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      Latta Town Hall remains closed for SLED investigation

      File image of evidence tape sealing the doors to Latta Town Hall

      Update: The doors to Latta Town Hall are unsealed and t wo SLED agents went inside town hall Tuesday afternoon to conduct a preliminary investigation into allegations of illegal activities committed on a computer there. The agents also talked to town officials about their suspicions.

      The Latta Town Hall remained closed Tuesday amid a State Law Enforcement Division investigation into criminal activities possibly taking place at the town hall.

      A town official said they found it best to shut down the town hall to secure a computer that may have been used to commit illegal activities.

      Officials say SLED agents are expected to be in Latta Tuesday to begin the investigation. They expect the town hall to reopen around noon.

      SLED spokesman Thom Berry confirmed Monday afternoon that it opened a preliminary investigation after receiving a request from the town and will work to determine whether any criminal laws were broken at Latta Town Hall.

      On Friday afternoon evidence tape was placed over the doors to the Latta Town Hall. Interim Latta Police Chief Derrick Cartwright said local law enforcement closed the town hall because members of the town council believed that suspicious activity was going on.

      Monday morning employees who worked at the town hall were told by council members that the office is closed due to a pending investigation, according to Latta Mayor Earl Bullard.

      On Friday, Berry said SLED Chief Mark Keel received a call from Latta Town Councilman Jared Taylor requesting that SLED conduct an investigation into allegations involving the town.

      Keel asked for a letter to be drawn up and sent to SLED from a majority of the town council. Berry said Keel told Taylor once they received that letter, SLED would decide if an investigation was needed.

      Keel did not ask for any action to be taken by the town, including the sealing of town hall, until SLED received the letter and made a decision, Berry said.

      Taylor said Friday night, "If they (SLED) don't want the investigation, then we will open town hall back up. But we felt like it was in the best interest of this town council to preserve whatever may or may not have happened inside the town hall, prior to us taking control of this government."

      We will continue to post updates to this story as new information becomes available.