A former Kern County sheriff’s deputy who pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to steal marijuana seized during criminal investigations apologized in a recorded video message for his misdeeds, saying Satan was “playing games” with him.
In a May 7 video entitled “I am sorry!” Logan August appeared seated with his wife as he apologized to Kern County residents, law enforcement officials and “anybody I had ever worked with that wears the badge that I disgraced.”
August and Derrick Penney, another former Kern County sheriff’s deputy, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute marijuana, according to U.S. Atty. Phillip A. Talbert. They have agreed to forfeit any money they earned from the trafficking operation. August and Penney face up to five years in prison.
The former deputies were accused of working with former Bakersfield police detective Patrick Mara and others to steal marijuana from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office storage unit, according federal court documents. The plot transpired between June 2014 and October 2014, according to the documents.
Federal authorities said the group planned to sell the cannabis, which had been previously seized by police during drug operations on private and public properties.
August was assigned to the Sheriff’s Major Vendor Narcotics Unit and participated in drug busts.
After August and Penney, 34, of Star, Idaho, stole the marijuana, they had it trimmed, so it could be sold, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. August then handed the eight pounds of marijuana to a confidential informant who sold it for him, federal authorities said.
Federal authorities said August took the marijuana from drug busts on 10 separate occasions and gave his informant about 25 pounds of cannabis. After the marijuana was sold, he received $15,000, according to federal prosecutors.
In his video, August thanked people for leaving negative comments on his social media.
“I am deserving of everything you said,” August said. “I am despicable and I am a piece of crap and that is me in this world.”
Rights group paints devastating picture of systematic racial discrimination by the sheriff’s department of Madison County in a federal court complaint
Betty Jean Tucker, a plaintiff in the ACLU’s case alleging racial discrimination by the sheriff’s department of Madison County. Photograph: ACLU of Mississippi
By Guardian Reporter Ed Pilkington in New York
Monday 8 May 2017
Black people in a racially segregated county in Mississippi are living under a permanent state of siege, subjected to repeated unlawful and humiliating searches at police roadblocks, at pedestrian “checkpoints” and even in their homes, according to a class-action lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
In a complaint lodged with a federal court on Monday, the ACLU paints a devastating picture of systematic racial discrimination by the sheriff’s department of Madison County. The nonpartisan group says the abuses have gone on for decades, in tune with a history of constitutional violations that can be traced in an unbroken line back to the civil rights era.
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Two teachers at Washington Elementary have been arrested, accused of bullying a child.
Tracy Gallow, 50, has been booked with malfeasance in office, simple battery, intimidation and interference in school operation.
Ann Marie Shelvin, 44, was booked with two counts encouraging or contributing to child delinquency, one count malfeasance in office and two counts intimidation and interference in the operation of schools.
They are accused of threatening to fail students who did not fight one of their classmates. The accusations involve an 11-year-old victim.
Deputies were called back in February by the mother of the victim, Sheriff Bobby Guidroz says. She said a teacher, Shelvin, was bullying her child. She said was told to report her complaint to the St. Landry School Board. But she returned to deputies earlier this month, saying the bullying had continued.
Deputies allegedly found that Shelvin intimidated and interfered in the operation of a public school with three of her other students by threatening to fail them if they would not fight with one of their classmates. Shelvin also reportedly told the bullied juvenile to “Go and Kill Yourself,” the Sheriff said.
Detectives interviewed a student that was involved in the bulling of the 11 year old juvenile and that student allegedly admitted that she was forced by Shelvin to start an altercation with her classmate that resulted in several students being sent to the principal’s office. The student allegedly admitted she was told if she would not fight with the 11 year old, that Shelvin would refuse to help her with her class work just like she refuses to help the 11 year old. The student stated that she was scared that she would be treated like the 11 year old and would fail the 7th grade, the Sheriff said.
The mother of the student involved in the bullying told detectives that the incident had been going on since October of last year with her daughter being threatened by Shelvin to fight another student or Shelvin was going to fail her, the sheriff said. The mother stated that Shelvin was escorted off the school grounds and Tracy Gallow then took over the class.
Gallow then started pulling, pushing and yelling at her daughter because she reported to the principal that Shelvin was making her and two of her other friends fight the 11 year old because Shelvin did not like her or her mother, the sheriff said.
Detectives observed the school video footage and witnessed Gallow on two occasions pushing the juvenile student on the school bleachers stopping her from exiting the gym. During the interview, Gallow allegedly admitted to pushing the juvenile on the bleachers because she felt she was too upset to go start her testing.
“Students should not have to attend school and be bullied especially by teachers that are there for their education, guidance and safety. The parents did the right thing, they reported it to the school board, and continued to monitor and talk to their children,” Guidroz said. “The bullying continued and they took the next step by contacting law enforcement again.”
Superintendent Patrick Jenkins issued the following statement on the case:
“The St. Landry Parish School System (SLPSS) is aware of and investigating the recent allegations involving an employee from Washington Elementary School. Wewant to assure the school community that we take reports of this nature very seriously and will do everything in our power to protect the health, safety and welfare of allstudents. Due to student privacy laws, SLPSS will not provide details regarding the student involved. There will be no further comment on the ongoing personnel investigation.”
(CNN) – Three San Antonio law enforcement officers are facing drinking and driving charges, each taken into custody in separate incidents by fellow officers, and all in the same night.
Gena Rodriguez and Harold Thomaston both San Antonio police officers and both arrested within hours of each other last night.
San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said, “Anytime an officer gets arrested for anything it’s disappointing, but DWI is just so, so preventable, and there is really no excuse for it.”
Police say Rodriguez is an 11-year veteran and was driving with her three kids in the car when she rear-ended another car. When an officer arrived to the accident, he said Rodriguez was slurring her speech, smelled like alcohol and was unsteady on her feet.
A few hours later, 20-year San Antonio police veteran, Harold Thomaston was pulled over. Police say he swerved into the lane of a fellow SAPD officer, then ran a red light.
Chief McManus said, “SAPD officers were arrested by SAPD officers, so absolutely not, they are not held to a different standard, they are held to a higher standard.”
A Bexar County deputy was also arrested for DWI last night.
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said, “I am furious, there is no other way to put it, I am furious about it.”
24-year-old Sabrina Moreno was arrested by an SAPD officer near I-10 and USAA Boulevard. She’s been with the sheriff’s office for just eight months.
Sheriff Salazar said, “I am extremely proud of those officers that made the right calls last night and did what they had to do in spite of their own personal feelings, in spite of whatever else may have been going on, they did their job and I am proud that we have officers like that on the streets that are willing to make that sacrifice.”
The two San Antonio officers are now on administrative leave pending both internal and criminal investigations.