Monday, June 26, 2017

NC Club owner, security personnel arrested following shooting

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PITT COUNTY NC June 26 2017 
Deputies responded to a shooting at a Pitt County night club where they found four people shot.
The Pitt County Sheriff's Office said that deputies responded to the shots fired call at Night Train Bar on NC-11 around 3:45 a.m. Saturday morning.
Upon their arrival, deputies were able to locate four people suffering from gunshot wounds.
All four victims were transported with non-life threatening injuries to Vidant Medical Center.
Two men are being held on $1 million dollar bonds following a shooting at a Pitt County night club.
Upon conducting their investigation, deputies say that the owner of the Night Train Bar, Willie Acklin, and an employee who worked as a security guard, Timothy White, are both being held at the Pitt County Detention Center.
They're each charged with four counts of accessory after the fact, common law obstruction of justice and altering/stealing/destroying criminal evidence.
There's no word on any other arrests at this time.

The investigation is on-going and the Pitt County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (252) 758-7777.

Convenience store owner given prison for shooting death of shoplifter

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Spanaway WA June 26 2017 Members of Min Kim's family were overcome with emotion as he was taken away in handcuffs to serve more than eight years in prison for second degree murder.
His father in-law reached out to touch his face as he walked by in handcuffs, while a woman beat her chest and wept loudly, collapsing to the ground in grief.
The 31-year-old Kim pleaded guilty earlier this year to shooting and killing Jakeel Mason after he caught Mason shoplifting at the Spanaway convenience store he owned with his family in March 2016.
Prosecutors said Kim pulled a gun on Mason after he spotted him stealing items, then put it away when Mason put up his hands and backed away.
Then Kim started fighting with the victim.
According to a probable-cause affidavit, when Mason broke free and ran toward the door,
Kim shot him twice in the back, killing him.
Kim told Pierce County Superior Court Judge John Hickman he was sorry for the murder and accepted responsibility.
“I did not have the right to take Mr. Mason’s life, or anyone else’s life,” Kim said as he stood before Hickman. “I feel terrible that I did so, and will have to live with that for the rest of my life.”
The shooting came a little more than a month after Kim's wife, Seul Lim, was shot and wounded during a shootout with a robber at the store. She suffered only minor injuries.
Lim told the court that shooting took a toll on her husband.
“I was shot by a robber and after that my husband struggled in fear,” Lim said.
Prosecutors asked for a sentence of a little more than 10 years, while Kim's attorney asked the court for a sentence of just two years, saying he was still distraught because of his wife’s shooting at the time of Mason’s death.
Hickman decided on eight years and four months, saying despite Kim's anger over what happened to his wife, he had no right to kill an unarmed shoplifter.

“The use of deadly force, when your own safety is not threatened, does not justify shooting someone in the back,” Hickman said.

Man arrested after barricading himself inside stolen vehicle at The Cosmopolitan

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Las Vegas NV June 26 2017 Las Vegas police arrested a man who holed up in a stolen car for several hours Saturday morning in the valet area of the The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Police responded to reports of a man attempting to steal a vehicle from the valet area at The Cosmopolitan, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South, about 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
Officers located the vehicle, but the man inside refused to get out, according to Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Mark Lourenco. Several hours later, they made an arrest, Metro said.
Metro said the valet area was the only area closed off for the barricade — the hotel and casino still operated normally. The Cosmopolitan released a statement on the barricade:

“At The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, the safety and security of our guests and CoStars is our first priority. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is investigating an ongoing incident. We are cooperating fully with law enforcement officials and have no further comment pending completion of the investigation.”
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Fla school treasurer charged with fraud, theft of $66,000

