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Former Henrico Cop Pleads Guilty to Bank Robbery

Charles Harpster entered the guilty plea to the charge of second degree bank robbery and faces six to ten years in prison.


Former Crestview cops take pleas for their roles in bar scuffle

Former Crestview police officer Bryan Crawford was ordered to give up his law enforcement certification as part of a felony plea agreement reached Monday.

Danny Crawford, also a Crestview police officer at the time of the arrest, had pleaded Friday to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly intoxication.


Ex-cop convicted of felony

Former Huntsville police officer Wes Little was convicted Friday on a charge of felony firearms possession, but he was acquitted of drug, evidence-tampering and false-police-report charges.


Former Decatur officer faces prison in drug money case

Faron White, a divorced father of three, could be sentenced to up to 16 months in prison after pleading guilty to stealing $60,000 in confiscated drug money from the police department and running off to Las Vegas with plans to be with his lover.


Police Officer at Fault in Fatal Crash

A Prince George's County jury awarded $4 million to the mother of a college student killed when an off-duty police officer driving twice the speed limit slammed his cruiser into the young man's car.

Chavez testified he drank three to five beers the night before the 7 a.m. crash. He wasn't tested for alcohol or drugs.


Clark County deputy resigns after DWI charge

Deputy Brad Mayhue’s resignation will be effective Monday, Sheriff David Turner said Thursday morning, after a three-and-a-half-month investigation by state police.


Clarksville Police Detective Indicted

In a press release Thursday, the U.S. attorney's office in Nashville said Martin Edward Hall Jr. knowingly possessed and stored a stolen motor vehicle that had crossed a state line.


AG pulls judge from child-welfare cases

A spokesman for Oregon Attorney General John Kroger said Judge Deanne Darling will no longer hear cases that involve the Department of Human Services arguing for the welfare of children, because he said the state wasn’t being treated fairly in her courtroom.


Detention center security chief charged, on leave

A Wicomico County Detention Center official says the center's security chief has been placed on administrative leave with pay after he was charged with assaulting a female inmate.


Ex-SAPD officer pleads guilty to sex-and-release charges

Former SAPD officer Gregory Mickel, 31, pleaded guilty to official oppression and violating the civil rights of a person in custody charges Wednesday morning.


Cape cops under federal investigation

Cape Coral Detective Steven Petrovich, the police chief’s son, and another officer are being investigated by the U.S. Secret Service.


Ex-NH police chief pleads gulity to DWI

Jeffrey Williams of North Haverhill was arrested in July after 1 of his own officers stopped him for speeding. He resigned last month after nine years as chief.


Guards used Dade state inmate to beat up other prisoners, indictment says

Prison Sgt. Obe D. L'Bert, 30, along with former officers Cordell J. White, 22, and Christopher W. Bonnet, 21, were charged with conspiracy and civil rights violations of inmates.


Local trooper faces more charges

A suspended Texas Department of Public Safety trooper has been arrested again.

Manuel Moreno was arrested today on new charges of fraud and unauthorized use of criminal history.


Manalapan investigates police chief Stuart Brown

The township is investigating Police Chief Stuart Brown on complaints of sexual harassment and a "pattern of abusive behavior" involving women employees, township officials said.


Investigation shows Bradley deputies used steroids

Sheriff Tim Gobble said Anthony Cochran and Casey Kerr were fired after an ongoing theft of property investigation showed evidence of steroid use in a patrol car.


Former trooper O'Brien released until appeal is heard

O’Brien was sentenced Wednesday on convictions of criminally negligent homicide and driving while intoxicated.


Former sergeant charged in ammo theft case

A former Ravalli County sheriff’s sergeant was charged Friday with stealing more than 40,000 rounds of ammunition from the department.

Jeff Fowler, who was fired in July following an internal investigation that linked him to the crime, is slated to appear Oct. 1 in Ravalli County District Court on one count of felony theft.


Ex-Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office sergeant gets probation over harassing text messages

A former sergeant with the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office has been placed on probation for one year after he admitted to sending harassing text messages to three co-workers in the office ...


Sheriff's department under investigation

A special prosecutor has been named to investigate unspecified allegations leveled against the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department.


Ga. police officer charged with DUI

Police say James Stoudenmire, a four-year veteran of the Gwinnett County Police Department, was driving a car that struck another car stopped at a traffic light in unincorporated Gwinnett County early Saturday.


Officer Faces Judge In Impersonation, Rape

An Orange police officer accused of raping a woman while using his twin brother’s identity faced a judge Tuesday.

Jared Rohrig is accused of raping a woman who thought she was having sex with his fraternal twin, Joe.


Lawyer arrested; Charged with bribery involving Augusta TEE Center

NBC Augusta 26 News has learned lawyer David Fry has been arrested and charged with bribery. Fry is accused of trying to bribe two Augusta commissioners regarding Augusta’s Trade, Exhibit and Event, or TEE Center.


Officer charged with break-in bonds out of jail

A Williamsburg County police officer accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend's home has bonded out of jail.

The Florence County Sheriff's Office charged 28-year-old David Eaddy with burglary.


Police: Off-duty deputy hits Starbucks, hurts 2

An off-duty Sacramento County Sheriff's deputy has been booked for investigation of driving under the influence after police say she plowed into a Starbucks coffee shop and injured an elderly woman and an employee.


RI trooper charged in assault on policeman

A Rhode Island state trooper has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a Providence police sergeant at a fundraiser honoring a deceased policeman.

Edward Stenovitch was arrested Monday after allegedly punching Sgt. Bernard Gannon in the head early Saturday morning at a bar ...


Wayne Township attorney resigns after being charged with violating restraining order

Mark Semeraro resigned from his jobs as Wayne Township attorney and attorney for the Passaic County Regular Republican Organization this weekend after being charged with violating a restraining order, officials said.


