Friday, September 12, 2008

Officer Bolitada Theodore Arrested for Helping Woman to Escape

Solomon Islands

A police officer, Mr. Bolitada Theodore, 46, was arrested at Avu Avu this week for Obstructing the Justice as according to a section of the penal code.

Acting Commissioner, Mr. Peter Marshall stated in yesterday's Police Press Conference that the SIPF and the PPF are carrying out their duty with fairness and without favor.

Mr. Marshall said that the officer was arrested for assisting the escape of the wife of Mr. Alphonseus Toghovotu, the Weathercoast murder suspect.

He continued on saying that the wife was wanted for an interview by the police following the investigation of the attempted murder of the RAMSI police officer at Weathercoast last week.

Police officers were out looking for the wife, when she was warned by the Police officer from Avu Avu.

Mr. Bolitada Theodore appeared before the Magistrate Courts in Honiara yesterday after been remanded in custody at the Central Police Station.

The court case was adjourned for 28 days and the next hearing will be on the 10th of October, 2008.

In the meantime he was to be kept 50 kilometers away from Avu Avu and report to the White River Police Post every Mondays and Fridays. He was also granted a principle bail of $1,000.

Mr. Bolitada Theodore was a long serving officer for the SIPF and only recently moved to the Avu Avu Police Post in 2003.

Officer Chad Broder Suspended Without Pay

An Erie police officer was arrested and jailed Wednesday in Weld County on suspicion of attempting to sexually assault an 18-year-old woman he had arrested, according to police and court reports.

Chad Broder, 25, was arrested on suspicion of attempted sexual assault on a victim in custody and sexual contact with a victim in custody, according to court records. He is scheduled to appear in Weld District Court today.

“The officer has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of our investigation and the investigation of the Greeley Police Department,” Erie Police Chief John Hall said, adding that he could not comment on Greeley’s open investigation.

Greeley police detectives arrested Broder at his Frederick home Wednesday after investigating the Aug. 31 incident since Sept. 3, Greeley police spokesman Sgt. Joe Tymkowich said.

He said Broder arrested the woman Aug. 31 on suspicion of violating a restraining order. The woman told police that Broder was driving her to the Weld County Jail, allowing her to ride in the front seat, when he stopped his marked patrol car in Greeley and kissed her, released one of her hands from the handcuffs and placed her hand on his crotch, Tymkowich said.

“She was able to protect herself, as it were, and she (told him she) wasn’t interest in doing that,” Tymkowich said.

Broder then took the woman to the jail and booked her, Tymkowich said.

When she bonded out the following day, she told a friend what had happened, and the friend talked with a Longmont police officer, who recommended that she report the incident to Greeley police, according to Tymkowich.

“From personal experience ... you pursue it just as you would any other case,” he said of investigating allegations against a fellow law enforcement officer. “We’ve got to police our own just as you would anyone else.”

Broder was sworn in as an officer with the Erie Police Department in June 2006 and has worked as a patrol officer since then.

Officer Laura Donovan Arrested on Drug Charges


A member of the Waterbury police department was arrested Wednesday, accused of arranging to buy illegally prescribed pain pills.

Laura Donovan, 40, of Waterbury, surrendered at police headquarters the day after police arrested a man they said illegally bought OxyContin and Percocet for her.

Donovan, a 10-year-member of the force, was charged with criminal attempt to possess narcotics in connection with illegal drug buys on Tuesday and Saturday, police said.

Members of the police department were watching Tuesday as John Soricelli, 34, of Waterbury, pulled into a Huntington Avenue parking lot to buy drugs from Domenic George, 57, of Waterbury, police said.

Both men were arrested, then police saw Donovan’s personal car drive by the parking lot, police said. She was not on duty or in uniform, police said.

After being arrested, Soricelli told police he was buying pills for Donovan, police said.

Soricelli also bought OxyContin for Donovan in another location on Saturday, police said.

Donovan was arrested Wednesday. She was suspended from the force with pay, pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation, police said.

Donovan was released and is scheduled to appear in court next week.

Former Employee of Sheriff's Office Pleads Guilty to Rape of Child


A former Shelby County Sheriff’s Office employee pleaded guilty to charges of Rape and Rape of a Child.

According to court documents, 60 year-old Wayne Logan has been sentenced to six years in prison for rape and eight years for raping a child after pleading guilty, Thursday, September 11, 2008.

