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      Firefighter harassment case a possible cover-up?

      ALEXANDER (KATV) - FirefighterGreg Maynard was booked and then released on bond Monday evening on chargesthat he harassed another Alexander firefighter, but details of the allegedevent are unknown - even by the small city's police chief.

      The alleged incident wasonly uncovered when KATV used the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act toascertain the incident report filed with the Alexander Police Department. Although Chief Horace Walters was aware of aninvestigation into the matter he said he wasn't the one that conducted it.

      "It was handled while Iwas off on vacation," said Walters. "Itis a fact that I don't have the information on this incident."

      In fact the incidentreport that mentions Greg Maynard was indeed signed off by Asst. Chief DerrickJackson, and the report that was filed is extremely vague. The report mentions only that Alexander Fire Asst.Chief Tim Blankenship was told about the harassment by several employees, hemade a police report on the matter, and that Asst. Chief Jackson wouldinvestigate the matter.

      The report filed back onOctober 24th mentioned nothing about what actually happened that dayand Chief Walters insinuated that only Jackson and the mayor actually know.

      "I can only refer you tothe mayor, Mayor Hobbs and the fire department," said Walters when asked aboutthe details of the incident.

      Chief Walters and MayorMichelle Hobbs strained relationship was very evident at Monday night's citycouncil meeting. At the meeting, Waltersclaimed the mayor is controlling his police department. When asked by a city council member if hefelt like he was in charge of his department he responded, "No I do not."

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