Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Line of Duty Death Trooper Timothy P. Pratt

Trooper Timothy P. Pratt | New York State Police, New York
Trooper Timothy P. Pratt
New York State Police, New York

End of Watch: Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Bio & Incident Details
Age: 55
Tour: 29 years
Cause: Struck by vehicle

Trooper Timothy Pratt was struck and killed by a vehicle while assisting a lost motorist on the 300 block of Ballard Road in Wilton, New York, at approximately 6:15 am.
He was just beginning his shift when he observed a tractor trailer parked in the center turn lane in front of the state police barracks. After speaking to the driver and providing him directly, Trooper Pratt stepped off the cab of the truck. As he stepped onto the roadway he was struck by an oncoming vehicle.
Trooper Pratt was transported to a local hospital before being flown to Albany Medical Center Hospital. He succumbed to his injuries approximately three hours after being struck.
Trooper Pratt had served with the New York State Police for 29 years. He is survived by his daughter, two sons, and fiancée.

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

Superintendent George P. Beach II
New York State Police
1220 Washington Ave
PIO - Building 22
Albany, NY 12226
Phone: (518) 783-3211

Florida security officer 90, works 40 hour work week

Julius Woods is 90 years old and still works 40 hours a week.

Miami FL OCT 26 2016 It was 1943, the height of the World War II, and Woods and his fellow sailors on the USS Van Valkenburgh had just shot down several Japanese fighter planes over the South Pacific. Some of the enemy pilots survived and were floating in the shark-infested water, but they refused to grab the lifebuoys the Americans threw to them. They preferred to drown or, worse, face the sharks.
But five airmen did come aboard. "I was standing on deck when they walked by," Woods recalls. "One of them gave me a dirty look and called me the N-word."
Today, 73 years later, Woods works as a security guard. He tends a guardhouse at the entrance to Belle Meade Island — a small, wealthy residential island in northeast Miami.
Residents there have dubbed him "The Mayor" because of his sociability and infectious personality. Several of them recently pooled their money to pay for Woods' daughter to chaperone him to Washington, D.C., October 29, where he'll be honored alongside 78 other WWII vets. The trip is being arranged by Honor Flight South Florida, which raises money to take local veterans to the capital for a tour of the war memorials and other events.
But the reporters and politicians who are expected to attend won't know Julius Woods. His biography isn't searchable online. His story has never been told.
At 90 years old, Woods uses eye drops for glaucoma but needs no other medication. He has lively eyes, laughs easily, and still puts in a 40-hour workweek. "As long as I feel good, I'll keep working," he says in a Florida drawl you don't often hear in Miami anymore.
His memory isn't what it used to be. Names are the hardest to recall. But some things he can't forget.
There's the terrifying moment a German U-boat torpedoed his ship in the East Atlantic and he had to scramble to secure the hatches to keep from sinking. There are the bodies of young sailors buried at sea because there was no space onboard to bring them all home. There are the powerful hurricanes that thrashed his ship. There are the faces of shipmates he avoided becoming friends with because they might be shot dead in front of him.
And there's the little brother he hasn't seen in nearly 70 years.
Then there's that Japanese pilot's hurtful insult. "That really got me," he says. "It always stayed with me."
The oldest of three kids, Woods got the short end of the sibling stick. He came into the world August 18, 1926, in Bradenton, Florida, and soon moved five counties north to the rural town of Raleigh, where his father was a sharecropper.
"Daddy Woods" was a caring but hard man who carried two pistols in his dungarees and refused to step off the sidewalk for white women, as was customary at the time. "Mama Woods," a domestic worker and strict disciplinarian, worried her husband would end up dead or in jail. Townspeople complained to the police about him, but the sheriff said there was nothing he could do.
At 5 years old, Woods began working alongside his dad in the fields. By age 7, it was his official job, reaping and sowing for 75 cents a day. But the family needed more help after his brother and sister came along. So at 10, Woods left school to work full-time. "I had no other choice," he says. "I had a great responsibility."
At 19, he joined the Navy, hoping to send wages home to his family. But life at sea wasn't much easier. Besides the danger, white and black sailors were segregated, and Woods was often relegated to working the ship's lower deck, supplying the white sailors above with ammunition and supplies.
After the Germans torpedoed his ship in the Atlantic, Woods was sent to the South Pacific, where he joined the battles of Okinawa, Saipan, and Iwo Jima. From offshore, his crew shot over the heads of American soldiers landing on the beaches, aiming to take out Japanese defenses. "I never knew if we killed anybody, and I don't want to know," he says.
Death, though, was everywhere, and Woods was witness to the largest mass killing in history. When the U.S. Air Force dropped the atom bomb on Hiroshima August 6, 1945, Woods was 15 miles offshore, watching through binoculars. "Just a big cloud," he recalls. "We went in closer later, but there wasn't nothing to see. Everything gone."
Back in Daytona Beach, where Woods settled briefly after the war, he spent months ducking behind cars if he saw a flash of light or heard a loud noise. Walking by the airport one day, he saw a plane coming in to land and dove for cover.
"I really thought he was going to shoot," he laughs.
Hoping for steady work, Woods joined the Daytona Beach Police Department in 1948 and became one of just five black officers. But he didn't stick around long.
"It was real rough," he says. "The department was segregated. All we could do is patrol. We couldn't arrest a white person. We'd just try to detain them until a white officer arrived. And they didn't let us have guns. So I only stayed about three years; then I said, 'Enough of this.'"
