Ex-Bazetta chief wants records sealed

WARREN — A third bid by the former Bazetta police chief to seal his records on 1993 and 1994 felony and misdemeanor convictions was heard Wednesday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

Reggie L. Potts of Northgate Drive in Howland has asked a third time for Judge W. Wyatt McKay to expunge convictions in 1993 and 1994 on charges of theft in office, tampering with records and falsification.

McKay has taken the matter under advisement, said Potts’ attorney, Matthew Williams of Fairview Park, who said he expects a decision to come from the judge in a few weeks.

“It has been 25 years, and I hope there is some forgiveness there,” Williams said.

Potts, who was fired as chief in 1993, wants to be promoted in his job and has lived a clean life free of crime for years, Williams said.

McKay approved Potts’ motion to seal the records in 2001, but the 11th District Court reversed that decision. Another bid with the appeals court failed in 2011, records show.

The theft in office conviction, a felony, involved non-police personnel driving a car loaned to the department, while the misdemeanor falsification conviction involved false information about a man who had not worked for the department. The misdemeanor tampering charge was linked to police drug records.

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