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Ohio's high court sides with Belmont Co. Sheriff

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Lawsuit by former law enforcer dismissed on Wednesday

BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio -- Ohio's Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the Belmont County Sheriff's ability to hold the office.

Former sheriff Dick Flanagan filed the lawsuit against Sheriff David M. Lucas in February 2013. Flanagan alleged that Lucas spent more time at a Florida home than in Ohio, and did not meet a residency requirement. The lawsuit also claimed that Lucas failed to pay Ohio income tax and didn't meet experience requirements for the office.

On Wednesday, the court determined that Flanagan had "no reasonable grounds to assert entitlement to the office."

Sheriff Lucas said, following the decision, that he was happy with the outcome, adding, "With this matter now behind us, I can move forward to do the job I was elected to do."

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