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NAIROBI (Reuters) - A speeding ticket involving the World Bank country director in Kenya turned into a public spat on Friday after police angrily rejected his claim the traffic stop was fresh evidence of police corruption.

World Bank country director Colin Bruce has often denounced graft in the east African nation, particularly among its police force, routinely rated as Kenya's most corrupt institution.

On Thursday, he was pulled over on a busy highway outside the capital Nairobi, where officers accused his driver of cruising at more than twice the legal speed limit.
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Former Plum police officer Ryan Schneiderlochner, who was acquitted this week of a federal charge of tampering with a witness, will go through arbitration in hopes of reclaiming his job.
Schneiderlochner filed for arbitration not long after Plum Council voted to fire him after he was indicted by a federal grand jury last September.

Council president Chuck McMeekin said he voted to dismiss Schneiderlochner based primarily on a confidential report prepared by Police Chief Robert Payne outlining policies allegedly Schneiderlochner violated. McMeekin is questioning the validity of the report.

"He proved himself in federal court," McMeekin said. "What more do they want.

"The jury wasn't out very long. I'm not really surprised, since the main witness said she didn't feel intimidated or threatened. He (Schneiderlochner) said all along he wasn't guilty, that he never threatened her. He's going to fight it (his dismissal)."

While on duty on July 11, 2005, Schneiderlochner videotaped the exterior of Nicole Olbrish's Plum home and used a zoom lens to film the interior.

Olbrish is a federal witness in an ongoing investigation into the Plum Police Department.

Schneiderlochner is a target of that investigation. Payne said Schneiderlochner's actions directly violate department policies and police ethics.

The chief said Schneiderlochner used a personal camcorder and filmed Olbrish's home for almost two hours while he was being paid to work on overtime.

Monroeville Police Officer Larry Storch, who also was on duty that night, was shown on the tape at Olbrish's home and later at the Dunkin' Donuts in Plum with Olbrish.

Schneiderlochner turned the video over to Monroeville Police Department and Storch was disciplined.

Paul Boas, Schneiderlochner's attorney, said in court that the tape was made because his client feared that Storch was stalking Olbrish.

"He (Schneiderlochner) did the wrong thing," Payne said. "He's a patrolman, and if he feels there is wrongdoing going on by another police officer that is not criminal in nature, he should have contacted his superior and then I would have contacted Monroeville Police.

"It's none of his business," Payne said. "If another officer from another jurisdiction is in Plum, there are many situations that could be legitimate. It's a Monroeville problem and a (Plum) patrolman made it his business.

"It turned out to be a federal witness against him in an FBI investigation, and that makes the difference."

Beyond that, Payne said, he doesn't believe any officer on duty has the right at any time to take a personal video camera to work and film any residence -- let alone to use a zoom lens to film inside the residence.

Said Payne: "It boils down to this: anyone should feel pretty well safe that their local police are not outside their bedrooms at 2 a.m. filming them."

Schneiderlochner also left his coverage zone for the two hours he was filming Olbrish's home, Payne said.

"People are paying the borough for police protection," Payne said. "They crawl into bed thinking they're protected. They're led to believe they're safe and he was being paid time-and-a-half to leave the people in his zone unprotected."

McMeekin said he questions Payne's report that outlined the multiple policies Schneiderlochner allegedly violated.

"He worked a double shift that night, and I understand that he got an hour for lunch and an hour for breakfast, so there were two hours of his time that he could have used for that filming," McMeekin said. "What people do on their own lunch hour is their business.

"I have questions that he did violate those policies and procedures."

This was Schneiderlochner's third trip to court for actions as a Plum policeman.

In his first case, he was charged with cheating on the civil service exam and was found innocent.

Later, an Allegheny County Court jury deliberated for less than 15 minutes to find him innocent of harassing former Plum Mayor John Schmeck.

The federal jury deliberated for less than five hours and returned a not guilty verdict in this case on Monday.

 

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