Marcus Jackson, NC Police Officer, Charged with On-Duty Sexual Battery of Two Women, Being Held on $360K Bond

Marcus Jackson, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer, arrested and charged with three counts of sexual battery and other charges. He is currently being held in lieu of bond totaling $360,000.

Marcus Jackson, 25, an officer with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, was arrested and charged with three counts of sexual battery, second-degree sex offense, extortion, kidnapping, indecent exposure and two counts of felonious restraint. He allegedly pulled over two young women on separate occasions while on duty and sexually assaulted them in his patrol car. He has been terminated from the force, effective immediately. Jackson, who has been an officer in the CMPD’s Eastway Division since 2008, is a disgrace to the force and to himself. His behavior is despicable and a violation of public trust. According to jail records, he was being held in lieu of bond totaling $360,000, ahead of a court hearing Thursday.

Both of the reported incidents happened between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. in the Eastway Division in east Charlotte. The first incident occurred on Dec. 18. Monroe said Jackson – wearing his uniform and driving his marked patrol car – pulled over a 17-year-old girl, forced her into his car, drove to another location and committed sex acts. A relative of the girl called police Monday night and officers began an investigation.

As detectives were collecting information, Monroe said, a 21-year-old woman reported Tuesday night that she’d been assaulted by Jackson under similar circumstances on Monday. Monroe said Jackson didn’t have any criminal record. Source: Charlotte Observer

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe said at a press conference that “it would be naive” to believe that Marcus Jackson had not assaulted other women. He released the officer’s photo at the news conference for any potential victims to see and come forward.

Wayne Kerschener, Florida Detention Officer, Fired for Admitting to Being a Member of the Ku Klux Klan, Says it’s a "Faith-Based" Organization

Florida Detention Officer Wayne Kerschener, fired after admitting to being a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

Alachua County, Fla., detention officer, Wayner Kerschner, was fired after he admitted to being a member of the Ku Klux Klan. According to The Gainesville Sun, the termination came after the Sheriff’s Office launched an internal investigation in which Kerschner stated that he joined the United Northern and Southern Knights of the KKK in December 2008. He said he became interested in the group through his wife, Shanda Lynn Kerschner. It’s a very serious matter when someone in law enforcement, who will come in contact with blacks, Latinos and other races, is in such a position and is a part of such an insidious organization. Kerschner’s termination is justified and that should send the message that such offensive behavior will not be tolerated one iota.

Kerschner is quoted in an internal affairs report as describing the KKK as “faith-based, it is more of a religion-based organization, more of a political-based organization, that their hopes are to increase membership to further the political goals of the group, to look out for the white race ….”

The Sheriff’s Office contends Kerschner violated a policy that prohibits employees from knowingly being a member of any subversive or terrorist organization except when necessary for the job and then only with the approval of the sheriff.

Documentation shows that Kerschner had taken oaths to follow the policies several times since 2005. A detective who is a member of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force notified the Office of Professional Standards about Kerschner’s possible involvement in the Klan, prompting the investigation in which Kerschner was interviewed by several officers. Source: The Gainesville Sun

Kerschner reportedly traveled to Klan rallies in other states and routinely participated in message forums on KKK Web sites. According to the Gainesville Sun, the FBI was tipped to Kerschner’s involvement in the Klan by the wife of a Florida Klan leader, who he identified as a Fruitland Park police officer — another person who needs to be kicked off the force. Though there have been no reported incidents between Kerschner and black employees or inmates, you never know when the “Klan” in him will rear its ugly head.

Rick Warren, Saddleback Megachurch Pastor, Asks for Urgent Donations to Fill $900K Deficit by Jan. 1

UPDATE: Pastor Warren told church Saturday that his plea for donations to fill deficit raised $2.4 million, with more funds coming via mail.

Pastor Rick Warren, author of the bestselling book “The Purpose Driven Life,” has issued a letter appealing to parishioners at his Saddleback megachurch to help fill a $900,000 deficit by January 1. Wow, even the megachurches are feeling the financial pinch. Here is a portion of the letter from his church’s website:

Wednesday, December 29, 2009

Dear Saddleback Family,

THIS IS AN URGENT LETTER unlike any I’ve written in 30 years. Please read all of it and get back to me in the next 48 hours.

I have thrilling news to share with you below but first some seriously bad news:

With 10% of our church family out of work due to the recession, our expenses in caring for our community in 2009 rose dramatically while our income stagnated. Still, with wise management, we’ve stayed close to our budget all year. Then… this last weekend the bottom dropped out.

