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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

[CA] 7 years after retired Deputy Hogan did what he did -

Michelle Morgan (Hogan) McFadden
March 7, 1997 – March 26, 2002

In March of 2002 retired Santa Clara Deputy John Hogan timed his arrival at his ex-wife's house to be while she was out jogging. He entered the house - no one is sure how - he left a multi-page list about his bitter life on a bathroom sink, then shot and killed Christine McFadden's 3 children from a previous marriage - Melanie, Stuart, & Stanley Willis. Last he shot his own 5 year old daughter Michelle Hogan, and himself.

Stuart Richard Willis
August 31, 1987 – March 26, 2002

It was mentioned in news articles that he knew exactly how to kill them all quickly - exactly where to shoot. His moodiness and explosive temper are mentioned in those articles, a past protection order against him, fear of him, and his new profession as a private investigator - details repeated so often in this blog.

Over and over again.
Stanley Edward Willis
July 19, 1986 – March 26, 2002

And of course there is the "nobody saw this coming" and "no one could have known"... but there was voiced concern that he might harm himself - not the children. He loved his daughter Michelle, they say. He had access to her five days a week and alternating weekends. He didn't have to pay child support. He took little Michelle fishing and had a collage of her on top of his computer.

I will say, for the future what I have repeatedly said in the past - that any man you know that you think is capable of killing himself - consider him able to take others with him.

Could this have been prevented? I can't imagine a way.
He didn't warn anyone.
He used his stealth.

Melanie Lorraine Willis
November 14, 1984 - March 26, 2002

If you want to know more about this tragedy, here is the link to a Google search.

A couple of things:


Tom Willis, the dad of the three oldest murdered children is clinging to his faith - and hopes to forgive John Hogan one day. He is grateful that his children were Christians
FATHER CLINGS TO FAITH - CHURCH HEARS SOBERING TESTIMONY ON SLAIN CHILDREN
The Modesto Bee
Chris Togneri
Monday, June 23, 2003
...Without his faith, Tom Willis said he would not have been able to handle the loss of his children. "From the moment that I got the news, what I clung to was that my kids had known the Lord Jesus Christ... It's that hope that keeps me going. I can't imagine not being a Christian and going through this. I'd be on the floor... God has sustained me through this terrible crisis. Without God I would have a hopeless outlook. With God, I have hope"...
What the children's mother Christine McFadden has set up - The MSSM Scholarship:
Dedicated to serving the community as Melanie, Stanley, Stuart, and Michelle would have.

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Monday, March 30, 2009

[NJ] Vanaman's guilty plea - Admits he's a liar but still gets to say Barbara picked up a knife?

Millville Police Sgt. Robert Vanaman "surprised" folks today with a guilty to manslaughter plea - and there is no sign that anyone questions his rendition that Barbara PICKED UP A KNIFE before he "just lost it" and shot her twice. And nobody asks why the gun was in his hand. Nobody will be able to ask why twice? No one will be able to grill him about the wickedness of cutting her after he killed her. No one will be able to ask why the children were down the street when this happened, and the defense attorney has now been able to mumble, as they all shuffle out of the courtroom, that his client really did feel threatened by dangerous Barbara before he murdered her ( and lied and lied and lied for all these days, weeks, months, and years). The attorney can and did imply that

Vanaman was just a man afraid
rather than a killer.

NOBODY ASKS, after the months of lies rolled into years of lies - why anyone should BELIEVE Robert Vanaman.

I don't.
People think today he admitted the truth,
but all I smell are more self-serving lies.
...Robert Vanaman, during his question session with the court and his attorneys, grew red faced and teary eyed with his voice wavering at points....

Barbara didn't cry today in court.
She didn't contradict his story either.
Barbara - couldn't be there today.

How easy is it for others to walk away from murder charges - and just SHAVE a couple of decades off their sentence this way? Is it really this easy?

I understand Barbara's family agreeing to the plea, but my heart will always interpret this as justice left undone. Robert will still be cute when he gets out - not even old.

From the time Sgt. Vanaman shot Barbara, he was allowed for six months to refuse to talk to police, he was allowed to LIVE IN THE MURDER SCENE, his POLICE CHIEF TOLD HIM HE COULD RETURN TO WORK WHENEVER HE WAS FEELING UP TO IT, and and worst of all - back and forth - he was allowed to have and lie to the children.

Every mother that I have talked to that was in fear for her life has had one major fear - that her feared one can kill her and still have the children.

Children deserve truth when someone, anyone, murders their mother.

Now the past - how Barbara's life was stolen - will always be muddled and blurred with the interpretations of whoever's telling the story.

I release this for today, and lift a prayer for all of those involved.

To see previous entries on Barbara's murder click here.

VANAMAN MURDER TRIAL ENDS ABRUPTLY WITH GUILTY PLEA
The Press of Atlantic City
By John Martins Staff Writer, 856-794-5114
Monday, March 30, 2009
5:22 p.m. Update - BRIDGETON - Suspended Millville police officer Robert Vanaman admitted to a judge Monday afternoon that he wasn’t acting in self-defense when he shot his wife twice in the chest almost three years ago... “I lost it,” Vanaman said. “I over-reacted and I shot her two times.” Vanaman’s guilty plea came abruptly Monday afternoon as attorneys were preparing to begin another round of jury selection... Vanaman pleaded guilty to one second-degree count of manslaughter and one fourth-degree count of evidence tampering. He told Herman that he cut himself with the blade of the knife after he shot his wife. [Full article here]

VANAMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO KILLING WIFE
WMGM
Greg Browne ( gbrowne@nbc40.net )
3/30/09 11:10 pm
BRIDGETON---The murder trial was scheduled to get underway next Monday, but in a Cumberland County courtroom today, Robert Vanaman pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter in connection to the shooting death of his wife Barbara, in May 2006... "We're satisfied with the manslaughter plea," said Cumberland Co. Prosecutor, Ronald Casella, "....it was one that we discussed extensively with the family of the victim, they understood it and said that they were satisfied with it"... Today in front of the judge, Vanaman admitted that during a heated argument over "who was going to leave and who would stay with the children," "....she grabbed a steak knife," "....I lost it and shot her." Vanaman also pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence, admitting that after the shooting he took the knife and cut himself, in an attempt to show defensive wounds. Additionally it appears that the prosecution was going to introduce testimony that would show that Vanaman also made cuts on his wifes hands... [Full article here]
FORMER NJ COP PLEADS GUILTY TO MANSLAUGHTER
6ABC.COM
Monday, March 30, 2009
[Excerpts] ...The prosecutor tells Action News the family of Barbara Vanaman is pleased with the plea, saying they were concerned Vanaman would not be convicted of first degree murder. Sentencing is set for May 1st. Vanaman remains free on bail... Vanaman faces a maximum of 10 years in prison for manslaughter. A murder conviction could have meant 30 years to life. [Full article here]

VANAMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MANSLAUGHTER (WITH AUDIO)
The News of Cumberland County - nj.com
by Matt Dunn
Monday March 30, 2009, 3:13 PM
[Excerpts] ...Vanaman spoke in a soft voice as he confirmed this afternoon that he wished to enter a guilty plea. In accepting the guilty plea, he described what happened on May 11, 2006, the night his wife was shot and killed... "Barbara and I had a heated argument in the home. She grabbed a steak knife. I lost it. I overreacted and shot her two times," Vanaman said. "I knew that all shootings as a Millville police officer are investigated. I realized it was a stupid thing to do, (but) I picked up the broken blade of the knife and cut myself"... Vanaman was visibly and audibly upset. O'Neill placed his hand on his client's back. Vanaman told Superior Court Judge Martin Herman that he was making this plea of his own free will and was not coerced into pleading guilty.= "Are you in a clear mind?" Herman asked. "Absolutely, sir," Vanaman replied. Nodding in agreement as Herman spoke, Vanaman said he understood that he would have to serve 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole. First Assistant Prosecutor Ken Pagliughi said that he has requested the two sentences be serve consecutively. That could be a potential 11 1/2 years in prison... His sentencing is scheduled for April 27 at 9 a.m. Pagliughi asked that the sentencing be expedited, to which Vanaman's defense attorneys objected... Pagliughi said he was concerned because Vanaman was out on bail. His passport has been revoked. [Full article here]

