Friday, August 18, 2017

Oregon wants power to order emotional fitness exams for armed guards

Oregon Aug 18 2017 The state wants the power to order medical exams for armed security guards who are suspected of having emotional problems that endanger public safety.
Under a proposed rule, the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training would be able to act if it received information that a private security officer poses that serious of a risk. The department adopted the rule temporarily on June 23 and is looking to make it permanent.
The change stops short of allowing regulators to immediately disarm guards or to suspend their certifications. The rule applies only to armed security guards and private security firearms instructors, and not to other public safety workers subject to state licensing, such as police officers and corrections officers.
"We're not taking anybody's weapon away from them," Linsay Hale, the department's professional standards director, said during a public meeting this week. "That is a whole other discussion."
The information about a potential risk to public safety must come from a government agency. The department would then decide whether to order an exam and to open a review of the private security officer's certification.
In an email interview, Hale would not say what prompted the rule change.
The move comes amid a high-profile case in Deschutes County involving an unarmed private security guard charged in the death of a 23-year-old Central Oregon Community College student. Edwin Lara, 32, who worked for the college, is accused of aggravated murder in Kaylee Sawyer's death.
A lawsuit filed in federal court last month by Sawyer's family alleges that Lara's employer did not do enough to find out information about his past, including that he had failed psychological evaluations while applying for police jobs. The college is also accused of allowing private security officers to masquerade as cops. The state suspended Lara's certification after he was charged last July.
The department used an emergency procedure to put in place the new rule, which is currently set to expire at the end of the year. To make sure the department keeps the power to intervene, the rule change was presented to a committee of private security professionals and private investigators this week. They voted unanimously Tuesday to move forward with making the rule permanent. The top authority, the department's board, could approve a permanent rule in October. 
The public first has the opportunity to comment. Information will be posted on the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training website. If the department receives comments, the private security committee will take them up at its next meeting.
The rule doesn't set emotional standards or outline in detail the process a security officer would go through if identified as a potential risk. Some members of the committee were hesitant to support a permanent rule change with so many questions still unanswered.

Fred Kuest, security operations manager with Portland Public Schools, was among those who wanted to see more specifics, including what kind of doctor would do the evaluation, how quickly the department would take action and what the appeal process would allow.
"Could it be that somebody has a temporary mental health crisis or whatnot, and then things get better?" Kuest asked. "I think people have tragic things that happen to them in their lives, and that may be for a very tiny short window, and then this process starts and then they're back normal, but now this whole process is kicking and going down the road."
Others were concerned the rule change might give the impression that the department has more authority to intervene than it actually does.
Steven Swenson, a private investigator and former captain at the Eugene Police Department, called on his police experience for perspective.
"We used to bring people in that threatened suicide, they would get a four-hour look-over by a psychiatrist, and they'd say, 'We don't think this person is an imminent threat,' and they would kick them out the door," Swenson said. "I'm concerned that if that were to happen here, all we've created is an illusion that we're doing something."
Hale told committee members the state would contract with a medical provider. But she wouldn't say whom, or whether the person would be a psychologist or psychiatrist. She said the person examining a security guard would be familiar with the criteria for whether someone is fit for duty.
Several members expressed concern that the process could be used to retaliate against guards in personal disputes and asked whether anonymous information would be accepted. Hale said that the department would vet information and that the department's legal threshold for ordering a mental evaluation is high. The department would have to show by a preponderance of evidence that a security officer "poses a serious risk to public health and safety."
Hale told the committee that the department does not have a similar rule for any other public safety profession. That confused Kuest, the security operations manager with Portland Public Schools.
"Did I understand you correctly to say that no other disciplines in DPSST have this procedure in place?" Kuest asked.
"Correct," Hale replied.
Kuest said he thought that private security would mirror the standards for police and corrections officers.
"So if law enforcement doesn't have it, and corrections doesn't have it, why are we looking at it for private security?" Kuest asked.

The big difference, Hale said, is that police and corrections officers work for government agencies, where there are more layers of accountability.

Hale promised a more thorough discussion of emotional health standards in the future. 

