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June 18, 2013

Mayoral candidate arrested

MERIDIAN —     A former county election commissioner and mayoral candidate was arrested Sunday on misdemeanor charges.

    Meridian Police Department Capt. Dean Harper, commander of the department's Criminal Investigation Division, told WTOK that Meridian attorney Roderick B. Amos, who ran as a Democrat for mayor but lost in the May 7 primary, was arrested just after 3 a.m. Sunday by police officers.

    Harper says Amos faces several charges including DUI refusal, possession of marijuana, resisting arrest and obstructing traffic. Harper said officers reported finding less than an ounce of marijuana in Amos' possession.

    Several attempts to reach Amos for comment by phone were unsuccessful, but Amos told WTOK, "It's unfortunate that it happened and a poor decision on my part. I'm dealing with the situation and going forward the best way that I can."

    Amos served as a Lauderdale County election commissioner for several years up until he registered to run for the mayoral position.

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