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Cumberland deputy accused of selling ammo, fired

Posted April 10, 2015

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— The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office fired a deputy Friday after an internal audit determined he had been selling department ammunition.

Lt. George Richard Newton III, 45, had worked for the department for more than 21 years and had headed up training operations.

"It has been determined that you participated in the theft and sale of Cumberland County Sheriffs Office property, i.e., ammunition, and have participated in the pattern of criminal conduct related to the theft and sale of Cumberland County Sheriffs Office property," Sheriff Earl "Moose" Butler wrote in Newton's termination letter.

No details were released about how much ammunition was misappropriated or how long the alleged sales had been going on.

Authorities said the audit's findings will be turned over to the Cumberland County District Attorney's Office to determine whether criminal charges should be filed.

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  • Edward Levy Apr 11, 2015
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    If he contributed to it, he will surely get at least that portion.
    I do not understand why he was not suspended rather than being fired, since he has not been convicted of a crime, unless there is a plea deal on the table. Wow, hope it earned you enough money to make up for a lost 21 years

  • Ronnie Reams Apr 11, 2015
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    Moose must be pretty sure, since Institute of Government recommends only saying in effect "It is no longer my pleasure that you serve me." Full stop. Saves lawsuits.

  • Mark Farmer Apr 10, 2015
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    So does he still get retirement pay?

  • Gabrielle Williams Apr 10, 2015
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    Really!! 21 year career down the drain.

  • Gabrielle Williams Apr 10, 2015
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    Holy Smokes Bat man..Really..21 year career down the drain.