Friday, September 26, 2008

Officer Robert Burch Arrested for Aggravated Assault


A Memphis police officer is facing an aggravated assault charge after his estranged wife said he pointed a gun at her and threatened her.

Thirty-nine-year-old Robert Burch was arrested Tuesday and made a court appearance the following day.

According to police, Mattie Burch told officers Robert Burch pointed a revolver at her last month and threatened to shoot her.

Police spokeswoman Monique Martin says Burch has been relieved of duty pending an internal investigation. He has been with the police department since June 2006.


Information from: The Commercial Appeal,

Officer Mike Briseno Accused of Assaulting Nurse


A San Juan Regional Medical Center nurse filed a complaint with Farmington Police on Wednesday, alleging an officer pushed him after arguing about patient privacy. The nurse was placed on leave.

The citizen's complaint accuses Officer Mike Briseno of assault, lack of courtesy during contact and disregard of federal hospital privacy laws during the Sunday altercation.

Nurse Jimmy Weaver reported the officer was supervising a patient in custody in an emergency medical treatment room around 11 p.m. Sunday when a second hospital patient was placed on the opposite side of a privacy curtain.

Briseno, a member of the police department's gang task force, apparently recognized the 14-year-old patient and refused requests to move closer to the man he was monitoring, out of sight of the boy changing into a hospital gown, Weaver claimed.

"He was staring (the patient and his mother) down. I just said, Hey man, would you mind stepping behind the curtain with your patient,'" Weaver said. "He just looked at me and flat said, "No, I'm not getting behind the curtain."

Following a verbal altercation, Weaver claims Briseno shoved him in the chest.

"He had no right to lay a hand on me. (Police) just can't come into the emergency room treating us that way," Weaver said.

Briseno was unavailable for comment. No contact information for the officer is publicly listed.

An internal Farmington Police investigation of the incident has begun, but the department will not comment on details, Lt. Vince Mitchell said.

"I can't release any of that because it involves an internal investigation and has to deal with personnel issues," he said.

Briseno has not faced disciplinary action regarding the Sunday altercation, Mitchell said.

Hospital spokesman Dennis Mathis said Weaver was placed on administrative leave following the incident.

Mathis did not know what hospital policy the nurse violated to be suspended, but said an independent hospital investigation is being conducted. He declined to comment on specifics of the alleged incident.

Weaver has worked as a nurse at the San Juan Regional Medical Center for one year.

Briseno's full record of citizen complaints can not be confirmed. The city of Farmington repeatedly has denied state Inspection of Public Records Act requests to make public all citizen complaints filed against city officers.

Briseno in 2004 was accused of misconduct by Juan Mata, a publicized incident that led to criminal and civil lawsuits against Mata and the Farmington Police.

Officer Joseph Motte Charged with Drunk Driving

A minor traffic accident that resulted in several citations being filed by the Missouri Highway Patrol against a Springfield police officer has prompted an internal investigation by the Springfield Police Department.

Officer Joseph N. Motte, 54, was cited on misdemeanor leaving the scene of an accident, careless imprudent driving, driving while intoxicated and two felony counts of being in possession of a firearm while intoxicated after an accident Tuesday on Interstate 44 near Waynesville, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol.

The police department indicated it is investigating the incident.

The patrol reported that Motte was driving a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse toward Springfield when it left the road and was caught by the cable barrier in the median.

Motte suffered minor injuries in the crash, the patrol reported.

Former Sheriff's Employee Ty Lintner Indicted on Sex Charges


A former civilian employee of the Sevier County sheriff's office has been charged with having sex with an inmate.

A news release from the District Attorney's office says Ty Paul Lintner of Sevierville was named in a six-count presentment returned by a grand jury charging him with multiple counts of sexual contact with an inmate.

The incidents allegedly took place between September 2006 and February 2007.

Lintner was being held in lieu of $25,000 bond and is scheduled for an Oct. 14 arraignment.

Lintner has also been accused in two federal civil-rights lawsuits of sexually harassing two prisoners at the jail. The latest lawsuit was filed in July while a similar suit was filed in February.

County officials and Lintner denied all allegations in the February suit. Lintner's attorney, Jeffrey Ward of Greeneville, said he had not seen the new lawsuit and could not comment.

Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel,

UPDATE: Officer Chris Morris Fired After DUI Arrest


The police officer of the year in McAlester has been fired after being arrested for driving under the influence.

Officer Chris Morris was arrested by McAlester police on August 10th for DUI, failure to signal and failure to stop at a stop sign.

He was suspended with pay until being fired Monday afternoon by Police Chief Jim Lyles.

Morris was off duty at the time of the arrest and has pleaded not guilty to the three misdemeanor charges.

In addition to being the city's officer of the year Morris served as president of the local Fraternal Order of Police lodge.

He can appeal the firing through the police union or the city's personnel board.

Officer Adam Treinen Arrested for Stalking


A Titusville police officer was arrested Wednesday in Alachua County on stalking and other charges.

Adam Treinen faces several charges, including stalking, cyberstalking, accessing a computer without authority, making a false statement and falsifying an official document.

According to University of Florida police, Treinen used his authority as an officer to harass, secure information and alter a computer account in connection with his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend, a student at the university. Records indicated the warrant for Treinen's arrest stems from an incident that occurred Sept. 9 in which he breached the university's computer network and altered personal account information.

Treinen has been placed on administrative leave pending an Internal Affairs investigation by the Titusville Police Department.

Treinen has been employed as a Titusville police officer since February 2004.

No further information can be released until the investigation is completed, Titusville police said.

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