On the heels of the admission that thousands of dollars of water bill payments were missing, the small town of Rhine, Georgia, is reeling from another blow to its reputation. Rhine Police Chief Kip Cravey was arrested today on completely unrelated charges. The Dodge County News has the story:
Cravey was arrested by agents of the Oconee Drug Task Force as the result of an ongoing narcotics investigation by the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department, Eastman Police Department and the Oconee Drug Task Force.
Cravey of Eastman is facing at least two charges and may face additional charges. Cravey has been charged with one count of unlawfully distributing schedule II narcotics after he allegedly furnished more than two dozen “Soma” pills to another person during the investigation.
Cravey is a former candidate for Dodge County Sheriff and served as a deputy sheriff under former Dodge County Sheriff
Lawton Douglas. Douglas is currently serving time in federal prison for charges related to voter fraud.
Over $7,000 in missing water bill payments appears to be unrelated to the Cravey arrest. According to discussions during the Rhine City Council meetings on December 1st, former Rhine employee June Sheffield had agreed to pay restitution to the town of less than 500 people. Sheffield; however, in a December 14th interview with The Dodge County News editor Chuck Eckles, stated she did not take the money and would clear things up in January. 2012. To date, it appears the city has filed no charges with the authorities.
Rhine is located in Dodge County just north of the Telfair County line. Both complete stories are available on The Dodge County News website.