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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Sheriff asks BCA to investigate Cook Co. attorney, Scannell

  • A judge found there are grounds to believe Scannell had harassed a girl by calling, following, pursuing or stalking her.
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  • The sheriff in Cook County has asked the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to investigate the county's top prosecutor who's accused of pursuing an improper relationship with a teenage girl.
    Sheriff Mark Falk says it would be a conflict of interest for his department to investigate Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell. The prosecutor has been ordered by a judge to stay away from the 17-year-old girl and her parents. A judge found there are grounds to believe Scannell had harassed the girl by calling, following, pursuing or stalking her.
    The Duluth News Tribune (http://bit.ly/Xb04ZF ) reports a petition for the restraining order says the 46-year-old Scannell was a family friend and coached and mentored the girl.
    Scannell gained notoriety last year after he was wounded in a courthouse shooting in Grand Marais by a man he had successfully prosecuted.

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