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Sunday, January 30, 2011

[NC] Deputy Jones fired after wife-assault allegations


FORSYTH COUNTY DEPUTY FIRED
Winston-Salem Journal
By Michael Hewlett
January 27, 2011
[Excerpts]
A Forsyth County sheriff's deputy has been fired after an internal investigation into allegations that he assaulted his wife by grabbing her and throwing a pumpkin at her. Sgt. Jonathan G. Jones, 41, of Clemmons was charged in November with misdemeanor assault on a female and interfering with an emergency communication. The charges are pending... He is scheduled to appear in court on the charges on Feb. 22. [Full article here]

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[NC] According to brass, Forsyth Co. Deputy Jones assault of his wife is a "personnel matter" - Forsyth County sheriff's deputy Jonathan Jones has been placed on administrative leave, accused of throwing a pumpkin at his wife, assaulting her, and obstructing a 911 call... Forsyth County Sheriff's Office spokesman Major Brad Stanley said he didn't know any of the details of the charges against Jones. "It is a personnel matter," Stanley said...
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[TN] Officer Wright arrested on domestic assault charge

CHATTANOOGA: POLICE OFFICER CHARGED WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Chattanooga Times Free Press
By: Kate Harrison
Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011
[Excerpts] A Chattanooga police officer was arrested Tuesday after a woman claimed he pushed her during an argument, police said. Chattanooga police have charged Officer Leroy Wright Jr. with one count of domestic simple assault and relieved him of duty... [The alleged victim] told police that she and Wright got into an argument on Dec. 12, 2010. She said Wright pushed her onto the sofa, held her down, prevented her from using the phone to call police, and slapped her with an open hand... According to Wright, he pushed her onto the sofa after seeing her at a bar with another man. When she called police, she hung up, so Wright said he took the phone... The Chattanooga Police Department Internal Affairs Division is currently conducting an investigation into the allegation... Wright is currently suspended with pay... [Full article here]
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[NJ] Detective Laverty charged with assault after female relative goes to police station bruised

PASSAIC SHERIFF'S DETECTIVE IS CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING 19-YEAR-OLD RELATIVE
The Record
By Erik Shilling
January 28, 2011
[Excerpts] A Passaic County Sheriff’s Department detective has been charged with simple assault after a 19-year-old woman entered police headquarters with bruising on the left side of her face, police said... the woman, identified only as a relative of Laverty’s, walked into the police station around 6:40 p.m. on Jan. 19... Laverty, a sheriff’s officer for more than 23 years, was then arrested at his home... William Maer, a sheriff’s department spokesman, said Laverty will work on modified duty until the charges are resolved. Laverty’s weapons were also confiscated after the incident was reported... Laverty most recently worked as a school resource officer at the Passaic County Technical Institute, but has since been assigned to work at the Passaic County Courthouse in Paterson... [Full article here]
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[MO] Wife of retired Jefferson City Police Officer III Paul Wade Plunkett is in jail for his murder

PAUL WADE PLUNKETT
Retired Jefferson City Police Officer III
(1958 - 2011)

Callaway County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Wilson charged Sandra Plunkett with first degree murder in the shooting death of her husband Paul... Police now say her story of the man in camouflage was made-up... She is being held in the Callaway County Jail without bond... The police department spokesman said it was obvious that Sandra Plunkett realized she could spend the rest of her life behind bars after she admitted to shooting her husband. In fact, Plunkett made a desperate move as she was being moved out of her holding cell on her way to jail. "She went for an officer's gun”... Paul was a law enforcement officer, starting his career with the Kennett Police Department and then the Butler County Sheriff's Department. In 1989, he joined the Jefferson City Police Department, where he had served on the SWAT Team, Community Policing Team, and was a Field Training Officer. He retired in 2008, as a Police Officer III. Paul was well respected by his co-workers and the citizens he came into contact with, and was a mentor to many of the younger officers he worked with...

DOUG SHOEMAKER OF THE JEFFERSON CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT:
"Paul was the kind of guy that was a natural leader, he was a good friend to everybody and he was there to help anytime they needed help. Even the people he arrested liked him."

NEWS EXCERPTS FROM THIS MONTH:

HOLTS SUMMIT, MO.
connectmidmissouri.com
by Meghan Lane
[Excerpts]

Updated Jan. 2 at 12:55 p.m. -Holts Summit police said 52 year old Paul Plunkett was murdered Saturday in his home... Police told KRCG the victim had a faint pulse when he was found and he was flown to a local hospital but died a short time later... The investigation is being worked by the Holts Summit Police Department and the Missouri Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control.

Jan. 2 at 9:20 p.m. -Police in Holts Summit spoke out Sunday about the murder of a retired Jefferson City Police officer. As of Sunday investigators hadn’t even called in the Major Case Squad because they have so few leads in the murder of 52-year-old Paul Plunkett. His wife found him shot in the head around 1p.m. Saturday afternoon at their Holts Summit home in the 200 block of Major Terrace. "We don't have things for the detectives to do,” Holts Summit Police Chief Kyle McIntyre said. “We're getting two or three leads at a time and with the amount of detectives we have working on it, we have plenty of people to cover those leads." Police Chief Kyle McIntyre said they have no suspects but they have collected what might be clues from the home... Saturday KRCG told you about a report of a man walking down the street in camouflage carrying a gun. Police said Plunkett's wife made that call just before she found her husband. Investigators still haven't found a man matching her description.

Monday, Jan. 3 at 11:50 a.m. -The Jefferson City Police Department released a statement on retired officer, Paul Plunkett. Plunkett worked with the department for 19 years. "On January 1, 2011, our agency was informed of the tragic death of retired Jefferson City Police Officer Paul Plunkett. While we will not discuss the circumstances of that case, we are providing any information requested by the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control and the Holts Summit Police Department. Officer Plunkett was employed by our agency from 1989 to 2008, when he retired in good standing at the rank of Police Officer III. He served in many capacities during his time with us, including membership on the Department SWAT Team and as a Field Training Officer. One of the accomplishments he was most proud of was his work with the Community Policing Team. He worked with local neighborhoods to solve quality of life challenges for those residents by reducing crime and improving their living conditions. Through this positive police-community partnership, Paul always tried to make a positive difference of those most in need. Paul was a mentor to many officers, and a friend to everyone. He was known as a kind and helpful person who was always fair in his treatment of others. His ability to establish rapport with people from all walks of life was unparalleled, and he was most respected because of his genuine concern for the well-being of those he met. Paul, in many respects, was the ideal police officer, mentor, and friend."

Update: Tuesday, Jan. 4 at 4:30 p.m.: The wife of a murdered former Jefferson City police officer has been arrested. Sandra Plunkett is currently in the Callaway County Jail... Sandra has not been charged yet.

Update: Tuesday, Jan. 4 at 7:20 p.m. -...Holts Summit Police arrested Sandra Plunkett... She is being held in the Callaway County Jail without bond. Callaway County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Wilson formally charged Plunkett with first degree murder just before 7 p.m. Tuesday in the shooting death of her husband Paul... He died while being life-flighted to the hospital. Police now say the story of the man in camouflage was made-up... [Holts Summit P.D. Marc] Haycook said Sandra has been cooperative in the investigation... A police department spokesman who said the entire department is saddened by the murder of their own. "Nobody had a bad thing to say about Paul. He was very well liked, not only by his peers here,” Jefferson City Police Dept. Cpt. Doug Shoemaker said. “He had a big group of friends outside of the department and even the people he dealt with. Situations that normally maybe negative police public situations, a traffic stop, an arrest, or something. Even those folks generally had high things to say about Paul"... On the day he was killed, he was at home recovering from a recent surgery.

Update: Tuesday, Jan. 4 at 7:50 p.m. -KRCG obtained court documents from Callaway County that said Sandra Plunkett admitted that she shot her husband, Paul Plunkett, in the head with a .22 caliber rifle. She then lead investigators to the .22 caliber rifle. Investigators said Sandra is being very cooperative.

