Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Hall County Schools approve arming security employee

Hall County GA July 26 2017 A Hall County Schools security employee is now authorized to carry a handgun while fulfilling the duties of his job.
At its meeting Monday night, the school board unanimously approved a policy allowing Andy Betancourt, the school district’s safety and security assistant, to carry a weapon at the district office and while visiting school campuses.
Kevin Bales, assistant superintendent for teaching and learning, said the policy is effective immediately. Betancourt wrote in an email to The Times Monday night that he will be carrying a 9mm handgun while on the job with the school district.
School board Chairman Nath Morris estimated after the meeting that Betancourt would be at the district office located at 711 Green St. about 75 percent of his time on the job.
“We have SROs (school resource officers) protecting the safety of our schools, but the safety of our workforce also comes into the central office,” Morris said. “Now, we have the opportunity to make sure we have some frontline security at the front door and keep our district office safe. He’s doing safety audits and security audits, and so some of his time will be in schools.”
Betancourt’s office is literally located near the front entrance of the school district’s central office.
Superintendent Will Schofield introduced the policy at a board meeting last month, saying he wanted the policy to be approved for only Betancourt. He said he did not foresee the policy expanding to include other employees in the future and asked for the authority to rescind Betancourt’s authority to carry a handgun if he ever felt it necessary to do so.

Betancourt, who began his job with the school district in October, served with the Miami Police Department from 1984 until his retirement in 2014. For 28 of those 30 years, he worked as a crime scene investigator, with responsibilities that included photography, evidence searches, processing for fingerprints, evidence collection and preservation and crime scene sketching. He was trained to carry a firearm for part of the time he was in that job. 

Security guard leaves post, rushes to catch man who assaulted woman

A man who is accused of punching a woman in the face was chased by a security guard (SOURCE: SCSO)

MEMPHIS, TN July 26 2017
A mother of two was walking down the mall on Main Street and Poplar Avenue around 8 a.m. Saturday when she said was punched in the face.
The woman said she never saw it coming. One moment she was walking on Main Street, the next thing she knows she's lying on the ground in pain.
"The man was running up and down right there in front of the Federal Building, running around there," one witness, who did not want to be identified, said. "He was hollering and screaming, then I said, 'something ain't right.'"
A stranger stepped in to help the woman as she was lying on the cobblestones injured.
"Somebody caught him though and then drug him right there by the flower thing right there," the witness said.
A security officer rushed to help, despite breaking the rules of his post.
The security guard at the Federal Building was instructed to never leave his post. But this time, he broke protocol and took off after the man who was trying to get away. The guard chased him down and placed 26-year-old Dillon Locket into custody.
The security guard held Locket in custody until police arrived.
"He was doing his job and did an excellent job and deserves a raise, absolutely deserves a raise," Angel Ramirez, who was visiting St. Jude, said.

The woman said she is OK and she's not mad at Locket. She just wants him to get help.

Florida security guard sold Fentanyl and crack cocaine to undercover officer

STUART FL July 26 2017
A Boynton Beach woman who works as a security guard in West Palm Beach sold $200 worth of Fentanyl and crack cocaine to a confidential informant of the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, according to a police report.
Ashely Clarke, 27, sold the informant the drugs July 14 at the McDonald’s on Kanner Highway just east of Interstate 95, investigators said. She faces charges of possession and sale of the drugs. Online records did not indicate that Clarke was in custody Tuesday morning. According to the arrest report, her bond was set at $85,000 prior to release.
According to the arrest report, the informant drove a black four-door Jaguar to the McDonald’s near Lost River Road to complete the transaction, in which Clarke sold a white, rock-like substance and clear capsules with a white powder substance.
According to the report, the white, rock-like substance tested positive for cocaine and the clear capsules tested positive for Fentanyl, a highly addictive opioid prescribed for extreme pain. Deputies also found a bag of a green, leafy substance that tested positive for the presence of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, which the other woman said belonged to her.
Prior conversations between Clarke and the informant revealed that Clarke mentioned the Fentanyl “can kill you,” and that “people will die or keep coming back for more.”

