Former Ohio island police chief asks for old job back

PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio (AP) — A fired Ohio island police chief is asking for his old job back.

Former Put-in-Bay chief Ric Lampela appeared at a hearing in Ottawa County earlier this week where he’s appealing his firing.

The village council in the Lake Erie island resort town fired the police chief last year after he was accused of blocking an investigation into sexual assault claims against an officer.

A judge later cleared Lampela of blocking the investigation.

But he was convicted on a disorderly conduct charge over a confrontation with two officers five years ago. Lampela is appealing that conviction.

Another hearing on his appeal of the firing is scheduled in August.

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