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SLED opens preliminary investigation per council members' request in Latta

Latta Police taping up the doors of the Latta Town Hall Friday. (Source: Ken Baker) Latta Police taping up the doors of the Latta Town Hall Friday. (Source: Ken Baker)
This notice was on the door of Latta Town Hall on Friday, but later taken door after SLED agents refuted an investigation. | Source: Ken Baker This notice was on the door of Latta Town Hall on Friday, but later taken door after SLED agents refuted an investigation. | Source: Ken Baker

LATTA, SC (WMBF) - The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has received a request from the Latta Town Council to investigate its town for corruption.

A preliminary investigation into the request has been opened, Thom Berry, SLED coordinator confirmed.

Division agents will look to see if any criminal laws have been violated within the town, Berry said. Investigators may interview anyone they feel can help with the investigation.

The confirmation comes after Latta Police and Dillon County Sheriff's Office were at the Latta Town Hall Friday afternoon to investigate reports of some sort of corruption in the town, according to a Latta Police officer.

Police were seen putting up evidence tape on the doors of the Latta Town Hall Friday.

Town council members were informed SLED agents were en route to investigate questionable activity taking place within the town of Latta, according to the Interim Police Chief of LPD. SLED spokesman Thom Berry later refuted this, explaining that SLED was not en route to Latta, and he had no idea what was going on there.

The questionable activity allegedly happened during the night inside Town Hall, according to the interim chief.

Town Hall was shut down early today and everyone inside left without incident.

Reporter Ken Baker is on the scene - stay tuned for the latest information as this story develops.

Latta has been the focus of national attention after former police chief Crystal Moore said she was fired by the mayor for being openly gay. Citizens then approved a referendum to take power from the mayor and increase the power of the council. The mayor hired a new police chief one day before the vote, but the council has said they intend to re-hire Moore as police chief.

For the latest on this story, click here: http://www.wmbfnews.com/story/25861015/latta-voters-choose-who-has-more-power-in-the-town 

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