Thursday, June 28, 2007

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Special Deputy Alan Trimue, Genesee County SD



June 20, 2007: Special Deputy Alan Trimue, Genesee County Sheriff Department Charged with CSC.



OFFENDER: ALAN EUGENE TRIMUE JR [FORMER GENESSE COUNTY SD RESERVE OFFICER]


ORIGINAL CHARGES: ELEVEN COUNTS OF 1ST DEGREE CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT; 2 COUNTS OF KIDNAPPING; 2 COUNTS OF IMPERSONATING A POLICE OFFICER WHILE COMMITTING A CRIME; AND 2 COUNTS OF FELONY FIREARM.




Also See:
Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: Sentenced [April 21, 2008]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2009/10/oidv-offender-update-alan-trimue.html

Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: Charged [June 20, 2007]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2007/06/special-deputy-alan-trimue-genesee.html

Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: December 01, 2006 [Sentence 1]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2006/12/reserve-deputy-alan-trimue-genesee.html

Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: December 01, 2006 [Sentence 2]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2006/12/reserve-deputy-alan-trimue-genesee-sd.html

Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: December 01, 2006 [Sentence 3]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2006/12/reserve-deputy-alan-trimue-genesee-sd_1.html

Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: December 01, 2006 [Sentence 4]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2006/12/reserve-deputy-alan-trimue-genesee-sd_8613.html

Reserve Deputy Alan Trimue: December 01, 2006 [Sentence 5]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2006/12/reserve-deputy-alan-trimue-genesee-sd_6823.html
















Special Deputy Alan Trimue at his arraignment on 17 felony counts of criminal sexual conduct. Trimue befriended a woman with two young teenage daughters. Over the course of several months, Trimue raped the teenage girls numerous times.






Special deputy off to prison on CSC charges
FLINT
THE FLINT JOURNAL FIRST EDITION
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
By Bryn Mickle
http://www.mlive.com/news/flintjournal/index.ssf?/base/news-49/1208874003312420.xml&coll=5

FLINT - A former special police deputy was sent to prison Monday for having sex with two teen sisters.

Genesee Circuit Judge Richard B. Yuille told Alan E. Trimue Jr. that his selfishness and immaturity had "left a trail of destruction" and had besmirched the reputation of other special deputies with the Genesee County Sheriff's Department.

Trimue, 29, of Flint was sentenced to six years, five months to 15 years in prison for third-degree criminal sexual conduct, two to five years for attempted kidnapping and two years for felony firearm.

Trimue pleaded no contest to the charges last month. The no contest plea is not an admission of guilt, but is treated as such at sentencing.














Former special deputy faces prison in sex assaults on teen sisters
by Paul Janczewski
The Flint Journal
Wednesday March 26, 2008, 5:39 PM
http://www.mlive.com/flintjournal/index.ssf/2008/03/former_special_deputy_faces_pr.html

GENESEE COUNTY, Michigan -- A former special deputy with the Genesee County Sheriff's Department faces prison after pleading to charges he had sex with two teen sisters.

Alan E. Trimue Jr., 29, of Flint, faces an April 21 sentencing after pleading no contest to two counts each of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and attempted kidnapping, and one count of felony firearms.

Trimue originally was ordered to stand trial on seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, and two counts each of kidnapping, impersonating a peace officer to commit a crime and felony firearms use.

Prosecutors dismissed some charges and amended others to reach a plea deal with Trimue.

Attorney Frank J. Manley, who represents Trimue, said he pleaded no contest because of potential civil liability.

A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt but is treated as that at sentencing.

Manley said Trimue committed "a crime of immaturity, not malice."

Genesee Circuit Judge Richard B. Yuille said Trimue used a "false persona" of being involved in law enforcement to trick the girls, then 13 and 14, and their mother.

At an earlier hearing, the girls testified their mother asked Trimue, a family friend, to straighten them out for unruly behavior.

The girls said they and their mother believed Trimue was a deputy with the Genesee County Sheriff's Department because he had a badge, gun and uniform.

They said Trimue told their mother he was taking them to jail, juvenile detention or boot camp, but instead took them to area motels. One girl said she was there for several days and had sex with Trimue as he placed his gun on a night stand, pointed at her.

Neither girl is being named by The Journal, but the 13-year-old said Trimue was usually dressed in a deputy's outfit, complete with gun and badge, when he took her to the motels.

She said Trimue would leave her in the room alone for periods and order her not to call her mother.

She said she would watch television until he returned.

Both girls said Trimue told them to keep the motel visits quiet and not tell their mother. The older girl said she once told her mother what was happening, but Trimue denied it when asked by the girls mother.

The incidents occurred between December 2006 and June 2007, officials said.

The liaisons came to light after the older girl ran away from home and the younger girl told their mother they'd been having sex with Trimue, officials said.

Special deputies help with crowd control at community events and sometimes provide security at local churches or the jail, but have no police authority, Genesee Sheriff Robert J. Pickell said earlier.

Trimue, a special deputy since 2005, was released from the program by Pickell.

His attorney, Frank J. Manley, said Trimue isn't a sexual predator, but rather a man with diminished mental capacity who made bad judgments.

"It doesn't excuse what happened," said Manley, adding that Trimue is sorry.

David Mayes, an assistant Genesee County prosecutor, said Trimue's actions violated the public trust.

Trimue was arrested last June on charges that he took two sisters, then 13 and 14, to area motels for sex during a seven-month period that began in December 2006.

