‘Shots fired’ call leads to chase, arrest

March 29, 2009 by  
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RIVIERA BEACH, FL–Riviera Beach Police have arrested a man who opened fire on a vehicle along West 24th

Street before leading police on a pursuit into West Palm Beach.

Residents reported shots fired along West 24th Street near Avenue E around 6:45 p.m.

A patrol car in the area noticed a suspect fleeing the area. The suspect led police on a pursuit into West Palm Beach and then back into Riviera Beach where the chase ended.

Riviera Beach spokeswoman Rose Anne Brown says police were able to apprehend the suspect, recover his weapon and impound his vehicle. No one was injured in the original shooting.

Source: Wptv.com

Broward cop accused of raping woman

March 27, 2009 by  
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DAVIE, FL — A Davie police officer has been charged with two counts of rape for allegedly attacking a woman in bed while his wife lay asleep next to them, according to an arrest report released today.

Officer Stephen Kenneth Olenchak, 34, was arrested Thursday and booked into the Broward County Main Jail. He has since been released on $10,000 bond.

Police spokesman Lt. Bill Coyne would not disclose any information about the victim, other than to say she is not a minor.

The victim told police that Olenchak encouraged her on Sunday to get in bed with him and his wife, saying, “I want you to sleep in my bed with me tonight.”

According to the complaint, Olenchak got his wife a Crystal Light soft drink before bedtime, and she fell asleep “earlier than usual.”

Olenchak then got the victim something to drink.

Coyne said police are investigating whether drugs were used in the drinks.

The victim said that while the sexual assault was taking place, Olenchak’s wife got up and went to the bathroom, but she “looked like a zombie,” the report states.

Investigators talked to the victim and Olenchak’s wife on Thursday, then arrested Olenchak.

Olenchak, who has been with the police department 11 years, is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Woman who collapsed on bus dies

March 25, 2009 by  
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MIAMI (WSVN) — A South Florida woman who collapsed on a Miami-Dade County transit bus has died.

The 54-year-old was having trouble breathing when she passed out on the bus Tuesday morning.

Paramedics transported the woman to Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition, where she was pronunced dead Wednesday.

The bus driver pulled over near Northwest Sixth Avenue and Eighth Street in Overtown and called 911 when the woman suddenly dropped. The 911 operator helped the two women keep the fainted passenger alive. “The told me, they asked me to reach down and see if she’s breathing,” said bus driver Claudia Moss.

A surveillance camera caught the whole ordeal on video. “I started to perform the compression, but first they said to clear her airway, so I cleared it,” said the passenger Barbara Sancho.

Moss and Sancho were on the phone with Miami-Dade Transit’s operations center who were relaying information from the 911 operator. The women stayed on the phone until Rescue Crews arrived.

Citing privacy laws, doctors have not released the cause of her death.

Man shot, killed in West Palm Beach a result of road rage

March 25, 2009 by  
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A late night shooting that left one man dead in suburban West Palm Beach Tuesday stemmed from a road-rage incident that ended with one man chasing another to his home, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

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Today, the family of the man who was shot, 25-year-old Yeniel Rodriguez, of West Palm Beach, said they don’t understand how the father of a 2-year-old boy known for helping his neighbors could end up dead.

“If he gets into an argument, he is not the type of guy to use a weapon,” said Jorge Rodriguez, Yeniel Rodriguez’s brother. “The guy provoked him.”

The shooter, 42-year-old Russell Carpenter, was walking home along Sumter Road around 9:30 p.m. when he was almost hit by a car driven by Rodriguez, of West Palm Beach, according to a sheriff’s report.

The two got into an argument and then Rodriguez chased Carpenter on foot back to his home in the 900 block of Sumter Road East. Carpenter ran into his home and grabbed a gun, according to the report.

As Rodriguez tried to force his way into the home, Carpenter shot and killed him, the report stated.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Teri Barbera said investigators do not believe the two had ever met before.