A former Bak Middle School of the Arts treasurer suspected in the disappearance of more than $66,000 in school money was arrested Friday on check-forgery charges related to the case, nine months after authorities had ruled out criminal charges against her.
Cathleen Spring, 53, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail shortly after midnight Friday on charges that she forged signatures on two school checks to cover up missing or misspent money at Bak Middle, police records show.
Spring, who resigned in 2015 during a months-long police investigation, is not being charged with stealing the missing money, which police say totaled more than $66,000 and vanished gradually over three years from the school’s safe.
Instead, police arrested her on lesser charges of official misconduct and forgery, alleging that she forged the Bak Middle principal’s signature on two checks in 2014 and 2015, court documents show. Forgery and official misconduct are both third-degree felonies punishable by up to five years in prison.
Police called Spring’s alleged forgeries “attempts to conceal” both the disappearance of thousands of dollars from school coffers and her use of a school credit card to make a “personal purchase,” according to a police report.
The reversal comes after nearly two months of criticism of state prosecutors since The Palm Beach Post revealed that they declined to charge Spring despite police evidence tying her to the vanished money, a forged check and the use of school money to cover personal expenses.
The Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office rejected the case in September as “circumstantial,” saying it was impossible to prove that Spring had stolen the money that vanished after police say she removed it from the school’s safe. The money has never been recovered.
In two articles last month, The Post revealed that prosecutors — in dismissing the case against her — discounted evidence that Spring admitted to forging the principal’s name on a $7,433 check and using a school credit card to buy two pairs of boots and to cover part of the cost of her son’s airfare.
Neither Spring’s attorney nor a spokesman for State Attorney Dave Aronberg responded Friday to messages seeking comment. A school district spokeswoman declined to comment, citing the pending criminal case.

Though the reason for the reversal was not known Friday, records show that in early June school district police composed a new arrest report alleging that Spring had forged the signature of Bak Middle School Principal Sally Rozanski on two checks.
The first check, a $7,433 check to cover sports uniform purchases, was written after Bak Middle’s athletic director complained to Spring that an internal sports account had less money in it than it should.
Questioned months later, Spring told police that she signed the principal’s name on a $7,433 check to cover sports uniform purchases, ones that were supposed to be paid out of the mysteriously low sports account. Police theorized it could have been intended “to conceal the theft of (the) funds.”
Police say that in 2014 Spring also signed Rozanski’s name on a second check worth $181, this time to cover, in part, airline fees she had paid with a school credit card for a flight her son, who did not attend the school, took on JetBlue.
“Ms. Rozanski was available to sign these checks,” Detective Kevin McCoy wrote in the arrest report. “However Ms. Spring chose to forge Ms. Rozanski’s signature. This fact could indicate Ms. Spring did not want Ms. Rozanski to be aware of these two checks and possibly question the invoice and the issuance of the checks.”
Earlier this week, Palm Beach County School Board member Frank Barbieri criticized Aronberg, saying his office “ignored” evidence of multiple crimes by Spring. He suggested that the school board should sue Spring in connection with the missing money.
School Board member Debra Robinson, who supported the proposal to consider a lawsuit, said Friday that she hoped “justice is served fair and square.” She added that the school district’s attorneys need to weigh the case further before moving forward with a lawsuit.

“I think (the legal staff) should give thought to guidelines regarding ‘going after the public’s money’ when there has been theft,” she said.

Westfield woman wanted on 9 shoplifting warrants arrested in Wareham for shoplifting

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WAREHAM MA June 26 2017 – A Westfield woman wanted on nine outstanding shoplifting warrants from throughout the state was arrested Wednesday after stealing $70 worth of merchandise from the Family Dollar store in Wareham.
Police said they were called to Family Dollar at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday on the report of a female shoplifter who left the store and was possibly still in the area after stealing the approximately $70 worth of merchandise, which she reportedly stuffed into a backpack.
Within a short period of time, officers located and arrested 55-year-old Jayne Decoste of Westfield in the plaza, and the stolen items were recovered from her backpack, police said.
Police said Decoste was also placed under arrest for nine outstanding warrants issued by various courts for unrelated past shoplifting incidents. Warrants had been issued by district courts in Holyoke, Brookline, Springfield, Westfield, Quincy, and Hingham.

Decoste was arraigned on the charge of shoplifting-10th subsequent offense in Wareham District Court and ordered held on $1,500 cash bail. She will be back in Wareham District Court on July 21 for a pre-trial hearing.

