Monday, September 1, 2014

After 35 Years, A Nelson Atkins Museum Security Officer Calls It A Day

Kansas City MO Sept 1 2014

The oldest, and longest-serving, employee at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art retires on Aug. 31.
Henry J. ("Hank") Raya studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and worked for two decades as an illustrator at The Kansas City Star. Then he stepped into a new career: as a security guard at the Nelson-Atkins, where he's helped the visitors and protected the art for 35 years.
"It was through the Art Institute, the teachers, that I had happened to get acquainted with the museum. And I decided to look it up," Raya says. "It was so big that I said, it's a nice place to be at, you know. So I decided to work in security, which was pretty much open and much needed."
Now 82, Raya says his health and the desire to spend more time with his family and on his own artwork factored into his decision to retire.
"I'll be back [at the museum]," he says. "The last day will be the beginning of another beginning, so to speak. There is no last day. There is always a beginning."

Woman impaled in buttocks after texting while driving

ELIZABETH, CO Sept 1 2014  - A woman admits she was texting and driving when she hit a pole that went through her car, piercing her thigh and buttocks. Elizabeth firefighters had to saw off the front and back end of the pole to get the woman out.
Christina Jahnz says she was in the parking lot of Elizabeth Middle School on Wednesday morning because her daughter forgot her saxophone at home. As she was driving away from the school, she started texting her friend.
"I was running late for a business meeting, so I did a voice text. I looked down to make sure it was all right. The next thing I knew, I was looking up, there was white powder from the air bags deployed," Jahnz said.
Then, Jahnz realized that the guardrail pole went through the front of her truck, through her buttocks and into the back of her seat. Elizabeth firefighters rushed to the scene, where she says they used a saw to cut the front and back end of the pole before rushing her to Parker Adventist Hospital.
"I went into surgery and I lost count of the stitches after 40. They stitched me up inside too. I'm truly a miracle. They said if it [had] gone just a little bit the other way I would have bled out," Jahnz said.
After a four day stay in the hospital, Jahnz was released late Sunday night. She will be able to walk with the help of a walker and is expected to make a full recovery.
Jahnz says even though she was going 20 miles per hour and only looked down for a split second, she has learned a lesson she will never forget.
"It's devastating knowing that I could have prevented it to begin with. I just hope my story helps to save the lives of others. Don't text and drive," Jahnz said.

Maryland Popeyes employee found dead inside store

BROOKLYN PARK, Md. Sept 1 2014— Anne Arundel County police are investigating a homicide in a Popeyes off of Ritchie Highway.
The victim is Luzviminda Monreal, 47, of Laurel, Md. and she was found inside the stockroom of Popeyes by one of her managers and police do not have a motive for her murder.
Crime scene tape surrounds the Popeyes restaurant, police say they do not have any suspects in custody and no motive.
Those that live close by are shocked and frightened.
"I was going there today, and then I saw the tape and said I think someone probably got killed there," said one local resident.
The woman's body was found Sunday morning around 8 a.m. by a manager in the back of a stockroom. According to police she had been severely beaten.
"We have yet to determine whether this was a robbery or some other type of altercation that went bad and turned into this murder," said Lt. TJ Smith of Anne Arundel County police.
The restaurant is closed for now as the investigation continues. Some say not knowing if it was a random or targeted murder is unnerving.
Now there are several businesses in this area that all have surveillance cameras so Anne Arundel County police are looking into the video in those cameras to hopefully lead them to the killer.
If anyone has any information related to this crime, they are asked to call Anne Arundel County police or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP.

Armored truck crashes on Rhode Island highway, spilling bags of money

CRANSTON, R.I. Sept 1 2014 - Police say an armored truck overturned on a Rhode Island highway, spilling bags of money that quickly drew passers-by.
Deputy Fire Chief Paul Valletta Jr. tells The Providence Journal that the Garda truck was southbound on Route 10 on Saturday afternoon when the driver lost control. The truck swerved off the highway and onto the grass and rolled onto its left side.
Money stored in clear plastic bags and white canvas duffel bags flew out of the truck.
As state police watched, money was transferred to a second Garda truck that was called in.
Valletta says passers-by swarmed to the scene, but it wasn't clear if they took any money.
Both occupants of the truck had cuts and bruises and possible neck and back injuries.
Several State Troopers could be seen picking up rolls of coins from the area around the truck afterwards, reports CBS affiliate WPRI in Providence.
Troopers said some of the truck's load spilled out when the rear doors were opened to get to the guard who was seated in the back. That man was lucky he wasn't more seriously injured, police said, because the money and other objects in the vehicle were loose and flying around the inside of the truck during the rollover.
Another armored truck arrived a short time later to take possession of the first vehicle's cargo.

Bullitt Central teacher charged with rape

Crystal Chappell (Source: Bullitt County Detention Center)SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY Sept 1 2014 - A teacher at Bullitt Central High School is charged with third-degree rape after school officials learned of allegations that she had sexual contact with a student.

Crystal Chappell, 24, was arrested Saturday and is being held at the Bullitt County Detention Center. Shepherdsville police said they are investigating claims that she had sex with a student.

Eric Farris, attorney for Bullitt County Public Schools, said the district heard about the allegations Thursday. They suspended Chappell and reported the accusations to police. Farris said school officials first learned about the allegations from students.
Under Kentucky law, teachers and other authority figures can be charged with third-degree rape for having sex with a minor who is under their supervision.

