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3 Md. prison guards face trial on brutality charge

The two-day jury trial of Tyson Hinkle and Dustin Norris, of Martinsburg, W.Va.; and Reginald Martin, of Chambersburg, Pa., was scheduled to start Monday.

They are among five fired guards accused of kicking inmate Kenneth Davis as he lay on the floor of a cell after he allegedly was beaten by four other officers the previous night.


Connolly’s convictions tossed

Special prosecutor R. Michael Tantillo intends to convene another grand jury and seek a new indictment against former Seneca County Sheriff Leo T. Connolly, whose official misconduct convictions were tossed out Friday by the state appellate court.

Connolly was found guilty last August. He allegedly told subordinates to find out who posted the negative comments on the forums at and charge them with anything they could.


Portland police officer arrested

A Portland police officer has been arrested and charged with multiple counts of official misconduct and telephonic harassment.

The Portland Police Bureau identified him as 28-year-old Joseph Wild, a four-year veteran of the force. He was charged Friday with 71 counts of misconduct and 62 counts of harassment.


Ill. Cop Sentenced For Beating Man In Wheelchair

A Chicago Police officer was sentenced Thursday to 40 months in prison for beating a man shackled to a wheelchair in a hospital four years ago.


Officer intended to sell fake shoes, handbags

Tongia Northington Lynch, who is a corrections officer for the Virginia Department of Corrections, is charged with felony conspiracy and felony criminal use of counterfeit trademarks.


Plainfield cop charged with insurance fraud

Officer David Thomas was charged with second-degree insurance fraud in connection with a homeowner's claim involving a computer, according to Hellwig.


FL officer suspended after running over sunbather

A rookie police officer has been suspended for seven days for running over a woman sunbathing on a north Florida beach.


State Corrections Official Busted On DUI Charge

The undersecretary who oversees California parolees and adult and juvenile prisons has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving while in a state vehicle.


Women police officers settle Hayward harassment suit

The suit was filed on behalf of 14 female police officers who had said they faced systematic harassment based on their gender or sexual orientation. The officers had been seeking unspecified damages for discrimination that they said dated to 1982 and continued through early 2008 ...


Last firing at Sheriff's Office?

Financial administrator Sandra Norris on Wednesday became the seventh, and perhaps the last, Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office employee to lose her job for her role in the scandal that brought down Sheriff Charlie Morris.


Md. police officer charged in bank burglary

A suspect was found and arrested and police say their investigation led to burglary charges against Cpl. Eddie Smith Jr. The 16-year veteran of the force assigned to the bureau of patrol has been suspended without pay.


Lawyer arrested in theft of $100,000 from 9-year-old boy

A lawyer charged with stealing $100,000 from a 9-year-old he represented was arrested Friday by the Brevard County Sheriff's Office.


Bells police officer will keep his job

Aldermen voted 4-1 Tuesday night against firing a Bells police officer accused of breaking several department rules and to restore his pay from an unpaid suspension.


Former D.C. Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Tax Charges

Officials say Willie Borden entered his plea on Tuesday in U.S. District Court. They say Borden was co-owner of B&B Security Consultants in southeast Washington, providing security guards to groups and events in the region.


Friends and collegues can't explain embezzlement by integrity-touting Florida sheriff

Sheriff Charlie Morris preached integrity. The word hung in large letters in his headquarters. His peers elected him head of Florida's sheriffs association and gave him a seat on the state board that disciplines law officers who stray.

But it was an act. For years he'd been running an elaborate scheme in Okaloosa County, giving employees bonuses from federal homeland security grants and other sources — and requiring a kickback in return.


Trial set for ex-deputy in girl's death

A trial date has been set for a former Rutherford County sheriff's detective accused of hitting and killing an 11-year-old Kentucky girl and then disposing of evidence at the scene in July 2008.

Former Detective Sgt. Ron Killings, who also is accused of lying to police about two bottles of alcohol witnesses say he dumped from his vehicle, is set to appear in court Oct. 13, according to documents.


Corruption trial video released

The officers, along with a former patrolman - who's now testifying against them are accused of stealing from dope dealers.


Court date today for judge accused in Plants case

Waterstone is accused of misconduct in office for allowing false testimony in Wayne County Circuit Court in order to hide a star witness’s role as a paid informant for the Inkster police. The case’s prosecutor, Karen Plants, and two cops – detective Robert McArthur and Sgt. Scott Rechtzigel – are charged with conspiracy to commit perjury.


St. Pete Officer Suspended For Cruiser Crashes

St. Petersburg Police Department called 31-year-old officer Adrian Owens a "chronic offender" of department rules and handed down its penalty Thursday.


Police Beating of Schizophrenic Caught on Tape

The tape shows Holloway waiting outside Lawrence's Grill and Bar restaurant in Passaic when a police cruiser pulled up and a female officer asked him to zip up his sweatshirt. Holloway appears to comply, but Rios jumps out and begins hitting him with his fists and a baton.


Deputy admits to domestic assault

Imperial Beach sheriff's Deputy Leanno A. Martinez pleaded guilty in Chula Vista Superior Court yesterday to a felony charge of beating a live-in girlfriend.


Ark. Sheriff's Aide Fired, Faces Theft Charges

Discrepancies in financial records at the Newton County sheriff's office have resulted in the dismissal of an administrative assistant who now faces theft charges, Sheriff Keith Slape said.


Ariz. sheriff under scrutiny wants legal tables turned

Lawyers for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio have asked for a probe of federal officials who are investigating the sheriff's office for alleged discrimination and unconstitutional searches.


Office reviewing allegations against prosecutors

The Jefferson County commonwealth's attorney's office is conducting an internal review of allegations that two of its prosecutors withheld crucial information from defense attorneys and then lied in court about a deal with a jailhouse informant in a capital murder case.


Rape case proceeds despite false claims in past

Tennessee investigators said Tuesday there are no plans to drop rape charges against a Snellville man despite learning of the alleged victim’s prior convictions for filing false assault claims.


Ex-Miami Beach cop charged in shooting

A former Miami Beach police captain was arrested Monday morning in the Upper Keys, charged with attempted murder after being accused of shooting at his 3-year-old son, his estranged wife and her friend, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.


