|Lake Twp. police officer draws five-day suspension|
|Written by By DEBBIE ROGERS/Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Friday, 01 March 2013 07:10|
MILLBURY – A Lake Township police officer has been handed a five-day suspension for getting drunk at his brother’s wedding, then being treated by two firefighters, who ended up resigning, along with the fire chief.
Sgt. Scott Sims will serve a three-day suspension without pay, said Police Chief Mark Hummer. If there is no further disciplinary action against Sims in the next year, the remaining two-day suspension will be waived.
“We are a small, tight-knit group and sometimes people … make mistakes and things happen,” Hummer said Thursday in a phone interview after the pre-disciplinary conference with Sims. “And that’s the hardest part, is dealing with it in a professional manner and dealing with it so we can all move on.”
Sims has been with the Lake Township Police Department for 15 years. He is the son of Trustee Ron Sims and his brother, Steve, is a member of the fire department.
At a Feb. 21 special meeting, the trustees accepted the resignations of Fire Chief Todd Walters and longtime firefighters Richard and Michelle Hallock, who are married. The three attended the Feb. 9 wedding of Steve Sims.
At the reception, they became concerned about the level of intoxication of Scott Sims.
The Hallocks drove Scott Sims home, then decided to treat him. They obtained two bags of saline solution from Lake Township Fire Station 2 in Millbury and administered them to Sims.
Walters had been part-time chief since February 2009 and a firefighter for over 25 years.
Sims has been with the Lake Township Police Department for 15 years.
Earlier in February, Sims and another police officer were cleared of killing a Toledo man who had shot to death his girlfriend and their son.
A Wood County Grand Jury on Feb. 6 returned a vote of "no true bill of indictment" for the actions of Sims and Ptl. Shannon Badgett. Badgett resigned from the township department in January.
Township officers responded to an Oct. 16 shooting in the Eastpoint on the Mall development. Amber Jones, 26, and her 3-year-old son, Jorge Duran III, were killed by Jorge Duran Jr., 24. Three other people were also shot. Duran was killed in a shootout with police in the development's parking lot.
The letter describing Sims’s discipline will remain in his file for two years.
“I thank you for your honesty in this investigation and have faith that you will continue to serve the residents of Lake Township with compassion and dignity in the future,” Hummer wrote to Sims in the pre-disciplinary conference findings letter, dated Thursday.
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