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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Keeping this display of officer-involved domestic violence fatalities on top from now on...

The Officer-Involved Domestic Violence (OIDV) Fatalities photo presentation that was here has been deleted by ROCKYOU.com, where it had been hosted and streamed from. A screencaptured copy is here on LaneJudson.com - the site it was originally compiled for.

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[U.S.] Too Many Said-Suicides of Law Enforcement Officer's wives, girlfriends, dates, and ex's


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Monday, November 13, 2017

FL JSO Officer Lenell Boyer arrested for biting wife - JSO says they stepped up

“It’s unacceptable for anyone to perpetuate domestic violence. And it is not acceptable that anyone has to live or be forced to live in that kind of environment... The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office stepped up, arrested him, and he'll be held accountable administratively, as well as criminally, for those charges”
~ Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Director Mike Bruno

10TH SHERIFF’S OFFICE EMPLOYEE IS ARRESTED THIS YEAR, CHARGED WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Posted November 10, 2017
[Excerpts] A 20-year veteran of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has been arrested after accusations that he bit his wife... Patrol officer Lenell Boyer, 51, was charged with domestic battery and is being reassigned to a desk job while his case plays out... “We all know that police officers are trained to protect this community. We’re also trained in deescalation techniques. And it’s sad in a situation like this where we fail to protect the community as far as the individual officer’s position and what he did,” [Sheriff’s Office Director Mike] Bruno said... “It’s unacceptable for anyone to perpetuate domestic violence. And it is not acceptable that anyone has to live or be forced to live in that kind of environment.” In 2010 Boyer was disciplined internally for DUI and unbecoming conduct, although the Florida Highway Patrol only gave him a careless-driving ticket. He had struck a dump truck on the interstate and had a blood-alcohol content of 0.12 percent, according to Times-Union archives. He was suspended for 20 days. Over the years there have been about three dozen complaints filed against Boyer, four of them within the Sheriff’s Office and the remainder from citizens... Boyer received formal counseling, written reprimands and had letters sent or referred to be sent as a result of most of the complaints. Boyer was exonerated or the complaint was withdrawn or not sustained in nine of those complaints, records show. [Full article here]

JSO: OFFICER ARRESTED AFTER BITING WIFE'S HAND DURING ARGUMENT - 20-year veteran charged with misdemeanor domestic battery
November 10, 2017
[Excerpts] A 20-year veteran of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has been charged with domestic battery after police said he bit his wife's hand Thursday... Director Mike Bruno said Officer Lenell Boyer, 51, got into an argument with his wife, and she put her hand over his mouth because he was getting loud and cursing, and she didn't want him to wake their sleeping children... “The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office stepped up, arrested him, and he'll be held accountable administratively, as well as criminally, for those charges"... A 2010 report said Boyer hit a dump truck on the interstate, left the scene and urinated in the back of a patrol car. The trooper didn’t conduct a field sobriety test and sent Boyer home with a ticket. He later had a blood alcohol level of 0.12 when a JSO supervisor made him take a breath test... The criminal investigation into Boyer's domestic battery charges will be conducted by the State Attorney's Office, and after that is complete, the administrative investigation will begin... “One arrest is too many, but with that being said, it's reassuring that when there is an issue, and it's brought to our attention, it's addressed appropriately, and if that's through an arrest, then that's what should happen,” Bruno said. “The reality of it is, no officer wants someone else tarnishing the badge. The officers want to do it right, and they expect others to do it right, and when they do it wrong, they understand there's a measure in place to address those.” [Full article here]
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Sunday, October 29, 2017

[FL] Fired PBSO Officer Duce killed wife Mary and himself amid divorce (1994)