Cop Charged In Bar Beating: She Started It

Anthony Abbate pleaded not guilty to 15 felony counts of aggravated battery, official misconduct, intimidation, conspiracy and communicating with a witness. The state subsequently dropped a number of counts against the Chicago police officer, including some of the intimidation and official misconduct counts.


Deputy Suspended After 3 Year-Old Fires Gun in Business

The Jackson Sun reported Debra A. Bond was off duty, shopping at a Goodwill store in Jackson on Wednesday night when her 3 year-old grandson reached into her purse, causing Bond's .40-caliber pistol to fire.


Lake Co. Deputy Investigated for Boating Incident

Captain Todd Luce was stopped by Florida Fish and Wildlife officers on suspicion of boating under the influence Saturday.


Former officer accused of excessive force

Officer Brian Bedsworth, who has resigned from the department, was charged Thursday with reckless endangerment with a weapon and reckless aggravated assault, stemming from a March 22 incident on Scott Town Road in Mt. Pleasant.


NOPD Sergeant Accused Of Raping Step Children

A New Orleans police sergeant has been accused of raping his step children, and he was still on the job Thursday night.

A grand jury in St. Tammany Parish indicted the officer on three counts of rape and incest on Wednesday, but this case has been unfolding since December.


Former deputies make bail in beating

Two former Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies accused of beating two Marrero teenagers last month have been released from the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center on bond.

Cornell Farlin, 26, of 3320 Wall Blvd. near Gretna and Shawn Henry, 29, of 742 Fairfax Drive, Terrytown, were arrested Friday and posted bond that day.


Murder charges unlikely in PG case

State prosecutors are unlikely to charge anyone with murder in the strangling death of an inmate accused of killing a county police officer, Prince George's County State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey said Monday.


ex-cop gets death sentence in wife's death

A jury has decided on the death penalty for a former police officer convicted of hiring two hit men to kill his estranged wife.


Officer Accused Of Molesting Girl

Bal Harbour Police Officer Rene Guillen, 32, was arrested Thursday after he allegedly molested a 7-year-old girl who visited the officer's home.


Officer Accused of Murder Raises Questions

A Brighton Police Officer is charged in the murder of an Irondale man. 22 year old officer Chevis Finley was taken to the Jefferson County Jail last Friday morning.


Ex-attorney Gerard Marks sentenced to 11 months for forgery

Disbarred Christiansburg attorney Gerard Marks will serve 11 months in jail for forging judges' signatures and passing fraudulent legal documents, a judge ruled Thursday.


Fort Lawn Police Chief Accused of Stealing

The police chief of Fort Lawn, South Carolina has been arrested on a charge of misconduct in office.


Hoover Police Chief Won't Talk

Hoover Police Chief Nick Derzis refuses to talk about his departments' role in editing a police beating video tape. The dash cam video shows five Birmingam officers beating suspect Anthony Warren. All five officers were fired last week.


Police: Detective Stole Drugs from Police Evidence Room

A West Manchester Township Police detective has been charged with stealing more than $23,000 in cocaine and other drugs from the police evidence room.


Charges dropped in 12 police misconduct cases

Internal misconduct charges in a dozen cases against Baltimore police officers have been thrown out - the first of what union officials say could be a wave of cases dropped on technical grounds, putting accused officers back on the streets.


Former Dolgeville coach, police officer arrested

After an extensive investigation conducted by the Dolgeville Police Department, a former modified baseball coach and police officer in the village has been arrested for allegedly driving a patrol car around the Dolgeville Central School baseball field.


Police officer who ran red light identified

The Las Vegas police officer who ran a red light on Saturday, injuring himself and a woman in another car, was identified as 40-year-old Robert Bradley.


Guards plead guilty to beating inmate

Two fired Maryland correctional officers pleaded guilty Tuesday to assaulting a defenseless inmate at a state prison and agreed to testify against seven co-workers charged with beating the man over a two-day period.


Two officers hurt when squad cars collide

Two police officers responding to a robbery call were injured when their vehicles collided Tuesday morning on the Northwest Side.


Two Officers Get a Little Too Friendly

Former sheriff's deputy Robert Kijanka admitted to showing a group of juvenile prisoners a pornographic movie, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office reported the Sun-Sentinel.

Also stupid was former Florida Highway Patrol trooper Ariel D. Valentin, who was arrested on allegations that he followed a woman to her home, made her strip naked and then coerced her to have sex with him to avoid a traffic citation or a trip to jail, according to the Sun-Sentinel.


Newark city attorney arrested on extortion charge

Authorities in Newark say a municipal attorney tried to blackmail his boss, demanding $750,000 in cash and a job promotion.


Police paragliders stuck on ground

Unexpected engine problems and higher-than-normal winds have kept a fledgling paragliding sky patrol program from taking flight.


Hours Lapsed Before Cop In Crash Got Breathalyzer

About four hours lapsed between Chicago Police arresting a fellow officer in a deadly weekend crash and the administration of a Breathalyzer test to determine if the officer had been drinking, authorities said.


Officials: Suspend Ark. judge while case pending

Attorneys for a judicial discipline commission say a Pulaski County judge who faces ethics charges should be suspended from the bench while his case is pending if a panel recommends his removal from office.


Video shows arrest that left man in coma

The King County sheriff's office says it has nearly completed its investigation into the severe injury an Edmonds man suffered when he was wrongly arrested this month, and all signs point to it as a "tragic accident."


Feds investigate sheriff

Federal agents with the Drug Enforcement Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation executed a warrant for inspection on the offices of Mercer County Sheriff Danny Ray Wills, according to documents in U.S. District Court in Bluefield.


School police officer accused of stealing as many as 50 identities

Officer Jonathan Kelly used all the tools at his disposal to steal tens of thousands of dollars from people he was supposed to protect, but he left a sloppy trail of evidence that got him arrested, investigators said.


Inconsistencies pointed out in Mehserle's former BART partner's testimony

BART police Officer Jon Woffinden said the situation he faced the night his former partner Johannes Mehserle shot an unarmed passenger at the Fruitvale station was one of the scariest he has ever been involved in during his 10 years as a peace officer.


