Thursday, April 30, 2009

Police, security subdue disorderly person at Sea-World www.privateofficer.com


Orlando Fla April 30 2009
orlandosentinel.com
A sweaty, shirtless man on LSD was shot with a stun gun several times after trying to enter SeaWorld Orlando without paying, according to an Orange County sheriff's report released Wednesday.

Nicholas Casanova, 23, of Miami, wielded a more than 30-inch-wide recycling bin cover as a shield and repeatedly shouted "never, never!" during a scuffle with deputies about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Minutes before the scuffle, Deputy Christopher Barrette, a uniformed, off-duty deputy, spotted Casanova trying to enter the park without paying. He was shirtless, which is a violation of park rules, and sweated profusely, the report states.

Barrette approached him, and Casanova left. He re-entered about 5 minutes later and exited, and the deputy approached again. Casanova ignored him, so the deputy touched him on his right arm.

Casanova broke away, beginning the scuffle that would land him in the Orange County Jail.

Worried Casanova would act violently against nearby park guests, the deputy tackled him, and a security guard sat on his legs. Casanova broke free, and Barrette shocked him with a stun gun.

"Never," Casanova said.

Barrette shot him again.

"Never," Casanova repeated. Barrette fired once more.

"OK, OK," Casanova replied.

But when Barrette tried to handcuff him, Casanova fought, and Barrette received a minor cut from the handcuff.

Casanova made his way to a bench near a recycling can as Barrette shocked him repeatedly, then grabbed the can's lid and swung it at the deputy. Afterward, he ran to a rope fence and tried to jump into a nearby water feature.

Deputies used the rope to restrain Casanova. He was taken to Dr. P. Philips Hospital, where tests showed he had LSD in his bloodstream.

Casanova faces counts of battery on a law-enforcement officer, battery on a security officer, resisting an officer with violence, disorderly conduct, aggravated assault on a law-enforcement officer, and assault on a licensed uniformed security officer.

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Frequent shoplifter nabbed again www.privateofficer.com


Watertown MA April 30 2009

Police reponded on April 21 at 5:30 p.m. to assist security agents at the Marshalls store located in the Arsenal Mall on Arsenal Street for a shoplifting report.
Security was detaining a female shoplifter who had attempted to flee with unpaid merchandise.
Jaime L. Lyons, 43, of 54 West Concord St. 4 in Boston was arrested for larceny and outstanding warrants.
According to store security personnel, she allegedly had taken about $150 worth of items off racks and placed them in a Target shopping bag she had brought into the store.
Lyons was charged with shoplifting over $100 worth of merchandise and on two shoplifting warrants.
Lyons was transported to the jail and was being held on a bond release.


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Charlotte teacher arrested for student relationship www.privateofficer.com


Charlotte NC April 30 2009
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Youth Crime/Domestic Violence detectives signed warrants on Ryan Patrick Marshall (DOB 3/5/1972) for taking indecent liberties with a child and disseminating harmful material to minors.

Mr. Marshall is employed by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as a 7th grade English teacher at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in northeast Charlotte. The victim in this incident attends the shcool.
At approximately 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Mr. Marshall was arrested without incident at 2329 Century Oaks Lane by University City Division officers.

Mr. Marshall was transported to police headquarters to be interviewed by detectives. Once interviewed by detectives he will be transported to the Mecklenburg County Jail.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Law Enforcement worked in a collaborative effort throughout this entire investigation.

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Guard charged with computer thefts www.privateofficer.com


Johnston PA April 30 2009
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A former security guard at a Johnstown business is accused of stealing nearly $50,000 in company computers.
And as police closed in, authorities said, he took 80 of the computers into a wooded area and set them on fire.
Nathan Patrick Binnie, 26, of Iolite Avenue, Johnstown, was charged by city detectives with burglary, arson, criminal trespass, receiving stolen property, tampering with evidence and conspiracy.

In an affidavit of probable cause, police said that 94 computers – towers, monitors, keyboards and a mouse for each – were stolen from a storage facility of Intermedia Marketing, 1003 Broad St.
Binnie was a security guard and quit after it was discovered the equipment was missing, police said.
Witnesses told police they saw a blue van in the area during the week in January when the equipment was stolen. That led police to question Binnie, who drove a blue Dodge Caravan.
At least two people said Binnie stashed some of the computers at their homes, police said.
Binnie later admitted taking the equipment, authorities said.

After news of the incident got out, he took about 80 of the machines into a wooded area behind St. Therese Roman Catholic Church on Decker Avenue and set them on fire, authorities said.
Binnie was arraigned Monday by District Judge Max Pavlovich of Richland Township, the on-call magistrate, and sent to the Cambria County Prison after failing to post $50,000 bond

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Teacher arrested for having sex with 10yr old www.privateofficer.com


DURHAM NC April 30 2009 (WTVD) -- A 40-year-old teacher's assistant at Creekside Elementary is charged with having sex with a 10-year-old boy.
Investigators say Gina Marie Watring had intercourse with the child on at least two occasions in April --the first, three weeks ago and a second last Tuesday. Durham officials will not comment about where the incidents happened.
Watring is faces two counts of first-degree sex offense with a student.
Creekside Elementary School is on Ephesus Church Road in south Durham. She was a teacher's assistant in music and dance.
Her name is no longer listed in the school's online directory, but a description of her courses are still laid out for parents to see.
One parent says she's speechless and describes Watring as a nice woman.
School officials say Watring started working at Creekside in November 2006. She is no longer working for the school as of Tuesday.
A source tells Eyewitness News that Watring's cell phone records, including text messages and a computer, are part of an on going investigation.
School officials say they will not release a statement on the matter.
Watring turned herself in to investigators on Wednesday. She is currently in the Durham County Jail. Her bond is set at $100,000.
Watring's first court appearance is scheduled for Thursday morning

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NC Police arrest 17 security guards in sweep www.privateofficer.com


GREENSBORO, N.C. APRIL 30 2009 — Police in a North Carolina city have charged 17 security guards at nightclubs with operating without a proper license.
The News & Record of Greensboro reported that police targeted six clubs over the weekend. The sweep occurred after three major crimes, including a homicide, happened at clubs since Easter. Assistant Greensboro Police Chief Dwight Crotts said the checks weren't in response to the crimes and already had been planned.
State law requires that anyone working as a security guard or bouncer be licensed or be employees of the club where they are working.
Police said two bouncers were armed and another was charged with possession with intent to sell marijuana.

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Tulsa police, security team up to fight crime www.privateofficer.com


Tulsa OK April 30 2009
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There's a new security force in some high crime neighborhoods. It's a partnership that officers say targets a source of the problem in many crime-ridden areas and apartment complexes.
It's an effort between Tulsa police officers and security guards at housing complexes. Officers say its good for those who live in the complexes and those who live nearby. James Stevenson lives just doors down from one of the housing complexes in North Tulsa and knows a lot of people who live there, he says they too are fed up with violence. He says he's lost several friends in senseless shootings, one of his friends remains in critical condition from the shooting that happened at a housing complex last week, police say an innocent victim.
"We've been having problems with a lot of the complexes in north Tulsa ," says Tulsa Police Officer Heather Weakley. Officers are now expanding their efforts to take a proactive approach to stop the crime in a place where they say it often starts.
"We know a lot of the problems are from those sources," says Weakley. "Tulsa police does strive to have a good working relationship with the complexes."
Now officers are working with security guards at the complexes. "It makes it a lot easier they're are eyes and ears," says Weakley.
Aaron is the Vice-President of "Global Elite Security" he supervises more than thirty security officers in housing complexes throughout Tulsa. He's seen the difference working together can make.
"It is helpful it does decrease on the amount of crime, drugs, and violence." Now James and others hope it makes a difference in their community.
"I know a lot of this crimes that's going on they can stop it," says Stevenson.

