Monday, December 29, 2008

Officer Stephen Vaughn Accidentally Shoots Wife


The Pueblo County sheriff's office says a woman was injured after being accidentally shot by her husband, an off-duty Pueblo police officer.

The sheriff's office says deputies responded to a report of an accidental shooting at the couple's home at about 12:15 a.m. Sunday.

The woman, Robin Vaughn, was transported to Parkview Medical Center, where she was treated for a gunshot wound to her torso.

Authorities say a preliminary investigation showed Vaughn's husband, Pueblo police officer Stephen Vaughn, had just finished cleaning a pistol when it discharged.

The two were in separate rooms at the time, and the round struck Robin Vaughn after traveling through a wall.

The case is being investigated by the sheriff's office and will be sent to the district attorney's office for review.

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Officer Scott Garan Arrested for Drunk Driving

Aurora Patrolman Scott A. Garan was arrested Dec. 19 in Kent, where he lives, on drunken driving and criminal damaging charges.

Kent Patrolman Martin Gilliland stopped Garan, 41, driving his wife's car. Garan refused to take a breath-alcohol test, so his driver's license was automatically suspended. Kent Patrolman John Altomare brought the criminal damaging charge. Kent police would not discuss the case.

Mayor Lynn McGill placed Garan on leave from the police force he has been a part of for 17 years.

Kent Municipal Court Judge John Plough ordered Garan to wear a SCRAM alcohol monitoring device. The ankle bracelet will detect around the clock whether Garan drinks alcohol. Court records indicate that this was Garan's second drunken driving charge.

And Garan has a prior conviction in Kent for disorderly conduct. Then-Sgt. Garan pleaded guilty July 23, 2007, and was fined $130. McGill took away Garan's sergeant stripes.

McGill said any misbehavior is unacceptable for a police officer, "but I can't prejudge. We have to have the appropriate hearings" about the latest charges.

Garan is on paid leave for now. He's due back in Kent Municipal Court Jan. 20.

In October, the Portage County chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving named Garan Aurora's top cop for getting drunken drivers off the road, McGill said.

Three years ago, an Aurora lieutenant was demoted to patrolman after a drunken driving conviction.

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Sheriff Leroy Green's Son Arrested for Raping Child

The son of Wyandotte County Sheriff Leroy Green Jr. was arrested Monday on charges that he raped or lewdly fondled children under the age of 14.

Police had been looking for Leroy Green III, 35, of Kansas City, Kan., since Dec. 19, when he was charged with nine counts of rape and six counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, according to charges filed by Deputy District Attorney Sheryl Lidtke.

All of the counts accuse Green of engaging in lewd fondling or sexual intercourse with his victims.
Wyandotte County Jail administrator Jeff Fewell said the sheriff was aware of the charges against his son but had no comment.

The charges accuse Green of criminal acts that began in 2001 and continued until August.

District Attorney Jerome A. Gorman said Monday that Green is accused of victimizing several girls he knew.

The investigation into at least one of the charges dates to 2007, Gorman said.

According to information on the Wyandotte County Jail’s Web site, Green has been booked into the jail five times since 2002, but the charges were not listed. Each time, Green was released on his own recognizance.

Green was taken into custody without incident about 8 p.m. Monday in the 600 block of Oakland Avenue, Kansas City, Kan., police said. Gorman said bond was set at $1 million.