The Shelby County District Attorney’s Office says Crawford had sex with an 8 year-old girl several times over a two year period. Investigators say the girl’s mother knew about the rape and took money from Crawford. She was indicted on charges of Facilitation of Rape and Facilitation of Rape of a Child.

Police say the abuse was brought to the attention of authorities after the little girl told her teacher that Crawford was having sex with her.

Crawford worked as a civilian employee at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

Former Chief Paul Gill Convicted of Murder


A jury has convicted a former Fordyce police chief of first-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife.

The Union County jury recommended a 40-year prison sentence for Paul Douglas Gill. The jury deliberated for about four hours today before convicting Gill in the death of his wife, Sandra Kaye Gill.

Gill testified yesterday that he did not kill his wife, and witnesses said he wept and expressed grief after her death. Doug Gill had been charged with capital murder, though prosecutors did not seek the death penalty.

Sandra Kaye Gill was found in bed in March 2007 with a gunshot wound to her head.

Gill was a former police chief at Fordyce in the early 1990s and also a former deputy sheriff. At the time of the crime, he was a quality control inspector with Georgia Pacific in Fordyce.

Prosecutors allege that gunpowder residue from Gill's clothing showed he killed Sandra Gill as she lay in bed. They argue Gill tried to make his wife's death look like a suicide.

Former Officer Chancy Jones Arrested for Killing Mistress

The Memphis police officer accused of shooting and killing his mistress remained behind bars Thursday. After Chancy Jones first court appearance, his attorney said that he fears for his client's safety.

After appearing before a judge Thursday, Patrol Officer Chancy Jones spent the rest of the day sitting in jail without bond.

His attorney said Jones has a large target on his back because he's possibly with criminals he's arrested and he used to be a corrections officer inside the jail.

Jones walked into court wearing a green jail jumper. His sisters and daughter sat outside the courtroom waiting to be allowed in.

Jones' wife was not there.

After getting inside and seeing Jones, a few of them left the courtroom in tears and declined to speak on camera.

"I'm sure they're going through the same shock the family of the lady is," said Jones' attorney Ted Hansom. "It's a tragedy no matter how you look at it."

He said he hasn't had a chance to sit down and talk with his client, but he is aware Jones gave a written statement to police admitting to shooting and killing his mistress Phyllis Malone.

"I think it's easy to say he's upset," he said. "Other than that, I really couldn't comment."

Investigators said for the past few weeks, Jones was having an extramarital affair with Malone.

Early Tuesday morning, a delivery driver found a woman slumped over in a car outside a gas station on Whitten Road.

It was Malone. Authorities said she died from multiple gun shot wounds and police have confirmed that she was not pregnant.

Hansom said his client is being held in a secured location because of the publicity of the case and because his client is a Memphis police officer and a former Shelby County correctional officer.

"You have some people who are frequent fliers who come back here, that come back here when he was here," he said. "So yeah, security is a concern."

No one from Malone's family came to court.

Jones will have a bond hearing Monday. He's been charged with second degree murder. Police Director Larry Godwin said this was domestic violence taken to the extreme.


I hope he get's his ass beat! He's no better than the people he put in jail.
He was nothing but a criminal with a badge.

Sgt. James Pence Arrested for Domestic Violence

A Springfield police sergeant has been arrested and charged with domestic violence in Portage.

Sgt. James Pence, 37, was arrested after an incident in Portage Tuesday and arraigned Wednesday in Kalamazoo County, Springfield Public Safety Director Rob Coles confirmed. A spokesman for the Portage Police Department could not be reached Wednesday.

Coles, reached while on vacation and out of the city, said he was not aware of details of the incident, which apparently occurred at Spence's home.

A warrant is also being sought by Battle Creek police against Pence for stalking and making harassing phone calls to a former girlfriend in Battle Creek, according to Commander James Saylor of the Battle Creek Police Department.

Information on that incident at a home Pence once shared with the woman on Clubhouse Drive early Tuesday afternoon, is being reviewed by the Calhoun County Prosecutor, Saylor said.

Pence is already serving a 14-day suspension from the department for an unrelated off-duty incident, Coles said, and is scheduled to return to work Sept. 17.

Department officials are collecting information on the Tuesday incidents and will conduct their own department investigation, the chief said.

Officer Carlos Martin Charged with Giving False Information

A Richmond police officer has been placed on leave after he was charged in a false-information case.

The department said officer Carlos Martin was charged yesterday with two misdemeanor counts of false summons or giving false reports to law enforcement officials.

