Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Armed prisoner captured in D.C. after Fairfax Hospital escape

FALLS CHURCH, Va. April 1 2015  (AP/WJLA) - An inmate in a Fairfax hospital for treatment after a suicide attempt overpowered a guard, took her gun, escaped and carjacked two vehicles Tuesday morning, setting off a frenzied search that ended nine hours later with his capture as he got off a Metro bus in D.C.
Wossen Assaye, 42, was charged earlier this month as the "Bicycle Bandit" - accused of robbing a dozen banks in northern Virginia and sometimes fleeing on two wheels.
Assaye had tried to kill himself in jail last Friday and was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital, authorities said. He had been under the supervision of two contract guards.
Fairfax County Police said that about 3 a.m. Tuesday, Assaye overpowered a female guard when the other guard left to use the restroom. He took her gun and used her as a shield. He then fled down a stairwell, wearing only his hospital gown.
The other guard fired one shot in the encounter. No one was hit, and nobody at the hospital was injured.
Outside the hospital, Assaye fled on foot and hid in the trunk of a car. Police were unsure whether Assaye had left the hospital complex. They locked the hospital down and conducted a room-by-room search.
While Assaye hid in the trunk, the woman who owned the car entered it and began driving. Assaye kicked out the trunk and carjacked the startled woman, who suffered slight injuries, said Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler.
Assaye later abandoned that car and left the guard's weapon there, police said.
Witnesses reported seeing Assaye on foot in an Annandale neighborhood a few miles from the hospital - not far from the site of the carjacking. Assaye then carjacked a second vehicle, police said.
By 10 a.m., officers were searching Annandale neighborhoods with a helicopter overhead and heavily armed officers on the ground. In one neighborhood, Spence Limbocker said he heard the copter, went outside and saw a massive police presence, including officers armed with assault rifles searching homes and nearby woods.
"They told me to get back in the house and lock all my doors. ... It was a little scary," Limbocker said.
Police sent numerous updates and lookout advisories on social media for Assaye and the carjacked vehicles. Roessler said the arrest occurred at Minnesota Avenue and 25th Street in southeast Washington without incident after a citizen saw Assaye and alerted authorities.
At a press conference around noon Tuesday after Assaye was back in custody, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Virginia Bobby Mathieson said he plans a review of the policies and procedures in place for guarding inmates at the hospital.
Still, he said, "two people should be able to guard a prisoner securely."
He said that to his knowledge, Assaye was shackled at the time of the escape, as policies require. But Mathieson had no explanation for how Assaye would have overpowered a guard while shackled or how he may have shed his handcuffs.
The guards were with Allied Protection Services, a private firm.
Assaye was arrested March 20 and charged with a robbery at Apple Federal Credit Union in Alexandria. But the FBI believes Assaye, of Arlington, is responsible for a string of 12 bank robberies in northern Virginia over the last year and a half that netted him about $32,000.
Brooke Rupert, a public defender who was representing Assaye in the robbery case, declined to comment Tuesday.
Assaye had been booked into the Alexandria jail, which typically holds federal inmates charged in northern Virginia, on the federal charges March 21, Alexandria Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Amy Bertsch said. On Friday, he attempted suicide and was taken to the hospital just outside the Capital Beltway in Fairfax County for treatment, she said. Alexandria deputy sheriffs turned Assaye over to security officers contracted by the U.S. Marshals after the first 24 hours, she said.
It was not clear why Assaye had to remain in the hospital for four days. Mathieson said his only lasting injury after the suicide attempt was a broken nose.
An initial appearance on the escape charges took place Tuesday afternoon at the federal courthouse in Alexandria.
Assaye was charged with escaping from the custody of the U.S. Attorney General; he waived his detention hearing and had his next court appearance set for Friday.


