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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

[NE] Recant of police officer's wife regarding reported lethal domestic assault limits the court.

...[Douglas County District Judge Greg] Schatz said he was convinced that [Omaha Police Officer Sean] Heyenga’s wife initially told the truth to police about a December 2009 assault... Three weeks later, she changed her story...

Previous Posts:
  • [NE] Wife of Officer Heyenga says her eyes rolled back in her head and she lost consciousness - ...Documents claim [Omaha Police Officer Sean] Heyenga wrapped both hands around [NM]'s neck and began strangling her until her eyes rolled back in her head and she lost consciousness... Officers wrote that [NM] had "visible marks," of strangulation, which were “photographed by the crime lab”... In court Friday afternoon, details emerged suggesting this isn't the first time Heyenga had attacked his wife... [NM] claims she has been too scared to come forward because Heyenga is a police officer... [A 12 year old child was there during the attack]
  • [NE] Officer Sean Heyenga will stand trial for felony domestic violence - strangulation and terroristic threatening of his wife - An Omaha police officer accused of choking his wife until she passed out will stand trial on assault charges...
  • [NE] It's no surprise. Officer Heyenga's wife recants and doesn't show up for court - ...Prosecutor Matt Kuhse has said Heyenga’s wife was choked to the point of losing consciousness, that capillaries in her eyes had burst... She wrote that her husband was drunk when, after a disagreement, he pinned her to the floor and choked her severely. “I was afraid of that I was going to die,” she wrote. But on Monday, Heyenga asked to dismiss the protection order... The wife wasn't in court, and court documents showed that she dismissed the protection order... The wife's attorney told KETV NewsWatch 7 that he hasn't heard from her in days. The attorney said he thinks she might be terrified...
EX-OMAHA POLICE OFFICER SENTENCED FOR HURTING WIFE
The Associated Press
August 31, 2010
A former Omaha police officer will spend 30 days in jail and spend two years on probation for choking his wife last December. Douglas County District Judge Greg Schatz sentenced 41-year-old Sean Heyenga Tuesday for two counts of misdemeanor assault. Prosecutors said Heyenga came home after drinking and got into an argument with his wife. They say he tried to strangle her, caused her to pass out and threatened to kill her. The original felony charges against Heyenga were reduced after his wife changed her story about what happened during the attack and said she was the aggressor. Schatz also ordered Heyenga to take anger management classes and get treatment for alcohol abuse. [LINK]

EX-COP GETS JAIL FOR WIFE ABUSE
World-Herald Staff Writer
By Todd Cooper
August 31, 2010
In a "frustrating" turn of events, prosecutors say, they were unable to secure felony convictions against an Omaha police officer accused of a vicious assault on his wife. Tuesday, a judge gave the officer 30 days in jail for two counts of misdemeanor assault... followed by two years of probation. [Douglas County District Judge Greg] Schatz said he was convinced that Heyenga’s wife initially told the truth to police about a December 2009 assault... Three weeks later, she changed her story... Schatz didn’t buy it. But in putting Heyenga on probation, the judge noted that Heyenga had no record. And the wife has remained with Heyenga. "She obviously is in denial," Schatz said. "She wants to stay with the defendant. I think what would be best for her to stay with him is to place him on probation and get him help for his anger management." Schatz ordered that Heyenga complete anger management counseling and treatment for alcohol abuse as part of his probation. Heyenga originally was charged with two felonies punishable by up to 10 years in prison. "I can assure you, if you violate this probation, I’m going to resentence you to jail on both of those counts," Schatz said. "I would hope for your sake as well as (the wife’s) that you get some help for whatever problems you have." [LINK]

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2 VICTIMS CHANGE THEIR STORIES
World-Herald
By Todd Cooper
June 15, 2010
[Excerpts] ...The victim in the Heyenga case initially told police and court officials that her husband, Sean, then an Omaha police officer, had threatened to kill her and had choked her so hard and so long that she lost consciousness and urinated on herself. “I was afraid that I was going to die,” she wrote in a court affidavit. “I remember him choking me harder and harder and (I) was unable to speak. I was going in and out of consciousness.” Three weeks later, she changed her story. She said that she was the aggressor and that “Sean never threatened me and I never lost consciousness.” “I am in no danger from Sean nor have I ever been,” she wrote. She has been steadfast in that second story ever since. The result? Originally charged with strangulation and terroristic threats - felonies punishable by up to 10 years in prison — Heyenga pleaded no contest Monday to two misdemeanor assault charges in connection with the Dec. 17 attack at his home... prosecutors say they tried to work around the victims' changed stories... [Full article here]
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[GA] Lynn Turner, who killed her police officer husband and firefighter ex-deputy boyfriend, found dead in cell

Forsyth County Firefighter, Ex-Deputy Randy Thompson


Cobb County Police Officer Maurice Glenn Turner

...[Julia Lynn Womack Turner] was convicted of the 1995 murder of her 31-year-old husband, Cobb County police officer Glenn Turner. She also was convicted of murdering her Forsyth County firefighter boyfriend and the father of her daughter, 32-year-old Randy Thompson, six years later... Both men were law enforcement officers when they became involved with Lynn Turner... Lynn Turner, painted by prosecutors as a classic black widow who lured two law enforcement officers into her life, then killed them for their money by poisoning them with antifreeze... The men didn't know each other and their deaths were not linked initially despite some similarities. Both suffered flu-like symptoms before they were discovered home alone, dead. Both were believed to have died of cardiac dysrhythmia, or an irregular heartbeat... Kathy Turner, the woman's mother-in-law, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It comes around, doesn’t it?"... Kathy Turner didn't want to hear that Lynn Turner was still trying to defend herself, and got her wish. "I’m glad I will never have to see her in court again," the former mother-in-law said...

Lynn Turner with her lawyers, 2003.


LYNN TURNER'S DEATH STILL LEAVES QUESTIONS, SCARS
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
By Marcus K. Garner and Dan Raley
Tuesday, August 30, 2010
[Excerpts] Lynn Turner’s victims died mysteriously, without warning or ready cause. On Monday, the same thing happened to the two-time convicted killer. Turner, 42, was found unresponsive in her cell at Metro State Prison just before 7 a.m. and declared dead 40 minutes later. An autopsy later in the day couldn't determine what killed her... The former 911 operator was serving life sentences for the fatal antifreeze poisonings of Glenn Turner, her husband, in 1995 and Randy Thompson, her boyfriend and the father of her two children... “I think she just didn't have anything to live for," Kathy Turner, the woman's mother-in-law, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It comes around, doesn’t it?" Juries had determined that Turner, described by those who knew her as attractive and personable, had killed a Cobb County police officer and a Forsyth County firefighter for nothing more than money, for their life insurance policies and pensions totaling $200,000, miscalculating she would receive double that... Convictions three years apart came next for Turner, the last one in 2007. Again, money was the motivation. Witnesses from Turner's first trial testified that she had collected more than $140,000 in insurance benefits and $700 per month from her husband's police pension after he died. In the second trial, evidence was presented that Turner had received $36,000 from an insurance payout and had hoped to cash in on another policy worth $200,000 that named her as the beneficiary, but it had lapsed... Kathy Turner didn't want to hear that Lynn Turner still trying to defend herself, and got her wish. "I’m glad I will never have to see her in court again," the former mother-in-law said. "There’s never really any closure," said Brandie McNeal, Thompson's sister. "My brother’s gone"... [Full article here]

