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Former Clayton sheriff's sergeant indicted

Photo by Kathy Jefcoats Former Clayton Water Authority department manager Herbert Etheridge, Jr., was arrested Wednesday after being indicted by a Clayton County grand jury. 

Photo by Kathy Jefcoats Former Clayton Water Authority department manager Herbert Etheridge, Jr., was arrested Wednesday after being indicted by a Clayton County grand jury. 

A former Clayton County Sheriff's jail sergeant, and a Clayton County Water Authority department manager were indicted Wednesday on job-related charges.

After Clayton Superior Court Judge Albert Collier signed the indictments, returned against former jail Sgt. Rhonda Denise Allah and Linton Herbert Etheridge, Jr., the authority's former distribution and conveyance manager, warrants were sought for their arrests.

Water authority spokeswoman Suzanne Brown said Etheridge, of Fayetteville, worked for the authority for 36 years. "We are aware that there is an investigation going on, but we have not seen the indictment," said Brown.

Etheridge's primary responsibility included maintenance and construction of water and sewer lines. Brown said Etheridge no longer works for the authority, but did not provide information on the end of his employment.

Etheridge, 54, was brought into the Clayton County Jail just after 5 p.m., Wednesday. Bond was set at $20,000. At press time, deputies were still looking for Allah.

In a long expected action, the teenager charged with killing Clayton County Sheriff's Deputy Rick Daly was also indicted Wednesday. Veasa Johnathan Bun, 17, is being held without bond in the Henry County Jail.

Allah, 53, of Hampton, was indicted on five counts of computer theft. The indictments allege that Allah stole information from the computer accounts of three co-workers. Allah then forwarded that information to her personal Yahoo.com e-mail account, the indictment alleges.

The alleged crimes occurred in July and September. All five allegations involve Lotus Notes accounts of the employees. One document was entitled "Items for Justice Bureau Meeting 07/18/11." Another was a document of "Job Descriptions." Other e-mailed documents concerned "Revised Rules and Reg," "Enforcement SOP," and "SOP."

The indictments allege that Allah did not have permission to access those accounts.

Sheriff's Lt. Brian Crisp said Allah was terminated five or six months ago.

In a separate indictment, prosecutors allege that Etheridge hid the fact that his son, Cody Etheridge, worked for the company awarded the contract to landscape water authority property.

The indictment alleges that Etheridge was the facilitator of the evaluation team that rated vendors' proposals, and rated the company his son works for as the highest. Based on that rating, Etheridge recommended in August 2010 that Georgia Landscape Management be awarded the annual lawn maintenance contract.

Prosecutors also allege that Etheridge conspired with the owners of the landscape company, Betty Griffin and Bruce T. Gillespie, to keep other lawn care businesses from competing for the contract.

Etheridge is also charged with perjury. The indictment alleges that when he gave testimony Oct. 7 before a special grand jury, Etheridge lied under oath about staying at a Panama City Beach, Fla., condo owned by Griffin.

Neither Griffin nor Gillespie have been charged in the investigation.

The grand jury indicted Bun, charged in the July 20 shooting death of Clayton Sheriff's Deputy Rick Daly. Bun faces 19 counts, including felony and malice murder, multiple charges of aggravated assault on a peace officer, obstruction of an officer, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and theft by receiving stolen property.

According to the indictment, the Glock pistol Bun possessed that day was reported stolen from the Georgia Department of Corrections.

Daly was part of a team of deputies dispatched to take Bun into custody on charges stemming from the January armed robbery of a Forest Park store. Bun was also indicted in that case, on charges that include armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.