Law Archive Page 13


Former Hero Officer Accused of Raping Women, Held on $60M Bail

A former Philadelphia police officer, once hailed as a hero and given a seat next to the first lady at a speech by President Obama, is being held on $60 million bail charged with raping two women at gunpoint and other crimes.

Police say he assaulted his live-in girl on May 9.


Former Lakewood officer pleads guilty to identity theft, forgery

A former Lakewood police officer already convicted on federal charges for stealing donations from a fallen officers’ fund has admitted to identity theft and forgery in a Pierce County superior court.


Ex-Davie officer convicted of molesting family member gets 10 years in prison

Stephen Olenchak, an ex-Davie cop convicted of molesting a family member while his wife and son slept in the same bed, has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison.


Sacramento deputy arrested in assault

John G. Foster, 50, allegedly ran down a 17-year-old with his minivan after what family members describe as a long-running dispute. According to the newspaper, the minivan is an unmarked vehicle used by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.


Ex-Officer Pleads Guilty To Drug-Related Crimes

The Independent reports 32-year-old Melvin Charles Schoch Jr. pleaded guilty on Monday to charges of attempting to possess oxycodone with intent to distribute and possessing a firearm during the commission of a drug crime.

According to the plea agreement, Schoch, while he was an officer for the Ashland Police Department, entered a home looking to take prescription pills and money under the guise of serving a search warrant.


Jury hears first arguments in former-DA Villalobos' trial

The former district attorney is charged with nine counts of racketeering, bribery and extortion, case-fixing, favoritism, improper influence, personal self-enrichment, self-dealing, concealment and conflict of interest.


Out-of-Town Police Vehicles Parking Illegally

D.C. is well known for how it hands out parking tickets, but this week thousands of officers in town for the annual Police Week festivities are not getting tickets despite parking illegally.

Newark New Jersey police put out their own orange cones to block off a bus zone for themselves and for their own illegally parked "traffic" van.


Tucson child porn case: Former Tucson officer Martin Ward arrested in child porn case

A former Tucson police officer has been arrested following a months-long investigation into the online sharing of child pornography.

In December, he resigned rather than face termination following an unrelated internal investigation.


Sanford reserve cop arrested on child-molestation charges

A Sanford reserve police officer was fired after being arrested on child-molestation charges, authorities said Monday.

Romano was arrested Friday on four counts of lewd or lascivious molestation on a victim younger than 12 - two for each girl.


Dothan Police Illegally Issue Traffic Citations

The Dothan Police Department has been illegally issuing citations for years and apparently never knew it was against the law. Chief Greg Benton said officers issue citations to people who don't have a motorcycle endorsement on their driver's license.

However, the department was wrong to issue citations because there is no law requiring an endorsement, which is technically a license, to operate two and three wheel vehicles.


Indecent exposure charges dropped against Newport News police officer

The three dropped charges against Christopher Roush were two counts of indecent exposure and one count of masturbation in public, according to a clerk at Newport News General District Court.


Judge to consider bond request in officer's DWI case

A judge in northeastern Indiana will decide whether to revoke the bond of a suspended Indianapolis police officer who was arrested on drunken driving charges while awaiting trial on similar charges connected with a fatal 2010 crash.

Bisard is scheduled to face trial in October for the 2010 crash in which his patrol car hit two stopped motorcycles, killing one man and seriously injuring two other people. Bisard had been free on bond and kept his driver's license.


DC officer arrested on money laundering charge

A District of Columbia police officer has been charged in a federal money laundering investigation in Pennsylvania.

A criminal complaint filed in federal court in Pittsburgh accuses Weinberg of conspiring with a cocaine dealer and others to conceal the proceeds of drug trafficking.


Moses' police career ends with guilty plea

Spokane police officer Tim Moses pleaded guilty to making a false statement to federal agents investigating the Otto Zehm case Tuesday, ending his career on the force.

Moses, the son of a former FBI agent, was accused of either lying to or misleading an FBI agent investigating the Otto Zehm case.


Lee County deputy accused of punching, robbing man in Bonita Springs

The alleged victim of a Sunday robbery told investigators a Lee County Sheriff's Office deputy took him to a secluded location in Bonita Springs, beat him and took his cell phone and money.

The deputy, identified as Michael J. Ronga, is facing a charge off robbery, according to a Lee County Sheriff's Office report.


Former Apollo Borough police chief pleads guilty to selling stolen gun

Paul Breznican Jr. was arrested last July on charges that he sold a firearm that had been purchased for the police department with federal grant money and then pocketed the cash.


Former corrections officer pleads guilty to contraband charges

A former corrections officer has pleaded guilty to conspiring to bring contraband to the inmates at the Maury County jail in exchange for cash.

Derek Turner was indicted on federal charges last year after being accused of conspiring to bring drugs, cigarettes and other contraband into the jail that would be sold for the inmates' use.


Harford County Sheriff's deputy faces charges in pursuit

A Harford County Sheriff's deputy faces charges in connection to a shooting and pursuit in early April.

Officials said 37-year-old Deputy 1st Class Christopher Behles faces a reckless-endangerment charge.


Former Phylicia Barnes lead detective accused of assault, burglary

The former lead detective in Phylicia Barnes' disappearance is now facing charges involving his own missing daughter.


Bladensburg officer involved in car crash had shot himself

A Bladensburg police officer who was found dead after he was involved in a car crash in Anne Arundel County on Saturday morning had killed himself, authorities said Monday.


BETHANY BEACH: Police officer arrested for assault

The investigation revealed that Lt. Richard Haden, 45, assaulted a suspect who was in custody at the department headquarters on the evening of March 3.


