SC mayor indicted

NORWAY, S.C. — The mayor of the Orangeburg County town of Norway has been indicted on charges of misconduct in office and nepotism.

Gov. Nikki Haley has suspended Jim Preacher from office while the charges are pending.

The indictment says Preacher gave himself a raise without the approval of the town council and hired his son at the town’s water treatment department.

Preacher was arrested by the State Law Enforcement Division earlier this year on charges that he impersonated a police officer after he pulled over a South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper that had pulled Preacher over minutes before.

Preacher said he was serving as the local constable when he stopped the trooper.

He told The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg he doesn’t know any law he has broken.

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