Counselor May Sue State Over Firing After Affair

     (CN) – A female prison counselor may sue Indiana for discrimination after it fired her for having an affair with another employee, but allowed her male partner to continue working, the 7th Circuit ruled.   &…

Officers Recover Guns, Drugs, Arrest 3 in Undercover Operation

Seattle police officers arrested three people and confiscated two handguns and a small amount of heroin in an undercover drug operation on Wednesday.

The arrests happened after an undercover officer purchased .5 grams of heroin for $40 from a 20-year-old man shortly after 10 p.m. near the intersection of Terry Avenue and Terrace Street. The suspect had two teen-aged companions with him.

Officers quickly moved in and arrested the 20-year-old suspect, and a 17-year-old male who was carrying a .22 caliber revolver. A 14-year-old girl ran away, but was caught. She had a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic pistol that police believe was handed to her by the 20-year-old suspect before the drug purchase.

The 20-year-old was booked into King County Jail for Investigation of Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act (VUCSA) with intent to deliver and a misdemeanor warrant. The teens were booked into the Youth Service Center.

  July 24, 2014  

Space Needle Still Standing After Reported Drone Strike

Seattle’s famous sky-high tourist attraction is still standing after police received reports of a drone crash Tuesday at the Space Needle.

Space Needle security called police just before 8:30 PM after several guests reported seeing a small drone buzz the top of the Needle, and possibly crash into an observation Deck window. Witnesses then saw the drone—described as a white, quad-propeller unmanned aerial vehicle, equipped with a camera—glide to a hotel two blocks east of the Needle, where it landed inside a fifth floor room.

Police found no signs of damage to the top of the Space Needle.

Security staff pointed out the fifth floor hotel room where the drone had landed, and officers went and contacted a man inside. The man told police he’d just flown his drone past the Needle, but disputed he’d struck anything.

He then showed officers video he’d captured during the drone’s flight, which showed it hovering over the Space Needle’s observation deck as tourists waved. Nothing on the video indicated the drone had hit the Needle.

The man told police he was an employee visiting from out of state, and had recently purchased the drone at a hobby shop. Officers then gave the man a crash course on some of Seattle’s recent drone-related controversies, and he agreed not to fly his drone in public while in town.

  July 24, 2014  

De-policing New York

Incredible as it seems, the people who want to undo the policing reforms that made New York City a much safer and more livable place than it used to be are gaining ground.  The current poster boy for this movement is Eric Garner, who died after being put in a chokehold while resisting arrest.  Heather MacDonald has this article in the City Journal on the dire consequences of undoing New York’s very successful policing efforts.  The article concludes:
The biggest threat facing minority New Yorkers now is not “over-policing,” and certainly not brutal policing. The NYPD has one of the lowest rates of officer shootings and killings in the country; it is recognized internationally for its professionalism and training standards. Deaths such as Garner’s are an aberration, which the department does everything it can to avoid. The biggest threat facing minority New Yorkers today is de-policing. After years of ungrounded criticism from the press and advocates, after highly publicized litigation and the passage of ill-considered laws–such as the one making officers financially liable for alleged “racial profiling”–NYPD officers have radically scaled back their discretionary activity. Pedestrian stops have dropped 80 percent citywide and almost 100 percent in some areas. The department is grappling with how to induce officers to use their lawful authority again to stop crime before it happens. Eric Garner’s death was a heartbreaking tragedy, but if the unjustified backlash against misdemeanor enforcement takes root and finds a sympathetic audience in Mayor Bill De Blasio, the consequences for all New Yorkers will be even more dire.

  July 24, 2014  

News Scan

Judge Asks Why Murder Suspect Wasn’t Already Behind Bars: A Michigan judge has revealed that the man suspected of murdering a two-year-old girl earlier this month should have been in jail at the time of the killing, and is asking why he was released from custody early.  CBS Detroit reports that 25-year-old Raymone Jackson was sentenced to 11 months in prison last September, but was released just six months later. Police believe Jackson killed the girl as form of retaliation against her father.
Delaware High Court Upholds Death Sentence: The Delaware Supreme Court has ruled to uphold the death sentence for a man convicted of murder nearly ten years ago.  Joe Jenkins of the Daily Voice reports that James Cooke was sentenced to death in 2012 for the rape and murder of a University of Delaware student in 2005.  Cooke was originally sentenced to death for the killing in 2007, but that conviction was ultimately thrown out by the state’s high court in a divided ruling.  He was tried again and sentenced to death five years later.

Increase in Murders After Death Penalty Abolished: South Africa has experienced a sharp increase in murders and violent crimes in recent years, which some believe was caused by eliminating the death penalty. Laura Oneale of Guardian Liberty Voice reports that the murder rate has continued to increase since the death penalty was abolished in 1996.  South Africa, which has been rated the most murderous society in the world, averages more than 47,000 killings annually. 

  July 24, 2014  

Bomb threat forces traffic diversion at LAX

Staff reports

Traffic was being diverted in the upper level of the central terminal area today at Los Angeles International Airport while police conduct an investigation of a bomb threat, authorities said.

Officers responded about noon to a “telephonic, non-specific bomb threat in an undetermined location at the Tom Bradley International Terminal,” said Sgt. Belinda Nettles of the Los Angeles Airport Police Department.

More to follow.

  July 24, 2014