Sunday, September 25, 2016

Summerville High School security officer aids police in capture of burglar

Savon D. Hoe

North Charleston SC Sept 25 2016 A man has been arrested and charged with loitering and four counts of tampering with an automobile after he allegedly tried to break into vehicles parked at Summerville High School.
Officers arrested Savon D. Hoe, a 22-year-old resident of Lackawanna Boulevard in North Charleston, Thursday after a school security officer reported seeing him trying to break into vehicles in the senior parking lot, police said.
When Hoe saw officers at the scene, he tried to run into a nearby wooded area, police said. Officers set up a perimeter and found Hoe hiding in brush between Summerville High School and Dorchester District 2 Offices.

He was taken into custody without further incident, police said. He is being held at Dorchester County Detention Center.
Post and Courier

Former Alabama state community college official arrested

MONTGOMERY AL Sept 25 2016 -- Attorney General Luther Strange announced the arrest of a former employee of Calhoun Community College on two felonies: first-degree theft and an ethics law violation.
Marilyn Radford, 62, of Decatur, was arrested early Sept. 22 by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office and released on a $50,000 bond later that morning. The charges arise from her former position as the treasurer of the Alabama Community College System Information Services Association.
The attorney general's Special Prosecutions Division presented evidence to a Morgan County grand jury on Aug. 30, resulting in Radford’s indictment on Sept. 2.
Specifically, the indictment charges that she committed first-degree theft of more than $2,500 from the Alabama Community College System Information Services Association, and that she violated the state ethics law by using her position as treasurer of the association for personal gain.
No further information about the investigation or about Radford’s alleged crimes other than that stated in the indictment may be released at this time.
If convicted, Radford faces a maximum penalty of two to 20 years for each of the two charges, which are Class B felonies.

Toronto woman accuses theatre security guard of assault in anti-piracy take down

Toronto Canada Sept 25 2016 When Jean Telfer went to a preview screening of a new movie Wednesday night, she didn’t expect that she’d come out with an injured shoulder and a bump on her head.
Telfer and her friend Elaine Wong were at a Cineplex theatre at Yonge and Eglinton in Toronto for Sony Pictures Entertainment’s film The Magnificent 7. Sony had rented the theatre for the screening and hired a private security company.
Halfway through the film, Telfer decided to leave because she found the movie to be too violent.
“When I left the theatre I heard someone yelling behind me, ‘Sir! Sir!’ I didn’t think much of it,” said Telfer.
“Out of nowhere I felt someone grab me from behind. My reaction [was] to get this person off of me. Unfortunately it did escalate and he did somehow get on top of me.”
She said the guard pinned her down and squeezed on her wrists so tightly she could feel the pain from his grip all night. She said she also suffered a bump on her head and a muscle strain in her back and neck that she says has limited her mobility. Telfer says she was checked out by a doctor and a physiotherapist the day after the incident.
“I don’t know what happened. He didn’t tell me who he was. He never told me what the problem was,” said Telfer.
Telfer said once she was freed, she was so distraught that she walked away. Wong, unaware of what had happened to her friend, left the theatre shortly after to find Telfer.
Wong said a guard approached her and little explanation was given except that the security guards had been watching them all night and that something on the guards’ heat sensor guns had gone off. She added that they attempted to search her bag.
According to security expert Ross McLean, guards can make a citizen’s arrest if they have grounds to believe that a crime was committed on a property they were hired to protect. However only police can search someone’s property unless they suspect a weapon is in someone’s possession.
The women deny that they tried to record the film and aren’t sure why heat sensors went off on them, making them the subject of the guards’ suspicion.
“What’s really strange is that we left before the good part, right before the third act was starting. If you’re going to pirate a movie, you’re going to at least wait until a lot of people start dying,” said Wong.
Telfer and Wong said they were escorted out by two mall security guards – from a different security company – and informed the guards that they were willing to wait until police arrived. They said no police arrived and police later told them that no one from the movie theatre called them.
Sony Pictures Entertainment wouldn’t confirm to Global News the name of the security company which they hired for the event. Sony and its third-party security company refused to comment.
Telfer and Wong are disturbed by the incident and filed a police report Thursday evening.
“I feel like I’m never going to go to the movies again. I don’t feel safe. I don’t feel comfortable,” said Telfer. “You go to the movies to relax, but it became horrible. It was terrifying.”

