Friday, March 24, 2017

Pulse Nightclub victims sue shooter's wife, employer G4S Security

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Orlando FL March 24 2017 Dozens of surviving victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting, along with families of those who died, filed suit Wednesday against the shooter’s wife and his former employer, saying they knew he was mentally unstable and threatening violence.
Victims and their family members gave emotional comments in a news conference Wednesday in Orlando announcing the suit.
Juan José Cufiño, who was shot four times, said the attack changed him emotionally and physically. He was the last victim to leave the hospital after 114 days.
“I will not be able to continue to pursue my profession as a tailor because my right hand is unable to trace patterns or cut fabric,” Cufiño said, sitting in a wheelchair. “We all deserve to know why Omar Mateen’s threats were met with silence.”
All of them expressed outrage at the fact that people apparently knew the shooter was unhinged and threatening violence. Attorneys said they hope the lawsuit becomes a platform for more discussion about preventing terror attacks.
The suit, filed in Fort Pierce federal court, seeks unspecified compensation for victims and their families, including medical and funeral expenses, loss of support and possible other awards to be determined later.
It alleges that the G4S security firm had knowledge of Mateen’s mental instability and intent to harm before the shooting. The suit alleges that the company maintained its stance that Mateen was psychologically sound and fit to carry a firearm on the job as a security agent.
Despite troubling statements made to coworkers, the lawsuit says, the company failed to comply with its own internal protocol to report changes in Omar Mateen’s mental health and seize his weapon. The mental health validation issued by his employer was reviewed by Florida officials before Mateen purchased the weapons used in the Pulse nightclub tragedy, the suit says.
The suit also mentions the fact that G4S has been fined by the state of Florida for falsifying mental health validations for other employees in the past. The company was fined $151,400 in September by The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for falsely listing psychological testing information on more than 1,500 forms over a span of 10 years. G4S had listed the name of a psychologist who no longer practiced on forms that allowed employees, including Mateen, to carry guns.
The suit says Mateen’s wife, Noor Salman, also had prior knowledge of his violent intentions and did not report him to authorities.
“The evidence we’ve seen clearly shows there were multiple warning signs before the tragic Pulse nightclub shooting, and we believe those named in this complaint — the employer of Omar Mateen and his wife — could have and should have taken steps to prevent this senseless act of violence,” said lawyer Antonio Romanucci, who is handling the suit. Mateen and his wife lived in Fort Pierce before the attack.
G4S is the world’s largest security company, headquartered in Britain, and its U.S. subsidiary, G4S Security Solutions, is based in Jupiter.
G4S said in a statement responding to the lawsuit that it continues to have the deepest sympathy for the victims, families and friends who were affected by the Pulse nightclub shooting.
“G4S intends to vigorously defend itself against the lawsuit, which it considers to be wholly without merit,” the statement said.
After the shooting on June 12, G4S released a statement saying that Mateen had worked for them for several years.
“We are shocked and saddened by the tragic event that occurred at the Orlando nightclub,” the statement read. “We can confirm that Omar Mateen had been employed with G4S since September 10, 2007. We are cooperating fully with all law enforcement authorities, including the FBI, as they conduct their investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the friends, families and people affected by this unspeakable tragedy.”
Salman was arrested in January, about seven months after her husband opened fire in the Orlando nightclub, killing 49 people and injuring at least 68 others. She is charged with aiding and abetting her husband. Mateen was killed in a shootout with police about three hours after he first started shooting at the LGBTQ club’s Latin Night celebration.
The lawsuit describes disturbing comments and threats Mateen allegedly made to coworkers when he worked as an armed guard for G4S at the St. Lucie Courthouse in 2013.
According to the suit, Mateen told a deputy sheriff that he would have the terror group al-Qaeda kill the coworker’s family; bragged to a co-worker about being associated with the Boston Marathon bombers; told colleagues that he had family connections to terror group al-Qaeda and that he hoped law enforcement would raid his home so he could martyr himself. The suit says Mateen also praised Nidal Hasan, the Army major who shot forty-five people at Fort Hood.
According to the lawsuit, the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Department reported Mateen’s conduct to G4S management, requested his immediate and permanent removal from the St. Lucie County Courthouse, and told the FBI.
Mateen was interviewed twice by the FBI, but they released him both times.
The lawsuit says G4S declined to re-evaluate Mateen, require any behavioral intervention, or suspend his ability to carry a weapon.
“Any of these actions may have resulted in Mateen’s dismissal and/or the revocation of his firearms license,” the suit says.
Salman, the shooter’s wife, is targeted in the suit with one count of causing wrongful death. There are multiple counts against G4S, including wrongful death and negligent hiring, negligent supervising and negligent retention of a an employee.
Attorneys working on the case said they are representing 57 victims or their estates. The suit itself lists seven estates of deceased victims.
“I stand here in disbelief that this man was able to make such comments and … was able to walk into a store and purchase so much ammunition,” said Wigberto Cintron-Capo, brother of Luis Omar Capo, who died in the attack.

