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Grand Jury Requested By Ohio AG’s Office Continues To Hear Testimony

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UPDATE 4:45 p.m. Athens County Sheriff Patrick Kelly, responding to a subpoena issued by the Ohio Attorney General's Office to appear before an Athens County grand jury on Friday, was called into the area where the grand jury was meeting but only stayed for about 10 minutes. Afterward, Kelly declined to comment to The Messenger, saying… Read More

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Athens County Sheriff May Have Known Of Records Disposal Rules

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Members of the Athens County Records Commission have said Sheriff Patrick Kelly failed to file a required form (called a RC-3) before destroying county records, but elected officials were alerted more than a year ago to rules governing that form. The alert came from Sheriff Patrick Kelly. The Messenger made a public records request Wednesday… Read More

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Attorney General’s Office To Hold Grand Jury In Athens County

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UPDATED 5:00 p.m. An Athens County commissioner and the county sheriff confirmed Tuesday that they have been subpoenaed by the Ohio Attorney General's Office to testify to a grand jury. "I'm going to assume it has to do with the sheriff because they previously asked for my e-mails (relating to the sheriff's disposal of records)," said… Read More

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Sheriff Asks County Commissioners For Attorney Funds In Records Dispute

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Athens County Sheriff Patrick Kelly has asked the county commissioners for funding to hire an outside attorney in the dispute over missing county records. However, it appears it might not happen. Commission President Lenny Eliason said getting permission to expend funds for an outside attorney requires a joint application from the commissioners and county prosecutor… Read More

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Changes Suggested In Ridges Advisory Committee’s Structure

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Ohio University has proposed a change in state law regarding the structure of The Ridges Advisory Committee. OU spokesman Katie Quaranta said an amendment was added to House Bill 59, the state budget bill. “The purpose of the proposed changes is to update the committee’s reporting structure so that members are appointed by and advise… Read More

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Athens County Sheriff Asked To Redo Records Retention Policy

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Sheriff Patrick Kelly was asked by the Athens County Records Commission to redo a records retention schedule he submitted for approval. The Athens Messenger reports County Auditor Jill Thompson, a member of the commission, questioned the validity of parts of the document, and also said she was offended by the sheriff’s conduct at the commission… Read More

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Alternative to landfilling county records proposed

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Rather than disposing of county records containing personal information by burying them in a landfill, an Athens County commissioner is proposing that the documents be shredded and recycled. Commissioner Chris Chmiel suggested at Tuesday’s commissioners’ meeting that such a policy be adopted. Landfilling of records has been in the news recently because County Prosecutor Keller… Read More

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Commission Members Say Sheriff Did Not Follow Procedure For Destroying Records

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Sheriff Patrick Kelly did not follow correct procedures when he disposed of county records in a landfill, according to members of the Athens County Records Commission. Although a dispute arose last week over whether Kelly disposed of records belonging to the county prosecutor’s office — Kelly says he did not — the fact that several… Read More

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Athens County Prosecutor Says Missing Records Went To Landfill

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Records belonging to the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office are missing, and County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn says he believes he knows what happened to them — they were taken to the dump when the sheriff’s office was getting rid of other records. Sheriff Patrick Kelly acknowledges that some records belonging to the sheriff’s office were taken… Read More

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Commissioners And Health Services Board Disagree On Drug Treatment Program

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A decision by the 317 Board not to select an Athens-based drug treatment program for funding is raising objections from the Athens County Commissioners. At their meeting Tuesday, the commissioners voted to send a letter expressing their views to Earl Cecil, executive director of the Athens, Hocking and Vinton Counties Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental… Read More

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Athens County Commissioners Select Four Projects For Funding

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Four projects have been selected by the Athens County Commissioners for Community Development Block Grant funding. The commissioners had some decisions to make because funding requests totaled $752,324, but the county will have only $108,000 in CDBG funding available for projects. The county is guaranteed the money, provided the commissioners submit projects that meet grant… Read More

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Athens County Sheriff Deputies To Get Raise

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Athens County sheriff's deputies will get 2 percent pay increases each year of a new three-year labor contract approved Tuesday by the county commissioners. The contract is retroactive to Jan. 1, according to Sheriff Patrick Kelly. Kelly said the contract includes a lower starting salary for deputies. According to sheriff's fiscal officer, the $17.14 per… Read More

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Rome Twp. Property Owner Claims Lack Of Law Enforcement

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A Kilvert-area property owner complained Tuesday to the Athens County Commissioners about what he said is a lack of law enforcement in the area, and said he plans to file a discrimination complaint against the sheriff’s office with the U.S. Department of Justice. However, a sheriff’s captain said he later had a productive telephone conversation… Read More