November 21, 2014

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Kipton loses second top cop to suspension

KIPTON — Police Lt. Robert Wolfkill has been suspended from his law enforcement job in the wake of his indictment by a Huron County grand jury for theft from an elderly person, Kipton Mayor Dennis Watson said.

Wolfkill’s suspension marks the second time this year the highest-ranking officer in the Kipton department has been suspended. Chief Pablo Cruz has been under suspension since February while village officials and the county Sheriff’s Office investigate allegations of wrongdoing.

Wolfkill, 46, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Monday in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

Prosecutors have accused Wolfkill of stealing money from the elderly woman he met while working as a police officer in Huron County.

Wolfkill, who told investigators he was having financial problems, allegedly obtained power of attorney for the woman and used that power to steal from her.

EMH Regional Medical Center, where Wolfkill has worked as a security guard since the beginning of the year, also suspended Wolfkill, hospital spokeswoman Kristen Davis said.

Wolfkill will be able to collect payment for any time off he has accumulated, but after that he’ll be on unpaid leave, Davis said.

The investigation into Cruz is nearing a conclusion, Kipton Solicitor Dan Mason said.

Cruz had just finished serving a 45-day suspension after being paid twice for $98 worth of film he purchased for the village Christmas party in December, when he was suspended again in April for allegedly altering a public document.

Watson, who said he has been working with outside law enforcement officers on the Cruz investigation, declined to comment further on either investigation. He would not say who was now in charge of the department.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.