Steeplechase opts for traffic enforcement on private roads.

An effort over the past year in Oak Brook to have residents in subdivisions with private roads agree to allow police to enforce the entire Illinois Vehicle Code has proven successful.

The Steeplechase Community Association of Oak Brook, which has 21 homes, is the latest homeowners’ group to agree to the enabling ordinance that allows enforcement. The Oak Brook Village Board approved the agreement July 14.

“We are restricted to what we can enforce on private roads unless those residents agree to the enabling ordinance,” Police Chief James Kruger said. “Having the enabling ordinance in place allows us to better serve the community and provide the same level of service for everyone.”

Without an agreement to the enabling ordinance, police are not able to write tickets for violations of lane usage and vehicle registration. Police also are not able to issue tickets to those driving without a license or with a license that has been suspended.

Bob Sheppel, president of the Steeplechase Community Association of Oak Brook, said the group’s board decided to accept the enabling ordinance because it “goes hand in hand with security.”

Kruger and Village President Gopal Lalmalani reached out to homeowners association presidents a year ago, asking that they agree to the enabling ordinance. Since that time, homeowners associations in Briarwood Lakes, Heritage Oaks and Midwest Chase also have agreed to the ordinance.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the response we’ve received from our homeowners associations,” Kruger said. “We’ve had a couple of requests for extra patrol, and some have expressed traffic safety concerns. This allows us to have an increased presence.”

Kruger said the Oak Brook Club and Covington Court are the only two remaining eligible subdivisions in the village that have yet to agree to the enabling ordinance.

“They have expressed interest, and we are working with them,” Kruger said.

Two Oak Brook subdivisions with private roads, Breakenridge Farm and Wendell Woods, are not eligible for the enabling ordinance because each has only nine homes. State law requires a minimum of 10 homes to enact the enabling ordinance, Kruger said.

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NY prison escapee Sweat back behind bars. What’s different this time?

David Sweat has been transferred to another upstate New York maximum security prison, but he will lose all the privileges he enjoyed before his breakout a month ago.

After spending three weeks on the run and one in the hospital, escaped prisoner David Sweat is back in a maximum security prison. He was transferred Sunday to the Five Points Correctional Facility in Romulus, N.Y., according to the State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS).

This time, the level of attention focused on Mr. Sweat will be heightened. Whereas prior to his breakout from Clinton Correctional Facility Sweat had lived in “honor housing,” where well-behaved inmates were trusted with limited privileges, Sweat’s freedom at Five Points will be severely abridged.

He will spend the first 24 hours at Five Points in the infirmary for a medical evaluation, DOCCS said in a statement. Sweat will then be placed in the facility’s Special Housing Unit, where he will be locked in a single-occupancy cell for 23 hours a day. He will also be on active suicide watch.

Each of the 150 cells in the Special Housing Unit comes furnished with the basics for all-day confinement: a bed, a toilet, a sink, a writing platform, and a shower that the prison controls to “limit movement,” DOCCS said.

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Chicago police officers sue over tattoo cover-up rule

Three Chicago police officers filed a federal lawsuit against the department Thursday, challenging its new policy that requires uniformed officers to cover their tattoos.

The officers, all of whom served in the military and have tattoos on their arms, argue in the suit that the policy violates their First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and expression. The city of Chicago is named as the sole defendant.

According to the Police Department’s new policy, which went into effect June 12, tattoos and body brandings cannot be visible on officers “while on duty or representing the department, whether in uniform, conservative business attire, or casual dress.”

The hands, face, neck and other areas not covered by clothing must be covered with “matching skin tone adhesive bandage or tattoo cover-up tape,” according to the policy. Uniformed officers also are barred from wearing baseball caps, and knit caps in the winter, under the new policy.

One of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, Officer Daniel Medici, a nine-year veteran of the department, bears a tattoo that honors his service in the Marine Corps. An Iraq War veteran, he has a “wings and halos” tattoo in remembrance of his fallen comrades, according to the suit.

The two other plaintiffs, Officers John Kukielka and Dennis Leet, each have a religious tattoo of St. Michael, the patron and protector of police, mariners, paratroopers and sickness, the suit says. Medici also bears a religious tattoo. Leet and Kukielka both served in the Air Force and were hired by the Police Department in 1999 and 2009, respectively.

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Mississippi College officer saves child

A Mississippi College public safety officer saved a child’s life while on vacation in Florida.

Two weeks ago, Mary Lou Dill and her husband, Lieutenant Christopher Dill with the Clinton Police Department, were on a last minute vacation with friends in Orlando, Florida.

Dill, who had been visiting her sick father in Canada, booked the trip weeks ago but forgot to cancel; an oversight Dill now says was guided by fate.

Dill, her husband and her friends were walking around their hotel grounds at West Gate Resort when they heard music coming from one of the resort’s 14 pool areas. The women decided to go back to their hotel rooms and change into their bathing suits. Once she changed, Dill left her hotel room by herself and began walking back down to the pool area where her husband was waiting.

On her way, a hotel employee on a golf cart stopped and asked if she wanted a ride. A move, once again, where Dill believes fate intervened.

