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Friday, February 29, 2008

[GA] LaFayette Asst. Chief Dunn & teenage son struggled over his weapon

The younger Dunn, 17 year-old Robert, is who was arrested and he's whose mug shot was in the news. He's a kid (and honestly I'm just not convinced yet of the official very short story). The older Dunn struggling for this service weapon - in the only article I found about the incident, says that he's "second in command" at Layfayette Police Dept. I poked around and he's referred to as Assistant Police Chief or Deputy Director of Public safety in every article but this one. They call him Skipper, so it took some tweaking of searches before I found other references to him. (This is the same police department of fired Sgt. Sam Parker now charged with his wife Theresa's murder.) The younger Dunn "grabbed" his big pops weapon - from where? A table or his dad? The article doesn't say. I know who thinks they have more to lose but I am fighting off this fear that this story would serve up the son as the only one at fault. Maybe that's so, but surely I know by now, maybe it's not. Prayers go out to the family because no matter which way I flip the script, it's still sad news & hard times.

Officer's Son Arrested
WTVC, TN - 19 hours ago
February 28, 2008
A 17-year-old is arrested after police say he got into a heated argument with his dad, who's an officer. Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson says the teenager grabbed his father's service weapon. Now, Robert Dunn III is charged with obstructing an officer and simple assault. Sheriff Wilson says the young man had been arguing with his father, who is second in command at the Lafayette Police Department. At one point, investigators say the boy took his father's gun. The father was able to get the gun back and no one was hurt.

[PA] Chief Moore fired after wife assault charges

Darlington Twp. ex-chief fired
Beaver County Times, PA
By Cory Nealon
February 27, 2008
[Excerpts] Darlington Township’s former police chief, who is accused of elbowing his wife in the eye, was fired from the department on Monday. Township supervisors declined to discuss why they fired Bryan Moore, 39, of 212 Oakdale Road, citing possible litigation... Moore is accused of elbowing his wife, Jenna M. Moore, during an argument Feb. 1, state police said. He has been charged with simple assault and harassment. Troopers also said Jenna Moore slapped her husband, and she has been charged with harassment...

[GA] Deputy Joy Deleston & daughters slain by son

...She was a single mother and aspiring actress who had played supporting roles in several local independent films... She and her daughters, Micaiah, 11, and Jelani, 4, all died of gunshot wounds... ALL her children were the joy of her life...
Gwinnett deputy's son charged with killing mom, 2 sisters
Mother aspired to be a professional actress

Atlanta Journal Constitution,
By STEVE VISSER , TIM EBERLY
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 29, 2008
[Excerpts] A Gwinnett County teenager was arrested early Friday and charged with the Thursday night shooting deaths of his two young sisters and his mother, a Gwinnett sheriff's deputy. Anthony Tyrone Terrell, 17, was being held Friday in the DeKalb County Jail, Gwinnett police Cpl. Illana Spellman said. The sophomore at Central Gwinnett High School was charged with three counts of murder and three counts of aggravated assault. The shootings occurred about 8 p.m. Thursday at the family's hom... Terrell's mother, 39-year-old Joy Deleston, was an actress who appeared in locally produced films as well as a 7-1/2 year veteran of the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office. She previously worked for the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office in South Georgia. She and her daughters, Micaiah, 11, and Jelani, 4, all died of gunshot wounds... Micaiah was a sixth-grader at Richards Middle School...

Jeff Dore's Blog On Covering Deputy, Daughters Shootings
wsbtv.com
February 29, 2008
[Excerpts] My job today, with photographer Billy Hong, was to help our viewers know the woman who was murdered last night in her home. I knew this when I woke up this morning; she had three children, two girls and a boy, she was a deputy sheriff, and her 17-year-old son was charged with shooting her and her daughters to death. As a deputy sheriff, we know she was a woman in a uniform, an authority figure. We knew there was more to her, and the challenge was to find out what that was, what she was, and tell you... Several said her smile was beautiful, that she was such a happy person all the time she made others happy just by being around. They wouldn’t talk about her son, the one charged with murder, because they didn’t want to do anything to cause problems for the police investigation. But they did say this: ALL her children were the joy of her life. And they repeated it; ALL her children...
hollyscoop.com
February 29, 2008
[Excerpts] We're sad to report that rapper Juvenile's 4 year-old daughter Jelani was murdered by a 17 year-old Georgia boy... Terrell has been charged with three counts of murder and three counts of aggravated assault. He is currently being held in the DeKalb County Jail. Our condolences go out to the family. It's such tragic news!

Joy, as an actress with Villian Pictures...

[TN] Ex-Officer Hickman killed during service of domestic violence warrant

...On that warrant was an attachment from the Magistrate warning officers to use extra caution... There was also a statement from a family member attached to the warrant that said Hickman told them he would make family members "famous" if they ever called the police...

Blounty County deputies shoot and kill Maryville man believed to be armed
Man struck by five of 12 gunshots fired by deputies
WBIR-TV, TN -
By Jessica Stith
Feb 25, 2008
[Excerpts] Twelve shots were fired - five shots made contact. A former Maryville police officer was killed by rounds fired by two Blount County Sheriff's deputies after he pulled a gun on them Sunday night. Leroy "Jerry" Hickman Jr., 61, Grove Street, Maryville, was pronounced dead shortly after the incident in front of his residence... Blount County Sheriff James Berrong said Monday that Hickman pulled a gun on deputies while they were serving a domestic assault warrant on him at about 11:15 p.m. Sunday. He said Deputy Paige Craig and Sgt. Doug Moore fired the shots as a result of Hickman's threatening actions. Berrong said the warrant was filed against Hickman by a family member Sunday morning, after an incident at his residence Saturday night. He said the sheriff's office had information that Hickman could potentially be violent, due to information from his family members. A magistrate wrote "use extreme caution" on the warrant that was filed, Berrong said. There was also a statement from a family member attached to the warrant that said Hickman told them he would make family members "famous" if they ever called the police. "He said he has an arsenal and he will not let the police take him," a family member wrote in the statement. "He will shoot until he is out of ammo and will then take his own life." Berrong said deputies met an hour and a half before they served the warrant to make a plan and "map out the area of the house" because Hickman was "a threat to law enforcement" and those living at his residence... "After he was shot, he fell in the ditch beside the road," Berrong said. "The officers went to his side and secured him with handcuffs to make sure he was not a threat anymore." Berrong said a loaded .380-caliber automatic handgun was found underneath Hickman's body. He said a total of 11 weapons were found in Hickman's residence, including nine long guns and two handguns... Berrong said they "feel for the victim's family," and at the same time, "we feel for the family of the sheriff's office"... According to a sheriff's office report, one of his family members reported that she was assaulted by Hickman on Saturday evening. The woman said Hickman, "became enraged for no apparent reason and grabbed her by the head with his hand and shoved her against the kitchen cabinets hitting her head." A witness said Hickman threatened to kill the woman during the alleged assault...

