Thursday, September 30, 2010

Waves of property damage -- Frederick, MD

A rash of vandalism in Frederick-area neighborhoods in recent weeks has left dozens of vehicles defaced, numerous tires flattened and windshields cracked, houses egged and buildings spray-painted.



A little more than a week ago, vandals even removed a 4-foot-tall statue of St. Jude from its post at an Emmitsburg church and smashed it into pieces. St. Jude is the patron saint of lost causes.

The church crime was only one of 234 destruction of property cases reported to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office from Aug. 1 to Sept. 27, according to Cpl. Jennifer Bailey.

"Property crime seems to be what we're responding to most often," including burglaries, vandalism and destruction of property cases, Bailey said.

Damage resulting from those crimes ranged from a small amount of money to hundreds and even thousands of dollars to repair.

"Fifty dollars to replace a mailbox may seem insignificant to some people. But for others, it's not," Bailey said. "That $50 might be their family's grocery money, and without it, they might not be able to eat."

The vandalism isn't confined to just the county. During those same eight weeks, the Frederick Police Department took 156 reports of destruction of property, Capt. Kevin Grubb said.

Maryland State Police responded to 25 property crimes in Mount Airy and Walkersville, Detective Sgt. Wayne Wachsmuth said. Police in Brunswick took 31 reports and police in Thurmont, 12.

Midweek last week, police in the City of Frederick were hard-pressed to recall any recent property damage crime sprees.

And then the weekend arrived -- and so did the vandals.

Fifty-three tires on 31 vehicles were flattened. "Some cars lost all four," Grubb said Monday.

"A line of people were calling, and it's unfortunate," he said. Not only did they suffer a financial loss for towing fees and for the damage they had to repair, but they were inconvenienced as well by temporarily not having the use of their vehicles.

In August and September, deputies responded most often to Emmitsburg, which had 15 reports. They took 14 complaints each in New Market and Mount Airy and 13 reports from Middletown.

Calls to Frederick mailing addresses outside the Frederick city limits numbered 111, Bailey said.

Town officials in New Market warned residents to keep an eye out on their property -- and their neighbors' property -- and to report anything out of the ordinary to the sheriff's office.

Mailboxes in the small town were destroyed, and lawns were damaged by cars, officials wrote in the town's newsletter.

Bailey said the sheriff's office has been receiving a number of tips since the creation of the agency's Facebook page.

"All calls get assigned to a deputy for follow-up investigation, and areas with repeat calls are put on a patrol checklist," she said.

It's not unusual for Bailey, when reviewing reports each morning, to see at least one, two or three cases of vandalism.

Property crimes are hitting county communities on a daily basis, she said.

Last Wednesday morning, Bailey found seven reports had been filed about vehicles that had had tires slashed or windshields broken along Robin Drive. Reports continued to accumulate until the number reached 17.

Dennis Ebaugh, the facilities manager at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Emmitsburg, was startled when he reported to work about 8 a.m. Sept. 20 and realized the St. Jude statue was missing from the garden between the church rectory and parish center.

The statue hadn't been stolen. The crime was more senseless than that, he said.

The statue, which weighed at least 100 pounds, had been pulled off its stone base and carried around to the side of the building.

"Somebody busted it up," he said, estimating it will cost in the neighborhood of $400 to replace.

The sheriff's office arrested two teenage boys last week in one morning's rash of vehicle vandalism cases along Black Duck Court.

http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/news/display.htm?StoryID=110519

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Solidarity flames for recent arrested anarchists -- Minsk, Belarus

Two unknown people have thrown two Molotov cocktail bombs at the door of the detention center on Akrestsina Street in Minsk early on Monday, BelaPAN reports.



The door caught fire as a result of the attack at 04:23 a.m.

The city’s Maskowski district police department instituted criminal proceedings under Part Two of the Criminal Code’s Article 339 that penalizes malicious hooliganism.

It was not immediately known whether anyone was grabbed in connection with the incident. The press office of the city police department would not comment the report.

An anarchist group named Friends of Freedom claimed responsibility for the attack, saying in a statement posted on the Internet in the evening that they wanted to show solidarity with six anarchist activists arrested at the end of last week on suspicion of involvement in the August 30 fire-bomb attack on the Russian embassy in Minsk.

The six young men were arrested after an anarchist group claimed responsibility for the attack on the Russian embassy, in which a diplomat’s Mazda 3 car was burned after two glass bottles containing a flammable substance were hurled into the embassy's territory at about 10 p.m. on August 30.

The group said that the attack was in response to the Russian authorities' crackdown on activists protesting plans to build a new Moscow-St. Petersburg highway through a forest north of the Russian capital city.

http://naviny.by/rubrics/english/2010/09/07/ic_news_259_351620/

Anarchists attack two media vans -- Santa Cruz, CA



Communique from a couple whatever singularities:

"Sunday September 19. San Lorenzo Park. Tire slashed on media van in broad daylight during Take Back Santa Cruz event.

