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Posted: January 25, 2016 11:36:50 AM PST - Updated: January 25, 2016 01:36:50 PM PST
The LA Raider!
Lancaster, CA -- Anthony Smith: Former Oakland Raiders Player Sentenced to Life in Prison for Killing 3 Men. The former defensive end was sentenced Friday without parole for the 1999 kidnapping and killings of brothers Ricky and Kevin Nettles and the 2001 killing of Dennis Henderson. Prosecutors said Smith posed as a police officer when he kidnapped the brothers. They were found dead of gunshot wounds the next day.
Posted: November 5, 2015 06:04:21 PM PST - Updated: January 25, 2016 11:36:50 AM PST
Lancaster, CA -- One-Time Oakland Raiders defensive end Anthony Wayne Smith, 48, was found guilty Thursday of killing three men. Smith played professional football with the Los Angeles and Oakland Raiders in the 1990s. Smith was a top draft pick of the Los Angeles Raiders in 1990. He was selected 11th overall. He signed a four-year, $7.6-million contract extension after his third season. Smith opted out of his contract In 1997 and did not sign with another team.
During his career Smith was described as charitable. He treated youngsters to trips. He was known for volunteering his time to mentor children in a Los Angeles city housing authority youth program. However, he grew increasingly suspicious of people around him. "I have grown to despise it," Smith told media sources in 1994. "Someone's desire to trick me or cheat me out of what I have, that makes me sick."
Smith faced mounting legal troubles after hanging up his cleats. He was charged with firebombing a furniture store in Santa Monica in 2003. The incident was reportedly over a dispute with the store's owner about money and a consignment item. A judge later dismissed the case after two juries were deadlocked on a verdict.
The jury deliberated for eight days. A mistrial was declared in a fourth killing after jurors deadlocked. The Lancaster jury convicted Smith of the 1999 double killings of brothers Ricky and Kevin Nettles. He was also convicted in the 2001 death of Dennis Henderson.
The jury also found true special circumstance allegations that Smith committed kidnapping, torture and multiple murders. However, the jurors were unable to reach verdict in the 2008 death of Maurilio Ponce. They were split 9 to 3 for a guilty verdict. On Monday a juror left a note for the attorneys. The juror said the jury had not properly followed the law while deliberating the Ponce charge.
Smith’s attorney said the juror believed the jury was confused on the first-degree murder charge. As a result they began deliberating second-degree murder. The jurors had to find Smith not guilty of first-degree murder before they could begin deliberating on second-degree murder. When jurors returned Thursday to announce the sealed decision, Judge Daviann L. Mitchell declared a mistrial on the Ponce charge.
This wasn’t the first time Smith faced a jury in the Ponce killing. A mistrial was declared in 2012 after jurors were unable to reach a verdict. Ponce, a 31-year-old mechanic, was found dead on Oct. 7, 2008. He had been shot six times. The decision to retry the case will be made later. is set to be sentenced Dec. 21. He faces three life terms in state prison without the possibility of parole, the district attorney’s office said. Smith is set to be sentenced Dec. 21. He faces three life terms in state prison without the possibility of parole.
“I am a true believer in the jury system, but I respectfully disagree with their decisions on counts 1, 2 and 3,” Smith's attorney said. The attorney said said he has problems with the prosecutor's witnesses. One witness said Smith didn’t look like the suspect. Another witness said he was 75% to 85% sure Smith was the suspect.
He said he would appeal the decision. However, he will first file a motion for a new trial because he believes it's possible the jury could have been confused by the law on the other murder counts. The attorney said prosecutors did not produce DNA evidence: fingerprints; or a handgun to show Smith was responsible for the killings.
Posted: 10/15/2012 09:04:21 AM PDT - Updated: 10/16/2012 01:19:50 PM PDT
LANCASTER, CA -- A Los Angeles County judge on Friday ordered that Anthony Wayne Smith (pictured above, center) a defensive lineman who played for eight years in the 1990s for the NFL's Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders, must stand trial for four murders. Judge Lisa Chung ruled after a four-day preliminary hearing in a court in Lancaster north of Los Angeles that there was sufficient evidence for Smith, 45, to stand trial for the killings that came in a nine-year span beginning the year after Smith's NFL career ended, when prosecutors say he quickly went from terrorizing quarterbacks to a life of very real violence.
Smith had already been tried for one of the killings: the 2008 death of Maurilio Ponce, a mechanic found stomped, beaten and shot along a Southern California desert highway in what prosecutors called a business deal gone wrong. A jury deadlocked 8-4 in April in favor of guilt, and in July while awaiting retrial, Smith was charged with the other murders.
They include the 1999 killing of Kevin and Ricky Nettles, brothers found shot to death, their bodies dumped about eight miles apart, after they were kidnapped from a Los Angeles car wash. He's also charged in the June 2001 killing of Dennis Henderson, who, along with another man, was kidnapped in Los Angeles by several gunmen. The other man was let go, but Henderson was found stabbed to death in a rental car.
Smith's Defense attorney said prosecutors have cited no credible motive in any of the cases, and said they all lack physical evidence. "There's no DNA evidence, there's no fingerprints evidence, there's no ballistics evidence that tie him to any of these cases," the attorney told The Associated Press in a phone interview Friday night.
The cases will be combined into a single trial. They include special circumstances allegations that make Smith eligible for the death penalty, but prosecutors have not yet decided whether they will seek it, district attorney's spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said. The case returns to court for a hearing Oct. 29. Smith, drafted as a pass rusher 11th overall by the Los Angeles Raiders in 1990, amassed 57 1/2 sacks and 190 tackles before retiring in 1998, after the team had returned to Oakland.
Posted: 1/14/2016 12:40 PM PST ~ Updated: 01/14/2016 1:49 PM PST
Los Angeles, CA -- Ricardo Medina Jr. has officially been charged with the murder of his roommate, Us Weekly can confirm. The Power Rangers actor was first arrested for the crime in January 2015.
Medina, 36, was arrested again on Thursday, January 14, 2016, and charged with one count of murder, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office confirms to Us. If convicted, he could face up to 26 years behind bars.
As previously reported, the Power Rangers Samurai star allegedly stabbed his roommate Joshua Sutter multiple times with a sword at their Green Valley, California, house. The two men were reportedly arguing about Medina's girlfriend.
According to the L.A. County District Attorney's office, Medina is scheduled to be arraigned at the Antelope Valley Branch of the Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday, January 19, and prosecutors will ask that his bail be set at $1 million. The case remains under investigation.
Medina is best known for playing the red power ranger in the TV shows Power Rangers Wild Force (2002) and Power Rangers Samurai (2011 to 2012). He most recently voiced the character Deker in the video game Power Rangers Super Samurai in 2012.
