Saturday, November 18, 2017

Line of Duty Death Police Officer Brian Shaw

Police Officer Brian Shaw
New Kensington Police Department, Pennsylvania
End of Watch: Friday, November 17, 2017

Bio & Incident Details
Age: 25
Tour: 3 years
Cause: Gunfire
Offender: At large

Police Officer Brian Shaw was shot and killed while making a traffic stop of a vehicle in the 1200 block of Leishman Avenue at approximately 8:00 pm.
The driver fled on foot during the stop, then opened fire on Officer Shaw as he pursued him. Officer Shaw was fatally wounded in the chest during the foot pursuit. The subject continued to flee and remains at large.
Officer Shaw had served with the New Kensington Police Department for only five months. He had previously served as a part-time officer for three years with the Cheswick Police Department, Frazer Police Department, and Springdale Township Police Department.

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

Chief of Police James Klein
New Kensington Police Department
301 Eleventh Street
New Kensington, PA 15068
Phone: (724) 339-7534

3 Security Officers Murdered at End of Shift

Charlotte NC November 18 2017

For the third time in twenty fours, a security officer has been gunned down in front of his own residence as he returned home from work.
Police in Miami Florida, Chicago Illinois and now in Buford Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, are looking for the killers of security officers who had just left work and arrived home.
None of the shootings appear to be connected.
In the latest shooting, Gwinnett County Georgia detectives are investigating after a security officer was shot and killed on his front porch early Friday.
Police said the victim was coming home from work after the evening shift when he was shot. He hadn't even come in the door when family members inside said they heard gunshots.
The crime happened on Montauk Hill Drive, a residential road off of Hamilton Mill Road and Ridge Road - and not far to the east of Buford, Georgia.
Family members identified the victim as George Young, a father of three children: ages 8, 13 and 17. His wife of 22 years, Tia Young, along with her mother, brother and the children were home at the time of the incident.
Young's family revealed that a house key was found inside the lock but it was not turned. Young had been working security at the Lenox Mall for a performer that evening.
The family is unaware of Young knowing anyone who may have wanted to harm him. They also revealed that their security camera system was broken and Young had been talking about fixing it with is his son.
According to police there have been no significant reports or calls made within this home in the past year. Family members remained on the scene to meet with investigators and no suspects have been identified at this time.
Detectives say that Young was targeted and someone may have followed him home. They are checking to see if there were any incidents during his work shift Thursday evening.
If anyone has information to share about this incident please contact Gwinnett County Police Department detectives at 770-513-5300. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit
Investigators also are working on the theory that a security officer was followed home after getting off work in Chicago. The security officer was shot to death as he exited his vehicle.
Police in Miami are still investigating the murder of a security officer who was shot to death on his front lawn. They do not know at this time whether or not his murder had any connections to his security job.

Two hurt in accidental shooting at East Tenn. church during discussion on church shootings

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Tellico Plains TN Nov 18 2017 A man accidentally shot himself and his wife at an East Tennessee church on Thursday while he was showing off his gun during a discussion on recent church shootings, police said.
Elder members of First United Methodist Church in Tellico Plains were cleaning up about 1 p.m. after enjoying a luncheon held to celebrate Thanksgiving. They began talking about guns in churches, according to Tellico Plains Police Chief Russ Parks.
A man in his 80s pulled out a .380 caliber Ruger handgun and said, "I carry my handgun everywhere," according to Parks.
He removed the magazine, cleared the chamber, and showed the gun to some of the men in the church. He put the magazine back in, apparently loaded a round in the chamber, and returned the gun to its holster, Parks said.
"Somebody else walked up and said, 'Can I see it?' " Parks said. "He pulled it back out and said, 'With this loaded indicator, I can tell that it’s not loaded.' "
He pulled the trigger.
"Evidently he just forgot that he re-chambered the weapon," Parks said.
The gun was lying on its side on a table. The bullet sliced the palm of the man's upward-facing hand, then entered the left side of his wife's abdomen and exited the right side, Parks said.
Both the husband and wife, who is also in her 80s, were flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center with injuries that police said didn't appear to be life-threatening. Their names had not been released as of Thursday evening.
Charges will not be filed, Parks said.

