Police Probe Targets Va. Sheriff's Office

June 29, 2010

The Virginia State Police will investigate the role of a former volunteer aide who's a convicted felon in criminal investigations conducted by the Isle of Wight Sheriff's Office.

Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli ordered the investigation Monday.

Isle of Wight Commonwealth's Attorney Wayne Farmer's office is reviewing 12 to 14 cases in which Jonathan Burns was involved. Farmer requested the state investigation in May after he discovered that Burns was helping making arrests and transporting evidence. Burns also was issued a stun gun. All those activities are illegal for a felon.

Sheriff Charles Phelps has said he wasn't aware that Burns was participating in investigation. Phelps dismissed Burns last month.

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