Oswego cop charged with selling drugs was sued, suspended
Oswego, NY – Troy Martin retired Oswego police officer charged Thursday with selling drugs has faced suspension as well as accusations of excessive force and misconduct during his career. Martin, was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fourth-degree conspiracy. Oswego police confirmed Martin is retired from the department and said that he was not part of the department while the drug investigation he was swept up in was under way.
According to Post-Standard archives, Martin and Officer Michael Kearns were accused of raping a woman in 1993. The woman, who at the time was 25, filed a $36 million lawsuit in July 1994 against the city, Kearns and Martin.
Criminal charges were never filed against Martin or Kearns. The woman didn't file charges because she didn't want to appear before a grand jury or in criminal court, said one of her lawyers at the time.
The city settled the lawsuit out-of-court in 1997 for $50,000.
In 1997, the city also settled another case in which Martin was accused of causing personal and emotional injuries. That case was settled for $27,000 according to newspaper archives.
In 1993 Martin and Kearns were suspended without pay for 30 days.
When Martin was a campus police officer at the State University College at Oswego, the state Court of Claims determined that he and another officer used excessive force in arresting a college student in 1985. The student was awarded $1,200 in damages.
Martin retired from the Oswego Police Department in 2006 and receives an annual pension of $24,333, according to state records.
St. Louis cop gets probation in drunken driving case
Michael Schinner, a t. Louis police officer, was sentenced to five years probation for driving while intoxicated and causing injuries. l Schinner, then 27, was off-duty and speeding the wrong way on a one-way street early in the morning on Dec. 24, 2011, when his vehicle collided with a St. Louis patrol car. On-duty Officer Darryl Monroe suffered hip and leg injuries, according to officials.
A passenger in Schinner’s vehicle, Brian Cole, then 28, sustained serious head trauma, including bleeding on his brain, but has since recovered. Schinner, who had been a member of the police force for three years, claimed no memory of the crash, but he appeared disoriented and had a strong alcoholic odor on his breath, according to court documents.
There were two empty beer bottles in his car — one on the driver’s side floorboard — and he refused to submit to a blood test to determine his blood-alcohol content, according to the documents. Police did not apply for a search warrant to force him to provide a blood sample.Schinner was suspended from the force without pay after the crash, and resigned in August 2012.
Police officer charged with DWI, resigns
RALEIGH, N.C. — A senior officer in the Cary Police Department resigned her job after an arrest early Thursday on charges she was driving while impaired.Tiffany Dawn Silsbee, of 2600 Broad Oaks Place in Raleigh, sideswiped four vehicles along Raleigh's Boylan Avenue, according to police.After the crash, she had a .09 blood alcohol content.
FBI: Pa. police officer arrested on drug charges
-- The FBI says a Pennsylvania police officer has been arrested and charged with distributing drugs. Agent Edward J. Hanko says in a release that Robert F. Evans, a Hughestown Borough Police officer, was arrested without incident Friday morning and charged with the distribution of oxycodone. That's just outside Scranton. According to an affidavit Evans admitted obtaining oxycodone pills from a friend and through a prescription, selling the pills over the past year, and driving a client to Wilkes-Barre in a Hughestown police cruiser so the client could buy illegal drugs. Evans couldn't be reached for comment.
TEXAS COP ARRESTED FOR FELONY DWI WITH KIDS IN TOW
A Texas police officer has been arrested and charged with felony driving while intoxicated, the Houston Chronicle reported recently. The officer was arrested in Beaumont, Texas, about 80 miles outside of Houston. According to the report, the charges were increased from standard DWI to state jail felony DWI because the driver's three children were allegedly present in the vehicle at the time of the incident.
A Prichard police officer has been arrested on some serious drug charges.
PRICHARD, Ala. (WPMI) A Prichard police officer has been arrested on some serious drug charges. Officer Edmond Burke was arrested during a Mobile County Sheriff's Office sting. Deputies say Burke tried to buy five kilos of cocaine from an undercover officer. Burke has been charged with trafficking cocaine, possession of a controlled substance, and marijuana possession. Trafficking is a class-A felony that carries a sentence of up to life in prison. Burke is a Prichard native, and has been on the force about a year and a half. He has been on the other side of the law before. He was arrested in 2006 for possession of a controlled substance, and in 2000, for interfering with custody.
State trooper blames Chan for crash that killed off-duty cop
WOBURN Off-duty Lowell Police Officer Patrick "P.J." Johnson was drunk as he rode his Harley Davidson Road King at speeds between 75-80 mph when he collided with a Honda Accord -- a crash that took his life -- a State Police accident reconstructionist testified it wasn't Johnson's speed that cause the crash, it was the other car crossing his path.