On the last weekend of 2009, our total offerings were less than half of what we normally receive – leaving us $900,000 in the red for the year, unless you help make up the difference today and tomorrow. Source: Rick Warren’s News & Views

Well, I am sure there are a few folks who will balk at his request, which sounds a little like the late Oral Roberts’ plea in 1987 for millions of dollars or God was going to call him home. A. Larry Ross, a spokesman for the church told the Associated Press that the seasonal Christmas offering was down significantly and the need for services the church is expected to provide has gone up. Rick Warren and his church have done a lot of good things throughout the world, such as work in Africa involving AIDS relief, and I hope his church will weather the storm in much the same way as many Americans have had to over the course of the year. Warren founded Saddleback Church in 1980 in Lake Forest, which is located about 65 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

Suicide Bomber Kills Eight U.S. Civilians at Military Base in Afghanistan, Canadian Journalist Michelle Lang, Four Others Killed by Roadside Bomb

An attack by a suicide bomber at a military base in eastern Afghanistan Wednesday reportedly killed eight Americans, believed to be CIA employees. Separately, four Canadian soldiers and Michelle Lang, a Canadian journalist were killed when a roadside bomb hit their armored vehicle in southern Afghanistan, Canada’s defense ministry said.

The suicide bombing happened at Forward Operating Base Chapman in Khost province, Afghanistan. The senior U.S. official who spoke to CNN said information indicates the bomber walked into a gym facility at the base and detonated a suicide vest. It is believed six Americans were wounded in addition to the eight killed. It’s not known how the bomber got past security.

A U.S. military source said that FOB Chapman was originally a base for the Khost Provincial Construction Team, but the team left some time ago. Authorities believe that perhaps the suicide bomber attacked just after a convoy was ending or beginning, which would account for high number of casualties. Source: CNN

I am trying to understand how this suicide bomber got into a military base, that is thought to be usually secure. This is such a tragedy and further proof that the military must get a good handle on this country or we will end up being overpowered by a bunch of radical fanatics.

Michelle Lang 34, is a journalist with the Calgary Herald. She was assigned to cover Canadian military efforts in Afghanistan for Canwest News Service. According to Canwest, she could have remained in the relatively safe confines of the base, but she wasn’t wire that way. She wanted to get off the base and on the ground with the troops. Her death is the first of a Canadian journalist in Afghanistan. Canwest states that she had a great year, having captured the prestigious National Newspaper Award as the top beat writer in Canada. She also distinguished herself for daily health coverage in Calgary and did investigative work on Alberta’s efforts to recruit doctors from South Africa. She was recently engaged to Michael Louie and the two were reportedly set to wed in the summer of 2010.

Rush Limbaugh, Conservative Windbag, Hospitalized with Chest Pains in Honolulu Hospital

Rush Limbaugh, conservative windbag and presumptive leader of the Republican Party, has been hospitalized and is reportedly in serious condition in the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. According to KITV, he was rushed to the hospital after complaining of chest pains.

Well, I won’t wish him the worst, but I just can’t bring myself to feel any sympathy for him. This could mean that he will be off the radio for some time as he recuperates, if he lives. Well, I am thanking God in advance for small mercies that we won’t have to listen to him rant and rave during his radio show for a little while if he is placed on medical leave. I will take the high road and hope for his speedy recovery from this setback. Unlike his comments about wishing that President Obama fails, I hope he experience any complications and will survive this ordeal.

It does seem very ironic that he happens to be vacationing in Hawaii the same time President Barack Obama and his family are. KITV is reporting that he will not be released on Wednesday night. The loudmouth radio show host was seen golfing at Waialae Country Club earlier this week.

Martin P. Campbell, Off Duty Philadelphia Police Officer, Shot in Leg & is in Critical Condition, Friend Killed in Robbery Attempt

Martin P. Campbell, off-duty police officer, shot in the leg in Hunting Park neighborhood in Philadelphia, friend Rasheen Allen shot and killed. Suspects reportedly fled the scene.

Martin P. Campbell (inset), shot in leg during robbery attempt 

Martin P. Campbell, an off-duty police officer is listed in serious condition after being shot in the Hunting Park neighborhood of Philadelphia Wednesday night and a friend, Rasheen Allen, was killed after two men tried to rob them. According to police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore, Campbell, 23, was hit in the leg and was taken to Temple University Hospital, after the bullet “nicked” an artery. According to Philly.com, reports indicated police in Hunting Park shot two suspects who are possibly associated with the robbery. Their conditions are currently unknown.