VANAMAN TRIAL: SERGEANT PLEADS GUILTY TO MANSLAUGHTER, TAMPERING WITH EVIDENCE

thedailyjournal.com
March 30, 2009
[Excerpts] ...O'Neill said the offer to plead guilty was made because the "exposure" to a life sentence, if convicted, was too great given the duel of confilicting expert witnesses that would have ensued at trial... Robert Vanaman, during his question session with the court and his attorneys, grew red faced and teary eyed with his voice wavering at points. O'Neill said his client did feel threatened by Barbara Vanaman's action that day. [Full article here]

[TX] Officer Kidwell arrested for hitting his boyfriend

Department spokesman:
“I’ve never heard of anything like this… it comes as quite a surprise.”

DENTON POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED AFTER REPORTEDLY PUNCHING BOYFRIEND IN FACE
Denton Record-Chronicle
By Candace Carlisle
ccarlisle@dentonrc.com
March 29, 2009
[Excerpts] A Denton police officer was arrested Saturday morning after his boyfriend said the officer punched him in the face, a Denton County sheriff's spokesman said. Officer Todd Kidwell, 39, was charged with assault causes bodily injury, family violence, a Class A misdemeanor... Along with the sheriff’s office investigation, the Denton Police Department will conduct its own internal investigation, said Denton police Capt. Lenn Carter, a spokesman for the department. “The incident is being investigated,” Carter said. “What the department is concerned about is if any departmental policies or state law was broken. As far as his personal life is concerned, that is a private matter unless the behavior crosses those two policy or law lines”... Kidwell has been with the Denton Police Department for 19 years... “I’ve never heard of anything like this…it comes as quite a surprise,” Carter said. According to the State Bar of Texas Web site, the penalty for the misdemeanor is confinement in jail for up to one year and a fine of up to $4,000... [Full article here]

[FL] Deputy Ferguson's wife doesn't want him charged for punk-hitting her face while she was sleeping

...“She claims that Mr. Ferguson has committed violence to her in the past,” the release states. “She asked not to proceed with charges"... She had a cut on her upper lip and bruising and swelling to her forehead and nose...

OKEECHOBEE COUNTY DETENTION DEPUTY ARRESTED
Reported by: WPTV staff
Email: webteam@wptv.com
Last Update: 3/26 11:30 am
[Excerpts] Just after midnight this morning the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office was called to the Raulerson Hospital ER for domestic dispute. The Sheriff's Office reports that the victim [AF] was in the ER [in] reference to a cut to her upper lip and she also had bruising and swelling of the forehead and nose. Ms. Ferguson told the deputy who responded that there was a domestic dispute between her and her husband, Eric Scott Ferguson. The victim claims that Eric Ferguson approached her as she lay in bed and struck her in the face with the palm of his hand causing the injuries to her face... Prior to his employment at the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office, Mr. Ferguson was employed with the Florida Department of Corrections from April 1989 to February 2007. [Full article here]

DETENTION DEPUTY ACCUSED OF PUNCHING WIFE
Woman Says Husband Punched Her As She Lay In Bed

WPBF
POSTED: 4:12 pm EDT March 24, 2009
[Excerpts] An Okeechobee County detention deputy has been placed on administrative leave without pay after he was arrested Tuesday, accused of punching his wife while she slept... A deputy responding to a domestic dispute call interviewed April Ferguson at an area hospital's emergency room ... [AF] said her husband had been violent with her in the past, but did not want to press charges. She had a cut on her upper lip and bruising and swelling to her forehead and nose... [Full article here]

OKEECHOBEE COUNTY DETENTION DEPUTY PLACED ON LEAVE AFTER ALLEGED BATTERY ON WIFE

Treasure Coast
By Will Greenlee
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
[Excerpt] ...“She claims that Mr. Ferguson has committed violence to her in the past,” the release states. “She asked not to proceed with charges.” Ferguson, a former state Department of Corrections employee, was arrested and taken to the county jail.He will be placed on unpaid administrative leave pending an internal investigation. [Full article here]

[NY] Officer Kyle Hunter arrested after stealing his girlfriend's car

...Without going into details, Police Chief Mark Chaires says this isn't the first time Hunter has been in trouble. He's now suspended for thirty days without pay and Chaires tells us that could become permanent...

ANOTHER SCHENECTADY COP ARRESTED
WNYT
By: Subrina Dhammi
03/29/2009
[Excerpts] Schenectady Police Officer Kyle Hunter was arrested Friday. He's accused of taking his girlfriend's car without permission. This comes less than a week after the mayor met with the attorney general about possibly disbanding the department altogether. Officer Hunter is accused of driving off in his girlfriend's car as she told him to stop. "Additionally she called him up and asked him to return the vehicle and he responded with a pretty obnoxious and profane response basically saying I'm not bringing it back," said Schenectady Police Chief Mark Chaires... He says officers went searching for Hunter, and found him several hours later. He was arrested and spent the night in the police lock up... Earlier this week Schenectady Mayor Brian Stratton said he's talking with State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo about dissolving the police department altogether. Chief Chaires says the department is making progress and there are some terminations coming up... [Full article here]

VIDEO

SCHENECTADY'S COP WOES GROW BY 1 Officer faces charges in incident involving girlfriend's car
Times Union
By David Filkins
March 29, 2009
[Excerpts] One day after Mayor Brian U. Stratton was blasted for proposing the trouble-plagued city police department be replaced by a county agency, a city patrolman was taken into custody for allegedly taking his girlfriend's car without her permission. When Patrolman Kyle Hunter was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle Friday night, he joined a long list of Electric City officers on the wrong end of the law... Chief Mark Chaires said Hunter already was under internal investigation for alleged abuse of extended sick leave and other violations. He also once lost his service weapon and "took his sweet time informing us that he'd lost something that could kill someone," Chaires said. "They found it in a Dumpster or something like that," Stratton said... "He's in line to be terminated," Chaires said. "No question about that. He will not be here." The chief extended that message to any officer found guilty of wrongdoing. "We're cleaning house"... [Full article here]

VIDEO


SCHENECTADY POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED
FOX23
Cait McVey CaitlinMcVey@fox23news.com
3/29 2:09 pm
...Without going into details, Police Chief Mark Chaires says this isn't the first time Hunter has been in trouble. He's now suspended for thirty days without pay and Chaires tells us that could become permanent. "We will proceed forward with a disciplinary hearing and we will tell them to consider termination given all factors considered," says Chaires... For now, Chief Chaires says the department is trying to turn itself around. "Contrary to what people are saying, we are holding people accountable," says Chaires. "We are disciplining people, we are suspending people. We are processing for termination where it's appropriate." [Full article here]

[Georgia] Sherri Poole Joyner is telling everyone who will listen


Sherri Poole Joyner

"Can someone please tell me how a man with repeated domestic and family violence issues tries to kill me and the grand juries in Jenkins County Georgia not indict him?...Is it because Gregory Paul McGahee’s son is a police officer in Brooklet? His name is Jonathan McGahee. Jonathan is good buddies with the district attorney on this case..."


