Monday, September 15, 2008

Officer Regina Thompson Arrested for Aggravated Burglary and Assault

A Memphis police officer has been arrested for aggravated burglary.

The officer is part of the Organized Crime Unit. According to an affidavit, she drove her undercover car to her ex-boyfriend's house and used her duty weapon to allegedly assault him.

Regina Thompson was arrested Monday morning and charged with aggravated burglary and aggravated assault.

Court documents say she climbed through the window of her ex-boyfriend's house where he was asleep with another woman.

She allegedly punched her ex-boyfriend in the face and pointed a gun at him while making threats then started tearing things off the wall.

She also is accused of taking some clothes from his house.

Thompson told police they could search the car where they allegedly found a gun loaded with five rounds.

Thompson is being held on a $5,000 bond; she's expected to be in court Tuesday morning.

Joke About Penis Size Turns to Murder

South Africa

Closed circuit television footage will be a key factor in the investigation into last week's shooting of five men at the Merseyside Tavern and Pub in Umbilo.

A joke about penis size and racist taunts allegedly culminated in the shooting that claimed the lives of Shawn Strydom, 33, Nick Jansen van Rensburg, 57, and Rory Menzes, 40. Shaun and Bruce Edwards were injured and rushed to hospital. Shaun was discharged on Thursday.

On Friday five men, including two police brothers, appeared in the Durban Magistrate's Court on three counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder.

Still dressed in the clothes they wore on the night of the incident, Insp Samuel Steven, 39, of Point Police Station, Insp Leon Steven, 33 of Mayville Police Station, Naeem Sadick, 22, Nithanandan Ganess, 37, and Julian Naidoo, 31, stood confidently in the dock.

They were supported by at least 30 of their family and friends, who packed the last two rows of the court room.

Zane Haneef, who represented the Steven brothers and Sadick, told the court the truth of what had happened on September 10 would be revealed once CCTV footage had been viewed.

"The footage available of the incident will give clearance on their (the accuseds') version of what transpired," he said.


In an affidavit read out in court, Samuel Steven, a married father of three aged between seven and 15, said he intended to plead not guilty to the charges and he was prepared to stand trial because the state did not have a strong case. He said once CCTV footage had been viewed, a true account of what happened on that "fateful night will be known".

He said he had been employed as a police officer for 17 years. He told the court he had a case of extortion pending against him, and had been released on warning in that case.

Leon Steven stated in his affidavit that he had been a police officer for 15 years, was married and had two children aged nine and seven. He said he acted in "self defence after surviving a racial attack".

Haneef noted that Samuel had sustained visible facial injuries in the incident and was admitted to Mt Edgecombe Hospital at the time of arrest.

Magistrate Thandi Nomvungu asked Samuel to stand up so she could take a better look at his face, but said she could not see any injuries.

He informed her that his nose was broken and he sustained lacerations to his eye.

Asif Latib, legal counsel for Ganess, a marine engineer employed by Transnet, and Naidoo, an operations supervisor for a shipping company, said his clients were not directly involved in the shooting.

Samuel and Leon Steven were released on R5 000 bail each, and Ganess, Naidoo and Sadick were released on R3 000 each. They are due to appear again on November 13.

This article was originally published on page 2 of Daily News on September 15, 2008

Officer William Cosby Jr Accused of Choking Man


The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has arrested a Mount Juliet police officer who is accused of choking a man during a traffic stop.

In August, a Wilson County Grand Jury indicted 36-year-old William Cosby Jr. in connection to an incident during a traffic stop in April, according to a TBI news release.

Cosby was indicted on two counts of aggravated assault, one for bodily injury and one for fear of bodily injury, and one count of aggravated perjury.

He is accused of using a vascular restraint maneuver on James Lawrence Anders Jr., of Lebanon until Anders blacked out. The perjury charge stems from a report Cosby filled out accusing Anders of resisting arrest. Cosby was been booked into the Wilson County jail on a $5,000 bond.

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Officer Jeffrey McKay Exposes Himself by Urinating on His Front Lawn while Drunk

A six-year Sacramento Police patrolman is out on bail today after his arrest on charges that included indecent exposure, brandishing a firearm and suspicion of public drunkeness.

Jeffrey Wayne McKay, 34, of Rocklin, was arrested by Rocklin police Saturday after officers were called to Heron Court and Darby Road about a disturbance at about 10 p.m., a Rocklin police spokesman said.

Mckay's neighbors told police that McKay had made threats against them while loading a firearm in front of his home, according Rocklin Police Lt. Lon Milka.

The neighbors also said that McKay exposed himself by urinating on his front lawn, Milka said.

Officers then arrested McKay and recovered a handgun at the scene, he said.

McKay was also arrested for suspicion of public intoxication and making threats of physical harm to the victims.

McKay was booked into the Auburn jail and later freed on $15,000 bail.

Information about McKay's arraignment hearing was not available , a Placer County Superior Court clerk said.

McKay is assigned to the Metro Division, said Sacramento police spokesman Konrad Von Schoech.

He said an administrative investigation is under way and declined further comment.

Officer Gary Utter Arrrested for DUI

A Springettsbury Township police officer, charged with being drunk on duty, can be seen on his own patrol car's video camera weaving on and off the road before sideswiping a wall in the early morning hours of Aug. 23.

Gary D.S. Utter, 37, of the first block of North Sycamore Lane, Stewartstown, now faces driving under the influence charges after an investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police.

After the crash, Utter can be seen on the video inspecting the damage of a marked white 2005 Crown Victoria patrol car at a business parking lot and later at police headquarters, less than a mile from the accident scene in the 2000 block of Mount Zion Road, according to court records.

In listening to what happened, Utter's shift commander Cpl. David Kennedy detected a "strong odor" of alcohol, according to court records.

After consulting with his supervisors, Kennedy took Utter to Memorial Hospital where a blood test determined Utter had a .123 percent blood-alcohol content. The legal limit in Pennsylvania is .08 percent.

Kennedy asked Utter how much the officer had had to drink prior to starting his morning shift.

"Not much," Utter replied, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by state police Cpl. Rob Feiser.

Feiser determined that Utter smashed into a stone wall on a straight stretch of road, according to court records.

Utter will be notified of the charges by mail, according to a district court spokesperson. His preliminary hearing date is set for 10 a.m. Oct. 29.

Utter could not be reached for comment Monday.

If convicted of DUI, a misdemeanor, Utter could lose his ability to serve as an police officer.

In July 2007, Utter, a seven-year police veteran at Springettsbury, was involved in a fatal shooting of a prisoner in custody. He was cleared in October 2007 by York County District Attorney Stan Rebert, who ruled Utter used justifiable force after he was attacked by Ronald T. Whitaker Jr.

While being held for robbing a grocery store, Whitaker tried to hang himself with his shoelaces, according to the district attorney's office. Utter found Whitaker and revived him, but Whitaker then became violent, officials said.

Utter used a Taser on Whitaker, but it worked only momentarily, police said.

The fight spilled into a hallway, where Whitaker backed Utter into a corner, had his nightstick and was trying to grab his gun, Springettsbury Township Police Chief David Eshbach said.

Utter fired twice.

Whitaker's family has filed a wrongful death civil suit against the police department, Eshbach, Utter and Springettsbury Township.

Rebert and Eshbach asked state police to investigate the Aug. 23 crash into the stone wall.

Eshbach declined comment, saying it was a personnel matter.

Springettsbury Lt. Scott Laird referred all questions to township manager John Holman. Holman was out of the office Monday.

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