Thursday, April 27, 2017

Line of Duty Death Sergeant Megan Lee Callahan



Sergeant Megan Lee Callahan
North Carolina Department of Public Safety
Division of Prisons, North Carolina

End of Watch: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Bio & Incident Details
Age: 29
Tour: 5 years
Cause: Assault
Weapon: Person
Offender: In custody
Sergeant Megan Callahan was killed after being assaulted at the Bertie Correctional Institution at approximately 5:30 pm.
She was attacked by a male inmate who was serving a life sentence for a previous murder.
Medical staff at the prison and other first responders provided medical aid but she succumbed to her injuries approximately one hour after the attack.
Sergeant Callahan had served with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety for five years.

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

Mr. Erik A. Hooks, Secretary of Public Safety
North Carolina Department of Public Safety - Division of Prisons
831 West Morgan Street
4260 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699
Phone: (919) 716-3700

Line of Duty Death Corporal Stephen J Ballard



Corporal Stephen J. Ballard
Delaware State Police, Delaware

End of Watch: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Bio & Incident Details
Age: 32
Tour: 8 years, 6 months
Cause: Gunfire
Weapon: Handgun
Offender: At large

Corporal Stephen Ballard was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious vehicle at a gas station on Pulaski Highway, near Salem Church Road, in Bear, Delaware.
He made contact with two people he observed in the vehicle, at which point of the men began struggling with him. The man pushed Corporal Ballard away from him and began to run. After taking several steps he turned around and opened fire on Corporal Ballard, fatally wounding him.
Responding officers apprehended one of the subjects at the scene. The second subject fled to his home where he barricaded himself inside.
Corporal Ballard had served with the Delaware State Police for 8-1/2 years and was assigned to Troop 2, Glasgow. He is survived by his wife.

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

Colonel Nathaniel McQueen, Jr.
Delaware State Police
1441 N Dupont Highway
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 739-5901

Armed Ohio man with children in handcuffs arrested for entering jail privateofficer.com

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Summit County OH April 27 2017A 26-year-old Akron man is accused of trying to get into the Summit County Courthouse and the county jail several times while carrying a firearm and accompanied by children in handcuffs, authorities said.
The man claimed he was part of a Scared Straight program. Authorities are now trying to locate the children involved.
“The children didn’t seem to be under any duress,” sheriff’s spokesman Bill Holland said Tuesday. “We’re trying to find the identity of the children and find out exactly what is going on.”
Christopher S. Hendon is charged with four counts of illegal conveyance of a deadly weapon into a courthouse, four counts of criminal trespass and four counts of impersonating a peace officer.
The impersonation and weapons charges are third-degree and fifth-degree felonies, respectively, while the trespassing charge is a fourth-degree misdemeanor.
He is being held at the Summit County Jail.
Attorney Don Hicks confirmed Tuesday that he will represent Hendon but said he had not yet met with his client.
Holland said it’s unclear whether Hendon was running a business or was acting as a good Samaritan.
Authorities said that a suspect tried to enter the courthouse on April 6 with a firearm and a child in handcuffs, claiming he was a resource officer working as part of a Scared Straight program.
The man had a security badge, but the word “security” was covered with a band, Holland said.
“We have a juvenile diversion program but we don’t have a Scared Straight program,” he added.
Authorities said Hendon is not a certified peace officer in Ohio, but he has a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
The Summit County Sheriff’s Office and Akron police determined that Hendon allegedly had tried to get into the courthouse and jail four times while dressed in tactical police gear and with handcuffed children.
People are required to pass through metal detectors when entering both the courthouse and jail.
Each time, the suspect left with the children after being denied access, Holland said.
Asked why authorities didn’t question Hendon at the time of the incidents, Holland responded only that Hendon left the area. The children were of elementary or middle school age.
A mother had called Leggett elementary school in Akron to authorize Hendon to pick up a student, Akron Public Schools spokesman Mark Williamson said. Hendon showed up, but so did the mother and the student left with the woman, he said.
He added that the district is investigating and trying to find out exactly what happened.
The district planned to send an alert to parents reminding them of the policy that students cannot leave with anyone unless they are authorized by the parents.
Deputies and Akron police executed a search warrant Monday at Hendon’s Akron residence and seized a handgun, a simulated firearm, handcuffs, law enforcement equipment, a tactical vest and items labeled with police insignias.
He was arraigned Tuesday morning in Akron Municipal Court. County prosecutors will review the case prior to presenting it to the county grand jury.
Trying to mentor kids?
At least one city official questioned the severity of the initial charges against Hendon.
Akron City Councilwoman Tara Mosley-Samples said Hendon wanted to be a police officer and started a Scared Straight program to help mentor youth. She said the parents of the children involved had asked him for help.
Hendon had reached out to the councilwoman asking if the city could help him with the program.
“I told him he needed to put together a presentation about what he’s doing with the kids and present it to council and introduce himself,” Mosley-Samples said.
She also said she warned him to be careful about what he was doing because of his interest in becoming an officer.
“I’m just concerned about his mental state because he wants to do something good,” Mosley-Samples said. “We can’t pay our young black men to be police officers, and he wants to be one. I’m hoping that when he comes out on the other end of it, it doesn’t break his spirit.”
Hendon’s background
Hendon attended the Kent State University Police Academy at the school’s Trumbull campus from Sept. 26 to Jan. 4 last year. Kent State declined to comment further, other than to say it’s a seven-month program and he didn’t graduate.
He also participated between 2008 and 2011 in the Akron Police Explorers program, Akron police Lt. Rick Edwards said. Many Explorers participants, who range in age from 13 to 21, hope to one day become police officers.
The group meets monthly and learns about K-9 training and other aspects of policing. Explorers have no policing power — they don’t make arrests or carry a weapon, Edwards said. But they may help out with traffic control during special events.
Hendon had created an online GoFundMe.com account to raise money for the family of Daniel Turner, the security guard who was killed last month at the Game 7 Bar and Grille on South Arlington Street in Akron. The account had raised $440 toward the $3,500 goal as of Tuesday afternoon.
Authorities are asking that anyone who participated in his Scared Straight program or knows the children to contact the Summit County Sheriff’s Detective Bureau at 330-643-2131.
Ohio.com

