Former Shelby County mayor arrested

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Police have arrested former Shelby County interim Mayor Joe Ford on charges of writing a bad check and theft.

The Commercial Appeal reports Ford was lodged on Tuesday morning in the Shelby County jail. A police report says the charges stem from a $1,301.23 check written to Lauderdale Liquors.

Online jail records don't show whether he has an attorney.

Ford served on the County Commission and was then appointed as interim county mayor from December 2009 until August the next year, when he lost an election to Mark Luttrell.

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