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Police Officers Who Have Died in The Line of Duty Last Year, according to the FBI

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Last year, there were 47 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, according to statistics released by the FBI today.

This is 25 fewer than the 73 officers who died in 2011.

By region, the FBI stated that 22 officers were killed as a result of criminal acts that occurred in the South, eight officers in the West, six officers in the Northeast, five officers died due to incidents in the Midwest, and six officers were killed in the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

By circumstance, 12 officers died from injuries inflicted while investigating suspicious persons or circumstances, eight who died were conducting traffic pursuits or stops, five were engaged in tactical situations, and five officers were killed as a result of ambushes (four due to entrapment/premeditated situations and one during an unprovoked attack), according to the FBI.

Here is what the FBI report stated:

Four officers' deaths occurred as a result of answering disturbance calls (two of which were domestic disturbance calls) and three officers were transporting, handling, or maintaining custody of prisoners.

Two of the fallen officers sustained fatal injuries during drug-related matters, two were attempting to make other arrests, and two were performing investigative activities.

Two officers were responding to robberies in progress, one was responding to a burglary in progress, and one officer was killed as a result of handling a person with a mental illness.

Offenders used firearms in 43 of the 47 felonious deaths. These included 30 incidents with handguns, seven incidents with rifles, and three incidents with shotguns. The type of firearm was not reported in three of the incidents.

 Two victim officers were killed with vehicles used as weapons; one was killed with a knife; and one officer died from injuries inflicted with personal weapons, such as hands, fists, or feet.

Twenty of the slain officers were wearing body armor at the times of the incidents. Six of the officers fired their own weapons and two officers attempted to fire their service weapons.

Three victim officers had their weapons stolen; however, none of the officers were killed with their own weapons.

An additional 45 officers were accidentally killed in the line of duty in 2012.

 This total represents eight fewer officers who died in accidents when compared with the 53 officers who were accidentally killed during the same time period in 2011.

 

Police Officers Who Have Died in The Line of Duty Last Year, according to the FBI

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Last year, there were 47 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, according to statistics released by the FBI today.

This is 25 fewer than the 73 officers who died in 2011.

By region, the FBI stated that 22 officers were killed as a result of criminal acts that occurred in the South, eight officers in the West, six officers in the Northeast, five officers died due to incidents in the Midwest, and six officers were killed in the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

By circumstance, 12 officers died from injuries inflicted while investigating suspicious persons or circumstances, eight who died were conducting traffic pursuits or stops, five were engaged in tactical situations, and five officers were killed as a result of ambushes (four due to entrapment/premeditated situations and one during an unprovoked attack), according to the FBI.

Here is what the FBI report stated:

Four officers' deaths occurred as a result of answering disturbance calls (two of which were domestic disturbance calls) and three officers were transporting, handling, or maintaining custody of prisoners.

Two of the fallen officers sustained fatal injuries during drug-related matters, two were attempting to make other arrests, and two were performing investigative activities.

Two officers were responding to robberies in progress, one was responding to a burglary in progress, and one officer was killed as a result of handling a person with a mental illness.

Offenders used firearms in 43 of the 47 felonious deaths. These included 30 incidents with handguns, seven incidents with rifles, and three incidents with shotguns. The type of firearm was not reported in three of the incidents.

 Two victim officers were killed with vehicles used as weapons; one was killed with a knife; and one officer died from injuries inflicted with personal weapons, such as hands, fists, or feet.

Twenty of the slain officers were wearing body armor at the times of the incidents. Six of the officers fired their own weapons and two officers attempted to fire their service weapons.

Three victim officers had their weapons stolen; however, none of the officers were killed with their own weapons.

An additional 45 officers were accidentally killed in the line of duty in 2012.

 This total represents eight fewer officers who died in accidents when compared with the 53 officers who were accidentally killed during the same time period in 2011.

 

Police Officers Who Died in The Line of Duty Last Year, according to the FBI

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Last year, there were 47 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, according to statistics released by the FBI today.

This is 25 fewer than the 73 officers who died in 2011.

