Saturday, June 20, 2009

Lt. Jerald Fifer Charged with Domestic Violence

A Louisville Metro Police lieutenant was arrested Thursday night in Tampa in connection with a domestic violence-related incident.

Tampa Police said that the Florida Highway Patrol arrested Lt. Jerald Fifer on June 18 and charged him with false imprisonment, domestic violence and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Officials with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office said Fifer is being held in the county jail, and no bond has been set.

Details of the incident were not immediately available.

Fifer, who works in the downtown LMPD headquarters, has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation by Louisville police, said Dwight Mitchell, a police spokesman. He would not comment further on the case.

A call to a lawyer listed on Fifer's arrest information in Tampa was not returned Friday.

Fifer was suspended for 29 days in 2003 after he was charged with drunken driving. He pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. His blood-alcohol level at the time of his arrest was 0.24 percent, three times the legal limit.

Fifer was off-duty at the time that he crashed his personal car into a minivan on April 2, 2003. He was sentenced to four days in jail and served three of them on home incarceration.

At the time of that suspension, Police Chief Robert White wrote in Fifer's suspension letter that he could have been fired for the drunken driving, but he mitigated the discipline because of "personal circumstances that clearly had you under a substantial amount of stress." White also acknowledged that Fifer was seeking help for alcohol use.

After an appeal to the Police Merit Board, Fifer's suspension was reduced to 25 days.

In February 2006, Fifer, who has been an officer since 1991, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. White said then that Fifer deserved to be promoted because he had served his punishment and proved to be a good supervisor.

Retired Officer Peter Meggett Accused of Stabbing Nephew

A retired police officer is accused of stabbing his nephew Thursday night during a domestic incident in downtown Charleston.

Harold N. Brown, 47, of Hanahan, told police that he was at his uncle's girlfriend's home on Ashley Avenue about 11 p.m., and there was an argument, a police report said.

It said Brown asked his uncle to leave, but the uncle went into the kitchen and returned with a knife.

Brown was stabbed in the right shoulder near the base of the neck, the report said. Both men required medical treatment, but their injuries were not life-threatening, police said.

Brown was out of the hospital Friday and said he was OK.

Peter James Meggett, 63, of Ladson, is charged with assault and battery with intent to kill.

On the report, his business address was listed as "retired police."

Brown said Meggett had been in the Marine Corps, during which time he served as a police officer at Charleston Naval Weapons Station in Goose Creek.

Meggett remained at the Charleston County Detention Center on Friday night. His bond is $20,000.

Officer Gary Schemper Arrested for Drunk Driving

A former Maui police officer, who was on administrative leave from the department when he was arrested last year for driving drunk, had his license suspended for 90 days and was ordered Thursday to pay $637 in fines and fees.

Gary R. Schemper, 26, was pulled over around 2:10 a.m. on Dec. 11, 2008, after a police officer saw him driving "at a high rate of speed" on Piilani Highway in Kihei, according to court records.

The officer said the vehicle sped up at the intersection of Lipoa Street and Piilani Highway in order to beat a red light.

Schemper was observed driving at no less than 78 miles per hour, with the officer having to drive up to 90 miles per hour to catch up with the car.

When stopped, police observed Schemper with red, watery eyes, slurred speech and having an "overwhelming odor of liquor" on his breath.

Schemper told the police officer that he had a few beers at the Tiki Lounge in Kihei and he was on his way home.

Schemper's blood-alcohol level was at 0.145 percent. The legal limit is 0.08.

When Schemper was arrested, the arresting officer learned from dispatchers that he was on administrative leave from the Maui Police Department pending an internal investigation, according to court records.

Maui Police administrative officials confirmed Thursday that Schemper is no longer with the department, but would not discuss other details of his employment.

Schemper pleaded guilty to the driving under the influence charge in April, said Deputy Prosecutor Marie Kosegarten outside of court. She said Schemper also admitted to speeding.

Wailuku District Court Judge Kelsey Kawano waived the requirement for Schemper to appear in court. Schemper no longer resides in Hawaii, attorneys said.

In court Thursday, Kawano said Schemper will have his license suspended "absolutely" for 30 days, but for the following 60 days he will be able to drive, if needed, to and from work and substance-abuse treatment.

Kawano also ordered Schemper to undergo a substance-abuse evaluation and a driver's-education course, both of which he already has completed.

Schemper previously was ordered to pay $202 in fines and fees for speeding, according to court records.

Kosegarten said these were Schemper's first offenses for drunken driving and speeding.

Officer Arnold Ford Arrested for Domestic Violence

A Baltimore City Police officer was arrested Saturday afternoon after police say he got into a physical argument with his wife, sending her to the hospital.

The officer, identified as 44-year-old Arnold Ford, was arrested at around 2 p.m. in the area of the 3800-block of Grantley Street in Northwest Baltimore.

The victim, who is not being named by police, is also a Baltimore City Police officer. She was taken to an area hospital for treatment of injuries to her hand.

Investigators are still trying to piece together what happened, says Anthony Guglielmi, a spokesperson for the police department. Right now it is unclear who started the argument and what it was about.

Ford has been with the department since March of 2007. He has been suspended pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

Officer Trent Stanley Arrested for DUI

An off-duty Topeka Police Officer was arrested Thursday for suspicion of DUI after crashing into two parked vehicles.

23-year-old Trent Stanley was booked early Thursday morning at the Shawnee County Jail.

According to the Topeka Capital Journal, he reportedly hit the two cars and a tree, then asked witnesses not to call the police.

Police Chief Ron Miller tells the paper he expects a report to be ready at the beginning of the week. He said an administrative investigation would begin after the criminal system renders its decision.