Thursday, June 18, 2009

Devner Officer Suspended After Brandishing Gun At McDonalds

A Denver police officer has been suspended after allegedly brandishing his gun at a McDonald's restaurant in Aurora after his order took too long to fill.

Aurora police confirmed the CBS4 investigation saying the incident occurred May 21 at the McDonald's at 18181 East Hampden Avenue.

A spokesperson for the Aurora Police Department said they plan to present the case -- now classified as a felony menacing incident -- to the Arapahoe County District Attorney's Office Thursday for possible filing of criminal charges.

Sources familiar with the case, and the fast food worker's account of what happened, say two off-duty Denver police officers placed an order from their car in the early morning hours of May 21. But once at the drive through window, the employee said the men became agitated and angry at how long their food was taking. The men thought they were being ignored, according to contacts familiar with the worker's account. The male clerk then said one of the officer's flashed his police badge and pointed a pistol through the drive through window in a threatening manner, before driving off without paying.

Both officers are assigned to Denver International Airport although only one has been placed on administrative leave with pay, pending the outcome of the case.

Judge Jacquelin Gibson Charged with Battery on 92-year-old Mother

A part-time Fulton County Juvenile Court judge rejected a plea offer Friday on charges of battering her 92-year-old mother while trying to remove her from a sibling’s home.

In a hearing Friday morning, an assistant solicitor offered Jacquelin Gibson a deal that would grant her “first-offender status,” meaning the battery charge would be wiped from her record after she completed terms of the sentence, which would require that Gibson undergo anger management counseling. Gibson declined to accept the deal.

A hearing on the battery charge, which is a misdemeanor, has now been rescheduled for July 17.

According to a police report, Eula Gibson was injured when Jacqueline Gibson and her brother Gary Gibson — at the time their mother’s legal guardian — went to their sister’s home to fetch their mother. Eula Gibson had been living with a daughter, Blair King, and her son-in-law, Alex King, for a few weeks at that time, said the Kings’ attorney, Elizabeth Vila Rogan.

This is just one of several incidents arising from a dispute among six of the seven surviving children of Eula Gibson over property the elderly woman owned in Social Circle.

Eula Gibson had signed over two properties — one valued at $16,000 and the other at $20,000, according to records — to one son and a grandson. She still owned the property where her house sits, a property worth about $75,000, according to records.

Some of her children were upset with her decision to sign over the property, according to Rogan.

That animosity eventually evolved into a dispute over who should care for the family matriarch.

In May, Jacqueline and Gary Gibson when to the older Kings’ house to get their mother, taking with them paperwork proving Gary Gibson’s guardianship. An Atlanta police officer accompanied the Gibsons.

The mother refused to leave with them and a struggle broke out among her adult children. Eula Gibson was inadvertently injured when Jacqueline Gibson attempted to remove her mother from the fracas, said Jacqueline Gibson attorney, Raymond V. Giudice.

The officer then arrested Jacqueline and Gary Gibson and Blair and Alex King for disorderly conduct.

Jacqueline and Gary Gibson sought arrest warrants against the Kings but their applications were dismissed on Thursday. A hearing is planned for July 15 in Municipal Court on disorderly conduct charges brought against the four.

Deputy Jason Silleman Arrested for Sending Threatening Text Messages

An Orleans County Sheriff Deputy has been arrested for allegedly sending a threatening text message. Deputies said 35-year-old Jason Silleman allegedly sent a text message to a warrant suspect on April 21.

Silleman was involved in a vehicle pursuit with the suspect on April 15 where the suspect got away. Silleman was able to identify the man and sent him a text message April 21 trying to locate him in order to arrest him.

The suspect felt the message was threatening and he filed a complaint with the State Police. Silleman was issued an appearance ticket and is being charged with aggravated harassment. Silleman is a 15-year veteran law enforcement officer.