Sunday, April 23, 2017

Huntington Union Free School District security officer passes away privateofficer.com


Huntington NY April 23 2017
The Huntington Union Free School District has reported the death of one of their security officers after a medical emergency earlier this month.
It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we share news of the passing of Finley security guard DeWitt McCall this morning following medical complications.
DeWitt was a friend to all. His smile, kindness and compassion were infectious. He genuinely loved being around Huntington students and was a cherished member of the district family.
Finley Principal John Amato describes DeWitt quite well; "[He] was a special person. He was big in physical stature but even bigger at heart, especially when it came to the kids.”

DeWitt had an on duty medical emergency and was rushed to the hospital.
He will be sorely missed and not soon forgotten. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Detroit security guard investigated in shooting of woman privateofficer.com

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DETROIT MI April 23 2017 - A 28-year-old woman was killed when she was struck by a bullet fired during a shootout between a nightclub patron and a security guard, police said.
The shooting happened about 2 a.m. Saturday at the Lodge Social Club off the Lodge service drive.
Police said a security guard and patron started shooting at each other. The investigation revealed that the man ran towards a car at which Angela Posey, 28, was in. Additionally, the investigation also revealed that the nightclub guard kept firing and ended up killing the mother of six.
"You took her from her babies. You had them hollering," said Jimmie Posey, the victim's mother. "You weren't here to see what my grandbabies went through."
As her family members grieve, they are left to wonder why the bouncer followed the man out of the club and continued to fire.
"Why would you shoot into a vehicle like that not knowing who you're going to shoot?" asked Yvonne Posey, the victim's sister.
Police were back at the scene collecting evidence and reviewing surveillance.
The nightclub security guard did not stick around and neither did the man involved in the shootout.
"My sister did not have a gun, so she did not deserve to be shot like that," Yvonne Posey said.
As police search for those involved, Posey's mother said her faith allows her to forgive and she sends this message to those on the run.
"What you done to me, you pray that it never happens to nobody in your family the same way you did it to me and mine," she said.
Jacqueline Robinson and her father stay across the expressway from the club. The news of the shooting was not surprising to them.
"I've heard up to six or seven any given weekend," Robinson said.
"You got shootings. Bam, bam, bam, and you don't know if it's in the back of you or the front of you," Walter Robinson said.
For neighbors who live near the club, they believe it's time for police to do more.
"I know they're busy, but it's every weekend, so I would think it would be under DPD's watchful eye because it's ongoing," Jacqueline Robinson said.

The security guard has not been taken into custody as authorities continue to investigate the details surrounding the shooting.

Franciscan St. Anthony Health security shoot armed man privateofficer.com

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Michigan City IN April 23 2017 Police have released much more information in a shooting that happened Saturday in the parking lot of Franciscan St. Anthony Health in Michigan City. They say the shooter was an off-duty police officer working security at the hospital, and that he was reacting after a man pulled a gun.
That man -- identified as 46-year-old Thomas J. Walsh III of Michigan city -- is now in critical condition.
State police say two Michigan City officers were off-duty working security.
They say they were called to the hospital parking lot by an individual whose family member -- Walsh -- refused to leave his pickup to get medical assistance.
State police say in interacting with the officers, Walsh pointed a weapon at one of the officers. The other officer pulled his weapon and shot Walsh several times.
The hospital is not making a statement other than to say Walsh was airlifted to Memorial Hospital in South Bend for treatment. He is in critical condition.
"The Michigan City Police Department will release the names of their officers at their discretion," according to a news release issued by Indiana State Police.

Stay with us as we work to learn more. We will continue to update you both on air and online.
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Albertsons Grocery store shoplifter pulls machete, knocks teeth loose, privateofficer.com

