Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Deputy Police Chief Robert Dunlap - Detroit PD






APRIL 26, 2005: Detroit Deputy Police Chief Robert Dunlap, allegedly violated a personal protective order and called his ex-girlfriend...twice.

"It's not over," Deputy Chief Dunlap, told his ex-girlfriend....a day after the Judge had dismissed PPO violation charges against him.

Charges were refiled against Dunlap.


Also See:

Deputy Police Chief charged with violating personal protective order.
















Woman says cop just won't let her go
Deputy police chief due in court today
June 23, 2005
BY BEN SCHMITT
Detroit Free Press, MI - 18 hours ago
http://www.freep.com/news/locway/deputy23e_20050623.htm

A deputy Detroit police chief, accused of violating a personal protection order involving a 28-year-old woman, is scheduled to appear in court today to tell his side of the story.

Deputy Chief Robert Dunlap, a 19-year veteran, is asking that the case be dismissed. He was arraigned Tuesday in front of Wayne County Circuit Judge Carole Youngblood on a charge of violating the protection order in April.

"I fully expect my client to be vindicated," Dunlap's lawyer, Todd Russell Perkins, said in a news release. He declined to comment further.

The woman alleges she and Dunlap had been dating. Dunlap, who is married and oversees the department's Western Operations section, declined comment. He is not suspended, a police spokesman said.

Wayne County prosecutors declined to release details.

"The PPO enjoins him from having any contact with the alleged victim in the case," said Maria Miller, a spokeswoman for the Prosecutor's Office.

Dunlap was promoted to deputy chief from commander of the 11th (Davison) Precinct in April.

He could face jail time if the judge determines he violated the order.

The case was dismissed once on April 25 and refiled after the woman said Dunlap called her twice the next day, stating, "It's not over yet."

Dunlap denies calling her.

Monday, April 25, 2005

Police Chief Robert Dunlap - Charges Dismissed - Detroit PD

On April 25th, charges of PPO violations against Detroit Police Chief Robert Dunlap were dismissed.


Also See:


Deputy Police Chief charged with violating personal protective order.
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2005/04/deputy-police-chief-dunlap-detroit-pd.html





Woman says cop just won't let her go
Deputy police chief due in court today
June 23, 2005
BY BEN SCHMITT
Detroit Free Press, MI - 18 hours ago
http://www.freep.com/news/locway/deputy23e_20050623.htm

A deputy Detroit police chief, accused of violating a personal protection order involving a 28-year-old woman, is scheduled to appear in court today to tell his side of the story.

Deputy Chief Robert Dunlap, a 19-year veteran, is asking that the case be dismissed. He was arraigned Tuesday in front of Wayne County Circuit Judge Carole Youngblood on a charge of violating the protection order in April.

"I fully expect my client to be vindicated," Dunlap's lawyer, Todd Russell Perkins, said in a news release. He declined to comment further.

The woman alleges she and Dunlap had been dating. Dunlap, who is married and oversees the department's Western Operations section, declined comment. He is not suspended, a police spokesman said.

Wayne County prosecutors declined to release details.

"The PPO enjoins him from having any contact with the alleged victim in the case," said Maria Miller, a spokeswoman for the Prosecutor's Office.

Dunlap was promoted to deputy chief from commander of the 11th (Davison) Precinct in April.

He could face jail time if the judge determines he violated the order.

The case was dismissed once on April 25 and refiled after the woman said Dunlap called her twice the next day, stating, "It's not over yet."

Dunlap denies calling her.







Sunday, April 24, 2005

[Sheriff] William Hackel - Registered sex offender - Released from prison

Also See:
[Sheriff] William Hackel - Masonic Temple Head of Security - Registered sex offender
August 26, 2013
[Sheriff] William Hackel - Denied new trial
September 19, 2007
[Sheriff] William Hackel - Appeal
June 6, 2000
Sheriff William Hackel - Sentenced
May 15, 2000
Sheriff William Hackel - Trial: Convicted
April 17, 2000
Sheriff William Hackel - Charged w/ CSC
October 11, 1999












MI: Former sheriff and convicted rapist, William Hackel, eligible for parole in April
By Macomb Daily Staff and Wire Reports
December 26, 2002
Edited by Dec 31, 2002 6:16 pm

http://wc1.worldcrossing.com/WebX/.1ddb798f

Imprisoned former Macomb County Sheriff William Hackel has lost an appeal for his conviction for raping a female acquaintance at a law enforcement conference.

The Michigan Court of Appeals, in a unanimous decision released Monday, affirmed the ex-lawman's convictions and his 3-to-15-year sentence for third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Hackel, spending his second Christmas behind bars at a Kentucky federal prison, is eligible for parole in April.

"That is just sad," said Gerald Medley, a retired sheriff's detective. "I really feel bad for his mother, his wife and his family, especially at this time of year."

Hackel served 24 years in the sheriff's office now held by his son, Mark. He was convicted in 2000 of raping a 25-year-old woman in 1999 in her hotel room at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mount Pleasant.

