Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Modesto security officer injured detaining carjacker

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Modesto CA Nov 22 2017 As Modesto police were close by investigating a double shooting, a carjacking attempt was made outside Doctors Medical Center on Monday afternoon.
At about 2:15, a woman was at a stop sign in front of the Florida Avenue medical center when Alejandro Cortez Calderon attempted to gain entry into her vehicle, said police Lt. Martha Delgado.
The victim drove away, and Calderon then assaulted a Rank Investigation & Protection officer who was on duty at DMC, Delgado said. Several other Rank officers came to the officer's aid and detained Calderon.
Modesto police officers arrived and took him into custody. The assaulted Rank officer suffered bruises to her arms but did not require treatment, Delgado said.
Calderon, 40, faces charges of attempted carjacking and battery on a peace officer. He is being held at the Stanislaus County Jail, with bail set at $150,000.
About half an hour before the carjacking attempt, two people were shot in front of a church off West Orangeburg Avenue just west of McHenry Avenue.
The shooting occurred while the victims, a man and a woman, were arguing with the gunman, who remained at large Tuesday morning.
Police Department spokesman Sgt. Chris Adams said the shooter is known to the victim but detectives still are working to determine the relationship and what happened.
At least one suspect is sought, he said. "It could end up being more than one person because there were a handful of people there," Adams said.
There is no description of the gunman, Adams said, but the vehicle he left in was a silver SUV.

Anyone with information on the shooting is urged to to call Modesto police at 209-572-9500 or Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

Security Co.'s Shooting Claims Not Covered, 10th Circ. Says

Oklahoma City OK Nov 22 2017 An event security company's liability policy does not cover underlying claims following a deadly shooting by an off-duty police officer outside a concert, the Tenth Circuit ruled Monday, citing clear exclusions.
Event Security LLC is not covered by its Essex Insurance Co. policy for the underlying suit against off-duty Oklahoma City police officer Paul Galyon, who was moonlighting for Event Security, the appeals court said.
Brian Simms Jr. was sleeping in a friend's car outside the Chief Keef concert on July 11, 2013, when Galyon and his partner shined flashlights into the car, thought they saw a gun on Simms, and Galyon shot Simms 12 times, according to Simms' mother, Charlesetta Redd. Twenty-four-year-old Simms died in the car, according to the underlying suit.
The Essex liability policy excludes battery, and thus does not cover Security for that suit, the panel found.
“Security and Redd seek coverage for Security under a liability insurance policy issued by Essex, " the panel said. "The liability policy, however, excludes coverage for claims of assault or battery … Also, the policy establishes that Essex has no duty to defend under the liability policy “against any ‘suit’ seeking damages for ‘bodily injury’ ... to which this insurance [policy] does not apply."
The Tenth Circuit noted that Event Security attempted to get around exclusion language by suggesting "that the shooting was an accident — not a battery. For a civil battery, Oklahoma Uniform Civil Jury Instruction No. 19.6 requires that a defendant intend to make harmful or offensive contact with the plaintiff, and does make that contact. When Galyon fired his gun, he intended to shoot Simms," the panel said. 
Liability has not yet been determined in Redd's underlying suit, but Redd took part in the insurance fight as a measure to attempt to ensure that coverage will be available if necessary.
The text in the insurance policy reads: “The coverage under this policy does not apply to 'bodily injury' … arising out of assault and/or battery, or out of any act or omission in connection with the prevention or suppression of such acts … Nor does this insurance apply with respect to any charges or allegations of negligent hiring, training, placement or supervision.”
The insurance suit was filed in November 2016. Redd's underlying suit is also in the Western District of Oklahoma, where this appeal originated.
Another off-duty officer accompanying Galyon, Antonio Escobar, did not fire his OKCPD-issued gun at all, according to filings.
Redd's lawyer Jacob Diesselhorst of Maples Nix & Diesselhorst PLLC said Monday, "I think it is unfortunate that our appellate and trial courts are so quick to let an insurance company off when their insured ... is sued for its negligence."
Representatives for the other parties were not immediately available for comment.

U.S. Circuit Judges Paul Kelly Jr., Gregory Phillips and Carolyn McHugh sat on the panel for the Tenth Circuit.
Event Security LLC and Redd are represented by David Batton of Law Office of David J. Batton. Charlesetta Redd is represented by Jacob Diesselhorst, April Eberle and Nicole Snapp-Holloway of Maples Nix & Diesselhorst and Stanley Monroe of Monroe & Associates.
Essex Insurance Co. is represented by Richard Olmstead of Kutak Rock LLP.

The case is Event Security LLC et al. v. Essex Insurance Co., case number 17-6073, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Family sues Six Flags Great America after attack

GURNEE, Ill. Nov 22 2017 — A family from Batavia is suing Six Flags Great America, over an attack at the park in September.
A woman, her husband, son and a friend, were attending the park’s Fright Fest when a young man told them he was with park security and ordered them to follow him.
He wasn’t a security guard, and when the woman challenged him about it, she says, he and about 20 friends beat up her son and husband. Police arrested 9 people in the attack.
The suit claims, the park’s real security guards watched it happen, and did nothing to stop it.

There’s been no comment from Six Flags.

