FLORENCE, S.C. – Days afterwards the Florence County Sheriff’s Appointment apparent its new helicopter in April, as allotment of its new aerodynamics division, two Lake City aviators were answerable with felonies by the administration for operating addition helicopter the sheriff’s appointment was acquiring.
Last week, Florence advocate Patrick McLaughlin filed a motion to aish the abomination accuse of actionable access of aircraft, damaging or removing accessories adjoin Dusan Fridl and Hemming Hemmingsen on April 16 and April 20, respectively.
According to the 12-page motion, filed in a ambit court, the two were arrested for operating a Bell OH58A helicopter that abstracts appearance was still endemic by the Lake City Police Administration above-mentioned to a alteration to the FCSO.
The pilots helped LCPD access the helicopter through the Administration of Defense’s aggressive surplus 1033 affairs for the Lake City Police Department.
The LCPD helicopter, now accepted as Raptor 2, is the aforementioned archetypal as Raptor 1 that the FCSO acquired through the aforementioned federal affairs and apparent on April 14.
McLaughlin asserts in his motion that “FCSO did not like the abstraction of a aggressive air assemblage and burden was activated to LCPD to accord up their helicopter. That burden formed and at some point Fridl and Hemmingsen were a that LCPD was activity to accord the helicopter to FCSO.”
Maj. Mike Nunn, accepted admonition and accessible advice administrator for FCSO, had not apparent the motion, and said behindhand that, “it would be inappropriate to accomplish a accessible account on this awaiting prosecution.”
Timeline to takeoff
Emails, and added abstracts allotment of the 90 pages acknowledging the motion, blueprint how Fridl and Hemmingsen became absorbed in accepting a helicopter from the federal affairs to actualize a bounded air abutment unit.
“Several bounded agencies bidding absorption in their proposal, the Florence County Sheriff’s Appointment was not absorbed in accommodating in such a bounded air abutment unit,” the motion reads. “Despite accepting bidding no absorption in accommodating in the air assemblage that Fridl, Hemmingsen and LCPD were putting together, FCSO absitively that they capital their own air unit.”
Work began in 2011, at Fridl’s prompting, aback the LCPD activated for the 1033 program.
Mike Reichenbach, a accompaniment constable and Florence car dealer, assisted in acquisition advice from added sheriff’s departments about the helicopters and alike asked several if they were accommodating to alteration their helicopters.
The bounded air abutment assemblage would be based at the Lake City Airport, area Fridl is the manager, and Hemmingsen, a pilot and flight instructor, could be arch pilot. Both are accountant bartering pilots and accept time in rotary aircraft, according to the motion.
The accumulation developed a 96-page accepted operating action for the air assemblage by May 2014.
At that time, Fridl appear that FCSO was now absorbed in creating an air assemblage and was requesting three helicopters.
“Talked to (County Administrator K.G.) Rusty (Smith) yesterday, looks like the Sheriff’s appointment will appeal 3 TH-67 (helicopters), but accept no plan for activation in the a future,” Fridl wrote to Reichenbach, Hemmingsen and Kevin Lynch. “Rusty did acquaint the sheriff’s appointment to allocution to us, but they declined.”
Reichenbach replied to the May 13 email and accommodated so as not to attempt his accord with FCSO.
“Up until aftermost week, I’ve never heard of the FCSO assuming an absorption in an Air Wing,” Reichenbach wrote. “However, now I accept a able faculty that the 1033 affairs will alone appetite to accord the helicopters to one administration aural Florence County.”
Later that day Fridl submitted a appeal to DOD for two flyable helicopters and one non-flyable one for parts.
In its application request, LCPD Arch Joseph Cooper categorical goals of the department’s air unit.
“Mutual aid agreement(s) will be discussed and (entered) aloft by the tri-county areas,” Cooper wrote. “The bureau budgetary adequacy to abutment this operation will appear by agency of the multi-jurisdictional acceding amid the several law administration agencies amid within.”
The Lake City accumulation got chat of an accessible helicopter in November and Fridl and Hemmingsen flew it aback from Kentucky in December.
Up, up and away
In February 2015 the Lake City accumulation was a a affidavit of allotment wasn’t issued for the helicopter yet, due to outstanding acquiescence issues (per emails with the Federal Aerodynamics Administration). That affidavit wasn’t issued until April 23 but at that point the buying of the helicopter hit turbulence.
On April 2, Lake City Administrator Shawn Bell notified Fridl that FCSO capital to booty control of the helicopter. It was Fridl’s acceptance the alteration date would be April 7.
On April 6 Fridl and Hemmingsen took the helicopter up for an hour-long aliment flight again fueled it up and bound it on the alley at Lake City Airport. The aing day Fridl alone off the keys and an aircraft absolution affidavit for the chopper. The affidavit transferred the helicopter from LCPD to FCSO, and was active by FCSO agent Curt Summerford on April 7.
Days later, Fridl and Hemmingsen were appointed on abomination accuse of actionable access of aircraft, damaging or removing equipment.
“On or about the date of 4/6/2015 the actor [Dusan Fridl/Hemming Hemmingsen] did accomplish the act of actionable access of an aircraft,” the warrants stated. “(They) did access a Bell OH58A Helicopter that belonged to the Florence County Sheriff’s Appointment afterwards accurate or adumbrated permission.”
McLaughlin’s motion finds that not alone was the aircraft absolution affidavit anachronous the day afterwards the aliment flight by Fridl and Hemmingsen, but that aircraft crave concrete control and a completed DD Anatomy 1348-1A—neither of which were accomplished on April 6. McLaughlin said the anatomy wasn’t alike completed until he subpoenaed the FCSO.
“Pursuant to the Administration of Defense regulations and procedures, FCSO did not own the helicopter from LCPD until May 13, 2015, over a ages afterwards FCSO acquired the warrants claiming Fridl and Hemmingsen unlawfully acclimated “their” helicopter,” the motion reads.
McLaughlin said he hopes this motion to aish will end the matter, abnormally back the allegation is affecting Hemmingsen, a Norwegian active in America back 2006, and his adeptness to renew his abiding citizen status.
As for the FCSO aerodynamics division, Florence County Council did not account added funds aloft the $20,000 of the $320,000 the administration requested.
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