FBI Arrests Nearly All Of The Top Officials Of Crystal City, Tex.

CRYSTAL CITY, TX – Joel Barajas was the only Crystal City council member to show up at the office Friday. That’s because everyone else he works with is facing felony charges. Five top officials in the Texas city were arrested Thursday under a federal indictment accusing them of taking tens of thousands of dollars in bribes and helping the operator of an illegal gambling operation who went by the…

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Ex-Suffolk County Police Chief’s Arrest Comes Amid A Broader Federal Inquiry

Even today the crime is remembered, with a shudder, across Long Island. Hidden in the woods in Smithtown, N.Y., a boy’s battered body was found with six rocks jammed down his throat. The prosecution’s key witnesses included a teenager named James Burke, whose testimony against his neighborhood friends helped send them to prison. The murder happened in 1979, and the case began Mr. Burke’s involvement with law enforcement. He…

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Officer Arrested Using Army Reserve Duty Excuse For Secret Vacation

STAMFORD, CT – Stamford, CT police arrested officer and Army reservist, Donald Chen, this past Tuesday on a larceny charge. The department found out that Chen took two weeks off in December to fulfill his Reserve duty-mandatory training, and never showed. According to a news release from the Stamford Police Department, Chen received full pay, per department policy, for what they believed was a leave for training. He had…

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Former Firefighters’ Union President Charged With Computer Crimes

One current and one former Sunriver Fire Department employee accused of illegally accessing co-workers’ emails were arraigned Tuesday in Deschutes County Circuit Court. Former firefighter and paramedic Jason Arnold, who was also the president of the department’s firefighters union, faces charges of computer crime and illegally accessing the content of communications. He appeared in court with his attorney, Tom Hill, of Bend. Jeffrey Ruthardt, a current firefighter and paramedic…

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First Thursday, October 2015

Topics discussed in this month’s podcast include: The Negotiability Of A Disciplinary Matrix, Middletown Borough Police Officers Association, 47 PPER ¶ 30 (Penn. LRB 2015) Acquittal In Criminal Case Does Not Mean Firefighter Could Not Be Fired, City of Seattle, (Lankford 2015) Deputy Sheriff Can Be Fired For Conduct While On Unpaid Leave, Negron v. Los Angeles County Civil Service Commission, 2015 WL 5146622 (Cal. App. 2015) Court Rejects…

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Maryland Governor Blames Corrections Union For Inability To Fire Employees Charged With Crime; Meant To Blame State Law Instead

BALTIMORE, MD – Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan blamed the state’s largest employee’s union for not being able to remove corrections employees who face charges that range from driving under the influence to assault. The governor said the union has prevented the state from being able to remove “these bad actors.” Union officials said the governor doesn’t know what he’s talking about. It’s not the union contract but rather state…

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