Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Officer Brian Kenneth Sawicki Arrested for Indecnet Exposure

A Santa Barbara Police Officer is facing several charges including indecent exposure.

On Monday afternoon, two young girls were walking down a trail at Refugio Beach when they saw a man lying down and masturbating. The girls alerted a State Park Ranger who then chased after the suspect and arrested him.

The state park ranger arrested 33-year-old Brian Kenneth Sawicki. Turns out, Sawicki is a sworn officer of the Santa Barbara Police Department. He faces charges of indecent exposure, annoying a child under 18 and resisting a peace officer.

His bail has been set at $2,500.


Officer Zsolt Dornay Arrested for DUI

Grays Harbor County, WA

Sometimes irony is not lost even on somebody who has the audacity to shoot an unarmed man in a dark alley and then try to sue the shooting victim. Seattle Police Officer Zsolt Dornay was arrested last month for DUI while driving his motorcycle in Ocean Shores, Washington. The arrest was made by the Washington State Patrol.

Dornay, somewhat infamous for shooting Seattle DUI Attorney James Walker in Seattle's Post Alley in 2006, faces DUI charges in Grays Harbor District Court.

Dornay has been placed on administrative reassignment while an internal investigation at the Seattle police department is conducted.

According to police reports, Dornay, and his younger brother, were stopped for going 49 miles per hour in a 25 mph zone. Both men admitted to drinking and agreed to perform field sobriety tests.

Zsolt Dornay's breath alcohol level registered 0.149 and 0.172 percent. While both results exceed Washington State's legal limit of 0.08 percent, the difference in the two results illustrates how fickle DUI breath testing can be. To Dornay's credit, he could have refused to take the test.

Officer Gregory Renggli Arrested for Domestic Violence

East Wenatchee police officer Gregory W. Renggli was arrested Tuesday at his East Wenatchee home on suspicion of fourth-degree assault, domestic violence. He was booked into the Chelan County Regional Justice Facility but later posted $10,000 bail and was released.

Police Chief Randy Harrison said Renggli, 46, is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the charge. East Wenatchee officers initially responded to a call of a domestic disturbance at the Renggli residence at 9:52 a.m. but later turned the case over to Wenatchee police to avoid a conflict of interest, Harrison said.

Wenatchee police said no weapon was involved and Renggli was not on duty at the time of the alleged assault. They referred further questions to Harrison, who said the initial phone call made to the RiverCom dispatch center indicated that a father had struck his 17-year-old son in the chest. No one was taken to the hospital in connection with the incident.

Officer Michael Williams Arrested for Stealing iPhone

An Athens-Clarke County police officer was fired after he was accused of stealing a University student's iPhone after investigating an incident in her apartment.

On Tuesday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation charged ACC officer Michael R. Williams with felony theft by taking and violation of oath of office. Williams, 45, was a recruit police officer in training when he answered the July 19 call for service at the student's apartment. Williams was fired from the police department Tuesday.

The student reported theft of the iPhone on July 24 and the ACCPD requested the GBI to conduct a criminal investigation of the matter.

Williams was released from the Clarke County Jail uesday after posting $10,000 bond.

Former Trooper Paul Galietti Pleads Guilty to Unauthorized Use of Database

A former state trooper whose cousin was a top salesman in James Galante's garbage empire was spared jail time Wednesday in U.S. District Court at his sentencing for illegally checking the license plate of a competing trash hauler on a law enforcement database.

Paul Galietti, 41, pleaded guilty in October before Judge Ellen Bree Burns to intentionally exceeding his authorized access to a government computer, a crime punishable by up to a year in prison.

But a plea agreement between federal prosecutors and his lawyer, Gary A. Mastronardi, called for a maximum jail sentence of six months, which Burns spared him altogether Wednesday by imposing a $1,000 fine during sentencing proceedings that lasted about 10 minutes.

When Galietti pleaded guilty, Assistant U.S. Attorney Raymond Miller said in court that federal agents overheard Galietti talking to his cousin, Richard Galietti, who at the time was sales manager for Galante-controlled Automated Waste Disposal, on a call in September 2004.