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Gwinnett County deputy sheriff killed in dispute www.privateofficer.com


DACULA, Ga. April 30 2009
wbstv.com -- An off-duty Gwinnett County sheriff's deputy was shot and killed early Thursday morning.
Corporal D. P. Schiralli, the spokesman for the Gwinnett County police department, sent an e-mail to WSB-TV Channel 2 saying the deputy was shot at 2770 Austin Ridge Drive in Dacula.
Gwinnett Sheriff Butch Conway told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the man, who he described as an experienced deputy, was shot during a domestic dispute.
Officers found the victim at the house and he was taken to Gwinnett County Medical Center where he died.
Officials at the sheriff's department identified the victim as Don Bassett, a 17 year veteran of the department.
Police are questioning a woman who was inside the house when they arrived. They identified her as Morgan Schrader.

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Second driver charged in drag racing deaths in Charlotte www.privateofficer.com


CHARLOTTE, N.C. April 30 2009 -- A judge set bond Wednesday for the second driver charged in a deadly street racing crash.
Carlene Atkinson, 44, turned herself in to police Tuesday.
Police said she was racing 20-year-old Tyler Stasko earlier this month when Stasko crashed into another car, killing a woman, her 2-year-old daughter and a boy in his car.
Atkinson is facing three counts of second-degree murder.

The judge set bond at $3 million.
Stasko bonded out of jail last week.

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Security officer injured in crash www.privateofficer.com


Honolulu HI April 30 2009
By: Rick McCann
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Authorities said that an accident involving a moving truck sent a private security officer to the hospital with minor injuries yesterday. Police said that the truck collided with a guard shack at The Waterfront at Puuloa .

Rescue responders said that a security guard with Securitas was injured slightly, but was seen walking after the accident but she was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital for observation.
Police are investigating the accident and are not sure what caused the crash.
Police did not release the names of the driver or the security officer.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Security officers aid in burglary arrest www.privateofficer.com


Colorado Springs CO April 29 2009
Colorado Springs officers were dispatched to the Citadel Mall, late Tuesday morning, regarding a possible car break-in in progress.

As the officers responded, Mall Security advised CSPD Dispatchers that the suspect was running westbound. Officer Scott Carnes checked the neighborhood west of the mall and observed a suspect matching the description given by mall security.

The suspect ducked into the backyards of Kingsley as other units set up a tight perimeter. K-9 officers were requested and responded quickly. Immediately upon initiating a K9 search, the suspect was found hiding in a large trash can with its lid closed.

Officers learned the suspect was 19 year-old Michael Swanson who was also wanted on a Felony warrant in another case. Swanson was arrested for attempted Motor Vehicle theft.

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Recent shoplifting arrests in Natick www.privateofficer.com


NATICK MA April 29 2009 - Three local teens were arrested Friday night at Burlington Coat Factory on Speen Street on theft charges, police said.
Vanessa Tanaira Cruz, 17, of 99 West Central St., Natick, was arrested at 7:40 p.m. and charged with larceny over $250, forgery of a document and uttering a false document, police said.
Michelle Maria Enos, 17, of 775 Central St., Holliston, was arrested at 9:07 p.m. and charged with larceny over $250 and conspiracy, police said.
Yvette Reyes, 17, of 11 Milton St., Framingham, was arrested at 9:25 p.m. and charged with shoplifting over $100, police said.

NATICK - A Worcester woman was arrested Friday and charged with shoplifting over $100in merchandise, police said.
Jartu Treh, 22, of 150 Chandler St., was arrested at the J.C. Penney at 2:03 p.m., police said

MILFORD - A North Providence, R.I., man was arrested Friday at Kohl's Department store on Medway Road, police said.
Steven M. Verdone, 45, of 24 Olney Ave., Floor 3, was charged with shoplifting merchandise valued over $100 and larceny over $250, police said.


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Riding an ATV could land Alabamians in jail www.privateofficer.com


Mobile Al April 29 2009

Al.com ATV riders are chewing up terrain and tax dollars, according to state and local officials, who are cracking down on riders.
All-terrain vehicles roaring down roadsides are causing erosion and landslides and wreaking havoc on construction projects, according to the Alabama Department of Transportation.
About a month ago, the department extended an offer to the Mobile County Sheriff's Office: Patrol state and federal roadways for illegal ATV driving, and ALDOT will pay the deputies' hourly wages while they search, according to Sheriff's Office officials
Since then, deputies have issued 43 trespassing citations to ATV drivers, according to ALDOT records as of late last week.
The citations have been for riding along Interstate 10 and the unopened portion of the new U.S. 98, according to the records.
Recently, deputies arrested three ATV drivers for trespassing. One was taken into custody for a previous warrant, and another on a drug possession charge, according to ALDOT.
"We get eight to 10 calls a day from people complaining about ATV riders," said Sheriff's Office Sgt. Wayne Goolsby, who oversees the ATV patrols. "And we probably make two to three arrests each weekend."
Goolsby's rule: "If it's not your property or you don't have a prior agreement, you're not supposed to be on it."
First-time offenders are issued a warning, and Goolsby said their names are put on a computerized list to ferret out repeat offenders. More than 400 names are on the list.
Second-time offenders are ticketed and can be arrested, Goolsby said.
ALDOT spokeswoman Rebecca Leigh White said the department is pushing enforcement in Mobile County alone because "that's where we are predominantly seeing damage, and in our initial effort, we are concentrating on where the damage has been most severe.
Tony Harris, special assistant to ALDOT's director, said that ATV's have caused more than $300,000 in damage statewide so far this year.
"Damage caused by ATVs along state roadways and rights-of-way has a bottom-line impact on the taxpayers," Harris said in a release.
In 2008, the state spent more than $100,000 to repair slope damage caused by ATVs, so there is an obvious worsening trend. That's why we're working with local law enforcement to prevent illegal riding and to be good fiscal and environmental stewards."
Goolsby said, "Ninety-nine percent of people who ride ATVs are good people. But it's that one percent that does the destruction. ALDOT may make an embankment, let's say, and it takes months to build. ATV drivers will destroy it in three hours."
In addition to patrolling I-10, Ala. 158 and the new U.S. 98 bypass for ALDOT, deputies also have focused enforcement ef forts along the Escatawpa River, McDonald Road and Padgett Switch Road.
Goolsby said deputies, about six to 10 a shift, ride on horseback, in boats and in vehicles to spot drivers beckoned by wooded areas, dirt roads and construction zones.
Though ALDOT just extended its hand to the Sheriff's Office this month, Goolsby said, he and other deputies began combating illegal ATVs about three years ago after complaints began pouring in from residents whose property had been damaged.
"It's been this way for a while," Goolsby said. "It starts up in the spring each year and then after Labor Day, it calms down.
"Some have been riding for years, and their attitude is, 'I didn't do that damage, I'm just riding the trail,'" he continued. "Every one of them is actually doing the damage. They are compounding the damage."

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Cleveland school fight lands 9 in jail www.privateofficer.com


CLEVELAND OH April 29 2009
Brett Davis
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http://www.privateofficer.com/ – Police reported that nine students were taken into custody Tuesday following a fight at Cleveland's South High School.
A district spokeswoman says the incident involved a fight among girls that had started off campus last night and carried over into the school.

