Thursday, March 27, 2003

Officer David Gronin - Terminated - Southgate PD



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Officer David Gronin convicted of domestic violence








Former cop sentenced on assault charges
Published: Sunday, May 25, 2003
By Andrea Blum
The News-Herald
http://www.heritage.com/articles/2003/05/25/inside/20030525-archive25.txt

SOUTHGATE - A former city police officer was sentenced May 15 on two assault charges.

David Grondin will spend a year on probation for an altercation with his ex-wife and another man in November.

Grondin, 29, also must attend classes on anger management and domestic violence as a result of the incident, as well as pay a $1,000 fine.

He is allowed no contact with the two others involved or their families.

If he meets all of those conditions, after a year the charges will be expunged from his record, as he is a first-time offender.

He pleaded no contest to both counts during a trial May 1 in 27th District Court, Division I, in Wyandotte.

Grondin was arrested by Riverview police inside the Southgate Police Department on Nov. 15, 2002, and charged with one count of domestic assault and one count of assault and battery.

He was fired from the department March 27 after working there for three years.

Since then, he has sought employment with the reservation police in Sault Ste. Marie.

A circuit court order prohibits Grondin from carrying a gun, but he is challenging that order.

Grondin was fired due to several internal department issues, according to Police Chief Larry Hall, in addition to the assault incident.

The union has asked to take the matter to arbitration.

"Its not a case where the arbitrator would exonerate him," Hall said. "They will look at if the action of the city was proportionate and equitable given the charges."

He said the matter likely wouldnt go to arbitration sooner than November.

Officer David Grondin - Southgate PD

Also See:

Officer David Gronin - Investigation and lawsuit regarding police brutality [Oct 1, 2004]









Officer reinstated to job
November 12, 2003
By Andrea Blum,
The News-Herald
http://www.thenewsherald.com/stories/111203/loc_20031112078.shtml

SOUTHGATE -- A former police officer is back on the force.

David Grondin resumed his duties as a police officer after winning an arbitration dispute with the city.

He was fired from the department March 27 after working there for three years. Grondin was let go for insubordination stemming from several department issues, in addition to a domestic assault involving his ex-wife and another man, police said.

The union asked to take the matter to arbitration. The three-day hearing wrapped up Friday, with Grondin getting his job back on a probationary period.

"It was a negotiated settlement between the union and the city," Police Chief Larry Hall said. "He has been reassigned to a shift and is returning to work."

Grondin maintained that he was fired unfairly and fought to return to his job. "I'm happy to be back and to be given a second chance," he said.

The settlement reinstates Grondin without any back pay or back benefits. It also places him on probation for another year.

"With the grievant wanting to come back to work in the city, it was decided that a year off without pay was a significant sanction," City Attorney Wallace Long said. "The city is agreeing to go forward on this trial basis with him being on probation."

Arbitrator Mario Chiesa helped the two sides negotiate. "Discussions ranged all over the place as to what had occurred," Long added. "It's fair to say that after a long and healthy airing of all the issues surrounding his conduct, both parties thought it was in the best interest to resolve it in this fashion."










Police beat
Published: Sunday, May 25, 2003
The News-Herald
http://www.thenewsherald.com/articles/2003/05/25/police/20030525-archive0.txt?viewmode=fullstory

Former officer gets probation in assault

SOUTHGATE - A former city police officer was sentenced May 15 on two assault charges.

David Grondin will spend a year on probation for an altercation with his ex-wife and another man in November.

Grondin, 29, also must attend classes on anger management and domestic violence as a result of the incident, as well as pay a $1,000 fine.

He is allowed no contact with the two others involved or their families.

If he meets all of those conditions, after a year the charges will be expunged from his record, as he is a first-time offender.

He pleaded no contest to both counts during a trial May 1 in 27th District Court, Division I, in Wyandotte.

Grondin was arrested by Riverview police inside the Southgate Police Department on Nov. 15 and charged with one count of domestic assault and one count of assault and battery.

He was fired from the department March 27 after working there for three years.

Since then, he has sought employment with the reservation police in Sault Ste. Marie.

A circuit court order prohibits Grondin from carrying a gun, but he is challenging that order.

Grondin was fired due to several internal department issues, according to Police Chief Larry Hall, in addition to the assault incident.

The union has asked to take the matter to arbitration.

