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Archive for Saturday, September 30, 1995

SING FROM JAIL PROMPTS INVESTIGATION

September 30, 1995

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An internal investigation is underway into the alleged theft of meat from the Douglas County Jail.

Sheriff Loren Anderson said the investigation began Sept. 11 or 12 after about $50 worth of meat was discovered missing from a jail refrigerator.

Anderson's announcement concerning the investigation came Friday when he was asked to respond to allegations raised by an anonymous caller to the Journal-World. The caller reported that one jail employee had been fired recently and another was on suspension pending completion of an investigation in the alleged theft of inmate property.

"That's all untrue," Anderson said when informed of the caller's allegations. "Nobody's been fired."

Anderson said one jail employee had resigned last Friday and that one person is on a two-day suspension. However, he said, neither of those situations has anything to do with the caller's allegations.

The sheriff declined to reveal the name of the person who resigned, explaining that public discussion of personnel matters was inappropriate. He did say that the individual resigned "to seek other employment."

He also declined to provide details on the circumstances surrounding the jail employee's suspension.

Anderson said no report had been made public on the alleged theft because the incident is being handled as an internal matter within the sheriff's department.

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