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Cherryville may disband police in scandal's wake

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CHERRYVILLE, N.C. (AP) -

The city of Cherryville is looking at disbanding its police department in the wake of a corruption scandal.

Cherryville City Manager Ben Blackburn says Gaston County police would provide protection for the city of 5,700 people.

But first, Cherryville leaders want to look at the numbers to see if disbanding the department makes sense.

Just a few months ago, few residents would have suggested disbanding the Cherryville police department.

But everything changed in October, when three Cherryville police officers, a Gaston County sheriff's deputy and two other Cherryville men were arrested on bribery and extortion charges.

Four of the men — including two of the Cherryville officers — pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Charlotte. No sentencing date has been set.

Charges are still pending against the others.

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