Sherri gives a link below to the photos of her beaten face. She is going all out on this. Her contact info is below.

Please click to see this narrative from the police report larger




From: Sisters of Domestic Violence
http://www.myspace.com/sistersofdomesticviolence
To: Officer-involved domestic violence fatalities
Date: Mar 25, 2009 6:44 PM
SUBJECT: HERE IS JUST SOME OF WHAT I AM GOING THROUGH...

To whom it may concern: Can someone please tell me how a man with repeated domestic and family violence issues tries to kill me and the grand juries in Jenkins County Georgia not indict him? Were they deaf? Were they dumb? Were they blind? Or was it that I just wasn’t given a fair shake? Is it because Gregory Paul McGahee’s son is a police officer in Brooklet? His name is Jonathan McGahee. Jonathan is good buddies with the district attorney on this case. I have been told over and over that he would get away with it because his son is a cop. The district attorney emailed Gregs subpoena to his son Jonathan. When he did that, Greg called me to gloat. “My son is good buddies with the DA, I’m not worried. I know I will get off.” There is a definite conflict of interest here in this case. I WANT THIS INVESTIGATED—PROPERLY... I spent 3 days in the hospital and he spent 7 in jail. I carried a bruised face for nearly 5 months. We have photos, EMT reports, the arresting officer’s statement, hospital records and even his very own confession. He started off beating me with a pipe and then tortured me for over an hour. His father, both of his brothers and himself all have been in jail repeatedly for domestic violence issues. I was not allowed to speak other than answering a few questions. I was always stopped by the short red haired fellow with the district attorneys office. I was never given a chance. You can believe the conspiracy was there. My only bad choice in this would be that I let him move back in after the incident. Just like 99% of all victims do. I loved him. He used that to his advantage. He used my own love against me. Greg retired from the Army in 2002. He moved his German wife and their 2 year old daughter back to Statesboro Georgia. Just nine months later he beat his wife so severely with a belt, that safe haven put her and their daughter on a plane back to Germany. They have not been seen since. The charges were dismissed because she didn’t show for court-uh, of course not she was in another country. I have a huge compilation of evidence that proves beyond a reasonable doubt of his past and present violence. A lot of it in his own handwriting. Any of the evidence alone should have been enough for an indictment. So, then why was he not indicted? I was told by safe haven that it was because the way the district attorney presented the case. I guess since the district attorney and Jonathan, (Greg’s son who is a cop) are the good friend is why it was done like it was. Dirty. I have rights and they have been violated. I was not given a fair shake to even try to tell my side. Now, they are acting like I have done something to him. How sickening is that? This guy is retired special forces (green beret).Anyone who has ever dealt with this kind of situation knows what I am talking about. I know exactly how the Brown’s and Goldman families felt when they found O.J Simpson not guilty. Abused, tortured and mentally raped all over again. I was told by a district attorney investigator to just let it go. I refuse to take this lying down. It is not an option. I will go until we hit the Supreme Court. It does not matter to me. I will do everything in my power to see that he never puts another woman in that kind of living hell ever again. I still have physical and mental issues stemming from this case. I will have for years to come. He has walked away ever time he put his hands on a woman unscathed. I refuse to be the only one to suffer. Nothing I could have ever done would have warranted a beating like I took. He is a trained killer. Trained by our government to protect our country, not to use his hand to hand combat skills on them. I have some of the pictures, police reports and other documentation is posted on MySpace.

Type in this URL- http://www.myspace.com/specialone2u Click on pics and go to the GREGORY PAUL MCGAHEE album. What defines domestic violence? Did I have to die before they would indict him? Is someone else going to be as lucky as I was to make it out alive? If anyone wants to contact me the information is as follows. I am on disability with a brain tumor. So financially it’s almost impossible to hire an attorney but I will continue to work on things as best I can. I need your help. This matter needs investigated. I want a fair trial and I want to file civil suit against GREGORY PAUL MCGAHEE and his resources. Do I have to just deal with this “good ole boy” mentality in this hick town? Those who aren’t unfortunate enough to know him will figure him out. God, I hope it’s not too late when they do. I need help legal help.

Sherri Poole Joyner
Email- confederate_decendant@yahoo.com
Or- lightfightersgirl@yahoo.com





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[FL] Officer Olenchak accused of raping a FAMILY MEMBER next to his drugged "zombie" wife

Officer Stephen Kenneth Olenchak

2 DAVIE POLICE OFFICERS ARRESTED
Men Charged In Separate Cases
Just News
March 27, 2009
[Excerpts] Two Davie police officers have been arrested in the last eight days in connection with separate incidents. Stephen Olenchak, 34, a 12-year veteran of the Davie police force, was arrested Thursday. He faces charges of sexual battery on a person over 12 years old... Olenchak's wife told police that her husband had on several occasions fondled a girl in their home, once allegedly drugging her... Olenchak has been released on bond... [Full article here]

DAVIE POLICE OFFICER ACCUSED OF RAPING WOMAN NEXT TO SLEEPING WIFE
Victim says officer's wife was present, 'looked like a zombie'
South Florida Sun Sentinel
Rafael A. Olmeda
March 27, 2009
[Excerpts] A Davie police officer has been charged with two counts of rape for allegedly attacking a woman in bed while his wife lay asleep next to them... According to the complaint, Olenchak got his wife a Crystal Light soft drink before bedtime, and she fell asleep "earlier than usual." Olenchak then got the victim something to drink. Coyne said police are investigating whether drugs were used in the drinks. The victim said that while the sexual assault was taking place, Olenchak's wife got up and went to the bathroom, but she "looked like a zombie," the report states... [Full article here]
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[FL] Davie Police Officer Getejanc accused of gun to pregnant new wife's head

 TWO ALLEGED INCIDENTS:

...GETEJANC, WHO WAS IN UNIFORM, GRABBED HER, WRAPPED HIS RIGHT FOREARM AROUND HER NECK AND THREW HER TO THE GROUND, THE REPORT STATES...

...HE THEN PULLED OUT HIS SIG SAUER .45 PISTOL AND PRESSED THE GUN AGAINST THE LEFT SIDE OF HER HEAD, POLICE SAID. "SAY ONE MORE F---ING WORD AND I WILL SHOOT YOU" GETEJANC TOLD HER, ACCORDING TO THE REPORT...


