Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Officer J.T. Root Arrested for Domestic Violence

An officer with the Cartersville Police Department was arrested today on a domestic violence charge.

According to police reports:

J.T. Root of Cartersville was arrested and charged with battery under the Family Violence Act.

An internal investigation has been initiated and Root has been placed on administrative suspension.

The incident will be forwarded to Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training for investigation by their staff.

Officer James Manor Dies After Driving 109 MPH Without Lights & Sirens

Las Vegas police officer James Manor was not using his lights and sirens while responding to a domestic violence call May 7, the night he was killed in a traffic collision.

At a 3 p.m. news conference today, Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie also said Manor was traveling more than 100 mph at the time of the collision.

Gillespie said charges against the other driver in the crash are being re-examined in light of the new information.

Manor was also not wearing a seat belt, Gillespie said.

Also, it was revealed that the blood alcohol level for Calvin Darling, initially charged with drunken driving in Manor's death, was .035 percent. A second blood test an hour later showed his level was .021 percent.

Darling's lawyer said last week his client saw no emergency lights and heard no sirens before turning in front of the oncoming patrol car.

Darling saw three oncoming vehicles before the crash, but they were a “sufficient distance away, which led him to believe that he could safely cross Flamingo,” the statement from Sean P. Sullivan said.

Darling, an engineer at Bellagio, turned his pickup truck left in front of a patrol car driven by Manor, 28, who died shortly after the violent collision at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Ravenwood Drive, near Tenaya Way just a few blocks from Darling’s house.

At a news conference the day of the crash, Gillespie was emphatic that two patrol cars had lights and sirens on as they headed to the domestic violence call.

Under the Metropolitan Police Department’s policy, officers can drive with lights and sirens, called Code 3, in four situations, including responding to a felony in progress, an officer who needs help in a volatile situation and a call where a citizen’s life could be in danger.

If a patrol car is not responding Code 3, the officer is required to use due care and observe traffic laws, he said at the time.

Before making his left turn, Darling checked the oncoming traffic and saw no lights, his lawyer’s statement said.

After the crash he told investigators he had “three or four beers,” police said. He smelled of alcohol and failed a field sobriety test that measures eye movements, leading to charges of drunken driving causing death and failing to yield to an emergency vehicle. He was released from jail a day later when a test revealed his blood-alcohol content was under the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Former Officer Timothy Radogna Charged with Possession of Methamphetamines

Prosecutors charged a former Glendora police officer today with possession of methamphetamines for the purpose of sale.

Timothy Radogna, 33, was arrested this morning in connection with an incident last September in which he allegedly stole hundreds of dollars from the Police Department and was found to have narcotics in his possession.

Prosecutors did not specify how much they allege Radogna stole but said it was more than the $400 required to qualify as felony grand theft.

If convicted of all charges, Radogna would face a maximum term of nine years and eight months in state prison.

Officer Scott Geving Faces New Charges Of Harassing Woman

A Stillwater police officer who was last summer charged with attempted inappropriate sexual conduct now faces new charges of harassing a woman he pulled over.

According to the Washington County Attorney, an adult woman reported that Officer Scott Geving, 50, had harassed her and made unwelcomed sexual advances on her in 2006.

According to the charges, the woman was pulled over on suspicion of drunken driving. When she failed a preliminary breath test, Geving allegedly gave her a ride home instead of arresting her.

He then began getting "a little flirty," according to the woman. Before long, she reported seeing him sitting in his squad car outside her house repeatedly. He also called her and reminded her that he'd done her the favor of dropping her off at home.

Ultimately, according to the woman, he arrived at her house in uniform, kissed and fondled her. When she told him to leave, he said he'd come back later.

The next night, she and a friend saw him standing outside her window.

She claimed being very frightened by his repeated appearances, which trailed off after she told him her boyfriend would be moving in and that he should stop coming around.

The woman said that she brought the case to the attention of authorities after reading about another alleged harassment case reported last summer.

Last August, a woman reported Geving made unwanted sexual advances towards her while in uniform when she was working at a Stillwater motel. According to charges filed by the Dakota County Attorney, she accompanied him through the hallways and, at one point, started rubbing her back and offered to "relieve that stress."

He returned later in street clothes and started whispering things to her at the front desk and asked what the price of a room was. The woman told him that he needed to go home, at which time he left the motel.

Geving has been charged with a pattern of harassing conduct, a felony, as well as gross misdemeanor counts of harassment, stalking and fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Sgt Eric Downey Arrested for Domestic Violence & DUI

Police say a veteran officer, with 20 years of service, was arrested early today, accused of domestic battery and driving under the influence.

Police arrested Sgt. Eric Downey, an afternoon shift patrol supervisor, at his home in the 1300 block of Fairview Street after his wife filed a battery complaint with police about 11:55 p.m. Tuesday.

According to Capt. Phil Trent, South Bend Police spokesman, an officer went to Downey’s home to take the complaint, which stemmed from an earlier incident. The exact details of the complaint are not known, but allege that Downey battered his wife, Trent said.

As officers interviewed his wife, Downey reportedly arrived at home, driving his own vehicle. Officers talked with Downey, who appeared to be intoxicated. A test at the St. Joseph County jail would reveal a 0.09 blood-alcohol level, according to Trent.

