The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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May 24, 2012

Lanagan police chief, officer indicted, suspended

LANAGAN, Mo. — Lanagan’s police chief and an officer have been suspended without pay following their indictment for writing citations on a nonexistent statute and altering an annual racial profiling report.

Police Chief Larry Marsh, 52, and Officer Michael Gallahue, 38, were arrested and charged Friday in McDonald County Circuit Court following their indictment by a grand jury impaneled earlier this year.

Marsh is charged with five counts of forgery, three pertaining to citations and two to racial profiling reports. Gallahue is charged with two counts of forgery, both pertaining to citations.

The citations were issued between August and October of last year and referenced “ordinance ‘307.000,’” according to charging documents filed by McDonald County prosecutor Jonathan Pierce. Marsh allegedly filed racial profiling reports with the Missouri Attorney general’s Office in 2009 and 2010 that “purported to have a genuineness” that they did not possess, the documents state.

Circuit Judge Tim Perigo ordered the grand jury called in February to examine procedures of municipal courts. The seating of the grand jury followed the issuance of an audit of the town’s books by the Missouri State Auditor’s Office, which rated the town’s accounting practices and municipal court procedures as “poor.”

The Missouri State Highway Patrol conducted a subsequent investigation leading to the indictments.

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