The media is not objective. The existence of mass media is a symptom of a fundamentally alienated society. In turn, the media reproduces this alienation. They repeat police propaganda and brainwash people to be afraid of everyone around them. They tame struggles against the status quo by encouraging us to become media activists. To actually get out of the capitalist hell we live in, we need to meet other people and have unmediated conversations. Then, we organize to attack capitalism. Activists who pander to the media and democratic values are worse than useless.

Take Back Santa Cruz wants to drive poor people out of Santa Cruz. Especially people of color and the homeless. Well, we aren't going anywhere. You want the City Council to become even more repressive, in the name of public safety. You want more cops. You're a bunch of snitches and wannabe vigilantes. But you can't even prevent an attack on your event in the middle of the day.

We are uncontrollable."

And nearby, a comment in the Indymedia article repoted:

"UCSC "Media Services" van attacked that very sunday night. 'Expect Resistance' tagged over one whole side among other things."

http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2010/09/20/18659349.php

Gang of cigarette theives making bank -- Hampshire, England

A prolific gang of cigarette thieves is on the rampage across the county, smashing
their way into shops.



So far 25 premises have been burgled by the gang who have swiped thousands of pounds of cigarettes from newsagents, post offices and grocery stores.

The Daily Echo can today reveal that detectives believe the same highly organised group are behind the string of break-ins which have been carried out under the cover of darkness since the start of last month.

All of the raids have taken place either late at night or in the early hours of the morning – and many are close to main roads that give easy access to the south’s motorway networks.

The latest raid came in the early hours of Monday morning, when the burglars forced their way through metal shutters at the Co-Op store in Nursling.

They struck at the Nursling Street shop at around 4.30am, before making off with a haul of cigarettes from behind the counter.

It is not thought they attempted to take anything else.

The burglars have also struck across Southampton, Winchester, Ashurst, Romsey, Boyatt Wood, North Baddesley, Marchwood, Cadnam and Ringwood.

A major investigation is now under way, being led by CID officers from Lyndhurst police station, who are linking the crimes.

http://www.thisishampshire.net/news/8412903.Gang_of_cigarette_thieves_target_25_stores/?ref=rss

Pick-up truck used as battering ram in smash n' grab -- Saskatoon, Canada

Video of a violent smash-and-grab style of business break-in has been released by police in Saskatoon.



The one-minute long video is from a security camera in a convenience store.

It shows a white pick-up truck approaching the front doors and crashing into the doors.

The glass in one of the doors is shattered and there is enough room for a man to slip into the store.

He is wearing a hooded jacket and is in the store for only a few moments before slipping out, and back into the truck to drive away.

Police said the video is from a break-in at 4:23 a.m. CST on Monday.

They said the truck is a Dodge Ram and has a metal tool box in the back. Police were investigating two other incidents where a truck was crashed into a business.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/saskatchewan/story/2010/09/22/sk-smash-grab-video.html?ref=rss

Thief breaks into courthouse for electronics -- Wayne County, NC

Deputies are looking for a bold criminal in Wayne County.



Around 5:30 a.m. Saturday Morning, an Assistant District Attorney was entering the Wayne County Courthouse when he saw it had been broken into.

Deputies say there was no forced entry and they have no reason to believe the break-in had anything to do with a current or future court case. They say the man in the photos appears to have been after electronic equipment. Some of that equipment had already been recovered.

http://www.wcti12.com/news/25160312/detail.html

Flames for policeman's home -- Indianapolis, IN

A fire discovered early Monday at the Far-Southside home of an Indianapolis police officer was intentionally set, investigators said.



Around 1:15 a.m., authorities said, someone set fire to the back porch area of the home occupied by Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer Justin Beaton, his wife and their two children, ages 2 and 7.

The blaze quickly gutted the house and a backyard pool, leaving the family homeless and causing $100,000 damage.

IMPD and Indianapolis Fire Department investigators did not specify a motive or why they believe it was arson. They would not comment on reports that an incendiary device was used.

The crime stunned neighbors in the tree-lined, neighborhood of brick homes. Neighbors were uncertain whether it was a random act of violence or a case of someone targeting a police officer.

"They are both equally scary" scenarios, said Ed Rudisell, a next-door neighbor of the officer who was awakened by the commotion and ran outside to see Beaton unsuccessfully try to knock down flames with a garden hose. "If it's an individual that is starting fires or targeting a police officer, it's beside the point."

Beaton, who has been with the department for about five years, couldn't be reached. IFD spokeswoman Capt. Rita Burris said the officer's wife heard the sound of breaking glass on the back porch and then fire quickly engulfed the house. It took firefighters 30 minutes to put out the flames.