The department would not release details of the case other than to say the arrest grew from a citizen complaint and was being investigated by the department's office of professional responsibility in consultation with Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney Michael N. Herring.

Martin, 34 and a five-year member of the department, has been placed on leave without pay.

Officer Juan Tapia Arrested by FBI and DEA

San Diego, California

United States Attorney Karen P. Hewitt announced that Juan Hurtado Tapia, a uniformed officer of the San Diego Police Department, was arraigned in federal court in San Diego by United States Magistrate Judge Leo S. Papas on a criminal complaint charging him with misuse of his status as a law enforcement officer to obtain and pass sensitive information to associates who were involved in drug trafficking crimes.

Mr. Tapia was arrested by FBI and DEA agents on September 2, 2008.

The complaint alleges that during the course of a long-term drug trafficking investigation being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the San Diego Police Department, investigating agents became aware in May 2008 that the targets of their investigation were in contact with Juan Hurtado Tapia, a patrol officer employed by the San Diego Police Department.

According to the complaint, information obtained through court-authorized wiretaps uncovered that Tapia was utilizing his position as a law enforcement officer to run criminal history checks on behalf of people involved in illegal drug trafficking. The complaint further alleges that Tapia passed on to those same individuals specific sensitive information regarding the then-ongoing drug investigation that he had obtained through the course of his official duties.

The individuals to whom Tapia passed the information were arrested in July 2008 and have since been charged along with several others in the Southern District of California in a criminal indictment in Case No. 08CR2642JAH.

Tapia is scheduled to be in court next on September 16, 2008, before Magistrate Judge Papas for a preliminary hearing.

Officer Rick Johnson Fired for Having Sex with Teen

An Altoona police officer accused of having sex with a teenage girl has been fired from his job.

Just hours after Rick Johnson waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday, Altoona City Council voted unanimously to fire him, citing a violation of the city's code of conduct.

It was not immediately clear if Johnson will be eligible to collect his police pension.

Officials with the city's pension board said, as far as they are concerned, there is no reason Johnson should be denied his pension.

Officer Rick Johnson Arrested for Having Sex with Teen

An Altoona police officer remains on administrative leave as authorities investigate his relationship with a 16-year-old girl.

The Pennsylvania Attorney General is leading the investigation. State police are also working the case, waiting for lab results and conducting additional interviews.

Rick Johnson was arrested Tuesday on charges of endangering the welfare of children and corruption of minors.

Police allege Johnson had sex with a 16-year-old girl from Indiana who he met on the Internet. The girl had visited Johnson a couple of times with her parents before visiting him alone last week.

Police said Johnson and the girl had sex three times when she visited him alone. Investigators said the girl's friends showed inappropriate text messages to the girl's parents, who in turn called police.

Johnson was not charged with statutory rape because the girl is 16 years old and the sex was consensual, police said.

Officer Chad Broder Accused of Fondling Handcuffed Teen

A 25-year-old Erie police officer has been arrested for investigation of unlawful sexual contact and attempted sexual assault of a young woman he had taken into custody.

The officer, Chad Aaron Broder, 25, allegedly fondled an 18-year-old woman whom he arrested for violating a restraining order.

According to Greeley police spokesman Sgt. Joe Tymkowych, Broder handled the arrest differently than most, placing the cuffed hands of the woman in front of her and letting her ride in the front passenger seat of the police cruiser.

Tymkowych said it is standard procedure to place arrested individuals in the back seat and to cuff their hands behind them.

The incident allegedly occurred the night of Aug. 31 in the 2400 block of O Street in Greeley.

Tymkowych said that Broder purportedly started talking to the young woman and then started kissing and fondling her.

The woman said she rebuffed Broder.

After she was released from custody, she told friends, who told a Longmont police officer. The Longmont officer told the woman she needed to report the incident.

Greeley police did an additional investigation after being informed of the allegations. The investigation was aided by the fact that Broder told the 18-year-old how he could be contacted.

There was an exchange of e-mails between the woman and Broder. The content of the e-mails "showed that what she claimed had happened did happen," said Tymkowych.

Broder was arrested at his home in Frederick at about 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Tymkowych said Broder has been with the Erie department for at least two years.

Former Officer Kevin Johnson Accused of Rape


A former New York City police officer has been indicted on charges of raping a woman in a hotel bathroom.

Prosecutors say 28-year-old Kevin Johnson was a police officer in April when he met a group of women at a Manhattan bar. They say although he was off duty he told the women he was an officer and one of them invited him back to their hotel room.

