I-Team gets answers months after photo shows Cleveland city vehicle spotted in Avon

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CLEVELAND-- The FOX 8 I -Team now has the story behind a photo sent to us months ago by a viewer.

A FOX 8 viewer sent pictures to us in March of men loading wood into a Cleveland city truck. They were not doing it in the city. Instead, they were 20 miles away in Avon.

The I-Team forwarded those pictures to city hall and asked for an explanation.  Now, months later, we got one.

The city says three Cleveland police officers went there to get supplies to fix up the fourth district police gym. They found they could get a deal on “blemished wood” at a Home Depot store in Lorain County.

The city said the officers had grant money for the project and they had permission to go to that store.

Oddly, the officers did get minor punishment. They got letters of re-instruction because they didn’t mark on their duty reports they had gone to Avon. The city has not said if those officers had been taken off patrol or if they’d been on restricted duty.

In the end, the project turned out to be impressive. The gym was dedicated to Officer Derek Owens, who was killed in the line of duty.

The city said it even had this reviewed by a city prosecutor. Nothing criminal.

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