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Wednesday, August 31, 2011
...Jeffcote allegedly pushed or “slung” his wife... A friend of the victim was a witness...
(An article below says that St. Matthews Police Officer Frank Jeffcoat used to be with the Shelby County KY Sheriff's Office but at the time of this post Frank Jeffcoat is still shown on Shelby County KY Sheriff's Office website as one of their patrol officers and as a school resource officer for them. If he's not still there, why'd he leave? If he is still with Shelby County KY Sheriff's Office is he still working or on leave due to the domestic violence there too?)
LOCAL OFFICER ON PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE AFTER HE WAS CHARGED WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ASSAULT
Posted on August 30, 2011 at 3:49 PM
[Excerpt] A Saint Matthews Police Officer is on paid administrative leave after he was charged with a domestic violence assault. Police say Officer Frank Jeffcoat was arrested in Shelbyville on Friday morning by Kentucky State Police. Jeffcoat is accused of pushing his wife into a closet in their kitchen which he denied... [Full article here]
ST. MATTHEWS POLICE OFFICER CHARGED WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Aug. 30, 2011
[Excerpts] A St. Matthews police officer was arrested in Shelbyville early Friday morning and charged with domestic-violence assault. Frank Jeffcote, 37, was arrested by Kentucky State Police at 1:37 a.m. Friday and charged with fourth-degree assault. An arrest citation filed in Shelby County said that Jeffcote allegedly pushed or “slung” his wife... A friend of the victim was a witness, the citation said. Jeffcote was taken to the Oldham County Jail and released later that day,.. Jeffcote has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of his court case and an internal investigation by the department. Prior to joining St. Matthews Police, Jeffcote worked for the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department... [Full article here]
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Sunday, August 28, 2011
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officer, Constable Derek Isenor, from the Enfield detachment has been charged with failing to comply with the conditions of his probation and uttering death threats to his wife. He was already on probation for unlawfully storing a firearm stemming from an early incident that involved his wife.
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Friday, August 26, 2011
DALLAS POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED AFTER WIFE ACCUSES HIM OF ASSAULTING HER
Dallas News Crime Blog
By By Tom Benning
12:52 PM on Thu., Aug. 25, 2011
A Dallas police officer was arrested early Thursday after police say he grabbed and kicked his wife during an argument Wednesday night.
Daniel Lamont Crouch, 39, was taken into custody on charges of family violence assault and interfering with an emergency phone call, stemming from an altercation around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Oak Cliff, in the 2200 block of Cheryl Lane.
Crouch's wife told police that they got into an argument over their relationship and that Crouch got upset. He grabbed his wife's arm, causing her to fall to the floor, the wife told officers.
Then Crouch kicked his wife, according to a police report. The wife told officers that she couldn't move for 15 minutes because of the pain from the kick.
She told police she crawled out of the living room to call 911 but that Crouch hung up the phone before she could tell the operator all of the details.
By the time officers arrived, Crouch had left the home, police said.
He was later arrested at a Dallas police station, according to police documents.
Crouch, a 4-year veteran of the department, has been put on administrative leave, pending the outcome of an investigation.
He was released from the Dallas County jail Thursday morning on $2,500 bail. [LINK]
[UK] Hero cop PC Rathband "DE-ARRESTED" for wife-assault suspicion after telling officer's he felt unwell
...[Northumbria Police Constable David] Rathband was spoken to at the scene and officers are said to have given the couple advice before leaving... He was then de-arrested, which meant he did not have to be removed from the property. Unlike being released with no further action, being de-arrested means the record of the original arrest is removed from police files...
RAOUL MOAT VICTIM PC DAVID RATHBAND ARRESTED
August 26, 2011
[Excerpt] The policeman blinded by gunman Raoul Moat has been arrested on suspicion of an assault at his home. PC David Rathband, 43, was held on suspicion of carrying out an attack at his home in Cramlington, Northumberland, on Tuesday night. A police source told the BBC that he was later allowed home pending further inquiries because he had complained of feeling unwell... [Full article here]
THE HERO PC LEFT BLIND BY GUNMAN RAOUL MOAT IS ACCUSED OF WIFE ATTACK
By Paul Sims
26 August 2011
[Excerpts] The constable shot and blinded by Raoul Moat has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting his wife in a late-night row. David Rathband, 43, was detained by colleagues at the £300,000 home he shares with Kath, 41. The officers are believed to have been responding to a call from the couple’s son... Mr Rathband was spoken to at the scene and officers are said to have given the couple advice before leaving. A spokesman for Northumbria Police said inquiries about Tuesday evening’s incident were ongoing... There have been regular hospital visits to have the shotgun pellets removed and he was there again just hours before his arrest... When officers arrived at his home in Cramlington, Northumberland, and arrested him he told them he had been feeling unwell. Last night, Mr Rathband’s spokesman Sharron Ashurst said: ‘We have no comment to make regarding this alleged arrest other than no allegations were made or are being made by any person concerning David Rathband’s conduct... In a statement, Northumbria Police said: ‘At 11.51 pm on Tuesday, August 23, police were called to a report of an assault at a residential address in Cramlington... [Full article here]
DAVID RATHBAND ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED ASSAULT
by Rob Pattinson
Aug 26 2011
BLINDED PC David Rathband has been arrested on suspicion of assault, police have confirmed. The 43-year-old was held on suspicion of carrying out an attack at his home in Cramlington, Northumberland, late on Tuesday night. Officers were yesterday continuing their inquiries into the report, although a spokeswoman for PC Rathband claimed he had been taken into custody for his “own safety”. The spokeswoman refused to comment on who was in the house, which he shares with his wife Kath and two teenage children... The injured officer was released a short time after the arrest after complaining of feeling unwell. PC Rathband is still employed by Northumbria Police, although he is currently suing the force for leaving him as a “sitting duck” when he was targeted by gunman Raoul Moat. A spokeswoman [PC Rathband’s spokeswoman Sharron Ashurst] for the police officer denied he had been involved in an assault of any kind.... A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: “At 11.51pm on Tuesday, August 23, police were called to a report of an assault at a residential address in Lyndale, Cramlington. “Officers attended and a 43-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault. Inquiries are ongoing”... [Full article here]
HERO COP DAVID RATHBAND ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF ASSAULTING WIFE
[Excerpts] SHE has loyally stood by him as he bravely battles to come to terms with life after being blinded by gun maniac Raoul Moat. And yesterday colleagues of hero police officer David Rathband were said to be shocked as he was suspected of attacking his devoted wife Kath. The couple were believed to be having a furious row just before midnight on Tuesday when their concerned son ... rang police... Three officers arrived at the £300,000 detached house in Cramlington, Northumberland, and arrested PC Rathband, 43, on suspicion of assault. They also advised Kath, 41, about her rights before leaving in the early hours of the morning. PC Rathband, who was blinded in both eyes when Moat opened fire on his patrol car last July, had been to hospital to have some of the 200 shotgun pellets still in his face and skull removed just hours before his arrest... The former traffic cop told officers he had been feeling unwell after the procedure to remove the pellets. He was then de-arrested, which meant he did not have to be removed from the property. Unlike being released with no further action, being de-arrested means the record of the original arrest is removed from police files. The officers left once they were satisfied the situation had been resolved. In a statement, PC Rathband’s spokeswoman Sharron Ashurst said: “We have no comment to make regarding this alleged arrest other than no allegations were made or are being made by any person concerning David Rathband’s conduct... Neighbours in the quiet cul-de-sac were stunned by the arrest. One said: “He is regarded as a hero around here. No one deserves to go through what he has been through. Everyone is very supportive of him.” Northumbria Police confirmed: “Officers attended a residential address and a 43-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault... [Full article here]
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011
...District Judge John Capobianco ordered [Colonial Regional Police Officer] Dean Benner to stay away from Kamett Benner and not to contact her, or go to her home or work.
Is he (or isn't he) ordered to also stay back from their son?
VETERAN POLICE OFFICER ON LEAVE AFTER ALLEGED ASSAULT
The Morning Call
By Pamela Lehman
August 23, 2011
A veteran officer with Colonial Regional police is on administrative leave after he was charged Friday with assaulting his estranged wife during an argument about custody, according to court records.
