Saturday September 28, 1957

Local Sheriff Arrested

Purgatory Sheriff John Lance is in his own jail this morning pending charges he attempted to kill local Attorney Dewey Cheatum. The trouble, which caused the shooting, has been brewing for more than two years. It started when Mr. Cheatum came to Purgatory and formed a new law firm with former Denver Attorney, Ann Howe

(Dewey Cheatum  -  Ann Howe, Attorneys at Law.)  It seems that Mr. Cheatum fell head-over-heels in love with the Sheriff’s daughter, Amber. A family friend said Sheriff Lance developed a tremendous hatred of his daughter’s suitor and warned him that if he persisted in calling upon Amber that he would “fill him full of lead”. Mr. Cheatum

apparently paid little attention to the Sheriff or his rumored threats and continued his pursuit of Amber. Last night Sheriff Lance allegedly made his threats good by shooting Mr. Cheatum. As far as we know, this is the first time in the history of the town of Purgatory that an Attorney has been referred to as an Amber Lance chaser.


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