Former Highland Park Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Extortion Conspiracy to Protect a Cocaine Shipment www.privateofficer.com
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Highland Park MI May 4 2013 A Highland Park police officer pleaded guilty today to conspiring with three other police officers to commit extortion and protect a shipment of cocaine, U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today.
McQuade was joined in the announcement by FBI Special Agent in Charge Robert D. Foley, III.
During a hearing before U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn, Shawn Williams, 33, of Detroit, Michigan, admitted that in late 2012 and early 2013, he agreed with three other Highland Park police officers to take money in exchange for protecting a shipment of cocaine. Williams admitted that on January 23, 2013, he protected two cars containing what he believed to be a total of four kilograms of cocaine. Williams brought his police badge and gun to protect the shipment. Two other Highland Park police officers drove the cars containing what they believed to be cocaine. Later, Williams accepted $1,000 in cash from an FBI informant for his work in delivering and protecting the drug shipment.
United States Attorney McQuade said, “Police officers who take bribes have no place in law enforcement. They will be prosecuted for violating their duties to serve the public.”
FBI Special Agent in Charge Foley stated, “Police officers who swear an oath to serve and protect are held to the highest standards of ethics and integrity. The FBI is committed to ensuring those standards are maintained, and in cases of abuse, will pursue and prosecute those responsible.”
Based on his guilty plea and felony conviction for conspiring to commit extortion, Clayton is facing a maximum of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
The case was investigated by agents of the FBI. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David A. Gardey.
New York NY April 28 2013 A married special education teacher was arrested Thursday after admitting she had sex in her car with a 15-year-old student, investigators said.
Evelyn Rogers, 33, who’s been teaching at High School for Innovation in Advertising and Media in Canarsie, allegedly “engaged in sexual intercourse on multiple occasions with a male student,” according to the Special Commissioner of Investigation Richard Condon.
“Someone at the school called in a complaint, and we followed up on it,” Condon said. “We went to the school and we spoke to the teacher and spoke to the student. On the basis of what they told us, we went to the Brooklyn District Attorney.”
Rogers was slapped with statutory rape charges and was awaiting arraignment Thursday afternoon. The felony count carried a maximum of four years in prison.
The sexual relations took place in the teacher’s car, sources said. The student, who was not named, is now 16.
Rogers started working in city schools in 2011 and earns $54,329, records show. She has been reassigned from the classroom and educators will move to fire her, officials said.
Stunned students at the high school said Rogers was well-liked and used to share with them stories about her husband and young daughter.
“I’m flabbergasted,” said senior Nico Dussard, 18. “She’s a good teacher. She has too much respect for herself to do that.”
At least two city teachers have been charged with rape so far this year. Daniel Reilly, a teacher at Intermediate School 237, was arrested April 8 for an affair with a former student.
Last May, Brooklyn teacher Erin Sayar was charged with a similar count as Rogers for allegedly bedding a 16-year-old boy. Her case is still pending
Two Arrested In Confrontation With Police Officer Outside Publix Headquarters www.privateofficer.com
LAKELAND Fla March 20 2013 Two people were arrested Sunday amid preparations for a rally outside Publix headquarters in Lakeland.
Army Private Pleads Guilty to First-Degree Murder of 10-Year-Old Boy at Fort Sill Army Post www.privateofficer.com
U.S. Attorney’s Office
LAWTON, OK Feb 28 2013—Today, Connell C. William, 33, from Virginia, has pled guilty to first-degree murder in the starvation death of a 10-year-old boy on Fort Sill Army Post, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.
“Marcus was a 10-year-old boy who was robbed of his life and subjected to a horrific and agonizing death by starvation,” said U.S. Attorney Sanford C. Coats. “Although nothing can bring Marcus back, I am gratified that Connell Williams has accepted responsibility for his crime. By pleading guilty, he will be in a federal prison cell for the rest of his life and never again harm a child. I thank the investigators and the prosecution team who worked tirelessly to seek and obtain justice for Marcus in this case.”
Williams, an enlisted member of the United States Army, was assigned as a PFC to the 214th Fires Brigade at Fort Sill in Comanche County, Oklahoma, in August 2010. Court proceedings showed that in September 2010, Candice C. Holloway, 32, from Norfolk, Virginia, and her two children moved into Fort Sill military housing with Williams. Williams and Holloway were not married, and Williams is not the biological father of the two children. From early 2011 through May 2011, Williams and Holloway intentionally withheld food from Marcus as a form of punishment, which ultimately resulted in his death on May 5, 2011. Marcus was 10 year old at the time of his death.
