Former city planner under investigation

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By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

A well-respected community figure and member of the Chiefland Planning Commission for almost 25 years is under investigation by the State Attorney's Office in connection with the disappearance of an estimated $120,000 from a church building fund.

Mary Marshall, 73, who resigned in August from the city planning board and was honored for her service by the Chiefland City Commission in September is the only individual being investigated, said Assistant State Attorney Glenn Bryan.

The Chiefland Police Department forwarded a sworn complaint charging Mary Marshall with one count of grand theft to the State Attorney's Office. No attempt has been made to arrest Marshall on the felony.

Bryan says no formal charges have been filed, but, if his investigation results in charges a warrant for an arrest will be issued.

Although the church learned of the missing money in July and the police department questioned Marshall in late August, the investigation is taking longer than expected.

"I thought it would go to early 2008," Chiefland Police Lt. Al Graves said. "That was the tip of the iceberg."

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