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Police Officers Involved: William Andrew Glasscock Jr

Location: Midland Texas

6/30/2004 -- A former Midland police officer who helped in the 1987 rescue of "Baby Jessica McClure" was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in federal prison on charges of sexual exploitation of a child and improper storage of explosives.

William Andrew Glasscock Jr., 52, pleaded guilty to the charges in February, admitting he used a hidden camera to film a 12-year-old girl undressing, and getting in and out of the shower last summer at his Greenwood home. He also admitted he received hundreds of images over his computer of child pornography during a three-year span.

Glasscock also admitted he stored 400 pounds of high explosives, 1,700 blasting caps, a detonator cord, an artillery shell, two pipe bombs and four homemade hand grenades at his Midland County home.

During his sentencing, Glasscock told the judge he was humbled, humiliated and embarrassed, The Midland Reporter-Telegram reported in its Wednesday editions. The former officer said his sexual obsessions destroyed his life.

"I got off into a sexual addiction like alcohol and drugs," he said. "I never meant to hurt anybody. I would never hurt a child. In my heart and soul, there is still good left in me."

The judge agreed by replying, "Absolutely."

 Federal prosecutors wanted Glasscock's sentence lengthened, saying he wasn't entirely forthcoming in interviews with law enforcement authorities. Glasscock's former wife also asked that he be dealt with sternly for using his daughter as a lure to bring her friend home.

"I have no excuse for what I did." Glasscock told the judge. "I'm deeply sorry. I never meant to hurt anybody. I'm not a sexual monster. I don't know why I did what I did," Glasscock said.

 Armed with a search warrant, authorities found the child pornography and some explosives items at Glasscock's home in December. The search came a day after a woman filed a police report accusing Glasscock of sexual assault at an Odessa residence. More explosives were found at Glasscock's home when he was arrested on federal charges in January, the release states.

 Glasscock was fired in January after he was arrested Dec. 24 for sexual assault stemming from allegations he used a narcotic to rape a 50-year-old Odessa woman with whom he was acquainted.

 Glasscock had been with the department since August 1981 and was part of the effort about 17 years ago to rescue Jessica McClure, who was trapped 22 feet below ground in a pipe only 8 inches wide for almost 60 hours. Baby Jessica's ordeal captured worldwide attention. McClure, who was 18 months old at the time of her rescue, graduated from Greenwood High School near Midland in May.

 08/20/2005 - Bryan Nutt, the former top narcotics officer in the county who has been besieged by drug problems of his own over the last few years, once again finds himself in serious trouble.

 Corsicana Police have charged Nutt, 37, with possession of a controlled substance over four grams, under 400 grams following a wreck last Friday in that city. Nutt remains in the Navarro County Jail under a $100,000 bond.

 The arrest is the latest in a series of problems for Nutt, who currently is on 10 years probation stemming from a September 2003 guilty plea for using fraudulent means to obtain controlled substances.

 Anderson County District Attorney Doug Lowe, who was appointed special prosecutor for Nutt's 2003 case, said his office has filed an amended motion to revoke Nutt's probation "based on the Navarro County arrest."

"Now it looks like he's in worse trouble than he's ever been," Lowe said. "My guess is (the judge) is going to throw the book at him. I think Bryan Nutt's had all the chances he's going to get."

 According to a report from the Corsicana Police Department, Nutt was driving north on Highway 287 in a 2000 Volkswagen Beetle coupe around 2:15 a.m. He crossed the oncoming lane of traffic and struck the guard rail of the Lake Halbert bridge. He stated to police that he had fallen asleep and struck the guard rail, according to the report.

 CPD Det. Jerry Putnam, who is handling the case, said Nutt was arrested with about six grams of a substance believed to be methamphetamine. He said as CPD Officer Scott Dechaume was investigating the traffic accident, he asked Nutt for his driver's license. Nutt reached into his pockets and handed the officer the suspected drugs.

"I don't know what (Nutt) was thinking," Putnam said.

 Information regarding Nutt's drug problem surfaced in December 2002, when he was suspended from the sheriff's department pending an investigation into apparent attempts to obtain prescription pain pills fraudulently. Nutt would later testify in court he got hooked on pain pills because of chronic back problems.

 In September 2003, Nutt was sentenced to 10 years probation and ordered to attend a lockup drug facility. He completed the program satisfactorily, and 3rd District Judge Jim Parsons, who presided over his case, signed a release giving him partial freedom in March 2004. That partial freedom included Nutt staying at a halfway house for 90 days before winning his outright freedom.

 Several months later, Nutt had failed mandatory drug tests administered by the county's probation supervision department. More stringent terms of probation -- including electronic monitoring -- and more bonds were required as a result.

 Late last year, he was working in Seven Points, and at the time or his arrest, he was the owner and operator of a grill-bait shop on Richland Chamber Reservoir in Navarro County.

 In his testimony before Parsons nearly three years ago, Nutt and his defense attorney talked about how drugs had ruined the once highly regarded law enforcement officer's life. After being indicted on drug charges, he quit his post at the Henderson County Sheriff's Department in 2002, ending a 14-year career in law enforcement. He filed for bankruptcy and lost his home in that time.

