Sunday, December 10, 2017

Line of Duty Death Police Officer Eric Chapman

Johnston Police Department, South Carolina

Police Officer Eric Chapman
Johnston Police Department, South Carolina
End of Watch: Friday, December 8, 2017

Bio & Incident Details
Age: 30
Tour: 2 years, 5 months
Military veteran
Cause: Automobile crash

Police Officer Eric Chapman was killed in a single vehicle crash on Columbia Road, between Star Road and JET Middle School, at approximately 10:30 pm.
Officer Chapman was responding to back-up another officer who was dealing with an armed individual when his vehicle hydroplaned. He was ejected from his vehicle as it overturned multiple times. He was transported to Augusta University Trauma Unit where he was pronounced dead shortly before midnight.
Officer Chapman was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Johnston Police Department for 2-1/2 years. He is survived by his wife, one child, and several stepchildren.

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

Police Chief Lamaz Robinson
Johnston Police Department
500 Mims Avenue
Johnston, SC 29832
Phone: (803) 275-2488

Gateway Jewelry Exchange guard fires gun in dispute privateofficer.com

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Patchogue, NY Dec 10 2017 An armed security guard employed at a North Patchogue jewelry store was arrested Friday evening and charged with first-degree reckless endangerment after firing a round during a dispute, Suffolk County police said.
Zahid Raja, 37, of Selden, fired his handgun at 5 p.m. on the premises of the store, Gateway Jewelry Exchange, at 499-13 Sunrise Hwy. North Service Rd.
Raja was intervening in an altercation between a store clerk and a customer over a business transaction, police said. There were no injuries.
Raja is licensed to carry the weapon, according to police.
He was arraigned on Saturday at First District Court in Central Islip.
Raja was released after paying bail of $2,000 cash, according to court records.
His attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Police said the investigation is continuing. Additional details were not available on Saturday.
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Houston bounty hunter and girlfriend indicted for international sex trafficking privateofficer.com

Luis De Jesus Rodriguez, 26, known professionally by the nickname Htown Hunter, and his girlfriend, Helen Leon Mesa, 28, are to appear before a U.S. Magistrate on Monday, facing allegations of international sex trafficking. Photo: Courtesy Of FOX 26

Houston TX Dec 10 2017 A Houston bounty hunter and his girlfriend have been arrested on allegations they ran an international sex trafficking network that solicited women from South America and forced them into commercial sex, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.
Luis De Jesus Rodriguez, 26, known professionally by the nickname Htown Hunter, and his girlfriend, Helen Leon Mesa, 28, were indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury are are set to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dena Palermo on Monday.
A third person charged in the case is being sought and has not been identified by Justice Department officials.
Rodriguez, who runs a business as bail bondsman and bounty hunter, previously had criminal charges against him dismissed by state prosecutors on allegations he'd been one of the masked men involved in a strong arm robbery in a game room in southeast Houston. His attorney, Christopher Downey, said he presented affirmative evidence that Rodriguez was not involved and his record was cleared.
According to court documents, the criminal scheme recruited young women in Colombia and the United States. Investigators say Rodriguez and Mesa told the women they could work as dancers at a Houston nightclub. They told the women Rodriguez was a bounty hunter and worked in law enforcement.

But once the victims arrived in the U.S., Rodriguez and Mesa put them to work a Houston strip club and compelled them to pay back the debt they charged for finding them employment, which ranged from $13,200 to $25,000.  The women had to pay about $250 each day towards their debt and the traffickers threatened them and their families if they didn't pay. They monitored the women's movements and cellphones and forced them into engage in commercial sex acts, according to the indictment.
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Chairwoman and President of Birmingham Water Works Board has been charged with embezzlement privateofficer.com

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Birmingham AL Dec 10 2017 The chairwoman and president of the Birmingham Water Works Board has been charged with embezzlement.
Sherry W. Lewis was booked Wednesday afternoon into the Jefferson County Jail with a $30,000 bond.
Jail records list embezzlement as the charge, but no further details are available at this time. More details will be added to this story as they are confirmed.
In a statement, an attorney for Lewis said she is innocent of the charges and said the grand jury has heard only one side of the evidence.
"Sherry looks forward to her day in court and expects to be acquitted of all charges by a jury of her peers in a trial where she will have the right to confront the prosecution's evidence," the statement read.

Lewis' indictment comes after months of speculation about an ongoing special grand jury focused on public corruption in metro Birmingham.