Posted: 1/13/2016 12:40 PM PST ~ Updated: 01/14/2016 11:49 AM PST
End of Line!
Los Angeles, CA -- Lawrence Phillips' biological mother -- and the people closest to him -- do not believe the ex-NFL star committed suicide in his prison cell ... with his next of kin telling media sources, "I know for a fact he wouldn't do that."
We spoke with Tonissa Murdock -- who was listed as Phillips' next of kin with Kern Valley State Prison due to their close relationship for more than 20 years.
Murdock says her family took in Lawrence during the '90s and he's been like a brother to her ever since. Tonissa says they were extremely close and last spoke with him around the Christmas holiday and he was very upbeat and positive at time, focusing on becoming a better person.
"I know him well enough to know he wouldn’t commit suicide."
Tonissa says she's the one who had to break the news to Lawrence's biological mother -- and says they both are demanding answers from prison officials.
"I asked the coroner for information about his body and she was very unhelpful," Tonissa says ... adding that she was told Lawrence was found with a note -- but officials wouldn't reveal what it said.
Tonissa also says she's upset that she was notified at 7:15 AM -- hours after he was found -- preventing her from being able to meet Phillips at the hospital before he was pronounced dead.
In the past few months, Tonissa says Phillips was determined to clear his name in the April death of his cellmate -- telling her he only acted in self-defense.
"He knew that he was innocent about his cellmate. He faced adversity his whole life and during all those times he said suicide was never an option."
As for the prison, officials say they will examine Lawrence's body on Friday -- but so far, have not released any details regarding how exactly the ex-NFL star died.
Posted: 10/26/2015 1:49 PM PDT ~ Updated: 01/14/2016 02:49 AM PST
Michigan -- Ex-NY Yankees outfielder Chad Curtis says he's broke. Curtis says he can't afford a lawyer to fight a sexual assault lawsuit. He claims his assets as $39.00 and some prison noodles. Curtis won 2 World Series titles with the Yanks. Curtis reportedly made nearly $13 million in his decade-long MLB career.
Curtis is currently serving 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting 3 female students at a Michigan high school. He coached back at the school in 2011. The women have followed up with a civil suit against Curtis. However, the 46-year-old says he's so broke, he can't even afford a lawyer to defend himself.
Curtis told a federal judge Monday: "I have $39 in my personal account. The state of Michigan has taken everything I own." He added that his personal estate is limited to the "nine noodles in my cell." Curtis also told the judge the accusers are lying. He said: "I know the truth is on my side. I do not believe there will be a large verdict."
Posted: 3:27 PM EST Nov 03, 2015 ~ Updated: Dec 23, 2015 1:54 AM PST
BALTIMORE, MD -- A former Baltimore Ravens player has been arrested again. Florida authorities have arrested former Baltimore Ravens player Damien Berry, who is accused of writing a bad check for more than $100,000 for a brand-new vehicle in Howard County. The member of the Baltimore Ravens recent Super Bowl team said he never wanted his championship ring to head to the auction block, but the president of the auction house said otherwise.
Damien Berry was arrested shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday in Penbroke Pines, Florida, the Penbroke Pines Police Department said. According to a police report, Berry was driving an ATV, was possibly speeding and attempted to elude an officer who tried to conduct a traffic stop. Police said when they finally caught up with him he was also found to be in possession of a loaded gun, which he did not have a permit to carry in Florida.
Berry was arrested on charges of driving on a suspended/revoked license, carrying a concealed firearm and having an outstanding warrant out of Howard County on a charge of theft.
Previously, Florida authorities arrested Berry on May 6 on a warrant put out by Howard County police, accusing him of writing a bad check for more than $100,000 for a brand-new vehicle in Howard County.
Berry's Super Bowl XLVII ring showed up on an online auction site in January 2014. At the time, Berry told media sources he was stunned and embarrassed, saying it was a mistake and that he gave the ring to a friend for safe-keeping and he never intended to sell it.
Posted: Dec 05, 2014 6:07 PM PST ~ Updated: Dec 10, 2014 12:07 AM PST
"The Big Hazard Gang!"
Los Angeles, CA -- Federal prosecutors announced a sweeping indictment against a gang with “deep ties” to the Mexican Mafia prison gang. At least 38 members of a Boyle Heights-based street gang, "The Big Hazard gang," were indicted under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) statutes. Federal officials said approximately 800 law enforcement agents were making arrests and conducting searches across the Eastside. On Wednesday, the U.S. attorney’s office announced police are still looking for two dozen or more members who are expected to be arrested. A news conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. to release details of an indictment filed in federal court.
The Mexican Mafia is the most powerful prison gang in California. "The Big Hazard gang" carries influence with many other gangs while maintaining ties to Mexican drug cartels. Drug sales are a major revenue maker for the gang. According to the indictment, the Eastside gang distributes methamphetamine, phencyclidine (PCP), crack cocaine, heroin and other controlled substances in neighborhoods it controls. To maintain control of drug sales, members conduct surveillance on police and rivals and maintain a cache of firearms, the indictment says.
The gang is known to “brand” their criminal acts by shouting references to their gang before or during a crime to cause fear, the indictment continues. The are known to tag using Hazard-related symbols. The gang uses murder, assault and threats to keep its members, associates and other Latino gangs in line, prosecutors said. The Mexican Mafia gives the gang the go-ahead to carry out the attacks, they said. Gangs also harass, assault and threaten rival gangs and outsiders, including police and African Americans, the indictment says.
The indictment states that the gang “is governed by a set of unwritten rules, which are often violently enforced.” Its leaders rely on women and teens to traffic drugs and carry out gang activity, according to the document.
Posted: Dec 05, 2014 6:07 PM PST ~ Updated: Dec 10, 2014 12:07 AM PST
Tangipahoa Parish, La. -- A grand jury in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana indicted Police Officer Grant Carruth, 25, of Husser, on multiple felony charges. Deputies with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office took Carruth into custody on September 30. Carruth was an officer with the Amite Police Department at the time of his arrest. District Attorney Scott Perrilloux announced the charges as follows:
«• Second-degree kidnapping (2 counts)
«• Aggravated rape
«• Sexual battery
«• Armed robbery
Sheriff Daniel Edwards said his office has been investigating two separate cases for about a month. The cases were reported on August 11 and September 20. The cases involved women being kidnapped and sexually assaulted. Sheriff Edwards said in both cases the victims reported they were approached by a man. The man identified himself as a narcotics officer. He would then tell them that they were being placed under arrest. According to reports, the victims were handcuffed and driven to unknown areas of Tangipahoa Parish. The victims told investigators they were forced to perform sexual acts against their will. Edwards added the victims also said they were then driven to other areas and released.
