Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sheriff David Kinney Charged with Abuse of Power

The suspended Hockley County sheriff said he won't resign and plans on fighting civil charges of incompetence and abuse of power.

David Kinney says he was not aware of nor responsible for the behavior of two of his deputies arrested on drug trafficking charges.

Two Hockley County deputies were arrested last month on federal drug charges related to a major methamphetamine ring. About a third of the deputies are either under federal indictment or investigation or been fired, according to a petition for Sheriff David Kinney's removal.

Speaking to supporters Monday on the Hockley County Courthouse lawn, Kinney said for him to "take responsibility for others is crazy."

District Judge Blair Cherry signed an order Thursday temporarily ousting Kinney as sheriff.


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Lubbock Avalanche-Journal,

Cpl David Aguilar Charged with Leaving the Scene of Accident

A Dallas police officer was arrested early Wednesday in Plano on suspicion of leaving the scene of a wreck in which a person in another vehicle was hurt, police said.

Senior Cpl. David Aguilar, 35, faces charges of driving while intoxicated and failing to stop and render aid, according to a Plano police report.

The wreck happened at 12:53 a.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Custer Road and Plano Parkway, the report stated.

The other driver received minor injuries in the wreck, said Lt. Andy Harvey, Dallas police spokesman.

About an hour later, Plano police stopped Aguilar, who was driving a 2008 Toyota Tacoma pickup near the intersection of Parkhaven Drive and Independence Parkway. That location is about five miles northwest of the wreck.

Aguilar is a 12-year DPD veteran who is assigned to the Northeast Patrol Division, Harvey said. He added that Aguilar has been placed on administration leave, pending the outcome of the case.

The officer was still in the Plano jail at 1:30 p.m., but bail had not yet been set, said Heather Bowden, Plano police spokeswoman.

Officer Donald Silcott Free on Bond


A Jacksonville police officer arrested on sexual battery charges is now out on bond.

Donald Silcott, an evidence technician, was arrested on Aug. 8 and went before a judge after his arrest.

He was initially held on $600,000 bond, but it was reduced to $150,000.

He's since posted bail.

Police said Silcott sexually battered a girl over the age of 12.

Previous Stories: August 11, 2009: Officer Arrested Had Complaints In Past
August 10, 2009: JSO Officer Accused Of Sex With Minor
August 9, 2009: JSO Officer Arrested On Sex Charges