According to a Martin County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post, Clarke works as a security guard in West Palm Beach, but does not specify where.
Palm Beach Post

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

LODD: Lieutenant D. Heath Meyer

Lieutenant D. Heath Meyer | Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma

Lieutenant D. Heath Meyer
Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Monday, July 24, 2017
Bio & Incident Details
Age: 43
Tour: 12 years
Badge # 64
Cause: Vehicular assault
Incident Date: 7/14/2017
Weapon: Automobile
Offender: Arrested

Lieutenant Heath Meyer succumbed to injuries sustained 10 days earlier when he was struck by a patrol car on I-35, near SW 27th Street, in Moore.
He had deployed stop sticks on I-35 as other troopers pursued a vehicle on the interstate. Two of the patrol cars collided as they attempted to avoid the stop sticks. One of the patrol cars then struck Lieutenant Meyer.
The vehicle being pursued continued to flee, however, the driver was taken into custody later in the night and charged in connection with the incident.
Lieutenant Meyer was transported to the University of Oklahoma Medical Center, where he remained until succumbing to his injuries.
Lieutenant Meyer had served with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for 12 years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

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

Colonel Rick Adams
Oklahoma Highway Patrol
3600 N. Martin Luther King Ave
PO Box 11415
Oklahoma City, OK 73136
Phone: (405) 425-2424

DC special police officer shoots man during gun battle

Washington DC July 25 2017 A man with a gun opened fire on an armed security guard Monday afternoon outside a shopping center in Northeast Washington, and was wounded when the guard returned fire, according to D.C. police.
The officer was not injured, though an errant bullet shattered the rear window of a Jeep Cherokee. Police said they knew of no apparent motive for the attack, which occurred shortly before 4 p.m. in the 3900 block of Dix Street NE.
D.C. police identified the suspect as Adrian Ivan Smith, 25, of Southeast. Authorities said he was struck multiple times by gunfire and was recovering in a hospital with injuries believed not to be life-threatening. He was charged with assault on a police officer and assault with a dangerous weapon.
Police said the incident began when Smith approached the guard, licensed as what is called a “special police officer,” and “engaged him in conversation.” A police report says Smith asked the special police officer for his name. The guard was at a shopping plaza near Benning Road and Minnesota Avenue that consists of a grocery store, fast food outlets and other shops.
“The suspect then brandished a handgun and fired several times at the special police officer,” according to a D.C. police statement. “The victim returned fire and struck the suspect multiple times.”

Special police officers work for private security firms or businesses and are licensed by the District. They have arrest powers limited to geographic areas under their protection. Police did not identify the officer.
Washington Post 

Hudson Valley Armed Guard Guilty of Shooting Woman in the Face

Ulster County District Attorney's Office
Ulster County NY July 25 2017 A local armed guard admitted shooting a female friend in the face while drunk, causing near life-ending injuries.
In Ulster County Court, Darren Olympia of Newburgh pleaded guilty to assault.
According to the Ulster County District Attorney’s office, a group of people went to an after-party on Bingham Road in Marlboro following a night of drinking in Newburgh in February.
During the party, Olympia, who was recently certified and licensed for a handgun as an armed guard, pulled out a loaded gun.
The gun discharged and a bullet struck a woman’s forehead, blowing out her facial bones, officials say.
The woman suffered extensive injuries to her forehead and face. She has undergone several surgeries and reconstructive procedures to save her life, officials say.

Olympia is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 21.
Hudson Valley Post

NOPD officer working private security has been shot

New Orleans LA July 25 2017 A New Orleans police officer shot early Monday morning is recovering as cops look for the man who shot him as he sat in a car in Uptown New Orleans.
"We had an officer who was working a private, paid, off duty detail in the area of Jefferson and Camp Street," Chief Michael Harrison said. "One round struck the officer in the leg."
The injured policeman was listed in good condition at University Medical Center.
Harrison said the officer was on a neighborhood watch detail.
The officer was dressed in his uniform.  He was inside a privately owned, unmarked car.
As for the suspect, the chief offered a brief description.

"It appeared to be a very young, African American male driving a light colored SUV perhaps with the back windshield removed or shot out or busted out in some way."

