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Nikki Links Alleged Kid Killers Cutts, Benoit

6/27/2007 2:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Bobby Cutts, Jr. and Chris Benoit, the alleged child murderers whose cases are all over the news, have an unlikely lady link -- former NFL cheerleader/model Nikki Giavasis.

Giavasis has been everywhere -- "Today," "Good Morning America," CNN, MSNBC -- portraying Cutts, her former boyfriend and baby daddy, as "aggressive" and "threatening" -- and testifying to his potential to be a murderer. Cutts is the father of Nikki's nine-year-old daughter, and he has two other kids. In 1998, Giavasis was at home with former NBA star Shawn Kemp, when Cutts allegedly tried to break in.

Here's the crazy link: Giavasis was also featured in Wrestlemania XX, the WWE showcase that was won by none other than Benoit. Nikki was part of the WWE "Hot Team."

Giavasis' other credits include a starring role in the instructional video, "Becoming a Pro Cheer Leader" [sic] and appearances on reality series "The Casino" and ProActiv spots. She also claims in her bio that she has a genius-level IQ.

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121.

Elegance Epitomized    

Probe clears police chief of racial bias
Thursday, November 4, 2004
By Robert Wang Repository staff writer

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CANTON — Lawyers hired by the city to investigate Police Chief Dean McKimm
have found no evidence that he discriminated against black officers, but
they say he has to avoid appearing that he’s racist.

On Wednesday, Mayor Janet Weir Creighton released a 15-page report listing
the findings of the roughly $7,000 investigation done by attorneys Gregory
Beck and Jack Baker. She hired them in August after police detective John
Miller, the president of the Canton Police Patrolman’s Association,
accused McKimm of discriminating against black officers in disciplinary
decisions.

Creighton said she would not comment on the report until 1 p.m. today,
when she’ll hold a press conference. McKimm could not be reached for
comment.

Miller cursed when hearing the findings.

“They apparently don’t have a clue,” said Miller, who questioned whether
Baker and Beck, who were paid by the city, could be impartial. “Maybe they
wouldn’t notice disparate treatment if it was in their office.”

Miller said they failed to look at the big picture.

“If Mr. Miller had different evidence than what he showed us, then we
would have liked to have seen it,” said Beck, who added that Miller
accused him of looking at McKimm’s e-mails without the context, but then
wouldn’t provide the context.

Baker and Beck, who interviewed police officers, went over the cases of
five police officers whom McKimm had recommended be fired. Four of them
were black.

• Steven Fowler was fired for lying about his use of a police database to
track down a woman to ask her out on a date.

• McKimm sought the firing of Bobby L. Cutts Jr. after the officer was
accused of giving a gun to his cousin, but Cutts was acquitted and
reinstated.

• A jury acquitted Gary Edmunds of trying to force sex from prostitutes,
but Edmunds had to fight to be reinstated to the police force.

• Keith Pressley was fired after pleading guilty to making a false
accident report as part of insurance fraud.

• The union charged that the fifth officer, Greg Gilmore, who’s white, was
fired for lying about a bar fight to counter allegations that McKimm was
racist.

Baker and Beck found that McKimm followed the right procedures, and that
he had good reason to recommend the firings. They said city Safety
Director Bernie Hunt, the man who fired the officers, is black and has
denied any racial bias.

The lawyers also found that McKimm did not discriminate in granting
awards, or in giving out traffic citations to officers who crash cruisers.
But the pair said McKimm must come up with a consistent policy on cruiser
accidents.

The lawyers also found that McKimm should be aware of the appearance of
impropriety when he tried to ask Alliance police about the status of a
case involving his brother’s security company employee. However, they
found no violation of department rules.

But Baker and Beck also added that several black officers they interviewed
are convinced that McKimm is racially biased against black officers and
that McKimm has no black supervisors heading a bureau or department.

Baker and Beck recommended that McKimm consult with the city’s law
department for an analysis of his decisions and “strive for consistency in
his management.” They said McKimm has to address perceptions of bias and
the feeling by black officers that they have no say in management
decisions.

Miller said the union has contacted the Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission as well as the Ohio Ethics Commission.

“We’re pursuing our own direction here,” he said. “The evidence will be
presented.”

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Elegance Epitomized    

Canton, police chief losing ground in arbitration rulings
Tuesday, September 7, 2004
By ED BALINT Repository staff writer

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CANTON — It’s easy to be an armchair quarterback, but when it comes to
heading a police department, making changes is more difficult.

Dean McKimm became police chief in March 2003, replacing Thomas Wyatt, who
retired after about 20 years in the position.

Facing a budget shortfall, layoffs, and other challenges, McKimm has
sought to streamline the department.

The city has lost nearly every grievance the police union has taken to
arbitration since then. Along the way, McKimm’s been accused of unethical
behavior, racism, abusing his position and other misconduct by John
Miller, president of the Canton Police and Patrolmen’s Association.

At McKimm’s request, Mayor Janet Weir Creighton has appointed an
independent investigator to examine the allegations.

The union has won five cases and part of a sixth in the last 17 months.
Four more arbitrations are pending, said Kevin L’Hommedieu, assistant law
director.

Here’s a quick look at the closed arbitration cases:

• Five prostitutes accused officer Gary Edmunds of coercing sex from them.
Edmunds was fired under Wyatt’s administration. He was acquitted and got
his job back.

• Officer Bobby L. Cutts Jr. was accused of giving a gun to his cousin, a
convicted felon, and lying about it in court. He was acquitted and got his
job back.