Mary Yvette Rogers Duce 
Mother, sister, daughter, friend 
Sep. 15, 1955 - Aug. 8, 1994
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Palm Beach County Sheriff's Corrections Officer Johnnie Duce was fired from his job after shooting someone at a bar while off-duty. Too soon after, within months, he gunned down his wife of 15 years Mary Yvette Rogers Duce outside the Johnson Temple Church of God in Christ. She had separated from him, had a restraining order on him, and was only visiting the area because of a choir competition at the church. Their precious young daughter, who knew her father wanted to kill her mother, was in the church when shots rang out.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

[OH] OFFICER GRIFFIN BRUTAL DV, RESIGNATION, STANDOFF AND SUICIDE

In uniform Cleveland Police Officer Tommie Griffin brutally pistol-whipped his ex-wife with his service weapon, punched her in the face several times, shot his weapon into the mattress next to her head, forced her to the basement where he raped her at gunpoint, cut off the GPS ankle monitor he was ordered to wear before his rape trial, went on the run, engaged in a six-hour standoff with police when he was located, and then killed himself with a high-powered AR-15. 

FEDS SURROUND CLEVELAND HOME DURING SEARCH FOR FORMER CLEVELAND COP TURNED FUGITIVE RAPE SUSPECT
October 24, 2017
[Excerpts] Federal agents searching for a former Cleveland police officer [Tommie Griffin] who broke his GPS monitor a week before his rape trial was set to begin surrounded a home Tuesday on Cleveland's West Side... Griffin broke his GPS-monitored ankle bracelet on Saturday... Griffin was set to begin trial Oct. 30 on multiple counts of rape, kidnapping, felonious assault and domestic violence in the January attack on his 42-year-old girlfriend. Griffin has been on house arrest since posting bond in March... [Full article here]

A DECORATED CLEVELAND POLICE OFFICER-TURNED-FUGITIVE TAKES HIS LIFE AFTER SIX-HOUR STANDOFF
October 25 2017
[Excerpts] ...On Jan. 13, Griffin found his 42-year-old girlfriend with another man, according to court records... A little after midnight, Griffin returned to his girlfriend’s house in nearby Parma while she was sleeping. Still wearing his police uniform, he punched and pistol-whipped her several times, then held his gun next to her face before firing two shots into the mattress, according to court records. Police said he then ordered her to take a shower before taking her to the basement, where he pointed the gun at her and forced her to perform a sex act on him. Then, he drove away from the house alone... Police found the woman alone in her house on Jan. 14. Her face was severely injured, and her home was in disarray... Parma police arrested Griffin later that day... Griffin was placed on unpaid leave from the department while the case was pending, until he resigned in March...  [Full article here]

EX-COP ON TRIAL FOR RAPE KILLS HIMSELF AFTER SWAT TEAM STANDOFF
October 25, 2017
[Excerpts] An ex-cop-turned-fugitive who cut off his GPS ankle monitor ahead of his rape trial killed himself with a high-powered rifle Tuesday, ending a six-hour standoff with police. Tommie Griffin, a 52-year-old decorated former Cleveland police officer who won the department’s distinguished service medal in 2009, fatally shot himself in the chest with an AR-15 in the basement of a Cleveland home where investigators think he had been hiding since late Monday... “Mr. Griffin put Cleveland police in a very, very bad position,” US Marshal Pete Elliott said. “It’s not the ending we wanted to see, but it is what it is.”... [Griffin] took his life as a SWAT team entered the home... [Griffin] had stayed at a Motel 6 in North Ridgeville on Saturday and Sunday with the help of an accomplice. Another person then drove him Monday to the friend’s home where he took his life... “That’s a powerful weapon that could have been used on any one of our guys,” Elliott told Cleveland.com. “That was the worry we had all day — that he was going to take one of us out”... [Full article here]

EARLIER IN THE YEAR:

OFFICER CHARGED WITH RAPE, ASSAULT OF GIRLFRIEND
January 18, 2017
[Excerpts] A Cleveland police officer [Tommie Griffin] accused of pistol-whipping and raping his girlfriend will be held in jail on $250,000 bond... charges of rape, felonious assault and kidnapping. The charges carry a combined maximum penalty of 28 years in prison. Parma Municipal Court Judge Deanna O’Donnell set his bond at $250,000... O’Donnell also ordered a temporary protection order... The victim in the case attended the hearing with family members. She had two black eyes... Griffin has one prior criminal conviction for misdemeanor criminal mischief in 2009...