Authorities investigate a crash involving an Albuquerque police officer at Indian School and Eubank Monday evening. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.  April 23 2017
A confrontation at the Albertsons near Candelaria and Eubank turned violent Monday when a store security officer asked a teenager, who was in the liquor section, for identification.
The teen pulled out a machete. Then he punched the employee in the face, knocking his teeth loose, before fleeing.
That’s the call that officials say Albuquerque police officer Johnathan McDonnell was rushing to when he slammed into a car carrying 6-year-old Joel, 9-year-old Ariana and their mother Antoinette.
Felicia Romero, a spokeswoman for the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, which is the agency investigating the crash, confirmed Friday evening that Joel died after his family made the decision Thursday night to pull him off life support. She didn’t release the names of those injured in the crash, but court records identify the boy as Joel Suina and his mother as Antoinette Suina.
Joel’s mother had been driving him and his sister to buy Legos and other toys with the kids’ Easter money when they were struck by McDonnell’s cruiser at Eubank and Indian School.
Antoinette appeared to have a green light and was turning left when McDonnell – who also appeared to have a green light and had his emergency lights on – hit her.
Police have said McDonnell was rushing to the call at the Albertsons, and on Friday they released more details of what happened at the grocery chain’s store.
An Albertsons employee called police and said a teenager had walked into the liquor section and then started swearing at a security guard who asked the teen for identification.
Surveillance footage shows the teen waving his arms around as another Albertsons employee goes to help the security officer.
The teen then pulls what appears to be a machete out of his backpack.
“Looks like he has a tennis racket, he’s ready to punch me in the face,” the Albertsons employee tells a 911 dispatcher. “Clearly underage. Oh no, he has a machete. He has a machete in his backpack.”
The employees followed the teen outside. He left but then came running back and punched the employee in the face, knocking his teeth loose, according to video released by APD.
He ran away and officers had not yet found him Friday evening. They’re looking for tips about who he is, and asked anyone with information to call 843-STOP.
Celina Espinoza, a spokeswoman for APD, said McDonnell remained sedated in the hospital with a broken femur Friday.

NYC Macy's shoplifter jabbed three security agents with hypodermic needle privateofficer.com

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Robert Percodani, 25, was out on parole for just over two months when he tried to steal several Michael Kors handbags from Macy's in Herald Square on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Percodani jabbed three security guards with a hypodermic needle then claimed he had AIDS and hepatitis C.

New York April 23 2017
A crazed shoplifter jabbed three security guards with a hypodermic needle at the Macy’s in Herald Square, then claimed he had AIDS and hepatitis C, police sources said Thursday.
Robert Percodani, 25, was out on parole for just over two months when he tried to steal several Michael Kors handbags from the department store’s flagship location on W. 34th St. at about 3:30 p.m., police sources said.
The store’s security guards tried to stop him, and he struggled, puncturing three with the needle and biting another in the leg, cops said.
“I’m going to stab you! I have HIV!” he said during the scrum, according to a criminal complaint.
He was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on robbery, assault and other charges, and remains held on an out-of-state arrest warrant, officials said.
Percodani is a heroin user, and has seven past arrests, police sources said. He lives in the city men’s shelter on 30th St. by First Avenue, sources said.
Percodani, who was convicted of criminal possession of stolen property in 2015, was conditionally released to parole on Feb. 15.
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Teacher Arrested for Allegedly Recording Faculty Bathroom with Hidden Camera privateofficer.com

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Parsippany-Troy Hills NJ April 23 2017 A New Jersey teacher is under arrest for allegedly hiding a camera in a faculty bathroom at an elementary school, though authorities said no children appear to have been filmed.
Parsippany-Troy Hills Police said a school employee found the device inside the bathroom on Thursday, and an investigation "determined that the recording device was capturing footage of the toilet area and was placed there for an undetermined amount of time."
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The investigation quickly led to physical education teacher Christopher Esnes, 40, of Gillette, who was arrested and charged with third-degree invasion of privacy.
A police spokesman declined to elaborate on how they determined so quickly that the camera allegedly belonged to Esnes.
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Esnes was not immediately reachable for comment. 

President of Buena Park School District arrested on suspicion of trafficking in child pornography privateofficer.com

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Fontana CA April 23 2017 The president of the Buena Park School District Board has been arrested on suspicion of trafficking in child pornography, Fontana police said Thursday.
Dennis Brian Chambers, 50, was allegedly found with thousands of pornographic videos and images of children on an electronic storage device after police tracked an IP address to his Buena Park home.
Chambers’ arrest followed a six-month collaboration between Fontana police and the Flathead County, Mont., Sheriff's Department. The investigation centered on a group that was distributing child pornography online, police said in a statement.
Greg Magnuson, superintendent of the Buena Park School District, said in a statement Thursday that administrators were shocked and disturbed by Chambers’ arrest.
Chambers will no longer be allowed to attend school functions or enter any of the district's campuses, Magnuson said.
Chambers is being held at Santa Ana Central Jail on $250,000 bail, according to jail records. He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday.
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Bombs found during Birmingham police traffic stop privateofficer.com

