Patrolman Karl R. McDonoughEl Paso Police Department
End of Watch: Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Age: Not available
Tour of Duty: 4 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
Date of Incident: Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Weapon Used: Automobile; Alcohol involved
Suspect Info: Charged with intoxicated manslaughter
Patrolman Karl McDonough was killed when his patrol car was struck by a vehicle being operated by a drunk driver.
Patrolman McDonough and another officer were on patrol and were traveling south on Zaragoza Road. As they passed through the intersection at Saul Kleinfeld Drive, their patrol car was struck by the other vehicle. The patrol car was pushed into a light pole and Patrolman McDonough was killed. His partner was seriously injured.
The driver was arrested and charged with intoxicated manslaughter.
Patrolman McDonough had served with the El Paso Police Department for four years.
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Phone: (915) 832-4400
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Seattle WA Oct 15 2010 Tribal police officers can pursue non-tribal members off tribal lands, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
In a split decision, the high court found that tribal police engaged in a “fresh pursuit” can chase and detain suspects who’ve succeeded in fleeing a reservation.
At issue in Thursday’s ruling was an August 2005 drunken-driving stop made by a Lummi Nation police officer.
In that instance, a tribal police officer tried to stop a suspected drunken driver driving on the Bellingham-area reservation. The driver, later identified as Loretta L. Eriksen, made her way to an off-reservation gas station, where tribal police detained her until a Whatcom County deputy sheriff arrived to take her into custody.
Reviewing Eriksen’s claim that tribal officers lack the authority to continue a pursuit off of tribal lands, the high court found that state law and treaties afford tribal police the ability to pursue fleeing suspects off reservation.
“Our decision today harmonizes with common sense and sound policy,” Justice Richard B. Sanders wrote for the six-justice majority. “To allow drunk drivers to escape the law by crossing a reservation boundary would unnecessarily endanger lives by incentivizing high-speed dashes for the border. We decline to embrace such a ludicrous result.”
Sanders also noted that a Lummi tribal judge came to a similar conclusion. when hearing the inverse of Eriksen’s claim after a tribal member was chased onto the reservation by Whatcom County deputies.
“There are many situations that can arise that would result in an officer from a jurisdiction other than Lummi being on the reservation,” the Lummi judge held. “It stands to reason that those officers should not be obstructed in carrying out their responsibilities any more than a Lummi officer.”
Writing in dissent, Justice Mary Fairhurst did not dispute that preventing tribal officers from pursuing fleeing suspects off reservation would be, as Sanders put it, a “ludicrous result.”
But, Fairhurst offered, that is the only holding supported by the law.
Writing for the three justices in dissent, Fairhurst held that state law does not extend the authority to take a “fresh pursuit” across jurisdictional boundaries to tribal police. Such authority, she continued, is not maintained through the treaties at issue.
“It is ludicrous that a suspected drunk driver who has been stopped outside a reservation’s boundaries by a tribal police officer must be allowed to get back on the road if she is not a tribal member,” Fairhurst wrote in dissent. “It creates perverse incentives for non-Indians to evade tribal police who attempt to stop them for traffic offenses within the reservation boundaries.
“However, I cannot avoid my duty to faithfully interpret the law, and I can find no source of law under which (the tribal officer) had authority to detain Eriksen in this case.”
Fairhurst went on to suggest that the Legislature could remedy this problem with a change in law, or tribal police could obtain additional authority through cross-deputizing agreements with the counties.
Justices Charles W. Johnson, Tom Chambers, Susan Owens, James M. Johnson and Debra Stephens joined Sanders in the majority to uphold Erikson’s conviction.
Chief Justice Barbara A. Madsen and Justice Gerry L. Alexander joined Fairhurst in dissent.
“He was right here, at pump No. 7. That’s where he jumped in the vehicle,” said Triquantis Isom.
Isom said he’s still amazed at what happened Thursday morning. He said a regular customer at the BP gas station left her keys in the car while she ran inside to pay for gas. Isom said 17-year-old Robert Jones saw his opening and jumped in the car. But what he may not have realized is an 8-month-old baby was in the back.
“He jumped in the car and I saw him so I come running from the side of the building. He locked the doors and I tried to grab the door and open it but he took off with the car. I jumped in my car and chased him all down 285, doing at least 100 mph,” said Isom.
Isom said he didn’t think twice about what he was doing. He had only one thing on his mind.
