Friday, October 24, 2008

Deputy William James Weber Arrested for Sexual Assault

The Douglas County Sheriff's Department and the Superior Police department are tight–lipped about the specifics of 55 year old William James Weber's arrest today.

The long time Douglas County Deputy and investigator faces a multitude of charges stemming from an allegation of 4th degree sexual assault on October 15th.

A statement issued by the Superior Police Department says Weber allegedly sexually assaulted an 18 year old male last Wednesday.

Upon executing a search warrant on Weber's home, investigators seized property from his residence including a computer.

Today around 11 a.m. Weber was arrested on two counts of 4th degree sexual assault, two counts of obstructing an officer, one count of depictions containing nudity and one count of exposing a child to harmful material.

The sexual assault charge is a misdemeanor.

Wisconsin state statutes describe it as intentional touching through clothing for the purpose of degrading or humiliating the victim or sexually arousing or gratifying the defendant.

The charge of depictions containing nudity is described as having nude pictures without the subject's knowledge, which is more commonly known as voyeurism.

Weber made his initial court appearance today, and was released on a two–thousand dollar signature bond.

Because Weber is a Douglas County employee Douglas County Attorney Dan Blank is planning on requesting a special prosecutor for the case.

Weber has been place on administrative leave, and Douglas County Sheriff department officials tell me that an internal investigation is on going and they unable to comment until the investigation is finished.

The Superior Police Department is conducting its own criminal investigation.

Weber's is scheduled to appear next on November 21st.

Cpl Matthew Spain Arrested for Being Under the Influence

A local law enforcement officer was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of an unknown substance while on duty, officials said.

Palm Desert police Cpl. Matthew Spain, a Riverside County sheriff's deputy, was arrested just before 1 a.m. Oct. 11.

“He was later evaluated and booked,” Palm Desert police Lt. Greg Ammons said Friday.

Spain has since been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

Additional information was not available.

Palm Desert contracts for police services with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

More Information: Updated Nov. 1, 2008

Chief Caetano Vasco Chapepa Arrested for Corruption


The attorney's office in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado has confirmed the arrest of a high ranking police officer on charges of corruption, reports Friday's issue of the Maputo daily "Noticias".

Attorney Janyario Necas said that a police chief superintendent, Caetano Vasco Chapepa, who is the director of training at the Cabo Delgado provincial police command, was been arrested and charged with corruption and swindling police recruit. His case has been handed to an investigating magistrate to validate the detention.

Necas said that Chapepa was detained after evidence was found that he had charged 300 meticais (12 US dollars) to each of the 410 young recruits enrolled for a training course, coming to a total of 123,000 meticais.

He told the victims that the money was to pay for their medical exams in Pemba city, the provincial capital.

However, the provincial health directorate revealed that the cost of the medical exams is just 50 meticais each, and the institution is not responsible for the rest of the money charged by Chapepa.

This amount paid by all applicants should amount to no more than 20,500 meticais. The prosecution says that, looking at the way the swindle was prepared, it is clear that Chapepa was aware of the crime he was committing.

Necas said that the fact that Chapepa was immediately arrested is because there were signs that, if left at liberty, he would disturb the normal course of legal proceedings.

"He had already started threatening the recruits, telling them not to provide the necessary information to the investigators", Necas said.

Officer Claude Sims Charged with Assault

A Clairton police officer who made news over a decade ago for beating up three handcuffed suspects is in trouble with the law again.

Police say they arrested Officer Claude Sims early today and charged him with breaking down a woman's door in Clairton overnight and severely beating her.

In 1994, three cousins accused Officer Sims of beating them while they were handcuffed.

Sims eventually pleaded guilty to violating their civil rights, but was allowed to stay on the force.

Officer Alph Coleman Fired after being Indicted for Robbery


Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle has fired a Dallas police officer who was indicted earlier this week on an aggravated robbery charge.

Alph Coleman is accused of participating in a June robbery of Sam's Club where he worked off-duty as a security guard.

Coleman was fired Thursday during a disciplinary hearing in which he was accused of engaging in adverse conduct that resulted in his indictment, knowingly falsifying an affidavit by giving false and inaccurate information during an investigation and associating with persons of immoral character and convicted felons.

The former officer was working at the Sam's Club in police uniform when he told investigators that a man held a pistol to his head inside the store and forced him against his will toward the accounting office.

The robbery failed after employees barricaded themselves inside a storage room, police said.

Coleman then said in a police report he fired three times at the suspect who fled and was not caught. Police said they determined Coleman — who was hospitalized with a shoulder injury — was not telling the truth. Police also said they have phone records showing Coleman and the getaway driver had talked shortly before the robbery.

Coleman was assigned to the South Central Patrol Division and had been with the Dallas Police Department since September 2004. He was placed on administrative leave during the investigation.

A phone number listed under Coleman's name was disconnected Thursday night.

NYPD Officers Accused of Sodomizing Man

A 24-year-old Brooklyn man has accused NYPD officers of sodomizing him with a police radio in the Prospect Park subway station.

Lawyers for Michael Mineo said he suffered serious injuries from the attack, which they said took place in a subway station atProspect Park on Oct. 15.

NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said witness statements contradict Mineo's account. Browne declined to comment on the alleged injury to Mineo until police review a doctor's record of the incident.

"We have found two civilian witnesses who didn't support the sodomy allegations," the spokesman said.

The allegations echo those of a case that shook the city in 1997, when Abner Louima was sodomized with a broken broomstick in a Brooklyn station house by a 25-year-old officer.

An additional accusation by Mineo that officers Tasered him is also not supported, Browne said, since the officers in question do not carry Tasers.

The department's internal affairs bureau and the Brooklyn district attorney's office have launched investigations into the complaint, police said.

Stephen Jackson, Mineo's lawyer, said his client stayed five days at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn. Brookdale Hospital officials confirmed that Mineo was admitted on Oct. 15 and discharged four days later.

According to police, officers from the 71st Precinct spotted Mineo smoking a marijuana joint outside theProspect Park station around 12:30 p.m. When they moved in to arrest him, police said, Mineo dashed into the station, leading officers on a chase. Police said Mineo resisted being handcuffed, telling officers he "ate the marijuana."

The officers issued Mineo a desk appearance ticket, Browne said, adding that four officers were involved in the incident with a fifth officer from the transit bureau also at the scene. Jackson said four or five officers pinned Mineo to the ground. "One of them put his knee on his neck, and another one used his radio ... repeatedly" sodomizing Mineo, Jackson said.

Officer Rob Boothe Accused of Kicking Handcuffed Man

SPOKANE, Washington

A prosecutor says he'll file a fourth-degree assault charge against a Spokane police officer accused of kicking a handcuffed man in the face.

The Pend Oreille (PAHN'-doh-RAY') County deputy prosecutor appointed to the case, Michael Carbone, told the Spokesman-Review on Thursday he would file the charge in Spokane Municipal Court.

Officer Rob Boothe is accused of kicking 22-year-old John P. Luna on Sept. 5 after a stolen car and foot chase.

Boothe is on paid leave. Luna is jailed for investigation of car theft, hit-and-run, eluding police and assault.


Information from: The Spokesman-Review,