Former North Carolina sheriff can run for old job.

LEXINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A former North Carolina sheriff famous for painting his jail cells pink and hosting a cable television show before he pleaded guilty to felony charges can run for his old office.

News outlets report the Davidson County Board of Elections voted 3-1 Tuesday to grant Gerald Hege permission to run for sheriff.

Hege pleaded guilty in 2004 to two counts of felony obstruction of justice after authorities accused him of racial profiling, taking county money and driving his...

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