4 Journalists Arrested During Ferguson Protests Sue Police

ST Louis MO April 1 2015 Four journalists arrested during last summer's Ferguson protests over the shooting death of Michael Brown filed a federal lawsuit Monday against St. Louis County police and 20 of its officers, accusing them of violating the reporters' civil rights and unjustifiably detaining them.
The lawsuit, filed Monday in St. Louis, alleges the arrests for the journalists' failure to disperse as demanded by police on Aug. 18 and Aug. 19 were "undertaken with the intention of obstructing, chilling, deterring, and retaliating against (the) plaintiffs for engaging in constitutionally protected speech, newsgathering and recording of police activities."
The plaintiffs include Ryan Devereaux of The Intercept online investigative publication, as well as Ansgar Graw — a correspondent with the conservative German daily Die Welt — and reporter Frank Herrmann, who writes for German regional papers. The other plaintiff is freelance journalist Lukas Hermsmeier.
The lawsuit, which identifies the journalists as U.S. citizens and says they spent hours in custody, seeks unspecified damages and a court order barring county police from future alleged infringements of media access "to policing activities."
Peter Krane, the county counselor, said Monday he had not seen the lawsuit and deferred discussing it publicly until he had an opportunity to do so.
The journalists' arrests on charges that as of Monday remained unresolved took place during often-violent protests that followed the Aug. 9 death of Brown, a black, unarmed 18-year-old shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who is white, during a confrontation.
A St. Louis County grand jury and the U.S. Department of Justice later cleared Wilson of wrongdoing, though he resigned from the department in November.
The four journalists pressing Monday's lawsuit were among at least 10 arrested or detained while covering Ferguson protests in the immediate aftermath of Brown's death. Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, while heading security in Ferguson, said at the time that law enforcers had difficulty discerning journalist from activist.
"In the midst of chaos, when officers are running around, we're not sure who's a journalist and who's not," Johnson said at the time, when The Associated Press and dozens of other American media organizations sent a letter to law enforcement officials in Ferguson, criticizing the treatment of reporters.
Devereaux and Hermsmeier claim in the lawsuit they were wrongly arrested and hit by police-fired rubber bullets after showing officers their media credentials. Graw and Herrmann claim they were taken into custody while wearing press badges around their necks and carrying still cameras.
Monday's lawsuit came four days after county police, their St. Louis city counterparts and the Missouri State Highway Patrol settled a federal lawsuit pressed by six Ferguson protesters, agreeing to restrict law enforcement use of tear gas and other chemical agents on crowds.

Nashville police shoot two during drug arrests

Metro police are on the scene of a shooting at 2333 Rosa L. Parks Blvd ...Nashville TN April 1 2015 Gunfire and the sound of vehicles crashing tore through a North Nashville apartment complex Tuesday afternoon as a cocaine bust quickly escalated into an intense confrontation during which undercover officers shot two people in self-defense, according to police.
At about 1:15 p.m., Hermitage Precinct detectives were trying to conduct a drug bust involving crack at Granstaff Apartments in the 2300 block of Rosa L. Parks Boulevard, said Don Aaron, Metro police spokesman.
Over the past month, the precinct's Crime Suppression Unit detectives have been investigating a cocaine operation on Murfreesboro Pike. Their investigation led undercover officers to the apartment complex, which was a hangout for 31-year-old TyrailEzell, Aaron said.
Ezell, a convicted cocaine dealer, was wanted on eight outstanding warrants, and officers attempted to arrest him Tuesday, Aaron said. Ezell got into a blue car, driven by 17-year-old Joshua Johnson, and tried to run from police.
The blue car struck a police SUV and sideswiped a police truck, Aaron said.
Three undercover officers wearing police vests got out of their vehicle and ordered Johnson to stop the car.
After Johnson hit the two other police vehicles and swerved in the direction of the officers, Aaron said, the officers fired their .40-caliber Glock service pistols at the car and Ezell and Johnson were hit by the gunfire.
Both were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment of noncritical gunshot wounds, Aaron said.
The undercover detectives — David Harper, Matthew Fackler and Christopher Key, all six-year veterans — have been placed on routine administrative assignment pending the investigation.
"After seeing the driver hit two other police vehicles, the officers yelled for the driver to stop," Aaron said. "The officers fired in defense of themselves and each other."
Aaron said a woman was in the backseat of the car and was not injured and has been questioned by police
Debra Holt said she had just returned inside her apartment after collecting her mail with her mother when the first shots were fired.
The next activity the mother and daughter had planned for the afternoon was to renew their lease. Holt, 57, said the drug bust and shooting had not deterred them.
"We were going to sign a new lease, and we still are," she said. "It's not as bad as people think. This is a nice neighborhood, there's little crime and you just can't control outside influences."
Holt said she thinks the police were just doing their jobs.
"If they say stop, stop," she said.
Wanda Starks 55, who also lives with her mother in the apartments, said she is more upset about drug dealers coming into her mostly quiet community than about tactics police used to stop them.
"We've got to live here, and some of these young people are doing drugs and won't listen to nobody," she said. "If I could tell police one thing, I'd say, 'Y'all doing y'all's jobs. Even if it's one of my children, if they're doing wrong you get them.' "

