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LaGrange appoints temporary town clerk after arrest


The LaGrange Town Board held an emergency meeting Monday evening after Town Clerk-Treasurer Mike Rowlison was charged earlier in the day with theft of town property. At the meeting, the board approved Laurie Miller as temporary clerk and authorized her and Jan Whetzel to handle bank deposits and write checks for the town.

    According to the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department, detectives were notified on Nov. 9 by town board members and the town attorney of possible theft and official misconduct by Rowlison. According to the police report, town officials revealed that several items that were purchased for town use were unaccounted for or missing.

    On Monday, officers from the sheriff’s department and the LaGrange Police Department searched Rowlison’s property at 409 S. Poplar St. in LaGrange.

    The department reported that several items were discovered and indentified as belonging to the town. The property was taken and turned over to the town for safekeeping, the department release said.

    No indication has been given on what items may have been recovered at Rowlison’s residence.

    Rowlison was questioned and arrested for two counts of Theft, both Class D felonies, and one count of Official Misconduct, also a Class D felony.

    The department stated that the matter is still under investigation at this time and that information will be forwarded to the LaGrange County Prosecutor for review.