UNION COUNTY — The State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is investigating a Union man accused of having taken money raised to help a local couple pay their medical expenses.
According to an incident report released by The Union County Sheriff’s Office, Mark Williams came to the sheriff’s office on Nov. 12 to file a report on an incident that occurred on or about Aug. 24.
The report states that employees of the Union County Emergency Medical Services sponsored a benefit to help Williams and his wife with medical expenses they’d recently incurred. The report further states that the benefit, which was the idea of William Michael Hawkins, Jr. involved selling 800 tickets at $5 a piece to raise a total of $4,000, with a Glock handgun given away. The proceeds of the fundraiser would go to the Williams family to help with their medical expenses.
The report states that on Nov. 10, Hawkins stated that he had used some of the money collected from the fundraiser for his own personal use. It further states that Hawkins had turned in $2,500 to Robert Martin, a supervisor with the Union County EMS.
The report concluded by stating that the investigation was continuing.
Sheriff David Taylor said Thursday that SLED was called in because the sheriff’s office does not investigate county agencies because of possible conflict of interest.
The Union County Sheriff’s Department also reported the following arrest:
— Erik Wesley Lawson, 36, of 235 Pea Ridge Hwy., Jonesville, was charged with attempting to purchase a controlled substance around 12:01 a.m. Nov. 18. According to the incident report, Lawson attempted to purchase more than 9 grams of Ephedrine in a 30-day period.
The Union Public Safety Department reported the following arrests:
— Josephine Laura Sollima, 48, of 128 Scout Drive, Buffalo, was charged with driving under suspension around 3:55 p.m. Nov. 18.
— Melanie Louise Payne, 41, of 307 North Boyce Street, Union, was charged with disorderly conduct around 12:15 p.m. Nov. 18.