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Deputy defeats embattled N.D. sheriff

STEELE, N.D. (AP) -- The embattled sheriff in Kidder County has been defeated at the polls.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that Chief Deputy John Lemieux got about 69 percent of the vote Tuesday to defeat Sheriff Doug Howard.

Howard faces three misdemeanor charges related to allegations he used threats, intimidation and economic coercion against Lemieux and other county employees who supported Lemieux after the deputy filed to run for sheriff. His trial date has not been set.

He faces a second trial for allegedly sexual harassing a female county employee.

Howard did not immediately return a telephone call to The Associated Press on Wednesday seeking comment.