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Removing chief is no easy task

The special treatment was cited in a scathing state report released last month that claimed Holmes failed to combat a burglary crime wave last year, oversaw the misspending of township funds on unauthorized out-of-state trips and ruined department morale with his favoritism.


Arundel officer's demotion linked to high-speed chase last year

The actions come over a May 21 police chase down Aris T. Allen Boulevard that left three officers injured.


Cop accused of pushing Wal-Mart greeter suspended

A Chattanooga detective accused of assaulting an elderly Wal-Mart greeter who asked to see his sales receipt at the store has been suspended from duty.


Va. State Police Capt. charged with forcible sodomy

State Police Capt. Edward Hope, 52, was arrested Monday on one felony charge of forcible sodomy.


Judge refuses to dismiss police officer from suit

A federal judge has ruled that a police officer isn't entitled to immunity from a lawsuit that accuses him of using excessive force in a suspect's fatal shooting.


Brewster cop gets Boston exposure

Brewster police officer Joseph Houston was arrested Jan. 19 about 2:30 a.m. by MBTA Police after allegedly fighting in the crowd, police said. After that arrest, a family filed a complaint with Boston police that Houston had urinated on one of them and acted in a lewd and menacing way.


Mass. Police Chief Charged In Boy's Uzi Death Resigns

Pelham Chief Edward Fleury's resignation was accepted on Monday by the Board of Selectmen, three months after 8-year-old Christopher Bizilj shot himself in the head with an Uzi during a Westfield gun fair.


Two Luzerne County Judges Indicted

Federal investigators said they stole millions of dollars, all in a web of deceit and fraud. There has been speculation for months that charges would be filed against Judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan.


Lee Co. Corrections Officer Arrested

Authorities say a Lee County correctional officer who was found at car dealership with burglary tools has been arrested.


Second officer in BART shooting under investigation

In a previously unexamined segment of cell phone video unearthed the week of Grant's death on Jan. 1, an officer appears to walk up to a man who is standing against the wall at the Fruitvale BART station and strike that man with his right hand. Some have called the blow an unprovoked punch, and BART officials responded by announcing a new investigation.


Judge Says Public Record Will Remain Sealed

A judge says that while arrest affidavits are public record, they will remain closed in criminal cases in Jefferson and Lincoln counties out of concern for the defendant's right to a fair trial.


State lawmakers propose anti-spying legislation

The ACLU of Maryland, which sued state police to obtain information about the surveillance operation, said more than 50 individuals were improperly labeled as involved in "terrorism" activities. Additional spying targets continue to come forward. Dan Furmansky, former director of Equality Maryland, a gay and transgender advocacy group, said today that he learned only weeks ago that state police have a photo of him on file and compiled information on his "suspicious" organization.


Report Faults Police In Woman's Drowning

A Connecticut state police investigation has found that two Westbrook town constables were informed last June that a woman might need medical help but didn't try to find her, despite being only a minute's drive away.


Documents say Oakland police beat suspect who died

About 7:10 p.m. March 23, 2000, on Holly Street near 73rd Avenue in East Oakland, a man named Jerry Andrew Amaro III bought two "dimes" of what he thought was rock cocaine from undercover police officers posing as drug dealers.


Ex-Portsmouth police captain charged with assault

A former city police captain has been charged by the state Attorney General's Office with assaulting a Portsmouth Herald crime reporter.


Ex-Pima County investigator loses certification after 2 arrests

A former Pima County Attorney's Office investigator had her peace officer certification revoked Wednesday after she was arrested in a number of incidents, including a bar fight.


Former Officer Sentenced For Sexually Abusing Teen

A former University of Maryland Eastern Shore police officer was sentenced Wednesday for sexually abusing a 15-year old girl.


Cop to keep his driver's license

City police failed to properly inform a veteran detective of his rights on a drunken-driving charge, enabling the investigator to avoid the yearlong loss of his license for refusing to take a breath test.


Ex-officer pleads guilty to contraband charge

Krista Blank of Mount Savage pleaded guilty Thursday to possession of contraband with the intent to distribute it inside a place of confinement.


Million-dollar motive for former cop in ex-wife's murder

John Galtieri wore a pressed black suit, white shirt and tie to hear Justice Stephen J. Rooney set Tuesday as the day jury selection would begin in his murder trial.


Cop disciplined over ammo cache

In October, a duffel bag containing 2,200 .40-caliber bullets, 30 shotgun rounds and 20 bullets for police rifles was found in an alley on Lawrence Street and Rosa Parks Boulevard, six years after the ammo went missing from the police headquarters.


Ex-FBI agent sentenced to 40 years in 1982 killing

Former FBI agent John Connolly was sentenced Thursday to 40 years in prison for the 1982 mob-related killing of a Miami gambling executive.


Officer charged in assaulting McDonald's employee

Derek A. Dayoub was arrested and arraigned, three months after the reported incident, on charges of simple assault, official oppression and harassment. He has been suspended from the job since his arrest, police said.

Officer North also has since been suspended from the Smith Township police force, pending his prosecution on charges that he illegally obtained oxycodone pills from a police informant. He was charged last week with possession.


Dora Police Chief on Administrative Leave

The police chief in the City of Dora is on administrative leave after a Sumiton man says the chief ran him over in an unmarked police car.

Dora City Council members voted to put Chief John Jackson on leave, with pay, pending the investigation. The case is now being handled by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.


Former DA Cited With Official Misconduct

A former El Paso County district attorney accused of using taxpayer money for personal travel has been cited with official misconduct.


Ex-cop charged with murder in Calif. Shooting

Newly released court documents allege that Johannes Mehserle, who was charged Tuesday, shot 22-year-old Oscar Grant while Grant had his hands behind his back and another officer was kneeling on his neck.


Sex imposition charge added against officer

The allegations stem from five incidents from June to August last year involving four women, who told investigators they were fondled by Officer Christopher McQueen before being arrested or cited.


Ex-BART officer arrested in shooting

Witnesses say Johannes Mehserle shot 22-year-old Oscar Grant in the back while he was lying facedown. The shooting was captured on video and viewed widely on television and the Internet and has led to numerous protests.


Flint police chief charged with receiving illegal payments

Flint's interim police chief was charged Wednesday with illegally receiving public money through a no-show job at a security company run by his father.

The complaint says David Dicks received nearly $47,000 from City Security Guard Co. over a two-year period ending in July 2007.


DEA analyst charged with illegal use of federal info

A man who worked as an intelligence analyst in a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration office in Worcester has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that he used DEA resources to harass his former girlfriend.


Retired NYPD Officer Arrested On Felony Rape, Kidnapping Charges

Police in Greenburgh, New York said Jose Arroyo of the Bronx met a woman at a bar on East Tremont Avenue back in November.


Stoughton police chief goes to trial

Prosecutors say Chief Manuel Cachopa used his authority as chief to threaten a former Stoughton businessman in April 2002 to drop a complaint of misconduct against a former police sergeant.