Redding woman arrested after threatening library security officer

Redding woman arrested after threatening library security officer
REDDING, Calif. Aug 18 2017- Forcep Birkle, 49, of Redding, was arrested Wednesday after threatening to beat up and kill a security guard at the Redding Library.
Police said at approximately 12:00 p.m., Security Officers at the City of Redding Public Library called for assistance as a result of a woman threatening them. The woman was identified as Birkle, who had previously been arrested on May 23 by officers of the Redding Police Department.
During that incident, Birkle was naked and bathing in the fountains in front of City Hall. She then took the American flag down and destroyed it before entering City Hall and breaking a window out. Birkle is on felony probation as a result of these actions.
Police said Birkle is not allowed to be at City Hall or the Public Library as a result of her previous actions.
Birkle returned to the Public Library Wednesday and was told to leave by security. Police said Birkle became angry at the staff and began threatening Security Officer Michael Wilson. Birkle believed Wilson was of Mexican heritage and threatened to beat up Wilson.
Birkle spit on Wilson and began punching at him. Wilson sprayed Birkle with mace to stop her attack. Birkle then decided to leave while continuing to make racial slurs and threatened to return and kill Wilson.

Officers found Birkle behind the Public Library and arrested her for making criminal threats based upon the perceived ethnicity of Wilson, making terrorist threats, battery, and felony probation violation.

Man attempted to abduct two children from Chapel Hill Montessori school

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. Aug 18 2017— Chapel Hill police on Wednesday arrested a man who they said attempted to abduct two students from a preschool.
Officers responded to a report of a suspicious person at the Montessori Academy at 1510 E. Franklin Street just after 12 p.m. after a caller told authorities a man had walked to the fence around the school and was threatening to physically harm students.
Police said Richard Donnell Mangum, 48, of Chapel Hill grabbed two students and attempted to pull them over the fence before teachers intervened.
Mangum fled the area and was arrested at a nearby Walgreens store.
Mangum was charged with two counts of felony child abduction, two counts of misdemeanor simple assault and two counts of misdemeanor communication of threats. He was being held at the Orange County jail under $40,000 secured bond.
According to the Montessori Academy's website, the school serves students between the ages of one and six. 2
Mangum has a criminal history dating back to the 1990s, and including charges of larceny, assault on an officer and drug infractions, according to court records. He is scheduled to appear in court Thursday afternoon.

Police did not know Mangum's motive.

Fort Bend Co. cadet applicant dies during training exercise

FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas Aug 18 2017 - Brian Blunt was a star football player who wanted to become a Fort Bend County Sheriff's deputy.
Yet his family wants to now know what went wrong after he suddenly collapsed and died during training.
"He's just an awesome kid, and I just don't want anyone to forget about Brian," said Kendra Patterson, who is his sister, but said she raised Blunt like a son. "I think his greatest attribute is the love that he had for people, the zest to always do what's right no matter who was involved, no matter who was looking."
The Harris County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Tuesday Blunt died of heat illness.
Blunt was enrolled at the Gus George Law Enforcement Academy in Richmond. He was not a cadet yet, but he was training to be one.
Part of his training last Thursday involved a mile-and-a-half run at 9 a.m., according to the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office. He completed that run under the allotted 16-minute time but collapsed in the parking lot of the Fort Bend County Justice Center.
Paramedics rushed him to Oak Bend Medical Center, but he died three days later.
"He was a young, healthy boy," Patterson said. "He's never had any medical problems or complications. He's played football all his life."
Blunt was a standout player for the Longhorns at George Ranch High School.
"When he left out Thursday morning, he was so amped up," Patterson said. "He was so excited to start a new path in life."
Patterson said she doesn't want to "play the blame game" because she doesn't know for sure someone is at fault, but she's hoping Blunt's death is a wake-up call to anyone who is exercising out in the heat
Blunt was just 22 years old. His family said they're looking to start a foundation in his honor.