Woman banned from Macy’s, Wal-Mart, Kroger kept returning to steal more

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Lexington KY June 6 2017 A Lexington woman who had been banned from Macy’s, Wal-Mart and Kroger for alleged shoplifting is now facing multiple charges, including engaging in organized crime.
Police say Michelle Robinson, 40, took all kinds of things, from Michael Kors purses to detergent.
Robinson, whose address is listed in police records as general delivery, was arrested Monday at the Kroger on Alexandria Drive, according to a police citation. In addition to the charge of engaging in organized crime, she faces seven charges of theft by unlawful taking/shoplifting, four trespassing charges and one charge of probation violation.
Police records indicate that Macy’s banned Robinson from their property Oct. 7 and that she signed a notification stating that she understood it.
That was the same day Robinson was arrested and charged with shoplifting after Macy’s loss prevention workers said they saw her put merchandise valued at $1,171 into a large bag, then leave without paying. The merchandise was returned to the store, and Robinson ultimately pleaded guilty.
Apparently that didn’t keep her from going back to Macy’s.
On the morning of Jan. 4, police say she was caught on surveillance video taking one silver and two black Michael Kors purses from Macy’s without paying. The purses were valued at $691 total.
The loss prevention associate, Ashley Willoughby, “identified the suspect from previous shoplifting encounters at this location,” the citation says.
On June 7, Robinson again went to Macy’s, chose two Michael Kors purses valued at $298 each and walked out with them, police say.
She is charged with criminal trespassing and shoplifting in both of those instances.
On May 31, police said Robinson and an unidentified accomplice loaded a cart at Wal-Mart with $296 worth of detergent and toiletries, then Robinson pushed the cart out of the store without paying while the accomplice pulled up to the exit in a getaway vehicle. They were not apprehended, and the merchandise was not recovered.
According to the police complaint, Robinson had been “previously banned from all Wal-Marts for shoplifting.”
And on April 25, police say she was seen on surveillance video concealing $66 worth of merchandise in her purse at Kroger, then walking out without paying.
A Kroger loss prevention associate working at another location identified her “due to prior encounters with her for shoplifting incidents,” police said. She already had been “banned from all Kroger properties,” according to the statement.
Leanna Smith, 36, of Nicholasville, was arrested at Kroger at the same time as Robinson on Monday and charged with engaging in organized crime-criminal syndicate and theft by unlawful taking or shoplifting of $500 or more but under $10,000.
In her arrest warrant, police said Smith, “along with another unlawfully removed merchandise from more than one retailer for the purpose of resale.”

Robinson and Smith pleaded not guilty at their arraignments on Tuesday and are scheduled to appear in court again on June 27. 

Retail shrink grew to almost $50 billion in 2016, NRF says

WASHINGTON DC June 26 2017– Thefts from retailers and other inventory “shrink” grew to $48.9 billion in 2016 from $45.2 billion the year before even as budget constraints left retail security budgets flat or declining, according to the annual National Retail Security survey released Thursday by the National Retail Federation and the University of Florida. The thefts amounted to 1.44% of sales, up from 1.38%.
“Retailers are proactive in combatting criminal activity in their stores but acknowledge that they still have a lot of work left to do,” stated Bob Moraca VP loss prevention NRF. “The job is made much more difficult when loss prevention experts can’t get the money they need to beef up their staffs and resources. Retail executives need to realize that money spent on preventing losses is money that improves the bottom line.”
According to the report, 48.8% of retailers surveyed reported increases in inventory shrink, while only 16.7% said it remained flat. Shrink was divided into shoplifting and organized retail crime (36.5%), employee theft/internal (30%), administrative paperwork error (21.3%) and vendor fraud or error (5.4%).
Shoplifting continued to account for the greatest losses with an average of $798.48 per incident, up from $377 in 2015. Part of the increase came because some states have raised the threshold for crimes to be considered a felony, meaning that only larger thefts are reported. But the rise was also attributed to retailers allocating smaller budgets for loss prevention, leaving them with fewer security staff to fight the thefts.
Shoplifting was followed by an average loss of $1,922.80 from employee theft, up from $1,233.77 in 2015. The average cost of retail robberies dropped to $5,309.72 from $8,170.17 in 2015 but remained at more than double the $2,464.50 seen in 2014.
For the first time in the survey, retailers were asked about return fraud, reporting an average loss of $1,766.27.
“The seriousness of retail theft is much greater than most customers realize,” said Richard Hollinger, a veteran University of Florida criminology professor and the lead author of the report. “When criminals steal from retailers, consumers pay higher prices, the safety of innocent employees can be compromised and shoppers looking for popular merchandise often cannot find it. Retailers need to continue to invest in new technologies to prevent and prosecute these crimes.”

