and year out, despite the debauchery. During Carnival, the streets crawl not only with partiers but with cops, state troopers, federal agents and private security officers.

Despite their presence, shootings have occurred in nightclubs, on Bourbon Street, or along Carnival parade routes — many of which end at or near the Quarter — in at least eight of the past 11 years. At least 27 people were injured and one killed in those attacks.

Since November, a series of more than 60 robberies in and around the Quarter has shocked residents and sparked outrage directed not so much at the New Orleans Police Department but at Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who is pushing back against complaints that he paints a too-flattering picture of his crime-fighting efforts.

Fears have been stoked by images of the attacks caught by a growing network of private surveillance cameras. The attackers have used knives, guns, fists, sharp objects, pepper spray and even purses on pedestrians.

"These are crimes of opportunity, these people are lying in wait," said Harry Widmann, a lawyer whose California colleague was beaten unconscious in December after he was attacked on his way back to his hotel. "You need to have a police presence."

NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison said the number of robberies is up somewhat from last year and that the attacks "are becoming more brazen."
Applying pressure on Landrieu has been Sidney Torres IV, a wealthy 39-year-old French Quarter entrepreneur, who paid for a series of TV ads blaming the mayor. He said he couldn't sit idle after his
mansion on an oak-lined avenue along one edge of the Quarter was burglarized in December, and then Buffa's Bar & Restaurant next door to his home was robbed by two armed men.

"Enough is enough," Torres said.

Landrieu has sent more officers into the Quarter, and police say they're cracking down.

Harrison said he welcomed the new signs advising visitors to walk in large groups. "That's good advice wherever you go in the world, and so, we're not offended by that," the superintendent said.

The French Quarter's narrow, 300-year-old streets contribute to its charm, but also make it a haven for muggings, especially between October and March, the height of the tourism and convention season. A Loyola University study of robberies in tourist areas during those months in 2007 and 2008 found visitors were the targets in 34 out of 155 robberies. The study put some of the blame on outsiders themselves, many of whom apparently were inebriated and lured to unsafe places in search of drugs and sex.

"As we move into the Carnival season, you are going to see a robust force on the streets," Landrieu said. "I've authorized as much overtime as is necessary."

The trouble with this pledge is that the NOPD is understaffed.

The force has lost about 500 officers since Katrina struck in 2005 and it is now down to about 1,150 — far fewer than the 1,600 that Landrieu would like. As few as 250 officers were found to be on patrol duty and responding to calls for help in May 2013, a city inspector general report found last May.
"I have been to some roll calls where there is one cop, two cops," said Michael Glasser, president of the Police Association of New Orleans, a police union.

Some officers have been forced to leave, many have simply retired and others are seeking better paying jobs. Low morale, hiring freezes and a lack of large pay increases, plus higher standards required as part of a deal to resolve a U.S. Justice Department probe, are contributing to the depleted force.
Department leaders say they are recruiting more aggressively and broadening their candidate pool to bolster the ranks.

For now, though, residents will keep posting the signs warning visitors to walk in large groups.

"We want them to know that, especially at night, it's not safe to walk by yourself because you are a target," French Quarter resident Crystal Hinds said as she put up signs recently. "It's such a historic area, and it's priceless. So, we definitely hope that something will be done about it."

Boy, 12, stabbed outside Portland Fred Meyer store

PORTLAND, Ore. Jan 27 2015– A 12-year-old boy was stabbed in the chest outside a Northeast Portland Fred Meyer store Sunday afternoon, police said.
The boy was taken to a hospital with a "serious slashing wound on his chest," according to police. He was expected to survive.
The boy told police he was cut by an "older" man who was chasing him, along with his friend, in the parking lot of the Fred Meyer at 1111 Northeast 102nd Avenue.
The incident happened just after 2 p.m.
Christopher Sullivan said he just arrived nearby when he saw the boy yelling, bleeding and holding his shirt up.
"He had a white shirt and you could just see the hole in his shirt and just blood gushing out," said Sullivan. "At first I thought it was fake, but then I realized there had been an altercation and something happened and I just quickly got in the store."
Investigators have not located the boy's friend, police said.
No other details were immediately released.