Officials said the similarities in the cases led investigators to believe they were connected and the same suspect could be responsible for both. Authorities said the suspect was more violent toward the second victim. The detectives gathered evidence that pointed to Carruth as their primary suspect. Both victims ultimately identified Carruth as the person who kidnapped and assaulted them.
Carruth's current status with the Amite Police Department is unknown.
Published On: 11/24/2014 7:35 PM PST ~ Updated On: Nov. 27, 2014 02:04:05 PM PST
Canandaigua, NY -- David Witherspoon, a former Caledonia police sergeant convicted of drugging a woman and then raping her, is now a free man. Witherspoon walked out of prison on Friday. He spent eight years behind bars. Witherspoon was a police sergeant in Caledonia when he was arrested in 2004. Prosecutors submitted evidence during his trial that he raped an 18-year-old female after drugging her by slipping an Ambien into her drink.
Witherspoon now appears on the state registry as a level three or high risk offender. He initially had been graded a level two offender. However, prosecutors argued for the higher designation citing a second victim who claimed Witherspoon also assaulted her. The woman did not want to prosecute. We've obtained a copy of the judge's decision to enhance Witherspoon's risk level. In it he says he considered the repeat nature of the conduct and called it a "sinister and manipulative technique that is likely to be repeated."
The former police officer has decided to live in Canandaigua much to the surprise of his new neighbors. A boarding house on Chapin Street in Canandaigua is his new home. Residents on Chapin Street say they are disturbed at having a registered sex offender living so close. Leah Ellis also lives in this house and was unaware that parole had given Witherspoon the okay to move in. She says, "I'm really not comfortable with it. I need a place to stay, so I have no choice. There's not much I can do about it."
Neighbor Krystal Plante says, "The concern really is the bus stop for the kids is two houses away -- for the entire neighborhood. And I have three young kids at home." Anne Copella says she will be keeping a closer eye on her granddaughter. She says, "Definitely going to the bus stop and not let her walk by herself." According to Canandaigua Police, Witherspoon has 10 days to report to them and be photographed. He will also have to check in every 90 days and police say they will be sending a notice to neighbors, alerting them to Witherspoon's presence.
Posted: 01/21/2013 06:04:43 AM PST - Updated: 01/21/2013 10:04:58 AM PST
Santa Clara County -- Former San Jose State University football player Kariem McFarlin (pictured above, center-left) was sentenced this week to seven years in state prison for burglarizing several Bay Area homes, including one that belonged to the late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs. McFarlin's burglary spree kicked off March 4, 2011, in Alameda and eventually spanned four Bay Area counties, according to prosecutors.
He targeted residences in affluent neighborhoods that were undergoing construction or remodeling and appeared to be vacant. Jobs' home on the 2100 block of Waverley Street in Palo Alto was one such home. On the night of July 17, 2012, McFarlin crept into a garage, found a set of keys and looted the residence. Among the items he took were $60,000 worth of Tiffany & Co. jewelry, several Apple gadgets and the driver's license of the CEO, who had died of cancer nine months earlier.
Technology that Jobs helped create led to McFarlin's capture. When he connected the stolen devices to the Internet with his iTunes account, Apple investigators were able to identify him using an IP address. Police collected additional evidence and arrested him at his Alameda apartment on Aug. 2. Prosecutors ultimately determined McFarlin was responsible for seven other burglaries in Alameda, Marin and San Francisco counties, and had tried to sell some of his ill-gotten goods.
McFarlin, 35, pleaded no contest Nov. 21 to eight felony counts of residential burglary and one felony count of selling stolen property. The Alameda resident could have faced up to 16 years and four months, but Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Thang Nguyen Barrett agreed to cap his maximum sentence at seven years and eight months in exchange for the plea.
McFarlin could end up serving just half of his seven-year sentence, said Deputy District Attorney Thomas Flattery. Every day he serves will count as two as long as his behavior is good. Flattery said the victims of McFarlin's crimes were satisfied by the sentence handed down Thursday. It includes restitution.
I think we got his attention," said Flattery, referring to McFarlin's contrite demeanor while in court. "I don't think he'll be a problem in the future. I'd be very surprised if he was." Other than the connection to Jobs, Flattery said the case was unremarkable and handled no differently than any other.
McFarlin's private attorney previously told media sources his client wasn't a career criminal. He received a football scholarship to San Jose State University, graduated from college and held various jobs over the past 15 years. But he started breaking into homes when he lost his most recent job as a medical supplies salesman.
Posted: Wed January 2, 2013 7:13PM; Updated: Sat. Jan. 19, 2013 7:00PM PST
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (WCJB) -- The wife of former Atlanta Braves star Andruw Jones (pictured below, right) filed for divorce about a week after she accused him of grabbing her neck and saying he wanted to kill her, according to a court document. Nicole Jones said their 10-year marriage is "irretrievably broken," according to the divorce complaint filed in a suburban Atlanta court Monday. The filing does not mention a Christmas morning fight that prompted Nicole Jones to call police and led to Andruw Jones' arrest on a battery charge.
The couple fought around 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 25 after Nicole Jones asked her husband to help prepare their home for Christmas morning, a Gwinnett County police report said. She tried to go upstairs, but her husband grabbed her by the ankle and dragged her down some stairs, the report said. He got on top of her and said, "I want to kill you," according to the report. She was able to push him away because he was intoxicated and then she went to her parents' house, the report said. Police said they found injuries on her neck, which they photographed for evidence.
When officers arrived at the Jones residence in the Sugarloaf Country Club in Duluth and approached him in a bedroom, they said he appeared to have passed out in his clothes and was confused about what had happened. Gwinnett County jail records showed Andruw Jones was freed on bond after his arrest.
Nicole Jones is seeking joint legal and primary custody of the couple's 9-year-old son, the complaint said. She is asking for child support, alimony and half of the couple's property. She also wants a judge to declare their prenuptial agreement null and void. Jones earlier this month signed a $3.5 million, one-year contract with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan's Pacific League. Five-time All-Star Andruw Jones spent the past two seasons as a part-timer with the Yankees.
Nicole Jones' lawyer declined to comment Wednesday. It was not immediately clear whether Andruw Jones had a lawyer.
Published: Jan 17, 2013 - Updated: Sat. Jan 19, 2013 - 18:52:52 PST
Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf, taken one pick after Peyton Manning in the 1998 NFL Draft, was sent to Montana state prison after being kicked out of a residential drug program.
Leaf was at the rehabilitation center to start a five-year prison term. He had been arrested twice in less than a week – in March and April of last year — for trying to steal prescription painkillers.
But officials “terminated Leaf from the treatment program and placed him in prison after he was found guilty of behavior that violated conditions of his drug treatment placement,” Dawn Handa, regional probation and parole administrator in Great Falls, said in a statement to the Great Falls Tribune. “The violations included threatening a program staff member.”