In 1952, he headed south to Miami. People told him things were better there. "But it wasn't much better," Woods says. "You had to have ID to go to [Miami] Beach. And if you were caught at the Beach after dark, you were subject to arrest... And you couldn't get good jobs."
He did, however, find a good girl. He married her, had five children, and did what he had to do to support them.
He had a radio and TV repair shop on 79th Street for a couple of years. Then he worked in Overtown, where he lived, renting apartments to low-income families. But when a co-worker was shot and killed in a robbery nearby, he decided it was time to move. He bought a house in Miami Gardens and found work at Pittsburgh Plate Glass, where he rose to head supervisor and left with a retirement plan 20 years later.
Never having known life without work, though, he took a job with 50 State Security Service the year he turned 70.
Twenty years later, Woods is still there.
On a recent Saturday, he cheered on passing joggers from his guardhouse, bantered with garden crews, and regaled a small audience of residents with war stories and tales of the old South. "My thing is, I like people," he says. "I think everybody is a good person, even the bad ones. There's some good in everybody."
Veronica McDaniel, Woods' supervisor, says she can count the number of days Woods has missed work on one hand. "Even though my dad is alive, I call Mr. Woods ''Dad" because that is the way he makes everyone feel, as if they are his own. To know him is to love him," she says.
Denise Palacio, a Belle Meade resident who helped raise money for Woods' trip to the capital later this month, says, "He has this special kind of charisma... You can't help but light up when you see him because he's such a light."
Divorced since the mid-'90s, Woods lives alone in an apartment in North Miami. His son, also a Navy vet, thinks he should find another partner. "He keeps telling me to go out and play the field," Woods says. "I say, 'All my field is dead! The grass don't even grow on that field no more.'"
Meanwhile, Woods can't explain his vitality at 90 years old. He drives to work before 6 a.m., babysits his grandkids after an eight-hour shift, and runs errands the rest of the time. He just chalks it up to clean living.
"I never was a big drinker. Never smoked. I walk a mile now and then, but I don't do it regular enough. I'm lazy," he says.
It could be genes. His mother lived to 103. Or it could be something else.
"I don't know what it take to get me angry," he says. "I learned a long time ago, and I tell all young people, I don't care how bad anything is, if anything come up and you can handle it, handle it. If you can't, don't carry it on your shoulders. Let it go... Life goes on."
One thing does cause him sadness, though. His grandson Julian, like his father and grandfather, joined the Navy. In 2004, he was tending to a fallen soldier in Fallujah when someone ran up and shot him in the back of the head. He was 22 years old.
"It's a real torturing thing for me," Woods says. "That's the only thing that really make me emotional. And it really get to me now when I hear politicians talking about sending soldiers over to wipe this and that out. I'm deeply opposed to war."
War didn't just take his grandson. In a way, it took his immediate family too. After he came back from the Pacific, he lost track of his brother and sister.
"We just fell apart," he says. "After the war, we weren't a close family anymore. Everyone scattered. Everything went away."
Woods' father died while he was overseas. His mother moved, remarried, and had more children. He lost track of those half-siblings too. Many years later, he was able to find their phone numbers and get in touch, but they've never been close. He also reconnected with his sister, but she passed away 19 years ago, around the same time as his mother.
The whereabouts of his little brother Marvin, though, is still a mystery. Woods hasn't seen him since returning from the war nearly 70 years ago. Marvin was 19 at the time.
"He was moving around a lot," Woods says. "Staying in touch was hard back then."
Marvin would be 82 today. He was born in Williston, Florida. Woods doesn't know his brother's exact birthdate, and he has no middle name. Woods got a lead on him a few years ago. Someone mentioned seeing him in Wildwood, Florida. "But they didn't have details, and I wasn't able to follow through and find him," he says.
Woods is confident his brother is still alive. He has good genes, after all. If he's out there, Marvin is Woods' last link to Daddy and Mama Woods, to the fields of Raleigh, and to the family he worked so hard to support a long lifetime ago.
Standing outside his guardhouse recently, Julius Woods, the "Mayor of Belle Meade," wondered if someone might be able to track him down.

With lively eyes and a smile on his face, he said, "I'd really appreciate that."
Copyright-Miami New Times

Man is shot dead by security officer after trying to stab customers in store

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LOS ANGELES CA Oct 26 2016 -- A security officer shot and killed a glass-wielding man in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles on Tuesday, according to authorities.
Los Angeles police stated a bleeding man approached a female cashier at the Vons store in the 1300 block of Foothill Boulevard, near Hubbard Street, at about 3:40 p.m.
The man, who officials said was in his mid-30s, had a broken bottle in his hand and he threatened to take the cashier hostage, according to police.
A male cashier intervened and the suspect left, leaving behind a trail of blood, authorities said.
According to officials, the suspect aggressively approached a security officer who was in a vehicle, possibly thinking he was a police officer. The security officer attempted to help the man when police said an altercation ensued.
Police stated the security officer opened fire, shooting and killing the man.
The suspect's car was located in a neighboring parking lot with a small dog in the front seat, according to officials. Police said the dog was taken to animal services.
Authorities said the security officer was being questioned, but was not detained.

