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Willis "Andy" Wingert III

County of San Bernardino, CA

Code Enforcement Chief

EOW: October 14, 2020

Cause: Medical

Andy, 62, passed away unexpectedly on October 14th. He was the Code Enforcement Chief for the county for the last 8 years. Prior to this he was the Code Enforcement Manager for the City of Ontario, CA.

 

"Andy cared deeply about the communities in which he worked. Always exploring new and extremely creative ways to improve the quality of life within them. Some people spend their lives taking what they can from it. Others giving everything they can to it and those whom they touch. Andy was the latter. He brought enthusiasm and joy to every situation, lifting up all around him and making everything better."

Jeff Ziegler

Xenia, OH

Code Enforcement Officer

EOW: August 31, 2020

Cause: Medical

Jeff, 40, passed away unexpectedly on August 31st. He served Xenia for the last 14 years as an Intern, Zoning Officer, and a Code Enforcement Officer. He leaves behind a wife and two children. “His work enhanced and upheld Xenia’s quality of life, safety, property values and ability to attract and retain residents and businesses,” said Brian Forschner, Xenia’s planning director. “Jeff was a caring and dedicated public servant who was tirelessly eager to help others. Jeff was a friend to many city employees and built positive relationships with many community members. This sudden loss is shocking and saddening for the Xenia community.”

CHARLES "CHIP" CASE

City of Augusta, GA

Code Enforcement Officer

EOW: August 20, 2020

Cause: Murder

Charles, 41, had only been with Code Enforcement for a few months after switching over from Animal Control. He previously served three tours in Afghanistan and retired from the U.S. Marines after 20 years. Charles went to the property to post it as condemned. He returned to his truck and the suspect came up to the driver side window and fired multiple rounds. Bystanders immediately called 911, but Charles unfortunately passed away prior to ambulances arriving. There was a 9 hour manhunt over multiple counties with U.S. Marshals and ATF that led to the capture of the suspect. 

Charles leaves behind a wife of 19 years and four children. A GoFundMe has been established for his family. 

HUGO ROJAS

City of Milwaukee, WI

Residential Code Enforcement Officer

EOW: June 1, 2020

Cause: COVID-19

Hugo was diagnosed with Covid-19. After difficulty breathing, he was admitted to the ICU on April 25th. Since then, he has been placed on a ventilator. Hugo is a good, humble man with a great sense of humor. He is a grandfather of two boys, father of four and a brother.

MICHAEL TRIPUS

Paradise Township, PA

Building Inspector

EOW: November 27, 2018

Cause: Murder

Michael responded to the counter of the municipal building where he worked at 8:00 AM in the morning to assist a resident. Inspector Tripus was not associated to the mold case that the resident had at his property. The suspect, David Richard Green, was 73 years old and shot Inspector Tripus at the front counter.

 

Suspect David Green has not yet been sentenced.

JILL ROBINSON

City of West Valley, UT

Code Enforcement Officer

EOW: August 9, 2018

Cause: Murder

Jill had an open case on a property for nuisance violations. She arrived at the property to meet with the property owner. The owner, Kevin Wayne Billings, was 65 years old and pulled out a handgun in the driveway and shot Officer Robinson. Billings also set her body on fire. He then set her City vehicle and neighbors house on fire, killing several cats.

 

Kevin Billings was sentenced to life in prison.

GREG "ZIGGY" ZYSZKIEWICZ

City of Milwaukee, WI

Building Inspector

EOW: March 22, 2017

Cause: Murder

Greg was fatally shot in the head while off-duty. It was an attempted carjacking by multiple suspects. The suspect was Deshaun K. Scott who was 17 years old.

 

All three suspects were sentenced to 22-35 years in prison.

LISA MARIE MELANCON

City of Tacoma, WA

Code Enforcement Officer

EOW: July 22, 2010

Cause: Murder

Initially from Sacramento, California; Lisa started with the City of Tacoma in 1995. A fight broke out in front of her home while she was off-duty. She called 911 and stepped out onto her porch when she was struck by gunfire. Witnesses reported that as three young men fled in a car, the suspect Olujimi Blakeney, fired two shots from the front seat. Lisa, 40, was struck and passed away. 

A 75 vehicle procession and over 1,000 residents gathered to pay respects at City Hall. The 26 year old suspect, Blakeney, was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to over 61 years in prison.

RODNEY MORALES

City of Aurora, CO

Code Enforcement Officer

EOW: November 13, 2008

Cause: Murder

Rodney responded to a zoning complaint at an apartment building where he was shot upon entering the building. Rodney was a prior NYPD Officer.

 

The suspect, Harry Denard Williams, was 22 years old and was sentenced to life without parole.

KATHY ANN COX

County of Gordon, GA

Code Enforcement/Ordinance Officer

EOW: August 21, 2008

Cause: Accident

Kathy had a 30 year law enforcement career. She was previously a juvenile probation officer. She served on her state association for Code Enforcement. She was on-duty driving her Sheriff F-150 to investigate a fire when an armored truck crossed over the road and struck her vehicle. Her truck caught fire and she was unable to escape. Thousands of people came to her memorial and there was a 20 mile procession made up of first responders and residents. Her name was added to the Fallen Officers wall in Washington, D.C.