Leaf would have been in line to serve only about 15 months of his sentence if he had successfully completed the rehab program, the paper reported.
Leaf, the strong-armed quarterback from Washington State, was selected by the San Diego Chargers with the second pick in the NFL Draft. He struggled on the field and played in only 25 career games. He has dealt with substance abuse issues in subsequent years.
Posted: Mon. December 3, 2012 - Updated: Tue. Dec. 4, 2012 - 06:58:52 AM PST
The Murder League!
Kansas City, Mo. -- Unusual questions arose about guns and the gridiron days after Kansas City Chiefs, linebacker, Jovan Belcher, 25 (pictured above, center-right) blew away his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, 22 (pictured above, center-left) in their Kansas City home Saturday. Police said Monday that Belcher used two guns when he killed Perkins and then himself. He possessed both legally. The outburst of violence from the hardworking and humble football player still baffled numerous people who knew him.
The Chiefs organization was equally stunned. “He’s not somebody that we’ve had an issue with in any regard,” Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said. The extreme change in behavior by Belcher led to rampant questions about what made him do it. A familiar suspect quickly emerged — brain trauma. Belcher is the sixth NFL player to have killed himself in the last two years — and many believe the sport’s violent collisions are causing players to snap. Hunt said Belcher was “a player who had not had a long concussion history.” However, people who knew the linebacker and his murdered lover say the constant pounding of four years in the National Football League was probably a factor in his sudden violence.
Another friend of Belcher’s told the media sources the linebacker suffered from short-term memory loss following a Nov. 18 game against the Bengals. Belcher did not play in last week’s game. “He could not remember the events that had taken place prior to that game,” the anonymous friend told the website. The writer also said that Belcher drank heavily, and was on pain medication. “Jovan drank A LOT. On a nightly basis,” the writer told the website.
On Monday The Perkins family had a message for her killer’s loved ones: pray for them. “Please keep us in your hearts and prayers as well as the Belcher family for two lives were lost,” the Perkins' said in a statement. “We appreciate the outpouring of love and concern.”
“The impact that this inconceivable tragedy has had on our hearts is immeasurable. We are overwhelmed with both sadness and confusion,” said Belcher’s cousin, Yamiesse Lawrence, 31, in a statement. As families of both Perkins and Belcher continued to grieve, a few details trickled out about Belcher and Perkins’ final hours.
On Monday, it was revealed Belcher was out partying with another woman the night before he killed his girlfriend and himself. The Chiefs football player was carousing in downtown Kansas City with a woman other than his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins, a law enforcement official close to the investigation told media sources. Belcher, 25, and the unnamed woman became separated at some point, but he went to her apartment complex to meet up with her. She wasn’t there, but two of her neighbors let the intoxicated Belcher sleep in their apartment, they said. The neighbors woke Belcher for a team meeting Saturday morning, as he instructed them to do, and he returned home to argue with Perkins, 22, before shooting her and himself.
Perkins, 22, was found dead in the master bedroom of their home mere minutes from Arrowhead Stadium with multiple gunshot wounds around 7:52 a.m. Saturday, according to a report released by Kansas City police. Ten minutes later police received a call about Belcher, who was armed outside of the Kansas City Chiefs practice facility.
The first person to encounter the disturbed football player was Chiefs general manager Scott Piolli, media sources reported. "I came here to tell you thank you. Thank you for my chance. I love you, bro,” the magazine reported Belcher saying to his boss. Soon, head coach Romeo Crennel and defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs came to the parking lot and tried to calm down their player. “I was trying to tell him life is not over. Let's get this worked out,” Crennel said Monday.
But Belcher literally had blood on his hands — a photo of the interior of his 2007 Bentley Continental GT obtained by media sources showed a gear shifter stained by Perkins’ blood.
Cops arrived, and Belcher “observed their presence and moved to an area behind a vehicle” according to a police report. “From that position Belcher shot himself one time in the head.”
Along with the new details of what led up to the horrible crime came a report that Belcher (pictured above, center) was arrested for criminal mischief while attending the University of Maine. During his college days, Belcher was cited after a University of Maine police officer responded to a call at a hall on campus and found him with cuts on his hand and arm, according to a 2006 police report. The gridiron star was hurt after punching a window because he was upset over a girl, the officer was told.
Before and after Sunday’s win over the Carolina Panthers his teammates struggled with how to acknowledge Belcher’s death. The team also held a moment of silence for domestic violence victims before kickoff. The team pledged to establish a fund for Belcher and Perkins’ orphaned 3-month-old daughter Zoe.
Posted: June 28, 2012 - 1:00 PM EDT - Updated: July 1, 2012 12:41 AM PDT
James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond was convicted of drug-trafficking, but his lawyer continues to shoot down reports that the one-time music mogul orchestrated the 1994 shooting of Tupac Shakur. "The statement by the prosecutor that Jimmy Rosemond had confessed or admitted to being involved in the 1994 shooting of Tupac is totally false," he said. "He categorically and emphatically denied that he had participation or role in that shooting and that was clear from the outset."
New York -- Things have gone from bad to worse for James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond who was formally indicted on Friday for conspiracy to murder a close associate of rapper 50 Cent. Less than three weeks after being found guilty—on all 13 charges—of running a multi-million dollar, cross-country cocaine shipping operation, James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond (pictured left, center) has also been indicted and charged with arranging the murder of an associate of the rapper 50 Cent. On Friday (June 22) Manhattan officials confirmed that Rosemond was indicted for conspiring with five other men to kill Lowell Fletcher, a G-Unit associate, in the Bronx back in 2009. “This has not been a good month for Jimmy the Henchman,” New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said in a statement, as reported by media sources. Kelly added that the murder of Fletcher was in retaliation for an assault on Rosemond’s son. The source adds that Rosemond and another man hired at least two of the defendants to kill Fletcher in exchange for drugs, according to the indictment in the United States District Court in Manhattan.
“I am very disappointed,” Rosemond’s attorney told media sources following his client’s guilty verdict in the drug scheme on June 5. “I thought that there were reasons to doubt and we intend to pursue and appeal and take advantage of all legal remedies available to us. “As I said in my closing statements, the prosecution that in my view could not be trusted,” he added. “It rested in large part on the word of people who have been proven to be liars again and again, who hoodwinked the government again and again with their previous lying and the government seems so willing to embrace these people, these cooperators. I’m still under the view that the prosecution’s case could not be trusted, but I have to deal with the verdict. I’m going to continue fighting for Jimmy.” Rosemond was the former CEO of CZAR Entertainment, which was managerially associated with acts like Game, Sheek Louch, Gucci Mane, Akon, Brandy and even Mike Tyson at one point. Henchman, who’s currently in federal custody, is waiting on his sentencing, but facing life in prison.