VICTIM'S FAMILY SAYS "BLACK WIDOW" GOT EASY WAY OUT
WXIA11
Posted By - Kevin Rowson
8/30/2010 9:46:05 PM
[Excerpts] ...The family of one of her victims, former Cobb County police officer Glenn Turner, said they have forgiven Lynn for what she did to Glenn. But they don't feel like justice has been served by her losing her life. "No I don't," said Glenn Turner's mother Kathy Turner. "But I'm happy I don't have to see her anymore in the news or in court or anywhere." Asked if her death was some form of justice, James Turner said no, it wasn't. "Justice was her being there (in prison), living with this," said James Turner... Lynn Turner was found dead in her cell at Metro State Prison in DeKalb County. There were no signs of trauma to her body... [Full article here]

TOXICOLOGY RESULTS WILL DETERMINE LYNN TURNER'S CAUSE OF DEATH
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
By Rhonda Cook and Marcus K. Garner
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
[Excerpts] Blood test results are needed before the Georgia Bureau of Investigation can say what killed Lynn Turner, convicted of using antifreeze to murder her husband and boyfriend, officials said Tuesday. "Hopefully we'll have the results back in a few weeks or sooner," said GBI spokesman John Bankhead. The test is being rushed, he said... Turner was convicted of the 1995 murder of her 31-year-old husband, Cobb County police officer Glenn Turner. She also was convicted of murdering her Forsyth County firefighter boyfriend and the father of her daughter, 32-year-old Randy Thompson, six years later. The men didn't know each other and their deaths were not linked initially despite some similarities. Both suffered flu-like symptoms before they were discovered home alone, dead. Both were believed to have died of cardiac dysrhythmia, or an irregular heartbeat But Lynn Turner had moved in with Thompson four days after her husband's death and they had a daughter 10 months after Glenn Turner died. And once their Lynn Turner connection was realized, Glenn Turner's body was exhumed and tissues from both men were retested. Both had died from poisoning by ethylene glycol, the sweet, odorless chemical in antifreeze... "I don't think it’s unreasonable to think there might have been a third victim," [Forsyth County District Attorney Penny] Penn said... [Full article here]





2001

COP'S WIDOW 'DISTRESSED' BY SPOTLIGHT
The Atlanta Journal
Jane O. Hansen
Aug 11, 2001
[Excerpts] In her first public meeting with a horde of reporters and cameramen Friday, Lynn Turner said nothing. Instead, the Forsyth County woman who is a key figure in a reopened investigation into three deaths stood at her attorney's side, her mouth closed, her eyes mostly cast downward... Police recently have renewed investigations into the January death of Randy Thompson, 32, a former Forsyth sheriff's deputy, and the 1995 death of 31-year-old Maurice Glenn Turner, a Cobb County police officer. Lynn Turner, 33, is Glenn's widow and the mother of Thompson's children. Both men's deaths were sudden and similar. The GBI also is looking into the 1999 death of Lynn Turner's former boss, Maj. Ronald Casper of the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office... "Ms. Turner is naturally distressed by the degree of speculation and conjecture which has surrounded this case," [her attorney, Rafe Banks] said... She also recently lost her job with a Forsyth County judge "because of this," Banks said... Police reports show [Randy] Thompson took an overdose of pain pills and sleeping pills in February 1997... Thompson also pleaded guilty to simple battery against Lynn Turner involving a November 1997 incident of domestic violence... he hit her with his arm and fist, bloodying her lip, the sheriff's report says. She was pregnant at the time. Thompson was sentenced to 10 months' probation and ordered to stay away from Lynn Turner... It was not the first violent incident involving the two. In September 1996 she went to the emergency room with a dislocated shoulder and bruised ribs after telling authorities he'd pushed her to the floor following a day of drinking. The incident was never prosecuted. Thompson's parents said Friday they were upset by the statements about their son. "Randy had his problems just like everybody," said Randy's father, Perry Thompson. "But he was not the emotionally troubled person like I felt they were trying to portray him to be. Somebody, whoever it is, is trying to discredit Randy."

2003

CRITICAL HEARING WITNESSES DESCRIBE WOMAN IN ANTIFREEZE POISONING CASE
The Atlanta Journal
JANE O. HANSEN
Jul 8, 2003
[Excerpts] The woman charged with killing her husband by poisoning him with antifreeze expressed little sorrow when he died, a close friend of the Cobb County police officer testified Monday. Donald Cawthon, who described himself as Officer Maurice Glenn Turner's best friend, cast defendant Lynn Turner as a cold, controlling woman. Cawthon said Lynn Turner shed no tears at the funeral home and her behavior seemed inconsistent with a woman who had just lost her husband. He said he overheard her complaining loudly about plans for the pomp and circumstance of an official police funeral... Although Lynn Turner is not yet on trial, prosecutors will argue this week that Glenn Turner's death was so similar to the death six years later of a Forsyth County firefighter that the jury should hear the details of both in her upcoming trial... In 2001, [Cobb Medical Examiner Brian] Frist conducted a second autopsy after Turner's body was exhumed and concluded Turner had died of poisoning... Witnesses' testimony showed both men suffered from nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache and hallucinations before seeking medical help at local emergency rooms.

2007

TURNER FACES SECOND TRIAL IN POISONING
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
By Jane O. Hansen
Published on: 01/07/07
[Excerpts] Donald Cawthon remembers the first time he saw her. It was 1990, and she was with a group of cops in an apartment somewhere in Cobb County. They were planning to go clubbing in Buckhead. The lights were out in the living room. It was so dark that Cawthon joked to the officer who lived there: Did you forget to pay your light bill? Then she emerged from the shadows — a shapely female in a tight blue dress, with long brown hair, coming toward him down a hallway. She was brandishing two pistols. Oh, is she a police officer, too? Cawthon asked Lynn Turner wasn't a police officer. But she sure liked to be around them... Both men were law enforcement officers when they became involved with Lynn Turner. Both died in their early 30s after first becoming so violently ill that they sought help at a local hospital. Both later told family members they felt better before they were found dead, home alone. Both were dressed in undershorts and covered with blankets. Even their deaths were initially attributed to the same natural cause: cardiac dysrythmia, or an irregular heartbeat. It wasn't until Thompson died — nearly six years after Glenn Turner — that authorities learned that the two men shared a common bond: Lynn Turner. Following each of their deaths, she collected thousands in insurance and pension benefits. In the summer of 2001, Turner's body was exhumed from his Marietta grave, and his tissues and those of Thompson's were retested. Both men were found to have died from ethylene glycol, the colorless, odorless, sweet-tasting chemical that makes up antifreeze... She may have been sleeping with Thompson while still married to Glenn Turner, but that doesn't make her a murderer, her lawyers argued... Throughout it all, Turner has so far said nothing in her own defense... She seemed confident she wouldn't be spending the rest of her life in prison. It's not "if" she gets out, she corrected a reporter in 2004, just hours before she was convicted and sentenced to life. "It's when." [Full article here]

TURNER GUILTY, MAY FACE DEATH: Sentencing phase of trial to begin Monday
Gainesville Times, GA
By STEPHEN GURR
March 25th, 2007
[Excerpts] Randy Thompson can rest in peace now that the woman who slowly poisoned him for money has been found guilty of murder, his father said Saturday. A Whitfield County jury convicted 38-year-old Lynn Turner of malice murder Saturday after five hours of deliberations. Evidence showed that Turner used tea and soup laced with antifreeze to administer a slow, painful death to the Forsyth County firefighter, and father of her two children, in January 2001... "We have such mixed emotions," said Thompson's father, Perry Thompson, as he addressed reporters outside the courthouse with about a dozen family members standing behind him. "The sadness is that three families have lost loved ones and are scarred forever. Our grandchildren have lost their father and now their mother, and it appears from the evidence, all for money... He can rest in peace now," Thompson said. "After six years of living a nightmare, it's just a tremendous relief to get this part of it over with"... Perry Thompson and Randy Thompson's mother, Nita, lowered their heads and cried quietly after the jury foreperson announced the verdict... The prosecution's case was entirely circumstantial... [Full article here]

KILLER WHO ELUDED DETECTION FOR YEARS IS BROUGHT TO ACCOUNT
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
By Jane O. Hansen and Nancy Badertscher
Sunday, April 1, 2007
[Excerpts] Lynn Turner, painted by prosecutors as a classic black widow who lured two law enforcement officers into her life, then killed them for their money by poisoning them with antifreeze, was spared the death penalty Tuesday. After nearly five hours of deliberating her fate, the same jury that convicted her three days earlier of the murder of Randy Thompson, a former deputy sheriff in Forsyth County and the father of her two children, sentenced her to life in prison with no chance of parole... [Full article here]
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[OH] Officer Hartless' alledged brutal domestic violence attack wont't be called domestic violence? It's just disorderly of him.

