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White Guard Charged With Killing Black Motel Guest

Christopher Straight is charged with first-degree manslaughter

(Newser) - A white Oklahoma security guard has been arrested in the killing a black motel guest who had argued with the manager, NBC News reports. The guard, 53-year-old Christopher Straight, was charged June 6 with first-degree manslaughter for the death of Carlos Carson that day. "Based on our investigation, we... More »

Student Dresses as His Favorite Person, Who 'Keeps Us Safe'

This is the first year the kindergartner's school has had an armed guard

(Newser) - An Arkansas boy dressed up as his school's security officer on the day students were told to dress as their favorite person. Officer Jeffery Cross told KTHV-TV in Little Rock that he was honored that kindergartner Easton Blocker dressed up like him on Wednesday, the AP reports. "Just... More »

Ex-Security Guard Releases Hostages After 10 Hours

Filipino man accused mall bosses of corruption

(Newser) - A recently dismissed security guard freed dozens of hostages and was subdued by police after walking out of a shopping mall in the Philippine capital on Monday, ending a daylong hostage crisis in an upscale commercial district near the police and military headquarters, officials said. The former guard at the... More »

School District Reverses Firing of Security Guard Over Slur

Marlon Anderson had received 'a busload of love' from supporters

(Newser) - A union official says a black security guard is getting his job back at a Wisconsin school after he was fired for repeating a racial slur while telling a student not to use it. Doug Keillor, executive director of Madison Teachers Inc., said Monday that the union was contacted by... More »

Zuckerberg Has New Problem on His Hands: His Security Chief

Liam Booth accused of sexual misconduct, as well as racist, sexist, homophobic remarks

(Newser) - Two former employees of the household staff of Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are lobbing some serious allegations against the power couple's security chief. First reported by Business Insider and confirmed by NBC News , Liam Booth, a former Secret Service agent, has been accused of making homophobic,... More »

They Went Out to Report on a Story. Then a Car Pulled Up

San Francisco news crew robbed, security guard shot

(Newser) - A scary scene unfolded for a KPIX 5 news crew on Sunday, ending in a robbery and the shooting of their security guard. Per CBS News and CBS San Francisco , reporter Joe Vazquez and cameraman John Anglin were in Oakland to cover the teachers strike there, and as they geared... More »

Security Guard Suspected in US Tourist's Murder

Nicaraguan was staying next to Carla Stefaniak's Airbnb in Costa Rica

(Newser) - Despite her brother's best hopes , a woman's body discovered at the back of an Airbnb property in Costa Rica has been identified as Florida's Carla Stefaniak, whom a security guard is now suspected of killing. Nicaraguan Bismarck Espinosa Martinez, a 32-year-old security guard who'd been staying... More »

Bouncer Killed by Cop Had Good Reason to Work Overtime

Lawyers say he was supporting his partner, who's pregnant with 2nd child

(Newser) - Lawyers who've filed a wrongful death lawsuit in the fatal police shooting of a black security guard at an Illinois bar Sunday say the 26-year-old was working overtime to support his partner, who's pregnant with the couple's second child. Jemel Roberson and Avontea Boose, who have a... More »

Jury Awards Record $1B to Georgia Rape Victim

Security worker raped her when she was 14

(Newser) - "A jury, from now on, will know there is no ceiling on the damages that rape causes to a woman," attorney L. Chris Stewart said Wednesday after a jury awarded his client $1 billion in a civil case. Hope Cheston, now 20, was 14 years old when she... More »

Armed Guards Not Trained Well, Need Better Oversight

There are guards with weapons who probably shouldn't have them: investigation

(Newser) - Joshua Kosatschenko was approved for a security guard license to carry arms in 2009 in Arizona. He was 19 at the time, but he was also a "prohibited possessor"—meaning he wasn't allowed to carry a gun until he turned 30 because of his juvenile record—and... More »

4 Blackwater Guards Convicted in Deadly Iraq Shooting

Security contractors found guilty in infamous 2007 incident

(Newser) - Four former Blackwater security contractors were convicted today in federal court for a 2007 mass shooting in Baghdad that left Iraqi civilians dead, the AP reports. (Some accounts cite an original death toll of 14, but the BBC notes that an Iraqi investigation later raised the total to 17; about... More »

New Robo-Cop: 'R2-D2's Evil Twin'

300-pound Silicon Valley robot aims to keep an eye on things

(Newser) - Its makers don't like to compare it to "RoboCop or Terminator"—but it's hard not to. The K5 Autonomous Data Machine is an electronic security guard developed in Silicon Valley by a company called Knightscope, Fox News reports. It's five feet tall, weighs 300 pounds,... More »

Oakland Residents Turn to Private Security Guards

As crime spikes, neighborhoods chip in to hire extra enforcement

(Newser) - As crime continues to rise in Oakland, Calif., (robberies are up 54%, burglaries 40%, car theft 33%) entire neighborhoods are banding together to hire private security companies to supplement the city's overwhelmed police force, reports the San Francisco Chronicle . The owner of one security company says his officers now... More »

Florida Mom Pays to Have Armed Guard at Kid's School

Meanwhile, bullet-stopping white boards hit the market

(Newser) - A Florida mom has taken her child's at-school security into her own hands ... by way of her pocketbook. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that Laura Lauria has offered to foot the cost of having an armed deputy stationed at her kid's elementary school, and she's already paid... More »

Accused Thief Dies After Fight With Walmart Workers

Alleged shoplifter was placed in choke hold, police say

(Newser) - Walmart has suspended two employees and fired a contract security guard after the death of an alleged shoplifter at a store near Atlanta. Police say a "physical altercation" took place in the store's parking lot after the middle-aged man took two DVD players, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. When... More »

Cops: Shooter Dissed Conservative Group

Allegedly made negative remark about Family Research Council, wounded guard

(Newser) - A man suspected of shooting and wounding a security guard in the lobby of a Christian lobbying group today made a negative reference about the organization's work before opening fire, a law enforcement official said. Police said the man entered the Family Research Council in Washington around 10:45am,... More »

Man Studying to Be Security Guard Kills Teacher

LA suspect busted after vocational school shooting

(Newser) - A student in a class of aspiring security guards at a vocational school in Los Angeles walked out of the room, then returned to shoot his instructor dead, according to investigators. Police busted the 22-year-old suspect afterward as he stood on the street smoking a cigarette, the Los Angeles Times... More »

Airport Guard Arrested Over Obama Threats

Fellow NJ worker reportedly overheard him making remarks

(Newser) - A private security guard at Newark Liberty International Airport has been arrested on charges of threatening President Obama before the president was to fly there. A Continental Airlines employee reported overhearing John Brek make threatening comments at an airport coffee cart yesterday afternoon. The 55-year-old security guard was arrested several... More »

Blackwater Bilked US Out of $55M for Iraq Security: Audit

Company didn't provide enough workers

(Newser) - The US overpaid Blackwater by $55 million for its security work in Iraq, a government audit has found. The company, since renamed Xe, didn't employ enough guards, medics, and other personnel to protect high-level officials but still collected full payment from the State Department, the Wall Street Journal reports. "... More »

'Gentle Giant' Mourned After Museum Shooting

'Outstanding' guard hailed as a hero

(Newser) - Colleagues at the National Holocaust Museum remember slain security guard Stephen Johns as unfailingly courteous and friendly, the Washington Post reports. The 39-year-old guard was killed in the line of duty yesterday when a gunman walked into the museum and opened fire. "There are no words to express our... More »

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