Colorado state prison corrections officer, daughter found dead

Jennifer Hamula
Pueblo CO Aug 18 2017 A 42-year-old woman who was shot to death along with her 10-year-old daughter had been a correctional officer at the highest security state prison in Colorado.
The bodies of Jennifer Hamula, 42, and Stephie Hamula were discovered Monday afternoon at a home on the 1000 block of Mescal Drive in Pueblo.
Authorities have not released any information about a possible motive for the killings.
Jennifer Hamula began working as a correctional officer on Oct. 1, 1997, said Mark Fairbairn,spokesman for the Colorado Department of Corrections. At the time of her death, she was working at Colorado State Penitentiary in Pueblo.
Two dead dogs were also discovered in the home.
The official cause and manner of death is pending the outcome of autopsies, the Pueblo County Sheriff’s office said in a news release.
The Pueblo County sheriff’s office said it believes there are no further “threats to the community at large” related to the incident.

Fairbairn said because of an ongoing investigation he could not comment further about Hamula.

Burlington Coat Factory security guard arrested in shooting of shoplifter

San Francisco CA Aug 18 2017
Police investigating a shooting at a Burlington Coat Factory store have now arrested an armed security guard.
Police say that the security guard who shot a man Tuesday during a confrontation over an alleged shoplifting incident.
The shooting occurred shortly after 2:30 p.m. in the area of Fifth and Howard streets at a Burlington Coat Factory store where the security guard, a 42-year-old man, confronted a suspected shoplifter, according to Officer Robert Rueca.
A struggle ensued that moved outside of the store, and the security officer shot the 33-year-old man in the leg, Rueca said.
The victim was taken to a hospital with injuries that are not considered life-threatening.
The security guard, whose identity has not yet been released, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a firearm and shooting at an inhabited dwelling. Both are felonies and charges could be upgraded if the condition of the ma worsens.

Police said that the security guard is currently being held.

11 men including middle school coach charged in human trafficking sting in Kingsport

KINGSPORT TN Aug 18 2017 - A Sullivan North Middle School coach, a youth leader and others are facing felony charges after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Kingsport Police Department announced results from a Human Trafficking investigation.
TBI Director Mark Gwyn said 11 men face felony charges in Kingsport. The operation, called "Someone Like Me," is the 10th of its kind in the State of Tennessee.
Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation along with the Kingsport Police Department, 2nd Judicial District Drug Task Force, Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office, and Homeland Security Investigations conducted the undercover operation to identify potential victims of trafficking and arrest those seeking to purchase illicit sex from a juvenile.
"We want to make sure there's no place that feels safe to those men who would victimize our state’s most vulnerable,” Gwyn said.
The people arrested in the sting include a church youth leader, a local coach, a volunteer firefighter, an EMT, and Uber driver.
“Many still think this is something that just happens in big cities. The results of this operation prove that’s not the case,” Gwyn said.
The operation took place from July 31 to Aug. 3.
TBI Deputy Director Jason Locke said during the first three days of the investigation, undercover agents posed as juvenile girls and posted ads on
"Of the 11 men who showed up seeking sex with a minor, 3 of them wanted to purchase sex from a 16-year-old," Locke said. “We will continue to conduct these operations across the state and do whatever it takes to bring those trafficking women and children, as well as those supplying the demand, to justice."
The fourth day of the operation focused on identifying victims of trafficking with the help of the nonprofit agency Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking.
One woman was also cited and offered services including housing and counseling. She has been placed in transitional housing.
One individual indicted as part of the investigation has not yet been arrested.
A total of 12 people have been charged:
Gregory W. Hart:  

61 years old, Johnson City – Trafficking a person for a commercial sex act (A Felony), $100,000 bond.

Brandon R. Summey: 

32 years old, Kingsport - Trafficking a person for a commercial sex act (B Felony), $75,000 bond; TBI information identified him as the head football coach at Sullivan North Middle School and a substitute teacher at Sullivan North High School.
*Summey has been placed on administrative leave, according to Sullivan County Board of Education chairman Michael Hughes.

Bradley C. Laws:

42 years old, Green Mountain, N.C. – Trafficking a person for a commercial sex act (A Felony) and trafficking a person for a commercial sex act (B Felony), $100,000 bond.

Samuel Adam McMurry:

22 years old, Johnson City – Trafficking a person for a commercial sex act (A Felony) and trafficking a person for a commercial sex act (B Felony), $100,000 bond.