Hackel, who turned 61 earlier this month, had claimed the two had consensual sex, but the woman insisted she had been sexually assaulted.

In the appeal, Hackel said his attorneys should have been allowed to challenge testimony from the woman's mother that he said indicated that the woman was after money in a civil lawsuit.

The victim, now 27, has filed a pair of civil lawsuits seeking damages above $25,000 for distress and anxiety. Both lawsuits have been dismissed.

Hackel's appeal also said the court should have declared a mistrial when it learned a juror had been offered a job by police involved in the rape investigation, and that his attorneys had provided an inadequate defense.

But the appeals court ruled Michigan law restricting testimony about a complainant’s sexual past could be used to restrict questioning of the woman's mother. It also said that the trial court acted properly when it dismissed the juror with the job offer.

A call to David Griem, Hackel's appeal attorney, was not returned Wednesday.

In the past, Griem had called the case against the former sheriff "an extremely weak one." It is not known whether Hackel will pursue the appeal to a higher court.

Meanwhile, Hackel continues to remain a popular figure among his friends and colleagues in Macomb County. They've held fund-raisers to help him pay an estimated $100,000 in legal bills.

"No one will ever make me believe Bill raped that woman," said Medley, who has known Hackel since both were teen-agers.












Accusations fly in Detroit Masonic Temple lawsuits
Aug. 26, 2013 - 7:00 AM
Written by Eric D. Lawrence
Detroit Free Press Staff Writer http://www.tennessean.com/article/C4/20130826/NEWS01/308260041/Masonic-Temple-lawsuit-Detroit



An ugly legal battle that pits the owners of the Detroit Masonic Temple against the building’s former management company has thrust the iconic landmark into the spotlight in the last year, ensnaring several prominent businesspeople in the case and prompting embarrassing headlines for the 87-year-old facility.

The Masonic Temple Association, which owns the Masonic Temple, booted the management company, Halberd Holdings, out of the facility last year. The association claims, among other things, that Halberd was ruining the temple’s reputation by not paying its bills and hiring felons, such as former Macomb County Sheriff William Hackel, who was convicted in 2000 of two counts of criminal sexual conduct and is a registered sex offender, as head of security.

The financial issues led DTE Energy to threaten last year to shut off the entertainment venue’s power, because of a more than $300,000 overdue bill, and required rocker Jack White’s intervention to save the temple from tax foreclosure.

Dueling lawsuits were launched beginning in November, when the association sued Halberd in Wayne County Circuit Court on allegations that included breach of contract and unjust enrichment. Halberd filed a countersuit in January, making its own claims of breach of contract and unjust enrichment. But Halberd also claims it has an ownership stake in the Masonic and wants a judge to force the association to negotiate a purchase agreement with the company.

Jason Abel, the attorney representing the Masonic Temple Association, dismissed Halberd’s claims as bogus.

"I think all of their claims are egregious and without merit. The fact that they’re contending that they have any right to take ownership of the Masonic Temple is wholly baseless," Abel said. "The Masonic Temple is an important fixture in the Detroit community, and it’s unfortunate that certain individuals are trying to undermine its effective operation in an attempt to obtain monies that they’re not entitled to."

Abel filed a motion in Wayne County Circuit Court asking that sanctions be imposed against Halberd and its law firm, Norman Yatooma and Associates, citing delays in turning over documents as part of the discovery process. During a court hearing Friday, the firm was given 30 days to turn over documents. Yatooma, perhaps best known for his spirited advocacy on behalf of the family of slain stripper Tamara Greene, did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Severed ties
The legal case represents a dramatic undoing of a relationship that was supposed to provide stability to the Masonic Temple’s operations but instead ended up in court. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and touted as the largest Masonic temple in the world.

Halberd, hired in 2011, is accused of having accrued more than $1.2 million in debt related to expenses tied to the Masonic Temple the month before it was booted from the facility, but Masonic officials paint the facility’s current finances as stable.

Halberd, which denied many of the allegations in the initial suit, says in its countersuit that the Masonic owed $900,000 when Halberd took over management and that the company was brought in both to pay down the debt and develop new business for the temple. It says Halberd was entitled to manage the temple for two years, which should have given it until this coming fall.

In addition, Halberd claims that when it was locked out of the temple, the company lost access to production equipment and other items as well as $50,000 in cash in a safe on the premises. Halberd says the equipment is worth $2 million, but Masonic officials say it is worth a fraction of that.

The legal case also hasensnared several prominent individuals, including former Detroit Lions star Mel Farr and Donald Foss, the founder of Southfield-based Credit Acceptance Corp. Both men had ties they have since severed to Halberd — Farr as a named investing member and Foss through another company called Longstock III.

Foss, who was listed by Forbes Magazine among America’s wealthiest people in the 1990s, withdrew Longstock III from Halberd in March 2012.

The date of Farr’s separation from Halberd is unclear. In a brief phone conversation, Farr said he would need to check with some people before he could talk but then did not respond to follow-up requests for comment.

