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Avon police sergeant granted limited driving privileges after drunken-driving arrest
A judge granted limited driving privileges to an Avon police sergeant arrested on a drunken-driving charge. AVON, Ohio -- A judge granted limited driving privileges to an Avon police sergeant arrested on a drunken-driving charge, according to court records.  Avon Lake Municipal Court Judge Darrel Bilancini on Wednesday granted Sgt. George Rupel's attorney's request for a stay on a driver's license suspension to allow him to attend work and doctors' appointments pending the outcome of the case, a court clerk said. The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles automatically suspends the licenses of every person cited with drunken-driving charges in the state, the clerk said. Rupel, 37, of North Olmsted pleaded not guilty to charges of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and driving outside of marked lanes. He is due back in court Sept. 20. An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper pulled Ruple over at 2:17 a.m. Monday on Kinzel Road near Stoney Ridge Road in Avon. Ruple was driving left of the center road line, a state patrol sergeant told cleveland.com. Avon police Chief Richard Bosley said Thursday morning that Ruple had taken off from work since the incident and the chief had not received paperwork about Rupel's driving privileges from the court. Bosley did not know when Ruple would return to work. Ruple is a patrol supervisor and has been with the Avon Police Department for 12 years. He was an officer with the North Ridgeville Police Department for five years before that, Bosley said. Avon police will decide whether Bosley will face discipline once the case makes its way through court. "We want to make sure we have all the facts," Bosley said. Ruple and his attorney could not be reached for comment. If you wish to discuss or comment on this story, please visit our crime and courts comments section. Like Chanda Neely on Facebook. Follow me on Twitter: Follow @ChandaNeely // !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); // ]]>
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Avon police officer on leave after drunken-driving arrest
An Avon police officer is on administrative leave after he was arrested on a drunken-driving charge. AVON, Ohio -- An Avon police officer is on administrative leave after he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, according to an Avon police news release. George A. Ruple was cited Monday with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs and driving left of center, a sergeant with the Elyria post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. "Until there is a disposition in the case the officer's status with our department will be dependent upon the officer's ability to drive," Avon police said in a written statement. "While we expect more from the employees in our department we respect the criminal justice process; so until there is a decision by the court, no discipline will be considered or issued." A state trooper stopped Ruple's car about 2:17 a.m. on Kinzel Road near Stoney Ridge Road in North Olmsted. Ruple was taken to the Sheffield Police Department for testing and released to another adult, the state patrol sergeant said. If you wish to discuss or comment on this story, please visit our crime and courts comments section. Like Chanda Neely on Facebook. Follow me on Twitter: Follow @ChandaNeely // !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); // ]]>
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Humvee stolen from Ohio National Guard Armory
Troopers responded to the armory at approximately 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and found a chain link fence had been cut to gain access to the vehicl...       
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Humvee stolen from Ohio National Guard Armory in Stow
The military-grade, desert tan Humvee was taken overnight Tuesday from the armory in Stow, authorities say. STOW, Ohio -- A Humvee was stolen from the Ohio National Guard Armory in Stow, officials said Thursday. The military-grade desert tan Humvee was stolen late Tuesday or early Wednesday, Ohio National Guard spokeswoman Stephanie Beougher said. The State Highway Patrol, which is investigating the theft, discovered that the thieves cut through a chain link fence sometime to enter the area where the Humvees are stored. The Humvee was locked, but the thieves broke into it and drove away, the Highway Patrol said in a news release. The Humvee has distinct bumper numbers 174 and 1-145 near its left tail light and HQ-51 near the right tail light, the patrol says. State patrol investigators have not identified any suspects or witnesses. Anyone who may know where the Humvee is should call the Ohio State Highway Patrol at 216-265-1677 or dial #677. If you'd like to comment on this post, please visit the cleveland.com crime and courts comments section. 
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