Locust Grove assist. police chief resigns

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Updated: 9/27/2012 9:53 am Published: 9/26/2012 6:04 pm

Some serious allegations were made during a city council meeting in a Mayes County town last week.
Former Locust Grove Assistant Police Chief Zeb Rone was on the agenda Monday, but when he got up to speak he called out the police chief for unethical behavior.

Rone claimed the chief bragged about having photos of naked women on his work phone and smoking

After those comments Rone resigned.

FOX23’s Dontaye Carter spoke to the Rone by phone Wednesday afternoon. He said before he left people should know what was going on within the police department.

"Not just the council but the whole city needed to hear what was going on with the department," said Rone. "The K2 and the moral issues with the females."

From his home in Arkansas the former police chief said he never saw Locust Grove Police Chief Wade Henderson do the things he spoke about last Monday but says the chief always bragged about it to him.

"Did you ever talk to him about those before this meeting?" asked Dontaye Carter.

"I said on a couple of occasion I didn't want to be apart of this," relied Rone.

"It's pretty disconcerting when it just comes up out the blue," said Locust Grove City Attorney Tammy Ward.

She told FOX23 there have not been any complaints filed against Henderson.
"His employment was on the agenda," said Ward.

She adds Rone's performance on the job was under review. She says he decided to resign instead.

"I think he has some ulterior motives in the comments he made to kind of throw someone under the bus on his way out the door," said Ward.

But Rone disagrees.

"It's not that I'm after the chief or anything like that,” said Rone. “In that type of atmosphere, in that type of job there's a code of ethics you have to take."

The city says it investigates all claims that come in. But city officials say they have yet to see any real evidence of any wrongdoing. 

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tigers - 11/22/2013 12:29 AM
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Well the Chief Henderson has not changed, he is living with a woman and her 3 kids currently that started out as an affair and broke up a 12 yr relationship with the kids' father a few months ago, the woman is unemployed and a known drug user, and her oldest child's father has been in and out of jail for drug use, guess Locust Grove's finest, he takes protecting and serving to the extreme, what an outstanding chief Locust Grove has there.

tigers - 11/22/2013 12:17 AM
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Wade Henderson is currently living with a woman who is unemployed, with 3 children and a known meth user, had an affair with her and broke up a 12 yr relationship with the children's father, very outstanding for protecting your community, maybe the men need to watch out for the snake in the grass while he is so called "protecting the home"

WarChild - 10/1/2012 11:56 AM
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An article in todays issue of The Paper states Mayor Terry Cooper was looking into allegations against Chief Henderson THREE weeks before Rone voiced his allegations at the City meeting. Yet, the City attorney told Fox news NO complaints have ever been filed against Chief Henderson. If no complaints have ever filed against Henderson exactly what was Cooper investigating?

WarChild - 9/27/2012 11:41 AM
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But there HAVE been complaints filed against Mr Henderson when he was a patrolman and he was STILL promoted to Chief of Police. The complaints were filed with Karen Raiff, then Chief of Police and Vickie Herr, the Mayor at that time. His most noted unethical behavior was sleeping with a local married woman, while on duty, and while her husband was at work. Shortly after the husband left the home Mr Henderson moved into the home, with complete disregard for the fact the court had ordered him NOT to stay the night in this home. He later moved into the woman's beauty shop, the estranged husband had a court order to have him removed from there as well. He moved back into the woman's house, she was held in contempt of court over the incident. Mr Henderson ended the relationship shortly after the estranged husband was granted the home in the divorce and was no longer providing Mr Henderson with free rent. Despite his broken moral compass the City of Locust Grove promoted him to Chief of Police after letting Karen Raiff go.
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