Jose Alejandro Rivero:

19 years old, Elizabethton - Trafficking a person for a commercial sex act (B Felony), $75,000 bond.

Joseph D. Miller: 

37 years old, Bristol, Tennessee - Trafficking a person for a commercial sex act (A Felony) and trafficking a person for a commercial sex act (B Felony), $100,000 bond.

Israel Cueva Morales:

22 years old, Johnson City - Trafficking a person for a commercial sex act (A Felony), $100,000 bond.

Matthew S. Still:

32 years old, Jonesborough - Trafficking a person for a commercial sex act (A Felony), trafficking a person for a commercial sex act (B Felony), sexual battery $125,000 bond; TBI identified him as a youth minister at Restoration Church in Bristol, TN.

Christopher K. Ginley: 

21 years old, Jonesborough - Trafficking a person for a commercial sex act (A Felony) and trafficking a person for a commercial sex act (B Felony), $100,000 bond.

Kevin J. White:

44 years old, Kingsport - Trafficking a person for a commercial sex act (B Felony), $10,000 bond.

Maegen J. Manis:
29, Kingsport – Prostitution.

Colorado Springs Police Shoot Suspected Walmart Shoplifter To Death

Colorado Springs CO Aug 18 2017 A suspected shoplifter at a Walmart store in Colorado was shot to death by a Colorado Springs police officer after a chase, authorities said.
Police were called to the store Monday night, said El Paso County Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Jacqueline Kirby.
The suspect was identified and shot after the chase, she said, but it wasn’t immediately known if the suspect was armed.
The officer was placed on paid leave.
Further details weren’t immediately available.
The officer won’t be identified until that person’s family is notified and a mental health exam is completed, likely within a few days, Colorado Springs police spokesman Lieutenant Howard Black said.
The sheriff’s office is investigating under a 2015 state law that requires police to obtain outside help reviewing police shootings.  

Police shoot-kill man who threatened hospital security with knives

Maricopa Medical Center

Phoenix AZ Aug 18 2017 A man who threatened staff at a Phoenix hospital with knives was pronounced dead after a police officer shot him during a confrontation Thursday morning, Phoenix police said.
The 28-year-old man walked into the Maricopa Medical Center on 24th and Roosevelt streets just before 5 a.m., waving knives at staff and threatening them, Sgt. Alan Pfohl said.
When police arrived, they saw the man attempting to break into a nearby apartment, Pfohl said.
Officers tried to calm the man, but he refused to put his knives down and started walking toward them, Pfohl said.
Officers first shot less-lethal stun-bag rounds in an effort to have the man drop the knives, but they were unsuccessful, Pfohl said. One officer eventually fired at the man, stopping him, he said.
The man was taken to the Maricopa Medical Center but later died of his injury, Pfohl said. No officers were injured during the confrontation.
Five Phoenix police officers and one hospital security guard were confronted by the man during the incident, police said.
Police said they were unsure if he knew anyone at the apartment complex.

It was the 29th time police shot someone in Maricopa County this year.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Shoplifter arrested after attacking security officer

Levittown NY Aug 17 2017 A Hemsptead man was arrested by police on Monday for allegedly stealing from a store in Levittown over the weekend.
According to police, Philip Odom, 49, of Remsen Avenue, went into the Kohl's department store, located at 3563 Hempstead Turnpike, around 6:30 p.m. on Friday.
Police say that Odom concealed four pocketbooks, valued at $144, in a black bag and left the store.
The store's loss prevention officer approached Odom to try to recover the stolen bags, but police say Odom pushed the man, then grabbed a thick metal chain from his bicycle and swung it at him.
Police say the loss prevention officer retreated back into the store and called police as Odom fled on his bicycle. The loss prevention officer saw that Odom's cell phone had fallen out of his pocket during their struggle, and held it until police arrived. No one was injured.
An investigation by police led to the arrest of Odom at his home on Monday.

He is charged with first-degree robbery and threatening the use of a dangerous instrument. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday in First District Court in Hempstead.

