If you have been through Macks Creek, you know that it is a huge speed trap. I grew up just a short ways away and every time you went through there on the way to the lake or to the outlet malls you would always see people pulled over. I bet that there are hundreds of people that cheered when they heard these cops were facing charges over these missing funds. But it is even more hilarious that they wiped out the whole department. Here is the article in the Pitch.
Lawless in Lanagan, The Missouri town without a police force
By: Jonathan Bender
If you don't pay your traffic tickets, your car might get the boot. If a
city apparently stiffs the state, it could lose its police force.
The two men who make up the police department in Lanagan, Missouri (three hours south of Kansas City), have been charged
with forging traffic ticket documents. Police Chief Larry Marsh and
officer Michael Gallhue were arrested last week by the Missouri Highway
Patrol. In November 2011, the office of state auditor Thomas
Schweich issued the results of an audit, which discovered "missing
funds" and what was termed routine violations of "Macks Creek Law." The
town apparently failed to send excess funds (estimated at $36,000)
collected on speeding tickets to the state for distribution to local
schools. The report asserts that the police department then filed false
Missouri Vehicle Stops Annual Reports with the attorney general's office
to hide that money.
A grand jury in McDonald County indicted the two officers for felony
forgery. Marsh has been charged with five counts of felony forgery and
altering a racial profiling report, while Gallhue faces two charges of
felony forgery. The Missouri Highway Patrol then arrested the two men,
who have been suspended without pay. The McDonald County Sheriff's
Office has taken over the law enforcement duties in Lanagan.
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