Newton Co. detention officer charged with sending porn to teen

Jacob Allen Vanderzwart photoNEWTON COUNTY, Ga. — Sept 1 2014
A Newton County Sheriff’s Office detention officer is behind bars after authorities said he had a having inappropriate contact with a minor.
Sheriff’s officials said Jacob Allen Vanderzwart was arrested following a complaint they received on Aug. 23. He is accused of sending and receiving pornographic photos with 16-year-old girl.
He was arrested and charged with furnishing pornography to a minor.
“Vanderzwart was a Newton County Sheriff’s Office detention officer, however, after his arrest; he was immediately terminated and is no longer an employee,” sheriff’s officials said.

Person Struck by DC Metro Train Committed Suicide

Washington DC Sept 1 2014
A DC Metro spokesperson said a person was struck by a train at the Mount Vernon Square station Sunday afternoon.
The spokesperson said it does appear to be intentional by the victim. They did not have an identity on the person, but did say it was an adult man who was hit.
The victim was transported to a local hospital.
Green and Yellow Line trains bypassed the Mt. Vernon station for a short time. Trains resumed service after the scene was cleared, but there are delays due to single track passage.
Passengers are encouraged to use the Gallery Place/Chinatown station.
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Washington barista-stand owner faces prostitution charge

EVERETT, Wash. Sept 1 2014 (AP) - The owner of bikini coffee stands in Washington state banked more than $2 million in just three years because her baristas were also selling sex acts, according to local prosecutors.

Snohomish County prosecutors charged Carmela Panico, a 52-year-old former nude dancer, with promoting prostitution and money laundering, alleging that she operated drive-thru brothels throughout the county north of Seattle, The Everett Herald reported Thursday ( ).

Her baristas made money mostly on tips, saying they could earn hundreds of thousands of dollars, authorities said. The women said they could make up to $14 for baring their breasts or genitals and charged more for sex acts, according to charging documents.

"Panico's businesses were driven by prostitution and lewd behavior," Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Bob Hendrix wrote in the documents. Panico was charged Thursday, the newspaper reported.

Her attorney told Snohomish County Superior Court that she left the coffee business and sold some of her stands and leased others.

Authorities allege that she didn't report her full earnings to the Internal Revenue Service by dealing in large amounts of cash. A search at Panico's home last year resulted in the seizure of nearly $250,000.

The investigation has also led to the prosecution of a veteran sheriff's sergeant. Darrell O'Neill is accused of tipping off Panico and her workers to police scrutiny in return for sexual favors. O'Neill resigned after his arrest last year and has pleaded not guilty. His trial is scheduled for November.

Authorities allege that baristas had a certain dollar amount they were supposed to make for Panico, and the rest the women could keep.

"The sales goals were effectively rent that the girls paid to have the opportunity to perform lewd conduct or acts of prostitution," Hendrix wrote.

The documents say that Panico could deduct money if the women failed to wear high heels throughout their shifts, did not have a tan or failed to put on makeup.

Armored car rolls over spilling money bags onto Route 10 in Cranston; truck occupants hurt

CRANSTON, R.I. Sept 1 2014 — Two occupants of a Garda armored truck were hurt Saturday afternoon when their vehicle rolled over on Route 10 and spilled bags of money.
Passersby swarmed to the accident, according to Deputy Fire Chief Paul L. Valletta Jr., but it was not clear initially whether anyone took money and ran.
“There were bags of it all over the place” when emergency crews arrived, Valletta related. “There were quite a few people here.”
The money that was strewn about was in clear plastic bags and white canvas duffel bags, he said. A second Garda truck was called in, and, as state police watched, the money was transferred to that vehicle.
The truck was southbound when the driver lost control at the Reservoir Avenue overpass, leaving long skid marks. The truck swerved to the right, off the highway onto the grass, and rolled onto its left side facing the wrong way.
Troopers diverted southbound traffic onto the exit for northbound Reservoir Avenue, just north of the accident scene.
One occupant of the truck was in the back, where the money is held, according to Valletta.
“The back doors were open before we got here,” so it was easy to get the occupant from the rear, he said. A partition blocked access to the driver, however.
“We weren’t going to go through the armored car [wall], so we had to improvise” to extricate the driver “very gingerly,” Valletta said. “We popped a [side] door” and “cut the seats out to give us some room.”
Because the truck was on its side and on an incline, emergency personnel chocked it with stabilizer arms to make sure it did not move as they worked.
Both occupants suffered cuts and bruises and possible neck and back injuries and were transported for treatment at Rhode Island Hospital, according to Valletta. Their conditions were not immediately ascertainable.
In addition to state police cruisers, five Fire Department vehicles responded, along with two heavy-duty tow trucks. With the help of the tow truck drivers, large straps were thrown over the vehicle and it was pulled upright and taken away.
Garda is part of GardaWorld Security Corp., an international corporation based in Canada that moves currency and provides security at airports, embassies and large events, as well as business services. It has more than 3,500 armored trucks, according to one of its websites.
The company was embarrassed when a guard left a bag of money from the Revel gambling casino in Atlantic City, N.J., on the roof of an armored truck on Aug. 6, according to news media reports. The bag fell off the roof as the truck was moving, and about $21,000 was lost.
On Saturday, the Fire Department responded at 1:52 p.m., and the scene was cleared by about 3:15 p.m. The accident is under investigation by the state police.