Birmingham AL April 23 2017
A pair of bombs found in a truck during a traffic stop in Birmingham Thursday morning were about 10 inches long, 1 1/2 inches in diameter and could have caused serious damage or injury, investigators said
Though the suspect claims the explosive devices were packed with black powder, or gun powder, investigators have reason to suspect that the devices may contain flash powder, which is a sensitive, explosive mixture that can explode through heat, shock or friction. 
"If it had flash powder in it, one of them could significantly damage a car,'' said Dave Hyche, ATF's assistant special agent in charge in Alabama. "Flash powder is very dangerous and can detonate without being confined. "
Birmingham police late Thursday identified the suspect as Joshua Ward, 27, of Hamilton, and Bradley Pullen, 30, of Hueytown. Ward, the driver and a U.S. Army veteran, is charged with possession of an explosive device and violation of the state firearms act. His bond is set at $75,300.
Pullen, the passenger, is charged with unlawful possession of a controlled subtsance. His bond is set at $2,500.
The incident started just before 1 a.m. when Birmingham police East Precinct officers stopped a 2008 Dodge Ram because it didn't have its headlights on. The pickup truck was pulled over in the 5000 block of First Avenue North.
When officers approached the truck, said police spokesman Lt. Sean Edwards, they saw an AR-15 rifle lying on the rear seat. The weapon was secured by the officer, and the driver also admitted to having a handgun in the truck.
After the two were removed from the truck, a search of the vehicle turned up two more guns and two explosive devices inside a tool box in the truck bed. ATF agents, along with Birmingham's bomb squad, removed the devices from the truck and those devices were taken to another location for further examination.
"The devices will be remotely disassembled and preserved for evidence,'' Hyche said.
Hyche said they are trying to determine why the man, or men, were in possession of the explosive devices.   It's unclear whether he intended harm to something or someone, or just liked making bombs. "We don't have any information that he had someone targeted,'' Hyche said.
 Hyche said the components that make up the explosive devices will determine whether the device-related charges are state or federal. "We take this very seriously,'' he said. "These are large, dangerous devices and flash powder is very unstable."
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77-Year-Old Man Killed at Virginia Senior Center, Police Say privateofficer.com

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Fairfax County VA April 23 2017 An 77-year-old man was found slain in a senior center in Virginia, and authorities are still searching for a suspect or suspects, Fairfax County police said Friday.
Cong Huu Nguyen, 77, was found dead Thursday morning in his apartment at the Little River Glen Senior Retirement Community in the 4000 block of Barker Court in Fairfax, Virginia. Police arrived on the scene shortly after 8 a.m.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined that Nguyen died of trauma to the upper body.
"I can't imagine somebody doing that," said Rebecca Mosser who has lived in the retirement community for two years.
Nguyen's apartment on the edge of the senior community is separated from Little River Turnpike by a small stretch of woods. The apartments that border the woods are easily accessible from the road, Mosser said.
Residents say they weren't told about the killing until late Friday.
"It frightens me that if it was someting bad, nobody was told," Mosser said.
Anyone with information about Nguyen's death is asked to call Fairfax Detective J.D. Long at 703-246-7800 or 703-246-7810, or submit information to Crime Solvers online at fairfaxcrimesolvers.org,  text a tip by texting "TIP187" plus your message to 274637, or call 866-411-TIPS (8477).
Fairfax County police initially said Nguyen's age was 85. He was 77.
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Gunsmoke DVD Thief Struck Security Guard To Escape privateofficer.com

‘Gunsmoke’ Stealer Struck Security Guard: Cops
JOLIET, IL April 23 2017— A Braidwood man struck a security guard while stealing a boxed set of “Gunsmoke” DVDs from a Joliet Wal-Mart, police said.
Derick M.C. Derbas, 33, was arrested and booked into the Will County jail Friday. Derbas stole the DVDs from the West Jefferson Street Wal-Mart and hit the security guard back on Feb. 6, police said.
The criminal complaint against Derbas was not filed until April 11.
Derbas hit the 32-year-old security guard in the face, according to the complaint.
A boxed set of the “Gunsmoke” movie collection sells for $25.06 on the Wal-Mart website. A set of the first four seasons of the television show is priced at $39.96.
Derbas was charged with two counts of aggravated battery and one count of retail theft. His bond was set at $100,000.

Derbas was scheduled to appear in court Monday morning.

Jury finds Randolph Board of Ed liable for $150K to security officer privateofficer.com

