Harlan County Judge-Executive Arrested In His Office

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Updated: 6/04/2013 7:40 pm
Harlan County Judge-Executive Joe Grieshop was arrested in his office Tuesday following a two-year investigation, according to Harlan County Sheriff Marvin Lipfird.

Sheriff Lipfird said when he arrived at Grieshop's office with an arrest warrant, Grieshop locked himself in and called 9-1-1.  That call couldn't help the embattled Judge-Executive.

The Sheriff said Grieshop was arrested in his office and walked over to the Harlan County Justice Center where he immediately posted bond and returned to his office.

Sheriff Lipfird said Grieshop was charged with Third Degree Burglary, Theft by Unlawful Taking of Property valued over $10,000, First Degree Official Misconduct and 10-counts of Retaliating Against a Participant in a Legal Process.

The Sheriff said Grieshop is accused of cutting the locks off of a building and stealing items from a non-profit group called 'The Harlan County Sheriff's Chaplain Corps.' 

Sheriff Lipfird said other people are expected to be charged in the case.

The case against Judge-Executive Grieshop will be presented to a Harlan County Grand Jury.

Grieshop remains free on bond.
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