Monday, September 22, 2014

Lee County Florida Walmart security agents attacked

LEE COUNTY FL Sept 22 2014           
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public's help identifying two men who they say stole several hundreds of  dollars in water filters, and went on the attack when loss prevention officers tried to stop them.

The incident happened at the Walmart located at 545 Pine Island Road, shortly after 4 p.m. June 14th. While in the general merchandise section, deputies say an employee spotted them loading up water filters, then placing them in store bags.
Without stopping at the cash register to pay, the men left the store through the garden exit, according to Crime Stoppers. Both the loss prevention officer and a store employee approached the suspects, at which point a struggle ensued between the four. 
One employee was thrown to the ground and struck in the arm. During the altercation, another employee retrieved the cart filled with stolen filters, which deputies say prompted the suspects to hurl chairs and large landscaping bricks at the employee, causing minor injuries. The two men then quickly fled the scene in a black two door vehicle, deputies say.

One of the men is described as having long dreadlocks, and the second male had very short hair. Upon their identification and arrest, both men not only face charges of larceny theft, but also two counts each of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, among other possible charges.

“Rarely do we see thieves take such drastic measures when they steal from area stores,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator. “These men were clearly on a mission and had no problem resorting to violence in order to get away with the stolen merchandise.”

The stolen water filters are valued at $746.

Anyone with information on the identity and whereabouts of the suspects are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000. Tips may also be made online at or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.

Southwest Houston Walmart shoppers claim wrongful arrest, humiliation

HOUSTON TX Sept 22 2014                
Two men claimed an off-duty police officer unfairly targeted them while they were shopping in a southwest Houston Walmart. The incident led to one man being arrested for trespassing and the other being charged with interfering with a public servant.
Earl Dillard and his friend, Sylver Nduku, said an off-duty police officer working security for the store approached them and claimed a woman saw one of them jumping over a counter.
"I was like, 'Absolutely not,' and he says, 'Are you sure? You fit the profile of a person who jumped over a counter,'" said Dillard.
In the middle of the confrontation Nduku began recording the exchange on his cellphone. The officer is heard telling Dillard he needed to be identified by the woman. Dillard is heard refusing to go with the officer.
"I'm not the person you're looking for, I shouldn't have to be identified," said Dillard. "It's very embarrassing, that's humiliating."
During the recorded exchange Dillard is heard telling the officer who works for the Wallis Police Department that he "doesn't want to be embarrassed."
When the exchange gets heated the officer is seen pulling out his stun gun, but does not use it. The officer is then heard telling Dillard to leave the store and appears to reach for his arm.
"Don't touch me, don't touch me," Dillard is heard telling the officer. "I am leaving, I am leaving. You see me trying to leave."
The recording ends as Dillard starts to walk away from the officer. In a report filed by the officer with the Houston Police Department, the officer claims Dillard appeared intoxicated and jumped over wet floor barriers. Dillard denies this happened.
The officer also claims Dillard ran away from him while he was handcuffed, something Dillard also denied. Dillard was eventually charged with trespassing.
Nduku was also charged with interfering with the duties of public servant. According to the report filed with HPD, the officer claimed Nduku distracted him from arresting Dillard by asking questions and trying to record the incident.
Dillard, a para-legal, questions how he was charged with trespassing when he was shopping in the store. Nduku, a registered nurse, wants to know how questioning the officer's actions led to charges of interfering.
Local 2 tried to ask the officer, given the circumstances listed in his report, why Dillard was only charged with trespassing and what happened to original complaint of jumping over a counter? The officer declined to speak with Local 2, telling us we had to speak with officials at Walmart.
Another question Local 2 had involves the name of a person listed in court records as the complaining witness and basis for the trespassing charge. Officials with Walmart said they have no record of a woman by that name working for the company.
Officials with Walmart referred us back to the officer for any further questions because it is a pending criminal matter. Walmart officials did tell Local 2 they could not locate any footage from store surveillance cameras that captured the incident.
"These two young men, knowing that they've done no wrong, they've violated no laws, they've committed no crimes, they're only shopping and they don't want to be embarrassed," said community activist Quanell X. "These are professionals and to just put them in jail for trespassing and interfering when they committed no crime in the first place."
Both men said they will fight these charges in court.

Saks Fifth Avenue's New York City employees steal $400,000

New York City NY Sept 22 2014 An alleged $400,000 employee shopping spree using customers' cards at Saks Fifth Avenue's New York City store has left many customers wondering how something like this could happen.
Earlier this month, a criminal complaint detailed a scheme involving six Saks employees, who allegedly used credit card information from 22 customers to steal designer bags, shoes and other merchandise. The group even went so far as to commission "fake shoppers" to deliver the goods to the home of one of the alleged scammers in Queens, according to the complaint.
In a statement to HuffPost Style, Saks confirmed that five Saks associates were arrested in connection with fraud. "All customers have been notified and their accounts have been restored. ... Customer security is our utmost priority and we take these matters seriously," the statement read.
But how can a crime this extensive slip under the radar at a major department store for months? According to retail security expert J.R. Roberts, incidents like this one are becoming more and more common. The Saks fraud is not a Saks-specific problem, Roberts said, but a broader problem within the retail industry.
It starts with low wages, Roberts explained. Because retail doesn't pay much, employees have less incentive to stay with the company, leading to high turnover rates for many stores.
"The turnover rate for [retail associates] is ... 80-100 percent per year," he said.
And in their rush to fill those empty positions, retailers often don't carefully vet their employees, according to Roberts.
"A more thorough screening might uncover some type of criminal background, or a reason that [job candidates] are not suited for the retail industry," he noted. Saks did not return a request for comment on its interview process.
Of course, the blame does not rest solely on retailers. Automatic bill pay is another issue, Roberts said. "Not checking your statements is kind of like not locking your car during a quick trip to the mall and being shocked when the car is gone," he said.
What else can be done to protect consumers from fraud? Roberts pointed to retailers' back-end systems, which he said are not always safe from hackers. "I think people would be horrified and appalled at how unsophisticated, how few checks/counterchecks/firewalls are in place at most retailers and how casually their information is stored," he added.
Roberts added that consumers have power, and can call on stores to make processes and systems safer when they learn about incidents like the one at Saks or find out their card information has been compromised.
"As a result of education from the consumer, there will be more willingness to make demands on the retailer, and that is what's going to eventually make a change," he said.

