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Va. state trooper shot; deputy sheriff is suspect

Posted in News, Police Behaving Badly with tags , , on May 31, 2011 by punauni

A Virginia State Police sergeant was shot and wounded Monday by an off duty Franklin County deputy sheriff, and the deputy then was shot by officers who had come to the aid of the wounded trooper, authorities said.

Sgt. M.K. Brannock’s injuries were not considered life-threatening, police said.

The deputy, Jonathan A. Agee, 32, of Boones Mill, had been sought as a suspect in an earlier shooting when Brannock stopped him. Police said Agee shot Brannock just before noon. Agee then sustained life-threatening injuries after being shot by two state police officers who arrived to aid Brannock, police said.

Both men were taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. No other injuries were reported at the scene of the Interstate 81 shooting, which is being investigated by the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation and a police shootings investigation team.

“The focus of investigators right now is piecing together the exact sequence of events leading up to both shootings,” said Col. W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police superintendent. “This is a difficult day, needless to say, for Virginia’s law enforcement community.”

Media reports said traffic on Interstate 81 was backed up for 14 miles as vehicles were forced to detour off the freeway.

Brannock was shot after he stopped Agee’s patrol car on Interstate 81 near Roanoke, police said. Agee was being sought in connection with the fatal shooting of his ex-wife, Jennifer Louise Agee, 30, of Salem, minutes earlier at a Roanoke convenience store, Roanoke Police said.

The convenience store shooting happened about 11:30 Monday morning at a Sheetz store near the Civic Center, Roanoke police spokeswoman Aisha Johnson said.

Agee followed his ex-wife’s vehicle in the parking lot and shot her multiple times with a rifle, Johnson said. She said Jennifer Agee died at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.A murder warrant has been issued for her ex-husband, but has not been served, Johnson said.

The two officers involved in the freeway shooting have been placed on leave.Brannock, 35, is a 13-year veteran of the state police


Ex-Laredo police officer gets prison in drug case

Posted in News, Police Behaving Badly with tags , , on April 12, 2011 by punauni

LAREDO, Texas — A South Texas police officer convicted of conspiring to safely escort loads of smuggled cocaine through Laredo is going to prison.

A federal judge on Monday sentenced 28-year-old former Laredo Officer Orlando Jesus Hale to nearly 25 years behind bars.

A jury in September convicted Hale of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, plus using a firearm to further drug trafficking, over 2008 crimes.

Investigators say Hale was nabbed in an undercover investigation involving his personal vehicle and a police-issued radio to monitor traffic to guide and protect loads of cocaine.

Hale resigned from the police force following his conviction.

Chief Accused Of Messaging Teen Gets Re-Elected

Posted in News, Police Behaving Badly with tags , , on March 10, 2011 by punauni


WARREN, N.H. — A police chief in Warren has been re-elected after he was removed from office following accusations that he sent romantic Facebook messages to a teenage girl.Warren Davis, 57, was re-elected after a write-in campaign this week.No criminal charges were ever filed against Davis, who also worked as a school custodian.A 150-page investigation by the Grafton County Sheriff’s Department revealed e-mails sent to the 17-year-old girl.”A day without you would be like a day without sunshine,” one of the e-mails read.Another e-mail read: “Noticed that my rose bush has tons of buds ready to blossom, and each one made me think of you!”

Former Chief Accused Of Trading Drugs, Money For Sex

Posted in massachusetts, News, Police Behaving Badly with tags , , , on January 26, 2011 by punauni

SEABROOK, N.H. — A former Massachusetts police chief who lives in Seabrook has been accused of trading drugs and cash for sex with women accused of crimes.  David L’Esperance, 50, resigned as chief of police in Salisbury, Mass., last week after he was placed on paid leave in early December.  Salisbury called in an independent investigator to look into allegations of illegal activity that surfaced while police on the Seacoast were investigating a series of burglaries. One of the burglary suspects accused L’Esperance of illegal activity unconnected to the burglaries.When the investigator tried to interview L’Esperance on Jan. 18, he abruptly resigned, the town said.The investigator submitted a 31-page report to the town that alleges, among other things, that L’Esperance had sex with women charged with crimes, provided them with illegal drugs and cash, interfered with arrests and falsified police reports.”We will be forwarding the report to the appropriate law enforcement agencies for whatever action they may deem necessary, whatever prosecution, if any, they feel is necessary,” said Salisbury Town Manager Neil Harrington.L’Esperance could not be reached for comment. A neighbor, Richard Janvrin, called L’Esperance “an excellent guy” who would go out of his way to be helpful.”Like, the other day, I needed an egg to make something,” Janvrin said. “He said, ‘I don’t have any, but I’ll give you a ride up the store.’ I mean, he didn’t have to do that. But it’s just that if he can, he will.”Neighbors said they don’t believe the allegations against him, pointing out that many of his accusers are known criminals.

