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on: December 17, 2012, 07:29:50 AM 16 Off Topic / Off Topic- News / L.A. County sheriff's jailer charged with assaulting 2 inmates
The deputy is on leave without pay pending the outcome of the case, the first prosecution since abuses in the jails were first alleged more than a year ago.
An inmate eats dinner in his cell at the Twin Towers jail in downtown Los Angeles. A Los Angeles County sheriff's jailer has been charged with assaulting two inmates, including one in the Twin Towers. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / November 23, 2012)
By Jack Leonard and Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
December 13, 2012, 9:30 p.m.
A Los Angeles County sheriff's jailer was charged Thursday with assaulting two inmates and falsifying police reports afterward, the first prosecution since abuses in the jails were first alleged more than a year ago.
Jermaine Jackson, a five-year veteran of the department, is accused of assaulting two inmates using "a deadly weapon" — his feet. At least one of the incidents was caught on tape, a sheriff's spokesman said.
The deputy was being booked Thursday into the jail system he once policed and was ordered held on $100,000 bail. Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said Jackson is on leave without pay pending the outcome of the case. He has not yet entered a plea.
The arrest comes more than a year after the FBI began an investigation into deputy misconduct within the L.A. County jail system, the largest in the nation. This arrest, however, resulted from an internal sheriff's investigation.
One of the alleged assaults that Jackson, 35, was charged with was described in a declaration filed last year by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California.
In a sworn statement, inmate Derek Griscavage said he was housed in the Twin Towers jail in downtown L.A. on Christmas Day 2010 when Jackson shouted profanities at him because he did not drop to his knees fast enough during a routine search. Griscavage said he flashed his middle finger at the jailer, whom he described as a bulky, 6-foot deputy with a shaved head.
About 20 minutes later, the deputy ordered him to face a jail window and then kicked the insides of Griscavage's ankles hard with his boots, according to the declaration. Jackson, Griscavage said, handcuffed him and "savagely pushed my cuffed hands up so my arms resembled chicken wings, straining my shoulders and handling me with enough force that my face was pushed into the pod window."
Jackson then forced Griscavage to walk to an area of the jail where four or five deputies were waiting, and "everything went black," the declaration said.
Griscavage said he woke up in the hospital "with a stabbing pain in my head ... undoubtedly the worst headache I have ever felt." He said there was blood on his bare chest, and his eyes were "swimming with blood flowing out of the cuts on my face and head."
He said he suffered a broken nose, black eyes, a cut to his ear, a swollen head and a chipped tooth.
Inmates later told him that Jackson had punched him while he was handcuffed and then kneed and kicked his head and face, according to the declaration. Other inmates, he said, were ordered to mop up a pool of blood after the assault.
Griscavage said a sheriff's detective visited him about the incident but that her focus was not whether the deputy assaulted him but whether he attacked the deputy and caused a scratch to Jackson's hand. He said the detective told him he needed to give a blood sample to ensure that the deputy had not been exposed to any infectious diseases but did not ask any other questions about the incident. Griscavage alleged that another deputy snickered at him, saying, "I heard you got knocked out."
The incident was among dozens of abuse allegations the Sheriff's Department began reexamining last year amid public criticism of jail conditions.
Prosecutors charged Jackson, of Corona, with assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, assault by a public officer and filing a false report in connection with two separate incidents. He is also accused of assaulting Cesar Campana, an inmate at the Compton courthouse lockup, in December 2009.
"The sheriff is taking this very seriously," Whitmore said. The incidents, he added, were isolated with no other employees involved.
Peter Eliasberg, legal director of the ACLU of Southern California, said he was pleased that the Sheriff's Department had taken action in response to his organization's complaints, but questioned why more hadn't been done when the incident first occurred.
"Why wasn't this arrest made in 2011? The answer is, because very likely the first investigation was cursory, sloppy and a whitewash," he said.
on: December 17, 2012, 07:26:23 AM 17 Off Topic / Off Topic- News / Judge who said rape victim should have 'put up a fight' is rebuked
December 13, 2012
The state agency that monitors judicial misconduct has publicly admonished an Orange County judge, saying his remarks in a sexual assault case breached judicial ethics and created an impression of bias against the victim.
