Officer charged after allegedly ordering K9 to attack Black man who was surrendering

Nickolas Pearce has been placed on administrative leave since video of the incident became public last month. He is now facing an aggravated assault charge, a second-degree felony.

CNN could not reach Pearce for comment.

The local police union defended Pearce Wednesday. “We firmly stand behind Officer Pearce,” Salt Lake Police Association President Steven Winters told CNN after the charge was announced. “We believe he was justified in what he did, and look forward to the criminal justice process working its way out.” Pearce has not yet appeared in court.

Pearce and other officers were responding to a domestic violence call April 24 when they encountered Jeffery Ryans, who was subject to a protective order that prohibited him from being at the residence.

According to the probable cause statement, “Ryans did not express any intentions or engage in actions reflecting he was going to resist the officers” and kept his hands in the air throughout the encounter.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill told The New York Times that Utah law allows officers to use force but that but “when you cross that threshold, you need to be held accountable, just like anybody else.”

CNN could not reach Gill for comment.

The Salt Lake City Police Department said the Civilian Review Board also completed an independent investigation, but the department is still analyzing it.

“If Internal Affairs finds that Officer Pearce committed a policy violation, the Chief’s Office will follow the disciplinary process required under state and federal law,” the department said Wednesday in a press release.

What happened

Police approached Ryans at the residence around 3:30 a.m. saying they were responding to an incident of domestic violence, according to Ryans’ lawyers. Ryans’ daughter made the 911 call to police, according to a recording of the call released by police.

“My dad is doing very bad things to our family,” the daughter says.

“He’s yelling and screaming,” she says, as raised voices are heard in the background.

“Did he strike your mom?” the operator asks.

The daughter answers: “Yes.”

Salt Lake City police officer ordered his K9 to bite a Black man's leg repeatedly, lawyers say, and now it may need to be amputated

Asked by the operator if her father lives at the house, the daughter replies, “No, he has a restraining order.”

One of Ryans’ lawyers, Daniel Gardner, confirmed to CNN that there was a protective order in place but said the couple “were under the impression that it had been lifted because that was the wishes of Mrs. Ryans.”

According to body-worn camera footage from the incident provided to CNN by the man’s attorneys and Salt Lake City Police, an officer mentions the protective order to Ryans who then tells that officer that his wife “said she lifted it off.”

“(Ryans and his wife) did not understand that a judge is the only one that can lift a protective order,” Gardner explained.

Police asked Ryans to leave the house, according to the video. They also spoke to his wife, who confirmed that she has a protective order and told officers that Jeffery was in the house when she got home.

When the officers found him in the backyard, one of the six officers tells him “you’re not supposed to be here Jeffery.”

“Alright, well she let me in,” he claims. Several officers can be heard ordering Ryans to “get on the ground.” One officer says that Ryans tried to jump the fence.

Pearce demanded that Ryans get on the ground. Three seconds later Pearce kicked Ryans and then ordered a K9 named Tuco to bite the suspect, according to the probable cause statement.

Video shows Ryans lying on the ground protesting and exclaiming in pain as a dog bites and tugs at his left leg. One officer is seen handcuffing him while another officer repeatedly says “good boy” to the dog.

“Why are you biting me?” Ryans screams on the video at one point.

As Ryans is on the ground being handcuffed, an officer can be heard saying “we need medical for a dog bite” over the radio.

Ryans, a locomotive engineer, says several times throughout the incident that he was trying to get his work clothes from the house.

Ryans was hospitalized for leg lacerations that were four to five inches long. His attorneys told CNN last month that Ryans needed several surgeries.

Woman charged in Uber stabbing case

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – A woman in La Crosse is facing criminal charges following an accusation that she stabbed her boyfriend inside of an Uber vehicle.

According to the criminal complaint, an Uber driver picked up Caprice Delagrave and the victim from the Blue Moon restaurant in Onalaska on Tuesday. The Uber driver says the couple began engaging in a verbal argument before he heard the victim say, “What did you hit me with?”

The Uber driver dropped off Delagrave at a residence in the 600 block of Rose Street. The victim remained in the vehicle and was taken to the Lang Drive Kwik Trip so he could make a phone call. Once they arrived, the victim showed the Uber driver the blood on his hands and said, “I’m bleeding, she stabbed me.” A short while later, the victim’s father picked him up from the convenience store and took him to Gundersen Health System in La Crosse for treatment. The victim suffered two puncture wounds to the back of his left shoulder and a collapsed lung. His injuries did require surgery.

