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THE FORMER FIRE CHIEF OF ST. CLAIR, MISSOURI, is accused of possibly setting the record for purloined funds for personal expenses by a volunteer chief.

KMOV-TV reports: 

Eric Hinson is accused of taking $593,236 from January 2006 to September 2011. The indictment says Hinson used the money for a variety of things including vacations in Hawaii and Florida, tickets to Six Flags, payments for a pick-up truck, and furniture at Macy’s.

"He took it for family vacations, luxury goods, credit card charges," said U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan. "Basically each year between $100,000 and $130,000 was taken from the fire district."

KMOV-TV also filed this video report:


See also the earlier Firegeezer report Two-Hatter Under Investigation from September 13 HERE.

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THE FLAGLER BEACH, FLORIDA, FIRE CHIEF and three other firefighters have been exposed by an insider as having responded to emergency calls, and in some instances driving FD vehicles, after drinking alcoholic beverages in the firehouse.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal is reporting:

Four Flagler Beach firefighters, including Chief Martin Roberts, have been placed on paid administrative leave after they were accused of drinking alcohol before responding to calls or drinking at the fire station in December.

Roberts, Assistant Fire Chief Shane Wood, firefighter Jacob Bissonnette and fire/police Capt. Steven Wood, were placed on leave Friday, according to documents provided by the city.

"There have been serious allegations presented to myself and our human resources manager Libby Kania and as a result of those allegations, I thought I had no choice but to commence a third-party investigation to find out if there was merit to these allegations," City Manager Bruce Campbell said Wednesday.

WKMG-TV is reporting that Chief Roberts admitted he and Captain Steve Wood drank apple pie moonshine and then responded to a house fire.  Witnesses said Wood also drank beer then drove the tower truck, which seats five people and has a 95-foot aerial platform, to the fire. Read and view WKMG's report and video HERE.

WFTV Ch. 6 also filed this video report:


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