Saturday, May 31, 2008

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Atlanta Ga. May 31 2008
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Naked man arrested for burglaries www.privateofficer.com


LUMBERTON, N.C. May 31 2008

Police responding to a tip about a naked man walking on a state highway in Lumberton say he's connected to a three-week string of thefts involving more than $85,000 worth of property.

The Fayetteville Observer reported that police say Jonathan Michael Allen stole two vehicles, televisions, power tools and jewelry. The 31-year-old is charged with multiple counts of breaking and entering, larceny and burglary.

Allen was charged with multiple counts of breaking and entering, larceny and burglary.

Lumberton Police Lt. Johnny Barnes said Allen was stealing and selling the property to support a drug habit.

Police spotted Allen in a stolen car Tuesday night, but he got away. Officers were searching for him Wednesday morning when they got the tip. Barnes says Allen didn't even have on any socks.

"He was naked as the day he was born," Barnes said.

Allen's bail is set at $150,000 and he is set to appear in court on June 13. A jail official was not sure if he had a lawyer.

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Security officer helps nab felony suspect www.privateofficer.com


Biloxi MS May 31 2008

By: Rick McCann

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Police arrested a 32-year-old man who is accused of raping and beating a Biloxi woman after breaking into her home early Thursday, authorities said.
Biloxi police received a call around 1 a.m. Thursday reporting a burglary on Old Highway 67, Police Capt. John Miller said.

Officers were dispatched and quickly arrived at the house and found that the resident had been badly beaten by a man who had broken into her home and physically and sexually assaulted her.
After the assault, Miller said, the suspect fled in the victim's vehicle. A description of the suspect and vehicle was distributed to authorities and casino security.
A short time later police said that a casino security officer located the vehicle and contacted police, keeping the suspect under surveillance . Police immediately responded to the casino and said they found Robert Anthony Dossett in possession of the vehicle and arrested him without incident.
Dossett was arrested and charged with sexual battery, aggravated assault, burglary, kidnapping and grand larceny.
Dossett was being held at the Harrison County jail under $700,000 bail, set by Justice Court Judge Albert Fountain.
Dossett was also wanted through George County for failure to pay child support.

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Houston Response Team Keeps Traffic Rolling www.privateofficer.com


Houston TX May 30 2008
Darlene Gordon is an expert in performing extravagant evasive, defensive “dance moves.”
At least that’s what she calls it when she stands in the middle of a busy intersection, trying to direct traffic, while hurried motorists sometimes rush by a little too close for comfort.
Gordon and her partner, Gary Cooper, are mobility officers with the Houston Police Department Mobility Response Team. And their main objective, Gordon said, is traffic control.
“When traffic lights malfunction, we get out there and act like we’re the signals, to try to control the traffic and to try to get you guys through safely, try to continue to move the traffic instead of allowing it to bog up.”
The Mobility Response Team was initiated by Houston Mayor Bill White in 2007; Gordon told those assembled at a recent meeting of the Positive Interaction Program in Kingwood. So far, two classes have graduated from training, resulting in a combined manpower of 23 officers, with 12 more expected to be added by July, Gordon explained.

Mobility officers are not police officers, Cooper stressed, but civilians who assume a support role to law enforcement personnel.
The MRT works in two shifts that together cover the time frame between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m., during which hours the officers patrol assigned areas for traffic snags, pot holes, minor accidents, broken signals or stranded motorists. They also help direct traffic at events such as parades and conventions, to ensure a smooth flow.
“I personally like to go to the school zones, too; that’s important to me. But basically we go anywhere as need be in the city,” Gordon said. “The only thing we don’t do is freeways.”
Gordon said that the mobility officers use vans or scooters to get around town and most of them are assigned to patrol the high-traffic areas in downtown Houston, in the Galleria area and around the Texas Medical Center. Officers may be dispatched to outlying areas such as Kingwood via trouble calls to 311.
“The idea is to be the support group of police officers,” Cooper said. “When we roll up at an accident, they say thanks and they go off doing their police thing. It’s much better to keep a police officer patrolling the area than have him stand under a flashing light or at a minor accident. In that regard, this program has been a great improvement in Houston.”


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Final suspect in armored car robbery is captured www.privateofficer.com


Richland Co.SC May 31 2008

By: Rick McCann

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http://www.privateofficer.com/ The final suspect in the third-largest armored car heist in U.S. history has been caught.

Police announced that on Thursday, 28-year-old Derrick Benjamin was arrested during a traffic stop in Chatham County, North Carolina, after authorities received community tips of his whereabouts.

Police say that Benjamin is among a group of six men who deputies say robbed an armored car and brutally assaulted a security officer on May 11, 2007.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says the men initially took over $18 million from the truck; however, they didn't have enough equipment to transport the cash, so they ultimately made off with just under $10 million.

Federal and local authorities including the FBI and the US Marshal's office have been hunting the suspect since the robbery.

Richland County Deputies plan on going to Raleigh on Friday to pick up Benjamin and return him to Richland County.


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Shoplifter pulls knife on loss prevention agents www.privateofficer.com


Tallahassee Fla May 31 2008


Police said on Wednesday May 28, 2008, at approximately 12:30p.m., loss prevention employees at Wal-Mart observed Kelvin Bispham 02/10/1986, shoplifting DVD movies from the store located at 4400 West Tennessee Street

When confronted outside of the store, Bispham initially complied, returning the items as he began to walk with a loss prevention employee back into the store.

Once back inside the store Bispham pulled out a knife from his waistband and swung the knife in an attempt to strike the employee. Bispham then threatened another employee with the knife, before fleeing northwest towards Capital Circle. The victims were not injured during this incident.

A few minutes after this assault, Deputy Bill Punausuia was in the area and began searching for the subject. During his search he checked the Mazda Car Dealership located at 1465 Capital Circle Northwest. As Deputy Punausuia pulled into the dealership, Bispham entered the sales building looking confused, raising the suspicion of an employee.

When the employee saw Deputy Punausuia, he surmised Bispham was attempting to elude capture and grabbed him, allowing Deputy Punausuia to take Bispham into custody without further incident. After Bispham’s arrest, he led deputies to the location where he discarded the knife used in this assault.


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Shoplifter with HIV bites security officer www.privateofficer.com


DALLAS TX May 31 2008
Dallas police said a man arrested and accused of shoplifting food told police he is HIV positive after he allegedly bit a grocery store security officer according to officers on the scene.
The attack happened at the Cedar Springs Kroger store at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday when the security guard tried to stop the man from walking out with a smoked sausage and not paying for it, authorities said.
Police said Paul Dewayne Thibiodeaux, 26, started fighting with the guard, kicking, punching and biting him. According to the police report, the bites punctured the guard's skin on his chest and his wrist.

Police said Thibiodeaux has been charged with aggravated robbery.
"He bit him, and he knew he had AIDS. That in itself makes it aggravated, it upgrades to aggravated robbery, as if he had a knife or a gun or some other type of weapon," Senior Cpl. Kevin Janse said.
Thibiodeaux is being held on $100,000 bond. Police said he has a lengthy arrest record for past drug possession and several charges of prostitution.