Numerous security officer involved shootings under investigation

Charlotte NC Four separate shootings by private security officers during the past twenty four hours are all under investigation and police tell us that in at least two of the shootings, charges is likely to be filed.
In Tucson Arizona, on-duty security guard shot and killed a man Tuesday night near South Kolb Road and Interstate 10 after he threw rocks at the security officer’s vehicle.
Shortly before 7 p.m. on Aug. 15, officers responded to South Kolb Road and East Science Park Drive to a report of a shooting, said Sgt. Pete Dugan, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.
Officers found a man in a desert area northeast of the intersection with signs of trauma. Tucson Fire Department paramedics were on scene and the man was pronounced dead, Dugan said.
The security guard told police that the man threw a rock at the guard's car during a confrontation, while they were at an intersection near the University of Arizona Science & Technology Park, and the security officer fired several shots at the man..
A shooting in Kentucky also has left a man fighting for his life after a security guard approached a man loitering in a parking lot and a confrontation ensued.
The man was shot in the chest and is critical condition in a Louisville hospital.
San Francisco police have detained an armed security officer after he shot a suspected shoplifter who they believe was unarmed.
Witnesses report seeing the security guard try to stop the suspected shoplifter and then shots rang out.
Police responded to the Burlington Coat Factory and say that the security officer has not been arrested but that the case will be reviewed for possible criminal charges.

Shootings involving private security have also been reported in Washington DC and Illinois but few details have been provided by law enforcement at this time.

Nuclear Plant Guard Deemed Unfit Can't Sue PPL Over Firing

Nuclear power plant, Dukovany, Czech Republic

Delaware Aug 17 2017 A former armed security guard at a PPL nuclear plant deemed psychologically unfit for duties has struck out in his attempt to pursue an Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit against the power company.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit denied Daryle McNelis' appeal of a federal judge's summary dismissal of his lawsuit against PPL.
The company stripped McNelis of his security clearance and ultimately fired him for failing a mental fitness test. The test was given to him after the company learned he allegedly took bath salts and that he was paranoid that he was under constant surveillance. According to Third Circuit Judge Thomas Hardiman's opinion, McNelis believed his children's toys hid listening devices and he said he would kill whoever was spying on him.
"Although we are the first court of appeals to address the interplay between the ADA and these NRC [Nuclear Regulatory Commission] regulations, our opinion is supported by a broad consensus among district courts that nuclear power plant employees who have lost security clearance or have been deemed not fit for duty are not qualified employees under the ADA," Hardiman said.
McNelis argued that the court siding with PPL would weaken "the protections of the ADA for workers in sensitive positions within the nuclear industry."
"Contrary to McNelis's characterization, this is a feature—not a bug—of the nuclear regulatory scheme," Hardiman said. "Presumably because of the sensitive nature of the work, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission made a policy judgment that for a limited number of jobs, nuclear power plants must screen employees for certain traits and behaviors that may endanger the public."
Hardiman added, "The NRC regulations do not exempt individuals with disabilities, and indeed, it would be strangely ineffective for them to do so; the fact that a certain trait or behavior coincides with a recognized disability does not make it any less dangerous to the public. To the contrary, NRC regulations explicitly require nuclear power plants to screen for traits and behaviors in a manner that in other contexts may violate the ADA."
In a footnote at the end of the opinion, Hardiman wrote that he noted the "incoherence" of McNelis' argument that his firing over being unfit for duty was a cover for the real motive for his termination: that he was using bath salts and had psychological issues.
Fort Washington-based lawyer Marc E. Weinstein represented McNelis.
"The struggle to broaden and strengthen employee rights has endured for generations. Ultimately, despite the frequent setbacks, the struggle resolves in favor of justice and in favor of human dignity," Weinstein said in an email.
"While we maintain great respect for the deciding jurists and opposing counsel in this case," he continued, "we are disappointed by the panel's ruling and are considering further options. Irrespective, whether it be on behalf of those with disabilities, those of same-sex orientation, or others who have been customarily marginalized in the workforce, one day we shall overcome."

