- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 13, 2017

WHITWELL, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee Bureau of Investigation probe that led to the arrest of a police chief has resulted in charges against the chief’s mother, stepfather, a city manager and another man.

Melydia Clewell, Hamilton County district attorney spokeswoman, says they have been arrested in connection with a theft ring involving stolen property, drugs, and food stamps. She says more arrests are pending.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports (https://bit.ly/2s7aqSi) 46-year-old Whitwell Police Chief James Rodney Easterly was indicted June 8.

The recent arrest includes Easterly’s 66-year-old mother, Doris Ann Gholston, and 56-year-old stepfather, Alfred Gholston, 53-year-old former Whitwell City Manager Stacy Yolanda Terry and 51-year-old Jerry Jay Jones. They face charges ranging from criminal conspiracy to commit theft to official misconduct.

It’s unclear if the accused have lawyers.

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Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, https://www.timesfreepress.com

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