Pontoon Beach officer placed on leave following bar brawl

According to Pontoon Beach Police Chief Charles Luehmann, Bobby Hoese was charged with a criminal misdemeanor and two felony criminal counts. The charges stem from an altercation that happened while Hoese was off duty at The Inn on Maryville Road in Granite City.



The grand jury found that former NYPD Detective Steven Anderson and Officer Henry Tavarez, who is on modified duty, falsified a report that they bought cocaine from four men at the Elmhurst nightspot Delicioso last January, law-enforcement sources said.


Newport News police officer arrested on abduction charges

Christopher Miner was taken into custody Sunday by fellow police officers. Miner was a night shift officer based at the department's central precinct.


Ex-deputy linked by cops to guard's slaying faces new charges

Chu Vue, the Sacramento sheriff's deputy police have linked to the October slaying of a correctional officer who may have been having an affair with his wife, was arrested Wednesday on new charges that he misused department computers.


In policy change, city police will not identify officers who kill, injure

Baltimore police shot 21 people last year, 13 of them fatally - the same number killed by police in 2007, when 31 people were shot. Those numbers are up from 2006, when 15 were shot and five killed.


Sheriff's spending prompts layoffs

Sheriff Warren Evans is denying most of the allegations, but a Department of Management & Budget report found $928,569 in purchase orders from 2006 to 2008 it labels "abusive spending." The tally included luxury meals, food for staff Christmas parties and meals for jail inmates that could be bought cheaper or should not have been bought at all, according to the report.


Police officer arraigned on obstruction of justice charges today

Ian McClosky is accused of attacking a man in a bar. He and two other officers who responded to the scene are accused of trying to cover it up. The two other officers also face charges in the case.


Missing Alabama Officer Arrested in Las Vegas

An Alabama police organized crime specialist who vanished last week amid signs of a struggle, triggering a search of a nearby river, was arrested in Las Vegas and accused of staging his disappearance to cover up a theft,authorities said Tuesday.


Trial of ex-Pelican Bay chief begins

Testimony begins Tuesday morning in the official oppression trial of a former Pelican Bay police chief accused of sexually harassing two women during separate incidents in 2006.


Grand jury indicts 3 Richmond police officers

The case stems from an incident more than a year ago in which off-duty officer Ian McClosky was accused of attacking a man in a bar.

McClosky - along with William House and Floyd Campbell, the officers who responded to the scene - are accused of attempting to cover up the incident.


Former Boston police officer arrested in attempted attack

Isaac Thornton, of Arlington, was arrested outside a club early Saturday morning, accused of planning to shoot a police officer.

Police discovered a firearm, a round of bullets, and a police badge in his possession.


Former Cherokee County Attorney Michael Goodrich gets year and a day in prison

Goodrich had pleaded guilty to felony extortion, admitting that he took money and received favorable treatment from management at Sensations Gentleman's Club, a club south of Galena featuring women dancing nude.


Affidavits Unsealed In Trooper Assault Case

At the request of Eyewitness News, affidavits were released that shed light on a former Connecticut State Police trooper and the charges against him that involve two girls, ages 11 and 12.


County officer asked to resign

A 21-year veteran county police officer was slapped with 61 departmental charges last week and asked to resign as punishment for his part in a controversial high-speed chase over the summer that ended in Annapolis' Newtowne 20 neighborhood.


3 RI lawyers punished in missing funds probes

Three Rhode Island lawyers have been penalized after allegations they misused nearly $1.3 million of clients' money in unrelated real estate cases.


Witness: Officer speeding without siren

A Beech Grove woman is dead after being struck by an IMPD officer's squad car on the south side Wednesday night.


Walton deputy can return to work

The Walton County sheriff's deputy arrested for driving under the influence and placed on administrative leave Nov. 23 will return to work after an internal investigation.


CRIME: Feds say Warme is 'a danger'

Jailed Falls Police Officer Ryan Warme "threatened to beat a former girlfriend to death" and "threatened to make a confidential source's life a 'living hell', " according to a memorandum filed by federal prosecutors in U.S. District Court in Buffalo.


Local judge won't face dui charges

Judge John Kelly was cited for driving under the influence earlier this month at a sobriety checkpoint.


Van Buren Co. Judge Arrested

J. Michael James, 61, is an Administrator and Magistrate in the 7th District Court. Earlier this month he was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.


City attorney lacks a license

For the past three months, Stephen Kling has served as the acting city attorney for Annapolis. He has reviewed documents, filed court papers and briefed city officials on legal issues.

But there's a problem: Kling, at least for now, is not licensed to practice law in Maryland.


Jury convicts Cincinnati cop

A Hamilton County jury deliberated over two days before convicting Clayton Neel of tampering with records and tampering with evidence, crimes that carry a maximum prison sentence of 10 years.


La. lawyer gets prison term for bank robbery

A Louisiana lawyer will serve time in federal prison for bank robbery.


Complaint Filed Against Ohio’s Ex-Attorney General

Ohio’s secretary of state filed a complaint Thursday with the Ohio Elections Commission claiming former Attorney General Marc Dann misspent about $45,000 in campaign funds.

The complaint filed by Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner accuses Dann of violating campaign finance law by spending $40,610 from his campaign on security improvements to his personal residence.


Bill for FBI OT in Iraq = $63 million

Taxpayers were billed an average of $45,000 in overtime and extra pay for each FBI agent temporarily posted to Iraq over the course of four years, according to a new Justice Department report. In some cases, agents were paid to watch movies, exercise and attend parties.


No plea from former Coquille officer

Randy Ulmer, the former Coquille police officer facing charges of first-degree theft and first-degree official misconduct, entered no plea in his arraignment Wednesday morning.


Sheriff's Deputy Busted In Online Sting

A Prince William County, Virginia sheriff's deputy has been arrested on several child pornography charges.

Arthur Staples is accused of swapping pictures of children as young as 11 years old over the Internet.


DWI tester flunks her own test

A worker for a Nevada sheriff's department is accused of driving while drunk to the place where she was to test someone else's blood-alcohol level.


Former Cops Sentenced In Drug Case

A former New Mexico sheriff's deputy and former state police officer were sentenced to six years in prison, for being drug-ring insiders.


Ex-agents sentenced in drug scandal

Two former San Juan County law enforcement agents who worked on a narcotics task force each received six-year prison sentences Wednesday for their roles in a drug distribution ring.

Former state police Officer Keith Salazar and former San Juan County sheriff's Deputy Levi Countryman each pleaded guilty earlier this year to a charge of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.


Schenectady officer charged with DWI

Joseph Peters IV, a ten year veteran on the force, was ticketed around 7:30 p.m. for having a blood alcohol level of more than .08 percent.


Cop charged with sex abuse

A police officer warned a tattoo parlor worker not to report he'd been sodomized with a baton during an arrest or else police would lock him up for a felony, prosecutors said Tuesday.

The threat was among fresh details to emerge as the Brooklyn district attorney announced an indictment charging Officer Richard Kern and two other patrolmen with their own set of startling felonies.


