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Sunday, January 29, 2006

[WA] Ex-Deputy's wife, Deputy Coroner Jane Jeremy

Deputy involved in domestic violence incident
Port Orchard Independent
Oct 31 2000
By Amy Crumley
"No formal charges have yet been filed against Kitsap County Sheriff Deputy Frank Jermy, 41, who allegedly assaulted his wife, a former chief deputy coroner for the county, last Sunday... According to the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office, Jermy allegedly grabbed his wife Jane by the throat and pushed her onto a bed in their South Kitsap home last Sunday morning.Deputies who responded to a 911 call from Jermy's 43-year-old wife arrested Jermy upon arrival, said Kitsap County Undersheriff Dennis Bonneville. Bonneville said deputies noticed bruising around Jane Jermy's neck, although she didn't require hospitalization. Bonneville said the couple's two minor children were present during the alleged domestic violence incident... Bonneville said officials reportedly first transported Jermy to Harrison Memorial Hospital on Sunday, for an undisclosed medical reason...

Sheriff's deputy charged with third-degree assault
The Sun Link
By Travis Baker, (360)792-9217 or tbaker@thesunlink.com.
...The court file alleges the incident came at the end of several days of heavy drinking by Jermy. A struggle for the covers in their bed generated into an attack, according to the file, when Jermy grabbed his wife by the throat. After choking her with one hand and then the other to the extent where she couldn't speak, he put his thumb "hard into her wind pipe," she said. She feared he was trying to kill her. The attack ended when she closed her eyes and quit struggling, she told officers. He released her and she was able to scream, bringing their two elementary school-age children to the room...

Deputy accused of assault loses his job
Frank Jermy's termination is the outcome of an internal investigation
By Julie McCormick
(360) 415-2683 or jmccormick@thesunlink.com.
Published in The Sun: 01/05/2001
Kitsap County Sheriff's Deputy Frank Jermy was fired on Thursday, about two months after an alleged assault against his wife Jane, a former Chief Deputy Coroner. Jermy was on unpaid leave and the target of an internal investigation for undisclosed off-duty violations when deputies were called to the incident at his South Kitsap home Oct. 22... He allegedly strangled her and put her in fear for her life, and at one time had a gun in his hand before deputies arrived...

Ex-deputy coronor died of shot to head, autopsy shows
By Derek Sheppard, Sun Staff
September 25, 2004
...The past few days have been emotionally difficult for the Jermy family, and believe previous coverage about her death reflected poorly on her husband, former Kitsap County Deputy Sheriff Frank Jermy. Frank and Jane Jermy's 15-year-old daughter, Kayla, said her father is a "good person." "He loved her. He cared about her," Kayla said of the 17-year marriage between her parents, "He would have done anything for her." Jermy's daughter Allison said her mother will be remembered for "her humor and her intelligence."...

Former deputy coroner died of gunshot
Thurston County announces autopsy results on Jane Jermy; manner of death still pending details

Posted on Sep 29 2004
By Justine Frederiksen
Although officials have determined former Kitsap County Deputy Coroner Jane Jermy died of a gunshot wound to the head, much of the mystery surrounding her death has yet to be unraveled... determining the manner of death may take weeks. Jermy, 47, was found dead in her home by Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputies responding to a 911 call... The only other occupant of the home at the time was the deceased’s husband, former Kitsap County Deputy Frank Jermy, 45, who was later transported to the hospital. His medical condition was not released... Frank Jermy was hired as a deputy sheriff in 1983, but was placed on administrative leave after his arrest in a domestic violence incident between he and his wife involving a firearm in October of 2000, according to Wilson. In January of 2001, Frank Jermy was fired from the Sheriff's office for "violation of rules and policies." Three months later, he pleaded guilty to third-degree domestic violence assault in Kitsap County Superior Court...