Miami Killian Senior High School security officer stops knife fight

Miami FL April 1 2015  A South Florida student has been charged with attempted murder, accused of stabbing another student at Miami Killian Senior High School on Tuesday.
The school was on lock down after a 17-year-old female allegedly stabbed a 15-year-old, 10th grade male football player. Police have also charged her with possession of a weapon on school grounds.
Police have not confirmed but friends said the student stabbed is DeAndre Johnson.
The female, according to Miami Dade Schools Police, is a 12th grader. Police said it is her first year at Killian and that she went to the school from a charter school.
Andre Johnson, the victim’s father, said “he’s trying to be upbeat” as he can and that he’s trying to keep faith. He said his son is expected to be okay.
Student Andrew Davis told CBS4’s Oralia Ortega that he was standing right behind his friend and varsity football teammate when he was stabbed by a senior.
“The girl reached in the back of me and stabbed him and at first he didn’t know he was stabbed. He was looking around, checking his shirt and was like, ‘Oh this burning, bro, this burning,” said Davis.
Students said that classmates rushed to help the student as a school security guard took the knife.
“The security guard, Tucky, he grabbed her and he got her stable. He got the knife from her and we started pulling him aside and he started losing his breath and stuff so he fainted,” Davis said.
The school was temporarily placed on lock down as the victim was rushed to the hospital and the female student was lead away in handcuffs and escorted into a police cruiser.
News about the incident spread quickly.
“I heard a bunch of screaming in class and then people started texting each other,” said Erik Infante, a student.
Matt Burgess, the victim’s friend, was concerned that a fellow student would bring a knife to school.
“I think it’s crazy that anybody could walk into the school with just anything. What if she had a gun?” Burgess said.
Some parents and caretakers rushed to the school to check on their children.
A grandparent outside the school during the lock down, echoed Burgess’s concern.
“Check everything that your children bring home. Check everything they have,” said the grandparent.
Earlier, while the school was still on lock down, CBS4’s Peter D’Oench spoke to the victim’s father.
“I’m trying to find out what’s wrong with my son,” Andre Johnson told D’Oench. “He got stabbed, that’s what I heard.”
CBS Miami

