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Idaho School Cop Who Stole Thousands of Drugs Sentenced to Just Two Days in Jail After Plea Deal

Officer Paul Hardwicke, a resource officer at Blackfoot High School in Idaho, was caught with his hand in the drug jar in May of 2015. According to the Idaho State Journal, Hardwicke was immediately given a paid vacation (but not arrested) after it was determined that he had stolen thousands of prescription pain killers. The drugs were stolen out of the drop boxes that were being used as part of a drug return program at the school.

Originally he was facing two counts of felony possession of a controlled substance, oxycodone and morphine, and two counts of misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, tramadol and legend drug (a “legend” drug is what prescription drugs are, for some weird reason, legally called in Idaho). The felonies carry a maximum sentence of seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine each. The misdemeanor charges carry a maximum sentence of one year and a fine of $1,000 each. All told, he was potentially facing up to 16 years in prison.

Of course, he was wearing his Magic Uniform at the time, so that’s not at all what happened. Once he received his customary Policeman’s Discount, he ended up being sentenced to two whole days in jail. (There’s no word on whether he is eligible for good time and thus allowed to get out after one day.)

Via KTVB.com in Idaho Falls:

A former Blackfoot policeman and high school resource officer will spend two days in jail for stealing thousands of prescription painkillers from a drug drop box.

The Post Register reports that Paul Hardwicke pleaded guilty on Wednesday to misdemeanor counts of possession of a legend drug without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail and two years of probation, but 178 days of the sentence were suspended.

Hardwicke’s attorney argued his client should get probation since he already lost his job.

Hardwicke was a school resource officer at Blackfoot High School before he was terminated. He started a drug drop box program when people were encouraged to discard unused prescription medications at the police station. Investigators found he was taking medication from the drop box.

And yeah, you read that last paragraph right, Officer Hardwicke is the one that started the drug drop box program in order to encourage residents to bring their unused prescription drugs to the police station for “disposal.” In spite of all the hypocrisy of him being one of those people that kidnap and hold people hostage for the same stuff he’s doing himself, you kinda have to admire this guy a little when you hear about that.

Between thinking far enough ahead to become a cop and secure that get out of jail free card that comes with it and then coming up with a scheme to get people to just bring drugs right to him for free, Hardwicke clearly was way ahead of the game. He slipped up a little at the end and now he’s gonna have to go get hired by another police department after his grueling two days of hard time, but he had a good plan going in.

Former West Virginia Sheriff’s Deputy Arrested for Raping, Torturing, and Attempting to Waterboard His Wife

Kevin Woodrum, a former deputy with the Boone County (WV) Sheriff’s Office, was arrested earlier this week and charged with malicious wounding, sexual assault, and domestic battery against his wife. According to a criminal complaint filed in Boone County, Woodrum held his wife hostage while beating, torturing, and raping her over the course of hours. At one point during the ordeal, Woodrum even poured water on her face in an attempt to waterboard her.

Via Yahoo.com:

West Virginia State Police went to the Woodrum, 43, residence on Saturday to investigate a domestic situation. Woodrum allegedly told officers to leave unless they had a warrant and that his wife was asleep.

After a few minutes, officers were able to speak with the victim and noticed her face was swollen and bruised. She allegedly told officers that Woodrum had been beating and torturing her for hours.

The victim then detailed for officers the harrowing ordeal Woodrum allegedly put her through, including burning her several times with a lighter and cutting off her hair while pouring water on her face in an attempt to “waterboard” her, WSAZ3 reports.

She reportedly said that on Friday night, Woodrum became mad at her and tied her hands and feet to the bed. He allegedly punched her multiple times in the face and ran a lighter across her body burning her.

For the next few hours, the woman said in the complaint, Woodrum sexually assaulted her, threatened to kill her and choked her until she lost consciousness, WSAZ3 reports.

It’s kinda hard to tell what will eventually happen with this case. Police officers have a known propensity for domestic violence, committing abuse against their wives and children at four times the rate of the national average. Police departments and unions also have a well established tendency to protect their Brothas in Blue at the expense of abuse victims. However, it’s been over a decade since Woodrum wore his Magic Suit and the abuse he committed against his wife was pretty outrageous. There’s no guarantee that he’ll get the alumni recognition and Policeman’s Discount that most retired/ex-cops can pretty much count on.