DAVIE OFFICER ACCUSED OF THREATENING PREGNANT WIFE
Miami Herald
JOSE PAGLIERY jpagliery@MiamiHerald.com
03.27.09
A Davie police officer was arrested in February after he allegedly pressed his pistol against his pregnant wife's head during an argument, police said. Vally Getejanc, a 25-year-old policeman, was charged with aggravated assault and was relieved of duty until further notice... Getejanc's pregnant wife, 25-year-old Sheena Banks, accused her husband of threatening her life after an argument at their Davie home on Feb. 3... Getejanc entered the room shortly after and demanded that she close the door properly. When she refused, he turned around and reached down to his duty belt, which was lying on the floor. He then pulled out his Sig Sauer .45 pistol and pressed the gun against the left side of her head, police said. "Say one more f---ing word and I will shoot you" Getejanc told her, according to the report... Getejanc was arrested on Feb. 27 by Davie police officer Patricia Charboneau. The next day, he was released on $1,000 bond... [Full article here]

DAVIE COP ARRESTED ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGE
South Florida Sun Sentinel, FL
By Rafael A. Olmeda
March 27, 2009
[Excerpts] A Davie police officer is facing aggravated assault charges after his wife accused him of throwing her to the ground in one incident and holding his gun to her head during another, police said today... According to arrest records released Friday, police were called to Getejanc's home on the 1200 block of Nob Hill Road on Feb. 27. There they spoke to Getejanc's pregnant, 25-year-old wife, who had married Getejanc just four days earlier, according to an arrest record. The two had been in a relationship for six months, and she has been pregnant for five... The woman told investigators that she and her husband argued about why she had spent so much time at an afternoon visit at her mother's house, and Getejanc, who was in uniform, grabbed her, wrapped his right forearm around her neck and threw her to the ground, the report states. She ran off to call 911. When officers arrived, she told them what happened, and Getejanc was charged with aggravated battery on a pregnant woman. She also told police about an earlier argument that took place before she and Getejanc got married. During that Feb. 3 argument, police said, Getejanc pulled out his duty weapon, a .45 caliber handgun, and held against the victim's head... [Full article here]
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[CT] Trooper Vera sentenced to some dv classes after pleading "No Contest"

CONN. TROOPER PLEADS NO CONTEST IN ASSAULT CASE
Hartford Courant
March 28, 2009
[Excerpts] A state trooper has pleaded "no contest" after he was accused of storming into an ex-girlfriend's house in Groton and threatening her boyfriend with a gun. Paul Vera of Waterford was charged with second degree breach of peace and third degree criminal mischief, both misdemeanors. A judge ordered Vera to attend 26 sessions of an anti-domestic violence program. If he doesn't complete the program, he could be sentenced to six months in prison... [Full article here]

TROOPER PLEADS NO CONTEST
The Day
3/28/2009
...[State trooper Paul T.] Vera, 44, of Waterford pleaded “nolo contendere” to second-degree breach of peace and third-degree criminal mischief during a recent appearance in New London Superior Court... Vera was charged with barging into his former girlfriend's apartment and pointing a gun at her boyfriend. A 22-year veteran of the state police, he was placed on administrative duty following the incident [Full article here]

A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO:

STATE TROOPER JAILED
[TOPIX] Norwich Bulletin (CT)
Greg Smith
Jan 31, 2009
Veteran state police trooper Paul Vera was arraigned Friday after being accused of barging in on his ex-girlfriend and a man while they were in bed together and threatening them... According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Groton Town Police received a 911 call at 5:17 a.m. Nov. 9 from George Lopez who reported Vera had kicked in the bedroom door at the home of Amy Branchaud on Michelle Lane in Groton... Lopez said Vera was dressed in “full battle rattle,” with dark fatigues and holding a handgun pointed at his groin... In a second interview with police, Branchaud said Vera had come to her apartment at night in the past and used the sliding glass door. She also said she was suspicious of Lopez’s version of the events of that night since he told her “they could each win $12 million dollars,” in a lawsuit against the state. [Full article here]

TROOPER CHARGED WITH THREATENING
Connecticut Post (Bridgeport, CT)
Saturday, January 31, 2009
[Excerpts] Authorities say a Connecticut state trooper has been arraigned on charges of barging into an ex-girlfriend's bedroom in Groton and threatening her new boyfriend with a gun... Prosecutors say Vera kicked in the door, pointed his gun at the man and yelled profanities at his ex-girlfriend before leaving. Court records indicate he told police he did not know she was seeing another man, and that he entered the apartment because he was worried for her safety when he heard sexual activity inside [Full article here]
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Friday, March 27, 2009

[WA] Protection order against Officer Peter Leutz is not Seattle Police concern?

...The woman-who works with the US Attorney's office-says the officer has physically intimidated her and sent her threatening text messages, including one that read, "The games have begun now, have fun"...

PROTECTION ORDER FILED AGAINST SEATTLE POLICE OFFICER
The Stranger
Posted by Jonah Spangenthal-Lee
Friday, March 27, 2009
A King County Superior Court commissioner has granted a Lynnwood woman a temporary protection order against her husband, a Seattle Police Department officer. According a court filing, the couple separated two weeks ago. Since then, the woman says the officer has exhibited "intimidating" behavior and that his "statements and actions are becoming increasingly more erratic and unpredictable"... The woman-who works with the US Attorney's office-says the officer has physically intimidated her and sent her threatening text messages, including one that read, "The games have begun now, have fun." The woman also claims the officer told her he would "stop paying any bills and see that [the woman and her 4-year-old son]…were homeless... He is very aware of how far he can go before he could 'get in trouble'. I feel that he uses that knowledge to intimidate me," the woman wrote in her filing. The officer has been with SPD for five years, and was previously involved in the shooting of a 13-year-old boy in the Central District, after the teen pulled out a cell phone, which the officer believed was a gun... Seattle Police Department spokesman Sean Whitcomb says the department is aware of the protection order and is monitoring the situation. "At this point and time, this appears to be strictly civil and we are not taking any action," Whitcomb says. On Monday, Seattle Police officer Scott Moss was charged with assaulting his wife in their home near Sammamish. According to a statistics from the National Center for Women and Policing, domestic violence occurs at least 40% of law enforcement families. [Full article here]

[ME] Officer Raymond arrested for domestic violence stalking

ELIOT POLICE OFFICER CHARGED WITH STALKING
seacoastonline.com
By Deborah McDermott
March 27, 2009 5:46 PM
[Excerpts] A six-year veteran of the Eliot Police Department was arrested on a charge of domestic violence stalking Friday afternoon, 12 days after he was put on administrative leave in connection with the incident... Eliot Police Chief Theodor Short said he was "made aware of this situation on Saturday night and after interviewing the victim, a woman that Raymond once dated, he was relieved from duty when he came to work Sunday evening (March 15)"... The chief said he turned the investigation over to state police on March 16, the same day he launched an internal investigation into allegations of police department policy and criminal violations... "There's still documents we need to get, witnesses we need to interview. We're looking for more information"... [Full article here]
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[US] U.S. Border Patrol Agent Derrick Hernandez SWAT standoff after domestic assault on his wife

Border agent charged with family violence after standoff
El Paso Times
Adriana M. Chavez
Posted: 03/26/2009 12:00:00 AM MDT
[Excerpt] Police arrested a U.S. Border Patrol agent Wednesday after he allegedly assaulted his wife and then barricaded himself in their apartment. They identified the suspect as Derrick Hernandez, 26, of the Lake Fairway Apartments in the 1600 block of Lomaland. Officer Chris Mears said police found Hernandez's wife outside the apartment about 3:15 a.m. She said that she left after Hernandez assaulted her and that he was alone inside. Hernandez initially refused to answer the door or speak with officers, Mears said. Officers on police radios said they believed Hernandez had his service weapon and a pellet gun, and was threatening to kill himself. SWAT and hostage negotiations teams were called, and residents of several nearby apartments were evacuated as a precaution. Hernandez surrendered after almost four hours. Police arrested him on suspicion of assault causing bodily injury and family violence... [Full article here]
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[NJ] DA: Evidence suggests Sgt. Vanaman cut slain Barbara's hands AFTER he shot her

VANAMAN MAY HAVE CUT WIFE'S HANDS
The Press of Atlantic City
By JOHN MARTINS Staff Writer, 856-794-5114
Published: Thursday, March 26, 2009
[Excerpts] BRIDGETON - The prosecutor arguing the state's murder case against a suspended Millville police officer revealed in court Wednesday that evidence suggests Sgt. Robert Vanaman cut his wife's hands in the moments after he shot her. First Assistant Prosecutor Ken Pagliughi said state Medical Examiner Dr. Lyla Perez is scheduled to testify about the significance of the "bloodless cuts" she observed on Barbara Vanaman's hands during the slain woman's autopsy... According to Pagliughi, the cuts were bloodless because Barbara Vanaman's blood pressure had already dropped considerably from the bleeding caused by the two bullet wounds in her chest... [LINK to full article] [police officer involved domestic violence law enforcement fatality fatalities murder ]

[GA] Peach County Sheriff's Dept. lead Criminal Investigator, Councilman, husband, father of three, Cpt. Cordel Jackson


Captain Cordel Jackson - who was head investigator for the Criminal Investigations Division of the Peach County Sheriff’s Office - was found in “his private vehicle and was wearing civilian clothes.”

