Island police 'out of control'

Dennis Rectenwald, retired Port Clinton Schools superintendent and a Put-in-Bay businessman, cuffed and detained after running stop sign
Alex Green
Jul 16, 2014

 

green@oc-register.com

Dennis Rectenwald is a pretty well-known man in Ottawa and Erie counties, largely due to decades spent as a public schools superintendent and businessman.

But Put-in-Bay police viewed him as a potential threat Monday when they forcefully handcuffed the 68-year-old for allegedly running a stop sign and exiting his vehicle after stopping it on his own property, Harriet's House Guest House and Suites.

Rectenwald, who worked 20 years as the Port Clinton superintendent and more recently for Perkins schools, said police misconduct is out of control on the island.

"There is a lack of consistency, a lack of fairness," Rectenwald said of the department and its enforcement of the law. "People are starting to say 'enough is enough.'"

Put-in-Bay police have been accused of repeatedly overstepping their authority throughout police Chief Ric Lampela's tenure.

Rectenwald believes they did yet again Monday when they handcuffed him on his property in front of about 10 witnesses, he said.

Elected officials in particular should shoulder the blame for the repeated alleged misconduct, Rectenwald said.

"It starts from the top and works down," Rectenwald said. "The way people are treated, it starts with the police chief and mayor."

Neither Lampela nor Put-in-Bay Mayor Margaret Scarpelli returned phone calls Tuesday seeking comment. Both have dodged multiple questions on multiple community issues recently raised by a variety of locals and island visitors.

They also ditched a July 1 court hearing they were scheduled to attend in one criminal case .

Ron Szabo and David George, friends of Rectenwald, saw what police did when they cuffed Rectenwald. Both men said police significantly overstepped their authority.

Rectenwald said the officer told him he was being handcuffed because Rectenwald charged at the officer. A Put-in-Bay police report written by officer Tylor Pimental stated Rectenwald was handcuffed because Pimental thought Rectenwald "may have a weapon or might have intent to hurt officer Draper and I."

Both Szabo and George were just 30 feet away, and both said the officer never told Rectenwald to get back in his car. Instead, Rectenwald was handcuffed and cited for failure to stop at a traffic control device and failure to use turn and stop signals.

"If this officer was in fear, what kind of cop is he?" Szabo asked.

Szabo said the officer's statement to Rectenwald that he charged at him was untrue.

"(Rectenwald) is no threat to anybody," Szabo said.

The information the officer wrote in the report is inaccurate, Szabo said, which prompted him to question what to believe when police issue reports. 

"What will happen in the future?"

David George of Port Clinton called police behavior a travesty when they cited Rectenwald.

"It was a total over-reaction by police," George said. "It was a total misjudgment. It's unbelievable."

He said Rectenwald exited his vehicle because he was on his property where he lives and runs a business.

Rectenwald said he fears what happened might be retaliation for him speaking out at various council meetings over the years.

Managers of Put-in-Bay Resort have also stated the resort and its employees have been victims of police misconduct for years, ever since the owner had a disagreement with Lampela over a sound ordinance years ago. Three resort employees were arrested in September in questionable circumstances that appear to be personal and unrelated to any violations of law. 

Mayor Scarpelli and Lampela have shut down any response to the concerns that have been raised, ignoring island residents and businesspeople. 

Comments

The Bizness

Yep, the witch hunt is on.

Tyrion

Just for clarification, who in your opinion are the witches being hunted and who are the hunters?

The Bizness

LE

Peninsula Pundit

OY!

DickTracey

I agree, Rectenwald is a target. The small island is a Peyton's place. Your either with "them" or against them, if he spoke out at city council, he's on the black list.

The Bizness

I mean the Register has a witch hung going on towards PIB LE

DickTracey

Yes Biz, I knew what you meant. I was being facetious.

If we believe you, we have to believe that a new reporter, that is still a kid, that came from out of state, hasn't ever even been to the islands, decides out of the blue to target Put in Bay and start making up stories to make the island
look bad. Yes, this young reporter thought it would "sell more papers" if he has a witch hunt, and takes on a bunch of rich business owners, who buy up all the property on the island, like they are playing Monopoly, then think they are above the law! It sounds like a great way for him to make friends fast in his first year, away from his family, at his first big job out of college.

I would have loved to see the Mayor when she told Alex he should do a "nice story on the beautiful new docks" , and he said, "we did that three weeks ago". BAM!

Blahahahahahaha!

The Bizness

Hey, they need to sell papers, and a good way to do that is to create drama,

Matt Westerhold

You got us The Bizness. We whispered in the police officer's ear and he slapped the cuffs on Rectenwald just as the Register instructed him to do. Yes. Yes.  We did it because we wanted to create drama. 

The Bizness

No you are creating drama by continuously running stories about the same agency. Appears you have an agenda towards the PIB police department currently.