Dean Benner, 41, of Lehigh Township is charged with simple assault and harassment, according to court records filed by a detective with the Northampton County district attorney's office. Benner is free on $25,000 unsecured bail.
Benner is on paid leave while an internal investigation is being conducted, Colonial Regional police Chief Roy Seiple said Tuesday. He said Benner – a patrol officer – has been with the department 14 years.
According to court records:
Shortly after 9 a.m. Friday, Nazareth police were called to an apartment at 141 S. New St. Kamett Benner told police that Dean Benner – her estranged husband – was at her home when they argued about custody issues.
Kamett Benner told police they were outside on the porch arguing when she "attempted to walk away from the discussion." She told police that Dean Benner shoved her from behind and she went into the living room.
She said Dean Benner then grabbed her with both hands and "threw" her and she fell backward and injured her back and buttocks when she struck a model truck.
Kamett Benner said she grabbed her 9-year-old son in a "bear hug" to prevent Dean Benner from taking the boy. She said her estranged husband pushed her again and she landed on the sofa with her son.
She said Dean Benner then punched her in the back and grabbed her hair and yanked it back, causing her pain, the record states.
District Judge John Capobianco ordered Dean Benner to stay away from Kamett Benner and not to contact her, or go to her home or work. [LINK]
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UPDATE: GUILTY OF SECOND DEGREE MURDER AND SENTENCED TO 18 YEARS IN PRISON FOR THE MURDER OF SHARI.
- [TN] Good-bye to Shari Cartmell, wife of Nashville Police Officer Deon Cartmell - ...At first, police ruled her death a suicide as the gunshot wound appeared to be self-inflicted but as of Wednesday morning, the death was no longer classified and the investigation remains open...
- [TN] Nashville Police arrested their own Officer Deon Cartmell and the grieving family of his murdered wife Shari are thankful - Nashville Police Officer Deon Cartmell has been decommissioned and charged with 1st degree murder in the killing of his beautiful wife Shari Bethel (Cartmell).
- [TN] Officer Cartmell can't get his story straight about how his wife Shari was shot to death - ...Investigators said [Nashville Police Officer] Deon Cartmell has told different stories about what happened that night, saying he told them he was in the kitchen when he heard a shot and then he was in a closet when he heard it...
- [TN] Family of slain Shari Bethel Cartmell flee state in fear as DA acknowledges potential danger - With nothing much to left lose after making starkly contradictory statements regarding Shari's death, why isn't Deon Cartmell considered a potential risk to himself and others? Why is there no explanation in the news for why the court has completely disregarded the fear of Shari's family?
[News Channel 5's First edition]
TESTIMONY UNDERWAY IN FORMER OFFICER'S MURDER TRIAL
News Channel 5
Updated: Aug 23, 2011 1:06 PM PST
[Excerpts] Testimony is underway in the trial of a former Metro Police officer accused of killing his wife. 25-year-old Deon Cartmell is accused of killing his wife, Shari, but he said she accidentally shot herself. During opening statements Assistant District Attorney Tom Thurman told jurors Cartmell had motive to kill his wife... "Financial problems, talk of divorce, abuse," Thurman said... Shari Cartmell was killed on March 16, 2010... There was a nine millimeter Glock handgun on the coffee table, and a shell casing lying next to the table. Thurman said after the shooting Cartmell told different stories about how the shooting happened... He also said an expert will testify how a test for gunshot residue on Cartmell's hands was inconclusive, but there was some on his shirt and pants while there was nothing on his wife. "The most significant thing they will say is the swabbing that was done on Shari Cartmell's hands were negative. They found no gunshot residue on her hands and she'll testify you would expect in an accidental or suicide she would expect to find gunshot residue on her hands"... Family members have been present in the courtroom, but are not expected to comment on the case until it is over...
[News Channel 5's Second edition]
TESTIMONY UNDERWAY IN FORMER OFFICER'S MURDER TRIAL
News Channel 5
Updated: Aug 23, 2011 4:07 PM PST
[Excerpts] Testimony will continue on Wednesday in the trial of a former Metro Police officer accused of killing his wife...[Assistant District Attorney Tom] Thurman said Deon Cartmell was seeing another woman he had met at a convenience store. Thurman said they began a relationship a month before Shari's death. According to Thurman, Cartmell and the woman exchanged 167 text messages or phone calls. He said some of them were sexually explicit. In fact he said they were supposed to meet for an affair at a hotel. Thurman told jurors the woman will testify that Cartmell acknowledged he was in an unhappy marriage and his wife wanted to take everything he had. The woman was married with children. She called the relationship off after she saw Cartmell driving by her home, when she did not give him her address... On March 12, 2011 Thurman said Cartmell showed up at Skyline Medical Center where Shari worked and blew up at her. "Cartmell yelled, 'I want my money,'" Thurman said... On March 16, 2010, a 911 call came from the home and Shari Cartmell was dead... "Cartmell told the fire department he was in the kitchen when he heard the gun shot," Thurman added. That was one of three stories. Thurman said Cartmell told a police officer he heard the gun shot from a bathroom and later in a statement with his attorney present he said he was in the living room. Defense Attorney Jim Todd took his turn. "It's a tragedy, but it's not a crime," he told the jury. Todd told jurors the state will be able to prove his client is cocky, immature, irresponsible around weapons, and he may have had girlfriends, but he didn't kill his wife... There was also blood evidence collected at the scene... Family members have been watching from the gallery. On one side, Cartmell's father sat alone. There is a full house on the other side with friends and family of Shari. All of them want justice... [Full article here]
TRIAL BEGINS FOR FORMER COP ACCUSED OF KILLING WIFE
Posted: Aug 22, 2011 2:25 AM PST
Updated: Aug 23, 2011 3:39 PM PST
[Excerpts] The trial began Tuesday morning for a former Metro officer accused of killing his wife last year. Deon Cartmell, 25, is charged with first-degree murder in connection to the March 2010 shooting death of his wife, Shari. The prosecutor told jurors Tuesday that Deon Cartmell played mind games with his wife and bragged to buddies about going out with other women. Defense attorney Jim Todd said this was an accidental discharge of the weapon and Shari had the gun in her hand when it went off. He said "this is not a crime, this is a tragedy." Prosecutors said the court will hear from a DNA expert and a gunshot residue expert who will testify that Deon had blood spatter on his right shoulder... Video recordings from Cartmell's police questioning after his arrest were played during Tuesday's trial. For the first time, the public heard his account of how things happened. He said he and Shari had a wonderful relationship, but would sometimes argue. The Metro Police Department decommissioned Cartmell after the death of his wife... When Cartmell was released from jail, Shari's mother, Charlotte Barbour, moved out of Tennessee. During a July 2010 interview, she told Channel 4 News that she feared for her safety. "He could do anything to any of us," Barbour said... Judge Randall Wyatt ordered him to live with his father and to have no contact with his in-laws. [Full article here or here]
COURT HEARS EMOTIONAL RECORDING OF COP ON TRIAL
Posted by Maurice Miller
Aug 24, 2011
[Excerpt] ...Video recordings from Cartmell's police questioning after his arrest were played during Tuesday's trial. For the first time, the public heard his account of how things happened... [Full article here]
VIDEO: Cartmell testifies - "I'm trying to be honestly honest with you."
VIDEO: Cartmell testifies - "I'm not going to sit here and try to relive it." Deon cartmell said he was showing Shari how to clean the weapon. Says his memory is very fuzzy.
VIDEO: Cartmell testifies - Deon Cartmell said he was teaching Shari Cartmell how to use the weapon. "I've done everthing I could to push this out of my head."