“I feel angry when I think about the very clear warning signs that Omar Mateen gave,” said Kissimmee resident Ilka Reyes, who was shot nine times.
Orlando Sentinel

Texas school worker accused of impregnating 13-year-old

HOUSTON TX March 24 2017 (AP) — A Houston middle school staff member is facing charges after he was accused of impregnating a 13-year-old student.
Mauricio Orlando Mendoza was an information technology worker at the school until the accusations surfaced in December. Prosecutors allege that he and the girl had sex on school grounds on multiple occasions. After the girl’s parents found out about the alleged misconduct, the teen learned she was pregnant.
The 37-year-old married father was arrested Wednesday and charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child. He was released on $50,000 bond.

His attorney did not return a message seeking comment.

Former TSA agent guilty of "up-skirting"

SEATTLE WA March 24 2017 - A former Transportation Security Administration agent accused of taking "upskirt" video of a woman last year at Sea-Tac Airport pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted voyeurism.
The agent, identified as Nicholas James Fernandez, 29, of Tukwila, now faces a possible sentence of up to 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine. He will be formally sentenced on April 14 in King County Superior Court.
Fernandez came under suspicion last July after a citizen complained to the media about him, court documents say.
A special TSA security agent and a detective then watched Fernandez, who was a lead security agent at one checkpoint. Fernandez took a break, walked to the escalator in baggage claim and got close behind a woman.
He put his phone under the woman's dress and turned on the flashlight illumination feature of his phone, court documents say.
The person who complained to the media said he saw a TSA agent stand close to a woman on the escalator, hold his phone down by his knee and was "looking into space" as if to hide what he was doing, court documents say.
Fernandez originally was charged with voyeurism, but eventually pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of attempted voyeurism.
The prosecutor, Thomas O’Ban, is recommending a suspended sentence in lieu of Fernandez serving either 30 days in jail or in a work release program followed by 24 months of unsupervised probation.
The recommended probation would include a full sexual deviant treatment program with quarterly check-ins and and abiding by a treatment plan that includes no alcohol or drugs, no violations of any law, no use of a camera without prior approval and various other conditions.

Ferguson must still pay a mandatory victim penalty fine of $500 and a $100 DNA collection fee.

Life without parole for nightclub security guard death

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Lebanon PA March 24 2017 Calling the case equally sad and troubling, a Lebanon County judge on Wednesday sentenced two men from York to spend the rest of their lives in state prison without the possibility of parole for the shooting death of a bouncer at a Lebanon bar in September 2015.
Richard W. Kinnard II and Jared D. Jones, both 26, were sentenced by Judge Bradford H. Charles for the Sept. 19, 2015, shooting death of Corey Bryan at Vinny’s Goodtimes bar, which was located at 700 Reinoehl St. Adelis Ramos, a patron at the bar, was struck in the hip by a bullet that passed through Bryan’s body.
The 31-year-old Bryan, the father of three children who had worked at the bar for only a short period of time, was shot three times in the abdomen. He died after he was taken to Hershey Medical Center.
Kinnard and Jones were found guilty of first- and third-degree murder, plus aggravated assault, flight to avoid apprehension and prosecution and conspiracy, after a six-day trial in February before Charles. Kinnard was also convicted of discharging a firearm in an occupied building, recklessly endangering another person, possession of a firearm prohibited and receiving stolen property. Kinnard has a criminal record in Lancaster County that includes aggravated assault, which prohibits him from possessing a firearm.
Bryan’s mother, Kim Bryan, said her oldest son was only trying to do his job that night.
“He ended up losing his life,” she told Charles before Kinnard and Jones were sentenced.
Bryan’s wife, Sherone Bryan, said her children, ages 8,7 and 3, have had a hard time dealing with their father’s death.
“They have a lot to deal with,” she told the judge. She said her oldest child wants to be with his father.
The judge said the case was sad because of how it happened.
“Here you have a good man, a good hardworking salt-of-the-earth man, killed by two evil doers,” Charles said.
While Kinnard and Jones were inside the crowded bar the night of the shooting, they got into an argument, which the judge said was probably fueled by alcohol and drugs. According to testimony at the trial, Kinnard and Jones had ingested the drug Ecstasy before they made their way to Lebanon from York and were drinking at Vinny’s. They got into a dispute with Bryan because of one of them took a bottle onto the dance floor, which was not permitted at the bar, according to a police affidavit.
The two men perceived that Bryan had disrespected them, Charles said.
“Mr. Jones and Mr. Kinnard, you have done nothing in your lives to earn respect,” the judge said.
Their anger percolated during the night, Charles said. As they left the bar at closing, Jones turned around, yelled at Bryan and slammed the door, the judge said. Several minutes passed before Kinnard returned to the bar, time the two men could have used to cool off, Charles said. Instead, they went to their car, retrieved a gun and made sure the car was ready to make a getaway, the judge said.
Then, the gun was taken to a door of the bar and fired multiple times, hitting Bryan, Charles said.
The judge said he was also troubled that even though the bar was crowded that night, only one person provided assistance to Bryan after he was shot. The rest of the patrons turned and ran, some of them pausing long enough to finish their drinks before they fled to the parking lot, he said.
No one came forward to the police during the investigation, Charles said. The judge said he is certain someone saw Kinnard shoot Bryan.
Kinnard and Jones expected that no one would come forward and help the police, Charles said.
What led police to the two men was the car they were riding in crashed a short distance from the bar, he said. If that had not happened, the judge said he was not sure the case would have been solved. He said he believed it was “divine intervention” that their car crashed.
In addition to the life sentence for first-degree murder, Kinnard was sentenced to an additional 10 ½ to 27 years for an aggravated assault charged involving Ramos, possession of a firearm prohibited and discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure. He was also ordered to pay fines totaling $900. Jones was sentenced to an additional 3 ½ to 15 years for aggravated assault and flight to avoid apprehension and prosecution. Jones was fined $400. In addition, both men were ordered to pay restitution of $308.
Nichole Eisenhart, first assistant district attorney, said she did not have too much good to say about Kinnard and Jones. Both had little or no work experience.
“They took the life of a production citizen over a perceived slight,” the prosecutor said.
After the shooting, they went on the run to avoid facing the consequences of their actions, Eisenhart said. Months after the shooting, Kinnard was arrested in Tucson and Jones was taken into custody in Hershey.
Eisenhart praised the work of local police and law enforcement across the country for tracking down the two men.
Neither Kinnard nor Jones had anything to say before they were sentenced.

