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Home  |  News  |  SLED takes police car from Norway mayor

SLED takes police car from Norway mayor
Wednesday, May 9, 2012

NORWAY, SC (WIS) - The town of Norway no longer has the Dodge Charger Mayor Jim Preacher had been driving. SLED took the vehicle and gave it to the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Department.

The vehicle, bullet-proof vest, pistol and Taser were purchased in 2009 through a law enforcement grant with the Department of Justice. They were to be used for criminal justice purposes.

Norway has been without a police department since August 2011, after former mayor Cindy Williams sent a letter to the state's criminal justice academy, stating that Norway disbanded its police force because the town couldn't afford the officers.

The former chief, Jim Preacher, kept the vehicle and other equipment. In January, he was appointed town Constable, just days after taking the oath of office as mayor.

But he resigned that position amid a SLED investigation into an incident where he pulled over a State Trooper for speeding. A trial date has not been set.

The agency says if Norway re-establishes a law enforcement agency, the vehicle and other equipment will be returned.

Source: http://www.wistv.com/story/18242847/no-police-department-no-police-cruiser-sled-takes-police-car

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