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Ex-police officer suspected in suitcase deaths had long disciplinary record

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WEST ALLIS (WKOW) -- Newly released records show that a former West Allis police officer charged with hiding two women's corpses in suitcases had a lengthy disciplinary record, including three suspensions and four reprimands.

Steven Zelich is charged with two counts of hiding a corpse in Walworth County. Authorities say the 52-year-old is also a suspect in the women's deaths, although no homicide charges have been filed.

Zelich worked for the West Allis Police Department from February 1989 until he resigned in August 2001.

Records obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press show he was suspended twice in 2001 for lying; for 20 days in May and two days in April. He also received a one-day suspension in 1996 for failing to report an accident in which he was involved while on duty.

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