Friday, July 31, 2015

Tenn. deputy shoots and kills attacker in her home privateofficer.com



CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. July 31 2015 — A man is dead and a Bradley County Sheriff's deputy is recovering from minor injuries after fighting and shooting to death a man she said attacked her at her home early Tuesday morning.
Deputy Tiffany Oakley was working the night shift, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., when she went to her home on Oak Tree Lane around 2 a.m. Tuesday for her break, according to the sheriff's office.
That's when "someone stepped out of the shadows and accosted her," sheriff's office spokesman Ed Ramsey said Tuesday. "She told him to stop and show his hands and he apparently took off and a fight ensued. He apparently tried to choke her."
During the struggle, Oakley fired her weapon, mortally wounding the attacker. He died later at a local hospital.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday afternoon identified him as Allan F. White III, 23, a man Bradley County court records show had violence in his past.
General Sessions Court officials said White had been convicted of domestic assault and resisting arrest in 2010. He was charged again with domestic assault in 2012, but he paid court costs and was placed on probation and the charges were dismissed.
Criminal Court officials said White was convicted in 2012 of burglary and theft over $1,000 and also of possession of marijuana in a separate case the same year.
TBI officials said an autopsy is being performed. The autopsy results and other information collected in the investigation will be turned over to the 10th Judicial District Attorney's Office.
"Our agents are working to collect evidence and conduct any and all relevant interviews as the investigation progresses," TBI spokesman Josh DeVine said in a statement.
Oakley was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the TBI investigation.
Oakley's husband was not home at the time of the shooting, according to Bradley County officials.
Ramsey said Oakley, who has been with the department for two years, was "all right" after being checked out by local medical personnel.
"It was a pretty strenuous fight and she was bruised up pretty good. From what I heard, he was out to do her in, it surely sounded like," he said. Ramsey said the deputy told investigators she didn't know the attacker.
Earlier this year, Oakley had a run-in with another suspect.
In the March 14 incident, deputies were on Georgetown Road near the Bradley County/Meigs County line, chasing a man wanted for violating probation.

Authorities said David Paul Kadlec, 46, punched the deputy when she tried to arrest him and escaped. Kadlec was on the loose for a week before the sheriff's office took him into custody.
Chattanooga Times/Free Press

Md. department stores hit by robbers armed with pepper spray privateofficer.com



CHEVY CHASE, Md. -July 31 2015
Montgomery County police are asking for your help in identifying as many as a dozen people who have been stealing items from department stores and pepper spraying security guards who try to stop them.
It has happened three times in recent months in Chevy Chase and in Bethesda.
The most recent incident was July 23 at the Macy’s in Montgomery Mall. Two people, a man and a woman, were caught on camera grabbing boxes of expensive perfume and heading for the exit. The female thief pepper sprayed a loss prevention officer who tried to stop the suspects from leaving. They got away.
A previous crime took place July 3 at the Bloomingdale’s in Chevy Chase. As many as 10 or more people walked around the store examining clothing before choosing what they wanted and stuffing items into bags they were carrying.
One man took a jacket worth more than $1,000 and the others concentrated on Burberry items, police said. When the suspects left the store, they were confronted by a security guard who was also attacked with pepper spray.
Montgomery County police said there was a third incident last December involving pepper spray. Two people were arrested and later convicted.
The use of pepper spray raises this type of a crime to an armed robbery, police said. The incidents are being investigated separately. They have not been linked.

If you recognize any of the suspects in the videos, contact Montgomery County police at 240-773-TIPS.
WTTG

Private security officers stand guard at NC Armed Forces Recruiting center privateofficer.com



JACKSONVILLE, NC July 21 2015
Armed security officers now stand outside the Armed Forces Recruiting in Jacksonville. It is located in a shopping plaza off of Western Boulevard.
"I feel really, really safe because with what happened. You never know what's going to happen," business owner Calvin Nguyen said.
For about  week, Regional Security has been protecting the Armed Forces Recruiting and nearby businesses.
The property manager hired the service. Regional Security's communications manager, Joy Allen, said they are well trained.
She said many have served in the military or law enforcement prior to their current position.
Not everyone is happy. Matthew Benack, a Marine veteran, was the armed citizen who first showed up to guard the recruiting office. He was asked to leave once the property owner found out that Benack was not associated with the center.
"I had 45 veterans lined up. All served honorably, "Benack said. "All conceal carry, and I had them lined up, ready to go."
Allen said many Jacksonville residents are happy to see the security there.
"We've had a number of local residents that have stopped and thanked our officers for being there," Allen said.

