It's been a year of turmoil for the Easton Police Department since Officer Jesse Sollman was shot and killed inside the police station.
March 25, 2005 - Easton Police Officer Jesse Sollman is fatally shot inside the police station, becoming the first officer killed on duty since 1930. Officer Matthew Renninger, later identified as the officer who shot Sollman, is taken to a hospital and eventually placed on paid administrative leave. The shooting occurred after Sollman and other members of the department's SWAT had returned from a training exercise.
July, 6, 2005 - Pa. Chiefs of Police Association says department is an agency in crisis.
July 8, 2005 - Burglary in Chief Steven A. Mazzeo's executive suite; someone pried open a filing cabinet and went through Sollman's file.
July 11 and 13, 2005 - Grand jury in Harrisburg begins investigating Sollman shooting and hears testimony from Easton police officers Dominick W. Marraccini, Robert C. Weber, David M. Beitler, Matthew T. Gerould, Sgt. John D. Remaley, Timothy R. Lambert, Lt. Scott Casterline and Brian Herncane.
July 21, 2005 - City disbands the SWAT team.
Aug. 2 and 4, 2005 - Ex-police captain John Mazzeo, Lt. Michael J. Orchulli, Steven Parkansky Jr., Lt. David Hess and Sgt. Matthew J. Lohenitz testify before the grand jury in Harrisburg.
Aug. 4, 2005 - Mayor Phil Mitman asks for a federal probe of the department's policies, procedures; Chief Mazzeo testifies before panel.
Sept. 21, 2005 - Mitman asks Mazzeo to quit.
Sept. 26, 2005 - Mazzeo formally resigns, and Mitman appoints Capt. Scheldon Smith as captain in charge.
Oct. 6 and 7, 2005 - Easton police officers Charles M. McMonagle and Sgt. Michael J. Vangelo testify before the grand jury.
Oct. 18, 2005 - Sgt. Thomas A. Smith loses gun in bathroom while attending a going away party for another officer at a steak house in Palmer Township.
October 26-27, 2005 -City police officers take lie-detector tests as part of burglary investigation in the department's executive suite.
Nov. 10, 2005 - Renninger testifies before the grand jury for 2 hours.
Dec. 14, 2005 - Firearms expert's report says officers routinely violated department policies by loading and unloading guns in area where Sollman was shot.
Dec. 21, 2005 - Allentown Police Chief Joseph C. Blackburn, the likely choice to become Easton's new police chief, withdraws his name for consideration after City Council balked at providing him with a car and gasoline to commute home to Harrisburg.
Jan. 13 - Attorney John Karoly Jr., who represents Sollman's widow, Carin, and two lawyers representing the city of Easton testify before the grand jury.
March 16 - State Attorney General Tom Corbett announces that no charges will be filed in the fatal shooting of Sollman. A grand jury report outlines many deficiencies within the department and its building and also recommends that Renninger be terminated.
A rocky year for Easton's police
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