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Friday, December 18, 2009

[NE] Update on cop-on-cop domestic charges against the Harrahs


Special prosecutor Don Schense filed charges in September against Sarpy County Sheriff's Deputy Dana Harrah and her husband, La Vista Police Officer Wesley Harrah. Wesley is also under investigation for allegedly taping conversations between his wife and a friend. (In the last post there is mention of a physical assault by Wesley and I am unsure why there are no charges for that.)

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[NE] Fearful Deputy Harrah's domestic violence arrest was "a very delicate and difficult situation." - ... She hid Wesley's gun because, “I was in fear for my life and my children's lives"... 

DEPUTY GUILTY OF MISDEMEANOR
World-Herald
By Leia Baez-Mendoza
Wednesday December 16, 2009
[Excerpts] Two of the three charges against a Sarpy County Sheriff's deputy were dismissed in a plea deal Wednesday morning. The charges were related to an August disturbance with her husband, a former La Vista Police Officer. Dana M. Harrah was found guilty of disturbing the peace, a misdemeanor. The dropped charges were third-degree domestic assault and interfering with a public service. Special prosecutor Don Schense filed charges in September against Harrah and her husband, Wesley Harrah, in connection with an Aug. 9 disturbance at their Papillion home. Wesley Harrah was charged with disturbing the peace. His case is still pending... The Harrahs since have dropped their requests for protection orders. Wesley Harrah filed for divorce Aug. 10. He resigned from the La Vista police force in October. Dana Harrah remains on paid administrative leave. Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis have said they are conducting internal affairs investigations. Dana Harrah is scheduled to be sentenced in March. She faces up to three months in jail. [Full article here]

DUELING COP DUO
thereader.com
04 Sep 2009
A Sarpy County couple have dropped protection-order requests against each other. Sarpy County Sheriff’s Deputy Dana Harrah was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence against her husband, La Vista Police Officer Wesley Harrah. Wesley Harrah is under investigation for allegedly taping conversations between his wife and a friend. Both Harrah’s remain on paid suspension... [Full article here]
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  1. DEPUTY GETS PROBATION IN DISPUTE
    World-Herald
    By Leia Mendoza
    March 25, 2010

    A Sarpy County sheriff's deputy will serve probation for a disturbance with her husband, a former La Vista police officer.

    Sarpy County Court Judge Robert Wester sentenced Dana M. Harrah to six months probation Thursday morning.

    In a plea deal in December, Harrah pleaded no contest and was convicted of disturbing the peace, a misdemeanor. Dropped were misdemeanor charges of third-degree domestic assault and interfering with a public service.

    The charges against were related to an Aug. 9 disturbance involving her husband, Wesley Harrah.

    Special prosecutor Don Schense filed charges against both Harrahs in connection with the disturbance at their Papillion home.

    Wesley Harrah was charged with disturbing the peace. That case was dismissed. Schense said he considered the facts of the case and that Wesley Harrah attended with parenting classes and anger-management classes.

    The Harrahs have dropped earlier requests for protection orders against each other. He has filed for divorce.

    Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis said Dana Harrah has been back at work for several months.

    "She complied with our internal affairs investigation. I have every reason to believe she’ll comply with the courts," he said.

    Harrah is no longer a La Vista Police officer.


    Contact the writer: Leia Mendoza leia.mendoza@owh.com | 402-444-3196

    http://www.omaha.com/article/20100325/NEWS97/100329782

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  2. Married officers face charges in feud
    Omaha World-Herald
    By Leia Baez-Mendoza
    Sep 21, 2009

    Charges have been filed against married law enforcement officers who accused each other of breaking the law during unruly domestic disputes.

    Special Prosecutor Don Schense filed charges this morning against Sarpy County Deputy Dana M. Harrah and La Vista Police Officer Wesley Harrah in connection with an Aug. 9 disturbance at their Papillion home.

    Dana Harrah was charged with domestic violence, third-degree assault, disturbing the peace and interfering with a public service. Wesley Harrah was charged with disturbing the peace. All of the charges are misdemeanors.

    Schense said the charge of interfering with a public service is in connection with Dana Harrah’s reported attempt to stop Wesley’s call to 911.

    According to petitions for protection orders the Harrahs had filed against each other, the disturbance on Aug. 9 started as a conversation about divorce that turned verbally and physically abusive. The Harrahs since have dropped their requests for protection orders.

    Wesley Harrah filed for divorce Aug. 10.

    The Harrahs, who both are on administrative leave, are scheduled to be in court next week.

    La Vista Police Chief Bob Lausten and Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis said they are conducting internal affairs investigations.

    Mike Behm, executive director of the Nebraska Crime Commission, said a Nebraska law enforcement certification can be revoked if a law enforcement officer is convicted of a felony or certain misdemeanors, including domestic violence. He said that under federal guidelines, a person convicted of domestic violence cannot be a law enforcement officer.

    Schense, an attorney from Bellevue, was appointed to act as special prosecutor in the case because the Sarpy County Attorney’s Office has close working relationships with the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office and the La Vista Police Department.

    Contact the writer:

    444-1336, leia.mendoza@owh.com

    http://www.omaha.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090921/NEWS01/709219877&template=printart

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