Friday, March 20, 2009

Former Officer Reuben Delgadillo Arrested for Lewd Conduct with Minor

Reuben Delgadillo, 26, Caldwell, was arrested Thursday morning in Ada County on a felony warrant issued by the Canyon County Sheriff's Office.

Caldwell Police Chief Chris Allgood said Friday that Delgadillo was an officer in the police department from early 2005 to late 2008. He said Delgadillo resigned last year.

Allgood said he did not know when the alleged lewd conduct with a minor occurred.

"The state investigated, and I have very few details," the police chief said.

Calls to the Canyon County Sheriff's Office were not returned Friday.

$1.15 Million Lawsuit Settled Against NYPD Shooting


The families of two robbery suspects who died in a barrage of police bullets more than a decade ago settled a lawsuit with the city Friday for $1.15 million.

The families' attorneys had just rested their case during the trial when the deal was announced. Relatives had sought $20 million, but their attorney said they were content, accepting the settlement as affirmation that excessive force was used.

"We believe justice has been done," lawyer Seth Harris said. "The city waved the white flag, and this clearly shows the officers used excessive force, and these boys didn't have to die."

Hilton Vega was shot eight times and his cousin Anthony Rosario 14 times when they arrived at an apartment on Jan. 12, 1995. The officers, James Crowe and Patrick Brosnan, had been there interviewing residents on a tip that a robbery would take place.

The victims were face-down on the ground when they were killed. Some of the 28 shots fired hit the floorboards.

The city Law Department continued to defend the now-retired officers. A New York Police Department investigation found the officers acted within department guidelines, and a grand jury in the Bronx brought no criminal charges. Federal prosecutors said there wasn't enough evidence for them to pursue charges.

"We believe that our police officers acted appropriately when confronted with three armed gunmen after being called by a man in fear of his life," said Fay Leoussis, chief of the Law Department's Tort Division. "However, we have agreed to resolve these cases in light of the uncertainties of litigation."

Versions of what happened the night of the shooting varied greatly during the civil trial, including who was shot first, how the men came to be face-down, and what the detectives were doing at the apartment.

Crowe and Brosnan were there for at least an hour before Rosario and Vega arrived. The victims said they had come to the building to collect a debt they believed was owed to one of their girlfriends in a scam run by the man who lived at the apartment.

The officers told them to get on the ground and opened fire when Rosario and Vega did not comply quickly enough. Vega, 21, and the 18-year-old Rosario died, and another man with them was injured. The men were armed, but they fired no shots.

The officers retired from the force on a disability pension related to the incident in 1996.

The shooting happened during an era of community outrage against then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani's administration over allegations of excessive force by police officers who, like those in the Bronx case, received little or no punishment. Critics said the NYPD had overlooked incriminating details because Brosnan served as a volunteer bodyguard for the mayor's 1993 campaign.


Former Officer James Beck Jr Arrested for Misconduct

A former Bridgeport Police officer has been indicted on two charges of abusing his position.

53 year old James T. Beck Jr. was arrested after the Jackson County Grand Jury returned the indictment. The document reads in part that Beck:

Willfully obtained or sought to obtain criminal offender record information by acessing the the Law Enforcement Tactical System, under false pretenses that it was for an official law enforcement or criminal justice purpose.

Willfully communicated or sought to communicate criminal offender information in a manner not in accordance with the law.

Beck could face a fine and up to ten years in jail.


Officer Douglas Franks Charged with Family Assault


A Scottsboro police officer turned himself in to Marshall County authorities Friday evening.

Douglas Dale Franks of Grant is charged with simple family assault. A source tells WHNT the charge is basically a harassment charge.

Scottsboro Police Chief Ralph Dawe says Franks will remain on the force. He tells WHNT that as far as he is concerned, Franks is innocent until he's proven guilty.

Officer Andrew Barone Charged with Assault


A town police officer arrested in February by Central Connecticut State University police resigned Tuesday.

Andrew Barone, 23, was arrested Feb. 3 and charged with second-degree assault and three counts of third-degree computer crime in regard to a campus incident.

"He has resigned and is no longer a part of the department," Capt. Michael Lombardo said. "We're disappointed anytime we lose an officer under circumstances like this."

Barone had been on administrative leave since Feb. 13, Lombardo said. He had been on the force for just more than a year. Lombardo did not comment as to whether Barone, a Trumbull resident, was asked to resign.

Former Deputy Standric Choice Enters Guilty Plea to Drug Charges

A former Dallas County sheriff's deputy has agreed to plead guilty to cocaine-related charges, the U.S. attorney's office said Friday.

Standric Choice, 36, is expected to formally enter his guilty plea next week before a U.S. magistrate.

Choice agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, possessing a firearm during and in relation to a drug-trafficking crime, and possession with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine while at a truck stop, the U.S. attorney's office said.

He faces a minimum of 10 years in prison and could get a life sentence, as well as a $4.25 million fine.

Choice and two co-defendants, Terry Kemone Anderson, 29, and Charlie Lee Hill, 31, were arrested in January.

Hill pleaded guilty earlier this month to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.

Anderson has agreed to plead guilty to the same offense.

Hill and Anderson each face five to 40 years in prison.

According to court records, an informant posing as a drug dealer told Hill he planned to buy four kilograms of cocaine from a South Texas trafficker.

Hill, who is believed to be Choice's brother-in-law, said Choice could pretend to arrest the informant and grab the cocaine, the U.S. attorney's office said. The informant and Hill then would split the drugs and compensate Choice.

On Jan. 9, according to the court records, Choice confronted the "drug dealer" at TA Truck Stop on Interstate 20 and Bonnie View Road in southern Dallas. He confiscated the cocaine and forced the man to go with him.

Choice then left the truck stop, and Hill and Anderson, who had both been observing the phony arrest, followed Choice for about a mile before stopping in a secluded area. Choice released the informant and handed over the cocaine.

Choice was arrested after returning to the Dallas County sheriff's office. Hill and Anderson were arrested near the truck stop.


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