As soon as she got off the golf cart and walked into the pool area, Dill saw chaos. Hearing screams, Dill initially thought a fight had broken out but then she saw a woman running, carrying a lifeless body of a little boy.

Once he was laid on the ground, Dill could see foam coming from the child’s mouth.

“He was blue, it was just awful,” Dill told The Clarion-Ledger Thursday.

Dill asked that the child, a six-year-old triplet, not be identified.

Dill, a mother of three, said her instincts took over and she sprung into action. To this day, she said the moments between when she first saw the child and when she began doing chest compressions are a blur. Dill checked and the child did not have a pulse. She began administering CPR.

“From that point, I can’t remember what I did,” she said. “I just dropped everything and I started doing compressions.”

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Milford Police Officer Receives National Recognition For Bravery

The Jonathan Law School Resource Officer was cited for his courageous actions during the stabbing death of Maren Sanchez at the school.

Jonathan Law School Resource Officer James Kiely has received a national award for the courageous and brave actions he displayed on April 25, 2014, which is the day Maren Sanchez, 16, was fatally stabbed at the school by a fellow classmate.

Kiely was on duty at the time of the incident, and helped take the suspect into custody.

According to the Milford Board of Police Commissioners meeting minutes, the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) – acknowledging and congratulating Officer James Kiely as the NASRO recipient of the National Award of Valor for his courageous actions and bravery on 4/25/14 at Jonathan Law High School, noting the award will be presented at the NASRO Conference in Orlando, Florida in July.

Police Chief Keith Mello also shared the letter of recommendation sent by Gianni Ragaini, Dean of Students at Jonathan Law which nominated Officer Kiely for this award.

The letter commended Officer Kiely’s action on 4/25/14 and the many days and weeks which followed. It also noted that Officer Kiely is of value to the student body and staff as he continues to be a respected role model, friend, counselor and confidante to the students and staff.

Chief Mello stated he and Officer Kiely’s fellow officers are proud of him and congratulate him for being awarded this honor and will work together as a department to see that he is able to travel to Orlando to accept the award.

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For LAPD investigators, cases involving child victims can be hard to shake

Shrouded by darkness in the early dawn, the heavily armored investigators marched toward the Mid-City apartment on St. Elmo Street. One of the officers strode straight to a door on the first floor and banged on it, yelling in Spanish for it to be opened.

On the other side, a desperate young man was stuffing an iPad with 80 downloaded images of child pornography into the cushions of a couch, a detective would say later.

Within moments, 19-year-old Abraham Escoto, his father and uncle were standing outside. The lanky young man with disheveled hair had only recently moved to Los Angeles from Mexico to live with his father.

Now he was facing accusations that he had traded child porn over the Internet with someone in Russia.

Escoto told the investigators standing around him that he would never touch a child.

The Los Angeles Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children unit serves about 300 warrants each year in pursuit of child pornography suspects. In a high-rise building in Long Beach, 11 officers review an average of 350 child pornography cases a month.

The unit is a byproduct of an age in which almost everything can be shared electronically, whether on social media or in dark, digital back alleys. Detectives say many teens share nude photographs and videos, unwittingly contributing to a web of material that is distributed as child pornography. There are apps that essentially allow adults to pretend they are children, investigators say.

Whether child porn is more prevalent now than it used to be is an open question. But officials say there are now many more ways to acquire and circulate in this digital world — and that’s where the unit comes in.

Team members have found pornographic images of children as young as 9 months old. They have arrested suspects in tony neighborhoods and roach-infested motels, said Det. Gilbert Escontrias. They have arrested paramedics, teachers, police officers and city attorneys.

They comb through hundreds of tips from other LAPD officers and law enforcement agencies and the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children.

The center has reviewed more than 132 million child pornography images since it was created in 2002.

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NY county approves firearms for probation officers

PLATTSBURGH — Clinton County legislators agreed to allow probation officers to carry firearms if they wish, but not without some dissent.

“This may be overkill,” Legislator Mark Dame (R-Area 8, City and Town of Plattsburgh) said at Wednesday night’s meeting.


For the past two years, the legislature has been considering allowing the use of firearms for probation officers, studying the issue at length.

Probation Department Director David Marcoux said the number of people on probation that they have to supervise has grown significantly in recent years and that concern about people becoming violent during home visits has increased.

The policy that Marcoux and the legislature’s Public Safety Committee came up with allows officers to use firearms, if they want, on certain home visits.

The guns and ammunition would be purchased by the county, and the officers would be trained before they are issued.


Legislator Robert Hall (D-Area 10, City of Plattsburgh), who chairs the Public Safety Committee, said the situation has gotten so dangerous in the county because of drugs that the need for firearms is real.

“I really do believe that this is a deterrent,” Hall said.

Legislator Peter Keenan (D-Area 5, Peru) agreed with Hall.

“These officers will be well trained, and I think we really need this program badly,” he said.

Harry McManus (D-Area 1, Champlain), Chairman Sam Dyer (D-Area 3, Beekmantown), Patty Waldron (D-Area 6, Saranac), Jimmy Langley (R-Area 7, Peru), John Gallagher (D-Area 9, City of Plattsburgh) and Jonathan Beach (R-Area 2, Altona) also favored the policy allowing guns to be used.