Jackson was a husband and father of three.

“I had known him for about 20 years, and I can say that he never exhibited any of these tendencies that would lead anyone to think he could do this...”

Deacon Cordel Jackson
The Telegraph
3/25/2009
[Excerpts] Deacon Cordel Jackson, age 51, passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2009 at the Peach Regional Medical Center. Cordel was a 1976 graduate of D.F. Douglas High School, Montezuma, GA, being dedicated to the service for mankind, Cordel was employed as Captain of Investigations with Peach County Sheriff Department. -He was elected as city counsel for the city of Montezuma in 1996 to the present; Cordel was an ordained deacon of Magnolia Baptist Church. -Survivors: his loving and devoted wife... children...grandchildren... mother... siblings... [Full article here]

Man who served as Montezuma councilman, Peach sheriff's investigator buried
Macon Telegraph
By Becky Purser - bpurser@macon.com
Mar. 27, 2009
[Excerpts] Montezuma City Councilman and Peach County sheriff’s Capt. Cordel Jackson, 51, was laid to rest Thursday at Champ Waters Cemetery in Montezuma. Jackson, head of investigations for the sheriff’s office since 2005, died March 21 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound... “Cordel was one of those people who never met a stranger,” said Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese... A career law enforcement officer, Jackson first worked for the Montezuma Police Department. He joined the Peach County Sheriff’s Office in April 1986... [Full article here]

Montezuma City Councilman shoots self in chest

Funeral services planned for 11 a.m. Thursday
The Americus Times-Recorder
Becky Holland
Published March 25, 2009
[Excerpts] An air of sadness has filled Montezuma City Hall as elected and non-elected staff members mourn the loss of City Councilman Cordel Jackson, 51. Jackson, who was a husband and father of three, was discovered some time around 5 p.m. on Saturday on James Khoury Boulevard in Peach County by two passersby... Jackson, who had served as a captain and investigator with the Peach County Sheriff’s Office, had been in “his private vehicle and was wearing civilian clothes.” As for the reasoning behind the suicide, Rooks couldn’t answer, though he did say, “The sheriff (Terry W. Deese) told me that Cordel had been suffering from depression for the last few weeks.” Rooks continued, “Cordel was a real asset to this community and will really be missed.” He said, “I had known him for about 20 years, and I can say that he never exhibited any of these tendencies that would lead anyone to think he could do this. He was always very helpful and friendly”... Roy Barker, a fellow Montezuma City Councilman, said simply, “He was a good man... Cordel was sort of a blunt person, and he told you what he thought, but there wasn’t anything wrong with that... He made you think and challenged you to stand up for what was right... He was always willing to help people.” Camille Bielby, Downtown Development manager, said, “Cordel Jackson was an amazing supporter. Sometimes, it took some convincing, but once he understood the mission, he was behind you 100 percent”... [Full article here]

Man who served as Montezuma councilman, Peach sheriff's investigator buried
macon.com
By Becky Purser - bpurser@macon.com
Mar. 27, 2009
[Excerpts] Montezuma City Councilman and Peach County sheriff’s Capt. Cordel Jackson, 51, was laid to rest Thursday at Champ Waters Cemetery in Montezuma... “Cordel was one of those people who never met a stranger,” said Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese. Peach County sheriff’s Capt. Kenny Cameron said Jackson was a trusted friend who was always ready to help and saw the best in people... [Full article here]

Thursday, March 26, 2009

[CT] Stamford Officer Greer arrested after domestic, "personal issue"

24-YEAR VETERAN STAMFORD POLICE OFFICER DONALD GREER HAS BEEN ARRESTED ON CHARGES OF THREATENING AND DISORDERLY CONDUCT. IT WAS A DOMESTIC "INCIDENT" AND HE WAS RELEASED WITHOUT HAVING TO PAY BAIL - ON A "PROMISE TO APPEAR." HE'S SUSPENDED - WITHOUT HIS WEAPON OR BADGE. STAMFORD POLICE SPOKESPERSON LT. SEAN COONEY SAID THAT THE DETAILS ARE A PERSONAL ISSUE.

Veteran Stamford police officer suspended after arrest
Stamford Advocate
By Jeff Morganteen
03/26/2009 06:06:48 PM EDT
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[OK] Officer Dominguez arrested on armed dv assault & threat to kill self, girlfriend, and their child complaint

OKLAHOMA CITY POLICE OFFICER DANIEL DOMINGUEZ WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED INTO JAIL TUESDAY ON A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COMPLAINT AGAINST HIM.

HE IS ACCUSED OF TAKING HIS GUN OUT OF IT'S HOLSTER,

ASSAULTING HIS GIRLFRIEND WITH IT,

AND THEN THREATENING TO KILL

HIMSELF,

HIS GIRLFRIEND,

AND

THEIR SEVEN YEAR OLD DAUGHTER

WHO WAS ALSO

PRESENT.

HE WAS RELEASED WEDNESDAY ON HIS OWN RECOGNIZANCE. PHOTOS WERE TAKEN OF THE GIRLFRIEND'S INJURY.


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OKC OFFICER ARRESTED FOR ABUSE
KSBI 52, OK
Mar 25, 2009
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OKLAHOMA CITY POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED ON ABUSE COMPLAINT
NewsOK.com, OK
By Robert Medley
March 26, 2009
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

[NY] Linda Curley has been heard. Ex-Officer Curley is convicted.

..."He started banging my head on the floor as if to accentuate what he was saying," she said... James Curley, 44, of Suffern, N.Y., in the summer of 2006 told his estranged wife on multiple occasions he was going to kill her... Testimony also was given about the GPS tracking device which James Curley is charged with putting in Linda Curley's car... The Town Board fired Curley last year after a hearing but a state judge rescinded the decision based on technical errors...