The survey of 83 loss prevention executives from a variety of retail sectors was conducted March 29 to May 1. The study is a partnership between Hollinger and NRF and is sponsored by The Retail Equation.

No one hurt when fire engulfs armored truck

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Holbrook NY June 26 2017 An armored truck caught fire in Holbrook on Friday night, officials said.
Two or three people were in the vehicle when it started burning about 10:20 p.m. on the westbound service road of the Long Island Expressway near Holbrook Road, said Ronkonkoma Fire Chief Tim Blewett.
 “When we got there, it was fully involved, and they said there were coins in there,” the chief said. “We opened the back and just put the fire out. It was smoky, so you couldn’t really see what was in there.”
No one was injured, he said, and about 20 firefighters put it out in 20 minutes.
The vehicle belonged to the Rapid Armored Corp. and served as the “chase” vehicle, which travels behind a truck with money in case something happens or extra room is needed to carry money, said Robert Blumstein, the company’s night supervisor.
“The contents were of no consequence,” Blumstein said. “I don’t know what caused the fire, and the fire department responded pretty rapidly.”
He said he was trying to get more information on what happened as the armored vehicle was going from the company’s Patchogue office to the headquarters in Brooklyn.

Suffolk County police said they also responded to the fire, which arson detectives investigated.

Police capture teens that assaulted detention guard to escape

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Jacksonville FL June 26 2017 Jacksonville police captured three teen inmates Saturday morning – a week after they overpowered a guard to escape from a state youth detention facility on the city’s Northside.
Detectives tracking down leads found all three together in the 7200 block of Old Kings Road South about 10 a.m. and took them into custody, said Officer Melissa Bujeda, a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.
Luther Franklyn Davis, 16, Derek Marquise Browley, also 16, and Justin A. Silva, 15, were charged with escape and felony battery, then booked into the Duval County jail about 12:30 p.m., Bujeda said.
The three had escaped about 11:30 p.m. June 18 Jacksonville Youth Academy after overpowering a guard. It was the fourth escape in as many months from a state juvenile justice facility in Northeast Florida.
The Sheriff’s Office previously provided the following account of the escape.
Davis asked a guard if he could use the bathroom. Silva called another security guard to the locked door of the room he shared with Browley.
Silva allegedly punched the guard in the mouth as he opened the door to talk to him. Silva and Browley allegedly then grabbed the guard’s keys from the door and ran out of the room as Davis fled from the bathroom.
The guard who had been punched and two others tried to stop the fleeing teens, but the guards’ portable radios fell to the floor during the attempt.
The teens allegedly scooped up the radios and threw them at one guard’s face, hiting him and causing his eye to bleed and swell. The guards grappled with the teenagers. But the teens allegedly used the key to unlock an outside door, then jumped a fence and took off on foot, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Police said another guard had a cut lip resulting from being punched during the escape.
Browley was in Jacksonville’s juvenile facility on three 2017 charges – carjacking and burglary in January, and auto theft in April, the Sheriff’s Office previously said.
Silva’s charges included grand theft and violation of probation. Davis’s include auto burglary, auto theft and burglary, both from other jurisdictions, according to the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.
The Jacksonville Youth Academy is one of 54 facilities for teens under state Department of Juvenile Justice control. Eleven operate in an 18-county Northeast Florida region.
It is listed as a “structured, non-secure treatment program” for up to 24 boys ages 14 to 18 with mental health and behavioral health services, according to the department’s website. The average length of stay is three to nine months for youth ordered there by a judge to complete a substance-abuse program.

