Friday, April 18, 2014

Felon never told to report to prison — so he didn't privateofficer.com

 

ST. LOUIS MO April 18 2014  (AP) — After he was convicted of armed robbery in 2000, Cornealious Anderson was sentenced to 13 years behind bars and told to await instructions on when and where to report to prison. But those instructions never came.
So Anderson didn't report. He spent the next 13 years turning his life around — getting married, raising three kids, learning a trade. He made no effort to conceal his identity or whereabouts. Anderson paid taxes and traffic tickets, renewed his driver's license and registered his businesses.
Not until last year did the Missouri Department of Corrections discover the clerical error that kept him free. Now he's fighting for release, saying authorities missed their chance to incarcerate him.
In a single day last July, Anderson's life was turned upside-down.
"They sent a SWAT team to his house," Anderson's attorney, Patrick Megaro, said Wednesday. "He was getting his 3-year-old daughter breakfast, and these men with automatic weapons bang on his door."
Anderson, 37, was taken to Southeast Correctional Center in Charleston, Mo., to begin serving the sentence. A court appeal filed in February asks for him to be freed.
Anderson had just one arrest for marijuana possession on his record when he and a cousin robbed an assistant manager for a St. Charles Burger King restaurant on Aug. 15, 1999. The men, wearing masks, showed a gun (it turned out to be a BB gun) and demanded money that was about to be placed in a deposit box.
The worker gave up the bag of cash, and the masked men drove away. The worker turned in the car's license plate number.
Anderson was convicted and sentenced to 13 years in prison and waited for word on what to do next.
"His attorney said, 'Listen, they're going to get you some day, so just wait for the order,'" Megaro said. "As time goes by, the order never comes. What does a normal person believe? Maybe they forgot about it. It's only human nature to hope they just let it go. He really didn't know what to do.
"A year goes by, two years, five years, 10 years. He's thinking, 'I guess they don't care about me anymore,'" Megaro said.
So Anderson went about his life. Megaro said he was not a fugitive, was never on the run. In fact, just the opposite.
Megaro described Anderson as a model citizen — a married father who became a carpenter and started three businesses. He paid income and property taxes and kept a driver's license showing his true name and address. When he was pulled over for a couple of traffic violations, nothing showed up indicating he should be in prison.
That's why Anderson was shocked when the marshals arrived.
He now lives among the general population at Charleston. Megaro said Anderson is holding his own— barely.
"He's doing his best to keep his spirits up," Megaro said. "Each day that goes by, more hope is lost. It's a daily struggle for him."
Peter Joy, director of the Criminal Justice Clinic at the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, said it isn't unusual in a country with such a high prison population for sentences to fall through the cracks. What is unusual, Joy said, is for it to go unnoticed for so long.
"The real tragedy here is that one aspect of prison is the idea of rehabilitation," Joy said. "Here we have somebody who has led a perfect life for 13 years. He did everything right. So he doesn't need rehabilitation."
What happens next isn't clear. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster on Tuesday filed a court response that said the state is justified in making Anderson serve the sentence.
However, Koster wrote that Megaro could refile the case as an action against the director of the Department of Corrections, which could give Anderson credit for the time he was technically at large.
Megaro doubted that strategy would work. He said the law does not allow credit for time served when the convicted person was not behind bars.
"I don't think that's an option, unfortunately," Megaro said.
Instead, he's relying on case law. The last time anything like this happened in Missouri was 1912. In that case, the convicted man was set free, Megaro said.
Gov. Jay Nixon could also commute the sentence. A spokesman for Nixon declined to comment.

 

Man arrested after walking around South Carolina Walmart naked privateofficer.com

TEGA CAY, S.C. April 18 2014 
A man was arrested Wednesday for walking naked through a Walmart in Tega Cay, according to a police report.

Officers said Kevin Patrick, 36, of Fort Mill, was seen walking in the health and beauty section of the store. They said he had no clothes on except for a pair of black tennis shoes.

Police said the man was found in the electronics section of the store and then escorted out.

According to the police report, Patrick told officers he remembers being in bed asleep at his sister’s house and then remembers waking up naked in his truck at Walmart.

He told police that he thought it would be a good idea to go inside the store and buy some clothes.

Officers found the man a pair of shorts from his truck, had him put them on and then arrested him for public disorderly conduct.

The store manager of Walmart allowed Patrick’s truck to stay in the parking lot overnight.

Portland reservoir to be flushed after man urinates in it privateofficer.com

PORTLAND, Ore. April 18 2014
Portland city officials are having to flush millions of gallons of treated reservoir water after a 19-year-old man allegedly relieved himself in a non-traditional location.
It happened around 1 a.m. Wednesday as three teens snuck into Portland's Reservoir 5, which holds some of the city's drinking water. This security footage reportedly shows one of the guys leaning against the fence and presumably urinating. (Via KGW-TV)
Those three men were detained shortly after they were seen in the security footage, and hours later, Portland city officials decided to take the 50-million gallon reservoir offline and flush 38-million gallons. (Via KPTV)
The Portland Water Bureau there's little risk to the public's health but bureau administrator David Shaff says, "Our customers have an expectation that their water is not deliberately contaminated. We have the ability to meet that expectation."
This kind of incident has happened once before. The city flushed 8 million gallons of water in 2011 after a 21-year-old man urinated in another reservoir. (Via KOIN)
The Oregonian reports that previous episode was said to have cost $35,000, but KATU reports this most recent incident won't cost the city anything seeing that city employees are already scheduled to work.
Portland police cited all three men for trespassing and cited one of the men for public urination. The security footage will be reviewed by the district attorney's office and those men could face criminal charges. 

Sun City Security Patrol tracks volunteers via GPS thanks to grant privateofficer.com


Sun City Center FL April 18 2014
 Thanks to a $2,700 grant from the South Shore Council of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, a new high-tech GPS system has the SCC Security Patrol cruising safely into the 21st century. 