Halberd’s remaining investing membersaccording to court records are attorney Michael J. Smith, who has an office in Mt. Clemens, and Matthew Mazer, a New York filmmaker. In a copy of an April 2012 e-mail sent from Farr to Smith, he lashes out, saying he felt like he had been taken for a fool.

"I want my ... money back," according to Farr’s e-mail. "I want the management of the MTA (the association) to know exactly how you and Matt took them, and the investor I brought to the table, on this horrific ride."

It’s unclear how Smith and Mazer are connected, and neither responded to multiple requests for comment.

Mazer’s Internet Movie Database page credits him with being a producer and writer on "Buried Prayers" in 2010 and "Keepers of Eden" in 2007, and it lists him as co-executive producer on the 1994 animated film, "The Swan Princess." Mazer’s personal life was in the news after his nanny, Patricia Francois, sued him in 2009, saying he had attacked her for telling him to stop berating his daughter about her preparation for a holiday skit. Mazer filed a counterclaim, alleging an assault by Francois, who was eventually awarded almost $14,000 as well as attorney fees for the assault and associated overtime claims.

The case, according to various news outlets, sparked a protest outside Mazer’s Manhattan apartment over the treatment of domestic workers.

A list of accusationsHalberd’s claims to an ownership stake in the Masonic Temple rest on whether it is allowed to assume the role of Longstock III. The Masonic Temple Association and Longstock III had held out the possibility that the Masonic could eventually have been sold to Longstock III under certain conditions. That never happened, and Halberd, which was only the management company, announced that it was stepping into Longstock III’s shoes after Foss pulled Longstock out of Halberd. But Masonic officials say such a sale is off the table when it comes to Halberd.

Halberd had set up its own company, Detroit Masonic Temple Theatre Co., to manage the Masonic, which the association claims was not authorized and was designed to shield Halberd from its creditors. DMTTC was incorporated in November 2011, with Smith as the incorporator. In January 2012, Foss sent a letter to Smith asking that Halberd dissolve itself. The letter cited "a number of recent unauthorized activities" and a failure to provide certain financial reports. In March, after Smith replied that Halberd could not dissolve, Foss withdrew Longstock III from its membership in Halberd.

DMTTC filed for bankruptcy protection in June of this year. News of that filing prompted a flurry of news reports that incorrectly assumed the owners of the Masonic Temple were the ones filing for bankruptcy protection. DMTTC also was sued by the temple owners but its involvement in the lawsuits is likely sidelined by the bankruptcy filing.

The lawsuits themselves are a treasure trove of accusations. In making its case that Halberd failed to manage the Masonic as a first-class entity, the temple referenced a performance in the Masonic parking lot in May 2012 by DJ Pauly D, whose real name is Paul DelVecchio. The suit claims that Halberd investing member Smith tried to force DJ Pauly D to provide a private concert afterward but let him go when Smith realized he could not legally hold the performer.

The suit also claims that Halberd failed to pay payroll taxes for its employees regularly and that Halberd replaced whistle-blowers with felons. The suit says at least one member of Halberd is believed to have taken Masonic Temple revenue for his own personal account.






















In October 1999, Macomb County Sheriff William Hackel was investigated for raping an acquaintance during a Michigan law enforcement convention. Sheriff Hackel maintained that the sex was consensual.
In November 1999, Sheriff William Hackel was charged with rape, after he failed a polygraph exam.
During his trial in April 2000, Sheriff Hackel falsely maintained that the sex had been consensual. The jury convicted Hackel of rape.
In May 2000, Sheriff Hackel was sentenced to at least 3 years in prison for the October 1999 rape. He served 5 years and was released in 2005.
In June 2000, Sheriff Hackel filed an appeal on his rape conviction...He was still falsely claiming that the sex had been consensual. Hackel's appeal was denied.


 In 2007, the Detroit US Federal Court turned down Sheriff Hackel's request for a new trial on his rape conviction. Hackel was still maintaining that the sex had been consensual.






Sheriff William Hackel has been throwing the words "consensual sex" around for years. In 1991, when male jail inmates broke into the female inmate section of the jail, the male inmates did not rape the women: "There's no question that they had sex," Hackel said, "It was consensual".


Thursday, April 21, 2005

Officer Romon Johnson - Suspension - Detroit PD

Officer Romon Johnson, Detroit Police Department: Threatened wife; fired shots at wife; and was charged with felony bigamy. 

On April 21, 2005 Officer Romon Johnson was suspended from the Detroit PD.



1. Original charge: Allegations to the Detroit PD that Officer Johnson threatened wife #2

Sentence: ?????

2. Original Charge: Allegations to the Detroit PD that Officer Johnson fired shots at wife #2 [January 31, 2005]

Sentence: ?????
3. Original charge: felony bigamy [warrant issued out of Louisiana in April 2005]


Sentence: ??????