Coroner: Jermy killed herself
By Derek Sheppard
December 10, 2004
Officials said Thursday that the former Kitsap County chief deputy coroner who was found dead inside her Port Orchard home in September took her own life. The Thurston County Coroner's Office, which conducted the autopsy, said Jane Jermy, 47, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Coroner Judy Arnold said contributing factors were chronic depression and prescription drug dependence. The disclosure comes more than two months after the coroner and Washington State Patrol began investigations into the death. Jermy was an enigmatic local figure who was remembered by some as a benevolent, caring person who helped people through the loss of friends and relatives, and by others as a woman who wasn't to be crossed. Her daughter, Allison Butler, told The Sun in September that her mother would be remembered for "her humor and her intelligence." "She was amazing. She could walk into a room and make it light up," she said. "She was just fun to all."...

Jane Anne Evans Jermy
10 Feb 1957 - 22 Sep 2004
Jane Jermy worked as chief deputy coroner of Kitsap County for several years. She was a reserve police officer with the Poulsbo Police Department and a volunteer emergency medical technician with the District 10 Fire Department.
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Saturday, January 28, 2006

[UT] Fired Swat Officer Henderson Opens fire - Lt Terry comforts the targeted ex.

January 2006
Arthur (Art) Henderson was fired from the Lehi Police Department in 2004 after being charged with assault and was due back in court on Monday. He's a former amateur boxer proficient in martial arts, had been a use-of-force instructor for the Lehi Police Department and is a former SWAT officer. This week, he chased down his ex-wife's boyfriend in a car chase, rammed his truck into the boyfriends car, shot him twice, shot at his ex-wife and officers - and even a car passing with a family in it took a bullet. Officers shot Henderson.

The boyfriend had to be airlifted to Salt Lake for hospital care. Both will be okay.

In February 2005 his ex-wife wrote down incidents from 14 years of domestic violence while applying for a protection order, like

...being grabbed, having her head put THROUGH a wall, getting hit in the head with a box of bullets, repeately threatening to kill her - with their their kids trying to jump in - kicking her so hard her leg was bruised to the bone, bumps on her head, bruises on her body, holding a gun to her head...

"I went to my knees on the closet floor
and begged him
not to shoot me."

Thursday, January 26, 2006

[FL] Arrested 4 times, repeat batterer Officer Currie is on trial

January 2006


THIS MAN, Florida International University Police Officer Frederick "Fred" Eugene Currie

-- is on trial for (on-duty)sexual battery and battery of girl parked with her boyfriend in the park
-- is still on the FUI payroll
-- has been reprimanded once
-- has been repeatedly suspended and/or relieved of duty/ put on leave
-- has been arrested three times on domestic violence charges prior to this latest set of charges
-- was also accused of domestic violence while he was with the Marine Corps
-- has been fired by FIU Police Department TWICE
-- has been reinstated TWICE with arbitration from the union
-- Yes, FUI is a real police department.

I think the game is up this time.

NOTE: I updated this - at the end of January Currie was sentenced to ten years.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

[PA] Ex Officer Brockenborough killed by Cop ex-girlfriend's son

Ex-Officer Kenneth Brokenborough
January 2006
Retired Philadelphia Police Officer Kenneth Brokenborough was shot and killed in his front yard by, Galvinus E. Thompson, the son of a Philadelphia police officer that Brokenborough dated in "recent years." The motive isn't released yet but police say there is "something" in the past that is being thought to be the motive. Police also say that the mother of the shooter doesn't appear to be involved.
Predominant in the news report descriptions of slain Brokenborough is his relationship to neighborhood children:
"...Throughout his life, Brokenborough looked out for neighborhood kids and encouraged them to focus on healthy activities, like sports..."
"...Neighbors described Brokenborough as protective of local children, taking them swimming or buying them ice cream and candy..."
"...He wanted to do something religious for kids so they could get out of the city..."

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

[NY] Officer Tammy Mackin broke in, bit & bruised woman

House Officer Mackin broke into
New York, January 2006
New York State Police came up on Potsdam Police Officer Tammy Mackin' after she forced her way into a residence and witnessed her beating the the womand and biting her. The victim was treated for bite wounds and bruises at E.J. Noble Hospital in Gouverneur and has been released. Officer Mackin was in jail, is out of jail, currently on admin leave, and charged with 1st degree burglary. Seems there's no assault charge.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

[IN] Police Officer Seufert Cop-on-Cop DV dog-killing case

January 2006
31-year-old St. Joseph County Police Officer Curt Seufert is resigning just before he was about to be fired. He allegedly beat his police officer girlfriend's dog to death. His girlfriend is employed with the South Bend Police Department. Sheriff Canarecci said he heard unofficial reports that the Akita may have suffered a broken back and broken leg. The case has been scheduled for a grand jury.