Ford offers 'surveillance mode' for police officers

Chicago IL Sept 22 2014 Ford has found a way to tweak a couple of high-tech features to create a capability that helps protect police officers.
It's "surveillance mode" that's used on the police version of the Ford Taurus, known as the Police Interceptor. It employs the car's rear-view camera and proximity radar to warn police officers if they are being approached from the rear.
If a stranger comes up from behind, a chime warns the officer. It also rolls up the driver's side window, locks the doors and flashes exterior lights.
Introduced on 2014 police vehicles, surveillance mode is now being offered to other automakers and for military applications, Ford says.
"We want to assist with and improve the security of all police officers, whether they are using a Ford Police Interceptor or a competitive vehicle," said Randy Freiburger, a Ford special-vehicle engineering supervisor.

Two Salinas Valley State Prison correction officers arrested in bar fight death

San Luis Obispo County CA Sept 22 2014 Two prison correctional officers were arrested and accused of killing a man during a fight outside a popular bar in San Miguel earlier this month.
Sergio Aranda, 35, and Travis Woolf, 36, were arrested Thursday for allegedly killing Alvaro Medrano, 54, of San Miguel. The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office said Medrano died after a bar fight that got out of control.
Aranda and Woolf are accused of voluntary manslaughter. The Sheriff's Office said there just wasn't enough evidence to prove that they intended to kill Medrano that night outside the Elkhorn Bar.
Tony Cipolla, the public information officer for the SLO Co. Sheriff's Office said, "We have been working on this case, it's been a lengthy case. It's been lengthy because of the various statements that have been made by the suspects involved in this have been conflicted."
Aranda is from Salinas and Woolf is from San Miguel. The Sheriff's Office said both men are correctional officers at Salinas Valley State Prison in Monterey County.
"Well I think it's always disappointing when you hear of something like that, so what we try to do is make sure we provide the facts in this case, prove the facts in this case, and make sure this case is well rounded," said Cipolla.
The Sheriff's Office said it has interviewed many witnesses, but there have been conflicting reports about what exactly happened outside of the Elkhorn Bar.
Cipolla, "When we arrived of course it was very chaotic at that time. It was very crazy and it was very complicated."
The Sheriff's Office said there could be more arrests as the investigation continues.
KSBY spoke to Medrano's daughter on Friday, but she said her family does not want to make a statement yet.
Salinas Valley State Prison said Aranda is an eight-year veteran and Woolf is a 13-year veteran. Both men worked in the housing section of the maximum security unit of the prison. Officials said the officers made about $88,000/year each.
The Sheriff's Office said both men are out of custody on $100,000 bail.

3 arrested in Ocala restaurant brawl

OCALA FL Sept 22 2014  -- A brawl that erupted at an eatery late Friday night resulted in the arrest of three people, while a fourth person was taken into custody for driving a vehicle into the side of the police cruiser.
Ocala police were called to Charlie Horse Restaurant & Lounge at 2426 E. Silver Springs Blvd. and, upon arriving, said they saw several people fighting.
Sgt. Matt Boss said he saw the disc jockey holding Charles Chappel. Chappel’s wife, Joy Chappel, then grabbed the DJ’s left arm and bit it, police said. Boss pulled the woman off the DJ and detained her, police said.
The DJ told police that after the fight began, he tried helping the bouncer to regain control. Chappel, the DJ said, punched him in the face and as he held onto Chappel, Chappel’s wife bit him.
The cook said he witnessed Chappel punched the DJ in his face.
The bouncer said the fight started between two groups of women and then several men entered the fray. The bouncer said he grabbed a man to keep him from fighting. While holding the individual, Heather Nicole White struck him in the head with a beer bottle, police said. The bouncer said he then grabbed the woman and held her for police.
Most of the people who were involved in the fight had left before officers had arrived, police were told.
As officers were restoring order, they said a woman, Debra Wallace, was seen entering a vehicle and drove it into the left side of a patrol car.
A DUI officer was called to the scene. Failing a field sobriety exercise, Wallace was arrested, police said.
The Chappels, ages 45 and 42 respectively, and White, 42, were each charged with disorderly conduct, while Wallace, 44, was charged with DUI with property damage and driving while license is suspended or revoked.
All four individuals have since been released, Marion County Jail records show.

Laurel County woman arrested for shoplifting with children

A woman is in jail after, deputies say, she took her child on a shoplifting spree.LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. Sept 22 2014 - A Keavy woman is behind bars after deputies say she took her children along with her on a shoplifting spree.
Kortney Caldwell, 18, was arrested at a Walmart in Laurel County.
Deputies say Caldwell was found putting merchandise in a baby carrier with a one-month-old child in it. She also had her one-year-old son with her.
Caldwell is charged with theft and endangering the welfare of a minor.
Deputies also say that Dustin "Lacey" Napier, 24, was charged with theft and endangering the welfare of a minor.
The children who were involved with the shoplifting were given to their father.