ALSO SEE:
DETROIT POLICE OFFICER ROMON JOHNSON: Felonious assault and felony firearm [April 27, 2007]







BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS
Minutes of the Regular Board of Police Commissioners Meeting
Thursday, April 21, 2005
The regular meeting of the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners was held on Thursday, April 21, at 3:00 p.m., at Police Headquarters, 1300 Beaubien, Detroit, Michigan 48226.

4. SECRETARY’S REPORT – EXEC. DIR. GOSS
SUSPENSIONS
Exec. Dir. Goss read the following:

On April 21, 2005, Police Officer Romon Johnson, Badge 979, assigned to the Tenth Precinct, was suspended without pay by Chief of Police Ella M. Bully-Cummings.
On February 1, 2005, the Internal Affairs Section was notified of an allegation of misconduct on the part of Officer Johnson. More specifically, the complaint alleged that Officer Johnson is currently married to two (2) women and that he has threatened one of the women with physical harm.

As a result, the Internal Affairs Section initiated an investigation, which revealed the following:
On February 15, 2005, the Internal Affairs Section received a certified copy of a State of Louisiana Certificate of Marriage indicating that on October 20, 2004, Officer Johnson married wife number two (2) in the City of Lake

Minutes of the Regular BPC Meeting Thursday, April 21, 2005 Page 8 Charles, County of Calcasieu, Louisiana. A judge performed the marriage ceremony.
On February 16, 2005, the Internal Affairs Section received a certified copy of a State of Ohio Marriage Record indicating that on October 30, 1998, Officer Johnson married wife number one (1) in Lucas County, Ohio. A Reverend performed the marriage ceremony.
The complaint also alleged that wife number two (2) has received numerous threats including an incident that occurred on January 31, 2005, wherein shots were fired at her. On April 7, 2005, the Parish of Calcasieu, Louisiana Prosecutor's Office issued felony warrant #371453, charging Officer Johnson with Bigamy. In Louisiana, Bigamy is punishable as a felony with five (5) years in prison, with or without hard labor, and/or a one thousand dollar ($1,000.00) fine. An arraignment date is currently pending.

Based on the above circumstances, it is recommended that Officer Johnson be charged with, but not limited to the following violation of the Detroit Police Department Rules and Regulations:
CHARGE: THE LAW ENFORCEMENT CODE OF ETHICS; THIS BEING IN VIOLATION OF THE DETROIT POLICE DEPARTMENT MANUAL, SERIES 100, DIRECTIVE 102.3-5.7, CONDUCT UNBECOMING AN OFFICER, COMMAND 3.
Unless contravened by this Commission, the above suspension without pay will stand.
Atty. Goldpaugh stated with this being a felony, I am not going to present arguments at this time.
Comm. Holley asked the conduct is contrary to the law enforcement code of ethics, what did he violate in the Manual? Did he violate the shame piece?

Chairperson Blackwell stated for breaking the law, he was married to two women.
Comm. Holley stated okay, I just want to make sure that is in the code.

Chairperson Blackwell asked do you mean marrying two women or breaking the law?
Minutes of the Regular BPC Meeting Thursday, April 21, 2005 Page 9

Comm. Holley stated marrying two women.

Chairperson Blackwell stated I don’t think that they specifically say that.

Comm. Holley stated there is a thing here about shooting at someone and then also the marriage thing. I am not familiar with all of these series of directives. He asked Exec. Dir. Goss are these charges for both violations? He asked do you understand what I am asking Mr. Chairman?

Chairperson Blackwell stated yes, I do. What you are saying is that you are talking about specific charges that went against the code and the directives of the procedures. The fact that he had been charged with a felony that issue alone is something that generally is an issue that the Chief makes a suspension. Protocol wise, Mr. Goldpaugh has never challenged a felony charge. Anything that breaks the law gets that kind of charge no matter what it is. The only thing is when you say that someone is currently married to two women; I would just ask the police is that possible.

Exec. Dir. Goss stated it is possible.

Comm. Holley stated yes, it is possible.

Atty. Goldpaugh stated it is not possible to be legally married, that’s what creates the crime of bigamy, which is alleged down in Louisiana.

Comm. Holley stated I just want to make sure that the law that we are charging him with is with the bigamy and with the shooting, that’s what I want to make sure that we have in here.

Chairperson Blackwell stated we’re not charging him.
Comm. Holley stated I mean not us charging him, but I am asking the Chief has he been charged.
Atty. Goldpaugh stated he has not been charged with any allegations with respect to the shooting. The only charge against him at this point in time, is a bigamy warrant that was issued out of the state of Louisiana, which he is going down to address.

Comm. Holley stated I am concerned that we charged him with one thing and not two.
Chairperson Blackwell stated we are not charging him; the Chief suspended him based on his conduct.

Minutes of the Regular BPC Meeting Thursday, April 21, 2005 Page 10


the shooting because it is in the complaint.

Atty. Ninowski stated the petition that was submitted by the Department that was just read into the record is based on allegations. The allegations include, the felony charge of bigamy and the conduct related to that, as well as the allegation that wife number two (2) was shot at. The recommended charge of conduct unbecoming an officer, that you are referencing, is the recommendation based on that allegation. When the charges are actually drafted by Discipline, it will incorporate everything into the charges. She asked does that answer your question?