She said the security officers started on July 23 and have not had any incidents.
WCTI

Lafayette Police confirm Northgate Mall shooting suicide privateofficer.com

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Lafayette LA July 31 2015
Police responded to a dead body in a vehicle parked at the Northgate Mall Thursday afternoon
and set up crime scene tape and redirected traffic away from the area.
The unidentified person had been shot, according to a police spokesperson.
While shoppers came ad went, police investigated the death and late in the day, police said that they were not looking for any suspects.
Public Information Officer Cpl. Paul Mouton with the Lafayette Police Department confirmed that the shooting in the parking lot of the Northgate Mall Thursday afternoon was a suicide. 

Man Charged In 6-Month Shoplifting Spree Across Long Island privateofficer.com

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MINEOLA, N.Y. July 31 2015 AP A Long Island man is accused in a string of shoplifting incidents at drug stores and supermarkets that spanned about six months.
Alexander Wachmyanin, 50, was indicted for targeting CVS, Rite Aid and Key Food stores from January through June, Nassau County prosecutors announced Monday.
Prosecutors said in two of the eight cases, the stolen merchandise exceeded $1,000.
Wachmyanin also carjacked a woman and injured a bystander as he fled one of the locations, according to prosecutors.

Wachmyanin is charged with robbery, assault and related offenses, Newsday reported. He’s due back in court on Aug. 17.

Man charged with threats against Sedgwick County Courthouse privateofficer.com

WICHITA, Kan.July 31 2015 — Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter says a man has been arrested for making a "credible threat" against law enforcement officers at the Sedgwick County Courthouse, as a jury deliberated in the case against Kyler Carriker.
Late Wednesday afternoon, Easter says the sheriff's department received reports from two people about the suspect making threats on social media to kill officers at the courthouse.
The post began, "Is it out of line to storm the courthouse if he's found guilty?" It continued: "If we get a get a decent number of people to charge through the front doors and security, the police there will attack us. Often times, the only way to defend yourself from a cop is to kill the cop which means using a rifle to penetrate the body armor."
Sheriff Easter said they took the threat very seriously and added extra security at the courthouse while they searched for the suspect. He says at no time were jurors in the Carriker trial exposed to the additional security measures. He added that extra security was strictly a response to the threat and had nothing to do with the trial itself.
The name of the suspect accused of making the threat has not been officially released. Sheriff Easter said the man has been seen multiple times around Wichita in recent months wearing a mask and carrying weapons. Easter said after new gun rights laws were passed, the man would stand openly carrying an AR-15 assault rifle, a handgun and an ax in his waistband at public events.
Easter says before this incident, law enforcement had received multiple calls about the suspect from citizens who were afraid for their safety. He says since the suspect was breaking no laws by opening carrying the weapons, he could not be arrested.
Below is a Facebook photo of the suspect shown at one of those public events by the sheriff during this afternoon's briefing.
The suspect has since been arrested on charges of criminal threat. The incident remains under investigation.
The threat was made as a jury deliberated in the Kyler Carriker trial, who has since been found not guilty. Carriker had been one of five people accused in the 2013 death of Ronald Betts, who was shot during a drug deal.
Carriker was charged under the state's felony murder rule. Kansas law says if you participate in anything from selling illegal drugs to armed robbery, referred to as inherently violent felonies, and someone is killed in the process, you can be charged with felony murder - even if you weren't directly involved in the killing. Carriker was charged with murder, as investigators say he acted as a middleman in setting up the marijuana deal that led to Betts' death.
During trial, Carriker's attorneys argued that marijuana should not be part of that law.