Williams and Holloway were charged by indictment with first-degree child abuse murder on September 7, 2011. On April 16, 2012, Holloway pled guilty to first-degree murder in exchange for an agreement to serve a 30-year term in prison, followed by a five years of supervised release, and to cooperate with the prosecution and testify against Williams at his trial.
The Department of Justice originally sought the death penalty against Williams. The trial began last week, and Holloway testified against Williams last Friday. In exchange for Williams’ plea of guilty to first-degree murder and acceptance of a life sentence, the Department of Justice agreed to withdraw the notice to seek the death penalty. Thecourt accepted this guilty plea early this morning and Williams will receive a sentence of life without the possibility of release.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Army Criminal Investigation Division. The case is being prosecuted by United States Attorney Sanford C. Coats and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Randal A. Sengel and Robert A Bradford.
New York mom charged after allegedly hiring strippers for 16-year-old’s birthday www.privateofficer.com
Saratoga County NY Feb 22 2013 An upstate New York mother is accused of hiring strippers for her son’s 16th birthday party late last year, according to the Saratoga County District Attorney.
Judy Viger, 33, of Gansevoort is charged with five counts of endangering the welfare of a child, District Attorney James Murphy said in a statement. The parents of five teens who attended the party reported the presence of strippers to police.
The complaining parents found out that the strippers had been at the November 3 bowling party through photos posted on Facebook. The parents took the pictures to the South Glens Falls police, who then started taking witness statements, the district attorney’s statement says.
One of the photos distributed by the district attorney’s office shows Viger receiving a lap dance from one of the hired dancers; another picture shows a young male with another nearly nude dancer on top of him with her legs around his head.
“As difficult as it may be for us to have to weigh in on these kinds of cases, certainly exposing the unsuspecting children to this sort of ‘entertainment’ goes beyond the pale when it comes to what is appropriate for 14, 15 and 16 year old child,” Murphy said in the statement.
CNN affiliate WRGB visited the Viger home and encountered a man who said the family “was not making statements at this time.”
CNN’s calls to Viger, her attorney and the adult entertainment company that provided the dancers were not immediately returned.
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Florida Feb 22 2013
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; Michael B. Steinbach, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office; Antonio J. Gomez, Acting Inspector in Charge, U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), Miami Field Office; and Ric L. Bradshaw, Sheriff, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, announce the arrests of 30 individuals engaged in a massive drug conspiracy that trafficked drugs from Arizona to Florida. The defendants were arrested earlier today and are expected to make their initial appearances today in federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dave Lee Brannon in West Palm Beach at 1:00 p.m.
Charged in the 12-count indictment are George Evans Bivins, Jr., a/k/a “Ziggy,” 30, of West Palm Beach; Antonio Markeith Beverly, a/k/a “Tony,” 29, of West Palm Beach; Daniel Emmanuel Torrez, 31, of Tucson, Arizona; Lavaris Reshard Bivins, a/k/a “Varis,” 22, of West Palm Beach; William Alvarenga, a/k/a “Chico,” 19, of Boynton Beach; Jessica Marie Arvizu, 30, of Tucson, Arizona; Michael Maxwell Barkley, a/k/a “Tater,” 38, of Lake Worth; Jerrick David Bartee, 30, of West Palm Beach; Kirk Douglas Bivins, a/k/a “Kirky,” 38, of Riviera Beach; Demetri Pernell Cobb, a/k/a “Meechi,” 23, of Lake Worth; Darren Duane Donnally, 39, of Palm Springs; Quatavious Carnell George, a/k/a “Jelly Boy,” 26, of Riviera Beach; Wellington Timothy Glinton, a/k/a “Timmy,” 20, of Lake Worth; Javaris Reshad Bartelmy, 24, of Boynton Beach; Ernest Andrew Holiday, a/k/a “Bam,” 30, of Riviera Beach; Jean Innocent, a/k/a “Barko,” 20, of Lake Worth; Demetrice Lemane Jones, 37, of Riviera Beach; Dominic Perry Lamare, 33, of Port St. Lucie; Patrick Jarrod Lowe, 24, of Lantana; Richard John Mercy, 30, of North Palm Beach; Frank Davis Moore, Jr., a/k/a “Bow Head,” “Bodeen,” 33, of Royal Palm Beach; Evens Pierre Louis, a/k/a “E-Bo,” 27, of Palm Springs; Theresa Lashai Razz, 28, of West Palm Beach; Lori Beth Mae Saccoman, 50, of West Palm Beach; Jeannot Saintelus, a/k/a “Jit,” 23, of Lake Worth; Calvin Leon Sirmans, Jr., a/k/a “CJ,” 28, of Lake Worth; Jamie Toby, 24, of Lake Worth; Monica Deloris Toby, 47, of Lantana; Eric Lanard Williams, a/k/a “Baby Boy,” 29, of Lantana; and David Lendell White, a/k/a “Popper,” 25, of Lake Worth.