 The funding was used to cover most of the cost of a $3,500 software package that allows dispatchers to track the locations of patrol cars at all times during their four daily shifts, seven days a week. With almost 1,000 volunteers monitoring the homes of the community’s more than 11,000 residents, driver safety is a top priority for Security Patrol Chief Bob Powers.
“Our goal is to keep our volunteers safe night and day,” Powers said. “If one of our drivers should have a heart attack or stroke, we will have assistance to them within minutes, thanks to the GPS tracking program.”

 Here’s how it works.

 It’s standard procedure for drivers to radio the office when they need to park or vacate their vehicles for any reason. With GPS the dispatcher doesn’t have to rely on these calls to know where a car is. If a car is stopped in one spot longer than necessary and the dispatcher cannot reach the driver on the radio, another car can be dispatched immediately to the exact location to provide assistance.

 Deputy Chief Martha Finley, a volunteer of 18 years, is impressed.   

 “This is a wonderful way to make our community safer,” she said, adding that team captains already have completed training on the system, and all drivers will be trained within the next six months.

 Powers said the patrol has applied for another foundation grant to pay for two hand-held radios with wider band width. They will be used by dispatchers to maintain contact with the shift captains. The cost is $1,500. With donations down and gas prices up, the grant is needed to help the patrol further improve the quality of security in Sun City Center, he said.

 Powers joined the patrol when he first moved to Sun City Center three and a half years ago. Two years later he was appointed chief. During the past 18 months he and the all-volunteer staff have worked diligently to improve the quality of service they provide to the community, which is supported by grants, individual donations and fundraising events, like the April 17 Tampa Bay Rays trip. Two busloads of Sun City Center fans purchased discounted tickets and rode to the recent Rays vs. New York Yankees game. In response to the heavy turnout, the patrol is going to repeat the offer in June.

 For further information on the SCC Security Patrol, call (813) 642-2020.
TBO

Louisville pays police officer $450,000 in whistleblower lawsuit privateofficer.com

LOUISVILLE, Ky. April 18 2014Louisville Metro Government has settled a lawsuit with an officer who sued the police department over claims his whistleblowing led Louisville Metro Police Department to retaliate against him.
Baron Morgan's lawsuit was supposed to go to trial Monday, but instead metro government will pay the former narcotics detective $450,000.
Morgan had 18 years on the job when he said a routine suspect interview in 2012 changed everything.
That man confessed to a Kentucky State Police murder case from 1998.
The victim, Kyle Breedon, had been shot to death and dumped in the Kentucky River.
"He basically said he killed Kyle because it was his birthday and he wanted to know how it felt to kill someone," Morgan said.
Susan King was already serving a 10-year sentence for that murder.
KSP arrested her in 2007.
King took an Alford Plea, meaning she didn't admit guilt but believed there was enough evidence a jury might convict her.
Morgan brought the new confession to the Innocence Project.
"Every step I took, I contacted my supervisor," Morgan said.
He said he never expected what happened next.
The narcotics detective was demoted, kicked out of the unit and made a patrol officer on third shift.
"This was something that pretty much dropped into Baron Morgan's lap. He wasn't out there looking for anything that would cause embarrassment to the Kentucky State Police," said Morgan's attorney Thomas Clay. "I really can't explain the hostility that was displayed to Baron Morgan from his own department as a result of doing the right thing."
"I really thought that I had their support 100 percent," Morgan said. "Finding out I didn't, you know, it was a pretty rough road."
The signed settlement includes money, but not an admission of liability by the city.
"I don't think they'd pay $450,000 if they didn't think there was some kind of merit to the claim," Clay said.
Morgan said he'll retire in a year, but admitted this isn't how he saw his police career ending.
"If you could go back to when this all started would you do anything differently?" WLKY's Marissa Alter asked him.
"No, ma'am. No, I couldn't look at myself in the mirror if I did," Morgan said.
Though Morgan settled, there's still a separate lawsuit pending and set for trial here Monday.
That was filed by Morgan's supervisor, Lt. Richard Pearson. He said he was retaliated against also for standing up for Morgan and questioning Kentucky State Police.
The county attorney's office did not want to comment on the settlement.
The Innocence Project entered a motion for a new trial for King based on the confession.
A judge denied it, saying King entered a plea voluntarily.
That ruling has been appealed.
King faced life in prison if convicted of murder and instead pleaded to manslaughter and a 10-year sentence.
She was released on parole.
WLKY 

Former City Clerk in Havana Sentenced for Embezzlement privateofficer.com

WICHITA, KS April 18 2014—A former city clerk for the city of Havana, Kansas, was sentenced Wednesday to two years’ supervised release, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said. She also was ordered to pay a total of more than $59,000 in restitution to the city of Havana, Cross Point Baptist Church, and an insurance company.
Diana L. Cox, 67, Havana, Kansas, pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud and one count of wire fraud. In her plea, she admitted embezzling $14,658 from the city of Havana while she was working as city clerk. On August 18, 2011, she presented documents to the Arvest Bank in Caney, Kansas, falsely stating that the Havana City Council had voted to change its policy to require only one signature on checks written for city business.
She also admitted that while she was treasurer of the Cross Point Baptist Church, she devised a scheme to defraud the church of approximately $44,568. On December 30, 2011, she caused the church to electronically transfer approximately $2,536 to Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance to make a mortgage payment due on her daughter’s home.
Grissom commended the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Mona Furst for their work on the case.

North Charleston man facing federal charges over $.89 drink refill privateofficer.com

