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Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Margarita Lautin was shot and killed Monday when she was caught in the middle of an apparent assassination at a beachside restaurant in Bat Yam

A woman was shot and killed Monday when she was caught in the middle of an apparent assassination attempt at a beachside restaurant in Bat Yam. Margarita Lautin, 31, and a mother of two, succumbed to the gunshot wounds she sustained in her chest at Holon's Wolfson Hospital.
The victim was dining with a group of friends and family when a motorcyclist opened fire at them. The woman and her relatives were seated next to a group of people known to have criminal records, one of whom was apparently the intended target of the shooting. Police arrested four people suspected of involvement in the shooting, including the attacker and one of his apparent targets, who was also slightly wounded during the shooting. The incident occurred at around 6 P.M. Monday. Lautin sustained critical gunshot wounds to the chest and was evacuated to Wolfson Hospital after resuscitation efforts on the beach had failed. "Someone came along, shot her and destroyed a family ... whoever did that should pay, just like my wife paid," Lautin's husband Alexander said. The investigation was handed over to detectives from the Police's International Crime Squad, which handles investigations into the criminal figures involved in the incident, who apparently belong to the Abergil family crime organization. The suspects were arrested by members of the International Crime Squad who were in the area at the time of the shooting but police spokesmen denied they were there staking out the suspects who then opened fire. The initial investigation indicates that several known crime figures were sitting on a lawn close to the beach at about 6 P.M. when a group of suspects approached them and opened fire. Witnesses recounted that the criminals began chasing their attackers, who then fled. The suspects continued shooting as they ran, hitting Lautin, an innocent bystander. In the ensuing chaos, the suspects got away. However, crime squad detectives combing Bat Yam found them shortly thereafter
The Lautins had come to Bat Yam's Tobago Beach with bathing suits, towels, flotation devices and shovels and pails for five-year-old Sapir and two-year-old Guy.
At about 6 P.M., they asked a passerby to photograph them lying together in the sand. "Twenty minutes later, our family was destroyed," Alexander said in the hospital's lobby last night, gazing at the photos still in his camera. "Suddenly we heard gunshots and saw people running in every direction. It was pretty far away, we were at the end of the beach but people were running toward us. We didn't have time to run. My wife said 'I've been hit' and she fell down. I tried to help her but it was already too late," he said. "She fell right into my arms, next to the children who saw everything, including the failed attempts to resuscitate her." An eyewitness said that many shots had been fired. "I was in my hotel room playing guitar, and suddenly I heard shots. I went to the window and saw lots of people running from the beach," said Michael, a young Israeli staying in a nearby hotel. "The firing went on for several seconds," he said. An employee of a nearby banquet hall said, "It's crazy. It is scary to be here and to walk around with children. We heard a number of gunshots and then saw people fleeing in panic."

Monday, 28 July 2008

23 year-old man has been charged with assault following the fatal drive-by shooting of Waikato man Desmond Arahanga

23 year-old man has been charged with assault following the fatal drive-by shooting of Waikato man Desmond Arahanga. The victim's family is calling for calm after a house in the small community of Waharoa was torched, apparently in retribution for the killing. The accused man appeared in the Hamilton District Court on Monday on assault charges, while Arahanga's family is tying to cope with their loss."The offender appeared in court this morning where we applied for him to be remanded without plea, we're hopeful this arrest will go someway in lessening the tension prevailing in the Waharoa community at this time," says Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Nicholls of Waikato CIB.The 28-year-old victim leaves behind two young children, and another on the way. His life ended in a blaze of gun fire in a drive-by shooting outside this house, where his family was celebrating a birthday.
"(His) children will never ever grow up to see their father," says Ria Kaukau, Arahanga's aunt.He was shot four times, but his family don't want to speculate about why."All I know is this, they didnt have to resort to a gun," says Kaukau.
Earlier on Monday, a firearm was located near a Hedley Street address, which is part of the homicide enquiry.The same Hedley St address, believed to be linked to those responsible for the shooting, was itself torched in a suspicious fire about 9pm on Sunday night. Police have confirmed accelerant was used.
Detective Senior Sergeant Nicholls says a separate team is investigating the fire and their inquiry will run parallel with the homicide investigation.
"What we are dealing with is a single, very serious incident that has cost someone his life and now what appears to be a retaliatory suspicious fire," says Nicholls.
He says there was no-one at the scene when the fire broke out because police and ESR scientists had already completed their scene examination.
Neighbours are reluctant to appear on camera but one has told ONE News that shortly before the fire started he heard the sound of breaking glass then a massive explosion.Meanwhile, Arahanga's family say they don't want to see anymore violence in their boy's name."There has been enough blood shed, and enough hurting, just stop where it is at," says his aunt."To the parents of the children who did it, in time we will heal and we don't hold anything against you as the parents," she says.Police have not ruled out more arrests or laying more serious charges.

Indian Posse gang have taken another life

Hobbema RCMP said they were called to a shooting at about 2:30 a.m. yesterday.
A short time later, a second gun shooting was reported at a separate location in the Samson townsite. Mounties determined that there was an exchange of gunfire between the occupants of two residences. One man suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. Hobbema RCMP have taken two men into custody for questioning.
The teenage victim was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
The teen victim, according to the family friend, was part of a group of older teens that had gotten together to oppose the gangs causing trouble in the community.
"What's happened is a bunch of families, their kids have come together to stand up against the IP (Indian Posse) gang. Some might be gang members and some aren't, but they're standing up against the gangs moreso because they're the ones who have created a lot of trouble in the community, and now they (Indian Posse) have taken another life." The Hobbema band council formed a Safe Community Task Force in the wake of a horrifying drive-by shooting April 13 that left Asia Saddleback, a 23-month-old girl, wounded. A gun amnesty program was announced July 23 and is due to begin Aug. 1. A teen curfew of 10 p.m. was also started three months ago. The family friend said the band council shouldn't be telling the media they're getting a handle on crime in the community.
"I don't know how the chief can go to the media and say we have a healthy community when we really don't," she said. "I know what's happening and it hasn't improved."
An autopsy is slated for tomorrow. The investigation continues.
Meanwhile, Edmonton police homicide detectives continued to probe the unexplained shooting death of a 33-year-old man Saturday in the west end. Police said the man died after someone dropped him off at a city hospital with suspicious life-threatening injuries. Cops believe the shooting took place somewhere near 172 Street and 94 Avenue between 5 and 6 a.m., but figuring out exactly where it happened has been difficult. Police spokesman Jeff Wuite said the original call about the case came from staff at the hospital.

victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds in an incident outside Club Red in Limehouse fatal shooting

