Solicitor’s theft of services charge dismissed

The charge against the Warren County Solicitor was dismissed two days before the case was scheduled to be before a judge.

John R. Shreve, 29, of Warren, was charged with theft of services on May 10. That charge was dismissed on Monday. A preliminary hearing had been scheduled for Wednesday.

According to District Justice Glenn Carlson, the prosecuting attorney, Senior Deputy Attorney General Katherine Jordan, requested the dismissal.

In a document received by Carlson’s office on Monday, Jordan wrote, “The Commonwealth and defendant have agreed to a dismissal.”

The dismissal was contingent on the payment of restitution in the amount of $158.33. “That has been paid,” Carlson said.

Attorney James Miller, representing Shreve, issued a statement.

“Senior Deputy Attorney General Jordan, representing the Commonwealth in this matter, and I, agreed that a Rule 546 dismissal, in which an agreed upon payment is made, was the most appropriate resolution,” Miller said. “Mr. Shreve paid $158.33 to avoid the significantly greater expense that litigation would have cost the taxpayers and him personally.”

“Mr. Shreve is glad this matter is concluded; and, that he can now return his focus to his law practice, representing and helping his clients,” he said.