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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.

 

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Josephine Lee Cueto, 62, Morgantown
  Daughter of Priscilla Burgmeier of Nashville

Mary 'Jane' Kollman, 92, Nashville
  Mother of Janet (Tom) Gaskins of Nashville

Charlotte K. (Adkins) Wilson, 67, Franklin
  Former resident of Brown County

  • November 21
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • November 22
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 22
    Salt Creek Trailhead dedication for Meijer family planned
    10 a.m. by CVS Pharmacy, 292 S. Van Buren St., near junction of 46 East and 135 North
  • November 22
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • November 23
    Annual community-wide hymn sing planned
    6:30 p.m. Nashville Christian Church, 160 S. Van Buren St.
  • November 23
    Nashville Reserve Officers host chili cook-off
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nashville P.D., 200 Hawthorne Drive
  • November 25
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 25
    Open 12-step meetings in New Bellsville area
    6 to 7 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • November 28
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • November 29
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 29
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • December 2
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 3
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • December 4
    Go Club at the library Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • December 12
    Widowed group plans Christmas party
    noon Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • December 12
    BCSP Christmas bird count slated
    8 a.m. BCSP Nature Center, 1810 State Road 46 East
  • December 13
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road