- A police officer has been charged with identity deception for
subscribing to magazines and ordering CDs in the name of a firefighter,
whose ex-wife is now married to the officer.
Phillip E. Allen, 36, was charged Thursday with two counts of identity
deception, a felony.
Police said that on Oct. 9, Allen placed an online
Playboy, Penthouse, Playgirl and Cosmopolitan in the name of
firefighter Chris Baugh, to be delivered to the fire department
The next day, Allen ordered a number of music CDs
to be sent to fire department headquarters in Baugh's name, police said.
Baugh received a bill for $78 for the magazines.
Allen told investigators he did it to irritate
Allen's attorney, Bryan Williams, said he expects
that the police department would put Allen on leave.
"This is a prank where no harm was intended or
Williams. "This should be handled administratively and not bog down our
criminal justice system."
Baugh said he has a long history of trouble with
Allen, who married Baugh's ex-wife.
"He has been messing with me from the word go,"
Baugh said. "I'm glad they filed the charges."
12/27/2005 - South Bend - A South Bend Police officer spent
part of Christmas Eve in the Saint Joseph County Jail, behind bars.
Ronald Nowicki Jr.,
37, a 12-year veteran of the South Bend Police Department, was arrested
late Saturday afternoon after he was allegedly speeding.
Indiana State Trooper pulled Nowicki over near State Road 2 and Timothy
Nowicki was also arrested for allegedly driving under the influence.
South Bend Police
Department plans to investigate the arrest, as well as the Indiana
State Police and the St. Joseph County prosecutor's office.
12/20/2005 - A
former Tippecanoe County sheriff's deputy who lied about a well-being
check on a little girl who later died from abuse was sentenced Tuesday
to six months in jail.
Glen A. Keller, 35,
of Lafayette also must serve 12 months on probation after pleading
guilty to felony perjury for perpetuating the lie during a deposition
perjury goes to the very heart of the community's confidence in police
officers," Judge Les Meade of Tippecanoe Superior Court 4 said. "One of
the things that we expect from our police officers is that they tell
the truth -- always, without fail."
said he spent two days in bed, unable to eat or sleep, after lying
under oath during an Oct. 28 deposition in the murder and neglect case
involving 4-year-old Aiyana Gauvin. Aiyana died March 16, allegedly at
the hands of her stepmother, Michelle Gauvin.
is charged with capital murder in connection with the killing. Aiyana's
father, Christian Gauvin, is charged with neglect.
months before Aiyana's death, Keller was dispatched to the Gauvin home
south of Lafayette to check on Aiyana's well-being. Her maternal
grandmother reported that Aiyana had been seen in a Lafayette grocery
store with scars on her face and hands.
the Gauvin home on June 5, 2004, Keller spoke at the door with Michelle
and Christian but left without ever laying eyes on Aiyana. He reported
to dispatchers that the he had seen the girl and saw no injuries.
made a bad decision, a poor decision," Keller said in court Tuesday. "I
didn't go into the house to check on the child."
months later, Keller, a 3 year member of the sheriff's department,
repeated the lie during the deposition. But two days later, he
confessed to Sheriff Smokey Anderson and resigned.
lawyer, Wayne Fountain, noted the confession came before Keller had
consulted an attorney. The only way the lie could have come to light,
Fountain said, was through Keller's confession.
he would have kept quiet, nobody would have ever known about this,"
Fountain said, adding the confession speaks to Keller's character.
Meade said Keller had many opportunities to correct his lie before it
became a crime.
noted as mitigating factors that Keller had no prior criminal history,
was not likely to reoffend, that imprisonment would be a hardship on
his sick wife and three children and that Keller was remorseful.
gave Keller until Monday, the day after Christmas, to report to the
Tippecanoe County Jail. Sheriff Anderson said Keller likely will be
transferred to another county jail.
off-duty sheriff's deputies attended the sentencing but declined to
Robinson, Aiyana's maternal grandfather, also attended the sentencing
but declined to make a statement or sentencing recommendation.
been asked by counsel not to comment on the proceedings," he said
said he thought the sentence was fair, and he hopes that Keller's crime
does not sully the reputation of the entire department.
it's a black eye, but we have very good people in place that do their
jobs without question, without fail, every day of the week," Anderson
said. "They're put in difficult situations and they do an excellent
prosecutor Robert Guy of White County did not make a sentencing
recommendation, but afterward, he said he thought the sentence was
think a sentence to a short term of incarceration will be the first
step in restoring faith in our system," Guy said.
