Friday, September 30, 2016

South Carolina volunteer firefighter hero in school shooting privateofficer.com

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TOWNVILLE, S.C. Sept 30 2016 -- A volunteer firefighter tackled a teen suspect in a shooting at a South Carolina elementary school Wednesday, keeping him on the ground until law enforcement could take him into custody, a fire chief said Thursday.
Giving an emotional statement to reporters, Townville Fire Chief Billy McAdams said volunteer firefighter Jamie Brock was able to subdue the shooter while McAdams was inside tending to a critically wounded 6-year-old boy.
In the past 24 hours, the word ‘hero’ has been used to describe the actions of firefighter Brock and other responders,” McAdams said. “Well, we agree. But we also believe the teachers and the staff of Townville Elementary School, who protected those children in the moments following those gunshots, are heroes just as well.”
The shooting began Wednesday afternoon in a rural area of Townville near the Georgia-South Carolina line. Authorities say the teenager killed his father, 47-year-old Jeffrey Osborne, and then drove to Townville Elementary School, about two miles away.
The teen crashed his pickup truck into the playground fence before opening fire and wounding a teacher and two students as they left the building for recess, Anderson County District 4 Superintendent Joanne Avery posted online Thursday. She said the shooter never entered the school.
Teachers then led the students to safety inside.
McAdams gave a harrowing account of the moments after officials received a 911 call at 1:45 p.m. from a teacher in a Townville Elementary classroom, reporting the gunman on school grounds.
McAdams said he called the school’s front office to confirm the report, and then he and Brock rushed to the scene from his nearby farm. He said he learned from a front office receptionist that the shooter and the wounded were in the back of the school near the playground, so he and Brock pulled into the school’s rear parking lot.
McAdams said they immediately noticed a black pickup truck that was crashed into the playground area. Once they checked inside the truck and found no one inside, the two heard teachers asking for help for wounded students inside.
That’s when the two decided to split up, McAdams said. Brock suggested McAdams, a paramedic, go inside to offer medical assistance, while Brock continued to search for the gunman.
Inside the school, McAdams said he encountered Meghan Hollingsworth, a teacher who had been shot in the shoulder, but she refused treatment and directed him to the most seriously wounded student – 6-year-old Jacob Hall, who had been shot in the leg.
“She was telling us to take care of Jacob and not to worry about her,” McAdams said.
Hollingsworth, McAdams said, was one of the teachers who had earlier helped usher students to safety despite her injuries.
McAdams said he and a school nurse tended to the boy until other agencies arrived to assist them, and the child was transported via LifeFlight to a pediatric trauma center. Hollingsworth and another 6-year-old boy, who had been shot in the foot, were transported via ambulance to a hospital.
Around the same time, unbeknownst to McAdams, he said Brock had encountered the gunman near a rear corner of the school.
“He felt it was imperative to the safety of the students, the teachers, and all the responders onsite – he immediately confronted and subdued that shooter and was able to keep him on the ground until law enforcement placed him into custody,” McAdams said.
Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper said earlier that Brock, a 30-year veteran of the Townville Volunteer Fire Department, “just took him down” and stopped the teen before he could get inside the school.
Brock “wants to remain humble and quiet about it” as he believes “he did nothing any of the other volunteer firefighters wouldn’t have done,” Scott Stoller with Anderson County Emergency Management told the Associated Press.
Regardless, he said, “Firefighter Brock is absolutely a hero.”
Brock did not speak Thursday, but in a statement read by McAdams, he said “true heroes of yesterday’s senseless tragedy are the teachers who put their lives on the line to protect the students.”
Wiping away tears, McAdams said the “devastating” incident has shaken the close-knit community.
“We’re gonna feel this for a real long time,” he said.
He asked for prayers for Jacob Hall,  who remained in critical condition Thursday.
Sheriff’s Lt. Sheila Cole said officers and forensic specialists were returning to the school Thursday morning to resume their investigation. Authorities also said audio from the 911 calls made after the shootings will not be released while the investigation is ongoing.
Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said the teen, crying and upset, called his grandmother’s cellphone at 1:44 p.m. Wednesday. The grandparents couldn’t understand what was going on, so they went to his home just 100 yards away. When they got there, they found Osborne dead and their grandson gone.
About one minute later, authorities received a 911 call from a teacher inside the school.
Avery said she was “heartbroken about this senseless act of violence” but credited the quick law enforcement response, the brave actions of teachers and staff and frequent school active shooter trainings with preventing more injuries. 
Television images showed officers swarming the school after the report of an active shooter. Some were on top of the roof while others were walking around the building. Students were driven away on buses accompanied by police officers to a nearby church.
Authorities said they don’t yet know a motive for the shooting and they were not sure if the students and teacher were targeted. The sheriff said the teen had been homeschooled.
“There are no racial undertones there. There’s no terrorism involved,” Capt. Garland Major of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office said. “We’re confident we have the sole shooter and no one else is involved.”
One of the students and the teacher were released from the hospital Wednesday evening, AnMed Health spokeswoman Juana Slade said.
The school surrounded by working farms has about 300 students in its pre-kindergarten to sixth-grade classrooms. About 90 percent of the students are white, according to state records.
“This is the country,” Brandi Pierce, the mother of a sixth-grader, told The Associated Press as she began to cry. “You don’t have this in the country.”
The mother of the teen suspect said his family is “shocked and saddened.”
In a statement that Pastor James South provided to local media outlets, Tiffney Osborne said the family “cannot express the devastation we feel at the loss of our beloved Jeff.” A family spokesman later released this statement:
“Our entire family is absolutely shocked and saddened by the senseless actions of our son and grandson.
We are praying and will continue to do so for the two precious children who were wounded, and for their courageous teacher who was wounded while rescuing the children.
We cannot express the devastation we feel at the loss of our beloved Jeff.
We are thankful to have friends who have expressed their sympathy and support 2 Tiffney that the loss of her husband. Please pray for our family that the Lord will help us as we face this unimaginable ordeal.”
Authorities have not released the suspect’s name or age beyond saying he’s a teen.
The teacher wounded in the shooting, Meghan Hollingsworth, a first-grade teacher and mother of two who is in her 13th year of teaching, also was reluctant to talk. Both she and the student who was shot in the foot were transported in good condition.
“We are not interested in giving interviews or answering questions of any kind,” a sign posted on the front door of her home Thursday morning read.