Sixth fired guard faces trial in prison beatings

Jury selection was scheduled Tuesday in Cumberland for the trial of 40-year-old Sherman Jones of Fort Ashby, W.Va.


Corrections Officer Investigation

A corrections officer with the Bay County Jail is on administrative leave.

According to Warden Rick Anglin the female officer allegedly threatened to kill another person.


Officer arrested in car crash

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office arrested a correctional officer early Sunday after the officer, driving his personal vehicle while intoxicated, chased another car until it crashed into a wall in Metairie, the Sheriff's Office said.


Pima County Sheriff's deputy fired after rollover

A Pima County Sheriff's deputy was fired Wednesday after rolling his patrol vehicle and authorities say he showed signs of impairment following the crash.


Seneca County deputy arrested

Seneca County Deputy Burl Osborne was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree menacing.


Former Trooper Charged in Sex Assault

Maryland State Police say a trooper who resigned in April after being disciplined for a personnel issue has been arrested for sexually assaulting a woman.


Charges stand in boy's gun show death

Edward Fleury, who resigned as Pelham's chief in March, is charged with manslaughter and four counts of furnishing a machine gun to a minor in connection with the death of Christopher Bizilj of Ashford, Conn.


Officer videotaped kicking man will not be charged with battery

A police officer seen kicking a handcuffed man on Sarasota County Jail surveillance video will not face battery charges, the state attorney's office announced Wednesday.

Prosecutors declined to file charges against Sarasota officer Christopher Childers, who was put on administrative leave after the video showed him kicking Juan G. Perez, 21, on June 26.


Police may be responsible for shooting at fair

State police said a 66-year-old man shot while in a craft tent at the Woodstock Fair may have been hit by a bullet fired by a policeman.


Two Ogden officers suspected of DUI

Harrisville police last week received results of a blood test taken from an Ogden officer injured in a single-car crash in July near 1500 North and Washington Boulevard, said Harrisville police Chief Max Jackson. Results indicate the officer's blood-alcohol content was at or slightly above the legal level, with a prescription depressant also present, Jackson said.

In an unrelated case Saturday night, an Ogden police detective was pulled over for erratic driving near 1800 North and Highway 89, Jackson said. A breathalyzer test indicated his blood alcohol content was above the legal limit, Jackson said. He was issued a citation and released.


Female jail guard charged with sexual advance on inmate

A female corrections officer at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women has been arrested for making sexual advances toward an inmate and giving the woman a cell phone and other items, authorities said yesterday.

Susan Hollander, 51, of Saylorsburg, Pa., was charged with second-degree official misconduct and transfer of certain electronic devices in a correctional facility, and fourth-degree criminal sexual contact.


5 Metro Corrections officers disciplined, accused of theft, violence, and inmate relations

WHAS11 News has learned of a shake-up inside the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections after allegations involving sex, theft, domestic violence and departmental violations.


Carmel officer accused of punching wife

A Carmel detective is facing a domestic battery charge for allegedly hitting his wife.

Monday afternoon, a judge released Bradley Hedrick from jail on his own recognizance.


Former jailer pleads guilty to battery

A former Peoria County correctional officer was sentenced Monday to three months in jail for hitting an inmate last December.


Ark. Prison Guard Arrested on Gun, Drug Complaint

Bond has been set at $5,000 for a prison guard at the Maximum Security Unit near Pine Bluff after authorities say marijuana was found in her bra as she reported for work.

A judge on Friday ruled there was probable cause to charge 26-year-old Michelle Anderson of Pine Bluff with possession of drugs with intent to deliver and possession of a weapon on prison property.


Sheriff enters guilty plea in racketeering case

A rural Virginia sheriff who was accused of taking bribes in exchange for promising not to interfere with a cockfighting ring pleaded guilty on Friday to one count of racketeering.

Former Page County Sheriff Daniel W. Presgraves entered his guilty plea at a hearing in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg, according to court documents. As part of a plea agreement, nearly two dozen other charges were dropped.


Disbarred West Palm Beach attorney arrested for insurance fraud

A West Palm Beach lawyer who allegedly pocketed nearly $500,000 of his clients’ insurance claims settlements has been arrested.


Officer in NY defends zapping mom with stun gun

A sheriff's deputy in eastern New York has defended his decision to zap a woman with a stun gun during a traffic stop in a Syracuse suburb earlier this year.

The video shows the officer pulling Audra Harmon from her minivan and stunning the 38-year-old mother with two Taser shots with her kids nearby. All charges against Harmon were dismissed.


Pricey Pants Judge Won't Quit

The former administrative law judge who sued a dry cleaner for $54 million just can't give up the spotlight.


Anchorage judge is charged with 2nd DUI

Anchorage Superior Court Judge Patrick McKay has been charged with drunk driving.


Texas sheriff gets 5 years for helping drug cartel

A former Texas sheriff was sentenced to more than five years in federal prison Thursday for helping Mexican smugglers move drugs through his county on the U.S.-Mexico border in exchange for thousands of dollars in bribes.


Hamburg Cop Pleads Guilty to Misdemeanor

Laurie Staley-Stone was the first woman to make detective in the Town of Hamburg police department.

Staley-Stone pleaded guilty late Wednesday afternoon in U.S. District Court, admitting that she accessed the state and FBI crime computers to gather intelligence on a local motorcycle gang and then turned that information over to a rival gang.


Accused ex-officer worked for armored car company

A former Santa Rosa police officer charged with four armored car robberies in Sonoma and Marin counties apparently used his knowledge as a patrolman – and a former armored car company employee – to pull off the lucrative heists.


OC Sheriff's Deputy Accused Of Lobster Poaching

An Orange County sheriff's deputy has been charged with misdemeanor lobster poaching, while a former deputy is accused of trying to obstruct an investigation to protect his friend and colleague.

District attorney's officials say Deputy William Robb was charged Wednesday with a misdemeanor count of having 13 undersized spiny lobsters during an off-duty fishing trip with two other deputies last November.


