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Jul 25, 2011 10:30 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Springfield's mayor, police chief out on bail

SPRINGFIELD, La. (AP) - Springfield's mayor and police chief are out on bond after being booked on charges accusing them of covering up a drunken driving arrest at the request of a friend of the mayor's.
State Inspector General Stephen Street told The Daily Star of Hammond that his office issued the warrant for the arrests last week of Mayor Charles Martin and Chief James Jones on charges they covered up the arrest of Tyra Jones of Hammond.
The warrant lists one count each of obstruction of justice, injuring public records, malfeasance and criminal conspiracy to commit the aforementioned crimes.
Mayor Martin declined to comment to the newspaper. Neither he nor James Jones was available when The Associated Press called Monday. Tyra Jones does not have a listed number.

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