Ex-Police Preacher Gets Trial In Connection With Charity Scheme

A former Pittsburgh police chaplain accused of keeping money for the family of a 12-year-old girl killed in a shooting will go trial.

Keith Smith, 61, of Crafton, was in court on Thursday for his preliminary hearing. He is charged with theft for asking for $332 from a church for the family of Jolesa Barber.


NYC law firm founder accused of securities fraud

The head of a prominent Manhattan law firm was charged with securities and wire fraud Monday for what authorities called a "stunning, brazen fraud" that tricked hedge funds into investing more than $100 million in bogus financial instruments.


Ex-cop gets 10 years in theft from evidence locker

Former Alton police officer Mick Dooley was sentenced Monday to 10 years in federal prison for stealing thousands of dollars in cash from the department's evidence vault and also from a dead man's home.


Ex-cop sought for kidnap, rape

Michael L. Johnson Jr., of Penn Township, York County, was arrested and charged last week with impersonating a police officer, kidnapping and raping a young Baltimore woman.


DA Asked State Police To Investigate Missing Money

The New Orleans district attorney wants the Louisiana State Police to investigate money that has been reported missing from the police evidence room.


Local Officer, Accused Of Stealing Ammunition, Pleads Guilty

According to Chesapeake Clerk of Court, former police officer Charles Adams pled quilty to ammunition theft. Adams received a 12-month jail sentence with 11 of them suspended.


Former Officer Indicted On Child Pornography Production Charges

Members of a Portsmouth grand jury have indicted Former Portsmouth Police Officer Paul Alonzo Ewing. Ewing faces Indecent Liberties with a Minor and Producing Child Pornography.


FBI agent trainee faces 5 charges

Yue Cheng enlisted in the Navy and was later accepted into the prestigious FBI academy in Quantico.

But the Williamsburg woman's career has unraveled following a federal investigation that concluded she entered into a sham marriage to gain U.S. citizenship seven years ago.


Police chief is charged in death

A small-town police chief who authorities say promoted, organized, and profited from a firearms exposition where children were encouraged to shoot machine guns and where an 8-year-old killed himself with a Micro Uzi was charged yesterday with involuntary manslaughter.


Officer Arrested In Prostitution Case

Officer Sam Streater is charged with patronizing a prostitute and patronizing a prostitute from a motor vehicle. He was off-duty at the time.


Judge Postpones Sentencing Ex-FBI Agent Connolly

Former FBI agent John Connolly is denying any role in the 1982 slaying of a Miami gambling executive.

Connolly is already serving 10 years behind bars on a 2002 federal conviction for racketeering because of his corrupt relationships with Boston's notorious Winter Hill Gang. The gang was led by FBI most-wanted fugitive James "Whitey" Bulger.


Creston Cops Accused of Rape Get Change of Venue

A judge has granted a request to move the trial of two former Creston police officials accused in the alleged rape of a woman at a country club bar.

The trial for former police chief James Christensen and former assistant chief John Sickels will be moved from Union County in southern Iowa to Woodbury County in northwestern Iowa.


Former Harris County DA Will Not Face Charges

Former Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal will not face criminal charges stemming from an e-mail scandal during his final months of office.


Sgt. fired for testing fraud

Sgt. Cory Buckner was officially dismissed from Kentucky State Police on Tuesday for four violations of the agency’s standards of conduct.

Buckner, a seven-year KSP veteran, took a driving under the influence recertification test for another trooper and ordered two subordinates to take the test for three other troopers…


Arrest warrant issued for ex-Kanabec sheriff

Authorities are ready to arrest former Kanabec County Sheriff Von Thompson -- as soon as they can find him.

Thompson was charged in October with four felonies for allegedly swindling a 91-year-old man of more than $179,000. He was judged a "low flight risk," but now a warrant has been issued for his arrest after he violated the terms of his release.


3 Norfolk police officers indicted

Two current and one former Norfolk police officer were indicted Wednesday on various charges including giving false testimony and perjury, Police Chief Bruce Marquis announced.


Woman to File Against Pignato, Greece Police Alleging Forced Sex, Assault

The woman at the center of a bribery case involving a Greece Police officer has filed notice she intends to sue Officer Gary Pignato and the Greece Police Department.


Jailer charged with punching O.C. inmate

An Orange County jailer has been charged with punching an inmate in the face while holding a fistful of keys.

Sheriff's Deputy Ryan Keith White could be sentenced to a year in jail if convicted of misdemeanor assault by a public officer.


Ex-officer arrested in computer tampering case

Curtis Baumgarth, 40, was arrested while at work Feb. 5 after police said Baumgarth's ex-girlfriend reported that he was sending her threatening text messages.

According to court documents, the 14-year veteran of the department threatened to post sexually explicit pictures of the woman and sell them on eBay if she "did not immediately respond to his communications, answer his questions about her contacts with other people or agree to resume sexual relations with him."


New Haven officer sued over police brutality

A city police officer is facing two federal lawsuits accusing him of brutality and an illegal strip search, while records show he has been subject to a history of complaints of excessive force.

The department has a recent history of scandal. Three detectives were sent to prison for planting evidence and stealing money from crime scenes.


ABC agent charged with DUI

An agent assigned to the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board was charged with driving under the influence after he was involved in a wreck.


Connecticut judge's DUI case postponed

A Connecticut judge charged with driving under the influence after allegedly hitting a state trooper's car has been granted a two-week postponement in the criminal case against her.

Hartford Superior Court Judge E. Curtissa Cofield had been scheduled to appear in Manchester Superior Court on Monday morning.


ICE agent charged with accepting bribes

Officials allege that ICE agent Pedro Cintron, 52, of Weston, Fla., accepted $8,300 in cash and gifts from a confidential informant, as well as a $12,000 bribe from a Chinese man based in Ecuador working to smuggle illegal immigrants into the United States ...


Report heightens scrutiny of judge

Hinds County Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter improperly communicated with former mentor Ed Peters in a $1 billion theft of trade lawsuit, based on e-mails and other documents, according to a court official's report.

The development increases the scrutiny of DeLaughter, who has been suspended from the bench since late March pending a state Commission on Judicial Performance investigation into complaints against him.


Ex-Trooper Admits Writing Phony Tickets

The Attorney General's office says 28-year-old Mark Wilson pleaded guilty to three counts of tampering with public records and three counts of second-degree forgery. He was ordered to serve a year of probation.


Newport News assistant police chief demoted over DUI

Dawn Barber is no longer an assistant police chief in Newport News.

The judge fined Barber $500, sentenced her to 30 days behind bars, suspended her license for a year and ordered her to take an ASAP class.


Judge Pleads Guilty In DUI Case

Sean O'Brien received a 60-day jail sentence that was suspended if he pays fines and court costs, obeys all laws and participates in the 24/7 alcohol monitoring program.


Polk County, Fla., deputy arrested for DUI

Authorities say Anthony Eugene Lawrence, a detention lieutenant, was weaving through traffic and hitting curbs around 1:20 a.m. Tuesday morning when he was pulled over.


Molalla chief wants to fire officer, again

The police chief of this small farming town south of Portland says he wants to review a state decertification order for one of his officers to see if he can be fired - again.