“Mr. Jones still maintains he wasn’t involved in this incident,” said Ian Ehrgood, Jones’ defense attorney.

Security officer in "grave" condition after runned down by theft suspect

HALLANDALE FL March 24 2017 A security officer working at a sports bar in Hallandale was run over and put into a coma following an incident with a customer after a payment dispute, police said.
Hallandale Beach Police said Diego Salazar Uribe, 42, of Hollywood, ordered food and drinks at Ocean’s 11, located at 800 N. Federal Highway.
According to the arrest report, Uribe’s debit card was declined when he tried paying for the meal and a waitress asked the security officer to escort Uribe out to his vehicle to get another form of payment.
Witnesses said Uribe instead jumped into his van, which was parked in a handicap space, while the security officer pounded on the window yelling for him to “stop.”
Uribe put the vehicle in reverse in an “accelerated pace with a total disregard to public safety” in an attempt to get away.
Fearing the van would hit a woman nearby, the security officer, Joseph Curtis pushed her out of the way. However, Uribe then quickly shifted gear and drove forward, striking Curtis head-on. Curtis fell to the ground and was “run completely over by the suspect’s vehicle.”
Curtis sustained extensive injuries and has undergone several surgeries.
Joseph Curtis is in “grave” condition, officials said.
Uribe was later apprehended and charged with Attempted Murder. He faces another charge for driving with a suspended license.

Utah governor says he will approve strictest DUI limit in US

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SALT LAKE CITY UTAH March 24 2017 Utah's governor announced Thursday that he will sign legislation giving the predominantly Mormon state the strictest DUI threshold in the country, a change that restaurant groups and representatives of the ski and snowboard industry say will hurt tourism.
Republican Gov. Gary Herbert said he plans to approve the measure lowering the blood alcohol limit for most drivers to 0.05 percent from 0.08 percent and that it will save lives.
Opponents had urged him to veto the bill , saying it would punish responsible drinkers and burnish Utah's reputation as a state that's unfriendly for those who drink alcohol.
"People are going to try to say this is a religious issue. And that is just absolutely false. This is a public safety issue," the governor, who is Mormon, said at a news conference.
Proponents say it will send a resounding message that people should not drink and drive — no matter how little somebody has had to drink.
Restaurant groups said they don't support drunken driving but a 0.05 limit won't catch drivers who are actually impaired.
The American Beverage Institute, a national restaurant group, took out full-page advertisements Thursday in Salt Lake City's two daily newspapers and USA Today, featuring a fake mugshot under a large headline reading, "Utah: Come for vacation, leave on probation." The group had urged the governor to veto the bill, and said in a statement that Herbert's decision to sign it "will not only harm the people of Utah, but cripple their restaurant and tourism industries."
Rep. Norm Thurston, a Republican who sponsored the measure, says it will make people think twice about drinking and driving.
If drivers are not impaired, they won't violate the law, Thurston said, because police won't measure someone's blood alcohol level until they have seen visible signs of impairment and the person fails a field sobriety test.
He has also pointed out that Utah led the country in 1983 by becoming the first state to lower its blood alcohol limit to 0.08 percent, and since then tourism has flourished.
Utah's Tourism Office said it's not concerned about the measure discouraging visitors, noting that a number of foreign countries such as France, Australia and Italy have similar laws and don't have a problem attracting tourists.
"There's not many Mormons in Rome and they're doing it there," Herbert quipped Thursday.
Across the country, the blood-alcohol content limit for most drivers is 0.08, but limits vary among states for commercial drivers or drivers who have had a past DUI conviction.
For several years, the National Transportation Safety Board has encouraged states to drop their blood-alcohol content levels to 0.05 or even lower, though local officials have not adopted the standards in part because of pressure from the hospitality industry.
Lawmakers in Washington and Hawaii had considered lowering their blood-alcohol limits to 0.05 this year but both measures appear dead.
The new threshold in Utah would take effect on Dec. 30, 2018, just before New Year's Eve.
In the meantime, Herbert said Thursday that he plans to call state lawmakers into a special session this summer because he thinks new law needs improving. He said he wants legislators to consider a tiered punishment system with less stringent penalties for those convicted of driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.05 to 0.07 percent. He also wants to look at punishments for multiple offenders and other distracted driving and unintended consequences that the lower limit will have on matters like auto insurance rates.
The American Beverage Institute says a 150-pound man would be over the 0.05 limit after two beers, while a 120-pound woman could exceed it after a single drink, though that can be affected by a number of factors, including how much food has been consumed.
Even before the measure, drivers in Utah with a blood alcohol level below 0.08 could still be charged if law enforcement could show the person was under the influence of alcohol and it impaired their ability to safely drive.
Utah has some of the lowest rates of fatal DUI accidents in the country. The population has been booming over the past decade, particularly as more people move in from other states, but the DUI arrest rate has dropped.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving has taken a neutral position on the measure.