Update: Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 8:25 p.m. -Police are forming a motive for the killing of Paul Plunkett, but won't talk about it further... The Holts Summit Police Chief Kyle McIntyre said Plunkett confessed to shooting her husband in the back of the head with a rifle during a polygraph test. He was lying in a hospital bed at the time, in the couple's bedroom... The couple filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against three University Hospital surgeons in December 2010 over what they claimed was a botched surgery.... The total damages the couple was seeking from the lawsuit is unknown, but Plunkett who was a nurse claimed she suffered emotionally and financially from her husband's condition... She was named in a wrongful death lawsuit in 2006, then a 2007 complaint prompted a lengthy investigation by the State Board of Nursing. Sandra lost her state nursing license just last month.

Update: Thursday, Jan. 6 at 7:35 p.m. -The Holts Summit Police Department released new details involving the New Years Day murder. The police department spokesman said it was obvious that Sandra Plunkett realized she could spend the rest of her life behind bars after she admitted to shooting her husband. In fact, Plunkett made a desperate move as she was being moved out of her holding cell on her way to jail. "She went for an officer's gun,” Haycook said. “It happened just in a split second, one minute she's sitting there, just calm as ever, quiet, not a problem and next thing you know, there's two officers battling for the officer's gun... That officer and another officer then had a brief struggle with Mrs Plunkett on the floor" ... Another detail the police are unsure of is why Sandra Plunkett murdered her husband... Haycook said there is no life insurance policies the department is aware of for Paul Plunkett except a small one from a police retirement program...


Update: Friday, Jan. 7 at 6:15 p.m. -The woman accused of killing her husband on New Year's Day made her first court appearance Friday morning. Sandra Plunkett, 37, appeared in a Callaway County court for an arraignment. Plunkett stood next to a public defender as the judge read the first degree murder charge against her... If convicted, she could face the death penalty or life in prison without parole. Services will be held Saturday afternoon for Paul Plunkett at the Houser-Millard Funeral Home and Sunday he will be laid to rest with full police honors in Dexter, Missouri.

Update: Sunday, Jan. 9 at 10:00 p.m. -Friends, family, and colleagues showed up to pay their last respects to a retired Jefferson City police officer. In Dexter, Missouri, Plunkett received full law enforcement honors at his funeral. Plunkett's wife, Sandra Plunkett, 37, was in Callaway county court Friday facing a first degree murder charge. Police say she confessed to shooting her husband while he lay in a hospital bed in their home.
[Full articles here]


PAUL PLUNKETT
Jefferson City News Tribune
January 6, 2011
[Excerpts] Paul Wade Plunkett, 52, of Holts Summit, passed away Saturday, January 1, 2011. He was born January 5, 1958, in Gobler, Missouri, a son of Paul Lee and Alta Duvall Plunkett. Paul was a 1975 graduate of Dexter High School and a 1997 graduate of Lincoln University. Paul was a law enforcement officer, starting his career with the Kennett Police Department and then the Butler County Sheriff's Department. In 1989, he joined the Jefferson City Police Department, where he had served on the SWAT Team, Community Policing Team, and was a Field Training Officer. He retired in 2008, as a Police Officer III. Paul was well respected by his co-workers and the citizens he came into contact with, and was a mentor to many of the younger officers he worked with. Following retirement, he owned and operated Bias Pest Control. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. Paul was also a guitar player, and had spent time in Nashville and toured with several performers including Norvel Felts and Loretta Lynn. He is survived by one son... one daughter... his mother... three brothers... three sisters... Graveside services and interment with full police honors will be held... Condolences may be left for the family online at millardfamilychapels.com [LINK]

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

[NM] Sheriff's Sgt. Chris LaBate arrested after allegedly using (tactical) wristlock on girlfriend

DEPUTY CHARGED IN DOMESTIC DISPUTE
Valencia County News Bulletin
Curt Gustafson
28 January 2011
[Excerpts] A Valencia County Sheriff's sergeant has been arrested on a charge of battery against a household member for allegedly placing a wrist lock on his girlfriend and injuring her during an argument. Christopher LaBate, 44, has been placed on paid administrative leave, pending an internal affairs investigation, said Valencia County Sheriff Louis Burkhard... Officers responded to LaBate's residence on the 40 block of Monica Road in Peralta in regard to a domestic disturbance, They encountered LaBate in the front yard, and he appeared to be intoxicated... LaBate, whose left cheek showed redness and swelling, told officers that he and his girlfriend, [BG], 44, had been in a fight when she struck him in the face twice. He then placed her in a wrist lock to prevent her from throwing any more punches, the report said. The officers found [BG] inside the house... When LeBate asked her to go to Home Depot with him, she declined, the report said. She said he then placed her in a wrist lock and attempted to pull her off a bed where she had been sleeping... She told officers she then struck him in the face twice to get him to stop, the report said. Officers observed that she had some redness and a scratch on her wrist. LeBate was booked into Valencia County Detention Center and then released on his own recognizance. [Full article here]

30-PLUS COMPETE FOR LLPD CHIEF JOB
Valencia County News Bulletin
Melissa Hubbell
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Los Lunas Less than a month after the former Los Lunas Police Chief's retirement, the newly vacant position has drawn than 30 applicants hoping for the job... The applicants for Los Lunas Police Chief are: ...Christopher R. LaBate of Peralta, with 20-plus years law enforcement experience. He's been with the Valencia County Sheriff's Department since 2007... [Full article here]
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[VA] Civil and domestic-relations attorney Ferris killed after firing on SWAT during standoff

A highly regarded civil and domestic-relations attorney pRichard C. Ferris II] was fatally shot by Chesterfield County police Friday after twice firing on officers following an overnight standoff... Officers kept their distance but re-established contact with Mrs. Ferris, who told police that she wasn't concerned about herself but was worried about her husband... The department's hostage negotiation and SWAT teams were called, "and they basically spent the next three hours trying to convince her to leave the house with her children"... "Everyone from the judges, attorneys and clerks are equally shocked. Everyone was blindsided"...

CHESTERFIELD LAWYER KILLED BY POLICE AFTER STANDOFF
Richmond Times Dispatch
By Mark Bowes
Published: January 29, 2011
[Excerpts] A highly regarded civil and domestic-relations attorney was fatally shot by Chesterfield County police Friday after twice firing on officers following an overnight standoff at his Chesterfield home, police said. Richard C. Ferris II, 45, was killed about 8 a.m. when he fired at officers from the garage of his home in the 11200 block of Timber Point Drive for the second time in about 10 minutes, Chesterfield police Maj. Terry Patterson said Police were first called to the home in Woodland Pond subdivision near Pocahontas State Park at 11:42 p.m. Thursday after Chesterfield emergency communications received a 911 hang-up call. When the dispatch center re-established contact, they determined Mrs. Ferris had dialed 911 and she advised that she was concerned about her husband's welfare, Patterson said. When officers arrived they heard what sounded like gunfire inside the house, Patterson said. Officers kept their distance but re-established contact with Mrs. Ferris, who told police that she wasn't concerned about herself but was worried about her husband... The department's hostage negotiation and SWAT teams were called, "and they basically spent the next three hours trying to convince her to leave the house with her children," Patterson said. She and her four children, ranging in age from pre-school to teenager, departed safely. Negotiators then repeatedly tried to make contact with Ferris throughout the night... When that failed, officers tried forcing him out by firing tear gas canisters... At about 7:50 a.m., Ferris emerged from the house into his garage and fired on SWAT team members... Ferris was earlier observed in the house with a rifle slung over his back... "Needless to say, [Mrs. Ferris] is very upset, very distraught, and is not really communicating with us right now," Patterson said. Several hours after the shooting, two women in a black BMW arrived and tried to slowly drive through a police barricade to reach the house. The driver, who later identified herself as Ferris's mother, initially ignored several police commands to stop. The two women then got out and screamed hysterically after learning that Ferris had been killed. Both women repeatedly tried to walk past the officers to the house and were physically restrained... "The [Chesterfield] courthouse is kind of in shock," said defense attorney Greg Sheldon, who had a professional relationship with Ferris. "It's difficult to fathom that anything like this could happen... Chesterfield prosecutor Melissa Hoy, who did some guardian ad litem work with Ferris when she was in private practice in the 1990s, was equally stunned. "Everyone is as shocked as I am," Hoy said. "Everyone from the judges, attorneys and clerks are equally shocked. Everyone was blindsided"... Chesterfield Circuit Court judges must formally appoint a special prosecutor in the case... [Full article here]

