MASON COUNTY, WV – A man from Point Pleasant is facing burglary charges following an alleged break-in of a Mascon County Sheriff’s deputy’s home – but those burglary charges are not all this suspect walked away with.
The suspect happened to have broken into the home that held an active police K9 and a retired one, and was bitten by the two German Shepherds.
“My cruiser is out beside the house, I have dog signs everywhere, I have two German shepherd statues in front of the house, so it’s obvious there’s big dogs that live here.” #WSAZhttps://t.co/yA3Jli6jDP
— Chad Hedrick (@WSAZChadHedrick) October 24, 2020
Mason County Deputy Jeremy Ferrell was inside of his home on October 22nd when he found an uninvited individual inside of his basement:
“I came downstairs, looked to the left [and] saw some person I never seen before in my life, in my basement.”
According to Point Pleasant Police, the man who’d broken into the deputy’s home was James Will III, and while Deputy Ferrell had “never seen” the suspect before – local police say they’re quite familiar with Will.
Deputy Ferrell and the suspect were said to have gotten into a physical altercation inside of the deputy’s home, which then Deputy Ferrell’s current MCSO K9 and another retired one joined in on the fracas and bit the suspect.
It seems to have completely baffled Deputy Ferrell as to why someone would break into a home that so clearly displayed that there were both large dogs inside the home and that a law enforcement professional resided there:
“[There’s] a ‘no trespassing’ sign directly on the gate that he had to open and there’s also a ‘dog on premise’ sign on the same gate right beside of the ‘no trespassing’ sign…
“My cruiser is out beside the house, I have dog signs everywhere, I have two German shepherd statues in front of the house, so it’s obvious there’s big dogs that live here.”
This was perfect!! Wv k9 officers must still rock. Lol
— Survivorkitty (@SurvivorKitty) October 25, 2020
Aside from wondering why someone would strike up the nerve to break into a sheriff’s deputy’s home that was obviously guarded by dogs, having worked in law enforcement for so long Deputy Ferrell had never considered that one day he’d be the victim of a crime:
“I’ve been doing this for 15 years and for somebody to actually be in my residence that’s my property, that’s a different ball game. I’m out here to help other people and for me to actually become a victim, that’s highly unlikely but obviously it does happen.”
According to reports, Will is currently facing burglary charges for the alleged incident.
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In a more lighthearted story coming from Orange County, Florida, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office decided to afford one of their K9s a rather unique photo-op.
Here’s the details of K9 Chico’s new OCSO photo.
K-9 Chico has been working alongside his handler, Corporal Robert Lees, for 4 ½ years at the OCSO. So when it was time to engage in the department’s routine photo shoot, Cpl. Lees wanted to add a little bit of flair to his K9 partner’s picture.
Adorning a deputy uniform and formal tie, K9 Chico has inspired numerous reactions and comments online when the sheriff’s office decided to share the clever police photo.
OCSO spokesperson Bailey Myers stated the following about the picture and K9 Chico:
“K9 Chico is a valued member of our team and we were thrilled to see his picture bring smiles to so many faces. He has been a member of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office for four and a half years but in dog years this photo celebrates 35 years of dedicated service.”
— Jen Reeder (@JenReeder1) October 23, 2020
The German Shepherd operates as a patrol K9 and also specializes in drug detection, according to the department. When K9 Chico isn’t working the beat, he apparently loves playing tug of war with Cpl. Lees at their home.
Myers further commented that he’s happy that numerous people across the country have responded to positively to seeing this smiling K9’s photo:
“This photo has generated a beautiful response from our community and the nation. Members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office are proud to see K-9 Chico’s hard work as a patrol dog celebrated by such a wide audience.”
HOLLYWOOD, FL –Years ago, there was a television show named the “World’s Dumbest Criminals” that aired from 2008 until 2014. The show highlighted criminals who made the dumbest mistakes while committing crimes, like one where a would-be robber did not notice there was a uniformed police officer standing inside the store prior to pulling his gun.
If the show was still on today, these three people who conducted a string of burglaries, all while wearing court ordered GPS monitors, would certainly be a part of the show.
A group of at least three criminals thought they were smart as the allegedly committed at least thirty residential burglaries.
Throughout their crime spree, the criminals thought they would get away with hundreds of thousands of dollars, guns, and other stolen items. Although, if they would have had a little intelligence, they would have at least had a shot at getting away with the crimes, if they were not wearing GPS monitors.
The multi-agency investigation, ran by the Florida Attorney General’s Office, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Hollywood Police and Margate Police Departments, joined forces to solve the series of crimes.
As probable cause was developed, three arrest and search warrants were authored and approved by a judge.
Officers from the agencies involved had to execute all warrants simultaneously, probably out of concern that by doing one at a time would afford the criminals a chance to escape or destroy evidence.
Police said that the three criminals, Zion Odain Denvor Hall, Tyrek Davontae Williams, and Tremaine Raekwon Hill, were all arrested for the burglary string.
Their arrest did not stem from some brilliant police investigation, (not a slight to the officers), but rather the tracking of the court ordered GPS monitors they were wearing while out on pretrial release.
Officer Christina Lata, a spokesman for the Hollywood Police Department said the alleged criminals had “committed these crimes while already on pretrial release for previous crimes and while wearing court-ordered GPS ankle monitors.”