Ex-Va. Beach cop indicted in marriage fraud investigation

According to the four-count indictment, from the summer of 2005 until August 2007, Andrey Savelyev and others engaged in marriage fraud and making false statements in support of aliens seeking to remain in the U.S.


Rape Kits Untested in Minneapolis Evidence Room?

Evidence from a rape incident sat untested in the Minneapolis police evidence room for three years. FOX 9 has learned there are hundreds of untested rape kits in Minneapolis.


Strike Force: Agencies will get cops' IDs

Two sources familiar with the investigation said that the officers were employed by the Minneapolis and St. Paul police departments and by the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office. Another officer from a suburban police department also might be implicated, one of the sources said.


Deputy collected photos, data

A Broward sheriff's deputy -- jailed on charges that he stalked and sexually assaulted men -- searched police records to obtain photos and personal data on more than two dozen men and five prisoners whom he met while on duty, court documents show.

Investigators found the information, printed from law enforcement databases, in a wooden chest in Deputy Jonathan Bleiweiss' bedroom, according to a search warrant filed Monday in Broward Circuit Court.


Fired guard convicted in assault trial

Thirty-seven-year-old Kenneth Platter of Cresaptown was found guilty Monday afternoon of four counts of assault and one count of conspiracy to commit assault in Allegany County Circuit Court.


Aide at center of scandal involving ex-Ohio attorney general pleads guilty to theft in office

A top aide to former Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann has pleaded guilty to theft in office, unauthorized use of state property and other charges.

Gutierrez was at the center of a scandal that led Dann to resign last year. Two women working in the attorney general's office accused Gutierrez of sexually harassing them, and he was fired.


Judge will not reconsider Conahan, Ciavarella plea deal

The former judges Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. and Michael T. Conahan, filed the motion last week asking U.S. District Judge Edwin M. Kosik to reconsider his decision and reinstate the 87-month prison sentences that had been guaranteed for each former judge under their agreements.

Ciavarella, 59, and Conahan, 57, pleaded guilty in February to accepting $2.6 million in kickbacks to facilitate the development of privately owed juvenile detention centers.


Accused ex-officer spurns sex sting plea deal

A former Alabama police officer snared in "Dateline NBC's To Catch a Predator" sex sting turned down a plea offer, remaining among the last few unresolved cases.

Todd Spikes gained notoriety after investigators said he drove to Flagler Beach to meet what he thought was a 13-year-old girl named "Lindsay" but who actually was a decoy. After Spikes was arrested, Flagler Beach police said they found a shotgun, an assault rifle and handguns, all loaded, in his sport utility vehicle.


NJ assistant prosecutor fights DUI charge in Pa.

Police in Bethlehem, Pa., say Warren County Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Brotzman's blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.08.


Woodstock cop charged in $20G theft from PBA

Christopher Howland, 36, of Kingston, was arrested following an investigation by the state police, along with Woodstock town police and the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office.


Midland deputy fired after rifle incident

A Midland County sheriff's deputy was fired after police say he and four other deputies asked a waitress to take a picture with one of their service rifles while they were visiting a restaurant in Round Rock last week, Midland Sheriff Gary Painter said.


Ex-judges want pleas reconsidered

Former judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan have asked a federal judge to reconsider his rejection of their guilty pleas, arguing that they were within their rights to engage in the conduct that the judge cited in refusing to honor their plea agreements.


Bradley County Deputy Fired

Deputy Matthew Joseph Pickett was fired yesterday. He is under investigation by several agencies into claims of misconduct during Pickett’s prior military service.


Holliston woman's green card request denied because of ex-lawyer's conduct

After waiting eight years, Cardoso finally got word that immigration officials are rejecting her green card application, saying they believe they found fraudulent documents in a significant number of cases handled by her attorney.


Child Support Judge Sued for Not Supporting His Kids

Broward General Magistrate Philip Schlissel knows the rules of child support. The judge has been busting dads and moms for not paying their fair share for years.


SC Officer Charged With DUI In NC

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports Monday that Capt. William Frontz faces charges of driving while intoxicated, open container and reckless driving.


Former Washington County Sheriff Arrested

The Washington County Sheriff's Office has arrested 61 year old Joseph Tibbetts, a former Washington County Sheriff, state police trooper, and state legislator. He faces a felony charge of criminal threatening with a weapon and a misdemeanor charge of displaying a weapon.


Maricopa cop fired, accused of showing women his genitalia

On Friday a stack of complaint forms were released about Martice Berry.

Several women at the same gym, Anytime Fitness, said Berry would show them pictures of his penis taken on his personal cell phone.


Officer suspended over red light crash

According to an internal disciplinary memo, Officer Paul Johnson was responding as back up to another officer on a vehicle disturbance call on the afternoon of April 7. The memo states Officer Johnson intermittently turned on his lights and sirens, which activated his camera. But during the investigation, officers learned Johnson deliberately turned his camera off before running the red light.


Four are appointed to look at scandal

The commission’s report will examine the actions by former Luzerne County judges Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. and Michael T. Conahan that led to juveniles being wrongly sentenced to a juvenile detention center.


Ex-Bridgeport cop gets1-year suspended term

A former Bridgeport police officer convicted of illegally sharing a person's criminal record with another received a suspended one-year prison sentence earlier this week in Jackson County Circuit Court here.


Report: Midland deputies took photos of waitress holding service rifle

A group of five sheriff's deputies from Midland County could face criminal charges for allegedly taking pictures of a Twin Peaks Restaurant waitress as she held one of their service rifles, officials said.


Judge who deflated tires quits administrative post

A Charles County judge who acknowledged deflating a tire of a car parked in a restricted area near the courthouse has resigned as chief administrator of the Circuit Court.


