Friday, February 20, 2009

Const. Andrew Hoglund Went to Far in Tasering Student

Const. Andrew Hoglund was out of line when he Tasered a university student under arrest, a disciplinary hearing ruled.

Presiding officer Supt. Mark Logar ruled yesterday Hoglund lacked lawful or reasonable cause to zap Robert Boik outside the Globe bar near 109 Street and Jasper Avenue at closing time Sept. 4, 2004.

"Const. Hoglund's use of the Taser was not appropriate or necessary," Logar said.

"He used more force than necessary."

The disciplinary hearing heard Hoglund deployed his Taser gun as two other constables were arresting Boik about 2 a.m.

Boik's pal, who had just been in a scuffle with a group of men, was also arrested.

As the pair of cops cuffed Boik, a third constable emerged, zapping the suspect before trotting off into the night.

Hoglund failed to document the use of force, a move that presenting officer Insp. Shane Loxterkamp blasted him for.

"This is a very serious incident," Loxterkamp told the hearing.

"There were no notes. An officer's notes are truly the lifeblood of an investigation."

Loxterkamp also slammed Hoglund for using a Taser without good reason.

That was an opinion Logar sided with when he sentenced Hoglund to a 35-hour suspension without pay.

"That is the appropriate punishment," Logar said. "He, in essence, created the misfortune for himself."

Following the hearing, Boik, the 28-year-old victim, said he was relieved to see the matter brought to its conclusion.

But he said he found the sentence a bit light.

"In a lot of other professions, if you assault someone, you'd lose your job," Boik said. "And in this profession, you get suspended for 35 hours.

"It's absolutely outrageous and ridiculous I was Tasered." Boik said.

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Officer Chou Lor Charged with Punching Girlfriend


A Milwaukee police officer faces charges after investigators said he punched his girlfriend.

Chou Lor, 22, is charged with battery and endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon.

Both are misdemeanors.

Lor's girlfriend told officers he got mad at her while they were driving back from his mother's house on Sunday.

She said he pulled over, punched her in the face and then put a gun to her face and threatened her.

A Milwaukee Police Department spokeswoman said Lor has been suspended with pay.

He is a three-year member of the force.

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Officer Sean Patrick Arrested for Soliciting Sex with Minor


A Charleston Police officer is in jail after he was arrested Friday night on sex charges out of Virginia.

Officer Sean Patrick, 30, is accused of soliciting sex with a minor over the Internet. He is facing state charges and was arrested as the result of an FBI investigation that also involved the sheriff's department in Loudoun County, Virginia.

In a news release from the Loudoun County Sheriff's office, Patrick allegedly propositioned over the internet someone he understood to be a 14-year-old girl.

He covered his face as he headed from the Kanawha County Courthouse to a police vehicle Friday night. was the only news crew to get video of the person believed to be Patrick.

He is a patrolman who's been on the police force since 2005.

A warrant was issued and officer Patrick was arrested when he showed up for his regular shift at the Charleston Police Department Friday night.

Patrick's arraignment at the Kanawha County Courthouse was sealed off from the media. Magistrate Tim Halloran refused any access to the courtroom or paperwork, telling WSAZ that we can pick it up on Monday. WSAZ's crew was told that Halloran ordered the doors locked and no one allowed access to the courtroom.

Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster tells WSAZ that Patrick will be suspended without pay and an internal investigation has already been launched.

Webster also says that he does not have reason to believe that any police department computers were involved in any of the alleged activity, but that will be also part of the investigation.

The charge against Patrick is: usage of a communications system or other electronic means, for the purpose of soliciting, with lascivious intent, a person he knew or had reason to believe was a child under the age of 15. If found guilty, he can face 1 to 10 years behind bars and/or a fine of up to $2,500.

Former Officer Brian Hinkel Faces Several Charges Including Theft

Brian Hinkel, accused of keeping an arsenal of weapons at his Gloucester County home and grabbing for a gun in front of state troopers, has been charged in connection with a theft ring, police said.