Substitute Harrison County teacher arrested after alleged relations with student privateofficer.com

BILOXI, Miss. April 27 2017 A substitute teacher has been arrested after authorities say he had sex with a teenage boy.
News outlets report 23-year-old Christopher Lewis was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of sexual battery against a 15-year-old male student. Lewis was a contracted worker at the Harrison County School District.
Harrison County Sheriff’s Lt. Coley Judy says the sex acts happened in a vehicle not on school grounds. The school’s principal notified police upon being told of a rumor.
Authorities say Lewis and the teen had sex last month and in April 2016. Lewis is being held on $150,000 bond and has asked for an attorney.
Judy says the teen told police the sex was consensual. State law dictates that the alleged acts are crimes as the student is a minor.
AP

Dallas Police Staffing at Lowest Level in Decade privateofficer.com

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DALLAS TX April 27 2017 -- City officials and the public "really need to be concerned," about the shrinking police force, interim Dallas Police Chief David Pughes said Monday.
Pughes told the City Council's public safety committee that the department is down to a nearly critical level of 3,077 officers. That's the smallest force the city has had in about 10 years. Another 100 would-be officers are training in the police academy.
The chief said he's concerned that the department, which peaked at nearly 3,700 officers about six years ago, will be short-handed while entering the summer months, when crime generally increases.
Consternation about the failing Dallas Police and Fire Pension System has driven the officers to quit and retire much faster than the department can hire and train new ones.
So far this year, police have hired just 80 officers and expect to hire 200 — far from their target of around 450. And the department has lost 244 officers this year, many of whom had more than 20 years of experience. Police officials believe another 120 will leave by the end of September.
Deputy Chief Scott Walton said the projections remain "a huge wild card" until a bill to save the pension from insolvency is signed into law by the governor. The bill is awaiting a House vote and has met political opposition from Mayor Mike Rawlings, who has called on voters to push lawmakers to change the legislation.
High attrition is one of several major issues that Pughes inherited when he took the temporary job in October. Violent crime has also been on the rise, and Pughes discovered last year that the 911 call center was short-staffed. The latter problem became clear to the public when some technology-induced call spikes left hundreds of emergency callers on hold.
But the attrition — and the unknown about how many more will leave — keeps Pughes up at night.
Council member Adam McGough said he believes "a perfect storm is coming." And he's worried the city isn't ready for it.
"At a certain point, we just need bodies, warm bodies who are willing to serve our communities and protect us in a way that needs to happen," he said.
Pughes said he is looking into hiring retired officers full time or part time but hasn't worked through all the details yet.
"I'm actually excited about the possibility of bringing retirees back in whatever capacity they can work," Pughes said.
He may also use reserve officers and overtime to bolster the force.
Pughes said the officers he has left have done "an amazing job" at fighting crime. He told the committee that property crimes are down so far this year, through April 12, over the same time period last year. Violent crimes were up slightly. But crime is still mostly higher than it was in 2015 when the department had closer to 3,500 officers.
Response times, however, have crept up slightly again. Pughes said three patrol divisions — north central, southwest and southeast — all had some struggles but have performed better recently.
Council member Philip Kingston lauded Pughes for "doing a good job with not enough personnel."
Pughes said he's doing his best to make sure his officers feel appreciated. But he worries about losing too many good ones.
"My only hope right now is that it doesn't get any worse," he said.

