Kansas City police are looking for two gunmen who robbed two customers and an armed security guard inside a Waldo auto parts store Wednesday night.
The gunmen barged into the Auto Zone at 8000 Wornall Road just before 6 p.m., when the guard momentarily turned his back on the door. When the guard turned back around, the robbers had guns pointed at him. They stole his Glock 17 and handcuffs, and wallets from two customers.
The guard, customers and two employees were all standing near the cash register.
The robbers tried to steal money from the cash register, but the clerk could not get the drawer open, police said. One of the robbers then hit the employee on the back of the head with a gun. A robber threatened to start shooting if the employee didn t open the register by the count of 10.
But then one robber yelled, Somebody s coming, and both robbers fled without any money from the business.
The robbers covered their faces and a detailed description was not available.
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (PIX 11) John Urbaniak is convinced he and his mother lost precious minutes on the night of November 23rd when for roughly ten minutes they said they were harassed and prevented from saying goodbye to 93 year old Angelo Romeo, thanks to security guards at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
You dont ever expect when your father or your mother dies. you don t take it very lightly. especially when you ve been taking care of them for so long, said Frances Urbaniak.
Romeo, Frances father and John s grandfather, was in a simple procedure and yet after just two and a half days in the hospital, he took a turn for the worse.
He waved bye- bye to me and left and we went to grab something to eat.
We didn t even have enough time to sit down when we get the call, said Frances.
John and Frances said they rushed to the hospital through this very same entrance they had used for days and a guard buzzed them in, they made it to the elevator,but were almost immediately stopped by another guard.
The doors started to close and she ran over and she stopped the elevator door from closing with her hands and with her legs and told me to get out, said John.
Worried of wasting valuable minutes, the Urbaniak s rushed through to the hospital s main lobby where they were directed, only to be stopped yet again.
All of a sudden you see all these guards waiting for us at the elevator and detaining us even more, said Frances.
As crucial minutes ticked by, the Urbaniak s said they were lectured about hospital procedures and when they were eventually escorted to the Critical Care Unit on the 3rd floor, it was too late.
I turned to the head security guard and I said to him that you took away the last couple of minutes I could have had with my grandfather. You took away the last moment I could have had to say goodbye to him and say I love him. His response was this is your fault.
You didn t follow the rules, said John.
In a statement to PIX11, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital said the following:
First, we extend our deepest sympathies to the Romeo and Urbaniak families at this time. We strive to provide a welcoming and safe environment for all patients and visitors at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and take the families concerns very seriously. Any time a family expresses a concern like this, it is a high priority for RWJ.
We have reached out to Mr. Urbaniak and have asked him to contact us so we can address his concerns. We look forward to speaking with him.
Based on our initial review, we have determined that while Mr.
Urbaniak and his mother were re-directed from the Emergency Department entrance to the hospital s main lobby entrance where visitors must check-in to access the Critical Cardiac Care Unit for security reasons, the family was not detained.
Our security personnel took this action in the spirit of maintaining a safe and secure environment for all patients and visitors.
After speaking with the family and following the completion of this exhaustive review, we will determine if changes should be made to our security practices, or if enhanced training is needed for staff.
Madison Root, 11, holding some of the mistletoe she was told not to sell. (Courtesy KATU)
An 11-year-old girl from Portland, Ore. has been told that she can’t sell mistletoe to help defray the cost of braces, but she can beg for the money on the city’s streets. According to KATU-TV, Madison Root and her father were selling bags of the hand-cut, hand-wrapped Christmas favorite Saturday morning next to the Skidmore Fountain in downtown Portland, where the city holds a weekly market. Everything was going well until a security guard told her that she had to stop selling due to a city ordinance that bans such activity in a park “except as expressly permitted under the terms of a lease, concession or permit.”
The guard then told Madison that she could sell her mistletoe outside the boundaries of the park where the fountain and the market are located, away from the crowds, or she could simply ask for donations to cover the cost of her braces.
“I don’t want to beg! I would rather work for something than beg,” Madison told KATU reporter Dan Cassuto. “It’s crazy. People can get money for pot. But I can’t get money for braces. I’m working for this! They’re just sitting down on their butts all day asking for pot.”
A Portland Parks Bureau spokesman told the station that begging is a form of free speech and is protected by the First Amendment. One market vendor told the station that she wished an exception to the ordinance could be made for children.
“They should have a caveat for children trying to create options for commerce, especially this time of year,” Sharon Steen, who sells ceramic bowls at the market told KATU. “We encourage it. We want them to grow up and be entrepreneurs.”