Police booked Downey into the jail, accused of domestic battery and driving under the influence. According to jail records, he is scheduled to appear in court for a bond hearing at 1:30 p.m. today.


Five Officers Fired for Alleged Beating

Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper and Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford said that five officers who participated in an alleged beating in January 2008 have been fired from the Birmingham Police Department.

The incident in question comes from the alleged beating of 38-year-old Anthony Shannon Warren.

The beating occurred after Warren led Birmingham Police on a high speed chase that started in Birmingham and ended in Hoover.

During the chase, Hoover Police Officer Mike Lucas was struck by Warren's vehicle while attempting to place spike strips on the roadway.

At the end of the chase, the van overturned on the I-459 on-ramp, ejecting Warren, who lay motionless as officers ran toward him. The video shows them beating him with fists, feet and a billy club.

Officials in the Birmingham Police Department released a statement saying that "police brutality and misconduct will not be tolerated".

Police Chief A.C. Roper said the officers, who were not identified, were seasoned veterans but acted in a "shameful" manner.

Roper said the department had "terminated 50 years of combined service due to 10 seconds of injustice." The officers can appeal the decision.

He said disciplinary action may be taken against supervisors. The Alabama Bureau of Investigation will review possible criminal charges.

Authorities believe numerous Birmingham officers and as many as a half-dozen supervisors saw the video over the past year, but none reported it.

"In addition to these terminations, we're also reviewing our supervisor's actions, reporting mechanisms and policies," Roper said.

Warren, who had been held under $1 million bond after the chase, pleaded guilty in March 2009 to first-degree assault and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Because of his plea, no trial was held.

Former Officer Sean Patrick Indicted for Soliciting a Minor

A Charleston police officer accused of soliciting sex from a minor on the internet was indicted on the charges in Virginia.

Sean Patrick was indicted for soliciting a minor between 15 years old and 18 years old.

The indictment was filed on Monday and Patrick answered the indictment during a hearing Tuesday.

Patrick was arrested in Charleston back in February for allegedly having sexually explicit chats, sending nude pictures and making plans to meet a girl from Virginia. The girl turned out to be an undercover agent.

Patrick is expected back in court on June 8.

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Deputy Derrick Pearson Arrested for Domestic Assault

A Logan County Sheriff's Deputy is facing a charge of domestic assault.

According to a news release from the West Virginia State Police, Derrick Pearson was arrested Monday.

Investigators say that about a week ago, Pearson was off-duty when he was driving his truck and encountered his wife and her friend.

According to the complaint, Pearson forced the two women to stop. He approached the vehicle and started shouting at his wife and pounding on the door, troopers say.

The passenger in the car got out and that's when Pearson allegedly hit her in the face twice.

The victims told police this confrontation was the result of an earlier domestic confrontation between Pearson and his wife.

Pearson has been released on bond.

Former Trooper Marvin McKinnon Faces Drug Charges

A former state trooper was arrested at his Nahant home on Wednesday afternoon on numerous drug charges.

Marvin McKinnon, 49, 16B Seabreeze Lane, was charged with possession with intent to distribute a Class D substance, possession and cultivation, according to police.

Lt. Thomas Hutton said McKinnon is a former state trooper and the arrest followed a lengthy investigation that got underway after police received a tip that McKinnon was dealing drugs.

"A significant number of marijuana plants and a significant amount of marijuana were recovered at the scene," he said.

Hutton said Nahant Police obtained a search warrant out of Lynn District Court and executed it Wednesday.

"The execution of the search warrant culminated a lengthy investigation into the dealings of Mr. McKinnon," he said. "Subsequently an arrest was made. Officers Armand Conti and Timothy Furlong and myself made the arrest."

School Officer Jonathan Kelly Charged with Stealing Student & Teachers Identities

He was supposed to be keeping students and school employees safe. Instead, detectives say, he was helping himself to their personal information.

School District Police officer Jonathan Kelly appeared in court Wednesday charged with stealing identities of more than 20 people. The alleged victims are mainly former students and employees at schools where Kelly worked, most recently John I. Leonard High in Greenacres, and before that, Olympic Heights High in West Boca Raton.

Earlier this year, detectives with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office and Boca Raton Police, arrested Kelly and a former Olympic Heights student, Daniel Elisha, charging them with a series of car burglaries. Detectives say that led them to Officer Kelly's use of school computers

In the new charges, the Sheriff's Office accuses Kelly of taking information off school computers, then opening ebay accounts, and applying for credit cards-- at least 13 times at one online bank. Detectives say Kelly had items and statements sent to his own West Lake Worth address, as well as mailboxes at two other homes in his neighborhood.

Search warrants of Kelly's home and car produced names and personal information of 53 people, according to investigators. 37 have been located. Many alleged victims are students who've graduated and moved on, making the case more involved.

After Wednesday's hearing, Kelly's attorney, David Roth, defended his client. "We're entering a not guilty plea," said Roth, "and this matter will go to a jury trial, as it stands now."

By mid-afternoon Kelly had posted an $11,000 bond and was released from the Palm Beach County Jail. The School District has placed Kelly on paid leave.