Montana House narrowly rejects bill to allow guns on college campuses

HELENA MT April 1 2015  – A bill allowing students, faculty and others to carry concealed weapons at the University of Montana and other colleges across the state went down to defeat Tuesday, narrowly rejected by the House.
“Putting guns on campuses is a really bad idea, and it’s terrible policy,” said Rep. Tom Woods, D-Bozeman, an adjunct instructor at Montana State University. “I work with college students. I’m here to tell you some of them are responsible; some of them, not so much.”
Woods said the only reason the Legislature is considering the idea is because a “powerful gun lobby” wants to “override local control.”
The House rejected Senate Bill 143 on a 51-49 vote, with 10 Republicans joining all 41 House Democrats in voting against the bill.
SB143, sponsored by Sen. Cary Smith, R-Billings, would prohibit the Board of Regents from banning firearms on campus except under very specific circumstances, such as at events where alcohol is served. If the bill passed, anyone with a concealed weapon permit could possess and carry a gun on campus.
The Board of Regents, which governs the state university system, has prohibited the carrying of weapons on Montana campuses since 1990. Students who own firearms can store them with campus security while at school. The university system opposed SB143.
Rep. Seth Berglee, R-Red Lodge, who carried the bill on the House floor, said holders of concealed weapon permits are responsible, law-abiding citizens and make up only about 4 percent of the population.
Allowing them to carry weapons on campus doesn’t pose a safety threat and could prevent mass shootings, such as those that have occurred on other campuses, he said.
“That’s really what this bill is about,” Berglee said. “The Montana Constitution states that we have a right to bear arms in defense of our person. ... We’re talking about having a gun, or a firearm, that is accessible to us to defend ourselves, should the situation arise.”
House Speaker Austin Knudsen, R-Culbertson, said recent mass shootings on U.S. college campuses are the best reason for supporting the bill.
“What do all of these incidents have in common?” he said. “Gun-free zones. Bad guys having access to unarmed victims. That is unacceptable to me and I think it should be unacceptable to you.”
Opponents, however, said the bill would make campuses less safe.
Rep. Jeff Welborn, R-Dillon, said a friend of his, Tim Hull, was shot and killed on the Montana Tech campus in Butte in 1982, and that Hull’s father had pleaded with Welborn to vote against the bill.
“I’ve got a lot of other notes from my district, and not one of them is asking me to come up here and vote for this piece of legislation,” he said.
Woods said the gun lobby is the driving force behind the bill, but “they are not the ones who will be taking the risk” with the policy.
“It’s those of us who live and work on campuses, who will be assuming the risks of this policy,” he said. “It will be those of us who are sending our sons and daughters to university campuses, who will be taking the risk on this policy.”
The Missoulian

Oakland school district hires investigator to look at security guard incidents

Oakland CA April 1 2015
The Oakland school district is paying a consultant $30,000 to conduct an internal affairs investigation of its police department on use of force at school campuses.
The investigation comes following the discovery earlier this month of a video that allegedly shows two Fremont High School security guards hitting a student in January 2014.

The two are still on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, said schools spokesman Troy Flint.

Flint said the district is hiring Simpson Investigative Services to investigate its police department because it would not be appropriate for the police department to investigate itself.
The video was uncovered at the request of an attorney representing the student who likely will file a lawsuit.

Last May, an Oakland High School security guard was caught on videotape beating a handcuffed student in a wheelchair. The security guard was charged with felony corporal injury to a child and is scheduled for trial in Alameda County Superior Court April 27.
The contract with Simpson Investigative Services ends June 30.

Alabama bill would let those under 18 possess pistols with parental permission

Montgomery AL April 1 2015 People under 18 could soon be legally able to have handguns in Alabama if bills in the state House and Senate are approved. Both branches of the state legislature are considering a bill that, if passed, will allow minors with their parents' permission to posses pistols.
The bill, HB 328 in the House and SB 262 in the Senate, would also eliminate certain requirements for the registration of the sale of pistols by federally licensed dealers, local law enforcement and the Secretary of State.
Currently, the Code of Alabama specifies that "no person shall deliver a pistol to any person under the age of 18."
The proposed legislation would amend that law so that it does not apply if the minor has the consent of a parent, guardian, or spouse who is 18 or older.
The bill also says the minor must be with their parent or guardian, or with a licensed or accredited gun safety instructor to have the pistol, unless the weapon is to be used "for hunting, trapping, target shooting, competing in a firearm competition, firearm or hunting training or instruction."
The bill, if passed, would also eliminate record-keeping requirements from the Code of Alabama, removing language that mandates firearm dealers "keep a permanent record of the sale of every pistol, revolver, or maxim silencer, showing the date of sale, serial number, or other identification marks, manufacturer's name, caliber and type, and also the name and address of the purchaser."
Under current law, federally licensed dealers are required to make those records in triplicate, keeping one, sending one to a local law enforcement agency and sending the last to the secretary of State.
Senators Arthur Orr, Greg Reed and Clay Scofield sponsored SB 262. Representatives Ed Henry, Mick Hammond, Barry Moore and Corey Harbison sponsored the House bill.
Orr said early Friday evening that the bill will not affect federal law prohibiting minors from purchasing firearms and is simply meant to allow minors to use guns to hunt, target practice and other recreational activities.
Orr said he started hunting with his parents' permission when he was 12, which under current law is technically illegal. He said the bill and its companion in the House are meant to bring reason and common sense to Alabama's gun laws.
Orr said the paperwork side of the bill does the same, and is supported by the Alabama Sheriff's Association and other law enforcement agencies in the state.
He said federal rules on registering the sale of firearms are very clear, and the bill, if passed, will serve to eliminate superfluous language in state law which only adds additional burdens to the process of buying a gun. 

