Monday, September 07, 2009

Officer Founia Mauga Arrested for Assaulting his Wife

El Paso police said an off-duty officer has been arrested following a domestic dispute.

Police said they were dispatched to a family disturbance on the 12200 block of Via Granada just before 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

According to police, when they arrived on the scene the door of the house was open. They went inside and allegedly found Founia Mauga, 49, holding two large knives in his hands and he threatened the officers.

One of the officers tased Mauga. Police said they were able to take the knives from him and put him in custody.

Police said Mauga allegedly assaulted his wife, Lorena Gonzalez Ayala, 45, and his stepdaughter, Laura Calderon, 17.

Mauga was booked into the El Paso County Detention Facility on four counts of aggravated assault on a public servant and two counts of assault family violence, police said.

Mauga has been temporarily relieved of his duties pending an investigation with the police department’s internal affairs.

Officer Matthew Howell Charged with DUI

A Clinton police officer was arrested early Sunday for driving under the influence, a state Department of Safety spokesman said this morning.

Matthew Howell, 35, of Clinton, was charged with DUI implied consent because he refused to have a blood alcohol test done, safety spokesman Mike Browning said. He failed a field sobriety test, he said.

Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper William Garrett of Knoxville was traveling east on Kingston Pike near Lovell Road about 2 a.m. when he noticed a vehicle pull out of a parking lot and onto the road "in a really fast manner," Browning said.

"That’s when (Garrett) noticed there might be something wrong and eventually got him to stop," Browning said, after he turned on his lights and sirens.

Howell pulled into a parking lot where Garrett spoke with him and then arrested him, Browning said.

Howell "admitted to being a police officer," he said.

An officer who picked up at the Clinton Police Department this morning confirmed Howell is an officer with the department.

Trooper Edward Stenovitch Arrested for Punching Sgt

A Rhode Island state trooper has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a Providence police sergeant at a fundraiser honoring a deceased policeman.

Edward Stenovitch was arrested Monday after allegedly punching Sgt. Bernard Gannon in the head early Saturday morning at a bar at the Providence police union hall. He was released on his own recognizance.

Providence Police Deputy Chief Paul Kennedy said the attack was “unprovoked.“

Gannon was treated for a broken nose.

State Police Maj. Elwood M. Johnson Jr. said Stenovitch has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of an internal investigation.

Hundreds of officers were gathered at the union hall to raise money for the wife of Providence police officer Peter Rocchio, who died in June in an off-duty car crash.

Deputy Lisa Gargano Arrested for DUI

An off-duty Sacramento County Sheriff's deputy has been booked for investigation of driving under the influence after police say she plowed into a Starbucks coffee shop and injured an elderly woman and an employee.

Sacramento police Sgt. Norm Leong says 37-year-old deputy Lisa Gargano drove through a parking lot Sunday, hitting curbs and another car before crashing into the building.

Leong says a woman in her 80s was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries and an employee had moderate injuries.

Police allege Gargano was under the influence of prescription drugs, but would not offer further details.

Sheriff John McGinness says Gargano has been placed on administrative leave but did not offer further comment, calling it a "personal matter."

Officer James Stoudenmire Arrested for DUI

Gwinnett County Police Department officials confirm a Gwinnett County police officer was charged with DUI while returning from Wild Bill's dance club.

James Stoudenmire, 27, was arrested after a traffic accident on Pleasant Hill Road early Saturday morning.

Police said a preliminary investigation indicated that a car was stopped at a traffic light when a 2006 grey Ford Mustang struck it from behind. Gwinnett County police officers responded to the scene and identified the driver of the Mustang as an off-duty Gwinnett County police officer.

Officers said they noticed a strong odor of alcohol from the driver of the Mustang -- identified as Stoudenmire.

Police said Stoudenmire told them he was on his way home after being at Wild Bill's dance club.

Gwinnett officers had Stoudenmire do a field sobriety test and police said he was "swaying back and forth" and asked to stop.

He was arrested and charged with DUI and following too closely.

Stoudenmire was transported to the Gwinnett County Jail and was held in a holding cell. According to the police report, when Stoudenmire was brought out so he could be processed out he stumbled and fell against the wall across from the holding cell.

David Schiralli with the Gwinnett County Police Department said Stoudenmire was relieved of his sworn duties and placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

He has bonded out on $1,557.00 bail. Stoudenmire is a 4-year veteran of the police department.