Carnegie Pennsylvania Police Employee Caught On Video Stealing Hundreds Of Dollars From Locked Desk

June 16, 2012

CARNEGIE, PENNSYLVANIA — Police say a man who had worked at a western Pennsylvania police department swiped a couple hundred bucks that had been collected for parking tickets.

Investigators say 20-year-old Logan Schwab entered the Carnegie Police Department station over the weekend and took between $200 and $300 after prying open a desk.

Carnegie police Chief Jeff Harbin tells WPXI-TV surveillance footage shows Schwab entering the building then walking out with a bag of loot.

Schwab faces charges including burglary, theft and criminal trespass. He was arraigned Tuesday and released on nonmonetary bail.

Court records don’t list an attorney for Schwab and a phone listing for him could not immediately be located.

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St. Mary Parish Lousiana Built $3 Million Convention And Visitors Bureau On A Swamp – Knew It Was On A Swamp – And It Sunk

June 16, 2012

MORGAN CITY, LOUISIANA – St. Mary Parish put up more than $3 million for a Convention and Visitor’s bureau. It went up with high hopes, but what happened Thursday, sank those very hopes.

“We had a catastrophic failure,” said Carrie Stansbury, executive director of Cajun Coast Visitor’s & Convention Bureau.

It’s what St. Mary parish officials had been wanting even before Katrina in 2005. Stansbury said they decided on the building to help boost the economy in Morgan City in hopes of keeping visitors in town.

“By slowing them down, we could get them to get another tank of gas. We can get them to stay overnight. We can get them to eat in our restaurants, and get them to create economic development in our community,” said Stansbury.

It was less than six weeks from completion when suddenly, “A painter was in there today (Thursday), and he noticed a crack in the sheet rock.”

That painter contacted an Aegis representative, who was on site.

“The guy came in. He said something doesn’t look right. (Told everyone) get out of here, and then it sank,” said Stansbury.

When looking at the building, there is a dip in the middle and a crack in the chimney. Stansbury said the Convention and Visitor’s bureau sank about five feet. She said the building was engineered according to soil samples taken at the site, but at the end of the day, they built on a swamp. Stansbury said they were very much aware they were building on a swamp.

“It’s very devastating. It’s like a death in the family,” said Stansbury. “This is an anomaly. They have no idea what could have happened.”

Engineers and architects are investigating, but no clear answer as to what went wrong. Stansbury said the project was bonded and insured.

Aegis representatives told WAFB, they had “no comment.”

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House Oversight Committee To Vote On Holding Disgraced US Attorney General Eric Holder In Contempt Of Congress – Still Hiding Documents And Information On His Department Efforts That Armed Mexican Drug Cartels

June 11, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – CBS News has learned the House Oversight Committee will vote next week on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. It’s the fourth time in 30 years that Congress has launched a contempt action against an executive branch member.

This time, the dispute stems from Holder failing to turn over documents subpoenaed on October 12, 2011 in the Fast and Furious “gunwalking” investigation.

The Justice Department has maintained it has cooperated fully with the congressional investigation, turning over tens of thousands of documents and having Holder testify to Congress on the topic at least eight times.

However, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., says the Justice Department has refused to turn over tens of thousands of pages of documents. Those include materials created after Feb. 4, 2011, when the Justice Department wrote a letter to Congress saying no gunwalking had occurred. The Justice Department later retracted the denial.

“The Obama Administration has not asserted Executive Privilege or any other valid privilege over these materials and it is unacceptable that the Department of Justice refuses to produce them. These documents pertain to Operation Fast and Furious, the claims of whistleblowers, and why it took the Department nearly a year to retract false denials of reckless tactics,” Issa wrote in an announcement of the vote to be released shortly. It will reveal the vote is scheduled for Wednesday, June 20.

Issa says the Justice Department can still put a stop to the contempt process at any time by turning over the subpoenaed documents.

If the House Oversight Committee approves the contempt citation, the matter would likely be scheduled for a full House vote.

For several weeks, there has been closed-door discussions and debate among House Republicans as to whether to move forward with contempt. Some have expressed concern that it could distract from the Republican’s focus on the economy in this election year.

Led by Republicans Senator Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Issa, Congress’ investigation into Fast and Furious is now in its second year. In the ATF operation, agents allowed thousands of weapons to “walk” into the hands of Mexican drug cartels in the hope it would somehow help ATF take down a major cartel. Some of the weapons were used in the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry at the hands of illegal immigrants crossing into Arizona. Mexican press reports say hundreds of Mexicans have died at the hands of the trafficked weapons. The story was exposed nationally for the first time by CBS News in February 2011.

Democrats on the House Oversight Committee have called the Republicans’ move to find Holder in contempt a politically-motivated “witch hunt.”

In 1983, Congress found EPA administrator Anne Gorsuch Burford in contempt for failing to produce subpoenaed documents.

In 1998, the GOP-controlled House Oversight committee found Attorney General Janet Reno in contempt for failing to comply with a subpoena on campaign finance law violations.

In 2008, the Democratic-led House Oversight Committee found former White House counsel Harriet Miers and Chief of Staff John Bolton in contempt for failing to cooperate with an inquiry into whether a purge of federal prosecutors by the Bush administration was politically motivated.

Congress went to federal court to seek enforcement of that contempt action, but a compromise was reached with the Executive Branch before any court decision was final.

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UK Prime Minister David Cameron And Wife Left 8 Year Old Daughter In A Bar – Didn’t Miss Her Until They Arrived Home Without Her

June 11, 2012

UK – Prime Minister David Cameron left his eight-year-old daughter in a pub following a Sunday lunch, after a mix-up with his wife Samantha.

The couple’s daughter Nancy wandered off to the toilets while they were arranging lifts and they only realised she was not with them when they got home, The Sun said.

Mr Cameron rushed back to the Plough Inn in Cadsden, Bucks, where he found his daughter with staff.

A Downing Street spokesman said: “The Prime Minister and Samantha were distraught when they realised Nancy wasn’t with them.

“Thankfully when they phoned the pub she was there safe and well. The Prime Minister went down straight away to get her.”

Downing Street said the incident happened “a couple of months ago”.

The Camerons were at the Plough Inn – near the Prime Minister’s country retreat Chequers – with Nancy and their other children Arthur, six, and 22-month-old Florence, as well as two other families.

When Mr Cameron left the pub he went home in one car with his bodyguards and thought Nancy was with his wife and their other children in another car. Mrs Cameron had assumed her eldest daughter was with her father.

The mistake was only discovered when they got home.

Mr Cameron drove back to the pub and found Nancy helping staff. She was away from her parents for about 15 minutes.

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Imperial Valley California Water And Power Executive Anthony Sanchez Quits In Disgrace After Arrest – His Beating His Stepson For Dropping Baseball While Playing Catch Caught On Video

June 11, 2012

IMPERIAL COUNTY, CALIFORNIA – A California water agency director has resigned his elected office several days after a neighbor posted online video that shows the official apparently hitting his stepson with a belt for dropping a baseball during a game of backyard catch.

The neighbor turned in the video to sheriff’s investigators last week, and Anthony Sanchez was arrested on Friday on suspicion of felony child abuse.

The Imperial Valley Press reports that Sanchez’s lawyer said Saturday that Sanchez has quit his post with the Imperial Irrigation District that oversees water and electricity supply and distribution in the Imperial and Coachella valleys.

Ryan Childers says no charges have been filed against his client and the facts of the case will emerge during the sheriff’s inquiry.

Sanchez was elected to the board in 2006 to represent Calexico and other cities.

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Hidalgo County Texas Deputy Sheriff Suspended After Losing Department Vehicle, Shooting At It As It Was Driven Away, And Losing AR-15 Assault Rifle

June 10, 2012

EDINBURG, TEXAS — A deputy who had his patrol unit and assault riffle stolen last month is back on the job after a five-day, unpaid suspension, Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño said.
The Internal Affairs Division at the sheriff’s office found the unnamed officer was justified in shooting at the thief as he drove off May 14 with the deputy’s vehicle, Treviño said. The shooting was justified only because the deputy was dragged a few feet and feared for his life, according to the finding.

Deputies are trained to respond to lethal threats with deadly force, Treviño said. The officer fired at least three shots at the police vehicle, but did not injure anyone.

Officers found the vehicle about five hours later in an open field near the intersection of Wilson Avenue and Farm-to-Market Road 490 — less than a mile from where it was originally taken.

Investigators, however, have yet to recover the deputy’s personal assault rifle, a .223-caliber, semi-automatic AR 15.

The officer, who was placed on paid administrative leave following the incident, “clearly violated” policy by leaving his vehicle and personal weapon unsecured, so he was suspended five days without pay for it, Treviño said.
Investigators identified Alex Valdez, 22, as a possible suspect, but do not have enough evidence to prosecute him and find him guilty, Treviño said.

Investigators, however, continue to follow leads that may get them what they need in order to charge Valdez, he added.

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Minneapolis Minnesota Central Library Security Guard Harassed Breastfeeding Mom – Who Wasn’t Doing Anything Illegal

June 9, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – A Minneapolis mom is speaking out after a security guard told her to leave the library because she was breastfeeding in public.

It happened recently at the Minneapolis Central Library. But Minnesota law says a mother may breastfeed in any location, public or private. Hennepin County Security says it’s turning this example into a teachable moment for its employees.

Mother Hadley Barrows said she considers nursing a privilege. Although she does admit that isn’t always easy.

“There are enough obstacles to nursing as it is, without having people make you feel like a criminal for doing it,” she said.

According to Barrows, she was nursing her son on a bench in the atrium of Minneapolis Central Library, trying to be discreet, when a contract security officer approached her.

“He said I was either going to have to take it outside or go in the bathroom,” Barrows said. “He said, you’re not even covered up, you’re just showing everyone: indecent exposure.”

Barrows says she immediately went to a librarian, who also told her to move somewhere more private.

According to Hennepin County Security manager Kirk Simmons, the security officer with whom Barrows spoke later found a county police officer who explained the law.

“The county officer had told him that she didn’t need to move, she could breastfeed wherever she needed to,” Simmons said.

But Barrows said she was never directly told that she could stay.

“I left so mad,” she said.

Hennepin County Security said it’s trying to use this incident as a teachable moment, which Barrows said she appreciates.

“We basically sent the memo out to all of our staff, just reminding them of what the details of the law involve so that we don’t run into that kind of a situation again,” Simmons said.

However, Barrows did point out one of the ironies of the teachable moment.

“You think of the library as a place of knowledge,” she said. “And even in the library…they don’t know that it’s OK to nurse your kid in public.”

The contract security officer’s supervisor was notified of the incident. They say they’ll continue to monitor his performance.

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Edmonds Washington Police Officer Daniel Lavely Arrested, Suspended, And Charged After Sex With Woman In Custody Who Jaywalked – Used Patrol Car To Drive Her To Remote Location

June 7, 2012

EDMONDS, WASHINGTON – An officer with the Edmonds police force has been arrested after he allegedly had sex with a woman in his custody last month, officials said.

The officer, Daniel Lavely, 46, was arrested by Everett police Thursday morning and booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of first-degree custodial sexual misconduct, a felony, following a month-long investigation.

Authorities originally launched the investigation May 9 after receiving an allegation that Lavely reportedly had sexual intercourse three days earlier with a 28-year old Seattle woman who was in his temporary custody while he was on duty.

Due to the seriousness of the allegation the officer was immediately placed on administrative leave and his law enforcement authority was suspended, said Sgt. Mike Blackburn of the Edmonds police.

The Everett Police Department investigated the allegation at the request of Edmonds police officials and determined there was probable cause to believe that criminal conduct had occurred.

According to that investigation, Lavely initially stopped the 28-year-old Seattle woman for jaywalking on Highway 99 in Edmonds on May 6.

The woman was released shortly afterward, but she was contacted again by Lavely later that evening on an unrelated call. This time, Lavely allegedly took temporary custody of the woman, put her in his patrol car and drove her to a remote location where the two had sexual intercourse, according to the investigation.

The woman reported the incident to law enforcement a few days later.

Lavely, a 7½-year veteran of the Edmonds police force who was assigned to patrol duty, was arrested at 11:10 a.m. Thursday.

Formal criminal charges are expected to be filed by the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney.

A determination as to Lavely’s employment status with the city of Edmonds will be made after an Edmonds Police Department review of the entire investigative file.