Police believe it was the first example of the potentially lethal weapons being used. Around 100 of the Bulgarian-made devices, designed to be used as flare guns, were imported into the UK a few years ago, and some have been converted to fire live 0.25-inch rounds. Police are keen to locate as many as possible, believing they may be even more dangerous than standard handguns since they can be concealedThe man in his 20s, who is not being named until he is formally identified, became the latest in a succession of young people killed in London this year after he attended a house music event at Club Red in Limehouse.Scotland Yard said officers were called to the scene at 3.45am and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.Detectives were still trying to establish the precise circumstances of what happened. They initially received conflicting reports about who and how many people were involved.Yesterday a large police cordon was in place in surrounding streets as forensic officers in blue boilersuits worked under a white tent outside the nightclub, which is near Limehouse DLR station.Residents said they were woken by police sirens in the early hours of the morning. Shopworker Gloria Antin, 45, said: "There was a helicopter and people shouting and screaming at about four o'clock. There were huge crowds of people here outside the nightclub."
Police said the victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds in an incident outside the club and was pronounced dead at the scene. A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "We believe that the victim was at Club Red in Cable Street with friends." The shooting is being investigated by officers from Operation Trident, which focuses on gun crime among young black people. No arrests had been made yesterday. Clubbers who may have seen what happened were urged to contact police.While concerns about street violence have recently been focused on the issue of knife use in the capital, shootings continue to pose a threat. Trident has more than 300 officers working full-time on such crimes.Last week, a 17-year-old became the third teenager to be gunned down in Camden, north London, in the past few months, sparking fears of a turf war among local gangs. He was believed to have known Sharmaarke Hassan, also 17, who died in May after being shot in the head on a Camden estate.
An 18-year-old from the area was seriously injured when he was shot in the stomach in nearby Archway the night before Hassan's shooting.Last week it emerged that the latest fad among gun-wielding criminals is a tiny key-fob gun that can fit easily into the palm of the hand.On Friday, Marcus Henry, 27, from Clapham, south London, was jailed for nine years at the Old Bailey for shooting a man with one of the miniature weapons outside a nightclub in December 2007.

Desmond Francis Paddy Arahanga was fatally shot, an explosion as the fire broke out at a house in the small township of Waharoa near Matamata

The fire came 20 hours after 28-year-old Matamata man Desmond Francis Paddy Arahanga was fatally shot in a drive-by shooting outside a McGowan St address in Waharoa.Witnesses reported an explosion as the fire broke out at a house in the small township of Waharoa near Matamata on Sunday night. They say a car was seen speeding away from the house.The fire's believed to be in retaliation for the fatal shooting of 28-year-old Desmond Arahanga at the property in the early hours of Sunday.Twenty police are involved in the inquiry.Police are telling the public not to panic following the shooting and was not the result of gang tensions.Detective Inspector Peter Devoy says the 28-year-old victim had earlier been involved in a disagreement at another property in the small community and is asking people in the town to remain calm.Three people are currently being questioned by police in relation to the incident.Devoy says most people in the town know each other and he is confident police will get the information they need to make an arrest.rifle has been found close to one of the addresses connected to yesterday's fatal drive-by shooting in the small Waikato community of Waharoa.Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Nicholls said the rifle was found adjacent to the Hedley St address set ablaze by a suspicious fire about 9pm yesterday.Mr Nicholls said the rifle had been taken away for forensic testing.Both the Hedley St and McGowan St properties had been cordoned off during the day for forensic examination, but Mr Nicholls said the property was signed back to its occupants by 4.10pm and no overnight guard was present when the fire started.
He said a separate investigation team had been set up to make inquiries about the fire.Nicholls also said police did not believe Mr Arahanga's death was a result of gang tensions and called for calm from residents.
"What we are dealing with is a single, very serious incident that has cost someone his life and now what appears to be a retaliatory suspicious fire.
"We would ask again that people make the police aware of any information they have on what occurred, not listen to rumours and speculation, and allow the investigation teams to carry out their enquiries."
Detective Inspector Peter Devoy said it appeared the shooting happened after Mr Arahanga had got into a disagreement with some people when at the Hedley St address.
When he left that property a car approached him and a group of other people outside the McGowan St house and someone from the car fired a volley of shots, a "number of which struck" Mr Arahanga."Driving off, the car has then returned to the McGowan St address a very short time later, pulled up and fired a second volley of shots. No one was injured in this second volley."
About 20 police staff are involved in the investigation, assisted by Auckland-based forensic experts

3-year-old boy remained in critical condition Sunday after what appeared to be a drive-by shooting

3-year-old boy remained in critical condition Sunday after what appeared to be a drive-by shooting, police said.The boy was taken to a fire station with a gunshot wound just before 3 p.m. Saturday. Around the same time, a 22-year-old man was also found shot nearby, in front of the All-Star Supermarket at 11022 Cullen. Police could not say Sunday whether the shootings were related.Both the boy and the man were taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital.The man survived the shooting, but police did not know the extent of his injuries on Sunday. Neither victim has been identified.A vehicle that matched witness descriptions from the grocery store shooting was found abandoned in a nearby field, homicide investigators said.

Arthur Odell Sanders charged with assault and battery with intent to kill, pointing and presenting a firearm, trespassing, car breaking

Arthur Odell Sanders arrested just after 6 am Saturday morning on North Church St. in Spartanburg. Sanders, 42, of 251 High St., Spartanburg, was charged with assault and battery with intent to kill, pointing and presenting a firearm, trespassing, car breaking and resisting arrest.
According to an incident report, an undercover Public Safety officer was surveiling Ricky’s Transmission at 780 North Church St. after a recent rash of burglary at the business. According to the incident report, the officer witnessed Sanders climb a fence and attempt to break into a vehicle on the parking lot. The report states that the officer approached Sanders and identified himself. That’s when a struggle ensued and Sanders attempted to climb a fence in an attempt to get away. During the struggle, the officer’s gun was dislodged from its holster and Sanders managed to grab it. Sanders then allegedly grabbed the gun and told the officer not to chase him. Sanders ran to a fence and fired one shot before fleeing the scene.
Thanks to the help of a resident in the area, officers located Sander

Thai court will on Monday begin extradition hearings for alleged Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout.