Blount deputies shoot, kill man believed to be armed
WBIR TV
Robin Murdoch
2/25/2008
[Excerpts] The Blount County Sheriff says a Maryville man shot and killed by deputies had weapons in his home and made them aware he would not let police take him. Sunday evening, deputies went to serve 61-year old Leroy Hickman Junior a domestic assault warrant after an incident with his wife the night before. On that warrant was an attachment from the Magistrate warning officers to use extra caution... Deputies had information Hickman had a large cache of guns and that he would shoot until he was out of ammo... Investigators said an investigation will hopefully reveal whether Hickman wanted police to kill him... Hickman did not have any kind of criminal record. Neighbors say they never had a problem with him.... The Blount County Sheriff's Office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are investigating.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

[MA] Ex?-Officer Shafer: His dv charges seem to vanish & his parents fear him

[Though he was fired - THEN resigned, as I post this he is still listed as the Community Service officer for his department]

Former Lawrence officer arrested - again
Eagle-Tribune
By Jim Patten
February 28, 2008
A police sergeant who quit the force last year [BUT JUST "RESIGNED" LAST MONTH] after he was arrested on drunken driving charges has been picked up again — this time on assault charges for an incident involving his parents. Former police Sgt. Ryan Shafer, 32, was arrested Tuesday after a 911 call brought police to his parents' Barnard Road home. Officers found Shafer's parents inside their locked car with Shafer standing in front of it, blocking their escape. Shafer's father said his son was banging on the windows of the car and threatening to kill them. Shafer ran from police and was found hiding behind a shed on nearby Rita Lane. A Lawrence District Court judge ordered Shafer to spend the next 30 days being evaluated at Bridgewater State Hospital, following his arraignment yesterday on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and threatening to commit a crime. An emergency restraining order was also granted, ordering Shafer to stay away from his parents' home. According to police reports, Shafer appeared to be intoxicated... The parents became so fearful of him that they were forced to flee from their home and lock themselves in their car...

BEFORE MAKING HIS PARENTS FEAR DEATH:

90 mph chase on I-495 lands sergeant in state hospital detox program
Eagle-Tribune
By Jim Patten
June 22, 2007
A drunken Lawrence police sergeant led Methuen officers on a 90 mph chase on Interstate 495 early yesterday before being arrested, police said. Police Sgt. Ryan Shafer, on leave from his job for undisclosed medical reasons, was picked up by fellow Lawrence officers at his home. The 31-year-old officer was charged with drunken driving and ordered by the court to spend the next 10 days in a detox program... While in the back seat of the cruiser, Shafer apologized and said to Raso, "I'm sorry. Don't do this to me." Shafer's demeanor changed in the booking room and he became abusive and called his colleagues names... Shafer had been on leave for about two months for medical reasons he declined to divulge... In addition to the drunken-driving charge, Shafer faces charges of failure to stop for a police officer, driving so as to endanger, speeding, failure to stay in marked lanes, a red light violation and emitting harsh and objectionable noises from a motor vehicle... Besides the 10 days in the treatment center, Shafer was ordered held on $500 cash bail. His driver's license also was revoked for 180 days for his refusal to take a breath test... Shafer was arrested in November 2002 and charged with assault and battery on his girlfriend. The assault occurred during an argument between Shafer and his sister. He was placed on paid administrative leave until the charges were resolved and he was returned to duty.

Police sergeant fired after drunken-driving arrest
Eagle-Tribune
By Zach Church
July 21, 2007
Police Sgt. Ryan Shafer was fired yesterday by Mayor Michael Sullivan, one month after fellow officers arrested him on charges of drunken driving and leading police on a high-speed chase. Sullivan, in a July 18 letter to Shafer, cited that the arrest, as well as a February restraining order and a 2002 assault arrest was "conduct that calls into question your ability to comport yourself in accordance with the laws you have been sworn to enforce... The mayor and Chief Romero set very high standards of conduct for the members of the Police Department," Michael Sweeney, the city's planning director and an aide to Sullivan said. "There are just types of conduct that can't be tolerated." Shafer, 31, an eight-year Lawrence police veteran, can appeal the firing and a hearing for him to do that has been scheduled for Aug. 16... Shafer had been on administrative leave from the Police Department since February, when a Lawrence woman obtained a restraining order against him. In asking for the order, the woman said that on Feb. 25 Shafer slashed the tires on his own Mercedes-Benz while screaming profanities at her. Shafer also stood outside the woman's boyfriend's house, screaming from 4 to 6:30 a.m., the woman wrote in an affidavit. The woman also accused Shafer of looking at her phone bill history and recent text messages and driving by her house and the homes of her friends. Shafer was charged with assault and battery in 2002. Police said he assaulted his girlfriend during an argument with his sister. The woman later dropped the charges, but Shafer served a two-day suspension from the Police Department...

Facing drunken driving charge, police Sgt. resigns
Eagle-Tribune
By Zach Church
January 17, 2008
Police Sgt. Ryan Shafer resigned last week on the day he was to defend his job against a drunken-driving charge...

[IN] If tape looks like Sgt Boocher hit wife, it's a delusion?

Judge asked to bar witnesses, delay trial of South Bend police officer
Domestic violence case pending against Wayne Boocher

South Bend Tribune
By Marti Goodlad Heline
mheline@sbtinfo.com (574) 235-6327
Feb 27, 2008
A judge has taken under advisement two issues in the domestic violence case pending against a South Bend police officer. Mark Lenyo, attorney for officer Wayne Boocher, asked Judge Roland W. Chamblee Jr. to prohibit Target employees from testifying at Boocher’s upcoming trial in lieu of a surveillance tape that has already been ruled out as evidence because of its poor condition. Lenyo argued that someone’s account of what he or she observed on the tape may not be accurate. Lenyo said he is concerned the wrong interpretation might convict his client, who denies he hit his wife as he is charged. Boocher faces two misdemeanor counts and a felony count of domestic violence stemming from an incident outside the Target store on Ireland Road in January 2007. The case accuses Boocher of striking his wife in front of their children outside the store. The tape was not properly preserved and was degraded by repeated viewings, either by Target employees or the prosecutor’s staff, according to Lenyo. Chamblee granted a defense motion last year to bar the tape as evidence. The prosecution wants to use the testimony of Target employees who viewed the tape to make up for the loss of the video. Boocher’s wife told The Tribune that she lied when she accused her husband of striking her last year. The prosecution Wednesday asked for a postponement of the trial set to start April 14 because the wife of Deputy Prosecutor Cory Hamel, who is scheduled to try the case, is due to give birth at that time. Lenyo opposed a delay, saying his client is eager to get the case over with. It is 13 months old; Boocher has been on unpaid leave from the Police Department. After the hearing, Chamblee said the lawyers could send him pertinent legal citations, and he indicated he would rule soon.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

[FL] Deputy Sliker arrested for head-butting girlfriend

Flagler County Deputy Arrested For Head-Butting Woman in Mouth
2/24/2008
PALM COAST, FL -- A sheriff's deputy now finds himself in trouble with the law after police say he head butted a woman in her mouth. The Flagler County Sheriff's Office says Deputy Darin Sliker, 40, was arrested at his home in Palm Coast following a domestic disturbance at a local tavern. The victim told deputies that she and Sliker exchanged words outside Farley's Pub in the Palm Harbor Shopping Center in Palm Coast. At one point, Sliker grabbed the victim and struck her in the face with his head, the victim said. Deputies reported the victim suffered minor injuries to her mouth. Sliker was booked into the Flagler County Inmate Facility and released on $250 bond after appearing before a judge. Deputy Sliker has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation. He has been with the Sheriff's Office for five years.

LINK TO THIS POST - HERE
[police officer-involved domestic violence florida state]

[OH] Patty Porter forgives Officer Cutts - again - for killing Jessie & baby Chloe

...I serve an amazing God, Bobby, a God that forgives and heals and restores people...