At a June 2008 sentencing hearing, Superior Court Judge Derek G. Johnson denied a prosecutor’s call to impose a 16-year prison term on Metin Gurel, who had been convicted of rape, forcible oral copulation, domestic battery, stalking and making threats against his former live-in girlfriend.
On the day he raped her, prosecutors said, Gurel had threatened to mutilate her face and vagina with a heated screwdriver.
Johnson decided to impose a six-year sentence.
“I’m not a gynecologist, but I can tell you something,” the judge said, according to documents released Thursday. “If someone doesn’t want to have sexual intercourse, the body shuts down. The body will not permit that to happen unless a lot of damage in inflicted, and we heard nothing about that in this case.
"That tells me that the victim in this case, although she wasn’t necessarily willing, she didn’t put up a fight.”
The judge, who has been on the Orange County Superior Court since 2000, also declared the rape “technical,” and not “a real, live criminal case.”
The San Francisco-based Commission on Judicial Performance said that Johnson’s remarks flew in the face of California law, which does not require proof that a rape victim tried to resist an attack.
“In the commission’s view, the judge’s remarks reflected outdated, biased and insensitive views about sexual assault victims who do not ‘put up a fight,’ ” the agency said in a news release Thursday.
“Such comments cannot help but diminish public confidence and trust in the impartiality of the judiciary. In his response to the commission and at his appearance, Judge Johnson conceded his comments were inappropriate and apologized.”
Johnson remains on the bench.
“Neither Judge Johnson nor I will be making comment,” said Johnson’s attorney, Paul S. Meyer, when reached by phone Thursday.
The commission, which comprises judges, lawyers and members of the public, voted 10-0 that Johnson deserved a public admonishment.
The commission said it did not learn of the judge’s remarks until May 2012.
on: December 11, 2012, 10:53:41 AM 18 ACTION CENTER / Parole Protest Requests / Parole Protest Letter--Alva Hank Worley was an accomplice of Kenneth McDuff
Dear Friends & Colleagues,
PAVC is asking that you consider taking action and making a difference with writing a Protest Letter to protest any possible parole for the Aggravated Sexual Assault of Colleen Reed. Attached is a sample protest letter that you may copy and paste or you may choose to write your own individual words. Please do not forget to date and sign before you send. Please forward to anyone you feel may help write a protest letter to keep this violent offender in prison.
On the evening of December 29, 1991, Alva Hank Worley was an accomplice with Kenneth McDuff for the kidnapping of 28 year old Colleen Reed from a car wash in Austin. Colleen for several hours was sexually assaulted, tortured and murdered within hours of her abduction. Worley is a coward and to save his own life he entered a 40 year plea agreement shortly before jury sentencing with a plea of guilty to Aggravated Sexual Assault. If Worley is ever released he would be a great danger and a threat to society. (McDuff received the Death Penalty and was placed to death in 1998)
Mail, email or fax Protest Letter to:
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Victim Services Division
Attn: Angie McCown, Director TDCJ-Victim Services
8712 Shoal Creek Blvd., Suite 265
Austin, Texas 78757
(If mail, please mark on outside envelope – (PROTEST LETTER)
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject Line: Protest Letter
Protest Letters are Confidential
Government Code 508.313 (a) lists protest letters as confidential and privileged information.
Sec. 508.313. CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION. (a) All information obtained and maintained, including a victim protest letter or other correspondence, a victim impact statement, a list of inmates eligible for release on parole,
and an arrest record of an inmate, is confidential and privileged if the information relates to:
(1) an inmate of the institutional division subject to release on parole, release to mandatory supervision, or executive clemency;
(2) a releasee; or
(3) a person directly identified in any proposed plan of release for an inmate.
Sample protest letter
TDCJ Victim Service Division
Attn: Angie McCown, Director
8712 Shoal Creek Blvd., Suite 265
Austin, Texas 78757
Re: Alva Hank Worley, TDC# 00685668
Dear Honorable Parole Board Members:
This letter is being written to protest any forthcoming parole or any form of release of the above-named inmate. As a concerned citizen I am writing to protest any parole of Alva Hank Worley, TDC# 00685668.