Prosecutors want no bond for re-arrested Indy cop

Prosecutors want bond revoked for an Indianapolis police officer charged with causing a fatal 2010 crash while intoxicated after his most recent arrest for drunken driving.


Gary police chief wants officer fired for arrest in Oklahoma

Gary's police chief wants a police commission to fire an officer arrested in Oklahoma after nearly 50 pounds of marijuana was found in a suitcase she shared with her boyfriend.


Baltimore County officer accused of sexual activity while on duty

Aaron Pross, 29, of Newark, Del., was charged with malfeasance in office. Officials said the charges stem from an investigation that began in January when a man went to police saying he'd found an 11-second inappropriate sexual video of a man on his 16-year-old daughter's iPhone.


DeKalb lawyer pleads guilty to making unwanted sexual advances on client

A DeKalb County attorney pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges he made unwanted sexual advances on a female client.

A judge sentenced 73-year-old William Hall to 30 days of house arrest after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery and public indecency.


Lawmakers call for answers on jail corruption

Maryland lawmakers called Wednesday for a sweeping inquiry into the state prison system, amid allegations that a gang effectively took over the Baltimore City Detention Center, orchestrating crimes from behind bars and impregnating female correctional officers who helped smuggle in contraband.


Washington County sheriff's deputy charged with 14 counts of animal neglect

A southern Indiana sheriff's deputy faces 14 counts of animal neglect for mistreating cattle on his farm and a farm owned by his mother, police said.


Plea deal expected in illegal strip search case

A Milwaukee police officer accused of illegal strip searches is expected to accept a plea deal.

The 34-year-old officer is facing 25 charges from eight strip searches and cavity searches, including sexual assault. According to state law, only medical personnel are to perform cavity searches and only after police obtain a search warrant.


Lawyer faces loss of license for allegedly smuggling hit list from jail for Your Black Muslim Bakery leader

A prominent defense attorney will be fighting to keep her law license Tuesday, the latest twist in the saga of Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV's alleged plot to kill witnesses in the murder of an Oakland journalist.

Lawyers for the State Bar of California are scheduled to tell a judge in San Francisco that Lorna Brown, a former attorney for Bey, should be disbarred for smuggling from jail a list of people allegedly marked for intimidation or killing.


Officer who put camera in Glen Burnie High bathroom won't be charged

Anne Arundel County police said Tuesday that no criminal charges will be filed against an officer who placed a camera in a boys' restroom at Glen Burnie High School.


Sallisaw police chief accused of embezzlement

Sallisaw Police Chief Shaloa Edwards is facing a felony embezzlement charge over an allegation that he borrowed and repaid $60 from the department's petty cash.


Danville police chief charged in juvenile's shooting death in his home

Danville Police Chief Wade Parsons is being charged with negligent storage of firearms in connection with the death of a juvenile at his home.

The complaint alleges that Parsons failed to secure his loaded service weapon when leaving the house to conduct errands while knowing that a juvenile was in the house ...


Ex-cop charged in sex assault had tattoo, woman says

A young Lake County single mother said she remembered the tattoo on the Leesburg police officer's arm as he took off her handcuffs, removed her tank top and forced her to perform a sex act behind a strip mall in the early morning of Oct.3, according to recently released court documents.


Fla. police sergeant fired for using Trayvon Martin shooting targets

Sgt. Ron King of Port Canaveral Police Department was fired Friday after an internal review investigated how he offered the hoodie paper shooting targets to two fellow officers, said John Walsh, interim CEO of the Canaveral Port Authority.


Judge suspended after state commission complaint

An judge has been suspended with pay after the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission filed a complaint against her.

The complaint, filed last week against Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Dorothea Batiste, claims that she entered unlawful contempt orders for the arrest of parties or witnesses in divorce cases.


Sheriff's Office Lt. resigns after knife altercation

Shelby Police reports indicate the officer had threatened another man with a knife after an argument about a handicapped parking spot.


Lawrence chief wants arrested officer fired

Lawrence Police Chief John Romero has asked Mayor William Lantigua to fire a city officer who is in a Florida jail awaiting trial on a child rape charge.

Gonzalez is one of three police officers Lantigua has left on the city payroll although they are on administrative leave from the department and facing criminal charges.


Statute of limitations is first hurdle for misconduct charges against former DA

Last week's arrest of Ken Anderson, a sitting district court judge, on 26-year-old allegations of prosecutorial misconduct was an exclamation point in Michael Morton's quest to seek justice for the wrongful conviction that cost him a quarter-century of freedom.


No charges filed vs. PInal deputy in fatal crash

The Pinal County Attorney's Office won't prosecute a sheriff's deputy who was involved in a fatal, on-duty crash last year, despite a recommendation from Arizona Department of Public Safety investigators that he be charged with manslaughter and reckless endangerment.

According to the DPS report, Steele was traveling nearly 100 mph on U.S. 60 when his patrol car collided with a truck that had turned left in front of him at about 9:40 p.m.


Accused Blacksburg lawyer's office under receivership

The firm of a Blacksburg lawyer who is facing drug and gun charges has been placed under receivership.

Painter, 66, has been charged with driving under the influence, distribution of a Schedule IV controlled substance and two counts of selling or giving a firearm to a convicted felon.


ACLU lawsuit says cop gave 10-year-old a concussion in D.C. school

The American Civil Liberties Union says in a lawsuit filed Thursday that a 10-year-old boy suffered a concussion when a D.C. police officer slammed the boy’s head onto a cafeteria table while at the child’s elementary school.