Chicago mayor plans to hire 500 more police officers

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces that he is appointing Eddie Johnson the interim superintendent of the Chicago Police Department at CPD Headquarters in Chicago on Monday, March 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)

CHICAGO IL Sept 25 2016— Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to hire 500 additional police officers, promote hundreds of cops to sergeant and detective, and spend more on programs that help youth growing up in some of Chicago's most violent neighborhoods, according to several sources familiar with the proposal.
Details of the mayor's blueprint began to emerge Tuesday night in advance of Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson's expected announcement Wednesday of the hiring portion of the plan.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces that he is appointing Eddie Johnson the interim superintendent of the Chicago Police Department at CPD Headquarters in Chicago on Monday, March 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces that he is appointing Eddie Johnson the interim superintendent of the Chicago Police Department at CPD Headquarters in Chicago on Monday, March 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)
For more than two weeks, one of the questions about Emanuel's policing push has been whether he will hire to keep up with officer retirements and departures or increase the size of the force. Sources said the 500 officers would be above the level of attrition.
On top of the hires, Johnson is expected to announce an effort to beef up the number of sergeants and detectives in the department by promoting officers from within, sources said. The goal, they said, then would be to replace those promoted officers with new hires.
Emanuel's overall plan also would include more money for recruiting and training new officers, a source with knowledge of the plan said. And when Emanuel gives what he's called a "major address" on policing Thursday evening, he is expected to include more money for community efforts aimed at creating more mentorship and education opportunities for disadvantaged youth, a source said.
For Emanuel, the move marks a change in course in how he's managed the policing of Chicago.
Emanuel has insisted for years that the current number of officers has been enough to fight crime in the city, and the mayor instead has relied on upward of $100 million a year in overtime to provide enough officers in the city's most crime-ridden neighborhoods during the typically more violent summer months.
The mayor's police hiring comes as Chicago has endured a major uptick in shootings and slayings.
More than 3,000 people already have been shot in the city this year, a number that already has surpassed the 2,980 people shot last year.
Similarly, Chicago topped 500 homicides early this month after tallying 481 in all of 2015, according to Tribune data.
While it was unclear Tuesday night exactly how much Emanuel's policing plan would cost or how he would pay for it, it's unlikely the full bill would come due in the first year or two. That's because CPD already is struggling to bring in enough new officers through the academy to keep up with attrition.
Earlier this month, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the department is about 468 cops short of full staffing — which is 12,600 sworn officers. Guglielmi said an additional 100 officers recently graduated from the academy and an average of 200 to 300 officers retire each year.
The cost of a new police officer is $138,000 in the first year, which includes salary, supervision and other benefits, city budget spokeswoman Molly Poppe said. After five years on the force, the cost of that officer rises to $180,000.
Given those numbers, hiring 500 additional officers would cost $69 million for their first year of employment and rise to $90 million by the fifth year. Promoting officers to higher posts also would cost more, as would hiring their replacements and providing additional money for the police academy and training.
Asked about possible funding sources for more officers, Poppe reiterated that Emanuel has said the 2017 city budget would not include any property, sales or gas taxes to pay for officers. That, however, does not rule out other possible taxes and fee increases.
Emanuel first raised the prospect of hiring more officers on Sept. 2, though he has remained vague on the details and whether the number of hired officers would exceed retirements and attrition.
The mayor recently said he has been meeting for weeks with Johnson about hiring officers. But each time he addressed the issue, Emanuel also was quick to seize on the need for stronger gun laws and more investment in struggling neighborhoods as other keys to addressing the city's surging crime.
"It's a complex problem with multidimensional facets to it," Emanuel said this month when noting he'd unveil a policing plan. "It's not just about more police, but it will include that. But it's also about more resources for our children, more resources for our neighborhoods and stiffer laws that reflect the values of our city."
Emanuel's decision to hire more officers also came after some members of the City Council's Black Caucus discussed adding funding for more cops.
"Specifically the number I'm throwing out is about 500," Ald. Howard Brookins, 21st, said nearly three weeks ago. "And would there be a stomach to raise taxes to do that."

After a gut check, Emanuel appears to have found one.

