Tuesday, August 22, 2017

2 bank branch employees killed during South Carolina holdup privateofficer.com

CONWAY, S.C.Aug 22 2017 - Police in South Carolina said two bank branch employees have been killed during a holdup.
Conway Police Lt. Selena Small told local media groups that the names of the victims in Monday's robbery haven't been released because their relatives haven't been notified.
The cause of death wasn't revealed, but a coroner's report is expected Tuesday.
Authorities said the CresCom Bank on 16th Avenue sounded an alarm shortly after 1 p.m. Monday, as area residents were preparing for the solar eclipse over Horry County.
Conway police released a photo of the suspect and said he may have left the scene in a white Chrysler 200 with SC plate IZM457 with tinted windows.
The vehicle may also have a sticker on the glass that says "River Life."
Small didn't say how much money was taken.

Fatally shot off-duty cop was innocent bystander in bar fight privateofficer.com

Police said Officer Thomas Orr, 30, was at the bar Sunday night when an argument broke out. (Photo/Lee's Summit Police Department)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Aug 22 2017— An off-duty officer was shot and killed after someone opened fire during an argument he was not a part of.
Police said Officer Thomas Orr, 30, was at the bar Sunday night when an argument broke out, Fox4KC reported. He was not involved in the argument, but was killed amid the ensuing gunfire. A woman, who was also not involved, was shot in the arm. She is expected to recover.
The suspect, who fled with three men after the shooting, is described as a tall, light-skinned black male with a muscular build. Police are reviewing surveillance footage to put together more details.
Orr joined the Lee Summit Police Department in March 2015 after serving with the Marshall Police Department. He was assigned as a school resource officer to the local middle school.
The school district said in a statement that he will be greatly missed.

“We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of Officer Orr,” school officials said. “During his brief time as a school resource officer at Bernard Campbell Middle School, he impressed our staff with his positive attitude and his focus on students.
In just three short days with students last week, he was already making connections and building rapport.”

Two N.M. women charged in JC Penney thefts privateofficer.com

LAS CRUCES NM Aug 22 2017 - Two Alamogordo women suspected of shoplifting more than $1,000 in clothes from the J.C. Penney store in Las Cruces have been arrested, police said.
Deandra Cordova, 32, and Michelle Perea, 40, were arrested Saturday evening, according to the Las Cruces Police Department.
Cordova was charged with two fourth-degree felony counts of shoplifting and conspiracy, and Perea was charged with a fourth-degree felony count of conspiracy and a misdemeanor count of shoplifting.
Shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday, a police officer was advised by J.C. Penney loss prevention that two women were concealing a large amount of merchandise and one had already left the store. The officer located Perea in the parking lot and Cordova in a white Hyundai near the east entrance to the store.
Police said Perea drove Cordova from Alamogordo to Las Cruces to go shopping. Perea indicated to investigators that she knew Cordova was planning to steal clothing from the J.C. Penney store
Police said Cordova and Perea entered J.C. Penney separately but, once inside the store, communicated with each other by cellphone with Perea acting as a lookout. Police said both are suspected of concealing clothing in bags before leaving the store without paying.
Cordova is accused of stealing $831 worth of clothing from J.C. Penney, police said, while Perea is believed to have taken $391 worth of clothing from the store.
Cordova and Perea were booked into the Doña Ana County Detention Center, where they both were initially held without bond.

Wake County NC detention officer arrested for giving inmate heroin privateofficer.com

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RALEIGH, N.C. Aug 22 2017 A jail guard in North Carolina has been charged with giving an inmate heroin and medicine used to treat opioid addiction.
Local media outlets reported that arrest warrants filed Monday show that 25-year-old Andrew Richard Byrd of Apex has been charged with two felony counts of providing drugs to an inmate, and several other charges dealing with controlled drugs.
Byrd worked as a detention officer at the Wake County jail in Raleigh.
Sheriff's investigators say the offenses happened in late July and last Wednesday.
It was not known if Byrd has an attorney yet.

Carjacker pulls gun on San Bernardino hospital security officer privateofficer.com

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. Aug 22 2017
A man wanted for multiple carjackings and for pulling a gun on a hospital security officer has been captured in Utah.
Southern California authorities say that the man is suspected in a string of carjackings in two states.
Police say the carjackings started Friday after the man dropped a female acquaintance with a stab wound off at a hospital in San Bernardino.
Sgt. Steve Turner says investigators believe the man injured the woman, who is expected to survive.
Turner says the man pulled a gun on a security guard and then carjacked a driver in the hospital parking lot. Turner says he drove about 40 miles (64 kilometers) north to Victorville, California, where he stole a second car.
Authorities say the man carjacked a third motorist in Mesquite, Nevada.
Police said that the man, who has not been identified, was arrested Saturday in Utah.

