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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) An armed security guard accused of shooting a robbery suspect in Homewood earlier this month was in court for a preliminary hearing today.
John Carter, 53, of Verona man is charged with aggravated assault after shooting a man, who allegedly robbed a delivery truck in Homewood.
He believes and I believe and I think everyone will believe in the end, that he did the right thing yet he s in the position where he s in the box trying to prove his innocence, defense attorney Steve Townsend said.
On Oct.2, Edward Brown allegedly grabbed a money bag out of a delivery truck at Triangle Candy and Tobacco.
Carter, working for Triangle as a guard, gave chase. He opened fire on Brown, striking the 32-year-old in the abdomen.
This area where this took place in Homewood, it s like Afghanistan, it s Bosnia. Shootings there are almost a daily occurrence, Townsend said.
Someone s threatening you with bodily force and you re in fear of serious bodily injury, you have to do what you have to do to protect yourself and that s what happened.
Carter, a 16-year veteran and qualified to carry a firearm, told police Brown turned around and reached for his waist.
Carter thought he had a gun and fired. However, there was no gun.
Carter told police a bystander yelled that Brown had a gun, but videotape showed Brown, who would be charged with robbery, never turned around and never had a gun. Brown survived his injuries.
I believe that he s innocent.
I don t believe that he committed a crime and I believe that that will come out in the end.
Unfortunately, he s left in the situation where he s probably going to have to take this case to trial, Townsend said.
Carter remains free on bond and continues to work as an armed security guard.
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Police at the intersection of Ivanhoe and Chabot roads in Oakland s Rockridge neighborhood, July 14, 2011. (CBS)
OAKLAND (CBS SF) A fundraiser to hire private security guards in Oakland s Rockridge neighborhood has raised thousands of dollars as a short-term solution to rising crime in the area.
Resident Paul Liu, an economist at Google, started the campaign through crowd funding website Crowdtilt after an armed robbery at a casual carpool pickup location near Claremont Avenue and Hudson Street on the morning of Sept.
Oakland police arrested a male juvenile and 22-year-old Delante Johnson for the robbery.
The incident was the last straw for Liu, who has lived in Rockridge for more than eight years, because it happened to a large group of people during rush hour in broad daylight.
I could sense that something needed to be done, he said.
So he set up the CrowdTilt campaign for residents to hire guards through VMA Security Group which he said is used by city merchants associations and businesses.
A minimum of 100 households is required to sign up to cover security guards fees during a four-month trial period that will start Nov.
4 through the end of February.
At least $8,200 was needed to pay VMA Security Group, which charges each household $20 per month, and the campaign required a minimum contribution of $80 for the trial period plus a $2.50 charge for Crowdtilt.
The security guards will travel in black Ford Crown Victoria sedans for 12-hour shifts on weekdays with occasional foot patrols, but can only report in-progress incidents to Oakland police.
The guards can ensure the safety of involved parties but their abilities are limited to those of a concerned citizen, Liu said.
Liu s campaign covers areas of north and west Lower Rockridge roughly bordered by Woolsey Street, College and Telegraph avenues and state Highway 24.
The campaign ended on Wednesday and raised nearly $21,000 with 226 households signed up.
We all hope this a short-term band aid solution to reduce crime in the area. We don t know for sure if this will help. I think we re going to evaluate where things are in a few months, Liu said.
Two other Crowdtilt campaigns have been set up covering other regions of Rockridge and VMA Security Group would collectively patrol all three areas.
A second campaign by residents David Groves and Justin Horner covering south and west regions of Lower Rockridge stretches from Highway 24, Telegraph Avenue, 51st Street and a large portion of Broadway.
Groves and Horner s fundraiser ended on Thursday and raised more than $27,000 yielding 278 households.
Residents Steve Kirsh and Nathalie Jans started a third campaign running from The Uplands, and Miles and College avenues.
Kirsh and Jans fundraiser continues through Oct.
Many people are aware of the campaign through word of mouth, door-to-door canvassing, flyers, and neighborhood email lists, Liu said.
City Councilman Dan Kalb, who has lived in Rockridge for more than eight years, isn t advocating or objecting to the security effort because it is a matter by private citizens.
These private security guards will help deter crime by their visibility and may be trained but they have no more authority to do anything than you or I. They re not police officers, Kalb said.
He has also told organizers that he would prefer the security guards to be unarmed which Liu said will be included in the contract with VMA Security Group.
Kalb s district includes Rockridge and he held a public safety meeting for the neighborhood on Oct.
9 with Oakland police Chief Sean Whent and Capt. Anthony Toribio.
There is a shortage of officers in the police department but Kalb said he hopes the private security guards won t become a permanent solution to neighborhood crime.
Kirsh, who works in business development for digital agencies, said, There s a real deficit and we re trying to complement the police who have their hands tied up.
More than 300 people attended the Oct.
9 meeting where the crowd funding campaign was discussed, Liu said.
Attorney Nicole Aruda said she and a group of community members are concerned that there isn t enough dialogue between organizers and the entire neighborhood.
I feel like the crowd funding campaign short circuited this whole democratic process in that there was no true outreach to the greater community. This was a campaign waged through social media, she said.
The diversity in the neighborhood, such as socioeconomic differences, may prevent some people from access to the campaign s websites, she said.
There are some folks who are not entirely happy about the process but we re all feeling this out. At the end of the day this is a private action by interested persons, Liu said.
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The NFL is serious business. Even for the security guards. When the Lions took on the Browns in the preseason, Joique Bell2 helped out the Browns security guards by tackling a streak who ran onto the field.
