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Chamber president arrested; chamber issues statement

The president of the Barnesville-Lamar County Chamber of Commerce was arrested October 9. UPDATE: The chamber of commerce has issued a statement which is published in its entirety inside. Emily Miller Rowland, 25, was charged with obstruction of an officer by investigator Al Moltrum of the Barnesville Police Department. Moltrum said money, about $900, had gone missing from the chamber office but was later returned. Rowland was subsequently charged but not with theft. The money was apparently part of the proceeds from Buggy Days. Rowland, who lives on Harrell Circle, was booked into the Lamar jail and later released on a bond of $1122.00. UPDATE: Rowland is not charged with theft. She is charged due to an alleged falsified report and interference with the investigation, sources close to the investigation have told The Herald Gazette. UPDATE 2: The Chamber of Commerce has issued a statement on the matter: The Barnesville-Lamar County Chamber of Commerce (Oct. 10, 2013) would like to state that all monies reported missing on September 27, 2013 were returned and there have been no crimes of theft committed. The state of the Chamber remains unaltered and strong. Emily Rowland was charged, on October 9, 2013 with obstruction of justice for false information provided to the police department during an investigation of missing money. If any wrongdoings have taken place, the board will handle it appropriately. We are proud of the strength of the Board of Directors and this organization operates as a team of volunteers who are all seeking the same thing: to work together as a partnership with all levels of government and community organizations to achieve a strong local economy and high quality of life for Barnesville and Lamar County. The Chamber remains committed to its tireless pursuit to enhance and improve local business opportunities.

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