- [NY] Fired, reinstated Officer Lewis arrested for assault on his wife - ...Lewis is accused of grabbing and pushing his wife after she apparently tried to prevent him from leaving the home with their 1-year-old son... He allegedly grabbed her around the neck during a later encounter in his vehicle... In 1998, Lewis was fired by then-Mayor Albert Jurczynski on the recommendation of a hearing officer who said Lewis had a history of disciplinary problems... A state arbitrator reversed the hearing officer's decision...
- [NY] Fired, reinstated, arrested Officer Lewis arrested a 2nd time in 2 months - A city police officer has been arrested for the second time in two months in connection with a domestic incident...
- [NY] Fired, reinstated, then twice arrested Officer Lews CLEARED of dv charges - A city police officer was acquitted Monday on a charge involving a physical altercation with his wife over custody of their young son... He will be reinstated with pay if the internal investigation is not completed within 30 days...
- [NY] Fired, reinstated Officer Lewis arrested 3rd time - after alleged death threats - ...The court complaint says Lewis allegedly told his ex-wife he would "kill whoever she was with and kill her" and that he was "never going to let her go and he was never going to let her be with anyone else"...
- [NY] Officer Lewis arrested 4th time - (How much will it take?) - ...This is Lewis’ fourth arrest in the last eight months. Lewis was charged last month with misdemeanors of third-degree stalking and second-degree aggravated harassment for allegedly threatening his former wife a total of four times in August and November...
SCHENECTADY POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED AGAIN
CBS 6 News
January 12, 2009 - 2:42 PM
[Excerpts] A Schenectady police officer, already facing charges for drunk driving and harrassment, has again been arrested, this time in connection with a domestic dispute involving his mother and his brother. Thirty-eight-year-old John Lewis of Schenectady was arrested Sunday, after police received a call from Lewis's mother at 3:47 a.m., stating he was destroying the house and physically fighting with his brother, an Albany police officer. Lewis was charged with misdemeanor fourth-degree criminal mischief. He was arraigned Sunday morning in Schenectady City Court and released. Lewis is already serving a 30-day suspension from the Schenectady Police Department in connection with his Dec. 27th arrest for allegedly driving drunk and getting into an accident on Eastern Ave. He was arrested in November of 2008 for stalking and aggravated harrassment of his ex-wife; he was also charged with harrassment in June, but later cleared of those charges... [Full article here]
WHY DOES SCHENECTADY COP STILL HAVE A JOB?
WRGB, NY - Jan 13, 2009
January 13, 2009
[Excerpts] He's been arrested five times in nine months, so why does Schenectady Police Officer John Lewis still have a job? It's complicated. The Lewis case may hinge on a separate matter going before the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB). The city and the police union are submitting legal briefs in a case that will determine police disciplinary procedures... [Schenectady's City Corporation Counsel John] Van Norden argues the city has disciplinary power under a 103 year-old, grandfathered clause in the city charter. But Michael Ravalli, an attorney for the Police Benevolent Association, said the collective bargaining agreement between the city and the union allows a disciplined officer to appeal to an independent arbitrator. "The city can appoint a hearing officer, who listens to proof from both sides and makes a recommendation to the mayor," Ravalli said. "If the mayor accepts the recommendation, the [police officer] can appeal to the independent arbitrator"... "[Lewis] has no business being a police officer," [Mayor Brian Stratton] Stratton said. "But as much as I'd like to bring the hammer down on him, there is a degree of protection that is afforded to him under the law and we have to respect that"... [Full article here]
SCHENECTADY COP ARRESTED AGAIN, FIFTH TIME SINCE APRIL
North Country Gazette, NY - Jan 12, 2009
Schenectady Cop Arrested Again, Fifth Time Since April
Posted on Monday, 12 of January , 2009 at 4:06 pm
[Excerpts] The charges are piling up against Schenectady police officer John Lewis. Lewis, 39, of Oregon Ave., Schenectady, already facing criminal charges for allegedly stalking his wife, driving while intoxicated and traffic counts, has again been arrested. Lewis was charged with fourth degree criminal mischief Sunday for allegedly destroying a kitchen table at an Oregon Ave. home during a domestic dispute involving his mother and brother who is a police officer in the City of Albany... Sunday’s arrest was Lewis’ fifth since April 2008. In November, Lewis was charged with third degree stalking and second degree aggravated harassment for allegedly threatening his wife, Alison Lewis, both in person and over the phone, allegedly telling her he would kill her and whoever she was with. Lewis pleaded not guilty in that case and was released on his own recognizance. An order of protection has been issued. Lewis, a 15-year veteran of the Schenectady Police Department, had been arrested in May after his ex-wife accused him of grabbing and pushing his wife during an argument about custody of their three-year-old son. A charge of harassment against him was dismissed by City Court Judge Guido Loyola and he was acquitted of the assault charge in June following a jury trial. Lewis has filed a civil lawsuit against the Schenectady Police Department, alleging that the department and his wife conspired in an attempt to get him fired... [Full article here]
SCHENECTADY POLICE OFFICER, ARRESTED AGAIN, MISSES COURT
Alcohol use alleged in mischief charge after incident at home
Schenectady Gazette, NY
By Steven Cook
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
[Excerpts] Suspended city police officer John W. Lewis was in treatment Monday, a day after his latest alcohol-related arrest, his attorney said... It was Lewis’ fifth arrest since April 2008. He is currently on suspension without pay after his fourth arrest, a drunk driving charge, from last month. All the incidents have been in the city. Lewis was arraigned on the charge Sunday in City Court and released on his own recognizance, an arrangement similar to those made after his previous arrests. He was to appear for further proceedings Monday on the new charge, as well as his other charges, but he did not appear. Instead, his attorney Michael Horan told City Court Judge Guido Loyola that Lewis could not make the appearance as he is receiving treatment at St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam. He usually goes two days a week for outpatient treatment, but he has been admitted, possibly for as long as two to four weeks, Horan told the court... City officials fired him in 1998 over allegations he used a racial slur off duty, behind police headquarters. The city, however, was ordered to rehire him when an arbitrator ruled the city was “unduly harsh” in firing him... Lewis was first charged in April with the violation of harassment of his estranged wife. The case stemmed from allegations that he grabbed and pushed his wife during a dispute over their child. He was acquitted of that in June in a City Court trial. In the meantime, he was also charged with a more serious count of criminal contempt, accused of violating an order of protection issued in the harassment case. In that case, he is accused of phoning the woman several times, driving by her and going to her workplace. The contempt case remains pending. He was also charged in November with threatening to kill his ex-wife. The divorce was final in September... The arrests have generated a number of court appearances, including some where Lewis didn’t show up, while offering excuses, prosecutor Christina Tremante told Loyola in court. She asked Loyola to issue a bench warrant for Lewis because he wasn’t in court Monday, despite Horan’s representations that Lewis was in treatment. Loyola left open the question Monday, ordering Horan to provide documentation that Lewis is where Horan said he is by the end of the business day today. If the papers aren’t received, a warrant will be issued, Loyola said. [Full article here]