Trial set Monday for Davie cop accused of drugging, raping family member

Stephen Olenchak, 38, was arrested in March 2009 on charges he drugged and sexually assaulted a family member, then 19, while his wife and 4-year-old son slept next to them in the same bed.

Davie police recorded a cellphone conversation between Olenchak and his accuser. During the tearful exchange, Olenchak apologized, records show.


Dropped Federal Charges Center on Guns and Drugs

Criminal cases, newly thrown out of U.S. District Court, centered on drugs and guns---and the dismissals may be tied to investigations by a now disbanded West Valley Police drug unit.


Sauk County jailer arrested in child abuse case

He was arrested Thursday, and police are recommending a felony charge of repeated sexual assault of the same child.

The man has a history of domestic-violence and abuse allegations brought forth by multiple women.


Four officers suspended in fallout of officer's misconduct plea, sources say

Four Baltimore police officers have been suspended as part of an investigation stemming from the conviction of an officer for conspiring with a drug informant to orchestrate arrests, according to sources with knowledge of the case.

Sources said the suspensions were part of the fallout after Detective Kendell Richburg pleaded guilty in federal court last month to an armed drug conspiracy charge. Police and prosecutors said he conspired with a drug informant to support the informant's drug dealing and raise the number of arrests he made.


Agent accused of pot smuggling set to change plea

A U.S. Border Patrol agent accused of smuggling marijuana while on duty in southwestern Arizona is expected to change his plea Wednesday in federal court.

Authorities say agents conducting aerial surveillance saw Anaya loading marijuana bundles that had been dropped over the border fence from Mexico into his patrol vehicle on Dec. 2 in between Yuma and Wellton, about 185 miles southwest of Phoenix.


Police records: Randolph had prior disciplinary actions

Christopher Chilcote and Alan Randolph were fired from the department after disciplinary hearings where it was determined that they omitted information in reporting a February traffic accident, according to police officials.

An internal investigation revealed that Chilcote and Randolph didn't follow proper employee-involved accident procedures and that Chilcote included false statements in the documentation that explained the accident.


Court says Ohio officers used excessive force

An appeals panel says three northeastern Ohio officers used excessive force in a deadly encounter with a naked and unarmed college student.


Seattle police officer charged with assaulting handcuffed man

A Seattle police officer accused of attacking a handcuffed man was charged Wednesday with misdemeanor assault.

Officer Chris Hairston is accused of hitting the detained, handcuffed man during a September 24 arrest near Seattle Central Community College.


Elmira Judge Ramich to resign, ending inquiry into misconduct allegations

Elmira City Court Judge Thomas Ramich is resigning, putting an end to proceedings against him, the state Commission on Judicial Conduct announced Tuesday.


4 Omaha officers fired for excessive-force arrests

Four Omaha police officers have been fired following allegations they used excessive force, including punching a restrained suspect, during an arrest that was secretly recorded, the police chief announced Friday.

Three more officers have been put on leave and another has been reassigned ...


Ashland police chief placed on leave

Ashland's embattled police chief has been placed on paid administrative leave and his contract will not be renewed when it expires in June.

He is facing retaliation and discrimination complaints and was accused of ordering an officer to forensically search his wife's computer.


West Valley corruption allegations have common denominator

All the recent allegations of corruption and cover up with West Valley City police, including 19 dismissed drug cases all appear to have one common thread.

The FBI is investigating corruption in the department’s former narcotics unit, and some believe West Valley is trying to cover up the death of Danielle Willard.


Ex-Deputy's Sex Encounter Brings Federal Prison Term

Former Greene County sheriff's Deputy Robbie Morgan was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to 311 days in prison on a conviction of deprivation of rights under the color of law.

Morgan, 40, a veteran deputy who resigned in March 2012 from the Sheriff's Department, was convicted of the misdemeanor offense in connection with an on-duty sexual encounter he had with a woman on Dec. 25, 2011.


O.C. judge is target of sexual misconduct investigation

An Orange County Superior Court judge is being investigated by the Sheriff's Department on suspicion of improper sexual conduct - allegedly in his courtroom chambers - authorities said.


Prosecutors: No assault charge against cop

City prosecutors announced Wednesday they will not file an assault charge against a Seattle police officer in a high-profile incident last summer, citing an outside expert's report that found police botched the case due to the department's culture and investigative failures.


Officer accused of breaking law in 3 separate criminal cases

A Baltimore City police detective is accused of breaking the law in three separate criminal cases since September.

The ex-girlfriend is a witness in the perjury case against Lewellen. In court, she said he told her he had planted evidence and framed multiple people to put them in jail.


SWAT officer on trial in JPD bribery case

Testimony continues today in the bribery trial of a veteran SWAT officer with the Jackson Police Department.

Sgt. Richard McGahey, 43, of Clinton, was arrested in September by officers with the Attorney General's office, the Hinds County Sheriff's Department and JPD on charges he accepted $250 for a "field release" in 2011.


Downstate mayor, deputy arrested in bribery probe

Mayor Noramie Jasmin and Deputy Mayor Joseph Desmaret were arrested Tuesday morning by the FBI in connection with a bribery scheme, the village police chief said.

The FBI also arrested state Sen. Malcolm Smith and New York City Councilman Dan Halloran Tuesday in a plot to rig the New York City mayoral election, according to the New York Post.


Former Manchester officer arrested after Bedford hit-and-run crash

The Manchester police detective who was fired after police learned that a vehicle assigned to him was involved in a Bedford hit-and-run accident has been arrested.

Authorities believe Coco was driving the vehicle, which was assigned to him by Manchester police, that hit two teenagers in Bedford Friday night.


Police officer convicted of perjury in search warrant case

A Baltimore police sergeant was convicted of perjury for lying to get a search warrant used for a pre-dawn raid.