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MORRISTOWN NJ April 23 2017  - A Morris County civil jury has found the Randolph Board of Education liable for $150,000 in damages to a 25-year school district security officer who suffered cutbacks in hours and pay and then was retaliated against after he filed a lawsuit in 2012 for age discrimination.
The seven-person jury that heard the three-week trial before Superior Court Judge W. Hunt Dumont in Morristown late Thursday awarded $150,000 in emotional distress damages to Charles "Skip" Kazaba Jr., now 64 and living in Rockaway Township. Kazaba, the brother of retired Randolph Township Police Chief Dean Kazaba, started his security position at the Randolph schools in 1991 and still is employed there but expects to retire soon.
"It's egregious what happened," said attorney Timothy J. McIlwain, who represented Kazaba, a former National Guardsman. "We're really happy. We had 12 trial dates before it actually went to trial. We've been fighting this a long time."
Attorneys that represented the school district, including Robert Gold and Walter Laufenberg, did not immediately return a call for comment.
The jury did not find that the district discriminated against Kazaba because of his age by changing the terms and conditions of his long-time employment. But the jury did find that the school district retaliated against Kazaba after he filed his age discrimination lawsuit, a protected activity. The $150,000 award was for Kazaba's past emotional distress caused by the hostile work environment and retaliation.
In January 2005, after 14 years on the job, the district attempted to re-categorize Kazaba's salary scale until he provided the criteria under which he was hired. Two years later, a school principal tried to change Kazaba's employment from 12 months to 10 months but the union intervened, according to his lawsuit, which charged that the treatment was an effort to diminish his worth as an employee.
In 2008, Kazaba's work schedule was reduced from 12 months to 10 months, resulting in a salary cut from $58,180 to $48,357, the lawsuit said. By 2011, he was told he could no longer work overtime jobs at special school and sports events, the complaint said.
After filing his lawsuit -  which stated that Kazaba had not been promoted in years and was barred by the district from contacting police about any student-related incidents until supervisors were first advised - the retaliation began. Kazaba appeared in municipal court on a traffic incident involving a student in 2012 but the school principal said he wouldn't be paid for his appearance.

Kazaba also had cited another retaliatory act in that he was required to attend an eight-hour training class in August 2013 but was not paid for his attendance by the district.
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Saturday, April 22, 2017

High School Security Officer Dies on Duty privateofficer.com




WICHITA, Kan. April 21 2017 The Griffenstein-Wells alternative school in the Wichita school district has reported the death of a security officer.
A school spokesperson stated that Amos Alford died while on duty after a medical emergency.
Amos was also a coach with the Wichita East High School basketball program and was well respected and loved by students and staff.
Alford was the junior varsity coach of the Aces' junior varsity boys' basketball team. His son played for the East High freshman team and his daughter played for Derby.
He's remembered dearly by his former players.
"It's a lot of sadness. He touched a lot of people in the basketball community," Khalub Thompson says.

The school's principal, Darrin Ross, issued the following statement to parents Thursday evening.
... It is with great sadness to share the news that our security officer, Mr. Amos Alford, passed away this afternoon from a medical condition. Mr. Alford was a wonderful mentor and friend to our students and we will miss him dearly. Our deepest sympathies go to his family.
If parents want to keep their students home on Friday in order to grieve and process the sad news, they are welcome to do so and the absence will be excused. We will also have counselors available at school for anyone who needs to talk. When a tragic death occurs, it often helps a young person to talk about it. Sometimes a little extra time spent talking with your child can help them deal with the pain that accompanies the death of a someone they know.

Please call our office if you need assistance in dealing with this sad situation. Thank you for your continued support of Wells and Greiffenstein.

No known motive behind attack that killed 2 Laclede Gas workers in St. Louis privateofficer.com