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City employee charged with gas theft www.privateofficer.com



Gastonia NC May 31 2008



A Gastonia city employee has been arrested and charged with stealing 2,438 gallons of gasoline from municipal pumps over the past 22 months.
David Michael Walls, 51, of 142 Farmgate Circle in Dallas, is facing six counts of larceny by an employee for allegedly taking $4,966 worth of gasoline from the city on 72 occasions between August 2006 and May 2008.
Walls, an auto mechanic in fleet services, was hired by the city in May 1994. He was suspended from his job Thursday without pay, according to Assistant City Manager Flip Bombardier.
He was allegedly caught on surveillance video stealing gasoline from pumps at the city's Public Works building at 800 N. Broad St., said Gastonia Police Detective T.D. Wilson."They (the city) found out he was stealing gas," Wilson said.
The investigation began after the city conducted an audit of gas fueling stations, police reported.Walls told police that he took the gasoline for his own personal use and was not selling it to others, Wilson said.
Bombardier said he could not comment on an ongoing criminal investigation or discuss private personnel matters concerning Walls. Walls could not be reached for comment Thursday.
"We take allegations of criminal activity by our employees very seriously," City Manager Jim Palenick said in a press release. "We will investigate them fully and prosecute illegal actions to the fullest extent of the law to protect the city's and its taxpayers' interests."
Walls was released from the Gaston County Jail Thursday on a $25,000 bond. He has a court hearing scheduled for today at the Gaston County Courthouse.
Wilson said the estimated value of the stolen gasoline is based on the price that Gastonia paid for it. Gastonia buys gasoline in bulk at wholesale prices, according to Bombardier.
That price averaged $1.86 per gallon between August and December 2006 versus $2.82 on May 16, when Walls was identified as a suspect, according to arrest warrants. Bombardier said the city paid more than $3 per gallon for its most recent gasoline order.


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Security agents nab forgery suspect www.privateofficer.com


Kennewick Wa May 31 2008

Bryan Hill

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Kennewick police arrested a man who is believed to have used stolen credit card information to make purchases at 18 Tri-City merchants.
Rolando Gabriel Gutierrez, 34, of Pasco, was arrested when security officials at Target in Kennewick saw him return to their store.
The arrest came after a Gig Harbor man discovered someone else was using his credit card and notified Kennewick police, who began an investigation May 15.
Gary Lester, 67, called Kennewick police after he discovered charges on his card that he did not make, Sgt. Brian Swartswalter said. Lester said he still had his credit card and had never been to the Tri-Cities.
He suspects his card information was stolen when he used the card at a restaurant near where he lives, police said.
Security videos were reviewed after Lester's report, and Gutierrez was seen on video from Target. He was picked up after he was spotted Saturday.
Gutierrez was wanted by the state Department of Corrections and found with suspected methamphetamine, Swartswalter said.
He was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of possessing meth and two counts of forgery.





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Shoplifting turns violent, two arrested www.privateofficer.com


VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. May 31 2008
Bryan Hill
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www.privateofficer.com Ormond Beach Police have charged two women in connection with a shoplifting that turned violent at a Bealls Department store.

Police said after receiving several tips through Crimestoppers from viewers who saw television reports of the case, they have tracked down and arrested 20 year old Angela Sumner of New Smyrna Beach and 21 year old Alyssa Heidrick of Edgewater.

The incident began on May 21st when Bealls employees observed the women acting suspiciously while shopping in the store.

Police said Sumner was carrying a small child during the incident. Loss prevention agents watched the pair on surveillance video and saw one of them conceal a pair of shoes in a handbag. The women then quickly exited the store making no effort to pay for the item.

The agents confronted them outside where the suspects attempted to flee. Heidrick began punching the agents with a closed fist when they caught her and attempted to detain her. Sumner ran to a small dark blue 4dr car, possibly a Kia Spectra, and abruptly put the child into the back seat.She then drove to where Heidrick was struggling with the agents and jumped out of the vehicle brandishing a large knife.

The loss prevention agents feared for their safety and backed away from the women who quickly got into the car and escaped from the areaSumner has been charged with one count of robbery, one count of petit theft, and one count of contributing to the delinquency/dependency of a minor.

Heidrick charged with Principal to robbery, battery, and petit theft.



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Weather heats up, crime does too www.privateofficer.com


Atlanta Ga. May 31 2008

By: Rick McCann

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The weather is heating up and so is crime. Most are crimes of opportunity like burglaries, smash and grabs, shopliftings, purse snatchings, auto thefts and burglaries and assaults.

The warmer weather and a sluggish economy could be putting more homeowners at risk for a burglary and there is one way burglars are entering homes that you might not suspect. Through the garage using garage door openers stolen from the owner’s vehicle.

"People forget that thieves look for easy ways to get into people's homes," said Officer Jose Montoya, Metro Police. He encourages homeowners to take a quick look around their home and they to spot vulnerabilities and then fix them.

Another wuick way in is kicking in the doors.

One easy fix to that is putting longer screws in the front door frame.

"They are going to have a heck of a time kicking that in but if it's just a 3/4 inch piece of pine frame with a 1/2 inch screw anyone can put a size 10 shoe up against thing or shoulder the door, it will bust the frame right out," said Joe Esposito, Liberty Lock and Key.

Another tip is putting out a "beware of dog" sign to scare away thieves.

"What you basically want to do is give your house the look of being more burglar proof than your neighbor's house," Esposito said.
The more difficult you make it for the thief, he is just going to go somewhere else," said Montoya.

As with any time of the year, police encourage drivers to always store packages, purses and items such as GPS, Satellite radios, laptops and other items either in the trunk or take them out when the vehicle is going to be parked for an extended period of time.

Security expert Mike Matthews says that besides the auto break-ins, shoplifting stays steady during the summer but with the economy being what it is, Matthews says that the thefts are on the rise and organized shoplifting is steadily rising as the internet continues to fuel easy sale of stolen goods.

Police and security officers have already been busy but Matthews said that he expects it’ll become even busier as the summer continues to heat up. Officers need to stay on their toes as do the citizens Matthews said.

You might take a vaction this time of year, but the bad guys never do said Matthews.



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Four indicted for providing false documents www.privateofficer.com


MOBILE AL MAY 31 2008


A federal grand jury in Mobile on Friday indicted four men who investigators say conspired to produce fake identification documents for people in four states.
The investigation centered on two men whom Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents initially knew only as El Padrino and Charlie. An informant told investigators about two months ago that Charlie had offered to serve as a courier for the dis tribution of fake Social Security and resident alien cards in Mobile and Baldwin counties, according to an affidavit filed in federal court.
The affidavit alleges that the ring made false identifications and sold them in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. Dwight McDaniel, the assistant special agent in charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Alabama, said investigators believe the men moved their equipment from house to house along the coast.