New police chief of Village of Harveysburg not certified officer

HARVEYSBURG, Ohio Sept 1 2014The Village of Harveysburg appointed a new police chief Monday night who, according to the state of Ohio, isn't certified to be a police officer.
Ricky Couch was appointed police chief by the Harveysburg Village Council on Monday night.
WLWT News 5's Karin Johnson said sources told her that Couch is on the Ohio State Highway Patrol's "denied" list for access to the Law Enforcement Automated Data System and the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway.
Johnson said OSHP said Couch is not certified to be a police officer.
WLWT obtained a copy of a phone call from an administrator for the highway patrol to Warren County emergency services saying Couch was not authorized to use some key law enforcement tools, such as the LEADS system.
"He's currently on the denied list," said Less Reil, LEADS administrator for the State Highway Patrol. "He's also denied from OHLEG as well."
Those systems are often used to run license plates or check people's criminal history, police said.
"In fact, he's not even a certified police officer. He doesn't hold an OPOTA certification right now," Reil said in the phone call.
When Johnson called the Village Clerk's Office, she was told that all questions about Couch were being referred to his attorney.
The attorney, Lucas Wilder, told Johnson that the position was administrative and doesn't require access to those systems.
"I'm not aware of anything prohibiting him from serving an administrative position," Wilder said.
WLWT did some digging and found the attorney general suspended Couch's access to their OHLEG system last September for misusing the system while he worked at the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.
The Attorney General's Office said this past February, Couch voluntarily surrendered his peace officer certification.
"Well that's like going to an auto mechanic shop. You wouldn't want somebody that wasn't certified working on your car. He needs to know everything about the law," said Harveysburg resident named Fred, who didn't want to give his last name.
Some folks who live in the small Warren County village with just eight cops were not happy with the council's decision.
"He needs to be certified," Fred said.
Some others said it was not a big deal, as long as he was capable of running the department.


Beale Street cover charge prompts federal lawsuit

Catron feels it's unconstitutional to charge people from walking on a public street. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN Sept 1 2014           
World famous Beale Street. It's where Randle Catron runs the Beale Street Development Corporation. Catron is a member of the Beale Street Merchants Association but he is exempt from contributing to the $10 security cost for Beale Street Security.
Catron is angry at fellow members for charging a Saturday night security cover charge. So angry, he's working on a federal lawsuit.
"The majority of people that own places of business on Beale Street is what? White. Caucasians," said Catron. "The majority of the folks that are here late at night are black. Now who do you think they're targeting?"
But the association's leader Ty Agee says that theory couldn't be farther from the truth.
"It wouldn't have mattered if it would have been predominately red, black, purple, yellow, white whatever, it is just an issue that so many people are getting on the street, that's it."
Cell phone video of people taking pictures of a passed out bar patron seemed to be the last straw for merchants, who say the cover charge is needed to pay for security.
Catron feels it's unconstitutional to charge people from walking on a public street and added, "That's our tax dollars that are going on to the street, and you're going to charge folk again?"
Agee says police have told him crime has gone down since they started the cover a few weeks ago. He admits the cover charge may not be the perfect solution, but says the crowds problems have to be addressed.
"It's real easy to sit back and say we're not going to do anything because we don't want to take any heat, or you can do the right thing and try to make it better," noted Agee.

Ex-mayor accused of theft from Gold Beach senior center

GOLD BEACH, Ore. Sept 1 2014  (AP) - The treasurer of the Gold Beach Senior Center surrendered to authorities at the Curry County Jail after she was indicted on charges that she stole money from the organization.
The World newspaper of Coos Bay reports that 70-year-old Marlyn Schafer was charged with aggravated first-degree theft, which is a theft of more than $10,000.
Schafer is a former mayor of Gold Beach and was a county commissioner from 2001 to 2008.
The Gold Beach Police Department said Friday the investigation began after the board of the senior center discovered financial irregularities in June 2014.
The center conducted an internal review and gave the information to investigators.

Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution guard shoots-kills inmate fighting


Umatilla County OR Sept 1 2014 A prison guard shot and killed an inmate at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution Friday from a tower above the recreation yard.
It was the first time in the 30-year history of the state prison in Pendleton that a correctional officer has shot and killed an inmate.
 Jayson Matthew Withers, 26, died at 9:21 a.m. at St. Anthony Hospital, according to a written statement from the Oregon Department of Corrections.
Withers and another prisoner were assaulting a third inmate shortly before 9 a.m. Friday in the prison’s recreation yard, EOCI spokesman Lt. Jeff Carey said. Corrections officers told the inmates to stop, he said, but they did not. The guard fired one shot that killed Withers.
Oregon prison towers are equipped with Ruger Mini-14 semiautomatic rifles that fire a .223 caliber bullet, and EOCI has two towers. Officers in the past at EOCI have fired warning shots to quell inmate disturbances and brawls, Carey said, but corrections does not require officers to fire warning shots.
In this case, he said, two inmates were assaulting a third and refused to stop, leaving staff with limited options. No other fights were reported at the prison.
Pendleton ambulances transported Withers and the inmate he attacked. Carey said he did not know the surviving inmate’s medical condition, and corrections did not reveal the nature of his injuries. Corrections officers took the other attacking inmate to the prison’s disciplinary segregation unit.
The department has not released the names of anyone involved in the incident except for Withers. Carey said the department does not release that information for the safety of the officer. Corrections spokeswoman Elizabeth Craig said the officer is on administrative leave while Oregon State Police conducts an investigation into the shooting.
This was the first fatal shooting at EOCI, which began housing prison inmates in 1985, and Craig said this was the first in the state corrections department’s institutional memory.
Umatilla County District Attorney Dan Primus said he was at the scene soon after the shooting happened and this is new territory for him. Grand juries typically hear evidence of officer-involved shootings to determine if the officer was justified in using deadly force. Primus said he needed to research to see if this shooting would follow that process.
Withers was from Salem, according to court records, and had been in prison since 2010 for criminally negligent homicide, robbery and identity theft. The corrections department reported his earliest release date was in 2018.
Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution is a medium-security prison that houses more than 1,600 male inmates. Carey said the prison is on lockdown and visitation is canceled through the Labor Day weekend.
East Oregonian

Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati jackpot leads to false imprisonment, federal lawsuit alleges

CINCINNATI OH Sept 1 2014 - A Centerville man who won a $2,000 jackpot at Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati last year is now suing the casino for false imprisonment and malicious prosecution after being detained on his way out the door.
Mark DiSalvo’s law firm has posted video of the March 11, 2013 incident on You Tube.
In an amended complaint, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati, DiSalvo alleges he was improperly detained when he tried to leave the downtown Cincinnati casino. He also claims three Horseshoe employees later testified falsely about the incident in Hamilton County Municipal Court. The complaint was originally filed in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court in March, naming three Cincinnati Police officers as defendants.
Those defendants were removed recently when the city settled the complaint for $4,250.
"It was a nuisance settlement to avoid the cost of litigation," said Interim City Solicitor Terry Nestor. Horseshoe Casino declined to comment for this story.

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Brinks armored car guards injured in wreck

SALT LAKE CITY UT Aug 31 2014 — Two men were taken to the hospital with apparent minor injuries after a "partial" rollover accident involving a Brinks armored truck Monday. Trooper Gillis with the Utah Highway Patrol said the armored truck was in the left lane on I-80 under the I-15 overpass when the driver lost control of the car and it tipped, or "partially rolled over," on the raised embankment. Gillis said that both the heavy rain at the time and speed were a factor in the accident. A 44-year-old male and a 26-year-old male were taken to the hospital as a precaution, but Gillis said they both appeared to have minor injuries. Traffic was slowed, but the accident did not block traffic. As of 6 p.m. the accident had been cleared, according to UDOT.

Sierra County Detention Center guards arrested on allegations of sex with inmates

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES NM Aug 31 2014  -- Several detention officers at a New Mexico jail are accused of using the facility as their personal sex service.
At least three officers at the Sierra County Detention Center in Truth or Consequences are said to have bribed or threatened female inmates into having sexual relations with them.
Two of the officers are already confirmed to be in custody, according to court records: 38-year-old Virgil Eaton and 22-year-old Miguel Herrera. 23-year-old Joshua Corley has a warrant out for his arrest.
The Herald of Tuth or Consequences wrote in a Facebook post Thursday that all three were in custody. A Wednesday article by The Herald said another man, 19-year-old Kennedy Griffis, had been charged with two counts of trafficking a controlled substance into the jail.
According to court documents, there are a few places inside the jail hidden from view of security cameras. In those blind spots, Eaton and other detention officers allegedly harassed female inmates, and in some cases, had sexual encounters with them.
"A lot of inmates have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse against them…being forced to do sexual acts that they didn't want to do. They've tried to tell guards in the past about it, and nobody would do anything," said Sierra County Detention Center guard William White, who blew the whistle on the alleged sexual encounters.
"I took those allegations and went to the detectives here in Truth or Consequences with that."
White said he went to authorities six months ago, and the Truth or Consequences Police Department arrested Eaton on Wednesday.
All three of the men are accused of having sexual encounters with female inmates at the jail.
Eaton is accused of threatening several inmates and trying to bribe them into sex.
Documents detail the interviews with several female inmates, who say Eaton tried to receive oral sex in exchange for prescription pills. In one case, he's accused of telling an inmate he would get her charges dismissed if she had sex with him.
The other two men are accused of going into parts of the jail kitchen or stairwell, which were hidden from cameras, and groping the women.
Documents also say Corley and Herrera had separate sexual encounters with inmates both in and out of jail.
Neither of the men work at the jail currently, but White says there's a lot more that needs to change inside the jail.
"It's a hostile work environment. The guards that are bringing up the allegations – we've been told to be quiet about it. Our families are harassed at work," White said. "But we have to feed our families, so I don't really have a choice at this time to quit."
He also says there is almost no supervision over the guards giving out prescription pills to inmates, and that he expects many more arrests to come over the sexual encounters.

Grandmother's casket used to hide drugs

MACON, Ga. Aug 31 2014
A middle Georgia sheriff says two inmates visiting a Macon funeral home tried to return to jail with drugs and other contraband that had been hidden inside their grandmother's casket.
WMAZ-TV reports ( ) Bibb County deputies found marijuana, tobacco, a lighter and a cellphone on inmates Henry Ison Rouse and Nekoase Antwan Vinson after they attended a visitation for their dead grandmother Thursday. They wore handcuffs and were escorted by guards.
Bibb County Sheriff David Davis said deputies suspect the inmates retrieved the contraband from the casket after relatives stashed it for them. Davis called the stunt "wicked" and said it "illustrates the audacity of this generation of inmates."
Both inmates were charged with marijuana possession and bringing contraband to jail. It was not immediately known if they had attorneys.