Their mother apparently had asked Trimue to talk to the girls about their unruly behavior, and thought he was a deputy because he had a badge, uniform and gun.

Trimue, however, had no real police authority and instead was a two-year member of the county's special deputy program used for duties like crowd control. He since has been released from the program.

Yuille told Trimue that he had broken trust of the girls' mother and that the harm caused the girls may not be known for years to come.

Trimue, as well as a family member of the victims, declined to make a statement before the sentencing.

Under terms of the sentence, Trimue will have to register as a sex offender.












Former special deputy to stand trial in sex assaults of sisters
Paul Janczewski
The Flint Journal
September 25, 2007 19:26PM
http://blog.mlive.com/flintjournal/newsnow/2007/09/former_special_deputy_to_stand.html
FLINT -- The mother of two unruly Flint girls, ages 13 and 14, thought she would have a sheriff's deputy talk to her daughters.

But instead of setting them on the right path, Alan E. Trimue Jr., a former special deputy with the Genesee County Sheriff's Department, took the teens to area motels where he allegedly raped them.

On Tuesday, a judge ordered Trimue, 29, of Flint, to stand trial on seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts each of kidnapping, impersonating a peace officer to commit a crime and felony firearms use.

Central District Judge Christopher R. Odette made the ruling at the conclusion of a preliminary examination for Trimue.

Odette dismissed four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and scheduled an Oct. 8 circuit court arraignment on the remaining 13 charges.

The girls testified and said Trimue, a family friend, told their mother he would take them to New Paths or juvenile facilities where they would be disciplined or talked to about their behavior problems.

Instead, on separate occasions, he took them individually to several motels for sex.

The Flint Journal is not identifying the girls. The 13-year-old said Trimue was usually dressed in a deputy's outfit, with gun and badge, when he took her to the motels.

"He would not let me talk to my mom on the phone," she said.

She said Trimue would place his gun on the night stand as he raped her.

The older girl, now 15, offered a similar version of the encounters.

The older girl said she told her mother once what was happening, but Trimue denied it when asked about it by the mother.

Both girls said Trimue told them to keep the motel visits quiet and not tell their mother.

The incidents occurred between December 2006 and June, officials said.

Both girls told attorney Frank J. Manley, who represents Trimue, that they angered their mother by skipping school, smoking pot, drinking and other bad behavior.

Special deputies help with crowd control at community events and sometimes provide security at local churches or the jail, but have no police authority, Genesee Sheriff Robert J. Pickell said earlier.

Trimue, a special deputy since 2005, was released from the program by Pickell.

Trimue is being held in the Genesee County Jail.



                     






Special deputy to face forensic testing over rape case
The Flint Journal
by Ken Palmer
July 03, 2007 15:00
http://blog.mlive.com/flintjournal/newsnow/2007/07/special_deputy_to_face_forensi.html

A man charged with raping two young girls while posing as a police officer will be examined for his competency to stand trial.

Central District Judge Christopher R. Odette this morning ordered a forensic evaluation for Alan E. Trimue Jr. after a lawyer for Trimue said he was placed on suicide watch in the jail and might not fully understand the charges he's facing.

Odette set a Sept. 4 review date for Trimue.

Trimue, 28, of Flint, was a special deputy with the Genesee County Sheriff's Department. He faces 17 counts, including 11 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

He is charged with taking two girls, now 14 and 13, to a motel and having sex with them over a seven-month period. Police said he won the girls' trust by convincing them he was a cop.







Special deputies benefit community, despite charges against one, sheriff says
The Flint Journal
Posted by Paul Janczewski and Kim Crawford
June 23, 2007
http://blog.mlive.com/flintjournal/newsnow/2007/06/special_deputies_benefit_commu.html

GENESEE COUNTY -- It "is despicable" that a Genesee County special deputy allegedly posed as a police officer so that he could rape two girls, but not reason enough to scrap the special deputy program, Sheriff Robert J. Pickell said Friday.

Pickell's comments came as he spoke of charges against Alan E. Trimue Jr., 28, of Flint, who was arraigned on 17 counts, including 11 of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and two each of kidnapping, posing as a police officer, and using a firearm in the commission of a felony.

"Overall, special deputies are good hard-working people who volunteer," Pickell said, noting that special deputies help with crowd control at the Crim road race and other community events.

Pickell said Trimue, one of his special deputies, duped a Flint woman and mother of two girls, ages 14 and 13, to believe he was a police officer.

Trimue is charged with taking the girls to Crank's Motel in Burton, E. Hemphill Road and S. Dort Highway, where he allegedly had sex with them beginning in December of 2006 and continuing through June 30.

"The mom told us that Trimue had told her that he was a police officer," Pickell said. "...She trusted him."

The sheriff said that Trimue, as a special deputy, had "held a position of trust."

"This infuriates me," Pickell said.

Special deputies are not certified police officers and have no real police authority. Some who are issued special deputy badges are used as process servers, but the issuance of the badges is generally viewed as a perk county sheriffs in Michigan can hand out to curry political favor.

Pickell defended his special deputy program as one in which about 90 volunteers help out with basic crowd control at community events, and that other special deputies perform "security and ministry" functions at local churches and the county jail.

He said special deputies have done good work in the community for years and that the actions of "a sleaze" wouldn't cause him to end the programs. He said people who volunteer to be special deputies undergo background checks.

Trimue's alleged crimes came to the attention of the sheriff's department when they were called by state Child Protective Services workers on June 20, Pickell said. The 14-year-old victim had run away from home and the 13-year-old told their mother they'd been having sex with Trimue, the sheriff said.