The Dallas Morning News

Man arrested for pointing knife at Fairview Park Mall security guards privateofficer.com


Kitchener Ontario Canada April 27 2017
A 40-year-old Cambridge man faces charges after he allegedly pointed a knife at Fairview Park Mall security guards.
Regional Police say the man was approached by mall security on Tuesday morning after reports of a theft.
The man then pulled out a knife and pointed it at the guards.
No one was injured in the incident.
Police say the Cambridge man has been arrested and faces a number of theft and weapon-related charges.
Police did not release the man’s name.

Michigan City police officer charged with four counts of rape privateofficer.com

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MICHIGAN CITY IN April 27 2017 — A Michigan City police officer, who resigned after an investigation against him was initiated, has been arrested and charged with four counts of rape.
According to a report from the LaPorte County Sheriff's Office, Thomas K. Jackson, 51, was arrested Tuesday at a convenience store near his Trail Creek home.
Deputies said the investigation began in March after Michigan City police Chief Mark Swistek requested an investigation involving Jackson, who was at the time a Michigan City police officer.
The report stemmed from an allegation of inappropriate sexual contact between Jackson and the a woman who was reported to have such diminished mental capabilities that she could not consent to the activity.
Jackson has been charged with four counts of rape, each a level three felony. He is being held in the LaPorte County Jail in lieu of a $25,000 cash only bond.
Deputies said Jackson resigned from the Michigan City Police Department on March 14.
South Bend Tribune

Former W.V. security guard accuses coal business of wrongful termination privateofficer.com

WILLIAMSON WV April 27 2017— A former security guard is suing a coal business, alleging wrongful termination in retaliation for seeking workers compensation leave.
Ronnie Jordan of Wharncliffe filed the complaint in Mingo Circuit Court against DFM Coal, LLC and Gregory Blairalleging that they violated the Worker's Compensation Discriminatory Practices Act and West Virginia Human Rights Act.
According to the complaint, on June 21, 2016, Jordan was injured while working as a security guard at the defendant's coal mine in Wharncliffe. The suit says he promptly filed for workers compensation benefits.
The suit says he was denied his compensation claim and he protested to the Office of Judges where a hearing was held in January. After the workers compensation claim was held compensable during the hearing, the lawsuit states, Jordan was terminated Feb. 23. As a result, Jordan says he has he suffered lost wages, benefits and humiliation.
The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to give employees their right to a medical leave, failed to provide a safe working environment to avoid injuries and failed to provide legal reason before terminating an employee.
Jordan seeks trial by jury, lost wages, benefits, back pay, front pay, all damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorney fees, court costs and all equitable relief. He is represented by attorney Steve S. Wolfe of Wolfe, White and Associates in Logan.
Mingo Circuit Court Case number 17-C-60

Man Knocks Down Security Robot, Ends Up in Jail privateofficer.com

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Mountain View CA April 27 2017 In a man-vs.-robot confrontation in California last week, the robot did what it was designed to do, and the intoxicated man ended up in jail, according to Mountain View police.
On April 19 around 8:15 p.m., officers responded to Knightscope headquarters, in the 1000 block of Terra Bella Avenue, on reports of a prowler. Surveillance video provided by the robot maker shows 41-year-old Jason Sylvain moments before police say he intentionally knocked over a 300-pound security robot.
The robot was being tested outside the company offices when it sounded its alarm, and employees ran outside, Knightscope said.
"We found a guy who just knocked over our robot," said company spokesman Stacy Dean Stephens. "He tried to get away, but we detained him and then we got Mountain View police on the phone. The bad guy learned the robot does security. It did what it was designed to do."
When officers arrived, Sylvain appeared confused, had red, glassy eyes and a strong odor of alcohol, police said. He was arrested for prowling and being drunk in public.
Last year, a Knightscope robot made headlines after running over a toddler while working at Stanford Shopping Center. The child suffered minor scrapes and a sore foot.
This time, the robot ended up with a few scratches, but Stephens said, "Everything is fine, none the worse for wear."