By region, the FBI stated that 22 officers were killed as a result of criminal acts that occurred in the South, eight officers in the West, six officers in the Northeast, five officers died due to incidents in the Midwest, and six officers were killed in the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

By circumstance, 12 officers died from injuries inflicted while investigating suspicious persons or circumstances, eight who died were conducting traffic pursuits or stops, five were engaged in tactical situations, and five officers were killed as a result of ambushes (four due to entrapment/premeditated situations and one during an unprovoked attack), according to the FBI.

Here is what the FBI report stated:

Four officers' deaths occurred as a result of answering disturbance calls (two of which were domestic disturbance calls) and three officers were transporting, handling, or maintaining custody of prisoners.

Two of the fallen officers sustained fatal injuries during drug-related matters, two were attempting to make other arrests, and two were performing investigative activities.

Two officers were responding to robberies in progress, one was responding to a burglary in progress, and one officer was killed as a result of handling a person with a mental illness.

Offenders used firearms in 43 of the 47 felonious deaths. These included 30 incidents with handguns, seven incidents with rifles, and three incidents with shotguns. The type of firearm was not reported in three of the incidents.

 Two victim officers were killed with vehicles used as weapons; one was killed with a knife; and one officer died from injuries inflicted with personal weapons, such as hands, fists, or feet.

Twenty of the slain officers were wearing body armor at the times of the incidents. Six of the officers fired their own weapons and two officers attempted to fire their service weapons.

Three victim officers had their weapons stolen; however, none of the officers were killed with their own weapons.

An additional 45 officers were accidentally killed in the line of duty in 2012.

 This total represents eight fewer officers who died in accidents when compared with the 53 officers who were accidentally killed during the same time period in 2011.

 

Former Deputy Pleads Guilty to Using Chemical Spray on Handcuffed Inmate

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BUFFALO, NY-- Josephine Cutolo, 54, of Buffalo, New York, pleaded guilty to using chemical spray on a handcuffed  inmate on Aug. 18, 2012, according to federal prosecutors.

Cutolo, a former deputy with the Erie County Sheriff's Department, is facing a year in prison, state federal officials.

At the time the incident occurred, federal authorities state that the inmate was in handcuffs, subdued, and being escorted by two other deputies.

Cutolo aimed the chemical spray a few inches from the victim's face, which resulted in the spray affecting the victim's face, chin, and shoulder area. After spraying the victim, the defendant yelled a vulgar obscenity at the inmate, federal officials stated.

"Those who serve in law enforcement--including corrections staff--are entrusted with substantial power and authority in order to protect the public or those in their care," said U.S. Attorney William Hochul Jr.. "Certainly the vast majority of officers live up to the highest ideals and demands of their chosen vocation. But when an officer abuses his position and hurts one she is sworn to protect, our office will not hesitate to bring the perpetrator to justice, regardless of their title or position."

The case was investigated by the FBI.

Cutolo will be sentenced in July.

Ohio Man Who Had Thousands Of Child Pornography Images Pleads Guilty

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COLUMBUS--Zdenek Hrouda, 37, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, had more than 10,000 still images and 300 video files of child pornography stored on three computers and two external hard drives inside his house, according to U.S. Attorney's Office.

Hrouda was in federal court today pleaded guilty today and is now facing up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

According to law enforcement, an investigator was monitoring the Internet and identified an IP address that was a download candidate for child pornography.

The FBI and local police searched Hrouda's house on July 5, 2012 and found the pornography.

 

 

Prison Gang Member Sentenced to 21 Years for Drug Trafficking

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SACRAMENTO, CA-- A federal judge sentenced Juan Gallegos, also known as "Wino," to 21 years and 10 months in prison for conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana along with our other drug trafficking felonies, according to law enforcement officials.

Gallegos, a member of Nuestra Familia, a violent Hispanic prison gang based in Northern California, helped transport and distribute large loads of the drugs from Southern California to Northern California, federal officials stated.

During his guilty plea, Gallegos, 36, of Salinas, admitted that he provided security for the 20 kilograms of cocaine as they were transported in furtherance of the overall NF drug trafficking conspiracy, stated FBI and other authorities.

The initial Indictment of 25 defendants in June 2007 led to two successful jury trials, according to officials.

The jury trials resulted in the convictions of five separate defendants on multiple counts of drug trafficking.

In the 2009 trial, one defendant demanded a speedy trial, was convicted, and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, according to U.S. Attorney's Office.

