Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Trooper Elton Jones Arrested for Breaking into Home

An Indiana state trooper is facing criminal charges after he allegedly broke into a Lansing home and attacked a homeowner, police said.

State Trooper Elton D. Jones, 28, of Valparaiso, faces armed robbery, home invasion and weapons charges in connection with the Sunday night burglary.

Police think Jones and two other men, ages 19 and 30, broke into a Lansing cou-ple's home while they were sleeping, according to WILX-TV in Lansing. The homeowner was assaulted when he came downstairs af-ter hearing noises, police said. The men held the cou-ple at gunpoint while the home was ransacked, WILX-TV reported.

The homeowner was able to escape, and the attackers fled soon after, taking only a briefcase with them, the television station reported.

The suspects were arrested a few hours later by police, the station reported.

Jones was working as a trooper based in South Bend. He was appointed to the state police in August 2008. He graduated from the state police academy in December 2008.

The Indiana State Police fired Jones Tuesday after-noon as a result of the charges. If convicted on all three, he could face life in prison.

Forem Reserve Officer John Marshall Arreted for Drugging, Raping, & Shaving Victim

A former Redondo Beach reserve police officer has been arrested for allegedly drugging an acquaintance, raping him and shaving off the victim's body hair, authorities said.

John Haig Marshall, 53, was arrested Oct. 8 near his home on North Catalina Avenue in Redondo Beach, said Sgt. Phil Keenan.

Marshall was booked on charges of rape using an intoxicating substance and released on $100,000 bail. The charges were first reported Monday by the Daily Breeze.

The arrest came after the 29-year-old victim came forward last month to report that Marshall had slipped him some sort of date rape drug and raped and shaved him in late September.

Police searched Marshall's home and recovered evidence that confirmed the victim's account of the sexual assault. They believe he may have assaulted others in the past.

Marshall, who resigned in 1981 after serving nine months as a reserve officer, was the subject of at least two complaints over the last 10 years, alleging he had drugged and sexually abused other men and boys in his home over a 30-year period. But this is the first time he has been charged.

Police ask anyone with more information to call Detective Denise Brenner at (310) 379-2477, Ext. 2320.

Two Randolph Officer Admit in Court They Freed Drunk Person Related to Fellow Officer

Two Randolph police officers admitted in court yesterday that they freed a drunken driving suspect and deleted a computerized record of the arrest after learning the person was related to a fellow cop.

Patrolmen Stephen Kepler, 49, and Shawn Boyhan, 31, avoided prosecution in the case by enrolling in pretrial intervention, a diversionary court program that will result in the dismissal of charges against them if they stay out of trouble for a year. Both men also forfeited their jobs.

Kepler, a 26-year veteran who made $102,571 a year, and Boyhan, a five-year veteran with an annual salary of $89,583, faced up to 18 months in prison if convicted of removal or concealment of official records, a fourth-degree crime.

"Police officers are not at liberty to "unarrest' individuals simply based upon who that defendant knows or is related to," Morris County Prosecutor Robert Bianchi said in a statement. "They have an obligation to continue with the arrest and treat the offender as they would any other citizen. They also know that altering and manipulating official records to cover up any fact is wrong and constitutes a violation of law, as well as ethical police practices."

Authorities said the officer whose relative was arrested had no role in the cover-up. Neither the officer nor the relative was identified.

The incident unfolded the night of Aug. 21 and the morning of Aug. 22, after Boyhan stopped the driver of a 1995 Chevrolet on South Salem Street on suspicion of driving under the influence. The driver failed field sobriety tests, leading Boyhan to arrest the person.

Capt. Jeffrey Paul, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office, said the suspect then told Boyhan about the family relationship to another Randolph police officer.

Boyhan, authorities said, soon contacted Kepler, who was a senior officer and shift supervisor, and asked if he could "undo the arrest," according to court proceedings and the prosecutor's office.

Kepler agreed, and he and Boyhan then put "considerable pressure" on a female police dispatcher to delete any reference to a DUI in a computerized record of the arrest. The record was altered to show the car had been stopped and impounded because of a suspended registration, though no ticket for that infraction was issued.

The suspect, meanwhile, was released without charges.

Sgt. Scott Krause Charged with Punching Handcuffed Suspect

As a squad car camera recorded, a Milwaukee County sheriff's sergeant punched a handcuffed suspect in the face after the man said he needed to urinate, according to criminal charges against the deputy.

Scott Krause, 38, faces a felony count of misconduct in public office and a count of misdemeanor battery as a result of the incident Friday. The misconduct charge is punishable by up to 3 1/2 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The battery charge carries a maximum sentence of nine months in jail.

Krause, a 15-year veteran of the sheriff's office, is suspended with pay. Three other deputies have been placed on administrative duty pending an internal investigation, Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. said.

According to a criminal complaint issued Tuesday:

Sheriff's deputies had arrested Ray Calderon, 34, early Friday and had taken him to the County Jail, where Krause arrived to assist in the processing.

As Calderon sat in the back of the car, waiting in a secured parking area of the jail, he told investigators, he had a strong urge to urinate. Because his hands were cuffed behind him, he used his foot to tap on the window. Krause opened the door and told Calderon to stop. Krause said he'd get his turn and closed the door. When Calderon again tapped on the window to get attention, Krause opened the door, leaned in and slapped Calderon and said, "I told you to stop (expletive) kicking the window, you hear me?"

The sergeant then grabbed Calderon and struck him several times in the face with a closed fist, which could all be seen and heard on video recorded by the patrol car's camera, the complaint says.

Clarke announced Friday that one of his sergeants had been arrested and referred to prosecutors after an immediate investigation of an inmate's complaint corroborated the accusations.

At a news conference Tuesday, Clarke said Calderon was initially stopped by the Wisconsin State Patrol near U.S. Highway 41 and Washington Blvd. He was wanted on two warrants from Winnebago County for operating after revocation and contempt of court. According to a sheriff's news release Friday, the initial stop was for suspected drunken driving. The sheriff's deputies were called as backup and wound up taking Calderon to the jail.

According to state records, Calderon, of South Milwaukee, hasn't had a valid Wisconsin driver's license since 2007, when it was revoked after a conviction for operating while intoxicated. He has at least one other drunken driving conviction and other traffic violations such as speeding and failing to use a seat belt. He has convictions for disorderly conduct and bail jumping.

Cpl Sean Alexander Accused of Sexual Battery

A Peach County judge today issued an arrest warrant for a Houston County sheriff’s corporal accused of sexual battery.

Cpl. Sean Alexander, a traffic investigator, is expected to turn himself in Wednesday on charges of sexual battery. He is accused of assaulting a health club employee on Sept. 5.

Alexander said he is not guilty.

Peach County Magistrate Court Judge Larry Lee, who issued the warrant, said the action does not mean Alexander is guilty, but there is enough probable cause to issue the warrant.

Alexander, 35, has been with the sheriff’s office for 14 years.