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Local Volunteer Firefighter Accused of Not Returning Raffle Ticket Money Faces Hearing Today

Tuesday, February 21, 2023 @ 12:02 AM

Posted by exploreClarion

Shippenville VFDCLARION CO., Pa. (EYT) – A hearing for a volunteer firefighter who allegedly stole raffle tickets from the fire department is set for Tuesday morning.

According to court documents, a preliminary hearing for 19-year-old Zachary Allen Bishop, of Shippenville, is scheduled for Tuesday, February 21, at 10:15 a.m. with Magisterial District Judge Jarah Lee Heeter presiding.

Bishop faces the following charge:

– Theft By Unlawful Taking – Movable Property, Misdemeanor 1

Details of the case:

The charge stems from an incident that occurred at the Shippenville-Elk Township Volunteer Fire Department on Main Street in Shippenville Borough, Clarion County, between the dates of July 1, 2022, and August 13, 2022.

According to a criminal complaint, Zachary Bishop was an apprentice member of the Shippenville-Elk Township Volunteer Fire Department in July of 2022. He accepted a book of 10 Sporting Raffle tickets valued at $25.00 each to sell for the fire department.

On the day of the raffle (August 13, 2022), he had not turned in any sold or unsold tickets, the complaint states.

Members of the department were told that Bishop “might have sold one or two tickets,” the complaint indicates.

Bishop was then told when he responded to an emergency call that he needed to return any sold or unsold tickets.

Since late August, he has not responded to any emergency calls or any other fire department functions, the complaint notes.

According to the complaint, Bishop was sent a registered letter on November 23, 2022, informing him he had 10 days from the date of receipt of the letter to contact the fire department to straighten out the situation. As of December 15, 2022, he had still not responded.

The total of the tickets is $250.00, according to the complaint.

Charges were filed against Bishop in Judge Heeter’s office on February 2.

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