Chief wants deputies to show respect

Fallout from Sheriff Howard's botched raid on Benedict Avenue continues
Apr 27, 2014

The Norwalk Police Department will not be working with Huron County sheriff’s deputies on any joint operations again, anytime soon.

Police Chief Dave Light cited a botched raid at 114½ Benedict Ave. as just the latest example of sheriff’s deputies having a “lack of training, experience and being outright overzealous.”

Crossing the lines: Get today's Register at a newsstand near you for more about deputies getting the wrong guy in the wrong home. 

Light said he asked Sheriff Howard last year to back down from taking the lead on drug investigations inside the city and told him he wanted more cooperation from deputies.

But the sheriff increased drug investigations and search warrants in the city in response, according to Light, disrupting local investigations and raising concern for public safety.

Deputies are operating below standard and showing a “lack of respect and professional courtesy for our department and our citizens,” Light told NPD detective Jim Fulton in an internal police document.

Light asked Fulton to brief him on any interaction police had with the sheriff’s office regarding the Benedict Avenue search. Fulton responded telling Light sheriff’s deputies were fully informed they had a bad search warrant before deputies raided the wrong home and detained the wrong person.

Light also told Fulton to step back, for now, from interacting with the sheriff’s office on any new cases.

“In addition, please refrain from working any ‘joint investigations’ with the HCSO until further notice,” Light told Fulton.

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Huron county Sheriffs dept is a joke......


Maybe Sheriff Howard needs to do some ride alongs with some City Of Sandusky Detectives! Seems like Orzech Can give him a few pointers on how to properly bust some dealers.

Big Poppy

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Well, it was Fulton who told Light that the search warrant wasn't legit. So shouldn't Fulton get some recognition for being honest?

Guess I'll read the past articles to before I make that judgement.

Ralph J.

Bullies, cocky and arrogant people need not apply for positions in law enforcement.


Police officers (in this case deputies) are human beings, therefore they make mistakes. We are all taught at an early age (the truth will set you free). The HCSO believes they are above all others and defend their mistakes until the s*** hits the fan. There are too many inconsistencies in their story for any reasonable person to believe. The blame will then fall on some poor sap who is a detective or supervisor, who was placed in that position by a sheriff who loves to have his arse kissed and worshiped. These kids have no experience and it's beginning to come to light, even though this has been going on for quite some time. They have the paper follow them around for photo ops and post photos of evidence on their Facebook page. They claim they have many more drug cases than anyone in this county. They put a honest hardworking judge in a bind by raising their right hand and swearing they had probable cause to believe a certain guy lived in a certain apartment when that was not true. They were warned prior to obtaining the warrant by NPD the subject the warrant was for, does not and has not lived in the residence they obtained the warrant for. They brag how they have more drug cases than any other agency in the county. Why can't they see that 100 s***y cases doesn't even equal 1 lawful and well executed case? They promote someone to sergeant (a trusted supervisor) then falsely accuse him of losing or misplacing a weapon. He is then suspended and has his cruiser taken away, only to have that weapon show up while he is gone and not on the premises. What's the final story to that? How did that weapon get put back where it belongs after accusing a war hero for our country of stealing it? I for one would love to hear the answer to that fiasco.


Funny, Deputies have been seen at stores in Norwalk buying every copy of today's SR, so people can not read this article. Come on we are not stupid people, it is on line, and the article could be reprinted again, for those who do not have it home delivered.. Sandusky Register,maybe a 2nd edition of the paper or story on newsstands!

Courtney Astolfi

Thanks for the feedback! We're going to be publishing the story online in its entirety tomorrow. Check back then for the whole scoop.


Thank you Courtney!


I wonder where the money came from to buy up all the newspapers. Next they will be taking the camera footage from the stores so nobody can prove they spent county money on this.


(Wicked cackle) Hey Dane....waay before the papers put out stuff we knew. Do not bother to try for re-election either. Ancient people before your lineage here in Ohio are tired of your stuff. Those currently in L.E. know who is sincere in their execution of SERVING the populace. As the months progress I expect more news about HCSO.


Sure do miss the days of Sheriff Borgia!


I don't want blood, I want justice. Dane may be the nicest guy in the world and may have been a good cop while on the beat, but as Sheriff this mess is on him. On the Sheriffs web site it says Howard will support the US and Ohio Constitution, enforcing a KNOWN illegal warrant is tyranny and for justice to prevail a charge must be made to those who knowingly violated the mans constitutional rights and those who violated their OATH of office. When an oath means nothing to a cop then were in serious trouble as a citizenry.


Hell, Mark won't even go hunting with him anymore. Chief Holden that is. What's up with that? Chief light, or mike, you got my vote and many others for Sheriff.


Please post the Crossing the line article, that appeared in Sunday's paper if you were lucky enogugh to have home delivery and read it.. I got mine at little store 25 miles from home. As all the local stores were sold out..


See? Told you yesterday. (Read Norwalk paper) Dane you have an opportunity to change your ego, even though you won't be re-elected. Leave on a positive note. (Thanks for reading Dane) Again....Register - keep these blogs. It can/does produce good results.

SanduskySlayer's picture

In Indiana you can kill cops caught breaking into your home. Ohio needs to follow suit. Break the law and die regardless of the badge. “Citizens may resist unlawful arrest to the point of taking an arresting officer's life if necessary.” Plummer v. State, 136 Ind. 306. This premise was upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States in the case: John Bad Elk v. U.S., 177 U.S. 529. The Court stated: “Where the officer is killed in the course of the disorder which naturally accompanies an attempted arrest that is resisted, the law looks with very different eyes upon the transaction, when the officer had the right to make the arrest, from what it does if the officer had no right. What may be murder in the first case might be nothing more than manslaughter in the other, or the facts might show that no offense had been committed.”