IMPD spokeswoman Sgt. Linda Jackson said officers can become known off-duty, because of cases they work or the fact they take home marked patrol cars. "If they (someone) did target them, it's disturbing," Jackson said.

http://www.indystar.com/article/20100921/LOCAL1801/9210332/Fire-set-at-home-of-policeman-was-arson-officials-say?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|IndyStar.com

Workers turn to looting to survive -- Aurora, South Africa

The situation at cash-strapped mining aspirant Aurora Empowerment's Grootvlei Mine on the East Rand is so desperate that workers are resorting to looting the operation's resources to make ends meet.



Criminal gangs are also cashing in on the mine's assets.

Copper pipes, electricity cables, aluminium and wires are being stolen. And at least five people have been killed in running battles with security guards over illegal mining activities.

Trade union Solidarity deputy secretary-general Gideon du Plessis said "these are the results of Aurora's failure to meet its obligations".

Farsy Namanyana, chairman of the National Union of Mineworkers' Grootvlei branch, denied that workers were involved in illegal mining activities and blamed it on crime syndicates from Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

"In fact, workers have resorted to vigilantism to protect the assets because they provide a legitimate source of income for them. Police are not doing anything about it."

Aurora, owned by former president Nelson Mandela's grandson Zondwa Mandela and current president Jacob Zuma's nephew Khulubuse Zuma, has made headlines for its non-payment of employees.

http://www.timeslive.co.za/business/article675353.ece/Aurora-hit-by-vandalism-and-looting

Party turns into 400 person riot -- Eugene, OR

Eugene police arrested four people and handed out several citations following a Saturday night riot involving some 400 people near the University of Oregon campus.



Officers were working a regular "party patrol" west of campus when they encountered the large crowd at about 11:20 p.m., police said. All available officers were called to the gathering at 13th and Ferry streets, along with additional personnel from the Lane County Sheriff's Office, the Springfield Police Department and Oregon State Police.

The crowd ignored commands to disperse, chanting obscenities while throwing bottles and other objects at officers, according to police. The unruly gathering also broke car windows and tore down street signs, police said.

Officers used tear gas to scatter the crowd, getting the situation under control shortly after midnight, police said. Further patrols in the area continued throughout the night.

Many university students moved back to Eugene earlier this week. Fall term classes begin Monday.

Arrested as a result of the fracas were Odin VanNorman Erickson, 24, Lauren M. Nunez, 21, Brett Joseph Mattos, 21, and Derik Ryan Brown, 19. Erickson, identified by police as a transient, was charged with riot, two counts of third-degree criminal mischief, interfering with police and possession of marijuana.

Five other people, ages ranging from 19 to 22, were cited with minor charges but not arrested.

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2010/09/police_hand_out_arrests_citations_following_riot_in_eugene.html

Thieves burglarize cop's home -- Ludhiana, India

Thieves broke into the house of a head constable in the Sector 32 here and took away a .32 bore pistol, a video camera and Rs 3,000 in cash. However, the cop who reached on the spot could not stop the thieves who sped away in a car though he fired at them with his service revolver.



On Friday night, head constable Kawaljeet Singh posted at CIA II, who has his house in Sector 32 in Jamalpur area, had gone to visit his relatives in the nearby GK Estate with his family and there was no one at home.

However, when he returned home at around 1 am, he saw a car parked in front of neighbouring vacant plot with three people sitting inside, but ignoring it he moved towards the house. Much to his surprise, he found that the door was locked from inside and when he peeped in, he saw two men coming towards the gate and when he raised an alarm, they jumped out from backside.

When he saw that the people in the Zen car tried to run away he fired at the tyres of the car to stop them but the accused managed to run away. The family of the cop was left shocked by the incident.

On going inside, he found the house ransacked. He found his .32 bore pistol, 25 live cartridges, a video camera and Rs 3,000 in cash missing. He immediately informed the Division No 7 police station about the incident.

Sub-inspector Jaswinder Singh said, "We have already inspected the spot and now we are in the process of registering FIR."

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ludhiana/Thieves-decamp-with-pistol-from-cops-house/articleshow/6627440.cms

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Flames for city hall -- Mill City, OR

Arson investigators are looking into the fire that destroyed City Hall and injured the city's finance clerk.



Firefighters found the building engulfed in flames after a report of an explosion Monday night.

The city's finance clerk, Joy Cronin, 46, was injured in the fire and take to Salem Hospital. She was later transferred to the burn center at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland, according to the Linn County Sheriff.

Sheriff Tim Mueller said his office is investigating the suspcious fire with the help of the Oregon State Police State Fire Marshal's office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Mueller said the cause remains under investigation but that the fire is suspicious.

The fire was reported around 8 p.m.

According to City Councilor Lynda Harrington, all the city records are stored at City Hall, as well as archives.

"It is the heart of the city," she said. "Pretty much a disaster if all the records were destroyed."

Harrington said Cronin happened to be driving by when she noticed a glow inside the building.

