Cairo alderman faces 5 criminal charges

Cairo alderman faces 5 criminal charges
By: Erica Byfield

CAIRO, Ill. - A war of words in Cairo leads to a city alderman facing five criminal charges, four of which are felonies. A special prosecutor filed the charges against Elbert "Bo" Purchase on Tuesday March 27, 2007.  Purchase is accused of official misconduct, threatening a public official intimidation and aggravated assault.

The city's mayor, Paul Farris, called a news conference to announce the charges.  It is widely known Farris and various city council members do not get along.  The five criminal charges are in connection with an argument Mayor Farris had with Purchase in September 2006.
The mayor went on to say he was afraid for his life following the conversation.
Cairo police investigated the incident and eventually turned over the case to a special prosecutor, Pulaski County State's Attorney Grayson Gile.
We spoke with Purchase in an off camera interview as he put out campaign signs for the upcoming general election.  Purchase's served as the first ward council member for 24 years.  He said he believes these charges are a personal attack from the mayor and they only make him want to campaign harder.
Purchase will be back in court April 25th.