Upon questioning by police, the victim identified Delagrave as the person that stabbed him. Police were able to locate Delagrave, and after she declined to voluntarily come to the police department for an interview, she was arrested and taken to the police department.

Delagrave told police that she only “pinched” the victim with her fingernails. After she was told the severity of the victim’s injuries, Delagrave claimed that she was scared for her safety with the victim, but did not go into further detail.

Police obtained a search warrant for Delagrave’s residence where they found a 5-inch fixed blade knife with dried blood on the tip.

Delagrave is charged with aggravated battery and use of a dangerous weapon. She made a primary court appearance on Thursday. She currently remains in jail on a probation hold. Her next court appearance is set for September 18.

18-year-old charged in Walgreen's stabbing

CHICAGO (WLS) — A Chicago man charged with murder in the stabbing death of an employee inside a Wicker Park Walgreens appeared in court virtually Wednesday, where he was denied bond

Prosecutors said 18-year-old Sincere Williams was wearing two sets of clothes when he walked into the Walgreens at 1372 N. Milwaukee Ave. just after 9:30 a.m. Sunday and stabbed employee Olga Calderon 10 times with a knife.

He allegedly took off the extra clothing after leaving the store. Calderon was pronounced dead inside the Walgreens.

“He approached the victim, Olga Calderon, who was just stocking shelves at Walgreens, grabbed her around the neck,” Area 5 Commander Eric Winstrom said. “It appears that she tried to push away from Williams, and he began stabbing her multiple times, causing her death.”

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Police said co-workers discovered the 32-year-old dead in a pool of blood just before 10 a.m. Sunday.

“I don’t really know what to think,” Walgreens employee Jennifer Montanez said. “Very numb. It’s hard to process, even if it’s not someone that you particularly know.”

There were no eyewitnesses, according to detectives. But detectives went through 30 minutes of surveillance video, tracking William’s steps before and after the stabbing, prosecutors said.

“Williams discarded a knife and clothing in a nearby yard, which detectives recovered,” Winstrom said. “We were able to determine that Williams entered an apartment complex in the 1400-block of North Sedgwick in the 18th District. With the assistance of 18th District tactical personnel, we were able to arrest Sincere at his apartment without incident.”

Prosecutors said his mother later drove him to the hospital to be treated for an injury to his left hand that happened during the stabbing. Prosecutors assume robbery was the motive, but can’t be certain; nothing was taken from the store. They said “sometimes people just do evil things.”

“One of my best friends in the world works at a Walgreens and I am always afraid for her, now even more so,” said customer Leandra Czech. “There is just too many crazy people out there and it is just ridiculous and this should never had happened.”

“I am scared to go anywhere. I don’t take my son anywhere. You never know, anywhere you go anything can happen,” said Stephanie Burke, Chicago resident.

Williams has been charged with one felony count of first-degree murder. His attorney said Williams suffers from schizophrenia and seizures.

Police believe Williams is also responsible for an earlier robbery at this same Walgreens and at another location, possibly with the same knife and mask he allegedly used Sunday.

Police don’t believe Calderon was targeted for any reason. They said she was just a young working mother trying to make a living who never made it home to her family.

Crisis responder Andrew Holmes said Calderon is the mother of a 3-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl. Her family is struggling to come to grips with the loss.

“Her daughter is taking it really hard,” Holmes said. “The younger baby doesn’t understand yet what’s actually happened, but the daughter, she knows.”

“It makes me really sad we are in a place in society where we are worried about going home, going to work and we don’t know if we’re going to come back, we don’t know if we’re going to upset someone. We just don’t know,” Montanez said.

Walgreens said extra security was in place as the store reopened Wednesday morning.

A makeshift memorial outside the store continues to grow for Calderon. People bringing flowers, candles and balloons. Customers describe Calderon as pleasant and courteous.

Walgreens spokesperson Phil Caruso said in a written statement: “We are grateful to Chicago police and law enforcement for their efforts and will continue to work with authorities. The safety of our customers and team members is our top priority. We are continually evaluating our security measures in all our stores. The store is expected to reopen tomorrow morning with additional security measures.”

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Inmate charged with murder in killing of officer

(WXYZ) — An inmate at the Wayne County Jail has been charged in connection to the murder of Wayne County Sheriff’s Corporal Bryant Searcy.

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Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced Wednesday morning that 28-year-old Deandre Williams has been charged with first-degree murder, murder of a police officer and felony murder. He has also been charged with unarmed robbery and escaping jail through violence.