Sheriff’s deputy arrested

A sheriff’s deputy is facing charges after he allegedly used his uniform and badge to force a woman to perform a sex act on him during his shift Tuesday, authorities said.

Donald A. Harder III, 28, of Hadley, was charged with first-degree criminal sexual act, a class-B felony.


Judge subject of formal complaint, again

With the jury present but in a sidebar with lawyers, Wertheimer reportedly asked the attorneys if he should tell jurors the trial would conclude for the day so one or both lawyers could attend a "Bund meeting" — a reference to a 1930s anti-Semitic group in America that promoted Adolf Hitler's regime.


Cop’s car examined in K-9 baking death

Officials have only confirmed that Patton, a 4 1/2-year-old Golden Retriever, died in a car last month, but law enforcement sources have said the dog died after he was left in a hot vehicle for an extended period of time.


Judge Accused of Deflating Courthouse Cleaning Lady's Tire

Two jail officers said they saw Nalley do it because Washington was parked in his space on a side street, and one of the officers used a cell phone camera to capture the incident, The Post reported.


Alleged police handcuffing incident under investigation

City police are looking into whether a patrol sergeant handcuffed a homicide detective during a disagreement as they investigated a reported abduction.


Ex-CIA investigator pleads guilty to false statements

A former Central Intelligence Agency investigator pleaded guilty today to fabricating about 80 background checks of various people with summaries of interviews she did not conduct.


NOPD Dismisses Officer Involved In Bar Brawl

Sgt. Warren Keller, an 18-year veteran of the department, was released based on findings of the Police Public Integrity Bureau. He is the second NOPD officer fired in connection with the investigation.

The incident in question involved a fight between off-duty officers and several Regional Transit Authority workers.


State trooper charged with misusing database

The Oakland Press reported that Stephen Anderson was arraigned July 22 in district court on a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized disclosure of the Law Enforcement Information Network.


FHP trooper says he was fired for not writing enough tickets

Maj. Ryan Burchnell noted that Maul wrote "only 63 citations, 22 warnings and eight faulty equipment notices while working 56 traffic crashes." And he wrote only 16 citations in December, Burchnell noted.


AP INVESTIGATION: Border police being busted more

An Associated Press investigation has found U.S. law officers who work the border are being charged with criminal corruption in numbers not seen before, as drug and immigrant smugglers use money and sometimes sex to buy protection, and internal investigators crack down.


St. Louis detective admits taking bribe

A former St. Louis detective has pleaded guilty to federal charges for taking bribes as part of a scandal involving towed vehicles.

Kevin Shade pleaded guilty to mail fraud Monday in U.S. District Court. Sentencing is Oct. 29. He resigned from the police department in June.


Pregnant Woman Battered; Deputy Arrested

The Marion County Sheriff's Office said a corrections officer has been arrested in connection with the battery of his pregnant wife.

Deputies said Anthony Votta told responding officers that he had battered his wife, who is four months pregnant.


Police Investigating Police Chief's Wife

McDonough's city manager fired one of his clerks, Callie Dorsey, after he said she admitted stealing city money.


Ex-guard awaits sentencing for inmate death

Last month a federal jury found that corrections officer Erin Sharma contributed to the death by helping put Delano and his attacker, a man nicknamed "Animal," in the same cell at Coleman's maximum-security unit.

Delano had injured her during an earlier spat, and prosecutors say Sharma commissioned McCullah to "break his leg" in revenge.


Lawsuits may hinge on BHPD 'customs'

Andrew Collins has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for corrupt practices involving fake drug buys while a city narcotics detective. Bernard Hall, Collins' immediate supervisor, has been indicted for conspiracy, making false grand jury statements and making false statements to the FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office.


Vergennes police chief faces new charges

Life just got even tougher for embattled Vergennes Police Chief Michael Lowe.

Lowe, who was arrested last month for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs, is now facing five new charges, including embezzlement, the Vermont Attorney General's Office announced on Friday afternoon.


Deputy Sheriff Charged With Dog-Fighting

Memphis Police OCU raided Jamario Taylor's Whitehaven home Thursday acting on a tip. Cops say the dogs weren't just underfed -- they were abused, then patched up to fight another day.


Ex-judges argue for full pension

Former Luzerne County judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan contend they are entitled to their full pensions because the federal crimes to which they pleaded guilty are not “substantially similar” to state law crimes that trigger the loss of retirement benefits.


Police car cameras don't lie, but did Fla. cops?

Veteran Hollywood Police Officer Dewey Pressley said he hated lying. But if bending the truth a little would keep a fellow officer out of trouble, well, he was all for it.


Ex-Detroit cop gets 16 months in prison over taxes

A former Detroit cop, who was originally charged with stealing cocaine from the department's property room, was sentenced Wednesday to 16 months in federal prison on a tax evasion conviction.


2 Alexandria Police Officers Under Investigation


Ex-officer's sentence upheld in Ellicott City bank robbery

A three-judge panel in Howard County Circuit Court has upheld the 10-year sentence of a former Baltimore police officer who took nearly $380,000 from an Ellicott City bank in December 2007.


SF Cop Charged With Sexual Assault

Jeffrey John Sung, 32, faces one count of sexual battery and one count of false imprisonment, both misdemeanors, for allegedly trying to have sex with a long-time friend after the two had been drinking, Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.


Bailiff resigns after 2nd DWI arrest

Authorities say 35-year-old Melissa Bates was arrested just before 3 a.m. Sunday in Rogers for misdemeanor DWI, refusing to submit to an intoxication test and driving with a suspended or revoked license.


NW Indiana officer convicted of FOP lodge theft

Jurors convicted a northwestern Indiana police officer of stealing thousands of dollars while he was treasurer of a Fraternal Order of Police lodge.

The jury convicted Lake County police Sgt. Mitchell King Jr. of a felony theft charge ...


