04 July 2008

TGIS: Thanks God It's Schadenfreude! (174)

This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of KWTX (via Grits for Breakfast) (from Wednesday, July 2; link good at time of posting):
A warrant has been issued for former Troy police chief David Seward who failed to show up for a court appearance on June 11 related to a misdemeanor theft charge stemming from the alleged misuse of money seized during an arrest.

The Bell County Court Coordinator’s Office said Seward was due in court to tell a judge whether he had hired an attorney or needed court-appointed counsel.

Posters with the heading “Wanted by the Troy Police Department” and bearing a photo of Seward have been posted around Troy.

Seward, who was fired in 2006 as a result of an investigation that involved the Texas Rangers, was arrested in April in Arlington on a misdemeanor warrant charging theft over $500, but under $1,500.

According to the affidavit issued for the arrest warrant, Seward told investigators he used money from a Troy account to pay for items for himself and his wife including an embroidery machine, a vacation, meals, gas and a rental car.

Seward was fired in August 2006 after spending six weeks on unpaid leave.

The Troy City Council suspended him on July 11, 2006 because of the ongoing investigation, which focused on the handling of money seized after drugs were found in a vehicle during a traffic stop.

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