Former Sheriff Charged With Forgery

Rutledge, Grainger County (AP) -- A former Grainger County Sheriff and two employees have been indicted on charges of forging the signature of another officer on a document.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was called in to look into accusations that former Sheriff Jarius Williams, ex-deputy Scott Neal and sheriff's department secretary Donna Lakins forged the signature of another deputy on a complaint about a car accident last February.

A grand jury indicted the trio last week, and they were served the indictments Monday.

Williams was sheriff from 2002 to last year when he lost his bid for re-election in August.

More details about the forged police report were not available.

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