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Cotton Valley mayor arrested

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Alexander accused
of misusing town funds

Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations/Shreveport Field Office (LSP/SFO) arrested Joseph Alexander, Mayor of Cotton Valley, Tuesday. Alexander was charged with felony abuse of power.

LSP/SFO received information from the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office requesting LSP’s assistance. On two different occasions in 2017, Alexander is accused of mishandling town funds.

Information obtained from the investigation led to an arrest warrant for Alexander. He was arrested at 2:36 p.m. and booked into the Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center by LSP. His bond was set at $1,000.

26th Judicial District Attorney Schuyler Marvin told a Shreveport television station an investigation has been ongoing for several months.

Alexander is accused of asking the town clerk to write a check to his nephew, according to Marvin.
The money was not for town business.

The mayor confessed to cashing the check, Marvin said.

The investigation remains active and ongoing.

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