Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Police warn parents: Watch out for pot-infused ‘treats’ in kids’ bags this Halloween


BELLINGHAM WA Oct 22 2014 — Razor blades in apples aren’t the only thing parents need to look out for this Halloween. Now that pot stores are legal in Washington, police say parents need to make sure marijuana-infused edibles don’t get into their kids’ hands.

Top Shelf Cannabis in Bellingham was the first store in the state to sell edibles.  A few months later, they’re still selling a lot.

“They’ve been doing really, really well,” owner John Evich said Monday night.

That might be alarming to parents, because some marijuana-infused treats look like treats that kids would eat.

“It’s hard to tell,” admitted Evich. “Except for the packaging.”
The Washington State Liquor Control Board has rules about how edibles can be labeled and packaged. Local producers are using heavy plastic and child-proof zips on bags to make their products hard to get into.

“When you take a close look at the labels, they’re not made to look attractive to a kid. They don’t have that candy look.”

Still, with Halloween around the corner, police are reminding parents to take a look at whatever treats their kids bring home.

“If it’s not professionally packaged in a factory, that should be a warning sign,” Seattle police officer Patrick Michaud said.

Parents we talked to say they’re always careful around Halloween.

“Any type of hole or anything, we throw it away,” said Jimmy Wilson. “We make sure it’s sealed candy.”

Even though many parents hadn’t thought about the possibility of their kids getting something with marijuana in it before, they say they’d be suspicious of any baked treats.

“Anything that looked like a cookie or something that could be easily tampered with, I wouldn’t trust it with my children,” said Daniel Ringel.

Police say they haven’t heard of any problems with kids accidentally getting edibles in Washington, but they want parents to be prepared.

“There’s a possibility for it. But as long as you do the right thing and check your kid’s candy, you have nothing to worry about.”

School teacher arrested for drunk driving on the way to school

Lexington County, SC Oct 22 2014  - A teacher at Red Bank Elementary in Lexington County is facing charges of DUI and child endangerment following an incident near the school Monday.
The South Carolina Department of Public Safety says Jan Curtis was arrested around 7 a.m.
A witness called law enforcement to say that Curtis was swerving as she was driving. A Cayce Department of Public Safety officer spotted her on the roadway and followed her into the school zone, then pulled her over.
SCDPS officials say she registered a .10 on a breathalyzer, just over the legal limit of .08. Officers say she told them she'd had two glasses of wine the night before and went to bed at 10 p.m.
Officers also say she had a six-year-old child in the car, and the Department of Social Services was notified.
Following policy guidelines, the school district placed Curtis on leave pending and inquiry. Curtis has been with the district since 1998.

Jefferson County Sheriff's deputy files whistleblower lawsuit against department

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Oct 23 2014  A Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy has filed a whisteblower lawsuit against his employer, Sheriff John Aubrey and the department's merit board, claiming he was retaliated against for reporting what he suspected was wrongdoing by a district court judge.
Deputy William Ziegler claims he was suspended for 20 days after reporting that on March 27, Jefferson District Judge Gina Kay Calvert was discussing her political race on the record, telling attorneys in court that her opponent for the judicial election had been endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police.
Ziegler, in the suit, claims he watched as Calvert called attorneys up to the bench and talked about the effect the non-endorsement could have on her reelection, while displaying a note on which she had written, "The FOP did not endorse me!!"

After the morning docket, Ziegler said he picked up the note, set it back down, and then went into a courthouse conference room where he told three assistant county attorneys, including Calvert's opponent Susan Jones, what he observed.
Ziegler alleges he reported the activity to determine if Calvert had violated a law or any ethical rules.
"Deputy Ziegler didn't do anything wrong," said his attorney, Thomas Clay. "In fact, he was trying to do his job. His inquiry was justified."
After he reported the incident, Ziegler claims Calvert and Chief Jefferson District Court Judge Ann Bailey Smith complained to the sheriff's department about Ziegler removing the note and an investigation was launched.
In an interview, Calvert, however, said she only asked that Ziegler be reassigned to a different courtroom, because she had "lost trust" in him.

Aubrey and his office decided on his own to investigate Ziegler, she said.

Asked about talking in court with three attorneys about the FOP endorsement, Calvert said she believed the conversations would be private when she turned on a noise machine designed to keep others in the court from hearing bench conversations.

But she "acknowledged I could have handled my disappointment differently," rather than talking with the attorneys during court.

Following the internal investigation, according to the suit, Ziegler was suspended 20 days for violating the department's rules of conduct. Ziegler appealed and the Jefferson County Deputy Sheriff Merit Board found that "the disciplinary action was justified but that the penalty" should be reduced to 15 days, which Ziegler served.

The lawsuit accuses Sheriff Aubrey and the sheriff's office of "retaliation and reprisal" for reporting Calvert's actions. 
In his suit, Ziegler is asking a judge to reverse the Sept. 18 decision by the merit board, order the sheriff's department to pay back the money he lost while suspended and is seeking a jury trial and compensatory and punitive damages.
Lt. Col. Carl Yates, a spokesperson for the sheriff's department, said he had not yet seen the lawsuit and couldn't immediately comment. 

California Highway Patrol sergeant arrested for child pornography charges

sergeant charged mug frank lundFAIRFIELD CA Oct 22 2014  A longtime California Highway Patrol sergeant nearing retirement now faces child pornography charges.
Eric Lund, 49, is from Chico, but was arrested in Fairfield at the CHP office where he works.
He lives part of his professional life in the public eye, but in his personal life, neighbors describe him as reclusive, and say he hardly ever came outside.
Part of his job was to talk to the press as a police spokesman, but at home, his neighbors wondered why he said next to nothing to them.
On his former Chico street, the sergeant and his family were known to some as a neighborhood mystery.
“They had a couple children, I guess, but we never saw them outside. I wouldn’t even know what they looked like,” said former neighbor Mary Young.
Vacaville Police had a mystery of their own. Using sophisticated software, a detective was tracking an unknown person downloading child pornography in Suisun, Fairfield and Vacaville.
Police say they traced the downloads to a surprising suspect—Sgt. Lund. They allege he looked at child pornography on and off duty. During a search of his personal car, investigators say they found a hard drive with nearly two-dozen videos.
“Oh my gosh, that’s too bad. I hope he gets the help he needs. People like that need help,” said former neighbor Richard Young.
Neighbors say Lund moved to an upscale neighborhood north of Chico. He’s out on bail, but nobody answered the door at his most recent address.
Police say Lund took a temporary transfer to the Fairfield CHP and would stay in the area during his work week. At age 49, investigators say the sergeant with a six-figure salary was already contemplating retirement.
The CHP released a statement calling the charges and disturbing. They have put Lund on administrative leave and stripped him of his peace officer powers.
CBS San Francisco

