Tulelake City Council Exonerates Police Chief

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Fri, September 6 2013 at 5:02 PM, Updated: Fri, September 6 2013 at 5:13 PM

The Tulelake Police Chief could soon be back on patrol, following a vote by the Tulelake City Council.

Chief Tony Ross was placed on leave last June, following an apparent complaint of racism.

Tulelake Police Chief Tony Ross, and the department's only officer Misty Stradley were placed on leave June 26th following a joint investigation by the F.B.I. and the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office.

Tulelake Mayor Randy Darrow believes the investigation was sparked by an arrest made by Chief Ross on February 3rd, Superbowl Sunday...

"The allegation was misconduct, racial."

Former Tulelake Mayor John Crowell told KOBI in July he had spoken with a witness to the incident...

"From what I understand, the guy took off running, and when he took off to run, then the Chief then hit him with that taser in his leg."

But current Mayor Darrow reports that the Tulelake City Council has voted to free the chief of any blame...

"Last night, the city council voted 3 to 2 to exonerate Mister Ross, the Chief of Police on policy part of the investigation."

That's good news to Leah Ross, former wife of the Chief...

"That means that he'll be able to go back to work after they have their special meeting on Tuesday night, to have Siskiyou County turn over equipment, and keys, then they'll probably put him back to work."

Even though the F.B.I. and Siskiyou County investigation has not yet been completed.

A release from the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office last June estimated the investigation would take 30 days...it has now been 11 weeks.

An F.B.I. spokesperson was not at liberty to comment on the status of that investigation.


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Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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