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25 years ago: Opposing candidate’s accusations unfounded, current sheriff says

October 19, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Oct. 19, 1988:

The Democratic candidate for the upcoming Douglas County Sheriff's election was offering some information to voters that he said showed ineffectiveness on the part of the current department. Candidate Gale E. Pinegar presented to the Journal-World copies of crime statistics and other information that he intended to include in a letter to voters. His data indicated fewer arrests for drunken driving, drug-related offenses, and burglary in Douglas County during the past four years in comparison to Jefferson and Franklin counties. He also questioned the transfer of more than $28,000 from the sheriff's department budget to the district attorney's office from 1985 to 1987 to pay part of the salary of the county Assistant District Attorney. The current sheriff, Rex Johnson, said today that the statistics were slanted and that the salary documents showed only fair and legal practices. He also said that Douglas County officers rarely handled city crimes and that local drug arrests were made by the city-county drug unit and the statistics often credited to the Lawrence police.

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