Lawyer charged with role in killing of federal witness

A North Jersey defense lawyer devised a unique strategy for getting his clients off in murder cases: kill the witness, authorities charged today, linking the former federal prosecutor to a hit on an FBI informant.


Former Cop Charged in Wife's Abduction

A former Fairfax County police officer is accused of abducting his estranged wife twice in the early 1990s, and she later turned up dead.


Key evidence withheld in DSU case

State prosecutors did not turn over evidence based on multiple interviews with at least four witnesses to a fatal shooting at Delaware State University nearly two years ago, resulting in the case being thrown out, court documents show.


Former officer pleads guilty

A former officer with the Lake County Indiana sheriff's police pleaded guilty on Tuesday to stealing money from a Pop Warner Football League.


Videos spur emotion in first day of hearing for BART killing

Even though Oscar Grant III's family knew it was coming, the sound of former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle's gun firing made them jump in their courtroom seats Monday and sparked tears as they watched two videos of Grant being killed.


Lawyer on paid leave from firm after indictment

A Detroit attorney and former member of Mayor Dave Bing's crisis turnaround management team who was indicted last week as part of a racketeering indictment against the Highwaymen Motorcycle club is on administrative leave from his law firm.


Ex-officer sentenced for theft of drugs

For all his achievements -- Eagle Scout, politician, Passaic County sheriff's officer -- Alan Souto told a federal judge in Newark yesterday that he'll be remembered for just one thing: stealing cocaine from an evidence vault and selling it to drug dealers.


12 Year Old's Violent Encounter With Police

A District woman claims a DC police officer overreacted when he saw her son with a toy gun.


OPD deputy chief dropped two ranks

Jeff Loman, the former deputy police chief who was the subject of an investigation stemming from a sexual harassment complaint, has been demoted two ranks to lieutenant and will return to work today, sources said.


Former VCU Police Chief in court

Virginia Commonwealth University's former police chief is expected to go before a grand jury on Monday.


AG McDaniel Failed to Pay for State Plane Travel

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has flown 22 times on a state prison system airplane, but didn't reimburse the agency for some of the flights until a newspaper questioned the travel.


Boston officer probed after ticketing spree

A Boston police officer is under investigation for giving tickets to a slew of vehicles parked near the Statehouse on the same day the state Senate cut funding for a police education bonus program.

The newspaper reports that Officer John P. Mullan earned an additional $13,000 last year based on the bill.


Panel to probe Franklin County Sheriff's Office

A Franklin County Circuit Court judge has ordered the assembly of a special grand jury to investigate employee compensation and evidence handling in the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.


Officer resigns as part of plea

Officer Brad Fulks resigned Tuesday after an 11-month investigation by the Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations West Branch resulted in the misdemeanor charge.


SEC Attorneys Probed For Insider Trading

CBS News has learned that two attorneys at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are under "active" criminal investigation by the FBI for trading stocks based on inside information.


Ex-police sergeant and wife sentenced for gaming roles

Former Honolulu police Sgt. Kevin Brunn and his wife will go to prison for one year apart for their roles in an illegal gambling and cockfighting operation across from Waialua Elementary School.


DELAWARE: Trooper accused of extorting sexual act

A Delaware State Police corporal is charged with sexual extortion and other offenses for allegedly engaging in a sexual act with a woman he had arrested on a shoplifting charge.


City officer accused of road rage

A Baltimore City police officer who is no stranger to controversy was arrested Friday and charged with assault and reckless endangerment in connection with a road rage incident in Harford County, Maryland State Police said Monday.


Suspended cop pleads guilty to assault

A suspended Providence police officer charged with raping a teen while on duty, has pleaded guilty to assault charges.

Judge Vogel sentenced Lepore to a one-year suspended prison sentence. He was also placed on probation.


Dearborn cop to stand trial in scam

A Dearborn police officer was ordered on Friday to stand trial on charges that he operated a sophisticated ticket-fixing scheme that targeted young Arab-American males.


Promoted officer testifies in Paramus case

A Paramus police captain whose promotion has been challenged in a lawsuit denied today that he traded political favors to climb the ranks.


Peterson charged in 3d wife's death

Authorities said yesterday that former Illinois police sergeant Drew Peterson is being held on $20 million bond and faces two counts of murder in his third wife's death.


Ex-guard, inmate extorted payments

A former prison guard and her incarcerated lover, a Black Guerrilla Family gang member, pleaded guilty Monday to extorting thousands of dollars from prisoners and their relatives, often using contraband cell phones to call the victims from jail.


Belittling by judge caught on tape

A Houma judge disciplined five years ago for wearing blackface to a Halloween party appeared Wednesday before the Louisiana Supreme Court to answer another misconduct allegation. The judge now is accused of belittling a woman seeking a restraining order against a husband who threatened abuse.


Former D.C. Police Officer Sentenced for Embezzlement

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Karin Coppens was also ordered on Wednesday to pay back more than $178,000 to the police department, from which she voluntarily resigned.


Grosse Pointe police officer arrested in domestic abuse incident

A Grosse Pointe Woods police officer has been arrested for shoving his girlfriend and resisting arrest, officials said today.


Inquiry, firings rattle Franklin County Sheriff's Office

Turmoil has enveloped the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, with two top-ranking deputies fired from their posts as state police investigate an accusation that Sheriff Ewell Hunt ordered one of the men to approve time sheets for his daughter for hours she may not have worked.


No Charges Filed Against Police Officer Who Killed Neighbor's Dog

No charges have been filed against an off-duty police officer who shot and killed a neighbor's dog Thursday afternoon, but police say they are still looking into the situation.


NJ lawyer pleads guilty to promoting prostitution

A former prosecutor from New Jersey has pleaded guilty to charges related to his running a brothel in Manhattan.


2 Spring Lake police officers arrested

Sgt. Alfonzo Devone Whittington Jr. and Sgt. Darryl Eugene Coulter Sr. were arrested after being indicted by a special Cumberland County grand jury.


Corrections Officer Arrested

Dover police arrested Officer Sidney Nunn for allegedly intending to smuggle drugs into the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center.


Officer turns self in to face charges

A suspended Passaic County narcotics officer turned himself in Thursday to face criminal charges that he tipped off a Paterson drug dealer about a pending bust in 2004.