Authorities say they believe Hinkel, 59, was involved in an operation that stole up to $75,000 worth of tractors and other equipment from farms. He was charged last week with receiving stolen property.

The former Vineland, N.J., police officer has been held in the Gloucester County Jail since Feb. 4, with bail set at $250,000. He also is charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, possession of assault rifles, possession of a destructive device, and possession of high-capacity magazines.

When two troopers went to Hinkel's Franklinville home last month to question him about his ties to two burglary suspects, he ran from them and picked up a gun from his kitchen before the troopers subdued him, police said.

Police later found 259 handguns and rifles on Hinkel's property, including some hidden in a makeshift bunker, they said. He also had gunpowder, a tear-gas canister, and a live grenade, police said.

Police have arrested several other men in the farm-equipment thefts. Anthony D'Alessandro, 42, of Williamstown, and Peter Monteleone, 44, of Folsom, N.J., are charged with burglary and theft. Carl D'Argenzio, 43, of Turnersville, is charged with fencing and receiving stolen property.

Police are investigating connections between Hinkel and the other men.

Officer Ronald Betts Charged with Felony Theft

Officer Ronald Betts, an Austin city police officer, was charged with felony theft by receiving in a warrant sweep.

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More Information on Officer Andrew Barone Charged with Sexual Assault

Police at Central Connecticut State University have charged a Wilton police officer with sexual assault and other crimes that allegedly occurred on the New Britain campus, authorities said.

Andrew Barone turned himself in to campus police, said Mark McLaughlin, a CCSU spokesman.

Barone, who was hired by the Wilton department in January 2008, is on paid administrative leave while an internal affairs investigation is being done, said Capt. Michael Lombardo.

Barone, a CCSU student from 2004 to 2008, is charged with second-degree sexual assault, three counts of third-degree computer crime, eight counts of breach of peace and one count of sixth-degree larceny, according to court records.

He is free on $150,000 bond and is scheduled to appear March 13 in Superior Court in New Britain.

Barone's ex-girlfriend and her sister, who was 16 at the time of the alleged incident, described to police a night of heavy partying about three years ago at CCSU that ended with all three of them falling asleep in a dorm room.

In an arrest warrant affidavit, the sister said that at some point during the night, Barone left the bed he was sharing with his girlfriend and sexually assaulted her.

The younger woman also told police Barone had previously touched her inappropriately when he was visiting her sister at their home.

Barone told police that his girlfriend's sister had been jealous of their relationship and had told lies about him. He said he had passed a polygraph test to become a police officer, which included questions about sexual deviation.

Barone also is accused of posting nude photos on the Web of a female student while on campus in December 2008, McLaughlin said. The arrest warrant affidavit on those charges has yet to be released.


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Former Officer Nathan Thomas Arrested for Rape

A former Cleveland police officer, already facing charges related to selling prescription painkillers, now stands charged with two counts of statutory rape by an authority figure and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to District Attorney Steve Bebb.

Nathan Thomas, 37, turned himself in to the Bradley County Jail at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

Thomas reportedly posted bond, which was set at $50,000, and was released from jail at 3 p.m. the same day.

Thomas was the second former Cleveland police officer arrested on sex charges Thursday.

Former Cleveland police officer Dennis Hughes turned himself in to the Bradley County Jail Thursday at 10 a.m.

Hughes was charged with three counts of statutory rape, one count of especially aggravated sexual exploitation, one count of sexual exploitation of a minor and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to District Attorney Steve Bebb.

Hughes posted bond, which was set at $100,000, Thursday afternoon. He was released at 1:30 p.m.

A Bradley County grand jury met Thursday morning and indicted Hughes and Thomas on the sex offenses based on an investigation led by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

According to reports, the investigation stemmed from an incident on Jan. 5 when Hughes was arrested on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a 16-year-old girl, who was reported as a runaway.

According to the affidavit of complaint dated Jan. 5, Hughes was observed leaving Thomas' home at 152 Winding Glen Drive N.W. at 12:40 a.m. with the 16-year-old girl in his vehicle.

