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Sign about Simpsonville police chief hung on bridge, woman arrested

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The sign hung on the bridge on Hillpine Drive in Simpsonville.  (Source: iWitness) The sign hung on the bridge on Hillpine Drive in Simpsonville. (Source: iWitness)
SIMPSONVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A woman has been arrested after Simpsonville police said she admitted to hanging a banner on a bridge, which asked the newly reinstated Simpsonville Police Chief Keith Grounsell to give up his back pay to fix the recently closed bridge.

"Chief Grounsell give up back pay to fix our bridge," the banner, which has since been removed, said on the bridge on Hillpine Drive in Simpsonville.

According to police, Dixie Nance admitted to placing the banner on the bridge.

Police said the banner "interfered with a traffic control device" and violated city ordinance section 26-108.

According to police, the sign "caused a serious hazard for drivers approaching the bridge to potentially not be able to stop in time before striking the cement barriers."

Nance was arraigned and released on a personal recognizance bond, police said.

Police said they are looking into the possibility of other suspects in the case.

A person claiming to be Nance posted a picture of the sign on foxcarolina.com's iWitness page.

James Ashe usually walks up and down Hillipine Drive. He said he didn't see the sign, but he heard about it.

"Grounsell is entitled to his back pay. He should've never been out of work," Ashe said. "And that amount of money he got won't fix that bridge."

However, others who live in the area said what Nance is accused of doing is freedom of speech.

"It does seem pretty vidictive," Justin Brock said. "You know, it's a bridge, so merely posting a sign out - I mean, you see thousands of them going down tons of roads in the Upstate."

Despite divided opinions about the sign, neighbors do agree on one thing about the bridge.

"We hope the bridge will get fixed," Ashe said.

Grounsell was fired in December 2012 as police chief and recently fought to be reinstated. The city council voted 4-3 to grant that reinstatement and over one year of back pay.

A FOX Carolina crew asked Grounsell and Nance about the bridge and the sign, but both had no comment.

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