Prosecutor: Official’s arrest is ‘civil issue’

AUXVASSE — City officials here remain quiet after the arrest of an Auxvasse alderman on Friday.

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George E. “Trey” Baumgartner, 30, was taken into custody on the charge of distribution of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was later released from the Callaway County Jail on a $15,000 bond. Baumgartner said Monday he had no comment regarding his arrest.

Mayor Kevin Phares said he could not discuss what course of action the city intends to take regarding the alderman.

Calls to Auxvasse city attorney Tom Dunlap were not returned Monday.

Callaway County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Wilson said the matter is a “civil issue” and a topic the Auxvasse Board of Aldermen would have to address. Wilson said that once the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office gives him the arrest report, it will be reviewed and the appropriate charges filed.

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