A New Jersey State Policeman assigned to Governor Chris Christie’s security detail has been suspended without pay and arrested for shoplifting. Police in Tilden Township say the officer, William Carvounis, stole nearly $300 in merchandise from a Cabela’s. He was observed placing items in his basket, then removing the packaging, placing the items in his pockets and discarding the empty packaging on nearby shelves. He was also seen removing the price tag from a Cabela’s hat, which he was wearing. . .
when he attempted to exit the store. Police say that when caught he invoked his position, asking repeatedly for a little professional courtesy so he wouldn’t lose his job. Carvounis through his attorney denied both the shoplifting and the request for special treatment. [h/t PetitionForRedress]
Your Lockdown of the Day™ today is, unusually, perfectly warranted. Nine schools in Roanoke County, Virginia were locked down just after noon today after a man robbed the Union First Market Bank on the southwest side of Roanoke. While I love to poke fun at lockdowns that occur for silly reasons or at a great remove from the incident that prompted them, and while I’m still not sure that schools all the way across the county needed to be locked down, in this case there were three schools within a mile of the bank, one of them literally 500 feet away. So they get a pass, this time. The lockdown was lifted a couple hours later, with the suspect not apprehended, but having been seen headed in a direction away from any of the schools. Mark this day, as this is the first well-justified lockdown I can remember reporting, and it may have to hold for a while.
Brownell’s Valentine’s Day promotion, a free box of chocolates when you spend $99. Visit www.brownells.com/chocolate to learn more. The video’s pretty good, even if you don’t care about the offer.
As mentioned earlier today, Senator Rand Paul is introducing legislation that would end the blanket ban on guns in U.S. Post Offices. The measure would be offered as an amendment to the Postal Reform Act of 2013, which was introduced back in August and is still sitting with the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Sen. Paul proffered the amendment informally recently, but has withdrawn it to work on it some more before officially offering it to the Committee for action. The Democrat-controlled Committee has 16 members from 15 different states, so look at the list at that link and see if you’ve got someone on it. If you do, reach out and let them know how you want them to vote when the amendment does come up for consideration.
A man attempting to rob a home in Bloomfield Township, Michigan walked way (well, ran) with an extra hole last night. He and an associate forced their way into an occupied home and demanded money. The homeowner agreed to give it to them, and led one of them to a bedroom, where he grabbed his gun. A bit of fisticuffs ensued, and a shot was fired. The fight continued, and goblins eventually beat feet. The homeowner fired another shot as they fled. A bit later, sheriff’s deputies found an injured suspect in the hospital receiving treatment for a perforated hand. He was questioned and arrested, and police are still looking for the other guy.
MattV2099 is back out with his Draco AK47 pistol, this time with the addition of a muzzle device from Snake Hound Machine called the Loudener. Basically designed to clear the range around you, the whole point is to make the report as loud as humanly possible. The microphone on the camera gets clipped quite a bit by the volume (notice you can’t hear anything when he changes magazines because the muting levels haven’t zeroed out yet), but there are several shots where you can hear it echo off the mountains nearby. (Some NSFW language)
I’m not sure why you’d want it, but “because I can” has always been good enough for me.