Bethesda Police Chief suspended

BETHESDA Village Police Chief Justin Wise has been suspended after claims of sexual harrassment came to light involving a former female police officer.

Village leaders launched an investigation, and during a hearing there wasn’t enough evidence to support the claim. The terms of the suspension or when it went into effect were not released.

Prior to a hearing that took place on Aug. 11, the village officials held a lengthy investigation. Police coverage of Bethesda will remain under the jurisdiction of the village police force while the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office will assist.