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Sheriff shares and leads open discussion on services

Posted on May 18, 2015 at 10:07 am

The inner workings of law enforcement was brought into perspective for a small group of Lincoln County citizens Wednesday evening as Sheriff John Cottle literally ‘opened’ all  doors of the jail . Sheriff Cottle had encouraged all county citizens to visit the  office for a cup of coffee in an informal setting. He provided a brief outline of what is happening at the sheriff’s office and what is in store

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