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC April 18 2014           
A North Charleston man was hit with a federal fine for refilling his drink without paying. The on-site construction worker says he didn't know refills at the VA Medical Center in downtown Charleston came at a price, and Wednesday, during his lunch hour, he was slapped with federal charges.
The ticket was issued by the Federal Police Force at the VA Medical Center in downtown Charleston after Christopher Lewis refilled his soda without paying the $0.89. A hospital spokesperson called it a "theft of government property."
"Every time I look at the ticket, it's unbelievable to me,” says Lewis, who works construction. “I can't fathom the fact that I made a $0.89 mistake that cost me $525."
Lewis is now out of a job. According to a hospital spokesperson, signs are posted in the cafeteria informing patrons that refills aren't free. Lewis says he never noticed the signs and admits he had refilled his drink without paying on other occasions. He says after he went back for seconds on Wednesday, a man who identified himself as the chief of police, stopped him.
"As I was filling my cup up, I turned to walk off and a fella grabbed me by the arm and asked me was I going to pay for that, and I told him I wasn't aware that I had to pay for that."
Lewis says he tried to pay the $0.89 right there, but wasn't allowed to. He says he wasn't given the chance to pay the cashier either.
"I never had an option to make right what I had done wrong."
He says he was taken to a room, given the $525 ticket for shoplifting and told not to return to the property.
"I'm done there, at the VA hospital. I'm not allowed to go on the premises anymore. I asked him can I still work on the job site and just bring my lunch and not got to the cafeteria and he said he wanted me off the premises."
A hospital spokesperson says it was her understanding that Lewis was aggressive during the confrontation.
The medical center released the following statement:
The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is fortunate to have a highly trained Federal police force to ensure the safety of our patients, visitors and employees. As Federal police they are responsible for enforcing the law. Today a Federal citation was issued for shoplifting in the VA cafeteria to an individual who stated to VA police he had not paid for refills of beverages on multiple occasions, even though signs are posted in the cafeteria informing patrons refills are not free. Shoplifting is a crime. The dollar amount of the ticket is not determined by VA as it is a Federal citation. The citation may be paid or the recipient may choose to appear in Federal court to contest it.
Lewis and his fiancé have contacted the Internal Affairs Office in Columbia. He says he will contest the fine in federal court.
"It's about pretty much I guess you would say getting your face back. I want everybody to know that I made a simple mistake, that I'm not a thief, that I'm not dishonest. I'm trying to do the right thing."
WCSC

Connecticut Man Charged with Running Online Fake Diploma Scheme privateofficer.com

U.S. Attorney’s Office
FBI Office
PRESS RELEASE

PHILADELPHIA PA April 18 2014—James Enowitch, 48, of Cromwell, Connecticut, was charged today by information with mail fraud and aiding and abetting mail fraud in connection with the operation of a number of fraudulent diploma mills, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. As a result, between 2003 and 2012, Enowitch allegedly sold $5 million worth of fake degrees throughout the world.
According to the information, as early as 2003, Enowitch began operating a diploma mill through which he and another co-schemer advertised and sold diplomas for a fee but required no course work for those diplomas. It is charged that Enowitch and his co-schemer eventually operated at least seven different websites through which they sold fraudulent degrees, including ReddingUniversity.net, GlendaleUniversity.com, SuffieldUniversity.com, SuffieldUniversity.org, GreenwoodUniversity.org, BrysonUniversity-Edu.org, and WorryFreeDegree.com. It is further alleged that each of the seven websites was linked to an entity of the same name, owned by Enowitch and his co-schemer, and that those entities were diploma mills in that they had no faculty members, offered no academic curricula or services, required no course or class work, and were not recognized by the United States Department of Education. It is further alleged that Enowitch and his co-schemer went so far as to create a fraudulent accrediting body, called the National Distance Learning Accreditation Council (NDLAC), in order to claim that their diploma mills were accredited.
According to the information, Enowitch and others created phony transcripts that represented that the purchaser had taken certain coursework that the purchaser had never taken; allowed purchasers to create their own transcripts and backdate degrees; and provided fraudulent verification services to back up the fake degrees, in case an employer or other party sought verification. Enowitch and his co-schemer allegedly advertised degree packages ranging from $475 to $550 for associates, bachelors, masters, and doctoral-level degrees, with a “multi-degree discount” for buying more than one. For an additional fee, purchasers could also allegedly select grades for the phony courses included in their transcripts.
If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and an order of forfeiture.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, and U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Matthew J.D. Hogan.
 

NY bouncer arrested for assault after choking man privateofficer.com

FLATIRON NY April 18 2014  — A bouncer at an upscale Flatiron sports bar was arrested after he grabbed a patron by the neck and violently threw him out — all because the man was wearing shorts, the NYPD said.
The victim, a 26-year-old man from New Jersey, had been inside The Ainsworth for more than six hours when he stepped out to have a cigarette at about 11:40 p.m. on April 12, police said.
When he tried to reenter the 125 W. 26th St. bar, the bouncer, 43-year-old Dennis Sheppard, blocked the door, saying the dress code had changed and no longer allowed shorts, according to police.
The customer — who had an open tab at the bar and had been left unprovoked about his shorts since he entered at 5:30 p.m. — began arguing with the bouncer, police said.
When the man refused to leave, Sheppard grabbed him by the neck and tossed him out onto the street, leaving him with scrapes on his neck from the struggle, police said.
Sheppard was charged with assault as a misdemeanor, authorities said.
Information regarding his attorney was not immediately available.
A manager at the bar declined to comment on the bar's dress code but said that in this case, the customer "was verbally informed" that he had violated it.
The Ainsworth's website does not mention a dress code and there are no signs posted at the bar, but several websites describe it as "business casual."

Grand Forks airport drops private security firm because of TSA regulations privateofficer.com

Grand Forks ND April 18 2014 The Grand Forks Airport has a security problem.  Security protection remains in place. But, it's changed hands again, and now there's a discussion about who is going to pay for it.
Grand Forks had to drop the private firm that was providing security at the airport. TSA, the Transportation Security Administration ruled that private firm didn't meet regulations, because it didn't have the authority to make an arrest.
So, after a private firm handled airport security for the past year and a half, Grand Forks Police are back on the job.
Troy Vanyo, Grand Forks Police: "Our job is to assist TSA with any issues they have with passengers and contraband."
The problem is that the TSA will only reimburse airports at a top rate of $20 an hour. But, since Grand Forks Police are already short staffed, it means having an officer who's on overtime at the airport for $40 an hour. The police department is taking a $20 an hour hit.
Lt. Mike Ferguson, Grand Forks Police: "I think citywide we're hiring for a lot of positions. It is a staffing challenge, yes."
Reporter: "Meaning, you'd rather not have your officer sitting out at the airport on overtime?"
Ferguson: "Well, there could be better uses of them."
At this point, talks between the Airport Administration, City and Police Department are ongoing.
Some officials say it seems likely the City will wind up paying the extra cost for more police officers to provide airport security.
Grand Forks Airport Administrator, Patrick Dame says the Fargo Airport could soon face the same problem. He says another possible solution is a change in legislation that would grant private security firms the power of arrest at airports. He says that would accommodate the TSA's current regulations.

