Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Officer Anthony Molinario Arrested for Burglary

A Jean Lafitte police officer has been arrested after allegedly burglarizing a car, said Sheriff Newell Normand.

Normand said 27-year-old Anthony Molinario, of 1120 St. Marie in Luling, faces a charge of simple burglary of a vehicle.

Witnesses, who had parked their vehicle behind the Town Hall and then went for a walk, returned to their vehicle to find a suspect wearing a police uniform inside their vehicle. Normand said the witnesses saw the suspect leave in a reddish colored Jeep SUV. After recording the license plate, Normand said they notified the Sheriff’s Department.

Normand said after an investigation, deputies identified Molinario as the suspect. Molinario denied the accusation, but “showed signs of deception” during a polygraph examination, Normand said.

Molinario is now in the Jefferson Parish correctional center.

Sgt Eric Janik Arrested for Pointing his Weapon in Haunted House

Authorities in Maryland said an off-duty police officer was arrested for pulling his handgun and pointing it at the chest of an actor in a haunted house.

Baltimore County police said Baltimore Police Department Sgt. Eric Michael Janik, 36, pointed his gun at Michael Brian Morrison, 32, who was dressed as "Leatherface" from "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," while walking through "The House of Screams" in Essex with a female city police officer and his 9-year-old daughter just after 10 p.m. Sunday, the Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday.

County police said Janik, who smelled of alcohol and was slurring his speech after the incident, initially denied pulling out his handgun during the haunted house tour but later told officers he drew the weapon and pointed it at the ground. However, multiple witnesses said he pointed the gun at Morrison.

Janik, who was suspended from the police department, was charged with first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. He was released on $25,000 bail.

Deputy Jessie Alvarez Arrested for Drunk Driving

A Kern County sheriff's deputy is facing drunken driving charges after he was arrested when he stopped while off-duty to assist at a traffic accident.

A California Highway Patrol spokeswoman says after Jessie Alvarez stopped at the accident early Friday on Interstate 5 in Buttonwillow, the CHP officer on the scene suspected the deputy was under the influence of alcohol.

CHP Officer Maria Pagano says the 30-year-old Alvarez was cited and and released on suspicion of misdemeanor drunken driving after being given a breath sample.

Sheriff Donny Youngblood confirmed that Alvarez is the subject of an administrative investigation, but he said he could release no further information.


Information from: The Bakersfield Californian, http://www.bakersfield.com

Officer Reginald Fisher Charged with Shooting Man in Face

An Atlanta police officer accused of shooting a man in the face while he was off-duty has been indicted by a Fulton County grand jury.

Reginald Fisher was charged Tuesday on two counts of aggravated assault, aggravated battery and violation of oath for allegedly shooting Tramaine Miller at a southeast Atlanta apartment building.

Authorities said Fisher was working an unauthorized off-duty security job when he encountered the victim on the night of May 5.

Miller, who was unarmed, was shot in the lower left jaw.

The 27-year-old was not involved in any illegal activity, as Fisher suspected, but was at the apartment to help his quadriplegic aunt take her medicine.