Posts Tagged ‘investigators’

Spike Lee Comes to Film ‘Chiraq,’ Unsettling Some Chicagoans

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

City officials and some residents object to the film’s name, a reference to Chicago’s gun violence, but others say a movie title is not the problem.

Source: Spike Lee Comes to Film ‘Chiraq,’ Unsettling Some Chicagoans

Veterans official spent $300k on stripper sex, gambling spree

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015


A former federal employee admitted embezzling about $150,000 from a Veterans Affairs retail store and blowing the cash on strippers, prostitutes and gambling sprees, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

Glenn Alan Bates, 57, of Saline schemed to steal money from a VA retail store — or canteen — he managed in Ann Arbor, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.

Bates, who was released on $10,000 unsecured bond Tuesday, told investigators he spent some of the cash on a stripper named “Ashley” at an Ohio strip club, according to court records. He said he often spent $500 a night on lap dances — and more.

“After visiting the club numerous times, Glenn Alan Bates convinced Ashley to come to his hotel room for sex, for which he paid her,” VA Special Agent Frederick Lane wrote in a court filing.

The hotel trysts were frequent and non-exclusive. Bates said he also met with other strippers and prostitutes, according to court records.

Man Robs Subway Then Crosses Street To Buy Sandwich at Potbelly, Police Say

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Police say Fredrick Warren was still eating his Potbelly sandwich when arrested.

Police say a Chicago man robbed a Subway sandwich shop with a knife, and then crossed the street and bought a sandwich at Subway’s competitor, Potbelly, where he was arrested.

Fredrick Warren, 43, was still eating his Potbelly sandwich when police arrived just before 5 p.m. on April 26, police said.

About 20 minutes earlier, Warren had walked into the Subway at 6449 N. Sheridan Road and held up the cashier with a folding knife, police said.

A customer who walked in mid-robbery told investigators she saw Warren leaning over the counter and grabbing cash from the register, police said.

Investigators caught Warren’s trail by watching Loyola University Police surveillance video, according to Chicago and Loyola police departments.

It showed Warren walking south down Sheridan Road, crossing the street and then walking back north to Potbelly at 6464 N. Sheridan Road, police said.

There was no sign of him leaving the Potbelly, so they went inside and found him eating near the back of the shop, his gold coat draped over his seat, police said.

He was arrested — and police found $186 in cash and a silver-bladed folding knife with a black handle on him, police said.

Warren, of the 2300 block of East 75th Street, was charged with armed robbery.

Source: Man Robs Subway Then Crosses Street To Buy Sandwich at Potbelly, Police Say


Friday, April 24th, 2015


(WPVI) — Police are looking for the man who knocked out a woman who was walking home from the gym in South Philadelphia.

The attack happened at 8:40 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15th on the 700 block of Montrose near South 8th Street.

Investigators say a witness heard a loud thump and looked outside.

Police say the suspect was seen holding the victim, who was unconscious. Investigators say the man punched the woman right in the face.

When the witness asked what was happening, the suspect allegedly put the victim on the ground and fled the scene.

“It seems that after the incident, he went through her pockets and he assisted her to some stairs nearby before he left the scene,” said Capt. Martin Derbyshire of the Philadelphia Police.

7 Shot at Florida Spring Break Party: Police

Saturday, March 28th, 2015


PANAMA CITY BEACH – UPDATE 11:50 AM, March 28, 2015

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office responded to multiple 911 calls at 12:55 a.m. Saturday morning in reference to a shooting on Thomas Drive, in Panama City Beach.

Deputies and investigators with the BCSO Criminal Investigations Division responded to the chaotic scene to find seven shooting victims. Three victims were found in the home, one in front of the house, one in the median of Thomas Drive, and two across the street from the home.

EMS responded to quickly treat and transport victims.

Several of the victims are students at Alabama A&M University visiting Panama City Beach for Spring Break.

