Saturday, January 20, 2018

Brinks armored truck robbed in Neptune Beach Florida

Neptune Beach FL Jan 20 2018 Thousands of dollars were stolen at gunpoint Thursday afternoon from a Loomis armored truck at the Bank of America at 301 Third St., according to the Neptune Beach Police Department.
Police are searching for a gunman who got away with $48,000 in cash after confronting two guards as they filled up an ATM outside the bank, Cmdr. Mike Key said.
The robbery occurred at 2:50 p.m. in the bank’s drive-through lane a few blocks south of Atlantic Boulevard, Key said.
“He demanded money. The security guard dropped the money, and he grabbed it and ran south on foot,” Key said. “Police flooded the area and we asked for Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office air and canine units.”
Police describe the robber as a young, thin black male about 5-foot-10, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt “pulled tightly over his face” with a bright lime green shirt over it. Although the gunman ran from the scene, a black Infiniti sport-utility vehicle was spotted fleeing the area later at high speed and may be connected, police said.

Anyone who sees the gunman should stay away and call police or First Coast Crime Stoppers at (866) 845-8477 (TIPS).

Silver Spring Middle School Security Guard Sentenced to Probation for Having Sex with Student

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Montgomery County MD Jan 20 2018 A former Montgomery County Public Schools employee was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to having sexual contact with a middle school student while he was a security guard at her school.
Mike Anthony Lievano, 21, was sentenced to five years of supervised probation in December, according to court records. Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Cheryl McCally also sentenced him to 30 days in prison that she suspended.
Lievano was arrested in May after he allegedly had sex with a 14-year-old student at Col. E. Brooke Lee Middle School in Silver Spring when he was working as a security assistant.
He later pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree assault and fourth-degree sex offense by a person in a position of authority. A charge of sex abuse of a minor was dropped as part of a plea deal.
Lievano started working at the middle school in February and was placed on administrative leave in early May after school officials first became aware of the allegations against him. He is no longer employed by the school system, MCPS spokesman Derek Turner wrote in an email Friday.
Andrew Jezic, Lievano’s attorney, wrote in a text message to Bethesda Beat that Lievano is “extremely sorry for his actions and for the breach of trust.”
Beginning in March, Lievano texted frequently with the student and had sex with her at his home and her home, according to court documents.
The student first spoke to police May 4, telling detectives she initiated contact with Lievano at school and gave him her phone number. She said they texted each other and “started dating” at the end of March, according to court documents. She told police she would sneak him into her family’s apartment at night.
When police interviewed Lievano, he allegedly told detectives he had sex with her twice in her apartment and said the last encounter was on April 30, when her mother caught him in her bedroom.
Before working at Col. E. Brooke Lee, Lievano served as a part-time security assistant at Rockville High School from September 2015 to February 2016, then worked in private security, according to Principal Kimberly Hayden Williams.
As part of the sentencing, Lievano must register as a sex offender for 15 years and was ordered to have no unsupervised contact with minors.
 At the end of December, Lievano’s attorneys filed a motion to modify the sentence, but the motion has not yet been ruled on.
Bethesda Magazine

City of Omaha deploys private security officers downtown

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OMAHA, Neb. Jan 20 2018
New security officers are on patrol in Omaha's downtown.
The city's Downtown Improvement District is paying for the contract with Lion's Gate Security, in hopes of enhancing public safety in the urban core.
"I think they just want a little more visibility from a security company," Calvin Jones, co-owner of Lion's Gate said, "They want us to be the eyes and ears for police in certain spaces in downtown."
Holly Barrett with the Downtown Improvement District said the company's staff, made up of a number of retired law enforcement officers, and its use of off-duty law enforcement, will provide greater protection than security companies the district has worked with in the past.

Jones said his staff started patrolling downtown in the beginning of the month, typically going out Thursday through Sunday nights.
His employees will cover an area from the Missouri River to 17th Street, and between Leavenworth and Cuming streets.

Super Bowl volunteers begin security training

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MINNEAPOLIS MN Jan 20 2018- The Super Bowl is now less than three weeks away and already the City of Minneapolis and the Super Bowl Host Committee are focusing on security.
Training started Thursday for the scores of Super Bowl volunteers that will help pull off the big game. Day one for volunteers came with perks: a gift box of Super Bowl clothing. But it also came with a heavy dose of security training.
“There’s going to be cops from Ely down to Rochester, you’re going to see hundreds of cops,” said Minneapolis Police Officer Mike Kirchen.
All of the officers will need help from the 10,375 volunteers working at the Super Bowl festivities.
 “We’re really training them on how to identify suspicious behavior,” said Jordan Clark with the Counterterrorism Education Lab. “So this could be with volunteers stationed along Nicollet Mall. Are people asking them weird questions that don’t really pertain the to the guest experience: How many security personnel to you have here?  Where are the security barriers located?”
Anything they see, they’re supposed to report to police. Officers from 90 agencies will join Minneapolis officers and the National Guard, which raised serious questions at City Hall.
“What should we be preparing people for in terms - are we going to be seeing people walking around in fatigues?” asked Minneapolis City Councilman Steve Fletcher.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo says no.
“It will not be a military occupation,” he said.
He later emphasized guard members will play a vital role, but not a visible role.