CLEVELAND OFFICER CHARGED IN PARMA RAPE WAS ARRESTED IN 2009 FOR TRYING TO FORCE WOMAN TO KISS HIM
January 17, 2017, Updated January 18, 2017
[Excerpts] The Cleveland police officer ... Tommie Griffin, 51, is charged with rape, felonious assault and kidnapping in connection with the attack on his 40-year-old girlfriend... Griffin was arrested by Parma police in 2009 after a then-27-year-old woman reported that Griffin forced himself on her. Griffin eventually pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal mischief and was sentenced to pay a $400 fine... The woman ran into Griffin at a Parma bar... Griffin forced himself on the woman [details at link]... The woman had injuries to her lip and hand. She told investigators later she was frightened because Griffin is a police officer and that she had heard that he was abusive to women in the past. [Police wired her and he admitted the assault.]... Police obtained DNA swabs from saliva left on the woman... Investigators stopped Griffin's car about four months later and got a DNA swab... and they matched... The woman continuously told police that she wanted to pursue prosecuting the case. "I want him to feel the pain, anger and anxiety I have felt since this happened," according to a statement the woman gave to Parma police at the time. "This incident made me realize you cannot trust [anyone], not even the people who you think you might know, or who are there to protect you. I am disgusted with the whole situation. May he get what he deserves." [Full article here]

MORE THAN 60 GUNS, INCLUDING SUBMACHINE GUN, SEIZED FROM CLEVELAND COP CHARGED WITH RAPING GIRLFRIEND
January 26, 2017
[Excerpts] ...A grand jury on Monday handed up charges including rape, felonious assault, kidnapping and domestic violence against the patrolman in Cleveland's First District. Griffin is also charged with pandering obscenity... He has remained jailed since North Royalton Police arrested him at gunpoint Jan. 14... Judge John P. O'Donnell on Thursday continued the bond set at Griffin's appearance in Parma Municipal Court, and ordered him to have no contact with the woman, who has moved out of the home, and be tested for HIV, a standard procedure in cases involving rape charges. Prosecutors had asked O'Donnell to double Griffin's bond to $500,000, citing "mental health issues" and concern for the safety of both the victim and Griffin. "The victim is in complete fear and this police officer used his gun to commit his crimes," Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Anna Faraglia said... Court records show police seized 67 guns, including 50 handguns of different calibers, five assault rifles including an AK47, an Israeli 9mm Uzi submachine gun, seven long rifles and four shotguns... [Full article here]

CLEVELAND COP ACCUSED OF RAPING GIRLFRIEND ALSO SENT LEWD PICS OF HIMSELF, PROSECUTORS SAY
February 3, 2017
[Excerpts] The Cleveland police officer accused of raping and pistol-whipping his girlfriend also sent lewd photographs of himself to an unspecified person involved in the investigation... Patrolman Tommie Griffin III sent the photographs on Jan. 13, the day before he is accused of attacking his 42-year-old girlfriend in the home they shared on State Road in Parma... Griffin has pleaded not guilty to all charges. He remains jailed on $250,000 bond, and is suspended without pay until his case is over... A search warrant at Griffin's Sate Road home and in a vehicle there turned up 67 guns, including multiple AR-15 model rifles and an Uzi... [Full article here]

CLEVELAND POLICE OFFICER ACCUSED OF RAPING GIRLFRIEND RESIGNS, BOND LOWERED
March 6, 2017
[Excerpts] ...He pleaded not guilty to charges of rape, felonious assault, kidnapping, pandering obscenity and domestic violence. Defense attorney Patrick Leary successfully argued that Griffin was not a flight risk and that his bond should be lowered. He wrote in court records that Griffin is not a threat to himself or anyone else... Prosecutors fought against the lowered bond citing the violent nature of the accusations and noting that Griffin is accused of using a gun during the crime, while the others cases Leary cited did not...  [Full article here]
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Thursday, October 19, 2017

