New trial date set for Dalton

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Holly Suzanne Dalton, 35, 821 Woods Lane, Martins Ferry, appeared Friday before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John M. Solovan II and saw her trial date rescheduled for Dec. 9 and plea to Nov. 21, with a status conference Oct. 24.

The former Martins Ferry water clerk is accused of theft in office, a felony of the third degree occurring Jan. 12, 2010. The court dates were rescheduled to allow defense to process evidence.

She was accused of stealing more than $35,000. Discrepancies were found during a state investigation of 2010-13. She had worked for the city since 2006.

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