Friday, October 10, 2003

Newport captain suspended pending internal investigation

The Cincinnati Enquirer

NEWPORT - Longtime police Capt. Cyril Sykes has been suspended pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

The police department launched the investigation last week after another Newport police officer made allegations against Sykes. Officials wouldn't say what those claims involve.

In a one-page statement released late Thursday, Police Chief Tom Fromme wrote: "After interviews were conducted, the department felt there was enough information to contact the (the prosecutor).''

He said the prosecutor requested that the investigation be handled by the state attorney general's office. No other information was released.

Sykes, who once headed the department's SWAT team, couldn't be reached Thursday for comment. He has been with the department since 1986.

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