Ex-Officer Sentenced To Life In Prison
10tv.com
Feb 27 2008 7:02PM
[EXCERPTS] The mother of a pregnant woman killed by her police officer lover says she knew from the start that he was to blame for the death but she has forgiven him as he heads to prison for at least 57 years. "I never in my heart wanted to believe you could hurt her, but in my soul I knew you had... I would have never been able to raise Blake and hate you... I serve an amazing God, Bobby, a God that forgives and heals and restores people. I want you to know today that I do forgive you and I know that's only through him I'm able to do that. I pray you find him and you find that forgiveness that nobody else in this room can give you... Your honor, I may not have a family to go home to after this, but I pray that you make a way for this man to someday be able to get out of there and begin a new life, and to hold his son, maybe as a man... And I hope and pray I'm able to raise him to forgive you. He knows what you did. You would not believe the stories he's told us"...

[GA] Others were afraid of missing-Theresa Parker's Police Sgt. husband

[Parker's former wife Keila Beard] ...after he released her, she went to bed and cried herself to sleep... she did not know who to call, or if authorities would have believed her ordeal with Sam Parker... "I was afraid for my life and my daughters"...

See video larger *here*

[Sam Parker was fired from LaFayette Police Dept. AFTER his wife Theresa went "missing" - for having EXPLOSIVES in his work locker. Months have gone by - and recently Parker was arrested and charged with Theresa's murder, though her body has not been found.]

EXCERPTS FROM CURRENT NEWS:

SOURCES
1.) Sam Parker pleads not guilty; bond delayed pending more discussions, Walker County Messenger, Josh O'Bryant, 02/26/08
2.) Parker bond pending judge's decision, Times Free Press, February 27, 2008
3.) Testimony of Death Threats In Sam Parker Hearing, newschannel9.com, John Madewell, February 26, 2008


Sam Parker, who is charged with murdering his estranged wife, Theresa Parker, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Walker County Superior Court... Walker County Public Defender David Dunn, who is serving as Sam Parker's attorney, and Floyd County District Attorney Leigh Patterson questioned the witnesses...(1) Three people testified of personal death threats made by Parker...(3) Mrs. Parker, a former Walker County 911 dispatcher, will be missing for one year on March 22, and, though no body has been found, Sam Parker was arrested Feb. 4 on a murder charge. Mr. Parker has told the Chattanooga Times Free Press in the past that he did not hurt his estranged wife...(2)

THERESA'S MOM CLAIRE CAREATHERS:
"...He told me, if me or [her husband] Greg, crossed the line, he would kill both of us and bury us and that they would never find us."(1)

THERESA'S SISTER-IN-LAW TABITHA THOMAS:
..."He told me if I didn't stop, he would kill me, bury my body and no one would ever find me."(1) "He told me, 'I have killed before, and I will kill again'"...(2) She says Sam Parker told her to stop pursuing it and that he would kill her, her new husband, kids and bury them where no one would find them.(3)

SAM PARKER'S EX-WIFE KEILA BEARD:
...Beard said that Parker grabbed her by the back of her hair and dragged her through the house. Her feet were cut from the broken glass on the floor. According to Beard, at that point, Parker handcuffed her left hand to the bed. Parker then cleaned up the broken glass and blood from the floor. Beard said that he left her handcuffed for an hour. According to Beard, after the dispute, Parker returned to work. Beard said that after he released her, she went to bed and cried herself to sleep. Patterson asked her why she did not call anyone, and Beard said she did not know who to call, or if authorities would have believed her ordeal with Sam Parker...(1)

ANOTHER TIME:
...he came over to her on the couch, got on top of her and began to choke her with both his hands... Parker then pulled out a gun and placed it to her head...(1) "He pulled his gun out and held it to my head and said he would blow my brains all over the wall"...(2) She remained quiet so she would not awake her daughter. "He eventually left, because he was on duty"... After the divorce was finalized, Beard told the late police chief Charles "Dino" Richardson of her domestic abuse from Parker, after Parker had pulled her daughter over for a traffic violation. Beard felt that someone else should handle the situation.Dunn asked her if she had ever filed a complaint or made a report, and she said, "No sir. I was afraid for my life and my daughters"...(1)

LAFAYETTE POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICER STACEY MEEKS:
...Sam Parker (the higher ranking officer at the time) called him into the office to look at the detailed filing system on officers... Parker didn't want the new chief to see anything that would damage him... Parker had removed information from his file... According to Meeks, he later told the new police chief, Tommy Freeman, about the incident, when he was questioned about Parker. Meeks was asked if Parker had ever told him how to dispose of a body and he replied, "Yes. Many years ago"...(1)

UNNAMED PANAMA CITY POLICE OFFICER:
...The officer recounted an incident in 2003 in Panama City Beach, Fla., in which Theresa Parker called the police out of worry for Sam Parker, who was intoxicated and threatening suicide. Theresa told the police officers that Sam had fired a gun outside of the vehicle. When the authorities arrived, Parker was said to be "very moody." The officer found a handgun under a pillow and another gun in a black case, missing one bullet... Parker was taken and committed into psychiatric care. The officer said Parker stated he would handcuff himself to Theresa, so she could see him blow his brains out. The officer treated the incident as a suicide scenario, rather than domestic violence. The officer speculated that she would know he would loose his job if he were convicted of domestic violence...(1) The officer testified back in 2003, Sam Parker HAD HANDCUFFED himself to his wife Theresa Parker in his car and told her he wanted to blow his brains out with her cuffed to him...(3)

CHATTOOGA COUNTY PROBATE AND MAGISTRATE COURT JUDGE JON PAYNE:
...Payne said he has known the defendant and his family for about 40 years. Mr. Payne made it clear that he was not answering questions as an official, but as a family friend. He said Mr. Parker is not a flight risk or a danger to the public. "He is a native child," Mr. Payne said. "His family is from here. He doesn't have anywhere to go and he doesn't have any money"...(2)

Previous entries on the blog:
More videos on Parkers here

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

[LA] Fired Deputy Schaeffer's victims have reason to fear

Video *here*

...Mutz said Monday that the ruling did little to ease her fears since the monitoring device has to be ordered. "I'm 100 percent terrified and devastated," she said. "To know that man is walking free to do whatever he deems necessary, it doesn't seem logical. It doesn't seem like our justice system would allow this."

Previous entry:
[LA] Lt. Schaeffer accused of dv, rape, sex assault by 3 women
...Schaeffer was just fired in October after Tracey Mutz, his ex-girlfriend, filed domestic violence charges on him. He's charged with aggravated rape and 2nd degree battery on her. Two other women are accusing him as well...

