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When Colan Harrell took over the Whitley County sheriff’s office amid accusations his predecessor stole more than $200,000 from the agency, he barely had enough guns, ammo and police cruisers to patrol the Appalachian area.

So he did what any lawman in distress would do _ he called on colleagues and the community for help.

Harrell first received Glock pistols, bullets and flashlights from a sporting goods store in a nearby county. Then came the used cruisers, computers and stun guns. Three months after taking office, Harrell now has an arsenal large enough to fight the prescription pill and meth problem in the county of 38,000.

Source: Bruce Schreiner and Brett Barrouquere for the Associated Press.

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