St. Louis police officer indicted for crash that killed 4 EIU students

Police officer Christine Miller is now charged with four counts of first-degree involuntary manslaughter and one count of driving while under the influence. Police said Miller was driving in the wrong way when she hit head-on with the students' car.


Deputies shoot jail trainee accused of fatally shooting corrections officer

A Seminole County Sheriff's Office trainee, suspected of fatally shooting his female companion, was shot and seriously injured Sunday morning by a deputy from that agency.


History Of Complaints Filed Against DC Police Officer

Between 2002 and 2009, Officer James Culp racked up six formal complaints, ranging from a 22 year old woman accusing Culp of grabbing her genital area to a 40 year old man accusing Culp of stealing 3 thousand dollars.


Former Peoria police officer barred from law enforcement

A former Peoria police officer has agreed to forfeit his right to again sport a badge months after supervisors learned he had omitted past drug use from job applications.


One Officer Involved in 2 Shooting Deaths in 4 Days

It is unclear how long Officer Adam Tavss will remain on paid administrative leave this time around.


9 police officers gone amid money scandal

Five police officers were fired and four others left a Texas police department over allegations that they got paid for working as private security guards while on duty.

Some officers are accused of filling out timecards for their Waco Housing Authority security jobs and for their on-duty police work that showed they were in two places at once.

Two were accused of playing golf numerous times while they were signed in at their police department jobs ...


More arrests coming in Okaloosa sheriff's scandal

A former Florida Panhandle sheriff who has pleaded guilty to federal fraud and money laundering charges now faces state racketeering counts, accused Thursday by Florida prosecutors in a scheme to take a cut of employee bonus checks.


Salt Lake City attorney accused in worker-visa scandal to be released from jail

A Utah immigration attorney and four of his employees accused in a visa fraud scheme on Wednesday entered not guilty pleas to the crimes.

The five are among eight people indicted with various counts of conspiracy, visa fraud and encouraging or inducing undocumented aliens to reside in the United States illegally in connection with the case. An indictment unsealed Tuesday says they helped 10 companies in Salt Lake, Davis and Utah counties get work visas for ineligible foreign workers.


Arrests Made in Sarah Jessica Parker Surrogate Scandal

In St. Clairesville Ohio, two police chiefs are being accused of breaking into the home of Sarah Jessica Parker’s surrogate to scoop up information for tabloid material and have been arrested.

Belmont County jail has confirmed that Martins Ferry Police Chief Barry Carpenter and Bridgeport Police Chief Chad Dojack were taken in Wednesday night and released.


Former Fort Smith Officer To Remain Terminated

The Fort Smith Civil Service Commission upheld the decision to terminate Michael Isaac.

According to the internal investigation Isaac punched the suspect in his side before placing him in handcuffs.


Sharma trial full of contradictions

During cross-examination of federal corrections officer Erin Sharma, Douglas Kern, an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, counted exactly 25 contradictions between the defendant's claims on the witness stand and sworn testimony offered by FBI special agent James Raby a week earlier.


Glades deputy who bragged about beatings given 'last chance' deal but subordinates were fired

Sheriff's officials said their first instinct was to fire Sgt. Brent Raban after a department probe revealed he bragged about beating up people he arrested in the Glades - and encouraged his subordinates to do the same.

But Raban, a 10-year veteran of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, ultimately was spared, forced to take a demotion and a transfer to a less busy district.


Former GPD officer receives probation for misconduct

Former Gainesville Police Department Officer William Billings, who embezzled from GPD and solicited prostitutes on the job, has received his sentence.


Cops Caught on Dashboard Cam Plotting Against Motorist

The four police officers -- three of them longtime veterans of the force -- were caught on one of the cop's dash cameras plotting to place the blame for a February traffic accident on a woman one of them had hit with their patrol car.

Officer Joel Francisco, 36, an 11-year veteran, crashed into the back of Villa's vehicle at a light on February 17 at midnight.


Annoying "Pants" Judge Loses Another Lawsuit

Former D.C. administrative law judge Roy Pearson Jr. -- one of this city's worst specimen -- has had yet another of his frivolous lawsuits about nothing thrown out. But this one's still nowhere near as frivolous as his other Famous Lawsuit, the one that garnered him international attention for being such an evil, evil man.


City police officer convicted of assaulting woman

A Baltimore police officer was convicted of second-degree assault and sentenced to 10 days in prison Monday after he punched a woman in the face during an argument ...

Joseph Bannerman, 31, of the 6600 block of Spring Mill Circle, had been assigned to the department's Violent Crime Impact Division.


Alexandria police chief resigns after DUI

Alexandria Police Chief David P. Baker retired Tuesday after being arrested over the weekend on drunken-driving charges.


Alexandria police chief has no plans to resign

Alexandria Police Chief David Baker was charged with drunken driving after he was involved in a car accident in Arlington over the weekend.

A criminal complaint obtained by The Washington Post shows that Baker failed four field sobriety tests. About two hours after the accident, he took a breath test that registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.19, more than twice the legal limit.


One acquitted, Two officers still on trial

A judge acquitted one of the officers of obstruction of justice. A second officer will find out Tuesday morning if he too is in the clear.


3 suspected illegal immigrants freed

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says the federal government released three illegal immigrants arrested in a crime sweep because their arrests didn't fit new Department of Homeland Security policies.


Pinal sheriff hires controversial ex-Chandler cop

A former Chandler police officer who was at the center of two wrongful death lawsuits that resulted in nearly $5 million in settlements has been hired by the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.


Ex-county officer gets 18 months

A former county police officer who rear-ended a vehicle last year after a night of drinking, killing the driver and then fleeing the scene of the accident, was sentenced yesterday to 18 months in jail in Harford County.

Dane Hall pleaded guilty in April to charges stemming from the Jan. 27, 2008, crash. He had been on unpaid leave from the county Police Department since shortly after the incident. He resigned after his plea.


