January 21, 2013 |
Add the home of Kardashian mom Kris Jenner and her husband, Bruce Jenner, to the list of celebrity domiciles targeted with fake 911 calls - a dangerous and resource-wasting prank known as "swatting. " "Just got a call from my mom telling me about this prank call that someone was shot in their home & 15 swat team & 3 helicopters showed up!," Kim Kardashian tweeted Friday. (She's currently traveling in Africa.) "These prank calls are NOT funny! People can get arrested for this!
January 3, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The military judge overseeing the trial for alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four others has ruled that lawyers cannot make public even unclassified materials. The ruling by the judge, Army Col. James L. Pohl, follows an order on Dec. 6 in which he directed that any evidence or discussion about harsh interrogation techniques used against the five men also be kept secret. He issued the ruling despite accusations by human rights groups that the government was trying to hide the fact the men were tortured.
January 2, 2013 |
CENTENNIAL, Colo. - The first glimpse of the vast amounts of evidence in the case against James E. Holmes, suspected in the July 20 Aurora movie theater massacre, will be made public next week as a long-awaited preliminary hearing is set to get underway. After more than five months of wrangling, the prosecution and defense on Wednesday said they were ready to proceed on Monday to the next step in the case against Holmes, accused in the mass shooting that killed 12 and injured at least 70. The preliminary hearing, which is expected to last most of next week and draw hundreds of spectators, witnesses, victims and members of the media, will determine if there is enough evidence against Holmes to try him on 166 counts of first-degree murder and attempted murder.
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December 21, 2012 |
A three-year effort by California to improve 911 emergency service has been stymied by flawed data and aging computers at local fire departments and rescue agencies across the state, a Times investigation has found. Since 2009, the state Emergency Medical Services Authority has been seeking to centralize reports on millions of emergency medical responses, a project that officials see as critical to improving life-saving practices. State officials hoped to capture information from the moment dispatchers answer a call until the victim is transferred to a hospital.
December 18, 2012 |
Early Tuesday morning, a 911 dispatcher received a call from a Colorado home. A woman gave an address near the town of Longmont in unincorporated Weld County. “Then the dispatcher hears the female caller say, 'No, no, no.' Then the dispatcher hears gunshots,” Sgt. Tim Schwartz of the Weld County Sheriff's Office told the Los Angeles Times. Then, Schwartz said, “A male gets on the phone and says he is going to kill himself.” Another gunshot then rings out over the phone, he said.
December 13, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The judge in the military commission case against Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four other suspected Sept. 11 plotters ruled that details of harsh interrogation techniques used on them would be kept secret during their trial, a decision that human rights advocates called an attempt to hide the fact that the men were tortured. The order, signed by Army Col. James L. Pohl on Dec. 6 and made public Wednesday, represents a clear victory for U.S. military and Justice Department prosecutors in the opening round of pretrial disputes.
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December 11, 2012 |
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Tuesday that concerns raised by a top Fire Department commander about staffing changes at the agency's 911 call center need to be addressed before the proposal moves forward. The plan backed by the mayor and city leaders would shift dispatchers from a 24-hour schedule to an eight-hour workday, a move that would save about $3.2 million annually. But a report by the commander who runs the dispatch center warned that public safety would be compromised if the plan were adopted before the agency replaced an aging computer system that has crashed repeatedly.
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December 10, 2012 |
Los Angeles officials are pressing for a major cost-cutting change at the Fire Department's troubled 911 call handling center despite a top commander's warning that making the move is too risky and would jeopardize public safety. The plan, backed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa , the City Council and Fire Chief Brian Cummings, would switch dispatchers from 24-hour shifts to traditional eight-hour workdays, saving an estimated $3.2 million in overtime costs each year. The changes could reduce the number of dispatch center call takers by as much as 20% to 40% depending on the shift, according to internal department records and interviews.
December 5, 2012 |
Jovan Belcher's mom pleaded with her son's girlfriend to stay alive while calling 911, according to a recording released Wednesday of the emergency call. “Stay with me, the ambulance is on the way. Stay with me Kasandra, stay with me,” Cheryl Shepherd says on the recording of her call with Kansas City emergency dispatchers. “She's still breathing but please hurry,” Shepherd says. “I don't know how he [inaudible], they were arguing, please hurry. " The couple's infant daughter, Zoey, is heard crying in the background as her grandmother pleads for help.
November 27, 2012 |
Simon Cowell was the victim of a false 911 call early Sunday afternoon, Beverly Hills police said Monday. The caller told authorities that "The X Factor" judge was tied up with duct tape, according to L.A. Now . A first address given was outside city limits, but then the caller said it was "Simon Cowell's house," which is in Beverly Hills. Unlike in previous "swatting" incidents in which authorities were summoned falsely to celeb spreads...