Friday, Dec 6, 2013
Former Hurst Police Chief Arrested and Under Investigation
MARION -- New details arise on the criminal charges against a former Williamson County police chief.
We first told you about Ron Harvel's arrest this past weekend. He was the longtime police chief in Hurst until he resigned under controversy this summer. Now he's in jail on charges of violating an order of protection.
An investigation into possible misconduct while Harvel was police chief is still underway, and while he turned in his badge three months ago, authorities say that didn't stop him from carrying a loaded gun.
The man who made arrests for 11 years as the Hurst Police Chief is now behind bars. "I'm shocked, but I'm not surprised," said his estranged wife Kelly Conder.
Harvel was taken to the Williamson County jail Friday night, after police say he twice violated an order of protection issued by his wife.
"Friday at 8:08 p.m. he texted me. I went to Marion PD and I asked to file a report," she said.
Conder says she was filing a police report against Harvel for texting her, when he was caught walking near her Marion home carrying a loaded handgun.
"I told them Friday when they said they were going to apprehend him and hold him, detain him, that most likely he'd have a firearm on him, and he did because he don't go nowhere without one," explained Conder.
Harvel's SUV was then found a block away in the parking lot of the old teen town building. Inside, officers say they found 10 different firearms, a bag of police equipment, a case of various ammunition, and a double blade sword.
"Scared, to know that he could get that close," insisted Conder, as she held her 8-month-old baby in her arms.
Harvel stepped down from his role as Hurst Police Chief in July, after city leaders were set to discuss disciplinary actions against him. New police chief, Mark Fleming, confirms a recent audit is what sparked the concerns. "Mis-appropriated funds is what they told me," added Conder.
That matter is still under investigation and officials are not releasing any other details.
In the meantime, Conder believes her husband is exactly where he should be. "I'm filing for a divorce and I'm going to make sure that he is held accountable for his actions and what he's done."
Harvel is being held on $100,00 bond.
Officials aren't releasing anything else about the investigation of misappropriated funds. All we know is an accounting firm, Elming and Hoffman in Du Quoin is in charge of the annual audit for Hurst. It is not yet complete.
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