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La. launches probes of former state fire marshal

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Posted: Apr 18, 2012 1:03 PM
Updated: Apr 18, 2012 1:03 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Louisiana, probe, state, fire, marshal, Butch, Browning, investigation

NEW ORLEANS - State Police say two investigations are under way of former State Fire Marshal Bruce Browning.

Although spokesman Capt. Doug Cain on Wednesday would not provide details, he said the state inspector general is investigating a series of allegations and State Police are checking to see if Department of Public Safety regulations were violated.

Browning, who has held the fire marshal post since 2008, announced his resignation on Tuesday, saying he would accept a private-sector job.

The complaints originated with the Metropolitan Crime Commission in New Orleans, which passed them to the inspector general's office. Crime commission officials say the matter involves possible fraud or mismanagement of funds.

Messages left on Browning's cell phone were not immediately returned on Wednesday.

News 2's Michael Shingleton spoke with the metro crime commission regarding the allegations. He has the story tonight on News 2 at 6pm.

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