Chico police shot and killed man who stabbed security officer, slashed police

CHICO, Calif. July 25 2017
A man was shot and killed by Chico police after he slashed two police officers, the police department said.
The suspect broke into the Mid Valley Title and Escrow Company on Main Street in Chico at 10:30 p.m. Sunday.
The alarm sounded, and an armed security guard went to the business, KCRA's NBC affiliate KNVN reported.
The suspect stabbed the security guard in the arm, and the guard fired his handgun, but the suspect ran from the area, according to investigators.
Police searched the area and found a broken window. They saw a man acting violent in the bathroom, and officers tried to talk to him. However, he came at them and slashed two officers in the face and neck, the police department said.
One officer opened fire, hitting the suspect. Medical personnel gave him first aid, but he was pronounced dead at the scene about 30 minutes after the incident began.
It is unclear what type of weapon the man used in the stabbings. The suspect's identity has not been released.
Both officers were treated at Enloe Medical Center. They have since been released.

No additional details were given.

Greenville SC security help police nab stabbing suspects

GREENVILLE, S.C. July 25 2017
Greenville police said a weekend stabbing on North Main Street that sent three people to the hospital is no cause for community concern.
Russell and Eric Roth face three counts of attempted murder, police said.
Investigators said the stabbing was reported Saturday about 11:50 p.m. after the men got into a verbal altercation outside of Sharkey's Pub. Both were reported to be intoxicated, according to police.
Public Information Officer Johnathan Bragg said the father and son become enraged and stabbed the victims in the torso and chest area.
Officers are still trying to determine what led to the altercation.
Bragg said the stabbing was an isolated crime and not a random act.
The hospital listed two men as critical when they were first hospitalized, but they have been upgraded to stable and are no longer in the critical care unit, Bragg said. Their names have not been released.
Another man was released from the hospital on Sunday, Bragg said.
Private security officers hired by a nearby restaurant called Ink and Ivy assisted police immediately after the crime, Bragg said. The security guards were off-duty Greenville Police officers, Bragg said.
"The three officers that were working Ink and Ivy responded to the altercation," he said. "They were here within seconds."
Bragg said officers found and arrested the Roths in the Richardson Street Parking Garage. One of the men had injured his own fingers during the attack, Bragg said.
Police found the knife believed to be connected to the incident between Sharkey's and where the men were arrested.

"We were very fortunate to have five extra duty officers downtown, which was exceptionally busy," Bragg wrote in a statement. "These officers were able to mass, manage and quickly settle what was described as a chaotic scene."

Two San Diego security guards stabbed during confrontation

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San Diego CA July 25 2017 A scuffle early Monday at a temporary housing facility for private security guards for Comic-Con left two women with stab wounds and their suspected assailant behind bars.
The 36-year-old suspect started stabbing air mattresses set up in the San Diego High School gymnasium on Park Boulevard with a kitchen knife shortly before 2 a.m. and claimed someone had stolen her belongings, San Diego Police Officer Dino Delimitros said.
The two victims confronted her and were in turn stabbed, according to the officer. Their wounds were not life-threatening.
The suspect fled afterward but was taken into custody a few minutes later, Delimitros said. Her name was not immediately available.

City News Service

Female security guard shot during fight at Richland nightclub

A female security guard was shot after a fight broke out at a Broad River Road nightclub early Monday.
The shooting happened at Club Vault on the 3100 block of Broad River Road, according to Sgt. Brittany Jackamonis with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies learned that gunshots were fired after a fight outside the club.
A female security guard was hit in the lower body, Jackamonis said. The security guard returned fire, shooting at four men who fled in a red or burgundy “box-style” Chevrolet sedan.

