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Interim sheriff appointed in Panola Co.

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Suspended Panola Co. Sheriff Ron Clinton Suspended Panola Co. Sheriff Ron Clinton

An interim sheriff for Panola County was appointed after Sheriff Ron Clinton was arrested in February and charged with theft by a public servant, abuse of official capacity and tampering with a governmental record.

According to Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham, Judge Diane V. DeVasto appointed Chief Deputy Kevin Lake as the interim sheriff of Panola County during a civil hearing in a Panola County courtroom. Judge DeVasto also issued a citation suspending Clinton.

Judge DeVasto was appointed to hear the petition by Judge John Ovard of Dallas. The next hearing in the case will take place on May 16.

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