Conn College security guard receives Emergency Services Hero Award privateofficer.com

Hartford CT Aug 22 2017 Connecticut College security guard Eric Roode will receive an award at the luncheon in Hartford next month.
Dubbed the Emergency Services Hero Award, the honor goes to Roode because in January he performed CPR and used an AED on a coworker, possibly saving his life.
It was Jan. 17 when Roode, an 11-year employee of the college, responded to a campus dorm and found a 68-year-old man showing signs of a heart attack.
Although he hadn’t used an AED in an emergency in the past, he didn’t hesitate to do so then.
“Every day you have to be prepared, and we are,” Roode said a day after the incident. “I felt good.”
President Katherine Bergeron, who presented Roode with a Recognition of Valor during the college's annual Presidential Staff Recognition Awards event this spring, said Roode's quick and effective response was "critical in this situation."
"I was very pleased to recognize his life-saving efforts during a special awards ceremony at the college, and I am thrilled that he will be named an American Red Cross Hero," she said.

Homewood Alabama police fatally shoots man who Tased him privateofficer.com

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HOMEWOOD, Ala. Aug 22 2017–  Authorities have released the name of a man shot to death by Homewood police over the weekend after they say he shocked an officer with a Taser.
The Jefferson County Coroner's Office identified the man as Thomas Justin Walton. He was 32, lived in Calera and was a convicted felon.
Court records show Walton had a string of arrests on criminal charges dating back at least seven years, including several charges for resisting arrest.
The shooting happened at 12:56 a.m. Saturday at the Extended Stay America Hotel on State Farm Parkway in Homewood. Homewood police spokesperson Sgt. John Carr said the incident began when the officer stopped to speak with a man he saw while patrolling the parking lot of the hotel.
The suspect - now identified as Walton - "got into a struggle with the officer," he said. During the struggle, the suspect was able to grab the officer's Taser and use it on the officer. The officer then shot the suspect, Carr said.
First aid was rendered at the scene, he said. Walton was taken to UAB Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:58 a.m.
Carr said the officer "was forced to defend himself." The officer suffered minor injuries, he said, and was treated and released from Brookwood Medical Center.
The State Bureau of Investigation is now investigating the shooting at the request for the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office and Homewood police.
Walton last year was arrested on Jefferson County charges of receiving stolen property that involved a $16,000 vehicle. He was also charged by deputies with attempting to elude and being in possession of brass knuckles at the same time.
In 2015, Walton was arrested on multiple drug charges. The dispositions of those cases weren't immediately clear.
In 2010, Walton pleaded guilty to felony theft of property and second-degree assault. He received a suspended sentence of eight years and 317 days.   

Firefighter, Two Pharmaceutical Employees Admit Health Care Fraud Conspiracy privateofficer.com

