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Police asked to investigate election flier

November 13, 2000|By BOB PARTLOW

Police asked to investigate election flier



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The West Virginia State Police will be asked to investigate a flier circulated about Berkeley County Sheriff-elect Randy Smith shortly before the Nov. 7 election.

Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely said Monday she will ask the State Police to look into the matter.

The County Commissioners on Nov. 9 asked Neely to investigate the unsigned campaign flier. She said such requests from the commissioners for her to look into issues have occurred before.

Smith also filed a complaint with the Sheriff's office days before the

election over the flier, which appeared the Friday before the vote. Smith defeated Sheriff Ron Jones in the election.

"We have to put this under investigation," Games-Neely said Monday.

"This will go through channels at the state police. Even if I wanted to

investigate it, I don't have an investigator. And if we have to prosecute, it would be better for the state police to do the investigation."

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The flier centered on allegations of activity by Smith when he was an undercover drug investigator in the mid-1980s.

Smith has denied any wrongdoing and no action was ever taken against him.

Smith wants an investigation so someone can determine who was responsible for the flier and to put the matter to rest. He said unsigned campaign material is illegal.

Games-Neely said it will be "two to four weeks before an investigator is assigned to this." She said she didn't know how long an investigation would take.

The investigator will report back to her with the results, she said.

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