HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (CBS4)– The smash-and-grab burglaries have reached Highlands Ranch. The owner of Abo’s Pizza said that this is the second break-in in the past week.
Police are investigating the burglary which may or may not be connected to dozens of other recent smash-and-grabs throughout the Denver metro area. Similar crimes have been reported in Arvada, Denver, Littleton, Centennial and Parker.
The owner of Abo’s Pizza in Highlands Ranch said the brazen crook swiped a cash drawer from behind the counter after throwing a rock through the front door.
Police are investigating more than 30 smash-and-grabs this month.
Chicago (CBS) — Chicago’s South Side got a presidential visit tonight. President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea hosted the eleventh annual Clinton Global Initiative University meeting at the University of Chicago.
More than 1,000 student leaders from around the world gathered to discuss issues they face on campuses, in local communities and around the world.
By Jamie Leary
EVANS, Colo. (CBS4) – An Evans middle school teacher is on administrative leave after she allegedly taped one of her students to a chair.
The teacher allegedly used masking tape to restrain the student by his ankles and torso. She also placed tape over his mouth.
Evans Police Chief Rick Brandt says the incident happened Tuesday during class and was reported right away.
It was all captured on video by another student.
Investigators are not releasing the video until but during a news conference, Friday, the chief addressed it.
Alone, he says the 13-second recording wasn’t enough to launch a criminal investigation but that changed after speaking to the victim and others.
He told reporters of the video, “No clear conclusion can be drawn as to exactly what we’re dealing with.” Chief Brandy continued, “so by itself [it’s] concerning, but not raising to a level of alarm; however after some interviews with the child involved and others, taken in context with other information we have, did raise our level of concern.”
The school principal, Principal Dr. Dawn Hillma, sent the following letter to parents Thursday:
To our Prairie Heights families:
Today, a seventh grade teacher was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of a criminal investigation by the Evans Police Department. A student reported that the teacher had taped the student to a chair around the legs and torso, as well as placed tape over the mouth. A videotape of this incident does exist and has been turned over to Evans Police.We are working closely with the Evans Police Department on their investigation. We will provide more information when the investigation is completed
If your child is concerned about this incident and needs to speak with a counselor or and administrator, please encourage them to do so. We are working directly with the students in the class who may have witnessed this incident
Please know that the safety of your children is always our primary concern and we encourage all our students and families to report any incidents where they feel a child may have been put at risk
CBS4 spoke with several students who defended the accused teacher and have started a petition to keep her in school.
Charges have not been filed.
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STOCKTON (CBS13) — School administrators in Stockton are working to keep their campuses safe after a handful of students were recently robbed.
Parents will notice an increase in security around Lincoln High School and Village Oaks High School to help them feel safe after two different robberies that left students shaken up.
“We have increased patrols in the neighborhoods so that we have more of a presence as students are coming and going from school,” said Kelley Dextraze, superintendent, Lincoln Unified School District.
Recently, three students at Village Oaks High School were robbed at gunpoint. Administrators say four young men in a silver four-door Infiniti with a sunroof and silver wheels was spotted fleeing the scene.
“Safety is our No. 1 concern. It is the most important thing that we do, keeping our students and our staff safe every day,” she said.
The second incident involved a Lincoln High School student who was robbed while walking home from school. The suspect jumped out of an older-model black Trailblazer, grabbing the victim’s backpack and cellphone. Administrators are teaching students how to avoid becoming a target.
“I think walking in groups is always important, I also think students should walk on streets where there are more traffic or more walkers so that they are more visible. We also suggest students not walk with their phones out,” said Dextraze.
The school district has sent emails to parents with a description of the vehicles. They hope anyone with information will come forward.
“All bits of information is important because they can all, ultimately can help us in getting resolutions to these types of issues,” she said.
Administrators are working with police to help identify the suspected vehicles.
SAN JOSE (KPIX) — Among a list of 15 priests from the San Jose Diocese with credible accusations of sexual abuse, three of them were convicted of abuse and later allowed to return to the clergy. The diocese now says it was wrong to allow those priests to continue working.
Former Catholic priest Robert Gray pleaded no contest in 1993 to sexually abusing a teenage boy while assigned to St. Justin Church In Santa Clara.
Gray went to jail and to therapy. He was eventually welcomed back into the church where he another seven years before finally being forced out by a zero tolerance policy adopted in the wake of the church’s sex abuse scandal in 2002.
“Just because a priest wears the roman collar and he’s a priest, if he commits a crime that doesn’t excuse it,” said St. Justin parishioner Arlette Weaver. “There’s no justification for that. Wrong is wrong.”
The cases of Gray and two other priests, Hernan Toro and Lionel Noia, point to a troubling trend. All three men were convicted of abuse – Toro even had to register as a sex offender. But all three were eventually allowed back into the church – as parish priests or in other jobs.
Survivors says the church’s treatment of the three men fits a sad but familiar pattern.
“As a survivor, I think it’s disgusting,” said abuse survivor Joey Piscitelli. “It overwhelms you with how bad it was for all of the victims and all of the kids who could have been saved but weren’t.”
A spokesperson for the diocese says all three cases pre-date the current zero-tolerance policy for U.S. priests accused of abuse.
In a prepared statement, the diocese wrote, “We now know, based on the current psychological best practices, that returning these men to ministry was a misguided attempt at rehabilitation … and the diocese has abolished the practice as part of the zero tolerance established by the Dallas charter.”