AG: N. Idaho sheriff's office cleared in corruption charge

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - The Attorney General's Office says a northern Idaho sheriff's office didn't violate any laws when it concealed records to unsuccessfully hide an ongoing murder investigation.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports the Idaho Press Club filed a public corruption complaint with the Attorney General's Office earlier this year after the newspaper reported county officials attempted to scrub references to a killing from public dispatch records.

Deputy Attorney General Paul Panther said in an October 10 letter that Sheriff Daryl Wheeler called for certain records to be removed from public view but didn't destroy the original record.

Idaho law prohibits officers from destroying, stealing or altering official governmental records.

The newspaper found the scrubbed records using a cached version of earlier web pages.

The sheriff has since demanded removal of the reporter who broke the story.

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