U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer stated, “Today, the streets of Lake Worth and the surrounding areas are just a little safer, thanks to the concerted efforts of the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office. Thanks to their hard work, we have removed more than two dozen drug traffickers from our streets.”
“Through the combined efforts of local and federal law enforcement, this massive drug trafficking conspiracy is out of business,” said Michael B. Steinbach, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Miami. “Drugs and the violent gangs that profit from them have a devastating effect on our communities and we will continue to work with our partners to make South Florida a safer place.”
Antonio J. Gomez, Acting Inspector in Charge for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service stated, “The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and all of our law enforcement partners in making our communities safer by working to eradicate narcotics from the U.S. mail stream.”
More specifically, the indictment, filed on February 7, 2013 and unsealed today, charges the defendants with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base and/or cocaine hydrochloride, and possession with intent to distribute cocaine base and/or cocaine hydrochloride, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1), and 846. If convicted, the defendants each face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison up to a statutory maximum term of life in prison.
According to statements made in court, this conspiracy involved multiple kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride that were shipped from Tucson, Arizona to Palm Beach County for sale and distribution as both cocaine hydrochloride and cocaine base. Much of the cocaine was sold in and around the streets of Lake Worth, Florida.
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the FBI, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Rinku Tribuiani and Robert Waters.
An indictment is only an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Des Moines IA Feb 17 2013 A U.S. Army captain was arrested this week after allegedly trying to take a gun and ammunition through an airport security checkpoint at the Des Moines airport.
John Kurt Thompson, 33, of Fredericksburg, Va., was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with an airport regulation screening checkpoint violation.
Airport security found a Ruger handgun in Thompson’s bag. The gun was not loaded. Also found were two magazines with six rounds each, one empty magazine and a box of ammunition with 42 rounds.
Each item was found in a separate part of Thompson’s suitcase, police said.
An official with the Transportation Security Administration alerted Des Moines police about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, police reports show.
Authorities said each time an officer retrieved a prohibited item from Thompson’s suitcase, the Jefferson native said, “I don’t know how that got there.”
He reportedly later told officers that he and his girlfriend had driven to Iowa from Fort Bragg, N.C., and that she had driven back, leaving her suitcase here. Thompson told police that he’d put his own things into the suitcase before going to the airport. He said he was to report to Fort Lee, Va., by today.
The charge is a simple misdemeanor. Thompson was released from the Polk County Jail on $300 bond.
Police said they didn’t know to whom the handgun was registered.
Thompson was also arrested in September in Fayetteville, N.C., for allegedly plotting to have his ex-wife murdered, though the district attorney later dropped those charges, Fayetteville police said.
According to the Fayetteville Observer, Thompson and a woman who lived at his address asked two people if they would kill Thompson’s ex-wife. The pair allegedly offered a 2005 BMW, money and a good lawyer.
Thompson sent the newspaper a letter saying he felt he was being punished by the Army for being honest about his mental health.
According to the TSA, this was the second firearm discovered at a Des Moines checkpoint this year.
In 2012, TSA officers at airports nationwide found about 1,550 firearms in carry-on bags.
Former Customs Officer Found Guilty of Importing More Than 1,200 Pounds of Marijuana into the United States from Mexico www.privateofficer.com
TUCSON, AZ Feb 16 2013—On February 14, 2013, Luis Vasquez, 33, formerly of Douglas, Arizona, a former Customs and Border Protection Officer, was found guilty of drug charges by a federal jury in Tucson. The case was tried before U.S. District Judge David C. Bury. Vasquez was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshals Service while awaiting sentencing. Sentencing is set before Judge Bury on April 29, 2013.