Bouncer sentenced to 35 years for beating Moses Malone Jr. privateofficer.com

Darian Blount, 39, is wanted by police for the June 25, 2016 assault and robber of Moses Malone Jr. Photo: Texas Department Of Public Safety

Harris County TX Dec 10 2017 A bouncer at an after-hours club was sentenced late Thursday to 35 years in prison for inciting the beating of Moses Malone Jr. last year because of a Facebook post about basketball star James Harden.
Darian Blount, 40, was convicted of aggravated robbery after confronting the son of NBA legend Moses Malone with a group of people outside V Live, a near-westside strip club that operated between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. V Live has since closed.
Harris County jurors earlier on Thursday convicted him of the first-degree felony. They then worked past 7 p.m. to determine punishment. He was
Because Malone's jewelry was taken, and some people in the crowd had guns, prosecutors charged Blount with armed robbery. He was convicted under the state's "law of parties," which assigns everyone connected to crime with the same culpability. In other cases, prosecutors have used the law to charge getaway drivers or other conspirators with the same crime that a masked gunman would face.
The jury agreed that at least one handgun was involved in the crime, so he will have to serve at least half of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.
Malone arrived at the club in the 6200 block of Richmond about 2:30 a.m. on June 25, 2016, and was confronted outside by Blount and a crowd of people.
Testimony showed that Blount apparently told Malone he disrespected Harden and needed to be punished. He then shouted, "Get 'em!"
People in the crowd, some with handguns, began beating Malone and took his iPhone, and jewelry valued at $50,000, including diamond earrings that were ripped out of Malone's ears.
He also lost two David Yurman pendant chains worth $20,000 each.
After the beating, Malone identified Blount, who was known as "Blunt" and two other men who were all arrested on a felony charge of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. The cases against Kavon Boutte, 27, and Oscar Wattell, 26, are pending.
Blount's attorney, Clint Davidson, argued that his client broke up the fight.
Prosecutors Britni Cooper and Lauren Reeder told jurors that Blount initiated the fight because he wanted to show basketball superstar Harden that he "had his back."
Harden was a frequent visitor of the club, police testified, and stars like singer Rihanna, boxer Floyd Mayweather and rapper Wiz Khalifa had been spotted there. The night before the attack, the singer Drake was at the club, according to one witness.
Blount has a long criminal history beginning with arrests for marijuana in 1997. Since then, he has been arrested and pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana and cocaine in several cases.

Malone is the son of former Rockets center Moses Malone who was a three-time NBA MVP. The Hall of Famer died in September 2015.
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'I’ll smoke you, security guard.' Shout precedes gunfire at McKeesport housing complex privateofficer.com

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McKeesport PA Dec 10 2017 A 17-year-old Duquesne boy and a 26-year-old McKeesport man were arrested late Thursday night on charges of firing shots at a security officer in an apartment complex in McKeesport.
Dailan Smith, 26, and Jahi Rox, 17, both face attempted homicide, assault and firearms charges, according to court records.
The security officer, identified in a criminal complaint as Ronald Fialkovich, said he was standing in a parking lot in the Hi View Gardens apartment complex in the 700 block of Sixth Street when a vehicle drove by.
Someone inside the vehicle shouted, “I’ll smoke you, security guard,” Mr. Fialkovich told McKeesport police, and then fired six shots in his direction.
Mr. Fialkovich was not wounded.
McKeesport police saw a vehicle that matched the vehicle Mr. Fialkovich described over the radio as it drove away from the apartment complex, according to court records.
A McKeesport detective tried to pull the vehicle over and a pursuit ensued, according to a criminal complaint. The driver eventually crashed into a storm drain at the corner of Walnut Street and 25th Street, a criminal complaint said, at which point the two people inside the car — identified as Smith and Mr. Rox — surrendered.
McKeesport police found a .45 caliber handgun, still hot, under the driver’s seat and partially in view, according to a complaint.
The firearm had been stolen from Pittsburgh, according to a complaint.
Smith and Mr. Rox are scheduled to appear for preliminary hearings in City Court, Downtown, on Dec. 20.

Both are in custody in the Allegheny County Jail after they were unable to make bond.
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West Salem man arrested after allegedly masturbating in front of girl on city bus privateofficer.com

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Salem OR Dec 10 2017
A West Salem man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of masturbating in front of a 12-year-old girl on a Cherriots city bus.
It was Richard Joseph Wilson's third time being arrested on public indecency charges in the past four months.
According to a probable cause statement, the girl was riding the bus from Wallace Road NW to the transit mall downtown on Nov. 30 when a man, later identified as Wilson, 40, boarded to bus and sat across from her.
She told police she noticed Wilson was staring at her. When she looked back, she saw he was stroking his exposed, erected penis.
The girl said she looked out the window and tried to ignore Wilson. Once the bus stopped, Wilson zipped up his pants, and the girl hurried off the bus.