CAMDEN, N.J. Aug 22 2017 – Three men today admitted defrauding New Jersey state health benefits programs and other insurers by submitting fraudulent claims for medically unnecessary prescriptions, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick and New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced.
Michael Pepper, 45, an Atlantic City, New Jersey, firefighter from Northfield, New Jersey; Thomas Hodnett, 41, a pharmaceutical sales representative from Voorhees, New Jersey; and Steven Urbanski, 37, a pharmaceutical sales representative from Marlton, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler in Camden federal court to separate informations charging them with conspiracy to commit health care fraud.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Compounded medications are supposed to be specialty medications mixed by a pharmacist to meet the specific medical needs of an individual patient. Although compounded drugs are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), they are properly prescribed when a physician determines that an FDA-approved medication does not meet the health needs of a particular patient, such as if a patient is allergic to a dye or other ingredient.
From January 2015 through April 2016, Pepper, Hodnett, and Urbanski served as recruiters in the conspiracy and persuaded individuals in New Jersey to obtain very expensive and medically unnecessary compounded medications from an out-of-state pharmacy, identified in the informations as the “Compounding Pharmacy.” The conspirators learned that certain compound medication prescriptions – including pain, scar, antifungal, and libido creams, as well as vitamin combinations – were reimbursed for thousands of dollars for a one-month supply.
The conspirators also learned that some New Jersey state and local government and education employees, including teachers, firefighters, municipal police officers, and state troopers, had insurance coverage for these particular compound medications. An entity referred to in the informations as the “Pharmacy Benefits Administrator” provided pharmacy benefit management services for the State Health Benefits Program, which covers qualified state and local government employees, retirees, and eligible dependents, and the School Employees’ Health Benefits Program, which covers qualified local education employees, retirees, and eligible dependents. The Pharmacy Benefits Administrator would pay prescription drug claims and then bill the State of New Jersey for the amounts paid.
The conspirators recruited public employees and other individuals covered by the Pharmacy Benefits Administrator to fraudulently obtain compounded medications from the Compounding Pharmacy without any evaluation by a medical professional that they were medically necessary. In return, the pharmacy paid one of Pepper, Hodnett, and Urbanski’s conspirators a percentage of each prescription filled and paid by the Pharmacy Benefits Administrator, which was then distributed to other members of the conspiracy.
Once they had recruited an employee covered by the Pharmacy Benefits Administrator, Pepper, Hodnett, and Urbanski would obtain the employee’s insurance information and fill out a Compounding Pharmacy prescription form. They would select the compounded medications that paid the most without regard to their medical necessity.
Other conspirators would then get the prescriptions signed by doctors who never saw the patients and never evaluated whether the patients had a medical necessity for the compounded medication. The prescriptions were then faxed to Compounding Pharmacy, which filled the prescriptions and billed the Pharmacy Benefits Administrator.
According to the informations, the Pharmacy Benefits Administrator paid Compounding Pharmacy over $50 million for compounded medications mailed to individuals in New Jersey. Pepper received approximately $113,627.54 for his role in the scheme. Hodnett received approximately $269,966.08 for his role in the scheme. Urbanski received approximately $113,668.12 for his role in the scheme.
Each defendant faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense. Sentencing for Pepper, Hodnett, and Urbanski is scheduled for Dec. 5, 2017.
As part of their plea agreements, Pepper must forfeit $113,627.54 in criminal proceeds and pay restitution of at least $719,481.65. Hodnett agreed to forfeit $269,966.08 and pay restitution of at least $1,497,541.44. Urbanski must forfeit $113,668.12 in criminal proceeds and pay restitution of at least $752,291.94.
Acting U.S. Attorney Fitzpatrick credited agents of the FBI’s Atlantic City Resident Agency, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher in Newark, IRS – Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jonathan D. Larsen in Newark, and the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General, New York Region, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael C. Mikulka, with the investigation leading to the guilty pleas. He also thanked the Division of Pensions and Financial Transactions in the State Attorney General’s Office, under the direction of Attorney General Porrino and Division Chief Eileen Schlindwein Den Bleyker, for its assistance in the investigation.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys R. David Walk, Jr. and Jacqueline M. Carle of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Camden.

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Airport Security Firm Must Rehire Fired Union Workers privateofficer.com

CHICAGO IL Aug 22 2017 A federal judge ordered that two airport security guards must be given their jobs back after they were fired for talking to the press about a union strike last year.
U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin on Thursday granted a preliminary injunction to the National Labor Relations Board, which represented Marcie Barnett and Sadaf Subijano in the case against Universal Security.
The two worked at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport and became leaders in the campaign to unionize security guards there.
During a strike in March 2016, Barnett told reporters that Universal was retaliating against its workers for fighting for a $15 minimum wage and that she was struggling to make ends meet.
Subijano told the media that he was worried airport guards were not prepared to deal with a serious security threat.
They were fired two weeks later.
“Universal argues that Barnett’s and Subijano’s statements threatened the safety of the airport,” Judge Durkin’s order states, adding that the company claimed the workers’ statements to the media revealed sensitive security information about the airport and made themselves vulnerable to outside influence.
“The [NLRB] Director argues that they were fired because they participated in union organizing activities and spoke to the press about a strike and their working conditions,” the 21-page order states.
The judge sided with the NLRB, finding that the guards did not discuss any specifics about their jobs, equipment or security access in their interviews with reporters.
“The ambiguity of the statements in question, and the evidence undermining Universal’s alleged motives, create a reasonable argument that Universal terminated Barnett and Subijano because of their public involvement in union organizing, and not because they disclosed [sensitive security information],” Durkin wrote.
Durkin also questioned the timing of the guards’ firing.
“If public disclosure of employees’ identities is such a clear and present security risk, Universal should have fired Barnett and Subijano the moment their identities appeared in the newspaper (and not required security guards to wear nametags). But Universal waited two weeks to fire them,” he wrote. “A statement disclosing information that clearly implicated airport security should have resulted in immediate termination, not the two weeks of consideration that occurred here.” (Parentheses in original.)
The judge ordered that Barnett and Subijano must be offered reinstatement to their jobs by Tuesday.

