Wednesday, August 23, 2017

TSA Discovers 77 Firearms, 65 Loaded Last Week

All of the firearms pictured were discovered over the last week. See complete lists below. (Courtesy of TSA)

Atlanta GA Aug 23 2017 TSA officers have kept a lot of dangerous and often times wacky items off of commercial aircraft to protect the safety of passengers and crew.
Just over this last week, TSA agents discovered 77 firearms  in carry-on bags around the nation.
Of the 77 firearms discovered, 65 were loaded and 12 had a round chambered.
Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. Travelers bringing firearms to the checkpoint can be arrested and fined up to $11,000.
Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure.
All of the firearms pictured were discovered over the last week. See complete lists below.
Hand Grenade
This inert grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at Austin (AUS).
We don’t know grenades are inert until our explosives professionals take a closer look, and that takes time and slows down the line.
It can even lead to a complete shutdown and evacuation.
Real, inert, or anything resembling a grenade is prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage.
While all knives are prohibited in carry-on bags, they may be packed in checked baggage.

In addition to all of the other prohibited items we find weekly in carry-on bags, our officers also regularly find firearm components, realistic replica firearms, bb and pellet guns, airsoft guns, brass knuckles, ammunition, batons, stun guns, small pocketknives and many other prohibited items too numerous to note.

Mother of slain cop sues Walgreens, security company and guard

JERSEY CITY NJ Aug 23 2017-- The mother of slain Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Vincent Santiago has filed an eight-count lawsuit against Walgreens and others, alleging the pharmacy did not provide adequate security on the night her son was killed.
The wrongful death suit, which was filed by Santiago's mother, Catherine McBride, names Walgreen Eastern Co., the security guard working at the Kennedy Boulevard store at the time of the July 13, 2014 shooting, and the security company that employed him.
On the morning Santiago was shot, Lawrence Campbell assaulted a security guard at the Walgreens and took his gun. Store employees hid in a back room and one of them called 911. In the parking lot, Campbell told someone that something bad was going to happen and that he would read his name in the news the next day, officials said.
Santiago and his partner arrived at about 4:11 a.m. and Campbell opened fire as Santiago exited the police cruiser, striking him in the head. Simultaneously, additional officers arrived and shot Campbell dead.
The lawsuit says statistics show 24-hour stores are prime targets for robberies and most robberies happen between Friday and Sunday. Santiago died on a Sunday morning. Regardless, Walgreens stopped hiring off-duty officers to provide security at the establishment years ago, the suit says.
"In order to increase profits, the owners and operators of the pharmacy elected to provide reduced security at the pharmacy citing budget concerns," and did not provide sufficient security shopper patrons and others, the suit alleges.
It says the defendants were negligent and careless by "willfully and wantonly" failing to provide appropriate security and that it led to Santiago being killed and resulted in "grievous damage" to McBride.
The lawsuit states that the security company -- S.E.B. Security in Egg Harbor -- and the guard on duty were contractually responsible for providing for Santiago's safety the night he was killed. It claims the guard, Pierre Monsanto of Jersey City, was not properly trained and educated.
The lawsuit also alleges the defendants failed to warn Santiago that he was responding to a situation in which a violent man was armed with a loaded gun.
McBride's attorney, John Molinari, did not respond to a call seeking comment on the lawsuit, nor did the attorney representing the Walgreens.
Neither S.E.B. Security nor the security guard could be reached for comment.

The lawsuit notes medical and funeral expenses incurred due to Santiago's death, as well as McBride's physiological distress and the loss of her sons' support, guidance, advice and assistance for the rest of her life.
A trial date for the matter has been set for Sept. 11 before Hudson County Superior Court Judge Christine Vanek in the Hudson County Administration Building in Jersey City. There is a hearing on a pretrial motion scheduled for Friday.

The suit also names Santiago's estate as a plaintiff. 