Also in August:

...[Newark Police Officer Bobby] Hartless was arrested after a 17-year-old girl said he punched her in the head, slammed her against the wall and kicked her repeatedly, according to police records. He was charged with disorderly conduct, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.... "At first he grabbed me by the hair and threw me on the ground, kicked me between the shoulder blades while screaming at me"... Officers documented bruises, scrapes and cuts on the girl's body. A boy notified the girl's mother about the fight via text messages and sent a picture of the bruises to a relative... a domestic violence charge would be problematic because of the victim's credibility... A domestic violence charge would have meant Hartless had to turn in his firearms, but because Hartless was charged with disorderly conduct...


Newark police officer arrested on suspicion of domestic violence
No charges filed by deadline; man released from jail

The Newark Advocate
By Jessie Balmert
August 6, 2010
[Excerpts] A Newark police officer spent Wednesday night in jail after he was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a 17-year-old girl. Newark Law Director Doug Sassen appointed attorney Christopher Shook to review the case and determine what charges, if any, should be filed. The officer was released from jail Thursday after no charges were filed by the 11 a.m. deadline, Sassen said. People arrested must be charged and arraigned the following business day or be released. A 17-year-old girl reported the officer and a boy assaulted her Wednesday evening... Because the officer has not been charged, he will return to work Sunday... [Full article here]

Newark police officer accused of domestic violence still on duty
City's handling of allegations involving employee lengthens process

The Newark Advocate
By Jessie Balmert
August 13, 2010
[Excerpts] A decision about possible charges against an off-duty Newark police officer accused of domestic violence has been delayed more than a week after his arrest in an effort to avoid a conflict of interest, according to Newark's law director. The delay has given the officer time most residents facing similar allegations are not allotted and other area law directors said they would not give... The girl alleges the officer punched her in the side of the head, slammed her against a wall and kicked her repeatedly... "At first he grabbed me by the hair and threw me on the ground, kicked me between the shoulder blades while screaming at me"... Officers documented bruises, scrapes and cuts on the girl's body. A boy notified the girl's mother about the fight via text messages and sent a picture of the bruises to a relative... Human Resources Director Donna Sears said the files are housed at the police department, but on Thursday afternoon the department was unable to supply the supporting documents requested by The Advocate... [Full article here]

Newark police officer Bobby Hartless taken off patrol
Newark Advocate
By Amy Hollon
August 21, 2010
[Excerpts] Officer Bobby L. Hartless Jr. was placed on indefinite administrative duty Friday pending the outcome of a criminal case and subsequent internal investigation by the Newark police department... According to a press release, special Law Director Christopher Shook told the police department a domestic violence charge would be problematic because of the victim's credibility. But until the criminal matter is resolved, Police Chief Steven Sarver said Hartless will not be on patrol. His police powers have not been stripped, however. The main reason for that, Sarver said, is Hartless still has several court appearances scheduled. Sarver said he did not think it would be in Hartless' best interest to take away his ability to defend himself. A domestic violence charge would have meant Hartless had to turn in his firearms, but because Hartless was charged with disorderly conduct, Sarver has contacted the law director's office for an opinion about whether Hartless' gun needs to be taken away... Initially, when The Advocate requested public records pertaining to Hartless, it did not receive materials from the internal investigation conducted against Hartless in November. When The Advocate filed a second request for the specific document, it was told the file was kept in a locked file cabinet with just one key that only Sarver could access... [Full article here]

Officer's case reveals good, bad of city government
Newark Advocate
August 22, 2010
[Excerpts] ...It took a week for the city to produce the officer's personnel file, which was too long. Any resident should be able to walk in and inspect the file with minimal delay, although the city does have to redact some personal information under law. Even worse, the city continues to keep disciplinary information in a separate file at the police station a block away when it should be included in more complete form in the employee files. We found just a notice of suspension and learned the documents explaining the suspension were in Chief Steven Sarver's locked cabinet while he was out of state, and no one else knew where to find the key. Knowing Newark keeps two files, our records request specifically requested disciplinary information. It was ignored in clear violation of Ohio law. Only when our patience with City Hall grew thin did [Mayor Bob] Diebold take our request seriously and magically find some documents in Safety Director Roger Stollard's office. It would be laughable if it were not so serious... [Full article here]
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August 2010: Other cases collected and filed this month

This post will be continuously updated through the month.

CONTAINED IN THIS POST:
  • [MD] State Police Trooper Timothy McKendrick
  • [CA] Del Norte County Sheriff's Deputy Daniel Schneck
  • [ND] Sargent County Sheriff's Deputy David Kozok
  • [FL] Fort Myers Police Lt. Jeffery Bernice
  • [WA] Seattle Police Officer Felton Miles
  • [CT] Hartford Police Officer Christopher White
  • [NC] "It's tough being a female police officer"
  • [CT] SEYMOUR Officer Police Officer Thomas "Tom" Scharf
  • [NY] NEW ROCHELLE unidentified officer
  • [FL] Ex-Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Deputy Kyle Jackson Burns
  • [NY] New York State Police Official Major Charles Day
  • [OH] Findlay Police Sgt. Randall Digby
  • [NC] Greene County Sheriff's Deputy Jon Willis
  • [CA] Riverside County Senior Deputy District Attorney John Mario Ruiz
  • [CA] Resigned San Jose Police Officer Denise Lai
  • [OH] Navarre Police Chief Scott W. Bauschka
  • [NY] Albany Police Officer Steven G. Silver
  • [OH] Former Lorain police Officer Stanley Marrero
  • [NC] Marshall police officer Joshua Edward


[MD] State Police Trooper Timothy McKendrick has been suspended without pay after a former girlfriend accused him of pointing a gun at her and threatening to shoot her. She has filed a complaint against him saying that he assualted her earlier this month. McKendrick says that Britton was trespassing on his property and that he was pointing the gun at the floor when he asked her to leave. He has filed a complaint against her also. (This happened at HIS house.)


