Friday, January 23, 2009

DEPUTY BRUCE BEEKER, LEELANAU COUNTY SD

DEPUTY BRUCE BEEKER [LEELANAU COUNTY SD]: JANUARY 23, 2009


Deputy Beeker resigned from the SD in February 2009, after he had been investigated for sending a sexually explicit email to another sheriff deputy [while on duty], on January 23, 2009.

Beeker had been embroiled with a lawsuit and grievances against the Leelanau County SD and Sheriff Oltersdorf since 2006.  At that time, the Sheriff had dismissed Beeker from the department, due to an inappropriate relationship that he had with a woman who was being investigated  for domestic violence.

Over the course of three-years, Sheriff Oltersdorf battled the Union and then lawsuits over his right to fire a law enforcement employee for misconduct.


ALSO SEE:

DEPUTY BRUCE BEEKER, MARCH 18, 2006 MISCONDUCT:
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2006/03/deputy-bruce-beeker-leelanau-county-sd.html


















Leelanau County hires new deputies
BY ART BUKOWSKI
The Record Eagle
Thu Mar 26, 2009, 06:56 AM EDT
http://record-eagle.com/local/x75070784/Leelanau-County-hires-new-deputies

SUTTONS BAY -- The scenery won't much change for new Leelanau County Sheriff's Deputy Chris Bailey.

Bailey worked for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians' police department for about 10 years, and attained the rank of captain. He and new Leelanau Deputy Matt Green began work last weekend, and both said they're excited to join the department.

"I just wanted to be a part of a great group of people," Bailey, 30, said.

Green, 39, worked at Home Depot before finally deciding to chase his lifelong goal of becoming a police officer. He graduated from Northwestern Michigan College's police academy in 2006, and his new job marks his first try at full-time police work.

"My wife said, 'You always wanted to be a cop, why don't you pursue it?'" Green said.

Bailey and Green replace Chris Roberts and Bruce Beeker. Beeker recently resigned from the department amid allegations he sent a sexual e-mail to a fellow employee, and Roberts was fired after Grand Traverse County authorities arrested him for drunken driving last month.

Beeker's e-mail, sent while on duty Jan. 23, contained a video of naked women washing a car, according to an internal investigation obtained by the Record-Eagle under the Michigan Freedom of Information Act. The employee who received it reported it to administrators, who launched an investigation.

Beeker resigned Feb. 20, the same day a disciplinary hearing was scheduled. He had been on desk duty after a lengthy labor dispute stemming from inappropriate contact he had with a female assault suspect in early 2006.

Roberts caused a crash while driving drunk on U.S. 31 near Meijer Feb. 3, and Sheriff Mike Oltersdorf fired him Feb. 25. He eventually pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated on March 3 and was sentenced to six months probation.

Oltersdorf is happy with his two new hires, which will bring his road patrol unit back to full staffing levels.

"They're both very high-caliber, good family men with roots in the community," he said. "They're outstanding officers

















'Offensive' email led to resignation

The Leelanau News
http://www.leelanaunews.com/news/OldArchive/News/Offensive_email_led_to_resignation.html

An “obscene, sexually offensive” email sent to a co-worker appears to be at the heart of why Leelanau County Deputy Sheriff Bruce Beeker abruptly resigned last month.

Beeker resigned on Feb. 20 just hours before Sheriff Michael Oltersdorf had scheduled a disciplinary hearing over allegations that Beeker forwarded the email to another deputy while both deputies were on duty.

Circumstances behind Beeker’s resignation came to light this week after the Leelanau Enterprise received documents it had requested on Feb. 24 from the Sheriff’s Office under the state Freedom of Information Act. Citing state law, undersheriff Scott Wooters requested a 10-day extension of time to release the documents, ostensibly to seek a legal opinion about which documents could be released.

The name of the deputy to whom Beeker allegedly forwarded the email was blacked-out in a five-page investigation report the Enterprise received in response to its request. The report notes that the other deputy reported the incident to the undersheriff shortly after it occurred in January 2009. The deputy told Wooters that he was “very offended” by what was contained in Beeker’s email.