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  Texas -  Oct. 29, 2004 -- A Houston police narcotics sergeant accused of shooting at his wife earlier this year was found not guilty.

Larry Mikel, 55, was acquitted of aggravated assault Oct. 15 after a five-day trial in state district court.

Mikel, a 28-year HPD veteran, was accused of shooting through the window of his wife's car in the Fairfield subdivision on May 23.

Mikel's attorney told jurors the allegation stemmed from acrimonious divorce proceedings between Mikel and his wife.

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 October 27, 2004 -- PEARSALL, Texas -- A Dilley police officer is under investigation, accused of providing alcohol for a party attended by minors.

The case also involves a teacher and her husband, Sonia and Anselmo Ornelas, who investigators said had an alcohol party for minors at their Pearsall home last month.

Now, Dilley police officer Jacob Flores has been suspended with pay because of allegations he provided the alcohol for the party. The case is under investigation by the Pearsall Police Department.

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Location: College Station

 September 9, 2004 -- Former Constable James Marrow was sentenced to six months of probation Wednesday after pleading guilty to misdemeanor abuse of official capacity.

The 11-year constable veteran was arrested in June after admitting he offered probationers extra community service hours for placing poles in cement outside his Rock Prairie Road home.

The work at his College Station home would have cost Marrow about $104 had he hired a private firm, according to court documents.

As a condition of his probation, Marrow, 48, will have to perform 100 hours of community service making up for the 100 hours of community service that he estimated probationers spent working on his property in the past.

He also will be restricted from serving in public office for the six months he is under community supervision.

 Marrow stepped down from the Precinct 1 constable post in early June, announcing to the media that he decided to dedicate more time to working as a loadmaster for his Naval Reserve unit in Fort Worth. He did not disclose at the time of the announcement that he was under investigation, and he was arrested June 11, his last day in office.

 The Brazos County District Attorneys Office had made it clear during the plea bargain process that the constable needed to give up the elected position before prosecutors considered any agreement, Assistant District Attorney Shane Phelps said Wednesday.

 Marrow who represented himself for the misdemeanor charge also received deferred adjudication, meaning he will not have the conviction on his record if probation is completed successfully.

 Abuse of official capacity between $20 and $500 is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in county jail.

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Houston, Texas

  8/05/2004 -- The Plant is called hibiscus, but it won't get you high. Trained officials mistook the popular foliage for pot and storm home of contractor.

Landscape contractor Blair Davis was in his Houston home around 2 p.m., when there was a knock at his door. Davis said he hadn't even gotten his hand on the doorknob when it flew open and he was looking at the barrel of a pistol.

Behind the gun were about 10 members of the Harris County Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force, who burst into the home, guns drawn, and began shouting at him to get down on the floor.

There on the floor, Davis said, it took a while to figure out that what had caused the swarm of lawmen to descend upon him was the hibiscus in his front yard. That's right, hibiscus. The foliage of the Texas Star hibiscus, a native plant that's growing in popularity, vaguely resembles that of marijuana.
But: "It's got white buds on it," Davis said. "Hello!"

Davis had several of the plants in his yard, where he grows stock for his business.
"They were in containers," he said: "I don't want to say potted plants." Evidently, some well-meaning but horticulturally "challenged" citizen turned Davis in. Davis said the team of narcotics officers combed his house for about an hour, at one point discussing whether red and gold bamboo growing in his window might be marijuana.

They also asked what he did with the watermelons and cantaloupes growing in his back yard. "What would I do with them?" Davis said. Finally the cops gave up and left, leaving Davis only a "citizen's information card" with "closed-report" written on it. "No apology, no nothing," Davis said. "I realize they have a job to do, but this seems a little bizarre."

"Welcome to America folks! You're a suspect because you grow plants in pots in your front yard and watermelons and cantaloupes. Do you really think the cops would apologize for being ignorant? Lucky they didn't kill the guy!"

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Police Officer Involved: Ian Haselman

Location McKinney Texas

7/20/2004 -- A McKinney patrol officer is out of a job and facing charges of indecency with a child following a criminal and internal investigation.

Police officer Ian Haselman, 28, who was on the McKinney police force for more than two years, is free on a $10,000 bond.

The Rev. Ronald Wright knows the 12-year-old alleged victim's mother. He went to the police chief with allegations of indecency.

Wright said the victim's mother was having a relationship with the officer.

"[Haselman] drove up to a park in a cruiser and began [performing a lewd act]," Wright said. "[The victim's mother] said all of the sudden her daughter came up and she said, 'You need to stop because my daughter is going to see you,' and his response was, 'I don't care, she can watch, too.'"

There was no contact of any nature between Haselman and the child.

He was placed on leave on July 6 when the chief learned of the accusations, and resigned from his job before he was arrested.

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Officer Involved: James Bell

   Texas - 07/14/04 -- A tearful 28-year-old woman testified that a former San Antonio police officer videotaped her having sex with two boyfriends over a span of months, kicking off a trial in which the defendant has been charged with a relatively new Texas law known as "improper photography."