Foothill Boulevard was closed as detectives investigated the shooting.

Grand jury indicts MetroHealth executive, three others for racketeering and corruption

CLEVELAND, Ohio Oct 26 2016— Former MetroHealth System executive Edward Hills was arrested Tuesday morning, following a grand jury's indictment of him and three others in a racketeering and corruption case involving the hospital's Department of Oral Health and Dentistry.
Prosecutors accuse them of giving and taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes, as well as airplane tickets, a flatscreen TV and a Louis Vuitton briefcase. Their schemes touched upon the hospital system's residency program, as well as remedial training required for dentists by the Ohio State Dental Board, according to court filings.
FBI agents arrested the 56-year-old at his home in Aurora. Three dentists, Sari Alqsous, 32, of Cleveland, Yazan Al-Madani, 32, of Westlake, and Tariq Sayegh, 38, of Cleveland were also arrested.
The quartet faces dozens of charges laid out in a 93-page indictment, including racketeering conspiracy, bribery, conspiracy to obstruct justice and tamper with witnesses, receipt of kickbacks, and making false statements on tax returns. U.S. Attorney Carole Rendon said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon that the schemes totaled $250,000.
Hills was with MetroHealth for more than two decades and served as its COO from 2010 to 2014, when he left MetroHealth. He was also the hospital system's interim chief executive officer for six months following Mark Moran's departure and before the hiring of current CEO Akram Boutros.
He was appointed to the Dental Board in 1999 and served for nine years. He served as the board's president between 2001 and 2004.
Alqsous, Al-Madani and Sayegh are former residents and dentists at MetroHealth, the hospital system has said.
The quartet and others have been at the center of an FBI and IRS investigation for more than two years. Investigators say their conduct started in 2008, while federal agents were still investigating corruption in all facets of Cuyahoga County.
Rendon told reporters during Tuesday's news conference that Hills' actions took place "at a time when all of you were covering such similar conduct committed by other public officials." FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Todd Wickerham also said at the news conference that MetroHealth reported the criminal activity to authorities and that it is the victim of the quartet's crimes.
Federal prosecutors say Hills and the trio, which he referred to as "my three sons," concocted a series of schemes to accept bribes while working in the upper reaches of the hospital system's network.
Beginning in 2009, Alqsous, Al-Makani and Sayegh gave Hills bribes. The quartet referred to the illegal payments as "thing," "something," "fundraisers" or "presents" and would try to tie them to Hills' birthday or the holiday season, the indictment says.
In return, Hills, as a MetroHealth official, allowed them to work at private dental clinics while still receiving a full-time salary from the hospital system. He also arranged for them to receive extra bonuses totaling $93,000 in bonuses between 2010 and 2014, prosecutors say.
Among the bribes Hills accepted were cash, plane tickets, an Apple laptop for a woman with whom he had a relationship, a $3,000 flatscreen television, and a $3,879 Louis Vuitton briefcase he wanted "because his predecessor at MetroHealth had a similar briefcase." He was also given access to a luxury apartment in Cleveland's Warehouse District, rented by Alqsous to entertain his female friend, prosecutors say.
Hills even had Alqsous, the apartment's tenant, purchase furniture, and stated in a 2013 text to Hills that "I bought your bedroom yesterday ... there is mirrors everywhere ... you will like it," the indictment says.
In return, Hills allowed Alqsous and Al-Makani use MetroHealth dental residents at their private clinic. They also paid $17,600 bribes to hills to have him refer Medicaid patients to Al-Madani and Alqsous' dental clinics, the indictment says.
Alqsous, Al-Madani and Sayegh also solicited at least $75,000 in bribes from those trying to get into MetroHealth's dental residency program from overseas. They identified and selected candidates from Jordan and told them they would have to pay a "donation" to be considered. Instead of going to MetroHealth, though, the "donation" went to them or Hills, the indictment says.
Hills also formed a company to provide remedial training for dentists. He then worked with the former executive director of the Dental Board to ensure the company, the Woodmere-based Oral Health Enrichment, would receive clients for remedial training, the indictment says.
All of this happened using MetroHealth resources, according to the indictment.
The indictment does not name the former executive of the dental board, but Lili Reitz served in that position in the referenced. She resigned last year.
The indictment also says the person who formed Oral Health Enrichment with Hills, who is not named but is shown in records to be Julia Solooki, is cooperating with prosecutors.
When Hills, Alqsous and Al-Madani, found out about the criminal investigation in 2014, they conspired to obstruct justice as well, prosecutors said. Hills, in a conversation with Alqsous, Al-Madani and a dentist who cooperated with prosecutors, said that "the s--- we got ourselves in this year is because motherf------ running they mouth snitching ...", the indictment says.
Some of the schemes occurred while Hills was the interim president of MetroHealth, while he committed were while he held other executive positions, the indictment says.
The investigation into Hills and MetroHealth's dentistry department was made public in September 2015, when reported that federal agents searched Hills's home.
New documents — including subpoenas and proceedings in civil court — offer insights into the acrimony between the MetroHealth System and former executive Edward Hills, whose home and business were subject of search warrants last year.
Hills filed suit against MetroHealth in late 2015, after the raid on his house went public, saying the hospital system violated his separation agreement by releasing a statement about FBI and IRS agents searching his house. MetroHealth denied this and countersued, saying Hills breached the agreement by sending a disparaging letter that is a public record. has requested that MetroHealth provide a copy of Hills' separation agreement. The hospital has refused to provide it, claiming a county judge's seal in corresponding civil litigation removes the record from public view.
The new case is not the first time the hospital system, which is operated with public and private money, has been at the center of a corruption probe. Notably, former MetroHealth construction manager Thomas Greco and former Vice President John Carroll are serving nine-year prison sentences for accepting bribes from contractors in exchange for construction work.
When Forbes magazine ranked Cleveland as one of America's least desirable cities, former MetroHealth executive John Carroll said he felt partly to blame. That's because corruption was cited as one of the community's flaws and Carroll knew he had contributed to that image.
MetroHealth released a statement Tuesday saying the hospital system cooperated with the FBI in its investigation and that it "holds all of its employees to the highest ethical standards."