“Our job is to hire good department heads and give them the tools to do the job right without micro-managing them,” Langley said, adding that Marcoux’s endorsement of the policy was enough for him.

“David (Marcoux) moved up the ranks in this department quickly because of the good head on his shoulders. I have the utmost faith in him. This is not an ego thing with him.”

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British hospital issues security staff with BODY CAMERAS

£80,000 police station opened at Royal Blackburn Hospital last April
Security guards now given high-tech cameras to record potential attacks
Devices are switched off while guards walk around hospital wards
But in the event of an attack they can switch on and record any incidents

The first NHS hospital to establish a police station on site is now issuing security staff with body cameras to deter attacks.
Health bosses said they hope the move will reduce threatening behaviour at the Royal Blackburn Hospital in Lancashire, and help bring any offenders to justice.
The East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, which also runs Burnley General and some smaller hospitals, reported 223 assaults on staff in 12 months from 2013 to 2014.
The figures showed assaults had almost doubled when compared with the year previously, when 114 attacks were recorded.

The £80,000 police station opened at the Royal Blackburn last April after frustration over the number of police call-outs.
Hospital guards will be kitted out with the high-tech devices as part of a new initiative to tackle the rising number of assaults and aggression against NHS workers.
During 2013/2014, aggressive incidents involved 30 of every 1,000 staff members at the hospital.

Jed Morris, security and governance manager for East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: ‘This is a brilliant new initiative for the hospital and will really help to protect our patients and staff when they’re on our site.

All security officers will undertake thorough training to operate the equipment and the recording, storage and use of the video footage will comply with current law and guidelines.’
The cameras are around the size of a pack of cards and are worn on a security vest.
As officers patrol the hospital they are switched off.
But if a potentially violent or dangerous situation arises they can be switched on and instantly begin capturing the event.

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Busted headlight leads police to arrest man with 197 charges on record


A busted headlight led police to arrest a man Friday night who was driving in west Nashville on a revoked license. The man also had an additional 197 charges on his record.

According to an affidavit, an officer saw Trenton Harris driving on Dr. D.B. Todd Boulevard with the driver’s side headlight out.

After initiating a traffic stop, a records check revealed that Harris, 52, was driving on a revoked license and had 197 previous charges, including 62 failures to appear, and 13 failures to be booked, according to the report.

Court documents show that Harris was arrested in Davidson County on three other occasions: in 1989, 1991 and 2014. Two of the arrests were for traffic violations.

Harris was taken into custody Friday night and charged with driving on a revoked license.

His bond was set at $2,500.

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DNA Leads to Man’s Arrest in 1995 Rape

A man is facing rape charges in an attack that happened more than 20 years ago after Manhattan prosecutors said a DNA sample linked him to the crime.

Joseph Giardala pleaded not guilty Friday in state Supreme Court to charges that he attacked a 25-year-old woman after she left a West Village movie theater on Jan. 23, 1995. Prosecutors say Mr. Giardala, now 44 years old, forced the woman into a nearby building’s vestibule and raped and robbed her at knife point.

Mr. Giardala’s attorney, Richard Ma, declined to comment on the case. His client was ordered held without bail; his next court appearance is set for June 4.

Assistant District Attorney Melissa Mourges said prosecutors identified the suspect through DNA. Immediately after the rape, the woman went to a hospital, where DNA from the attacker was collected as part of a rape-evidence kit, Ms. Mourges said.

The attack was reported to police, but leads were exhausted and the case went cold, she said.

The kit was tested in 2001 as part of an effort to tackle a backlog of rape-kit cases and the data uploaded to the national DNA database, Ms. Mourges said, but no match was found.

Under the statute of limitations, prosecutors had 10 years from the time the crime was committed to file charges. So, in 2003, Ms. Mourges said, the Manhattan district attorney’s office obtained a “John Doe” indictment listing the attacker’s DNA profile in lieu of a name.

Ms. Mourges said the office was informed April 7 that the DNA matched Mr. Giardala, based on a DNA profile that was entered into the national database in Florida earlier this year.

A warrant was issued for Mr. Giardala’s arrest and authorities apprehended him at Los Angeles International Airport last week. He was accompanied to New York by detectives from the Manhattan Special Victims Squad on Thursday night, Ms. Mourges said.

Prosecutors said Friday the arrest stemmed from a project begun in 2000 that led to the testing of 17,000 sexual-assault evidence kits in police storage.

In denying bail for Mr. Giardala, Judge Bonnie Wittner cited his “total lack of ties to New York City and his nomadic existence.”

Mr. Giardala had close to a dozen credit cards and several driver’s licenses from different states when he was arrested, Ms. Mourges said. In the past five months, he had used an electronic benefits card in Florida, New Jersey, New York and Los Angeles, she said.

She said that in the 12 months before April 11, Mr. Giardala purchased more than 200 airline tickets for destinations as far-flung as Moscow; several countries in Europe and South America; and Japan, Hawaii and Guam.

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