When Trimue allegedly would take the girls to Crank's Motel to have sex with them, Pickell said, he would place a 9-mm. semi-automatic pistol on the table or nightstand, underscoring that his power over them.

He described Trimue, a special deputy since 2005, as a friend of the girls' mother.

Pickell said that the girls' apparently believed they had a serious romantic relationship with Trimue and wrote him letters. Those were taken as evidence by Sgt. Angela Latesky, the investigator in charge of the case.

Latesky swore out a warrant against Trimue late Thursday and told Central District Judge Richard L. Hughes that the special deputy used that ruse to get the girls from their mother.

Latesky told Hughes that Trimue allegedly had sex with the girls 11 times over the period as he held them captive for three days at the Burton motel.

The mother allegedly told officials Trimue had a badge, police identification and a gun, and was wearing a police uniform.

Hughes set a $690,000 cash bond. Trimue has a pretrial scheduled for June 29 before Central District Judge Christopher R. Odette and a tentative preliminary examination on July 3.

Trimue asked for a court-appointed attorney, and was ordered by Hughes to have no contact with the victims or their family, and banned him from any contact with anyone under age 18.

In May 2006, John J.A. Debono, of Swartz Creek, a former special deputy for the Genesee County Sheriff's Department, was sentenced to two years probation and 60 days on a tether for using his cell phone camera to capture a sexual episode between his friend's wife and a 13-year-old girl.















Special deputy accused of holding girls hostage; sheriff calls conduct "despicable"
The Flint Journal
June 22, 2007
http://blog.mlive.com/flintjournal/newsnow/2007/06/special_deputy_accused_of_hold_1.html

Genesee County Sheriff's Department Alan Eugene Trimue

A volunteer special deputy with the Genesee County Sheriff's Department held two young girls captive in a Burton hotel room for three days while sexually assaulting them, authorities said.

Alan E. Trimue, 28, of Flint, was arraigned today on 17 counts stemming from a series of acts that occurred over a seven-month period. He is being held on $690,000 cash bond.

Police allege that Trimue used his authority as a special deputy to get the two sisters, ages 13 and 14, away from their mother.

Genesee County Sheriff Robert J. Pickell said Trimue, a special deputy since 2005, told the girls' mother he was a police officer and took the girls to Crank's Motel on S. Dort Highway.

The allegation came to light when the older sister ran away from home and the younger girl told her mother that they had been having sex with the special deputy, Pickell said.

Pickell called Trimue's alleged conduct "despicable."

Trimue is charged with 11 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts each of kidnapping, impersonating a peace officer while committing a crime and felony firearm possession.

In swearing out the arrest warrant Thursday evening, sheriff's Sgt. Angela Latesky told Central District Judge Richard L. Hughes the events occurred between Dec. 1, 2006 and this week.

Trimue represented himself as a police officer, producing a handgun, a badge and an ID card and wearing a uniform, the detective said.

He held the two girls captive in a hotel room for three days where he sexually assaulted them, Latesky said.










Volunteer Deputy Faces Charges Of Criminal Sexual Conduct
WNEM
June 22, 2007
http://wnem.com/Global/story.asp?S=6698612

BURTON, Mich (TV5) -- A 29-year-old man has been arraigned on charges he assaulted two teenage sisters for months! Police say Alan Trimue seduced the 13 and 14 year old girls, took them to a Burton motel and threatened them if they ever told.Sheriff Robert Pickell says Trimue was a family friend of the girls.

The Sheriff says Trimue actually won the affection of the girls and that they sent letters to Trimue outlining their feelings for him.

Even so, Trimue allegedly told the girls he would send them off to boot camp if they told anyone about the trips to the motel. He allegedly kept a nine millimeter handgun on a nightstand in the motel room as an intimidation factor when he had sex with the teens.

Sheriff says Trimue started having sex with the 14-year-old last December, taking her to a motel in Burton. Eventually, he moved on to the girl's 13-year-old sister. The 14-year old was upset at being rejected, and Sheriff Pickell says she ran away from home. That's apparently how the case broke earlier this week.

The suspect was a Genesee County Sheriff's Department special deputy, a volunteer, and as a result the Sheriff made sure that he did everything in his power to throw the book at the suspect."I'm angry... very angry," said the Sheriff.

Sheriff Pickell says he's angry that the man used his position as a voluntary special deputy to gain the trust of the girl's mother, then had sex with the girls.

Special deputies help out with events like the Crim Road Race. As a result, the Sheriff is looking very closely at just who to accept into the Special Deputy Program.

Trimue faces 11 counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree, two counts of kidnapping, two counts of impersonating a police officer and two felony firearm counts. Sheriff Pickell personally talked with the district attorney about those charges.







 




Genesee County Special Deputy Charged With Kidnapping 2 Sisters
WWJT
June 22, 2007
http://abclocal.go.com/wjrt/story?section=local&id=5413622

GENESEE COUNTY (WJRT) - (06/22/07)--He's a volunteer sheriff's deputy who's ended up on the wrong side of the law. Prosecutors say the man forced two teenagers to have sex with him in a Burton motel over a seven-month period.

Alan Trimue, 28, faces 17 felony counts. The Genesee County sheriff asked the prosecutor to throw the book at him.

"I have no sympathy for Trimue," said Genesee County Sheriff Bob Pickell.