Workley will be sentenced in May for both charges, which are misdemeanors. Perjury carries a maximum jail term of 10 years.


FBI arrests former Cochise County detention officer Mark Melgoza

The FBI says a former Cochise County detention officer is in custody in connection with a drug case.

The department asked the FBI to launch an investigation and about 300 pounds of marijuana and a small amount of cocaine allegedly was found in Melgoza's home.


Detroit police officer who works with troubled teens arrested for criminal sexual conduct

A Detroit police officer who runs a program for troubled teens has been arrested on felony criminal sexual conduct charges involving a victim age 13 to 15.

Townsend is the founder and CEO of Reality Check Detroit, described on the nonprofit organization's website as a crime prevention program designed to assist at-risk youths 6 to 14 years old.


Former head of Detroit homicide unit arraigned on perjury charges

The former head of the Detroit Police Department's homicide unit was arraigned today on two counts of perjury in a capitol case for allegedly giving false testimony, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office.

The prosecutor's office said Former Lt. William Rice, 63, is accused of lying while testifying as a defense alibi witness during a 2009 appellate court evidentiary hearing in the case of Davontae Sanford and is due back in court May 13.


Nez Perce Tribal police chief dismissed

Leslie Hendrick has been fired from her position as Chief of the Nez Perce Tribal Police.

Darren Williams, who is in charge of legal counsel for the tribe confirmed Thursday that Hendrick is no longer employed, but couldn't release further details because of privacy laws that protect personnel matters.


Officer pleads guilty to sex charges

A former Portales police officer could face up to 27 years of jail time after agreeing to plead guilty to more than a dozen charges, including having a sexual relationship with a minor.

Victor Castillo, who was 45 at the time of his arrest in August, entered into an agreement March 21 to plead guilty to 14 of the 35 felony sex charges, according to court records.


Richmond Phillips, a former D.C. cop, has received two life sentences with no parole for the 1st degree murder of Wynetta Wright and her child Jaylin

A D.C. cop who killed the 20-year-old mother of his child and their 11-month-old baby has received two life sentences without parole.

Officials say DNA had proven that Phillips was the child's father. Prosecutors argued that he killed Wright and her child to avoid paying child support.


Former cop sentenced in sex abuse case

A former Canton, Missouri police officer will spend nearly the next year in jail for sex crimes against a minor.

Jamie Bell, 25, pleaded guilty last August to a charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a 16-year-old minor.


Salt Lake County DA Drops 19 Cases Tied To One Officer

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill on Wednesday filed motions to dismiss charges in 19 different criminal cases because there was no way they would hold up in court.

Gill said the officers' actions in investigating the cases are so "grave" the cases are not credible.


DC Police cruiser stolen, crashed after left unattended by officer

A D.C. Police cruiser was stolen and then crashed after an officer left it unattended Monday.

The supervisor is a 10-year veteran who used to work in the Metropolitan Police Department's auto theft unit.


State Police Sgt. charged with drug trafficking

An 18-year veteran of the Louisiana State Police has been arrested and charged with multiple counts, including drug trafficking.

Thomas has been charged with payroll fraud, malfeasance in office, conspiracy to distribute cocaine, distribution of cocaine and obstruction of justice.


Former Texas Trooper Indicted in Roadside Cavity Search

The female Texas trooper who performed a roadside cavity search on two women has been indicted by a Dallas County grand jury.

Dallas County District Attorney spokeswoman Debbie Denmon confirmed on Monday that a grand jury indicted Helleson on two counts of sexual assault and two counts of official oppression.


San Antonio attorney arrested for sexaully soliciting a minor online

A San Antonio attorney is arrested for sexually soliciting a minor online.


Rensselaer Police Officer Mark Fusco placed on administrative leave

The police officer involved in a fatal accident which killed his 22-year-old passenger has been placed on administrative leave.

"He's been placed on administrative leave pending suspension," said Jim Frankoski, the city's deputy police chief.


Cases handled by officer convicted of drug charges in jeopardy

Federal prosecutors said the Baltimore police officer set up innocent people, falsified reports, skimmed police money, and protected a drug dealer working for him as an informant.

The Richburg affair has endangered cases against people caught engaging in criminal activity. And it illustrates how seemingly incidental, but fabricated, information can slip through the court system, limiting suspects' due process.


NYPD officer: Police brass dictate stops, arrests

Police brass were not concerned with whether patrol officers were saving lives or helping people, they were focused on one thing: numbers, said a New York City police officer testifying in a federal challenge to some street stops.

Polanco, whose testimony continued Wednesday, was one of two department whistleblowers expected to discuss a culture that revolved more around numbers and less around actual policing - and what lawyers said is leading to tens of thousands of wrongful stops of black and Hispanic men.


Former Bristol police officer pleads guilty

Save for a woman getting jilted in court, a former Bristol, Tenn., police officer's offer to drop her DUI charge in trade for sex might have remained a secret.

On Monday, Caudill followed through on his agreement with prosecutors to plead guilty to two misdemeanor counts of attempting to commit official misconduct.


Lake Shore Drive crash: Bail set at $500,000 for North Chicago cop

A judge set bail at $500,000 Sunday for a North Chicago police officer accused of causing the deaths of two men, driving drunk and going the wrong way on Lake Shore Drive last week.


'Monster' gets 12 years; ex-marshal sexually assaulted woman while unconscious

An ex-U.S. marshal found guilty of 13 felony charges that he sexually assaulted a woman in 2009 while she was unconscious and took explicit photos of her without her consent was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Moseley is more than two years into an eight-year prison term after he was convicted at a jury trial in October 2010 in Milwaukee County Circuit Court of similar charges involving a second woman in addition to the victim in the Columbia County case.