During the call, Miller said, Richard Galietti asked his cousin to run a check on a Connecticut license plate. Minutes later federal agents heard Paul Galietti giving Richard Galietti the name of the person the car was registered to.

The person was affiliated with a small trash hauling company in Danbury that was not participating in the so-called "property rights system" that artificially kept prices for trash collection in the area high, Miller said.

After he gave his cousin the information, agents overheard Paul Galietti warning of the risks of other people finding out about the check, Miller said.

"Never tell anybody I did that for you, because you'll get me fired," Miller quoted Galietti as saying. "It's a serious thing now, OK?"

According to Miller, when Richard Galietti then told his cousin that his brother, a sheriff in Florida, had gotten in trouble for the same reason, Paul Galietti said: "Yeah, no really, the federal government pinches you now. That's a real f---ing serious thing."

Later, Miller said, state police checked the law enforcement database Galietti accessed and found that a query of the plate had occurred during the wiretapped conversation, from the troop Galietti was assigned to.

Galietti resigned from the state police after being indicted as part of the Galante probe. As part of his plea agreement, he agreed never to seek any employment in law enforcement.

All 33 people arrested as a result of the federal investigation into trash hauling in the area have pleaded guilty.

Galante himself is serving an 87-month prison sentence on racketeering, wire fraud and tax evasion charges. He also forfeited ownership of 25 trash hauling companies, a Southbury residence, six race cars and nearly $450,000 in cash seized during the investigation.

Paul Galietti's day in court he pleaded guilty to exceeding his authorized access to a government computer in October 2008. n Plea agreement called for a jail sentence up to six months and a fine of up to $5,000. n U.S. District Judge Ellen Bree Burns sentenced Galietti on Wednesday to a $1,000 fine.

Airport Officer Arrested for Touching 14-year-old

A man employed as a Los Angeles airport police officer has been arrested for allegedly touching a 14-year-old girl inappropriately at a foster care home in Inglewood operated by his mother, authorities said today.

Police went to the home in the 9300 block of 11th Avenue near the Hollywood Park race track Tuesday afternoon to investigate a possible sexual assault, said Mike McBride of the Inglewood Police Department.

The teen alleged that Devin Staten had touched her in an “inappropriate way” late Monday night, McBride said.

The foster care home is owned and operated by Staten’s mother. Two 18-year-old foster girls and a 10-year-old foster boy also live at the home, McBride said. There were no further reports of misconduct at the home aside from Tuesday’s alleged incident, he said.

Investigators say they have notified officials with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.

Staten, 31, works for the Los Angeles Airport Police Department and lives at the house in a converted garage, McBride said. He was released from the Inglewood jail on $20,000 bail.

A spokesman for the airport police did not return phone calls seeking comment.

Officer Scott Gabbei Accused of Sexual Misconduct with Minor

A Pittsboro Police Officer is accused of arranging a meeting with a 14-year-old girl, taking her to a remote location in the Pittsboro City Park. The girl told a clergy member that the incident produced a hug and an open mouth kiss.

The Hendricks County Sheriff's Department arrested 33-year-old Scott Gabbei of Mooresville on a warrant charging him with sexual misconduct with a minor. He was released from the Hendricks County after posting bond of $25,000.

Investigators say Gabbei was in uniform and transported the girl in his police vehicle. He drove her home after the encounter.

Pittsboro Police Chief Christi Peterson is recommending that Gabbei be fired. He is suspended with pay pending a hearing August 24th before the Town Council.

Deputy Dana Harrah Arrested for Domestic Violence

A Sarpy County Sheriff’s deputy was arrested Sunday on suspicion of domestic abuse.

The deputy, Dana Harrah, has been with the sheriff’s office for nine years.

She was booked into Cass County Jail and released Monday morning after posting bail.

Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis said deputies from his office received a call about a possible domestic abuse situation Sunday. Upon arrival, deputies found out a sheriff’s office employee might be involved. Davis said Bellevue police, Papillion police and the Nebraska State Patrol were called to investigate.

Davis said in such situations, an employee is placed on paid administrative leave while the matter is investigated. An internal affairs investigation is underway, Davis said.