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Sheriff Denies Allegations By Anonymous Author

By TYLER REYNARD Staff Writer

July 31, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

OHIO COUNTY - Ohio County Sheriff Pat Butler on Monday denied allegations of corruption levied against him and two of his corporals in anonymously authored flyers.

Butler said the flyers were discovered last week on car windshields in Elm Grove. He learned of them when a city resident brought one into his office Thursday.

The flyers accuse Butler and Ohio County sheriff's Cpls. Roger Bise and Rod Vaught of collectively engaging in corrupt practices. The flyers state Butler "should not be re-elected under any circumstances" and demand he be investigated immediately and arrested by the FBI. If an investigation is launched, "anonymous" will produce the evidence to support the allegations, the document claims.

Butler said he does not know who authored the flyers or if they are politically motivated, but he said he will take legal action if the author is revealed.

"When I find out who it is there will be a civil suit, I can guarantee you that," Butler said Monday. "If they didn't mention the two deputies, I wouldn't be nearly as upset."

Recorded phone calls between "the individuals" will be revealed in the next week, the flyers continue. And they also accuse local government officials and the Wheeling Police Department of corruption.

Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger on Monday said he believes the allegations are baseless and do not warrant any comment.

 
 

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