Convicted cop resentenced to same sentence

A jury convicted Castro of making false statements - but deadlocked on other charges - in a 2011 extortion trial. Rather than face a retrial, Castro pleaded guilty that same year to conspiracy to commit extortion, and was given a 60-month prison sentence.


Second officer in Chad Holley videotaped beating set for trial

Special prosecutors appointed to try three Houston police officers accused in the 2010 videotaped beating of a 15-year-old robbery suspect are scheduled to begin the next trial in April, a judge ruled Wednesday.

The video shows several officers kicking and hitting Holley while he is lying on his stomach with his hands behind his head.


Molestation case against former sheriff's deputy goes to jury

The alleged incidents took place first in Woodstock and then in Sharon several years ago. At that time, Kelley was working as a captain with the Windsor County Sheriff's Department. The alleged victim-- who Kelley knows-- was a girl under 13.

According to the attorney general's office, Kelley faces another lewd and lascivious charge with a different victim in Orange County.


Oswego police officer charged with disorderly conduct

Oswego police officer John Wolfinbarger, 43, was arrested for allegedly walking into a restaurant with a gun and yelling profanities at an employee.

Wolfinbarger is charged with disorderly conduct, resisting a peace officer and driving under the influence of alcohol.


Former Kentucky State Trooper Charged With DUI

A former Kentucky State Police trooper has entered a guilty plea to a charge of drunken driving.

According to an officer's report, Wethington was "all over the roadway," and a breath test registered his blood alcohol content at 0.2, which is higher than the legal limit of .08.


Balto. Co. police captain cited at St. Patrick's sobriety checkpoint

A Baltimore County police captain was arrested at a St. Patrick's weekend sobriety checkpoint and has since been moved to administrative duty, the department said in a statement Monday.

Capt. Matthew McElwee, 43, of the Franklin Precinct in Reisterstown, received citations from the Carroll County Sheriff's Office accusing him of driving while intoxicated and driving while under the influence.


Portsmouth ex-cop gets 2-year term in child sex case

A former police officer and auxiliary deputy in Portsmouth has been sentenced to two years in prison on charges of taking indecent liberties with a child.

George Vick was sentenced Monday in Chesapeake Circuit Court to five years on each of three charges. The judge suspended four years and four months on each charge.


Hackensack cops plead guilty in mistaken-identity assault, cover-up

Two Hackensack police officers, including the former PBA president, resigned from the department on Monday after pleading guilty to their roles in a 2011 incident that involved the beating of a Hackensack resident.


Idaho prison guard charged with sex with inmate

A former prison guard at the Idaho State Correctional Institution has been charged with two felonies because prosecutors say he had sex with an inmate.


Dept. of Corrections officer charged with domestic violence

Sheriff's deputies say 38-year-old James David Morgan is being held in the Lexington County jail.

A police report says Morgan tried to question a woman in his home about where she had been when he became angry and threw her down and held her.


Prison captain fired, but later reinstated, after pepper spraying inmate

A prison captain who was removed from his job last year -- and then reinstated -- discharged pepper spray directly into the face of an inmate who was restrained and left him in distress for 24 minutes, according to confidential documents and a videotape of the incident obtained by the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram.


'Monster' gets 12 years; ex-marshal sexually assaulted woman while unconscious

An ex-U.S. marshal found guilty of 13 felony charges that he sexually assaulted a woman in 2009 while she was unconscious and took explicit photos of her without her consent was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Moseley is more than two years into an eight-year prison term after he was convicted at a jury trial in October 2010 in Milwaukee County Circuit Court of similar charges involving a second woman in addition to the victim in the Columbia County case.


Coconut Creek officer back on the job after 16-month paid leave

For 16 months, Coconut Creek Police officer James Yacobellis was put on paid leave while an investigation took place to see if holding a Taser at a suspect in a bathtub is a violation of the rules.


Today in the news: 'Cannibal cop' convicted

Gilberto Valle was found guilty of conspiracy to kidnap and a lesser charge of improperly accessing a law enforcement database to gather information on his potential victims, one of whom was his now-estranged wife.


Ex-deputy formally charged in domestic strangulation case

The charges stem from the Feb. 3 incident when, police said, the couple fought over letting their 15-month-old son stay with his paternal grandparents.


Perryville police chief to tender resignation

Perryville's police chief is expected to resign from the department today amid allegations he filed a police report on property loss at his own home using another officer's name in November 2010.


J.D. Roth on leave amid investigation

The police chief in the southern Illinois village of Caseyville has been placed on paid administrative leave because of a grand jury investigation into his use of a truck seized as part of a drug case.


Baltimore police officer pleads guilty in conspiracy to sell drugs

A suspended Baltimore police officer has pleaded guilty to conspiring to sell drugs such as heroin and cocaine with a drug dealer while he was in uniform.


2 state troopers lose jobs over high-speed Parkway escort

Two state troopers lost their jobs Monday for escorting a caravan of sports cars that traveled the Garden State Parkway last year at 100 mph.


Ex-Boise police star target of FBI inquiry

As an undercover detective for the BANDIT task force, Berrier was involved in dozens of drug cases at the time he quit.


N.J. State Police trooper admits drunkenly crashing car into creek

A suspended New Jersey state trooper has admitted he was drunk when he hit two parked cars and crashed his unmarked state police vehicle into a creek while he was off-duty.


Federal judge slams Baltimore Police Department over 'abuse'

A federal judge has slammed the Baltimore City Police Department for its tactics in trying to dig up dirt on a man who's suing the department ...