[FL] Yuly survived being shot multiple times by her ex, PBSO Deputy DeMarco

On duty and in uniform Palm Beach Sheriff's Deputy - a tactical officer - Michael DeMarco ambushed his ex-girlfriend Yuly Solano while she was walking her dog. He got out of the police cruiser, shot Yuly multiple times and then shot and killed himself. Yuly survived and is working on recovering. It's a hard struggle. If you pray, please add her to your prayers.


Oct 12 2017
[Excerpts] Wearing his uniform and sitting in his Palm Beach Sheriff’s-issued car, a deputy [Michael DeMarco] waited for his ex-girlfriend. When he found her walking her dog, he stepped out of his car and shot her before shooting and killing himself... His relationship with the woman, a bank worker, began in May and ended three weeks before the shooting... The ambush happened at about 8 a.m. Thursday in the Inlet Harbor Club... A friend and co-worker of the woman who was shot, said she appears to be improving... Before joining the sheriff’s office in 1995, DeMarco had been with the Lake Worth Police Department since 1987... [Full article here]

October 13th 2017
[Excerpts] The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Deputy who police say shot a woman then killed himself filed a lawsuit last month [against the shooting victim]. Michael DeMarco filed the suit in small claims court... DeMarco was suing over furniture... She remains hospitalized in critical condition at Delray Beach Medical Center. [Full article here]

October 15th 2017
[Excerpts] A 41-year-old woman appears to be improving after she was repeatedly shot by her ex-boyfriend, a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy, who then took his own life. Family and friends of 41-year old Yuly Solano have maintained a vigil at Delray Medical Center, where she's currently recovering. Solano, a single mother from Peru with a daughter in college, is extremely traumatized, according to her best friend. But she also said Solano was alert and talking, and doing much better. Solano was transported to the hospital in critical condition after being shot four times by Deputy Michael Demarco... Demarco was dressed in his Sheriff's Office uniform and was sitting in a Sheriff’s vehicle just before he confronted Solano... Despite encouraging reports on Solano’s condition, her friends say she will need multiple surgeries. [Full article here]

Oct. 17, 2017
[Excerpts] The Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy who shot his ex-girlfriend, then fatally shot himself Thursday, was on duty and used his service weapon... Meanwhile, an attorney for the victim, Yuly Solano, said Monday night he’s planning lawsuits against the condominium association where the shooting took place and possibly the sheriff’s office. A five-minute 911 call released Monday by Boynton Beach police captured Solano’s cries for help in the moments after... “Can you help me? Please help me”... As of Monday, police refused to name Solano, saying she signed a form calling on police not to reveal her name. But attorney Gary Iscoe of the firm Steinger, Iscoe & Greene released a statement Monday identifying Solano and saying he’s planning a lawsuit against the condo association for negligence... Legal action against PBSO “is also being considered”... [A neighbor] said DeMarco then seemed to sink into depression and, on the Sunday before the shooting, told the neighbor he was on medication... Court records show that in 1988, DeMarco and several relatives legally changed their family name from Dunkow... Lake Worth city records show DeMarco applied to that city’s police department on Nov. 23, 1986, still as Michael Dunkow Jr., and was hired on March 30, 1987. He said on his application he’d come to South Florida from Long Island... He said he’d applied to the police departments in Lake Worth, West Palm Beach and Greenacres, as well as the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office... DeMarco, a tactical officer... [Full article here]