He said agents seized a computer, a scanner and a couple of printers. He said that investigators were awaiting the results of a search of the computer to determine how many people purchased the documents.
"We've been buying fraudulent documents from them for a while," McDaniel said. "We weren't their first time. ... We've seen documents from this group before."
In a pair of affidavits filed in federal court, investigators expressed concern not only over illegal immigration but also over the fact that criminals often seek fraudulent documents to conceal their identities or assume aliases.
Charlie — later identified as Adrian Carillo-Guzman — and Gil Lopez-Vargas both pleaded not guilty Friday in Mobile. U.S. Magistrate Judge Bert Milling Jr. ordered them held without bond, citing the fact they are illegal immigrants.
El Padrino, later identified as Arturo Garcia-Flores, 31, and co-defendant Roberto Saldana-Madera, known at the time as El Gordo, have been jailed in Pensacola and will be transferred to Mobile.
If convicted, the men face up to 15 years in prison, although the actual prison terms likely would be less under advisory sentencing guidelines.
Attorneys for Lopez-Vargas, 26, and Carillo-Guzman, 26, said they did not know enough about the allegations to comment.
McDaniel described the quality of the fakes as fairly high. He said the ring included "bird dogs" who recruited customers, as well as people who made the ID cards.
"There's a lot of layers in this organization," he said. "We've arrested what we think is the upper layer, the upper crust."
The informant, according a criminal complaint, met on May 14 at the Shell gas station on U.S. 98 in Daphne and gave Carillo-Guzman $250 along with five photographs, names, dates of birth and other information.
The next day, Carillo-Guzman met the informant at the Daphne McDonald's with the completed ID cards and collected another $250, according to the affidavit.
Also on May 15, the informant met Garcia-Flores at the Chevron gas station in Loxley. He gave Garcia-Flores and Saldana-Madera a memory stick containing photographs and information needed for the manufacture of three sets of Social Security cards and resident alien cards.
The next day, the affidavit states, Garcia-Flores met the informant at the Oasis BP gas station off Interstate 10 in Baldwin County and handed over the finished ID cards.
The informant met on May 18 with Lopez-Vargas — whom he or she knew only as Tony — in the parking lot of Bel Air Mall in Mobile and gave him $360 payment for the cards. Lopez-Vargas said he would deliver the money to Garcia-Flores the next day, according to the affidavit.


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900 Illegal aliens captured in California www.privateofficer.com


Los Angeles Ca May 31 2008
More than 900 illegal aliens have been sent packing after a three-week U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation in California.
Half of the criminal aliens and fugitives arrested during the statewide sting have already been sent to their home countries. Since a large number of the illegals have faced previous deportation, immigration authorities immediately ousted them from the U.S.
The rest remain in police custody, awaiting travel arrangements for deportation or hearings before an immigration judge.
Brian DeMore, acting field officer director for ICE detention and removal operations in Los Angeles, issued a press release about his team's success.
"ICE is committed to protecting the integrity to this country's immigration system and that means ensuring that the removal orders handed down by the nation's immigration courts are carried out," he said. "As a country, we welcome law-abiding immigrants, but foreign nationals who violate our laws and commit crimes in our communities should be on notice that ICE is going to use all of the tools at its disposal to find you and send you home."
Immigration authorities sought out and detained a total of 905 illegal alien criminals in California – 327 in Los Angeles alone. Of the 327 arrested in L.A., 244 were fugitives aliens who have dodged deportation orders or who have returned to the U.S. after being evicted by authorities. Approximately 25 percent of L.A. illegals in custody have criminal histories, and one person has been convicted of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14.
Among the alien criminals arrested were Mariano Ceja-Ochoa, 31. He was arrested by ICE officers May 9 in Dana Point, Calif. The U.S. Attorney's Office is prosecuting Ceja-Ochoa for felony re-entry after deportation. Maximum penalty for the crime is 20 years in prison.
Thirteen ICE Fugitive Operations Teams deployed from L.A., San Diego and San Francisco to help with statewide arrests. The teams detain aliens who pose a threat to national security first, including sex offenders, suspected gang members and illegals who have violent-crime convictions.
Established in 2003, the Fugitive Operations Program was created to locate and deport the national backlog of alien fugitives. Seventy-five teams are currently deployed across the nation. Last year, for the first time in history, the U.S. population of illegal alien fugitives declined, and it has continued to drop this year.
In one of the largest workplace raids of the year, ICE teams arrested more than 300 illegals working at the Agriprocessors Inc. kosher meat plant in Postville, Iowa, only weeks ago. The criminal aliens were in the U.S. illegally, and 260 have been sentenced to five months in prison for identity theft and using fraudulent Social Security numbers. Most illegals serving five months agreed to immediate deportation following prison. Two more received shorter sentences, eight were convicted of other crimes and 27 received probation.
ICE claims there are less than 573,000 fugitive aliens in the U.S., and it credits its Fugitive Operations Teams with a 10 percent reduction in the illegal fugitive population since October 2006. Congress authorized an additional 29 teams this year due to success of the stings.







Security company raided over fake parking tickets www.privateofficer.com


Madison Wi May 31 2008
Police raided the office of a local security firm and the home of its owner on Wednesday after a number of people reported they received official-looking parking tickets that weren't issued by police.
In search warrants filed Thursday in Dane County Circuit Court, DeForest Police Sgt. Jim Pertzborn wrote that people were confused by the $25 and $50 parking tickets issued by Metropolitan Private Police and left on cars in business and residential parking lots.
Many who received them contacted police in DeForest because payments were to be mailed to an address in DeForest, even though the tickets were issued in Madison, the warrants state.
Some told Pertzborn they paid the tickets because of warnings printed on them that fines would double and driver's licenses and license plates could be suspended if they didn't do so.
The search warrants were issued to gather evidence supporting charges of attempted theft by deception, simulating legal process and threats to injure or accuse of a crime
Police executed the warrants at the office of MPP's parent company, Metropolitan Protective Services LLC, on Madison's West Side and the DeForest home of its owner, Brendan Eichsteadt.
Eichsteadt could not be reached for comment Thursday. His attorney, David Saltzman, said that the situation is a "misunderstanding."
"MPP plans to cooperate with the authorities and looks forward to clearing its name," he wrote. "The company hopes that this misunderstanding is quickly resolved."
He said anyone who paid an improper ticket would be offered a full refund.
According to the warrants: Owners and managers of some of the parking lots where tickets were issued told Pertzborn they hadn't hired Metropolitan to patrol the lots. Those who did have contracts with MPP said they didn't authorize the firm to write tickets.
The company told people who received tickets that a state license gives them the power to issue the tickets. But while Metropolitan Protective Services is state-licensed, Metropolitan Private Police is not. And even with a state license, District Attorney Brian Blanchard and state Assistant Attorney General Michael Schaefer told Pertzborn, a private security company does not have the legal authority to issue parking tickets.
The matter has been referred to the Dane County district attorney's office, DeForest police said, adding that anyone who received a ticket from Metropolitan shouldn't pay it and should contact Pertzborn at 846-6780.


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Friday, May 30, 2008

Security officer honored for bravery www.privateofficer.com

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. May 30 2008
By: Rick McCann
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It was bravery that possibly saved dozens of people from harm.
Wednesday, CAMC honored security officer Joshua Huffman for his actions back in April when he confronted an armed man in the hospital..
According to hospital officials, Huffman responded to a fight in the emergency room at CAMC General. When he got there he found several people involved and when he tried to break it up one of them pulled a gun.
Huffman didn’t run and he didn’t back down. He stood firm and was able to calmly talk to the man and Huffman was able to get the gun from him without any shots fired and no one being hurt.
Oh yes, it definitely could have been a bad situation a hospital employee who was on duty that day told an area reporter. Someone could have been shot or even killed.
Our security officer did a great job in keeping everyone calm and didn’t panic and as a result he probably saved lives.