Former Denbigh High security guard gets life in gang murder case

Gang leader found guilty in 2009 Newport News slaying, other crimes

Newport News VA Nov 18 2017 A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a former Denbigh High School security guard to life behind bars in a 2009 gang killing and other violent crimes.
U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen sentenced Michael Hopson, now 40, of Newport News, for ordering the slaying of Enrique D. Shaw, a 19-year-old former Denbigh High School student, for his "perceived disloyalty" to Hopson's fledgling street gang, the “Black P-Stones.”
Federal prosecutors said Hopson recruited members, collected dues, presided at meetings and organized marijuana distribution. He used his security officer job at Denbigh to further the gang "by recruiting minors and selling narcotics to high school students," prosecutors said.
They said Hopson ordered at least three other hits, two of them resulting in people being wounded.
At a December 2016 trial, a jury convicted Hopson of racketeering conspiracy; murder in aid of racketeering; two counts of conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering; and a marijuana distribution charge, while acquitting him of a shooting charge.
Hopson faced a mandatory two life terms under federal sentencing laws.
On Thursday, Wright Allen gave him those two life terms, to be served concurrently. She gave him 25 years in prison on the other two conspiracy charges — also to be served concurrently — and five years for the marijuana crime.
Hopson’s attorney, Andrew Protogyrou, gave notice to the court after the hearing that his client intends to appeal the convictions.
Court documents agreed to by prosecutors and Hopson’s co-defendants last year say that Hopson gave another P-Stones gang member, Darius Crenshaw, the green light to kill Shaw because they thought he was cooperating with a rival gang.
On Nov. 7, 2009, the court documents said, Crenshaw lured Shaw out of his family's home near Tillerson Drive in Denbigh, then shot him to death. Crenshaw then called Hopson to report "that the killing ... was carried out," with Crenshaw then getting promoted within the P-Stones street gang for his actions, court records state.
Crenshaw, 31, of Newport News, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy charges in a November 2016 plea bargain, with prosecutors agreeing to ask for no more than 40 years. He was sentenced in March to 35 years behind bars.
All six defendants initially indicted in the 2013 case have been convicted. Hopson — who prosecutors said was the group’s leader — was the only one to go to trial, with the rest signing plea agreements.
Hopson’s trial featured stories of armed young men burglarizing homes to support drug purchases, and quickly shooting at rival gang members over turf battles. Prosecutors say the P-Stones members were involved in several other killings, attempted murders, and robberies over several years.
That includes the Oct. 16, 2010, slaying of Samuel S. Aaron in a home invasion in his Roanoke Avenue home — as gang members tried to rob the pot dealer. Aaron, 51, whose daughter was sleeping upstairs, pleaded for his life before being shot in the head.
Another P-Stones gang-member, Rico Rashad Jones, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in June 2012 in Newport News Circuit Court, and was sentenced in January 2016 to 25 years.
The killings also included the November 2010, slaying of Ernest James Crudup, 20, at an apartment complex on River Road, near the Newport News shipyard. Crudup was killed after one of his best friends, a former P-Stones gang member, accused him of stealing pot from him.

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Women charged in clash with security at Norridge mall

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Norridge IL Nov 18 2017 A 23-year-old Chicago woman and 25-year-old Calumet Park woman were arrested by Norridge police after an officer was dispatched to Harlem Irving Plaza, 4104 Harlem Ave., for a call of disturbance on Nov. 12.
Lateairra Shelton, of the 8000 block of South Ada, Chicago was charged with battery, and Octavia Kelley, of the 12000 block of South Loomis Street in Calumet Park, was charged with resisting an officer and attempting to disarm an officer.
Shelton is to appear in court Jan. 31, while Kelley is due in court Dec. 14.
Police were dispatched at 5:53 p.m. Upon arrival, police were told the women were involved in an incident and asked to leave the premises by security.
The two continued walking out the door when they started swearing and causing a disturbance with mall security, police were called.
They were asked to leave a second time, at which point Shelton made physical contact of an insulting nature with a mall security officer, pushing him as he was assisting a Norridge police officer make the arrest, and also spitting in his face, police said.
As the same officer attempted to place the second woman into custody, he felt her grab his gun, police said. Another officer and mall security officers assisted him in completing the arrest, police said.
While attempting to make the arrest, the officer twisted and injured his wrist, police said, and he was taken to Resurrection Hospital for treatment.

Indianapolis police officer working security job shoots himself

INDIANAPOLIS IN Nov 18 2017 -- An off-duty officer for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department accidentally discharged his gun while working security in Broad Ripple early Friday morning.
The officer was in his car near the intersection of Broad Ripple and Guilford avenues around 2 a.m. when his personal gun went off.
He was hit in the calf and taken to a hospital in good condition.

He was moonlighting as a security guard, which many officers do. Nobody else at the scene was injured.

1 Charged In Security Guard Assault At Howell Concert

1 Charged In Security Guard Assault At Howell Concert: Police

HOWELL, NJ Nov 18 2017— A Sussex County man has been arrested and charged in connection with an attack on security guards outside a concert in Howell two weeks ago, Howell police said Friday.
Charles F. Connallon, 30, of Kristen Court in Hamburg was charged with third-degree aggravated assault in the incident that happened at GameChanger World on Route 9 on Nov. 4, Howell Detective Sgt. Christian Antunez said.
Antunez said Connallon turned himself on Thursday and was released on a summons after he was identified thanks to several anonymous tips to the Howell police department's tipline,, tips that Antunez said were corroborated through the police department's investigation.
Antunez said the investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are likely.
In the incident on Nov. 4, several people, including security guards, were seriously injured when they were attacked while removing an unruly patron from the concert that night, Antunez said previously.
The injuries included at least one guard being knocked unconscious, eye injuries, and at least one had teeth knocked out, police said. An off-duty Freehold Township police officer was among the security guards working the event, called Loud Fest, police said.
The security guards told Howell police the incident began when a man, described as white, bald, wearing a black shirt and apparently intoxicated, was "moshing" in front of the stage and causing a disturbance. Because of the disturbance, they asked him to leave the concert, but the man was uncooperative, the security guards said, so they escorted him out the doors to the side of the building, police said.
At that point the assault began, the guards told police; one guard was punched in the face and several people joined in and began fighting the guards, kicking them and punching them repeatedly, police said.
One guard was able to break free and called 911, and those who attacked the guards fled, police said.
The guards suffered injuries including lost teeth, lip injuries, and an eye injury; loss of consciousness, and a contusion above the ear, rib pain, dizziness, headache and nausea; abrasions, a contusion on the back of the head, a facial contusion, blurry vision, and a right eye injury, police said.
Anyone with additional information can contact Howell police through Facebook Messenger on the department's Facebook page. Anonymous tops can be sent via their anonymous tip service at, or contact Antunez at 732-938-4575, ext 2243 or email or Patrolwoman Heather Scherbinski at 732-938-4575, ext. 2660 or email