Off-duty officer shoots 2 men breaking into his car

Shooting photoDEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Sept 22 2014
Police say an off-duty Atlanta police officer shot two men trying to break into his car Sunday morning.
DeKalb’s public safety director Cedric Alexander told Channel 2 the men were stealing police equipment, including ammunition, from the officer’s personal vehicle when they were shot.
It happened early Sunday at the officer’s home in south DeKalb County.
Police say the officer heard something outside his home, grabbed his service weapon and went out to investigate. He saw the men breaking into his personal vehicles. According to Alexander, the officer felt frightened and then fired, striking them both.
The two men were taken to the hospital.
"Based on our initial investigation, it was later determined that gun belts and other items were taken from outside of that officer's vehicle which they were apparently trying to steal," said Alexander.
Alexander says he believes the officer identified himself before shooting.
DeKalb police are still investigating. They say the officer will not face charges at this time. They believe the shooting was justified since the officer felt threatened and was protecting his family.

Rutherford County’s Holloway Night School employee charged in theft

Rutherford County TN Sept 22 2014 A special investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury has revealed a former bookkeeper at Rutherford County’s Holloway Night School stole at least $15,875. Comptroller investigators worked in conjunction with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on this case.
During the period July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2012, former bookkeeper Pam Tyring stole at least $15,875 in night school tuition collections. Although several employees received tuition collections, Tyring was the sole employee responsible for turning over the collections and receipts to Rutherford County School’s central office for deposit. Investigators revealed Tyring stole some cash collections and concealed the theft by failing to turn over receipts for those funds. She could not explain the discrepancy to investigators.
On Sept. 2, Tying was indicted by the Rutherford County Grand Jury on one count of theft over $10,000 and one count of official misconduct.
Investigators recommend school employees document the transfer of collections from one school employee to another and reconcile these amounts to the money remitted to the central office for deposit. Additionally, all public funds should be deposited into an official bank account within three business days. School officials have indicated they have corrected these deficiencies.
“Just like a fragile package, public money must be handled with care,” Comptroller Justin P. Wilson said. “Documenting financial transactions and money transfers helps reduce the risk of fraud, waste and abuse, and leads to prompt detection when money is being stolen.”
To view the investigation online, go to:
If you suspect fraud, waste or abuse of public money in Tennessee, call the Comptroller’s toll-free hotline at 1-800-232-5454, or file a report online at: Follow the Comptroller’s Office on twitter: @TNCOT

Walmart fraud suspect pulls gun on store security

ROOSEVELT PARK, MI Sept 22 2014 – An attempted retail fraud incident escalated at a local Wal-Mart store in Muskegon County after the alleged suspect threatened security guards with a weapon.
The incident was reported shortly after 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11, when the 31-year-old suspect from Muskegon attempted to steal a cellular phone from the Roosevelt Park Wal-Mart store on Henry Street.
Roosevelt Park Police Chief David Boone said the incident was originally reported as retail fraud when a security guard at Wal-Mart stopped the man as he walked out of the store with the allegedly stolen phone.
"The subject threatened he had a weapon and pulled a revolver out of his backpack," Boone said. "It ended up being an air-soft gun, but the red tip had  been removed."
Air-soft guns are identifiable by a red plastic tip at the end of the barrel.
Boone said he made the threats and then ran from the store, but was stopped by a Roosevelt Park police officer in the parking lot.
No one was injured during the incident. The police report has been forwarded on the Muskegon County Prosecutor's Office for review.

Philadelphia man uses stolen banana to simulate gun during robbery

PHILADELPHIA PA Sept 22 2014 — Police in Philadelphia say a man used a banana he swiped from a convenience store counter to simulate a gun while he robbed the place.

Police on Wednesday posted surveillance video of the holdup reported in the East Parkside neighborhood.

The footage shows a man entering the corner grocery store on Tuesday. He waits in line and then takes a banana from the counter by the cash register.

The suspect then sticks the banana in a front pocket of his sweatshirt and points it toward the cashier.

Police say the man demanded money and cigarettes, and made off with an undetermined amount of cash. The video shows him riding off on a bicycle.

Police arrest father and son after officer assaulted during Lakeport bar check

LAKEPORT, Calif. Sept 22 2014 – Police have arrested a father and son alleged to have assaulted a police officer early Sunday morning during a downtown bar check.

Roman Hanson Rose, 24, and Michael Dale Rose, 51, both of Lakeport, were arrested on felony charges, according to Lakeport Police Chief Brad Rasmussen.

Roman Rose was booked for resisting an officer with force and violence, battery on a peace officer with injury, fighting in a public place, threatening or attempting to prevent a peace officer from performing his duties and escape from custody, Rasmussen said.

Rasmussen said Michael Rose was arrested for resisting an officer with force and violence, battery on a peace officer causing injury and battery. 

At approximately 12:16 a.m. Sunday a Lakeport Police officer, accompanied by a ridealong, entered TJ’s Downtown Bar and Grill, located at 370 S. Main St., to conduct a bar check, Rasmussen said. The officer observed approximately 100 customers in the bar at the time.

During the bar check a male subject, later identified as Roman Rose, grabbed the back of the officer’s duty belt. Rasmussen said the officer turned around and contacted Rose, who immediately became verbally abusive and threatened to assault the officer. Roman Rose also was showing signs of intoxication. 

The officer called for backup and continued to observe Rose while waiting for the backup unit.  Rasmussen said a second Lakeport Police officer arrived a few minutes later. 

Both officers then approached Rose and asked him to step outside due to his hostile behavior. Rasmussen said Rose refused and continued to be verbally abusive, hostile and threatening toward the officers and used both hands to push the initial officer.

The officers attempted to take control of Rose and he violently resisted and the second officer used a Taser to control him so he could be handcuffed, Rasmussen said.

While being taken outside to a patrol car, Rose escaped from an officer and ran across S. Main Street before being detained again, according to Rasmussen.

During the arrest of Rose a second male subject – later identified as his father, Michael Rose – came to his aid, interfering with the arrest and also assaulting the initial officer by grabbing him around the neck and attempting to place a “choke” hold on him, Rasmussen said.