Thai court will on Monday begin extradition hearings for alleged Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, which could see the man dubbed the "Merchant of Death" face terrorism charges in the United States.Bout, who acquired his macabre nickname for his alleged role in supplying weapons to some of the world's bloodiest conflicts, was arrested in Bangkok in March after a sting operation headed by US agents.Thailand's criminal court must decide whether there is enough evidence to send Bout to the US, where he faces four counts of terrorism for seeking to sell millions of dollars of weapons to Colombia's Marxist FARC rebels.During an elaborate undercover operation, Bout allegedly agreed to supply surface-to-air missiles to US anti-drug agents posing as rebels from FARC, which Washington considers to be a foreign terrorist organisation.
He has also been charged with conspiracy to kill US officers or employees and conspiracy to acquire and use an anti-aircraft missile.US officials including Attorney General Michael Mukasey have said they are optimistic the Thai court will allow the extradition.Bout faces life in prison if convicted by a US court, and has been held at a maximum-security prison outside Bangkok since his arrest on March 6. The former Soviet air force officer has denied the charges against him.
Bout's Thai lawyer Lak Nitiwatvichan said the court was likely on Monday to hear testimonies from US embassy staff and Thai police involved in the case."I don't know how long the hearings will take, but I am confident I can prove the charges are politically motivated," Lak told AFP.
A US indictment accuses Bout of using a fleet of cargo planes to transport weapons and military equipment to Africa, South America and the Middle East.Prosecutors said that as a result of alleged trafficking in Liberia, Bout was in 2004 placed on the US government's Specially Designated Nationals list, prohibiting any transactions between US nationals and Bout.Bout is accused of being a global gun-runner since the 1990s, and is believed to have supplied arms to the Taliban militia, Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda terror network and former Liberian leader Charles Taylor.
The mustachioed Russian's dealings are said to have inspired the Hollywood movie "Lord of War," starring Nicolas Cage as a ruthless arms trader.His apparent downfall came after a 12-month undercover operation in which US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents infiltrated Bout's inner circle posing as Colombian rebels seeking an arsenal of weapons.

Saturday, 26 July 2008

police pursued a white pickup truck suspected as the getaway vehicle in the Don's Guns & Galleries burglary

city's most high-profile gun shop was hit by thieves who used a stolen car early Friday to bash through a wall and make off with pistols, at least one assault rifle and ammunition.Late Friday, police pursued a white pickup truck suspected as the getaway vehicle in the Don's Guns & Galleries burglary, leading to the detention of four suspects.The pursuit began about 9 p.m. by Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers near 10th Street and German Church Road and ended at Colonywood and Summerwood drives in Cumberland, during which two officers were slightly hurt, according to a police news release.The driver was taken into custody, and at least one firearm was recovered.A short time later, a search warrant was used at a residence in the 800 block of Belhaven Drive, about five blocks from where the pursuit began. Three other suspects were taken into custody there, police said, adding that items found in the residence were linked to gun thefts from Don's Guns, 3807 Lafayette Road.
Names of the suspects, three men and a teenage boy, were not immediately released.
Exactly how many guns were snatched from Don's was uncertain. With an inventory of more than 5,000 weapons, store officials said it will take awhile to get a solid count.Four thieves ran through the store in search of specific types of weapons, said IMPD spokesman Sgt. Paul Thompson. The thieves were in the store for less than a minute, said Don's Guns President Brenda Duety, and were caught on video camera.
The theft comes as police are combating a surge in gun violence that has left more than a dozen people dead so far this month."We're very concerned," Thompson said before Friday night's arrests, "because they had access to some very dangerous, high-capacity, high-powered weapons, just exactly what we don't want to see on the streets."Store owner Don Davis, known for his enthusiastic TV commercials, said this is the latest of many store burglaries he's seen during his 35 years in the business. In 1997, a clerk at Davis' Greenwood store was shot and killed during a burglary.Friday, the men stole a 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse from the nearby Ray Skillman dealership and crashed it through the side wall of the gun store, Lt. Jeff Duhamell said.Surveillance cameras captured images of three men busting through a wall, climbing out of the car and grabbing guns from the Northwestside store about 5:10 a.m. A fourth man was driving the getaway vehicle, a white Chevrolet dual-axle pickup, Duhamell said.
The burglars partially covered their faces, but they left fingerprints and other evidence, Davis said. At least one burglar suffered a cut breaking through a glass display case, Davis said, and left drops of blood at the scene.
Davis said Friday afternoon he would give anyone who helped catch the thieves free use of a shooting range for a year.
"They're headed for jail," Davis said. "You can't break into a Don's Guns and get away with it."

Friday, 25 July 2008

Godfrey Phahlane,Edward Lesufi accused of beating, shooting and robbing Irish-born priest Father Kieran Creagh

The men accused of beating, shooting and robbing Irish-born priest Father Kieran Creagh have been found guilty in the Atteridgeville magistrate's court.Tuesday's guilty verdict was praised as victory against crime by those who work with Creagh at the Leratong Hospice in Atteridgeville which he founded four years ago.
Godfrey Phahlane, 25, and Edward Lesufi, 28, face a minimum sentence of 15 years behind bars.The men - both from Mamelodi - were arrested while driving in a suspected stolen vehicle three days after the attack. They had with them the gun that was used to shoot Creagh.Phahlane accused the police of "planting" the firearm - this after the two men had shot at the police during a car chase to avoid arrest.

India is the second most heavily armed country in the world after the United States for both licensed and illicit weapons with an estimated 46 million