Each day since the trial began last week, dozens of people have gathered outside the courthouse to protest the law as well.

The jury began deliberating on Wednesday and found Carriker not guilty Thursday afternoon.

Dallas County sheriff's deputy was arrested for multiple shoplifting's while in uniform privateofficer.com

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GARLAND TX July 31 2015 – A Dallas County sheriff's deputy was arrested by Garland police Tuesday for allegedly shoplifting from a Tom Thumb grocery store eight times.
Darrell Markeith Moore, 49, was charged with one count of theft between $50 and $500, a Class B misdemeanor, after the eight incidents over the course of a month were combined for one charge.
According to the affidavit for the arrest warrant, Garland police officers were called to the Tom Thumb in the 2600 block of Arapaho Road on June 18 after the store's manager reported a disturbance.
The manager told police Moore had stolen merchandise from the store, and that the store had surveillance video of eight total alleged thefts from May 4 to June 16. In seven of the videos, Moore was wearing his full police uniform.
Store employees told police after making purchases, Moore would take ice and other store merchandise on display in the foyer of the grocery store without paying for it.
Employees had linked the surveillance video with Moore's self-checkout receipts from the date of each alleged theft, which matched with Moore's store rewards card.
As Garland police continued to investigate, Moore contacted a lieutenant with that department and said he had told store employees to add the merchandise to his purchase and said it was a "misunderstanding."
However, a Garland detective met with the store employees who had assisted Moore in all of his self-purchase transactions on the dates of the alleged thefts, and none could remember Moore ever asking them to add anything to his receipts and said if they had been asked, it would have shown up on the receipts.
Employees told police they were aware of Moore's thefts and had begun watching him when he came to the store.
On one occasion, an employee alerted a supervisor after Moore did not pay for a brisket and two packages of pork in his cart at the self-checkout line. The supervisor told police Moore paid for the items after he was confronted.
However, even after Moore was confronted, he still allegedly grabbed two bags of ice on his way out of the store without paying.
In total, police say Moore stole 15 bags of ice, one 12-pack of soda, one bag of charcoal, one 8-pack of Gatorade, and three cases of water, with a total value of $69.59.
Moore was hired by the Dallas County Sheriff's Department as a detention service officer in March 1989 and promoted to deputy sheriff in June 1992, according to the Dallas County Sheriff's Department. His most recent assignment prior to the allegations was the warrant execution section desk.

He has been placed on restricted duty pending the outcome of an internal investigation, as well as the Garland criminal case.
"All people are entitled to due process and we need to allow that process to continue for Darrell Moore," said Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez. "We take this matter very seriously and a full investigation is under way. At the conclusion of the administrative investigation, we will determine what policies may have been violated."

Moore bonded out of jail at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.
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St. Louis man's own security system caught him dealing drugs

ST. LOUIS MO July 31 2015 Although Kelvin Williams’ home has repeatedly been burglarized; he may be regretting installing a surveillance system.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says that police responding to yet another burglary found Williams’ surveillance system and later watched recordings on that system showing Williams dealing drugs while armed.
Williams, 50, was arrested at his home in the 4100 block of Shreve Avenue on July 23. The next day, he was charged by complaint in U.S. District Court in St. Louis with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. He appeared in court Wednesday for a hearing to decide whether he would be freed until trial. The matter was taken under advisement, and he remained jailed.
In an affidavit supporting the criminal complaint, ATF Special Agent Larry Stoddard said that police responding to a “burglar in the building” call on June 16 found a front door forced open and blood on the door’s broken glass.
The home had been burglarized in the same manner in April and in 2011, Stoddard wrote.
Police found two guns and what they suspected to be heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana inside, Stoddard wrote, as well as cameras inside and outside hooked up to a digital video recording system.
After seizing the DVR, they obtained a search warrant to view the contents and watched Williams “trafficking narcotics from his residence while armed with a weapon,” Stoddard wrote. Williams has multiple convictions for drug offenses and other charges and arrests for robbery, kidnapping and rape and is not allowed to possess a firearm, Stoddard wrote.
Stoddard, executing a federal search and seizure warrant, found jewelry worth $235,000 and about $50,000 in cash in Williams’ safe deposit box at an area bank, the affidavit claims.
Williams’ federal public defender, Lee Lawless, declined to comment Wednesday, saying he did not have enough information about the charges.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Cristian Stevens, who is prosecuting the case, also declined to comment. But he said that case law backed up the use of video obtained for unrelated purposes to prosecute a crime shown on that video.
stltoday.com

