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Ex-sheriff convicted of obstruction of justice seeks post

The former North Carolina sheriff known for painting his jail cells pink and hosting a cable television show before pleading guilty to felony obstruction of justice announced on Wednesday that he wants his old job back.

Local news outlets report former Davidson County Sheriff Gerald Hege used Facebook to announce his plans to run for office. Hege tried to win the seat in 2010, but lost in a GOP primary to current Sheriff David Grice.

Hege told The Dispatch of Lexington that he decided to run after witnessing drug crimes and homicides over the past few years, including a young girl close to where he lives being beaten by drug dealers.

"I decided that I'm retired,...

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