12/20/2005 - A part time Osceola police officer is suspended without
pay, and now faces criminal charges in St. Joseph County.
Ronald Lusk, 50, is charged with two counts of sexual misconduct of a
minor, as well as one count of furnishing alcohol to a minor.
charges filed with the county prosecutor's office say Lusk had sex with
a 15-year-old this past summer.
bond was set at $3000.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Just a week before his death, Richard Pryor
wife sent a letter to an Indiana county sheriff expressing outrage
about an animal cruelty case.
sent the letter after
learning that a St. Joseph County police officer, Curt Seufert, was
placed on administrative leave last month while state police
investigated whether he killed his girlfriend's dog. The Pryors' letter
called the reported circumstances shocking.
respectfully ask you to
not let this be 'swept under the rug,'" read the letter, signed by the
groundbreaking comedian and his wife, Jennifer.
died Saturday of a heart attack. He was 65.
Frank Canarecci said a
police report indicated Seufert and his girlfriend, Jennifer L.
Radican, 27, a corporal with the South Bend Police Department, had
argued on Nov. 25. The next day, Radican returned home to find one of
her two dogs dead in the basement.
internal investigation is
ongoing, and no decision has yet been made, according to Canarecci. A
message left at Seufert's home by The Associated Press was not
Pryor confirmed Tuesday to the South Bend Tribune that the couple sent
the letter to the sheriff.
were so disturbed by that," she said. "Richard and I have always had a
strong affinity for animals."
Roseland - There is more trouble for the town of Roseland, as another
one of its police officers is in trouble with the law.
former town Marshall will
soon be sentenced for theft after $10,000 was taken from an evidence
safe. And, as many already are aware of, the well documented squabbles
stemming from the town leadership. Now, a new controversy has surfaced
in the small town with big problems.
was late Sunday night that
Roseland Police Officer Craig Toner and his live-in girlfriend were
both arrested at their Elkhart apartment.
face charges of domestic violence.
responded to the apartment on Elkhart's west side on a call of a
they found 46-year-old Craig Toner and his live-in girlfriend
29-year-old Paula Fife.
were injured in an apparent fight between each other.
we got there, the
officers spoke with a male and a female who were there,
boyfriend-girlfriend, and pretty much determined that both had been
involved in domestic battery. (They had) very minor injuries, some
pushing, grabbing, maybe a scratch or two," says Elkhart County Captain
were arrested and charged with domestic battery and will appear in
Elkhart City Court on Friday.
Police officials declined to comment on the matter, only to say that
Officer Toner was not scheduled to work Monday.
police report indicated Fife suffered a small bruise on her arm, while
Toner ended-up with a scratch or bruise.
was a verbal argument
that escalated into a little bit of a physical argument," says Love.
"There was some pushing and shoving and a little bit of shaking."
the report, Elkhart Police say the couple had been drinking alcohol at
a local restaurant before the fight.
was a 19-year veteran of
the Mishawaka Police Department until last year when he lost his job
because of a drunk driving conviction two years earlier.
Joseph County - A cop for 35 years, Roseland Town Marshal Mike
admitted he stole thousands of dollars from the town safe.
However, at his sentencing Tuesday, Swanson ended-up with no
jail time and, more importantly, no felony on his record.
attorney called him a "good person who made a mistake.”
not serve any jail time for stealing $10,000 worth of drug money from a
Swanson pled guilty to the theft and a second charge of obstructing
justice, which are both felonies.
in an emotional explanation, the judge reduced both of felony charges
to misdemeanors and Swanson's two-year jail sentence was
The judge will require the former cop to perform 800 hours of community
service and be on probation for up to two years.
"He's lost not
only his own personal belief of integrity but also I’m sure a
fellow officers that he worked with. He has always applied
the highest standards of integrity, and he knows he made a
And I think he disappointed himself more than anyone else," said Bill
Stanley, Swanson’s attorney.
Swanson served as a South Bend
Police Detective, then as Commander of the County Special Crimes Unit,
then Roseland Town Marshal. A tenure not lost on Judge Jerome
who said it was a "very difficult thing to have a case involving a
person with more than 35-years of law enforcement
adding that the reduced sentence was "...not special treatment to a
member of the ‘in’ group."