“We ask that you respect our privacy,” the note said, while expressing appreciation for those concerned about her.
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Hotel worker dies inside minus 10 Fahrenheit freezer privateofficer.com

Chicago IL Sept 30 2016 Federal regulators and hotel employees are calling for new safety measures after a worker was found dead inside a walk-in freezer at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in downtown Atlanta.
Investigators believe Carolyn Mangham spent about 13 hours at temperatures below minus 10 Fahrenheit. Her frozen body was found after her husband called the hotel to report her missing.
Devices should be placed inside the large freezers so that anyone trapped or injured inside could send an alarm directly to hotel security or emergency services, union leaders say.
Hotel employees also want to carry "panic buttons" to alert others to emergencies.
At the end of the day everyone deserves to go home to their families," said Wanda Brown, who worked with Mangham at the hotel and is president of the Atlanta chapter of the UNITE HERE union.
"We've given our demands to the hotel and we are waiting for a response, but we will not stop asking for these things to be done," Brown said.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing about $12,500 in penalties for a serious safety violation in the death of Mangham, 61, who also went by Carolyn Robinson.
In a Sept. 23 letter, OSHA recommended that the Atlanta hotel voluntarily develop a system of "notification and ongoing communication" for workers entering the walk-in freezers. The agency also recommends the hotel develop a system to periodically check on employees during their shifts.
"The OSHA report is part of an ongoing process and we are planning to contest their findings and recommendations," Carrie Bloom, a Starwood spokeswoman, said in a statement Wednesday night.
OSHA's recommendations apply only to the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel, and not to the larger Westin company or its parent firm, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, which was acquired last week by Marriott International for $13 billion, creating the world's largest hotel company.
But there's no reason these safety upgrades shouldn't be done all over, Diego Parra, a spokesman for UNITE HERE, said Thursday.
"As long as workers are safe — that's what we care about," said Parra, whose union represents 270,000 workers in the U.S. and Canada in industries such as hospitality, gaming, airline catering and food service.
Mangham was found on March 22 after her husband became concerned when she didn't return home from work. He called a hotel manager, who then began checking surveillance video. The video captured her entering the freezer the night before and never leaving, the Fulton County Medical Examiner said in its autopsy report.
In the two days after she was found dead, more than 30 tests of the exit device on the inside of the door were conducted, and the door opened properly each time, hotel spokeswoman Sally McDonald said in a statement March 24.
However, a follow-up inspection in April "proved the button to malfunction," the autopsy report states. On that day, an OSHA inspector and a hotel employee allowed the door to close as part of the test, and they became trapped. They had to pound on the door to let people outside know they couldn't get out.
The autopsy report lists her manner of death as undetermined with the notation: "Found in freezer; malfunctioning exit release button."
Employees also want the hotel to remove cooler No. 11, which has been padlocked and unused since her death.