Mississippi man armed with gun committs suicide inside MD. church privateofficer.com

635737960655205987-Andrea00000000SILVER SPRING, Md. July 31 2015 A Mississippi man armed with a gun committed suicide inside a Silver Spring church on July 19th.
Sources tell WUSA9 Brandon Troy Barron, a man with a psychiatric history, fled his group home in Mississippi and came to Maryland with a weapon and an intended target. The church was between its two Sunday morning services, but there were still several hundred people in the building.
Barron drew no attention to himself when he walked into Immanuel's Church on a Sunday morning 10 days ago. He asked for one of the deacons, a respected, longtime church member and a retired attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. But the attorney wasn't there. So Barron walked into the men's room next to the sanctuary, put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger.
"It's a miracle nothing else happened. As a church, we are horrified and sorry that anyone was so distraught that he would take his own life. It's tragic," said Church pastor Guy Carey.
Sources say the 32-year-old Barron had once been in a relationship with the daughter of his intended target. And court records reveal that Barron was arrested in 2007 for making threats against that same Maryland man.
On July 16th, the U.S. Marshals in Mississippi received a call that Barron had fled his group home. That office alerted authorities in our area who contacted the intended target. Had it been any other Sunday, he would have been at church.
Federal authorities are still investigating where Barron purchased his gun and how he was able to get it, based on his psychiatric history.

Immanuel's Church has a congregation of four thousand members. Church officials are reviewing security, but want the house of worship to remain open and accessible.
WUSA9

Missoula hospital security officer stops murder suspect in his tracks privateofficer.com


Missoula MT July 31 2015
An alert hospital security officer is being credited with stopping a murder suspect in his tracks.
Now police have a crime scene that they are working that potentially spans from Spokane Washington all the way to Missoula, Montana.
The security officer at St. Patrick's Hospital noticed a car parked the wrong way in front of the ER still running on Sunday. He went to investigate and asked the driver, Leo Rodriguez, why the car was parked that way and was told that the man just needed to use the restroom in a hurry.

After Rodriguez entered the hospital, the security officer continued his investigation and noticed a man slumped over inside the vehicle, not moving. According to the security officer, the man looked dead so he called police.
When officers noticed the man dead in the car, they were told by the security officers that the driver was inside in the bathroom.
Officers went to check the bathroom they found Rodriguez washing himself in the sink, and found a handgun in the bathroom garbage.
The dead man in the vehicle was later identified as Jake Colvin and he had been shot.
Officials said Rodriguez admitted the gun was his. Police said they are now trying to determine whether or not that gun was used to shoot Colvin and where the shooting occurred.
Rodriguez has been arrested and charged with Tampering with Evidence. Police said more charges could be coming as the investigation continues.
Rodriguez has been arrested. In the past and charged with assault, possession of a controlled substance, criminal threat to cause death, stalking, felony eluding, and hit and run.
In June, Rodriguez was also arrested after leading police on a car and foot chase in Shoshone County.

Police said they are still investigating the death of Colvin. Officials believe there is more to the story than what they are being told.