According to police, the shooting reportedly occurred at about 7:15 p.m., as Campbell, Allen and a third friend were getting out of a car on Marshall Street when they were approached by two men in hoodies, who announced a robbery.  Campbell has been on the police force for two years and serves in the 5th District, which covers Manayunk and Roxborough. It is a shame that so many police officers are either losing their lives or being injured by armed thugs. Is it open season on police officers? It seems that it is and that is such a travesty.

Anyone with any information on this senseless shooting is asked to contact the homicide division at 215-686-3334 or 3335 to get these two armed dirtbags off the streets.

Pastor Kirk Caldwell Being Held on $2 Million Bail in the Shooting Death of Son, Jordan Caldwell

Pastor Kirk Caldwell charged with first- and -third degree murder in the shooting death of his son, Kirk Caldwell, on Christmas Day. He is being held on $2 million bail.

Pastor Kirk Caldwell, who shot and killed his son, Jordan Caldwell, on Christmas Day, is being held on $2 million bail. The Darby Borough, Pa., pastor has been charged with first- and third-degree murder, criminal homicide, simple and aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person. According to Philly.com, the arrest documentation for the pastor, states he was in bed when some of his seven children came into his room and told him that his eldest son, Jordan, had just hit a girl and stole her car.

The article further states that his children told him the woman had a large bruise on her face and was crying on the front porch of his home. When he went downstairs, he reportedly saw his son “punching, hitting and throwing other family members around the house,” court documents said. Still, this doesn’t mean that you pull a gun and shoot your son, does it? Caldwell, pastor of the End Times Harvest Mission in Philadelphia, said he tried to calm his son, but couldn’t. He reportedly retreated to his bedroom, changed his clothes and got his gun, after he heard a relative saying his son had a knife. Then it went downhill after that, resulting in the death of his son. Caldwell was later arrested by Officer Brian a. Pitts. Why didn’t the pastor or a member of his family call the police? 

Kirk Caldwell said he heard someone claiming that his son was armed with a knife, a weapon that was “very common” for Jordan Caldwell to carry, according to court documents. In response, Caldwell grabbed his .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun, went downstairs and pointed it at his son, ordering him several times to stop, the affidavit said. But Jordan Caldwell kept coming forward and when the young man reached into his pocket, Caldwell “just pulled the trigger,” according to court documents.

After that single shot, Caldwell dropped the gun and ran to hold his son, who had fallen to the floor, police said. When police arrived about 2 p.m., they found Jordan Caldwell on the front porch and his father in the front doorway of the home holding a gun, according to court documents. Caldwell was taken into custody without incident and waived his rights, choosing to speak freely with police, the affidavit said. He told police that he’d never fired a gun before and that he “just can’t believe that this is happening,” court documents said. Source: Philly.com

This is a tragedy and especially for a man who has spoken out vehemently against retaliation for violence in the community. Pastor Caldwell has been remanded to Delaware County Prison in lieu of $2 million bail. The bail for the pastor seems very steep and the Hinterland Gazette called the Delaware County District Attorney office’s Erica Parham to shed some light on this, but we have not had a response yet. Typically, a first degree murder charge in the state of Pennsylvania is an unbailable offense. District Judge Edward Christie presided over the pastor’s arraignment. We also reached out to the judge and was told by the clerk that he only presided over the arraignment.

Pastor Kirk Caldwell’s case  information (docket# CP-23-CR-0007801-2009) can be found at:  http://ujsportal.pacourts.us/DocketSheets/CPReport.aspx?matterID=201665346
Court summary:  http://ujsportal.pacourts.us/DocketSheets/CourtSummaryReport.aspx?matterID=201665346

Samantha Broadhead, 11, & Teenage Boyfriend, Charged with Attempted Murder, Arson for Trying to Set Mother on Fire

Samantha Broadhead, 11 and teenage boyfriend, charged with attempted murder and arson, in setting her mother’s bedroom on fire.

Nancy Broadhead, ABC News

Samantha Broadhead, 11, and her boyfriend, Jack Ault, 15, have been accused of plotting to kill her mother, Nancy Broadhead, by setting her bedroom on fire while she slept Tuesday, Clearwater, Fla., police said. They have both been charged with attempted murder and arson. According to media reports, Clearwater Police Department said the two kids poured gasoline on Ms. Broadhead’s bedroom floor and bed, then set the room on fire. This “dynamic” duo fled in the mother’s 2007 Ford Focus. This is such a shame that an 11 year old girl could entertain such thoughts of killing her mother, much less carrying it out. Besides, which parent in their right mind allows an 11 year old girl to date? Crazy.