Fla. Corrections Officer Fired After Zapping Kids

A Florida corrections officer has been fired after zapping children with 50,000 volts of electricity during a "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" tour.


Lawsuit alleges sexual misconduct by jail director

A civil lawsuit alleges that the director of the Wicomico County jail had a sexual relationship with a female employee, sexually harassed other workers and fired an internal investigator in retaliation.


10-year sentence for former Calcasieu Parish deputy in incest case

A 10-year prison term has been imposed on a former Calcasieu Parish sheriff’s deputy who pleaded guilty in January to a charge of aggravated incest.


Disgraced cop settles

It is unclear how much Joseph Francis Mosmiller will pay his three victims as part of the March 31 settlement. He was convicted in 2007 of misconduct in office for groping one of the women.


Ex-SD officer admits aiding drug traffickers

Juan Hurtado Tapia admitted in federal court that he used his position to run background checks and then provide them to drug traffickers last year.


Ex-Newport News cop now faces child porn charges

New felony charges have been placed against a former Newport News police lieutenant who was arrested late last year in connection with a sexual assault.


Former Police Chief Pleads Not Guilty To Assault Charges

Former Milo police chief Michael Poulin has plead not guilty to charges he assaulted his estranged wife.


Four Oakland Scandal Cops Fired

Four Oakland police officers accused of involvement in a scandal in which officers allegedly lied to get search warrants have been fired.


Bunnell police captain fired

A member of the Bunnell Police Department's top brass has been fired on the heels of an internal investigation into complaints of theft and misconduct.


Ex-OC sheriff to get sentence on felony conviction

It's been more than five years since federal prosecutors began building their sweeping public corruption case against former Orange County Sheriff Michael Carona.


Houma officer charged with molesting teen inmates

The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office says 47-year-old Angelo Knighton Vickers, of Houma, was arrested Thursday after one of his alleged victims contacted authorities.


Bergen County corrections officer accused of drug possession

A Bergen County corrections officer was accused Saturday of drug possession after allegedly buying heroin and cocaine in broad daylight on a city street, the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department said.


Lawyer To Plead Guilty To $700M Fraud

A prominent Manhattan lawyer accused in a $700 million fraud will plead guilty next month to all of the charges he faces, his attorney told a judge Monday.


Sheriff's employees' alcohol arrests up

Drinking and driving is way up among deputies of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. That's according to a new report that says as many as 70 employees of the department were arrested for alcohol-related crimes last year.


Thomas case details: Documents indicate fear of jail prompted accusers to accept spankings, sex

Recently released investigative notes detail some of the accusations against then-Judge Herman Thomas, asserting that he threatened criminal defendants with jail time if they did not submit to spankings.

And three men alleged that they participated in oral sex with Thomas out of fear that not doing so would hurt their cases, according to the investigation summaries by the Mobile County District Attorney's Office turned over to the Alabama State Bar.


Former cop faces trial on DUI charge

Jury selection will begin Monday for a former Roodhouse police officer charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and improper lane usage following a one-vehicle crash in White Hall in April 2007.


Officer charged with DUI returns to duties

A Bloomington police officer placed on paid administrative leave after his arrest on drunken driving charges has been returned to duty.


Canby police chief resigns amid officer's steroid investigation

Jason D. Deason was indicted on charges of official misconduct and possession of a controlled substance.


Dover policeman accused of stealing

A Dover police veteran is charged with stealing more than $17,000 from the Fraternal Order of Police to pay for personal items, including a $420 tab at a Famous Dave's restaurant in Philadelphia.


Lawyer: Georgetown settles lawsuit from police officer's sexual assault

Mark Hefter says the settlement ends the federal civil rights lawsuit filed against Georgetown and the officer, Jimmy Fennell.

Fennell was on duty in October 2007 when he was called out to a domestic disturbance. He handcuffed the female at the scene, drove to a park and raped her.


DA: Deputy freed 3 dogs

An off-duty Pointe Coupee Parish sheriff’s deputy was the person who let three boxers out of their cages Friday moments before the dogs slipped under a fence and fatally mauled a 4-year-old boy in the yard of his Morganza home.


Friends of Crash Victims Enraged Over Cop's Bond

Chicago Police Detective Joseph Frugoli is accused of drunk driving and causing a crash that killed two people on the Dan Ryan Expressway last week.

Frugoli is accused of being drunk at the time. Authorities say his blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit.


Deputy US marshal on trial for leaking secrets

A former deputy U.S. marshal is going on trial in Chicago for allegedly leaking secrets to the mob about a federally protected witness.


Ex-deputy gets probation for sexual bribe

Jeffrey P. Geskie was sentenced in Ulster County Court by state Supreme Court Justice Joseph Teresi to 10 years probation on a charge of felony committing a criminal sexual act.

Geskie pleaded guilty to the felonies of receiving a bribe and committing a criminal sexual act, as well misdemeanor official misconduct for coercing a then 17-year-old girl to perform a sexual act in exchange for not writing her a ticket for trespassing and other infractions.


NYPD: Ex-Cop Shoots
Officer, Kills Self

A retired New York City police officer shot an off-duty cop he suspected was having an affair with his police-officer wife, then killed himself on the front lawn of his Long Island home, police said Saturday.


2 sheriffs face ethics complaints

The Louisiana Board of Ethics on Thursday released copies of charges issued against Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre and former Grant Parish Sheriff L. “Pop” Hataway.

The Ethics Board alleges Webre may have run afoul of ethics laws as he channeled business to an ignition interlock device company in which he had a controlling interest.


Pinellas deputy's cruiser hits, kills woman on scooter

"He hit her so hard she flew," said Sarah Hogan, who saw the accident from her kitchen window at a nearby apartment complex.

Sheriff's officials said Sgt. David Danzig was on his way home when he hit Henesy, who was in the median lane.


District attorney flags officer's DWI cases

The investigation follows the October arrest of Deetrice H. Wallace, a state-certified examiner charged with falsifying records of some Intoxilyzer machines. Those allegations have jeopardized 2,600 drunken-driving cases, authorities have said.