Man arrested at Blue Lake Casino wanted for Nashville murder privateofficer.com

Humboldt County CA April 18 2014

On Monday, April 7, at approximately 9:40 p.m., the Humboldt County sheriff’s office was contacted by the Blue Lake Casino in Blue Lake. Casino security staff requested a deputy respond to the hotel after they located a hotel guest in possession of drugs.
When the deputy arrived he met with a security officer. The officer told the deputy that security staff had responded to a room after a hotel guest sustained a cut to his finger and requested first aid. Security personnel provided the guest with first aid and offered the guest fresh linens to replace those the guest had used to treat the wound. When the guest removed the linens from the bed, he dropped them on the floor in the hallway. While dropping the linens on the hallway floor, a small plastic baggie that appeared to contain a controlled substance fell on the floor. The deputy contacted the hotel guest who was standing by with security officers at his room. The man verbally provided the name of Corbin Little to the deputy. He told the deputy he did not know where his identification was. He said he cut his finger while he was removing a burned out light in his room and it shattered. While speaking with Little, the deputy saw an Ohio identification card on the bed in the room. The deputy looked at the identification card and saw it belonged to Corbin Little, however the photo did not resemble the man he was speaking to and the height did not match. This led the deputy to suspect the man was providing a false name. When the deputy asked the man the zip code that was on the driver’s license for Little, the man could not provide it. Hotel security pointed out the plastic baggie that had fallen out of the bedding and was still on the floor in the hotel hallway. The deputy took custody of the baggie, which appeared to contain a controlled substance. The deputy also located a small amount of dried marijuana in the room and items consistent with drug use. The deputy arrested the man for possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He transported the man to a local hospital to be treated for the injury on his finger and then to the Humboldt County correctional facility where he was booked on the charges. The white powdery substance in the baggie tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed approximately one gram. At the Humboldt County sheriff’s office correctional facility the deputy informed the correctional officers that he suspected the man was the providing a false name. Correctional officers conducted a live scan fingerprinting of the man and determined his true name was Terrance D. Brown, who was wanted in connection with a homicide by Metro Nashville Police Department in Tennessee. Brown was held without bail pending extradition to Tennessee.

Employee accused of stealing from Lenoir cemetery privateofficer.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. April 18 2014 -- An employee is accused of stealing money paid to a local cemetery from the City of Lenoir.
 
Police began investigating on March 28.
 
Sherry Nichols worked as a customer service rep at Blue Ridge Cemetery on Wilkesboro Boulevard. Police say she stole city funds earned from sales at the cemetery.
 
All purchases of lots have been accounted for.
 
Nichols has been booked into Caldwell County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond.
 
Police say this is not related to the missing bronze vases at the cemetery, which was reported in early March.
 
Anyone with information related to either crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 758-8300 or the Lenoir Police Department at 757-2100.

DOT worker charged in Tarboro NC police officer's death privateofficer.com



The North Carolina Highway Patrol has charged a NC DOT worker in a crash that killed a Tarboro police officer.
William Allen Harrell II, 29, of Macclesfield, has been charged with left of center and misdemeanor death by a motor vehicle. The accident happened just before 9 a.m. Tuesday on N.C. Highway 111, shortly after the truck left a NCDOT maintenance yard on McKendree Church Road, just outside Tarboro.
Forty-six-year-old Officer Charles Johnson died in the crash. Harrell was not hurt.
Johnson leaves behind a wife and young sons.
WTVD

Former Las Cruces detective pleads guilty to sexual abuse of intern privateofficer.com

ALBUQUERQUE NM April 18 2014 —Michael Garcia, a former detective with the Las Cruces Police Department (LCPD) in Las Cruces, New Mexico, who focused on child abuse and sex crimes investigations pleaded guilty today in federal court to a one count information charging Garcia with violating the civil rights of an LCPD student intern when he sexually abused her while on duty.
According to court documents, as a detective, Garcia worked with students who participated in Las Cruces High School’s Excel program, through which students interned at the LCPD. On or about May 4, 2011, Garcia took the victim on a ride-along in his department-issued vehicle to visit a crime scene. Afterward, instead of driving the victim directly back to the police department so that she could retrieve her belongings and go home, Garcia drove her to a secluded location where he sexually assaulted her.
As part of the plea agreement, Garcia acknowledged that he knew that his actions were against the law and that the victim did not consent to his behavior.
“The defendant exploited his position as a sex crimes detective in a most deplorable way,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels for the Civil Rights Division. “The Civil Rights Division will continue to vigorously prosecute law enforcement officers who use their authority to engage in sexual abuse. We commend the victim for having the courage to come forward, and we are thankful for law enforcement officers in this case, as well as the vast majority of others, who support and help victims of crime.”
In addition to a nine-year prison sentence, the terms of the plea agreement require Garcia to forfeit his law enforcement certification and comply with federal and state sex offender registration requirements. A sentencing hearing has not yet been set.
This case was investigated by the Las Cruces Resident Agency of Albuquerque Division of the FBI and the LCPD and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mark T. Baker and Holland S. Kastrin for the District of New Mexico and Trial Attorney Fara Gold of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

Gunmen On Run After Stealing $105K from Philadelphia Armored Truck privateofficer.com

... In 'Scream' Masks Pull Off $300,000 Armored Car Heist In PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia PA April 18 2014  Armed gunmen have made off with more than $100,000 in cash after holding up an armored truck on a delivery in Northeast Philadelphia.
The heist took place around 9 a.m. on Thursday in the parking lot of the TD Bank branch at 6635 Frankford Avenue in the Tacony section of Philadelphia, police said.
Police say two men, armed with assault rifles and wearing black bandannas over their faces, held up a Garda armored truck employee during a cash delivery.
The gunmen fled in a white van and ditched that vehicle along the 6600 block of Tackawanna Street -- which is around the corner from the bank. Police say the men then jumped into a white Cadillac, possibly an Escalade, and fled. There may have been other occupants in the second car, police said.
The men made off with a total of $105,000 in cash, police said. No one was hurt and the suspects are still on the loose.
One suspect is described as 6-foot-1-inches tall, 160 lbs. and was wearing jeans and a gray hoodie. The other man is 5-foot-8-inches tall, thin build and was wearing jeans and a black hoodie.
Police and the FBI are at the scene investigating.
Thursday's heist is more than a mile from another Garda armored truck heist along Frankford Avenue on Halloween last year.
In that robbery, two suspects wore Scream masks and brandished assault rifles as they held up an armored truck delivery man. Those suspects made off $310,000. The FBI says no one has been arrested for that crime and that the investigation is ongoing.