LAPD's fingerprint lab isn't up to the task

One of the unit's print specialists had determined that several prints lifted from a cellphone store where a burglary had occurred belonged to Maria Maldonado, a 25-year-old hospital technician. Two others in the unit had signed off on the work. The match had given authorities the evidence they needed to arrest the woman and charge her with the crime. When the case went before a judge, however, a renowned fingerprint expert testified that the police had made a mistake.


Off-Duty Deputy Arrested After Fight

An off-duty Orange County sheriff's deputy was arrested early Sunday morning after her boyfriend was shocked with a Taser gun by Orlando police.


Federal judge resentences former Border Patrol agent

Ignacio Ramos was again given an 11-year federal prison term a day after Jose Alonso Compean was resentenced to his original 12-year term. Both were convicted in 2006 of shooting admitted and now-convicted drug smuggler Osvaldo Aldrete Davila, an illegal immigrant, and trying to cover up the incident.


Lawyer pleads guilty in document forgery

Months after it was revealed that a lawyer who formerly practiced in Christiansburg had forged several legal documents, including property easements, divorce decrees and adoption orders, the reason behind his actions remains unclear.


Officers involved in fight spark controversy in East Tawas

Thursday there was talk of disbanding a Mid-Michigan police department after two of its officers were accused of getting into a bar fight.


New Orleans Police launching full investigation into missing cash at evidence room

The Public Integrity Bureau has begun a full investigation into around $19,000 missing from the New Orleans Police Department's property room, Superintendent Warren Riley said.


Hennepin Co. deputy arrested on DWI suspicion

A Hennepin County Sheriff’s deputy is on paid administrative leave after he arrested for suspicion of drunk driving.


Sheriff Indicted In Cockfighting Case

Federal prosecutors are seeking to move Page County Sheriff Daniel W. Presgraves' trial on racketeering and other charges to U.S. District Court in Roanoke.

A 22-count indictment unsealed Oct. 23 charged Presgraves with racketeering, conspiracy and other charges stemming from accusations that he took bribes in exchange for promising not to interfere with a cockfighting ring.


Kennebunk cop to be arraigned on OUI charge

Kennebunk Police Officer Chris Russell will be in York District Court on Nov. 13 to face arraignment on a charge of operating under the influence.

The department’s juvenile officer and senior citizen liaison, Russell has been on paid administrative leave since the accident.


Jeff deputy booked in drug case

For the third time in nearly two years, a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office deputy has been booked with "doctor shopping" to illegally obtain prescription drugs.

Sgt. Christopher T. Fisher, age and address not provided, was booked Nov. 10 with illegally obtaining a controlled dangerous substance by fraud and deceit. Fisher, a 12-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office's Land, Sea and Air division, has since been released from jail and fired, said Col. John Fortunato, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office.


Secret Service Officer Arrested In Prostitution Sting

A Secret Service officer was arrested early Saturday during a prostitution sting conducted by D.C. police in Northwest.


Ohio Lawyer Who Faked Kidnapping Admits to Stealing

A former Toledo, Ohio, lawyer who made up a story about being kidnapped and taken to Georgia after a client accused her of stealing his money has admitted taking $624,000 from about two dozen people.

Karyn McConnell Hancock pleaded guilty to aggravated theft on Monday. She's a former city councilwoman and a daughter of a judge.


Lawyer Indicted in Hiding of Drug Money

A lawyer with offices in Prince George's County and the District was arrested yesterday after a federal grand jury in Maryland accused him of helping to hide tens of thousands of dollars that had belonged to a slain drug dealer.


Milwaukee Police Officer Accused Of Beating Woman

A Milwaukee police officer faces up to three and a half years in prison after investigators said he beat a woman.

Patrick Fuhrman is a nine-year veteran of the police department.


State police ex-official charged with theft

Debra L. Johnson was arrested in May, accused of using her state-issued credit card to buy more than $11,000 in personal items.


Page sheriff indicted by federal grand jury

After more than two years into the investigation of a cockfighting operation in Page County, prior allegations that Sheriff Danny Presgraves accepted bribes to overlook the illegal activities proved to be just the "tip of the iceberg."


Commerce City police: Lakewood officer abused baby

In the final days before Dave O'Shell killed his wife and then himself, the Lakewood police officer had become the prime suspect in a child-abuse investigation.


Prosecutor Finds Detroit Crime Lab Appalling

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy castigated the Detroit Police Department on Wednesday for mismanaging the city's crime lab, potentially compromising countless cases prosecuted by her office that relied on evidence processed by the lab before its closing in September.


Judge Acquits Officer in Double-Fatal Beltway Crash

Prince George's County Police Department Officer Scott Campbell had a camera mounted in his cruiser but turned it off for six seconds before the fatal crash, then turned it back on after the impact, prosecutors said.


'America's Sheriff' Facing Corruption Trial in California

Opening statements begin this morning in the federal public corruption trial of former Orange County Sheriff Michael Carona, who was once dubbed "America's sheriff."

The 53-year-old Carona is charged with conspiracy, mail fraud and witness tampering. Also charged are his alleged mistress and his wife.


Disbarred lawyer guilty in sex assaults

A disbarred lawyer whose vast collection of erotica, porn, scrapbooks and journals chronicled decades of sexual obsession was convicted Thursday of 17 counts of possession of child pornography, two counts of sexual assault of a child and two counts of child enticement.


Prosecutors Widen Chicago Police Torture Probe

The investigation of decades-old claims that Chicago police tortured suspects with beatings, electric shocks and games of Russian roulette won't stop with last week's federal indictment of a controversial homicide commander.


Two deputies ticketed in Causeway crackdown

Recently uncovered Causeway Police reports reveal two off duty sheriff's office deputies, one from St. Tammany and another from Jefferson Parish, were cited for speeding in excess of 15 mph above the Causeway's 65 mph speed limit.

The citations of St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office Reserve Deputy J.P. Jardine, clocked at 81 mph, and Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Deputy D. Zanotelli, clocked at 87 mph, expose a crackdown on everything illegal by new Causeway Police Chief Nick Congemi.


Page County sheriff arrested

Page County Sheriff Daniel Presgraves has been indicted on 22 federal charges, including conspiracy and money laundering, some of which are linked to a cockfighting operation.


Cops fight wheelchair-bound bus rider; witnesses claim brutality

Witnesses, alleging police brutality, described a scene where passengers ran from a bus filled with mace, where the suspect was thrown from her wheelchair and kicked, stomped, choked and had her wig torn off, and where onlookers were ordered to hand over cell phone cameras that had photographed the ordeal.


Ex-Chicago policeman charged in torture case

Former Chicago Police Lt. Jon Burge, whose activities were once called to the attention of the United Nations, was arrested at his home near Tampa, Florida. He could face up to 45 years in prison if convicted of the three criminal counts.


Trooper diplomas reviewed

Nine state troopers are under investigation over college diplomas they claimed to have earned to get higher pay.

Six troopers and three sergeants, including one trooper assigned to the Seattle detachment, were placed on paid administrative leave ...