FRIEND OF CHESTERFIELD ATTORNEY SHOT BY POLICE SPEAKS OUT
NBC12
By Tara Morgan
Posted: Jan 28, 2011
Updated: Jan 29, 2011
[Excerpts] Nearly twenty four hours after a deadly standoff in Chesterfield, police continue to work at the scene piecing together what happened. Officers shot a prominent attorney at his home on Timber Point Drive in the Woodland Pond neighborhood in southern Chesterfield... "He fired a weapon at the officers and they returned fire," said Major Terry Patterson with Chesterfield police... Ferris lived with his wife Michelle and their children. After a 911 hang up in the middle of the night, dispatchers got ahold of Michelle Ferris who police say was concerned about her husband's welfare. Police say tear gas, and a negotiations attempt didn't work. "The officers certainly - their concern was to get innocent people out of the house," said Major Patterson... [Full article here]
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Thursday, January 27, 2011

[CA] Placer County Lt. John Savage on trial: "I absolutely did not fire a weapon on that night or that day"


...[Prosecutor Matt] Block wanted to know why [Placer County Sheriff's Lieutenant John Savage] refused to let [officers] search his car or his wife’s. "I said that I was not going to give them consent to search my car," Savage said. "It was infringing on my rights. I did not know what is in my wife’s car and that would infringe on her rights." The prosecutor tried to paint a picture of guilt by Savage refusing to take a Gunshot Residue Test to determine if he had fired a gun. "(The test) is inaccurate," Savage explained...

...All of the neighbors who spoke to News10 asked that they not be identified for fear of retaliation...

Excerpts from 2009 thru yesterday's news:

PLACER SHERIFF'S LT. PROBED IN SHOTS FIRED INCIDENT
KXTV/News10
10/12/2009
[Excerpts] Rocklin police are investigating a report by neighbors that a Placer County sheriff's lieutenant fired multiple shots into the air in front of his home. According to an official police log obtained by News10, a neighbor on Lakebreeze Drive called 911 Thursday at 9:43 p.m. to report hearing five or six gunshots. Another neighbor told News10 she actually witnessed the sheriff's officer shooting into the air. "He took the gun out, pointed it into the air and shot if off," the neighbor said. According to the witness, the lieutenant had come out of the house wearing pajama bottoms and a tank top and immediately went back into the house after the shooting incident, slamming a courtyard gate and the front door behind him. All of the neighbors who spoke to News10 asked that they not be identified for fear of retaliation... A Placer County sheriff's spokesman said his department was aware of the incident but has not taken any immediate action against the lieutenant. "As it stands right now it's just an allegation," Lt. Jeff Ausnow told News10... [Full article here]

PLACER SHERIFF'S LT. IDENTIFIED AS SUSPECT IN SHOTS FIRED INCIDENT
KXTV/News10
Posted: 10/19/2009
[Excerpts] Police investigators have identified Placer County Sheriff's Lt. John Savage as the suspect in an incident involving the negligent discharge of a firearm, a potential felony. Rocklin Police Department spokesman Lt. Terry Roide said the report is being forwarded to the Placer County District Attorney. "Our investigators felt there was enough information to send it to the DA for review"... According to the official police log obtained by News10, a neighbor on Lakebreeze Drive called 911 at 9:43 p.m. on Oct. 8 and reported hearing five or six gunshots. Another neighbor told News10 she actually witnessed the sheriff's officer shooting into the air... Roide said the case was investigated as a violation of penal code section 246.3, which addresses the discharge of a firearm in a grossly negligent manner that could lead to injury or death... Savage is a former dog handler and internal affairs investigator. Neighbors said he is currently assigned to the sheriff's Loomis substation. [Full article here]

PLACER SHERIFF'S LIEUTENANT CHARGED IN SHOTS FIRED CASE
KXTV/News10
Posted: 3/12/2010
[Excerpts] The Placer County district attorney filed a criminal complaint Friday charging Placer County sheriff's Lt. John Savage with discharging a firearm with gross negligence... Savage is being charged under penal code section 246.3, which allows prosecutors discretion to file as either a misdemeanor or a felony. Deputy District Attorney Clark Gehlbach, who signed the complaint, chose to file as a misdemeanor. He declined to say what led to the decision. District attorney spokesman Art Campos said he was aware of criticism about the length of time it took his office to reach a decision... Placer County sheriff's spokesman Lt. Jeff Ausnow was notified of the criminal complaint and later issued a written statement to the media. "We are very concerned about the criminal allegation against one of our officers and take the charges very seriously. Lt. John Savage is currently on active duty and is assigned to the main office in Auburn. We are monitoring this case and are running a concurrent personnel investigation, which by law restricts us from making further comments," the statement said. Savage has since moved away from Lakebreeze Drive... "Hopefully, the Placer County Sheriff's Department realizes this man has a problem. Hopefully they get him the help he needs because he's a bit unstable," she said... [Full article here]

TRIAL BEGINS FOR DEPUTY ACCUSED OF FIRING GUN: Lt. John Savage facing $1,000 fine, jail for Rocklin incident
Placer Herald
By Jon Brine
1/25/11
[Excerpts] The criminal trial of a Placer County Sheriff’s officer, Lt. John Savage, accused of firing his weapon outside his Rocklin home in October 2009, began in Roseville Monday. Prosecutor Matt Block said the incident all began when motion lights were activated on the defendant’s Lakebreeze Drive home in Rocklin. He said a witness, named [DW], would describe how she saw Savage run to his car pull a gun and fire it into the air. Savage is accused of gross negligence in discharging his firearm. In his opening statement, Defense attorney Tim Balcom described the trial as a case of mistaken identity that was botched by the Rocklin Police Department who failed to follow all leads... Balcom told jurors the only witness who allegedly saw Savage fire his weapon in the air had an axe to grind. [DW] is good friends with Savage’s landlord, who after the incident evicted him, and her brother worked for Rocklin Police, according to Balcom... Balcom described some of the doubt in the case... The prosecution brought three witnesses to the stand, neighbors of Savages, who all said between three to five shots came from the direction of Savage’s house. Today more witnesses will testify including Savage who will take the stand in his own defense... Savage is facing a $1,000 fine and up to a year in jail. Savage is currently a watch commander for Placer County Sheriff’s Office working in Auburn. Day two of the trial begins today at 9 a.m. in Dept. 32 of Placer County Superior Court... [Full article here]

DEPUTY TAKES STAND IN GUNFIRE CASE
Placer Herald
By Jon Brines
1/26/11
[Excerpts] A Placer County Sheriff’s lieutenant on trial for allegedly shooting a gun in his Rocklin neighborhood in a 2009 incident took the stand in his own defense Wednesday. For about an hour, Lt. John Savage explained what happened from his point of view on that Oct. 8 night outside his then Lakebreeze Drive home. At one point he turned to the jury, looked at them and said, "I absolutely did not fire a weapon on that night or that day"... Savage is accused of discharging a firearm, which could carry a $1,000 fine and up to one year in jail, if convicted. Savage told the jury he had just got off work and was in his bedroom when he and his wife heard gunshots outside their house... Savage then explained how he saw his wife try to call 911 while he walked out of his front door to retrieve his duty weapon from the back seat of his unmarked patrol car... Rocklin officers then arrived to investigate the shots fired report. After they made contact with Savage, he was searched and told he was going to be put in the back of their patrol car. Savage refused... Savage sat on the curb until officers searched his house and found two guns that were not fired and two magazines for a third gun that was not present, according to the Rocklin Police Department... The only witness in the case, [DW], daughter of [JW] and [LW], testified that she saw Savage firing what appeared to be a gun and said Savage put an "object" back in the car and picked up pieces of something off of the ground. [Prosecutor Matt] Block asked him why he had bullet magazines for a gun he did not have at the house. "They were for a gun up in my office," Savage said. Block then tried to point out to the jury that the actual weapon allegedly used in this crime was inside his car where he refused to let officers go. "They would have found a .380 (gun)," Block said. Savage denied it. "No they would not," Savage said. Block wanted to know why he refused to let them search his car or his wife’s. "I said that I was not going to give them consent to search my car," Savage said. "It was infringing on my rights. I did not know what is in my wife’s car and that would infringe on her rights." The prosecutor tried to paint a picture of guilt by Savage refusing to take a Gunshot Residue Test to determine if he had fired a gun. "(The test) is inaccurate," Savage explained. "I told them I would not voluntarily take one. I was being cooperative. I was courteous, but cautious because I was concerned for my rights." Block wanted to know why Savage did not investigate the shots fired if he knew he was the only law enforcement officer on the scene right after the shooting. Savage said it was not proper for him to investigate it and that he was more in the role as a witness... [Full article here]
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

[IL] Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy John Sanders' wife said to have been punched, choked unconscious while holding toddler


...State Police testified that Patricia Sanders’ mother, Betty Smith of Olney, called Olney police after her daughter told her she was choked by her husband to the point of passing out Dec. 26... "Patricia Sanders showed her mother bruising on her neck and said she was punched and choked by John," Morgan said. "She was choked while holding their 3-year-old daughter"...

