Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Off duty Louisiana sheriff working security detail involved in shooting death privateofficer.com #PrivateOfifcerNews

NEW ORLEANS LA Feb 9 2016  —One man is dead and a woman is in the hospital after a deputy-involved shooting that started on the Westbank and ended in Central City, officials said.
The incident started out Monday night at Oakwood Mall, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said in an update.
Normand said three customers at the mall notified a security officer who was working paid detail at the mall for the Sheriff's Office about a man with a gun. The three people said the unidentified man brandished the weapon toward them.
Moments later, the three pointed at the man and the officer approached him. Normand said the officer and the man had an altercation and the man attempted to escape.
Investigators said the man fled into the parking lot of the mall and got into a vehicle. The man drove away and deputies went into pursuit.
Normand said the chase ended near Philip Street and Simon Bolivar Avenue, when the man lost control of the vehicle, hit a curb and crashed into a telephone pole. He said the man put the vehicle in reverse and the deputies opened fire.
Officials said the man was pronounced dead at the scene. A woman who was also in the vehicle was taken to a hospital, but Normand said investigators do not believe she was shot.

WDSU reporter Casey Ferrand said dozens of officers and deputies were sent to the scene. New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said the NOPD will investigate the incident alongside the JPSO.

RCMP, security officers honoured for stopping Parliament Hill attack privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

Security services members honoured in Ottawa
Ottawa Canada Feb 9 2016 Nearly 18 months after the deadly shooting on Parliament Hill, members of the RCMP and the House of Commons Protective Service were publicly honoured for their role in stopping the attack.
The ceremony took place at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, where Gov. Gen. David Johnston presented nine Medals of Bravery and six Stars of Courage.
"None of you asked to be decorated with Stars of Courage or Medals of Bravery. Indeed, being good Canadians it probably makes you more than a little uncomfortable," Johnston said at the ceremony.
"(But) we're here because on a day of great tragedy and suffering you gave us something different. You reminded us that while human beings are indeed capable of doing the worst to each other, we're also capable of the best."
Another RCMP officer, who could not attend, will also be presented with a Star of Courage.
On Oct. 22, 2014, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau fatally shot Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was standing guard at the Canadian National War Memorial on Parliament Hill.
Zehaf-Bibeau was eventually gunned down by , Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers and six RCMP officers who fired dozens of shots, 31 of which hit their target, after the gunman entered Centre Block.
The RCMP faced criticized for waiting to honour the Mounties who helped corner and take down Zehaf-Bibeau prior to a private ceremony in November.
The officers also did not receive an invitation to the official commemoration of the one-year anniversary of the shooting last October.
Meanwhile, Vickers received a standing ovation in the House of Commons and was appointed ambassador to Ireland for his role in the gunfight.
At Monday's event, Const. Louis Letourneau, who tracked the gunman down the Hall of Honour and fired several times, said that he was just doing his job.
"From the first shot till the last, I was there … I never took my eyes off him till the end," Letourneau told CTV Ottawa.
RCMP Const. Michelle Bergeron, who was one of the officers who entered the Centre Block in a tactical formation and cornered Zehaf-Bibeau, said she lives with the memories of the attack "everyday."
"Some members that I've worked with will hopefully never experience anything like that," said Bergeron.
"I have, so it will be with me the rest of my career."
Here's a full list of security personnel honoured on Monday:
RCMP Const. Curtis Barrett, who will be awarded the Star of Courage at a future ceremony.
RCMP Const. Michelle Bergeron
RCMP Const. Gary Bubelis
RCMP Const. Somoza Celestin
RCMP Cpl. Dany Daigle
RCMP Const. Martin Fraser
Const. Louis Letourneau
Cpl. Maxim Malo
RCMP Const. Sylvie Marcoux
RCMP Const. Michel Palmer
RCMP Sgt. Richard Rozon
RCMP Const. Patrick Ruest
Const. Samearn Son
Const. Charles Thom
RCMP Const. Herbert Waye

Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers

Natick Mall shoplifters taken into custody privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

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Natick MA Feb 9 2016 Two Worcester women stole nearly $2,000 worth of clothing from a Natick Mall store on Monday, authorities said.
Police arrested Linda Eunice Kwakye, 35, and Gertrude Takyi, 28, after store security caught them stealing the jewelry and clothing, according to a Natick Police report filed in Natick District Court on Tuesday.
Store security told police they watched the two women grab numerous pieces of jewelry from a display case and bring them to the clothing aisle. The two women took several items of clothing into the dressing room and left empty-handed a few minutes later.
“The only thing left in the dressing room were empty clothes hangers,” according to the report.
Store security stopped the women outside of the store and brought them back. They found the women stole 17 pieces of jewelry, including rings, ear rings, bracelets and necklaces. They also stole eight dresses and five shirts, according to the report. The women had shoved all of the stolen items into their purses and pockets, police wrote.
Police charged both Kwakye and Takyi, of 285 Plantation St., Worcester, with larceny of property worth more than $250 and conspiracy to commit a crime.
At Kwakye’s and Takyi’s Natick District Court arraignment on Tuesday, prosecutors did not ask for bail and Judge Lynn Coffin Brendemuehl released them and ordered them to stay away from Macy’s.

