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Addyston police chief accused of using his position to improperly buy and sell weapons

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Posted at 12:22 PM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 12:22:23-05

ADDYSTON, Ohio — The Village of Addyston Village Council has placed the chief of police, Dorian LaCourse, on suspension without pay after allegedly using his position and title to buy and sell weapons, including armor-piercing bullets illegal in the state of Ohio, without the approval of Council.

According to a letter to LaCourse from Addyston Mayor Lisa Mear, LaCourse ordered weapons under his title as chief and inflated the number of officers in the Addyston police department to purchase firearms and other weapons without the council's knowledge or consent. He also purchased armor-piercing rounds that are unusable by Addyston police, since they're illegal in the state of Ohio, the letter describes.

The letter goes on to say that LaCourse also kept money contributed to the Village of Addyston after selling the weapons, and did not follow proper procedures with purchase orders in any of the transactions.

LaCourse will have a full hearing before the Addyston Village Council Monday night, during the regular meeting for council. At that time, council can either choose to dismiss the charges against him, suspend him further or fully remove him from his position as chief of police.