The academy is run under state contract by G4S Youth Services, which provides what it calls “resdential-based juvenile services” in Florida, Texas and Tennessee. Formerly a subsidiary of the global security company G4S, the company was sold in April for $56.5 million to BHSB Holdings, a Tampa-based provider of health care services.
G4S also operates the Hastings Youth Academy, which saw three inmate escapes between March and May at the facility just west of Florida 207. All were caught.
Eleven teens were involved in the four escapes, including eight from a St. Johns County detention center. All of the facilities involved are operated by an organization called G4S Youth Services.
After the three escaped from Jacksonville Youth Academy, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice said in a statement it takes incidents at its programs “very seriously to ensure the safety of both youth and staff.”
“Juvenile Justice will continue to work with law enforcement, as well as conducting our own investigation of this incident, to confirm that all policies and procedures were followed,” the statement said. If policies and procedures were not followed, G4S Youth Services will be held accountable, agency officials said.

Off-duty cop dressed as Batman busts shoplifter taking ‘Lego Batman’ movie

FORT WORTH, Texas June 26 2017— An off-duty police officer who was dressed up as Batman reportedly busted a man trying to steal several movies — including The Lego Batman Movie.
Fort Worth Police officer Damon Cole has made it his personal mission to cheer up sick children by visiting them dressed as their favorite superhero.
On Saturday, Cole happened to be dressed as Batman because he was participating in a safety fair for kids, FOX4 reported.
“One of the movies he was trying to steal was Lego Batman and I love Lego Batman. So, I walked up to him and was like ‘you can’t steal my movie… come on now,” Cole reportedly told radio station WBAP.
The whole thing had to seem a little unreal to the shoplifting suspect.
“Batman says ‘I want you to know I have this Batman costume on but I’m an off-duty police officer,” FOX4 quoted a store employee as saying.
The man was arrested but just given a citation because the DVDs were worth less than $100.
It turns out, the shoplifting suspect is kind of a superfan, and reportedly requested a selfie with Batman after the arrest!
But it’s the story of the man behind the mask that we think is truly incredible.

“If I learn of a terminally ill child that wants to see me, I will drop what I am doing to make that happen as quickly as possible,” Cole said on his website, Heroes and Cops Against Cancer.

Women pepper spray Monrovia store security guard while stealing purses

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MONROVIA CA June 26 2017 Police are seeking two women who they say sprayed a security guard with pepper spray in order to steal purses from a Monrovia discount department store late Friday.
The robbery unfolded just after 8 p.m. at Marshall’s, 564 W. Huntington Drive, Monrovia police Lt. Rob Wilken said.
A security guard noticed two women leaving the store with handbags they hadn’t paid for and confronted them about the theft, he said.
One of the women pulled out a can of pepper spray and sprayed the security guard, according to the lieutenant.
The women then fled, with the stolen purses, in a red Dodge Charger, he said. They were last seen headed west on Huntington Drive.
A detailed description of the suspects was not available. The security guard was treated by paramedics for pepper spray exposure, but did not require to be taken to a hospital.

Anyone with information can reach Monrovia police at 626-256-8000. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Fresno security officer shot multiple times in critical condition

FRESNO, Calif. June 25 2017-- A security officer was rushed to the hospital in critical condition after being shot multiple times outside a Northeast Fresno restaurant Saturday night, according to police.
The shooting happened in the parking lot of Mariscos Costa Azul near Shaw and Sixth Avenues around 7 p.m.
Police say the unarmed security guard saw a man acting suspiciously and asked him to leave.
After an argument between the man and the security officer, the suspect pulled out a gun and began firing. The 29-year-old guard was shot several times in the upper body.
The security guard's identity has not been released.
Police say the suspect fled, and they describe him as being 20 to 25 years old, thin and wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fresno Police Department.

Orlando TSA agent arrested for stealing money from passenger

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. June 25 2017 - A Transportation Security Administration agent has been arrested after he was accused of stealing money from a passenger at Orlando International Airport in Florida, Orlando police said.
Alexander Shae Johnson, 22, was arrested Thursday night.
Passenger Kathleen Duddleston entered the TSA checkpoint and was stopped for additional screening, police said.
While she was patted down, Duddleston told TSA security officer Michelle Metz that she couldn’t see her luggage, so Metz moved her closer.
Duddleston complained again that she couldn’t see her bag, and Johnson moved slightly.
After the pat down, Duddleston reached for her bag and could not find her money, police said. She said she noticed a bulge in Johnson’s left front shirt pocket. Duddleston asked Johnson if that was her money, and he said he got the money from the bank, police said.
The woman complained to Metz that she believed Johnson stole money from her. Metz contacted her supervisor.
Duddleston has been charged with third-degree grand theft.
TSA said in a statement to WFTV:

 TSA has a zero tolerance for misconduct in the workplace. The TSA immediately reported the allegation to OPD and we aggressively investigated the incident with our law enforcement partner. TSA officers represent a professional and honorable workforce that is trained to treat passengers and their personal belongings with care and respect. No exceptions will be tolerated. We immediately ended the federal career of this individual.