"I was shocked, I was disgusted, I was angry," the woman said through her tears on the witness stand, referring to the moments after discovering and viewing one of the tapes.

She admitted that at times she was seeing both boyfriends at the same time.

The defendant, James Bell, is a former San Antonio police officer who was working as a tax accountant when the crimes were alleged to have been committed in his home between December 2001 and July 2002.

The law, which took effect Sept. 1, 2001, is a state felony punishable by six months to two years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

In opening arguments, Assistant District Attorney Susan Skinner said prosecutors will present witnesses and evidence showing that Bell deliberately videotaped his victims without their knowledge or consent "for his own sick pleasure."

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Police Officers Involved: William Andrew Glasscock Jr

Location: Midland Texas

6/30/2004 -- A former Midland police officer who helped in the 1987 rescue of "Baby Jessica McClure" was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in federal prison on charges of sexual exploitation of a child and improper storage of explosives.

William Andrew Glasscock Jr., 52, pleaded guilty to the charges in February, admitting he used a hidden camera to film a 12-year-old girl undressing, and getting in and out of the shower last summer at his Greenwood home. He also admitted he received hundreds of images over his computer of child pornography during a three-year span.

Glasscock also admitted he stored 400 pounds of high explosives, 1,700 blasting caps, a detonator cord, an artillery shell, two pipe bombs and four homemade hand grenades at his Midland County home.

During his sentencing, Glasscock told the judge he was humbled, humiliated and embarrassed, The Midland Reporter-Telegram reported in its Wednesday editions. The former officer said his sexual obsessions destroyed his life.

"I got off into a sexual addiction like alcohol and drugs," he said. "I never meant to hurt anybody. I would never hurt a child. In my heart and soul, there is still good left in me."

The judge agreed by replying, "Absolutely."

 Federal prosecutors wanted Glasscock's sentence lengthened, saying he wasn't entirely forthcoming in interviews with law enforcement authorities. Glasscock's former wife also asked that he be dealt with sternly for using his daughter as a lure to bring her friend home.

"I have no excuse for what I did." Glasscock told the judge. "I'm deeply sorry. I never meant to hurt anybody. I'm not a sexual monster. I don't know why I did what I did," Glasscock said.

 Armed with a search warrant, authorities found the child pornography and some explosives items at Glasscock's home in December. The search came a day after a woman filed a police report accusing Glasscock of sexual assault at an Odessa residence. More explosives were found at Glasscock's home when he was arrested on federal charges in January, the release states.

 Glasscock was fired in January after he was arrested Dec. 24 for sexual assault stemming from allegations he used a narcotic to rape a 50-year-old Odessa woman with whom he was acquainted.

 Glasscock had been with the department since August 1981 and was part of the effort about 17 years ago to rescue Jessica McClure, who was trapped 22 feet below ground in a pipe only 8 inches wide for almost 60 hours. Baby Jessica's ordeal captured worldwide attention. McClure, who was 18 months old at the time of her rescue, graduated from Greenwood High School near Midland in May.

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Police Officers Involved: Ed Christensen

Location: Houston Texas

  6/22/2004 -- The president of the Harris County Deputies Organization was convicted Monday of theft in what prosecutors said was a scam to convince donors that their contributions would be given to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. County Sheriff's Deputy Ed Christensen, 51, was found guilty of theft between $1,500 and $20,000.

 Christensen denied the allegations, saying telemarkerters and their subcontractors hired to raise money duped him and the union. State District Judge Don Stricklin sentenced Christensen to four years' probation. He already told Christensen to resign his post as union president and to stay away from union headquarters.

 Christensen, a member of the Sheriff's Department for about 12 years, has been on civilian status since he was indicted in September 2003 on charges related to the questionable fund raising. His badge and gun were taken and he was assigned to administrative duties. Between 1998 and 2000, the alleged scheme netted about $350,000.

 The Texas attorney general's office and the Harris County attorney's office began investigating the activities in November 2000. In November 2002, the union paid $135,000 to settle consumer protection suits filed by those agencies.

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Police Officers Involved: James Mismash

Location: Dalllas Texas

 06/17/04 -- Officer James Mismash was arrested for drunken driving. The department fired senior corporal police officer James Mismash following his arrest. The narcotics officer is facing a DWI charge. Mismash spent 18 years on the Dallas police force.

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Officers Involved: James Marrow

Location: Bryan Texas

  6/12/2004 -- A Brazos County constable who said he resigned his post this week to focus on his Navy reservist duty surrendered to authorities on charges he abused the power of his elected office. James Marrow, who had served as Precinct 1 constable since 1993, is accused in court documents of awarding probationers extra community service hours for doing unpaid work on his private property.

 He turned himself in to the Brazos County District Attorney's Office and was charged with abuse of official capacity, a Class B misdemeanor. He was released from the Brazos County Jail after posting $2,500 bail.

 Marrow, 48, announced earlier this month that he was stepping down from his constable post because of the time he has been required to spend in his role as a loadmaster for the U.S. Navy's Fort Worth-based VR-59 unit.