J.T. Griffin, a government affairs officer for the group, said in a statement that MADD is focusing on "countermeasures that work, such as ignition interlock laws for all drunk driving offenders and sobriety checkpoints."
Associated Press

Brinks armored truck robbed in Bakersfield

Delano police: Armored car employee robbed outside Chase bank

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. March 24 2017 - Delano police are investigating a robbery outside a Chase Bank branch Wednesday morning. Officers say just before 11:00 a.m., a Brinks employee was making a deposit into a drive through ATM when he was accosted by three men in the 900 block of Main Street. 
At least one of the three suspects, according to police had guns and the employee had his hands bound at the time of the incident.  
The robbers made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. 
Police also say the suspects may have left some objects behind.  Police were not able to give a description of the suspects.  There were no reports of any injuries. 

Police say there was surveillance video and it has been reviewed.  There have been no arrests.  

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Pittsburgh school security guard arrested for assaulting student

Pittsburgh PA March 23 2017 A security guard at a Pittsburgh school faces a preliminary hearing in April after he was charged with assaulting a 12-year-old student.
Robert Elser, 52, of Brookline, a security guard at Pittsburgh Arlington PreK-8, was charged March 9 by Pittsburgh police with simple assault.
According to court documents, the incident occurred at the school Jan. 31 when the student appeared to be choking and ran through a doorway, where he was followed by Mr. Elser. Investigators said Mr. Elser can be seen in surveillance video “grabbing the male [student] and forcibly push[ing] him through the doorway back into the hallway where there is a concrete pillar of a wall,” a criminal complaint said.
The student’s mother told investigators that her son had a history of concussions and said he complained of headaches after hitting his head on the concrete pillar, according to the complaint.
Mr. Elser’s attorney, Phil DiLucente, said he was “confused” about why his client was charged because he “engaged the student properly.” He said the encounter occurred because the student was in an area of the school where he was not allowed to be.
“My client simply engaged him for conduct that wasn’t appropriate,” Mr. DiLucente said. “Instead he becomes charged with a crime when he was simply doing his job.”

A Pittsburgh Public Schools spokeswoman said Mr. Elser was placed on paid administrative leave. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for April 26.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Texas security officer kidnapped

PORT ARTHUR TX March 22 2017 - According to Port Arthur Police Department, a security officer was carjacked and abducted by two teens with guns in the 6000 block of 9th Avenue in Port Arthur at approximately 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.
According to the police report, they approached the security officer and forced her in the car at gun point at the old Southwestern Bell Telephone Office on 60th and 9th avenue.
She works for a company called Airgas that owns the Southwestern Bell Telephone office according to Port Arthur Police.
The suspects dumped the security guard at Ice Box gas station located at 5770 West Port Arthur Road. The suspects then fled the scene towards Winnie on 73.
The security guard was not seriously. Officers are in search of a red Toyota Corolla.
Police are not saying if she was robbed sexually assaulted.

Pittsburgh police charge 11 people in riot outside county jail; recover weapons

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Pittsburgh PA March 23 2017 Pittsburgh police Monday night arrested 11 people — at least some of whom were armed with various weapons, including a gun -— following what they called a riot Downtown outside the Allegheny County Jail and Pittsburgh Municipal Court Building.
Police said three people attacked officers who were responding to the disturbance, according to a police press release issued Tuesday afternoon. Two were identified as Tyler Kobel and James Griffin.
Jail staff called 911 around 7:43 p.m. Monday about a group of up to 25 protesters who were becoming disorderly. Police said they threw rocks at the jail, set off fireworks and broke windows.
Two Pittsburgh police bicycle officers arrived first and found people dressed in dark clothing wearing masks or bandannas. They were launching “large-scale fireworks” from an area between the jail and the Parkway East. One person was playing a drum and others were banging sticks and metal pipes.
The group dispersed. Police said Mr. Kobel scuffled with an officer trying to arrest him. Another person, who was not identified, hit the officer in the back. Then the officer and Mr. Kobel  fell to the ground. The officer drew his Taser and arrested Mr. Kobel. The officer hurt his shoulder.
Police said Mr. Griffin charged the second bike officer and scuffled with him, also, before he was taken into custody.
The fleeing group split up with some running outbound down Second Avenue and others running down the bicycle trail toward Downtown. Police said they broke side mirrors off vehicles, smashed rear windows in an Allegheny County sheriff’s office vehicle and a civilian vehicle, defaced the court building with graffiti and damaged the arm of a mechanical gate to a driveway.
Police eventually arrested 11 people whom they said were carrying knives, drugs and weapons.
Officers found a can of Mace, marijuana, weighted gloves, brass knuckles and a pocket knife in Mr. Griffin’s backpack, the press release said. They also found a loaded 9-mm pistol, which he is licensed to carry, along with an extra magazine. Police said that one of his boots had metal spikes “intertwined in the laces.”
In addition to Mr. Kobel and Mr. Griffin, both 25, police arrested: Blanca Chaves-Alvarez, 29; Nicholas Baynes Hodgson, 36; Anthony Michael Ambroso, 26; Liam Scott Swanson, 25; Thomas B. stiller, Jr. 26; Joshua Shande Szymanski, 22; Ian Matthew Greynolds, 22; Raina Christine Legrand, 23; and Morgan Lindsey Prescott, 22.
Home addresses were not immediately available.