"We'd like it to be removed from the hotel," Brown said. "We'd rather not have a reminder of Ms. Carolyn."

Veteran West Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputy, daughter killed in double murder-suicide privateofficer.com

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POINTE COUPEE PARISH, LA Sept 30 2016
A deputy with the West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office was killed in a double murder-suicide in Pointe Coupee Parish on Tuesday.
Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff Bud Torres said Deputy Donna Leblanc of WBRSO and her 21-year-old daughter, Carli Jo, were killed in the shooting. Officials identified the suspected shooter as Gregory Phillips. Torres added Leblanc was the wife of Mark Whitmore, a trooper with Louisiana State Police.
A number of investigators from several agencies were called to the scene of the shooting at a home in the 14400 block of LA 416 in Glynn, Louisiana around 4 p.m.
West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Mike Cazes said Leblanc is the first deputy he has ever lost. She had been with the sheriff's office for 22 years.
"I just saw her yesterday," Cazes said. "Today's her day off. She's gone now."
"She was a veteran officer," Torres said of Leblanc. "She was one of the first female deputies to work in West Baton Rouge Parish on the road. She was, in my opinion, an outstanding officer and a great human being."
Investigators said Phillips was an estranged neighbor who lived across the street. The sheriff's office reported Phillips approached Leblanc at her carport and "shortly thereafter a gunfight erupted," according to Torres.
"Ms. Leblanc was able to get three rounds off of her pistol and there were multiple rounds shot by Mr. Phillips," Torres stated.
The sheriff added Phillips eventually shot and killed Leblanc before turning to shoot her daughter, who was standing on the porch. According to Torres, Phillips then shot and killed himself.
Investigators said Leblanc's 9-year-old daughter was inside the home at the time and was able to call for help.
Assistant District Attorney Tony Clayton said there are security cameras on the suspected shooter's home and at least one was pointed directly at the victim's home. However, Sheriff Bud Torres said Wednesday morning that the cameras at Phillips' home pointed at Leblanc's mobile home were not working.
Torres said there had been "some difficulty between the neighbors," but deputies do not have a motive for the shooting at this time.
"We don't know exactly the extent of [a previous conflict], but I know there was not a pleasant relationship between the neighbors. There was an ongoing contact with them and it wasn't pleasant," Torres explained.
The Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office will lead the investigation, with the assistance of Louisiana State Police and the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office.
"We'll give all the resources we've got to the sheriff here," said Col. Mike Edmonson, superintendent of Louisiana State Police. "My heart is with Sheriff Cazes and his deputy. Of course, the situation here is a horrible situation that you don't want to see. We're going to be there with our trooper, the husband and just counsel him through this. Just a horrible, horrible situation and you just don't expect things like this to occur, but they did, we have to deal with it, get through it and find out exactly what happened and we certainly will."
Anyone who knows anything about the incident is asked to call the Pointe Coupee Sheriff's Office.

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Providence RI hotel security find drug lab in room privateofficer.com

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. Sept 30 2016 Local police and federal authorities are investigating after a suspected drug lab triggered the evacuation of a hotel along Providence's waterfront.
Lt. Roger Aspinal says police were dispatched to the Hilton Garden Inn at India Point around 4 p.m. Tuesday after heavy smoke was seen emanating from a third-floor room.
Firefighters evacuated the hotel after their sensors determined that the fumes were toxic.
Police say hotel security found four men inside the room when they initially investigated the incident.
Security spotted suspicious materials and notified law enforcement.
 Investigators later found a chemical suit along with towels and blue dye inside the room.
The suspects fled by the time police arrived.
Specialists from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration worked with firefighters to ventilate the room. Guests were allowed back in their rooms by 8 p.m.
Police are searching for the men who were in the room.

