A Muskingum County Sheriff's Deputy Resigns

POSTED BY: News Department
Thursday, May 22, 2003 - 06:20 PM
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A Muskingum County Sheriff’s Deputy is asked to resign after getting into trouble for the fourth time. Deputy Tim Rice has worked for the county for the past eight and a half years. During that time he’s been in trouble for: failure to report for an off duty job, refusing a call just before his shift ended, a bar fight, and now is facing charges for damaging a historic cemetery and selling the stones that surround it. The cemetery was on his property, but a deed that he signed two years ago when he purchased the property prohibited him from touching the sight. The 5th cousins of US president James Monroe are buried there and the family of Peter Monroe who came to Muskingum County in the early 1800’s owns the cemetery. Doris Lynn is a living descendant of the Monroe’s and was one of the first to find out about the destruction. She says she won’t press charges against Rice as long as the sight is completely restored. Police say the stones were almost one hundred sixty years old and some are ten feet in length. They were sold for a total of fifteen hundred dollars. Sheriff Bob Stephenson says all of the stones were bought back by Rice and repair work on the cemetery is underway and should be restored by tomorrow. Stephenson gave Rice the choice of being fired or resigning and Rice chose to resign. The Zanesville Police Department is performing the investigation.

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