Criminal charges include disorderly conduct, possessing instruments of crime, causing/risking a catastrophe, criminal conspiracy, criminal mischief, institutional vandalism, aggravated assault, possessing a small amount of marijuana, possessing prohibited offensive weapons, and resisting arrest.

Huntington Mall shoplifter pulls gun on mall security

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BRANDISHING WV March 23 2017 A Charleston man is accused of fleeing through the Huntington Mall with 12 stolen pairs of sunglasses Monday and then pointing a handgun at a mall security officer and two Verizon employees as they tried to stop him before police arrived.
Thomas Daniel Striker, 26, is charged with three counts of brandishing a deadly weapon, three counts of battery and a single felony count of grand larceny, according to criminal complaints from Cabell County Magistrate Court.
Striker is accused of stealing 12 pairs of Ray-Ban sunglasses, valued at $2,175 total, from LensCrafters before being approached by mall security in the food court, complaints state. As Striker began to flee through the nearby Ruby Tuesday, two Verizon employees followed security to assist.
Once outside the restaurant, Striker struck all three men and pointed a black handgun as he escaped through the parking lot. Striker was apprehended by Barboursville police a short time later.

He is incarcerated at Western Regional Jail. Bond was denied.

Law allows employees to take guns to work

Columbus OH March 22 2017 Employers can no longer forbid workers from bringing guns on company property if the weapons remain locked in vehicles under a new law that took effect Tuesday.
Since Ohio's concealed-carry law took effect in 2004, private business owners have had the ability to determine whether employees or customers could carry guns on the premises, including parking lots.
As part of the latest law relaxing restrictions on carrying guns in Ohio, public and private employers can no longer ban a person with a valid concealed-carry license from storing a gun in the person's vehicle.
"This is important," said Dean Rieck, executive director of the Buckeye Firearms Association. "Previously, if a business bans guns at work, including parking lots, employees are essentially banned from having their firearm all day, and are defenseless from the time they leave home in the morning until they return home in the evening."
Business groups generally opposed the provision, arguing that business owners should retain the right to control what is permitted on their properties.
Under Senate Bill 199, today also would be the first day that guns could be carried on college campuses and in daycare centers, if trustees or center owners choose to allow them.
Officials from the Inter-University Council of Ohio and the Ohio Association of Community Colleges said they were unaware of any institutions allowing guns on campus.
The Ohio State Board of Trustees is not considering a change to its gun policy, said spokesman Chris Davey.
Rieck said he wasn't expecting universities to act quickly on the matter.
The gun bill also allows concealed-handgun licensees to carry guns in non-secure areas of airports and on private aircraft. In addition, active military members with weapons training can now carry a concealed handgun without a license.

Security guard investigated for handcuffing 9 yr old student

NEW ORLEANS LA March 23 2017
A New Orleans father is upset and said his 9-year-old son is traumatized after being handcuffed at his Treme neighborhood school last Thursday.
Brandon Joseph said the use of force was extreme and unnecessary, and he wants to ensure no other child is forced into handcuffs. A spokesperson for the private security company that works at the school said it was done for the child's safety.
"My nerves are still rattled behind this. I talk to him, but it's like he shut down. He doesn't want to say or do the wrong thing," Joseph said. "Me knowing my child, if you talk to my child in a certain tone, he'll break down and start crying. There was no need for that much force. I know that."
He said his son is in the third grade at Joseph A. Craig School. He was outside waiting for his mother to bring a permission slip and a security guard told him to go inside.
"In his mind he was getting forced into the school without his permission slips, so he wouldn't be able to get them. I'm pretty sure he argued back," Joseph said.
By the time his mother arrived, the child was in handcuffs and the New Orleans Police Department's crisis unit was on the way.
"After they put him in the cuffs and had him on his knees, he was crying hysterically and in the midst of him crying he screamed he wanted to kill himself, so that's why they called the crisis unit," he said.
Joseph said he met with the school principal and counselor, who told him his child was restrained for his own safety.
"They have over 1,000 ways you can restrain a child without using handcuffs. Handcuffs is a real traumatizing experience," he said.
The school hires a private security company called Security Experts and Leaders. Natalie Rowe, a spokesperson for the company, said the student was verbally and physically aggressive toward himself and staff.
She said the security guard followed their standard use of force policy and first issued several verbal commands, "but the child continued to act in a violent manner hitting himself and staff members."
Rowe said the guard tried to physically restrain the child, but he broke away. "As his violent behavior continued the child stated he wanted to kill himself. The officer then used hard restraints for the protection of the young man, staff and other students."
"I just want it to where this security guard don't be able to do this to another child again. That's my goal," Joseph said. "I think he shouldn't be around children if he doesn't know how to restrain them without using handcuffs."
Rowe said they do not plan on moving the guard because they feel he responded correctly.
Tracie Washington, an attorney for the school said they are continuing to investigate the incident and will review the statements from all parties involved to determine the next steps.
"It is not illegal to have reasonable restraint on a child who is acting violently and causing harm to himself and others," Washington said. "The investigation will be to learn whether it was necessary to restrain the child and whether the restraints were reasonable given the circumstances."

