Police Chief Suicide



A police chief who was suspended after being accused of felony misconduct is dead after an apparent suicide.
 
The St. Clair County Coroner says 56-year-old J.D. Roth died Thursday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his Fairview Heights home.
 
Prosecutors charged the former Caseyville police chief last month with misconduct, alleging he misused a pickup truck seized as part of a drug case and made personal use of luggage bought with village funds.
 
Each charge was punishable by a possible five years in prison and $25,000 fine.
 
Roth had been on paid administrative leave since the investigation was made public in March.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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