I'd call that charge DAMN-NEAR-MURDER.

NEWS EXCERPTS FROM JAN 5 & JAN 25:

SHELBY COUNTY DEPUTY CHARGED WITH FELONY DOMESTIC ABUSE ALSO FACES FILING DEADLINE FOR HIS STEWARDSON BOARD SEAT
Herald-Review.com
By HERB MEEKER
January 5, 2011 12:01 am
[Excerpts] A Shelby County sheriff's deputy charged with aggravated domestic battery is also an officeholder facing a deadline to file for an April 5 village board election. John M. Sanders has held a village trustee seat in Stewardson for nearly eight years... Sanders, 45, is accused of attempting to strangle his wife Dec. 26 in Stewardson during an alleged domestic incident. The deputy has been placed on administrative leave with pay due to his Dec. 28 arrest on the Class 2 felony. Sanders is free on $500 bail... The sheriff said this is the first time one of his officers has been charged with a criminal offense. Miller said his office reacted quickly to the incident report when it was forwarded by Illinois State Police investigators... Miller said he requested state police handle the criminal probe as part of the due diligence to avoid potential conflicts of interest. "I wanted it to be as unbiased an investigation as possible, and I want him to get a fair day in court as well," Miller said. "That is why I wanted (state police) Zone 5 involved right away. We didn't want the public to think he might get preferential treatment," Miller said... [Full article here]

JUDGE RULES ENOUGH EVIDENCE EXISTS TO PROCEED WITH SHELBY COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASE
Shelby County News
By Sharon Barricklow
Tue, Jan 25, 2011
[Excerpts] Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputy John Sanders will face felony charges of domestic violence after a judge ruled Monday there was enough evidence to proceed in the case. Sanders was arrested last month after he allegedly choked his wife, Patricia, at their Stewardson home... Patricia Sanders had sent text messages to her sister indicating a "911 situation" and asking their mother, Betty Smith of Olney, to come to the store the Sanders’ own... when Smith came to the store, Patricia Sanders showed her bruising on her neck and said she had been punched and choked by John Sanders... Smith said she also asked the couple’s three-year-old daughter about the incident. "She said Daddy choked her mother"...[Sheriff Mike] Miller was on the phone with the State Police when he received a call from John Sanders about an "incident" involving his family. Shelbyville attorney Walter Lookofsky, representing Sanders, asked why an arrest was made after only Betty Smith was interviewed by the State Police... "The investigators never talked to John Sanders, Patricia Sanders or their daughter. Patty Sanders never told you she had been choked." Judge Douglas Jarman ruled there was enough evidence to proceed with charges. Sanders will be arraigned in Shelby County on February 23. The case is being prosecuted by Lorinda Lamken of the Illinois State Appellate Prosecutor’s office to avoid a conflict of interest with Shelby County State’s Attorney Deborah Riley... Lamken said the nature of the investigation was keyed to protecting victims. "In domestic violence cases our first and most important goal is to protect the victim," she said. [Full article here]

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASE AGAINST SHELBY CO. DEPUTY PROCEEDS
Herald & Review
By Sharon Barricklow
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 1:17 am
[Excerpts] Shelby County Deputy John Sanders appeared in Shelby County Court on Monday, where a judge ruled there was enough evidence to charge him in the alleged choking of his wife. Judge Douglas Jarman set an arraignment for Feb. 23 in the case after Special Agent Eric Morgan of the Illinois State Police testified that Patricia Sanders’ mother, Betty Smith of Olney, called Olney police after her daughter told her she was choked by her husband to the point of passing out Dec. 26. The Olney Police Department notified the state police, who contacted Shelby County Sheriff Mike Miller. "Patricia Sanders showed her mother bruising on her neck and said she was punched and choked by John," Morgan said. "She was choked while holding their 3-year-old daughter"... Appellate Prosecutor Lorinda Lamken, acting in place of Shelby County State’s Attorney Deborah Riley, said special procedures sometimes apply in domestic violence cases. "Our first concern is with the safety of the victim," she said. "That’s the first and most important thing." [Full article here]
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[MI] Police Union President Speer charged with domestic assault of wife

POLICE: FLINT POLICE OFFICER'S ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT KEITH SPEER HAD ARGUMENT WITH WIFE THAT 'ESCALATED'
Flint Journal
By David Harris
January 24, 2011
[Excerpts] Michigan — Flint Police Officer's Association President Keith Speer had and argument with his wife that "escalated," according to Genesee Township Police... “There was pushing, shoving (and) grabbing”... Speer has been the union president since 2003, according to Flint Journal files. He has been a Flint police officer since 1986, according to his Facebook account. Flint city spokeswoman Dawn Jones declined to comment on Speer's status as a Flint Police officer. "The alleged issue involving Officer Keith Speer is being handled by the authorities and the city will not discuss personnel issues regarding our employees," she said in a statement. Speer was charged with domestic assault, a misdemeanor, according to the 67th District Court. He was arraigned in front of District Judge Larry Stecco... He was booked into the Lapeer County Jail at 12:30 a.m. Monday and released around noon Monday... [Full article here]
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[OR] Clackamas County Sheriff Roberts: Agency employees will be held to the standards of the law.


CLACKAMAS SHERIFF REAFFIRMS ORDER AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE; PLEDGES TO IMPROVE HIRING, TRAINING, DISCIPLINE
The Oregonian
By Rick Bella
January 21, 2011, 6:30 AM
[Excerpts] Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts already has checked the first recommendation off the list. When a county task force submitted its recommendations for improving the sheriff's hiring, training and disciplinary practices, Roberts immediately issued an order reaffirming a "zero-tolerance" policy toward domestic violence by deputies. Roberts said he already had been working on the order, which spells out a protocol for handling complaints against employees. "It clearly states that agency employees will be held to the standards of the law," Roberts said. "Domestic violence will not be tolerated." Domestic violence spurred the county commissioners to appoint the task force. Last year [Feb. 12, 2010], an off-duty sheriff's sergeant went on a shooting rampage, killing his estranged wife [Charolette Grahn], two of her friends [Kathleen Hoffmeister and Victoria Schulmerich] and then himself. The sergeant, Jeffrey A. Grahn, earlier had been investigated after authorities received a domestic violence complaint. No charges or internal disciplinary measures were filed when the investigation failed to turn up solid evidence. It is not known whether prosecuting or disciplining Grahn could have prevented the killings. However, the commissioners hoped the sheriff's office would adopt systems to detect early warning signs and prevent future problems... Other recommendations... Establish higher education requirements for entry positions and promotions... Clarify probationary language and align with contract language... Ensure regular ethics policy review and training... Clarify the role of sergeants... Conduct a job-task analysis for all positions and develop associated job descriptions... Develop a new performance-evaluation system by July 2011... Develop policies for evaluating physical and psychological fitness for duty... Provide human-relations training for supervisors and managers... Develop an early intervention system... Attain state accreditation... Increase staffing for internal investigations and report directly to the sheriff... Improve the database of complaints... Inform the district attorney's office of any criminal misconduct complaints against employees... [Full article here]

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Monday, January 24, 2011

[OH] No charges after wife and children of Monroeville Officer Wallace Johnson flee him in fear. (It's not their first domestic.)