Alexandria Police Chief Arrested for DUI

Alexandria Chief of Police David P. Baker was arrested at approximately 11:00 p.m. Saturday night for driving under the influence of alcohol in Arlington.

Baker was driving an unmarked City of Alexandria car and got into a car crash near the intersection of I-66 and North Fairfax Drive when he was arrested.


UPDATE: Tupelo police chief takes the stand

Tupelo Police Chief Harold Chaffin didn’t stop former Deputy Chief Robert Hall from releasing a hit-and-run suspect three years ago despite knowing it was about to happen.


St. Paul / Lawsuit aims at police chief

St. Paul Police Chief John Harrington targeted an officer for retaliation after the man complained that a supervisor and fellow officers littered the workplace with sexually and racially offensive terms, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday.


Cops busted by own department

Matthew Roeschen has been arrested after working as a Milwaukee police officer for nearly two years.


Fired prison official cries foul

Brian Thom, former assistant superintendent at the John Burke Correctional Center in Waupun, was fired last year after he admitted taking gas from a state-owned pump for his personal vehicle five or six times.


Prison guard trial: FBI agent on the stand

FBI Special Agent James Raby was the sole witness Tuesday morning in the continuing trial of Erin Sharma, the federal prison guard accused of engaging in a conspiracy that led to an inmate's death.


Bar brawl leads to police officer's arrest

The Apopka police commander, David Call, 41, turned himself in early Monday evening, hours after the warrant for his arrest on an aggravated battery charge was issued. The charge stems from an off-duty Feb. 8 fight at McGregor's Bar that left Robert Henns, 41, with broken ribs and needing surgical glue to mend injuries to his head.


Feds Investigate Prince George's Police

Prince George's County Police confirm that some of their own are being investigated by the Feds.

The Prince George's County Police Department says the officers being investigated have been removed from patrol duty, but so far no one has been fired or charged with any crime.


APD Officer Accused of Sexual Assault While on Duty

An Anchorage police officer has been accused of sexually assaulting multiple women while he was on duty.

Anthony Rollins, a 13-year veteran and former department spokesman, was indicted by a grand jury and arrested Wednesday.


Danville Police officer fired over dog shooting, appeals

Fired Danville Police Officer Murrill McLean, who shot and killed a miniature dachshund named Killer on June 8, has decided to appeal the department’s decision to terminate his employment, a police department source said Thursday.


Lawyer Sentenced To 10 Months In Bribery Case

A lawyer who pleaded guilty to conspiring to bribe a former Louisiana film commissioner for tax breaks was sentenced Thursday to 10 months in prison.


Ex-cop who stole $379,000 seeks sentence reduction

The attorney for a former Baltimore police officer who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for taking nearly $380,000 from a Howard County bank in December 2007 asked a three-judge panel in Circuit Court on Thursday to have his jail term cut in half.


FBI Probes Cops' Alleged Ties to Gambling Ring, Drugs

Federal investigators are looking into whether a group of local police officers took money to protect a high-stakes gambling ring over the past two years.

The FBI is also checking whether the group was involved in several slayings linked to the gambling ring, which includes some of the area's most powerful drug dealers ...


Officers Alleged Actions Very Unbecoming: Report

Police Chief Margaret Ackley fired Razulallah Wallace and Jeffrey Nichols, both two year veterans of the force.

Wallace is accused of having sex with a woman in his police cruiser while he was on duty, the Day of New London reports.

Nichols is accused of e-mailing cell phone pictures of a dead body of an overdose victim to various people, the Day reports.


State asks judge to dismiss civil suit against trooper in double-fatal crash

The trooper, Matt Mitchell, was talking to his girlfriend while driving 126 mph just seconds before the crash that killed two Collinsville sisters and injured the Fayetteville couple, Christine and Kelly Marler, according to documents made public through discovery in the case.


Suspended Greece cop accused of falsifying background check

Sgt. Robert P. Trowbridge was arrested Tuesday and charged with a felony count of offering a false instrument for filing. He allegedly faked statements from various law enforcement officials — including Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy, and former Rochester deputy chiefs Vincent Faggiano and James Sheppard — which he then included in a 2002 pre-employment screening package for former Greece Police Officer Gary Pignato. Pignato, convicted on charges of coercing a woman into sex, is now in prison.


Witnesses say arrest got rough early on

Two witnesses say the rough treatment of Juan G. Perez during a recent arrest began before he arrived at the Sarasota County Jail, where a surveillance video recorded an officer kicking the handcuffed man and stepping on him.


NJ jail guard charged with drug-sex deal

New Jersey prosecutors say a jail guard traded drugs to inmates for money and sex.

Authorities arrested Sergey Udalovas outside Cumberland County Jail. The 52-year-old is charged with official misconduct and aggravated sexual assault because he's an authority figure.


Local officers off the job following exposure allegation

Two police officers on the Grand Strand are no longer officers after a woman reported they exposed themselves to her over the weekend.


Ex-instructor admits transporting underage girls for sex

Trent Young, also a former New York City police officer, pleaded guilty late Thursday afternoon to three counts of transporting a minor with the intent to engage in sexual activity. He also admitted that he exercised supervisory control over each of the girls.


Police: Officer assisted dealer

A part-time Steuben County corrections officer has been arrested on official misconduct and other charges for allegedly providing a gun, his work uniform and his badge to a convicted felon and suspected methamphetamine dealer.


NOPD cops lied about bar brawl, inquiry says

The New Orleans Police Department's own internal investigation into a high-profile 2008 bar fight between off-duty officers and city transit workers found that five of its officers broke police conduct rules and then lied to investigators, with at least one officer coercing a civilian witness to lie about the incident, according to an internal report made public Thursday.


Deputy US marshal convicted on firearms charge

Prosecutors say 29-year-old Antoine Dobson of Irvington used his position as a marshal to obtain a semiautomatic handgun last year and transferred the weapon and ammunition to Larry Langforddavis, a friend from Hillside.


