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Friday, June 27, 2008

[CT] DV charges erased, Lt. Blanchette moved on to other crimes


Riddle:

Keep a cop that breaks the law and what do you get?


DEA joins investigation of Norwich cop State's attorney's office also involved in probe of police lieutenant, brother as New York drug connection is alleged
TheDay, CT
By Claire Bessette
6/26/2008
An investigation into the arrest of city police Lt. Michael Blanchette in May for a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia has expanded to involve the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and the state's attorney's office... In 2004 Blanchette was arrested on domestic disturbance charges... The charges were dismissed after Blanchette agreed to attend classes and counseling... [Full article here]

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  1. Police officer arrested in domestic fracas
    Three incidents culminate in multiple charges
    Norwich Bulletin (CT)
    Greg Smith
    February 19, 2004
    NORWICH - City police have arrested a veteran ranking officer following an investigation into allegations of domestic abuse made by his estranged wife. Lt. Michael R. Blanchette, a supervisor in the department's training division, was arraigned Wednesday in Norwich Superior Court on multiple charges of first-degree criminal trespassing, second-degree harassment, disorderly conduct and one count of breach of peace... Police first received a complaint from Daneen Blanchette on Feb. 12. Following several reported incidents and pending an investigation, Mocek directed Blanchette not to go to this wife's home and to obtain a police escort when picking up his children. Feb. 15, Daneen Blan-chette contacted police to report Michael Blanchette at her residence. He was arrested Tuesday... Blanchette's wife claimed in her statements to police that he verbally and emotionally abused her and on one occasion pushed her and spit in her face. She also charged he entered her home without her permission several times when she was not home. She also claimed that Blanchette "has become increasingly unpredictable in his behavior and she is afraid to go to sleep at night." It was not unusual, she said, for Blanchette to call her residence up to 100 times a day...

    Officer faces domestic disturbance charges
    The Day
    By Eileen Mcnamara
    February 19, 2004
    ...His wife said that on at least three occasions since last August he has gotten a key to her house from their children and entered the duplex uninvited... Last Friday, while police were investigating Daneen Blanchette's complaint, Mocek, the deputy chief, told Michael Blanchette not to go to his wife's home "pending the outcome of this investigation." He also told Michael Blanchette that if he needed to pick up or visit his children at his wife's home, he should do so with a police escort. Two days later, Daneen Blanchette told police, her husband came to her home uninvited at 3:30 p.m. and knocked repeatedly on the door, yelling, "I'm not leaving." When she refused to answer the door, she told police, her husband threw down a box he was holding and left...

    Arrested Norwich officer turns weapons in; duty status uncertain -
    Police lieutenant accused of harassing his estranged wife
    The Day (New London, CT)
    By Claire Bessette
    February 20, 2004
    Police Lt. Michael Blanchette turned in his duty firearms and some personal firearms Tuesday in the wake of his arrest on domestic disturbance charges. It remained unclear Thursday whether Blanchette will be allowed to return to active duty. Blanchette, who was promoted to lieutenant in September 2002, is using vacation time for the rest of this week... Blanchette's current position as training supervisor does not require him to carry a firearm, [Deputy Police Chief Warren] Mocek said. However, because he cannot carry a gun... HE SAID THE DEPARTMENT HAS NO SET POLICY FOR HANDLING ARRESTS OF OFFICERS, AND NO AUTOMATIC REQUIREMENT THAT OFFICERS BE PLACED ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE. EACH CASE IS REVIEWED SEPARATELY BASED ON THE CHARGES AND THE OFFICER'S ACTIONS, HE SAID...

    Officer to enter family violence program to get charges dropped
    The Day
    By Paul Choiniere
    April 29, 2004
    Norwich Police Lt. Michael R. Blanchette, arrested in February on allegations he harassed and intimidated his estranged wife, agreed Wednesday to enter the state's Family Violence Education Program, a move that should lead to his criminal charges being dropped. THE PROTECTIVE ORDER FILED AGAINST BLANCHETTE WAS ALSO MODIFIED TO ALLOW HIM TO CARRY A GUN WHILE ON DUTY... IF BLANCHETTE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES THE PROGRAM, AIMED AT PREVENTING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, THE CHARGES WILL BE DROPPED...

    Arrested cop gets gun back
    Norwich Bulletin
    Thursday, April 29, 2004
    By GREG SMITH
    A Norwich police lieutenant, arrested on domestic violence charges, COULD GET HIS GUN BACK AS EARLY AS THIS WEEK AND LEAVE LEGAL TROUBLES BEHIND WITHIN A YEAR. LT. MICHAEL BLANCHETTE, 38, APPEARED IN DANIELSON SUPERIOR COURT WEDNESDAY WITH HIS WIFE, DANEEN, at his side...

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