Baltimore police motorcycle unit celebrates 100 years of service

... courtesy of reading police department and pennsylvania state police

Baltimore MD Oct 22 2014
It's a big anniversary for the Baltimore City Police Motor Unit. They're celebrating 100 years patrolling Baltimore's streets.
They can been seen and heard around town patrolling the streets. The Baltimore Police Motor Unit is 10 strong and they're part of every major event in Baltimore.
"We've escorted everybody from the pope on down when he was here, presidents, vice presidents, all the VIPs that come. We take care of escorting them and getting them from one place to another from the time they land, until the time they take off again," said Officer Bryan Curran, with the Baltimore Police Motor Unit.
They're celebrating their 100-year anniversary. The traffic unit started in 1904, but they became the motor unit in 1914 with their first Indian motorcycles.
Their biggest responsibility? Since there were no stop lights those officers directed traffic.
"They kept the intersections clear they kept traffic moving in one direction so that way there was a free flow. A lot of times back then, they had lanterns they would swing former motor officers or direction officers they had a lantern they'd swing across the intersection to get the cars to stop or change direction a lot of times it wasn't vehicular traffic it was horse drawn traffic," said Agent Tim Hughes, with Baltimore Police Motor Unit.
Hughes said the unit grew to its height in the 60s and 70s with around 70 motor officers. Now there are 10 -- an elite squad. All of them have been officers in other units for many years and there's a strict selection process and intense training for those who qualify.
"We do cold courses, which prepares us for city streets and being able to maneuver around traffic. We do courses for different surfaces. We have the gravel, mud, dirt, wet surfaces and just how we train on how to handle these bikes on any situation that we may come about," said Officer Jake Chambers, with the Baltimore Police Motor Unit.
Those who make the cut get to don the helmet equipped with a radio system and patrol the streets on two wheels. They mostly handle traffic enforcement and can go where patrol cars can't. They also are very visible at special events, which is a thrill for little kids.
"You set them on it and they get the biggest smile on their faces because they're sitting on a police motorcycle," Curran said.
So the next time you see the motor unit you can come up and say hello and remember 100 years of Baltimore history.

Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union teller charged in robbery scheme

HYDE PARK NY Oct 22 2014 A teller at the Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union branch on U.S. Route 9 and another person have been charged in connection with an Oct. 8 robbery at the branch, town police said Tuesday.

The two are the third and fourth suspects charged in connection with the morning heist.

The teller, Bianca King, 20, of Highland, was arrested early Saturday by Dutchess County sheriff’s deputies and charged with felony robbery, police said. They said King is suspected of helping plan and execute of the heist, but they did not elaborate. Lt. Robert Benson of the Hyde Park police said King was not working the day of the robbery.
Also newly charged in the case is William I. McKinney, 21, of Fort Washington, Md., town police said. They said McKinney was arrested Friday at his home with assistance from the FBI’s Violent Crimes Cross Border Task Force and Prince George’s County, Md., police.

Hyde Park police said McKinney was charged with felony robbery and was being held by the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections awaiting extradition to New York
King was arraigned in Hyde Park Town Court and sent to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Police previously said a carjacking took place in Hyde Park prior to the 8:39 a.m. robbery on Oct. 8 and that the victim’s vehicle was used by the suspects. Benson said King’s arrest was unrelated to the carjacking, but he did not say who might have been involved in that incident.
At least two employees of the credit union were assaulted during the robbery, police said at the time, though the persons’ injuries were not specified

Police have not said whether a weapon was displayed during the heist.
After the robbery was reported to the Dutchess County 911 call center, town police, sheriff’s deputies and state police descended on the credit union.

William R. Burton, 25, of Suitland, Md. and Victor J. Denny, 21, of Forestville, Md., were arrested shortly after the robbery and charged with felony robbery.
While investigating the robbery, police determined there were two additional suspects at large, and the investigation led to King and McKinney, they said Tuesday.

Beginning this week, the Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office will present the case to a grand jury, police said. They said more information will be provided after the grand jury hears the case and that additional charges are anticipated.

Security guard companies demand judicial seizure and arming of security personnel


Cairo Egypt Oct 22 2014 The Divison of Security Services of the Cairo Chamber of Commerce is holding an urgent meeting next week to discuss the alleged attacks launched against security personnel of Falcon Group by university students and the effect on private security companies.
Abdel Wanis, vice chairman of the Division of Security Services, said that Falcon Group’s crisis has caught the interest of all security guard companies and caused them to reconsider their future in the local market.
He also noted that the companies intend to file a brief following the meeting demanding that the cabinet grant judicial seizure to security personnel and allow them to carry weapons.
Abdel Wanis declared that the division requires cooperation from security entities, especially in light of the security situation at universities, claiming that private security companies around the world work side by side with the police, which does not occur in Egypt.
He affirmed that private security companies would be granted some privileges to help carry out their jobs, noting that these companies have the capability to do some administration work like traffic control and airport work, while the police will maintain their roles in investigations and keeping order.
Brigadier General Ashraf Abdel Aziz, member of the division, claimed that the role of private security guard companies has completely changed since the revolution, and demand has increased in the light of police absence. He claimed that rising crime has increased the burden on security guards.
Daily News Egypt

Teen convicted of Orlando security officer's murder given life sentence

Terrance Anthony
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Oct 22 2014
A teenager who was convicted of murdering a security guard at an Orlando apartment complex in 2012 was sentenced to life in prison on Monday.
The family of Allen McPherson pleaded for justice during the sentencing hearing at the Orange County Courthouse.
"Please your honor, never unleash this person on society to cause more unnecessary havoc and pain," said the victim's wife, Darlene McPherson.
Terrance Anthony was 16 years old when he fatally shot Allen McPherson, who was on duty at the Sabal Palms apartments off Raleigh Street. Prosecutors said the 44-year-old victim had previously confronted Anthony for being at the complex when he didn't live there.
Anthony's defense attorney argued that life in prison was a harsh sentence for a teenager and cited another Florida case that found it to be cruel and unusual. But the judge disagreed and sentenced the 19-year-old to life in prison with a review in 25 years.
The victim's family has filed a lawsuit against the apartment complex for only having one security guard on duty, despite a lot of issues at the property.
"He was kind, goodhearted, he would do anything for anyone," said the victim's sister, Amanda Stubblefield.
Anthony's attorney said he will be appealing the sentencing.