It was unclear if any of the suspects were hit by gunfire, Jackamonis said. The security guard was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Sage Hill Casino armed robbery suspect arrested

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FORT HALL ID July 25 2017 — The shotgun-wielding man who allegedly robbed Sage Hill Casino early Sunday morning has been arrested.
Dillon McCandless, of Blackfoot, was arrested Sunday evening after being stopped on Interstate 15 between Pocatello and Fort Hall.
An Idaho State Police trooper spotted McCandless driving a 2009 GMC Sierra northbound on I-15 near Inkom at approximately 9 p.m.
The trooper then contacted the Fort Hall Police Department, the Bannock County Sheriff’s Office and the Pocatello Police Department for backup.
A traffic stop was then initiated near Pocatello and McCandless was taken into custody without incident.
According to Fort Hall officials, the suspect is currently being held in Jefferson County on federal charges of robbery.
The robbery of Sage Hill Casino, which is located along Highway 91, occurred early Sunday morning about 2:25 a.m. Fort Hall authorities said the suspect entered the casino carrying a shotgun and demanded that a cashier place money into a bag.
After the cashier placed a “large amount of money” inside the bag, Fort Hall officials said the suspect took the bag, walked out of the casino and entered a truck. The truck then left the casino parking lot and headed south on Interstate 15.
Authorities said the suspect attempted to conceal his identity with a dark-colored bandana. But a tattoo of a human skull was on the backside of his right hand.
Nobody was injured during the armed robbery.
Authorities said they are not going to disclose exactly how much money was stolen except to say that it was a large amount.

This case is under investigation by the Fort Hall Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Idaho State Journal 

Monday, July 24, 2017

San Antonio security officer discovers human trafficking-aids victims

San Antonio TX July 24 2017
Police now say that is was a  Walmart security guard in a southwest section of the city that made the discovery of human trafficking after a tipster identified a tractor-trailer in the parking lot that was apparently full of migrants, said Joe Arrington, a spokesman for the San Antonio Fire Department.
The tipster, who was not identified, had been in the truck and approached the security guard to ask for water, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus later told reporters.
The security guard found the dead and sick when he searched the back of the truck, Arrington said.
A total of 39 people were inside, the U.S. attorney's office said Sunday afternoon.
Officials reported earlier that 38 people were found in the trailer, but they said later that they had found an additional person in a wooded area nearby.
"The truck was loaded with people," Fire Chief Charles Hood told reporters.
Eight people were initially found dead in the tractor-trailer, and an additional victim died at a hospital, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement told NBC News.
All of the dead are adult men, the U.S. attorney's office said, and 30 others were being treated at hospitals.
ICE had said earlier that two people died at hospitals, but it later revised the number, citing miscommunication with hospital officials.
A Florida truck driver was in custody Sunday after nine people were found dead in the back of a cramped, overheated 18-wheeler in San Antonio, Texas.
More than a dozen other people — whom authorities described as victims of a "horrific" human smuggling operation — suffered life-threatening injuries.
In a statement, the U.S. attorney's office for western Texas said the driver, James Mathew Bradley Jr., 60, of Clearwater, Fla., was in custody pending criminal charges. A complaint will likely be filed Monday morning, the statement said.
Some inside the semi ran into nearby woods, triggering a search by helicopter and on foot, McManus said, adding that police would look for the missing again in the morning.
"We're looking at a human trafficking crime here this evening," he said, describing it as a "horrific tragedy." He added that the Department of Homeland Security was working with local police.
After the victims are treated, they will be investigated by ICE, McManus said.

First responders raced to the scene shortly after 12:30 a.m. (1:30 a.m. ET), officials said. Hood said that the people in the truck were "very hot to the touch" and that there were no signs of water inside. The air conditioning was not working, he said.
"Our paramedics and firefighters found that each one of them had heart rates over about 130 beats per minute," he said. "You're looking at a lot of heat stroke, a lot of dehydration."
San Antonio police said in a statement later Sunday that all of the dead were believed to have succumbed to heat exposure and asphyxiation. Official causes of death will be determined by the Bexar County medical examiner.
Police added that they do not yet know the exact country of origin, destination or demographics of the dead and injured, although Mexico's consul general, Rayna Torres, confirmed Sunday that Mexican nationals were among them.
Citing the U.S. law enforcement investigation, Torres said she did not want to provide specifics, but she said that some were minors. Some could not speak, she added, because they are in grave condition.
Police said that the two youngest known victims, both of whom survived, were 15 years old.
Had it not been for the quick response by the security guard there would probably have been many other deaths said police.
The National Weather Service said the temperature in San Antonio hit 101 degrees on Saturday and didn't dip below 90 degrees until after 10 p.m., according to The Associated Press.
Closed-circuit TV images from before emergency services arrived showed several cars turn up to pick up many of those who had survived the journey inside the truck, McManus said.
The driver and anyone else involved in the incident will face state and federal charges, McManus said.
"This is not an isolated incident," he said, as he urged anyone who sees anything similar to call 911. "Fortunately, we came across this one. Fortunately, there are people who survived. But this happens all the time."
Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan said in a statement Sunday that smuggling networks "have repeatedly shown a reckless disregard for those they smuggle, as last night's case demonstrates."
"By any standard, the horrific crime uncovered last night ranks as a stark reminder of why human smuggling networks must be pursued, caught and punished," he said.
Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, said the deaths were "tragic and avoidable."
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement that Texas is "working to eradicate" traffickers, while Jonathan Ryan, executive director of the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, said the political environment was partly to blame.

