School superintendent charged with felonies after forcing students to strip off clothes during vape search

A Wisconsin district attorney has charged a school superintendent with six counts of felony false imprisonment after she reportedly demanded that students strip down to their underwear while she watched in an effort to search for e-cigarette cartridges, KCRG-TV reported.

What are the details?

Suring School District Superintendent Kelly Casper is accused of herding at least six students into a small bathroom off the nurse's office at a district school and telling them to remove all of their clothing save for their underwear.

District Attorney Edward Burke Jr. on Monday said that Casper stood in the doorway while the children disrobed.

"Once the children removed their clothing, any opportunity they had to escape would have subjected them to further shame and embarrassment," Burke said in a news release on the charges.

None of the children, Burke added, were able to contact their parents or leave the property before being confined in the small bathroom.

"The only choice they were given was to have the search conducted by a police officer or Casper," Burke — who initially declined to file charges against Casper — added.

The release concluded, "The State concludes that Kelly Casper lacked legal authority to confine the students in a small restroom located off the nurses office located in the Suring School Public School complex. The facts and surrounding circumstances leads the State to conclude that the children involved did not consent to being confined.”

Burke previously refused to file charges after initially stating that the search didn't qualify as a legal "strip search" as students were permitted to remain in their underclothes, but later determined that the incident fit the state's definition of false imprisonment.

Kelly faces up to six years' imprisonment and a fine of $10,000 on each count if convicted on all charges.

According to a report from WBAY-TV, the school board is scheduled to meet on Wednesday.

Suring School Superintendent Kelly Casper charged with false imprisonment

Man allegedly brutally rapes woman on train as passengers stand by and do nothing at all

Passengers stood by and watched as a suspect raped a female passenger on a Philadelphia-area train, according to reports, and did nothing to stop the heinous act.

What are the details?

According to a Sunday report from the New York Times, the alleged attack took place on Wednesday night when a male suspect approached a female passenger on a train and was reported to have touched her several times.

Though the woman reportedly attempted to stop the man from touching her, he tore off her clothing and raped her on the train, officials said. The alleged assault, according to reports, played out over a period of eight minutes.

The purported attack took place on a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority train on the Market-Frankfort line, a spokesperson for SEPTA told the outlet, calling the incident a "horrendous criminal act."

One of its employees, the transit authority spokesperson noted, immediately phoned authorities to report the crime.

“The assault was observed by a SEPTA employee, who called 911, enabling SEPTA officers to respond immediately and apprehend the suspect in the act," a portion of the statement read. "There were other people on the train who witnessed this horrific act, and it may have been stopped sooner if a rider called 911."

Upper Darby Township police arrested the suspect — 35-year-old Fiston Ngoy, a homeless man — on charges of aggravated indecent assault without consent and rape and sexual assault. He is being held in the Delaware County Jail in lieu of $180,009 bail and did not have a lawyer as of Sunday afternoon, the outlet reported.

In a statement on the incident, Timothy Bernhardt, superintendent of the Upper Darby Township Police Department, said that there were enough passengers present to stop the incident from taking place.

Bernhardt added that anyone on the train who failed to intervene could be criminally charged in connection with the incident if they recorded the attack.

Upper Darby Township Police are working with the SEPTA Transit Police on the investigation.

“I'm appalled by those who did nothing to help this woman," Bernhardt said. “Anybody that was on that train has to look in the mirror and ask why they didn't intervene or why they didn't do something."

The unnamed victim was transported to a local hospital. She is expected to recover.

Bernhardt added, "What this woman endured at the hands of this guy, what she's been able to provide for us, it's been unbelievable."

Library is sorry after using 'racist' thin blue line imagery to promote Northwestern University police reform event

The Evanston Public Library in Evanston, Illinois, has issued an apology for using a "thin blue line" image to promote Northwestern University's police reform event.

Reports say that the imagery was used for signage and other materials promoting the forthcoming November event.

What are the details?

According to a Thursday report from The College Fix, the Evanston Public Library issued an apology after apparently conflating the "thin blue line" flag — which is typically flown or used to show support for law enforcement officials — with the police reform movement.

Northwestern University's Emeriti Organization, a group of retired professors from the university, plan to host a Nov. 2 event on police reform, which is titled "Police Reform: Progress and Pitfalls."

The group is set to discuss "realistic" police reform and police abuse.

The Fix reported that Prof. Emeritus Wesley Skogan of Northwestern University's Department of Political Science and Institute for Policy Research will headline the event.

A description page for the event reads, "Are police abuses endemic to the system? What are the realistic prospects for reform?"

Upon realizing its snafu, the library — which is co-sponsoring the organization's event — apologized for using "racist imagery in a display designed to promote" the upcoming event.

In a statement on the matter, a spokesperson for the library said, "We acknowledge the harm this image has caused our community, particularly for those who identify as black, indigenous, or POC. The library is committed to identifying, understanding, and rectifying our injustices past and current, as well as developing anti-racist policies and procedures that promote equity."

The statement added that all library staff will collaborate for a "more sensitive review of signage, programs, collections, policies, and procedures drafts for potentially offensive imagery before inclusion in displays."