Posted: Jun 5 2012 8:33 PM EDT - updated on: Jun 8 2012 2:00 PM PDT
New York -- James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond (pictured left) was once a big-time music mogul who managed the careers of Brandy and Game, but on Tuesday (June 5), he was found guilty on all charges that he ran a drug-trafficking ring. Warrants were issued for Rosemond's arrest in May 2011, and he remained on the lam until he was arrested in New York City a month later after he led U.S. Marshals and DEA agents on a foot race across several Manhattan blocks . He immediately entered a not-guilty plea. The trial began May 15 and lasted a little less than a month.
Rosemond's defense team always maintained his innocence, but federal prosecutors won convictions on all 13 indictments, including cocaine distribution, conspiracy, money laundering, firearms possession and witness tampering. "James Rosemond never touched a kilo of cocaine," defense lawyer said during the trial's opening statements. ''He is not that kingpin that the government says he was.'' Given the number of people linked to the alleged drug operation, the defense seemed resigned to deem a backseat by calling no witnesses and instead letting the prosecution build their case to be their best tack. His Defense attorney maintained that the evidence submitted of recorded conversations between informants and his client failed to establish Rosemond’s connection to an actual crime, and further, the witnesses called upon were motivated by a desire to reduce their own sentences to provide perjured testimony.
As the CEO of Czar Entertainment, Rosemond oversaw the careers of high-profile musicians, actors and sports figures, but federal prosecutors charged that it was all a front for a bicoastal, $10 million-a-year drug organization that moved money and narcotics from New York to California. The feds said Jimmy's organization used "road cases" typically used to transport musical equipment to move drugs. Vacuum-sealed bags and mustard were also used to conceal the smell from drug-sniffing dogs.
Rosemond was specifically found guilty of conspiracy, drug charges, and gun charges for overseeing the national drug trafficking scheme, which the jury believed was a front of his Czar Entertainment label. Rosemond now faces life in prison and will be sentenced at a later date.
Posted: June 06, 2012 - updated on: 12:00 am PDT, June 08, 2012
New York -- Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder and former associate of Jay-Z, Kareem “Biggs” Burke (pictured left) was sentenced for drug trafficking in the dragnet “Operation Green Venom” Monday. The guilty conviction for attempted distribution of 100 kilos of marijuana landed him a sentence of five years in prison.
The massive sting operation that led to the arrest of over 50 people involved the coordination of New York’s Department of Investigation and Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in New York and the Special Narcotics Prosecutor’s office, according to media sources. Biggs was convicted on wiretap evidence overhearing his discussions with the trafficking ring leader from within one of the houses set up with a hydroponic system. The illegally grown pot was alleged to be transported from the Florida and California cultivation sites to sell in New York.
Part of Biggs’ plea deal included a forfeiture of $15,000 in cash, his New Jersey home and BMW. Roc-A-Fella remains in operation as a subsidiary of Universal Music Group, distributed by The Island Def Jam Music Group.
Posted: June 06, 2012 - updated on: 10:09 pm PDT, June 06, 2012
CINCINNATI, OH – Former Bengals linebacker Nate Webster (pictured above, center) has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for having sex with the underage teen daughter of a former assistant coach for the Cincinnati team. A court official in Cincinnati says 34-year-old Webster was sentenced Wednesday on four counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. He could have received up to 20 years. Prosecutors say Webster had sex with the girl in 2009 when she was 15 and threatened to harm her if she told anyone. Webster admitted having sex with the girl the next year, when she was 16. Sixteen is Ohio's legal age of consent. Webster's attorney says Webster will appeal the verdict and sentence. Prosecutors say Webster rejected a plea deal that would have sent him to prison for four years.
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Benjamin Todd "Ben" Roethlisberger (pictured left) nicknamed Big Ben, is an American football quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Steelers in the first round (11th overall) in the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Miami University. On August 4, 2004, he signed a six-year contract worth $22.26 million in salaries and bonuses, with an additional $17.73 million available via incentives. He was touted by then-Steelers coach Bill Cowher in a press conference as a franchise quarterback. On March 4, 2008, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Roethlisberger agreed to an eight-year, $102 million contract. Roethlisberger had two years left on his original that he signed after the draft. He has stated that he wants to retire as a Steeler. Off the field, Roethlisberger has been involved in high-profile incidents, including a nearly fatal motorcycle accident in 2006 and sexual assault allegations in Lake Tahoe in 2008 and in Milledgeville, Georgia, in 2010. Neither allegation resulted in charges being filed; however, the latter act resulted in Roethlisberger being suspended for six games (reduced to four) under the NFL's personal conduct policy for the start of the 2010 season.
Roethlisberger is the namesake to multiple sandwiches, which are usually named using a pun on his last name's similarity to "hamburger". For instance, Pittsburgh restaurant chain Peppi's sells the "Roethlisburger", at a price of $7.00, in correlation with his jersey number "7". A Findlay, Ohio, restaurant named Tony's and an Oxford, Ohio, restaurant named Brick Street also sell "Roethlisburger" sandwiches. He has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, after both of his Super Bowl victories. At the 2006 Grammy Awards, one week after Pittsburgh won Super Bowl XL, Roethlisberger introduced Kelly Clarkson. He, along with other Steelers players, makes a cameo appearance as a member of the Gotham Rogues football team, in the 2012 film The Dark Knight Rises.
Posted: June 5, 2012, 6:34 p.m. PDT - updated on: June 6, 2012, 11:18 p.m. PDT
Barrio UC Locos!
Los Angeles, CA -- In the 1970s, Riverside's Casa Blanca barrio, not quite a square mile, was ablaze with violence between gangsters and the police. Isaac Guillen, one of five children raised by a single mother, joined the gang life before puberty, according to a picture of his life that emerges from court testimony and interviews with friends, former colleagues and other sources. At 11, he was initiated into the Devil Wolves and soon racked up arrests for burglary, assault and car theft. He was in and out of the California Youth Authority. His longest stint was on charges of assault with a deadly weapon involving a baseball bat and a knife. In his early 20s, he was married with children and still living the street life when his apartment was shot up by a rival gang. Dodging the gunfire with his toddlers, he made a decision, he later told a colleague.
He entered alcohol rehab and quit drinking. He began classes at community college, then transferred to UC Berkeley. He and his wife divorced, and he began caring for two sons and a daughter. At Berkeley, where he carried a blue Jansport backpack nearly bursting with books, he excelled and was admitted to an honors seminar. He took classes with sociology professor Martin Sanchez-Jankowski, a renowned gang scholar. When he visited the professor during office hours, Guillen's eyes would light up discussing theories about urban poverty and gang life. "He was excited about ideas," Sanchez-Jankowski recalled. "He wasn't a one-dimensional person. He was smarter than that."
