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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

[IN] Sgt. Boocher gets back pay after dv charges dropped

...The city has agreed to pay Sergeant Wayne Boocher back-pay after he was suspended following his arrest for allegedly assaulting his wife...

Two previous posts:

Case closed involving SB police officer
WNDU-TV, IN
Jan 7, 2009
The case involving a South Bend police officer is officially closed. The city has agreed to pay Sergeant Wayne Boocher back-pay after he was suspended following his arrest for allegedly assaulting his wife. Charges were dismissed after Boocher's wife recanted her statement. Boocher will receive more than $34,000 in back-pay for the 18 months he was suspended. He will also get $12,000 towards his pension fund. Boocher's request was originally scheduled for a hearing before the Board of Public Safety. But his attorney announced Boocher was willing to settle privately. As part of the settlement, Boocher agreed not to pursue the matter before the Board of public Safety again. [Link]

FROM THE END OF LAST MONTH:



OFFICER'S 18-MONTH SUSPENSION BACK-PAY HEARING NOW IN ATTORNEYS' HANDS

WSBT-TV, IN
Dec 30, 2008
SOUTH BEND — A Board of Public Safety hearing for a police officer seeking back-pay ended somewhat abruptly Tuesday morning, after attorneys representing both sides decided to reach an agreement on their own. The 9 a.m. hearing was meant to decide the request of South Bend Police Sgt. Wayne Boocher, who is seeking back-pay, estimated at more than $75,000, for the nearly 18 months he was suspended from the force. Boocher, an 18-year veteran of the South Bend Police Department, was placed on administrative leave in January 2007 after he was arrested and charged with three counts of domestic violence. Police arrested Boocher after his wife said he hit her in the mouth while they were in the parking lot of a Target store with their children present. Lisa Boocher, Wayne's wife, later recanted the story and said the cut on her mouth was self-inflicted by accident. The case was later dropped after a videotape of the incident was deemed unusable. Tuesday, Boocher’s attorney argued that the dropping of the charges "exonerated" Boocher and made him eligible for back pay. "This case has already been decided by officers of this county," attorney Spence Walton said... Boocher, who sat through the hearing with his wife and their two children, said he was thankful that the ordeal seemed to be nearing a decision. "I’ll just be happy when it’s all over," Boocher said. [Full article here]

WAYNE BOOCHER ORDEAL NOT OVER YET, BUT CLOSE
WNDU-TV, IN
Ryan Famuliner ryan.famuliner@wndu.com
Dec 30, 2008
A South Bend cop who once faced domestic battery charges will soon hear if he'll recoup lost pay. Wayne Boocher is a 16-year veteran of the police force. After charges were filed, he was suspended without pay for a year and a half. Boocher was arrested in a Target parking lot almost two years ago. At the time, his wife said he hit her in the face in front of their kids. But the charges were later dropped, after she said that wasn't true. She told a judge earlier this year that she was hurt reaching for her cell phone in her car. Boocher’s family accompanied him to a Board of Public Safety hearing Tuesday morning, where he attempted to recoup his lost wages from the city. Attorneys planned to call almost two dozen witnesses, and resolve the matter today. In fact, it looked like it would be such a large ordeal, the hearing was moved to council chambers... [Full article here]
POLICE OFFICER INVOLVED PERPETRATED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LAW ENFORCEMENT SERGEANT SGT

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