Madison, IN Sunny intervals 48°
Listen Live

Fire Chief Arrested for Theft from Fire Department

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 5:21pm

By Sgt. Stephen Wheeles Public Information Officer

Switzerland Co. Sheriff's Department

Patriot Volunteer Fire Department

Recently, a four month investigation by the Indiana State Police Organized Crime and Corruption Unit ended with the arrest of Patriot, Indiana man on charges of theft and official misconduct charges related to the theft of money from the Patriot Volunteer Fire Department while he was the fire chief.

The Indiana State Police was contacted in October of 2018 to conduct an investigation after an audit by the Indiana State Board of Accounts discovered that funds were missing from the Patriot Volunteer Fire Department in Switzerland County, Indiana.

During the course of the investigation, Detective Tim Denby learned that the Patriot Fire Chief Gordon W. Turner, Jr., age 45, Patriot, Indiana allegedly stole in excess of $28,000 from the fire department’s bank accounts and used the money to pay his bills and for other personal gain.  The thefts allegedly took place between 2014 and 2018 when Turner was the fire chief. 

At the conclusion of the investigation, the investigation was presented to the Switzerland County Prosecutor’s Office. 

On February 22, 2019, Turner was arrested without incident on four felony charges of Theft and four felony charges of Official Misconduct.

Turner was incarcerated at the Switzerland County Jail pending his initial court appearance in the Switzerland County Circuit Court.

More from Local News

Events

  • Volunteer Firefighters Needed

    Madison Township Volunteer Fire Department is in need of volunteers. If you've ever wanted to become a volunteer firefighter or want to learn more, call 812-273-4100 or stop by the firehouse on Michigan Road.

    at Madison Township Volunteer Fire Company
  • Early Bird single pool passes for Crystal Beach`

    The City of Madison Parks and Recreation Department is once again offering early bird single pool passes for Crystal Beach. The passes are $40 each March 1 through May 24. These can abe purchased at the Brown Gym. Starting May 25th, single passes will be $50 each. Any questions, contact the Parks Office at (812)265-8308

    at Brown Gym on Broadway
  • Park Hop

    A community wide scavenger hunt. Visit as many parks as you can during the month of March, and have fun exploring Jefferson County's parks and nature preserves as you go. To get started, download your Park Hop Passport. It lists the parks and nature preserves, and the clues for each one. Prizes available for youth (ages 18 and under) that complete all clues at 1,5, or 10 parks. Submitting all clues for more than 10 parks will enter youth into the grand prize drawing. Families can have fun and claim kids' prizes at our Park Hop Celebration on April 6th, from 1-2 pm at Heritage Park.

    at Madison Heritage Trail

Local Sports

IBCA/Subway boys all-state honors set

Southwestern's Kramer, Mefford and Williams along with Madison's Yancey represent Jefferson Co. area