February 13, 2010 11:11:00 PM
ABERDEEN -- According to Aberdeen Police Chief Henry Randle, a seventh person has been arrested since an investigation was launched into the Aberdeen Electric Department approximately two months ago.
Anthony Charles Bailey, 42, 811B S. Chestnut St. in Aberdeen, has been charged with felonious theft of utilities.
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n Aberdeen Electric Department Manager Adrian Garth was arrested on charges of two counts of felonious extortion. The Aberdeen Board of Aldermen in January accepted his resignation.
Adrian Garth''s arrest stems from statements Randle had received concerning some "serious allegations" made against Garth and his position of authority.
"We have had some people come forward and make statements that they have been asked to exchange sexual favors in lieu of paying for their electricity," Randle had said. "These are very serious allegations and we now have enough evidence to charge (Garth) with extortion."
An official investigation into the Aberdeen Electric Department began after a special-called aldermen meeting, where board members went into executive session to discuss a meter missing from the Aberdeen Electric Department, which was allegedly on the home of terminated employee Charles Hales'' home.
"I want to make this clear -- this is not about Charles Hale," Cloyd Garth said at the time. "This is an ongoing investigation. The board is concerned how city property could disappear from the warehouse."
Bowen was charged with receiving stolen property after a meter taken from then-electric department employee Charles Hale was allegedly given to Bowen. Bowen has never admitted to having the meter in his possession, but he has stated that he fully informed Aberdeen Mayor Jim Ballad about the circumstances surrounding Hale''s meter.
According to Randle, the investigation was launched internally after Ballard said a meter found on the home of former electric department employee Charles Hale was placed into the hands of some private citizens.
John W commented at 2/14/2010 9:36:00 AM:
I find it interesting that both Aberdeen and West Point have problems in their electric departments. Maybe its time for 4-County Electric Power Association to take ober both of them? It would save West Point and Aberdeen dollars in infrastructure costs.
chris commented at 2/14/2010 12:22:00 PM:
maybe buy you're assuming that the same thing isnt happening at 4 county power....
james commented at 2/14/2010 1:53:00 PM:
Not only aberdeen and west point but more likely okolona
FPA commented at 2/14/2010 2:50:00 PM:
The only problem the city of West Point Electric Dept. is having is with interfering selectmen. There are good employees who work hard, but are not able to do their jobs because of the racist selectmen. 4-County is not the answer. Nothing against them, but the competent city employees need to be able to do their jobs. Plain and simple.
Deborah commented at 2/14/2010 3:04:00 PM:
I think it's time for citizens to demand that our state government requires that rural or community owned utility companies be policed by a state government agency to protect the innocent customers of these companies who have no choice or alternative as to where they can purchase these services
Roy commented at 2/15/2010 6:38:00 AM:
4-County is regulated by TVA and the PSC as most Power Assocaitons are, so big brother is watching and checking them at all times. The problem with municipal run systems is that they can do whatever they want in most cases because they answer to Mayors and aldermen,selectmen etc...duh answering to politicians!!!
g bennet commented at 2/15/2010 6:55:00 AM:
I fully agree with deborah and roy. But some one also needs to watch our feds as well. we have a bunch of crooks coming out of the closet everywhere. and it makes it harder on the hard working class who get no favors from any one
beata vita commented at 2/15/2010 10:28:00 AM:
Roy hit it dead on, "answering to politicians". Electric associations should be run like business and not subject to the favortism of politicians.
Red commented at 2/15/2010 12:00:00 PM:
The problem with West Point and Aberdeen is that they have turned into garbage pits due to a negligent community.
Living it commented at 2/15/2010 8:50:00 PM:
A Utility board is the solution!!!! Check out Municipals with seprate Utility Boards disconnected from the city's politics Ex.Columbus and Tennessee cities who are great exaamples for these to follow. I have worked for both and this is the only way in todays time to operate and protect rate payer interest.
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