Akron man arrested for impersonating peace officer charged with 47 additional counts

AKRON, Ohio June 25 2017- New charges have been filed against an Akron man who was arrested for impersonating a peace officer in April.
Christopher Hendon, 26, entered the Summit County Courthouse on April 6 with a child in handcuffs, claiming to be a school resource officer. Hendon also had a firearm.
Additional charges against Hendon stem from incidents between March 29 and April 6 when he went into two schools posing as an Akron Police Officer and placed several children in handcuffs.
Hendon is now charged with the following:
7 counts of kidnapping
7 counts of abduction
16 counts of impersonating a police officer with firearm specifications
13 counts of illegal conveyance of a deadly weapon in school safety zone
4 counts of illegal conveyance of a deadly weapon into a courthouse
7 counts of assault
4 counts of criminal trespass
1 count of impersonating a police officer
1 count of endangering children
The Summit County Sheriff's Office and Akron Police Department executed a search warrant on April 24 at Hendon's residence and seized weapons, handcuffs, law enforcement equipment and police insignias.
Hendon is scheduled to be arraigned on the added charges on Tuesday, July 11.

If you know a child who participated in Hendon's "Scared Straight Program," contact the Summit County Sheriff's Detective Bureau at 330-643-2131.

Pacific View mall trespasser spits in police officer's face

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Police said Friday they arrested a man who refused to leave the Pacific View mall and allegedly spit in a police officer's face.
Officers received a report about 7:45 p.m. of a man, identified as Nathan Journigan, disturbing and refusing to leave the shopping center at 3301 E. Main St., police said.
Authorities said mall security had warned the man many times not to return.
When police arrived, they contacted the man at the request of security and told him to leave the property. He left the area but was seen a few minutes later entering the mall again, officials said.
Officers located Journigan, 23, in the food court and began escorting him out when he allegedly started resisting and spit in one of the officer's faces.
Police said Journigan also made threats to hurt the officers.

Journigan was taken into custody without further incident and booked into county jail on suspicion of felony resisting arrest, misdemeanor battery on a police officer, making criminal threats and trespassing, authorities said.

Suspected Shoplifter Pepper Sprays Security Guard at Kendall Forever 21

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Miami FL June 25 2017 Police released surveillance video Friday of a shoplifter pepper spraying a security guard at a Kendall shopping center.
Miami-Dade police are looking for the woman who attacked the security guard standing in front of the Forever 21 at the Palms at Town and County on June 17.
Footage shows the woman walking around the store with a bag filled with merchandise. She then runs toward the door, before pepper spraying the guard and bolting from the store. The suspect got away.
The guard is seen covering his face and walks away. Paramedics were later seen coming into the store and covering their faces due to the fumes from the pepper spray.

Miami-Dade detectives are asking anyone with information on the case to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.
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Airline Worker Accused of Fighting Security-Police at North Carolina Airport

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. June 25 2017 An indictment says an airline worker directed a racial slur at a security officer, threatened to kill him and got into a fight with police at a North Carolina airport.
The Charlotte Observer reports an indictment unsealed in federal court in Charlotte on Friday said 30-year-old Jordan Lee Moore of Winston-Salem faces two counts of interference with security screening personnel.
The indictment said Moore, who works for American Airlines, tried to go through a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport on March 30 without a valid boarding pass. After that encounter, the indictment says Moore went to another checkpoint, where Charlotte-Mecklenburg police ordered him to leave the airport.