Ga. police arrest man wanted in rash of robberies in Dallas privateofficer.com

Cumming GA April 18 2014 A suspect whom Dallas police say is connected to four robberies was arrested Wednesday morning in Cumming, Ga., according to police.
Stephen C. Plunkett, 39, was found on the side of a road there after his truck ran out of gas. An officer found him and recognized him as wanted.
Plunkett was wanted on a charge in Georgia, and Dallas police and the FBI have also charged him with one bank robbery charge in connection to a March 28 robbery at a Wells Fargo in the 2600 block of Cedar Springs Drive.
During that robbery, police say Plunkett showed a hoax bomb device with a note at a drive through and fled with cash.
Officials also believe Plunkett is behind three more bank robberies.
When Georgia police arrested Plunkett, they found him to be in possession of a hoax bomb device.

 

Fargo Dairy Queen worker accused of dealing cocaine at mall privateofficer.com

FARGO ND April 18 2014  – A Dairy Queen employee at a Fargo shopping mall faces felony drug distribution charges after police allegedly found cocaine and drug-dealing paraphernalia in her purse following a report that she had been dealing drugs there.
Alyssa Kathleen Weisbeck, 21, of Fargo, was charged in Cass County District Court with one count of Class A felony possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, and one count each of possession of hydrocodone and possession of drug paraphernalia, both Class C felonies.
According to a police report, Fargo police Officer Travis Moser was contacted by West Acres mall security about 7:30 p.m. Friday and told that an off-duty employee had seen a possible drug deal made by a worker at Dairy Queen in the mall.
Moser spoke with the employee, Weisbeck, and asked if she would be willing to talk in the hallway behind the restaurant. Weisbeck agreed.
When Moser told Weisbeck about the allegations, Weisbeck responded that she had not dealt any drugs that day, according to the report.
She agreed to let Moser search her purse, in which he allegedly found a baggie with cocaine, several empty baggies, a scale, a container full of pills, a baggie full of pills and $691 in cash.
Moser also allegedly found a payout sheet in Weisbeck’s purse, used to keep track of narcotics sales.
A store manager at the Dairy Queen declined to comment for this story.
West Acres property manager Chris Heaton said Weisbeck’s possession charge led to her being prohibited from being on mall property for two years, per policy.
“It’s not something that we want on our property,” he said. “We want it to be a family-friendly environment.”
Weisbeck’s bail was set at $500. Her next court appearance is set for May 21.
Brainerd Dispatch

Nashville police officer found dead at home privateofficer.com

NASHVILLE, TN April 18 2014           
A Metro police officer was found dead in his Tusculum area home on Monday. He apparently died from natural causes
Police spokesman Don Aaron said Andrew Nash, 30, was found dead inside his home on McMurray Drive. According to Aaron, Nash died of natural causes.
Police said his dad, former Metro police Commander Bob Nash, made the discovery after being unable to reach his son earlier in the day.
"Officer Nash was an extremely well-liked and respected officer who was carrying on his father's fine tradition of service to Nashville and its citizens," said Chief Steve Anderson in a news release. "The Nashville Police Department is a family. Our hearts are deeply saddened by Andy's untimely passing."
Andrew Nash was a 2001 graduate of Overton High School. He serviced in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2003 to 2007 before joining the police department in December 2007.
Funeral services for Andrew Nash will be held Friday, April 25 at 10 a.m. at St. Edwards Church, 188 Thompson Lane.
A reception will be held at noon after the service at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge, 440 Welshwood Drive.
Andrew Nash graduated second in his academy class. He was a member of the police department's on-call SWAT team and was assigned to the South Precinct's afternoon patrol detail where he assisted in the field training of new officers. He was also a board member of the Andrew Jackson Lodge of the FOP.
The FOP Lodge will be accepting cards of condolences for the Nash family. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Andrew Jackson Police Youth Camp in memory of Andrew Nash.
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Owner, Manager, and Oklahoma Hospice Company Indicted for Fraud privateofficer.com

OKLAHOMA CITY OK April 18 2014 —A federal grand jury in Oklahoma City has returned an indictment charging Paula Kluding, 38, from Chandler, Oklahoma; Patricia Carter, 42, from Tecumseh, Oklahoma; and Prairie View Hospic Inc. (Prairie View Hospice), an Oklahoma corporation located in Chandler, Oklahoma, with 39 separate counts relating to Medicare fraud, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.
According to the indictment, Prairie View Hospice was in business to provide hospice care to Medicare beneficiaries. Hospice care consists of providing health care, medication, medical equipment, and other goods and services to terminally ill patients. Kluding owned Prairie View Hospice and Carter was the general manager. The indictment alleges that from July 2010 through July 2013, the defendants conspired to conceal the true medical condition of Prairie View Hospice’s patients and the true quality and quantity of health care services they were receiving in order to “pass” a Medicare audit and to fraudulently obtain money from Medicare. Specifically, it is alleged, among other things, that certain medical documents were falsified to make it appear that nurses had visited patients or conducted necessary assessments when such visits and assessments had not, in fact, been made. Also, nursing notes were falsified to make it appear that patients were in worse health than they actually were in order to justify to Medicare the patient’s continued hospice care. It is alleged that Prairie View Hospice, acting through Kluding and Carter, sent the falsified documents to a Medicare subcontractor in response to requests to audit patient files and claims for Medicare reimbursement. The indictment charges the defendants with conspiracy, obstruction of a federal audit, and making false statements in health care matter.
If convicted, the individual defendants face up to five years’ imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on each count. The indictment also seeks forfeiture of all property and proceeds obtained by the defendants from the alleged criminal acts. Reference is made to the indictment for further information. The defendants are all presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
This case is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Maxfield Green.