Bradley County deputies initiated a traffic stop at the intersection of Lauderdale Highway and Mouse Creek Road. When deputies searched Hughes' vehicle, they allegedly found numerous empty and full beer bottles and prescription pill bottles. Deputies also detected both Hughes and the girl had a "strong smell of alcohol about their person."

According to the TBI's search warrant, after the girl was apprehended, she was taken to a hospital for a rape examination.

The examination was reportedly conducted at the request of her parents.

During the examination, the girl reportedly admitted that in the past she had sexual intercourse with Hughes; however, the female said there had been no sexual contact at the time of his arrest Jan. 5.

Through the search warrants, agents with the TBI confiscated a cell phone and computer from Hughes' vehicle. According to the TBI's search warrant, agents performed a forensic examination of the cell phone and "found three pictures of an underage and under-developed female in the nude."

During an interview with Cleveland Police Detective Suzanne Jackson on Jan. 12, the girl reportedly told Jackson the cell phone pictures found in Hughes' possession were allegedly taken by Hughes in a bathroom at Thomas' residence on the night of Jan. 4.

According to the TBI's search warrant, during the interview with Jackson, the girl alleged that on Jan. 4 she and a 17-year-old girl were at the Thomas home.

The 16-year-old girl reportedly told Jackson she engaged in oral sex with Hughes and the 17-year-old engaged in oral sex with Thomas. The 16-year-old reportedly told Jackson she and the 17-year-old were under the influence of alcohol during the incident.

During the search warrant's execution at Thomas' home, TBI agents photographed Thomas' bathrooms to compare with the background of the nude pictures of the 16-year-old girl.

Thomas is scheduled to be arraigned at the Bradley County Criminal Court March 30.

Hughes is scheduled to be arraigned at the Bradley County Criminal Court March 2.

According to Tennessee law, if Hughes and Thomas are convicted they will have to register annually with the state of Tennessee as sex offenders.

Hughes and Thomas continue to be investigated by the TBI, Hughes in connection with the shooting of a city police officer and Thomas for selling prescription painkillers.

According to reports, on Nov. 30, 2008, city police officer Chris Mason and former city police officer Jonathan Hammons, 23, -- who were on duty -- were at the home of Hughes, who was off duty, shortly before midnight.

The men were reportedly looking at a .38 caliber revolver which was possibly for sale. During the handling of the firearm the gun discharged and struck Mason in the hand, Cleveland Police Chief Wes Snyder said in a December 2008 statement.

The incident was initially reported as an accidental shooting; however, after further investigation it was determined Hammons and Hughes allegedly gave investigators false information.

Hammons was arrested Dec. 17, 2008, and was charged with aggravated perjury and filing a false report in connection to the shooting.

Hughes was arrested Dec. 18, 2008, and was charged with two counts of reckless endangerment, aggravated perjury and filing a false report in connection to the shooting.

On the night of the shooting, Nov. 30, 2008, officers found a prescription pill bottle with Thomas' name in Hughes' personal vehicle.

As a result of the shooting investigation, Hughes resigned from the Cleveland Police Department in December 2008.

Hammons and Thomas were dismissed from the department in January.

Thomas was arrested Jan. 5, in connection with a two-year investigation by the 10th Judicial Drug Task Force.

As a result of the investigation, Thomas was charged with prescription fraud, possession of Schedule II and III narcotics for resale and simple possession of a Schedule V narcotic.

According to reports, the Drug Task Force's investigation alleges Thomas was a patient of Dr. James Wallace Sego. Thomas was allegedly prescribed 6,000 oxycodones, 1,100 hydrocodones and 790 Xanax within one year's time by Sego.

Thomas is being accused of selling the prescription painkillers.

Sego practices internal medicine and pain management at Bradley Executive Plaza located at 1510 Stuart Road N.E.

Sego was also arrested Dec. 18, 2008, and charged with felony counts of illegally selling prescription painkillers and other drugs.

Agents with the 10th Judicial Drug Task Force served a search warrant for Thomas' residence on Dec. 12, 2008.