Suspect arrested in assault of St. Joseph’s Medical Center security

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Stockton CA Aug 23 2017
A call for assistance at a local hospital sent police responding immediately to the call.
Officers responded to a disturbance at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., about 10:15 a.m. Monday.
It started after a man refused to leave the premises got into a confrontation with security officers.
It was alleged the man fought with and struck a hospital security guard in the head and had to be wrestled to the ground in order to be placed in handcuffs.
 Officers arrested Angeles Brown, 19, a transient, on suspicion of battery on security personnel.

2 women assault security- arrested at Hollywood In-N-Out for felony vandalism

One of the two women who appeared to be highly intoxicated during the incident is seen during the rampage in Hollywood

Los Angeles CA Aug 23 2017 Two woman who appeared to be high on drugs attacked vehicles and customers of an In-Out Burger and the assaulted a security guard who tried to intervene.
The incident happened Saturday around 10:30 p.m. at the In-N-Out at Sunset Boulevard and Orange Drive.
Police say that the women went on a rampage in the parking lot of the restaurant smashing windshields and broking car mirrors and attacking anyone who got in their way.
After being assaulted and pushed to the ground several times, the security guard retreated back inside the business according to witnesses.
Eventually, several Good Samaritans were able to subdue one of the women involved and held her until police arrived.
Police say the women, who are in their 20s, were arrested for felony vandalism and could face additional charges of assault.

Minneapolis security guard, bar patron shot-suspect arrested

MINNEAPOLIS MN Aug 23 2017 - Charges have been filed against a Roseville man accused of shooting two people in downtown Minneapolis around bar close early Sunday morning.
The Hennepin County Attorney's Office announced Tuesday that they're charging 28-year-old Travion Jacoa Jones with three felony counts of second-degree aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon, and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.
The shooting happened just before 2 a.m. in a parking lot adjacent to several clubs on the 400 block of Hennepin Avenue South. According to the criminal complaint, Jones shoved a man in the parking lot and was told to leave, then was maced by a security guard. The complaint states Jones pulled out a gun and shot at the security guard, then shot several rounds into a crowd.
The man Jones had shoved was hit by gunfire in the wrist and in the scrotum, according to the complaint, and another adult woman was shot in the foot. The security guard had a bullet hole in the left armpit of his shirt.
Jones ran from the scene but police were able to apprehend him. A firearm was recovered in the area, and police believe Jones dropped it while running.
Jones is expected to appear in court on Wednesday. The county attorney's office says it will be asking for a higher sentence, on the grounds that Jones' crime "represented a greater than normal danger to the safety of others and the offense was committed in a particularly serious way."


Man caused more than $5000 damage to Hard Rock guitar

Jacob Daniel Anderson (Photo source: Biloxi Police Dept.)

BILOXI, MS Aug 23 2017
A Mobile man accused of throwing rocks at the massive guitar-shaped, Hard Rock Casino sign in Biloxi was arrested Monday night.
Casino security guards said they spotted Jacob Daniel Anderson, 28, throwing rocks at the neon sign. Upon closer inspection, they found the guitar was damaged in multiple areas. The estimated cost to repair the damage is more than $5,000.
Biloxi police arrested Anderson and charged him with felony malicious mischief. Anderson was being held at the Harrison County Adult Detention Center on a $25,000 bond.