...The chief recalled an earlier domestic disturbance or argument that required officers to respond. “There was at least once when the guys went up there”...

TERRORISTIC

THREATENING

Monroeville Police website:
...Officer Johnson served proudly with the Cedar Point, Bay View and Castalia Police Departments before coming back to his roots here in Monroeville... [LINK]

Reported earlier this month:

REPORT: M'VILLE COP THREATENED TO SHOOT WIFE
Norwalk Reflector
Cary Ashby
Jan 06 2011
[Excerpts] A domestic violence case involving Monroeville Police Officer Wallace Johnson has been “handled,” but village officials are remaining quiet. Norwalk police officers responded to Johnson’s home Nov. 11 after his wife and children “were in fear for their safety” when they came to the police station, police said. A report indicates Johnson was accused of threatening to shoot his wife in the head during an argument over Johnson’s wife wanting a divorce... [Mayor Sharon] Miller said Johnson remains employed with the police department... “We handled the situation and the officer returned to work,” the mayor said... She declined to answer further questions... The incident happened at the Johnsons’ Cherry Street home while both of their daughters, who were 9 and 14 at the time, were reportedly in the same room. Capt. Mike Conney, in his report, said he saw that Johnson’s wife and the two girls were crying and barefoot “wearing pajama pants and without coats” despite it being 43 degrees outside... “He had been drinking. He had made some verbal threats toward her,” Chief Dave Light said about Johnson, noting there was no physical violence. Johnson, when interviewed, denied saying he would shoot his wife. He also told police his wife hit him in the hand with a laptop computer during the dispute and she “is the one who gets physical.” “Wallace advised he believes she is making up lies as a way of getting back at him for cheating on her in the past,” Conney wrote in his report... [By] the time Johnson’s wife came to the office “she changed her mind about doing anything about it” and Johnson was released from custody. “There were no official charges filed,” Light said. Johnson was placed on paid administrative leave for an undisclosed amount of time. Light said there have been no further domestic violence complaints against Johnson. However, the chief recalled an earlier domestic disturbance or argument that required officers to respond. “There was at least once when the guys went up there,” Light said. “Each time it involved alcohol.” When asked if Johnson has issues related to alcohol abuse, Light referred questions to Monroeville officials. Johnson couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday.... When officers handle domestic situations or complaints involving other officers, Light said: “It’s uncomfortable for everybody involved. But nobody is above the law,” he added. [LINK]

From web comments:

...This is what the police report states: "he saw that Johnson’s wife and the two girls were crying and barefoot “wearing pajama pants and without coats” despite it being 43 degrees outside when they arrived at the station." And now the mother says she "changed" her mind about doing anything about it??? After the kids were put thru that?? I not only question his sanity, for her to do that to her children "to get back at him for cheating" is disgusting and neither parent are providing a secure safe home for these children. The TRUTH is documented...

...Woman, hope you get your divorce in exchange for not pressing charges! Otherwise, you better reconsider...

...The STATE can file all the charges it wants. However, if the victim chooses NOT to cooperate and if law enforcement is not present at the time to witness the incident, then there is not much that can be done...

...I thought when Domestic Violence occurs, it's the STATE who files the charges, not the victim. Of course she's going to drop charges or change her story, THAT is what victims of DV do! He should be terminated immediately and his gun taken away. I bet those 2 children didn't want the charges dropped, they are probably scared to death living back with him. This is a tragedy waiting to happen and the investigating police force should be held accountable when it does. DFACS should also intervene and interview the children without the parents present. If the Johnson's want to live in a violent atmosphere, let them, but don't put the kids thru it...

...Here is a link, since you can't/won't do your own homework.... http://www.purpleberets.org/violence_dv_extent_problem.html This, on top of the SEVERAL LE Officers, male/female, last year in Ohio alone that MURDERED their family members. Either your head is "in the sand", or, you are PART of the problem and deny it...

...CHECKED OUT THAT WEBSITE.WOULD NEVER HAVE KNOWN IF YOU HADN'T BROUGHT IT TO OUR ATTENTION.EVERY ONE SHOULD GO THERE...

...Johnson didn't like his wife telling him she wanted a divorce??? hmmm, I can't imagine why she would want out of this marriage... (sarcasm) Now, dip**** is back on the force, what's going to happen while on duty if a citizen says something that he doesn't like...

...I bet it was handled. It obviously didn't result in a charge of Domestic Violence. I say that because federal law bars someone who has been found guilty of Domestic Violence to have a firearm, which means he would no longer be able to work in law enforcement. This happens all to often so that LE can keep their jobs. If it was Joe Citizen they could care less... [Full article here]
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[MN] Superior Polce Sgt. Hawkins arrested, accused of punching girlfriend in the face

There's no mention of whether or not there was evidence of injury but it's hard to imagine the sgt. would be arrested for that allegation without indication that it happened.

Superior police officer held in Carlton County on assault charges
Duluth News Tribune
By: Mark Stodghill
January 24 2011
[Excerpts] A Superior police officer is being held in the Carlton County Jail on misdemeanor domestic assault charges. Daniel Hawkin II, 43, of Duluth, a sergeant in the Superior Police Department, was arrested by Duluth police about 11:45 a.m. Sunday after receiving a report that Hawkin was involved in a domestic dispute. Hawkin has been with the Superior force for 19 years... Hawkin has been placed on paid administrative leave... [Full article here]

Superior Police Sergeant Arrested
WDIO
Posted at: 01/24/2011 2:58 PM
Updated at: 01/24/2011 3:11 PM
[Excerpts] A sergeant with the Superior Police Department was arrested Sunday after his girlfriend accused him of punching her in the face. Daniel Hawkin II, 43, of Duluth has been charged with fifth-degree domestic assault, a misdemeanor, and is being held in the Carlton County Jail until his initial court appearance Tuesday... The department said it would not release any other information at this time because the investigations have not yet been completed. [Full article here]
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[MN] Updated: Officer Abdulkadir's wife outnumbered in court - about 100 to 1.

The court couldn't find the common sense to keep Minneapolis Police Officer Mukhtar Abdulkadir in jail? Pray for this situation, please. Who can imagine...?

...The complaint states that Abdulkadir punched his wife, covered her face with a pillow, hit her in the face with the butt of his handgun and threatened to kill her if she went to the police... She had visible injuries... Officer Abdulkadir told police his wife hit herself... She also said she had been afraid to tell police because of her husband's job as a police officer... On Friday, she came to the county attorney's office and recanted her story, saying she lied and wasn't sure how she was injured... The department did say that his work duty as a patrol officer in the First Precinct was changed to home assignment...

UPDATE:

...Abdulkadir was ordered to have no contact with his wife or the couple's two children... Nearly 100 people showed up at Abdulkadir's bail hearing Monday morning, all of whom seemed to be supporting the defendant...


UPDATE:
...Abdulkadir has been rehired with BACKPAY. See comments below.  


MINNEAPOLIS COP ARRESTED, FACES DOMESTIC ASSAULT CHARGE
Pioneer Press
By Sarah Horner
01/21/2011
[Excerpts] A Minneapolis police officer was charged today, accused of assaulting his wife on Thursday. Mukhtar A. Abdulkadir, 36, faces felony charges of domestic assault, terroristic threats and assault... Abdulkadir is a patrol officer for the Minneapolis Police Department. The complaint states that Abdulkadir punched his wife, covered her face with a pillow, hit her in the face with the butt of his handgun and threatened to kill her if she went to the police. Abdulkadir's wife reported the incident to authorities... The wife later changed her story when she went to the Anoka County attorney's office today and said she did not know how the injuries occurred... He denied he assaulted his wife and said she was the one who had been hitting herself... In her intitial account to authorites, the wife said Adbulkadir had been violent with her in the past and pointed his gun at her on several occasions. She also said she had been scared to tell the police because of of Abdulkadir's position with Minneapolis police... The department did say that his work duty as a patrol officer in the First Precinct was changed to home assignment on Friday, department spokesman Sgt. William Palmer said... [Full article here]