Kwakye and Takyi are due back in court April 11 for a pretrial conference.

Brevard County school employee arrested on accusations of stealing school property, funds privateofficer.com

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. —Feb 9 2016
A Brevard County school employee is facing felony charges after accusations of using his position to steal.
The school district and superintendent said the losses may approach close to $100,000 in school board property and funds.
Edward Strobush has been employed by Brevard County Public Schools since 1979, and the future of his employment is tied to the active investigation on his alleged theft.
“I will tell you that this fencing operation, this theft operation, has now been stopped as a direct result of (Superintendent Dr. Desmond) Blackburn saying, “Something's wrong. Let's figure out what it is before we go any further,’” Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey said.
Strobush bonded out Friday morning on charges of grand theft, scheme to defraud and dealing in stolen property.
Court documents showed that several items were seized from Strobush’s Titusville home, including property from the Cocoa Fleet Maintenance Facility, where he was the truck shop foreman.
“It was primarily limited to vehicle parts (from) cars to motorcycles,” Ivey said.
There are no previous theft-related complaints involving Strobush, but the investigation could lead to include additional suspects and arrests.

“I can't imagine any worse hurt or pain to inflict then to steal the resources meant for children,” Blackburn said.

TN brother and sister charged with stealing at multiple Kroger stores privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. Feb 9 2016-- A brother and sister are behind bars and are believed to have committed thefts from "a lot of different Kroger stores in Tennessee & Kentucky."
According to Murfreesboro Police, Karla Wilson and her brother Shawn Bowery went up to the register of one Kroger store on S. Church Street last month with a filled shopping cart. The first thing Bowery did was hand the clerk two Kroger gift cards as part of the large purchased and asked each be filled with $450 worth of credit. Since the cards are immediately activated, Bowery then handed them over to his sister, who slipped away to the U-Scan registers.
As the clerk was ringing up the basket filled with items, Wilson purchased eight Visa gift cards worth $100 each at the U-scan register, using the just activated Kroger gift cards as payment.
When the clerk finally finished ringing up the items in Bowery's cart, he told the clerk he forgot his wallet in the car and would return. Both Bowery and Wilson left the store and did not return.

Wilson and Bowery are currently in a Williamson County Jail and were incarcerated when this latest report was filed. The report states the siblings are working with "several" others.

Pennsylvania Shoplifting Suspect Steals Patrol Car privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

Springettsbury Township  Feb 9 2016 Police say a Pennsylvania shoplifting suspect is in custody on charges that he briefly stole a police car.
Springettsbury Township police say the bizarre chain of events began shortly before 1 p.m. Monday.
That's when police responded to call that 21-year-old Marlo Harvard, Jr., of Baltimore, had left a Wal-Mart with some stolen merchandise.
Police spotted Harvard near a bus stop and gave chase, and when one officer left his car to join in, Harvard circled back and hopped inside the still-running car and took off.
Police say Harvard abandoned the cruiser near a bank and ran into a restaurant and then outside into a trash container.
Police say Harvard denied wrongdoing saying, "I hang out in Dumpsters all the time."

Online court records don't list an attorney for Harvard.

Philadelphia International Airport security guard charged with heroin trafficking privateofficer.com #PrivateOfifcerNews

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Lycoming County PA Feb 9 2016 State police seized 700 bags of heroin and charged a suspected dealer who works as a guard at Philadelphia International Airport after a stakeout at a Lycoming County grocery store Sunday.
Police said Damien Shaun Hartsfield, 29, of the 1900 block of Titan Street, Philadelphia was charged with possession and delivery of heroin and related charges. He was arraigned and placed in Lycoming County prison on $500,000 bail.
State police in Montoursville said they received tips that heroin deals were happening on the parking lot of the Surplus Outlet along Route 15 in Clinton Township.
During a stakeout Sunday, police said they saw two vehicles arrive around 5:15 p.m. and park in the lot of the adjacent Family Dollar store. When a Ford Explorer with Florida plates drove up, both vehicles backed out, nearly striking each other, and followed the Explorer to an adjacent lot.
Police said they witnessed multiple drug deals, and stopped the vehicles as they were leaving. In addition to heroin, which was found in a hidden compartment in the vehicle, police seized $3,500 and a cell phone from Hartsfield.
Police said Hartsfield told District Judge Jon Kemp at his arraignment that he works as a uniformed security guard at Philadelphia International Airport. A uniform was found in his vehicle, police said.
Trooper Tyson Havens said charges are pending from those in the two vehicles suspected of making the drug buys Sunday.
Two female occupants of one of vehicles tried to run away but were apprehended. The women told police they "ordered" heroin by calling a phone number, and bought $110 worth from the suspect, police said.