Man who murdered Gables jogger, Miami-Dade security guard gets life, not death

Miami FL Aug 23 2017 Jurors on Monday rejected the death penalty for a Miami man who murdered a jogger and a security guard in two separate robberies.
Instead, Kendrick Silver, 29, will serve life in prison after the jury could not agree unanimously to send him to Death Row. Silver’s case was the first death-penalty case in Miami to go to a sentencing hearing since Florida moved to require juries to agree unanimously on execution as a punishment for first-degree murder.
“We know the deliberations must have been very hard fought,” said Miami-Dade Assistant Public Defender Steven Yermish. “Kenny and all the lawyers are grateful that they came to right decision.”
Silver was sentenced for the killing of 62-year-old Solmeus Accimeus, a security guard who was shot at point-blank range outside a North Miami-Dade restaurant in December 2006. He’d previously been convicted for murdering a jogger in Coral Gables. Both cases were robberies.
The jury deliberated more than three hours. Jurors ruled that Miami-Dade prosecutors proved the “aggravating factors” — that Silver had committed an earlier murder, and tried to rob Accimeus. But, nonetheless, jurors decided against imposing execution.
Under Florida’s new death-penalty law, jurors did not have to reveal their votes for the life sentence. At least one juror looked upset — and suggested he did not agree with the verdict when polled by the clerk.
For decades, Florida prosecutors needed only a majority seven votes for a death-penalty recommendation, with the judge meting out the punishment. Then in 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Florida’s sentencing scheme was unconstitutional because defendants have a right to a trial by jury.
State lawmakers rewrote the law, replacing the judge’s override and requiring at least 10 of 12 jurors to sentence someone to death.
The Florida Supreme Court then ruled that the new law was unconstitutional, saying juries needed to be unanimous in imposing the ultimate punishment. In March, lawmakers passed a new law requiring jurors to unanimously agree on a death sentence.
Since then, a handful of killers formerly on Death Row have been re-sentenced to life in prison under plea deals.
Silver had already escaped the death penalty once before.
Two years ago, Silver was convicted of the 2007 murder of Coral Gables jogger Jose Marchese-Berrios, who was shot in the chest on Salzedo Street before staggering home and dying in the arms of his teenage son. Silver admitted to stealing the man’s flip-top phone and giving it to his girlfriend.

The jury, under the old law, rejected the death penalty and sentenced him to life in prison.
A second jury earlier this year convicted Silver for the December 2006 murder of Accimeus, a security guard shot dead as he sat in his car at closing time outside Esther’s Restaurant in North Miami-Dade.
The same 12 jurors reconvened this month to hear reasons why Silver should or shouldn’t be put to death.
Defense lawyers depicted Silver’s childhood as wracked by an unstable mother, abuse and poverty. He also turned his life around in jail, they said, even speaking to at-risk teens visiting the jails.
“They want to paint him as a monster. His crimes were monstrous. He is not a monster,” Miami-Dade Assistant Public Defender Alvarez told jurors. “He’s a damaged kid.”
The effect of the new law forcing jurors to be unanimous if they are to impose death was clear.
“You can be merciful,” Alvarez said. “Justice does not have to equal death. Each one of you can speak the language of compassion.”
Miami-Dade prosecutors, however, said Silver’s earlier murder conviction during the robbery of the jogger — as well as the attempted robbery of the security guard — were more than enough to justify execution.
“Poverty does not explain murder,” Assistant State Attorney Gail Levine said. “A dysfunctional family does not explain murder.”
She added: “I submit to you, the defendant does not deserve your mercy. A life sentence is not enough. It’s not enough for him.”