Universal did not immediately respond Monday to a request for comment.

2 Hartford women arrested in New Hampshire for Organized Retail Crime privateofficer.com

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SALEM, N.H. Aug 22 2017 Two women from Hartford are facing charges after police in New Hampshire say they were shoplifting at a mall.
According to Salem police, on Aug. 12th, officers responded to a report of items missing from a Macy’s located at a shopping mall. Police quickly caught up to 18-year-old Shatoya Lewis and 18-year-old Leona Jones as they attempted to exit the parking lot.
Officers pulled the vehicle over and noticed a number of new clothing items with price tags still on the garments inside the vehicle.
The two females were both charged with Organized Retail Crime Enterprise, Disobeying an Officer, Possession of Marijuana, and Transporting Drugs in a Motor Vehicle.

A third woman in the vehicle was released after police did not find any evidence that she was actively involved in the crimes.

Stamford Target store clerk charged with theft of cellphones privateofficer.com

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STAMFORD CT Aug 22 2017— A Target department store clerk has been accused of stealing several cellphones worth more than $3,400.
Sgt. Michael Scatamacchia said police were contacted by store theft officers about a clerk who was seen stealing the phones.
Scatamacchia said store security reported seeing Miller Leveille ringing up a $957 Apple iPhone and voiding the sale on July 4. He was then seen handing the phone to a woman who left the store without paying, Scatamacchia said.
About a week later, Leveille was seen taking four phones from a storage locker and placing them into a black bag, Scatamacchia said. He then retrieved the bag 15 minutes later and left the store without paying for the phones, Scatamacchia said.
Leveille was seen the next day twice ringing up cellphones at his register without a customer near his checkout, Scatamacchia said.
Store security reported Leveille was responsible for stealing $3,406 worth of cellular devices, Scatamacchia said.
Leveille was charged this week with third-degree larceny.
Stamford Advocate 

Virginia Beach church employee charged with filming children illegally privateofficer.com

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. Aug 22 2017 A former church employee accused of placing his cell phone under a urinal at the church and using it to record children in a restroom is facing charges.
Virginia Beach police arrested 20-year-old Dillon Bernard Jacobs on August 17. Jacobs faces four counts of Unlawfully Filming Children.
A boy said he found a cell phone in the men's restroom of Virginia Beach United Methodist Church, recording bathroom activity.
Court records state that the alleged incident took place on April 6 and that meetings were taking place at the church that day. A number of people were in the building.
The boy who said he found the phone under the urinal told a church staff member who then called police.
Two days later, detectives interviewed Jacobs, the owner of the phone. The part-time church employee told police he left his phone and jacket in the men's room by accident.
The boy who found it said the phone's camera lens clearly was angled toward the urinal. Only the lens portion was showing. It was on and recording.
The pastor of Virginia Beach United Methodist Church said the church fired the part-time employee immediately when it found out about the allegation.
The senior pastor of Virginia Beach United Methodist Church wouldn't disclose Jacobs' former position with the church, but he said the church thoroughly vetted him before it hired him.
The congregation’s safety committee reviewed the matter and planned to make changes to policies and procedures that it deemed necessary.
Jacobs had a bond hearing Monday, August 21. A judge granted him $5,000 bond and said that Jacobs could not have contact with minors, could not use a computer or cell phone, and could not work as a lifeguard.


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Colorado Springs police shoot-kill Walmart shoplifter privateofficer.com

Colorado Springs CO Aug 21 2017 Authorities in Colorado say a police officer shot and killed a person suspected of shoplifting at a Walmart.
A spokeswoman for the El Paso County Sheriff's office, Jacqueline Kirby, says Colorado Springs police were called to the store Monday night. She says the suspect was identified and shot after a chase.
Kirby said it's not clear yet whether the suspect was armed.
The officer is currently on paid leave. No further details on the officer or suspect were immediately available.
Colorado Springs police spokesman Lt. Howard Black said the officer won't be identified until after his or her family is notified and a psychiatric evaluation is completed, likely within 72 hours.