The driver of the other vehicle said he called the same number and was told to meet the dealer in the parking lot of the store. He purchased five bags, one of which was eaten by a woman in his vehicle as she saw police arrive.

Coronado high School security guard arrested for having sex with child privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

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Colorado Springs, CO Feb 9 2016  In an 11 Call for Action Investigation, we've confirmed a man who works at a local high school is in jail. He's accused of sex assault on a child.
District 11 told us Tyler Hamilton works as a security guard at Coronado High School in western Colorado Springs. But they said they couldn't comment citing personnel issues.
Students tell us he hasn't been at school for about a week or two.
The 28 year-old has been a security guard at Coronado for about three months. He was arrested last Thursday.
Hamilton is facing charges of sex assault on a child while in a position of trust. We know the victim is under 15, but we don't know if it's a student.
Court records show it all started last August, which would have been before he started working for the school. Records also show the sex assault happened up until his arrest.
Hamilton is also facing charges for harboring a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
11 News reached out to the district to find out if he's still working there. We haven't heard back yet. We'll let you know what we find out.

We checked and as of Sunday night, Hamilton is still in custody on a $15,000 bond.

Cumberland County NC accused of having sex with student privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

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FAYETTEVILLE, NC Feb 9 2016  The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office has charged a teacher with having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student.
Investigators said in early December, a 17-year-old student alleged a physical relationship with 30-year-old Laura Garrigus - a Cumberland County School teacher working at the Cumberland International Early College on the campus of Fayetteville State University.
The relationship allegedly began in October.
Garrigus is now charged with four counts of taking indecent liberties with a student and two counts of sexual offense with a student.

Bond was set Monday morning at $16,000.

South Coast Plaza security officer nabs man stealing his car privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

Costa Mesa CA Feb 9 2016
A suspected burglar may have picked the wrong spot to steal a car.
Police report that at midnight Saturday, a security officer at South Coast Plaza decided to go to his car during a break from work.
As he approached his vehicle in the parking lot, he saw a man in his car, according to Costa Mesa police.

The security officer was able to detain the man, identified as Hector Martin, 20, of Santa Ana and notified police.
Police charged Martin with vehicle burglary and misdemeanor possession of heroin.

California teacher and girlfriend arrested for having sex with students privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews


LOS BANOS, Calif. Feb 9 2016 - A North Valley, California teacher is in jail accused of having sexual relationships with two students. And detectives say his girlfriend also molested one of the victims.
Los Banos Police arrested 40-year-old Gary Bettencourt and 22-year-old Devyn Egan at their home in Turlock Wednesday morning. ABC11's sister-station KFSN has confirmed Egan is also one of Bettencourt's former students.
Police said the investigation involved reviewing thousands of messages on social media plus processing cell phones, computers, and DNA evidence. And they haven't ruled out the possibility of more alleged victims.
Bettencourt was a trusted teacher at Los Banos High from 2002 to 2010 and has worked at Pacheco High since then. But police said he violated that trust by having sexual relationships with two female students.
"It's very disturbing. You hope that it never happens during your career, and when it does, it's like a punch in the stomach and it's a betrayal of the profession," said Dr. Steve Tietjen, superintendent.
The allegations first surfaced in September when one victim confided in a school employee. She reported having sexual encounters with her 40-year-old English and drama teacher, and his 22-year-old girlfriend, Egan.
The victim said it started early last year and ended when she graduated in June as a 17-year-old.
"Throughout the investigation, we received several pieces of evidence which included social media. We recovered information from computers so we were able to tie some information to our second victim," said Acting Chief Ray Reyna, Los Banos Police Department.
That second victim is now 27-years-old, but she described a sexual relationship with Bettencourt from the time she was 15 to 17. Prosecutors filed charges Monday, and police arrested both suspects Wednesday morning. "Their charges involve unlawful sexual acts with a minor, lewd contact, and several other charges related to that type of conduct," said Reyna.
Administrators said they provide training every year to staff and students to prevent situations like this, and they're now offering counseling to those who were in Bettencourt's classes.
"We all feel betrayed here, and I just want to try to build the trust back into the system we had before this occurred," said Tietjen.
Bettencourt has been on paid administrative leave since September. Now that charges have been filed, he'll be placed on unpaid leave and could lose his teaching credentials.

