Friday, June 05, 2009

Cpl Lisa Lindler Fired After DUI Arrest

An officer in the South Carolina Highway Patrol has been fired after an arrest and charge of driving under the influence.

Lance Cpl. Lisa M. Lindler was stopped in her personal vehicle and arrested by Cayce police just after 10 p.m. Wednesday, according to State Public Safety Department Director Mark Keel.

In addition to the DUI charge, Lindler also faces a charge of having an open container of alcohol, Keel said.

Keel said a review of a videotape of the arrest assured him the dismissal was warranted.

"Each and every trooper knows first hand the deadly consequences of drinking and driving,” Keel said in a statement. “At the same time, it has been made abundantly clear to every trooper the personal consequences of indulging in behavior such as this," Keel said.

Lindler had served on the patrol for nearly 24 years.

Former Trooper Robert Czora Arrested for Possession of Stolen Property

For the second time in less than a week, a former state trooper has been arrested.

Robert Czora, 41, of Morrisonville was arrested last week for felony possession of stolen property after police said he was in possession of items that had been reported stolen from the Northeast Printing and Distribution Co. in Plattsburgh, Czora’s former employer.

Czora was released from custody in that case after posting $10,000 bail but during the investigation of the theft, police had searched the former cop’s residence and said they found other stolen property including Jeep wheels and tires that were allegedly stolen earlier this year from Mountain View Motors in Plattsburgh. A Jeep stolen from the dealership was recovered but without its wheels and tires.

Police said the items were found under Czora’s porch and identified by the dealership as the stolen items. A new charge of felony criminal possession of stolen property was filed against him.

Police said that the investigation is continuing and additional charges are possible. Anyone who may have purchased items recently from Czora either personally or through the Internet is asked to contact State Police investigators at 518-563-3761.

In November, 2007, Czora was charged with official misconduct, a Class A misdemeanor, after it was alleged Czora had stopped a motorist on the Northway in the town of Ausable in Clinton County and improperly obtained and processed $300 as purported bail from the motorist.

He had driven the female motorist to a nearby bank so she could withdraw the $300 he said he needed for bail but when she later contacted authorities about her court date, she found out she had never been ticketed.

Czora was fined $1,000 and fired. 6-4-09

Search Still on for Former Deputy Derrick Yancey Wanted for Murder

A former sheriff's deputy accused of killing his wife and a day laborer was videotaped at an Atlanta bus station just hours after removing an ankle monitor in order to escape, officials said Thursday.

Derrick Yancey, who was under a $150,000 bond when he fled, boarded a westbound Greyhound bus April 4 and disappeared somewhere between Phoenix and Los Angeles, DeKalb County Sheriff Thomas Brown said.

Brown said Yancey, 49, is fluent in Spanish and may be in Mexico. A $10,000 reward is being offered for his capture.

Yancey is accused of shooting Linda Yancey, 44, and Marcial Cax Puluc, a 20-year-old Guatemalan immigrant he had hired to work at his Stone Mountain home, almost a year ago. Yancey told investigators that Puluc had killed his wife before he killed Puluc in self-defense.

He resigned from his job with the sheriff's department shortly before he was indicted on murder charges in August.

Yancey was under orders to stay at his mother's home in Jonesboro, just south of Atlanta, when he removed his ankle monitor and left. The monitoring firm BI Inc. of Colorado received an alert on Yancey's bracelet at 5:41 a.m. April 4, but the sheriff's office was not notified for hours, Brown said.

Brown said at a news conference that Yancey had cashed out his $18,000 pension and paid cash for his bus ticket.

Investigators suspect Yancey may have altered his appearance. Video from the bus station showed him with a new mustache, longer hair and the beginnings of a new beard at the Greyhound ticket counter.
Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
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