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The last straw: This Ohio town finally disbanded its entire police department — here’s why

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The small Ohio town of Arlington Heights has disbanded their police department following an investigation that showed funds from tickets issued by cops in the town’s notorious speed trap were being embezzled by city workers.

According to Cincinnati Enquirer, the move to dissolve the local police department comes three months after two former village clerks were convicted of embezzlement.

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Deputy Clerk Laura Jarvis and her mother, Donna Covert, a former clerk, were sentenced for absconding with more than $260,000 in traffic fines. According to state auditors, the two had been depositing traffic fines to their own accounts instead of the village bank account.

The two were able to hide the large amount of dollars taken because the small town, population 800,  is home to a speed trap conducted by local cops along the brief I-75 corridor that runs by the town.

Arlington Height’s reputation as a speed trap town was so bad that Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters, who called for the village’s dissolution in 2012, said replacing the cops with officers from Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department was a good move.

“You get to a point where it just doesn’t make sense anymore,” Deters said. “I think they’ve taken a hard look at what they’re doing out there, and if they’re letting the sheriff do it now, they made the right call.”

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“Basically, they were setting up speed traps on I-75 to fund the municipal workings of that village – which they then stole,” Deters said. “I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there’s something off about a village that’s maybe a mile long setting up speed traps to raise money that then is used to fund a bunch of public employees. It just rubs me the wrong way.”

Former Arlington Heights Mayor Cody Gertz said the decision to shut down the police department was more a matter of economics, attributed to rising salary and benefit costs.

“There was talk about disbanding the police department earlier this year, but we ended up finding good candidates,” he said. “Around August-September, we saw the light at the end of the tunnel. We thought we’d be closer to fully staffed. Then the bottom fell out from under us. We lost officers to neighboring police departments and it crippled us again.”

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BUSTED: Trump-loving sheriff tried to murder deputy who caught him on tape making racist remarks

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A North Carolina Sheriff and Trump supporter reportedly plotted to murder a man who had a tape of him making racially offensive remarks, reports the Raleigh News and Observer.

Granville County Sheriff Brindell Wilkins was indicted Monday, based on a recording of Brindell advising a man on how to kill a former deputy who accused him of racist language.

According to court records, the sheriff told another person to “take care of it” and “the only way you gonna stop him is kill him.”

He instructed him to get rid of the weapon. “You ain’t got the weapon, you ain’t got nothing to go on,” Wilkins said. “The only way we find out these murder things is people talk. You can’t tell nobody, not a thing.” The conversation took place in 2014.

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Judiciary Democrats schedule Trump ‘corruption’ hearing on ’emoluments and profiting off the presidency’

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The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a "corruption" hearing on President Donald Trump's business practices.

The committee on Tuesday, which is controlled by Democrats, posted a notification about the hearing on its website.

The hearing is titled "Presidential Corruption: Emoluments and Profiting Off the Presidency." It is scheduled for Sept. 23 at 2 pm. A witness list was not immediately available.

Trump's opponents have argued that he has violated the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution by profiting off foreign dignitaries who visit his hotels and restaurants.

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House GOP loses yet another incumbent as California’s Paul Cook announces retirement

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Another day, another retirement for House Republicans.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Rep. Paul Cook R-CA) is heading for the exits and retiring at the end of his term in 2020.

Instead of serving in Congress for another term, Cook will run for a seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, the congressman's chief of staff tells the Los Angeles Times.

Even though Democrats made major gains in California during the 2018 midterm elections, Cook's district will be difficult for the party to pick up. Cook last year won reelection with 60 percent of the vote and his opponent wasn't even a Democrat, but fellow Republican Tim Donnelly.

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