Montreal hires private security to enforce public parking violations privateofficer.com

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Montreal Canada July 31 2015 Montreal is funding a private firm to provide extra parking enforcement agents to four of Montreal’s boroughs: Île-Bizard, Outremont, Pierrefonds, and Verdun.
These agents will be in charge of issuing parking tickets in the boroughs, a job previously done by borough security officers and Montreal police. The three-month contract, which will cost up to $99,000, was awarded to Montréal Élite Sécurité.
This contract goes into effect Thursday for all but Outremont. It is part of the city’s financial reform plan that was adopted in November 2014. Under the reform, the SPVM took over responsibility as of January for activities related to parking regulation in 10 boroughs: Anjou, Lachine, LaSalle, Montreal North, St-Laurent, St-Léonard, Île-Bizard-Ste-Geneviève, Outremont, Pierrefonds-Roxboro and Verdun.
The last four boroughs do not employ enough security staff “to guarantee the implementation of this new regulation,” and needed private agents to fill the gap. Île-Bizard-Ste-Geneviève Mayor Normand Marinacci says the four boroughs are the only ones to provide public security services, on top of regular SPVM services.
Revenues from parking tickets issued by the private agents will go to the city coffers instead of the boroughs — although for some, like Outremont, this was already the case.
Boroughs have slashed their security budgets in response to the financial reform.
Outremont is facing an overall 20 per cent budget cut spread over 10 years, mayor Marie Cinq-Mars said, and as costs are increasing, this has been difficult to deal with.
Public security reduced staff from two patrollers to one during day and evening shifts, said Sylvain Leclerc, media relations officer for the Outremont borough.
In Île-Bizard-Ste-Geneviève, a new agency was hired but at fewer hours, said Marinacci, with patrols starting at 6 p.m. rather than noon. The change has reduced security costs by half — from about $150,000 to $75,000, he said.
But Marinacci fears that contract workers will increase the number of tickets issued “to generate more money,” he said, a prospect that he finds distasteful. “This is another form of centralization.”
Cinq-Mars, who has spoken out against the financial reform in the past, did not hear about the new contract until contacted by the Montreal Gazette. She would not comment directly on the private parking agents.
“In the end, Mr. Coderre and I, like all other mayors, just want what is best for our citizens. Finally, we just have to get along and work together to achieve that,” she said.

The parking contract is scheduled to begin on Thursday in Île-Bizard, Verdun and Pierrefonds, and Aug. 31 in Outremont.
Montreal Gazette

Woman sues Dillard's store after being accused of shoplifting privateofficer.com

GRETNA LA July 31 2015  – A 57-year-old woman is suing a corporate retailer claiming she was wrongfully detained at one of and accused of shoplifting.
Robin R. Williams, and husband Joseph, filed suit against Dillards Corporation and Jason Dennis in the 24th Judicial District Court on June 9.
Williams contends that on March 27, 2013, the day of her 57th birthday, her husband gave her $400 to use for a shopping trip at Lakeside Mall in Metairie.
The plaintiff asserts that when she went shopping she took along with her a reusable plastic bag from T.J. Maxx where she stored a diamond ring she purchased from Macy’s that was in her possession when she entered Dillards located at 3301 Veterans Blvd. in Metairie.

Williams claims that when she was shopping in Dillard’s she temporarily placed items in the T.J. max in her possession so she could grab her wallet and that is when Dennis, a loss prevention officer, detained her in the basement of the store and accused her of shoplifting.
The plaintiff alleges the defendants called the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office who gave her a citation, but the charges were later dismissed when Dennis failed to appear at a court hearing.
Williams contends that Dennis had an incentive to detain her as loss prevention officers receive bonuses for catching alleged shoplifters. Further, the plaintiff asserts she did not have an arrest record before the incident and the seven month long process necessary to expunge the record caused her to be unable to pass a background check necessary for employment.
 The defendant is accused of negligence. An unspecified amount in damages is sought for lost wages, permanent loss of employment, loss of earning capacity, defamation, anguish, humiliation, depression and medical bills.
Williams is represented by attorney Sally D. Fleming of New Orleans.
The case has been assigned to Division K Judge Ellen Shirer Kovach.
Case no. 750-474

Monroe police charge shoplifter who threatened Fred Meyer employee with knife privateofficer.com