Indicted judge's cases to be reviewed

A federal grand jury in El Paso indicted state District Judge Manuel Barraza on Wednesday on four counts, including mail fraud, wire fraud and lying to a federal agent.

The 10-page indictment alleges that the judge took cash bribes and asked for sex from defendants, including an undercover FBI agent, in exchange for his help in felony cases.


Judge reprimanded over illegal dumping lawsuit

A state judiciary oversight commission has issued a private reprimand to a judge convicted of illegally dumping landfill rubble along the shoreline of his Riviera Beach home.


Lawson Sentencing Will Continue Today

A sentencing hearing for man who was once one of Cincinnati's most high-profile attorneys will resume this morning in Federal Court. Ken Lawson faces sentencing on federal felony drug charges.


Former Bucks County prosecutor to serve time in jail, not his house

A former Bucks County prosecutor and church youth group leader must serve time in jail rather than at home for corrupting minors and having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old boy.


Quotas charged in suit against Camden police

A lawsuit filed by a city police union against the Camden Police Department and the state Attorney General's Office claims department officials have implemented an illegal quota system that rates officers on the number of citations and arrests they make.


DC Atty. General Stalls Council Investigations

D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles has advised officials not to testify at two Council investigations at city agencies, effectively blocking the probes.


DeKalb Deputy Accused Of Murder Missing

Authorities are hunting for a former DeKalb County sheriff's deputy who is missing while free on bond on charges of killing his wife and a day laborer.


Judge Fines Lawyers in eTreppid Case in NV

A federal judge has imposed $350,000 in sanctions and fees on lawyers for former eTreppid software designer Dennis Montgomery, saying they manipulated his civil case in an effort to undermine court orders.


Md. sheriff: 11 deputies left deadly shootout

Prince George's County officials say 11 sheriff's deputies left the scene of a deadly shooting at a Temple Hills restaurant last month, including one who fired 11 rounds.


3 city officers charged in beating of teen and cover-up

A Baltimore police officer and two retired officers have been indicted on federal civil rights and obstruction of justice charges in the beating of a 17-year-old boy five years ago and its cover-up, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.


Illegal police parking unabated

Since mid-February, the illegal parking has continued unabated and largely unsanctioned. Department employees regularly leave their private cars and unmarked police vehicles in 11 spaces marked for the handicapped and in other tow zones outside the Tremont Street headquarters, according to periodic observations by Globe correspondents. The Globe saw no evidence that violators are being ticketed.


Suit Alleges Minneapolis Police Planted Gun

A Police Department report provided to Judge Paul Magnuson showed the gun found near Lee's body was the same gun recovered from a burglary in north Minneapolis in 2004, inventoried and kept in the department's property room since the burglary.


Officer wants disciplinary hearing closed

Patrolman Billy Hurst faces a May disciplinary hearing on charges he violated department policy by using city-owned computers to watch adult pornography in his squad car.


Sheriff: Ex-deputy hid real cause of fatal crash

It was only after Drew Pranke was charged with driving on a revoked license in Lindenhurst last weekend, Curran said, that it was discovered Pranke had marijuana in his system at the time of the fatal crash.


Judge refuses to toss Carona's witness tampering conviction

A federal judge Tuesday denied former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona's request to toss out his felony conviction for witness tampering in a high-profile corruption case, setting the stage for the ex-lawman's sentencing in April.


Ex-detective told to pay $1.57 million

White spent more than five years in state prison before being acquitted at his third trial on child molestation charges. He contended that McKinley conspired to violate his right to a fair trial by hiding his affair with White’s then-wife and not producing a child’s diary that could have contained important evidence.


Eliot cop charged with stalking ex-girlfriend

Matthew Raymond, 27, of Sanford, Maine, was arrested by the Maine State Police on Friday on an arrest warrant charging the Eliot officer with domestic violence stalking ...


Cop accused of robbing bank appears in court

Conroe Police Sgt. Michael Tindall made his first court appearance Wednesday on a charge that he robbed a bank he was supposed to protect.


Investigators seek cell phone records for two Waco officers suspected of collecting money for working two jobs at once

Waco police officials have obtained search warrants for officers’ cell phone records in their ongoing investigation into whether some officers who worked private security jobs for the Waco Housing Authority were getting paid by the city or the federally funded agency for work they did not perform.


Judges Accused of Jailing Kids for Cash

People there were shocked in January when federal prosecutors announced that respected county judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan had pleaded guilty to tax evasion and honest services fraud, the result of a lengthy investigation by the Internal Revenue Service and the FBI.


Ex-Va police chief pleads guilty to drug charges

Former Damascus Police Chief Tony Richardson pleaded guilty Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court to seven drug-related charges. He had pleaded guilty to two other drug-related charges in October.


Cop "Embarrasses" Dept. With Hospital Stop

A police officer pulled over a professional football player rushing to see his dying mother-in-law, drew his gun, threatened the player with jail and held him in the hospital parking lot as she died, officials said Thursday.


Police officer posts $500,000 bond

On his sixth wedding anniversary and two days before he and his wife were due to close on their first home, Baltimore City police Officer Patrick A. Dotson was brought into a courtroom with his hands shackled after spending a night in Central Booking, accused of two counts of attempted murder.


I-Team: Officer Will Be Charged With Attempted Murder

Police confirm that Officer Patrick Dotson, 27, will face charges for firing his gun at a passing car in Canton after a fight with the car's driver ...


Ex-NY trooper admits he wrote fake traffic tickets

An ex-New York state trooper has admitted in court that he issued fake traffic tickets to a man he'd argued with.


Former gaming lawyer James Perdigao to be sentenced today for bilking $20 million from Adams & Reese

Perdigao, who will be sentenced at 2 p.m. by U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon, is expected to receive a lengthy prison term based on the amount of money he admitted stealing from the Adams and Reese firm, where he once was a partner.


Feds investigate Cicero police

The Cicero Police Department is being investigated for allegedly trying to disrupt FBI surveillance of an organized crime associate and ranking member of a motorcycle gang who operated a pawn shop in the city.


Clerk: Lee County sheriff's chief deputy tried to alter file

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office’s second-in-command is facing further scrutiny after a legal adviser at the agency said he tried to have public documents stricken from his brother’s personnel file — an action that would be against policy, and possibly the law.