Ex-cop out on bail in rape case
But he must wear monitoring device

The Times-Picayune - NOLA.com, LA
By Victoria St. Martin
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
[Excerpts] Former St. John the Baptist Parish sheriff's Deputy Allan Wayne Schaeffer, who was indicted in January on charges of rape and battery, remains free on bail, but will be required to wear a monitoring device, a judge ruled Monday morning. While ruling in favor of state prosecutors who sought the electronic monitoring, state District Court Judge Mary Hotard Becnel postponed hearing the rest of the state's appeal on whether Schaeffer's $335,000 surety bond is valid... The hearing was postponed until March 5 after Schaeffer's attorney requested a continuance because of a conflict. The attorney, Tomy Acosta with the public defender's office, said he has some pending cases where Schaeffer was the investigator. Because Schaeffer is also a witness in those cases, the public defender's office filed a motion saying a new attorney will be assigned to the case... Sheriff's officials said Monday that they must order the monitor because the department does not have one. In addition, Becnel ordered Schaeffer to make a formal application to the public defender's office to explain why he's not able to afford an attorney... Schaeffer, a 16-year veteran, was jailed Jan. 14 after a state grand jury indicted him on charges of aggravated rape, second-degree battery and attempted sexual battery. Schaeffer has pleaded innocent to the charges... The appeal, filed Wednesday by Assistant Attorney General Ali Zito Shields, argues that Schaeffer did not show proof that the person who signed the surety bond is worth $335,000 or that she has property in the state as required by law. It says that he should be ordered back to jail if he fails to provide the documents. If he's allowed to remain out on bail, Shields requested that Schaeffer be made to wear a monitoring device, saying that he's a flight risk. Becnel granted the request for the electronic monitoring device, after Shields referenced a criminal code that requires any person indicted on an aggravated rape charge to have one as a condition of bail... "We are for the protection of any witness or victim in this case," Shields said. "I feel like today was a step in this process"... Schaeffer was fired from the St. John Sheriff's Office in October after a State Police investigation, which stemmed from a domestic dispute complaint filed by Tracey Mutz, a former girlfriend... Schaeffer is charged with one count of aggravated rape in a November 2005 incident, one count of second-degree battery in a May 2006 incident, and one count of attempted sexual battery in a February 2007 incident. As a condition of his bail, the court has issued a stay-away order for the complainants. Mutz said Monday that the ruling did little to ease her fears since the monitoring device has to be ordered. "I'm 100 percent terrified and devastated," she said. "To know that man is walking free to do whatever he deems necessary, it doesn't seem logical. It doesn't seem like our justice system would allow this"...

LAST WEEK:

Former deputy's bond release disputed
Prosecutor claims paperwork lacking

The Times-Picayune - NOLA.com, LA
By Victoria St. Martin
February 21, 2008
[Excerpts] ...The motion said Schaeffer, 47, posted 10 percent of his $335,000 bond and that a woman named Karyn N. Schaeffer signed an affidavit attesting to the fact that she was worth the amount of the bond. The documents don't show any other act of mortgage or security interest as required by law, according to the motion... The motion also says that during the State Police investigation, a woman told the attorney general's office that Schaeffer had introduced himself to her with a false name and claimed to be an Orleans Parish sheriff's officer. Prior to the indictment, Schaeffer told the woman he may go to jail for failing to give someone their Miranda warnings, according to the motion. Shields said the story is evidence that he should be monitored while out on bail...

[PA] Whistleblower Officer Brown, shot with his own gun, recovering

...Brown, who has received three commendations for his police work, is the first and only black officer on the force. In 2004, he clashed with Upper Darby brass, claiming that they had failed to process one of his DUI arrests because the defendant was "a friend" of the department...

U. Darby officer crashes, suffers gunshot wound
Police are trying to determine the cause of the shooting of the off-duty officer.

Philly.com
By Kathleen Brady Shea
Feb. 23, 2008
[Excerpts] Police are investigating unusual circumstances surrounding the shooting of an off-duty Upper Darby police officer early yesterday. Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood Sr. said Officer Jerome Brown, 30, was in stable condition last night after surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for a gunshot wound to the abdomen... Officers found Brown unconscious in his 2000 red BMW, which had smashed into an overhead light standard at the M&T Bank office after striking a 1999 Ford pickup. The occupant of the truck was not injured... Medics administering to Brown observed the gunshot wound, and investigators found a Glock 9mm handgun in a holster on the front passenger's seat floor, Chitwood said. He said the gun, which had been fired once, was an off-duty weapon registered to Brown... Brown received publicity in 2005 when The Inquirer reported that Vincent J. Ficchi, the former Upper Darby police superintendent, had quashed a 2003 drunken-driving arrest by him. Ficchi resigned after a no-confidence vote by his officers. Michael J. Malloy, an attorney who represented Brown during that controversy, did not know the circumstances of Brown's gunshot wound. He said Brown, a Marine veteran, was committed to telling the truth. "He's a great guy, a stand-up guy, both in uniform and out," said Malloy...

Upper Darby cop shot in car, possibly by own gun
Philadelphia Daily News
By WILLIAM BENDER benderw@phillynews.com 215-854-5255
Feb 23, 2008
[Excerpts] ...Brown, 30, a father of three and former bike cop from Lansdowne, rammed a pole in a bank parking lot at about 6 a.m. after his vehicle struck another driver's SUV. As medics were extracting him from the vehicle, they discovered "what appeared to be a gunshot wound in his lower-left abdomen area"... One round had been fired from the gun, but the bullet casing did not eject... Brown, who has received three commendations for his police work, is the first and only black officer on the force. In 2004, he clashed with Upper Darby brass, claiming that they had failed to process one of his DUI arrests because the defendant was "a friend" of the department..

EARLIER YEARS:


Did DUI case fall through cracks? - Officers say police officials buried DUI arrest of 'friend' Upper Darby officers say department officials squelched the arrest of a repeat offender from Bala Cynwyd, calling him a "friend" of the force.
Philadelphia Inquirer
Mark Fazlollah
November 18, 2004
[Excerpts] The driver of the silver Buick was like a poster child for laws against drunken driving. He reeked of beer and refused a sobriety test. He had been weaving down Route 1 in Upper Darby when a policeman arrested him, just before midnight on Feb. 27, 2003. His record included three drunken-driving convictions and a crash that sent a woman to the hospital. If the new arrest stuck, he would face up to five years in jail. But the new arrest went away... Officer Jerome Brown had just begun his shift. He saw a silver Buick, followed it for several blocks, and pulled it over. "I detected a heavy odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from the vehicle and the operator's breath," Brown wrote in his report. "The operator also displayed bloodshot eyes"... Brown checked Panichi's license and found it was already suspended, because of a 2002 conviction for drunken driving... Brown booked Panichi... Panichi and his paperwork had been taken to the detective unit, where defendants are photographed and fingerprinted... Two officers who said they were in the room at the time, and who spoke on condition of anonymity, say a police supervisor approached the employee who had snapped the photo and ordered him to not do anything else. They say the supervisor took Panichi's arrest papers and left the room. "I witnessed George Rhoades stop the processing... [Officer Brown's lawyer] Michael J. Malloy, says Brown has described a call he received the next day, from Police Capt. James Kerns. "It's my understanding that the day after the arrest, Officer Brown got a call from Capt. Kerns and was asked to come in... Kerns told Officer Brown that Panichi was 'a friend of ours... We're going to take care of it." Brown "was informed by superiors that they were taking over the handling of the paperwork and the case"... Two other officers, including one of Brown 's superiors, say that soon after Panichi's arrest, a distraught Brown told them, too, that Kerns had used the word friend in explaining the case's handling... Brown also described a more recent conversation in which Kerns told him that Police Superintendent Vincent Ficchi and the police chief in neighboring Darby Borough, Robert F. Smythe, were handling the case "between chiefs"... Upper Darby department said that the arrest had been dropped by mistake and that Panichi would be rearrested... But last month, Rhoades said Brown was preventing this by refusing to sign new paperwork. Brown 's lawyer said his client had signed and sworn his original report and was not about to sign any new version. Attorney Malloy said Brown was refusing to sign a new, less detailed affidavit prepared by the department. Among the details left out: Brown 's statement that Panichi had admitted drinking that night. Rhoades said the original arrest papers simply cannot be found. "It's not the first time that happened," he said. Asked whether Panichi's case was dropped as a favor to a friend of the department, Rhoades said, "I can't comment on that"...