CBS 48 Hours Producer Paul LaRosa's book on police chief's murder-suicide

CBS 48 Hours Producer, Paul Larosa, has written a book, Tacoma Confidential; A True Story of Murder, Suicide, And A Police Chief's Secret Life. At the core of the story is LaRosa's belief that the Tacoma Police Chief David Brame only ACCIDENTLY shot his wife Crystal in the head after she followed him and got in his face.

According to LaRosa, although the chief's domestic violence was front page news in the daily paper that day, he was just trying to have a nice "normal" day buying candy and shampoo for his kids - that is until that stomping, hysterical, and gobbling-when-she-eats, barely 5'1" Crystal stalked him down and strongarmed her 6'3" husband's hand to keep him from committing suicide - and pop - in effect I guess shoots herself via his hand (?). No matter the movements, according to LaRosa, Crystal in effect caused her OWN death.

That isn't what happened y'all. It's a made-for-men-sites conclusion that disregards and dismisses the indepth investigations of a number of law enforcement entities, journalists, the children's statements of what happened, and anything else that defies how he'd like to think this horrific event happened.
He states that no one doubts that David Brame loved his children. I do. You don't shoot the mom of kids you love
and yourself,
feet away from those same children
leaving them to scream
and cry
and beg strangers to
help their mommy
as she lays in
a pool

But LaRosa's not seein' that.

Facts? He starts on page one that Tacoma is north of Gig Harbor. We're southeast. It goes from there. Although he sacrifices truth for his uncited, unsubstantiated guesses - and calls them facts (see discussion link below) - this book can no doubt - I believe - save lives, just in the sheer horror of a peek at domestic violence behind the blue wall of power and silence. I am adamantly at odds with this book because I am SO familiar with the details and investigation, and angry that even dead, Crystal is STILL not believed - yet I hope a zillion folks read it. (Suggestion: Until Mr. LaRosa commits to share any of his profits towards domestic violence, SHARE the book with many, or take it out from the library.)

To see the CourtTV discussion forum on the book go here.

Monday, January 9, 2006

[MO] Columbia Officer Smith stalked ex with technology?

January 2006
Last week Columbia Police Officer Todd smith was charged with criminal stalking. The woman he broke up with last month said she started getting strange phone calls, text messages and letters that referenced personal information, then found a tracking device in her car. A quick investigation revealed he also was using police computers to look up information to help locate her.
Columbia police Capt. Michael Martin: “He knew where she was, when she got there and how long she was there. He knew every place she went and where she moved. This is not permitted.”
Police Chief Randy Boehm explains how Smith was so quickly fired after his arrest: “I can only say that by late Friday evening, I received enough information to show that there were some significant rule violations separate from the criminal investigation.”
And the Special Prosecutor, Mason Gephardt, filed a criminal stalking charge against Smith on January 6th despite reluctance of the victim to move forward with the case. He said he was determined to move forward because the case involves a larger issue of a police officer abusing his position and power. "Simply put, this is unacceptable behavior from a member of law enforcement, and a punishment beyond loss of job is, in my opinion, appropriate," Gephardt said yesterday in a news release. "I want to state from the beginning that the victim in this case is not enthusiastic about the filing of this charge."...

[IA] Louisa County Jailer Massey kills son Evan, Evan's mom, Jessie Smith, self

On January 6, 2006, Louisa County Sheriff's Office Jailer Kirk Massey shot his 4 year old son Evan, Evan's mom Jessie Smith, and himself.

From the news:
Dugan Smith, the father of Jessie Smith, said Friday that he contacted Louisa County officials multiple times to report domestic abuse, but officials did not act.
"If someone needs help, they should get it, especially if they have a gun," Smith said Friday... Louisa County Sheriff Curt Braby said he has no knowledge of any records or complaints of abuse by Kirk Massey. Massey's state criminal record shows no charges or convictions for domestic abuse. "There's nothing that I'm aware of," Braby said...