New details in sexual assault case involving police officer

We're learning more tonight about a police officer accused of raping a teenage girl.


Nine former or current RCI officers named in federal indictments for 2008 beating

Two federal indictments have been filed charging a total of nine former or current correctional officers at Roxbury Correctional Institution in connection with a pair of 2008 beatings of an inmate at the facility south of Hagerstown, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.


Florida Keys deputy charged with conspiracy, money laundering

Federal agents arrested a Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputy Tuesday on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to defraud the federal government.


Federal lawsuit filed against Lake sheriff for Andrew Lee Scott shooting death

Deputies had knocked on the door of Scott's apartment about 1:30 a.m. July 15 but didn't announce they were law-enforcement officers, records show.


Suspended Ohioville police chief charged with theft

The suspended Ohioville police chief has been charged with theft and forgery.


Flagler sheriff's commander told to retire or be fired

O'Brien, according to Staly, failed to meet deadlines when asked to write reports, policies and a "comprehensive plan" about domestic violence.


Recently Demoted Miami-Dade Schools Police Chief Has Resigned

Two female Miami-Dade Schools Police officers filed lawsuits in January claiming that Hurley sexually harassed them, and then retaliated against them after they refused his advances.


Ex-Cop Accused of Stealing From Delco Little League

A former cop is accused of stealing thousands from a Delaware County little league.


Waynesboro officer faces reckless driving charge

A Waynesboro officer involved in a wreck that injured a 71-year-old woman has been charged with reckless driving.


Guard charged with custodial sexual misconduct

A Snohomish County corrections officer is accused of providing a jail inmate homemade chocolate chip cookies in exchange for sexual favors.


Video Shows Metro Officer Rear-Ending Motorcyclist

Metro Police have launched an internal investigation into a YouTube video that shows one of its officers reacting angrily after rear-ending a motorcyclist.


Former OPP officials prepare to enter guilty pleas on bribery charges

Two former officials with the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office charged with bribery last week are now prepared to go to federal court and plead guilty.


Police Officer Asks Judge for Closed Session

The Metro Police officer who shot and killed Gulf War veteran Stanley Gibson in December 2011 made his first public appearance since the controversial shooting Monday.


Suit: Ex-trooper beat Saltillo man, board ignored it

The former officer - Christopher Gary Hughes of Tupelo - is scheduled to plead guilty Monday in federal court in a case accusing him of kicking a woman and "stomping her head against the floor" in the Lee County Jail.


Wilmington cop arrested for bigamy and forgery

Officials say a Wilmington, Delaware police officer has been arrested on bigamy and forgery charges.


Franklin County Sheriff, Deputy Arrested

An eastern Kansas sheriff and deputy are charged with felony interference with law enforcement operations following a five-month investigation.


Ex-officer in Tulsa found in contempt of court

Former officer Jeff Henderson is now serving a 42-month prison sentence for his 2011 conviction on six counts of perjury and two counts of civil rights violations.


Former DC homeland security director pleads guilty

West acknowledged that she helped former D.C. Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. use $110,000 in grant money intended for youth programs to pay for an inaugural ball.


Indiana jailer who coaxed inmates to strip takes plea deal

A former central Indiana jail officer accused of coaxing female inmates into stripping for him in return for favors has pleaded guilty to one count of official misconduct in a plea deal with prosecutors.


New Albany police reverse officer's firing

No reasons were given publicly for the push to terminate Houchin, except to indicate that there were issues about his fitness for duty.


Wayne County judge sued over relationship in child support case

A Clinton Township man says his civil rights were violated in a child support case because a Wayne County judge was having a sexual relationship with the mother of his child.


Questions surround decision not to charge constable in DUI case

When he got out of his vehicle, Bonaventura continued to refuse to follow the trooper's instructions, the report said, prompting the trooper at one point to draw her Taser on the constable.


Jury hears openings in NYC cannibal-plot case

A New York City police officer's bizarre Internet discussion of cannibalism - what he claims was harmless fantasy - was instead a serious plot to abduct, torture and eat "very real women," a federal prosecutor said Monday at the officer's kidnapping conspiracy trial.


In Cannibal Case, Officer's Wife Testifies About a Chilling Discovery

One day last September, the wife of a New York City police officer opened her laptop computer and discovered that her husband had used it to visit a fetish Web site on the Internet. She said she went to the site and saw a photograph of a dead girl.


Former Vt. trooper avoids jail time for assault

A former Vermont state trooper has pleaded no contest to charges that he assaulted two men, believing that they had stolen his canoe.


2 police officers charged with DUI resign

After an internal investigation, a review panel recommended the firing of Morris - a 12-year veteran of the department - and Ward - a five-year veteran. But both officers resigned before any ruling was made.


Former Lea County deputy convicted of sex crime involving 9-year-old girl

He was arrested Sept. 1, 2010, following an investigation of a claim that Surratt sexually assaulted a 9-year-old female and her 16-year-old sister.


Maine prison guard charged with assaulting inmate

Authorities say the 54-year-old Cutler tackled and assaulted a handcuffed inmate on Dec. 24.


Rock set to plead guilty to federal charge

He was accused, in 2008 while he was an Ecru police officer, of depriving two motorists of their civil rights by allegedly demanding money in exchange for destroying a traffic ticket against each.


State claims immunity from damages after state trooper hits citizen's car

Imagine sitting at a stop light, and a state trooper slams into the back of your car.


Marathon Co. sheriff rarely shows up at the office

Marathon County Sheriff Randy Hoenisch is paid nearly $100,000 a year but has spent fewer than two hours in his office so far in 2013 and fewer than 22 hours since August, according to a Gannett Wisconsin Media review of public records.