"You can draw a direct line between the hostile policies and rhetoric against immigrants that are happening nationally, and here in our state, to events like what happened today," Ryan said.

"You can change laws. You can change policies," he said. "But you cannot change the fact that people fleeing violence, people seeking to save and protect their families, are going to do whatever they can to flee that danger and find safety."

Boscov’s in Westfield Meriden security agent cut by shoplifter

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MERIDEN CT July 24 2017 A suspected female shoplifter is now accused of cutting a store security agent while he was trying to detain her.
Police responded to Boscov’s in Westfield Meriden after being notified that the female cut the security agent’s fingers Friday evening at about 6:45 p.m.
Police said the woman began fighting with security and pulled a knife after she was caught shoplifting.

The woman was charged with sixth-degree larceny and third-degree assault but her identity has not been released yet.

Four arrested after two Huntington police officers receive treatment for drug exposure

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HUNTINGTON, WV July 24 2017 Two Huntington police officers had to be given Narcan after coming in contact with a potent drug last week.
Huntington Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli said one of his officers was called to Cabell Huntington Hospital for an overdose.
There, he removed what was thought to be heroin from the patient and took it back to the police station.
Once he got back, he was handling the drug material with gloves but started to feel the effects of the substance.
Another officer who was in that room also started to feel negative effects.
Nearby police officers quickly got Narcan and helped them administer it. The officers who were exposed were then taken to the hospital.
“We're going to add additional measures, face masks, glasses, suits,” Ciccarelli said.
Huntington police arrested four people involved with that substance. One man who overdosed in the hospital, two others who brought the substance to the hospital and the dealer officers said they bought the drugs from, who is from Akron, Ohio.
All four face drug charges. Police have sent the substance off for further testing.


Farmington doctor arrested on accusations of sexually assaulting woman in his office


FARMINGTON NM July 24 2017 — A Farmington lawyer said he is representing two alleged victims of a former San Juan Regional Medical Center doctor recently arrested and accused of sexually abusing a female patient multiple times last year
Dr. Alan Emamdee, 40, was arrested Thursday afternoon by detectives for the Farmington Police Department on six counts of criminal sexual penetration in the first degree and five counts of criminal sexual contact, according to a Farmington police press release.
He is currently incarcerated at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a no-bond hold.
Emamdee was a psychiatrist at the San Juan Health Partners Behavioral Health office along with his wife, Dr. Nausika Prifti. She is no longer employed at the hospital, according to San Juan Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Laura Werbner.
He is accused of sexually assaulting a 40-year-old female patient in his office on "numerous occasions" between April and September 2016, according to the press release.
A statement issued by San Juan Regional stated an investigation is underway and the hospital is cooperating with law enforcement. The hospital is encouraging all employees to cooperate with the investigation.
 “This was an important investigation that took several months to complete and involved the assistance of San Juan Regional Medical Center," Farmington Police Chief Steve Hebbe said in the press release.
Attorney Steve Murphy said he is representing two of the alleged female victims related to the investigation and believes there are possibly more alleged victims out there.
He also believes San Juan Regional knew about the allegations against Emamdee and failed to act.
Werbner declined to comment on Murphy's remarks, stating it be inappropriate for the hospital to comment on pending police/criminal investigations.
The investigation into Emamdee was prompted by two complaints Farmington police received in March, according to the press release. The complaints accused Emamdee of inappropriate behavior with his clients.
Farmington police are encouraging patients who have concerns about appointments with Emamdee to contact its detective division at 505-599-1005.
Murphy also said any female patients who believe they did not receive proper medical treatment from Emamdee are welcome to contact his law firm, Titus and Murphy Law Firm.