It took five officers to restrain Moore after they tried to arrest him when he attempted to enter another checkpoint.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Empty guard towers allows federal maximum security prisoners to escape

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WASHINGTON DC June 24 2017 — In a maximum security federal prison in California, convicted carjacker Guaymar Cabrera Hernandez made a run for it. A key to his brazen escape last month: Five guard towers ringing the perimeter of the compound were not staffed.
Turns out, they have been empty for nearly six years.
Instead, prison officials at the U.S. Penitentiary Atwater have been relying on three layers of fencing, including an electrified barrier known as a "lethal fence" — which the 26-year-old Guatemalan inmate easily defeated in a run to freedom that passed directly beneath two of the empty towers, according to two officials who are not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
So alarmed by the breach, the warden staged a video re-enactment of the escape, featuring a correctional officer scaling the same section of the fence. The video demonstrated how to avoid tripping a potentially lethal jolt of electricity, according to one of the officials who has viewed the tape.
The unusual video, recorded shortly after Hernandez was recaptured on May 13, has since been sent to the Bureau of Prisons headquarters in Washington. Yet the towers at Atwater remain unstaffed, and the only visible security change at the complex was the addition of one vehicle to the existing single-car patrol to roam the prison's outside perimeter.
The breach has now drawn the scrutiny of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, which is exploring the increased reliance on fencing technology at the nation's most secure prison facilities —  in lieu of tower officers who once represented the last line of defense against escape and other disturbances.
"The committee is looking into the situation at the Atwater prison as well as other prisons around the country,'' panel spokeswoman Brittni Palke told USA TODAY, adding that the lawmakers are coordinating their review with the Justice Department's inspector general.
The Bureau of Prisons did not dispute the account of Hernandez's escape or the dearth of tower officers, saying that the agency "continues to monitor its physical security structures in order to ensure adequate security procedures are in place.''
"For security reasons, we cannot comment on our use of towers and fencing,'' spokeswoman Tovia Knight said.
Yet the breakdown at one of the federal system’s most secure facilities is casting new attention on persistent security concerns and staffing shortages, first disclosed by USA TODAY, that for years have plagued the country’s largest prison system.

In recent years, nurses and other medical staffers have been thrust into guard duty and other security-related shifts to fill the chronic personnel gaps, despite their lack of experience patrolling the corridors and recreation yards inside the overcrowded system.
Despite the problems, the BOP paid more than $2 million in bonuses to top administrators and wardens during the past three years while the agency was confronting security-related staffing shortages, overcrowding, sub-par inmate medical care and a lurid sexual harassment lawsuit that engulfed its largest institution, according to government records and court documents.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is now reviewing the bonus payments. But the Atwater breach is prompting the Senate Homeland Security Committee to launch a "bureau-wide'' investigation into compromised fencing and other security concerns across the prison system.
"Our office is in the process of forming an investigation into bureau-wide issues and would like to use the issues with the fencing at Atwater as a starting point,'' according to committee correspondence obtained by USA TODAY.
A committee investigator, in an email dated June 13, refers to the panel's interest in obtaining the Atwater video and describes the "structural flaws of the fences'' as of "great concern to us.''
DeTekion Security Systems, a New York company which has conducted maintenance on fencing at Atwater as recently as March, did not respond to a request for comment.
he Atwater case is just one high-profile example of how the bureau's emphasis on fencing technology has increasingly supplanted dependence on correctional officers, as a concession to both technology and budget constraints.
Perimeter towers at the bureau's largest penitentiary in Coleman, Fla., have also been unstaffed for years, said Joe Rojas, president of the local prison workers union. The empty towers have long unnerved officers who fear that they represent a glaring security weakness.
"I think everybody would rather have eyes, ears and boots on the ground rather than rely on a fence,'' said Rojas. Members of his union are charged with securing more than 2,600 inmates assigned to maximum security units.
Hernandez, serving a 115-month sentence for carjacking and assault with intent to commit robbery, was transferred to Atwater following his 2016 attempted escape from a medium security federal prison in West Virginia.
At Atwater, federal authorities discovered Hernandez missing about 8:30 p.m., May 12, during checks after the evening meal. According to one official briefed on the incident, the inmate with a slight build climbed a rain spout to the roof of a building, where he went undetected before making his way through the fencing.

