Smack'n the old lady around
Retired Hercules cop accused of trying to kill wife
By Henry K. Lee
A retired Hercules police officer was arrested and charged with attempted murder for allegedly firing shots at the Antioch home of his estranged wife, less than two weeks after he threatened to kill her, authorities said.
John Goodner, 47, is being held at Contra Costa County Jail in Martinez in lieu of nearly $1.8 million bail. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder, shooting into an occupied dwelling, making criminal threats and stalking, all felonies.
“Mr. Goodner is very concerned about these allegations, and he is looking forward to his day in court,” said his attorney, Deputy Public Defender Jennifer Welch.
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About 2 a.m. on Jan. 28, Antioch police officers heard gunfire near West 18th and A streets. While trying to determine the source of the gunfire, a woman called 911, saying she was sleeping when someone shot into her house through the front bedroom wall, police said.
The woman wasn’t hurt and told police that she believed that Goodner was responsible, police said.
“And just be advised, he’s usually 10-51,” an Antioch officer said on the radio, using the police code for drunk. “And, uh, he’s ex-officer.”
Officers went to Goodner’s home on the 800 block of Putnam Street in Antioch. He did not immediately surrender, and officers were warned that he owned several hunting rifles, shotguns and ballistic vests, plus a scanner that he could use to monitor the police response, authorities said.
The former K-9 officer repeatedly asked for Antioch police to secure their own police dog and refused to come out, officials said. After he exited to the front yard, he still would not comply and had to be taken into custody with the help of the dog, authorities said.
Police determined that over the past year, Goodner had been stalking his wife with the help of a tracking device he had placed on her car.
The device was discovered by the wife’s brother, who also sought a restraining order because she was staying with his family, and they wanted protection from him, authorities said.
On Jan. 17, Goodner threatened to kill his wife, prompting her to get a restraining order five days later, said Deputy District Attorney Scott Cunnane. The shooting happened five days after that, when Goodner opened fire while driving past her home in his Dodge truck, authorities said.
“The escalation is very concerning,” Cunnane said.
Goodner served with the Hercules Police Department for about 12 years before he took a medical retirement in 2009.
IMPD officer charged with attempted murder, domestic battery
by Greg Margason - Web Producer and Charlie De Mar
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 20, 2015)– An Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) officer has been charged with attempted murder and several other charges.
Officer Justin Beaton, a nine-year IMPD veteran, faces preliminary felony charges of attempted murder, domestic battery in the physical presence of a child, pointing a firearm, and obstruction of justice.
Investigators learned new information this week in the case which provided probable cause to arrest Beaton on Friday.
According to court documents, Beaton’s girlfriend suffered multiple fractures, lacerations and abrasions last August. She also had three broken teeth. At the time they explained her injuries as an accident, with Beaton saying he was carrying a bed rail when it went through a glass door and hit her in the face.
“I’m proud of my daughter. She’s scared but I’m glad she turned him in,” said Dianna Skojac, the victims mother.
Skojac spent hours removing her daughters belongings from Beaton’s South Side home
However,this week, his girlfriend went to police and said that Beaton shot at her through a glass door. The gun was loaded with blanks.
“I looked up at the glass door and the barrel of the gun was there and then the next thing I know I had like a real odd ringing in my ear, and I couldn’t hear and I fell backwards,” she told police.
“And I turned myself like into the house so I didn’t hit the ground and I looked up at him and I was bleeding and I said, ‘you just shot me.'”
“Live ammunition or blank it doesn’t matter– it’s still dangerous,”said Russell Elmore,owner of Elmore Fire Arms.
Elmore says it’s a common misconception that “blanks” are harmless.
“You could kill someone with a blank within 20-feet,” said Elmore.
Court documents describe Beaton as an alcoholic who has pointed his firearm at his girlfriend before.
“He did it with his duty gun when I was pregnant. Like he’s very, very sloppy with his weapons,” court documents read.
“I talked to him about his drinking and he said he was going to get it taken care of.She was scared of guns and he would threaten her with guns,” said Skojac.
Officer Beaton is currently assigned to the Operations Division on East District. He will be suspended without pay pending termination.
An initial hearing has been set for Monday at 1:30 p.m.
Round Rock police officer charged with assault
ROUND ROCK, Texas – A Round Rock police officer has been arrested after he allegedly assaulted his ex-girlfriend.
Round Rock police say officers were called to the 1200 block of Hidden Valley Drive on Feb. 14 for a disturbance call. The victim reported she had been assaulted by her ex-boyfriend, identified as Officer Marques Guntz.
Guntz was immediately placed on administrative leave pending the completion of an investigation. The investigation determined that Guntz be charged with Assault Family Violence.
Guntz has been arrested and transported to the Williamson County Jail. He has been an officer with the Round Rock Police Department since Sept. 2011.
Lompoc police officer arrested for alleged domestic violence
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A police officer with seven-years of experience with the Lompoc Police Department was arrested Friday on domestic violence-related charges.
At 4:45 p.m., John Reyna was arrested by deputies from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, who booked the officer at the Santa Barbara County Jail.
“This was a shock and very disappointing,” Lompoc Police Chief Pat Walsh said. “This has had a tremendous toll on our officers who, by and large, are exceptional people.”
An unnamed officer was first made aware of the alleged incident involving Reyna and his wife and then reported it to his supervisor, who told Walsh, he said.
“I am proud of that officer, because that’s a very hard thing to do,” Walsh added.
The police chief contacted the Sheriff’s Office to avoid a conflict of interest.
“I could never expect my officers to go to one of their coworkers to arrest them,” Walsh said. “It is better that another agency handles that since they can be objective.”