Ross Park Mall injured by shoplifters trying to flee privateofficer.com

ROSS TOWNSHIP, Pa. April 18 2014
Jamie Hinton and Shelby Rose  photoA security guard from Ross Park Mall is recovering after she was allegedly bitten and choked by a shoplifter trying to make a run for it.

Police said Jamie Hinton, 22, did not go to jail without a fight.

“Generally, if it had been just a retail theft, they would have been released from the scene,” said Brian Kohlhep of Ross Township police.

Police said Hinton and her mother, Shelby Rose, were seen by security stuffing clothing inside a bag.

When Hinton left the store and realized she was being followed, she took off and two security guards chased her down, police said.

That’s when one of the guards was allegedly bitten.

Police said both women have a history of shoplifting.

Pittsburgh security officer sues police over falsely arresting him for robbery privateofficer.com

Pittsburgh PA April 18 2014 Two Pittsburgh police officers ignored clear evidence that a library security guard was innocent when they arrested him on Sept. 16 for the armed robbery of Dana's Bakery in Homewood, the man claims in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday.
DeAndre Brown, 26, of Lincoln-Larimer is suing the city, Detective Nicholas Bobbs, Officer Frank Welling and as yet unnamed police supervisors for false arrest, wrongful imprisonment, malicious prosecution and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
A city spokesman couldn't be reached for comment.
Brown, a security guard at the Carnegie Library in Homewood, was attending a work-related seminar four miles away at the main branch in Oakland on Sept. 10 when the bakery was robbed, the lawsuit says.
Despite video surveillance, sign-in sheets and eyewitnesses confirming he was at the seminar, police charged him with the robbery based on a bakery employee identifying Brown, a frequent customer, as the robber when he came into the store the next day, the lawsuit says.
Brown spent 36 days in jail and another 13 days on electronic monitoring until the District Attorney's Office withdrew the charges, the lawsuit says.
TribLive

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Stewart Airport evacuated after souvenir grenade discovered privateofficer.com

Poughkeepsie  NY April 18 2014 State Police and federal Transportation Security Administration officials investigated an incident at Stewart International Airport in New Windsor that resulted in an evacuation of the terminal when a suspicious object was found in baggage.

A passenger had something in a bag that concerned officials. State police said it was a souvenir grenade.

A spokesman for the Port Authority said the passenger terminal was evacuated at 10:49 a.m. today. The airport was expected to re-open for passenger service at 12:15 p.m, troopers said.
State Police spokesman Trooper Steven Nevel said police received a report at 10:13 a.m. that an "inert" grenade in a passenger's luggage was found going through the conveyor belt. It appears to be a a souvenir-type grenade, Nevel said.

As a precaution, troopers brought in their bomb disposal unit to remove the device.

"Investigation revealed that this was not of malicious intent and no criminal charges will be filed," a statement from police said.

The TSA said an officer running the X-ray machine saw an image of a hand grenade on the monitor. The checkpoint was closed. State troopers based at the airport were called and they brought in the bomb squad.

"Out of an abundance of caution, the state police evacuated the airport to include passengers, airport employees and TSA personnel until the bomb squad could clear the item. Police left with the item in a special container for explosives. The airport reopened at 12:09 p.m.," said Lisa Farbstein, spokeswoman for the TSA.
The TSA is the agency that checks passengers and baggage that goes aboard airline flights. Stewart has service by four airlines.

The state police have a detachment based at Stewart to provide security.

Joe Pentangelo of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said the TSA notified them that they were OK with resuming the movement of passengers through their checkpoint.
"Grenades, even inert ones, are prohibited from being brought in carry-on or checked baggage because explosive materials and realistic replicas of explosives are not permitted," she said.

"Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the security checkpoint, and TSA’s advice to passengers is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items," she said.
Poughkeepsie Journal

Armored car carrying $1 MILLION crashes on icy road spilling money privateofficer.com

Nasty collision: The Loomis van hit an icy patch on the road, crossing into the the opposite travel lane, hitting a pickup truck

Flint MI April 17 2014 An armored car company's van was carrying nearly $1 million when it crashed on an icy road near Flint, Michigan on Tuesday morning, littering the road with some of the money on board. Genesee County sheriff's Sgt. Pete Stocchi told The Flint Journal the van was being driven in Vienna Township when the driver lost control and crashed. The van, operated by Loomis, collided with another vehicle and spun around.
Some coins and cash spilled from the van onto the shoulder of the roadway and in a parking lot where the van came to rest. Photos from the scene show Loomis employees shoveling up the money from the roadway.
The newspaper reported that a company employee in the back of the van and the other vehicle's driver were taken to a hospital, where they were listed in stable condition.
Genesee County Sheriff Sgt. Pete Stocchi said a Loomis transport van was headed northbound on Saginaw Road just north of Dort Highway around 7 a.m. when it lost control on the icy road and swerved into into southbound traffic.
The van did a 180-degree turn and came to rest in a nearby parking lot. Neither driver was cited for any traffic infractions.
An unknown amount of coins and bills spilled from the van onto the shoulder of the roadway and parking lot. Empty coin boxes were visible along the road where the van came to rest.





 

Off-duty Morgan County sheriff's deputy shoots man at Wal-mart privateofficer.com

Cops may soon carry drugs to counteract heroin overdoses privateofficer.com

Atlanta GA April 17 2014 Methamphetamine may still be the most-abused drug in the United States — and a huge drain on law enforcement resources — but heroin is coming up fast in competition. A newly approved medical device to aid in saving lives threatened by heroin overdoses will likely be appearing in some cops’ war bags soon.

There has been a big resurgence in heroin mainly because a legitimate prescription drug — Oxycontin — is now much more difficult to obtain. Oxycontin — also known by its generic name, oxycodone — is a semi-synthetic opioid painkiller. It comes in both immediate and controlled-release forms. The controlled-release variant is the more popular for drug abusers, as they crush the time-release tablets to get the effect of a 12-hour dose instantly.

