Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Officer Isaac Rinehart Arrested for Domestic Violence

A St. Paul police officer is on desk duty after accusations he beat his wife. Officer Isaac Rinehart was arrested Monday night after turning himself in at the Maplewood Police Department.

Around 10 p.m., his wife walked into the Maplewood Police Department. Maplewood Chief Dave Thomalla saw her and noticed something was wrong.

"She had facial injuries. She had some bleeding from the nose and some swelling in her face," he said. "Obviously, she'd been assaulted."

She told him she'd been hurt by her husband at the home where he was staying. She said they'd been in a fight and she'd walked a mile to the police station. Maplewood officers took her to the hospital.

While she was being checked out, Thomalla called St. Paul Police Chief John Harrington to tell him what happened. Harrington called Rinehart's commander, who then called Rinehart. Within the hour, Rinehart had turned himself in.

Thomalla said while all domestic cases are different, his officers did not handle this one differently because Rinehart is a police officer. He said officers have to be careful when dealing with other officers because they are often armed.

"Unfortunately, domestic assaults and domestic violence happen frequently in our society. The suspects involved are in every occupation you can imagine. In this particular case it was a police officer," Thomalla said. "We're going to deal with this case the same way we would with every other one."

Thomalla said Rinehart didn't give police a statement and requested his lawyer. In his 15 years with St. Paul Police, Rinehart's personnel file shows he's been commended 16 times. He's also been reprimanded four times. One was a 4-day suspension in 1996 for conduct unbecoming of a police officer. Privacy rules prevent police from releasing any more details on that suspension.

Rinehart is also under investigation after his police canine bit a child earlier this year.

"This is a difficult situation. Certainly if these allegations prove true, this is very serious," said St. Paul Police Sgt. Paul Schnell.

Right now, Rinehart has been taken out of his canine unit and placed on administrative duty. Once the criminal case is closed, St. Paul Police will begin their own investigation.

"As a department, we want to take this stuff seriously. At the same time, if it's one of our officers or any member of the public, there is a due process route that is provided to all people that are accused," Schnell said.


Deputy Robert Lane Arrested for Domestic Violence

A Pima County Sheriff's deputy has been arrested and charged with domestic violence.

Officers were called to Robert Lane's home Monday night after receiving a call from his live-in girlfriend.

Lane reportedly had visible scratches on his face and arms.

He claims he fought his girlfriend off.

She claims he was choking her and she was defending herself.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department has launched an internal investigation.

For that reason, Lane has been reassigned.

Officer Jason Jones Charged with Aggravated Domestic Battery

Bond has been set at $750,000 for a Chicago police officer accused of breaking into his estranged wife’s home and hitting her with a gun.

The Cook County state’s attorney’s office says 38-year-old Jason Jones is charged with aggravated domestic battery and home invasion.

He’s accused of kicking in the door of his estranged wife’s home on June 19 after she wouldn’t let him in.

Court records say Jones found another man at the home and hit his wife in the head with a gun.

Jones and his wife, who’s also a Chicago police officer, have been married for 18 months.

It was not immediately clear whether Jones has an attorney.

Chicago police news affairs said Tuesday that no information was immediately available about Jones’ status with the department.

Sgt. Mark Lykken, Deptuy Justin Krohmer & Mother Arrested at Kenny Chesney Concert

A sheriff's deputy and his mother face charges of disorderly conduct after the deputy vomited on people at a Kenny Chesney concert in Fargo and refused to leave, authorities say. Police Sgt. Mark Lykken said Stark County Deputy Justin Krohmer, 26, and his mother, Susan, 47, whose husband is the Ada, Minn., police chief, were arrested after the Saturday night incident.

Lykken said Justin Krohmer was asked to leave the Fargodome about 11 p.m. Saturday after vomiting on people in front of him, but he refused to do so.

Susan Krohmer is accused of pulling and pushing officers, screaming profanities and of trying to prevent an officer from escorting her son out of the concert.

Justin Krohmer appeared in Fargo municipal court Monday and his mother appeared Tuesday. Both face another hearing July 2.

Justin Krohmer joined the Stark County Sheriff's Department on Dec. 15 at an annual salary of $39,621, said Kay Haag, the county's deputy auditor. Earlier, he was a McLean County deputy.

No phone listing was available for Krohmer and he could not be reached for comment. The number for Susan Kromer was unlisted, and a message at her husband's office was not returned.

Stark County Sheriff Clarence Tuhy said that as of Tuesday, Justin Krohmer was still a deputy and he had no reports on the Fargo incident.

"I'm waiting for reports so I can review them, " the sheriff said.