In Middlesex Superior Court on Friday, Roderick, an accident reconstructionist, testified that based on his calculations, the 31-year-old Johnson, a six-year veteran of the Lowell Police Department, was barreling down Princeton Boulevard during the early-morning hours of Sept. 11, 2010 at a minimum speed of 75 mph and perhaps as fast as 80 mph based on the motorcycle's broken speedometer.
Roderick testified that at the same time, Chan, 28, of Lowell, who police allege was also legally drunk, was at the intersection of Foster Street and Princeton Boulevard when he drove into Johnson's path. Johnson hit the brakes, leaving a skid mark 32.5 feet long, Roderick testified. Johnson and his motorcycle slammed into the right front quarter of Chan's car. The impact tossed Johnson, a husband and father of two, more than 100 feet where he landed two houses down.
He died within minutes of the crash, state Medical Examiner Marie Cannon testified Thursday. The cause of his death was blunt trauma to the head, torso and lower extremities, Cannon said.
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U.S. Attorney’s Office July 22, 2013 • District of Colorado (303) 454-0100
DENVER—Jeffery Allan Johnston, age 46, of Parker, Colorado, has been arrested based on a criminal complaint charging him with the drug trafficking related crimes, United States Attorney John Walsh, FBI Denver Special Agent in Charge Thomas Ravenelle, and Littleton Police Chief Doug Stephens announced. Johnston was arrested without incident at his Parker home by the FBI on Friday, July 19, 2013. The criminal complaint was unsealed by the court today. Johnston appeared in U.S. District Court in Denver this afternoon, where he was advised of his rights and the charges pending against him. The government is asking the court that Johnston be held in custody without bond pending a resolution of his case. A detention hearing and a preliminary hearing is scheduled to take place on July 25, 2013, at 3:00 p.m.
The criminal complaint charges Johnston with possession of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of MDMA with intent to distribute; maintaining a drug-involved premises; possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; and using a telephone to facilitate a drug trafficking felony.
According to the affidavit in support of the arrest warrant, on July 15, 2013, Johnston contacted a friend via telephone. During the call, Johnston said he wanted to “catch up” with the friend. The person Johnston contacted is a known narcotics trafficker who has been invited to Johnston’s residence previously to distribute narcotics to guests at parties Johnston hosts. According to the friend, Johnston paid for 3,4-methylenedioxy methamphetamine (known as MDMA, Ecstasy, or X) for his parties.
During the phone call, Johnston asked if he could purchase between 40 and 50 Ecstasy pills from the source for between $15 to $20 each. They discussed the fact that some of the Ecstasy currently available was not well made. Johnston offered to use a test kit to confirm the quality of the Ecstasy. On July 19, 2013, the FBI conducted a controlled delivery of 37 Ecstasy pills and 6.3 grams of Ecstasy powder. Johnston paid $1,300 for the delivery. Following the exchange of Ecstasy and money, Johnston was taken into custody, and a search warrant was executed a Johnston’s residence.
Agents found the 10 grams of Ecstasy just delivered to Johnston in a kitchen drawer and a stainless steel Colt Officers Model .45 caliber pistol, which was located in a small black bag on the counter above the drawer containing the Ecstasy. The pistol was loaded with seven .45 rounds of ammunition in the magazine and one .45 round in the chamber. Investigators also found suspected cocaine, suspected steroids, hundreds of suspected prescription pills, additional firearms, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, all in his residence. Further, agents discovered evidence of drug trafficking in a kitchen drawer. In that drawer was empty pill pouches, a drug test kit and a scale.
In the complaint, the preliminary charging document, Johnston faces one count of possession of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of MDMA with intent to distribute, which carries a penalty of not more than 20 years in federal prison and a fine of not more than $1,000,000; one count of maintaining a drug involved premises, which carries a penalty of not more than 20 years in federal prison and a fine of not more than $500,000; one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, which carries a penalty of not less than five years and not more than life in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000; one count of using a telephone to facilitate a drug trafficking felony, which carries a penalty of not more than four years in federal prison and up to a $500,000 fine.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Those who may have information regarding this matter should contact the FBI at 303-629-7171.
Johnston is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Guy Till and David Conner.
A criminal complaint is a probable cause charging document. Anyone accused of committing a federal felony crime has a Constitutional right to be indicted by a grand jury, thus finalizing the charges.
The charges contained in the complaint are allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Shawn Pitts an East Chicago police officer who worked a private security job during the same hours he was on duty as a cop will serve eight months of home detention. Pitts, 42, will serve the home detention as part of two years on probation, U.S. District Judge Rudy Lozano ruled during Pitt’s sentencing hearing Friday.
Pitts pleaded guilty a year ago to mail fraud in connection with working two jobs at the same time. Pitts, who worked for the East Chicago Police Department starting in 1997, picked up part-time security jobs at several housing projects in the city from 2009 to 2011. However, when he was supposed to be working those jobs, he was actually on duty as an officer.