Boutros, the hospital system's CEO, also sent a letter to employees that said he was "sad and disheartened" to hear of the charges. 

Va. OSHA stresses workplace safety after 36 fatalities this year

Richmond VA Oct 26 2016
One workplace fatality is too many, and 36 so far this year is totally unacceptable, Gov. Terry McAuliffe said during the last day of the 21st annual Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Conference on Friday.
"There's nothing more important for me than to make sure all the folks in the commonwealth are protected," said McAuliffe, who is the first sitting governor to attend the conference.
Workplace-related deaths this year have already surpassed the 31 fatalities experienced in both 2014 and 2015, Virginia Department of Labor and Industry Commissioner C. Ray Davenport said during a training seminar Friday. If the pace keeps up, that means the state could see another eight to 10 workplace deaths before the end of the year, he said.
Tuesday, two workers died after getting trapped in a pipe at the Suffolk landfill, Davenport said. The three-day conference started the next day at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. The state also is investigating four deaths in one year at the Goodyear tire plant in Danville.
Davenport said his department couldn't identify any trends as to why there has been a surge in workplace fatalities, but he wants both employers and employees to make sure they're doing everything they can, including more training, to prevent injury or death.
The department issued public service announcements in August out of concern. Most of the workplace deaths have been in construction or general industry, he said.
"Know your standards. Pay attention," Davenport said. "Don't take shortcuts. If something doesn't look right, ask yourself, 'Is this safe?'"
Davenport implored workers to use required safety equipment or gear and asked contractors to make sure they're hiring reputable sub-contractors.
Davenport pointed to a case in which an excavator — heavy construction equipment with a bucket — tipped over. The operator wasn't wearing his seat belt, fell out and was crushed by the equipment. Last fall in Northern Virginia, a construction worker's death could have been prevented had he anchored his fall-prevention lanyard or cable rather than slinging it over his shoulder, Davenport said.
Electricity can also be a killer on the job site, as was seen in death of an employee doing work on the installation of Tesla's electric car-charging station at the Janaf Shopping Yard in Norfolk in August 2015, he said.
The victim was sealing conduit openings on an energized circuit, made contact with a charged component and was electrocuted, he said. That equipment should have been de-energized, Davenport said, adding the citations reflected that employees should have been warned and workers should have been wearing electrically insulating gear.
"You don't want any of your employees or any of your (subcontractors) to end up like this," he said.
And the workers getting injured aren't necessarily inexperienced, Davenport said, noting 19 of this year's fatalities were people age 40 or older.
McAuliffe noted the importance of the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health program, which conducted more than 2,700 inspections in fiscal year 2015 and was directly responsible for correcting nearly 19,300 incidences of workplace hazards in Virginia.
Employers can improve productivity and costs by being proactive about workplace safety, McAuliffe said. In June last year, McAuliffe signed the Virginia Voluntary Protection Programs Act to encourage companies to take safety above and beyond the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's requirements through cooperative relationships. Virginia was the first state to sign the voluntary compliance bill, according to the Voluntary Protection Programs Participants Association Inc.
Virginia's Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program provides incentives to smaller, high-hazard employers to involve their employees in establishing safety program, according to the state website.
Virginia now has 44 work sites involved in the Voluntary Protection Program and 19 work sites involved in SHARP, McAuliffe said.
While McAuliffe has focused on growing jobs and the workforce in the state, he said Virginia must make sure it has the safest U.S. workforce as well.
"When we have the safest workforce, there's not a company in the globe we cannot recruit to the greatest state in the greatest nation on earth," McAuliffe said.

