27-year veteran detective Ramon Alvarez of the Los Angeles Police Department Gang and Narcotics Division was arrested Friday and charged with grand theft upon him serving an arrest warrant at a suspected narcotics location when a fellow detective witnessed Alvarez take money from said site, according to a statement released by the LAPD.
The detective that witnessed Alvarez take money from the site immediately notified his supervisor, and Alvarez’s official vehicle was searched. Money that was believed to belong to the narcotics suspect was found inside Alvarez’s vehicle, according to the LAPD statement. LAPD’s Internal Affairs Criminal Investigation Division then arrested Alvarez for grand theft.
“I am extremely disturbed and shocked by the arrest, but heartened by the actions of the detective who immediately reported what appeared to be criminal behavior,” said Police Chief Charlie Beck in a report in the Los Angeles Times.
Bail was set at $20,000 and Alvarez was placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the criminal investigation, as well as the outcome of an administrative investigation.
“The arrest of an LAPD officer and a classmate is shocking and very disappointing,” said Tyler Izen, President of the Los Angeles Police Protective League in the Los Angeles Times report. “We expect law enforcement officers to hold themselves to the highest moral standards in their professional and personal lives, making the news doubly upsetting.”
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A man accused of beating his Siberian Husky puppy of a mere 4 months so badly the puppy had to be euthanized was arrested in his home in Crest on Sunday and arraigned Wednesday in El Cajon. Phillip Shawn Rich, 26, discharged after 2 tours in Iraq for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is the accused. If convicted on the current charges, Rich could spend 3 years behind bars.
At present, the the accused has been charged with one felony count of animal cruelty. The People of the State filed a criminal complaint against Rich on January 25, 2012 in the San Diego Superior Court, East County, bearing case no. CE317879. The DA No. is MNN48701.
“The District Attorney’s Office takes animal cruelty cases very seriously, and this case is particularly brutal,” said District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis to Channel 10 news. “We follow the evidence and the law in these types of cases to file all charges that are appropriate and hold defendants accountable for their actions.”
According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, the accused’s mother broke into tears at the arraignment stating that her son is not the monster the press is making him out to be and that it was the tours in Iraq that changed her son.
Uncle Samuel Green explains that during Rich’s first tour in Iraq, he “suffered head trauma when the Humvee he was driving struck an improvised explosive device and three passengers died… He went back to Iraq for a second tour, and that’s when the military actually relieved him because of PTSD.”
The man who beat the puppy is not Rich, it was war trauma, assures Uncle Green.
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ROME | January 7, 2012
According to a Facebook status update, Amanda Knox ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito has engaged to his new girlfriend Annie, now fiancée.
Amanda Knox and her ex were found guilty in 2009 of the 2007 murder of Knox’s British roommate Meredith Kercher, in Perugia. Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison and Sollecito to a 25 year sentence, although both were freed from the Italian prison in October after a court overturned their murder conviction because of unreliable DNA evidence.
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