MOTHER OF SLAIN WOMAN TAKES STAND IN FMR. OFFICER'S TRIAL
News Channel 5
Aug 24, 2011
[Excerpts] The mother of the slain wife of a former Metro police officer who is on trial for her murder took the stand on Wednesday... [Sheri Bethel Cartmell's] mother, Charlotte Barbour, seemed extremely upset on the stand, but very composed when she testified. She talked first about the relationship she had with her daughter. "Loving, friends, best friends, fun," Barbour told the jury. Barbour accused Deon Cartmell of killing her daughter right after the shooting. Prosecutors said Cartmell was with the chaplain when the chaplain told Barbour her daughter was dead. Barbour yelled at Deon "You killed my daughter, you and those guns"... Barbour did talk about another incident several months earlier when she asked her daughter about starting a family with Deon. "Shari said, ‘momma I can't have kids by him. Deon made the statement he'd kill me, the baby and himself before he'd pay child support,'" Barbour recalled. Barbour clarified the statement a few seconds later saying it would happen if her daughter left Deon... Prosecutors played Deon Cartmell's call to 911, and investigators told jurors why they think Cartmell is not telling the truth... [Deon] Cartmell originally claimed Shari had killed herself. He then told two other accounts to police including that it was an accident... Cartmell gave Metro Police a statement about what happened. He said he was cleaning his guns when his wife Shari came home. Cartmell said Shari picked up his nine millimeter handgun, and when he leaned over to pick up his AR-15 assault rifle he heard the gunshot that killed her. Detective Chuck Robinson said the statement didn't match the physical evidence... There was a big argument at Skyline Medical Center where Shari worked just a few days before the shooting. The state has the burden of proof... [Full article here]
FORMER COP ACCUSED OF MURDERING WIFE TESTIFIES
Aug 25, 2011 3:24 PM PST
[Excerpts] ... The former Metro police officer testified that he loved guns and that his wife Shari often asked to use them. He said there had been a previous incident at their home when she accidentally discharged a gun when he wasn't home, causing a hole in the wall. During his testimony he recalled his relationship and marriage with Shari who he says was killed when a gun she was holding accidentally went off. "I remember leaning up to get it and I heard the bang. I could feel it, the force on the side of me," he said. While on the stand, Cartmell said he is having trouble remembering everything that happened on the day his wife died and that he doesn't exactly know how the gun went off. "This was the worst day of my life. I'm not going to try to sit here and re-live it. I've tried everything that I could to push this out of my head completely," Cartmell said... [Full article here]
FORMER METRO POLICE OFFICER TAKES STAND IN TRIAL OVER WIFE'S DEATH
Reported by Carley Gordon
Reported by Josh DeVine
Updated: Aug 25, 2011 6:10 PM PST
[Excerpts] ...Thursday, for the first time, the prosecution had the chance to question the former police officer on the stand. "Any idea why your wife would be holding a gun?" asked the prosecutor. "She liked guns. That's all I can tell you," Cartmell replied... They asked Cartmell why he had blood on his right shoulder if he heard the shot over his left. They also questioned why he decided to put his dogs up and his guns away after calling 911 and before medics arrived. But Cartmell stuck to his same story. "I did not shoot my wife," he said... Defense attorney Jim Todd said earlier this week that the death was an accidental discharge of the weapon and Shari had the gun in her hand when it went off. He said, "this is not a crime, this is a tragedy"...V[Full article here]
DEON CARTMELL TAKES THE STAND IN MURDER TRIAL
By Mark Bellinger
Aug 25, 2011 4:45 PM PST
[Excerpts] ...When [former Metro police officer Deon] Cartmell was questioned about the shooting, he was emotional and said he called 911 immediately after the gun went off. He told jurors he was cleaning guns and reached for an AR-15 when he heard the gunshot behind him... Cartmell told police he was facing away from Shari... "The impact stains on his face indicated that he was facing or at least his face was facing the source of the entry here," said Jerry Finley... The expert also testified the blood found on the front of Cartmell's t-shirt could not have been there without him facing the shooting. He also believes Shari was shot somewhere near the front door of their home, and walked over to the couch and died. He said he doesn't believe she pulled the trigger... [Metro Detective Pat] Postiglione, like lead investigator Detective Chuck Robinson, said Deon's last statement doesn't match the evidence. Detective Postiglione said not only is the physical evidence inconsistent with Cartmell's statement, so is the timeline... State medical examiner John Davis performed the autopsy. He concluded the gun was less than a foot from Shari's face when it went off... He said it was possible to hold the gun that way, but unlikely... On Wednesday, Shari Cartmell's mother took the stand; jurors heard the 911 call and watched the police interrogation of Cartmell the day after the shooting... [Full article here]
CLOSING ARGUMENTS BEGIN IN TRIAL OF FORMER OFFICER
Reported by Carley Gordon
Reported by Josh DeVineUpdated: Aug 26, 2011 12:44 PM PST
[Excerpts] More forensic experts testified Friday in the case of a former Metro police officer accused of killing his wife last year... Closing arguments began Friday afternoon, followed by instructions and then the jury will start deliberations. Thursday, for the first time, the prosecution had the chance to question the former police officer on the stand. "Any idea why your wife would be holding a gun?" asked the prosecutor. "She liked guns. That's all I can tell you," Cartmell replied.... [The prosecution] asked Cartmell why he had blood on his right shoulder if he heard the shot over his left. They also questioned why he decided to put his dogs up and his guns away after calling 911 and before medics arrived. But Cartmell stuck to his same story. "I did not shoot my wife," he said... [Full article here]
CLOSING ARGUMENTS WRAP UP IN FORMER COP'S MURDER TRIAL
Updated: Aug 26, 2011 04:24 PM
[Excerpts] Closing arguments have wrapped up in the trial of the former Metro cop accused of killing his wife. Arguments lasted about two hours and prosecutors told the jury there are too many inconsistencies in Deon Cartmell's story regarding how his wife Shari died.... Cartmell said he immediately called 911 following the incident and begun doing CPR on his wife. However, an expert testified it did not appear as if CPR was performed on the woman... "Who on earth that is familiar with guns would pick up a gun in a way that she would have had to pick it up and point it at their face and pull the trigger? We know Shari Cartmell did not point the gun at her face," Prosecutor Amy Eisenbeck said... Defense Jim Todd "This case has not been about proving what happened on March 16. It is about trying to disprove what my client said," Defense Jim Todd said... [Full article here]
FORMER METRO OFFICER SENTENCED TO 18 YEARS IN PRISON
Posted: Oct 07,
[Excerpts] The former Metro Police officer convicted of killing his wife was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Friday. A jury found Deon Cartmell guilty of the second degree murder of his wife, Shari, in August. The sentence will be served at 100 percent. During sentencing, members of Shari's family testified... Shari's mother, Charlotte Barbour, was very emotional as she read a statement to the court. "There's a big hole in my heart that I can never fill or close it. Shari was my baby, this was the sweetest person. Everybody, my whole family- her name was Sweet Shari, precious Shari," Barbour said. Shari's uncle, Muriel Cole, testified that Deon had pulled a gun on him because he had borrowed $20 from Shari, and Deon believed he hadn't paid her back. Her sister, Antoya Brandon, also testified about an incident at a Mexican restaurant in which Deon allegedly pulled out a gun while drinking... Members of Deon's family also testified, including his father and an aunt who helped raised him. His father, Timothy Cartmell, testified about how close they were. "He is a good son, I love him, I know him. Deon and I are real close," said Timothy. His paternal aunt testified... "All I know is when he left our family to go out into the world and live, he was a good man," said his aunt. "I don't know what to tell you, but we loved Shari. You're not the only one who lost her, we lost her, we loved her. I am so sorry, but she was ours too"... After the sentencing, Shari's family was asked if they thought the sentencing was enough. "No... Life, because she's silenced for life. That's how I feel about it. She's been silenced for life. I have no grandbabies, I have nothing," said Charlotte Barbour... [Full article here]
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
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COMMISSIONERS VOTE TO FIRE DEPUTY SHERIFF
By Michael Sisak
Published: August 23, 2011
[Excerpts] The Luzerne County Commissioners voted today to fire Deputy Sheriff Jennifer M. Roberts after her arrest this month on charges she assaulted the new girlfriend of her former companion, Deputy Sheriff Mary Jean Farrell. The commissioners unanimously approved the firing... [Sheriff John] Gilligan had indefinitely suspended Roberts following her arrest pending the outcome of an internal investigation... [Roberts] is charged with burglary, simple assault and harassment... [Full article here]
Monday, August 22, 2011
Illinois State Senator Suzanne "Suzi" Schmidt's husband called police during a "domestic incident" with her last week. Lake County Sheriff's responded. "At approximately 6 p.m., sheriff’s deputies were summoned by [Schmidt's husband] Robert to the Schmidt residence, where they took statements from both Suzanne and Robert regarding a verbal argument that resulted in this domestic call out." Legislative aide Lauren Fleming told the Chicago Tribune that the incident was a "personal matter."