Friday, November 17, 2017

Off duty Miami security officer gunned down

MIAMI FL Nov 17 2017 The body of an off-duty security officer gunned down laid on the ground covered by a yellow tarp in front of his house.
Police say 63-year-old Jacques Sylvestre was shot multiple times, but they do not know by who or why.
Not far away, his widow, overwhelmed by grief, was yelling and crying as friends and family held her up.
His daughter said she is horrified.
“He was an honest, strong man and he was firm. He didn’t deserve this crime right here,” said his daughter Taina Sylvestre. “He meant a lot. He was the backbone of the family.”
As Miami Dade Police worked the crime scene NW 112th Street and 18th Avenue, neighbors say the the man who worked as a security officer, also worked as a butcher from his home.
“He was a good, honest man and didn’t deserve this senseless killing,” said Taina. “He worked hard all his life. He was a Christian. He worked two jobs to take care of this family.”
Police say they responded to the scene shortly after 6:30 a.m. Thursday.
Detectives do not know if there had been a problem at his security job or if the shooting was a result of something personal but they are continuing to search for leads.
“If anybody knows anything, please help us and come forward,” said Taina. “Senseless, senseless, Senseless. I have to go down there and watch them carry him out of the yard.”

If you have any information, please call (305) 471- TIPS. Callers can be anonymous.

Police, nurse, security officer exposed to unknown substance smuggled into Elliot Hospital

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MANCHESTER, N.H. Nov 17 2017 - Manchester, New Hampshire police are investigating a hazmat situation at Elliot Hospital.
On Thursday morning, police arrested 26-year-old Theodore Macenas on a domestic violence charge. Police found 12 diazepam pills in his pocket and say he appeared to be on drugs when he was arrested. He requested medical treatment and was taken to Elliot Hospital.
Macenas was taken to the bathroom around 9:30 a.m. and an officer waiting for him outside of the bathroom heard the rustle of plastic. Macenas had allegedly smuggled a white powder substance into the hospital in his rectal cavity and then tried to swallow the substance while in the bathroom.
The officer struggled with him to take control of the substance, but the bag ripped, exposing the substance to the bathroom and the outside hallway.
Six people; two officers, one security officer, one doctor, one nurse, and one nursing student, fell ill. They complained of feeling foggy, nauseous, with rapid heartbeat and high blood pressure. None had to be treated and are feeling better now, according to Susanna Fier, the VP of Public Affairs.
Manchester Firefighters were called in to decontaminate the area.
Police now say this all started when the suspect, Theodore Macenas, was arrested early this morning for domestic violence, and then requested medical treatment @boston25
The substance was taken to the New Hampshire State Laboratory for testing.
Fier tells Boston 25 News the situation is well controlled and they are waiting to hear what the powder was.
There were no evacuations of the emergency department and no hospital operations were disrupted.

Police say Macenas was charged with the original domestic assault and possession of a controlled drug, and was also charged with falsifying physical evidence and three counts of possession of a controlled drug from the incident at the hospital. No bail or court information was available.
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North Hollywood marijuana dispensary robbed, cash, security guard's gun taken


NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. Nov 17 2017 Two males and two females took large amounts of marijuana and cash as well as a security guard's handgun in what police called a "takeover robbery'' of a marijuana dispensary in North Hollywood Wednesday night.
The suspects used a rifle and two handguns to carry out the robbery at 9:51 p.m. in the 11700 block of Vose Street, near Lankershim Boulevard, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Tony Im said.
The suspects were last seen westbound Vose Street in a white Toyota Prius and a black Dodge Durango, Im said.
A family traveling in a vehicle that matched the description of one of the suspect vehicles was followed and stopped by police. The family was ordered out of the vehicle but police established that they were not the suspects.


Lowe’s employee in Framingham charged with larceny

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FRAMINGHAM MA Nov 17 2017  – A Lowe’s cashier decided to pay back a loan by letting the man she borrowed money from leave the store without paying for merchandise, authorities said.
Police arrested Erika Kennedy, 42, of Clinton, at the Cochituate Road store on Tuesday at 5:35 p.m.
Store security told police Tuesday that Kennedy had allowed a man to leave the store with unpaid items five times – the first time on Sept. 10 and the latest on Oct. 19 – without paying, according to a police report filed in Framingham District Court on Wednesday.
More than $1,100 in merchandise was stolen.
″(Store security) told me that Erika would scan only one or two pieces of merchandise and allow the male involved to leave the store without paying for the rest of the merchandise,” police wrote in the report.
Lowe’s discovered the scheme on Oct. 19 because Kennedy forgot to remove a theft removal device. Store security reviewed receipts and video and discovered the earlier thefts, police wrote on the report.
When questioned, Kennedy said she had recently broken up with someone and was having financial difficulty. She borrowed $1,100 from the man, whom she works with at another job.
“Erika told me (he) came up with the idea of paying him back for the money by letting him leave the store without paying for the merchandise,” police wrote in the report.
Police have not charged the man.
Police charged Kennedy, of 432 High St., with larceny of property worth more than $250 by single scheme.

At Kennedy’s Framingham District Court arraignment on Wednesday, Judge Martine Carroll released her without bail. She is due back in court on Dec. 28 for a pretrial conference.
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TX shoplifter sues Target, loss prevention agent for $10M for injuries sustained during theft

