Charges against a Pacific County Sheriff’s deputy accused of bribery and extortion have temporarily been dismissed as a new jurisdiction is being sought to try the matter.
Though it had been expected deputy Vance O. Johnson, 44, of Raymond, would be tried in Lewis County due to a conflict of interested within the Pacific County Prosecutor’s Office (one of the alleged victims works for said office), Pacific County Prosecutor David Burke said Thursday Lewis County has also identified a possible conflict of interest and the charges against Johnson (11 total including five felonies) have been dismissed without prejudice.
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