Seattle Lawyer Is A Sexual Predator

Information in new search warrants, if true, paints Seattle lawyer Danford Grant as a sexual predator who was determined to assault his chosen victims.


APD officer resigns following abuse allegations

A veteran of the Albuquerque Police Department has resigned amid allegations he beat up his wife who's also a member of APD.


NYPD officer arrested on child porn charges

A New York City police sergeant has been arrested on charges of possessing child pornography.


MPD Officer Accused of Using Badge to Intimidate

"She comes up and she`s got a smile and she says 'I told you I was a cop'," he said.


Ex-Guadalupe judge admits pot possession

Former Guadalupe County Judge Mike Wiggins, who resigned last April after being arrested in College Station on a misdemeanor pot possession charge, has pleaded guilty.


Jonathan Womble Charged With Introducing Contraband Into Prison When Marijuana Found In DC Jail Locker

A corrections officer at the D.C. Jail has been arrested after a drug detection dog working at the facility alerted officials to marijuana in the man's locker.


Ex-judge says he helped Austin attorney's lawsuits

A former South Texas judge who faces prison in a bribery scandal has testified he helped an Austin attorney with cases and planned to join his firm.


2 judges plead guilty in ticket-fixing scheme

H. Warren Hogeland and Kenneth Miller were among the dozen people - including seven other Traffic Court judges - who were charged Jan. 31 in a sweeping indictment.


FBI wants 'full' probe of Millvale stun gun use

The FBI and the district attorney are opening a "full" investigation into whether a Pittsburgh-area police officer violated the civil rights of a man by allegedly using a stun gun on him while handcuffed.


Cop who punched woman: 'It's not what it appears to be'

The fallout led Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey to fire Josey, and the District Attorney's Office charged him with simple assault, a misdemeanor.


Prominent Baltimore entertainment lawyer disbarred

The Baltimore entertainment attorney who represented White House state dinner crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi and "The Wire" actress Felicia "Snoop" Pearson was disbarred Monday after the state's highest court found he had, among other things, overbilled clients and misused money given to him as a retainer.


Genesee County sheriff's lieutenant had past indiscretions before firing, personnel records show

Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell says he didn't originally think a former lieutenant with his department showed a pattern of sexually deviant behavior, but now he isn't so sure.


Plymouth police officer punished for losing gun

The Plymouth police officer who lost his department-issued handgun in Wareham District Court has been suspended for 20 days without pay.


Suit against sheriff settled

A $590,000 settlement has been reached between Sheriff Chris Prine and three of his former employees from the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office, resolving a four-year dispute that centered on allegations of wrongful termination and work place discrimination.


Federal grand jury indicts South Lake Tahoe police officer

A South Lake Tahoe police officer was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in Sacramento on multiple counts of witness tampering and obstruction of an official proceeding.


Police: Miami-Dade corrections sergeant arrested after shooting husband

Police say a corrections sergeant has been charged with attempted second-degree murder and aggravated battery with a weapon for shooting her husband.


Another city cop to get the ax for knuckleheadish act

Pharez Morris, a veteran Philadelphia police officer, was arrested Friday for allegedly firing 13 shots at a building in Logan while he was off duty last fall, the District Attorney's Office said.


Perry Police Officer Charged With Murder

A retired Rochester Police Department captain and Perry Police officer who last year told police he accidentally shot his son in a Herkimer County motel room has been indicted on murder charges.


Daniel Harmon-Wright, Former Culpeper Cop, Sentenced to 36 Months For Manslaughter In Patricia Cook's Death

Former Culpeper police officer Daniel Harmon-Wright was sentenced to 36 months in jail on Friday.


LAPD: Ex-officer sought for two killings now suspected of fatally shooting cop

Dorner was with the department from 2005 until 2008, when he was fired for making false statements.


Irvington detectives say allegations against police chief led to transfer

Last year, the two officers accused Chase of ordering them to quash an investigation into misconduct by the chief's nephew, officer Rashaan Sampson, and of forcing them to run personal errands for him while on township time. Those allegations were sustained after a prosecutor's office audit, and Chase was suspended indefinitely in December.


Miami Police Officer Arrested for Armed Sexual Battery, Armed Kidnapping: Authorities

A Miami Police officer was arrested Wednesday on charges of armed sexual battery by a law enforcement officer and armed kidnapping, police said.


Police guns vanish without a trace

The guns were once used by American troops, but after they were no longer needed, they were designated as "military surplus," and were donated at little or no cost to police departments across the nation by the U.S.


New charge for county corrections officer

A Calhoun County corrections officer is now facing a new criminal sexual assault charge.


4 officers are punished for policy lapses

Four city police officers were suspended in January for a variety of allegations, Police Chief Rusty York said Monday.


Miami cop fired for 'unjustified' shooting of unarmed man

A Miami police officer whose shooting of an unarmed motorist two years ago capped a string of fatal police encounters that sparked a public outcry and political upheaval was fired on Wednesday.


Miami Police Department, torn by scandal, steps up scrutiny of its own

From the outside, the Miami Police Department seems perpetually torn by scandal, with the latest rip in the fabric - Wednesday's arrest of a veteran officer accused of extortion - coming only days after a narcotics sergeant was convicted of corruption in an embarrassing federal trial that pitted a group of veteran detectives against their own boss.


Texas set to 'terminate' trooper following roadside cavity searches

The female Texas trooper who performed a roadside cavity search on two women will be terminated, according to the Department of Public Safety.


State ethics panel recommends fine against former Flagler sheriff

The Florida Commission on Ethics has recommended a $500 fine against former Flagler County Sheriff Don Fleming for violating the gift law by failing to disclose an honorary membership at the Hammock Beach Resort.


