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BOE candidate arrested on bench warrant

By Kathy Jefcoats

kjefcoats@news-daily.com

JONESBORO — A Clayton County Board of Education District 5 candidate wanted on a bench warrant was arrested after deputies spotted him outside a Riverdale voting site Wednesday morning holding one of his campaign signs, said a sheriff’s spokesman.

Capt. Brian Crisp said Xavier Ross, 22, of Riverdale, was outside the Frank Bailey Senior Center, where early voting is being held for the Nov. 6 election. Ross was holding one of his signs, urging people to cast their ballots for him.

Ross was wanted since May 16, said Solicitor General Tasha Mosley. A bench warrant was issued for his arrest for failure to appear on an $80 traffic ticket and Clayton County sheriff’s deputies have been looking for him for weeks, Crisp said.

The warrant was turned over Monday to the Fugitive Unit, which found him holding an “Elect Xavier Ross” sign, said Crisp. Deputies watched Ross and called for a marked unit to assist in making the arrest, he said. Before the marked unit got there, Ross left.

“The members of the Fugitive Unit followed Ross to Rountree Road and Chestnut Lane,” said Crisp. “Contact was made with Ross and he was advised of the warrant. Ross said he was aware of the incident but did not know he had a warrant.”

Crisp said Ross was handcuffed and taken to the Clayton County Jail without incident.

According to Clayton County Jail records, Ross was booked in at 9:50 a.m. and was released at 10:34 a.m.

Ross was named a person of interest in the disappearance of funds from the Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School PTA. Ross was treasurer of the PTA at the time the money went missing and school officials said they have no accounting for the money. Ross has not been charged.

Clayton BOE spokesman David Waller said their file was turned over to the Clayton County Police Department for investigation.

“Once our internal investigation was completed, the records and the investigation were turned over to the Clayton County Police Department,” said Waller. “It is then their decision to either pursue the case or not. It is out of our hands at this point.”

The Clayton County Police Department could not immediately be reached for comment on the status of the investigation.

Comments

OscarKnight 2 years, 1 month ago

....Riddle Me with this Pop Quiz :

......Is this Candidate bringing more saddest, indignity, disgrace, and embarrassment to our county ?

......In my opinion, NO !!.......The damage began with "The Snipers on The Roof Incident", in 2005, and has been elevating since then.

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DE 2 years, 1 month ago

Are we going to hear uproar by some on this forum about the news media picking on this individual?

Once again, this is a local person running for public office in this county. This story needs to be published.

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OscarKnight 2 years, 1 month ago

DE; No Uproar from Me:

....Riddle Me With This Pop Quiz :

.....How can anyone suffer from disgrace in this county, when Victor Hill won over Kimbrough in the democrat primary election ?

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EagleEye65 2 years, 1 month ago

Well I will be the first to come to his defense....

I met this young man several months ago. I simply think this another tactic by those trying to control county government and the school board plotting.

Now, I will admit, after I heard about him earlier this year I did have my reservations but when you compare him to the incumbent, I see why they are going after him....

It is sad that this county will try to hurt our youth. However, I did hear that Sheriff's Dept. plotted with Dr. Heatley to cause this to happen before the election. As a tax payer for over 30 years in this county I am sick of the negative attention we get and give our own people. Lets be honest, this isn't really news worthy. But since we are entertaining it I will say this, I VOTED and VOTED for him and I hope he wins and does what he says he is going to do.

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OscarKnight 2 years, 1 month ago

...Can You Please, Take Off Your Rose Colored Glasses ?

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OscarKnight 2 years, 1 month ago

..............Some of these moronic voters in this county, has this silly lopsided notion that these candidates are their friends. ......If I'm that desperate for friends, I will adopt another Dog and maybe a few more Cats.

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MaryP 2 years, 1 month ago

Eagle Eye you must have voted for Victor Hill too. How can you vote for this 22 year old child who was arrested during the middle of his campaign over something he could have taken care of months ago, accused of stealing money from a Clayton County PTA and lied about his occupation. Claims to be a student at Morehouse but they dont have a record of him since 2009. He is just like that other controversial school board member and simply wants to use the board as a platform for attention and drama. Contrary to your belief, this has nothing to do with 'county government trying to hurt our youth.' Our youth need to shape up and realize that lying and shady behavior is not the way you get ahead in life.

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martincook 2 years, 1 month ago

How dumb is the guy anyway? Holding up a campaign sign with his name on it, and the cops have a warrant!! LOL

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GospelTruth 2 years, 1 month ago

Again, where are our elders?

Surely there is a core of wise, seasoned civic minded professionals and business folk who can step up the the plate and lead our county.

We sorely need you!!!

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visionary12 2 years, 1 month ago

Regardless of public opinion; how can you influence youth and the public and you cant even take care of your duties. If you broke the law take care of it. If he knew he didnt pay the ticket, he understood the consequence of the situation.

Just because you run for public office doesnt mean that you dont have to abide by the law. He should have done the right thing and paid the ticket. Obviously he isn’t responsible enough to handle the position or abide by the laws of the county. Therefore, he should be punished. FYI this is not his first arrest, he has been arrested multiple times.

He is not above the law. I think he should have been arrested for not respecting the law. Hopefully he didnt use his campaign funds to pay his bail.

Where is his mug shot from the arrest? Every person takes a mug shot the day of arrest and no one gets out of jail within an hour even with bail. I think this case should be reviewed over again because I think this case has favoritism involved.

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OscarKnight 2 years, 1 month ago

.....WOULD SOMEONE, PLEASE TURN OFF THE STUPID SWITCH IN CLAYTON COUNTY, GEORGIA !!!!!

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