Grand Jury Indicts Vernon Police Jurors, Others

LEESVILLE, La. (AP) _ Two longtime Vernon Parish police jurors, a former police juror and a developer are accused of corruption in felony indictments handed up Tuesday.

68-year-old Juror Ray Pynes was accused of having someone else commit forgery, file a forged document, and change, remove or falsify records. The grand jury charged him as a pricinpal to forgery, to injuring public records, and to filing or maintaining false public records.

54-year-old Juror Curtis Clay and former police juror O-C Haymon both were charged with malfeasance in office -- Clay on two counts and Haymon on one count.

60-year-old developer and businessman Teddie Dowden was indicted on one count of possession of stolen things worth more than 500 dollars.

The indictments come after more than two years of investigation by both the attorney general's office and legislative auditor's office of allegations that police jurors had public employees work on private roads.