Dayton bouncer charged with assault

DAYTON OH Oct 22 2014
A bouncer fired after attacking a patron at a local restaurant last week was charged with assault Monday afternoon, officials said.
Myles Shockey, 23, of Dayton, is facing one count of misdemeanor assault, according to the city of Dayton prosecutor’s office.
Shockey, who was a bouncer at Bargos Grill & Tap, 1151 Brown St., was fired after the business owner watched a video of the attack. Another patron who recorded it with a cell phone camera posted the video on YouTube.
About midnight Thursday, Shockey asked the victim, Patrick Rouke, 18, if he was selling drugs, and if that was the case, he’d need a cut of the profits, according to a Dayton police incident report.
Rouke responded that he was not selling drugs, but Shockey began hitting him. Rouke fell to the ground, and Shockey can be seen on top of the victim, punching him in the face multiple times.
Shockey is to appear in court Oct. 30.
Dayton Daily News

Michigan Attorney General promotes new school safety tip line


LANSING MI Oct 22 2014 -- Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is promoting the state's new OK2SAY school violence tip line. Schuette says that the tip line was inspired by one created in Colorado after the Columbine attacks. It's a number anyone can call when they suspect a classmate of possibly planning to hurt himself or others at school.
"The point here is to try to stop violence in schools before it occurs," Schuette told WKZO. "It's a...way to call in, or e-mail, or text, or go to a website. An 800 number. You've maybe heard that someone might commit an act of violence, or maybe harm himself or use the OK2SAY app."
Once a tip is received, Michigan State Police would dispatch the nearest law enforcement agency to the school in question to investigate. Since launching this year, OK2SAY has already received more than 70 tips. You can find out more about the tip line at

Burton Police Department Facebook page leads to numerous arrests

BURTON, MI Oct 22 2014  -- The social media stars on the Burton Police Department Facebook page may not want to log into their accounts.
Photos posted on the department's page have led to several tips for police from community members on all of the suspects sought for questioning on crimes, from stealing cell phones to dining and dashing from local restaurants.
Burton police Detective Don Schreiber set up the page in April, which includes tips on how to avoid identity theft, keeping a list of valuables at home along with serial numbers, to contacting officers when you are heading out of the city to be placed on a vacation check list.
The photos started popping up about one month later. Schreiber said the reception and response for suspect information from the community has been "fantastic."
"Every person that we've posted on there has been identified," he said. "It's pretty much no different than Crime Stoppers."
The latest set of photos on the page came from an alleged Oct. 3 shoplifting incident at the Meijer store, 2333 S. Center Road. Burton Detective Eric Freeman said police two men entered the store around 6 p.m. and are suspected of stealing some Jam Classic speakers, valued at $350.
"They just basically walked in, took a bunch of stuff and took off running," Freeman said. The pair then left the store in a white Dodge Charger.  Anyone with information about the suspects may contact Burton police by calling 810-742-2542.
Tips on the other cases have come in via private Facebook messages, Schreiber said, as well as phone calls to the department. He said the use of social media also helps "to keep the community involved, too, to let them know what we are doing."
"There's no better tool than you're community and this lets people get with us anonymously," said Schreiber. "We appreciate everybody's help making it a success."

Halloween store manager hit by car of shoplifting suspects

GREENVILLE NC, Oct 22 2014
Police say the manager of a Greenville Halloween store was seriously injured after getting hit by the car of suspected shoplifters.
The Greenville Police Department has identified the suspects as 18-year-old Myah Mone Phillips, of Winterville, and 20-year-old Kashera Renee Barrett, of Greenville.
Investigators said the two women were shoplifting at the Halloween Express at 950 Criswell Dr. at about 4 p.m. Wednesday. When management tried to stop the suspects, they ran to their vehicle, said police.
A store manager followed the suspects to the parking lot and was hit by their vehicle as they drove off, police said. The manager suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, according to investigators.
Phillips was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, felony hit-and-run, and misdemeanor larceny, police said. She was being held at the Pitt County Detention Center under a $100,000 bond.
Barrett was charged with felony accessory after the fact to hit-and-run and was being jailed under a $10,000 bond.

Bastrop sheriff’s investigator made mistakes on 44 cases

BASTROP, Texas Oct 22 2014  – A Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office investigator charged with investigating crimes against children as well as adults neglected as many as 44 criminal cases over two years, an internal audit discovered. Five of those cases involving adults were immediately handed to another investigator while Robert Torres awaits the outcome of a disciplinary review that could bring a written reprimand, demotion or reassignment.
Twenty-eight of those 44 cases Torres was responsible for involved children.
  • In one case back in March 2013, a 6-year-old child was pushed over an ice chest while two adults were fighting. The audit found Torres did not perform a forensic interview of the child — that is essential in the investigation of child sexual abuse and can produce evidence critical to criminal prosecution.
  • In another case in September 2013, a 4-year-old witnessed an adult urinating outdoors, and the adult was charged with indecency with a child. The audit found Torres again did not follow up or write a supplemental report.
  • In a third case that stands out, a 21-year-old claimed to have been sexually assaulted when he was 14. The audit showed a warrant was issued for the suspect, but Torres did not prepare the case to be presented to a grand jury, something that should have been done.
Since names of complainants or victims were not released to KXAN on Monday, any fallout of the under-investigated cases remains unclear. KXAN has reached out to Child Protective Services to determine whether any cases did not get handed to state caseworkers as required.
Of those cases involving minor children, the audit found fewer than half were either looked at jointly with CPS or were passed to the district attorney’s office. District Attorney Bryan Goertz has not responded to KXAN’s request for comment.
While the cases involving kids appear troubling, the majority of the cases relate to paperwork mistakes, as KXAN first reported last Wednesday. Torres either neglected to enter his notes into the Records Management System or failed to attach another agency’s supplemental reports, such as CPS case reports, the audit found. In one instance, Sheriff Terry Pickering told KXAN a paragraph of a case report was half-written, as if Torres had gotten distracted.
Torres remains on duty in the meantime. Torres’ main task is to now update all his cases from before Nov. 1 this year. And there will be a supervisor looking over his shoulder the whole time. He has not been assigned any new cases, the audit summary reported. It was unknown Monday evening how long he has been a sheriff’s office investigator and if a lengthier audit might have turned up more investigative lapses.
Pickering is also planning a review of the department’s audit process. Protocol now dictates supervisors routinely review their detectives’ case files every 60 days. After learning of possible irregularities, Pickering requested the latest audit centering on Torres go back two years, between August 2012 and August 2014.
KXAN expects to learn if other sheriff’s office staff stand to be disciplined as a result of the audit. Pickering was unavailable for further comment Monday. County Judge Paul Pape earlier told KXAN he was aware of the audit and hoped it would be handled as expeditiously as possible.