Deputy admits to sexual misconduct

Deputy Brandon Claggett is accused of carrying on an inappropriate relationship with women while he was on duty.


Fudged Breathalyzer Tests Questions DUI Arrests

This comes after the Florida Department of Law Enforcement fired the examiner who was responsible for testing all the DUI machines, alleging she failed to follow protocol with the inspections.


New Orleans lawyer gets 78 months for child pornography conviction

After pleading guilty late last year to a single count of possessing child pornography, materials that federal agents found on his home and office computers, a New Orleans lawyer Tuesday was ordered to spent 78 months in a federal prison.


Sheriff Gets Probation In Intoxicated Driving Conviction

Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall was sentenced Wednesday to a year of unsupervised probation and 36 hours of community service after he was convicted of driving while ability-impaired.


Oakland officers didn't need to skirt rules for drug warrants, lawyers say

As the Oakland Police Department continued its internal investigation into how and why officers ended up giving judges false statements on affidavits to obtain search warrants, those in the defense community wondered why the police didn't just give other reasons for why the warrants were needed.


Texas sheriff indicted on drug smuggling charges

The sheriff of a rural Texas county next to the Mexican border was arrested at his office Tuesday after being indicted on charges alleging he was involved in a large-scale cocaine and marijuana smuggling operation.

Starr County Sheriff Reymundo Guerra was named in a 19-count indictment along with more than a dozen other people.


Ex-Broward sheriff Jenne lands new job

He's less than a month out of federal prison, but former Broward County Sheriff Ken Jenne has landed a job as a political consultant.

Sheriff for nearly nine years, Jenne pleaded guilty in September 2007 to mail fraud and tax evasion for taking $151,625 in improper payments and services from Sheriff's Office contractors.


Mendenhall police chief pleads guilty to assault

Mendenhall police chief James Sullivan has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault charges related to accusations that he sex with a 14-year-old girl.


Ex-chief LaBruno collects $350K after retiring in wake of scandal

Former Police Chief Carmen LaBruno, who retired July 1, received a termination payment from the city of $350,000 in August, city officials confirmed Friday.

As stipulated in his contract, LaBruno's payout was based on the daily rate of his final annual salary of $210,794, or $843 a day.

This payout is in addition to his annual pension of $147,000.


Deputy charged with DUI

A sheriff’s deputy was arrested for DUI because a driver — who happened to be an off-duty deputy on her way home — called 911 to say he was speeding, authorities say.

Deputy Shawn J. Lally, 28, was arrested Saturday at about 11:30 p.m. He refused to take a roadside sobriety or blood alcohol tests.


Parking enforcers accused of accepting food bribes in Richmond

The city auditor says he found corruption in the parking enforcement in downtown Richmond. Six meter maids are charged with taking a bribe in order not to write a parking ticket.


Deputy Accused Of Gathering Nickels After I-95 Big Rig Crash

At least one Brevard County sheriff's deputy is being investigated on suspicion of gathering some of the federal government's scattered nickels that remain along Interstate 95 nearly a month after a crash involving a U.S. Treasury truck.


U.S. Attorney: Ex-Sheriff Gets 15 Years For Corruption, Extortion, Money Laundering

Former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford was sentenced on Monday to 15 years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.


Lauded deputy had been charged with assault

A Harford County sheriff's deputy who was named Sunday as The Baltimore Sun's Police Officer of the Year in community service had been arrested a month earlier and charged with assault after a woman alleged she was lured to a bachelor party and shoved down a flight of stairs.


Mother of victim in car crash caused by LMPD officer says LMPD pulled a “cover-up”

The mother of a man who was killed in a crash caused by a metro police officer says she’s pleased with the $1.3 million dollars she’s getting out of her lawsuit against the city. But Marsha Butler and her attorneys believe metro police tried to cover up details of the crash involving a fellow officer.


Fugitive deputy caught in Iowa

Police have captured a Kentucky sheriff's deputy who was on the run and suspected of murder.

Kentucky State Police say Randall Creek, a Simpson County sheriff's deputy, was arrested at a motel in Waterloo, Iowa.


Corrections officer indicted in sex abuse

A Palmer grand jury has indicted a state Department of Corrections officer charged with sexually abusing a Palmer teenager.

Joel Larson, a 14-year veteran of the department, worked at Palmer Correctional Center. Grand jurors last week handed up an indictment on five counts of first- and second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, all felonies.


Officer Fired After Recruit's Death Gets Re-Hired

A city fire officer terminated for incompetence after a recruit died during a training exercise wins his job back.


Customs Officer Arraigned On Drug Charges

A Customs and Border Protection officer assigned to the Calexico Port of Entry, who is accused of helping to smuggle heroin and cocaine into the United States, was arraigned Friday on federal bribery and drug charges.

Jesus Velasco Esparza, 22, was arrested Thursday by the Imperial County Public Corruption Task Force.


Ex-CIA Official Pleads Guilty to Fraud

The CIA's former top administrator pleaded guilty yesterday to steering agency contracts to a defense contractor and concealing their relationship, making Kyle "Dusty" Foggo the highest-ranking member of a federal intelligence or law enforcement agency to be convicted of a crime, officials said.


Atlanta cop indicted again in sexual assault

An Atlanta police officer whose criminal charges were thrown out earlier this week has been reindicted on the same sexual assault charges, according to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office.

Wayne Longe is once again charged with sexual assault against a person in custody and violation of oath by a public officer, according to the indictment obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


Trooper resigns over ticket scandal

A Claiborne County trooper with the Tennessee Highway Patrol has resigned--she was about to be fired for failing to turn in traffic tickets.

Trooper Charlene Green resigned in lieu of termination Wednesday. She had been accused in an internal complaint of neglect of duty for failing to submit traffic citations to courts of record.


Chief apologizes for sex scandal

Police Chief Robert Milano apologized Thursday for a sex scandal that he acknowledged has cost his department some hard-won public confidence.

Milano said he owes city taxpayers an explanation for the behavior of former patrolman Christopher Donovan who resigned in June after it was revealed he had been having sex with two female dispatchers while on duty. The two civilian dispatchers, Catherine Goodfield and Jennifer Street also resigned soon after an internal investigation was launched.


Lawrence police officer raped woman while on duty last Friday, police allege

A veteran Lawrence police officer is facing rape charges and has lost his job after he allegedly kidnapped a woman off a Lawrence street and repeatedly sexually assaulted her while on duty and in his uniform.

Kevin Sledge was arrested in Pelham, NH earlier today on charges of rape, kidnapping and indecent assault and battery.


Portsmith police officer charged with rape

A Portsmouth police officer is charged with rape.

Paul Ewing, 37, was arrested Monday night and relieved of his duties.


Error-prone Detroit police crime lab closed

Officials say they have shut down the Detroit police crime lab because errors have been found in evidence from shooting cases.

Michigan State Police have found erroneous or false findings in 10 percent of 200 random cases...