San Jose State Police Officer Assaulted By Alleged Gang Member

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SAN JOSE CA Nov 22 2017 A San Jose State University police officer was briefly hospitalized after being punched while responding to a disturbance at the campus-run Hammer Theatre overnight, a university spokeswoman said Tuesday.
Two officers on patrol in the area of the theater at 101 Paseo de San Antonio, located a few blocks from campus, responded to two disturbances involving the same group of suspects, SJSU spokeswoman Pat Harris said.
One of the officers was “caught off-guard” by a punch from one of the suspects, Harris said.
The officer, who has more than 20 years of law enforcement experience, was taken to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center for treatment of his injuries and released.
Police used a Taser stun gun on the suspect who punched the officer. The suspect was taken into custody and then transported to Valley Medical Center, where he remains hospitalized, Harris said.
The suspect was arrested on suspicion of assault on a peace officer, resisting arrest, challenging to fight in public, gang enhancements and a parole violation.
Two other suspects were also arrested, both for resisting arrest, violating gang orders and challenging to fight in public.
The three suspects are all in their early 20s and their names were not immediately being released.
Harris said the trio was not affiliated with the university, although one of the disturbances at the theater was between them and a group of SJSU students.

Anyone with more information about the case is asked to call campus police at (408) 924-2222.

Bridgeport police chief tells officers not use POLICE on clothing

A Bridgeport Police Officer wears a Bridgeport Police jacket a the scene following a shooting incident on Pequonnock Street, in Bridgeport, Conn. Nov. 16, 2017. Photo: Ned Gerard / Hearst Connecticut Media / Connecticut Post

BRIDGEPORT CT Nov 22 2017— Six letters emblazoned on the back of a jacket could be a matter of life and death for the men and women who safeguard Connecticut’s largest city.
That is how Sgt. Chris Robinson feels about having “POLICE” printed on outerwear worn by Bridgeport’s Finest.
Robinson was suspended with pay last week for publicly criticizing Police Chief Armando “A.J.” Perez’s Nov. 13 memorandum forbidding cops from advertising their profession on their clothing.
“We are the police, are we not? Yet then why are we now attempting to disguise or even go to such measures and means to hide it now?” wrote Robinson in a email rebuttal circulated throughout the department. His email, along with Perez’s order, were obtained by Hearst Connecticut Media.
“Members of Service (officers) are reminded that any wearing of ‘POLICE’ on department uniforms other than road job outerwear is prohibited,” Perez had written. “Supervisors will be held accountable for failing to enforce and abide by this directive.”
“This order compromises everyone’s safety!!!!” Robinson said in his email. “It is an order that can get an officer hurt or killed!”
It is certainly an order that has stirred up even more controversy for the acting top cop. Perez was already dealing with a spike in homicides, allegations of use of excessive force by some officers, angry community leaders demanding uniform cameras and training reforms, and pressure from City Hall to reduce overtime.
“It does make me worry about his leadership,” said City Councilman-elect Marcus Brown. “The police are there to protect and serve. People need to be able to ID who police officers are when outside of the vehicle. If they want to remove ‘POLICE’ from the jackets, what’s next? From police cars? It doesn’t make sense to me.”
In Bridgeport, cops are paid an annual uniform allowance but responsible for selecting and purchasing the clothing. Sgt. Chuck Paris, the police union president, said he is aware of a few members who opted to have “POLICE” printed on some of their clothing, in reflective material, “Not figuring it would be an issue. ... They feel safer with that on their jackets.”
Perez on Monday told Hearst that putting “POLICE” on uniforms is not authorized in current policy, which is established by the chief, the city’s law department and the police commission,
“Uniformity and discipline are necessary for the efficient operation of a police organization,” Perez said in a statement. “We are an organization of rules and laws and the rules must be adhered to. A uniform professional appearance is the image this organization wishes to convey.”
The chief noted that officers are “readily identifiable” by their uniforms, badges, name tags, hats, and police patches.
Perez also said that Robinson was not suspended “for raising concerns” but for not expressing them through proper protocol.
Robinson in the email that got him suspended offered four scenarios where officers could benefit from clothing with reflective letters, all occurring at night: Working at the scene of a motor vehicle accident; chasing a suspect; responding to a burglary; and trying to breakup a street fight.
In all four cases, Robinson said, having “POLICE” on a jacket or other outerwear would ensure that the wearer is recognized by fellow officers and the public. Robinson also argued that having “POLICE” on clothing could make a difference in court cases.
“I myself have been drilled on the stand before in trials that that they repeatedly asked me, ‘Well, is it possible that maybe they didn’t know you were a police officer’?” recalled Robinson.
Perez on Monday said he has not been provided “any studies” demonstrating such advantages. And John DeCarlo, an associate professor of criminal justice at the University of New Haven, agreed the issue has not been researched.
DeCarlo said Robinson’s arguments made sense, but added that in some cases such outerwear could make police targets.
“I recall first becoming a cop and having the interior lights of the cars divested of bulbs because officers did not want the lights going on when they got out of the car so as not to be easy targets for someone looking to do them harm,” DeCarlo said.
And Hartford officials recently accused federal immigration enforcement agents in that city of wearing jackets emblazoned with “POLICE” to fool immigrants in the community who work with and trust local cops.

Paris said the union hoped to intervene with Perez on Robinson’s behalf and to further research the clothing issue to see if it current policy should be changed.

