Police in Olympia, Washington, are looking for two men who assaulted an Air Force officer during a supposedly peaceful protest Sept. 5.
The officer, described as a pilot at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, was stopped in traffic due to the protest when he was singled out by a “local hate group,” which calls itself the “anarchists,” according to a police news release.
“The protesters saw two confederate flags attached to the back of the victim’s motorcycle and surrounded him, rocking the bike in an attempt to knock it over,” the news release said. “They sprayed the victim in the face with mace, and struck him in the back with a baseball bat and a glass bottle filled with red paint.”
Police did not identify the Air Force officer, who suffered “severe eye irritation,” as well as a bruised shoulder and back in the attack, the news release said. A witness who tried to help the officer also was sprayed in the face with mace. Read the rest of this entry »
Lima Police confirmed to The News-Herald that Lane, 19, escaped from Allen Correctional Facility on Sept. 11. With Lane was fellow inmate Clifford E. Opperud, 45.
“Lane pleaded guilty last year to shooting three students in February 2012 at Chardon High School, east of Cleveland. He said he didn’t know why he did. He was given three life sentences.”
According to a notice posted to Facebook, the men were wearing prison blues. Law enforcement warned motorists should not pick up hitch hikers and residents should not open their doors for strangers.
“The prosector’s office is in the process of reaching out to the victim’s families,” said Geauga County Prosecutor Jim Flaiz. “We’re going to be dealing with this as it happens.”
Flaiz said he couldn’t comment further but did confirm Lane as an escapee.
Lima Police said the State Highway Patrol handles escape incidents that occur at prisons.
Descriptions of the escapees from Lima Police:
Thomas “TJ” Lane III
5’8” / 125 lbs
brown hair / brown eyes
Originally from Chardon, Ohio
Clifford E Opperud
5’10” 175 lbs
blonde hair, blue eyes
Originally from Carlisle, Ohio
Lima police Sgt. Andy Green said a search was underway in woods and a residential area near the prison, and the two escapees are considered dangerous. Read the rest of this entry »