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Judge says investigation into Ohio island's police to be handled by attorney general's office

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PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio — An investigation into police in a Lake Erie island resort town is being handed over to the Ohio attorney general's office.

Ottawa County Sherriff Steve Levorchick announced the investigation into Put-in-Bay police in late August following numerous complaints from residents and business owners on South Bass Island. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has assisted the sheriff's office in the investigation.

The Sandusky Register reports (http://bit.ly/1EZo8nW ) Ottawa County Common Pleas Court Judge Bruce Winters decided to forward the investigation to Attorney General Mike DeWine's office rather than to Ottawa County Prosecutor Mark Mulligan, citing a conflict of interest. Winters also denied Mulligan's request for Lucas County Prosecutor Jeffrey Lingo to handle the case.

The investigation has involved interviews of islanders, business owners and others who have complained about island police.


Information from: Sandusky Register, http://www.sanduskyregister.com/cgi-bin/liveique.acgi$sch=frontpage?frontpage

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