The father said he is scheduled to meet with a panel of people that school officials will assemble as they continue to investigate.

Unlicensed security guard who carried gun to Bourke Street memorial charged

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BARBOURSVILLE AU March 23 2017 - The following information was provided by criminal complaints from Cabell County Magistrate Court:
The unlicensed security guard seen walking through Melbourne’s Bourke Street mall openly carrying a gun in the days after January’s deadly car rampage has been named as Aaron Purvis.
The former Victorian Football League player is expected to be charged with possessing a firearm after images emerged of him wearing tactical gear, armed with a handgun walking through the mall as people mourned victims of the attack five days earlier.
Mr Purvis was sacked from his job as a security guard last year after failing to show up for shifts, The Age reports.
His Facebook page shows a number of selfies and a quote saying: “When life gives you lemons, ask for something higher in protein.”
Images of Mr Purvis made headlines on Tuesday as they revealed he was able to walk freely and even visit a memorial while heavily armed.
He has been interviewed by Victoria Police about performing security work while unlicensed. The private security business he was working for is also being investigated.
“The company in question was the holder of a corporate firearm license and private security business license,” a police statement released on Wednesday said.
“Both of these licenses have been suspended and investigations are ongoing.”
Victoria Police said private security businesses are responsible for ensuring any individuals they employ are the holders of appropriately endorsed and valid licenses.
“Businesses who fail to do so could face charges,” a police statement said.
Six people died in the wake of the January 20 Bourke St rampages.

Police said investigations into the unlicensed guard are ongoing.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Bill would allow Fairlane Mall security to make arrests


Dearborn MI March 22 2017 A new bill recently introduced by state Rep. Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn) would allow security guards at Fairlane Town Center to make arrests and hold offenders until Dearborn police arrive.
The legislation would require security guards to undergo additional training and licensing in order to make arrests and would require the approval of a holding cell by the Dearborn City Council.
Hammoud said he worked on the bill with city officials and the Dearborn Police Department as a means of support for local police.
If passed, the bill would give the mall the ability to have security guards hold people in waiting cells until the police arrive.
“This helps reduce the burden on our police in a high volume facility, allowing for time to get to the mall should there be an escalation of sorts,” Hammoud said.
House Bill 4347 would amend the Private Security Business and Security Alarm Act.
“The safety of residents and visitors is very important, and is vital to any successful community,” Hammoud said. “Fairlane is a large mall that provides several great opportunities and resources for the community. However, a facility as large as this requires additional security. I am proud to have coordinated with Police Chief Ronald Haddad on the introduction of this legislation, which we believe will help improve safety.”
The bill also allows the security company and Dearborn Police Department to coordinate and make sure that offenders are held securely at the mall before being picked up by police or for them to be transported to the police station.
The bill is a reintroduction of legislation from last term, with two additional provisions, according to Hammoud. One would allow a municipality to opt out of giving security guards arrest powers, and the other would require public notification with posted signs by entrances. The bill was drafted with the assistance of the Dearborn Police Department.

“I am grateful for the efforts by our legislators to adopt this bill that will greatly enhance public safety within the private sector,” Haddad said. “These partners have proven to be invaluable and will be a benefit for citizen and officer safety alike.”

Middletown police arrest man after threatening to shoot security guard

MIDDLETOWN PA March 22 2017 — A Philadelphia man threatened to shoot a Giant supermarket security guard after being stopped in the store's vestibule with items he didn't purchase, police said.
No gun was found on David F. Allen, 48, police added.
The security officer spotted Allen as he pushed a shopping cart with the items inside it past all cashiers and then out the first set of doors of the Giant on Flowers Mill Road at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday, police said. The guard attempted to stop Allen, who warned the guard he had a gun and would shoot him if he didn't get out of his way, court documents show.
Allen left the store, and police were given a description of a Ford van he was driving with a decal that read "Med Ambulance," police said. Officer Derek Leonhauser said he spotted the van, stopped it on Langhorne-Yardley Road at Erica Drive and arrested Allen.
Allen is charged with robbery, terroristic threats and retail theft, according to court documents filed with District Judge John J. Kelly Jr., who sent the suspect to Bucks County prison in lieu of 10 percent of $100,000 bail.

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Security guard sexually assaulted woman at psychiatric hospital, police say

TRENTON NJ March 22 2017 - A security officer at Ann Klein Forensic Center has been charged with sexually assaulting a resident at the facility and taking photos of her breasts, according to Mercer County authorities.
Kenneth Glover, 38, was charged with two counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, two counts of second-degree sexual assault, second-degree official misconduct and invasion of privacy.
Glover was charged on March 8 and accused of sexually assaulting the woman on two separate occasions in March.
Glover, who worked as a medical security officer for the center at the time of his arrest, was ordered by a judge to remain detained pending the outcome of his case.
According to court records, Glover has worked with the center since October 2015 and makes $44,302 a year.