Four bail bond employees cited for assault, false imprisonment

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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa Nov 22 2017 Four Council Bluffs bail bond employees were cited for assault and false imprisonment after the man they were picking up told Omaha police he was assaulted.
The alleged altercation occurred Monday morning at the Quick Trip at NW Radial Highway and Hamilton Street.
Omaha police took the report at the Pottawattamie County Jail where 21-year-old Phillip Davis was taken after bail bond employees with Gallagher Bail Bond picked him up.
Gallagher Bail Bond owner Tom Gallagher tells 6 News Davis used his services for a driving under suspension charge he received earlier. However, since Davis did not appear in court, he broke his contract with the company.
“They’ll issue a warrant, and then they’ll issue bond forfeiture proceedings. I can go pick up the person right then and there,” Gallagher said.
Gallagher reached out to Davis multiple times to tell him to turn himself in, but when it didn’t appear he really would, Gallagher’s men followed him to the Quick Trip.
“He was the aggressor, and so they took him down to the ground,” Gallagher said.
Omaha police were then called to the Pottawattamie County Jail to take the incident report. The four bail bond employees were cited for assault and false imprisonment after police determined Davis was “assaulted by hands, fists and knees.”
“We’ve never had problems in many places except Omaha,” Gallagher said.
Bail bond companies are not allowed in Omaha, but federal law allows employees to cross state lines to pick up fugitives. However, Gallagher tells 6 News he almost always has a problem when his men pick up criminals in the city.
“Even the cops last night that come over from Omaha said, ‘Yeah, I wish we had bail bondsmen over there, but this is the law over there. So don’t come over and do this anymore,’” Gallagher said.
Davis’s family, though, doesn’t see the issue as so black and white. She wouldn’t meet with 6 News for an interview, but said Gallagher’s company repeatedly harassed her family.
“We’ve got all kinds of texts from him and his mom both. Some are, ‘Yeah, I’m going to turn myself in. Some were the finger, and you’re not going to see a dime from me or my mom. You’re never going to find me or catch me,’” Gallagher said.
Davis is currently sitting at the Pottawattamie County Jail on a $20,000 bond for driving under suspension, failure to appear and criminal mischief.
Gallagher said bail bond companies are beneficial to the court system, but because Omaha doesn’t recognize their work, it creates a sort of safe haven for criminals.

”It works better for the courts. I’m just a guy out doing a service. I’m doing a service for my community. I’m doing a service for the court. They could pay me a third of the money they’d pay me, and I’d still do it,” Gallagher said.
6 News also contacted Davis at jail, but he declined to speak with our cameras.


Connecticut nuclear plant guard falsified records, failed to test weapons

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Waterford CT Nov 22 2017 Officials with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced Tuesday a three-month investigation at Millstone Nuclear Power Plant in Waterford has found that a contract security guard there failed to follow proper procedures regarding testing weapons used for the facility’s security and then falsified records to hide what had happened.
The security officer, who Millstone officials say no longer works at the plant, was armorer at the facility, according to Neil Sheehan, a spokesman with the NRC’s Region 1 office.
The investigation determined the officer deliberately failed to perform his assigned duties, including being responsible for the accountability, testing and maintenance of weapons used to respond to terrorist attacks. Investigators also found numerous discrepancies on a number of weapons maintenance records between January 2015 and June 2016, according to Sheehan.
Specifically, the officer indicated in records that test-firing, cleaning or maintenance activities had been performed on weapons. But in reality, the weapons had not been worked on, and in some cases, had not been retrieved from their staged locations.
Sheehan declined to identify the weapons in question, citing the plant’s ongoing security. The power plant, which is located along Long Island Sound, is owned by Virginia-based Dominion Energy.
“Suffice it to say, they need to be properly armed in the invent of an attack, especially after 9/11,” he said. “This is not any sort of routine occurrence,” he said. “Off hand, I can not recall a similar case having happened in the Northeast (region) and I’ve worked with the NRC for over two decades.”
Ken Holt, a spokesman for the Millstone power plant, said in a statement Dominion officials “take security of our nuclear stations very seriously.”
“A review of the issue determined that there was no significant impact to nuclear security at Millstone,” the statement said in part. “Dominion Energy participated in the NRC’s Alternative Dispute Resolution process ... to resolve the identified issues, and agreed to a series of actions to prevent recurrence. The results of that process are contained in a confirmatory order which came out today (Tuesday).”
Sheehan said Dominion officials could have agreed to the findings of NRC investigators and not entered into the dispute resolution process, which involves a neutral, third-party mediator.
The contract security officer, according to NRC officials, told investigators that he had been unable to keep up with increasing workload, which led to the decision to not perform required tasks and to falsify related records, Sheehan said.. The contract officer had requested help with the armorer function, which involves inspecting and maintaining weaponry at the facility, the NRC spokesman said.
The security officer told the NRC investigators the weapon maintenance was usually performed at some later point, but he admitted this may not have always happened, Sheehan said.
The NRC spokesman said there is no indication that Millstone does not have adequate staffing levels, he said.
“We require nuclear plants to have certain minimum staffing levels at all times and we’ve no violations on that front. But we’re constantly looking for any violations, any shortcomings, Sheehan said.
The NRC has ordered Dominion to prepare a full inventory of all in-service and out-of-service weapons on-site and the company must notify the regulatory agency within 30 days after that has been completed. Once that happens, NRC officials will conduct another inspection of weapons at the facility, he said.
Millstone officials will also provide the NRC Region I Administrator with a copy of the inventory list and prepare a report of the maintenance status of all in-service weapons that are on-site with specific the dates on which each weapon was test-fired, cleaned, serviced and inspected.
In addition, Sheehan said Dominion is being required to take a number of steps that this problem does not happen again in the future. Part of that requirement includes an organizational effectiveness evaluation of the Millstone security organization.
The company will also share its experiences in this case with the rest of the U.S. nuclear power industry.

