UPDATE: Mother of Whitwell police chief also indicted for theft
By WRCB Staff
UPDATE: The mother of the Whitwell Police Chief, who was indicted for theft, has also been indicted for theft.
The TBI arrested Doris Gholston after a months long investigation that began in April of last year in Marion County. Police say she was one of four who stole from retail stores across the Tennessee Valley and sold the stolen items.
They say she also had a fraudulent receipt of food assistance and sold controlled substances.
The TBI says she's the mother of Chief Rodney Gholston, who was just indicted for theft of property and official misconduct.
PREVIOUS STORY: Whitwell Police Chief Rodney Easterly made bond, Thursday night after being arrested for theft.
He has been placed on administrative leave without pay. Sgt. Kenneth Seagraves now becomes interim Whitwell Police Chief, starting Friday.
Chief Easterly has been full-time with the department since 2008. He has been chief for 8 years.
PREVIOUS STORY: Whitwell Police Chief James Rodney Easterly has been indicted on multiple charges including tampering with evidence, theft of property and official misconduct.
This comes after a joint investigation by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Marion County Sheriff's Office. 12th District Attorney General Michael Taylor requested an investigation of Easterly on complaints of theft, controlled substance violations and fraudulent receipt of food assistance within Marion County. TBI Agents found information during the investigation that implicated Easterly in those and other charges, which occurred in 2016.
The Marion County Grand Jury returned indictments on June 8, charging Easterly with conspiracy to commit theft, possession of a controlled substance for resale, conspiracy of possession of a schedule III controlled substance, fraudulent receipt of food assistance, official misconduct, theft of property, coercion of a witness, tampering with or fabricating evidence, and possession of a firearm during the commission of attempt to commit a dangerous felony.
On Thursday night, Easterly turned himself in at the Marion County Jail. He has been booked and his bond is now set at $38,000.