The drug is so popular among poorer populations that it’s known in some circles as “hillbilly heroin.”

This market expansion is producing record numbers of heroin overdoses. Pharmaceutical oxycodone comes in doses of reliable strength, so users know how many pills they need to satisfy their habit. The strength of street heroin varies widely, and the dealer’s representation of its potency is unreliable at best. It’s no surprise that most cities are seeing surges in heroin overdoses.

A New Treatment Option for ODs
It’s a daunting challenge for cops, but there is a new device that offers promise in keeping ODs alive.

The new device approved by the FDA is called Evzio, and it specializes in delivering the treatment of choice for opiate overdoses, Narcan, which is also known by its generic name of naloxone. An opioid antagonist that blocks opioid receptors in the central nervous system, naloxone negates the effects of any opiates present, and they’re excreted in the urine.

The effect is dramatic and almost instantaneous. Drug-seeking patients in emergency rooms have been known to experience miraculous recoveries when Narcan or naloxone is mentioned, as they will experience withdrawal effects almost immediately if they receive the drug.

Evzio comes in a self-contained package about the size of a cigarette pack. Activated, it plays back verbal instructions for use, so little medical training is needed to use the device.

Most people are acquainted with epinephrine auto-injectors for people with severe allergies to bee stings or foods. The Evzio device functions in much the same way. The user removes a safety guard, presses it against a large muscle surface like the thigh, and pushes a button to inject the drug.

Law enforcement agencies will probably be the largest market for Evzio. Cops are often the first responders to arrive at the scene of an overdose, when getting the antagonist drug into the victim’s system is critical. In the time it might take for a fire or EMS crew to arrive, the victim could die.

Good Early Results
The Quincy (Mass.) police have been carrying a form of naloxone administered nasally since October 2010. As of February 2014, they had administered the drug 221 times, successfully reversing overdoses on 211 of those cases.

Police in Ocean County (Del.) have also started carrying the nasally-administered version of the drug.

Nasally-administered naloxone kits cost about $25 each.

Kaléo has not announced the price of the Evzio devices. 

Carson City man arrested in casino disturbance privateofficer.com

Carson City NV April 17 2014 A 42-year-old Carson City man was arrested Monday at a local casino on suspicion of misdemeanor charges of obstructing an officer, disorderly conduct and trespassing.
Carson City Sheriff's office deputies arrested the man 8:47 p.m. in the 2100 block of East William Street. According to the arrest report, deputies were dispatched to the casino after a patron refused to leave and was causing a disturbance.
Officers spoke with security who advised the man would not leave after being told to leave. Security offered the man a cab but the man refused and said he was going to stay.
In front of deputies the suspect swore at security, calling them "lying motherf*****s" while on the casino floor, disrupting both patrons and employees who stopped to watch the man's outbursts, the arrest report states.
A Carson City deputy asked the man to put his cigarette down and turn and face the wall. The man refused to put down the cigarette and told the officer he was not going to be handcuffed, the arrest report states.
The deputy displayed his taser and advised the man that he was going to be tased. The man turned around and and was placed into handcuffs without incident. He was taken to jail where he was uncooperative and was placed into a safety cell. Bail: $1,221.

4 dead, 36 shot in Chicago in 36 hours privateofficer.com

CHICAGO IL April 17 2014 — At least 36 people were shot in Chicago, four of them fatally, in as many hours over the weekend, with more than half of the shootings occurring over a half-day period stretching into early Sunday.

Officers responded to at least 27 incidents, starting at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the West Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side involving an attack that left a 17-year-old girl dead and two other people wounded, police said. There were also fatal shootings in the South Shore neighborhood Friday night and the Washington Park neighborhood early Sunday, both on the South Side.

Late Sunday, police announced charges in one of the killings.

Chicago Police Department spokesman Adam Collins declined to comment on whether the weekend's temperatures  Saturday reached 80 degrees, the city's warmest day so far this year  contributed to the number of shootings, though criminologists have said that weather does play a role in violent crime.

"While the city continues to see reductions in crime and violence, there's obviously much more to be done, and we continue to be challenged by lax state and federal gun laws," Collins said, reiterating a position that police Superintendent Garry McCarthy has expressed when discussing the department's crime-fighting efforts.

"No one will rest until everyone in Chicago enjoys the same sense of safety," he said.

Shontell Brown, mother of the 17-year-old girl killed Friday, called the situation on the city's streets "an ongoing war," saying that her daughter Gakirah Barnes was not the first teen from the South Chicago neighborhood to die violently.

"This is something that has become all too normal to everybody, and it needs to stop," Brown said in a phone interview. "We need to come together as a community and just unite to get our children and our streets back."

Barnes, of the 8000 block of South South Shore Drive, was pronounced dead at 5:43 p.m. at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the Cook County medical examiner's office said. An autopsy done Saturday determined that she died of multiple gunshot wounds and her death was ruled a homicide, the office said.

Barnes was a distant cousin of 13-year-old Tyquan Tyler, who was shot to death in June 2012, but the two were close enough that Barnes referred to Tyquan as her brother.

Tyquan's  "mother is related to me through marriage so we've kind of raised our kids together once her family married my family," Brown said.

Barnes has four siblings, two older brothers and a younger brother and sister, her mother said.

About two hours before she was fatally shot on a porch in the 6400 block of South Eberhart Avenue, Barnes was leaving home to meet up with friends at a barbecue, her mother said.

"I told her that I loved her and to be careful  which is something that I told her every day when she went out on the Chicago streets," Brown said.

Nearly 34 hours later, a 20-year-old man was fatally shot outside a home in the 3000 block of West 53rd Place in the Gage Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side. He was identified by the Cook County medical examiner's office as Joshua Martinez, of the 4900 block of South Karlov Avenue.

Shards of glass from the home's front door littered the steps early Sunday morning. Martinez's body lay facedown on a sidewalk in front, covered by a white sheet, his feet resting on the bottom steps of the bungalow, a home that is common to Gage Park.

Police said Sunday night that a 17-year boy has been charged with first-degree murder in the killing around 1 a.m. that day, noting it stemmed from an argument during which the suspect retrieved a handgun from his residence and shot Martinez several times.