NYC schools being sued after safety agent injure student privateofficer.com

New York NY Sept 30 2016
School safety agents threw a teenage high school student to the ground face-first as he suffered a panic attack, pinning his head to the floor with a knee and giving him a concussion, a lawsuit claims.
The 17-year-old student, who has a learning disability and an anxiety disorder, was placed under arrest at Curtis High School last year for being "disrespectful" to a teacher.
The lawsuit states that NYPD school safety agents wouldn't let him call his mother after the arrest or take his anxiety medication.
"He ended up in the hospital and was there for a while," said Kenneth McCallion, the lawyer for the student's mother who filed the suit in federal court for use of "excessive force" during the arrest. "He had a concussion and some injuries."
The agents later accused the student, whose name is being withheld by DNAinfo because he's a minor, of elbowing and striking them before they placed him in handcuffs, according to court documents.
The incident started when the boy tried to go into the school's auditorium for a music performance on Feb. 13, 2015, but was questioned by a teacher at the door, the suit says.
The teacher denied him entrance to the auditorium, even after another teacher said he was allowed in, and sent him to the principal's office for being "too disrespectful," the suit claims.
The principal eventually escorted him back to the auditorium and the boy told the teacher, "You see? We do belong here," according to the lawsuit.
The teacher and principal thought the comment was "disrespectful," so the principal told several school safety agents to take the boy to the dean's office.
When he got to the door of the office, "he became fearful and anxious over what appeared a clear over-response to anything that [he] had done and that something bad was going to happen to him if he went inside the Dean’s office, and he began suffering from an anxiety/panic attack," according to the lawsuit.
The boy told the agents about the attack and said that he needed to call his mother, and he was allowed to sit on stairs nearby while they talked to him.
But two other school safety agents grabbed him by the arm to take him to the office before pushing him to the ground in the doorway, causing him to land face-first and lose consciousness, the suit claims.
Despite his not resisting, the agents pinned his head and neck to the ground with their knees and restrained him while putting handcuffs on him, the suit says.
The student was held inside the office for nearly two hours, wasn't allowed to call his mother, was denied his anti-anxiety medication, and the agents refused to loosen the cuffs when he complained they were too tight, according to court documents.
Eventually, he was taken to the 120th Precinct and charged with refusing to comply with a lawful order after agents said he tried to push them and flailed his arms, according to the suit.
He later accepted an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal at court.
"The case was adjudicated in Staten Island youth court and we have no further comment," a spokesman for the Staten Island District Attorney's office said.
After the incident, the student was suspended from the school, but it was eventually lifted in April 2015.
His mother first filed a complaint about the incident in August 2015 and hired lawyers who both filed new complaints in state and federal court in May, records show.
A judge dismissed her state case in favor of the federal civil-rights case handled by McCallion, who said it's still in the early stages.
"The complaint is well founded in fact and law we’ll just have to see how the case progress," he said.

The city's Law Department did not respond to requests for comment.
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Panama City man impersonated security and had gun pleads guilty to federal charges privateofficer.com



PANAMA CITY FL Sept 30 2016  — A Panama City man arrested on a federal charge of transporting firearms across state lines after walking into Springfield City Hall with an empty holster has pleaded guilty, according to court records.
Marwan Isa Belion, 38, could now face 10 years in prison when he is sentenced. In June 2015, authorities reported, Belion entered Springfield City Hall, 3529 E. Third St., with an empty holster on him, which led officers to search his vehicle. When shown the weapon, Belion claimed it was his “duty weapon,” according to records from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Although he initially was arrested on charges of felon in possession of a firearm and operating as a security officer without a license, Belion’s case later was taken over by federal prosecutors after the weapon found in his vehicle was determined to have originated in Brazil.
According to his arrest report, Belion went to Springfield City Hall to acquire permits to further conduct investigations. He portrayed himself as a private investigator and sent documents a day earlier that claimed he was an “armed guard” with a 9-mm Taurus as his service weapon, officers reported.
When he arrived at City Hall, a police officer greeted Belion while he was wearing an empty holster, and he was arrested. Officers found the pistol in Belion’s truck parked outside loaded with a full magazine, a round in the chamber and a second magazine nearby. Belion was charged with operating as a security officer without a license and being a felon in possession of a firearm because “his right to bear arms has not been restored” after being convicted in 1999 of burglary and dealing in stolen property, court records stated.
However, after further investigation of the firearm’s origins, officers discovered the pistol had been manufactured in Brazil and the ammunition also had been made outside the state of Florida.
“Consequently, all items had traveled in interstate and foreign commerce when they were subsequently seized in Springfield,” prosecutors wrote.
The case was then turned over to federal authorities, who indicted him on a charge of unlawful transport of firearm and ammo.

