The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


April 22, 2013

State Police conduct inquiry into alleged misconduct by Beckley Police officer

"Nothing of a criminal nature could be substantiated," WVSP Lt. Terry Cummings. Beckley Chief Tim Deems says matter is a personnel issue, no further details coming for now

BECKLEY — As the result of an unrelated criminal investigation being conducted in the Beckley area, West Virginia State Police have conducted an inquiry into allegations of misconduct by a Beckley City Police officer.

However, according to Lt. Tony Cummings of the WVSP, during the course of his probe “nothing of a criminal nature could be substantiated” and the results of that inquiry have been “turned over” to Beckley Police Chief Tim Deems.

Mayor Emmett Pugh said Monday that the city was recently made aware of the inquiry. He added that the State Police information has been given to Deems and that “we’re still looking at it.”

In a press release issued Monday afternoon, Deems said the matter is a personnel issue and no further information is being released at this time.

“I was notified by the State Police last month that they were conducting an inquiry into several allegations of misconduct made against a Beckley officer.  Last week I was notified by the State Police that there were no criminal violations found and the inquiry was closed,” Deems statement read.

“Due to the fact there was no criminal conduct found and this is a personnel issue, the name of the Officer or any further information is not being released.  If there is any further information to release, I will let you know.”

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