Trimue of Flint faces multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping, impersonating a police officer and felony firearm."Mr. Trimue, as a community volunteer, and a special deputy, held a position of trust in this community,"

Pickell said."He violated that trust when he posed as a police officer to take advantage of two innocent girls and bring heartbreak to a family."

Authorities say Trimue forced two sisters -- ages 14 and 13 -- to have sex with him multiple times at Crank's Motel off of Dort Highway in Burton. The sheriff says it started back in December. Trimue apparently knew the girls' mother.

He's accused of coercing her 14-year-old daughter by telling the teenager he was a police officer and placing a 9-mm handgun on the nightstand while he had sex with her.

Authorities say after a while, the 14-year-old wasn't enough, so he moved on to her 13-year-old sister. There are letters authorities say the girls wrote to Trimue."

The 14-year-old girl ran away because she felt rejected," Pickell said. That's when the 13 year old told her mother."

Hearing this news about this person has been a real soul shocker to all of us," said Reggie Swett with Crank motel maintenance.

The motel's management says it had no idea about what was going on inside its doors.

The sheriff says Trimue had no prior record, but the department will re-evaluate the selection process for special deputies.

Trimue is in jail right now on a $690,000 bond.











Special deputy's shocking charges: Shock and disgust.
That's how the Genesee County Sheriff feels about his latest arrest.
Posted: Friday, June 22, 2007 at 10:24 p.m.
NBC25
http://www.nbc25online.com/news/news_story.aspx?id=38862

-- Shock and disgust. That's how the Genesee County Sheriff feels about his latest arrest.

A Flint man, deputized by the Sheriff's Department for special events like the Crim Festival of Races, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 13 year old girl, and her 14 year old sister.

28 year old Alan Trimue is accused of taking both girls to the Cranks Motel on Dort Highway in Burton eleven times.

Sheriff Robert Pickell says the relationship started sometime in December 2006.

Trimue was arrested on June 20th after one of the girl's ran away from home, the girls sister told their mother about the relationship with Trimue.

"When he would take these girls to the hotel, he would take a gun from his clothing and put it on a nightstand nearby where the girls could see the gun...When he no longer had a need for the 14 year old he went to the 13 year old. The 14 year old ran away because she felt rejected," said Sheriff Robert Pickell.

Both girls wrote letters to Trimue, expressing their feelings.

Trimue faces 17 charges including 11 counts of criminal sexual conduct, 2 counts of kidnapping, 2 counts of impersonating an officer and 2 counts of felony firearm.

Trimue faces 13 life sentences.











Volunteer sheriff's deputy behind bars
Man accused of forcing 2 teens into having sex
ABC/WJRT
Friday June 22, 2007 6:35pm

GENESEE COUNTY (WJRT) -- (06/22/07)--He's a volunteer sheriff's deputy who's ended up on the wrong side of the law. Prosecutors say the man forced two teenagers to have sex with him in a Burton motel over a seven-month period.

Alan Trimue, 28, faces 17 felony counts. The Genesee County sheriff asked the prosecutor to throw the book at him.

"I have no sympathy for Trimue," said Genesee County Sheriff Bob Pickell.

Trimue of Flint faces multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping, impersonating a police officer and felony firearm.

"Mr. Trimue, as a community volunteer, and a special deputy, held a position of trust in this community," Pickell said.

"He violated that trust when he posed as a police officer to take advantage of two innocent girls and bring heartbreak to a family."

Authorities say Trimue forced two sisters -- ages 14 and 13 -- to have sex with him multiple times at Crank's Motel off of Dort Highway in Burton.

The sheriff says it started back in December. Trimue apparently knew the girls' mother.

He's accused of coercing her 14-year-old daughter by telling the teenager he was a police officer and placing a 9-mm handgun on the nightstand while he had sex with her.

Authorities say after a while, the 14-year-old wasn't enough, so he moved on to her 13-year-old sister. There are letters authorities say the girls wrote to Trimue. "

The 14-year-old girl ran away because she felt rejected," Pickell said.
That's when the 13 year old told her mother.

"Hearing this news about this person has been a real soul shocker to all of us," said Reggie Swett with Crank motel maintenance.

The motel's management says it had no idea about what was going on inside its doors.

The sheriff says Trimue had no prior record, but the department will re-evaluate the selection process for special deputies.

Trimue is in jail right now on a $690,000 bond.








Special deputy accused of holding girls hostage in Burton hotel
The Flint Journal
June 22, 2007 11:38AM
http://blog.mlive.com/flintjournal/newsnow/2007/06/special_deputy_accused_of_hold.html

FLINT -- A volunteer special deputy with the Genesee County Sheriff's Department was expected to be arraigned today on charges that he allegedly held two girls hostage for three days in a Burton hotel room.

Alan E. Trimue Jr., 28, is charged with 11 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts each of kidnapping, impersonating a peace officer while committing a crime, and felony firearm possession.

Trimue was scheduled for a 2 p.m. arraignment before Central District Judge Richard L. Hughes.

Trimue is accused of assaulting two sisters, ages 13 and 14.









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Monday, June 11, 2007

State Staffer Charles Baltimore - Charges dismissed - Congressman Rogers

April 24, 2007: Charles Balitmore, Senior Staff Member to Congressman Mike Rogers



ROGERS’ STAFFER USED STANDARD GOP DEFENSE

BLOG: Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood
June 2007
http://rogerswatch.blogspot.com/2007/06/rogers-staffer-used-standard-gop.html

If you needed any more examples that people with influence, power and money – other than Paris Hilton - can get away with just about anything, the case of Mike Rogers senior staff member Charles "Tony" Baltimore is just one more.