OCTOBER 16, 2017
[Excerpts] ...“We can confirm that [Michael] DeMarco was dressed in a [Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office] uniform consisting of khaki pants and a black embroidered shirt at the time of the shooting... DeMarco waited until she neared the garage door. Then, he shot her and turned his county-issued gun on himself... The woman, whose name has still not been released, is in critical but stable condition after being shot several times.
Officials say the case is being treated as an attempted-murder/suicide. DeMarco died on the scene... In the 911 recording, the woman could be heard softly pleading. “Please help me,” she told a 911 operator... [Full article here]
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

[IL] Deaths of CPD Officer Dina Markham and her husband, CPD Sgt. Donald Markham


Chicago police Sgt. Donald Markham was found shot at home and police ruled it suicide. FBI got a tip that he might have been murdered. Chicago Police threw away / got rid of the mattress that Donald was killed on before it could be forensically examined. No gunpowder residue tests were performed on Dina. 2 years later his wife, Chicago police Officer Dina Markham was found dead in a bathtub days after being told her husband's death was being investigated. 

CHICAGO COP COUPLE’S MYSTERIOUS DEATHS UNDER INVESTIGATION
05/31/2017
[Excerpts] On a hot summer night in 2015, Chicago Police Sgt. Donald Markham’s wife found him dead in their bed with a bullet wound to his head hours after they’d argued at a bar and later at their home, according to police reports. But before a Cook County medical examiner’s investigator could view the scene — standard procedure — police removed the body of the 51-year-old narcotics cop from the home... The FBI and the city of Chicago’s inspector general have launched investigations... Investigators want to know whether someone killed Markham and the police mishandled the investigation or were involved in a cover-up... Now, the case has taken a shocking turn. Markham’s widow, Dina Whitson Markham, 47, also a veteran Chicago cop, was found dead Sunday in the bathtub... Days earlier, Dina Markham had told the Sun-Times she didn’t know her husband’s death was under renewed investigation... With suspected suicides or homicides, the bodies are not supposed to be “handled, disturbed ... or removed from the place of death by any person except with the permission of the medical examiner” except under limited instances... Besides allowing Donald Markham’s body to be removed, along with pillows and sheets, before a medical examiner’s investigator could examine the scene, sources say investigators’ other concerns include the failure to test Dina Markham for gunshot residue to determine whether she fired a weapon during the early-morning hours of Sept. 2, 2015, when her husband died... Donald Markham’s .380-caliber, semi-automatic Glock handgun was in his right hand... Toxicology reports found his blood-alcohol level was well above the .08 percent standard for drunk driving... The Markhams had been quarreling the night he died... The police reports say Dina Markham was locked out of the house, so she knocked on a window that one of their sons opened, letting her in. She went to the master bedroom looking for her keys... and she observed Donald laying on the bed, on his side with his back towards her,” a police report says. “Dina continued looking for her key unsuccessfully. Dina felt the outside of Donald’s pockets, again looking for her keys and felt moisture on her hands. Dina realized the moisture was blood and called 911 for assistance... At the time of her husband’s death, Dina Markham was assigned to the Internal Affairs Division. After the FBI began investigating, she was transferred to Area North, working for Cmdr. Kevin Duffin... On May 22, Sun-Times reporters went to Dina Markham’s house and asked whether she was aware the FBI and inspector general were looking into her husband’s death. She said she wasn’t aware... Their five children are between 13 and 27 years old... [Full article here]

