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July 2, 2013

Police report states building inspector's behavior nearly ended in arrest

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Thomas’ report continues to paint an unflattering picture of the building inspector, who ordered Trofatter to drive him away from the scene in a tone that Thomas said reminded him of an adult reprimanding a child. In a low, calming voice, Thomas said he tried to explain the situation with Lovering, but again did little good. Lovering then walked toward the fire cruiser and got inside the passenger’s side, his face red with anger, Thomas reported.

Again, Thomas asked Trofatter whether there was any legal reason why they should enter the house; Trofatter said there wasn’t. Just to be sure, the two men walked around the house and during that inspection noticed the back door was ajar. Thomas closed and secured the door before returning to the driveway. As they walked, Thomas confided in Trofatter that he couldn’t understand why Lovering became so upset. Trofatter eventually entered his vehicle, but before Thomas reached his cruiser, Lovering abruptly got out of the car and said in a yelling voice: “Let me get this straight. You said I should put it down as the first time, when I said that I had never had an officer deny me going to a house.”

Thomas stated he began to reply but before he had a chance to respond fully, Lovering cut him off and ordered him to leave. Lovering’s voice grew in volume and intensity to the point where people were gathering to watch the unfolding spectacle. Motorists also slowed down to get a better look at what was transpiring. Thomas reported that Lovering placed his cellphone toward his leg as if he just gotten off the phone and yelled at Thomas: “Answer your (expletive) phone, your friggin chief is calling you.”

“It should be noted that Building Inspector David Lovering was borderline criminal, disorderly conduct,” Thomas wrote in his report.

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