You may recall that Baltimore was arrested for domestic assault in April by Lansing Police at a downtown Lansing club after what police described as an "altercation with a female companion.”

According to the Lansing State Journal, District Court Judge Charles Filice dismissed the charges today. However, there appears to be more to the case, and it appears there was some merit to the charges.

The LSJ reported, ..."As a condition of the dismissal, Baltimore has to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings as well as a batterers' intervention service. Chief Assistant Prosecutor Linda Maloney said they will monitor his attendance. In the event of noncompliance, we could consider reissuing the charges,” she said...

Back in April spokesperson Sylvia Warner, Rogers’ press secretary, said action would be taken when Rogers knew more about the situation.

"The congressman obviously takes this very seriously," Warner said back in April. "The congressman wants to know, himself, exactly what the situation is."

Warner said Rogers would take "appropriate action" as soon as he had all the information about the incident.

He now, apparently, has all the information. What action is he planning to take? Why is Rogers still silent? Apparently, some sort of altercation occurred, or why the batterers’ intervention service? Just because there is no civil action does not mean Rogers cannot or should not take action.

However, it appears Baltimore will take the standard defense we have seen other prominent Republicans take when caught in a misdeed: rehab.

It appears that promise of action by Rogers evaporated after the charges were dismissed.

“Tony continues to be an important member of the congressman’s staff,” said Sylvia Warner, Rogers’ press secretary. “The merits of the issue were reviewed by a judge and dismissed. We are pleased the matter has been resolved.”















Court Docket: Lawmaker's aide sees charges tossed
Livingston Daily, MI
Jun 12, 2007
http://www.dailypressandargus.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070612/NEWS01/706120307/1002

A spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Brighton, expressed support for a senior staff member after authorities dismissed a domestic assault charge against the employee.

In Ingham County's 54A District Court, Judge Charles Filice dismissed the misdemeanor case against Charles "Tony" Baltimore, who was arrested in April after police said he was involved in an "altercation with a female companion" at a downtown Lansing club.

"Tony continues to be an important member of the congressman's staff," said Sylvia Warner, Rogers' press secretary. "The merits of the issue were reviewed by a judge and dismissed. We are pleased the matter has been resolved."

Baltimore's attorney, Hugh Clarke Jr., said prosecutors asked Filice to adjourn a trial scheduled for this morning and then dismiss the charge in 30 days. Filice instead dismissed the charge.

As a condition of the dismissal, Baltimore has to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings as well as a batterers' intervention service. Chief Assistant Prosecutor Linda Maloney said they will monitor his attendance.

"In the event of noncompliance, we could consider reissuing the charges," she said.

















Charges against Tony Baltimore dismissed
Midday update
Lansing State Journal
Kevin Grasha
Published June 11, 2007
http://www.lsj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070611/NEWS01/706110359/1001/NEWS

A spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers expressed support for a senior staff member after authorities dismissed a domestic assault charge against the employee.

In 54A District Court today, Judge Charles Filice dismissed the misdemeanor case against Charles "Tony" Baltimore, who was arrested in April after police said he was involved in an "altercation with a female companion" at a downtown Lansing club."

Tony continues to be an important member of the congressman’s staff," said Sylvia Warner, Rogers’ press secretary. "The merits of the issue were reviewed by a judge and dismissed. We are pleased the matter has been resolved."

Baltimore's attorney, Hugh Clarke Jr., said prosecutors asked Filice to adjourn a trial scheduled for this morning and then dismiss the charge in 30 days. Filice instead dismissed the charge today.

As a condition of the dismissal, Baltimore has to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings as well as a batterers’ intervention service. Chief Assistant Prosecutor Linda Maloney said they will monitor his attendance.

"In the event of noncompliance, we could consider reissuing the charges," she said.













Rogers staffer arraigned on domestic violence charges
Midday update From LSJ.com
Lansing State Journal
By Derek Wallbank
Published April 24, 2007
http://www.lsj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070424/NEWS01/70424002/1001/news

Charles "Tony" Baltimore, a senior staff member in Congressman Mike Rogers' Lansing office, was arrested on domestic violence charges, Lansing Police and court administrators said today.

Baltimore was arrested late Saturday night at a downtown Lansing club after what police described as an "altercation with a female companion".

"The congressman obviously takes this very seriously," Rogers' spokeswoman Sylvia Warner said. "The congressman wants to know, himself, exactly what the situation is."

Mary Kelly, Deputy Court Administrator for the 54A District Court, said Baltimore will appear before Judge Charles Filice on May 7 for a preliminary hearing.

Warner said Rogers would take "appropriate action" as soon as he had all the information about the incident.








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

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

C.O. / Reserve Officer William Pattison - Appeal - Milford PD



Also See:

Corrections Officer / Reserve Officer William Pattison charged with CSC






PATTISON'S APPEAL: CASE # 278461








Monday, June 4, 2007

Firefighter Stephen Bissett - Yale/Brockway FDs

June 04, 2007: Firefighter Stephen Bissett, Yale / Brockway Fire Departments Brockway Fire Department




Firefighter in standoff is placed on leave
Man arraigned on domestic violence, weapons charges
Port Huron Times Herald, MI
By MOLLY MONTAG
Times Herald
Wed, Jun 6 2007
http://www.thetimesherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070606/NEWS01/706060303/1002

BROCKWAY TWP. - A member of the Yale and Brockway Township fire departments has been placed on administrative leave after a police standoff early Sunday morning.

