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Attorney Presents Dugger With Notice Of Pending Tort Claims

Last updated on Monday, February 20, 2012

(DUGGER) - Dugger’s town board will wait to decide the fates of town marshal, David Heaton and Carolyn Settles. (GC DAILY WORLD)

Tensions heated up when Carolyn Settles, the town clerk's job, was also put in jeopardy.

Thursday at a public meeting the board announced that the investigation into Dave Heaton will continue and that no decision will be made on his or Settles' position in the near future. The meeting lasted just 3 minutes.

John Bodine, both Heaton and Settles' attorney has started the process of filing a lawsuit against the city and presented the town council with notice of two pending tort claims, the first steps in filing the civil suits against the town. Bodine's clients now must wait 90 days for a response from the city. The town has three options, to respond, deny the claim, or settle.

The suit names the city, town council president Dwight Neilson, past president Billy Pirtle and councilman Kermit King. Councilman Lane Lovelace was not named.

The town council claims Heaton allegedly texted inappropriate pictures to a local woman, but no evidence or the photos were ever produced as evidence. Bodine says the allegations are false and it's character assassination.

Meanwhile, after multiple town meetings and lots of tension between each side, some members of the community would like to see the situation completely resolved.

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