“One advantage to going with the third-party mediator is that it allowed us to reach an agreement with the company to do certain things that wouldn’t have been required if they just accepted the investigators findings,” he said. “We believe the rest of the industry can learn from this.”
New Haven Register

Orlando security guard found guilty of murder

Orlando FL Nov 22 2017 Two days before Sasha Samsudean was killed, her parents invited her home for dinner and made her favorite dish — her father’s browned chicken — with guacamole and salad.
Her brother, Kenny, was living in San Francisco, so Sasha called him on FaceTime and showed him the meal.
“I will never have a last supper with my daughter again,” her mother, Tara Samsudean, said Tuesday after an Orange County jury found a security guard guilty of killing her daughter. “I won’t have birthdays. Her father will never get to walk her down the aisle. I have attended a lot of weddings since then, and every wedding I attended I know we will never have that for my daughter.”
A jury found Stephen Duxbury, a security guard at the Orlando apartment complex where Sasha Samsudean lived, guilty of first-degree murder, attempted sexual battery and burglary. Judge Lisa Munyon sentenced Duxbury to life in prison.
Jurors listened to six days of testimony and arguments and saw prosecutors enter 101 items into evidence, including surveillance footage of Samsudean stumbling around the apartment complex after a night out; recorded police interviews with Duxbury; and Samsudean’s bedsheets, comforter, cleaning products and clothing. Jurors deliberated for about four hours.
Samsudean, 27, who lived at Uptown Place apartments north of downtown Orlando, was found dead in her bed two years ago, her shirt and bra ripped open and her larynx crushed. Her friends reported her missing because they could not get in touch with her after a night out. Orlando Police checked her apartment and found her.
Duxbury, now 35, was arrested about two weeks later.
“She’s attacked in the sanctity of her own home,” Assistant State Attorney Will Jay said in his closing argument. “Once she closes the door, she should be able to feel safe. Once she gets into her bed, she should be able to feel safe.”
Duxbury’s attorney, Aaron Delgado, argued the investigation left too many unanswered questions. Among them: not testing Duxbury’s clothing for DNA evidence and shoe prints attributed to Duxbury inside the apartment that appeared to match a size 9 Skechers sneaker found in Duxbury’s apartment when he said he wore a size 10 1/2.
“These shoes, same as the glove: If they don’t fit, you must acquit,” Delgado said, invoking attorney Johnnie Cochran’s phrase from the O.J. Simpson trial.
Duxbury declined to speak when the judge gave him the opportunity after the verdict.
Sasha Samsudean’s parents both expressed their sympathy for Duxbury’s mother, who sat through the trial in the back row of the courtroom.

“We do also feel for the parents of the man who took my baby away from us,” said Sasha Samsudean’s father, Ken Samsudean.
“There are no winners. They’ve lost a child, and that’s horrific,” Duxbury’s mother, Cindy-Lou Amey, said outside the courtroom. “I just feel bad for them; I feel bad for us. It’s important to be kind to everybody. There is a lot of hurt here.”
Sasha Samsudean returned home from a night out in downtown Orlando about 1:45 a.m. Oct. 17, 2015. She followed another resident into the building and walked the halls, up and down staircases, trying to find Apartment 345.
Duxbury, who became a licensed security guard in Florida earlier that year, was on duty that morning. After Sasha Samsudean walked into the building, he briefly spoke with the two women who brought her home, then found her wandering around the building, he later told police.
Duxbury’s thumbprint was found on Samsudean’s toilet lid and on her nightstand, and his DNA was found on her chest, records show. His phone records showed a Google search for how to defeat the keypad lock Sasha Samsudean had on her apartment door.
Sasha Samsudean’s family has a pending civil lawsuit against the apartment complex and the security company that employed Duxbury.
After the verdict, Sasha Samsudean’s mother told the defense attorneys, Delgado and Cheney Mason, she was hurt by their strategy, which included focusing on Sasha Samsudean’s sex life.
“We were beat up when we found out what happened, and we were beat up again in this courtroom by the defense,” Tara Samsudean said. “Why? Is that equal justice? I know justice was served today, and I thank everybody involved in it, but I don’t think it was equal.”
Tara Samsudean, an emergency-room nurse, said she has not been able to work since she took care of a rape victim and found herself saying: “You’re lucky you’re alive. My daughter was not lucky.”

“The moment I said that, I knew it was wrong,” Tara Samsudean said. “ … It took me 18 months before I could feel any emotion about what happened, and when I started to cry, it was bucketfuls of tears that came.”
Orlando Sentinel

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Seniors moonlight as St. Paul reserve officers


ST. PAUL, Minn. Nov 21 2017 Once a week, Mary Murphy and Valalee Weber hit the streets of St Paul, but these senior citizens are not your ordinary Golden Girls--they're partners against crime for the St Paul Police Department.
As reserve officers, the dynamic duo have been patroling Frogtown together for the last 5 years. They have their own squad car, uniforms and badges but no weapons.
Their role? To be ambassadors for the police department.
"It gets you out of the house and gets you meeting people," SPPD Reserve Officer Valalee Weber said. "You are getting to know your neighbors and I hope they respect me."
They volunteer at least 100 a year doing house checks for people who are out of town, crowd and traffic control and picking up abandoned bikes.
"I like getting to know the officers and getting to know the community and the city," Murphy said.
But at 83 and 68 years old, they don't have to lay down the law.
"We just assist," Murphy said. "We don't enforce things so we don't have to worry about chasing them down or anything like that."
"If we hear shots fired, we don't go that way. We go the other way," Weber added.
Between the two, Mary and Val have been giving back to their community for 40 years--though even after all that time they're showing no signs of slowing down.
"When I can't get out of the car, then I'm thinking I won't be able to do it," Murphy said.


