Thursday, February 06, 2014

Former Officer Steven Holliday Arrested for Breaking into Ace Hardware

Mt. Juliet police said a former Mt. Juliet and Lebanon police officer was arrested for breaking into the Mt. Juliet Ace Hardware predawn Thursday.

MJPD spokesperson Sgt. Tyler Chandler confirmed late Thursday evening Steven Holliday was arrested around 3:15 a.m. Thursday when police officers responded to a burglar alarm and found Holliday “leaving the scene in the Courtney’s Family Restaurant parking lot.”

Chandler said this was the third time Ace Hardware has been broken into and “investigators are looking at a possible connection.”

Chandler said Holliday worked as a police officer in Mt. Juliet in the early 1990s and then again in the early 2000s.  He said the last part of Holliday’s employment with the city of Mt. Juliet was in some capacity at City Hall. Chandler said Holliday has also been a Lebanon Police Department employee at one time and his latest law enforcement job was with Metro police.

The investigation is ongoing.

Officer Kevin Kelly Accused of Flashing Gun at Server from IHOP

The Oakland Police Department has launched an internal investigation into the arrest of an off-duty police officer who is accused of flashing a gun at a server at a San Francisco restaurant over the weekend, officials said Thursday.

Officer Kevin Kelly was cited by San Francisco police and released for allegedly showing a gun to a server in an attempt to impress her about 2:40 a.m. Sunday at the 24-hour IHOP Restaurant at 2299 Lombard St. in the city's Marina District.

"Apparently, a young lady he was talking to, it appeared that he was trying to impress her by letting her know he was a police officer," said San Francisco police Sgt. Eric O'Neal
 a department spokesman. "He brandished a gun. He briefly pointed it in her direction and he pointed the weapon in an upward position, pointing it at the ceiling of the restaurant. That caused the young lady some concern, enough to call SFPD officers."

Kelly told officers that he had been drinking Saturday night. "It was unknown what level of consumption the off-duty officer had," O'Neal said.

San Francisco police seized Kelly's gun, which was not issued by the Oakland police, as evidence, O'Neal said.

In a statement released to The Chronicle on Thursday, Oakland police said the department "takes all allegations of misconduct involving our employees seriously. Ensuring internal investigations are swift, fair and objective is our priority. We are conducting a thorough investigation into this incident, focused on discovering all pertinent facts and circumstances."

Kelly is on paid administrative leave, said Officer Johnna Watson, an Oakland police spokeswoman, pending investigations by San Francisco police and Oakland police internal affairs investigators.

Kelly is one of 38 officers who graduated in March 2013 from the department's first academy in four years. Kelly's father, Jim Kelly, is a San Francisco police inspector who pinned his son's badge at a ceremony at the Scottish Rite Temple near Oakland's Lake Merritt.