Florida man dumps cup full of semen on woman at Panera Bread


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Sept 25 2016 - Investigators say a man dumped a cup of what is believed to be semen on a woman at a Panera Bread in Tallahassee.
Tallahassee Police had little trouble making the arrest, because the suspect left his cellphone behind at the scene of the crime. The phone also had incriminating evidence on video.
Patrick Bruce, 28, is facing a charge of battery and another of committing an unnatural and lascivious act.
The woman told Tallahassee Police she and a friend were at the Panera on Ocala Road on Sept. 12, eating and doing homework, when a man walked in and started staring at her.
She told officers the man's gaze made her feel so uncomfortable that she and her friend moved to another table.
Authorities said the man left, but returned a few minutes later with a plastic cup in his hand. The woman said the man went into the restroom for a few minutes and walked over to her table and said, "Here you go."
At that moment, police said the man started pouring a substance on the woman's head. She moved so that the liquid landed on her neck, shoulder and arm.
The man, according to the woman, told her he was sorry for spilling his drink on her and walked out of Panera Bread.
The woman realized the substance was not soda. She screamed. She and a manager tried following Bruce. They saw him get into a black Honda Accord and drive off.
Restaurant employees noticed the man had left his cellphone. Video on the phone showed Bruce masturbating into a cup in the bathroom.
Police arrested Bruce three days later.
Investigators say he has a history of indecent acts in public.
Police said Bruce was the focus of an investigation in June after a sports bar employee said a suspicious man rubbed his exposed genitals on her as he walked past her.
Witnesses reported seeing a similar black Honda Accord leave the scene.
During the investigation, the man's mother told police he's schizophrenic and not taking his medications. He was not arrested, only because the victim hadn't noticed the indecent act. She was told by a co-worker who had witnessed it.
Bruce was also under investigation for an incident near the Florida State University campus.
A woman told detectives a man in a black Honda Accord had followed her home. The man got out of the car, dressed in gray clothing and purple latex gloves, and started to dance and roll around in the grass. He eventually drove away.

Cleveland officer working security assaulted, pushed through glass window

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CLEVELAND OH Sept 25 2016 - A Cleveland police officer is recovering after he was assaulted and pushed through a glass window at Panini's on East 9th St. on Friday night.
Officers on the scene said the officer involved was working off-duty as a security guard when the suspect and a woman he was with entered the Panini's.
Witnesses said the man and woman were asked to show their identification and when the woman failed to show hers the pair became involved in a verbal altercation with a restaurant employee.
The off-duty officer confronted the couple and moments later the man pushed the officer through a plate glass window.
The suspect took off on foot but was arrested and taken into custody shortly after several Cleveland police officers took him down using a stun gun.
Cleveland police have not released his name or the charges he's facing. 

Tulsa security officer assaulted at Red Fox Apartments

TULSA, Okla. Sept 25 2016
Police arrested one person and a security officer was injured during a confrontation at a Tulsa apartment complex.
They say the man assaulted the security officer at the Red Fox Apartments in east Tulsa.
Investigators say both men even fell through a window pane during that struggle.
Police say the security guard suffered a deep cut to his wrist.
EMSA hospitalized him because of the blood he lost.
Officers said the incident started when a woman called for security saying her estranged husband showed up and refused to leave.
When the security officer confronted the man he was assaulted.

Bronx charter school teacher busted for beating student over drug money

Kevin Pope badly beat the teen after he refused to give him back the $4,000 meant for about a pound of marijuana, cops said.

Bronx NY Sept 25 2016 A 48-year-old Bronx charter school teacher was arrested Friday for attacking a 16-year-old student who stiffed him during a drug buy, officials said.
Kevin Pope, a science teacher at the John V. Lindsay Wildcat Academy in Hunts Point, was arrested at 10 a.m. for beating the teen so badly doctors needed staples to close several deep wounds on the back of the victim’s head, police sources said.
Pope then stormed off with the teen’s gold chain, iPhone and wallet — apparent compensation for the money he lost in a botched marijuana buy involving the teen, cops said.
The alleged attack took place on Seneca Ave. near Hunts Point Ave. on Wednesday — about two blocks from the school.
Students at the charter school were stunned that the teacher — described as a “cool guy” — had been arrested.
“(He was) a straight up teacher,” said one student, who wished not to give his name. “He’d make you understand the lessons. I never knew him to be shady.”
Students said Pope was fairly new to the academy, a privately run, publicly funded charter school for older students who have dropped out of traditional schools or who have criminal histories.
A spokesman for the school had no comment on Pope’s arrest when reached by phone Friday.
The teen told Pope he had a drug connection in Manhattan in June.
The pair went to see the dealer and Pope ponied up $4,000 for about a pound of weed, possibly in the hopes of reselling some of it, police sources said.
But after the dealer asked for $7,000, the teen backed out of the deal and walked off with Pope’s money, cops said.
On Wednesday, the troubled teacher approached the teen, demanding his money back.
When the student didn’t fork over the cash, Pope attacked him and ran off with his property, cops said.
“You better get me my money or I will kill you!” the teacher said after the beating, sources say.
Pope was charged with assault and robbery. Dressed in a white dress shirt and light blue sports jacket, the Harlem resident was surprised to see reporters outside the 41st Precinct stationhouse as he was escorted to central booking.
“Really?” he asked before bowing his head, refusing to answer questions. Pope’s arraignment was pending Friday night.
“When I heard this, my brain rattled,” said one of Pope’s neighbors, who refused to give his name. “He’s a good-natured person. I can’t believe it.”
Other neighbors described Pope as a friendly soul who went out of his way to help building residents.
“He’s so nice,” said Shanti Smith, 16. “I see him every morning. He fixed my computer a couple of times when it had a virus.”
NY Daily