Daily Times

Handlers claim security firm is using their dogs as leverage

New York City NY July 24 2017

Ten bomb-sniffing dog handlers, many of them 9/11 responders, claim their bosses at a major security firm are using their lovable Labs as pawns in a labor fight.
MSA Security, which has a $24 million contract with the city and patrols high-profile spots like the New York Stock Exchange, the Staten Island Ferry terminals, the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center, use the canine coworkers “as a means of retaliation” against workers who complain about low pay and lack of overtime — yanking the pups from handlers who spend a lifetime training, living, bonding and working with them, according to a lawsuit.
“The guys that work there take care of these dogs better than anybody,” a source said.
But that allegedly didn’t matter to MSA, which would snatch the dogs “at whim.”
“MSA could, and did remove dogs from the physical possession of [the handlers] for any reason or no reason” as a way to convey “direct and indirect threats for purposes of squelching dissent, maintaining ‘order in the ranks,’” the handlers charge.
And when the firm wasn’t snatching away the four-legged friends from “problem” employees, it was dumping older dogs on handlers without compensating them for escalating veterinary costs, the suit charges.
The company, once known as Michael Stapleton Associates, retires its explosives-detecting canines, usually Labrador Retrievers, when the dogs turn 9 years old. The aging dogs average $20,000 in medical needs.
“MSA avoided the obligation to financially support animals no longer useful to them, and shifted this expense to the [handlers], who cared for dogs they did not own because of the love they had for their animals and the unique psychological and emotional ties they had with them,” according to the lawsuit.
Launched in 1987, MSA Security has become a global powerhouse in the private and public sectors. Its 850 employees are led by CEO Michael O’Neil, who headed the NYPD’s first counterterrorism division, and other retired NYPD and FBI brass.
The unhappy handlers — Joseph Tallini, Michael Geidel, and 9/11 responders John Barrett, Bill Beauty, Joseph Belcastro, Peter Brown, John Hansen, Joseph Nacarlo, Richard Narciso and Patrick O’Connor — are nearly all NYPD veterans. They are seeking class-action status for the claims, which they believe could include more than 250 handlers.

The handlers are paid just $30 an hour for eight to 12 hour shifts, with unpaid breaks and no overtime or compensation for the dog’s care, meals, vet visits or training, they argue.
MSA’s Explosive Detection Canines, which help keep crowds safe at places like the Super Bowl, undergo extensive training that includes being hand fed for each meal after they practice their detecting skills.
The company brags about its “one dog, one handler” policy, which it says leads to “optimum performance, and keeps our dogs happy, healthy and effective.”
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages as well as $5,000 for each underpaid handler.

MSA Security declined comment on the allegations but said in a statement it strives for a “positive working environment and the well-being of our employee handlers and canines is our top priority.”
NY Daily News

Shooting At Lexington's Fayette Mall

LEXINGTON, Ky. July 24 2017 Lexington Police say one person was shot outside of Fayette Mall Saturday night shortly before 8 p.m.
It happened outside of Dillard's. Police say the 24 year old victim was walking through the parking lot when a dark colored passenger car approached him. They say after a brief exchange of words, someone in the passenger car opened fire, hitting the victim. 
Police say one victim was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The shooter has not been taken into custody at this time, but Lexington Police say they do have a good description of them.
The shooting prompted a large police presence outside of the mall.
Witnesses tell LEX 18 they heard several shots before seeing multiple cars speed away from the scene. Other shoppers inside the mall reported seeing security guards running towards the scene. Bullet holes and shattered windows were visible on several cars in the parking lot.
Investigators say it appears the victim and shooter know each other and that the shooting was not random.
The investigation into the shooting continues at this time.