During the incident, Michael Rose also assaulted the ridealong, who was not injured. Rasmussen said the initial officer received minor injuries as a result of the assault and resistance from both of the Roses.

The second officer, with the assistance of the ridealong and three bar customers, was able to take Michael Rose into custody, Rasmussen said.

During the incident other bar customers were becoming hostile towards the police officers who also requested emergency backup from allied law enforcement agencies, according to Rasmussen.

Six Lake County Sheriff’s Office units and two California Highway Patrol Officers responded and arrived at the scene to assist a short time after the call. Rasmussen said the Clearlake Police Department also responded a unit but they were canceled while en-route after on-scene officers determined no additional resources were needed. 

Both Roman Rose and Michael Rose received minor injuries during the incident and were transported to Sutter Lakeside Hospital for medical clearance prior to booking, Rasmussen said.
Lake County News

Chicago Transit Authority approves new contract for unarmed security

Chicago IL Sept 22 2014 The Chicago Transit Authority Wednesday approved a three-year contract with Digby’s Detective & Security Agency Inc. worth up to $10 million for unarmed security at its facilities around the city and suburbs.
That deal replaces a previous contract with Securitas for unarmed security worth up to $95 million signed in 2009 that expires on Oct. 29, CTA officials said. The CTA will have two opportunities to extend the new contract with Digby’s by one year each.
CTA spokeswoman Tammy Chase said the value of the new contract is significantly lower because the agency created 700 customer service assistance jobs last year. Before that, she said the security guards were expected to help the customers.
“We’ve had these types of security guards for well over a decade,” spokesman Brian Steele said.
CTA President Forrest Claypool said the guards serve as a “pair of eyes” to deter graffiti and theft at CTA facilities during certain times of day — not to fight crime.
“That’s for the Chicago Police Department,” Claypool said.
The CTA board also approved a $92 million contract for materials needed to renovate all 257 of its 3200-series rail cars. Originally purchased between 1992 and 1993, they are the second-oldest in the CTA fleet and run on the Brown and Orange Lines.
After Wednesday’s meeting, Claypool answered questions about a potential 2015 fare hike by saying the CTA is still in the midst of its budgeting process.
“We’re still probably a couple months away,” Claypool said.
Chicago Sun-Times

Former assistant Howard County Convention and Visitors’ Bureau director arrested for embezzlement

KOKOMO, Ind. Sept 22 2014 - The former assistant director of the Howard County Convention and Visitors’ Bureau was arrested Tuesday after police issued a warrant for felony charges.
Kimberly Morgan, 48, of Kokomo, turned herself in at the Howard County Jail after an internal audit revealed possible misuse of CVB funds. The investigation revealed that from Jan. 2012 through Jan. 2014, Morgan had allegedly made several unauthorized transactions utilizing a CVB credit card. The transactions totaled over $18,000 and Morgan allegedly deposited funds into her personal bank account for personal use.
She faces seven felony theft charges and has since posted bond.
Morgan worked at the CVB for approximately10 years. She was released in January 2014.

Gang robs security officer at Germany's biggest Apple's store

Berlin Germany Sept 22 2014 Police are hunting for a gang that robbed a security guard as he was picking up cash from Germany's biggest Apple's store.
Berlin police spokesman Rene Rodemann says three masked men threatened the guard with a firearm Saturday and forced him to hand over a cash container before escaping in a dark sedan.
The getaway car was later found burning about a mile away. Rodemann says witnesses claimed to have seen the suspects switch to a white vehicle.
Rodemann declined to say how much money was stolen, but cash is still a popular method of payment in Germany, even for big ticket items.
The robbery took place the day after Apple's new iPhone 6 went on sale around the world.
Apple didn't immediately respond to emails and calls requesting comment.

Apple will no longer unlock iPhones, iPads for police even with search warrant

CUPERTINO, Calif. Sept 22 2014 — Apple said Wednesday night that it is making it impossible for the company to turn over data from most iPhones or iPads to police — even when they have a search warrant — taking a hard new line as tech companies attempt to blunt allegations that they have too readily participated in government efforts to collect user information.

The move, announced with the publication of a new privacy policy tied to the release of Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 8, amounts to an engineering solution to a legal quandary: Rather than comply with binding court orders, Apple has reworked its latest encryption in a way that prevents the company — or anyone but the device’s owner — from gaining access to the vast troves of user data typically stored on smartphones or tablet computers.

The key is the encryption that Apple mobile devices automatically put in place when a user selects a passcode, making it difficult for anyone who lacks that passcode to access the information within, including photos, e-mails and recordings. Apple once maintained the ability to unlock some content on devices for legally binding police requests but will no longer do so for iOS 8, it said in the new privacy policy.
“Unlike our competitors, Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access this data,” Apple said on its Web site. “So it’s not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8.”

As the new operating system becomes widely deployed over the next several weeks, the number of iPhones and iPads that Apple is capable of breaking into for police will steadily dwindle to the point where only devices several years old — and incapable of running iOS 8 — can be unlocked by Apple.

Apple will still have the ability — and the legal responsibility — to turn over user data stored elsewhere, such as in its iCloud service, which typically includes backups of photos, videos, e-mail communications, music collections and more. Users who want to prevent all forms of police access to their information will have to adjust settings in a way that blocks data from flowing to iCloud.

Apple’s new privacy policy comes less than five months after the Supreme Court ruled that police in most circumstances need a search warrant to collect information stored on phones. Apple’s action makes that distinction largely moot by depriving itself of the power to comply with search warrants for the contents of many of the phones it sells.

The move is the latest in a series in which Apple has sought to distinguish itself from competitors through more rigorous security, especially in the aftermath of revelations about government spying made by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden last year.