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WIFE SAYS EX-RAMAPO COP VIOLENT FOR YEARS
The Journal News
By Timothy O'Connor
March 10, 2009
[Excerpts] The estranged wife of a former Ramapo police officer said yesterday that she endured years of abuse at his hands. Linda Curley, 40, testified during the first day of the federal domestic violence trial of James Curley, 44, that she feared for her life... "I really, really think he's going to kill me," Linda Curley said to a Ramapo police sergeant during a call in July 2006 after she reported being followed by her husband in a car. A recording of that call was played for a federal jury in White Plains yesterday... James Curley returned home to their apartment one night in 1991 after a night out drinking. He was angry with her - she said he angered easily over minor incidents. He threw her down on a wood floor, she said. "He started banging my head on the floor as if to accentuate what he was saying," she said... [Full article here]

JAMES CURLEY HAS EXPERIENCED MUCH SUCCESS IN LEGAL MATCHES AGAINST RAMAPO FOR NEARLY TWO DECADES.
Completely Legal - http://completelylegal.lohudblogs.com/
Posted by Rebecca Baker
Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 at 10:51 am
[Excerpts] He’s been on disability leave from the police department with full pay and benefits for most of the past 19 years... Curley could face a disciplinary hearing after the criminal trial as town officials and ranking police officials look to fire him from the police department. A criminal conviction means automatic dismissal, though he could always file a lawsuit. Curley has been held in federal custody since June “as a danger to the community and as a “flight risk” on orders from Robinson. The judge’s no-bail decision came after he viewed a DVD provided by federal prosecutors that showed Curley fleeing New Jersey police officers trying to arrest him, with one officer getting hurt... The Town Board fired Curley last year after a hearing but a state judge rescinded the decision based on technical errors... The pending disciplinary charges involves issues with his wife and violating department policy. He also faces disciplinary charges from his arrest in New Jersey... Curley has claimed he could have returned to work at some point in the 1990s but town officials didn’t want him back. [Full article here]

STALKING CASE AGAINST FORMER RAMAPO COP CONTINUES
By The Journal News
Steve Lieberman
March 16, 2009
[Excerpts] ...Linda Curley's demeanor went from happy and cheerful to nervous and jumpy after her husband James Curley, a former Ramapo police officer, filed for divorce in July 2006, according to their day-care provider... [The daycarae director] said that after the papers were filed, Linda Curley said she feared for her life, that her husband had been verbally and at times physically abusive. "She told me she was afraid he was going to kill her, and that if she disappeared, it was probably him," Debellis said, testifying that Linda Curley told her she had been afraid to go to the police because her husband was a police officer. Testimony also was given about the GPS tracking device which James Curley is charged with putting in Linda Curley's car. He maintains he put the device in her car because he thought she was having an affair and wanted to get evidence for the divorce case. The prosecution showed that James Curley and Edward Holland checked the GPS information online. Holland had ordered the tracking device and its computer software for James Curley. The trial will continue this afternoon, with the prosecution planning to show video of James Curley's arrest... [Full article here] t['

FORMER RAMAPO POLICE OFFICER FOUND GUILTY OF STALKING ESTRANGED WIFE
by The Star-Ledger
Friday March 20, 2009, 2:00 PM
[Excerpts] A former Ramapo police officer was found guilty Thursday on two counts of stalking and one count of violating a protection order when he harassed his estranged wife and threatened to kill her in 2006, according to the U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of New York. Authorities said James Curley, 44, of Suffern, N.Y., in the summer of 2006 told his estranged wife on multiple occasions he was going to kill her. According to authorities, Curley told his estranged wife on one occasion he would leave her in a pool of her own blood, and on another occasion told her he had found place to kill her where no one could hear her scream. Curley faces a maximum of 15 years for all three counts and is scheduled to be sentenced on June 25... The sentence came after an eight day trial in White Plains, N.Y., before United States District Judge Stephen C. Robinson. [Full article here]
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Monday, March 23, 2009

[IN] Accusation of Officer Kennedy's "domestic battery" sounds more like attempted murder

...Kennedy threw a woman to the floor, kneeled on her and choked her with one hand while covering her mouth with the other...

VALPO OFFICER CHARGED WITH DOMESTIC ABUSE

Munster Times
By Bob Kasarda bob.kasarda@nwi.com,
Monday, March 23, 2009
A Valparaiso police patrolman was arrested early Saturday and accused of battery. Porter County Police said Paul Kennedy threw a woman to the floor, kneeled on her and choked her with one hand while covering her mouth with the other. Porter County police responded to Kennedy's Center Township home at 1 a.m. Saturday, where he was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. Valparaiso police spokesman Sgt. Michael Grennes said an internal investigation is underway, and is being carried out by the assistant chief. Kennedy has been on medical leave since the start of the year, Grennes said. Police officers in the state are required to undergo four hours of training each year on how to respond to domestic violence cases, said Porter County Deputy Prosecutor Tammy Gregg. Gregg, who serves as domestic violence supervisor for the office, offered training last Wednesday, but said Kennedy did not take part in that particular class. Some departments offer their own classes, she said. [Full article here]
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[IN] Deputy Bagwell's porn turned in by his wife. Sheriff Wright FIRES him.

...[Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Deputy Chad] Bagwell was fired Thursday evening after admitting to possessing and viewing between 500 and 1,000 images of child pornography... Wright said Bagwell's admission was taken after the lie detector test...



SPARTANBURG SHERIFF’S OFFICE: DEPUTY FIRED AFTER WIFE TURNS HIM IN FOR CHILD PORN

WSPA
March 20, 2009
Spartanburg County Sheriff’s office tells our sister station, WSPA News Channel 7, that one of their deputies has been fired the deputy admitted to possession and viewing of child pornography. Chad Bagwell was terminated from the department... SLED is now investigating. The sheriff’s office says the deputy’s wife came forward with the evidence... Bagwell has not yet been charged with any crime [Full article here]

SPA. SHERIFF: DEPUTY FIRED AFTER ADMITTING TO POSSESSION OF CHILD PORN
WSPA
By Jonathan Carlson
March 20, 2009
The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s office says, now former deputy Chad Bagwell has been terminated from the department. Sheriff Chuck Wright says he admitted to SLED, to the possession and viewing of child pornography. Deputies say the evidence was a disk that contained images of children engaged in sex acts... Bagwell had been with the department since 2002, and had worked for other Upstate police agencies as well... The sheriff’s office says the deputy’s wife came forward with the evidence more than a week ago, after finding the disk... [Full article here]
DEPUTY FIRED OVER ALLEGATIONS OF CHILD PORN ON HIS COMPUTER
Spartanburg Herald Journal
Alex C. Hicks Jr./alex.hicks@shj.com
March 21, 2009 at 7:12 a.m.
[Excerpts] Subjects taking a polygraph test usually aren't wearing a sheriff's badge. After doing so Thursday, it's quite possible Spartanburg County Deputy Chad Bagwell will not wear a badge again. Bagwell was fired Thursday evening after admitting to possessing and viewing between 500 and 1,000 images of child pornography, Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said Friday at a news conference. Wright said Bagwell's admission was taken after the lie detector test... Wright said Bagwell's wife delivered a floppy disk containing 40 'inappropriate images' of child pornography to the sheriff's office last week. 'I'm obviously going to investigate that,' Wright said. 'It's very upsetting. … We take an oath before God and everyone to uphold the law'... Bagwell and his wife have children together but have been separated for several months, Wright said, adding that the Bagwells' children would not be placed into protective custody because they live with their mother. Wright said deputies examined the floppy disk and in 37 of the 40 images, it was not possible to determine the ages of the children, but in three images it was 'really obvious' that the child engaged in a sexual act was not older than 10. 'It's just disturbing,' said Wright, adding that other deputies who learned about the situation Friday afternoon were 'just sick about it'... [Full article here]

[WA] Seattle Officer Moss arrested again - this time for assaulting, cutting wife

...He is accused of assaulting his wife... Moss' wife told them Moss had held her wrists during an argument and cut her hand with a kitchen knife...

