Monday, November 24, 2008

Officer Randy Ulmer Arrested for Theft


A routine release of personal property by the Coquille Police Department on November 21st leads to the resignation and arrest of one of their own.

The Coquille Police Department issued a press release on Monday stating that they came across some inconsistencies in the handling of seized property being held by the Department.

Upon further investigation, they say, the Officer responsible for the safekeeping of the property, Randy Ulmer, admitted to converting it for personal use. He later resigned that same day.

Coquille Police Chief Mark Dannels then contacted the Coos County District Attorney's Office and the Oregon State Police to assist in the investigation.

On Monday, Ulmer was arrested and charged with Official Misconduct and Theft I, both are felony charges.

At this time Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier says they believe it was solely cash, but they are doing a complete inventory of the evidence locker.

Chief Dannels says he was shocked by Ulmer's actions, but confirmed that any illegal misconduct by his officer's will not be tolerated.

Deputy Roy Brown Arrested for Child Porn

A Pinal County Sheriff's deputy arrested on suspicion of possessing child porn is scheduled to appear in a Tucson court on Wednesday.

The FBI arrested Deputy Roy Brown, 61, on Friday.

An investigation began on May 12, when an undercover special agent using free file sharing Web site Limewire found three child pornography files associated with Brown's Internet Protocol address.

The agent had searched certain words that are known to be associated with child pornography, according to a criminal complaint filed with the U.S. Attorney's Office.

On Sept. 18, agents executed a search warrant at Brown's Tucson home. A desktop computer and various other items were seized.

An FBI affidavit revealed agents found 87 images of child porn on Brown's desktop, along with one image on a floppy disk drive.

Brown faces one count of child porn distribution, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

He will be tried at the U.S. District Court of Arizona in Tucson. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.

PCSO said Brown, a patrol deputy serving the San Manuel and Oracle area, is a 16-year veteran.

He was placed on unpaid administrative leave pending a PCSO investigation.

Sgt Joey Rean Accused of Sexual Assault


A Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper is in jail on Monday, accused of sexual assault.

Sgt Joey Rean is being held in the Travis County Jail on a first degree felony charge. He was arrested late Friday in Pflugerville.

Rean is being held on a $250,000 bond. The DPS says the 41-year-old has been suspended with pay while the investigation is ongoing, but the details of his arrest haven't been released.

Trooper Jesus Larrazolo Charged with Possessing Cocaine


A state trooper has been charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine after police said they saw him accept two suitcases full of the drug in a parking lot.

The U.S. Attorney's office said in a statement that Department of Public Safety Trooper Jesus Rafael Larrazolo, 35, made his first appearance in federal court Monday. DPS spokeswoman Lisa Block said Larrazolo resigned shortly after his arrest Friday.

Brownsville police and agents from the FBI's Special Investigations Unit saw Larrazolo pull into a Best Buy parking lot next to another vehicle, then take two suitcases from it. Larrazolo was dressed in street clothes, but identified himself as a trooper when police approached. He was carrying a gun.

There were 26 kilograms of cocaine in the suitcases. According to court records, Larrazolo told a Texas Ranger after his arrest that he had been forced by threats to pick up the drugs.

Block said Larrazolo joined the department in October 2002 and was working as a commercial vehicle enforcement officer in Cameron County. The FBI is investigating the case.

It was not immediately clear from court records if Larrazolo had an attorney.

Officer Calley Lornie Accused of Shouting Racial Remarks

A POLICE officer has been accused of shouting racial remarks at a woman.

Calley Lornie was absent when the case called at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

But in a letter to the court she denied the offence.

The 23-year-old, who was being represented by defence agent Peter Shepherd, is said to have acted in a racially aggravated manner which caused or was intended to cause alarm and distress to Claudia Assamoli.

A spokesman for Grampian Police confirmed she had been off duty at the time.

She is said to have shouted the racial remarks at Miss Assamoli at the taxi rank in Aberdeen’s Back Wynd on March 10.

Lornie, whose address was given as c/o Grampian Police Headquarters, Queen Street, Aberdeen, is due to appear at court in January next year and a date for a trial has been set.