What happened that lifted the words to the level that police should come? A bad choice or something more concerning? Something more dangerous would make it a public matter. Praying for them both.
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Friday, August 19, 2011
After a domestic incident with his ex-girlfriend, Philadelphia Police Officer Sean Jang was arrested by fellow Philadelphia officers and has been charged with aggravated assault, unlawful restraint, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and false imprisonment. No information was released about whether there were injuries to his ex-girlfriend, whether she is being assisted with safety measures/options, or if she has a protection order. Jang got right back out of jail after posting bail. Jang will be doing administrative duties while the incident is investigated. His court hearing is scheduled for September 6th.
Aggravated Assault - 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 2702
(a) Offense defined.--A person is guilty of aggravated assault if he: (1) attempts to cause serious bodily injury to another, or causes such injury intentionally, knowingly or recklessly under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life... [LINK]
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[CA] 1891: The deaths of Annie Manning and Sacramento Police Officer William Arlington (aka John Murphy)
I read between the lines.
MURDER AND SUICIDE: Police Officer Arlington Fatally Shot By Annie Manning. -- The Woman Then Turns The Pistol Upon Herself And Dies Instantly — The Details.
Sacramento Daily Record-Union
Thursday July 9, 1891
William Arlington, the well-known police officer and detective, was fatally shot yesterday afternoon by his mistress, Annie Manning.
The woman then committed suicide by shooting herself in the head.
The tragedy took place at 143 L street, where the Manning woman kept a house of ill-repute. The shooting of Arlington appears to have been premeditated by the woman, as she was insanely jealous of him and had frequently threatened to murder him.
SHE SENT FOR HIM.
Officer Arlington was closeted with Chief of Police Drew about 3:30 o'clock in the afternoon, when a messenger boy arrived and handed the officer a note. It was from Annie Manning, and was a request that he call at the L-street house as soon as possible as she wanted to see him on urgent business.
Arlington and the woman had a quarrel recently, and he had refused to see her. The note was. he thought, intended to bring about a reconciliation be tween them.
After reading the note he turned to the Chief and said: "Here's a note from that woman. She wants to see me, but I am afraid she is putting up a job on me. I don't want to have anything to do with her, and .she is mad on account of it."
Chief Drew replied that he guessed she would not hurt anybody, and said that he was about to take a drive in his cart, and would take the officer to the house if he so desired.
WENT TO HIS DEATH.
Arlington acquiesced, and getting into the Chief's vehicle' was driven to the Manning woman's house. He said he would only stop a few moments, so the Chief said he would wait for him.
Arlington had been in the house but a few moments when Chief Drew was startled by the reports of several pistol shots in the house.
Officers Shelters and McLaughlin were near by, and summoning them, the Chief rushed into the house.
The rooms on the main floor were deserted, but, upon going down stairs into the basement and into the front bedroom, a ghastly sight met their gaze. The place was rather dark, but they could see two forms lying upon the floor. Lighting the gas, it was seen that the forms were those of Arlington and the Manning woman. They were lying in great pools of blood, and the life fluid was gushing from wounds in both of their heads. The woman was dead. Arlington was gasping for breath, and apparently dying.
A messenger was dispatched immediately for a doctor, and Dr. Baldwin was soon at the house.
As nothing could be done for the woman, the physician directed his attention to the "dying officer. It was found that he had been shot twice in the back of the neck and once in the left side of the head just above the forehead. The brains were oozing out of this latter wound; a deep cut was also found upon the right side of the head. The doctor said right away that the wound was probably a fatal one, and directed that the officer be removed immediately to the Receiving Hospital. An express wagon — no better vehicle being obtainable — was secured, and the wounded man taken to the hospital. City Physician Nichols was then telephoned for, and arrived soon after. One glance at the unfortunate officer was sufficient to convince him that the wounded man did not have long to live.
An effort was made to get Arlington to speak, but he was too far gone. The wounds in his neck had completely paralyzed him. He was made as comfortable as possible, the wounds dressed, and everything done to relieve his sufferings.
THE WOMAN'S DEATH.
The news of the shooting spread rapidly, and in a very few minutes the street in front of the Manning house was densely packed. It took the combined efforts of several officers to keep the crowd from rushing into the house.
The Manning woman, it appears, shot herself above the right ear. The bullet sped through her brain horizontally and made its exit at the opposite side of the head. There was a deep cut just beneath her chin, and as the blood flowed freely from this wound it was at first thought that this was where she shot herself. She lay upon the floor on her back, about three feet from where Arlington's body found. By her side was a new Smith & Wesson 38-caliber revolver, containing four empty cartridge shells.
The officers lifted her up and placed her upon the bed, but there was nothing more to be done but to send for the Coroner, owing to the nature of the wound inflicted by the bullet her death must base been almost instantaneous. How she obtained the cut on her chin can only be guessed at, but the officers and doctors are inclined to believe that she received it in falling after she had shot herself. The same is believed regarding the cut on Arlington's head, as there were blood stains on a marble table near where he fell.
There were no witnesses to the tragedy so far a.s can be learned, and Chief Drew is firmly of the opinion that only the two were in the room at the time. There was only one other person in the house, and that was a girl who was asleep in a room on the second floor. When questioned she said (she) was awakened by the shots, but was afraid to go down stairs.
The cause of the tragedy was in all probability the jealousy of the woman and Arlington's refusal to live with her. The two had been on intimate terms off and on for over ten years, but in that time they had many stormy quarrels and temporary separations. Several weeks ago they had another quarrel and Arlington declared that he would never speak to her again. She begged him to return, but he was obdurate. She then fitted up apartments in the DeWitt House, at Third and J streets, and again entreated him to live with her. but again he refused. The woman then became enraged and declared that she would kill him, but as he had often heard her make similar threats he paid no attention to this outburst and only kept out of her way.
The Manning woman was seen on the streets early yesterday afternoon, and it is stated that she purchased the revolver before returning to the L-street house.
The intimacy between Officer Arlington and Annie Manning began something like ten years ago Arlington was then a police officer, and she was a girl 16 years of age. A report was received at police headquarters that a girl had run away from Stockton and was in a bagnio in this city. Officers Arlington and Lee (the present Captain) were detailed to look her up, and they found her on Third street. In arresting her, however, they permitted her to go to her room to change her shoes, and she took advantage of the opportunity to escape. Nothing was beard of her then for several months when Arlington captured her. She was not prosecuted, and after her release she and Arlington met frequently and became Infatuated with each other. They lived together For some time, and then quarreled and separated. Reconciliations and quarrels succeeded each other then up to the time of the tragedy.
MAY BE STUNNED FIRST.
Judging from the range of the bullet which tore through Officer Arlington's brain, Dr. Nichols says he must have been in a stooping position when the fatal shot was fired. The possibility that Arlington did the shooting instead of the woman is scouted. The doctor thinks that the fact of Arlington being in this position may account for the cut in the officer's head. That is he thinks it possible that the woman, who is large and powerful, struck him on the head with the revolver before shooting him.
No weapon was found upon the officer,
The wonderful vitality of the wounded man surprised the doctors. When he was first brought to the Receiving Hospital it was not thought that he would live an hour. Still he clung on to the frail thread that kept him between life and death, and up to last accounts this morning, he was still breathing. But Dr. Nichols says that he has not one chance in a thousand to live, and predicts that he will expire before many more hours.
William Arlington is a native of Kentucky, and is 38 years of age. He was considered one of the very best officers Chief Drew had, and was a born detective. He has hosts of friends in Sacramento who are greatly grieved at his misfortune.
FIGHTING OFF DEATH: Police Officer Arlington Still Lives But is Unconscious. - LIttle Hope for His Recovery - Annie Manning's Will - Result of the Autopsy.