Sunday, January 8, 2006

[TN] Resigned Trooper Cameron gets probation for armed, bloody, 6th DV attack

January 2006
Back in July of 2004 she said she was bleeding severely and asked him for some ice for the wounds and to wash the blood from her eyes. He said, "My God, I've hurt you badly, don't die," and started apologizing. The photo of the "severely beaten victim," showing her swollen head and face lacerations introduced into evidence this past Tuesday along with the lab blood evidence didn't have as much influence on the sentencing court. What mattered to the court was that the two had married since that beating.
Tennessee State Trooper Michael ("Mike") Earl Cameron resigned after being charged with felony aggravated assault for his 6th attack of Karen Cameron (who already had the same last name.) He didn't deny what he had done -- beat her with fists, beat her with a stick, as she fell slammed a bathroom scale into her face knocking her into the bathtub, held a gun to her head, put the service revolver into her mouth, then violated the restraining order by marrying her a month after his last court appearance. Now comes Cameron before the court with a plea bargain. He pled guilty this past week to a diminished charge of misdemeanor simple assault. Cocke County Circuit Judge Ben W. Hooper II judge sentenced him to 11 months, 29 days of probation, which If successfully completed, allows Cameron - son of a former Grainger County sheriff - to petition to have the charge expunged from his record. Poof. Gone. Never happened.

Friday, January 6, 2006


Bush signs law to help fight police domestic violence
By Peggy Andersen
Corvallis Gazette-Times, Associated Press writer
Last modified Thursday, January 5, 2006

SEATTLE — Lane Judson promised his daughter on her deathbed that he would do something to protect families of police officers from domestic violence. On Thursday, President Bush signed legislation aiming to do just that.

Crystal Judson Brame, a mother of two, was 35 when she was mortally wounded by her husband, Tacoma Police Chief David Brame, before he killed himself on April 26, 2003, in a shopping center parking lot. She died a week later.

“If we can just save one life out of this — that’s what we’re after," her father told The Associated Press Thursday in a telephone interview from his home in Gig Harbor. “Something good had to come out of this tragedy."

The Brame protocol, now a provision of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act, would provide up to $186 million in grants to law enforcement agencies to educate officers and supervisors, and provide trained advocates for victims, said Christine Hanson in the office of Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash.

The provision, part of a larger program of training grants for law enforcement, is the first federal law addressing domestic violence within police ranks, Hanson said.

“Let’s bring this out of the closet," Judson said. “That’s where sex harassment and racism were 20, 30 years ago. ... I just think it needs to be brought out and looked at."

Judson and his wife, Patty, have worked since Crystal’s death to light up the darkness surrounding domestic violence among the nation’s law officers. They led a successful push for state legislation requiring police agencies to adopt tough policies regarding domestic violence among officers was signed into law in March 2004.

Three years ago, some Tacoma officials were aware there were problems with the police chief’s marriage. The couple had filed for divorce, and there were allegations of domestic violence on both sides. No one intervened. Some officials later said they considered the Brames’ marital difficulties a private matter.

“Domestic violence is not a private matter," said Judson, 70, a retired Boeing manager. “Domestic violence is a crime. ... It costs this country billions of dollars each year. It’s an epidemic."

If domestic violence among the nation’s 800,000 police officers occurs at the 10 percent rate estimated for the general population, some studies say the police rate is four times that, then 80,000 families are in trouble.

Many departments believe the issue is covered by general policies related to criminal behavior by officers. But studies indicate that many officers feel marital problems are private — and they feel protective of fellow officers, resulting in special difficulties with both enforcement and safe shelter.

“If you’re the one who’s supposed to be protecting citizens and upholding the law, then you shouldn’t be breaking it," Judson said.

The Judsons have learned a lot about domestic violence in police ranks since their daughter’s death. The Judsons said Crystal told them that when she spoke of going to the police, David Brame would say something like, “Go ahead and call the police. I am the police. Who’s going to believe you?"

In their fight for change, the Judsons enlisted family, friends and concerned people around the country to sign letters sent off to members of Washington’s congressional delegation. Most of the envelopes were hand-addressed and stamped by Patty Judson. At least 10,000 were sent.

Police organizations also backed the legislation, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police, which has established a model domestic-violence program for police agencies.