Plan to place unarmed New Orleans civilians on patrol approved by Civil Service

NEW ORLEANS LA Oct 22 2014 – A proposed plan to put more patrols in the French Quarter is one step closer to becoming reality.
The city Civil Service Commission unanimously approved a new employee classification that could place unarmed civilians on duty.
WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter has details and reaction from French Quarter shop owners.
Help may soon be on the way for officers patrolling the French Quarter.
Monday, the Civil Service Commission approved a new employee classification that would allow civilians to be hired as unarmed patrols.
“If it’s going to turn out to be something that’s good for the community I’m in favor of it,” Mary’s Ace Hardware manager David Blazak said.
The city wants to hire 50 people to perform non-emergency services that currently keep armed officers busy. Their duties would include minor traffic accidents, foot patrols, and code-enforcement.
French Quarter business manager David Blazak has mixed feelings about the plan.
On one hand, he welcomes more eyes on the streets.
“People will feel more secure, people walking out into the quarter living here will feel more secure, and the tourists walking around I’m sure also will,” Blazak said. “But if they encounter any kind of violent criminals with guns or anything I think it could be a problem.”
And that’s how the owner of QT Pie Boutique sees it.
“It’s going to feel like its more meter maids than anything,” Ed Azemas said.
The so called “NOLA Patrol” officers would not have the power to make arrests, but they would carry two-way radios to call for armed police officers.
“The people on bourbon street that are causing the problem, they don’t respect the armed policemen. To see unarmed policemen that they know can’t arrest them or anything, no I don’t see it happening,” Azemas said.
The civilians would wear different uniforms than sworn officers.
They’d earn about $25,000. a year; which would be paid through the hospitality-industry fund collected from a 1.75-percent charge on hotel guests.
“I mean I know they’re trying to tax the hotels right now, but we all feel as small business owners it’s going to trickle down to us,” Azemas said.
The plan must now go before City Council.
A vote on the measure has been deferred until at least the first week of November.

Nashville man arrested for assaulting Coyote Ugly bouncer

Nashville TN Oct 22 2014 Police arrested a man early Sunday morning after he was accused of punching a bouncer at Coyote Ugly on Second Avenue.
The bouncer called police and pointed responding officers to the suspect, Jake Clark, 22.
Clark spit in one of the officer’s faces twice and threatened the officer’s family members, according to his arrest warrant.
Police said Clark was slurring his speech and smelled of alcohol.
“The defendant was a danger to himself and others,” an officer wrote in the warrant.
Clark was charged with assaulting an officer, assault, public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He bonded out of jail Sunday afternoon.

Woman who pepper sprayed Ga. Walmart security arrested in Jacksonville Florida

Duluth police: suspected pepper-spraying shoplifter arrested in Fla photo

Duluth GA Oct 22 2014                            
The suspected shoplifter who is accused of eluding arrest in Duluth by pepper spraying a Walmart employee is in jail, police reported Friday.
Florida authorities arrested Kahala Johnson after Duluth police learned she had fled home to Jacksonville Oct. 9 where she was staying with her mother, said Maj. Don Woodruff of Duluth police.
Johnson will be extradited to answer the aggravated assault and shoplifting charges, Woodruff said in an email.
“The victim in this case was notified of the arrest, and she was grateful to know Ms. Johnson was off the streets and no longer posed a danger to anyone, Woodruff said.
Johnson faces a number of shoplifting charges in Gwinnett dating back several months. She became the focus of police after she was identified by tipsters as the woman who pepper sprayed a store employee who confronted her outside a Walmart about a shopping cart full of items.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Iowa Department of Agriculture employee charged with embezzlement

Jessica Strasser photo from Iowa State Police

Mahaska County IA Oct 22 2014 A former state employee in Iowa has been charged with theft and criminal conduct.
On Wednesday, October 15, 2014 Jessica Strasser turned herself in at the Mahaska County Jail in Oskaloosa, Iowa, according to a statement from the Iowa Department of Public Safety.
The Iowa Department of Agriculture requested an investigation regarding the use of funds in the Mahaska County Soil and Water Conservation District.
On October 1, 2014 a report on the investigation was released. Findings showed that from March 2006 to August of 2013, more than $279,000 of improper disbursements and un-deposited collections had been found. More than $241,000 worth of improper disbursements were withdrawn from the District’s accounts, according to the Department of Public Safety.
“Strasser’s name was on documentation as the individual who withdrew the cash,” said a spokesperson from the Department of Public Safety. “Strasser was the Secretary for the District.”
In August of 2013 Strasser resigned from the Iowa Department of Agriculture, the Department of Public Safety said.

South Seneca Community Volunteer Ambulance former bookkeeper admits stealing $160,000

WATERLOO NY Oct 22 2014  — The former bookkeeper for the South Seneca Community Volunteer Ambulance Corps will be sentenced to prison after taking a plea deal in Seneca County Court.
Angel Lawrence, 49, of Willard, pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree grand larceny. The charge is a class C felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.Lawrence is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 24 by Judge Dennis Bender to two to six years in prison. She will also be ordered to pay $160,000 in restitution to the ambulance corps.
Lawrence was arrested in July by county sheriff’s office investigators on the grand larceny charge,
second-degree forgery (class D felony) and first-degree falsifying business records (class E felony). The sheriff’s department charged her following an investigation initiated by the ambulance corps’ board of directors.
Lawrence admitted that between January 2013 and May of this year, she took about $160,000 in corps funds for her personal use. She is being held in the county jail until sentencing.
Lawrence’s arrest came less than two years after the ambulance corps’ former president, Richard Heichel, was charged with grand larceny and petty larceny for using the corps’ debit cards to withdraw funds for his personal benefit and for the alleged theft of money raised during a corps’ fundraiser. The amount taken was about $2,300, investigators said at the time of his arrest.
Heichel ended up pleading guilty to petty larceny and was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay $2,313 restitution. After Heichel’s arrest, the ambulance corps brought in a third-party auditor to review all claims and finances.
The corps receives revenue from property tax contributions by residents; paid contracts with the towns of Lodi, Ovid, Romulus and Varick; and separate payments for personal patient transfers. After the Heichel arrest, ambulance officers attempted to reassure the community by attending town board meetings and continuing to recruit volunteers.

