BBC News (07/21/10)
Two people were killed and three others were injured in a terrorist attack on a hydroelectric power station in Russia on Wednesday. During the attack on the Baksan hydroelectric plant in Russia’s Kabardino-Balkaria region, which is located in a section of the North Caucasus that has been plagued by an Islamist insurgency, six gunmen in two cars opened fire on the facility’s guards, killing two of them and wounding three others. In addition, four explosive devices were detonated at the facility, which caused a fire in the plant’s engine room. A fifth bomb failed to go off. Although no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, the incident is being blamed on the same group that recently opened fire on a police station in Baksan.
Star Staff Writer (07/08/10) Steele, Cameron
Three men waving handguns tried to rob the Alexandria branch of Noble Bank Thursday, but they couldn’t get the front doors to open. That’s because the bank – located on Valley Cub Drive near U.S. 431 – has special sensors that lock the doors when they detect nearby firearms, Calhoun County Sheriff Larry Amerson said.
Amerson said bank employees called the sheriff’s office at 11:30 a.m. to say three men in black masks and hoods were standing outside the locked doors. Deputies arrived at the scene five minutes later, but the suspects had fled the area in a dark-colored Ford Explorer, Amerson said. Fifteen minutes later, deputies found the Explorer abandoned in the Alexandria Methodist Church parking lot.
Amerson said deputies and the FBI are still searching for the men. One man was wearing a red synthetic track suit, another had on khaki pants and the third man wore camouflage-colored pants.
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) (07/07/10) Jacobs, Harvey
Some Lowcountry banks have a security system that can trap bandits between the bank’s double doors right after the robbery. With 13 bank robberies reported in the Tri-County area in June, the double door security system might have cut down on some of those robberies.
Retired Charleston FBI agent Bill Nettles saw the system for the first time in Maryland. “A double door entry system, where there’s a receptionist inside who sees you at the front door, pushes a button,” Nettles said. “That way you can control who’s coming in, you can control who’s going out.”
Nettles said right after a bank is robbed, the suspect can be held for police. “If you get the chance to catch the person alone in that area, the teller can push the button and trap the bank robber in that small area,” Nettles explained.
Nettles said all banks would be wise to have the double door security system.
“I think one of the best preventative measures that banks can go into right now is slowing down the robbery process,” Nettles added. “Slowing down how long it takes somebody to come in and rob the bank.”
Bank Security System can trap bandits between doors.