A number of altercations also took place among male students. It happened on the school's second floor.
Cleveland police officers assigned to the building used pepper spray to help break up the fight. A Cleveland Metropolitan School District security officer was hurt assisting officers. The injuries were described as minor.
The nine students were booked on aggravated riot and criminal activity on school property charges.
The school was then placed on lockdown.

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Deputy sheriff resigns after wife steals patrol car www.privateofficer.com


LAKELAND, Fla., April 28 2009 (UPI) -- A Polk County, Fla., deputy with 21 years service resigned after his wife, a convicted felon, took his patrol car for a spin, sheriff's officials said.
Deputy Charles Buckner, 44, turned in his badge after his wife, Gail Buckner, 38, allegedly used the car for a joy ride in Lakeland with her mother, Sharon Cooper, 54, and a friend, Alexander James Quintasket, 19, also a convicted a felon, The Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported Tuesday.
The two women were charged with vehicle theft, theft of a firearm and impersonating a law-enforcement officer, arrest documents said.

Gail Buckner also faces charges of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Quintasket was arrested on similar charges.
The three were arrested Sunday after another sheriff's deputy spotted the patrol car driving erratically and followed it to the Buckner home, the Sentinel reported, adding no information was immediately available on Gail Buckner and Quintasket's convictions.

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Security officer charged in UPS thefts www.privateofficer.com

Berea, OH April 29 2009
By: Rick McCann
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- A security guard whose job it was to monitor a UPS warehouse was caught on camera-- stealing cameras!
Police have arrested Michael Mencke is also accused of stealing a GPS unit, a cell phone and more.
Apparently Mr. Mencke was taken into custody after UPS authorities discovered the thefts when they reviewed the video.
Mencke failed to appear in court and has been rearrested.

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TSA to take over some subway security duties www.privateofficer.com


New York City NY April 29 2009 MYFOXNY
The New York Police Department is shrinking, and the department can't hire the number of cops it would like to.
Fox 5 News has learned that help is coming from security screeners at the area airports.
They'll be replacing some police officers in the subway who do bag searches.
But some critics say this is just another clear example that the economy has affected security.
Within the next two months, Transportation Security Administration bag screeners from Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty airports will be replacing most NYPD cops in the subway that screen bags for explosives.
Because of the police officer shortage, the NYPD needs to take these police officers and put them on the street to fight crime.
The TSA would not confirm this program is taking place, but did tell Fox 5 News that a program like this would not affect safety at area airports.
This is how it would work: About 30 TSA screeners a day will be pulled from the three area airports Monday through Friday to inspect bags at various subway locations throughout the city.
At each location they'll be teamed up with one police officer instead of the two or three officers you currently see at inspection sites.
The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association is blasting the plan, saying despite the city's financial crisis the city needs to hire more cops.
According to the PBA, the city has 4,000 fewer cops on the street than it did in 2001.
"There are not enough police officers in New York City to effectively fight crime and terrorism simultaneously and (having to implement) this kind of program is verification of that fact," the PBA said in a statement.
Plus the union says searching bags in a subway could turn "dangerous and deadly," which TSA screeners aren't trained or armed to handle.
The TSA workers have had three hours of classroom training regarding legal issues and subway safety and three hours of training on the equipment used to screen bags.
Officials, the NYPD has said this not a done deal yet, even though sources have told Fox 5 that it is going to happen.

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Hospital security aids in capture of carjacking suspect www.privateofficer.com


Rocklin CA April 29 2009
Early Sunday morning, Roseville Police officers arrested a woman on suspicion of carjacking and several other charges.
At 1:11 a.m. Sunday, April 26, Roseville Police officers responded to a carjacking that had just occurred in the parking lot of Kaiser Hospital, 1600 Eureka Rd. A 74-year-old Carmichael man reported that he had just parked his Mazda sedan when he was approached by a woman who demanded his car keys, threatening that she would stab him with an HIV-contaminated needle if he didn't comply. No needle or other weapon was seen. The victim relinquished his keys to the suspect, and she got into the car and drove away.
Kaiser's security staff followed the stolen vehicle, keeping Roseville police dispatchers informed about its location until Roseville Police officers arrived in the area. The suspect evaded officers, driving in a reckless manner from East Roseville Parkway through residential neighborhoods in Granite Bay. Officers stopped and arrested the suspect in the 9800 block of Wesbourne Way in Granite Bay.
Amber Arlene Page, 29, no permanent address, was arrested on suspicion of carjacking, robbery, vehicle theft, making criminal threats, assault with a deadly weapon, recklessly evading a police officer, resisting arrest and driving under the influence of alcohol. She is being held in the Placer County Jail on $75,000 bail.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Security officer shoots, kills bank robber www.privateofficer.com


STOCKTON, CA April 28 2009- Stockton police said a suspected robber was fatally shot by an armored truck employee who interrupted a robbery at a bank just outside Weberstown Mall Monday morning.
Police said events unfolded just after 11:30 a.m. at the Bank of the West in the shopping center parking lot, which is located at 4950 Pacific Avenue.
According to police, the armored car employee entered the bank just as the robbery was taking place. There was a confrontation, police said, and the alleged robber, a man in his 30s, was shot. He did not survive, police said.
Diane Kern was at a bank teller's window when the shooting happened behind her.
"All of a sudden I heard a bang, and between the two of us, we jumped. It's scary. I turned around and he was laying there on the ground," Kern said.
For much of the day, police investigators detained and questioned a woman who was with the suspected bank robber. She didn't go in the bank, and police said she didn't know a robbery was taking the place. She was the wife of the dead man and will not be arrested, police said.


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Triple murder leaves small Alabama community in shock www.privateofficer.com


Fairhope AL April 28 2009 al.com

A man wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of three persons in south Baldwin County on Saturday night was killed Sunday afternoon in a high-speed gunbattle with deputies on Interstate 10, Mobile County Sheriff Sam Cochran said.
William Odel Wood II, 37, of Semmes, was shot in the eastbound lanes of I-10 between the north Interstate 65 off-ramp and the on-ramp lanes from the southbound I-65. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Cochran said. None of the deputies involved was injured.
Wood had been the object of a manhunt since about 11 p.m. Saturday, when Fairhope police were called to Speed Tech Automotive, a combination home and business on U.S. 98 in the Barnwell community south of Fairhope

