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Two accused of stealing fundraising jars

Jan. 11, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

ASHLAND -- Two people have been arrested in Ashland and Ironton and charged with stealing Children's Miracle Network collection jars at several Tri-State Area gas stations.

Timothy White, 25, of Ashland was arrested Thursday night on a warrant charging him with theft by unlawful taking under $500. He is charged with the theft of a Children's Miracle Network collection jar that was on the checkout counter at the Speedway on Winchester Avenue near the Town Center Mall, according to Major Mark McDowell, field operations commander at the Ashland Police Department.

White also faces a similar charge of taking another Children's Miracle Network collection jar from the Speedway on U.S. 23 near the Air Products plant northwest of Ashland, McDowell said. White was lodged in the Boyd County Detention Center in Catlettsburg.

The theft charges are misdemeanors, McDowell said. The Ironton and Ashland cases are unrelated, he said.

In Ironton, Samantha Zornes, 23, of the 3000 block of South 5th Street, was arrested earlier this week and charged with the theft of Children's Miracle Network collection jars Jan. 4 from the Speedway on Park Avenue in Ironton and the Rich Oil station on South 3rd Street.

Zornes is charged with two counts of misdemeanor theft and an unrelated felony charge of forgery. Her bond was set at $10,000 during a court appearance in Ironton Municipal Court, according to the office of Lawrence County Prosecuting Attorney Brigham Anderson. A pretrial is set for 9 a.m. Thursday.

She also faces another misdemeanor theft charge related to the theft of another Children's Miracle Network jar from the Speedway in the 1200 block of Lexington Avenue, McDowell said.

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