Officer faces dismissal
A police officer seen on video punching a woman at a street party is being suspended for 30 days as of today with the intent to dismiss. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey took what police called “commissioner’s direct action” Wednesday in the case of Lt. Jonathan Josey following Sunday’s events during a festival associated with the city’s Puerto Rican Day parade. Prosecutors earlier said a disorderly conduct charge against the woman was being withdrawn. The video shows someone else throwing a liquid toward police officers. The woman is seen spraying something from a can.
Sentencing in slayings
A man who fatally stabbed, slashed and hit his wife, mother-in-law and two young children at their home in Massachusetts after an argument over a bounced check has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. Thomas Mortimer IV pleaded guilty in Woburn Superior Court to first-degree murder by deliberate meditation and extreme atrocity and cruelty in the June 2010 slayings.
Police chief suspended
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing suspended Police Chief Ralph Godbee, 44, after a subordinate, a 37-year-old internal affairs officer, claimed the two had engaged in a sexual relationship for about a year. The mayor hired Godbee two years ago after firing his predecessor, in part because of similar charges involving a subordinate. Bing knew at the time that Godbee previously had a romantic relationship with the same woman, a police lieutenant.
Tunnel charges unsealed
A man identified by prosecutors as an operative for Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel was charged with building two major cross-border drug tunnels, according to a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday. Jose Sanchez Villalobos is accused of building, financing and overseeing the secret passages, which have proliferated along the U.S.-Mexico border in recent years as heightened enforcement on land has pushed smugglers underground.
Compiled from wire reports.