Both suspects are being held at the Merced County jail.

TSA struggles to fill vacant positions at airports around Alaska privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

Anchorage AK Feb 9 2016 With many positions open at more than a dozen airports around the state, the Transportation Security Administration says finding new hires is particularly challenging in Alaska.
A slew of factors make finding and keeping employees tough -- from rural locations of airports to a high cost of living to the lure of other, more lucrative summertime work. Skewed perceptions of what Alaska is like thanks to reality TV shows also play a part.
 “We’ve had people that will accept those jobs from Los Angeles, they’ll land in Bethel, they’ll literally get off the plane and the next day they get on the plane and we never see them again,” said Pete Duffy, assistant federal security director for screening in Alaska. “Because they just don’t understand.”
As of Jan. 28, the TSA had vacancies at airports across the state, including Fairbanks, Anchorage, Cordova, Kodiak, Adak, Bethel, Nome, Kotzebue, Barrow, Juneau, Wrangell, Ketchikan, Petersburg, Sitka and Yakutat.
“I know there are other states that are considered hard-to-hire states where they have similar types of things,” said TSA spokeswoman Lorie Dankers, citing North Dakota as an example. “But I think Alaska is the most concentrated in terms of airports and the number of opportunities here.”
Although the federal government’s official jobs site lists 21 TSA officer positions available in Alaska, it’s not necessarily an accurate reflection of the TSA’s current needs. Summer is months away, but the agency is already thinking about hiring for Alaska’s busiest travel season, Dankers said.
“I will tell you, based on what I’ve seen, it’s much higher than that,” she said of the 21 number.
Tourism, and therefore airline traffic, has increased in some parts of Alaska in recent years, but Duffy says the TSA has "been relatively stable as far as where our presence is."
The TSA has its own National Deployment Force to send officers to places “that require a greater number of security personnel than is available,” according to a TSA fact sheet. They rotate in and out of airports on an as-needed basis.
Eliot Freeburg -- now a security training instructor -- is a former member of the deployment force and worked several couple-month stints around the state.
“For me, the shorter list is where I haven’t worked in Alaska,” said Freeburg, recalling his sticker shock at the price of groceries in the Bush and what 60 below felt like in Kotzebue.
From fiscal years 2010 to 2015, the TSA has used the deployment force to supplement security at airports across Alaska at an average cost of $4.1 million a year, the TSA fact sheet says. Dankers said she was not able to provide details on how many NDF officers are in Alaska. She says those officers are paid a standard salary that does not change based on where they work.
"The additional costs to have NDF officers present at an airport come from travel expenses that include transportation, housing and per diem," Dankers said in an email.
Ultimately, the hope is that Alaska doesn’t need to rely on temporary officers
“We would rather have folks that are actually from those communities, or if not, at least a permanent party there because they become more ingrained in the communities," Duffy said. "That’s an important part of security too is understanding the community.”
The TSA says it’s making a serious effort to attract potential candidates into becoming employees, such as bumping up pay to take Alaska’s cost of living into account. Coupled with retention pay -- a facet unique to Alaska for the TSA -- “an entry level officer’s starting salary can reach $50,000 or more,” the fact sheet says. Offering full-time work right off the bat is another tactic the agency is trying.
“Basically, in the Lower 48, every airport hires part-time only. And then once you’re with the agency, there’s an opportunity to go full-time. In Alaska, we’re actually hiring full time,” Duffy said.
Dankers adds veterans may feel comfortable working for the TSA due to the fact that 20 percent of its officers in Alaska are military veterans.
Then there’s the TSA ambassadors -- “the face of the agency,” Duffy said.
“We’re the first in the country to actually have the ambassador program,” Duffy said. “Which is basically … in between flights, they engage with the community, they talk to the council, they talk to the Chamber of Commerce, they host local job fairs.”
Still, the job requirements may be a deterrent for people who would otherwise be interested. You have to be in decent shape, you can't have a felony and you can't owe the government a lot of money.

