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      Clerk charged with unlawful search of Joe the Plumber

      Toledo Police have confirmed that a TPD records clerk is accused of performing an illegal search of information related to 'Joe the Plumber.'

      Julie McConnell, has been charged with Gross Misconduct for allegedly making an improper inquiry into a state database in search of information pertaining to Samuel Wurzelbacher on Oct. 16.

      Wurzelbacher came under the spotlight after being spoken about during the final presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain.

      The inquiry into Wurzelbacher's record is a violation of department and state policy governing the use of the Law Enforcement Automated Data System. The clerk is under fire for making the inquiry for a non-law enforcement purpose.

      McConnell was hired by the Toledo Police Department in April 1995 and assigned to the Investigative Services Bureau.

      A discplinary hearing will be scheduled within the next ten days.

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