Latta Town Hall sealed with evidence tape
Fri, 27 Jun 2014 22:10:00 GMT —
Friday afternoon, evidence tape was placed over the doors to the Latta Town Hall.
Interim Latta Police Chief Derrick Cartwright told WPDE that local law enforcement closed the town hall because members of the town council believe that suspicious activity was going on.
The State Law Enforcement Division public information officer Thom Berry said on Friday that SLED Chief Mark Keel received a call from Latta Town Councilman Jared Taylor requesting that SLED conduct an investigation into allegations involving the town.
Taylor told us 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."
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 receive that letter, SLED would decide if an investigation is needed.
He said they have not opened an investigation into the town and Keel did not ask for any action to be taken by the town until SLED received the letter and made a decision.
Berry said that as of Friday evening, SLED had not received anything in writing from the town.
Latta Town Council members told us they plan to send the written request to SLED by Monday.
Crystal Moore, the town's former police chief, said people saw lights on in the town hall late at night, which led to the request for the investigation.
Cartwright said he could not confirm or deny what Moore said.
He said any further decisions about the sealing of the town hall or an investigation are up to town council.
We called the Latta Town Hall and couldn't get an answer.
The woman who answered the phone at the Latta Police Department said the town hall is closed and will remain closed until the investigation is over. She wouldn't say who was investigating.
We checked with the Dillon County Sheriff's Office, and they tell us they're not investigating either.