Lake police board takes notice of suspended officers

2011-06-10T10:40:00Z 2011-09-22T14:20:06Z Lake police board takes notice of suspended officersBy Bill Dolan bill.dolan@nwi.com, (219) 662-5328 nwitimes.com

CROWN POINT | The Lake County police merit board will discuss six officers on administrative leave in the wake of a federal investigation.

The merit board, which has the power to hire, discipline and dismiss officers, will meet Thursday on that and other police matters.

Sheriff John Buncich suspended with pay: Capt. Marco Kuyachich, Lt. Michael Reilly, Sgt. Joseph Kumstar and Officers Ronald Slusser, Edward Kabella and Scott Shelhart in the wake of federal investigators serving subpoenas that are rumored to seek information on questionable gun sales and other improprieties.

An attorney for Kuyachich asked the sheriff recently to reinstate him on grounds he is only a witness, not a target of the investigation.

Justin Murphy, an attorney for the merit board, said he doesn't expect the board to take any action on the officers' status.

John Bushemi, an attorney for the sheriff, said last month the department is waiting for the results of the federal investigation before deciding whether to take disciplinary action.

The six officers haven't been charged with any wrongdoing. !~ By Times Staff

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