February 11, 2016

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Captain’s dismissal is upheld

VERMILION — The firing of the Vermilion Police Department’s second-highest ranking officer has been upheld by the city’s Civil Service Commission, which concluded Capt. Michael Reinheimer’s dismissal was proper and validated because Reinheimer did not dispute the majority of testimony presented against him. Mayor Eileen Bulan, who fired Reinheimer on Nov. 17, said in a Read More…

Former Vermilion police captain’s appeal wraps up

Michael Reinheimer

VERMILION — The Civil Service Commission must decide whether former police captain Michael Reinheimer was terminated because he failed to follow department rules or whether there was a plot to get rid of him because of his pro-marijuana views. A decision is expected in two to three weeks. The commission wrapped up Reinheimer’s appeal proceedings Read More…

Captain’s appeal continues

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Former Vermilion police Capt. Michael Reinheimer, right, speaks with his attorney Joseph Jacobs at a Civil Service Commission Hearing at Vermilion Municipal Court on Jan. 8.

VERMILION — A number of Vermilion police officers testified Friday before the city’s Civil Service Commission that they would have supported a discussed no-confidence vote that was never taken against former Police Capt. Michael Reinheimer because of their lack of trust in his leadership. The seven-hour hearing was held as part of Reinheimer’s appeal of Read More…

Vermilion police captain is fired

Former Vermilion police Capt. Michael Reinheimer

VERMILION — A controversial captain at the Vermilion Police Department has been fired for a range of infractions, including wearing a button supporting the legalization of marijuana on his police jacket to a city event. Michael Reinheimer officially was terminated in a letter sent Tuesday by Mayor Eileen Bulan, who cited a string of recent Read More…

Vermilion police captain fired

VERMILION – A controversial captain at the Vermilion Police Department has been fired for a range of infractions including wearing a button supporting the legalization of marijuana on his police jacket to a city event. Michael Reinheimer officially was terminated in a letter sent today by Mayor Eileen Bulan, who cited a string of recent Read More…

Court fines Vermilion police captain

VERMILION — Police Capt. Michael Reinheimer was ordered to pay a $250 fine and court costs for driving under suspension in July. The fine was levied against Reinheimer during a sentencing hearing Friday in Erie County Municipal Court, where he earlier had pleaded no contest in the case. Reinheimer also served a 10-day suspension from Read More…

Deer crashes plague Lorain County

Deer crashes

VERMILION — Lorain County had the second-highest number of deer-related vehicle crashes in 2014, the Ohio Department of Transportation reported Friday. The county had 510 crashes involving deer last year, only a few less than the 514 crashes in Stark County, which had the highest number in the state, according to the report. Richland County Read More…

Vermilion fire under investigation; one dead

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VERMILION — Don Bias had just set up his tree swing Sunday afternoon. It had been a present from one of his close sisters that weekend. Monday morning, it still hung outside of Bias’ Jefferson Street home, but now it was charred from a fire that raged through the one-story house Monday morning, destroying the Read More…

Vermilion police captain could face training, further suspension after traffic stop

VERMILION — A 13-day suspension and a leadership training course could be in the future for a Vermilion police captain who was found driving with a suspended license last month. Earlier this week Vermilion Police Chief Chris Hartung, Mayor Eileen Bulan and Law Director Ken Stumphauzer joined in a disciplinary hearing with police Capt. Michael Read More…

Old Vermilion case leads to lawsuit

ELYRIA — A Put-in-Bay businessman is suing a former island police officer for defamation for allegedly disclosing the details of a long-sealed criminal case from Vermilion on the Internet. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Lorain County Common Pleas Court on behalf of Mark Mathys, accuses former Officer Steven Korossy of improperly gaining access to an Read More…