Brinks employee stole at least $30K from ATMs on the job

La Que Jefferson

MANGONIA PARK, Fla. Sept 25 2016— A Brinks Security “money messenger” stole more than $31,000 while delivering cash to ATMs, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said after arresting him this week.
La Que Jefferson, of Vero Beach, told investigators he spent the money on medical bills, credit card payments and items for his family — like a new TV and an Xbox game system, according to a police report made public Friday.
Jefferson was booked Thursday on a charge of grand theft greater than $20,000. He was released from the Palm Beach County Jail after posting $7,500 bond.
The sheriff’s office said Jefferson, 26, took the money from two SunTrust bank ATMS. As a “money messenger,” he delivered money bags from the Brinks Security office in Mangonia Park to ATMs and banks to replenish their cash.
Audits found money shortages to ATMs assigned to Jefferson of $1,900 on July 20, $11,800 on Aug. 3 and and $18,000 on Aug. 18. The amount of money missing totaled to $31,220, the report said. It did not specify the locations of the ATMs.
When confronted about the shortage by Brinks supervisors, Jefferson admitted that he “was sorry for his actions” and said he “used the money to pay for medical bills, to purchase things for family, and to pay credit cards,” the police report states.
A Brinks Security official offered not to report the incident to police if he was able to return the money in full. Jefferson said he could only give back some of it, because he spent most of it “and cannot get it back,” authorities said.
Jefferson was able to return around $10,560 in cash. Police then contacted Jefferson on Wednesday, and he agreed to surrender himself.
“He wishes he never took the money because of the situation that he has placed himself in at this time, and now (he has) lost a great job because of his mistake,” the report said.

Los Angeles metro rail system doubles number of security officers

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LOS ANGELES, CA Sept 25 2016-- The Metro board awarded an $82 million contract today that will almost double the number of contract security officers on its rail system.
The board approved a one-year agreement with RMI International, Inc., beginning Oct. 1. The security officers will supplement Metro staff and state- certified law enforcement personnel.
Metro Board Chair John Fasana said the added security corresponds with the expansion of the transit system over the past 26 years.
"This action to enhance security is a critical step in ensuring our passengers have a safe and secure experience," Fasana said.
Alex Wiggins, Metro's chief securities official, said the boost to security staffing accommodates higher ridership and maintains overall safety for riders.
"Safety and security of our customers and our employees is Metro's number one priority," Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington said. "This is part of our overall strategic plan to maximize our visibility and resources across our system."

The RMI contract is on top of other security upgrades implemented by Metro recently. Camera-mounted SkyWatch towers and security kiosks were placed at various rail stations throughout Metro's system last year that allow surveillance feeds to be accessed by law enforcement using smartphone and tablet devices.

Saturday, September 24, 2016


Introducing Our New Mobile Force Options Program

Private Officer International and our sister company Armour College has long been a leader in force option training at our schools, online training and in seminar formats.
Now, we are excited to bring go mobile and to bring this training to the people who need it the most!
Our Program Includes:
3 Hours of Lecture-PowerPoint-Video Presentation
6 Hours of Scenario Based-Interactive Hands-On Training
Our program is designed for armed and unarmed officers working in retail, residential, school, business, church, nightclub or patrol assignments either alone or with other officers.
During the initial three hours of the class we set the framework of the program with constitutional law and statutory requirements, degrees of lawful force and options, de-escalation techniques and officer safety topics.
The remainder of the course is scenario driven using all participants in a variety of roles during eight different situations using stress, noise, distractions, lighting conditions and “real-life” chaos and confrontations.
This training covers verbal commands and voice projection, physical and non-physical non-compliance and all levels of force options in an array of situations.
This course has been created to allow students to first have a true, legal and sound insight on authority, de-escalation and force options and then to put them into practical scenarios where they can apply their new knowledge.
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all force option tools, body and room cameras to record scenarios for critiquing and training, noise, various sounds and lighting, set props and character clothing.
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Five people shot to death at Washington mall-suspect flees