The Sacramento Daily Record-Union
July 10, 1891
The terrible tragedy in which Police Officer William Arlington was shot by his mistress, Annie Manning, who after ward shot herself, was the talk of the city yesterday.
Everybody knew the popular officer, and all liked him.
Despite the fact that the doctors pronounced Arlington's wounds fatal, he is still alive, and may live for several days yet. Some even believe that he may get well. City Physician Nichols said that while he considered that the wounded officer did not have ONE CHANCE IN A HUNDRED to survive the effects of the deadly bullet, yet there had been cases in his practice in which persons had recovered from just such wounds. Of course, there is no hope of ever extracting the bullet, and if the officer recovers he will always carry the bullet in his brain.
Hosts of the wounded officer's friends called at the police station yesterday with the expectation of seeing him, but in each ease they were denied admission into the hospital, the doctor having left strict orders in this regard. The sufferer has to be kept us quiet as possible, and there is noise enough about the place caused by passing trains, without that which would be added by visitors.
A nurse is in constant attendance, and everything is being done to make the wounded man as comfortable as possible. He is still unconscious. At times he appears to rally and to recognize those about him, but he cannot speak.
ANNIE MANNING'S DEATH.
The remains of Annie Manning are still at the morgue. Yesterday afternoon Dr. G. A. White, assisted by Drs. C. B. Nichols and G. C. Simmons, performed an autopsy on the body. Dr. White submitted the following report of the autopsy to Coroner George Clark, and it will be produced at the inquest:
"In the presence of Drs. G. C. Simmons and C. B. Nichols, I this day held an autopsical examination of the body of Annie Manning, deceased. There was found a gunshot wound upon the right temple and a slight wound upon the chin. The bullet which made the wound of entrance was felt beneath the scalp upon the opposite side of the head, and several fragments of bone, crushed out by the passing ball, were felt in the immediate neighborhood of the ball.
"Upon raising the scalp the skull was found to be fractured irregularly; in its entire circumference. The ball passed transversely through the two hemispheres of the brain, tearing away the upper part of the corpora atriata. The wound of entrance was irregular in shape, one and one-half inches in length by measurement. No powder-marks were observed in the skin, bat powder discoloration was noticed in the temporal muscle beneath, indicating that the muzzle of the pistol was placed against the temple. The great size of this wound was caused by laceration from powder explosion.
"The slight wound seen on the chin was probably caused by falling upon the corner of a piece of furniture or other hard object. No other wounds or abrasions were found upon the body. The wound was necessarily fatal and death must have been instantaneous."
THE WOMAN'S WILL.
The will of Annie Manning was filed In the County Clerk's office yesterday for probate. It is a brief and simple document. In it the testator says: "I give and bequeath unto my mother, Mrs. William Meyers, of 121 Lafayette street, Stockton, CaL, all the property, both real and personal, of every kind and nature, which I own, or may have or own at the time of my death, absolutely and unconditionally to her."
The mother of the deceased is also named In the will as executrix of the estate without bonds. The will was drawn up just a year ago.
Accompanying the will is Mrs. Meyer's petition for fetters of administration. She estimates tho value of the estate at $5,000. It consists of household furniture, jewelry and money in bank.
HE STILL LIVES: Officer Arlington's Condition Grows No Worse. - If Anything He Hns Gained Some Strength — His Puise Strong, but He Cannot Speak.
Sacramento Daily Record-Union
July 11, 1891
A slight improvement was noticeable yesterday in the condition of Officer William Arlington, the police officer who was shot by Annie Manning, and Dr. Nichols expressed himself as surprised at the patient's remarkable vitality. His pulse was stronger and more regular than at any time since the shooting, and no sign of fever was perceptible. He was strong enough to raise himself in bed yesterday morning, and, although able to open his mouth, could not utter a word. He apparently recognizes acquaintances.
The doctor talked to him yesterday morning, and by repeating his questions the meaning gradually dawned upon the patient's mind. The only nourishment he is able to take is milk.
Dr. Nichols states that, while he considers the apparent improvement in the officer's condition little less than a miracle, he would not be surprised to hear of a sudden change for the worse at any moment, and the patient's rapid dissolution. He says it is not at all unlikely that inflammation of the brain will set in.
There seems to be little or nothing on which to found the theory that the woman had a confederate, and that Arlington was first assaulted by the latter. A Record-Union reporter was in the room within a few minutes after the terrible tragedy occurred, and there was no place therein where a man could have secreted himself. The room was very light, also, and a person could not have concealed himself from' Arlington.
The bureau was about three feet from tho bed, and Arlington lay with his head near the corner of the former, as if he had pitched forward from the bed and fallen there. The probability is that he was sitting on the bed with his head bent forward, meditatively, and his eyes fixed on the floor, listening to the woman's tirade of abuse, when the first shot was fired.
This was doubtless the one that took effect in the upper portion of the head. Then he probably started up, but fell and struck his head against the bureau as he fell forward. As he lay upon the floor the murderess fired the shots that entered the back of the head.
This theory is strengthened by this fact that one ballot first struck the base of the bureau and lodged in Arlington's clothing, where it was found. The contusion on the bead was most likely made by his falling heavily either against the edge of the bureau or the corner of the marble slab.
There arc rumors about of some one having been seen to run away from the place, and also that one of the women of the house disappeared as soon as the shots were fired. If these things occurred they will doubtless be brought out at the inquest to be held on the woman's remains, but the more rational theory seems to be that there was no person present except the Manning woman and her victim.
The body of Annie Manning is at the Morgue, where it had been placed in a handsome casket. Her mother returned to Stockton yesterday.
Night Officer Clark at the police station says he is convinced that the wounded man knows what is passing in his room. When he went in to see him yesterday the patient reached out his left hand and drew him toward the couch, and appeared to be pleased when his fellow officer sat down by him. He looked as if he wanted to speak, and opened his mouth, but could not articulate.
Should the patient gain in strength, an effort will be made to obtain some expression from him, by propounding written questions, concerning the facts of the shooting.
ANNIE MANNING'S VICTIM: Police Officer Arlington Finally Succumbs. -It Was a Mighty Struggle But Death Was Victorious — He Never Spoke.
Sacramento Daily Record-Union
July 27, 1891
After a three-weeks' struggle against death Police Officer William Arlington — the victim of Annie Manning's pistol — baa succumbed.
He died yesterday afternoon at the Receiving Hospital at 3:15 o'clock, and the details of the terrible double tragedy which convulsed the community, will never be known.
Reports of a most encouraging nature have been published from time to time regarding the wounded officer's condition. He showed remarkable vitality, seemed to be mending rapidly, ate heartily, and, while he never regained the power of speech, he was conscious at times and appeared to recognize his friends and acquaintances. His friends hoped for, and really felt confident of his recovery. But City Physician Nichols, who attended the wounded officer constantly, invariably
SHOOK HIS HEAD GRAVELY
and would give no opinion other than that the patient was doing remarkably well considering the nature of his wound.
On Friday night the nurse noticed that Officer Arlington was weaker than usual and did not take his usual amount of nourishment. On Saturday the symptoms developed more strongly, and by Saturday night it was plain that dissolution had set in. He sank slowly, but surety until yesterday afternoon, when death came to his relief.
The remains were removed to the morgue. An autopsy will be held to-day and several prominent physicians have promised to assist, so that a very complete examination of the wounds may be made.
THE DEAD OFFICER.
William Arlington has been a resident of Sacramento during fifteen or sixteen years. He was at one time a driver on the Golden Kagle omnibus, but of late years he has been a member of the Sacramento police force and a Wells-Fargo detective. He was about 40 years of age and claimed to be a relative of the Arlingtons of Virginia, and had many friends in this city. He was one of the most efficient officers in tho department and was particularly successful in detective work.
WAS HIS NAME ARLINGTON?
It has been known to the more intimate friends of William Arlington in this city that a mystery surrounds his family history. He has stated that his family were "the Arlingtons of Virginia," but beyond that he has never been known to refer to his parents, nor his former home. Many years ago Arlington was employed as driver of the Golden Eagle Hotel omnibus, and it is thought that his pride caused him to keep his identity from being known, and also to assume the name by which he has been known.