Terrified residents in India’s capital are calling for police to do more to tackle gun crime after a spate of shootings this month left five men dead and a sixth in critical condition.In the most recent incident, a 40-year old man was shot dead on Monday night in central Delhi. A week earlier, three men were shot and a fourth critically wounded by a motorcycle gang that police believed was responsible for a host of other crimes in the capital, including another shooting death on July 5.Critics said the problem stemmed from a rise in the number of guns, both licensed and unlicensed, flooding the Indian market, many of which are smuggled in from Pakistan and Myanmar.“Availability of both unlicensed and licensed guns is a problem, that’s how crime rates increase. Enforcement is what we need to work on,” said Riju Raj Jamwal, a founding member of the Control Arms Foundation of India (CAFI), which lobbies for tighter gun control. There are no figures for the number of licensed firearms available in India. But data from the National Crime Records Bureau show gun crime has actually fallen in the last four years, a statistic Mr Jamwal said was misleading as many gun crimes go unreported for fear of reprisals from the perpetrators.In 2004, 7,593 crimes using illegal firearms and 807 using licensed guns were reported. The number had fallen to 4,988 with illegal guns and 587 using legal firearms by 2006.Sunita Suri, the widow of Sanjeev Suri, a hotel employee shot dead on July 11, the same day two other men were shot and killed, told the CNN-IBN news channel: “We don’t feel safe. The criminals are still moving in the city. They have not been arrested.”Police believe the killings were the work of a local gang led by a gangster known as “Bunty”. No arrests have been made, but police have placed a 50,000 rupees (Dh4,364) bounty on each of the five members of the gang.
India is the second most heavily armed country in the world after the United States for both licensed and illicit weapons with an estimated 46 million unlicensed guns in circulation, research by the Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International Studies (CAFI) has shown.About 40,000 of these are in the capital, according to CAFI.
The bulk of these are higher-grade, sophisticated guns. However, the subcontinent also has a thriving industry of gun-makers who make crude, cheap firearms called desi kattas. These are smuggled into cities and towns and sold on the black market for as little 18,000 rupees for a new single-barrel shotgun.
Critics said police had failed to enforce India’s stringent gun laws and that society needed to do more to reduce the illegal firearms trade.
“The police are very vigilant and are trying to do the best job with the capacity that they have. It has to be a public-police partnership, and there has to be more social responsibility. It’s not up to the police to do everything,” Mr Jamwal said.
To buy a gun legally, Indians must apply to their local administration’s district commissioner for a licence. Police vet the application before the local administration decides whether to issue the permit. The police and local government keep records of authorised gun holders. Indian law also limits the amount of ammunition a licensed gun-owner can buy.Rakesh Kumar Jain, a father of five and a grocery store owner in New Delhi who is considering applying for a gun licence, said society should educate the younger generation about the dangers of unlicensed guns and police must work harder to implement existing gun laws.
“Illegal arms are the main problem. There is security there but you feel unsafe. We don’t know who the criminals are. Before, there was less crime, now there’s more. Young people, they want things, they don’t have money.
“It’s not safe. We need to be secure. In nice areas, the police provide security but in smaller, less posh areas, they don’t. They should change that,” Mr Jain, 50, said.
Rajan Bhagat, the assistant commissioner of police in New Delhi, refuted suggestions that tighter police enforcement of gun laws would stem gun crime, and said the recent shootings were “isolated incidents”.
“The use of firearms is falling,” he said.
“The figures show that. It’s not a major problem. Delhi is a very safe city. The police don’t need to work better to enforce gun laws.”
Tushar Singh, 21, a computer engineering student from New Delhi, said the problem was the ease with which people could acquire a gun.
“I think it’s the unlicensed guns that are made at home that are the problem. When I travel around the city, I see a lot of youth doing crime, young guys, around 18-to-20 years old, [are] already getting into it, because people want money.
“I think the police are doing their best, but the kind of population migrating into the city is too much to handle. You can’t have a policeman on every street.”
Mr Bhagat said special police teams were investigating the recent shootings and that additional officers had been deployed to patrol “vulnerable” areas and major roads throughout the city.

undercover operative bought assault rifles like AK-47s and M-16s -- weapons of war that have no place in the hands of criminal gangsters

Federal agents announced Thursday they had rounded up 38 reputed Los Angeles gang members and associates on drug and gun charges.The crackdown was aimed at two factions of the notorious Bloods gang and various Crips factions that were allegedly dealing drugs and selling guns in the South Los Angeles and Baldwin village areas.
"During the investigation, an undercover operative bought assault rifles like AK-47s and M-16s -- weapons of war that have no place in the hands of criminal gangsters," Thomas O'Brien, the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles, said in statement.
A total of 119 guns were confiscated during the investigation and an alleged ecstasy trafficking ring was broken up.The arrests that began earlier this week culminated two long-running operations conducted by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms along with the Los Angeles Police Department.

Rapper Gucci Mane was reportedly arrested charged with gun and drug possession

Rapper Gucci Mane was reportedly arrested near Atlanta early Wednesday morning (July 23) and charged with gun and drug possession charges.
While details regarding the arrest are sketchy, the rapper (real name: Radric Davis) was taken into custody after being pulled over by police in Henry County, Georgia during a routine traffic stop, in which he seemed under the influence of drugs.
He was ushered to the Henry County Jail around 6:00 a.m., and charged with driving under the influence, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.Gucci Mane was released later in the day, after posting a $3,300 bond.

Danny White of Riviera Beach part of a group that hit hundreds of homes in south Florida, including more than 30in Royal Palm Beach and Loxahatcheer .

Danny White of Riviera Beach part of a group that hit hundreds of homes in south Florida, including more than 30in Royal Palm Beach and Loxahatchee.
Investigators say they would get into single family homes by kicking in or prying open front doors and windows, stealing an estimated $70-thousand dollars worth of flat-screen televisions, laptops, jewelry and guns.
"I'm just putting everything in the safe. I've secured the doors and windows better. It doesn't really anger me. But it's just the way it is now," said John Tedesco, a victim of one of the break-in attempts.
Sheriff's detectives got their big break earlier this month July 9 when a Royal Palm Beach homeowner in the 11000 block of Orange Boulevard spotted someone running from his garage and saw their car, a green 2002 Ford Taurus, in his driveway and wrote down their license number.
Once detectives had that tag number, they made the arrests a week later.
They did recover a handgun and a machine gun from the suspects' car. The two guns are believed to have been taken in one of the break-ins. However, a sheriff's detective told us most of the jewelry, laptops and other items were sold either in pawn shops or on the street. More arrests are expected.

Leslie Williams shot Carol Larese and sexually assaulted and killed her friend Mary Ellen Welsh