Burlington WA Sept 24 2016 Police were searching Saturday for a gunman dressed in black who fled on foot after opening fire in the makeup department at a Macy's store in Burlington, Wash., killing five people.
Skagit County authorities in Burlington, about 65 miles north of Seattle, said 11 search teams and two K-9 units had cleared the 434,000 square foot Cascade Mall, going shop by shop, but warned that the situation in the area remained volatile.
“We are still actively looking for the shooter,” Washington State Patrol spokesman Sgt. Mark Francis said at a news conference. “Stay indoors, stay secure.”
The shooter was described as a Hispanic man wearing black and armed with a “hunting-type” rifle. The motive behind the attack Friday night remains unclear. Francis said authorities believe there was one shooter and released a blurry photo of the dark-haired suspect dressed in a black T-shirt.
Stephanie Bose, an assistant general manager at Johnny Carino’s Italian restaurant near the Macy’s store, said she immediately locked the doors to the restaurant after hearing about the shooting from an employee’s boyfriend.
He was trying to go to the mall and people were screaming,” she told The Associated Press. “It was frantic.”
 Police later searched the Cascade Mall and confirmed the four deaths, Francis said. The fifth victim died later at the Harborview Medical Center.
Gov. Jay Inslee released a statement late Friday night expressing his condolences and prayers to those affected by the shootings.
“Tragedy has struck in Washington tonight,” Inslee said in a statement on Twitter. "Trudi and I send our condolences to the families of the victims and prayers for anyone injured. Stay close to friends and loved ones as we await more information and, hopefully, news of the suspect's capture."
The Cascade Mall, located in a largely rural area, is an enclosed shopping mall that opened in 1990, according to the mall’s website. It features J.C. Penney, TJ Maxx, and Macy’s stores, among other stores, restaurants and a movie theater.
Joe Zavala of Blaine, Wash., was sitting outside the Macy's drinking a cup of coffee when he heard about eight or nine shots fired.
"Then I saw a man pointing a gun and shooting people," Zavala said. "And then I got up to look a little closer and he saw me, pointed the gun, and I took off running."
After the shots stopped, Zavala went back into the Macy's to search for his wife. Zavala saw people laying on the floor, including two elderly women. Another woman was helping an injured person behind the cosmetics counter. A rifle was sitting on the counter.
"It all happened so fast," said Zavala, who found his wife inside a fitting room. "At first I didn’t believe it. I didn’t believe what I was hearing. I felt helpless, because I couldn’t do anything."
Tari Caswell told the Skagit Valley Herald she was inside a Macy's dressing room and heard "what sounded like four balloons popping."
“Then I heard seven or eight more, and I just stayed quiet in the dressing room because it just didn’t feel right," Caswell told the Skagit Valley Herald. "And then I heard a lady yelling for help, and a man came and got me and another lady, and we ran out of the store.”​
A man who called himself Armando, who works at the mall, was getting a coffee and heading to Macy's to use the restroom when the shooting happened. He said he saw two girls and a man run out of the Macy's before he heard the shots.
"I was kind of curious of why they just ran, and the girls said, ‘Gun,’ and I hear a shot," Armando said. "It sounded like a clap and next thing you know another shot and bang, bang, bang, bang."
Armando said he dropped what he had in his hand and ran to the T-Mobile store to hide. He called police and waited to be escorted out.
"I’ve never been scared like that in my life, and people wouldn’t think it would happen," Armando said. "It randomly just happens."
People inside the mall were transported by bus to His Place Church near the mall, Francis confirmed. Stores near the mall remain on lockdown, and roads around the mall are closed. Main highways are still open.
Stephanie Bose, a restaurant employee near the mall, told the Associated Press she locked the doors to the restaurant immediately as people were frantically screaming upon hearing the news of the incident.
Earlier this month, a man stabbed at least 10 people and was then shot and killed by an off-duty police officer in St. Cloud, Minn. Authorities later identified the man as Dahir Adan, 20, a former part-time employee of Securitas Security Services who resigned back in June.


Line of Duty Death Sgt. Kerry Winters

Sergeant Kerry Winters | Ulster County Sheriff's Office, New York

Sergeant Kerry Winters
Ulster County Sheriff's Office, New York

End of Watch: Thursday, September 22, 2016
Bio & Incident Details
Age: 51
Tour: 31 years
Badge # 450
Cause: Drowned

Sergeant Kerry Winters drowned while conducting a training dive with the Ulster County Sheriff's Office's In-Water Rescue Team in Ashokan Reservoir at approximately 12:30 pm.
He became separated from his two dive partners during the dive. He was found unresponsive a short time later and brought to the surface where other deputies performed CPR and utilized an AED. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Sergeant Winters had served with the Ulster County Sheriff's Office for 31 years and was assigned to the Corrections Division. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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

Sheriff Paul J. VanBlarcum
Ulster County Sheriff's Office
380 Boulevard
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: (845) 331-2810