Some weeks ago a gentleman informed a RECORD-UNION reporter that a friend of his who resided in Peoria, Ill., had told him that he was quite sure he recognized in the Sacramento policeman the son of a prominent physician of that place, one Dr. Murphy. The young man, he said, was of an adventurous, roving disposition, and many years ago left his home for this coast. He had talked with Arlington here and found that he knew all about Peoria and many of the citizens there. Out of respect to his feelings, the gentleman said he refrained from hinting to him in any way that he suspected him to be Dr. Murphy's son.
This statement is partly borne out by what a friend of the deceased said to a reporter on Saturday night last: There is something strange about Billy's early life," said he. "I am sure his name is not Arlington, but that he adopted that name so that his relatives might not know that he ever engaged at menial though honest labor here. There is one man who does know who he is, and that is Johnnie Daly, a prominent sporting man of Chicago. When Billy was East last year he spent a couple of days with Daly who is a fast friend of his. I understand that Billy's home was somewhere near Chicago."
In view of the mystery surrounding the matter of his family, it would be wise for the proper officials. or friends of the deceased, to write to parties in Peoria, or to correspond with Daly. So long as there was a possibility of the injured officer living the Record-Union refrained from mentioning the matter, but now does so in tho hope that his remains may be restored to his family.
OFFICER ARLINGTON'S DEATH: A Double Inquest is Held by Coroner George Clark. -Arlington Was About to Resign His Position and Leave the City -The Verdict.
The Sacramento Daily Record-Union
July 28, 1891
Coroner George H. Clark held a double inquest last night in the cases of Police Officer William Arlington and Annie Manning — the former having been killed by the latter, who then committed suicide.
The inquisition was a very complete affair, and some new details were brought out.
Chief of Police Drew was the first witness sworn. He testified that he knew the deceased, and knew he was 40 years of age. He believed that Officer Arlington was a native of Kentucky, and did not know whether or not he had any relatives living. On the 8th of July Officer Arlington called the witness into the latter's private office and told him that he had partially made up his mind to resign and leave the city. He said that he was having trouble with "that woman again" (meaning Annie Manning), and said he feared her. While they were talking, said the Chief, a messenger-boy came in and handed Arlington a note. This note was from Annie Manning and was to this effect: "Steve has come back and says he is going to stay here. Come down. Maybe you can talk to him." Arlington read the note and handed it to the witness. He then said that '"Steve" was a bad man when he was drinking. He had made trouble for Annie before, but he (Arlington) had succeeded in quieting him.
Continuing, the Chief said that as he was going down toward Third and L streets he invited Arlington to ride down With him. When they stopped near the house the witness heard a man who was sitting in a neighboring window call out, "Billy, come in, I want to see you." Arlington told the Chief that was "Lucie, who had no legs." The Chief also saw another man inside, through the lace curtains. The Chief then drove off to attend to some business, and returned to the corner of Third and L streets about fifteen minutes later. While there he heard a police whistle, and saw a crowd running toward the Manning house. The Chief drove down to the house as quickly as possible. Going inside he found Annie Manning dead on the floor and Officer Arlington lying near by in a dying condition.
In answer to questions asked by Coroner Clark, Chief Drew said that "he had known Officer Arlington about fourteen years, and had also known Annie Manning for some time. He did not know of his own knowledge of their ever having quarreled. The Chief then gave a detailed description of the room in which the shooting took place, its furnishing, and of how the bodies lay.
"Who is the person referred to as *Steve' In Annie Manning's note to Arlington?" asked Coroner Clark.
"Steve was a brother to Annie Manning," replied the Chief. "Steve was a man who was very violent when drinking. It was said that Arlington was the only man who could do anything with him when he was drinking."
In answer to questions by City Attorney Hart the Chief said he made a thorough search of the Manning house and did not find anybody there. He met no man and saw none about the place.
City Physician C. B. Nichols testified that he was summoned to attend Officer Arlington at the Receiving Hospital on the afternoon of the 8th of July. He found him unconscious and very low. He rallied, however, and appeared to regain consciousness. The doctor said he endeavored to get a statement from the wounded officer, but the latter had not the power of speech. By asking the patient to press his hand, however, he was able to carry on quite an intelligent conversation with him. He asked Arlington if he had been struck on the head before shot and he replied in the affirmative. he also Informed the doctor that he was not in pain. When asked whether or not there were other persons in the room when the shooting took place, he did not respond.
Dr. Nichols took occasion to explain for the benefit of some persons who had found fault because there were not several consultations of surgeons and some operations performed upon the patient. He said a great many patients were killed through "meddlesome surgery." When he found a patient doing as well as Officer Arlington did up to last Friday, he believed in letting well enough alone. Nothing could be gained by probing and meddling with the wound.
Dr. Nichols then exhibited the upper portion of Officer Arlington's skull, showing the hole made through it by the bullet. He said he had performed an autopsy on the remains and had been assisted By Drs. Simmons, White, Gardner and Merrill. "The primary cause of death," he said, "was an injury to the brain substance, inflicted by a fragment of bone being driven through the brain by some external force — presumably by a pistol ball. The immediate cause of officer Arlington's death was the compression of the brain from an effusion into the left lateral ventrical. It is, in my opinion, from the powder marks under the scalp, that the injury was Inflicted by a bullet fired from a pistol held in close contact with the head. The fragment of bone was found at a depth Of two and one-half inches from the upper surface of the brain. There were also found two smaller fragments of bone at the same depth, but on either side of the main wound." The doctor also referred to the two wounds in the officer's neck, but said they were only superficial and did do particular harm.
Charles Flobr, the gunsmith, testified that on July 8th, about 2 o'clock, Annie Manning came to his shop and purchased a revolver. She explained to him that there had been so much robbing going on that she did not feel safe at night in her house. She had not been drinking and was perfectly cool.
Police Officer Shellars and Special McLaughlin corroborated the testimony given by Chief Drew.
M. Simmons, a barkeeper, who is employed in a saloon on Second street, between K and L, testified that he knew Officer Arlington by sight. On the day of the shooting he saw Arlington and Chief Drew in a buggy. The rear of the saloon is next to the rear yard of Annie Manning's house. He was standing near the rear of the saloon and saw Officer Arlington walk down the alley and enter the Manning house. The witness saw no one else in the yard beside the officer. Lizzie Belmont, a colored woman, testified that Annie Manning was in her house on the 8th of July several times. The last time she was there was in the afternoon. She asked the witness to go to Arlington's room and ask him to come down. Witness said she did not know where the room was, and then the Manning woman rung for a messenger. Early m the day Annie Manning told the witness that she had sent to Arlington for $20 and had not heard from him.
May Rheem testified that she was an inmate of Annie Manning's house, and was there on the 8th of July. She was in the back yard when the shooting took place, she heard the shots. There were four or five of them fired. She did not see Officer Arlington come in the back way and did not know he was in the house. The witness knew "Sieve," the Manning woman's brother, and did not see him around the house that day. Witness understood that "Steve"' was not in the city.
Laura Earl corroborated the Rhecm woman's testimony.
The case was submitted to the Jury. The verdict was that Officer Arlington came to his death at the hands of Annie Manning and that the latter committed suicide.
IDENTITY OF THE DECEASED.
The statement in the Record- Union yesterday that said there was reason to believe that the deceased officer's name was not Arlington, but that he was a son of one Dr. Murphy, a prominent physician of Peoria, 111., was a surprise to the police department.
Chief Drew has been sending telegrams, in the hope of learning something definite on the subject, and it is possible that answers may be received to-day.
Coroner Clark states that a gentleman named Younger, residing at 600 Seventh street, who formerly lived in Peoria, knows Dr. Murphy, and is of the belief that the deceased was his son.
[Arlington Funeral and Manning Estate]
The Sacramento Daily Record-Union
August 15, 1891
William Arlington's Funeral.
The funeral of the late William Arlington (or John Murphy, which was undoubtedly his true name) will take place from J. Frank Clark's undertaking rooms at 2 o'clock this afternoon. The police force will attend in a body.
Annie Manning's Estate.
An inventory of the estate of Annie Manning, who killed Police Officer Arlington and then committed suicide, was filed with the County Clerk yesterday. The total value of the estate is appraised at $1,468 50.