She went home and told her mother, who then contacted Cherriots security about the incident. Security personnel reported the sex offense to Salem police.
While reviewing surveillance footage of the bus, a Salem officer noticed a man, whose lower body was blocked by a seat, watching the girl and moving his arms just outside of the camera's view. When the victim exited the bus, the man was seen standing up and touching his groin.
Using a photo taken from the surveillance footage, the officer issued a department-wide attempt to locate memo. Two other officers later contacted him and identified the man as Wilson, a suspect in two other public indecency incidents earlier this year.
In August, a woman walking with her 8-year-old daughter along Senate Street in West Salem spotted Wilson sitting in a white SUV with his phone and masturbating.
When she hit the window of Wilson's car and told him he needed to leave, he grabbed the gear shift, threw the SUV into reverse and sped off, according to court records.
The woman told police Wilson reversed at least 100 feet down the street until he struck a curb, which ricocheted his SUV into a parked car. The impact was so severe, it spun Wilson's vehicle around.
Even though he had at least two flat tires, Wilson drove away from the scene.
After the woman contacted police, officers realized the man's and vehicle's description matched another indecent exposure incident reported in the area in July. Using the license plate number from the earlier case, police traced the vehicle to Wilson's home on Glen Creek Road NW. 
Officers found a damaged, white SUV parked in front of his home. Wilson told police he parked on Senate Street but denied masturbating. He said the witnesses were lying about him exposing himself. He admitted to hitting the curb, adding that he thought he hit trash cans, not a car.
Wilson was arrested and charged with two counts of public indecency and hit-and-run. He was released from jail on Aug. 31 and order to only use his vehicle if driving to work or driving with a "responsible adult."
Wilson was convicted of first-degree sexual abuse in 1996 for an incident involving a girl under the age of 14. He was sentenced to four years and six months in prison and required to register as a sex offender.
Following his arrest Thursday, Wilson was taken to Polk County jail and held on $75,000 bail.
His next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 14.

Two security officers at Von's in San Diego stabbed by shoplifter privateofficer.com

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SAN DIEGO, CA Dec 10 2017  -- A shoplifting suspect injured two grocery store security guards in a knife attack when he was confronted at a Von's in San Diego, police said Saturday. The attack occurred at 8:27 p.m. Friday at 3561 Midway Drive, said San Diego police Sgt. J. Wells.
The suspect was confronted by security as he was exiting the store and a fight ensued, according to Wells.
The suspect pulled out a knife and cut one security officer's finger and stabbed another guard in a leg, Wells said. The suspect was detained by citizens until police arrived, he added.

The suspect was taken into custody and the security officers were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Florida hospital employee allegedly steals $8,200 from patient privateofficer.com



LARGO, Fla. Dec 10 2017 An employee at a medical center in Largo, Florida is accused of stealing $8,200 worth of cash from a patient.
According to an arrest affidavit, police were called to the Largo Medical Center Indian Rocks campus after the patient’s property was stolen.
Investigators say the property was signed out on a property log, which is managed by a security officer.
Upon reviewing surveillance video, investigators saw Brianna Denise Robinson, 22, enter the lobby of the security office at the same time the patient’s property was signed out. Robinson can be seen leaving the security office with a coat draped over her arm. Police say the coat contained $8,200 in cash.
A security officer on duty at the time positively identified Robinson as the employee who signed out the property.
Robinson was arrested with grand theft Wednesday. She was booked into the Pinellas County Jail and released on a surety bond.

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Man Arrested At NH Walmart For Cutting Security Tags To Steal Electronics privateofficer.com


HUDSON NH Dec 10 2017 — One man faces several charges after police say he used snipping tools to cut security tags off items at a New Hampshire Walmart.
According to police, the attempted theft occurred around 12:35 p.m. on Friday at the Walmart on 254 Lowell Road in Hudson.
Upon arrival, officers found David Johnson, 28 of East Greenwich, RI detained by the Asset Protection personnel who stopped him from leaving the store with several items.
Johnson allegedly walked past the exit of the store concealing two (2) Roku Ultra streaming devices and other merchandise on his person.
During the arrest, officers located the snipping tool and another device designed to break anti-theft devices.
Police believe Johnson was planning to leave Walmart in a black 2017 Mazda 6.
Hudson Police also suspect that Johnson may have committed similar crimes by taking streaming devices elsewhere.