Leslie Williams shot Carol Larese, 66, and sexually assaulted and killed her friend Mary Ellen Welsh, 62, in a March 30 home invasion, he stole a handgun during a daytime break-in at an Esther Street home.
Williams was arrested again Thursday minutes before his appearance in New Britain Superior Court - this time on burglary and gun-theft charges - after he admitted to city police he was the culprit who broke into a home and took a gun and Stop & Shop gift cards.
Under a judge's gag order, police, prosecutors and his attorney can't comment on whether they think the stolen gun was the weapon that killed Welsh and seriously wounded Larese.
The warrant said the weapon used in the shootings and the .32-caliber Keltec pistol stolen from the Esther Street home have not been found. Police did find shell casings and spent bullets at Larese's home and at the Bristol sand pit where Welsh's body was discovered, earlier warrants said.
Williams has been held without bond since April, when he was charged with two counts of capital felony for Welsh's death. He's also facing a slew of charges including murder, first-degree assault and first-degree sexual assault in connection with the attacks on the women, which he is accused of engaging in while trying to rob both at Larese's home. He could face the death penalty if convicted of the capital felony charges.
Probation officials said at the time of Williams' arrest March 31 that he had been on track with the strict guidelines of release from prison, including reporting for scheduled visits and filling out his resume and job applications.
He stayed at two Hartford homeless shelters before he vanished March 27, three weeks after his release from prison after serving eight years for raping a child.
By the time authorities caught him three days later, in Welsh's car, Welsh was dead and Larese had been shot in the head and hand. Larese is recovering.
During his latest appearance Thursday, Judge Joan K. Alexander ordered that several items of women's jewelry are to be photographed as evidence and returned to their rightful owners by Aug. 27. She didn't specify who owned the jewelry.
Williams is also charged with an Avon burglary - in which police say he stole a car that ran out of gas near Larese's home the night before the home invasion - and with several motor-vehicle charges for a chase after police say they spotted him in Welsh's car.
Much of Williams' comments to police about Welsh's death have been barred from the public while Williams' public defender, David Smith, of the state's Chief Public Defender's Office Capital Felony Unit, considers challenging their constitutionality.
But the warrant served Thursday said Williams admitted to police that he broke into a house March 27 that might have been in Plainville. An Esther Street couple - whose house is three-tenths of a mile from the Plainville line - reported that same day that someone had broken in through a bedroom window and stolen items from their home, including an unloaded Keltec pistol in a blue pouch and a loaded magazine.
Police were able to collect blood droplets believed to have been left by the burglar, who was cut during the break-in, but the samples haven't been analyzed yet by the state Forensic Lab, the warrant said.
Other items stolen from the home included a cell phone, a DVD player, a Gucci watch and a silver charm bracelet - all found in Welsh's car when Williams was taken into custody Match 30, the warrant said.
The blue nylon pouch in which the Keltec pistol was stored was also found in the car and identified by family members. Because of the gag order, Smith said he couldn't comment on the most recent charges.
After a brief appearance Thursday on the prior murder and assault charges, Williams was brought back in to the courtroom for his arraignment on the burglary and gun-theft arrest. Alexander entered a plea of not guilty on the most recent charges and scheduled Williams to be back in court Sept. 18, when Thursday's arrest will be transferred to the felony-level court with his other cases.

Police arrested a woman and a man with a gun

high-speed chase around North Charlotte came to a sudden end Thursday night.
Police said the two suspects crashed into a street sign just off Orr Road. Neither was injured, and both were arrested.Police said officers on routine patrol ran the tag for the silver minivan and realized it had been stolen early Thursday morning.
Investigators said the pursuit reached high speeds but was kept under control.
"At times it did reach a high rate of speed' however, officers with communication with headquarters continued to be well-maintained and monitored pursuit throughout the whole time," said Officer Jean Wassenaar.Police arrested a woman and a man with a gun.

That's faster than an internet transaction.firearms were purchased at gun sales in Arizona and wound up in the hands of gang members two days later.

Federal and local lawenforcement officials arrested 38 gang members and confiscated dozens of weapons in South Los Angeles this week, culminating two separate investigations stemming from an upsurge in violence in the Baldwin Village neighborhood earlier this year, authorities said today.
The arrests of members of the Black P-Stone Bloods and Rollin' 20s Crips took place in early morning sweeps Wednesday and today, said John Torres, special agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The arrests were for various charges of narcotics and firearms sales and possession.
"Here's a message to the gangs: We're ready to take any gang, anywhere, any time," Torres said at a noon news conference.Other agencies involved in the sweeps included the Los Angeles Police Department and the offices of the U.S. attorney, the Los Angeles County district attorney and the Los Angeles city attorney.
Assault weapons confiscated by authorities included AK-47s, Tec-9s and Uzis. City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo said some of the firearms were purchased at gun sales in Arizona and wound up in the hands of gang members two days later.
"That's faster than an internet transaction," he said.

Sunday, 20 July 2008

Brian Elliott Minter had been shot once in the head

A motorist who crashed his truck into a house early Friday morning had been shot in the head in an apparent drive-by shooting.
Tulsa officers found Brian Elliott Minter, 35, had been shot once in the head. A passenger in Minter's truck was injured from glass shards when the back window was shot out.

Larandall Lamar Hill was shot Thursday afternoon when police tried to arrest him in connection with an overnight home invasion and stabbing.

A convicted felon is recovering at a Tulsa hospital after being shot by police after a five-hour stakeout.Tulsa police say Larandall Lamar Hill, 34, was shot Thursday afternoon when police tried to arrest him in connection with an overnight home invasion and stabbing. He was taken to St. John Medical Center in serious condition. No one else was injured.Police spokesman Leland Ashley said Hill has eight arrest warrants and previous convictions on drug, weapon and escape charges.

Orville Lee Wollard III arrested and was charged with shooting a deadly missile within an occupied dwelling

53-year-old Sea World employee was arrested Friday in relation to a shooting that endangered a teenager, Polk County Sheriff's Office said Sunday.
Deputies said they arrested Orville Lee Wollard III, of Davenport, for firing a gun at another man as he physically restrained a16-year-old child. Wollard was charged with shooting a deadly missile within an occupied dwelling, child abuse without great harm and assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.
According to an arrest affidavit, 17-year-old Austin Adam O'Hara was arguing with another person in the home. Wollard came out of his bedroom, grabbed the 16-year-old and told O'Hara he had four seconds to leave the residence. Wollard fired one shot from his revolver, striking a bag O'Hara was holding, authorities said.
Authorities said the shooting occurred sometime between May 14 and June 14. Police discovered the incident during an investigation after they received a call about possible child abuse. The original complaint appeared to be unfounded, but authorities said their investigation revealed the earlier incident.

Sonoma police nabbed Ramon Llamas less than an hour after allegedly robbed at gunpoint the recycling center

Sonoma police nabbed two teenagers less than an hour after they allegedly robbed at gunpoint the recycling center behind the Safeway store in Sonoma.Police said the two teens robbed three people at the center behind the West Napa Street grocery store shortly before 4 p.m. The victims said the two teens, a white male and a Latino male, warned that they also had a machine gun and demanded money from them.The teenagers then fled north on Fifth Street West in a black sports car that had its license plate bent up to avoid detection, said Sonoma Police Sgt. Dave Thompson.
Sonoma County sheriff's deputies and the sheriff's helicopter were called to join the search.
At 4:25 p.m., a resident of the El Portola neighborhood in Agua Caliente reported he had seen two men in a black Mitsubishi Eclipse who appeared to be hiding out in the area. The resident told police the car's license plate was bent up.
"That's when we scrambled to that area," Thompson said.As patrol cars arrived, the Mitsubishi "scooted out" of the back end of the neighborhood, he said. A deputy pursued the car on Highway 12 and during the chase, a handgun was seen thrown from the car near Nuns Canyon Road. The two men pulled over just east of Dunbar Road and were soon arrested.Traffic was blocked during the arrest. A person waiting in traffic spotted the gun, picked it up and handed it to deputies, Thompson said.
The two teenagers, Ramon Llamas, 19, and a 16-year-old boy, both of Napa, were arrested and turned over to sheriff's detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit for further investigation.

