Moving Out So That Others Can Move Up ….
THE NOW-FORMER FIRE CHIEF of Hayden, Arizona, has been charged with theft and trafficking in stolen property. Charles Vega, 37, is accused of stealing $850 which were the proceeds of the local VFD's annual dance-fund raiser last December. He is also accused of stealing over $4,000 worth of chainsaws from his former employer and then trying to sell them.
Hayden police first investigated the missing funds and when the evidence led them to a city employee (Vega) they contacted the Pinal County Sheriff to take over the investigation. At the same time, the Gila County Sheriff's Office was investigating the theft of as many as four chainsaws worth $1,120 each from the Asarco Mine in Kearny, Arizona. It was discovered that Vega was a former employee of the mine and one of the last people to have the items.
He was caught up when he tried to sell one of the chainsaws on eBay. The sheriff seized the saw and arrested Vega. Under questioning, Vega admitted that he stole the chainsaws with the intention of using the money to pay back the $850 that he had taken from the FD.
He is currently free on personal recognizance until his trials.
KTVK-TV has the STORY.
Hat tip: Chip S.
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ON MARCH 14 FIREGEEZER posted an article HERE on the difficulties facing the Jerusalem Township, Ohio, fire chief Harold Stanton.
Last night (Tuesday) the township trustees held a 25-minute executive session and then reconvened for their public meeting and voted unanimously to terminate Stanton.
The Toledo Blade writes today:
Mr. Stanton, who attended the meeting, deferred all comments to his attorney, Kevin Greenfield. Mr. Greenfield said he and his client plan to file an appeal in Lucas County Common Pleas Court today, calling the decision "erroneous."
"They’re holding him to a standard of misconduct and misfeasance, when there’s absolutely no evidence," he said.
Mr. Stanton, who has been chief since 2008, has been suspended from duties since March 5 for allegedly allowing resident Jim Gray, who is not on the fire department, to remain at the scene in four or five emergency situations. Some witnesses said they saw Mr. Gray using equipment at scenes.
Read the entire story HERE.
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IN BROOME COUNTY, NEW YORK, the fire chief of the Chenango Forks Fire Department has been arrested and charged with felony misconduct for stealing a fire department vehicle by falsifying paperwork to put the car's ownership into his name.
The Broome County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division arrested Lewis G. Merritt, 57, of Chenango Forks, after an investigation into the misappropriation of property at the Chenango Forks Fire Company. Deputies say Merritt falsified paperwork to obtain a vehicle for personal use that had been donated to the fire company.
The vehicle was donated to the fire company by a downstate New York fireman’s fund, according to the sheriff's office.
Merritt was taken into custody Sunday and charged in the town of Dickinson with offering a false instrument for filing in the 1st degree, a class E felony, and official misconduct, a class A misdemeanor.
The Press & Sun-Bulletin adds:
Merritt is accused of filing paperwork saying the vehicle was his when, in fact, it belonged to the fire company. The alleged falsification involved Department of Motor Vehicles records, he said.
Ellis said the matter was brought to the attention of the Sheriff’s Office about three weeks ago by the current chief of the Chenango Forks Fire Company.
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