The Virginia Occupational Safety and Health program offers free on-site consultation services to help small businesses voluntarily comply with VOSH standards. For more information, call the Department of Labor's regional office at 757-455-0891.
Daily Press

Woman commits suicide by jumping from Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital garage

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ROANOKE, Va. Oct 26 2016 Police and medical responders were called to a parking garage near Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital after a person jumped.
Police closed the street after the unnamed person identified as a woman jumped from the parking garage deck on Tuesday.
Hamilton Terrace, which runs between the Roanoke River and the parking garage were both closed during their investigaiton.
The person has died, according to a spokesperson for Carilion.
Police say that the situation appears to be a suicide.

Muslim woman sues Securitas over discrimination

St Louis MO Oct 26 2016 A converted Muslim's federal lawsuit accuses a private security company of discrimination by rejecting her for employment because of her faith and her traditional religious headscarf.
The lawsuit filed in St. Louis on Zahraa Imani Ali's behalf against Securitas Security Services seeks class-action status.
Ali alleges that during an October 2015 telephone interview with a Securitas recruiter, Ali asked if there'd be any issue with her wearing a hijab headscarf on the job.
Ali says she was told about two weeks later she was rejected for the job. The lawsuit claims a regional Securitas employee told the recruiter by email that "I would personally sidestep this one."
A message seeking comment Tuesday from Securitas was not immediately returned.
The lawsuit doesn't specify the amount of damages it seeks.

Ontario nurse charged in deaths of 8 nursing home residents

WOODSTOCK Canada Oct 26 2016 - A Woodstock woman has been charged in the deaths of at least eight elderly residents in one of the biggest multiple death investigations in the region since the Bandido murders.
Elizabeth Tracey Mae Wettlaufer, 49, a former nurse with both Caressant Care in Woodstock and Meadow Park in London was charged on Oct. 25 with the first-degree murder of eight residents aged 75 to 96 years old, seven who lived at Caressant Care and one at Meadow Park.
The Caressant Care victims include James Silcox, 84, Maurice Granat, 84, Gladys Millard, 87, Helen Matheson, 95, Mary Zurawinski, 96, Helen Young, 90, and Maureen Pickering, 79.
The sole London victim, Arpad Horvath, 75, lived at Meadow Park in London and died Aug. 31, 2014.
The deaths took place between August 2007 and August 2014.
“The victims were administered a drug, but I’m not in a position at this time to comment of specifics of the drug,” said London Police Service Det. Sup. William Merrylees.
While police didn’t rule out the possibility there might be more victims but wouldn’t comment on the motive of the alleged serial killer.
“Our hope is (the family) will find some comfort charges have been laid,” said OPP Det. Sup. Dave Truax.
The investigation began Sept. 29 when Woodstock Police Services received information from an undisclosed source that eight people had been murdered over a period of several years.
“On behalf of every police agency represented here, our deepest sympathies go to families who have suffered this tragic loss,” said Woodstock police Chief Bill Renton
At this point, police said they are not looking at exhuming any of the bodies.
Due to the nature of the allegations, police said multi-jurisdictional major case manager Det. Insp. Rob Hagerman was assigned to co-ordinate the investigation.
While Brant OPP and Oxford OPP provided resources for the investigation, police confirmed Tuesday there have been no investigations into homes in those regions.
Wettlaufer listed a Brantford home care provider as her current employer on Facebook.
“Our goal throughout this was to follow the evidence, which resulted in criminal charges here today,” Truax said.
The London long-term care home where Horvath lived is owned by Jarlette Health Services and has 120 beds.
Officials at the home, located at 1210 Southdale Rd. East, declined an interview request Tuesday but later issued a statement.
“We are cooperating fully with police investigating the actions of a former staff member who left our home’s employ some two years ago. Our highest priority is to continue to provide for the health and comfort of our residents, and that remains our focus,” chief operating officer Julia King said in a statement.
“We are determined to avoid compromising the police investigation in any way and are therefore unable to provide additional comment at this time.”
Loretta Cambridge, whose husband Paul has lived at Meadow Park for more than a year, said she was rattled by the news of the homicides.
“That’s too close to home,” said Cambridge, adding administrators at the home hadn’t told her anything about the police probe.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne called the eight nursing home deaths "extremely distressing."
Wynne said it would be inappropriate for her to comment on an ongoing police investigation, but she said it is an “extremely distressing and tragic, tragic thing for all of the families involved.”
She was being questioned by London NDP MPP Teresa Armstrong, who said it was shocking that no one knew about the deaths for so long.
"It's not acceptable...there's obviously big, gaping holes," Armstrong said.
In response to several media requests, police first released a press release on Oct. 14 stating they had identified a suspect in an undisclosed death investigation.
“We realized that release caused more questions than answers,” Renton said. “We elected to share what we could including the fact we had identified a suspect.”
Police said they could not answer a number of questions because “ the evidence and the accused are now before the courts.”
Merrylees also said part of the investigation will be determining how such a tragedy could have occurred.
“We will try to determine what needs to be done to prevent this from happening in the future,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP) said in a statement Tuesday afternoon it was shocked by the alleged serial killings, wished to publicly thank investigators and offered condolences to the families of the victims.
CARP policy director and general counsel Wade Poziomka said the crimes against the seniors are considered “no less odious nor less tragic than any other violent death of any other citizen in our society.”
“The age of the victims and their medical condition should play no part in how our justice system pursues those who violate the laws of our land and cause harm to another,” he said.
Anthony Quinn director of public affairs for CARP, said this crime highlights the ongoing societal issue of abuse of our elderly citizens.
“CARP recognizes the tremendous care that thousands of nurses and personal support workers provide to seniors living in long term care facilities across Canada. This tragic crime is in no way reflective on those who endeavor to provide comfort and dignity to seniors in their final days,” Quinn said.
An obituary for Maureen Pickering, one of the victims who died on March 28, 2015, included the line, “Special thanks to staff at Caressant Care, Woodstock for their wonderful care.”
According to the College of Nurses of Ontario, Wettlaufer, registered as a nurse in 1995 and resigned from the college in September 2016.

