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A jury is set to hear a former Struthers police officer’s OVI case

Published: Mon, September 2, 2013 @ 8:48 p.m.

A jury is set to hear a former Struthers police officer’s OVI case

Jury trial is set for Struthers ex-cop


A former Struthers police officer who lost his job over an OVI charge is set to have a jury trial in October.

Daniel Lamping, 34, was a seven-year member of the Struthers police force when an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper stopped him July 16, 2012, on South Avenue in Boardman. He was driving without headlights, and the trooper smelled alcohol, say documents in Mahoning County Court in Boardman.

The city fired him July 27, 2012. Lamping appealed the firing through his police union to a state arbitrator, but that appeal was denied in January.

Lamping, who pleaded innocent at his arraignment last year, lost a motion to suppress evidence in the criminal case in October.

Because he refused a breath test the night of his arrest, he received an automatic license suspension of one year.

In an unusual move, the court postponed that suspension at his arraignment when he appealed a routine hearing that would have taken place there.

The assistant prosecutor on the case was expecting the automatic license suspension hearing to take place then at the October hearing, but when he asked Judge Joseph Houser to have it, Lamping’s attorney objected. Judge Houser sustained the objection.

The Boardman court said it has no record of the ALS ever taking place, and if one had, it would be in the court’s file.

Martin Hume, the assistant prosecutor in the case, could not be reached for comment.

The court said the trial will be at the end of October, but no specific date is set.


1Dlamping7(2 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Really?!?! Hats off to the excellent report writing from the vindy! Good job ladies (Jean Starmack) and gentleman (EW) keep up the good work!

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2LRG5150(17 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

And this is 'news.'?!? If only the vindy would apply their resources to things that mattered... they might not be a total joke.

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3MGG0828(4 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

I can't believe that this is all they want to talk about when it's been over a year!!! Get a life starmack!! Maybe we should turn focus on your "relations" with the SPD, I bet that would get more ppl interested!

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4MGG0828(4 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

@dumbdem, yes I will stick up for him, all because the jack hole mayor doesn't like him and has made it known to not only a few ppl, but to many ppl! Maybe society should worry about their own problems and stop worrying and harassing others... Your name says it all too!! Dumbdem!!!

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5LRG5150(17 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Dumbdem, good thing you are perfect and have no problem with reading agenda driven bs. This has nothing to do with his job status, which was resolved. This is now a private citizen going through due process... Not news. Celebrating someone losing their job shows enough about your character.
Please inform us of the other issues he had at SPD since starmack hasn't found any.

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6MGG0828(4 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

@gdog4766, I understand about liability and responsibilities, he has already gone through enough, we get it! He lost his job so like LRG said he his now a citizen going through due process..as far as for what SPD could've done, why not do what they did with other officers that have gotten into similar situations and they could've offered him a desk job...look at how many officers in all cities have DUI's and still have their jobs..there is no evidence of him having a bad jacket or having other issues!! Ppl need to start stepping back and asking themselves, what if this was my son or daughter, brother or sister..it's about time that ppl let this issue go

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7zebratank2006(16 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

@gdog4766, this cop was always allowed to drive and had work privleges...get your facts right before you post stuff.

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8zebratank2006(16 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

And wow! Ed wildes, the safety service director, and the mayor must have a lot of time on their hands to make sure this vindy had this story written up. Way to take care of the city guys!! The Struthers politicians will always be a joke because of this stuff. Nobody takes them seriously anyway!!

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9LRG5150(17 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Starmack is hardly the authority on law in ohio. If she wants to accuse the judge of doing some misconduct, she should have fun with that. I am sure Judge Houser appreciates the veiled allegations in this pile of crap. The only new fact is that a trial date was set. Everything else is rehashing old crap because of her agenda.

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10Dlamping7(2 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

So I guess now I challenge (the excellent reporter she is) Starmack to come up with some real news! How about investigating the two senseless, and probably preventable deaths at the waste water treatment plant! I'm sure the families would like an explanation!
The mayor and his cohorts preach accountability, but seem to fall short when accountability may effect them. Sounds like selective accountability to me!

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11mudduck(31 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

MGG0828 you wrote "Ppl need to start stepping back and asking themselves, what if this was my son or daughter, brother or sister..it's about time that ppl let this issue go"

Mr Lamping chose to drink and drive. We cannot choose to play the "what if" game. If that is the case "what if" he killed your son or daughter, brother or sister" would you be so inclined to say "let the issue go"? I doubt it.
He chose to drink and drive and now has to suffer the consequences. I love how people bring up well so and so did this. Those wrongs do not make his actions right.
Even in the video tape he has to mention that he is a "cop" so he expects special treatment. That doesn't work for anyone else. How can we trust Lamping to protect and serve when he has no regards for the safety of others when he endangered the public with his actions.

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12MGG0828(4 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

@mudduck and dumbdem, if you two think that SPD and other police officers need to be held at a higher standard and they need to be able to serve and protect and be trusted, maybe you two should look into who struthers has on the police force and look at records, a LOT worse then an OVI!!! This will be my last comment on this subject matter because I have better things to do with my life than listen to this bs...

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13mudduck(31 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago


So two wrongs make a right? We are not discussing "other" officers are we. Stay focused. What other proof do you have that others on the force have done "worse". Boy you make no sense. Plus since you live in this "if" world ... what if someone got hurt? what BS are you listening to? People that want police to lead by example. Your BS is just let cops get away with everything. Yea you make sense. Obviously you have better things to do because you can't face the truth or reality. What a sheltered life you live where cops and people aren't held responsible for their actions. Maybe IF you could be rational and have reasoning you could sit down and talk to someone who lost a loved one to a drunk driver and see that it is a SERIOUS offense since you believe it is not...

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14kk80586(229 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

This is good news!! I am sick and tired of people getting "special" treatment just because they are a cop or a judge, etc. "Oh, he was a good guy that just made a mistake". B.S. They knew better. Better even than the average 20 y.o. that probably gets the book thrown at them because they couldn't get a good attorney that has lunch with the judge every Tuesday. "Oh, but he lost his job...isn't that enough?". NO. It's not. A lot of people lose their job for dui or other offenses and still must face the consequences of their actions. "They could have given him a desk job". NO. If he had taken the breathalyzer and pleaded guilty I might consider looking at his record and giving a guy a second chance. But no, he thinks he is above the law and will fight it, hoping for some kind of technicality to get away with it. Cops like that should never again be allowed to work in L.E. anywhere. Find something else to do.

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15southsidedave(5189 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

I thought this would have been over by now, seems like an open and shut case...if you are OVI

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