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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Local women open private investigation firm

  • While they say they're not "Charlie's Angels," three local woman are in business as private investigators. And one of them may be your state representative.
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  • While they say they're not "Charlie's Angels," three local woman are in business as private investigators. And one of them may be your state representative.
    Rep. Connie O'Brien is one of the members of the firm Private Investigators III, which is based in Leavenworth.
    O'Brien, a Republican who represents the 42nd District in the Kansas House of Representatives, has become a licensed private investigator through the state.
    Her partner Jana Goodman, who's a former state legislator, also is a licensed investigator. The third member of the firm, Barb Paulus, is in the process of obtaining her private investigator license.
    The firm has been in business since the beginning of September.
    "We're enjoying it," Goodman said.
    She said "there are cases where you really do help people."
    Goodman said she's already followed one person as a private investigator. She said the key when following someone is knowing the area.
    Among the services the firm offers are process serving and locating people.
    "We're very good at finding people," Goodman said.
    Goodman said interest in the private investigation business was sparked while she and O'Brien were serving as legislators. She said someone who was giving testimony to lawmakers worked in the field.
    "We wondered how hard it was to get the license," O'Brien said.
    O'Brien's House district includes Tonganoxie and Easton.
    Goodman, a Republican, previously served in the Kansas House of Representatives, representing a district in Leavenworth.
    Goodman said she has a background as a computer professional. And she said that is experience is useful in private investigation work.
    "A lot of it is actually done on the computer," she said.
    Paulus said she has experience in auditing and dealing with fraud and brings investigative skills to the firm.
    Having raised 11 children, O'Brien said she can tell when a person is lying.
    "I know when they're telling a story," she said.
    O'Brien, Goodman and Paulus live in different parts of the county, which they say makes it easy to cover multiple areas.
    "We get together about once a week," Goodman said.
    Paulus said the state's licensing requirements for a private investigator include a background check and references of character.
    People also have to complete a test, which Goodman said focuses mostly on the law.
    Private investigators also are required to be bonded, or insured.
    More information about firm can be found on the web at pi-three.com.
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