Gouged by concertina wire, Hernandez's blood marked the path that he took, up and eventually over the barriers just below the towers. Hernandez managed to scale the electrified fence by using insulators attached to the fence as stair-steps, avoiding the charged wires, the official said.
Hernandez also may have slipped past a motion sensor just outside the fence-line. It is not immediately clear whether security officials were alerted to a tripped sensor at the time.
Beyond the federal prison system, the Hernandez escape raised concerns in the surrounding community of Atwater, where Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke said local authorities were not alerted to the breach until hours after the inmate was discovered missing.
Daryl Allen, a spokesman for the sheriff, said that delay prompted a meeting between Warnke and federal prison authorities shortly after Hernandez was recaptured. Allen said the meeting "ironed out" communications problems between the prison and local law enforcement, at least in terms of the delayed notification.

Yet the meeting did not apparently address the staffing of the guard towers. "He (the sheriff) has heard they may have some issues,'' Allen said. "Those are rumors that he has heard.''

Federal grand jury indicts man questioned in armored truck guard's murder, armed robbery

New Orleans LA June 24 2017 A federal grand jury on Thursday (June 22) indicted a man on charges he lied to the FBI during questioning about last month's armed robbery and murder of an armored truck guard outside a Mid-City credit union.
Deltoine Scott on Thursday pleaded not guilty to the two-count indictment charging him with making false statements to the FBI.
Scott was arrested by federal agents June 6. He has not been charged in the May 31 robbery and fatal shooting of James McBride, the guard who was shot more than once about 4:30 p.m. while servicing an ATM outside the Campus Federal Credit Union in the 2200 block of Tulane Avenue.
McBride, 33, died at the hospital.
Scott wore a jail uniform stamped, "St. Bernard Prisoner," during his arraignment hearing in U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph Wilkinson Jr.'s court. He answered the judge clearly when asked if he understood the charges against him and penalty he faces.
An affidavit sworn by FBI Special Agent Christopher Bauer filed in Scott's case says the robbers wore masks and hoods. They fled in a 2002 Ford F120 with a black hood and bed and white roof and doors, according to the affidavit.
Deltoine Scott is accused of lying to a federal agent during an interview regarding the May 31 robbery and fatal shooting.
The night of the robbery and murder, NOPD officer stopped a pickup truck matching that description on Chef Menteur Highway. The driver of the car said Scott, who was the driver's grandson, borrowed his truck that day, picking it up that morning and returning it about 10 p.m.
Investigators then reviewed the call history for Scott's cellphone and found he had received a call at 12:44 p.m. May 31 from a cellphone connected to Jerome Kieffer, who the complaint calls a "known associate."
The call lasted about 17 minutes. Based on the duration of the call and the location of cell towers used, investigators determined that Scott had driven from the vicinity of his grandfather's home in New Orleans East to the vicinity of Tulane Avenue and Galvez Street during the call with Kieffer.
The June 6 federal complaint accusing Scott of lying to the FBI said the allegations stemmed from an interview Scott gave to police at the department's homicide office on June 6, an interview Scott requested and attended with his attorney. It says Scott lied about his location and cellphone usage.

Count 1 of the indictment says Scott told FBI agents he lost his cell phone May 29 and had not found it or made any calls on the phone on May 31.
"The statements were false, fictitious, and fraudulent because, as Deltoine Scott then and there knew, he used his phone numerous times on May 31, 2017," the indictment says.
Count 2 of the indictment says Scott lied again that day when he told an FBI agent that the truck he borrowed from his grandfather overheated when he was on his way to a daiquiri shop, and that he let the truck cool by the roadside for a half hour without stopping or visiting anyone before returning the truck to his grandfather.
"The statements were false, fictitious and fraudulent because as Deltoine Scott then and there knew, he went to J.K.'s apartment" in the 2200 block of Tulane Avenue, despite his claims that he did not stop or visit anyone, the indictment says. J.K. stands for Jerome Kiefer, who federal prosecutors previously identified as Scott's "associate." Kiefer's apartment is in the same block as the credit union where McBride was shot and killed during the robbery.

Private defense attorney Benny George Jr., who has been hired by Scott, declined to comment on his client's case outside the courtroom. About a half dozen of Scott's supporters in court on Thursday also declined to comment.