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Village People Policeman No-Show in Court

October 21, 2005

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) _ Victor Willis, the original policeman in the 1970s music group the Village People, was being sought after failing to show up Thursday for a sentencing in a drug case, authorities said.

Willis, who co-wrote disco hits such as ``Macho Man″ and ``In the Navy,″ was arrested in July after police found a gun and what was believed to be crack cocaine in his car after a traffic stop.

He was scheduled to be sentenced Thursday morning in San Mateo County Superior Court, but failed to show up. The judge issued arrest warrants for a probation violation and for the drug case, a clerk said.

Willis also had an outstanding felony warrant for possession of narcotics, police said.

His attorney, Kenneth Quigley, told the San Francisco Chronicle that Willis left a message with him Wednesday night saying he couldn’t attend the hearing.

``He is scheduled for surgery. That’s really as much as I know,″ Quigley told the newspaper.

The songwriter and performer left the Village People in the late 1970s.

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