Police and Baldwin County deputies found four persons shot at the location. Three of the four were pronounced dead at the scene, and the fourth, a 33-year-old woman, was able to identify Wood as the man who attacked them with a high-powered rifle.
Names of the victims have not been released pending notification of relatives.
Cochran said a member of the U.S. Marshals Service assisting the investigation got word that Wood was in the Bayleys Corner community near Ala. 193 and Fowl River Road Sunday afternoon.
An undercover officer spotted Wood's black 1994 Chevrolet Blazer in the area about 3:30 p.m. and followed it north on Ala. 193 from a distance while calling for assistance, Cochran said.
When Wood reached the Rangeline Road section of Ala. 193, he realized he was being followed and sped up, and eventually marked deputy cars began pursuing him as well, according to Cochran.
The chase intensified as Wood turned onto eastbound I-10. There is about a three-mile stretch of freeway between Rangeline Road and the next exit, the I-65 interchange.
Along this stretch, Cochran said, Wood's truck clipped another vehicle but did not injure the occupant, and he also accelerated to speeds reaching 100 mph.
Near the Riviere du Chien Road overpass, Wood opened fire on the two deputies pursuing him, Cochran said, and the deputies returned fire. After the gunfight, Wood's Blazer was left turned partly around on the north shoulder of the road.
Mobile County District Attorney John Tyson said Wood used both a high-powered rifle and a pistol to fire on the deputies. "While the investigation is still going on, it appears to be a justified, clean shooting," Tyson said.
Neither Tyson nor Cochran would identify the deputies involved in the shooting. Both said it was Wood who fired first.
Tyson noted Wood was a man with serious personal troubles. He said Wood suffered from a disease that required him to wear a colostomy bag.
A colostomy is a surgical procedure that attaches a part of the colon to the abdominal wall, leaving the patient with an opening on the abdomen where the bag is attached.
Tyson said Wood's son was killed in a traffic accident in front of the same location where the triple homicide took place.
In March, William Austin Wood, 4, was killed when a pickup truck driven by a neighbor, 41-year-old John Michael Burnette, struck the boy, according to Alabama State Troopers.
Jesse Warrick, in an interview last month, said Melanie Wood, the boy's mother, was watching William and his 9-year-old sister when William went into the road to catch up with a skateboard.
Online court records indicate Wood was arrested in February on charges of first-degree burglary and attempted murder in connection with what police said was a drug-related stabbing in Saraland. Records show Wood was released on bail on those charges, and his case was bound over to the grand jury earlier this month.

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Police charge two with felony theft at JC Penney www.privateofficer.com


St. Cloud MN April 28 2009
Local police have arrested two women on felony theft charges after St. Cloud Police responded to a shoplifting complaint.
Officers said that they were dispatched at 8 p.m. Friday to the J.C. Penney, 4201 Division St. W, St. Cloud.
An investigation by loss prevention agents showed that the two had taken about $1,100 worth of merchandise from the store. Agents were able to apprehend the suspects as they left and detain them in the security officer until police could arrive.
Denise Feather, 33, of Minneapolis and Karla Roberts, 27, of St. Louis Park were arrested during the investigation, according to the police report.
Feather faces possible felony theft charges and Roberts faces a possible charge of felony aiding and abetting theft. Both women were taken to Stearns County Jail.

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Hospital disturbance lands man in jail www.privateofficer.com

Santa Barbara Ca. April 28 2009
Brett Davis
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Security personnel at Cottage Hospital called police after a man began causing a disturbance.
They informed officers that the suspect, a 24-year-old man, frequently goes to the emergency room seeking narcotics.
On this particular occasion, the suspect complained of stomach pain. Despite being treated and released, he refused to leave the hospital.
Security officials escorted him off the property, but he turned around and tried to push past them.
Hospital security used pepper spray to subdue the 24-year-old until police arrived. Authorities booked the man into jail on $2,500 bail for disturbing the peace.


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GA. Target store shopper killed in parking lot www.privateofficer.com


SNELLVILLE, Ga. April 28 2009 -- A mother was shot and killed Sunday in a busy Snellville Target store parking lot.
Police said the victim, identified as 25-year-old Heather Struble, had just picked up her 18-month-old son during a custody swap outside the store at 1905 Scenic Highway.
"The person who dropped the child off had driven away and another person in the parking lot apparently walked over and approached the lady," said Chief Roy Whitehead of the Snellville Police Department.
Witnesses told the police they saw Struble arguing with the man.

"They didn't hear specific words, it was just loud and very animated; that is what was reported to us," said Whitehead.
With the child strapped into a safety seat inside the Struble's Chevrolet Tahoe SUV, the man pulled a gun and opened fire.
"He apparently pulled a weapon and shot her in the head and then he walked away," Whitehead said.
Police said the killer was wearing a wig and a fake mustache.
Investigators hope security cameras at the store will give them a look at the gunman.
The child was not hurt and was picked up by relatives.

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Chargers player Phillips arrested by security after assault www.privateofficer.com


San Diego CA April 28 2009
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Chargers linebacker Shaun Phillips was cited for misdemeanor battery early Saturday morning after a security guard at a rooftop bar in downtown San Diego said the linebacker hit him in the face, police said.
The incident was reported about 1:25 a.m. at the Ivy Hotel on F Street, San Diego police said.
Police spokeswoman Mónica Muñoz said there was a brawl at the bar that precipitated the incident. She said neither Phillips nor any other Charger was involved in the brawl.
In a written report on the incident, San Diego police Officer J. Denny said he and another officer responded to a call about a fight at the Ivy.
Denny said that a security guard had been called to the rooftop bar to break up a fight, and that Phillips “used his right hand to hit (the guard) in the left side of his face.”
The security guard placed Phillips under citizen's arrest for battery, Denny said, and the officer later cited Phillips and released him on his written promise to appear for a misdemeanor arraignment.
It was the second time this month that Phillips, 27, was involved in a battery incident, police said.
Officers said that on April 11, a security guard at the Stingaree club on Sixth Avenue said Phillips choked and punched him. The guard reported the incident several hours later.
Phillips was named as a suspect but was not arrested or cited, Muñoz said.
James Brennan, owner of the Stingaree, said yesterday that the April 11 incident was “blown way out of proportion” and involved Shaun Phillips'brother, not Phillips. He said the security guard has since “recanted” his statement to police that he was assaulted.
“After speaking with our security guard, he agreed that he was maybe a little out of line on what his memory was of how the incident took place, and he has since dropped the charges and moved on,” Brennan said.
Phillips yesterday denied that he had anything to do with the incident at the Ivy.
“It was somebody else's mishap. It had nothing to do with me or my teammates,” Phillips said.
He confirmed that he received a citation and said the officer was “just doing his job based on one person's account.”
“There is video of the whole thing, and it won't show me anywhere in the vicinity,” Phillips said.
He also said that the incident at the Stingaree was “another misunderstanding” and pointed out he was not cited or taken into custody. He said fingers are pointed at him only because he is a “recognizable face.”
“You don't see me in handcuffs, don't see me in the back of a police car,” Phillips said.
Blake Marnell, 44, said he was walking home early Saturday after a late dinner following a Padres game and saw police officers outside the Ivy talking to a man in a Bentley as a security guard stood by. Marnell said he heard someone say that the car's driver was Phillips.
When officers asked the security guard if he wanted to press charges, Marnell said the the guard said yes.
Marnell said Chargers player Shawne Merriman also was outside the hotel and he heard him talking on his cell phone, asking for someone to come to the hotel to assist them. He said he heard police officers saying to each other that Merriman was not involved.
An officer wrote the driver of the Bentley a ticket, and the driver shook hands with the officer and drove off, Marnell said.
Police then got a camera and took pictures of the security guard's face, Marnell said.
Everything appeared orderly and businesslike, Marnell said, and he did not see police conducting any kind of sobriety tests.
Merriman said yesterday that he was called to the hotel to help a teammate, but he declined further comment.
A spokeswoman for the Ivy said the establishment had no comment.
In a statement, Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith said yesterday: “It's disappointing to hear about the issue involving Shaun Phillips. We'll continue to monitor the situation and let the legal process run its course.”
Phillips also was arrested in April 2006 for an altercation with a patrol officer in San Diego. The City Attorney's Office declined to file charges after reviewing the case.

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Ohio music teacher charged for sex with student www.privateofficer.com


MENTOR, Ohio April 28 2009 -- Mentor Police have arrested an elementary music school teacher who allegedly had sex with a student.

