A firefighter in Texas admitted to hiding a camera inside a fake smoke detector in his ex-girlfriend’s bathroom, police said.
Edgar Benito Aguilar, a 31-year-old firefighter in Fort Worth, was arrested earlier this month after the woman told police she found the camera inside a replica smoke detector in her bathroom that was facing her shower, the Dallas Morning News reports.
The woman told police in March she thought Aguilar — the father of her son — was responsible for installing it there. He had regular access to the woman’s home since they shared custody of the boy, according to an Arlington police affidavit.
The woman accused Aguilar of ongoing harassment dating back years, saying there were several incidents that made her believe he was somehow watching her. The woman also told investigators she believed Aguilar was behind some missing personal items from her home, according to the affidavit.
Aguilar, who faces charges of burglary of a habitation with intent to commit a felony, later admitted to police during an interview that he went into the woman’s apartment to install the camera while she was at work.
Investigators said they believe Aguilar installed the device with the intention of recording nude footage of the woman, but no data or images were found on it, according to the affidavit.
Aguilar has been released from jail after posting bond and is expected to appear before a judge on Wednesday, the Dallas Morning News reports, citing Tarrant County court records.
Aguilar has been a member of the Fort Worth Department since 2014 and has been reassigned while an administrative investigation is under way. He has had no prior disciplinary infractions, fire officials told the newspaper.
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BALTIMORE — Baltimore firefighters probably made record time arriving at the scene of a recent fire. That’s because it broke out in the building housing the fire department’s headquarters.
Fire department spokeswoman Blair Skinner told The Baltimore Sun that an electrical fire Thursday triggered the evacuation of the 85,000-square-foot downtown building the fire department shares with the city’s finance and information technology departments.
Skinner says firefighters responded in a matter of minutes, in addition to the fire chiefs already in the building.
She says the smoke appeared to have originated on one of the floors above the fire department’s offices.
No one was injured. The exact origin is still under investigation.
FERRISBURGH, Vt. — A Vermont firefighter is charged with lighting his children’s hands on fire in what he told police was an attempt to teach them about poor decision-making.
Twenty-eight-year-old Levi Dykema, of Ferrisburgh, is facing three counts of reckless endangerment after police say he covered the hands of his children, ages 5, 7 and 10, with hand sanitizer and ignited it. WCAX-TV reports he is also accused of posting video of the event to social media.
Dykema, who has pleaded not guilty, told police he was demonstrating the flammability of sanitizer and attempting to teach them about poor decision-making. Police say the children were not injured, but could have been seriously burned.
The Charlotte Select Board says Dykema has been suspended from his position as a volunteer firefighter.
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A photograph showing some hot action aboard a fire engine has left officials in Manchester red-faced.
The X-rated image was posted online by a man claiming to be a firefighter in the British city who is seeking “fellow swingers,” reported The Sun.
A naked blonde is seen being pushed up against the vehicle’s window as her partner gropes her left breast.
The alleged fireman’s profile claims he is a 27-year-old named Callum – a “down to earth” bisexual is interested in “adult parties, group sex, cross-dressing and dogging,” the Manchester Evening News reported.
The Greater Manchester Fire Service slammed the image, calling it an embarrassment to the department.
“I cannot believe we’re still seeing highly inappropriate images like this in the fire and rescue service in 2017. It’s not who we are,” a spokesman said.
“Firefighters in GMFRS are hard-working and proud to serve their communities,” he added. “We’ll do everything we can to find out about how this picture was made and who was involved. There is no place for this in our organization.”
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Officials in Rhode Island say a city firefighter has been fired for saying an elderly black woman should “stop eating fried chicken” when he responded to a call for medical aid.
Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare says Andre Ferro was terminated Tuesday by the city’s Fire Department Trial Board.
The board said in its decision that Ferro had responded to a medical call at an apartment March 15 for a woman with a “nosebleed that would not stop.” He allegedly told the woman she should “stop eating fried chicken.”
The board says Ferro confirmed to Pare that he made the comment, but claimed he made it in the context of other types of foods to avoid.
At trial, Ferro argued to receive “cultural sensitivity training.”
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