UPDATE: Marshall County Sheriff responds to claims deputies destroyed political signs of opponent

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A Chuck Ellis for Sheriff sign similar to the one a police report claims was destroyed by Marshall County deputies. (Photo from WHNT)

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT)-  Marshall County Sheriff Scott Walls has responded to claims made by his Republican challenger Chuck Ellis that two deputies recently destroyed Ellis signs.

Thursday Ellis’ campaign filed a police report claiming two signs near the intersection of Simpson Point Road and Kirkland Road were destroyed.  The report names two current deputies as the perpetrators.

Walls responded to the allegations in a story written by the Sand Mountain Reporter newspaper.   The Sheriff told the paper he believed the allegations were all political.

“It is two months before a political race,” Walls told the paper. “I’m not going to get involved in this type of childish stuff.”

Saturday the Ellis campaign responded to Walls’ comments to the paper.

“Was it political when a young lady witnessed a wrong doing,” the statement asks.  “Was it a political jab when she called the sheriff’s office and reported the criminal acts?”

The report was filed by Charles Ellis, the father of Chuck Ellis.  In it, Charles Ellis claims the incident happened in the early morning hours of Sunday, August 24th.  Ellis states in the report that a woman reported seeing a black Chevy Tahoe outside of her home on Simpson Point Road in Grant.  According to the report, the witness says she heard a noise, saw the vehicle drive away and then noticed the political sign had been damaged.

She stated the vehicle was missing a front headlight.  The report states the woman contacted the sheriff’s office about the incident.

The report goes on to say that a few minutes later, an officer with the Grant Police Department pulled over a Tahoe matching the same description because it had a missing front headlight.   The officer reportedly called in the vehicle tag information and it came back on a Marshall County deputy.  The report says a female was driving the vehicle and there were other male passengers who appeared to be intoxicated.  The Grant officer did not make any arrests.

The Ellis campaign claims that they met with the Marshall County Chief Deputy recently and he offered to suspend the deputies involved for three days.   In the newspaper article Walls did not respond to those allegations.

He did tell the paper that if any of his employees are found to be engaged in wrongdoing there would be consequences.

“I will see to it that it is handled appropriately,” Walls told the paper.

The Sand Mountain Reporter also says Walls claims Guntersville Police, who took the report, issued a news release Friday afternoon after 4 p. m. to “stir up” the issue.

However, WHNT News 19 is not aware of any news agency receiving a news release from the Guntersville Police Department concerning the allegations.

Guntersville Police did release the police report after media requests.

WHNT News 19 has learned that the Ellis campaign has decided to take the police report to an investigative agency such as the Alabama Attorney General’s Office.

The Ellis campaign says they are not yet ready to speak about the accusations.

WHNT News 19 reached out to Walls for a response, but we have not heard back from anyone in the office.

26 comments

  • Gomez Olivas Hernandez

    Marshall county is just as corrupt as Madison County Sheriff!!! Vote the Bums out of office!! I may run for Madison County Sheriff. I’d weed out about 75% of current deputies!

  • Thomas Underwood

    During an election it seems to always start with the destruction of political signs (Criminal Mischief) that defines the opponent or his staff. Sadly to say there are 1% of our law enforcement personnel that makes it look bad for ALL of us that are honest, trustworthy, and dedicated to our jobs. We must make a valid effort to weed out the corruption in our law enforcement profession to win the public’s trust. Political signs don’t win an election. So, with that being said your stupidity will only jeopardize your job when you are caught

  • C.U@THEPOLES

    This is sickening, charge everyone who was involved just like they were any other citizen! Just because their deputies doesn’t give them immunity or special privileges to vandalize and walk away scotch free.
    Oh wait their Scott Walls friends, I guess it does!
    What a joke of a sheriff Dept!

  • Michael

    Anyone else would have gotten jail time and be facing some charges. But nooooooo, not a LEO.

    If anyone’s sign needs to be taken down it’s Walls’s sign just off 431 north of Guntersville that shows 4 heavily armed deputies entering a home with a caption “We make house calls.” It’s disgusting to anyone that believes in a free society.

  • Santiago Hernandez Olivas Herrera

    No doubt it was “say what”. The Liberal Troll who does the bidding of his Pappy, Obumma!! Liberals can’t think for themselves. They are puppets on Obama-Nations string!! I am happy to answer this pressing question.

    • Michael

      Of all the stories which Say What could go through and wipe out the comments section, I doubt it would be one on a Marshall County Sheriff’s race. This looks more like someone from the Walls campaign.

  • John Holmes

    Not surprised, Marshall County appears to have ethics and corruption problems (how about that Revenue Commissioner). Lot of Low Information Voters in Marshall County, now wonder it was named one of the poorest counties in Alabama. The good news is if people wake up, they can change their county for the better. There are some good people in Marshall County, just not enough of them.

  • Levi

    It’s not only Marshall County, but the city of Guntersville too. We need some HONEST folks in the city government.

  • B

    And the comments continue to be removed, is WHNT in Walls pocket too?
    The deputies should be charged with destruction of property, just like if I was caught doing something so ignorant. Nice example your setting officers!

  • soldier

    and they would not even show my comments and i did nt say anything foul or disrespectful but a crime is a crime regardless of who commits it.

  • Thomas

    WHNT is deleting comments, as viewers we deserve more transparency if we are to trust WHNT to promote themselves as part of the community doing good things. What is WHNT trying to hide ?
    This is disgusting

  • B

    All comments removed again?!
    Charge these officers with distruction of property, just like you would charge anyone else who did this! If the officers who did this happen to read this, you are a disgrace to your community!

  • Karen

    No way – a democrat using his office to harass republicans during an election? Impossible! I suppose the investigation will find hard drives erased, computers crashed, and witnesses pleading the 5th. Then they will claim they also targeted “liberals” signs.

  • Michael

    Looks like the comments have been restored. I doubt it was WHNT deleting them. As someone that frequently has his comments deleted, I can attest that WHNT eventually looks at them and restores them. They disappear because cowards, yes I said cowards, that lack the intellectual capacity to have a dialogue on a story come on and flag comments of people that simply disagree with them. It causes the comments to be suspended.

    I’ve emailed WHNT in the past to raise the bar to 3 flags before a post is suspended for moderation instead of 1. They replied and their reasoning behind keeping it at 1 is legit, but I also think it’s the exception rather than the rule.

  • Michael

    Looks like the comments have been restored. I doubt it was WHNT deleting them. As someone that frequently has his comments deleted, I can attest that WHNT eventually looks at them and restores them. They disappear because cowards, yes I said cowards, that lack the intellectual capacity to have a dialogue on a story come on and flag comments of people that simply disagree with them. It causes the comments to be suspended.

    I’ve emailed WHNT in the past to raise the bar to 3 flags before a post is suspended for moderation instead of 1. They replied and their reasoning behind keeping it at 1 is legit, but I also think it’s the exception rather than the rule.

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