1. Justice for Jake
2. Burdine
3. St. Marys
4. PIB LE
5.????

Matt Westerhold

Thanks Bizness for the observation. The article above is the only news story the Register has published about Rectenwald being handcuffed and given a traffic citation. Perhaps you read an account in another newspaper. 

The Bizness

I am referring to all your recent articles dealing with PIB police. By the way, what exactly did the officer do wrong? If I was cuffed like this, I doubt there would be a story.

Alex Green

The Register is not stating whether or not the officer did anything wrong.

But three people involved said police significantly overstepped their authority and handcuffed the man without telling him to get back in his car.

Peninsula Pundit

Don't worry.
One day the po-po will tune up The Bidness and he will sound like the finest, ahem, left-winger he could ever imagine.

chasf

when i had drives ed in school we were taught to stay in car, not to get out, so not to let officer's think you were trying to run, go after them, or any thing else to put the officer in harms way. Mr Rectenwald being a school teacher should know this

FedupIslander

Just because someone taught you to do this has nothing to do with when you are in our own yard. Cops are dirty up here. That's the real story.

Erie County Resident

So chasf I guess you live in your car and never get out of it for anything.
Rectenwald got out of his car at HOME.. You mean this isn't allowed.
Your drivers ed class must have been real weird to teach you to stay in your car in your driveway.

KnuckleDragger

You know, a few months ago I would have been inclined to vehemently disagree with you on your reporting about local police agencies. Boy how things have changed. I no longer believe this is a witch hunt, in fact I think Matt, you may be on to something. We are seeing what appears to be a growing police state not just locally but across the nation. It seems that more often we are seeing police blatantly overstepping their bounds and nobody is holding them accountable.

I have to give credit to Matt, he is at least using the press for what it was intended; finding the truth when it comes to governmental misconduct and hold those responsible accountable.

deertracker

Happens ALL the time to Blacks. Get used to it!

Truth2u

Strange that Col. West doesn't feel the way you do, neither does Alan Keys, Col. Rice, Cain, Thomas and many other fine and outstanding blacks. Maybe you should dress differently and stop being the victim, if you look guilty people will think you've done something.
Oh, I forgot, common sense doesn't work with you, its everybody's else s fault, they owe you everything.

getit right be4...

"Maybe you should dress differently and stop being the victim, if you look guilty people will think you've done something."

Wow it baffles me every time someone spews garbage like this. If only you looked more like me you wouldn't deserver to be a victim. You are a fool.

2cents's picture
2cents

Funny, my white cop friend told me he never liked to pull over any black people for a simple traffic stop. He let many slide because so many would throw the race card in his face from the get go. I guess the situation flip flopped some time ago but know body talks about it!

Erie County Resident

Put your laminated race card back in your wallet deer, your starting to sound like Sharpton.

deertracker

It's a fact ECR! Who needs a race card when there's lots of people out there just like YOU!

Truth2u

LOL !!! Just ignore him Matt, everyone with common sense knows that post is loony.

deertracker

DENY, DENY, DENY Truth2u. Doesn't change what's real.

WhatTheHeck

have you seen the photo of the PIB cop sleeping in his patrol car?

Dcfred20036

I don't know Matt, has anyone checked the SR's basement lately? There might be a mind control machine there. LOL. But in all seriousness, as a reader from afar I'm always amused at how many people seem to think that the SR is behind every local controversial news-story. Some people in Sandusky should relax, and be happy that the community actually has an independent-minded newspaper: many communities, large and small, have lost theirs.

Restless1

Matt. Stay out of PIB, at least don't drive a car with a SR sign on the doors. You probably will disappear off the face of the earth like Jimmy Hoffa.

Julie R.

I couldn't help it. I had to laugh at that comment.

WeThePeople1965

I wouldn't call it a witch hunt. Injustice did happen with this man and several others on the island, whether visiting or living on the island. Not to speak for SR, but I believe the general consensus is that people have the right to know what is going on, and further pressing of matters will lead to justice. No matter how you slice it, the island is self-destructing. It really doesn't matter if the SR publicizes it or not, the PIB economy is going to take a major fall until something is done. Saying that SR is a cause of all the drama is like saying 9/11 wouldn't have been as deadly if it wasn't so publicized.

mimi's word

LE is always in a damned if you do and damned if you don't situation. If someone would have gotten hurt it would have been their fault for not doing enough. I really don't understand if the gentleman got out of the car he was disobeying the rules...so that is what happens. I bet if it was a stop in mid-town Sandusky and the same thing happened everyone would say a different story...

richrs

What rules was he disobeying?

Peninsula Pundit

Mimi's Law, that's what rule:
It is against the rules to talk bad about corrupt,crooked cops.
Her daddy is one and she don't like that kind of talk.
He only beat her when it really was her own fault.

mimi's word

First off my father was an upstanding doctor in this community who has since passed away. I believe you need to apologize. Secondly my 2 brothers are upstanding officers with community(not this area) recognition NOT just department recognition...you want to throw stones now???? I am sorry you must have been molested by someone who was someone of authority that you mistrust everyone?? I just believe the saying every cop is a bad crooked cop till you need one...

