Thursday, March 22, 2012

Former deputy sheriff sues Mason school chief for defamation | The West Virginia Record

A former Mason County Sheriff's deputy alleges the superintendent of schools defamed him in remarks she gave to the media about him being investigated for making inappropriate remarks about a student's T-shirt.

Suzanne Dickens is named in a three-count defamation suit filed by Robert Glenn in Mason Circuit Court. In his complaint filed March 9, Glenn alleges Dickens last year prematurely affirmed to a television station Glenn, while working as the prevention resource officer at Hannan Senior and Junior High School sexually harassed a female student.

In West Virginia, prevention resource officers are uniformed police officers who, among other things, serve as security guards in public schools, and teach students about bullying.

For more on this story, go to The West Virginia Record.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Mason sheriff resigns, pleads to fraud and firearms-related charges | The West Virginia Record

The law enforcement career of one West Virginia sheriff has come to end following his resignation from office, and entering pleas to charges he both endangered the life of his son and defrauded the county.

David Lee Anthony II appeared in Mason Circuit Court March 6 to plead guilty to four charges of the 42-count indictment returned against him in January by the grand jury. In tendering his plea, Anthony, 42, agreed to plead guilty to charges of brandishing, and shooting near a dwelling and no contest to charges of fraudulent scheme and embezzlement, all misdemeanors.

For more on this story, go to The West Virginia Record.

Photo:  Former Mason County Sheriff David Anthony II, foreground, exits the courtroom after entering a plea agreement to four counts of a 42-count indictment returned against him in January. The plea agreement called for Anthony both resigning as sheriff, and dropping his bid for re-election which negated a scheduled hearing next month by a three-judge panel to consider a petition filed by the county comission for his impeachment, and removal from office.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Mason sheriff faces removal effort in midst of criminal charges | The West Virginia Record

Before May's primary election, Mason County Sheriff David Anthony II's bid for re-election will have to successfully run a gauntlet of legal and political trials next month.

The Mason County Commission on Feb. 13 filed a petition in Mason Circuit Court for Anthony's impeachment, and removal as sheriff. The petition cites four counts of malfeasance of office as ground for Anthony's removal that include nearly $2,500 in unauthorized expenditures last year in Florida, his arrest in November for discharging a handgun over the head of his 14-year-old son and applying for and receiving grant money without the Commission's knowledge or consent.

For more on this story, go to The West Virginia Record.