Cop indicted in deadly Thanksgiving DUI crash

A Chicago Police officer who had DUI charges dismissed against him in a fatal November crash was indicted Tuesday in the same Roscoe Village car accident that killed two men.

John Ardelean was indicted on charges of reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence in the early Thanksgiving crash that killed Miguel Flores, 22, and Erick Lagunas, 21.


Oklahoma Judge Who Used Sex Device in Court Disbarred

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday disbarred a former judge who served prison time for using a sexual device while presiding over trials.

Former Creek County District Judge Donald Thompson, 61, was accused of using a "penis pump" in court and convicted in June 2006 on four counts of indecent exposure.


Blunt Wants Audit Of St. Louis Police Dept.

Gov. Matt Blunt has asked State Auditor Susan Montee for a comprehensive audit of the St. Louis police department after reports that hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars are missing.

He said it appears there was "an inappropriate relationship between the department and Metropolitan Towing."


Mobster says Boston FBI agent took $235,000 in bribes

Boston mobsters paid former FBI agent John Connolly roughly $235,000 over the years for protection and information that included fingering gang turncoats, a jailed gangster testified Monday at the agent's murder trial.


Officers Placed on Leave Amid White Death Probe

One day after the chief medical examiner ruled that Ronnie White's death was a homicide, FOX 5 has learned that two correctional officers who have become the focus of the investigation into his death have been placed on paid administrative leave from their jobs at the Prince George's County Jail.


Tenn. officer fired after choking suspect on video

A Tennessee police officer has pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault charges after he was caught on video using a chokehold on a man suspected of hiding marijuana in his mouth.

Video from a city police car shows Cpl. William Cosby using a chokehold on 26-year-old James Lawrence Anders Jr. during an April traffic stop. The video then shows Anders passing out.


Conviction Of 'Mafia Cops' Stands

A federal appeals court has reinstated a jury verdict against two former police detectives who were convicted of moonlighting as gangsters and carrying out a series of hits for the mob.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa can be sentenced on a racketeering conspiracy conviction that was tossed out by U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein in Brooklyn.


Police Officer Not Guilty in Fatal Crash

Officer Amanda Perry was responding to a shoplifting call on Feb. 12 when her cruiser struck a Toyota sedan driven by Ashley McIntosh, 33. McIntosh was pulling onto Route 1 near Boswell Drive, police said.

The McIntosh family said the rookie officer was traveling at speeds close to 50 mph without running her siren when she ran a red light and crashed into McIntosh's car, ejecting her from the vehicle.


FBI employee sentenced for taking free cruise

An FBI employee who accepted an all-expenses-paid cruise from a company doing business with the agency has been sentenced to two years of probation and fined $5,000.

Forty-seven-year-old Curtis Jones of Annapolis was sentenced Thursday in Baltimore. He pleaded guilty in June to accepting an illegal gratuity.


Former top DOJ officials emerge in Abramoff case

Two former top Justice Department officials emerged Wednesday as figures in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal as prosecutors disclosed plans to turn over some of the officials' correspondence to defense attorneys preparing for trial in the case.

The officials are former Solicitor General Paul Clement and David Ayres, one-time chief of staff to former Attorney General John Ashcroft.


Ex-immigration official pleads to corruption

A former federal official accused of accepting bribes to release illegal immigrants pleaded guilty Tuesday to corruption charges.

Roy M. Bailey pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery, conspiracy to defraud the United States and failing to report a felony. Under the plea agreement, Bailey faces up to 37 months in prison and a $75,000 fine when he is sentenced Nov. 21.


BSO deputy fired in crime scandal gets job back

Broward sheriff's deputy fired last year in a crime statistics scandal will get his job back because the agency's investigation was flawed, an arbitrator ruled Monday.

The decision in Deputy Lee Martin's case is another blow to efforts by the Broward Sheriff's Office and state prosecutors to prove there was a widespread effort by BSO employees to clear and downgrade crime complaints to boost their crime-solving statistics.


Off-duty cop fatally shoots self after shooting children

A 7-year-old girl was killed, her brother was critically wounded, and their father — an off-duty Chicago Police officer — died from a self-inflicted gun shot wound this morning after a barricade situation on the Southwest Side.

They found the two children suffering gunshot wounds to their heads.


Madison Officer Admits Stealing Seafood, Avoids Prison

Former Madison police Officer Joseph Gambardella avoided prison time and a trial Monday by admitting he stole bags of seafood from Lenny and Joe's Fish Tale Restaurant.

Gambardella pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary and fourth-degree larceny and was sentenced to two years of a suspended sentence and two years probation.


Cop Charged With Indecent Exposure In Rocklin

A Rocklin police officer was arrested Saturday evening after authorities responded to a call by disturbed neighbors that the man was loading a firearm in front of his home.

Officers responded to the intersection of Heron Court and Darby Road in Rocklin to find 34-year-old Jeffrey McKay making threats to neighbors while brandishing a firearm. Police report a handgun was found at the scene.


D.C. Officer Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement

Prosecutors say a D.C. police officer has pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly $180,000 by claiming to have worked overtime to catch speeding drivers.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Karin Coppens falsely recorded 3,400 hours of overtime by forging the signature of a supervisor on more than 94 time sheets.


New Information: Fired Aiken County deputy faced previous discipline

An Aiken County deputy is out of a job after he was caught hitting a teen on dash cam video.

According to a press release from the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office Jeffrey Nation, of Aiken, struck Lorenzo Williams, Jr., 18 of New Ellenton, in the throat on Sunday.


Jailer, Deputy Indicted By Grand Jury

A jailer and his chief deputy have been indicted by a grand jury hearing evidence related to the death of an inmate.


L.A. Unified police officer gets 20 years in rape

A Los Angeles school police officer was sentenced to 20 years in state prison for raping a woman while on duty, authorities said today.

Ian Mitchell King, 35, was sentenced Friday after he was convicted in February of five counts of sexual battery, unlawful penetration, and rape by a public official.


Police officer fired, fire capt. suspended

Anthony Scatena III was fired Monday night from the Fort Wayne Police Department by the Board of Public Safety while Fort Wayne Fire Capt. Terrance P. Miller was suspended without pay.

Scatena violated a court order by calling his estranged girlfriend more than 250 times.

Miller, suspended with pay on Aug. 15, is accused of molesting a then 12-year-old girl last year.


Officer’s firing shouldn’t affect cases

The firing of an Aspen police officer who allegedly reported to duty under the influence of alcohol should not have a significant effect on the judicial system.

Jim Crowley, an 18-year veteran of the Aspen Police Department, worked on 25 cases this year, and only five of them remain active.


Polk jail deputy sold drugs to undercover cops, police say

A county detention deputy was arrested on charges of selling prescription pain pills to undercover sheriff's detectives.

The deputy, Shawn Thomas Lucas, 30, resigned. He is accused of selling pills with a street value of $200, to detectives Thursday night in Auburndale, authorities said.


Former federal prosecutor on trial for allegedly molesting six teens

Onetime federal prosecutor Eric Tolen lured under-age boys by offering small jobs at his home and then traded gifts such as dirt bikes, liquor or cigarettes for sexual favors, a St. Louis County jury was told Thursday.