NBC News

St Cloud Walmart shopper stabbed-suspect arrested privateofficer.com

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St Cloud MN April 27 2017 The 29-year-old suspect in a stabbing at St. Cloud Walmart on Thursday was charged Friday with felony assault.
The suspect is identified as St. Cloud resident Christian Anthony Robert De Beche, according to court documents.
The stabbing sent a 17-year-old female to the hospital and closed the store for the evening. The girl sustained a wound that is not believed to be life-threatening.
According to the criminal complaint, responding officers found the girl "lying in a store aisle in a pool of blood." Officers determined the girl had been stabbed near her right upper back and neck area; officers found at the scene a folding knife with a blade approximately 3 inches in length.
The girl and her mother told police they had "observed a male who appeared to be following them," according to the complaint. The girl's mother said she heard a noise and saw the suspect "appear to be choking her daughter and then determined that in fact her daughter was stabbed." The girl then fell to the ground.
The victim didn't know the suspect, who discarded the weapon and waited after the stabbing for police to come and arrest him, said St. Cloud police Sgt. Jason Burke. Walmart security helped detain the man until police arrived.
De Beche isn't speaking to investigators, and a motive for the attack is unclear, Burke said Friday.
Several police vehicles and emergency personnel responded to the store at 3601 Second St. S at about 7:30 p.m. The victim was treated inside the store before being taken to the hospital.
Walmart was open again Friday morning.

SC Times

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Chicago Aviation Police Quietly Rebranded to Security privateofficer.com

CHICAGO IL April 27 2017-- The ABC 7 I-Team has learned that Chicago Aviation Department officials have quietly begun retooling the Airport Police Department.
The move comes a little more than two weeks after police dragged a United passenger off a flight at O'Hare. The Chicago Aviation Police Department is being rebranded, the word "police" being stripped from their name and replaced with the word "security."
But the change from police officers to security guards has the officers' union preparing to file a labor complaint Wednesday morning claiming that the city is violating the airport police officers' contract.
The move to rebrand the officers follows the video seen round the world from April 9, of a United passenger who refused to deplane being dragged way by aviation police.
A video taken in February shows the array of aviation police vehicles outside the office at Midway Airport where officers arrive wearing their police uniforms complete with police patches. Their vehicles are also clearly marked police.
Tuesday afternoon those same vehicles have been retagged as security, and officials of the Service Employees Union Local 73 said it's just the beginning of a complete downgrade from police officers to security guards.
Union officials said it violates the contract they have with the city, and they call it a premature, rash decision by the Department of Aviation, which puts everyone using Chicago's airports at unnecessary risk.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel indicated Tuesday that he will wait for the final report from Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans before making any moves.
"Everybody knows what happened today is totally unacceptable and Ginger and the (Inspector General) are conducting in an investigation to get to the bottom of it with any recommendations and changes that need to happen," Emanuel said at the time of the incident.
City officials have not responded to the I-Team messages concerning the rebranding of aviation police as security. The union said they will file their contract violation complaint with the Labor Relations Board Wednesday.
There are no new developments into the investigation of what happened on United 3411. Airline officials did send the I-Team a news statement Tuesday saying their focus currently is reviewing policies and making this right for customers so something like that incident doesn't happen again.
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CVS security agent charged with sexual assaults of shoplifters privateofficer.com



Brooklyn NY April 26 2017
For the second time in as many weeks a retail security officer is being accused of sexually assaulting at least one woman accused of shoplifting and holding her against her will.
Police were notified of an incident at the CVS in Brooklyn where the store security agent is accused of taking a suspected 28-year-old shoplifter into a back office, sexually abusing her, holding her against her will and forcing her to sign a "non-disclosure agreement" before he let her go, authorities say.
Jose Ramos, 29, faces charges of forcible touching, coercion and sex abuse in connection with the March 15 confrontation at the pharmacy on Ditmas Avenue in Kensington, police confirmed Tuesday.
According to police, the woman he accused of shoplifting reported the sex attack to authorities a day later. She told police Ramos threatened to call the cops if she didn't let him take photos of her genitals. She obliged out of fear, authorities say she told them.
Ramos also allegedly groped the woman in the back office before letting her go.
Police say he made the woman sign a "non-disclosure agreement" stating she would not tell anyone about what Ramos allegedly did to her. If she spoke to anyone of the abuse, Ramos would call the police, the "contract" allegedly said.
Cops found a piece of paper with that "non-disclosure agreement" when they searched Ramos' belongings.
During a search, police say that they also found similar contracts signed by other women. Authorities are now looking for those women, and say their investigation is active and ongoing.
CVS Pharmacy said that they sincerely apologize to the victims in this matter and we are cooperating fully with the NYPD's Special Victims Division in their investigation.
 "We have stringent policies and procedures to ensure that suspected shoplifters are treated lawfully and with respect," the statement continued. "Employees are not permitted to detain suspects unless they are accompanied by another colleague of the same gender as the suspect."
The company has said that Ramos has been suspended from his job and barred from the premises pending the outcome of the investigation.
Police said that additional charges could follow soon.
Just five days ago a loss prevention agent employed by H & M Apparel was arrested and charged with rape and kidnapping accused of holding female shoplifters at bay and against their will while he sexually assaulted them.