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Police Officers Involved: Blake Littlejohn

Location: Lubbock Texas

   6/11/04 -- Officer Blake Littlejohn resigned after allegations of sexual misconduct. A car with four people is pulled over for speeding by police officer Blake Littlejohn. After some discussion, the driver, a 20-year-old Hispanic female, returns to the officer's car with him, where allegedly, some sort of sexual conduct occurs.

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Officers Involved: Richard "Trigger" Jones

Location: Texas

 6/08/2004 -- A federal judge sentenced a veteran deputy U.S. marshal from Abilene to two years in prison Monday for scheming to transport and harbor undocumented immigrants from Mexico and for income tax evasion. Federal prosecutors had asked for leniency for Richard "Trigger" Jones because his cooperation could yield criminal charges against two Border Patrol agents who helped him in the immigrant-smuggling scheme. Jones, who agreed to resign from the U.S. Marshal's Service as part of his plea agreement, will also have to pay $22,406 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service and a $100,000 fine.

  Jones, who made $93,828 a year as a deputy marshal, fabricated that he ran a goat-ranching business, claiming personal expenditures -- for example, for a home entertainment system or for hunting trips -- as business expenses, according to court records. He also wrote numerous checks to fictitious people and deducted them as business expenses. He used the cash generated by this scheme to pay the illegal immigrants he had brought into the country to work on his ranching property and for other people in the Abilene area, according to court records.

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Officers Involved: Marcus Winn

Location: Dallas Texas

  06/01/04 -- A Dallas police officer was arrested on a felony charge of burglary of a habitation is accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend's home and beating up her new boyfriend. Police officer Marcus Winn, 30, who lives in Irving, was arrested a few hours after a man broke through a back window of the home. He was hired by the Dallas Police Department in March 2000 and works patrol out of the southeast division, records show. Officer Winn was off-duty when the incident occurred. Jessica Ricarte, 31, said she locked herself in a bedroom with her two children and her new boyfriend's two children after Officer Winn started banging on her doors and windows. Michael Padilla, 27, of Euless, said he was getting out of the shower when he noticed Officer Winn standing inside the house. "

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Location: Highland Park Texas

 5/25/2004 -- A 97-year-old woman was handcuffed and taken to jail in a squad car for failing to pay a traffic ticket, but her son is questioning police officers' treatment of the former teacher.

 Harriette "Dolly" Kelton had an outstanding warrant for failing to pay a traffic ticket when Highland Park police stopped her last week for having an expired registration and inspection sticker. Kelton, who has lived in the northern Dallas suburb for at least 60 years, is a former teacher at The Hockaday School.

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Officer Involved: Scott Glasgow

Location: Austin Texas

  5/21/2004 -- A lawsuit by the City of Austin seeks to prevent public release of autopsy photos and crime scene images in the police shooting of a car theft suspect last year, arguing that privacy of the victim's family would be violated. The lawsuit on May 10 is a response to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's ruling for the city to release the pictures in the death of Jesse Lee Owens. Owens was fatally shot by officer Scott Glasgow in June 2003 during an East Austin traffic stop. A police officer for three years, Glasgow said he fired after becoming lodged in the door of the Dodge Neon that Owens was driving and that Owens began speeding down the street. Glasgow was indicted on a charge of criminally negligent homicide, but the case was dismissed. He was suspended for 90 days without pay and returned to work last week.

You think you have corrupted officials in your city?  Read here about Austin Texas

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Officers Involved: Earnest Hines

Location: Houston Texas

  Earnest Hines, 46, was arrested while working an extra job as security for Sam's Club. Ernest is also the driver for the chief of Police. The internal affairs division of HPD received a tip that Hines was stealing while on the job. Investigators set up a sting at the store and said they caught Hines in the act of stealing laptops and other electronics. The crime was caught on videotape, according to police. Hines was charged with theft by a public servant. He was relieved of his duties with pay until the investigation is completed. Hines is a 23-year veteran with the department.

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Officers Involved: Cameron Todd

Location: Mississippi "Was an officer from Houston"

  5/21/04 -- The state Court of Appeals has denied a new trial request from a former Houston police officer convicted of sexual battery against a teenage girl. Cameron Todd had appealed an order of the Chickasaw County Circuit Court denying his post conviction petition for a new trial. Inmates use post-conviction petitions to try to convince a judge that new evidence has surfaced in their case that warrants a new trial. In 1999, Todd was indicted on three counts of sexual battery and one count of fondling a female child who was under the age of 14 at the time of the alleged incidents. In the first trial, the jury was unable to reach a verdict, but in a second trial, Todd was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison with eight years suspended on each of the three counts and 10 years with eight years suspended on the fondling count. In 2001, the Mississippi Supreme Court affirmed Todd's conviction and sentence. A rehearing was denied in 2002.

