Lackawanna’s police officer’s suspension cited amid probe of payments to chief

Officer Christopher Stampone appeared at a Lackawanna City Council meeting earlier this year and inquired into sick time and vacation payments to Police Chief James L. Michel Jr. Not long after, he was suspended without pay for 90 days. Michel ordered the suspension because the officer’s public statement violated department regulations. Mayor Geoffrey M. Szymanski said the suspension came as a result of an internal investigation. He declined to…

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Groveland Proves Why Police Needed A Union

GROVELAND, FL — The city of Groveland agreed Wednesday night to pay a former police corporal $53,600 to settle a claim that it wrongly fired her. Katherine Homelius was fired in January 2014 for allegations that included neglect of duty and insubordination. Shortly after her termination, Groveland police also filed a criminal complaint against her for fraudulent use of a department credit card and four related counts of petty…

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