According to his plea agreement, Belion pleaded guilty as a felon in possession of a firearm. He could face 10 years in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 15.

NY man arrested in brawl at Sands Casino Resort privateofficer.com

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Bethlehem PA Sept 30 2016
A New York man is facing multiple charges after punching another man on the gaming floor of Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, state police said.
Charged is Quan Lin, 46, of Flushing.
Pennsylvania State Police at Bethlehem, assigned to the Bureau of Gaming Enforcement, at 10:45 p.m. Tuesday were dispatched by casino security for the fight. The casino is located at 77 Sands Blvd.
Troopers found the male victim with a swollen and bloody eye and face, as well as dried blood on his forearms. The victim told police Lin punched him in the head and face.
The victim was taken by rescue squad to an area hospital for treatment of injuries. Court records to not indicate the reason for the altercation and if the pair knew each other before the fight.
Casino video surveillance footage matched the victim's account of events, police said.
Lin was found by troopers on the gaming floor with smeared blood on his jacket.
He is charged with simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct. He was arraigned before District Judge John Capobianco, who set bail at $5,000.

In lieu of bail, Lin was taken to Northampton County Prison. The judge ordered Lin to stay away from the Sands Casino in Bethlehem.
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4 Corrections officers stabbed at Lanesboro Correctional Institution in NC privateofficer.com



POLKTON, N.C. Sept 30 2016  Two prison staff members, a lieutenant and a sergeant, were stabbed by inmates at Lanesboro Correctional Institution around 2 p.m. Thursday and are being treated for their injuries at local hospitals, officials said in a news release. 
Two other correctional officers were injured after being assaulted with a broom handle and were treated by prison medical staff.
The lieutenant and sergeant were airlifted to the hospital, one with very serious, life-threatening injuries, an official said.
The prison was temporarily locked down while an investigation begins. 
The Polkton Police Department has requested the State Bureau of Investigation’s assistance in the case.

Three inmates believed to be involved in the assault have been identified and are being questioned.
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S.C. school bus driver had baby with student who rode on his bus privateofficer.com

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WEST ASHLEY, SC Sept 30 2016
Charleston Police say a 14-year-old girl recently gave birth to a child fathered by her school bus driver.
 A judge set bond Thursday afternoon for Kevin Michael Wesley, Jr.
Wesley, 30, is charged with second and third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.
The victim's mother told the judge through tears she wants Wesley to "be held accountable for his actions."
Bond was set at $400,000 Thursday afternoon and the judge ordered Wesley to have no contact with the victim, her family members or anyone under 18 without a supervising adult present. The judge told Wesley he can see his own family, including his two boys.
Wesley's girlfriend, father and aunt attended Thursday's bond hearing.
According to an affidavit, while Wesley was a bus driver, he befriended a then-14-year-old girl.
Police say when the girl was no longer on Wesley's bus route, between September 2015 and December 2015, he continued to keep in contact with her. After several months of correspondence via text and phone, Wesley persuaded the victim to sneak out of her residence to meet him, investigators say.
Police say Wesley picked up the girl a short distance from her home and took her to his apartment where he convinced her to have sexual intercourse with him. They then began a continuous sexual relationship that lasted until December 2015, the affidavit states.
"Throughout their relationship, the defendant chided the victim not to 'get him caught' and repeatedly referred to the 'risks' he took to be with her," the affidavit states.
A police report states the juvenile eventually told her mother about the improper relationship. Investigators say the victim gave birth to Wesley's child on Sept. 17.
Wesley told the judge he now lives in North Charleston, though at the time of the alleged incidents police said he lived in West Ashley. Wesley also told the judge he is unemployed.