Nurse responsible for disabled girl’s death facing fraud charges

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Dayton OH April 1 2015 A nurse serving a 10-year prison sentence after a 14-year-old cerebral palsy patient in her care starved to death in 2011 now faces additional charges for Medicaid fraud, officials said.
Mollie Parsons, 45, was supposed to provide daily care for Makayla Norman, who weighed 28 pounds when she died on March 1, 2011. Norman’s body was covered with filth and open bedsores, her hair and eyebrows infested with lice and her diaper hadn’t been changed for some time, according to Dayton police.
She couldn’t speak, move or feed herself. In all, five people were prosecuted for various crimes connected to Norman’s death, including her mother and doctor.
An indictment filed last week in Dayton’s U.S. District Court alleges Parsons aided and abetted others in a scheme attempting to defraud Medicaid and taxpayers from 2009 to 2011. Prosecution in the federal case began in late 2013. Parsons, found guilty of manslaughter, is scheduled to be released Nov. 21, 2021 from the Ohio Reformatory for Women.
Neither the prosecutor nor the defense attorney assigned to the case returned messages seeking comments Monday.
The federal indictment states that Parsons, as a home health care nurse, “was responsible for providing nursing services – including, but not limited to, wound care, personal hygiene maintenance, and feeding assistance.
Parsons was supposed to care for Norman eight hours per day, six days per week. Due to the financial status of Norman’s family, Medicaid agreed to pay for medical treatment, but required health care providers to submit “truthful and accurate information” detailing the specific services rendered.
The indictment said parsons repeatedly submitted “false and fraudulent representations” to Medicaid and “fraudulent nursing care notes that falsely documented fictitious service” to make up for when Parsons allegedly was not at Norman’s residence.
The indictment states, “By devising, executing, and participating in this fraudulent billing scheme,” Parsons caused Medicaid to lose thousands of dollars.
When she was being sentenced for Norman’s death, Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Mary Katherine Huffman told Parsons that only 10 years in prison was a “travesty of justice.” The judge also mentioned a federal investigation that led to the current charges.
A Dayton police detective said daily records kept by Parsons indicated Norman was in good health with no problems and had been fed when Parsons left at 10 p.m. the day she died.
Two minutes later, Norman’s mother called 911 and said her daughter was having difficulty breathing. Norman was rushed to Children’s Medical Center of Dayton where she died at 10:30 p.m., the detective said.
Dayton Daily News

More border security leaves less DPS officers patrolling Texas

EL PASO TX April 1 2015 -- In an effort to ramp up security, the Texas Department of Public Safety shifted state troopers to the border but that has led to fewer patrols, tickets and arrests elsewhere in the state.
"Their charge is public safety but public safety in terms of what's happening on the streets not public safety in terms of federal law enforcement," said Veronica Escobar, El Paso County Judge.
Escobar and other critics of the strategy object to diverting DPS troopers to do the job of Border Patrol agents and other federal law enforcement agencies tasked with protecting the border.
But last summer then Governor Perry said the federal government had failed to "secure the border" and sent hundreds of additional Texas troopers to the Rio Grande Valley as illegal border crossings spiked during the mass migration of Central American families and unaccompanied children.
In the two years DPS has ramped up border enforcement, the number of citations or tickets dropped 14% according to DPS data obtained by the El Paso Times. There was a 25% decrease in arrests by Texas Rangers according to DPS data examined by The Dallas Morning News.
"The Department of Public Safety is understaffed throughout the state, and a sustained deployment of personnel to the border region reduces the patrol and investigative capacity in other areas of the state that are also impacted by transnational crime," according to a DPS report on Operation Strong Safety prepared for the Texas Legislature and Governor.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott is backing a plan to hire and train as many as 500 new troopers who would permanently patrol the border.
State lawmakers would have to approve funding on top of the $102 million Texas taxpayers have spent to send both Texas troopers and National Guard troops to the border.
During a tour of the Rio Grande Valley border region Friday Governor Abbott said additional DPS funding would determine how long Texas National Guard troops remain on the border."Once my security plan is in effect then we can begin the process of sending the National Guard back home," said Abbott.

