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Two Montgomery County Sheriff's Deputies Fired For Racially-Charged Text Messages

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Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer says two white deputies accused of exchanging racially charged text messages on their personal cellphones have been fired. Detective Mike Sollenberger and Captain Tom Flanders were placed on administrative leave during an investigation into accusations of inappropriate text conversations that included racial slurs and comments directed at two black deputies. Three other deputies will be suspended.  The text messages were exchanged between November 2011 and January 2013, with some sent during on-duty hours.

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.