A former Perryville police chief was sentenced on Wednesday, July 23 in connection with charges of making a false report.
Keith Tarrillion was sentenced to 180 days in jail and a year of probation for suspended execution of sentence. He will serve 10 days in jail and turn in his police license and certification.
Forgery charges were dropped as part of a plea deal.
Former North Olmsted police officer Christopher Fox, who held a New Year’s Eve 2013 party at his home attended by dozens of teenagers, was sentenced to five days in jail, given three years probation and fined $500.
Fox previously pleaded no contest to allowing underage drinking, a first-degree misdemeanor.
Rocky River Municipal Court Judge Donna Fitzsimmons ordered Fox on Tuesday to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and abstain from alcohol during his probation.
Police reports said around 60 people - many of whom were underage - were inside Fox’s house when officers arrived in the early morning of Jan. 1, 2013 to investigate a report of people fighting in his front yard.
Court probation officer Judy Nash said Fox told her during a probation interview that he kicked everyone out of the house at one point, but many snuck back in while he was sleeping.
Two banned chokeholds, one tragic death, and one head-stomp later, the recent string of questionable NYPD conduct caught on-camera continues. Photos released today by the advocacy group People Organizing and Working for Empowerment and Respect seem to show a police officer administering a chokehold — a move prohibited by the department for two decades — on 27-year-old Rosan Miller, a woman seven months pregnant, in front of her young daughter.
The Daily News reports that the incident, which occurred on Saturday, began because Miller and her family were barbecuing on the sidewalk.
"Grilling. Barbeque. In front of her home," said former city councilman Charles Barron at a news conference today. "Not committing any crimes." Miller was charged with disorderly conduct, while her brother and husband were accused of resisting arrest and obstruction.
"I was so shocked," said Miller. "I was asking, What’s the problem, and he didn’t explain.” Barron added, of the officer involved, “We want him out of our community. This is not the first time he has harassed us.”
A Seminole County deputy accused of soliciting a 17-year-old girl for sex was arrested on a warrant in Indian River County on Thursday.
David Rodriguez, 28, was charged with lewd computer solicitation of a child, according to investigators.
Deputies say they received a tip from the father of a 17-year-old girl that Rodriguez had solicited the girl for sex via Facebook in June.
The father looked at his daughter’s Facebook account and saw conversations between the two about meeting up for sex, the arrest affidavit said.
Rodriguez knew the girl since she was 6 years old through martial arts tournaments that they both attended, according to the arrest warrant.
Rodriguez’ family owns Kumite Karate in Longwood. The sign on the business said it was open Friday, but a note said it was closed for personal reasons.
Deputies said Rodriguez admitted that he contacted the girl for sex but was waiting until she was 18.
"I wish you could send me pics. but not till ur 18," one Facebook message said.
The arrest report said the teenager had a crush on Rodriguez but wanted to “stop the sexual conversations with Rodriguez after his baby was born but she did not know how to.”
New allegations against the troubled West Valley City Police Department were revealed this week by an attorney representing the parents of Danielle Willard, who was shot and killed by police in 2012.
Attorney Mark Geragos is asking a federal judge not to halt their civil court case while former Detective Shaun Cowley faces criminal prosecution for the shooting.
Geragos alleges as part of a Monday court filing that an officer — not Cowley — accused of having sexual contact with potential suspects was given “hush money” after he resigned from the department, and that the officer “extorted a cash buyout” and resigned instead of going public with details about corruption within the department.
But Police Chief Lee Russo said Tuesday that while the officer did receive a severance payment and signed a nondisclosure agreement when he resigned about a year and a half ago, the money wasn’t given to keep him quiet.
"In no way, shape or form was this presented as covering up anything or as hush money," Russo told The Salt Lake Tribune.
Russo said the officer’s actions regarding alleged sexual activity were reviewed by the Utah attorney general’s office, but no criminal wrongdoing was found, and charges were never filed.