Comm. Holley stated yes, it really does. I just want to make sure that both charges are included because you can only be punished for what you are charged for if you are guilty. So, if you are only being charged for bigamy and not the other…but if you are charged and found guilty of both, then you pay the penalty.

Chairperson Blackwell stated I think that we are saying something different. Most of these cases come up whether you are charged or not. The Chief reserves the right based on conduct unbecoming an officer to suspend without pay, that’s all that is in front of us. Whether or not they are convicted or not is a separate issue.

Comm. Holley asked this suspension is based upon, not just bigamy, but bigamy and the shooting? But, what I am hearing you say is that it is based upon the bigamy only.

Atty. Ninowski stated no, it is based on conduct. The conduct is set forth in that petition.

Atty. Goldpaugh stated it should be noted in the petition that there is no allegation made that Officer Johnson is the one who fired at wife number two (2), only that she claimed or somebody claimed that she was fired upon down in Louisiana.

Chairperson Blackwell stated for example, it could have been by wife number one (1).

Atty. Goldpaugh stated it could have been by her husband number one (1) for all we know, we don’t know who it was. But the only charge against him in Louisiana was the felony.

Atty. Ninowski stated the Department’s petition incorporates all of the conduct and that includes the allegation of shooting and the bigamy charge and the conduct associated with that bigamy charge.

Minutes of the Regular BPC Meeting Thursday, April 21, 2005 Page 11

There were no contraventions to the above suspension without pay.


[MI POLICE OFFICER INVOLVED PERPETRATED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LAW ENFORCEMENT MURDER SUICIDE]

Friday, April 1, 2005

Deputy Police Chief Robert Dunlap - Detroit PD






Detroit Deputy Police Chief Robert Dunlap was charged in April 2005, with violating a personal protectiver order that his ex girlfriend had obtained.

The case was dismissed by the judge on April 25, 2005.


ALSO SEE:

Deputy Police Chief Dunlap's alledged phone calls to ex-girlfriend: "It's not over yet" :



Deputy Police Chief Dunlap's traffic stop of ex-girlfriend immediately after she served him with personal protective order:










Woman says cop just won't let her go
Deputy police chief due in court today
June 23, 2005
BY BEN SCHMITT
Detroit Free Press, MI - 18 hours ago
http://www.freep.com/news/locway/deputy23e_20050623.htm

A deputy Detroit police chief, accused of violating a personal protection order involving a 28-year-old woman, is scheduled to appear in court today to tell his side of the story.

Deputy Chief Robert Dunlap, a 19-year veteran, is asking that the case be dismissed. He was arraigned Tuesday in front of Wayne County Circuit Judge Carole Youngblood on a charge of violating the protection order in April.

"I fully expect my client to be vindicated," Dunlap's lawyer, Todd Russell Perkins, said in a news release. He declined to comment further.

The woman alleges she and Dunlap had been dating. Dunlap, who is married and oversees the department's Western Operations section, declined comment. He is not suspended, a police spokesman said.

Wayne County prosecutors declined to release details.

"The PPO enjoins him from having any contact with the alleged victim in the case," said Maria Miller, a spokeswoman for the Prosecutor's Office.

Dunlap was promoted to deputy chief from commander of the 11th (Davison) Precinct in April.

He could face jail time if the judge determines he violated the order.

The case was dismissed once on April 25 and refiled after the woman said Dunlap called her twice the next day, stating, "It's not over yet."

Dunlap denies calling her.

Former Reserve Officer Lyle Sutton - Traverse City PD


In 2005, former Traverse City Reserve Officer Lyle Sutton's ex-girlfriend obtained a personal protective order against him...







Sutton violated the protective order when he broke into his ex-girlfriend's home and rearranged her belongings. He was jailed for the violation.







ALSO SEE:
VIOLATION OF PROTECTIVE ORDER: SLASHED EX-GIRLFRIEND'S TIRES



VIOLATION OF PROTECTIVE ORDER: CLOSE TO 200 PHONE CALLS / DEATH THREATS TO EX-GIRLFRIEND






Stalking Arrest
9and10news
Posted: 10/24/2006
http://www.9and10news.com/category/story/?id=108175

Sutton has been threatening to kill her in phone messages - Hope you said your prayers because you may be going to hell tonight.

Almost 200 phone calls to his ex-girlfriend within the past month are part the reason police say a Traverse City man is in jail. Detectives with the Benzie County Sheriff Department say Lyle Sutton started stalking his ex-girlfriend after they broke up in April of 2005.

Since the break-up police say Sutton has violated two personal protection orders filed by his ex-girlfriend. Sutton also served time in jail after admitting to police he broke into her house and slashed her car tires.

Now detectives are examining Sutton's cell phone records. Police say Sutton would call his ex-girlfriend dozens of times a day and make death threats. Detectives say part of the reason it has been difficult for them to catch Sutton is because he is a former reserve officer with the Traverse City Police Department.