Although the company’s security took a publicity hit with the leak of intimate photos of celebrities from their Apple accounts in recent weeks, the move to block police access to the latest iPhones and iPads will thrill privacy activists and frustrate law enforcement officials, who have come to rely on the extensive evidence often found on personal electronic devices.

“This is a great move,” said Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist for the American Civil Liberties Union. “Particularly after the Snowden disclosures, Apple seems to understand that consumers want companies to put their privacy first. However, I suspect there are going to be a lot of unhappy law enforcement officials.”

Ronald T. Hosko, the former head of the FBI’s criminal investigative division, called the move by Apple “problematic,” saying it will contribute to the steady decrease of law enforcement’s ability to collect key evidence — to solve crimes and prevent them. The agency long has publicly worried about the “going dark” problem, in which the rising use of encryption across a range of services has undermined government’s ability to conduct surveillance, even when it is legally authorized.

“Our ability to act on data that does exist . . . is critical to our success,” Hosko said. He suggested that it would take a major event, such as a terrorist attack, to cause the pendulum to swing back toward giving authorities access to a broad range of digital information.

Many security experts have blamed security weaknesses in iCloud — some of which have since been fixed — for the recent leak of celebrity photos. Several companies also make systems designed to crack the encryption of devices, including the iPhone and iPad. Security experts generally consider Apple’s devices to be better protected against such attacks than some rivals’, although people with short passcodes — of four digits, for example — are in greater danger of what are called “brute force attacks” that relentlessly try all possible combinations.

Adding more security can make it harder for users to operate a mobile device. People who forget their passcodes with iOS 8 will not be able to recover them by contacting Apple. However, most users will have the bulk of their data automatically backed up on iCloud and would be able to restore their phones, although not before wiping them of all user data.

Masked gang attack security guard with claw hammer during robbery

Manchester England Sept 22 2014 A Royal Mail security guard was hit on the head with a claw hammer during a robbery by a gang of masked men.
The security guard was at Cheetham Hill post office on Bury Old Road, Manchester, when three men armed with weapons ran at him.
Threatening him with their weapons, they shouted at him to give them the cash box he was holding - and when he handed it over, they hit him on the head with a hammer.
They then ran off with the cash box, fleeing along Bury Old Road and onto Thomas Street, Cheetham Hill after the robbery on Thursday September 18 at 3.20pm.
One of the men, described as 6ft 1in tall and of slim build, was wearing black clothing, including black gloves and balaclava.
The second man is described as 6ft tall and of stocky build and was wearing a navy top and black trousers, with black gloves and a balaclava, and he was carrying a claw hammer.
The third man is described as of heavy build and was wearing dark clothing, including black gloves and balaclava.
Det Const Susan West from Pendleton Police Station, said: “This was a violent robbery committed in daylight in a busy area of Cheetham Hill.
“This will have shocked members of the public, many of whom were children on their way home from school.
“Thankfully the man was wearing a helmet, and so wasn’t seriously injured, but he is understandably extremely shaken by what happened.
“I want to appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident or perhaps has information about what happened or who may be involved, to come forward immediately.”
Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 5361 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

NYPD Auxiliary Police Officer Among 2 Killed in Horrific Crash

 D'John Arias, an auxiliary police officer with the 110th Precinct, was killed in a crash in Laurelton on Sept. 18, 2014.

QUEENS NY Sept 22 2014  — Two men — including an auxiliary police officer who dreamed of being a lawyer — were killed and a 14-year-old boy was injured when their speeding car careened into a tree in Laurelton Thursday night, police said.
The officer, D'John Arias, 20, was speeding west along North Conduit Avenue in a Mitsubishi Lancer about 10:45 p.m. when he tried to swerve around another vehicle to get onto the Belt Parkway near 181st Street.
But he lost control and flew off the road, hitting a light pole and slamming into a tree, according to the NYPD.
Family members said he had been working for three years at the Parson Boulevard YMCA as a lifeguard and was dropping off a co-worker when the accident happened.
Arias was pronounced dead at the scene.
The 19-year-old front passenger, Karim Carter, of Jamaica, was taken to Jamaica Hospital and pronounced dead, police said.
A teenager who was with them suffered injuries to his legs and was taken to North Shore-LIJ where he was listed in stable condition, according to the NYPD.
Arias' distraught mother, Maria, said he was studying criminal justice at Queensboro Community College and had been an auxiliary officer for the past three months and wanted to be a criminal lawyer like his brother.
"He was lovely, calm, relaxed," said his aunt Maria Sanabria, 49. "He had really good manners."
"Every time he put on his uniform he would show off. He was very proud."

Arundel Mills shoplifter gets 3 yrs in prison for pepper spray assault

Cierra Scott
Annapolis MD Sept 22 2014
A Brooklyn Park woman who pepper sprayed an Arundel Mills mall employee and loss prevention officer during a shoplifting attempt last winter was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison.
Cierra Scott, 25, pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery and one count of reckless endangerment in Circuit Court in Annapolis.
The charges stem from an incident on Jan. 12, when police said Scott attempted to steal a pair of boots from Off Broadway Shoes. When confronted by a manager outside the store, Scott pulled a large canister of pepper spray from her purse and sprayed the manager, police said.
More than two dozen people were affected by the spray. A loss prevention officer confronted Scott outside the mall, police said, and Scott threatened him with a small knife.
The officer was able to disarm Scott, police said, but she pepper sprayed him, too. He was able to disarm her again and use the pepper spray against her, police said.
Scott was detained by mall security until police arrived. Fire personnel treated all but one of the people affected by the spray at the scene.
The store manager who was sprayed was taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie for treatment. Scott also was taken to BWMC for exposure to the spray. Scott received 10 years for each of the robbery counts, with all but three years suspended.
She also received five years, with all but three years suspended, for the reckless endangerment charge.
The sentences are to run concurrently.
Along with her prison sentence, Scott was ordered to complete three years of probation upon her release.
Capital Gazette