[CA] Del Norte County Sheriff's Deputy Daniel Schneck was arrested by Crescent City Police Department officers on suspicion of domestic violence - suspicion of willfully inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant. He is free after posting $40,000 bail. Sheriff's Cmdr. Bill Steven described the circumstances surrounding the domestic violence allegations as “extremely minor,” saying it was “just a little bit of pushing or whatnot”... Steven said Schneck has been placed on administrative leave with pay... [Full article here]


[ND] Sargent County Sheriff's Deputy David Kozok is on paid administrative leave after being arrested in Fargo, charged with disorderly conduct. Police were called to the Ramada hotel at 3 a-m on Tuesday on a report of a domestic assault involving his girlfriend. Fargo Police say Kozok was the "primary aggressor" in the situation. [Full article here]


[FL] Fort Myers Police Lt. Jeffery Bernice says he didn't know he had taken a prescription pain killer that wasn't prescribed to him. He says it's his wife's fault. She gave it to him. Bernice has been suspended for 80 hours without pay, will receive random monthly drug testing for six months, and will serve a six-month suspension as SWAT commander. [Full article here]


[WA] Seattle Police Officer Felton Miles whose firing over a 2007 domestic-violence incident was later overturned has filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit alleging the department failed to give him a fair hearing and damaged his reputation. [LINK]


[CT] Hartford Police Officer Christopher White, accused of assaulting his ex-wife and her boyfriend and threatening to kill her in July, has been denied entry into a state counseling program by Enfield Superior Court Judge Richard Dyer - citing the "wide chasm between the accounts of the parties and the police report." [Full article here]


[NC] "It's tough being a female police officer" - ...“Don’t give up if it’s really your dream. Don’t get discouraged…. It’ll pay off in the end. I never dreamed I’d be sitting here.” [Full article here]


[CT] SEYMOUR Officer Police Officer Thomas "Tom" Scharf who was accused of stalking a law enforcement officer girlfriend in 2006, but not charged, now accused of hacking into email account(s) of other officer(s). His consequences? Forfeiting five vacation day in lieu of suspension. Wow. [LINK]


[NY] NEW ROCHELLE unidentified officer was treated at Sound Shore Medical Center and removed from duty. A 29-year-old New Rochelle man is facing a serious assault charge after injuring a city police officer who went to his home to quell a domestic disturbance. [LINK]


[FL] Ex-Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Deputy Kyle Jackson Burns is accused of severely beating his girlfriend's head and strangling her. A SWAT team went to his home and arrested him after she was found on the side of the road. He's charged with aggravated domestic battery and domestic battery by strangulation, both felonies. She had fled the home, where her child still was. The girlfriend was hospitalized on trauma alert and her conditin is unknown. [LINK]


[NY] New York State Police Official Major Charles Day Transferred Over Domestic Dispute Scandal - The commander of Gov. David A. Paterson’s State Police security detail will be reassigned following an independent counsel’s report last week that raised questions about the officer’s conduct in a domestic dispute case involving one of Mr. Paterson’s top aides... [LINK to New York Times City Blog]


[OH] Findlay Police Sgt. Randall Digby, under investigation for an undisclosed reason, resigned in June.


[NC] Hundreds gather to honor Greene County Sheriff's Deputy Jon Willis, killed responding to domestic violence call. Fellow Deputy Jamie Sugg says, "We're never going to forget Jon, everything were going to do in his memory. We're going to keep looking after each other as a family and just keep supporting one another." Willis leaves behind two children a son and daughter. His fellow deputies say they are what mattered most to him. [LINK]


[CA] Senior Deputy District Attorney John Mario Ruiz - Riverside County coroner's officials have declared Ruiz's death a suicide, though his death was initially reported as "suspicious." Investigators determined Ruiz, a longtime prosecutor with the District Attorney’s office, stabbed himself with a kitchen knife. He is survived by his wife, son and other relatives.


[CA] Resigned San Jose Police Officer Denise Lai killed her mother, Carolyn Ninomiya, in Los Banos - and was herself found with multiple stab wounds. Lai remains in custody at the Merced County Jail. She is being held on suspicion of murder and elder abuse. Lai's bond amount was previously set at $1 million, but the Los Banos Police Department now says she's being held without bail.


[OH] Navarre Police Chief Scott W. Bauschka apparently committed suicide, six months after resigning amid a Stark County Sheriff’s Department investigation. Bauschka is divorced and has a stepdaughter, a teenage son and daughter and one grandchild. “He kind of lost contact with everybody when he resigned”... [Full article here]


[NY] Albany Police Officer Steven G. Silver suspended without pay for allegedly "shoving" ex-girlfriend. No details. [LINK]


[OH] Former Lorain police Officer Stanley Marrero is headed back to Lorain County Common Pleas Court after an appellate court said a judge was wrong to dismiss the indictment of sexual assault against him. Marrero was convicted in September 2008 of misdemeanor charges of intimidating a witness, public indecency and dereliction of duty and was sentenced to two months in jail. Marrero was also indicted for two counts each of rape, sexual battery, gross sexual imposition and a single count of menacing by stalking. [Full article here and here]


[NC] Marshall police officer Joshua Edwards, son of police chief Craig Edwards, is charged with assault on his girlfriend. Former alderman Betty Wild said she argued strongly against hiring the chief’s son, and on Monday said the town did have a policy against it and ignored that policy when he was hired. [Full article here]
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[FL] Anger management graduate Firefighter Vitale throws domestic violence injuction papers at deputy's head.

...Fifteen years ago, Spring Hill firefighter Michael Vitale was found guilty of battering his wife. In October 2009, he was accused of threatening the same victim... Court records show he was convicted, completed his required anger management course and paid a fine... Spring Hill Fire Chief Mike Rampino said he suspended Vitale without pay in January... That suspension lasted 24 hours. Rampino said Friday he was suspending Vitale without pay pending the conclusion of his recent criminal charge...

SPRING HILL FIREFIGHTER ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING DEPUTY WITH PAPERWORK
Times staff
Saturday, August 21, 2010
[Excerpts] A firefighter has been arrested on a felony charge of assaulting a law enforcement officer after he threw paperwork related to a domestic violence injunction, hitting a deputy on the head. The Hernando County Sheriff's Office reported that Michael Vitale, 45, was angry and smelled of alcohol when deputies arrived Thursday evening at his house on Newhope Road. Vitale, a Spring Hill Fire Rescue member since 1991, began yelling profanities at the deputies and telling them they should arrest his soon-to-be ex-wife, Joann Vitale, for harassing him... As the deputies walked away, Vitale threw the paperwork, hitting one of the deputies on the right side of his head. The deputies wrestled him to the ground and arrested him on a charge of assaulting a law enforcement officer... [Full article here]

SPRING HILL FIREFIGHTER ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING DEPUTY
hernandotoday.com
Hernando Today
August 20, 2010
[Excerpts] Fifteen years ago, Spring Hill firefighter Michael Vitale was found guilty of battering his wife. In October 2009, he was accused of threatening the same victim, who by that time had left him. Deputies said he called her at work and threatened to burn down her house. Court records show he was convicted, completed his required anger management course and paid a fine. On Thursday, Vitale was charged again during another suspected tirade against his ex-wife... He is accused of reacting aggressively toward two arresting deputies, cursing at them and throwing a small stack of papers at one of them.... Vitale's sister and two other men in the house tried to restrain Vitale, who continued to taunt and curse at [Deputy Adam] Harris, the deputy wrote. A second deputy at the scene, Scott Lamia, reviewed Vitale's ex-wife's injunction. When Vitale asked deputies whether they were going to arrest his ex-wife, they told him she was not trespassing and they would not be taking her to jail, according to the report. Vitale then told them, "You guys are (expletive deleted) useless," the report showed... In October 2009, Vitale was arrested after his called his ex-wife at her workplace and threatened to "burn down her house," deputies said... In her injunction, the victim said Vitale's behavior had escalated to the point she worried about "physical violence" against her and her children. Authorities said Vitale showed up at her house unannounced, had become verbally abusive and started slamming objects throughout the house. The couple, who were married for 19 years... Spring Hill Fire Chief Mike Rampino said he suspended Vitale without pay in January following his conviction for the injunction violation. That suspension lasted 24 hours. Rampino said Friday he was suspending Vitale without pay pending the conclusion of his recent criminal charge. The chief was reminded of Vitale's criminal and disciplinary record, at which time he said there are union contracts and other issues to consider when doling out punishment. "I don't just get to walk in and fire somebody," Rampino said... [Full article here]
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[OK] Officer Hill accused of beating up, injuring girlfriend a couple days before he was fired for corruption

...A police report alleges that [Tulsa Police Officer Eric] Hill assaulted his girlfriend... grabbing her head and hair and pulling her back into his car when she attempted to get out... that he then slammed her head into the dashboard two to three times, “leaving a large bleeding abrasion across her forehead”... Hill is also accused of shoving the woman out of a car, the report shows. He was released on bond and has not been charged in the case... The termination is not related to Hill's arrest July 19 on suspicion of domestic assault and battery...