Nampa police investigate armed robbery at Walgreens

NAMPA ID Jan 27 2015 -- Police in Nampa are investigating an armed robbery at Walgreens Friday night.
Officers with the Nampa Police Department say the robbery occurred at the Walgreens on 12th Avenue South at around 7:45 p.m. Friday.
Police say the man walked into the back of the pharmacy and eventually got away with cash and pills. The man was reportedly armed with a weapon, but investigators did not say what type of weapon.
Officers say the suspect is in his 20s and anywhere from 5'9" to 6-feet tall. He was wearing blue jeans, a black hoodie, a jacket, and a ski mask.
If you have any information call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.

Sheriffs Want Police-Tracking App Disabled


WASHINGTON DC Jan 27 2015— Sheriffs are campaigning to pressure Google Inc. to turn off a feature on its Waze traffic software that warns drivers when police are nearby. They say one of the technology industry's most popular mobile apps could put officers' lives in danger from would-be police killers who can find where their targets are parked.

Waze, which Google purchased for $966 million in 2013, is a combination of GPS navigation and social networking. Fifty million users in 200 countries turn to the free service for real-time traffic guidance and warnings about nearby congestion, car accidents, speed traps or traffic cameras, construction zones, potholes, stalled vehicles or unsafe weather conditions.

To Sergio Kopelev, a reserve deputy sheriff in Southern California, Waze is also a stalking app for law enforcement.

There are no known connections between any attack on police and Waze, but law enforcers such as Kopelev are concerned it's only a matter of time. They are seeking support among other law enforcement trade groups to pressure Google to disable the police-reporting function. The emerging policy debate places Google again at the center of an ongoing global debate about public safety, consumer rights and privacy.

Waze users mark police presence on maps without much distinction other than "visible" or "hidden." Users see a police icon, but it's not immediately clear whether police are there for a speed trap, a sobriety check or a lunch break. The police generally are operating in public spaces.

A Waze spokeswoman, Julie Mossler, said the company thinks deeply about safety and security. She said Waze works with the New York Police Department and others around the world by sharing information. Google declined to comment.
"These relationships keep citizens safe, promote faster emergency response and help alleviate traffic congestion," Mossler said.

Google has a complicated relationship with government and law enforcement. The company worked closely with the Obama administration to defend itself against hacking by China's government, and it is
egularly compelled to turn over to police worldwide copies of emails or other information about its customers. Last year, after disclosures that the National Security Agency had illicitly broken into Google's overseas Internet communication lines, Google and other technology companies rolled out encryption for users, which the U.S. government said could hamper law enforcement investigations. Also last year, Google and other companies sued the U.S. to allow them to more fully disclose to customers details about how much information they were required to hand over each year.

Sheriff Mike Brown of Bedford County, Virginia, said the police-reporting feature, which he called the "police stalker," presents a danger to law enforcement.

"The police community needs to coordinate an effort to have the owner, Google, act like the responsible corporate citizen they have always been and remove this feature from the application even before any litigation or statutory action," said Brown, who also serves as the chairman of the National Sheriffs Association technology committee.
Nuala O'Connor, head of the Center for Democracy and Technology, a Washington civil liberties group, said it would not be appropriate for Google to disable the police-reporting feature.

"I do not think it is legitimate to ask a person-to-person communication to cease simply because it reports on publicly visible law enforcement," she said. She said a bigger concern among privacy advocates is how much information about customers Waze shares with law enforcement, since the service necessarily monitors their location continually as long as it's turned on.
Brown and Kopelev raised concerns during the meeting of the National Sheriffs Association winter conference in Washington. They pointed to the Instagram account of the man accused of shooting two NYPD officers last month. Ismaaiyl Brinsley posted a screenshot from Waze on his Instagram account along with messages threatening police. Investigators do not believe he used Waze to ambush the officers, in part because police say Brinsley tossed his cellphone more than two miles from where he shot the officers.