“These soldiers will be in a non-law enforcement capacity,” said Arradondo. “Most of the folks will probably not see them, they will be at very contained stationary posts. They will not be marching around Hennepin or First Avenue or Nicollet Mall for that matter.”

$6 million in chips stolen in Wynn Macau casino heist

Macau Jan 20 2018 Wanted: $6 million in missing gaming chips. Last seen: The lavish Wynn casino in Macau.
Police are hunting for millions of dollars in casino chips after they were stolen -- allegedly by one of Wynn's own croupiers -- raising security concerns in the world's biggest gambling hub.
The heist happened Tuesday at the Wynn Macau, one of the marquee destinations in a Chinese territory whose gambling revenues dwarf those of Las Vegas.
Macau police told CNNMoney that a dealer at the Wynn Macau and a potential accomplice have been arrested and that they are not currently looking for other suspects. They declined to identify the two people by name.
Police didn't say how the stolen chips were taken past casino security. But local media reported that the suspect allegedly stuffed them into a bag in a VIP room and simply carried them out.
To turn the chips into hard cash, the thieves or their associates would eventually need to bring them back into the casino.
Wynn Macau is controlled by Wynn Resorts, the Las Vegas casino firm founded by billionaire mogul Steve Wynn. Wynn Macau didn't respond to requests for comment Friday.
Casino operators could face pressure from authorities to tighten up oversight of gaming rooms following the theft, according to Vitaly Umansky, an analyst at investment firm Sanford Bernstein.
Rules around gambling in Macau are more relaxed than in Las Vegas, he said. Most of the high-stakes action in Macau takes place in so-called VIP rooms, which aren't run by the casinos themselves but by separate junket operators from mainland China.
That makes it difficult for casinos to manage exactly what goes on inside.
"The junkets get a lot of leeway inside the rooms in terms of how money changes hands and how chips change hands. That's something that may need to get evaluated," Umansky said.
Big heists in the city's casinos are rare, but they do happen. In 2015, a junket operator said it had been scammed out of more than $30 million. That incident also happened at a Wynn casino.
Gambling is a big business in Macau, a former Portuguese colony.
The city's revenues from games like baccarat and blackjack are about five times bigger than those generated on the Las Vegas strip.

Macau's casinos raked in just over $33 billion last year, an increase of about 20% from the year before.
That snapped a multi-year losing streak for the gambling industry in the city. Macau is popular with visitors from mainland China, where gambling is illegal.

Revenues began falling in 2014, hurt by a far-reaching crackdown on corruption by Chinese President Xi Jinping. That deterred some big spenders from visiting Macau's VIP rooms.

U.S. customs agency is so short-staffed, it’s sending officers from airports to the Mexican border

Washington DC Jan 20 2018 While lawmakers this week argued over the merits of President Trump’s $18 billion border wall and a potential government shutdown, the federal officers tasked with stopping drugs and terrorists from entering the country faced a different threat: exhaustion.
An acute staffing shortage of customs officers at the border has gotten so dire that the government this month began pulling screeners from U.S. airports and reassigning them to southern Arizona on an emergency basis.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has deployed 175 officers to the agency’s Tucson sector through at least March, according to union officials who say CBP officers are being routinely asked to work back-to-back eight-hour shifts to make up for the staffing shortfalls.
“They are supposed to do their job with the same mental clarity and acuity,” said Anthony Reardon, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents 25,000 CBP employees, “but when you work 16-hour days, days on end, it’s a pretty difficult thing to do.”
CBP has a nationwide deficit of 3,700 officers, said Reardon, calling it the worst shortage he has seen at the agency. The gap includes 1,200 unfilled vacancies and an additional 2,500 officers that CBP said it needs to meet staffing goals.
The shortfall points to an aspect of U.S. border security that has received little attention in the debate over Trump’s immigration agenda.
Trump has called for 5,000 additional Border Patrol agents, even as the number of people arrested for illegally crossing the border has fallen to a 46-year low. Border Patrol agents now make fewer than two arrests per month on average.
Meanwhile, the workload has grown larger for the blue uniformed CBP officers who are deployed to 328 ports of entry nationwide, including international airports and border crossings.
Bilateral commerce with Mexico, the second-largest market for U.S. exports, exceeds $1.5 billion a day, according to the latest trade figures, amounting to a nearly endless caravan of cars, trucks and trains that CBP officers must search for weapons, drugs and potential terrorist threats. The agency screens 1 million visitors and 67,000 cargo containers each day, according to its website.
Congress authorized CBP in 2014 to add 2,000 officers, but the agency has fallen far short of that target. The agency also has a deficit of 731 agriculture specialists who screen for animal and plant pests as well as loads of narcotics often smuggled in shipments of fruit and vegetables, according to its hiring plans.