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Security officer spots bear roaming Hard Rock Florida resort www.privateofficer.com


ORLANDO, Fla. May 30 2008

Kyle T. Greene

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http://www.privateofficer.com/ Florida Fish and Wildlife officers say that they have now found and captured a young bear who had been spotted outside the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando on two occassions. A security officer first spotted the bear roaming around the property Wednesday morning.

Officers believe the young black bear had been hiding out and sleeping in a wooded area on the Hard Rock Hotel property.
Jim and Susan Owens woke up around 5:00am to walk their dog around the hotel when they found out there was a bear lurking around.
"They didn't make a formal announcement. We just walked along, the security guy said, 'You can't go anywhere, there's a bear, you can't go any further,'" Jim Owens said.

A hotel security guard first spotted the bear on a camera. At least one Orlando police officer also got a glimpse of the cub who could be around 100 pounds.
"I'm a little worried. I am a little worried," Susan Owens said.
Florida Fish and Wildlife is baffled that the bear ended up on the property in such a busy area, but said it's not uncommon for male bears to wander away from the wild this time of year because their mothers kick them out to make room for more cubs.
"They start looking for their own home. Sometimes they get a little confused. Undoubtedly, this bear made a left turn on Albuquerque," said Lt. Jeff Hudson, Florida Fish and Wildlife.
Florida Fish and Wildlife says the bear isn't dangerous. In fact, they said, he's probably scared because of all the commotion.
Florida Fish and Wildlife returned to the scene the next day after security spotted the bear again and were able to capture it.





Family sues casino and security over theft of property www.privateofficer.com


Las Vegas, Nevada May 30, 2008 -- A California family has sued Las Vegas Sands, LLC, Venetian Casino Resort, LLC, and Manpower Inc. following the theft of their moving truck from the Venetian's secured parking lot.
The lawsuit alleges that while moving cross-country from Chicago to Los Angeles during the Thanksgiving holiday of 2006, the Krzyston Family made an overnight stay at the Venetian Hotel and Resort. The family was instructed by Venetian personnel to park their 26-foot Penske moving truck, loaded with all of their belongings, in a lot specifically used for oversized vehicles. They were assured that the lot was secure and guarded 24 hours a day. The next morning the family went to retrieve their truck, only to discover it was gone.
On Christmas Day 2006 the moving truck was found emptied, parked in front of a downtown Las Vegas hotel.
After a few months had passed and still no leads in the investigation, Las Vegas Metro Police used a sting operation and set up a decoy U-Haul moving truck rigged with their own GPS and other surveillance equipment. After a few hours the truck was stolen. Police followed the truck to a nearby storage facility where they made an arrest and found over 17 storage units packed with stolen items. Unfortunately, the Krzyston family was only able to recover less than 5% of their items. All of their furniture, electronics, family photos, and priceless mementos have never been found.
There are 10 causes of action listed in Case A562888 including Gross Negligence, Conversion, Contractual and Tortious Breach of the Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing, Constructive Fraud, Intentional and Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress, and Negligent Supervision, Hiring and Training.
Complaint has been filed in the District Court of Clark County, Nevada.
Upon request the actual court complaint and documents are available.


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Six sheriff deputies charged in overtime scheme www.privateofficer.com




Palm Beach Fla. May 30 2008

Six Palm Beach County deputies accused of taking part in an overtime scheme that defrauded taxpayers out of about $350,000 have been released from jail after posting bond, records show.Corrections Sgts. Faulton Kemph, John McCaffrey, Kathy Dent and Edy Velasquez, and Lts. George Behar and Darrin McCray each posted a $6,000 bond Wednesday night.They are charged with official misconduct, organized scheme to defraud and making false official statements in connection with allegedly claiming lucrative overtime shifts before they became available to rank and file deputies.Arrest documents show Kemph got $31,000 in overtime, McCaffrey received $23,500, Dent got $18,000, Velasquez $24,167 and Behar $10,025.
Sheriff's corrections Lt. Sandra Nealy was charged last week with several felonies for allegedly padding her $103,000 salary with more than $43,000 in overtime.
Nealy will defend herself against the charges, her attorney said.The former top jail official at the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office knew about a pervasive overtime abuse scheme but considered it a software failure rather than a possible violation of Florida law, according to documents released Wednesday.
Then-Col. Keith Chambers ignored his assistants' suggestions that "examples" should be made of jail supervisors who violated overtime policies for guarding hospitalized inmates, a Sheriff's Office internal affairs investigation found.He failed to "recognize the severity of the issues" associated with the scheme and allowed "further and continued violation to occur," the investigation determined.But Chambers won't be punished, Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said, even though internal affairs found a "preponderance" of evidence showing that he failed to perform his duties and responsibilities.Chambers, 51, accepted a $320,600 buyout package and retired in October, just weeks after the Sheriff's Office launched its extensive criminal investigation.Reached at his home Wednesday, Chambers said his retirement had nothing to do with the criminal investigation."I was ready to go," he said.Bradshaw, who directly oversaw Chambers, said he did not force Chambers out. He credited the colonel with improving, among other things, the jail's medical services and mental health unit."My sense is that he saw where all of this was headed," Bradshaw said. "There wasn't a mystery on what was happening."Other jail commanders already have been penalized in connection with the alleged overtime scheme .Maj. Christopher Kneisley got a five-day suspension without pay and Maj. Tammy Waldrop a three-day suspension for knowing about the manipulation of the overtime and failing to prevent further abuses, the internal affairs investigation determined.
Lt. Eddie Jones got a six-day suspension without pay for failing to conduct a complete and thorough inquiry, the investigation determined.The overtime system was designed to minimize costs and to benefit deputies because they have the lowest salaries, Bradshaw said.By grabbing overtime shifts for themselves and friends, the seven accused sergeants and lieutenants cost taxpayers more because of their higher rate of pay.
Chambers' assistants knew about the alleged abuse as far back as June 2006, the internal affairs investigation found.But the corrections department didn't officially begin looking into the matter until receiving a jail sergeant's complaint six months later.
Within weeks of receiving the complaint, Chambers took away overtime sign-up privileges for Nealy, the alleged ringleader, as well as for two other lieutenants, according to the internal affairs investigation.He took the step "to keep [Nealy] from getting into trouble," Nealy's arrest report said.
Yet for reasons sheriff's investigators haven't been able to explain, Chambers reinstated those privileges for Nealy just three weeks later, the arrest report said.Not long after that, Nealy continued "the same type of manipulation" that she had done before, the report said.Jones submitted his inquiry to Kneisley in March 2007 without finding a need for a broad criminal investigation, the internal affairs investigation found.T
he complaint eventually landed in the agency's financial crimes unit, which launched a criminal investigation on Sept. 7.Chambers "didn't go as far as he should have in being vigorous in pursing this investigation," Bradshaw said.Chambers, a 27-year Sheriff's Office employee who earned $153,000, submitted his letter of resignation on Sept. 27 and left the agency on Oct. 31.He was paid $134,000 for unused vacation and sick time and longevity pay, records show. He got another $186,600 as an incentive for retiring.
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Police officer kills self after domestic incident www.privateofficer.com


HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. May 30 2008(suburb of Nashville TN.) A Hendersonville police officer died after an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Thursday morning at this home.
The Hendersonville Police Department said officers investigated William C. Pelfrey III on Wednesday after they received a complaint from his wife and her employer after a disturbance.
Pelfrey was placed on administrative leave with pay on Wednesday after the investigation
Police Chief Terry S. Frizzell said he issued an order for Pelfrey to receive a psychological evaluation and any necessary treatment on Thursday afternoon.
Hendersonville police were then called to Pelfrey's residence on Hillside Drive at 8:25 a.m. Thursday where he was found dead.
Authorities said no other persons are suspected to be involved in his death.
Neighbors said police took out several bags of evidence during a search and that officers checked the attic space of Pelfrey's Hillside Drive home, but police did not say why.
Karen Anderson, who has lived next door to Pelfrey for years, said she doesn’t know what drove Pelfrey to shoot himself.
"I really don’t know what caused that. I really don’t know," she said.
Anderson said Pelfrey was a friendly neighbor and loving father.
"That's what the biggest shock is, because the years I've known William to be such a family-oriented man. To me, that was very shocking. To conceive the though would be very shocking," she said.
"The greatest question is, what would cause something like that?" Frizzell said.
"Well, you don't know what goes on in somebody's mind. You don't know what goes on," said neighbor Thomas Stead.
Police were still investigating late Thursday afternoon.
Pelfrey had been with the department since September 1996 and had served on the Sumner County Drug Task Force for the last two years.



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Fake Doctor Nabbed At Atlanta Hospital www.privateofficer.com


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ATLANTA Ga. May 30 2008 Police said a man posing as an emergency room doctor, even fooling his wife, was arrested last week at Piedmont Hospital.
"He told me he was a doctor as well as an electrical engineer," Tammi Perteet said. I believed him. There was no reason not to she told area reporters.
Tammi said Eric Perteet seemed like a dream come true: a handsome, smart doctor.
They met in a club last November.
He confided in Tammi Perteet about his painful past, she said. His parents and two kids, he said, were killed in a Chicago car crash.
"And my heart just immediately opened up to him because of the tragedies he suffered," said Tammi Perteet.
He told her he gave up medicine and came to Atlanta to get away. They married in March, honeymooning in the Bahamas.
"It was very surprising on our honeymoon that he told me he was going back into medicine and he was going to start immediately," said Tammi Perteet.
He said he was starting at the Piedmont Hospital emergency room.
"Every morning I would drop him off at the hospital," said Tammi Perteet.
She said that from March through May, her husband called every hour or so from the hospital -- at least he said -- telling her about his tough day.
"To tell me he lost a patient, [or] you know, he almost lost a patient," said Tammi Perteet.
When he didn't call one night last week, she got worried and called the E.R. To her surprise, the people there had never heard of him.
"I was thinking maybe the nurses do not know all the doctors," said Tammi Perteet.
So she called him on his Piedmont cell phone, the one he told her was for emergencies. A staff member picked up.
"I said, 'I'm trying to locate my husband, Dr. Perteet.' And she said, 'Dr. who? We don't have a Dr. Perteet.' And she says, 'Are you talking about the guy that had this cell phone?' And I said 'yes.' And she says, 'Oh, he was arrested last night for impersonating a doctor,'" Tammi Perteet said.
Perteet was arrested and booked into the Fulton County Jail on charges of identity fraud, receiving stolen property, and credit card theft.
He was found at the hospital with a stolen Piedmont security badge and a vial of medicine.
"I was told [by Piedmont Hospital] at the time he was arrested, he and a nurse were taking a patient from the emergency room into intensive care," said Tammi Perteet.
Tammi Perteet has talked to him three times since he has been in jail and has even visited him. Still, he maintains his story. He still says he is a doctor and talks about going to work.
Piedmont Hospital told Channel 2 that there was no evidence that Perteet ever came into contact with patients. It said it is cooperating with police and has systems in place to provide a safe and secure environment.
As for the stolen badge, it said a doctor reported it missing and it was deactivated.

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Security officer injured by trespasser www.privateofficer.com


LEBANON OR May 30 2008

By: Rick McCann

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http://www.privateofficer.com/ Police say that they are still investigating the assault of a security officer who was attacked last week by nighttime prowlers.

According to police, two men, one described as 6-feet tall with a goatee, attacked the security officer who was on duty at an apartment construction site near Grove and Elmore streets around 1:35 a.m. Friday.

The security officer said that he was checking some activity and lights he had seen when someone came up from behind him and hit in the head.

After a short struggle, the two prowlers ran off.

The security officer was taken by paramedics to the Lebanon Hospital with injuries to the head and abrasions.

Police Sgt. Kevin Martinez said investigators are still working on the case. Anyone with information is asked to call him at 258-4305.

Martinez said anyone who comes across suspicious activity such as nighttime prowlers should call police.

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Police arrest woman who kidnapped baby, killed mother www.privateofficer.com


ATLANTA GA. May 30 2008

By: Rick McCann

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A Decatur woman was arrested and charged Thursday with murdering a young mother and then kidnapping the victim's infant daughter.
Police had issued an amber alert earlier Thursday for the infant after learning of the murder of the baby’s mother and finding the child missing.
Police arrested Tameisha Suarez, 33, at her home on Daisy Dr. in Decatur later in the day and believe that she is responsible for killing the mother and kidnapping the child.
Police say that the 5-month-old Precious Diamond Spencer was found Wednesday afternoon after a Levi's Call and police search at the home of Suarez.
The girl's mother, Alisha Spencer, 24, was found dead Monday at an abandoned home on Sims Street in southwest Atlanta.
Police said that they believe Spencer was murdered at the house on Daisy Dr. and her body dumped at the Sims St. house.
Suarez was taken into custody and is being held without bond. Shemade her first court appearance Thursday night.

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Security officer saves nurse from rapist www.privateofficer.com


LONGVIEW, Wash. May 30 2008

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http://www.privateofficer.com/ A security officer is being called a hero after he rushed to the aid of a nurse and saved her from being raped Sunday.
Hospital officials said a man walked into the St. John's Medical Center on Sunday afternoon and asked for a doctor.
The man changed into a gown in an exam room. When two nurses entered the room to ask him questions, he turned violent.
Officials said the patient jumped off the bed and attacked a nurse, pinning her against the wall. The man ripped the nurse's shirt and told her he was going to rape her, sources said
Security officer Joel Reeder who was on duty near the emergency department said he heard the nurse screaming and ran to the area.
"I came around the corner and all of a sudden I saw this patient on top of our nurse," Reeder said.
Reeder confronted the patient, who backed off the nurse. Reeder then called for back-up and several more security officers responded and pinned down the patient. Police were called and the man taken into custody.
The nurse was shaken up, but she escaped injury.
Reeder said the nurse was grateful he was there.
"She hugged me big time," he said.
Staff at St. John's Medical Center reviewed and improved their security a year ago after someone walked into the emergency room with a gun. Reeder said the hospital has taken the right steps.
"It's an everyday thing," he said. "You don't know what you're going to run into."
Longview police said the man in the attack is being held for a mental evaluation. Officers said he could be charged with attempted rape and assault.



