Judge dismisses case against Bell County, Ky. clerk, deputies

PINEVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A judge has dismissed charges against Bell County Clerk Rebecca Blevins and two of her deputies in a deal in which Blevins agreed not to run for office.

Circuit Judge David A. Tapp, who was assigned as a special judge in the case, on Thursday ordered dismissal of charges against Blevins, Kayla Carnes and Connie Brown Watkins.

Under the deal to dismiss, Blevins can finish her term, which ends this year, but won't seek another term and can't hold any other elective office.

Blevins was charged with abuse of public trust and possession of a forged instrument. She was accused of keeping tax refunds due people registering vehicles bought out of state.

Carnes and Watkins were charged with possession of a forged instrument.

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