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Max Hayes security guard accused of raping 2 girls

Donna Iacoboni and Janet Okoben
Plain Dealer Reporters

January 19, 2005 - A Max Hayes High School security guard was arrested Monday, accused of raping two girls at the Cleveland school. Derrick D. Davis, 41, has been on unpaid leave since Dec. 6, the day the district became aware of the allegations, district spokesman Alan Seifullah said Tuesday.

The school district hired Davis in August 2000, Seifullah said.

One girl recently told police that Davis sexually assaulted her in a classroom in December 2003, when she was 16. The other girl, who is 15, said Davis assaulted her in November 2004, according to police.

Davis was to be arraigned this morning on one rape charge at Cleveland Municipal Court. More charges are likely when the case goes before a grand jury, police Lt. Wayne Drummond said.

Police records show Davis has been charged with nine crimes since 1990, including robbery, assault, domestic violence, criminal damaging and vandalism, Drummond said. Cleveland Municipal Court records show convictions for criminal damaging in 1995 (when he was charged originally with assault) and drug abuse in August 2004.

Seifullah said Davis had no convictions on his record when he was hired. The district would not know about the arrests because school officials are forbidden from knowing about a job candidate's arrest if it did not result in a conviction, Seifullah said. He noted that under state law, some crimes do not disqualify a person from being hired to work with children.

Children Services counselors are assisting the girls.

Shoplifting suspect shot in La Verne

LA VERNE - March 22, 2005 - A shoplifting suspect was shot in the leg by La Verne police after he attempted to carjack a man at knifepoint late Tuesday afternoon.

Police responded to a shoplifting report at the Stater Bros. Shopping Center at 2090 Foothill Boulevard just before 5 p.m.

Witnesses pointed to the suspect, and when an officer tried to approach him, he fled, officials said. The man ran north across Foothill to PFF Bank & Trust, where he attempted to carjack a man in the ATM drive-through. He pulled out a knife, forced open the man's car door and threatened to kill the man, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Larry Lincoln said.

The officer saw the suspect struggling with the victim and ordered him to drop the knife. When the man didn't comply, the officer tried to use his taser gun but it malfunctioned.

"He felt the suspect was going to stab the victim, so he fired one round," Lincoln said.

After the suspect was shot in the leg once, he dropped the knife and ran into the bank, where he was detained by bank security, Lincoln said. The officer is a 20-year veteran with the La Verne police Department. The names of the officer and the suspect were not available Tuesday evening.

The man, who is suspected of shoplifting Visine and other medications, was taken to Pomona Valley Medical Center and was expected to be booked in jail on suspicion of attempted carjacking and assault with a deadly weapon, Lincoln said.

Melissa Pinion-Whitt (909) 483-9318

Girl, 17, seized at mall, raped

Apr. 03, 2005 - CORAL SPRINGS - A 17-year-old Tamarac girl told police she was abducted from the parking lot of the Coral Square mall and raped, Coral Springs police said Saturday.

The girl, whose name is being withheld because of the nature of the crime, told police she went to the mall at 9469 W. Atlantic Blvd. about 7 p.m. Friday to pay her cellphone bill.

As she walked back out to her car, which was parked on the south side of the mall, a man confronted her and thrust what she thought was a gun in her side, said Coral Springs Police Sgt. Rich Nicorvo. He forced her into her own car and drove her to an apartment building, where he sexually battered her.

Investigators do not know where the apartment complex is, or if the man lives there, Nicorvo said.

The girl was released, drove home and notified police.

She was not able to tell police where she was raped because ''she may not have been able to see where she was going,'' Nicorvo said.

The girl was so traumatized that she was able to provide police with only a few details. Police spoke with her again on Saturday, and are continuing their investigation, Nicorvo said.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Detective Ken Clark at 954-346-1300 or CrimeStoppers at 954-493-8477.

Southaven Seminar Hopes to Prevent School Violence

(Southaven, MS, June 1st, 2005, 10:01 a.m.) The United States Secret Service's Memphis field office and the Southaven Police Department will present the findings of a federal study of school shootings today.

The Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Education examined school attacks, such as the one in Red Lake, Minnesota last month that left 9 people dead. 16-year old Jeff Weise shot 5 students at the high school. Weise also shot and killed his grandfather and his grandfather's girlfriend then turned the gun on himself.

The study shows that many school shootings like the one in Red Lake could have been prevented. Officials say most school attacks are thought out and planned in advance, and most attackers told others what they were planning to do.

During today's seminar, school safety officials will learn some of the early warning signs to help them head off future attacks. The seminar is from 9am to 3pm at the First Baptist Church in Southaven.

It's open only to law enforcement officers, school officials and mental health professionals.


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