Mr. Michael G. Yates, 27.
Upstanding DeputyBorn and raised in Probity, Mikey Yates has been a deputy of the local sheriff's department for roughly two years, which is to say he cruises around town in a patrol car making sure the local teens don't get up to any mischief and are back home by curfew. He does his job well enough and is generally well liked in the community, though no one could ever accuse him of being a social butterfly. Outside of his uniform Deputy Yates is known to be a happily married if mild mannered man and something of a hero for the local country club, as he'd been enough of a prodigious golfer to earn himself a full scholarship to Ashbridge University before a broken arm and botched recovery robbed him of his childhood passion. He also makes a mean turkey sandwich.
Guilt-ridden MilksopSeeing as he wasn't going to be joining the PGA tour as he'd trained years for, collecting a government paycheck for wearing a badge in his all but crime free hometown seemed like a decent enough fallback. That was, until officer Yates happened to be on patrol when dispatch reported a bank robbery on Elm street. It was the first violent offense reported in Probity since the Depression. Like usual, Mike took his time arriving on the scene, rightly assuming the perpetrators would be long gone by the time his sirens were in earshot. What he did not assume was that a newly married couple had been making a deposit at the time and were tragically shot down after the husband attempted to disarm the robber. Since then, Mike has become something of a recluse. He spikes his morning coffee with vodka on work days and has turned the local watering hole into a second home during his off hours. That he can occasionally be heard talking to the couple's ghosts is a growing rumor in town.
Or maybe the wife is still around and that can be another source of stress for him. Who knows.
Rebecca Yates - MotherThe only parental figure Michael has ever known, Becky Yates effectively made Michael into the man he is today. The only child of a prominent investor, Rebecca fell in love young and got spurned the moment she wouldn't get an abortion in the winter of 1929. She never remarried, using her inheritance to raise Michael completely by herself, no easy feat in Probity. Certainly a doting and sometimes overbearing woman, it was Rebecca who encouraged Michael to become a police officer after the injury resulting from his car crash caused him to end his promising golf career. She has doubled down on her affectionate nature following her son's traumatic experience at the Elm street bank, but for the first time in history, Michael has not returned her calls.