- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

GRANT, Ala. (AP) - Three Marshall County sheriff’s deputies are facing charges in connection with the vandalism of a campaign sign for Sheriff Scott Walls’ political rival.

Al.com reports (https://bit.ly/1CrGalh) that a witness reported seeing people stop near her home in the northeast Alabama town of Grant. She told authorities the vehicle’s headlights were off, and the suspects damaged a sign in the yard.

Authorities say a vehicle matching the description was stopped around that time by a Grant police officer, and authorities learned it was registered to a Marshall County deputy.

Arrest warrants state that three deputies — Heath Thomas, Chris Bearden and Jeremiah McCormack — are all charged with third-degree criminal mischief. Authorities say a woman, Tiffany Bearden, faces the same charge.

Walls said all three deputies have been placed on administrative leave.

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