"It's not an easy job, but it's an important job," Duffy said.
Alaska Dispatch News

Monday, February 8, 2016

Chapman University public safety officer recognized with award privateofficer.com

Public Safety Officer Michael Belay received Chapman's for his efforts in raising funds and collecting supplies to improve the lives of people in his hometown of Tembien, Ethiopia. Photo by Madeleine Caraluzzi

Orange, CA Feb 8 2016 
President Jim Doti awarded Public Safety officer Michael Belay Chapman University’s highest honor, the Presidential Medal, for his efforts in raising funds and collecting supplies to improve the lives of people in his hometown of Tembien, Ethiopia through his own nonprofit organization Hands Across the Planet to Poor Youth (H.A.P.P.Y.).
The university first instituted the Presidential Medal 10 years ago. As president, Doti has individually selected each recipient and recognized individuals who have had a significant impact in business, philanthropy or the arts. The award is presented to individuals sparingly, with one given out about every two years.
“There was a long standing ovation at our holiday party after announcing that Michael would be a medal recipient. This speaks to the love and regard the community has for Michael and his achievement. I would love for his story to transcend Chapman so more people know about and are inspired by his work so that other people can help support his cause,” Doti said. “I think it’s an incredible testament to a person’s humanity that someone with a job that has a modest salary can do so much and have a significant impact on the lives of others.”
Chief Randy Burba of Public Safety said that he has been working with Belay for more than 10 years and has seen him make a difference not only with his organization in Ethiopia, but in the way he interacts with students and faculty on the university campus.
“I certainly think he’s deserving of the Presidential Medal and I think he embodies what Chapman is about: the four pillars, global citizens, etc.,” Burba said. “He’s the kind of person that Chapman would want to prop up as a representation of its values.”
Belay first knew he wanted to help Ethiopia after seeing the impoverished living conditions people continued to live under more than 25 years after he moved to the U.S.
“When I went home the first time in 2000 the kids only asked for a pencil and pen – it made my heart fail just hearing that,” Belay said. “They don’t ask for money, they don’t ask for candy, they don’t ask for food, they don’t ask for anything. The kids would say ‘I want paper and pen because I want to write.’”
While Belay began helping people in Ethiopia more than 15 years ago, it was not until he founded his nonprofit organization in 2001, H.A.P.P.Y., that he was able to really contribute to the cause. Through H.A.P.P.Y., Belay has been able to help people affected by war, poverty, hunger, polluted water and a general lack of health support. The organization’s focus is on projects geared toward water and hygiene, orphan education and housing, as well as medical clinics and ambulances.
After a few years of trying to raise money for H.A.P.P.Y., Belay sold his family’s home and refinanced his car in order to build and furnish a small school with faculty, staff and 24-hour security in Tembien. The school has an open-door policy to welcome any child that needs an education and more than 1,000 students have graduated from the school since it opened in 2006. However, the classrooms are over-crowded and the building itself needs improvements. Belay’s current goal is to raise $1.2 million to build and furnish a school for more than 1,100 children with 35 students in each classroom.
Belay has also funded the drilling of two water wells, the delivery of supplies to local Ethiopian hospitals and the building of homes for poor families with money donated by numerous benefactors in addition to other fundraising methods.

In addition to the Presidential Medal, Belay has been recognized for his efforts through the Albert Schweitzer Award of Excellence, Changing the World Award, Hero of Development Gold Medal and Hero of Development Trophy.

Virginia Sheriff’s Office puts ‘In God We Trust’ on its patrol cars privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

Sheriff J.D. "Danny" Diggs. Photo Credit: York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office/Facebook

YORK COUNTY, Va. Feb 2016 The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office announced Monday morning that it recently added the words “In God We Trust” to it patrol cars.
In a statement on the department’s Facebook page Monday, Sheriff J.D. “Danny” Diggs said the decals cost $1,480, and that no taxpayer money was used to purchase them.
The decals were reportedly paid for by Diggs personally.
In Monday’s post, Diggs stated:
“Having ‘In God We Trust’ on our vehicles does not injure or threaten anyone. It is not an attempt to urge anyone to support or convert to any one religion. God has blessed me and the Sheriff’s Office. This is one way of honoring God by acknowledging Him for His blessings upon us and it shows our patriotism by displaying our national motto.”
Diggs also stated Monday, “The legislatures and courts approve, and God is most certainly approving of this.”
The Virginia General Assembly adopted a resolution in 2001, part of which supported and encouraged “public display of the national motto in all public buildings, public schools and other government institutions in Virginia.”

Diggs also said Monday, “Based on the experience of others who have done this, there will certainly be a very small minority that will criticize.”

