Yellow Springs patrolman on leave after complaint of misconduct

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio (WDTN) – The wife of a Yellow Springs patrolman arrested for disorderly conduct made her appearance in court this morning. The incident happened just minutes after her husband was placed on administrative leave.

Patrolman Dennis Nipper was placed on administrative leave last week. After looking through his personnel file, we found that this wasn’t the first time Nipper had been placed on leave.

According to police reports, Chief of Police David Hale and Sgt. Josh Knapp held a meeting with Nipper on December 22nd.

In that meeting, they informed Nipper he was being placed on administrative leave after a complaint of misconduct had been filed against him. According to reports, 20 minutes later his wife, Jane Nipper, approached Chief Hale in the parking lot demanding answers as to why her husband was placed on leave.

The incident quickly escalated and Nipper was eventually arrested for disorderly conduct. She pled not guilty to that charge in court Wednesday morning.

According to court documents, the judge ordered Jane Nipper to not have any contact with the Yellow Springs Government Center and stay at least 50 yards from the building. We looked through Dennis Nipper’s personnel file and found that this wasn’t the first time he was placed on leave.

Back in 2004, he was placed on unpaid leave after not having a concealed carry permit and order to participate in mandatory training. In 2000, he was reprimanded after searching a juvenile who had a knife, but Nipper didn’t find the weapon.

That juvenile later used the knife to cut his wrists. The investigation has since been turned over to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

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