- Associated Press - Thursday, March 17, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The state Justice Department will investigate a complaint it received about an Oregon sheriff who met with those involved in January’s takeover of a national wildlife refuge.

A spokeswoman for Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said Thursday the office reviewed nine complaints about Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer and decided one of them warranted an investigation. She wouldn’t say which one.

Palmer twice met with occupiers who traveled to visit him, generating some complaints he was supporting lawbreakers. He hasn’t returned calls about the complaints.

Jailed standoff leader Ammon Bundy recently came to Palmer’s defense, saying the sheriff didn’t get caught in the “political deception” that the people of Burns were in danger during the occupation.

Palmer has been sheriff of the sparsely populated and politically conservative county since 2000.

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