Austin officer injured in arrest of suspect over child porn at library

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AUSTIN TX Sept 24 2016 A man possibly viewing child pornography at a downtown Austin library got in a fight with Austin police on Monday, injuring one of the officers.
Just before 7 p.m., officers were dispatched to Faulk Central Library at 800 Guadalupe St. The two officers met with a library security officer who told them a man was in the computer area watching child pornography.
Police watched live security video showing Christopher Kostos, 24, searching for the photos. Police say it appeared Kostos was saving the images to a hard drive. The security officer recognized the man, having kicked him out of the library once before for viewing porn on the public computers.
Officers also learned Kostos had a warrant for his arrest for camping in a public place. When they tried to arrest the man, he “frantically” tried to close the web pages he was viewing, according to an affidavit. Kostos then stood up and pulled his left hand out of the handcuffs and began a physical fight with an officer. After being given several warnings, police say, they shocked Kostos with a stun gun. The man then rolled on his stomach and was handcuffed.
One of the officers had a bleeding, inch-long cut on his right hand from the fight.
Kostos was charged with assault on a peace officer, a third degree felony. The library computer was seized as possible evidence of possession of child pornography.


Transgender former Navy SEAL says TSA humiliated her

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Washington DC Sept 24 2016 A self-described "professional traveler," Kristin Beck knows the airport security drill
On Tuesday afternoon, the retired transgender Navy SEAL was bound for Kansas City to give a speech to federal employees about gender sensitivity. It's what she does, ever since she stopped going by her birth name, Christopher Beck, and wrote a book about her life as a member of SEAL Team 6. She was featured in the CNN series, "Lady Valor."
She arrived at Reagan National Airport with enough time to spare, but not too much. Beck told CNN she entered the security checkpoint, put her bags on the conveyor belt and stepped into the body scanner, as she's done countless times before.
When flagged for secondary screening, she took it in stride. She said she waited for one of two Transportation Security Administration agents -- a man and a woman -- to step forward and pat her down. Instead, they turned their backs to her and started whispering.
But to Beck, it was clear what was happening. Despite her makeup, long hair and low-cut blouse, the agents thought she was a man. It wouldn't be the first time since she began publicly living as a woman.
But it still was humiliating, Beck said. It never gets easier.
"I'm a female," she said she told them. "It's no big deal."
Apparently, it was enough to prompt the the agents to call their supervisor, she said. When he arrived, the supervisor directed the male agent to pat "him" down in front of the security line, as everyone waited.
"These are my real boobs, he's not going to pat me down," she recalls telling agents.
"This is wrong. I'm a female, it says female on my Maryland driver's license. This is the real me."
According to Beck, the supervisor responded, "Then somebody pat him down."
Ultimately, female agent did the pat-down, Beck says. After that, Beck went on her way, holding back tears. She pulled out her phone and recounted the experience in a Facebook post.
"I'm sad, for TSA, our country, our future ... Why is this so difficult?" she wrote. She noted the irony of her destination, to a conference where she would give a speech to federal employees on human rights.
According to TSA guidelines, when passengers go through a full body scanner, the TSA agent selects a button indicating man or woman, depending on how the person looks. The equipment conducts a scan and alerts areas of the body warranting further inspection, which is often the case when a person's anatomy is inconsistent with the body type selected.
From there, the officer is trained to clear the alarm and conduct additional screening to determine whether a prohibited item is present, the guidelines say.
TSA apologizes, says it respects passengers
A TSA spokesman said the agency has reached out to Beck to make things right.
TSA employees receive cultural awareness and sensitivity trainings, through webinars and in-person sessions, focused on engaging and screening transgender passengers. New training modules are being developed with feedback from transgender advocacy groups.
"We regret that Ms. Beck had a negative screening experience and apologize for any embarrassment or discomfort this experience might have caused. We have contacted Ms. Beck to discuss her concerns and will continue to work with her and other members of the transgender community to improve training and protocols," said spokesman Bruce Anderson.
"We are committed to ensuring that all travelers are treated with respect and courtesy. We continue to supplement standard operating procedures with training aimed at providing our officers with the tools they need to ensure they are sensitive to the needs of travelers and engage positively and appropriately with transgender passengers."
Beck shared the incident the next day in her speech. Afterward, she said TSA employees came up to her and apologized. Not all employees are like that, they told her.
She believes it. She says she knows people who work for the TSA. Some of them saw her post and shared it with their leadership, who contacted Beck about the incident, she said.
She's glad it happened to her, a mature combat veteran who has steeled herself against the trials of being transgender, instead of someone vulnerable, someone who's starting their journey.
Beck hopes it becomes a teachable moment, a prompt for more training and education.

"The TSA does a great job 99% of the time. This is a 1% error," she said. "They have a tough job but they need to continue training and continue to do better."

