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WISE — Thirty-one people facing charges connected to Pound Police Department investigations will see their cases dropped after a motion filed Wednesday by Wise County and Norton Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp III.

Slemp had requested a special prosecutor July 20 for the cases and another case being handled by the Lee County commonwealth’s attorney. That request, based on a Virginia State Bar ethics opinion and an ongoing review of the Pound Police evidence room, was denied last week by Circuit Court Judge John Kilgore.

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