Shaun A. Ivy is still in police custody on multiple charges.

TX security officer murdered on the job laid to rest privateofficer.com



Galveston Texas April 26 2017
Texas private security officers from across the state was joined by law enforcement officers from municipal, county and state agencies as they came together Monday to honor a fallen officer.

Private Officer International members were also on hand including some who caravaned from other regions of the state led by Lifetime Member Steven Royce, owner of American Paratus Security Agency,

Phillip Molis, 23 was patrolling the San Luis Resort and Spa, a luxury resort on Seawall Boulevard in Galveston when he came upon several suspicious men.
As he approached the men to question them, the men shot Molis up to eleven times and left him for dead in the parking lot as they fled the area.
The officer was rushed to the University of Texas Medical Branch but succumbed to his injuries a short time later.
During the funeral, local constables made Molis an honorary constable.
From 2009 to 2012 he was dedicated to the Galveston Explorers. He graduated from Ball High School in 2012 and proceeded to college, joining the police academy in 2014.
He also volunteered his service to many organizations: The Boys and Girls Club, Relay for Life, Galveston Elks Lodge #126, Special People Mardi Gras Ball and Galveston Lassie League. He also took the initiative during special events by helping the Galveston Police Department.
Co-workers at the resort said that Molis was the most dedicated person to his job. He loved his co-workers and the staff and loved being at the hotel. He was considered family to so many people.
He is survived by his father, Felipe Molis, Sr. and mother, Michelle Martine; the aunt and uncle who shared raising him, Uncle Manuel and Aunt Julie; his siblings: Hayden, Kandis, Macy, Mason and Melissa; grandmother, Amalia Kozak and many cousins.
 Houston businessman Tilman J. Fertitta  who owns the resort also attended the funeral.


Man charged with assaulting St Mary's hospital security officer privateofficer.com

Grand Junction CO April 26 2017 A 26-year-old man accused of hitting a St. Mary’s Hospital security guard in the face Saturday night could be charged with felony assault on an officer.
Jeymar Canales was hospitalized after being taken into protective custody for his “high level of intoxication” by the Grand Junction Police Department, which reported in an arrest affidavit that officers found him after responding to a report that he was throwing rocks at cars near Ridges Boulevard and Ridgeway Court.
The security guard told officers he was helping put Canales in restraints at the hospital, when Canales began struggling and hit him in the face, the report said. Canales also allegedly scratched the man’s arm.

Canales was issued a personal-recognizance bond Monday by Mesa County Judge Craig Henderson.

Two die in murder-suicide in N.M. Walmart parking lot privateofficer.com

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GALLUP, N.M. April 26 2017
Two people were found dead Tuesday in a car in a Walmart parking lot in Gallup, New Mexico.
Gallup police Capt. Marinda Spencer said the two people and a dog were shot to death in what police believe was a murder-suicide situation.
Police said initial investigation indicates that it was and that they are not looking for any other suspects. There is no gunman on the loose, they said.
Police have not released the identities of the two deceased persons.

The store remained open and was operating while police were continuing to investigate.

Former federal security officer guilty in double murder privateofficer.com

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ROCKVILLE, Md. April 26 2017 A former federal security officer has pleaded guilty to killing two strangers and wounding two others during a shooting rampage in the Maryland suburbs of Washington.
Sixty-four-year-old Euladio Tordil pleaded guilty to two counts each of murder and attempted murder on Tuesday.
He still faces trial in a neighboring Maryland county for the fatal shooting of his estranged wife, which preceded the May 2016 rampage. Schools and government buildings went on lockdown as police searched for Tordil. He was captured in a shopping center parking lot after he left a Boston Market restaurant.

Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy said in court that Tordil was motivated by anger at his wife. Tordil's attorneys said after the plea that he made the right choice to take responsibility for his actions.