When Cronin opened a door, flames exploded on her.

http://www.kval.com/news/local/102888504.html

Protesters and police clash over irrigation project -- Lima, Peru

Peruvian police and protesters opposed to an irrigation project in the country's South clashed on Thursday, killing one man and injuring 18, as President Alan Garcia faces a new conflict over natural resources in the surging economy.



The country's human rights office said the skirmish occurred before dawn in the town of Espinar, 400 miles south of Lima. Police fought with protesters who say the Majes-Siguas II irrigation project will leave Espinar without water, said Silvio Campana of the rights office, which tries to mediate conflicts. The man who died was a bystander.

The project calls for a dam and water system capable of irrigating 95,000 acres of agricultural land in the region of Arequipa.

Peru's government has encouraged the growth of export-oriented agricultural farms and the petroleum industry to diversify the economy, which traditionally has depended on mining and is forecast to grow abut 7 percent a year.

But dozens of conflicts over natural resources have weighed on Garcia, whose disapproval rating is near 60 percent. Last year, three dozen people died in a clash over land in the Amazon jungle where indigenous tribes oppose oil exploration.

Water is a sensitive issue in Peru as desert covers its Pacific Ocean coast, where most of the population lives, and its Andean glaciers are melting because of climate change.

PRIVATE CONSORTIUM

While the government has issued a decree guaranteeing their water supplies, residents of Espinar are upset that the state investment agency awarded a concession on Monday for the project to a private consortium called Angostura-Siguas without listening to their concerns.

"The province of Espinar has its own needs that have never been considered," said Nestor Cuti, who leads the group of protesters and wants Garcia's prime minister to open a dialogue to end the standoff over water.

"With this concession were are condemned to have a lack of water for life," Cuti said.

Prime Minister Jose Chang said the protests must stop before the government agrees to go to the negotiating table.

He said protesters had tried but failed to take over the nearby Tintaya copper mine of global metals firm Xstrata. Tintaya is an important mine in the world's No. 2 copper-producing country.

"We are sure we will be able to reach a solution that will be just for the town of Espinar," Chang told reporters.

Finance Minister Ismael Benavides, who was sworn in on Tuesday by Garcia, represented the government's investment agency as the head of its water projects at a ceremony on Monday when the contract was awarded.

"I understand the worries about water among the people," Benavides said on Thursday on RPP radio. But he added: "This project is going to generate 150,000 or 200,000 jobs, and I'm sure much of them will go to Espinar."

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100916/wl_nm/us_peru_violence_2

Officer killed in pseduo-"ambush" -- Rayville, LA

A Rayville police officer was shot and killed on Sept. 11 while responding to a burglary-in-progress call at a home, according to The News Star.



K-9 Sgt. Thomas M. Alexander, 57, responded to the call shortly after 9 p.m. after an elderly woman reported that she had heard glass break. Upon arrival, he made sure the victim was safe before entering the house to arrest the suspects.

As he approached a closet inside the home, he was shot about four times, according to the reported.

"Basically, he got ambushed. He told (the victim) to run," Richland Parish Sheriff Charles McDonald told the newspaper. "He basically saved her life."

Robert J. Walker was arrested at the scene, Anthony D. Oatis was arrested two hours later and the third suspect, Richard L. Long Jr., was arrested Sunday morning.

All three suspects have been booked into the Richland Parish Detention Center on first-degree murder of a police officer and aggravated burglary charges and are currently being held without bond, according to the report.

An arraignment date has not been set, and Louisiana State Police are conducting an investigation.

http://www.officer.com/web/online/Officer-Down-News/Louisiana-Police-Officer-Killed-in-Ambush/2$54432

Lightning fast ATM theft -- San Antonio, TX

In an operation that took just 24 seconds, thieves smashed their pickup into a Terrell Hills convenience store Thursday, then made off with the store's cash machine.



Surveillance video shows the truck's driver backing into the store's glass front, then quickly pulling forward to allow entry to the store. Two men are seen jumping out of the passenger side door, quickly lifting the ATM and placing it in the pack of the pickup. The men then get back in the pickup, which drives away.

The almost surgical precision of the crime led Terrell Hills Police Chief Greg Whitlock to believe the crooks have done this sort of thing before.

"This is not their first rodeo," said Whitlock. "They knew exactly what they were doing and they have probably done it several times in the past."

The two men who entered the store both covered their faces, one with a bandanna and one with a T-shirt.

San Antonio police recovered the pickup used in the crime, which was stolen, near State Highway 281 and Ramsey Road. The suspects and ATM were nowhere to be found.

http://www.ksat.com/news/25037836/detail.html

Construction vehicles vandalized at Nike site -- Needham, MA

Police were called to the area of Charles River and Pine Streets at 8:49 a.m. on Sept. 7 for a report of vandalism to construction equipment. Officer David Eldridge spoke with the foreman at the site, the latter of whom stated that he that found two construction vehicles were damaged over the weekend at the Nike site.