Anyone with information is asked to call local police at 519-537-2323 or Crime Stoppers 421-TIPS (8477) or toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Toronto Sun

Men armed with AR-15 style rifles rob armored truck in Takoma Park MD.

TAKOMA PARK, Md.Oct 26 2016 — Two heavily armed people ambushed an armored truck security officer Tuesday morning in the suburb of Washington DC.
Both of the attackers were armed with AR-15 style rifles and robbed the Brinks truck in Takoma Park, Maryland.
Police say the security officer of a Brinks truck was about to deliver money to a Suntrust Bank when he was robbed by the two individuals, who drove off in a car in the direction of Westmoreland Avenue.
The robbery occurred in the 6900 block of Laurel Avenue, and police say the security guard was not injured.
Montgomery County Police and the Baltimore Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are investigating the armed robbery.
Police are asking anyone with information to call 301-270-1100 and refer to case number 1604908.
Police did not say how much money was taken of if the gunmen disarmed the security officer.

Another armored truck robbery two days ago in Houston Texas left one security guard injured when he was shot by robber.

Police charge man with kidnapping at Wofford College

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. Oct 26 2016 A man was arrested at a Wofford College dormitory building early Sunday morning after trespassing on the school’s property, according to the Wofford College Police Department.
Wofford Police say 20-year-old Carell Kewann Ellis, of Una, was charged with kidnapping after he held a student against her will.
According to the incident report, Ellis pulled the student into a dorm room and locked the door behind her, not letting her leave.
He then pulled out a handgun and marijuana from his hoodie pocket and hid it in the ceiling, the report says.
Wofford Police say Ellis had been asked to leave and was warned in the past to not come back on the school’s campus.
Ellis was charged with kidnapping, trespassing, and carrying a weapon on school property.
He was also charged with possession of 28g (1 oz) or less of marijuana.

Ellis was taken into custody without incident and is being held at the Spartanburg County Detention Center.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Line of Duty Death Sgt. Alfonso Lopez

Sergeant Alfonso Lopez | Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

Sergeant Alfonso Lopez
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Monday, October 24, 2016
Bio & Incident Details
Age: 47
Tour: 26 years
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Cause: Automobile accident

Sergeant Al Lopez suffered a fatal heart attack while responding to assist other deputies who were involved in a high speed pursuit in Compton at approximately 5:20 am.
Shortly after he responded from the station a citizen came into the lobby and advised deputies that a patrol car had crashed at the intersection of Myrrh Street and Willowbrook Avenue and the driver was unresponsive. Deputies responded to location and began performing CPR on on Sergeant Lopez. He was transported St. Francis Medical Center where he passed away.
It is believed that Sergeant Lopez suffered a fatal heart attack prior to his vehicle colliding with a fence at low speeds. The pursuit he was responding to was terminated shortly after it began due to the dangerously high speeds of the fleeing vehicle.
Sergeant Lopez had served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for 26 years and was assigned to the Compton Station. He is survived by his wife and two adult children.

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

Sheriff Jim McDonnell
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
211 West Temple Street
Hall of Justice
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 229-3000

Louisiana man charged with having a gun at Epcot Theme Park

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Orlando FL Oct 25 2016 A 61-year-old Louisiana man was arrested Monday after authorities said he tried to slip through Epcot security with a pistol, jail records show.
Michael Langston of Abita Springs, La. faces a charge of carrying a concealed firearm without a permit, according to his arrest report. He was booked into the Orange County Jail Monday afternoon.
A Disney security officer alerted authorities to the situation about 9:55 a.m. The officer directed Langston to walk through a metal detector, prompting Langston to disclose that he had a gun on him.
An Orange County deputy sheriff uncovered the weapon — a loaded Smith and Wesson Bodyguard .380 Automatic — in a case underneath a jacket tied around Langston's waist.
The deputy wrote in an arrest report that Langston had no intention of declaring his firearm to authorities and would have entered the theme park with a loaded gun had he not been selected for the metal detector.