According to the inventory on the search warrant, agents found "a large cardboard box with extremely large amounts of various drugs, samples, etc. (too numerous to list individually)," weapons, syringes and cell phones.

"One white plastic snorting device (ink pen) with yellow residue" was found in the master bedroom in a decorative drawer near the top of the dresser, along with several other items, such as "one prescription box w/1 glass vial inside labeled DEPO-Testosterone."

Among the weapons were two .22-caliber Glenfield rifles, one with a serial number and one without, and a Sig Sauer P2229 .40 caliber.

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Four Officers Prank Goes Wrong, One Officer Arrested


A Gretna police officer is under arrest and three others have been fired over what the police chief said was "a practical joke that went way too far."

Chief Arthur Lawson said the incident stems from a prank at a bar in December.

The four officers allegedly took part in a prank to hide someone’s motorcycle. Investigators said that the motorcycle was reported stolen after it was hidden, and Officer Gustavo Rivera, as well as the other three officers, denied any knowledge of the event.

Surveillance footage from the bar proves otherwise, investigators said.

"I guess the practical joke got out of hand and turned into criminal activity," Lawson. "Not only was the officer knowledgeable, but he knew the individual on the motorcycle."

The investigation is being handled by Gretna police and the Westbank Major Crimes Task Force.

"As I said in a recent interview, ‘Yes, it's a sad day, but something that I’m proud of. No one else has to arrest our officers we arrest our own,’" Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said.

The motorcycle has since been recovered.

"I think it sends a message that this type of criminal activity will not be tolerated," Lawson said.

The chief said that if the officers had just owned up to the prank, the proceedings never would have arrived at this point.



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I almost have to disagree on this one. It was just a PRANK that went too far. I don't think they need to lose their job because of this or be arrested. As long as it was between friends they need to apologize and move on.
I've done something similar to this with a friends car several years ago as a prank. We (other friends) laughed our ass off until an officer pulled up and our friend quickly went to tell the officer that his van just got stolen. I had to quickly rush to the scene and stop the proceedings before it became worse. The officer was pissed when I told him it was just a prank, but we quickly went on our way without a charge.
Damn...what's the world coming too when I'm on their side?

Officer Robert Gordon and Wife Charged with Stealing from Wal-Mart

A Baltimore police officer and his wife were charged with attempting to steal more than $1,100 worth of items from a Wal-Mart in Owings Mills earlier this week, authorities said today.

Store security guards stopped the officer, Robert H. Gordon, 44, and Daniella Gordon, 40, outside the store after watching them leaving with the items, Baltimore County police said. The couple had purchased about $150 worth of goods — mostly household items such as cleaning supplies, clothing and food — and tried to hide other items beneath the ones they purchased, according to Bill Toohey, a Baltimore County police spokesman.

Store security called county police, who arrested the Baltimore County residents and charged them with theft of goods valued over $500. Both were released on their own recognizance, according to electronic court records. Their trial is scheduled for April 28.

Nicole Monroe, a city police spokeswoman, said Robert Gordon, a 16-year veteran, has been suspended.


Officer Thomas Sanders Alleged Shot Unarmed Man in Back Wants Officers Names Withheld

A Baltimore police officer charged with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a civilian last year said in court filings that the Police Department's new policy of not releasing names of officers involved in shootings has "reignited" residents' distrust of police and hurts his ability to receive a fair trial.

Officer Thomas Sanders, who is alleged to have shot an unarmed man in the back on Jan. 30, 2008, said in court filings that there "currently exists an extremely volatile climate in Baltimore City in which citizens of Baltimore do not trust the Baltimore Police Department."

He said in the Feb. 4 court filing that the department's policy of not naming officers involved in shootings unless internal investigations determine that they erred has worsened that climate and -- because the department named him -- implies that he is guilty.

He said that makes it difficult for him to obtain a fair jury trial in the city and asked for a change of venue, which prosecutors plan to oppose.

Police declined to comment on the motion, citing a policy against discussing pending litigation. Though the motion is filed by an attorney for the Fraternal Order of Police, the union's president said Friday that the group maintains support for restricting access to the names.

