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POSTED: Friday, September 30, 2011
UPDATED: 12:00 pm PDT October 5, 2011
SAN ANTONIO, TX -- A former Fair Oaks police officer was sentenced to federal prison in an Internet stalking case. A judge sentenced Robert Crews, 41, to two years in prison. Crews will also be placed under supervised release for three years after completing his prison term. On July 21, 2011, Crews pleaded guilty to Internet stalking. According to court records, Crews admitted to sending an email containing 15 sexually explicit images of his victim to her and 29 of her co-workers on July 27, 2010. Crews said he wanted to cause the victim emotional harm, according to court records.
LAUSDPD - STENRuSe!
May 16, 2011 10:26 a.m. PDT
Los Angeles, CA (WCJB) -- A Los Angeles police officer charged with staging a victimization hoax by shooting himself outside a public school pleaded not guilty Friday to a six-count indictment, prosecutors said. Jeff Stenroos, 30, entered the plea before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg after an indictment was returned a day earlier by a grand jury, said spokeswoman Jane Robison of the Los Angeles district attorney's office. Stenroos is on paid administrative leave from the school district, Robison said in a written statement. The indictment supersedes a felony complaint, which will be dismissed when Stenroos is scheduled to return to court on May 18 for a pretrial hearing, prosecutors said.
Stenroos (pictured above, center) allegedly faked his own shooting while on duty at El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, California, on January 19, Robinson said. His injury was discovered by a person who saw him lying on the ground near his open car door, she said. Stenroos allegedly told other officers that a car burglary suspect shot him once in the chest as he was patrolling the campus perimeter, prosecutors said. More than 550 law enforcement officers from throughout Southern California responded and conducted a 10-hour search, shutting down an eight-square-mile area in the San Fernando Valley and keeping students on lockdown in eight campuses, authorities said.
The indictment charges the school police officer with five felony counts, including insurance fraud, workers' compensation fraud, preparing a false police report, preparing false documentary evidence and planting false evidence; and with one misdemeanor of falsely reporting an emergency, Deputy District Attorney Paul Nunez said in a statement. The superseding indictment adds two new counts -- insurance fraud and planting evidence -- and drops a prior charge of perjury, prosecutors said.
If convicted, the city is seeking $361,289 in restitution , and the Los Angeles Unified School District is seeking $58,000 in medical costs from Stenroos, prosecutors said. Stenroos, who was treated and released from Northridge Medical Center the day he was shot, is accused of insurance fraud for seeking medical treatment for the injuries, prosecutors said. Stenroos would also face up to five years and eight months in prison, Robison said.
The weekend after the shooting, Stenroos checked himself into Henry Mayo Hospital in Santa Clarita for ongoing complaints of pain, prosecutors said. Police investigators found that Stenroos allegedly created false evidence when he claimed he was shot, authorities said.
•» See: Police Cover-Ups: Lying is the Norm!
LAPD - Greenfield!
May 15, 2011
A recently resigned Los Angeles police detective, who enticed fellow cops and others to invest millions of dollars with her, has been arrested and charged with theft and securities fraud. Darcey Greenfield, 39, surrendered Wednesday to investigators from the San Bernardino County district attorney's real estate fraud unit after an arrest warrant was issued late last week, authorities said. Greenfield faces 10 felony charges, including the sale of false investment securities, the sale of securities without a license and grand theft. Greenfield pleaded not guilty to the charges Thursday, said Vance Welch, the deputy district attorney in charge of the real estate fraud unit. Her bail has been set at just over $1 million and she remains in custody at a detention center in Rancho Cucamonga, he said. Her attorney could not reached.
The fact that Greenfield was an LAPD cop heightened the importance of the case, Welch added. Greenfield and her real estate dealings were the subject of a Times article last year. Shortly after joining the LAPD in 1994, Greenfield told the media in an interview last year, she began investing in real estate. Those early purchases and sales of properties were personal deals, but soon evolved into a side business that involved soliciting investments from others. She made grandiose claims, telling investors they would receive double-digit returns within months, according to authorities and documents obtained by media sources.
The charges filed by San Bernardino County prosecutors stem from investments totaling $265,000 that Greenfield collected in 2008 from a husband and wife and another man who lived in that county, according to court filings. Greenfield is accused of violating state laws that establish the terms under which people can sell securities, such as real estate. One of the charges alleges that she illegally assured the investors that she would sell a piece of her own property to reimburse them if their deals went sour. Prosecutors also allege that Greenfield lied to the investors when she told them the properties in which she was investing their money were secured by official deeds of trust.
Greenfield told the investors their money would be used to help homeowners in foreclosure, according to the district attorney's office. The victims were promised they would get back a high rate of return and their principal, but they received nothing, authorities said.
Greenfield's reach extended far beyond the investors in the San Bernardino County criminal case. Over several months in 2007 and 2008, Greenfield told The Times, she collected about $2 million from investors. San Bernardino County officials put the total amount raised from Los Angeles County residents at $3 million.