— Evanston Public Lib. (@evanstonpl) 1633636878.0

What else?

The Daily Northwestern reported that the thin blue line flag is "sometimes used to show support for law enforcement," but claimed that the flag "also been linked to white nationalist and alt-right groups."

The Chicago Tribune reported that the offending imagery "appeared on signage as well as one of several books set out to promote the event."

After a library staffer complained about the images, library officials replaced the signage, removed the books, and issued their apology.

“We are very serious about our racial equity work and very serious about not wanting to cause harm or to hurt anyone," the library's executive director, Karen Danczak-Lyons, said. “This image can be and is harmful, so we apologized to our community."

Decorated police officer who won 7 life-saving awards dies after intentionally veering in front of out-of-control driver — to protect others: Report

A Tampa police officer is dead after he intentionally veered into the path of what appeared to be an out-of-control driver, according to reports.

Witnesses say that the officer, Master Patrol Officer Jesse Madsen, swerved into the path of a motorist who was erratically driving southbound down the northbound lanes of I-275 on Tuesday, WFLA-TV reported.

Authorities pronounced Madsen, a U.S. Marine combat vet, dead just hours after the crash.

What are the details?

Investigators say that Madsen — who won seven life-saving awards during his career as an officer of the law — intentionally swerved into the path of an oncoming vehicle in order to protect other motorists from imminent danger.

The driver of the other vehicle, 25-year-old Joshua Daniel Montague of Golden, Colorado, died as a result of the crash. It remains unknown at the time of this reporting why Montague was traveling southbound at a "high rate of speed" and "swerving through the lanes" of the interstate's northbound side.

According to Fox News, Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan called Madsen a "guardian of this city" who will "never be forgotten."

"We have reason to believe that he had veered into this oncoming car to protect others," Dugan explained. "So when you look at someone who has earned seven life-saving awards, it's no surprise that he would take such swift action and do this."

The information, according to Dugan, was obtained through eyewitness accounts of the fatal crash.

The 17-year department veteran leaves behind a wife and three children, ages 16, 12, and 10.

His family told Fox News that Madsen was a "strong, courageous" man who dreamed of being a law enforcement official since the age of eight.

Julia Madsen, the late officer's stepmother, told the outlet, "I don't really know what to say other than he was extremely loved and was a very outgoing, strong, courageous guy who wanted to be a police officer since he was eight years old. He was the last one you think would die first, he was just so strong."

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor said that Madsen's family is "clearly devastated" by the loss.

"They are very, very thankful for the thoughts and prayers of the entire community," she added.

'We're talking about a cop's cop and a hero's hero'

Danny Alvarez with the Police Benevolent Association said that Madsen was a model officer.

"He served in the Marine Corps. He served overseas. He's a decorated combat veteran. He also served in the Florida National Guard. He served with three police units until he settled here at the Tampa Police Department," Alvarez said. "So service was nothing new to him."

Alvarez added, "When we talk about Jesse Madsen, we're talking about a cop's cop and a hero's hero. He went out the way he lived his life, and last night he put himself in between a car and a civilian and he knew the sacrifice he was making and he knew the risk and he chose to do it anyway."

Madsen's badge, number 507, will be retired and his name will be etched into the Tampa Police Fallen Officers Memorial, according to reports.

A memorial fund in honor of the late officer has been set up to benefit the family.

Police say alleged pedophile hid in teen's closet for more than a month. Now, he can hide in jail.

Authorities arrested an adult male suspect after a 15-year-old child's parents discovered he'd reportedly been hiding in their teen daughter's closet for at least a month.

The suspect, 36-year-old Jonathan Rossmoine, reportedly traveled from his home in Louisiana to the teen's Florida home for sex after the two met through a virtual reality social platform.

What are the details?

According to Newsweek, the unnamed teen's parents said they were prompted to search their daughter's living space after "hearing noises coming from the bedroom."

When the teen's parents searched the room, they reportedly found Rossmoine cowering in the closet.

The unnamed family called authorities, who arrived on the scene to discover Rossmoine in the girl's bedroom.

Detective Tom Cameron of the Hernando County Sheriff's Office said that Rossmoine and the teen figured he would remain unknown if he simply hid in the teen's room.

"He and the young lady came up with the idea that he could just stay in her room if he hid the closet whenever the parents came in," Cameron said. "They kept the bedroom door closed and locked and whenever someone came to the door it gave them an opportunity to run and hide in the closet and open up the door to where maybe she was changing or something."

WSVN-TV reported that investigators said Rossmoine admitted to engaging in "numerous sexual encounters," which reportedly took place in his van parked near the family's home.

Newsweek reported that the teen first met Rossmoine online two years ago when she was 13. At the time, the unnamed girl reportedly told Rossmoine that she was 18. When the two finally met, however, she confessed her real age, which apparently did not deter the suspect from engaging in a sexual relationship with her.

Authorities arrested Rossmoine on Sunday and charged him with multiple counts of lewd and lascivious behavior with a victim between the ages of 12 and 16. He also faces a charge of obscene communication and traveling to meet after using a computer to lure a child.

Rossmoine is being held on a $25,000 bond at the time of this reporting.