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Wyoming Police Commissioner Suspended

July 21, 2018

WYOMING — The borough police commissioner was suspended without pay Friday, a day after being accused of stealing equipment from his former employer. Michael J. Flanagan, 52, of Harding, was hit with theft charges Thursday alleging he stole a Taser, a portable radio and a Dell laptop from the Laflin Borough Police Department around the time it disbanded in December 2014. At the time, Flanagan was the police chief of that department. On Friday, Wyoming Mayor Joseph Dominick announced Flanagan has been suspended without pay pending resolution of the case, borough Councilman Mike Baloga said. Flanagan is free on bail with a preliminary hearing set for next month. Flanagan has also worked as an instructor at the Lackawanna College Police Academy, but is not currently teaching there, the college said in a statement. “Michael Flanagan is not currently teaching any courses at the Lackawanna College Police Academy, but he had served as a part-time instructor for a number of years,” the statement said. “Due to the recent demands of his full-time work in law enforcement, he had taught infrequently at the Academy over the last several months.” — JAMES HALPIN

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