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Cheraw South Carolina Police Officer David Warren Watson Arrested, Fired, And Charged With Drunk Driving In Unmarked Patrol Car

June 7, 2012

CHERAW, SOUTH CAROLINA – Suspicious driving in the parking lot at Bojangle’s in Chesterfield, at nearly 3 a.m. Saturday morning, prompted a concerned citizen to call the police, and ultimately led to the arrest of David Warren Watson, an off-duty Cheraw police officer, for driving his unmarked police car under the influence of alcohol, according to police.

According to the incident report from the Chesterfield Police Department, the responding officer, Cpl. Robert Adams, saw a vehicle leaving the parking lot at Bojangle’s that matched the description given; a white car with tinted windows. The report said the caller had seen the car “backing around in circles and pulling up parallel with the building in the truck section of the parking lot.”

Adams followed the vehicle and said he was planning “to perform a traffic stop to identify the subject and inquire why the subject was in the parking lot at that time of night,” when the suspect turned into the driveway at 911 W. Main Street in Chesterfield, Watson’s home.

Adams turned on his blue lights and pulled in behind the suspect. When the suspect got out of the car, Adams recognized him as a member of the Cheraw Police force. He also noted that Watson was barefooted, wearing shorts and a t-shirt, and had a “slurred speech,” the report said.

Although no open containers, or other evidence, was found in the car, Adams said “there was an odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle as well as from his person.”

The report said, “Watson admitted that he had been drinking earlier that day.” However, he refused to take a field sobriety test, police said.

Watson was told to wait by the car for minute, but instead, followed Adams toward the patrol car in a “wide and erratic step,” said Adams, “which inferred that he was impaired.”

Adams then asked Watson to stand at the rear of his patrol car while he put in a call to Chesterfield Police Chief Eric Hewitt. When Adams looked back over his shoulder, Watson “was going inside the door of the house” and managed to lock the wooden door just as Adams reached the storm door.

Watson then refused to respond or to unlock the door. It was not until after Lt. Lisenby prepared a search warrant, and went to Judge Davis’ residence to get it approved and signed, that Watson emerged, police said.

“Upon return Chief Hewitt and Keith Thomas from the Cheraw Police Department had talked Watson into coming out,” said Adams. He was arrested without further incident.

Cheraw Chief of Police Jay Brooks has issued this statement: “David Watson is a fine officer and person who has made a very dangerous mistake. We deeply regret this for him, his family and friends, and this department.

“He will be afforded the full ‘due process’ of the law, as anyone would, however due to violation of several department and town policies, Mr. Watson is terminated effective immediately. The men and women in law enforcement are held to a higher standard, as are all people that work in public service,” Brooks said.

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Suspended Broward County Florida Deputy Sheriff Brent Wooddell Awaiting Theft And Misconduct Trial Removed Court Ordered GPS Ankle Monitor And Went To Strip Club

June 6, 2012

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA – A suspended Broward Sheriff’s detective under house arrest while facing trial on grand theft, official misconduct and other charges took off his GPS monitor and visited a Pompano Beach strip club, where deputies arrested him Monday night.

Prosecutors had already argued twice to have Brent Wooddell’s $2,000 bond revoked, first after he allegedly sent an intimidating text message to a witness in his case, and again after he was accused of fleeing from the scene of an accident while on his way to a court hearing. Broward Circuit Judge Carlos Rebollo allowed Wooddell to stay out of jail both times.

According to an arrest warrant, Wooddell took off his ankle monitor on Sunday and was told by his pre-trial release officer to turn himself in Monday morning. When he didn’t show, officials demanded his arrest.

Deputies found him Tuesday at 9:20 p.m. at the Cheetah strip club in Pompano Beach. He was in custody at the Broward Main Jail as of Tuesday afternoon.

Wooddell was arrested in September 2011 after a sting operation allegedly caught him in the act of stealing $1,340 from an oxycodone dealer he had just arrested. The dealer was actually an undercover Miami-Dade police officer. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the phony suspect had pills and $7,340 in a blue bag when he was taken into custody, but Wooddell only turned in $6,000 when he got to the Deerfield Beach substation.

Officials said the undercover operation was captured on video and audio recordings.

Wooddell has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of his criminal case.

On his way to a formal arraignment in February, Wooddell’s car crashed into another vehicle on Florida’s Turnpike, according to court records. No one was injured in the crash, but Wooddell didn’t report it for fear of being late to his court date.

Prosecutors didn’t learn about that violation until May, at which point Assistant State Attorney Adriana Alcalde-Padron urged Rebollo to revoke Wooddell’s bond. But Rebollo kept Wooddell under house arrest, ordering the suspended detective to remain at home except when shopping or traveling to and from his job at a Hyundai dealership in Lake Park.

A month earlier, Alcalde-Padron accused Wooddell of sending text messages to a witness in the case. At that time, Rebollo reminded the defendant to avoid contact with witnesses as one of the conditions of his release.

“We have moved to revoke his bond twice,” Alcalde-Padron said Tuesday. “This is his third violation. Hopefully, he will now remain in custody at least until it’s time for his trial.”

In addition to the grand theft and official misconduct charges, Woddell is accused of tampering with evidence, falsifying records and delivery of steroids. If convicted of all charges, he faces more than 30 years in prison.

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Kings County California Deputy Sheriff Scott Randall Ward Arrested, Suspended, And Charged After Showing Up For Work Drunk

June 6, 2012

HANFORD, CALIFORNIA —Officials say a Kings County Sheriff’s deputy has been placed on administrative leave after he allegedly blundered into work drunk on Monday.

Deputy Scott Randall Ward, 49, aroused suspicion late Monday when a concerned citizen reported smelling alcohol on his breath, sheriff’s officials said.

Authorities called Ward back to the Sheriff’s Office and asked the California Highway Patrol to investigate.

The nine-year KCSO veteran failed a field sobriety test, according to a Sheriff’s Office press statement, and admitted to officers that he had an alcoholic beverage before coming on duty.

“Just because he’s a deputy sheriff doesn’t mean he is above the law,” Assistant Sheriff Dave Putnam said.

“We had good reason to believe he was under the influence and dealt with it immediately.”

Deputies booked Ward into the Kings County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence. He later posted bail.

Putnam said he has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal affairs investigation.

It’s been a bad several months for law enforcement in Kings County.

In December, Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Simpson was arrested for theft and fraud on duty. He later pleaded guilty in March and is now serving time on house arrest.

Then, in May, the Hanford Police Department arrested one of their own for allegedly distributing drugs.

Ernesto Servin, 30, resigned from the department after investigators found marijuana, methamphetamine, prescription drugs and a handgun stashed in his car.

“We don’t usually see this kind of thing here in Kings County,” Putnam said.

“These on-duty criminal acts reflect badly on us, but the majority of our deputy sheriffs are very ethical and hold themselves to a high ethical standard.

“We’re not proud of what they’ve done. But we won’t try to hide it, either.”

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Halls Tennessee Police Officer Jason Colvin Arrested After Indictment For Theft, Official Misconduct, And Other Charges – Bought Stolen Gun From Felon And Tried To Sell At A Pawnshop

June 6, 2012

HALLS, TENNESSEE – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested a Halls Police Department officer on Tuesday after he was indicted by the Lauderdale County Grand Jury on Monday.

Jason Colvin, 32, of Halls, Tenn. was charged in the indictments with three counts of official misconduct, one count of theft more than $500 and less than $1,000, one count of accessory after the fact, one count of facilitation of a felony and compounding.

According to a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation release, the TBI was requested to open an investigation on Colvin on April 12, 2012, after the Halls Police Department received a complaint on him. The allegations against Colvin included that while he was working as an officer for the Halls Police Department, he obtained a handgun from a person known to be a convicted felon and attempted to sell a stolen handgun at a pawnshop in Halls.

Colvin was arrested and booked into the Lauderdale County Jail on Tuesday. He has been on paid leave from the department, but he has now been placed on unpaid leave.

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Veteran Los Banos California Police Officer Alfonso Flores Arrested, Suspended, And Charged After Beating On His Wife In A Bar

June 6, 2012

LOS BANOS, CALIFORNIA – A Los Banos police officer is facing charges for allegedly hitting his wife at a bar and grill last month.

Alfonso Flores, 28, of Los Banos was arrested on May 25 on suspicion of misdemeanor battery against a spouse without injury. Police Chief Gary Brizzee said Flores, who was off duty at the time, was at a bar when he struck his wife.

Police were called to the bar, located in the 1400 block of E. Pacheco Boulevard inside España’s Southwest Bar & Grill, at 10:11 p.m.

Officers spoke with Flores’ wife who reportedly said her husband assaulted her during an argument.

Brizzee declined to state whether Flores was intoxicated at the time of the incident. Flores was booked into the Los Banos Jail and has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation. He posted bail the same evening and was released.

Flores is a nearly six-year veteran of the police force. Brizzee said the department’s morale is affected anytime one of its own is involved in an such an incident. “It affects morale in a number of different ways,” he said. “The last thing I want is to have the police department shown in a bad light, but we have to do our job no matter who it is.”

Brizzee said an internal investigation into the incident will happen, regardless of the outcome of the criminal allegations. He said the outcome of the internal investigation could range from exoneration to termination.

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Dumbass New Haven Connecticut Police Officer Sgt. Chris Rubino Arrested Woman Who Videotaped An Arrest, Took Her Phone

June 6, 2012

NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT — New Haven police have launched an internal affairs investigation into the arrest of a woman who had been videotaping an officer take a Bridgeport man into custody outside a bar.

Jennifer Gondola’s arrest, first reported by the New Haven Independent newspaper, occurred early Saturday morning outside the Pulse bar.

Gondola told the newspaper she was charged with interfering with police after stuffing the cell phone she used to tape the arrest inside her bra. The phone was confiscated.

Lt. Anthony Duff says the department is investigating whether police Sgt. Chris Rubino violated the department’s rule that allows bystanders to film arrests.

Officer Arpad Tolnay, president of the police union, told the New Haven Register the sergeant concluded the video was evidence and properly seized the phone.

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US Government Department Rules That Illegal Immigrant’s “Civil Rights” Were Violated When Forest Service Called Border Patrol For Help

June 5, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – A federal department ruled last week that the Forest Service violated a Spanish-speaking woman’s civil rights by calling the Border Patrol to help translate during a routine stop, saying it was “humiliating” to Hispanics and an illicit backdoor way to capture more illegal immigrants.

The ruling by the Agriculture Department’s assistant secretary for civil rights could change policies nationwide as law enforcement agencies grapple with how far they can go in trying to help the Border Patrol while not running afoul of racial profiling standards.

Assistant Secretary Joe Leonard Jr. said calling the Border Patrol automatically “escalates” encounters between Hispanics and law enforcement. He ruled that the Forest Service cannot routinely summon the Border Patrol for assistance and said the agency now must document suspected racial profiling nationwide.

“Given the increased risk of being questioned about immigration status during an interaction with [Border Patrol], the policy of using BP for interpretation assistance is problematic in all situations because it places a burden on [limited English proficient] individuals that non-LEP individuals do not experience,” Mr. Leonard ruled.

The case stems from a 2011 incident in Olympic National Forest in Washington in which a Forest Service officer encountered a Hispanic couple who he said appeared to be illegally harvesting plants on the federal lands.

The couple didn’t speak English and he didn’t speak fluent Spanish and, anticipating that situation, he called the Border Patrol for backup and translating.

But when a Border Patrol agent arrived, the couple fled. The woman was apprehended, but the man jumped into a river to try to escape and drowned. The Border Patrol took the woman into custody but released her several days later, reportedly on humanitarian grounds.

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project complained to the Agriculture Department, which oversees the Forest Service, and last week’s ruling was the result.

Matt Adams, legal director of the project, said the Border Patrol has been expanding its reach in the Northwest and that has meant more encounters well away from the border.

“They’ve got nothing to do out there as far as their traditional mission, that is enforcing people coming through the border. So in order to justify those expanded numbers, they utilize these other tactics,” Mr. Adams said. “At the end of the day, they can drag in bigger numbers, but it’s not focused on the border.”

His group is challenging other federal agencies’ use of the Border Patrol for translation services, and has filed requests under the Freedom of Information Act seeking logs for how often agents are used for translation.

Last week’s ruling relies in part on an executive order issued during the Clinton administration that says language is interchangeable with national origin, which is protected by federal law.

Groups that push for English-language policies in the U.S. called the new ruling illegal and said the government appeared to be granting special language rights to illegal immigrants.

“The ACLU and illegal alien rights groups are well aware that American courts have never upheld their argument that language and national origin are equal, so they battle out these disputes in private between the agencies in order to come to a settlement where both the courts and the taxpayers are absent from the table,” said Suzanne Bibby, director of government relations for ProEnglish. “This is their new strategy because they know they will lose in the courts.”