Johnson faces theft by unauthorized taking and possession of theft detection removers or shielding devices (two counts). He is scheduled to appear in the Nashua District Court on January, 11th.
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Armored truck crash in Washington injuries five privateofficer.com

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Colfax WA Dec 10 2017 Five people were hospitalized Friday following a six-car crash that started when an armored truck hit a guardrail on U.S. Highway 195 north of Colfax.
There were no fatalities, according to a Washington State Patrol news release.
According to WSP, Saif A. Alhmeyrat, 23, of Spokane, was driving south in a 2003 Freightliner armored truck and lost control around 7:47 a.m.
Alhmeyrat was not injured in the crash, which happened 16 miles north of Colfax.
Alhmeyrat's passenger, Joshua D. Shaffer, 26, of Spokane, was taken to Whitman Hospital and Medical Center, but was later transferred to a different hospital in "stable condition," according to a spokeswoman.
Alhmeyrat's truck was blocking the northbound lane and started a chain-reaction crash, police said, when a minivan driven by Ahmed J. Hamzah, 44, of Pullman, struck the armored truck, which was demolished. Hamzah was uninjured, but his minivan was totaled.
Robert L. Spence, 73, of Puyallup, who was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado, then crashed into Hamzah's minivan. Spence was uninjured, but his truck was demolished. Marcy Q. Sager, 41, of Colfax, then hit Spence's truck with her 2001 Ford Windstar minivan, which also was totaled.
Hamzah's passenger, Fadak Jasim, 10, was critically injured and was taken to Whitman Medical but was later transferred to a different hospital. A spokeswoman at Whitman did not know where Jasim was transferred.
Sager was taken to Whitman Medical Center, where she was treated and released. Her passengers, Julie D. Quilang, 66, of Colfax, and Othelo E. Quilang, 70, of Colfax, also were hospitalized. They were treated and released.
The first four vehicles were still blocking the lane when Leticia Lopez-Ortiz, 39, of Los Angeles, hit Sager's car in an unidentified vehicle, shoving it forward into the other vehicles. Lopez-Ortiz was uninjured.
Lastly, a sixth vehicle driven by Todd Krause, 43, of Colfax, entered the pile-up and hit Hamzah's minivan. Krause was not injured in the crash.

WSP said an initial cause of the crash had not been determined. Roadway conditions were unavailable. The highway was closed for about four hours. All drivers and occupants were wearing seat belts.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal investigator killed in crash privateofficer.com

Deputy Chief Sander Cohen | Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal, Maryland

Deputy Chief Sander Cohen
Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal, Maryland
End of Watch: Friday, December 8, 2017

Bio & Incident Details
Age: 33
Tour: 9 years
Cause: Struck by vehicle

Deputy Chief Sander Cohen was struck and killed by a vehicle on southbound I-270, near Falls Road in Montgomery County, while assisting at the scene of another crash involving an off duty FBI agent.
Deputy Chief Cohen was off duty when he encountered a single vehicle crash that was blocking the left the lane of the interstate.
 He activated his flashers and notified the Maryland State Police barracks that he was checking on the welfare of the driver, Supervisory Special Agent Carlos Wolff.
He and Agent Wolff were standing on the shoulder of the highway when another vehicle swerved to avoid the crash scene.
The vehicle struck Deputy Chief Cohen and Agent Wolff, throwing them both over the jersey wall into the northbound lanes.
They both suffered fatal injuries as a result of being struck.
Deputy Chief Cohen had served as a law enforcement investigator with the Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal for nine years and served as a volunteer firefighter with the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department.

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

State Fire Marshal Brian Geraci
Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal
1201 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, MD 21208
Phone: (410) 653-8980

East Chicago robbery suspect shot in head by security officer privateofficer.com

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EAST CHICAGO IL Dec 9 2017 — A security officer shot and wounded a man Thursday as the man robbed a cellphone store, police said.
Employees told East Chicago police the man entered Metro PCS, 3723 Main St., just before 6:25 p.m., pulled out a gun and ordered them to open the register and give him "all the money," Detective Sgt. Terence Fife said.
The man — whose face was covered with a scarf — waved a handgun randomly at two store employees, police said. The employees told police they opened the register drawer, and the man began to take money from the drawer.
During the robbery, a security officer shot the man in the head, police said.
East Chicago police arrived and found the man lying on the floor inside the building, Fife said. Money and a black and silver handgun were lying near him.
The man was taken by ambulance to St. Catherine Hospital and later transferred to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, police said.
Statements regarding the case were still being taken and the investigation was ongoing, Fife said. The wounded man had not yet been identified, he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Angelo Machuca at 219-391-8523. To remain anonymous, call 219-391-8500.