CHICAGO OFFICER DIES AMID PROBE OF HER COP HUSBAND'S SUICIDE IN 2015
June 1, 2017
Chicago police recently sought the FBI's help in reinvestigating the apparent suicide nearly two years ago of a sergeant [Donald Markham] after officers raised concerns about how evidence was collected at the scene... Then, over the Memorial Day weekend, the renewed probe took a stunning twist after the sergeant's wife [Dina Markham], herself a veteran police officer, was found dead in the couple's same Northwest Side home... The tragic turn of events came as the FBI, in an unusual move, was re-examining the September 2015 death of Markham's husband... The death was ruled a suicide at the time by the medical examiner's office. But the source said Superintendent Eddie Johnson sought the FBI's help after an officer had raised concerns about how evidence was handled at the scene... The medical examiner's office did not conduct its own investigation at the scene because the detective hadn't contacted the office about the death until almost 5:30 a.m., at least two hours after the incident, the report said. By then, Markham's body was being transported to the morgue.... Records show the Markhams were married in 1995 and had five children... Three of the Markhams' underage children were home at the time of the shooting and were interviewed by detectives, but their statements were redacted from the reports provided to the Tribune. Records provided by the Office of Emergency Management and Communications showed Dina Markham called 911 at 3:12 a.m. She told the operator that an off-duty police officer was "bleeding from his head" and needed an ambulance, but refused to answer questions as to what happened or whether he was breathing, then hung up. The Tribune's request for the audio of the 911 call under the Freedom of Information Act was denied by the city, which claimed releasing it would be a violation of privacy... The crime lab tests also showed Donald Markham had gunshot residue on his hand... Markham had no drugs in his system when he died, but blood tests later confirmed he had been drinking... [Full article here]

ANOTHER MYSTERY IN CASE OF CHICAGO COP COUPLE’S MYSTERIOUS DEATHS
06/16/2017
[Excerpts] Months after Chicago police Sgt. Donald Markham was found shot to death in the master bedroom of his Northwest Side home in what police concluded was a suicide, the FBI got a tip that the narcotics unit supervisor might have been murdered. In the course of its investigation, the FBI — suspecting that someone killed Markham in the early-morning hours of Sept. 2, 2015 — contacted the Chicago Police Department’s Bureau of Internal Affairs. Look into Markham’s case, the FBI urged. But police brass were concerned, sources told the Chicago Sun-Times, that the dead cop’s widow, Officer Dina Markham, who discovered the body, had worked in internal affairs, an assignment she’d held for years, until June 2016, when she was transferred to the Area North detectives division at Belmont and Western.n But Markham’s new assignment created another problem, according to sources, because she now was working in the detective division that concluded that her husband killed himself — the finding the FBI has called into question... Among the questions investigators are trying to answer: why detectives didn’t test Dina Markham for gunshot residue to determine whether she fired a gun... The Chicago Police Department won’t say who decided to transfer Dina Markham from the Bureau of Internal Affairs to the detective unit that handled her husband’s case... Her death is under investigation by the Chicago Police Department and the Cook County medical examiner’s office, whose staff is awaiting toxicology reports to determine how she died. The police have said they believe she took pills and described the death as a possible suicide... [Full article here]

COP DRANK, DROWNED IN BATHTUB AMID FBI PROBE OF COP HUSBAND’S DEATH
07/17/2017
[Excerpts] A Chicago cop, found dead amid an FBI investigation into her cop-husband’s shooting death, accidentally drowned in her bathtub after drinking alcohol and taking an antidepressant, the Cook County medical examiner has ruled. Officer Dina Markham’s body was found at 5:58 p.m. May 28 — about 14 hours after she texted a friend, Patti Thornton, saying, “Help. Please ... no kidding,” according to records released Monday by the medical examiner’s office. Thornton and another friend, Christine Jummati, had gone to Markham’s home on the Northwest Side around 5 p.m. and were let inside by one of her sons, the records show. When Markham’s friends found her bathroom door locked, “They assumed Markham was inside ‘hiding’ from them . . . and didn’t want to talk with them at the time,” according to the medical examiner. “They left a note on her pillow but returned shortly afterwards out of concern.” When they came back about 45 minutes later, they were let inside by the same son. He unlocked the door to his mother’s bathroom, where she was found “fully immersed in a bathtub filled with water,” according to the medical examiner’s office... Markham, 47, had a blood-alcohol level of .187 percent, an autopsy found... A medical examiner’s investigator found “an empty bottle of champagne and Jack Daniels” on the kitchen counter and also found an empty bottle of the prescription medication alprazolam... [Full article here]

