Sunday, January 10, 2010

Former Deputy Daniel Rowan Illegally Purchased Police Car

A former Plymouth County Sheriff's Department Deputy has become the second Sheriff's employee in Massachusetts to find himself in hot water this week.

The State Ethics Commission revealed allegations yesterday that deputy sheriff and vehicle mechanic Daniel Rowan had used his position to get a free car and influence equipment purchases in the department.

Rowan allegedly agreed to buy a used police car from a department vendor, Municipal Headquarters Inc., for $800, but then took the Crown Victoria and never paid for it.

He is also accused of influencing the department into buying equipment from M.H. Inc.

These allegations come just a day after the Ethics Commission fined a Norfolk County jail guard 6 thousand dollars for buying a house from an inmate.

The Commission will schedule a hearing on Rowan within 90 days.

Officer Herman Peterson Arrested for Stealing Dog

He was supposed to be protecting and serving, however Evangeline Parish authorities arrested one Opelousas Police officer for stealing.

Ville Platte resident Britney Richard says Officer Herman Peterson came into her home and took her dog.

Through word of mouth, Richard says she found out another resident had the dog. That person told Richard he got the dog from Officer Peterson.

Peterson was booked on theft charges and posted bond. He has been placed on administrative leave with pay.

The police department is conducting an internal investigation on the matter.