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Sheriff's Office phone also used for private business

There are 441 comments on the TriCities.com story from Dec 11, 2011, titled Sheriff's Office phone also used for private business. In it, TriCities.com reports that:

MARION, Va. A Smyth County Sheriff's Office cell phone has pulled double duty as a business line for a hunting store owned by the chief deputy's son, a Bristol Herald Courier investigation reveals.

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caesar

Wirtz, VA

#1 Dec 11, 2011
Excellent, our tax dollars at work!
Old Timer

Bristol, VA

#2 Dec 11, 2011
Doesn't sound like they handled to situation very well when the newspaper inquired about it.
curious

Nashville, TN

#3 Dec 11, 2011
sounds like the same thing that happend to that saltville officer.
Old Timer

Bristol, VA

#4 Dec 11, 2011
curious wrote:
sounds like the same thing that happend to that saltville officer.
Isn't this one different because the phone user is not an employee but related to an employee?
curious

Hermitage, TN

#5 Dec 11, 2011
Old Timer wrote:
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Isn't this one different because the phone user is not an employee but related to an employee?
so the news is saying that the employees family member was being allowed to use the phone by the employee,,, if thats the case i guess that is worse then what the saltville officer was doing...Ii wonder if it will be handled the same way it was handled in saltville?
Ally

Charlottesville, VA

#7 Dec 11, 2011
Old Timer wrote:
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Isn't this one different because the phone user is not an employee but related to an employee?
I'd think this is much worse. Bad enough when the policeman used his phone for both, but I can see how that would happen, and blame the town for not having a policy and unlimited service plan. This is obviously wrong. Whoever gave him the phone to use is responsible. The business can't afford their own phone? Really?
Smyth County Citizen

North Garden, VA

#8 Dec 11, 2011
Can't wait to see how Roy Evans and Bradley sweep this under the rug.....
CottonEye

Burlington, VT

#9 Dec 11, 2011
I am sure they will come forth with some strange reasoning, as to why the fellow had the phone. Perhaps it will be said he was helping them undercover arms dealers lol. Who knows in this county. I want to know how to get a phone from the SD. I mean if my taxes have been helping to foot the bill and so forth, I would be happy to have a new cell phone.
wondering

Hermitage, TN

#10 Dec 11, 2011
i think they already said to much to the newspaper to be able to cover anything up....
luckyman

Charlottesville, VA

#11 Dec 11, 2011
rich keep on stealing, many people having hard times to keep food on table and wealthy people stealing from them, man i wish all the scandals would come out!!!!!!!!!!
citizen

Murfreesboro, TN

#12 Dec 11, 2011
The family member is a grown man, married, does not live with his father, the chief deputy sheriff, and has had this phone for years - yes years. This is wrong. I'm with CottonEye. I would love for the Sheriff's Dept to pay for my cell phone too. The Commonwealth of VA and Smyth County have been paying for this phone with our tax dollars.
Merry Christmas

Murfreesboro, TN

#13 Dec 11, 2011
Simple resolution... Fire the cop - Boycot the store.
Old Timer

Bristol, VA

#14 Dec 11, 2011
Merry Christmas wrote:
Simple resolution... Fire the cop - Boycot the store.
And charge them with theft of taxpayer's money.
grapevine

Esmont, VA

#15 Dec 11, 2011
How did this go not noticed for so long? It seems to me like this officer (and maybe some others) never needed a cell phone if no one ever tried to reach him on it for work.
why

Esmont, VA

#16 Dec 11, 2011
CottonEye wrote:
I am sure they will come forth with some strange reasoning, as to why the fellow had the phone. Perhaps it will be said he was helping them undercover arms dealers lol. Who knows in this county. I want to know how to get a phone from the SD. I mean if my taxes have been helping to foot the bill and so forth, I would be happy to have a new cell phone.
Better watch what you say you will give them ideas
citizen

Murfreesboro, TN

#17 Dec 11, 2011
Old Timer wrote:
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And charge them with theft of taxpayer's money.
I agree. It is nothing more than theft by taking.
citizen

Murfreesboro, TN

#18 Dec 11, 2011
grapevine wrote:
How did this go not noticed for so long? It seems to me like this officer (and maybe some others) never needed a cell phone if no one ever tried to reach him on it for work.
Hopefully this will be properly investigated (not by the Sheriff's Dept. investigating its own department).
why

Esmont, VA

#19 Dec 11, 2011
i hate to say but i think "Smyth County Citizen"
is right it will be swept under the rug
citizen

Murfreesboro, TN

#20 Dec 11, 2011
Smyth County Citizen wrote:
Can't wait to see how Roy Evans and Bradley sweep this under the rug.....
It will be interesting to see how this is handled. I believe this should be a criminal offense because it is the same as stealing from the county. If this is the case, it will be even more interesting to see how Roy Evans handles it since he is "a legal advisor" to the Smyth County Sheriff's Department on criminal matters.
joe

Annandale, VA

#21 Dec 11, 2011
What kind of citizen are you? Who is the one in town always starting junk with everybody who is an official?? Always getting someone to do something bout it instead of doing it yourself??

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