A spokeswoman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which oversees the Border Patrol, said the agency is reviewing the ruling but is committed to civil rights.

The union that represents Forest Service employees didn’t return a call seeking comment.

In the proceedings, the Forest Service fought on behalf of its officer. It pointed to an operational memo with the Border Patrol that said they are allowed to back up each other. Since Forest Service employees generally are not trained in Spanish, Border Patrol agents are particularly helpful in backing up encounters with Hispanics, the agency said.

Mr. Leonard’s 40-page ruling underscored deep mutual distrust on both sides in the town of Forks, in northwestern Washington.

Town residents who told the review board that the Forest Service officer involved in the 2011 stop was known for harassing Hispanics and for working with the Border Patrol.

Meanwhile, the Forest Service officer said he felt like the Hispanic community had been “tracing” his movements.

Mr. Leonard was skeptical of the officer’s reasoning and said he found the complaints from the community more convincing.

The ruling doesn’t reveal the names of those involved.

Underpinning the ruling were some key legal arguments: First, that the complainant was entitled to visit the national forest; second, that a law enforcement stop affects the availability of the service provided by the national forest; and third, that the Forest Service must take steps to protect those with limited English, including making them not feel unduly threatened.

“A policy that causes individuals to actually flee from the service being provided does not provide meaningful access,” Mr. Leonard wrote.

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Nutcase Mt. Healthy High School Ohio School Principal Marlon Styles, Jr. Withholds Well Known Student’s Diploma Because People Cheered At His Graduation

June 5, 2012

CINCINNATI, OHIO – Winning football teams are used to a lot of cheering.

But for the second leading tackler of the Mt. Healthy Fighting Owls, cheering has earned Anthony Cornist a penalty he doesn’t think he deserves.

“It’s crazy how somebody can do that to you,” he said from his family’s living room Monday.

When Anthony walked across the stage at his high school graduation, his family made some noise.

“It was my dream to graduate,” he said.

“I’m very proud of my son,” Traci Cornist said.

Apparently, so were a lot of others.

“Teachers, other students and other family members who weren’t with us were also cheering for him also. He’s well known,” Traci said.

The excitement proved too much for the administration.

Instead of a diploma, Anthony got a letter from the principal, Marlon Styles, Jr.

“I will be holding your diploma in the main office,” the letter said, “due to the excessive cheering your guests displayed during the roll call.”

“I did nothing wrong except walk across the stage,” Anthony said.

The school demands 20 hours of community service before he can graduate.

Those hours can be split between Anthony and his family, or the senior can perform them all himself.

“I don’t understand how he’s being punished for something he has no control over,” Traci said. “I just thought that was ludicrous… I have no clue where the logic comes in.”

Calls to the principal, the district superintendent as well as a visit to Mt. Healthy High School have all gone unanswered.

Anthony’s mother says so will the penalty.

“He’s definitely not doing the community service,” she said. “I’m definitely not doing the community service.”

That strategy could spell trouble for Anthony’s game plan.

“I have a college right now that definitely needs my diploma,” he said.

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Edinburgh Indiana Police Officer Christopher McAllister Still On Duty After He And His Wife’s Arrest For Assaulting Police Officers At Indianapolis Motor Speedway

June 5, 2012

EDINBURGH, INDIANA – The Edinburgh Police Officer accused of attacking several officers at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway the day before the Indianapolis 500 is still on the job. We spoke to Edinburgh Police Chief Patrick Pankey Monday afternoon to learn the status of officer Christopher McAllister, who along with his wife Shawntel McAllister, was arrested on May 26th in the 2100 block of Georgetown Road in Indianapolis.

According to reports, officers were called to the location over a loud disturbance between the two. When the officer approached, McAllister allegedly slammed his beer bottle into the ground, yelled at and then grabbed the officer. Additional officers were called to the scene, but McAllister allegedly continued to resist, chest bumping one officer and striking him with an elbow. Reports indicated that Shawntel McAllister jumped on the back of an officer and tried to free her husband.

Christopher McAllister is facing charges of “Battery”, “Resisting Law Enforcement” and “Public Intoxication.” Shawntel McAllister is facing charges of “Resisting Law Enforcement” and “Public Intoxication.”

Chief Pankey says he will make a decision on how to proceed with McAllister and any potential punishment after he appears in court. No court date has been set at this time.

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Tallahassee Florida Police Officer Lyle Ottley Arrested, Suspended, And Charged After Armed Home Invasion

June 5, 2012

TALLAHASSEE; FLORIDA – A Tallahassee Police officer has been charged with aggravated assault without the intent to kill and burglary with assault.

Lyle Ottley, 33, has been placed on paid suspension from the Tallahassee Police Department.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Ottley allegedly entered Herman Samuel’s home and threatened him with a gun. The report states that around 2 a.m., Samuel was sleeping next to officer Ottley’s ex-girlfriend Erica Brooks in their home.

Ottley was in uniform at the time when he allegedly banged on the front door and asked for some of their son’s belongings. The officer then entered the home uninvited and went inside the master bedroom, questioning Samuel about why he was there.

Ms. Brooks reportedly ran to a neighboring house owned by another local police man. While Mr. Ottley remained in her home, Ottley allegedly pulled out his hand gun and also punched the wall and bedroom door several times.

Samuel reported that he felt threatened for his life. We spoke to neighbors and they all stated that they had no idea that this had gone on right next door to them.

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Crazed Myrtle Beach South Carolina Police Arrest And Jail Mother For Cheering At Her Daughter’s Graduation

June 5, 2012

MYRTLE BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA – In some places it’s fine to be proud of your graduating children — just not too proud.

A mother in South Carolina was arrested moments after she cheered for her daughter as she walked across the stage to accept her diploma.

Shannon Cooper was handcuffed at the South Florence High School graduation ceremony and charged with disorderly conduct.

“Are ya’ll serious? Are ya’ll for real? I mean, that’s what I’m thinking in my mind,” Cooper told WPDE in Myrtle Beach. “I didn’t say anything. I was just, like, ‘OK, I can’t fight the law.’“

School officials had announced before the ceremony that anyone cheering or screaming for those graduating would be escorted from the building.

Cooper’s daughter, Iesha, wasn’t aware her mother had been arrested until she was informed by friends while she was still participating in the festivities.

Police placed Cooper in a detention center before releasing her on $225 bond.

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New Jersey Lawmakers Place Value Of A Dog 100 Times Higher Than A Human Child

June 4, 2012

NEW JERSEY – If I took my dog, and placed him unrestrained in the backseat of my car, this is what would happen: He’d stand at the window and whimper until I opened it. I’d open it a crack or all the way, he wouldn’t care. He’d stick his nose out or his head out, depending on how much window I gave him. I could drive from here to California and that would be that.

Is this safe for the dog? Well, probably not the safest thing. Having him securely fastened would be the safest thing. Also the best thing for me too, as it would automatically dismiss the notion he might try and jump into the front seat.

The state of New Jersey agrees with me on the “not the safest thing” front and under a 1996 state law against animal cruelty, I could be in for some hefty fines if ol’ Sparky is unrestrained. Minimum of $250, up to $1,000, and the possibility of being charged with a disorderly persons offense, which would just jack up the cost even more. The law, as written, states someone cannot “carry a living animal or creature in or upon a vehicle or otherwise, in a cruel or inhumane manner.”

And now the state’s Motor Vehicle Commission and the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals(NJSPCA) is using this law to stick it to pet owners who let their pets roam free in the car. They had a press conference and everything the other day.

“We’re trying to educate people about distracted driving,” said Mairin Bellack, a public information officer with the Motor Vehicle Commission. “You can’t have your dog sitting on your lap, or sticking its head out the window.”

It’s part safety for the dog, part making sure drivers aren’t distracted, she said. Bellack also wanted to point out if your dog is calmly sitting in the backseat, you’re not getting pulled over. Police and the NJSPCA are just looking for distractions and safety issues. And if you get caught? As stated, the hefty fines of $250 to $1,000. Plus a disorderly persons offense.

Now.

If I took my three-year-old son, and placed him unrestrained in the backseat of my car, this is what would happen: He’d be jumping all over the place. He’d definitely try and climb into the front seat. He’d probably attempt to take the wheel. He’d end up on my lap. He’d punch me in my nose. We’d probably crash and die and maybe take a few people with us.

Clearly, this is not safe for the child, for myself, or for anyone else on the road. Thankfully, the state legislature back in 1983 saw fit to enact a law to make sure any child under the age of 8 is legally forced to be properly restrained in a car or booster seat.

Now that’s smart, good government there. Got to keep those kiddos safe and got to make sure the driver isn’t distracted.
And if a police officer — the NJSPCA would have no jurisdiction here — but if a police officer pulled me over to find my child unrestrained and loose in my car, I’d be in big, big trouble to the tune of $10.

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Dumbass Waterford Michigan Police Officer Annette Miller Crashed Into Tree While Chasing Motorcycle In SUV Without Using Emergency Lights Or Siren

June 3, 2012

WATERFORD, MICHIGAN – After a Waterford police officer suffered severe injuries in a crash May 23, discussion arose online about the officer not using her vehicle’s lights and sirens while attempting to catch a speeding motorcyclist.

“She could have taken action to alert other drivers in the area that she was in pursuit,” said one commenter.

Coreen Darnall noted “officers need to recognize (during pursuits) that it’s not always possible to see/hear oncoming emergency vehicles, even with sirens.”

Officer Annette Miller has been unable to speak after suffering severe injuries during an accident on Elizabeth Lake Road near Huron Street in Waterford.

During the incident, a 20-year-old man driving a Volkswagen turned in front of Miller’s police vehicle. When she swerved to avoid the car, she crashed into a tree. Emergency personnel had to extricate her from the police SUV, and she has been hospitalized since. The Volkswagen driver was hospitalized for precautionary reasons, police said.

Waterford Police Chief Daniel McCaw said Miller’s lights and siren not being activated was “typical for police officers.”

“If they observe a violation, lots of times they’ll catch up to the vehicle and when they get behind the vehicle, they’ll go ahead and activate the lights and siren.”

McCaw said that Miller was not yet in pursuit mode when she was traveling along Elizabeth Lake Road.

“She was trying to catch up to the (motorcyclist),” he said.

He said police often do not use lights and sirens. For example, he said, when an officer is responding to a burglary call, “you would go in with no lights or sirens.”

McCaw said pursuit policy has changed in police departments over time.

“Years ago police would chase for everything,” he said. “You have to weigh public safety so you don’t see the pursuits as you did years ago.”

In the May 23 crash, many commenters noted that police can’t just abandon the idea of chasing a suspect.

“If you don’t chase them, then we let crime win,” said Pat Bernieri. “Let the police do their jobs as they see fit.”

‘As long as bad guys flee, cops will pursue’

While Waterford stresses Miller was not in pursuit, accounts over the years indicate pursuits come with serious risks. About 35 to 40 percent of all police chases end in crashes, Geoffrey Alpert, a professor of criminology at the University of South Carolina said in a USA Today story in April 2010. Alpert noted that the nation’s 17,000 police departments are moving toward more restrictive chase policies “because chasing someone for a traffic offense or a property offense is not worth the risk of people’s lives and well-being.”

Police pursuit records provide frightening statistics, according to a report presented online by the FBI in 2010.

“First, the majority of police pursuits involve a stop for a traffic violation. Second, one person dies every day as a result of a police pursuit. On average, from 1994 through 1998, one law enforcement officer was killed every 11 weeks in a pursuit, and 1 percent of all U.S. law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty lost their lives in vehicle pursuits.

Innocent third parties who just happened to be in the way constitute 42 percent of persons killed or injured in police pursuits. Further, 1 out of every 100 high-speed pursuits results in a fatality.

Most area police agencies contacted indicated that officers are to use lights and sirens during the pursuit.

Royal Oak Chief Corey O’Donohue said the department has a lengthy pursuit policy.

“Yes, we use lights and sirens,” he said.

After every pursuit, the results are “evaluated to make sure officers follow policy and use sound judgment,” he said.

Officers in pursuit must contact dispatchers. “The pursuit can be overruled by the shift supervisor,” he said.

Victor Lauria, Novi’s assistant police chief, stressed the main concern during pursuits is the safety of innocent residents, police and the fleeing suspect. “There is significant risk,” he said of pursuits.

The police officer is “constantly evaluating the situation. Lights and sirens must be activated,” he said. “They serve two functions — they alert the suspect to stop and yield, and they alert others there is an emergency vehicle on the road.”