Attorneys for Willard’s parents are arguing in a civil wrongful-death case filed in federal court against Cowley and others that the case should not be halted while Cowley’s criminal case plays out.
The former detective is charged in 3rd District Court with second-degree felony manslaughter for the 21-year-old woman’s death in 2012.
Meanwhile on Tuesday, Cowley, 33, made a brief initial appearance in Salt Lake City’s 3rd District Court in the criminal case.
Cowley’s attorney waived reading of the charge, and a scheduling hearing was set for July 28. Cowley left the courtroom quickly and did not comment to reporters. If convicted, Cowley could be sentenced to prison for up to 15 years.
An Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent has been indicted in Utah for allegedly slamming a man’s face into the floor.
The agent, Jon Martinson Jr., is due to be arraigned in Utah’s federal court the morning of July 29. He was indicted last month with violating the man’s Constitutional rights while acting as an officer.
The alleged victim is only identified by his initials in the indictment, which does not confirm whether he was in the country illegally.
On July 3, 2013, “[Martinson] slammed F.M.P. onto the concrete floor face first,” the indictment reads, “willfully depriving him of the rights secured and protected by the Constitution and laws of the United States, to be free from the use of unreasonable force by a law enforcement officer.”
DeKalb County police say an office has resigned after shooting a man’s dog in the face and blocking him from seeking medical help.
Chief James Conroy told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://on-ajc.com/1o7sQGY ) he accepted the officer’s resignation Monday and the shooting is under investigation.
Tim Theall says his dog, Doctor, was outside for a bathroom break and was running toward the house for dinner when he surprised the officer, who said in a police report that he thought his life was in danger when he fired his weapon.
Theall says the officer used his patrol vehicle to block his car in the driveway. When he drove around the patrol vehicle, Theall says the officer followed and threatened to have him arrested because leaving the scene violated procedure in a shooting investigation.
Chicago taxpayers will spend $1.2 million to compensate the family of a high school sports star with good grades who was shot in the back by an off-duty police officer.
The settlement, expected to be approved by the City Council’s Finance Committee on Tuesday and by the full Council on Wednesday, stems from the Sept. 11, 2009 shooting death of 17-year-old Corey Harris.
Harris was the father of an infant daughter and the captain of the baseball and basketball teams at Dyett High School when he was gunned down after a late-afternoon chase.
At the time, Harris’ mother, Natasha Williams, told the Chicago Sun-Times that her son had no police record and was not involved in gangs.
“You can go to the school — the principal, the teachers, the security — nobody could give you a bad report about my kid,” Williams said then.
Williams subsequently filed a lawsuit accusing off-duty Chicago Police Officer Darren Wright of “wildly” firing a “series of shots” at a group of Dyett students that included Harris.
Chicago Police told a different story.
They claimed that an off-duty officer saw Harris shooting someone at 69th and King Drive and that the teenager ran when the officer took off in his vehicle in pursuit of Harris.
After Harris ran several blocks to the 6800 block of South Eberhart, police claimed that Harris pointed a gun at the officer and was shot by the officer in self-defense. A .40-caliber handgun was recovered nearby.
After an autopsy, the Cook County medical examiner’s office ruled that Harris died of a gunshot wound to the back.
wild freeway chase that came to a tragic end after a police officer’s attempt to deploy a spike strip will apparently cost Houston taxpayers $5 million.
Houston City Council this week will consider paying that amount to settle a lawsuit stemming from the January 2009 accident in which two young men suffered severe brain damage.
Neither of the victims — Dexter Sewell, 20, and Mecole Roques, 19 – were involved in the chase. Their car was struck when they were stuck in a traffic jam created by a Houston police car that had blocked traffic so that an officer could deploy a spike strip.
Both of the young men suffered such severe brain damage, the city attorney’s office said, neither of them will be able to live or work independently and they’ll both require extensive medical treatment for the rest of their lives.