In the 2010 trial, four of the NF's leadership defendants were each convicted on all the counts in the indictment after a contentious four-month jury trial.

Today's sentencing was the latest result of the new indictment that was handed down by a Sacramento Grand Jury in January 2011, officials stated.

 

 

"Spa" Owner Going to Prison for Running Prostitution Service

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 A woman who owned and managed three "spas" that were a front for prostitution was sentenced today in Omaha to three years and one month in prison, according to the FBI

Kimberly A. Bivens, age 46, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to use facilities in interstate commerce to promote a business enterprise involving prostitution from 2009 to 2011, federal officials state.

Bivens placed advertisements for each of the three spas on the Internet.

The majority of customers received sex acts from the workers, rather than legitimate spa services, in exchange for money. Some customers traveled to the spas from Iowa and from other states to obtain sex for money, state officials.

During the time when Bivens managed or owned these three spa locations, there were more than 20 workers performing sex acts, according to federal authorities.

 

In Other Courtrooms Throughout the Nation

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WASHINGTON--Thirty-four alleged members of the prison-based Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) gang, including four of its most senior leaders, were indicted by a federal grand jury in Houston, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

They are charged with conspiring to participate in racketeering enterprise, state federal authorities.

Alleged members of the ABT are also charged with involvement in three murders, multiple attempted murders, kidnappings, assaults, and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine.

The federal indictment was unsealed on Friday.

According to court documents, the ABT has a detailed and uniform organizational structure, with territory divided into five regions, each run by a "general." The superseding indictment charges four generals: Terry Ross Blake, 55, aka "Big Terry"; Larry Max Bryan, 51, aka "Slick"; William David Maynard, 42, aka "Baby Huey"; and Charles Lee Roberts, 68, aka "Jive," with conspiracy to participate in the racketeering activities of the ABT, among other charges.

 

PHILADELPHIA--Darwin D. Dieter, 53, of Kempton, Pennsylvania, allegedly stole more than $500,000 in checks that were issued by his insurance company that were intended for payment of his wife's dialysis treatments, federal officials state.

An indictment was unsealed last week in connection with a health care fraud scheme, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Dieter, a former employee of a direct mail company located in Hamburg, Pennsylvania, kept the checks and laundered the proceeds from December 2010 to July 2011.

Dieter was arrested by Friday by the FBI, according to federal authorities.

 

 

 

Alabama Cop Convicted in Federal Court of Beating a Handcuffed Man

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BIRMINGHAM-- A federal jury on Wednesday convicted Birmingham police officer for using excessive force when he beat a handcuffed defendant in 2007, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office and the FBI.

The jury deliberated less than an hour and a half hour before finding Corey L. Hooper, 34, guilty of depriving the civil rights of Martez Gulley when he repeatedly struck the man with his hands and fists while Gulley was handcuffed and secured in the backseat of a patrol car on September 6, 2007. The jury found Hooper not guilty of a second charge of using excessive force when he fired an X26 Taser stun gun at another handcuffed defendant on August 4, 2007.

"Few police officers violate their oaths to uphold the law and protect the public, but those who do must be held accountable, as this defendant was today," U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance said in a press release. 

"Police officers who abuse their authority undermine the dedicated men and women who put their lives on the line every day," FBI Agent Robert E. Haley stated. "The sentence handed down today sends the right message to those in law enforcement who would engage in such conduct."

Hooper is scheduled for sentencing February 27.

Hooper could face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Pennsylvania Cross Burning Could Result in Long Prison Sentence

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JOHNSTOWN, PA - A man who put a cross in the front yard of a minor victim who was socializing with a black juvenile and spent a few minutes in the woods watching the cross burn is facing up to 20 years in  prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Ryan M. Held, 21, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to Interfering with housing, stated authorities

"Every citizen has the right to be safe in their own home, free from racial intolerance and intimidation,"  U.S. Attorney David Hickton stated in a press release. "We will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute criminals whose actions are driven by bigotry and hate."

Held saw the white minor victim socializing with a few friends, one of whom was a black juvenile. Just before midnight, Held returned to the property and put a cross in the front yard of the female victim, according to federal authorities.

"Held spend a few minutes laying in the woods bordering the property watching the cross burn and waiting to see if anyone emerged from the residence," federal authorities stated.

