State troopers in KKK prank await decision on firing

COLUMBUS The two troopers involved in the KKK prank at theSandusky post of the Ohio State Highway Pa
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

COLUMBUS

The two troopers involved in the KKK prank at theSandusky post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol appeared for their pre-disciplinary hearings Tuesday, according to a patrol spokesman.

Craig Franklin and Eric Wlodarsky appeared in front ofCapt. Robert Markowkski, Sgt. Craig Cvetan said. The twoface termination from their jobs.

"The hearing officer has 72 hours to determine if there was just cause for discipline," Cvetan said.

The two troopers were originally disciplined after it wasdiscovered Wlodarsky had taken a picture of Franklin dressed up in a KKK-like outfit while the two were on duty at theSandusky post in January. The two were able to retain their jobs because of an abeyance agreement.

On April 22, Gov. Ted Strickland told Col. Richard Collins, the head of the highway patrol and Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Henry Guzman to immediately beginproceedings to terminate the troopers.

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