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Details sparse in sheriff’s office investigation

October 6, 2012

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Few details have emerged about an investigation into the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a spokesman for the office, Kansas Bureau of Investigation agents notified the sheriff’s office Sept. 27 about an investigation into the office and served a search warrant. The sheriff’s office has declined to provide more specifics about the case.

Kyle Smith, deputy director of the KBI, meanwhile, said he could neither confirm nor deny that an investigation was ongoing. Franklin County Attorney Stephen Hunting said he requested that the Shawnee County District Attorney’s Office act as a special prosecutor in the case, and the office accepted. Hunting, though, would not comment on whether the case originated from his office and would not provide any other details in the case.

On Wednesday, the Franklin County Commission voted to deny several open records requests from the Ottawa Herald, said Lisa Johnson, Franklin County administrator. According to the Ottawa Herald, the paper had requested the KBI search warrant and other records relevant to the investigation.

Johnson, who is the county’s open records officer, said that because of the sensitive and political nature of the case, she asked the county commission to vote on the requests.

Johnson said that no one from the sheriff’s office, run by Sheriff Jeffry Curry, has been suspended or otherwise removed from duty. Curry was appointed sheriff in 2010 and is running unopposed in the November general election.

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