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LUBBOCK, Texas Nov 17 2017 A Texas man is suing a Lubbock-area Target store for up to $10,000,000. 
In the lawsuit, Kelton Arthur claims he was tackled by Target store employee Christopher O’Dell in July 2016 at the Target located at 6064 Marsha Sharp Freeway.
“O’Dell approached Arthur from behind knocking Arthur to the ground causing injury to Arthur," according to the lawsuit. "O’Dell, then attacked Arthur while Arthur was lying on the ground causing injury to Arthur.”
A police report goes into more detail, saying, that Arthur stole merchandise from the store and paints the thief in a different light.
“Arthur attempted to flee,” the report said. “O’Dell placed his hands on Arthur in order to prevent him from leaving when Arthur bit O’Dell on the arm. O’Dell placed Arthur on the ground to control Arthur. Arthur attempted to gouge O’Dell’s eyes out. O’Dell was able to control Arthur on the ground until officers arrived."
Initially, a grand jury indicted Arthur for robbery. In September,  Arthur pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of theft. He was sentenced to one day in jail.
The stolen merchandise was recovered and EMS checked out both Arthur and O’Dell, according to the police report. Neither of them had to go to the hospital.
Security video was also made available.
“In the video, Arthur clearly walks past all points of sale with the property and Arthur clearly assaults O’Dell during his flight from Target,” the police report stated.
O’Dell said Arthur was trying to steal a vacuum and his skills in Jiu Jitsu very well might have saved his life and prevented others from getting hurt.
O’Dell no longer works at Target.  He said his former employer supported him and his version of events.   


Woman accused of shoplifting $2,800 in makeup, perfume

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JONESBORO, AR Nov 17 2017
A judge found probable cause Wednesday to charge a woman with felony shoplifting after police say she stuffed nearly $2,800 worth of cosmetics into a bag and her purse.
Officer Adam Hampton arrested Corsica M. Jeffries on Thursday, Nov. 9, at J.C. Penney’s, 3000 E. Highland.
According to his initial incident report, store employees and the head of mall security stated they saw the 27-year-old Memphis woman walking around the store, “concealing merchandise in bags.”
Hampton spoke with Jeffries, saying she had been observed concealing large amounts of makeup and other merchandise in her bag.
He alleged Jeffries then handed him a pink bag “completely full of different types of makeup and perfumes.”
Hampton handed the bag over to the mall security chief who then gave it to a Sephora employee to calculate the total items taken.
When the officer asked Jeffries for her name, she initially said it was “Sharda Thomas” and gave a birthdate of 5-5-1989, the report said.
Hampton ran the information through dispatch but did not get a return.
Jeffries then told the officer it could be under her married name: Sharka Thomas.
Again, he did not get a return.
Hampton finally asked if she had any identification in her purse.
“She briefly opened it and then said she didn’t have it, but she did not even look,” Hampton reported.
At that time he took her into custody and handcuffed her. Hampton then opened the purse to see if he could find a wallet.
“But, it was completely full of makeup and other items from Sephora,” the officer stated.
He then handed the purse to the store clerk who was in the process of adding up the value of the items in the bag then he took Jeffries outside.
Hampton said a few minutes later the employee came out with a “long receipt of stuff that was taken and it totaled $2,792.79.”
Jeffries continued to provide him with false names and birthdates, the officer said. When asked for her Social Security number, Jeffries claimed she could not remember it.

Finally, on the way to the Craighead County Detention Center, Jeffries told Hampton she remembered her driver’s license number. When he ran the number through dispatch it returned with a positive identification.
After they arrived at CCDC, Jeffries finally told the officer Sharda was her sister’s name.
She was booked into the jail on suspicion of shoplifting $5,000 or less but greater than $1,000.
The following day Craighead County District Judge David Boling gave Jeffries a $2,500 temporary bond which she made.
She was also told to appear in district court on Monday, Nov. 13, at noon.
But, according to Detective Brian Arnold’s account, Jeffries failed to meet him to sign the probable cause paperwork.
Boling called her name in court, but Jeffries did not present. The judge then told Arnold to write up an affidavit for a bench warrant.
On Tuesday, Boling issued a warrant for Jeffries’ arrest. The judge later contacted the detective to say that Jeffries had arrived at court. She was then taken into custody and returned to the CCDC.
Jeffries appeared before Craighead County District Judge Tommy Fowler on the bench warrant Wednesday. The judge found probable cause existed at the time of her arrest to charge her with the felony shoplifting charge, as well as obstructing governmental operations.

Fowler set Jeffries bond at $10,000 cash/surety and told her to appear in circuit court on Dec. 27.

Record number of guns caught at Hartsfield-Jackson security checkpoints

Atlanta GA Nov 17 2017 A record 211 guns have been caught at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport security checkpoints so far this year, according to the Transportation Security Administration.
That exceeds the 198 guns caught at Atlanta airport security checkpoints for the full year 2016. Hartsfield-Jackson is the world’s busiest airport but doesn’t have the most passenger volume through security checkpoints among U.S. airports because most ATL passengers are connecting. Still, it often “leads the nation” in guns caught at security checkpoints, according to TSA figures.
The number of guns caught at airport security checkpoints nationally is also up, reaching 3,733 so far, this year. That’s up from 3,391 for the full year 2016.

TSA said it “would like to remind passengers that it is important for them to thoroughly search their bags for any potential dangerous weapons or prohibited items before departing for the airport.”