Held will be sentenced in February, officials stated.

The FBI conducted the investigation.

 

Atlanta Man Gets Life In Prison for Operating Sex Trafficking Ring

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ATLANTA - The operator of an Atlanta sex trafficking ring who committed violent sexual acts against his victims, bound them with duct tape, took their identification, and committed "atrocities" to hold them captives, was sentenced today in federal court to life in prison, according to U.S. Attorney's Office.

After an eight day trial in July, a jury convicted  38-year-old Soloman Manasseh Mustafa, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, of sex trafficking, kidnapping, transporting women across state lines for prostitution, document servitude, and enticement of a minor for sexual activity.

A co-defendant, Kalandra Annette Wallace, 25, was sentenced to five years in prison. She pleaded guilty in October.

Evidence against Mustafa included that two victims were bound with duct tape and put in a closet, according to federal authorities. These victims, still bound with duct tape, were taken against their will to Homewood, Alabama, for the purpose of having sex with men, state federal prosecutors.

Other victims were forced to have sex with men and all the money they earned was turned over to Mustafa and Wallace.

One victim had a gun pointed at her head and was ordered to remove her clothes and stand naked in a corner of the room. Other women were forced to inhale white powdery substance that appeared to be cocaine, according to federal prosecutors.

Two victims were handcuffed to the bed to keep them from leaving, state federal officials.

Mustafa texted a young girl believed to be 14 years old and instructed the juvenile to send him photos of herself.  Mustafa told the juvenile that she could be his sex slave, and he went to the juvenile's home to pick her up,  federal authorities stated.

The juvenile left her home by tying bed sheets together and climbing out the window.

Fortunately, say federal  authorities including the FBI say,  Mustafa let the young girl go in a subdivision close to her home.

 

Dallas Man Gets More Than 17 Years for Possessing Porn

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DALLAS - A 27-year-old man was  sentenced last week  to more than 17 years in prison for possessing and shipping child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney Office.

FBI agents executed a search warrant at the home of Ernest Mata last year and found 1,000 images and 100 videos of child pornography, federal officials stated.

Mata admitted that he had been viewing child pornography since he as about 12-years-old,  federal authorities stated.

Three Arrested for Allegedly Duping Home-Buyers and Investors

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LOS ANGELES -- Three men who were named in a federal indictment were arrested today by the FBI and U.S. Secret Service for defrauding homeowners, financial institutions and real estate investors, according to the U.S. Attorney General.
The men used schemes to target distressed homeowners and caused more than $10 million in losses, according to federal authorities.
In some cases, the defendants used short sale approval letters that had been entirely fabricated to carry out their schemes. As a result, home-buyers and investors purchased homes they thought had a clear title but were actually devalued and subjected to hundreds of thousands of dollars in liens, federal officials allege.

Police Roundup 15 LA County Gang Suspects for Drug Dealing

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LOS ANGELES - Fifteen suspects were arrested this morning for alleged narcotics trafficking charges, according to federal officials.

The arrest of members of a criminal street gang, the Pasadena Denver Lane Bloods, came after an 18-month investigation where authoriities seized eight firearms, about $40,000 in cash, 11 pounds of cocaine and more than five pounds of crack cocaine.

 The investigation by DEA, FBI, Pasadena Police Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation targeted the gang's drug trafficking in the Antelope Valley, according to federal authorities.

Former Medical Tech Admits Contaminating Patients With Hepatitis C

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JACKSONVILLE, FL-- A former radiology technician is facing life in a federal prison after he admitted in court on Friday that he stole syringes of Fentanyl during patients' medical procedures and replaced them with syringes of saline contaminated with hepatitis C, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Steven Beaumel, 48, pleaded guilty to one count of tampering with a consumer product that resulted in death, federal authorities stated.

Epidemiologists from the Mayo Clinic, Florida Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control worked for more than three years to solve the hepatitis C outbreak at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville from October 2004 through August 2010.

The first patient discovered to have hepatitis C linked to Beumel was a liver transplant patient who received a new liver in September 2006. During a radiology procedure in November 2006, Beumel took this patient's Fentanyl and infected him with hepatitis C. The patient battled hepatitis C for almost four years. He died from complications related to hepatitis C, never knowing how he got it, say federal officials.