Carpenter could not be reached for comment.

“He’s a good neighbor. He helps me with the yard if I’m not feeling good,” said Carpenter’s next-door neighbor, Norma Rogers. “I’m shocked because I didn’t even know Russ owned a gun.”

Jorge Rodriguez said he saw his brother earlier Tuesday when they were at their mother’s house looking at a Dodge Neon Yeniel borrowed from a friend.

He said that when he heard about the shooting, he ran to the scene from his mother’s house nearby.

Yeniel Rodriguez, born in Cuba, had a 2-year-old son with his wife. He had recently been laid off from a drywall installation job.

“He was a really hard worker,” Jorge Rodriguez said. “Everywhere he goes he is always helping people.”

State records indicate that Yeniel Rodriguez had several driving citations on his record ranging from speeding to driving without insurance but no reckless driving citations or citations related to accidents.

Barbera said the case will be presented to the State’s Attorney’s Office to determine if any charges will be filed against Carpenter.

Police search for Palm Beach Gardens man

March 25, 2009 by  
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PALM BEACH GARDENS- — Police are searching for a 39-year-old man who disappeared in early January.

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Robert Andrew Harrison was last seen with an unidentified woman when the two left the Palm Beach Gardens mobile home he had been sharing with a male roommate for about three months. The roommate told police that Harrison, who was last employed at TooJay’s Gourmet Deli in the Bluffs Shopping Center in Jupiter, packed his personal belongings and told his roommate he was moving to Pompano Beach.

“(Harrison) had recently received a large sum on money from an inheritance. I don’t know how much,” said Det. Jennifer Brashear.

Harrison bought a 2002 grey Dodge pickup truck two days before Christmas, which he left at the mobile home in a park on the south side of Hood Road west of Florida’s Turnpike. The roommate told police the last time he saw Harrison was when he was getting into a dark-colored SUV with the woman.

Harrison, who is from New Jersey, has been in Palm County about a decade. He is not married and has no children, and no family in South Florida. He has no credit cards, said Brashear.

The last activity on Harrison’s bank account was Jan. 16, when he withdrew $500 in cash. Harrison’s cell phone records showed his last phone call was to a friend on the same day. He last spoke to his family by phone on Jan. 8.

His family reported him missing on Jan. 26.

Harrison’s criminal record shows possession of marijuana charges but no major convictions, said Brashear.

“He is very close to his family, especially to his brother. His family told us he called often. They told us if he was in trouble, no matter what it was, he would call them,” said Brashear.

Anyone with information, should call Brashear at 561-799-4510.

Air Force jet crashes in California; pilot killed

March 25, 2009 by  
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WASHINGTON (CNN) — An Air Force F-22A fighter jet crashed Wednesday near Edwards Air Force Base in California, killing the test pilot, the Air Force said.

The single-seater crashed about 10:30 a.m. (1:30 p.m. ET) for unknown reasons, Air Force officials said.

Lockheed Martin said the test pilot, David Cooley, 49, of Palmdale, California, joined the company in 2003 and was a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

The fighter was on a test mission when it crashed about 35 miles northeast of Edwards AFB, where it was stationed, the Air Force said in a news release.

At $150 million apiece, the F-22A is the most expensive Air Force fighter.

In 2004, an F-22 Raptor crashed on a training mission in the Nevada desert. The pilot ejected and was not hurt, though the jet was destroyed.

The plane was designed in the 1980s to provide a stealthy method to enter Soviet air space and strike Soviet bombers if the USSR attempted a nuclear strike.

Once the Cold War ended, the Air Force found a new mission for the F-22 as a long-range fighter with a sophisticated stealth design and state-of-the-art equipment that no other plane could rival.

However, the rising cost of the plane and numerous design and software problems threatened the program, which was almost eliminated by Congress.

In the end, the aircraft survived, and most of the problems were fixed — except for the price tag, which forced the Air Force to buy fewer aircraft.

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