Ghana Harper was found with heroin, cocaine, marijuana and a gun during a traffic stop.

Syracuse Police say they've arrested 12 people on various felony and misdemeanor drug charges. Officers credit vigilant neighbors for the arrests.
Officers used search warrants and went into several houses early Friday morning based on neighbors' complaints. Detectives say these addresses are drug houses:
109 Lexington Avenues
104 Croly Street
126 Jamesville Avenue
302 Village Drive
1809 East Fayette Street
When police searched these houses they found thousands of bags of heroin, totaling seven ounces, twelve grams of marijuana and two grams of crack. Police also seized $12,000 in cash.On Lexington Avenue, police say the drugs were stored in a Lego Racer toy box within reach of a 10 and 11-year-old in the house.
Some of the people arrested include Mark Caeser, Wayne Brody and Ghana Harper. Body and Caeser were inside the house on Jamesville Avenue. Harper was found with heroin, cocaine, marijuana and a gun during a traffic stop. The two children found in the house at Lexington Avenue have been placed in child protective services.

Bennie Ross shot fatally

Two men were shot -- one fatally -- in a drive-by early Sunday in the West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side.The shooting happened about 12:30 a.m. in the 5600 block of South Winchester Avenue, according to police News Affairs Officer John Henry, who was citing preliminary information.The men were outside when someone inside a vehicle shot them, according to Wentworth Area detectives.One victim suffered a gunshot wound to the arm and was taken to Holy Cross Hospital in “stable” condition and the other was unresponsive on the scene, according to Henry.
The dead man was identified as Bennie Ross, 18, of the 5800 block of S. Honore St., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office. He was shot at 5614 S. Winchester Ave., according to the medical examiner's office. Ross was pronounced dead at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County at 1:08 a.m.Wentworth Area detectives are investigating.

Gardai have smashed a guns-for-sale racket in which suspected former members of the Provisional IRA supplied firearms to a drug trafficking gang

Gardai have smashed a guns-for-sale racket in which suspected former members of the Provisional IRA supplied firearms to a drug trafficking gang in north Dublin.
Officers believe the suppliers were linked more recently with the dissident republican group, the Continuity IRA, but were also heavily involved in criminal activities.They think the gang, based in Co Louth, was selling guns to a drugs gang operating in the Coolock area on the northside of the capital.
The breakthrough in the garda investigation came on Thursday night when armed gardai stopped two cars in Castlebellingham and Haggardstown, outside Dundalk.
This followed a surveillance operation on several targeted figures.
Detectives recovered an old Webley revolver, which was loaded, as well as ammunition and some cash.Two men from Dundalk were arrested and taken to the local garda station. A man and a woman from Coolock were brought to Carrickmacross station but were released without charge last night.The two held in custody were questioned under section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act and can be held for a maximum of three days without charge.The garda operation involved detectives from the Louth division and members of the Emergency Response Unit and the National Surveillance Unit.Senior garda officers said last night they did not regard the Louth gang as major suppliers of firearms to Dublin-based drug dealers.
But they described the seizure and arrests as significant, as the incident meant that the gardai had severed a vital pipeline for weapons.The operation is part of on-going garda inquiries involving the national bureau of criminal investigation, the Special Branch and the crime and intelligence section at garda headquarters into the supply of weapons to crime gangs and their connections with members of former or active paramilitary groups.Inquiries are also being carried out to establish the initial source of the guns.
Some of the weapons seized by gardai from crime gangs in the past couple of years are known to have been smuggled into the country as "sweeteners" with drug shipments.
But other firearms have been sourced overseas by the renegade republican groups, who have been trying to build up their own arsenals since the Provisional IRA declared a ceasefire, and have developed contacts in central and eastern European states.
The Real IRA and the Continuity IRA managed to purchase a sizeable haul of explosives and weaponry in the Balkans in 1999. But a large portion of this shipment was recovered by gardai in a disused wine cellar on land at Herbertstown, near Stamullen, on the Dublin-Meath border.The following year a joint security operation involving gardai and international agencies led to a big arms and explosives shipment seizure in the Croatian town of Dobranje, near the Adriatic resort of Split.

Derek Matthews has confessed to firing the pellets that struck two photographers

Police said a man has confessed to firing the pellets that struck two photographers, including a WISH-TV photographer, and a firefighter's air tank. The shooting happened at the scene of a massive fire on the northeast side early Friday morning. Police have arrested 30-year-old Derek Matthews.IMPD Chief Michael Spears called a press conference Friday afternoon regarding the overnight shooting.Police and firefighters should not have to worry about some deranged citizen using force against them, Spears said.Police originally believed a .22 caliber gun was used in the shooting but retracted that information after further investigation. They have since recovered the pellet gun Matthews allegedly used.
Following the shooting, police focused their search across the street from the fire at 838 Tacoma where Matthews and a woman were staying. Police said the woman had nothing to do with the incident.A detective said Matthews spoke with WISH-TV photographer Kevin Hankins, who was eventually shot, prior to the shooting.
"He was like 'Stuff happened over by my house on this street a couple of weeks ago. You guys should've came here...You're on my sidewalk.'...I'm like 'It's a public street. I'm sorry, I need to do my job.'," said Hankins. "I just walked away from him and never saw him again."Police told 24-Hour News 8 that Matthews is a registered sex offender in Marion County who has a history of failing to register along with drug and battery arrests. The shooting happened as firefighters were battling a fire at 833 N. Tacoma Ave. just after 2 a.m. Friday. No one was inside the vacant home.As firefighters worked to put out the fire, police say someone fired shots at several people. One shot hit a firefighter's breathing tank."Firefighters arrived and started addressing the fire and during the incident, people around the scene, a group of people just to the west in the alley. We believe possibly in that area there, someone fired some type of weapon at individuals who were on the scene," said Sgt. Paul Thompson with IMPD.Other shots wounded two photographers, including WISH-TV's Kevin Hankins.
"I was just gathering shots around the scene and then all of sudden heard a pop and felt something on my left back. And then the medic behind me, you don't got to be so jumpy. I said I just got hit by something. And I lifted up my shirt and he said you're bleeding and were shot by something," said Hankins.Both photographers were taken to Methodist Hospital. Hankins has since been released. The other person was freelance photographer Todd Parker, who was doing work for a township fire department. He was not severely hurt. Police say he was struck in the arm.

