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Driver's dash-cam captures cop's rant: 'I'll put a hole through your head'

A 30-year veteran of the Medford Police Department has been placed on administrative leave following the posting of a YouTube video that appears to show the officer threatening a driver on Sunday night.

"Oh, you want to play, buddy?" The officer can be heard saying in the video. "I'll put a hole right through your head."

The driver, who captured the conversation on his dash-cam and posted it to YouTube, admits to the officer that he took a wrong turn in an unfamiliar area, which led him to drive the wrong way down a rotary.

"You went through that (expletive) rotary and almost hit a car head on!" the off-duty officer says. "You're lucky I'm a cop, because I would've beaten the (expletive) out of you."

The officer continues to threaten the driver in the 7-minute profanity-laced video.

Watch the original, uncensored video here. (WARNING: Contains strong language)

The driver acknowledges that the date on his dash cam is wrong, but the time stamp is accurate.

The driver, who asked only to be identified as Mike, declined to show Fox 25 the video of the initial rotary incident that led to the traffic stop on Monday. But, he said, making an illegal turn does not warrant such behavior.

"Something definitely needs to happen," Mike said. "This guy can't be wielding a weapon if that's his first reaction."

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Medford Police Chief Leo Sacco told FOX25's Christine McCarthy that the officer has been placed on administrative leave while the incident is being investigated.

"It's very troubling, very concerning," Sacco said. "It's not the proper behavior, but we only know about it when people tell us. And unfortunately, we had to get up this morning and see it on a YouTube video."

But the incident isn't the first time Lebert's unusual behavior has been caught on camera. A YouTube video from 2012 shows an officer identified by the chief as Lebert acting strangely. A man is recording a police scene where his brother has been stopped and questioned by officers. Lebert smiles as he stares into the phone, then pushes the phone, before telling the man inquiring about his brother, "Take him up on the railroad tracks and tell him to lay down."

Lebert was counseled for his inappropriate actions that the chief said resulted from frustration with dealing with someone the police regularly run into.

But, according to Sacco, Lebert is a reliable officer who has made some bad decisions, resulting in complaints over the years.

"He's a very good officer," Sacco said. "Unfortunately when you're active and aggressive, many times you step on people's toes."

Sacco wants to see the driver's entire video, including the initial incident at the rotary. If he doesn't hand it over, police will likely obtain a warrant for it, Sacco said.

Fox 25 was not able to reach Lebert for comment at his home on Monday. Sacco said he apologized to him for disappointing the department.

Source: MyFoxBoston (Fox25)

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:00:02 -0400

Woman admits cooking meth 30 times in front of her children

Defense lawyer Chris Wellborn described the living conditions in Shealee Henigar's home as "a terrible situation for children."

Henigar pled guilty Tuesday to multiple charges including manufacturing methamphetamine, and exposing three children to the drug. Their ages at the time were three, two and nine months old.

"It’s just a sad situation where a drug addiction spiraled out of control," said Deputy Solicitor Leslie Robinson.

York County drug agents found the "shake and bake" style meth lab at the home in Clover in December 2013. 

The drugs, and drug-making chemicals, were found in the same room with Henigar's children. She and others were cooking the highly dangerous drug only feet from the nine month old's crib. 

In the home, officers found all the ingredients for a meth lab, including pseudoephedrine, camp fuel, denatured alcohol, scales, coffee filters, acetone, sulfuric acid, instant cold packs, funnels, and other materials.

One child even swallowed some of the chemicals at one point after taking a drink from a container that was used to mix them. Another child tested positive for meth following Henigar's arrest.

On Tuesday she was sentenced to eight years in prison. She had no criminal record before this drug arrest. Robinson said the negotiated sentence sent a message.

"Manufacturing methamphetamine is an extremely dangerous process regardless of whether children are involved, but the children just took it to another level," she said.

In May, the father of the children, David Lee Ray Jr., also pled guilty, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison in the same case.

Robinson told Channel 9 the couple cooked the drug every day, hoping to stay high all the time.

Henigar, now 25, has since had a fourth child, who was born since she's been in jail.

That child and the three others are still in Department of Social Services custody.

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:17:44 -0400

NC lawmakers send gun reform bill to governor

The North Carolina General Assembly has passed a bill to allow prosecutors to carry concealed guns into court.
 
Supporters said the controversial measure will help improve security and save lives.
 
But the Gaston County district attorney said it’s not needed.
 
"We will not carry them in the courtroom,” Locke Bell said. “We don't need to."
 
He has instructed his prosecutors not to bring their guns into court.

"They are giving me authority to carry a gun places I don't need to carry one," Bell said.

Everyone coming into court is searched for weapons, and sheriff's officers do a good job of keeping them out, he said.

He said the only way that a criminal can get a gun into court is by taking one from someone who is allowed to bring a gun inside.

He said the bill is the product of gun lobbyists pushing what he calls a false promise.

"The right to carry a gun should be anywhere and everywhere," Bell said.
 
He accepts that prosecutors in other counties will bring guns to court.
 
One prosecutor who didn't want to be identified told reporter Ken Lemon that it is comforting to have a gun within reach, especially during emotional hearings on domestic disputes and custody agreements.
 
"A lot of our prosecutors sometimes feel unsafe," Sen. Warren Daniel said.
 
He said the bill makes sense.

Judges are already allowed to bring guns to court, and prosecutors have permission to wear them around the courthouse.

"It's a common-sense bill," Daniel said.
 
He said it will help most in smaller counties where deputies are not in every courtroom.

The bill still has be signed by the governor to become law.

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:39:19 -0400

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