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Town Details Misconduct alllegations

March 1, 1988

DELAVAN, Wis. (AP) _ Concealing marijuana, playing tag with patrol cars and making love atop a squad car were among misconduct allegations filed against a group of suspended policemen, town officials have disclosed.

Police Chief Robert Peyer and four policemen were suspended with pay by the Police and Fire Commission last month. On Monday, town chairman Wayne Polzin detailed the accusations against the five.

No criminal charges have been filed. The commission has scheduled personnel hearings March 21, and Peyer has said he would insist on an open hearing.

Peyer has been accused of giving information to a nightclub owner who was under investigation by police and the Internal Revenue Service, and of lying about selling uniform patches and other apparel to a nightclub stripper.

Evidence seized last year under a search warrant included a photograph showing a woman in a town of Delavan police uniform.

The town had originally refused to release the allegations, but Polzin said town officials wanted to avoid a legal challenge by news media under the state’s Open Records Law.

″We are releasing them,″ Polzin said, ″after considering the threats by the media about charges against the town and the consideration we may have to pay court costs and fines.″

The suspended patrolmen are William Mortlock, Ernest Hardwick, Edward Rome and Jeffrey Lofy. Documents quoted by the Milwaukee Sentinel accuse:

- Hardwick and Peyer of providing information to Jerry Petrone during an investigation of Petrone’s nightclub.

- Peyer and Hardwick of playing golf during duty hours.

- Peyer of failing to turn in confiscated marijuana, of failing to investigate reports that Rome and Lofy played chase in squad cars and failing to act on a traffic investigation of a juvenile living at Petrone’s house.

- Rome of having sex with a woman on a police car.

- Mortlock and Peyer of gaining free admission to Petrone’s club in violation of department rules that forbid accepting gratuities.

Delavan is a town of 5,700 residents about 40 miles southwest of Milwaukee.

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