(01/03/2017)
Jan. 3, 2017 - Newly sworn-in Roane County Sheriff Matthew "Bo" Williams has been barred by a judge from entering his own office and was expected to be arrested on charges Tuesday following an investigation of the WV State Police.

Roane County Prosecutor Josh Downey said he sought a court order to protect evidence after Williams was sworn-in during a private ceremony last week.

Court documents said Williams admitted to using methamphetamine and being addicted to the drug as an officer with the Spencer Police Department.

Documents also said several evidence bags of methamphetamine and a pipe used to smoke the drug were found in the trunk of Williams' Spencer Police Department cruiser.

The Roane County Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to start the removal process of newly sworn-in sheriff. Williams was arraigned Tuesday in Grantsville on charges issued by the WV State Police, reportedly a grand larceny charge.

Jan. 2, 2017 - Embattled Roane County Sheriff Matthew "Bo" Williams has been sworn in as the sheriff of Roane County.

Roane County Commission President Melissa O'Brien confirmed the ceremony took place at the end of last week.

Williams is still under investigation by West Virginia State Police, related to a case of missing evidence, reportedly meth, during his time as a police officer with the Spencer Police Department.

Two felony drug cases were dismissed after Roane prosecutor Josh Downey said he heard the investigating officer in each case confess that he had consumed most of the evidence himself.

Former Spencer Police officer and current sheriff-elect Bo Williams was the investigating officer in both cases.

Downey told Circuit Judge David Nibert that much of the drug evidence in each case was missing. "I was a witness to the officer's confession that he took a significant portion of the evidence and consumed it," Downey said later.

Williams resigned as an officer in the city of Spencer in December.

Commissioner O'Brien told WSAZ that during an organizational meeting Tuesday they would talk with the Roane County Prosecutor about whether or not there is legal merit for commissioners to gather a case to try and remove Sheriff Williams from office.

West Virginia State Police in Wirt County are handling the investigation into the missing evidence in Spencer.

Sheriff Williams is not facing any charges at this time.


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