Off-duty employee fired for carrying gun at Disney Springs says he was treated ‘like a criminal' privateofficer.com

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ORLANDO, Fla. Dec 9 2017 - A foreman in the Disney transportation department who was fired last month for carrying a concealed weapon at Disney Springs on his day off is questioning if the company violated his Second Amendment rights.
Sam Martinez had worked at Disney for five years until the day he went with his wife to Disney Springs to see a movie and do some shopping.
He has a concealed carry permit and was carrying his gun during the Nov. 13 trip.
Somehow security officers realized Martinez was carrying a weapon, despite that fact that it was under his shirt, and confronted him.
“I exit a store (and) I’ve got sheriffs around me, I’ve got security around me,” he said. “I was treated pretty much like a criminal.”
He showed the deputies and security officers his concealed-carry permit and at first they asked him to leave the property.
When they realized he was a Disney employee, everything changed.
“(They said), ‘You can’t have that here, and you can’t be a Disney employee and be carrying. It’s against our policies,’” Martinez said. “Well, I had never been informed of that.”
He was immediately suspended for 19 days, at which point he was fired.
Handgun policies at Disney theme parks are clear, but Martinez said there were no signs at Disney Springs saying he couldn’t carry his gun.
He argues that he was legally carrying a weapon on his day off, and questions if Disney has the right to fire him over the incident.
“It’s a Second Amendment right for me to carry legally,” Martinez said. “I did everything legally and now it’s almost like I’m being punished for it.”
Since his firing, Martinez learned that employees are prohibited from bringing weapons onto any Disney property.
Had he known that ahead of time, Martinez said he would not have been carrying his gun.

A Disney representative declined to comment on Martinez’s firing because it is a personnel matter.
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Four College Students Arrested In Alleged Shoplifting Ring pfrivateofficer.com

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SCOTT COUNTY, Ky Dec 9 2017 Four Georgetown College students face charges after they allegedly participated in a shoplifting ring that tried to steal more than $500 in merchandise from a store.
Police reports show officers responded to a call about 4:50 p.m. Monday from Kohl’s when a security officer allegedly saw four women choose merchandise and take the items into the same fitting room. The security officer said the women removed inventory-control tags from the items, and hid the items in a backpack that one of the women carried. Store employees found the tags in the fitting room but no clothing left there, the reports said.
The security guard stopped the women in the parking lot, searched the backpack and found several unpurchased items, the report said. The guard escorted the women back into the store.
The total value of the stolen items was $577, one report said.
Mariah Mackenzie Bolasina, Ariana J. Garner, London R. Polk and Shelby Briannon Webster, all 19 and all of Georgetown, were charged with theft by unlawful taking-shoplifting more than $500 but less than $10,000 and engaging in organized crime.
Georgetown College Associate Vice President for College Relations Jim Allison confirmed the four are students.
Officials say the women had been previously identified as suspects in shoplifting that occurred Nov. 30, but no charge had been filed regarding those allegations.
All four were lodged without bond in the detention center.

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Myrtle Beach security officer arrested for shooting into occupied vehicle privateofficer.com


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MYRTLE BEACH FL Dec 9 2017  — A security officer from Little River has been charged after Myrtle Beach police said he shot at a moving vehicle.
Adam Perry, 22, of Riverwood Court, is charged with discharging a firearm within the city limits, which is barred by Myrtle Beach ordinance. Perry turned himself in Friday morning and was released on bail, police said.
Law enforcement responded to a report of shots fired at the Quail Marsh Apartments at 2005 Greens Blvd., early Wednesday. Myrtle Beach Assistant Police Chief Marty Brown said in a release that Perry was performing his duties when he fired.
It is unclear if anyone was injured. Capt. Joey Crosby, a spokesman for Myrtle Beach police, could not immediately be reached by phone.

"No EMS was needed and EMS was no dispatched to the incident location," according to a police report on the shooting filed Wednesday morning.
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Phoenix spends $125K to help homeless on light rail privateofficer.com