Worley has been able to exercise all his rights under our state’s constitution. When Worley appears before you during his parole review, I trust that the resources you have about what a heinous crime he committed, each Board Member will truly hear Colleen Reed’s voice. We are asking that any and all of the resources your office has is used to keep this inmate incarcerated for as long as his sentence dictates.
Worley was responsible, along with Kenneth Allen McDuff, for kidnapping, torturing and rapping Colleen Reed for several hours. Colleen was murdered the night of December 29, 1991. Worley is a coward and to save his own life he entered a 40 year plea agreement shortly before jury sentencing with a plea of guilty to Aggravated Sexual Assault.
Worley helped McDuff sentenced Colleen to death and he sentenced her family and friends to a living death. He is a great danger to society and has proven himself to be a threat. Anyone capable of perpetrating a crime of this nature must serve their just sentence in its entirety. I ask that due to the violent nature of Worley, that you consider putting parole review off 5 years.
We appreciate that we live in a state where we have the opportunity to voice our protest to the Texas Board of Pardon when it comes to the safety of society. Thank you for your consideration that parole is denied for Hank Worley, TDC# 00685668.
on: December 04, 2012, 07:57:28 AM 19 General Crime / U.S. Crime Related News / Indiana police find decomposing body in freezer
Indiana police find decomposing body in freezer
AP 21 hr ago By Associated Press
Police are investigating whether the remains are of a 29-year-old man who was reported missing Saturday morning by his mother who said she had not seen him since Nov. 8.
KOKOMO, Ind. — An Indiana man faces charges that he killed a friend and hid the body in his basement freezer.
Police in Kokomo say they found a badly decomposed body Sunday in the freezer at a house where they were looking for 29-year-old Alex Shipp. Shipp's mother reported him missing Saturday and told police she hadn't heard from him since Nov. 8.
Police Maj. Brian Seldon says investigators determined that Shipp was last seen at the house in the city about 40 miles north of Indianapolis. Seldon told The Indianapolis Star the freezer wasn't turned on and that an autopsy was planned Monday to identify the remains.
The resident of the house, 51-year-old Walter Logan, was being held on a preliminary murder charge. It wasn't immediately clear whether he had an attorney.
on: December 04, 2012, 07:26:42 AM 20 Off Topic / Off Topic - Anything / Soldier's Deck of Cards
Let's remember our soldiers during this Christmas Season and all year long. Stay safe and come home to your loved ones. We salute you.
on: December 03, 2012, 08:15:24 AM 21 General Crime / U.S. Crime Related News / Mom charged with killing daughter, selling her for drugs
Mom charged with killing daughter, selling her for drugs
by Ollie Montgomery | July 8, 2011 at 4:53 PM
Antoinette Davis, 27
Antoinette Davis, 27, has turned herself in to police in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Davis has been charged with first degree murder, taking indecent liberties with a child, child abuse, sexual servitude, rape of a child, sexual offense of a child by an adult offender, human trafficking, and making a false police report.
Her bail is set at $1.5 Million. There is no bail for the murder charge.
The body of Davis’ five-year-old daughter, Shaniya, was found on the side of a road on November 16, 2009. The Fayetteville Observer reports that Shaniya had been raped and strangled before her body was dumped.
It is also reported that Antoinette Davis allowed Mario Andrette McNeil, 31, to take her daughter as payment for a drug debt. McNeil was charged with first-degree rape, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree murder and has been in jail since his arrest two years ago.
on: November 25, 2012, 02:54:14 PM 22 Missing Persons and Children / Missing Children / MOVED: Jessica Ridgeway
on: November 23, 2012, 11:44:30 AM 23 Off Topic / Off Topic - Anything / Finally! A Definition of Forgiveness, I Can Live With......
on: November 06, 2012, 10:36:27 AM 24 Off Topic / Off Topic- News / Nun pleads not guilty to stealing $128K from 2 parishes
AP 6 hr ago
Officials say the nun has a gambling problem and they believe she spent the money at casinos.