Champaign County law enforcement officer, killed in car crash

MECHANICSBURG OH Nov 21 2017— A longtime Mechanicsburg police officer and captain at the Tri-County Jail in Champaign County died this week after deputies said a medical issue led to a car crash.
Michael Schipke, 56, of Beavercreek, died Monday. He was involved in a single-car crash about 3:40 p.m. Nov. 13 near the 5000 block of Ohio 4 in Union Twp., according to the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office.
He was headed north on Ohio 4 when his 2015 Mercedes-Benz C300 went off the right side of the road, striking several small trees, in an accident blamed on a medical condition, according to a deputy's report.
Champaign County Sheriff Matt Melvin said paramedics transported Schipke to Springfield Regional Medical Center.

Schipke had a long career in Mechanicsburg, where he started out as a police officer and worked his way up to captain over a roughly 15-year career, Mechanicsburg Police Chief John Alexander said.

Teen Girl Killed by Sheriff’s Patrol Car Was Fleeing Drug Store Theft

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Perris CA Nov 21 2017 The Riverside County coroner’s office has confirmed the identity of a teenager struck and killed when she ran in front of a sheriff’s patrol car in Perris, California, while allegedly fleeing a store from which she had stolen merchandise. She was Leticia Ramirez, 15, identified earlier by Perris Union High School District officials. The freshman at Perris High School was fatally injured shortly before 9 p.m. Thursday in the 1600 block of North Perris Boulevard, just north of Nuevo Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Officer Dan Olivas told City News Service that Ramirez allegedly snatched items from the shelf of a Rite Aid store and ran eastbound across Perris Boulevard to get away. “A Riverside County sheriff’s deputy was responding to an unrelated routine call for service and happened to be passing the location,” Olivas said. “The pedestrian ran into the side of his vehicle and suffered major injuries.” Olivas said it appeared the girl was clipped by the driver’s side fender of the northbound patrol unit and then rolled into the windshield. The deputy was not hurt. Ramirez was taken to Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley, where she died a short time later. [Source: MyNews LA]

Boston security officer arrested for indecent assault while on duty

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BOSTON MA Nov 21 2017 Boston Police arrested the a security guard wanted in connection to indecent assault in Boston’s North End neighborhood.
Officials said that less than 24-hours after issuing their community alert, Boston Police were able to locate and arrest the suspect, 26-year-old Isaiah Brown of Randolph, around 9 p.m. Saturday.
Brown was accused of indecent assault on a woman on Hanover Street around 2:30 a.m. on Friday.
The victim said she was approached by Brown and he was wearing what appeared to resemble a security guard uniform.
According to the victim, Brown told her that he needed to talk to her regarding an important issue and that she needed to follow him immediately.
The victim said she followed Brown a short distance before he attempted to indecently assault her. She then ran away and called police.
Police Commissioner William Evans said that Brown works as a security guard in Boston and is usually assigned near Faneuil Hall. He did not release the name of the company but did say that they cooperated during the investigation.

Brown is expected in court Monday for an arraignment.

