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September 29-- Former Lyons Police Chief Ricky Newsome is free on bond.  At a bond hearing Thursday in Toombs County Superior Court, Judge Bobby Reeves set a $30,000 cash bond and $70,000 property bond.

{mosimage}Newsome has been in jail since his arrest September 19 on three felony counts of distribution of marijuana, theft by conversion and violating his oath of office.

The state requested a $100,000 cash bond and a $200,000 property bond and said Newsome's charges may involve trafficking since the amount of marijuana involved was more than ten pounds.  Assistant District Attorney Charles Howard said investigation of the case is ongoing and could result in "substantial prison time and a $100,000 fine."

Newsome's attorney Joe McGovern argued the former chief is neither a flight risk nor a danger to others or himself.

Judge Reeves ordered Newsome to give up any weapons he may own to the Toombs County Sheriff's office, to have no contact with witnesses in the case and to stay at least 1,000 feet away from Lyons city hall and the Lyons Police Department.

Newsome has been in the county jail in Treutlen County since his arrest and was released on bond Thursday afternoon according to Treutlen County Sheriff Tommy Corbin.