Alfred Johnston represented PPL and did not respond to a request for comment.
Delaware Law Weekly

Security guard shoots kills man after confrontation

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Tucson AZ Aug 17 2017 An on-duty security guard shot and killed a man Tuesday night near South Kolb Road and Interstate 10.
Shortly before 7 p.m. on Aug. 15, officers responded to South Kolb Road and East Science Park Drive to a report of a shooting, said Sgt. Pete Dugan, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.
Officers found a man in a desert area northeast of the intersection with signs of trauma. Tucson Fire Department paramedics were on scene and the man was pronounced dead, Dugan said.
The security guard told police that the man threw a rock at the guard's car during a confrontation, while they were at an intersection near the University of Arizona Science & Technology Park, Dugan said.
The area includes businesses and institutions, including UA Tech Park, 9070 S. Rita Road, and Vail Academy and High School, 7762 E. Science Park Drive.

No further information was immediately available.

Public Safety Academy At New Olathe West High School Aims To Prepare Students For Careers


Olathe KS Aug 17 2017 Is high school too early to figure out what career path to follow?
The Olathe School District doesn’t think so.
When the new Olathe West High School opens for all students on Thursday, the district will have a total of 17 specialty academies in its five high schools.
For as long as most people can remember, the main mission of Johnson County schools has been preparing kids for college.
“I think we’ve done, for years, a really good job of helping kids be college-ready, but the career piece is something that kind of went in a different direction," says Jay Novacek, principal of the new high school.
The Kansas State Department of Education wants to refocus districts so students are ready for college or a career when they graduate.
So Olathe West will offer courses for kids who are looking for a first-responder career.
“Not every kid has to go to college to be successful," Novacek says. "There are a lot of awesome professions, public safety included, whether I’m a police officer or firefighter, an EMT person, that are going to give kids a great opportunities and a long career.”
Jeff Van Dyke, who was a Wichita cop for eight years, runs the public safety program and most recently taught middle-school physical education. He says there is a lot of practical experience students can get in the large space that houses the public safety program.
“We can use it for all kinds of real world-type learning situations such as setting up a crime scene, having the kids come in and process the crime scene in here," Van Dyke says.
The Public Safety space is tucked into the side of the $82 million dollar building. Students pass a girder from the World Trade Center as they enter.
It's a reminder, says Olathe Fire Chief Jeff DeGraffenreid, of the kind of people police and fire departments around here want to hire.
“A strong moral compass and a willingness to assist their fellow man is really what we’re looking at. Helping these students see the value of that, and hopefully someday we’ll be able to hire a great student from here,” he says.
An Olathe fire captain will teach the firefighting classes in the academy.

Olathe West is certainly not the first high school in the country to offer courses in public safety. But it’s one of the few that’s fully integrated with the rest of its academic courses, DeGraffenreid says.
Students, he says, will get a quality Olathe School District education and, after passing the state firefighting test, be ready to work.
“They’re great at math. They’re great at science. They’re great at writing. But they’re also fully prepared to work on a fire truck soon after graduation,” he says.
In addition to the public service academy at Olathe West, the district has also created a new, green technology academy at the school. It’s the 17th such academy the district has added since 2003.
Most of them, like the engineering or business academies, are geared toward college-bound students.
The crucial thing, says Deputy Superintendent Allison Banikowski, is finding the student’s passion and finding it early.
“And making sure, then, all the content and course work is geared toward that passion,” he says.

The Public Safety program is an acknowledgment, the district says, that it plays a significant role in getting kids ready to work in the community.