SC security guard not charged in shooting

Anderson SC April 1 2015 State investigators will be looking at a security guard who shot a man at a pawnshop storage warehouse.
Tommy Bridges, 59, used birdshot to injure Michael Poole Jr., 19, around 6:30 a.m. Sunday at the warehouse on True Temper Road, south of Homeland Park.
Bridges will likely not be charged with any crime, said Lt. Sheila Cole, of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.
Poole is facing eight unrelated counts of larceny and an unrelated charge of burglary from 2014.
He has not been charged with any offense for the Sunday incident.
Poole was shot in the leg with birdshot and his injuries are not life-threatening, Cole said.
The warehouse belonged to Space Solutions LLC, she said.
Because a security guard was involved in the shooting, agents from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division will also be looking into the shooting,  said Thom Berry, a spokesman for the state division.

Jury Awards Families $46 Million Against US Security Associates

Philadelphia PA April 1 2015

A jury awarded over $46 million in damages to the families of two women who were shot and killed by a disgruntled employee at the Kraft Foods plant in Northeast Philadelphia in 2010.

A jury last month found U.S. Security Associates, Inc. (USSA) of Georgia negligent in the deaths of Tanya Wilson, 47, and LaTonya Brown, 36, and awarded their families $8.02 million in compensatory damages. 

On Wednesday, a jury then awarded the families $38.5 million in punitive damages, bringing the total to more than $46.5 million.
Wilson and Brown were killed in 2010 after Yvonne Hiller, a third employee at Kraft, was suspended from her job and returned shortly after armed with a .357 magnum. Hiller also shot and injured a third co-worker.

Hiller was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and is serving life in prison.
A lawsuit was filed against USSA stating two security guards failed to protect the people at the Kraft plant during the shooting. A supervisor was instead caught on surveillance video running and hiding in a boiler room, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit also accuses the guards, who were unarmed at the time, of failing to warn employees in the plant in the several minutes it took Hiller to walk to a third floor mixing room where Wilson and Brown worked. 

 The guards called 911 but didn't take any additional actions such as contacting Kraft management, using a radio to communicate with the employees or sounding a warning through the plant's public address system, according to the lawsuit.
"The verdict is an important message to U.S. Security that their guards can't simply run away in the middle of a crisis," said Shanin Specter, of Kline & Specter, P.C., who represented the Wilson and Brown families along with Dominic Guerrini and Patrick Fitzgerald. "They actually have to act like security guards." 

A spokeswoman from USSA released the following statement on the verdict:
U.S. Security Associates believes that its personnel on duty on the night of the North Philadelphia shooting made reasonable decisions and acted with courage in the face of a direct threat to their own lives. In no sense did they or USSA display an intentional disregard for the safety of others. We are disappointed in today's verdict and intend to appeal on the grounds that  the evidence presented was not sufficient for a punitive damages award to be granted under well-established Pennsylvania law.
At the same time, the people of USSA sympathize deeply with the families of Tanya Renee Wilson and LaTonya Sharon Brown, the two women who died in the shooting, and with Bryant Dalton, who was severely wounded

