Fairland Police Chief Aaron Richardson thanked the Fairland officers and assisting agencies who helped with the Travis Baker manhunt.
FAIRLAND— Fairland Police Chief Aaron Richardson thanked the Fairland officers and assisting agencies who helped with the Travis Baker manhunt last weekend.
Richardson gave the burglary report to the Fairland Board of Trustees at their regular meeting on Thursday.
Over the past two weeks, there has only been one business burglary within the Town of Fairland and the rest have taken place within county limits.
“We had a business burglary in town,” Richardson said. “Both Ottawa and Delaware Counties are having a lot of burglaries and they are connected. We have been working hand and hand with them and a lot of the officers have been working on follow-ups on that and running different aspects down.”
Baker, 42, suspected of burglary and auto theft was fatally shot by Ottawa County Sheriff Jeremy Floyd last Saturday.
Floyd shot Baker after he reportedly pointed a handgun at the lawman. Earlier that day, Baker was suspected of stealing several cars and breaking into homes in Ottawa County. Area law enforcement officers engaged in a vehicle pursuit and Baker abandoned his vehicle and attempted to run from the area.
Several officers pursued him on foot in a wooded area until the fatal incident occurred. Richardson said five of his Fairland officers either responded or assisted with the investigation.
“On January 7, the sheriff’s office called and requested assistance in reference to that incident,” Richardson said. “Unfortunately, the subject was shot and killed. We had several officers who responded to their call with emergency assistance.
“They came off duty, without hesitation,” he added. “I’m sure someday, hopefully we won’t ever, we’ll need assistance from those departments and they’ll come around and help us. I want to congratulate those guys for responding as quickly as they did and helping them contain the situation as best we could.”
Mayor Mark Goode said the incident was a tragedy and offered Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) services to any officers who may need it.
Richardson also reported that the department had recovered stolen property in town that was stolen from burglaries in the county. The investigation is still ongoing.
In other police news, the board approved to hire Tyler Johnson as a full-time officer with the Fairland Police Department. Johnson was working for the department part-time and will be picking up Justin Keller’s shifts, who left after accepting a position with the sheriff’s office.
In election notices, the board approved Resolution No. 2017-1, which provides notice of a non-partisan general election to be held on April 4. Seat No. 4, held by Lisa Jewett, Seat No. 1, held by Forrest Stoots, Seat No. 3, held by by Goode and the town treasurer will be up for re-election. The filing period will begin at 8 a.m. on Feb. 6 and close at 5 p.m. on Feb. 8.
In other news, the board approved Ordinance No. 2017-1 amending Chapter 1, Article 14, Section 1-38 governing compensation of certain personnel, including the Town Treasurer, effective at the beginning of the next term of office. Sarah Hopkins, the current treasurer, currently only makes approximately $600 a month and the board agreed to give her a 5 percent raise.
In the parks & recreation department, member and Parks Commissioner Lee Hall reported that all of the trees will be trimmed in the park for a bid of $1,650 by Trees Done Right By Brian. The board went into discussion on adding a park bench but nothing was finalized.
In other news, the board:
•tabled the discussion regarding the Town of Fairland Public Works Authority contracting with Crafton Pump Service to accept utility payments and maintain a website for online payments.
•took no action on a pay increase for animal control officer, Karen Turner, who currently only makes $450 a month before taxes.
•took no action regarding franchise fees for cable television, internet and telephone services that are provided through wireline facilities located in whole or in part in the public rights-of-way.
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