Couple used website glitch to try to scam Lowe’s out of $258,000 in merchandise,

NEPTUNE, N.J. Aug 17 2017— A New Jersey couple used a website glitch to try and get more than $258,000 worth of goods — everything from a gazebo to an air conditioner to a stainless steel grill — for free from a home improvement store, authorities said.
Ultimately, the couple was only able to secure nearly $13,000 worth of merchandise from Lowe’s after exploiting "weaknesses" in the company’s website to have the items shipped to their home in Brick for free, according to a release from the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.
Romela Velazquez, 24, was arrested and charged with theft by deception and computer criminal activity for accessing a computer system with the purpose to defraud. She attempted to get about $258,068 worth of unpaid merchandise from Lowe's, according to the release.
She actually received about $12,971 in stolen products, according to the release.
Her husband, Kimy Velazquez, 40, was charged with third-degree receipt of stolen property and fencing for his role in the alleged scheme.
The couple tried to sell some of the products on a local Facebook "buy and sell" group for half of the original sale price, listing the products as "new in box," authorities said.
The prosecutor's office launched an investigation after a Lowe's retail crime manager told police the couple was purposely exploiting the website to defraud the home improvement chain. The release does not detail how the couple allegedly used the website to obtain the merchandise.
On Aug. 3, Brick police and prosecutor's office detectives searched the couple's home, which detectives later said looked more like a warehouse, and seized enough merchandise to fill a 18-foot trailer, according to the release.
The investigation is continuing to see if the couple targeted other retailers in the scheme, police said.
Several products were found still in the box or with the tags still attached, authorities said. They included:
• A stainless steel grill.
• A Honda lawn mower.
• LG portable air conditioner.
• Boxes of Ugg shoes.
• 70-inch Vizio LED smart TV.
• A Sony stereo surround sound system.
• Boxes of furniture (not assembled).

• About $2,500 worth of Victoria's Secret underwear.

Police arrested the couple after the search. Kimy Velazquez was released on summons. Romela was released the following day pending a future court date.

Sheriff ending arrestee transport and hospital security services to local police next month

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INDIANAPOLIS IN Aug 17 2017 -- The Marion County Sheriff’s Office will stop providing two important services to other local law enforcement agencies due to budget restraints.
RTV6 obtained on Monday a notice issued Friday by Sheriff John Layton informing Marion County police departments that MCSO would no longer be providing arrestee transport services from arrest sites or security services at Marion County hospitals.
That means IMPD, Speedway, Lawrence and other Marion County police departments will have to transport their own prisoners to the jail, and provide their own security for detainees being treated at Eskenazi or other hospitals.
In his notice, Layton said the sheriff’s department was never required to provide such services to begin with, and that sheriffs’ departments in Indiana’s 91 other counties don’t.
He also said the decision was made because MCSO was facing “declining revenues and personnel challenges.”
“About six months ago, as we faced the stark reality of the 2017 and 2018 budgets, we began seriously reviewing all options to reduce spending, refocus our resources on responsibilities mandated to the sheriff and stem the tide of attrition and escalating overtime expenditures. The current situation has forced us to make difficult decisions.”
The changes to the services provided by MCSO will take effect on Sept. 24 to coincide with the closing of the Marion County Arrestee Processing Center. 
The Indianapolis FOP released the following statement Tuesday in reaction to the sheriff's announcement:

"While we have concerns about the narrow timeline proposed for such a transition, we have confidence in the ability of the IMPD chief of police to manage the situation. In the interim, a thorough review of the resources and assets needed for such a transition should be explored especially as it relates to the ripple effects placed upon IMPD and other local law enforcement agencies related to staffing, resources and equipment. This should include an analysis of any such budgetary allocations, equipment transfers and personnel equivalents made to the sheriff's department when they assumed these responsibilities as part of the merger in 2007."