An hour and a half later, two people were shot in the 6000 block of South Indiana Avenue in Washington Park, police said. A 32-year-old man was hit in the chest and died at Stroger Hospital. A 27-year-old woman was shot in the leg and also was taken to Stroger.

The medical examiner's office identified the man as Corey Brownlee, of the same block where he was shot. He was pronounced dead at 3:26 a.m.

Friday's second fatal shooting occurred on the porch of a frame home in the 6800 block of South Crandon Avenue.

Shannon Mack, 34, of the same block, was pronounced dead at 10:45 p.m. An autopsy determined that he died of multiple gunshot wounds, and his death was ruled a homicide.

Former Border Lodge Credit Union manager sentenced to prison for thefts privateofficer.com

Derby VT April 17 2014
The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Debra Kinney, 59, of Derby, Vermont, was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment yesterday, followed by five years of supervised release. Kinney also was required to pay full restitution, and a forfeiture judgment of $250,000 was entered against her.
Debra Kinney was the manager of the Border Lodge Credit Union in Derby, Vermont. In November 2012, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, along with state and federal bank regulators, searched the credit union and seized the documents and operations of the financial institution based on evidence of widespread fraud and misappropriation of account holders’ funds. After an ensuing investigation, the manager of the credit union, Kinney, was indicted for misappropriation of credit union funds. Federal credit union regulators permanently shut down and liquidated the assets of the credit union.
Debra Kinney pled guilty to the federal fraud charges in January 2014. At the sentencing hearing yesterday before Judge William K. Sessions, III in Burlington and in court papers, the United States asserted that Kinney had defrauded Border Lodge Credit Union accountholders of over $633,000. Kinney’s acts of embezzlement occurred over a period of years. According to court papers, Kinney would frequently write checks to herself or for her benefit or for that of family members drawn from credit union accountholders without authorization. A subsequent financial investigation determined she removed hundreds of thousands of dollars from multiple accountholders. All told, the investigation revealed improprieties with 33 different accounts.
All the losses of individual accountholders were insured by the National Credit Union Administration, which insures credit union accounts up to $250,000. As part of the liquidation of the credit union, the National Credit Union Administration paid accountholders for losses they suffered. To date, Kinney has not paid any restitution.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with significant assistance from the National Credit Union Administration and the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation.

Kona police officer delivers own baby in squad car privateofficer.com

Family photo. Image Source: Mario Ochoa

HONOLULU HI April 17 2014           
A Hawaii County police officer responded to his own emergency Tuesday morning.  He delivered his baby girl on the side of a highway.

Officer Mario Ochoa, who is assigned to the Kona Patrol, was driving his wife Ryan to the hospital when she said the baby was coming.

"She was just having contractions, I said, well, if you feel like you gotta push, try to hold on," says Officer Ochoa.  

But they were still 10 miles from the hospital.

Officer Ochoa pulled over along Highway 190 in Waimea.

"It was pretty fast, I had enough time to put my gloves on, and she said, I gotta push, and there was the head," says Ochoa.

When the couple's first child, Ronan, was born, she labored for 30 hours,  so they thought they had more time. 

Their little girl was born in just minutes, on the passenger seat of his squad car.   Officer Ochoa cleaned the baby's face, placed her in her mother's arms, and covered them with a blanket.  They all waited for the ambulance.

Marcella Kahealani Ochoa was 8 pounds, 15.5 ounces.

"It was pretty cool," he says, "how many people can say they delivered their own baby."

Officer Ochoa was 'Officer of the Month' for Hawaii County PD in March ... We think this qualifies him for 'father of the year.' 
 HawaiiNewsNow

Ore. judge: Flashing headlights is free speech privateofficer.com

GRANTS PASS, Ore. April 17 2014 — Hauling a truckload of logs to a Southern Oregon mill last fall, Chris Hill noticed a sheriff's deputy behind him and flashed his lights to warn a UPS driver coming the other way.

The deputy pulled over Hill on U.S. Highway 140 in White City and handed him a $260 ticket for improperly using his headlights, saying another deputy had seen the flashing lights from behind the UPS truck and alerted him to stop the log truck because of the signaling.

Outraged, Hill decided to fight the ticket, and on Wednesday, a Jackson County Justice Court judge dismissed the citation, finding that motorists flashing their headlights amounts to speech protected by the Oregon Constitution.

Judge Joseph Carter determined the law covering the use of high beams was valid, but was unconstitutional as it was applied by the deputy.

"The citation was clearly given to punish the Defendant for that expression," the judge wrote. "The government certainly can and should enforce the traffic laws for the safety of all drivers on the road. However, the government cannot enforce the traffic laws, or any other laws, to punish drivers for their expressive conduct."

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office did not return a telephone call for comment.

Hill, 38, of Klamath Falls, has been driving truck for 10 years, and was not interested in seeing his insurance rates go up for getting a ticket. He initially told the deputy that the UPS driver was his neighbor, and he was just saying hello.

"My point to the cop was his partner didn't know why I was flashing my lights," Hill said. "He couldn't tell for sure what I was doing."

By the time his case went to court last month, Hill had researched the law and found nothing that expressly prohibited the use of headlights to signal other drivers. He also recalled a TV news story about a federal judge in the Midwest barring police from handing out tickets to drivers who flashed their lights to warn others of a speed trap ahead.

"I thought, 'Well, I'll throw that in there, too,'" he said.

Acting as his own attorney in a hearing conducted by telephone, Hill said he acknowledged the UPS driver wasn't his neighbor, and he raised the free speech argument.

"What I did wasn't illegal, whether it's freedom of speech or not," he told The Associated Press.

Dave Fidanque, director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, noted the Oregon Court of Appeals overturned a traffic law prohibiting horn honking for non-traffic purposes on similar grounds in the 1990s after a number of people got tickets for honking in support of U.S. troops during the first Gulf War.

"If the motive of the sheriff's deputies was in fact not to make the roads safer, but to raise more revenue from traffic enforcement, that would be even more reason why it should be unconstitutional," Fidanque said. "If this is part of a pattern, then it probably would be worth us looking into it in more detail."