MICHAEL "PEE WEE" WALKER

City of Commerce, TX

Code Enforcement Officer

EOW: June 13, 2005

Cause: Murder

Michael responded to a property to follow up on a complaint about trash in the yard. As he took photographs of the yard, he was approached by the property owner and his son. The son went back in the home to retrieve a handgun and came back out to shoot Michael 9 times.

 

The suspect, Adam Kelly Ward, was 22 years old and was executed on March 22, 2016.

MICKEY WRIGHT

City of Memphis, TN

Code Enforcement Officer

EOW: April 17, 2001

Cause: Murder

Wright went to a car lot to issue a citation where he was shot by the business owner. The owner, Dale Mardis, was 57 years old and dismembered Wright’s body. He then disposed of the body by burning it and crushed in junkyard cars. The murder was racially motivated.

 

Dale Mardis was sentenced to life without parole. He also admitted to murdering another person three years prior.

JEAN HILLERY

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Compliance Officer

EOW: June 21, 2000

Cause: Murder

Jean went to inspect a meat factory in San Leandro, California with three other inspectors. They had previously found health violations at the family run business. Stuart Alexander who was known as the “sausage king” was upset with the violations and enforcement. During the follow up inspection, Alexander shot Inspectors Tom Quadros, Jean Hillery, and Bill Shaline. As they were still breathing, he executed them. He then attempted to murder a fourth inspector who was able to get away. The murders were caught on surveillance footage.

 

Stuart Charles Alexander was convicted of the murders and sentenced to death on February 15, 2005. Alexander developed health problems and died on death row on December 27, 2005.

TOM QUADROS

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Compliance Officer

EOW: June 21, 2000

Cause: Murder

Tom went to inspect a meat factory in San Leandro, California with three other inspectors. They had previously found health violations at the family run business. Stuart Alexander who was known as the “sausage king” was upset with the violations and enforcement. During the follow up inspection, Alexander shot Inspectors Tom Quadros, Jean Hillery, and Bill Shaline. As they were still breathing, he executed them. He then attempted to murder a fourth inspector who was able to get away. The murders were caught on surveillance footage.

 

Stuart Charles Alexander was convicted of the murders and sentenced to death on February 15, 2005. Alexander developed health problems and died on death row on December 27, 2005.

BILL SHALINE

California Department of Agriculture

Senior Inspector

EOW: June 21, 2000

Cause: Murder

Bill went to inspect a meat factory in San Leandro, California with three other inspectors. They had previously found health violations at the family run business. Stuart Alexander who was known as the “sausage king” was upset with the violations and enforcement. During the follow up inspection, Alexander shot Inspectors Tom Quadros, Jean Hillery, and Bill Shaline. As they were still breathing, he executed them. He then attempted to murder a fourth inspector who was able to get away. The murders were caught on surveillance footage.

 

Stuart Charles Alexander was convicted of the murders and sentenced to death on February 15, 2005. Alexander developed health problems and died on death row on December 27, 2005.

DON JUENEMANN

City of St. Paul, MN

Housing Inspector

EOW: December 24, 1997

Cause: Murder

Don had been a St. Paul employee for over 25 years. He was less than a year from retirement and lived with his wife. He was also a volunteer firefirghter. Don had gone missing and was supposedly inspecting a property owned by James Jerome Jackson, who was 69 years old. Police arrested Jackson and he showed them the shallow grave of Inspector Juenemann.

 

The motive was not clear, but Jackson possibly believed he would be evicted. The City had not made any action to condemn the property or evict him.

CYNTHIA VOLPE

City of Bakersfield, CA

Health Inspector

EOW: August 19, 1992

Cause: Murder

Cynthia had declared a rental unit uninhabitable and the owner, Robert Lezelle Courtney, beat her within inches of her life in the middle of the street. She took him to court where he was released on a $7,500 bail. The next day before the case resumed, Courtney went to Volpe’s house where he murdered her husband and mother. He then shot her four times, killing her. Her two children were able to escape harm.

 

Courtney led police on a pursuit which ended in a massive gun battle where he died. He was armed with three guns and chased by 32 Officers. It was later discovered that Courtney had murdered his two siblings and mother several decades before in Alaska. It is believed that he found out where she lived by getting DMV information from a friend.

VINCENT SCANLON

Lake County, FL

Zoning Code Enforcement Officer

EOW: March 5, 1985

Cause: Murder

Vincent was a resident and chairman of his towns newly created code enforcement board in Umatilla, FL. Professionally, he was a Zoning Officer for Lake County. The suspect had years of code violations at his property. In the 3 months leading up to the murder, Arthur Peschke, built an unpermitted bait shop next to his house. He met with officials who confirmed he would need to comply. He did not and then began selling propane. Vincent then cited him for selling propane too close to the highway. Peschke then invited Vincent to his store to discuss a site plan. When Vincent entered the store, Peschke shot him point blank in the head and two more times in front of his 5 year old grandson. The gun and case files on the bait store disappeared. Vincent Scanlon was 32 years old and left behind a wife. Police responded due to calls from neighbors about hearing gunshots. 

The 5 year old grandson of Peschke was the only witness and a plea bargain was made to only sentence Peschke to 17 years in prison due to the lack of witnesses and evidence. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Based on a 1989 article, he only ended up serving about 4 years due to time earned and multiplied for good behavior. He tried to fight his charge in 1987 claiming he did not understand what he agreed to and having a bad attorney. 

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