Savannah River Site security begin to picket in labor dispute

Aiken County SC Aug 17 2017 Striking security workers held a rally Tuesday at Savannah River Site and have begun a picket they pledge to maintain “until we get back to the table with (Centerra-SRS),” said the president of their local union.
The strike caused “expected traffic delays for SRS commuters” Tuesday morning, according to a Department of Energy news release, and prompted the opening of several entrances for SRS personnel to use on a 24- or 12-hours-a-day basis.
Mathias Miller, president of United Professional Pro-Force of Savannah River, Local 125, and a K-9 officer at SRS, said about 330 workers are on strike, and about 150 of them and some family members turned out Tuesday for the rally. In all, about 200 people were there, he said.
The picket line was to be maintained until 8 p.m. Tuesday, he said. After that, it will be maintained daily in two four-hour shifts, morning and evening, Miller said.
He said 92 percent of his membership rejected Centerra’s latest contract offer after 18 weeks of negotiations, and 87 percent voted to strike rather than return to negotiations.
The Department of Energy’s Savannah River Operations Office announced earlier this month that it would exercise an option to extend the terms of its current contract with Centerra for 24 months, from Oct. 8, 2017, to Oct. 7, 2019, according to the release.
The original contract was awarded Oct. 8, 2009, for a base period of five years. It included a provision allowing DOE to extend it for up to five years. DOE extended the contract for three years on Oct. 8, 2014, to Oct. 7, 2017.
Miller said the main sticking points were an increase in insurance premiums and changes in how the company handles things such as transfers.
“Our coverage went down and our premiums were going to go up,” Miller said.
Transfer requests used to hinge on whether an employee had the training and desire to take on a different job, and whether there was an opening. The new contract would have given Centerra final say and it could refuse a request that met all three of the former criteria, he said.
Centerra issued a statement defending its offer:
“We believe the package that was offered is the most lucrative Protective Force Collective Bargaining Agreement ever proposed at a DOE Site anywhere in the country. The total cost increase to wages and benefits would have exceeded $30 million over the next six years.
“The CBA that was not ratified also included a six-year medical plan in which deductibles, co-pays (e.g., $15 to visit personal physician and $30 to visit specialist) and all co-insurance would have been applied to the maximum out-of-pocket expenses for employees, which was negotiated in the CBA so that no one family member would have incurred an annual cost greater than $1,000, and no family would incur medical expenses greater than $2,000.”
Centerra-SRS is contracted to provide security for the 310squaremile SRS, including access control, property protection, law enforcement, criminal investigations, traffic control, canine explosives and drug detection, aviation support, river patrol, alarm equipment monitoring, and a Special Response Team, according to a news release from DOE.
The DOE stated in the news release that the site still has security protection despite the strike.

“Centerra-SRS has allocated appropriate resources to ensure continued protection of SRS security interests and personnel,” the release states. “A trained internal contingency force, augmented by contingency forces from other sites, is in place to assume the duties of workers who joined the strike. Measures have been implemented to minimize security support needs, with no significant impacts to overall Site operations.”

Police charge New York man in $600 baby formula theft

Police charge New York man in $600 baby formula theft
LOWER MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. Aug 17 2017 - A New York City man is facing shoplifting charges for allegedly stealing nearly $600 worth of baby formula from a Lehigh County Costco in a scheme police said he also tried in Montgomery County.
Pennsylvania State Police charged Jun Lin with misdemeanor counts of retail theft and conspiracy in connection to an alleged theft from the Hamilton Crossings Costco in March. He was arrested last week on an outstanding warrant filed by state police in June.
District Judge Michael D’Amore arraigned the 29-year-old, setting bail at $10,000. He was released from Lehigh County Jail on Monday after someone posted cash bail.
The general manager of the Costco in Lower Macungie Township reported to state police about a shoplifting case from the King of Prussia location that matched an incident caught on his store’s surveillance video.
In April, a woman was seen on making a minimal purchase before walking into the bathroom. Authorities said she hid the purchase and receipt and walked out of the store. A man later identified as Lin walked into the store a short time later and filled a shopping cart with Enfamil baby formula, according to court records.
Surveillance video reveals he didn’t pay for the formula and used a receipt to show he paid for the merchandise, according to records. He was taken into custody.
Staff at the Lower Macungie Township Costco determined a similar scam happened at their store on March 24.
A woman was spotted on store surveillance purchasing a small box of gum and heading into the bathroom. When she emerged, neither the gum, nor the receipt were visible. About five minutes after she left the store, Lin walked in, according to police.
Authorities allege he used the receipt to walk out with a dozen two-can packs of Enfamil, according to records. The manager pulled the membership card used for the original purchase, which showed a $7.99 purchase. The Enfamil was valued at $599. The criminal complaint lists the name of the member who made gave Lin the receipt, but court records do not indicate she faces criminal charges.
Upper Merion Township police arrested Lin in April on theft and receiving stolen property charges in the Montgomery County case. He was released after posting 10 percent cash of his $2,500 bail.
His charges in Montgomery County were sent to county court and bail changed to $25,000 unsecured. Authorities changed his bail a second time to secured, and he was released a day before his Lehigh County arrest, when he posted $2,500 cash.

Lin’s next court date in Lehigh County is a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for Thursday.