Monday, 35-year-old Barry Valentine was arraigned on a rape charge. Mentor Police say Valentine forced a then 15-year-old student into an unwanted sexual relationship. The first alleged assault happened at band camp, at Memorial Junior High, in the summer of 2007.

Valentine was arrested Friday, after the alleged victim told her parents. The Mentor School District removed Valentine from their faculty.

Dr. Jacqueline Hoynes, The Mentor Schools Superintendent says, "we are outraged and saddened that a teacher in our district allegedly abused his position of trust to victimize a student and we'll continue to offer our full cooperation with the police to ensure that this individual is brought to justice and to make sure no other students were harmed in any way."

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Hotel security officer assaulted, man charged www.privateofficer.com


Myrtle Beach SC April 28 2009
A Myrtle Beach man was charged with assault after he hit a motel security officer who asked him to leave the pool area because it was closed, police said.
According to the security officer, Stephen James Malloney, 37, of 183 Lander Lane, was asked to leave the pool but refused to do so.
Malloney became loud and threatening and then assaulted the security officer and police was called.
Malloney is charged with simple assault and public intoxication.

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OFFICER DOWN TEXAS


Deputy Sheriff D. Robert Harvey
Lubbock County Sheriff's Department
Texas
End of Watch: Sunday, April 26, 2009

Biographical Info
Age: Not available
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: Sunday, April 26, 2009
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Deputy Robert Harvey was killed in an automobile accident on CR 2100 while responding to a fight in progress call.

The driver of a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction attempted to make a left turn in front of Deputy Harvey's patrol car, and caused a head-on collision.

Deputy Harvey was trapped in his patrol car as it became engulfed in flames.The two occupants of the other vehicle were injured in the crash.

The deputy is survived by his wife and two children.

Agency Contact Information
Lubbock County Sheriff's Department
811 Main Street
Lubbock, TX 79408

Phone: (806) 775-1400

Please contact the Lubbock County Sheriff's Department for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

OFFICER DOWN FLORIDA


Deputy Sheriff Warren (Skip) York
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office
Florida
End of Watch: Saturday, April 25, 2009


Biographical Info
Age: 44
Tour of Duty: 2 years
Badge Number: 260

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Saturday, April 25, 2009
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Shot and killed

Deputy Skip York and Deputy Burt Lopez were shot and killed while attempting arrest a domestic violence suspect.

The deputies were following up on a domestic assault report they had taken hours earlier, and located the suspect at a gun club in Crestview. The suspect was in the parking lot standing next to his truck. Deputy Lopez and Deputy York approached the suspect, had a brief conversation with him, and then informed him he was going to be arrested. As the deputies moved to handcuff the him, he became uncooperative and began to resist arrest. Deputy York fired his Taser (conducted energy device) and hit the suspect. The suspect dropped to the ground during the five-second jolt of electricity. When the Taser cycle ended, the suspect immediately drew a concealed handgun and opened fire. Deputy Lopez was able to radio for assistance while he and Deputy York engaged the suspect in a gun battle.

During the exchange of gunfire, Deputy Lopez was mortally wounded. The suspect then climbed in his truck to escape. Deputy York pulled the passenger-side door open and jumped inside in an effort to pull the suspect from the vehicle, but was shot and mortally wounded.

The suspect fled the scene and opened fire at deputies from the Walton County Sheriff's Department during a vehicle pursuit. The suspect's vehicle was rammed by deputies, causing it to flip over near the intersection of U.S. Highway 331 and U.S. 90 in DeFuniak Springs. The suspect exited the truck, and opened fire at the deputies, who returned fire, killing the suspect.

Deputies York and Lopez were airlifted to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. They succumbed to their injuries later in the day.

Deputy York had served with the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office for two years. He is survived by his wife and children.

Related Line of Duty Deaths Deputy Sheriff Burton (Burt) Lopez
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, FL
EOW: Saturday, April 25, 2009
Cause of Death: Gunfire


Agency Contact Information
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office
1250 Eglin Parkway
Shalimar, FL 32579

Phone: (850) 651-7410

Please contact the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

OFFICER DOWN NORTH CAROLINA


Deputy Sheriff Brandon Scott Coker
Vance County Sheriff's Office
North Carolina
End of Watch: Saturday, April 25, 2009


Biographical Info
Age: 27
Tour of Duty: 2 years, 3 months
Badge Number: S-22

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: Saturday, April 25, 2009
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Deputy Brandon Coker was killed in an automobile accident while attempting to intercept a reckless driver. His patrol car ran off of the road on Nutbush Road and struck a tree, causing fatal injuries.

Deputy Coker had served with the Vance County Sheriff's Office for two years. He is survived by his wife, parents, and four brothers.

Agency Contact Information
Vance County Sheriff's Office
516 Breckenridge Street
Henderson, NC 27536

Phone: (252) 738-2200

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OFFICER DOWN FLORIDA


Deputy Sheriff Burton (Burt) Lopez
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office
Florida
End of Watch: Saturday, April 25, 2009


Biographical Info
Age: 44
Tour of Duty: 6 years
Badge Number: 195

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Saturday, April 25, 2009
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Shot and killed

Deputy Burt Lopez and Deputy Skip York were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a domestic violence suspect.

The deputies were following up on a domestic assault report they had taken hours earlier, and located the suspect at a gun club in Crestview. The suspect was in the parking lot standing next to his truck. Deputy Lopez and Deputy York approached the suspect, had a brief conversation with him, and then informed him he was going to be arrested. As the deputies moved to handcuff the him, he became uncooperative and began to resist arrest. Deputy York fired his Taser (conducted energy device) and hit the suspect. The suspect dropped to the ground during the five-second jolt of electricity. When the Taser cycle ended, the suspect immediately drew a concealed handgun and opened fire. Deputy Lopez was able to radio for assistance while he and Deputy York engaged the suspect in a gun battle.

During the exchange of gunfire, Deputy Lopez was mortally wounded. The suspect then climbed in his truck to escape. Deputy York pulled the passenger-side door open and jumped inside in an effort to pull the suspect from the vehicle, but was shot and mortally wounded.

The suspect fled the scene and opened fire at deputies from the Walton County Sheriff's Department during a vehicle pursuit. The suspect's vehicle was rammed by deputies, causing it to flip over near the intersection of U.S. Highway 331 and U.S. 90 in DeFuniak Springs. The suspect exited the truck, and opened fire at the deputies, who returned fire, killing the suspect.

Deputies York and Lopez were airlifted to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. They succumbed to their injuries later in the day.

Deputy Lopez had served with the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office for six years. He is survived by his wife and children.

Related Line of Duty Deaths Deputy Sheriff Warren (Skip) York
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, FL
EOW: Saturday, April 25, 2009
Cause of Death: Gunfire


Agency Contact Information
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office
1250 Eglin Parkway
Shalimar, FL 32579

Phone: (850) 651-7410

Please contact the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

OFFICER DOWN ALABAMA


OFFICER DOWN

Police Officer Dexter Hammond
Headland Police Department
Alabama
End of Watch: Friday, April 24, 2009


Biographical Info
Age: 38
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: 207

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Friday, April 24, 2009
Weapon Used: Rifle
Suspect Info: Shot and killed

Officer Dexter Hammond was shot and killed while responding to an officer down call involving a deputy from the Hendry County Sheriff's Office.