The sheriff's office is investigating under a 2015 state law that requires police to get outside help reviewing officer shootings.

Chicago- 33 people shot, 6 fatally, in 13 hours privateofficer.com

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Chicago IL Aug 21 2017 At  least 33 people were wounded, 6 fatally, within 13 hours from Saturday to Sunday across the city in separate shootings, which includes an attack in the West Pullman neighborhood that left one man dead and wounded six other people.
In the West Pullman neighborhood on the city's Far South Side, a man was killed and six other people were wounded in a single attack about 2:30 a.m. Sunday in the parking lot of a banquet hall used as a nightclub, police said.
They were all in a large parking lot in the 11900 block of South Loomis Street when a man inside a black SUV opened fire at the crowd, police said. The shooter then drove off.
A man, whose age and identity was not yet known, was pronounced dead at the scene. A white sheet covered the man's body on the pavement near the entrance of the hall's door. A white BMW sports car, with one of its door still open, was next to the body.
Six other people were shot during the attack. Police did not immediately have information about each victim's condition or which hospital they were taken to.
A 30-year-old man, a 32-year-old woman and a 33-year-old woman were each shot in the leg, police said. A 32-year-old man was shot in the abdomen. A 31-year-old woman was shot in the left leg, and a 36-year-old man was shot in the buttocks.
An eighth person, a 40-year-old man, was hit by the shooter's SUV during the shooting, police said. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center to be treated for a broken ankle.
In the most recent fatal shooting, a 30-year-old man was fatally shot while he was stopped at a traffic light about 5:10 a.m. in the 3800 block of South Archer Avenue in the Brighton Park neighborhood, police said.
A vehicle approached, and someone inside fired multiple times, striking the man in the head, neck and arm. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
A 32-year-old man was fatally shot and two other people were wounded in a drive-by shooting about 4:30 a.m. Sunday in the 7700 block of North Ashland Avenue in the Rogers Park neighborhood, police said.
They were standing on the sidewalk when someone in a Ford SUV opened fire. A 32-year-old man was shot in the neck, and he was pronounced dead at Presence Saint Francis Hospital, police said.
A 23-year-old man was shot in the hip, and a 23-year-old woman was shot in the neck. Their conditions were stabilized at Presence Saint Francis Hospital.
About 2 a.m. Sunday, a 22-year-old man was shot dead in the 1000 block of West Maxwell Street in the University Village/Little Italy neighborhood, police said.
He was standing on the street when two men pulled up in a car and shot him multiple times. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The body of the 22-year-old man, who had been wearing red, could be seen near the playground for the John M. Smyth Elementary School. On the side of the school's building, a mural stated, "The motivation for me ... is telling me what I can't be."
The trees along Maxwell Street were lined with fliers announcing the upcoming filming of a popular television show, "Chicago Fire," in the neighborhood.
A man at one point approached the crime scene with his hands in the air. "Don't shoot," he told officers. The man soon walked away with two other people.
Across the street, a group of men drank in the Barbara Jean Wright Court Apartments.
About 30 minutes earlier, one man was fatally shot and another man was critically wounded in a shooting about 1:25 a.m. Sunday in the 7000 block of South Paulina Street in the West Englewood neighborhood.
A group of people were standing outside when a car pulled up and someone shot into the group, police said.
A 22-year-old man was shot multiple times, and he was pronounced dead at St. Bernard Hospital.
A 23-year-old man was also shot multiple times. He was in critical condition at Mount Sinai Hospital.
In the Englewood neighborhood about 4:20 p.m. Saturday, a 24-year-old man was shot in the face, chest and arm while he was in the 6300 block of South Carpenter Street on the South Side, police said.
He was taken to an area hospital, where he was later pronounced dead at 4:32 p.m.
He was identified as Cornell Verner, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
A total of six people were wounded in two separate triple shootings that took place within 20 minutes from each other on the city's West Side.
About 11:30 p.m. Saturday, a dispute broke out between a large group of people who were in the 5000 block of West Ferdinand Street in the South Austin neighborhood, police said. The dispute ended when shots were fired by someone, striking three people.

