Two Pelham Officers Resign

By: Donnitra Gilbert Email
By: Donnitra Gilbert Email

Captain Linda Colimon's name still hangs on the door of the Pelham Police Department, an agency she served for nearly 30 years.

Authorities said after an extensive investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigations Linda Colimon and Mary Johnson resigned on December 23rd.

"The district attorney in turn offered the two officers a chance to resign and surrender their post certification," said Chief Investigator for Pelham Police Department Rod Williams.

Williams said the investigation of an illegal gambling operation began back in early December.

"During the course of the investigation we found out two of our police officers had been acting as security for this gambling operation," said Williams.

Williams said this traveling gambling operation hit states across the U.S. and the owners set it up to look like a carnival, but inside was a different story.

Williams said these four: Dale Riley, William "Bill" Alley, Susan Darlene Carroll and Dustin Sumpter were arrested in connection with the commercial gambling ring.

Williams as well as Chief of Police Nealie McCormick say the loss of the two officers has put a dent in their police force, but Williams said it comes with the job.

"All of us were devastated especially the ones that worked the longest with them," said Williams

Rumors surfaced shortly after the investigation unfolded saying that
other officers were involved ... a rumor that Williams said is unfounded.


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  • by ricky Location: atlanta on Jan 20, 2011 at 10:26 AM
    Police officers dont just seek offtime work on their own. They are assigned details by their shift commanders who in turn get the order from above. So lets not just throw these 2 under the bus, but really see WHO was the one that sent them there in the first place. I'm sure these 2 were just following orders from higher up.
  • by Comeon Location: Gadsden County on Jan 7, 2011 at 08:37 AM
    Sounds like a set up! The GOOD OLE BOYZ are just clearing the seats for their partners. Those poor women are no more corrupt than the rest of em, if not less corrupt. Why don't we do a thorough investigation so the public can see what's going on with the entire unit.
  • by ? on Jan 7, 2011 at 05:11 AM
    SEE, there are a lot of crooked cops in the world!!! NEVER trust them!!!
  • by JMc Location: Tallahassee on Jan 7, 2011 at 04:29 AM
    Crooked police officers are everywhere.
  • by Chinadoll Location: Thomasville on Jan 7, 2011 at 03:47 AM
    A post in Jacksonville- Having been in law enforcement for a while (unlike any other posters here), I can say that reading between the lines indicates it is unlikely that there is a sufficient enough basis for a charge, at least one that could stick. All the whining and crying about supposed double standards, yada yada ad nauseum is just that, the petulant cries of the ignorant. Par for the course here on the TU. When it comes to charging people with crimes, it's like Jack Nicholson said in The Departed: "If you coulda, you woulda." Next?Crimes involving moral turpitude involving police are a different animal than felonies involving the Wendy's grill operator. Beside that, it's easier to prove someone was robbing a bank than "working security". Is "working security" something that is as blatantly obvious as sticking a gun in someone's face? To prove they were working for this illegal operation would entail a burden of proof that they most likely didn't have. Anybody who has any illusions that law enforcement is a tight brotherhood of people who will help hide your transgressions is someone who has no first hand experience working in a law enforcement agency. THAT is fact. All that being said, sounds like these two are better off in a different line of work.
  • by july Location: cairo on Jan 6, 2011 at 05:46 PM
    so can they go to work in another town? they have already pronen they are corrupt. pull their papers.
  • by tax payer Location: echols county georgia. on Jan 6, 2011 at 05:44 PM
    like i said before ronnie make aswing over to echols county and see what you can do about the sheriff and his followers abuseing tax payers gas running the fleet of cars back and too lake park and valdostaeveryday to eat dinner. a real waste of tax payers money.
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