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School resource officer disciplined for disorderly conduct

The school resource officer for the Stark County Sheriff's Department, Ron VanDoorne, was involved in a disorderly conduct incident May 27 at his residence, where Dickinson Police responded to a frantic phone call that said VanDoorne was in the h...

The school resource officer for the Stark County Sheriff's Department, Ron VanDoorne, was involved in a disorderly conduct incident May 27 at his residence, where Dickinson Police responded to a frantic phone call that said VanDoorne was in the house with a gun.

No criminal charges have been filed, but VanDoorne will face disciplinary action, including two days suspension and he will be required to undertake an alcohol evaluation.

"The long and short of it was, what their investigation showed and what Ron has told me and his wife has told me is that Ron was cooking a meal for his family, he had both his son and daughter there and his grandchildren were there and Ron had a 22-quart kettle of boiling water on the stove, he had some shrimp he was boiling," Stark County Sheriff Terry Oestreich said. "He went to move the kettle, his granddaughter went between his legs as he was turning and he started to fall, spilling the water. The 2-year-old granddaughter at his legs was not burned, there was an older grandson had some minor burns."

VanDoorne's daughter got very upset with him, Oestreich said.

"It sounds like things were kind of heated and I know Ron, how close he is with his grandchildren, they mean the world to him. So he was very frustrated. Ron left the house, went up the hill where the veteran's memorial is and was sitting on a bench to collect his thoughts and calm down and give everybody in the house a chance to calm down," He said. "His kids took the young boy to the hospital and they had him looked at and I was told there were some minor burns."

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When VanDoorne returned to his residence, he saw the Dickinson Police present. According to the incident report, the police formed a perimeter around the house based on the report of a firearm being involved. The incident report stated that he was not carrying a gun when the police arrived, though he said he keeps 25 guns in the house and almost always has one on him. The report stated he invited officers to search him to confirm he was unarmed.

"Ron was walking back and there was four or five officers present and Ron was not in a good mood, he was very upset," Oestreich said. "Yeah, he said some inappropriate things to the officers. He was handcuffed and he has apologized to me."

Captain David Wilkie of the Dickinson police said VanDoorne had been "uncooperative" on that night, but confirmed there were no charges filed.

Oestreich gave a report on the incident to State's Attorney Tom Henning.

"Tom said 'there's nothing criminal here.' Yesterday (June 5) I had a very good talk with Chief (Dustin) Dassinger and what he told me at that time was that their city prosecutor said there was nothing criminal here," Oestreich said. "So when I got that information from Tom we had to make a decision."

The decision was to refer VanDoorne for an alcohol evaluation and he will serve a two-day suspension.

"Ron was informed of that, I haven't had time to get the paperwork done yet, but when there was no indication of a criminal act, that was when the decision was made not to do any administrative leave," Oestreich said.

Oestreich said that VanDoorne is a "very loyal" member of the department and felt very contrite about his actions.

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"I informed Ron of (the decision to suspend him) and he said 'well, that's fine.' and he feels terrible about it," Oestreich said.

VanDoorne has served in both the Dickinson Police Department and the Stark County Sheriff's Department as the school resource officer since 2007. He retired from the Dickinson Police Department in 2015 after 15 years on the force and has since worked for Stark County.

The incident report was not available to the public as of press time from the Dickinson Police Department. The Press was able to read a copy of the report while reporting this story.

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