The shortages are most critical at the busy border crossings around San Diego and in southern Arizona, where officers normally assigned to checking passports at U.S. airports are being sent to search cars and trucks for heroin and other contraband.
In response to questions about the need for the short-term deployments, CBP provided a statement characterizing them in favorable terms. “Temporary duty assignments are not uncommon and could be for a variety of reasons, to include development opportunities, training needs, or seasonal fluctuations,” the statement read. “These assignments are beneficial to both the temporary duty location and the permanent duty location as personnel return to their home ports with experience in a wider diversity of CBP operations and enhanced decision making skills.”
A group of Florida lawmakers sent a letter last week to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, protesting the emergency deployment of 10 CBP officers from the Orlando International Airport to the Mexican border.
“Temporarily removing CBP officers from OIA places greater strain on the remaining CBP officers and will mean longer lines for travelers,” Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) said in a news release.
According to Demings, the number of CBP officers assigned to the airport has remained flat, even as international arrivals have increased 89 percent since 2009.
“Even with maximum number of personnel in the facilities, the arrivals hall quickly overflows during peak times, forcing passengers to remain on aircrafts until previous arrivals have cleared Customs and Immigration,” the lawmakers said in the letter to Nielsen.
According to Reardon, the agency signed a $297 million agreement in November with Accenture, a federal contractor, to help with hiring.
Reardon told a House subcommittee this month that the contract will pay Accenture $39,600 for every new hire, an amount nearly equal to a starting officer’s annual salary.
While CBP has struggled to retain officers frustrated by the long hours and separation from family, its potential recruits face a hiring process that can take as long as 18 months, Reardon said.
“CBP is the only federal agency with a congressional mandate that all front-line officer applicants receive a polygraph test,” he testified to lawmakers. Two out of three applicants fail its polygraph, according to Reardon, more than double the average failure rate for other federal law enforcement agencies.

Many would-be hires are disqualified for lying about past recreational drug use or other behavior that would not necessarily render them ineligible, and CBP is reviewing the way it administers the test.
A Senate bill introduced this week by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) would require CBP to hire no fewer than 500 officers per year until the staffing gap is filled, calling the agency’s officers “our first line of defense against opioids or other illegal drugs entering the country.”
Trump has described his border wall proposal as a solution to stopping the flow of narcotics into the United States, but CBP statistics show most hard drugs are seized at ports of entry — not in the open desert where a wall might go.
While bulky loads of marijuana are typically carried by smugglers hiking through the desert with backpacks, more-compact and valuable substances such as cocaine, heroin and the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl enter the country concealed in vehicle panels or hidden in commercial cargo.
Stopping those shipments is the responsibility of CBP officers, and Reardon said many are buckling from the strain of double shifts and emergency deployments. The result is that fewer officers are available for the more thorough “secondary” inspection procedures. “In the past, there were three inspectors in secondary processing for every one inspector in primary processing,” he told the House subcommittee on border and maritime security. “Now there is a 1-to-1 ratio.”

“Morale is extraordinarily low,” said Reardon. “And that doesn’t help our recruitment efforts.”

TV crew tried to sneak fake explosive device through Newark Airport security, feds say

Newark NJ Jan 20 2018 At least seven members of a cable television crew were arrested after they tried to sneak a fake explosive device through a security checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport, the Transportation Security Administration said Thursday.
A law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation said that the team was filming for cable network CNBC, which is based in Englewood Cliffs.
The TSA did not release the names of the people they said were arrested, and the Port Authority only said that it was investigating the incident.
A second source said the fake explosive device was a length of PVC pipe with wires sticking out from it. A bomb tech with the TSA determined that the device posed no threat, and that eight people were taken into custody.
A third source, who also asked to not be identified, said the crew was from the Endemol Shine Group, a Dutch production company that contracts with CNBC.
Endemol is the production company behind MasterChef and The Biggest Loser.
"We are looking into the details of what happened as a matter of priority and are in contact with relevant authorities on the ground.  While this process is ongoing we are unable to comment further but in the meantime, we sincerely apologize for any disruption caused," Julie Holland, a spokesperson for Endemol Shine North America, said in a statement.
The law enforcement source said the crew likely would be charged by the Essex County Prosecutor's Office with creating a false public alarm, conspiracy and interference with transportation, but that Essex County would make that determination.
The TSA said members of the group "attempted to intentionally carry through the security checkpoint an item in a carry-on bag that had all of the makings of an improvised explosive device.  At the same time, others in the group covertly filmed the encounter."
"The preliminary investigation indicates that all were in collaboration and claimed to be working for a television network," Lisa Farbstein, acting director of media relations, wrote in a news release. "The group did not make it past the checkpoint because TSA officers detected the item, which was concealed in a roller bag."
The group also faces civil penalties of up to $13,000 for each security violation, Farbstein wrote.
It was a busy news day at Newark Airport on Thursday, as former Gov. Chris Christie was turned away from a special access area that circumvents TSA security at the airport. 