Three charged in McDonald's security guard shooting incident

Prince George’s County MD Oct 22 2014  Police charged three men Monday with disorderly conduct for the altercation early Sunday morning at the McDonald’s on Route 1 that led to a security guard accidentally shooting a woman, according to officials. 
Police charged Clarence Kirksey-Walcott, 22, Thair Walker, 21, and Dion Conley, 22, with disorderly conduct. Officials also arrested Kirksey-Walcott and charged him with second-degree assault.
According to the department’s preliminary investigation, a security guard asked the three men, who were also with a woman, to leave the restaurant for being disruptive, Prince George’s County Police spokeswoman Nicole Hubbard said. When they refused to leave, Kirksey-Walcott and the security guard began to fight.
During the fight, Hubbard said the security guard used pepper spray and then fired his duty weapon, accidentally striking the accompanying woman in the wrist.
An ambulance transported her to a hospital, where she remains in good condition, Hubbard said.
Police did not know if the men are affiliated with the university, but none of the three are listed in the student directory. No other details involving the fight or the security guard are known by police, Hubbard said. 
McDonald’s management declined several requests for comment. 
In a video obtained by The Diamondback of the fight preceding the gunfire, Kirksey-Walcott is seen first attacking the guard with repeated blows and, at one point, bringing the guard to the ground. The security guard then hit Kirksey-Walcott back with a police baton.
Junior Gabrielle Ellsworth, who was in the McDonald’s during the shooting, said she was four or five feet away from the fight. She described the restaurant as “chaotic” that night.
As people began to crowd the counter, the officer blew a whistle to try to control the crowd. Ellsworth said she then heard the security guard and Kirksey-Walcott get into an argument.  
“The guy and the security guard were literally nose to nose, forehead to forehead in each other’s face, yelling back and forth,” Ellsworth, a psychology major, said.
The woman who was shot by the security guard was also behind Kirksey-Walcott, telling the guard that Kirksey-Walcott should be left alone, she said. Meanwhile, two of Kirksey-Walcott’s friends stood behind him in support.
For five to 10 minutes, Ellsworth said the man screamed at the guard while he asked him to calm down and leave the restaurant. Kirksey-Walcott then began to spit and throw punches at the guard, she said, and the guard used pepper spray to try to apprehend him.
Ellsworth was close enough to the incident that she and her roommate felt the cloud of the gas sting their eyes and skin. As Ellsworth ran to the bathroom to try to flush her eyes and stop the burning, she heard a gunshot. In a panic, she ran out of the restaurant.
While looking for her roommate outside, she found the woman “screaming and bleeding,” lying on her right side in the front of the McDonald’s.
“I knelt down to her and I said, ‘OK, we’re just going to breathe, you’re going to be OK,’” Ellsworth said, while her roommate applied pressure to the wound. “She kept asking, ‘Why me? I didn’t do anything; I just want to sleep.’”
After the police came to the McDonald’s and an ambulance took away the woman, Ellsworth said she immediately flushed her eyes. 
The security guard stayed at the McDonald’s after the incident. Ellsworth said he poked his head out the door to ask how the victim was.
“He was very concerned about how she was,” she said. “You could tell he was kind of freaking out.”
Jeremy Snow
The Diamondback


Security firm objects to August Wilson Center sale

Pittsburgh PA Oct 22 2014 A creditor seeking a claim of more than $225,000 has delayed the sale of the August Wilson Center to a group of local foundations.
According to court documents filed in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, International Investigative Services, LP, filed an objection to the final sale of the August Wilson Center and its assets on Monday, Oct. 20, less than a week after court-appointed receiver Judith Fitzgerald filed a motion to sell the property and with a final sale deadline expected by the end of the month.
Investigative Services provided security personnel for the August Wilson Center, which court records indicate are due unpaid wages. Investigative Services filed a lien over a debt of $211,710, along with accumulated interest, bringing the total to $225,040.08.
The security firm's objection is the latest delay in a plan to sell the property to a coalition led by the Pittsburgh Foundation, which is working to reestablish the August Wilson Center as a fully functioning African American cultural museum after the institution defaulted on its mortgage of more than $7 million to Dollar Bank in September 2013.
The deal calls for the foundations and the Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority to pay a total of $8.85 million, with $7.9 million expected to go to mortgage-holder Dollar Bank, $590,000 slated for the receiver and $360,000 to go to 980 Liberty Partners, a New York -based group that dropped its plan as the court-approved high bidder to buy the property and build a new hotel onto it.
Through the deal, URA expected to pay $1.65 million, with another $1.5 million for the agreement to come from the Allegheny County Regional Asset District.
As part of the original agreement between the receiver, the URA, 980 Liberty and Dollar on Sept. 28, the sale is expected to be completed by the end of the month. If the deal doesn't close, Dollar can bring the August Wilson Center up for the next sheriff's sale scheduled for the first Monday in November.
Pittsburgh Business Times

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Line of Duty Death Police Officer Eddie Johnson, Jr.

  Police Officer Eddie Johnson, Jr. | Alton Police Department, Missouri

Police Officer Eddie Johnson, Jr.

Alton Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Monday, October 20, 2014
Bio & Incident Details
Age: 45
Tour: Not available
Badge # Not available

Cause: Automobile accident
Incident Date: 10/20/2014
Weapon: Not available
Suspect: Not available

Police Officer Eddie Johnson was killed in a single vehicle crash while responding to a structure fire at a home in Royal Oak, approximately six miles west of Alton.

During the response his patrol car left U.S. 160 fives miles west of Alton, struck a driveway entrance, and overturned several times. It is believed that Officer Johnson was not wearing his seat belt at the time.

Officer Johnson also served as the fire chief of the Alton Volunteer Fire Department as a reserved deputy with the Oregon County Sheriff's Office.

Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Chief of Police Rusty Warren
Alton Police Department
101 Pine Street
PO Box 247
Alton, MO 65606
Phone: (417) 778-7115

Portland State University needs fully sworn police force

What could possibly go w rong?Portland OR Oct 21 2014 Phil Zerzan, a 30-year veteran of the Oregon State Police, was in his new job as director of public safety at Portland State University when the call came in from across campus. A man with a .38 revolver in his waistband was menacing a fellow officer, ultimately pulling his gun out.
"I'm running across campus and thinking: 'What do I do if I see this guy?'" Zerzan recalls thinking. The reason: Zerzan, like his safety officers at PSU, are not fully sworn as police and, thus, unable to bear arms.
"We're kind of police," he says. "It's like going to a kind of doctor."
The situation gets complicated. Last year alone, there were 223 arrests on campus, Zerzan reports, and the good luck embedded in the number is that nobody got seriously hurt. Then again, all a suspect on campus really has to do is run for it, because it is not a crime under Oregon law to escape or resist arrest by an unsworn officer.
It would be wrong to say that PSU is a hotbed of crime. But the 50-acre campus is situated in downtown Portland, where more than 70 percent of adults reported in a city auditor's survey that they feel unsafe walking alone at night. And PSU's campus is porous: Its dynamic urban feel intensifies at its open borders, where campus safety officers end their patrols. PSU crime statistics show that 83 percent of people arrested on campus have no association with PSU, and 87 percent of all people arrested on campus have prior arrest records in the Portland region. More than 40 percent of those arrested on campus have arrest records for violent crimes such as rape, robbery and assault. Mark D. Beebout, in the same year he killed a 15-year-old girl in Washington Park and a 32-year-old woman in Southeast Portland, was found sleeping outside PSU's Honors Building and arrested by a campus safety officer for having failed to register as a sex offender.
A PSU task force has studied the safety challenge extensively and come to the conclusion advanced by Zerzan: PSU needs a security force that is properly trained, fully sworn as police officers, and armed. Other universities either have their own sworn officers or have contracts with established police agencies that provide patrols. Oregon State University, for example, employs the Oregon State Police to provide campus security.
PSU does rely on the Portland Police Bureau to respond to emergency calls, among them sexual assaults, but that can be cumbersome. Response time can be slow, and coordination is especially difficult in the realm of sexual assault, in which the student victim might need to repeat the attack narrative multiple times over several hours, intensifying trauma and perhaps dissuading others from reporting. Jessica Amo, director of the Women's Resource Center at PSU, spelled it out last year in a letter to those studying campus safety: "Students have to repeat the same incident multiple times (to a patrol officer and then to a detective) and may have to travel to other counties to report. In 'cold cases' where the crime is not in progress, students have to wait until off-campus officers are free to respond." Sworn officers on campus, meanwhile, would be free to quickly respond, utilize known PSU intake resources and pursue felony suspects.
The task force, in supporting a sworn police presence on PSU's campus, suggested that the university's trustees consider four options: Contract with the OSP or PPB; join forces with Oregon Health & Science University, which has established its own sworn police force; or authorize the creation of a PSU force, with adequate funding. But OSP and PPB do not wish to be engaged, and OHSU presents complications that make it less than ideal, a PSU spokesman told The Oregonian's editorial board last week.
PSU's trustees will decide the question in December. They should acknowledge what Zerzan and others have made clear: The university derives its strength from its urban setting but also withstands risks from it and should establish its own expanded, sworn police force to reinforce on-campus safety. The estimated $1.5 million required to do so would likely be a profitable investment.
The ultimate strength of the university lies in its ability to attract and retain students and faculty. But that depends in part on a community-wide belief that help is ready, always, and nearby – the kind of help that can actually count.

Retired Philadelphia police officer found murdered in Virginia

Detective: Virginia Marie Hill, pictured here at her home in 2005 during a newspaper interview, was killed at home Saturday morning. Police have ruled her death a homicide.
Suffolk VA Oct 21 2014
A former Philadelphia police detective who spent much of her career helping reunite parents with their missing children died Saturday of injuries she received in an attack at her home in Suffolk’s Walnut Hill Estates.
Twelve hours after 69-year-old Virginia Marie Hill was found suffering from traumatic injuries that would eventually take her life Saturday morning, police announced in a press release that they had ruled her death a homicide.
Neighbors in the 400 block of Collier Crescent expressed shock over Hill’s death.
“She was just good people, man,” said one neighbor who wished not to be identified.
She would look after neighbors’ homes when they were out of town, he said, adding, “That’s what we do out here.”
“I didn’t ever think anything like that was happening,” another neighbor, who would identify herself only as Myrtle, said. “It’s still kind of hard to believe.”
Neither of the neighbors noticed anything out of the ordinary until police arrived in the community early Saturday morning.
Suffolk spokeswoman Diana Klink stated in a press release that police and rescue personnel were called to the home at 5:28 a.m. Saturday. When they arrived, they found Hill “suffering from trauma,” and they took her by ambulance to Sentara Obici Hospital. She was pronounced dead a short time later, the release stated.
Hill was identified and her death ruled a homicide later in the day, after police had begun their investigation and located her next of kin.
Klink would not elaborate on the nature of the injuries, or whether the person who had called dispatch had been a resident of the community or a passerby.
“The information provided is the only information police asked to be released at this time since the investigation is in the preliminary stage,” she stated in an emailed response to questions about the initial release. “Just as soon as any additional details are available I will provide an updated release.”
Hill joined the Philadelphia police department in 1977, stepping into the Juvenile Aid Division in 1981, where she worked before retiring in 2002. She became a missing persons specialist in 1989.
During an interview with the Suffolk News-Herald in 2005, she described her zeal for the work of solving missing persons cases.
“I still get calls at all hours of the day trying to get me to come help find missing kids” she said, surrounded by flyers and other information about preventing abductions. “If you’re in law enforcement, you have to be the best you can be. When I investigated, I put my whole heart into it.”
In January 1980, the body of a young woman was found in a basement. About 15 years later, with the help of a bust and tissue samples from her family, Hill identified the girl as missing teenager Jacqueline Gough, who had been murdered years before. The case was featured on the television show “Sightings.”
During her tenure in Philadelphia, eight of the city’s 12 longest-running missing-child mysteries were solved, she said in 2005.
“You just don’t give up on these cases and you don’t close them until you find the child, or in some cases; identify their bodies at the morgue,” Hill said in a 2003 interview with the News-Herald. “The cases I investigated are the kind that haunt you. They keep you up at night, but you can’t let it make you fall apart. You have to … you are driven to find these kids.”
“Those kids were mine just as surely as if I’d given birth to them,” she said in 2003. “I cared for them, because I’d talked with their families and I had grown to know them. It feels good to find a missing child, but it also makes you feel sad. They should not have died so young. They should have had a life.”
Aside from “Sightings,” Hill also appeared on CNN and several local television and radio talk shows and had been a guest on the popular show “Most Wanted.” She had been profiled in the New York Times and Police Magazine and had been honored by the National Organization for Black Law Enforcement Executives, which she had represented on the board of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Project Alert steering committee.
She appeared in the 2004 National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial Fund calendar, which labeled her a “living legend.”
The investigation into Hill’s death is ongoing, and police are seeking the public’s assistance, Suffolk’s Klink stated in an email.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Line at 1-888-Lock-U-Up. Crime Line callers do not have to give their names or appear in court. Citizens can also utilize TipSoft to anonymously submit crime-related tips through the Web, a text message, or from any Android or iPhone mobile device with the TipSubmit mobile app.
Tips can be submitted by visiting, or by texting the word “CRIMES” (274637) with the keyword SPDVATIP. TipSoft also supports users’ ability to submit videos or photos using the TipSoft mobile app. If information leads to an arrest, the tipster could qualify for a reward of up to $1,000.
Suffolk News Herald


