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Published November 02, 2011, 12:03 PM

State's attorney in ND under investigation

PEMBINA, N.D. (AP) — Pembina County's sheriff says the county's lead prosecutor is being investigated by the state.

PEMBINA, N.D. (AP) — Pembina County's sheriff says the county's lead prosecutor is being investigated by the state.

Sheriff Brian Erovik tells the Grand Forks Herald (http://bit.ly/sZ2E02 ) that the state attorney general's office is investigating State's Attorney Stuart Askew following a petition filed at a County Commission meeting alleging misconduct, lack of diligence and communication, neglect of duties, intimidation and creation of a hostile work environment. Commissioners voted 4-1 to forward the allegations to the state.

Askew did not immediately return a telephone call to The Associated Press on Wednesday seeking comment.

Commissioners aren't commenting since the investigation is ongoing. The attorney general's office isn't confirming or denying the probe.

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