French Quarter security tax hike brings opposition from officers

NEW ORLEANS LA April 1 2015 -
Image result for French Quarter security tax hike brings opposition from officersA proposed sales tax increase in the French Quarter has some NOPD officers singing the blues.
"We'd like to see the city focused on rebuilding the NOPD instead of constantly being focused on applying these temporary band-aid solutions," Fraternal Order of Police attorney Donovan Livicarri said.
Livicarri believes Mayor Mitch Landrieu's plan to beef up security in the French Quarter leaves NOPD officers feeling left out. Landrieu is pushing for a quarter of a penny sales tax increase in the French Quarter for the next five years to pay for state troopers to patrol the area. The hike would only affect businesses in the Quarter and is expected to bring in $4 million per year.
Livicarri said he does not mind troopers helping out NOPD's depleted force. He wants Landrieu to put money into his own department in order to keep NOPD officers on the force instead of finding ways for taxpayers to pay for another agency to patrol.
"I don't have any problem with the salaries that the State Police make. But they just got a 20 percent raise, and the New Orleans Police Department barely mustered up a five percent raise," Livicarri said.
People who work and live in the Quarter show signs that they need help immediately.
"For the last five or six months, security has been an overwhelming problem in the Quarter," French Quarter Business League president Alex Fine said. "I think it's driving people away from coming down there, especially later at night when it gets a little more dangerous."
Fine is working with NOPD to bring more off-duty detail to the Quarter. In the upcoming weeks, the organization is expected to pay for about eight more officers a night to patrol the Bourbon Street area. Last week, NOPD Chief Michael Harrison backed the mayor's plan. He said his department needs help even if it does send money to other agencies.
"They're our brothers in law enforcement. They've been a partner with us for over 35 years, coming to help us in the French Quarter, and this is no different. Our officers, I believe, really embrace the help because we need the help. As we grow, that will change," Harrison said.
There will be a meeting to discuss the issue on April 23.
In October, residents will vote on the proposed tax hike.

Orange County high school security guard had sex with minor

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla.April 1 2015  —A high school security guard in Orange County is accused of having sex with an underage student, according to the Orlando Police Department.
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The high school where Marco Nelson used to work in Apopka, Sheeler High School, sent a letter home with students on Monday that said a security guard was arrested more than a week ago for allegedly having sex with a minor.
The school said since last week was Spring Break, Monday was the first time they could alert parents.
"Wow, man, I'm really shocked and scared to now have my daughter come over here now," concerned parent Anthony Roman said. "That's something that we really gotta think about."
School officials said Nelson was a security guard at the charter school that falls under the OCPS umbrella. He was suspended after his March 22 arrest for sexual activity with a child, custodial solicitation, and a sex act with a 16 or 17 year old, which are all felonies.
Nelson was also charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
School officials said Nelson will be terminated and banned from campus this week.
"You never can tell these days. Can't even trust your family, well some people can't, you never can tell," parent Bobby Roesti said.
It is unclear if the alleged victim in the case is a student at Sheeler High.

Nelson bonded out of the Orange County Jail on Monday.

Full-time security staff OK’d for Oroville Transit Center

Oroville CA April 1 2015 Starting next week, security guards will be on hand at the Oroville Transit Center during the bus system’s operating hours to try and control vandalism and other problems that have plagued the site.
Directors of the Butte County Association of Governments this week authorized spending $60,000 to hire a security firm for the 2015-16 fiscal year. Another $16,000 was OK’d to cover the months of April, May and June, to get to the start of the fiscal year.
The site on Spencer Avenue between Oro Dam Boulevard and Mitchell Avenue is flanked by the loading docks of two shopping centers, which creates some visibility problems.
Ever since the $1 million facility opened in 2011, there have been ongoing vandalism that has resulted in frequent closures of the restrooms at the site. They were closed indefinitely late last year.
BCAG also hired an Oroville cleaning company to clean the restrooms daily and pressure wash the facility weekly. The extra cleaning, repairs and vandalism removal has cost an additional $3,000 in the last eight months, according to a staff report prepared for Thursday’s BCAG meeting.
The staff reports also recounted incidents of sexual harassment and drug use, causing fear amongst transit users. Security cameras were installed and increased patrols by Oroville police were arranged, but problems continued, prompting the call for hiring a security firm. The proposal was approved unanimously Thursday without comment as part of the consent agenda.
BCAG Executive Director Jon Clark said the goal is to get someone on-site close to April 1, but wasn’t sure when exactly it would be arranged.
“We’ve really just gotten to the point that it’s the only way to control the vandalism and let riders feel safe,” Clark said in a phone interview Friday.
Security staff will be at the scene full time while the B-Line is running there, roughly 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Fugitive overpowers security officer, steals gun, escapes Virginia hospital