Bandits take off with money, chips from Vegas casinos

File Feb. 21, 2017: The New York New York hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Bandits have gotten away with cash and chips from four casino-hotels in Las Vegas since last week, leaving police on the hunt for multiple suspects. "It's unusual," Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Lt Michael Mauntel said of the frequency of the robberies since Nov. 2017.

LAS VEGAS NV Jan 20 2018— Bandits have gotten away with cash and chips from four casino-hotels in Las Vegas since last week, leaving police on the hunt for multiple suspects.
Three of the casinos targeted by criminals are on the Las Vegas Strip and the fourth one is in the vicinity. The string of incidents comes less than two months after a man wearing a wig and facial bandages robbed the poker room casino cashier of the Bellagio casino-hotel.
“It’s unusual,” Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Lt. Michael Mauntel said of the frequency of the robberies since November. “Absolutely, I am concerned that they are happening a little too often.”
A robbery happened Jan. 10, when a man displayed a handgun and demanded money from a cashier at the casino cage of the New York-New York. The same day, three people grabbed chips from a game table at Harrah’s. On Saturday, a man pointed a gun at a cashier at Ellis Island and demanded money. On Monday, a man jumped a counter at the SLS, grabbed cash and left the property in the northern end of the Strip.
Police do not believe the events are connected. Per policy, authorities do not release the amount of money or value of chips stolen, a move that in the past the department has justified arguing that it does not want to encourage other criminals to target the venues.
Security guards did not pursue the armed suspects, which Mehmet Erdem, an associate professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, said has been a longstanding practice from casino operators.
He added that the companies also have to carefully balance the amount of visible security they have on their casino floors to make sure that it does not make customers uneasy.
“If you have armed security personnel, I’m looking at my risk management. How much money am I loosing from heists versus responsibility?” Erdem said.
He cited the case of a tourist who was killed in 2000 by a stray bullet at Harrah’s as security officers struggled with a robbery suspect who opened fire. The robbery suspect shot a guard in the stomach as officers tried to handcuff him and fired another round that went through a guard’s pant leg and into the back of the victim.

“Do you want to create incidents like that?” he said. “Unless you have Navy SEALs for your security personnel, and they are like Chuck Norris and Steven Seagal and can take out anybody, I think it is a huge risk to have security personnel be armed at least in a visible setting.”

Man arrested for threatening to shoot Target store security agents

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MADISON, Wis. Jan 20 2018 - A man was arrested Wednesday night after police said he threatened to shoot security guards at a Target store.
Officers were called to the Hilldale location at 750 Hilldale way just after 8:30 p.m. when a man was reportedly yelling and knocking items off store shelves.
Security officers at Target asked 39-year-old Benjamin Blunt to leave but he threatened to shoot one or both of the security officers, according to a release.

Blunt was arrested on tentative charges of disorderly conduct.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway to roll out security robot

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INDIANAPOLIS IN Jan 20 2018 The newest four-wheeled machine coming to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has nothing to do with racing: It’s a security robot.
It won’t reach triple digit speeds, run a 500-mile race or douse itself in victory milk (although it is waterproof). Nonetheless, Mike Bates, security director at IMS, said the Sharp Intellos A-UGV will fit right in this May.
“We’re really the first sporting venue in the country that has this,” Bates said.
Bates said the robot is equipped with a 360-degree camera, all-terrain tires, sensors so it doesn’t run into anything, and two-way voice commands so the worker monitoring the camera can talk to fans and they can talk back.
“In the world we live in, with acts of terrorism, I think any soft target — if you want to call it that — is vulnerable,” Bates said. “Anything you can do to decrease that vulnerability is huge.”
The battery-operated machine weighs more than 300 pounds.
Bates said it would have cost more than $300,000 to buy, but Sharp Electronics is loaning IMS the robot for free.
“Every six months, we’re going to re-evaluate as far as what it’s doing and what we need to change,” Bates said. “We’re kind of a test market for Sharp.”
The robot will get its first speedway experience at the Indianapolis Grand Prix. Track leaders plan to use it during the Indianapolis 500 and other big days at the track.
“I think it will definitely raise some eyebrows,” Bates said.
Officials said the robot will be marked with IMS logos.