Mistaken identity by Walmart security leads to wrongful arrest and prosecution, suit claims

Berks County PA Sept 22 2014 A seemingly routine phone call to clear up a case of mistaken identity unexpectedly led to
 the wrongful arrest and allegedly malicious prosecution of a Berks County man, according to a civil rights suit filed at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Joseph Curry, of Boyertown, Pa., claims that a simple investigation would have cleared him of accusations that he stole items from a Walmart located in Lower Macungie, Pa. Instead, state police arrested him and had him detained in prison for three months, causing him to lose his job and miss the birth of his only child, according to the complaint.
According to the suit, in the fall of 2012 Curry discovered a warrant had been issued for his arrest from a newspaper article about a theft from the Walmart. According to police, Curry allegedly found receipts in the parking lot, matched the UPC codes with items in the store and gave them to a partner to return for cash.
The complaint says that Curry was not the man described by police as a short-haired, heavyset man. Not only does Curry have long hair, a thin build and tattooed sleeves on his arms, but he claims he has never been to the Lower Macungie Walmart.
Curry called the store and asked the security personnel to review the surveillance footage and clear him of the accusations, but they allegedly refused. State troopers also refused to look at the tape, the complaint says, and told him that he was going to jail. The plaintiff was arrested on Oct. 29, 2012, and charged with theft by deception and conspiracy.
An Exeter Township, Pa., detective also charged Curry with similar offenses, accusing him of being part of a larger theft ring, according to the court documents. Unable to afford bail, Curry spent two months in prison before meeting with the Exeter detective. Before his criminal hearing, the detective allegedly apologized and admitted to Curry that he was innocent and that he would help him out.
The charges from Exeter were finally dismissed in February 2013, but the case brought by the state police still stood and would not be addressed until September 2013. According to the complaint, Curry had already spent three months in jail, lost his job and missed the birth of his child. Fearing a longer stay in lock-up, the plaintiff pleaded no contest to the charges, even though he contends he is completely innocent.
Curry accuses the Pennsylvania State Police and the Exeter Township police department of false arrest, imprisonment, malicious prosecution and Monell, saying the actions of the trooper are a reflection of the office’s deliberate indifference to the plaintiff’s Constitutional rights.
He also accuses Walmart of negligence for failing to properly review all evidence before making a false accusation. The incident caused Curry to suffer humiliation, mental anguish and the loss of income. Curry seeks compensatory and punitive damages in excess of $75,000.
The plaintiff is represented by Matthew Weisberg of Weisberg Law.
The federal case ID number is 5:14-cv-05253-LS.

Pennsylvania's Legal Journal

ACLU Sues Philadelphia Police for Using Force to Stop Photos of Arrest

Philadelphia police sued again for roughing up legal observer during ...Philadelphia PA Sept 22 2014
It’s been almost three years now since Commissioner Charles Ramsey issued a directive to Philly Police, letting them know that it’s entirely legal for the public to record officers doing their work and making arrests — as long as the photographer doesn’t interfere with that police work.
It seems his officers still haven’t gotten the message. The ACLU today announced another lawsuit — the fifth in a series — against the department on behalf of a woman who was physically restrained from recording officers arresting a protestor.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and co-counsel filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf of a Philadelphia woman who was forcefully restrained across the neck by a civil affairs officer to prevent her from recording Philadelphia police officers arresting a protestor on the other side of a glass wall.
This is the fifth in a series of ACLU-PA lawsuits aimed at stopping the Philadelphia Police Department’s illegal practice of retaliating against individuals who observe or record the police performing their duties.
“We have yet to see any indication that the leadership of the Philadelphia Police Department is requiring its officers to respect the First Amendment rights of Philadelphia residents in these situations,” said Reggie Shuford, executive director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania. “Until they get it right, we will continue to hold them accountable to the citizens they have sworn an oath to protect.”
Today’s lawsuit was filed on behalf of Amanda Geraci, a professional psychotherapist and a trained legal observer who was monitoring an anti-fracking protest outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center on September 21, 2012. Legal observers are trained volunteers who monitor the interactions between police and protestors.
After witnessing police take a protestor into custody and handcuff him inside the Convention Center, Geraci remained outside but walked over to a spot on the other side of the glass wall to record the incident. Then, according to the complaint, “Officer Brown approached her at a full run and threw her up against a pillar on the Convention Center’s facade.” Officer Brown then pushed her forearm against Geraci’s neck. Police officers quickly surrounded Brown and Geraci to block the ability of others in the crowd to witness or record the officer’s use of force against Geraci.
“I have been a legal observer for eight years at numerous protests and I have never experienced anything like this,” said Geraci. “I was shocked when Officer Brown pushed me against a column and restrained me by my neck, just for recording the activities of her colleagues as they arrested someone.”
“Once again, what happened to Amanda Geraci shows that the city of Philadelphia is not living up to its promise to protect the First Amendment rights of those who observe and record the police,” said Jonathan H. Feinberg of Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing, & Feinberg and one of the attorneys representing Geraci.
Information about filing a complaint with the ACLU-PA as well as background on the ACLU-PA’s previous lawsuits against the Philadelphia police department challenging the arrest and harassment of individuals for photographing police is available at:
The ACLU-PA also has a social media campaign running (#PAcopwatch) to encourage people to contact the organization with stories about police harassment for recording.
Geraci is represented by Molly Tack-Hooper and Mary Catherine Roper of the ACLU-PA; John Grogan and Peter Leckman of Langer, Grogan & Diver, P.C.; Feinberg of Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing, & Feinberg; and Seth Kreimer of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Line of Duty Death NYPD Police Officer Michael Williams

Police Officer Michael Williams | New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer Michael Williams

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Sunday, September 21, 2014
Bio & Incident Details
Age: 25
Tour: 6 months
Badge # Not available

Cause: Automobile accident
Incident Date: 9/21/2014
Weapon: Not available
Suspect: Not available
Police Officer Michael Williams was killed in a vehicle crash on the Bruckner Expressway, near Bryant Avenue, at approximately 5:45 am.