Peninsula Pundit

Woo Hoo!
You flew so far off the handle you landed on the floor!
I must've hit too close to the truth.
For exposing your sordid family past unwittingly, I humbly apologize.
So help me out, posters:
Who in this community was a doctor who had a girl and two boys who are now cops but were molested by someone in authority and as a result moved out of the area to become the same thing they hated?
We read more and more everyday about the many many bad actors wearing blue.
Maybe the brothers moved to Norwalk and Put-In-Bay?
Lotta clues here.
Let's figure it out.

mimi's word

You hit no where near any truth! I will no longer engage in ridiculous conversation with you. You are a coward.

Peninsula Pundit

Mimi's Law, that's what rule:
It is against the rules to talk bad about corrupt,crooked cops.
Her daddy is one and she don't like that kind of talk.
He only beat her when it really was her own fault.

Manowar

Just a simple observation. Are the reporters for the Register really the Internal Affairs Bureau? Two sides to every story people. Everyone knows you don't get out of your vehicle when stopped by the police. He's lucky he didn't get shot. Was he supposed to have been easily recognizable because he is a businessman on the Island or a past superintendent? And does that make the traffic stop different? Come on already!

DickTracey

Manowar, "Are the reporters from IAB?"

Answer: No, he is a kid from Pennsylania (I think) who is fresh out of college, new to the area, does not know or favor anyone in the area.

Manowar: "Two sides to very story"

Answer: we were given FOUR sides in this story! The victim, his two friends and the officer! The police chief and mayor refused comment, as is tradition.

As far as being recognizable? The locals on the island all know each other, they know who slept with who, who ate what where, who is cheating, who your kids are, and when you last took a crap!

The cops knew exactly who he was! If he was one of "them" he would get professional courtesy, like Ricky!

underthebridge

He's lucky he didn't get shot? Come on now.

Unassumer

Perhaps PIB should secede from the Union.

SCbuckeye

Yeah, they can join Canada. Eh.

Babo

Gosh can anybody who knows the history of retaliation (including arrests and incarceration) by LEOs and the prosecutor in Ottawa county for criticizing government or speaking out about alleged government corruption in Ottawa County be surprised by this arrest.

What's ironic is that it is now a so called former education professional who helped shut up an earlier critic by remaining silent when the legal system was abused to prevent exposure of alleged misconduct by government employees that is now targeted.

All the "professional educators" in Ottawa County banded together with then PIB officer Jim Lang and Prosecutor Mulligan to protect their "peers" involved in a drunken Roundhouse bar brawl wherein a man was seriously injured by being thrown through a glass window by a school principal. Instead of investigating the allegations the Board member and his family who raised the misconduct were vilified.

timary

Do tell....don't recall this story. Sounds interesting...

Peninsula Pundit

INDEED! DO TELL!
Don't tease us along.
I never read that in 'Erie Voices.'

Babo

Sorry boys...got to save some stuff for holy see's new website "Putin Bay"

FedupIslander

The Put-in-Bay Police Department has been out of control for years. Ignoring public records requests, lawsuits, illegal and unconstitutional arrests (over 30 cases dismissed or thrown out in the last 2 years) and will not be getting better anytime soon with the current lack of leadership and a Mayor who ignores the problems.

We understand we get the police officers that nobody else will hire, and that most have little if ANY experience. This could be corrected by training and leadership both of which are non existent. The butt of more jokes than Barney Fife, they have risen to a level of incompetence never seen short of a Hollywood screenplay.

It's high time the Attorney Generals office, FBI and an independent prosecutor are called in to address this very serious and delicate situation. The island in general has lost confidence in a ineffective Mayor and a holier than thou attitude by a Chief who believes he is above the law and answers to none.

bigrmachine

When I was younger and lived in Sandusky it became common knowledge that the islands were always inclusive to say like "mafia" infested waters.The constant in flux of big money being spent on island tourism and water crafting has taken a backseat to planting the seeds for gambling and other forms of revenue that are currently against the law.What you see is what you get and don't think for a moment that things will change because they don't as long as the money is always present. It will take an unfortunate set of extraordinary events to unfold resulting in fatalities to get the States attention and that will be treated as folly like most cases are now in the surrounding area.

My advice is to just refrain from going.

ISPSP

Even my 22 y. o. son tells his out of town friends that are he** bent on going to PIB, to be off the island before 5 PM...

Dr. Information

When I was younger, I was pulled over on a mow-ped that I and my girlfriend at the time rented. After turning down a dead end road and pulling off to the side to figure out where exactly we were, a cop pulled up to us asking us what we were doing. After a quick explanation he demanded I take a breathalyzer because he thought I was drunk. I don't drink because of an autoimmune disease in my liver. I told him this but blew anyhow to give him satisfaction. That wasn't good enough for him as he told me I was on some type of other drug and needed to go to the station for booking and a trip to an inland station for a blood test. That is when I refused as our Saturday trip to enjoy the island was just ruined.