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Officers Involved: Frank Hasty

Location: Texas

  5/19/2004 -- Dallas police fired officer Frank Hasty after he was arrested and suspended last week on bribery charges. Undercover agents arrested Hasty after investigators said he agreed to arrest certain people in exchange for money. "I think it's a loud and clear message that issues of integrity as well as misconduct will be looked at seriously and it could include the officers being terminated from the police department if they are involved in those type of offenses," said Dallas police Lt. Anthony Williams. Hasty was a police officer for the department for 14 years. The Dallas Police Department fired Hasty 9 years ago but a judge ordered him back to work.

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Police Officers Involved: Brant Matthew Finley, 26

Location: Texas

  05/18/04 -- A Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's deputy was arrested at his home for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend. Officer Brant Matthew Finley, was booked into the Montgomery County Jail. Finley allegedly assaulted his 20-year-old live-in girlfriend, according to reports from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department. After interviewing Finley and his girlfriend, deputies determined an assault had taken place, and Finley was arrested on a charge of assault causing bodily injury, according to a Sheriff's Department spokesman. Finley and his girlfriend live together, creating a family violence relationship as defined by the Family Code and allowing the alleged victim to seek a protective order.

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Officers Involved: Dale Sanders

Location: San Antonio

  5/15/2004 -- Sergeant Dale Sanders has been indicted by a San Antonio grand jury for allegedly "double dipping" while he was on official police duty. Sgt. Dale Sanders was indicted on charges of theft by a public servant and abuse of official capacity. Sanders was conducting neighborhood patrols in an unmarked San Antonio Police Department vehicle. Both charges are state felonies that carry a range of punishment of up to two years in state jail and up to a $10,000 fine.

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Officers Involved: William Wilkinson

Location: Humble, Texas

  5/08/2004 -- A suspected shoplifter is recovering after he was shot by an off-duty Harris County sheriff's deputy. The shooting happened after he fleed from Dillards in the Deerbrook Mall. The suspect was suspected of shoplifting at a Dillard's department store. The Harris County sheriff's deputy said he feared for his life when the suspect in his car and tried to run him over. The officer fired three shots, hitting Barkley once in the arm and again in the face. Dillards also has a history of employing off duty Houston police officers.

Wilkinson told investigators he fired three shots at Barkley, after Barkley tried to run over him in the mall's parking lot.

Barkley, a shoplifting suspect, was wounded in the face and hand. Investigators said no stolen items were found in his possession or vehicle.

Dillards also have several law suits against them for actions from the officers.

"My first thought would be to get out of the way, a car comming at you will not STOP just because you shoot the driver."

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Police Officers Involved: Monroe Kreuzer, Jr.

Location: Anahuac Texas

  5/7/2004 -- Chambers County Sheriff Monroe Kreuzer, Jr. requested from the Federal Surplus Property Program, 34 semi-automatic rifles and four shoulder-fired grenade launchers. The sheriff never got the firearms. Kreuzer explains they wouldn't be shooting grenades with them, We would have been shooting tear gas. When local elected officials learned of the weapons request, they balked. Grenades or just tear gas, there was no way they wanted Kreuzer gang of gung-ho deputies wielding any additional firepower. There were already enough lawsuits ricocheting around the county. The sheriffs office and county jail sit across from the courthouse in Anahuac, a town of about 2,200 people. The local meat market advertises alligator for $6.99 a pound. Across the street, the confederate flag flies high above the Gator. Small towns like Anahuac are scattered throughout Chambers, most surrounded by soggy patches of swampland pasture fertile ground for bird watchers, rice farmers, and police malfeasance.

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Officers Involved: Donald Hess

Location: Houston Texas

   4/02/2004 -- Claudia Ledezma said she was driving home late one night when she saw the sheriff's car behind her, then beside her, then behind her with it's lights on. The reason given for the stop was a license plate light that didn't work. Only Ledezma said it did and still does. She claimed what happened next when seven-year-veteran Deputy Donald Hess approached her car was even worse. "He told me, 'Are you married?" and I look him and he continued, "Your phone number?" I told him why? He told (me), Get out the car damn spic' and he started to talk very quick," she said. A friend who was driving in another car also backs up Ledezma's story that the Deputy looked in her blouse and touched her. "I see that she is out of the car with her hands on the car like this and he was lifting her shirt," said Marely Rios. One attorney calls it gross injustice. "It was a clear case of taking advantage of somebody he thought was a victim," said Joel Salazar. Ledezma was arrested for felony evading arrest. She admitted she didn't stop right away but says she wanted to stop under a streetlight. A grand jury decided to drop the case.

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Police Officers Involved: Brenda Inocencio

Location: Houston Texas

   4/01/2004 -- A Harris County sheriff's deputy Brenda Inocencio turned herself in on a reckless driving charge. Inocencio was speeding when she lost control of her county-issued car, hit a culvert and crashed into a tree. There are also allegations that just before the accident the family violence detective had been drinking in uniform while working an off-duty job at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

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March 31, 2004 -- Officer accused of sleeping with suspect strikes deal

 An 11-year Houston police officer accused of having sex with a woman he had arrested as a suspected shoplifter pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor after prosecutors dropped four felony charges.

