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Lampela gets 'no' vote

Register • Aug 13, 2014 at 7:03 AM

The Put-in-Bay Village Council voted Monday against police Chief Ric Lampela's request that PIB police Sgt. Steve Korossy be promoted "to fix problems" in the police department. 

PIB fiscal officer Joy Cooper confirmed the vote was 4-2 against promoting Korossy. 

Korossy finds himself up against allegations he falsely arrested three employees of the Put-in-Bay Resort in September after a civil dispute involving his girlfriend and a parking ticket investigation he was conducting.

Korossy has declined to comment about his relationship with the woman, who was demanding to be immediately paid after the hotel fired her.

Lampela faces his own difficulties. Put-in-Bay Resort officials and Dennis Rectenwald, the former Port Clinton Schools superintendent who owns Harriet's Guest House on the island, both have contended the chief has ordered officers to harass their businesses for years stemming from disagreements with Lampela in the past. 

Rectenwald was handcuffed and detained last month for about 15 minutes after a traffic violation, and PIB Resort officials have documented a series of incidents in which they allege wrongdoing by police, including surveillance video that shows Korossy making the arrests at the hotel's front desk in September. 

The employees were arrested because they declined to talk with Korossy. 

Korossy said he'd been authorized by Ottawa County Prosecutor Mark Mulligan to arrest the employees. 

Mulligan has dodged questions about his involvement for months. 

The employees were charged with obstruction. One case was dropped, but two remain pending. 

Lampela and Korossy were not immediately available for comment. The chief and Korossy have not made a practice of responding to inquiries or direct questions and the police department has not made their cell phone numbers available. 

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