Cleveland's "Romeo Cop" is
getting his job back. Sleeping city workers get some time off. And
a postal carrier punches out for the last time. The latest developments
in three recent stories from WOIO Chief Investigator Carl Monday.
Ten months after he was
fired, Cleveland Police Officer Vince Lucarelli has won his case against the
city. An arbitrator ruled the city went too far in firing the veteran
detective, despite what he calls a "Mountain of Misconduct demanding harsh
Monday's probe, and another
conducted by Internal Affairs uncovered tens of thousands of text messages, many
of them sexually explicit, sent by Lucarelli while on duty. The 4th
District detective also engaged in sexual activity in a police car, and pursued
female victims in cases in which he was investigating.
"He embarrassed himself, the
Division of Police and those officers who serve the community well, says City
Safety Director Marty Flask, reacting to the decision. "His conduct rose
to a level that I thought was appropriate that he be terminated," added Flask.
The City has 90 days to
appeal. Sounds like Flask and the city have made up their minds.
"What does this say to other officers this guy can get his job back," asked
Monday. "I think it's the wrong message to be sent," Flask replied.
"And hopefully, and I'm sure most officers understand that kind of behavior is
Whatever happens, Lucarelli
will lose about a year's pay, around $55,000.
Remember Carl Monday's recent
story about U.S. mail---thousands of circulars, political advertising and
certified mail---dumped behind a vacant home? Well, the suspected
mail dumper, Brandon Hawkins has resigned. The son of a Cleveland Post
Office Regional Manager and head of the Lakewood branch remains under
investigation by the U.S. Attorney and could face criminal charges.
As for those city workers
caught on camera---spending much of their days sleeping and loafing instead of
emptying the city's 3,000 parking meters? All three have now been
suspended for fifteen days without pay. Two of their bosses were also suspended.
As a result of Monday's undercover investigation, the city has instituted new
work rules that require supervisors to do what they should have been doing in
the first place. Checking on their workers. The three meter
collectors have also signed statements, saying they will be fired if their
caught again, goofing off on the taxpayers' dime.
Look for updates on many of
Monday's biggest investigations in 2013 throughout Thanksgiving Day on WOIO and
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