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Middletown may restart Citizen Police Academy

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 4:52 PM


            Participants in Hamilton Police Department’s Hispanic Police Academy learn about firearms safety. The Middletown Police Department is planning to restart its Citizen Police Academy in 2018. CONTRIBUTED
Participants in Hamilton Police Department’s Hispanic Police Academy learn about firearms safety. The Middletown Police Department is planning to restart its Citizen Police Academy in 2018. CONTRIBUTED

A Facebook post that inquired how many people in Middletown would be interested in participating in a Citizen Police Academy has already resulted in more than two dozen people interested in signing up.

Lt. Jimmy Cunningham said police Chief Rodney Muterspaw posted the inquiry last week on the Middletown Division of Police’s Facebook page.

“It’s going to happen in early 2018,” Cunningham said.

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He said the last time Middletown police hosted a citizen police academy was about 10 years ago. Since then, he said budget cuts and lack of community interest were two reasons why the department has not hosted an academy.

“It shows transparency and gives the community an idea of what goes on in the police department,” he said.

Cunningham said the program runs six to eight weeks on a weeknight and those who participate learn more about police procedures, policies and tactics as well as going on a ride-along with a patrol officer and spending some time at the police shooting range getting familiar with weapons. Participants will also learn about making traffic stops as well as how evidence is collected and how criminal investigations are handled.

He said the department’s instructors teach the various classes during the citizen police academy.

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Cunningham said about 20 people are accepted in a class, but that the details and participation costs are still being worked out. He said more information will be coming later this year.

“It’s a great community tool and gives police a chance to give back to the community,” he said.

Other area communities such as Trenton, Monroe, Hamilton, Fairfield Twp., and West Chester Twp. have hosted citizen police academies in the past several years.

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Florida commissioner allegedly fed, housed couple in exchange for sex twice a week

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 2:36 AM

Police: Florida Commissioner Allegedly Fed, Housed Couple in Exchange for Sex

A Florida county commissioner was arrested Thursday on multiple prostitution-related charges after authorities said he housed and fed a couple in exchange for having sex with the man’s wife twice a week, The Tampa Bay Times reported.

Hernando County Commissioner Nick Nicholson, 71, was arrested Thursday by the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. He was charged with one count of operating a location for the purpose of lewdness, assignation or prostitution and two counts of purchasing services from a person engaged in prostitution, according to the Sheriff’s Office. 

The charges are second-degree misdemeanors for a first offense, and each has a maximum penalty of 60 days in jail. Nicholson posted $3,000 bail, records show.

Florida law allows Gov. Rick Scott to suspend an elected official through an executive order, the Times reported.

"Governor Scott expects all elected officials to behave ethically and responsibility. Our office is aware of this and reviewing the details,’’ spokesman McKinley Lewis told the Times.

The charges followed an alleged domestic dispute in February between Kendel Surette, 33, and Valerie Surette, 30, who were living at Nicholson’s home in Spring Hill. Kendel Surette told deputies that Nicholson had housed and fed the couple for six months; in exchange, Surette said, Nicholson had sex with his wife on Tuesdays and Saturdays, according to court records. Nicholson paid the Surettes $100 every Tuesday and $200 every Saturday, the Times reported.

Kendel Surette also told deputies that Nicholson allowed his wife to have sex with other clients on a mattress in the commissioner’s garage or in a car in the driveway, the Times reported.

Nicholson said in February that he met Valerie Surette at Icon Gentlemen’s Club, where she was a stripper. He denied having sex with the woman.

“She keeps me company,’’ he told the Times. “I’m just a nice guy, so they just took advantage of me.’’

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Café giving away free burger TODAY to celebrate Earth Day

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 12:11 PM

Northstar Café at 7610 Sloan Way in Liberty Twp.’s Liberty Center is one of five locations offering a free veggie burger from 3 to 10 p.m. April 22, 2018 to celebrate Earth Day. The signature burger, which is made with with organic brown rice, black beans and beets, also is available at Northstar’s Easton, Westerville, Beechwold and Short North locations.
Northstar Café at 7610 Sloan Way in Liberty Twp.’s Liberty Center is one of five locations offering a free veggie burger from 3 to 10 p.m. April 22, 2018 to celebrate Earth Day. The signature burger, which is made with with organic brown rice, black beans and beets, also is available at Northstar’s Easton, Westerville, Beechwold and Short North locations.

Northstar Café is celebrating its 14th Earth Day today by giving away a free vegetable burger.

The giveaway starts at 3 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m. at all Northstar locations, including Liberty CenterEaston and Westerville, as well as Beechwold and Short North.

The restaurant’s signature burger is made with organic brown rice, black beans and beets.

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“We know every decision we make affects the health of the community on a local and global scale,” the restaurant posted to its Liberty Center site. “That’s why we make conscious choices about everything from the takeout containers we use to the organic clothes we wear.