Put-in-Bay police department under investigation

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PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio — A sheriff in northern Ohio and state investigators are looking into allegations of misconduct against police in the Lake Erie island resort town of Put-in-Bay.

The sheriff in Ottawa County says his office is investigating numerous complaints about police on South Bass Island.

Some of the complaints from island residents and business owners have been about what they say are heavy-handed tactics and unlawful arrests by police.

Put-in-Bay police Chief Ric Lampela tells The Blade newspaper in Toledo that he’s confident his department has done nothing wrong.

He says he welcomes the investigation.

The Put-in-Bay police department has a small year-round staff, but hires a number of seasonal officers to deal with the busy summer tourist season.

 

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