KENDALL, N.Y. — A 67-year-old nun has pleaded not guilty to a grand larceny charge stemming from the theft of nearly $130,000 from two Catholic Church parishes in western New York.
Local media outlets report that Sister Mary Anne Rapp entered her plea Monday night in Kendall Town Court in Orleans County. She was released without bail.
Rapp is charged with stealing $128,000 from rural parishes in Kendall and nearby Holley where she used to work.
Diocese of Buffalo officials say she was placed on leave in February 2011 and fired two months later. She's accused of stealing the money between March 2006 and April 2011.
Officials say Rapp has a gambling problem and they believe she spent the money at casinos.
Rapp lives at the Stella Niagara Mother House in Lewiston.
Awwwwww..................zay it ain't zooooooooooooooooo........Nunz iz Zaints!
Why, that coulda ben the Poisonouz Penguin!
on: November 02, 2012, 08:41:35 AM 25 General Crime / U.S. Crime Related News / Massachusetts man sentenced to 17 years after FBI terrorism sting
Massachusetts man sentenced to 17 years after FBI terrorism sting
Booking mug of Rezwan Ferdaus
Reuters 18 hr ago By Scott Malone of Reuters
A Massachusetts man was sentenced to 17 years in prison on Thursday for a plot to attack the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol building in Washington with explosives loaded into remote-control model airplanes.
BOSTON - Rezwan Ferdaus was arrested in September 2011 and pleaded guilty in July to terrorism-related charges in a deal with prosecutors. He told the court he has devoted a lot of time to self-reflection while in jail awaiting sentencing and that he accepted his fate.
Ferdaus, 26, was arrested after an FBI sting operation in which he requested and took delivery of plastic explosives, three grenades and six assault rifles from undercover FBI agents who he believed were members of the al Qaeda network.
"I, the other, the uniquely dressed, the lone man in these hours, I speak of humanity," Ferdaus told the court, reading from a two-page, sometimes flowery statement. "No dehumanization can serve as justification for inhumanity in other places."
About two dozen members of his family and friends cheered and said, "We love you, we support you," as the Massachusetts-born Ferdaus was led into court, handcuffed, with close-cropped hair and a beard.
The 17-year sentence, which also includes 10 years of supervised release, was the result of a July plea agreement worked out between his attorneys and prosecutors. Ferdaus pleaded guilty to charges of attempting to destroy and damage a federal building and attempting to provide material support to terrorists.
Prosecutors dropped four other counts that could have raised the total possible sentence to 35 years.
'MY SON IS INNOCENT'
Members of his family wept and embraced outside the courtroom after Ferdaus was led away.
"My son is innocent," his mother, Ana Maria Ferdaus, told reporters outside court. "We are the best family that America will ever have."
Before approving the sentence, Judge Richard Stearns told Ferdaus that he was impressed by his self-reflection.
"You don't need any lecture from me. Your statement convinces me that you have the character and the capacity to search your own soul," Stearns said. "I'm going to leave it to you to finish that journey."
Ferdaus' attorney, Miriam Conrad, told reporters after the hearing that her client had shown no interest in terrorism before FBI investigators approached him.
"There was no evidence ever produced that Mr. Ferdaus sought out contact with any outside groups before the government became involved or even after the government became involved," Conrad said.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack Pirozzolo disagreed.
"He was a person who decided that he wanted to become a terrorist," Pirozzolo said, adding that before the FBI investigation began, Ferdaus had tried to obtain weapons illegally from an area gun shop and performed surveillance on a train station in his hometown of Ashland, Massachusetts.
"Those events predated the undercover operation that unfolded here," Pirozzolo said.
Ferdaus planned to carry out the attacks on the Pentagon, located in Arlington, Virginia, and the Capitol using a scale model of a U.S. Navy F-86 Saber fighter jet about the size of a picnic table, which he kept in a storage locker in suburban Boston, authorities said.
Authorities said the public was never in danger from the explosives, which they said were always under the control of federal officials.
