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Former Bennington fire chief cleared of embezzlement charge

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BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A judge has dismissed an embezzlement charge against a former Vermont fire chief stemming from a department-sponsored raffle.

Joseph Hayes, who was Bennington Rural Fire Department chief, had pleaded not guilty last year. Police investigated complaints that he had mishandled raffle tickets. Police said some people who won prizes never received them and that money paid for tickets was never turned over to the department.

The Bennington Banner reports the judge said the affidavits did not contain anyone with personal knowledge of how much money was alleged to be missing. Also, the state could not show that more than $100 was missing to support the charge.

Hayes still faces four counts of violating release conditions.

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