- Associated Press - Thursday, August 14, 2014

OBERLIN, La. (AP) - Kinder Police Chief Gary Pelican has pleaded not guilty to allegations of malfeasance and theft.

The 52-year-old Pelican and his attorney entered the plea Wednesday during a brief appearance before state District Judge Joel Davis in Oberlin.

The American Press reports (https://bit.ly/1eOXZNb ) Pelican’s trial is set for Feb. 23.

Pelican was arrested in January by state police on 10 counts of malfeasance and one count of felony theft of $1,500 or more.

The charges stem from an audit accusing him of using town credit cards to charge $7,700 in fuel, some of which was put into vehicles belonging to family members.

Under state law, Pelican, who is serving his fourth term as police chief, can continue to serve unless he’s convicted of a felony.

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Information from: American Press, https://www.americanpress.com

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