A police spokesman said: “Grampian Police can confirm that a case was called at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Friday involving a serving officer.

“The case was called in relation to an alleged incident, which occurred on 10 March 2008 while the officer was off duty.

“The case was continued for trial and in line with good employment practice, Grampian Police is unable to make any further comment on the matter.

“A report on the circumstances will be forwarded to the Deputy Chief Constable on the conclusion of criminal proceedings.”

A force spokeswoman was unable to confirm if Lornie had been suspended from her duties.

Officer Maurice Morris Accused of Sexual Assaulting Woman He Pulled Over


A Riviera Beach police officer appeared before a judge Monday, accused of sexually assaulting a woman whom he pulled over for running a red light.

Maurice Morris is accused of pulling over a driver in West Palm Beach and offering to rip up her tickets if she agreed to have sex with him.

"He ended up going upstairs to her apartment," West Palm Beach police Lt. Chuck Reed said. "While up there, he sexually battered her, sexually assaulted her and then left, and we have witnesses that watched him go in and out of this apartment."

The alleged incident took place in October while Morris was off duty but still in uniform and driving his patrol car.

Police said he used his badge to intimidate the woman.

Morris is a 20-year veteran of the Riviera Beach Police Department, including 13 years with the K-9 unit. His bond was set at $25,000.

His attorney said the indictment against Morris lacks facts.

"I mean, if you can't trust your police, we have a serious problem," Reed said.

This is the second recent blemish involving officers from Riviera Beach police's K-9 unit.

In September, four officers were reassigned after they were accused of visiting pornographic Web sites while on the job.

City leaders hope the allegations won't tarnish the department.

"Every now and then there's going to be allegations all over the place, but the good news is that these officers are putting their lives on the line every single day to protect our citizens," Riviera Beach Mayor Thomas Masters said.

Mayoral candidate Leonard Lovett said he feels Riviera Beach gets a bad rap because "there have been incidents that have happened in the West Palm Beach area, just short of the border, and the first thing they holler (is) Riviera Beach."

Morris' attorney told the judge that the indictment against her client lacked facts. She added that Morris has never been arrested before and has only received one traffic ticket.

Officer Christopher Chase Arrested for OUI


A veteran police officer and K-9 handler working for the Franklin County Sheriff's Department is on paid administrative leave after being arrested over the weekend on a charge of operating under the influence, a misdemeanor.

Christopher Chase, 33, of Wilton was pulled over by Wilton Police Officer Joshua King for a traffic violation on Main Street in East Wilton late Friday night. Chase was off-duty in his own vehicle and was on his way home when he was stopped, according to Franklin County Sheriff Dennis Pike.

No information was available on the arrest from Wilton police. Several attempts to reach Chief Dennis Brown by phone, through the Franklin County dispatch office and a Wilton officer were not successful.

Pike said Brown called him at home after the incident to inform him about the arrest.

"(Chase) is on paid administrative leave ... and we will be moving ahead with an internal investigation by the staff," Pike said.

He said Chase is a good officer who has served the county well since he was hired three years ago. Chase formerly worked for the town of Farmington and the Kennebec County Sheriff's Department and it was at that time he was shot in the chest during an investigation of a domestic assault. His bulletproof vest saved his life, officials said at the time.

Chase, contacted at home, declined to comment.

Franklin County sheriff's Cpl. Steve Charles, the shop steward for the Teamsters local representing the deputies, said he has been in touch with Chase, but had not yet been informed by Pike that an internal investigation was planned.

"This will be governed by the contract and department policies," Charles said. "It will go along the same lines as the grievance process."

"We have started discussions and we will work on Chris' behalf," Charles said. "He is a good officer and one of our better-trained."

The contract lays out rules and a time line following a suspension as well as the steps and time frame for an appeal, if one is sought, he said. As in a grievance, an internal investigation decision can be appealed to the county commissioners and ultimately, to the Maine Labor Relations Board.

A hearing on the criminal charges is set for Jan. 22 in Farmington District Court.