Speeding motorcyclist ‘paced’

An example of a high-speed pursuit of a motorcyclist without lights and siren on occurred in Washington in 2010, according to a story by the News Tribune in Tacoma. A Washington State trooper spotted a motorcycle speeding and passing vehicles.

The officer drove onto the highway and paced the motorcyclist going 80 to 90 mph in a 60 mph zone.

“Pacing” is when a police officer follows a driver, checking speeds by looking at his own speedometer.

In the Washington case, the biker sped up to 100 mph. The trooper then activated his emergency lights and sirens. Eventually the motorcyclist lost control of his vehicle and laid the bike down. Arrested and charged with eluding a police vehicle and stealing the motorcycle, the biker said he fled because he was scared.

Terrence Jungel, executive director of the Michigan Sheriffs Association, said police have always fielded complaints about high-speed pursuits.

“There were probably complaints about the (Old West’s) posse chasing bank robbers. As long as bad guys flee, cops will pursue,” Jungel said.

Law enforcement officials face liability if pursuits end badly.

Pursuits generally “put cops in a bad position,” he said.

“They have to try and second-guess what is going on. They have little information on why a driver is fleeing — it could be to avoid apprehension or to hide the fruits of a crime.”

As for using lights and sirens, he said “it depends. You don’t have cookie-cutter crimes. Police have to make split-second decisions that later end up in courts. Each situation dictates an appropriate response.”

Pursuit policies could differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, Jungel said.

“It depends if you are in cities or in a rural area,” he said.

Police don’t graduate without pursuit training.

Jungel stressed that pursuits are dangerous situations.

“We don’t like to face a man with a loaded gun and we don’t like to be in high-speed pursuits,” he said. “There are so many variables. The higher speeds mean greater liability.”

The Police Studies Council calls pursuits by police a “relatively dangerous, inexact undertaking.”

West Bloomfield Township Police Chief Michael Patton — whose department’s pursuit policy is 20 pages long — said pursuits are “a fact of life” in law enforcement, he said.

Patton worked with Officer Miller in the 1980s and said he is concerned about her recuperation.

Common sense and reasonableness apply during pursuits, he said.

“It’s a balancing act of risk versus benefit,” he said.

Patton has trained officers in pursuits. “We tell officers not to get caught up in the emotion of it,” he said. “That’s why supervisors step in (and are apprised during all pursuits).”

Police have authority of close the distance between a fleeing suspect and themselves, he said.

“Generally there is no such thing as a silent run pursuit,” Patton said.

The written pursuit policy for Michigan State Police outlines how troopers “shall weigh the hazard presented by the violator against that created by a vehicle pursuit. It is better to either delay the arrest or abandon the pursuit than to needlessly injure or kill innocent people, including our own members.”

When a pursuit starts, the officer “shall activate and continuously operate the emergency lights, siren and in-car video recorder on their vehicles until the pursuit has terminated or is abandoned,” according to the policy wording forwarded by spokeswoman Tiffany Brown.

Most departments contacted were reluctant to hand over their pursuit policies, saying they did not want everyone to know what tactics were employed by police. The City of Memphis, Tenn. posts its entire pursuit policy online. During a crime in progress or vehicle pursuits, classified as emergency calls, “officers will respond in emergency mode with both emergency lights and siren being used.”

USA Today reported that, according to professor Alpert, restrictive chase policies save lives. He stated in a National Institute of Justice research paper that police chases in Miami-Dade County dropped from 279 a year to 51 after the department implemented a more restrictive policy.

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Dumbass Harrisburg Pennsylvania Police Officer William Owens Suspended After Shooting His Wife In The Ass

June 2, 2012

HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA – Prosecutors in Pennsylvania said a police officer who shot his wife in the buttocks was showing his gun to family and friends when it discharged.

Dauphin County District Attorney Edward M. Marsico Jr. said Harrisburg police officer William Owens was showing off his gun at his home around 6 p.m. Saturday when the firearm accidentally discharged several times, striking Lakita Owens once in the buttocks, The Patriot-News, Harrisburg, reported Thursday.

Marsico said investigators are working to determine whether alcohol played a role in the incident, and charges could be filed if the shooting is determined to have been reckless.

Owens, who was suspended without pay, declined to comment on the investigation. He said his wife is recovering from her injury.

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Obama Promises Donors He Will Continue Doomed ObamaCare Effort If Re-elected

June 1, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – President Barack Obama is confiding to Democratic donors that he may have to revisit the health-care issue in a second term, a position at odds with his publicly expressed confidence that the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold the Affordable Care Act, according to three Democratic activists.

A Tea Party activist outside the Supreme Court hearings on the constitutional challenges to the 2010 health care overhaul law. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/The New York Times via Redux
Obama Needs More Time to Redo Health Care

As he previewed his agenda for donors at a May 14 fundraiser, Obama said he may be forced to try to revise parts of his health-care plan, depending on how the court rules later this month, said one activist, who requested anonymity to discuss the president’s comments. Guests at the $35,800-a-plate dinner in the Manhattan apartment of Blackstone Group LP (BX) President Tony James were asked to check their smart phones and BlackBerries at the door.

The president has made similar remarks, usually in response to questions, at other fundraising events since the Supreme Court heard arguments in the case during the last week of March, according to two other activists, who also requested anonymity.

Obama’s answers, which begin with the president repeating his contention that the high court will uphold the law, have led some contributors to conclude the White House is making contingency plans should the justices strike down parts of the law, which would give Republicans a powerful talking point about one of his signature issues.

A challenge by 26 states centers on the law’s requirement that individuals purchase health insurance or face a penalty.
Outside Groups

While Obama is discussing with wealthy donors the prospect of a rebuke from the court, administration officials are coordinating with health-care-reform groups on how to manage their public response in the aftermath of the decision.

“While I won’t discuss in detail the president’s private conversations, I can say that your reporting, attributed to unnamed sources, inaccurately reflects the president’s views,” Jay Carney, Obama’s spokesman, said in an e-mail.

On April 3, Obama professed “enormous confidence” the law is constitutional and “the court is going to exercise its jurisprudence carefully,” in response to a question at the Associated Press’s annual meeting. A day earlier, he said the Supreme Court would have to take “an unprecedented, extraordinary step” to throw out “a law that was passed by a strong majority” in Congress.

Yet a planning memo, including a reminder that it’s important “to continue projecting confidence that the court will uphold the law,” was discussed at a May 29 meeting hosted by a group called Protect Your Care, attended by officials from the White House and Department of Health and Human Services, said one of the attendees, who requested anonymity to discuss a private meeting.
Staging Events

“The best way to demonstrate public outrage or public celebration about the decision is to stage an event that shows average people actually responding to the news,” according to the memo, e-mailed on May 16 by an official at the Herndon Alliance, a coalition of groups that backs the health-care overhaul.

“The White House is obviously very involved in this stuff,” said Bob Crittenden, executive director of the Herndon Alliance. “Some of the groups we work with have very close connections with the White House.”

Nick Papas, a White House spokesman, and Anton Gunn, director of external affairs at Health and Human Services, make regular appearances at the Protect Your Care meetings, which are held every other week.
Private Meetings

Last week, Gunn and Hilary Haycock from the White House attended, along with representatives from Families USA, Health Care for America Now, the Center for American Progress and labor organizations including the Service Employees International Union and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

“There’s a really strong feeling that getting out there and trying to do contingency planning out in public is not a very smart thing to do,” said Crittenden, also a professor of medicine at the University of Washington. “What we really want to do is to make sure that everyone is prepared to talk about the law when it comes up.”

Based on the tone of the justices’ questions to the lawyers arguing the case, some of the law’s supporters are concerned that the court will strike down the requirement that uninsured individuals purchase health insurance or else pay a fine.

Overturning Mandate

“The odds are that it’s slightly more likely to overturn the individual mandate,” said Richard Kirsch, a senior fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and the former campaign manager for Health Care for America Now, a group that fought for the overhaul. After the court makes its ruling, “one of the battles will be to define what’s happened.”

Even if the mandate is removed, supporters of the law should organize media events to have “people who continue to benefit from the law to tell their stories,” said Kirsch, author of “Fighting for Our Health: The Epic Battle to Make Health Care a Right in the United States.”

Public opinion is divided on the different parts of the law, said Bob Blendon, an associate dean at the Harvard School of Public Health.

“Nobody wants the whole bill thrown out,” he said. “Nobody wants the bill as it is. The majority would be happy if the mandate disappeared.”

While Republicans, including Mitt Romney, their presumptive presidential nominee, would “gain a little” if the mandate is removed, they may be forced to offer another plan to cover those with pre-existing conditions, Blendon said. “If the bill is upheld, it’s a real boost for the president.”

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Marion County Indiana Deputy Sheriff Michael McKittrick Arrested, Suspended, And Charged After Shooting High Power Rifle In His Apartment

May 30, 2012

MARION COUNTY, INDIANA – Marion County Deputy Michael McKittrick was arrested by Marion County Criminal Investigators early Saturday morning on a preliminary charges of criminal recklessness.

Investigators were called to the deputy’s apartment following the discharge of his personal high-powered rifle. The single round did not injury anyone but did travel through other apartments.

McKittrick, who appeared to be intoxicated, told investigators that he discharged the weapon because he thought there was an intruder in his apartment.

He was taken to Wishard Memorial Hospital for blood tests prior to his being taken to the Arrestee Processing Center.

Deputy McKittrick, is assigned to the Jail Division, and has been placed on administrative leave pending resolution of the Internal Affairs investigation and the criminal proceedings.

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Tallahassee Florida Police Officer Lyle Ottley Arrested, Suspended, And Charged With Aggravated Assault After Threatening Ex-Girlfriend’s Boyfriend With A Gun While In Uniform And Punching Holes In Wall And Door

May 26, 2012

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – A Tallahassee Police officer has been charged with aggravated assault without the intent ti kill and burglary with assault.

Lyle Ottley, 33, has been placed on paid suspension from the Tallahassee Police Department.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Ottley allegedly entered Herman Samuel’s home and threatened him with a gun. The report states that around 2 a.m., Samuel was sleeping next to officer Ottley’s ex-girlfriend Erica Brooks in their home.

Ottley was in uniform at the time when he allegedly banged on the front door and asked for some of their son’s belongings. The officer then entered the home uninvited and went inside the master bedroom, questioning Samuel about why he was there.

Ms. Brooks reportedly ran to a neighboring house owned by another local police man. While Mr. Ottley remained in her home, Ottley allegedly pulled out his hand gun and also punched the wall and bedroom door several times.

Samuel reported that he felt threatened for his life. We spoke to neighbors and they all stated that they had no idea that this had gone on right next door to them.

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San Bernardino County California Probation Corrections Officer Douglass Leon Weaver Arrested, Charged With False Imprisonment And Impersonating A Police Officer After Playing Cop

May 26, 2012

GLENDORA, CALIFORNIA – Glendora Police on Friday evening arrested a San Bernardino County probation correctional officer on suspicion of false imprisonment and impersonating a police officer in connection with a May 11 incident in Glendora.

Douglass Leon Weaver, 43, was arrested about 6 p.m. Friday at the San Bernardino County Juvenile Detention & Assessment Center, 900 E. Gilbert Street, San Bernardino, where Weaver worked.

Weaver is being held at the Glendora City Jail on charges of false imprisonment and impersonating a police officer. His bail is set at $50,000.

According to Glendora Police, Weaver was on duty at the time and was unaware that police were searching for him.

The Probation Department participated in the investigation with the Glendora detectives, leading to Weaver’s arrest. The Probation Department’s Criminal Intelligence Unit identified the suspect from the Glendora Police Department’s composite drawing. They also confirmed that Weaver drove a cream-colored Ford Edge SUV with paper plates.

On May 11, Weaver allegedly pulled over an intoxicated male victim on the Sunflower off-ramp of the Westbound Interstate 210 freeway at 11 p.m. Claiming to be an officer and flashing a badge, Weaver allegedly offered to drive the victim to his sister’s home.

Five days later, at 2 p.m. on May 16, Weaver allegedly returned to the sister’s address in the same vehicle and made unwanted physical contact with her.

Weaver was off duty at the time of the alleged incidents.

Thanks to numerous leads from the public, Glendora Police said they were able to identify Weaver as a suspect.

“It was only through the many tips that were provided by the public and the diligence and long hours put in by Glendora police detectives that led to this arrest,” said Glendora Police Chief Rob Castro in a press statement. “It proves the value of the partnership that has been developed with the community.”

