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SURFSIDE BEACH — A village police officer suspended for mishandling evidence disposal had his punishment abruptly end through action by village aldermen.

Sgt. Robert Heckler, who has been suspended with pay for about a month after Police Chief Gary Phillips determined Heckler did not properly dispose of evidence while cleaning out the police department’s evidence room, addressed council July 13 before they took action on his recommended discipline.

Teresa Dowling is the news editor for The Facts. Contact her at 979-237-0154.

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