Jurors agreed for mercy.
Miami Herald

Security officer-police shoot-kill armed burglary suspect

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Chico CA Aug 23 2017 After a 34-year-old Ventura man was fatally shot last month by a security guard and police officer in downtown Chico, the man’s parents have undertaken efforts to piece together their son’s last days.
Paula and Scott Rushing of Ventura say they believe their son, Tyler Rushing, was in Chico for several days before dying in a violent episode the night of July 23 at Mid Valley Title and Escrow Company in the 600 block of Main Street.
Authorities have said Tyler Rushing stabbed in the arm a private armed security guard who responded to an alarm at the business about 10:45 p.m. on a Sunday.
The guard shot Rushing once with his firearm, and Rushing, wounded, ran inside the business and holed himself up in a restroom, where Chico police officers tried to get him to come out for an estimated 20-30 minutes, Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey has said.
Officers, working on information that Rushing had been shot and could possibly die from his wound, ultimately entered the restroom with a police dog and confronted him, Ramsey has said. Rushing allegedly stabbed two officers during a struggle, and one of the hurt officers fired two shots at Rushing, striking him twice.
The Rushings said they were told that their son was also hit with a Taser after he was shot by the officer in an apparent attempt to confirm he was subdued.
Rushing died at the scene.
An investigation into the shooting by the Butte County Officer Involved Shooting/Critical Incident Protocol Team remains ongoing.
Ramsey has said it’s suspected Rushing was under the influence of something at the time, but toxicology results have not returned.
Rushing’s parents in a recent interview said their son did not have a criminal background and was not a violent, drug-addicted person.
The Rushings said Tyler was well-mannered, ran a professional window cleaning business and had a condo in Ventura. He worked as a crew member at music festivals up and down the state and also practiced photography.
“He was a very pleasant young man,” Scott Rushing, 64, said. “Very nonviolent. That was his mantra.”

Since their son’s death, the Rushings have tried to learn about Tyler’s movements while he was in Chico. The parents are distributing fliers and taking out advertisements seeking answers.
They said they are highly skeptical of information released by authorities about the violent episode at the downtown business. They also are not convinced lethal force was necessary.
“The fact that you had to kill him, that’s ridiculous,” Scott Rushing said. “Where are the hostages? Where are the children? What’s the danger involved? It’s a commercial building. Staplers, office supplies. Who cares? Wait until he passes out (in the restroom).”
Since the shooting, investigators have not released information about why they believe Tyler was in Chico the day he was killed or how he got to the city.
But Tyler’s parents shed some light on the subject.
They said Tyler worked the Northern Nights Music Festival that was held July 14-16 in Piercy, south of Eureka. On or about July 16, Tyler’s backpack was stolen, along with his money, keys, identification, iPhone and valuable camera.
Tyler’s truck, his father said, was towed from Piercy to Eureka.
Scott Rushing said his son then “basically hitchhiked from Piercy to Chico, where he had friends and he felt comfortable.”
Tyler’s mother, Paula Rushing, 63, graduated from Chico State University. She said her son’s grandparents lived in Paradise for years.
Scott Rushing said he also thinks his son chose to travel to Chico to research a photography project. One of Tyler’s visions as a photographer, he said, was to document the plight of homeless people.
The Rushings said the believe Tyler was in Chico from July 20 to July 23, the Sunday he died.
That Sunday morning, they said, Tyler attended services at Bidwell Presbyterian Church. A churchgoer there called the Rushings around the early afternoon hours the same day, saying Tyler had asked to call his parents to let them know he was OK.
What Tyler did after church in the hours before the episode Sunday night at the downtown title company remains unknown to the Rushings.
“We really would like to piece together the timeline,” Scott Rushing said. “We will get a timeline, let’s say, from the police department. Maybe the security company. They’ll have their timeline and what their guy called in after shooting Tyler. I’m very skeptical. Highly skeptical of anything I’m going to receive from the authorities.”

Recent attempts by this newspaper to gather more details from the district attorney about Rushing’s fatal encounter with security and police have been unsuccessful. Ramsey has declined to release additional details about the incident but has said body cameras worn by the security guard and police officers captured the episode.
The Rushings said that footage has not been shared with them.
Tyler’s parents said they want the public to know their son had a family that cared for him.
“He was not estranged from us in any way,” Scott Rushing said. “Had he been estranged from us, this would be easier to take. But before he left for Piercy he stopped by the house and, fortunately, the last words he said to me (were) ... Love you, dad. I said, Love you, too.

“So at least I have that memory. That was the last thing I said.”