In a statement, Chief Probation Officer Michelle Scray stated, “We will not tolerate off duty conduct that brings discredit upon the San Bernardino County Probation Department and the professional men and women who work here.”

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Funeral Home Finds Bullet Hole Near Heart In Body Of Man That Detroit Michigan Police And EMS Workers Claimed Died Of Naturnal Causes

May 25, 2012

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – Detroit police and EMS workers said Leslie Brooks died of natural causes during the weekend. But when his body arrived at a funeral home, the mortician saw it differently.

As she prepared to embalm the 59-year-old Brooks on Saturday morning, mortician Gail Washington peered at a small burned area on his skin, right above his heart. Her assistants had pointed it out, and Washington now agreed: This was no natural death.

Brooks had a small-caliber gunshot wound in his chest. And now Detroit police are scrambling to figure out what happened.

That may be tough, since their initial determination ruined a possible crime scene in the east-side basement where Brooks was found. Police technicians did not scour the room or take photos until later. There was no immediate preservation of possible clues. Visitors tracked in and out. His family took Brooks’ cell phone. And, unless this was a suicide, a killer had precious hours to elude capture.

Even the clothes Brooks wore had been stripped off and discarded, as is customary when a funeral home picks up a body. The clothing was retrieved, but also is now most likely tainted as evidence.

“I am pissed off,” Shakira Bonds, 20, one of Brooks’ daughters, told the Free Press on Tuesday. “I don’t know who to go to.”

Police spokeswoman Sgt. Eren Stephens said Tuesday the case will be investigated by internal affairs, and Chief Ralph Godbee Jr. would not yet comment. Detroit Fire Department officials, who oversee EMS workers, did not respond to requests for their version of events. Al Samuels, the chief investigator for the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office, said his office followed proper procedure.

Based on information gathered from the police, the family, witnesses, the mortician and the morgue, here’s what happened:

Brooks was found dead about 12:17 a.m. Saturday in a basement room that he rented from friends in the 18700 block of Dean near 7 Mile and Ryan.

A friend, Alberta Rice, 64, said in an interview Tuesday that she did not see Brooks all day Friday, and when his cell phone rang in the basement, Rice sent her boyfriend down to check on him. The boyfriend found Brooks facedown on a rolled-up carpet, his arms stretched out in front, “like he laid down there and went to sleep.” Yet Brooks was stiff and obviously dead when the boyfriend shook him.

Someone in the house called police and Yvonne Arrington, Brooks’ sister. Arrington told the Free Press she arrived at the home to find EMS workers already gone after declaring Brooks dead of natural causes. Two uniformed police officers arrived. Homicide was contacted and so was the Medical Examiner’s Office. Arrington said she asked one of the cops, “How do you know he died of natural causes? He said, ‘We don’t see … trauma.’ “

Arrington wondered, because her brother had confided in her recently that he owed two men money. He was scared, she said, but she thought he might just be paranoid.

She didn’t mention the threats to police that night because officers told her EMS believed he died naturally, Arrington said. In a way, she was relieved he didn’t die violently, she said.

“I said, ‘Thank you, Jesus.’ … He just died of cardiac arrest,” she said.

Police that night put Arrington in touch with the medical examiner’s office, where an investigator told her to call a funeral home, that there was no need for an autopsy based on the opinion of officials at the scene.

She still wondered if she shouldn’t push for the more thorough examination.

“I said, ‘That’s like me talking on the phone to you and you diagnosing me with cancer,’ ” she recalled telling the morgue investigator.

But she called the Cole funeral home, which sent a crew. Arrington went home.

At mid-morning, Washington prepared to embalm Brooks’ body at the Cole funeral home on Schaefer at Puritan and made her discovery. She retrieved Brooks’ clothes, saw holes and a small amount of blood and examined the wound.

“They probably missed it,” she said, because “he had a black T-shirt on with a black shirt on top.” She said the gun most likely was small caliber, leaving a smaller hole than the larger-caliber weapons common today, and most of the bleeding must have been internal.

She has seen such mistakes before. A mortician for 38 years, Washington said this is the fourth time she has discovered a fatal bullet wound on someone initially ruled a natural death.

Samuels, the morgue investigator, said his office checked with Brooks’ doctor the night he was found dead and learned he had a history of cancer, high blood pressure and heart trouble. The decision not to autopsy Brooks was based on that opinion and the natural death ruling by EMS workers, Samuels said.

Rice told the newspaper she never heard a gunshot from her basement. She and Arrington both said they saw no gun at all that night.

Only a dead man with a mystery.

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Veteran Tucson Arizona Police Officer Lynsey Coutts Was Only Three Time Over State Alcohol Limit While Speeding To Work – Already On Radar For Alcohol Use, Department Intends To Give Her The Boot

May 23, 2012

TUCSON, ARIZONA – A four-year veteran of the Tucson Police Department was arrested this morning after a DUI test revealed she was driving to work with a BAC of 0.235, nearly three times the legal limit.

Coutts was scheduled to begin work at 9 a.m. this morning, but called a supervisor at about 9:20 a.m., saying she was driving fast on Interstate 10 and was in fear of colliding with other vehicles on the roadway, the release states. The supervisor convinced Coutts to exit the freeway and pull over. She did, and police personal responded to the Avra Valley I-10 exit.

According to the TPD release, Department of Public Safety officers also responded and conducted a DUI investigation. Tucson Police officers conducted a Preliminary Breath Test that revealed Coutts had a Blood Alcohol Concentration of 0.235, nearly three times the legal limit.

DPS personnel placed her under arrest for various charges associated with Driving Under the Influence, the release states.

Since March 2012, Officer Lynsey Coutts has been subject to a Conditions of Continued Employment contract to address concerns about her use of alcohol, according to a news release from the Tucson Police Department.

Because she violated a condition of her March 2012 employment contract, Coutts was served with a Notice of Intent to Terminate this afternoon, the release states. The Civil Service Hearing relating to her termination is scheduled for May 29, 2012.

“The Tucson Police Department treats all allegations of criminal acts or misconduct by employees as serious, especially criminal acts or misconduct occurring while employees are on-duty,” the TPD release states. “Ms. Coutts’ actions are not representative of the nearly 1400 men and women of the Tucson Police Department who serve their community with integrity and put their lives on the line each day.”

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Dumbass Cleveland Ohio Police Officer Tickets Man Who Dropped Money On The Ground While Handing It To A Disabled Man – Could Cost $500 For Dropping Dollar Bill

May 23, 2012

CLEVELAND, OHIO — A random act of kindness lands a man in trouble with police.

Last Monday, May 14th John Davis was exiting I-90 at the West 117th ramp when he saw a man in a wheelchair. The man was pale, thin and holding a sign that had a religious sentiment and also a request for help.

John thought to himself, “I think we’re all to help the less fortunate.”

The middle class family man from Elyria works hard for a living and enjoys giving back especially to people who are physically challenged.

“I have a brother that’s paralyzed,” said John, “My brother’s in that same situation and struggles.”

John reached into his wallet and grabbed a couple of bucks to give to the man. As he approached the light at the exit, he rolled the money up vertically and stretched his arm out of his window. He says, the man touched the cash and one of the dollars fell to the ground.

The man then bent over and picked it up.

Moments later as John travelled North on West 117th he says a Cleveland police officer pulled him over.

“He proceeds to tell me he’s pulling me over for littering,” said John.

John and his friends who witnessed the exchange were baffled.

The ticket cited Section No: 613.06 of Cleveland’s Municipal Codes, which is littering from a motor vehicle.

His offense was listed as, “Throw paper out window,” and in parenthesis, “money to panhandler.”

John said he was confused because money is paper but it’s not trash.

Cleveland police can’t comment on the ticket at this time but according to a spokesperson there is another code that may have been violated.

There is a code which states that it is illegal to panhandle or give money to panhandlers near a highway or street including a berm, shoulder, treelawn or sidewalk.

Section No: 471.06 states in part that “No person shall stand on a highway for the purpose of soliciting…contributions…”

It also reads that “No driver” is to “transfer currency….to any person standing on a street or highway.”

But John says that’s not what he was ticketed for. He was cited for littering from a motor vehicle, and the officer advised him to “take it up with the courts.”

John does plan to challenge the ticket in court, mainly because it carries a hefty fine. It could cost him $500 once you add the fine plus court costs.

John says he has always had a deep admiration for Cleveland police, and he isn’t trying to start trouble, but that’s a lot of money for helping out someone less fortunate.

“I don’t mean any disrespect toward the police department at all we need ‘em but I just wish I didn’t have to pay this ticket,” said John Davis.

The experience has left him disheartened, and has already destroyed his joy and willingness to give money to those in need.

“I’d like to do it again but I’m petrified I’m going to get a ticket.”

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Indians Protest After Lunatic And His Gullible Followers Think Surgical Scars Are “KKK” Branding By Rapid City South Dakota Hospital Doctors

May 22, 2012

RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA – Supporters of a Cheyenne River tribe member Who claims Rapid City Regional Hospital branded his skin with three k’s are staging a rally and march in Rapid City.

American Indian Movement co-founder Dennis Banks was leading the event called Justice for Vern Traversie rally, which began at Memorial Park and was expected to continue to the hospital.

Traffic was backed up while the marchers made their way down Fifth Street over ther noon hour. gullible

In a YouTube video, Traversie says he went to the hospital last year for open heart surgery but claims he left with three k’s branded into his abdomen, presumably the intials of the Ku Klux Klan.

Rapid City police said they investigated Traversie’s claim and did not find enough evidence to pursue charges.

In a statement released by the hospital, CEO Tim Seghrue said, “the hospital is committed to providing all patients, regardless of race or culture, with compassionate and exceptional care. We are unable to comment on a patient’s treatment without consent.”

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Clearfield Utah Police Officers Had Clothes Dryer Started, Knowing Teen Was Hiding Inside, Resulting In Injuries And A Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit

May 19, 2012

CLEARFIELD, UTAH – A 19-year-old man is suing the Clearfield Police Department for taking him on a spin inside a clothes dryer.

The teen was hiding in a dryer at a friend’s home when police came knocking on the door during a New Year’s party. The teen said he hid in the dryer because he’s scared of police.

“I went to hide,” says Chandler Rose. “The closest thing was a dryer.”

He said someone helped him into the dryer once police arrived. The Clearfield police officer had a camera attached to his body and recorded his visit at the home. ABC 4 News obtained the video from Rose’s attorney.

Chandler said a friend helped him hide in the dryer and then cover him up with a comforter. Meanwhile police were asking questions inside the house. But it appeared they were focused on the dryer.

“They claim they watched him go into the dryer as they watched from outside the home,” said Rose’s attorney Loren Lambert. “But they said they didn’t see whether he came out or not.”

On the police officer’s video recording the following exchange happened between the officer and those at the party:

“Hey do you guys care if I do some laundry?”
“No go ahead.”
“It’s okay if I start that up?”
“So there’s no reason Ishouldn’t start the dryer?”
“You live here, do you mind starting it.”
“Okay, start it up.”

The officer asked someone in the home to hit the start button on the dryer. Rose said he couldn’t hear anyone from inside the dryer.

“Next thing I know I’m rolling in the dryer,” Rose says. “My lower back felt like it was being pounded by a fist.”

He said he was spinning for about ten times before it came to a stop. On the video recording the police officer filmed Rose coming out of the dryer and asking him:

“Did you have fun? Do you have I.D. on you?”
“Yeah.”
“That was pretty stupid wasn’t it?”
“Yup.”
“It was a dumb place to hide.”

Rose’s attorney said police knew someone was in the dryer all this time.

“He’s just playing with them,” Lambert says. “He’s enjoying the moment of showing them what he can do in that situation.”

On the video recording it does appear Rose was in a daze.

“I was unconscious and couldn’t talk very good,” he says.

He says he is still hurting from the spin cycle in the dryer. He claims to be going through rehabilation for his back which continues to give him pain.

Rose was the only person in the room cited for underage drinking. Last week he was fined $1300. And this week his attorney fired back, filing a civil rights lawsuit in federal court.

“They acted like a bunch of immature high schoolers,” says Rose. “They thought it was cute and funny and that’s now the way police should act.”

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Seven School Buses Crash On Interstate 20 In Georgia On Way To Six Flags

May 19, 2012

NEWTON COUNTY, GEORGIA – A crash involving multiple school buses on I-20 has injured a bus driver and 43 students, Newton County emergency officials said.

One bus driver has been transported to the hospital, CBS Affiliate WGCL reports.

Lt. Tyrone Oliver, Newton County Sheriff spokesman, said the driver had non-life threatening injuries. No child was seriously hurt.

