DAYTON —The owner of Ranger Security was twice fired by area police departments for troubling behavior and a troubling past, according to a Dayton Daily News review of police and court records.
In addition, Ivan G. Burke, 39, has two misdemeanor convictions involving violence, and served time in jail for failing to pay child support.
Burke is owner of Ranger Security. He is also founder of Tactical Solutions Group, a company that offers firearms training to military, law enforcement and civilians.
Some of Burke’s troubles are more than 10 years old, but illustrate a larger pattern of evasion that led to state officials proposing pulling Ranger’s license.
Due to Burke’s past, a felony conviction would likely disqualify him from serving as a guard or police officer.
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Burke’s stint as an Ansonia Police officer was short — about a summer. It ended because he had not reported his legal problems when he was hired in May 2007. In a letter dated Aug. 28, 2007, Ansonia Chief Larry Hoffman wrote that he was firing Burke because “it has come to my attention that you have had a criminal case history, as well as an extensive driving record.”
Burke is currently an auxiliary officer in Clay Twp., whose chief, Don Perkins, was not available for comment late last week.
Perry Twp. Police Chief Bob Bowman confirmed Burke worked as an unpaid auxiliary officer between January 2010 and March 2011, when he was asked to resign.
Bowman said Burke looked like a good candidate on paper, but did not perform.
During a divorce in 1992, Preble County Common Pleas records show that Burke was repeatedly threatened with contempt of court for not paying child support. In April 2002, he was jailed for 140 days.
The Dayton Daily News found that Burke has been charged with misdemeanor assaults at least three times.
In 2000, he was accused of assaulting a female co-worker at Marshal Protective Service in Huber Heights.
The woman told police Burke walked into the office wearing his sidearm, and she told him to place it in one of the gun lockers, according to a police report. Burke became irate, yelling at her and telling her that she was not his boss.
The woman also told police she tried to fax some paperwork to a client, but dropped it on the floor. When she bent over to get it, Burke shoved her and walked out of the room. She fell back onto a filing cabinet and had a small mark on her elbow and “a small area on her cheek where he had used his hand to push her out of the way.”
Burke admitted yelling at the co-worker, but told police he accidently bumped into her when he tried to squeeze past her. After he pleaded guilty, he was placed on probation for a year, ordered to attend anger management classes and told to have no contact with the co-worker, according to Montgomery County Municipal Court records.
Burke later owned Capital Protective Agency with his then-wife Rosemary, where a former employee claimed Burke assaulted him on Jan. 8, 2002.
The employee told Dayton police that Burke showed up at his home and was punched by Burke after the employee told Burke he was quitting, according to a police report.
The charge was dismissed in March 2002.
On January 27, 2002, Kettering police were dispatched to the home of Rosemary Burke, now Ivan’s estranged wife, and her live-in boyfriend. Ivan banged on the door and bedroom window until his wife let him in. While inside, he attacked the boyfriend and Burke told him he “was going to be his worst nightmare,” according to a police report.
Burke’s driver’s license was under four suspensions at the time, according to the report. Police called him to get his side of the story, and he said he needed to go to work. A few minutes later, Rosemary called Kettering police to report that Burke had just called her boyfriend’s cell phone and left a threatening message.
Charged with assault, Burke pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in July 2002 and was placed on two years unsupervised probation.
Ansonia had been told none of these details, according to Chief Hoffman, who also sent a letter to Burke on Oct. 18, 2007, two months after he was fired.
Burke had taken a firearms class in West Virginia, which cost $75, and Hoffman was sent the bill.
“It has come to my attention that you are still identifying yourself as a police department for the Village of Ansonia,” Hoffman wrote.
Contact this reporter at (937) 225-2057 or lgrieco@DaytonDailyNews.com.