In December, the family got word that the Crystal Judson Brame Domestic Violence Protocol Program had passed the Senate and was going to the House one week before Christmas.

The office of U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., advised them to watch C-SPAN the next day. The whole family got together to watch — including her sister’s family and Crystal’s children, Haley, 11, and David, 8, who witnessed the shooting.

“The children just couldn’t believe it — to hear their mama’s name brought up on the floor of the U.S. House," Judson recalled.

On Dec. 22, Inslee, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. and U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash, honored the Judsons for their efforts, which also helped create the Crystal Judson Domestic Violence Center that opens Jan. 20 to provide counseling, referrals for shelter and related services for Pierce County residents.


Image above: President Bush during the signing of the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 in the Oval Office on Thursday, in Washington. From left are Rep. Mark Green, R- Wisc., first lady Laura Bush, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R- Utah, Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R- Wisc., Bush, Rep. Richard Larsen, D-Wash., and Rep. Hilda Solis, D-Calif.

Tuesday, January 3, 2006

[CA] The McGowans

Excerpts from:A year of joy, sorrow and giving
Darrell Smith
The Desert Sun
December 31, 2005
...David McGowan, the popular former Cathedral City police officer-turned-Riverside County district attorney's investigator was found to have killed them as they slept before turning the gun on himself, a revelation that provoked sadness, anger, shock and disbelief... Riverside County sheriff's deputies found five people shot dead in their beds in their sprawling Garner Valley home. A sixth body, that of Riverside County district attorney's investigator David McGowan, was found dead in the home's entryway. They were all gone: 14-year-old son Chase; 10-year-old daughter Paige; and 8-year-old daughter Rayne, who loved the outdoors and their mountain home above Palm Desert;

Karen McGowan, a pioneering Cathedral City firefighter from a longtime valley firefighting family, a loving mother who was also, friends described, tough as nails; her mother-in-law, Angela, 75, who recently moved onto the family's Garner Valley property...

Five hearses. The two youngest shared a coffin.
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Monday, January 2, 2006

[IN] Intimidation of Hammond Police Officer's wife and child a success

A Hammond Indiana police officer's wife found her young daughter "cowering" in her bedroom. Her daughter said, "I want to tell you something, but I'm so scared... You're going to be mad or go to jail." She told her mom that her stepfather had been coming into her bedroom while Mommy was sleeping. The mom, who called police immediately, said it took persistence to get the police to respond to her phone call. When they did come, they treated the girl like she was an adult she said, and that the officers appeared more concerned about her husband as a police officer being involved - REPEATEDLY TELLING HER HE WAS ONE OF THEIR OWN.
She said that she got a second visit -
Officer "Billy" Shelton arrived with two other officers IN BLACK TACTICAL GEAR and told her that HER DAUGHTER WOULD BE GOING TO SCHOOL WITH ONE LEG - trying to intimidate her into not coming any further forward, or letting the girl cooperate by giving details to investigators. Her daughter was examined at the hospital and determined to have been molested.
"...The woman said all she was seeking in coming forward was justice and protection for her daughter..."
On October 23rd 2005 Officer Shelton was put on leave, the case was referred to the Lake County Sheriff's Police, but the media learned at the end of December that Chief Brian Miller put Shelton back on duty on November 23rd. Miller says he "neglected to" notify the overseeing Public Works Board of his decision, but that the mom decided not to pursue it and the investigation can't go any further without her cooperation. The media says he wouldn't commit to saying that the mother had actually recanted though.
"...The woman's phone number is no longer in service, and a message left with friends was not returned..."
I've decided to not mention the name of the accused molester because the mom and daughter are hanging in the balance and he has friends with tactical gear and threats. He's fired for having sex on duty in view of his police station cameras - and fired in a way that the Public Works Board assures that he can appeal to get his job back.
For the record, the officer accused of molestation was not arrested or charged for it. He was picked up. Then he was dropped off and advised to not go home.
I'll be tracking him.
My prayers to his cowering family.
Final thought, from Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr.:
"I support my chief. I think I have a great police chief. I think he has a tremendous amount of integrity. He makes difficult decisions, but the decisions he's making are in the BEST INTERESTS OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT..."