LEX 18

Mall of Louisiana security detain man with counterfeit money

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BATON ROUGE, LA July 24 2017
Authorities have a man behind bars who they say used counterfeit money in the Mall of Louisiana to purchase items from Victoria’s Secret.
The Baton Rouge Police Department have in custody Dana Mitchell, 47, of Brooklyn, New York on charges of eight counts of monetary instrument abuse and misdemeanor theft.
On June 22, 2016, officers with BRPD were dispatched to the Mall of Louisiana on Bluebonnet Blvd in response to a theft claim.
According to police, a Mall of Louisiana security guard was alerted by staff Mitchell had bought merchandise from a store within the mall by using counterfeit bills.
Authorities say Mall Security was able to track Mitchell down and found him in possession of several counterfeit bills as well as merchandise recently purchased from Victoria’s Secret.
A BRPD officers took Mitchell in custody and read him his rights, but police say he declined to comment.
According to authorities, the officer noticed five counterfeit $100 bills and fifty counterfeit $1 bills in Mitchell’s possession.
Police say they returned the merchandise to Victoria’s Secret after taking Mitchell into custody. They also say he had a receipt for the items, which showed he passed off three counterfeit $100 bills making the purchase.
Authorities say an employee of the lingerie store positively identified him as the person to make the purchase.
According to the probable cause report, Mitchell has previously been arrested for counterfeit money related crimes.

Mitchell was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on the aforementioned charges. His bond was set at $4,500.

Blue Chip Casino security recovery of heroin leads to arrest

Man arrested after heroin found in pop can

MICHIGAN CITY IN July 24 2017— When Blue Chip Casino security received a call about finding a missing pop can with cash stored inside, they did not expect to find anything illegal.
But that's what they got, at least according to law enforcement officials.
According to a report from the La Porte County Drug Task Force, on July 14, the Michigan City Police Department and the Task Force arrested Roddi Boesel, 30, after being called to Blue Chip Casino to investigate a RC brand pop can with a hidden compartment.
Sgt. Darren Kaplan, and officer Andy Paull were the first law enforcement officials to arrive. The hidden compartment was initially believed to contain cash, but was later allegedly found to contain a substantial amount of illegal drugs. Detective Kyle Shiparski of the La Porte County Drug Task Force led the investigation that led to charges being brought against Boesel.
During the course of this investigation, suspected cocaine, heroin and marijuana, along with various items of drug paraphernalia and ammunition, were seized.
On July 15, evidence was presented to Judge Michael Bergerson, and probably cause was found to charge Boesel with dealing cocaine, a Level 2 felony, dealing in a narcotic drug (heroin), a Level 4 felony, and dealing marijuana, a class A misdemeanor.
Boesel is being held at the La Porte County Jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond.

"This investigation and subsequent arrest is directly attributed to the positive working relationships that we continue to have with our local businesses as well as the positive relationships from our local and federal law enforcement partners," said Michigan City Police Chief Mark Swistek in the release.

Man who security caught breaking into 20 cars gets prison term

Dashan Cowan
San Mateo County CA July 24 2017
An Elk Grove man convicted of car burglary after breaking into more than 20 cars at a Redwood City car dealer in March was sentenced to five years in state prison Friday, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.
Dashan Cowan, 24, was remanded to the county jail to spend 18 months there after his court appearance Friday. It will be followed by 42 months of supervision by the county’s Probation Department. The judge divided his sentence between county jail and probation based on the state’s realignment law aimed at reducing prison populations, according to prosecutors.
Cowan was arrested after smashing the windows of 21 cars and removing stereos from four of them at the Boardwalk Auto Mall on Bair Island Road, resulting in over $35,000 in damage. Detained by a private security guard and later arrested by police, Cowan was found with a window punch tool in a parking lot of the car dealer, according to prosecutors.
The security guard was performing a routine check of the car dealership just east of East Bayshore Road and north of Bair Island Road shortly after 2:15 a.m. March 4 when he spotted an unoccupied BMW SUV with its engine running. When he got out his vehicle, he saw Cowan running toward the BMW with a ski mask and gloves on along with an accomplice, according to prosecutors.
The guard was able to detain Cowan and call the police, but Cowan’s accomplice ran into his security vehicle and drove away. The car was later found in flames near Highway 101 and University Avenue in East Palo Alto, according to prosecutors.

