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Thursday, February 28, 2013 10:39 AM

Sheriff, deputy no longer in custody after their arrests

By BOBBY BURCH, Herald Staff Writer

Franklin County’s top law enforcement officer and one of his deputies no longer are in custody, according to the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office.

After posting his $3,000 bail, Jeff Curry appears to have at least tentatively reclaimed his role as Franklin County sheriff, a post he apparently lost temporarily Wednesday after the Kansas Bureau of Investigation arrested him on a felony charge of interference with law enforcement (false report) and a misdemeanor charge of official misconduct, according to the Shawnee County District Attorney’s Office. According to state statute, Franklin County Clerk Janet Paddock temporarily assumed Curry’s duties Wednesday.

The KBI also arrested Jerrod Fredricks, master deputy and public information officer with the sheriff’s office, on charges of interference with law enforcement. Fredricks posted $1,500 bail and also no longer is in custody, according to the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office refused to comment on whether Curry or Fredricks arrived at work today and deferred to the Franklin County Attorney’s Office. Franklin County Attorney Stephen Hunting was unavailable Thursday morning for comment.

Curry and Fredricks were set for their first court appearance in Franklin County District Court 11 a.m. March 6.

Hunting, who held a press conference Wednesday to make public Curry’s and Fredricks’ arrests, filed a petition for ouster that would, after proceedings, remove Curry from office. Hunting publicly asked during the press conference that Curry resign as county sheriff, as such ouster proceedings can take months, he said.

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