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LaLumondiere on administrative leave

The Washington County Sheriff’s Department’s chief deputy is on administrative leave and is being investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Washington County Sheriff Kevin Schroeder confirmed that Captain Charles LaLumondiere is being investigated by the highway patrol and was put on administrative leave on Monday. He said LaLumondiere has not been arrested or charged with anything.

Schroeder said he would not release any information until the patrol’s investigation is finished. The incident is reportedly unrelated to the sheriff’s department.

This isn’t the first time investigators have been called in to question LaLumondiere. He was under criticism earlier this year when Mosley, a dog he adopted for the sheriff’s department and turned over to jailer, Lance Mason, got very sick. Mason has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of animal abuse.

Last week, Potosi Cpl. Andy Skiles defeated Schroeder for the Democratic nomination for Washington County Sheriff. Schroeder said he plans to finish his term and has not resigned.

Skiles will face Republican challenger, Vernon Wilson in November. Wilson was Schroeder’s former chief deputy who also ran into trouble. Wilson has a felony second-degree assault charge pending.

The charge alleges Wilson assaulted an inmate who was incarcerated in the Washington County jail. A hearing to set a trial date will be held Aug. 15 in St. Francois County on a change of venue.

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