A 30-year-old man was shot in the chest and in his right leg. He was taken in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital. A 62-year-old man was shot in the left leg, and his condition was stabilized at West Suburban Medical Center. A 32-year-old woman was shot in the left leg, and her condition was stabilized at West Suburban Medical Center.
About a half mile away about 11:10 p.m. Saturday, three men were shot while they were outside in the 5100 block of West Chicago Avenue in the South Austin neighborhood, police said.
Two men who were wearing masks approached and opened fire. A 19-year-old man was shot in the left hip and left leg, and a 24-year-old man was shot in the left arm. Their conditions were stabilized at West Suburban Medical Center.
A 30-year-old man was shot in the back, and he was taken in serious condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, police said.   
A 32-year-old man was grazed in the head after a Chicago police officer opened fire during an "armed confrontation" about 8:45 p.m. Saturday in Gage Park, police said.
Chicago Lawn District tactical officers were investigating a group of men possibly drinking in the park when they noticed one of the men had a gun, said Sgt. Al Stinites, spokesman for the Chicago Police Department.
A confrontation ensued between an officer and a man armed with a gun, police said. The officer fired one round, grazing the man in the head, Stinites said. The man was taken to an area hospital for treatment.
A gun was recovered at the scene, police said.
In other shootings:
-- In the Pilsen neighborhood, a 17-year-old boy was shot in the right leg about 3:45 a.m. Sunday while he was in the 800 block of West 19th Street, police said. His condition was stabilized at Stroger Hospital.
-- About 2:15 a.m. Sunday, a 34-year-old woman was shot in the right foot during a drive-by shooting in the 5100 block of West Concord Place in the North Austin neighborhood, police said. Someone inside a passing Dodge Charger opened fire, striking the woman in the foot. Her condition was stabilized at West Suburban Medical Center.
-- A 60-year-old man was shot in the right shoulder while he was driving about 1:35 a.m. Sunday on the first block of East 43rd Street in the Bronzeville neighborhood, police said. He took himself to Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, where he was listed in good condition.

-- A 27-year-old man is in critical condition after he was shot about 12:45 a.m. Sunday in the 4500 block of South Wood Street in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, police said. He was heading north in a car when someone shot him in the head. He then crashed into a tree. He was taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital.
-- About 10 p.m., a 36-year-old man was shot in the left leg while he was walking in the 2800 block of West Augusta Boulevard in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side. The shooter got out of a Chevrolet car and shot the man, police said. He took himself to Norwegian American Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.
-- A 16-year-old boy was shot in the right leg while he was walking about 9:35 p.m. Saturday in the 700 block of North Lawndale Avenue in the East Garfield Park neighborhood, police said. The boy had seen two groups of people shooting at each other near an alley, and he later realized he had been wounded by the gunfire. His condition was stabilized at Stroger Hospital.
-- About 9:15 p.m., a 42-year-old man was shot in the left leg while he was sitting in a parked car in the 5800 block of West Augusta Boulevard in the South Austin neighborhood on the West Side, police said. A black Jeep Wrangler pulled up next to him, and someone inside opened fire. The man took himself to West Suburban Medical Center, where his condition was stabilized.
-- A 17-year-old boy was wounded about 8:15 p.m. in the 4700 block of West Fulton Street, police said. He was shot in the left knee and was transported by ambulance in good condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, police said.
-- Around 7:45 p.m. a 20-year-old man was shot in the head in the 900 block of West 83rd Street in the Gresham neighborhood, police said. He was taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police said. Witnesses told police a dark-colored SUV pulled up and began firing shots, striking the victim. The SUV then sped away.

-- Two men were wounded around 6:30 p.m.in the 2700 block of North Monticello Avenue in the city's Logan Square neighborhood. The men, 21 and 20, were walking down the street when an assailant in a dark-colored SUV pulled up and fired shots, hitting the older man in the head and the younger man in the left thigh, police said. They were both taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. The older man was in critical condition, and the younger man's condition had stabilized.
Chicago Tribune

Chandler AZ man arrested for stealing, selling almost $10K of baby formula privateofficer.com

Robert Illa, 39 (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
CHANDLER, AZ Aug 21 2017
A Chandler man faces dozens of felony charges for allegedly stealing baby formula from Frys Food Stores across the Valley, then re-selling the merchandise.
Robert Illa was arrested on August 8. He's accused of shoplifting and selling close to $10K worth of baby formula.
According to the police report, Illa would enter various Fry's stores with an empty shopping cart, select the formula and other items, then leave the store without paying. Police believe he would also use a blue tote bag, also stolen from Fry's, to haul out the stolen goods.
Chandler police say when they stopped his car on August 8, he was in possession of 22 tubs of baby formula and a large blue tote bag.
The police report reads: "I asked him why he was shoplifting the baby formula and other merchandise and he said to support his heroin addiction." The police report also states that Illa said he "shoplifts the product and immediately sells it to a fence location for cash. He then goes directly to his dealer to purchase the heroin."
When he was arrested, police say he was already on probation for possession of narcotic drugs.