According to the investigation report, Beeker brought his personal laptop computer in to work on Jan. 23 and used it to forward the email from his personal address to the other deputy’s personal address, which the other deputy could access from a computer at work. Both deputies were able to access their personal email accounts using the free wireless Internet service available to any member of the public on the county Government Center campus.

The report indicates that Beeker was confronted by the other deputy over the email; and Beeker expressed surprise that the other deputy had not waited until going home to open the email.

The email included images of naked women washing cars involved in sexually explicit conduct, according to the investigation report.

Wooters interviewed Beeker during his investigation. According to the investigation report: “Beeker said it is common for him to receive emails which he described as ‘funny’ from people and mail them back and forth.”

The incident leading to Beeker’s planned disciplinary hearing last month is not the first time he had been accused of severe misconduct, including sexual harassment. In April 2006, the sheriff fired Beeker for having an inappropriate relationship with a suspect in a domestic violence case. But Beeker filed a union grievance that resulted in an arbitrator’s ruling that he be returned to his $42,000 per year job with back pay.

In August 2007, the sheriff put Beeker back to work in a “desk job” but denied him a badge, a gun, or any law enforcement duties. Another union grievance led to a 13th Circuit Court case in which Judge Philip E. Rodgers Jr. threw out the union’s assertion that the arbitrator’s ruling had not been carried out according to law.

At the time, Rodgers opined that the arbitrator’s opinion “belittled domestic violence and sexual harassment in the workplace.” The judge added that the arbitrator “not only missed the point, but he also demonstrated that he is just as base as Beeker.”

Beeker did not respond to an email request for comment from the Enterprise.









Deputy resigns over 'severe misconduct'
FROM STAFF REPORTS
February 27, 2009
http://record-eagle.com/local/x75069344/Deputy-resigns-over-severe-misconduct#

SUTTONS BAY -- Leelanau County sheriff's Deputy Bruce Beeker quit.

Beeker unexpectedly resigned Feb. 20, Sheriff Mike Oltersdorf said, a few hours before a scheduled disciplinary hearing. Oltersdorf wouldn't provide specifics, but said the hearing involved alleged "severe misconduct" on Beeker's part.

Oltersdorf fired Beeker in April 2006 after he repeatedly made inappropriate contacts with a woman who assaulted her ex-boyfriend. Beeker, who responded to the assault, asked the woman to go four-wheeling with him and later called her dozens of times and visited her at home.

An arbitrator eventually ordered the department to re-hire Beeker, but Oltersdorf didn't give him patrol duties after the re-hire. He was given a desk job and remained there until his resignation.

Last year, Beeker and the police union unsuccessfully sued the department in an attempt to force Oltersdorf to give Beeker patrol work.



Michigan Officer Involved Domestic Violence

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Deputy Carl Jones - Berrien SD

SHERIFF'S DEPUTY FOUND GUILTY OF ASSAULT
St. Joseph Herald Palladium
By Scott Aiken - H-P Staff Writer
Published: Saturday, April 4, 2009 1:08 PM EDT
ST. JOSEPH - A jury on Thursday found a Berrien County sheriff's deputy guilty of assault and battery for shoving the son of a woman he was dating. Carl Jones, 46, was acquitted of a related charge of domestic violence against the woman, [LS], during a Jan. 15 altercation in the garage of his residence in St. Joseph Township. [LINK]
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DEPUTY SENTENCED TO PROBATION FOR ASSAULT

St. Joseph Herald Palladium
May 5, 2009
[Excerpt] A Berrien County sheriff's deputy was sentenced Monday to serve nine months on probation for assaulting a man in a domestic violence situation. As part of the sentence, Carl E. Jones, 46, of St. Joseph Township was ordered to pay a fine, costs and restitution totaling $1,426. Jones was sentenced under a law that provides for the misdemeanor offense to be erased from his record if all probation terms are met...
http://behindthebluewall.blogspot.com/2009/05/mi-deputy-carl-jones-who-escaped-dv.html










Sheriff's deputy found guilty of assault

Posted: Saturday, April 4, 2009 12:00 am
Updated: 8:18 pm, Tue Nov 15, 2011.
By SCOTT AIKEN - H-P Staff Writer
The Herald-Palladium
http://www.heraldpalladium.com/localnews/sheriff-s-deputy-found-guilty-of-assault/article_d5b92f20-07cf-5904-b58f-ea40df1e4f8c.html

ST. JOSEPH - A jury on Thursday found a Berrien County sheriff's deputy guilty of assault and battery for shoving the son of a woman he was dating.

