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Associated Press, Published July 17 2012

Removal hearing for Stark County sheriff next week

BISMARCK — A removal hearing for Stark County Sheriff Clarence Tuhy is going ahead after a theft investigation against him ended.

Tuhy was questioned for taking a bookcase and cabinet from a Dickinson charity that takes donated furniture to give to the needy.

Tuhy returned the items when he was asked about them. Assistant attorney general Paul Emerson reviewed the case and decided not to file theft charges.

Stark County commissioners have asked Gov. Jack Dalrymple to remove Tuhy from office. A hearing is scheduled July 24 at the Stark County courthouse.

The commissioners asked Dalrymple to dump Tuhy after they hired a lawyer to investigate how Tuhy runs his office. The lawyer concluded Tuhy is a bully who doesn't apply consistent standards. Tuhy says he's tough but fair.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.