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Decision on fate of deputy expected Thursday morning UPDATED 10:38 a.m. Thursday
Updated on: 04.09.14

The Brown County Sheriff's Merit Board heard several hours of testimony Wednesday regarding Deputy Bill Southerland’s alleged actions while serving as private security on New Year’s Eve.

Southerland is accused of choking a patron he removed from the Brown County Playhouse during the Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band show on Dec. 31. In all, the officer is charged with 14 violations to standard operating procedures and merit board rules. The allegations include Southerland’s failure to submit to a polygraph examination ordered by Sheriff Rick Followell as part of the internal investigation.

Southerland, who is on paid administrative leave, denied intentionally putting his hand on the person’s throat. The officer said his hand slipped from the person’s chest to the throat when the person tried to slip past the officer in an attempt to regain entry into the Playhouse after being removed for fighting.

A decision on Southerland’s future with the Brown County Sheriff’s Office is expected Thursday morning. The merit board is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. in the Law Enforcement Center to announce their decision. The meeting is open to the public.

10:38 a.m. Thursday UPDATE:

Southerland was cleared of 12 of the 14 violations alleged against him. He will serve six months on probation and receive a letter of reprimand.

Read more about the case in the April 16 Brown County Democrat.

 

  • December 20
    Live band at dance barn
    6 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 20
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 20
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • December 20
    'Gone Girl' at the Playhouse
    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 20
    Railroad museum features model Christmas trains
    1 to 7 p.m. BC RR Museum, 18 W. Three Story Hill Road, Fruitdale
  • December 21
    'Gone Girl' at the Playhouse
    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 21
    Railroad museum features model Christmas trains´╗┐
    1 to 7 p.m. BC RR Museum, 18 W. Three Story Hill Road, Fruitdale
  • December 23
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 24
    Nashville government offices CLOSED
  • December 24
    Christmas Eve Communion service at Becks Grove church
    7 p.m. Becks Grove Christian Church, 8009 Becks Grove Road
  • December 24
    Candlelight service at Helmsburg church Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St., Helmsburg
  • December 24
    Candlelight service set for Christmas Eve
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • December 24
    Cordry church hosts candlelight service Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Church of the Lakes, 8844 Nineveh Road
  • December 25
    Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 26
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • December 26
    Brown County Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 27
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • December 27
    Live band at dance barn
    7:30 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 29
    Jackson Township Board
    7 p.m. Jackson Township Board, Trustee's Office, 5765 Carmel Ridge Road