AUTOPSY FINDS CHICAGO COP DROWNED IN BATHTUB, RULES DEATH ACCIDENTAL
07/18/2017
[Excerpts] On the day she was found dead in the bathtub of her Northwest Side home, Chicago police Officer Dina Markham sent a desperate, predawn text message to a friend. "Help. Please ... no kidding"... It wasn't until 14 hours later, after Markham failed to show up at a Memorial Day weekend get-together, that her friends went to her home and asked her son to help open her locked bathroom door... Autopsy reports provided to the Tribune on Monday show the Cook County medical examiner's office has ruled Markham, 47, died of an accidental drowning after consuming a dangerous mix of alcohol and the powerful anti-anxiety drug alprazolam... While a police spokesman had previously said Dina Markham's death was being investigated as a possible suicide, the medical examiner's office report stated there was no suicide note or other signs that she killed herself... Through an attorney, relatives of Markham issued a statement saying they were not surprised by the autopsy findings. "We have never believed that this was a suicide," the family said. "There are still some unanswered questions and things that have been published that are not true. We will continue to work to clear Dina's name and do everything we can to provide support for the Markham children"... Investigative reports released Monday show police were called to Dina Markham's home in the 5900 block of North Newark Avenue shortly before 6 p.m. on May 28. When officers arrived, they met up with two of Markham's friends who said they discovered her unresponsive in the water-filled bathtub. One of the friends told police Markham had called her twice at 3:59 a.m., but the friend didn't answer the phone because she was sleeping, the reports show. Six minutes after the calls, Markham sent the same friend the text asking for help. The friend told investigators she saw the calls and text message later that morning but did not respond because she was scheduled to see Markham at a gathering that afternoon. The friend also said that "the early morning phone calls from Markham were not unusual, often when she was in an intoxicated state," according to the reports. But at about 4 p.m., after Markham failed to show at the gathering, the friend and another acquaintance drove to Markham's home, where her teenage son answered the front door, the reports show. Finding the bathroom door locked, they assumed that Markham was inside "hiding" from them and didn't want to talk, one of the friends told police. They left a note on her pillow but returned about 45 minutes later out of concern, according to the reports. The friends had Markham's son open the bathroom door with a key and found the body... Dina Markham's sister, who is a Chicago Fire Department paramedic, came to the scene and took responsibility for the couple's minor children... [Full article here]

DONALD MARKHAM, Age 51. Police sergeant with the Chicago Police Dept. Beloved husband of Dina nee Whitson.C.P.D. Loving father... Dear son... Dear brother... [Full article here]

DINA L. MARKHAM, age 47, Police Officer with the Chicago Police Dept. Beloved wife of the late Donald Markham; loving mother... beloved daughter... dear sister... [Full article here]
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Friday, July 14, 2017

[NC] HCSO had zero tolerance for Deputy Burton's domestic violence


"When the shoe is on our foot, there are some things we will not compromise on or tolerate"...


HENDERSON DEPUTY, FORMER APD OFFICER CHARGED WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
July 12, 2017, Updated 6:58 a.m. ET July 13, 2017
[ Excerpts] ARDEN - A Henderson County deputy who also was once an Asheville police officer was arrested on a domestic violence charge Tuesday. Cory Thomas Burton faces one charge of assault on a female. He is being held in the Buncombe County Detention Facility under no bond... His employment with the sheriff's office has since been terminated, said department Major Frank Stout. Stout said as a matter of policy incidents where a deputy is charged with a crime would be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. "But those are things we deal with every day," he said speaking of domestic violence charges. "When the shoe is on our foot, there are some things we will not compromise on or tolerate"... Before being hired, deputies undergo a "very, very extensive background investigation," Stout said, including a polygraph test and a review of any past incidents relating to domestic violence. "He successfully did that or he would not have been working here," he said... he was [formerly] an Asheville officer... [Full article here] or here]
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