“I was so focused on that baby not getting hurt. I didn’t want the baby hurt at all and all you can think about was the mom in the background hollering, ‘My baby’s in the car,’” said Isom.
Isom chased the car from Atlanta into Clayton County. He said the chase ended in a neighborhood.
“He comes over the hill head on and hits me head on. I stopped my vehicle, ran over and grabbed him and held him down until Clayton County came and Atlanta came right behind them,” said Isom.
The baby wasn’t hurt. Jones is being held in the Fulton County jail on a number of charges including kidnapping and theft by taking.
Security reported that two men fled the store and jumped into a black car after taking several bottles of cologne. Fairview Park police were at the north end of the shopping center and saw the car drive through the stop sign and traffic signal on Center Ridge Road.
An officer stopped the car at Hilliard Boulevard and Dale Avenue in Rocky River. Inside the car were three adults, two children and more than $800 worth of stolen cologne.
The driver, a 31-year-old Mayfield Heights resident, told police that she had no idea what the two men were doing. Officers cited her for disregard of safety, fleeing police and endangering children.
She was released on bond.
Police arrested Wilfredo Rivera, 35, and Israel Cruz, 36, both of Cleveland, and charged them with felony theft.
The prosecutor is reviewing the report for additional charges.
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office responded to weapons discharge call on Old Corry Field Road at the Royal Crest Apartments about 11:42 p.m. Wednesday. When the arrived, a security guard told them that he heard several gunshots in the apartment complex.
As deputies walked the complex, they discovered two adults, one male and one female, shot to death outside an apartment.
“At this time investigators are following up on several leads. No suspects have been taken into custody at this time,” according to Sgt. Ted Roy, spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office.
The names of the victims are being withheld until next of kin are notified.
GULFPORT, MS Oct 15 2010 – Two former Hancock Bank employees will spend the next eight and a half years in federal prison.
Margaret Migues and Doris Burney received those sentences Tuesday in Gulfport after pleading guilty earlier to embezzlement charges.
The two women preyed upon elderly customers and tarnished the reputation of a well known bank. Migues and Burney were accused of bilking customers out of more than $2 million during an embezzlement that lasted nearly 20 years.
Before sentencing each woman, Judge Louis Guirola Jr. said their crime “affected this community deeply.”
Margaret Migues arrived at federal court with her attorney and a large group of family and friends. She worked in banking for 32 years and was a longtime employee of Hancock Bank in Ocean Springs.
A former co-worker was a character witness, telling the court, “That’s not a heinous criminal sitting before you, rather a good person who made mistakes.”
Defendant Doris Burney also came to court with family and friends. Her son testified his mother was like “gravity in the neighborhood.” He said she held things down and often cared for at risk children in the community.
A brother testified the 62-year-old breast cancer survivor was a good family person.
The bank customers targeted in this embezzlement ranged in age from 71 to 102-years-old. During the sentencing hearing, Judge Guirola said the defendants admitted to choosing those customers based upon their age and the fact they did not thoroughly keep up with their accounts.
Said the judge: “In essence, they chose as their prey, the weakest of the herd.”
Shane Loper spoke for Hancock Bank, telling the court while the monetary loss is large, the reputation damage caused by the crimes is more egregious.
“The bank is founded on strength and stability, honor and integrity and personal responsibility. And when you tarnish an image like that in the community, it’s a big deal,” said Loper, “I feel like this sends a strong message to folks who will commit these types of crimes, that there is some penalty at the end of the crimes they’ve committed.”
Doris Burney and her family declined any comment as they left the courthouse.
Margaret Migues let her attorney speak on her behalf.
“We’re trying to put this behind us,” said defense attorney Tim Holleman. “I think my client did the right thing. She’s always tried to make amends ever since this occurred. And it was a difficult thing for her and her family. But I think she’s not on the road to putting things behind her and correcting what was done.”
As for the bank customers who were embezzled, they all got their money back from Hancock Bank.
In addition to the prison time, the judge ordered the two defendants to pay $3.4 million in restitution to Hancock Bank. They must pay at least $300 a month following three years of “supervised release” which begins after the prison time.
Indianapolis IN Oct 15 2010 Airport police said they arrested a FedEx employee Tuesday who was trying to steal Apple iPads and iPhones.
William Bumphus, 30, Indianapolis, is facing preliminary charges theft and receiving stolen property, according to an Indianapolis International Airport police report.
A Fed Ex security manager told police he saw Bumphus at 6 a.m. stealing packages of Apple products, including two laptops, 10 iPhones and five iPads.