Captain who resigned a fibber, Lee County sheriff alleges

Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott said Capt. Dominick Ferrante failed a polygraph after denying he made retaliatory threats at another captain who questioned him about a gun order.


Local attorney accused in mortgage scam

A couple from Monmouth County allegedly conspired with a Teaneck real estate attorney to pocket nearly $400,000 after selling their house rather than use the money to pay off their mortgage, authorities said today.


Judge in vote fraud case suspended

A retired judge who served in the senior program for special judges has been suspended after his indictment on federal racketeering charges in a Clay County vote fraud scandal.


10 Ohio Officers Fall Through System Cracks

Ten former police officers convicted of crimes fell through the state's decertification process until their cases were pointed out by The Associated Press.


Sheriff's clerk charged in bail money theft

A Bergen County Sheriff’s clerk has been charged with stealing $2,500 from a safe holding bail money at the county jail, authorities said Saturday.


Dearborn man charged in ticket-fixing case

A Dearborn man charged along with a Dearborn cop in what police call a ticket-fixing and bribery scheme waived his preliminary examination today and is cooperating, according to his attorney.


13 Galveston officers face disciplinary measures over bar riot, Backe arrest

Thirteen Galveston police officers will face disciplinary measures stemming from an October disturbance at an upscale island resort bar.


Cop charged in animal cruelty

According to a criminal complaint filed at General District Court, Rashad I. Brown, 32, a Newport News police officer since June 2005, admitted that he beat his dogs — a black Labrador retriever and a Boston terrier — with a hard plastic stick.


DC Cop Busted In Prostitution Sting

Officer Robert A. Schmidt's attorney says the misdemeanor charge against his client was routinely dismissed last week after he completed a daylong education program that teaches the risks of prostitution.


Peoria officers arrested after videotaped beating

Peoria Officers Andrew Smith, 29, and Gerald Suelter, 39, were arrested Monday night on charges of official misconduct, aggravated battery, battery and mob action, according to the police department. They were jailed pending a Wednesday afternoon court appearance, Peoria County Chief Sheriff's Deputy Joe Needham said Tuesday.


LCPD officer under investigation

A Las Cruces police officer became the subject of an investigation, after authorities say he crashed his patrol vehicle and left the scene.


Prosecutor arrested on DWI charges

Richard Gentry was stopped at 1:50 in the 500 block of West 6th Street on Saturday morning, said County Attorney David Escamilla. Gentry appeared intoxicated and was administered a field-sobriety test, which authorities say he failed.


Did judge help out in DWI case?

Sunday night 13 Undercover reported the Liberty County Judge and his family made money off his own town's hurricane disaster. Now it's a curious case at the courthouse.


Details differ whether BCSO deputy pointed gun at SAPD officer

SAPD officials say a Bexar County sheriff's deputy pulled a gun on a San Antonio police officer after a traffic mishap, according to an AP story.


Police official suspended in internal investigation

The deputy major of the Baltimore Police Department's Eastern District has been suspended pending an internal investigation into allegations that he failed to disclose a series of text messages he exchanged with a man sought on a domestic violence warrant, days before authorities say he killed his wife.


Two officers disciplined in race discrimination complaint

Yesterday, Baltimore police disciplined two officers accused of forcing a homicide sergeant to look at racist material on the Internet and then seeking to cover up the incident.

Lt. James W. Hagin Jr. is alleged to have ordered a black homicide sergeant, Kelvin Sewell, to view a Ku Klux Klan Web site after insisting that the hate group was active in Sewell's home county, officials said. Detective Paul A. Kidd is alleged to have tampered with the computer and to have given a false statement to investigators.


Cops don't want city lawyers to represent them in 'gay-bashing' suit

Four city police officers accused of misconduct in an alleged "gay-bashing" incident say they can't be defended by the city in a federal lawsuit against them and the city of Rochester.


Police brutality probe can't be pursued

The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office has determined a recorded conversation between two township police officers discussing how other officers kicked a handcuffed man cannot be used to reopen an investigation into allegations of police brutality because the statute of limitations has expired.


Inmate Murdered After Put in Cell With Killer He Testified Against

A 23-year-old inmate beaten to death at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary had been put in a cell with convicted killer he had testified against.


Former Glasgow assistant chiefs denied release

Johnny Lee Travis, 41, and Maxie Murray, 36, each face federal charges of conspiracy to possess hydrocodone and three counts of intimidating a witness.


Court increases lawyer's penalty

Saying the New Orleans lawyer has done nothing to make amends for the abusive language and unprofessional behavior that prompted his five-year suspension last fall, federal district court judges in the city have canceled Ashton O'Dwyer's license to practice law before them, court records show.


Detroit vice officers accused of faking arrest records

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office is reviewing whether to issue criminal charges against seven Detroit police officers who are accused of falsifying arrest records, the office's spokeswoman said Wednesday.


City officer accused of lying about drug arrest is suspended

Police suspended Officer Michael W. Woodlon of the Violent Crimes Impact Division on Friday, after The Baltimore Sun supplied the department with a transcript of his radio communications with a civilian running a police surveillance camera.


Federal judge scolds Chicago police superintendent

Chicago's police superintendent was scolded by a federal judge and compared to one of literature's most famous criminals after initially balking at turning over a list of officers who have faced repeated complaints.


Trial begins for Pa. trooper over dentist's death

The trial has begun for a western Pennsylvania state trooper accused of slashing a dentist to death.Attorneys gave opening statements to an Indiana County jury on Monday in the murder trial of 43-year-old Trooper Kevin Foley.


Defiant 'Mafia cops' get life sentences

Two former detectives convicted of moonlighting as contract killers for the mob were sentenced on Friday to life in prison after defiantly telling a judge they were railroaded in perhaps the most notorious police corruption case in New York history.


Embattled officer faces new criminal charge

Spokane County prosecutors are recommending Sergeant Joe Mehrens be charged with witness tampering, a felony.


SC troopers charge Columbia officer with DUI

The State newspaper reported that Master Patrol Officer Rodney Fisher was stopped about 2 p.m. Thursday near Wateree Elementary School in the Lugoff area.