Stephen Bissett, 32, was arraigned Monday on charges of first-offense domestic violence, reckless discharge of a gun and possession of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol

All of the charges are misdemeanors. If convicted, he faces a maximum 93 days in jail. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for June 11 in St. Clair County District Court.

Yale City Manager John Osborn confirmed Tuesday that Bissett has been placed on leave. He said city officials will review details of the case before making a determination about possible disciplinary action.

"We'll take a look at that and see if anything should be involved in terms of discipline," Osborn said.

St. Clair County sheriff deputies were called about 1:40 a.m. Sunday to the 7800 block of Jorden Road for a report of a drunken man threatening his girlfriend and threatening to shoot animals at her farm.

After arriving on the scene, deputies were able to get Bissett's girlfriend and her three children out of the house, but he refused to leave, police said.

A special-response team negotiator talked Bissett out of the home more than an hour later. He then was arrested.

Don Priess, chief of the Brockway and Yale fire departments, said Bissett is a paid, on-call volunteer for the Yale Fire Department. He is a volunteer for the Brockway Township Fire Department.

Bissett has been with each department for about a year, previously serving as Sandusky firefighter.

Priess said he and other firefighters learned of the situation Sunday morning when dispatchers alerted the departments to an emergency situation in their coverage area

Bissett phoned fellow firefighters from inside the house, Priess said, and they repeatedly urged him to turn himself in to the police. The man didn't immediately do so, Priess said, because he was worried about what the police would do to him.

Priess said he and other firefighters support Bissett and, once the situation is resolved, would like him to stay with the department.

 

It appears that Stephen Bissett is still with the Fire Department:


Tragedy strikes family again

Fire destroys home
BY CATHY BARRINGER

Staff Writer

2013-02-04 / Front Page

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BROCKWAY TWP. — A family already touched by tragedy is suffering more heartache after losing their home to a five-alarm fire Friday night.

The single-story house of Jack and Debbie Derouin, who lost their 17- year-old son Devon in a hunting accident last fall, was a total loss even though firefighters from five area fire departments battled the flames for hours to save it.

Brockway Township Fire Chief Dave Fredrick said the Jan. 25 fire broke out around 10:30 p.m. as the family was cooking French fries in the kitchen at the home in the 6000 block of Welch Road.

He said the grease fire lashed up and quickly took off.

“Me and the fire captain (Steve Bissett) were out there before the fire trucks arrived, and within seconds, it went from a possible structure fire to full flames,” Fredrick said. “We knew it wasn’t good. They got out with the clothes they had on.

“The biggest burn area was in the middle of the house,” he continued. “It burned right through the roof and there’s nothing left of it.”

Fredrick said four to five people were able to escape the blaze, but Jack Derouin did have both hands wrapped for minor burns.

Besides Brockway Township, fire departments from Speaker, Kenockee, Emmett and Mussey townships responded to the fire. Fredrick said nearly 40,000 gallons of water from the City of Yale’s hydrants were used to extinguish the flames.

Fredrick, who has consoled the Derouins before, said firefighters made a special effort to find the family’s personal treasures including the urn containing the ashes of their late son.

“That was one of the things we tried to save,” he said. “They really wanted the urn. Me and the guys were digging like dogs until 5 a.m. Saturday. We did manage to find the top of the urn, but that was it.”

The Derouins’ son had been scouting for deer on property in the 12000 block of Wilkes Road on Sept. 20 around 7:30 p.m. when he was killed by a hunter’s bullet. Devon’s death was the only fatality during the 2012 hunting season, according to the Michigan DNR (see story on page 11).

The hunter, Jeremiah Bedwell, 24, of Port Huron Township, was sentenced to 11 months in the county jail with work release for carelessly discharging a firearm resulting in death.

Fredrick said the story does has a happy ending after firefighters recovered heirloom jewelry that Debbie Derouin had hidden in the floor of the home.

“She made a hole in the floor and covered it with plywood,” Fredrick said. “I told her that it was probably gone. We moved the plywood and underneath were three or four boxes of (her grandmother’s jewelry). It meant a lot to save that.”

Fredrick said the community has rallied behind the family with generous amounts of support.

“The word — with technology — didn’t take long to spread,” he said. “People started giving food, clothing, money, gift certificates. It was neat to watch. People in this town really step up when something like this happens. It’s the talk of the town about how they can help. It hits close to home for all of us.”


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Saturday, June 2, 2007

Firefighter Gerald Thoma Jr.- Fruitport Township FD


1985: Firefighter Gerald Thoma Jr. was chared with operating a motor vehicle while impaired.
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2003: Firefighter Gerald Thoma Jr. was charged again for opertaing a motor vehicle while impaired. It was his second DUI offense. During this incident, Thoma rammed his truck into an acquaintance's house and vehicle in Muskegon Township while attending a party there. He eventually pleaded no contest to two misdemeanors and was sentenced to 45 days in the Muskegon County Jail and 24 months of probation.
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2003/06/fire-captain-gerald-paul-thoma-jr.html



2007: Firefighter Thoma pleaded pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence for punching his then-16-year-old son in the nose three times. Thoma was sentenced to probation, fines, court costs and anger-management class for that offense.
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2007/06/firefighter-gerald-thoma-jr-fruitport.html



