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Town officials call police to remove reporters

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Two newspaper reporters say officials in a Connecticut town called state police to have them removed from a town hall after refusing a public records request.

Register Citizen reporters Isaac Avilucea and Gayla Cawley say officials asked them to leave Bethlehem Town Hall on Thursday. State police showed up and took statements, but didn't arrest anyone.

The Register Citizen reports that town officials refused to immediately respond to the reporters' request under state law for information about the Public Works Department and missing supplies. So the reporters decided to stay in Town Hall until someone responded to the request.

Bethlehem First Selectman Lenny Assard says he didn't think officials were required to immediately produce the documents and asked the reporters to put the request in writing, which they did.

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