Bridgeport suspends officer.Go get them Dave!
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#1 Dec 6, 2010
Bridgeport City Council suspends police officer
By Ashley Smith
BRIDGEPORT - During an "emergency" meeting called Wednesday evening, Bridgeport City Council agreed to indefinitely suspend police officer Dave Dooley.
After a four-minute executive session - opposed by council members Darlene Arnold and Ldora "Button" Laughlin - to discuss personnel, Mayor Max Schauf announced the council agreed to suspend Dooley "for an indefinite period of time pending legal investigation" by the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department. It was not decided whether or not Dooley's suspension would be without pay.
Schauf refused to give details surrounding the incident leading to Dooley's suspension, saying, "I don't know all the issues and I don't want to know. That's for the legal system to do."
The Daily Record later learned Dooley was arrested Wednesday afternoon on a charge of unlawful sale of a firearm. According to documents in the Lawrence County Circuit Clerk's office, Dooley is charged with a sub-section of the statute saying "he knowingly transferred a .22 caliber pistol" to someone who did not display a Firearm Owner's Identification Card.
Dooley's attorney, John Racklin, called the charge "one of the most ridiculous charges" he'd seen filed.
"This would create a legal precedent that anyone who left a gun at someone's house would be charged with a Class 4 felony," Racklin said. "And that's ridiculous."
Lawrence County State's Attorney Lisa Wade said she believed the charge to be appropriate and "it will continue to be investigated."
A phone call to Bridgeport Police Chief Scott Murray was not returned before deadline today.
Dooley was released Wednesday from Lawrence County Jail after posting $1,500 cash bond.
His first court appearance is Jan. 26.
#2 Dec 14, 2010
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