by Howard Applegate
Â Â Â Â The Truth learned this afternoon that human bones have been found in rural Wilbur County.
Â Â Â Â In a dramatic display, a disgruntled Harlan McCoy literally deposited a bag of bones in Sheriff Tony Sweetâ€™s lap. At the time, the Sheriff was being interviewed for Radio Germaine for a Martin Luther King Day broadcast about the problem of hate crimes in Central Oregon.
Â Â Â Â According to stunned radio host, Patty Jo Mac, McCoy burst into the usually quiet Germaine Cafe carrying a gunny sack which he dropped on the table in front of Sweet.
Â Â Â Â â€œHe was real huffy,â€ said Mac, â€œHe mumbled â€˜I think these might have fallen out of your closet, Sheriff,â€™ and stomped out. Iâ€™ve never seen the Sheriff so furious.â€
Â Â Â Â Mac said some of the bones tumbled out into the Sheriffâ€™s lap. Sweet then gathered up the remains and left.
Â Â Â Â â€œDidnâ€™t even say a word,â€ said Tsalagi Red, Macâ€™s co-host, â€œneedless to say, that was the end of the interview.â€
Â Â Â Â Sheriff Sweet refused to return calls from The Germaine Truth. Deputy Shawn Hinterteil said the bones would be examined, probably at the forensics lab in Bend. McCoy will also be questioned about the circumstances in which the bones were found.
Â Â Â Â â€œWeâ€™re also looking at possible charges against Harlan McCoy,â€ said Hinterteil. â€œThese remains seem to be fairly recent, and itâ€™s a serious offense to disrupt a possible crime scene.â€
Â Â Â Â By recent, Hinterteil said he meant within the past fifty or sixty years.
Â Â Â Â The deputy refused to elaborate further, only saying that Sheriff Sweet would hold a press conference within a week.
Â Â Â Â Efforts to contact Harlan McCoy were unsuccessful.
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