• The patrolmen’s union filed a grievance over premium pay and hours
during 2003 Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival. Arbitrator sided with
union.

• Arbitrator sided with the union on compensatory time issue.

• Arbitrator said McKimm violated the union contract when he reorganized
four captain positions.

• Arbitrator said McKimm should have talked with the union formally before
he reclassified some positions outside the union.

Decisions on discipline or administrative issues are not taken lightly,
said L’Hommedieu.

“We just don’t approach these issues in a random fashion,” he said. “We
try to bounce these off as many people as we can because we know these are
sensitive issues.”

When it comes to contractual issues, said L’Hommedieu, “it’s a very
complicated process. The chief does not just sit at his desk and thumb
through the contract and say, ‘Where do we have some leeway where can we
exploit the contract?’ ”

The law department, mayor’s office and chief spend hours discussing
potential structural changes, said L’Hommedieu. Every idea the chief comes
up with does not make it to policy, L’Hommedieu said.

Many decisions are budget-driven, he said.

“The chief’s had to do more with a whole lot less,” L’Hommedieu said.
“He’s got to make it leaner and meaner.”

For example, McKimm tried to cut back on Hall of Fame overtime, saying in
the arbitrator’s report that the Ribs Burnoff required less manpower after
it moved from downtown to the fenced-in Stark County Fairgrounds.

Sometimes the city agrees with the arbitrator’s ruling. Sometimes it
doesn’t. Arbitrators, often attorneys, are neutral third parties. Each of
the six cases had different arbitrators.

In some cases, L’Hommedieu said, the city was “absolutely convinced we
were right ... and the arbitrator’s decision just went against us.”

McKimm could not be reached for comment Friday.

Sgt. Jack Angelo, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Ohio Labor
Council, could not be reached for comment Friday.

Miller commented sparingly.

“I think the facts and the results of the arbitrations speak for
themselves,” he said.

Miller said it’s “inappropriate to say anything else,” citing the
investigation into the allegations he’s made against McKimm.

Four arbitration cases are pending. City officials are awaiting an
arbitrator’s ruling on one. Arbitrators have not been picked for the other
three, L’Hommedieu said.

One of the pending grievances involved patrol officer James Myers, who was
suspended for 10 days after an Internal Affairs investigation into a
complaint that he used unnecessary force on a 13-year-old boy. The boy’s
mother, who submitted the complaint, had called police complaining that
the boy was tearing up the house.

Myers is not to be confused with Capt. James Myers, who heads the patrol
division.

The union contends that McKimm didn’t consider progressive discipline,
conflicting statements by witnesses and the less-severe discipline of
other offic

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Elegance Epitomized    

Ballistic tests show officer shot driver
Friday, March 26, 2004
aBy Lori Monsewicz Repository staff writer

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CANTON — A fleeing driver initially believed to have accidentally shot
himself before driving toward police was actually shot by an officer
trying to stop him.

Patrol officer Bobby L. Cutts Jr. fired two shots at Corey D. McDew, 27,
of 429 Wallace Ave. SE. One hit McDew in the chest, Capt. Thomas Ream of
the Police Department’s detective bureau said Thursday.

Initially, police suspected McDew’s injuries were self-inflicted.

“He did not shoot himself. In fact, no one ever saw him with a gun, at
least not any policeman ever did. Nor was his gun ever fired,” said Steve
LoDico, McDew’s attorney. “The only rounds that were fired were at
point-blank range through the windshield of a man who was just trying to
drive away.

“They were shot from a .45 caliber, which is consistent to the gun that
was fired that evening by a Canton city police officer. Why or what he was
thinking that night, I have no idea. But I’m going to find out.”

Ream said that further investigation and ballistics results from the
Canton-Stark County Crime Laboratory show that McDew was struck by a
bullet from Cutts’ gun. The results will be forwarded to the city
prosecutor’s office.

No complaints have been filed against the officer, who Ream confirmed
remains on the daily work roster.

The preliminary investigation showed that Cutts and officer Lamar Sharpe
were in the 300 block of Cleveland Avenue NW at about 1 a.m. March 13 when
they heard shots nearby in the 200 block of Fourth Street NW, said
Detective Sgt. John Dittmore. McDew had just been arguing with a
girlfriend inside a nearby bar, and police said he was firing his 9 mm
handgun in the parking lot.

Dittmore said by the time officers arrived, McDew was getting into a car,
ignored the officers, and after backing into a parked car, drove straight
at Cutts, who fired at him.

But McDew continued on, the sergeant said.

After McDew led police on a brief car chase and then a foot chase, they
found him hiding in his house. He was taken to Aultman Hospital, where he
was treated and released into police custody.

He was booked into the Stark County Jail, where he was held under a
$100,000 bond on two counts of felonious assault and one count of having a
weapon under disability. The disability charge stemmed from his previous
convictions on burglary, domestic violence and drug charges.

He was released on bond Tuesday and his case was sent to the Sark County
grand jury for review.

Cutts, a patrol officer hired in May 2001, faced a jury himself last year
when he was accused of giving his personal gun to his cousin, a convicted
felon who had been shot. The jury acquitted him in May, but the city,
which had fired him a few months earlier, refused to reinstate him to the
force.

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FoRe!HIM    

Nikki, Thank you FoRe! being brave enough to have a voice. Stay true and stay strong to that which is right. Do not worry about that which you can not control. Continue to hold your head high and proud in His Light!

And to those of you who throw stones, please be careful, they hurt.

God Bless,
MD

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