• Coroner: S. Illinois police chief kills self

    by  • June 13, 2013 • News

    (AP) — A coroner says a southwestern Illinois police chief who was suspended after being accused of felony misconduct has committed suicide.

    St. Clair County Coroner Rick Stone says 56-year-old J.D. Roth died Thursday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his Fairview Heights home.

    Prosecutors charged the former Caseyville police chief last month with misconduct, alleging he misused a pickup truck seized as part of a drug case and made personal use of luggage bought with village funds.

    Each charge was punishable by a possible five years in prison and $25,000 fine.

    Roth had been on paid administrative leave since the investigation was made public in March.