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ST. LOUIS MO April 22 2017 A gunman opened fire on a Laclede Gas crew working in the city’s Hamilton Heights neighborhood, killing two men in the bizarre attack before shooting and killing himself Thursday morning, police and a witness said.
There’s no known motive in the attack, police say, and for the time being they say it may have been random.
The shooting was reported about 11:15 a.m. in the 5900 block of Minerva Avenue, on the western edge of the city. Police said two Laclede Gas workers, one in his 20s and the other in his 50s, were fatally injured when the gunman opened fire, according to St. Louis police Capt. Mary Warnecke.
She said it appeared the gunman fired at them “randomly.”
The gunman then walked off and killed himself.
With the motive unknown, Laclede Gas and several other utility companies pulled employees from some St. Louis work sites as a precaution.
Manyika McCoy, 37, told the Post-Dispatch the workers were there to connect gas service to a home she was moving into on Minerva. One was using a jackhammer and another was in a backhoe.
She said she talked and joked with them briefly before walking down the block to her mother’s house. McCoy, who is pregnant, joined her mother and three young children in the yard there.
They noticed a man walking briskly up the street, as if with a purpose, but nothing about him really stood out to them. Then, they heard gunshots.
“I heard pop, pop,” McCoy said. She wondered if it was fireworks but looked up to see the gunman firing at the workers. The worker in the backhoe stumbled out.
“He was saying, ‘Wait, wait,” and the guy just kept shooting at him,” McCoy said. The worker eventually collapsed in the street, she said.
McCoy believes she heard six shots total. She was trying to get the children — her son, 4, and nephew, 4, and her daughter, 2 — into the house, and fumbled with her cellphone.
“I was calling 911 in one hand and Jesus in the other,” she said.
She said she didn’t hear the gunman say anything before, during or after the shooting. McCoy said she didn’t recognize the man and didn’t know where he went. She and her family feared he was on the loose until police said he had killed himself.
One of the Laclede workers and the gunman died at the scene, police said. The other worker was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
The gunman suffered a self-inflicted wound to the head, police said. A gun was found near him.
Co-workers of the Laclede employees gathered at the scene of the shooting Thursday. They called loved ones to let them know they were OK, and consoled one another.
In a brief statement, Laclede Gas said employees there were “heartbroken.”
“We are shocked and grieving today after two of our Laclede Gas employees were shot and killed this morning at one of our job sites,” the statement said.
“We are connecting with their loved ones now. And, we are working with police to understand more about this crisis. We are heartbroken, as you can imagine, and ask that you hold these employees, their families, their friends, Laclede Gas workers and our communities in your thoughts and prayers.”
Laclede Gas and some other area utilities, including Ameren Missouri, the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District and Missouri American Water, pulled employees from some St. Louis work sites as a precaution. Some said workers would get safety reminders.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ family members and co-workers at Laclede Gas during this difficult time,” Ameren Missouri’s senior vice president of customer operations, Mark Birk, said in a statement.
McCoy said the workers had been sweet and funny in their brief interaction before the shootings. She said she couldn’t believe what happened.
“My heart goes out to the victims and their families,” she said. “Words can’t express my feelings right now.”
Her mother, Alice Spann, 59, said the area has an active neighborhood watch, and she goes to the meetings.
“We hear about this, but we never see it,” she said. “Those men came to work today to lose their lives. ... It was so quick, and they were innocent people.”
Lance Eason, 29, watched as police worked the crime scene early Thursday afternoon.
“I think they need an escort to protect them in areas like this,” Eason said. “Crime is up, and some people think they don’t have anything to lose.”
Eason said people are walking the streets with mental issues and down on their luck.

“We are all at risk,” he said.
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Prisoner escapes Howard County General Hospital privateofficer.com

COLUMBIA, MD April 21 2017
An inmate from a minimum-security Detention Center walked away from the Howard County General Hospital Thursday night while he was there being treated.
Timothy David Powers, 52, of no fixed address, left the hospital in the 5700 block of Cedar Lane in Columbia around 8 p.m.
Powers is described as a white male, 5’9” tall and about 175 pounds. He was last seen wearing a burgundy sweater, jeans and shoes.
Now there are questions as to who was supposed to be watching Powers while he was at the hospital.

Police do sometimes leave a low risk prisoner at the hospital under the supervision of hospital security said a police official but police won’t say if this was the case.
Generally when an inmate of a detention facility gets transported to a hospital for an illness or medical emergency, the detention center or sheriff’s department is responsible said the police official.

Anyone with information should contact police by calling 911.

Fla. security guard threatened teens in noisy car with gun privateofficer.com

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Pembroke Pines FL April 22 2017 A Pembroke Pines man upset about two teenage neighbors driving past his home in a noisy convertible chased them, threatened them with a gun and struck them both, police said.
Mario Lazaro Perez, 49, a security guard and former Hialeah police officer, was arrested Monday after the alleged violence in the gated Pembroke Shores community, south of Pines Boulevard and west of Interstate 75.
Earlier that night, Tyler Muraida, 19, was driving his Honda S2000. Its engine was loud and the top down as he cruised the streets in the community.
His 15-year-old neighbor and longtime friend rode in the passenger seat.
As they passed Perez’s house, he got in his car and and followed the teens, at one point yelling, “You m-----------!”
Muraida wanted to leave the community. While waiting for a security gate to open, Perez caught up to the Honda, got out of his car and pointed a handgun at Muraida, police said.
In a phone interview Thursday, Muraida, a college student, said, “I was scared for my life.”
Perez yelled at Muraida, cursed at him about his driving and said, “If you move again, I’m going to put three in you,” according to a police report. He told Muraida to turn off the engine and remove the keys. Perez then reached into the car and punched Muraida in his left cheek.
Next, Perez approached the younger boy, placed the gun against his neck and told him he had 10 seconds to get the keys and start the car or he was going to kill him. Perez then began counting down from 10, police said.
The boy found the keys in the center console, the car was restarted and Perez struck the back of the boy’s head with the gun, which caused minor swelling, police said.
“If I ever see you again I’m going to f------ kill you!” Perez told his neighbors.
The teens drove to a nearby Publix where their parents and police met them.
Perez was taken into custody on suspicion of committing aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill; battery; aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and two counts of armed burglary of the car.
He was denied bond on the burglary charges; he has a bail hearing scheduled for April 27. His attorney, John S. Hager of Fort Lauderdale, could not be reached for comment.
From July 1988 through October 1994, Perez was an officer with the Hialeah Police Department. Court documents show he does not have a criminal record and has worked as a security guard. Perez’s teenage son is a friend of the passenger in the convertible, that boy’s mother said.
“If he’s in the neighborhood, he can’t drive fast,” Eva Jacques said about rides her son used to take with Muraida. “I thought we were safe.”
Her son is grounded for now. When she heard of the incident, her first fear was that her son had been shot.
“The muzzle of the gun was put behind [my son’s] head,” Jacques said. “If that thing had gone off, it would have been a whole different story.”
Jacques said Perez lives two streets from her family’s home and that she doesn’t know him.
“It’s a mess,” Jacques said. “You’re in your own community, your own neighbor, somebody who knows your family and your kid … [My son] was just sitting there. He doesn’t drive, doesn’t even have a permit. How would [Perez] expect him to know where the keys were?”
Her son is fearful and was not able to concentrate during tests this week at school, she said.
Mark Muraida was also upset about the situation and said he’s also keeping his son close to home to avoid future conflicts.
“It’s appalling to know that somebody doesn’t have enough self control and that he would get to the point where he would draw a gun on somebody,” Muraida said. “There are better ways to approach something like that.”
His son said noisy cars may become a part of his past.