In 1994, Guillen graduated with high honors and went on to the UCLA School of Law. There, he applied for an internship at the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. But with his lengthy rap sheet, he was turned down. Next, he headed to the federal public defender's office, where attorneys took a chance and gave him a position as a law clerk. He met Ellen Barry, a deputy federal public defender, who thought: This man is a living embodiment of the credo defense attorneys live by — people are more than their worst mistakes. Guillen asked to work on Barry's current case, involving a 1995 indictment of Mexican Mafia members. She represented Alex "Pee Wee" Aguirre, who was accused in the murders of four fellow gang members. Guillen knew something about the Mexican Mafia — his Berkeley honors thesis was on Latino prison gangs. He also knew the streets. Barry took him along when she visited the murder scene and interviewed witnesses. She relied on him to tell her when they weren't welcome in a particular place.
Working on the case, Guillen got to know Aguirre, who put out a query among California Youth Authority alums and on the streets of Riverside, asking for information about the young lawyer. Word came back: Guillen's street credentials were real, and he wasn't an undercover cop. When Guillen finished law school, defendants in the Mexican Mafia case signed a hand-drawn card congratulating him, Barry recalled. Barry and other attorneys wrote to the state bar urging that Guillen be admitted despite his criminal record.
Then, on an unseasonably warm day in May 1997, Guillen marched in a stream of graduates to collect a diploma marking a new stage in his life: Juris Doctor. Beneath his gown were tattoos of barbed wire, reminding him of his violent younger days and the years he spent in juvenile lockup. This was the first time many of his friends and family had set foot on a college campus. Surrounded by a pearls and cashmere crowd, they cheered loudly for the triumph of one of their own. Guillen, then 36, had struggled to escape a difficult past. As he received the purple velvet hood that signifies a law school graduate, he seemed bound for a very different future. In 1998, after passing the bar exam, he became an attorney.
In 2009, Guillen, by now a Covina defense attorney, stood accused of serving as a liaison between a violent Los Angeles-based street gang (18th Street) and the Mexican Mafia. Federal Prosecutors argued that Guillen, indicted as part of a broad racketeering case against a clique of the 18th Street gang known as the Columbia Lil Cycos, was a danger to the community. At one hearing, Guillen, in blue jeans and a long-sleeve T-shirt from his undergraduate alma mater, UC Berkeley, sat chained at his ankles and wrists and never spoke during a hearing in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew J. Wistrich. The UCLA law school graduate is accused of delivering proceeds from the gang's illegal activities to an imprisoned member of the Mexican Mafia and then "relaying orders" from the mafioso back to the gang, according to an indictment unsealed this week. Guillen is also partners with the mafia member in several business ventures, including a limousine service, a liquor store and a real estate holding corporation, the indictment states.
Guillen appeared to have been having severe financial difficulties prior to his indictment. He filed for bankruptcy earlier in 2009, according to court records, claiming more than $1.8 million in debt, including more than $100,000 in credit card bills. He reported his San Gabriel Valley home's assessed value at more than $1 million and listed two 2007 Lexus automobiles as among his possessions. He listed the income from his law practice as having dwindled from more than half a million dollars in 2007 to about $137,000 during his last year (2009) of practice.
According to prosecutors, Guillen, identified in the indictment by the gang moniker "coach," was responsible for making sure that a share of "rent" proceeds collected by the gang were delivered to an unidentified Mexican Mafia member serving time in the Supermax federal prison in Colorado. Rent was collected from drug dealers, street vendors and other merchants who were forced to pay or suffer the wrath of the gang, authorities allege. A 3-week-old baby was killed near MacArthur Park by a stray bullet in 2007 when gang members allegedly attacked a street vendor who refused to pay $50 in rent. The infant's death caused outrage across the city and served as a catalyst for federal authorities to crack down on the gang. According to the indictment, Guillen would either buy money orders himself or direct someone else to do so and then deposit them into the Mexican Mafia member's prison commissary account. He deposited $28,000 between 2003 and 2008, the indictment alleges.
He would also give money to the inmate's family members and to other imprisoned members of the gang, as directed, prosecutors allege. Additionally, he invested some rent proceeds into the businesses he operated with the Mexican Mafia member. Although prosecutors allege that Guillen relayed orders from the mafia member to the gang, the indictment provides no further details.
Earlier this year (2012) Guillen appeared in a federal courtroom in Los Angeles. There was no suit this time and no briefcase. He wore light gray sweats and laceless Reeboks. Shackles clinked with each step.
Mexican Mafia Connections
The connections he made on the Mexican Mafia case proved valuable. In the jails, he became known as the attorney from the streets, who would take time to talk to clients. A few years into his practice, some clients urged him to see a man known as "Puppet" about possible work. Francisco Martinez was a Mexican Mafia member serving multiple life sentences for racketeering. From behind bars, he oversaw a lucrative crack cocaine operation run by an 18th Street gang clique near MacArthur Park, according to federal authorities. Martinez had risen to power through the 18th Street gang and still controlled the clique, known as the Columbia Lil Cycos. Guillen had been handling the appeal of Alberto "Nefty" Pina, a soldier in the Lil Cycos, in a racketeering case.
When they met in 2003 at a federal lockup in downtown Los Angeles, Martinez asked a favor. He wanted Guillen to pass messages to Pina:
"How're you doing."
"He sends his regards." Guillen had an inkling there was more to the messages, but he wasn't being asked to smuggle drugs or take part in a beating or murder. He agreed. When Pina's sister delivered the payment for Pina's appeal, she also handed him an additional $15,000. The money, she said, was Martinez's, to be managed on his behalf. Guillen locked it in a safe in his office.
In the summer of 2004, a federal judge in Riverside, presiding over a drug-dealing case against one of Guillen's clients, summoned the lawyer to court. The judge told him the Mexican Mafia had ordered him killed — and Guillen's client, a member of the Black Angels, was supposed to carry out the hit. It is unclear where the information came from; the relevant records are under seal. In closed-door court proceedings, the judge removed Guillen from the case because the threat put him in a conflict of interest.
Guillen asked Martinez what was going on. Martinez assured him he would take care of it. Guillen never found out if there really was a contract on his life or why. "He'd use it at times," Guillen later said in court. "'I saved your life.' I felt like I owed him something." About that time, Martinez told Guillen to use the money he had given him to make monthly deposits of $500 to his prison account. He also asked Guillen to look into one of his investments. "Shaggie," a shot-caller for the Columbia Lil Cycos, had invested $170,000 of Martinez's money in a brothel in Guadalajara. Martinez asked Guillen to fly to Mexico to "kick the tires." Guillen reported back that the building looked shoddy, and the receipts for construction work appeared to be forged. After that, money from the gang's drug dealing and other activities went directly to Guillen. In return, he received a cut of $3,000 a week.
