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Officer Resigns After Stuffing Stolen Meat In Pants

Officer Resigns After Stuffing Stolen Meat In Pants

DES PERES, Mo. — A Missouri police officer is out of a job, after he’s accused of trying to steal hamburger meat from a grocery store. Last month Des Peres police say Sergeant Matthew Barthelmass was caught by security in a compromising situation. The police report obtained by News 4 says the security guard spotted him walk to the meat department and then walk away,

“I saw the subject conceal the product inside of his waistband in the aisle,” wrote the guard.

When confronted, Barthelmass said he was an officer with Saint John Police Department. News 4 actually interviewed him two years ago when he rescued a man from a burning home. His attorney says they are reviewing the allegations.

“Once we get all that, I’ll take a look and see if it was a misunderstanding or what the circumstances were,” Attorney Travis Noble said. According to the report, the security guard had a photo of Barthelmass from a shoplifting incident back in March.

This time, when stopped by security, the report says he begged for them not to call police, saying: “he will lose his job and this is his life.”

“He’s obviously pretty upset, law enforcement is his career, he’s been a police officer now for the last 15 years, it’s all he knows,” Noble said. Now charged with shoplifting, he has resigned from his position at Saint John Police Department.

“It does cause me concern that the security guard is alleging that there’s a prior incident, but yet they don’t take any actions, they didn’t do anything, they didn’t stop him? That doesn’t make any sense to me,” Noble said. The grocery store says it had to report the incident to police as the amount of meat involved totaled over $30.

(Alexis Zotos for KTWO, CNN)

BEWARE OF HACKERS: There’s A New Malicious Software Out

BEWARE OF HACKERS: There's A New Malicious Software Out

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – – Hackers stole software from the National Security Agency on Friday, which resulted in a worldwide cyber attack that affected 200,000 victims in at least 150 countries. Many are still fighting the fallout of the attack. We look into how cyber security is changing, and what you need to do to protect yourself.

“So what happened on Friday is we saw a new strain of malicious software hit the internet,”Don Faulkner, Chief Information Security Officer for the University of Arkansas said.

It’s an attack that’s wreaked havoc on tens of thousands of computers all around the world.

“There’s a variety of different kinds of malicious software. the particular kind that’s going on right now is designed to encrypt or scramble the files on your computer and essentially hold them for ransom,” Faulkner said. Businesses in the U.S. have been affected by the hacking and some even chose to pay the ransom, according to Faulkner.

“The risk is real, the other side of it is, you encourage more activity by paying, so the best choice is to not have to pay,” Faulkner said. Faulkner says a lot of what people do in this world now is connected to the internet, and we unintentionally put a lot of information out that allows people to be victimized.

So how do you protect yourself when hacking software and its users are getting better everyday? Faulkner said It affects everybody and everyone needs to be prepared to defend themselves.

“Do you have a strong password on all of your accounts? D o you keep your computer up to date with patches and the latest software?That’s a big deal, the fact that not all computer systems are patched and up to date is the reason for the outbreak that we saw over the weekend,” Faulkner said. It’s not just your personal computers you have to worry about, you may need to adjust your shopping preferences too.

“The advantage big business is they can hire large teams of people to defend their computer systems, if you’re a small business owner.. you don’t have that,” Faulkner said.

Family, Friends, Colleagues Say Goodbye to Officer Jon Richey

Family, Friends, Colleagues Say Goodbye To Officer Jon Richey

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) Friends, family and colleagues came together to say goodbye to Unified Police Officer Jon Richey Saturday afternoon.

The services where held at Olympus High School and attended by agencies from all over Utah as well as hundreds of people paying their respects.

Unified Police Officer Jon Richey, 52, was remembered for his humor and great acts of kindness., a hero police officer after being shot in the line of duty during a foot pursuit with a convicted felon in January 2016.

.Richey joined the Police Explorers at age 14 and was hired as a bank security guard at 17. Two years later, he became the youngest police officer in Utah when he joined the West Jordan PD at 19 years old.

In 1988 he joined the Salt Lake City Police Department where he worked for nearly 20 years as a Detective Sergeant and K9 Trainer, developing the SLC Police Dogs into one of the top K9 units in the country and winning several competitions.

In August of 2002, he encountered Brian David Mitchell and kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart at the Salt Lake City Library but Smart”s face was covered by a veil and she did not alert him that anything was wrong.

After 7 more months of captivity and sexual assaults Smart was found in March of 2003. Officer Richey testified at Mitchell”s trial.

He retired from the SLCPD in 2007 to go to work for the Salt Lake Unified Police Department as a K9 trainer and bloodhound handler, tracking down suspects with his partner Molly. He was working a patrol shift on Sunday January 17, when he was wounded in the shootout with Corey Lee Henderson.

Richey was found deceased in his home on Saturday January 11, and Unified Police has said no foul play is expected.

Richey was nationally known and recognized as a hero after a shooting on January 17 that left Richey injured, and killed his colleague Officer Doug Barney.

No further details on Richey’s death are known at this time

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