FOX 32 NEWS – The man accused of punching a security guard in front of a River North building nine days ago was back in court Tuesday.
Matthew DeLeon told the court new information. He says he’ll be in trouble with the Army if he doesn’t return to an Army base in Hawaii. DeLeon declined to talk to reporters as he left the courthouse at Belmont and Western. The 23-year-old is facing three counts of aggravated battery for allegedly punching a female security guard a week ago Sunday outside an apartment building in the River North neighborhood. The guard had found him drunk on the ground and asked him to leave. He threw a punch which broke bones in her face, requiring her to have plastic surgery. After security video of the incident surfaced, DeLeon turned himself in. He showed up Tuesday for a preliminary hearing. In court, prosecutors indicated there was no need for a preliminary hearing because they plan to seek an indictment in the case.
DeLeon remains free on $250,000 bond. His attorney asked that he be allowed to return to Hawaii where he’s stationed at the Schofield Barracks Army base, 17 miles from Honolulu. DeLeon, he said, is a decorated Army specialist who spent nine months in Afghanistan with the 25th infantry. He’s now been declared AWOL, which could lead to six months in the stockade and loss of pay. Prosecutors, though, dismissed DeLeon’s military record, saying, “It appeared the defendant was in combat that particular evening. He’s here to aid people. He left her on the ground like a piece of garbage.”
Judge Marvin Luckman denied the request to travel to Hawaii, saying, “How do I know that you will come back here to face the possibility of a long jail term? Deleon has a flight booked for June 4th. The judge will give him another chance to make his case three days before then.
DeLeon is now checking to see if he can avoid being declared AWOL by reporting to an Army base in Illinois.
If you are going to a concert or ballgame this week in the United States, you may not notice increased security — but it will be there. After the deadly terror attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England on Monday, many security officials in the United States took a look at their own protocols and made revisions. None that spoke to CNN would give specific details, but a few talked about adding officers or dogs that can sniff out explosives.
With The Weeknd scheduled to perform Tuesday night before 14,000 fans, the staff at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, met the night beforehand. They decided to step up the security presence outside the arena with “a few more visible uniformed Rosemont Police officers” outside the city-owned arena and marked patrol cars in the parking lot, said Pat Nagle, the arena’s executive director. Nagle said his arena staff already used bomb-sniffing dogs.
The Patels, cousins from the United Kingdom, were at the show.
“It is comforting to see all of this (security) here, but you know (what happened in Manchester) always hits you in the back of your mind,” said Nishul Patel, who lives now in Minneapolis. “It’s funny because our parents (in London) texted us today, ‘Be careful at the concert.'”
His cousin, Rina, admitted some initial nerves.
“We did get scared slightly. Didn’t we? But it didn’t stop us,” she said. In Dallas, where New Kids On The Block was headlining a concert, officials said they have made adjustments to their plans — and fans said they hadn’t considered skipping the show. Erin Hensley of Forney, Texas, said the thought never crossed her mind.
“We can’t let terrorists win. We have to continue to go and sing and dance and have a good time,” she said, adding she felt confident police would do what they need to do to protect fans.
Other fans said they hadn’t changed the way they prepared for the concert, but were more mindful of their surroundings.
“It’s just not going to dictate what I do and how I live and the things I do,” said Jennifer Akin, a Donnie Wahlberg fan from Plano. Akin added that she thought more people are likely to speak to security if they say something that seems odd or out of place. Fans arriving at the American Airlines Center saw two K-9 officers and their handlers on the perimeter. There were also more officers at the Chris Brown concert in Inglewood, California, officials said. Handlers took K-9s through the parking lots, the dogs checked out each vehicle.
For Wednesday’s Chainsmokers show at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina, K-9 dogs are being brought in earlier in the year than planned, CNN affiliate WNCN reported. Officials there were in the process of taking bids from companies with explosive-sniffing dogs, but Monday’s Manchester massacre prompted the call for K-9s to be on site Wednesday for the first time instead of this fall, WNCN said. The News & Observer newspaper reported that Don Waddell, president of PNC Arena, said that a permanent vendor hasn’t been worked out but “it would be foolish of us to overlook any event. So we reached out to one of our potential bidders to do Wednesday night’s event.”
In Houston, Police Chief Art Acevedo said his department will “up security” for Wednesday’s U2 concert but reminded fans that authorities need their help.
“I always tell people at special events, treat it like you would … a secure airport environment,” he said “Anything you would feel is out of place at an airport … when we see unattended bag or whatever, we treat that with suspicion. That should be the same way we look at things in public places … where you see large crowds.”
Delaware joined with 46 other states and the District of Columbia in a settlement with the Target Corp. to resolve the states’ investigation into the retail company’s 2013 data breach, resulting in increased protection for consumers. The states’ investigation, led by Connecticut and Illinois, found that on or about Nov. 12, 2013, cyber attackers accessed Target’s gateway server using credentials stolen from a third-party vendor. The credentials were then used to exploit weaknesses in Target’s system, which allowed the attackers to access a customer service database, install malware on the system to capture data, including consumer personal and credit card data, as well as encrypted debit PINs. The breach affected more than 41 million customer payment card accounts nationwide and contact information for more than 60 million customers. The settlement agreement requires Target to:
Develop, implement and maintain a comprehensive information security program and employ an executive or officer responsible for executing the plan.
Hire an independent, qualified third party to conduct a comprehensive security assessment.
Maintain and support software on its network.
Maintain appropriate encryption policies, particularly as pertains to cardholder and personal information data.
Segment its cardholder data environment from the rest of its computer network.
Undertake steps to control access to its network, including implementing password rotation policies and two-factor authentication for certain accounts.
The settlement also requires Target to pay $176,328.16 to the Delaware Consumer Protection Fund, which funds work on consumer fraud and deceptive trade practice matters and other consumer-oriented investigations and legal actions. Target will pay a total of $18.5 million to states in the settlement as a result of the breach.
Deputy Attorney General Stephen McDonald, of the Consumer Protection Unit, handled the matter for the Delaware Department of Justice.