Driver of a minivan filled with children heading down Columbia Road in Roxbury yesterday was shot in the leg

Driver of a minivan filled with children heading down Columbia Road in Roxbury yesterday was shot in the leg by a man who opened fire on a group of people, police said.The man, whom police would not identify, was taken to Boston Medical Center for treatment of an injury that was not life threatening. An undisclosed number of children were in the red 1997 Dodge Caravan when it was hit, but they were not injured.The man was struck by one of a number of bullets sprayed by the shooter at a group of people shortly after 8 p.m., in the area of 250 Columbia Rd., at the corner of Devon Street. It was not clear last night if any shots had come from the group.
Several businesses on the street were hit as well.
A worker at Burritos Pizzeria was nearly struck by a bullet that tore through the front window and into the wall behind the stove in the kitchen."When I heard the shots, I went down to the floor," said Jose M. Yanes, 25, who was the only person in the pizza shop at the time.Another bullet was lodged in facade of Preparations Marketplace.Police had set up at least three crime scenes: one on each side of the area around 250 Columbia Rd., where detectives collected bullet casings; and the other at the corner of Columbia Road and Intervale Street, a block away, where the van stopped after it was hit."It's dangerous here, all along Columbia Road it's dangerous," said one woman, who asked that her name not be used because she lives in the neighborhood and feared for her safety.
The shooting occurred just outside the Deliverance Temple Worship Center, which was holding a service at the time. Worshippers said they heard gunshots but did not see the shooting.The area has been the center of several shootings in recent weeks.
On July 9, a 25-year-old man was shot on Devon Street, just a block away. In that case, police charged William Terrell Hart, 22, of Brockton with assault with intent to murder, aggravated assault, and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.
Later that same night, three teenagers were shot less than a mile away in a case that remains unsolved. The victims in those shootings suffered injuries that were not life threatening.

Friday, 4 July 2008

15-year-old girl is in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after being shot at a house party.

Surrey RCMP say a 15-year-old girl is in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after being shot at a house party.Police say a fight began inside the house Saturday night and then spilled out onto the street. That's when a gun was fired several times, and the girl was hit.RCMP remain at the scene collecting evidence. No arrests have been made.

Arrested metro narcotics investigator Jason Barber for allegedly selling a gun to a felon.

arrested metro narcotics investigator Jason Barber for allegedly selling a gun to a felon. He now faces two felony charges.Barber's bond was set at $100,000. But after a judge heard testimony from Barber's mother and pastor, bond was reduced to $5,000.
"She believes Jason is innocent, I have had more detailed conversation probably with his grandmother and they are standing by the fact that they do not believe he is guilty," said Barber's Pastor Byron Soloman.Barber was assigned to the same narcotics unit as IMPD officers Jason Edwards and Robert Long arrested last month for allegedly stealing and selling drugs.Those arrests resulted in 20 Marion County case dismissals and as many as 15 future case dismissals. Barber's trial is September 2.

Douglas Cox shot Tuesday after police say he robbed a West Seattle bank and led them on a lengthy chase was armed with a pellet gun

During a news conference this afternoon, Seattle Police Sgt. Gary Nelson said that Douglas Cox had recently purchased the weapon — a near replica of a Colt .45 — with plans to rob the Wells Fargo Bank branch in West Seattle. Cox, who has been convicted of two previous bank robberies, was arrested with getaway driver Kevin Palmer.Burien man who was shot Tuesday after police say he robbed a West Seattle bank and led them on a lengthy chase was armed with a pellet gun that resembled a real handgun, police said.Cox and Palmer are suspected of robbing the bank in the 2300 block of California Avenue Southwest shortly after 10 a.m. and then leading police on a lengthy chase to Capitol Hill and then to downtown Seattle. Cox was shot when the chase ended at First Avenue and Spring Street.Police said that Cox, 50, and Palmer, 43, met while living in a halfway house in Seattle and plotted the West Seattle robbery over the past week. After his arrest Tuesday, Palmer told police that Cox told him that he refused to be caught by police, Nelson said.
Despite repeated warnings to surrender, police say, Cox displayed a handgun, prompting three Seattle police officers and one King County sheriff's deputy to pump numerous gunshots into a Jeep Cherokee the men used in the robbery.Assistant Police Chief Nick Metz said today that officers fired 15 shots and Cox was struck up to five times in the head and neck.Cox was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where he was listed in serious condition this morning. Metz identified the officers who fired their weapons as: Seattle police Sgt. Joseph Bauer, 45; Seattle Police Officer Jeff Geohagan, 37; and Seattle Police Officer Chriseley Lang, 46. King County sheriff's Deputy William Kennemer, 40, also fired. All four officers are on administrative leave while Seattle police investigate.One bystander suffered minor injuries when he was sprayed with glass while seated in a nearby vehicle. The man declined medical aid, police said.Palmer had been arrested before the shooting after he jumped out of the Cherokee at Eighth Avenue and Yesler Way, said FBI Special Agent Robbie Burroughs.

Willie Andrews arrested for allegedly holding a handgun to his fiancee’s head

One day after he was arrested for allegedly brandishing a gun at his girlfriend and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and unlawful possession of a high-capacity firearm, Willie Andrews has been released by the Patriots.
Twenty-four hours after being arrested for allegedly holding a handgun to his fiancee’s head, Willie Andrews received his walking papers from the Patriots
The Pats yesterday released the defensive back, who was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and unlawful possession of a high-capacity firearm on Monday. The arrest marked the second for Andrews since the Super Bowl in February. Two days after the loss to the Giants, Andrews was busted in Lowell with a half-pound of marijuana and $6,800 in cash in his car. He was charged with possession of marijuana and intent to distribute.That case was continued without a finding.The 24-year-old was selected by the Patriots in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL draft. In two seasons, he totaled one defensive tackle, 23 special teams tackles and returned four kickoffs for 149 years. Against Miami last season, he returned a kickoff 77 yards for a touchdown.During his arraignment Monday, Andrews was ordered held without bail, pending a dangerousness hearing tomorrow morning in Attleboro District Court. The incident allegedly took place in Andrews’ Mansfield apartment.
“The victim stated that during an argument, the suspect held a handgun in his hand and was waving it,” Mansfield police said in a statement. “At some point during the argument, the handgun went up to the area of her temple.”Vincent Taylor, who represents Andrews, issued a “no comment,” when reached yesterday and asked about his client’s release.During minicamp in May, Andrews answered questions about his drug arrest, and acknowledged his mistake.“It was a situation I shouldn’t have been in in the first place, but we all make mistakes and you learn from those,” Andrews said. “I just hated that it had to be that type of situation to learn from, but that’s the hand I was dealt, so you’ve got to play the cards.”Following Andrews’ arrest Monday, the Pats issued a statement through club spokesman Stacey James.
“The New England Patriots [team stats] take the conduct of our players very seriously. We are aware of the very disturbing and alarming reports regarding Willie Andrews. We will not offer any additional comment, as is our policy regarding pending legal matters.”