SEATTLE OFFICER ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING WIFE
KIROTV
March 23, 2009
[Excerpts] A Seattle police officer was arrested early Saturday as part of an investigation of domestic violence assault. Officer Scott Moss once served as a Seattle Police Department spokesman. According to the King County Sheriff's Office, deputies arrested Moss at his Sammamish home at about 1:30 a.m. He is accused of assaulting his wife. A probable cause document said Moss held his wife's wrists during an argument and cut her right thumb with a kitchen knife. She did not require hospitalization, police said... [Full article here]

SEATTLE POLICE OFFICER SUSPECTED OF ASSAULT
KOMO
Mar 23, 2009
[Excerpts] A Seattle police officer was arrested by King County sheriff's deputies for allegedly assaulting a family member. Officer Scott Moss was booked into jail early Saturday morning for investigation of second-degree assault... Moss, who previously served as one of the department's public information officers, was also arrested in 2005 for investigation of driving under the influence. Moss has been with the department for 15 years and was most recently assigned to the Office of Professional Accountability, but Seattle police officials said in a statement that Moss was not responsible for conducting internal investigations... Seattle police officials say Moss' badge and gun will be seized upon his release from jail, and he will relieved of duty and then administratively reassigned. [Full article here]

SEATTLE OFFICER ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING WIFE
KOMO
Mar 23, 2009 at 9:11 AM PDT
Updated: Mar 23, 2009 at 4:06 PM PDT
[Excerpts] A Seattle police officer was accused of assaulting his wife was ordered Monday to have no contact with her... According to a police report, deputies were dispatched to the couple's Sammamish home where Moss' wife told them Moss had held her wrists during an argument and cut her hand with a kitchen knife... At his bail hearing Monday afternoon, a no-contact order was issued against Moss and instructed him not to consume alcohol... [Full article here]
From 2005:

SEATTLE POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED IN DUI

Seattle Times
By Sara Jean Green
April 30, 2005
[Excerpts] A Seattle Police Department spokesman has been temporarily reassigned after he was arrested by a state trooper earlier this month on suspicion of drinking and driving near Bremerton. On April 2 around 2 a.m., a trooper stopped Officer Scott Moss, who was driving 10 mph over the 35-mph speed limit on Kitsap Way, just outside the Bremerton city limits... The trooper noticed signs of alcohol use and asked Moss to perform field-sobriety tests. Moss' personal car was impounded, and he was taken to a local police station for a blood-alcohol test, but George could not say what the results were... Moss was later taken to a nearby residence and was released with a driving-under-the-influence (DUI) citation... Police spokeswoman Debra Brown declined to comment, other than to say Moss "is still working as an officer but has been temporarily assigned" to another unit. At the time of his citation, Moss was one of three public-information officers in the department's media office.... [Full article here]
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Ex-NYPD Officer Bowens had hit list, yet claims shootings were an accident

Catherine Donofrio
with Melissa Simmons

...Donofrio topped the cop's hit list, and Simmons was next, sources said...

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[NYPD] MANHUNT FOR RESIGNED NYPD JERRY BOWENS - EXECUTED EX-GIRLFRIEND, INJURED ANOTHER WOMAN - ...A woman identified as his girlfriend [Catherine Donofrio] was shot in the head and is dead, while the other woman [Melissa Simmons] remains hospitalized...

DIRTY EX-COP JERRY BOWENS: I 'ACCIDENTALLY' KILLED GIRLFRIEND CATHERINE DONOFRIO
Daily News
BY Scott Shifrel
March 20th 2009, 3:23 PM
[Excerpts] A jealous dirty ex-cop claimed he was "in a trance" and on the verge of suicide when he "accidentally" killed his girlfriend and wounded her best friend, it was revealed Friday. The chilling, self-serving statement was released as Jerry Bowens was arraigned on murder and other charges in the March 8 shooting of gal pal Catherine Donofrio and Melissa Simmons. "When I lifted up the gun, it accidentally went off, striking Catherine in the head," Jerry Bowens told investigators after he was arrested... Lawyer Wayne Bodden pleaded not guilty for Bowens and requested a mental examination for his client. Bowens' previous lawyer, Edward Mandery, was taken off the case after prosecutors said he was on a death list Bowens kept. When Donofrio was killed, Mandery had been representing Bowens in a drug scandal involving four other Brooklyn narcotics cops. Bowens pleaded guilty, was kicked off the force and was set to testify against his former colleagues when he went into a jealous rage at Simmons' apartment, cops said... "I remember seeing Melissa outside screaming about someone being shot in the building, but I didn't know who she was talking about," he said. Simmons miraculously survived despite being shot in the head... [Full article here]

PSYCHO EX-COP JERRY BOWENS PUT HIS OWN ATTORNEY ON 'HIT LIST'
Daily News
BY Scott Shifrel and Alison Gendar
March 18th 2009, 2:28 AM
[Excerpts] The lawyer for a dirty ex-cop accused of murder is off the case after his name was found on his client's hit list, sources said. Disgraced cop Jerry Bowens wasn't satisfied with the no-jail plea deal lawyer Edward Mandery got for him in an unrelated drug case, law enforcement sources said. Mandery's name was on a hit list Bowens had when he was arrested March 9 for killing his ex-girlfriend, Catherine Donofrio, 28, and wounding her friend, Melissa Simmons, on a March 8 rampage. Donofrio topped the cop's hit list, and Simmons was next, sources said. Two other exes were on Bowens' list, along with the NYPD Internal Affairs sergeant who probed drug charges against him and Mandery, who had negotiated the plea deal, police sources said. The last entry on Bowens' list: "Me"... Fellow cops said suspects always considered Bowens a rogue. They called him "Alonzo" after Denzel Washington's bad cop in the film "Training Day," said one cop. "That was his nickname long before any of this surfaced," he said. [Full article here]
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Sunday, March 22, 2009

[NC] AT COP CLUB, (RACIST?) OFFICER AHMED BLAKE ATTACKS GIRLFRIEND & WOMAN WHO TRIES TO HELP - HE'S NOT ARRESTED & GETS A 2 WEEK SUSPENDED SENTENCE

This officer is reported to have attacked two women and was not arrested that night.

[Excerpts] ....[Greensboro Police Officer Ahmed Joseph "AJ"] Blake’s two-week sentence will be suspended for three years... The assaults were said to have occurred as the party was ending... Blake allegedly hurls racial slurs at his Hispanic girlfriend. Does this make it a hate crime?... How many drunk police had their firearms that night? If a cop assaults his wife or girlfriend they are supposed to be arrested on the spot. There are no rules allowing anything else....

Sometimes I have to doubt myself. I went reading around the internet on this (dare I say drunken?) double assault, and I keep thinking "Am I understanding this?" Greensboro Officer Ahmed Joseph Blake attacks his girlfriend outside of the private Police Club at 4 in the morning - but the initial police report doesn't even mention her. It names as the only (#1) victim another woman - a 20 year criminal justice professional - who was attacked by Blake when she tried to intervene. And the police report says no alcohol was involved? Really? Who could think that? And the initial police report says simple assault instead of the required (and unconstitutional) "assault on a female"? Was the officer writing the report a friend of Blake's - or was that just the standard (and expected in Greensboro?) brotherhood courtesy?

Notice that Blake's girlfriend, her safety, her support - are not mentioned here.

I-SPY a police department sorely in need of a specific policy for handling officer-involved domestic violence - a policy to be followed.