The students were from Burke County Middle School in Waynesboro. The group was reportedly on its way to Six Flags theme park.

The cause of the accident was not clear.

An official at Newton County Medical Center said the injuries are minor, mostly bumps and bruises (referred to as “ambulatory treatments”) and that the students will be released to their parents.

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Drunk New York City Police Officer Eduardo Cornejo Arrested And Charged With Criminal Trespass After Changing Seats And Refusing To Move At Baseball Game

May 19, 2012

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – An off-duty NYPD cop ended up arrested Wednesday night for moving to a better seat at Citi Field, then refusing to budge when security cried foul.

Officer Eduardo Cornejo had a legit ticket to the Mets’ sad 6-3 drubbing by the Cincinnati Reds, but ballpark management confronted him once they realized he was stretched out in a seat better than the one he had purchased.

“He was in a section he wasn’t supposed to be,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. “They asked him to leave. He wouldn’t. [A] supervisor asked him to leave. He wouldn’t. The uniformed police sergeant asked him to leave. He wouldn’t, and he was arrested as a result.”

The obstinate 30-year-old was arraigned on criminal trespass charges Thursday and released.

When Cornejo and a woman arrived at his Staten Island home afterward, he was sporting a Mets cap.

“I’m sorry but I have no comment,” Cornejo said.

He works within the 67th Precinct in Brooklyn and has been with the NYPD since 2005.

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Veteran Macon Georgia Police Officer Sgt. John Horton Charged With Exposing Himself And Salon While His Wife Was Getting Her Hair Done

May 19, 2012

MACON, GEORGIA – A Macon police officer was charged with indecent exposure Friday afternoon on allegations that he exposed himself at Hair & Nail Salon, 4646 Forsyth Road, on April 30.

Sgt. John Horton, 42, was arrested at noon Friday on a warrant signed by a Bibb County Superior Court judge the same day, according to the arrest warrant. He was released on a $1,300 bond about an hour later, according to jail records.

The Macon Police Department is investigating the incident, according to the document.

Lars Anderson, Horton’s attorney, said Horton denies “in every shape and form that he exposed himself” at the salon on April 30 or any other day.

The incident is alleged to have occurred while Horton’s wife was “getting her hair done” and in the presence of his wife and children, Anderson said.

When the case goes to court, Horton’s wife will be there to deny that Horton exposed himself, he said.

Anderson said the indecent exposure charge is a misdemeanor.

Horton, who is assigned to the police pawn unit, declined comment Friday.

The owner of Hair & Nail Salon also declined comment, citing the police investigation.

Horton has been suspended for five days pending termination, according to police, who didn’t release details about the incident Friday.

Horton has been employed by the police department for 15 years, according to a roster of employees.

“He has a long record of service with the Macon Police Department and (the case) will be thoroughly and fairly investigated,” said Jami Gaudet, police spokeswoman.

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Greenwich Connecticut Police Officer Donnell Fludd, Charged With Stalking And Harassing Ex-Lover Faces More Charges

May 19, 2012

BRIDGEPORT, CONNECTICUT – The Greenwich police officer charged with stalking and harassment in February now faces a first-degree unlawful restraint charge in connection with the same case, according to a state prosecutor.

Donnell Fludd, 44, made a brief appearance in Courtroom B in state Superior Court Friday afternoon alongside attorney Michael Thomas, a colleague of Fludd’s attorney Darnell D. Crosland, who did not make the appearance.

Wearing a blue striped shirt tucked into khaki pants, Fludd listened quietly and with little reaction during a five-minute court appearance in which Assistant State’s Attorney Kevin Dunn explained why he had levied the new charge.

Fludd, who remains on paid administrative leave from the Greenwich Police Department, was initially charged with second-degree harassment, second-degree stalking and disorderly conduct, all misdemeanors, in connection with his continuing contact with a former girlfriend.

Dunn confirmed the unlawful restraint charge is the result of an incident that the alleged victim in the case, a 32-year-old Greenwich woman, reported to have occurred in her apartment building elevator.

After she filed a complaint in November, the woman provided police with photographs of the injuries she claimed to have sustained, according to a 19-page affidavit filed in state Superior Court in Stamford.

Thomas said a discussion of Fludd’s family violence program application, which Fludd and Crosland filed earlier this month, was scheduled to occur at Friday’s court appearance, but Crosland could not attend because he was delayed at state Superior Court in Stamford, where a bomb scare forced the evacuation of the 123 Hoyt St. building and held up court proceedings.

Multiple messages seeking comment were left with Crosland.

Fludd, the co-founder of the popular Greenwich Flag Football League, is next scheduled to appear in Bridgeport May 31.

In the affidavit, the woman described various ways in which Fludd allegedly stalked and harassed her, despite her requests to stop, and told police there were several instances in which Fludd used his position as a police officer, his large size and his knowledge of firearms to intimidate her.

The department subsequently launched an internal affairs investigation, which is ongoing.

Crosland said in a previous statement to Greenwich Time that the allegations against Fludd do not reflect the way he has conducted himself throughout his life

Fludd, who acknowledged he had a relationship with the woman, said he never physically harmed her, tried to intimidate her, or took his gun out in front of her in a threatening manner, according to the affidavit.

Greenwich police have said they will not comment further on the case at this time.

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Bedford New Hampshire Police Officer Charged With Stealing Vest As Police Motorcycle Club Robbed Store Dead After Committing Suicide At Home

May 19, 2012

BEDFORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – A second police officer charged with stealing a vest last May from Brian Blackden’s North State Street pepper spray supply shop died at his home May 11, the day the complaints were filed in court.

Gary Norton, a 48-year-old Bedford police sergeant, had not yet been issued a summons for the misdemeanor theft charge, Concord police Lt. Timothy O’Malley said yesterday.

O’Malley said he couldn’t comment on Norton’s cause of death, but Assistant Safety Commissioner Earl Sweeney confirmed the sergeant’s death was a suicide, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader.

Sweeney did not return calls for comment yesterday, and neither did Bedford police Chief John Bryfonski. An obituary published in the Union Leader yesterday said Norton, who worked for the Bedford police for 15 years, died at his home May 11.

Norton and Hill police Sgt. Jonathan Evans, 56, were charged with theft by unauthorized taking for allegedly stealing a vest last May from Blackden’s store at 485 N. State St., where Blackden says he was robbed and threatened by five members of a police motorcycle club.

The complaints, which were signed by the Concord police and filed in Concord’s district court, don’t provide any description of the incident beyond the allegations that Norton and Evans took a vest that belonged to Blackden. O’Malley has directed questions to the Cheshire County Attorney’s Office, where he said the case was transferred because of possible conflicts of interest.

The assistant Cheshire County attorney handling the case, John Webb, did not return calls for comment.

Blackden said he was robbed by men who belonged to the Road Dawgs, a motorcycle club for active and retired officers. The men, who were wearing the club’s colors, took the vest because they believed it belonged to them, Blackden said.

Evans said Thursday that he had been a member of the Road Dawgs but resigned from the club last year. He didn’t comment further on the allegations but said he “didn’t break the law doing anything of that nature.”

Evans’s employment status hasn’t changed since he was charged, and Chief David Kranz said he and the selectmen were confident Evans “had no wrongdoing in the incident.” He is due in court June 18.

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Veteran Suffield Connecticut Police Officer Jeremy C. DePietro Arrested And Fired After Drug Bust Evidence Goes Missing

May 18, 2012

SUFFIELD, CONNECTICUT – A veteran police officer who was arrested last week on larceny and evidence tampering charges related to evidence missing after a 2011 drug bust has been fired, Chief Mike Manzi said on Thursday.

Jeremy C. DePietro was arrested on Friday by Suffield police following a lengthy investigation that led the department to get a warrant earlier in the week, Manzi said. He was charged with sixth-degree larceny and tampering with evidence, Manzi said.

He was fired as a result of a police commission meeting on May 9, Manzi said.

DePietro posted a $24,000 bond and is due to be arraigned in Superior Court in Enfield on Tuesday. The Hartford State’s Attorney’s office also involved in the investigation, Manzi said.

“Unfortunately … this internal investigation resulted in the dismissal of this officer,” Manzi said.

DePietro was with the Suffield Police Department for more than six years, and before that he was a police officer in Bridgeport, Manzi said.

The Suffield investigation followed a drug bust on March 3, 2011, at an apartment on Mountain Road. Suffield police responding to a medical call seized illegal narcotics and $332 in cash, and DePietro arrested a suspect, Manzi said.

The evidence seized was tagged and kept in the police department’s temporary evidence room, and after the suspect’s criminal case is adjudicated on Nov. 2, 2011, the court ordered the narcotics destroyed and the money that was seized returned to go into the court’s general fund, Manzi said.

When a detective went to bring the money back, he determined that $120 was missing from the original total, which set off the internal investigation, Manzi said.

The investigation led police to seek an arrest warrant for DePietro that was signed last week and served on Friday.

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Former Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri Pissed Away $75 Million In Taxpayer Funds On Video Game Venture That Included Baseball Pitcher Who Liked Video Games But Had Never Made One

May 18, 2012

RHODE ISLAND – In the final months of two mostly unmemorable terms in office, Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri boasted about his little state’s big splash – stealing former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling and his nascent video game company from Massachusetts.

“This is a risk worth taking,’’ said Carcieri, a Republican, announcing the 2010 deal that lured Schilling’s company, 38 Studios, to Providence, and put Rhode Island taxpayers on the hook for up to $75 million in guaranteed loans to an athlete who liked video games but had never developed one.

“I think the governor had stars in his eyes, the whole idea of playing ball with a baseball player intrigued him and others,’’ said Republican state Representative Robert Watson, former Rhode Island House minority leader. “And I think they got blinded by that celebrity.’’

What Carcieri and supporters saw as the seed of a glittering new business sector for Providence, which has struggled for decades to replace jobs lost with the decline of its jewelry industry, now seems to be crashing down.

After missing a $1.1 million payment May 1 and a personal plea from Schilling for more public assistance this week, 38 Studios has said it does not not have enough money to pay its employees. On Wednesday, the state economic development official who oversaw the loan guarantees resigned abruptly. In a bizarre twist, at one point Thursday, company representatives hand-delivered a check to the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, apparently to cover the late $1.1 million payment, but then later said the company had insufficient funds to cover it.

The precise cause of 38 Studios’ current trouble is unclear; its latest negotiations with the economic development agency are confidential. But what is clear is that Schilling steered the company through a feverish hiring spree and into a high pay-off – but high-risk – realm of the gaming industry that requires enormous start-up money.

“It’s a vibrant market, but it’s a fairly risky market,’’ said Barry Gilbert, vice president of Strategy Analytics, a Newton consulting firm that advised the Rhode Island agency during its negotiations with 38 Studios. “To be successful in the space requires superb timing, superb management, superb talent, and a good dose of luck.’’

The economic development agency’s board is scheduled to meet on Monday to discuss any action the state could take to protect its investment.

In the beginning, Schilling’s company was aimed at Massachusetts, and his star power fueled it. He founded it on Aug. 28, 2006, as Green Monster Games LLC, a reference to the landmark left-field wall in Fenway Park, where Schilling became a legend after the 2004 American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees. He later changed the name to 38 Studios LLC, a reference to his Red Sox jersey number. The company’s original office was in Maynard.

Schilling was not chief executive of the company. His title was founder, chairman, and executive visionary.

He had massive ambitions. The company promised each of its original 37 employees a bonus of $1 million if 38 Studios reached $1 billion in value, a huge stretch for a start-up. By comparison, Warner Bros. agreed to pay as much as $160 million for Turbine Inc., one of the Boston area’s largest established video game companies.

Schilling has long been interested in gaming. As a baseball player, he collaborated on “massively multiplayer online’’ games – called MMOs – with Sony Online Entertainment. His office in Maynard was filled with decorative swords, a sign of the fantasy world his new company planned to create. From its infancy, 38 Studios imagined it would elbow into a multibillion-dollar market filled with games such as Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft, which boasts millions of fans.

MMOs are hugely elaborate and expensive, with the potential to become either blockbusters or giant busts, analysts say.

Because the games are so expensive to produce, strong funding is critical. “It does take hugely deep pockets,’’ said Gilbert, the consultant. Schilling claimed he personally invested as much as $30 million in the venture. Schilling also personally guaranteed a $2.5 million line of credit that 38 Studios took out in 2010, which the company repaid with a portion of the proceeds it received from Rhode Island.