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Thursday, August 18, 2011
[NH] Girlfriend of police chief's son knew she couldn't call police - and the "NONPUBLIC" domestic violence policy at Brookline PD
Brookline Police did not investigate when it was learned that there was a domestic incident involving Police Chief William Quigley's son Jonathan and Jonathan's girlfriend. Jonathan's girlfriend, Goyette Shank, said that when she told Jonathan that she was going to call the police, Jonathan told her not to bother - that he would call his dad, the chief, and tell him to be sure that police don't respond. Then Jonathan called and met with his personal friend - Brookline Master Patrolman Robert Pelleier - who didn't file a report and didn't go talk to Goyette - because the chief's son didn't want him to. Goyette said she knew she couldn't call the police.
...Goyette Shank stated in the court documents that since “I knew I couldn’t call the police, I called a ‘mutual friend’ in hopes he could get Jon to leave so I could get out safely”... Asked why there was no domestic abuse report, Police Chief William Quigley III, who is Jonathan Quigley’s father, said the incident didn’t warrant follow-up...
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE:
When asked about his department’s domestic violence policies, [ex-State Trooper, current Brookline Police Chief] William Quigley said he was “not familiar” with the state protocols. Asked for a copy of the Brookline Police Department’s policies and procedures on domestic abuse, Quigley asked for a signed written request and not a faxed copy. Later, Quigley said the department’s policies regarding domestic violence investigations were made “nonpublic” in 2007...
FROM WEB COMMENTS:
...Place the Chief on "Double Secret Probation"...
EXCERPTS FROM NEWS JUNE 16TH THROUGH AUGUST 17TH, 2O11:
BROOKLINE POLICE CHIEF’S SON RECEIVES RESTRAINING ORDER
Thursday, June 16, 2011
[Excerpts] Jonathan Quigley, son of Police Chief William Quigley III, was served a temporary restraining order Tuesday after his former girlfriend, Nicole L. Goyette Shank filed a petition at Milford District Court on Tuesday... Goyette Shank, 25, stated that during a fight in their home on May 19, Jonathan Quigley, 24, punched her in the stomach, yelled at her and threw her on her bed [in the presence of her daugher]... Goyette Shank wrote that she was “in fear of my safety and the safety of my daughter, Autumn,” as well as another child she was baby-sitting, and she stated in the court papers, “I slapped him until he moved.” Once Quigley moved and she had locked the door, Goyette Shank wrote in the court documents, “He said, ‘I’m not leaving.’ I stated, ‘Then I am calling the police.’?” Goyette Shank said in the court papers that Quigley told her, “Don’t bother. I’ll call my dad for you right now and make sure Brookline P.D. refuses to come.” She also wrote in the petition that she heard Quigley call his father and say, “Hey, Dad. If Nicole calls in, she hit me. Make sure you arrest her.” Goyette Shank further stated in the court papers, “I felt unsafe and went to get the gun I kept at the house. I found it missing. I asked Jon, ‘Where is my gun?’ He said, ‘I took it.’?” In addition, Goyette Shank stated in the court documents that since “I knew I couldn’t call the police, I called a ‘mutual friend’ in hopes he could get Jon to leave so I could get out safely”... Goyette Shank concluded her petition to the court by stating, “Jon Quigley is mentally unstable, and I fear what he will do to me or my daughters if he comes near us again.” According to a Defendant Information Sheet for Law Enforcement, Quigley, employed at Toyota in Bow, has a concealed weapons permit and history of violence and alcohol abuse. However, Larry Haynes, president of Grappone Toyota, the only dealer of that car line in Bow, said the company has no record of Quigley ever working for them. The court document further states that Quigley wasn’t expecting the temporary restraining order, nor will children be living with the plaintiff, Goyette Shank. A hearing is scheduled... [Full article here]
JUDGE GRANTS YEAR RESTRAINING ORDER
By Kathy Cleveland
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
[Excerpts] A former girlfriend of Jonathan Quigley has been granted a one-year restraining order, based partly on a comment Quigley, the son of Brookline Police Chief William Quigley III, made on Facebook. In her July 7 protection order, Milford District Court Judge Martha Crocker said Quigley, 24, of Brookline, committed two acts of domestic violence against Nicole Goyette Shank and she “finds the defendant’s conduct a credible threat to (Shank’s) safety”... The judge wrote that a printout of Quigley’s cell phone log “clearly shows a two-minute phone call to a number admitted to belonging to his father”... At the June 21 hearing on the permanent restraining order, Quigley denied phoning his father... Chief Quigley testified that he did not receive a phone call from his son... Brookline police officer Robert Pellitier, a friend of the younger Quigley, also testified that Quigley visited him after the incident and he noticed red marks on Quigley’s face “consistent with being slapped’... But in his message on the social networking site posted two days after the incident, the younger Quigley told Shank, “I just want you to know that I am sorry for what I did to you. There is no excuse for laying hands on a woman. Ever.”... Crocker also wrote that Quigley “led Ms. Shank to believe that because of his ties to law enforcement she has no ability to seek protection from law enforcement... The final order of protection extends from July 7, 2011 to June 21, 2012... [Full article here]
AG: CHIEF DIDN’T PERJURE HIMSELF
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
[Excerpts] Police Chief William Quigley III did not perjure himself at his son’s hearing in Milford District Court on July 11, the state attorney general’s office has concluded. The finding follows an investigation prompted by town selectmen, who asked for it after Judge Martha Crocker wrote earlier this month that cell phone records contradicted the police chief’s testimony at a hearing for Jonathan Quigley, the chief’s 24-year-old son. The hearing concerned a protective order against Jonathan Quigley by his former girlfriend... The AG’s office studied cell phone and text message records... Two sets of cell phone records were turned over to the court. The first one, available and referred to during the hearing, show a May 19 call made on Jonathan Quigley’s cell phone at 2:44 p.m. to a his father’s number... shows a text sent from Jonathan Quigley’s phone to his father on May 19 at 2:43 p.m. and a phone call from the chief to his son at 2:43 p.m. The chief’s phone call to his son lasted three minutes... It is not clear why the two sets of phone records appear to disagree... Shank testified that when she told Quigley she was going to call the police, he told her, “Don’t bother. I’ll call my dad for you right now.” At the July 11 hearing, the police chief said, “Not only did I not get the phone call, but Jonathan doesn’t call me ‘Dad,’ he calls me ‘Pops.’?” “There was no evidence” that Chief Quigley committed perjury, Young said... [Full article here]
BROOKLINE POLICE DEPARTMENT FAILS TO FOLLOW PROCEDURES IN CHIEF’S SON’S CASE
Saturday, August 13, 2011
[Excerpts] Although the state’s top law enforcement agency makes it clear that a police officer should investigate if domestic abuse is suspected, Brookline Police didn’t do so after an alleged domestic incident between the police chief’s son and his girlfriend. On the day of a reported domestic altercation between Jonathan Quigley and Nicole Shank on May 19, a Brookline Police officer met with Quigley, saw marks on his face, and had knowledge there was a firearm and children in the home but didn’t initiate a domestic violence investigation, according to court records. Shank later reported she was punched and thrown by Quigley and in return pushed him during the incident, according to documents at Milford District Court. Asked why there was no domestic abuse report, Police Chief William Quigley III, who is Jonathan Quigley’s father, said the incident didn’t warrant follow-up. “There was no call for service, as far as I can remember,” William Quigley said Friday... The younger Quigley contacted his father at 2:44 p.m. and received a return call from him a minute later, according to phone logs filed in court. About a half-hour after that, Jonathan Quigley contacted the Brookline duty officer, Master Patrolman Robert Pelletier, who is also a friend, on his private cell phone... Pelletier testified he met the younger Quigley at the station that afternoon and that marks on his face “were consistent” with having been struck... Pelletier said Quigley ... appeared to have been hit on the face, and he told Parodi that Quigley didn’t want to talk about what had happened. He also said Quigley didn’t want an officer to go talk with Shank. The issue at the hearing was Shank’s request for a restraining order. Standard police protocol for responding to incidents of suspected domestic violence is outlined by the attorney general’s office. Officers responding to cases of possible domestic violence are directed to interview the suspect and victim and follow a checklist of questions about children, witnesses, evidence and more, according to the AG’s document “Law Enforcement: A model protocol for police response to domestic violence cases”... When asked about his department’s domestic violence policies, William Quigley said he was “not familiar” with the state protocols. Asked for a copy of the Brookline Police Department’s policies and procedures on domestic abuse, Quigley asked for a signed written request and not a faxed copy. Later, Quigley said the department’s policies regarding domestic violence investigations were made “nonpublic” in 2007. He said it likely was made nonpublic to protect victims. The newspaper delivered a Right-to-Know request to Quigley on Friday asking for access to the policies. Questions about the case have come up before... Altogether, three phone logs were presented as testimony... In the days after the incident, police went to the home the couple shared with Shank’s two children on Route 13 four times, each visit a “civil standby,” a police term for keeping the peace while a person removes his belongings after a domestic problem... [Full article here]