TVA eliminating handguns from nuclear security officers privateofficer.com



RHEA COUNTY, TN April 26 2017
The nuclear industry has a new policy leaving local workers worried about their safety.
Channel 3 has learned Tennessee Valley Authority security officers will soon no longer be allowed to carry handguns.
It's a change that one employee calls dangerous.
He believes he may be risking his job to talk about the change but wants the public to be aware.
Paul Tackett says nuclear power plants are considered high value targets to terrorists and it's the job of security officers to keep everyone safe. 
"Radiological release, that's what they're after. Terrorists are after to kill as many as they can in the quickest way," he said.
Tackett has worked as a Senior Nuclear Security Officer at TVA's Watts Bar Nuclear Plant for seven years.
He's required to carry a handgun and pepper spray and knows the importance of security first hand.
"Anything is possible to happen at anytime. It was just a few years ago when we had an officer shot at out here," he added.
He remembers when someone shot at a TVA officer four years ago. That officer wasn't hurt, but Tackett fears a change in policy could put officers and the public at risk.
"They're talking about taking away our handguns. I mean, if we're utilities at night, we have no way of protecting ourselves," he said.
Channel 3 confirmed change is ahead for TVA.
Officials wouldn't go on camera, but released the following statement:
"The safety and security of our nuclear plants, personnel and the public are TVA's top priority. We continually work with the nuclear industry to evaluate processes and procedures to determine the value they add to the safe, secure operations of the nation's nuclear plants. 
Because other protective measures are in place to ensure the security of nuclear sites, the nuclear industry is in the process of eliminating handguns that are not required for the protective strategy of nuclear power plants. These changes have been successfully implemented by other utilities. We will only take actions that improve our ability to protect our nuclear plants after following the regulatory review process. 
Security protocols prevent us from providing any additional details on our plant's protective strategy." - Scott Fiedler, TVA Spokesman.
Tackett is still worried.
"Everyone I talk to over there says the same thing, I mean, they're just like me, saying what are we going to do if something happens?" he said.

Tackett said he will no longer be able to carry a handgun after August 15th. TVA tells Channel 3 the changes will be complete by the end of the year.
WRCB

Off-duty Pawtucket police officer accused of punching Foxwoods Resort Casino employee privateofficer.com

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PAWTUCKET, R.I. April 26 2017— An off-duty Pawtucket police officer is accused of punching a 73-year-old bathroom attendant at Foxwoods Resort Casino because “the water was too cold” for washing his hands.
Michael Tousignant, 36, was charged by Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Police with assaulting an elderly person, a class A misdemeanor. He was arraigned in New London, Connecticut on April 10.
Tribal Police Chief William Dittman said the assault appeared unprovoked. Tousignant was in a bathroom near Cedars Restaurant the night of April 1 when he started to wash his hands, the chief said.
“He said the water was too cold, and then he turned around and smacked the guy,” Dittman said Monday.
Tousignant then left the bathroom, Dittman said, and his friends were overheard saying, “Let’s get out of here.”
Instead, witnesses called for help for the attendant, who had a bloody nose and facial injuries, and Tousignant was arrested, Dittman said.
While the police were booking Tousignant, he told them he was a Pawtucket police officer.
Tousignant has been with the city department for about 10 years, after previously serving as a military police officer in the Army Reserves.
A reporter’s call to Pawtucket Police Chief Paul King was referred to Major Tina Goncavles, who did not respond to a call and email for comment on Tousigant’s status Monday afternoon.
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Gunman given 76 years to life in prison for security officer murder privateoficer.com

Antonio Mahon, 22, at State Supreme Court in Brooklyn where he was sentenced to 76 years to life for the murder of Aaron Locklear, and the attempted murder of James Merced.

Brooklyn NY April 26 2017 A gunman got sentenced Monday to 76 years to life in prison for callously murdering a hardworking father of six and permanently injuring another man.
He also got something else — grace from the heartbroken mother of the man he killed.
“I’ll forgive you, but I will never forget what you did,” Cheryl Locklear, the mother of Aaron Locklear, told killer Antonio Mahon.
Locklear, 30, and trainee James Merced, 28, were taking a lunch break from their job as security guards on Nov. 28, 2014, when Mahon walked passed them on Dumont Ave. in Brownsville. Then Mahon turned around and opened fire.
“My son left behind six children, you took them away from him. You took him away from his family. I’m praying you seek a Christian life while in prison, but I have forgiven you,” Cheryl Locklear said in Brooklyn Supreme Court.
Mahon, 22, admitted he thought Locklear and Merced were his enemies and was on drugs at the time of the shooting. Merced now uses a wheelchair.
“I must say this, I never thought in my life as a judge, did I think I’d have to impune a sentence like this to anyone,” Supreme Court Justice ShawnDya Simpson said before giving Mahon 76 years to life.
Prior to the shooting, Mahon chased after a young man armed with the murder weapon and pointed the same gun at a maintenance worker.
“This is a very sad case. It pains my heart. It pains my soul that three young mens’ lives are ruined, but two really good men’s lives are ruined,” said Simpson.
Mahon told detectives he always walked around with a gun because he has problems with several gangs, including the HoodStarz, in the neighborhood.