Beumel's tampering occurred from 2006 through 2008 at the Mayo Clinic's Intervetonal Radiology Unit, according to federal authorities.

FBI agents arrested Beumel on May 24, 2011.

A sentencing date hasn't been scheduled yet. 

In Other Courthouses Across the Nation This Week

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PHOENIX - A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced a methamphetamine trafficker to more than seven years in prison, according to the FBI.

Roberto Benjamin Chavez, 58, of Yuma, Arizona was involved in a methamphetamine distribution ring between September 2010 and April 2011. Chavez received the methamphetamine from a Mexican-based supplier, according to the FBI.

WASHINGTON - Two stock promoters, a securities lawyer and a stock trader were sentenced Thursday for their participation in a stock manipulation scheme that defrauded investors in a company called CO2 Technologies, according to the U.S. Justice Department officials.

A federal  judge in Miami sentenced Michael Krome, 50, a securities attorney from New York to nearly three years in prison. Stock promoters Timothy Barham Jr., 44, of Tennessee, and Robert Weidenbaum, 46, of Miami, were sentenced to more than a year in prison each.

 

 

Virginia Woman Going to Prison For Murder-for-Hire Plot

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Alexandria, Virginia - A 41-year-old woman was sentenced to six years in prison on Friday for hiring a hit-man to kill her boyfriend's "mistress," according to federal authorities.

Ann Jenene Cinnamon, also known as Ann Jenene Greer, contacted a man asking for help in hiring someone to murder a person who she described as her boyfriend's mistress, U.S. Attorney General's Office stated.

Cinnamon offered $500 to the hit man, paying $100 as a down payment. She also concocted an alibi, say federal officials.

The man she contacted went to the FBI who investigated and arrested Cinnamon on Oct. 11, 2011.

Long Beach Man Arrested for Sex Trafficking in Orange County

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Los Angeles ­­­­- A Long Beach man was arraigned Monday in federal court for coercing women to engage in prosecution, according to authorities.

Roshaun "Kevin" Nakia Porter, 36, operated a prostitution ring in the Orange County area and meets potential victims by placing ads on Craigslist.com and with Seekingarrangments.com, law enforcement authorities allege.

The women believed they were entering into an monogamous relationship with Porter, say officials. They claimed that Porter maintained a romantic relationship with them and then, forced them into prostitution, according to law enforcement.

During a sting operation, law enforcement officers said they found five women who claimed Porter was forcing them to work as prostitutes.

Porter allegedly threatened to find them and hurt their families if they tried to leave, authorities allege.

A federal grand jury on April 25 indicted Porter with two counts of forced labor and two counts of sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion.

Law enforcement officials believe Porter may have additional victims. Anyone with information about victims may contact the FBI at 310-477-6565.

 

 

Feds Shutdown Dozens of Websites Selling Stolen Cards

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WASHINGTON-- Federal authorities seized 36 domain names of websites engaged in the illegal sale and distribution of stolen credit card numbers.

The seizures are the result of an FBI and U.S. Justice Department operation  targeting the sale of stolen credit cards via the Internet,  federal officials announced Thursday.

The websites of the seized domain names are commonly referred to as Automatic Vending Carts or AVCs, say federal officials. AVCs allow a user to buy stolen credit card data over the Internet, even using an online shopping cart, just like a traditional online retailer, say officials. 



Former Alabama Police Officer Sentenced for Taser Incidents

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BIRMINGHAM ­­­­­­-  Former Tuscaloosa Sheriff's sergeant was sentenced today to five years in prison for civil rights violations in connection with illegally using a Taser against three detainees, according to the U.S. Attorney and the FBI.

Sgt. Althea Mallisham, 52, admitted she used an X26 Taser to electro-shock the pre-trial detainees who were either restrained in handcuffs or securely locked in a jail cell, federal officials stated.  None of the detainees posed a physical threat to any officers or other detainees when they were electro-shocked, according to federal authorities.

Mallisham used the Taser to shock the detainees as a means of punishment.


The Court Reporter
Raul Hernandez has spent years writing stories about the drama that unfolds in the courtroom. Here he answers common questions, share some insights on the judicial system and passes along some of the little things that make the Ventura County courts an interesting place to be. You can contact him at rhernandez@vcstar.com.