The evidence at trial showed that Vasquez used his position as an inspector at the Douglas Port of Entry to allow over 1,200 pounds of marijuana into the United States from Mexico. He was found guilty on all counts, including conspiracy to import marijuana, unlawful importation of marijuana, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana, and possession with the intent to distribute marijuana. The convictions carry a maximum penalty of 40 years’ imprisonment, a $5,000,000 fine or both.
The evidence at trial showed that on at least two occasions, Vasquez, along with other members of the conspiracy, imported a large quantity of marijuana from Mexico into the United States through the Douglas Port of Entry. Vasquez’s role in the conspiracy was to use his position as a Customs Officer to allow pick-up trucks loaded with marijuana to cross the international border without inspection.
The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection and Office of the Inspector General, and the Douglas, Arizona Police Department. The prosecution was conducted by James T. Lacey and Joseph W. Hanley, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, District of Arizona, Tucson.
Eleven South Florida Residents Charged in $34 Million Stolen Identity Tax Refund Scheme www.privateofficer.com
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Miami Fla Feb 13 2013
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; Jose A. Gonzalez, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI); Michael B. Steinbach, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office; and Paula Reid, Special Agent in Charge, United States Secret Service (USSS), Miami Field Office, announced the unsealing of a 43-count indictment charging defendants 11 South Florida residents with stolen identity tax refund fraud.
Charged in the indictment are Henry Dorvil, aka “D,” 35, of Hollywood; Herve Wilmore Jr., 29, of Aventura; Dukens Eleazard, aka “DK,” 33, of Pembroke Pines; Marie Eleazard, aka “Fanfan,” 32, of Miami; Jesse Lamar Harrell, 26, of Miramar; Luckner St Fleur, aka “Nene,” 32, of Miami; Ruth Cartwright, aka “Princess,” 30, formerly of Plantation; Miguel Patterson, 35, of Miami; Brandon Johnson, 29, of Miami Gardens; John Similien, 24, of Plantation; and Marc Leroy Saint Juste, 26, of Tamarac. Defendants Dorvil, Harrell, Patterson, Johnson, and Saint Juste made their initial appearances in federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lurana S. Snow in Fort Lauderdale at 1:00 p.m. today. Defendant Cartwright was arrested in the Northern District of Georgia and will make her initial appearance there. Defendants Wilmore, both Eleazards, St Fleur, and Similien remain at large.
Specifically, each defendant is charged with one count of conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue Service, commit wire fraud, and commit aggravated identity theft, all in violation of Title 18, U.S.C. § 371; as well as two counts of wire fraud, in violation of Title 18, U.S.C., §§ 1343 and 2. In addition, defendants Dorvil, Wilmore, Dukens Eleazard, Marie Eleazard, Harrell, St Fleur, Cartwright, Patterson, Johnson, and Similien are charged with two counts of aggravated identity theft, in violation of Title 18, U.S.C. §§ 1028A(a)(1) and 2. The indictment also seeks the forfeiture of $443,449.07 seized from a bank account; a 2011 Cadillac Escalade EXT Premium Sport and 2010 Nissan Maxima registered to defendant Dukens Eleazard; a 2011 Infiniti M37 registered to defendant Marie Eleazard; and a 2010 Porsche purchased by defendant Wilmore.
According to the indictment, the defendants recruited knowing participants and unknowing victims to put businesses, bank accounts, and Electronic Filing Identification Numbers (EFINs) in the defendants’ names. The defendants used this information to execute their fraud scheme, including tax refund fraud. The defendants also used the personal identification information of real people, including some deceased, to file false income tax returns with the IRS. In this way, the defendants received IRS refund checks [U.S. Treasury checks and Refund Anticipation Loan (RAL) checks] at addresses and bank accounts that they controlled. To avoid having the fraud discovered, the defendants negotiated the fraudulently obtained income tax refund checks at each other’s businesses.
According to the indictment, from about January 2009 through March 2012, the defendants filed with the IRS approximately 6,961 federal income tax returns, requesting refunds totaling approximately $34,096,321. Of the 6,961 field tax returns, 2,763 used the identities of deceased individuals.