The government had alleged that Ferdaus, who is Muslim, told undercover agents of his plans to commit acts of violence against the United States by "decapitating" its "military center" and killing "kafirs," an Arabic term meaning non-believers.
on: November 02, 2012, 08:30:35 AM 26 General Crime / U.S. Crime Related News / Texas trooper in chopper shooting returns to work
Texas trooper in chopper shooting returns to work
In this Oct. 26, 2012 file photo, the sun rises along the stretch of gravel road near La Joya, Texas, where a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter and sharpshooter assisted the previous day in the chase of a suspected illegal immigrant smuggler.
AP 13 hr ago By Christopher Sherman
A grand jury will consider the case of two Guatemalan immigrants killed in the bed of the tarp-covered truck that authorities thought was ferrying drugs, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
LA JOYA, Texas — The Texas trooper who fired on a fleeing pickup truck from a helicopter near the U.S.-Mexico border, killing two illegal immigrants hiding in the bed, has returned to work but in a different role, the state Department of Public Safety said Thursday.
The announcement came less than an hour after the American Civil Liberties Union and local civil rights organizations gathered near the site of the Oct. 25 shooting to demand an investigation by an independent body outside the agency. Currently, the Texas Rangers, an elite force within DPS, is leading the investigation.
Some state lawmakers are demanding an immediate meeting of a legislative committee that oversees DPS.
DPS identified the trooper involved as tactical flight officer Miguel Avila. He was placed on administrative leave immediately following the incident. He has since returned but been reassigned to administrative work pending the outcome of the investigation.
The chase started after Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens spotted the red pickup near La Joya, near the U.S.-Mexico border about 250 miles south of San Antonio. The DPS helicopter joined midway in the 14-mile high-speed pursuit of what it believed was a "typical covered drug load," and Avila fired from the air to disable the vehicle.
The truck crashed into a ditch. Six illegal immigrants from Guatemala, not drugs, were hidden under a blanket in the bed. Two died, and a third was injured. In total, DPS said there had been 10 people in the truck.
The agency's statement Thursday reiterated earlier comments that troopers believed they were pursuing a covered a drug load when shots were fired. They believed the driver's recklessness was a threat to the public and to elementary and middle schools less than three miles away.
"Although it is very tragic that two lives were lost, had the vehicle continued recklessly speeding through the school zone, any number of innocent bystanders or young lives could have been lost or suffered serious bodily injury," DPS director Steve McCraw said.
In a letter delivered to McCraw on Thursday, the ACLU suggested the use of deadly force was "illegal and unconstitutional" and asked for an investigation by an agency not tied to DPS.
Several investigations seem possible.
Some state legislators also called for a committee with oversight of the agency to convene immediately.
Terri Burke, the ACLU's executive director in Texas, said her group is starting with the legislative committees that oversee DPS, but if that doesn't produce results, the ACLU will go to the U.S. Justice Department.
"You think about it: you've got a helicopter, you've got a car moving at whatever speed. It's outrageous in terms of safety," she said.
Two Democratic lawmakers who sit on a House committee with DPS oversight are asking its chairman to immediately convene a hearing on the matter. Reps. Lon Burnam of Fort Worth and Armando Walle of Houston said they want the committee to review the trooper's conduct and the agency's policy on firing at moving vehicles.
In a letter to the chairman, they note that 13 percent of DPS pursuits between 2005 and 2010 occurred in Hidalgo County. Pursuits by a variety of local, state and federal agencies of drugs and illegal immigrants are a daily occurrence in the border county.
"I was not aware of this policy, but apparently, based on what I've learned since last Thursday, most areas' law enforcement agencies in the state are aware of it and that's why they call on DPS," Burnam said. "But I have a lot of concern about a sharpshooter sitting in a helicopter shooting at what he can't see."
Burnam, who said he has flown in the border region with DPS and the local sheriff's office, called the policy "terrible."
"The fact of the matter is neither human trafficking nor drug trafficking deserves the death penalty without a trial," Burnam said. "The two people who were killed are guilty of a misdemeanor."