At least 13 LAPD employees are known from Greenfield's court records to have invested with her, including four detectives and five supervising sergeants. Police officials say they suspect that the total was higher because officers were probably pooling their money and investing under a single name.
The money disappeared. Greenfield claimed she had been swindled by a man named Leroy Dowd. According to Greenfield, Dowd, the 70-year old bishop of a South Los Angeles church, had persuaded her to give him the cash she raised to help him catch up on late mortgage and tax payments on his church and several other properties. In exchange, she said, he promised he would repay her with hefty profits when the properties were sold or the mortgages refinanced.
Dowd was eventually arrested on unrelated fraud charges. He pleaded guilty to duping an elderly woman into signing over the deed to her Claremont house and selling it from beneath her, as well as stealing more than $40,000 from a bank in a check-kiting scam. Dowd was released from custody last year, and his whereabouts are unknown. San Bernardino County authorities said they were not currently investigating him.
Some of Greenfield's investors have questioned her claims that she was an unknowing victim of Dowd, saying they believe she was somehow involved in the scheme. It is a charge that Greenfield denied in an interview with The Times last year. Los Angeles police officials launched an investigation into Greenfield, but she resigned from the department earlier this year before disciplinary proceedings were completed.
LAPD officials did not return calls for comment.
At least three officers, including Greenfield, have declared bankruptcy as a result of the investments. Others went further into debt to pay back friends and relatives who gave them money to invest. The debacle has been an embarrassment for LAPD officials, who were left to ponder how officers trained to solve crimes ended up being taken so easily.
May 15, 2011
Outside the doors of the Down and Out, a divey downtown bar at the intersection of Spring and 5th streets, two very different worlds collide. There's the renovated world of upscale lofts, expensive coffee bars and artist studios. And then there's the world of day laborers waiting at bus stops, the mentally ill and homeless who wander up from skid row, and, most of all, drug dealers.
"Pills are that way," bartender Matt Blackwell said as he gestured toward 5th Street. "Crack is down the other way, and heroin down Spring. It's a lot better than it was 10 years ago, but there are still a lot of drugs on this block."
Longtime residents say the corner is far from paradise, but they note that the two worlds have managed to coexist somewhat peacefully. That is, until last week when an undercover police officer shot and killed a man who reportedly threatened him with a knife. The shooting occurred in midday, on a bustling street corner directly in front of the Down and Out's outdoor patio.
The shooting has left the tight-knit group of patrons and bartenders struggling to resolve their appreciation for the work the cops have done to clean up the neighborhood and their suspicions over whether the shooting could have been avoided.
Patrons of the bar, which adorns its walls with mug shots of the rich and famous, say they are not naive. They know who the dealers are and vice versa, but acts of violence are uncommon.
"I've lived around here for seven years and have never felt unsafe," said Kim Henderson, an artist.
Police officials have released a preliminary account of the shooting, based on the version of events given by the officer and his partner, neither of whom has been identified. On Tuesday afternoon around 12:20, the two detectives were approached by 51-year-old Dale Garrett, who police described as a transient and convicted felon with an extensive narcotics record. Garrett allegedly offered to sell one of the officers narcotics and, at some point during the encounter, threatened to kill the detective with a 7-inch folding saw. It is unclear whether the detective identified himself as a police officer or if Garrett tried to stab him. Police officials said the weapon was recovered.
Blackwell, who was feet away when the shooting occurred and watched Garrett die on the street, was quick to praise the LAPD for helping to transform the block from what he said had been lawless and violent, but expressed dismay at the killing.
"I don't know, you don't just shoot a man, handcuff him and let him bleed to death on the street," said Blackwell, who looked skeptical when told of the police account of the shooting.
Jeff Scott, 59, a musician who says he's at the bar "six out of seven nights" each week, didn't necessarily disagree, but took a more hardened view. "If you threaten a cop, they're gonna shoot you. That's just the way it is."
Blackwell, Scott and the others don't like the dealers and their lookouts, who spend days and nights skulking up and down the street. But they are a part of the bar's daily reality. That familiarity, mixed with some distrust toward the police, has made for more than a little concern since the shooting.
"I know all the crooks' names and faces, but I don't know the cops," Henderson said. "I want the cops to get out of their cars and start walking around. Get to know the people who live here."
A former Utah state trooper suspected in a series of roadway shootings earlier this week died on Christmas Eve, a hospital official said. Dallas police said they believe Brian Smith, above, killed at least one of the victims in a series of apparent random rush-hour shootings near Dallas. Smith shot and injured himself after a standoff with police.
Smith, the former Utah state trooper suspected in several Dallas-area roadway shootings that killed at least Two motorists died on Christmas Eve [Deceber 24, 2008], a hospital official said. Smith's death was the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The 37-year-old had been in critical condition on life support from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police say he shot himself in the head after a brief standoff early Tuesday, more than six hours after the roadway shooting spree ended.Warrants for Smith's arrest had been issued in the Fort Worth suburb of Southlake, where authorities have obtained evidence linking him to two robberies in the past eight days.