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Phoenix AX Dec 9 2017 With homelessness on the rise across the Valley and the nation, Phoenix residents are seeing the impact in neighborhoods, parks and the light rail.
The Phoenix City Council approved a transit-specific expansion to Phoenix CARES, a program established earlier this year to increase services and combat the impact of homelessness, like blight and trespassing.
The city already has deployed four homeless outreach teams in the community to engage and transport people experiencing homelessness to emergency shelters, detox facilities, hospitals and other services.
But this new effort will focus specifically on the light rail and its stations.
The number of people who are homeless and not in shelters climbed by almost 60 percent in the past two years, according to Maricopa County's 2017 "point-in-time" count. More than 70 percent of those individuals are in Phoenix.
The negative side issues of homelessness have trickled into Phoenix's public transportation systems. According to a city staff report, resident complaints about homelessness on the light rail have increased "significantly" in the past several months.
Albert Santana, the city's director of high-capacity transit, said the resident calls about homelessness on the light rail take many different forms, with some reporting safety and security concerns and others just noting an increase in people who appear homeless.
"(Homelessness is) a very important item for our residents and the city so we wanted to do our part to step up and provide resources on our asset and provide services in a positive way," Santana said.
The transit department is paying for the new $125,000 outreach team by cutting back on security at park-and-ride locations.
Currently, security guards patrol most of the park-and-ride lots all day. Since these lots are mostly used by commuters, the city decided to keep the guards stationed in the lots full-time during peak morning and evening hours, but have them patrol on a roving basis during less-busy hours.
The city hired Community Bridges, a local nonprofit, to provide the outreach teams.
Santana said the transit department doesn't have the training and experience needed to connect with people experiencing homelessness, but Community Bridges can provide "sensitive engagement."
Nate Smith, community engagement manager at Phoenix Rescue Mission, said the light rail system is "big-time impacted by homelessness" because people who live on the streets often use the public transportation system. 
There's definitely a need for people to be offered services there," he said.

Smith, whose organization provides emergency shelter, addiction programs and other services, said he supports the city's new dedication to increasing homeless outreach in the community.
He said consistent outreach is essential to eventually getting people into needed services.
He said many people may not engage on the first attempt, but the chance of connecting someone with needed help increases if experienced individuals continue reaching out.
"Outreach is a good thing for the city to focus its resources," Smith said.
The light rail is owned and operated by Valley Metro, but the transportation authority relies heavily on the cities the rail line traverses — Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa — to assist with safety and security, according to Hillary Foose, Valley Metro's director of communication and strategic initiatives.
"That's the way it's always worked — even when we first started," she said.
Other programs funded and operated through partnerships with the cities include jaywalking enforcement campaigns and additional police enforcement near stations, Foose said.
Phoenix Police Department's Traffic Enforcement Unit provides eight extra-duty police officers focused on light rail.
She said Valley Metro has also met regularly with social services providers, including Community Bridges, to determine how to bring homelessness outreach to the light rail stations.
"Phoenix's program is definitely in line with some of the initiatives we're doing with Valley Metro," Foose said.
Valley Metro recently introduced its "Respect the Ride" campaign, which includes a stricter passenger code of conduct that prohibits unruly behavior and gives light-rail security guards more flexibility to remove passengers.

"(Phoenix's program) will be a great compliment of what we're trying to accomplish with Respect the Ride," Foose said.
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3 Dallas Police Officers Indicted in Death of Unarmed Man privateofficer.com

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Dallas TX Dec 9 2017 Three Dallas police officers have been indicted in the death of an unarmed man who died in police custody last year.
Each face one count of deadly conduct, a Class A misdemeanor, with the maximum penalty of one year in county jail and a fine of up to $4,000.
Anthony "Tony" Timpa died Aug. 10, 2016, after calling 911 for help after running out of the New Fine Arts adult video store and into traffic along Mockingbird Lane.
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On Aug. 10, 2016, Tony Timpa called 911 for help. Dallas police officers responded. Less than an hour later, Timpa was dead. Now, the Dallas County District Attorney is investigating.(Published Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017)
A store security guard and a separate security guard from another company subdued Timpa and put him in handcuffs for his own safety near a Dallas Area Rapid Transit bus bench.
Five Dallas police officers arrived at the scene, placing him in their own handcuffs.
Less than an hour later, he was dead.
Documents obtained by NBC 5 Investigates, The Dallas Morning News, and lawyers for Timpa's family show that the 32-year-old was pinned to the ground for more than 14 minutes and mocked by police when he became unresponsive.
The city of Dallas and Dallas County have blocked the release of public records and the officers' body camera footage detailing Timpa's death, citing an ongoing investigation.
The officers indicted Thursday were Sgt. Kevin Mansell, Officer Danny Vasquez and a third officer identified as only "John Doe."

In response to the officers' indictment Thursday, Timpa's mother, Vicki Timpa, told NBC 5, "They need to go to jail. I want them to smell the rust on the bars."
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Woman charged in stabbing of worker, security guard at NW Side Walmart

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SAN ANTONIO TX Dec 9 2017 - A security guard and an employee of a Northwest Side Walmart are nursing stab wounds from an attack at San Antonio police say was unprovoked.
The attack happened around 5:30 a.m. Friday inside the store near Interstate 10 and Vance Jackson.
Sgt. Tim Esp with SAPD said a female employee was walking past Rios in the clothing area of the store when she allegedly approached her and cut her on the chin with a knife.
The employee called for help, and one of the people who came to her aid was a store security guard.
Esp said Rios then allegedly turned the knife on him, cutting him on the back of his neck and stabbing him under his chin.
The security guard, who is an off-duty Floresville police officer, suffered a deep gash. Esp said he was take to University Hospital and is stable.
He said the employee suffered a superficial wound and did not need to be treated at a hospital.
Police said Rios was taken into custody at the scene.
John Navarro and his wife were shopping in that Walmart at the time and said they saw about 15 people piled on top of Rios, trying get her under control.