He now faces multiple charges of organized retail theft, possession of stolen property and trafficking in stolen property.

Store employee arrested in alleged theft, sale of cell phones privateofficer.com

Diana Sanchez (Source: LMDC)
LOUISVILLE, KY Aug 21 2017 An employee of a cell phone store has been charged with theft after phones worth thousands of dollars were discovered to be missing.
An arrest warrant says Sanchez had been working at a Cricket Wireless store in the 8700 block of Westport Road when the store manager noticed some of the display phones were missing. A check of the inventory revealed that many more phones unaccounted for. The total of the missing merchandise was $6,800.
A review of the video surveillance showed Sanchez leaving the store with a number of phones in a bag on July 11. She was also recorded leaving more phones on July 16. When called by her employer, Sanchez admitted to taking and selling the phones.
Some of the stolen phones were recovered by the store from people Sanchez had sold them to. One of the buyers said Sanchez was wearing her company shirt when he purchased his phone from her.


Four women arrested after Kohl's shoplifting spree privateofficer.com

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Buffalo NY Aug 21 2017 Four 21-year-old Buffalo women were arrested for stealing merchandise from Kohl's Department Store and then driving away – with young children under the age of 5 alongside.
According to a police report, the women entered the Delaware Avenue store, took clothing into four separate fitting rooms, and hid the merchandise in the purses and bags that they brought with them. They left the store without paying, apparently using aluminum foil found in one of the purses to thwart the store's alarm system.
A Buffalo police patrol car stopped them almost immediately after they drove away. Daveisha Hunter of Northumberland Avenue, Theressa McMillan of Garner Avenue, Samaan Grasty of Hewitt Avenue and Miari Bishop of Dartmouth Avenue all were charged with petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

Hunter was also charged with unlawfully dealing with a child, and possession of burglar's tools. McMillan was charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Bishop, the driver, also faces traffic violations for not wearing a seat belt and not having the children in appropriate child restraints.
Buffalo News

20-year-old man suspected of shoplifting drowns while fleeing police privateofficer.com

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Gloucester County NJ Aug 21 2017 A 20-year-old man suspected of shoplifting at a Wawa store drowned in Woodbury Lake while fleeing from police, the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office said Saturday.
Woodbury police responded to a report of shoplifting at 3:50 a.m. The suspect ran when officers attempted to speak to him, and entered the lake behind the Carriage House Apartments on Evergreen Avenue, according to preliminary findings by prosecutors.
The suspect refused commands to leave the water and swam under the Evergreen Avenue bridge, officials said.
Police lost sight of him, and emergency responders in a Woodbury fire company boat were unable to find him.

A New Jersey State Police dive team recovered the man’s body at 10:30 a.m., the Prosecutor’s Office said. An autopsy by the county Medical Examiner’s Office found the cause of death to be accidental drowning.

NY State Police are investigating an "apparent suicide" at Crossgates Mall privateofficer.com

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Albany NY Aug 21 2017 NY State Police are investigating an "apparent suicide" at Crossgates Mall on Friday, a state police official confirmed.
Not a whole lot is known at the moment on the situation or what happened to be exact.
What is known is that late Friday night Guilderland Police had an area of the malls parking lot blocked off just outside of Dicks Sporting Goods.
WNYT was on hand with reporters and is saying that officers were surrounding a car which was in the parking lot and that car was covered with a sheet.

At this current time State Police are investigating the matter and at least one person is dead.

Monroe police officer, high school resource officer dies in motorcycle crash privateofficer.com

MONROE, N.C. Aug 21 2017- A Monroe Police Department officer was killed in a motorcycle accident on Saturday in Cherokee.
Paul Perrette, 49, was a resource officer at Monroe High School.
“This is a heartbreaking loss for our department, the students at Monroe High School and our residents,” said Monroe Police Chief Bryan Gilliard. “Paul was a very well-respected and well-liked member of our department and community and we are all just devastated at this time.”
Perrette was a member of the Monroe Police Department since January of 2009 and served as a school resource officer for Monroe High School for the past three years.