U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer, “Stolen identity refund fraud is spreading in South Florida like an out of control wildfire. Two days ago, we announced charges against 14 individuals in six separate cases on charges of stolen identity refund fraud. Today, in just one case, we are charging another 11 individuals who used stolen identities, including that of almost 3,000 deceased persons, to file fraudulent returns seeking close to $35 million in tax refunds. My office, in conjunction with the members of the South Florida Identity Theft Tax Fraud Strike Force, will continue to prosecute these thieves, not just to punish them, but also to deter others from thinking they can get away with stealing honest taxpayers’ hard-earned refunds.”
Special Agent in Charge Jose A. Gonzalez stated, “These defendants conspired to use the personal identification information of taxpayers, including deceased individuals, to file false income tax returns with the IRS. These actions not only pose a serious problem for taxpayers but adversely affect the integrity of our tax system. Together with our law enforcement partners, we will continue to remain vigilant in identifying, investigating, and prosecuting those individuals who seek to willfully defraud the United States Treasury and have a blatant disregard for the victims of their schemes.”
“Unfortunately, this is another example of the rapidly growing wave of stolen identity tax refund fraud,” said Xanthie C. Mangum, Acting Special Agent in Charge of FBI Miami Division. “The FBI continues to actively target these fraudsters who seek illicit gains by victimizing hard-working taxpayers.”
Secret Service Special Agent in Charge Paula Reid stated, “The existence of identity theft in the South Florida region is an unfortunate criminal epidemic. At any time, anyone is subject to being a victim. The investigative efforts of the law enforcement community must remain strong and unwavering as the offenders’ continuous success and harm with this stealthy crime cannot prevail.”
If convicted, the defendants face a possible maximum statutory sentence of five years in prison for the conspiracy count, 20 years in prison for each count of wire fraud and two years consecutive in prison for each count of aggravated identity theft.
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of IRS-CI, FBI, and USSS. Mr. Ferrer also thanked the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, Department of Labor, and the Social Security Administration for their help on this matter. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Neil Karadbil.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls.
CONCORD NH Jan 29 2013 – State police have arrested a Pittsfield woman and a Barnstead man Saturday, charged with taking a handgun that a Concord District Court security officer misplaced while she was using a bathroom.
According to New Hampshire State Police, officers from Troop D responded to Concord District Court at 1:30 p.m. Friday to investigate a report that a court security officer had a sidearm that was unaccounted for.
Court Security Officer Julie Bickford reported that her sidearm was missing from her holster, and that she believed that she might have misplaced the gun while using a bathroom. The courthouse was searched by troopers, a K-9 team, and court security personnel, but the weapon was not located.
State police reviewed Concord District Court security tapes and identified a female, Courtney Rojek, 24, of Pittsfield, seen exiting the women’s bathroom with a handgun in her hand within minutes of Bickford exiting the women’s bathroom.
Police said Rojek was seen placing the semi-automatic handgun on a table in the vestibule just outside the bathroom, and motioning a male subject over to her, identified by police as Jacob Noury, 33, of Barnstead.
On video, state police say Noury was seen handling the handgun and then placing it in Rojek’s waistband. Rojek and Noury are then seen exiting the court and leaving in a vehicle.
Arrest warrants were initiated for Rojek and Noury for Class A felony charges of theft of lost or mislaid property and Class b felony charges for possession of a firearm in a district or superior court facility.
State police, along with Chichester police, located both Rojek and Noury at a tattoo parlor owned by Noury on Route 4 in Chichester Saturday evening. Both were taken into custody without incident.
A search warrant was requested and granted for Noury’s residence in Barnstead. A search was conducted and the missing sidearm, a Glock 40mm semi-automatic pistol, was located inside the residence, according to police.
Noury and Rojek were held on $10,000 cash bail at the Merrimack County Jail. They are due to be arraigned Monday, in Concord District Court.
U.S. Attorney’s Office January 25, 2013 Eastern District of Michigan (313) 226-9100
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Highland Park IL Jan 28 2013
A federal criminal complaint was unsealed today charging four Highland Park Police officers with accepting bribes, conspiring to distribute six kilograms of cocaine, and carrying firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today.
McQuade was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge Robert D. Foley, III, of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Chief of Police Kevin Coney, Highland Park Police Department; and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.
The four Highland Park Police officers charged are: Anthony Bynum, 29, of Highland Park, Michigan; Price Montgomery, 38, of Highland Park, Michigan; Shawn Williams, 33, of Detroit, Michigan; and Craig Clayton, 55, of Highland Park, Michigan. Bynum and Montgomery are both police officers with the Highland Park Police Department. Bynum is also a police officer for Detroit Public Schools. Williams and Clayton are both auxiliary (reserve) officers for Highland Park. Chief Coney was instrumental in assisting the FBI in its investigation of the four officers from his department.
