Oregon AG's office: Fired Prineville police chief should not face criminal charges


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PRINEVILLE, Oregon — Oregon state investigators have concluded there is insufficient evidence to charge former Prineville Police Chief Eric Bush with a crime.

The Central Oregon city fired Bush after a 10-month investigation found he padded his hours to collect flex time benefits, used city computers and equipment for non-city business, and misused his city vehicle and credit card.

The district attorney in Crook County asked the state Department of Justice to determine whether criminal charges were warranted.

The Bend Bulletin reports (http://bit.ly/1qqSyIk) the state investigators concluded there's no basis to charge Bush with theft or official misconduct.

Bush has filed a $2.5 million suit against the city alleging he was fired because he accepted an Oregon Army National Guard assignment to train troops in South Korea.

Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com

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