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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • ND man, Roehrich, to receive $5,000 settlement over $46 fee

  • Roehrich filed a lawsuit against the Richland County sheriff's office seeking $750,000 for what he claimed was "abuse of power."
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  • Authorities say a 61-year-old North Dakota man who is suing a county sheriff over a $46 service fee should receive a settlement of $5,000.
    Dennis Roehrich, of Fingal, says he was charged the fee for the cost of serving a man he was suing in small claims court, even though deputies could not follow through on the warrant because the man moved to a different county.
    Roehrich filed a lawsuit against the Richland County sheriff's office seeking $750,000 for what he claimed was "abuse of power."
    Corey Quinton, attorney for the sheriff's office, told The Forum newspaper (http://bit.ly/Tjxirr) that he doesn't believe Roehrich can show damages, but the $5,000 settlement would be cheaper than his fee for trying the case.
    Says Roehrich, "It wasn't about the money. It was principle."

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