The first vehicle, an Atlas Capco compressor, saw damage to two tires. Officials believe that the tires had been slashed with a knife. The second vehicle, a Case backhoe, had two damaged front tires, which also appeared to have been slashed. Sand has also been dumped into the hydraulic reservoir of the backhoe.

The area was checked for any evidence with negative results.

http://needham.patch.com/articles/police-log-vandalism-to-construction-equipment

$500,000 In jewels stolen in targeted attack -- Salt Lake City, UT

Two jewelry salesman who had just arrived in Salt Lake City were robbed of an estimated $500,000 worth of jewels at a rental car office at the Salt Lake City International Airport Thursday.



Investigators believe the salesmen were targeted and the attack was not random.

About 4:15 p.m., two salesman got off a plane at the airport and went to a rental car station, said airport spokeswoman Barbara Gann. They were approached a short time later by two to five men, one of whom was armed with a knife. There was a brief struggle, followed by the assailants fleeing with the jewels in two separate vehicles, a black and a silver Toyota Camry, she said.
From the archive

At least one of the salesmen suffered minor injuries with a scrape wound by the knife, Gann said.

Few other details about the heist were known Thursday afternoon. Gann said airport surveillance video was being reviewed. Officials say there is no description of the suspects being released yet but said the men were covering their heads and faces.

A Salt Lake Valley-wide law enforcement effort is following leads and searching for the men. Officials are also in the process of interviewing the victims.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700066086/Police-look-for-thieves-in-airport-jewelry-heist.html

Miners riot against eviction attempt -- Zamora, Ecuador

The Ecuadorian government mobilized some 1,500 policemen Wednesday, September 15, 2010 to dislodge a mining camp in the south.



It was on a bridge that hundreds of illegal miners and native people tried to block police. Burning tires, tree trunks, stone throwing, fighting lasted several hours and at least five wounded. Throwing tear gas grenades, some 500 police finally pass and enter the village of Paquisha, gateway to several encampments of illegal miners. With them, 17 semi-trailers supposed to ship away the retro-excavator machines which according to the government, cause serious damage to the banks of rivers.

The clashes have been particularly severe in this region, 20,000 families survive economically through the exploitation of gold deposits, with a lot of mercury. Officially, the government wants to professionalize the minors and legalize their concessions. The indigenous prefect of the region Salvador Quispe suspects, however, the authorities of wanting to leave the field open to large transnational mining companies, which the government denies.

The Indian movement, which traditionally opposes the mining industry, have decided to support the illegal miners. They were joined by leftist movements and environmentalists who are trying to mount a united front against the government.

http://sysiphus-angrynewsfromaroundtheworld.blogspot.com/2010/09/zamora-ecuador-local-miners-riot.html

400 Mink released from farm -- Granite Falls, WA

The Fur Commission USA is reporting 400 mink were released September 9th, 2010 from a fur farm in Granite Falls, Washington.



The name of the farm was not specified. According to the fur farm directory The Blueprint, Granite Falls is home to two known mink farms: The Jeff Craggs fur farm, and Beck’s Mink Farm.

The largest mink release in the state occurred in 2003, when 10,000 mink were released from the Roesler Brothers Fur Farm in nearby Sultan, Washington. That farm was reported to still be open as of the summer of 2009.

While the target of the September 9th raid is not known, one of the two mink farm owners is familiar to activists - Harvey Beck reported an attempted raid of his farm in the summer of 1997. No animals were reported to have been released in that incident.

In a verbal folly of Bush proportions, while endorsing a bill that would target “eco-terrorists”, Beck made this statement to Washington state lawmakers in 2001:

"What does ecoterrorism have to do with our civil liberties and free speech? Absolutely nothing but destruction."

No claim of responsibility by the Animal Liberation Front has been made.

http://www.voiceofthevoiceless.org/400-mink-liberated-in-washington-state/

Copper thieves gettin' paid, wreaking $500,000 worth of damage -- Phoenix, AZ

A network of thieves was behind a massive copper theft at a Phoenix office building, said police.



Air conditioning units were dismantled, electrical wire was yanked out of conduits, and piping was cut throughout the building near Thomas Road and 29th Avenue, according to property managers.

Damage is estimated at $500,000, according to the building’s leasing agent.

"It's sickening,” said property manager Genna Goldberg. “I just can't believe they're so aggressive and have so much nerve."

Managers said the thieves used spray paint on the glass doors to shield the looting that was going on inside the building. They also said the crooks had a lookout post at the front of the building.

“They have a bench positioned by the blinds where you can see that they had the blinds drawn down so they could have a vantage point of anyone coming on the property," Goldberg said.

Investigators said the thieves were likely at work for days -- having a field day in the vacant office building before the crime was discovered.

Off-duty police officers were hired to keep watch of the building, and over the weekend, police found several men stealing copper.

Police said the men took off running, but they arrested one of them. Charles England, 43, was taken into custody on Saturday. Police said they are searching for the others.

Phoenix police said the price of copper has more than doubled in the past year, and they have seen a spike in thefts of catalytic converters and backflow inhibitors recently.