A Hendry County Sheriff's Deputy responded to a call of a man waving a shotgun around outside of his trailer. When that deputy arrived, he was shot and seriously wounded by the suspect.

When Officer Hammond arrived at the scene, the suspect shot and killed him with a rifle. Responding deputies also were fired upon when they arrived. They returned fire, killing the suspect.

Officer Hammond had previously served as the Police Chief of the Midland City Police Department. He is survived by his wife and son.

Agency Contact Information
Headland Police Department
9 Park Street
Headland, AL 36345

Phone: (346) 932-222

Please contact the Headland Police Department for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Security officer assault leads to three arrests www.privateofficer.com


Sonoma CA April 27 2009
By: Rick McCann
Private Officer News Network


Sheriff deputies were called to assist security with a fight and disturbance at a local nightclub.

When deputies arrived at the scene of the fight at a nightspot in the 400 block of Grove Street at about 1:40 a.m. on Saturday, they found three suspects face down on the street - handcuffed and pepper sprayed.

According to security, the fight apparently broke out when one of the suspects wanted to use the restroom around closing time and found it was locked. Security officers told the three to leave the premises and a fight broke out. During the scuffle that followed, a security officer had a beer bottle broken over his head and required stitches.
Deputies arrested Rene Guido Liera, 24, of El Verano, who was charged with assault with a deadly weapon; Noel Guido Silva, 26, of Boyes Hot Springs who was charged with assault with a deadly weapon; and a 23-year-old transient who was charged with public intoxication and battery.
The three were transported to the Sonoma County Jail and was being held pending a bond release

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Off- duty officer thwarts shoplifting attempt www.privateofficer.com


Omaha NE April 27 2009
Omaha Police have made an arrest in a shoplifting scheme that apparently did not go as planned.
The plan was foiled when an off-duty Omaha officer working as Oakview Mall security noticed a Lincoln without license plates parked in a handicapped stall.
According to the police report, the driver of the car came out of the Dillard's store and looked around, possibly checking to see if the coast was clear.
When she saw the officer she turned as if to go back into the store, but the officer stopped her and asked her about the Lincoln, and why it was parked in the handicapped stall.
While those two were talking, another woman ran out of Dillard's, and ran toward the Lincoln. Seeing that it was not running, and there was no driver, she took off on foot.
The officer working as mall security gave chase, and was assisted by an off-duty Omaha Firefighter. The two of them managed to grab and hold the woman who ran out of the store.
Arrested for felony shoplifting was 33-year old Kena Jackson. Authorities say she had two Dooney & Bourke purses valued at $275 each.
The report does not indicate the driver of the Lincoln was arrested or ticketed

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Knoxville police, sheriff deputies quell nightclub disturbance www.privateofficer.com


KNOXVILLE TN April 27 2009 - Unruly customers this morning prompted Knoxville police to call for help from sheriffs deputies, a bomb squad and a robot to destroy a suspicious package.
By the time the dust settled at a West Knoxville club five people were behind bars.
According to Knoxville Police Department Sgt. Jason Hill, the episode began unfolding about 1 a.m. when security officers at the Electric Cowboy, 109 N. Seven Oaks Drive, escorted a problem customer from the business.
The situation escalated into a fight with the problem customer, Jason Lynn Wolfe, 37, of Kingston, and KPD officers were requested, Hill said.
Hill said officers determined Wolfe was intoxicated and "was obviously under the influence of a unknown narcotic." A drug dog was brought to the scene and alerted on Wolfe's vehicle.
Inside the vehicle, Hill said, officers found drugs and "a suspicious device in the rear of the vehicle." Hill did not describe the device, but its appearance prompted officers to request an inspection of it by a KPD bomb technician.
The bomb technician deemed the device merited further investigation, and a bomb squad was alerted.
Officers cordoned off the area in the parking lot around Wolfe's vehicle and several vehicles belonging to other patrons. When the club closed at 2:30 a.m., several patrons were upset because they weren't allowed access to their vehicles and "several large fights began to erupt," Hill said.
Officers requested aid from Knox County sheriff's officers to help control the unruly crowd. Those melees led to the arrest of four people, Hill said.
The KPD Ordnance and Explosive Device unit arrived at 3:30 a.m., Hill said, and moved the device from the center of the parking lot to a far corner of the lot. By 5 a.m. the device had been disabled.
Hill said the device was determined to be a hoax.
Wolfe was charged with public intoxication, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of prescription narcotics and possession of a prohibited weapon, according to records. He was being held this morning in jail in lieu of $6,000 bond.

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Police shoot, kill assault suspect at mall www.privateofficer.com




Middletown PA April 27 2009

Police responding to an assault at an area mall shot and killed the suspect Friday night.

According to police, Thomas Lovett attacked a girl at the Oxford Valley Mall and fled, police said. Later, armed with a brick, he charged at a police officer and was shot.

The 21-year-old Middletown man allegedly tried to gouge the eyes out of a 17-year-old girl in the Oxford Valley Mall parking lot Friday night moments before police shot and killed him, according to authorities.

Lovett of Fotheringham Court was pronounced dead at St. Mary Medical Center in Middletown on Friday night after a Middletown officer shot him three times after a second confrontation in a wooded area near the mall parking lot. The girl was treated for head injuries at Frankford Hospitals' Bucks campus in Falls and discharged. The officer, whose name has not yet been released, has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation.

The incident remains under investigation.

Lovett's family declined to comment Saturday night. The teenager's name has also not been released.

Investigators said that the tragic series of incidents started about 7:40 p.m. outside the food court of the mall. Witnesses told police that Lovett put the girl into a choke hold, dragged her to the ground and repeatedly slammed her head against the concrete. Then, according to First Assistant District Attorney David Zellis, the man tried to gouge the teen's eyes out with his hands.

At that point mall security guards tried to intervene but Lovett began running away across the parking lot, according to authorities. A Middletown police officer joined the chase as the 21-year-old ran across Middletown Boulevard, which circles the mall grounds. Investigators said Lovett ran into a wooded area off the mall property about 100 yards from the movie theater complex where there was a second confrontation that led to the shooting. Police said Lovett lifted a brick and came after the officer who fired while backing away.

It remains unclear if Lovett and the juvenile had any interaction or relationship prior to the incident. According to court records, Lovett pleaded guilty to assault in 2006 and was sentenced to probation.

A section of Middletown Boulevard and a portion of the mall parking lot were closed as Middletown and Bucks County detectives searched the area late Friday night. Several witnesses were taken to police headquarters but declined to comment as they left the facility. Zellis said an autopsy was scheduled for Saturday afternoon, though results were not available at press time.

The mall remained open until its normal closing time after the incidents. Mall marketing manager Patricia Gillett would only confirm police were investigating an incident near mall property. Several patrons said they thought there was an accident and had been surprised to learn there had been a shooting.

The shooting is the third by a police officer in Bucks County this year. A police involved shooting two weeks ago in Bristol remains under investigation. In that incident, on April 9, a borough officer shot and killed a 69-year-old man police said was swinging a chef's knife as they tried to remove him from his car following a minor hit-and-run accident. The District Attorney's Office ruled a Bristol Township officer was justified when she fatally shot a man wielding a shard of glass as he charged at her, a second officer and a probation officer as they were trapped inside his barricaded apartment in late February.

Last year authorities ruled a Middletown police sergeant was justified when he shot and killed a township woman as she fired at officers after threatening to kill herself.