The Ann Klein Forensic Center "provides care and treatment to individuals suffering from mental illness who are also within the legal system."

Maine woman sues California security firm, alleging violation of whistleblower protection law

Maine March 22 2017 A Maine woman has filed suit in federal court against a California security services firm, saying the company retaliated against her when she complained about allegedly illegal acts being committed by one of its executives.
In her lawsuit, Pamela Treadwell of Sidney also said the firm violated Maine’s equal pay act by compensating her less than men who did the same work, even after she took over the duties of a male employee at Vescom Corp.
Vescom is a part of Worldwide Sourcing Group, or WWSG, which also owns the security firms Vets Securing America, American Guard Service and Professional Building Maintenance, a property management company. The company says it is one of the largest privately owned security firms in the country.
Treadwell, who worked for Vescom from 1988 until she resigned in March 2014, said in court documents that many of the problems began when the company hired a man named Ousama Karawia to help with management of the firm. Karawia was convicted in 2012 of grand theft, insurance fraud and possession of an assault weapon for offenses committed at a separate security service he co-owned that had provided security for sites in California and the Statue of Liberty in New York. He was found guilty of setting up a shell company to hide the true number of his employees as a way to avoid paying higher workers’ compensation premiums.
Vescom had an office in Hampden that has since been closed, and the company is now based in California. Treadwell’s lawsuit was filed in Maine state court and subsequently moved to the U.S. District Court in Portland because Vescom is located out of state.
According to the lawsuit, Karawia committed insurance fraud while at Vescom by getting a policy that covered employees of WWSG’s other companies at a low rate, but using Vescom’s claims history rather than the higher claims rate of the other companies. Treadwell said in the lawsuit that she told the company’s owners that Karawia was getting kickbacks from the insurer and that having him involved in the company ran afoul of state licensing regulations that bar felons from having management positions in a security firm. Karawia had been convicted before he was hired at Vescom, and his appeal of his sentence – which included home confinement and probation – was turned down by a California court in 2014.
After forwarding those concerns to the company’s owners, the lawsuit claims, Treadwell was shunned by the top management in the company and told she had to pay for insurance coverage for her husband on her employer-provided health care policy at a cost of $7,800 a year.
Finally, Karawia moved money out of the company’s payroll account, meaning that employees’ checks would bounce, according to the lawsuit. Treadwell said Karawia reminded her that as the company vice president, her name was on the checks, suggesting she might be liable if they bounced.
At that point, Treadwell said she resigned so as not to be implicated in the check-bouncing and accused of submitting false documents to state regulators.
“She thought she had to leave,” Rebecca Webber, Treadwell’s lawyer at the firm Skelton Taintor and Abbott, said in an interview Monday.
Treadwell filed a complaint with the Maine Human Rights Commission, which did not find reasonable grounds for her whistleblower protection and discrimination claims. But Webber said the commission held only a brief telephone conference on the allegations, which led her to decide to file the lawsuit asking for damages. The amount of damages being sought was not disclosed in the lawsuit.
Melissa A. Hewey, a lawyer at Drummond Woodsum who represents Vescom and the other companies, along with Karawia, said the Maine Human Rights Commission finding suggests the case is weak.
“The Human Rights Commission is certainly employee-friendly, and I don’t think there’s any reason to believe the courts will find any differently,” she said.

Both Webber and Hewey said the case would likely go to trial in late fall, although Hewey said she would seek to have a judge issue a summary judgment in her clients’ favor.
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Hamilton man arrested for assaulting club security guard

Hamilton Canada March 22 2017 A Hamilton man faces charges after an assault at the District Nightclub in Kitchener.
Regional Police say they arrived to the club on King Street just after 1:30 a.m. on Sunday after a man allegedly smashed a bottle over a security guard’s head, causing lacerations.
A security team then restrained the man as they tried to escort him out of the bar– but he became aggressive, and ended up injuring his own arm while attempting to escape.
The injured security guard and the suspect were both taken to the hospital to be treated for their injuries.

Police say a 42-year-old Hamilton man has been charged with assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon.

Lockhart High School teacher arrested for having improper relationship with student

LOCKHART, Texas March 22 2017- The Lockhart Police Department says a female teacher at Lockhart High School turned herself in after they issued a warrant for her arrest for an improper relationship with a male student.
Police say Sarah Madden Fowlkes, 26, is suspected of having an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old male student at the school.
According to Lockhart ISD, administrators were told of the report on Friday, March 10, just before spring break.
Interviews determined that the student had been in contact in person and by message with Fowlkes, and that during their encounters Fowlkes engaged in sexual contact with the student.
Superintendent Susan Bohn emailed Lockhart High School parents on Monday, notifying them of Fowlkes' arrest and suspension.
“Lockhart parents entrust their children to us every day, and it is something we do not take lightly. Student safety is the district’s most important priority,” said Bohn. “As soon as we learned of the report, we acted swiftly to involve law enforcement and CPS to conduct a thorough investigation. The district does not and will not tolerate any improper communication or contact between a teacher and child.”
Lockhart ISD says Fowlkes has been with the district since 2014.
According to Fowlkes' bio on the Lockhart High School website, she taught Anatomy and Physiology and Environmental Systems, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from St. Edward's University.
The bio also states she previously taught third and fifth grade at Plum Creek Elementary in Lockhart ISD.
“Fowlkes will not return to the school district,” said Bohn in a statement.
Fowlkes was booked into the Caldwell County Jail.


