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Friday, December 11, 2009

[CO] Autopsy says wife of ex-Detective Ken Johnson, Craig Police Officer Kathie Johnson, died of natural causes

...Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson said his department does not plan to investigate Johnson’s death any further... “She always said, ‘Isn’t it funny how we focus on what angers us most instead of what makes us happy?’”...

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[CO] There's very little being said on the death of Craig Police Officer Kathie Johnson - "...Kathie had gone into town to find Ken so she could get him to sign these papers. He hid... and wouldn't sign the pages... Monday, Kathie tried again to get Ken to sign these papers, he wouldn't because of how stressed he [was]. Tuesday Kathie left for Glenwood Springs for a work conference and the next day she was dead..."

REPORT: CRAIG POLICE OFFICER DIED OF NATURAL CAUSES
Craig Daily Press
By Collin Smith
December 10, 2009, 3:38 p.m.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Updated: December 11, 2009, 12:00 a.m.
[Excerpts] Former Craig Police Officer Kathie Johnson died of natural causes from a seizure disorder, according to an autopsy and toxicology report. The toxicology report, which has been pending for the past few months, came back negative. Johnson, a police department community service officer, was found dead Oct. 14 in a room at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs... Reports of the incident stated her door was closed and that there were no signs of foul play. Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson said his department does not plan to investigate Johnson’s death any further... Eric Plate, Johnson’s youngest son, spoke during the service on behalf of the family and thanked those in attendance for the friendship and love they showed his mother. “Friends and family were the biggest thing to her,” he said. “You meant the world to her. She loved her job and loved the people she worked with.” Plate also spoke about his anger when he first heard of Johnson’s death, and how that dissipated when he remembered his mother’s favorite saying. “She always said, ‘Isn’t it funny how we focus on what angers us most instead of what makes us happy?’” Plate said. “Through all of this, I’ve been an angry person, and until last night, I didn’t take the time to slow down and mourn for my mother. I’m going to live my life by this.” [Full article here]
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  1. JOHNSON PLEADS GUILTY
    Ex-detective faces up to 2 months in jail
    By Brian Smith
    Wednesday, April 14, 2010
    Comments (49)

    [Excerpts] ...[Former Craig Police Detective Ken] Johnson, who was also a member of the All Crimes Enforcement Team, was charged with attempting to influence a public servant, a Class 4 felony, and accessory to crime and embezzlement of public property, Class 5 felonies... The other felony charges are to be dismissed. A sentencing hearing was set for June 8. As part of the plea agreement, Johnson cannot be sentenced to more than 60 days in jail. Terms of probation have not been finalized... According to court records, Johnson “unlawfully and feloniously attempted to influence” Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta, and commanders Jerry DeLong and Bill Leonard during an internal investigation. Prosecutors allege Johnson’s actions were by “means of deceit” with the intent to affect decisions or actions. Johnson resigned from the Craig Police Department in September 2009, and was arrested later that month and charged. The charges stem from Johnson’s alleged relationship with Craig resident Tausha Merwin, who has past convictions for drug distribution and possession... According to court records, Merwin allegedly lied to police officials about her alleged relationship with Johnson.

    ...This is utterly disgraceful to Moffat County & to the DA's office. This man endangers fellow officers, wastes hours & hours of valuable time & taxpayers money with drug cases, gives dealers info into police dealings, steals police computers, and gets a slap on the wrist????...

    ...The affair between Johnson & Merwin should have been a top priority for the chief, he obviously knew about it. Must have been hard for the decent cops to sit back and watch while Johnson catered to Merwin a drug offender. Pretty Disgusting! I would bet Merwin will see no charges either SHE knows way too much...

    ...ProudMother (Anonymous) says… Good Morning Craig Residents, I like to speak on behalf of my daughter Tausha, All of you have no idea who this woman is or who she has become. I do! She was told by her father at age 5 she would never succeed, she was abused verbally and mentally. She has had a hard road and traveled a long way to become a fantastic beautiful young woman. Which one of you has no dirty laundry in your closets? Cast the first stone, I will supply the rocks. The Lord says I am your judge Wow you all better be careful. My daughter had an affair, I happen to know many of the public servents that appear so special so EVIL. My daughters name has been ruined slammed picked apart. All you mothers and fathers out there just think for one moment how it feels to see this happen to your child you have no idea!...

    http://www.craigdailypress.com/news/2010/apr/14/johnson-reaches-plea-agreement/





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