New Roane County sheriff arrested on grand-larceny charge

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SPENCER, W.Va. - UPDATE 01/3/2017 5:50 P.M.

The new sheriff of Roane County was arrested today in Calhoun County on a grand-larceny charge, police say.

According to a West Virginia State Police spokesman, Matthew "Bo" Williams was arraigned in Calhoun County and later released on bond.

Williams' arrest is related to an ongoing investigation involving missing evidence when he was an officer with the Spencer Police Department, the spokesman said.

Williams resigned from the department in December after being elected to the sheriff's position in November.

According to our sister station WSAZ in Charleston, Roane County Commission passed a resolution today to begin the process of removing Williams from office.

WSAZ also reported citing court documents that Williams has admitted to removing controlled substances from other law-enforcement evidence lockers and admitted to a one-and-a-half year addiction to methamphetamine.

The sheriff-elect of Roane County is on leave after evidence at the Spencer Police Department went missing.

Media outlets report that Matthew "Bo" Williams, a Spencer police officer and the county's sheriff-elect, was placed on leave Friday.

Spencer Mayor Terry Williams said in a statement on Tuesday that "evidence collected in certain criminal investigations was missing."

On Thursday, Spencer Police Chief Greg Nichols confirmed that Williams was placed on leave in connection to the case.

A West Virginia State Police trooper from outside Roane County has been assigned to investigate the incident.

In the event of a resignation, the Roane County Commission would appoint a replacement who belongs to the same party.

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