Reyna is the third officer to be arrested for a domestic violence-related incident in the past nine months and the fourth to be involved in an incident in the past 11 months.
In October, Matthew Lee Hill, 29, was arrested after authorities say he assaulted his girlfriend. In May, Sgt. Joseph Peter Stetz was charged with felony vandalism in connection with his arrest in May following a domestic dispute with his wife. And in March, David Garcia was cited on the suspicion of drunken driving after he slammed into a tree.
“I want to ensure the community that appropriate discipline will occur in all of these cases,” Walsh said.
Walsh said he couldn’t expand on what steps he will take, because state law forbids him to talk about personnel matters.
He did, however, share about a few measures that he believes could help his department.
In March, he intends to send officers and supervisors to an event featuring speaker Gordon Graham, a retired officer known throughout the country for his skills in addressing risk-management issues.
Walsh is also looking to connect with specific doctors who specialize in post-traumatic stress disorder and marital issues so they can work with officers one-on-one, if needed.
Walsh said that chaplains spent a lot of time with officers Friday and met with the day shift Saturday as well.
The police chief is also working on a reporting mechanism with the city attorney that will be made available to the public. The mechanism will not include names but will list offenses committed by officers and the appropriate disciplinary actions resulting from the violations.
Reyna’s arrest puts the LPD at just 43 officers, with eight positions available.
Garcia has returned to the force, Walsh said.
“He made a mistake and Chief (Larry) Ralston gave him his discipline,” Walsh said. “He’s been an exceptional officer in the six months I’ve worked with him.”
The LPD will get another officer back Wednesday, Walsh confirmed.
Timothy Xiong, an 11-year veteran with the department, is expected to rejoin the force after authorities made the preliminary conclusion that he acted in self-defense when he shot a teen wielding a nine-inch metal fork, roughly two weeks ago.
The District Attorney’s Office is still looking into the incident, however.
Walsh said comments on Facebook have been harsh and that he has instructed his staff not to read them.
“I’d be lying if I said that we don’t deserve some of the harsh comments, but with that said, I think some of it is pretty rude,” he said. “What comes of that?
“But the buck does stop with me, I know that.”
If anyone is suffering from domestic violence or knows someone who is, there are resources available, Walsh said. The Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County can be reached at dvsolutions.org or by calling 736-0965.
2nd BSO deputy behind bars for alleged police misconduct
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Just hours after a colleague was arrested and charged, another Broward Sheriff's Office deputy is facing new charges for alleged misconduct during an investigation into an alleged domestic violence case.
Some BSO employees are calling Deputy Eduardo Mesa a two-time criminal. The deputy had been serving a suspension from the department since his arrest in September 2014, but on Thursday he turned himself in for his alleged misconduct in a year-old investigation.
According to the most recent police report, Mesa responded to an emergency on New Year's Day 2014 at a Pompano Beach apartment where a man, Michael Bosch, claimed his wife, Whitney, had stabbed him during a fight. One of the couple's neighbors said she could recount the argument and the involvement of a weapon. "I just remember them arguing and she had the knife on him," she said.
During Mesa's investigation of that domestic violence incident, Michael said Mesa took his cellphone. According to Michael, Mesa returned it before leaving, but the phone had been compromised. Detectives wrote in a report that Mesa had in fact removed a memory chip from the phone. "Mr. Bosch noticed that his phone was missing several pictures and contacts. He then took apart his phone and found that his memory (MicroSD) card had been stolen," the report said.
In July, BSO detectives said they uncovered 64 sexually suggestive, nearly pornographic photos and videos of Whitney Bosch on Mesa's personal computer. They said one video showed both husband and wife. "The MP4 video file depicted the white female performing a striptease for the white male, who was also briefly visible in the video, as well," their report said.
But Mesa's most recent arrest is his second following a bout with the law last September. Mesa was arrested and charged with stealing drugs from the pockets of a man killed by a train on Jan. 7. Detectives said that incident was only one week after Mesa stole naked photos from another victim.
In a statement, BSO Sheriff Scott Israel explained the new charges against Mesa resulted from further investigation into complaints about the deputy. "Though Deputy Mesa was suspended in Sept. 14 after an investigation by the BSO Public Corruption Unit, our detectives followed up on other complaints against him, resulting in this additional charge," he said.
It's been a troubled week for BSO, which in a matter of hours has seen two of its officers behind bars in connection to their police work. Just Wednesday another BSO deputy, Gary Amundson, was arrested and charged for falsifying reports and lying under oath. On Wednesday, Israel asked the public not to let their perceptions of police officers be diminished by a few bad officers. "We should not let the extremely poor judgment of a few reflect negatively on the many law enforcement officers who proudly wear the badge every day and risk their lives to protect others," he said.
Both officers are still employed with BSO, but are suspended pending conviction
Port Barre police officer charged with domestic abuse battery
By Rob Macko Published: February 18, 2015
PORT BARRE, La. (KLFY) – A Port Barre police officer has been charged with domestic abuse battery. St. Landry Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested Caleb Stelly, 21, early Sunday morning. Deputies said an argument between Stelly and his former girlfriend escalated into a fight. She told deputies Stelly, “put his hands on her and threw her out of the way.” The woman said she did not need medical attention.
Port Barre Police Chief Deon Boudreaux said Stelly, who was off-duty at the time, has been on the police force for about six months.
Stelly was released from jail on a $5,000 bond. Boudreaux said Stelly was placed on unpaid leave pending the outcome of the case. If convicted, Stelly faces up to a $1,000 fine and six months in prison. Stelly told deputies he did not violate any law.