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Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Man charged with impersonating officer

By Sydney Albert
CELINA - A Celina man was arrested on Friday and charged with impersonating a police officer and obstructing official business, according to police.
At about 9:33 p.m., Celina police responded to a call of a suspicious man wearing and displaying a handgun on his hip and saying he was working for the Celina Police Department and Task Force, according to a Celina Police news release.
Officers located 31-year-old Daniel Powers near 609 Touvelle St. wearing a bulletproof vest, according to the release. Upon interviewing Powers and speaking with area residents, officers reportedly determined that Powers had been knocking on doors and speaking with residents.
Powers had reportedly been claiming to work for area law enforcement and was looking for wanted fugitive Cory D. Gross, 36. He had also been carrying a toy handgun, which was found hidden along with a holster in a nearby wooded area, according to the release.
Judge Kathryn Speelman set Powers' bond at $50,000.
Celina police specified in the release that Powers "does not, has never and will never work for the Celina Police Department."
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