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Attorney General’s office refers Canyon sheriff investigation to Idaho State Police

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: CALDWELL, Idaho (AP) — Idaho State Police say they will investigate an anonymous complaint related to a private nonprofit run by the Canyon County sheriff. The Idaho Press-Tribune reports ( ) that police announced Tuesday that a preliminary investigation by the state attorney general's office found enough evidence to warrant a deeper look into the complaint about Sheriff Kieran Donahue. He is accused of misusing his position as sheriff to operate his nonprofit K. Donahue Foundation Inc. The organization campaigns to end domestic violence, runs the Man Up Crusade and fundraises for groups supporting victims. In August, the attorney general's office asked the county to provide Donahue's emails, cellphone records, travel expenses, time sheets, complaints and other records going as far back as November 2012. The Idaho Attorney General's Office and the Canyon County Prosecuting Attorney's Office have both cited a conflict of interest, so state police will continue the investigation. Idaho police will turn over results of the investigation to Twin Falls County's prosecuting attorney. The sheriff told the Press-Tribune Friday that he doesn't yet know what the specific allegations are, but that he plans to fully cooperate with investigators.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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