EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSPratt Town Council Calls Emergency Meeting To Discuss 'Welfare Of Citizens'
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Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Videographer: Matt Durrett
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Reported: Sep. 30, 2013 6:11 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 1, 2013 9:22 AM EDT
Pratt , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Members of the Pratt Town Council call an emergency town council meeting in the wake of allegations their mayor was in possession of illegal prescription pills in a city owned car.
It's unclear if the meeting is in relation to those charges and the agenda on the door offers little insight in the matter. The only item listed on the agenda is the "welfare of the citizens of the town of Pratt."
"This town just needs to be dissolved. Be done away with, because it's so much of a joke," says Pratt resident Pamela Beaver. "I hate this town."
Pratt Mayor Gary Fields was charged on September 18th with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.
"We were all shocked, I think everybody was," says Kanawha County Commissioner Dave Hardy.
Council hasn't met since the charges were filed against Fields, but an emergency meeting notice hung on the front of town hall on Monday.
Fields said he had no comment.
Fields was charged three weeks after state police say they pulled him over in a city issued black Crown Victoria on August 29th because the car ran off Paint Creek Road.
They say they found two prescription bottles in his front pocket, and four Roxicodone pills he admitted he got from a friend.
Soon after the allegations surfaced, the town council stripped his vehicle privilege. The Kanawha County Commission took it a step further.
"Pratt is on our radar screen. There are 13 municipalities and right now Pratt is the one that has caught our attention the most," Hardy said.
Commissioners voted to allow the sheriff's department to give the Pratt Police Department a used vehicle, something they've also done in the past to help out smaller departments.
Commissioners said they'd give them the car under the stipulation that Fields not be allowed to drive, ride, or be in the car at any time.
"I think it's a bad idea to have a tax payed police chief driving a mayor around in a city car," Hardy said.
The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m.
Fields is due in court on October 11th.
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