CITY OFFICER FOUND GUILTY OF ASSAULT
Greensboro News Record, NC -
By Sonja Elmquist sonja.elmquist@news-record.com
Saturday, March 21
A Greensboro police officer was found guilty of two counts of assault on a female Friday in Guilford County District Court. In delivering his verdict, Chief District Court Judge Joseph Turner said he also was disappointed in the police leaders at the party for allowing the apparently alcohol-fueled assaults to take place. “Reluctantly and sadly, I find you guilty on both charges,” Turner said to officer A.J. Blake. Blake was accused of grabbing, pushing and kicking his girlfriend and of grabbing another officer’s girlfriend by her neck. The party, attended mainly by police and their spouses or dates, was held Jan. 16 at the Greensboro Police Club... The assaults were said to have occurred as the party was ending early Jan. 17. Blake’s two-week sentence will be suspended for three years as long as Blake completes a domestic violence training course and commits no further assaults on his girlfriend Sandra Sanchez or Lorraine Galloway. Blake also may lose his ability to work in law enforcement because the N.C. Training and Standards Commission does not allow anyone with a domestic assault conviction to be a law enforcement officer. Blake’s attorney, Ken Free, notified Turner after the sentencing that he would appeal the decision to Superior Court. All the witnesses called who had been at the party testified they had been drinking and that Blake and Sanchez had an argument. Officer C.M. Schultheis and Galloway, both guests at the party, testified they saw Blake assault Sanchez as the pair was leaving the party. Schultheis said he saw Blake push Sanchez’s back and Galloway said she saw Blake kick Sanchez outside of the police club. Sanchez said she had not been assaulted but had stumbled outside of the club when her high-heeled shoe became stuck between wooden planks on the porch. A crime scene investigator testified she hadn’t seen any dirt or marks on Sanchez’s white jacket or any bruises to indicate she had been kicked. But Turner said he didn’t find Sanchez to be credible. Galloway said Blake turned on her when she remarked on the kick she saw him deliver to Sanchez. “I stood in the doorway and said, 'You’re not going to do that anymore,’” Galloway said. “He turned toward me and that’s when he grabbed me by the throat — he had a strong grip — and threw me back into the police club building”... [Full article here]

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"A better journalist than the entire News & Record staff combined."
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Greensboro Police Officer Down!
The Troublemaker
Monday, January 19, 2009
[Excerpts] Greensboro Police Officer Ahmed J. Blake had his gun and his badge taken from him this weekend... Police reports show that someone called 911 from the Police Club on Saturday at 4:13pm... Blake is a party to a lawsuit alleging discrimination against African-American officers by David Wray and Randall Brady... This latest suspension took place one day after a press conference was held by City Council members Mike Barber and Trudy Wade. At that conference, Barber reported that the police department had some "potato heads" that were making the entire department look bad. [Full post here]

Ahmed Blake Allegations.
The Troublemaker
January 19, 2009
[Excerpts] If Mr. Blake was just a citizen and not a police officer he would have probably been arrested... The alleged argument turns physical and Blake allegedly hurls racial slurs at his Hispanic girlfriend. Does this make it a hate crime? During the alleged scuffle between Blake and his girlfriend another woman (who was there as a date for Greensboro Police SGT. Craig Myrick) jumps in to stop Mr. Blake. When this alleged attempt to stop the alleged scuffle took place, Mr. Blake allegedly pushed Myrick's date to the floor. Myrick's date allegedly works for the NC Justice Academy. What happened next? Blake is not arrested but C.I.D. is allegedly called to the Police Club to investigate what happened. If that would have been a regular citizen, he would have been taken to jail and charged with something... [Full post here]

City and News and Record Play Along.
The Troublemaker
January 20, 2009
[Excerpt] ...The A.J. Blake story was broken as a world exclusive on the Troublemaker on Monday, January 19th, prompting the City of Greensboro to release information to the public the next day, Tuesday, January 20th, at which time the lame and last place News & Record regurgitated the press release, thus establishing the continued dominance of the Troublemaker... [Full post here]

Ahmed Blake
The Troublemaker
January 20, 2009
[Excerpts] The most recent allegations regarding the assault are as follows.
1. There was a birthday party at the police club.... There was excessive drinking... There were drinking games played... There is no word reporting lots of designated drivers...
[Full post here]

More details in the Ahmed Blake assault case!

The Troublemaker
January 21, 2009
[Excerpts] ...SGT. Craig Myrick's (NC Justice Academy) date went outside and noticed the altercation and decided to break it up. When she became involved in the altercation, Blake assaulted her. Blake was intoxicated when the incident took place. After the assaults took place police were called and SGT. Norman Rankin came to the Police Club to deal with the situation. How he dealt with the situation is not clear at this time. However, there are several rules that need to be talked about. Police cannot become intoxicated outside of their home while they have their firearm. How many drunk police had their firearms that night? If a cop assaults his wife or girlfriend they are supposed to be arrested on the spot. There are no rules allowing anything else... It has also been rumored that some high ranking police attended this party. [Full post here]

AND TO GET MORE ON GPD'S HANDLING OF THIS, I WENT TO THE YES! WEEKLY BLOG

Officer Ahmed Blake charged
The YES! Weekly Blog
January 21, 2009
[Excerpts] Guilford County court records indicate that Ahmed Joseph Blake, 32, has been charged with misdemeanor assault on a female. As of today at 3 p.m., court records indicated that the warrant had not been served...
Update, Jan. 22, 4:24 p.m.: As of 3:12 p.m., court records indicate that the warrant against Blake has still not been served.
Update, Jan. 23, 5:30 p.m.: As of 4:14 p.m., court records indicate that Blake has still not been served.
Update, Jan. 27: Warrant served. In fact, information on the warrant indicates that it was received, served and returned on Jan. 20.
So why did the computer terminal for criminal cases at the Guilford County Courthouse indicate on Jan. 21-23 that the warrant was "unserved" and why did a clerk tell me on two occasions that it was not in the court's posession?... [Full post here]

More on alleged Blake assault

The Yes Weekly Blog
January 22, 2009
[Excerpts] A GPD incident/investigative report alleges that Officer Ahmed Blake assaulted Lorraine Galloway, 46, with his hands and feet at the Police Club at 524 Air Harbor Road in Greensboro on Jan. 17 at 4:49 p.m. Galloway is employed with the NC Justice Academy, a unit of the NC Justice Department, in eastern North Carolina... A warrant, served on Blake on Jan. 20, alleges that the off-duty officer grabbed Galloway around the neck and shoved her backwards... [Full post here]

SO...
  • HOW MANY OFFICERS WHO DRINK AT THE POLICE CLUB HAVE A WEAPON ON THEM?
  • HOW DO THEY GET TO THEIR NEXT DESTINATION?
  • WHY WASN'T BLAKE ARRESTED AT THE SCENE?
  • WHY WASN'T BLAKE'S FIRST VICTIM ON THE INCIDENT REPORT?
  • WHY WASN'T IT RECORDED ON THAT INCIDENT REPORT AS ASSAULT ON A FEMALE?
  • WHAT WOULD GREENSBORO KNOW WITHOUT IT'S LOCAL BLOGGERS?

FROM THE INITIAL REPORT:

REPORT TIME 4:49 IN THE MORNING - LOCATION THE POLICE OFFICER'S CLUB


WHO WILL BELIEVE THAT NO ALCOHOL WAS INVOLVED? DO YOU? THEY ARE OUT CLUBBING UNTIL THE WEE HOURS AND BLAKE DIDN'T DRINK? HE JUST ATTACKS WOMEN IN PUBLIC, AT THE POLICE OFFICER'S CLUB SOBER? THERE'S A GOOD CHANCE HE COULD HAVE SPENT AS MUCH AS 7 HOURS DRINKING!

CLICK TO SEE REPORT LARGER:

ONLY SIMPLE ASSAULT, NOT THE (UNCONSTITUTIONAL) "ASSAULT OF A FEMALE" CHARGE THAT THE ATTACKS DEMANDED

ONLY ONE VICTIM? HOW DO YOU NOTE THE ATTACK ON THE WOMAN WHO WAS TRYING TO STOP BLAKE'S ATTACK ON HIS GIRLFRIEND WITHOUT NOTING THE ORIGINAL ATTACK ON THE GIRLFRIEND?

OTHERS INVOLVED

OFFICER NEAL REPORTING

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