The chase began when a woman who was being arrested by a Harris County constable’s deputy somehow managed to steal the deputy’s car. A couple of Houston police officers deployed themselves ahead of the chase in an attempt to stop it.
One of the officers pulled his car sideways to block two lanes of traffic, trying to create a safe space from which another officer could throw a spike strip. That created a traffic jam, stopping innocent drivers caught in the path of the chase.
A video camera mounted on one of the deputies’ vehicles captured images of the fleeing car speeding toward the traffic jam, then slamming into the rear of an 18-wheeler and the back of the car carrying the two crash victims.
When he filed a lawsuit on behalf of the victims and their children in 2010, attorney Michael Callahan accused the officers of using trapped motorists as “human shields.”
A Mayes County police chief who is accused of molesting two teenage girls has been put on paid administrative leave, Spavinaw Mayor Jim Winn said on Friday, July 25.
Spavinaw Police Chief Clarence Gregory Sr., 75, is charged in Mayes County District Court with two counts of lewd molestation. He is accused of inappropriately touching two girls over a seven-year period, according to a probable cause affidavit.
“This is such a shock,” Winn said, referring to Gregory’s legal troubles.
Gregory told investigators he “was trying to instruct them (the girls) on what to not let boys do to them,” court records indicate. He was released on July 25 on $100,000 bond, records show.
On Monday, July 28, Dale Ellis, Gregory’s attorney said his client denied any wrongdoing.
An arbitrator says a fired police sergeant caught up in the Lakeland Police Department’s sex scandals last year should be reinstated but demoted to police officer, according to a ruling released Monday.
The ruling says David Woolverton, 39, should receive a year’s worth of back pay at an officer’s level. It was unclear how much money Woolverton would receive in back pay and what his new salary would be.
Kevin Cook, a spokesman with the city, said Monday that city lawyers were reviewing the ruling.
The Lakeland Police Department will be reviewing the arbitrator’s order in light of a current “death letter” from the State Attorney’s Office which indicated that Wolverton’s testimony would not be accepted in court. Further information will be available once the City’s legal counsel completes its review of the order, Cook said.
Woolverton should be able to resume work in a couple of days, said Nick Marolda, president of the West Central Florida Police Benevolent Association, the union that represents LPD officers.
Woolverton was fired from LPD on July 15, 2013, for conduct unbecoming, failure to report misconduct and neglect of duty, records show.
In April, former Police Chief Lisa Womack testified during an arbitration hearing that Woolverton has “a history of sexual misconduct or allegation of this behavior that goes back a number of years.”
More than 15 years ago, Woolverton was accused and disciplined for having a relationship with a high school student who was interning with the department, Womack said.
A few years after that, Woolverton was taken off the agency’s SWAT team for 10 days when he brought his “girlfriend” to a SWAT competition instead of his wife, which caused the department embarrassment at the time, Womack said during testimony.
An MBTA Transit Police sergeant was put on paid administrative leave after allegedly assaulting a woman and twice violating a restraining order, resulting in three arrests in less than 48 hours, authorities said Monday.
David Jaime, 29, of Methuen, allegedly assaulted a woman at a Salem, N.H., party and then fled the scene driving a black Dodge Durango at about 11 p.m. Saturday, Lieutenant Ron Peddle of the Salem police said in a statement Monday.
The assault left the woman with injuries to her head, face, throat, and arms, Peddle said. She was taken to Holy Family Hospital in Methuen.
Officers located the unoccupied Durango later Saturday night at the Haverhill Bank on Main Street in Salem, where it had apparently struck the building, damaging the canopy overhanging the bank’s drive-through and the cement posts that protect propane tanks, Peddle said.
Jaime then allegedly ran out of a wooded area next to the bank and into the side of a police cruiser, and fled on foot, Peddle said.
Officers gave chase and soon reached Jaime, who police say resisted arrest before he was captured, Peddle said.
Medics from the Salem Fire Department examined Jaime at police headquarters, Peddle said, and he was taken to Parkland Medical Center in Derry, N.H., where he was treated for injuries sustained in the SUV crash and at the house party.
