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Franklin County sheriff charged over record-keeping

ROCKY MOUNT—Franklin County Sheriff Ewell Hunt was arrested last week after a special grand jury indicted him on a misdemeanor charge of not properly maintaining records.

On Monday the grand jury issued a scathing report that described a dysfunctional agency where evidence was stored improperly and Hunt’s 19-year-old daughter, Ashley, disrupted the chain of command and was paid for time she didn’t work. She wasn’t indicted.

The report said Ashley Hunt also accompanied deputies on stakeouts, drug buys and arrests, and once drove a department vehicle on a high-speed chase.

Hunt’s attorney says the sheriff and his daughter are innocent and that the sheriff has no plans to resign.

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