Hidalgo County District Attorney Rene Guerra announced Wednesday after meeting with Texas Rangers that the case would be taken to a grand jury, but at the moment charges against Avila were not under consideration. He asked them to tell DPS leadership to suspend firing from helicopters until its policies are reviewed.
McCraw's statement Thursday indicated a policy review was underway.
The 14-year-old driver who was detained, but then released to a grandmother, is believed to have fled. The juvenile equivalent of an arrest warrant has been issued.
Guatemala's consul in McAllen has expressed skepticism that the troopers wouldn't have been able to see people in the truck and her government has asked for an investigation.
Michael Seifert, who once served as a Roman Catholic priest in La Joya and now heads the Rio Grande Valley Equal Voice Network, said Thursday that he used to frequently drive the roads near the shooting site. He said the dead could have just as easily been local teenagers.
"It sounds like war but we're not at war," he said.
Illegal Guatemalans are overrunning this area. We have found them to be some of the most violent offenders and rapists we deal with here.
A 14 year old Coyote hauling them around so that his bosses can make money off them, but the kid won't be charged with much. Typical gang bangers and their prey.
And then there's the ACLU interfering, trying to bring down the US and our rights further. Too bad it was not some of the ACLU in the back of the pickup truck that died in the ACCIDENT! Especially since I did not read anywhere in this article that the Guatemalans were shot, only the pickup, and the 14 year old had an accident which killed 2 of the 10 Illegal Guatemalans, who are invading the United States!!!
on: November 02, 2012, 08:14:00 AM 27 General Crime / U.S. Crime Related News / Former pastor admits killing woman in sex fantasy
John D. White in a "suicide prevention suit."
AP 1 hr ago
After beating and strangling a his fiancée's 24-year-old neighbor, he hid her body then returned to her home to help her 3-year-old son dress for Halloween.
BROOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A central Michigan pastor accused of beating and strangling a neighbor to fulfill a sexual fantasy was engaged to the victim's mother.
Donna Houghton, a longtime member of Christ Community Fellowship, near Mount Pleasant, says John D. White knew his victim, Rebekah Gay, and regularly babysat her 3-year-old son while she worked.
Houghton says White had planned to marry Gay's mother. He was arraigned Thursday on first-degree murder charges.
White told investigators he repeatedly struck Rebekah Gay's head with a mallet then strangled her with a zip tie at her Mount Pleasant trailer. He said he stripped her but does not remember if he carried out his fantasy of having sex with Gay's dead body. He then hid her naked body outside and returned to her home to help her 3-year-old son get costumed for Halloween, authorities said. A county sheriff said "hopefully he was sleeping" during the attack.
Houghton says White, an ex-convict, had been pastor of the 14-member church since 2009.
on: November 02, 2012, 08:12:00 AM 28 General Crime / U.S. Crime Related News / Secret Service agent kills self amid affair probe
Secret Service agent kills self amid affair probe
AP 17 hr ago By Alicia A. Caldwell
A married Secret Service agent assigned to the president's security detail acknowledged his affair after U.S. authorities began an investigation earlier this year, spurred as a result of the Colombian prostitution scandal.
WASHINGTON — A senior Secret Service agent being formally investigated by the government for failing to disclose a long-standing relationship with a foreign citizen killed himself last week.
People familiar with the matter say Rafael Prieto, a married father assigned to President Barack Obama's security detail, acknowledged the affair after U.S. authorities began investigating. These people spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss Prieto's death or the investigation.
The sources say Prieto's relationship was revealed to Secret Service investigators by an agent who had been entangled in the Colombian prostitution scandal earlier this year. That agent was concerned that the Secret Service wasn't enforcing its rules consistently.
It is against Secret Service rules to have a relationship with a foreign citizen and not tell the agency.
on: November 01, 2012, 02:51:17 PM 29 General Crime / U.S. Crime Related News / Cop Shooting Suspect Dies in Gun Battle
Cop Shooting Suspect Dies in Gun Battle
Hernandez and Garcia were wanted in a violent crime spree that includes the attempted murder of an off-duty cop
View more videos at: http://nbclosangeles.com.
