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State Trooper Charged With Theft

February 5, 1986

MERCER, Pa. (AP) _ A state trooper has been charged with pocketing money that out-of-state motorists gave him for their traffic fines, police said.

Trooper Charles W. Hamlett, 28, of Fredonia, was arraigned Tuesday before Mercer District Justice Joseph Gabany on three counts of failure to make required disposition of funds.

Hamlett pocketed $278.50 he collected for three traffic violations committed by out-of-state motorists, said Lt. David Jungling, an investigator with the state police Bureau of Professional Reponsbility and Division of Internal Affairs.

Jungling said the infractions took place from Dec. 4, 1984, to Oct. 24, 1985, on Interstate 79 in Findley and Deer Creek townships.

Hamlett, who joined the force in September 1983, was released on $1,500 bond pending a hearing Feb. 12. He was suspended without pay pending the outcome of his hearing and an internal investigation.

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