Nancy Broadhead, who was awakened by the smoke alarm, sustained serious burns and smoke inhalation. Police spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts said that there had been ongoing tension between the child and her mother, which escalated on Monday when the mother reportedly accused the girl of stealing some of her cigarettes. There is a serious breakdown in this family unit. It is safe to say that this isn’t the first time the child has had problems with her mother, as noted from statements made by neighbors to the police. According to the St. Petersburg Times, the mother has been in trouble with the law before, multiple times — indecent exposure, child neglect, DUI, probation, probation violation, tested positive for marijuana and was accused in 2005 of beating her daughter in a drunken rage, but those charges were dropped. That child was crying out for help and I am amazed to learn that there are no open Florida Department of Children and Families cases on both families, though they have extensive records with the agency. This was a disaster waiting to happen.

The girl’s boyfriend is also no stranger to law enforcement. Apparently his first arrest came with he was eight years old — for battery. Then he was arrested twice in one week, on two counts of domestic battery and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to the St. Petersburg Times. This whole situation seems mental to me. It’s a shame that some parents don’t take their responsibility in raising their children seriously. Here is a case of trouble just waiting to happen. So the year will close with Nancy Broadhead’s family in disarray — lost house, daughter facing serious charges and institutionalized, mother hospitalized with serious burns and smoke inhalation, son who allegedly dreams of stealing from Walgreens, absentee father, break-down in family structure, among other things.

Nadja Green, Rikers Island Correction Officer, Caught Sleeping on the Job

Nadja Green, a correction officer at New York City’s Rikers Island prison infirmary was caught sleeping on the job and to make matters worse, an inmate, who was obviously amused, was seen hovering around her, inches from a set of keys that hangs from her belt. She has been disciplined for dozing on the job after a colleague took the picture. The picture was circulated around the department and emailed to the New York Post. Ms. Green shouldn’t show her face at the Rikers Island prison again. She should have been terminated. What if the inmate had taken the keys and tried to escape?

According to the New York Post, Ms. Green has been transferred at Rikers Island and has been placed on modified duty watching female inmates. She will face charges of sleeping on the job and other security and performance-related charges.

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Sheriff’s Deputy Kent Mundell Jr., Shot by David E. Crable Near Eatonville Wa., Dies After Being Removed from Life Support

Pierce County sheriff’s deputy Kent Mundell Jr., died Monday, shortly after being removed from life support at a Seattle hospital. He was removed from life support after his family was reportedly told that he would not recover from his injuries sustained when he was shot by David E. Crable, while responding to a domestic-violence call Dec. 21 outside Eatonville. According to Sgt. Ed Troyer,  the 10-year veteran of the force, leaves behind his wife, Lisa, and two children, 16 and 10. This is a tremendous loss and once again another police officer has lost his life at the hands of a career criminal who should not have been out on the streets.

Deputy Mundell was shot multiple times after he and his partner, Sgt. Nick Hausner, 43, responded to a call to remove an “unwanted guest” from a house near Tanwax Lake, about 7 miles north of Eatonville and about 18 miles south of Puyallup. Jason Crable had wanted his brother, David E. Crable, who was drunk, removed from the home. When the deputies arrived, Jason Crable invited them in. They talked with David Crable, who seemed cooperative, and he agreed to leave the home with the deputies, according to sheriff’s officials. But before they left, David Crable suddenly pulled a gun concealed under his arm and started shooting.

Deputy Mundell returned fire and killed David Crable, but not before the deputy himself was critically injured, the sheriff’s officials said. Deputy Mundell was flown to Harborview Medical Center. Law-enforcement personnel from numerous departments have been standing vigil all week at Harborview, a show of support for Deputy Mundell and his family. Source: Seattle Times

It is appalling that Deputy Mundell is the sixth law-enforcement officer to be killed in Washington state in the past eight weeks. Maurice Clemmons shot and killed four officers — Mark Renninger, Tina Griswold, Ronald Owens and Gregory Richards — on the morning of Nov. 29 at Forze coffee shop in Parkland. Seattle police officer Timothy Brenton was fatally shot October 31, while he sat in his patrol car with his partner, who was injured.

Photo credit: Officer Kent Mundell Jr., Seattle Times