“San Joaquin Sheriff Moore acting like a B movie stereotype”


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San Joaquin County’s sheriff might have felt frustrated, even embarrassed, that bodies were found in his jurisdiction in 2012 because of the work of a bounty hunter rather than his deputies. But Sheriff Steve Moore’s egotistical, territorial obstruction of outside law enforcement only makes him look worse as investigators try to determine whether their cases might also be the work of the “Speed Freak Killers.”

Moore is acting like a bad-cop stereotype in a B movie. He needs to start acting like a 21st century professional and take pride in helping to solve horrific crimes that haunt the families of victims missing for decades.

Relatives deserve to know if Terri Ann Fourcher, last seen in Reno in 1996 at age 28, and Michaela Garecht, abducted at age 9 from Hayward in 1988, were victims in the drug-fueled killing sprees of Wesley Shermantine and Loren Herzog.

In rare public airings of law enforcement disputes, police detectives from Hayward and Reno, Nevada, complain in court records that Moore blocked their attempts to get answers.

Convicted of four murders, Shermantine is on death row at San Quentin Prison. Herzog’s convictions were overturned in 2004; he was paroled in 2010 and committed suicide in 2012. Investigators believe there were 20 or more victims.

In 2012, bounty hunter Leonard Padilla and retired FBI agent Jeff Rinek convinced Shermantine to provide maps showing where some were buried.

Moore first resisted attempts to bring Shermantine, under guard, to the county to pinpoint locations. When the sheriff’s department finally started digging, it used backhoes, commingling body parts and destroying evidence. Rinek says the sheriff’s office sabotaged the crime scene as a cover-up because it thought it had deleted missing-person files and wanted to make sure remains couldn’t be identified.

And if that’s not enough:

Recently retired Hayward police Detective Kevin Atkins said Moore and his office stonewalled efforts to determine if unearthed shoes might be Garecht’s.

Reno Detective Allan Fox said that, despite an informant linking Herzog to the Fourcher case, Moore’s office has denied access to case files. The sheriff expressed anger that Fox was investigating in San Joaquin County.

Similarly, state Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton, said the sheriff was angry when she gave him letters Shermantine wrote in 2010 explaining where bodies could be found.

And San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Thomas Testa received calls from investigators and from friends and family of missing persons complaining that the sheriff wouldn’t help them determine if Shermantine and Herzog were involved.

Moore needs to change course 180 degrees. Perhaps his fellow sheriffs should offer a reality check. Moor’s unprofessional conduct is giving the elected office a bad name.


Unusual that a report like this comes from a San Jose newspaper but no local reports in the Stockton record or any others. Or is it unusual?

As we have seen here in Stanislaus county, the local paper has chosen not to write stories on high profile cases, even on rare occasions the reporter is actually in the courtroom, he does not write an article when the DA’s office is portrayed in a bad light by the judge.






The Washington, D.C. bedroom community of Waldorf, Maryland was rocked by news on Friday that the list of suspected sexual assault victims of a local educator had nearly doubled.

Carlos Deangelo Bell, 30, of Waldorf, allegedly sexually abused 42 students between the ages of 11 and 17, while working in the local school district and being HIV-positive.

Fox News reported Bell officials initially identified 24 male victims in July, but Bell was indicted with more charges on Friday as the number of victims nearly doubled.

The Charles County District Attorney’s Office revealed in a statement on Monday that Bell was indicted on 206 counts.

Officials have identified 28 of the victims and are looking to identify the other 14.

According to police, Bell abused his victims at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School and his home between May 2015 and June 2017.

He allegedly sexually assaulted students without the use of protection but luckily none of the victims tested were HIV positive.

Police began their investigation of Bell after a parent alerted them to sexually explicit “suspicious text messages” between the aide and a student on the child’s phone.

Bell did not have anything illegal on his work computer, however, police found child pornography on several of his personal devices and home computer.

According to the state attorney’s office, Bell faces a list of charges, many of them felonies, including 22 counts of sexual abuse of a minor, 19 counts of second-degree sex offense, and seven counts of third-degree sex offense.

The teacher’s aide also faces 97 counts of child pornography, among other charges.

Bell faces life in prison if convicted and is being held without bond.

He is due back in court on January 8.


Even some dipshit cops do not realize we are in a video age…….

Occurred during hurricane Irma

A sheriff’s deputy is accused of stealing from the empty house of a dying man while Hurricane Irma put south Florida in a state of emergency. The incident was caught on security video.

Jay Rosoff called the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office on September 12 and requested a welfare check for his 85-year-old father. Rosoff, who lives in North Carolina, told deputies the indoor surveillance camera in his father’s Boynton Beach home did not detect any movement, according to a document obtained by CNN. His father, Moe Rosoff, had remained alone during the hurricane.

Three deputies responded and found Rosoff, who family members say had fallen and hit his head during a power outage, on the floor of the master bathroom. He was transported to a nearby hospital, and the deputies left the home. Rosoff died the same day.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Deputy Jason Cooke, who was not involved in the initial call, later came to the home and was shown on video going through the house. Police say Cooke has confessed to taking drugs from the home. He was arrested on October 19 on several charges, including burglary and larceny.

Incident recorded on security video

Here is how the affidavit describes the incident:

Cooke, in uniform, arrived at Rosoff’s home about an hour and a half after the other deputies left.

The home’s surveillance camera alerted Jay Rosoff and his brother Steven that there was movement inside their father’s home. They immediately watched the footage, and said they saw Cooke enter the home through the garage. The deputy learned the entry code by listening to the initial call, officials said.

The video shows Cooke go into the master bedroom, the documents say, but it is unknown what he did there because the camera is in the common area. He reappears a couple of minutes later as he walks from the bedroom to the kitchen. Cooke picks up an item that seems to be a container and empties it on his hand before putting it in his pocket, the documents say, adding that he does this again with a second item and proceeds to inspect the kitchen cabinets and drawers.

Cooke disappears as he goes to the rooms in the front of the house. He later reappears walking back to the garage and is seen holding his hand on his mouth as if he were consuming something, the documents say.

The deputy left the home minutes after he entered it. The Rosoff brothers reported the incident, and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation.

“We were outraged and disgusted when we viewed this,” a Rosoff family statement said.

‘A bad decision’

Another deputy identified Cooke on the video during the investigation. He was questioned and confessed to taking Tramadol from the home. It is a pain reliever that is a Schedule 4 controlled substance. Cooke also admitted taking some other medications from a death investigation and not submitting them to evidence, police said.

Teri Barbera, public information officer for Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, said the department “never forgets about its duty to preserve the public’s trust.”

“Unfortunately, sometimes an employee makes a bad decision, which leads to misconduct,” Barbera said. “We investigated and determined his actions were criminal in nature, resulting in the charges.”

Cooke was released on October 20 on $28,000 bond and is on administrative leave from the sheriff’s office.