Ohio troopers fired for Klan prank awaiting appeal

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) - Two Ohio Highway Patrol troopers fired over a prank involving what looked like a Ku Klux Klan outfit will find out soon whether they can get their jobs back.

The two troopers filed grievances over their firings in May. A State Highway Patrol spokesman says they should find out their fates within the next two weeks.

An attorney with the Ohio State Troopers Association says that Craig Franklin and Eric Wlodarsky of the Sandusky post were fired in violation of a union contract.

Gov. Ted Strickland asked that the men be fired after a patrol investigation found that Franklin put a white cone on his head and donned a white mask and white cloth the day before Martin Luther King Day. Wlodarsky then took a photo that he forwarded on his cell phone.

-- Information from: Sandusky Register