Navarro said it appeared that she was bloody but he wasn't sure if she suffered injuries or if it was from one of the victims.
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Cleveland security officer almost shot while subduing armed robber

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CLEVELAND, Ohio Dec 9 2017-- A security officer at a Cleveland Family Dollar store was almost shot Wednesday night as he wrestled a gun away from an armed robber and held him there until police arrived, police say.
Demario Bogarty, 24, is charged with aggravated robbery and felonious assault in the incident that happened about 8 p.m. at the Family Dollar on East 93rd Street near Union Avenue.
His bond was set at $25,000 at his Friday arraignment, court records show.
Bogarty acted suspiciously in the store before approaching the counter, asking for cigarettes, and flashing a pistol, the report says.
Bogarty pointed the gun at a clerk and said "open the drawer before it gets bloody in here," the report says. He then approached the security guard and demanded his cellphone, the report says.
The security guard hit his arm in an attempt to get the gun away as Bogarty walked back to the checkout counter, the report says. The pair wrestled over the weapon and fell to the floor, where they continued to struggle.
The security officer lost his grip on Bogarty's arm and Bogarty managed to fire the gun, the report says. The bullet almost struck the security guard's head and was fired into the floor, the report says.
Another man ran from the back of the store to help security officer. The two men held Bogarty down until officers arrived to arrest him, the report says.

Police asked that Bogarty be held on a high bond because he fired a gun at his girlfriend earlier in the day, court records say. He also threatened the robbery victims as police arrested him, records say.
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Deadly nightclub shooting by security guard ruled 'justifiable homicide,' no charges filed privateofficer.com

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SOUTH BEND IN Dec 9 2017  — The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office has ruled a deadly shooting at an area nightclub a "justifiable homicide" and charges will not be filed.
On Nov. 25, police were dispatched to Enigma Ballroom and Club at 1024 W. Indiana Ave., for reports of a shooting. Tolies Word, Jr., 35, was pronounced dead at the scene and Brandon McKinney, 32, sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide investigation discovered Word was shot by a security guard at the club, according to a news release. Multiple witnesses were interviewed and a cell phone video taken by a bystander was reviewed.
It was discovered that an argument started inside the club between Word's wife and McKinney's girlfriend. The argument escalated and security escorted the women outside. A security guard, who was not an off-duty police officer, remained in the foyer of the club.
During the argument, Word was contacted and came to the club, according to the news release. Word was told that McKinney struck his wife, which led Word to confront McKinney. During their argument, Word pulled a gun from his coat pocket. McKinney was unarmed.
McKinney attempted to flee into the foyer of the club as Word discharged his handgun. The security guard inside the foyer heard the shot and saw Word with a gun chasing McKinney. The security guard then drew his own weapon and discharged his firearm killing Word.
A gunshot from Word injured McKinney.
A person is justified in using reasonable force against any other person to protect from what the person reasonably believes to be the imminent use of unlawful force, according sate law. A person is justified in using deadly force, and does not have a duty to retreat, if the person reasonably believes that the force is necessary to prevent seriously bodily injury.
The security guard did not have a license to carry a handgun, though, and was charged with carrying a handgun without a license, a Class A Misdemeanor.

"The evidence is clear that the security guard killed Tolies Word. However, based upon the witness statements, the forensic evidence and the video of the incident, the evidence is also clear that the security guard’s belief that deadly force was necessary to prevent serious bodily injury to another was reasonable under the circumstances," according to the news release. "The fact that he did not have a license to carry a handgun has no legal effect on whether subsequent actions with that weapon were justifiable."
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Two charged in $1700 theft of perfume and assault at CoolSprings Galleria privateofficer.com

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FRANKLIN, TN Dec 9 2017
Two felony shoplifters were arrested Sunday night after stealing over $1,700 in perfumes and resisting arrest at CoolSprings Galleria in Franklin.
Police say Chayan Fuentes, of Bowling Green, Ky., and Jorge Lugo, of Madison, walked out of the Macy’s with the stolen merchandise around 6 p.m.
Two undercover officers approached the suspects, who then made a scene. Police say the officers were eventually able to get them into custody with the help of four anonymous citizens.
Fuentes, 26, is in jail on $15,000 bond and charged with felony theft and resisting arrest. Lugo, 24, is jailed on $20,000 bond and charged with felony theft, resisting arrest and evading arrest.
Both men will be in court Tuesday morning.

