LAWRENCE: Charge dropped in theft case, cop reinstated

By Lea Kahn, Staff Writer
    Patrolman Todd Sparks, 42, of Hamilton, who had been accused of stealing money from the Police Benevolent Association, Local 119, has been reinstated following the dismissal of a charge of theft.
    Patrolman Sparks, who had been suspended without pay since he was charged with theft in October 2008, was reinstated Oct. 8, said Municipal Manager Richard Krawczun. The amount of back pay owed to Patrolman Sparks has not been determined, he said. His salary was $95,777.
    The theft charge was dismissed by the Mercer County prosecutor’s office Oct. 7, said spokeswoman Casey DeBlasio. The charge was dismissed after Patrolman Sparks produced documents that showed he did not steal money from the PBA, she said.
    The police officer had been charged with theft for allegedly failing to turn over about $8,000 to the PBA between Dec. 20, 2007 and Oct. 8, 2008, Ms. DeBlasio said. He is a 16-year veteran of the Lawrence Police Department and a delegate to the PBA.
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