Wisconsin Capitol Police officer charged with theft of valuable painting privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

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 Madison WI Feb 8 2016 
A former Capitol Police officer who worked nights at the governor’s mansion in Maple Bluff was charged Friday with stealing and selling a state-owned painting by renowned Wisconsin artist Aaron Bohrod.
A state employee tracked the stolen painting down on the Internet.
The surreal-style painting called “Gold Fantasy Box” was discovered missing from storage at the residence last month and recovered from a Connecticut art dealer. It was sold in February 2011, according to a criminal complaint and the dealer.
Travis Sackett, 32, of Tempe, Arizona, is awaiting a court appearance next week on felony charges of theft and misconduct in public office. Sackett was a Capitol Police officer from March 2, 2009, to Feb. 5, 2011, according to the complaint. He was assigned to the Dignitary Protection Unit at the governor’s residence, working the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift.
Though the complaint quotes a state employee, Joan Sample, estimating the artwork to be worth “$100,000 or greater,” the art dealer who bought the stolen painting paid “about $2,000” for it and had it for sale for $3,000. The dealer, Donald Barese, of Don Barese Fine Art and Antiques in Hamden, Connecticut, said he would “probably give it an insurance value of $5,000.” An art exhibit catalog describes it as 12 inches by 16 inches.
Sample, who works for the state Department of Administration, told Capitol Police Det. Christopher Litzkow she was hired to audit and catalog state-owned property at the governor’s residence in Maple Bluff. All of the artwork was accounted for except a piece by Bohrod, a former UW-Madson artist-in-residence, Monona resident and renowned painter who died in 1992. The painting in its gold and velvet frame was missing from the security room of the residence, according to the complaint.
Sample went to the Internet to search for the missing painting and found it for sale by Barese’s business.
“When the detective asked if it was possible I had a receipt I said, ‘Of course, I’ve got 22 years worth of records in the basement,’” Barese said. He had his canceled check for $1,800, dated March 2, 2011. He said the man who sold it to him described buying the painting at an estate sale for $400.
“He was a good talker,” Barese recalled.
The painting features a bright gold-colored chest with gold-colored toys and a white glove.
“It didn’t sell,” Barese said. “I had it up for sale for four years.”
Capitol Police referred calls on the topic to a supervisor who would not be available until Monday. A spokesman for the Department of Administration, which controls the property, was unaware of the case. Details of Sackett’s two years of employment by the Capitol Police were not available Friday, though online court records show numerous convictions for thefts dating to late 2011.
The painting is familiar to Patty Elson, a Madison real estate agent and longtime member of the Wisconsin Executive Residence Foundation, which works to preserve the home and four acres of grounds. She said she discovered the Bohrod painting in storage in the middle 2000s, and that led to the group’s focus on cataloging what was already there, and acquiring and highlighting the work of Wisconsin artists, she said.

Elson identified the painting as a Bohrod piece from 1968, as it was included in a Bohrod exhibit at the Madison Art Center in 1980.

DeKalb County Sheriff's officer shoots man during home invasion privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews


ELLENWOOD, Ga. Feb 8 2016 — DeKalb County Police are investigating after an employee with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office shot a man during a Friday night home invasion in the 4000 block of Bosenberry Way.
According to DeKalb County's Public Safety Director, Cedric Alexander, a female detention officer with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office was in her home with her two kids, aged eight and 10, Friday night when three male suspects tried to kick in a door to the family's basement.
The officer was alerted to the commotion by one of her son's who heard the men trying to get in. Alexander says the men were coming up the basement stairs into the main living space of the Ellenwood home when the woman fired her gun at one of the suspects, striking him.
The suspect that was shot during the incident sustained a non-life threatening injury has been transported to the hospital, according to Alexander.
After the shooting, the three men took off from the scene, but were later caught after a police search involving K-9 officers. Authorities took the men into custody and have questioned them.
After investigators returned to the scene, Alexander says police found a television and video games in the backyard that authorities suspect the men discarded in their attempt to escape.

Police are continuing their investigation.

Bar Owners Ordered To Pay $15K Fine After Bouncer Injures Patron privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

Bar Owners Ordered To Pay $15K Fine After Bouncer Injures Patron

AUSTIN, TX Feb 8 2016 -- Owners of a popular downtown bar have been ordered to pay a $15,000 fine after a bouncer was accused of seriously injuring a patron.
The ironically named Kung Fu Saloon was the target of a November 14 complaint after a security worker was seen on surveillance video throwing a customer to the ground during an altercation, the Austin American-Statesman reports.
The victim, a San Antonio resident named Joey O’Hare, fell on his head and was subsequently hospitalized.
The victim previously accepted a settlement stemming from a civil lawsuit resulting from the incident.
A spokesman for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission agency that regulates bars said the evidence and witness accounts were taken into account in assessing the fine. The bar faced closure if its owners resisted paying the penalty by a certain deadline.
“We looked at the evidence, and we worked with the local police department to take statements from witnesses, and it was determined that this situation warranted the heavy suspension or the heavy fine,” TABC spokesman Chris Porter said.
Kung Fu Saloon officials didn’t return a Statesman reporter’s request for comment Friday.

The bar is located at 510 Rio Grande St., off the popular 6th street corridor lined with numerous bars.