The police found bolt cutters and two car stereos in the BMV, which Cowan rented under his own name.
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Walmart security guard facing charges after allegedly hitting man on bike

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. July 24 2017 A security officer for Walmart is behind bars for trying to mow over a man on bike with her security car.
It happened around 8 p.m. Friday at the Walmart on Coors near I-40.
According to a criminal complaint, security officer Carmen Fulcher was patrolling the parking lot on the west side of the store when she rammed her vehicle into the man on his bike.
Fulcher told APD she’s “had problems” with the victim in the past and claims the victim threw a cup of water at her security car.
She claimed she didn’t actually hit the man with her car, but APD says the new security car had a bike tire mark on it and a chip in the paint. Fulcher’s supervisor confirmed the vehicle had no dents, scratches or marks when Walmart security got it.
The victim told police right after Fulcher hit him with the car, she said to him, “there are no cameras back here, there is nothing you can do about it.”

Fulcher is set to face a judge Monday for a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

8 People Dead-30 Injured at TX Walmart

San Antonio TX July 23 2017 Eight people were found dead and 30 others injured, inside a semitrailer overnight in a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio, Texas, in what officials are describing as a "human trafficking crime."
At a press conference at the scene early Sunday morning, local police and fire officials said the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement has also been called in to help investigate.
In addition to the dead, authorities said 17 people in the truck were taken to area hospitals in serious condition, and another 13 were transported with less severe injuries. Many suffered from heat stroke and dehydration. The group in the truck included adults in their 20s and 30s, and at least two young children.
The driver of the truck, who was not identified, was arrested and could federal and state charges.
Speaking to reporters, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said authorities were notified after midnight by a Walmart employee, who had been approached by someone who had been in the truck, asking for water.
"We're looking at a human trafficking crime here," McManus said.
San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood, who stood alongside McManus at the press conference, said firefighters arrived on the scene at 12:26 a.m., and began pulling the people out of the truck, which had no working air conditioning. In a phone interview with CNN later in the morning, Hood said all of the dead were adult males and that some may have suffered brain damage from the intense heat conditions inside the truck.
Authorities said they are investigating where the truck arrived from, and said they don't yet know how long it had been parked. But surveillance video from the store showed that a number of vehicles entered the parking lot and "picked up lots of folks that were in that trailer that survived the trip," McManus said.
Some of the people who had been in the truck ran into the woods, he said. The area was searched, and another attempt will be made in the morning.

While he called it a "horrific tragedy," the police chief said the discovery "is not an isolated incident. This happens quite frequently ... fortunately there are people who survived, but this happens all the time,” he said.

TX Walmart Loss Prevention Agent Stabbed Repeatedly By Shoplifter

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SAN ANTONIO TX July 23 2017— A store loss prevention agent is fighting for his life after being stabbed numerous times and was seriously injured outside a Walmart store on the Northwest Side.
The stabbing happened at the Walmart located on the 8000 block of Bandera Road around 12:44 p.m. Saturday.
According to police, a homeless person shoplifted and was attempting to leave, when a security agent in plain clothes confronted him outside.
Witnesses say the homeless person then stabbed the security officer several times.
The store security agent was taken by EMS to University Hospital with life-threatening injuries and was taken into surgery.

Police are now searching for the suspect, who is believed to be somewhere in the area.

Security guard shoots-kills man in Salem Oregon

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SALEM, Ore. July 23 2017 – Police are conducting a shooting death involving a private security officer but few details have been released thus far.
Police are reporting that a 25-year-old man was shot and killed by a security guard early Saturday morning in Salem.
The shooting was reported at 3:26 a.m. in the 3100 block of Ryan Drive Southeast.
Officers found Jose Francisco Moreno dead in a parking lot when they arrived.
A private security guard was also on scene.
Police did not release any details about what led to the shooting.
The security guard is employed with Homefront Security and has been interviewed by investigators, according to Salem police.

An investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Salem Police Department tip line at 503-588-8477.