Clayton Gravenhise, 22, a HoodStarz member, was on a revenge-fueled crime spree in 2014 after his brother Nathaniel Gravenhise was killed. Gravenhise suspected Mahon was the killer, sources said.
NY Daily News

BART Transit passengers robbed by 40 to 60 youths in Oakland privateofficer.com

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OAKLAND CA April 26 2017 — Investigators on Monday were reviewing videotape from the Oakland Coliseum BART station, where a mob of 40 to 60 youths robbed train passengers Saturday night, punching some of them.
At least seven people on a Dublin-bound train and the platform were targeted, and two victims suffered injuries to their heads and faces and had to be treated by paramedics.
According to a BART officials, the mob jumped fare gates at the station at 9:26 p.m. Saturday and headed to the platform, where some boarded the train.
One person lost a purse, another a duffel bag and the rest were robbed of cellphones.
Some victims were apparently punched but no guns or other weapons were seen, authorities said.
The attacks lasted less than five minutes and the suspects fled the station into the surrounding neighborhoods. A BART police sergeant and officer who were working robbery suppression patrol in the station’s back parking lot responded to the concourse when the incident call came in, Trost said.
No detailed descriptions of the suspects were released and no arrests were reported. BART reported all the suspects were minors but did not give an age range.
The train was held for about 15 minutes while police conducted their investigation.
Trost said BART police would be working with Oakland police, Oakland school police and Oakland Housing Authority police to review video surveillance tapes in hopes of identifying suspects.
Of the train’s nine cars, only six had working cameras but the other three should receive replacements before July 1, Trost said.
Authorities said the mass robbery was the first of its kind in recent memory.
In the latest numbers available from BART, there were 162 robberies reported throughout the system in 2015. The highest number before that was 213 in 2013.
In a Feb. 9 report to BART’s Operations and Public Safety Committee, officials said crimes against persons, which include homicides, robberies, rapes and aggravated assaults, were up in the last quarter (October to December 2016) and up from the corresponding quarter of the prior fiscal year. Exact numbers in each of the crime categories were not released.
BART has 227 sworn police positions, but there are now 21 vacancies.

Trost said BART had increased police presence for Oakland stations on Saturday night using overtime and that would continue.
East Bay Times

Ambulance Company Owner and Brother Sentenced in $6 Million Health Care Fraud Conspiracy privateofficer.com

HOUSTON TX April 26 2017 – Two brothers have been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for their convictions of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud and money laundering, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez. Kevin Olufemi Davies, 29, and his brother Melvin Olusola Davies, 28, pleaded guilty Dec. 9, 2016.
Today, U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes ordered Kevin Davies to serve a 57-month sentence, while his brother received 63 months in federal prison. Both will also be required to serve three years of supervised release following completion of the prison term. They were further ordered to pay a more than $2.3 million in restitution. In handing down the sentence, Judge Hughes said that stealing from tax-payers - including blue collar workers who work under difficult conditions such as out in the cold and snow to pay taxes intended to be used to provide health care services to the elderly and sick - was not acceptable. He further noted that probation was not an option for this conduct.
The brothers owned and operated KMD Healthcare Services Inc. (KMD) from their home in a gated townhouse community in Houston. As part of their guilty pleas, the pair admitted they submitted approximately $6 million in false and fraudulent claims to Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare (another government health program) for ambulance services that were not provided. The brothers admitted they transported Medicare beneficiaries with only one of the two required EMTs and in vans instead of ambulances. They also admitted they paid a Houston physician $500 for certificates of medical necessity and paid some of the Medicare beneficiaries to ride in the vans.
Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare only pay for medically necessary ambulance services in vehicles designed and equipped to respond to medical emergencies and for patients who cannot be safely transported by any other means of transportation. Medicare also requires two individuals to staff ambulance transports, including at least one licensed EMT.
According to the plea agreements, the EMTs working for the defendants wrote up ambulance “run sheets” even though the Medicare beneficiaries did not travel by ambulance and did not need ambulance services. The individuals transported were not bed bound, could walk and routinely used non-ambulance transport in their daily activities. One patient even walked to her own therapy session, but KMD billed Medicare $51,952 for her ambulance transportation.
In total, KMD billed Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare approximately $6,293,108 in false and fraudulent claims for ambulance services that were not provided and not medically necessary. They received at least $2,201,137 from Medicare, $219,924 from Medicaid and $16,735.29 from Tricare as payment for those claims.
The brothers have been in federal custody since their arrest on May 25, 2016. They have both forfeitted vehicles they purchased with the fraudulent health care proceeds, including a 2010 Porsche Panamera and a 2012 Mercedes Benz CLS.