Wesley said he was a school bus driver for seven years.
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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Line of Duty Death Deputy Sheriff John Thomas Isenhour

Deputy Sheriff John Thomas Isenhour | Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina
Deputy Sheriff John Thomas Isenhour
Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch: Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Bio & Incident Details
Age: 38
Tour: 11 months
Badge # A 114
Military veteran
Cause: Struck by vehicle
Incident Date: 9/18/2016

Deputy Sheriff John Isenhour was struck by a vehicle at the entrance to Tanglewood Park on Clemmons Road at approximately 10 a.m. while he was working at an annual cycling event.
Deputy Isenhour was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries ten days later.
Deputy Isenhour had served with the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office for eleven months and was a 17-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He is survived by his wife and children.

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

Forsyth County Sheriff's Office
301 North Church Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Phone: (336) 917-7001

WV mine security officer shoots-kills attacker privateofficer.com



Fayette County WV Sept 29 2016
Authorities say that a security officer employed at the Essar Minerals-owned surface was ambushed and assaulted during a theft from the property.
During that altercation, police say that the mine security guard shot and killed his attacker.
The trespasser around noon and drove a 4-wheeler onto mine property and was attempting to steal items before allegedly ambushing the security guard, according to notification sent to MSHA.
Details surrounding the death and the homicide investigation are preliminary at this time but information has now been confirmed by the investigating agency, the West Virginia State Police.
Troop 6 Commander Capt. Brad Mankins said that two men entered the property with the intent to steal and that one of the men, now identified as Johnny Johnston, Jr. got into a violent altercation with the security officer and was shot.
The second man, Russell Walker is now in police custody.
The Fayette County Sheriff's Department Forensic Tech Unit is assisting with the investigation.
The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration has also confirmed that a trespasser died at the Frasure Creek Mine in Kincaid, Fayette County and MSHA spokeswoman Amy Louviere confirmed that a security officer had been injured.
According to authorities, the security officer suffered internal injuries consistent with a fall.
Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney Larry Harrah said that this isn't the first time someone has tried to steal from the mine.
Trooper Captain Jim Sizemore said, "If you're talking about an industrial site, most of them have security guards and a lot of times those security officers are armed.  It is against the law to trespass on their property and it’s also against the law to shoot someone for trespassing.  Trespassing is a misdemeanor offense.  If someone comes to your home uninvited and won't leave, you can't shoot them because you're trespassing.
However, when a person is attacked, they can use force.
There's no word on if any charges are being filed in this case but The Oak Hill Detachment of the West Virginia Police Department is handling the investigation.


Private Officer International recognized by state leaders during memorial service privateofficer.com




MT Juliet TN Sept 29 2016 Some say when they are killed on the job protecting others, they don't make the headlines. Security and private police officers daily face the rigors of human conflict, while protecting selflessly.
But they are heroes, too, said Rick McCann, a 42-year police officer and founder of Private Officer International.
He founded POI in 2004 as a private security association. POI addresses the growing need for enhanced private security officer training standards, security officer recognition and award programs, pay and benefit issues, and other rising issues as this industry continues to rapidly grow since the devastating events of September 11, 2001.
Last week there was a small but mighty gathering at the Mt. Juliet Police Department in support of Private Officer International Memorial Week.
"Private security isn't like it was years ago," he told the crowd that included MJPD Chief James Hambrick and Deputy Chief Michael Mullins. State Reps. Susan Lynn and Mark Pody, as well as Sen. Mae Beavers were on the first row as McCann honed in on how many security lives are lost while protecting not only all of Washington D.C's federal buildings, but also hundreds of private businesses, schools, nuclear sites, museums and others.
In 2015, 119 security and private police officers were killed in the line of duty in the U.S. In Tennessee, two to five security officers lose their lives annually in the line of duty, said McCann.
He told those gathered at the police department that over the past decade more than 1,550 private security officer were killed in the line of duty through their work, and in Tennessee alone over the past 10 years, 63 of these men and women lost their lives in service.
"We are all in this together," Hambrick noted. "Our motto is 'community strong,' and there are a lot of unknowns out there. We are called to serve and losing officers in the private security field is a tragedy for everyone."
Pody mentioned those who put on a uniform, especially these days, not only represent safety but also are often targets for others.
Before Lynn read a special House Resolution to commemorate Private Officer International Memorial Week, Beavers noted those in the security field have a "passion for your job."
"I appreciate you every day, and every time you leave the house, you don't know," she said. "It's astounding what is going on these days."
Lynn quickly mentioned this gathering was close to her heart as both her grandfather and his brother were police officers and both killed in the line of duty. Her mother was just 11 years old when her father was killed.
"At that time they didn't have widow benefits," Lynn said. "It was very difficult for my grandmother and affected my mother's entire life."
The resolution reiterated the sad facts revealed by McCann and noted it was "fitting and proper that those private officer who have dedicated their careers to public safety and those who have given their lives in this noble cause be recognized and remembered."
"Police officers are immediately recognized," McCann said. "But security officers don't get any media attention. They are more and more on the front lines, often there before the police get there.

