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Police Blotter of the Day: Deliver my package or your drivers get it!

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A Newark, Ohio, police officer is on administrative leave and faces a disciplinary hearing Feb. 1 for allegedly threatening to ticket FedEx drivers because he missed a delivery at his home.

NBC station WCMH of Columbus reports:

[Officer Bobby] Hartless was waiting for a FedEx delivery at his home Tuesday, Jan. 3. He was not on duty that day.

Hartless missed the doorbell and tried to flag down the driver.

He contacted FedEx and was told the package wouldn’t be delivered that day.

Hartless allegedly made threats against FedEx, including the threat of suing if he didn’t get his package, [Newark police Sgt. Scott] Snow confirmed.

He also allegedly said if FedEx drivers were to be involved in a crash or were speeding, they would be ticketed, Snow confirmed.

You can read the full WCMH story here.

This is not the first time Hartless, 37, has been placed on leave for conduct violations. In 2010, he was suspended for three weeks without pay after a fight with his teenage daughter, records show.

The Columbus Dispatch reported at the time that Hartless could have been charged with domestic violence, but medical evidence didn’t support all of his daughter’s allegations.

Written by Alex

January 27, 2012 at 1:11 pm

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