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MONROE, WA. July 21 2015 -- Monroe Police caught a shoplifting suspect Tuesday after he threatened a Fred Meyer store employee with a long knife.
Police were called to the Fred Meyer store in the 18800 block of State Route 2 just before 4 pm after a man left the store with a backpack full of stolen items, according to police spokeswoman Debbie Willis.
When officers arrived they saw a suspect running running westbound on a hill behind the store.
A police dog named "Nuke" was brought in and picked up and followed a track toward the Evergreen Fairgrounds. It “alerted” to a backpack that had apparently been thrown along the way.
The dog continued across the RV parking lot into the fairgrounds and witnesses along the way confirmed two suspects, not one, were still running westbound ahead of the police dog.
A Snohomish County Deputy saw the suspect with a female by the main restrooms in the fairgrounds.
Officers caught up to the male suspect and placed him and the female in custody. An officer brought the store employee to the fairgrounds where he was able to positively ID the suspect as the man who left the store with the backpack.
"The store employee further explained that he attempted to contact the suspect but backed away when he saw the male reach for a long knife that was on his belt. The suspect then dropped the stolen backpack and ran," according to a police statement.
A female who was waiting in the parking lot ran with the suspect.
After the arrest Nuke alerted on a metal case that had been placed in the tire well of a pickup truck near the restrooms where the couple had been taken into custody. The case contained drug paraphernalia including a syringe with Heroin.
The female was released. Matthew Van Erp, 28, of Monroe was arrested and taken to the Snohomish County Jail for booking on Robbery charges and two outstanding misdemeanor warrants.
Sky Valley Chronicle

Bra thefts continue to plague Victoria Secret stores privateofficer.com


Scranton PA July 31 2015 A thief recently stole nearly $800 worth of bras from the Victoria’s Secret at the Mall at Steamtown, Scranton police said.
Jana Marie McTiernan, a store supervisor, contacted Scranton police shortly after 10 a.m. Monday after receiving approval from corporate headquarters to report the theft, Lt. Glenn Thomas said.
The theft of 20 bras was discovered on Saturday, but it is unknown when exactly it happened. The retail value of the missing undergarments totaled at $790.
The bras were all the same size and were all taken from one drawer in the store. Thomas declined to say the size, as it is an ongoing investigation.
The theft is similar to a string of crimes that plagued Victoria’s Secret at the Wyoming Valley Mall in Wilkes-Barre Township earlier this year.
Between February and April, at least four reports were made from that store regarding a total of 170 stolen bras — which retailed for $7,720. Attempts to reach Wilkes-Barre Township police Chief Ron Smith were unsuccessful.
Detectives in Scranton are investigating the latest bra theft, Thomas said. Anyone with information should contact the detective bureau at 570-348-4139.

 Citizen's Voice 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Guardsmark sells-forms largest US security firm privateofficer.com

Memphis TN July 30 2015 Guardsmark, a global security service company founded in Memphis 52 years ago, has been sold to a rival California firm, company officials announced today.
Universal Protection Service, a division of Universal Services of America, has acquired Guardsmark, forging the largest American-owned security company, the privately held firms reported in a joint media release. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.
The deal had been expected since earlier this month, when Moody's Investors Service reported that Santa Ana, California-based Universal would acquire Guardsmark.
Founded by Ira Lipman, its chairman and chief executive, Guardsmark moved its headquarters in 2002 to New York City from Memphis, although it still lists Memphis as its base. The firm has about 970 employees in Memphis, mostly security officers, according to the company. It has about 17,000 employees and more than 125 offices serving cities in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom.
Universal's acquisition of Guardsmark follows a leveraged buyout of Universal led by the New York private equity firm Warburg Pincus, a deal that was announced July 14.
Universal says the combined company will have more than 60,000 employees.
In a statement, Lipman called Universal Services America's chief executive, Steve Jones, a remarkable leader and said clients and employees will benefit from the merger.
"Never in history has there been a greater need for serious security and our partnership delivers this for our customers," Lipman said.
Jones said in the media release that the culture of both companies revolves around professionalism and customer service. He said that Lipman will join Universal as vice chairman of the board.
"Ira is a legend in the private security industry and I am honored to have worked with him to put our two great companies together," he said.
Moody's analysts, rating debt used for both the Warburg Pincus leveraged buyout of Universal and the acquisition of Guardsmark, reported cost reduction opportunities at Guardsmark will help pay down high debt used to finance the deals.
"We have included restructuring benefits of roughly $15 million that we believe to be immediately realizable due to significant cost redundancies and superfluous activities at Guardsmark...," the analysts wrote.