The manger said Bumphus admitted to him that he planned to put the boxes into a larger box, then mail it to an address and pick it up later, according to the report.
Louisville KY Oct 15 2010 A Louisville Metro Police officer has been fired after he was found to have viewed explicit photographs and e-mailed nude photos of himself from the computer in his police car.
Chris Dison, who was assigned to the 2nd Division, was fired by Police Chief Robert White on Sept. 29.
An internal investigation by the department’s professional standards unit determined that Dison had violated policies governing computer use and conduct.
Dison’s attorney, Mary Sharp, did not return phone calls seeking comment. An appeal of the firing has been filed with the Police Merit Board.
According to his termination letter, on six occasions Dison accessed and viewed photos of nude and partially nude women — sometimes engaged in sexual acts — from an e-mail account. That violates the department’s computer use policy.
He also was found to have violated rules of conduct when he transmitted photos of himself in his police uniform along with pictures of himself nude or partially nude. That happened on three occasions, according to the letter.
“Your conduct could have seriously damaged the bond, which we have established with our community,” wrote White in the termination letter. “I will not tolerate any conduct of this nature.”
This isn’t the first time Dison was disciplined for posting lewd photos while in a police uniform.
In March 2007, Dison was disciplined for posting to an adult personals website under the screen name LMPDCop and posting pictures while in a police car and in uniform, according to department discipline records. Some of the photos on the profile showed male and female genitalia.
As part of that same investigation, Dison also was found to have violated policy by driving his police car outside Jefferson County without permission and by failing to properly place evidence in the property room, records show.
He received a 19-day suspension in 2007 and was warned that future violations would warrant termination, according to the disciplinary letter he received at the time.
Records on whether Dison appealed that discipline or whether it was reduced by the merit board was not immediately available Wednesday.
Dison had been with the department since 2003. He was awarded a medal of valor during this year’s police awards banquet in March.
CLEVELAND OH Oct 15 2010 — Police arrested one of their own without incident Thursday morning at the Justice Center. Internal Affairs Investigators arrested a patrolman for using a police computer program for his personal gain.
Police Chief Michael McGrath said the officer, hired in December, 2001, used the Law Enforcement Automated Data System (LEADS) for personal gain.
He is accused of performing an unauthorized LEADS inquiry from a City of Cleveland Mobile Data Terminal and, subsequently, using the information for personal use on Jan. 17 this year.
The officer is currently assigned to the First District police station and will be suspended from duty without pay, pending the outcome of the case against him.
The officer will also get a pre-disciplinary hearing in front of Cleveland’s Public Safety Director Martin Flask.
SHALIMAR Fla Oct 15 2010 — The former Okaloosa County school bus driver accused of child molestation pleaded no contest Thursday to felony battery.
Circuit Judge John Brown sentenced Michael Jeffry Bowersock to three years probation.
Bowersock originally was charged with lewd and lascivious molestation of a child.
The victim, an elementary-aged girl, told sheriff’s deputies Bowersock had spanked her bare bottom on several occasions. However, the girl changed her story and even recanted it once since Bowersock’s arrest, according to Bill Bishop with the state attorney’s office.
“We just didn’t have a case anymore,” Bishop said. “There was no physical evidence, no video and no other evidence of significance.”
Bowersock was first charged in May 2009 after the girl’s mother complained to lawmen. He was charged again in May of this year in a separate incident involving a student.
According to the initial incident report, the first victim told investigators that Bowersock made other students stand outside his school bus while he spanked her bare bottom on the bus.
The report also said Bowersock had spanked her bare bottom when she was alone with him on a school bus. He also ordered the victim to pull down her pants and lie on the floor of the bus as it was traveling, the report said. The child said she was the only person on the bus at that time.
In a deposition July 14, the child said Bowersock on another occasion “instructed another girl to pull down her pants and told the victim to spank the other girl’s bare bottom.”
The victim didn’t disclose that in the original interview because she said she was afraid she would get in trouble if her father found out she had spanked another girl.
Bishop said the change in the victim’s story persuaded the state to seek the lesser charge of battery, a third-degree felony.
Along with his probation, Bowersock is to have no contact with the victim, have mental health evaluations and have no unsupervised contact with minors. Those conditions could be terminated after he serves two-thirds of his probation, Brown said.
Bowersock was also granted permission to serve his probation in Alabama, where he moved shortly after bonding out of jail.