The victims were identified as: Kearria Freed, age 20, of Mobile, Alabama, was shot in the head and remains in critical condition; Anesia Powell, age 20, was shot in the left arm, chest, and knee; Devanta Moore, age 21, was shot in the chest; Jacole Young, age 22, was shot in the back three times; Kelli Curry, age 21, was shot in the leg; Tykeria Ethridge, age 22, of Mobile, Alabama, was shot in the neck and shoulder; Henton Franklin age 22, of Mobile, Alabama, was shot in the side.

Remains In Wood Stove May Be Food Network Star

Friday, March 20th, 2015


And investigators say they found human remains inside a wood stove in the home of the man charged with killing the finalist in season eight of the Food Network Star TV show, her husband and their unborn child.

Robert Jason Owens, 36, of Leicester, N.C., was charged earlier this week with first-degree murder and murder of an unborn child in the deaths of fellow Leicester residents Joseph “J.T.” Codd, 45, and his wife, Cristie Schoen Codd, 38. The couple had married in September.

Owens admitted to investigators that he had hit Codd with a pickup truck, according to a search warrant. The documents had no indication of how Schoen Codd, who went by her maiden name of Schoen professionally, was killed.

Owens, who knew the Codds because he had done remodeling at their home, also has been charged with breaking and entering and larceny, accused of breaking into the Codds’ home and stealing a laptop, jewelry and a Glock handgun with a combined value of $1,500, according to arrest warrants.


Sunday, January 25th, 2015


North Charleston, SC – Newly released video shows a 34-year-old man telling police officers, who were surrounding his wife’s car at the time, that he is an officer with the Charleston Police Department.

Investigators arrested the man identified as Calvin Logan and charged him with interfering with police and impersonating a police officer.

Logan’s charges stem from a Jan. 15 incident when a North Charleston police officer attempted to pull over his wife, Jamelia Logan, who was allegedly speeding on Deerwood Drive.

The video shows the officer asking several times for Jamelia Logan’s driver’s license and registration to which Logan refused, and told the officer that she did nothing wrong.

Police say during the traffic stop, Logan told the officer that he had “nothing else to do” with his time “than stop black people.”

According to police, at one point during the stop, Logan sped away with the officer still in the open doorway of the car; the video shows the officer able to free himself.

Officers reported that a brief pursuit then started which ended at a CVS parking lot when Logan parked her car.

As officers surrounded the car, video shows Calvin Logan exiting a nearby vehicle, walking up to a police officer and telling him he was “Officer Logan with the Charleston Police Department.”

Law enforcement is then seen converging on Calvin Logan and telling him to get on the ground as he is telling officers that the woman in the car is his wife.

Video shows officers then approach Jamelia Logan’s car, take her out of the vehicle and detain her.

North Charleston police contacted the Charleston Police Department and verified that Calvin Logan was not a certified officer and was a civilian employee of the department.

Logan told the judge he was an investigative assistant with the police department, and that he did not complete the police academy and had to go back. The judge set Logan free on a personal recognizance bond, which means he was released from jail without having to pay any money.

Logan told Live 5 News on Friday that his wife fled the traffic stop because an officer grabbed her and she felt threatened. In addition, Logan said he is innocent of the charges.

Logan, who was hired on Sept. 2, 2014, was terminated from the Charleston Police Department on Jan. 15, according to CPD spokesman Charles Francis.

Jamelia Logan was charged with speeding, failure to stop for blue lights and siren and resisting arrest while armed with a deadly weapon, which police say originates when Logan tried to take off during the traffic stop with the officer standing in the open doorway of the vehicle.

Children Left Unattended Die In House Fire While Mother Has Hair Styled

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015


BASTROP, La. (AP) — The State Fire Marshal’s Office says the mother of two small children, who died in a house fire, has been arrested for leaving them at home unattended.

Investigators says they are still piecing together their findings in Monday’s tragic fire that claimed the lives of 4-year-old Ta’shae Thompson Johnson and her 3-year-old brother, Clifton Thompson Johnson.

Authorities say 21-year-old Ciarria Johnson left her children unattended for hours while she was having her hair styled.

Johnson was booked Tuesday on two counts of negligent homicide in the death of her children.