Colorado casino customers prosecuted for playing abandoned slot credits

BLACK HAWK, Colo. Nov 17 2017-- Casinos in Colorado have been quietly helping prosecute hundreds of everyday gamblers under a little-known law.
Court records show in the past five years, 728 casino customers in Black Hawk and Central City, and 202 more mostly slot machine players in the Cripple Creek area, have been cited or arrested under Colorado Statute 12-47.1-823(1)(c).
Their indiscretions range from innocently playing abandoned slot credits left on machines by other customers, cashing in credit vouchers found on the floor, or finding forgotten or dropped chips -- to a series of less innocent crimes such as cheating at roulette or trying to swipe blackjack chips.
By law, casinos own lost, forgotten or abandoned “property” inside their establishments -- and they don’t mess around with enforcing their rights to retain those credits or money.
Casino security, working with Department of Revenue Gaming Division Enforcement agents, put customers in jail if necessary to collect every penny.
In fact, court records show in Gilpin County since mid-2012, 469 casino customers were arrested and at least were 78 jailed after being accused of misdemeanor casino “fraud.”
Court records in Gilpin County district court show Dan went to Johnny Z's Casino in Central City earlier this year to hit the slots.
A previous customer had left a $2 credit on the machine next to him so he slid over to play it.
The next time he visited and swiped his players card into Johnny Z's system, casino security and state gaming enforcement officers approached him.
"I go upstairs to the third floor into a dirty little room and someone tells me I stole $2 from the casino," Dan said.
Dan said he told security and gaming agents he was glad to pay the $2 back, unaware it was a crime to play abandoned credits. He said they refused and handed him a citation.
The Gilpin County prosecutor and courts gave Dan a criminal record several months later.
He said he felt forced to plead guilty to misdemeanor fraud in order to be offered a deferred sentence.
The plea would allow him to have his criminal record sealed if he successfully negotiated all of the stipulations.
“They said they had it all on camera. I was guilty, I guess. You’re certainly not stealing it from the casino because it wasn’t theirs to begin with,” Dan said.
“There are certainly times where there are ‘laws,’ but they are not morally or ethically correct.”
Court records show Dan had to pay more than $250 in fines, plus pay for his own FBI criminal background and fingerprinting, pay for probation services, perform at least 24 hours of community service and be banned from all casinos for a year.

All that over playing $2 left on the machine next to him.
"You can't walk down a row of slot machines and not see some amount of money on a few slot machines,” Dan said. “Maybe it's only 2 or 3 cents, but where do you draw this line?"
“What we’re doing is we’re telling people we’re going to surprise you when you get to the casino," O'Malley said. "The rules that applied outside on the street or at your home or work are different."
O’Malley’s law firm is representing at least two casino customers accused of casino fraud.
One client reportedly was charged the “take money not won” crime after finding chips left in an outdoor smoking area. Another client had found a credit ticket on the floor.
“You find a dollar on the sidewalk out front, you're OK. You find a $5 bill, you can celebrate and go have a hamburger. But if you find it inside of a casino? You may be heading to jail. For sure, you're going to get charged with a criminal offense.”
O’Malley said he suspects the motive has less to do with money and more to do with privately run casinos allowing state gaming enforcement agents to “look like they are doing their jobs.”
“That’s a suspicion I have as a defense attorney. They’re sitting there waiting for someone to come up and use that device and they’re going to make an arrest,” O’Malley said.
The idea of casinos wanting unknowing customers to be charged with a crime isn’t without merit.
Several casinos are listed in court records as complainants: Ameristar, The Lodge, Sasquatch, Wild Card Saloon, The Isle, Lady Luck, Monarch, Golden Gates and Johnny Z’s.
There weren't any notable warning signs telling slot machine players about the criminal risks of using abandoned credits.
A comparable warning would be inside a clothing store dressing room where “shoplifters will be prosecuted” notices are prominently displayed.
What dumbfounds Dan is why Johnny Z's and the host of other major casinos are willing to permanently sour relationships with hundreds of gamblers over a few abandoned dollars.
“I will absolutely never set foot in the place,” Dan said. “I think it's absolutely unfair because you don't know about it and it's unfair because the punishment does not fit the crime.”
Casinos declined to speak on-camera about their part in criminally charging, arresting and jailing customers
“It is not appropriate to comment on rules and regulations of the state," an Ameristar spokesman said.
That sentiment was mirrored by the Colorado State Department of Revenue, Gaming Division, which released a statement.
The licensed casinos in Colorado are required to notify the Division of Gaming to respond to any incident involving fraudulent acts as defined by § 12-47.1-823, C.R.S.  Specifically, § 12-47.1-823(1)(c), C.R.S.,  requires the Division to investigate cases involving fraudulent acts to provide consumer protection in situations where one patron’s money is taken by another patron. Division Investigators, who are certified peace officers in the State, investigate these cases to determine if an illegal act has occurred.  Investigators will interview the parties involved, review surveillance coverage of the incident, and review any other information the casino has regarding the incident.  In most instances, the Division uses these types of cases to educate casino patrons about the law surrounding taking another person’s money in a casino.  Approximately 85% percent of these cases are resolved without a summons being issued and the offender is educated on the law.  Typically, the offender returns the victim’s money and both parties go their separate ways.  However, there are cases where the investigation leads to a summons being issued.  These cases involve offenders who are often times known to the Division and purposefully go around in the casinos trying to find credits left on slot machines or prey on patrons that leave credits unattended on a slot machine.  In other cases, summonses are issued when the offender refuses to return the victim’s money and/or the investigator finds through the investigation that the offender had the intent to defraud victim.

Confirming the idea that gaming agents and casinos prosecute mostly serial cheaters and enjoy educating casino customers more than prosecuting them was difficult.
Basic court charges, statistics and sentencing were reviewed by utilizing a database connected with the casino fraud statute, provided by the State Court Administrator, Court Services Division .
However, the Department of Revenue did its best to thwart the efforts to review agent notes for “Fraud -- take money not won” cases.
Those notes often list the casino involved, the money amount in dispute, whether the customer was cooperative and a written summary of what allegedly occurred.
In October, a request was submitted to review citations under that specific statue. A series of case numbers from Gilpin County where the arresting agency was listed as “Division of Gaming -- Gilpin” was also submitted as a reference.
Communication director Lynn Granger declined to release any information citing “Records -- Confidentiality.”  Granger emailed that the citations were “investigative reports.”
An appeal of the Colorado Open Records Act denial was submitted, arguing the citations were an issue of public interest and cited a portion of the statue that allowed “the commission may at its sole discretion disclose so much of said reports or work papers as it deems necessary and prudent.”
Although the Department of Revenue eventually agreed to release partially redacted gaming fraud citations, it only sent five partial reports of the 161 requested as a sampling from 2016 over a two-week period.
As for Gilpin County District Court, it said its records would have to be reviewed at a cost of $2,254 plus $241.50 in copy fees.
That review cost worked out to nearly a half-hour per two-page citation.

