2 officials to stand trial in zone change investigation

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PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) – Former McCracken County Judge-Executive Van Newberry and former Deputy Judge-Executive Doug Harnice will soon stand trial after being accused of tampering with public records.

The Paducah Sun reports (http://bit.ly/1N8IJhx) Newberry and Harnice will go to trial Dec. 14. They’re charged with one count each of tampering with public records.

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Both were indicted by a grand jury in January 2014 following an investigation. The two were accused of altering the county’s zoning maps without following proper procedures. Paducah attorney Burton Washburn said he discovered the changes in 2013 and concluded hundreds of parcels had been illegally rezoned from 2007 to 2008.

The trial was originally set for January, but was postponed when prosecutor G.L. Ovey retired.

Attorney Will Kautz, who’s representing both Newberry and Harnice, says his clients are innocent.

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Information from: The Paducah Sun, http://www.paducahsun.com

 

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