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Former chief guilty of disorderly conduct

May 17, 2012

A former Geneva Township police chief pleaded guilty May 9 to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.

Edward Gritzner, 57, of Lake Como, was sentenced to one year of probation. As a condition of his probation, Gritzner must receive counseling as recommended by his probation agent.

He also must pay a $100 fine. During his year of probation, he can't consume alcohol and he is not to have violent contact with the victim.

The original charge included a domestic abuse enhancement, but that was removed.

If he violates the terms of his probation, a judge could impose the maximum sentence on the disorderly conduct charge, which is 90 days in jail.

According to the criminal complaint:

Someone told police of an altercation between Gritzner and his wife at Flanagan's Bar, Lake Como. The person showed police text messages from the victim indicating Gritzner kicked a barstool out from under her, "causing her a hairline fracture to her tail bone." The messages state the victim asked the bartender to call the police, but "no one would do so."

The victim also stated she went to the hospital and told doctors "she fell down the stairs."

Police spoke to a patron, the tavern manager and the bartender working that evening.

The bartender told police Gritzner and the victim were arguing. However, the bartender "looked away from where they were located and heard a loud crash."

The patron reported hearing a "thud" and then the victim said, "Call the police."

Gritzner retired as town of Geneva police chief Dec. 31, 2010, and was a law enforcement officer for 37 years. Currently, he is president of the Lake Como Beach Property Owners Association.