"We have expanded our services, training, products and memberships to include a wide array of protective services and law enforcement professionals working collectively to protect life and property."

ShopRite shoplifters hold loss prevention at bay during theft privateofficer.com

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JERSEY CITY NJ Sept 29 2016 -- A Newark man has been charged with pointing a knife at two loss prevention officers while his partner attempted to steal merchandise from the Kearny ShopRite this week.
According to a criminal complaint, 47-year-old Ayesha Batemon filled a backpack with merchandise valued at $298.95 with her co-defendant Richard Bryant, 51, on Monday.
The security guards stopped the Newark duo -- who live together, although their relationship is unclear -- as they left the Passaic Avenue store. Bryant pointed a knife at the security guards while Batemon tried to run from the store, the complaint states.
Batemon was charged with conspiring to shoplifting, conspiring to shoplift with another person, and possession of a clear glass pipe. Bryant was charged with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon, robbery and conspiring to shoplift with another person.

Judge Margaret Marley set bail at $2,500 with a 10 percent cash option for Batemon and $75,000 cash or bond for Bryant.

Woodstock Ga. teacher had sex with two students privateofficer.com




WOODSTOCK, GA Sept 29 2016-- Thirty-eight-year-old substitute teacher Laura Rich of Acworth was arrested last Friday, September 23, and charged with two counts of sexual assault by a teacher after an investigation by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office.
Detectives said that in early 2015, Rich had sex with a 16-year-old student, and that late in 2015, she had sex with an 18-year-old student. Investigators said both incidents took place at Rich's Acworth home.
The Cherokee County School District initially notified the sheriff's office of the allegations that launched the investigation.
After she was arrested and charged, Rich was released on $22,400 bond.
Rich is a former substitute teacher at Ace Academy in Canton.  She was working at the school until August 19, 2016.

The Cherokee County School District sent 11Alive a statement saying, "[Ms. Rich] no longer is permitted to work as a substitute teacher in CCSD.  Our School District has zero tolerance for inappropriate relationships between students and any adults serving in any capacity in our schools."

Man taking shooting stance at mall shot to death by police privateofficer.com

(Hayne Palmour IV/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP). One man holds his fist up as others yell at police at the scene where a black man was shot by police earlier in El Cajon, east of San Diego, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016.

EL CAJON, Calif. Sept 29 2016 A black man reportedly acting erratically at a strip mall in suburban San Diego was shot and killed by police after pulling an object from his pocket, pointing it at officers and assuming a "shooting stance," authorities said.
One of the officers tried and failed to subdue the unidentified man with a stun gun before the other officer fired several times, El Cajon Police Chief Jeff Davis said at a late night news conference. Davis would not say what the object was, but acknowledged it was not a weapon.
Before police announced the death, dozens of protesters gathered at the shooting scene, with some claiming the man was shot with his hands raised. Police disputed that and produced a frame from cellphone video taken by a witness that appeared to show the man in the "shooting stance" as two officers approached with weapons drawn.
The fatal shooting comes just weeks after black men were shot and killed by police in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and in Charlotte, North Carolina, where violent protests broke out.
The El Cajon protest was angry but peaceful. Several dozen people, most of them black, gathered and some cursed at officers guarding the scene. They chanted "black lives matter!" and "hands up, don't shoot!"
Davis urged the community to remain calm and said the investigation will be thorough.
"This will be transparent," he said. "This will be looked at by multiple sets of eyes, and not just ours."
The district attorney was on scene and also will investigate.
Police said they were called to the mall shortly after 2 p.m. by the sister of a man in his 30s who said he was "not acting like himself" and walking in traffic. They say the man refused "multiple" orders to take his hand from his pocket, then was shot after pulling out the object.
When detectives arrived police say a female witness came forward and voluntarily provided cellphone video of the incident. Authorities did not release the video, only the single frame from it. El Cajon officers do not wear body cameras.
Meantime, other videos quickly surfaced showing the aftermath. In one posted to Facebook, an unidentified woman is heard telling police at the scene that the man was ordered to take his hand out of his pocket.
"I said: 'Take your hand out your pocket, baby, or they're going to shoot you.' He said 'no, no, no,' " the woman said. "When he lifted his hand out ... he did have something in his hand but it wasn't no gun, and that's when they shot him."
Another woman on the video who was wearing hospital-style work clothing said she's the man's sister. She appeared distraught, repeatedly shrieking and crying, telling officers that she had called them to help her brother, who she described as mentally ill.
"I just called for help, and you came and killed him," she said.
Michael Ray Rodriguez was among the witnesses who said the man had his hands in the air. He said that he was driving out of his apartment complex past the shooting scene and saw a shirtless black man with his hands raised.
The officer "let go of the trigger and shot him again and again," Rodriguez told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

