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|Tensas DA James Paxton says Waterproof probe to continue|
"It's encouraging for the people of Waterproof," Sixth District Attorney James Paxton said today concerning the 44-count indictment against Waterproof Mayor Bobby Higginbotham.
"The Grand Jury looked at the legislative audit, listened to the testimonies from the witnesses and made the decision based on the evidence presented to them," he said.
Paxton said his office first began to look into the mayor's office when the Tensas Parish Sheriff's Department was notified during the summer of 2008 that the water to the town was going to be turned off due to lack of payment.
"It came to our attention when the town water was turned off by its distributor for lack of payment," Paxton said. "The people of Waterproof asked for our help after that happened."
Tensas Water District provides the water to the town and made several attempts to collect the monies, even extending the payment date on several occasions.
Paxton was elected to the district attorney post after former DA Buddy Caldwell was elected Attorney General in 2007. Paxton served as Assistant DA under Caldwell for several years.
"We still have lots of information to go through and more records have been subpoenaed," Paxton said. "We are going to continue our effort to help Waterproof."
Due to the ongoing investigation, the Grand Jury's term has been extended two months.
To see the August 2008 Legislative Audit report on Waterproof, go to:
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