State won’t probe gravel complaint

Published 5:00 am Friday, August 6, 2004

A Lincoln County supervisor who was accused of dumping gravelfor a private driveway is not under investigation, state officialssaid Thursday.

A neighbor accused District Two Supervisor Bobby J. Watts ofusing equipment and materials to supply a load of gravel to aprivate residence on Martin Lane.

The neighbor, Ronnie Pullen, called the state Attorney General’sOffice and the Auditor’s Office to lodge a complaint.

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Late last week, spokesmen for the agencies said they do notdiscuss pending or ongoing investigations as a matter of policy.However, Thursday the agencies’ investigative divisions said therewas no investigation into the activity.

Lee Martin, director of the Public Integrity Division of theAttorney General’s Office said his agency is not investigating thecomplaint.

“This type of complaint would generally be referred to theauditor’s office for investigation,” he said.

Mick Bullock, director of the state Auditor’s Office, saidThursday that the agency is not investigating a complaint of graveldumping in Lincoln County. He also said that they had not receiveda referral from the Attorney General’s Office.

“At this time, we have no complaints on Supervisor Bobby Watts,”Bullock said.

Watts would not comment Thursday.