Shoplifting led to attempted-murder arrest at San Bruno JC Penney

Shaquett Thompson, a 22-year-old San Francisco resident, was booked on suspicion of attempted murder Wednesday in San Bruno. Photo: San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office

San Bruno CA Sept 24 2016 A San Francisco woman fleeing in a car from a shoplifting spree at a JC Penney in San Bruno proceeded to knock over a retail security guard and intentionally drive over her arms, police said Thursday.
The suspect, 22-year-old Shaquett Thompson, was arrested following Wednesday’s incident at the Tanforan Mall and booked on suspicion of attempted murder, robbery and felony hit-and-run driving.
Thompson stole numerous items from the department store, police said.
As she was getting into a car to get away, she tussled with a loss prevention officer and somehow grabbed her arm and dragged her to the ground, said Sgt. Ryan Johansen, a spokesman for the San Bruno Police Department.
The woman backed up, struck a parked car and then sideswiped another as she moved forward, police said.
But instead of just fleeing the parking lot, she swerved and drove back to where the security guard was on the ground and ran over her arms, Johansen said.

As the woman drove away, she hit two other parked vehicles.

Halifax County High School teacher arrested on sex charges

Halifax County VA Sept 24 2016 A Halifax County High teacher has been arrested on sex charges.
Keith Wayne Arendall was arrested on Friday for a charge of forcible sodomy, which allegedly happened on August 16.
According to the Halifax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court clerk’s office, this case is scheduled for advisement on Tuesday.
Arendall was arrested on August 26 for a misdemeanor charge of disseminating images of someone who was completely naked.
He went before a judge in Halifax Co. general district court on September 8 for the charge. The case was transferred to another jurisdiction and he was released on summons.
Arendall was appointed as a non-tenured teacher at the Halifax County School Board’s July 11 meeting according to the meeting minutes.
He is listed as a teacher secretary on the high school’s website.
The Halifax County Superintendent of Schools said Wednesday that this is a “personnel issue” and she cannot comment any further.
Arendall is currently being held at the Halifax County Adult Detention Center.


Winco store shoplifter assaults security agent during escape attempt

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BELLINGHAM, Wash. Sept 24 2016– According to police, a man tried to punch and knee-kick his way out of the Winco store near the mall with a bag of stolen goods Tuesday, but didn’t make it very far.
Bellingham Police Lt. Bob Vander Yacht. said store employees saw Kevin Barcus, 23, on security cameras putting merchandise into his bag, and try to leave without paying.
Barcus tried to run when a store security guard stepped in to talk to him.
The security officer grabbed Barcus’ backpack, who then spun around and punched the security officer in the face and later knee him in the head. Security had the upper hand, however, and had Barcus in handcuffs by the time police arrived.
The Winco employee didn’t suffer serious injuries.
He now faces two charges: second degree robbery, which is a class B felony, and retail theft with special circumstances.
“If he hadn’t used force, it would have probably been a less serious charge,” said Vander Yacht.

U.N. urges increase in aviation security

New York Sept 24 2016 -- Responding to increasing attacks on airports and aircraft, the U.N. Security Council on Thursday unanimously approved its first-ever resolution to address extremist threats to civil aviation and urge more security.
The U.N.'s most powerful body called for stepped-up screening and security checks at airports worldwide to "detect and deter terrorist attacks." And it called on all countries to tighten security at airport buildings, share information about possible threats, and provide advance passenger lists so governments are aware of their transit or attempted entry.
"The Security Council has delivered a resounding call to action for the international community," said the British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. "This is the first U.N. Security Council resolution ever to focus on the threats by terrorists to civil aviation and it demonstrates our joint resolve to protect our citizens from an escalating danger."
The resolution reflected growing global anxiety following attacks on airplanes and airports from Ukraine, Egypt and Somalia to Brussels and Istanbul.
While aviation security has improved, Johnson said the recent tragedies demonstrate "the urgency of our task" and the dangers posed by "terrorists who probe relentlessly the chinks in our collective armor."
The British-drafted resolution expresses the council's concern "that terrorist groups continue to view civil aviation as an attractive target, with the aim of causing substantial loss of life, economic damage" and air links between countries.
Fang Liu, Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization, told the council before the vote that there are more than 100,000 daily flights carrying 10 million travelers, which adds up to 3.5 billion passengers per year plus "one-third of the world's trade by value" carried by planes.
She stressed that "the worldwide air transport network will double its volume of flights and passengers by 2030" which makes the protection of civil aviation from "acts of unlawful interference" one of the organization's highest priorities.
Deadly suicide bombings this year at airports in Brussels and Istanbul are "a tragic reminder of the enormous challenges faces in security public areas, the inseparability of aviation security and national security, and of the significant socioeconomic consequences of terrorism," Liu said.
After those attacks, she said the International Civil Aviation Organization developed new proposals aimed at enhancing security at airport facilities which are expected to be adopted by the agency's governing council at a meeting in November. From 2017-19, the organization will be developing a new global aviation security plan and among its goals are to provide greater technical assistance to countries and "accelerate the development of human resources."
While the implementation of current aviation security standards is steadily improving both globally and regionally, Liu ticked off a list of threats that need urgent attention. They include small weapons carried by passengers, homemade bombs concealed in baggage and cargo, shoulder-fired ground-to-air missiles, security on the ground, cybersecurity, drones and insider threats.
Jeh Johnson, the U.S. Homeland Security secretary, welcomed the resolution and reminded the council of Sept. 11, 2001, when hijackers took control of civilian aircraft and attacked New York's World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon in Washington. A fourth attack was thwarted by passengers when the plane crashed in Pennsylvania.
"I regard aviation security today as an urgent matter," he said. "The reality is today there is a continuing threat to aviation security including the terrorist threat."