An appeal regarding excessive charges did not change the situation. After agreeing to pay $25 per hour for eight hours work to the Gilpin Court administrator, it retrieved and provided a sampling of 79 gaming citations from 2016.
About half the citations contained no agent notes, only blank areas for narrative, dollar amount and if the customer charged was a repeat offender.
The majority of the remaining cases involved slot machine violations of some sort: Playing abandoned credits, intentionally cashing out another customer’s credits without their permission and attempting to cash in vouchers for money that was not theirs.

A dozen or so cases involved what appeared to be intentional criminal behavior: Cheating at roulette, wandering around slot machine to slot machine looking for credits, failing to honor a raise in poker, and failing to provide valid identification for IRS purposes after winning a $1,000 jackpot.

Family says their security officer father died from wounds suffered in attack

Ottawa Canada Nov 17 2017 The family of a 65-year-old security guard who died two months after he was hit with heavy rocks in a downtown parking garage wants to see homicide charges brought in the case.
Samy Khoury, of Nepean, died at The Ottawa Hospital on Sept. 13 after suffering organ failure, possibly from the rapid onset of sepsis.
He was still recovering from the grievous wounds he had suffered during the summer when he died suddenly, his daughter said.
“We are still waiting on a report from the coroner,” Monika Khoury told the newspaper. “We think that will tell us whether this was a homicide or not.
“But we think this happened because of his brain injury. Because if he wasn’t attacked, he wouldn’t have been in the hospital, and he wouldn’t have needed surgery: It would never have escalated to this point. From our perspective, this was murder.”
Khoury, a security guard with G4S Canada, was attacked early on the morning of July 15 after asking a sleeping man to move from the parking garage stairwell at 265 Laurier Ave. W. Khoury didn’t like patrolling dangerous areas like the garage alone, his daughter said, and had warned his supervisors that it should be done in pairs.
When the man refused to leave the stairwell and swore at him, Khoury retreated to his car and called for backup. While he was still in the car, his daughter said, the man approached the car and heaved a brick-sized rock at his car window. Khoury was showered with glass and stepped out of the car only to be hit in the head with a second rock.
He lost consciousness, she said, and fell to the ground. The back-up security guard arrived and suffered minor injuries from another attack.
Khoury underwent surgery to repair facial fractures and received more than 30 stitches to his battered face.

He was in hospital for a month recovering from a skull fracture and other wounds: He lost hearing in one ear, suffered from double vision and had difficulty walking, his daughter said.
Khoury was still undergoing rehabilitation when he suffered a rapid decline in September.
Monika Khoury said her father always worked two jobs, often 12 hours a day, after immigrating from Egypt more than 20 years ago.
“He came here to give us a better life. He was an amazing man,” she said. “He cared like no other. He had the biggest, most forgiving heart I have ever seen … He worked all his life and now he’s gone.”
Khoury leaves three children and four grandchildren.

Earlier this week, Ottawa police charged Mabira Karerama, 27, with two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of assault with a weapon, mischief and carrying a concealed weapon.
Ottawa Citizen

Man who shot up NY store sought job before shooting

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CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. Nov 17 2017 — Authorities say the man accused of spraying the entrance of a suburban Buffalo retails store with gunfire had requested a job application before he began shooting.
Erie County prosecutors say 29-year-old Travis Green walked into a Dollar General store Tuesday afternoon and requested a job application. Officials say he became irate, left the store and got a pump-action AR-15-style rifle from his car.
Police say he then fired more than 20 rounds at the store from the outside, shattering the entrance’s glass door and windows. A 53-year-old man outside the store at the time was wounded in the shoulder.
The owner of a nearby business drove his car into Green when he paused in between firing. Green then fled on foot but was caught nearby by police.

He’s being held in jail without bail.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

LODD: Detective Sean Suiter

Detective Sean Suiter | Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

Detective Sean Suiter
Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland
End of Watch: Thursday, November 16, 2017

Bio & Incident Details
Age: 43
Tour: 18 years
Cause: Gunfire
Incident Date: 11/15/2017
Weapon: Handgun
Offender: At large

Detective Sean Suiter succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day while attempting to interview a person during a homicide investigation in the 900 block of Bennett Place.
He and his partner were canvassing the area when he observed a man attempting to hide in an alley. He notified of his partner and then approached the man to speak to him. The subject produced a handgun and opened fire, striking Detective Suiter in the head.
Detective Suiter was placed in a patrol car to be transported to University of Maryland Medical Center. During the transport, the patrol car was struck by another vehicle. Detective Suiter was then transferred to another vehicle and transported to the hospital where he remained on life support until succumbing to the wound the following day
The man who shot him fled the scene and remains at large.
Detective Suiter had served with the Baltimore Police Department for 18 years and was assigned to the Homicide Unit. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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

Commissioner Kevin Davis
Baltimore City Police Department
242 W 29th Street
Baltimore, MD 21211
Phone: (410) 396-2020