“I know my car is loud,” Tyler Muraida said. “I don’t want to make noise anymore. I am going to make sure when I pull into the neighborhood, I’ll be more quiet.”
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Man charged with peeping at Raleigh KMart store privateofficer.com

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RALEIGH NC April 22 2017  The Raleigh Police Department was called to a Kmart store for a report of someone peeping into a woman’s dressing room.
According to an arrest warrant, it happened Thursday at a store in the eighty seven-hundred block of Six Forks Road.
Officers have charged 23-year-old Jeremiah Lashawn Donnell with secret peeping.
Police said that Donnell was secretly watching a woman in the Kmart changing room but did not say if he was filming her.
He was booked into the Wake County jail under a $1,000 bond.

Toronto police officers who die by suicide now eligible for memorial wall privateofficer.com

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Toronto Canada April 22 2017 Toronto police officers who die by suicide will now be allowed to have their names included on the force's memorial wall honoring officers who died in the line of duty, if certain conditions are met.
The development comes after the force settled a case with the Ontario Human Rights Commission, which filed an application with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario over the matter in 2015.
The commission alleged that excluding names from the memorial wall of officers who died as a result of mental health injuries experienced in the line of duty was discriminatory.
"We got involved in this case because it was a practical way of demonstrating the persistent stigma facing first responders who suffered from mental health disabilities," said Renu Mandhane, chief commissioner with the Ontario Human Rights Commission.
"We hope this signals to officers that if they are suffering, they can and should get help and that doesn't mean they wouldn't be worthy of honour and respect as an officer."
Under terms of the settlement, Toronto police have until Oct. 31 to develop a procedure to ensure that any officer, regardless of how they died, be eligible for recognition on the memorial wall if they meet specific criteria. That procedure will be developed with a commission-approved expert in mental health disability and post-traumatic stress disorder in first responders.
"Today's agreement creates an opportunity for the service to respectfully recognize those who have died, regardless of cause of death, by appropriately commemorating those who, through their actions, demonstrated the noble qualities of policing and inspired those who continue to serve," said Toronto police spokeswoman Meaghan Gray.
Officers who have already died by suicide will also be up for consideration on the wall.
The settlement closes the chapter on a long battle by one family to have an officer's name placed on the memorial wall.
Toronto police Staff Sgt. Eddie Adamson killed himself in 2005, about 25 years after witnessing the murder of his colleague during a robbery that turned into a hostage taking.
In 1980, Adamson was among a number of officers outside a Toronto bar where two men held patrons hostage and shot Const. Michael Sweet.
Sweet was further attacked by the two men and Adamson could no longer stand by, so against his superior's orders, he stormed inside with a few other officers. During a shootout, police took the two men down. Adamson began mouth-to-mouth resuscitations on Sweet, but the officer died.
Adamson's daughter said her father would have nightmares about what happened and would wake screaming in the middle of the night.
In 2005, well after retiring from the force, Adamson checked into a motel in Orillia, Ont., and began drinking while poring over his notebooks of Sweet's murder. He then pulled out a gun and shot himself in the head.
His family then began its lengthy journey to have Adamson's name recognized alongside others who died from a physical injury in the line of duty.
The Adamsons successfully fought to have the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board change his cause of death from suicide to PTSD. But they couldn't convince Toronto police to put his name on their "Wall of Honour."
In 2013, the family filed an application to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, alleging the current practice of allowing only officers who died as a result of a physical injury be placed on the memorial wall was discriminatory.
But the application was dismissed, with the tribunal saying Adamson's estate didn't have standing because they couldn't claim discrimination after he died.
The Ontario Human Rights Commission then used an extraordinary power to launch its own human rights application against Toronto police because it raised issues in the public interest, Mandhane said.
"It's very hard to litigate workplace culture, but the memorial wall in many ways is symbolic of that historic police culture that saw any mental health disability as a sign of weakness and unsuitability for the job," Mandhane said.
"I want everyone to know that the Adamsons' bravery and persistence will have an impact going forward in terms of breaking down that stigma."
There have been 44 police officers who have killed themselves in Canada since 2014, according to data collected by the Tema Conter Memorial Trust, a charity that supports the mental health of first responders, correctional officers and military members.