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Security officer foils burglary www.privateofficer.com


MANATEE FLA April 27 2009 — A security guard at a storage business foiled a robbery this morning by firing a gun in the air, sending three burglars running, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.
At 4:24 a.m., the guard heard a noise and found three men standing in front of an Airport Mini-Storage unit in the 400 block of Braden Lane.
When the men started to approach the guard after he screamed at them, the guard fired a gunshot in the air, which sent the men running. A search of the business revealed the men had cut a hole in the fence around the business and had cut the locks off 14 units, leaving the bay door open.
The sheriff’s report did not say whether any items had been stolen.

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Shoplifter charged with cocaine possession www.privateofficer.com


CRESTVIEW Fla April 27 2009
nwfdailynews.com - A Florala man was arrested for possession of cocaine after he was detained for trying to steal a cell phone case from the Crestview Wal-Mart.
He was confronted by loss prevention officers, who took him back to the office. When they told him they were calling the police he immediately stood up and tried to leave. The loss prevention officers tried to detain him but only succeeded in tearing his shirt.
The suspect ran down the hallway and hit another employee, knocking her over. He was subdued by other Wal-Mart employees.
The police report described him as "cooperative" once the police arrived. He admitted to having the cocaine, saying he "knew it would be discovered anyway," according to the arrest report. He also apologized to the Wal-Mart loss prevention officer.
The man was wanted on an unrelated warrant in Okaloosa County and two separate warrants in Georgia. He was arrested on charges of possession of crack cocaine, shoplifting, resisting a merchant, and battery for knocking over the employee.

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Off-duty doctor, mall security save man's life www.privateofficer.com


Annapolis MD April 27 2009

83 year old Jack Folkins of Annapolis was with his wife, Margaret, in front of the Starbucks near the JCPenney store just before 4:30 p.m. when he had the attack and collapsed on a sofa, according to mall security and county Fire Department officials.
The mall’s security team, of Professional Security Consultants, was alerted to the medical emergency and officers stationed throughout the mall quickly sprang into action, said Sgt. David McMullen, a supervisor of the mall security crew.
Officers Hasan Nazzel and Ian Preuss ran to the customer-service counter in front of Lord & Taylor and grabbed a first-aid kit and one of three defibrillators at the mall, McMullen said.
They ran to Starbucks, where they joined McMullen and Officers Jamie Schmidt and James Millsap as they assisted Folkins, who was not breathing and did not have a pulse.
Courtney McCluskey, a physician who works for Franklin Square Hospital, was walking through the mall when she heard screams for help and ran to help. She and Folkins’ wife were already doing CPR when the security officers arrived, McMullen said. McCluskey was performing chest compressions on Folkins and his wife was breathing into his mouth.
Meanwhile, a large crowd was forming around Folkins.
As the officers cleared onlookers, McMullen placed the defibrillator on Folkins’ chest.
“I analyzed his body - then the (defibrillator) advised me to give him a shock,” he said. “At that point he wasn’t breathing and he didn’t have a pulse, either. I reanalyzed him, and another shock was not advised. I told the doctor to continue compressions and I gave him two full breaths.”
Soon after, Folkins regained consciousness and began breathing normally, McMullen said.
Paramedics arrived about a minute later to take over Folkins’ treatment.
“It was quite a miracle that he survived,” Folkins said, adding that her husband is at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., awaiting heart surgery. “Everything was just beautifully done, and I feel like I have two angels on my shoulders.”
McMullen said the rescue was “an amazing experience.”
“This is my first life-saving experience since I’ve been here for four years,” he said.
“I’m very grateful for all of the people who helped us,” Margaret Folkins said Saturday. “I did the best I could under the circumstances, but they were absolutely wonderful - both the two ladies who came in as strangers and attended to us, and then also the security force at the mall.”
“They all used the training that they’ve received and acted in a very quick and smart manner,” he said. “I couldn’t be any more proud of them if they were my own sons.”

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Target employee charged in theft scheme www.privateofficer.com


WESTWOOD OH April 27 2009
By: Brett Davis
Staff
Private Officer Network

http://www.privateofficer.com/ - An investigation by store security personnel resulted in the arrest of an employee at the new Target store on Glenway Avenue and her friend. Security agents said that the two were arrested and charged Thursday with stealing nearly $3,000 in cash and merchandise from the store.

Jessica Kincer, 21, of Delhi Township, the store employee and Dustin Coyne, 23, of Union, Ky., a friend of Kincer’s Kincer, are accused of stealing by ringing up groceries and gift cards and then voiding the sale, court records show.

Both women were taken into custody and transported to the county detention center where they were booked and later released.

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Woman charged with theft and resisting www.privateofficer.com


MARY ESTHER Fla April 27 2009-- A woman was arrested after leaving Sears with a large bottle of perfume in her left sleeve and an oversized purse stuffed with clothing, according to her arrest report.
Wanda Regina Mercer, a 44-year-old Fort Walton Beach woman, was charged with grand theft and resisting a retail merchant for the March 24 incident.
The store's loss prevention officer told an Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office deputy that she had been observed taking a large amount of clothing into the dressing room. Approximately 41 minutes later, she exited with only a portion of the merchandise she took in, according to her Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office arrest report.
"I cannot keep doing this. If the clothes do not fit, I can't keep taking them," she was heard saying into a cell phone, the report said.
When she left the dressing room, her purse was full and clothing could be seen on the top of it, the report said.
Total value of the stolen merchandise was $512.93.
Outside the store, the Santa Rosa Mall security officer told her to "wait, stop and halt," which she disobeyed. He then stood in front of her car, face-to-face, and told her to stop.
Mercer put her car in reverse, which caused it "lurch forward," nearly striking the security officer, the report said.
She was later stopped and arrested.

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Security Association Membership


Atlanta GA. April 26 2009
The National Association of Private Officers, an International Security and Law Enforcement organization is now taking applications for membership.

There are tons of reasons to become a member of this professional association but some of the best are the continual training, discounts on equipment, products and training, a Free Will and Testament which is updated yearly, auto rental and hotel discounts, interactive website and much more!

For just $35 a year you can be part of the fastest growing security association in the world and take advantage of all of the benefits, networking, information, security news and all of the exciting things happening in the security industry!

There are three types of membership available:

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Unarmed but Not Defenseless www.privateofficer.com

Atlanta GA. April 26 2009
By: Mike Matthews
VP Operations
Training Division Director
National Association of
Private Officers
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Security officers have a dangerous job these days regardless of the public’s perception of their roles and duties. Some work unarmed in risky situations and patrol places where an armed officer should be.
However, if you are one of these unarmed security officers it doesn’t make your job any less dangerous than an armed security guard. An unarmed security officer may come in contact with a person who threatens them and they may need to take action defensive actions even if they are unarmed? But how? With no batons or pepper spray or sidearm some may think that they are defenseless but this is not the case.
Protecting yourself as a security officer is very important and I will show you numerous different ways that you can protect yourself by turning a few everyday items into a weapon to protect yourself while on duty or in everyday life. These items that I am going to list are those that you will more than likely have on the job as a security officer. They may even be something that a person may carry off-duty.