Police subpoenaed in DUI inquiry
Philadelphia Inquirer
Author: Barbara Boyer and Mark Fazlollah
July 12, 2005
[Excerpts] ...When high-ranking police officials learned of the arrest, those processing Panichi were ordered to stop and the paperwork was confiscated, the sources said, and Panichi was freed... Brown 's original paperwork has since gone missing... State officials at the Attorney General's Office would not comment on the case, said spokesman Kevin Harley. Grand jury proceedings are secret, and officials are barred by law from commenting... Two other ranking officials later pressured Brown not to pursue the matter because Panichi was "a friend of ours." Brown was told then that the case was being handled "between chiefs," sources said. Brown's original paperwork is gone, and the officer later refused to sign reports written by others that provided a less detailed account of the arrest...

U. Darbypolice face no charges in DUI case - A yearlong grand jury probe had studied the quashed drunken-driving arrest of a "friend" of the department.
Philadelphia Inquirer
Jeff Shields
January 4, 2006
[Excerpts] No criminal charges will be filed against current or former Upper Darbypolice officials in connection with the alleged attempt to quash a drunken-driving case for a "friend" of the department. A yearlong grand jury investigation by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office closed last month without criminal charges. Delaware... "There was insufficient evidence to conclude that there was a deliberate attempt by anyone on the Upper Darbypolice force to obstruct justice," said Kevin Harley, spokesman for Attorney General Tom Corbett...

prayer after day 2 of ex-cop bobby cutts' death penalty deliberations

Lord bless the Lives of these Survivors who are waiting now for the verdict of men - not Angels. Let them feel your Presence and renew their Faith in the unseen and in forevers. Stand by their side now in a way that can be felt - as near to them as their own Breath. Uphold them. Help them to accept whatever decision comes, and cradle their broken Hearts in Your Love until they can See again Your Stars - still there in their Perfect Places beyond this human storm. Assure them that Life, Death, and Justice
all belong to You, and are Yours alone. Send the Peace that surpasses all human understanding. Amen. (So be it.)


Jurors must deliberate more Wednesday on ex-cop's fate in murders
WDTN, OH
February 26, 2008
A jury deliberated all day today without deciding whether to recommend the death penalty for a former Canton police officer who killed his pregnant girlfriend and their unborn daughter. Jurors began deliberating this morning in the case against 30-year-old Bobby Cutts Junior. They broke for dinner without reaching a decision and must try again tomorrow. A sobbing Cutts appealed to the jury yesterday to spare his life. It was the same jury that convicted him earlier this month. Assistant Stark County prosecutor Dennis Barr told jurors today that the state had met its burden to prove that Cutts deserves to die. But defense attorney Fernando Mack said today that execution would be inappropriate because it should be reserved for the "worst of the worst," including serial killers.

[IA] Deputy Mericle 1st-DEGREE harassmanet and DV charges

Wright County Deputy faces domestic abuse charge
KQWC
Pat Powers
February 25, 2008
Authorities are now releasing details about last week's arrest of a 39-year-old Goldfield man who serves as a sheriff's deputy in north-central Iowa. Jeffrey Donald Mericle is charged with first-degree harassment and domestic abuse assault. The arrest stemmed from an investigation initiated after a complaint was lodged with the Wright County Sheriff's office by Mericle's wife, 38-year-old Tiffini, regarding a domestic disturbance that reportedly took place early last Thursday morning at a residence in Goldfield. The Wright County Sheriff's Office asked the D.C.I. to conduct the investigation since Jeffrey Mericle is a deputy with the Wright County Sheriff's Department. Mericle made his initial appearance before a Wright County Magistrate last Friday and was released on his own recognizance. He is currently on paid administrative leave from the Sheriff's Department.

[FL] Deputy Vaughn's drunken high-speed chase with kids, abduction & child abuse = NO CHARGE

...The children in the car told deputies he had beat the younger one... He said Vaughn's behavior was an "emotional overreaction fueled by alcohol" and that he had no prior record...

Former deputy avoids jail time
Tallahassee Democrat
By Julian Pecquet
February 20, 2008
A former Leon County deputy who took law enforcement on a high-speed chase down I-10 with his two children in the car won't be serving any jail time. Foy Jay Vaughn pleaded no contest Feb. 14 to three counts of felony child abuse and one count of fleeing or eluding an officer. He was sentenced to one year of community control and three years of probation. He is also required to go through mental-health treatments. "Community control amounts to jail in your home - with work release," said Assistant State Attorney Neill Wade. Vaughn had been a deputy for 12 years when his wife called law enforcement at about 3:25 a.m. on July 21 to report that he was drunk and abusive toward his 12-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter from a prior marriage. When deputies arrived, Vaughn was driving off in his SUV. He eventually pulled over at a weigh station in Madison County and surrendered peacefully. The children in the car told deputies he had beat the younger one. HE WAS FIRED THE SAME DAY after refusing to answer questions as part of an internal affairs investigation. Sgt. Rob Reisinger, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office, said NO ALCOHOL TEST WAS CONDUCTED on Vaughn. "We've remained NEUTRAL throughout," he said of the court case. Wade said the decision not to incarcerate Vaughn was made with the CONSENT OF THE CHILDREN'S MOTHER. He said Vaughn's behavior was an "emotional overreaction fueled by alcohol" and that he had no prior record. "These cases are always difficult when deciding whether to get children involved in testifying against their father," he said. "You try to punish the culprit while at the same time not making it more difficult on children."

Miscellaneous:

Deputy Jay Vaughn,
Leon County Sheriff Department

Our November Meeting Speaker, Deputy Jay Vaughn, has been with the Leon County Sheriff's Department for over 12 1/2 years. Deputy Vaughn began his career as a Dispatcher and Reserve Officer. He has experience working Uniform Patrol, Vice/Narcotics, Traffic and Traffic Homicide. Deputy Vaughn has moved up the ranks to an Instructor and Field Officer in Crime Prevention. Currently he instructs Firearms Training and Police Motorcycle Operations as well as informing the community on the risks of Identity Theft and Prevention.
Apartment C O R N E R S T O N E, CAPITAL CITY APARTMENT ASSOCIATION, November 2005 / ISSUE 179

[NJ] Wife-murder trial of (free as a bird) Sgt Vanaman could get delayed

Trial date depends on availability of expert witnesses
by South Jersey News Online
By MATT DUNN
mdunn@sjnewsco.com
February 25, 2008
[Excerpts] If expert witnesses are available, a trial for a Millville police sergeant charged with murder could take place late this summer. A defense attorney for Millville police sergeant Robert Vanaman said Monday that he and First Assistant Prosecutor Ken Pagliughi need time to check with expert witnesses to make sure witnesses can be ready within the next four to six months for a potential trial. At a status conference Monday afternoon on Vanaman's case, Superior Court Judge Walter Marshall Jr. set a return date on the case for March 31, at which time it's expected a trial will be scheduled. Vanaman, 39, a 16-year veteran with the Millville Police Department, pleaded not guilty to charges of murder in November 2006 in connection with the shooting death of his 37-year-old wife, Barbara Vanaman... Robert Vanaman is free on $750,000 bail. He is currently suspended without pay... If expert witnesses are unavailable, Vanaman's trial could be delayed...

[CT] State Police whistleblowers seek help and protection

...the attorney general's office has a conflict of interest by being the clearinghouse for whistleblower reports and the legal defender of state officials and agencies accused of misdeeds... Some speakers suggested Monday that a new, independent, inspector general office be established to handle whistleblower complaints - not the attorney general...