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HipHop Rapper's Security Guard Killed www.privateofficer.com


Queens NY May 30 2008
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According to AllHipHop.com, a man who worked security for rapper Busta Rhymes was shot multiple times and found dead in the back of his pickup truck on Wednesday May 28th 2008.
Jermaine Williams, 35, of the Bronx was found dead from multiple ginshot wounds in Ozone Park, Queens.
Police found dripping blood from the backseat of his truck when they discovered Williams who was wrapped in a blanket in the backseat of the SUV.
Sources confirmed that Williams was a bodyguard/security agent for Rhymes and it is not known if he was actually on duty at the time of his murder.
Williams leaves behind two children and a family in New york.
This is the second bodyguard who worked for Busta Rhymes that have been shot and killed according to police.
Israel Ramirez was shot and killed outside a warehouse during a video shoot on February 5 2006 by a an undentified person. Although more than 500 people standing outside the warehouse at the time of the murder witnessed the shooting, police have no leads to who the shooter is and the case remains unsolved.
Detectives are not saying if they suspect that the two shootings may be linked in someway or if being employed by the rapper played a part in either murder.

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US Customs agents arrested in drug investigation www.privateofficer.com


New York NY May 30 2008


Two U.S. customs agents were arrested on charges they helped smuggle drugs and other contraband through New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Customs supervisor Walter Golembiowski and officer John Ajello face narcotics, bribery and conspiracy charges in the case, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Golembiowski and Ajello regularly solicited and accepted bribes to allow contraband to pass through undetected, the DEA said.
Two airport workers and two others were also charged with importing counterfeit goods. Some of those items included Rolex, Cartier and Chanel watches and designer sunglasses, the DEA said. On several occasions, Golembiowski was captured on audio and video taking bribes to aid his co-conspirators in bringing in illegal drugs and counterfeit goods.
"Smuggling any kind of illegal commodity raises troubling issues at a time of deep concern over national security," said Michael J. Garcia, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. "The threat is heightened when a government official accepts bribes to help smugglers breach our borders."
The arrests came as a result of a lengthy sting operation by a state, local and federal task force. Prosecutors said numerous recorded meetings and phone calls captured the suspects talking about plans to smuggle hashish, ecstasy and other illegal items.
The investigation has led to the indictment and prosecution of more than 20 people -- "from distributors to overseas sources of supply" -- and the seizure of more than 600 pounds of imported hashish and other drugs from the United States and France, according to the statement.

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Lesbians say they were picked on by security officer www.privateofficer.com


SEATTLE WA. May 30 2008 A local lesbian couple says a peck on the lips nearly got the two of them tossed out of a Mariners game.
The women said in an arena where even chanting and screaming are allowed, they were singled out by a security guard simply because they kissed each other.
Sirbrina Guerrero says she only gave her date a peck, but a mother sitting with her son complained to security and, as a result, they were told to stop or leave.
"And he (the security guard) goes 'there's a lady whose son says he saw you guys making out, and I did, too. And you have to stop.' And I said 'well, we weren't making out, but we were kissing and I'm not going to stop,'" said Guerrero.
Guerrero says the only reason she was called out was because of her sexual orientation.
"(The security guard said) the mom doesn't want to explain to the kids why two girls are kissing. So I said 'well, I'm not going to stop, so you'll have to kick me out. So he said 'so I suggest you leave then,"' she said.
Safeco Field officials refused to comment on the incident. However, officials did send KOMO News a copy of the field's code of conduct which states "displays of affection are not appropriate in a public family setting."
But Guerrero and her friends don't buy it. After Guerrero was flagged at the game, they took pictures of other couples who kissed but were not reprimanded. Those couples, they said, were heterosexual.
Guerrero's friend Melissa Benavites, who was also at the game, said Guerrero did not lash out inappropriately at the security guard. She also said her friend's reaction was not overly sensitive.
"No, no. Not too sensitive about a situation like this. I mean, it could have been handled in another way," she said.
When asked whether she and her date were acting lewd in any way that would have prompted such a firm response from the security guard, Guerrero said, "We were eating garlic fries. The last thing we wanted to do was make out with each other. Honestly, that's what it was."
Safeco officials are questioning all staff members involved. They refused to discuss details, but did say their security guards would never target same-sex couples


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Security officer stabbed during attack www.privateofficer.com


Omaha NE. May 30 2008

By: Rick McCann

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Sarpy County authorities are looking for a man who assaulted a security officer at an Omaha Public Power District facility on May 16th.
The sheriff's office has released a sketch of the suspect which has been made available to the media and is on their websites..
The sheriff departments said that the attack happened on May 16, 2008 at 3:59 a.m. in the area of 180th and Giles Road.
Investigators say the assailant attacked a security officer and cut the guard with a knife.
The man they are looking for is described as being 5' 6" - 5' 7" tall, weighing 245 pounds. He has black hair and a black mustache.
The man left the scene in an older pickup truck. It is brown with a tan two-tone stripe on the side. The truck is possibly a Ford F-150.
Few other details of the attack has been made public but authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding the suspect.
If you have any information about the man, you are asked to contact the Sarpy County Sheriff's office at 593-4111.

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Schools step up drug testing www.privateofficer.com


Mobile Al. May 30 2008

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Four Mobile County schools will begin random drug testing for students in August, with all of the system's other middle and high schools joining in the program in the winter, according to a plan adopted by the school board Tuesday.
The board, meanwhile, put off a decision to revamp LeFlore Preparatory Academy into a magnet school that would offer pre-medicine and pre-law classes until a meeting Monday at 7:30 a.m.
The drug testing program will be piloted in the fall semester at Vigor and Theodore high schools and at Burns and Denton middle schools.
Students who participate in extra-curricular activities — such as sports, band or clubs — will be placed in a pool with students who drive to school and with students whose parents volunteer them for testing.
Schools Superintendent Roy Nichols estimated that about 10 percent of the students from that pool will be asked to submit urine tests each year.
Students with positive results will be suspended from their extra-curricular activity or from driving to school for 30 days. They and their parents will be encouraged to sign up for drug counseling.
Nichols said the purpose of the drug testing is not to play "gotcha." Rather, he said, it's to give students an excuse not to use drugs.
For example, he said, a student will be able to tell his peers that he doesn't want to smoke marijuana be cause he wants to play football.
"It's a way to protect students by giving them an option to say no," said board member Ken Megginson.
School officials estimate that drug testing at the first four schools will cost $20,000 and go up to about $50,000 when all schools participate. The Mobile Police Department, Mobile County Sheriff's Department and Prichard Police Department have agreed to contribute $5,000 apiece for the pilot program.
About 26 percent of Mobile County's seventh- through 12th-graders have used drugs, according to a recent Alabama Department of Education survey.
Dakota Fox, who just graduated from Midtown Mobile's Murphy High School, said he doesn't use drugs, but he knows other students do. Fox, who was honored at the school board meeting for building a Habitat for Humanity house, said he has mixed feelings about the drug testing.
"It's good that it gives kids an option to say no," Fox said, "but I don't think they'll stop. They'll find a way to get around it."
Fox's classmate Megan Smith, who was also recognized at the meeting for her work with Habit, said the people who participate in extra-curricular activities are not the ones schools should be so worried about.
"We're the ones less likely to use drugs," Smith said. "Obviously, we're motivated by helping our school and helping our community."
Baldwin County Public Schools and several local private schools test students for drug use, but those programs vary. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that public schools can test students that participate in extra-curricular activities.