2012: While intoxicated, Firefighter Thoma attempted a stunt on while driving his motorcycle and without his helmet on. Thoma was seriously injured. Thoma was charged with a felony: operating while intoxicated, third offense, which was punishable up to 5 years in prison. In January 2013, Thoma pled nolo contendere to MCL 257.6256D [operating intoxicated / impaired /controlled substance, third offense. Thoma was sentenced to 3 years probation.
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2012/07/firefighter-gerald-paul-thoma-jr.html








June 02, 2007: Firefighter Gerald Thoma Jr. , Fruitport Fire Department After Firefighter Gerald Thoma was arrested for punching his teenage son in the face/nose, Fruitport Township Supervisor Ron Cooper (on the right in this photo) defended Thoma. "The kid may have fallen on the floor for all I know. It's a domestic thing. It's a discipline thing," Cooper stated, in making it clear to the public that Thoma's job was not at jepordy.







Fruitport Fire Department Fire Chief Kenneth A. Doctor along with Township Supervisor Cooper refused to reprimand/ suspend / or dismiss Firefighter Thoma from the department, following Thoma's arrest for assaulting his son. Although Thoma had signed a "Last Chance Agreement" with the department a few years prior (due to a previous run in with the law), Fire Chief Kenneth Doctor refused to hold Firefighter Thoma to that agreement after his latest dv arrest.





June 02, 2007: Firefighter Gerald Thoma Jr., Fruitport Township Fire Department

Original Charge: Misdemeanor domestic violence.

Sentence: Plea agreement. Pled guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence. Sentenced to probation, fines and costs and anger-management class.

Employment status: Violated the "Last Chance Agreement" he signed with the City after his 2003 arrest by violating a criminal law. City officials made it clear after Thoma's 2007 arrest that they were not going to fire him for the domestic violence crime.









Fire captain again faces a criminal charge
Muskegon Chronicle
By Heather L. VanDyke
Friday, August 03, 2007
 http://www.mlive.com/news/chronicle/index.ssf?/base/news-12/1186155959184030.xml&coll=8

A Fruitport Township fire captain with a criminal record has been charged with domestic assault for allegedly punching his 16-year-old son.

Gerald Paul Thoma Jr., 43, was charged with the misdemeanor stemming from a June 2 incident in which he is accused of punching his son in the face during an argument.

Fire Chief Ken Doctor said Thursday that Thoma, who has been on the department for more than 20 years, is not suspended from his job and will continue to work as a fire captain on a full-time basis "for now." He declined further comment.

According to the police report, Thoma and his son got into an argument just before 11 p.m. that escalated into an alleged assault at their home at 3148 E. Pontaluna. The argument apparently was over whether the son could go to a skate park with friends, said Police Chief Paul Smutz.

Thoma's wife, Geraldine Thoma, told police she was at the home when the incident occurred but did not witness it, Smutz said.

The son called 911.

The veteran fire captain -- who is 6 feet 1 inch tall, and weighs 230 pounds -- is accused of punching the teen in the nose three times, Smutz said. When officers arrived at the scene, "they saw blood coming from (the son's) nose, and it was swollen," Smutz said.

Township Supervisor Ron Cooper said Thoma's job is not in jeopardy at this time because he is "not convicted of anything.""If he is found to be guilty, then that could have an effect on his job," Cooper said. "I don't see why we would take a man's job away from him because he's been accused of something."
Cooper said he had not read the police report."It's an accusation," he said of the punching allegations."The kid may have fallen on the floor, for all I know. It's a domestic thing. It's a discipline thing."

It was not clear whether the teen indicated he wanted to press charges against his father, but in domestic assault cases, if there is physical evidence to support it "an arrest has to happen," Smutz said.

Thoma was arrested and lodged the same night in the Muskegon County Jail.

A jury trial is slated for 9 a.m. Aug. 20 in 14th Circuit Court.

Thoma's June 2 arrest came about four years after his last run-in with the law. In June 2003, Thoma was charged with a five-year felony for malicious destruction of a building causing more than $1,000 in damages.

Connie Smith, who was township supervisor at the time, did not take the incident lightly. Thoma was placed on a 30-day unpaid suspension and had to sign a "last chance agreement" to keep his job The agreement indicated Thoma couldn't use illegal substances or alcohol or become involved in any criminal activities for the "lifetime of his career" at the Fruitport Township Fire Department.
It also required Thoma to continue a substance abuse treatment program he began after the June 14, 2003, incident.

Cooper said he has looked at that agreement, but other township officials agreed no action should be taken at this time.

Thoma was arrested for ramming his Dodge truck into an acquaintance's house at 1479 S. Mill Iron in Muskegon Township. He also rammed the acquaintance's vehicle that night and returned to the same home days later to offer the victim money to "settle the matter" to reduce his criminal charge, police said.
Thoma pleaded no contest to two misdemeanors: operating a vehicle while impaired and malicious destruction of property causing $200 or more in damages stemming from that incident. He was sentenced to 45 days in the county jail and 24 months of probation and was ordered to pay court costs and fines.










Fire captain pleads to domestic violence charge
Posted by mlive.com
From local reports
October 11, 2007 01:27AM
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FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP -- A Fruitport Township fire captain has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence for punching his 16-year-old son in the nose.

Gerald Paul Thoma Jr., 43, entered the plea Tuesday before 60th District Judge Michael J. Nolan. Nolan sentenced Thoma to probation, fines and costs and anger-management class.

According to a police report, Thoma and his 16-year-old son got into an argument June 2 that escalated into an assault at their home at 3148 E. Pontaluna. The son called 911.