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2 arrested in $5M Piarco International Airport robbery privateofficer.com

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Trinidad and Tobago Dec 9 2017 Two people, a man and a woman, have been arrested as police continue their probe into the $5M heist at the Piarco International Airport. They were held in the central division last night.
According to reports, officers of the organised crime narcotics and intelligence unit, acting on information held the two in the Longdenville area.
They allegedly had $250 thousand dollars cash, in 50 dollar bills in their possession. It is believed the money may be part of the stolen cash.
Police believe that they are also close to arresting others involved in the robbery.
The money was to be transported for first citizens bank to Tobago by Caribbean Airlines on Wednesday.
However, three men dressed in army fatigue, armed with high powered weapons held up security officers of the amalgamated security services limited and made off with the cash.

Police have already questioned seven people in connection with the heist.

CT man arrested for threatening hospital staff with a knife privateofficer.com

Man Threatened ER Staff at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital With a Knife: Police


New London CT Dec 9 2017 A man threatened emergency room staff at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London with a knife early Friday morning and one hospital employee was injured while trying to restrain the suspect, according to police.
Hospital security staff contacted police just before 12:30 a.m. and security staff led officers to the man, who staff had restrained by that point.
Police identified the suspect as 35-year-old Carlos Rodriguez, of New London and said he had been yelling profanities and breaking hospital medical equipment while brandishing a knife and also threatening personnel.
A member of the hospital staff sustained a minor injury while trying to restrain Rodriguez, according to police.

Rodriguez was charged with assault on public safety officer, carrying a dangerous weapon, second-degree threatening, breach of peace and third-degree criminal mischief.
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Massachusetts State Police amass almost $1 million in overtime security duty payments from pipeline privateofficer.com

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SANDISFIELD MA Dec 9 2017  — The amount paid to Massachusetts State Police from a private pipeline company for overtime security details in Otis State Forest is approaching the $1 million mark.
Invoices obtained by The Eagle show that Kinder Morgan paid state police $184,900.86 for October overtime work at the four-mile Massachusetts stretch of the Connecticut Expansion Project, a $93 million, 13-mile natural gas spur recently completed by its subsidiary, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.
The October payments bring the total payment to $958,000 for details that began in late April at the controversial start of tree-cutting work in a state-owned and protected section of state forest.
The November invoices are not yet available, according to a state police official.
The details were part of a larger security strategy at a construction site in this remote forest — one that became the most recent East Coast target in a spreading nationwide anti-pipeline movement since Tennessee Gas' dropped its Northeast Energy Direct pipeline, and since the Standing Rock, N.D. entrenchment ended last winter.
The new transmission line was built in an existing corridor with two older lines. But that corridor had to be expanded by cutting a roughly 29-acre swath of forest.
It was partly this, combined with larger climate change concerns, that drew activists to the area. The rallies and protests since early May have resulted in nearly 100 arrests, for which a handful of activists had another set of hearings in Southern Berkshire District Court on Thursday.
But now it is Kinder Morgan's payments to state police that is firing up activists and has even legal experts perplexed about the commingling of a powerful private company with the most powerful public servants to protect a controversial investment.
A Northeastern University law professor previously told The Eagle that this particular alliance is troubling.
"It raises questions in the minds of citizens, that 'Is this my government that's acting, or is this a private entity that's acting?'" said Peter Enrich, who specializes in state and local government and intergovernmental relations.
State police spokesman David Procopio has said the mission is to simply keep people and property safe, and that the overtime details don't affect regular on-duty work shifts.
"We do not view events or missions in terms of a party's financial interests or political sensitivity," Procopio told The Eagle. "Regardless of and without attention to how events are characterized or debated by participants or the media."
But as the atmosphere at the pipeline build turned tense over the last few months, and police more aggressive, questions about the arrangement ballooned in size and complexity.

When a group of young water protectors came to the area as part of the post-Standing Rock mission to continue their activism, the tenor shifted after months of friendly relations between police and an older, seasoned group of activists.
Last month a young woman and a state trooper tangled and ended on the ground after state police say she pushed the trooper's arm. On another day, 55 troopers and two police dogs were on hand after one man was subdued with a stun gun when he ran during an arrest.

Kinder Morgan also hired private security guards in unmarked cars from the Boston firm Ed Davis LLC, whose presence appears to have dwindled since summer. Kinder Morgan spokesman David Conover declined to comment about the extent of private security at present.
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