Cop Caught Sleeping in Viral Youtube Video One of Four NJ Officers Arrested in Off-Duty Bar Fight

Belleville NJ Cop Sleeping Patrol Car

A New Jersey cop, who achieved infamy several years ago when he was photographed sleeping in his patrol car, has now been arrested for involvement in a bar fight.

Officer Jesse J. McKeough of the Belleville Police Department became a bit of a Youtube star when he was caught sleeping like a giant steroid infused baby inside his patrol car back in 2013. After photos of his nap break were posted publicly (see video embedded below) by Anthony Telinski and everyone on the planet laughed for hours on end, McKeough was suspended for an undisclosed period of time as a result. Of course, this was no laughing matter to McKeough’s co-workers and the Good Cops at the BPD immediately took action by harassing and retaliating against Telinski.

Three years later, Officer McKeough is back in the news, but for much worse than taking a beauty sleep while wrapped in his Magic Suit. McKeough was arrested along with three other off-duty Belleville police officers after they were involved in a bar fight that started inside the Pourhouse 17 Pub on Ridge Road in North Arlington and spilled out into the parking lot on Oct. 21st. What or who exactly started the fight has yet to be disclosed. The person assaulted by McKeough was hospitalized as a result of injuries sustained in the brawl.

Via NJ.com:

A 26-year-old man allegedly beaten up by an off-duty police officer at a crowded bar two months ago has described a chaotic scene during which he suffered blunt force trauma to his head and internal bleeding.

“Someone got pushed into me. When I went down to the floor I got repeatedly hit – it was mainly shots to the head,” said John Koski, 26, of Lyndhurst.

Koski said he was taken by North Arlington Volunteer Emergency Squad to a local hospital where he was treated for more than three hours.

According to a court summons, Jesse J. McKeough, 28, struck Koski repeatedly with his fist. McKeough, a patrol officer with the Belleville Police Department, is charged with simple assault. McKeough, a police officer for four years, has been suspended without pay.

Three other Belleville police officers are also suspended without pay in connection with the incident: John Clarizio, 32, Marco Zarfino, 24, and Giovanni Casillo, 39.

The four officers were arrested Monday in connection with the fight, which occurred Oct. 21 at Pourhouse 17 on Ridge Road.

Clarizio is charged with simple assault for punching a bar patron with a closed fist, according to a court summons. The officer is also charged with hindering apprehension for falsely telling a Lyndhurst police officer his name was “Anthony Michael Fasano,” the summons states.

Zarfino is charged with simple assault. A court summons states he punched a person in the bar.

Casillo is charged with simple assault for allegedly punching bar patron Vasilios Theofanidis, 39, according to a summons.

Theofanidis, described by authorities as a pool technician, is charged with simple assault for allegedly pushing a person in the bar, a summons states.

John Koski, the man who ended up at the hospital as a result of Officer McKeough’s attack, said that he didn’t even know what started the fight and was attacked unprovoked while sitting at the bar. So, the lesson learned here should probably be that once a bar fight starts you should either join in or hide behind the bar like in all the cowboy movies. Just sitting innocently at the bar leads to a hospital trip.

And cops are much less dangerous when they are passed out in their patrol cars with drool leaking out of their mouths.

New York Sheriff’s Deputy James H. Bissell III Only Fined $504 For Fatal Car Crash in Plea Deal

Niagara County Deputy James H. Bissell III was sentenced to a small fine after agreeing to a plea deal for an on-duty accident last year, in spite of the fact that he seriously injured a woman and killed her husband in that accident. In exchange for pleading guilty to three traffic infractions, the charge of reckless driving he had been facing was dropped.

Via the Buffalo News:

The former Niagara County sheriff’s deputy whose patrol car T-boned a sport utility vehicle last year, killing its driver, pleaded guilty to three traffic violations Tuesday.