Security workers can either manually control the robot or program it so it knows where to go. The machine will be monitored from the IMS Pagoda.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Alabama state troopers at 'dangerously low' levels

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Jan 19 2018— As a winter storm system freezes over parts of Alabama this week, law enforcement officers across the state are working to keep roadways safe and clear.
For Alabama state troopers, winter weather events like Tuesday's highlight an ongoing personnel shortage, which leaders say is reaching "dangerously low" levels.
"There are less than 250 troopers to serve all of Alabama, even though recent studies suggest that over 1,000 troopers is the appropriate number for a state the size of Alabama," Alabama State Troopers Association President David Steward said. "At current staffing levels, there is one state trooper for every 214 square miles of Alabama."
Steward and ASTA Executive Director Neil Tew on Tuesday called on state legislators to increase funding for hiring at the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.
"It would be great to hire several hundred troopers right now. I don't know if we'll ever see 1,000 troopers," Steward said. "But right now we're at a critically low number."
According to data provided by ASTA, trooper staffing has dropped by 22 percent in four years. In the same time period, auto accidents have increased by 16 percent and fatalities have increased by 28 percent.
"We're short statewide," Steward said. "There's not an area in the state that has the manpower they need to sustain their patrol coverage."
As personnel numbers dip, Steward said, troopers are tasked with longer shifts across larger territories. With troopers traveling longer distances, their fleet is also feeling the wear and tear.
"As we see with the storm coming in today, many of these troopers are going to be working 12 to 16 hours before they get a break," Tew said. "And they're doing it in patrol cars that are 8 to 10 years old that could have upwards of 250,000 miles or more. It's a huge problem, and it's got a lot of tentacles to it."
A combination of budget cuts and staff attrition has atrophied trooper count over several years, leading to some situations where one trooper is responsible for swath of several counties.
Tew said the agency has lost more than 300 troopers in the last decade due to retirements, job changes and other reasons. In the same time period, less than 100 new troopers were hired.
"This is a problem that has been a long time coming," Tew said. "We've been constantly losing personnel, but we've rarely been in a position to hire personnel."
Gov. Kay Ivey has requested a $3.2 million increase in ALEA's General Fund appropriation to be used for a new class of 30 state troopers.

"It's a start," Tew said. "30 is something to build on. We're hoping it will be more the following year.
Montgomery Advertiser 

Maryland man arrested for allegedly planting camera in mall bathroom operates security company

NOTTINGHAM, Md. Jan 19 2018 A Maryland man had been arrested and charged after he allegedly installed a security camera in a family bathroom at a local mall.
Mussawwir Sterrett is charged with prurient intent and peeping tom; he is currently being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on denied bail status.
Baltimore County police were made aware of the camera that had been installed in a restroom at the White Marsh Mall on Dec. 23.
Police were able to identify the suspect because he recorded himself as he was setting the camera up.
The investigating officer “took note” of 11 videos saved to the camera's SD card.
Most of the videos are several minutes long, and detectives also found deleted files with images taken inside of a bathroom. The date stamp on those pictures are July 5, 2013.

After posting Sterrett's photo online, Baltimore County police were able to identify Sterrett within thanks to two calls from citizens.

The anonymous callers also said that Sterrett worked for a company called Custom Runs, a tech company in the Baltimore area.
It is confirmed that Sterrett is the general manager of the company, which provides tech consultations as well as security camera installation.

TSA agent shortages, snow at Atlanta Airport slows down security lines


ATLANTA GA Jan 19 2018 – Passengers flying out of Atlanta need to be prepared to wait in long security lines at the airport.
In the middle of hundreds of delays and cancellations, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is working through only one domestic security checkpoint.
The website states only the Domestic Main Checkpoint is open on Wednesday following the snow storm that hit the city. Reports state passengers could wait over an hour and half to make it through security.
One of the reasons for the slow-moving lines is because TSA is understaffed for the day.
” Due to dangerous road conditions, traffic and public transportation delays and school closures, a number of employees were not able to come to work or arrived when they were able to do so safely, as was the case for most Atlanta residents today,” TSA spokesperson said.
TSA stated that some agents who were off, did volunteer to come in, including canine teams and administrative staff who assisted with non-screening functions.

Both Domestic North and South checkpoints were closed as TSA said the decision was made to consolidate operations at the main checkpoint to more efficiently screen passengers with available resources.
While wait times at the main gate continue to grow over an hour long, the airport’s website stated the International Checkpoint’s wait was less than 15 minutes.

The airport tweeted travelers should get to the airport at least two hours before their flight is expected to leave. TSA and the airport stated you should factor in traffic, parking, and checking your bags.

