Town’s chief can’t shoot, loses gun, badge

On April 13, 2012, in Cops, Weapons, by djeyli

The police chief of a town in North Carolina has been banned from carrying a badge and gun because he failed to shoot straight.

Police Chief Thomas Bennett was suspended as a law enforcement officer after failing his recent annual firearms qualification exam.

Bennett has been police chief in Richlands, near the Atlantic coast, since 1999 and plans to retire in July.

Bennett’s suspended certification also means he cannot turn on the blue lights on a police cruiser or make a traffic stop.

“I am the chief administrator for the Richlands Police Department,” he said. “That hasn’t changed, except I will retire in July.”

Town Administrator Gregg Whitehead says Bennett has been asked to take the firearms test again.

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A bogus doctor who operated as a heart specialist for more than 30 years has been exposed as a carpenter without a single medical qualification to his name.

Self-styled expert Vladimiro Colloca, 58, is understood to have been consulted by thousands of patients around Milan, Italy, in three decades of posing as a cardiac specialist, say prosecutors.

He was caught out when some of his patients mentioned him in consultations with real heart experts, who had never heard of him.

Police are now investigating his extensive patient records to establish if any of them died or suffered as a result of his treatment.

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