FBI probed judge in Pali trial

The FBI targeted state criminal court Judge Michael Town for investigation of possible corruption in 2004, according to a document that was unsealed yesterday in the racketeering and murder trial of Ethan "Malu" Motta, and Rodney Joseph Jr.


Acting police chief regains full possession of his gun

The police captain who will be filling in as chief for the next couple of months — and who hopes to be named permanent chief after that — only recently regained full permission to use his gun.


Newport News police officer arrested in Norfolk

MPO Thomas Crouch is facing charges of embezzlement.


FBI Monitoring Alleged Police Assault

The Prince George's County Police Department is feeling the fallout for disturbing video that shows a driver being pulled out of a car, shoved, pepper-sprayed and beaten.


Rape Trial Begins For Two Iowa Police Officers

The trial for former Police Chief James Christensen and former Assistant Chief John Sickels was moved from Union County in southern Iowa to Woodbury County in northwest Iowa because of pretrial publicity.


Court Denies Second Appeal In $54M Suit Over Pants

The District's Court of Appeals has denied a request for a second appeals hearing for a former U.S. judge who sued a dry cleaner for $54 million over a lost pair of pants.


Attorney charged in theft

A disbarred attorney from Lakewood, once a Municipal Court judge in Howell, has been indicted on charges of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from a client's trust account.


2 Officers Suspended Beating On Video

Prince George's County police say two officers have been suspended after they were seen on police videotape beating a Latino driver.


Maryland Corrections Officer Arrested

Authorities say Cpl. John Hanna of Glen Burnie was arrested Sunday in Prince William County in Virginia and charged with burglary, rape, abduction and other offenses. He is being held without bond in Manassas.


Ex-cop gets up to 4 years for teen sex in Altoona, Pa.

Fifty-year-old Herrick Johnson asked for probation and said he wouldn’t contact the girl anymore. Police say they met through a site promoting law enforcement careers.


15 ex-prison officers charged in jail assaults

Fifteen former correctional officers were charged yesterday with assaulting inmates in Western Maryland prisons last year.


17 charged in drug, sex probe at Texas jail

A former sheriff and several ex-jailers were among 17 people named Friday in a 106-count indictment on charges ranging from having sex with inmates to bringing them drugs at a now-closed county jail.

Former Montague County Sheriff Bill Keating was charged with official oppression and having sex with inmates, according to the indictment. Keating was defeated in a primary election last spring.


Video contradicts Md officers' claims of assault

An assistant state's attorney has dropped charges against a man accused of assaulting two Prince George's County police officers.


Caught On Tape: Cop Attacks Teen In Cell

Surveillance video released in an assault case against a King County sheriff's deputy shows a deputy kicking a 15-year-old girl, slamming her to the floor of a jail cell, striking her and pulling her hair.


Officer in court in videotaped bar beating case

A Chicago police officer charged with beating a bartender two years ago had a status hearing on Thursday.

The incident took place more than two years ago.

Abbate is free on bond and appeared in court at the status hearing Thursday. No trial date has yet been set.


Raleigh police officer arrested

A Raleigh police officer is charged with assault after an off-duty arrest.


Feds: CIA boss had history of bad behavior

A former CIA agent rose to the agency's No. 3 rank despite a record of misconduct that stretched over 20 years, prosecutors said, but his career came to an end with his conviction in a bribery scheme.


Search warrant: Marijuana found at Lederman home in Norfolk

Norfolk Police seized marijuana from the home of an assistant Virginia attorney general, according to newly-filed court documents.


Macomb sheriff deputy accused of drunk driving

Lt. Joseph Guzdziol was arrested Friday night by Michigan State Police under suspicion of driving while intoxicated on US-10 near Three Mile Road near Monitor Township, just outside of Bay City, said Shanon Akans, a spokeswoman for the state police.


NN police official contends judge erred in DUI case

A high-ranking Newport News police official admits to driving drunk on Interstate 64 in Hampton one night last August.


Ex-cops sentenced in deadly botched raid

Three former Atlanta police officers who each pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge in connection with the death of an elderly woman during a botched drug raid were sentenced Tuesday to federal prison terms.

Police used a "no-knock" warrant to enter Johnston's house to look for drugs. But prosecutors said officers found none and tried to cover up the mistake by planting baggies of marijuana.


Sheriff's deputy, wife face assault charges

A deputy with Newport News Sheriff's Office and his wife have been charged with assault and battery after a domestic dispute at their home, police say.


Assistant attorney general from Norfolk arrested on drug charge

Norfolk Police arrested an assistant attorney general for Virginia, charging him with possession with intent to distribute and carrying a concealed weapon.


Lawyer Charged With Murder of NBA Star's Ex-Girlfriend, Baby

A 36-year-old attorney fatally shot the former girlfriend and infant daughter of New York Knicks player Eddy Curry during a domestic-related dispute, authorities said Sunday.


Judge Kent accepts plea deal and retires from bench

U.S. District Judge Samuel Kent pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of justice today and retired from the bench, avoiding a trial on that charge and five others accusing him of sexually abusing two female employees.


Former Deputy Allegedly Tried To Create Alibi For Himself

According to a police search warrant affidavit Vue tried to create an alibi for himself in the shooting death of a State Correctional Officer. The documents, which were recently unsealed in court, suggest Vue made six calls in the 13 minutes before the shooting last October.


Edenton Officer Suspended; Charged With Assault

An Edenton police officer has been charged with assault as part of a brutality investigation, according to the department and the district attorney.


Fired deputy investigated in corruption case

Tony Hedrick, a Sarasota sheriff's deputy, was fired this month and is the subject of a federal corruption investigation, according to an internal affairs report that includes interviews with FBI special agents.


Former Floyd Co. prosecutor may avoid trial

To avoid a trial on six misdemeanor charges, Floyd County's former prosecutor agreed Thursday to perform community service and pay restitution to the county for three computer hard drives.


Somerset Co. sheriff's deputy cited for DWI

Fruitland police say a Somerset County sheriff's deputy has been charged with drunken driving after a traffic stop.


Officer accused in rape released to home confinement

A Newport News police officer left the City Jail Wednesday following a judge's order to place him in home confinement pending an April court date on rape, forcible sodomy and abduction charges.