Ohio Deputy shoots, kills 16-year-old boy during scuffle at courthouse

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Franklin County OH Jan 19 2018 Chaos unfolded Wednesday afternoon in a hallway outside a Franklin County courtroom, when a scuffle involving a teenage defendant, his family members and a deputy ended in fatal gunfire.
The Franklin County sheriff’s office deputy, who was knocked to the ground, fired a single shot, killing 16-year-old Joseph Edward Haynes of the Hilltop.
Haynes was in court on two delinquency cases, both involving guns, Juvenile Court records show. During the hearing, Magistrate Larry Sanchez ordered him placed on electronic monitoring.
“At some point, as the hearing was concluding, there was an altercation involving the deputy and some of the family members,” said Franklin County Chief Deputy Rick Minerd, who oversees investigations. “And what we have learned was the deputy was knocked to the ground as part of that altercation where he came under attack ... one shot was fired.”
Minerd said the Franklin County sheriff’s office would not immediately identify the deputy, but would do so at a later date.
It’s unclear how many people were involved in the scuffle, which broke out at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday on the fifth floor of the Downtown county courthouse, which is set aside for Juvenile Court. The shooting took place around the corner from Courtroom 56, where the hearing was held, in a hallway that leads to a door where court officials and attorneys can get to the magistrates’ offices.
There was one deputy assigned to the fifth floor at the time, Minerd said.
Haynes’ attorney, Jennifer Brisco, said the fray occurred when the deputy threatened to arrest her client, who had become emotional during and after the hearing.
“Joseph was a little out of sorts because of how things went at the hearing,” Brisco told The Dispatch. “The officer threatened to lock him up and a scuffle broke out. Joseph was resisting, and that’s when there was a scuffle.”
She said she backed away as “a bunch of people” tried to break up the struggle, then heard a gunshot.
Haynes was hit by the bullet in the abdomen and rushed to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 1:14 p.m. The deputy was taken to OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Brisco didn’t see the shooting or Haynes’ family members intervening, she said, but did witness Haynes’ mother fall into the deputy during the struggle.

“I think she kind of lost her balance,” Brisco said. “I know she was trying to get to her son.”
Geraldine Haynes, Haynes’ grandmother, told The Dispatch that she was only a few feet away when the struggle broke out.
“They could have Tased him. He didn’t have to shoot him,” she said as a tear rolled down her face at her South Side home.
In her account of events, Geraldine Haynes said her grandson became upset when the deputy put his hands on Haynes’ mother. Karen Haynes, 41, was pushed up against a wall, Geraldine Haynes said, which prompted Joseph Haynes to shout at the deputy to “leave his mom alone, leave his mom alone.”
Joseph Haynes grabbed the deputy’s shoulder, Geraldine Haynes said. The deputy “let go of Karen and slung Joey on the ground,” she said.
At that point, she said, Joseph Haynes didn’t move and his hands were above his head.
“All of a sudden he pulled his gun and shot him,” Geraldine Haynes said of the deputy. “You could smell the gunpowder.”
The family was taken into other rooms immediately after the shooting. They didn’t learn until about 4 p.m. that Joseph Haynes was dead, Geraldine Haynes said.
A deputy handed her a card with the Franklin County coroner’s office number scribbled on the back.
“There was no reason why that cop would have been terrified of Joey,” she said. Joseph Haynes was a lanky 6-foot-tall teen.
But Keith Ferrell, executive vice president of the Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge No. 9, which represents Franklin County deputies, said that hands were reaching for the deputy’s service weapon, Taser or both during the scuffle.
“We’re responsive to people’s actions. We don’t choose to come to work and shoot people,” Ferrell said. “It gives our people very little choice to protect themselves and the public.
“Unfortunately, he had to stop the threat,” Ferrell said. “It was a significant struggle. And his injuries support that.”
Ferrell was returning to the hospital Wednesday afternoon where the deputy was being treated and undergoing tests. Ferrell said the deputy’s injuries were not career-ending, but he wouldn’t give more details. He anticipated it will take him some time to recover.

In September 2016, Magistrate Sanchez placed Joseph Haynes on probation after finding him delinquent for carrying a concealed weapon. According to a complaint filed by Columbus police, Haynes was found to be carrying a .380-caliber pistol in “the right front pocket of shorts worn under his jeans” in April 2016.
He was still on probation when police charged him with delinquency counts of aggravated menacing for allegedly pointing a handgun at two people and threatening to shoot them on Nov. 14, 2016.
Wednesday’s hearing was to address the most-recent charges and the status of Haynes’ probation. Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said that one of the issues that upset Haynes during the hearing was the magistrate’s decision that he had to continue to wear an electronic-monitoring device until his next court date.
Brisco declined to discuss details of the cases, citing client confidentiality.
“I think he’s a good boy who got caught up in a bad situation,” she said.
Franklin County Commissioner John O’Grady said he was saddened to hear about the shooting.

“Any time there’s a deputy-involved shooting where we’ve got the public involved, obviously it’s a terrible incident,” he said. “Our hearts go out to the deputy, the family and anyone involved.”
Columbus Dispatch

KS man alleges he was chained to a bench by security guards and racially berated

The Power & Light District again is being sued for racial discrimination after a black Shawnee man says he was verbally and physically abused there.
Kansas City KS Jan 19 2018 The Power & Light District again is being sued for racial discrimination after a black Shawnee man says he was verbally and physically abused there.
The lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court comes against the backdrop of a similar pending case.
Arthur Wayne Brown alleges he was at the entertainment district on Oct. 26, 2014, to watch the Royals and the Giants in the World Series on the big screen. Brown says he was buying drinks from the Dubliner’s outdoor bar and needed to use the restroom inside.
When he came out of the stall, Brown said, he was confronted by three security officers who told him he was trespassing and needed to leave. He says the men cursed him with racial and profane language. Brown says he showed them his receipt from the outdoor bar but they pushed him out of the restaurant.
Brown says security officers then handcuffed him and took him to the entertainment district’s security office, where he was “chained to a bench.” The lawsuit says the officers wanted Brown to sign a false statement but he refused. Brown says he was eventually cited for trespassing and told he was barred from the entertainment district.

