Sale of Fairfield County fire truck being investigated

By Jody Barr - bio | email

MITFORD, SC (WIS) - A Fairfield County sheriff's investigator and a State Transport Police officer are at the center of an investigation into the sale of a fire truck in Fairfield County.

County administrators started questioning the sale of a Ford F600 front-pumper tanker truck after officials said Fairfield County investigator Mike Roseboro -- who also serves as the county's fire board chairman -- and State Transport Police officer and Mitford Fire Chief Dwayne Robinson, lied to county officials about the sale during a Jan. 11 investigative meeting.

The meeting included the county administrator, the deputy county administrator, the county attorney, and 15 other county staffers.

Roseboro and Robinson told county officials in the closed-door meeting that the truck was sold to Dalford Wilson, a Great Falls businessman, six months ago for $800. The men stated that the truck wasn't running, so the truck was towed to Wilson's home, according to county records.

Wilson told us that he originally bought the truck off the internet from Robinson more than six months ago and paid $2,000 for the truck. Wilson said Robinson could not come up with the title for the truck, so Wilson demanded his money back. Two months later, Wilson said he was refunded his money, and the truck was driven back to the Mitford Fire Department.

A few months later Wilson said he contacted Robinson again to offer $1,000 for the truck without a title so the tanker could be put to use as a work truck at Wilson's go-cart race track.

Wilson's statements were taken by Anderson and Fairfield County Safety and Liabilities Supervisor Hyatte Kelsey on Jan. 14. Wilson said the men struck a deal, "and at about 11 p.m. that night, the fire truck rolled onto his property, driven by two firemen, one of which was Mr. Robinson."

The truck was not insured or registered, according to county officials.

In an Oct. 29, 2009 Fairfield County fire board meeting, board chairman Mike Roseboro told Robinson "to not give up the vehicle until he gets permission from the County Administrator," according to the meeting minutes. The discussion came up after Robinson questioned the board about insuring the truck.

Robinson responded, "I am not running anything by the County Administrator," the meeting minutes showed. The truck was already sold to Wilson, according to county officials.

Late Tuesday, Fairfield County Sheriff Herman Young placed investigator Mike Roseboro on administrative leave, according to Chief Deputy Keith Lewis.

Lewis said the department hoped to wrap up its internal review by Friday.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Sid Gaulden said the agency's Office of Professional Responsibility is reviewing the allegations surrounding Dwayne Robinson.

County officials towed the truck from Wilson's business to a county maintenance shop.

Anderson said county leaders will hold a meeting concerning Roseboro and Robinson's futures with the county's fire services as soon as law enforcement finished its investigation.

Anderson said he expects the investigation to be finished by Friday.

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