Schilling had originally hoped to launch the game’s first product in 2010. But he immediately hit trouble raising money. He shocked venture capitalists with an audacious pitch for $48 million – far more than gaming companies typically receive in an initial round of funding. In addition, Schilling was reportedly reluctant to give up much stock in exchange for funding. Flybridge Capital Partners and several other Boston area firms passed on 38 Studios.

“More than one VC who has met Schilling has come away with the impression that an investment would require quite a bit of ‘babysitting,’ ’’ noted a trade publication, Private Equity Week, at the time.

Schilling estimated he might need more than $100 million to complete the multiplayer game, code-named Copernicus.

In March 2010, Schilling finally found his cash cow. After Schilling met Carcieri at a fund-raiser, state officials began quietly talking to Schilling about relocating 38 Studios to Rhode Island.

In April, Democratic leadership in the Rhode Island House brought forth a supplemental budget that included $125 million in loan guarantees for job creation, Watson said.

“I had heard rumors that both the governor and House leadership were desperate to cut a deal with Schilling,’’ Watson said. “Nobody was admitting to anything at the time. Frankly, Keith Stokes [director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corp.] and Governor Carcieri’s office were full of obfuscation, camouflage, and possibly outright lies.’’ Watson said he opposed the program as “a scandal waiting to happen.’’

When the proposal came back for more debate in May, Representative Laurence Ehrhardt, a North Kingstown Republican, was ready with an amendment that would cap at $10 million the loan guarantee available to any one company. Loan guarantees would mean the state would be obligated to pay if the company defaults.

As debate began on the House floor, Ehrhardt got a note that someone wanted to see him in the hall, he said. It was Stokes, the economic development director.

“He had learned of my amendment and made a personal request that I not submit it,’’ said Ehrhardt. Stokes never mentioned Schilling, suggesting only to Ehrhardt that the cap would “cause some difficulties with some negotiations they were having. But nothing more specific then that.’’

Under the terms of the loan, 38 Studios must pay $5.3 million in interest this year, and $12.7 million in interest and principal every year from 2013 to 2020.

Schilling’s company released its first effort earlier this year, a role-playing video game called Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. It was well-reviewed and has sold about 1 million copies at about $60 each, according to market research company VGChartz.

Governor Lincoln Chafee, an independent, criticized the deal with 38 Studios as a candidate in 2010. He has been cool to Schilling’s request for more public assistance, though Chafee has said it is in the state’s interest to find a way to save the company.

Other opponents blasted the deal on Thursday, and warned against any more taxpayer dollars for Schilling’s company.

“We got hoodwinked; we got played,’’ Watson said. “How many millions of dollars does Curt Schilling have? He can’t write a check? It’s Rhode Island that is supposed to provide the money? I think not.’’

Stokes, who resigned late Wednesday, had little to say about the unraveling deal with Schilling, insisting the economic development agency’s negotiations with the company remain confidential. He would not directly address whether the agency gave proper oversight to the state’s investment in 38 Studios.

“I really can’t comment on the nature of the transaction,’’ he said. “I can give you my favorite William Faulkner quote, which is: ‘All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection.’’’

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Buffalo Police “Find” Suspect In Cold Case, Who They Would Have Found In 1994 Had They Conducted A Real Investigation – Man Says Someone Dumped Victim’s Bodyparts In His Backyard, And He Just Happened To Prior Conviction For Killing Another Woman, And Was Convicted A Year After 94 Murder For Attempted Rape

May 17, 2012

BUFFALO, NEW YORK – James Fountain seemed terrified when he called 911 to report a grisly discovery 18 years ago: Stuffed inside a wooden nightstand left in the backyard of his Montana Avenue home, he told the operator, he had found the chopped-up body parts of a woman.

Fountain, who had come off as meek and soft-spoken, cooperated with the investigation into the murder of Cynthia Epps, a 29-year-old mother of two young daughters, according to police who probed the horrific 1994 murder.

But last week, Buffalo’s Cold Case Squad detectives watched as the man who had seemed so shocked by the mutilated remains was arraigned in State Supreme Court on a charge of second-degree murder, accused of killing Epps and dismembering her body. He pleaded not guilty.

Recently uncovered evidence led investigators to Fountain.

More than a year ago, Cold Case Detective Charles Aronica was sifting through unsolved cases involving the slayings of women in the early to mid-1990s. He was hoping that recent innovations in DNA technology might reveal new leads.

The Epps case, from 1994, jumped out at Aronica. It had occurred during the city’s worst year for homicides in modern times — 92 killings. In contrast, there were 36 homicides reported in the city last year.

“Her murder was horrific, and I knew if we got evidence, that this might be the last cold case I reopened before retiring next year,” Aronica said.

Aronica, along with fellow Detective Lissa Redmond, began poring over the old evidence.

They went over crime scene photographs to identify where they might still find DNA evidence that would lead them to the killer, and they gave Erie County Central Police Services Forensic Crime Lab official Paul Mazur a long list of items to be tested. Mazur put forensic biologist Michelle Lillie on the case.

Months passed as Lillie conducted “meticulous testing” on the many pieces of evidence that were nearly two decades old.

Finally, they got a break.

DNA different from Epps’ was isolated. But whose was it?

The cold case detectives already were suspicious that Fountain was the man they were looking for.

Back in 1994, he had been ruled out after interviews determined he had not known Epps.

“Detectives had no reason to suspect Fountain had anything to do with it because he had no connection to her,” Redmond explained.

Investigators were left to assume Epps’ body parts, wrapped in a green blanket and placed in a wooden nightstand, had been randomly dumped in Fountain’s backyard on the 100 block of Montana.

But Aronica and Redmond learned that four months after the June 1994 slaying of Epps, a resident of Goodyear Avenue who lived only a couple of blocks away from Montana Avenue, Fountain was arrested for attempting to rape a woman.

In that case, Fountain had placed the woman inside a box and locked her inside a bathroom at her home.

“Fortunately, she managed to escape,” Redmond said.

Aronica and Redmond busied themselves digging further into Fountain’s past and discovered he had been convicted in 1977 of killing a woman in New York City.

“We would not have known about the manslaughter conviction at the time of the Epps murder because the records weren’t as easily available back then,” Redmond said.

A check of the New York State Sex Offender Registry revealed that he was convicted in 1984 for sexual attacks involving 7- and 8-year-old girls in the New York City area.

Sometime later, Fountain moved from New York City to Buffalo because he had relatives here, Redmond said.

The detectives didn’t have a hard time finding Fountain.

He was at Central New York Psychiatric Center in Marcy, where he had been placed in indefinite civil confinement after he had completed his lengthy prison sentence on the attempted rape from 1994 and other charges.

A judge agreed with the state’s claim that he had a “mental abnormality” and, if released, would pose a threat to society.

Obtaining a sample of his DNA to compare to the one found at the Epps crime scene was the next step.

That also proved easy for the detectives. After Fountain’s 1995 conviction on the felony attempted rape, a sample of his DNA was taken for a statewide criminal data base.

The results came back in October 2011. Lillie determined that the unidentified DNA taken from the Epps slaying matched Fountain’s.

“Given what we now know about the Epps homicide, I believe this is proof that civil confinement works,” Redmond said. “Who knows what could have happened if he had been released?”

Police are not saying much about Fountain’s motive for allegedly killing Epps, but Aronica did say, “It may have been an argument between the two of them.”

Two months ago, Redmond and Aronica interviewed Fountain at Marcy. And though the detectives declined to release the results of the interview, they said it went well.

What surprised them was the manner in which Fountain conducted himself. A small man who presents himself as unassuming, Fountain was extremely polite, they said.

The unexpected solving of the cold case has left the Epps family grateful that their daughter, sister and mother was not forgotten.

“This won’t bring my sister back, and I will not be held hostage or victim for what he did to my sister, but I am very grateful to both detectives,” said Epps’ sister, Roxanne McKinney Cumberlander.

Cumberlander added that when she saw Fountain in court last week, she realized he was a sick man.

“I forgive him and pray that he gets help and that God will save him,” she said.

Redmond said, “The family’s gratitude is overwhelming and makes our job meaningful.”

Fountain is now being held in the Erie County Holding Center, awaiting his next appearance before State Supreme Court Justice Penny Wolfgang.

Fountain’s court appearance was on the same day Aronica, a city officer for 40 years, celebrated his 60th birthday.

“This turned out to be a great birthday present, helping the Epps family get some closure,” Aronica said.

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Marion County Indiana Deputy Sheriff John M. Benton Arrested, Charged After Sending Pornographic Photos And Videos Of Himself To Waitresses

May 17, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – Officers arrested a Marion County Sheriff’s deputy after they say he sent pornographic photos and videos of himself to waitresses.

John M. Benton, 26, was arrested Tuesday on four counts of obscene performance, all Class A misdemeanors.

Marion County Sheriff’s Office officials say the arrest stemmed from a week-long investigation. Benton is accused of sending four pornographic photos and two pornographic videos of his genitalia to female waitresses from Indianapolis establishments.

Police say Benton admitted them that he took the photos and pictures and sent them to the two women, but he justified it, saying the two girls were flirting with him.

“The investigation and the photos speaks for itself, and with the arrest, there is no evidence to present that would suggest this is anything else than what it is,” said Captain Michael Hubbs with Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

Police say Benton knew the women from working part-time at the establishments.

According to court documents, the former deputy admits he’s sent a number of other women nude photos – but he’s never faced criminal charges for doing so.

Police say he told detectives that some of the photos of his private parts were taken while he was in uniform working inside the Marion City County Building.

Sheriff John R. Layton terminated Benton after reviewing the case.

Benton faces a sentence of one year for each charge, if he’s convicted.

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Isleton California Police Chief Steven Adams Runs His Mouth On Facebook, Gets Suspended, And Entire Department Shut Down – Had Officers With Expired State Certifications

May 10, 2012

ISLETON, CALIFORNIA – Isleton Police Chief Steven Adams has been placed on paid administrative leave after posting on Facebook about setting up a press conference with the media about the department’s problems, but the chief would never get that chance.

Isleton City Manager Dan Hinrichs put Adams on leave and shut down the department before Adams could speak out.

“He came in yelling at me and telling me to get out of the police department now,” said Police Chief Steven Adams.

Adams says it’s the first time in his 32-year career as a law enforcement officer that he’s ever been placed on paid leave.

“[I feel] confused, frustrated, I didn’t know what to feel,” said Adams.

And, the city manager wouldn’t elaborate on why Adams was put on leave, only saying he did it after receiving complaints from the public. However, Adams doesn’t believe that’s the case.

“No, I don’t believe that because I’ve had nothing but support from the public,” said Adams.

Instead, the chief believes he’s the target of city leaders that are unhappy that he’s so vocal about the department’s troubles.

Among the chief’s complaints is that three of the state-required certifications the officers must pass have expired and the city allegedly refuses to pay for it.

The city manager shut down the department Wednesday because of the lapsed certifications, but admits he knew about it three weeks ago.

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Dumbass In Houston Texas Orders Marine Flares, Flips Out And Involves Firefighters And HazMat Crew When Box Arrives Marked “Explosives”

May 10, 2012

HOUSTON, TEXAS – A suspicious package brought to the Houston Fire Department station late Wednesday ended up being a man’s mail order of marine flares.

Hazmat crews were called to the Fire Station #2 at Woodway and Bering in southwest Houston to investigate. Businesses and homes were evacuated.

Turns out the package contained marine flares the man ordered online. He said he was not expecting them in the box with the word “explosive” on it.
Residents were allowed to head home and the scene was cleared.

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Dumbass Tries To Rob Police Officer, Inside A Police Station, With A Towel

May 9, 2012

WILMER, TEXAS – Keithan Manuel is sitting inside the Dallas County Jail Tuesday night waiting for someone to believe him –– it was a joke, he told investigators. He didn’t really want to rob that police station.

Police, however, say the 18-year-old walked into the Wilmer Police Department Saturday evening with a white towel covering his hands.

Police Chief Victor Kemp described the incident saying, “Yeah well, a young man walked into the lobby and approached the dispatch window there and told our Communications Officer ‘give me all your money.’”

After pointing a towel-covered hand at the officer and making the statement, Manuel soon changed his tune and claimed he was there to get some information.

“He said he’d like to check on a warrant, but it was pretty obvious it was a situation … he gave a different name and after a few moments of maybe playing it off he said ‘you do know I have a gun’. At that point he seemed to be very serious,” Kemp said.

It was then the officer decided she didn’t feel like ‘joking’.

“She called for officers immediately and called for backup from another agency,” Kemp recalled. “The officers arrived and were able to take him down at gunpoint.”

