Cadillac Michigan Police Officer Jordan Gross After Turning Up Drunk In Resident’s Backyard After Party

July 11, 2012

CADILLAC, MICHIGAN – A Cadillac bike patrol officer has been fired after he was arrested for disorderly conduct.

According to a press release from Cadillac Police, State Police were called to a home in Cherry Grove township after the resident said there was a person believed to be drunk and in the lake and backyard of their home.

He was identified as Jordan Goss, a seasonal foot and bicycle patrol officer. He was drunk and uncooperative and was arrested, according to Cadillac Police.

The Cadillac Police Department said there was an internal affairs investigation that determined Goss was at a gathering at another home in the area and walked away after being offered a ride home. Although other Cadillac Police officers were at the gathering, it was concluded that there was no wrongdoing on their part, according to CPD.

Cadillac Police determined that Goss violated the department’s code of conduct and he was terminated.

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Obama Official At General Services Administration Tried To Keep Report On Massive Waste At Las Vegas Nevada Conference A Secret

June 6, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – A top administrator at the General Services Administration who worked on President Obama’s presidential transition team sought to keep secret the agency report that uncovered massive waste at a lavish taxpayer-funded GSA conference in Las Vegas, records show.

The 2010 conference, which cost $823,000 and featured a mind-reader, clowns, magicians and a red-carpet party, forced the ouster of several top GSA officials after the agency’s Office of Inspector General released its findings in April.

But months earlier, as word of the report was circulating among GSA officials, Ruth F. Cox, the agency’s regional administrator for several Western states, contacted a colleague in Washington asking what could be done to shield the report from public view.

“Is there something we can do to prevent another potential embarrassing episode from unfolding and keep this report from being made public?” she asked in an email obtained by The Washington Times.

Ms. Cox also expressed concern that the inspector general’s report was not entirely correct, though officials now say her comments were made before she saw the final report.

“We don’t need another $16 muffin public allegation that is eventually proven wrong and the damage is already done (and exacerbated by making a false allegation),” she wrote in an email she deemed “highly confidential.”

Ms. Cox was referring to a report by the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General, which reviewed conference expenditures and later retracted one widely publicized finding concerning muffins initially reported to have cost $16 each.

Adam Elkington, an agency spokesman, said Tuesday that Ms. Cox made the comments in the email before the release of the inspector general’s report and before “having any knowledge of the findings.”

“GSA, including Ms. Cox, is appalled by the missteps highlighted in the IG’s report and have taken disciplinary action against those responsible, accepted all of the IG’s recommendations and continue to take steps to ensure this never happens again,” Mr. Elkington wrote in an email to The Times.

“We welcome oversight and will continue to be guided by the highest level of transparency. GSA’s new Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini initiated a top-to-bottom review of our agency’s operations. GSA remains committed to eliminating excessive federal spending and promoting government efficiency.”

In the email, Ms. Cox also referred to Jeffrey Neely, former acting administrator for the region, who played a key role in organizing the conference and was seen on video boasting about how much fun the federal workers were having in Las Vegas.

“I know Susan is not happy that Jeff received a relatively high performance evaluation and bonus given what transpired with the Western Regional Conference, but my concern at this point is not Jeff but the agency and the administration,” Ms. Cox wrote. “Making this public to punish Jeff with a side effect of unnecessarily exposing the agency doesn’t make sense to me.”

In her email, Ms. Cox also said she shared concerns within the agency about Mr. Neely, who was facing scrutiny because of his agency-funded trips to Hawaii and other Pacific destinations.

The correspondence reflects early recognition within GSA about the potential impact of public disclosure and embarrassment for the administration. Officials were right to be concerned. Among those forced out in the wake of the scandal were former GSA Commissioner Martha Johnson; a top adviser, Stephen Leeds; and Robert Peck, chief of GSA’s Public Buildings Service.

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3 Park County Colorado Deputy Sheriffs Suspended After Shooting Beer Keg At Party In Woods

April 12, 2012

PARK COUNTY, COLORADO – The Park County undersheriff says he has suspended two deputies after accusations they shot at a beer keg while breaking up an underage party in the woods.

A third deputy, a reserve, was going to be suspended on Friday, Undersheriff Monte Gore said.Two full-time deputies were suspended on Tuesday.

“I’m deeply disappointed,” Gore told 7NEWS reporter Russell Haythorn.

“Let me just say, as a husband and a father, I’ve got a 5 year old and an 8 year old, and I’m sure at sometime those kids are going to be at a party,” Gore said. “And if I had reports that a deputy discharged a firearm at that party, I would be furious. I would be steaming.”

“It was one, one two. It was consecutive. It wasn’t spread out,” said one student who didn’t want to be identified.

The investigation began after parents complained that deputies shot at a keg after catching the teens drinking last weekend in a remote area of the Pike National Forest.

One parent told 7NEWS more than one deputy fired shots in an effort to break a chain the teens had used to secure the keg to a tree or a fence.

“There was no reason to try and try to take down a keg with a gun. Chain cutters, wire cutters maybe,” said the student.

Gore said he’s doing an internal affairs investigation in possible misconduct by the deputies, and he has asked the Teller County Sheriff’s Office to conduct an independent investigation into potential criminal actions during the shooting incident.

“We don’t investigate our own people because that would be a conflict of interest,” Gore said. “We take this very seriously, and I can assure everyone we are going to do the right thing.”

Gore said the teens attend Woodland Park High School. Several of the partygoers were ticketed for being minors in possession of alcohol, he added.

“I mean we were just going to have fun. The cops had to take their job a little seriously. But in the end they got suspended. So an even situation I’d say,” said another student.

Parents of teenagers who attended the party told 7NEWS they thought the deputies’ actions were reckless.

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