Two council members arrested in Walker county

CARBON HILL, Ala. (WIAT) – Carbon Hill is a small city in Walker County, but there is big talk when it comes to the recent arrests of two council members.

Last week, Suzanne Atkins was arrested and charged with obstruction of government operations. Earlier this month, Harlon Wood was arrested with theft of property charges.

Carbon Hill Police Chief Paul Agnew says both Wood and Atkins are innocent until proven guilty, but also said the following about the charges.

“It brings a bad image on our city, a city I am proud of and I love,” Agnew said. “It’s a shame these things happen, [but] we are all held accountable to the letter of the law.”

CBS 42 news reached out to Atkins for a comment, she referred us her lawyer. He said his client is innocent and the charges are false. He adds Atkins plans to plead not guilty, and will continue her duties as councilwoman.

Council member Harlon Wood issued this statement via text to CBS 42 news.

“The entire thing was a misunderstanding in me extending credit to people.  My former employer contacted the police department prior to last weeks court date.  She requested the charges be dropped.  Chief Agnew informed her it was taken care of.  However, I was still on the docket for last Thursday’s court date.  I was never officially arrested.  I turned myself in and bonded out, no charges have officially been made.  This whole ordeal is nothing more than a political onslaught due to the fact that I am running for mayor.”

Th city attorney said that both Wood and Atkins can continue their duties as council members.

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