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Nowata County sheriff, staff resign over jail safety issues


March 20, 2019

NOWATA, Okla. (AP) — Nowata County's sheriff and undersheriff, and more than half of their deputies have resigned over safety issues at the county jail.

Sheriff Terry Barnett announced the resignations during a news conference Monday. She detailed multiple unresolved problems at the lockup, including carbon monoxide leaks and exposed electrical wires.

Barnett and Undersheriff Mark Kirschner said they quit because Nowata County Associate District Judge Carl Gibson pressured them to reopen the jail nearly three weeks after inmates were evacuated from the facility. After the safety issues em...

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