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Last week, Searcy was inspecting jail cells alone when he was allegedly killed by Williams during a violent struggle. Williams was already charged with carjacking.

Related: Sources: Jail attack was ‘planned’ by inmate to murder Wayne County Sheriff’s corporal

“It has been almost a week since the horrific murder of Corporal Bryant Searcy and it is still very raw. Much has been said lately about the dangers that law enforcement officials face every day. This is no exaggeration. This case is a tragic example of this reality,”said Prosecutor Worthy.

Williams is expected to be arraigned on the new charges Wednesday morning.

Man charged in 'horrific' killing of grandparents

CHICAGO (CBS/AP) — A 21-year-old man has been charged with the murders of his grandparents, longtime CTA bus driver Gabriel Tyson and his ex-wife Carmella, who took him in when he was released from prison.

Romel Tyson has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the stabbing deaths of his grandparents in south suburban Markham.

Police described the scene as “horrific” and “bloody.” Markham Police Chief Terry White said there were signs Gabriel Tyson tried defending himself, given the blood spatter all through the house. Romel Tyson had recently moved into the house, because he had nowhere else to go after getting out of prison.

“Police said it’s the worst thing they’ve ever seen,” said neighbor Fran Jurek. “How in the world could you ever think of that?”

Gabriel Tyson, 68, affectionately known as Gabe, spent 20 years working as a CTA bus driver and lived on Sawyer Avenue in Markham for decades.

Gabriel Tyson

Gabriel Tyson

“We’ve been neighbors for over 27 years,” Jurek said.

And the Jureks new something wasn’t right when one of Tyson’s grandsons frantically knocked on the door.

“The grandson came over here and asked if we had a key,” Jurek said.

“No one in the house was answering their phones,” added Kristyn Jurek.

So that grandson called 911. When Markham police arrived on the scene, they found Gabe Tyson lying in a pool of blood near the back door. Once inside, they found Tyson’s ex-wife – Carmella Tyson, 65 – dead in the room, also stabbed to death.

Police said Romel Tyson, who had been living with them in a bedroom, sitting calmly among kitchen knives. Police said he had recently moved in after getting paroled from prison in June. The grandfather had allowed the 21-year-old to stay with him.

“He had a good heart to let someone stay with you,” Fran Jurek said. “I sure, I wouldn’t if someone just came out of prison. I’m sorry. And I’m a Christian woman.”

Neighbors are grateful they didn’t give spare keys to the worried grandson.

“Thank God I didn’t find it, because he would have came in there and saw the scene,” Kristyn Jurek said.

What sparked the double murder remained unknown Tuesday night. The grandson will appear before a judge on murder charges later this week.

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Officer charged with theft, possession of controlled substance

ROCKVILLE, Ind. (WTHI) – Charges have been filed against a Rockville police officer.

43-year-old Derek Cerny was charged with theft and possession of a controlled substance. Both are class A misdemeanors.

Indiana State Police says Cerny stole five pain killer tablets from a Parke County deputy.

That deputy had a prescription for Norco after having back surgery.

Cerny faced similar accusations during his 15 years as a Vigo County deputy. Charges against him were dismissed after he completed drug court.

He will return to court on his current case next month.

Rockville Police Chief Randal Kneeland confirmed Cerny is on paid administrative leave. That’s because the charges are only allegations against him at this point.

Cerny is a K9 handler who has been on medical leave for the last eight weeks.

Two charged with murder after burned bodies

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — On a September morning nearly one year ago, a little boy named Noelvin was discovered on a porch on Potomac Ave. His parents’ bodies were found in a burned-out van nearly half a mile away on Tonawanda St.

They were identified as Miguel Valentin-Colon and Nicole Merced-Plaud. A medical examiner’s report says they were beaten, shot to death and then burned.

Authorities think the vehicle burned just five hours prior to Noelvin being found.

The remains of a third victim, Dhamyl Roman-Audiffred, were found on Box Ave.

In the days that followed Noelvin being found on the porch, police released a video showing two men running from the scene of the burned van with the boy.

According to court paperwork, Jariel Cobb and Deandre Wilson have been charged with killing the three victims. U.S. Attorney James Kennedy says the deaths occurred on Roebling Ave.

Cobb and Wilson were accused of murder while engaged in a narcotics conspiracy. In addition to this, the two were accused of obstructing justice by trying to destroy the bodies of Noelvin’s parents.

Wilson and another person, James Reed, are charged with trying to destroy Roman-Audiffred’s body.

Noelvin, now 4, is being raised by his grandmother, Zenaida Colon.