Prosecutor Kathi Alizadeh said the six victims — ages 11 to 15 at the time — had to perform sex acts on Tolen, or allow him to perform acts on them, to get what they wanted.


Former Detroit officer among those accused in mortgage scheme

A former Detroit police officer and a city appraiser are among three defendants named in a $2.1 million mortgage fraud and real estate "flipping" indictment announced Friday by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit.

Named as defendants are: Pierre Greene, who was a Detroit police officer at the time of the alleged offenses; Jacque Miller, who is Greene's uncle and worked as a city of Detroit appraiser and tax assessor; and Sandy Robinson, an associate of Greene's.


Two D.C. Public Schools Officers Arrested for Bribery

Documents filed in federal court in Washington show two D.C. Public Schools police officers have been arrested on bribery charges in an alleged scheme to extort kickbacks from a parking business.

Shawn Johnson and Shawn Armstead are accused in the documents of threatening to close the business unless the operator paid them 25 percent of his profits.


Ex-Prison Guard Sentenced For Taking Bribes

A former guard at the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta has been sentenced to a year in prison for taking hundreds of dollars in bribes to smuggle cigarettes to an inmate and allowing him to use a cell phone.

Prosecutors say Andru Wallace of Lithonia, who worked at the penitentiary from 2001 until 2007, also must serve two years of supervised release after his prison term.


New Orleans leaders confident police won't bolt

More than a week ago, at the first hint Gustav could be a threat to New Orleans, police Superintendent Warren Riley issued an unusual order—he gave all the city's 1,485 officers paid time off to get their families to safety.

It was a lesson learned from the bitter experience of Hurricane Katrina, when dozens of officers were roundly criticized for abandoning their posts as their colleagues and the citizens they were sworn to protect were left swamped, scared and at the mercy of lawlessness. Some were called cowards. Several dozen ended up being fired.


D.C. cop caught smoking pot in Rock Creek Park

The officer, an 18-year veteran, tried to evade police by running through a wooded area before driving off in his car. He was caught minutes later by police after he abandoned his car and took off on foot a second time.


Federal Judge Indicted in Sex Abuse Case

A federal judge in Texas stands accused of sexually abusing one of his staff members, according to charges filed Thursday.

A federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment against U.S. District Court Judge Samuel B. Kent for abusive sexual contact and attempted aggravated sexual abuse.


Bowie man acquitted of murder sues Montgomery Co.

A Bowie man who was acquitted of murder last year has filed a lawsuit against Montgomery County, alleging police did not reveal they paid a key witness against him at his first trial.

In his lawsuit filed this week, Lynn claims investigators paid a woman who testified against him in the first trial. He says they did not reveal they had done so to the defense or prosecutors, and her testimony contributed to his conviction.


Rochester police officer pleads not guilty to larceny charges

Rochester police Sgt. Carlos Garcia pleaded not guilty this morning in Rochester City Court to charges that he misused a city-issued gas credit card.

Following a five-month internal investigation, the 21-year veteran of the police department was charged Thursday with 13 counts of petit larceny in connection with 13 separate incidents in which he obtained gasoline “for personal use, convenience or profit” according to Police Chief David T. Moore.


Officer pleads guilty on theft charges

A Bethany Beach Police officer, accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the department in false medical and overtime claims, pleaded guilty on Thursday to multiple charges.

Robert Talbot, a two-and-a-half year veteran of the Bethany Beach Police Department, turned himself in to Sussex County Capitol Police in Georgetown on March 13 to face charges that he bilked over $3,000 from the department.


Ex-cop gets probation for fondling girl

An off-duty Fort Worth police officer who fondled his co-worker's daughter was sentenced to five years' deferred adjudication probation.

David Ryan Babb pleaded guilty Friday to indecency with a child/fondling. The prosecutor says that as part of the plea agreement, he must take sex offender classes and will have to register for life as a sex offender.


DE Deputy Atty General Faces Charges

A Delaware Deputy Attorney General is being charged with DUI. Victoria Witherell, 45, is accused drinking and driving in Rehoboth Beach.


Florida Cop Fired for Allegedly Lying About Rendezvous With Missing Tot's Mom

A policeman was fired for allegedly lying about a rendezvous he had with a missing Orlando toddler's mother who is under investigation in her little girl's disappearance.

Anthony Rusciano, a deputy with the Orange County Sheriff's Office, was terminated on the grounds that he wasn't truthful about meeting Caylee Anthony's mom Casey Anthony at a party.


Convicted ex-cop pleads guilty to remaining drug charges

A former Shreveport police officer who was convicted in Caddo Parish for supplying strippers with drugs in exchanged for sexual favors has admitted to seven drug charges in the neighboring parish.

Roderick “Ricky” Moore pleaded guilty in Bossier District Court on Friday as charged to one count each of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, methadone, marijuana, oxycodone, hydrocodone, alprazolam and lorazepam, according to the Bossier district attorney’s office.


Former deputy guilty in sex case

A 12-year veteran of the Livingston County Sheriff's Department was sentenced to a minimum of three years and seven months in prison Thursday for fondling three women prisoners while transporting them between the Livingston County Jail and the courthouse in April.

Randy Boos pleaded guilty to three charges of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, each a 15-year felony, in exchange for the recommended sentence by the Prosecutor's Office.


PG County police officer faces sex abuse charges

Authorities say a Prince George's County police officer has been charged with sexually abusing a minor.

Police say Donald Brunson is accused of assaulting a teenage relative at his Upper Marlboro home last month.


2 Carroll County Lawyers Indicted On Theft Charges

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said two Carroll County lawyers were indicted Thursday by a Douglas County grand jury on charges related to theft from the estate of a murder victim.

Candice Rader and Valerie Cooke, attorneys for Debra Post who was charged in September of 2002 with murdering her husband, Jerry Post, were each indicted on six counts of theft by taking and one count of theft by receiving.


Former La. cop arraigned in Taser death

A former police officer accused of repeatedly jolting a central Louisiana man with a Taser before he died has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and malfeasance in office.

Scott Nugent was arraigned Thursday in a Winn Parish courtroom.


Forsyth deputy is charged

A Forsyth County sheriff's deputy was charged yesterday with two counts of receiving bribes and two other offenses after an agent with State Bureau of Investigation accused him of "receiving visual acts of sexual arousal" from two women that he threatened to arrest earlier this month, court records show.

Christopher Heath McLaurin of 4900 Whitman Road, Pfafftown, was also charged with one count of assault and battery and one count of false imprisonment, both misdemeanors, the records show.


NY officer indicted in body-slam of unarmed woman

A New York policeman who body-slammed an unarmed woman onto a tile floor, breaking her jaw, has been indicted on a civil rights charge.

Authorities say Yonkers Officer Wayne Simoes' takedown of Irma Marquez on March 3, which was caught on video, amounted to assault.


911 Call Released In Alleged Pacific Police Chief's DUI

An eyewitness called 911 on Aug. 8, to alert Bonney Lake police to what she suspected was a drunken driver.

