Friday, September 18, 2009

Former Deputy Brian Edward Henry Accused of Soliciting Tenn

A former Montague (mahn-TAYG') County deputy is accused of soliciting sexual favors from a 16-year-old girl during a traffic stop.

Brian Edward Henry has been free since posting $102,000 in bonds after his arrest last month following his indictment, which initially was sealed. It's unclear if he has an attorney.

The 27-year-old Roanoke man faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of indecency with a child charge and a year in jail if convicted of official oppression.

Montague County District Attorney Jack McGaughey (mah-GOY') says Henry's arrest is unrelated to a jail scandal that rocked the county on the Red River. Earlier this year 17 people, including the former sheriff and some jailers, were indicted on charges of having sex with inmates or bringing them drugs.

Information from: Wichita Falls Times Record News,

Former Chief Jose Cruz Arrested for Kidnapping

The former police chief in the Gulf coast port of Veracruz was among 11 people arrested for the kidnapping of Mexican customs official Francisco Serrano Aramoni, who remains missing and is feared dead.

Jose Osiris Cruz was detained Wednesday by military police, the Mexican Attorney General’s Office said.

A Veracruz state judge issued warrants for the arrest of Cruz and 10 other suspects on charges of racketeering, drug trafficking and illegal weapons possession, AG office spokesman Ricardo Celso Najera said.

Serrano, the head of the customs office in Veracruz, was driving home from work the night of June 1 when another vehicle rammed his vehicle and forced him to stop. Armed assailants then grabbed the official and drove away.

Since taking office in December 2006, President Felipe Calderon has deployed more than 50,000 soldiers and 20,000 federal police officers across Mexico in a bid to crush the country’s powerful drug cartels.

The operation has failed to put a dent in the violence due, according to experts, to the cartels’ ability to buy off police and even high-ranking prosecutors.

Trial Date Set for Detective Rickie Durham

A former Philadelphia police officer accused of tipping off a drug kingpin about a raid will head to trial next week.

Jury selection ended Thursday in the obstruction trial of former detective Rickie Durham. Durham is accused of calling childhood friend and former NBA player Jerome "Pooh" Richardson about an upcoming raid on a suspected drug dealer. Richardson's half-sister lived with the suspect.

Authorities say Richardson the called his half-sister and spoke to her boyfriend, Alton "Ace Capone" Coles. A few hours later more than 200 officers arrested the couple and others linked to Coles.

Coles was convicted last year of running a $25 million cocaine ring and is serving a life term.

Durham, 43, is charged with obstruction of justice and other charges.

Jerome Richardson is not charged.

Information from: Philadelphia Daily News,

Former Officer Joseph Bonachita Arrested for Burglary

A former Kauai police officer has been arrested on burglary, terroristic threats and weapons charges.

Forty-one-year-old Joseph Bonachita is out on $25,000 bail after being arrested earlier this week. Authorities have provided few details about the case.

Bonachita declined to comment.

The former officer also was the subject of a temporary restraining order filed by a woman shortly before she was found dead outside her Puhi home Aug. 17.

Police initially said they believed foul play was involved in 27-year-old Lauren Kagawa’s death but later determined it was a lethal mixture of prescription drugs and alcohol. They say they’re still investigating.

Bonachita, who Kagawa alleged had sexually assaulted her, has not been named as a suspect in the case, but police say they haven’t ruled him out.