Guns are strictly prohibited on Disney property, even for those with lawful concealed-carry permits.
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Woman found dead after man kills self at Wilmington shooting range

WILMINGTON NC Oct 25 2016 -- A woman was found dead inside a Dapple Court apartment Monday after a man shot and killed himself at a Gordon Road shooting range, officials said.
The first call came in about 2:35 p.m. Monday for a reported shooting at Shooter's Choice on Gordon Road.
A man was found inside the business with a "self-inflicted" gunshot wound, said Lt. Jerry Brewer of the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office. The man died from his injury, Brewer said.
From that event, according to New Hanover County dispatch records, Wilmington police were sent at 2:45 p.m. to the Hawthorne at New Centre Drive Apartment Homes on Dapple Court.
Inside a unit there, they found a deceased woman in her 20s, according to Wilmington Police Department spokeswoman Linda Rawley.

On Dec. 18, a 25-year-old Wilmington woman died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at BullZeye Shooting Sports, 5942 Market St., according to the Wilmington Police Department.
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Antioch Walmart security guard injured by shoplifter

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ANTIOCH CA Oct 25 2016— A man was arrested after allegedly stealing over $1,000 worth of food from Wal-Mart and assaulting a security guard last week in Antioch, according to Antioch City Manager Steve Duran.
Just after 2:30 p.m., a parking enforcement officer in the Wal-Mart parking lot saw a security guard and two others engaged in a physical fight.
Two of the people appeared to be bleeding from the head, and the officer thought he saw the security guard being forced into a vehicle, Duran said.
Police officers arrived and approached Henry Harris, 60, Michael Whigham, 61 and the 72-year-old security guard.
A Wal-Mart manager had allegedly seen Harris steal more than $1,000 worth of food and asked the guard to obtain their license plate number.
The guard took it upon himself to try to detain the two men. He banged on the car’s window, and Whigham assaulted him, beginning the brawl, Duran said.
The stolen items were found in the backseat of the car, Duran said. The guard sustained minor head injuries, but refused medical attention.
Whigham sustained a small laceration to the back of the head, and Harris had no injuries.

Harris was booked into the county jail on suspicion of grand theft and battery. Whigham was released from the hospital with a citation for battery, Duran said.

Suspect Accused of Stabbing Man 3 Times During Church

Wedgefield, SC  Oct 25 2016 What may have started as a normal Sunday School service soon turned into a crime scene, according to Sumter County deputies.
One second, a parishioner at St. Paul A.M.E. Church Shaw in Sumter County was attending a church service. The next, deputies say he was stabbed by the man sitting behind him.
"I've never heard of anything like this," said Ken Bell, the public information officer at the Sumter County Sheriff's Department.
Bell says the suspect is 65-year-old Billy Lewis of Wedgefield, South Carolina.
"He apparently during the service according to witnesses just stood up and began stabbing the man in front of him," Bell said.
Bell says Lewis stabbed the victim three times.
"Once in the head, once in the shoulder, and once in the neck," Bell explained.
Both the suspect and the victim are parishioners of the church, but Bell says there did not seem to be a motive.
"There'd been no argument," Bell said, "as far as we know there'd been no animosity between the victim and the suspect."
Officials tell us the victim is also in his 60's. A nurse who was at the church tended to his stab wounds until help arrived.
"The victim was airlifted out because his injuries appeared very serious," Bell said.
Until now, Bell says the suspect's only run in with law enforcement have been for traffic tickets.
"Mr. Lewis does have a history of mental illness although he doesn't have a violent past," Bell said. "This is the first time we've ever known violence so this is really a surprise for all of us."
A surprise Bell says is even more shocking given the location.
"Especially in church, you know, you don't think about parishioners coming in and attacking each other," Bell said.
The pastor of St. Paul A.M.E. did not wish to speak on camera, but Bell tells us they say they are praying for both the suspect and the victim. The victim was taken to Palmetto Health Richland and was in stable condition at last check.

Officials say there could be other charges filed against Lewis later. His bond hearing is set for Monday, October 24, 2016 at 2 PM at the Sumter County Jail.

‘Realistic’ suicide vest, guns found in bag at Richmond airport

They were only props for an action-game, but the replica suicide vest and guns found alongside an old military manual on incendiary devices, got the attention of TSA and law enforcement officials when they were detected inside a checked bag at Richmond International Airport on Saturday, October 22nd. (PHOTO: Transportation Security Administration)

RICHMOND, Va. Oct 25 2016— A Henrico man caused a scare at Richmond International Airport when items in his bags triggered an alarm Saturday.
“When the bag was opened, the TSA officer was shocked to see what appeared to be a suicide vest, two guns and an old military manual on incendiary devices,” TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said. “TSA explosives experts raced to the checked baggage room and Richmond International Airport Police were called immediately.”
Investigators soon determined “suicide vest” was a prop and the guns were plastic replicas.
“Police tracked down the traveler at the gate and detained him for questioning by local law enforcement and the FBI,” Farbstein said. “The man, a resident of Henrico County, Virginia, told officials that the items were all props intended for use in a live-action role-playing game. Very realistic props.”
The TSA used this incident to remind travelers they are responsible for what is in their bags and the agency can cite passengers who show up at airports with illegal weapons or disrupt the security screening process.