James H. Bissell III, 31, who had been a deputy for only 39 days when the crash occurred, was fined a total of $501 by Cambria Town Justice Amel S. Jowdy Jr. after Bissell admitted to imprudent speed, failure to yield the right of way and running a stop sign.

Jowdy Jr. imposed a $75 fine and a $92 state surcharge for each count.

Niagara County taxpayers could be liable for much more than that when a civil suit by the victim’s widow is either settled or tried.

“As long as he pleads to a violation of the Vehicle and Traffic Law, that cements the county’s liability. It becomes an admission of liability,” said Terrence M. Connors, attorney for Mary A. Annalora of Newfane, the victim’s widow.

Her husband, Glenn T. Annalora, 61, died from injuries suffered when Bissell’s patrol car smashed into the driver’s side of the Jeep at Ridge and North Ridge roads in Cambria shortly after 7 p.m. Oct. 22.

Mary Annalora, 58, who was a passenger in the Jeep, suffered multiple injuries, including fractured ribs and vertebrae, according to her lawsuit against the county.

I’m sure someone not wearing a Magic Suit would get off with a few minor traffic tickets after killing someone. And the bonus is that taxpayers get to pay for the million dollar lawsuit that will be getting settled soon with the victim that survived. To be fair though, his wrist is gonna sting for a minute and it’ll probably be a month or two before he gets hired by another police department.

As you can see in the video below, Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour also sent Thoughts and Prayers.

Dallas Transit Cop Committed Perjury to Justify Arresting “Citizen Journalist” for Filming Them

Apparently, a transit cop in Dallas doesn’t understand that Photography Is Not A Crime. Avi Adelman, who is described as a “Citizen Journalist” and local activist, was arrested by Officer Stephane Branch in February of this year by Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Officer Stephane Branch.

What was his diabolical crime you ask? Standing quietly and legally filming the police during a medical call, something that he does on a regular basis. (The excuse used to justify that illegal arrest was a trespassing charge.)

Of course, since that’s not actually a crime, the charges were soon dropped, although it still cost him 20 hours in jail. However, that’s where the trouble began for Officer Branch. Not only did Adelman notice on the police report that Branch had completely fabricated statements on her police report (otherwise known as perjury, which is a crime) to make it appear she had cause to arrest him, but a microphone she was wearing confirmed she was a liar.

Via WFAA8, the local ABC affiliate:

…when DART officer Stephane Branch gave her account of what happened in the report, she included supposed verbatim quotes between herself and Adelman, starting with “Sir, please stay back so the firefighters can help this man.”

“That sent up a lot of red flags because I looked at that and said, ‘This isn’t what happened,’” Adelman said.

A microphone Officer Branch was wearing captured what actually happened.

“Sir, leave – you’ve got to leave,” she could be heard saying on the recording. “I’m talking to my supervisor.”

The officer’s report also included quotes from Dallas Fire-Rescue personnel and a DART passenger, but the internal affairs investigation found those quotes were entirely made up.

Branch “engaged in conduct that was illegal or could reflect poorly on DART if brought to the attention of the public,” investigators said.

“A sworn law enforcement officer lied – thought she could get away with it – stood by her lies – and then they busted her,” Adelman said.

Of course, the amount of potential trouble she might get into is up in the air, since she has one of those Magic Suits in her closet that renders its wearer impervious to meaningful consequences for their actions, no matter how illegal, immoral, or even violent they might be.

Morgan Lyons, a DART spokesperson, has stated that the investigation has been completed. However, Internal Affairs has not yet decided just how hard they will be slapping her wrist yet. In the meantime, Officer Branch is still out there protecting and serving the shit out of people in Dallas.

For his part, Adelman is hoping she will be fired for her clearly illegal acts. However, I wouldn’t advise him to hold his breath on that. Stranger things have happened, but the fact that criminal charges for her illegal arrest and blatant perjurious actions in the process of that is a pretty good indicator that they are preparing a nice Policeman’s Discount for her and any “punishment” she receives will likely be for show and not anything of substance.