The funny part is, he told me to drive my mow-ped back to the station and meet him there. So if I was so impaired, why would a police officer ask me to continue to ride? I refused, called my lawyer, who called the station and by the time I arrived, another officer, (I suspect the one in charge) informed me there was a misunderstanding and we were free to go.

Julian

If the man refused orders to comply, and he charged at officers, It's actually deemed Obstructing Official Business by the state. I am surprised that he was not arrested for his behavior. Officers are killed in the line of duty from simple traffic stops everyday, by people from all walks of life. Good job for being proactive and keeping everyone safe.

Alex Green

Thanks Julian, he was never given orders to comply. Witnesses said he was never told to get back in his car and Rectenwald walked out with his hands raised. So there were no orders and he did not charge officers, according to several witnesses.

Peninsula Pundit

Not only that, Julian, but he's 70 years old and a known resident of the island!
Two cops half his age were scared?
Those buttocks of confectionery should get off the island if that gets their panties in a twist.
The cowards!

got it commin

I think out of control is an understatement..and hats off to the SR for pushing theses issue to the head..Female visitors and employees on that island facing life threatening drugging of their over priced drinks.. then raped and no arrests, time after time..and the police force cant fig out what to do about it or who too arrest when they know the culprits..but they take the easy road and try to blame the victims..All for fear of loosing bar bizz..but let a local ol fella run a stop sign and they drag him away in cuffs..that balances out...the crap on that islands gonna get national attention soon..everyone involved is gonna get microphones and cameras shoved in their faces...and lets see how the respond then..PIB is not its own country..

DickTracey

It already has gotten national attention. An award winning book by Doug Cooper tells the tale of drugs, binge drinking and hedonism that goes on at Put in Bay.

It's a good read, I just finished it. I had to laugh last night at a scene in the book with the police chief!

The book is fiction, but the author is from Port Clinton and very obviously spent a lot of time on the island. It's a great summer read, and fun to listen to him describe all of our familiar hangouts on the island!

http://www.amazon.com/Outside-In...

Ralph J.

"The book is fiction, but the author is from Port Clinton and very obviously spent a lot of time on the island."
DickTracey, you say that the book is fiction. In what way? The entire book? Names retracted to protect the innocent or quilty? Or was the entire book fiction? Why should I waste my time reading about fictional events?

DickTracey

Ralph, if you do not enjoy fiction, that's fine, but you do not have to be rude. Or angry.

I do enjoy it, and I enjoyed reading a story that took place in somewhere I was familiar with. I read a lot of fiction, but very rarely are they describing a ferry that I have riden on since childhood, or a bar that I love to go to, on an island that is in our backyard. Each night I couldn't wait till I was alone so that I could get on my Kindle and go to Put in Bay!

I'm sorry you have never had the experience of escape and fantasy. To me the characters were real and I feel as if Brad may check my ID next time I'm at the Roundhouse.

I guess you just don't get it.

Ralph J.

"Ralph, if you do not enjoy fiction, that's fine, but you do not have to be rude. Or angry." I wasn't being rude or angry, I wanted to know what part of the book was fiction. A couple of weeks ago, somebody posted an Amazon link to the book and I was interested in buying it.

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ByCooper

Thanks DickTracey for the shoutout. Glad you enjoyed the story. Remember, it's all fiction. Haha. For more info on various attributes of the story, check out my Deeper Look series on my blog at http://bycooper.com/blog/. For prospective readers, have a look at the book trailer to get an overview of the story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=....

Ralph J.

Thanks for the comment. I will not waste my money or time on the book.

Peninsula Pundit

Which makes an obvious lie of your previous post.
How surprised we are to find out you're a liar.

Ralph J.

"Which makes an obvious lie of your previous post.
How surprised we are to find out youth you're a liar. Which lie did I poposed john in

DickTracey

Wow! What an honor! This is great, like getting your autograph!

I really enjoyed your story and will be waiting for your next book!

I was actually thinking today of talking to Matt Westerholdt, to have him do a story about yourself and first novel.

So, Matt, Alex, meet Doug, an award winning author that was born in Sandusky and raised in Port Clinton. Let's do this!

FredDoobler

Dick Tracey - thanks for the tip on the book. Brought back fond memories of thirty years ago when i last visited PIB

Julian

That may be true. But if someone stopped by police walks back to the cruiser without being asked to, there is a higher risk for a dangerous encounter. There have been cases where people that have gotten out of their vehicles on traffic stops have shot and killed officers. It's a big safety issue and it sounds as though the officers were doing a good job. Just my opinion I don't know I wasn't there.

