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Former sheriff candidate accused of harassment

March 1, 2019

LAKE HAVASU CITY — A former Mohave County sheriff’s deputy who ran an unsuccessful campaign for sheriff in 2016 is back in the news again.

Cori Merryman, 39, was arrested at the Lake Havasu Police Department at 8:35 a.m. Monday. Merryman was charged with criminal trespassing and two counts of harassment.

A police report indicated that Merryman refused to leave after showing up at the employee entrance to express her love for a high-ranking member of the police department. Merryman’s romantic overtures to the unidentified department member date back several months, according to the report.

“Merryman has been sending numerous letters to him and other members of the police department,” the report said. “In the letters Merryman describes her desire to start a relationship with (redacted) and asks him out to lunch.”

Merryman reportedly visited the department on several previous occasions seeking to deliver letters and treats to her target.

“He told her in a recorded interview room that the letters and phone calls to him and his office have to stop, as they are overwhelming and unwanted. Merryman stated that she understood and that she would stop,” the report said.

Merryman subsequently sent another woman to the department to drop off greeting cards for the man.

Police are withholding the name of Merryman’s target, saying he enjoys confidentiality given his status as a victim.

It’s not the first time that Merryman has been in the news on the other side of the law. In 2017, she was arrested for an alleged misdemeanor shoplifting incident in Lake Havasu City. She was accused of taking a pair of athletic shoes from a store in Lake Havasu City. She pleaded guilty and paid restitution for the shoes.