 Lance William Elliott, 34, agreed to resign from the force and relinquish his peace officer license, said prosecutor Joe Owmby.

 State District Judge Belinda Hill sentenced Elliott to 30 days in jail for tampering with a government record.

 Owmby declined to say why he dropped the felony charges. Elliott denied having sex with Yolanda Rodriguez, whom he arrested Sept. 17, said his lawyer, Nicole DeBorde, but did not want to risk going to prison.

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Officers Involved: Dearl Hardy, 39

Location: Anahuac, Texas

   A jury has found a former Chambers County sheriff's deputy guilty of perjury. Dearl Hardy, will be sentenced on May 5. He faces up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine for the misdemeanor charge. Hardy was accused of forcing two former deputies to file false affidavits and offense reports, which led to an improper drunk driving charge against Anahuac resident Vernon Coates in September 2001. Hardy originally was charged with a felony perjury charge, but state District Judge Carroll Wilborn reduced it to a misdemeanor on Thursday. "It's so nice of the Judge Wilborn to give the former boy in "blue" a break! I wonder what would happen to the average person decided to LIE and "false imprisoned" someone if that felony charged would be dropped?" Prosecutors agreed not to prosecute the two deputies in exchange for their testimony against Hardy. "Ok so it's OK to do something wrong until YOU get caught, then you turn and blame it all on "one guy" so that your ass don't go to jail. Three wrongs make a right, until you get caught?" Coates, who is black, filed a civil rights violations lawsuit against Chambers County in November 2002. The case was later settled for $120,000.

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Officer Involved: Michael Heim

Location: San Antonio Texas

     5/4/2004 -- A woman is suing a San Antonio police officer for $5 million for allegedly injuring and making inappropriate physical contact with the woman during an arrest. Officer Michael Heim is to have alleged to have thrown a woman against a car on a traffic stop. Heims attorney/wife claims that the woman interfered with Heim that her husband suffered bruises during the incident and had his name tag knocked off during the confrontation. Heim is still on medical leave since, since he was transfered to another dept. for previous complaints against him.

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Police Officer Involved: Joseph Hubert

Location: Houston, Texas

5/03/04 -- A former Houston police officer plead guilty in a "plea bargain" for stealing money from a handcuffed suspect. Joseph Hubert will spend only 30 days in jail. Hubert also faces another charge of trying to tamper with a government record. His attorney hopes to strike another "plea bargain" in that case.

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Officer Involved: Doug Carr

Location: Houston, Texas

   The officer was working what should have been a routine traffic stop of a taxi cab, but it's what he said to the driver -- all recorded by the driver --on his cell phone! that makes this a much bigger deal. "How he took my driver's license was just crazy, like 'Just give it, give it, give it!'," said cab driver Amanuel Hadis. Moments after being pulled over for allegedly running a red light at an intersection, Hadis says he reached for his cell phone, not to make a call, but to record what he calls abuse from the metro cop who stopped him. "He had a bad temper and I thought he was going to kill me or do something to me and I was afraid. The voice on the tape belongs to Officer Doug Carr, a former president of the METRO Police Association. Hadis says Carr pulled him over after the front wheels of his cab touched or crossed the white lines of the pedestrian crossing.

  Voice on tape: Let me tell you something, (expletive). You crossed that white line out there. That's running the red light, period. You want to argue with me or do you want to go to jail?

  Voice on tape: We don't need your kind here. You can go back to where you come from if you don't want to abide by our laws. You understand me? Hadis: Yes, sir Voice on tape: Look at my name. Remember it. Remember C-A-R-R 'cause the next time I find you on a city street in Houston, Texas downtown and you (expletive) up and break the law, I will put your (expletive) in jail.

Officer Carr was fired.

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   April 30, 2004 -- AUSTIN -- A misdemeanor public intoxication charge against actor Jason Patric, who was arrested in Austin last month, has been dropped.

  Lawyers reviewing the case did not think they could prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Patric was a danger to himself or others, a requirement in public intoxication cases, said City Attorney David Smith.

"He had hailed a cab and was intending to get in it," Smith said in Friday's editions of the Austin American-Statesman. "He had friends with him."

The Travis County Attorney's Office was reviewing a charge of resisting arrest against Patric stemming from the same incident. A call to the office was not immediately returned Friday.

 Patric moved slowly toward the sidewalk, but then took an aggressive stance, police said. Patric resisted and shoved an officer when police tried to arrest him, according to police.

 Patric insisted he was not drunk and that officers should test him, according to the arrest warrant. Police spokesman Kevin Buchman said there is no test administered for public intoxication and police officers only need to have suspicion.

 Patric stars as Texas hero James Bowie in "The Alamo." His other films include "The Lost Boys," "Sleepers" and "Speed 2: Cruise Control."

 He also recently starred on Broadway as tarnished golden boy Brick in a revival of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."