Officer Williams was riding in the rear compartment of an NYPD passenger van en route to an assignment at the United Nations. The vehicle struck the center divider during a period of extremely heavy rain. Officer Williams was ejected from the rear of the van and suffered fatal injuries.

Eight other officers in the van were injured.

Officer Williams had served with the NYPD for only six months. He is survived by his parents.
Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Commissioner William J. Bratton
New York City Police Department
1 Police Plaza
Room 1320
New York, NY 10038
Phone: (646) 610-6700

Indiana School District creates own police department

WARREN TOWNSHIP, IN-Sept 21 2014  An Indiana School District is taking school safety to another level by creating the first police force, just for schools.
Walking the halls of Warren Central High School, these officers are part of the newest local department. Not a town, not a city, but a school district.
"We needed school officers to deal with school issues," said Chief Steve Kimbrough.
So, Chief Kimbrough and the district went through training, paperwork, and the long process to go off on their own.
Their hard work paid off, as they were sworn in Wednesday.
Thanks to a law passed in 2008, school districts can separate the officers into an independent department.
"I think it's going to make a huge difference because of the consistency," said Superintendent Dena Cushenberry.
Superintendent Dena Cushenberry knows the reality of safety in schools, and that having a department on site can mean life or death in response time alone.
Not to mention stopping a problem before it happens.
"Now that there have been so many incidents in schools across the country, we really believe it's important to have really good relationships with officers," said Cushenberry.
Relationships that Kimbrough and his force believe they can develop more easily on their own.
"It gives us more ownership in how we handle situations and hopefully that's just a positive output that the kids will take to their parents moving forward," he said.
This is a move that is more than needed on the far Eastside, where kids do face obstacles far greater than tests.
"Sometimes things that happen in the community will seep into the building," said Kimbrough.
This move to go out on their own one that will make dealing with those issues easier.
A move Kimbrough thinks more districts will turn to as safety remains a huge part of the conversation for our kids in school.
"Keeping kids safe so they get to their graduation date, that's what it's about," he said.

Orlando IKEA evacuated after road rage incident with gun

IKEA Orlando evacuated

ORLANDO FL Sept 21 2014

The IKEA located near the Mall at Millenia, in Orlando, has reopened after it was evacuated earlier Saturday, police said.
The Orlando Police Department was dispatched to the area near the IKEA store around noon in reference to a road-rage incident involving a gun.
The suspects were in a white Chevrolet Impala.
The vehicle was located in the IKEA parking lot. The store is located at 4092 Eastgate Drive.
"In the interest of public safety, IKEA was evacuated," said Lt. David Arenas, of the Orlando Police Department.
A search was conducted, and two suspects were located and detained inside the store, Arenas said.
No shots were fired.
No one was injured. IKEA has reopened. The incident didn't occur inside the store, police said.

Federal courthouse security officer charged with child pornography

BROWNSVILLE, Texas Sept 21 2014 -- A security guard for the federal courthouse in the border city of McAllen has been arrested and charged by federal agents with child pornography charges. 
On Thursday morning, Ricardo A. Garcia, from McAllen, TX, who works as a security guard at the McAllen federal building, went before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ignacio Torteya. Judge Torteya formally charged Garcia with one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. Torteya ordered that Garcia be held without bond.
Court records obtained by Breitbart Texas show that agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) began looking into Garcia on January 8, when they spotted a series of downloads of computer files with names suggesting they contained videos of children.
After an investigation into where the computer was located and the type of files that were downloaded, agents with HSI got a search warrant that they served on Wednesday night at Garcia’s home in McAllen and then interviewed him. During the interview Garcia told the agents that the computer and the storage devices did in fact contain several child pornography videos.
According to Torteya,  if convicted, Garcia faces a prison term of 5-20 years for the receipt of child pornography charge and up to a 10-year-prison term for the possession of child pornography charge. The possession charge can carry a higher sentence if the videos depict victims under 12 years of age. 

Underwear-clad woman runs through Tennessee school wielding baseball bat

Police arrested Chesie Lawton after she allegedly broke into a Tennessee school, clad in just underwear, and ran through the lunch room screaming.

Memphis TN Sept 21 2014
A woman stormed into a Memphis elementary school cafeteria wearing nothing but her bra and underwear and lugging a baseball bat — just minutes before the youngsters' lunch break.
When Chesie Lawton was arrested on trespassing charges Tuesday, she blamed her strange behavior on diabetes issues, police said.
Witnesses reported the 23-year-old running through the neighborhood around the school Tuesday morning. She was frantically screaming but still had a shirt on, WMC reported.
Before police could track her down, Lawton slipped through a back door into the Westside Elementary's lunchroom.
At some point, she apparently ditched her shirt and stripped down to her underclothes, police said.
Once inside, she continued to scream madly — still with the baseball bat in hand. School staff nabbed her and got her outside — just a few minutes before hundreds of students packed the cafeteria for lunch.
When police arrived at the school, they found staff members bracing a door closed to keep Lawton from getting back inside the lunch room. The 23-year-old "was yelling and acting out. She was nervous and squirming all over the place," police wrote in a report.
Lawton told the officers she had problems with her diabetes. It's not clear how she connected those health issues to her odd behavior.
None of the students were injured in the weird rampage.
All of Westside Elementary School's doors lock automatically, but Lawton was able to get in because the door wasn't fully closed to begin with, a Shelby County Schools spokesperson told the TV station.

