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Kellie Pickler’s dad sought by Fla. authorities

Clyde Pickler Jr., the father of country singer and Stanly County native Kellie Pickler, apparently is in trouble with the law again.

The Florida Department of Corrections lists Pickler, 48, as a “fugitive,” after he reportedly left the state without notifying his probation supervisor. The National Enquirer is reporting that Pickler might have been headed for North Carolina.

His daughter, 27, recently teamed with Derek Hough to win the season championship of ABC-TV’s “Dancing With the Stars.” She also has a number of hit records to her credit.

Clyde Pickler Jr. served more than three years in prison in Florida in connection with a 2003 stabbing incident. He was released from prison in 2006, a short time after his daughter was eliminated in that season’s “American Idol” competition.

Clyde Pickler remains on probation, according to the Florida Department of Corrections website. He had been living in Pasco County, north of Tampa.

Kellie Pickler, who worked at a Sonic restaurant in Stanly County before her show business career took off, has discussed her relationship with her father in a number of interviews. In an interview with the Observer last year, she said the relationship with her father “has been to hell and back.”

She said her song “The Letter” was written about her relationship with her dad.

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