Hospital security guards want powers to detain or restrain violent patients privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

Australia Feb 8 2016

Hospital security guards have outlined overwhelming concerns about staff numbers, job training and hospital safety ahead of a roundtable meeting with the government on Monday.
Heath Minister Jillian Skinner committed to holding a roundtable on hospital violence following the near-fatal shooting of a police officer and a hospital security guard by a drug-affected patient in Nepean Hospital's emergency department on January 12.
Doctors, nurses, security guards and emergency workers have spoken out about critical levels of violence in NSW hospitals, partially attributed to sky-rocketing use of crystal methamphetamine, or ice.
A survey of more than 600 security guards and hospital workers, conducted by the Health Services Union in the aftermath of the Nepean Hospital shooting, has revealed almost unanimous support for better training, re-designed emergency departments and revised arrangements with NSW Police, who often have to dump violent patients at their doors.
Almost 98 per cent of respondents want more training for staff in emergency departments with high levels of ice presentations.
More than 95 per cent want more security staff to be able to deal with high levels of violence and 90 per cent supported legislation to introduce health-specific powers of restraint and detention under limited circumstances.
HSU secretary Gerard Hayes said a 2012 survey revealed similar calls for action, yet little had changed.
"All we're seeing now is ice becoming a more prevalent factor as well as the alcohol-fuelled violence but, from a security management point of view, the hospital system is as it was about 20 years ago," he said.
Last Saturday, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital was the scene of another serious incident when a mental health patient, who was dropped at the hospital by police, climbed into a roof cavity and was at risk of falling on an intubated patient in the resuscitation department.
"If he fell on that patient, he would have killed him for sure," said one witness, who took a photo of the collapsed roof cavity.
RPA general manager Deborah Willcox said the patient wasn't aggressive, didn't put any staff or patients in danger and was talked down from the roof, rather than falling.
In the HSU survey, workers have exposed numerous security issues in NSW hospitals, from the inability for guards to search patients' bags for weapons to uniforms that make people mistake them as taxi drivers and cleaners.
Repeated frustrations included a lack of training and laws preventing guards from detaining or restraining violent patients.
"Police bringing persons for treatment in handcuffs and leaving that same person in an emergency department with security officers with no restraints ... I have always found [that] puzzling," one respondent said.
Another said: "Training needs to focus more on negotiation skills rather than self defence. We need a much more professional standard of security officer in our hospitals. We don't need guards who are looking to pick fights or sit around on their smartphones all day."
Several guards have called for dedicated "ice" rooms or seclusion rooms in emergency departments, such is the scale and volatility of the drug problem.
Mrs Skinner has committed to re-assessing the design of some emergency departments with high numbers of ice presentations and auditing anti-violence measures in the busiest hospitals.
Additional security staff have been promised for hospitals "with a demonstrated increased need" and training sessions for dealing with ice-affected patients will begin in March.
Monday's health security roundtable will be convened by NSW Health and attended by the HSU, NSW Nurses and Midwives Association, Australian Medical Association, Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation, Unions NSW and a number of local health district chief executives and NSW Health experts. Police will not attend.

The number of ice-related presentations to 59 public hospital emergency departments in NSW increased more than seven-fold between 2009 and 2014, according to a NSW Health background paper released in September.

FBI Arrests Nearly Every Single Elected Official In A Texas Town privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

Crystal City TX Feb 8 2016 Only two of the elected officials in a remote Texas town were left unscathed after the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) arrested six members under a federal indictment that accuses them of taking bribes and helping an illegal gambling operator in exchange for favors, the Associated Press reported. Those arrested in Crystal City, Texas include the mayor, the city attorney who is also the city manager, two current councilmen, and a former councilman.
“The indictment alleges that these public officials and this businessman solicited and accepted bribes in exchange for official action, such as voting to award city contracts to, waive certain tax payments by, and conduct certain inspections to give unfair advantage to those paying bribes,” Richard Durbin, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas, said in a press release. One of the two remaining top officials was previously arrested on federal charges of smuggling immigrants across the southern U.S. border.
According to the Department of Justice indictment, Crystal City’s officials were accused of using “their official positions to enrich themselves by soliciting and accepting bribes from persons seeking to do business” since February 2015. The city manager, William James Jonas, III, was accused of managing the bribery scheme, in which a contractor provided bribes worth more than $12,000 to city officials in exchange for a city contract and unfair advantages. Ngoc Tri Nguyen, a city councilmember, was accused of providing payment to Mayor Ricardo Lopez, “including $6,000, in exchange for various official acts from Lopez and Jonas.” Nguyen was allegedly running illegal gambling rooms, as well.
Joel Barajas, the remaining councilman without an arrest warrant, said that the city has about $2 million in unpaid bills and was facing bankruptcy.
“For the time being, they remain the elected officials and the representatives of that city,” Durbin said.