The Philadelphia Eagles must have taken note.
Their security guards are practicing on the field just in case a streaker would run onto their field. Because as we all know no one, and I mean no one runs on the Eagles field. If they happen to the security guards are prepared.
Check out the video above!
14 meeting, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved the purchase of six cameras.
Pittsfield Township is moving ahead with security cameras like these in Ypsilanti Township. Courtney Sacco | AnnArbor.com
The vote was only on purchasing the hardware, and the board will next consider policy for implementing the program and monitoring data that township staff and Public Safety Director Matt Harshberger is drawing up.
No date on that vote has been set.
“The intent, of course, is to enhance public safety services and make us more effective, Township Supervisor Mandy Grewal said.
The cameras would first be installed on township properties in places like parks, parking lots and outside of restrooms, but could eventually be included at three apartment complexes, Harshberger said.
The township is also currently in negotiations with real estate company McKinley, Inc. about installing cameras near exits and entrances at Glencoe Hills, 2201 Glencoe Hills Dr.; Evergreen Apartments, 3089 Woodland Hills Dr.; and Golfside Lake, 2345 Woodridge Way.234
Grewal said the apartment complexes are being considered because of their high crime rates and high number of calls for police service originating from them.
Vandalism and graffiti have also been an issue in places like public parks.
I think we re trying to target places where we ve had high crime rates. I think that s the logic, Grewal said.
The total price tag for all of it is $31,667, with $28,500 coming from a state grant the township has been awarded.
Pittsfield would provide 10 percent matching funds for the program.
Addressing concerns that cameras could invade residents privacy, Grewal noted that the township contacted the American Civil Liberties Union as it began considering purchasing cameras.
We reached of to ACLU right off the bat to make sure we re not going places we shouldn t, she said.
She also stressed that the cameras will send images to a server which will only be examined if it will help with a police investigation.
The information gathered is going to be used for investigative purposes only.
We re not going to be monitoring a stream of data, she said.
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) A local family is accused of beating up a bar security guard, after a DJ wouldn t play the song they had requested.
It happened at the bar Savoy in the Strip District, this past weekend.
Police say 29-year-old Dion Daye Jr. ,who requested the song, was arrested, in addition to two family members, 50-year-old Dion Daye Sr. and 25-year-old Dorian Daye, after they all teamed up and attacked a security guard.
The DJ s refusal to play their song allegedly upset the trio which was asked to leave. Then Dion Daye Jr.
allegedly punched the security guard.
The fight then escalated with family members using objects in the bar to continue attacking the security guard.
The security guard is currently in the hospital, police say.
All three family members are charged with disorderly conduct, aggravated assault and conspiracy-aggravated assault.
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Frankfurt Zoo has posted a security guard at its orang-utan enclosure – to watch a trouble-maker ape which has been taking apart the cage. The worry is that young, impressionable orang-utans might learn from her.
“She’s not trying to break out, that is not her aim, she just messes with various things, including the fence, but also the water pipes and heating, and she causes damage. She uses branches and whatever else she can find as tools,” Christine Kurrle, zoo spokeswoman told The Local.
“So far she is the only one of the six who does this kind of thing but it is obviously not in our interest that the others learn how to manipulate the fence.”
The 20-year-old orang-utan called Sirih, has become so good at making holes in the fence around her enclosure, and digging up the water and heating pipes that the zoo has stationed a security man to watch over her and raise the alarm at the first sign of trouble. She may soon be on her way to a new home anyway, said Kurrle. “Sirih is being moved because she is a healthy, strong female and needs to leave the group to be paired with a mate. We don’t know when or where yet, that will be determined by the international breeding programme.”
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) A Tampa Bay area shoplifter has been sentenced to five years in prison because a security guard suffered a fatal heart attack while trying to stop the crime.
As part of a deal with Hillsborough County prosecutors, 36-year-old Mervin Bettis pleaded guilty Monday to third-degree murder. He could have received up to 30 years in prison.
Authorities say Bettis tried to steal about $1,100 worth of razor blade cartridges from a Tampa Target in May 2011. Two security guards struggled with Bettis as he tried to flee.
Minutes after handcuffing Bettis, one of the guards 65-year-old Russell Horner collapsed and later died.
Florida law says a person can be charged with felony murder if a death occurs during the commission of certain felonies.
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Following last week’s discovery of a faulty bomb at Bonn’s central railway station, a new opinion poll on Friday showed that four out of five Germans want more surveillance cameras in train stations and other public places.
Just 18 percent of Germans were against tougher video surveillance, according to the survey by Infratest dimap, released by broadcaster ARD.
Last Monday, a blue sports bag left on a platform in Bonn’s main station was found to contain an improvised explosive device. The detonation device was reportedly triggered but did not go off. Prosecutors believe Islamist extremists were behind the botched attempt.
The train platform was not under full surveillance, and despite the presence of video cameras, no footage of the bag drop-off was recorded. The only images available of the suspects themselves were taken at a nearby McDonald’s restaurant. The case has ignited a fierce debate among German policy-makers – with politicians from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, the Christian Democratic Union, calling for more video surveillance.
The centre-left Social Democrats, as well as the Greens and the Left Party, oppose the CDU stance. Earlier this week, Green Party parliamentary leader Renate K nast told the S ddeutsche Zeitung that Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich should instead push for better cooperation between the various offices and targeted efforts to prevent future attacks. “We need effective security authorities, not blanket surveillance,” she said.