MINNEAPOLIS OFFICER ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING HIS WIFE
Minneapolis Star Tribune
David Chanen
January 21, 2011
[Excerpts] A Minneapolis police officer was charged with felony assault Friday, accused of hitting his wife in the face with a gun and threatening to kill her... he threw her on the couch and punched her in the ribs, the complaint said. As she was screaming, he put a pillow over her head, according to the document. With his 3-year-old child yelling at him to stop, Abdulkadir grabbed a handgun from a closet and hit his wife in the face with the butt end, the charges said... She went to her parents' house. When she returned home, he threatened to kill her, the complaint said... "Anytime there is a domestic assault with a weapon and children are present, it's an immense public safety concern," said Assistant Anoka County Attorney C. Ryan Tennison. Abdulkadir told police his wife hit herself and she assaulted him. On Friday, she came to the county attorney's office and recanted her story, saying she lied and wasn't sure how she was injured, the complaint said. She had visible injuries consistent with her earlier disclosure... It's not unusual for an abuse victim to recant... [Full article here]

MINNEAPOLIS COP ACCUSED OF ATTACKING HIS WIFE: Patrol officer says she hit herself
Pioneer Press
By Sarah Horner
01/22/2011
[Excerpts]...The complaint says Abdulkadir punched his 23-year-old wife in the ribs, covered her face with a pillow, hit her in the face with the butt of his handgun and threatened to kill her if she went to the police... Investigators noted and photographed injuries on her face... Friday, the wife changed her story, the complaint says. Meeting with officials with the Anoka County attorney's office, she told them she had lied earlier and didn't know how her injuries occurred. Officials filed the charges against Abdulkadir anyway, said C.P. Ryan Tennison, assistant Anoka County attorney. "It's not unusual in domestic abuses cases for a victim to minimize or recant" previous statements, Tennison said. "Based on the evidence we have, we are proceeding with the charges"... She also said she had been afraid to tell police because of her husband's job as a police officer... A bail hearing in the case is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday... [Full article here]

UPDATE:

MINNEAPOLIS OFFICER CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING WIFE AT ANDOVER HOME MAKES BAIL, DRAWS SUPPORTERS: ABOUT 100 CAME IN APPARENT SUPPORT [FOR ACCUSED OFFICER]
By Sarah Horner
Updated: 01/24/2011 11:40:03 PM CST
[Excerpts] A Minneapolis police officer charged Friday with felony assault for allegedly attacking his wife was released on bail Monday. Mukhtar Abdulkadir, 36, was released from the Anoka County jail Monday afternoon after posting $50,000 bail... Abdulkadir was ordered to have no contact with his wife or the couple's two children... Nearly 100 people showed up at Abdulkadir's bail hearing Monday morning, all of whom seemed to be supporting the defendant... "In all my years, I have never seen a courtroom filled in a domestic violence case with that level of support for the defendant," Young said. He added that it seemed nobody was there in support of Abdulkadir's wife... His next scheduled court hearing in the case is Feb. 16... [Full article here]

UPDATE:

SUPPORTERS OF SOMALI POLICE OFFICER PACK COURTROOM: Mukhtar Abdulkadir pleaded not guilty to assaulting his wife, who has recanted allegations. The couple also face a child protection order.
Star Tribune
Article by: David Chanen
Updated: February 16, 2011 - 9:03 PM

There wasn't nearly enough space in a small Anoka County courtroom Wednesday to accommodate more than 80 relatives, friends and Somali community members who came to support Mukhtar Abdulkadir, a Minneapolis police officer accused of hitting his wife with his service revolver while his young son screamed for him to stop.

In another part of the courthouse, Abdulkadir's wife communicated through her attorney that she wanted to lift a no-contact order barring her husband from contacting her or his children after already recanting the abuse allegation.

Amid those developments, in a twist that surprised everybody in the courtroom, including the judge, came word that Abdulkadir and his wife had been served with a child protection order to check on their two children's long-term welfare. The two are living with their mother.

Abdulkadir, of Andover, is one of only a few Somali police officers in Minnesota. He is a role model whom kids look up to, said Omar Jamal, former director of the Somali Justice Advocacy Center who was at Wednesday's hearing. Now, said Jamal, the officer and father who is helping build relationships between the Somali community and police "is being destroyed right in front of us."

In the courtroom, District Judge Tammi Fredrickson said that she wasn't thrilled with the timing of the child protection order and that "much of this case is unusual."

She kept the no-contact order in place regarding his wife, but modified it to allow Abdulkadir to visit his children several times a week at a designated parenting center.

Abdulkadir, 36, who has been on street patrol for a year and a half, has been on paid leave since he was charged in January with felony second-degree assault, terroristic threats and domestic assault. The internal affairs unit of the Minneapolis Police Department is investigating.

The allegations

According to the criminal complaint against him, Abdulkadir threw his wife on the couch after an argument and punched her in the ribs. As she was screaming, he put a pillow over her head, according to the charges. With his 3-year-old son yelling at him to stop, he grabbed a handgun from a closet and hit his wife in the face with the butt end, the charges said. She did not seek medical treatment.

According to the complaint, she told police her husband had been violent with her in the past and had threatened to kill her.

Several days later, she came to the county attorney's office and recanted her story, saying she had lied and wasn't sure how she was injured, the complaint said.

On Wednesday, Abdulkadir pleaded not guilty, a step that usually takes place several hearings down the line. Robert Fowler, his attorney, said Abdulkadir wanted to plead early to signal his intent to fight the charges.

"There are problems with this case," Fowler said. "The victim has made five statements. How credible is she?"

Earlier, an outraged Ryan Kaess, representing Abdulkadir's wife, had asked for a recess because he had been served with the child protection order in the previous half-hour. He said that the action was outrageous and that he was greatly troubled that the county attorney's office would bring a petition against somebody who is a victim.

"Her children haven't seen their father since he was charged," Kaess said. "She wants the no-contact order lifted. She's trying to put her marriage back together."

The prosecution also learned about the child-protection order during the hearing.

Paul Young, head of the violent crime unit of the Anoka County attorney's office, said social services had been involved in the case after the allegations came to light.

In arguing to keep the no-contact order in place, he said his office recently received evidence that Abdulkadir hurt his wife in front of one of his children several years ago. Fredrickson agreed she was concerned about future risk to the children.

Fowler also sharply criticized the timing of the child protection order, saying the county attorney's office was using it as leverage on Abdulkadir's wife.

"She now faces a choice. If she makes her views known, she might lose her children," he said. "I've never seen the long arm of the law used in such an intimidating way."

After ruling on the no-contact order, Fredrickson said she understands that Abdulkadir's wife might feel like she's being punished, "but I'm not willing to lift the order."

David Chanen • 612-673-4465 [LINK]
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Saturday, January 22, 2011

To whomever sent me an anonymous email from address no-reply@gigya.com


If you sent me a link and emailed me from the email address "no-reply@gigya.com" I have to let you know that I don't click on anything that I can't see what it is, and that I can't reply to the sender to ask about. I don't want to miss info that has to do with a case or victim though - so if that was not spam and you were just trying to stay anonymous, try another way to get the the info to me. (You can do it!)
Thanks.

[WA] Former Washington State Trooper Ronda Reynolds' cause of death will be decided by a coroner's inquest

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INQUEST ORDERED INTO THE 1998 DEATH OF STATE TROOPER RONDA REYNOLDS
Seattle Times
By Nancy Bartley
Thursday, January 20, 2011
[Excerpts] The cause of death of former Washington State Trooper Ronda Reynolds will be decided by a coroner's inquest, Lewis County's newly elected Coroner Warren McLeod has decided... He decided to appoint Franklin County Coroner Dan Blasdel to preside over the inquest... While the date hasn't been set yet, the inquest will be held in another county, McLeod said, because he fears the Lewis County jury pool might have been tainted by 12 years of publicity about the case. Recently, the case was the subject of an Ann Rule book, "In the Still of the Night: The Strange Death of Ronda Reynolds and Her Mother's Unceasing Quest for the Truth." Reynolds was found shot in the head in her closet at her home in Toledo, Lewis County, on the morning she was going to leave her husband, Ron Reynolds... Barb Thompson, her mother, spent years — and many legal steps — arguing that Reynolds didn't kill herself... [Full article here]
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[MS] Officer Stewart's girlfriend and ex-girlfriend hid together, afraid. Hole in wall made with ex's head.