FedupIslander

Julian what your missing here is two things. 1. Mr Rectenwald was stopped by police in his OWN DRIVEWAY and according to other well respected eye witnesses exited the car with his wife (normal behavior in your own driveway, not on a dark street at night) and made NO attempt to confront or engage the officers. Perfectly legal and normal behavior. 2. The PIB Police have had MANY incidents such as this over the last few years with MANY different types and classes of people, this is not the first nor do I suspect this will be the last until major change is implemented starting with a new leader top down.

We living on the island see and hear many things that go unreported and for the most part have tried to excuse this unethical, inappropriate and illegal behavior by the police department by ignoring it and the "It's not me" defense. Problem is that it's now so evident we cannot.

Many are growing tired of the favoritism and lack of standards by the PD. it has to change before something major happens or someone is severely hurt.

Peninsula Pundit

Julian hasn't missed nothing.
He is purposely ignoring common sense or he has a dog in the fight.
It's always the same claptrap on these boards with posters of his ilk.

WeThePeople1965

The guy was on his own personal property at the time. He had the right to get out of his vehicle on his own property.

Julian

You don't just "walk away" during a traffic stop. Even if it's your own property

WeThePeople1965

He wasn't walking away. Or were you there, and know something we don't?

Julian

Let me rephrase that. You shouldn't be getting out of your vehicle during a traffic stop. Even if it's your own property. I was not there so I don't know exactly how it happened I can only speculate

Peninsula Pundit

First you say he charged then you say he was walking away.
For goodness sake, you can't even keep your own 'facts' straight.
Shut up / Go away, Julio.

wjs

I'm dumbfounded at the number of comments here who seem to think the Sandusky Register has personal vendetta against Put-in-Bay. How delusional can you be? There is clearly a significant problem here. Abuse of power by law enforcement should not be tolerated by the public, elected officials, other law enforcement officers, or the media. It sounds like a small-town politics issue on the surface, but it is so much worse.

The Bizness

It may or may not be "so much worse", but I find it hard to trust anything the Register prints or puts online with their recent track record.

WeThePeople1965

Recent track record? Explain.

Florence Nightingale

Biz, I agree with you on the Limberios and Burdine cases, but this one seems different to me. Lots of different people reporting lots of different problems.

Peninsula Pundit

C'mon, Bidness.
In the interests of the truth, come out of the closet and tell us who you are.

mimi's word

And why not you? What closet do you want to escape from?

arod1112

Obviously the police at PIB must be very young or very stupid to not know the owners of the properties on a small island. To think for a minute that Dennis Rectenwald was some sort of 'threat' is ludicrous. You'd think, as members of a police force for a very small community, they'd at least know and recognize the most prominent property owners. The man should be allowed to exit his vehicle on his own property if not told to remain in his car. If this has been the way PIB police have been, I can understand Rectenwald speaking out at village meetings. I'm sure there are other more worthy crimes being committed on that island that need attention, than cuffing this man for a minor traffic violation who exits his car on his own property!! Seriously these charges are certainly worth fighting.....

Tool Box

Wow, that's what you got from this article? I'm just glad nobody was killed when he blew through the stop sign!

TuffNutts2011

Sounds like Rectumwald thinks the law don't apply to him and he can jump out of a car after the police stop him. The officer did precisely the right thing by issuing a citation. This shows fairness and consistency. Rectumwald looks like a whinny baby who wants the law to apply to everyone but himself. Now he makes himself look the part by crying to the paper. Grow up old timer. Islands though very liberal have law too and the law has caught up to you my friend. lol.

DickTracey

Hey TuffCop, are you allowed to be using the police equiptment to blog on company time?

No one here is arguing a citation. If Rectenwald ran a stop sign he deserves it. The problem is excessive force, hence the handcuffs.

The one who thinks he is above the law is your boss, Lampela. The NO SHOW in court. The man in charge of the Mall Cops of PIB.

Speaking of a whinny baby, why is a young buck, cocky police officer, like yourself, afraid of an old 68 year man?

Cowboy

Actually, Dick, the police can use handcuffs whenever they want. They can start using them today on every speeder if they want. It is not considered excessive force. Or as you call it obsessive force.

DickTracey

Good catch, Cowboy. I fixed it. Thanks!

volfirefiter

McDowell v. Rogers
, No. 87-5730, 863 F.2d 1302 (6
th
Cir.
1988),

Polk v. Hopkins
, #04-1130, 129 Fed. Appx. 285 (Unpub. 6th Cir. 2005),

both cases stand firm on the fact that use of handcuffs is excessive when no need for the application of force is present... and the use of such cuffs on a traffic stop can be considered excessive, and may only be used when circumstances exist to warrant them...