Carl Jones, 46, was acquitted of a related charge of domestic violence against the woman, Linda Smith, during a Jan. 15 altercation in the garage of his residence in St. Joseph Township.







SHERIFF'S DEPUTY FOUND GUILTY OF ASSAULT
St. Joseph Herald Palladium
By Scott Aiken - H-P Staff Writer
Published: Saturday, April 4, 2009 1:08 PM EDT

ST. JOSEPH - A jury on Thursday found a Berrien County sheriff's deputy guilty of assault and battery for shoving the son of a woman he was dating. Carl Jones, 46, was acquitted of a related charge of domestic violence against the woman, [LS], during a Jan. 15 altercation in the garage of his residence in St. Joseph Township
http://behindthebluewall.blogspot.com/2009/05/mi-deputy-carl-jones-who-escaped-dv.html
Michigan Officer Involved Domestic Violence

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Firefighter Mike Risher - Detroit FD

Also See:
WXYZ / Channel 7, Detroit [reporter Scott Lewis] investigation of Firefighter Mike Risher's violence against women:
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2012/10/firefighter-mike-risher-detroit-fd.html


2005: A woman said she and Risher were arguing in the back seat of a minivan when Risher head-butted her. When she fought back, she said that Risher pinned her down and choked her.

2006: Risher gets in a bar fight and assaults a woman. The assault is caught on the bar's video cam.

2006: When police respond to Risher's assault of the woman, Risher flashes his badge and claims to the responding police that he is the victim.The police arrest the woman that Risher is seen attacking on the bar's video. Risher filed a false police report. The victim of his attack was falsely arrested.

2006: Victim of Risher's attack in the bar filed a lawsuit against Risher. She is awarded $15,000. But Risher only pays a small portion of the suit.

March 12, 2008: Risher's ex-wife had filed a domestic violence assault report with the police department. Charges were never filed against Risher.

Unknown Date: Risher's ex-wife had filed a domestic violence assault report with the police department. Charges were never filed against Risher.

September 18, 2009: Risher's ex-wife had filed a domestic violence assault report with the police department. Charges were never filed against Risher.

March 08, 2011: Risher assaulted Jennifer Panduren at a bar, when she and her friend Samantha Strozynski turned down his advances. Assault was caught on a security cam. Police refuse to review secuirty cam tape. Police refuse to file charges against Risher.

March 08, 2011: Risher assaulted Samantha Strozynski.

March 08, 2011: Risher arrested for disorderly conduct for assaulting Panduren and Strozynski. Charges were later dismissed.

March 08, 2011: Panduren [assaulted by Risher] was arrested for disorderly conduct. Charges were later dismissed.

Summer 2011: Risher attacked a woman when he accused her of spilling his drink. Risher picked her up by her neck and slammed her onto a boat deck after he accused her of spilling his drink.

                     



Police reports from three incidents of domestic violence that Firefighter Mike Risher's now ex-wife filed with the Clinton Police Department. Risher was never arrested / charged, although Michigan has a mandatory domestic violence arrest policy. And, according to Michigan law, if police do not make an arrest during a domestic violence situation, they must file a report detailing their decision not to arrest.







New, disturbing information on off-duty firefighter Mike Risher who attacked two women
Posted: 11/15/2012
By: Scott Lewis
WXYZ News, Detroit
http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/local_news/investigations/women-say-firefighter-used-badge-to-get-out-of-trouble7-action-news-investigation-turns-the-tide


(WXYZ) - The 7 Action News Investigators have uncovered new, disturbing information about the off-duty Detroit firefighter who attacked two women; this may not be his first offense of this kind.