Troopers warn of threats to morale
Connecticut Post, CT
Troopers warn of threats to morale
KEN DIXON kdixon@ctpost.com
02/26/2008
[Excerpts] State troopers on Monday warned lawmakers that there is a discouraging culture of reprisal and intimidation threatening the morale and integrity of the 1,200-member Division of State Police. Legislators, including Rep. Christopher L. Caruso, D-Bridgeport, co-chairman of the legislative Government Administration & Elections Committee, said they were shocked by revelations of retribution from command staff inflicted on troopers who had pending complaints requiring whistleblower protections... Trooper Steven Rief, president of the State Police Union and Sgt. Andrew Matthews joined other troopers, past and present, complaining to the committee that whistleblowers are routinely transferred and intimidated... the climate is self-perpetuating because the management hierarchy is made up of veterans "with old ways of thinking" who don't change... "If we're willing to die for perfect strangers, who's protecting our rights?" Matthews said. "If I have to lay my life on the line, I'll do that. Our badge was tarnished already, but I'm trying to bring a shine to it... I have been isolated in my cruiser for the last year," Matthews said, adding that relying on the state Attorney General's office for protection hasn't helped... "It seems that our whole system to protect the integrity of the State Police has failed," said Rep. James A. O'Rourke III, D-Cromwell... "There definitely needs to be stronger safeguards for these courageous men and women who stepped forward and exposed wrongdoing or incompetence," ]Attorney General Richard] Blumenthal said in an interview.
Conn.: Whistleblowers Face Retaliation
The Associated Press
By SUSAN HAIGH Associated Press Writer
Feb. 25, 2008
[Excerpts] Several state police officers who blew the whistle on alleged corruption appeared Monday before a legislative committee, complaining they are now the targets of retaliation by higher-ups. The whistleblowers want the legislature to change state law and provide more protections to those who report wrongdoing. "I have nothing to gain from being here today. I could actually lose a lot more," Sgt. Andrew Matthews, told members of the Government Administration and Elections Committee. The 10-year officer went to the attorney general's office in 2004 and reported managers concealing internal affairs investigations and covering up crimes of particular state troopers. Since that report, and a subsequent outside investigation by New York State Police, Matthews said he's been ostracized and harassed... "The message that is being sent here for whistleblowers is shut up and cover up," said Master Sgt. Theresa Freeman, another state police whistleblower who provided information for the New York State Police report. "No one wants to go through what Andy Matthews went through"... Lt. Benjamin Pagoni, a state police veteran of more than 30 years, said he's been subjected to numerous internal investigations since he stuck up for Matthews... "Since I started to work with Sgt. Matthews, my life has been hell"... The union representing state troopers is backing a bill this session that would allow the attorney general or a human rights referee from the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities to intervene if a whistleblower encounters retaliation. "There's no teeth in the statutes to protect whistleblowers when they're retaliated against," said Steven Rief, the union president. But Matthews said the attorney general's office has a conflict of interest by being the clearinghouse for whistleblower reports and the legal defender of state officials and agencies accused of misdeeds. He told of appearing at a hearing alone where his superiors were represented by private lawyers hired by the attorney general's office... Some speakers suggested Monday that a new, independent, inspector general office be established to handle whistleblower complaints - not the attorney general... Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said there are "stringent rules that strictly separate the attorneys and counsel to the agencies... If any appearance of a conflict arises, my office can - and sometimes does - retain outside counsel to represent state officials or agencies... I will not hesitate to exercise that option - when necessary and appropriate - of the legislature grants my office the power to protect whistleblowers from retaliation." Blumenthal supports the bill before the GAE committee. But he told reporters he did not rule out an inspector general. "If an inspector general is viable and cost effective, I certainly wouldn't oppose it per se," he said. "I'm willing to consider whatever makes sense to make sure whistleblowers are protected and their complaints vindicated when they have merit."

2006 News:

Report rips state police

The Hartford Courant
Tracy Gordon Fox
December 5, 2006
[Excerpts] A scathing 168-page report on the state police internal affairs unit has found the very structure designed to promote integrity within the department to be riddled with misconduct and improper influence. Some of the 19 internal affairs cases investigated by the New York State Police may lead to criminal charges or disciplinary action against troopers involved in sexual assaults, domestic violence, drunk driving and larceny, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said. The report, which calls for an overhaul of the unit, prompted Gov. M. Jodi Rell to order an independent commission to oversee its reform... The report points the finger at top managers and raises questions about the ability of the department's elite major crime squad to investigate criminal allegations... Col. Edward Lynch, commander of the state police, who announced his retirement Friday, said the timing had nothing to do with the report... Investigators from the New York State Police, a department recognized internationally as a leader in internal affairs, found that Connecticut's state police command staff improperly interfered with and influenced internal affairs cases, and that citizens' complaints were regarded as nuisances rather than legitimate cases warranting investigation... 11 New York investigators conducted 262 interviews, and spent 9,500 hours on the investigation... and the team of investigators issued more than 60 recommendations, including making the internal affairs division completely autonomous, and having its supervisor hold the rank of lieutenant colonel or higher. The report recommends a centralized complaint system for the public, including a way to make complaints via the Internet... There were several instances of domestic violence by troopers for which there were no arrests or discipline, the report says...

Monday, February 25, 2008

Barbara Sheehan, who killed ex-NYPD officer husband, has specialty lawyer

Ex-cop terrorized her; afraid she'd die - slay wife's lawyer
New York Daily News
BY Patrice O'Shaughnessy
February 25th 2008
Barbara Sheehan suffered horrible abuse at the hands of her cop husband for 18 years, her lawyer says. And as she sits in jail after killing him, she is relieved yet remorseful and calls the outcome "tragic" and "terrible," attorney Michael Dowd told the Daily News. Sheehan is charged with murder for shooting retired NYPD crime scene unit Sgt. Raymond Sheehan 11 times with his own guns in their Howard Beach, Queens, home a week ago. "No question, the abuse was substantial, violent," said Dowd, a lawyer well-known for defending suspects who kill their abusers. "He terrorized her"... Raymond Sheehan had responded to murders, domestic violence assaults and all manner of mayhem in 20 years with the NYPD. His former cop colleagues said the "nice guy" and family man whose wife called him several times a day at work gave no signal there was trouble at home. Neighbors say Raymond Sheehan was a kids' sports coach and active in his church. Cops have no record of prior domestic violence... One former colleague said he was torn between attending Sheehan's funeral Saturday, and "paying respects to a possible wife beater"...

[OH] Murder-convicted Ex-cop Cutts reads script for his life

Cutts Apologizes On Stand, Asks Jury To Spare His Life
newsnet5.com
February 25, 2008
[Excerpts] A former police officer sobbed and apologized for killing his pregnant lover and their unborn child as he appealed Monday to the jury that found him to guilty to spare his life. "I accept responsibility," Bobby Cutts Jr., 30, said in an emotion-charged appearance on the witness stand. Cutts was convicted Feb. 15 of aggravated murder in the death of the nearly full-term female fetus. He could receive the death penalty, life in prison without parole or life with parole eligibility after 20, 25 or 30 years... Reading from handwritten notes, Cutts said he could not express in words how he felt knowing that he had killed Davis, 26, and the unborn girl, who was to be named Chloe. "If I could do anything to bring them back to you, I would... I pray that you find peace and you someday find room for forgiveness"...

