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Kanawha fire chief charged in bad check case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The chief of the Chesapeake Volunteer Fire Department has been charged with a misdemeanor for allegedly failing to make good on a check written to a local businessman.

Chesapeake Fire Chief P.J. Johnson was arrested Wednesday on a bad check warrant, according to documents on file in Kanawha Magistrate Court.

In October 2008, according to court records, Johnson allegedly used the fire department's account to write a $4,549 check to Milton Sales Inc. of Rand for raffle supplies. The check was later returned for insufficient funds.

The businesses' owners went to magistrate court in March to force Johnson to make good on the check. A warrant for Johnson's arrest was issued on May 1.

Chesapeake Police Chief Jack Ice arrested Johnson on Wednesday and took him to magistrate court, where Johnson was arraigned on a misdemeanor worthless check charge and released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

The case has not yet been assigned to a magistrate.


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