The Internal Affairs Report

Internal affairs report: DART officer fabricated quotes by wfaachannel8 on Scribd

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Wife of Henderson Police Lieutenant Arrested For Forgery, Stealing From Las Vegas College, and Drug Charges

Apparently, while Lieutenant John DeVaney of the Henderson (Nevada) Police Department’s Corrections Division was out throwing drug addicts and thieves in a cage his wife was at home trying to see how she could stretch their meager budget of just under $220,000 to accommodate her own drug habit.

Seems like Heidi DeVaney came up with a solution for that problem back in April when she got a job with the College of Southern Nevada, a local community college and then started going the extra mile by stealing and forging checks in order to make ends meet with their limited income.

Unfortunately for her, it looks like someone forgot to tell the CSN police that her husband has one of those Magic Suits and they arrested her. She was fortunate in one respect, though. They took her to the Downtown Las Vegas jail and not the Henderson jail where her hubby works. Cuz that woulda been awkward for everyone.

Via the Las Vegas Review Journal:

The wife of a Henderson police lieutenant was arrested on forgery and theft charges Wednesday in her College of Southern Nevada office.

Spokeswoman K.C. Brekken said CSN police arrested Heidi B. DeVaney, 50, at the college’s campus on West Charleston Boulevard. DeVaney was being held Thursday at the Clark County Detention Center.

Her husband, John C. DeVaney, is a corrections lieutenant with the Henderson Police Department and in 2015 made total salary and benefits of $219,455, according to Transparent Nevada. A Henderson spokeswoman declined to comment Thursday.

Brekken said Heidi DeVaney was hired April 4 as a “temporary classified employee” in the role of an administrative assistant II at the community college. Her annual base salary was $31,090, and her last day of employment was Wednesday, the spokeswoman said.

Officials said Heidi DeVaney’s arrest report was not available Thursday. Jail records show her charges include burglary, petit larceny and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

You know the old saying about Bad Apples not falling far from the tree.

Of course, I’ll guarantee you right now that she’ll still qualify for the Policeman’s Discount and unlike other people that commit crimes to support a drug habit, we’ll be told how tragic the situation is how much she needs help. Then she’ll get a very small slap on the wrist, at worst.

Los Angeles Cop Who Beat Girlfriend and Set Her Hair on Fire to Serve just Six Months in Jail (Update)

As CopBlock Network Contributor described in a post last year, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy Alejandro Flores viciously attacked his now ex-girlfriend. In what has been characterized as the culmination of a pattern of abuse, Flores beat his girlfriend (who only wants to be identified as “Maria” due to fear of further attacks), used a gas stove to set her hair on fire, and then threatened her with his gun to force her to stay at the house after the assault.

All of that and numerous previous assaults took place in front of their two year old son. She was only able to escape by sneaking out of the house and confiding in relatives after he left to go Protect and Serve the County of Los Angeles as part of the LASD. The incredibly serious issue that precipitated Flores’ sadistic actions involved a dispute over a pacifier (presumably intended for the child, not Deputy Flores).

Flores was charged with nine felonies, including three felony counts of domestic battery with corporal injury, two felony counts of assault with a force likely to produce great bodily injury and a felony count each of aggravated assault, criminal threats, dissuading a witness, and false imprisonment. As a result, he faced a maximum of up to 14 years in prison. The prosecutor offered him a plea deal which would have required him to serve five years in prison.

However, the judge had a different idea of how deep a Policeman’s Discount Deputy Flores deserved. He not only gave out just a one year sentence for the savage, almost deadly beating(s) “Maria” had been subjected to in front of her child, he even went so far as to disregard the prosecutors requests to make Flores serve his time in a state prison, where he would be required to do the entire year. Instead, Judge Rodger Robbins sentenced him to county jail, where he’ll be released to look for another woman to abuse and possibly kill in just six months.

The victim in the case for obvious reasons not happy about the judges actions and rightfully states that he is getting off easy because he had one of those Magic Suits that renders people impervious to real consequences for their actions, no matter how illegal, immoral, or violent they might be, at the time of the attack.

Via ABC7.com (in Orange County, CA):

The 34-year-old (Flores) stood emotionless as he listened to his son’s mother speak about the violence.

