Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Officer Aisha McCrary Charged with Insurance Fraud

A D.C. police officer is facing insurance fraud and attempted theft charges related to alleged damage to police equipment.

Aisha McCrary has been indicted in Prince George's County, the office of State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks announced Monday.

According to Alsobrooks' office, McCrary is accused of filing an insurance claim that her work radio, a personal laptop and other items were damaged from a water leak in her home in July 2013.

McCrary sent a letter to the Metropolitan Police Department from a tech supervisor who an insurance adjustor later determined does not exist. She provided the same letter a second time and then tried to withdraw her claim.

An investigation found that McCrary's radio was not damaged and she had not reported any damage to the equipment.

An arraignment is scheduled for March 21.

Off-Duty Officer Tiquan Carruthers Accused of Punching Man

A New York City police officer is accused of punching a man during a pickup football game in the Bronx.

Police say the off-duty officer allegedly punched the man in the face after getting into an argument with him during a game in Van Cortlandt Park Sunday afternoon.

The victim was treated at a hospital and released.

Police say the 29-year-old officer, Tiquan Carruthers, faces assault charges. He's been placed on modified duty.

Two Officers Arrested for Drunk Driving Due in Court

Two off-duty Sheboygan Police officers who were arrested in December for drunk driving are due back in court on Friday, March 14.

Officers Ryan Walloch, 25, and Stephen Schnabel, 35, were arrested Dec. 5 after a late-night accident at the corner of Superior Avenue and North Taylor Drive.

Both were off-duty, according to information released by the Sheboygan Police Department the next day, and in their personal vehicles when one driver rear-ended the other at the blinking red light on Superior Avenue.

An arrest report showed that Walloch’s preliminary blood alcohol content was 0.10 and Schnabel’s was 0.23. A blood-alcohol content of 0.08 is considered evidence of drunken driving.

Both officers were cited for first-offense OWI and operating a motor vehicle with a prohibited alcohol concentration. They were placed on administrative duties briefly but have been back on duty since a couple of days after the arrest, Sheboygan Police Capt. Steve Cobb said.

They pleaded not guilty at an initial appearance in Sheboygan-Kohler Muncipal Court and will have a pretrial hearing on Friday.

Cobb said an internal investigation is ongoing and he declined to comment on what kinds of departmental discipline would be considered for both officers.

Walloch has been with the City of Sheboygan since June 2011. Schnabel has been a police officer with the City of Sheboygan since August 2005.

Details about which man was driving which vehicle and where the officers had been earlier that night have not been released.