"Its not a case where the arbitrator would exonerate him," Hall said. "They will look at if the action of the city was proportionate and equitable given the charges."

He said the matter likely wouldnt go to arbitration sooner than November.






Former cop sentenced on assault charges
Published: Sunday, May 25, 2003
By Andrea Blum
The News-Herald
http://www.heritage.com/articles/2003/05/25/inside/20030525-archive25.txt

SOUTHGATE - A former city police officer was sentenced May 15 on two assault charges.

David Grondin will spend a year on probation for an altercation with his ex-wife and another man in November.

Grondin, 29, also must attend classes on anger management and domestic violence as a result of the incident, as well as pay a $1,000 fine.

He is allowed no contact with the two others involved or their families.

If he meets all of those conditions, after a year the charges will be expunged from his record, as he is a first-time offender.

He pleaded no contest to both counts during a trial May 1 in 27th District Court, Division I, in Wyandotte.

Grondin was arrested by Riverview police inside the Southgate Police Department on Nov. 15, 2002, and charged with one count of domestic assault and one count of assault and battery.

He was fired from the department March 27 after working there for three years.

Since then, he has sought employment with the reservation police in Sault Ste. Marie.

A circuit court order prohibits Grondin from carrying a gun, but he is challenging that order.

Grondin was fired due to several internal department issues, according to Police Chief Larry Hall, in addition to the assault incident.

The union has asked to take the matter to arbitration.

"Its not a case where the arbitrator would exonerate him," Hall said. "They will look at if the action of the city was proportionate and equitable given the charges."

He said the matter likely wouldnt go to arbitration sooner than November.

Officer Mark Roll- Suspended - Detroit PD

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Officer Mark Roll charged with domestic violence:

January 12, 2003 - While Officer Mark Roll was suspended from the department with pay for a 2002 domestic violence assault, he was arrested and charged for an altercation during a bar fight.

On March 27, 2003, Officer Roll was placed on an unpaid suspension for the January bar fight.




Minutes of the Regular Board of Police Commissioners Meeting
Thursday, March 27, 2003
The regular meeting of the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners was held on
Thursday, March 27, 2003 at 3:00 p.m., at Police Headquarters, 1300 Beaubien -
Rm. 328-A, Detroit, MI 48226.


4. SECRETARY REPORT - EXEC. DIR. GOSS
Suspension

On March 27, 2003, Police Officer Mark Roll, Badge 1128, assigned to The Gaming Administration Section, was suspended without pay, by Chief Jerry A. Oliver, Sr.

On January 12, 2003, Police Officer Mark Roll, was involved in a physical altercation with a subject while at a bar in East Tawas, Michigan.

According to the information, Officer Roll’s male friend was involved in a physical altercation. As his friend was being escorted out of the bar, Officer Roll allegedly punched the complainant. In addition, Officer Roll punched the glass of the front door causing it to shatter. Misdemeanor warrant #03-224FM was issued charging Officer Roll with “Malicious Destruction of Building - $200 or More, but Less than $1,000.”

On March 24, 2003, Officer Roll was arraigned before the Honorable Magistrate Jennifer Huebel, of the81st District Court, Tawas, Michigan.

He was released on a $5,000.00 personal bond.

Officer Roll is currently suspended with pay for “Assault and Battery/Domestic Violence,” in which he was dismissed from the Detroit Police Department at a Chief’s Hearing. He is currently appealing this decision. Additionally, on July 31, 2002, a Probationary Evaluation Board recommended that he be dismissed from the department due to poor work performance and attendance.

Based on the above circumstances, it is recommended that Officer Roll be charged with, but not limited to the following violation of the Detroit Police Department Rules and Regulations:

CHARGE: CONDUCT UNBECOMING AN OFFICER; CONTRARY TO THE LAW ENFORCEMENT CODE OF
Minutes of the Regular BPC Meeting Thursday, March 27, 2003 Page 6
ETHICS, THIS BEING IN VIOLATION OF GENERAL ORDER 72-17, SECTION K, SUBSECTION 65.
Due to the seriousness of the charge, I am requesting your concurrence with the suspension of Officer Roll without pay, effective March 27, 2003.

Comm. Norris stated the above suspension without pay would be tabled until the next Board meeting and reread. Atty. Thomas R. Zulch was prepared to argue the case but Atty. Nancy Ninowski was not present.