Police said that the trio is “believed to be a part of a criminal organization committing burglaries, armed burglaries, fraud, gun thefts, and other criminal acts throughout South Florida.”
Officers were able to follow the alleged criminals via historical GPS records which placed them at each of the crime scenes. It was probably the easiest case to crack since the GPS placed them where each house was burglarized as well as where they went afterward to get rid of the stolen property.
Police were able to recover over $150,000 dollars in cash, firearms, cellphones, iPads, jewelry, designer handbags, ammunition, fraudulent credit and debit cards, blank checks, and a stolen vehicle.
Regarding the credit and debit cards, they were most likely termed as fraudulent because they had someone else’s personal identifiable information imprinted on the credit card, but the name of the suspect printed on the front.
This is a method used by identity thieves after they have hacked a victim’s personal information. The criminal imprints someone’s bank information and creates a credit card with their name on it.
That way they can use the credit card with the stolen information without raising suspicions while really charging a victim’s account instead of theirs.
The men who were arrested on August 14th were charged as follows:
Hall is charged with 35 counts of burglary, grand theft, and racketeering.
Williams is charged with 25 counts of burglary, grand theft and racketeering.
Hill is facing 19 counts of burglary, grand theft, and racketeering.
According to Hollywood Police, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody said:
“This organized burglary ring stole thousands of dollars’ worth of guns, jewelry and electronics from dozens of Florida homes.
They must have thought they were pretty smart, but clearly, they couldn’t outsmart our Statewide Prosecutors and the great police detectives who were able to use the suspects’ own GPS tracking devices to place them at the scenes of many of these burglaries.
This is another shining example of great police work removing criminals from society so they can no longer wreak havoc on the lives of law-abiding citizens.”
‘MA Bail Fund’ posts bond for convicted rapist facing more rape charges. Gets arrested for rape three weeks later.
Boston, Massachusetts – A man who was out on bail for only three weeks under charges of rape, was recently charged again for another alleged rape in Boston.
Ironically, the bail fund that secured the suspect’s bond weeks earlier, didn’t provide any comment on him getting rearrested.
The Massachusetts Bail Fund paid Shawn McClinton’s original bail fee. They could not be reached for comment. However, their website says they will help anyone post bond regardless of criminal history or charges currently faced. Read more: https://t.co/US7bssKDyk #7News
— Juliana Mazza (@julianamazzatv) August 7, 2020
On August 6th, 39-year-old Shawn McClinton was arraigned for numerous charges which were aggravated rape, armed kidnapping with sexual assault, strangulation, and assault by means of a dangerous weapon.
Police say that McClinton had raped his victim at knife point on August 5th, and also strangled her unconscious during the violent attack. While McClinton is behind bars again and had his bail substantially increased to $500,000 by Judge Lisa Grant, what’s more troubling is The Massachusetts Bail Fund posted his $15,000 bond for an alleged rape from 2018 on July 15th of this year.
Good job! Keep getting sexual offenders out of prison so they can do it again. Are you going to pay Shawn McClinton bail of 500k?
— eric rosenberg (@ericrosenberg6) August 7, 2020
More specifically, in the 2018 case against McClinton, he was charged with two counts of aggravated rape, and assault and battery, as well as a single count of kidnapping. Furthermore, that posted bond way above the “bails of up to $2,000” the MBF claims they’ll pay.
So not only was McClinton arrested for some serious charges when the fund decided to bail him out, but he was already convicted of sexual offenses twice before his 2018 arrest for rape. Back in 1994, McClinton was convicted of raping and abusing a child, and in 2007 he was convicted of rape.
Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins was highly critical of this bail fund injecting themselves into McClinton’s case, since he’s now been arrested for yet another rape:
“This individual has violently and sexually assaulted women and children in the past. His release on July 15th allowed him the opportunity to sexually assault and harm again. And unfortunately, he did.”
-Shawn McClinton – Convicted Level 3 Sex Offender
-Gets arrested for rape and kidnapping
-Bail paid for by Mass Bail Fund
-Allegedly raped again
-MassBailFund: LOL. https://t.co/LAFZJBmNiQ
— Seamus Ó Cualáin ????????????? (@jimfoley) August 7, 2020
The Suffolk DA pointed out that bail funds are typically something one would see champion people locked up for very minor offenses, to aid those among the lower-income bracket:
“The Massachusetts Bail Fund’s stated mission is to ‘Free Them All’ and provide bails of up to $2,000 in Essex, Suffolk and Worcester Counties.
These bails are often posted for low-level, misdemeanor offenses which end up punishing poor people and not serving any legal or public safety purpose.”
SJW Massachusetts Bail Fund bailed out a habitual rapist who struck again. https://t.co/eVLPo8mA5s
— Charles Grillo (@Charles_Grillo) August 7, 2020
Yet, DA Rollins pointed out that a bail fund deciding to bail out an already convicted sex offender being held on charges of rape, shows a lack of “responsibility to or compassion for the victims and survivors of his crimes”:
“The Bail Fund posted $15,000 and set McClinton loose on our community. They don’t care that he is a Level 3 sex offender. They don’t care that he has raped women and children before.
They have no responsibility to or compassion for the victims and survivors of his crimes, or the families that he has destroyed.”
Despite numerous outlets, and people on Twitter reaching out to the MBF, they’ve not yet commented on the posting of McClinton’s bail.
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