Wayne man charged in alleged motel assault on tourist, cops

La Quinta Inn & Suites Fairfield, FairfieldWayne NJ Oct 21 2014 A 25-year-old Wayne man has been charged with an unprovoked attack that left a Chinese tourist with injuries that included several missing teeth and a broken eye socket, authorities said Monday.
Thomas Burns also attacked two police officers who tried to arrest him at the La Quinta Hotel in Fairfield after the assault last Wednesday, according to Fairfield Deputy Police Chief Anthony Manna .
Police initially answered a call for an unspecified medical emergency at the hotel, Manna said, and found the 37-year-old victim, part of a Chinese tour group, lying in a hallway with serious injuries to his face. Manna said police learned from witnesses that the Chinese man, who was not identified, had been standing in the hallway smoking a cigarette when Burns approached him and punched him in the face, knocking him to the floor, then continued to assault him while he was down. The attacker then fled from the hotel parking lot in a black Infiniti, Manna said.
The victim was taken to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center to be treated for his injuries. Police were able to identify the attacker from hotel security video and learning from the hotel’s registry records that he was staying in a room near where the attack took place, Manna said.
At 5:45 the next morning, the deputy chief said, Officer David Lagan was patrolling the parking lot of the hotel and a car appeared matching the description of the vehicle used by Burns after the attack. Other officers then converged on his room in the hotel.
After they knocked repeatedly on his door, Manna said, Burns opened the door and they tried to place him under arrest. But Burns fought back, striking Officer R.J. Casendino in the ribs and Sgt. Christopher Oswald in the face, Manna said, before eventually being handcuffed and taken into custody.
“From all indications thus far, this appears to have been an unprovoked attack with no reason found as to why it occurred” Manna said. Burns, charged with one count of aggravated assault, two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer and two counts of resisting arrest, was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending an initial court appearance set for Wednesday in Newark. Casendino was treated for his rib injury and released, Manna said.

Over 1,200 weapons taken from NYC students last schoolyear

Over 1,200 weapons taken from NYC students last schoolyear

New York City NY Oct 21 2014 It’s shocking — five Tasers were among the more than 1,200 firearms, knives, boxcutters, razors and other dangerous objects confiscated from city students in the 2013-14 school year, NYPD officials told The Post.
The Taser stun guns, which deliver high-voltage shocks, can be purchased online for as little as $10.98.
Knives were the most common weapons confiscated from schoolchildren — including folding blades that look like credit cards. Last school year, the contraband also included nine firearms and 41 BB guns.
Students don’t arm themselves to commit crimes but to protect themselves in dangerous neighborhoods or in case of conflicts with other kids, according to NYPD Inspector Charles Mc-Evoy, executive officer of the School Safety Division.
“They just feel safe having a weapon in their possession,” McEvoy said.
Metal detectors picked up 712 weapons — about 58 percent of the total. Another 42 percent were recovered after tips from staff or students. Despite the stigma metal detectors can bring to a school, cops and some principals say they remain essential to school safety. The use of the scanners is under review by Mayor de Blasio.
“The things you find throughout the year, my God,” said one Bronx high-school principal who wished to remain anonymous. “If you’re pulling 10 to 20 objects a week, that’s 10 to 20 possible injuries prevented.”
Airport-style metal detectors are used daily in 79 city high schools and junior highs. Another eight schools have metal detectors but use them on a random basis. And the NYPD does unannounced scanning with mobile units at other schools. Officials believe metal detectors act as a strong deterrent, although students still try to get things past them.
“Maybe they’re hoping it’s not going to get picked up,” McEvoy said. “They’re all right there in the backpacks.”
But school-safety agents at DeWitt Clinton HS in The Bronx told The Post that some of its 3,000 students — who also try to sneak in forbidden cellphones — get creative.
Girls, for instance, hide things in their bras, thinking the underwire will provide a cover, the agents said. One boy scooped out a hiding space in the pages of a textbook. Students grumbled about the hassle of having to remove belts and jewelry and go through scanning each time they enter the building — even after gym class outside.
But some of the students understand the need.
“I don’t like it, but if I ended up fighting someone and getting stabbed, I’d be pretty upset,” said DeWitt Clinton 10th-grader Jason Howard, 15.
None of the recovered guns was found with metal detectors and none was fired, officials said. The youngest kid who packed heat last year was 10, but in January 2013, a 7-year-old second-grader brought a semiautomatic handgun to Wave Preparatory School in Far Rockaway, Queens.
Among recent incidents, a 14-year-old boy at JHS 258 in Brooklyn was caught in March with a .22-caliber handgun in his book bag. In May, a 12-year-old boy at PS/MS 29 in The Bronx showed his handgun to a pal, who told an adult. And a 14-year-old boy at PS 305 in Brooklyn whipped out a .25-caliber handgun in the restroom, where a teacher spotted him.

Man awarded $3.1 million in damages for bouncer assault at Vancouver nightclub

Vancouver Canada Oct 21 2014 A local man has been awarded $3.1 million in damages for an assault by a bouncer at Vancouver’s Au Bar nightclub five years ago.
The assault on Marinko Stipan Maras took place on April 4, 2009 outside the club, located at 674 Seymour St.
Maras, who was 20 at the time, sustained serious injuries including a complicated mild traumatic brain injury combined with orthopedic and psychiatric injuries. The plaintiff claimed the serious injuries caused the loss of his potential professional soccer
He sued club owner Seemore Entertainment Ltd. and five individuals who worked at the club.
The defendants denied liability, arguing that Maras was the author of his own misfortune because he was escorted out of the club and tripped over the umbrella stand of the hot dog cart outside the club, causing him to fall and hit his head.
“All of the personal defendants took the position that they either knew nothing about what had occurred and … attempted not only to exonerate themselves but also their co-defendants,” Justice Patrice Abrioux noted in a recent judgment.
After a nine-week trial earlier this year, a jury awarded Maras $3.1 million in damages and found liability against the corporate owner and three bouncers who provided security at the club: Joseph Mario Ghattas, Constantino Stefanopoulos, Wayne Litz.
Maras was also awarded his court costs. Maras’ lawyer, Jim Vilvang, a former professional wrestler who specializes in personal injury claims, is still seeking to have the defendants pay for what is known as “tax gross-up” and management fees to manage Mara’s $3.1 million for the future.
The jury awarded $250,000 for general damages, $175,000 for lost income, $1.8 million for future loss of income, $800,000 for the cost of future care and $27,200 in special damages.

