Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Man Charged with Battery After Passing Gas

Weird News of the day...WTF??


South Charleston police have charged a man with battery after they say he intentionally passed gas on an officer while under arrest for suspicion of drunken driving.

Police say they were fingerprinting Jose Antonio Cruz, 34, of Clarksburg, at police headquarters Tuesday when Cruz moved near Patrolman T.E. Parsons, lifted his leg and passed gas "loudly" on the officer, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha Magistrate Court.

Cruz then waved the air in the direction of Parsons, who was preparing a breath test machine nearby.

"The gas was very odorous and created contact of an insulting or provoking nature with Patrolman Parsons," the complaint says.

Cruz allegedly failed to give an adequate breath sample because he has asthma, the complaint says. Cruz asked to be taken to a hospital, but allegedly resisted when emergency medical technicians showed up. Police say they struggled to get Cruz handcuffed while he was on a cot.

The defendant was initially arrested after police observed him driving his Mazda 626 east on U.S. 60 without headlights, the complaint says. Police say Cruz was unsteady on his feet and smelled of alcohol when they pulled him over at the intersection of Park Avenue and U.S. 60.

Cruz was charged with DUI, battery on a police officer and obstructing. He was jailed on $5,000 bond.

Two Veteran Officers Arrested for Break-in


Two veteran Sarnia police officers have been arrested after a break-in to an apartment unit Sept 19, Sarnia police announced Wednesday morning.

The break-in took place in the 300 block of Christina Street South just after midnight Friday, police said.

The two officers charged were off duty at the time, police added.

Patrick Nahmabin, 34, and Steven Wyville, 39, both 12-year veterans of the police department, were arrested Tuesday.

They were released from custody and are to appear in court Oct. 21.

Both officers were put on leave and face disciplinary charges under the Polices Services Act.

"At this point these are allegations before the court,” Acting Chief Phil Nelson said in a written statement. “We are extremely disappointed and embarrassed by the notion that two of our members may have been involved in an incident of this nature. Conduct of this type falls far short of the standard expected of a Sarnia police officer."

"I want to reassure the community that the Sarnia police service will not tolerate this type of behaviour from its members" Nelson said.

Sgt. Stephen Couture Fired for Not Keeping His Mouth Shut


Norwalk officials have fired a police officer accused of telling another officer he was being investigated for the alleged sexual assault of a 15-year-old boy.

The police trial board fired Sgt. Stephen Couture on Tuesday. Couture's lawyer says he will appeal the decision to the state Board of Mediation and Labor Arbitration.

Board members say Couture told former Lt. Thomas Cummings that the department was investigating a sexual assault allegation against Cummings. Couture told the board he did tell Cummings about the allegation, but he denied knowing about any criminal investigation.

Cummings was charged in January with sexual assault and other crimes. Police say he had sexual relations with boys he enticed using Internet sites and chat rooms.

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Recently Retired CHP Officer Abram Carabajal Accused of Fixing Ticket for Sex


A recently retired California Highway Patrol officer is under investigation Wednesday, accused of fixing a ticket in exchange for sex with a woman at an Oceanside hotel.

Two affidavits in support of search warrants filed with San Diego Superior Court in Vista alleged that Abram Carabajal met Shirin Zarrindej, of Encino, at the GuestHouse Inn & Suites on North Coast Highway shortly after her speeding ticket was dismissed in court, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Carabajal wrote the ticket March 12.

When the woman contested the ticket, he signed a subpoena to appear in court, according to the newspaper.

On June 30, Carabajal reserved a room with an early check-in time at the Oceanside hotel for the next day, the newspaper reported.

In court the next day, Carabajal told a judge he did not get a subpoena, and the ticket was dismissed.

Later that day, Zarrindej paid for the room with her credit card and was seen walking arm-in-arm with the officer into the room, the Union-Tribune reported.

Carabajal, 51, retired in July after more than 26 years with the CHP.

He told the newspaper on Monday that he knew nothing of the investigation.

"I think there's nothing to it," Carabajal told the Union-Tribune.

Zarrindej told police, who came to the hotel after Carabajal left, that she knew he was married and had children, but she was in love with him, according to the Union-Tribune.

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Sgt. Dave Jacobson Arrested for Drunk Driving

A Loves Park Police Sergeant is facing drunk driving allegations tonight. The incident happened last month, but the charges are just surfacing today.

"The first thing I thought and I don't know if you want to put this on the air was how stupid of the officer, but I appreciated the phone call and I thought they were handling it properly. "

Reaction from Loves Park Police Chief Pat Carrigan after the phone call from the Illinois State Police, reporting that one of his officers was arrested. Sgt. Dave Jacobson, a 27 year veteran of the department is accused of driving drunk, swerving on the road, and speeding.

It all stems from an incident here at Harlem Road and Scott Lane in Machesney Park. Authorities say Jacobson was in an unmarked Loves Park squad when he was pulled over on August 30.

" He was swerving and the officer smelled alcohol on his breath and he was immediately taken into custody," says Loves Park Police Chief Pat Carrigan.

Authorities are not commenting on where he was heading. They'll only say he was off duty.

"He drives the car back and forth to the office as a detective, because they get called out day or night, but that could be considered a violation of our policy yes."

