- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

TUPELO, Okla. (AP) - Authorities said a police chief and a reserve officer in a southern Oklahoma city were arrested and charged for separate incidents this week.

Tupelo police Chief Stephen Baber, 51, was charged Tuesday in Coal County District Court with second-degree forgery and uttering a forged instrument, The Ada News reported (https://bit.ly/X24h8y ).

Baber is accused of forging a doctor’s signature on a psychological evaluation for a Stonewall police officer in August. All law enforcement officers are required to undergo a psychological evaluation before they are placed on full-time duty. The evaluation’s report must be signed by a doctor.

Coal County Sheriff Bryan Jump said Baber told Stonewall’s police chief he could save him money by sending a prospective officer’s exam to a doctor in Ardmore for $80, according to Coal County Sheriff Bryan Jump.

Jump said Baber forged a doctor’s signature over an old evaluation of a different officer and gave it to the Stonewall police chief.

“He took some whiteout and whited out where an old officer’s name was and added the new officer’s name,” Jump said.

Coal County District Court said its records do not show an attorney yet for Baber.

On Tuesday, deputies arrested a reserve officer on suspicion of unauthorized use of a vehicle. Undersheriff Bobby Hatton said he saw the officer driving a Tupelo police car when he was not on duty.


Information from: The Ada News, https://www.adaeveningnews.com

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