The driver of the vehicle was the chief of the Pacific Police Department, John Calkins, who was stopped and arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.


Judge lowers correction officer's bail

A Mercer County judge lowered the bail today of a corrections officer accused of raping his girlfriend.

Dominic Amantia of Dye Avenue, Trenton , is charged with three counts of sexual assault and criminal restraint in connection with the Apr. 2 incident that allegedly happened at his home.


Fired Seattle cop convicted of misdemeanor harassment to be rehired

A Seattle police officer who was fired last year after he was charged with felony harassment of his ex-wife and her date will be rehired.

Former Officer Felton Miles pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment in February.


Lawyer admits lying to FBI about bribes

A lawyer and architect in Hudson County has admitted lying to the FBI about whether he paid bribes to area officials in exchange for favors.

Jose Izquierdo pleaded guilty today to one count of making false statements. The Cliffside Park man faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when sentenced Dec. 15.


Convicted ex-GPD cop now facing lawsuit

Kenneth Deshun Woods, 29, was convicted of aggravated kidnapping in January after a May 2006 incident where he forced a Dickinson woman into his patrol car, took her to a secluded beach and raped her.

In his trial, Woods testified that the sex was consensual but said he used poor judgment by having sex while on duty.


GPD Officer Investigation

GPD Officer Joseph Dixon was arrested on May 5th and charged with domestic battery. He was put on administrative leave for the next month, and didn't resume his normal patrol until July 7th. Even though he only worked three-fourths of July, he was given the GPD District 3 Officer of the Month award. He says he's proud of it, and he may end up with no criminal charges.


Retired officer appears in court

A retired Indianapolis police officer who failed to show up to court on Wednesday appeared before a judge on Thursday to face drunk driving charges.

Leon Benjamin was a detective with IMPD when he was arrested Sunday night following a crash on the west side.


2 Cops Fired Over Filmed Beating

A police officer has quit and two others were fired Tuesday after a patrol car dashboard camera caught them punching and kicking a handcuffed suspect.

City spokesman Chase Scott said the two other officers, Louis Schwartz and Jason Zangara, were dismissed Tuesday after an internal investigation.


Ex-deputy charged with killing wife and day laborer

Yancey was indicted on two counts of murder in the deaths of his wife, Linda Yancey, 44, and the laborer, Marcial Cax-Puluc, whom police said was age 23. Don Geary, DeKalb chief assistant district attorney, said Yancey, who resigned from the sheriff’s office on Monday, also faces two weapons charges in the incident.


Ex-Cop Sentenced To 440 Years For Rapes

Judge Robert Freitag sentenced Jeffrey Pelo, a former Bloomington police sergeant, for the rapes of Gliege and three other women between 2002 and 2005 and the stalking of a fifth woman.

Prosecutors used dozens of witnesses and evidence found in Pelo's home to portray him as a man obsessed with violent pornography who paradoxically wanted his victims to like him. They also said his police computer login was used to research rape victims before the attacks.


Seattle officer held in shooting had been disciplined

An off-duty Seattle police officer involved in the shooting of a motorcycle gang member at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota has been disciplined at least twice.

In the first, the 43-year-old pawnshop detective was disciplined for taunting fans at a Seattle Seahawks playoff game. Later, he was accused of threatening to shoot a Tacoma restaurant manager after being told to leave.


Ramapo cop accused in sex abuse case

A 34-year-old Ramapo police officer was released without bail today after pleading not guilty to sexual abuse charges.

Andrew Dale has been accused in connection with the case of a Monsey man alleged to have posed as a gynecologist in Manhattan and, possibly, Rockland.


Police Chief Once Found Guilty of Perjury

The recently promoted chief of the Department of General Services Police was once recommended for termination after a Baltimore police board found him guilty of perjury in 1999.

After a judge ruled the department should have allowed Philip Palmere to present character witnesses he resigned and the department dismissed the charges. Palmere was accused of reporting he saw a man he had arrested toss a gun to the ground when he had actually found the weapon in an apartment.


FBI to newspapers: Sorry about your phone records

FBI Director Robert Mueller has apologized to the editors of The Washington Post and The New York Times for improperly obtaining phone records of the newspapers' reporters while investigating terrorism four years ago.

Last year, the inspector general uncovered 700 cases in which FBI agents obtained telephone records through "exigent letters," which asserted that grand jury subpoenas had been requested for the data when in fact such subpoenas never had been sought.


Deputy going to trial

A suspended Newaygo County sheriff's deputy accused of sexually assaulting an acquaintance in 2002 has waived a probable cause hearing and was bound over to trial in the county's circuit court.

Robert Dakin, 37, a force lieutenant and department spokesman, is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct through force or coercion.


Mandeville police chief ordered to submit files

When FBI agents interviewed Mandeville Police Chief Tom Buell at his home Monday night, they also served him with a subpoena for records from the scandal-plagued Christmas charity he controlled.


Polk sheriff's rape trial moved to Buncombe

Superior Court Judge Zoro Guice granted a change of venue in the trial of Polk County Sheriff Chris Abril.

Abril was charged in 2006 with five counts of first-degree statutory rape and one count of first-degree sexual offense. The charges stem from incidents that allegedly occurred 20 years ago involving a 10-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl.


Ex-parole officer sentenced to 5 years for sex abuse

A former probation and parole officer has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing three women who were under his supervision in St. Tammany Parish.

In addition to the three counts of sexual battery, Shannon Stewart, a 17-year employee of the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, pleaded guilty Monday to four counts of malfeasance.


Prison for ex-NYC cop accused of prostituting girl

A former New York City police detective accused of forcing a 13-year-old runaway into prostitution has been sentenced to more than three years in prison.

Wayne Taylor pleaded guilty last month to attempted kidnapping.


Judge defends how he handled tickets

Traffic Court Judge Ronald Sholes regularly intervened outside of his courtroom on behalf of traffic defendants, many of whom had ties to the New Orleans law firm where Sholes practices, records show.


Sex assault case against Polk sheriff begins

Jury selection started Monday in the state’s sexual assault case against Polk County Sheriff Chris Abril.

Abril was indicted in August 2006 on five counts of first-degree statutory rape and one count of first-degree sex offense. Prosecutors say he assaulted two girls, ages 10 and 12, between July 1987 and October 1989 in Polk County.


Officer Charged with Soliciting Sex from Underage Girl

Police in Loudoun County say a juvenile correction officer from Culpepper County was arrested early Sunday for allegedly soliciting sex from an underage girl.

Authorities say David Ware was arrested at Loudoun County High School in Leesburg.


Pequannock man, cop face sexual assault charges

Township police Wednesday charged Curtis E. Smith, 20, of William Street, Pequannock, and his brother, Daniel J. Smith 26, of Worcester, Mass., with sexual assault, criminal sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child.


Former City Police Officer Facing Rape Charge

Prosecutors allege that Rohan Mays, 27, who resigned from the police department on July 23, raped a 16-year-old girl between June and July of last year.