The lawsuit names Kansas City Live LLC and Downtown Irish Pub LLC.
Rachel Waller, a spokeswoman for Kansas City Live, said the company expects the lawsuit to be dismissed.
“Moreover, not only do we believe these allegations are without merit, they are also strictly limited to a third-party tenant and a third-party security company, not the Power & Light District,” a company statement said.
Downtown Irish Pub, which does business as the Dubliner, did not return a call for comment.
The lawsuit also names First Response Inc. of Mission and individual security officers. First Response is no longer in good standing with the Kansas secretary of state. The lawsuit asks for a jury trial and unspecified damages.
Last summer a federal appeals court reinstated part of a previously dismissed 2014 lawsuit that alleged the entertainment district had policies to exclude African-Americans.
A separate discrimination lawsuit in Jackson County Circuit Court was dismissed in 2016.

Shortly after opening in 2008, the Power& Light District was accused of enforcing a dress code that some said was intended to exclude black customers. The owner of the entertainment district, Baltimore-based Cordish Companies Inc., denied those allegations but modified its dress code and in 2010 settled a complaint filed by the Kansas City Human Relations Department.
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Bar security to wear body cameras after multiple stabbings

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South Yorkshire England Jan 19 2018 Owners of Crystal on Carver Street in the city centre have agreed to a series of security improvements at the venue after six men were stabbed there in the early hours of New Year’s Day.
Violence flared at around 2.30am at the top of a flight of stairs in the House of Hugo section of the bar on the third floor.
The victims, from Birmingham, all suffered stab or slash wounds in the brawl, which detectives believe may have been gang related. Two of the men were left fighting for life but have since left hospital.
Police chiefs ordered the closure of the bar in the immediate aftermath of the attack but it has since been allowed to re-open after bosses agreed to step up security.
They have agreed to employ more security staff, who will wear body cams.
 Plastic glasses will now be used at the bar and search procedures will be improved.
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “A city centre bar is free to re-open after a number of temporary conditions were placed on its licence, in line with recommendations made to the Licensing Committee at Sheffield City Council by South Yorkshire Police.
“Discussions between the police, partners and the licensee, have resulted in the bar adopting a number of recommendations to improve security.
“These include an increase in security staff, more robust search procedures, the adoption of body mounted cameras by security staff and a requirement to use plastic or polycarbonate glasses and containers.”
 A review of the new security measures will be carried out next month. No arrests over the stabbings have yet been made.

Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.

Bar Bouncer Sentenced to Probation, Jail After Punching Man Who Fell and Was Fatally Hit by Vehicle

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Los Angeles County CA Jan 19 2018
A former bouncer was sentenced to three years probation, 180 days in county jail and 240 hours of community labor after he punched a man who then fell into traffic and was fatally struck by a passing vehicle just over a year ago, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday.
Ernest Shawn Reyes is a 35-year-old resident of Arleta who was working as a bouncer at Star Garden, a topless bar in North Hollywood, when he threw a punch at Wilfredo Rodriguez, officials said at the time.
Rodriguez, 47, fell back after the punch and into passing traffic along Lankershim Boulevard, officials said. He was struck by a vehicle that fled the scene and died. The crash happened at about 1:15 a.m. on Dec. 15, 2016.
Reyes pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter last month, prosecutors said. In the days after the incident, he was initially charged with murder — a count that could have landed him a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison if convicted. His bail was set at $1 million.

At the time of his death, friends of Rodriguez described him as a loyal, honest friend who was a native New Yorker.
“Just a man of his word, very rare to find a character like that in LA,” said one of his friends, Jack Atolikian.

It is unclear if the hit-and-run driver was ever identified or charged in connection with Rodriguez’s death.

Riot causing $200,000 in damage at Cleveland juvenile detention center

Cuyahoga County police chiefs, prosecutors and community groups are concerned by a rising number of violent teens passing through the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Justice Center for serious offenses such as armed robbery, carjacking and homicide.