Guillen, who had married a probation officer he met at East Los Angeles College, bought a $1-million, five-bedroom home in San Dimas, dove gray with white trim. His law office was now in a modern West Covina office building, with a lunchroom and a library. Guillen, now part of Martinez's trusted circle, was veering far from the line. At a maximum-security prison in Colorado, the two discussed gang business in code. On the letterhead of his law office, Guillen wrote messages to Martinez updating him on gang affairs. "High court judges" meant the Mexican Mafia. A "lower court judge" was a shot-caller. Guillen slipped drug ledgers inside legal papers for Martinez to review.
At a Denny's parking lot off the 10 Freeway, Guillen would receive wads of cash from 18th Street gangsters — as much as $17,000. He delivered some of the money to Martinez's family in Mexico, crossing the border with $50,000 tucked around his waist. Guillen soon learned that laundering drug profits wasn't so easy. Businesses he started with Martinez's money — a limousine shop, a real estate company and a tequila distillery — all went under. At the same time, the gang was having problems. In 2007, gang members targeting a defiant street vendor shot and killed a newborn baby in Westlake, leading to a police crackdown. Key members of the clique were arrested and drug proceeds plummeted. Guillen knew Martinez's patience was wearing thin.
In 2008, a Mexican Mafia member who was about to be paroled went to a prison investigator with letters he had received from Martinez. In the letters, Martinez angrily recounted the failed businesses and described what he wanted done to "Huero," or white boy, his nickname for Guillen. "P.S. At the end of all this I want Huero taken out when he goes to TJ, just to set an example."
Guillen was arrested in 2009 in a continuing crackdown on the Columbia Lil Cycos, and has been held without bail ever since. After his arrest, authorities showed him Martinez's letter. Guillen agreed to cooperate with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to racketeering and multiple counts of money laundering. He is scheduled to be sentenced in July. During two days of testimony in March, Guillen matter-of-factly detailed his work for the gang. In all, he said, he had laundered about $1.3 million and been paid about $180,000. If he felt remorse or fear, he didn't show it. In exchange for his cooperation, he testified, the government paid $9,000 to relocate his family. He knows what the Mexican Mafia does to turncoats, if it finds them. "Strictly death," he testified under questioning from Assistant U.S. Atty. Kevin Lally. "They'll kill you."
Tom O'Brien, U.S. Attorney for Los Angeles, said this gang (Columbia Lil Cycos) had terrorized the MacArthur Park neighborhood, east of downtown Los Angeles, for several years. The indictment, O'Brien said, seeks to hold the gang "accountable for the violence and intimidation it is alleged to have wielded in seeking to control narcotics distribution and extort street vendors within its territory." O'Brien said he expects more arrests in the future.
"The conduct charged in the indictment includes the September, 2007, fatal shooting of a 3-week-old infant, who was struck by a bullet as he sat in his stroller, when a [gang] member attempted to shoot and murder a street vendor who refused to cede to the gang's demands to pay $50 in 'rent' in order to sell his wares in gang territory," said O'Brien. The indictment also charged 18th Street gang members with the 2001 murder of an innocent man who was mistaken for a member of a rival gang.
Posted: June 4, 2012 | 11:55 a.m. PST - updated on: June 6, 2012 | 11:24 p.m. PST
Los Angeles, CA -- Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez (pictured left) announced on Friday that he is stepping down and taking a voluntary leave of absence from his position. This decision came as a result of an ongoing investigation for alleged corruption and influence peddling within his office. The investigation began last year by the L.A. County District Attorney’s office. Even with the Noguez leave of absence District Attorney Steve Cooley said on Friday “It will have no impact on the criminal investigation being conducted by this office. The investigation is ongoing, multi-faceted and active.”
Noguez’s home was raided last month by L.A. County District Attorney investigators and agents of the assessors office around the county. They found potential evidence that was hauled off in boxes from the home. The investigation is focused on millions of dollars in tax breaks allegedly given to Noguez campaign contributors, lowering assessed property values in exchange for campaign contributions. Other employees from the assessor’s office who hold high ranking positions are being investigated as accomplices to the alleged crime. Former Los Angeles County appraiser, Scott Schenter was arrested on May 21 and charged with falsifying records and unlawfully lowering property values by $172 million. Schenter, 49, pleaded not guilty last week to all 60 felony counts.
Schenter said Noguez offered him a promotion if he would secretly and improperly reduce property tax values of wealthy owners tax bills in order for them to donate to the Noguez campaign.
May 6, 2012 11:30 AM PDT SAN BERNARDINO, CA - A former Los Angeles Police Department sergeant waived his right to a preliminary hearing today in Superior Court on charges of burglary and grand theft. Lucien Daigle, 44, is accused of burglarizing a woman's apartment in Mentone on Oct. 23. He fled the residence when the woman returned home from walking her dogs, but not before the woman blasted him with pepper spray. While fleeing, he collided with another vehicle in Highland and was arrested after a sheriff's deputy noticed a strong smell of pepper spray emitting from Daigle's vehicle and investigated further, finding stolen property in the vehicle, authorities said.
Lucien the Cat!
LAPD Sgt. Lucien Daigle,left,talks with his attorney during his preliminary hearing Thursday May 3, 2012 at the San Bernardino Superior Court in San Bernardino. Three months later, on Jan. 24, Daigle was arrested again on suspicion of stealing a mountain bike valued and roughly $1,000 from a Highland apartment. He was out on bail at the time, according to the Sheriff's Department.
Lucien's attorney said his client deeply regrets his actions and waived his right to a preliminary hearing to spare the victims from having to testify. "He's showing as much good faith as possible," his attorney said outside the courtroom this morning. He said Daigle's life has been on a downward spiral since his arrests, but the problems began long before that for the LAPD veteran of 18 years.
Daigle resigned from the LAPD two months ago, and his wife has filed for divorce, his attorney said, adding, "He's got a divorce case pending today." In addition, Daigle battles alcoholism, the lawyer said. "He had a horrible problem with alcohol. He's in a horrible position," his attorney added. Daigle will next appear in court on May 24 for a pretrial hearing.
February 6, 2012 11:30 AM PDT SAN BERNARDINO, CA (WCJB) — An LAPD sergeant facing burglary charges has been accused of stealing an expensive bike from a Highland home. Sergeant Lucien Daigle (pictured left) was first arrested in October on suspicion of burglarizing an apartment in Mentone. Daigle was allegedly sprayed with pepper spray bear repellent by a woman coming home to the apartment, then crashed in Highland as he fled the scene, according to a local newspaper. The paper reports that items from the burglary were found inside his car and that deputies could smell the repellent on him.
