Politics & Law News

  • Wis. Firefighter Charged with Sexual Assault of Firefighter's Daughter

    MILWAUKEE -- Robert Johnson traded his firefighter turnouts for an orange jail jumpsuit. The 43-year-old Milwaukee firefighter has been suspended with pay after he was charged with 11 counts of sexually assaulting a...

    News • June 29th, 2010

  • Ruling Keeps S.C. Chief At Work

    SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. -- A Spartanburg County judge ruled that a meeting which led to the termination of the Holly Springs fire chief violated the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act. Chief Lee Jeffcoat's...

    News • June 26th, 2010

  • Fla. FFs Pay $200K for Dropping Patient

    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- Orange County firefighters will have to pay a $200,000 legal settlement for dropping a patient. In 2006, Orange County firefighters tried to carry a man out of his second floor apartment in a wooden chair, and...

    News • June 26th, 2010

  • Seattle Mayor's SUV Blocks Hydrant

    SEATTLE -- While Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn was holding a news conference at the West Police Precinct on Tuesday, his SUV was parked in front of a fire hydrant. Videotape, shot by a KIRO 7 Eyewitness News crew, shows a...

    News • June 24th, 2010

  • Mass. Firefighter Gets Paid While Jailed

    BOSTON -- A Haverhill firefighter who was jailed in New Hampshire for four months this year on a driving charge, continued to collect his paycheck by keeping the incarceration secret. Kevin Thompson, 52, was in jail from Jan. 28 until May 27 after...

    News • June 23rd, 2010

  • Miss. Fire Victim Holds FD Accountable

    JACKSON, Miss. -- A Jackson woman wants to know who's accountable after her house went up in flames and neighbors said more could have been done to save the womans childhood home. Celest McGowan assessed the damage...

    News • June 18th, 2010

  • Equipment Stolen From Miami Engine

    MIAMI -- A man burglarized a fire truck parked outside a Miami grocery store Wednesday morning, stealing equipment worth thousands of dollars, according to Miami Fire Rescue.

    News • June 17th, 2010

  • Mass. Firefighters Witness Assault

    A woman and her son and two other men are facing attempted murder charges after a man was allegedly thrown out of a second-story window during a fight about money. The 43-year-old man told police he was thrown head-first out the window of the room...

    News • June 15th, 2010

  • Probe Clears Georgia FFs of Cheating

    ATLANTA --The results of Atlanta's internal investigation into allegations of cheating in the Atlanta Fire Department were released Thursday. The audit says investigators weren't able to uncover any evidence of foul-play. The report said there...

    News • June 11th, 2010

  • S.C. FF Who Faked Abduction Convicted

    GREENVILLE, S.C. A Taylors firefighter who claimed he had been abducted at knifepoint last year was convicted of lying to investigators about the crime on Thursday. On March 24, 2009, Michael Polston told FOX Carolina...

    News • June 11th, 2010

  • W. Va. Chief Defends His FFs from Feds

    WEIRTON, W.Va. -- The Weirton fire chief spoke out in response to poor ratings cast on the department through a mock disaster drill. According to the United States Regulatory commission, the firefighters fell short on...

    News • June 10th, 2010

  • Tenn. Police Chief Pulls Gun on Fire Chief Then Decides to Retire

    LEBANON, Tenn. -- The interim police chief in Lebanon has decided to take early retirement after he pulled a gun on the fire chief. Billy Weeks, who is also Lebanon's public safety commissioner, said he was horsing...

    News • June 5th, 2010

  • New Fla. Law Covers Training LODDs

    ORLANDO, Fla. --  A woman whose husband was a firefighter and killed during training has been pushing for a bill in Florida that will help her family and others. Firefighter John Curry was 30 years old when he died during training in 2007, but...

    News • June 4th, 2010

  • Pa. FF Held: Attempted Murder, Arson

    -- A Bedford County firefighter is facing attempted murder and arson charges, accused of setting fire to his ex-girlfriend's home. Terry Lee Sykes is being held on $3 million bond. Police said Sykes set fire to the back porch of...

    News • June 3rd, 2010

  • Gag Order Sought in Indy Arson Case

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Attorneys representing an Indianapolis police officer accused of setting a series of fires want a gag order imposed in the case, citing pre-trial publicity. Prosecutors are expected to file formal felony...

    News • June 2nd, 2010