Sebewaing police officer, juvenile detainee shot outside Bay County Juvenile Home

HAMPTON TOWNSHIP, MI Aug 31 2014 — Police say two people, one a Sebewaing police officer and the other a juvenile detainee, have been shot outside the Bay County Juvenile Home in Hampton Township.
Gerald Runde, chief of the Hampton Township Police Department, said the shootings took place shortly after 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28, outside the home, 520 W. Hampton Road. He said the officer was shot in the right hand after a male youth being transported to the facility struggled with him and eventually obtained his firearm.
After the officer was shot, the juvenile shot himself, Runde said, adding he was not immediately sure of the juvenile's condition. He declined to say where the bullet entered the juvenile's body.
"He slipped one of his hands out of his handcuffs, that's how he was able to get the officer's gun away from him," said Troy Cunningham, Bay County undersheriff.
Cunningham added that, according to an official at the facility, the youth had been housed at the home within the last several weeks.
Runde said the officer's injury was not life threatening and that he has been transported to a local medical facility to receive care.
In addition to the Hampton Township Police Department, officers from the Michigan State Police, Essexville Police Department and Bay County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene, as did the Hampton Township Fire Department, Runde said. A Bay City Public Safety officer and vehicle were also at the scene.
Yellow police tape surrounded the Juvenile Home, which is located near the intersection of West Hampton and North Knight roads. The Bay County Medical Care Facility and the Bay County Golf Course are located nearby.
Runde said Hampton Township officials handled the initial investigation, but the incident will now be turned over to the Sheriff's Office for further review. He said that Michigan State Police are expected to provide on-scene forensic support.
Bay County Sheriff John E. Miller was at the scene and confirmed his department is now taking over the investigation. He did not immediately know the name of the juvenile involved in the shootings or his condition.

Hawkins County court security officer charged with statutory rape

Former HCSO security officer faces statutory rape chargesHawkins County TN Aug 31 2014 A court security officer who resigned last month from the Hawkins County Sheriff's Office now faces charges of statutory rape.
According to information released by HCSO Sheriff Ronnie Lawson, Paul Thomas Morrison II, 22, was arrested Thursday. He had been employed for nearly two years.

Lawson says the allegations were relayed to his agency in July — the same month Morrison left his employment — and were forwarded to the Hawkins County District Attorney's Office. They are carrying out the investigation, with Lawson declining to release any additional details on the alleged incidents.

Morrison, of 2025 Blair Gap Road, Kingsport, faces three counts of statutory rape. Following his Thursday arrest he posted $20,000 bond and was released.


Man barricades himself inside College Park Holiday Inn

COLLEGE PARK, Md. Aug 31 2014 - A man barricaded himself inside a local hotel in Prince George's County, bringing police and tactical teams to the area late Thursday evening.
Police were called to a Holiday Inn, located in the 10000 block of Baltimore Ave., just before midnight for a report of a man threatening to harm himself. The man was holed up in his hotel room with a gun.
The standoff ended hours later when police apprehended the man. He was arrested shortly before 3 a.m.
Police said the man will undergo psychiatric evaluation.
No hotel guests were harmed in the standoff.


Wilmingon burglar caught becuase of remote security camera monitoring

WILMINGTON, NC Aug 31 2014            Officers arrested a man after responding to a call about a suspect walking around a cultural arts building under construction at Cape Fear Community College Thursday evening.
According to the Wilmington Police Department, an outside security firm was monitoring security cameras at 702 North Third Street around 8:45 p.m. when they saw a man walking around and inside the building under construction.
The security firm called police, and while officers were searching the area the suspect came outside of the building carrying construction parts and equipment.
Officers arrested Wilmington resident Jason Christopher Palacio, 41, and charged him with breaking and entering and possession of stolen property from a construction site

IU releases name of student found dead at sorority house

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. Aug 31 2014            
Police are investigating the death of 20-year-old Indiana University student Kelly Ann Hackendahl at a sorority house Thursday night.
Hackendahl is a native of Libertyville, Ill. and was beginning her junior year at IU. She was an education major and member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority.
Police were called to the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority house on Jordan Avenue around 8 p.m. after the young woman was found dead in a bedroom.
Police and emergency medical personnel attempted to revive Kelly for nearly an hour, but were unsuccessful. The precise cause of the junior's death is still being investigated but foul play is not suspected.
What should be a week of joy and anticipation at Indiana University is instead a day of remorse over the loss of a classmate.
"It's terrible. I can't imagine how the girls feel," IU freshman Maggie Mullen said.
Mullen is not a member of the sorority, but just starting her freshman year, it still hits home.
"It's awful. Especially if her parents just dropped her off. I mean to hear something so horrible like that. It's terrible. I can't even think about it," she added.
Indiana University issued a statement, saying "any student death diminishes the entire university community and IU offers its deepest sympathies to Kelly's family and friends on her tragic and sudden passing."
Students on campus expressed that very sentiment.
"It's just tragic. Never want to see this happen to anyone or anything at any place. At your own campus, right across the street, it's just not good for anyone. Last night, just hanging out, the night was just three times worse because we knew what had happened," IU sophomore Keith Radzik observed.
Counselors are being made available to the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and the entire campus.
Zeta Tau Alpha National President Carolyn Hof Carpenter released a statement expressing sympathy to family and friends of Hackendahl.
"We are devastated to lose one of our collegiate sisters," Hof Carpenter said. "As you can imagine, this is an incredibly difficult time for our chapter at IU. We ask that everyone respects the privacy of our members while they deal with this terrible news."
The Greek community on campus at Indiana University is planning a prayer vigil at Showalter Fountain to start at 9:30 p.m. Friday.

