With the trial for a Rising Sun police officer looming, a second officer has now been suspended from the force.
Master police officer Adam Dominick, the department's K-9 officer and a 10-year veteran of the force, is suspended with pay. And has been for about two weeks, Police Chief Chip Peterson confirmed on Monday. The chief said that Dominick is the subject of an internal investigation which is ongoing and being conducted by the department.
Rising Sun police officer PFC Daniel Stickney is still getting paid and still suspended and has been since spring.
A few months ago, Stickney, who has worked for the town for five years, was charged with the following: three counts of perjury on December 20, 2012, April 30, 2013, and July 8, 2013, and three counts of misconduct in office on the same dates.
At the time, Cecil County State's Attorney Ellis Rollins said "we never talk about pending cases." But he also said his office did not indict Stickney.
Rollins said that Lance Richardson from the Queen Anne's County Office of the State's Attorney presented Stickney's case to the grand jury. Richardson is also prosecuting the case.
Stickney was suspended from duty in late March. A criminal jury trial with Stickney answering these charges is set for October 20. Stickney was charged with assault in 2012 and acquitted.
This latest suspension has left the department short two officers.
"There is no overtime. The shifts have been manipulated so we have officers working at peak times. We've been here before (with a shortage of manpower). We'll work the best we can. If we need assistance I will call on the state police and the sheriff's office," said Chief Peterson.