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City's Records Are In The Hands Of Federal Authorities

By: Danielle Morgan
By: Danielle Morgan

All Manchester city records are in the hands of federal officials on Wednesday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Smith says federal authorities executed a search warrant on the Manchester City Hall Tuesday afternoon.

City Clerk Wanda Marcum confirmed federal authorities came to city hall Tuesday morning and spent most of the day in Manchester.

She didn't want to be on camera, but Marcum says they took every record on file in city hall, including water bills, black topping records and city property records.

The question Marcum says city hall employees are asking, is why. She says federal authorities gave no reason for being there.

This raid of the Manchester City Hall comes just four weeks after Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Smith told WYMT more warrants would be issued in the on-going federal Clay County drug ring investigation.

However, the U.S. Attorney's Office will not confirm whether the city hall search warrant is connected to that case.

Two people have already pleaded guilty in that federal case, to making at least one million dollars from distributing cocaine and prescription pain killers between 1999 and 2005.

Former 911 Director and City Councilman Vernon Hacker, as well as former Manchester Assistant Police Chief Todd Roberts have pleaded not guilty in the case and are scheduled to go to trial December 5th in Frankfort.

Marcum says no arrests were made Tuesday, but boxes of records were carried out of city hall.


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