A viral video of a fight in Simonds-Johnson Park that made its way across the internet on Friday yielded an arrest for the Jacksonville Sheriff s Office. Jontaianna Pitts was arrested Saturday around 7:00 p.m. at the Beauty Depot in Moncrief. She has been charged with aggravated battery, felony battery on a security guard and criminal mischief. The fight occurred on Friday at 3000 Moncrief Road and later at Simonds-Johnson Park at 3730 Moncrief Road. The video shows upwards of 15 people engaging in a fight, including Pitts, who is seen striking a victim several times who is on the ground in the fetal position.
According to a Jacksonville Sheriff s Office Facebook post about the event, during the first fight at 3000 Moncrief Rd. a security guard showed up on scene to break the fight up. Pitts struck the security guard several times in a attempt to stop him from stopping the fight. The security guard suffered several cuts to his arms. An hour and a half later, another fight broke out at Simonds-Johnson Park with Pitts. Pitts had a bat and is seen hitting a victim several times in the head and body while the victim is on the ground. According to police, it is believed that the victim took refuge in a blue Chevrolet, which Pitts is seen kicking in the video as well. Pitts has a prior felony arrest for having a weapon on school property.
Two victims were hospitalized due to this fight.
ARREST MADE IN VIRAL FIGHT VIDEO On Friday, May 19, 2017 police were dispatched to Simonds-Johnson Park located at 3730…
Joshua Link has been stationed all over the country in working for the Coast Guard, and the Station Executive Petty Officer in believes boat owners in Alaska are among the most prepared that he s seen.
Alaskans do it right, Link said Wednesday. They prepare for the worst. This is the time of year where most of that preparation is done, as people are taking their boats out of hibernation for the summer. Every year, National Safe Boating Week takes place the week prior to Memorial Day weekend. This year, it starts Saturday and runs through next Friday. Though, as Link pointed out, many Alaska boaters are seasoned and prepare diligently for inclement weather, the Coast Guard still wants to remind people of basic safety requirements. Oftentimes during the long winter, on-board devices such as flares or fire extinguishers will expire and need replacing.
The major focus this year is the importance of a life jacket. The slogan for this National Safe Boating Week is, Wear It! in reference to life preservers. The Coast Guard hopes to specifically increase life jacket usage among adult males, as adult males account for the vast majority of boating deaths in Alaska (90 percent, according to Coast Guard statistics). One distinctive initiative that s already in place is the Kids Don t Float  program in Alaska, which places child-sized life jackets at docks for the public to use. Children aged 12 and under are required to wear life vests, and the program has been dedicated to keeping children safe on the water since 1996. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary offers free vessel exam checks to examine devices for expiration dates, personal flotation devices for proper placement on boats, the number of life jackets on board, communication equipment and more. Examinations take between 15 and 30 minutes, depending on the size of the boat, and can be scheduled on the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary s website, cgaux.org.
According to the Juneau Economic Development Council, the Coast Guard is the top federal employer in Juneau between those on civilian and active duty. Lt. Brian Dykens, the Public Affairs Officer for the Coast Guard 17th District, estimated that nearly 500 people in town are either active, reserve or auxiliary members. They maintain a constant presence on the water, doing everything from searching for missing hunters to helping with medical emergencies on cruise ships.
Throughout it all, First-Class Petty Officer Garrett Borden said boaters are often willing to listen and accept help, which makes their job easy.
I ve had very few negative interactions with the public, Borden said. They see the Coast Guard and they know we re here to help.
Jackets save lives
Of Alaska s boating fatalities in 2016
– 9 of 10 were not wearing a life jacket, or disappeared
– 5 of 6 followed a capsize, swamping or fall overboard
– 9 of 10 were adult males
– 9 of 10 were boats under 26 feet in length
– 3 of 4 were powerboats
* Statistics courtesy of the Alaska Office of Boating Safety
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SAN FRANCISCO Chief Information Security Officers job is getting harder. But that opens new opportunities to make a more immediate and positive impact on the broader organization. On top of the rushing stream of ransowmare attacks, data breaches and HIPAA violations, CISOs have to deal with more and more aspects of their organization, including communications, operations and strategy, according to Kim Jones, Director of the Cybersecurity Education Consortium at Arizona State University.
Stop thinking of yourselves at gatekeepers or guards, Jones said here at the HIMSS and Healthcare IT News Privacy & Security Forum. We are change agents. Everything we do causes the culture of the organization to transform and transformation is a big deal. During a session, “Zen and the Art of Transformational Security,” Jones shared six things that every security officer needs to understand to make a significant impact and have a successful career.
1. The business. A common big weakness is CISOs who don t understand the business and, instead, lean too much on frameworks, processes and trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. Taking time to truly understand what the business does helps CISOs have a positive impact on the business model. You cannot operate in a vacuum.
2. The culture. Nearly every hospital in an integration of people, behavior patterns, assumptions, attitudes and ways of doing things, Jones said. So it s important to understand those as well as four cultural drivers: top down, bottom up, inside out and outside in.
3. The audience. This includes the overall company, shareholders, customers, and others. There are different sources of meaning so figure out the organization s primary source of meaning and incorporate as many sources of meaning as possible. Simply telling employees that IT is going to put in a new security process that is going ot frustrate customers is a mistake, and doing so without explaining the reasons or benefits is even worse.
4. The message. Jones broke this into three types: care, consensus and crisis communications. CISOs have to understand what each means to the organization to grasp the unique challenges, such as if you see something say something or don t copy that floppy, as examples that can lead to better security actions. Know what type of communication you are doing and what you want the outcome to be, he said.
5. The value. Jones said the first thing to remember is that if security is not part of the value construct you already have an uphill battle because what you re doing is perceived as a roadblock. What s more, CISOs typically don t articulate the value of security very well. And while most organizations have a healthy tension between stated value and implied value, that construct should impact the decision process and security chiefs need to communicate that value.
6. Yourself. This means understanding your leaderships style and management style, and Jones listed different types: technical, managerial, sustaining, transformative and well-suited to large or small organization. He also recommended taking tests like Myers-Briggs. Take the time to understand who you are what you are about in a somewhat quantitative action, Jones said. Be honest with yourself. It will make you a better leader and better manager.
Jones bonus advice: Buy a $500 Starbucks card because not all of your colleagues and the people you want to meet with will have time for a meal but almost everyone in the organization can meet you for a cup of coffee that s been a great investment, he said.
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