Former Reserve Officer Lyle Sutton - Traverse City PD



In April 2005, former Traverse City Reserve Officer Lyle Suttons ex-girlfriend obtained a personal protectiver order against him.





SUTTON VIOLATED THE PROTECTIVE ORDER, WHEN HE SLASHED HIS EX-GIRLFRIEND'S TIRES. HE WAS JAILED FOR THE VIOLATION.







ALSO SEE:
VIOLATION OF PROTECTIVE ORDER: BROKE INTO EX-GIRLFRIEND'S HOUSE
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2005/04/former-reserve-officer-lyle-sutton_01.html


VIOLATION OF PROTECTIVE ORDER: CLOSE TO 200 PHONE CALLS / DEATH THREATS TO EX-GIRLFRIEND
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2006/10/former-reserve-officer-lyle-sutton.html











Ex T.C. cop arrested for stalking in Benzie County
oldies1015
By: Chuck Randall
Wed. Oct. 25 2006
http://oldies1015.com/news.php?news_id=6078

Former reserve Police Officer with the Traverse City Police Department is arrested for stalking his ex Benzie County girl friend. Lyle Sutton is accused of making close to 200-calls to the ex-girl friend, who broke up with Sutton in April of 2005, in the last month that included daily death threats.

Benzie Detectives say that Sutton has also violated two personal protection orders, slashed the woman’s tires and broke in to her home. Sutton was jailed for those incidents. Sutton is facing an aggravated stalking charge which carries a 5-year sentence if he's convicted.

Officer Phillip Bal - Iron Mountain PD

Also See:

Officer Phillip Bal - April 2004 home invasion and CSC charges

Officer Phillip Bal - April 2005 CSC charges

Officer Phillip Bal - April 2006 CSC charges

Officer Phillip Bal - 1995 CSC allegation

Officer Phillip Bal - Sentenced, July 18, 2007 [April 2004 charges]

Officer Phillip Bal - Charges dismissed [Aurora WI. April 2005 charges]




Another victim of Bal's that stepped forward after an April 2006 assault, was a victim who was assaulted by Bal in April 2005, in Aurora Wisconsin.


Although Bal was charged with CSC in the May 2005 incident, the charges were dropped after he was sentenced for the Iron Mountain CSC charges.









Tonight on TV6 Wednesday
Here's a look at what we're working on for tonight's news.
Posted: 09.03.2008 at 1:55 PM
http://www.uppermichiganssource.com/news/story.aspx?id=184958

The West Branch Fitness and Community Center in Sawyer is closed, the doors have been chained. Tonight on your TV6 Early News, reporter Natalie Zimmermann looks at what lead to the shutdown and what happens to those who were using the center. Also tonight, what's the next move for the K.I. Sawyer Air Heritage Museum, that's housed inside the so-called "W'.

The Pauling Light has been a thing of fascination for years. What it is exactly? Nobody, even the experts don't really know. Tonight in a special report, TV6's Jerry Hume shows us the Paulding Light and those who come each night to see it. That's tonight on your TV6 Early News.

Marquette is one of the 8 best trail running towns in America, by Trailrunner Magazine. Tonight on your TV6 Early News, what makes Marquette so special and what are some of the other U.S. communities making the list.

Former Iron Mountain police officer Phillip Bal, won't have a jury trial in Wisconsin. TV6's Iron Mountain-Kingsford Bureau reporter Pooja Lohdia looks at why Wisconsin officials have indefinitely postponed the proceedings on charges of criminal sexual conduct. That's tonight on your TV6 News Extra.

For seven decades, Baroni's has been a family owned business that's been making their famous spaghetti sauce. But the business is now being bought up by Vollwerth's Sausage in Hancock. Tonight on your TV6 News Extra, reporter Marqui Mapp tells us what will change with the new owners.

Your Entertainment Report tonight is about the local theater production, Nunsensations. TV6's Jerry Hume reports on the production at the Vista Theater in Negaunee. That's tonight on your TV6 News Extra.











Florence dismisses charges against Bal
August 28, 2008
By NIKKI YOUNK, Staff Writer
Iron Mountain Daily News
http://www.ironmountaindailynews.com/page/content.detail/id/502934/Florence-dismisses-charges-against-Bal.html

FLORENCE, Wis. - Criminal charges against former Iron Mountain police officer Phillip Bal have been temporarily dismissed while officials await an appeal pending in Michigan, said Florence District Attorney Douglas Drexler.

Bal, 35, was originally charged in Florence County with second degree sexual assault-use of force for an alleged April 2005 incident involving an Iron Mountain woman at the C & R bar in Aurora, Wis.

He is currently serving an 11- to 20-year prison sentence after being convicted of first degree criminal sexual conduct and home invasion in Dickinson County Circuit Court in May 2007.

Drexler explained that Bal is appealing the conviction in Dickinson County and the decision will influence whether or not Drexler reinstates the charges in Florence County.