The FBI, IRS – Criminal Investigation and Texas Office of the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Redlinger prosecuted the case.
Via Press Release

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Vanderbilt students develop smart police vest that calls for backup privateofficer.com

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Nashville TN April 25 2017
Vanderbilt University engineering students have developed a smart ballistics vest that knows when an officer is in trouble and can automatically call for backup.
The vest monitors the wearer's heartbeat, breathing and knows when either are too fast or too slow. It calls for backup when it senses an officer has been shot and notifies dispatch when the officer has fallen on the ground. It even knows when the officer is bleeding by detecting the sugar in human blood as it trickles over one of the sensors.
The invention was featured along with 70 other projects meant to address real life design challenges at Design Day Monday at Vanderbilt University.
Apart from having the opportunity to practice the engineering skills they've learned in college, students can also win awards as judges evaluate each project and decide by major which body of work is the best, according to Assistant Dean for Design Thomas Withrow.
Smart ballistics vests, officially dubbed HERMES (Health Evaluation and Real-time Monitoring-based Emergency Signaling) could save precious moments in life or death situations, its creators say.
Former NYPD Officer Jim Shepherd said he got the idea for the vests after he helped pull his fellow officers from wreckage of 9/11. The vests, inscribed with identifying information, were one of the few items that remained intact after the planes crashed and the Twin Towers collapsed, Shepherd said.
They were used to identify those killed in action.
"I thought about how can we get that vest to do something more?" Shepherd said. "And these kids did a tremendous job."
The team of Vanderbilt seniors includes Vivek Shah, Zachary St. Clair, Kathryn Snyder, Matthew Rogers, Nicole Steiner, Alexander Boyer and Paul Hark.
They were advised by the four people who make up GPS-911, LLC — Shepherd, Erin Raccah, Austin Martin and Arlie Haddix.
Raccah said GPS-911 is aiming to keep the cost to police departments under $100 for each vest. There will also be an additional cost of $5 per officer per month for a subscription to the web application.
International Airport Police Officer Lori Hodapp has also been helping to advise the students on the project. She flew to Nashville from the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport where she works in counter-terrorism to try to vest out.  After putting on the vest, Hodapp laid on the ground. Almost immediately, the vest sent out notifications that indicated the officer's orientation was off.
"The vest is a daily thing for me," she said. "I am so excited for this vest. It's the next step in officer safety."
While hundreds milled around the Student Life Center ballroom, the smart vest was a clear favorite.
Some other projects included a redesigned football helmet that limits mild brain injuries, a custom apparatus designed for aerial dance artists, and a 150-foot pedestrian bridge for a town in Honduras that will save villagers hours of travel to clinics and schools. The bridge is scheduled for construction in August.

Each of the inventions were developed for class credit, Withrow said, and can help students get jobs.
Tennessean 

State Police offer background checks in private schools privateofficer.com

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Milford DE April 25 2017 The State Bureau of Identification announced that through the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, Delaware Private Schools will have the ability to obtain a state and federal background check through SBI effective May 1.
Schools must be registered with SBI prior to any employee being processed. To register a school, visit bit.ly/2paND6B and complete the required form.
The background checks will be issued directly to the school’s point of contact and will take less time to complete than the current process of mailing fingerprints to the FBI directly. The cost of the background check is $65.

For information, call 672-5318.
The Beacon

Phoenix strip club bouncer shot by irate customer privateofficer.com

(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

PHOENIX AZ April 25 2017 Police are searching for the man who shot a bouncer outside a Phoenix strip club early Monday morning.
It happened in front of The Great Alaskan Bush Company at Grand Avenue and Osborn Road.
Police said a customer was not happy when management asked him to leave the establishment.
The man reportedly went out to the parking lot, got a gun from his vehicle and then went back to the club where he shot the bouncer in the calf.
The victim is expected to recover.
The suspect left the scene. Police have not released a description of him or his vehicle.

It’s not clear why the club’s manager asked the man to leave.
3TV/CBS 5

Miami Beach club security, bartender injured in fight privateofficer.com

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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. April 25 2017- A bouncer and a bartender were injured over the weekend during a fight at a bar in Miami Beach, authorities said.
The brawl, which was recorded on cellphone video by another bartender, was reported about 11:30 p.m. Saturday at The Playwright Irish Pub at 1265 Washington Ave.
According to an incident report, a man ran past a bouncer inside the bar and said, "Protect me please. Those guys are going to jump me."
Police said two men, armed with a large PVC pipe and bottle, ran into the bar and the bouncer, Juan Flores, 39, attempted to stop them from getting to the victim.
Flores suffered a deep cut to his right arm and hand, and smaller cuts to his left hand from the broken bottle, police said.
A bartender, identified as Jason Hernandez, 33, tried to help the bouncer and was struck in the face with the pipe. Police said he had a large cut on his nose, which was possibly broken.
Cellphone video shows the culprits picking up chairs to use as weapons.
Authorities said the attackers and the original victim fled the scene before police arrived.
Both bar employees who were injured were treated at the scene by paramedics and drove themselves to the hospital.

Anyone with information about the fight is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.
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