The hospital released Jaime on Sunday, Peddle said.
Based on Jaime’s relationship with the victim, the state, with assistance from Methuen police, issued an emergency domestic violence protective order, Peddle said.
Jaime was charged with domestic simple assault, criminal trespass, driving under the influence, conduct after an accident, and resisting arrest, Peddle said.
He was released on bail from the hospital.
He was arrested again in Methuen on Monday morning for allegedly violating a restraining order, but was released later in the day, according to Sergeant Leahy of the Methuen police, who declined to give his first name.
It was not clear if that arrest was for violating the protective order issued on Sunday, or a different one.
Jaime returned to Salem later Monday and was arrested for a third time in less than 48 hours, at about 3:30 p.m., for allegedly violating the protective order issued Sunday, Sergeant Jason Smith of the Salem police said Monday.
After that arrest, Jaime was held, with an arraignment set for Tuesday morning, Smith said.
A Tennessee Bureau of Investigation report is bolstering the state’s case against a former Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputy accused of repeatedly raping a girl over a two-year period.
Dennis Mills Jr., 43, faces trial in February in Knox County Criminal Court on charges that include two counts of child rape for the alleged sexual abuse of the girl from March 2012 to March 2013 when the girl was 12. He is charged with statutory rape by an authority figure for alleged rapes from March 2013 to March 3, 2014, while the girl was 13.
A report from the TBI’s serology laboratory shows testing of a pair of men’s underwear seized from Mills’ Powell home in March revealed the presence of DNA from both Mills and the girl. The report states the probability of the DNA sample belonging to anyone other than the girl is “one in a number greater than the current world population.”
The girl’s DNA was also found on a condom wrapper found in a Food City grocery bag in the trash at the home, according to the report.
An Apopka police officer is under investigation for causing a crash that seriously hurt another driver.
Pam Bowers told WFTV the officer walked away from her after she told him she was hurt.
Bowers said she was driving home from work Monday night on State Road 441 when the officer cut in front of her without his turn signal or sirens on.
She was terrified when she realized she couldn’t avoid hitting the patrol car.
“I saw him and I put my foot on the brake and I said, ‘Oh, my God I’m going to hit him,’” she said.
Bowers’ sternum slammed into the wheel and cracked.
“I couldn’t breathe. I was having a really hard time. It hurt really bad,” she said.
She said the officer driving, Vance Maloney, checked on her, found out she was hurt, but then left her alone and trapped in her car.
“You’re to protect and serve, but he didn’t keep me safe,” Bowers said.
Family members and area residents say a young dog was fatally shot by police in front of a 6-year-old girl Friday afternoon in a Chicago suburb.
The dog’s owners say 1-year-old shepherd-mix Apollo had gotten out of their yard in the 8700 block of Beck Place in southwest suburban Hometown and the family had just returned him to their lawn when police arrived.
“We were in the lawn and the cop already had his gun out,” said owner Nicole Echlin. “I tried to call him in the house and he just stood there staring and I guess he showed his teeth and the cop just shot him, right in front of me and my 6-year-old daughter.”
Echlin said her young daughter “started screaming” after the shooting.
Hometown Police said the incident is under investigation but could not immediately confirm any details. They said further information would be available Monday.
"It would be too early for me to make any statement without reviewing all the facts," Chief Charles Forsyth said in a statement on the Hometown Police Department’sFacebook page. ”I can assure the people of Hometown that a full investigation of the incident will be conducted.”
Witnesses said it didn’t appear that the dog was attacking officers or provoking them before the shooting.
“The dog wasn’t doing anything. I didn’t see it doing anything, it wasn’t barking,” said witness and area resident Nicco Torres. “Then I saw a cop shoot the dog, the dog fell to ground on the lawn. I saw through the window the dog was on the floor shot but the dog was still moving, it was moving its legs like it was trying to run but it was laying down.”