ISLETON (CBS13) – Several tips came forward to police with credible information. But, as soon as the investigation began, it ended when the Isleton Police Department was shut down.
“It’s a lawless town. Nobody wants to say anything because they’re afraid that they’ll be hurt,” said the anonymous source.
They’re so afraid the source has asked CBS13 keep their identity hidden, but not too afraid to speak out about the alleged secret life Isleton City Councilmember Elizabeth Samano may be leading.
“Notorious characters coming and going from Samano’s building,” the source said.
CBS13 has learned that people who live in the small town told police Samano sold drugs in her home. Sources say known drug dealers would visit her.
“With the characters coming in and out of there, it could be anything. It could be heroin, it could be methamphetamine, it could be cocaine, it could be marijuana,” said the source.
Samano to an interview with CBS13 but denied the allegations when asked.
“Yeah that’s not true, that’s not true at all,” said Samano.
Samano told CBS13 she believes the motive behind the accusations is political, because she went against what everyone else wanted, keeping the last city manager.
“I’ve had those threats that ‘I’m going to take you down,’ stuff like that,” said Samano.
But CBS13 was told that it wasn’t just the tips, but the sources that made the police chief take the allegations seriously.
“I know for a fact that the last interim chief, Steve Adams, was looking at this councilmember for this activity,” said the anonymous source.
Chief Steven Adams would only confirm he began an investigation and planned to hand it over to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department when the city suddenly put him on paid leave.
“I’m certain that if somebody had proof and police had proof that I wouldn’t be standing here,” said Samano.
Samano is not under arrest and she’s also not under investigation because there is no police department.
On Wednesday, the city council, including Samano, met behind closed doors to vote on whether to fire Adams or keep him on paid leave.
ISLETON (CBS13) – She’s afraid he’ll get away with it. The wife of an Isleton officer says she wants the city of Isleton to know no one had any idea that one of their officers was fooling around instead of protecting them.
The confession of an affair came months ago from her husband, an Isleton police officer who allegedly admitted he hid the cheating by spending time with his new girlfriend while on duty.
“He said that she was with him quite often on patrol and that he would have sex with her while he was on duty,” said the wife, who will be called Jane Doe.
She says she would not only learn about the alleged sex in the patrol car but the jaw-dropping lie he told other women about her.
“I got an email from one woman that asked, ‘So I take it this means you don’t have cancer?’” said Jane Doe.
In March, she came forward and told Police Chief Steven Adams about his cop’s confessions. Days later, the chief would ban all ride-alongs.
After a weeks-long investigation, a source says the chief told the former city manager to fire the officer but it never happened.
Then the new city manager, Dan Hinrichs, put the chief on paid leave.
Hinrichs said he’d launch an investigation immediately, but kept the officer on duty.
“You got to laugh, it’s just a mess here,” Hinrichs said a day after CBS13 told him about the allegations.
“I didn’t think it was funny at all, and my children don’t think it’s funny at all,” said Jane Doe.
The wife accusing her husband of leading a double life says she doesn’t want her husband back; and now, she’s hoping the people of Isleton don’t either.
“He’s being paid by the city of Isleton to protect them and he’s dating,” said Jane Doe. “He’s a liar and he’s a cheat.”