Universal, described as the fourth-largest security firm in country before buying Guardsmark, has grown swiftly through acquisitions. Since January 2014, the 50-year-old company has announced buying at least 10 firms.

Louisiana man charged with hate crime against 12-year-old privateofficer.com

Ronnie Barnes (Source: West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office)
CLINTON, LA July30 2015
A Clinton, LA man has been arrested and charged with a hate crime and a misdemeanor after he was accused of pulling down the pants of a 12-year-old boy inside a gas station and making racially charged remarks on July 25, 2015.
According to the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office, the 12-year-old went inside the Good To Go convenience store on Hwy. 67 in Clinton around 5:40 p.m. to pay for gas for his grandmother when 54-year-old Ronnie Barnes approached him and asked him if he was a girl.
While asking the child if he was a girl, deputies said Barnes pulled on the child's pants, causing them to come down four or five inches. Deputies said it is not believed any part of the child's body was exposed.
"The sheriff takes race issues very seriously, and if someone you know commits a crime against someone because of their color, because of their sexual orientation, because of any reason, then we are going to do our best to fully investigate it," said Det. Kevin Garig of the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office.
Surveillance video from the convenience store also showed Barnes backing the boy into a shelf before hitting him on the back of the head. Barnes is accused of calling the child the "N" word and making other racially charged remarks following the battery.
"Someone merely saying that word in public, while it's not appropriate, it's not illegal," Garig said.
Barnes was initially issued a summons for simple battery. Investigators conducted follow up interviews with witnesses and reviewed the case with the District Attorney's Office to determine that the hate crime charge was applicable.
"Because a simple battery occurred and because it occurred because of racially motivated issues, that's what makes it a hate crime," Garig said.
"I was just hurt that something like this would happen to my child. He's only 12 years old," said the boy's mother. "I haven't slept since. My son hasn't been sleeping either. It makes me afraid for all the black children in the community."
Barnes was arrested July 28 and charged with a hate crime. He has been booked into the East Feliciana Parish jail. His bond has been set at $10,000.
Barnes now awaits trial. If convicted, he could face up to six months in jail.

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Former teacher of the year pleads 'not guilty' to 30 charges of sex with students privateofficer.com

BATON ROUGE LA July 30 2015 - Former teacher of the year, Keavin Keith, pleaded not guilty to all charges against him on Wednesday.
He’s facing 37 counts of inappropriate behavior with students.
Keith was a teacher at the Math Science and Arts Academy West in Iberville Parish. Investigators began looking into Keith after multiple of his former students came forward claiming they had sex with him.

The results of a paternity test showed that Keith also fathered a child with one of the former students he had relations with.
WBRZ

One security guard killed, 2 wounded in attack on Niger Embassy in Cairo privateofficer.com

CAIRO, Egypt July 30 2015  At least one security guard was killed and another two were wounded during the early hours Wednesday in an attack on Niger's Embassy here, Egypt's official news agency MENA reported.
Three gunmen in a car opened fire on the policemen outside of Niger's embassy in Giza's Al-Haram district, southwest of the capital, and fled the scene, MENA said.
The officers killed and injured had been standing guard at the embassy, the news agency said.
No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the shooting, but Sinai Province, a militant group claiming loyalty to the extremist group Islamic State (IS), was responsible for most of the previous attacks.
Initial investigation revealed that at least 15 bullets had been fired at the security personnel, seven of which have penetrated the body of the dead guard. The two wounded have been transferred to the nearest hospital.
The interior ministry has shut down all the nearby streets and has been searching for the perpetrators.
The embassy was closed at the time of the attack, meaning the perpetrators were targeting the security guards rather than the embassy staff, a security guard was quoted by the state-run Ahram website as saying.
Anti-security attacks in Egypt, mostly in the Sinai Peninsula, have been escalating, causing hundreds of deaths among soldiers and policemen.
The IS-affiliated group has claimed a car bombing outside the Italian Consulate in Cairo this month, which left one civilian dead and nine others wounded.