Tina L. Edinger faces a felony charge after allegedly shooting a handgun at the basement ceiling during an argument

Crystal Lake woman faces a felony charge after allegedly shooting a handgun at the basement ceiling during an argument, police said.Police responded to a domestic dispute at 4518 David Lane late Wednesday and charged resident Tina L. Edinger, 47, with aggravated discharge of a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition and possession of a firearm without a valid ownership card.Lt. Andrew Zinke of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office said she was taken into custody without incident, and police recovered the firearm and the bullet from the home, Zinke said.
Edinger posted 10 percent of her $60,000 bond Thursday. Her next court date is Thursday, July 10.

Darren Stratti shot dead on Monday at Kesho Leo

Mr Stratti, 36, from the Australian non-profit organisation foodwatershelter, was shot dead on Monday at Kesho Leo, a village the charity was building in the east African nation.
Sydney aid worker Darren Stratti was trying to protect five women from robbers trying to get into their mud hut when a bullet fired through the brittle wall struck and killed him in Tanzania, his colleagues and brothers say.His partner, foodwatershelter president Rebecka Delforce, was among the women he was defending, her personal assistant Amanda Pattison said this morning.
"What we understand to be local people came into the camp, got past the security guard and made some noise, I understand they took money from a number of people," Ms Pattison said."It's come through that Darren was protecting Rebecka, his partner, and others. [The killing] was not planned, it was a tragic outcome of the robbery.
"Rebecka's upset but very strong."Mr Stratti's brother, Daniel, 34, said Ms Delforce and Mr Stratti had been lying in their room at night when a light shone through their window and they heard a number of men outside."Rebecka Delforce called out 'Whose that?' A voice said 'It's security.' She looked at my brother and said 'That's not security's voice'," Daniel Stratti said.A Masai warrior usually guarded the room, he said.Darren Stratti then asked the men what they wanted, and they had demanded money. That day, about $6000 for building materials had been placed in a safe in Mr Stratti's room.Realising that they would be harassed again if they gave in to the demands, Mr Stratti had told the men to go away, Daniel Stratti said."He told Rebecka to hop under the bed and shortly after that a couple of shots were fired and one went through wall into my brother's chest," he said
The men busted through the door, struck Ms Delforce on the back of legs with an axe handle, and took the money in the safe, Daniel Stratti said.He said Mr Stratti and Ms Delforce then travelled in a ute along dirt tracks to a hospital at a nearby township. Unfortunately, it was not equipped to treat Mr Stratti, and neither was the next hospital they went to.Mr Stratti underwent surgery at the third hospital, but died a short time later.

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Bloods street gang member's funeral leads to arrest

Arrested for allegedly carrying a concealed 9-mm handgun to a Bloods street gang member's funeral in Roosevelt is due in court Tuesday on a weapons charge, court records show.In the Friday arrest of Darnell Snell, 25, undercover police detectives at the funeral noticed that Snell kept adjusting an object in his waistband -- an object that looked like a handgun, police said.The detectives closed in on Snell, of 93 North 17th St., Wyandanch, and arrested him on a weapons possession charge after they found a loaded 9-mm handgun in his waistband, police said.
Snell was arraigned in First District Court, Hempstead, on Saturday before Judge Rhonda Fischer, who set bail at $50,000 bond or $25,000 cash. As of Monday, Snell had not posted bail, court records showed.The Friday arrest came after Nassau police sent undercover Bureau of Special Operations officers to the area of St. Francis and Frederick avenues for an intensive patrol during the Bloods gang member's funeral.
One of the officers saw Snell "adjusting what appeared to be a handgun in his waistband. After seeing the defendant adjust his waistband a second time," officers moved in and arrested Snell without incident, a police report said

Terrance M. Jackson charged with multiple drug and weapon offenses

Arrested Terrance M. Jackson, a 19 year old male who resides in the unit block of Seminole Avenue in Claymont, DE. He has been charged with multiple drug and weapon offenses after he fought with an officer and attempted to remove his weapon from his holster. Jackson was later found to be in possession of over 10 grams of crack cocaine, marijuana and a loaded .32 caliber revolver.
On Sunday afternoon, Corporal John Schlosser received information from a concerned citizen regarding a male subject known as “T” who was riding a bicycle and selling cocaine in the area of Commonwealth Avenue in the community of Overlook Colony. At 7:423 p.m., Schlosser responded to the location and observed the subject riding his bike on W. Brandywine Avenue. He then activated his emergency equipment and attempted to stop the cyclist who immediately tried to outrun the police car.
Having no luck with eluding the officer on the bike, the cyclist attempted to run off, not knowing that Corporal Schlosser is an accomplished long distance runner. Schlosser was able to chase down the subject and tackle him on Philadelphia Pike near Franklin Avenue. The subject then assaulted the officer and attempted to remove the officer’s weapon without success. Two concerned bystanders, who witnessed the chase and subsequent struggle, assisted the officer by holding the subject down as he was handcuffed. The subject was found to be in possession of 10.1 grams of crack cocaine, 1.5 grams of marijuana, and a loaded .32 caliber handgun (with an obliterated serial number).Jackson has been charged with the following offenses: trafficking cocaine, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, attempting to remove a firearm of a law enforcement officer, assault in the second degree on a law enforcement officer, possession of a deadly weapon by a person prohibited, possession of drugs within a school safe zone, possession of a weapon within a school safe zone, resisting arrest with force, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, possession of a weapon with an obliterated serial number, disregarding an officer’s signal, criminal mischief (for damaging the officer’s uniform), possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and traffic offenses. He has been arraigned and committed to the Howard Young Prison after failing to post $74,515 secured bail.

Willie Andrews charged with assault with a dangerous weapon.

New England Patriots defensive back is accused of pointing a gun at his fiancee's head in Mansfield on Monday after she accused him of cheating on her.
The woman told police that she confronted Willie Andrews, 24, in a bedroom of his apartment on Sunday night, according to the Sun Chronicle. She said that Andrews was waving the gun and that it touched her temple, the newspaper reported.
The woman called 911, and when police arrived, Andrews allowed police to search his car. Police did not find a gun. The woman took her child to a hotel, police said.
Early Monday morning, police saw Andrews talking to the woman in the hotel parking lot. She told police that she was scared because he "threatened to shoot her in the past."Andrews was later arrested at his apartment and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon.The New England Patriots released a statement late Monday saying the team takes the conduct of its players "very seriously."Earlier this year, Andrews was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute after police allegedly found him with a half-pound of marijuana.


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