Tool Box

And there are about 10,000 cases that the court upheld the use of handcuffs. It all depends where you are looking for it and what state you are in. The laws are different in every state and the courts are different in every state. You really have not proved anything with that!

volfirefiter

The laws do vary from state to state, but your civil rights do not... for every case that the use of cuffs is upheld, there are two more that are not... The point is every situation s different, and police are not students, nor professors of the law, merely enforcers. The end result of this scenario will likely be a lawsuit, and each side will present its version of the facts and a decision will be reached... however from a taxpayers stand point, the police should act and conduct themselves in a manner to where misconduct complaints and lawsuits are at a minimum.

Peninsula Pundit

The difference is, Tool, that vol cited cases and you passed gas as a reply.
The should take the internet off of police computers.
Let them abuse the LEADS system.
That's bad enough as it is without letting them post here.

FedupIslander

NoNutts.....The guy was on his own personal property at the time. He had the right to get out of his vehicle on his own property and according to 10 witnesses the police never instructed him otherwise. Also look for a video of the events to be released proving this. I suppose you think these keystone cops over here were right in all of the following cases below. Get a clue and a grip. We are fed up.

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Babo

A renegade police force can only exist under our system of law with the blessings and cooperation of the county prosecutor and county sheriff. Ottawa County has a long history of LE corruption related to "tourist related businesses) dating back decades and has to be periodically prosecuted by federal authorities.

Problem today is the former Fed prosecutors who helped clean it up in the 70's and 80's installed their own corrupt cabal and profit from it. They invested or use their connections to advise their clients on how to avoid investigation and or in the rare case that some publicity results in scrutiny to undermine/obstruct any investigation.

chasf

did the officer know who he was at the time he got out? did they know at that time who owns the property? stay in car and wouldn't have been cuffed

SCbuckeye

It seems like he was a prominent member of PIB, so he was probably well known. If he broke a traffic law, give him a ticket and move on.

Manowar

Im with you TuffNutts. Exactly what I was thinking.

Peninsula Pundit

I doubt what goes on in your head would qualify as 'thinking' in anyone else's.
Maybe a TIA, but not thought.

DickTracey

Part time PIB homeowner, Brad Ohlemacher won $65,000 in his police brutality lawsuit, after the PIB cops pile drived his face into concrete on his own property.

In the attached apology letter to Ohlemacher, with Lampela's name on it, they say, "with additional training of our officers, we are confident that such future problems may be avoided."

http://www.sanduskyregister.com/...

Yea right, Lampela! You haven't learned your lesson have you? It doesn't sound like your officers received any special training either! What say you?

Cowboy

And another thing Dick, pile driving someone's face into the concrete and placing handcuffs on their wrist are two totally different things. Maybe next time you get pulled over you should ask to see the difference.

Peninsula Pundit

What a cogent reply.
You should be so proud of yourself.
Must be sitting back at the old computer desk right now smiling to yourself about how witty you are.

Dcfred20036

Put-in-Bay police messed with the wrong person but, as unfortunate and upsetting this was for Mr. Rectenwald, the media attention might be a catalyst for change. Does PIB have a professional police force, or is it like a CP thing where people who can't be cops in a real police department get seasonal jobs? I'm not from the area, so I don't know...But reading the news from afar, Keystone cops come to mind!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...

FedupIslander

Pretty clear here who the "cops" posting are...Man and Nuts. Only a fool would dispute so many charges. Dick Tracey you are SPOT ON!!!

Cowboy

I guess next time you'll stop for that stop sign! Ha ha ha ha ha!

Keep Focused

If Rectinwald did something wrong , he will admit it. If the police was harassing him, they will soon learn they made a big mistake. Rectinwald is an intelligent, well reasoned person with an excellent reputation. He is well liked an he knows everyone.

More important, everyone knows Rectinwald and he will have tons of support.

Tool Box

Since everybody knows Rectinwald, except me, could you kindly remind him to pay his ticket on time. That money ironically goes to the officer's wages.

chasf

lol

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WeThePeople1965

Literally translates to Putin bay.

SCbuckeye

Thanks for the translation wethepeople. holysee, after i understood it, I chuckled. :)

The Big Dog's back

Cuff them all, let God sort them out.

Dr. Information

wait....Dog believes in God now.

Islander for change

It sounds like none of us know the whole story but until they start to hand over reports we never will. I am no fan of the PIB Police or the chief but I do have just one point of concern about the stop and that is what stop sigh did he run and how long had the police been following him with the flashing lights on. For Put In Bay the closest stop sign is a little bit of a drive from his house.

volfirefiter

/\ my thoughts as well where was the sign, on concorde by the school, on delaware by tippers, or on lakeview by boardwalk, because in island distance, thats pretty far away...

Tool Box

Exactly! So maybe the officer thought he was following an already defiant and maybe an intoxicated person.

FedupIslander

Yes that's it. It took the "tool" cops 4 blocks to figure out how to turn on the lights. Or maybe Barney had to take the bullet out of his front pocket and load the six shooter. LMFAO

Peninsula Pundit

I believe you've got it, islander.
Maybe had to finish their beer and joint before they turned on the lights.

puddin95

That is why you follow traffic signs.

