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January 29, 2014

Animal shelter employee suspended

Jimmie Jones charged with stealing director’s recorder


Somerset —

That incident allegedly took place at the animal shelter. 
The next day, Jones and Epperson filed a criminal complaint against Bray with the Somerset Police Department, stating they found her recorder. 
“This was not true and is considered falsely reporting an incident to the police by giving false information with the intent to implicate another,” states the arrest warrant filed in Jones’ case. “The recorder was stolen and not found as reported.”
The arrest warrant filed in Epperson’s case states that Epperson “gave a complete confession” during an interview with investigators. 
Both men posted bond on Tuesday, but Jones’ bond requirements posed a problem for county officials. Jones is required to not communicate with or have contact with Bray, the alleged victim — which would mean he can’t perform his duties at the animal shelter while his case is pending. 
“As such, he (Jones) can’t perform his job there, obviously,” said Hatfield. “He can’t be on the grounds.”
Bray is currently the shelter’s interim director. She took over in December after the former shelter director, Darren Wesley, resigned. 
Bray currently has a discrimination complaint pending with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which was filed in early 2013, against the county. Bray, who is being represented by local defense attorney Robert Norfleet, transferred to the animal shelter in 2011 after working at the Pulaski County Detention Center. 
During Tuesday’s meeting, Bray showed her support for Jones, asking that the court consider placing him back in his position at the shelter after his case is resolved.
“Me and Jim have gotten working really close together,” said Bray. “He is an awesome worker. He is my best worker. 
“Yes, there was some issues that went on prior, back in the summer time, but that is behind us,” Bray continued. “... He really cares. I need those kind of workers in there with me.” 

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