Daigle was arrested on Jan. 24 in Highland on suspicion of another home break-in, while he was out of custody on his first case. Charges were filed against Daigle on Jan. 26. He was being held at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga on $250,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court on March 5. Daigle was arrested on Cloverhill Drive, north of Base Line in Highland, after allegedly taking a mountain bike worth more than $950 from a Highland residence. Daigle’s attorney told media sources that he plans to resign from the Los Angeles Police Department.
December 20, 2011
Los Angeles, CA -- An L.A. police sergeant was charged Tuesday with burglary for allegedly breaking into a woman’s home near the San Bernardino National Forest. Sgt. Lucien Daigle faces felony first-degree burglary, a felony, in connection with the break-in in Mentone, a remote community near Redlands. Daigle was arrested October 23, 2011, on suspicion of burglary after a woman found him inside her home near the San Bernardino National Forest and sprayed him with a potent form of pepper spray that is typically used to ward off bears, authorities said. LAPD Sgt. Lucien Daigle allegedly fled but crashed his car a few miles from the woman’s Mentone home, said San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Sgt. Paul Morrison. Daigle reeked of pepper spray when he was approached and had valuables inside his car that belonged to the woman, Morrison said. It was only during the booking process, Morrison said, that deputies learned that Daigle, 44, was an LAPD sergeant.
Authorities said there is no indication that Daigle, a Highland resident, is acquainted with the victim. “It was a burglary,” Morrison said. The homeowner told deputies she had taken her dogs for a walk and returned to find a man inside her home, Morrison said. “She had sprayed the intruder with bear pepper spray. It is five times more powerful than pepper spray we use in law enforcement,” he added. Daigle had been a skid row drug expert for the Los Angeles Police Department for many years but was recently reassigned to the Olympic division. He is on administrative leave while the incident is being investigated by the department’s professional standards bureau.
March 5, 2010 | 3:02 p.m.
Another Drunk Cop!
Orange, CA - An off-duty Orange County sheriff’s deputy, who allegedly was intoxicated when he crashed his Mercedes-Benz into another vehicle and injured a passenger, had crashed 30 minutes earlier and was allowed to drive from that accident scene by fellow deputies, authorities said Friday. Sheriff’s deputies were called Monday afternoon to a crash involving Deputy Allan James Waters, 36, and another vehicle outside City Hall in Dana Point. Deputies took a report and permitted Waters to keep driving, said Assistant Sheriff Mike James. About 30 minutes later, at 5:20 p.m., Waters crashed his Mercedes-Benz into a Toyota in Laguna Niguel, causing it to cross the center median and slam into a tree, according to the California Highway Patrol. Dolores Molina, a 78-year-old passenger in the Toyota, suffered minor injuries.
CHP officers said Waters showed signs of being intoxicated and was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence. He was released Wednesday, according to jail records. Waters is a 13-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department, assigned to south Orange County, James said. The department is conducting an internal investigation to determine why Waters was allowed to keep driving, James said. Waters had been placed on administrative leave about two months ago, but James would not say why. He said the deputy will remain on leave while the investigations are conducted.
4:50 PM, May 14, 2010 Pleasant Hill, IA -- A Pleasant Hill police officer suspected of stealing drugs from his department’s evidence room has been fired. Sgt. Daniel Edwards, 42 (pictured below, right) was terminated today, Pleasant Hill Police Chief Tim Sittig said. His dismissal comes on the same day state law enforcement officials announced Edwards faces additional charges of third-degree burglary and operating a vehicle while intoxicated. He is suspected of taking controlled substances from the evidence room at the Pleasant Hill Police Department between Jan. 1 and April 1. Third-degree burglary is a class D felony.
He was previously charged with misdemeanor drug possession after he crashed his police vehicle near U.S. Highway 65 and East University Avenue on April 1. State investigators confirmed Edwards was under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of the wreck. Edwards was fired because of the criminal allegations and violations of department rules and regulations, Sittig said. Sittig declined further comment on the situation and referred questions about the criminal charges to the agencies handling the investigation — the Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa State Patrol and the Division of Narcotics Enforcement.
Edwards (pictured left) pleaded innocent to a misdemeanor drug possession charge when he appeared in Polk County District Court on Wednesday. He was arrested last month on the drug charge after crashing his police vehicle near U.S. Highway 65 and East University Avenue April 1. Officials said Edwards was in possession of methamphetamine after the crash, and he had been on paid administrative leave until today’s firing. Edwards turned himself in to agents with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation today on the additional charges and was later released, according to information on the Polk County Jail website.
NFL Sex Assault!
May 6, 2010
SUFFERN, NEW YORK - Former National Football League great Lawrence Taylor (pictured above) has been arrested as part of a rape investigation in a New York suburb, police said. The rape occurred early Thursday morning at a hotel in Montebello, New York, about 25 miles (40 km) north of New York City, Ramapo police said in a statement. “Formal charges will be filed upon the completion of our investigation,” the statement said. The victim was a 15-year-old runaway who was brought by a pimp to the hotel where Taylor was staying, Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence told the media. “She was a runaway since March and there was a pimp involved,” St. Lawrence also told the media. “She got punched in the face. We’re not sure who did it.”
April 12, 2010 MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. — Authorities in Georgia won't charge Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (pictured left) after a 20-year-old college student said he sexually assaulted her. District Attorney Fred Bright made the announcement today. The student had told police that Roethlisberger sexually assaulted her last month at a nightclub in the central Georgia college town of Milledgeville. Bright says questions still persist about what happened between Roethlisberger and the student inside a bathroom at the club. However, he says the accuser and her family told authorities they did not want to press charges. Roethlisberger, who is 28, owns a home about 30 miles north of Milledgeville on Lake Oconee. He also is being sued by a woman who claims he raped her in 2008 at a hotel and casino in Lake Tahoe, an allegation he strongly denies.
March 5, 2010
(WCJB) -- NFL quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (pictured far right) is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a rural Georgia nightspot early Friday, police said. Police talked to Roethlisberger, 28, and the 20-year-old woman at the scene immediately after the incident was reported at about 2:30 a.m. Friday morning at Capital City in Milledgeville, Georgia, said Deputy Police Chief Richard Malone. However, Malone said investigators still need to do a follow-up interview with Roethlisberger and witnesses. He added that nobody has been charged in the alleged incident and stopped short of calling the football player a suspect.
The woman "alleged that he is the perpetrator," Malone told reporters. A civil complaint was filed against Roethlisberger last year, also alleging sexual assault. Roethlisberger has denied the allegations by an executive casino host at Harrah's Lake Tahoe, saying, "I would never, ever force myself on a woman." Roethlisberger and eight Harrah's employees are named in the suit, which seeks at least $390,000, plus unspecified punitive damages, from the defendants.
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