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12-31-2004, 12:33 AM
Official had inmates do yardwork



STONE COUNTY - Stone County Sheriff's investigators arrested a county supervisor for making two state inmates work on his lawn, sheriff's officials reported late Thursday.

Investigators arrested Maxie Fountain, a supervisor over buildings and grounds for Chancery Clerk/Administrator Gerald Bonds, after Fountain's neighbors complained to the sheriff's office Tuesday that inmates were raking leaves at Fountain's home at 1425 A Wire Road West in Perkinston.

Fountain supervises joint county-state inmates assigned to work in the Stone County Courthouse and other buildings.

Investigators found two inmates on Fountain's property, took them into custody Tuesday and took their statements. Mississippi Attorney General's Office and state corrections officials assisted in the investigation.

The Stone County Justice Court issued two warrants on Use of Offender as Servant misdemeanor charges for Fountain, who turned himself in to authorities late Thursday.

Investigators with the Mississippi Department of Corrections are also conducting a separate investigation into the incident.