Ohio sheriff upset about subpoenas

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — A southeast Ohio sheriff says he has had enough of a state investigation of his office.

The Athens Messenger reports (http://bit.ly/130CmFX ) that Athens County Sheriff Patrick Kelly says he will no longer cooperate with Ohio investigators. He was upset after being served Friday with four grand jury subpoenas by agents of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation.

Investigators have been looking into his office, which has previously been ordered to repay thousands of dollars in what audits called improperly spent money. The new subpoenas want records including actual hours worked by Kelly and his employees and also records about use of confidential informants and their payments.

Kelly says he is being targeted in “a witch hunt.” Attorney General Mike DeWine defends BCI handling of the case.

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