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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
PANOLA COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

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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