Police are now looking into the case of off-duty firefighter Mike Risher attacking two women; Jennifer Panduren and Samantha Strozynski outside a bar in 2001. A high-profile attorney has also stepped in.

Meanwhile, two additional women told 7 Action News they were previously attacked by Risher.

It was Paczi Day 2011 when Panduren and Strozynski were arguing with Risher outside the Mars Bar in Hamtramck. Witnesses said Risher punched both in the face and knocked them to the pavement.

"I said to him, I was like, 'Oh, you're big, you're gonna punch a girl.’ And, yeah, I ate my words I guess you can say because he definitely did," Jennifer Panduren said.

Despite presenting security video to police, Strozynski says "Nobody would ever let us make a police report.”

Both women say they believe Risher received a free pass from police because he works as a firefighter.

An independent witness said police told him nothing much would come of the incident because Risher was a Detroit firefighter.

But everything changed after the 7 Action News Investigators exposed this incident three weeks ago.

After our investigation aired, Hamtramck Police brought in Panduren and Strozynski for interviews. They also took statements from two witnesses and are retrieving the women's medical records to document their injuries.

Hamtramck police Chief Maxwell Garbarino confirmed detectives are preparing a warrant request for the Wayne County prosecutor, seeking charges against the Risher. This comes a year and half after the incident happened.

High-powered attorney Ven Johnson has also offered to help Panduren and Strozynski. Johnson said although there is likely little or no money in it, he is preparing to file a civil lawsuit against Risher.

"No one's above the law. No one's above the law,” Johnson told Scott Lewis. “And it doesn't matter what you do for a living or who you work for, or how much money you make, you can't punch other people in the face and get away with it unprovoked. And that's exactly what we think Mr. Risher did."

Meanwhile, two additional women have come forward claiming Risher once attacked them as well.

One woman provided 7 Action News with pictures showing a scrape on her neck. She said the injury occurred last summer when Risher picked her up by her neck and slammed her onto a boat deck after he accused her of spilling his drink. An eyewitness backed up her story.

A second woman said Risher assaulted her in 2005. She said she and Risher were arguing in the back seat of a minivan when Risher head-butted her. When she fought back, she said that Risher pinned her down and choked her. That incident was also confirmed by a witness.

As we previously reported Risher and his then girlfriend were also sued over a bar fight in 2006 and ordered to pay the victims $15,000.

The lawsuit said that "Risher appears to be suffering from the effects of too many steroids. He has a larger than usual physic and a violent temper which he has trouble controlling".

Risher's ex-wife and a former girlfriend both confirm that he has taken steroids prescribed by a doctor.

Reports also show police were called to the Risher's Clinton Township home three times for domestic incidents. In one case, Risher's wife said he pushed her into a table, and knocked the wind out of her leaving a visible scrape. The report says she wanted to press charges but for some reason they were never filed.

Risher worked for a year in the Mount Clemens Fire Department but was terminated in 2003.

His six month performance evaluation gave him unsatisfactory ratings in "ability to get along with others," "carrying out instructions," and “work attitude.”

In all, Risher is accused of attacking five different women since 2005 with no significant repercussions.

Attorney Ven Johnson says it’s his motivation to push the Hamtramck case in civil court.

"My clients have the right to insist that [Risher] be held absolutely accountable for the last year going almost a year and a half,” said Johnson. “He was walking the streets smiling laughing about what he did to these ladies."

Hamtramck Police arrested Risher for disorderly conduct after the Mars Bar incident, but the ticket was later dismissed by a judge.

After Hamtramck Police submit their warrant request, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s office will decide whether there is enough evidence to support a criminal charge.

Detroit Fire Commissioner Donald Austin released this statement to 7 Action News:

"The Detroit Fire Department learned of the allegations against Michael Risher when this story originally aired a few weeks ago. The Department has begun a thorough investigation of this incident.

"Regardless of whether criminal charges are filed, we need to determine whether Fire Fighter Risher violated the rules and regulations of the Detroit Fire Department. When our investigation is completed, we will take the appropriate disciplinary action, if any is warranted."

We also reached out to Mike Risher asking for comment on these latest developments.

So far, he has not responded.