OFFICER IN POLICE-CORRUPTION PROBE ARRESTED ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COMPLAINT
Tulsa World
By Omer Gillham
7/19/2010 10:18 PM
[Excerpts] A Tulsa police officer who is cooperating with a federal grand jury’s inquiry into police corruption was arrested Monday on a domestic assault and battery complaint, records show. Eric J. Hill, 32, was placed on paid leave June 22 after the World made the Police Department aware that Hill had admitted stealing drug money... A police report alleges that Hill assaulted his girlfriend, whose name was redacted on the report... He is accused of grabbing her head and hair and pulling her back into his car when she attempted to get out at a red light. The report alleges that he then slammed her head into the dashboard two to three times, “leaving a large bleeding abrasion across her forehead.” When they arrived at her apartment in the 9700 block of South Memorial Drive, he shoved her out of his car and onto the ground, causing a large scrape across her knee, the document alleges... He has received prosecutorial immunity in the grand jury probe into police corruption, the World has reported. [Full article here]

TPD FIRES OFFICER WHO ADMITTED TO CRIMINAL ACTIVITY, RECORDS SHOW
Tulsa World
By Nicole Marshall
Published: 8/20/2010
[Excerpts] ...Eric J. Hill was placed on paid leave June 22 after his name surfaced in a federal grand jury investigation into police corruption. He was notified of his termination Wednesday, Capt. Jonathan Brooks said. Hill, who joined the Tulsa Police Department in July 2005, has not been charged in the federal investigation. However, during a June 7 interview with the FBI and U.S. Attorney Jane Duke, Hill admitted to criminal activity, a Tulsa Police Department personnel order states... The termination is not related to Hill's arrest July 19 on suspicion of domestic assault and battery. An arrest report indicates he is accused of grabbing a woman's head and hair and repeatedly slamming her face into a dashboard on July 18. Hill is also accused of shoving the woman out of a car, the report shows. He was released on bond and has not been charged in the case. An outside prosecutor will evaluate the complaint because the victim was an employee of the Tulsa County District Attorney's Office... [Full article here]
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[CA] Deputy Bojorquez accused of lying on her ex and firing gun in house, endangering kids outside

...[Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Patricia Margaret] Bojorquez is accused of calling the Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD) Dispatch and falsely reporting that her ex-husband was sexually assaulting a 13-year-old female relative... She is accused of shooting a bullet that pierced a bedroom window and exited the home toward a residential street where children were playing in the front yards of their homes... The defendant's brother and fiancé were in the house at the time and called the police... Bojorquez is currently on probation for two DUI convictions...

OFF-DUTY L.A. COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY CHARGED IN O.C. WITH FIRING WEAPON, FILING FALSE POLICE REPORT
LA Times
August 30, 2010
[Excerpts] An off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy has been charged with filing a false police report against her ex-husband and firing a weapon in her Westminster home that endangered nearby children, authorities said Monday. Patricia Margaret Bojorquez, 43, is accused of falsely reporting to Huntington Beach police Nov. 18 that her ex-husband was sexually assaulting a 13-year-old female relative, the Orange County district attorney's office said... Bojorquez is currently on probation for two DUI convictions... Bojorquez is charged with firing a weapon in her home Jan. 9. The bullet pierced a window and hurtled toward a frontyard where children were playing, prosecutors said. They allege that Bojorquez showed disregard for the safety of the youngsters, who were directly in the line of fire. Her brother and fiance were in the home at the time of the shooting and called police. She was charged Thursday with a felony count of discharging a firearm with gross negligence and a misdemeanor count of filing a false police report, prosecutors said... [Full article here]

FEMALE DEPUTY CHARGED IN DOMESTIC BRAWL
NBCLosAngeles.com
Updated 9:30 PM PDT, Mon, Aug 30, 2010
[Excerpts] A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy will be arraigned Sept. 24 on charges of firing a gun in her Westminster home and falsely telling investigators her former husband was molesting a 13-year-old relative... [Patricia Margaret] Bojorquez is on probation for guilty pleas to driving under the influence in 2008 and 2009. [Full article here]

PATRICIA MARGARET BOJORQUEZ, LA COUNTY DEPUTY, CHARGED WITH FIRING GUN IN HOME, FILING FALSE SEX ASSAULT REPORT AGAINST EX
OC Weekly
By Matt Coker
Aug. 30 2010
[Excerpts] ...[Patricia Margaret Bojorquez] could get up to three years in state prison if convicted... On Nov. 18, 2009, Bojorquez is accused of calling the Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD) Dispatch and falsely reporting that her ex-husband was sexually assaulting a 13-year-old female relative. The defendant is accused of lying about the sexual assault because she was upset over child custody issues. Responding HBPD officers investigated the report and determined that the 13-year-old girl had not been molested and had made no such representation to the defendant. At approximately 11:50 a.m. on Jan. 9, 2010, Bojorquez is accused of firing a firearm inside her Westminster home. She is accused of shooting a bullet that pierced a bedroom window and exited the home toward a residential street where children were playing in the front yards of their homes. Bojorquez is accused of showing a disregard for the safety of the children outside, who were directly in the line of fire. The defendant's brother and fiancé were in the house at the time and called the police. The Westminster Police Department investigated this case... Senior Deputy District Attorney Rebecca Olivieri with the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case. [Full article here]
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Monday, August 30, 2010

[OH] TWO TROTWOOD POLICE OFFICER'S WIVES IN SAME PRISON FOR SHOOTING THEIR HUSBANDS

Nicole Ballenger, Inmate number W072142

In April, 2007, Trotwood Police Officer Cedric Ballenger was shot and killed, while off duty. Police arrested his wife, Nicole Ballenger and charged her with murder. She was convicted of Felonious Assault and Involuntary Manslaughter and is serving an 18-years to life sentence in the Ohio Reformatory for Women.

In 2007, Trotwood Police Officer Troy Dexter was shot in his home by his estranged wife, Denae Barnett-Dexter. She shot him several times before he was able to wrestle the gun away from her and flee to a nearby fire station. Troy Dexter recovered from his wounds. His wife, Denae Barnett-Texter was convicted of attempted murder and felonious assault. She is currently serving an 8-year prison term at the Ohio Reformatory for Women.

Denae Barnett-Dexter, Inmate number W071911

Ohio Reformatory for Women (ORW)
1479 Collins Avenue
Marysville, Ohio 43040
937-642-1065; Fax 937-642-7678
http://www.drc.ohio.gov/Public/orw.htm

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[IL] The Petersons: Cop son suspended for hiding his cop dad's guns during missing-wife investigation

Oak Brook Police Officer Stephen Peterson

...Drew Peterson is currently charged with murder in the 2004 drowning death of his third wife, Kathleen Salvo. The former Bollingbrook police sergeant is considered a suspect in [his wife] Stacy Peterson's subsequent disappearance...


