Thursday, March 05, 2009

Reserve Officer Greg Conner Charged with Attempted Murder & Stalking

A reserve officer with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has been arrested on charges of attempted murder and aggravated stalking.

Greg Conner, 48, was taken into custody Thursday outside a fast food restaurant on State Road 71 South.

According to a press release from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, an investigation “revealed that Conner intended to kill his (estranged) wife and her boyfriend.”

Conner is also the firing range master and a firearms instructor for Chipola College, and had once been a full-time deputy with JCSO.

Jackson County Sheriff Lou Roberts said Conner and his wife had been separated for some time, and that JCSO investigators had received information in the last week or so that Conner was stalking her and her boyfriend.

According to Roberts, Conner had been seen at odd hours in the area of his wife’s home in the Grand Ridge/Shady Grove area and the boyfriend’s dwelling, which are some distance apart.

Roberts said officers had confronted Conner at one point, and he had denied stalking the couple.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement got involved Wednesday after receiving further information about Conner’s alleged plans.

Concern grew as authorities from FDLE and JCSO ramped up their investigation Wednesday evening, said Tommy Ford of FDLE. According to Ford, it appeared that Conner was progressing toward a plan of murder and that “overt acts” had been taken in the planning process. He and Roberts declined to give details of the surveillance and other investigative techniques employed which led authorities to that conclusion. They would reveal little further information except to say that it did not appear to be a ‘murder for hire’ plot but rather something that Conner planned to carry out himself. Unspecified evidence has been gathered in the case, Ford and Roberts said.

While they would not reveal any particulars, Ford and Roberts agreed that the alleged plan was an elaborate one that, if carried out, would have involved sudden death and would have had the clear earmarks of homicide.

The alleged plan was “unfolding rapidly” Wednesday when Conner’s wife, boyfriend, and the two Conner children were moved to a place of safety overnight, according to Ford.

Conner was arrested Thursday outside a fast food restaurant on State Road 71 South.
He offered no resistance and the arrest was without incident, Roberts and Ford said.
Authorities have spoken with Conner since he was taken into custody, but Roberts and Ford would not reveal the content of that conversation.

Roberts said the entire Jackson County Sheriff’s Office family is shocked and saddened by the events leading to Conner’s arrest.

“I’m saddened ...but glad to have stopped this before it was out of control...I’m disappointed with Conner’s actions. I am glad that Conner and his family were unharmed in the incident...there’s a good possibility that if this had not been interrupted, we would have been looking at potential homicide.”

For years, Conner was the person who most often greeted Roberts and his officers when they arrived at the local firing range to do the quarterly shooting necessary to keep them qualified for weapons.

Roberts said Conner left full-time employment as a deputy some years back in order to take the Chipola position.
Conner had not been involved as a reserve officer in any instances since Roberts took over as sheriff last year, but could have been called upon at any time to assist full-time deputies if needed.

He was immediately taken off the reserve roster following his arrest, Roberts said.
According to Roberts, it appears Conner was in a “depressed state of mind” in the recent past, and that was of concern as the investigation unfolded.

Authorities carefully selected the time and location of the arrest, he said.
They were able to observe that he was unarmed, for instance, as he exited the fast food restaurant and was walking alone a distance from his truck at the time he was taken into custody.

Capt Michael Nguyen Charged with Theft


A Fort Lewis captain is accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the U.S. government and spending it on himself.

Twenty-seven-year-old Army Capt. Michael Dung Nguyen faces charges of theft of government property and money laundering. If convicted on all counts he could face up to 30 years in prison

Nguyen, a West Point graduate, spent 14 months in combat in Iraq with the 4th Stryker Brigade. When he returned from Iraq last year, he opened several bank accounts in Oregon and other places and deposited about $10,000 in each account.

It was those deposits and lavish spending that attracted the attention of authorities.

During his time in Iraq, Nguyen was entrusted with hundreds of thousands of dollars in uncirculated U.S. currency. He paid out that money for humanitarian relief and reconstruction.

But federal investigators say he mailed much of that money to his home in Oregon - nearly $700,000 in cash.

"It's really a case of betrayal of country and greed," U.S. Attorney Karin Immergut said. "He betrayed not only the U.S. government and the people of the United States but also his fellow armed services men and women."

When Nguyen got back, authorities say he went on a spending spree. He paid $70,000 for a new BMW and another $43,000 for a new hummer. More money went toward computers, electronics and furniture.

Much of it was confiscated from his Lakewood apartment last week where neighbors say he kept to himself.

"It was the captain's behavior that triggered this investigation," said Kenneth Hines, special agent for the IRS in Seattle. "What he was doing raised red flags for the IRS in conjunction with the Army CID and FBI to work this case jointly and we established enough probable cause for the search warrants."

Judge Alan Sadler Arrested for DWI


A Montgomery County judge was arrested on suspicion of a DWI after a minor traffic accident.

Judge Alan B. Sadler was arrested after a minor accident involving another vehicle in the 2100 block of North Loop 336 West on Wednesday night.

Police said the judge was given a Breathalyzer test and he had .0257, which is below the legal limit of .08.

No charges were filed and the judge was released.

Sadler told a local newspaper, "No one is immune from being arrested for suspicion of DWI in Montgomery County. They did an excellent job at the jail. I have nothing but praise for how they handled it."

The arrest is under investigation.


Officer Justin Terrazas Arrested for Public Intox & Assault

An officer with the Big Spring Police Department was placed on suspension Wednesday after being arrested at a local night club late Tuesday night on charges of public intoxication and assault.

Justin Terrazas, who has been with the BSPD since December of 2006, was placed on paid leave after he was arrested at the Bar By The Spring at approximately 11:50 p.m. Tuesday night, according to BSPD Chief Lonnie Smith.

“Officers with the BSPD and the Howard County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the bar, located at 3101 S. Highway 87, in reference to a fight involving a police officer,” said Smith. “Upon arrival, law enforcement found that the officer was off-duty and intoxicated.

“Terrazas was arrested on charges of public intoxication and assault. He's been placed on paid suspension from duty pending the outcome of an internal investigation.”

Terrazas was taken into custody by deputies and booked into the Howard County Jail.

According to Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer for the BSPD, the person Terrazas allegedly assaulted did not suffer any major injuries in the altercation.

Everett also confirmed there is no set timeframe for the internal investigation to be completed within.

According to officials with the Howard County Jail, Terrazas bonded out at approximately 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Officer Frank Darnold III Arrested for Brandishing his Weapon

A Chesterfield County Police Officer is arrested and charged with brandishing a pistol after a traffic incident on March 3rd.

Police say the officer was off duty and not in uniform at the time of the incident.

Chesterfield Police arrested Frank Darnold III, age 25, after investigating the incident. Witnesses say Darnold displayed a firearm during a confrontation with a motorist in the 11000 block of West Providence Road.

He is now charged with brandishing a firearm which is a class one misdemeanor, and has been placed on administrative leave pending criminal and internal investigations.

Darnold is scheduled to appear in the Chesterfield County General District Court on April 21st.

Col. Thierry G. Dupuis, chief of police said, "We hold our officers to a high set of standards, as does the community we serve."

"These alleged actions, if found to be true, would bring dishonor to a department that is recognized for its professional reputation."


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