Monroe High School Principal Mike Harvey said in a press release that his students truly loved "Pauly" and that he would be opening Monroe High School Sunday at 8:30 a.m. for students and the community to come together to remember and honor Perrette.

5-year-old dead, 2 adults injured in University of North Carolina housing violence privateofficer.com

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CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina Aug 21 2017 -- UNC Police are investigating after a domestic-violence incident left a 5-year-old child dead and two adults with injuries at UNC'S Baity Hill family housing community.
The incident happened in a single-family residence Sunday about 12:10 a.m.
Police said a knife was used in the attack.
The two other people injured were the parents of the child, UNC Police said. Police said the incident was a domestic dispute.
The child's father was described as a UNC graduate student.
Police did not immediately release details of the attack, telling ABC11 only that "a suspect is currently receiving medical treatment."
There is no ongoing threat to the university, the school said.
A neighbor told ABC11 the incident happened on the first level of the apartment building.
Jessica Dyer said she is disturbed that a child died just steps from her home.
I'm a little bit on my toes," she said. "We have two kids, and I always felt safe here so to know something happened next door in a really safe environment is pretty scary."
She said she and her children were awakened by flashing lights and sirens.
"I heard it at about midnight," Dyer said. "Fire trucks pulled up, and I just assumed it was a fire alarm."
The investigation is ongoing. No names have been released.


Shooting at Indianapolis concert-lack of security some say privateofficer.com

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. Aug 21 2017— Late Saturday night, authorities responded to an incident at the NBA Youngboy concert at the Old National Center.
The show started at 9 p.m. in the Egyptian Room. Witnesses say sometime after 11:30 p.m., people in the crowd started pushing up on the stage, and there weren’t enough security guards to handle it.
As a result, people were hurt, and witnesses say people were taken out on stretchers, including reports of an injured security guard.
The concert was then cancelled, and the concert-goers were told to leave.
That’s when, shortly after, a 23-year-old male is shot outside of the building.
Police say he is shot in the foot, and is expected to be okay.

The investigation is ongoing.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Line of Duty Death: Sergeant Richard "Sam" Howard

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Sergeant Richard "Sam" Howard
Kissimmee Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Bio & Incident Details
Age: 36
Tour: 10 years
Cause: Gunfire
Incident Date: 8/18/2017
Weapon: Handgun
Offender: Charged with murder

Sergeant Sam Howard and Police Officer Matthew Baxter were shot and killed while responding to reports of three suspicious people in the area of Palmway Street and Cypress Street at approximately 9:30 pm.
They were speaking to the men when a scuffle ensued and both officers shot. Both were transported to Osceola Regional Medical Center where Officer Baxter was pronounced dead. Sergeant Howard passed away the following afternoon.
The subject who shot him was arrested approximately two hours after the shooting by members of the Osceola County Sheriff's Office. Two handguns were found in his possession when he was arrested.
Sergeant Howard had served with the Kissimmee Police Department for 10 years. He is survived by his wife and one child.

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

Chief of Police Jeff O'Dell
Kissimmee Police Department
8 North Stewart Ave
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Phone: (407) 847-0176

Bedrock Protection Agency named one of America's fastest growing companies privateofficer.com

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Salt Lake City UT Aug 20 2017 Bedrock Protection Agency was ranked No. 264 on the 2017 Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in the United States by Inc. magazine. Bedrock's ranking is due to its 1,647% sales growth over the past three years. It will be highlighted in the September issue of Inc. magazine with the other top-tier (Inc. 500) winners.
Bedrock attributes this growth by seeking to change and improve on some of the common pitfalls of security agencies by providing our clients with transparency, improved communication, accountablility, and using the right mix of personnel and technology.
The 36th annual Inc. 5000 list is the most prestigious ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. Microsoft, Dell, Domino's Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000.
"What makes Bedrock different is the people. We have attracted some of the greatest talent in the industry, and this ranking is a reflection of that." said Paul Nelson, Founder and CEO of Bedrock. "From our employees on the front lines to our managers and executives, everyone shares in this this recognition because it took all of our employees' efforts to get to where we are today."
Founded in 2013, Bedrock has built its reputation on responsiveness, customer service and employee retention which has contributed to our growth paving the way for the Inc. 500 nomination. Bedrock is a regional based firm with operations in Utah and Nevada and now has over 300 employees and projected revenues of $8.2 million in 2017.

For more information on Bedrock Protection Agency, please visit Bedrock's website.
Via Press Release