Woman found dead on Hillsdale College campus

HILLSDALE, MI Aug 31 2014  – A 50-year-old Lenawee County woman was found dead in a vehicle on Hillsdale College's campus late Monday night, police said.
Police have identified her as Jeanne Bryan.
Bryan was found around 11 p.m. Aug. 25 in the parking area of The Suites Dormitory near the intersection of Barber Drive and Union Street, the Hillsdale Police Department said in a news release.
William K. Whorley, Hillsdale College director of security and emergency management, said in a statement the woman was found unresponsive by a student in the lower parking lot of The Suites and the student notified campus security.
Whorley said the woman was in a locked and running sports utility vehicle.
Police said foul play is not suspected in the woman's death but a large gasoline spill was discovered near the vehicle, which prompted officers to set up a large perimeter due to the explosive nature of gasoline.
The woman, who was in the driver's seat, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Hillsdale police said they have been unable to find any connection between the woman and Hillsdale College.
Police said the woman's name is being withheld until family is notified.
Hillsdale police were assisted at the scene by the Hillsdale County Sheriff's Office, the Hillsdale City Fire Department and members of the Reading Emergency Unit.
The incident remains under investigation.

Florida Highway Patrol seeks supsect who ran nightclub security officer down

Palm Harbor FL Aug 31 2014 The Florida Highway Patrol is seeking the public’s help in finding a driver who seriously injured a security guard at a Palm Harbor adult nightclub after intentionally running over him.
The incident occurred around 3 a.m. after 42-year-old Douglas Berube, of Palm Harbor, attempted to secure the patron after a fight broke out at Silks, 37100 U.S. Highway 19 N.
Berube could not contain the patron, troopers say, and the patron entered a vehicle and intentionally ran over Berube in the parking lot before fleeing southbound on U.S. 19.
Berube was airlifted to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg with serious injuries, troopers say.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the FHP at (813) 631-4020.

SC deputy on administrative leave after arrest at Walmart

GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. Aug 31 2014 -- A South Carolina sheriff's deputy is on administrative leave after a violent arrest was captured on camera.
Greenville County Sheriff Office officials say the deputy seen on video punching a man inside a Walmart during a Saturday arrest will remain on leave while an internal investigation is underway.
Video of the incident was also posted on social media sites. Deputies said they have been reviewing several of these videos, including several camera angles from Walmart security, as part of their internal investigation.
Deputies say the video only shows part of what happened inside and outside the store, and that the suspect had been shocked with a TASER several times before officers made physical contact.

  • A man, later identified as Sandon Matthew Sierad, stood at an electronics checkout counter for approximately 10 minutes and never attempted to make a purchase.
  • Sierad waited until an employee walked away from the cash register and he walked behind the counter and removed a cash box from underneath the register before being confronted by management.
  • Management advised Sierad he needed to leave the property and he was escorted to the front of the store.
  • Once at the front of the store, Sierad entered the Hair Salon area rather than leaving as ordered by Walmart management. Sierad got into an altercation with employees inside the Salon and still refused to leave the business.
  • Sierad eventually walked out of the Salon and exited Walmart. Due to Sierad's erratic behavior, the employees of the Salon were afraid for their safety and closed and locked the security gate. Sierad attempted to come back inside the Salon after he had already exited Walmart. Sierad stated to an employee as he was walking back in the store that he had a bomb but was not found to be in possession of any explosive device at the time of arrest.
  • An employee at the Hair Salon calls 911 at 1:10 pm regarding Sierad causing a disturbance.
  • Sierad exited Walmart a second time and is seen walking to his White Dodge pickup truck which was parked in the parking lot close to the entrance/exit doors.
  • Sierad called 911 while he was standing at his vehicle and advised dispatch that he was looking for his truck. He made the statement to the dispatcher that she must have taken his truck. Sierad was beside his vehicle in the parking lot the entire time and even opened the truck door and the hood of the truck.
  • At 1:14 pm, the first deputy arrived on scene and management was watching Sierad and began pointing to where he was. The deputy pulled in front of Sierad's truck and as the deputy exited his patrol car, Sierad walked directly at the deputy and stopped only within a few feet of him. The deputy kept a knife secured on his uniform shirt around his chest area. Sierad reached for the deputy's knife on three separate occasions while the deputy was attempting to calm him down and talk with him to determine what was going on.
  • Sierad walked away from the deputy several times and refused all commands given by the deputy who was trying to keep him near the patrol vehicle away from the store and other innocent bystanders in the parking lot.
  • The deputy continued to try to calm Sierad by talking with him and engaging his attention to prevent the situation from escalating.
  • Sierad walked away and jumped into the bed of a Walmart patron's pickup truck that was driving through the parking lot. The driver of the truck slammed on brakes and Sierad stood up, got out of the truck, and again began to walk around the parking lot acting erratic and ignoring the deputy.
  • Sierad attempted to get in the bed of the truck a second time before the truck drove away.
  • Sierad's actions were consistent with someone who is under the influence of alcohol and/or drug's or some other substance.
  • At 1:19 pm, a second deputy pulls into the parking lot and Sierad begins to run away from the deputies. Sierad ran back inside Walmart which was very crowded. Not knowing what Sierad's intentions were and observing his already bizarre behavior, the deputies pursued him inside the store and he continued to ignore all commands and resist arrest. The deputies' primary focus was the safety of everyone inside the store and to gain control of the situation so that it did not escalate further. Sierad was tased at least two times which had no effect on him. Sierad sat up and grabbed the taser wires which is not the normal reaction of a person who has been tased.
  • Upon arrival of a third deputy they were able to gain control of Sierad and secure him into handcuffs. He was taken out to the patrol car and continued to resist deputies who were trying to secure him in the rear of the patrol car. Deputies had to secure his feet in a hobble restraint to gain control of him. He was transported by EMS to a local hospital for evaluation before being placed into the Greenville County Detention Center.
Deputies said Sierad is charged with resisting arrest, assault and battery, breach of peace and public disorderly conduct.