Police also said it’s now illegal for scrapyards to purchase copper from catalytic converters and backflow inhibitors, and officers are conducting inspections to ensure businesses follow the rules.

http://www.kpho.com/news/25030136/detail.html

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Bread price increase reversed after deadly riots -- Mozambique

Mozambique's government will reverse a bread price increase after riots in which 13 people were killed last week, Planning Minister Aiuba Cuereneia said yesterday.



The 30% rise in the bread price as a result of soaring wheat prices sparked the worst riots since 2008 in the country.

"The government has agreed to keep the old price of bread and to meet the costs by way of subsidies," Cuereneia said.

President Armando Guebuza's government had said it had been forced to increase bread prices because of the spike in wheat prices, which was linked partly to drought and fires in Russia.

The United Nations special rapporteur on the right to food, Oliver de Schutter, warned yesterday the riots should be a wake-up call for governments that ignored food security problems, which arose two years ago.

Police fired rubber bullets, live ammunition and tear gas during the three days of protests against higher bread prices and rises in water and electricity tariffs last week. Among the dead were two children.

The price hike took the price of a bread roll - the bread staple of Mozambicans - to R1.45 in a country where the average person is paid about R267 a month.

Cuereneia said old prices of food imports such as rice and some vegetables would be maintained by reducing customs duties and value-added taxes. Electricity prices would also be rolled back. New water connection fees would be halved.

The government would put in place austerity measures to help fund subsidies by freezing allowances and pay rises for senior state officials. Foreign travel by officials would be limited.

The government put riot damage at about R23.8-million in a country where 70% of the people live on less than R15 a day.

http://www.timeslive.co.za/africa/article647185.ece/Bread-price-dropped-after-deadly-protests

Deputy shot in possible robbery attempt -- Macon, GA

Robbery may be the motive behind the shooting of an off-duty Bibb County deputy early Sunday morning, according to a police report released Tuesday.



Deputy Jimmy Goolsby remained in stable condition Tuesday after being shot in the left elbow while working security at VFW Post 9709 at 71 Key St. at about 3 a.m. Sunday.

Goolsby was standing with two other people when a man walked up to them and said “Give it up.” The man then shot three times toward Goolsby and the other two people, striking Goolsby, according to the police report.

The gunman was last seen running toward Henderson Stadium. His clothing and handgun were recovered near Anthony Road. He is described as a 6-foot 2-inch black man who was last seen wearing a white, hooded T-shirt.

http://www.macon.com/2010/09/07/1255805/robbery-may-be-motive-behind-deputy.html

Anarchists attack condo development and bank -- Seattle, WA



Communique:

"A Bank of America's atm slots were superglued, and a nearby vacant condo development was decorated with graffiti reading:

NO CONDOS, NO PRISONS, FOR CHILE (A)

An outside hose was also left running into a sliding door in order to flood the lower level.

DWELL Development tears down existing homes and replaces them with expensive "eco-friendly" condos that further the gentrification of Seattle's neighborhoods. We find it ludicrous that these condos are located mere blocks from one of the most recent sites of Nickelsville, Seattle's tent city. And, in a world of dying ecosystems, the construction of "extremely energy efficient and environmentally friendly" condos means absolutely nothing.

Bank of America is one of the three joint financial advisers (including Merrill Lynch and Barclays Int.) for GEO Group Corp. The GEO Group Corp. is a private prison firm that is paid millions by the U.S. government to detain undocumented immigrants and other prisoners. This corporation runs the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.

We hold no illusion that these acts of sabotage will cause these corporations to financially collapse tomorrow. Instead, we attack in order to bring about a small rupture in the social fabric of our daily lives, allowing us to express our own personal rage, and knowing that to remain on the offensive is crucial to both our struggle and our spirits.

In solidarity with all prisoners,
In solidarity with our comrades facing heavy repression in Chile,
In solidarity with the victims of police violence in Seattle and everywhere,

- some anarchists"

http://anarchistnews.org/?q=node/12133

Quick $1M jewelry heist -- Phoenix, AZ

Police say about $1 million in jewelry was stolen from the Bedazzled Gallery in Phoenix sometime early Monday morning.



Phoenix police reported that five people wearing gloves and masks broke into the store in what they are calling a “smash and grab” burglary at the gallery's Biltmore Fashion Park location near 24th Street and Camelback Road.

The burglary lasted just two minutes and was caught on surveillance cameras.

Store owner Steve Arkawi admits he has a hard time watching the video.

"It broke my heart. I almost had a heart attack. It's horrible. It's horrible," said an emotional Arkawi. "It looks like somebody knew exactly what we had. They grabbed the most expensive jewelry we had. They took a lot of diamonds, a lot of gold, and a lot of nice jewelry."

Despite the price tags, Arkawi said the jewelry was not insured. He said insurance companies do not insure jewelry left in display cases so he skipped the coverage.