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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Girl tells court she helped cut off mothers head www.privateofficer.com

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – May 29 2008
By: Rick McCann
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A 12-year-old girl has testified in court that she saw her father kill her mother and that he then forced her to help dismember the body with a circular saw.
Police said after James Hawkins was finished cutting his girlfriend into pieces, he simply cleaned the saw and returned it to a store where he had obtained it.
The gruesome details came out during testimony Wednesday at a preliminary hearing for Hawkins, 30, who is charged with killing and dismembering his girlfriend, Charlene Gaither, on Feb. 9 in their apartment. His case was sent to a grand jury

During the testimony, the girl testified that her father made her help cut off her mother's head, and that she helped cut off Gaither's hands and feet.
The girl said that she had been forced to help.
The testimony of the teenage girl was emotional, intense and gruesome as a picture of the alleged murder and subsequent dismemberment was drawn by the teenager.


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Doctor arrested for sexual abuse www.privateofficer.com


Shelby County Al May 29 2008

By: Rick McCann

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Authorities in this county just south of Birmingham announced that they have arrested a Shelby County doctor who now faces charges of sexual abuse.

John Pavlakovic who is a resident of Shelby County and has a local office off Narrows Parkway off U.S. 280, where the alleged offense was reported to have occurred has been under investigation for several weeks.

Sheriff's deputies began investigating the case April 15, when the adult victim filed a report. After reviewing the case, deputies issued the arrest warrant May 22.

Dr. David John Pavlakovic, 55, turned himself in Wednesday morning at the Shelby County Jail on an outstanding warrant.
Pavlakovic was released the same day on $15,000 bond. He was booked on one count of first-degree sexual abuse.

The sheriff's office didn't release any more details.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Shelby County Sheriff's Office at 669-4181 or by going online to www.shelbyso.com and clicking the "Report Criminal Activity" link.



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Suspect arrested in security officer assault www.privateofficer.com


Martins Perry Ohio May 29 2008

By: Bryan Hill

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A brazen shoplifting turned assault on a security officer was all caught on tape, and local TV news station has learned the suspect may be behind bars, but because of a different crime.
Wheeling police said they arrested 19-year-old Jonathan Murphy for stealing money from an attendant's booth at a Wheeling parking garage.
Martins Perry police said they think Murphy is the same man who was caught on tape stealing food and assaulting a security officer at the Kroger store last week.
Murphy is currently in jail on obstructing and entering without breaking charges from Wheeling police, but Martins Ferry police said more charges are pending.
Martins Ferry police said they're waiting to hear back from Belmont County Prosecutor Chris Berhalter to find out whether Murphy will be facing felony charges in connection with the incident at the Kroger grocery store.
It’s likely that Murphey could face robbery charges and be brought back to Ohio to face those felony charges.

The security officer who was assaulted received only minor injuries and is doing fine but police have not released his name.
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Man arrested at Macy's with sword www.privateofficer.com


NEW YORK City NY May 29 2008 A man who was carrying a rusted pirate's sword while at Macy's flagship store in Manhattan was apprehended by security agents and police and is facing charges of criminal possession of a weapon.

Police say 29-year-old Lawrence Jackson was brandishing the curved sword while visiting Macy's Herald Square store Sunday with his girlfriend.

He told police that he was carrying the sword because he is a member of a kickball team who often wear pirate-themed costumes.

He maintains he was on his way to a game when he was arrested. Police Officer Richard Perrone says Jackson may consider the sword a toy, but he says it is not
Police say that when they approached Jackson about 4 p.m., he dropped his sword. It struck the ground with a clanking noise.


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Sailors arrested for car theft, arson www.privateofficer.com




Chicago Il May 29 2008


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Two sailors ended a Memorial Day visit to Chicago by stealing, then torching the cab returning them to Great Lakes Naval Training Center, Lake County authorities said Tuesday.
The sailors were nabbed Monday night -- less than a mile from the burning taxi. Both now face felony charges that include vehicle theft and criminal damage to property, police said.
After they were arrested, the sailors claimed they were drunk when they allegedly forced the driver to turn over his cab, police said.
''It is a shame at the time of year when we honor those who have given their lives for our country that two members of our military would act in such an unlawful manner,'' Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran said in a statement.
Charged were Terry E. Gappa, 20, of Plymouth, Mass., and Aaron L. Couch, 21, of Monroe, La., both stationed at the Great Lakes facility near North Chicago, Lake County officials said. Both were released on $50,000 recognizance bonds that required no cash deposit, officials said.
The sailors hailed a cab Monday evening in Chicago near Union Station to return to Great Lakes, police said.
As they neared the base, they threatened to kill the driver unless he let them take over the taxi, said Kevin Parker, Lake County sheriff's police deputy chief. Gappa allegedly took the wheel and drove, including a stop to buy beer. The cabbie eventually jumped out.

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Firefighter fired for delaying response to call www.privateofficer.com


Austin TX May 29 2008
Acting Austin Fire Chief Jim Evans has fired a firefighter who delayed the response to a respiratory distress call for two minutes while he went to a restaurant to get something to eat, according to a disciplinary memo.
The actions of Lt. Michael Pooler demonstrated "a shocking neglect of duty," Evans said in the memo.
"Immediate response to 911 calls is the very essence of what it means to be an Austin firefighter. . . . Because of his selfish and highly unprofessional actions, he has no right to remain an Austin firefighter," the memo said.
Fire department spokeswoman Michelle DeCrane said paramedics from Travis County Emergency Medical Services reached the patient before firefighters and canceled the firefighters' response.
The patient's condition is not known.
According to the three-page document, Pooler was assigned to the department's Station 21 on Spicewood Springs Road in Northwest Austin when its crew was dispatched to the Jan. 4 call.
Pooler, who was the on-duty supervisor, then walked away from the fire station to place an order at an adjacent restaurant, the memo said.
Evans wrote that for a person in respiratory distress, two minutes can mean the difference between life and death or permanent brain injury.
Pooler could not immediately be reached for comment.




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Airport has scare with fake bomb www.privateofficer.com


McALLEN TX May 29 2008

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Authorities discovered a fake grenade inside a piece of checked baggage Tuesday morning at McAllen-Miller International Airport.
Transportation Security Administration officials were alerted to a suspicious object inside a red and black suitcase about 9:15 a.m. as it passed through regular security screenings.
Following airport protocol, the McAllen Police Department's Bomb Response Unit inspected the bag outside of the terminal and found a novelty grenade attached to a wooden plaque. The bag was bound for Houston on a Continental Airlines flight. No flights were disrupted.
TSA officials continue to investigate the incident and will decide whether the passenger - whose identity was not revealed - will face any sanctions.
McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said the investigation revealed that it "wasn't a matter of concern."
And TSA spokeswoman Andrea McCauley said the airport "highly encourages" people to not travel with weapon replicas.
"When it comes to our technology, we don't know if it's real or a novelty item," McCauley said.
Tuesday's incident was the first bomb scare at the McAllen airport in 2008, but it was not only the incident at the airport in recent years.
Between August and September 2007, a series of bomb scares involved Juan Rodrigo Rodriguez, a 19-year-old U.S citizen living in Reynosa, who pleaded guilty in December to having caused four bomb scares at the airport during one month.
And in October 2005, Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-Mission, was arrested after security screeners discovered a 9 mm handgun in his briefcase as he attempted to board a plane at the airport. Hidalgo County District Attorney Rene Guerra did not pursue criminal charges against Hinojosa, saying in November 2005 that he could not prove any criminal intent by the state senator during the incident.


