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Law and Disorder: Lack of insurance cuts police patrols in New Miami
NEW MIAMI, Ohio (Angela Ingram) -- In one tri-state town, the mayor is under fire and, there are no police officers patrolling the streets.
Residents are up in arms and it all boiled over Thursday night. The Sheriff's Department is having to patrol the New Miami area because of issues with the local police department. People in the area are divided over the mayor but they all agree that they want their police department back.
People were passionate at a council meeting Thursday night in New Miami. Some people want to see the mayor step down and they protested just before the meeting.
But Mayor Patti Haines made it clear she has no plans to leave.
The other big issue is the police department. Two weeks ago council voted to suspend Police Chief Kenneth Cheek who faces a disciplinary hearing for excessive use of force. Three other officers were fired but no reason was given for their termination. And the remaining officers cannot patrol because the village can't find a company to provide insurance for the police department.
Right now Sheriff's Deputies are providing service instead. Neighbors are hoping to get their police officers back after the issue with the mayor settles.
The people who would like to see the mayor step down say if she refuses to resign they are in the process of forming a petition to have her recalled from office. Meanwhile, the Chief is having some issues and is attending a disciplinary hearing for excessive use of force. His hearing will be on April 22nd.
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