Spokane cop on leave during bounty hunter probe

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A Spokane police officer has been on paid leave for seven months as detectives probe his ties to a bounty hunter and convicted felon who's facing kidnapping and burglary charges.

Officer Alan D. Edwards is not facing criminal charges, his attorney says, and police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick said the case should be resolved shortly.

Kirkpatrick suspended Edwards from the police force on Jan. 23, but the 21-year police employee continues to receive his $76,886 annual pay.

Few details are known about the nature of the allegations against Edwards. His lawyer, Chris Bugbee, says his client was a witness in a larger investigation into unlicensed bounty hunter Dennis J. Kariores Jr.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com