Men ride horses through Walmart in Houston

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HOUSTON TX March 22 2017 – People not from Texas sometimes believe everyone from Texas has a horse, but that’s not the case. Nor do we typically go grocery shopping on horseback.
But a video making the rounds on Facebook may have outsiders believing otherwise.
Woody Fields uploaded the video Sunday. It shows Woody and two of his friends casually riding their horses through a Houston Walmart store.
Woody gave KHOU 11 permission to share the video, titled “Walmart on a horse grocery shopping.” (Warning: the Facebook video has language some may find offensive.)
The video shows other customers stepping back in disbelief. It was mostly a calm scene, although Woody notes a few of the patrons looked scared.
In an interview posted to his Facebook page, Woody says he was a little scared because of the wax floor. He knew this was a new experience for his horse, and he didn’t want her to fall or leave a mess.
In the end, he says he just wanted to make people smile.
The three men make their way around a good portion of the store and after a couple minutes went back out the front, but not before one of them apparently got an earful from security.


Armed police at Pittsburgh Public Schools generating buzz during board election year

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Pittsburgh PA March 22 2017 Police officers at the Pittsburgh Public Schools are empowered to make arrests, confiscate drugs, gather evidence and disarm anyone on school grounds carrying a weapon. But the district doesn't allow them to carry guns themselves, a policy the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers has said should be reconsidered.
While the debate has been quiet so far, it seems poised to surface as an election-year issue between at least two candidates running for school board -- incumbent Terry Kennedy and her opponent in District 5, Ghadah Makoshi.
"It's not that we think there's this emergent need in the hallways of our schools," said PFT vice-president Billy Hileman, whose union represents the district's 21 school police. Still, he said, the union "believes our schools will be safer places if our police can respond to someone from the outside who may have harmful intentions."
"If there is an active shooter in the school," he added, "our school police are the ones that have the duty to intervene."
City police provide backup for serious situations, but a September 2015 PFT resolution called that arrangement a "flawed safety system due to lengthy response time of the Pittsburgh Police" and their "reluctance ... to deal with situations near certain schools, including afternoon and evening sporting events" that draw students and parents outside PPS.
In January 2016, Mr. Hileman took matters a step further, sending a letter to all nine board members asking them to consider removing the language prohibiting guns. The request, he said in an interview, was an effort to begin a "discussion about issuing firearms to school police officers and what the implementation would entail." (The union itself has recommended training and psychological evaluation before issuing guns.)
That discussion didn't take place for another year, after it was raised by Ms. Kennedy, who began chairing the school board's safety committee late last year.
"There was no formal response" to the union's request for dialogue, she said. "There was no discussion. I felt that was wrong."
Regina Holley, who chaired the safety committee prior to Ms. Kennedy, couldn't be reached for comment. But school board vice president Moira Kaleida attributed the lack of movement in part to then-superintendent Linda Lane's resistance to the idea and "a moral concern among board members about moving this forward."
"I understand this is a concern for the police officers in the district. I'm not sure how the other 3,000 members feel about this," she added, noting she has heard concerns from teachers.
Ms. Kennedy said she doesn't have an opinion on the matter yet, adding, "We're investigating to understand the pros and cons and all the complications, and until we have all the data ... the safety committee can't even make a recommendation to the full board on whether to proceed."
But Ms. Makoshi, Ms. Kennedy's opponent in the Democratic and Republican primary elections May 16, has already voiced opposition to the idea in an email to parents at Pittsburgh Minadeo PreK-5, where she volunteers. She said she did so after hearing of "a push" to change the policy.
"For me this is an important issue, because if you allow guns in our schools it essentially condones the inevitability that a child will be shot," she said in an interview. "Our schools aren't war zones."
Such concerns dovetail with the district's policy to date. Nine months after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, Mrs. Lane told KDKA-TV she "never felt that guns and kids were a good combination, no matter who has the gun." District spokeswoman Ebony Pugh said the school system is aware of the union's request. Asked about the district's and superintendent Anthony Hamlet's position on the matter, she said only that any changes would need to be approved by the board.
At least one other district has come to a conclusion recently. In December, President Judge Jeffrey A. Manning of Allegheny County Common Pleas Court approved a Gateway School District petition to allow the school district's new security team to carry guns and issue citations on school property. Superintendent William Short has called Sandy Hook "the unthinkable act that led us down this path."
School police Chief George Brown Jr. was off on vacation Friday and unavailable for an interview.
Tiffany Sizemore-Thompson, assistant clinical professor at the Duquesne University School of Law, who specializes in juvenile justice issues, called the idea "a recipe for disaster" and said the district lacks data to support such a need.

"Having a gun really serves only to shore up that presence" of police as an "occupying force," she said. "This is a school district that should be focused on progressive policies that are intended to decrease the amount of negative interactions [police] are having with children of color."