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Prosecutor finds misconduct at Colville DSHS

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Associated Press - March 21, 2009 2:45 PM ET

COLVILLE, Wash. (AP) - The Stevens County prosecutor says he's found a "pattern of misconduct" at the Colville office of the Department of Social and Health Services.

The Spokesman-Review newspaper reports that Prosecutor Tim Rassmussen sent a sharply worded letter about the office last week to Gov. Chris Gregoire, Attorney General Rob McKenna and 30 other state employees and lawmakers.

Rasmussen accuses the office of removing foster children from their caregivers without cause.

The agency's deputy regional administrator says it's been working with the prosecutor for some time, but the letter contains new allegations that she could not immediately comment on.

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

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