CLEVELAND, Ohio Jan 18 2018 -- Last week's riot at the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center spotlighted the stark reality that a rising number of inmates there are in custody for violent crimes -- including armed robbery, carjacking and homicide.
Two of the 12 inmates involved in the fight that caused an estimated $200,000 in damage to the detention center are accused in the killing of a 12-year-old boy outside his father's beauty supply store, and eight others are charged with armed robbery, officials said.
The inmates' charges offer a snapshot of what law enforcement officials, prosecutors and community groups have identified as an increase in violent crimes involving juveniles. That's particularly evident at the detention center, where more and more violent offenders have created a volatile atmosphere, Cuyahoga County Michael O'Malley said.
"The reality is that facility has a high concentration of inmates charged with aggravated murder or murder," O'Malley said. "The reality is, if that was an adult facility, it would need to be a 'supermax' facility. It's certainly a much higher level of crime than [adults] who are housed at the county jail."
The uptick has created a conundrum for a justice system historically focused on rehabilitating young offenders rather than punishing them, namely, how should the justice system balance that goal with the need to protect the public?
The riot sparked calls for reform of the detention center. One suggestion is to allow the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department to assume management of the facility, which is currently run by juvenile court judges.
O'Malley and area police chiefs understand that the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court should focus on rehabilitating young offenders, but they are also faced with the reality that serious nature of the crimes in which many of these young offenders are accused.
"I think the system is set up to recognize that they're kids, and the preference is taking the least punitive action to correct the behavior," South Euclid police Chief Kevin Nietert said. "I think that probably works in most cases. But the reality is that, with some of the people committing these serious crimes, that type of approach doesn't work."
What complicates the issue further, in O'Malley's view, is the fact many of the most serious cases involve teenagers with lengthy criminal records, and the punitive action to correct the behavior often involves releasing defendants from the detention center sooner than adults charged with similar crimes.
"They've had interactions with the [justice] system before and they're indifferent to the consequences," he said. "We have to work with the court to make sure those initial interactions [with the justice system] are meaningful. If the rehabilitation lacks substance, then you're just wasting your time."

The issue will be at the forefront as communities see more violent crimes involving juveniles. While final statistics are not yet available for 2017, officials believe more teenagers are being charged in cases involving gun-related offenses.
The Cleveland Heights Police Department, for example, arrested 20 juveniles -- mostly teenage boys -- last year and charged them with carjacking. The South Euclid Police Department arrested a 16-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man Nov. 15 following a bank robbery that involved a fake bomb.
"I certainly think that there is a perception that there is in increase in the amount of serious juvenile offenses recently," Nietert said.
Nearby communities have seen teenagers commit violent crimes, too. University Heights and Bedford detectives each investigated one armed robbery involving a teenager in 2017, and the Euclid Police Department arrested a teen last year for a carjacking that happened in 2016, records provided by the three police departments show.
The Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance, which mediates disputes and mentors at-risk teenagers and young adults, feels gangs and the prevalence of guns on the streets are fueling the violence, director Sharyna Cloud said.
Some teens are driven to crime because they do not feel valued at home, in schools or in the job market, said Mike Walker, the executive director of the nonprofit Partnership for a Safer Cleveland.
"They all have a concern that they are invisible, and that they don't count," Walker said. "They are always perceived to be the problem."
The alliance works to address the issue by hosting community forums and embedding violence interrupters - workers trained to defuse conflict between people aiming to do harm to each other -  in neighborhoods. The Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland, which oversees the alliance, also offers programs such as Pathway to Resilience, a career-training program that combines instruction with extracurricular activities such as athletics and music.
"Exposure to gangs shouldn't be your opportunity," Cloud said. "There are other opportunities without having to go that route."

Officials and community groups believe the rise in violent crimes involving juveniles can be traced to a few "bad apples" in a neighborhood. But their actions amplify the problem by causing other teens and young adults to feel unsafe.
Some teens are carrying guns because they do not feel safe.
"If you have a conversation with young people, they're going to say they don't feel safe," Walker said. "There's a preponderance of feeling they're not safe anywhere."
One way communities can reduce violent crime is by preventing retaliation, Cloud said. The Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance works to prevent teens affected by violent crimes from seeking revenge, she said.
The alliance has these violence interrupters at the MetroHeath and University Hospital emergency rooms to help victims and their families avoid more violence. The alliance is also working to put more outreach workers on the streets.
"It's a large-scale effort, but we are up for the challenge," Cloud said. "We don't want to see another uptick in violence this year."
Peace in the Hood, a Cleveland organization that is also known as the Coalition for a Better Life, believes teens will avoid violence if they are pushed toward educational and work opportunities instead of gangs, co-founder Khalid Samah said.
"They can be in control of themselves," Samah said. "They can be disciplined and be responsible."
Many communities have diversion programs for juveniles who are charged with misdemeanor offenses. In Cleveland Heights and Bedford, for example, the police departments uses diversion programs to prevent low-level offenders from committing future crimes.
"I believe [our diversion program] has been very successful," Cleveland Heights police Chief Annette Mecklenburg said. "We reach these kids at an early age before they commit serious crimes, and show them the consequences of the choices they make."
Mecklenburg has been in contact with several nearby police departments and hopes law enforcement agencies can work with the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court to develop strategies to address violence among juveniles. O'Malley acknowledged the rise in violent juvenile offenders is an ongoing issue that needs attention in order to keep neighborhoods safe.

"It's unfortunate neighborhoods are being destroyed because a small group of kids have made the decision they want to terrify these neighborhoods," he said. "It certainly seems much worse today than it did years ago."