Bell residents turn in petitions for recall

BELL, Calif. The city clerk said the certified petitions will now be given to the City Council, which must now schedule an election that could oust three of its four members.

The council is expected to take up the issue Monday.

The signature petition drive was launched last August, soon after news broke on huge salaries being paid to a number of elected officials.

Four council members have since been arrested. One has resigned.

Meantime, the former police chief of Bell is reportedly being accused of stopping an investigation into alleged wrongdoing at city hall long before the corruption scandal that led to the arrests of eight former and current city officials.

According to the Los Angeles Times, a retired Bell police sergeant went to former Chief Randy Adams to tell him about voter fraud, unlawful vehicle seizures and the illegal selling of building permits.

The former sergeant said Adams became irate and told him not to go to the /*FBI*/.

An attorney for Adams said the sergeant's claims aren't true.

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