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Officers Involved: Cullen Bean and Margarito Perales

Location: Houston, Texas

   4/29/2004 – A crowd attacked two Houston police officers with rocks - Police say they can't say for sure what sparked the violent outburst. What started as a police investigation into illegal gambling, turned a group of people into a angry mob throwing rocks at the officers, hitting them in the face and neck. Sergeant Cullen Bean and Officer Margarito Peralesarrested a suspect for possession of cocaine, along with his 17-year-old girlfriend for interfering with his arrest. They charged her with assaulting a police officer. the 17 - year-olds mother said, "She was handcuffed and picked up and put in the car. But when I got there the police officer told me to get back, and if I didn't get back, he was going to throw me into the police car." The mother claims an officer used excessive force on her daughter. "Throw her on the ground and broke her leg," said the mother. A spokesperson for the Houston Police Department says the 17- year- old, first punched the officer in the chest with a closed fist. But an eyewitness says it didn't happen that way. Ms. X recalled, "She was trying to ask them, why did they apprehend her boyfriend like that? That's all she was doing." Police maintain that as they were arresting the suspect's girlfriend, a large crowd gathered and became hostile. The mob reportedly picked up rocks and threw them at Sgt. Bean and his partner. The two were hit repeatedly in the face and neck.

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Officers Involved: James Williams

Location: Brownwood Texas

  4/20/2004 -- A former police chief from Bangs has been charged with selling city-owned guns at pawn shops and even trading one for a horse. James Williams, 42, was released on a $1,000 personal recognizance bond after turning himself in. He was indicted on a charge of theft by a public servant and a charge of misapplication of fiduciary funds, both third-degree felony charges with a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

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Officers Involved: Bobby Thompson(46)

Location: Houston Texas

  4/22/2004- A Houston police officer has been charged and relieved of duty with pay after he was accused of evading arrest from sheriff's deputies on a chase. Bobby Thompson, 46, is a 18-year HPD veteran. Thompson was off duty at the time when he was clocked exceeding 90 mph in a 45-mph zone. Thompson when arrested did not explain why he refused to stop.

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Officers Involved: Mark De La Paz and Jeff Haywood

Location: Dallas, Texas

    4/16/2004-- A Dallas narcotics detective acquitted in a federal trial last year was indicted on state felony charges for allegedly helping frame Mexican immigrants for drug crimes. Senior police Cpl. Mark De La Paz was charged Thursday with seven counts of tampering with physical evidence. The indictments allege he knowingly submitted false police reports and other documents in cases where the immigrants were arrested on false drug charges. The panel also indicted a former narcotics officer, Jeff Haywood, who was charged with three counts of tampering with physical evidence. Haywood left the department in October 2001. More than 80 cases were dismissed after tests revealed the purported drugs were actually gypsum powder or other legal substances. De La Paz was acquitted in federal court in November of charges he submitted false reports and lied to FBI agents. He was the arresting officer in several of the dismissed cases. De La Paz remains on administrative leave from the Dallas Police Department.

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Officers Involved: Gilberto Davila Zertuche, 42

4/27/2004 -- A Houston police officer was arrested, accused of selling a large amount of cocaine and marijuana while on duty and in uniform. Gilberto Davila Zertuche, 42, an 18 year vetern is charged with delivery of a controlled substance and delivery of marijuana. Internal affairs officers arrested Zertuche. Officials say Zertuche is accused of delivering one kilogram -- or 2.2 pounds -- of cocaine and 100 pounds of marijuana. After receiving money for the delivery, Zertuche was arrested while walking to his marked police car. An undercover officer bought the drugs from Zertuche.

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Officer Involved: Charles H. Crawford Jr

Location: Conroe Texas

  4/11/2004 -- Officer Charles H. Crawford Jr., a 17-year veteran has been charged with intoxication assault in connection with an off-duty accident.

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Officers Involved: Lance William Elliott, 34

Location: Houston Texas

  4/05/2004 -- Officer Lance William Elliott, 34, an 11-year vetern who is accused of having sex with a suspect struck a deal to 30 days in jail. Elliot also resigned from the force and relinquish his peace officer license. His sentence was for "tampering" with a government record. The prosecutor declined to say why he dropped the 4 felony charges.

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   March 27, 2004 -- The same problems that shut down criminal laboratories in Houston and McAllen have surfaced in Department of Public Safety crime labs across the state, according to internal audits obtained by the Houston Chronicle.

 The findings about the agency charged with overseeing the accreditation of all municipal DNA labs could throw thousands of criminal cases into doubt.

 A state lawmaker complained that the Texas DPS "misled" the Legislature, and a criminal defense lawyer speaking for a statewide organization demanded a multimillion-dollar review of convictions.

 The audits, which the Chronicle obtained through open records requests, were conducted last year at the DPS labs in Houston, Austin, El Paso, Garland, Lubbock, Corpus Christi, McAllen and Waco. They revealed procedural flaws, security lapses and shoddy documentation at several of the labs, which could result in faulty DNA profiles and possibly send innocent people to prison or allow the guilty to escape justice.

The findings include:

* DNA analysts who do not understand how to interpret test results.

* The failure of analysts to run blank samples to make sure instruments are not contaminated with DNA residue from previous tests.

DNA reports that do not include important statistical probabilities.

Possible cross-contamination of blood samples.

