Local attorney defending two former officers

Published 9:51 am Friday, September 12, 2014

WINDSOR—Jack Randall, an attorney in Courtland, has said he’s taken on two cases each connected to local law enforcement officers who have come under investigation for alleged crimes.

The first client is Arlis V. “Vic” Reynolds, former chief of police in Windsor. Last December he was abruptly dismissed from service without explanation. Town officials would not comment, saying only that it was a personnel matter. It later came out that Reynolds was being investigated, but no charges had been filed.

This past Monday, a grand jury handed down a charge of embezzlement and another of obtaining money under false pretenses. Corinne Geller, spokeswoman for the Virginia State Police, stated that the embezzlement charge comes from Reynolds’ allegedly using town property as a barter for a personal rent payment. The other is his alleged misuse of state grant money intended to supplement police personnel expenses that were connected with conducting selective traffic enforcement/safety operations.

Reynolds, 39, turned himself over to the VSP on Tuesday and was arrested. He was later released that day on bond.

On Thursday, Randall said, “Reynolds obviously maintains his innocence and believes he will be exonerated. Serving dual roles as a police chief is a very difficult job. There are many, many different types of multi-tasking that overlap with the town manager, and issues get muddled. In making decisions, the facts will show that he [Reynolds] had the authority to make the decisions that he did.”

The second client is Douglas Davis Jr., 48, who was also arrested on Tuesday by the VSP after a Sussex County grand jury that day handed the following indictments: Five felony counts and one misdemeanor count of obtaining money by false pretenses, according to Geller.

The VSP’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Chesapeake Field Office started looking into Davis this past February following a request from the Waverly Police Department, where he served. He was also working for the Newsoms Police Department, which he started in January 2011. A resident of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, Davis was also with Northampton County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina.

Geller also stated that the investigation is ongoing, and the case is being prosecuted by Prince George County Commonwealth’s Attorney Jay C. Paul, who has been appointed as special prosecutor.

During the investigation earlier this year, Davis was put on administrative leave from Waverly.

Randall stated his firm, Stallings and Randall, was able to get him back pay in the amount of $15,000-plus previous to the charges.

“The new indictments are very concerning,” he said. “We’re very disappointed. We will defend Davis and will elect to have a jury trial.”