Johnson is accused of sexually assaulting another woman as she slept in the bathroom of the hotel room.

Johnson is charged with rape and sexual abuse. He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted of the more serious rape charge. He resigned in June.

Defense attorney Stuart London says Johnson "vehemently denies the charges and looks forward to being vindicated at trial."

Officer Tony Smith Fired for Insubordination

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo today fired a police officer for insubordination after he said the officer posted a blog entry that his superiors concluded was meant to undermine the chief’s authority, according to a disciplinary memo.

According to the memo, officer Tony Smith posted an article from the blog on a bulletin board regarding a sexual harassment claim against Acevedo when he worked with the California Highway patrol. The memo alleges that Smith circulated the printout in protest of the firing of Sgt. Dustin Lee.

Lee was fired in June after he was accused of repeatedly sexually harassing a police employee and lying about it to internal affairs investigators.

According to the memo, Smith said during a dismissal hearing that he, “posted the blog because it was interesting and denied any intent to criticize, ridicule, or undermine,” Acevedo.

His chain of command disagreed, according to the memo, and concluded that Smith intended to undermine the chief’s authority.

Acevedo said in the memo that he recused himself from the review hearing because the incident involved himself. He left it up to Smith’s chain of command to recommend an appropriate discipline.

Smith has worked for the department since 2003, and has been disciplined several times, the memo said.

In 2005, he was suspended for 60 days after he was accused of refusing to end a relationship with a methamphetamine user and misusing city equipment to check the woman for warrants at her request, according to the memo. He was also accused of failing to take police action when he believed the woman was purchasing drugs, the memo said.

Several years ago, Acevedo, then a chief with the California highway patrol, was sued along with the highway patrol by a female employee whom Acevedo had dated a decade earlier. She said in the lawsuit that he had taken nude photos of her and shown them to other agency officials.

The lawsuit was dismissed, except for one allegation that Acevedo said was unrelated to his work and was settled. Acevedo said terms of the settlement prevent him from discussing the matter, and the case has been sealed by a judge.

Fire Chief Facing Charges of Rape Resigns

Boston Deputy Fire Chief Peter Pearson, facing charges of rape and attempted rape, resigned yesterday and is seeking a pension that could pay him more than $75,000 a year.

Based on calculations of age, years of service, military history, and his three highest paid consecutive years of service, Pearson could receive at least $76,874 a year and as much as $91,459.

Pearson's attorney, Kevin J. Reddington of Brockton, said his client, a 23-year Fire Department member, had no choice but to resign and apply for his pension after receiving notice from the fire administration that his job was in jeopardy. Under the notice, which he received last week, he had 14 days to return to work or he could be fired.

"It appears what Peter has to do to protect his family and his loved ones is to submit the paperwork he did," Reddington said. "He's got many, many years of distinguished service, and he's entitled to retirement."

Pearson was arrested on Aug. 18 after a prostitute in Brockton alleged that he raped her weeks earlier while posing as a State Police officer and showing a gun. He was initially released on $50,000 cash bail.

Within a week, five other women made allegations that he raped or tried to rape them. In all, four of them said he showed a gun. Pearson has since been held under the state's dangerousness statute.

Pearson has been in jail since Aug. 22. He applied for a four-month leave of absence, but Fire Commissioner Roderick Fraser rejected the request.

Reddington said Pearson will contest the charges and is appealing his detention. But, he said, Pearson needed to resign and seek his pension once he received the letter.

Retirement pensions are calculated on a complex formula based on age, years of service, history in the military, and the three highest paid consecutive years of service. According to city records, Pearson received an average of $158,539 over the last three years.

The state Board of Retirement calculations said Pearson, 51, is eligible to receive at least $76,874 a year if he retires immediately.

An alternative is to collect a pension at a later time. If he chooses to collect a pension at age 65, he could receive more than $91,459 a year.

City retirement officials have said that employees convicted of criminal charges can have their pensions revoked if their employer petitions the Boston Retirement Board. The officials have said it is very unusual for the board to revoke pensions. It was not clear whether the crime has to be related to job duty.

Individuals who face losing their pensions do have the opportunity to appear before the retirement board and make a case for keeping their retirement benefits.

Steve MacDonald, a spokesman for the Fire Department, said he could not comment on Pearson's salary, saying the issue will go before the city Retirement Board, which must approve city employee retirements.