“He pushed me against the stove yelling, ‘Is this what you want?’ At that point, he turned on the gas burner, setting the my hair on fire,” said the victim, who did not want to be identified.

As she read her victim-impact statement, she urged the judge to issue a stiffer sentence.

“Alejandro chose a career in law enforcement to protect and serve. Apparently, that doesn’t cross to his personal life and the sentence confirms it,” she told the courtroom.

The victim said there had been violence before, all of which occurred in front of their young son…

In her victim impact statement, the victim also urged the judge to consider what message the sentence sends to other victims of domestic violence.

“Knowing what it finally took for me to finally stand up for myself and my son, with a one-year sentence it is almost like I’m being victimized again, now too by the system I trusted to protect me and my son,” she said.

Yet another Hero In Blue held to a higher standard. It’s almost as if Deputy Flores already knew the fix was in when he turned down that five year plea deal offered by the prosecutors.

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New York Cop Who Crashed a Stolen Car While Drunk Then Ran From the Scene Fined $1000 and Not Even Fired

Nicholas P. Kozack, a Kingston NY police officer, got drunk on St. Patrick’s Day, stole a car, wrecked into a highway sign after missing an exit, flipped the car totaling it, and then ran away from the accident site. He was later caught hiding nearby in someone’s backyard. Initially, he was charged with DWI, leaving the scene of an accident, and felony possession of stolen property.

One would think he’d be in big trouble after all that. However, one would soon be reminded that Officer Kozack has a Magic Suit that renders him impervious to meaningful consequences for his actions, regardless of how illegal, immoral, dangerous, or even deadly they might be. Instead, Kozack received a rather generous Policeman’s Discount and was allowed to plead to a misdemeanor DWI charge by Ulster County Assistant District Attorney Margo Hanstein.

His “punishment” will consist of a $1000 fine, getting one of his co-workers to sign a paper saying he attended a “victim’s impact” class, and having to get someone to blow into the tube attached to his car for a year when he drives drunk (unless he steals another car in order to avoid that indignity).

Priot to that, he also had to pay the person whose car he stole almost $2500 to cover what the insurance didn’t pick up and was given a thirty day suspension before it converted into a paid vacation for the past six months. But he could afford that since he didn’t even lose his $68,000+/year job. He also didn’t even lose his license, although there’s no word on whether he will be required to have an anti-alcohol ignition lock installed on his patrol car.

Via the Daily Freeman:

Kozack pleaded guilty before Ulster town Judge Marsha Weiss in full satisfaction of the charges against him. He was then sentenced to pay a $1,000 fine, ordered to attend a victims’ impact panel, and was ordered to install an ignition interlock device on his vehicle for one year.

Kozack was given a 20-day stay in order to apply for a conditional driver’s license. His license had been surrendered to Weiss in April.

His attorney, Kevin Harp, said Kozack had waived an earlier hearing with the state Department of Motor Vehicles regarding his refusal to submit to a sobriety test after the accident.

Harp added that Tuesday’s sentence was standard for a person pleading guilty to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge. (He forgot to add that people committing this type and number of crimes don’t typically get the opportunity to plead down to a misdemeanor drunk driving charge – Editor)

Prior to pleading guilty, a felony possession of stolen property charge against Kozack was reduced to a misdemeanor by Ulster County Assistant District Attorney Margo Hanstein.

The stolen property charge was in relation to the vehicle Kozack was driving at the time of the crash.

“He paid restitution to the owner of the vehicle to cover all out of pocket expenses not covered by insurance,” Harp said of Kozack. He said paying the $2,470.25 in restitution was required of Kozack as part of a plea deal.

Kozack, who was off duty at the time of the crash, was suspended for 30 days without pay after a unanimous vote of the Kingston Police Commission on March 16. After the 30 days expired, Kozack remained suspended but began receiving his pay again.

That’ll teach him.