The Detective has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Former Sgt. Mike Rodrigues Arrested on Fourth Rape Charge

Deputies arrested former Sheriff's Sgt. Mike Rodrigues today on suspicion of a fourth rape charge, and a judge later released him on his own recognizance, according to authorities.

Rodrigues was set to be arraigned today on suspicion of three previous rape counts alleged by a grand jury. While walking toward the San Benito County Courthouse, authorities "peacefully" took him into custody, said Sheriff Curtis Hill.

The sheriff, for the second time since Rodrigues' first arrest on rape charges in December, apologized to the community and also said he's "not happy" with the visiting judge's decision to release Rodrigues after authorities charged him with the additional rape count, along with two other felony counts alleging possession of firearms and ammunition while under a restraining order.

Authorities today also charged Rodrigues on three misdemeanor counts on suspicion of violating a restraining order.

The visiting judge, from Napa County, arraigned him on the prior rape counts and released Rodrigues on the condition that he agree to turn in his passport and not leave the county, Hill said. After Rodrigues' December arrest, the suspect posted the $300,000 bail and was released from the San Benito County Jail.

"While he was on bail he continued to violate the law, including possessing a gun and ammunition," Hill told the Free Lance. "These allegations are from citizens that live and work in this community. When people hear this they'll think, 'If I did that, I would be in jail.' That's what Joe Six-Pack is going to think. I am very disappointed in the judge's decision."

Although Hill said Rodrigues was peacefully arrested, defense attorney Arthur Cantu contended otherwise and argued the case is "nothing more than a witch hunt."

If you have seven or eight deputies grabbing you and forcefully putting handcuffs on you and putting you under arrest, that by definition is an incident," Cantu said. "How dare they file new charges? How dare they file new charges? This is nothing more than a witch hunt. This is nothing more than a vendetta between Mikey and his enemies in the sheriff's department."

An investigation of Rodrigues, a 25-year sheriff's office veteran, resulted in the December indictment alleging three counts of forcible rape, two counts of unlawful sexual penetration and one count each of spousal rape, domestic violence and attempted rape.

The sheriff today said he's sorry for the Rodrigues ordeal - he apologized emphatically in December after the indictment as well.

"I want to apologize to every man woman and child in San Benito County," Hill said today. "We work to build trust in the community, and these allegations break that trust down."

Former sheriff's Sgt. Mike Rodrigues in court in January. Rodrigues faces four counts of forcible rape, two counts of unlawful sexual penetration, two felony counts of possession of firearms and ammunition while under a restraining order, and one count each of spousal rape, domestic violence and attempted rape.

Detention Deputy Becky Garry Charged with Fraud and Grand Theft

A Polk County detention deputy was arrested today, accused by detectives of running a check-kiting scheme to cover debts.

Becky Ann Garry, 34, of Lakeland, was charged with scheming to defraud and grand theft. Garry is accused of depositing checks from one bank account into a second account, then writing checks to withdraw funds from the second account. In this check kiting scheme, there was not enough funds in the first account to cover the amount of the checks, detectives said.

In one case, Garry is accused of depositing a Bank of America check written in the amount of $1,200 into a Colonial Bank account. At the time, there was $6.68 in the Bank of America account, detectives said. On the same day, a $1,200 check was written and deposited from the Colonial Bank account into the Bank of America account, although the Colonial Bank account had $57.26.

Detectives said Garry "floated" her bank balances because she got behind on bills and did not want to be overdrawn.

Garry was hired in May 2007 and was assigned to Polk County's south county jail until she was transferred to the central Polk County Jail in July. She had no disciplinary actions in her personnel file, sheriff's spokeswoman Carrie Eleazer said in a statement.

Garry has been suspended without pay and termination procedures are pending, Eleazer said. Garry was released from Polk County Jail this afternoon on $2,000 bail.

Garry is the third Polk County detention deputy arrested this year. Shawn Thomas Lucas, 30, was arrested Sept. 4, after he had agreed to sell 15 1/2 OxyContin pills to an undercover detective in the parking lot of an Auburndale Save-A-Lot, the sheriff's office said. Lucas resigned after his arrest.

In May, Donald Kurns Jr. was arrested after an investigation revealed he had sex with an inmate in a staff bathroom at the Central County Jail, authorities said. Kurns resigned after his arrest.

Deputy Alan Brooks Arrested for Battering His Wife


An Orange County deputy arrested on charges of battering his wife bonded out of jail Monday morning. His alleged victim is the daughter of Sheriff Kevin Beary.

In a police report, Deputy Alan Brooks claimed his wife started screaming about their finances, but she told Mount Dora police that Brooks picked her up and threw her to the floor. She cut her hand on broken glass from their shattered wedding picture.

Sheriff Beary's daughter also stated that she locked herself in the bathroom and that her husband broke through the door and then dragged her out of the house.

"We don't treat it any different as far as the investigation goes," said Lt. Robert Bell of the Mount Dora Police Department.

Investigators notified the Orange County Sheriff's Office, which sent a captain to remove Brooks' badge and gun from his home.

In a personal statement Sheriff Beary asked that his daughter's privacy be respected: "As a law enforcement officer I take solace in the fact that the investigation into this matter is in the good hands of the Mount Dora Police Department. Domestic Violence and the tremendous impact it has on its victims, families and loved ones close to those involved has always been a matter of great personal concern to me. When something like this hits so close to home, it takes the life right out of you."

Brooks has been placed on desk duty until an internal investigation is completed.