Originally created 02/28/05

Two more Landrum officers suspended



SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Two more Landrum police officers have been suspended pending the outcome of a State Law Enforcement investigation into allegations of misconduct and ticket fixing at the department.

Officer Scott White and Sgt. Tim Kelley learned Friday they had been suspended.

Chief Bruce Shelnut's eight-man department is down to three full-time officers. He said Saturday the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office is on standby in case backup is needed. Six reserve officers also are on standby.

Shelnut said he plans to hire two new officers in March to replace one fired officer and another who resigned.

White, Kelley and former Officer Steve Alexander went public with their suspicions of wrongdoing in January. Alexander was fired soon after.

White and Kelley have begun compiling a list of a dozen instances they say mark harassment by several current and former colleagues and even an elected official. The two men said they have a videotape that documents one complaint and plan to turn it over to SLED.

White and Kelley said they filed a formal complaint Feb. 2 but it has yet to be heard.

Shelnut said "personnel reasons" factored into his decision to suspend White and Kelley.