Mayor, police chief and clerks all arrested in small Iowa town

HomeU.S

Mayor, police chief and clerks all arrested in small Iowa town

The mayor, police chief, city clerk and a former city clerk of a small Midwest town were all arrested for allegedly abusing their po

Troubled ex-NFL star Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones arrested in alleged beatdown
Trying a Des Moines Register reporter arrested while covering a protest violates free press rights
Fact-checking 'Judas and the Black Messiah': Was Fred Hampton drugged or arrested over ice cream?


The mayor, police chief, city clerk and a former city clerk of a small Midwest town were all arrested for allegedly abusing their power — with crimes including stealing money, falsifying records and strong-arming civilians, officials said.

In one instance, a resident in Armstrong, Iowa — population 840 — was attacked by one of the defendants with a stun gun to shake them down for money, authorities said.

“Mayor Greg Buum, police chief Craig Merrill, city clerk Tracie Lang, and former city clerk Connie Thackery were charged with felony and misdemeanor offenses in a 21-count joint trial information approved by the Emmet County District Court,” the Emmet County Sheriff’s said in a statement.

The Iowa Attorney General’s Office filed charges on Feb. 11 after a multi-year investigation uncovered allegations of theft, felonious misconduct in office, tampering with records, assault with a dangerous weapon and falsifying public records, according to the release.

One of the defendants — it wasn’t immediately clear which — deployed a Taser on a civilian in exchange for cash, officials allege.

Buum, Merrill and Thackery face a top charge of ongoing criminal conduct – a Class B felony.

Booking photo of (l-r) Iowa city clerk, Tracie Lang, and Connie Thackery, the former clerk for Armstrong.
Booking photo of Iowa city clerk, Tracie Lang (left), and Connie Thackery, the former clerk for Armstrong.
Emmet County Sheriffs Office

Lang’s top rap is fraudulent practice in the first degree – a Class C felony.

State prosecutors have taken over the case due to a local conflict of interest, officials said.

Additional arrests are said to be pending.

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 0
DISQUS: 0