Cincinnati suburb can’t afford to pay for police patrols

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LINCOLN HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) – A Cincinnati suburb is too broke to pay the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office to patrol its streets.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Lincoln Heights owes about $650,000 and informed the county last week that it doesn’t have enough money to pay that bill or cover future costs.

County officials say they won’t abandon the village and its 3,200 residents. But they’re calling Ohio Auditor Dave Yost to look into the village’s finances.

Lincoln Heights disbanded its police department in October 2014 and the sheriff’s office took over patrols for $700,000 a year. But officials say the town paid little of that last year and none this year.

Officials say the patrols will continue as the county and village work toward a solution.

Village officials couldn’t be reached by for comment.

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