Sunday, December 20, 2009

Officer Sean Heyenga Accused of Trying to Strangle Wife

An Omaha police officer has been accused of trying to strangle his wife.

Sean Heyenga appeared in Douglas County Court on Friday on charges of domestic assault and making terroristic threats. He was ordered held on $20,000 bail.

He requested a public defender, but one hadn't been assigned to represent him as of Friday afternoon.

Prosecutors say Heyenga came home after drinking Thursday night and got into an argument with his wife. They say he then tried to strangle her, caused her to pass out and threatened to kill her.

Heyenga was sworn in as an officer in June 2008.

He has been placed on administrative leave pending a criminal and internal investigation.

A preliminary hearing is set for Jan. 12.

Sgt Eugene Hlavac Charged with Domestic Violence

Pittsburgh police Sgt. Eugene Hlavac is facing assault charges after the mother of his son claimed he hit her.

Sgt. Eugene Hlavac was charged with aggravated assault after the mother of his child, Lauren Noel Maughan, came forward, saying he hit her across the face this week.

According to the police criminal complaint, the two got into an argument. Maughan said Hlavac hit her and then tried to get her to say she was injured in a fall.

An emergency room doctor didn't believe the story, and eventually, the woman told police her injury was caused by Hlavac.

When the couple was together, police had been called to their home for reports of loud arguments.