Multiple lawsuits filed in Las Vegas concert shooting

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Las Vegas NV Nov 21 2017 Lawyers representing more than 450 victims of the Oct. 1 Las Vegas massacre filed multiple lawsuits Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, arguing that hotel and concert officials did not do enough to prevent a shooting that left 58 people dead.
More than 15 additional lawsuits have already been filed as victims seek financial compensation for the attack, in which more than 500 people were injured by gunshots or were trampled. Litigation could stretch for years.
The five new suits announced Monday focus on the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, where gunman Stephen Paddock brought in weapons and opened fire at a crowd of concertgoers across the street, as well as its owner, MGM Resorts International. Paddock’s estate was also named as a defendant.
The complaints argue that the hotel's operators "breached their duty of reasonable care" by failing to notice that Paddock was amassing guns in his room and by not responding quickly enough when Paddock shot security guard Jesus Campos in the leg before the massacre began.
There was a decision made not to make that phone call to 911 immediately," C. Chad Pinkerton, a Houston attorney, said at a news conference with other attorneys hosted at the Gipson Hoffman & Pancione law firm in Century City.
"My instinct tells me that's going to be because they wanted to control the environment and control the message before the public and the media was involved," Pinkerton said. "Certainly they didn't know they were going to have an evil act such as this, but they could have anticipated it, they could have foreseen it."
Also named as defendants: the operators of the nearby Route 91 Harvest Festival concert where Paddock aimed a stream of gunfire at more than 21,000 concertgoers. The event was promoted by LiveNation and guarded by security guards from Contemporary Services Corp. An MGM subsidiary owned the fairgrounds where the massacre happened.
"The incident that took place on Oct. 1 was a terrible tragedy perpetrated by an evil man," MGM Resorts International said in a statement. "These kinds of lawsuits are not unexpected and we intend to defend ourselves against them. That said, out of respect for the victims, we will give our response through the appropriate legal channels."
The other defendants did not respond to requests for comment Monday.
The victims' attorneys argued Monday that the festival did not have adequate exits or properly trained employees for when the crowd began trying to evacuate, resulting in additional injuries and exposure to the gunman's fire.
The plaintiffs were all attendees of the Route 91 concert, plus a few security guards working the event who decided to join the lawsuit.
Sixty-five percent of the attorneys' clients in the lawsuits filed Monday are from California, which the attorneys cited as a reason for filing the lawsuits in Los Angeles instead of Las Vegas. Some can't afford medical care for their injuries, which include gunshot wounds and post-traumatic stress disorder, Pinkerton said.
The plaintiffs include Paige Gasper, a psychology student at Sonoma State University who was shot under an arm and underwent treatment for fractured ribs and a lacerated liver. She is "doing better physically but has a long way to go psychologically and is starting to struggle," said Michelle Simpson Tuegel, a Waco, Texas, attorney. (Gasper originally filed suit in Nevada, but her attorneys decided to re-file the lawsuit in her home state of Florida.)
More than 30 of the plaintiffs were shot, and two were family members of victims who were killed. About 100 of the plaintiffs had trampling injuries and about 250 had post-traumatic stress disorder, the attorneys said.
Unlike other lawsuits, those filed Monday did not name any gun manufacturers or the makers of the "bump" stock accessories that Paddock used to make his semiautomatic rifles fire as rapidly as possible.

"Our focus in this case is not about gun control, because I think a lot of our clients feel strongly about their rights about gun ownership," said Muhammad S. Aziz, a Houston attorney. "It's about promoting security in the hospitality industry."

Death of man who struggled with Walmart security ruled a homicide

Chicago IL Nov 21 2017 The death of a man after he was restrained by security guards in a Walmart parking lot on the Northwest Side has been ruled a homicide by the Cook County medical examiner's office.
Donnell J. Burns, 23, died primarily of "stress and asphyxia" after struggling with the guards in the 4600 block of West North Avenue on July 25, the office said.
Contributing factors were toxic levels of the drug phencyclidine, or PCP, in his blood and abnormalities in his coronary artery. PCP is an anesthetic that can cause hallucinations.
It also can cause a cardiovascular event, such as a stroke or heart attack, seizures or panic attacks, said Dr. Samuel Grief of the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Burns and a woman had been stopped by security officers around 4:30 p.m. after they tried to return some stolen merchandise, Chicago police said at the time.
They resisted and police officers were called, police said. Responding officers found Burns handcuffed on the pavement and "experiencing a health issue," police said.
He was taken to Norwegian Hospital, where he was pronounced. The woman with him was charged with one misdemeanor count of retail theft.
Chicago police said no one has been arrested and detectives continue to investigate. It was not immediately clear whether charges would be pursued. The state's attorney's office did not immediately return calls. 
In an email explaining what happened to Burns, Becky Schlikerman, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office, explained that homicide does not inherently indicate criminal intent.
"Intent to cause death is a common element but is not required for classification as homicide," Schlikerman wrote in an email.
The corporate director of communications for Walmart did not respond to specific questions about the case, including whether the loss prevention officers involved in the incident are still working at the store. 
A video of the incident was widely circulated on social media - one post on Facebook was shared several hundreds of times - after Burns died.
The cellphone video appeared to show a person restrained on the ground in a parking lot outside of Walmart - with a woman in a Walmart vest briefly stopping, looking on, in front of the cell phone used to shoot the video.
There appear to be two guards applying a great deal of force to keep the man on the pavement. The video was shared with Chicago police.
Grief, the University of Illinois at Chicago doctor, speaking in generalities about PCP use said it is a fallacy that the drug can make a user physically stronger.

“It doesn’t have that ability – to physically make you stronger or to make you feel Herculean. It does allow your brain to misinterpret your surroundings and your environment; you may perceive yourself at risk for being injured and it would stimulate the fight or flight phenomenon,” Grief said.
If it is used once or twice, the short-term effects could include a lack of coordination, a speech impediment, delusions or paranoid thoughts.
“It may also cause a person to feel euphoric, which is the presumed purpose of taking this drug for leisure or recreation,” Grief said.
If the drug is taken three or more times, it could cause a person to be addicted to the drug and that could bring on mood swings, highs and lows, permanent memory impairment, ongoing paranoia and delusions, and suicidal or homicidal thoughts, which make it dangerous for the user and those around the user, he said.
He also said PCP doesn’t have a medical function and isn’t prescribed by doctors.

“There is no therapeutic dose of the drug,” Grief said. "It can only be construed as harmful and of no value to any person at any time."
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Toy Grenade Causes Scare, Evacuation At Miami International Airport

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MIAMI FL Nov 21 2017 An evacuation and a scare for travelers passing through the Miami International Airport Saturday ended without injuries.
Police say that a suspicious item that was found in a bathroom set off the chain reaction causing an area of the airport to be evacuated and shut down.
Police said that it was a toy grenade that caused at scare and had the Miami-Dade Police Bomb Squad called out to investigate.
The call came in at approximately 7:45 p.m.
Safety protocols were activated and Terminal J was evacuated along with most of the north side of the airport.
Passengers were asked to stay across the street as the bomb squad tried to figure out what the item was.
Ultimately officials realized it was a toy grenade they had found.
“It looked real enough for us to implement our safety procedures,” said Detective Lee Coward with Miami-Dade Police. “It was determined by the bomb squad and the K-9 units to be inert. It would be speculation at this point to determine whether it was a novelty item that perhaps a child left behind in the bathroom or whether someone meant something more malicious by that.”
Officials say operations are back to normal at MIA.