"If the appeal is granted, we will pursue charges in Wisconsin," Drexler stated. "If not, he's already spending time in prison and we don't want that additional cost to the taxpayers."

Since Bal's trial in Florence was scheduled for Sept. 4, Drexler said that he had to take some kind of action while waiting for the appeal decision. He chose to dismiss the charges without prejudice, meaning that the charges can be reinstated at a later date.


                 










Former cop up on another rape charge
Not guilty plea was made.
WLUC -TV6, Negaunee
Posted: Friday, April 18, 2008 at 8:16 a.m.
http://www.wluctv6.com/news/news_story.aspx?id=123000

AURORA, WI -- The former Iron Mountain police officer convicted of rape and home invasion is heading to trial on another sexual assault charge.

Thirty-four-year-old Phillip Bal pled not guilty to sexually assaulting a woman at a bar in Aurora, Wisconsin back in 2005. Bal is expected to face a jury trial on September 4 in Florence County Court. He faces a maximum penalty of a $100,000 fine and no more than 40 years in prison on the second degree criminal sexual conduct charge.

Bal is currently serving 11 to 20 years in prison for his previous convictions.                    










Former cop up on another rape charge
Not guilty plea was made.
Upper Michigan Source
Posted: 04.18.2008 at 8:16 AM
http://www.uppermichiganssource.com/news/story.aspx?id=123000

AURORA, WI -- The former Iron Mountain police officer convicted of rape and home invasion is heading to trial on another sexual assault charge.

Thirty-four-year-old Phillip Bal pled not guilty to sexually assaulting a woman at a bar in Aurora, Wisconsin back in 2005. Bal is expected to face a jury trial on September 4 in Florence County Court. He faces a maximum penalty of a $100,000 fine and no more than 40 years in prison on the second degree criminal sexual conduct charge.

Bal is currently serving 11 to 20 years in prison for his previous convictions.

                 









Bal trial set in Wisconsin
Iron Mountain Daily News
By LISA M. REED,Staff Writer
POSTED: April 16, 2008
http://www.ironmountaindailynews.com/page/content.detail/id/10437.html?showlayout=0

FLORENCE, Wis. — Former Iron Mountain police officer Phillip Bal will be tried on a criminal sexual contact charge-second degree in Florence County in September.

Bal, 34, is currently serving an 11- to 20-year prison sentence after being convicted of criminal sexual conduct-first degree and home invasion-first degree in Dickinson County Circuit Court in May 2007.

Bal’s Florence jury trial is set for Sept. 4, said Florence County District Attorney Doug Drexler.

The charge in Florence County is based on an alleged April 2005 incident involving an Iron Mountain woman at the C & R in Aurora, Wis.

The CSC-second degree charge carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.

Iron Mountain attorney Julie LaCost is representing Bal.

                   










Police officer’s trial delayed
Marquette Mining Journal, MI
August 4, 2007
http://www.miningjournal.net/stories/articles.asp?articleID=18330

IRON MOUNTAIN — The start of a jury trial for a former Iron Mountain Police officer in Florence County has been delayed.

Phillip Bal, 34, was scheduled to appear in Florence County Circuit Court today on a charge of criminal sexual conduct-second degree.

The charge involves an alleged incident in April 2005 involving an Iron Mountain woman at the C & R Bar in Aurora, Wis.

The criminal sexual conduct-second degree charge carries a maximum of 40 years in prison.

Florence County Circuit Court Judge Robert Kennedy heard a motion from attorney Frank Stupak of Escanaba on Tuesday to withdraw as counsel for Bal.

Prior to his sentencing in Dickinson County Circuit Court on charges of criminal sexual conduct-first degree and home invasion-first degree, Bal dismissed Stupak as his legal counsel and retained the services of attorney Sanford Schulman of Detroit. Bal was sentenced to 11 to 20 years in prison.

Judge Kennedy delayed granting Stupak’s motion to withdraw until it can be established who will represent Bal in Wisconsin.

                       













Bal blames media, says victim is lying
The Daily News
By PETE FRECCHIO, Staff Writer
Thursday, July 19, 2007
http://www.ironmountaindailynews.com/stories/articles.asp?articleID=6994

IRON MOUNTAIN — In Dickinson County Circuit Court on Wednesday, convicted sex offender Phillip Bal told Judge Richard Celello he was sentencing "an innocent man.”

Celello, saying he had thought long and hard about his decision, sentenced Bal, 34, of Iron Mountain, to 11 to 20 years in prison.At a jury trial in May, Bal, a former Iron Mountain police officer, was found guilty of criminal sexual conduct-first degree and home invasion-first degree.

The charges were related to an assault on an Iron Mountain woman at her home in April 2004.Celello sentenced Bal to 11 to 20 years on each count. The two sentences will run concurrently. Bal was given credit for 55 days served and ordered to register as a sex offender.

"This is one of the most difficult cases I have ever presided over," Celello told Bal. "(The defense) questioned the decision making methods of the jury. I can’t second guess the jury. I am not punishing you because you are a former police officer," Celello told Bal.