Judge says police union can withhold photo of officer accused of theft

The Detroit police union was granted a temporary restraining order Thursday after going to court to fight the release of a photo of an officer accused of swindling money from an auto-theft program.


Capt., Lt. Plead Not Guilty To Leaking Info

Investigators said Capt. Joseph McNeil, Lt. Orlando Soto and Sgt. Shawn Farmer went into the department's secure record system and printed out copies of the applicant's background investigation. They also pointed out that the applicant, Christian Miron, is the brother of Stratford Mayor Jim Miron.


Tangipahoa Deputy Arrested

A Tangipahoa Parish sheriff's deputy has been arrested on suspicion of providing drugs to inmates at the parish jail.

Federal agents arrested the deputy, 44-year-old Kevin Whittington, on a drug charge Tuesday.


Gravette Police Dog Attacks Child

A Fourth of July celebration turned into a nightmare for one young boy after he was attacked by a police dog in the city of Gravette.


Internal ruling awaited on trooper's stored gun

State police have completed an internal investigation into Lt. Richard Bolduc, whose 12-year-old son allegedly grabbed his unloaded gun out of an unlocked drawer, pointed it at a 5-year-old girl and pulled the trigger.


Cochran officer accused of misusing database

Authorities say Thurman Hathaway is accused of calling in the tag number of a male friend of a former female friend for personal reasons and checking the number against the GCIC database.


Jailer faces drug charge

Joseph L. Fontenot Jr., a deputy and jailer with the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office, has been arrested for transporting drugs into the St. Landry Parish jail.


Atlanta Police Major Under Investigation

The DeKalb County sheriff’s office is investigating Maj. Pearline Williams. Investigators accused Williams of bringing her son illegal contraband while he was in the DeKalb County jail, which would be a felony charge.


Ex-cop loses defamation claim against borough

A federal judge has dismissed former Police Officer Mark Van's lawsuit against the borough government, saying essentially he didn't prove that the borough had unlawfully hounded him after he left the force.


Additional charges possible in police theft case

The 18-year department veteran Robert Risi is already facing charges of felony grand larceny, misdemeanor petit larceny, as well as two counts of misdemeanor official misconduct.


Norfolk policeman accused of selling cars without a license

Authorities say Lt. Michael Barnaby rehabbed and sold cars.

Barnaby faces five counts of forgery or alteration of an automobile registration and one count of failure to obtain a license as a motor vehicle salesperson.


Milton Officials Detail Allegations Against Police Chief

Milton officials have released information on the allegations against the Town's Police Chief. They say William Phillips has destroyed official records, altered time sheets, removed video evidence and carried an unauthorized weapon. He denies the accusations.


Cop charged in murder plot wants city to pay legal bills

A Chicago Police officer awaiting trial for allegedly plotting to kill a fellow cop is suing the city, seeking reimbursement for hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal bills he's racked up.


Judge scandal featured online

The two men are free awaiting sentencing for their guilty pleas to participating in a $2.6 million kickback scheme involving the construction of two juvenile detention centers and placement of youths in the facilities.


Trooper Charged in Fatal Vienna Crash

The Dorchester County State's Attorney on Tuesday ordered a Maryland State Police involved in a fatal crash late last year in Vienna be charged with a traffic offense.


Officer in punching incident had four complaints in 2007

The officer who punched a woman last Thursday while monitoring a parking lot near the Alive @ Five concert had four separate complaints against him in 2007, according to police records and a person who made a complaint.


Police crash injures pedestrian

One cruiser crashed into the back of the other, causing the front car to veer off the road and hit Eldredge, who struck the cruiser's windshield ...


Jersey City cop, Anthony Falconetti, charged with official misconduct, officials say

Officials said Eugene Falconetti, 47, a 21-year-veteran of the department, was arrested while in uniform at about noon by members of the department's Internal Affairs Unit, but wouldn't disclose the specific allegations.


Aspen officer facing exploitation charge resigns

Court records show 38-year-old Joseph Holman faces charges of 2 counts of attempted sexual exploitation of a child, tampering with evidence, child abuse and attempted criminal invasion of privacy.


MTA officer charged with raping girl, 15

A Maryland Transit Administration police officer has been charged with raping a 15-year-old Elkridge girl who asked him for help finding her way home on the light rail, according to charging documents.


RI Trooper will get new assault trial

Rhode Island's highest court has ordered a new trial for a former state trooper convicted three years ago of beating a man inside a police car while off duty.


LAPD: No officers fired for May Day rally beatings

Officials say none of the Los Angeles police officers who pummeled protesters with batons and opened fire with rubber bullets at a 2007 pro-immigration rally will be fired.


Roanoke law enforcement banned from county firing range

Roanoke law enforcement officers have lost their rights to the county-owned firing range and driving track over concerns about last fall's controversial sniper training ...


Former police officer pleads guilty to felony theft

A former police officer pleaded guilty to felony theft in court Monday morning. Jerry Bristow is a former Clinton police officer.

Court records show he admitted to stealing 15-hundred dollars cash and six guns from a police evidence vault and then pawned them off to pay debts.


Springfield Mass Officer Face Jail Time For Stealing

Officer Steven Buzzell faces a maximum five years in state prison on each count during sentencing Thursday, a day after the Hampden Superior Court jury found him guilty of three counts of larceny over $250.


Ex-CHP officer to face fixing-ticket-for-sex trial

A former California Highway Patrol officer must stand trial in San Diego County on allegations he fixed a woman's speeding ticket in exchange for sexual favors.


3 Officers Arrested On Felony Charges

The chief state’s attorney’s office said the officers are accused of getting and copying a job application and background report from the mayor’s brother, Christian Miron.


Ex-prison guard charged with raping inmate

State Police say a former prison guard is charged with rape, official misconduct and other offenses for allegedly forcing an inmate to have sex with him.