The Garland shooting Monday happened at a major intersection, when a driver pulled up alongside a small Nissan and shot and killed the Nissan's driver, 20-year-old Jorge "George" Lopez of Rowlett, said Garland police spokesman Joe Harn. Three semitrailer drivers were later shot at on Interstate 635, and one of those three died. William Scott Miller, a 42-year-old married father of two from Frankfort, Ky., was on his way to get on a plane to go home to his family for the holidays.
Cops with Multiple Shootings or Homicides!
• PA State Trooper Samuel J. Hassan, Murderous(March 15, 2009 Murder of Unarmed motorist. Previously shot and killed 12 year old African-American boy!!)
• Officer Pat Gonzales: Racist, Murderous Oakland Police Officer - 3 Killings; 1 Shooting!
• Officer Hector Jimenez: Racist, Murderous Oakland Police Officer - 2 Killings!(As of October 2009, Officer terminated w/1 yr. pay; City of Oakland has settled civil suits.)
• Homicide from OPD to LASD!
• Miami Beach Police Department - Murderous!(Officer Adam Tavss kills two citizens in 1 week!!)
• Brian Smith, Killer Cop!(Killed four (4) unarmed civilians during homicide spree; committed suicide upon arrest!!)
Murderous Police Officers
• B.A.R.T.+L.A.P.D.=187(P.C.)(LAPD Detective arrested for cold case homicide; and B.A.R.T. Transit Killer-Cop!)
• Cops or Killers?
• Five - "O" Homicide(White Cop kills black cop after "mistaking" black cop for criminal!)
• NYPD - A History of Homicidal Cops(A history of NYPD Officers committing murder!)
• Arthur Tessler, Jason R. Smith & Gregg Junnier(Alanta Police Officers lie to obtain search warrant; murder 90-year old woman; and then plant drugs to cover-up murder)
• PA State Trooper Kevin Foley, Murderous(Convicted March 18, 2009 of First-Degree Murder. Killed girlfriend's ex-hubby (Dentist)!!)
• Homer Police Department(February 20, 2009 Murder of Unarmed Black Man, 73 year old black man by two white police officers in Homer, Louisiana!!)
• Taser Deaths by the Police!
• New Orleans Police Department(January 1, 2009 Murder of Unarmed Black Man, shot nine (9) times in the back!!)
Oakland, California Police Department
• Captain Edward Poulson, OPD(Beating Death of Suspect (2000) Promoted in 2008)
• Investigator interfered in police probes of former bakery CEO
• Oakland Police Department, Corrupt, I
• Oakland, California Police Department, Corruption, II
• Oakland Police Department, III
• Oakland Police Department, IV
• Oakland Police Department, V - Major Corruption
• Jeff Loman, Deputy Chief, OPD(Updated: Re-instated as a (demoted) Lieutenant)
• Deborah Edgerly, Corrupt former Oakland City Administrator
Oakland, CA Transit Cop Shooting
• Mehserle Makes Bail!!!(Updated May 18, 2009) January 1, 2009 Murder of Unarmed Black Man, shot once (1) in the back!!)
• Tony Pirone, B.P.D.(Mehserle Accomplice - Jan. 1, 2009 Homicide)
• Johannes Mehserle, Killer Cop(Oakland's New Year's (2009) Transit Killer Cop)
• The B.A.R.T. Shooting Investigation(The Investigation of Oakland's New Year's (2009) Transit Killer Cop)
• The B.A.R.T. Aftermath (The Oakland Riots New (2009))
• B.A.R.T. Police, Racism, Homicide(Video of The Oakland New Year's Day (2009) Transit Shooting )
Cops that Sexually Offend
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part I)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part II)
• Sexually Offensive Cops! (Part III)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part IV)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part V)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part VI)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part VII)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part VIII)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part IX)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part X)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XI)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XII)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XIII)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XIV)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XV)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XVI)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XVII)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XVIII)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XIX)
Sexually Offensive Judges
• Perverted Judges! - Part I
• Judge Jack Gifford, Retired, Solicitation
• Judge Ronald C. Kline, Child Pornography
• Chief U.S. District Judge Edward Nottingham, Solicitation
• Corrupt Judges & Prosecutors
• Corrupt Judges, Frame-ups & Graft
• Corrupt Judges! - Part II
• Judges of the Regents of the University of California
Judges of Interest
• James J. Marchiano, Corrupt Judge
• Stuart Hing, Corrupt Judge (Recent Appointment)
• Douglas E. Swager, Corrupt Judge
• Martin Jenkins, Corrupt Judge ("Uncle Tom")
• David Bernard Flinn, Corrupt Judge
• John T. Noonan, Corrupt Judge of the 9th Circuit
• Former Judge Ralph B. Robertson, Racist
• Judge Kenneth R. Kingsbury, Ret., Racist, Corrupt
Cops & Domestic Violence
• Wife Killing Cops! - Part I
• Wife Killing Cops! - Part II
• Blue Spousal Abuse! - Part III
• Deputy Paul R. Kovacich, Wife Killer
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