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    Default Another blackeye for the fire service

    Read this article in todays Quincy Herald Whig.
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    There's black sheep in every family.
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    If convicted, would he still receive his retirement pension?
    If convicted, SHOULD he receive his retirement pension?
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    I believe state law prohibits convicted felons from receiving their state pensions. In fact, I'm fairly sure of it.

    Note the operative words: "convicted felon". He'll probably plea-bargin to a misdomeanor.

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    you're right jay, he probably will plea-bargain out of it, but they ought to smack him upside the head for being so stupid and stick him in jail for a while and take away his pension.
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    A 30-year veteran of the Fire Department, Weise has been an assistant chief for 2 1/2 years. He spent 10 years representing District 1 on the Adams County Board.
    Obviously not knowing th background to the person, other than info in the article, it's a shame to see such a long standing member of the fire service, who obviously has been very dedicated for some time, seem to just throw it all away....

    Don't know what drives people to do these things.
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    I had to dredge this one up. For the benefit of those who do not peruse the main forums, I will repost this sad story here....:

    (from today's Chicago tribune)

    Chicago Firefighter Charged with Arson

    By Nancy Ryan
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    Published February 10, 2005, 7:23 AM CST


    A Chicago Fire Department lieutenant has been charged with arson after allegedly setting four fires earlier this week, including one that damaged a computer room at a Catholic school, police officials said.

    Jeffrey Boyle, 46, was charged today with four counts of arson in connection with fires set within a one-mile radius on the city's Far Northwest Side Sunday and Monday, said police spokeswoman Amina Greer.

    No one was injured in the fires, and damage was limited in three of them. But a fire Boyle allegedly started around 4 a.m. Monday in a garbage bin at Immaculate Conception School, 7253 W. Talcott Ave., spread to and damaged a computer room, Greer said.

    Boyle's alleged arson spree began early Sunday with a fire in a residential garage in the 7200 block of West Palatine Avenue, Greer said.

    Then, about 1:38 a.m. Monday, he allegedly started a fire in a garbage bin behind Brandy's Hot Dogs at 6262 N. Harlem Ave. From there Boyle allegedly went to the Norwood Park fieldhouse at 5801 N. Natoma Ave., where he broke a window and ignited a curtain at 2:10 a.m., Greer said.

    Boyle then allegedly went to Immaculate Conception and set the fourth fire, Greer said.

    Details on how Boyle allegedly started the fires were not immediately available. The Chicago police Bomb and Arson Unit was investigating the case, Greer said.

    Chicago Fire Department Cmdr. Will Knight said early today he was not aware of the charges but department officials would probably comment on the case later.
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    as long as we're talking about black eyes, although this is fire service, it IS public service, and it appears directly under the previous story......

    CAPS Official Charged in DUI Crash

    By David Heinzmann
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    Published February 10, 2005


    A senior civilian employee of Chicago's community policing program was charged with drunken driving and driving on a suspended license early Wednesday after crashing a city-leased sport-utility vehicle into three parked cars on the North Side, police said.

    It is the second time in less than six months that a high-ranking official of the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy program has been involved in wrecking a city vehicle while driving without a valid license.

    Belmont Area CAPS coordinator Glen Brooks, 34, was arrested after plowing a city-leased Chevy Tahoe into three parked cars in the 6100 block of North Kenmore Avenue at 3 a.m., Rogers Park District Commander Wayne Wiberg said.

    A Breathalyzer test showed his blood-alcohol content to be above the legal limit, police spokesman David Bayless said, declining to release the exact level.

    Brooks, whose job included overseeing community outreach in five North Side police districts, told officers he was northbound on Kenmore when a pedestrian stepped in front of the vehicle and he slammed on the brakes to avoid hitting the person, Wiberg said. The Tahoe skidded, and he crashed into three parked, unoccupied vehicles.

    Brooks of the 1100 block of West Pratt Boulevard also was charged with negligent driving for hitting the cars.

    As area coordinator, Brooks oversaw public information and outreach, encouraging city residents to attend the monthly beat meetings--the core of regular interactions between police and neighborhood members.

    Brooks will be reassigned pending an internal affairs investigation, Bayless said.

    In August, CAPS deputy director Beth Ford, was suspended for a month for failing to report that she had wrecked a city car, which she had been driving for more than a year despite not having a valid driver's license for three years. Ford is also a civilian city employee.

    Brooks' license has been suspended since June because he had failed to take his vehicle in for emissions testing, according to the Illinois secretary of state's office. However, a month ago the city also sought suspension of Brooks' license because of unpaid parking tickets, state records show.

    A man who answered Brooks' cell phone Wednesday declined to comment and referred questions to CAPS executive director Vance Henry's office. Contacted by phone, Henry said he would comment later in the day but then could not be reached for comment.

    CAPS is a favorite program of Mayor Richard Daley. A spokeswoman for the mayor referred questions about the arrest to the Police Department.

    "The superintendent and [Henry] are disappointed and angry," Bayless said. "Glen's done some great work in Area 3, but this apparent lack of judgement isn't tolerable or acceptable."
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    You didn't dredge it up, Jay. It's in all of the newspapers. My wife pointed this latest one out to me.
    Now; they want to hang a whole bunch more on him.
    I am guessing that, if any of it is true, he will convince the court that he has a drinking/drug problem, will plea to a lesser charge if given the opportunity and in Cook County, that is very likely, agree to in-patient treatment for his monkeys, retire with 25 in and come home to a hero's welcome.
    If firefighters keep setting the fires, we will most certainly have a very nervous public who isn't as inclined to place us on that pedestal or give to our causes.
    And when the yell goes up to cut taxes, you guessed it. Because the firefighters are setting fires and the cops are catching them, cut the firefighters and increase the number of cops.
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