Sheriff Severs Financial Tie With County Over Communications Center
Steve Myrick
The Dukes County sheriff has terminated a longstanding agreement with the county for an exchange of services that included partial funding of the Island’s 911 emergency communications center.
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Sheriff's Bid for Emergency Dispatch Center Funding Fails
Steve Myrick

Voters in Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury and West Tisbury all defeated requests to fund a share of the Island’s emergency communications center, which coordinates response to 911 calls Islandwide.

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Selectmen Balk at Funding Request from County Sheriff
Sara Brown

Edgartown selectmen pushed back this week at a request from Sheriff Robert Ogden to have the town contribute funding to the Island communication center.

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Community Corrections Program Slated for Elimination
Steve Myrick

A longstanding program that provides counseling, education, job placement and other services for Islanders who have been incarcerated, is slated for elimination due to state budget cutbacks.

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Dukes County Sheriff Is Sworn In, Opening New Chapter
Steve Myrick

Robert Ogden began a six-year term as Dukes County sheriff Wednesday after he was sworn in a courthouse ceremony.

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Sheriff Michael McCormack Hangs Up His Keys
Steve Myrick

Sheriff Michael McCormack reminisces about his many mentors through the years, as he finishes his last term and eases into retirement at age 69.

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Sheriff Took Training with Tisbury Police
James Kinsella

Sheriff Took Training with Tisbury Police

Controversy Over Nantucket Sheriff Spills Onto Vineyard Turf with News of Assault Weapon Instruction Here

By JAMES KINSELLA
Gazette Senior Writer

The Nantucket County sheriff, mired in controversy, including over his recent decision to buy assault weapons, obtained training and certification for the weapons several weeks ago from the Tisbury police department.

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Inmates Enjoy Community Service
Jack Shea

Last Friday afternoon at four o’clock, a woman on a red moped tossed a clear plastic water bottle off the eastbound side of the Edgartown-West Tisbury Road.

On Tuesday morning, Steve Duarte picked it up for her.

The simple act represented a huge change in the life of a man who was sitting in Barnstable county jail 12 months ago, serving the second year of a five-year sentence for a drug offense.

Again.

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County Sheriff Anticipates Severe Budget Shortfall as the State Cuts Off Funding
Julia Rappaport

The Dukes County Sheriff’s office expects to see a $620,000 shortfall this year.

The news comes just days after Sheriff Michael A. McCormack learned the state is refusing to send its annual supplementary funding for the county corrections facility.

On April 1, Massachusetts Secretary of Administration and Finance Leslie Kirwan sent Sheriff McCormack a letter of notification. Supplementary funding from the state amounts to nearly 20 per cent of the sheriff’s annual budget.

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Sheriff McCormack Elected to Third Term
Mike Seccombe

After the most intense contest in memory at a county election, Dukes County sheriff Mike McCormack was back in his office yesterday, but offering the prospect of some changes in response to the criticisms of his two challengers.

As it turned out, Mr. McCormack won re-election reasonably comfortably in Tuesday’s election, receiving 4,509 votes across the six Island towns, compared with 3,251 for his main challenger, former state police Sgt. Neal Maciel. The third candidate, former Oak Bluffs Det. Warren Gosson, garnered 405 votes.

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