CINCINNATI - The village of Arlington Heights is dealing with a huge mess after two former city clerks, Donna Covert and her daughter Laura Covert Jarvis, were indicted for stealing money from drivers who paid for speeding tickets in cash between July 2007 and February 2010.
Residents in the small village were shocked to learn what had been allegedly going on behind their backs.
"It's just mind boggling," resident Charles Eads said. "It's been going on for all this time and no one knew about it."
Larry Carrier used to own Lichty's Bar in the heart of Arlington Heights, but sold his business back in 2009. As a former business owner, he's overwhelmed with the thought that money taken from village taxpayers was used improperly when it could have been used elsewhere.
"I think it's disgusting and don't think its tolerable," he said. "I want to see whomever did this held responsible."
However, residents don't want to see the village dissolved. Prosecutors in this case have made the suggestion.
"It's been a great neighborhood, my kids love it, and it's friendly," resident Michael Smith said.
"With the police station, it keeps the riff raff down," Eads said.
"I would love to see it dissolved. There is so much small town corruption," Carrier said. "It's so small with 12 streets in the village of Arlington."