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Security agent seriously injured stopping shoplifter www.privateofficer.com


Toledo OH May 29 2008

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Police say that they were called to a local store after the security officer, from the Elder Beerman on Secor, suffered serious injuries as he tried to detain a shoplifter.
Police say that the security agent was trying to stop a shoplifting suspect who stole a DVD recorder from Elder Beerman.

As the security officer chased him out the door, the suspect allegedly slammed the glass door in the security officer’s face and that the glass shattered and cut the 28-year-old man on his face and hands.
Ken Leslie was in the parking lot when it all went down. "When I came across this corner, I saw a guy running along, and at first I thought I might have been one of the security guards chasing somebody." It was the suspect trying to get away. Leslie says he made a quick u-turn and chased the suspect. "Followed him across the store to the Home Depot in my car, and then he went through the shopping center, and I got out of my car to chase him, and that's when I lost him in the shopping center," says Leslie

Police say that they did recovered the stolen property, but are still looking for the suspect. Police say the suspect is in his late 20's or 30's, 5'11" to 6', and muscular with light brown spiky hair. He was wearing a black dress shirt with a white t-shirt underneath, blue jeans, and white sneakers. If you recognize him, call Crimestopper at 419-255-1111.
Police say the security officer was taken to an area hospital by paramedics and that he was hurt so bad, he may be scarred for life.

Once caught, the shoplifter faces aggravated assault and robbery charges an officer said.


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Retired LAPD cops living good working security www.privateofficer.com


from Daily News Los Angeles
by Rachel Uranga, Staff Writer
Los Angeles Ca. May 29 2008


For years, more than 100 retired Los Angeles police officers have worked as in-uniform security on movie and TV sets throughout the Southland, making good money as independent contractors with law enforcement credibility.
Now, Los Angeles Police Department officials are examining the cozy relationship between its retirees and Hollywood, saying they're simply trying to improve standards for retired cops while maintaining a good relationship with the studios.
"The issue we have with the job they have is that they are representing the film industry but they are wearing LAPD uniforms," said Cmdr. Bill Fierro, executive officer of the LAPD's Support Services Division. "You can see the liability if we had a huge car accident where we are filming."
Unlike most other departments in the country, including the New York City Police Department and the California Highway Patrol, the LAPD allows retired officers to wear their uniforms and badges and even carry their guns for post-retirement jobs. But there is little oversight or supervision, and they look so legitimate, many observers don't know they're retired.
Hollywood opposes any move to do away with using retired officers, and the officers themselves, who can make $50 an hour, are on the defensive.
In February, LAPD Chief William Bratton ordered all retired officers to undergo biannual firearms testing and demanded that they strip arm patches denoting rank from their uniform.
LAPD officials say they also have assigned an officer to check that retired officers are properly carrying out movie permits and directing traffic.
"It's a power grab," said Al Ruvalcaba, a board member of the Motion Picture Officer Association that represents more than 100 retired cops.
Ruvalcaba fears that the LAPD will eventually take over the informal system of contractors who directly deal with studios to find retired officers and replace it with a contract service bureau similar to the CHP's setup, which he estimates will cost $1.5 million.
Under that setup, off-duty officers sign up to work on sets for overtime. But the Motion Picture Association complains that off-duty LAPD officers can't work 12-hour-plus shifts on sets as retired officers can. The industry estimates that forcing off-duty officers to replace retired ones could double or triple their costs.
"We think that the retired officers serve our industry well; if it's not broken, don't fix it," said Melissa Patack, vice president of state governmental affairs for the association. "Anything that makes it less efficient or potentially could add cost could negatively impact production."
Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who oversees the Public Works Committee, which took up the issue a few weeks ago, said he plans to gather industry heads, cops and retirees to settle the issue.
But even Councilman Dennis Zine, himself a retired officer, said uniformed retired officers pose a substantial liability to the city.
"The public can't tell the difference between them and the real thing," he said. "There has to be qualification standards, grooming standards. I have deep respect for retired officers but they don't have to comply with the standards that active officers had."



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Shoplifter arrested 61 times www.privateofficer.com


NEW HARTFORD NY May 29 2008 - On Friday, the New Hartford Police Department was called to Hannaford located on Commercial Drive regarding a shoplifter that was running from store loss prevention officers.
The man later identified as Stanley J. Ruszala, 47, was observed stealing over $250 worth of razor blades from the store. A short time later, Ruszala, who gave police a New York Mills address was arrested by the New Hartford Police after police found him operating a vehicle on Elizabeth Street in the City of Utica.
Ruszala was charged with petit larceny and trespass for this incident at Hannaford.
A check of Ruszala's criminal history revealed that he has been arrested sixty times prior to May 23, stemming back to 1987. Most of the arrests resulted in charges such as petit larceny, grand larceny, forgery, issuing bad checks, as well as several drug possession arrests, and a DWI arrest .
Ruszala was arraigned in the Town of New Hartford Court and remanded to the Oneida County Jail on $2,000 bail.



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Teacher arrested for underage relationship www.privateofficer.com


DALLAS, Ga. May 29 2008

By: Rick McCann

Ntl. Assoc. Private Officers

http://www.privateofficer.com/ In a small rural county just north of the Atlanta metro, a local high school teacher in Paulding County is accused of having "inappropriate sexual contact" with a 17-year-old female student according to sheriff investigators.
The sheriff's office say that they first received a complaint against Darrel Johnson on May 16, 2008. Investigators began looking into the allegations and were able to secure an arrest warrant for the teacher based on the original complaint.
Johnson was arrested Tuesday and charged with one count of sexual assault.
Johnson has since resigned from the Paulding County School System citing unrelated issues before his arrest, officials said.
"We ask any other students or persons that may have had inappropriate contact with Mr. Johnson to please contact the Paulding County Sheriff's Office Crimes Against Children Unit," said Sgt. Brent Miller. "We will handle each allegation in a thorough manner to ensure that appropriate action is taken."
The phone number to the Paulding County Sheriff's Office Crimes Against Children unit is 770-445-6105.




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Four arrested for theft of designer purses valued at $23,000 www.privateofficer.com


ATLANTA GA May 29 2008

By: Rick McCann

Ntl. Assoc. Private Officers

http://www.privateofficer.com/ Four men are in police custody after a shoplifting at an area mall, a chase by security and a shopper and a traffic stop conducted by Atlanta police.
Atlanta police were notified that the four had been involved in a theft of handbags and soon located and caught them in a stolen car full of $23,000 worth of designer bags.
Police say the four men entered the Saks Fifth Avenue at Phipps Plaza just before 5:00 Tuesday night.

They went straight for the designer bags. Investigators say the men filled their arms with the pricey bags then ran for the door.
Someone on scene spotted the license plate of the get-away vehicle and gave it to authorities.
Atlanta police radioed that information and quickly cornered the car.

Inside, they found four men and more than a dozen Prada and Louis Vuitton handbags.
Atlanta police say the four men will appear in line-ups for witnesses of other smash-and-grabs in the area.
Investigators did not release the mens names because the investigation is on-going and the four could face more charges.

Police will also study surveillance video of previous theft crimes to see if the men are connected to any other crimes.

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