Bal told the court that since he was off-duty when the incident occurred, he should not be held to a higher standard because he was a police officer.

"Bal being a police officer should definitely be considered in determining his sentence," said special prosecuting attorney Jennifer Mazzuchi of Marquette. "When a gang member is involved in a crime, people are not shocked. When a police officer is involved in a crime, people are shocked. It is an abuse of his power."

At his first sentencing hearing on June 27, Bal informed the court he wished to dismiss attorney Frank Stupak of Escanaba and retain the services of appellate attorney Sanford Schulman of Detroit. The change in legal counsel delayed Bal’s sentencing three weeks.

Emotions were running high as supporters of both Bal and the victim filled the benches in the third floor courtroom.

In response to a statement Bal made before the court saying the victim was lying, Judge Celello responded, "The victim is telling the truth. She was brutally assaulted by you. I can’t think of anything short of murder that is as bad as what happened here. Alcohol has caused you terrible problems in your life," Celello said.

Several motions brought forward by Schulman concerning a proposed polygraph test, the jury’s method of reaching a guilty verdict and sentencing guidelines in the pre-sentence report were denied by Judge Celello.

In his statement before the court, an emotional Bal said the justice system let him down.

"I stand before you an embarrassed and humiliated man," he said. "My sinful and immoral action is responsible for everything that has happened.

I apologize to my wife for breaking her trust and violating the sanctity of our marriage. Her love has kept me strong. I will spend the rest of my life making it up to her," Bal said.

"I apologize to my (four) kids, my parents, my family and my friends for what has happened the last 15 months and for letting them down," he continued. "I thank everyone for their letters of support. I thank the people of St. Mary and St. Joseph church for welcoming my family there and for the support they will give them when I am gone. I apologize to (the victim) and her family for what I have done. I pray life will return to normal for them."

Bal went on to list a number of injustices he felt had occurred.

"Several stories in the newspaper (about my case) slowly poisoned the selection of my jury and took away any chance I had for a fair trial," he said.

"My family was publicly humiliated. Because I was a police officer, my name and my family’s name was dragged through the mud. I lost my job. The prosecution never asked me for my side of the story," Bal said.

"The court allowed two women who had cases pending against me to testify against me," he said.

"Jurors later said they used that (information) to convict me. I was convicted based on what was said about two cases that never went to trial," he said."

I never asked for special treatment because I was a police officer. I feel I was prosecuted because I was a police officer. I ask the court for mercy and leniency. I have four kids that need a father. I have a wife who needs a husband. God has forgiven me. The victim is lying. You are sentencing an innocent man," Bal said.

Bal will be remanded to the custody to the Michigan Department of Corrections. He will be transported to the Southern Michigan Correctional Facility in Jackson where he will be a part of the general prison population.

Bal’s attorney, Sanford Schulman, said an appeal will be filed.

"(Bal) was convicted on the testimony of two women whose charges against (Bal) were never brought to trial. The jury was hit with three cases at once. The evidence in the (case of the victim) was weak," said Schulman.

A Wisconsin woman who says she was involved in an encounter with Bal in the mid-1990’s attended Wednesday’s sentencing. She approached The Daily News outside the courthouse to offer her thoughts on Bal.

"It’s been 12 years, but justice was finally served," she said. "Bal was lying in court today. I saw firsthand what he is capable of," the woman said. The unnamed woman says she hopes to see the other man that was involved in her encounter with Bal brought to justice.

"Eventually, it all catches up with them," she said.

Bal could still face a criminal sexual conduct charge involving an Iron Mountain woman in May 2005 at the C&R Bar in Aurora, Wis.

Florence County District Attorney Douglas Drexler has indicated he will decide shortly how he will proceed.

Bal is facing one count of criminal sexual conduct—second degree, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.

                     











Bal to serve 11 to 20
Former IM police officer sentenced in sexual assault case
The Daily News
By PETE FRECCHIO
July 18, 2007
http://www.ironmountaindailynews.com/stories/articles.asp?articleID=6969

IRON MOUNTAIN - Phillip Bal, 34, of Iron Mountain was sentenced this morning by Circuit Court Judge Richard J. Celello to a prison term of 11 to 20 years.

Bal, a former Iron Mountain Police Department officer, was found guilty May 24 by a Dickinson County jury of seven men and five women of criminal sexual conduct-first degree and home invasion-first degree. Bal was charged in connection with an assault on an Iron Mountain woman at her home in April 2004.

At his first sentencing hearing on June 27, Bal informed the court he wished to dismiss attorney Frank Stupak of Escanaba and retain the services of appellate attorney Sanford Schulman of Detroit. The change in legal counsel delayed Bal’s sentencing three weeks.

Bal will remain in the custody of the Dickinson County Correctional center until he is turned over to the Michigan Department of Corrections.

Still pending is a criminal sexual conduct charge against Bal involving an Iron Mountain woman in May 2005 at the C&R Bar in Aurora, Wis.