BROOKLINE CHAIRMAN TO ASK FOR STATE PROBE OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASE INVOLVING POLICE CHIEF’S SON
By By Hattie Bernstein
August 17, 2011
[Excerpts] The chairman of the Board of Selectmen said he plans to ask state police to examine whether the town Police Department had knowledge of a domestic violence incident involving the chief’s son and failed to respond. And Chairman Tad Putney said town officials would have no comment until after the investigation is complete... The request is likely to be referred to the county attorney or the integrity unit of the state attorney general’s office because Brookline Police Chief William Quigley is a former state trooper.... On Monday, minutes after the selectmen’s meeting began, a resident raised her hand and asked for comment on “the domestic violence.” Putney, the board chairman, was quick to respond. “A number of people were surprised that the Police Department has a policy on domestic violence that is nonpublic,” Putney said, referring to comments by the chief, quoted in a recent Telegraph story, saying the department’s domestic violence policies were made nonpublic in 2007 to protect victims. On Monday, Putney said he learned “in research” that in 1998, a number of residents hired a lawyer to challenge the town’s nonpublic Police Department policies. Town counsel advised, Putney said, that some police policies should remain nonpublic, for public safety reasons... “We’ve asked the chief to look at domestic violence, break out the policies, make them public, because I know this is an important topic to many residents”... [Full article here]
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...I can only hope that Ms. Shank and her children get far, far away from the thuggery of the Brookline Police Chief, Brookline Police Department, and the families thereof......How can William Quigley not be familiar with state protocols when he served for a whole career as a state police officer (and qualifying and drawing retirement)? Selective memory--how convenient. The law does not apply to all equally. If you hold the power, you and your family can do whatever you want and be above the law.......I really don't understand this: "A review of the phone logs by the attorney general’s office concluded the chief hadn’t perjured himself." He said there was no call under oath, but the records show there was......WOW, secret "policies" to protect "public safety". Is this 2011 USA or 1929 Nazi Germany? Were these policies so secret that the officer did not know what they were or is this just another cover up? According to this "secret" policy, someone should have been arrested that day......Tad: Really, no comment? I thought you and the rest of the "gang of 3" had a ZERO tolerance policy when it came to the PD?......Place the Chief on "Double Secret Probation"...
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Holly Marie Drake Dembie with her son William Jr.
...[Holly] Dembie’s mother, Cheryl Foldes, rejected the allegation that her daughter was abusive or could have even physically assaulted William Dembie, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps and the Army National Guard. “She was not a batterer, she was a nurturer,” Foldes said...
[OH] STOLEN: Holly Marie Drake Dembie - Loving mother, beloved sister, dear daughter, outstanding teacher with dreams - ...Lorain County Sheriff's Divison Corrections Officer William Dembie Jr. calmly confessed to killing his wife, Holly Dembie... Holly Dembie’s aunt, Diedre Ashmun, has said William Dembie was physically abusive to his wife, including using techniques for controlling combative prisoners...
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TRUST FUND SET UP TO HELP MURDER VICTIM'S SON
19 Action News
Posted: Aug 15, 2011 6:55 PM PST
Updated: Aug 16, 2011 2:27 AM PST
[Excerpt] A fund has been established to help the son of murder victim Holly Dembie. The account is set up at First Merit Bank for William A. Dembie. If you would like to help, you can make donations at any First Merit Bank and tell them you have a deposit for the William A. Dembie Benevolent Fund [Full article here]
HOLLY DEMBIE’S FRIENDS COME TOGETHER TO BRING HOPE TO TRAGEDY
The Morning Journal
By Adam Mawson
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
[Excerpts] Friends of murder victim Holly Dembie are coming together to put a glimmer of hope in an overwhelmingly tragic situation. Dembie, 33, of Grafton, was a special education teaching aide with the Midview School District. Her husband, William Dembie, 42, a Lorain County Sheriff’s corrections officer, is accused of murdering her Thursday... Holly Dembie left behind a 4-year-old son... Donations can be made at any FirstMerit Bank location. Also wanting to honor the memory of Holly Dembie, is Brandon Light, a North Ridgeville High School classmate of hers from the class of 1996. He has set up a Facebook page, “Porch lights for Holly Drake Dembie”... “I started the page basically over guilt. I needed to do something. I am harboring guilt for not getting more involved in her life,” he wrote. “Had I known more, had I realized that things were going to end this way, I would’ve helped my friends drag her ass out of there.” [Full article here]
CORRECTIONS OFFICER JAILED IN WIFE’S DEATH RESIGNS
Filed by Brad Dicken
August 16th, 2011
[Excerpts] William Dembie Jr. has resigned from his post as a corrections officer at the Lorain County Jail... Lorain County Sheriff Phil Stammitti said that Dembie resigned Monday during a meeting in Erie County with Lt. Jack Hammond, the administrator of the Lorain County Jail. Stammitti said his office had been preparing for disciplinary hearings for Dembie, who had been on unpaid leave since his arrest... [Full article here]
OFFICER ACCUSED OF KILLING WIFE RESIGNS
By Kelly Metz
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
[Excerpts] Corrections officer William Dembie resigned from the Lorain County Sheriff's Office effective immediately, according to Capt. Jim Drozdowski... Drozdowski said [Lorain County Sheriff's Jail administrator Lt. Jack] Hammond would have had to draw up a report about Dembie's conduct and a pre-disciplinary hearing would be held. Rather than go through the process, Dembie decided to resign... [Full article here]
ABUSE ALLEGATIONS ON BOTH SIDES IN DEMBIE STABBING CASE
Filed by Brad Dicken
August 17th, 2011
[Excerpts] Former Lorain County Jail Corrections Officer William Dembie Jr. was abused by his wife, whom he is accused of stabbing to death last week, his attorney said Tuesday. Defense attorney J. Anthony Rich said William Dembie, who resigned from his job on Monday, endured years of psychological and physical abuse at the hands of Holly Dembie, who worked with special needs children at Midview Schools. “He’s a classic battered spouse,” Rich said of Dembie, who is jailed on charges of murder and domestic violence. Holly Dembie’s mother, Cheryl Foldes, rejected the allegation that her daughter was abusive or could have even physically assaulted William Dembie, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps and the Army National Guard. “She was not a batterer, she was a nurturer,” Foldes said... “She thought she had married an American hero,” Foldes said. “But she married a man who was damaged”... Sheriff’s Sgt. Donald Barker has said that William Dembie told investigators that he and his wife had been discussing a divorce. He also said Dembie told them that an argument had escalated into a violent confrontation that night. Barker said Tuesday that Dembie never mentioned anything to him about being the victim of abuse. Foldes said she believes William Dembie felt rejected by her daughter, even though he didn’t seem happy with their marriage either. William Dembie’s first marriage, which gave him three children, also ended in divorce and left him angry, she said... “All that hatred and anger fell on her,” she said... Although Rich declined to elaborate on what his client said occurred that night, he believes a more appropriate charge would be voluntary manslaughter. That charge, he said, deals with killings committed by someone who has been provoked into a “sudden passion or in a fit of rage”... Rich said he intends to ask for his client to receive a lower bond during a hearing scheduled for Thursday in Elyria Municipal Court. The current bond is $5 million, which Rich called “excessive”... [Full article here]