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Some ARKLAMISS top cops are in trouble

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MONROE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - State police say the chief of the Kentwood Police Department has been arrested and booked with malfeasance in office and obstruction of justice.

59-year-old Gregory Newton is reported to have surrendered to state detectives early Wednesday.

The arrest followed an investigation that began last month when state police detectives received a citizen complaint alleging that approximately $2,000 in currency recovered from a burglary had been misappropriated.

Newton was jailed in Tangipahoa Parish with bond set at $50,000.

While in Mississippi, Leland Mayor James Lowe has demoted interim Police Chief Scott Tarpley to lieutenant because of what the mayor called poor leadership over the past five months.

Lowe had suspended Tarpley on Monday for traveling to Meridian this week for U.S. Department of Homeland Security training without notification.

Tarpley had been serving as interim chief since the board of aldermen voted to demote former Chief Leon Hicks last August.

Lowe said that Lt. Karen Taylor will be handling the daily operations for the police department until a permanent chief is hired, a process that's expected to begin in July.

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