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Stremming retires from BPD
BICKNELL — City police chief Terry Stremming has officially retired.
Members of the city’s Board of Works met in special session Tuesday and voted to accept Stremming’s retirement. He had been on leave for more than a year following to an alleged incident at the prosecutor’s office.
City officials, too, announced last month that they had scheduled a disciplinary hearing to consider an “allegation made against Stremming,” but they did not say whether the two incidents were related.
That hearing, scheduled for later this week, has been cancelled.
Following the April 2019 incident, Stremming was placed on leave and charged with battery against a public safety official, a Level 6 felony. According to court documents, Stremming was attempting to take back a police-issued laptop computer that was at the prosecutor's office.
Stremming went to the prosecutor's office, court documents say, and demanded the laptop back. He attempted to remove it from investigator Rose Archer's desk, but she placed her hands on it, saying it contained evidence in an ongoing case and couldn't be removed from the office.
Stremming then allegedly "pushed Archer against the wall" and continued to try to seize the laptop, according to court documents. He eventually left without it.
That court case is still ongoing.
This leaves Bicknell with just one remaining officer, Jacob Fisher, although he, too, has been administrative leave since February.
City officials say they received a complaint of alleged misconduct against Fischer weeks ago. An earlier disciplinary hearing was continued amid the COVID-19 shutdown.
That hearing has been rescheduled for May 19.
Bicknell isn’t, however, without police protection as, amid all these legal troubles, Mayor Thomas Estabrook last summer led the charge to strike a deal with county officials, one that officially brought Bicknell under the sheriff's department's protection.
Knox County Arrests
• Derek Tyson Wininger, 40, Vincennes, battery resulting in bodily injury; strangulation