Park worker charged with assaulting security officer

Plymouth UK Sept 21 2014 A holiday park worker from Plymouth split open a security guard’s lip after a staff party descended into violence.
Aspiring Plymouth University student Jake Hopes was told by a court he must stay indoors in the evenings for the next four months in punishment.
The 21-year-old had been working at Perran Sands Holiday Park last summer and had attended a staff party on August 29, Truro Crown Court heard.
Sally Daulton, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said security staff including Andrew Telfer were called to one of the staff chalets at around 3.15am.
Ms Daulton said: “The host told the guests he wanted them to leave.
“This defendant and a friend of his were not inclined to leave the party.”
She added that Hopes was asked to go back to his own chalet but he ran away and was later found by Mr Telfer outside another chalet where there was a tussle between them.
“The defendant punched Andrew Telfer in the mouth,” she said.
“He said he could immediately taste blood.”
Ms Daulton added that Mr Telfer suffered a split lip which was later treated in hospital with three stitches.
Hopes, of Lipson Road, admitted one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
The court heard he had previous convictions in 2012 for being drunk and disorderly and battery.
Ramsay Quaife, defending, said Hopes’ days of late night drunken violence were over.
He said: “He has spent the last academic year getting the GCSEs he needed for the access course he is currently on.
“That he hopes will get him to Plymouth University.”
Hopes was sentenced to a six-month community order with a four-month curfew between 7pm to 7am daily.
The court heard Hopes had £500 in savings and he was ordered to pay £400 compensation to Mr Telfer and a £60 victim surcharge.

Burglar struggles with Milford Regional Medical Center security

MILFORD, Mass. Sept 21 2014—A man wanted in connection with several breaking and entering cases was taken into custody in Milford on Friday following a police chase and struggle with security officers at a local hospital.
Police went to question Joshua Charro, 19, at a home in Milford earlier in the morning, but he fled the area, officials said.
"We identified where he was staying. We went there this morning. Detectives went to apprehend him, he fled," Milford Police Chief Thomas O'Loughlin said.
At one point, he entered Milford Regional Medical Center, where he struggled with security guards.
"As we were pursuing him, he went from back yards in a wooded area over to the hospital, presumably as a safe haven. Security there did confront him. He was in a brief struggle with them. He fled from there," O'Loughlin said.
State police air and K-9 units assisted Milford police with the search, that originated somewhere near the Green Street area.
Charro was eventually taken into custody after a driver spotted him tipped off police.
"We moved the State Police K-9s into that area, and when he saw them, he climbed a very large fence and right into the arms of three of our officers," O'Loughlin said.
Police said Charro broke into at least three businesses and two homes, including the home of a Milford police detective.

Washington state man arrested after impersonating retired officer for 2 decades

OAK HARBOR, Wash. Sept 21 2014— A funeral home worker was arrested in Washington state after police said he pretended to be a retired officer for two decades and recently intervened in a fight.
Authorities became aware of suspect Jim Bailey last month after he tried to break up a dispute between a couple in a car by identifying himself as a retired cop and telling a witness to call 911, Oak Harbor Police Chief Edgar Green said.
An investigation determined the 69-year-old Bailey had been pretending to be a retired officer for more than 20 years, the chief said. Impersonating a police officer is a gross misdemeanor in Washington.
"We're very proud of what we do and work very hard at what we do," Green said. "So to find someone who comes along and just takes that for granted and pretends to be one of us, that's upsetting."
Bailey's attorney says the situation is a misunderstanding and Bailey, who was arrested last week, is a good Samaritan who tried to help, KOMO reported ( Tuesday.
A message left Friday by The Associated Press for attorney Christon Skinner wasn't immediately returned.
Bailey spent a few years as an Oak Harbor reserve officer in the late 1980s but did not graduate from the police academy or become an officer.

Gilbert high school students, alumni working to help security guard fix flooded home


MESA, Ariz. Sept 21 2014 -- The head of security at Highland High School in Gilbert has fallen into some hard times, but many of the school's students and alumni are rushing to help.
It was Sept. 8 when floodwaters rushed through and heavily damaged Valu Tuituu's home near Stapley Drive and Broadway Road in Mesa. He and his family have been living there for 20 years. "I lost my carpet.
 I lost the furniture. I lost all of the beds, and the TV," Tuituu said. He said he didn't have flood insurance. For the first few days following the flood, Tuituu had to leave the doors and windows of his home open to try to dry the place out
. He said he slept in a tent in his backyard. Now, he, his wife and three children are staying at a motel. When 2006 Highland graduate Russell Johnson heard about what was going on, he decided to swing into action.
Tuituu was a wrestling coach for Highland while Johnson was on the team. Johnson said he saw Tuituu as a leader who played a big role in getting him through high school. Johnson is now the owner of Berg Builders, a general contracting business. He donated $2,500 to Tuituu and assigned his crew to work on his former coach's house for a week.
 But Johnson said that he's not the only one who is stepping up to help. Students and alumni have raised more than $13,000 so far using a Give Forward crowdfunding page, with a goal of reaching $20,000. Johnson said everyone helping out has been impacted by Tuituu somewhere along the way. "For some people, their daughter spoke highly of him as a security guard, and he watched after their kids," said Johnson.
 "Others are people who went to the school 20 years ago who still remember Valu and want to give a hand in whatever way they can." Between 30 and 50 people are expected to show up on Saturday to use some "elbow grease" to get work done around the security guard's house, Johnson said. Tuituu said he is grateful to all of Highland's current and former students, and others, for pitching in.
"I can't believe how much they're willing to help out," he said. "It's the students of Highland High School and the faculty and staff.
It's also the administrators that are all also trying to help out." Johnson said that if all goes well, Tuituu and his family should be able to move back into their home in about two weeks.