Via KETV:

A former Omahan recently returned home for an emotional and unique  reunion.  He wanted to find and say thank you to the man who turned his life around a decade ago — a retired Omaha police officer.

The last time Mark Allen walked into Omaha’s police headquarters, he was in handcuffs and headed for jail.  This time he tracked down the man who placed him under arrest. It was an emotional meeting for Allen as the two embraced in the lobby.

"I’ve wanted to say thank you in person for so long — you have no idea," said Allen.

He wanted to find Officer Chuck Matson and tell him how things have changed since they last saw each other.

"You got one drunk driver off the road for good that night," said Allen.  "You saved my life."

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From the Omaha World-Herald: 

Cop fired 40 days before retirement
Roger Anderson was 40 days from retirement — and the pension he would  have earned after a 29-year career at the Bellevue Police Department. Then  one day his boss found out that Anderson had spent an hour of sick time  taking a friend — former Bellevue Police Officer Chris Parent — through  a state firearms certification test.
Police Chief John Stacey  called Anderson on the carpet about administering the test for Parent —  an officer Stacey had gone to great lengths, and great expense, to keep  off the force.
Anderson told his supervisors he made a mistake;  that he had spent four hours of sick leave with one of his children,  then an hour at a gun range administering Parent’s firearms test.
Anderson offered to forfeit that hour of sick time.
Stacey’s response: You’re fired.
The  City of Bellevue listed Anderson’s cause of termination as failing to  follow chain of command, failing to contact a supervisor before leaving  his house, violating rules over sick leave, and failing to uphold the  department’s integrity policy.
Anderson’s attorney, Steve Delaney, attributed the termination to something else: spite …
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From the Omaha World-Herald:

Cop fired 40 days before retirement

Roger Anderson was 40 days from retirement — and the pension he would have earned after a 29-year career at the Bellevue Police Department.

Then one day his boss found out that Anderson had spent an hour of sick time taking a friend — former Bellevue Police Officer Chris Parent — through a state firearms certification test.

Police Chief John Stacey called Anderson on the carpet about administering the test for Parent — an officer Stacey had gone to great lengths, and great expense, to keep off the force.

Anderson told his supervisors he made a mistake; that he had spent four hours of sick leave with one of his children, then an hour at a gun range administering Parent’s firearms test.

Anderson offered to forfeit that hour of sick time.

Stacey’s response: You’re fired.

The City of Bellevue listed Anderson’s cause of termination as failing to follow chain of command, failing to contact a supervisor before leaving his house, violating rules over sick leave, and failing to uphold the department’s integrity policy.

Anderson’s attorney, Steve Delaney, attributed the termination to something else: spite …

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Rumors spurred investigation of former Scottsbluff cop

From the Scottsbluff Star-Herald:

Allegations about a Scottsbluff Police officer possessing pornography surfaced in July 2010, Scottsbluff Police Capt. Kevin Spencer testified Monday.

Spencer was one of three witnesses who testified in a case against Tyler Reinpold, 27, of Scottsbluff. Reinpold is on trial on 10 counts of possession of child pornography, depicting a child under 19, all Class III felonies …

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