Oxford Police charge two in sovereign citizens' extortion case

OXFORD, Alabama Aug 31 2014  -- A couple who were charged last year in connection with a sovereign citizens' campaign face additional charges in what police say was an extortion scheme that tried to bilk money from several businesses.
Oxford Police Chief Bill Partridge said during a news conference today that Everett Leon Stout, 72, of Scottsboro, and Miriam Claire Shultz, 67, of Rainsville, are facing multiple charges in connection with the incidents.
Partridge said the two are charged with first degree attempted theft of property, first degree extortion, and 13 counts of first degree attempted extortion. Stout is currently being held in Oxford City Jail on $510,000 bond. Shultz is at large, Partridge said.
"These are paper terrorists," Partridge said. "But as you can see, they both look like a grandmother and grandfather."
The two were charged last year in Etowah County after investigators said they recorded false documents against a circuit clerk, municipal prosecutor, federal judge and federal probation officer. Investigators believe the two are in a common law marriage.
Sovereign citizens, experts say, are individuals who do not believe in federal laws, taxation, or state or federal entities but use court filings to tie up the legal system. The movement is largely fragmented but stretches nationwide. They are also known for filing false documents in probate court with large liens to disrupt the credit histories of public officials. Partridge said investigators believe Stout trains other sovereign citizens in how to carry out false document capers.
Partridge said the charges came as a result of a two-week undercover investigation following an anonymous tip. District Attorney Brian McVeigh said the two attempted to buy a $300,000 recreational vehicle from Dandy RV off Interstate 20 and pay for it with a fabricated account. When the two were refused, they filed a "million dollar lien" against the business, then offered to withdraw it in exchange for money, resulting in the extortion charge.
Partridge said the two targeted 13 different businesses with a similar scheme. Their motive was "purely financial" in going after high dollar businesses, he said.
The scheme sounds similar to one the two are alleged to have attempted in Anniston, according to documents filed in Etowah County last year.
"We are not going to tolerate this kind of activity in our community," Partridge said, urging business owners to contact police if they see similar activity.