Central Ohio School Districts Consider Arming Teachers

Sidney City Schools asked us not to name the 4th grade teacher you’re about to meet, but spend a little time in her classroom and you'll find it's difficult to imagine her raising her voice much less a gun.
“I had never held a gun, and guns made me very nervous.”
The teacher says her attitude changed on December 14, 2012 when Adam Lanza shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut and massacred 20 children, ages 6 and 7, and six adults, before turning the gun on himself.
"I thought, what would I have done? How would I have reacted? Would I have been able to think?”
Sidney City Schools Superintendent, John Scheu, was asking the same questions.
"When Sandy Hook happened, that completely changed my way of thinking,” said Scheu.
Reports surfacing from Sandy Hook reveal it took the first responding officer just two minutes and 41 seconds to come to the rescue. By that time, the children, and the gunman, were already dead.
Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart says the statistics are staggering.
“After the first shot is fired, every 17 seconds, a kid is hurt or killed,” said Lenhart.
The sheriff says he shudders to think how much damage a gunman could do at a rural school.
"In the middle of our cornfields out here, we've got a lot of schools, and we may be, on a good day, 12 to 15 minutes responding,” said Sheriff Lenhart.
Armed with that knowledge, the district hatched a security plan that raised a lot of hands and eyebrows. In addition to security cameras that send a live video stream to local law enforcement, the plan also included buying several weapons and ammunition for every school building.
Retired police officer Rick Cron says he was all for the idea.
“I can quote my father,” said Cron. “You never need a gun until you need a gun.”
The district hired retired law enforcement officers, like Cron, to patrol the schools, but they aren't carrying firearms.
Weapons and ammunition are stored in a secret location - biometric boxes that can only be accessed via fingerprint recognition. Only school security officers and 27 volunteer first responders who take part in ongoing tactical and firearms training can access the weapons.
Columbus City Schools tells 10TV it's never considered giving teachers access to guns. The district says an armed police resource officer is inside every Columbus high school, along with a team of 40 unarmed security officers trained to de-escalate conflicts.
Across Central Ohio, most school buildings are on Level One Lockdown...meaning exterior doors are locked at all times and visitors must be buzzed in. Many schools are now monitored by surveillance cameras, and thousands of teachers and students have trained with law enforcement to learn what to do if their school is ever attacked.
It does appear the idea is gaining popularity.
The Buckeye Firearms Association says even though most Ohio school districts don't allow staff to carry guns, it's already trained 300 school staff with hundreds more on a waiting list.
The 4th grade teacher at Sidney City Schools says she volunteered because she wanted to have a plan. “...instead of just huddling, cowering in a corner and being frightened.” And the teacher says her decision hasn’t come without questions.
"I did have a couple people come to me and say have you really thought through what you're doing?”
Sheriff Lenhart says he's faced some political criticism.
"Could you tell me, in my career of 48years, that is more important than protecting the kids of this county?” asked Lenhart.
Superintendent Scheu says some people question why go to such great lengths to prepare for something that will likely never happen?
"I immediately respond if an active shooter can kill Amish kids at a school in Pennsylvania, it can happen in Sidney, Ohio,” said Scheu.
Scheu says he's not naïve enough to believe even extreme security measures could stop a gunman.
"If a person is bent in coming into a schools and doing carnage in a school that it could still happen here.”
But Scheu adds he believes guns in his schools can save innocent lives.

Gloucester man arrested for assaulting hospital security and staff

 Gloucester MA Oct 21 2014

A Gloucester man who said he didn’t want to go through a psychological evaluation is accused of assaulting hospital staff and security.

Police were called to the emergency room at Addison Gilbert Hospital at 10:19 a.m. Thursday on a report that Dominic J. Scarafone, 20, of 312 Main St., began attacking staff and security after he was told about the evaluation.

Police said Scarafone was being held down by staff and security when they arrived. Officers helped move Scarafone onto a hospital bed and restrain him, according to the police report.

Later on in the day, police received a call from an employee who wanted to file a report that Scarafone had punched him in the face while Scarafone was trying to leave the hospital.

This led to a charge of assault and battery on ambulance personnel against Scarafone.

The Gloucester man also faces a charge of assault and battery on a person 60 years of age or older, related to second complaint received by police. A hospital security member accused Scarafone of biting both of his hands, breaking the skin on one.

Felix Hernandez-Alvarez, 58, of 370 Main St., was handed an assault with a dangerous weapon charge following an incident on Railroad Avenue at 10:43 a.m. Thursday.
Gloucester Times

Woman arrested after chimney rescue

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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Oct 21 2014
A woman was rescued then promptly arrested after becoming stuck in a chimney in the Thousand Oaks area of Ventura County, California.
Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa was found wedged in the chimney in the home of a man she had gone on several dates with according to KTLA.
The pair had met online and had gone out together about six times the home's owner told reporters.
Rescue crews responded after they received calls of hearing a woman crying inside the home, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The fire crews, according to KTLA,  had to use a jackhammer to break the chimney and dishsoap and a rescue basket hooked to a ladder truck to get Nunex-Figueroa out.
She was taken to a local hospital for evaluation before being charged with unauthorized entry of a dewelling and giving false informtion to a police officer, according to the Los Angeles Times.
According to KCAL, the homeowner said this wasnt the first time she tried to get in the house from the roof.
KCAL reported the woman's familyl has offered to pay for the damage to the man's home.

Bellmawr woman accused of stealing from PTO, youth soccer group

Police have arrested a Bellmawr woman for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from the public school parent-teacher organization and the township youth soccer association.
Karen Stebbins, 27, of Anthony Drive, who was president of both organizations at the time of the thefts, allegedly stole $4,900 from the PTO and $6,500 from the soccer association, authorities said.
She also altered bank statements to cover up the theft and obtained a Visa debit card to make numerous personal purchases with the money, Bellmawr police said.
Stebbins was charged Thursday with two counts of third-degree theft of moveable property. She was later released on her own recognizance pending court.