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May 14, 2014

WPD officer placed on unpaid leave

The Whitestown Board of Police Commissioners placed Officer Nate Harves on unpaid administrative leave effective Monday night, May 12.

The board will determine Harves' employment status during its Tuesday, June 3, meeting. In April, WPD Chief Dennis Anderson brought before the commissioners several charges against Harves and requested "discipline on Off. Harves no less severe than dismissal from his employment with the department."

In his request, Anderson outlined several disciplinary issues that had occurred in the last 15 months including engaging in "insubordinate conduct toward Sgt. Bowles, his immediate supervisor" and a conflict during a K-9 training with the Hendricks County Sheriff's Department, after which HCSD said they would "no longer conduct K-9 narcotics training with Off. Harves as a trainer."

Board President Susan Austin asked attorneys representing both sides if there would be a settlement.

"There is one sticking point on how to dispose of the property," said Alex Intermill, who is representing the board. "The chief is adamant on how that should proceed. I'm sure there's a possibility if (Harves is) willing to concede (how we should proceed with the disposal of the property)."

Harves' attorney John F. Kautzman said the issue is that his client wanted to take ownership of his K-9 partner, Paco.

See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.

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