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Two runners die in Raleigh NC marathon race privateofficer.com

Race organizers confirm two people passed away at Raleighs first ever Rock n Roll Marathon.
RALEIGH NC April 22 2017 Tragedy hit Raleigh's first ever Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Sunday when two participants in the half marathon suffered medical problems and died.
Officials said the men were relatively young and in great shape. One was 35 and the other 31. The men are both from the Triangle. Officials have not yet released the participants' names or causes of death.
On Monday, ABC11 learned Derrick Myers was one of the men who died. A close friend said Myers was an avid soccer player and in great shape by just about all measures.
"It really shocked us when we found out," said friend Dileep Dadlani. "He's in fantastic shape and that's why it was so shocking to see someone in the prime of their life just getting struck down by whatever the case might have been."
The medical examiner is investigating how he died, but doctors say most likely, he had a heart condition he did not know about.
One man collapsed right near the end on Fayetteville Street. Video shows paramedics trying to help him. An eyewitness said emergency responders performed CPR frantically - to the point where workers were rotated. The other man collapsed in-between the 10 and 11-mile markers. That's right outside of Jay Smith's apartment building.
"It was just kind of a chaotic scene," said Smith, who was walking out of his building when EMS was working to save the runner's life. He tried to get closer but the streets were packed. Thousands of spectators clogged city sidewalks as the race was underway.
"It was just crowded and people were milling around trying to figure out what was going on," Smith said.
The marathon said in a statement:
"Wake County EMS and medical personnel were immediately on the scene and attempted to revive each runner, but their efforts were unsuccessful. We are greatly saddened by these tragic losses and our prayers go out to the each of the runners' family and friends."
A race spokesperson said a representative spent the majority of the afternoon at the hospital with the families of the two runners to help them cope with the losses.
More than 12,000 runners from around the world hit the pavement Sunday morning. Two Triangle men beat out thousands from all over the world in both the full and half marathons, and a Triangle woman prevailed in the women's full marathon. They say even with the cool conditions for the run, they felt the strain.
"I was at mile 17 and I wanted to lay down on the ground," said men's full marathon winner Paul Himberger.
ABC11 spoke to a cardiologist at WakeMed who said while deaths at marathons are rare; they do tend to follow patterns. Men runners tend to go down more often than women, they often happen at the end of races, when people are pushing themselves and often trace back to pre-existing, and perhaps unknown heart conditions.
"Competitive running, there carries a small risk and it can be reduced by people living a healthy lifestyle. And if there are concerns about heart disease in the family, or symptoms, to have it checked out," said Dr. Vigil Wynia, with WakeMed Cardiology.
Wynia advices athletes to keep a healthy diet, watch for high blood pressure and diabetes, and talk to a doctor about their lifestyle.
In Myers' case that meant soccer and distance running, but that is not necessarily what Dadlani will remember about him.
"[He] always with a smile, lots of enthusiasm, lots of zeal for life and really, just lived life by the seat of his pants," Dadlani said. "He's not going to be forgotten by any means. He's a good guy and we're going to miss him."
Myers' death has left his friends and family heartbroken and confused. His funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Englewood Baptist Church in Rocky Mount. Donations to help offset expenses can be made starting Tuesday at PNC Bank under the Barbara M. Myers custodial account.

