Lewis County officials indicted in official misconduct - WSMV Channel 4

Lewis County officials indicted in official misconduct

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Darnell Darnell
Burns Burns
HOHENWALD, TN (WSMV) -

Two Lewis County employees have been charged with misconduct, theft and other felonies after an investigation revealed they misused country property and used oil was buried on county property.

County Road Superintendent Ronnie Darnell and County Highway Department Supervisor Harold "Pete" Burns were indicted by the Lewis County grand jury.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says between 2006 to 2011, Lewis County personnel and equipment was used to build a road on private property and county-owned scrap metal and wood collected as road debris was improperly sold.

Also, the TBI says in the spring of 2011, used oil contained in 55 gallon drums was buried on county property.

Darnell, 58, of Summertown, is charged with five counts of official misconduct, one count of theft over $10,000, two counts of theft over $1,000, one count of theft under $500 and one count of unlawful disposal of hazardous waste.

Burns, 61, of Hohenwald, is charged with one count of official misconduct and one count of unlawful disposal of hazardous waste.

Both were booked Wednesday into the Lewis County Jail today. Darnell posted a $30,000 bond and Burns posted a $5,000 bond.

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