Drew Peterson's son suspended over guns
UPI
Published: Aug. 29, 2010

Police officer Stephen Peterson was suspended after saying his father, Drew Peterson, stored guns at his Illinois home, a source told the Chicago Tribune.

The newspaper said Sunday that the younger Peterson, an officer with the Oak Brook police force, told department investigators last week that he allowed his dad to keep three guns at his home shortly after Drew Peterson's wife, Stacy, disappeared in 2007.

Drew Peterson is currently charged with murder in the 2004 drowning death of his third wife, Kathleen Salvo. The former Bollingbrook police sergeant is considered a suspect in Stacy Peterson's subsequent disappearance.

Stephen Peterson told investigators his father asked him to hold on to the weapons because did not want anything to happen to them, the Tribune said. He later turned them over to the state police.

Drew Peterson's attorney, Joel Brodsky, told the newspaper the suspension was "baseless" and was aimed at his client.
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[AL] Scholarship to memorialize Tabatha and Logan Hancock (killed in officer's murder-suicide)

Oxford police officer Bill Hancock's wife Tabatha and 8 month-old son Logan are being memorialized with a need-based scholarship for students at the University of West Georgia. Tabatha and Logan were slain in Officer Hancock's double murder-sucide, July 20th 2010. Called the “Tabatha & Logan Hancock Memorial Scholarship,” the fund will be made available to any student, regardless of classification or major. Tabatha’s younger sister, Heather Henderson, said the scholarship has been part of the family’s healing process. “I think this is something she (Tabatha) would be proud of,” she said. “She was a wonderful person and an awesome mother, and we are thankful that someone will receive this scholarship in Tabatha and Logan’s memory. Absent from the scholarship’s official title is the name of Tabatha’s husband.
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[AL] Bill, Tabatha, and baby Logan Hancock are gone - Another officer-involved familicide

[FL] High Springs police officer Michelle Jones finds another way to stand up for herself as a victim of domestic violence

...The complaint [High Springs police officer Michelle Jones] filed last year was in objection to actions taken by [Chief of Police Jim] Troiano regarding an incident of domestic violence that took place in Gilchrist County between Michelle and her brother...

Officer's husband wants answers
Alachua County Today
Glenn Coine
Sunday, 29 August 2010

It’s been over a year since High Springs police officer Michelle Jones, formerly Michelle Kemp, filed a formal written complaint against Chief of Police Jim Troiano.

The file for the Aug. 3, 2009 complaint is still open, and any investigation that was initiated has yet to be officially closed.

Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Jones, Michelle’s husband, explained that because her complaint is still active and open, she is not at liberty to discuss the issue, which is why he spoke on his wife’s behalf at an Aug. 12 city commission meeting.

When the commission opened the floor for citizen comments pertaining to items not on the agenda, Brandon Jones came forward, explaining wanted to make the commission aware of the lack of adequate action taken about his wife’s complaint.

Mayor Bill Coughlin and City Manager Jim Drumm urged Jones to hold off on addressing the commission with all the details, asking him first to meet with Drumm to discuss the matter.

Jones wanted to ensure that everything said, both by him and by Drumm, would be subject to public record, and he agreed to meet with Drumm the following Wednesday, Aug. 18, on the condition that he may record the conversation.

Incident happened in Gilchrist County

During the Wednesday meeting, Jones elaborated on the details of his and his wife’s concerns.

The complaint she filed last year was in objection to actions taken by Troiano regarding an incident of domestic violence that took place in Gilchrist County between Michelle and her brother.

According to Brandon Jones, after being the victim in an altercation with her brother, Michelle Jones notified the chief of the incident out of professional courtesy and honesty because she had nothing to hide.

When she informed Troiano of the incident, he requested that she provide him with a brief memo to be placed in her personnel file.

Subsequently, he also placed a copy of the sheriff’s report from the incident in her file.

Her complaint protests the necessity of this action, since she claims she was the victim and not the aggressor in the altercation.

Additionally, the complaint addresses a statement the chief made while under oath during a July 7, 2009 interview that was part of an investigation pertaining to an unrelated sexual harassment complaint against him, and the comments he made to a local media outlet when answering questions about the results of an anonymous survey done by the Police Benevolent Association, Jones said.

Victim or Aggressor?

The concern, he explained, was that Troiano was discussing an issue directly pertaining to a separate open investigation, and second, that Michelle was at some point believed to have been the primary aggressor, rather than her brother.

Jones said there was never any reason to believe his wife was anything but the victim, and he said the police report from the incident supports that.

It is misleading and defamatory, he explained, to say she "threw the first punch." There is a big difference between putting ones’ hands out to push someone away in self-defense, and thus making the first physical contact, as Michelle did, and "throwing the first punch," he said.

The incident report, which is a public record maintained by Gilchrist County, names her brother as the primary aggressor.

According to an audio recording of the interview in question provided by the city, Troiano said "Michelle Kemp was involved in a domestic disturbance with her brother. She was at one time the primary aggressor, and was going to be arrested and charged by the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office, according to her. She later told me after her mother testified that she became the lesser of the two and became the victim."

He went on to say, "There are policies and procedures that require that we document that. My purpose of getting that memorandum was to follow this because she used force, she punched her brother…bottom line is she’s the victim."

He then said, "But I asked for that documentation, and I also obtained a copy of the arrest report and the police report…I feel that we have a responsibility to protect our officers."

Jones said his wife was never actually a suspect, but she might have mentioned to Troiano that during a phone conversation directly following the incident, the Gilchrist County sheriff involved told her jokingly that she was lucky her mother was there to attest to her innocence.

The chief pointed out that he never used her name when responding to a request by a local media outlet, and he stands by his statement that she was the first to use force no matter how you look at it.

This is why, he continued, he had a responsibility to keep a record of the incident. He did so, he said, with the interest of protecting his officer, should she later be accused of questionable actions. He said because he kept the report on file he would then easily be able to defend her and prove her innocence.

Troiano said he wanted to make it clear that he does not, nor did he ever, have any intention of targeting any employee or of maligning an employee to the media.

Deputy Jones said his primary purpose in bringing the issue to the city commission and then in meeting with Drumm, is to ensure that an investigation will be re-initiated, and following the conclusion of the investigation, the complaint will be officially closed.

Jones questions policy

One of the questions he asked Drumm was regarding another High Springs police officer who was involved as a suspect in a domestic violence call at his home within the city limits. Jones asked Drumm why nothing was placed in this officer’s file, given the circumstances, but the documents from Michelle’s incident were included.

Jones said he felt Drumm did not give a clear response to this inquiry. However, Troiano spoke to the issue, stating that in the other case, there was never any physical contact made by either party. It was only a verbal domestic dispute, and no arrests were made, but specifically because there was no issue of physical force being used, it did not require the same documentation.

Drumm did, however, state that he had now removed the documents pertaining to the incident between Michelle and her brother from her file.

He also said there would be a new investigation made regarding the complaint, but there may be some delay caused by the process of selecting an independent agent to investigate.

Before the Wednesday meeting, Drumm said that part of what may have caused the delay in completing the original investigation was the fact that it was handled by the Bunnell Police Department at the request of the City of High Springs. Upon reporting back to Drumm, the investigator indicated that the findings did not warrant any further investigation.

Drumm said he wants to be overly cautious and ensure that everyone is treated fairly.

This was why he came to the commission, said Jones, to request that the city complete the investigation properly and to its fullest ability.

