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August 1, 2014

Edwardsville Police search county office; special prosecutor requested

Police have seized items from a Madison County office, and the state's attorney has requested a special prosecutor for an investigation into possible criminal misconduct.

Edwardsville Police removed several items from an office in Madison County government this week. Police Chief Jay Keeven on Friday declined to identify which office was targeted and exactly what was taken from the office. "I can confirm that we are working on an investigation, but since it's active and open, any comments will have to come from the state's attorney," Keeven said.

Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons declined to comment. However, on Wednesday his office filed a motion with the Third Judicial Circuit for appointment of a special prosecutor.

According to the motion, Edwardsville Police are investigating "allegations of criminal misconduct" by an unnamed individual, and due to the job duties of the person, the state's attorney's office has a potential conflict.

It also stated that county employees may be witnesses in the case. The motion is currently pending in the courts.

Investigators declined to elaborate on any further details, citing the ongoing investigation.

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