EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSGlasgow Councilman Being Investigated
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Reported: Jul. 15, 2013 10:52 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 16, 2013 9:26 AM EDT
Glasgow , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A Glasgow city council member, and his former business, are being investigated by police. Few details are known about what sparked that investigation, but some in the small community are pressing for answers.
Monday's council meeting went on with business as usual, until the public comment period at the end, when councilman Travis Hager became the center of discussion. Hager's been absent from the past few city council meetings, but questions and rumors are flying about where he is and what he might have done wrong, to draw a police investigation.
"Me being a concerned citizen here, I know everything that's going around town. Everybody's kind of wondering, you know, what's going on with our council?" said Glasgow resident John Blankenship.
But the council and mayor seem to know about as much as everyone else.
"There's been no arrests, no nothing as far as I know. I don't know if there's really even an investigation going on. I just don't know," said Glasgow City Council member Henry Armstrong.
Glasgow Police Chief Jeff Stevens cleared that up. His department is investigating Hager, and he says West Virginia State Police are investigating Hager's former business.
"The investigation began because we've had some accusations from people in the town," said Glasgow Police Chief Jeff Stevens.
But why is Hager being probed?
"I'm not going to comment on that," Stevens said.
But even without showing up to the job...Hager won't be kicked off the city council, at least for now.
"I have no evidence he's done anything. Just hearsay and we can't act on hearsay," said Glasgow Mayor Chuck Armstrong.
City council members did say that if citizens are concerned enough about the investigation into Travis Hager. It's up to them to pressure him to come forward with information about what's going on. And if they are compelled, asking him to resign from the council.
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