[Moss Point Police Officer] Edward Clayton Stewart was arrested on a charge of misdemeanor simple assault... Stewart and his current girlfriend were watching a football game Saturday night at Stewart's ex-girlfriend's home... He’s accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend... "He picked up a chair, grabbed her by the throat and threw her against the wall," [Jackson County Mike] Byrd said. "He didn’t hit her with the chair. According to her, her head busted the hole in the … (wall). He also busted a granite table top and trashed the house"... Moss Point Police Chief Sheila Smallman said an internal investigation is under way to determine what action,
if any,
would be taken against Stewart...


Why wouldn't the chief KNOW for sure that action will be taken? Could it have anything to do with the fact that Officer Stewart is the son of the former Pascagoula Police Chief Eddie Stewart, or are the police down around Moss Point just allowed to commit criminal acts?

MOSS POINT OFFICER CHARGED WITH GRABBING EX-GIRLFRIEND BY THE NECK DURING FOOTBALL GAME
The Mississippi Press
Cherie Ward
January 18, 2011
[Excerpts] A Moss Point police officer was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with assault, [Jackson County] Sheriff Mike Byrd said. Byrd said an additional charge of felony malicious mischief could also be filed against 23-year-old Edward Clayton Stewart of Pascagoula. Stewart is the son of former Pascagoula Police Chief Eddie Stewart... "He grabbed the ex-girlfriend by the throat and pushed her against the wall, busting a hole in the wall," Byrd said. Byrd said Stewart assaulted his ex-girlfriend following an argument with his current girlfriend... "He was drinking too much and the girls didn't want him to drive"... Stewart, then, picked up a chair and his ex-girlfriend stepped in front of him and said, "You're not going to tear up my house," Byrd said. That's when he assaulted the woman... "The girls locked themselves in the bathroom and waited for him to leave. They could hear him knocking things down and tearing up things in the house. He busted a granite countertop, too"... Stewart was arrested in the driveway of the home and taken to the Jackson County Adult Detention Center... Moss Point Police Chief Sheila Smallman said her department has launched an internal investigation concerning Stewart's actions. "It happened while he was off duty and out in the county, but we take it seriously," Smallman said... [Full article here]

MOSS POINT POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED
Sunherald.com
By Margaret Baker
Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011
[Excerpts] A Moss Point police officer arrested over the weekend is accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend at her home, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd said. Edward Clayton Stewart, 23, was arrested early Sunday morning on a charge of misdemeanor simple assault. He’s accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend around 1 a.m. Sunday at her home... "He picked up a chair, grabbed her by the throat and threw her against the wall," Byrd said. "He didn’t hit her with the chair. According to her, her head busted the hole in the … (wall). He also busted a granite table top and trashed the house." The case has since been turned over to sheriff’s investigators to determine if further charges will be filed. Det. Linda Jones is in charge of the investigation. He could face an additional charge of felony malicious mischief because of damage in the home... Stewart was released to Moss Point Police Deputy Chief Bobby Johnson after posting a $1,000 signature bond. Moss Point Police Chief Sheila Smallman said an internal investigation is under way to determine what action, if any, would be taken against Stewart... [Full article here]

MOSS POINT OFFICER ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING EX-GIRLFRIEND SUSPENDED WITHOUT PAY
The Mississippi Press
April M. Havens
Thursday, January 20, 2011
[Excerpts] The Moss Point police officer charged with misdemeanor assault this week has been suspended with pay, pending the outcome of the investigation, Mayor Aneice Liddell said Wednesday. The 23-year-old officer, Edward Clayton "Clay" Stewart of Pascagoula, was arrested Sunday. On Wednesday, [Jackson County] Sheriff Mike Byrd, who previously said additional charges were possible, said the investigation is ongoing... [Moss Point Police Chief Sheila] Smallman spoke to the Moss Point Board of Aldermen about the matter during a private executive session at Tuesday night's board meeting, where the board decided to suspend Stewart with pay. "It happened while he was off duty and out in the county, but we take it seriously," Smallman said... [Full article here]

COMMENT ONLINE

"If Stewart lives or lived with one of those allegedly assaulted, it should be classified as Domestic Violence as defined under Mississippi Code of 1972 - SEC. 97-3-7. Simple assault; aggravated assault; domestic violence. A person is guilty of simple domestic violence who commits simple assault as described in subsection (1) of this section against a family or household member who resides with the defendant or who formerly resided with the defendant, a current or former spouse, a person who has a current dating relationship with the defendant, or a person with whom the defendant has had a biological or legally adopted child and upon conviction, the defendant shall be punished as provided under subsection (1) of this section; however, upon a third or subsequent conviction of simple domestic violence, whether against the same or another victim and within five (5) years, the defendant shall be guilty of a felony and sentenced to a term of imprisonment not less than five (5) nor more than ten (10) years. In sentencing, the court shall consider as an aggravating factor whether the crime was committed in the physical presence or hearing of a child under sixteen (16) years of age who was, at the time of the offense, living within either the residence of the victim, the residence of the perpetrator, or the residence where the offense occurred. [LINK]
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[KY] Officer Ingram is listed as the victim in the domestic violence shooting incident at his ex-girlfriends residence


Shaunn Erin Davis was arrested and charged with wanton endangerment after police say she pointed a loaded gun and then struggled with the victim [Lexington police officer Martin Davis] before firing two shots. "We know that the off-duty officer was here to pick up personal property and announced that he was coming over to pick up the property and brought an acquaintance with him," says Commander Robert Stack of Lexington Police... He was married months ago but police say the woman who fired shots in this case was not his wife. Friends tell 27 NEWSFIRST it was an ex-girlfriend... He had a friend with him, who was there when the shooting happened. The off-duty officer does not live at the address...

[IN THIS ARTICLE THE COMMANDER SOMEHOW KNOWS OFFICER INGRAM'S INTENTIONS.]
Police Investigate Lexington Shooting
Written by Ryan Dearbone
19 January 2011 18:38
[Excerpts]Lexington Police are investigating that led to what they're calling a domestic shooting in a home where an off duty officer was present... Lexington Police responded to a domestic disturbance at 7015 Old Richmond Road. Police say a woman unloaded two rounds from an .22 caliber handgun into the home. At the time of the incident, a male, off-duty Lexington Police officer was at the home... The Fayette County Property Valuation Administrator's web site says the home is owned by Martin Ingram... "We know that the off-duty officer was here to pick up personal property and announced that he was coming over to pick up the property and brought an acquaintance with him," says Commander Robert Stack of Lexington Police. According to the Fayette County Detention Center's web site, Shaunn Erin Davis is charged with "Wanton Endangerment"... [Full article here]



Arrest in Shooting Involving Off-Duty Officer

Written by Megan Skaggs
Thursday, 20 January 2011
[Excerpts] ABC 36 News has new information about the off-duty Lexington police officer who investigators say was present when shots were fired during a domestic shooting Wednesday. According to a police citation, Shaunn Erin Davis was arrested and charged with wanton endangerment after police say she pointed a loaded gun and then struggled with the victim before firing two shots... So far, Lexington police have not released the relationship between the off-duty officer and the alleged shooter. [Full article here]




Lexington police officer involved in dispute; shots are fired
herald-leader.com
Jan 19, 2011
A woman [Erin Davis] was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment after police say she fired a gun during a domestic dispute with an off-duty Lexington police officer Wednesday.... Commander Robert Stack said the officer and the woman were not husband and wife. The off-duty officer does not live at the address. Police have not identified the officer or further clarified the relationship between he and Davis. Stack said the officer and another person came to the home to pick up some personal property... Stack said the officer was the victim in this case. [Full article here]

EXCERPTS FROM ONLINE COMMENTS:

WLEX TV news footage clearly showed the off-duty police officer having his hands photographed by police officers. WLEX also said that the police officer was divorced from the woman, and he came to pick up personal items at the home. The police spokesman, and Commander Stack, say that the officer is the victim. Interesting, that the police immediately came to the conclusion that the cop is the victim, and are not considering that the woman shot at her ex-husband in self defense. This is a domestic violence case between a cop and his divorced wife...