Troiano said he welcomes this and any investigation, because he knows he has done nothing wrong.

At this point, Drumm emphasized that the new investigation will not explore the question of whether the incident report should have been placed in Jones’ file, as it has since been removed. This investigation, Drumm said, will address two things: "what he [Troiano] said, and was he purposefully untruthful."
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[CA] Deputy Mathis fired but since he was never arrested for attacking wife in front of cops - is this just a strategy?

Merced County Sheriff's Deputy Johnny Mathis attacked his wife, was never arrested, and after a brief bit of time off was back on duty. This "alleged" attack happened in the presence of other officers. I suspect that his firing is actually protecting him from a completed internal investigation. If there's no report and the blue wall of silence kicks in, there will be nothing to keep him from coming back or being hired at another law enforcement agency.

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DEPUTY FACING BATTERY CHARGE FIRED
He allegedly pushed his wife, an on-duty dispatcher.
Merced Sun-Star
By Jonah Owen Lamb
Aug. 18, 2010
[Excerpts] A Merced County sheriff's deputy [Johnny Mathis] who's been charged with battery after allegedly pushing his wife against a door inside the county jail in May has been fired... no reason was given for Mathis' termination... Deputy Mathis allegedly battered his wife, an on-duty dispatcher, while he was in uniform and on duty May 26 inside the County's Main Jail... MATHIS WAS NEVER ARRESTED. Immediately after the incident, Mathis was put on administrative leave, but then given modified desk duty at a substation in Delhi. Soon after the incident, Mathis was charged with a misdemeanor, to which he pleaded not guilty in Merced County Superior Court... During the last 10 years, Mathis has been involved in three civil cases and a government claim over use of force while on duty. All were settled out of court. In all, Mathis cost the county more than $400,000 in the settlements. In the meantime Mathis's wife has been hired as a correctional officer with the Merced County Sheriff's Department, said Cavallero. Her hiring as a correctional officer has nothing to do with Mathis or his firing, he said... [Full article here]

EARLIER THIS MONTH:

[CA] Never-arrested Merced County Sheriff's Deputy Johnny Mathis who (allegedly) assaulted his dispatcher wife at work (with witnesses) pleads not guilty. Merced County Superior Court Judge Marc Garcia said that he plans on filing a protective order for Mathis' wife. [LINK]
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Sunday, August 29, 2010

[MO] Woman with Deputy Paoli fled the wooded area hearing another gunshot behind her

A website for the Christian County Sheriff’s Department identifies [Brent] Paoli, of Nixa, Mo., as a corporal. The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department says units from the state patrol, Pittsburg Police Department, Pittsburg State University police, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol also responded to the scene... [Crawford County Sheriff Sandy] Horton said it was undetermined if Paoli had been shooting at the woman...

A CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY LANDS IN JAIL
by KY3 News
Aug 29, 2010
[Excerpts] A Christian County sheriff's deputy was arrested this weekend on suspicion of unlawful use of a weapon. The incident happened early Saturday morning in Pittsburg, Kansas. Investigators say a woman called 911 and said she and the off-duty deputy were driving back to Missouri when he got out of the car and fired two shots before walking into the woods. She said he then fired another round as she drove off. Authorities say officers also reported hearing the shot... [Full article here]

OFF-DUTY CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY ARRESTED
Joplin Globe
By Derek Spellman
August 28, 2010
[Excerpts] An off-duty Christian County sheriff’s deputy [Brent Paoli] was in custody Saturday on suspicion of unlawful use of a weapon following an alleged incident that began near Pittsburg, Kan., and ended in Jasper County... The woman, according to the release, alleged Paoli also fired another shot while she was driving away. Responding officers also reported hearing a shot. A helicopter from the Kansas State Highway Patrol was enlisted to search for Paoli... he was found hiding off Highway 171 by the helicopter... No charges in Kansas have been filed yet, Horton said, and it is unclear which county has jurisdiction. The reported incidents allegedly took place along Highway 171, and it is still to be determined whether they took place in Crawford or Cherokee counties. A website for the Christian County Sheriff’s Department identifies Paoli, of Nixa, Mo., as a corporal. The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department says units from the state patrol, Pittsburg Police Department, Pittsburg State University police, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol also responded to the scene. [Full article here]

OFF-DUTY DEPUTY ARRESTED
The Morning Sun
Aug 29, 2010
[Excerpts] ...Just after 2 a.m., Crawford County authorities received a 911 call that a man, identified as Brent Paoli, Nixa, Mo., had gotten out of the vehicle and fired two shots from a 9mm handgun before walking into the woods... “All the shots were fired in Kansas. He later crossed to Missouri. The Highway Patrol requested their night vision helicopter. They knew he was around and it was imperative to locate him and resolve the issue,” said Sandy Horton, Crawford County Sheriff. “The KHP helicopter flew just over the state line, and found him with their equipment laying in a ditch. There were detectives already in the area who responded and arrested him.” Paoli, an off-duty Christian County, Mo., deputy, was arrested for unlawful use of a firearm... [Crawford County Sheriff Sandy] Horton said it was undetermined if Paoli had been shooting at the woman... [Full article here]
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[OH] More domestic accusations against Franklin County Sheriff's Deputy Mark Blackwell

A Franklin County deputy [Mark Blackwell] who was indicted last week after an altercation with a former girlfriend was arrested this week on a charge of menacing by stalking involving the same woman...

FRANKLIN CO. DEPUTY INDICTED
myfox28columbus.com
Tuesday, August 24 2010
[Excerpts] A Franklin County Sheriff's deputy is facing abduction charges. Mark Blackwell,29, was indicted by a Franklin County grand jury after his ex-girlfriend claimed he held her using force during a domestic violence incident on June 11. Blackwell pleaded not guilty on Monday and is out of jail on his own recognizance. His attorney vows to fight the charges vigorously... If convicted, Mark Blackwell could face up to five years behind bars and a $10,000 fine. [Full article here]

DEPUTY IS ACCUSED OF STALKING
The Columbus Dispatch
By John Futty
August 26, 2010
A Franklin County deputy who was indicted last week after an altercation with a former girlfriend was arrested this week on a charge of menacing by stalking involving the same woman... Blackwell was arrested Tuesday based on a complaint in which [X] said he photographed and/or videotaped her "on several occasions" between June 13 and Monday, "causing the victim to fear for her life." Blackwell was indicted Friday on one count of abduction after [X] said he came to her house on June 11, assaulted her and held her against her will for several hours. Blackwell and [X] each petitioned for a civil protection order against the other on June 18. The protection orders are in place until a hearing is held on the petitions Oct. 27... [Full article here]

FRANKLIN CO. DEPUTY ARRAIGNED ON ABDUCTION CHARGE
NBC4i.com
By Allison Wenger
August 25, 2010
[Excerpts] Franklin County Sheriffs Deputy Mark Blackwell made an appearance in court Wednesday, Aug. 25, for arraignment on an felony menacing by stalking charge. The county prosecutor says Blackwell was fighting with his girlfriend back in June when things got physical and he allegedly held her against her will. Blackwell has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 8, 2010... [Full article here]
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[TN] Department-hopping Mediina Police Officer Vester says he can't remember drunken domestic assault

...Vester was hired by the Medina Police Department in August 2009... He worked at the Corinth, Miss., Police Department from April 2009 until he was hired in Medina. He had previously worked at the Humboldt Police Department from May 2002 to February of 2004. According to his application, he resigned from the department for personal reasons...