* A lack of lab security.

* Failure to document critical analytical procedures at the state lab that inputs DNA profiles into the FBI national DNA database.

"The only thing that can be done is to do the same thing that's being done in Houston," warned Stanley Schneider, chairman of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association's crime lab strike force. "We've got to get someone to go back and see if (DPS) made mistakes. And it's going to cost millions and millions of dollars."

 "I have lost confidence in DPS and their ability to oversee these labs," said state Rep. Kevin Bailey, D-Houston and chairman of the House Committee on General Investigating.

  As part of last year's reforms, the Legislature entrusted DPS with overseeing the accreditation of all public DNA labs in the state by September 2005. That includes the municipal labs, like the one operated by the Houston Police Department, as well as the state-run labs, which process evidence for state agencies and local cities and counties that cannot afford their own labs.

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  March 10, 2004 -- A Houston police officer who fatally shot a 14-year-old boy during a struggle at a northwest Houston apartment complex late last year was indicted today on a murder charge.

 The indictment, issued by a Harris County grand jury, accuses Officer Arthur J. Carbonneau in the Nov. 21 slaying of Eli Eloy Escobar II.

 The boy was shot in the head while struggling with Carbonneau at the Burnham Woods apartments in the 3100 block of Mangum.

  Officer Carbonneau, a two-year veteran of the Houston Police Department, has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the investigation. He probably will turn himself in and post bail tonight or early Thursday, said Aaron Suder of the Houston Police Officers Union.

"This is the first time we can think of, in recent memory, where we've had an officer indicted on a murder charge for conduct in the scope of duties," said Suder.

   He declined to describe officer Carbonneau's reaction, but said, "I can tell you from our perspective here, we're disappointed." The boy's relatives were relieved. "It means a great deal to me," said Angel Perales, a cousin of the boy's mother, Lydia Escobar. "In my eyes, that was all the justice in the world to me, to be indicted. It's a relief." Alfonso Perales, an uncle of the boy's mother, said: "That's what we were expecting. "My thoughts are, the D.A. did a good job," he said. "Eli's not coming back, but at least the officer's going to get justice."

"We are going to file a civil suit," said James DeAnda, a retired judge now with Solar and Associates, which is handling the matter for Escobar's family.

 The shooting occurred about 5:30 p.m. after Carbonneau and Officer Ronald Olivo responded to a call about criminal mischief at a nearby apartment complex in the 4600 block of West 34th.

 Witnesses said a 14-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man had harassed a 10-year-old boy at his home. The 10-year-old's father, Jesse Rodriguez, and others led Carbonneau and Olivo to an apartment at the Burnham Woods complex where the alleged attackers lived.

 The officers found Escobar and several other teens inside the apartment and told them to stand outside, witnesses said. Rodriguez pointed out one of his son's harassers to the officers. Escobar began to leave and refused to obey the officers' orders to stop, police and witnesses said. Escobar, witnesses said, had not been involved in the confrontation at the apartment complex on West 34th.

 The patrolmen grabbed Escobar, who stood 5 feet 8 inches and weighed 217 pounds, and he fell to the ground and kicked them, police said.

 As the youth lay on his back, Olivo grabbed one of his legs and Carbonneau tried to hold the other, police and witnesses said.

Police said that, after Escobar kicked Carbonneau in the groin, the officer drew his .40-caliber Glock pistol. The teen then kicked Carbonneau's arm and the pistol fired.

 An autopsy report stated that the bullet struck Escobar in the right eyebrow, traveling toward the top of his head. Stippling, or marks left by the gunpowder, was found on the boy's face, indicating that the gun was within four feet of the Escobar's head when it fired, investigators said.

 Suder said in December that the officer had drawn his gun because he and Olivo could not control Escobar's hands and he feared the boy could grab a weapon. Jose Sanchez, 14, Escobar's friend who watched the confrontation, said Escobar told the officers he would stop struggling moments before the gun fired.

 Carbonneau was given the chance to appear before the grand jury, but declined on the advice of his attorneys, Suder said.

  Union president Hans Marticiuc said he was not surprised by the grand jury's decision. "With the political atmosphere we're seeing going on around here right now and the two shootings back to back, no, it's not a surprise," Marticiuc said.

 The shooting happened died three weeks after an off-duty police officer fatally shot another teen in which investigators called an accident.

 Officer Richard Kevin Butler, a 10-year Houston police veteran, was fired last month for the Oct. 31 shooting of Jose Vargas Jr., 15.

  Police said Vargas was driving his mother's Chevrolet Blazer through a west Houston movie theater parking lot when off-duty officers working security decided he and his friends looked suspicious.

 Vargas fled the parking lot, pursued by Butler. When traffic forced Vargas to stop, Butler approached on foot and pointed his gun through an open window, investigators said.

  Police said Vargas stepped on the accelerator, causing the car to strike Butler's arm, which caused the gun to fire. Vargas was shot in the chest. A grand jury declined to indict Butler in the Vargas shooting, although Butler was fired by then-acting Police Chief Joe Breshears. 


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