Maine Town Says Former Chief Robbed New Truck Fund

SOUTH THOMASTON, Maine — A lawsuit by the town of South Thomaston against the ex-fire chief and another former firefighter alleges the pair stole nearly $15,000 earmarked for a new truck.

The lawsuit was filed by the community’s attorney Friday in Knox County Superior Court against former chief Wayne A. Brown and former firefighter Colin Grierson.

Brown and Grierson’s attorney, Walter McKee of Augusta, said Friday afternoon that his clients deny all the allegations by the town.

The town has been trying to get the money for years. The funds had been in bank accounts controlled by the South Thomaston Firemen’s Association. The association voted in May 2007 to dissolve and have any money it had to go to the town for the purchase of a fire truck, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit states that on July 15, 2010, Brown withdrew a total of $14,783 from the association’s accounts.

The issue of what happened with the association’s money first arose publicly at a July 2010 selectmen’s meeting when officials demanded that the money be turned over to the town by representatives of the association.

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