- Associated Press - Saturday, January 2, 2016

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) - A southwest Ohio village where two officials were convicted of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in traffic fines has disbanded its police department and will allow the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office to patrol its streets.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (https://cin.ci/1JPUB3m ) that the takeover took effect Friday. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters told the newspaper that he applauds the move. Deters called for the village’s dissolution in 2012.

The switch comes three months after the village’s former deputy clerk of courts was sentenced for helping her mother, the clerk of courts, steal more than $260,000 in traffic fines.

Arlington Heights has long been known as a speed trap. Although the smallest community in Hamilton County, its mayor’s court ranked as one of the busiest in the region and the state.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, https://www.enquirer.com

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