It was unclear whether she has an attorney.

South Carolina Cop Forces Girlfriend To Have Abortion Then Beats Her Because It ‘Took Too Long’

Monday, January 12th, 2015


A South Carolina police officer has been arrested on domestic assault violence charges becoming angry that his girlfriend’s abortion had taken too long.

Officer Sierra Shivers was placed on unpaid leave by the North Charleston Police Department pending the outcome of an internal investigation of the incident.

An affidavit accuses the 38-year-old Shivers of punching the unidentified woman approximately five times in the left side of her face the morning of Jan. 3.

Investigators said Shivers had given the woman a ride to the women’s health clinic to terminate her pregnancy but became angry about 11 a.m. because the procedure had made him late for work.

The officer said the delay had gotten in the way of him filling out required paperwork when he arrived at the police station, the affidavit shows.

Police said Shivers told the woman not to say anything about the assault before dropping her off at a hotel.

The woman called police later that day, and officers said her face was still swollen when they met with her about 6:30 a.m. Monday.

The woman told deputies that Shivers had been pressuring her to have an abortion and threatened to have her loved ones arrested using planted evidence if she did not.

She was 10 weeks pregnant when she had the abortion, authorities said.

Judge Says 1944 Execution Of 14-Year-Old Boy Was Wrong

Thursday, December 18th, 2014


More than 70 years after South Carolina sent a 14-year-old black boy to the electric chair in the killings of two white girls in a segregated mill town, a judge threw out the conviction, saying the state committed a great injustice.

George Stinney was arrested, convicted of murder in a one-day trial and executed in 1944 – all in the span of about three months and without an appeal. The speed in which the state meted out justice against the youngest person executed in the United States in the 20th century was shocking and extremely unfair, Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen wrote in her ruling Wednesday.

“I can think of no greater injustice,” Mullen wrote.

The girls, ages 7 and 11, were beaten badly in the head with an iron railroad spike in the town of Alcolu in Clarendon County, about 45 miles southeast of Columbia, authorities said. A search by dozens of people found their bodies several hours later.

Investigators arrested Stinney, saying witnesses saw him with the girls as they picked flowers. He was kept away from his parents, and authorities later said he confessed.

His supporters said he was a small, frail boy so scared that he said whatever he thought would make the authorities happy. They said there was no physical evidence linking him to the deaths. His executioners noted the electric chair straps didn’t fit him, and an electrode was too big for his leg.

During a two-day hearing in January, Mullen heard from Stinney’s surviving brother and sisters, someone involved in the search and experts who questioned the autopsy findings and Stinney’s confession. Most of the evidence from the original trial was gone and almost all the witnesses were dead.

It took Mullen nearly four times as long to issue her ruling as it took in 1944 to go from arrest to execution.

Stinney’s case has long been whispered in civil rights circles in South Carolina as an example of how a black person could be railroaded by a justice system during the Jim Crow era where the investigators, prosecutors and juries were all white.

The case received renewed attention because of a crusade by textile inspector and school board member George Frierson. Armed with a binder full of newspaper articles and other evidence, he and a law firm believed the teen represented everything that was wrong with South Carolina during the era of segregation.

Frierson said he heard about the judge’s decision from a co-worker. He had to attend a school board meeting later in the day, so the news hadn’t sunk in yet.

“When I get home, I’m going to get on my knees and thank the Lord Almighty for being so good and making sure justice prevailed,” Frierson said.

Attorneys argued that Stinney should get a new trial, but Mullen went a step further by vacating Stinney’s conviction. Her 29-page order included references to the 1931 Scottsboro Boys case in Alabama, where nine black teens were convicted of raping two white women. Eight of them were sentenced to death.

The convictions were eventually overturned before the teens went to the death chamber and the charges were dropped. Mullen noted Stinney did not even get the consideration of an appeal.

The judge was careful to say her ruling doesn’t apply to other families who felt their relatives were discriminated against.

“The extraordinary circumstances discussed herein simply do not apply in most cases,” Mullen wrote.