The running club in Raleigh will have a moment of silence for both men Monday night.
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Loss prevention agent accused of kidnapping and rape privateofficer.com

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St Charles County MO April 22 2017
A man who worked as a loss-prevention officer for several area shopping centers and malls used his position to kidnap and, at least once, rape customers, prosecutors said.
The St. Charles County prosecuting attorney’s office on Thursday issued two charges of kidnapping and one charge of rape against Shaun A. Ivy, 36, of the 600 block of Nancy Drive in St. Charles.
Ivy worked as a loss prevention officer for H&M, an apparel store with locations at Chesterfield Mall, Taubman Prestige Outlet, the Galleria and West County Mall.
He was arrested after a joint investigation by the St. Charles, Chesterfield and Des Peres police departments.
Des Peres Police Capt. Sean Quinn said a young woman came into the police substation at the West County Mall on Saturday to say she was worried about her friend. They had been at Chesterfield Mall earlier, when they were detained for suspicion of shoplifting.
The loss prevention officer let her go but kept her friend in custody.
The two young women had previously planned to reconnect at the West County Mall, and the woman was concerned because her friend didn't show.
Des Peres contacted the Chesterfield police, who started investigating Ivy.
According to a probable cause statement filed in St. Charles County, Ivy detained a woman at the Chesterfield Mall on April 15 and coerced her into getting into his vehicle using a threat of incarceration if she didn't comply. He then drove her to his home in St. Charles. On the way there, the statement alleges, Ivy told the woman that he'd done her a favor and "now she needs to do him one."
During the encounter, police said that the victim texted a friend, who contacted police. Police found evidence belonging to the victim in Ivy's home and vehicle. He is accused of the crime of kidnapping in that incident.
According to a second cause statement, also filed in St. Charles County, Ivy was working at the Chesterfield Mall store on March 2 when he detained a young woman and coerced her into getting into his vehicle with the threat of incarceration and police action if she did not comply.
He then took her to his home, ordered her to get undressed, and raped her.
Authorities learned about her later, when they were investigating lvy's possible role in the April 15 kidnapping.
Quinn said there were no known cases of people being kidnapped from the West County Mall, but police were hoping any victims would come forward.
Chesterfield Police spokesman Capt. Steve Lewis declined to comment about his city's role in the investigation.
St. Charles Police Lt. Todd Wilson said Ivy would watch shoppers on surveillance cameras from a rear office, and confront women he suspected of shoplifting.
Normally, a loss-prevention officer would bring the suspect back to the office and either call police or issue a warning. But on at least two occasions, Ivy coerced victims into his car by telling them they were going to be in big trouble if they didn't obey his order.
Police said they were asking any other potential victims to contact their local police departments.
Ivy was being held on Friday at St. Charles County Jail on $300,000 cash bond, and has been ordered not to have contact with the victims. He did not have a lawyer on Friday, and declined to talk to a reporter.
Loss prevention officers are vital to store security, said Bob Moraca, vice president for loss prevention with the National Retail Federation. They are specially trained to help prevent losses from theft. The 2016 National Retail Security Survey said theft accounts for $44 billion to $50 billion in losses each year
Moraca said loss prevention officers, who are often trained to handle other crimes including active shooter scenarios, are different than security officers, who typically don't have as much training and serve as visual deterrents.
H&M, in an emailed statement, said: "The individual in question did not comply with H&M’s policies and procedures as they relate to the security protocol within our stores and as such is no longer employed by H&M. We will continue to provide the police with any information we can in order to aide with their ongoing investigation."

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Albany County security guard arrested, fired over threats and theft privateofficer.com

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ALBANY NY April 22 2017 -- An Albany County security guard who was arrested and fired Tuesday made threatening remarks to his one-time colleagues during a visit Thursday to the county's Social Services office, Sheriff Craig Apple said.
Robert L. Girouard, 23, was charged with making a terroristic threat, a felony, after investigators later found him at his Voorheesville home, Apple said.
Investigators said Girouard told the security staff at the Social Services office he had a gun and would bring it to the county government's headquarters on State Street in Albany.
Apple said Girouard was angry about being fired for taking an iPad from a co-worker's locker.
Girouard was arraigned in New Scotland Town Court and released under the supervision of the county probation department.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Court security officer recognized for saving lives in Pulaski County privateofficer.com

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ROANOKE VA April 21 2017 - A local officer was honored on Wednesday with the 4th Circuit Court Security Officer of the Year award after he saved two lives on his way to work this past September.
Court Security Officer Frank Neice drove up to an accident in Pulaski County where a truck hit a tree and caught fire.
Veteran, retired police officer saves two people from burning truck in Pulaski
Walden Security recognized Neice for pulling both passengers out of the burning vehicle to safety and calling 911.
CSO Neice is also a retired Blacksburg police officer and a 26-year military veteran.
“He does what he knows is right and it really does represent Frank’s life. Like I said, he's been serving our country and serving law enforcement since 1984,” said U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Ballou.

Walden Security chose CSO Neice out of 550 court security officers in the 4th Circuit.
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