Baltimore police had routinely named officers involved in shootings for decades, but in January, the department adopted a new policy to restrict release of their identities. Police say their new policy is similar to those in New York and other major cities and is designed to prevent retaliation against officers.

Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III and other department officials have said they will continue to name officers involved in shootings they find to be unjustified after an internal investigation. When questioned about the policy at a recent City Council hearing, Bealefeld referred to the Sanders case as proof that the department will name names in such instances.

He has cited Sanders' indictment as showing that the department will rigorously investigate police-involved shootings and sanction officers when necessary.

The policy has come under fire from the Maryland branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, the NAACP and some local elected officials, who say it cloaks police activity behind a layer of secrecy and diminishes trust between the department and the community.

"The citizens of Baltimore are entitled to be able to make their own judgments about what the police are doing and how they're doing it, and shouldn't have to rely on the good graces of the city Police Department to keep them informed," said David Rocah, a staff attorney with the ACLU.

"Let's remember: The police work for us. They are not some independent entity to which we are beholden."

The motion by Sanders came to light as details continued to emerge in Tuesday night's fatal shooting of 61-year-old Joseph Forrest in East Baltimore by two police officers.

The Baltimore Sun has learned that one of the officers who shot Forrest had also allegedly been attacked by a second man, the victim's nephew, Joseph Forrest Jr.

Police said the 45-year-old stepped on Officer Traci L. McKissick's hand at the direction of his uncle in an attempt to disarm her. The younger Forrest was arrested at the scene and charged with assault and disarming a law enforcement officer. He remains jailed without bond.

After initial inquiries about the shooting, the younger Forrest's involvement was not disclosed by police, who had limited the release of information in an attempt to prevent McKissick's name from becoming public.

Candles, balloons and teddy bears were placed outside of Forrest's home on North Lakewood Avenue Friday, and a sign in his window reads, "We all miss you."

Forrest's family is questioning why he was shot, reportedly as many as a dozen times, after being struck in the upper body and after McKissick had recovered her weapon.

But relatives were unable to clarify how Forrest, affectionately known as "Uncle Snicker," got into the scuffle in the first place, only offering that he might have reached for her weapon during the scrum because he felt his life was in danger.

Police said they responded to a domestic call in the area, and at some point an officer who came to provide backup saw McKissick being held in a headlock by Forrest.

Relatives say Forrest was not involved in the initial domestic call and had been trying to make peace between others.

McKissick, they say, had been dispatched to the scene, and they accuse her of being rude and cursing at them.

They believed she had left the residence as paramedics treated an injured man and said the incident appeared to have blown over.

Forrest's daughter, 34-year-old Alisa Forrest, said he walked outside to get air, and she claims her father was pushed by McKissick. She ran downstairs and saw McKissick and Forrest on the ground fighting, with both reaching for the gun.

"I see that she has Daddy and Daddy has her," Alisa Forrest said. "They're both reaching for the gun -- he don't want her to shoot him."

She said that McKissick broke free after the backup officer fired at Forrest's upper body and that McKissick proceeded to empty her weapon into Forrest's leg.

"She got up and just started shooting," Alisa Forrest said.

McKissick and the other officer have been placed on administrative leave while the incident is being investigated, a standard practice.

A police source with knowledge of the investigation said detectives believe the backup officer's shot was made at close range and was ultimately the fatal shot. They also believe McKissick fired all of her shots into one of Forrest's legs, in rapid succession, while she was still engaged with the man.

The Sun reported Friday that McKissick, a five-year veteran, was involved four years ago in an incident in which a man who was being placed under arrest broke free and was able to take her gun, which has never been recovered.

Even though the victim and key witness was a city officer, prosecutors dropped the case after questions were raised about whether documents had been altered by police.

Family members said Forrest was a volunteer at nearby William Paca Elementary School and the patriarch and leader of a family that included 15 children and numerous other relatives.

"Everybody in the neighborhood can you tell you this isn't his demeanor," said niece Odessia Bradstreet. "This is not him. It's not something he would do."