Parents at casino arrested Sunday after five children left unattended in car

CATOOSA, Okla. Aug 23 2017-- Two parents were arrested after police said they left five children unattended in a car while they were inside a casino.
Catoosa Assistant Police Chief John Blish said his officers were called to the Hard Rock Casino parking lot Sunday afternoon around 6:30 p.m. When they arrived, they found five children ranging in age from nine months to 9-years old alone in a car.
Police were told they had been alone for at least an hour.
Assistant Chief Blish said the car was running and the doors were locked.
With the help of casino security, officers located the parents and arrested Dimitra Whitfield and Christopher Bailey for child endangerment. Assistant Chief Blish said he believes the two were the parents of the children but did not know their relationship.
"You never know with kids being left in the car when one of them might get out, especially ranging in the ages from nine months to 9-years," Assistant Chief Blish said. "You know the 9-year old or another sibling could have been able to unlock the car and get out and wander off, so that's where all the child endangerment comes into play."
Police said the children were doing fine when they were found.
DHS also responded to the Hard Rock. All five children were placed in the custody of a relative.

Whitfield and Rogers are still in the Rogers County Jail.

Man Arrested After Waving Handgun At Portland Community College

Portland, Ore. Aug 23 2017 — Police arrested 39-year-old Nathaniel Irving Tuesday afternoon after calls of a man running from the PCC Cascade Campus library waving a gun.
Police were called to the college campus at 11:03 a.m. Tuesday after campus security called saying a man hand walked into the library with a gun.  That man who police believe was Irving, ran from the library when confronted by security.
Officers searched the neighborhood for the suspect.  When they arrived in the 6100 Block of North Kerby Avenue, a homeowner told them a man had come into his hour without permission.  With the homeowners description, officers believed it was the same man from the college campus.
The Special Emergency Reaction Team and Crisis Negotiation Team were called to the scene and entered the home with a K9 to find Irving had barricaded himself in an upstairs bedroom.
He was taken into custody and charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Theft in the First Degree, Possession of a Loaded Firearm in a Public Building, and Possession of a Loaded Firearm.

Police recovered a handgun along the path the suspect took from the college to the home. be released.

Man arrested after officials say he made a bomb threat at BWI Airport

BALTIMORE MD Aug 23 2017  A man was arrested after authorities say he made a bomb threat at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport Tuesday morning.
Jason C. Hallenbeck was charged with making a false statement concerning a destructive device and interfering with airport security procedures, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority Police (MDTA)
The Maryland State Fire Marshal said that Jason C. Hallenbeck, 46, claimed he had a bomb inside his carry-on bag.
Bomb Squad Technicians X-rayed the bag and found a "potential hand grenade device," officials say. They then deployed a robot which found that there was no credible threat, according to the fire marshal's office.
The investigation shut down security checkpoints A and B but both have since reopened after the bag was cleared. Customers were evacuated from concourse A and B as precaution, according to police.
Multiple flights were canceled following the suspicious bag investigation.
The incident started at around 1:00 a.m. on Concourse A, leading to an investigation that lasted several hours.
Hallenbeck was arrested and is currently being held by the Maryland Transportation Authority Police.
The delays left large crowds of people waiting at the airport during the early morning.
Passengers were left trying to rebook their flights after the cancellations.


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

2 bank branch employees killed during South Carolina holdup

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

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

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

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

Two N.M. women charged in JC Penney thefts

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

Wake County NC detention officer arrested for giving inmate heroin

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

Carjacker pulls gun on San Bernardino hospital security officer

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

Conn College security guard receives Emergency Services Hero Award

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

Homewood Alabama police fatally shoots man who Tased him

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

Firefighter, Two Pharmaceutical Employees Admit Health Care Fraud Conspiracy

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

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Airport Security Firm Must Rehire Fired Union Workers

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

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

2 Hartford women arrested in New Hampshire for Organized Retail Crime

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

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

Stamford Target store clerk charged with theft of cellphones

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

Virginia Beach church employee charged with filming children illegally

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


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Colorado Springs police shoot-kill Walmart shoplifter

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

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