Flashlights
Most security officers carry flashlights on them for hard to see areas or areas which possess minimal lighting. A flashlight can be a useful tool why being a security officer but if you are unarmed it also doubles as a weapon. A steal flashlight, 3-4 cells like a Maglight or Streamlight works best but other flashlights can also be used as a weapon. I suggest that the flashlight is at least big enough that you can hit an object without the object being close to your hand but you are also going to want one that is small enough around that it fits into the palm of your hand. Flashlights come in many brands, sizes and light strengths and can be ordered at any local or online police supply or can be found at most hardware stores and in places such as Wal-Mart. Remember that the object here is to have something readily available that can be used for impact defense in a striking and clubbing motion.
When using the flashlight as a defensive weapon, striking with the round head where the bulb is located should be most effective and do the most damage. Strike the arms, shoulder, torso and leg areas but try to stay away from the head unless this is truly a life and death situation and deadly force is warranted.

Keys
Keys can also become a weapon for an unarmed security officer and you should use this to your advantage. If you have a ring of keys and you are making a walking patrol, walk with the pointed side of the key between your fingers or have them easily available to use as a stabbing weapon. By placing the keys in your dominant hand where you have the most strength and holding them in such a way to have one or more pointed and extended you will be armed to strike and stab any attacker. This is best done if the butt of the key is wide so that it has a less chance of slipping out from between your fingers. Using the pointed ends of the keys to stab and jab in the eyes, throat and sensitive areas of the body should give you a solid weapon. Using the keys to stab hands that may hold a weapon could also cause the attacker to drop his weapon allowing you a chance to escape.

Pens
Pens are also a good stabbing weapon. Pens are often used as an effect stabbing weapon in detention centers and prisons and if used properly can cause serious and even fatal. Standard pens such as the clicking kind are alright but the best is a cheap straight Bic pen that comes with a top. Carry this in your shirt pocket separate from other pens and to lessen the slipperiness of the pen and give you a better grip, just wrap a little duck tape around the butt of the pen.

Pocket Knives
Even on an unarmed post, a pocket knife is a usually an excepted item for an employee to carry unless it’s a government facility, courthouse or other restricted government building or a client who has a zero tolerance for weapons of any type.
Folded knives that are small and compact with or without the metal clip for hanging inside your pocket has been in the spotlight recently. A police officer in Pennsylvania used his small knife to defend himself as a shoplifting suspect tried taking his duty weapon. He was able to stab him repeatedly until the suspect was subdued. A security officer in Orlando also used his folding knife to stab his attacker and prevent serious injury to himself and there have been several other similar situations where having a knife made the difference between life and death.

Other Weapons
Any blount item that you can grab can become your nightstick or your club and common items such as bricks and wood blocks, glass bottles and even nails can be used as defensive weapons.
Whenever you are on a site, take a good look around and look for what could be used as a weapon and where are your escape routes should you need to flee. Remember, there is no shame in fleeing if you can not defend yourself or the situation is greater than you can handle. The key is to stay alive and to go back home to your family at the end of your shift.


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Woman claims TSA officer groped her www.privateofficer.com


MORAGA, CA April 26 2009(KGO) -- A Bay Area breast cancer survivor is asking the Transportation Security Administration for an apology, after she says she endured a humiliating experience at the airport.
Linda Speicher, 66, of Moraga says a guard stopped her after she passed through a full body imaging scanner in Albuquerque, New Mexico last month
Speicher had a mastectomy on her left breast, and wears a prosthesis. She says the guard told her she needed to check her left breast and then patted her down in front of everyone.
I don't think any woman, anyone would like to have that kind of invasive treatment done to them in public," Speicher said.
The TSA has not responded to Speicher's incident, but on its Web site, it says patting down sensitive areas of the body is a critical element in ensuring the safety of the flying public.
It also says private screening will be offered. Speicher says that did not happen in her case.

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Security officer shot at Michigan nightclub www.privateofficer.com


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. April 26 2009
By: Rick McCann
Private News Network
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Police say a security officer was wounded in a shooting outside a Grand Rapids nightclub on Saturday.
Police report that the shooting happened about 2 a.m. Saturday outside the Azucar nightclub when a disturbance broke out in the parking lot. The security officer was struck at least one time by gunfire and police said that it is not clear whether the security officer was the intended target.
Police were searching for suspects in the shooting overnight as the investigation continues. The security officer’s name was not released and he was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


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What Is Swine Flu? The Facts! www.privateofficer.com

Emergency Bulletin
Center for Disease Control
Atlanta GA April 26 2009





Swine Influenza and You
What is swine flu?

Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses. Outbreaks of swine flu happen regularly in pigs. People do not normally get swine flu, but human infections can and do happen. Most commonly, human cases of swine flu happen in people who are around pigs but it’s possible for swine flu viruses to spread from person to person also.
Are there human infections with swine flu in the U.S.?
In late March and early April 2009, cases of human infection with swine influenza A (H1N1) viruses were first reported in Southern California and near San Antonio, Texas. CDC and local and state health agencies are working together to investigate this situation.

Is this swine flu virus contagious?
CDC has determined that this virus is contagious and is spreading from human to human. However, at this time, it not known how easily the virus spreads between people.
What are the signs and symptoms of swine flu in people?
The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu. In the past, severe illness (pneumonia and respiratory failure) and deaths have been reported with swine flu infection in people. Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.

How serious is swine flu infection?
Like seasonal flu, swine flu in humans can vary in severity from mild to severe. Between 2005 until January 2009, 12 human cases of swine flu were detected in the U.S. with no deaths occurring. However, swine flu infection can be serious. In September 1988, a previously healthy 32-year-old pregnant woman in Wisconsin was hospitalized for pneumonia after being infected with swine flu and died 8 days later. A swine flu outbreak in Fort Dix, New Jersey occurred in 1976 that caused more than 200 cases with serious illness in several people and one death.
How do you catch swine flu?
Spread of swine flu can occur in two ways:
• Through contact with infected pigs or environments contaminated with swine flu viruses.
• Through contact with a person with swine flu. Human-to-human spread of swine flu has been documented also and is thought to occur in the same way as seasonal flu. Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.

Are there medicines to treat swine flu?
Yes. CDC recommends the use of oseltamivir or zanamivir for the treatment and/or prevention of infection with these swine influenza viruses. Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaler) that fight against the flu by keeping flu viruses from reproducing in your body. If you get sick, antiviral drugs can make your illness milder and make you feel better faster. They may also prevent serious flu complications. For treatment, antiviral drugs work best if started soon after getting sick (within 2 days of symptoms).
How long can an infected person spread swine flu to others?
People with swine influenza virus infection should be considered potentially contagious as long as they are symptomatic and possible for up to 7 days following illness onset. Children, especially younger children, might potentially be contagious for longer periods.

What can I do to protect myself from getting sick?
There is no vaccine available right now to protect against swine flu. There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza. Take these everyday steps to protect your health:
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are
also effective.
• Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
• If you get sick with influenza, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.

What should I do if I get sick?
If you live in San Diego County or Imperial County California or Guadalupe County, Texas and become ill with influenza-like symptoms, including fever, body aches, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, or vomiting or diarrhea, you may want to contact their health care provider, particularly if you are worried about your symptoms. Your health care provider will determine whether influenza testing or treatment is needed.
If you are sick, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people as much as possible to keep from spreading your illness to others.
If you become ill and experience any of the following warning signs, seek emergency medical care.

In children emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:
• Fast breathing or trouble breathing
• Bluish skin color
• Not drinking enough fluids
• Not waking up or not interacting
• Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
• Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
• Fever with a rash

In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:
• Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
• Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
• Sudden dizziness
• Confusion
• Severe or persistent vomiting

Can I get swine influenza from eating or preparing pork?
No. Swine influenza viruses are not spread by food. You cannot get swine influenza from eating pork or pork products. Eating properly handled and cooked pork products is safe.