Peninsula Pundit

They aren't going anywhere, how do you follow them?
Everyone obeys the speed limit signs too, don't they.
Please get real at the next exit.

GoBigLex2001

Well, for such an educated man, this was dumb. No matter where you are when the police initiate a traffic stop, you NEVER EVER exit your vehicle. Shut it off, turn on your hazards, hands in plain sight and window down. Not hard. Takes 10 seconds.

volfirefiter

You realize we have no first hand info whether the traffic stop was initiated prior to pulling on to his private property or not... if they followed him thru town and waited to turn on the lights until he had exited the public roadway, then he had every right to get out of his vehicle and go inside his dwelling... Do you sit in your car for 15 minutes after arriving home just in case police were tailing you in belief that you committed a traffic offense?

Islander for change

That was my point exactly WE DON"T KNOW !!

volfirefiter

The solution i simple DISBAND THE PIB POLICE and have a Sheriff Substation on island

Islander for change

We are in Ottawa county so the sheriff can come any time they want but don't and we have a State Highway so the Highway Patrol can come any time they want and don't. and Once upon a time some 20 plus years ago the Sheriff was on the island. Maybe you are right maybe it is time again

volfirefiter

policing agencies give courtesy to the direct enforcement district. Meaning sheriffs let municipal departments handle their areas typically unimpeded, highway patrol does the same, focusing on state routes, (which PIB only has one small one), and while they could freely patrol the island daily, they owe their services to all the residents of their enforcement area not just the island, that is why they only visit a few times a year

Julian

If the SR would like to tell me why my comments were deleted and no one else's, be free to do so. My comments explained how this entire case was legally justified, so I'm assuming that because my post made sense and refuted your goal of slandering law enforcement, you deleted them.

It's amusing that a newspaper who fights government so hard over public records has such a problem with what people say in a blogging section.

Peninsula Pundit

You delude yourself if you think anything you've posted anywhere on this board has made one lick of common sense.
But as long as it keeps you amused, read on, Julio, read on.

Sal Dali

Same crap different day and year. Law enforcement has run a muck over there for years. This is no surprise. You get what you pay for. Last I heard seasonal officers didn't make much over there. If they would offer better wages for seasonal officers they would probably get more experienced applicants. If they were seasonal employees, they likely didn't even know who this guy was and he got treated the same as anyone who would have done that anywhere else. Why do people with titles or political connections seem to think they should be treated differently than everyone else? In this case, it sounds like the officers did their job. He can pay his fine like everyone else and move on.

pizon

OK OK you wanted it, so here is what happened. So lets put all the neg guessing comments against the Police aside. Alot of sucessful retired people live on the island. Former (Bosses) THey read about all the Negative comments about the Police and get a holyer than thow attitude and say by God I would not put up with thier crap, they better stay away from me. Attitudes of Im smarter than cops and They DO not KNOW WHO I AM/ (Used to be) Now the Officer observes said driver go threw a Stop sign. Cruiser lights are activated and driver fails to pull over. Driver continues to drive to his property. (Thinking hes safe now and by God the cops cant tell me what to do (Thinking hes still in charge before he was retired.) He quickly jumps out of his car (knowing the law states to stay in your car) and briskly with a Im in charge here attitude walks towards the officer. ( NOT stepping out of his car and standing and waiting on the Officer). This officer does not know who this man is and does not know why he did not stop a half mile back down the road. This officer cuffs the man and thats all the so called witnesses see. No rights violated here. THe man could of recieved another citation for failing to obey the traffic stop but did not. Keep in mind PIB is a small island but those officers have more calls and possible threats to them to deal with than most larger cities. I don't know why they don't post thier reports. It would stop alot of the Police bashing.

FedupIslander

The officer stated in his report he believed that he "rolled" a stop sign by Mossbacks. The lights were not turned on for 4 blocks (three up one over) until he turned into his property. The video shows him exit his car slowly and the ten witnesses all stated in their statements that he was calm and made no moves that a REASONABLE person could construe as threatening.

These cops over are far from bright, and regularly lie in their reports. Perhaps this is encouraged by their leader? Let's face it, we get the cops nobody else will hire at a whopping $9.00 an hour or so. Is it any wonder why we have so many problems? Second shift Taco Bell workers make more money, and more sense.

There are well documented incidents where the police have lied, bent the rules for their friends and each other. All one has to do is visit the island on any Sunday when they gather at the Twine Shanty around noon and pound their beers and drinks and hop in their cars for their drunken parade thru town led by the rainbow squad leader himself. During the parade, you will observe NUMEROUS (but not all) people driving with open containers of alcohol, and after the parade they all pick a local watering hole to stop for a few more drinks and then back in their cars to drive again. ALL of this with the blessing (and often lead by) the PIB PD.