Scene video where officers opened fire on a suspect wanted in a countywide crime spree and the shooting of an off-duty San Diego police officer.
An Escondido man, killed last night in a gun battle with police, was wanted in a series of violent crimes including the “execution style” shooting of an off-duty San Diego police officer according to officials.
Philip Hernandez, 40, was shot and killed alongside a white van in Barrio Logan days after he and his alleged accomplice shot and seriously injured a veteran police officer outside a North County credit union.
Officers and undercover detectives had been searching for a white Ford utility van with white racks in connection with Monday’s crime spree, including the shooting of off-duty SDPD officer Les Stewart in Escondido.
View more videos at: http://nbclosangeles.com.
Detectives were about to call off the search around 9:30 p.m. when officers were headed to police headquarters and spotted a van near 25th and C Streets. An alert was sent to all patrols to be on the lookout.
At 11 p.m., an officer found the van near 16th and National. After a short pursuit, the van came to a stop in the 1900-block of Harbor Drive.
“He was armed with what we believe was a rifle and he began to shoot at San Diego police officers,” said SDPD Capt. Terry McManus.
As three officers returned fire they noticed a woman get out of the van according to McManus.
Hernandez was killed in the shooting. A second suspect, Cindy Garcia, 18, was handcuffed and placed in the back of a patrol car.
San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne described Hernandez and Garcia as “two very dangerous suspects” who were the targets of a special task force of officers over the last 72 hours.
“In the end it came to three police officers who were assaulted and attacked by the suspect who had larger weapons then they did,” he said.
The special task force included officers from Chula Vista and Escondido police departments as well as members of the Metro Arson Strike Team.
Investigators were tracking the two suspects in connection with a series of crimes linked to the attempted murder of an off-duty San Diego police officer.
View more videos at: http://nbclosangeles.com.
Officer Les Stewart was using the ATM at the San Diego County Credit Union on South Escondido Boulevard just after noon Monday when the suspect approached him, took his cash and wallet and then shot him, according to the Escondido Police Department.
Stewart was shot in the back of the head and sustained serious injuries.
A carjacking victim told police he was approached by a male suspect that matched the description of the man wanted in Stewart's shooting around 9 a.m. Monday in Mission Valley.
The suspect demanded the victim's money and wallet at gunpoint and then fled in a white Crown Victoria.
That vehicle was discovered on fire in a Sam's Club parking lot at 6300 College Grove Way in Oak Park..
After that, officers say the suspects carjacked someone driving a black Suzuki hatchback. The driver told police he was approached by a man and a woman wearing black clothing with the word "Police" in white lettering on the front of their clothes.
The man pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded his black Suzuki officials said. That car was found hours later parked and burning in a Chula Vista cul-de-sac.
Hernandez and Garcia are also suspects in a vehicle fire in Mission Bay just after 2 a.m. Monday and a Hillcrest shooting at 2:30 a.m. that same morning near Upas and Richmond Streets that left a man in critical condition.
Due to the similarities in suspect descriptions, police believe all these incidents are related.
NBC 7 San Diego has learned Hernandez had been employed as a Firefighter II by Riverside Fire Dept from July 2002 to July 2012 when he resigned. Hernandez was assigned to Blythe.
Garcia will be arraigned at 1:15 p.m. Monday on felony robbery charges.
Check back for updates on this developing story.
on: November 01, 2012, 02:38:53 PM 30 Off Topic / Off Topic- News / Colorado boy dies after 3 years without a brain
Colorado boy dies after 3 years without a brain
AP 3 hr ago
A Colorado child born only with a brain stem had astonished doctors by surviving without medical equipment.
PUEBLO, Colo. — A Colorado boy who survived three years without a brain has died.
Nickolas Coke surprised doctors after he born with only a brain stem. Most babies with that condition are stillborn or die shortly after birth.
According to KOAA-TV (http://tinyurl.com/a4d7tdy ), the boy survived without medical equipment and was playing with pumpkins before he died earlier this week.
KOAA reports that Nickolas' condition is known as anencephaly. The Coke family lives in Pueblo, located about 43 miles from Colorado Springs.
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