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Dalton Town Clerk Sandy York pleads not guilty to theft charge


November 07, 2012
LANCASTER — Longtime Dalton Town Clerk Sandra "Sandy" York, a 64-year-old widow who also served as selectmen's assistant, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of knowingly taking $100 or more.

The charge was filed by Dalton Police Chief Mario Audit.

After her lawyer Leonard Harden, who maintains his law office in Lancaster, filed her plea of not guilty, her trial was scheduled before a judge at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31, in the First Circuit Court in Lancaster with an estimated duration of three hours.

York was arrested on Aug. 9 and charged with theft by unauthorized taking, 0 to $1,000. Audit alleges that York's action was caught on a security tape putting cash into her purse that she had collected in the course of her duties.

York waived her right to a formal arraignment, so Harden filed his client's not guilty plea in writing. Her arraignment had been scheduled for Monday, Oct. 29.

Harden also wrote a two-page letter on Oct. 2 detailing what he expects to receive from Audit during the discovery process, including any information that would indicate any bias against the defendant on the part of witnesses.

York was bailed on $2,000 personal recognizance, but ordered not to go into or near the Dalton Town Hall.

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