Marysville's effort to do background checks on some Union County Fair workers might make it easier for police around the country to do similar checks.

Marysville's effort to do background checks on some Union County Fair workers might make it easier for police around the country to do similar checks.

The fair checks -- sought by County Prosecutor David Phillips and approved by Marysville City Council -- were for employees of ride and gaming companies and applicants seeking such jobs.

Marysville Police Chief Floyd Golden said the checks found two persons sought on warrants and a registered sex offender.

The pair sought on warrants were identified by LEADS (law enforcement automated data system), a state agency overseen by the Ohio State Highway Patrol. LEADS can identify warrants issued in Ohio.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Don Grimwood, who works with LEADS, saw a news report on what Marysville police had discovered and called Golden.

He said the Ohio State Fair recently had performed similar checks and was able to use NCIC (National Crime Information Center) to search for warrants around the United States.

Grimwood said NCIC has a reputation for asking a lot of questions every time an agency wants to use it. Grimwood said NCIC was initially hesitant to run the out-of-state checks for fear the request was "picking on a certain group of people." NCIC then relinquished and performed the checks.

Grimwood said the conversation with Golden was a "catalyst" in inspiring LEADS to ask NCIC for clear criteria and parameters for warrants checks without being strictly questioned on every search.

Golden said the fair background checks were looking for warrants, which is different from routine background checks that look for a criminal record and possibly character references.

In an e-mail, Phillips said he was grateful to Marysville city council for passing the ordinance.

The checks were "critical and proved necessary," Phillips wrote.

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