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Sep 2, 2010 8:33 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Hero ranger may not receive reward for inmate capture

The U.S. Forest Service is reviewing whether an eastern Arizona ranger whose tip led to the capture of two of the most wanted fugitives in America can receive reward money under the agency's ethics guidelines.

An Apache Sitgreaves National Forest spokeswoman said Wednesday that local forest officials would like the ranger to receive the money. But she says tentative word from officials in Washington, D.C., is that he cannot.

The U.S. Marshals Service and the operator of a privately run prison had offered a combined $40,000 for information leading to the arrest of three inmates who escaped from the state prison in Kingman.

The Arizona Republic reported earlier Wednesday that the reward, some of which already has been awarded, was in question.

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