"It's too expensive and plus you have to put all the jewelry in a safe to be covered. We have a lot of pieces. It takes half a day just to put the jewelry in and out. It's too much," Arkawi said.

Despite the setback, Arkawi said his store remains open. Jewelry toward the back of the store was left untouched and so were pieces of art throughout his store.

http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_phoenix_metro/central_phoenix/$1million-in-jewelry-stolen-in-%27smash-and-grab%27-robbery

"Hooligans" take bats to parked cars -- Toronto, Canada

A group of bat-wielding vandals smashed vehicles in a Toronto neighbourhood early Wednesday, leaving residents to pick up the pieces — and the bills.



Cops were called to the Harbord St.-Ossington Ave. area after four people were seen walking up a residential street with baseball bats at about 2:45 a.m.

By the time officers arrived, at least 23 vehicles had been smashed, Toronto Police Const. Tony Vella said.

One Crawford St. resident, who asked not to be named, said he awoke to the sounds of bats hitting vehicles.

“There was ‘smash, smash.’ I heard about six,” the man said, standing across the street from his yellow Volkswagen Beetle and its smashed side-view mirror.

The man said he saw four people walk up the street with bats, pick up a discarded mattress from the sidewalk and throw it on the street.

Police slapped the quartet — two men and two women between the ages of 18 and 22 — in police bracelets.

“Hats off to the police. They did a great job,” the man said.

While Vella said it appeared alcohol played a factor, the man disagreed, saying, “I don’t think they were drunk. They were just jackasses.”

“Stay out of 14 Division,” was his message to the perpetrators. “I hope the judge makes them pay because I’m not going to pay insurance.”

With his Beetle — licence plate: MR HAPPY — parked in front of the Kadampa Buddhist Temple, he added: “It’s bad karma to hit Mr. Happy in front of the Buddhist temple.”

Antonio de Oliveira said he also won’t be going through insurance to fix damage to his truck. While his premiums won’t go up, he’s stuck with a $150 bill to fix his vehicle’s side-view mirror.

“What can you do? People do stupid things,” de Oliveira said. “They got caught. That’s the main thing, so let the system run its course.”

Toronto Police Const. Tony Vella said the vandalism appeared to be “a random act.”

http://www.torontosun.com/news/torontoandgta/2010/09/08/15280226.html

University administrator steals hundreds of thousands from student funds -- Jersey City, NJ

Some Jersey City college students learned a tough lesson just as a new academic year got underway, as a school administrator has been accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from them.



Student organizations at New Jersey City University are hard at work, with an extra eye on their finances, to kick off the school year.

State investigators say they were victims in a scheme by a school office manager to steal $420,000 from their annual activities budget.

“Actually, we were taken advantage of, because all the money is directly from students’ funds,” senior Carolina Garcia said.

“It’s really wrong,” student Victor Brito said. “That’s like stealing money from a little kid.”

The suspect, 48-year-old Shaunette Moody, is an eight-year employee at NJCU. She, along with her husband Alexander, now faces state and federal charges for conspiring to steal funds from student organizations.

Moody allegedly took the money – earmarked for programs and, in some cases, tuition reimbursements – and then forged signatures, cashing unauthorized checks. The whole time, she apparently told student leaders like student government president Fatimah Terry, that they had overspent.

“But when the data didn’t make sense, that’s when we started asking questions,” Terry said.

So how did it happen? It turns out those student organizations had accounts not with the university, but with a local bank, giving Moody almost uncontrolled access to student funds.

“It was discovered as a result of a bounced check,” John Melendez, vice president of student affairs, said.

Melendez said an investigation revealed discrepancies dating back to 2007, and that Moody and her husband had help from three co-conspirators – their friends – who signed over checks to them, taking a percentage of the cash.

What they did with the money isn’t clear, but the Moody family lives in a modest row house in Jersey City – far from the lap of luxury.

University officials say the school is insured against theft, and that every student’s account will eventually be reimbursed.

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2010/09/08/nj-university-administrator-accused-of-stealing-from-student-funds/

Police murder, people riot -- Los Angeles, CA

In the wake of a recent wave of police murders in the Northwest over the past week, it's interesting to see how people respond to this kind of activity elsewhere.

As Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck defended the fatal shooting of a day laborer and officials called for calm, protesters and officers clashed Tuesday night in Westlake near the site of the incident.



About 300 demonstrators gathered at the LAPD's Rampart Station. Some in the crowd hurled eggs at police cars and others threw objects at the station windows, prompting officers in riot gear to push the throng along 6th Street.

Officers fired non-lethal projectiles at protesters near Union Avenue and 6th, where Manuel Jamines was fatally shot Sunday afternoon by an officer who said Jamines refused commands to drop a switchblade.

About 9:30 p.m., police declared the protest an unlawful assembly and moved in to disperse the crowd as trash cans were set on fire and rocks and bottles were thrown at officers.