To be released, Officer Christopher E. Miner - who also faces another abduction charge stemming from a separate incident - also had to post a $50,000 bond, which he did Wednesday.


Lawyer permanently forfeits law license

Just over a month before being sentenced in federal court for stealing more than $30 million from his former law firm and some of its casino clients, New Orleans lawyer Jamie Perdigao last week permanently surrendered his Louisiana law license, state Supreme Court records show.


Jefferson Parish cop booked with raping young girl

A Jefferson Parish Sheriff's deputy has been arrested for allegedly raping a minor three years ago, and the victim's family is wondering how he got through the Sheriff's Office's screening process.


Madison deputy charged with DWI again

A Madison County Sheriff's detective fired from the Asheville Police Department ten years ago after a driving while impaired conviction was charged with DWI again Saturday night.


Fired jail guard under FBI scrutiny

A former captain at Gallup McKinley Adult Detention Center who was fired last month under a mysterious cloud of misconduct is now the subject of an FBI violation of civil rights investigation.


Pacific Police Chief Can't Drive Own Car

Calkins had his license revoked for refusing to take a blood-alcohol test after he was arrested Aug. 3 on suspicion of drunken driving.


Judge DeLaughter Arraigned in Bribery Scandal

Hinds County Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter, famous for prosecuting an infamous civil rights murder, was arraigned today in federal court on five indictments for his role in a bribery scandal involving attorney Dickie Scruggs and DeLaughter's former boss, ex-Hinds County District Attorney Ed Peters.


Bitter families look for justice in Luzerne County Judge scandal

Judges Ciavarella and Conahan pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit tax fraud after federal prosecutors accused them of collecting $2.6 million between January 2003 and April 2007 from the co-owner and developer of the Pittston Twp. juvenile detention center and a similar facility in Butler County.


Pa. Judges Plead Guilty in Cash-for-Kids Corruption Scandal

In a proceeding devoid of drama, two Luzerne County, Pa., judges told a federal court judge Thursday they were guilty of accepting more than $2.6 million in kickbacks from the owner and builder of two juvenile detention centers.


FBI: Bibb Deputy Tried To Lure Girl For Sex

A Bibb County sheriff's deputy accused of using a computer to entice a minor for sexual activity is scheduled to appear in an Atlanta courtroom Thursday afternoon.


Austin Police Officer Arrested On Warrant

Thursday afternoon, the Lonoke County Sheriff's Office received information on an active arrest warrant for Felony theft by receiving. The initial investigation revealed that the warrant from Pulaski County was for Randy Oliver Betts of Searcy.


Deputies Testify In Juvenile Facility Abuse Case

The video shown to the public by 11 News showed a sheriff's deputy mopping the floor by dragging a juvenile offender by his ankles. The pictures were recorded by the facility's security cameras. They're one reason the facility closed in 2004 amid allegations of abuse.


Fired Spokane officer will get job back

While off-duty he drove his unmarked patrol car to a Spokane Valley tavern one evening. Later in the evening he used his department-issued cell phone to take pictures of a naked woman and then had sex with her in a vehicle in the parking lot.


Sheriff's Deputy Arrested In Prostitution Sting

The Putnam County Sheriff's department was missing a deputy Tuesday morning after he was arrested in a prostitution sting.


Officer gets probation in hit-and-run case

A Baltimore police officer who admitted leaving the scene of an accident in her Canton neighborhood received one year of unsupervised probation and was ordered to pay $250 in court costs yesterday, prosecutors said.


NYPD: Drunken NJ cop mows down women, injures man

Police say 25-year-old Martin Abreu, of Jersey City, has been charged with vehicular manslaughter and assault and driving while intoxicated in the death of 26-year-old Marilyn Feng.


Jail officer charged in alleged road-rage incident

A newly hired Pierce County corrections officer has been put on administrative leave after he was accused of pulling a loaded gun during an alleged road-rage incident in King County.


Ex-Portsmouth officer guilty of assaulting reporter

Former Portsmouth Police Capt. Fred Hoysradt pleaded no contest on Tuesday to assaulting a Portsmouth Herald reporter at her home.


LA to pay nearly $13M for May Day police beatings

The Los Angeles City Council approved a $12.85 million payout Wednesday for demonstrators and bystanders who were beaten by police at a pro-immigration rally, one of the largest settlements ever for Police Department misconduct.


Officer Gets Probation In Prostitute Case

A Superior Court judge last month approved an application from Officer Sam Streater, a 17-year veteran, for accelerated rehabilitation, a program reserved for first-time, nonviolent offenders.


Veteran state police captain arrested in Chesterfield

Following an investigation conducted by state police and county prosecutors, a 30- year veteran of the Virginia State Police has been arrested after being accused of forcibly sodomizing a girl younger than 13 years old.


PBC school district police officer arrested on burglary, other charges

A Palm Beach County School District police officer was arrested Monday night on burglary and other charges, but was released from county jail just two hours after he was booked, records show.


VCU's Police Chief Arrested

VCU's Police Chief, William Fuller, is facing charges of solicitation of a minor after an on-line investigation by Chesterfield Police.


LCSO deputy arrested for DWI

Gordon Bean, a Liberty County Sheriff's Office Deputy, was arrested early on the morning of January 25 for Driving While Intoxicated and Evading Arrest in a Motor Vehicle.


Dallas Fires Two Officers Again

Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle on Thursday fired four officers. Two of those had been fired and reinstated on appeal, including one who had been fired and reinstated twice.


Hawthorne pays $1M to settle police abuse suit

A man whose jaw was broken during his 2006 arrest is getting a $1 million from Hawthorne to settle his police abuse lawsuit.


Cargo airport loses proponent

When two Luzerne County judges were charged with accepting payments for helping companies obtain agreements worth more than $58 million for housing juvenile offenders, the indictment made it clear that attorney Robert J. Powell provided some of the payments.


Judges suspended

Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. and Michael T. Conahan are expected to plead guilty to fraud and conspiracy charges in federal court and subsequently resign from the bench and bar.


LAPD officers investigated for alleged perjury

Several Los Angeles police officers accused of perjury in a drug case that was dismissed when a videotape contradicted their testimony are under investigation by federal authorities, it was reported today.