If you don't think this is a problem, you are part of the problem. Only at Put-in-Bay. It's high time this police farce (intentional misspelling) is disbanded.

dorothy gale

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Personal attacks (including: name calling, presumption of guilt or guilt by association, insensitivity, or picking fights).

arod1112

Shame on you Dorothy for your slander of a good man. SR should delete your comment for that alone. Slapping handcuffs on a man for exiting his vehicle during a traffic stop when on his own property would be considered excessive force especially since he wasn't being hostile to the officer. I hope a cop slaps handcuffs on you for no reason, then maybe you'll consider it excessive.

Julian

When a police officer is trying to stop you and you don't stop, just because you pull into your driveway doesn't mean you in a "safe zone" and thus exempt from whatever traffic violation you committed. You are not to exit your vehicle on a traffic stop and if you do, you are placing the officer at more concern for himself and others. Thus "handcuffing" is justified. You are already detained when you are being stopped, just FYI. Handcuffing was not excessive in this situation.

Just because the man was who he was, it does not afford him more privileges than anyone else that would have done the same thing. It's silly that the article was titled the way it was because it implies the man has more of a right to do what he wants than others.

FedupIslander

The video shows the police turned on the lights as he turned into his driveway. AGAIN here is no reason he should not exit his car. The witnesses and video do not lie. The PIB Police DO..and often.

Peninsula Pundit

Video?!
Don't you know anything can be made on video?
Dotty and Julio do.
They've seen 'Avatar!'

Dcfred20036

I actually remember him well from my days in high school. He was fair, compassionate and a great leader. He was a great supporter of the art and music programs at a time when people were more interested in sports. There was nothing arrogant about him, just confident and smart.

FedupIslander

And the courts have ruled the police CANNOT use handcuffs unless they are arresting (United States v. Ramos-Zaragosa (9th Cir. 1975) 516 F.2nd 141, 144; New York v. Quarles (1984) 467 U.S. 649 [81 L.Ed.2nd 550], handcuffs; Orozco v. Texas, supra, force.)

Julian

Oh I'm sorry, I didn't realize you took Criminal Justice 101 in college. You must know EVERYTHING there is to know about law enforcement.

FedupIslander

Actually 101, 201 and 202, 301 and 402. Everything?? well that's, a reach but obviously more than you!

goofus

Hey Julian, just set back and let Mark,er fedupislander have his way. Between all the music complaints and his fending off the Russian mafia talk has him a little feisty. If it's not mark,it's one of his toadies.

FedupIslander

Sorry Doofus, wrong again, not affiliated with any business here on the island. Nice to see mom let you out of the west shore basement for a breath of air however foul it might be.

Nemesis

They do it all the time - watch the video that's gone viral of the deputies in Idaho who misheard a comment about Nickelback.

They don't need to make an arrest, but cuffing someone definitely makes it a custodial situation.

MGoBlueBoy

I think the most important part of the article is the last sentence... "Mayor Scarpelli and (police farce chief) Lampela have shut down any response to the concerns that have been raised, ignoring island residents and businesspeople." When the elected and duly appointed officials of a community feel that they are above the law and do not need to honor court requests or the FOIA (Freedom Of Information Act), that truly tells how their employees will act as well. The numerous illegal/unethical law enforcement incidents that have occurred, are occurring, and will no doubt continue to occur on the island need to be elevated to the State Attorney General or appropriate office for investigation.

If the island LE did their job properly and did not:
- beat people at their own home (http://ohiocopblock.org/833/put-...),
- arrest people arbitrarily and skip court hearings (http://www.sanduskyregister.com/...),
- beat people so badly that their ear almost falls off (http://www.coshoctontribune.com/...),
- ignore and not arrest drug addicts (http://www.sanduskyregister.com/...),
- or excessively use force and disregard legal information requests (http://www.sanduskyregister.com/...)
...then I would agree that there is a witch hunt. However, the facts speak for themselves.

DickTracey

The Mayor and Police Chief will start answering when the tourism comes to a halt!

When the numbers start dropping the "powers that be" will speak! And they have way more power than those two put together. That's who really runs the island. The Mayor and Police chief are just props.

Remember the summer of bad water at PIB? Everybody was getting sick from the water and it was all over the news? Everybody stopped going. Just like they are going to do now.

Nemesis

BINGO! Money talks.

Ralph J.

LIKE

Peninsula Pundit

Merry Xmas at Xmas at the Bay in July!
The surrounding big town papers are starting to pick this story up.

44846GWP

Sounds like Milan when it was under Jim Ward.

Julie R.

Why don't they just shut the cruddy arse place down and be done with it. At the same time, they need to get rid of that cruddy arse prosecutor.

Dr. Information

Why don't you move to your own island and have your own blog where only you post and respond. Sounds fitting for you.

Julie R.

Why doesn't this cruddy arse prosecutor take all the rest of the cruddy arse prosecutors in the surrounding counties and all move to their own island where they can sit and make up their own idiot laws on a daily basis. They can even take some of their crony judges with them.

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