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Ex-Roane fire captain accused of theft

The former captain of Roane County’s Fire Department has been indicted on charges of stealing county property, including chain saws, generators and a pump used to extricate trapped wreck victims.
42-year-old John Roy “Shorty” Rayburn of Kingston was indicted last week by the Roane County grand jury. The indictment states he stole items valued at between $10,000 and $60,000. Rayburn turned himself in at the Roane County Sheriff’s Office on Monday and posted a $5,000 bond. He will be arraigned next week in Roane County Criminal Court.
According to the indictment, Rayburn also allegedly stole a trailer, infrared heater, radio, concrete saw and an industrial lantern, later selling them at a pawn shop. The case was investigated by the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.
Rayburn was hired in September 2009, and was he employed by the county until June of this year. As captain of the county’s fire department, Rayburn was in charge of the fire division of the county’s Office of Emergency Services, which provides support for the county’s five volunteer fire departments.

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