Travelers with concerns over delays or anything else from Saturday’s incident should check with their airline.

Ga man used counterfeit money to purchase over $1,000 of merchandise from Victoria's Secret

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BATON ROUGE, La. Nov 21 2017 An Atlanta, Ga. man is behind bars after police say he and another man ran an elaborate scheme purchasing over $1,000 of merchandise from Victoria's Secret in the Mall of Louisiana using counterfeit money.
According to arrest records, Baton Rouge Police Department arrested 25-year-old Derrick Burke Friday after receiving reports that he allegedly used counterfeit money to make purchases.
Burke was identified out of a six-person photo lineup by a store employee.
Police say Burke entered the Victoria's Secret along with another suspect, Antravious Oliver. According to authorities, the pair successfully made three separate purchases using 30 counterfeit $50 bills totaling $1,028.
Police confirmed all the $50 bills had the same serial numbers and appeared to lack security features of a genuine $50 bill.
Burke was identified as the person who successfully completed fraudulent refund transactions for a total of $687.62 from items bought with counterfeit bills at the Pecanland Mall Victoria's Secret location in Monroe.
 Oliver admitted using counterfeit bills in the state of Louisiana as the group traveled from Atlanta, telling police refunds were made at different Victoria's Secret locations along the way for the exchange of genuine cash.

Burke was arrested and booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on multiple counts of theft, refund application fraud, monetary instrument abuse and computer fraud. His bail was set at $102,500.

Excela Health Westmoreland hospital security guard charged with assaulting patient

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Greensburg PA Nov 21 2017 A contracted security guard at Excela Health Westmoreland hospital in Greensburg was fired last week and charged by city police for allegedly assaulting a patient in the mental health unit.
Police charged Scott A. Wilson, 23, of Greensburg with neglect of a care-dependent person, criminal attempt, simple assault and harassment in connection with the Nov. 13 incident.
Wilson, who is employed by Allied Universal Security, was among officers summoned to a room at 4:20 a.m. in the hospital's behavioral health unit on North Spring Street to a report of a 31-year-old female patient becoming “agitated and combative with staff,” Detective John Swank reported in an affidavit of probable cause.
“Staff members reported that Wilson threw (the patient) to the floor and restrained her neck with his arm while slamming her head to the floor with his hand,” Swank reported. “Wilson then stated that he would ‘break' (the patient's) arm if she ‘did not hold still.' ”
The victim has autism and bipolar disorder, Swank wrote. She also has a history of being combative, he said.
Other security officers at the scene instructed Wilson to leave the area, and he was terminated from his position, the affidavit stated.
In a subsequent interview with Swank, Wilson reported that when the victim was admitted to the hospital on Nov. 5 for treatment of self-inflicted injuries, she allegedly punched Wilson in the face in the emergency room, breaking his eyeglasses and scratching his face. Swank reported that Wilson told him that he let “his temper get the best of him.”
Allied Universal Security did not immediately respond to requests for a comment. Excela Health declined to comment on the incident.

Wilson could not be reached. His preliminary hearing is scheduled Dec. 21 before District Judge James Albert.

Security company barred from doing business in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. Nov 21 2017 West Virginia's attorney general has reached a settlement with a company selling home security systems that bars it from operating within the state.
It settles a lawsuit alleging Trio Alarm LLC and manager Tyler Ignatowski engaged in deceptive sales practices in West Virginia, where it was unlicensed to sell services, but its sales people deceived consumers with high-pressure door-to-door sales tactics.
The settlement, signed and filed last week in Cabell County Circuit Court, also requires Trio pay the state $25,000.
It also allowed more than 50 consumers across to terminate their contracts without a cancellation fee.

Thery lawsuit alleged the sales people targeted homes with signs or stickers indicating they already had another company's alarm system, but told residents Trio had taken over or would install upgrades with new contracts.
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Monday, November 20, 2017

One Security Officer Saves A Life- Another Saves The Day

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Charlotte NC Nov 19 2017
Rick McCann
Private Officer International

There’s not enough times when private security officers get the recognition that they deserve but I’m happy to report on these two recent incidents where it was the security officer who is the hero.
In San Antonio Texas, a security officer on duty at the Have for Hope witnesses a horrific accident where a woman was walking near train tracks at West Martin and North Medina streets when she was clipped by a train. The woman was pulled under the train and one of her legs was severed in the accident.
The security officer swiftly went to her, administered first-aid including applying a tourniquet and saved her life.
The woman is in stable condition at an area hospital.