Man lured Balcones Heights cop to his death

SAN ANTONIO TX Aug 31 2014 — When Jerry Idrogo called off-duty Balcones Heights Police Officer Julian Pesina on May 4 to arrange a meeting outside the San Antonio tattoo parlor Pesina co-owned, he was knowingly luring the officer to his death, authorities alleged Friday as the first arrest was made in the cop-killing case.
Idrogo, 33, pulled up to the tattoo parlor on Hillcrest Drive in a white Pontiac Sunfire around 10 that night, according to an arrest warrant affidavit released Friday. While talking to Pesina, Idrogo allegedly drove forward a few feet, signaling two armed men who approached the officer and opened fire.
Idrogo then sped away in the Sunfire, serving as the getaway driver for the two gunmen who have not been identified and remain at large, according to the affidavit.
San Antonio police and the FBI have been investigating the slaying as a possible gang hit and looking into whether Pesina had ties to the Texas Mexican Mafia, sources have said. Experts have noted that some of Pesina’s tattoos were strongly indicative of gang involvement.
Numerous sources have confirmed to the Express-News that Pesina had been under investigation by SAPD and the FBI prior to his death. The investigation concerned drug and racketeering allegations involving the Texas Mexican Mafia, the sources said.
Officers were set to arrest Pesina and would have probably done so within a week had he not been killed, the sources said.
“They very well may have saved his life” if they had moved in sooner, said one source familiar with the case. “He was suspected of selling small quantities, ounce quantities, of dope on the side.”
San Antonio homicide detectives obtained a warrant for Idrogo’s arrest Wednesday and the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Task Force had tracked him to Toledo, Ohio, SAPD Chief William McManus said.
Idrogo told police he wanted to turn himself in after the warrant was issued, according to a Toledo police report. Toledo police responded to a home around 12:30 a.m. Friday and found Idrogo out on the sidewalk with his hands up, the report states. The FBI helped arrest Idrogo without incident.
Idrogo was in the Lucas County Jail in Ohio Friday awaiting extradition to San Antonio, his hometown, where he will face a murder charge, officials said. He has a long criminal history in Bexar County, but no arrests for violent offenses.
Cellphone records showed that the last phone call Pesina received was from Idrogo just before the shooting, according to the affidavit.
The affidavit also revealed for the first time Friday that Bexar County Sheriff’s Office personnel had searched Idrogo’s residence a few days before Pesina’s death.
During the search, officials noted finding a ledger containing names of people associated with the Texas Mexican Mafia. Included on the list was Pesina’s name, address, phone number and nickname, according to the affidavit. Pesina’s information was listed under the heading “North Roster,” the affidavit states.
A white Pontiac Sunfire was also parked at the residence during the search, according to the affidavit.
After the shooting, the Sunfire was found at a motel on Roosevelt Avenue. Gunshot residue was found on the inside of car’s doors, according to the affidavit.
The Mexican Mafia is under investigation for a host of crimes stretching from South Padre Island to Las Vegas, but the federal investigation, also involving the Texas Department of Public Safety, may not reach the desk of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for months for authorization as a racketeering case, sources have said.
Pesina’s case was being handled, in part, by investigators with the FBI’s public corruption squad, the sources said. The FBI says it does not comment on the existence of investigations to preserve their integrity.
San Antonio police released little information Friday about the motive behind Pesina’s killing. They were unable to confirm whether Idrogo was alleged to be in a gang.
“Our thanks to all of our law enforcement agencies involved,” McManus said. “Without any one of them, this arrest probably would not have gone down the way it had.”
Idrogo had gone to Ohio to stay with someone he knew, but McManus said he did not know whom. A woman who picked up the phone at the location where the arrest happened said she knew Idrogo but would not comment further.
According to the Toledo police report, Idrogo’s residence in San Antonio was two blocks from the Balcones Heights police station and three blocks from where Pesina was killed.
Efforts to reach Idrogo’s family were not successful. Idrogo’s Facebook page indicates that he has a son and daughter from whom he is estranged.
Bexar County court records show Idrogo had several prior arrests for misdemeanor charges and two felony arrests — one for burglary of a building and another for heroin possession. The records did not indicate whether Idrogo was ever suspected of being affiliated with a gang.
In September 2006, Idrogo and a co-defendant were caught burglarizing the storage shed behind a plumbing business. The two were trying to pass a lawnmower over a six-foot-tall chain link fence when it got stuck and police, who had been tipped off by a neighbor, arrived at the scene.
According to plea agreement paperwork, the state recommended Idrogo receive community supervision for the crime. He was sentenced to two years deferred adjudication probation.
In February 2009, Idrogo was lying outside on a mattress alongside another co-defendant — a few blocks away from the Magistrate’s Office and the SAPD downtown substation — as police observed the two hand small blue balloons to six people in exchange for cash. According to court documents, the officer said he quickly approached them and Idrogo “tried to roll over onto a bunch of balloons that were lying on the mattress next to him.”
Idrogo was charged with possession of heroin between 4 and 200 grams, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. The weight of the balloons and heroin was 4.1 grams, documents note.
A plea agreement assessed his punishment at three years in prison. He was sentenced in June 2009.
McManus on Friday said the killing of a police officer was “a bold move,” regardless of possible gang involvement.
“There are not a lot of criminals out there who are willing to do that because of the gravity of it,” McManus said.
He also said authorities are relieved Idrogo is now behind bars.
“Anytime there’s a murder, anytime, especially when a police officer is murdered, it puts police officers on edge knowing that he’s still out there,” McManus said. “His capture certainly takes a little of that edge away.”
The death of Pesina ultimately cost Balcones Heights Police Chief Henry Dominguez his job, after allegations surfaced that the chief had received — and ignored — warnings for years from other officers that Pesina had ties to the Texas Mexican Mafia. Dominguez denied the allegations.
Lt. Joyce Pena, a veteran of the Police Department, has since been named interim chief.
The city also hired, a security consulting firm to conduct an assessment of the Police Department. This week, the firm presented its findings, proposing ways to reorganize the department, strengthen hiring procedures and improve community relations.
The firm also found that public confidence in the department can be restored.
Balcones Heights Mayor Suzanne de Leon said Friday that she believes Pesina’s case was an isolated one and that she has full confidence in the rest of the department. Still, she acknowledged, the city is reckoning with the fact it might have had a bad officer on the force.
“This is a city’s worst nightmare,” de Leon said. “We’re supposed to have a Police Department that’s pristine and above reproach.”

Oak Forest bar security guard loses eye when hit by high heel

An employee of an Oak Forest bar suffered a serious eye injury, which later caused him to lose the eye, when a female patron threw a high-heeled shoe at him during an argument this month, the SouthtownStar is reporting.

The man was working security Aug. 16 at Linger Martini Bar, 4142 W. 167th St., when staff members asked a man who had fallen asleep at the bar to leave, according to police.

They said the patron was walked out by two family members, including Tenisha Netter, and an argument ensued outside during which Netter took off a shoe and threw it at the employee, with the heel point hitting him in an eye.

The victim returned inside, ordered the bar closed and police were called. When officers arrived, they found the employee "in bad shape" in a staff room, police reported.

They said the employee was taken to South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest, where he was diagnosed with a serious eye injury and transferred to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for emergency surgery. Police said Tuesday the surgery was not able to save his eye.

The man told police he had previous confrontations with Netter, 38, of Calumet City, who was charged with aggravated battery.

Milton women charged with felony organized retail crime

ROCHESTER NY Aug 31 2014 — The two women charged with felony organized retail crime enterprise — for allegedly stealing items from Walmart and returning them for a gift card — pleaded not guilty and waived arraignment at Strafford County Superior Court this week.

Samantha Beyer, 23, and Audrey Morelle, 45, both of 26 Liberty Cir., Milton, allegedly worked together to commit theft at Rochester’s Walmart in January, in a for-profit scheme, according to grand jury indictments this month.

According to Police Capt. Gary Boudreau, on Jan. 22 Morelle took items from Walmart and Beyer later returned those items for a gift card. The items were worth less than $100, he said.

Rochester police originally charged Beyer with misdemeanor willful concealment, but the grand jury this month indicted her on a felony organized retail crime enterprise. She was also indicted on the felony conspiracy to commit theft by deception charge.

Beyer is currently free on $5,000 personal recognizance bail and is listed as living in Milford.
Morelle, whose case went straight to the grand jury for direct indictment, is facing a theft by deception charge in addition to the organized retail theft charge. She is currently being held at Cheshire County jail on $1,000 cash bail.

Both women are prohibited from entering Walmart in Rochester.