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Woman says Warrenton official dumped dead goats in her yard

WARRENTON, Ga. --- An elected official in Warren County has been arrested on criminal charges, The McDuffie Mirror has learned.

Richard Burley Jr., 58, of the 10000 block of Atlanta Highway, Warrenton, was taken into custody on charges of unlawful dumping and criminal trespass, according to a report filed by Warren County sheriff's Deputy Sammy Purvis.

Mr. Burley is a member of the Warren County Board of Commissioners. Efforts to reach him by telephone on Monday were unsuccessful.

Lakashi Scott, of the 500 block of Bell Road, Norwood, accused Mr. Burley of dumping a pair of dead goats in the yard of her home in Norwood on Jan. 13, records show.

Deputy Purvis said he took photographs of the dead goats, which were dumped near Ms. Scott's front door.

About a week before the dead goats were dumped in her yard, Ms. Scott said, Mr. Burley reportedly went to Ida Tolbert's residence and wounded a dog belonging to Ms. Scott, according to the deputy's report. The official claimed that dog and another one had killed 14 of his goats in a recent attack.

Web posted on Thursday, January 27, 2011

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