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Mar 27, 2012 9:47 AM by AP

Cotton Valley fire chief, assistant arrested

COTTON VALLEY, La. (AP) - The chairman of a Webster Parish fire district board says the chief and assistant chief of District No. 8 "technically" keep their titles in spite of their arrests on charges alleging they stole from the department.

Both Chief Dennis Meshell and Assistant Chief Adam Hurley say they've done nothing wrong. Meshell says all the department's money is accounted for. Hurley told The Times that his biggest mistake was not keeping accurate records. He says he never stole.

Board Chairman Harold Coleman said the board likely will discuss their status at a meeting to be scheduled for next week.

They were booked Friday with malfeasance, felony theft and injuring public records. An arrest report alleges that they put the district's money into two checking accounts they control.

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