As for things to do, Johnson said the United States is seeking more agreements with other nations to put air marshals on commercial flights to and from the United States.

Florida woman who stole from WalMart plans to apply for job - at WalMart

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St Petersburg FL Sept 24 2016 Nearly a year and a half has passed since Shaday Bellamy was stopped by Walmart security as she left one of the retail giant's stores in St. Petersburg, Fla.
In the 22-year-old's shopping cart, police said, store security discovered about $150 worth of "children's baby items." A security officer who looked at her receipt was the first to notice a discrepancy.
"She had partially scanned some of the items, but there were a number of items she hadn't paid for," St. Petersburg Police Department spokeswoman Yolanda Fernandez said. "She was charged with shoplifting and retail theft, which is a misdemeanor."
Bellamy was never arrested, but did receive a notice to appear in court, which she failed to do, police said.
Fast forward 17 months to Saturday, when Bellamy found herself standing in front of a judge during Operation Safe Surrender, an annual partnership between police and courts that allows people with outstanding nonviolent misdemeanor warrants to turn themselves in without being arrested, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Most warrants are the result of traffic violations, missed court dates and code violations, officials said.
"We're trying to make the system work here, so if they show up things are going to go better than if we had to go out and arrest them," Pinellas County Judge Henry J. "Hank" Andringa told CBS affiliate WTSP "I think it works to their benefit."
After pleading guilty, Bellamy was asked by a judge about her plans, leading to an exchange that left Andringa temporarily speechless, according to video shot by WTSP.
"Do you work?" Andringa asked.
"I'm looking for [work], I have an interview," Bellamy replied. "I'm waiting for Walmart to call me back at Pinellas Park. I have an interview with them."
For six seconds, the stupefied judge said nothing while his jaw dropped and his eyes nervously scanned the courtroom like a man caught in the Twilight Zone.
Andringa is a veteran judge who "is known for sometimes adding levity" to court proceedings, according to the Clearwater Bar Association.
This was not one of those times.
"I'm on 'Candid Camera,' aren't I?" Andringa finally replied.
"How do you think it's gonna go when the background shows that you tried to take a cart full of stuff from - well - Walmart?" he continued.
"A lot of times, that'd be a disqualifier," Andringa said. "What do I know? There, I'm over it."
Reached by phone, a Walmart spokesman declined to comment on the theft or Bellamy's pending job application.
Pinellas County Sheriff's officials said they considered Operation Safe Surrender a success. The court collected $1,113 in fees and fines, and 38 misdemeanor warrants were processed and purged from the system, including Bellamy's, officials said.

No arrests were made during the event.

Disgruntled TN employee kills 2 supervisors-commits suicide

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ATHENS, Tenn. Sept 24 2016 The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has identified the victims and gunman of a fatal shooting at an Athens factory Thursday afternoon.
The TBI says James Zotter, 44, and Sandra Cooley, 68, both of Athens, were shot and killed shortly before 4 p.m. at the Thomas and Betts plant. The shooter has been identified as Ricky Swafford, 45, also of Athens.
The preliminary investigation revealed that Swafford, a longtime employee of the plant, became upset at a meeting with Zotter and Cooley, who were his supervisors.
Police say Swafford abruptly left the building and went to the parking lot, only to return a short time later. He then went to the office where Zotter and Cooley both were and shot them.
Authorities said employees were able to warn each other about the shooting and most were able to evacuate the building. Others locked themselves in whatever rooms they were in.
Swafford was later found in a bathroom of the plant, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The TBI has confirmed that Swafford had a concealed weapons permit.
All three bodies have been transported to Knoxville for autopsy.
No other employees were hurt.
The TBI investigation into the shooting is ongoing.
During a media briefing Friday, the company’s Area Operations Manager Pat Joyce spoke about the impact of the shooting.
“We as a company are heartbroken,” he said. “We ask for your understanding and for your prayers.”
He told reporters that employees will be paid while the plant is closed.