Meanwhile, Thursday night, in Murfreesboro, a suburb of Nashville Tennessee, an undercover security agent for a large gun store called The Outpost Armory, spotted three men walk into the store and started acting suspicious
“They were looking at every item in the store but refused to be helped,” said Outpost Armory undercover security guard “Tag.” "They didn't have any questions. The taller one became to look familiar. We pulled up images from social media and saw that he had on a gray Adidas hoodie with black pull strings matched a suspect in tow recent area gun stores robberies.
When the three men asked clerks some suspicious questions as the store closed and then left, employees decided to call police and follow them.
“I followed them at a distance," Tag said. "I tried to not be seen, but they saw me. They started making unusual turns. They knew I was behind them. Fortunately, only a few moments later, the deputy arrived and arrested them."
Police found a stolen gun with them. It was not the one from the gun store but more than enough to arrest Nicholas Waters, Quandre Knowles and Gawain Grimes.
The three convicted felons were charged with felony gun possession gun theft, and more charges. Grimes had an outstanding warrant.
They're not facing charges for the gun store robberies but police are investigating to see if they are connected to them.
"Our guys addressed it right away,” said Chris Barrett, Outpost Armory owner. "They didn't corner anyone. They didn’t go full frontal. They played it smart."
Barrett said he's pleased his team could help out law enforcement.

“I'm so glad because this is great," Barrett said. "When people stand up and do the right thing, it is important. It’s not just up to law enforcement, it is up to all us, and what our guys did made this area safer. I couldn’t be prouder."

India looks to outsource some police services to growing security industry

India Nov 20 2017 The private security industry is growing rapidly in the country and the number of private security guards has now become four times the police force. Amidst this growth in the sector, there are voices to outsource the “softer” police functions to private security agencies.
The private security industry is one of the largest employers in India, with 8.5 million people compared to 2.2 million police personnel. Estimates say there are 16,000 private security agencies in the country and they have the potential to employ an additional 3 million people by 2020. As per Bureau of Police Research and Development, there should be one policeman for 547 people, whereas this number is 712.
A large workforce in the private security space can be utilised to make up for the low police to citizen ratio, and some areas of policing, like senior citizen monitoring, and other government establishments, event security and police verification, could be outsourced to private security agencies, says a report of the PricewaterhouseCoopers. The report, however, says this needs to be coupled with rigorous training and security compliances which these agencies may be asked to fulfil to become eligible for such business. “There is immense pressure on the police forces and indirectly on the armed forces. The time has come to introspect and find answers from within our resources. Besides the optimisation of the armed forces and police organisations, we have to look at alternative resources. A study needs to be undertaken to identify ‘softer’ police functions that could be handed over to the private security sector. This could initially be discharged jointly with the police, followed by the private security sector alone, with marginal police supervision retained in more critical areas,” says Major General D.K. Jamwal (Retd), ex-CEO, SSSDC (Security Sector Skill Development Council), in the report.
The report says, with the passage of time, security companies have evolved from servicing only homes and businesses and are now focusing on servicing the government. “With a high level of advancements in technology, services like electronic security services, integrated facility management and security architecture and engineering will see greater prominence in times to come. This not only has the potential to improve the quality of services offered by security companies, but may also prove to be a boon for the large workforce who will have the opportunity to up-skill themselves and progress to engaging employment conditions,” it points out.
Talking about service conditions, the report says that about 60% of the security service providers still operate as unorganised, thereby keeping the sector pricing oriented and amenable to unfriendly employment practices and making it difficult to monitor quality and compliance. Lack of quality manpower, high attrition rates and compliance requirements also continue to pose major challenges to the growth of the manned guarding security services market.

“People are ready to pay a premium for their safety. Trained security guards are not only manning private offices, but also being employed by various government organisations and households,” Dilip Chenoy, ex-Managing Director and CEO, National Skill Development Council, says in the report.

Woman's leg severed in train accident, security guard credited with saving her life

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SAN ANTONIO TX Nov 20 2017  - A woman was taken to an area hospital in stable condition after her leg was severed in a train accident.
Police said the woman was walking near train tracks at West Martin and North Medina streets when she was clipped by a train. The woman was pulled under the train and one of her legs was severed in the accident.
A security guard at Haven for Hope saw what happened and rushed to apply a tourniquet to the woman's injury.

Police said the security guard's quick thinking may have saved the woman's life.

Security guard stabbed at Delta Walmart after confronting shoplifter

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Delta BC Canada Nov 20 2017 A security guard at a Delta Walmart was stabbed by a suspected shoplifter when the guard tried to confront the person Saturday.
The incident happened at around 12:25 p.m. at the Walmart at 72nd Avenue and 120th Street.
"The individual had been approached by a loss prevention officer initially and they were trying to attempt an arrest for shoplifting and the suspect then stabbed the loss prevention officer and fled on foot," Sharlene Brooks, media relations officer for the Delta Police, told CTV News.
Police were on scene after a security guard was stabbed while confronting a suspected shoplifter at a Walmart in Delta, B.C. on Nov. 18, 2017.
The Walmart is at 72nd Avenue and 120th Street in Delta, B.C. (Google maps)
The suspect fled the scene, but police apprehended him after containing the area and deploying a canine unit.
Brooks said the suspect is a man in his 20s with no fixed address.
The security guard was taken to hospital with serious injuries, but he is expected to survive.
A man who used to work as a loss prevention officer at Safeway says apprehending a suspect is always inherently risky.
"The part that I always dreaded was the apprehension. Because so many things can go wrong," said Chris Brideaux. "It can go from bad to worse in, like, a second."
He said security guards often don't have much protection on the job or means of detaining a suspect.

The Walmart where the stabbing in Delta took place was quite busy with holiday shoppers at that time, but Brooks said no one else was hurt.