The criminal complaint charges the four police officers with accepting cash bribes and with conspiring to deliver six kilograms of cocaine. According to the criminal complaint, Bynum and Montgomery arrested a man in August 2012 in Highland Park on a firearms offense. The officers beat the man after arresting him. While in the hospital, the man offered to pay the officers if they would dismiss the charges against him. The officers were willing to accept money in exchange for failing to appear for trial. Subsequently, the man who had been arrested by Montgomery and Bynum began working undercover for the FBI as an unpaid confidential source. During the course of the investigation, Montgomery and Bynum were captured on videotape accepting $10,000 in cash from the confidential source, in return for failing to appear at the man’s trial in the Wayne County Circuit Court. On the date set for the man’s trial in Circuit Court, Officers Montgomery and Bynum failed to appear as witnesses as required by subpoena, and the case was dismissed.
Later, Officers Mongtomery and Bynum agreed to transport and deliver two kilograms of cocaine for the FBI confidential source, whom the officers believed to be a drug trafficker. On November 15, 2012, Officers Montgomery and Bynum protected and delivered a shipment of what they believed to be two kilograms of cocaine from the Oakland Mall in Troy, Michigan, to a location in Taylor, Michigan. Each officer was paid $1,500 for his role in the delivery of sham cocaine. Subsequently, Officers Montgomery and Bynum recruited two additional Highland Park officers, Williams and Clayton, to help with the delivery of a second, larger shipment of cocaine. On January 23, 2013, the four Highland Park police officers delivered four kilograms of what they believed to be cocaine, again from the Oakland Mall. Each officer was paid either $1,000 or $1,500 by the confidential source for his work in protecting and transporting the sham cocaine. The four police officers each carried a firearm, and some carried their police badges, while protecting the loads of sham cocaine.
Upon conviction, each of the four defendants faces a maximum of up to 40 years in prison for conspiring to distribute cocaine. In addition, the officers face a maximum of 10 years in prison on the bribery charges and an additional five year consecutive sentence for carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking offense.
United States Attorney McQuade said, “We applaud Highland Park Police Chief Coney for initiating a federal investigation into misconduct by his officers. We want to emphasize that the misconduct is limited to these four officers. Our community deserves to be served and protected by police officers who perform their jobs with integrity. Police officers who take bribes and participate in criminal activities will be discovered and prosecuted.”
Special Agent in Charge Foley of the FBI said, “Police officers swear an oath to protect and serve and are held to the highest standards of ethics and conduct. The FBI-led Detroit Area Public Corruption Task Force is committed to ensuring illegal acts on the part of law enforcement officers are thoroughly investigated and those officers face harsh penalties for their crimes.”
Highland Park Police Chief Coney stated, “”The illegal actions of these officers do not represent or reflect the ethical standards and values consistent with the Highland Park Police Department. We remain committed to providing our citizens with first class public safety and ensuring our officers display integrity at all times.”
“Public corruption scandals damage the public’s trust in government and harm our state’s reputation,” said Attorney General Schuette. “We will continue to work with U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade, the FBI, state, and local law enforcement agencies to eliminate corruption wherever it is found.”
DPS Emergency Financial Manager Roy S. Roberts stated, “There are a corps of extremely dedicated law enforcement officers who selflessly work day and night to protect our students, teachers, staff, and DPS property, and the arrest and prosecution of this one individual will ensure that their professionalism and dedication will be preserved and maintained in the public eye. While relieved that none of this activity occurred on Detroit Public Schools grounds or involved any of our students, I applaud the leadership of our police department for cooperating fully and am highly appreciative of the efforts of the agencies in the FBI-led Public Corruption Task Force who brought this matter to justice.”
The case was investigated by the FBI led Public Corruption Task Force which includes Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, Environmental Protection Agency-Office of Inspector General, Housing and Urban Development-Office of Inspector General, Department of Transportation-Office of Inspector General, Michigan State Police, the Michigan Attorney General’s Office, and the Detroit Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David A. Gardey.
Kennett Police Department say thirteen people have been charged with shoplifting from stores between January 3-10.