“I’m an Officer of the Law!” Belligerant, Drunk Cop, Who Wrecked Into Parked Car, Already Had Two DUI’s When Hired

On Friday August 12th, the Albuquerque police received a call about a drunk driver at the MATS Detox Center who had run into a parked car and had then began acting aggressively toward the staff of that detox center. Upon arriving at the location, they soon discovered that the drunken, belligerent driver was New Mexico State Police Officer Morgan Ortiz, who was obviously drunk and not just a little, but to the point he could hardly even stand up.

When questioned he began repeating “11” to each question in a potential tribute to John Lennon and Yoko Ono, i.e. “how much have you had to drink?” – “11” – “where were you coming from?” – “11” – etc., etc. Believe it or not, things got even a little weirder after that, once it was determined that this wasn’t Ortiz’ first drunken rodeo.

Via KRQE.com:

The reports go on to state that Ortiz was too drunk to be arrested for aggravated DWI and reckless driving. Instead, he was taken to a hospital and will be summonsed for the charges.

In the lapel video, Ortiz is heard yelling, “I’m an officer of the law.” Ortiz was even heard cussing at officers.

This was his third DWI, according to criminal records. He was previously convicted of DWI back in 2003 and 2004, both before his 21st birthday.

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As it turns out, Ortiz, 32, is a graduate of New Mexico State Police’s 89th academy in December 2015. He hadn’t even been patrolling the streets for a year.

“We put him through a battery of tests: psychological, medical tests that, unfortunately, after all the years of him being sober, something happened.” Chief Pete Kassetas said.

Kassetas said he was fully aware of Ortiz’s criminal record when he hired him, and took a chance on the young man.

“He’s embarrassed, he’s upset,” Kassetas said. “Obviously as the chief, I’m embarrassed and I’m not happy.”

Ortiz’s gun and badge have been taken from him and he’s been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of both the criminal case and an internal affairs investigation.

new-mexico- state-police-officer-morgan-ortizAs embarrassed and unhappy as Chief Kassetas is by this whole unpredictable outcome, he still hasn’t figured out what will be done with Officer Ortiz once he comes off the paid vacation they sent him on while his friends “investigate” this “unfortunate” incident. Although he states that his job is “in jeopardy,” it could be several weeks before the chief decides how hard to slap his wrist.

And remember, if you want to avoid getting arrested, just get really incredibly drunk to the point that they have to take you to the hospital and they’ll just send you home from there. See how that works out for you if you don’t have one of those Magic Suits in your closet.

FL Deputy, Who Was Caught Driving Drunk Three Times, Was Driven Home, Not Arrested

Deputy Stephen Miller, of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, has been caught at least three times driving while drunk. In his most recent incident he was found in his car, which was in gear at the time, “loudly snoring … and smelling of a strong odor an alcoholic beverage.”

An unnamed officer who found him also described Deputy Miller as “discourteous, disrespectful, clearly intoxicated, uncooperative and belligerent.” In spite of all that and the two previous times he had already been stopped driving while drunk, the Good Cops who responded called his girlfriend, who is also a Hero working for the West Palm Beach Police Department, and had her drive him home, rather than arresting him.

Via WPBF 25 News, the local ABC affiliate in West Palm Beach:

Two previous reports with the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department detailed similar incidents.

Miller was also suspected of drunken driving on Sept. 5, 2015, and in January 2014.

In each case, reports showed Miller had a gun with him, and officers determined he was too drunk to drive.

In each case, Miller was not arrested and officers arranged for him to get a ride home.

After the third instance, the Sheriff’s Office conducted an internal affairs investigation.

Their report said Miller told the officers in Palm Beach Gardens they should, “Cut me a break … We are all brothers.”

The report said Miller was “expecting preferential treatment.”

A representative from the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department declined to comment on why Miller was never arrested.

So, in spite of driving drunk multiple times while armed with a gun, both of which are very much illegal, Miller was never arrested or in way held accountable criminally, like anyone else who didn’t have a Magic Suit and Shiny Badge would be. Instead, the Bad Apple was just driven home. However, after this latest incident he was finally (third time is the charm, apparently) given a 10 day suspension. That’ll teach him.

Deputy Stephen Miller was expecting preferential treatment and he got it, in spades.