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    That's the kind of Sheriff I'd want to work for and the kind I'd strive to be if I were one.

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    started a topic Sheriff commandeers Sam's Wal-Mart stores

    Sheriff commandeers Sam's Wal-Mart stores

    Now this is a Sheriff w/ some sack, hoorah!
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    Sunday, September 11, 2005
    Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee commandeers Sam's Wal-Mart stores
    Sunday, 10:30 a.m.

    Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee said he has "commandered" the Sam's and Wal-Mart stores in the parish and ordered them to open as soon as possible.

    Lee said he took the action after he learned that a Wal-Mart store wanted to open recently but was told by FEMA officials that it could not.

    "I am upset with FEMA and some of their regulations," Lee said.

    After talking about the situation concerning the Wal-Mart on Thursday, Lee said he briefly talked to Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-New Orleans on Friday. He asked her to check on the situation and find out if there was a legitimate reason to keep the store closed.

    But because of communication difficulties, he did not hear back and took the situation in his own hands.

    Lee said he gave handwritten notes to Wal-Mart stores in Harvey and Kenner saying they were ordered to open as soon as possible. Lee said Parish President Aaron Broussard agreed with the decision.

    Lee said anyone from FEMA who tries to close either store will be arrested by deputies.

    "We're encouraging the businesses to get up and going."

    On other topics, Lee said he had 40 deputies who didn't report for duty for the storm. One who tried to return was told not to waste his time.

    "As far as I am concerned (he) will never get a job in law enforcement again," Lee said.

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