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TikTok stars charged for throwing parties during the Covid-19 pandemic

Blake Gray and Bryce Hall, two TikTok stars, were charged with misdemeanors on Friday after holding two large house parties in defiance of local health orders, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced.

The pair could face up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000, according to Feuer.

“If you have a combined 19 million followers on TikTok in the middle of a public health crisis, you should be modeling great behavior…rather than brazenly violating the law,” Feuer said during a press conference.

Prosecutors allege that Gray and Hall held a party on August 8, and that they were issued a warning about the gathering by the Los Angeles Police Department, who responded to a complaint call about the party.

Less than a week later, police were back at the house responding to a “shots fired” call, according to Feuer.

Feuer says officers found no evidence of a gun but did find several hundred people celebrating Hall’s 21st birthday.

When police spoke to Gray on August 14, he acknowledged the previous LAPD warning on August 8, according to Feuer. Gray was cited and given a final warning, Feuer says.

On August 19, as authorized by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, power was cut to the home in Hollywood Hills.

“Despite several warnings, this house has turned into a nightclub in the hills, hosting large gatherings in flagrant violation of our public health orders,” Garcetti said in a news release at the time. “The City has now disconnected utilities at this home to stop these parties that endanger our community.”

Representatives for Gray and Hall have not yet responded to CNN requests for comment.

By filing the charges, Feuer hopes that others will be deterred from holding large gatherings.

“Everyone’s health in our community depends on remaining vigilant,” he said.

It remains unclear whether any Covid-19 cases have been linked to the parties. Party-goers are not subjected to citations or charges, but Feuer says that could change if the behavior continues.

CNN’s Madeline Holcombe contributed to this report.

Woman charged with first-degree murder of 78-year-old husband

A 79-year-old McCook woman has been charged with first-degree murder and a gun charge for allegedly shooting her husband in the chest as he slept.

Lavetta Langdon was in court Thursday, a week after Larry Langdon’s death, and a Red Willow County judge set her bond at $5 million, according to court records. 

Lavetta Langdon

Lavetta Langdon

Officer Kevin Hodgson, a detective with the McCook Police Department, said shortly before 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 20, he and two other officers went out on a physical altercation at the couple’s home at 807 E. Third St., where they found Lavetta Langdon sitting in the living room and Larry Landgon dead on the floor in the bedroom.

Hodgson said the couple had argued that morning, and Larry Langdon allegedly punched Lavetta Langdon on the face multiple times. When he fell asleep, she allegedly got his 9mm gun, held it to his chest and fired, then called police.

The detective said Lavetta Langdon had complained of domestic violence by her husband for the last 30 years and allegedly had warned him she would kill him if he hit her again.

This week, Red Willow County Attorney Paul Wood charged her with first-degree murder and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony.

The McCook Gazette reported that the Langdons, who were married in 1960, divorced in 2012 but filed for a new marriage license just more than a year later.

Man charged after pregnant woman shot to death

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis man was charged with two counts of first-degree murder after a pregnant woman was found shot to death in Cordova.

Kevin McKinney

Kevin McKinney was arrested Thursday after authorities say he was positively identified as the shooter by a witness.

On Aug. 20, officers responded to the Walgreens at 9028 Walnut Grove and found Keierra McNeil suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. She was pronounced dead on the scene.

Authorities said in their report that McNeil was six months pregnant. The baby did not survive.

According to investigators, McNeil went to the Walgreens to meet McKinney, the father of her child, to discussing co-parenting. McKinney was reportedly not happy about the pregnancy and had been pressuring the woman to have an abortion.

An eye witness said McKinney came out of the bushes near McNeil’s car and shot her several times before fleeing the scene in a white SUV.

McNeil’s family says the sting of this loss will last forever.

“He has broken my entire family’s heart,” a family member said in a phone interview with WREG. “The magnitude of hurt. I can’t even explain it.”

They call McNeil’s murder an act of pure evil.

“You are a coward. You are the scum of this earth. You are the worst person anybody could ever come into contact with,” a family member said.

Family members say she was so excited to be having her first child and looking forward to her baby shower next month.

“Two days after her death, his first set of library books arrived to the home and when we received them, it was just devastating,” a family member said.

And as the family now plans a funeral instead, they find some comfort in knowing the man responsible for their pain is finally behind bars after a week of being on the run.

“We have been a little relieved. We still know there’s a process that has to happen. It is our prayer justice is served for Keierra,” a family member said.

The family says they will gather at the Walgreens Friday night at 7 to honor McNeil and her son.