Police said Thoma punched the teen in the nose three times.

It's not Thoma's first criminal conviction. In June 2003, Thoma was arrested for ramming his truck into an acquaintance's house and vehicle in Muskegon Township while attending a party there.

He eventually pleaded no contest to two misdemeanors and was sentenced to 45 days in the county jail and 24 months of probation.









Fireman's job depends on anger management
Posted by Heather L. VanDyke
October 24, 2007 22:32PM
http://blog.mlive.com/chronicle/2007/10/firemans_job_depends_on_anger.html

A Fruitport Township fire captain convicted of assaulting his son will keep his job as long as he completes anger management classes, according to the fire chief. "He continues to work with the department," Fire Chief Ken Doctor said Wednesday.

Jerry Thoma Jr., 43, pleaded guilty last week to the misdemeanor domestic assault charge and was sentenced to anger management classes, probation and fines and costs.

The assault stemmed from a June incident involving his 16-year-old son. Police arrested Thoma June 2 after they said he punched his son in the nose three times at their home at 3148 E. Pontaluna following a heated argument.

Township officials decided they wouldn't review his job status until after his sentencing.

On Monday, the township board of trustees held a closed session -- requested by Thoma -- to review the issue. Thoma was not present, but Doctor was. Doctor said Thoma will remain on the job as long as he "successfully completes the court's requirements."











Video released of Fruitport Township fire captain attempting motorcycle stunt while allegedly drunk
Published: Thursday, September 20, 2012, 5:46 PM
Updated: Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 2:53 PM
By Lisha Arino
The Muskegon Chronicle
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FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, MI – The Muskegon County Prosecutor's Office has released a video showing an incident in July that injured a Fruitport Township fire captain, who was allegedly intoxicated when it occurred.


The six-second video shows Gerald Paul Thoma Jr., who has been charged with a felony, moving past another motorcyclist in an empty Office Max parking lot in the 1700 block of East Sherman Boulevard in the city of Muskegon on July 20. The video shows him falling off his bike as sparks fly.

Thoma has been charged for operating while intoxicated third offense, after toxicology test results indicated that he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.10 percent. The legal blood-alcohol limit for driving a motor vehicle in Michigan is 0.08.

Thoma had not been arraigned in Muskegon County 60th District Court as of Thursday evening.

Police said others had been doing stunts in the parking lot that night when Thoma attempted one himself.

He was seriously injured when he hit a concrete block and has only recently been released from the hospital, according to

family and friends. He was not wearing a helmet at the time, according to a police report.

It is unclear if the incident will affect his job at the fire department.

Court records show that Thoma has previous drunk driving convictions in Muskegon County. He was charged with operating a motor vehicle while impaired in 1985 and 2003.

He also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence for punching his then-16-year-old son in the nose three times in 2007.












Fruitport Township fire captain charged with felony for drunken motorcycle crash
Published: Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 4:52 PM
Updated: Thursday, September 20, 2012, 8:33 AM
By Heather Lynn Peters
The Muskegon Chronicle
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FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, MI – A Fruitport Township fire captain has been charged with a felony for an alleged drunken driving incident that police say happened while he was trying to do a stunt on his motorcycle in July.


Muskegon County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brett Gardner confirmed Wednesday that a warrant has been signed for Gerald Paul Thoma Jr., 48, of the Fruitport Township Fire Department for operating while intoxicated, third offense. That’s a felony punishable up to five years in prison if convicted, Gardner said.

As of late Wednesday afternoon, Thoma hadn't yet been arraigned in Muskegon County 60th District Court.

Toxicology test results indicate Thoma had a blood-alcohol level of 0.10 percent when the accident happened at 11 p.m. on July 20 in the parking lot of Office Max in the 1700 block of East Sherman Boulevard in the city of Muskegon. The legal blood-alcohol limit for driving a motor vehicle in Michigan is 0.08.

Thoma was seriously injured in the crash and only recently released from the hospital, according to friends and family. It wasn't clear what condition Thoma was in as of late Wednesday.

He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, according to the Muskegon police report.

Others were doing stunts in the parking lot on July 20 when Thoma tried to do a stunt himself, police said. A woman had been on the back of Thoma’s motorcycle just prior to the crash, but wasn’t on the bike when he crashed, police said.

Thoma struck a concrete parking block in the parking lot while attempting the stunt, police said.

Fruitport Township Public Safety Director Ken Doctor said Wednesday that he was unaware of the charges filed against Thoma.

Doctor could not say whether the charge will affect Thoma's job at the fire department. It will be up to the township board to decide whether Thoma will keep his job, Doctor said, adding that he doesn’t do the “hiring or the firing” at the fire department.

“That decision will rest with the township board,” Doctor said.

Thoma has had previous drunken driving convictions in Muskegon County, court records show.

Thoma was previously charged with operating a motor vehicle while impaired in 1985 and 2003, both in Muskegon County.

The 2003 incident occurred when Thoma rammed his truck into an acquaintance's house and vehicle in Muskegon Township while attending a party there, according to police. He eventually pleaded no contest to two misdemeanors and was sentenced to 45 days in the Muskegon County Jail and 24 months of probation.

In 2007 Thoma pleaded pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence for punching his then-16-year-old son in the nose three times. According to a police report, Thoma and his son got into an argument that escalated into an assault at their home. The son called 911.

A judge sentenced Thoma to probation, fines, court costs and anger-management class for that offense.











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