Police chief resigns amid FBI probe

Police chief resigns amid FBI probe

There are 10 comments on the The Star Online story from Oct 30, 2012, titled Police chief resigns amid FBI probe. In it, The Star Online reports that:

Burgess handed in a resignation letter to Interim City Manager Jeff Cash. He then initiated retirement paperwork that will take effect Wednesday, said Cash.

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Since: Sep 12

Cherryville, NC

#1 Oct 30, 2012
1. Chief Woody Burgess and Captain Mike Allred were both suspended the same day that the other police officers were arrested.

2. In fact if you watch the videos taken that day you can watch Captain Allred hand his service revolver, still in the holster, over to a FBI agent.

3. Both Woody's and Captain Allreds undercover service cars were searched and something was bagged from these vehicles.

Just based on these three observations I can easily surmise that a conversation between the City of Cherryville's leadership and the investigating officers of the FBI indicated to the acting City Manager Jeff Cash that both these men needed to be suspended pending the out come of the ONGOING FBI investigation. Let me repeat ongoing investigation. This is a far cry from being over.

Currently the Gaston County police department is spending over $25,000 a week taking over duties for the Cherryville Police department during this investigation. The Gaston county police department states that 7 officers are getting ready to retire and suggests that maybe plans can be drawn up for using the replacing officers for the city of Cherryville. Jeff Cash announced that there are no plans to search for a permanent Chief of police to replace Woody. Seems as though there may be a change soon on who polices Cherryville.

The FBI requested from Jeff Cash further information which Jeff refuses to say was. The silence from Both Woody Burgess and Mike Allred about their suspensions says volumes. If I was completely innocent I would be pretty upset at the suspensions. The ongoing investigation seems to be promising more arrests and not just the Indians. What do you think?
MaxPlanck

Lincolnton, NC

#2 Oct 30, 2012
All indications are leading casual observers to believe exactly that Alfred. One wonders how many weapons were recovered from FD and where were they acquired from? Especially Class III weapons. There are plenty of stones yet to be turned over in this case.
Bud

Denver, NC

#3 Oct 31, 2012
If they have something on him, he should be arrested and paraded out in front of the cameras for all to see before he gets a big pension for the rest of his life. And if he's innocent, they need to say it out loud instead of sneaking around making him look bad.

I don't believe the $25,000 figure for a minute. That would be almost $75 an hour times 2 officers for 24 hours each day 7 days a week. If that's what they're making, we should throw them all out for being thieves.

Also, I pay as much in county taxes as anyone else. How can the county not provide me with the sane services it provides everyone else in the county? If I lived a mile and a half to the east, I would have mostly honest police protection, electricity and water for a third of what I'm paying and county taxes that are way less without having to support the crooks in city government stall.
Sylvester201

Cherryville, NC

#4 Nov 1, 2012
It seems very clear that nothing is going to change at City Hall. Mr. Cash now has the power to take good care of his buddies, barring any interference from the FBI. His lack of any public appearance is very telling. As for the county police protection, it's overkill. I saw 3 Gaston County Police cars with their lights flashing behind 1 car in what appeared to be a routine traffic stop. If it's costing $25,000 a week to help patrol Cherryville, this town will bankrupt Gaston County!
sue12

Charlotte, NC

#5 Nov 2, 2012
1. standard procedure until after the investigation -
2. also standard procedure
3. they bag "everything" that even "might" be used as evidence including log books etc.

BE REAL, they cannot comment about an ONGOING investigation. Any comment could be used later for or against them. The $25,000 is for a chief a captain and 4 officers not just two of them. DUH.

Since: Sep 12

Cherryville, NC

#6 Nov 2, 2012
@Sue12
1. Who says?
2. Ditto
3. Why did they not search the rest of the cars? Why only those two?

Another point, why stop at only the top two in the police department if it is "standard procedure"? Why not the entire police department?

And the $25,000, according to reports published, that is for two officers per 12 hour shift. In your words Duh!
Gaston Resident

Denver, NC

#7 Nov 2, 2012
Cherryville is a joke. They are going to take care of each other, just like the chief knowing what has been going on for some time. He had been told about the officer stealing and chose not to do anything about it. Does this mean he was to benefit from all the thieving? It is still hard to believe no one knew about all the money disappearing from the city, there were to many people that went there and told that their previous power bill had not been paid and then they went home to get receipt for no one to not know what was going on. What was the grand total on that? I understand the grand total was never made public! Also, what about the business that was broke into and tires stolen and found on the officers car? This is so disgusting, when you are suppose to rely on the police to help you and they are the ones commiting the crime.
They should not even be allowed to be in charge of the city there, too much of taking care of the buddy. They probably try to manipulate the SBI and FBI.
Rumor has it

Belmont, NC

#8 Nov 2, 2012
Lots of crooked dealings in cherryville. It has always been that way. Rumor has it that alot of rich families made money by working at Carolina and stealing items to sell or charging Carolina for goods and services that were never provided. It's just a rumor, but it came from an uncle who was familiar with how things worked.

As for the county po po, I pay county taxes...am I not entitled to the same protection as the folks who live just outside the city limits? I say we dissolve this crooked little town and force the county to step up. I've paid excessive taxes and big power and water bills for years and I don't feel I'm getting anything for it. Abolish Cherryville.

Since: Sep 12

Cherryville, NC

#9 Nov 3, 2012
Alfred E Newmanm wrote:
1. Chief Woody Burgess and Captain Mike Allred were both suspended the same day that the other police officers were arrested.
2. In fact if you watch the videos taken that day you can watch Captain Allred hand his service revolver, still in the holster, over to a FBI agent.
3. Both Woody's and Captain Allreds undercover service cars were searched and something was bagged from these vehicles.
Just based on these three observations I can easily surmise that a conversation between the City of Cherryville's leadership and the investigating officers of the FBI indicated to the acting City Manager Jeff Cash that both these men needed to be suspended pending the out come of the ONGOING FBI investigation. Let me repeat ongoing investigation. This is a far cry from being over.
Currently the Gaston County police department is spending over $25,000 a week taking over duties for the Cherryville Police department during this investigation. The Gaston county police department states that 7 officers are getting ready to retire and suggests that maybe plans can be drawn up for using the replacing officers for the city of Cherryville. Jeff Cash announced that there are no plans to search for a permanent Chief of police to replace Woody. Seems as though there may be a change soon on who polices Cherryville.
The FBI requested from Jeff Cash further information which Jeff refuses to say was. The silence from Both Woody Burgess and Mike Allred about their suspensions says volumes. If I was completely innocent I would be pretty upset at the suspensions. The ongoing investigation seems to be promising more arrests and not just the Indians. What do you think?
OK now the Gazette is reporting that the $25,000 figure was incorrect. It is actually $12,000 a week.
Bud

Belmont, NC

#10 Nov 3, 2012
Alfred E Newmanm wrote:
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OK now the Gazette is reporting that the $25,000 figure was incorrect. It is actually $12,000 a week.
Idiots at both the Gayzette and the county government. Neither can do simple math. These mistakes are the very reason we need less government and I say we should start by bankrupting and dissolving Cherryville city government. You can't trust anything government tells you as truthful. They want more money, more control and all of our money to protect us from them. Worse than the mafia.

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