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FEDERAL LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST WHITE COUNTY, SHERIFF AND DEPUTIES

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A lawsuit has been filed against White County, Sheriff Odie Shoupe and four deputies for allegedly violating the complainant’s civil rights. The federal lawsuit was filed on May 17 by attorneys working for Jessica Newnum of Sparta. Newnum says that Shoupe and the deputies, who are not identified, knocked once then entered her unlocked home while she was in a bedroom asleep, with guns drawn. Newnum says that Sheriff Shoupe announced that he was looking for David Pecor, whom she said did not know. The lawsuit states that Newnum was held at gunpoint while the deputies, with the aid of a K-9 Officer, searched the home, allegedly without a search warrant. The lawsuit names several claims for relief and asks for punitive damages, medical expenses, and other remuneration.


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