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Officers search Del. McKee's home

February 15, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN -- Law enforcement officers armed with a search warrant went to the home of Maryland Del. Robert A. McKee, R-Washington.

It could not be determined Thursday why or when the search warrant was issued.

A Washington County Circuit Court judge acknowledged Thursday that he signed a search warrant for the search of McKee's home.

Law enforcement officers later conducted the search, Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III said during a telephone interview Thursday afternoon.

Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies prepared the search warrant, Boone said.

The night Boone signed the search warrant, investigators and Deputy State's Attorney Joseph Michael attempted to find an out-of-county judge to sign the document, but none was available, Boone said.

Boone could not provide a timeframe as to when the warrant was signed, and couldn't discuss what probable cause was presented for the search.

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McKee did not return two messages left on his cell phone Thursday.

A woman who answered the door at McKee's home in Halfway late Thursday afternoon said the delegate was in Annapolis.

He was present for the House session Thursday morning but didn't attend his committee meeting in the afternoon.

A TV crew that tried to see him in his Annapolis office early Thursday afternoon was told he wasn't there.

McKee, 58, has served in the Maryland House of Delegates since 1995. He is in his fourth term representing Subdistrict 2A, which includes parts of Washington County outside the City of Hagerstown.

He is on the House Ways and Means Committee and is chairman of the Western Maryland delegation, which is made up of lawmakers from Washington, Allegany, Garrett, Frederick and Carroll counties.

McKee serves as the executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County.

Staff Writer Andrew Schotz in Annapolis contributed to this story.

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