KBTX | Bryan & College Station, TX | News, Weather, Sports

Firefighter Accused of Shoplifting has History of Criminal Charges


As a former College Station firefighter awaits his day in court on shoplifting charges, some people are wondering why the 43-year-old man, with a history of arrests, was hired in the first place.

Curtiss Donahoe was arrested Thursday on charges of shoplifting. The next day, he resigned from his position as firefighter at Station 2.

Investigators said he was caught on store surveillance video at two separate stores. The first time at Lowe's off William D Fitch and Highway 6, the second time, just a few weeks later, at the Target store on Texas.

Donahoe has been charged twice before on similar charges. Once in 2000 for theft by check, and a second time in 2004 for theft. Both were Class B misdemeanors, and both charges were eventually dropped.

According to Justice Web, the first charge was dropped because restitution was made. The second charge was dropped because the essential witness in the case had terminal cancer.

Assistant Fire Chief Jon Mies said firefighters need the trust of the public.

"I think that we need to be held to a higher standard," said Mies.

Mies wouldn't say if the fire department knew about Donahoe's background before he was hired, but said new recruits are scrutinized closely before they're accepted. And if there's anything in their past the fire department should know about, they'll find it.

According to the College Station Fire Department requirement guidelines, a misdemeanor conviction can get you disqualified. But since Donahoe was never convicted, Mies said there's room for error.

"There are some black and whites," said Mies. "Felonies are black and whites. You can't have a felony conviction, period. You can't have a class a misdemeanor conviction, period. But other than that, we look at all kinds of things."

Mies said the fire department has no plans to change their hiring process.


Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, Trolling or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to comments@kbtx.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus
KBTX-TV Channel 3 4141 E. 29th Street Bryan, TX 77802 Phone: (979) 846-7777 Fax: (979) 846-1490 News Fax: (979) 846-1888
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 243587191 - kbtx.com/a?a=243587191