While he won't serve any jail time, he will have to perform a lot of
my 33-years of practice I have never had a client imposed with the
responsibility of committing or performing 800-hours of community
service. But, I think as Judge Frese indicated, he was trying
to get a
message across as well," said Stanley.
Prosecutor Mike Dvorak
says he respects the judge's decision to drop the felonies to
misdemeanors. As for Swanson's position as Roseland Town
on un-paid administrative leave.
Because felony charges were dropped, Swanson can continue to be a
- A former Elkhart County Police officer spent the day in court, but
this time it is for a crime of which he is accused.
to our recording partners at The Truth, 50-year-old Larry Towns is
accused of stealing $9,000, a gun and methamphetamine in October of
2002. Towns is also accused of taking unauthorized control of
between the end of October and the end of December of that same year.
former cop faces up to three years in prison for each felony he's
charged with, as well as up to a year for each misdemeanor.
11/16/2005 - NOBLESVILLE, Ind. -- A Hamilton County sheriff's deputy
charged with battery and obstruction of justice in a State Police case
involving injuries to his 11-year-old daughter will not face a
disciplinary hearing scheduled for today because he has left his job.
officer resigned," said Hamilton County Sheriff's Department Maj. Mark
Officer Mark A.
Poynter, 50, had been scheduled to appear before the Hamilton County
Merit Board this evening to face internal charges brought by Sheriff
Doug Carter following Poynter's arrest in September. The 19-year
veteran was charged Sept. 9 with battery resulting in bodily injury,
intimidation and obstruction of justice.
charges relate to allegations that he hit his child on May 15 after
confronting her while she was playing with friends. The youngsters told
police that Poynter had forcibly placed her in his car, choked her, hit
her in the face and pushed her head against a car window.
State Police investigator Michael R. Minnicus said evidence he obtained
from a school counselor includes documentation of injuries to the girl
in May, including a black eye and bruises.
also reported that Poynter threatened the girl with incarceration if
she implicated him in inquiries conducted by the Department of Child
11/03/2005 - LAFAYETTE - A
Tippecanoe County sheriff's deputy has resigned after admitting he lied
about examining a 4-year-old girl reported to be a victim of child
abuse. The child died months later from what authorities say was a
Officer Glen A. Keller, a 3½-year veteran of the sheriff's
resigned Monday after confessing to Sheriff Smokey Anderson that he
went to the Lafayette home of Aiyana Gauvin on June 5, 2004, but never
saw the child.
is OK and no physical/visible marks on her," Keller reported to radio
dispatchers after being called to the home on a report of abuse,
according to police documents.
Officer Keller also reported that he had spoken to the girl's parents
and "they explained that she self-abuses herself" by banging on the
walls at home until she bleeds and by scratching her face.
girl's stepmother, Michelle Gauvin, 33, is charged with murder in the
March 16 beating death of the girl. County Prosecutor Jerry Bean
announced Tuesday he would seek the death penalty against the woman.
The girl's father, Christian Gauvin, 34, is charged with felony
said during a news conference Tuesday that Keller contacted him Sunday
night and admitted fabricating his report.
could give no reason why he did this. He just couldn't live with
himself any further," Anderson said. "I'm devastated that we sent a
deputy there and he would not check on that serious allegation and
would lie and not come forward for a year and a half."
could not be located for comment on Wednesday as no home telephone
number is listed in his name in the Lafayette area.
Keller was dispatched to the Gauvins' home on a report made by the
child's maternal grandmother, Patty Robinson. An acquaintance had told
Robinson that she had seen Aiyana at a store with scars on her face and
Keller spoke with the parents outside their
home but did not see the child.
said he suspected Keller came forward after he gave a sworn deposition
to the Tippecanoe County prosecutor's office Friday saying that Aiyana
appeared in good health that evening.
he had seen the child, would it have made a difference? That's a
question we will never know the answer to," Anderson said. "He
absolutely let us down and her (Aiyana) down and the community down. He
did not check on her well-being, and there's no excuse for that.
police Sgt. Kim Riley said the agency was investigating Keller's
actions and would forward its results to prosecutors.
Anderson said he also planned to have
his department review cases in which Keller was the primary officer.
10/28/2005 - GARY —
Truck driver David Cobb and the
police officer who arrested him told different versions of
Cobb’s arrest in court Thursday.