Manuel didn’t have a weapon, but dispatcher Patrice Hughey said he said otherwise, recalling the teen telling her, “Well, you know I have a gun, right?”

“I didn’t say nothing like that, I swear to God I didn’t say nothing like that; that’s why they didn’t find no guns on me,” Manuel said. “Man I play like that all the time, I didn’t think she would take it seriously.”

Manuel remains is in the Dallas County Jail with a $200,000 bond for several charges, including Robbery.

“This young man wasn’t using his head for sure,” he said. “You hear of those World’s Dumbest Criminals every once in a while but you never think it’s gonna happen in your city.”

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Dumb As Dirt Los Angeles California Deputy Sheriff Det. Anthony Shapiro Suspended After Lying In Court About Reading Miranda Rights – Charges Dropped After Officer’s Purjury Attempt – Arrest Was Filmed By Reality TV Show

May 8, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — A reality show meant to catch would-be catch car thieves in the act landed a Los Angeles County sheriff’s detective in hot water when he allegedly lied about reading a suspect his Miranda rights.

As part of the TruTV show, undercover police officers park a car rigged with cameras along the side of the road with the keys still inside.

Then a camera crew waits nearby for someone to take the bait and try to steal the car.

But in a recent segment filmed in cooperation with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, a department detective wound up in trouble instead of the Regular Joe who took the bait.

Footage shot for the show showed suspect Keenan Alex, 28, find a Cadillac Escalade with the keys in the ignition and the engine running.

He got inside and drove off, but deputies quickly pulled him over and slapped handcuffs on him.

Detective Anthony Shapiro later said in court that he read Alex his rights before the suspect made incriminating statements.

But unedited video shows that Shapiro did not read Alex his rights, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“You watch TV. You know your rights and all that?,” the video shows Shapiro telling Alex.

Because Alex’s Miranda rights were violated on tape, prosecutors could not press charges against him in court and the case was dropped.

Shapiro has been placed on paid leave for testifying under oath that he read Alex is rights when he did not, according to department officials.

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Pedophile Milwaukee Wisconsin Sheriff’s Sergeant Phil Wentzel Quits After Child Pornography/Molestation Arrest – Drugged, Molested, And Photographed Girls 6 To 14 – Uploaded Pictures To Internet From Home And Work

May 8, 2012

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – The Milwaukee County sheriff’s sergeant who has been accused of producing child porn resigned effective Monday, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

That immediately stops the internal investigation that the sheriff’s office had initiated last week.

“We did initiate an internal investigation, hence he resigned today,” Capt. Scott Stiff said Monday. “Effective immediately, he’s no longer employed with our agency, so there’s no need to conduct any further (investigation).”

Phil Wentzel, a former spokesman for the office, was accused in a federal complaint Thursday of taking photos of girls between 6 and 14 years old at a campsite in Campbellsport in Fond du Lac County, where he had rented a spot for his recreational vehicle since 2008.

Wentzel, 41, is accused of producing most of the child porn in April 2011, but files were created starting in May 2010, a criminal complaint states. He shared the photos in seven different photo albums through an Internet peer-to-peer file-sharing network.

Wentzel admitted to the FBI that he drugged and molested girls and took pornographic pictures of them, U.S. Attorney James Santelle said in a news release Friday. Wentzel also said he had a difficult time controlling his urges.

The complaint states he had accessed his accounts from several computers, including Milwaukee County computers in August 2011.

Arrested last week

He was arrested May 2 at the Sheriff’s Department and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

It was a search warrant in Denver that led investigators to the images.

According to the criminal complaint, Wentzel agreed to fully cooperate and give investigators the password to an encrypted hard drive they seized from his West Allis home in exchange for a tentative plea agreement and a reduced prison sentence.

Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. said in a statement to media last week that he was “disgusted with the nature of the allegations against the deputy as they were briefed to him.” He had no further comment while the issue is under investigation.

If convicted, Wentzel is facing a minimum of 15 years in jail and a maximum of 30 years and a fine of up to $250,000.

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Dickhead Alabama Department Of Transportation Engineer Travis Kilgore Prevents Installation Of Signs For DeKalb County Tornado Shelters After Fight To Keep FEMA From Tearing Them Down

May 8, 2012

MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA – Talk about a roadblock.

After waging a lengthy battle with state and federal bureaucrats over the right to have storm shelters, a tornado-stricken county in Alabama is running into another pile of red tape — this time over the road signs directing people to those shelters.

As Fox News previously reported, DeKalb County officials fought last year to prevent the Federal Emergency Management Agency from tearing down tornado shelters that were being built at schools. The county won and was allowed to keep the shelters.

But now the state is stepping in to prevent county schools Superintendent Charles Warren from putting up road signs meant to guide people to the shiny new shelter FEMA built at Plainview High School. That school was devastated last spring by a tornado that roared through during the epic April 27 outbreak, in which 33 people lost their lives in DeKalb County.

Because the proposed road signs would be placed along a state highway, the Alabama Department of Transportation opposed Warren’s request for street signs.

In an email exchange with Warren obtained by Fox News, DOT traffic engineer Travis Kilgore explained the state’s position.

“The use of shelter directional signs have not yet been approved for installation on state roads,” he wrote, adding that “the overuse and overcrowding of signs can be a distraction to motorist (sic) and often lead to a disregard or disrespect of necessary regulatory and roadway warning signs.”

Alabama, it seems, does not consider directions to a tornado shelter “necessary.” The email suggested that signs pointing the way to a shelter might only lead to accidents or an epidemic of disrespect for other road signs.

Kilgore insisted that students who would use the shelter during the day know where it is and that many local citizens nearby the school also know where it is — so no need to put a sign on the state road telling them where to look.

He appeared, however, to concede that clear directions are important, but he didn’t want state roads to be a part of it.

“We understand the importance of notifying and guiding the public to storm shelters, but we cannot permit these signs on state routes,” he wrote.

Warren pleaded with the state DOT to change its mind, pointing out that Highway 35 is a busy route across the northern part of the state. Many people from out of town — who missed all the news reports about the shelter’s construction — might be looking for a place to hide should a tornado suddenly appear, he reasoned.

“Their lives could be saved by knowing where a place of refuge is when a tornado is imminent,” Warren wrote. “We have the signs — two of them — already manufactured and ready for placement.”

Though the signs were already paid for, Warren offered to have them remade at county expense if they didn’t meet state regulations.

“No cost would be associated or passed along to the DOT,” he wrote.

But Kilgore resisted. He wrote back: “I admire your persistence in pursuing the ‘Tornado Shelter’ signs and commend the DeKalb County Schools for constructing the shelter, however, I cannot approve installation of the signs on AL-35.

“The Federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices requires States to develop a comprehensive plane (sic) to address miscellaneous guide signs and their installation on State roads. We limit guide signs, other than the primary destinations (Towns and Cities), to those destinations that a large number of motorists may be looking for. Our State Traffic Engineer has determined these signs are not approved for installation on State roads and has previously denied requests for shelter signs in South Alabama.”

Fox News has reached out to the office of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, but has not yet received a response.

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Vermont State Police Dispatcher Michelle Bachand Busted With Marijuana While Training At Vermont Police Academy – Dumbass

May 6, 2012

PITTSFORD, VERMONT

A Vermont State police dispatcher has found herself on the wrong side of the law.

Police say Michelle Bachand, 26, of Lyndonville, was found with marijuana at a training session Friday at the Vermont Police Academy in Pittsford.

Bachand was a temporary civilian dispatcher for the Derby Barracks. Because of the arrest, police say she is no longer employed as a dispatcher.

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Effort By House Oversight Committee To Hold Disgraced US Attorney General Eric Holder In Contempt Making Progress – His Department’s Efforts Armed Mexican Drug Cartels, Then Hid Documents Amid Investigation

May 3, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – Republicans on the House Oversight Committee were to take the first formal step Thursday toward contempt proceedings against Attorney General Eric Holder over the Fast and Furious “gunwalking” operation, CBS News has learned.

The case for a citation declaring Holder in contempt will be laid out in a briefing paper and 48-page draft citation distributed to Democrats and Republicans on the committee. CBS News has obtained copies of both documents. In them, Republican members use strong language to accuse Holder of obstructing the committee’s investigation, which is now in its second year.

The documents allege that the Justice Department has issued, “false denials, given answers intended to misdirect investigators, sought to intimidate witnesses, unlawfully withheld subpoenaed documents, and waited to be confronted with indisputable evidence before acknowledging uncomfortable facts.”

“The Justice Department’s demonstrable contempt for the congressional investigation has inflicted harm on the people of two nations seeking the truth – and very pointedly on the family of fallen Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and ATF whistleblowers who now face retaliation in the wake of their own heroic efforts to expose wrongdoing,” says the brief to be distributed Thursday.

For its part, the Justice Department says it has complied with the congressional investigations, led by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa).

“We’ve done twice-a-month (document) productions since last year, and the Attorney General has testified about this matter no less than seven times,” a Justice official tells CBS News.

There have been at least three House contempt actions against the Executive Branch in the past 30 years.

In 1983, Congress found EPA administrator Anne Gorsuch Burford in contempt for failing to produce subpoenaed documents.

In 1998, the GOP-controlled House Oversight committee found Attorney General Janet Reno in contempt for failing to comply with a subpoena on campaign finance law violations.

In 2008, the Democrat-controlled House found former White House counsel Harriet Miers and Chief of Staff John Bolton in contempt for failing to cooperate with an inquiry into whether a purge of federal prosecutors was politically motivated.

In 2008, the Democratic-led Oversight Committee found two White House officials in contempt in the probe of Bush Administration firings of U.S. Attorneys. Congress went to federal court to seek enforcement of that contempt action, but a compromise was reached with the Executive Branch before any court decision was final.

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Computer Problem Causes Placer County California To Summon 1200 People For Jury Duty On Single Day – Causes Traffic Jam On Interstate

May 2, 2012

AUBURN, CALIFORNIA – There was a lot of confusion and frustration from about 1,200 people who were all summoned to show up for jury duty at the Placer County Courthouse at the same time Tuesday morning, only to find out it was all a mistake.

The courthouse computer system’s mistake triggered a rare traffic jam in Auburn along Interstate 80.

“I don’t want to say a quarter of a mile, but it was close to that,” a jurist named Ralph said.

All because people were responding to their civic duties, showing up by 8 a.m. for jury duty that wasn’t supposed to happen.

“I didn’t realize that all that traffic was going to courthouse,” Ralph said.

“It was insane,” said Kimberly Foss, “and there were so many cars.”

It turns out it was all caused by a computer glitch.

“The alert failed to notify us yesterday afternoon, so the clerk failed to update the system,” assistant court executive officer Geoff Brandt said. The system then goes into default mode, and we were unaware the default mode was to call in every jury panel we had scheduled for the week.”

Ralph and Kimberly were just two out of 1,200 people who were notified. About 800 of them actually showed up at the historic Auburn courthouse.

“I thought it was kind of odd,” Foss said. “I was just summoned last year.”

It’s a problem courthouse officials say has never happened, and they’re working on making sure it doesn’t happen again.

“We apologize profusely,” Brandt said. “Our jurors are very important to us and we know it was a significant inconvenience this morning.”

A technical error for the courthouse meant valuable time wasted for many.

“I let them know there at the courthouse that it was extremely frustrating,” Ralph said. “I lost my whole morning.”

The courthouse says those people can expect to be called in for jury duty this week but it certainly won’t be 1,200 of them at once.

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Stupid Shelbyville Tennessee Police Arrest And Jail Man Who Tried To Spend Real $50 Bill

May 1, 2012

SHELBYVILLE, TENNESSEE – What officers thought was a counterfeit $50 bill turned out to be an old, legitimate bill, but the truth wasn’t discovered until a man was mistakenly charged and jailed Friday.

A clerk at Quik Mart, South Cannon Boulevard, notified police after the marker used to detect counterfeit bills didn’t check as real.

“The front side of the bill was off center and it didn’t feel like a normal bill, it did look to be counterfeit,” officer Brock Horner said in his report.

Truth discovered

After Lorenzo Gaspar was jailed, Horner showed the bill to Sgt. Bill Logue, the Shelbyville Police Department’s evidence technician, who told him old legitimate bills wouldn’t “check” with a marker and suggested he have it inspected at a bank.

Horner took the bill to two banks, where it was determined as “real but very old” at one and proven real by a black light and magnifying glass at another.

A judicial commissioner had Gaspar released from jail and Horner apologized for the arrest, the report said. Gasper was told by Horner to take the bill to a bank and have it exchanged for a newer one.

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