...I watched WKYT and got a somewhat different story, but something that still deserves further clarification. According to WKYT, the off duty officer had given notice to his former girlfriend, who lives in a home owned by the officer... The officer, who recently married someone else, was accompanied by an unnamed party... The officer recently got married and his ex-girlfriend is living in a home he owns?...

TRANSCRIPT [AS IS]

PROGRAM: 27 Newsfirst at 6:00
STATION: WKYT-TV 27 Newsfirst
CITY/STATE: Lexington, KY
DATE/TIME: 01-19-2011 at 18:00
[Excerpts] some scary moments for a police officer today after investigators say a woman fired shots at him!...vo tamara evans joins us live from the scene with the latest. live. we have learned some new information for you within the last hour, as to who this officer is, and who that suspect is that police took away. friends of the officer marty ingram tell me he was the victim in this incident. he has been with the lexington police department as a daytime patrol officer for about 20 years. police say they were called to this home on old richmond road around 3:20 this afternoon, which is a home owned by officer ingram. friends also tell me, it was his exgirlfriend living here. ingram recently married, and police say stopped by to pick up some items... the woman who fired shots in this case was taken to the police department to be questioned. we are told she was not going to be charged until she was questioned... [Full article here]

Shots fired at Lexington police officer
wkyt.com
Posted: 6:10 PM Jan 19, 2011
Updated: 12:32 AM Jan 20, 2011
[Excerpts] Police are not releasing the name of the officer shot at Wednesday afternoon, because they say it's a domestic related case, but 27 NEWSFIRST has learned the officer involved is Marty Ingram. He was married months ago but police say the woman who fired shots in this case was not his wife. Friends tell 27 NEWSFIRST it was an ex-girlfriend... He had a friend with him, who was there when the shooting happened. The female who allegedly fired the gun at Officer Ingram has been taken into custody for questioning but as of 5:00pm Wednesday no charges had been filed. [Full article here]
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[MN] Ex-St. Paul Police Dept. employee Aaron Foster wants murder-of-his-girlfriend charge expunged

Barbara "Bobbi" Winn
Death by gunshot from .38 Special
that Aaron Foster threw out of a
car window after he fled the scene.

EXCERPTS FROM TODAY'S ARTICLE IN THE PIONEER PRESS: ...[Defense attorney Earl] Gray said Friday that Foster has an absolute right to have the record expunged. "Obviously, it's difficult to get a job nowadays as it is," and when employers see a murder charge on someone's record, it scares them away" Gray said... A St. Paul police record shows that Foster was charged in 1974 with simple assault and possession of a disabling chemical. When he was picked up on a warrant, Maplewood police noted that they knew him for his "violent temper"... In 1985, he was arrested for aggravated assault. He was not charged in that case, in which his estranged wife accused him of pointing a gun at her head and threatening to kill her... Barbara "Bobbi" Winn was 35 and a mother of three when she died of a gunshot wound May 8, 1981, at her Maplewood apartment. Foster, whom she had dated, was present at the time but maintained she shot herself. He threw the gun out a car window...

[Today's article is further below.]

Based on the the evidence (including the evidence successfully suppressed during trial) - MANY believe that Aaron Walter Foster Sr. [aka "Bubbie"] got away with murdering his girlfriend, Barbara Winn. Foster was a friend of the former St. Paul Police Chief Bill Finney and was himself employed by the St. Paul Police department. Foster was acquitted of the murder.


Excerpt from the "Someone Was Going to Die" page of the Justice for Barbara Website:

"Shortly after midnight on May 8, 1981, Barbara (Bobbi) L. Winn died in front of her three children from a gunshot wound to her chest... Foster was mentally abusive and physically violent toward Bobbi. When she tried to end the relationship with Foster, Bobbi paid with her life... Many things that happened on the evening of May 7, 1981 were not allowed into evidence during Foster's murder trial. Aaron Foster was on a violent rampage. And, as you will see, below, Foster was going to kill someone that night..."


Justice for Barbara webpage:
http://www.justiceforbarbara.com/
{You have probably never seen such a throrough job of gathering evidence as this website)

Also see:

http://www.myspace.com/justiceforbarbara
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1639771806


ACQUITTED IN HIGH-PROFILE 1981 MAPLEWOOD DEATH, MAN WANTS CASE EXPUNGED FOSTER WAS CHARGED DECADES AFTER GIRLFRIEND'S DEATH IN 1981
Pioneer Press
By Emily Gurnon egurnon@pioneerpress.com
Updated: 01/22/2011 12:56:31 AM CST

Aaron Foster Sr. was acquitted of his girlfriend's murder. Now, he wants the case erased from court records.

Foster, 58, was arrested in the 1981 shooting death of Barbara "Bobbi" Winn of Maplewood but was not charged until 2007.

After a high-profile trial, a jury returned a not-guilty verdict.

Winn's family expressed anger Friday over the petition to seal the record.

"This guy, he literally gets away with everything," said Patty Bruce, Winn's sister-in-law. "There will not be any justice for Barbara."

The family has continued to maintain a website dedicated to Winn, justiceforbarbara. com, with its version of the case.

"If a judge expunges that thing, I'll pay for that website till the day that I die," Bruce said.

Foster is scheduled to appear Feb. 16 before Ramsey County District Judge Kathleen Gearin on the matter. She would not comment on the case or on expungements in general, saying only that "each case is unique."

Bruce said Winn's family members would attend the expungement hearing.

In his written petition to seal the record, filed in October, defense attorney Earl Gray said prospective employers have viewed the charge in a negative light even though Foster was exonerated.

"Mr. Foster presents absolutely no danger to the community," the petition said. Other than a charge of failure to change the address on his firearm permit, Foster "has no other criminal charges on his record."

Reached at his home in St. Paul, Foster referred questions to Gray.

Gray said Friday that Foster has an absolute right to have the record expunged.

"Obviously, it's difficult to get a job nowadays as it is," and when employers see a murder charge on someone's record, it scares them away, Gray said.

Criminal records contradict Gray's statement that Foster has no other criminal charges on his record.

A St. Paul police record shows that he was charged in 1974 with simple assault and possession of a disabling chemical. When he was picked up on a warrant, Maplewood police noted that they knew him for his "violent temper." He received a suspended sentence of 20 days.

In 1985, he was arrested for aggravated assault. He was not charged in that case, in which his estranged wife accused him of pointing a gun at her head and threatening to kill her. Foster denied the accusations.

Barbara "Bobbi" Winn was 35 and a mother of three when she died of a gunshot wound May 8, 1981, at her Maplewood apartment. Foster, whom she had dated, was present at the time but maintained she shot herself. He threw the gun out a car window.

Maplewood investigators initially arrested Foster but then dropped the case in July 1981, less than 11 weeks after the shooting. No charges were filed until 26 years later.

The murder case was an issue in the political race for Ramsey County sheriff in 2008.

Then-Sheriff Bob Fletcher was facing a challenge from former St. Paul police chief Bill Finney, a close friend of Foster's. Fletcher reopened the criminal case against Foster.

Finney was accused of favoritism on behalf of his friend.

After his acquittal, several jurors said that they believed Foster was guilty but that the evidence against him wasn't enough to convict.

Foster, a former St. Paul Police Department employee, is involved in another legal case; in 2009, he sued the city of St. Paul, alleging that city staff discriminated against him because he is black. The department placed him on unpaid leave when he was charged with murder in 2007 and did not reinstate him after his 2008 acquittal.

Emily Gurnon can be reached at 651-228-5522. [LINK]

Patty Bruce
..."If a judge expunges that thing, I'll pay for that website till the day that I die," Bruce said...

COMMENTS POSTED ON TOPIX FORUM:

OJ SIMPSON
I know you didn't do it Aaron. I didn't kill my wife either.

ROBERT BLAKE
I KNOW how you feel Aaron I was falsely ACCUSED TOO !!!!! be sure next time to plant the gun next to the body and not take it with you ,that appears a little suspicious...

CHARLES MANSON
Aaron I feel your pain man Ive been railroaded by the man since 69 and all I was doing was playng my guitar when all that craziness went down in LA . KEEP YOUR CHIN UP .....
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