Popular Posts

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Not all veterans and cops are heroes

There is something called a "halo effect." We hear the words veteran, police officer, judge and doctor and automatically think they are good, trustworthy people. The stories below show this is not always so.

Victim in Texas parade crash accused of lying about receiving Purple Heart
ATLANTA – An ex-police officer from Georgia who was injured in a train accident during a veterans parade in Texas is accused of lying about receiving a Purple Heart medal and was arrested Wednesday, Cherokee County sheriff's officials said.
Former Holly Springs police officer Shane Ladner, 40, was never awarded a Purple Heart and is charged with four counts of theft by deception, false swearing and giving a false statement to police, Cherokee County Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker said.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/06/12/victim-in-texas-parade-crash-accused-lying-about-receiving-purple-heart/#ixzz2W67hQX2d

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/06/12/victim-in-texas-parade-crash-accused-lying-about-receiving-purple-heart/#ixzz2W67G1E5M

Fort Hood soldier charged in prostitution ring case
The Army said Wednesday it charged a Fort Hood sergeant with buying sexual favors from another soldier who was part of an alleged prostitution ring.

Master Sgt. Brad Grimes was accused of paying a soldier to have sex, but details of when that happened or whether other GIs were likely to be implicated in the case weren't known.

Testimony: Doc's accuser had threat painted on her door
About a month before Dr. Calvin Day's July 2011 hearing before the Texas Medical Board, which would result in a suspension of his license, a patient who had accused him of sexual assault received a disconcerting anonymous message, she said Wednesday.

The initials “R.I.P.” — short for rest in peace — were found painted on her front door, she told state District Judge Ron Rangel in a hearing held outside the jury's presence.

Day, 61, could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of assaulting the woman in a secluded area of his office after she visited him on a Sunday morning in August 2010 for a follow-up to a Botox injection.

He's still awaiting trial for the alleged sexual assault of another patient.

Thirteen other women — patients and former employees — have alleged inappropriate conduct of a sexual nature, according to court documents not revealed to the jury.

Rare formal review ordered for federal judge
Chief Justice John Roberts of the U.S. Supreme Court formally ordered on Wednesday that a rare public judicial misconduct complaint against 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Edith Jones be reviewed by officials in a different circuit — one based in the nation's capital.
The pending misconduct complaint filed last week alleges that Judge Jones, a former chief judge who is based in Houston, improperly discussed pending cases, and allegedly made derogatory remarks about African-Americans, Mexican nationals and the mentally retarded in a public speech at the Federalist Society chapter at the University of Pennsylvania in February.
In the complaint, the group asked that another circuit investigate the matter because the complaint involved remarks made by Jones, a powerful former circuit chief judge, and also included an allegation that Jones had committed misconduct by telling another 5th Circuit judge to "shut up" during formal court proceedings in 2011.

Officers suspended after texting 16-year-old
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Stamford police have suspended two officers without pay after finding text messages they allegedly sent to a 16-year-old girl.
The girl reported in May she was sexually involved with Macari, but later declined to cooperate in an investigation. Police say a forensic examination of the officer's cell phones found sexual texts to the teen.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Panama Unit and Other Bad Cops in Texas

Kerrville cops dropped from bar suit
A Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission agent is the sole remaining defendant in a Kerrville bar owners' civil rights lawsuit that initially had 17 defendants.
The complaint filed in U.S. District Court in San Antonio in 2011 by Louis and Carolyn Doss accused TABC officials of conspiring with Kerrville police to close Mulligan's Pub through a campaign of harassment and intimidation.

Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Kerrville-cops-dropped-from-bar-suit-4562408.php#ixzz2UoajsuIA

Five Hidalgo County narcotics officers plead guilty in drug conspiracy
Five former Hidalgo County law enforcement officers, including the son of the local sheriff, pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges stemming from a wide-ranging drug conspiracy.
The men - all but one of whom were members of a now-defunct narcotics task force known as the Panama Unit - acknowledged roles in a scheme to steal drug loads from street-level dealers and sell them to a man alleged to be a local trafficker.

Former DA convicted in corruption trial
BROWNSVILLE — A jury on Friday night found former Cameron County District Attorney Armando R. Villalobos guilty on all but two corruption charges after two weeks of testimony that he took bribes to influence cases before him.

Ex-cop's odd underwear incident results in jail
Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Five-Hidalgo-County-narcotics-officers-plead-4557912.php#ixzz2Ui8Rsd9j
A 20-year San Antonio Police Department veteran was ordered Wednesday to serve six months in jail for a bizarre incident last year in which he was found wandering the streets near his wrecked city vehicle, disoriented and without pants.

Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Ex-cop-s-odd-underwear-incident-results-in-jail-4558927.php#ixzz2UmEAN5Vd

Judge doesn’t dismiss excessive force lawsuit against Austin officers
A federal judge has declined to dismiss a lawsuit against two Austin police officers accused of using excessive force, calling their behavior brash, aggressive and dangerous.
Carlos Chacon sued officers Eric Copeland and Russell Rose last year in the wake of an incident that led to his arrest after he called 911 claiming a man was trying to shoot him, according to court records.

On May 21, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks denied the officers’ motion for summary judgment and granted a separate motion for summary judgment by the city of Austin, which Chacon also sued on grounds that the Police Department inadequately supervised and trained the officers in the reasonable use of force, and negligently hired and retained them.

Memo: Officer fired over free movie ticket
An Austin police officer was fired Thursday after officials said he misled movie theater employees to get a free ticket.

SAPD officer arrested at barte
A police officer who became belligerent at a North Side bar and kicked a door off its frame was arrested early Thursday, officials said.
Sergio Hernandez, 36, had been drinking at Stacy's Sports Bar in the 3800 block of Blanco Road when staff ordered him to finish his drink and leave at closing time, San Antonio police spokeswoman Sandy Gutierrez said.

Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/SAPD-officer-arrested-at-bar-4583429.php#ixzz2VTJZqTGZ