“Crystal City is a good town,” Maria Sanchez Rivera, a lifelong resident told the Associated Press. “If you do wrong, you have to face your consequences. We’ve got laws for everything and we’ve got to abide by what the law says.”

Security officer shot -another person killed at Alabama horse track privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

 Source: Judson Garner/WBRC
The State Bureau of Investigations and Greene County Sheriff's Department are investigating a shooting that occurred at the Greentrack in Eutaw Saturday.
Around 1:30 p.m., deputies responded to shots fired at Greentrack.
Investigators discovered that one person had been fatally shot and two others had been critically injured.
Of the two people who had been injured, one had been shot, according to Lt. Jeremy Rancher. Deputies requested help from ALEA. but it is unclear why they requested ALEA for this case.
Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force was also called to assist in the investigation.
A secondary investigation by the agencies took place nearby.
A security guard was injured according to Greentrack's attorney  Charlanna Spencer.
"Their security guard is not critically injured. He is stable and alert," Spencer said in an email.
WBRC has reached out to Greentrack for a statement on today's fatal shooting. An employee of Greentrack will release a statement. Greentrack has yet to release that statement to WBRC.
One of the subjects injured in the incident drove to a Chevron gas station down the street from Greentrack, Green County Sheriffs deputy public information officer confirmed.
When asked how a victim was critically injured but not shot, Rancher replied "he was injured throughout the course of gunfire," and confirmed nothing else. Greentrack was open at the time of the incident, however the 24/7 operation was closed for the rest on the evening Saturday.
Crime tape was placed at the entrance on the business and a large part of the parking lot was sectioned off.
The motive for the shooting remains unknown and it is unknown if it was inside or outside.
Rancher was not specific about the suspects.
"We don't have anyone on the loose, everybody involved has been accounted for," Rancher explained. "We don't have anyone on the loose, on the run."

The Green County Sheriffs Department is expected to release more information soon.

Shooting at Orlando nightclub leaves two dead, 10 more injured privateofficer.com #PrivateOfficerNews

About 300 people were inside the nightclub when shots were fired, a police spokeswoman said.

Orlando FL Feb 8 2016 Gunfire erupted overnight at a nightclub in Orlando, leaving two people dead and several others injured, a spokeswoman for the Orlando Police Department said.
The shooting happened at about 1 a.m. at the Glitz Ultra Lounge, she said.
One person died at the scene, and another died after being transported to the hospital, Orlando police spokeswoman Michelle Guido said. Guido said as many as 10 people were hurt, including one person who was listed in critical condition. Guido said the other victims did not suffer life-threatening injuries. Not all of the people who were injured were shot. Guido said at least one person was hurt while trying to get out of the club.
There were as many as three shooters involved, she said.
Three Orlando police officers were at the club when the shooting happened, the spokeswoman said. They were hired by the club to provide extra security in addition to the club's own private security.
"The club did everything it was supposed to," Guido said. She added that club security checked people as they came into the building. Guido said police do not know yet how weapons got into the club. She said about 300 people were inside the building when shots were fired. No officers fired their weapons during the incident, and no officers were hurt in the shooting, Guido said.
Homicide detectives were on the scene Sunday morning. Police have not released any details about what led up to the shooting or whether any suspects had been identified.
A dancer for the nightclub spoke out about the shooting on Twitter. "Thank God we were running late. We were supposed to be on stage when it happened. So crazy," Stephanie Tjada tweeted.

This isn't the first time shots have been fired at the nightclub. CNN affiliate WESH reported two men were shot in the parking lot in October 2015. In June, a man was hurt when someone fired a gun outside the nightclub.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Line of Duty Death Sergeant Jason Gooding

Sergeant Jason Gooding | Seaside Police Department, Oregon

Sergeant Jason Gooding
Seaside Police Department, Oregon
End of Watch: Friday, February 5, 2016

 Bio & Incident Details
Age: 39
Tour: 13 years
Cause: Gunfire
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Offender: Shot and wounded
Sergeant Jason Gooding was shot and killed as he and another officer attempted to serve a warrant on a subject on the 300 block of Broadway Street at approximately 9:30 pm.
 The subject opened fire on Officer Gooding during the arrest, striking him three times. A second officer was able to return fire and wounded the subject.
 Sergeant Gooding had served with the Seaside Police Department for 13 years.

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

Chief Dave Ham
 Seaside Police Department
1091 South Holladay Street
Seaside, OR 97138
Phone: (503) 738-6311