St. Paul Officer Accused Of Beating His Wife

Officer Isaac Rinehart was arrested Monday night after turning himself in at the Maplewood Police Department.


Cop in bar fight video to be sentenced

An off-duty Chicago police officer convicted earlier this month of beating up a bartender is returning to court for sentencing.

Anthony Abbate could be placed on probation or be sentenced to prison for up to five years when he returns to court Tuesday.


Convicted judge in Erie can keep his pension

A retired Pennsylvania Superior Court judge will not forfeit his $82,000 annual pension for the insurance fraud that landed him in federal prison for 46 months.


Deputy refutes coercion claim

A Bonner County Sheriff’s deputy who uncovered a marijuana growing operation by following up on an anonymous tip is denying defense assertions that he coerced the suspects into allowing a search of the property.


Officer charged with DUI was nearly twice the legal limit

Virginia Beach Master Police Officer Bryan Womble had a blood-alcohol level of .15 at the time of his arrest Saturday, according to documents filed in traffic court.


North Chicago's 'Top cop' accused of beating up chief

North Chicago's "Officer of the Year" allegedly pummeled and seriously injured Waukegan's police chief after finding him in his estranged wife's home.

North Chicago Officer Carl Sain was charged with felony aggravated battery following the Wednesday altercation in Waukegan, which left Police Chief Artis Yancey with several broken bones in his face, Lake County State's Attorney Michael Waller said.


Fired worker peeked at files

A dispatcher with the Lake County Sheriff's Office was fired last month after officials said they learned that she used a database with personal information to check up on 13 deputies, including three undercover deputies.


Cop Who Killed Va. Man Suspended After 2nd Shooting

Miami Beach police officer Adam Tavss had been cleared to return to full duty, according to police, apparently cleared of any wrongdoing. On Thursday, his first day back -- and within days of shooting Shehada, Tavss was part of an exchange of gunfire with a carjacking suspect who was shot on the MacArthur Causeway and who later died.


Bloomingdale police chief pleads guilty to domestic violence

Bloomingdale's police chief remains on suspension with pay after pleading guilty to a domestic-violence charge in Allegan County that can be dismissed within a year if he complies with court-ordered sanctions.

It is not clear, however, when John Josten, 53, of Otsego, may return to his job as police chief and sole officer for the village of about 500 people.


Police sergeant demoted; was accused of sexual harrassment

A Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission panel on Thursday voted to demote a police sergeant accused of inappropriately touching and making sexually explicit remarks and gestures to a number of female officers.

The panel's action demotes Bradley R. Dall to police officer ...


McMenacing? Cop Accused Of Pulling Gun At McD's

A Denver police officer has been suspended after allegedly brandishing his gun at a McDonald's restaurant in Aurora after his order took too long to fill.


Ark. deputy charged with stealing pistol, knife

A Greene County sheriff's deputy has resigned after being accused of stealing a gun and a knife from an accident scene.

Sidney Robert Binkley resigned last week after an internal investigation. Binkley was charged Monday with one felony theft count and one misdemeanor theft count.


Fired officer leaves DA's office

A New Orleans police officer fired last month for misconduct, then two weeks later hired as an investigator by District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro, resigned from the prosecutors office Tuesday amid mounting criticism.


State trooper resigns after Facebook probe

An Indiana State Police trooper has resigned after an investigation into postings on a social networking Web site in which he referred to himself as a "garbage man," called those he arrests "trash" and bragged about heavy drinking.

Christopher Pestow resigned Wednesday before Superintendent Paul Whitesell could enter a final finding and order in the probe, State Police said in a news release.


Sheriff's Dept. pilot resigns while under investigation

A Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department helicopter pilot under investigation for allegedly possessing an illegal assault weapon has resigned from the position he held for less than a year, much of it spent on paid suspension.

Emanuele “Manny” Tsikoudakis, 39, quit effective May 19, Capt. Matt McCaffrey confirmed.


Mistrial declared in case against ex-RCI officer

Scott Boozel, along with other officers accused of beating inmate Kenneth Davis in March 2008, was fired from his job at the state prison south of Hagerstown.


Deputy Charged with Sending Threatening Text

An Orleans County Sheriff's Deputy is suspended for allegedly sending a text message to the cell phone of a suspect he was pursuing.


Ex-Phoenix detective gets 7 years prison in child porn case

A former Phoenix homicide detective received a prison sentence of more than seven years for purchasing child pornography on the Internet and saving it on his home computer, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Tuesday.


Flashing Headlights Could Lead to Traffic Ticket

Mark Zaid told the Washington Post he was driving in Bethesda when a driver headed the opposite direction flashed his lights at him to warn him about an enforcement zone. Zaid said he flashed his lights back to thank him. That's when he was pulled over by police and given a citation for flashing his lights. He was also told he could have been charged with "obstructing a police investigation."


Pulaski officer arrested, faces drug charges

Christopher Franklin Bond was arrested at a Wythe County residence by Virginia State Police and deputies from the Wythe County Sheriff's Office, according to state police spokesman Sgt. Michael Conroy.


Settlement reached in Harrison Cty sexual harassment case

There is a settlement in the sexual harassment lawsuit involving Harrison County and Sheriff Michael Deatrick.


Often-probed judge in another incident

As Tamika Clevenger left a Baltimore courtroom Friday, she shouted, "Love you, Nick," which set off Judge Alfred Nance. He ordered a sheriff to pull Clevenger from the hallway and found the 24-year-old in contempt.


Officer on trial in inmate attack

A burly state correctional officer leveled a handcuffed inmate with a punch to the nose during a group beatdown that left the prisoner battered beyond recognition, a prosecutor and a witness said Monday in the first trial stemming from a Division of Correction brutality probe.

Defendant Scott Boozel, 28, of McConnellsburg, Pa., is "one of the bad apples who floated to the top" during the investigation of repeated assaults ...