44, was on trial for refusing to take a Breathalyzer test after Cpl.
Darrian Donald found him driving with an open can of beer in his lap.
listening to testimony, Gary City Court Judge Pro Tem Itsia Rivera
found Cobb guilty of drunken driving but acquitted him on the refusal.
him to six months in jail. He has been incarcerated since August on an
unrelated felony theft.
the trial, Donald testified he was sent to check reports of an
intoxicated driver and found a car that matched the description
provided. He said Cobb failed one of three field sobriety tests and
agreed to take the Breathalyzer test.
at the police station, “he was persistent on making a phone
refused to answer questions or cooperate with police, Donald said.
Cobb said his arrest on July 21 was different than on previous
occasions, claiming no one spoke to him after he was brought to the
station. He testified he would have taken the test, but was placed in a
attorney, Kelly Gibson White, argued there was no evidence her client
was drunk or that he made any refusal. She said she would appeal the
***** A judge once
again takes the side of a police officer. Police officers lie!
I'm curious to know what law was broken, if the defendant actually did
refuse to take a Breathalyzer test? It's in the constitution folks look
it up, it says you don't have to incriminate yourself by taking a
Breathalyzer and you have the right to refuse to take any type of
law was being broken at the police station, when the defendant
"refused" to answer questions the police asked??? There was no law
broken if he refused to answer questions. If you end up in jail, keep
your mouth closed except when asking for an attorney.
10/28/2005 - Charles Hill, 34, whose 11-year-old daughter,
died Tuesday, is charged with first-degree murder in the girl's death.
He is also charged with
aggravated battery to his 13-year-old son.
Calumet City Police Department announced the charges Thursday. Hill is
a former Harvey police deputy and currently unemployed, Calumet City
police Sgt. Kevin Glaser said. Hill is scheduled to appear in Cook
County 6th District Court today for a bond hearing.
Hill's wife, the girl's stepmother, was taken into custody for
questioning but was released without charges.
children living with Hill and his wife were taken into protective
custody the day of Willa's death. The Illinois Department of Children
and Family Services had previous notification of child abuse and
neglect at the Hill residence, according to Calumet City police.
received a call from Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey at 12:05 p.m.
Tuesday with a report that Hill and his wife arrived at the hospital
with Willa, who was already dead.
An autopsy Wednesday showed
Hill died of blunt force trauma caused by abuse. The Cook County
medical examiner's office called the death a homicide as the result of
The girl lived with nine siblings who were either
blood relatives or stepsiblings. The children ranged in age from 8 to
14, police said.
Investigators said Willa was not the only child in the household who
may have suffered abuse.
Oct. 19, family services launched an investigation regarding an
allegation of abuse of Willa's 13-year-old brother, who also lives in
the Paxton Avenue home.
Officials arrived at the home Tuesday to
investigate that allegation about the same time police began their
investigation of Willa's death.
Police said the boy ran away
from home the night before his sister died. He showed up at a nearby
house, where the resident noticed injuries and contacted authorities.
The boy was taken to St. Margaret Mercy Healthcare Centers in Hammond
A family services spokesman said an abuse and neglect investigation
into the household is currently under way.
10/27/2005 - ALEXANDRIA — Authorities charged a city police
with promoting prostitution, accusing him of soliciting a woman in a
cell phone text message.
Richard A. Santos, 54, was arrested Tuesday and charged with two counts
of promoting prostitution and one count of official misconduct, all
felonies. He was released from the Madison County jail after posting
June, a uniformed Santos approached an 18-year-old and offered her
money to stay the night with him at a motel in Anderson, a probable
cause affidavit said. The young woman declined.
Santos solicited oral sex from the same woman in a text message from
his cellular phone, the affidavit said.
County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings said investigators used cell phone
records to trace the messages.
is a ridiculous thing to do,” Cummings said. “It is
absurd to send a
text message to a telephone and that call could be traced back to
is also accused of following the woman around the city 40 miles
northeast of Indianapolis while on duty, the affidavit said. He knew
the teen through a relationship with her mother, Cummings said.
Sept. 17, Police Chief Jack Malston placed Santos, a 25-year veteran,
on paid administrative leave, which required him to turn in his badge
not going to be tolerated,” Malston said. “When a
police officer goes
from someone who protects people to someone who they have to be
protected from, there’s no tolerance.”
A special safety board
meeting on Monday will determine whether Santos is fired.