Below is a list of those who police say were charged with shoplifting:
• Diana Duke, 25, of Kennett
• Adrianne Helton, 22, of Wardell
• Cordarell Lewis of Kennett
• Latoya Burton, 28, of Kennett
• Shawn Cornman, 24, of Campbell
• Latasha Dettrie 31, of Campbell
• Pamela Cole, 42, of Campbell
• Lisa Smith, 33, of Holcomb
• Laquita Williams, 23, of Kennett
• Victoria Atkinson, 24, of Kennett
• Ebony Bowles, 23, of Kennett
• Nikita Wallace, 23, of Springfield
• Jessica Pickard, 28, of Kennett
Police say you can contact them at (573)-888-4622 if you have information about these or other crimes.
CHILLICOTHE OH Dec 18 2012— A Columbus couple was arrested Tuesday during an investigation into multiple recent shoplifting reports.
Maria E. Dilisio, 30, of Columbus, was charged with felony receiving stolen property, misdemeanor possession of drug abuse instruments and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jeremy L. Dabney, 33, also of Columbus, was charged with driving under suspension and served warrants on two counts of theft connected with recent shoplifting incidents.
Chillicothe police stopped the couple at the River Trace Lane gas station about 10:50 a.m. They were in a black two-door Ford Explorer that allegedly matched the description from the theft of a desktop computer from Walmart, a security system from Menards and a purse from a vehicle parked in Zane Plaza on Saturday.
Police allegedly have security video showing the pair in at least two shoplifting incidents.
According to the report, police allegedly recovered the security system, the purse and its contents, including credit cards and a Social Security card, and a blood pressure cuff discovered missing from a Walgreens. During the search, police also allegedly found drug paraphernalia and 9 grams of heroin.
Additional charges could be filed pending lab results.
West Orange NJ Sept 2 2012 A West Orange High School honors teacher — who was chosen by other educators as Essex County “Teacher of the Year” last year — has been arrested Friday for having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student.
Erica Depalo, 33, of Montclair, was arrested and charged with having a sexual realationship with a 15-year-old boy, who is a student at the high school. The relationship allegedly began in June and ended on Tuesday, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.
Authorities did not give many details about the nature of the relationship or how it was disclosed, but said the boy was a student in Depalo’s honors class. She was also the junior varsity tennis coach at the high school.
The boy’s name is being withheld because he is a minor. Depalo was charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault, and endangering the welfare of a child. Depalo’s bail was set at $100,000.
Depalo was suspended “immediately and indefinitely” by the school district, according to a released statement by James O’Neill, the newly appointed West Orange School District superintendent.
West Orange Police declined to comment on the case and referred all questions to the prosecutor’s office.
Depalo has worked at the high school since 2003. She was chosen as the 2011-12 County Teacher of the Year, which is part of the state Department of Education’s New Jersey Teacher of the Year program. That year, she also was selected as one of the five finalists for the Teacher of the Year in the same program.
DePalo earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Villanova University and has a master’s degree in Liberal Studies from the Graduate School of Arts and Science at New York University, as well as an Administrative Certificate from the College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University.
At the time she was named Essex County Teacher of the Year, and honored by the Essex County Freeholders, she claimed to be working on her Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership at The College of New Jersey.
O’Neill issued the following statement Friday from the district about the arrest.
SEVIERVILLE TN Aug 28 2012- Police arrested a couple accused of making and using counterfeit money Sunday morning at a Sevierville flea market.
Officers responded to Paradise Flea Market at 10:45 a.m. when vendors reported a couple paying them with fake money.
Apparently, a vendor paid for a drink from another vendor at the market with a $20 bill. The second vendor noticed the money was counterfeit.
The first vendor told police they received the money from a couple that was identified and arrested at the flea market.
Melissa Hayes, 33, and Berlin Saylor, 53, both of Sevier County, are charged with criminal simulation.
Police said they recovered $220 worth of counterfeit bills. Some of it was in the flea market and some was still in the couple’s possession.
Investigators believe the couple made the money with regular copy paper and printed it on a home copier. They’re also suspected of passing a counterfeit $10 bill at a local McDonald’s earlier this year.
Vallejo CA Aug 27 2012 Three people were arrested Thursday on suspicion of burglary at Kohl’s, Vallejo police said Friday.
A 19-year-old Vallejo woman was arrested for allegedly taking three pairs of shoes, police said. The store’s security guard detained her on scene until police arrived. She was identified as Abigail Messano, and was also found to have an outstanding arrest for theft.
