Benton Township reverend turns himself in to police

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By: NewsCenter 16 Email

BENTON TOWNSHIP Rev. Edward Pinkney, 65, of Benton Township, turned himself in to the police Friday morning.

Pinkney is charged with changing dates on five petitions related to an effort to recall Benton Harbor Mayor James Hightower.

The reverend made an initial appearance, and his bond has been set at $30,000.

Election forgery is a felony punishable by up to five years imprisonment.

As a circulator of petitions, Pinkney is charged in six counts of allowing the same person to sign more than one time and asserting in the circulator's certificate that he did not permit that to occur, each a 90 day misdemeanor.

Also charged is James Cornelius, 59, of Benton Harbor, with one count of permitting a signer of a recall petition to sign more than once, as well as for permitting signers on his petition to sign out of his presence, a 90 day misdemeanor.

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