Originally created 09/23/05

Bus driver is charged in theft

A 20-year school bus driver for Columbia County has been charged with taking money from Lakeside High School's football and volleyball programs.

William Emory Logue, 56, of the 3900 block of Roberts Road, Martinez, was arrested Wednesday afternoon on two charges of felony theft by taking. His bond, which hadn't been met as of Thursday afternoon, was set at $5,200, Columbia County Sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.

Lakeside High School Principal Jeff Carney said Mr. Logue worked as a game manager for athletic events at the school.

After an Aug. 12 scrimmage football game, bookkeepers reported about $300 missing from the gate proceeds, Mr. Carney said. The next week, another $100 was missing from the proceeds of a volleyball game at the school.

Capt. Morris said charges against Mr. Logue were upgraded to felonies because of his official role as a fiduciary for certain Lakeside High sporting events.

Mr. Logue has been suspended as a bus driver pending the outcome of the investigation, Associate Superintendent Charles Nagle said.

Capt. Morris said the sheriff's office investigation into the case continues.

After learning about Mr. Logue's arrest, Sue Greene, the vice president of the Columbia County school bus drivers' union, said she was shocked.

"I really do not believe that Mr. Logue is this type of a person," Ms. Greene said by phone Thursday from a union conference in Las Vegas. "I have worked with Mr. Logue for the last 20 years."

Reach Preston Sparks or Donnie Fetter at 868-1222 or ccchron@augustachronicle.com.


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