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Ex-councilman: Reopen probe of former acting police chief


Published: Tue, March 7, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.


HUBBARD -- The investigation into wrongdoing on the part of the city's former acting police chief was poorly conducted, and an outside agency should be brought in to perform a more thorough inquiry.
That's the opinion expressed by Rick Keenan at Monday's city council meeting regarding the probe of Kenneth Oyler's actions. Keenan, a former city councilman, said he wants the investigation into Oyler's improper use of a city-issued credit card to buy gasoline for his personal vehicle to be reopened.
Keenan told council that he would like to see the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation on board, saying that several people with information on the case were never questioned. He also contended that some police officers also want an outside investigation done and doesn't understand why council doesn't request one. Council took his suggestions under advisement without comment.
Keenan added that he felt no other city officials had anything to do with the criminal activity.
Last week, Oyler pleaded no contest to reduced misdemeanor charges of misuse of a credit card before Judge Michael Bernard of Girard Municipal Court and was found guilty. He received one year of probation, a $1,000 fine with $900 suspended, and was ordered to pay $2,172 in restitution to the city.


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