El Cajon is about 15 miles northeast of San Diego and has a population of about 100,000. It is 69 percent white and 6 percent black, according to 2010 census figures, and has become a home for many refugees fleeing Iraq and, more recently, Syria.
Associated Press

Oklahoma City Police Captain thwarts Home Depot shoplifting incident privateofficer.com


MIDWEST CITY, Okla. Sept 29 2016- The Midwest City Home Depot store was the scene of some after-hours crime-fighting last week.
The arresting captain is one of the metro's most recognizable officers.
Oklahoma City Police Capt. Paco Balderrama thwarted a high-dollar theft during a mid-day trip to the big box retailer.
It happened in the middle of the day, about 12:30 p.m. on September 16.
According to the police report, a Home Depot loss prevention officer store spotted a thief going to great lengths to steal an expensive item.
"The individual got a ladder and went to an aisle to get an item over $500," said Midwest City Police Department Assistant Chief Sid Porter. "The loss prevention officer saw the individual go up, pick up a tankless water heater, get down and start to walk toward the checkout."
Porter said the brazen shoplifter walked right out of the store and did not pay.
According to court paperwork, the loss prevention officer suspected the suspect might put up a fight and, so, he enlisted the help of a high-profile customer.
Balderama had popped into the store on a quick errand - no uniform, no gun, no cuffs.
"It was just on my lunch hour," Balderrama said. "I had a couple of things to return. No big deal."
Well, the loss prevention officer recognized Balderrama from a decade of doing TV interviews for the Oklahoma City Police Department.
"I'm kind of used to it," Balderrama said. "People see me on the news when I give information about a crime."
He asked Balderrama to help out in case the suspect tried to run.
Sure enough, Balderrama watched the suspect push the employee over and try to get away.
"It was a felony crime, a felony crime occurring in my presence basically," Balderrama said.
Jonathan Parker, 35, was arrested after a brief parking lot scuffle.
"I'm just glad I was able to help out and nobody got hurt," Balderrama said.
A little lunch-time law and order for an officer who knows he represents the badge even when he's not wearing it.

Parker has a handful of other charges and convictions in Oklahoma County related to stealing.
KFOR

Private police and medical services roll out in Essex privateofficer.com

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Essex England Sept 29 2016 Two community crusaders have come up with a novel way to ease the pressure on emergency services.
John Johnson, 37, and friend David Emerson, 38, have launched their own private police force and free first aid assistance in a bid to help people in non-emergency situations.
They were inspired to take matters into their own hands to offer reassurance to those who have been put off dialling 999 or 101 because of the financial burdens on Essex Police and the East of England Ambulance Service.
Mr Johnson, of Cavanaghs Close, Billericay, who worked for the Met Police for ten years and was in the Royal Navy six years, said: “It will help free-up the ambulance service by offering users, for free, the ability to be able to request a first aider where, for example, someone needs medical assistance but it is not an emergency.
“It is something completely different, we are really trying to provide a community based service that helps people.
“It will benefit those people who need assistance. For example, someone who cuts their foot – a registered, local first aider will come and clean the wound and patch it up.
“We hope it will help free up the ambulance service for emergency situations.”
Guardian Hub, which launched last week, will also offer a security service - checking on vulnerable relatives or patrolling areas blighted by antisocial behaviour
Mr Johnson added: “We want to help prevent, detect and deter crime in Essex, whilst simultaneously freeing up Essex Police so that they can concentrate on more serious matters.”

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