Kopelev said he hadn't heard about the Waze app until mid-December when he saw his wife using it. Afterward, Kopelev said he couldn't stop thinking about the app and was motivated to act by the NYPD shooting. While attending the funeral of one of the officers in New York, he spoke with Brown, his former boss. Brown asked Kopelev to discuss Waze at the upcoming sheriffs' association conference. Kopelev refers to his efforts as his "personal jihad."

The executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police, Jim Pasco, said his organization has concerns, too.

"I can think of 100 ways that it could present an officer-safety issue," Pasco said. "There's no control over who uses it. So, if you're a criminal and you want to rob a bank, hypothetically, you use your Waze."

This is not the first time law enforcement has raised concerns with these types of apps. In 2011, four U.S. senators asked Apple to remove all applications that alert users to drunken driving checkpoints. Nokia removed the sobriety check tracking function of one of the most popular apps, Trapster, according to Trapster founder Pete Tenereillo. Trapster was eventually discontinued at the end of last year due to Waze's popularity.
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Mississippi jail escapee arrested 34 years later in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY UT Jan 27 2015 (AP) — A man who police say has been on the run since he escaped from a Mississippi jail 34 years ago was arrested Thursday in a small central Utah town, police said.

Sam Gene Harris has lived under at least 10 different aliases and escaped from two other jails in Oregon, Carbon County Sheriff Jeff Wood said. He also has a criminal history in Florida and Georgia, including charges for theft and assaulting an officer, Wood said.

The 61-year-old man had been living relatively quietly off the main street of the 1,600-person town of Wellington for several years when an FBI bulletin tipped off Utah police to his identity Thursday, police said.

Officers were looking over the layout of his home to get a search warrant when they saw him walking across the street and arrested him, Wood said. Harris hasn't spoken with officers much about his background.

"He claims to have had a traumatic brain injury a few years ago, and he doesn't know where he was before that," Wood said.

Harris was living under the name Wayne Edward Stevens, the same name he used in Oregon, and he also a Utah driver's license under that name, Wood said.

No attorney was listed for Harris in court records on Friday, and his phone number was not publicly available.

Harris was serving a four-year sentence for shoplifting and possession of burglary tools in 1980 when he escaped from the Forrest County jail, Wood said. Harris will be extradited to Mississippi to face charges related to the escape.

He had been living alone in Utah. Officers had talked to him about a theft case, but he hadn't been charged, Wood said. Police are investigating how he went undetected so long.

Court ruling strips Millersville University police of jurisdiction on some roads

... Officer Michael Cavanaugh, Millersville University Police Department

Millersville, PA Jan 27 2015
Millersville University police have quite the quandary:

The officers have no authority over what is arguably their own turf.
A recent Pennsylvania Superior Court ruling has stripped their jurisdiction over “public” roads that pass through campus.
Millersville University and Pennsylvania’s other state-owned schools are searching for solutions to the loophole in police coverage.
Millersville University police already had to drop charges in two recent DUI cases that involved traffic stops on the affected roads.
Joseph Kenneff, a Millersville-based attorney who represented those DUI defendants, cautioned other cases could be due relief.
“Certainly, the Legislature could amend this,” Kenneff said. “But for the time being, this is the law.
“They don't have jurisdiction on these roads.”
Even if the roads are surrounded by campus property, according to the ruling.
At Millersville, high-traffic throughways — George Street, Frederick Street and Shenks Lane — are encompassed in the ruling.
Peter Anders, Millersville University’s police chief, says the high court viewed the issue through an “absurdly narrow lens.”
He noted that Millersville, and many other state-owned universities, were built and established before roads were constructed.
Private roads that run through campus aren’t affected.
“We are complying with the ruling to not exercise authority on the roadways that traverse campus,” he said recently, “while the university considers remedies.”
Anders sees two solutions:
— Wait for an amendment to the ruling.
— Reach an agreement with Millersville Borough and their police force, which now has exclusive authority to make arrests.
Millersville Borough police often back up university officers on calls, but charges in the affected areas were filed almost exclusively by university police.
Going forward, university police must contract with Millersville Borough to police the affected roads. Nothing has been worked out, as of Friday, but Anders said the university is preparing a draft proposal.
“We’re working on a service agreement with the borough,” the chief said Friday evening.
University officers will still police incidents that occur on campus grounds: dormitories and other buildings, athletic fields, parking lots, private roads.
But they have no authority over traffic stops for alleged crimes or violations that happen on public roads.
That includes speeding or headlight violations. Accident investigations also will be affected.
DUI cases, too, according to Kenneff.
Two of his clients — one a Millersville student, the other a college-aged driver — were stopped in September on George Street for traffic violations.
University police then became suspicious that the drivers were under the influence and ultimately filed DUI charges.
The Superior Court made its ruling on Oct. 24.
While police had authority to stop the vehicles, university officers couldn’t charge for crimes that happened on the roadway.
Charges "from that point on is fruit from a poisonous tree,” Kenneff said.
Charges already resolved in court aren’t expected to be affected by the ruling.
The Superior Court made its ruling on an appealed case from Slippery Rock University.
In that case, a DUI arrest was made during a speed-trap detail on a public road that cut through Slippery Rock’s campus, much like George Street in Millersville.
Also interesting in the high court’s decision, state-aided universities — such at Penn State and Pitt — were allowed a 500-yard buffer between campus and “public” roads where they can make arrests.
State-owned universities have not yet been granted that luxury.

Man commits suicide in Danbury CT mall bathroom

Welcome To The New Danbury Fair MallDANBURY CT Jan 27 2015 -- A man stabbed himself to death in a mall bathroom Saturday afternoon, police said.
Police responded to a report of a stabbing and found a man in his 50s dead inside a men's bathroom at Sears in the Danbury Fair mall shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday.
Police said it was an apparent suicide. T
The man's name was not immediately released.
Police said there was no danger to the public.
Representatives from the mall and Sears could not be reached Sunday for comment.
Mall security referred all questions to Danbury police.

Security officers-employees pool money, buy flag for New Haven courthouse

New Haven CT Jan 27 2015  After a tattered American flag outside the federal courthouse was taken down recently but not immediately replaced, several court workers took it upon themselves to remedy the situation.

Ed Monnerat, a court security officer who works at the U.S. District Court on Church Street, said the old flag had become tattered from flying outside in the elements.

After it was removed, several employees noticed it wasn’t being replaced right away and were upset about it, he said.

“The old one hadn’t been flying for a while, so we got together, pooled our funds and bought a new flag to put on the flagpole,” Monnerat said.

Several individuals who work at the courthouse spent about $65 to buy a new American flag, he said. Monnerat estimated the flag wasn’t flying outside the courthouse, which is by the Green, for one to two weeks earlier this month.

“A lot of us are ex-cops and veterans,” Monnerat said. “We didn’t want to have a federal courthouse with no American flag flying out front.”

Instead, they would like a new replacement flag to go up immediately when a damaged one is removed.

He said the U.S. General Services Administration finally acquired a new one about a week after the group of workers bought one. Now there are two new American flags, and the extra one was placed on display elsewhere in the courthouse, according to Monnerat.

He estimated the flag has to be replaced about once a year, as they routinely get damaged in the wind and weather.

New Haven-based GSA staff deferred comment to the national office.

When asked about the time frame between the removal of the old flag and installation of a new one, Jackeline Stewart, press secretary with the GSA’s Office of Communications and Marketing, said via email, “The flag became tattered during inclement weather and we immediately ordered a new one. It took a week for the new one to get here.”