Lapeer school officer who left gun unattended keeps job

The school reviewed the incident and has decided the unnamed officer "is a good fit for the position."


Oakland County narcotics officer fired, 16 drug cases dismissed due to alleged false testimony

Oakland County prosecutors have dropped 16 drug cases in recent months -- including one involving a large-scale marijuana bust -- after an investigation determined a deputy on the county's narcotics enforcement team falsified a search warrant and lied under oath.


Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway pleads guilty to felony bank fraud

Retired Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway pleaded guilty to felony bank fraud today and is expected to be sentenced May 28.


Petersburg police officer arrested for D.U.I.

In addition, Petersburg Police say Dixon failed to obey a red light and was driving with an expired license plate.


Off-duty guard arrested

A Jefferson County correctional officer was arrested Monday just outside Mount Vernon. He is accused of beating another man during a dispute over reporting a vehicle wreck that may have involved alcohol, the sheriff's office said in a news release.


Cop-turned-snitch is 11th Chicago officer charged in tow-truck scam

An informant helped authorities bust a Chicago Police officer in a tow-truck scandal in 2008, federal prosecutors said Monday.


Ex-cop accused of stealing from Dulle memorial

Prosecutors said Hunt never turned the $4,600 raised at the event over to the family.


Macon cops charged in tractor theft resign

The two are charged with theft by taking, criminal trespass, burglary, conspiracy to commit a crime and violation of the oath of office, for allegedly stealing a tractor from a Macon plumbing business.


Law-enforcer misuse of driver database soars

The system - known as D.A.V.I.D., for Driving and Vehicle Information Database - can also be easily abused.

Data obtained by the Orlando Sentinel show the number of Florida law-enforcement officers suspected of misusing D.A.V.I.D. skyrocketed last year.


Police: Metro lieutenant kills self, wife and child

An employee of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department killed his wife and child before setting fire to his home and taking his own life in Boulder City, Henderson police said Monday.


Once-praised cop admits he bought, sold parts for high-tech guns

A former northwest Indiana cop who won accolades for helping keep millions of dollars of drugs off the street will now spend two years in prison after admitting he illegally bought and sold high-tech gun parts.


Police officer, wife face animal cruelty charges

An Anne Arundel County police officer has been placed on administrative duty after he and his wife were issued criminal summons for animal cruelty.


Plea hearing delayed for ex-Melbourne cop accused of hiring prostitutes

Attorneys this morning rescheduled a plea hearing for a former Melbourne police officer accused of hiring prostitutes while on duty.


Third Officer Claims Miami-Dade Schools Police Chief Sexually Harassed Her

A third female Miami-Dade Schools Police officer said Wednesday that she was also sexually harassed by Police Chief Charles Hurley, a day after two lawsuits were filed against him.


Culpeper ex-police officer goes on trial for murder today

Harmon-Wright is charged with murder, malicious shooting into an occupied vehicle, malicious shooting into an occupied vehicle resulting in a death, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.


Ex-East Haven officer charged with illegal hunting

A former East Haven police officer charged in a federal racial profiling investigation has been arrested again for alleged illegal hunting and trespassing.


Report: D.C. fails to investigate sexual assaults

At least 170 reported sexual assaults — and possibly more — went uninvestigated by the D.C. police department between 2008 and 2011, according to a long-awaited report from a human rights group.


Off-duty police officer arrested in bar incident

A Baltimore City police officer is facing charges after investigators say he pointed a gun at two men in a bar.


Menlo Park Officer Accused Of Soliciting Prostitute Back At Work

A veteran Bay Area police officer charged with soliciting a prostitute while on duty is back on the job, after prosecutors dropped the case.


Lawyer seeks to withdraw guilty plea in fraud case

A lawyer who pleaded guilty mid-trial to using the identities of terminally-ill patients to illegally obtain millions of dollars from insurance companies and brokerage houses wants to withdraw his plea.


Police officer who shot bystander during struggle is 11-year veteran

Baltimore police on Wednesday released the name of the officer who fired a gun Sunday during a physical struggle, hitting two bystanders.


Miami officer relieved of duty in corruption probe

Another Miami police officer has been relieved of duty as part of an ongoing probe of suspected corruption rooted at the police department's Model City substation, sources said.


Menlo Park police officer caught naked with prostitute while on duty

The Menlo Park detective said he was on duty when he went to Sunnyvale to serve a subpoena and had an "hour to kill" because the person he was trying to serve wasn't home yet, according to the police report. It was not the first time he had solicited a prostitute for sex, he told the officers.


South Carolina Sheriff Charged with Taking Kickbacks

Abbeville County Sheriff Charles Goodwin has been indicted by a state grand jury on a charge of misconduct in office.


'Embarrassed' aldermen OK almost $33 million in police misconduct settlements

With Chicago's most powerful alderman describing himself as "embarrassed and ashamed," the City Council's Finance Committee agreed Tuesday to shell out nearly $33 million to settle two cases of police misconduct that gave the Chicago Police Department another "black eye."


New report outlines corruption arrests at U.S. Customs & Border Protection

A new federal oversight report shows more than 2,200 U.S. Customs & Border Protection officials were arrested between 2005 and 2012, and another 144 were arrested on official corruption charges.


Rape trial of ex-Lowell police officer to start next month

A former Lowell police officer who resigned amid allegations he used the power of his badge to rape two prostitutes and solicit sexual favors from two others is scheduled for trial next month.


RI lawyer charged with DUI again

A Rhode Island lawyer who specializes in drunken driving cases has been charged with DUI for the second time in a year.