Church seeks restraining order against sheriff


INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) - An Independence church that had guns,
cash and documents taken during a raid by Jackson County law
officers is seeking a temporary restraining order against the
county and sheriff.
The New Covenant Faith Center filed a motion Tuesday asking a
Jackson County judge to order the county and Sheriff Mike Sharp to
return all church property seized during the Jan. 4 raid.
It also wants Jackson County authorities to be barred from
returning to the church, and to be ordered not to make any more
"false statements" about the church to the media.
Authorities say they had been investigating the church for more
than a year. But a warrant that prompted the raid has been sealed
by a Jackson County judge.
The leader of the church, Rev. Lloyd Sartain, was questioned and
released. No charges have been filed.