Arizona security guard charged in brutal attack-kidnapping

 Ian Michael Nielsen
Scottsdale AZ Nov 16 2017 A man suspected of kidnapping a 94-year-old Scottsdale woman was identified by his fingerprints that had been added to a national database after he applied for a security-guard license with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, police say.
According to Scottsdale police, 25-year-old Ian Michael Nielsen's fingerprints were lifted from a roll of duct tape and the door to the trunk of the woman's vehicle, where her captor had placed her after binding her wrists and legs and placing tape over her eyes.
The woman suffered a broken sternum, dehydration and other injuries consistent with being bound during the Nov. 7 ordeal, police wrote in Maricopa County Superior Court records.
Court records also indicate Nielsen had served in the Marine Corps and was most recently employed at a security firm out of Scottsdale.
Nielsen was arrested Tuesday, a day after police say the fingerprints at the scene were found to match his fingerprints in the Automated Fingerprint Identification System, a national biometric database used by law enforcement.
Police alleged in court records that Nielsen knocked on the woman's door at about 6 a.m. Nov. 7 and forced his way inside, knocking her down. He demanded cash and then made her take him to her car, where he drove around as she sat in the backseat, police said.
At one point, he drove to a parking structure at Scottsdale Fashion Square, where he placed her in the trunk of her car and bound her with plastic zip ties from his security job and a roll of duct tape he found in the trunk, court records say.
The woman told police she was in the vehicle for about an hour before she could free herself. The woman was hospitalized for observation.
After his arrest on Tuesday, Nielsen told police he was stressed and experiencing financial troubles due to child-custody payments, court records say. He was most recently staying at a hotel in Phoenix with his girlfriend and told police he had planned to move to Colorado.
During questioning, Nielsen admitted to seeing signs of physical distress from the victim he believed to be those of a stroke or other medical emergency, according to court documents.
He had considered driving the victim to the hospital at two different times but never dropped her off, court documents said.
Nielsen admitted that his actions placed the victim's life in jeopardy due to her age and time left to the conditions inside the vehicle, court documents said.
On Wednesday, a woman representing the security firm where Nielsen most recently worked provided this statement from Alexis Security CEO Michael Flaherty.

"On Tuesday, November 14th our company was made aware by the Scottsdale Police Department that an employee had harmed a person in Scottsdale. The employee was promptly fired.  While the person was not working on company time, it was and is conduct outrageously unbecoming of the reputation for integrity and service our company provides.  Indeed, we are a veterans focused company and employ many who have served our country.   The person in question was recently hired and worked for our company for less than a month.  He had not shown up for work since November 9th.  Prior to that he told us he had served as a reserve in the Marines from 2010 until 2017, and worked for PRIDE SECURITY LLC here in the Valley from November, 2011 until September, 2017.  It was there the former employee received an FBI-approved Guard Card, permitting such work for PRIDE.  The former employee passed a through background check, including a drug test, and had no criminal history. "
Nielsen is facing charges of attempted second-degree murder, kidnapping, robbery, second-degree burglary, and theft. A judge set his bond at $1 million.

His next court hearing is scheduled for Nov. 27.

Wilson woman poses for sister's court appearance, gets arrested for identity theft

Tyeisha Alston and Anna Alston (from left to right)

WILSON NC Nov 16 2017 Two Wilson women have been arrested following an unusual case of identity theft.
On Tuesday, authorities said 18-year-old Anna Alston was set to appear in court for a case, but instead, her sister appeared in her place.
Tyeisha Alston, 24, reportedly took her sister's place, allegedly telling the court that she was Anna.
But when court officials announced there was an arrest warrant for Anna, Tyeisha reportedly admitted she wasn't her sister.
When the judge ordered her to be taken into custody for identity theft, officials said she fled.
While on the run, reports show she saw her sister near the courtroom and told her to flee as well.
Lt. D. Medlin was working the metal detector at the Second Street entrance to the courthouse when he attempted to stop Anna. Medlin and a Smithfield police officer were able to tackle her, but as they fell, Medlin sustained a severe arm injury which will require surgery.
He was taken to hospital for emergency medical treatment.
Anna was charged with felony assault causing injury to a law enforcement officer, assault with a deadly weapon, and injury to property. Tyeisha was charged with identity theft, resisting a public official, and simple assault.

Bail for the sisters was set at $80,000 each.

Former Biloxi School Dist. police chief arrested for embezzlement

Paul Cannette is accused of embezzling more than $150,000 from the Mississippi Association of School Resource Officers. (Photo Source: WLOX)

BILOXI, MS Nov 16 2017
A former Biloxi School District police chief is now accused of embezzling more than $150,000. State Auditor Stacey Pickering said Paul Gordon Cannette was arrested Tuesday after he was indicted on one count of embezzlement.
Pickering reports Cannette embezzled the money from the Mississippi Association of School Resource Officers (MASRO) while serving as president and treasurer of the organization, which violated the by-laws of that organization.
"This is another instance of an individual violating the trust of a community by embezzlement," said Pickering. "This offense is a particularly egregious because the stolen funds should have gone toward providing safety to our schoolchildren. My office will continue the fight to recover misspent and, in this case, stolen money on behalf of Mississippi taxpayers."
He has since resigned from the school district's position and the MASRO positions.

Cannette was issued a demand of $244,819.78, which includes the amount embezzled, interest, and recovery costs.
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Suspects at large after armored truck robbery at Winder Ga. bank

WINDER, Ga. Nov 16 2017 - A search is underway after a group of armed robbers held up an armored car crew in Winder Tuesday morning.
Police said two armored car guards were servicing an ATM at the Bank of America on North Broad Street when they were jumped by two men wearing masks.
According to police, one of the suspects took a gun from one of the armored workers and got away with an undisclosed amount of money. The gun was located nearby, but the suspects remain at large.
"They basically attacked them as they were coming out of the truck, servicing the ATM. We don't know how much money was taken but we do know they took an undisclosed amount of money from one of the guards as well as his sidearm," Capt. Chris Cooper said.
Officials said the suspects ran from the scene in the direction of three Barrow County Schools. As a result, the schools were placed on a soft lockdown, which continues as police search the area. The schools include Winder-Barrow High School, Winder Elementary School, and Russell Middle School.
Police brought in a K-9 unit, which led officers to Josh Traxler's home a few blocks away.
"I got a call from an officer at work that there might be an armed robbery person at my house," said Traxler.
Traxler gave police permission to search his residence and raced home to find his neighborhood swarming with officers.
"It was definitely exciting and made me nervous definitely think about how I would react if someone was in there that sort of thing but I'm just glad everyone's OK and that my family's OK," said Traxler.
After entering the home police found no one inside. They suspect the duo may have had a getaway car parked nearby.
"We've checked the area with canines and perimeter searches, things like that have not turned up anything significant at this point," said Cooper.