Comm. Norris stated that this postponement should not be taken negatively or positively in the Board’s failure to contravene or not today. Unless contravened by this Commission, the above suspension without pay will stand.




Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Officer David Fazekas - Suspended - Utica PD



Domestic violence charges dropped against officer
Police command reviewing case internally
The Source
Friday, January 16, 2004
http://www.sourcenewspapers.com/articles/2004/01/16/news/news7.txt

Domestic violence charges filed against a Utica police officer have been dismissed and are not likely to be reinstated.

The charges against David Fazekas were dropped recently after the complainant in the case did not show up in court.

The case had been dismissed without prejudice in November, meaning that charges could be reinstated and court proceedings could continue.

The charges were reauthorized and a new date set. That date was changed but when the new January court date came around, a key participant in the trial again did not show up in court. So ends the criminal end of the case.

Fazekas, however, is not out of the woods as he still faces a review of his employment by the department.

"The matter is now being handled through an internal review to determine if there were any violations of departmental policies and procedures," said Utica Police Chief Michael Reaves. "Any further action will be handled internally."

The chief could not comment further on the matter because of contractual obligations and personnel directives and protocols.

Contract language indicates that if Fazekas is determined to have violated policy and procedures, he could face punishment ranging from an oral reprimand to termination of his employment.

After an off-duty altercation with his wife March 17, Fazekas was arrested by the Macomb County Sheriff's Department earlier this year. A warrant was authorized May 8.

Fazekas faced one charge of domestic violence, a 93-day misdemeanor, and later, one count of malicious use of a communications device for a harassing phone call in June.

Police reports indicate that the couple had a verbal altercation that escalated with Fazekas allegedly pushing his wife "a couple of times."

State law requires that an individual convicted of domestic violence be denied privileges to carry or own a gun, making it difficult if not impossible for a convicted police officer to hold his or her job in law enforcement.

Generally, such cases end in the termination of employment for the officer involved.

Since the incident, Fazekas has been on unpaid leave pending the resolution of his case.

Fazekas joined the force in 1998 and, working the night shift, has been a key member of the department in road enforcement. He was named Utica's Police Officer of the Year in 2002 and has been recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving for his efforts in removing drunken drivers from area roadways. --Jon Ottman


Monday, March 17, 2003

Officer David Fazekas - Utica PD



Domestic violence charges dropped against officer
Police command reviewing case internally
The Source
Friday, January 16, 2004
http://www.sourcenewspapers.com/articles/2004/01/16/news/news7.txt

Domestic violence charges filed against a Utica police officer have been dismissed and are not likely to be reinstated.

The charges against David Fazekas were dropped recently after the complainant in the case did not show up in court.

The case had been dismissed without prejudice in November, meaning that charges could be reinstated and court proceedings could continue.

The charges were reauthorized and a new date set. That date was changed but when the new January court date came around, a key participant in the trial again did not show up in court. So ends the criminal end of the case.

Fazekas, however, is not out of the woods as he still faces a review of his employment by the department.

"The matter is now being handled through an internal review to determine if there were any violations of departmental policies and procedures," said Utica Police Chief Michael Reaves. "Any further action will be handled internally."

The chief could not comment further on the matter because of contractual obligations and personnel directives and protocols.

Contract language indicates that if Fazekas is determined to have violated policy and procedures, he could face punishment ranging from an oral reprimand to termination of his employment.

After an off-duty altercation with his wife March 17, Fazekas was arrested by the Macomb County Sheriff's Department earlier this year. A warrant was authorized May 8.

Fazekas faced one charge of domestic violence, a 93-day misdemeanor, and later, one count of malicious use of a communications device for a harassing phone call in June.

Police reports indicate that the couple had a verbal altercation that escalated with Fazekas allegedly pushing his wife "a couple of times."

State law requires that an individual convicted of domestic violence be denied privileges to carry or own a gun, making it difficult if not impossible for a convicted police officer to hold his or her job in law enforcement.

Generally, such cases end in the termination of employment for the officer involved.

Since the incident, Fazekas has been on unpaid leave pending the resolution of his case.

Fazekas joined the force in 1998 and, working the night shift, has been a key member of the department in road enforcement. He was named Utica's Police Officer of the Year in 2002 and has been recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving for his efforts in removing drunken drivers from area roadways. --Jon Ottman


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