Thursday, April 09, 2009

Detective Marcus Lemaire Arrested for Drunk Driving

A Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Detective who was arrested over the weekend on drunk driving charges is back on the job pending an internal affairs investigation.

Detective Marcus Lemaire was stopped Sunday Night after a State Trooper reportedly noticed he was swerving on Highway 167 South of the Mall of Acadiana.

Detective Lemaire, who was off duty at the time, reportedly refused the field sobriety test and was charged with DWI.

Lemaire has enjoyed a spotless reputation. In fact in April of last year Lamaire was named Deputy of the Year at the annual Crime Stoppers banquet.

Corrections Officer Matthew Hagen Arrested for Chasing Deer with His Truck

A Nebraska corrections officer was arrested Thursday after being found chasing a deer in his pickup truck through a cornfield in an Omaha park.

Matthew Hagen, 25, was found shortly after midnight in his truck at the Chalco Hills Recreation area, according to the Sarpy County Sheriff's Department.

Police responded to a call reporting a pickup truck crashing into the park's security gate, and police were also told the truck had been seen chasing a deer in the cornfield, reported.

A 10-minute high-speed chase ensued after a Nebraska State Patrol trooper tried to stop Hagen's pickup, but he refused. He resisted, but was arrested after a brief struggle, reported.

Hagen was arrested on several charges including: attempting to assault an officer, resisting arrest, flight to avoid arrest felony, willful reckless driving, driving while intoxicated and criminal mischief over $1,500.


Former Probation Officer Arrested for Cocaine Possession

A former juvenile probation officer has been arrested after Jasper County deputies say they discovered pieces of a crack cocaine 'cookie' in his pockets following a traffic stop.

Richard Lynn Donald, 65, was arrested after investigators say they found pieces of a crack cocaine cookie in his shirt and pants pockets, according to Chief Deputy Ralph Nichols.

Nichols tells KFDM News investigators stopped Donald for a traffic violation Monday night in Evadale.

They found the crack cocaine during the stop.

Nichols says the cocaine is worth as much as $2,000.

Donald was a juvenile probation officer in Hardin County. He was fired in 2006 after about one year on the job, according to the director of that department, Monica Kelley, told KFDM News she couldn't get into details about Donald's termination.

Donald is behind bars at the Jasper County Jail on $15,000 bond.

Officer Troy Guthman Accused of Sexual Misconduct with 16-year-old

The Ladysmith Police and Fire Commission will meet in closed session on Wednesday this week to review allegations that a 10-year veteran of the city's police department sent inappropriate text messages of a sexual nature to a 16-year-old high school girl.

Police Chief Dean Meyer said patrol officer Troy Guthman has been suspended with pay pending an investigation. Meyer added the allegations involve possible off-duty conduct and are not work-related.

"Troy is suspended pending the outcome of the internal investigation," Meyer said. "Nothing we found was on-duty conduct."

Guthman allegedly sent at least three text messages using his personal cell phone to the Ladysmith High School girl, according to Meyer. He said the girl reported the text messages to a school guidance counselor, who informed officials.

He declined to state what the messages said.

Meyer said the department has policies and procedures dictating both on and off-duty conduct for its officers. He also said possible discipline facing Guthman includes additional suspension without pay and termination.

The allegations against Guthman were included in a motion filed last week in Rusk County Circuit Court by the attorney for Peter J. Ollinger, who was scheduled for a jury trial April 21-23 on four counts of alleged sexual misconduct. Both Guthman and the girl he had text messaged were scheduled to testify as witnesses in the trial.

Ollinger's attorney Carol A. Conklin questioned Guthman's credibility as a witness in the trial. She filed a motion in circuit court last week alleging any testimony by Guthman "may be biased if allegations against him are valid.

Conklin also stated in the motion that "Guthman's credibility is at issue if the allegations against him are valid." She also requested access to Guthman's personnel file including any and all school records, notes, e-mails and memos.

In the motion, Conklin said "On April 1, 2009, Guthman is currently suspended due to allegations he has been sending text messages of a sexual nature to [the girl]."

The girl is identified only by her three initials in the motion.

A verbal motion made last Thursday by Rusk County District Attorney Kathy Pakes in circuit court to dismiss the charges against Ollinger, 29, was granted without prejudice. Charges could be filed against Ollinger again in the future, but currently all charges against Ollinger in this case have been dismissed, they have not been proven and he is presumed innocent.

Meyer, who will present evidence to the commission in closed session about Guthman's text message contacts with the girl, said the Ollinger case and the Guthman investigation are not connected other than the officer and the girl were both scheduled to testify during the Ollinger trial.