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Fairfax County VA March 31 2015 A manhunt is underway for an armed prisoner who escaped custody at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia, early Tuesday morning.
Wossen Assaye was arrested by federal authorities last week for a series of bank robberies in Northern Virginia. Assaye allegedly committed the robberies while on a bike. While being held at the Alexandria City Jail, Assaye attempted to harm himself and was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital for medical treatment. Police say a private security company was hired to guard him at the hospital.
At about 3 a.m. Tuesday, Assaye overpowered the guard, taking the security officer's weapon. Police say one shot was fired, but no one was injured. 
Assaye is considered armed and dangerous.
Staff members inside the hospital told News4's David Culver that some employees are hiding in back rooms and hallways for safety.  The hospital is only providing critical care.
Assaye is 6 feet tall and weighs 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing a hospital gown and no shoes. 
The hospital, located in suburb just outside of Washington, D.C., is currently locked down.
All entrances to the hospital are blocked, and several intersections have been closed, including: Route 50 between Prosperity Avenue and Gallows Road, Gallows Road between Arlington Boulevard and Woodburn Road, Woodburn Road between Gallows Road and Prosperity Avenue, and Prosperity Road between Woodburn Road and Arlington Boulevard.
Police urge residents leaving their homes for work to be alert and expect traffic delays. Hospital employees will be picked up by a shuttle bus from Falls Church High School.
Schools in the county are currently on spring break.

Mother charged with murdering toddler son in NYC bathroom

New York NY March 31 2015 A mother was charged with murder after she locked herself in the bathroom of a New York City restaurant on Monday with her one-year-old son, who was later pronounced dead, police said.
Latisha Fisher, 35, entered the bathroom with her child, Gavriel Ortiz-Fisher, at 5 Boro Burger in Manhattan, the New York Police Department said.
After the woman spent a "large quantity of time" locked inside, workers concerned over her well-being unlocked the door key and found her son unresponsive and foaming at the mouth, NYPD Sergeant Brendan Ryan said.
The child was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, Ryan said. Fisher was charged with second-degree murder, police said in a statement.
Police were also investigating unconfirmed witness reports that the mother said: "I put my hand over his month to put him to sleep."
The New York Times, citing police, reported that a restaurant employee attempted to perform CPR on the child, but was prevented by the mother.
Police said the medical examiner would determine the cause of death.

Michigan Police Officers Buy Family a Car Seat Instead of Issuing Ticket

Fruitport Township, Michigan March 31 2015
Two Michigan police officers are being hailed for making the decision to buy a car seat for a family in need instead of citing the child's parents.
Officers Jason Pavlige and James Hodges of Fruitport Township, Michigan, responded to a dispatch call reporting a woman at a local McDonalds holding a baby in her arms in a car’s passenger seat.
The officers observed a minor traffic violation and pulled over the driver, also the father of the 10-month-old girl, on the violation, Hodges, 26, a nearly two-year veteran of the force, told ABC News.
When the officers spoke with the parents, who were not identified, they quickly realized they did not have the resources to purchase a car seat for their daughter.
“They had just recently moved to the area,” Hodges said. “We tried to have them contact family but they don’t have anyone close.
“There were no co-workers, no one who could help them out,” he said.
Instead of issuing the parents a citation, Pavlige and Hodges decided to take action in another way.
“We spoke with each other and made the decision to go get them a car seat so we’d know the kid was safe and that this issue wouldn’t come up again,” Hodges said.
While Pavlige stayed with the family, Hodges went to a local Walmart and purchased a new car seat with money from his and Pavlige’s own pockets. They then installed the car seat and gave the family instructions on how to properly use it.
“The father was, I think, almost in shock,” said Hodges, who declined to say how much the car seat cost. “They didn’t say much but were just very appreciative.”
Hodges and Pavlige’s good deed occurred in February but was publicized just last week after a Walmart employee called the police station to report what the officers had done.
“It was only brought to our attention by a clerk at Walmart who saw it and thought they should be recognized,” Fruitport Township Police Lt. Bruce Morningstar told ABC News. “They were doing it on their own without any recognition.”
Hodges says the incident was just another day on the job in the life of a police officer.
“We made the decision that was what we needed to do to solve the issue,” Hodges said. “When we left we went onto the next call.”
“It’s just part of what police officers do on a daily basis,” he said.