MEDINA POLICE OFFICER CHARGED WITH DOMESTIC ASSAULT
Jackson Sun
By Mariann Martin
August 25, 2010
[Excerpts] A Medina police officer has been released from jail on bond after being charged with domestic assault, according to Gibson County Sheriff Chuck Arnold. Kevin Dewayne Vester, 38, of Medina, got into an argument at the home where he was living... Vester was trying to leave the house, and the argument was over whether he should drive because he had been drinking... Witness statements supported the accusation of domestic violence, according to the investigators in the case... Vester was arrested Monday evening... He has been released on $1,500 bond and is scheduled to be in court on Sept. 1. Arnold said the Sheriff's Department is handling the investigation at the request of Medina Police Chief Chad Lowery... [Full article here]

OFFICER FACES ASSAULT CHARGE: KEVIN DWAYNE VESTER SAYS HE DOESN'T REMEMBER INCIDENT
Jackson Sun
By Mariann Martin
August 26, 2010
[Excerpts] The Medina police officer charged with domestic assault told investigators he may have assaulted a woman, but he does not remember doing it, according to an affidavit in the case. Kevin Dwayne Vester, 38, also told investigators he was drinking before the incident happened around 9:30 p.m. Monday, the affidavit says... Vester gave investigators a taped statement on Tuesday, saying he had been drinking but did not remember assaulting [X], the affidavit says... Medina Chief Chad Lowery said Vester has been placed on administrative leave, but he has not decided whether it will be paid or unpaid leave... Vester was hired by the Medina Police Department in August 2009, according to his employee file. He worked at the Corinth, Miss., Police Department from April 2009 until he was hired in Medina. He had previously worked at the Humboldt Police Department from May 2002 to February of 2004. According to his application, he resigned from the department for personal reasons... [Full article here]
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[NY] Sheriff's Sgt. Dupras' 2nd time accused on domestic charges

...[Saratoga County Sheriff's Deputy Brent] Dupras' boss Sheriff James Bowen says the deputy will have to face the consequences... “I'm embarrassed for the people of Saratoga County. I've tried hard to give them a police department they can be proud of. This is an embarrassment to the whole department, every one of us, every man and woman that's in this department that works hard to make it go”... Investigators say Dupras went to the home to try to talk to his former girlfriend [LB]. She turned him away, but he didn't stay gone for long... Dupras pushed an air conditioning unit into a second floor window and climbed through... [LB] called 911 but says Dupras grabbed the phone...

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SARATOGA COUNTY SHERIFF'S SERGEANT ARRESTED FOR BREAKING INTO WOMAN'S HOME
cbs6albany.com
Michelle Kim
August 25, 2010 2:50 PM
[Excerpts] SARATOGA SPRINGS - A Saratoga County sheriff's sergeant has been arrested, accused of breaking into a woman's home through her second-floor window early Wednesday morning. According to Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy, Brent Dupras went to the Halfmoon home of an ex-girlfriend, with whom he once lived there, and entered the home after the woman told him to leave. The woman called State Police, and troopers arrested Dupras... The Sheriff's Office says Dupras has been suspended without pay for 30 days or until the outcome of the charges is determined, whichever comes first... [Full article here]

SARATOGA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY CHARGED WITH BURGLARY IN HALFMOON
Community News, cnweekly.com
By Emily Donohue
August 28, 2010
[Excerpts]...[Saratoga County Sheriff's Deputy Brent] Dupras, 41, of Cambridge, was arrested at 2 a.m. Wednesday in Halfmoon. He is charged with second-degree burglary, a felony. In the State Police's online blotter the incident is characterized as "domestic"... If he is found guilty, "he'll be all done," [Sheriff James] Bowen said... Bowen said Dupras had one prior incident, a harassment charge invovling his ex-wife that was dismissed several years ago. Dupras was arraigned in Halfmoon court in front of Judge Lester Wormuth early this morning and released without bail. He is next scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 13... "I think the story's being senationalized," [Dupras' attorney, Frederick] Rench said. "I dont think the charges are appropriate ... This is not what it seems, this is not what it appears to be"... [Full article here]

SARATOGA COUNTY DEPUTY CHARGED WITH BURGLARY
fox23news.com
Walt McClure
8/26 10:54 am
[Excerpts] ...41-year-old Brent Dupras is accused of breaking into his girlfriend's home while she slept - and it's not the first time he's been in trouble with the law. This latest incident happened Tuesday night in Halfmoon, and tonight, Dupras’ boss the sheriff says he's fed up with the deputy. Sgt. Brent Dupras has spent 17 years with the sheriff's department... FOX23 News tried to call him for his side of the story... Investigators say Dupras went to the home to try to talk to his former girlfriend [LB]. She turned him away, but he didn't stay gone for long - allegedly breaking in through a window air conditioning unit... [LB] says, “I was sleeping in bed and all of a sudden my bedroom light turned on and Brent was standing at the end of my bed. He immediately walked over to where I keep my cell phone and grabbed it to start looking through it.” [LB] called 911 but says Dupras grabbed the phone and slammed it down. The sheriff's department called back. [LB] says Dupras told her to “tell them everything was ok. He said he just wanted to talk. He proceeded to tell me to tell the dispatcher that everything was okay.” Dupras left before State Police arrived, but later turned himself in to be charged with burglary and criminal mischief. He was also charged with harassing his estranged wife several years ago, a charge that was later dropped, but the situation led Dupras to miss several Cambridge School Board meetings and ultimately lose his seat... Dupras' boss Saratoga County Sheriff James Bowen says the deputy will have to face the consequences. Bowen says, “I'm embarrassed for the people of Saratoga County. I've tried hard to give them a police department they can be proud of. This is an embarrassment to the whole department, every one of us, every man and woman that's in this department that works hard to make it go”... [Full article here]

...ANNONYMOUS
8/26/2010 9:58 PM
This whole situation is being blowed way out proportion. Dupras paid rent for the residence he was entering. There for to accuse for trespassing would be wrong. The news and the press should feel ashamed for putting Dupras's friends and family in this position it was unthoughtful and just rude. No one was using there head in this situation even Dupras, but no one knows what went on between Dupras and Barrett if there was tention between them she may have been fe'd up and wanted him to feel punished for there relationship going no where. Over all i hope everyone got a kick out of this because i know the Dupras family and friends are going threw very hard times right now with the news showing up at there house, and the children facing the emberassment. Thank you everyone involved in this for putting these innocent people in theses positions... [LINK]

SARATOGA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY CHARGED WITH BURGLARY
The Saratogian
By Emily Donohue
August 25, 2010
[Excerpts] A 17-year veteran of the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department was arrested by State Police early Wednesday morning and charged with burglary. Brent Dupras, 41, of Cambridge, was arrested at 2 a.m. Wednesday in Halfmoon. He is charged with second-degree burglary, a felony... Dupras has been a sergeant in the Sheriff’s Department for four years. He was suspended without pay today, according to Sheriff James Bowen... According to District Attorney James A. Murphy III, Dupras is accused of breaking into the home he once shared with his ex-girlfriend. Murphy said the pair had spoken at around 8 p.m. and the woman asked Dupras to leave her home. He did, but returned at around 11:30 p.m. Murphy said Dupras pushed an air conditioning unit into a second floor window and climbed through. The victim woke to find Dupras in her bedroom and an argument ensued. The woman tried to call 911 on her cell phone and Dupras allegedly grabbed it out of her hand. She called again on her house phone and the call was answered by dispatchers at the Sheriff’s Department... Dupras was at the home when police arrived and he was not armed, Murphy said... Another member of the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department was arrested last August and charged with sexually abusing several women while on duty. He is serving a six month sentence in Saratoga County Jail. [Full article here]
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