Patrol Making Broad Review Of Gov's Residence Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- The State Highway Patrol will take a broader look at its handling of an alleged smuggling scheme involving inmate workers at the Ohio governor's residence.

The agency had intended to focus on the actions of its investigative services director, Maj. Robert Booker, who was relieved of his command last week.

But patrol spokeswoman Lindsay Komlanc said Tuesday that plan has been scrapped in favor of a review of the highway patrol's overall response.

Investigators believe a woman planned to leave tobacco behind the mansion for an inmate on Jan. 9.

They opted not to stage a bust but to warn the woman instead, partly out of concern for Gov. Ted Strickland's safety.

Booker was already due to retire Friday. A message for comment was left for him Wednesday.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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