Two men also were arrested about five hours later at about 10:30 p.m. after a security guard spotted them taking clothing items, police said.
Upon police arrival, they were seen fleeing the store but were soon arrested. They were identified as Karl Mitschan, 33, of Oroville and Kamani Trotter, 22, of Vallejo.
All stolen items were recovered and the suspects were all booked.
Shooting at KS. National Guard Armory leaves one dead, one injured, 1 arrested www.privateofficer.com
Junction City KS Aug 19 2012 Police say they have arrested a man they say is responsible for a shooting at the National Guard Armory,500 block of Airport Road in Junction City that left one man dead and an woman critically hurt.
WIBW reports Sterling D. Hickman, 33, of Junction City, was arrested on charges of first degree murder and aggravated battery.
He is accused of shooting Antonio Maxwell and Jamaica Chism during a party Saturday morning at the armory.
Chism, 30, also of Junction City, was flown to a Topeka hospital, where she underwent surgery for a gunshot wound to the stomach area. She remains in critical condition.
Officials say Maxwell. 25, died from his injuries and Chism remains hospitalized in critical condition.
Hickman is scheduled to make his first appearance on Monday. No bond has been set.
The shooting is under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Junction City police at 785-762-TIPS. The investigation is ongoing.
Norwalk CT Aug 12 2012 Police arrested a Waterbury man on a year-old warrant – for allegedly checking into the hospital with a duffel bag full of marijuana.
Timothy Falcone, 33, of 23 Fairview St., Waterbury, was charged with possession of a hallucinogen or greater than four ounces of marijuana. His bond was reduced from $10,000 to $5,000 during his arraignment Wednesday at Norwalk Superior Court.
Police say Falcone was admitted to Norwalk Hospital on July 23, 2011 for undisclosed reasons.
While being admitted, he told staff that he had marijuana in a brown duffel bag that he was carrying, and he did not want police to find it, according to an affidavit.
Hospital security took inventory of Falcone’s items while he was being treated and notified police of their findings, police said.
Police say Falcone’s duffel bag contained 162.8 grams — nearly six ounces — of marijuana.
A warrant for Falcone’s arrest was signed by a judge on Aug. 5, 2011.
UTICA NY July 28 2012 — A Walmart employee and a store customer were arrested Monday after store security called police about a suspected larceny, Utica police said.
An investigation determined the two allegedly worked together to steal more than $16,000 worth of electronics from the store over the course of four months, police said.
Anthony Sitts, 20, was charged with felony third-degree grand larceny. Elizabeth Johnson, 33, was charged with misdemeanor petit larceny. Both are residents of Utica, police said.
The indictment charges the three with the armed robbery of the Navy Federal Credit Union on Branch Avenue in Clinton Sept. 20, 2011, the Walmart in the 6200 block of Annapolis Road in Hyattsville Oct. 7, 2011, and the Bowie Walmart Jan. 16, 2012.
All total, the trio netted close to $300,000 in the three robberies.
Davon Stephon Williams, 22, Jeffery Louis Adams, 33, and Antonio Lamont Gaithers, 31, all of Washington, D.C., are charged in the six count indictment with multiple counts of armed robbery and the use of a handgun during the commission of a felony.
In the robbery at the Bowie Walmart, the suspects pulled up to a Garda armored car that was picking up the weekend’s receipts. One suspect jumped out, pointed a gun at the Garda employee and grabbed several bags that contained over $88,000 in cash and $13,000 in checks.
The suspects then fled the scene in a van they had stolen from a D.C. charter school and dumped the van at a farm on Mill Branch Road and fled in another vehicle.
All three suspects remain in custody awaiting trial.
According to the Tampa Police Department, Sandy Johnson, 33, was in his white Chevrolet Silverado about 1 p.m. Sunday when he pulled behind a woman, honking his horn and attempting to block her in. The woman rolled down her window and Johnson asked her where he could get drugs.
The woman replied she didn’t know and drove around his truck, attempting to leave the area.
Police said Johnson, 5202 Seneca Ave. in Temple Terrace, blocked the woman again, this time pulling out the plastic badge and telling her he was a police officer.
After the woman drove away, Johnson, according to the report, followed her for several blocks. Police found him nearly 30 minutes later and arrested him in the 5000 block of 30th Ave. East.
Johnson, who remains in jail with a $2,500 bond, is charged with unlawful use of a police badge and impersonating a police officer.