Two weeks ago, Cutts sobbed on the witness stand as he testified during the trial that he had accidentally killed Davis with an elbow blow to the throat during a disagreement and dumped her body in a park in a panic. He also apologized to his family and to community members who searched nine days for Davis before Cutts finally admitted that he knew where her body was... Cutts' divorced parents, his sister, an ex-wife and a fellow officer testified on his behalf, describing an upstanding individual who was attentive to his family and children... Cutts, also convicted of abuse of a corpse, burglary and child endangering for leaving Blake by himself, has resigned from his job.
Bobby Cutts Sentencing Phase - Day 1
Blog: Trials & Tribulations
Monday, February 25, 2008
[Excerpts from blogger's notes] ...Cutts on the stand! Cutts apologizes for reading a statement. He doesn't want to loose his words. He wanted to go to college. He wanted to be mayor. He had a child so he decided to take responsibility. He instilled that in Brianna and in Blake. He always loved being around and working with kids. He cannot explain what happened in June. It's a nightmare that will haunt me all of my days. Words can't explain the death of Jessie and my unborn daughter. I am so sorry for Patty and Mr. Davis and ask forgiveness for the pain I caused you and the rest of your family. I apologize to the community. I apologize and ask forgiveness for what I did to Blake. I thank god for taking care of Blake all those long hours. He apologizes to his family and friends. To Myisha and her family. I hope to maintain a relationship with my family and my children. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I'm asking you to spare my life. I have absolutely no compassion for this pond scum. He's really playing to the jury. He must have a cold again because I don't see any tears. Jury is given a packet similar to the package to the one when deliberations began. They need to bring their luggage tomorrow. The prosecution will offer their closing tomorrow and you will then begin sentencing deliberation. Jury needs to be in the jury area at 8:15am. Judge reads the admonishment and releases the jury for day. Well that's it till tomorrow!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

[IL] In Kathleen Savio's own words

...He knows how to manipulate the system, and his next step is to take my children away. Or Kill me instead...


[Kathleen Savio Peterson's Letter To The Will County Assistant State's Attorney Elizabeth Fragale]

November 14, 2002

Elizabeth Fragale
Assistant States Attorney

States Attorney
121 N. Chicago Street
Joliet, Illinois 60432

Ms. Fragale,

On three different occasions I have tried to reach you over the phone regarding charges I filed against Drew Peterson, on the date of July 5, 2002.

Note, I did contact the Police Department, and talked to the assistant Chief Mike Calcagno, in reference to Drew Break in that same weekend. I than filed a report in regards to my safety, from Drew by two officer that arrive at my residents 392 Pheasant Chase, Bolingbrook, Il, 60490.

When I found out Mr. Peterson was having an affair with a minor at the police department, he began to get very violent. By striking me with his hand and chasing me through the house with a police stick. At that time on record, I had to get an order of protection from him.

Their has been several times throughout my marriage with this man where I ended up at the emergency room in Bolingbrook for injuries, and I have reported this only to have the police leave my home without filing any reports.

On July 5th, Mr. Peterson got into my home with a garage door opener he programmed for himself, while I was out of town with my son's. I was unaware of his presents, and was very afraid for my live. This man pop out from our living room while I was walking down stair, with a basket of laundry. I was shocked and dropped all the cloths and stood their, asking him to get out. Drew was in uniform (Swat Uniform), with his police radio in his ear. He yelled, for me to sit down and be quiet I refused and he pushed me on the stairs. He told me to move down to the third step and not to move or speak. He was very angry that in our divorce the judge ruled he would have to pay me child support. He told me he didn't want to pay me anything. (He left my boys 8 and 9,and I With many bills, up to 2,000.00 and with an 11,000.00 income tax bill, as well as 6800.00 property tax bill for us to pay. Needless to say we are without money or any credit) He kept me in a position for a very long length of time, while trying to convince me how horrible I am, and I just need to die. He asked me several times if I was afraid, I started to panic! He pulled out his knife, that he kept around his leg and brought it to my neck. I thought I'd never see my boys again. I just told him to end this craziness and he for some reason pulled back. I didn't tell the police because I know they can't protect me from him. I know he will be back; he's now attempting to try to make me look like the bad guy, with untrue charges of Battery against him, and his 17 yr. Girlfriend. The sick thing is I really think they're enjoying this. Over the summer they went out of their way to roller blade right in front of my home, drive by and stop for long lengths of time in front of the house. Childish things like his girl friend flipping me off if I was out in front with the kids while driving by.

At the present time my children have been in a program at school called rainbows, in efforts to repair some of the damage Drew and his girlfriend has created. One of which Drew falsely arrested me in front of my children with my face in the grass and calling me a criminal for hitting his girlfriend, which didn't happen. Instead she called me a bounce of inappropriate name in front of my children, so I felt it was necessary to get them back in the house away from this. When I ran to the truck, it being very high up I notices Stacy his girl friend taping me, with the stolen camera Drew took from our home. I attempted to take the camera and my next goal was to return to my home with my children. But I was thrown to the ground and treated like an outlaw, and booked and arrested for no reason. My wrist was sprained, when I was being thrown to the ground and held down by Drew, who was not on duty at the time. While this was happening my children were being held against their own will, by [blacked out, but you can read above and below the marker, it clearly says "Stacy Cales"], while she told them to sit down and be quiet. My son's phyc is working with them but states, "she can't fix what continue to happen on a on going basis". My eight year old come home from spending 1 hour with his dad, because he really is never there, and pushes his sons and girlfriend on my son all the time, and expressed to me that he was confused! It seemed that Drews live in girl friend showed both my sons her wedding dress and ring, and told them she was going to marry their father. Of course that's okay, for Adults, but when my boys come home with tears in their eyes, still hoping for mom and dad to get back together again, it become heart breaking and very confusing to them. They don't understand how dad can get married if he's still married to their mommy. The list goes on, and I understand it's just part of it, but it need to stop. My sons and I would like to move away from this area, for our safety and sanctity. I am a full time Nursing Student and Drew left me while in the middle of the program. I don't want my career or my sons to suffer this nightmare anymore.

He knows how to manipulate the system, and his next step is to take my children away. Or Kill me instead.

I really would like to know why this man wasn't charged with this unlawful entry, and attempt on my life. I am willing to take any test you want me to take to prove my innocents of charges against me, and also any lie detector test, on the my statement I filed against him. I really feel, Drew is a loose cannon, he out on the streets of Bolingbrook patrolling, and just taking the law into his own hands. I haven't received help from the Police here in Bolingbrook, and asking for your help now. Before it's to late. I really hope by filing this charge it might stop him from trying to hurt us.

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Sincerely, Kathleen Peterson
[Blacked out signature of Kathleen S. Peterson.]

[AL] "Resigned"-trooper-current-cop Ford STANDOFF after 2nd dv arrest

...Ford had been arrested earlier in the day for domestic violence against his wife... Ford was arrested on domestic violence charges in April of 2007, but was acquitted. He resigned from the force in November of last year and was employed as a police officer in Midland City...

Standoff in Ozark ends peacefully
Former officer involved in domestic incident
Dothan Eagle, AL
By Lance Griffin lgriffin@dothaneagle.com
Saturday, Feb 23, 2008
A domestic violence incident Friday night led to a four-hour standoff Saturday afternoon between police and a former Ozark police officer. The standoff ended peacefully when Chris Ford walked out of his residence on Northwood Drive and surrendered to authorities. Ford had been arrested earlier in the day for domestic violence against his wife. After making bond just after 1 p.m., police said Ford returned to his residence, where his wife was retrieving personal items. At 1:43, police received a domestic call from Ford’s mother-in-law, who said her daughter was inside the house and that Ford had a weapon and refused to let her leave. When police responded at 1:45 p.m., they met Ford’s wife outside the home and she was removed from the scene. She told police that Ford shoved her as she was leaving the house... Alabama State Troopers, Dale County Sheriff’s deputies and members of the Daleville SWAT team all responded to the scene. Nearby residents were evacuated... Ford was arrested on domestic violence charges in April of 2007, but was acquitted. He resigned from the force in November of last year and was employed as a police officer in Midland City...
[Full article here]

[IL] Trooper Butler arrested for harassment (and domestic battery?)