Security experts said militancy in Egypt has seen qualitative development and new techniques in fighting. Moreover, the Jihadists now tend to target foreign diplomatic missions in the capital instead of security checkpoints in Sinai as in previous attacks, which signals a greater presence of militants in the Delta provinces, the experts said.

Reserve Westerly police officers sue over union dues privateofficer.com

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. July 30 2015— Five part-time Westerly police officers, one of whom was fired late last year, are suing the town, the police chief and the police union, accusing them of violating their rights by forcing them to pay union dues against their will.
Thomas Cimalore, Anthony Falcone, Scott Ferrigno, Raymond Morrone and Darrell Koza filed a civil lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court, alleging that the town, several town officials and the International Brotherhood of Police Officers Local 503 violated their rights by illegally deducting $5 an hour, approximately 13 percent of their wages. They accuse the town of unconstitutional retaliation, cutting their hours and pay, when they exercised their right to free speech by objecting to the policy.
They allege violations of their First, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment rights as well as violations of state labor and whistle-blower laws.
The officers are asking the court to declare unconstitutional the collective bargaining agreement provision that permits the town to "seize Forced Union Fees." In addition, they are asking to be repaid the fees and lost pay resulting from revisions to the detail assignment procedures made after they raised concerns. Koza, who was fired in December, is also seeking to be reinstated in a separate lawsuit.
They are being represented at no cost by the National Right to Work Foundation, whose mission is "to eliminate coercive union power and compulsory unionism abuses through strategic litigation, public information and education programs," according to the organization's website.
"The union bosses and the bureaucrats have worked in concert to take money directly from these hardworking part-time police officers in order to subsidize the union," Giovanni D. Cicione, lead counsel and chairman of the Stephen Hopkins Center for Civil Rights, said in a news release.
"The unions can't afford to keep the empty promises they've made to their workers — we've seen this throughout Rhode Island with non-existent pension funds, economic stagnation and fleeing businesses," Cicione said.
According to the lawsuit, the town, town manager and police chief hired the officers to part-time, nonpermanent posts without rank for two-year renewable terms. Their duties include working private and special-duty details such as special events and assignments for the town and schools. They earn $38 an hour for private duty detail work.
The officers assert that they never endorsed or accepted the Local 503 as their representative for collective bargaining or otherwise, but that in April 2014 the town began deducting union dues from their wages.
The officers, who belong to the Westerly Police Reserves, did research online about their rights with regard to "compulsory union fees" and began challenging the practice, according to the lawsuit.
On July 29, 2014, Koza and another officer met with Police Chief Edward St. Clair and told him that the dues were being illegally collected, the suit says. St. Clair expressed displeasure that the officers had taken their complaints to the Town Council and town manager instead of following the chain of command. He directed them not to seek publicity for their cause and warned that if they were eliminated, they could easily be replaced, the suit says. The officers then put their concerns in a letter.
For 10 to 15 years, the police department operated under a detail assignment policy in which new paid assignments were offered to full-time officer’s first, retired officers next, reserve officers third and then civilian constables. The officers allege that the system was changed to rotate civilian constables and reserve officers, thus reducing their hours and pay, after they began opposing the union dues.
In December, the town fired Koza without notice — a move he alleges in a separate suit was retaliatory. St. Clair and interim Town Manager Amy Grzybowski declined comment on Tuesday.

National Right to Work Foundation has launched similar challenges to compulsory union dues in courts nationwide. The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments this fall on a California case.
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