STATE AGENTS RAID WESTMORELAND COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE AFTER LOCKSMITH OPENS DOOR

Agents with the state attorney general’s office confiscated two computers and other files Friday during a raid at the office of embattled Westmoreland County Sheriff Jonathan Held.

Investigators armed with a search warrant found a locked door leading into Held’s private office within the sheriff’s department. They waited for a locksmith to arrive at the courthouse to open the door.

Sources said Held’s second-in-command, Chief Deputy Patricia Fritz, and another ranking member of his administrative team fled the courthouse through a side door when they learned about the agents’ arrival.

The attorney general last month charged Held, 44, of Hempfield, with three criminal offenses related to public corruption allegations. Investigators contend Held forced deputies and office staff to perform political chores, specifically to organize and collect items for campaign fundraisers, while in uniform and on the job.

Photo credit KDKA News

Story Credit Mercer star news

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