Police are reviewing surveillance video from the bank, hoping to learn more.

'Mass exodus' of Texas prison guards leaves some units understaffed

Declines in state prison populations across the country and the shifting politics around mass incarceration have created opportunities to downsize prison bed space.. (San Antonio Express-News File Photo) Photo: BOB OWEN, STAFF /

 Austin TX Nov 16 2017 Texas prisons are shedding officers with a staggering 28 percent turnover rate in the last fiscal year, a "mass exodus" that some experts say stems from a strengthening economy and recovering oil and gas sector.
"A lot of these guys don't want to work in a prison," said Lance Lowry, a spokesman for the Huntsville-based Texas Correctional Employees union. "There's other job opportunities opening up in rural Texas."
Data from the Texas State Auditor's Office show a marked increase over the previous year, when 22.8 percent of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's roughly 26,000 officers left for other jobs. At the same time, department vacancy rates have crept up again to over 12 percent, with 3,207 jobs unfilled.
"When the economy is doing well and growing is typically when we see correctional officers leave for better paying jobs," said TDCJ spokesman Jason Clark. "The more rural areas tend to be more challenging, particularly in South Texas when we've seen an uptick in oil and gas jobs being offered."
But in 2017, with the oil and gas boom largely in the rearview mirror, that doesn't explain the whole picture.
"From 2012 to 2014, [turnover] was becoming pretty acute and especially where fracking was kind of big," said Scott Henson, policy director with the nonprofit Just Liberty. Then, "it was more than just a vague correlation."
Five years ago, the McConnell and Connally units — both in counties that lie partially on the Eagle Ford Shale — had just over 40 percent vacancy, according to Business & Finance Division data.
Now, the southeast region of the state — which is far from the currently most active oil and gas fields — is experiencing rising officer turnover rates close to 37 percent, the highest in Texas.
TDCJ facilities in Jefferson and Liberty counties saw turnover rates of 36 and 31 percent, respectively, according to data from the Texas State Auditor's Office, which is broken down by region and county but not by facility.
"Some of it just could be the local economy growing that tends to pull away from TDCJ," Clark said. Over the past five years, staffing shortages forced the department to mothball about 1,900 beds, according to TDCJ numbers.
County-by-county numbers, however, show that staffing challenges can be highly localized and specific, as in the Texas Panhandle. Hartley and Dallam counties are not in an area particularly known for oil and gas, but a cheese factory in Dalhart has typically pulled away would-be prison workers, Henson said.
In fiscal 2017, TDCJ facilities in Hartley County had a 59 percent turnover rate, one of only three counties over the 50 percent mark.
"Whether people will work in prisons depends on hyperlocal economic conditions," Henson said. "A prison is someplace that you work as a job of last resort."
But in some regions, staffing levels seem to be doing just fine. The Upper Rio Grande and South Texas Border regions had less than 15 percent turnover.

"That tends to be a more stable workforce along the border," Clark said.
 For officers on the job, high turnover can raise safety concerns when many of the employees are new.
"When you lose 20-some percent of your employees every year, it's hard," Lowry said.
One of the challenges in staffing Texas prisons is the low wages. Officer pay starts at around $32,000 per year, with increases at three and nine months. After seven years, pay plateaus at $43,000.
"If you want the staff to stay — and having experienced staff is critical for effective prison operations — then the pay has to increase significantly," said Michele Deitch, a senior lecturer at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.
Unlike in some other states, such as California and New York, Texas jailers are not certified peace officers, which means they're not eligible for the more generous Schedule C pay scale.
"Texas correctional officers are treated no better than most security guards," Lowry said. In the Golden State, where prison guards are certified peace officers, vacancy rates hover around 3 percent, according to a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman.
To bolster its workforce, TDCJ has begun offering daily pre-employment tests, accelerated pay schedules for some workers, more part-time jobs and various job fairs.
They've also started offering $4,000 recruitment bonuses at 25 units particularly hard-hit by staffing problems.
Among those is the Polunsky Unit, which houses death row.
Although the department has rebuffed such claims, last month Lowry blamed insufficient staffing for a bizarre death row confession plot that saw two inmates' execution dates pushed back.
"This was definitely a security breakdown," he said at the time, adding that Texas prisons have more inmates per officer than other large states like New York and California.
In the Empire State, staffing ratios hover around a 1-to-3 officer-to-inmate target, according to a New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision spokesman. According to California data, ratios there are closer to 1-to-5.
But comparing different prison systems with different populations, crime trends, and facility structures is "comparing apples to oranges," Clark said. "We don't staff based on ratios."
When a given unit is understaffed, jailers can shut down non-essential activities, bring in staff from other facilities and authorize overtime. For each of the last three years, officers worked more than 2 million overtime hours, a significant increase over the lower vacancy years before, according TDCJ data.

"The state really never invested in this as being a profession," Lowry said. "You shouldn't have a workplace where that many employees are leaving."
Houston Chronicle