Ohio sheriff's ammunition purchases questioned

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio sheriff charged in a corruption case is facing questions about his ammunition purchases.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1tpUnsn ) that Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly used his office's purchasing power last year to buy ammunition for one of his lawyers, a county commissioner and his office's fiscal officer, along with deputies.

The ammunition was bought at a discounted rate and without sales tax.

Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn questions whether using the favorable terms to buy ammunition ordered by civilians and off-duty deputies was appropriate.

A bill for almost $22,600 has not been paid while county officials seek to resolve questions about the purchases.

Kelly, who has pleaded not guilty to the charges, says he could not answer the newspaper's questions about purchases because of a judge's gag order.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com