Windsor Locks Police Sgt. Arrested

Posted in Connecticut, News, Police Behaving Badly with tags , on January 10, 2011 by punauni

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. — Windsor Locks police Sgt. Robert Koistinen turned himself in to Connecticut State Police on Friday morning after learning a warrant was issued for his arrest on charges of interfering with police.  Koistinen is the father of former Windsor Locks police Officer Michael Koistinen, who is charged with hitting and killing a teenager with his car.  Michael Koistinen was arrested by Connecticut State Police on charges of manslaughter in the first degree, manslaughter in the second degree, misconduct with a motor vehicle, negligent homicide with a motor vehicle and attempt to commit tampering of physical evidence.  Police said Henry Dang, a sophomore at Windsor Locks High School, was riding his bicycle in October when he was struck by Koistinen’s car.Questions were raised after Dang’s family learned the Sgt. Robert Koistinen responded to the crash that state police said his son caused.“The family was highly suspicious there were things that happened in the immediate aftermath that raise suspicions,” said Dang family attorney Jim Bartolini.  According to the arrest warrant, Koistinen was never questioned about the involvement of alcohol in the crash even though a half-empty bottle of brandy was found in the car.   State police said they believe Koistinen was traveling more than twice the 35 mph speed limit at the time of the crash.According to arrest documents, Koistinen was drinking for six hours prior to the crash at a University of Connecticut tailgate party and at the Suffield Tavern.“The state police didn’t indicate where the bicycle was right before the accident, the time of impact and ultimately, whether this accident was unavoidable,” said Koistinen’s attorney, Elliot Spector.  According to arrest warrants, the Suffield officer initially assigned to the case wanted Koistinen’s car taken to his department, but the Windsor Locks chief had the car towed to a lot where it was found unsecured beneath a tarp, accessible to anyone.Bartolini said the state is investigating the case thoroughly, including why a urine sample was taken at Johnson Memorial Hospital but never admitted as evidence.Robert Koistinen was charged with hindering prosecution and interfering with a police officer.He was released on $10,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in Hartford Superior Court on Jan. 11.The case remains under investigation.

Atlanta Police Officer Charged With Raping 12-Year-Old Girl

Posted in News, People Behaving Badly, Police Behaving Badly, Sad with tags , , on November 4, 2010 by punauni


AN ATLANTA  police officer was arrested and charged with raping a 12-year-old girl, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday.

Fulton County officer Michael Bernard Wilson, 30, was suspended without pay after his arrest Tuesday, said Fulton police captain Darryl Halbert.

The victim’s mother reported the alleged crimes to DeKalb police.

Mr Wilson, a five-year veteran of the force, was charged with two counts of child molestation, rape and false imprisonment. He was being held at DeKalb jail without bond.

E-Mails From Police Chief To Teen Released

Posted in News, Police Behaving Badly with tags , , on October 14, 2010 by punauni

WARREN, N.H. — More details have been released detailing why the police chief in Warren was suspended several months ago.  A 150-page investigation by the Grafton County Sheriff’s Department revealed e-mails sent to a 17-year-old girl whom Warren Davis, 57, is accused of stalking.  “A day without you would be like a day without sunshine,” one of the e-mails read.Davis served as the elected police chief and a custodian at the Village School.  Another e-mail read: “Noticed that my rose bush has tons of buds ready to blossom, and each one made me think of you!””  A team of Budweiser Clydesdales couldn’t pull how I feel about you out of this heart,” read another.  Davis has reportedly known the girl since she was in elementary school.  He was suspended from his job as police chief in July, when the town requested a criminal investigation. But the attorney general’s office and the Sheriff’s Department said there was not enough evidence to seek charges.Selectmen are concerned about the conduct, and said they haven’t gotten an explanation from the chief.”We’ve been waiting for Chief Davis to respond to the Town Council. To the best of my knowledge, that hasn’t happened yet,” said Patricia Wilson, from the Warren Board of Selectmen.According to the report, Davis told investigators he “never asked for anything more than a friendship.  “The 17-year-old told police she felt uncomfortable after the chief contacted her online and went to her workplace, the report said.  Selectmen planned to meet on Thursday to discuss the issue.  Davis is not being paid as police chief, but he is still a custodian at the school.