State trooper accused of making harassing calls
JOURNAL STAR
Saturday, February 23,
An Illinois State Police trooper has been accused of making harassing telephone calls to his fiancee. Dirk E. Butler, 40, of Gilson was arrested... by deputies with the Knox County Sheriff's Department, who were responding to a report of domestic battery... The Knox County State's Attorney's Office had not filed formal charges against Butler by Friday. Butler also was scheduled for an order of protection hearing Thursday morning, but that hearing in Knox County was rescheduled for March 3.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

[AR] Computer crime charge falling off Trooper Garrett's charges?

...She told him he shouldn't be driving and asked why he took his gun when he went out. He put the muzzle of the gun against her face and said, "Just in case I need it," according to a probable cause affidavit...

Charges filed against trooper and former officer

Benton County Daily Record, AR
Tracy M. Neal tracyn@nwanews.com
February 23, 2008
Prosecutors filed formal charges Friday against an Arkansas State Police trooper and a former Rogers police officer in unrelated criminal cases. Trooper Brian Garrett, 38, is charged with aggravated assault and battery in the second degree, both class D felonies. If convicted, he could receive a sentence of up to six years on each count. Garrett, who is a trooper assigned to the governor's mansion, was placed on administrative leave with pay, according to Bill Sadler, a spokesman for the Arkansas State Police... Mandi Garrett of Bella Vista claimed in court documents that her husband had physically abused her, and she levied an allegation that he had also been abusive toward her three children. Garrett is accused of threatening his wife by placing the muzzle of his duty revolver against her face... Mandi Garrett told police that on Nov. 15, her husband had been drinking beer and taking two prescription medications. When he started to leave the home, she told him he should not be driving and asked why he had his gun and badge... The affidavit states that Mandi Garrett claims her husband placed the muzzle of the gun against the left side of her face and replied," Just in case I need it"...
[Full article here]

Charges Filed Against State Trooper
Wife Claims Assault, Battery In November
Springdale Morning News
By Richard Dean Prudenti rprudenti@nwaonline.net
February 22, 2008
...Bella Vista Police had arrested Garrett in January for allegedly displaying a firearm in a manner creating "a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury" to his wife... Brian Garrett was charged with second-degree battery because he intentionally caused physical injury to a minor under 12 between May and December of last year, according to the charges. In December his wife reported her husband hit the children so hard he injured his hands, and left bruises, scratches and bloody areas, according to the affidavit. She also claimed he illegally accessed the Arkansas Crime Information Center to run reports on men his ex-wives dated or married. He was arrested in connection with misuse of the program, however that charge did not show up on court documents Friday...
[Full article here]

State Trooper Arrested on Assault, Battery complaint
THE MORNING NEWS
January 9, 2008
An Arkansas State Police trooper was arrested Tuesday on charges of felony aggravated assault, misuse of the Arkansas Crime Information Center and second-degree battery. Brian A. Garrett, 38, of 13 Wellswood Drive in Greenbrier turned himself in to Bella Vista Police. He was later released from the Benton County Jail on a $1,000 bond. Garrett was placed on administrative leave with pay Dec. 10, said Bill Sadler of the state police. He is to be arraigned Feb. 25... Garrett's wife, Mandi Garrett of Bella Vista, went to police in November with concerns about her husband... Mandi Garrett said her husband was taking medication and drinking beer throughout the day. She told him he shouldn't be driving and asked why he took his gun when he went out. He put the muzzle of the gun against her face and said, "Just in case I need it," according to a probable cause affidavit. In December, she reported concerns about abuse of her children and said her husband accessed the crime information center to run reports on men his ex-wives dated or married. She provided some of the data. She claimed her husband hit the children so hard he injured his hands, and left bruises, scratches and bloody areas, according to the affidavit. Benton County Circuit Judge John Scott issued a temporary protective order Dec. 11 prohibiting Brian Garrett from having contact with his wife or her children. Mandi Garrett asked that be dismissed last week.
[Full article here]

[IL] DV standoff at ex special agent Cluver's house

Ex-state trooper arrested after 2-hour standoff
Urbana/Champaign News-Gazette, IL
By Will Brumleve
February 21, 2008
[Excerpt] A former special agent for the Illinois State Police has been arrested and held on a $10,000 bond following a standoff Wednesday morning at his apartment in Gibson City. Bradley J. Cluver, 50, was taken into custody on felony charges of aggravated assault on a peace officer... Police also seized two guns along with substantial ammunition... Officers from Gibson City, Paxton, Piper City, the Ford County Sheriff's Department and the Champaign SWAT Team arrived at the apartment after a Gibson City officer responded to a domestic disturbance call from a woman in Cluver's apartment...

[MO] Scholarship in honor of dv-slain Officer Amanda Cates

See image full-size *here*

On August 29, 2006 Normandy Police Officer Amanda Cates was slain by her boyfriend Calverton Police Officer Robert Brooks. Since that time he has been fired, tried, convicted, and sentenced to life in prison. As Amanda's mom Carolyn says - no body wins. Everybody loses.

It is the desire of the people who love Amanda - her family, friends, police department, community, and the youth she worked with every day - to have good come from tragedy.

To that end there is The Amanda Cates Memorial Scholarshop Fund.

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Friday, February 22, 2008

[IL] Ex-Sgt Peterson shocked Kathleen's death is ruled homicide?

Drew Peterson says he's shocked at 3rd wife's death ruled homicide
Associated Press
02/22/2008
Former Bolingbrook police sergeant Drew Peterson says he's shocked that his third wife's death was ruled a homicide Thursday. A forensic pathologist says the 2004 death of Kathleen Savio was a homicide and she drowned. An initial autopsy said her death was accidental. But authorities exhumed her body last year after Peterson's fourth wife Stacy Peterson went missing. Drew Peterson says the ruling is unbelievable. Peterson has denied any involvement in either case and he has not been charged with wrongdoing. He has been named as a person of interest.

[IL] Death of Sgt.'s wife, Kathleen Savio was homicide (1)


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Thursday, February 21, 2008

[MA] Domestic assault charged Officer Smith moved to unpaid leave

Previous entry:
[MA] Officer Smith's $40 bail after dv assault and fleeing
A woman called police and said Smith threw her to the floor, has been verbally abusive and she feared for her safety. Smith fled... They used a police dog to find him... Officers seized two 12-gauge shotguns, a rifle, a .380-caliber pistol and ammunition... Bail was set at $40. Smith was told he needed a sober ride and ordered not to stay at his home for the rest of the night...

Officer on unpaid leave
Stoughton Journal, MA
By Jeff Mucciarone
Feb 21, 2008
[Excerpt] Stoughton Police Officer Brian Smith has been moved from paid administrative leave to unpaid leave. Smith, 41, was charged in a domestic assault incident last month at his home in West Bridgewater. Town Manager Mark Stankiewicz made the switch to unpaid leave Feb. 6. He was initially placed on paid leave Jan. 22. If charges against Smith are dismissed, he would receive his full back pay, Stankiewicz said. Smith was charged with assault and battery and intimidating a witness. Stankiewicz said he couldn’t comment further...