As police pushed crowds on 6th, some protesters climbed atop multistory apartment buildings, where they threw objects at officers below. Officers fired non-lethal projectiles toward the rooftops as residents peeked from their windows.

Several officers suffered minor injuries after being hit by bottles and rocks, police said. At least 22 people were arrested on charges such as failure to disperse, said LAPD Sgt. Alex Chogyoji.

At an evening news conference, Beck said the three bicycle patrol officers who confronted Jamines had about 40 seconds to act and did as good a job as could be done in such a quick-moving, emergency situation.

"There was very, very little opportunity to do much more than what was done," he said.

Beck identified the three officers involved as Frank Hernandez, a 13-year veteran; Steven Rodriguez, a five-year veteran; and Paris Pineda, who also has been on the force for five years.

Hernandez fired the shots, Beck said.

Police showed photographs of the bloodied knife — a switchblade that is about 6 inches long when opened — that they say Jamines, 37, was holding at the time of the shooting. Investigators are testing the blood to see whose it is, the LAPD said.

Beck said the area where the incident occurred "is not an easy place to police," in part because of its large immigrant population and widespread illegal vending.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who was at the news conference, urged residents not to resort to violence. "We need to calm the waters," he said.

That message failed to resonate with protesters.

Near 6th and Union late Tuesday, police fired at least two volleys of non-lethal projectiles. Demonstrators, including families with children, bolted down the street and into alleyways. Witnesses said a man fell off his bike and struck his head.

Jesus Alejandro Hernandez Carmona, 20, was lying on the ground, bleeding profusely from the left side of his head, near a candle-lit memorial to Jamines. He was surrounded by a crowd that was book-ended by police lined up along 6th at Union on the east and Burlington Avenue on the west.

Los Angeles Fire Department ambulances were at the scene but were not crossing the police line. When asked by a reporter why the man was not receiving medical attention, a police commander said, "Tough."

Carmona was eventually helped to the ambulance by friends and received treatment.

Several people shouted angrily into loudspeakers and a group of young men wove through the crowd on bicycles. A vendor hawked bags of potato chips.

Carmona was eventually helped to the ambulance by friends and received treatment.

Several people shouted angrily into loudspeakers and a group of young men wove through the crowd on bicycles. A vendor hawked bags of potato chips.

Vitalina Rubio, 52 looked on with disappointment as protesters hurled the eggs.

"You can't fight violence with violence," said Rubio, a Mexican immigrant who has lived in the MacArthur Park area for nine years.

Several cars and pedestrians were trapped amid the mass of demonstrators. One man kept shouting in Spanish, "I only wanted KFC!"

Earlier in the day, Beck briefed the civilian Police Commission on the shooting, explaining that the one officer who fired his weapon did so in "immediate defense of life."

The chief's defense of the shooting came amid continuing protests from some Westlake area residents who complained that police routinely mistreat them. They say officers toss food from illegal vending carts and verbally harass them.

"We want someone — the mayor, a council member, anyone — to come here and say enough is enough," said resident Ana Lopez, 42. "The people want answers."

Beck stressed that the investigation into Jamines' death had just begun. But he promised it would be as transparent "as humanly possible."

The incident started Sunday afternoon when Rampart Division's bicycle unit responded to a call of a man threatening passersby with a knife.

The officers rode to the corner of 6th and Union , and found Jamines making threats. They confronted him with weapons drawn, repeatedly ordering him in English and Spanish to drop the knife, Beck said. But Jamines instead raised the knife over his head and came toward the officers, Beck said, at which point Hernandez fired two rounds.

Jamines was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sitting at the Guatemalan consulate's office on Tuesday, three of Jamines' cousins spoke somberly about his death. They described the father of three as a hard-working man who struggled with alcohol on the weekends. He came from a small town in Nahuala, Solola, where his body will soon be transferred by the consulate.

Isaias Jamines said Manuel had begun drinking about 9 a.m. on the day he died. He said he saw his cousin on 6th Street and asked him to quit drinking and go home. Moments later, when Isaias arrived at his apartment, he heard three gunshots.

"I couldn't believe it was my cousin," Isaias said.

"Why couldn't they have shot him in the leg or somewhere else instead of killing him? He was drunk, but he was never a violent person."

Juan Jamines, another cousin, asked the Westlake community to remain peaceful and cooperative.

"We don't want problems," Juan said. "We just want justice."

Pablo Alvarado, the director of the National Day Laborer Network, said he hoped that the shooting would help start a dialogue between day laborers and police.

"Violence like this should not separate us but should draw us together," he said.

Although some residents complained about the way police treated them, others — including many business owners — supported the efforts of the LAPD over the last several years to drive down drug dealing and other crime that was once much more rampant. The department earned wide praise for cleaning up MacArthur Park, and that continues to pay dividends for the community.

A town hall meeting will be held by the Police Department at John H. Liechty Middle School at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-lapd-shooting-20100908,0,5823510.story?page=2