“The good news is that there was nothing harmful in the bag,” TSA’s Richmond Federal Security Director Chuck Burke said. “The items looked realistic by design. Bringing items to an airport that are meant to resemble items known to be used by terrorists . . . well I don’t know what the man could have been thinking would come of it.”

Four arrested after massive teen 'flash mob' turns violent at Temple University

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Philadelphia PA Oct 25 2016 Four teenagers have been arrested after a teenage "flash mob" in Philadelphia attacked college students and punched a police horse in the mouth.
Police say that roving groups of young people randomly targeted those around Temple University on Friday night after not all of the hundreds who coordinated the gathering on social media could get in to see movies at a nearby theater.
As many as 200 teens are thought to have been present as some groups of 20 or 30 attacked students, threw a Temple officer to the ground and punched a police horse twice in the face.
Campus safety records show two robberies, two aggravated assaults, three simple assaults and two incidents of harassment reported from 8:30 to 9:30 Friday night.
Joe Lauletta said that his daughter Christina was coming home from Temple’s football game when she was pushed to the ground by a group of 30 teens and kicked.
 “Her head was stomped on. The whole side of her face, the back of her head was black and blue. Her arms, her legs, her back, her ribs,” he told WPVI.
Lauletta said that the employees at a nearby pizza shop intervened to stop the violence, but that “every part of her body is badly bruised.”
An unknown number of young people were detained during the fracas; though so far only four juveniles aged 15 to 17 have been charged with three of the assaults.

Temple Police said that a similar group of juveniles was seen near the school a couple weeks ago, and added that it is increasing its presence on weekends.

Temple student: I used Target gift card to get past security in 9 buildings

Philadelphia PA Oct 25 2016 At the beginning of the 2014 fall semester, Temple University expanded the zone patrolled by campus police after a female student was injured in a vicious brick attack.
But according to one student, the university has allowed security to become a bit more laid-back in the heart of campus.
Temple freshman Alyssa Mancuso says she began to notice some security guards on campus didn’t seem to care if she showed her official OWLcard, which students are required to show to gain access to university facilities.
So Mancuso bought a Target gift card and tried to get into 13 major building on Temple’s campus. In a post on the youth news site The Tab, she said she was expecting her day to end with “every guard busting me on the spot.” But the freshman was surprised to find security so lax that she was able to walk right into nine buildings.
The guards, who are employed by AlliedBarton but work full time on Temple’s campus, are supposed to verify a student’s ID before allowing them into the facilities. But Mancuso wrote that both Weiss and Alter Halls were totally void of any security. She also claimed she was able to access the TECH Center, which requires students and faculty to swipe their card.
“I swiped right after another person, so the light on the card reader was still green which made it look like I’d swiped my OWLcard and gotten the OK to enter,” Mancuso wrote. “It was exhilarating, but disappointing in hindsight.”
Mancuso had fellow student Gail Vivar film her as she attempted to enter Gladfelter Hall. The video, shared on YouTube, shows two guards allowing her to enter without noticing she didn’t have a Temple ID card. In fact, one guard appears to have her head down, and doesn’t even ask the student to see her ID - even as she sits behind signs asking students to have their OWLcard out and ready to be checked.
“The safety of Temple's students, faculty and staff is our top priority, and we want to ensure campus facilities are secure for all who use them,” Charles Leone, Temple’s executive director of public safety, said in an email.
After watching the video, Leone said he immediately sent Campus Safety Services and AlliedBarton supervisors to security posts to instruct all guards to tighten up their enforcement of identification checks at their posts. According to Leone, some the guards involved have been severely disclipined.
Leone also noted he was having workers look into the issue involving swipe cards, and said he is working with Temple's security management team to look at long-term solutions, including the possibility of adding turnstile system.
All this is welcome news to Mancuso.

"I think that's an incredible step in the right direction," Mancuso said. "I had no goals walking into to writing this article other than to make people more aware, which would in turn hopefully make people more safe."

St. Elizabeth Hospital secuirty and police nab man hiding in bathroom

APPLETON WI Oct 25 2016- Police arrested a domestic violence suspect on Monday morning after the man fled from them and into St. Elizabeth Hospital.
The 27-year-old man, who was not named in the release, was seen about 11:45 a.m. in the area of the 1000 block of South East Street in Appleton, drawing police, according to a statement from the Appleton Police Department.
The man initially went into a shared basement of an apartment building, where he lives. He was able to get out of the building and drive off in an acquaintance's car while officers waited for backup. An officer followed him, but when the officer tried to stop the car, the man pulled into a parking lot at the hospital at 1506 S. Oneida St.
He ran into the hospital and through "several areas" of the facility, police said.
Hospital security staff assisted officers and eventually found the man locked in a bathroom at the hospital after looking for him for about 10 minutes. Security staff unlocked the bathroom door, Appleton Police Capt. Todd Freeman said. The man was not armed.

The suspect will be booked into jail on several charges related to both the domestic violence incident, which happened on Friday, and the Monday chase, police said.
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